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From Poetry of the Taliban.

“NGO” stands for non-governmental organization.

iSteve commenter Observer32 adds:

Sounds like a Pushtun channeling this gem from Ross Coggins:

Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet
I’m off to join the Development Set;
My bags are packed, and I’ve had all my shots
I have traveller’s checks and pills for the trots!

The Development Set is bright and noble
Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
Although we move with the better classes
Our thoughts are always with the masses.

In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
We damn multi-national corporations;
injustice seems easy to protest
In such seething hotbeds of social rest.

We discuss malnutrition over steaks
And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks.
Whether Asian floods or African drought,
We face each issue with open mouth.

We bring in consultants whose circumlocution
Raises difficulties for every solution —
Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
By showing the need for another meeting.

The language of the Development Set
Stretches the English alphabet;
We use swell words like “epigenetic”
“Micro”, “macro”, and “logarithmetic”

It pleasures us to be esoteric —
It’s so intellectually atmospheric!
And although establishments may be unmoved,
Our vocabularies are much improved.

When the talk gets deep and you’re feeling numb,
You can keep your shame to a minimum:
To show that you, too, are intelligent
Smugly ask, “Is it really development?”

Or say, “That’s fine in practice, but don’t you see:
It doesn’t work out in theory!”
A few may find this incomprehensible,
But most will admire you as deep and sensible.

Development set homes are extremely chic,
Full of carvings, curios, and draped with batik.
Eye-level photographs subtly assure
That your host is at home with the great and the poor.

Enough of these verses – on with the mission!
Our task is as broad as the human condition!
Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
The poor ye shall always have with you.

 
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  1. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    “’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
    Only this and nothing more.”

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Trelane

    Hint: It's not a bird. It's millions of migrants.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Right_On

  2. “NGO” stands for “non-governmental” organization.

    FIFY.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @Hi There

    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Well done.

  3. Better than most of the poetry I read in The New Yorker, back when I read The New Yorker. Can’t believe I used to read The New Yorker. Great, now I went and made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.

    • Agree: ic1000
    • Replies: @International Jew
    @JimDandy

    I still read the cartoons.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Reg Cæsar

    , @Dieter Kief
    @JimDandy


    made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.
     
    Oh yeah, a loss. It was nice once, The New Yorker. Now it's dull. (The Atlantic too.) Turns out they lost it - lost the interesting small path of productive writing/thinking. Following the trend trumped being curious/adventurous/playful/investigative/enlightening.
    (At times I think, this can't go on this way, because it is too boring/repetitive/illiberal. Bari Weiss recently said that this woke milieu has become essentially destructive and is a dead-end street in a wasteland (ok, that's me paraphrasing her bitter words).

    Replies: @Carol, @JimDandy

  4. @Trelane

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    “’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
    Only this and nothing more.”
     

    Replies: @HammerJack

    Hint: It’s not a bird. It’s millions of migrants.

    • Agree: Trelane
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @HammerJack


    Hint: It’s not a bird. It’s millions of migrants.
     
    He might mean Corvinus.
    , @Right_On
    @HammerJack

    Is it a bird?
    Is it a plane?
    No, it's a would-be Afghan migrant falling from a Boeing C-17 in Kabul.

  5. if you read the NYT engagement page you can see what the better sort of people do.

    disclaimer, I once worked for a law firm that justified inclusion in the engagements section which impressed my wife when she called in our wedding.

    the New York Times, holy s..t. what achievement

    any way now all the top grads of Yale and Harvard go directly into ngos. higher status than money Grubb and somehow more money comes

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
    @scrivener3

    Young ladies from good families used to work at Sotheby's or as a buyer for a fashion house until they found a suitable husband. Now they have to do something 'meaningful.'

    NGOs offer a new class of prestigious jobs, also seen in the new cache awarded to jobs in local politics that used to go to working-class go-getters. I think Wolfe in Bonfire has a bit about the Masters of the Universe paying no attention at all to déclassé local politics, but our new aristocracy is desperate for places to put their idiot second sons and dingbat daughters.

  6. I wonder if it rhymes in Pashto.

  7. Well, it’s better than anything published lately in the New Yorker.

  8. Posted this on Mr. Derb’s column before, but Tim Dillon had an excellent stream-of-conscious rant on Afghanistan, eat-pray-intersectionalize NGO white chicks, and the invasion of Austin, TX by Blue State-yet-unwoke comedians and techies, whom he predicts will also ultimately succumb to the natives and their indomitable cultural ways. Funny and heartfelt reminiscence on how the guileless patriotism of so many of us was exploited by 2 generations of swamp creature grifters:

    (Skip to 1:09:00 for the conclusion)

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Abe

    eat-pray-intersectionalize NGO white chicks
     

    Speaking of, all the females in my life area burning up the group-text airwaves tonight about some negro who overdosed. I've never heard of the guy, though I have heard of the show he was in (The Wire). But I don't care about any of it and finally turned my phone off.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles

  9. Wait, this is for real?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……..

  10. I was listening to WBEZ (public radio) this afternoon and heard some program being brought to you by the “Gun Safety Alliance,” (https://gunsafetyalliance.org/) an NGO dedicated to destroying your gun rights.

    They must have plenty of money because they are advertising on a so-called “conservative” radio station (WIND-AM 560) but on public radio too. I wonder if they advertise on “Chicago Progressive Talk” WCPT-AM 820?

  11. Also, just to quiet my OCD, you missed the final stanza of the poem, which was on the next page:

    A meddler strolls around with his bodyguards;
    That Afghan doesn’t think about the situation;
                         How many are the NGOs!

  12. Some migrants they housed in Nantucket…

  13. The Taliban knows who the REAL enemy is.

  14. And people act like the Taliban are just a bunch of AK toting rubes…
    That poem is some fairly amusing wry material!

  15. Sounds like a Pushtun channeling this gem from Ross Coggins:

    Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet
    I’m off to join the Development Set;
    My bags are packed, and I’ve had all my shots
    I have traveller’s checks and pills for the trots!

    The Development Set is bright and noble
    Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
    Although we move with the better classes
    Our thoughts are always with the masses.

    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.

    [MORE]

    We discuss malnutrition over steaks
    And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks.
    Whether Asian floods or African drought,
    We face each issue with open mouth.

    We bring in consultants whose circumlocution
    Raises difficulties for every solution —
    Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
    By showing the need for another meeting.

    The language of the Development Set
    Stretches the English alphabet;
    We use swell words like “epigenetic”
    “Micro”, “macro”, and “logarithmetic”

    It pleasures us to be esoteric —
    It’s so intellectually atmospheric!
    And although establishments may be unmoved,
    Our vocabularies are much improved.

    When the talk gets deep and you’re feeling numb,
    You can keep your shame to a minimum:
    To show that you, too, are intelligent
    Smugly ask, “Is it really development?”

    Or say, “That’s fine in practice, but don’t you see:
    It doesn’t work out in theory!”
    A few may find this incomprehensible,
    But most will admire you as deep and sensible.

    Development set homes are extremely chic,
    Full of carvings, curios, and draped with batik.
    Eye-level photographs subtly assure
    That your host is at home with the great and the poor.

    Enough of these verses – on with the mission!
    Our task is as broad as the human condition!
    Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
    The poor ye shall always have with you.

    • Thanks: Gordo, 3g4me
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Observer32

    Thanks.

    , @Anonymous
    @Observer32

    Haha! I like this bit....


    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.
     
    , @Professor Eric Rasmusen
    @Observer32

    Very good. It's from 1976! http://shores-system.mysite.com/development_set.html

  16. “The Strsnger” – Rudyard Kipling

    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk–
    I cannot feel his mind.
    I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy or sell.

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control–
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes
    They think of the likes of me.

    This was my father’s belief
    And this is also mine:
    Let the corn be all one sheaf–
    And the grapes be all one vine,
    Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

    • Thanks: Gordo
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @SafeNow

    And let us not forget the perennial classic.

    The White Man’s Burden - Kipling

    TAKE up the White Man's burden -
    Send forth the best ye breed -
    Go bind your sons to exile
    To serve your captives' need;
    To wait in heavy harness
    On fluttered folk and wild -
    Your new-caught sullen peoples,
    Half devil and half child.
    Take up the White Man's burden -
    In patience to abide
    To veil the threat of terror
    And check the show of pride;
    By open speech and simple,
    An hundred times made plain,
    To seek another's profit,
    And work another's gain.

    Take up the White Man's burden -
    The savage wars of peace -
    Fill full the mouth of famine
    And bid the sickness cease;
    And when your goal is nearest
    The end for others sought,
    Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
    Bring all your hopes to nought.

    Take up the White Man's burden -
    No tawdry rule of kings,
    But toil of serf and sweeper -
    The tale of common things.
    The ports ye shall not enter,
    The roads ye shall not tread,
    Go make them with your living,
    And mark them with your dead !

    Take up the White Man's burden -
    And reap his old reward,
    The blame of those ye better,
    The hate of those ye guard -
    The cry of hosts ye humour
    (Ah slowly !) towards the light:-
    "Why brought ye us from bondage,
    "Our loved Egyptian night ?"

    Take up the White Man's burden -
    Ye dare not stoop to less -
    Nor call too loud on Freedom
    To cloak your weariness;
    By all ye cry or whisper,
    By all ye leave or do,
    The silent sullen peoples
    Shall weigh your Gods and you.

    Take up the White Man's burden -
    Have done with childish days -
    The lightly proffered laurel,
    The easy, ungrudged praise.
    Comes now, to search your manhood
    Through all the thankless years,
    Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
    The judgement of your peers.

  17. @Achmed E. Newman
    "NGO" stands for "non-governmental" organization.

    FIFY.

    Replies: @International Jew, @The Anti-Gnostic

    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @International Jew


    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?
     
    They used to be "quasi-autonomous", as in quango. Whatever happened to that term?



    I hear this is an entertaining account of relief work. Anyone here read it?




    https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1355995751l/611136.jpg

    Replies: @Cortes

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @International Jew

    You got it, I.J. They get grants and contracts from governments (mostly one in particular), so they are beholden to them.

    Just as a pertinent example, go to the bottom of this Ann Corcoran article on VDare (also posted on her Refugee Resettlement Watch site) and look at those logos on the bottom. They are NGO's that get money for every alleged refugee foreigner that import.

    (Sorry, I can't post an image right now.)

    Replies: @Coemgen

    , @Hi There
    @International Jew


    Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?
     
    GONGOs: Government Organized Non-Governmental Organization.

    The Wikipedia Page is actually pretty good:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government-organized_non-governmental_organization

    It's "grey propaganda" where, the NGO wants the impression of being some neutral, non-government grass roots, civic minded organization, but they are the opposite.

    Freedom House is a notorious GONGO that paints itself as a neutral, non-government, civic institution, but in reality, is entirely funded by US government and staffed by top US politicians.

    Replies: @SaneClownPosse

  18. @JimDandy
    Better than most of the poetry I read in The New Yorker, back when I read The New Yorker. Can't believe I used to read The New Yorker. Great, now I went and made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Dieter Kief

    I still read the cartoons.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @International Jew

    Yeah. I definitely would, too, if I still read The New Yorker.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @International Jew


    I still read the cartoons.
     
    Me, too. And I used to read The Atlantic for those cute 2"-square ads in the back pages, for warm sox and rental cabins and the like. (Those were in The Atlantic, weren't they? Or was it Harper's?)
  19. @International Jew
    @JimDandy

    I still read the cartoons.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah. I definitely would, too, if I still read The New Yorker.

  20. Hmm, maybe in the original Pushtun it rhymes, and rolls along in a traditional meter like, maybe, decapitational pentameter.

  21. @scrivener3
    if you read the NYT engagement page you can see what the better sort of people do.

    disclaimer, I once worked for a law firm that justified inclusion in the engagements section which impressed my wife when she called in our wedding.

    the New York Times, holy s..t. what achievement

    any way now all the top grads of Yale and Harvard go directly into ngos. higher status than money Grubb and somehow more money comes

    Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Young ladies from good families used to work at Sotheby’s or as a buyer for a fashion house until they found a suitable husband. Now they have to do something ‘meaningful.’

    NGOs offer a new class of prestigious jobs, also seen in the new cache awarded to jobs in local politics that used to go to working-class go-getters. I think Wolfe in Bonfire has a bit about the Masters of the Universe paying no attention at all to déclassé local politics, but our new aristocracy is desperate for places to put their idiot second sons and dingbat daughters.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  22. @Observer32
    Sounds like a Pushtun channeling this gem from Ross Coggins:

    Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet
    I'm off to join the Development Set;
    My bags are packed, and I've had all my shots
    I have traveller's checks and pills for the trots!

    The Development Set is bright and noble
    Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
    Although we move with the better classes
    Our thoughts are always with the masses.

    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.



    We discuss malnutrition over steaks
    And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks.
    Whether Asian floods or African drought,
    We face each issue with open mouth.

    We bring in consultants whose circumlocution
    Raises difficulties for every solution --
    Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
    By showing the need for another meeting.

    The language of the Development Set
    Stretches the English alphabet;
    We use swell words like "epigenetic"
    "Micro", "macro", and "logarithmetic"

    It pleasures us to be esoteric --
    It's so intellectually atmospheric!
    And although establishments may be unmoved,
    Our vocabularies are much improved.

    When the talk gets deep and you're feeling numb,
    You can keep your shame to a minimum:
    To show that you, too, are intelligent
    Smugly ask, "Is it really development?"

    Or say, "That's fine in practice, but don't you see:
    It doesn't work out in theory!"
    A few may find this incomprehensible,
    But most will admire you as deep and sensible.

    Development set homes are extremely chic,
    Full of carvings, curios, and draped with batik.
    Eye-level photographs subtly assure
    That your host is at home with the great and the poor.

    Enough of these verses - on with the mission!
    Our task is as broad as the human condition!
    Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
    The poor ye shall always have with you.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Professor Eric Rasmusen

    Thanks.

  23. Wasting time, posting on TikTok till their next Zoom corporate inclusivity meeting starts /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Their salaries, more than the frackers who provide their cheap electricity /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Wasting time, starting Twitter mobs,
    Those with no social media profiles are still suspect since “silence is violence” /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    When there is a vacancy, trannies are appointed /
    They will not admit they still have all their junk /
    How many are the homos!
    If the applicants are intersectional, they do not need SAT scores /
    BIPOCs in large numbers, flyover whites are few /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    If someone gets a good blurb from Ibrahim X. Kendi, he is rich /
    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Support BLM, publish unreplicble stereotype threat studies /
    It is not clear where they all come from
    How many are the mulattoes!

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Abe


    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray
     
    And that reminds me of how Richard Spencer is now destitute, and it's hard to care about him either. Though it is somewhat troubling that the MSM and internet can make it impossible for someone to earn a living if he's made the wrong enemies.
    , @Anon
    @Abe


    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray
     
    Murray lives in Burkettesville, Maryland, and he appears to be doing fine. A few months ago a young guy interviewed him in person in his very pleasant home, in a very pleasant neighborhood, which is shown via drone footage. This is a smaller town near Frederick, Maryland, the site of the Fort Detrick base. I lived in Frederick for a while, and I think Murray is pretty safe ensconced up in that little corner of the world.

    The interview is mostly about education, and Murray's book "Real Education." The interviewer ignored the "elephant in the room" last two books by Murray.

    The book is about four truths:

    1. All kids are different.
    2. Half of kids are below average.
    3. Too many kids are going to college.
    4. We need to educate, nurture, and teach ethics to our gifted kids, who are going to be running the joint whether we like it or not.

    The book pushes vocational ... uh, "career and technical" education for the non-college kids.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9E9Lq50N2BQ
  24. @Abe
    Posted this on Mr. Derb’s column before, but Tim Dillon had an excellent stream-of-conscious rant on Afghanistan, eat-pray-intersectionalize NGO white chicks, and the invasion of Austin, TX by Blue State-yet-unwoke comedians and techies, whom he predicts will also ultimately succumb to the natives and their indomitable cultural ways. Funny and heartfelt reminiscence on how the guileless patriotism of so many of us was exploited by 2 generations of swamp creature grifters:

    (Skip to 1:09:00 for the conclusion)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P2bJ0PRL4Tw&t=12m30s

    Replies: @HammerJack

    eat-pray-intersectionalize NGO white chicks

    Speaking of, all the females in my life area burning up the group-text airwaves tonight about some negro who overdosed. I’ve never heard of the guy, though I have heard of the show he was in (The Wire). But I don’t care about any of it and finally turned my phone off.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @HammerJack

    https://www.the-sun.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2021/09/NINTCHDBPICT000672096102-1.jpg?strip=all&w=666

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Pericles
    @HammerJack

    Long-time drug addict overdoses on heroin and dies. One negro is a tragedy, tens of thousands of whites is a statistic.

    The 'Omar' character in The Wire was one of the less plausible parts of the show, but still worked fairly well and only injected a small dose of poz into society.

  25. Anon[564] • Disclaimer says:

    How about a poem entitled:

    “How Many are the Billionaires!”

    In the primary schools, fixing black people
    How many are the billionaires?
    In the secondary schools, fixing black people
    How many are the billionaires?
    No more tracking, no more gifted classes, no more AP
    Teacher’s got a concussion, Jamal’s still in class
    Fixing black people doesn’t seem to be working
    How many are the billionaires?
    Vaccines to Africa, rotting on the docks
    How many are the billionaires?
    Thousand-dollar toilets in African villages
    For sale on eBoombaBay, copper pipe gone missing
    Billionaires fixing black people
    African country’s leaders are billionaires
    Their people are poor and unfixed
    In the year 2525, if man is still alive
    Billionaires will still be spending billions
    Fixing black people

  26. @Abe

    Wasting time, posting on TikTok till their next Zoom corporate inclusivity meeting starts /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Their salaries, more than the frackers who provide their cheap electricity /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Wasting time, starting Twitter mobs,
    Those with no social media profiles are still suspect since “silence is violence” /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    When there is a vacancy, trannies are appointed /
    They will not admit they still have all their junk /
    How many are the homos!
    If the applicants are intersectional, they do not need SAT scores /
    BIPOCs in large numbers, flyover whites are few /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    If someone gets a good blurb from Ibrahim X. Kendi, he is rich /
    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Support BLM, publish unreplicble stereotype threat studies /
    It is not clear where they all come from
    How many are the mulattoes!

     

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Anon

    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray

    And that reminds me of how Richard Spencer is now destitute, and it’s hard to care about him either. Though it is somewhat troubling that the MSM and internet can make it impossible for someone to earn a living if he’s made the wrong enemies.

  27. @International Jew
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @Hi There

    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    They used to be “quasi-autonomous”, as in quango. Whatever happened to that term?

    I hear this is an entertaining account of relief work. Anyone here read it?

    • Replies: @Cortes
    @Reg Cæsar

    “They used to be “quasi-autonomous”, as in quango. Whatever happened to that term?”

    Cutbacks mean government organisations are now sine q-a non

    (I’ll get my coat)

    Replies: @Prester John

  28. @International Jew
    @JimDandy

    I still read the cartoons.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Reg Cæsar

    I still read the cartoons.

    Me, too. And I used to read The Atlantic for those cute 2″-square ads in the back pages, for warm sox and rental cabins and the like. (Those were in The Atlantic, weren’t they? Or was it Harper’s?)

  29. @HammerJack
    @Trelane

    Hint: It's not a bird. It's millions of migrants.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Right_On

    Hint: It’s not a bird. It’s millions of migrants.

    He might mean Corvinus.

  30. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:
    @SafeNow
    “The Strsnger” - Rudyard Kipling

    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk--
    I cannot feel his mind.
    I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy or sell.

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control--
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes
    They think of the likes of me.

    This was my father's belief
    And this is also mine:
    Let the corn be all one sheaf--
    And the grapes be all one vine,
    Ere our children's teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    And let us not forget the perennial classic.

    The White Man’s Burden – Kipling

    TAKE up the White Man’s burden –
    Send forth the best ye breed –
    Go bind your sons to exile
    To serve your captives’ need;
    To wait in heavy harness
    On fluttered folk and wild –
    Your new-caught sullen peoples,
    Half devil and half child.
    Take up the White Man’s burden –
    In patience to abide
    To veil the threat of terror
    And check the show of pride;
    By open speech and simple,
    An hundred times made plain,
    To seek another’s profit,
    And work another’s gain.

    Take up the White Man’s burden –
    The savage wars of peace –
    Fill full the mouth of famine
    And bid the sickness cease;
    And when your goal is nearest
    The end for others sought,
    Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
    Bring all your hopes to nought.

    Take up the White Man’s burden –
    No tawdry rule of kings,
    But toil of serf and sweeper –
    The tale of common things.
    The ports ye shall not enter,
    The roads ye shall not tread,
    Go make them with your living,
    And mark them with your dead !

    Take up the White Man’s burden –
    And reap his old reward,
    The blame of those ye better,
    The hate of those ye guard –
    The cry of hosts ye humour
    (Ah slowly !) towards the light:-
    “Why brought ye us from bondage,
    “Our loved Egyptian night ?”

    Take up the White Man’s burden –
    Ye dare not stoop to less –
    Nor call too loud on Freedom
    To cloak your weariness;
    By all ye cry or whisper,
    By all ye leave or do,
    The silent sullen peoples
    Shall weigh your Gods and you.

    Take up the White Man’s burden –
    Have done with childish days –
    The lightly proffered laurel,
    The easy, ungrudged praise.
    Comes now, to search your manhood
    Through all the thankless years,
    Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
    The judgement of your peers.

  31. @Observer32
    Sounds like a Pushtun channeling this gem from Ross Coggins:

    Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet
    I'm off to join the Development Set;
    My bags are packed, and I've had all my shots
    I have traveller's checks and pills for the trots!

    The Development Set is bright and noble
    Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
    Although we move with the better classes
    Our thoughts are always with the masses.

    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.



    We discuss malnutrition over steaks
    And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks.
    Whether Asian floods or African drought,
    We face each issue with open mouth.

    We bring in consultants whose circumlocution
    Raises difficulties for every solution --
    Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
    By showing the need for another meeting.

    The language of the Development Set
    Stretches the English alphabet;
    We use swell words like "epigenetic"
    "Micro", "macro", and "logarithmetic"

    It pleasures us to be esoteric --
    It's so intellectually atmospheric!
    And although establishments may be unmoved,
    Our vocabularies are much improved.

    When the talk gets deep and you're feeling numb,
    You can keep your shame to a minimum:
    To show that you, too, are intelligent
    Smugly ask, "Is it really development?"

    Or say, "That's fine in practice, but don't you see:
    It doesn't work out in theory!"
    A few may find this incomprehensible,
    But most will admire you as deep and sensible.

    Development set homes are extremely chic,
    Full of carvings, curios, and draped with batik.
    Eye-level photographs subtly assure
    That your host is at home with the great and the poor.

    Enough of these verses - on with the mission!
    Our task is as broad as the human condition!
    Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
    The poor ye shall always have with you.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Professor Eric Rasmusen

    Haha! I like this bit….

    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.

  32. The whole Afghanistan thing was a huge grift operation.

    Everybody got paid off.

    Female NGO workers.
    Male defense contractors.
    American politicians and retired military/intel personnel.
    Afghan soldiers, govt leaders, and “translators.”

    Over \$2 trillion was wasted.

    That’s why the war went on for 2 decades, even if no real progress was being made. Lots of parasites were feeding off the host (US taxpayers like you & me).

    Just on Afghanistan alone. Imagine how much more has been spent on Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc.

    One day America will bankrupt – and you know why.

    It just overwhelms the mind.

  33. @HammerJack
    @Abe

    eat-pray-intersectionalize NGO white chicks
     

    Speaking of, all the females in my life area burning up the group-text airwaves tonight about some negro who overdosed. I've never heard of the guy, though I have heard of the show he was in (The Wire). But I don't care about any of it and finally turned my phone off.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Reg Cæsar

    Pyjama Man.

  34. @HammerJack
    @Abe

    eat-pray-intersectionalize NGO white chicks
     

    Speaking of, all the females in my life area burning up the group-text airwaves tonight about some negro who overdosed. I've never heard of the guy, though I have heard of the show he was in (The Wire). But I don't care about any of it and finally turned my phone off.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Pericles

    Long-time drug addict overdoses on heroin and dies. One negro is a tragedy, tens of thousands of whites is a statistic.

    The ‘Omar’ character in The Wire was one of the less plausible parts of the show, but still worked fairly well and only injected a small dose of poz into society.

  35. @Reg Cæsar
    @HammerJack

    https://www.the-sun.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2021/09/NINTCHDBPICT000672096102-1.jpg?strip=all&w=666

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Pyjama Man.

  36. Anon[159] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe

    Wasting time, posting on TikTok till their next Zoom corporate inclusivity meeting starts /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Their salaries, more than the frackers who provide their cheap electricity /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Wasting time, starting Twitter mobs,
    Those with no social media profiles are still suspect since “silence is violence” /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    When there is a vacancy, trannies are appointed /
    They will not admit they still have all their junk /
    How many are the homos!
    If the applicants are intersectional, they do not need SAT scores /
    BIPOCs in large numbers, flyover whites are few /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    If someone gets a good blurb from Ibrahim X. Kendi, he is rich /
    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray /
    How many are the mulattoes!
    Support BLM, publish unreplicble stereotype threat studies /
    It is not clear where they all come from
    How many are the mulattoes!

     

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Anon

    So they enjoy a better living situation than Charles Murray

    Murray lives in Burkettesville, Maryland, and he appears to be doing fine. A few months ago a young guy interviewed him in person in his very pleasant home, in a very pleasant neighborhood, which is shown via drone footage. This is a smaller town near Frederick, Maryland, the site of the Fort Detrick base. I lived in Frederick for a while, and I think Murray is pretty safe ensconced up in that little corner of the world.

    The interview is mostly about education, and Murray’s book “Real Education.” The interviewer ignored the “elephant in the room” last two books by Murray.

    The book is about four truths:

    1. All kids are different.
    2. Half of kids are below average.
    3. Too many kids are going to college.
    4. We need to educate, nurture, and teach ethics to our gifted kids, who are going to be running the joint whether we like it or not.

    The book pushes vocational … uh, “career and technical” education for the non-college kids.

    • Thanks: Dieter Kief
  37. @International Jew
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @Hi There

    You got it, I.J. They get grants and contracts from governments (mostly one in particular), so they are beholden to them.

    Just as a pertinent example, go to the bottom of this Ann Corcoran article on VDare (also posted on her Refugee Resettlement Watch site) and look at those logos on the bottom. They are NGO’s that get money for every alleged refugee foreigner that import.

    (Sorry, I can’t post an image right now.)

    • Replies: @Coemgen
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I wonder, is there any NGO whose grift does not align with the Democrat Party's objectives?

    Also, is there any NGO that could survive without U.S. taxpayer funding?

  38. @Observer32
    Sounds like a Pushtun channeling this gem from Ross Coggins:

    Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet
    I'm off to join the Development Set;
    My bags are packed, and I've had all my shots
    I have traveller's checks and pills for the trots!

    The Development Set is bright and noble
    Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
    Although we move with the better classes
    Our thoughts are always with the masses.

    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.



    We discuss malnutrition over steaks
    And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks.
    Whether Asian floods or African drought,
    We face each issue with open mouth.

    We bring in consultants whose circumlocution
    Raises difficulties for every solution --
    Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
    By showing the need for another meeting.

    The language of the Development Set
    Stretches the English alphabet;
    We use swell words like "epigenetic"
    "Micro", "macro", and "logarithmetic"

    It pleasures us to be esoteric --
    It's so intellectually atmospheric!
    And although establishments may be unmoved,
    Our vocabularies are much improved.

    When the talk gets deep and you're feeling numb,
    You can keep your shame to a minimum:
    To show that you, too, are intelligent
    Smugly ask, "Is it really development?"

    Or say, "That's fine in practice, but don't you see:
    It doesn't work out in theory!"
    A few may find this incomprehensible,
    But most will admire you as deep and sensible.

    Development set homes are extremely chic,
    Full of carvings, curios, and draped with batik.
    Eye-level photographs subtly assure
    That your host is at home with the great and the poor.

    Enough of these verses - on with the mission!
    Our task is as broad as the human condition!
    Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
    The poor ye shall always have with you.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Professor Eric Rasmusen

  39. @JimDandy
    Better than most of the poetry I read in The New Yorker, back when I read The New Yorker. Can't believe I used to read The New Yorker. Great, now I went and made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.

    Replies: @International Jew, @Dieter Kief

    made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.

    Oh yeah, a loss. It was nice once, The New Yorker. Now it’s dull. (The Atlantic too.) Turns out they lost it – lost the interesting small path of productive writing/thinking. Following the trend trumped being curious/adventurous/playful/investigative/enlightening.
    (At times I think, this can’t go on this way, because it is too boring/repetitive/illiberal. Bari Weiss recently said that this woke milieu has become essentially destructive and is a dead-end street in a wasteland (ok, that’s me paraphrasing her bitter words).

    • Replies: @Carol
    @Dieter Kief

    They're trying...


    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/can-progressives-be-convinced-that-genetics-matters/amp

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    , @JimDandy
    @Dieter Kief

    What does Bari have to say about criticisms of Israel on college campuses?

  40. The late Tom Leonard gave us a Glasgow version some years ago:

  41. @Achmed E. Newman
    @International Jew

    You got it, I.J. They get grants and contracts from governments (mostly one in particular), so they are beholden to them.

    Just as a pertinent example, go to the bottom of this Ann Corcoran article on VDare (also posted on her Refugee Resettlement Watch site) and look at those logos on the bottom. They are NGO's that get money for every alleged refugee foreigner that import.

    (Sorry, I can't post an image right now.)

    Replies: @Coemgen

    I wonder, is there any NGO whose grift does not align with the Democrat Party’s objectives?

    Also, is there any NGO that could survive without U.S. taxpayer funding?

  42. @Reg Cæsar
    @International Jew


    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?
     
    They used to be "quasi-autonomous", as in quango. Whatever happened to that term?



    I hear this is an entertaining account of relief work. Anyone here read it?




    https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1355995751l/611136.jpg

    Replies: @Cortes

    “They used to be “quasi-autonomous”, as in quango. Whatever happened to that term?”

    Cutbacks mean government organisations are now sine q-a non

    (I’ll get my coat)

    • Thanks: HammerJack
    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Prester John
    @Cortes

    May have been eighty-sixed in as much as it looks and sounds--appropriately enough-- too much like "guano."

  43. Can anyone share good poetry about the current situation in America as our way of life slips through our fingers?

    In a hundred years Pashtuns will read and enjoy this poetry’s will there be any descendants of heritage Americans to enjoy ours?

    Billionaires who send their daughters to work for NGOs must hate them. They will return to overpriced Manhattan apartments to leaf through sperm donor catalogues.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    @Thea

    Think it’s more millionaires’ daughters (plus their B student sons) working for them than billionaires’ children.

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Thea

    The guy who writes the Titania McGrath parody account turns out to be a fairly talented poet on the subject of How We Live Now:

    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1435637690712666117

  44. from the doc Bitter Lake … a Western development worker teaching Afghanistan women about conceptual art starting from Duchamp’s Fountain (1917), a readymade sculpture consisting of a porcelain urinal … an interpreter is needed

    • Replies: @Prester John
    @A. Hipster

    This is iSteve fodder on stilts!!

  45. @International Jew
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That might be too subtle for me. Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Achmed E. Newman, @Hi There

    Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?

    GONGOs: Government Organized Non-Governmental Organization.

    The Wikipedia Page is actually pretty good:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government-organized_non-governmental_organization

    It’s “grey propaganda” where, the NGO wants the impression of being some neutral, non-government grass roots, civic minded organization, but they are the opposite.

    Freedom House is a notorious GONGO that paints itself as a neutral, non-government, civic institution, but in reality, is entirely funded by US government and staffed by top US politicians.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
    @Hi There

    I always thought that was what QUANGO referred to, arms length national intelligence units wrapped in humanitarian guises, sponsored by Corporations. Hence the "quasi" qualifier.

    Humanitarian fascist do gooders.

    "Hi, we're here from a non governmental organization and we're here to help you."

  46. I wonder if Pres. Obama’s mother in her late 30s ever saw that poem “The Development Set.” TBF she was going more for the aspiring self-hating academic than quango parasite role. To a Taliban observer both probably look the same though

  47. @Dieter Kief
    @JimDandy


    made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.
     
    Oh yeah, a loss. It was nice once, The New Yorker. Now it's dull. (The Atlantic too.) Turns out they lost it - lost the interesting small path of productive writing/thinking. Following the trend trumped being curious/adventurous/playful/investigative/enlightening.
    (At times I think, this can't go on this way, because it is too boring/repetitive/illiberal. Bari Weiss recently said that this woke milieu has become essentially destructive and is a dead-end street in a wasteland (ok, that's me paraphrasing her bitter words).

    Replies: @Carol, @JimDandy

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Carol


    They’re trying…

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/can-progressives-be-convinced-that-genetics-matters/amp
     

    I had the same thought when I read this article.
    There is an archaic undertone still in there of sacrifices and dark lures etc. (Gideon Lewis-Kraus smears Jared Taylor badly - most likely because Jared Taylor doesn't understand that - there is a holy sphere of secret knowledge, that just must not be de-sacrificed (=shared publicly...).
  48. @Achmed E. Newman
    "NGO" stands for "non-governmental" organization.

    FIFY.

    Replies: @International Jew, @The Anti-Gnostic

    Well done.

  49. @Thea
    Can anyone share good poetry about the current situation in America as our way of life slips through our fingers?

    In a hundred years Pashtuns will read and enjoy this poetry’s will there be any descendants of heritage Americans to enjoy ours?

    Billionaires who send their daughters to work for NGOs must hate them. They will return to overpriced Manhattan apartments to leaf through sperm donor catalogues.

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Almost Missouri

    Think it’s more millionaires’ daughters (plus their B student sons) working for them than billionaires’ children.

  50. @HammerJack
    @Trelane

    Hint: It's not a bird. It's millions of migrants.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Right_On

    Is it a bird?
    Is it a plane?
    No, it’s a would-be Afghan migrant falling from a Boeing C-17 in Kabul.

  51. @Carol
    @Dieter Kief

    They're trying...


    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/can-progressives-be-convinced-that-genetics-matters/amp

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    They’re trying…

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/can-progressives-be-convinced-that-genetics-matters/amp

    I had the same thought when I read this article.
    There is an archaic undertone still in there of sacrifices and dark lures etc. (Gideon Lewis-Kraus smears Jared Taylor badly – most likely because Jared Taylor doesn’t understand that – there is a holy sphere of secret knowledge, that just must not be de-sacrificed (=shared publicly…).

  52. Not a bad poem, Taliban victory in Afghanistan due to US government NGO policy IMHO—see: https://www.fpri.org/article/2007/04/ngos-new-class-international-relations/

  53. This Coggins guy deserves a Nobel in Literature!

    For anyone who doesn’t know the meaning of Development Set, just think “Clinton Foundation.”

  54. @A. Hipster
    from the doc Bitter Lake ... a Western development worker teaching Afghanistan women about conceptual art starting from Duchamp's Fountain (1917), a readymade sculpture consisting of a porcelain urinal ... an interpreter is needed

    https://youtu.be/HZMya4ZVSAs

    Replies: @Prester John

    This is iSteve fodder on stilts!!

  55. @Cortes
    @Reg Cæsar

    “They used to be “quasi-autonomous”, as in quango. Whatever happened to that term?”

    Cutbacks mean government organisations are now sine q-a non

    (I’ll get my coat)

    Replies: @Prester John

    May have been eighty-sixed in as much as it looks and sounds–appropriately enough– too much like “guano.”

  56. @Hi There
    @International Jew


    Do you mean to imply that NGOs are, in fact, doing the work of governments?
     
    GONGOs: Government Organized Non-Governmental Organization.

    The Wikipedia Page is actually pretty good:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government-organized_non-governmental_organization

    It's "grey propaganda" where, the NGO wants the impression of being some neutral, non-government grass roots, civic minded organization, but they are the opposite.

    Freedom House is a notorious GONGO that paints itself as a neutral, non-government, civic institution, but in reality, is entirely funded by US government and staffed by top US politicians.

    Replies: @SaneClownPosse

    I always thought that was what QUANGO referred to, arms length national intelligence units wrapped in humanitarian guises, sponsored by Corporations. Hence the “quasi” qualifier.

    Humanitarian fascist do gooders.

    “Hi, we’re here from a non governmental organization and we’re here to help you.”

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
  57. You think they’d go with The Charge of the Light Brigade.

  58. Funny how the left is talking higher taxes, wealth taxes etc., but never mention closing the largest tax loop hole for the ultra rich. That of course are NGO’s based in the USA with non-profit 503c tax status. Appreciated equity donated to these NGO’s can give several tax breaks including getting out of capital gain taxes and the more onerous estate taxes. Plus they get to send out a press release on how generous they are, the great good there doing and on and on. Think Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. Finally it allows them to give jobs to all their wealthy friends adult kids, especially those females that graduated from the very expensive elite liberal arts colleges…… they get pretend there both working and doing something meaningful.

  59. @Thea
    Can anyone share good poetry about the current situation in America as our way of life slips through our fingers?

    In a hundred years Pashtuns will read and enjoy this poetry’s will there be any descendants of heritage Americans to enjoy ours?

    Billionaires who send their daughters to work for NGOs must hate them. They will return to overpriced Manhattan apartments to leaf through sperm donor catalogues.

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @Almost Missouri

    The guy who writes the Titania McGrath parody account turns out to be a fairly talented poet on the subject of How We Live Now:

    • Thanks: Thea
  60. @Dieter Kief
    @JimDandy


    made myself depressed just thinking about reading The New Yorker.
     
    Oh yeah, a loss. It was nice once, The New Yorker. Now it's dull. (The Atlantic too.) Turns out they lost it - lost the interesting small path of productive writing/thinking. Following the trend trumped being curious/adventurous/playful/investigative/enlightening.
    (At times I think, this can't go on this way, because it is too boring/repetitive/illiberal. Bari Weiss recently said that this woke milieu has become essentially destructive and is a dead-end street in a wasteland (ok, that's me paraphrasing her bitter words).

    Replies: @Carol, @JimDandy

    What does Bari have to say about criticisms of Israel on college campuses?

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