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I’ve been mentioning for awhile a growth in articles about people complaining about the color of various objects, such as blue or green medical scrubs or the little white man who tells you to walk on a traffic light as indicative of systemic racism. It’s like 5-year-olds talking about their favorite color Power Ranger.

An iSteve commenter pointed out how the Red Guard in Maoist China demanded that drivers fight systemic capitalism by going when the traffic light was red and stopping when it was green. From The Guardian in 1966:

Great leap forward at the traffic lights in China – archive
25 August 1966:

Revolutionary Chinese Guards say red is the colour of revolution and should be the new green light

It will be red for go and green for stop on Peking streets if one group of the Red Guards – vanguard of China’s new “cultural revolution” ­– gets its way.

The Guards plastered posters on the city’s walls today which said that red was the colour of revolution and should be used as a signal for traffic to go forward. Observers said the posters did not appear to be authorised by the Government but to be a suggestion of an individual group of guards.

“Red Guards” today raided Peking homes, accusing their inhabitants of opposing the ideology of Mao Zedong, and the cultural revolution. Crowds cheered as the students smashed windows, overturned furniture, and tossed possessions which they considered luxurious or bourgeois into the street. …

Some offenders have been paraded along the streets by the “Red Guards” and foreign diplomatists reported having watched one man being marched along wearing a placard proclaiming : “I am against the revolution.”

The students put up a poster at the entrance to a park criticising young couples who sat in lonely places giggling and “doing things which burn the eyes.” The poster said that these activities and others such as sitting up late at night writing love letters must stop.

Other posters today declared that books which did not conform with Mao’s ideology should be burned. People still drawing interest from the State on their former property should repay to the State all but 1,000 yuan (about £150) of what they had in the bank.

Most of the Red Guard were more or less children, so their My Favorite Color thinking is understandable. But the childishness of today’s aging social justice jihadis is less so.

 
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  1. Jeremy Clarkson on traffic signals around the world:

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Anonymous

    Strictly speaking the German traffic signal was the former East German one. The West Germans had used the fairly generic European style crossing figures.

    Upon reunification there was a program of switching the Eastern signals to Western style ones. The former Easterners rebelled against this and wanted to retain their style. This is particularly noticeable in Berlin.Last time I visited, one could see some Western style signals in the former East Berlin but also Eastern signals in the former West.

    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    , @guest
    @Anonymous

    I don't know what they're on about. American cars have symbols. A smoking cigarette for the lighter, a horn for the horn, etc. Walk/Don't Walk is very often replaced or accompanied by walking men.

    Worst of all, "spectacles" from the Latin literally refers to something from which you see. That's at least as much spelling out what they are as "eyeglasses." And I rarely hear anyone say "eyeglasses." It's usually just glasses.

    It should be so easy to demonstrate Americans are stupid. C'mon, fellas. You're not earning your paychecks.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  2. I suppose the vicious antics of ‘Antifa’ leave us no longer in a position to criticize China for the Red Guards.

    …Too bad Trump won. Perhaps Hillary Clinton could have played Mao to our vermin and caused them to be fruitful and multiply.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Colin Wright

    "vermin"

    Sexual normality is not a thing for Antifa. It's a pageant of cruelty with heavy pedophiliac overtones. I'd bet a bucket of Buzz Mohawk money that most of these cult kids have a history of sexual abuse. Sad but too bad. They are now at an age where self-awareness should have clicked in and found a way to deal with their legacy of trauma. Call in the exterminator.

    Replies: @Colin Wright

  3. The Micks of the Salt City’s Tipperary Hill weren’t any more mature:

    • Thanks: Alexander Turok
    • Replies: @Cortes
    @Reg Cæsar

    Natural continuation or corruption of primitive identity politics such as the Ribbonmen and Whiteboys?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribbonism

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteboys

    The orange parts of Ireland and Scotland have their equivalents. In fact I’m fairly sure that retailers buy in fashion lines to pander to such colour sensibilities.

    , @Lothar of the Hill People
    @Reg Cæsar

    A relative of mine was one of those Stone Throwers. He is even named in the Wiki about the memorial.

    A few years ago my family hosted a brunch at the Irish pub located there. It was in honor of the First Communion of one of my young relatives.

    In an upstairs hallway, I couldn't help but notice there were framed pictures of both Bertie Ahern and Gerry Adams enjoying themselves at that very location!

  4. anon[292] • Disclaimer says:

    Cxin Lu’s science fiction book The Three Body Problem begins with a very visual description of Red Guard cadres attacking a professor of physics in a public forum with enough force that he dies. Viewed abstractly the scene is essentially “mean girls vs. shy middle aged man”.

    Fox Butterfield – yeah, that one – wrote a book in the 80’s called China – adrift in the bitter sea about the cultural revo, and in it he details how tediously tiresome it became for normal working people to react yet again to whatever the latest emotional revolutionary campaign the cadres had come up with. The adrenal glands in a normal human can only be stimulated so much, they can burn out.

    SJW’s are therefore not normal humans.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @anon


    SJW’s are therefore not normal humans.
     
    I'm convinced they get some kind of dopamine hit or sexual thrill, possibly both from trying to control the lives of others.

    Replies: @lavoisier

  5. I

    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. – Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and – – – – Cardi – Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! – Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened… in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state…).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt’s and Greg Lukianoff’s The Coddling of the American Mind. – so: It sure ain’t that easy to explain this – situation in front of the world’s eyes (it’s all on YouTube and/or Twitter) – but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. – How do I know? – Not least from Steve Sailer’s numerous mentions and analyses of – Jonathan Haidt’s (and Greg Lukianoff’s) work.

    III

    So. – I’d like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    It should be-- but only for male voters. They will have to register for the draft during the following Congress.

    And no, this wouldn't violate the Nineteenth Amendment. Voting before eighteen is not a constitutional right, and such suffrage would not be based on sex, but on being subject to conscription.

    Replies: @syonredux, @Jesse, @Bill Jones, @Michael S

    , @DextersLabRat
    @Dieter Kief

    People are really worked up about this Cardi B song huh. There have been raunchy songs forever. Not every form of entertainment is regressing; TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Fluesterwitz, @Achmed E. Newman, @Kronos

    , @Anonymous
    @Dieter Kief

    to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany,

     

    But a great kisser (just ask Brezhnev).

    PS: Is there any chance we might soon see a revival of the old socialist fraternal kiss?


    I think I could overlook almost any amount of nonsense from socialist-in-all-but-name leaders were they duty-bound to kiss each other.

    , @The Alarmist
    @Dieter Kief


    Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    I haven't seen the definitive history of what she said on this subject, but in the one video I saw that was presented as proof of this, she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

    In any case, advocating for letting 16 y.o.'s vote is not negated by considering teenagers to be stupid. For Demonrat purposes, a stupid voter is a good voter.

    https://youtu.be/bdAujn87DGM

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    , @Kronos
    @Dieter Kief

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

    https://youtu.be/k4KKD_SuLRY

    https://youtu.be/hmeTftBlOVY

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    , @Kronos
    @Dieter Kief

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

    https://youtu.be/k4KKD_SuLRY

    https://youtu.be/hmeTftBlOVY

    , @Kronos
    @Dieter Kief

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

    https://youtu.be/k4KKD_SuLRY

    https://youtu.be/hmeTftBlOVY

  6. Just because….

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @bruce county

    Made with squid ink?

    , @Neuday
    @bruce county

    That looks like sh*t.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @bruce county

    bruce, looks like a cake cone piled with two scoops of shit. And just so I don't get called racist, I love black licorice. Hey, black Licorice Matters.

    Replies: @bruce county

  7. The ultimate offence in 2020:

    Touching a black person’s hair whilst wearing white gloves.

    (I think some sort of black hole opens up.)

  8. @Anonymous
    Jeremy Clarkson on traffic signals around the world:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjyBkZei7OU

    Replies: @Lurker, @guest

    Strictly speaking the German traffic signal was the former East German one. The West Germans had used the fairly generic European style crossing figures.

    Upon reunification there was a program of switching the Eastern signals to Western style ones. The former Easterners rebelled against this and wanted to retain their style. This is particularly noticeable in Berlin.Last time I visited, one could see some Western style signals in the former East Berlin but also Eastern signals in the former West.

    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Lurker


    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?
     
    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I'd say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East - found frequently in the old WEst, too.

    Jeremy Clarkson and his host are fabulous in the traffic-light video in comment No. 1, btw.

    Replies: @Lurker, @The Alarmist, @S

  9. @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    It should be– but only for male voters. They will have to register for the draft during the following Congress.

    And no, this wouldn’t violate the Nineteenth Amendment. Voting before eighteen is not a constitutional right, and such suffrage would not be based on sex, but on being subject to conscription.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar

    I wouldn't mind seeing a few restrictions on voting rights....


    Men: Acquire the right to vote upon completion of military service (yeah, I got the idea from Starship Troopers).And by completion, I mean honorable discharge. Loss of voting rights after getting divorced, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    , @Jesse
    @Reg Cæsar

    Example number who cares anymore that you people would rather carp at White women than actually achieve anything.

    What exactly do you intend to achieve when most White people find you repulsive?

    Replies: @Ben tillman, @Reg Cæsar

    , @Bill Jones
    @Reg Cæsar

    The last thing the US needs is to create new class of murderous parastites

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Michael S
    @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah, because the left totally respects obscure legalistic arguments and never manipulates procedural outcomes to favor their own interpretation.

    This terminal, stubborn naivete is why the right keeps losing. How many times will you accept the enemy's terms, assuming they'll cooperate with your "terms" that you can't enforce?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  10. @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    People are really worked up about this Cardi B song huh. There have been raunchy songs forever. Not every form of entertainment is regressing; TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever.

    • Disagree: Kronos
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @DextersLabRat


    TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever
     
    Aren't the news on TV too?
    , @Fluesterwitz
    @DextersLabRat

    With muted noise track, the video is not that bad. Then again, I'm channeling my inner 16 year old, so the point about regression stands.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @DextersLabRat

    If you still watch the TV, then it's you who are regressing, Lab Rat.

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

    , @Kronos
    @DextersLabRat

    I think it’s a question if continuous regressive degeneracy is either a infinite or finite property. What’s left to burn on the funeral pyre of edgy amusement today? If “peak oil” is a concern, isn’t their a “peak cultural cannibalization” that can’t be pressed any farther?

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

  11. Most of the Red Guard were more or less children, so their My Favorite Color thinking is understandable. But the childishness of today’s aging social justice jihadis is less so.

    Okay, but what about the mental age of those aging SJWs? The ones I’ve known were pretty dumb at any age. If you break it down, you have a large Black block (a standard deviation IQ lower), you have ditzy schoolteacher types, HR reps, government workers and a lot of the dumber new immigrants.

    Childishness is baked in.

    I think the “elite intelligence” angle of the Dem party is way overdone. There is a thin layer of Silicon Valley peoplettes, neurotic/androgynous professors, and good ‘ol liberal Ashkenazim. But they’re now in the position of herding dumb cats.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna, bomag
    • Replies: @S
    @RichardTaylor


    Okay, but what about the mental age of those aging SJWs? The ones I’ve known were pretty dumb at any age. If you break it down, you have a large Black block (a standard deviation IQ lower), you have ditzy schoolteacher types, HR reps, government workers and a lot of the dumber new immigrants.

    Childishness is baked in.
     
    Great post.

    Your breakdown of the demographics of the so called 'progressive' 'SJW's' fits perfectly those of the former JAZ (Jonestown Autonomous Zone) of the 1970's, and it's leaders, supporters, and enablers. It too had it's 'large Black block' and we all know of their ultimate fate in 1978.

    I think the “elite intelligence” angle of the Dem party is way overdone. There is a thin layer of Silicon Valley peoplettes, neurotic/androgynous professors, and good ‘ol liberal Ashkenazim. But they’re now in the position of herding dumb cats.
     
    Jonestown certainly had the neurotic in the presumably Anglo-Saxon/Welsh Jim Jones and others. As for 'good 'ol liberal Ashkenazim', the Kennedy assassination researcher and People's Temple lawyer, Mark Lane, was present at Jonestown on the day of the massacre and barely missed (according to his account) being murder/suicided himself.

    Can't vouch for the accuracy of Christopher Bollyn' s article linked below, but apparently Lane and Bollyn didn't get along due to Bollyn's assertions regarding 911 and the Israeli Mossad.

    The sign above Jones chair/throne was not photo shopped in but was actually there on site at Jonestown as it appears in 1978.

    Wise words which should be heeded, especially nowadays and where things seem to be headed.

    https://bollyn.com/public/Lane_in_Jonestown_cropped.JPG

    https://bollyn.com/public/jonestown-pics-with-plaque.jpg


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown

    https://bollyn.com/the-liberty-lobbys-mark-lane-and-the-jonestown-massacre/
  12. @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    It should be-- but only for male voters. They will have to register for the draft during the following Congress.

    And no, this wouldn't violate the Nineteenth Amendment. Voting before eighteen is not a constitutional right, and such suffrage would not be based on sex, but on being subject to conscription.

    Replies: @syonredux, @Jesse, @Bill Jones, @Michael S

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a few restrictions on voting rights….

    Men: Acquire the right to vote upon completion of military service (yeah, I got the idea from Starship Troopers).And by completion, I mean honorable discharge. Loss of voting rights after getting divorced, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @syonredux


    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.
     
    Ironically, our first experiment with women's suffrage, in late-18th-century New Jersey, disenfranchised married women. Not explicitly, but by accident. There was still a property requirement on the books, and married women's property was in their husbands' names. Oops...
    , @Anonymous
    @syonredux

    Something has to be done to ensure that some group capable of sustaining industrial civilization can reproduce at a fertility rate greater than 2.14 (the "magic number" needed to compensate for child mortality a few decades back in the West. ) The ascendance of totalitarians (street fighters and local officials both) is the direct result of a civilization that cannot support its current population.

    Essentially, much of the population has been trained/raised to do things that nobody wants done -- more SJWs, more grossly overweight sterile women holding superfluous jobs, more treacherous and grossly incompetent political leaders useful only as examples of Dunning-Kruger effect, more Blacks reduced to tokens no matter what IQ they have, more Asians lost in a society without order (East Asians) and opposed to Caste (South Asians).

    The result is an industrial/urban base that is grossly deteriorated, and a country that has somehow become poor without realizing it, and while unable to shut up about its indispensability. (Note that the US really is indispensable to the current world order, which will shut down once the US becomes unable to protect it. The US should have spent less time beating its breast and patting itself on the back, and more time protecting its viability.)

    We are told that this situation is a moral necessity. The situation in the urban "autonomous zones" is a consequence of this "moral necessity" and demonstrates that the "moral necessity" is not moral. Since the political "moral necessity" under which the West lives is not moral (hence not an unalterable property of the human condition), it can be changed, and it will be. The US is in the first stages of a USSR scale reorganization.

    , @Anonymous
    @syonredux


    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.
     
    Are we also allowed to blast them into space when we grow weary of them?

    Replies: @J.Ross

  13. @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar

    I wouldn't mind seeing a few restrictions on voting rights....


    Men: Acquire the right to vote upon completion of military service (yeah, I got the idea from Starship Troopers).And by completion, I mean honorable discharge. Loss of voting rights after getting divorced, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Ironically, our first experiment with women’s suffrage, in late-18th-century New Jersey, disenfranchised married women. Not explicitly, but by accident. There was still a property requirement on the books, and married women’s property was in their husbands’ names. Oops…

  14. Matty Ygeslias:

    My hope:

    If you’re able to create fair majoritarian politics then the GOP can’t possibly win without moderating on economics. But if they *do* moderate onbeconomics they can so clearly win that the psychos no longer serve plutocrats’ interest and can be marginalized.

    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP……

    • Replies: @West reanimator
    @syonredux


    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP……
     
    But the GOP is formally opposed to both of those things, so...

    Replies: @TheJester

    , @fitzhamilton
    @syonredux

    Earned income tax under $300,000, 0%. Every $100,000 above $300,000 an additional %5 until $800,000 and above, highest bracket 50%. Capital gains and estate taxes both 50%. No exemptions, except for charitable gifts. No sheltered charitable giving over $300,000 per annum. These benchmarks are adjusted for inflation every ten years, at the Census.

    Corporate taxes for all corporations doing business in the United States, 1% upon every $1,000,000 in income up to 15%. Above $15,000,000 15%, no exemptions. Corporations have no corporate personhood. Limited liability for incorporated businesses, limited (but real) personal criminal liability for decision makers.

    Universal tariff on all imports of 25%. Imprisonment for any corporate officer or other employer hiring illegal workers.

    Universal Medicare on Canada's model. All state land grant universities and community colleges fully subsidized, with highly competitive admissions and retention standards. Massive investment in vocational and apprenticeship programs, on the German and Swiss models.

    School vouchers for all parents, radical school choice. High performance expectations at all schools. Anti social behavior will not be tolerated.

    Financial and other social incentives for good grades and scores in school, serving in the military, staying married, having legitimate children. Penalties for flunking out of school, committing felonies, bearing illegitimate children, divorcing, dishonorable military discharge.

    Citizen's United is repealed. All campaign financing must come directly from the voters, capped at a reasonable amount per individual. No corporate donations, strict limits on campaign spending. Publicly subsidized access for all legitimate candidates to media and communication.

    Universal state and federal term limits (12 years maximum say, all offices) for all elected officials and judges, including Supreme Court. No government official (elected or appointed) once having served can ever be paid for speeches, or work for a corporation receiving government contracts for ten years after leaving office. Paid lobbying (K Street) is eliminated.

    Voter proof of identity and eligibility required for all elections. In person voting required, except in exceptional circumstances. Election day is a holiday, paper ballots are required, polling stations are numerous and easy to access.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes, @Dave3

    , @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang
    @syonredux

    This is the South American way, socially conservative fiscally liberal. It’s funny because it’s the direct inverse of North America

    , @Ben tillman
    @syonredux

    What does “ moderating on economics” mean?

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

  15. The best example of color-f**king I am familiar with was on election day 2000, when the media suddenly switched the left-right color spectrum, making rightists red and leftists blue. A lot of people remarked on it at the time, but the media uniformly acted as if nothing had happened. It was a complete case of gas-lighting.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Mr. Anon

    Strange, I thought that was always the left-right colouring. I just assumed I'd never noticed it before 2000.

    Replies: @SFG

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mr. Anon

    Mr. Anon, Steve Sailer, in these pages, and commenters like myself, have discussed this red/blue GOP/D squad TV thing a few times already. I couldn't remember that far back but I was informed that the colors had been flipping back and forth (ever since widespread color TV, I guess), but yes, they got frozen at the 2000 elections. I think having red ever stand for the D-squad of The Party was just too close for comfort by that year.

    Even today, every time I think about it to write something about one of the 2 squads, I have to make myself go "OK, opposite from what you would think."

    , @vinny
    @Mr. Anon

    It was just a weird thing that happened.

    Formerly, the networks were in the habit of assigning colors to incumbents and challengers rather than having a persistent party color. So, in 2000, Gore, from the incumbent party, got blue, and Bush, as the challenger, had his states colored red. Normally, it's a piece of ephemera that everyone has forgotten by November 10th, but since we had to spend a month obsessing over the map in 2000, it got stuck in people's heads.

  16. @Lurker
    @Anonymous

    Strictly speaking the German traffic signal was the former East German one. The West Germans had used the fairly generic European style crossing figures.

    Upon reunification there was a program of switching the Eastern signals to Western style ones. The former Easterners rebelled against this and wanted to retain their style. This is particularly noticeable in Berlin.Last time I visited, one could see some Western style signals in the former East Berlin but also Eastern signals in the former West.

    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?

    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I’d say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East – found frequently in the old WEst, too.

    Jeremy Clarkson and his host are fabulous in the traffic-light video in comment No. 1, btw.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Dieter Kief

    Thanks. There is definitely something more human about the Eastern signal.

    , @The Alarmist
    @Dieter Kief

    Who doesn't like the Ampelmännchen? Well, maybe the AmpelLBGTQQIAPchen don't care for them, but how can one fit 57 identifications into a workable traffic-light system?

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/217/503779173_997a187859_b.jpg


    Here's the Mainzer twist on that ... it seems ambiguous enough to cover those concerns, though it seems to exclude the non-visually-challenged.

    https://img.welt.de/img/vermischtes/mobile164986377/5262509757-ci102l-w1024/Mainzelmaennchen-Ampel.jpg

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @Faraday's Bobcat

    , @S
    @Dieter Kief


    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I’d say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East – found frequently in the old WEst, too.
     
    You got some of that too in Britain and Ireland with the use of the antiquated term 'carriageway' (from the days of the stagecoach) for modern highways.


    https://www.drivingtesttips.biz/images/dual-carriageway-ahead-sign.jpg

    Replies: @Cortes, @Ancient Briton

  17. Crowds cheered as the students smashed windows, overturned furniture, and tossed possessions which they considered luxurious or bourgeois into the street.

    Furniture! Have we even discussed how oppressive furniture can be? Yes, you bourgeois types must relinquish your comfy couches so that we can all sit on grass mats in the middle of the street. Next thing you know, the commissars will magically find your sofas (and your silverware) in their penthouses. Funny how that works.

    People still drawing interest from the State on their former property should repay to the State all but 1,000 yuan (about £150) of what they had in the bank.

    And as we’ve seen recently, so-called antifa/blm agitators demanding people give their money to the nearest black person, and giving their homes to whichever black person shows up first, I guess.

  18. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany,

    But a great kisser (just ask Brezhnev).

    PS: Is there any chance we might soon see a revival of the old socialist fraternal kiss?

    I think I could overlook almost any amount of nonsense from socialist-in-all-but-name leaders were they duty-bound to kiss each other.

  19. The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution accomplished epic feats of decivilization. Not so foolhardy as attempts in Cambodia, for instance. Because though Mao brought things back to the Stone Age in some parts of his empire, other parts managed to produce guns. And now, several decades after his death, China is great power much wealth happy times.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  20. Speaking of Little White Men:

  21. @Reg Cæsar
    The Micks of the Salt City's Tipperary Hill weren't any more mature:




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nViBgL1Va8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29RCR6d-4Ow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npJY0nzUp-Q

    Replies: @Cortes, @Lothar of the Hill People

    Natural continuation or corruption of primitive identity politics such as the Ribbonmen and Whiteboys?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribbonism

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteboys

    The orange parts of Ireland and Scotland have their equivalents. In fact I’m fairly sure that retailers buy in fashion lines to pander to such colour sensibilities.

  22. @Anonymous
    Jeremy Clarkson on traffic signals around the world:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjyBkZei7OU

    Replies: @Lurker, @guest

    I don’t know what they’re on about. American cars have symbols. A smoking cigarette for the lighter, a horn for the horn, etc. Walk/Don’t Walk is very often replaced or accompanied by walking men.

    Worst of all, “spectacles” from the Latin literally refers to something from which you see. That’s at least as much spelling out what they are as “eyeglasses.” And I rarely hear anyone say “eyeglasses.” It’s usually just glasses.

    It should be so easy to demonstrate Americans are stupid. C’mon, fellas. You’re not earning your paychecks.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @guest


    It should be so easy to demonstrate Americans are stupid.
     
    I appreciate the simple and unambiguous: red “Don’t walk”/green “Walk”. Re: Clarkson making sport of Americans, I didn’t know the design of traffic symbols should cater to foreigners who don’t speak the language of their host country.

    https://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics/language-symbols

    Modern humans used color, words, and sound... The ability to plan, record information, and communicate helped humans survive as climates fluctuated strongly.

    Ultimately, words and symbols led to language and the richness of modern human life.
     

    But isn’t it funny how America is really the only Western country made fun by other Western countries— and even other cosmopolitan Americans— for being stupid and unsophisticated? Meanwhile other European peoples are constantly selling their own culture/people as being sophisticated and smart. And they almost never— unlike Americans— criticize their own. I myself believed this BS while in college and through my 20’s in spite of the glaring fact that America is the center of science, technology, business, education, et al.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  23. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:

    Re Red Guards:

    Soros has prematurely sprung his color revolution on America. Probably because he’s very old and wanted to see happen before he dies.

    This country is still way too functional and wealthy to take the bait of radical revolution. The number of people rioting is actually tiny. The social media reality distortion field has wildly exaggerated the impact of these Red Guards.

    Maybe Soros can somehow cause an EMP attack and a currency crash in the next two months —- but even then the population needs to stew for a quite a while before they would become desperate enough to throw out the current system.

    The Dem convention has a “the jig is up” feel to it. Miniscule audiences are watching. Nobody cares about the liberal agenda and Wall Street shot callers are blocking the leftist agenda.

    Hardcore Bernie/AOC issues are non starters and all that’s left is racism and orange man bad.

    Soros is losing this thing. It’s a 1905 fail not a 1917 success.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I don't know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists. Totally on board with radical changes and totally having bought into the "USA is an evil country" narrative.

    Are there enough 60+ voters to hold the line? Will they brave getting COVID in order to cast their single vote against Presidential Dementia and state-endorsed riots?

    Will enough people see the videos of NYC's 5th Avenue completely boarded up? Will enough people in the rust belt care?

    People aren't watching the Convention because it's boring and they don't want to be confronted with actually having to watch Biden or Harris. But that doesn't mean they won't vote.

    Instead of saying "we got this in the bag," we need to be making it clear that it's going to be down to the wire again, like last time, and everyone needs to vote and get others to vote as well.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @The Wild Geese Howard

    , @Old Prude
    @Anonymous

    1905 not 1917: Just so. This is a coddled generation, not ripe for revolution. None of the centuries of mismanagement of Bourbon France, or centuries of serfdom of Russia, or milllions of dead sons of Weimar Germany, or the inhuman disregard for human life of warlord China. This is play acting of spoiled, pampered brats. Not that it can't totally f***up our 401Ks.

  24. @Dieter Kief
    @Lurker


    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?
     
    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I'd say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East - found frequently in the old WEst, too.

    Jeremy Clarkson and his host are fabulous in the traffic-light video in comment No. 1, btw.

    Replies: @Lurker, @The Alarmist, @S

    Thanks. There is definitely something more human about the Eastern signal.

  25. @syonredux
    Matty Ygeslias:

    My hope:

    If you’re able to create fair majoritarian politics then the GOP can’t possibly win without moderating on economics. But if they *do* moderate onbeconomics they can so clearly win that the psychos no longer serve plutocrats’ interest and can be marginalized.

     

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1295941668496179201


    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP......

    Replies: @West reanimator, @fitzhamilton, @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang, @Ben tillman

    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP……

    But the GOP is formally opposed to both of those things, so…

    • Replies: @TheJester
    @West reanimator

    Remember when we had an annual Federal budget with GOP politicians clamoring for a "balanced budget"?

    Did anyone notice? It's been years since we've had a Federal budget. The country has been run on continuing resolutions and stuffing pork into off-budget war appropriations. Now, for good reason, no one even mentions "balanced budgets". How can a country have a balanced budget when it doesn't have a budget?

    The "cat is out of the bag"! A country printing fiat money (or hitting the right keys on a computer) doesn't need a budget, so there is nothing to balance. And fiscal restraint is so blasé! We have precedence: the Federal Reserve now drops Mana from Heaven on emotionally destitute, grievance-based populations euphemistically called underserved communities.

    "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; and knock, and it will be opened to you ..." Matthew 7:7. Yes, it's that easy. No wonder Central Banks have replaced Christianity in the Western world. Central Banks deliver!

    But there is no cause for alarm. As Covid-19 proved, the Federal Reserve can print as much money as it needs to keep Wall Street banks solvent ... or for Congress to fund its "pork" programs. $14 trillion to fund the Covit-19 lockdown! Why not an additional $10 trillion for AOC's greenhouse programs ... or, trillions more for reparations for anyone with a drop of sub-Saharan African or Amerindian blood?

    Astronauts on Mars, Open Borders, Medicare for All, Universal Basic Incomes. The possibilities are endless! It boggles the mind.

  26. A fair number of Boomers, Xers, and Millennials never really grew up, so it’s not surprising they act this childish.

  27. @syonredux
    Matty Ygeslias:

    My hope:

    If you’re able to create fair majoritarian politics then the GOP can’t possibly win without moderating on economics. But if they *do* moderate onbeconomics they can so clearly win that the psychos no longer serve plutocrats’ interest and can be marginalized.

     

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1295941668496179201


    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP......

    Replies: @West reanimator, @fitzhamilton, @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang, @Ben tillman

    Earned income tax under $300,000, 0%. Every $100,000 above $300,000 an additional %5 until $800,000 and above, highest bracket 50%. Capital gains and estate taxes both 50%. No exemptions, except for charitable gifts. No sheltered charitable giving over $300,000 per annum. These benchmarks are adjusted for inflation every ten years, at the Census.

    Corporate taxes for all corporations doing business in the United States, 1% upon every $1,000,000 in income up to 15%. Above $15,000,000 15%, no exemptions. Corporations have no corporate personhood. Limited liability for incorporated businesses, limited (but real) personal criminal liability for decision makers.

    Universal tariff on all imports of 25%. Imprisonment for any corporate officer or other employer hiring illegal workers.

    Universal Medicare on Canada’s model. All state land grant universities and community colleges fully subsidized, with highly competitive admissions and retention standards. Massive investment in vocational and apprenticeship programs, on the German and Swiss models.

    School vouchers for all parents, radical school choice. High performance expectations at all schools. Anti social behavior will not be tolerated.

    Financial and other social incentives for good grades and scores in school, serving in the military, staying married, having legitimate children. Penalties for flunking out of school, committing felonies, bearing illegitimate children, divorcing, dishonorable military discharge.

    Citizen’s United is repealed. All campaign financing must come directly from the voters, capped at a reasonable amount per individual. No corporate donations, strict limits on campaign spending. Publicly subsidized access for all legitimate candidates to media and communication.

    Universal state and federal term limits (12 years maximum say, all offices) for all elected officials and judges, including Supreme Court. No government official (elected or appointed) once having served can ever be paid for speeches, or work for a corporation receiving government contracts for ten years after leaving office. Paid lobbying (K Street) is eliminated.

    Voter proof of identity and eligibility required for all elections. In person voting required, except in exceptional circumstances. Election day is a holiday, paper ballots are required, polling stations are numerous and easy to access.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    @fitzhamilton

    Eminently reasonable suggestions, all, but not likely to ever be adopted as they fly in the face of too many self-interested individuals and groups.

    In response to Steve's post "Why does U.S. have a high murder rate?..." in which he notices that blacks tend to be more "into the moment" than other races and how this leads to crimes of passion that involve gunplay, I was going to add that the same mentality contributed to why there is limited indoor plumbing and electricity in Africa. African men steal the wiring and pipes and sell them for scrap.

    Now it strikes me how similar the situations are. Whereas the African men steal stuff, the consequence of which is community-wide failure, sophisticated western men steal through tax laws and all of the programs designed to siphon off community wealth that you have addressed in your reforms.

    Jews steal the pipes and wiring from our financial system, thereby destroying it. Minorities loot it through transfer payments. Extremely wealthy white white-collar crooks devise laws to avoid taxes that would maintain communal infrastructure. Industry was ripped out of our communities and moved abroad.

    We differ from the Africans only in that they haven't the imagination to dream up the sophisticated schemes we have contrived for selling for scrap value our system's metaphorical pipes and wiring.

    , @Dave3
    @fitzhamilton

    We can't vote our way out of this mess, nor will our problems be fixed by adjusting tax rates. Not when small businesses are taxed over 100% -- rioters burn your shop to the ground, your insurance refuses to cover civil unrest, and the city demands you pay future property taxes for a permit to clear the rubble!

    We shall abolish the police and have one law: If you steal, break, burn, or spray-paint anything, or look like the sort of person who'd do such things, your body will never be found.

  28. @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    It should be-- but only for male voters. They will have to register for the draft during the following Congress.

    And no, this wouldn't violate the Nineteenth Amendment. Voting before eighteen is not a constitutional right, and such suffrage would not be based on sex, but on being subject to conscription.

    Replies: @syonredux, @Jesse, @Bill Jones, @Michael S

    Example number who cares anymore that you people would rather carp at White women than actually achieve anything.

    What exactly do you intend to achieve when most White people find you repulsive?

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
    @Jesse

    I think I speak for everyone here when I say that YOU are the most repulsive commenter on this site.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Jesse

    When you're old enough to drink, we can discuss this at a comfortable pub somewhere. In the meantime, please don't comment while on controlled substances.

    Jeez, working to keeping my daughter out of Selective Service is now "carping at WHITE women".

  29. Speaking of…the local CBS affiliate in LA accidentally posted a photo of one of the covid parties people keep having. OOPS.

    “I think the mortality and morbidity that we’re seeing in COVID-19 is directly related to decades of systemic racism and the impact of racism on communities of color,” said Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, an associate professor of public health at the School of Medicine. “Racism plays out in the rationing of equipment for people who are testing positive for COVID and even in back room decisions about who is eligible to get tests.”

    https://publichealth.tufts.edu/news/2020/07/why-people-color-are-suffering-more-covid-19

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @HammerJack

    Yes, systemic racism forces poor minorities to crowd into parties. It really is a shame how we keep them penned in.

    , @Juckett
    @HammerJack

    I think you meant to say , BROVID PARTY.....Hey now!!!

    , @J.Ross
    @HammerJack

    I like the balloons. I wonder if they blew them up with their mouths -- no, even that would be a kind of consciousness of this big economy-screwing thing that everyone has been talking about for months, and the point of these parties is obliviousness.

  30. @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    I haven’t seen the definitive history of what she said on this subject, but in the one video I saw that was presented as proof of this, she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

    In any case, advocating for letting 16 y.o.’s vote is not negated by considering teenagers to be stupid. For Demonrat purposes, a stupid voter is a good voter.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @The Alarmist


    she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

     

    I get your point. But still - she does say: The younger the voters, the more robust the electoral process will be. - This includes all kinds of youngsters, not only 16-year-olds. She sure sounds, as if even babies would be wiser than Trump.

    Replies: @Adam Smith, @Alden

  31. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar

    I wouldn't mind seeing a few restrictions on voting rights....


    Men: Acquire the right to vote upon completion of military service (yeah, I got the idea from Starship Troopers).And by completion, I mean honorable discharge. Loss of voting rights after getting divorced, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    Something has to be done to ensure that some group capable of sustaining industrial civilization can reproduce at a fertility rate greater than 2.14 (the “magic number” needed to compensate for child mortality a few decades back in the West. ) The ascendance of totalitarians (street fighters and local officials both) is the direct result of a civilization that cannot support its current population.

    Essentially, much of the population has been trained/raised to do things that nobody wants done — more SJWs, more grossly overweight sterile women holding superfluous jobs, more treacherous and grossly incompetent political leaders useful only as examples of Dunning-Kruger effect, more Blacks reduced to tokens no matter what IQ they have, more Asians lost in a society without order (East Asians) and opposed to Caste (South Asians).

    The result is an industrial/urban base that is grossly deteriorated, and a country that has somehow become poor without realizing it, and while unable to shut up about its indispensability. (Note that the US really is indispensable to the current world order, which will shut down once the US becomes unable to protect it. The US should have spent less time beating its breast and patting itself on the back, and more time protecting its viability.)

    We are told that this situation is a moral necessity. The situation in the urban “autonomous zones” is a consequence of this “moral necessity” and demonstrates that the “moral necessity” is not moral. Since the political “moral necessity” under which the West lives is not moral (hence not an unalterable property of the human condition), it can be changed, and it will be. The US is in the first stages of a USSR scale reorganization.

  32. @Dieter Kief
    @Lurker


    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?
     
    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I'd say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East - found frequently in the old WEst, too.

    Jeremy Clarkson and his host are fabulous in the traffic-light video in comment No. 1, btw.

    Replies: @Lurker, @The Alarmist, @S

    Who doesn’t like the Ampelmännchen? Well, maybe the AmpelLBGTQQIAPchen don’t care for them, but how can one fit 57 identifications into a workable traffic-light system?

    Here’s the Mainzer twist on that … it seems ambiguous enough to cover those concerns, though it seems to exclude the non-visually-challenged.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @The Alarmist

    Commie Jesus versus the Karl Marx Stadt Keep on Truckin' Dude

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    , @J.Ross
    @The Alarmist

    Thanks, I couldn't find it online, but a German professor had on her door a chart of pedestrian signals from around the world, and the Östi one was objectively the jauntiest. You don't get to say that often.

    Replies: @Alden

    , @Faraday's Bobcat
    @The Alarmist

    The top Walk guy looks like he's sporting a huge green boner. The teenage boys of Germany must make much mirth over that.

  33. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/blue-versus-green-rocking-the-byzantine-empire-113325928/

    In the days of the Roman republic, the races featured four color-themed teams, the Reds, the Whites, the Greens and the Blues, each of which attracted fanatical support. By the sixth century A.D., after the western half of the empire fell, only two of these survived—the Greens had incorporated the Reds, and the Whites had been absorbed into the Blues. But the two remaining teams were wildly popular in the Eastern, or Byzantine, Empire, which had its capital at Constantinople, and their supporters were as passionate as ever—so much so that they were frequently responsible for bloody riots.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-motor-nascar-trump/trump-re-election-bid-picks-up-speed-with-nascar-sponsorship-idUKKBN2432W6

    Trump 2020 the primary sponsor of Corey LaJoie’s car for NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.“With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” said driver Corey LaJoie.

    “I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.

  34. @HammerJack
    Speaking of...the local CBS affiliate in LA accidentally posted a photo of one of the covid parties people keep having. OOPS.

    https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/la-party-34.jpg

    “I think the mortality and morbidity that we’re seeing in COVID-19 is directly related to decades of systemic racism and the impact of racism on communities of color,” said Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, an associate professor of public health at the School of Medicine. “Racism plays out in the rationing of equipment for people who are testing positive for COVID and even in back room decisions about who is eligible to get tests.”

    https://publichealth.tufts.edu/news/2020/07/why-people-color-are-suffering-more-covid-19

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Juckett, @J.Ross

    Yes, systemic racism forces poor minorities to crowd into parties. It really is a shame how we keep them penned in.

  35. Steve: this is an observation. Not an accusation. You see the best in people and the glass half full. I think that mode of thinking is a product of your awesome LA upbringing during the Golden Era….

    I would urge you to see the worst in people….and accept ppl and their faults as they are. I often view many humans as little more than highly evolved caveman. That’s that mid 20th century liberal in me i suppose.

    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate….

    • Replies: @An astute observation
    @Neoconned

    But imagine Sailer blatantly pointing out every time how a large majority of people are idiots and/or lazy and a net negative for prosperity; it would get tiresome after a while and we wouldn't learn anything we don't already know. That's our job to do, as anonymous fellow travelers.

    , @SFG
    @Neoconned

    I admit I wasn't expecting a sex metaphor for that outside BDSM.

    Yeah, I think Steve's a product of one of the better eras in this country. When things are good, people genuinely are nicer.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    , @Neuday
    @Neoconned


    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate….
     
    Slow down, put in some extra effort, be nice to each other, and there . . . isn't that better?
    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Neoconned

    "dry coitus"

    You're doing something wrong.

  36. @Mr. Anon
    The best example of color-f**king I am familiar with was on election day 2000, when the media suddenly switched the left-right color spectrum, making rightists red and leftists blue. A lot of people remarked on it at the time, but the media uniformly acted as if nothing had happened. It was a complete case of gas-lighting.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Achmed E. Newman, @vinny

    Strange, I thought that was always the left-right colouring. I just assumed I’d never noticed it before 2000.

    • Replies: @SFG
    @Rob McX

    Apparently a lot of it started with David Brooks' article on Red and Blue America in the Atlantic, shortly after the Gore-Bush recount debacle:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/12/one-nation-slightly-divisible/376441/

    The thing is actually pretty sympathetic toward Red America, if kind of patronizing. Brooks is one of these congenitally moderate types. I think he still identified as a Republican back then.

    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.

    Of course, back in 2001, the Cold War was still enough of a memory I'll bet the Democrats really wanted to drop the Democrats=red=Communism association still burning in a lot of people's minds. I'm not much for a lot of the conspiracy theories around here (sex dungeon below a pizza parlor? Mueller is working for Trump? Really?), but that seems like too obvious an opportunity for a political party to resist.

    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it's the opposite of red (so is green, but that's taken by environmentalism with the pretty commonsense color of plants and thus the natural world; also Islam, which ironically derives from the same source--green is hope in the desert). Brown is fascism, which is why nobody uses it. Black is anarchism (and sometimes fascism; I imagine the association with evil means it's not favored). You see yellow for libertarianism sometimes.

    The wikipedia article's pretty good, and has some interesting examples and counterexamples:

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

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar

  37. @DextersLabRat
    @Dieter Kief

    People are really worked up about this Cardi B song huh. There have been raunchy songs forever. Not every form of entertainment is regressing; TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Fluesterwitz, @Achmed E. Newman, @Kronos

    TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever

    Aren’t the news on TV too?

  38. @The Alarmist
    @Dieter Kief

    Who doesn't like the Ampelmännchen? Well, maybe the AmpelLBGTQQIAPchen don't care for them, but how can one fit 57 identifications into a workable traffic-light system?

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/217/503779173_997a187859_b.jpg


    Here's the Mainzer twist on that ... it seems ambiguous enough to cover those concerns, though it seems to exclude the non-visually-challenged.

    https://img.welt.de/img/vermischtes/mobile164986377/5262509757-ci102l-w1024/Mainzelmaennchen-Ampel.jpg

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @Faraday's Bobcat

    Commie Jesus versus the Karl Marx Stadt Keep on Truckin’ Dude

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Steve Sailer

    There you go, channeling your inner Colonel Kurtz.

  39. @DextersLabRat
    @Dieter Kief

    People are really worked up about this Cardi B song huh. There have been raunchy songs forever. Not every form of entertainment is regressing; TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Fluesterwitz, @Achmed E. Newman, @Kronos

    With muted noise track, the video is not that bad. Then again, I’m channeling my inner 16 year old, so the point about regression stands.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Fluesterwitz

    I disagree, the video gets one thing right (mid-eighties style visual noise with use of color and line; cf Yankovic, "Dare To Be Stupid") and remarkable things wrong. It manages to be almost perfectly sexless. For all its alleged erotic concern it has no erotic quality. It is as though a space alien were given a clumsy report about human sexuality, never managed to get a gestalt together, and dartboarded some of what he later remembered. The Chris Isaaks music video from a brazilian years ago is still talked about because of its simple elements and perfect execution: excellent high focus black and white photography, tropical beach, sequences vaguely track with music, tall Dane who has has far less surgery than apparently everyone in the Cardi video. At one point a Kardashian shows up, walks through a hallway, and (presumably) receives surgery offscreen: what was the point of that, other than to say that Gul Dukat did nothing wrong?

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

    , @anon
    @Fluesterwitz

    Agree. Mainstream conservatives pick the stupidest shit to get offended over. What do you think about her song Press? That one actually shocked me. For full effect, listen on high volume and on headphone w/ good bass.

    Mix of sex and violence and a dash of anti- old white man.

    To busy people bored by the social conservative stuff but wanting to stay informed:if you want an executive summary for how far modern music videos have pushed the envelope-- just watch that video.

  40. @Steve Sailer
    @The Alarmist

    Commie Jesus versus the Karl Marx Stadt Keep on Truckin' Dude

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    There you go, channeling your inner Colonel Kurtz.

  41. @anon
    Cxin Lu's science fiction book The Three Body Problem begins with a very visual description of Red Guard cadres attacking a professor of physics in a public forum with enough force that he dies. Viewed abstractly the scene is essentially "mean girls vs. shy middle aged man".

    Fox Butterfield - yeah, that one - wrote a book in the 80's called China - adrift in the bitter sea about the cultural revo, and in it he details how tediously tiresome it became for normal working people to react yet again to whatever the latest emotional revolutionary campaign the cadres had come up with. The adrenal glands in a normal human can only be stimulated so much, they can burn out.

    SJW's are therefore not normal humans.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    SJW’s are therefore not normal humans.

    I’m convinced they get some kind of dopamine hit or sexual thrill, possibly both from trying to control the lives of others.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    I’m convinced they get some kind of dopamine hit or sexual thrill, possibly both from trying to control the lives of others.
     
    While this is definitely true, it goes much deeper than that.

    These are people who by any metric of objective merit are worthless. They have accomplished nothing, they are shadows.

    Their one true value is completely derivative--their ability to harm those of real merit and worth.

    It is in this power that they find worth, for they cannot find it elsewhere being the dishonest and evil losers that they are.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

  42. @fitzhamilton
    @syonredux

    Earned income tax under $300,000, 0%. Every $100,000 above $300,000 an additional %5 until $800,000 and above, highest bracket 50%. Capital gains and estate taxes both 50%. No exemptions, except for charitable gifts. No sheltered charitable giving over $300,000 per annum. These benchmarks are adjusted for inflation every ten years, at the Census.

    Corporate taxes for all corporations doing business in the United States, 1% upon every $1,000,000 in income up to 15%. Above $15,000,000 15%, no exemptions. Corporations have no corporate personhood. Limited liability for incorporated businesses, limited (but real) personal criminal liability for decision makers.

    Universal tariff on all imports of 25%. Imprisonment for any corporate officer or other employer hiring illegal workers.

    Universal Medicare on Canada's model. All state land grant universities and community colleges fully subsidized, with highly competitive admissions and retention standards. Massive investment in vocational and apprenticeship programs, on the German and Swiss models.

    School vouchers for all parents, radical school choice. High performance expectations at all schools. Anti social behavior will not be tolerated.

    Financial and other social incentives for good grades and scores in school, serving in the military, staying married, having legitimate children. Penalties for flunking out of school, committing felonies, bearing illegitimate children, divorcing, dishonorable military discharge.

    Citizen's United is repealed. All campaign financing must come directly from the voters, capped at a reasonable amount per individual. No corporate donations, strict limits on campaign spending. Publicly subsidized access for all legitimate candidates to media and communication.

    Universal state and federal term limits (12 years maximum say, all offices) for all elected officials and judges, including Supreme Court. No government official (elected or appointed) once having served can ever be paid for speeches, or work for a corporation receiving government contracts for ten years after leaving office. Paid lobbying (K Street) is eliminated.

    Voter proof of identity and eligibility required for all elections. In person voting required, except in exceptional circumstances. Election day is a holiday, paper ballots are required, polling stations are numerous and easy to access.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes, @Dave3

    Eminently reasonable suggestions, all, but not likely to ever be adopted as they fly in the face of too many self-interested individuals and groups.

    In response to Steve’s post “Why does U.S. have a high murder rate?…” in which he notices that blacks tend to be more “into the moment” than other races and how this leads to crimes of passion that involve gunplay, I was going to add that the same mentality contributed to why there is limited indoor plumbing and electricity in Africa. African men steal the wiring and pipes and sell them for scrap.

    Now it strikes me how similar the situations are. Whereas the African men steal stuff, the consequence of which is community-wide failure, sophisticated western men steal through tax laws and all of the programs designed to siphon off community wealth that you have addressed in your reforms.

    Jews steal the pipes and wiring from our financial system, thereby destroying it. Minorities loot it through transfer payments. Extremely wealthy white white-collar crooks devise laws to avoid taxes that would maintain communal infrastructure. Industry was ripped out of our communities and moved abroad.

    We differ from the Africans only in that they haven’t the imagination to dream up the sophisticated schemes we have contrived for selling for scrap value our system’s metaphorical pipes and wiring.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  43. @bruce county
    Just because....

    https://cdn.mycrafts.com/i/1/6/72/diy-black-ice-cream-feat-mr-hung-o.jpg

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Neuday, @Buffalo Joe

    Made with squid ink?

  44. Age ought to bring wisdom, but there are no fools like old fools. Gee whiz, dumb.

  45. @Anonymous
    Re Red Guards:

    Soros has prematurely sprung his color revolution on America. Probably because he's very old and wanted to see happen before he dies.

    This country is still way too functional and wealthy to take the bait of radical revolution. The number of people rioting is actually tiny. The social media reality distortion field has wildly exaggerated the impact of these Red Guards.

    Maybe Soros can somehow cause an EMP attack and a currency crash in the next two months ---- but even then the population needs to stew for a quite a while before they would become desperate enough to throw out the current system.

    The Dem convention has a "the jig is up" feel to it. Miniscule audiences are watching. Nobody cares about the liberal agenda and Wall Street shot callers are blocking the leftist agenda.

    Hardcore Bernie/AOC issues are non starters and all that's left is racism and orange man bad.

    Soros is losing this thing. It's a 1905 fail not a 1917 success.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Old Prude

    I don’t know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists. Totally on board with radical changes and totally having bought into the “USA is an evil country” narrative.

    Are there enough 60+ voters to hold the line? Will they brave getting COVID in order to cast their single vote against Presidential Dementia and state-endorsed riots?

    Will enough people see the videos of NYC’s 5th Avenue completely boarded up? Will enough people in the rust belt care?

    People aren’t watching the Convention because it’s boring and they don’t want to be confronted with actually having to watch Biden or Harris. But that doesn’t mean they won’t vote.

    Instead of saying “we got this in the bag,” we need to be making it clear that it’s going to be down to the wire again, like last time, and everyone needs to vote and get others to vote as well.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Chrisnonymous

    'I don’t know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists. Totally on board with radical changes and totally having bought into the “USA is an evil country” narrative...'

    It's possible they'll switch to being 'hard, hard, rightists' in a heartbeat.

    Orwell observed at some point in the Thirties that many of the British admirers of fascism and Nazism had been admirers of Communism a decade earlier. He decided it was a matter of hating the established order and being attracted to anything that offered a pretext for violence.

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Chrisnonymous


    I don’t know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists.
     
    I grew up on Main Street USA in the mid-90s with a graduating class of 50 or so.

    I'd estimate at least 30-35% are Leftist loons.
  46. @The Alarmist
    @Dieter Kief


    Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    I haven't seen the definitive history of what she said on this subject, but in the one video I saw that was presented as proof of this, she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

    In any case, advocating for letting 16 y.o.'s vote is not negated by considering teenagers to be stupid. For Demonrat purposes, a stupid voter is a good voter.

    https://youtu.be/bdAujn87DGM

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

    I get your point. But still – she does say: The younger the voters, the more robust the electoral process will be. – This includes all kinds of youngsters, not only 16-year-olds. She sure sounds, as if even babies would be wiser than Trump.

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
    @Dieter Kief

    16 seems like such an arbitrary number.

    Why not 6?

    Just because 6 year olds are stupid is no reason to deny them the franchise. Knowledge, experience or merely being informed are not criteria for voting eligibility. Plenty of Americans are stupid and they can vote. In America, you don't even have to be literate to vote. You don't loose your privilege to vote just because you have dementia or alzheimer's. Even low IQ retards handicapables can vote.

    There are no wrong votes.

    Lowering the voting age to 6 is a great idea!
    Lowering the voting age to 6 would...

    • Increase voter turnout.
    • Get children into the habit of voting (thus legitimizing the system.)
    • Be an expansion of freedom. (Everyone loves freedom.)
    • Be good for the Democratic party and Democracy itself.
    • Make elections more exciting.
    • Make elections more fun!

    Stop being an ageist and let the kids vote!
    It's the right thing to do!

    Replies: @Charlotte, @Dieter Kief

    , @Alden
    @Dieter Kief

    The plan is probably for the public schools to shove absentee ballots at the 16-18 already brainwashed students and tell them to vote for Biden Harris.

  47. @West reanimator
    @syonredux


    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP……
     
    But the GOP is formally opposed to both of those things, so...

    Replies: @TheJester

    Remember when we had an annual Federal budget with GOP politicians clamoring for a “balanced budget”?

    Did anyone notice? It’s been years since we’ve had a Federal budget. The country has been run on continuing resolutions and stuffing pork into off-budget war appropriations. Now, for good reason, no one even mentions “balanced budgets”. How can a country have a balanced budget when it doesn’t have a budget?

    The “cat is out of the bag”! A country printing fiat money (or hitting the right keys on a computer) doesn’t need a budget, so there is nothing to balance. And fiscal restraint is so blasé! We have precedence: the Federal Reserve now drops Mana from Heaven on emotionally destitute, grievance-based populations euphemistically called underserved communities.

    Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; and knock, and it will be opened to you …” Matthew 7:7. Yes, it’s that easy. No wonder Central Banks have replaced Christianity in the Western world. Central Banks deliver!

    But there is no cause for alarm. As Covid-19 proved, the Federal Reserve can print as much money as it needs to keep Wall Street banks solvent … or for Congress to fund its “pork” programs. $14 trillion to fund the Covit-19 lockdown! Why not an additional $10 trillion for AOC’s greenhouse programs … or, trillions more for reparations for anyone with a drop of sub-Saharan African or Amerindian blood?

    Astronauts on Mars, Open Borders, Medicare for All, Universal Basic Incomes. The possibilities are endless! It boggles the mind.

  48. “The Guards plastered posters on the city’s walls today which said that red was the colour of revolution and should be used as a signal for traffic to go forward.”

    Look for antifa to demand that the “red-state/blue-state” shorthand be flipped. The “colour of revolution should be used” as a symbol of the triumph of the revolution in California, New York and Illinois.

  49. @Neoconned
    Steve: this is an observation. Not an accusation. You see the best in people and the glass half full. I think that mode of thinking is a product of your awesome LA upbringing during the Golden Era....

    I would urge you to see the worst in people....and accept ppl and their faults as they are. I often view many humans as little more than highly evolved caveman. That's that mid 20th century liberal in me i suppose.

    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate....

    Replies: @An astute observation, @SFG, @Neuday, @SunBakedSuburb

    But imagine Sailer blatantly pointing out every time how a large majority of people are idiots and/or lazy and a net negative for prosperity; it would get tiresome after a while and we wouldn’t learn anything we don’t already know. That’s our job to do, as anonymous fellow travelers.

  50. Amazon Prime Video has a documentary about China’s Cultural Revolution from the perspective of the American “communist” Sidney Rittenberg. It’s called “The Revolutionary” (2013) and is directed by Irv Drasnin. Rittenberg was first sent to China during WWII by the U.S. Military, stayed during the ensuing Chinese Civil War period, and settled there after the Chinese communists prevailed in 1949. He joined the CCP and actually lived in Yan’an, the refuge of the CCP leadership after their Long March.

    The film is rich in ironies. For a “communist”, Rittenberg seems to have done pretty well for himself, with the exception of a total of 15 years in solitary confinement in Chinese prisons, including 9 years in the hole during the Cultural Revolution (after being a noteworthy cheerleader for it). Some time after returning to the United States in 1980, he began working as a consultant for American companies, helping them send, for example, the jobs of U.S. textile workers to China. Nice work for a so-called communist who at the start of the film boasts of working as a union organizer for North Carolina textile workers.

    Still, Rittenberg is pretty insightful and far more honest than most on the left. Lots of food for thought about what the “Newest Supreme Directives” from America’s nomenklatura portend.

    At 16:30

    … The traditional system of Chinese rulers … You kill the chicken to teach the monkeys a lesson. So, the monkeys are the majority. You can’t kill them. But you have to teach them to keep them in line. So you take a chicken, and hold him up before the monkeys. And you excoriate him. Everything from political conspiracies, to he slept with his sister, to everything about his personal life. He was 100% low life. It’s called in Chinese “Making him stink”, literally. So then, after having exposed him and turned everybody against him, you chop his head off. Then you say to the monkeys, “You see, aren’t you glad you’re not a chicken? You’re not chickens, you’re monkeys, you’re okay. Aren’t you glad you’re not a chicken? And by the way, I know you will want to watch yourself carefully that you don’t get into any of the ways of chickens. You don’t have chickenish ways so that you might one day fall into the same kind of, in(to) this category, and get the same kind of treatment.”

    At 36:42

    There was a woman working there at (Beijing) Radio with me who was the daughter of Mr. Sachs of Goldman-Sachs, one of the founders, okay. And she had been an American communist since her school days. Redder than a rose … you know, but she grew up on Park Avenue taking a walk in the park with a limousine puttering along her side and so on, she was “to the manner born”.

    At 1:01:16

    It’s unbelievable brutality and cruelty as the background of this whole revolutionary ferment. And for the army and the police, it was basically hands off. If they’re not setting fire to public property and major destruction, stay out of it. It was a catastrophe of historic proportions.

    At 1:03:46

    Power at the top was wielded by the Central Cultural Revolution Group whose leaders became known as the Gang of Four. Most prominent among them was Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing. … (later) … Rittenberg went to Jiang Qing for help. She wasn’t the same woman he remembered from the Saturday night dances in Yan’an. “What happened was amazing to me, because I had known Jiang Qing since 1946 in Yan’an. She started as an ambitious young person. Very little talent as a movie actress, but great talent as a political actress“.

    At 1:23:05

    “This generation of Chinese don’t have a clue about what happened (during the Cultural Revolution), not a clue. They don’t know anything. Maybe someone in their family told them a story or two, but most people don’t talk about it. So these young kids (today’s Chinese), if you talk to them about the Cultural Revolution, they say “How, how could that happen, how could people be like that?” I think its an enormously important period in human history to study and draw lessons from. How do people behave when there are no holds barred, when everything is up for grabs, when you can do it any way you want, together with anyone you choose, how do they behave under those circumstances?

  51. @Anonymous
    Re Red Guards:

    Soros has prematurely sprung his color revolution on America. Probably because he's very old and wanted to see happen before he dies.

    This country is still way too functional and wealthy to take the bait of radical revolution. The number of people rioting is actually tiny. The social media reality distortion field has wildly exaggerated the impact of these Red Guards.

    Maybe Soros can somehow cause an EMP attack and a currency crash in the next two months ---- but even then the population needs to stew for a quite a while before they would become desperate enough to throw out the current system.

    The Dem convention has a "the jig is up" feel to it. Miniscule audiences are watching. Nobody cares about the liberal agenda and Wall Street shot callers are blocking the leftist agenda.

    Hardcore Bernie/AOC issues are non starters and all that's left is racism and orange man bad.

    Soros is losing this thing. It's a 1905 fail not a 1917 success.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Old Prude

    1905 not 1917: Just so. This is a coddled generation, not ripe for revolution. None of the centuries of mismanagement of Bourbon France, or centuries of serfdom of Russia, or milllions of dead sons of Weimar Germany, or the inhuman disregard for human life of warlord China. This is play acting of spoiled, pampered brats. Not that it can’t totally f***up our 401Ks.

  52. I think it’s racist that it’s black when I turn a light off, and white and bright and I can discriminate (heh) things when I turn the light on. Black lights matter!

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Old Prude

    Goethe in his Color Theory deducted the existence of black light rays. His contemporaries thought, that this was the point, where he lost against Newton. But up came the 20th century and all of a sudden it was clear, that all kinds of at first sight self-contradictive scientific insights saw - the light of the day - not least black rays, black holes, dark matter etc. pp.

  53. @DextersLabRat
    @Dieter Kief

    People are really worked up about this Cardi B song huh. There have been raunchy songs forever. Not every form of entertainment is regressing; TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Fluesterwitz, @Achmed E. Newman, @Kronos

    If you still watch the TV, then it’s you who are regressing, Lab Rat.

    • Replies: @DextersLabRat
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The last thing I watched was Game of Thrones. The main succession storyline's resolution was a mess, but I enjoyed how they trolled the fans of the women empowerment white saviour girl and how the whole thing kind of ended up (unintentionally?) as a metaphor against communism.

  54. @Mr. Anon
    The best example of color-f**king I am familiar with was on election day 2000, when the media suddenly switched the left-right color spectrum, making rightists red and leftists blue. A lot of people remarked on it at the time, but the media uniformly acted as if nothing had happened. It was a complete case of gas-lighting.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Achmed E. Newman, @vinny

    Mr. Anon, Steve Sailer, in these pages, and commenters like myself, have discussed this red/blue GOP/D squad TV thing a few times already. I couldn’t remember that far back but I was informed that the colors had been flipping back and forth (ever since widespread color TV, I guess), but yes, they got frozen at the 2000 elections. I think having red ever stand for the D-squad of The Party was just too close for comfort by that year.

    Even today, every time I think about it to write something about one of the 2 squads, I have to make myself go “OK, opposite from what you would think.”

  55. The students put up a poster at the entrance to a park criticising young couples who sat in lonely places giggling and “doing things which burn the eyes.” The poster said that these activities and others such as sitting up late at night writing love letters must stop.

    Heh, really demonstrates how the “revolutionaries” have always been repressed young men and women, mostly the former, who couldn’t get any so they take it out on everybody else, whether these Red Guards then or Antifa today or dating back millenia. Somehow in the middle of their Chinese economic revolution they find time to police the Chads too. 🙂

    Goes to show why the establishment always gets nervous whenever these packs of unemployed young men build up, and that the current political chaos is really the result of a failing economic system, caused by ineffective entrepreneurs not knowing how to really use the internet to create new jobs and massive govt over-taxing and over-regulation at all levels.

  56. @Neoconned
    Steve: this is an observation. Not an accusation. You see the best in people and the glass half full. I think that mode of thinking is a product of your awesome LA upbringing during the Golden Era....

    I would urge you to see the worst in people....and accept ppl and their faults as they are. I often view many humans as little more than highly evolved caveman. That's that mid 20th century liberal in me i suppose.

    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate....

    Replies: @An astute observation, @SFG, @Neuday, @SunBakedSuburb

    I admit I wasn’t expecting a sex metaphor for that outside BDSM.

    Yeah, I think Steve’s a product of one of the better eras in this country. When things are good, people genuinely are nicer.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @SFG


    When things are good, people genuinely are nicer.
     
    Certainly true.

    The fundamental problem is that niceness is being jiu-jitsued into a powerful tool for the destruction of our people.
  57. Anonymous[127] • Disclaimer says:
    @guest
    @Anonymous

    I don't know what they're on about. American cars have symbols. A smoking cigarette for the lighter, a horn for the horn, etc. Walk/Don't Walk is very often replaced or accompanied by walking men.

    Worst of all, "spectacles" from the Latin literally refers to something from which you see. That's at least as much spelling out what they are as "eyeglasses." And I rarely hear anyone say "eyeglasses." It's usually just glasses.

    It should be so easy to demonstrate Americans are stupid. C'mon, fellas. You're not earning your paychecks.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    It should be so easy to demonstrate Americans are stupid.

    I appreciate the simple and unambiguous: red “Don’t walk”/green “Walk”. Re: Clarkson making sport of Americans, I didn’t know the design of traffic symbols should cater to foreigners who don’t speak the language of their host country.

    https://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics/language-symbols

    Modern humans used color, words, and sound… The ability to plan, record information, and communicate helped humans survive as climates fluctuated strongly.

    Ultimately, words and symbols led to language and the richness of modern human life.

    But isn’t it funny how America is really the only Western country made fun by other Western countries— and even other cosmopolitan Americans— for being stupid and unsophisticated? Meanwhile other European peoples are constantly selling their own culture/people as being sophisticated and smart. And they almost never— unlike Americans— criticize their own. I myself believed this BS while in college and through my 20’s in spite of the glaring fact that America is the center of science, technology, business, education, et al.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    Enormous work goes into preventing Europeans and Australians from learning about the American fulfillment of the promise of English legal tradition; nevertheless, more do every year, and small movements to have a local equivalent of the second and first amendment follow. Czechia is looking seriously at something like this. When a foreigner on 4chan has a proper understanding of US constititional issues he is almost always an Australian angry about the direction his country has taken.
    With that said the English no-read road signs are objectively superior to American traffic paragraphs.

  58. @Rob McX
    @Mr. Anon

    Strange, I thought that was always the left-right colouring. I just assumed I'd never noticed it before 2000.

    Replies: @SFG

    Apparently a lot of it started with David Brooks’ article on Red and Blue America in the Atlantic, shortly after the Gore-Bush recount debacle:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/12/one-nation-slightly-divisible/376441/

    The thing is actually pretty sympathetic toward Red America, if kind of patronizing. Brooks is one of these congenitally moderate types. I think he still identified as a Republican back then.

    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.

    Of course, back in 2001, the Cold War was still enough of a memory I’ll bet the Democrats really wanted to drop the Democrats=red=Communism association still burning in a lot of people’s minds. I’m not much for a lot of the conspiracy theories around here (sex dungeon below a pizza parlor? Mueller is working for Trump? Really?), but that seems like too obvious an opportunity for a political party to resist.

    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it’s the opposite of red (so is green, but that’s taken by environmentalism with the pretty commonsense color of plants and thus the natural world; also Islam, which ironically derives from the same source–green is hope in the desert). Brown is fascism, which is why nobody uses it. Black is anarchism (and sometimes fascism; I imagine the association with evil means it’s not favored). You see yellow for libertarianism sometimes.

    The wikipedia article’s pretty good, and has some interesting examples and counterexamples:

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

    • Thanks: Rob McX
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @SFG


    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.
     
    I've heard that said. Do you have any evidence for it though? I don't remember it being that way, and I'm inclined to believe that's also just media gas-lighting. After the election in 2000, I remember thinking "Hey, they changed the colors from the way that they had always been". Although I could be wrong.

    The media has only grown more shameless in their deceipt in recent years. Have you noticed the now vast numbers of ostensible "news" articles that present bare unsubstantiated assertions as "fact" and have undisguised left-wing political slants?

    Replies: @J.Ross, @S

    , @vinteuil
    @SFG


    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it’s the opposite of red (so is green, but that’s taken by environmentalism...
     
    Good summary.

    The American left wanted, just then, to distance itself, for the time being, from "communism" and "socialism." So it decided that, until future notice, Red would be Blue, and Blue would be Red.

    And, all through America, the puppets danced.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @SFG


    Blue then becomes conservatism because it’s the opposite of red...
     
    No, Tory blue comes from blue blood. Some of us have never changed.
  59. @bruce county
    Just because....

    https://cdn.mycrafts.com/i/1/6/72/diy-black-ice-cream-feat-mr-hung-o.jpg

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Neuday, @Buffalo Joe

    That looks like sh*t.

  60. Did the commenter ever find out if any of this plan to reverse the meaning of the traffic signal lights was implemented?

    I could see it having gotten only a few people killed, as regular Chinese people didn’t have cars then, so it’d be government officials, none would have been the worse for it. Even if they reversed the red/green meaning now, I doubt the average Chinaman would be affected, as they don’t seem to be too affected by traffic signal lights to begin with. Now, take away their horns, and I’m not sure they could even operate any vehicles.

    As the pics from the commenter above showed, green is supposed to be at the bottom. This is important for color-blind people. Pretty soon, a cell-phone program, excuse me, “app”, could be telling us when to stop and go. This would be very nice, as it could lock up the phone when it’s time to go, forcing the driver to start looking out the windows again.

  61. @Neoconned
    Steve: this is an observation. Not an accusation. You see the best in people and the glass half full. I think that mode of thinking is a product of your awesome LA upbringing during the Golden Era....

    I would urge you to see the worst in people....and accept ppl and their faults as they are. I often view many humans as little more than highly evolved caveman. That's that mid 20th century liberal in me i suppose.

    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate....

    Replies: @An astute observation, @SFG, @Neuday, @SunBakedSuburb

    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate….

    Slow down, put in some extra effort, be nice to each other, and there . . . isn’t that better?

  62. @syonredux
    Matty Ygeslias:

    My hope:

    If you’re able to create fair majoritarian politics then the GOP can’t possibly win without moderating on economics. But if they *do* moderate onbeconomics they can so clearly win that the psychos no longer serve plutocrats’ interest and can be marginalized.

     

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1295941668496179201


    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP......

    Replies: @West reanimator, @fitzhamilton, @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang, @Ben tillman

    This is the South American way, socially conservative fiscally liberal. It’s funny because it’s the direct inverse of North America

  63. While Steve seems to only be bringing up this comparison to illustrate similar childish mindsets of communists, I see something else.

    I think that the ChiComs have been secretly funding and building these Antifa networks, and are now letting them loose on the U.S. to cause chaos on its perceived #1 enemy. The similarities between the Cultural Revolution and this current rioting-and-anti-police-and-struggle-session insanity in the U.S. is far too similar.

    I originally thought to blame Soros for this, or perhaps remnants of the old Soivet-style communism, but the pattern of struggle sessions and the like is far too similar to the Chinese model of the 1960s.

    Not to mention how many U.S. professors and American spies seem to be being arrested these days for being Chinese spies.

  64. @Mr. Anon
    The best example of color-f**king I am familiar with was on election day 2000, when the media suddenly switched the left-right color spectrum, making rightists red and leftists blue. A lot of people remarked on it at the time, but the media uniformly acted as if nothing had happened. It was a complete case of gas-lighting.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Achmed E. Newman, @vinny

    It was just a weird thing that happened.

    Formerly, the networks were in the habit of assigning colors to incumbents and challengers rather than having a persistent party color. So, in 2000, Gore, from the incumbent party, got blue, and Bush, as the challenger, had his states colored red. Normally, it’s a piece of ephemera that everyone has forgotten by November 10th, but since we had to spend a month obsessing over the map in 2000, it got stuck in people’s heads.

  65. @SFG
    @Neoconned

    I admit I wasn't expecting a sex metaphor for that outside BDSM.

    Yeah, I think Steve's a product of one of the better eras in this country. When things are good, people genuinely are nicer.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    When things are good, people genuinely are nicer.

    Certainly true.

    The fundamental problem is that niceness is being jiu-jitsued into a powerful tool for the destruction of our people.

  66. S says:
    @RichardTaylor

    Most of the Red Guard were more or less children, so their My Favorite Color thinking is understandable. But the childishness of today’s aging social justice jihadis is less so.
     
    Okay, but what about the mental age of those aging SJWs? The ones I've known were pretty dumb at any age. If you break it down, you have a large Black block (a standard deviation IQ lower), you have ditzy schoolteacher types, HR reps, government workers and a lot of the dumber new immigrants.

    Childishness is baked in.

    I think the "elite intelligence" angle of the Dem party is way overdone. There is a thin layer of Silicon Valley peoplettes, neurotic/androgynous professors, and good 'ol liberal Ashkenazim. But they're now in the position of herding dumb cats.

    Replies: @S

    Okay, but what about the mental age of those aging SJWs? The ones I’ve known were pretty dumb at any age. If you break it down, you have a large Black block (a standard deviation IQ lower), you have ditzy schoolteacher types, HR reps, government workers and a lot of the dumber new immigrants.

    Childishness is baked in.

    Great post.

    Your breakdown of the demographics of the so called ‘progressive’ ‘SJW’s’ fits perfectly those of the former JAZ (Jonestown Autonomous Zone) of the 1970’s, and it’s leaders, supporters, and enablers. It too had it’s ‘large Black block’ and we all know of their ultimate fate in 1978.

    I think the “elite intelligence” angle of the Dem party is way overdone. There is a thin layer of Silicon Valley peoplettes, neurotic/androgynous professors, and good ‘ol liberal Ashkenazim. But they’re now in the position of herding dumb cats.

    Jonestown certainly had the neurotic in the presumably Anglo-Saxon/Welsh Jim Jones and others. As for ‘good ‘ol liberal Ashkenazim’, the Kennedy assassination researcher and People’s Temple lawyer, Mark Lane, was present at Jonestown on the day of the massacre and barely missed (according to his account) being murder/suicided himself.

    Can’t vouch for the accuracy of Christopher Bollyn’ s article linked below, but apparently Lane and Bollyn didn’t get along due to Bollyn’s assertions regarding 911 and the Israeli Mossad.

    The sign above Jones chair/throne was not photo shopped in but was actually there on site at Jonestown as it appears in 1978.

    Wise words which should be heeded, especially nowadays and where things seem to be headed.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown

    https://bollyn.com/the-liberty-lobbys-mark-lane-and-the-jonestown-massacre/

  67. How much of the immaturity comes from the locus of social media SJWism being the power users of said platform being young women/teenagers and the power users of that subset who run ‘cancel culture’ being young women and girls with BPD.

    It’s like the girls who were goths in 1998 running the national discourse after first being radicalised by a decade of social media.

    The discourse of BLM isn’t run by the type of guys who kicked that white man in the head from behind. It’s run by those fat sociology student activists with neon hair and piercings who clearly had BPD who stopped the Bernie rally in Seattle.

    Or this very sane girl from Yale.

    Men and normal women could never come up with such a hectoring ideology.

    Steve once wrote about how libertarianism is often applied autism. SJWism and particularly the cancel culture and crazed conspiracy theories seems to be applied BPD. BPDers love subcultures and communities because they give some sense identity and some sense of acceptance due to their pathological fear of abandonment. The rhetorical ratchet is the consequence of them loving the feeling of being more ‘goth/trans/BLM’ and more secure in the group and also the often vindictiveness and lack of sense of responsibility for their actions many develop.

  68. S says:

    As an addendum to my previous post and the sign above Jones chair: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    The famous and wise saying is attributed to George Santayana (1863-1952), and besides having been featured prominantly at Jonestown, it is also given a prominant place in the signage at Auschwitz.

    The irony in this, at least according to Wiki, is that Sanyayana fully accepted that various races existed and held ‘eugenic views’. If so, Santayana would likely have felt right at home posting away here on Steve Sailer’s thoughtful blog.

    Should we expect in time to see Santayana ‘canceled’, more accurately, purged, from the history books? Will the placards with his famous saying be ripped out at Auschwitz, and airbrushed out of photos at Jonestown?

    No wonder the self declared so called ‘progressive’ sorts so often seem to be so angry, negative, depressed, and, dare it be said, suicidal.

    They’ve adopted for themselves an impossible and ultimately hopeless task with their warped idealism, that of fighting and opposing nature, and ultimately, reality itself.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Santayana

  69. S says:
    @Dieter Kief
    @Lurker


    I got the impression that the Eastern signals had become something of a symbol of Berlin. It may be they have become more popular and spread well beyond the borders of the old East Germany. Perhaps any Germans commenting would know?
     
    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I'd say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East - found frequently in the old WEst, too.

    Jeremy Clarkson and his host are fabulous in the traffic-light video in comment No. 1, btw.

    Replies: @Lurker, @The Alarmist, @S

    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I’d say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East – found frequently in the old WEst, too.

    You got some of that too in Britain and Ireland with the use of the antiquated term ‘carriageway’ (from the days of the stagecoach) for modern highways.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    @S

    These are gone:

    https://www.roads.org.uk/sites/default/files/blog/accident-black-spot/closeup.jpg

    Replies: @S

    , @Ancient Briton
    @S

    US retains 'turnpike', e.g., Mass TP.

  70. I think calling the “colorism” childishness misses the point. It’s pageantry. From The Waning of the Middle Ages:

    At the death of Jean sans Peur the mourning is organized with incomparable magnificence, in which there was, no doubt, also a political by-purpose. . . . The retinue escorting Philip of Burgundy . . . carry two thousand black vanes, to say nothing of the standards and banners seven yards long, of the same color. etc. . . Amidst the general black of court mourning the red worn only by the king of France (not even by the queen) must have made a startling contrast.

    and later

    The colours and materials of coverings and clothes all have a meaning. . . . Through all ranks of society a severe hierarchy of material and colour kept classes apart, and gave to each estate or rank an outward distinction, which preserved and exalted the feeling of dignity.

    Other SJW behaviors remind me of this book, too, like their philosophical realism, the belief that ideas are real objects. Systemic racism is REAL! Etc. It’ll be interesting to see if we start getting allegory and personification again, too. Will Love speak to us in ads? Will Hate assume his white, white face?

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
    @Papinian

    According to St Richard Weaver, the liberal rot set in when Realism was rejected by Steve’s friend Ockham. I wish all the Ignatius Riley’s of the right would make up theory minds!

  71. @SFG
    @Rob McX

    Apparently a lot of it started with David Brooks' article on Red and Blue America in the Atlantic, shortly after the Gore-Bush recount debacle:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/12/one-nation-slightly-divisible/376441/

    The thing is actually pretty sympathetic toward Red America, if kind of patronizing. Brooks is one of these congenitally moderate types. I think he still identified as a Republican back then.

    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.

    Of course, back in 2001, the Cold War was still enough of a memory I'll bet the Democrats really wanted to drop the Democrats=red=Communism association still burning in a lot of people's minds. I'm not much for a lot of the conspiracy theories around here (sex dungeon below a pizza parlor? Mueller is working for Trump? Really?), but that seems like too obvious an opportunity for a political party to resist.

    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it's the opposite of red (so is green, but that's taken by environmentalism with the pretty commonsense color of plants and thus the natural world; also Islam, which ironically derives from the same source--green is hope in the desert). Brown is fascism, which is why nobody uses it. Black is anarchism (and sometimes fascism; I imagine the association with evil means it's not favored). You see yellow for libertarianism sometimes.

    The wikipedia article's pretty good, and has some interesting examples and counterexamples:

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

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar

    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.

    I’ve heard that said. Do you have any evidence for it though? I don’t remember it being that way, and I’m inclined to believe that’s also just media gas-lighting. After the election in 2000, I remember thinking “Hey, they changed the colors from the way that they had always been”. Although I could be wrong.

    The media has only grown more shameless in their deceipt in recent years. Have you noticed the now vast numbers of ostensible “news” articles that present bare unsubstantiated assertions as “fact” and have undisguised left-wing political slants?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Mr. Anon

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-republicans-were-blue-and-democrats-were-red-104176297/

    , @S
    @Mr. Anon


    Do you have any evidence for it though? I don’t remember it being that way, and I’m inclined to believe that’s also just media gas-lighting. After the election in 2000, I remember thinking “Hey, they changed the colors from the way that they had always been”. Although I could be wrong.
     
    The color scheme was reversed specifically for the events we are seeing today, which the powers that be had long been planning...ie a very possible Red October 2.0 event followed by a Russian style Civil War.

    They didn't want the Dem party being psychologically readily identified with Red...Reds...Communists, which is what I thought at the time.

    I think you're right about the idea that each four year election cycle they switched the color scheme being bogus. It's certainly not what I recall.
  72. @syonredux
    Matty Ygeslias:

    My hope:

    If you’re able to create fair majoritarian politics then the GOP can’t possibly win without moderating on economics. But if they *do* moderate onbeconomics they can so clearly win that the psychos no longer serve plutocrats’ interest and can be marginalized.

     

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1295941668496179201


    Social conservatism +tax and spend liberalism would be a pretty effective strategy for the GOP......

    Replies: @West reanimator, @fitzhamilton, @Oo-ee-oo-ah-ah-ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang, @Ben tillman

    What does “ moderating on economics” mean?

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Ben tillman

    It means stop dropping to your knees on the altar of the Magical Market.

  73. @Jesse
    @Reg Cæsar

    Example number who cares anymore that you people would rather carp at White women than actually achieve anything.

    What exactly do you intend to achieve when most White people find you repulsive?

    Replies: @Ben tillman, @Reg Cæsar

    I think I speak for everyone here when I say that YOU are the most repulsive commenter on this site.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  74. @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    It should be-- but only for male voters. They will have to register for the draft during the following Congress.

    And no, this wouldn't violate the Nineteenth Amendment. Voting before eighteen is not a constitutional right, and such suffrage would not be based on sex, but on being subject to conscription.

    Replies: @syonredux, @Jesse, @Bill Jones, @Michael S

    The last thing the US needs is to create new class of murderous parastites

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Bill Jones


    The last thing the US needs is to create new class of murderous parastites
     
    How does allowing male citizens 15-years-ten-months-old the vote "create new class of murderous parastites"? I thought irresponsible sex by irresponsible people did that.

    Besides, my proposal is meant for states like North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, not California and New Jersey.

    Georgia lowered the voting age to 18 in 1943-- her sons were being sent abroad to fight, after all. Kentucky followed suit in 1955. Whom did that hurt?
  75. @HammerJack
    Speaking of...the local CBS affiliate in LA accidentally posted a photo of one of the covid parties people keep having. OOPS.

    https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/la-party-34.jpg

    “I think the mortality and morbidity that we’re seeing in COVID-19 is directly related to decades of systemic racism and the impact of racism on communities of color,” said Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, an associate professor of public health at the School of Medicine. “Racism plays out in the rationing of equipment for people who are testing positive for COVID and even in back room decisions about who is eligible to get tests.”

    https://publichealth.tufts.edu/news/2020/07/why-people-color-are-suffering-more-covid-19

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Juckett, @J.Ross

    I think you meant to say , BROVID PARTY…..Hey now!!!

  76. Surely somewhere Godfree Roberts, or perhaps Larry Romanoff, has written a spirited defense of The Red Guards’ “go on red and stop on green” movement and explained why it is the most moral and efficient method of traffic control.

  77. Does anyone know how the Chinese traffic light change progressed over the years since 1966?

  78. @fitzhamilton
    @syonredux

    Earned income tax under $300,000, 0%. Every $100,000 above $300,000 an additional %5 until $800,000 and above, highest bracket 50%. Capital gains and estate taxes both 50%. No exemptions, except for charitable gifts. No sheltered charitable giving over $300,000 per annum. These benchmarks are adjusted for inflation every ten years, at the Census.

    Corporate taxes for all corporations doing business in the United States, 1% upon every $1,000,000 in income up to 15%. Above $15,000,000 15%, no exemptions. Corporations have no corporate personhood. Limited liability for incorporated businesses, limited (but real) personal criminal liability for decision makers.

    Universal tariff on all imports of 25%. Imprisonment for any corporate officer or other employer hiring illegal workers.

    Universal Medicare on Canada's model. All state land grant universities and community colleges fully subsidized, with highly competitive admissions and retention standards. Massive investment in vocational and apprenticeship programs, on the German and Swiss models.

    School vouchers for all parents, radical school choice. High performance expectations at all schools. Anti social behavior will not be tolerated.

    Financial and other social incentives for good grades and scores in school, serving in the military, staying married, having legitimate children. Penalties for flunking out of school, committing felonies, bearing illegitimate children, divorcing, dishonorable military discharge.

    Citizen's United is repealed. All campaign financing must come directly from the voters, capped at a reasonable amount per individual. No corporate donations, strict limits on campaign spending. Publicly subsidized access for all legitimate candidates to media and communication.

    Universal state and federal term limits (12 years maximum say, all offices) for all elected officials and judges, including Supreme Court. No government official (elected or appointed) once having served can ever be paid for speeches, or work for a corporation receiving government contracts for ten years after leaving office. Paid lobbying (K Street) is eliminated.

    Voter proof of identity and eligibility required for all elections. In person voting required, except in exceptional circumstances. Election day is a holiday, paper ballots are required, polling stations are numerous and easy to access.

    Replies: @ThreeCranes, @Dave3

    We can’t vote our way out of this mess, nor will our problems be fixed by adjusting tax rates. Not when small businesses are taxed over 100% — rioters burn your shop to the ground, your insurance refuses to cover civil unrest, and the city demands you pay future property taxes for a permit to clear the rubble!

    We shall abolish the police and have one law: If you steal, break, burn, or spray-paint anything, or look like the sort of person who’d do such things, your body will never be found.

  79. @Dieter Kief
    @The Alarmist


    she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

     

    I get your point. But still - she does say: The younger the voters, the more robust the electoral process will be. - This includes all kinds of youngsters, not only 16-year-olds. She sure sounds, as if even babies would be wiser than Trump.

    Replies: @Adam Smith, @Alden

    16 seems like such an arbitrary number.

    Why not 6?

    Just because 6 year olds are stupid is no reason to deny them the franchise. Knowledge, experience or merely being informed are not criteria for voting eligibility. Plenty of Americans are stupid and they can vote. In America, you don’t even have to be literate to vote. You don’t loose your privilege to vote just because you have dementia or alzheimer’s. Even low IQ retards handicapables can vote.

    There are no wrong votes.

    Lowering the voting age to 6 is a great idea!
    Lowering the voting age to 6 would…

    • Increase voter turnout.
    • Get children into the habit of voting (thus legitimizing the system.)
    • Be an expansion of freedom. (Everyone loves freedom.)
    • Be good for the Democratic party and Democracy itself.
    • Make elections more exciting.
    • Make elections more fun!

    Stop being an ageist and let the kids vote!
    It’s the right thing to do!

    • Replies: @Charlotte
    @Adam Smith

    We’re you thinking of this? Reality is beyond parody: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/06/give-six-year-olds-the-vote-says-cambridge-university-academic


    The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy.

    Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now “massively outnumbered”, creating a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against governments that plan for the future.

    In the latest episode of his podcast, Talking Politics, he said lowering the voting age to 16 was not radical enough to address the problem.

    He said: “I would lower the voting age to six, not 16. And I’m serious about that. I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception [age-children].
     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Adam Smith

    , @Dieter Kief
    @Adam Smith

    If only this stuff would not sound so coherent and reasonable altogether. Your satire is a bit too much on the side of actual politics to be too funny, unfortunately.

    Replies: @Adam Smith

  80. @Fluesterwitz
    @DextersLabRat

    With muted noise track, the video is not that bad. Then again, I'm channeling my inner 16 year old, so the point about regression stands.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon

    I disagree, the video gets one thing right (mid-eighties style visual noise with use of color and line; cf Yankovic, “Dare To Be Stupid”) and remarkable things wrong. It manages to be almost perfectly sexless. For all its alleged erotic concern it has no erotic quality. It is as though a space alien were given a clumsy report about human sexuality, never managed to get a gestalt together, and dartboarded some of what he later remembered. The Chris Isaaks music video from a brazilian years ago is still talked about because of its simple elements and perfect execution: excellent high focus black and white photography, tropical beach, sequences vaguely track with music, tall Dane who has has far less surgery than apparently everyone in the Cardi video. At one point a Kardashian shows up, walks through a hallway, and (presumably) receives surgery offscreen: what was the point of that, other than to say that Gul Dukat did nothing wrong?

    • Replies: @DextersLabRat
    @J.Ross

    That's because it's not aimed at men, its audience is women. WAP is about female sexuality as power. They're not trying to be sexy for men, they're trying to be over the top and assertive for women, it's a wish fulfillment fantasy like a lot of entertainment. There are no men in the video, no love interest. It's intentionally crass but with a big budget and a deliberate approach to aesthetic. Auteur raunch. It's tongue in cheek and self-aware, which conservatives maybe don't get. Like a lot of rap, it's kind of a joke and a bit of trolling. Ben Shapiro reading the lines out loud seriously became a meme because he doesn't get that Cardi herself is laughing out loud at every line in her head. Cardi and her 25 IQ points may not be able to articulate this but she's an artist and as such she will demonstrate it instinctively in her work. And no I won't use scare quotes around 'artist' or 'work'. She may be the 21st century version of a paleolithic fertility icon, but that's still art.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  81. @HammerJack
    Speaking of...the local CBS affiliate in LA accidentally posted a photo of one of the covid parties people keep having. OOPS.

    https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/la-party-34.jpg

    “I think the mortality and morbidity that we’re seeing in COVID-19 is directly related to decades of systemic racism and the impact of racism on communities of color,” said Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, an associate professor of public health at the School of Medicine. “Racism plays out in the rationing of equipment for people who are testing positive for COVID and even in back room decisions about who is eligible to get tests.”

    https://publichealth.tufts.edu/news/2020/07/why-people-color-are-suffering-more-covid-19

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Juckett, @J.Ross

    I like the balloons. I wonder if they blew them up with their mouths — no, even that would be a kind of consciousness of this big economy-screwing thing that everyone has been talking about for months, and the point of these parties is obliviousness.

  82. @The Alarmist
    @Dieter Kief

    Who doesn't like the Ampelmännchen? Well, maybe the AmpelLBGTQQIAPchen don't care for them, but how can one fit 57 identifications into a workable traffic-light system?

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/217/503779173_997a187859_b.jpg


    Here's the Mainzer twist on that ... it seems ambiguous enough to cover those concerns, though it seems to exclude the non-visually-challenged.

    https://img.welt.de/img/vermischtes/mobile164986377/5262509757-ci102l-w1024/Mainzelmaennchen-Ampel.jpg

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @Faraday's Bobcat

    Thanks, I couldn’t find it online, but a German professor had on her door a chart of pedestrian signals from around the world, and the Östi one was objectively the jauntiest. You don’t get to say that often.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @J.Ross

    It’s really cute. It reminds me of all those educational cartoons for the little ones about pedestrian safety. Look before you cross. Then there was that Steve Martin movie. He was French and when in the US wanted to honor our culture and fit in. So he walked all stooped and crooked when he crossed the street because the little go man was stooped and crooked.

    The little man is white which is another micro aggression against all the idle black men who spend their days congregating on street corners and bus benches running their mouths all day.

  83. @Jesse
    @Reg Cæsar

    Example number who cares anymore that you people would rather carp at White women than actually achieve anything.

    What exactly do you intend to achieve when most White people find you repulsive?

    Replies: @Ben tillman, @Reg Cæsar

    When you’re old enough to drink, we can discuss this at a comfortable pub somewhere. In the meantime, please don’t comment while on controlled substances.

    Jeez, working to keeping my daughter out of Selective Service is now “carping at WHITE women”.

    • LOL: Gabe Ruth
  84. @bruce county
    Just because....

    https://cdn.mycrafts.com/i/1/6/72/diy-black-ice-cream-feat-mr-hung-o.jpg

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Neuday, @Buffalo Joe

    bruce, looks like a cake cone piled with two scoops of shit. And just so I don’t get called racist, I love black licorice. Hey, black Licorice Matters.

    • Replies: @bruce county
    @Buffalo Joe

    Honestly ...I don't know what I was thinkin'....Everything is white/black these days. It's tiring.
    My Gramma, bless her soul, made the finest salted black licorice. The kind when you were a kid that it screwed up your face on first taste...but you just couldn't help but eat more of it.
    Be safe Brother.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  85. @Fluesterwitz
    @DextersLabRat

    With muted noise track, the video is not that bad. Then again, I'm channeling my inner 16 year old, so the point about regression stands.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @anon

    Agree. Mainstream conservatives pick the stupidest shit to get offended over. What do you think about her song Press? That one actually shocked me. For full effect, listen on high volume and on headphone w/ good bass.

    Mix of sex and violence and a dash of anti- old white man.

    To busy people bored by the social conservative stuff but wanting to stay informed:if you want an executive summary for how far modern music videos have pushed the envelope– just watch that video.

  86. I love the term “California Stop” where you barely lift your foot off the gas and roll through the intersection. When you defund and cut back on police, who will enforce traffic infractions ? Berkeley disabled their Stop Light Cameras and Plate Readers because… well I think you can figure that out. black LicensesMatter.

  87. @Reg Cæsar
    The Micks of the Salt City's Tipperary Hill weren't any more mature:




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nViBgL1Va8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29RCR6d-4Ow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npJY0nzUp-Q

    Replies: @Cortes, @Lothar of the Hill People

    A relative of mine was one of those Stone Throwers. He is even named in the Wiki about the memorial.

    A few years ago my family hosted a brunch at the Irish pub located there. It was in honor of the First Communion of one of my young relatives.

    In an upstairs hallway, I couldn’t help but notice there were framed pictures of both Bertie Ahern and Gerry Adams enjoying themselves at that very location!

  88. @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    The kids as red guards – that’s interesting. – Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.
     
    It should be-- but only for male voters. They will have to register for the draft during the following Congress.

    And no, this wouldn't violate the Nineteenth Amendment. Voting before eighteen is not a constitutional right, and such suffrage would not be based on sex, but on being subject to conscription.

    Replies: @syonredux, @Jesse, @Bill Jones, @Michael S

    Yeah, because the left totally respects obscure legalistic arguments and never manipulates procedural outcomes to favor their own interpretation.

    This terminal, stubborn naivete is why the right keeps losing. How many times will you accept the enemy’s terms, assuming they’ll cooperate with your “terms” that you can’t enforce?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Michael S


    Yeah, because the left totally respects obscure legalistic arguments and never manipulates procedural outcomes to favor their own interpretation.
     
    Actually, the latter is all the Left has ever done, since forever. It got us into two world wars, and some more local ones.

    How many times will you accept the enemy’s terms, assuming they’ll cooperate with your “terms” that you can’t enforce?
     
    I'm a "cuck" because I oppose gunning down Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor? I don't oppose this because the left opposes it. I oppose it because state, District, federal, and natural law do, and, above all, because Christian moral teaching does as well. Your Machiavellianism is not the answer. "The Left has no standards, so we must drop all of ours, too!"

    I proposed a differential voting age precisely because I do not accept the Left's horse manure. If you believe men and women should be treated equally should active conscription ever return, then you do.

  89. @Bill Jones
    @Reg Cæsar

    The last thing the US needs is to create new class of murderous parastites

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The last thing the US needs is to create new class of murderous parastites

    How does allowing male citizens 15-years-ten-months-old the vote “create new class of murderous parastites”? I thought irresponsible sex by irresponsible people did that.

    Besides, my proposal is meant for states like North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, not California and New Jersey.

    Georgia lowered the voting age to 18 in 1943– her sons were being sent abroad to fight, after all. Kentucky followed suit in 1955. Whom did that hurt?

  90. @Colin Wright
    I suppose the vicious antics of 'Antifa' leave us no longer in a position to criticize China for the Red Guards.

    ...Too bad Trump won. Perhaps Hillary Clinton could have played Mao to our vermin and caused them to be fruitful and multiply.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “vermin”

    Sexual normality is not a thing for Antifa. It’s a pageant of cruelty with heavy pedophiliac overtones. I’d bet a bucket of Buzz Mohawk money that most of these cult kids have a history of sexual abuse. Sad but too bad. They are now at an age where self-awareness should have clicked in and found a way to deal with their legacy of trauma. Call in the exterminator.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @SunBakedSuburb

    'Sexual normality is not a thing for Antifa. It’s a pageant of cruelty with heavy pedophiliac overtones. I’d bet a bucket of Buzz Mohawk money that most of these cult kids have a history of sexual abuse. Sad but too bad. They are now at an age where self-awareness should have clicked in and found a way to deal with their legacy of trauma. Call in the exterminator.'

    They really are loathesome, somehow. I can't see myself feeling sorry for them no matter what their fate.

  91. @Neoconned
    Steve: this is an observation. Not an accusation. You see the best in people and the glass half full. I think that mode of thinking is a product of your awesome LA upbringing during the Golden Era....

    I would urge you to see the worst in people....and accept ppl and their faults as they are. I often view many humans as little more than highly evolved caveman. That's that mid 20th century liberal in me i suppose.

    But expecting the worst will be like applying lube during dry coitus. It makes life a bit more bearable and easier to navigate....

    Replies: @An astute observation, @SFG, @Neuday, @SunBakedSuburb

    “dry coitus”

    You’re doing something wrong.

  92. @Adam Smith
    @Dieter Kief

    16 seems like such an arbitrary number.

    Why not 6?

    Just because 6 year olds are stupid is no reason to deny them the franchise. Knowledge, experience or merely being informed are not criteria for voting eligibility. Plenty of Americans are stupid and they can vote. In America, you don't even have to be literate to vote. You don't loose your privilege to vote just because you have dementia or alzheimer's. Even low IQ retards handicapables can vote.

    There are no wrong votes.

    Lowering the voting age to 6 is a great idea!
    Lowering the voting age to 6 would...

    • Increase voter turnout.
    • Get children into the habit of voting (thus legitimizing the system.)
    • Be an expansion of freedom. (Everyone loves freedom.)
    • Be good for the Democratic party and Democracy itself.
    • Make elections more exciting.
    • Make elections more fun!

    Stop being an ageist and let the kids vote!
    It's the right thing to do!

    Replies: @Charlotte, @Dieter Kief

    We’re you thinking of this? Reality is beyond parody: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/06/give-six-year-olds-the-vote-says-cambridge-university-academic

    The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy.

    Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now “massively outnumbered”, creating a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against governments that plan for the future.

    In the latest episode of his podcast, Talking Politics, he said lowering the voting age to 16 was not radical enough to address the problem.

    He said: “I would lower the voting age to six, not 16. And I’m serious about that. I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception [age-children].

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Charlotte

    Thanks! - David Runciman - head of politics at Cambridge University - does follow the woke logic and explain quite clearly, where the regressive utopia he has in mind might lead to - and how it will work: With six-year-olds in the voting booth, for example. The quite woke Herbert Grönemeyer had a huge hit a few years ago in the German-speaking world which was titled "Kinder and die Macht!" (((=political) Power to the Kids). Its Rousseau resurfacing, basically - who put his own kids in a nursing home, because they disturbed his ultimately delicate and liberating thinking.

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

    , @Adam Smith
    @Charlotte


    I would want people who vote to be able to read...
     
    Seems like a good idea...

    But a simple literacy test would disenfranchise 43 million American adults. (21%)

    Clown world is indeed beyond parody...

  93. @Ben tillman
    @syonredux

    What does “ moderating on economics” mean?

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    It means stop dropping to your knees on the altar of the Magical Market.

  94. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @anon


    SJW’s are therefore not normal humans.
     
    I'm convinced they get some kind of dopamine hit or sexual thrill, possibly both from trying to control the lives of others.

    Replies: @lavoisier

    I’m convinced they get some kind of dopamine hit or sexual thrill, possibly both from trying to control the lives of others.

    While this is definitely true, it goes much deeper than that.

    These are people who by any metric of objective merit are worthless. They have accomplished nothing, they are shadows.

    Their one true value is completely derivative–their ability to harm those of real merit and worth.

    It is in this power that they find worth, for they cannot find it elsewhere being the dishonest and evil losers that they are.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @lavoisier


    These are people who by any metric of objective merit are worthless. They have accomplished nothing, they are shadows.

    Their one true value is completely derivative–their ability to harm those of real merit and worth.
     
    Good points.

    I feel fellow commenter Altai has recently made some quality comments that expand on yours.
  95. @J.Ross
    @Fluesterwitz

    I disagree, the video gets one thing right (mid-eighties style visual noise with use of color and line; cf Yankovic, "Dare To Be Stupid") and remarkable things wrong. It manages to be almost perfectly sexless. For all its alleged erotic concern it has no erotic quality. It is as though a space alien were given a clumsy report about human sexuality, never managed to get a gestalt together, and dartboarded some of what he later remembered. The Chris Isaaks music video from a brazilian years ago is still talked about because of its simple elements and perfect execution: excellent high focus black and white photography, tropical beach, sequences vaguely track with music, tall Dane who has has far less surgery than apparently everyone in the Cardi video. At one point a Kardashian shows up, walks through a hallway, and (presumably) receives surgery offscreen: what was the point of that, other than to say that Gul Dukat did nothing wrong?

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

    That’s because it’s not aimed at men, its audience is women. WAP is about female sexuality as power. They’re not trying to be sexy for men, they’re trying to be over the top and assertive for women, it’s a wish fulfillment fantasy like a lot of entertainment. There are no men in the video, no love interest. It’s intentionally crass but with a big budget and a deliberate approach to aesthetic. Auteur raunch. It’s tongue in cheek and self-aware, which conservatives maybe don’t get. Like a lot of rap, it’s kind of a joke and a bit of trolling. Ben Shapiro reading the lines out loud seriously became a meme because he doesn’t get that Cardi herself is laughing out loud at every line in her head. Cardi and her 25 IQ points may not be able to articulate this but she’s an artist and as such she will demonstrate it instinctively in her work. And no I won’t use scare quotes around ‘artist’ or ‘work’. She may be the 21st century version of a paleolithic fertility icon, but that’s still art.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @DextersLabRat

    >It's for women
    Not sure.
    >it's not for "men"
    Agree. Whom manners and, we can easily add, standards maketh.

  96. Speaking of colorism, a nice line from Inez Feltscher Stepman of The Federalist‘s daily BRIGHT newsletter:

    “Senator Elizabeth Warren was placed – get this – on a Native American panel. I almost spat out my wine writing that sentence.”

    No link to BRIGHT anymore, but Mrs Stepman links to this:

    Democratic National Convention Puts Elizabeth Warren On Native American Panel

  97. @Achmed E. Newman
    @DextersLabRat

    If you still watch the TV, then it's you who are regressing, Lab Rat.

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

    The last thing I watched was Game of Thrones. The main succession storyline’s resolution was a mess, but I enjoyed how they trolled the fans of the women empowerment white saviour girl and how the whole thing kind of ended up (unintentionally?) as a metaphor against communism.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
  98. This is why we need war. A real one. Massive. Industrial. Grinding. Tens of millions dead. It’s the only thing to save us from Red Guard insanity. War burns away with fire that social idiocy. Puts White men front and center. Ends tranny and black worship.

    Real ones like WWII. Not larping like Iraq or Afghanistan. That’s the worst of all worlds. GuarAnteed defeat at the end and it lasts decades.

    After China had defeats to Vietnam they dropped the Red Guards. Kill the Emperor to scare the next one.

    All we are saying is give war a chance. Peace is over. If you want it.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    @Whiskey

    I was hoping that a good old-fashioned, rip-snorting depression would be sufficient.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Whiskey


    This is why we need war. A real one. Massive. Industrial. Grinding. Tens of millions dead.
     
    You first, you demented a**hole.
  99. @The Alarmist
    @Dieter Kief

    Who doesn't like the Ampelmännchen? Well, maybe the AmpelLBGTQQIAPchen don't care for them, but how can one fit 57 identifications into a workable traffic-light system?

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/217/503779173_997a187859_b.jpg


    Here's the Mainzer twist on that ... it seems ambiguous enough to cover those concerns, though it seems to exclude the non-visually-challenged.

    https://img.welt.de/img/vermischtes/mobile164986377/5262509757-ci102l-w1024/Mainzelmaennchen-Ampel.jpg

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @J.Ross, @Faraday's Bobcat

    The top Walk guy looks like he’s sporting a huge green boner. The teenage boys of Germany must make much mirth over that.

  100. @Old Prude
    I think it's racist that it's black when I turn a light off, and white and bright and I can discriminate (heh) things when I turn the light on. Black lights matter!

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    Goethe in his Color Theory deducted the existence of black light rays. His contemporaries thought, that this was the point, where he lost against Newton. But up came the 20th century and all of a sudden it was clear, that all kinds of at first sight self-contradictive scientific insights saw – the light of the day – not least black rays, black holes, dark matter etc. pp.

  101. @Dieter Kief
    @The Alarmist


    she actually danced around the subject and talked about expanding the voting base, which just as easily could mean letting illegal aliens vote.

     

    I get your point. But still - she does say: The younger the voters, the more robust the electoral process will be. - This includes all kinds of youngsters, not only 16-year-olds. She sure sounds, as if even babies would be wiser than Trump.

    Replies: @Adam Smith, @Alden

    The plan is probably for the public schools to shove absentee ballots at the 16-18 already brainwashed students and tell them to vote for Biden Harris.

  102. @Adam Smith
    @Dieter Kief

    16 seems like such an arbitrary number.

    Why not 6?

    Just because 6 year olds are stupid is no reason to deny them the franchise. Knowledge, experience or merely being informed are not criteria for voting eligibility. Plenty of Americans are stupid and they can vote. In America, you don't even have to be literate to vote. You don't loose your privilege to vote just because you have dementia or alzheimer's. Even low IQ retards handicapables can vote.

    There are no wrong votes.

    Lowering the voting age to 6 is a great idea!
    Lowering the voting age to 6 would...

    • Increase voter turnout.
    • Get children into the habit of voting (thus legitimizing the system.)
    • Be an expansion of freedom. (Everyone loves freedom.)
    • Be good for the Democratic party and Democracy itself.
    • Make elections more exciting.
    • Make elections more fun!

    Stop being an ageist and let the kids vote!
    It's the right thing to do!

    Replies: @Charlotte, @Dieter Kief

    If only this stuff would not sound so coherent and reasonable altogether. Your satire is a bit too much on the side of actual politics to be too funny, unfortunately.

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
    @Dieter Kief

    This stuff would not sound so reasonable if the world were not so batshitcrazy.

    I did not realize that extending the franchise to 6 year olds is actual politics.

    I'll try to be less coherent next time.

  103. @Anonymous
    @guest


    It should be so easy to demonstrate Americans are stupid.
     
    I appreciate the simple and unambiguous: red “Don’t walk”/green “Walk”. Re: Clarkson making sport of Americans, I didn’t know the design of traffic symbols should cater to foreigners who don’t speak the language of their host country.

    https://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics/language-symbols

    Modern humans used color, words, and sound... The ability to plan, record information, and communicate helped humans survive as climates fluctuated strongly.

    Ultimately, words and symbols led to language and the richness of modern human life.
     

    But isn’t it funny how America is really the only Western country made fun by other Western countries— and even other cosmopolitan Americans— for being stupid and unsophisticated? Meanwhile other European peoples are constantly selling their own culture/people as being sophisticated and smart. And they almost never— unlike Americans— criticize their own. I myself believed this BS while in college and through my 20’s in spite of the glaring fact that America is the center of science, technology, business, education, et al.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Enormous work goes into preventing Europeans and Australians from learning about the American fulfillment of the promise of English legal tradition; nevertheless, more do every year, and small movements to have a local equivalent of the second and first amendment follow. Czechia is looking seriously at something like this. When a foreigner on 4chan has a proper understanding of US constititional issues he is almost always an Australian angry about the direction his country has taken.
    With that said the English no-read road signs are objectively superior to American traffic paragraphs.

  104. @S
    @Dieter Kief


    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I’d say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East – found frequently in the old WEst, too.
     
    You got some of that too in Britain and Ireland with the use of the antiquated term 'carriageway' (from the days of the stagecoach) for modern highways.


    https://www.drivingtesttips.biz/images/dual-carriageway-ahead-sign.jpg

    Replies: @Cortes, @Ancient Briton

    These are gone:

    • Replies: @S
    @Cortes

    Never heard of those before. Interesting the different road signs country's have.

  105. @Papinian
    I think calling the "colorism" childishness misses the point. It's pageantry. From The Waning of the Middle Ages:

    At the death of Jean sans Peur the mourning is organized with incomparable magnificence, in which there was, no doubt, also a political by-purpose. . . . The retinue escorting Philip of Burgundy . . . carry two thousand black vanes, to say nothing of the standards and banners seven yards long, of the same color. etc. . . Amidst the general black of court mourning the red worn only by the king of France (not even by the queen) must have made a startling contrast.
     
    and later

    The colours and materials of coverings and clothes all have a meaning. . . . Through all ranks of society a severe hierarchy of material and colour kept classes apart, and gave to each estate or rank an outward distinction, which preserved and exalted the feeling of dignity.
     
    Other SJW behaviors remind me of this book, too, like their philosophical realism, the belief that ideas are real objects. Systemic racism is REAL! Etc. It'll be interesting to see if we start getting allegory and personification again, too. Will Love speak to us in ads? Will Hate assume his white, white face?

    Replies: @Peter D. Bredon

    According to St Richard Weaver, the liberal rot set in when Realism was rejected by Steve’s friend Ockham. I wish all the Ignatius Riley’s of the right would make up theory minds!

  106. @J.Ross
    @The Alarmist

    Thanks, I couldn't find it online, but a German professor had on her door a chart of pedestrian signals from around the world, and the Östi one was objectively the jauntiest. You don't get to say that often.

    Replies: @Alden

    It’s really cute. It reminds me of all those educational cartoons for the little ones about pedestrian safety. Look before you cross. Then there was that Steve Martin movie. He was French and when in the US wanted to honor our culture and fit in. So he walked all stooped and crooked when he crossed the street because the little go man was stooped and crooked.

    The little man is white which is another micro aggression against all the idle black men who spend their days congregating on street corners and bus benches running their mouths all day.

  107. @syonredux
    @Reg Cæsar

    I wouldn't mind seeing a few restrictions on voting rights....


    Men: Acquire the right to vote upon completion of military service (yeah, I got the idea from Starship Troopers).And by completion, I mean honorable discharge. Loss of voting rights after getting divorced, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.

    Are we also allowed to blast them into space when we grow weary of them?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    In the case of those like the Ivy League arsonist lawyers, less expensive disposal is appropriate, not by whim, but because of, you know, the arson.

  108. @DextersLabRat
    @J.Ross

    That's because it's not aimed at men, its audience is women. WAP is about female sexuality as power. They're not trying to be sexy for men, they're trying to be over the top and assertive for women, it's a wish fulfillment fantasy like a lot of entertainment. There are no men in the video, no love interest. It's intentionally crass but with a big budget and a deliberate approach to aesthetic. Auteur raunch. It's tongue in cheek and self-aware, which conservatives maybe don't get. Like a lot of rap, it's kind of a joke and a bit of trolling. Ben Shapiro reading the lines out loud seriously became a meme because he doesn't get that Cardi herself is laughing out loud at every line in her head. Cardi and her 25 IQ points may not be able to articulate this but she's an artist and as such she will demonstrate it instinctively in her work. And no I won't use scare quotes around 'artist' or 'work'. She may be the 21st century version of a paleolithic fertility icon, but that's still art.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    >It’s for women
    Not sure.
    >it’s not for “men”
    Agree. Whom manners and, we can easily add, standards maketh.

  109. @Anonymous
    @syonredux


    Women: Acquire the right to vote after giving birth in wedlock. Loss of voting rights after getting a divorce, having a child out of wedlock, or being convicted of a felony.
     
    Are we also allowed to blast them into space when we grow weary of them?

    Replies: @J.Ross

    In the case of those like the Ivy League arsonist lawyers, less expensive disposal is appropriate, not by whim, but because of, you know, the arson.

  110. @Mr. Anon
    @SFG


    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.
     
    I've heard that said. Do you have any evidence for it though? I don't remember it being that way, and I'm inclined to believe that's also just media gas-lighting. After the election in 2000, I remember thinking "Hey, they changed the colors from the way that they had always been". Although I could be wrong.

    The media has only grown more shameless in their deceipt in recent years. Have you noticed the now vast numbers of ostensible "news" articles that present bare unsubstantiated assertions as "fact" and have undisguised left-wing political slants?

    Replies: @J.Ross, @S

  111. @Buffalo Joe
    @bruce county

    bruce, looks like a cake cone piled with two scoops of shit. And just so I don't get called racist, I love black licorice. Hey, black Licorice Matters.

    Replies: @bruce county

    Honestly …I don’t know what I was thinkin’….Everything is white/black these days. It’s tiring.
    My Gramma, bless her soul, made the finest salted black licorice. The kind when you were a kid that it screwed up your face on first taste…but you just couldn’t help but eat more of it.
    Be safe Brother.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @bruce county

    Bruce, never heard of "salted licorice", now I have to look that up. My personal favorite is Australian licorice. Can't stand the colored plastic that passes for licorice.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  112. • Replies: @Cortes
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Around the late 80s/early 90s, the traditional names for black Labs disappeared. For a while there was a vogue for “Benson” which puzzled me until I saw “Soap”.

  113. @lavoisier
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    I’m convinced they get some kind of dopamine hit or sexual thrill, possibly both from trying to control the lives of others.
     
    While this is definitely true, it goes much deeper than that.

    These are people who by any metric of objective merit are worthless. They have accomplished nothing, they are shadows.

    Their one true value is completely derivative--their ability to harm those of real merit and worth.

    It is in this power that they find worth, for they cannot find it elsewhere being the dishonest and evil losers that they are.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    These are people who by any metric of objective merit are worthless. They have accomplished nothing, they are shadows.

    Their one true value is completely derivative–their ability to harm those of real merit and worth.

    Good points.

    I feel fellow commenter Altai has recently made some quality comments that expand on yours.

  114. @bruce county
    @Buffalo Joe

    Honestly ...I don't know what I was thinkin'....Everything is white/black these days. It's tiring.
    My Gramma, bless her soul, made the finest salted black licorice. The kind when you were a kid that it screwed up your face on first taste...but you just couldn't help but eat more of it.
    Be safe Brother.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Bruce, never heard of “salted licorice”, now I have to look that up. My personal favorite is Australian licorice. Can’t stand the colored plastic that passes for licorice.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Bruce, never heard of “salted licorice”, now I have to look that up.
     
    You and Bruce should try this Southern/South Side delicacy:



    http://texastitos.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Peppermint-Pickles.jpg

    Replies: @bruce county, @bruce county

  115. @SFG
    @Rob McX

    Apparently a lot of it started with David Brooks' article on Red and Blue America in the Atlantic, shortly after the Gore-Bush recount debacle:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/12/one-nation-slightly-divisible/376441/

    The thing is actually pretty sympathetic toward Red America, if kind of patronizing. Brooks is one of these congenitally moderate types. I think he still identified as a Republican back then.

    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.

    Of course, back in 2001, the Cold War was still enough of a memory I'll bet the Democrats really wanted to drop the Democrats=red=Communism association still burning in a lot of people's minds. I'm not much for a lot of the conspiracy theories around here (sex dungeon below a pizza parlor? Mueller is working for Trump? Really?), but that seems like too obvious an opportunity for a political party to resist.

    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it's the opposite of red (so is green, but that's taken by environmentalism with the pretty commonsense color of plants and thus the natural world; also Islam, which ironically derives from the same source--green is hope in the desert). Brown is fascism, which is why nobody uses it. Black is anarchism (and sometimes fascism; I imagine the association with evil means it's not favored). You see yellow for libertarianism sometimes.

    The wikipedia article's pretty good, and has some interesting examples and counterexamples:

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

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar

    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it’s the opposite of red (so is green, but that’s taken by environmentalism…

    Good summary.

    The American left wanted, just then, to distance itself, for the time being, from “communism” and “socialism.” So it decided that, until future notice, Red would be Blue, and Blue would be Red.

    And, all through America, the puppets danced.

  116. @Michael S
    @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah, because the left totally respects obscure legalistic arguments and never manipulates procedural outcomes to favor their own interpretation.

    This terminal, stubborn naivete is why the right keeps losing. How many times will you accept the enemy's terms, assuming they'll cooperate with your "terms" that you can't enforce?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah, because the left totally respects obscure legalistic arguments and never manipulates procedural outcomes to favor their own interpretation.

    Actually, the latter is all the Left has ever done, since forever. It got us into two world wars, and some more local ones.

    How many times will you accept the enemy’s terms, assuming they’ll cooperate with your “terms” that you can’t enforce?

    I’m a “cuck” because I oppose gunning down Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor? I don’t oppose this because the left opposes it. I oppose it because state, District, federal, and natural law do, and, above all, because Christian moral teaching does as well. Your Machiavellianism is not the answer. “The Left has no standards, so we must drop all of ours, too!”

    I proposed a differential voting age precisely because I do not accept the Left’s horse manure. If you believe men and women should be treated equally should active conscription ever return, then you do.

  117. @SFG
    @Rob McX

    Apparently a lot of it started with David Brooks' article on Red and Blue America in the Atlantic, shortly after the Gore-Bush recount debacle:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/12/one-nation-slightly-divisible/376441/

    The thing is actually pretty sympathetic toward Red America, if kind of patronizing. Brooks is one of these congenitally moderate types. I think he still identified as a Republican back then.

    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.

    Of course, back in 2001, the Cold War was still enough of a memory I'll bet the Democrats really wanted to drop the Democrats=red=Communism association still burning in a lot of people's minds. I'm not much for a lot of the conspiracy theories around here (sex dungeon below a pizza parlor? Mueller is working for Trump? Really?), but that seems like too obvious an opportunity for a political party to resist.

    Outside of the USA, red is the color of communism and socialism, with liberals and social democrats occasionally using pink. Blue then becomes conservatism because it's the opposite of red (so is green, but that's taken by environmentalism with the pretty commonsense color of plants and thus the natural world; also Islam, which ironically derives from the same source--green is hope in the desert). Brown is fascism, which is why nobody uses it. Black is anarchism (and sometimes fascism; I imagine the association with evil means it's not favored). You see yellow for libertarianism sometimes.

    The wikipedia article's pretty good, and has some interesting examples and counterexamples:

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

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar

    Blue then becomes conservatism because it’s the opposite of red…

    No, Tory blue comes from blue blood. Some of us have never changed.

  118. @Buffalo Joe
    @bruce county

    Bruce, never heard of "salted licorice", now I have to look that up. My personal favorite is Australian licorice. Can't stand the colored plastic that passes for licorice.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Bruce, never heard of “salted licorice”, now I have to look that up.

    You and Bruce should try this Southern/South Side delicacy:

    • Replies: @bruce county
    @Reg Cæsar

    Dear God .. that looks disgusting.

    , @bruce county
    @Reg Cæsar

    So I did some research… Does the name John T. Edge ring a bell?? (Southern Foodways Alliance) I believe Steve did a story on him.

    John T. Edge, food historian and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, wrote in an email that he believes pickles and peppermint sticks are "somewhat common in the Mississippi Delta, which was the fount for much Chicago immigration." Though he's "not sure this transfer is explicitly Delta to Chicago," he said it was definitely spread through the African-American community.

  119. @S
    @Dieter Kief


    The east German symbol was a man with a hat. Cute. It was a regressive affair, but within the boundaries of style, I’d say. Harmless, nice, nostalgic. A gentle nod to the old East – found frequently in the old WEst, too.
     
    You got some of that too in Britain and Ireland with the use of the antiquated term 'carriageway' (from the days of the stagecoach) for modern highways.


    https://www.drivingtesttips.biz/images/dual-carriageway-ahead-sign.jpg

    Replies: @Cortes, @Ancient Briton

    US retains ‘turnpike’, e.g., Mass TP.

    • Thanks: S
  120. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Bruce, never heard of “salted licorice”, now I have to look that up.
     
    You and Bruce should try this Southern/South Side delicacy:



    http://texastitos.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Peppermint-Pickles.jpg

    Replies: @bruce county, @bruce county

    Dear God .. that looks disgusting.

  121. So I did some research… Does the name John T. Edge ring a bell?? (Southern Foodways Alliance) I believe Steve did a story on him.

  122. @Cortes
    @S

    These are gone:

    https://www.roads.org.uk/sites/default/files/blog/accident-black-spot/closeup.jpg

    Replies: @S

    Never heard of those before. Interesting the different road signs country’s have.

  123. @DextersLabRat
    @Dieter Kief

    People are really worked up about this Cardi B song huh. There have been raunchy songs forever. Not every form of entertainment is regressing; TV, for example, is more sophisticated than ever.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Fluesterwitz, @Achmed E. Newman, @Kronos

    I think it’s a question if continuous regressive degeneracy is either a infinite or finite property. What’s left to burn on the funeral pyre of edgy amusement today? If “peak oil” is a concern, isn’t their a “peak cultural cannibalization” that can’t be pressed any farther?

    • Replies: @DextersLabRat
    @Kronos

    Are we really regressing though? The song is literally only 'edgy' because she says the word pussy and has some sex puns. She doesn't even say it in the video, which doesn't show any actual nudity and is more over the top than lewd. 30 years ago Madonna put out a book that showed her actual vagina and she was the #1 musician in the world. This is puritanical compared to that. Or think of the girls who got famous for sex tapes in the 2000s. Doesn't happen anymore, the last one was Kim K and that was 10+ years ago. Now you have Instagram models. In the 90s you had actual female porn stars like Jenna Jameson becoming household names, not to mention Playboy and all the bunnies, all of which is now totally irrelevant to anyone under 25. The biggest pop star with young people is Billie Eilish, who wears very baggy clothing to intentionally not sexualize herself.

    I honestly don't feel American culture is becoming more crass and explicit. Tucker Carlson having a coronary over the Cardi B video is embarrassing. Way out of touch Gen Xer.

    Replies: @Kronos, @The Wild Geese Howard

  124. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Bruce, never heard of “salted licorice”, now I have to look that up.
     
    You and Bruce should try this Southern/South Side delicacy:



    http://texastitos.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Peppermint-Pickles.jpg

    Replies: @bruce county, @bruce county

    So I did some research… Does the name John T. Edge ring a bell?? (Southern Foodways Alliance) I believe Steve did a story on him.

    John T. Edge, food historian and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, wrote in an email that he believes pickles and peppermint sticks are “somewhat common in the Mississippi Delta, which was the fount for much Chicago immigration.” Though he’s “not sure this transfer is explicitly Delta to Chicago,” he said it was definitely spread through the African-American community.

  125. @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Kronos

    It was fiction then though. - It all goes constantly back to Goethe's Faust: Be careful what kinds of ghosts you call into being. And be kind to the Devil - not least because that makes you more human - if you make the right use of your hellish aquaintance.

    So - it all boils down to - make the right use of the utopias, which attract us so charmingly. At times it is wise to tell others to - bind you to the mast and thus survive the magic of the Sirens. - Friedrich Kittler, a German 78er literary scientist once tried to reenact Odysseus' passage in the street of Corinth after in detail studies to secure where the famous passage took place, only to find himself caught by Mafiosi-underlings, who threatened him for trespassing on - - - very private property. - - -

  126. S says:
    @Mr. Anon
    @SFG


    Before that they used to switch red and blue with every election.
     
    I've heard that said. Do you have any evidence for it though? I don't remember it being that way, and I'm inclined to believe that's also just media gas-lighting. After the election in 2000, I remember thinking "Hey, they changed the colors from the way that they had always been". Although I could be wrong.

    The media has only grown more shameless in their deceipt in recent years. Have you noticed the now vast numbers of ostensible "news" articles that present bare unsubstantiated assertions as "fact" and have undisguised left-wing political slants?

    Replies: @J.Ross, @S

    Do you have any evidence for it though? I don’t remember it being that way, and I’m inclined to believe that’s also just media gas-lighting. After the election in 2000, I remember thinking “Hey, they changed the colors from the way that they had always been”. Although I could be wrong.

    The color scheme was reversed specifically for the events we are seeing today, which the powers that be had long been planning…ie a very possible Red October 2.0 event followed by a Russian style Civil War.

    They didn’t want the Dem party being psychologically readily identified with Red…Reds…Communists, which is what I thought at the time.

    I think you’re right about the idea that each four year election cycle they switched the color scheme being bogus. It’s certainly not what I recall.

  127. @Whiskey
    This is why we need war. A real one. Massive. Industrial. Grinding. Tens of millions dead. It's the only thing to save us from Red Guard insanity. War burns away with fire that social idiocy. Puts White men front and center. Ends tranny and black worship.

    Real ones like WWII. Not larping like Iraq or Afghanistan. That's the worst of all worlds. GuarAnteed defeat at the end and it lasts decades.

    After China had defeats to Vietnam they dropped the Red Guards. Kill the Emperor to scare the next one.

    All we are saying is give war a chance. Peace is over. If you want it.

    Replies: @MBlanc46, @Mr. Anon

    I was hoping that a good old-fashioned, rip-snorting depression would be sufficient.

  128. @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

  129. @Kronos
    @DextersLabRat

    I think it’s a question if continuous regressive degeneracy is either a infinite or finite property. What’s left to burn on the funeral pyre of edgy amusement today? If “peak oil” is a concern, isn’t their a “peak cultural cannibalization” that can’t be pressed any farther?

    Replies: @DextersLabRat

    Are we really regressing though? The song is literally only ‘edgy’ because she says the word pussy and has some sex puns. She doesn’t even say it in the video, which doesn’t show any actual nudity and is more over the top than lewd. 30 years ago Madonna put out a book that showed her actual vagina and she was the #1 musician in the world. This is puritanical compared to that. Or think of the girls who got famous for sex tapes in the 2000s. Doesn’t happen anymore, the last one was Kim K and that was 10+ years ago. Now you have Instagram models. In the 90s you had actual female porn stars like Jenna Jameson becoming household names, not to mention Playboy and all the bunnies, all of which is now totally irrelevant to anyone under 25. The biggest pop star with young people is Billie Eilish, who wears very baggy clothing to intentionally not sexualize herself.

    I honestly don’t feel American culture is becoming more crass and explicit. Tucker Carlson having a coronary over the Cardi B video is embarrassing. Way out of touch Gen Xer.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    @DextersLabRat

    It’s still there for sure, but such behavior has become more increasingly institutionalized as the morality of the land. The bad is now good while the good is now bad.

    The righteous son is part of Sailer’s so called “Victimocracy,” is an angry transgender dude burning down Portland while reading to kids in full drag as a side business. This is the consolidation phase.

    https://www.amazon.com/New-Church-Ladies-Extremely-Uptight/dp/0692847219

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @DextersLabRat


    I honestly don’t feel American culture is becoming more crass and explicit.
     
    Uh....have you had the misfortune of seeing the poster for Netflix' upcoming feature film, "Cuties?"
  130. @Dieter Kief
    I

    The kids as red guards - that's interesting. - Kamala Harris wants 16 to be the new voting age.

    II

    Dave Rubin explained a few years ago, that the left had become regressive. - Now think of Joe Biden (he is clearly regressing) and - - - - Cardi - Wet Ass Pussy (that is very much three-year old (=regressive) language! - Cardi B., interviewing Joe Biden (something, that has happened... in our real world, to quote Erich Honecker (a truly regressive predecesssor of the actual regresssive left in what was formerly known as East Germany, he was even the heaad of the state...).

    (Now think of Jonathan Haidt's and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind. - so: It sure ain't that easy to explain this - situation in front of the world's eyes (it's all on YouTube and/or Twitter) - but it is not only doable to explain these strange happenings- they have already been explained quite well. - How do I know? - Not least from Steve Sailer's numerous mentions and analyses of - Jonathan Haidt's (and Greg Lukianoff's) work.

    III

    So. - I'd like to add Jordan Peterson, who saw the regressive nature of theses things very clearly too, and wish him well.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @DextersLabRat, @Anonymous, @The Alarmist, @Kronos, @Kronos, @Kronos

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

  131. @Hippopotamusdrome
    https://static2.stuff.co.nz/1307920899/030/5136030.jpg

    Replies: @Cortes

    Around the late 80s/early 90s, the traditional names for black Labs disappeared. For a while there was a vogue for “Benson” which puzzled me until I saw “Soap”.

  132. @Whiskey
    This is why we need war. A real one. Massive. Industrial. Grinding. Tens of millions dead. It's the only thing to save us from Red Guard insanity. War burns away with fire that social idiocy. Puts White men front and center. Ends tranny and black worship.

    Real ones like WWII. Not larping like Iraq or Afghanistan. That's the worst of all worlds. GuarAnteed defeat at the end and it lasts decades.

    After China had defeats to Vietnam they dropped the Red Guards. Kill the Emperor to scare the next one.

    All we are saying is give war a chance. Peace is over. If you want it.

    Replies: @MBlanc46, @Mr. Anon

    This is why we need war. A real one. Massive. Industrial. Grinding. Tens of millions dead.

    You first, you demented a**hole.

    • LOL: Rob McX
  133. @Charlotte
    @Adam Smith

    We’re you thinking of this? Reality is beyond parody: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/06/give-six-year-olds-the-vote-says-cambridge-university-academic


    The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy.

    Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now “massively outnumbered”, creating a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against governments that plan for the future.

    In the latest episode of his podcast, Talking Politics, he said lowering the voting age to 16 was not radical enough to address the problem.

    He said: “I would lower the voting age to six, not 16. And I’m serious about that. I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception [age-children].
     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Adam Smith

    Thanks! – David Runciman – head of politics at Cambridge University – does follow the woke logic and explain quite clearly, where the regressive utopia he has in mind might lead to – and how it will work: With six-year-olds in the voting booth, for example. The quite woke Herbert Grönemeyer had a huge hit a few years ago in the German-speaking world which was titled “Kinder and die Macht!” (((=political) Power to the Kids). Its Rousseau resurfacing, basically – who put his own kids in a nursing home, because they disturbed his ultimately delicate and liberating thinking.

  134. @Charlotte
    @Adam Smith

    We’re you thinking of this? Reality is beyond parody: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/06/give-six-year-olds-the-vote-says-cambridge-university-academic


    The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy.

    Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now “massively outnumbered”, creating a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against governments that plan for the future.

    In the latest episode of his podcast, Talking Politics, he said lowering the voting age to 16 was not radical enough to address the problem.

    He said: “I would lower the voting age to six, not 16. And I’m serious about that. I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception [age-children].
     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Adam Smith

    I would want people who vote to be able to read…

    Seems like a good idea…

    But a simple literacy test would disenfranchise 43 million American adults. (21%)

    Clown world is indeed beyond parody…

  135. @Dieter Kief
    @Adam Smith

    If only this stuff would not sound so coherent and reasonable altogether. Your satire is a bit too much on the side of actual politics to be too funny, unfortunately.

    Replies: @Adam Smith

    This stuff would not sound so reasonable if the world were not so batshitcrazy.

    I did not realize that extending the franchise to 6 year olds is actual politics.

    I’ll try to be less coherent next time.

  136. @SunBakedSuburb
    @Colin Wright

    "vermin"

    Sexual normality is not a thing for Antifa. It's a pageant of cruelty with heavy pedophiliac overtones. I'd bet a bucket of Buzz Mohawk money that most of these cult kids have a history of sexual abuse. Sad but too bad. They are now at an age where self-awareness should have clicked in and found a way to deal with their legacy of trauma. Call in the exterminator.

    Replies: @Colin Wright

    ‘Sexual normality is not a thing for Antifa. It’s a pageant of cruelty with heavy pedophiliac overtones. I’d bet a bucket of Buzz Mohawk money that most of these cult kids have a history of sexual abuse. Sad but too bad. They are now at an age where self-awareness should have clicked in and found a way to deal with their legacy of trauma. Call in the exterminator.’

    They really are loathesome, somehow. I can’t see myself feeling sorry for them no matter what their fate.

  137. @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I don't know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists. Totally on board with radical changes and totally having bought into the "USA is an evil country" narrative.

    Are there enough 60+ voters to hold the line? Will they brave getting COVID in order to cast their single vote against Presidential Dementia and state-endorsed riots?

    Will enough people see the videos of NYC's 5th Avenue completely boarded up? Will enough people in the rust belt care?

    People aren't watching the Convention because it's boring and they don't want to be confronted with actually having to watch Biden or Harris. But that doesn't mean they won't vote.

    Instead of saying "we got this in the bag," we need to be making it clear that it's going to be down to the wire again, like last time, and everyone needs to vote and get others to vote as well.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @The Wild Geese Howard

    ‘I don’t know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists. Totally on board with radical changes and totally having bought into the “USA is an evil country” narrative…’

    It’s possible they’ll switch to being ‘hard, hard, rightists’ in a heartbeat.

    Orwell observed at some point in the Thirties that many of the British admirers of fascism and Nazism had been admirers of Communism a decade earlier. He decided it was a matter of hating the established order and being attracted to anything that offered a pretext for violence.

  138. @Kronos
    @Dieter Kief

    They’re taking ideas from the 1968 film “Wild In The Streets.”

    https://youtu.be/k4KKD_SuLRY

    https://youtu.be/hmeTftBlOVY

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    It was fiction then though. – It all goes constantly back to Goethe’s Faust: Be careful what kinds of ghosts you call into being. And be kind to the Devil – not least because that makes you more human – if you make the right use of your hellish aquaintance.

    So – it all boils down to – make the right use of the utopias, which attract us so charmingly. At times it is wise to tell others to – bind you to the mast and thus survive the magic of the Sirens. – Friedrich Kittler, a German 78er literary scientist once tried to reenact Odysseus’ passage in the street of Corinth after in detail studies to secure where the famous passage took place, only to find himself caught by Mafiosi-underlings, who threatened him for trespassing on – – – very private property. – – –

  139. @Chrisnonymous
    @Anonymous

    I don't know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists. Totally on board with radical changes and totally having bought into the "USA is an evil country" narrative.

    Are there enough 60+ voters to hold the line? Will they brave getting COVID in order to cast their single vote against Presidential Dementia and state-endorsed riots?

    Will enough people see the videos of NYC's 5th Avenue completely boarded up? Will enough people in the rust belt care?

    People aren't watching the Convention because it's boring and they don't want to be confronted with actually having to watch Biden or Harris. But that doesn't mean they won't vote.

    Instead of saying "we got this in the bag," we need to be making it clear that it's going to be down to the wire again, like last time, and everyone needs to vote and get others to vote as well.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @The Wild Geese Howard

    I don’t know. It all depends on older people. The under-35s I know are all hard, hard leftists.

    I grew up on Main Street USA in the mid-90s with a graduating class of 50 or so.

    I’d estimate at least 30-35% are Leftist loons.

  140. @DextersLabRat
    @Kronos

    Are we really regressing though? The song is literally only 'edgy' because she says the word pussy and has some sex puns. She doesn't even say it in the video, which doesn't show any actual nudity and is more over the top than lewd. 30 years ago Madonna put out a book that showed her actual vagina and she was the #1 musician in the world. This is puritanical compared to that. Or think of the girls who got famous for sex tapes in the 2000s. Doesn't happen anymore, the last one was Kim K and that was 10+ years ago. Now you have Instagram models. In the 90s you had actual female porn stars like Jenna Jameson becoming household names, not to mention Playboy and all the bunnies, all of which is now totally irrelevant to anyone under 25. The biggest pop star with young people is Billie Eilish, who wears very baggy clothing to intentionally not sexualize herself.

    I honestly don't feel American culture is becoming more crass and explicit. Tucker Carlson having a coronary over the Cardi B video is embarrassing. Way out of touch Gen Xer.

    Replies: @Kronos, @The Wild Geese Howard

    It’s still there for sure, but such behavior has become more increasingly institutionalized as the morality of the land. The bad is now good while the good is now bad.

    The righteous son is part of Sailer’s so called “Victimocracy,” is an angry transgender dude burning down Portland while reading to kids in full drag as a side business. This is the consolidation phase.

  141. @DextersLabRat
    @Kronos

    Are we really regressing though? The song is literally only 'edgy' because she says the word pussy and has some sex puns. She doesn't even say it in the video, which doesn't show any actual nudity and is more over the top than lewd. 30 years ago Madonna put out a book that showed her actual vagina and she was the #1 musician in the world. This is puritanical compared to that. Or think of the girls who got famous for sex tapes in the 2000s. Doesn't happen anymore, the last one was Kim K and that was 10+ years ago. Now you have Instagram models. In the 90s you had actual female porn stars like Jenna Jameson becoming household names, not to mention Playboy and all the bunnies, all of which is now totally irrelevant to anyone under 25. The biggest pop star with young people is Billie Eilish, who wears very baggy clothing to intentionally not sexualize herself.

    I honestly don't feel American culture is becoming more crass and explicit. Tucker Carlson having a coronary over the Cardi B video is embarrassing. Way out of touch Gen Xer.

    Replies: @Kronos, @The Wild Geese Howard

    I honestly don’t feel American culture is becoming more crass and explicit.

    Uh….have you had the misfortune of seeing the poster for Netflix’ upcoming feature film, “Cuties?”

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