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Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor under Clinton and is lately Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

“I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

“There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a kind of group that was organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event,” Reich insisted. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”

“You think it’s a strategy by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers?” asked host Don Lemon.

“I wouldn’t bet against it,” Reich said. “I saw these people. They all looked very– almost paramilitary. They were not from the campus. I don’t want to say factually, but I’ve heard there was some relationship here between these people and the right-wing movement that is affiliated with Breitbart News.”

How does Reich know this? Well, as he explained in Newsweek on Monday, he’s an expert on dangerous, scary rightwingers:

ROBERT REICH: THE DANGEROUS RISE OF STEVE BANNON

BY ROBERT REICH ON 1/30/17 AT 8:24 AM

… In case you forgot, before joining Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism. …

Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.

This is truly scary.

By the way, a website, The Ralph Retort, is claiming to have identified a protestor who beat an onlooker. And he isn’t a student at Berkeley at all, just like Reich says.

He is a UC Berkeley staffer.

(Note that this identification hasn’t been proven yet.)

Update: Here’s video proof that Reich is right! It’s smartphone footage of Berkeley’s peacefully protesting, singing, dancing Antifas being attacked by a mounted false flag brigade paid for by Steve Bannon and led by head cossack Haveny Monahanoff:

Note: some elements of the video were fixed in post-production.

 
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  1. To quote Bugs Bunny, “what a maroon!”

  2. The society civil war gets cranked up a notch.

    CNN seriously thinks this crazy theory (false flag) is worth listening to.

    How does this man know none of the Black Bloc are from Berkeley? The whole purpose of the mask is for disguise.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    @Frau Katze

    Cal has an enrollment of over 38,000 but Reich knows "they don't look like students." There is a reasonable chance the damage is being done by the professional protesting groups, but Reich can't say that for certain and those certainly are not right wing people running a false flag operation. The professional left is not willing to criticize anyone to their left for any reason, something to remember during the repeated calls from them to disavow the alt-right.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Jack D

    , @Boomstick
    @Frau Katze

    Reich lives in the SF Bay Area and works in Berkeley. How could he have not have already experienced the black bloc and the semi-pro lefty protestor class?

    , @Forbes
    @Frau Katze


    CNN seriously thinks this crazy theory (false flag) is worth listening to.
     
    All part of The Narrative.
  3. “Iron Eyes goes on to say that while the media is trying to portray the protesters at the camp as violent, “it’s clear to America that Donald Trump is inciting a riot.””

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/02/03/dakota-access-pipeline-protest-leader-charged-with-inciting-a-riot-74-arrested/

    • Replies: @newrouter
    @newrouter

    It doesn't seem wise to place the blame for this unrest on the chief law enforcement officer of the land. I'm not a "pubic intellectual" though.

  4. He’s also a midget:

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
    @Anonymous

    Hilarious clip. Reich is swinging a club (to a Motorhead song) assaulting people worthy of Antifa at 3:33 mark. Almost makes me like him. Almost.

  5. Reich has 3-D X-Ray eyeglasses. With which he can see right through masks.

    With which he can see right through people’s skin, right into the blackness of their soul.

    Let that be a warning to you all!

    Oh dear, did I say “blackness”? So sorry.

    “There’s rumours that they were actually right-wingers!”

    Quoted for fun.

  6. I don’t want to say factually, but I’ve heard the Robert Reich is a garden gnome placed on our property by our occupiers.

    • Disagree: San Fernando Curt
    • Replies: @San Fernando Curt
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Sorry, meant 'AGREE'. Hands up. Don't shoot.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  7. I don’t get the calculus here.

    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this? Is it a coping mechanism?

    If he’s still rational, then he must believe that going on TV and pushing this into discussion helps his reputation, but with whom? Certainly not voters, so it must either be party faithful or party higher-ups.

    Here’s the part I don’t get, does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?

    The higher ups probably want to reinforce, at all costs, the alt-right = evil = Bannon = Trump linkage and they see it as a small cost to trade people’s reputations away in order to push that narrative. What’s the end game though – if you get the perception to stick you now have no bench of respected people to man your team. Everyone’s a fruitcake now.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
    @TangoMan


    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this?
     
    Yes, maybe.

    On the other hand he may be trolling the Right, because he knows he'll get media coverage. So he may be calling it a right-wing false flag attack because he knows that the leftist media has created a situation where perception is reality, and he can help create a "false reality" through the media.

    A third possibility is that even if he knows that it's leftists responsible for the Berkeley riots, in his mind the Right is to blame for inciting them, so in a Machiavellian sense he thinks it's accurate to call it a rightist provocation to rally his leftist allies.

    Replies: @guest

    , @bomag
    @TangoMan

    Reich was a reliable go-to guy for lefty/progressive academic quotes for the likes of NPR et al. I haven't heard him used much lately; maybe he's not "vibrant" enough. I suspect he misses the juice of the microphone and wants to get back in the game, so he's out there pushing the envelope with his comments.

    Replies: @Brutusale

    , @guest
    @TangoMan

    I don't think the general public knows who he is, or ever will. So there's not much danger to his reputation, unless the ruling class decides he's of no use. They've certainly let people get away with saying stupider things.

    There's a self-destructive openness to the Establishment's alienation from the common people lately. (Let's hope it works out like glasnost.) His is just another example. I don't think it's calculated. I think they're weak right now, intellectually and morally. Or maybe just lazy, despite feigned motivation.

    , @Olorin
    @TangoMan


    does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?
     
    Tango, my man, you need to read some Kevin MacDonald.

    ;D
  8. @Frau Katze
    The society civil war gets cranked up a notch.

    CNN seriously thinks this crazy theory (false flag) is worth listening to.

    How does this man know none of the Black Bloc are from Berkeley? The whole purpose of the mask is for disguise.

    Replies: @Barnard, @Boomstick, @Forbes

    Cal has an enrollment of over 38,000 but Reich knows “they don’t look like students.” There is a reasonable chance the damage is being done by the professional protesting groups, but Reich can’t say that for certain and those certainly are not right wing people running a false flag operation. The professional left is not willing to criticize anyone to their left for any reason, something to remember during the repeated calls from them to disavow the alt-right.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Barnard

    Barnard, Thank you. There are 38,000 students at UC Berkley and Reich knows them all on sight. I once ran a job with 185 construction workers and after three years I still often asked, "Who's that?"

    , @Jack D
    @Barnard

    ....Kerensky adopted a policy that isolated the right-wing conservatives, both democratic and monarchist-oriented. His philosophy of "no enemies to the left" greatly empowered the Bolsheviks and gave them a free hand, allowing them to take over the military arm or "voyenka" of the Petrograd and Moscow Soviets. His arrest of Lavr Kornilov and other officers left him without strong allies against the Bolsheviks, who ended up being Kerensky's strongest and most determined adversaries, as opposed to the right wing, which evolved into the White movement.

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

    Replies: @honesthughgrant

  9. @newrouter
    "Iron Eyes goes on to say that while the media is trying to portray the protesters at the camp as violent, “it’s clear to America that Donald Trump is inciting a riot.”"


    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/02/03/dakota-access-pipeline-protest-leader-charged-with-inciting-a-riot-74-arrested/

    Replies: @newrouter

    It doesn’t seem wise to place the blame for this unrest on the chief law enforcement officer of the land. I’m not a “pubic intellectual” though.

  10. It might have been a Soros orchestrated false-flag false-flag. A Soros funded false-flag by the left intended to look like a false-flag carried out by the right.

    • Replies: @JerryC
    @Anonymous

    If so, he failed because it didn't look like a false-flag carried out by the right. It looked like same gang of lefty/anarchist dickheads who have been behind just about every political riot in the US since the Seattle WTO riots in 1999.

    Replies: @King Baeksu

  11. @Frau Katze
    The society civil war gets cranked up a notch.

    CNN seriously thinks this crazy theory (false flag) is worth listening to.

    How does this man know none of the Black Bloc are from Berkeley? The whole purpose of the mask is for disguise.

    Replies: @Barnard, @Boomstick, @Forbes

    Reich lives in the SF Bay Area and works in Berkeley. How could he have not have already experienced the black bloc and the semi-pro lefty protestor class?

  12. Dahlia says:

    Not to pick on anyone, just observing…

    It says very much about the lack of knowledge, but perhaps even more, the little cultural memory, that conservatives keep drawing parallels to nazis instead communists. The impulse seems to stem from wanting to capture the depravity and evil of the actions of the anarcho-communists, but for Americans, “communists” is too bland, isn’t it? It doesn’t seem to matter that they were far more lethal and consequential than the nazis, people *feel* Nazis are more evil because of the culture we’ve grown up in.

    From one truth flow other truths, as Steve says, and I encourage people to resist the nazi parallels for the simple purpose of understanding their enemy better. I know that commies are not simply inverse nazis for starters, but we’re at a loss with anticipating and understanding. Low levels of disgust, and lying, especially that ease with lying, stand out as differences right away, but other than that…

    It goes mostly without saying that we don’t support nazis, but they’re so well-known; I do wonder if it is a mistake to see Dylann Roof and the Quebecois killer as nazis simply because they’re violent rightists. Kind of like how we don’t usually recognize political black violence as “commie” or “anarchist”.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Dahlia


    for Americans, “communists” is too bland, isn’t it?
     
    No, they're afraid of being called McCarthyite.
  13. Are people believing this is a false flag? Really???

    • Replies: @res
    @Yak-15

    Some people on my FB are reposting Reich's shameless speculation so it appears they either believe it or are equally shameless.

    Replies: @Yak-15

  14. Reicheous, brother. I wonder if the whole gang will dive in on this. The New York Times, Time, LA Times, Daily Beast, MSNBC, Gent, Bachelor Beat. The whole bunch. Best of the Best. Blue Boy. NBC.

    Would they try to sell a lie so bold? Post-Trayvon? I think that eats at them: They think Trayvon Martin and the whole chimparama around that was the first time we saw through the smoke. Actually it was much earlier. But since November, that must peeve them. Scare them, too – gnawing realization the suckers have sniffed out the bullshit. Architects of the Big Charade don’t believe their own lies. Russian meddling, fake news, and Richard Spencer Nazi voter fraud explain the catastrophe for the sanctimonious, not too bright Bambi’s down in the pews. But The Visionaries know the jig is up.

    But one more whopper before curtain? Can they resist? Berkeley REALLY backfired. One more noble lie to shift blame to their favorite blameables – deplorables? What would Saul do?

  15. Robert Reich says “he hasn’t seen these people before”? Seriously? They’re wearing masks.

  16. @Yak-15
    Are people believing this is a false flag? Really???

    Replies: @res

    Some people on my FB are reposting Reich’s shameless speculation so it appears they either believe it or are equally shameless.

    • Replies: @Yak-15
    @res

    Well it may just be idiots

  17. @Buzz Mohawk
    I don't want to say factually, but I've heard the Robert Reich is a garden gnome placed on our property by our occupiers.

    Replies: @San Fernando Curt

    Sorry, meant ‘AGREE’. Hands up. Don’t shoot.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @San Fernando Curt

    Don't worry. Commenters' Lives Matter.

  18. This theory would be more believable if the left hadn’t spent the past two weeks openly calling on people to commit violence against “nazis.”

  19. So, Spencer and gang put on masks and beat up Trump supporters?

    This is beyond Fake News. Reich must be on drugs.

  20. @Anonymous
    It might have been a Soros orchestrated false-flag false-flag. A Soros funded false-flag by the left intended to look like a false-flag carried out by the right.

    Replies: @JerryC

    If so, he failed because it didn’t look like a false-flag carried out by the right. It looked like same gang of lefty/anarchist dickheads who have been behind just about every political riot in the US since the Seattle WTO riots in 1999.

    • Replies: @King Baeksu
    @JerryC


    It looked like same gang of lefty/anarchist dickheads who have been behind just about every political riot in the US since the Seattle WTO riots in 1999.
     
    If they don't like "globalization" or "populist nationalism," what's their endgame?

    Anarchism is unworkable in a mass society. We tried "socialism" or "communism" in the 20th Century and that didn't really work out, either.

    It seems they're down to refighting WWII all over again, LARPing against ordinary white folks – and even Jews like Milo – whom they imagine to be "Nazis."

    Ironically enough, they have effectively become the shock troops of globalists like Soros, which is to say, an absurd parody of their former selves.

    Maybe they are just repressed "anti-state" libertarians or ancaps who have yet to come to terms with who they really are, sort of like hetero dudes who still can't admit that they actually like the dick?

    Replies: @Laugh Track

  21. Was it Heaven’s Devils?

    Btw, Reich grew up as boomer, so surely he is aware that there were tons of paramilitary thugs on his side. Black Panthers, weather underground, Baader Meinhof, etc.

  22. Stefan Molyneux has an interview with one of the women we saw in videos being beaten and pepper sprayed during the riot. She was with the other woman and has lots of other details about the event:

  23. Someone should set up a GoFundMe for Ian Miller: to preemptively pay for his emergency room bills

  24. It gets even weirder. MMA fighter, Jake Shields (name worthy of Marvel), stepped in to save a Trump supporter from a club swinging Antifa mob. He might have even punched the alleged Berkeley employee to stop the assault.

    Shields is emphatic that he called out to the police for help and they refused to intervene. Disgusting.

    The whole interview is interesting. Note that Shields is more intellectual and level headed than the Berkeley grad students.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/03/ufc-fighter-says-he-came-to-aid-of-man-during-uc-berkeley-riots/

    “After the first fight I knew lots more people were getting attacked, so I ran out to try to get the police and the police…they even recognized me and were like ‘yeah we’re not really going in there.’ I don’t know if they were cowards or had an order to stand down but it was a disgrace to see a police force stand down like that,” said Shields.

    Note to the Berkeley PD, Antifa folds like a cheap suit when confronted by strong men.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    @Clifford Brown

    News reports I've seen say that the Hispano-Marxist Berkeley mayor ordered the police to stay out of it.

    , @MB
    @Clifford Brown

    Nothing new here. Cops stood by and watched a white kid get killed in the 2001 Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday riots in Seattle.
    Can't have racism, ya know.
    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mardi-gras-murder-conviction-overturned/

  25. If the evil dwarf really believes that the anti-Facebook are rightwingers in disguise, he should be happy if riot police are given shoot-to-kill orders.

  26. @Barnard
    @Frau Katze

    Cal has an enrollment of over 38,000 but Reich knows "they don't look like students." There is a reasonable chance the damage is being done by the professional protesting groups, but Reich can't say that for certain and those certainly are not right wing people running a false flag operation. The professional left is not willing to criticize anyone to their left for any reason, something to remember during the repeated calls from them to disavow the alt-right.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Jack D

    Barnard, Thank you. There are 38,000 students at UC Berkley and Reich knows them all on sight. I once ran a job with 185 construction workers and after three years I still often asked, “Who’s that?”

  27. @Barnard
    @Frau Katze

    Cal has an enrollment of over 38,000 but Reich knows "they don't look like students." There is a reasonable chance the damage is being done by the professional protesting groups, but Reich can't say that for certain and those certainly are not right wing people running a false flag operation. The professional left is not willing to criticize anyone to their left for any reason, something to remember during the repeated calls from them to disavow the alt-right.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Jack D

    ….Kerensky adopted a policy that isolated the right-wing conservatives, both democratic and monarchist-oriented. His philosophy of “no enemies to the left” greatly empowered the Bolsheviks and gave them a free hand, allowing them to take over the military arm or “voyenka” of the Petrograd and Moscow Soviets. His arrest of Lavr Kornilov and other officers left him without strong allies against the Bolsheviks, who ended up being Kerensky’s strongest and most determined adversaries, as opposed to the right wing, which evolved into the White movement.

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

    • Replies: @honesthughgrant
    @Jack D

    Yeah, its amazing how often the liberals pave the way for the communists. In Cuba, the first president of Cuba after Batista was a liberal, and he and a few others, were the ones that gave Castro "cover" until he took complete power and declared himself a Marxist-Leninist.

    In Chile and Spain the liberals tried to give cover to the communists, but given history, the Right knew what was in store and beat them to the punch.

    Sometimes the liberals fled - like Kerensky - sometimes they got shot or sent to a Gulag, and sometimes they turned Communist.

    But the moral is: Never trust a Liberal when it comes to Communism.

  28. This must be one of Steve’s best post titles yet.

    I wonder if Reich’s related to Wilhelm Reich? That’s another guy who liked to invent crazy theories.

    How can those snake oil salesmen get so far anyway?

    Well I guess they just say what (most) people want to hear.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Dumbo

    Deadly Orgone Radiation makes as much sense as anything to explain why a large percentage of the American people can be made to believe the current narrative.

  29. More psyops in preparation for a coup. That is all that stuff from Reich is really. And its coordinated.

    I told you about Raila Odinga. Families run in patterns. Obama almost certainly has lent his name and support for a “restoration” of Dear Leader.

    Reich probably hopes to get some sinecure from Obama when he returns in triumph to rule for decades.

  30. Robert Reich: blaming the victim since 1980…

  31. Apophasis, thy name is Reich.

  32. “Kerensky and the other political leaders continued their obligation to Russia’s allies by continuing involvement in World War I, fearing that the economy, already under huge stress from the war effort, might become increasingly unstable if vital supplies from France and the United Kingdom were cut off. The dilemma of whether to withdraw was a great one, and Kerensky’s inconsistent and impractical policies further destabilised the army and the country at large.”

    https://infogalactic.com/info/Alexander_Kerensky

  33. It has become impossible to credit Reich with any integrity whatsoever. For years he has written at great length about unemployment, wage stagnation, and income inequality and has never mentioned the “i-word.”

  34. At work, I see people with all sorts of education and intellectual pretensions seriously say that they believe that Trump is a Kremlin stooge. This on top of Trump being a misogynist, bigot, etc.

    So recently I have been wondering why otherwise reasonably intelligent people can believe frank nonsense with such enthusiasm. (Reich’s ridiculous suspicion being another example.)

    And I have reached the conclusion that people are increasingly adopting Manichean views. I.e., they are dividing the world into good and evil. So for many people, basically Trump and the Republicans (never mind that Trump trounced the Republican party) are evil and therefore devils. But that means that the Democratic party and its candidate must be angels and capable of no evil. Hence the total lack of reaction to Obama and Hillary’s egregious war crimes in Libya and other places, Obama and Hillary’s shameless sellout to Wall Street, and Obama and Hillary’s perverse race- and gender-mongering.

    That’s why when Trump repealed the TPP, we had headlines such as “Trump didn’t repeal TPP, the people did!” That was entirely logical – Bernie & Hillary, who are good, were against the TPP; and therefore the TPP was bad. Therefore repealing the TPP was good. But Trump is evil and incapable of doing good. Therefore, Trump could not have possibly repealed the TPP.

    The same logic explains Reich’s comments – Trump is evil, and therefore those who protest Trump are good. Since they are good, they are incapable of hooliganism. Therefore all who on the one hand appear to protest Trump, but on the other hand commit acts of thuggish hooliganism, cannot possibly be real liberals, and must therefore be secret Trump supporters, possibly actual Kremlin stooges.

    On a side note, the rise of Manichean thinking spells the death of democracy, because the necessary per-requisite of democracy is the willingness of all participants to accept the outcome of an election. But in Manichean terms, if one party represents good and the other one evil, then the victory of the evil party cannot possibly be accepted for obvious reasons. Free speech also has to go – for devils can say only lies.

    Of course, the above answer engenders another question – why have people’s views become Manichean?

    • Replies: @IA
    @jimbojones


    Of course, the above answer engenders another question – why have people’s views become Manichean?
     
    The New Left abandoned communism post WWII in favor of exploiting race identity and resentment. SDS's Port Huron Statement laid this out in 1961. Later, they added sexual identity and victimization.

    But the victim culture began much earlier with the concept of human rights and the noble savage. White guys, however, forgot that by demanding natural rights and seizing power from aristos and the church so too could non-whites, women and opportunistic, traitorous white men. They could use Enlightened White Men's own tactics against them. So, manichean mindset is the exploitation of human rights to acquire power, using violence if necessary.
    , @IA
    @jimbojones

    It's also misleading to call human rights advocates Manichean since Mani believed in a spirit world and even called himself a Christian.

    The modern Left doesn’t believe in anything. It simply exploits the « dominance hierarchy » that came into being following the French and American revolutions.

    , @Sunbeam
    @jimbojones

    "And I have reached the conclusion that people are increasingly adopting Manichean views. I.e., they are dividing the world into good and evil."

    I agree with you on this. Additionally I'd also like to add that I think... the Left? Social Justice Warriors, whatever you want to call them have something else going on.

    A while back I was kind of struck by the utopian thinking that has been a part of the whole thing - forever basically.

    I called it Appollonian, but I was wrong. It's actually Dionysian:

    "Apollonian and Dionysian are terms used by Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy to designate the two central principles in Greek culture. The Apollonian, which corresponds to Schopenhauer's principium individuationis ("principle of individuation"), is the basis of all analytic distinctions. Everything that is part of the unique individuality of man or thing is Apollonian in character; all types of form or structure are Apollonian, since form serves to define or individualize that which is formed; thus, sculpture is the most Apollonian of the arts, since it relies entirely on form for its effect. Rational thought is also Apollonian since it is structured and makes distinctions.

    The Dionysian, which corresponds roughly to Schopenhauer's conception of Will, is directly opposed to the Apollonian. Drunkenness and madness are Dionysian because they break down a man's individual character; all forms of enthusiasm and ecstasy are Dionysian, for in such states man gives up his individuality and submerges himself in a greater whole: music is the most Dionysian of the arts, since it appeals directly to man's instinctive, chaotic emotions and not to his formally reasoning mind."

    Not really a philosopher (or at least this kind of thing doesn't much interest me as opposed to "Hey how do we know anything exists at all Man?").

    But I think it nails a lot of things. I mean just to use the phrase "Internal Contradictions," you have to be crazy or possessed by something not to notice all this if you are a Berkeley protester right now. In addition to eleventy-seven other things going on across the country.

    Anyone notice any comments about the media? It seems almost impossible to ignore the fact they've gone "Full Retard." I hear people commenting about it all the time, but I don't live in NYC or California so things may be different.

  35. @res
    @Yak-15

    Some people on my FB are reposting Reich's shameless speculation so it appears they either believe it or are equally shameless.

    Replies: @Yak-15

    Well it may just be idiots

  36. Somewhat tangentially related to America being dead, check out “The Truth About Cars” regarding the Audi Superbowl Ad.

    Read the Whole Thing, but this is the takeaway:

    Well, if you’ve been reading along, I think you’ve figured out what the real message of this Audi advertisement is, but just in case you’ve been napping I will spell it out for you: Money and breeding always beat poor white trash. Those other kids in the race, from the overweight boys to the hick who actually had an American flag helmet to the stripper-glitter girl? They never had a chance. They’re losers and they always will be, just like their loser parents. Audi is the choice of the winners in today’s economy, the smooth talkers who say all the right things in all the right meetings and are promoted up the chain because they are tall (yes, that makes a difference) and handsome without being overly masculine or threatening-looking.

    A country that believes this is already dead. And that’s the absolute fruit of making women equal. You get ads like this to appeal to an Upper Class so riven by sexual politics that it HATES HATES HATES its lower class and has no desire to lead and inspire people just like them, just lesser in class. Just crush them because sexual politics.

    A normal society would have lots and lots and lots of Upper Class men aspiring to be Donald Trump Squared. Leader of men and protector and patron of the lower class wanting to provide all sorts of opportunities. Instead its all about crushing the lower classes to show their women how superior they are; instead of doing that through traditional power and patronage.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Whiskey

    https://twitter.com/gselevator/status/730873321428897792?lang=en

  37. @TangoMan
    I don't get the calculus here.

    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this? Is it a coping mechanism?

    If he's still rational, then he must believe that going on TV and pushing this into discussion helps his reputation, but with whom? Certainly not voters, so it must either be party faithful or party higher-ups.

    Here's the part I don't get, does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?

    The higher ups probably want to reinforce, at all costs, the alt-right = evil = Bannon = Trump linkage and they see it as a small cost to trade people's reputations away in order to push that narrative. What's the end game though - if you get the perception to stick you now have no bench of respected people to man your team. Everyone's a fruitcake now.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @bomag, @guest, @Olorin

    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this?

    Yes, maybe.

    On the other hand he may be trolling the Right, because he knows he’ll get media coverage. So he may be calling it a right-wing false flag attack because he knows that the leftist media has created a situation where perception is reality, and he can help create a “false reality” through the media.

    A third possibility is that even if he knows that it’s leftists responsible for the Berkeley riots, in his mind the Right is to blame for inciting them, so in a Machiavellian sense he thinks it’s accurate to call it a rightist provocation to rally his leftist allies.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Dr. X

    "in his mind the Right is to blame for inciting them"

    That's in the entire left's and most of the MSM's mind, and has been since the Great Trump Rally Disturbances of '16. At first the idea was that actual Trump supporters were starting fights. Because Trump told his followers he could shoot people in broad daylight on main street if he felt like it, and that they should punch everyone who disagrees with them, or something. Then it was that the general Trump threat drives vulnerable groups to righteous anger and self-defense.

    They don't usually pretend it's all theater. They're not that stupid. Reich has the common "Right is wrong" mindset, but he's put it to uncommonly stupid use.

  38. @TangoMan
    I don't get the calculus here.

    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this? Is it a coping mechanism?

    If he's still rational, then he must believe that going on TV and pushing this into discussion helps his reputation, but with whom? Certainly not voters, so it must either be party faithful or party higher-ups.

    Here's the part I don't get, does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?

    The higher ups probably want to reinforce, at all costs, the alt-right = evil = Bannon = Trump linkage and they see it as a small cost to trade people's reputations away in order to push that narrative. What's the end game though - if you get the perception to stick you now have no bench of respected people to man your team. Everyone's a fruitcake now.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @bomag, @guest, @Olorin

    Reich was a reliable go-to guy for lefty/progressive academic quotes for the likes of NPR et al. I haven’t heard him used much lately; maybe he’s not “vibrant” enough. I suspect he misses the juice of the microphone and wants to get back in the game, so he’s out there pushing the envelope with his comments.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @bomag

    No, he left Harvard (and Brandeis) for Berkeley. He's away from the Acela Axis and is thus ignored.

    One of the funnier things I've ever seen is Reich and his 6-foot amazon ex-wife Clare Dalton, former HLS prof who went untenured and is now an acupuncturist. They looked like a nanny taking an 8-year old for a stroll.

    I would see him at Darwin's, a great sandwich place on the outskirts of Harvard Square that I'd frequent when I was in Cambridge on business. It was weird to see a former cabinet secretary and Kennedy School professor eating a sandwich with his feet swinging 6 inches above the floor.

  39. @Jack D
    @Barnard

    ....Kerensky adopted a policy that isolated the right-wing conservatives, both democratic and monarchist-oriented. His philosophy of "no enemies to the left" greatly empowered the Bolsheviks and gave them a free hand, allowing them to take over the military arm or "voyenka" of the Petrograd and Moscow Soviets. His arrest of Lavr Kornilov and other officers left him without strong allies against the Bolsheviks, who ended up being Kerensky's strongest and most determined adversaries, as opposed to the right wing, which evolved into the White movement.

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

    Replies: @honesthughgrant

    Yeah, its amazing how often the liberals pave the way for the communists. In Cuba, the first president of Cuba after Batista was a liberal, and he and a few others, were the ones that gave Castro “cover” until he took complete power and declared himself a Marxist-Leninist.

    In Chile and Spain the liberals tried to give cover to the communists, but given history, the Right knew what was in store and beat them to the punch.

    Sometimes the liberals fled – like Kerensky – sometimes they got shot or sent to a Gulag, and sometimes they turned Communist.

    But the moral is: Never trust a Liberal when it comes to Communism.

  40. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Trump’s Luck:

    #1 World News Headline on Google News

    Louvre knife attack: Soldier shoots assailant near Paris museum

    #2 in National News is Trumps mention of the same.

    The Louvre attack is getting lots of press because this is the first time that the French seem to be on top of the situation. The French seem really proud of themselves.

    After last weekend, even the MSM is starting to get a grip. To the extent that they are admitting that importing Muslims is not popular among average Americans. Although they can’t just say it and let it go at that.

    The fact that the French have to keep a significant number of soldiers at the Louvre is inherently disturbing.

    But

    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
    @anon

    If you import large numbers of muzzies, you are going to need a lot of security and a lot of soldiers to keep an eye on them and to try to stop them from killing people and destroying property. Any society that willingly inflicts this stupidity and these monumental costs on itself is demented. If we deported all muzzies out of the US, it would have tremendous benefits on all levels. We could disband the TSA immediately and go back to the good old days and keep all that $$$ for "security" in our pockets. The protestors and screamers could be deported along w the muzzies so they could stay with them and not be deprived of life without them.

  41. @Clifford Brown
    It gets even weirder. MMA fighter, Jake Shields (name worthy of Marvel), stepped in to save a Trump supporter from a club swinging Antifa mob. He might have even punched the alleged Berkeley employee to stop the assault.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHu9aF99DSs

    Shields is emphatic that he called out to the police for help and they refused to intervene. Disgusting.

    The whole interview is interesting. Note that Shields is more intellectual and level headed than the Berkeley grad students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaVJryS78CY

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/03/ufc-fighter-says-he-came-to-aid-of-man-during-uc-berkeley-riots/

    "After the first fight I knew lots more people were getting attacked, so I ran out to try to get the police and the police...they even recognized me and were like 'yeah we're not really going in there.' I don't know if they were cowards or had an order to stand down but it was a disgrace to see a police force stand down like that," said Shields.
     
    Note to the Berkeley PD, Antifa folds like a cheap suit when confronted by strong men.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @MB

    News reports I’ve seen say that the Hispano-Marxist Berkeley mayor ordered the police to stay out of it.

  42. @Anonymous
    He's also a midget:

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

    Replies: @Clifford Brown

    Hilarious clip. Reich is swinging a club (to a Motorhead song) assaulting people worthy of Antifa at 3:33 mark. Almost makes me like him. Almost.

  43. “Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. ”

    When did I hear that before?

    Are we the new civil rights movement?

    I barely survived the last one.

    We were released early by the nuns at Maryknol high school to attend a talk by Stokely Carmichael at Andrews amphitheater on the University of Hawaii Campus.

    It was a Thursday so I had my CAP full dress blues on. It was hot and I was uncomfortable for a number of reasons.

    The ROTC building at UH was burned down a month later. I got to listen to the whole thing on KTUH – the university’s radio station.

    It is interesting to have lived long enough to see everything happen twice. “First as tragedy then as farce.”

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Langley


    Are we the new civil rights movement?
     
    More or less. Maybe more than the last one. We'll see.
  44. Should have found a way to work “furred reich” into the title.

  45. OH THAT’S DIRTY. Oh man…whew…. that’s some snake in the grass sh*t.
    Shame on the midget Reich.

  46. This is so much like those who argue, “Hitler was really a leftist”.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Anon

    But he was.

    That "socialism" in the party platform was not for shows.

  47. “I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

    Would you listen to this guy? Like he’s talking about his guests at a 4 top at Chez YT. How the Hell does he know who was who? Who whom? Neural link to Skynet?

    In my head I cast Jon Lovitz to voice Reich.

    “There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a kind of group that was organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event,” Reich insisted. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”

    OMG. “There’s talk it was right-wingers. Right-wingers, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

    “I wouldn’t bet against it,” Reich said.

    Oh, well, he wouldn’t bet against it. That’s a bold statement.

  48. “I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

    As if any professor could recognise each one of Berkeley’s 38,000 students. While they are masked.

  49. @Dumbo
    This must be one of Steve's best post titles yet.

    I wonder if Reich's related to Wilhelm Reich? That's another guy who liked to invent crazy theories.

    How can those snake oil salesmen get so far anyway?

    Well I guess they just say what (most) people want to hear.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Deadly Orgone Radiation makes as much sense as anything to explain why a large percentage of the American people can be made to believe the current narrative.

  50. If a lot of them take up the false-flag thing, that means they don’t want to take the blame for the Berkeley Riots. Which means the polling’s telling them that the voters are not amused.

    Some people on my FB are reposting Reich’s shameless speculation so it appears they either believe it or are equally shameless.

    You have a generous nature.

    I once ran a job with 185 construction workers and after three years I still often asked, “Who’s that?”

    Yeah, but have you seen the size of Reich’s head?

    Obama almost certainly has lent his name and support for a “restoration” of Dear Leader.

    Oh dear God, no. You really can’t help yourself. Can you?

    Of course, the above answer engenders another question – why have people’s views become Manichean?

    Well, mine became Manichean because:

    jimbojones
    says:

    February 4, 2017 at 3:41 am GMT • 400 Words

  51. They pretty much looked like and acted like any Occupy Wall Streeters I saw in Oakland last year.
    Wonder why Reich is unfamiliar with the OWSers.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @e


    Wonder why Reich is unfamiliar with the OWSers.
     
    His status and salary depends on it.
  52. @Dahlia
    Not to pick on anyone, just observing...

    It says very much about the lack of knowledge, but perhaps even more, the little cultural memory, that conservatives keep drawing parallels to nazis instead communists. The impulse seems to stem from wanting to capture the depravity and evil of the actions of the anarcho-communists, but for Americans, "communists" is too bland, isn't it? It doesn't seem to matter that they were far more lethal and consequential than the nazis, people *feel* Nazis are more evil because of the culture we've grown up in.

    From one truth flow other truths, as Steve says, and I encourage people to resist the nazi parallels for the simple purpose of understanding their enemy better. I know that commies are not simply inverse nazis for starters, but we're at a loss with anticipating and understanding. Low levels of disgust, and lying, especially that ease with lying, stand out as differences right away, but other than that...

    It goes mostly without saying that we don't support nazis, but they're so well-known; I do wonder if it is a mistake to see Dylann Roof and the Quebecois killer as nazis simply because they're violent rightists. Kind of like how we don't usually recognize political black violence as "commie" or "anarchist".

    Replies: @Desiderius

    for Americans, “communists” is too bland, isn’t it?

    No, they’re afraid of being called McCarthyite.

  53. @e
    They pretty much looked like and acted like any Occupy Wall Streeters I saw in Oakland last year.
    Wonder why Reich is unfamiliar with the OWSers.

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Wonder why Reich is unfamiliar with the OWSers.

    His status and salary depends on it.

  54. @Langley
    "Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. "

    When did I hear that before?

    Are we the new civil rights movement?

    I barely survived the last one.

    We were released early by the nuns at Maryknol high school to attend a talk by Stokely Carmichael at Andrews amphitheater on the University of Hawaii Campus.

    It was a Thursday so I had my CAP full dress blues on. It was hot and I was uncomfortable for a number of reasons.

    The ROTC building at UH was burned down a month later. I got to listen to the whole thing on KTUH - the university's radio station.

    It is interesting to have lived long enough to see everything happen twice. "First as tragedy then as farce."

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Are we the new civil rights movement?

    More or less. Maybe more than the last one. We’ll see.

  55. @JerryC
    @Anonymous

    If so, he failed because it didn't look like a false-flag carried out by the right. It looked like same gang of lefty/anarchist dickheads who have been behind just about every political riot in the US since the Seattle WTO riots in 1999.

    Replies: @King Baeksu

    It looked like same gang of lefty/anarchist dickheads who have been behind just about every political riot in the US since the Seattle WTO riots in 1999.

    If they don’t like “globalization” or “populist nationalism,” what’s their endgame?

    Anarchism is unworkable in a mass society. We tried “socialism” or “communism” in the 20th Century and that didn’t really work out, either.

    It seems they’re down to refighting WWII all over again, LARPing against ordinary white folks – and even Jews like Milo – whom they imagine to be “Nazis.”

    Ironically enough, they have effectively become the shock troops of globalists like Soros, which is to say, an absurd parody of their former selves.

    Maybe they are just repressed “anti-state” libertarians or ancaps who have yet to come to terms with who they really are, sort of like hetero dudes who still can’t admit that they actually like the dick?

    • Replies: @Laugh Track
    @King Baeksu


    If they don’t like “globalization” or “populist nationalism,” what’s their endgame?

    Anarchism is unworkable in a mass society. We tried “socialism” or “communism” in the 20th Century and that didn’t really work out, either.

    It seems they’re down to refighting WWII all over again, LARPing against ordinary white folks – and even Jews like Milo – whom they imagine to be “Nazis.”

    Ironically enough, they have effectively become the shock troops of globalists like Soros, which is to say, an absurd parody of their former selves.
     
    That's struck me as well. In Seattle they were supposedly vandalizing against globalization. A generation later the Black Bloc is vandalizing for globalization.

    "No borders! No nations! No human being is illegal!"

    I don't think we even have to attribute this to Soros' money. I doubt that there is much in the way of money involved. It boils down to an emotional state. "I hate this world and I want to strike out at the current designated evil ones." But, as with BLM, rioting invariably backfires. I doubt that Trump would have been elected without BLM's repeated escapades. Now, the Black Bloc will be the perfect excuse for Trump to define street fighting as terrorism. Way to go kids!

    Replies: @Jefferson

  56. Reich must have stayed too long in his Orgone Box. He’s hallucinating.

  57. Slightly off-topic, but the University of California still manages three national laboratories: Lawrence Berkely, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos. In light of possible California secession and the tolerance Berkely police (under orders, of course), have shown towards rioters, isn’t it time to reconsider those contracts? Perhaps the University of Texas would be interested in administering the contracts. Or perhaps a large contractor like Lockheed? Or some entity other than that increasingly bat-sh*t crazy institution on the west coast??

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Diversity Heretic


    Slightly off-topic, but the University of California still manages three national laboratories: Lawrence Berkely, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos.
     
    Since 2006, the UC system has shared directorship of LLNL and LANL, in a consortium along with Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, and URS.

    Still, your point is apt - perhaps UC should be cut out altogether.

    I bet most UC students aren't aware that "their" university runs large nuclear weapons labs. It would be interesting to see the results if it should become better known. Sounds like a useful wedge that could be driven between the left-wing students and the (establishment) left-wing administration.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  58. “… In case you forgot, before joining Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories……”

    Which apparently Reich is now promoting too – the notion that black-clad antifa in Berkeley are really alt-right shit-lords. Yeah, it was Richard Spencer and Mike Enoch who turned over that light-stand and started that fire.

    “Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.”

    Another casual retelling of the lie that Charles Lindbergh and his supporters were nazis or even pro-nazis.

    By the way, is Reich aware of another group that wanted to “keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.”? i.e. the CPUSA – right up until June 22nd, 1941?

    • Replies: @guest
    @Mr. Anon

    Don't give me your silly conspiracy theory about a supposed Nazi-Soviet...what shall we call it? "Pact?" Pfft.

    Replies: @El Dato

  59. Speaking of Reich, how many people are aware of the fact that he is essentially a Hobbit. I mean, when they remade The Wild, Wild West, they could have cast Reich as Doctor Lovelace.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @Mr. Anon

    Loveless.

    Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless.

    Played by Michael Dunn who was 3' 10".

    Reich is 4' 10", the maximum height allowable for members of Little People of America.

    I wouldn't rule out shall we say unelevated reasons for his anger at Trump (6' 3"), Charles Lindbergh (6' 3"), Yiannopoulos (6' 2"), and Bannon (5' 10").

    Jeez, even Paul Wellstone was over half a foot taller than Reich...and he had about as hard a time climbing up on a strawbale at a farm field day as Jim Hightower.

    Seeing them standing next to Molly Ivins (six feet in flatheels) was downright disorienting.

    Though not so much as the first time I encountered Bernie Sanders. He's as tall as Ivins was, but comes across like something of a schmendrik somehow. On the other hand, this stature and demeanor both make him useful for estimating the height and mass of angry black women.

    http://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/29608040-3e27-11e5-a580-5d86ec2e3b6f-1020x784.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  60. I wouldn’t be surprised if the mask-wearing hooligans weren’t Cal students.

  61. Berkeley is like Granola. Once you seperate the fruits and the nuts you’re just left with the flakes like Robert Reich.

  62. In Reich’s defense, they probably mostly weren’t cal students. Plenty of cal students milling around muttering, but you can always recognize antifa scumbuckets at these protests. They wear the same uniforms, and carry clubs. They also are generally abysmally stupid, even compared to the already low level of your average cal student. They were most certainly not right wingers.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    @Scott Locklin

    True. and people here are forgetting that drugs make some of us do stupid things. Is it meth that makes people violent or paranoid? Or maybe it's that red bull/vodka mixture that I've heard about.

    I've only known one person who participated in obstructive protests back in the 80's and he was drunk/stoned during all of it. Never violent though.

  63. @TangoMan
    I don't get the calculus here.

    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this? Is it a coping mechanism?

    If he's still rational, then he must believe that going on TV and pushing this into discussion helps his reputation, but with whom? Certainly not voters, so it must either be party faithful or party higher-ups.

    Here's the part I don't get, does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?

    The higher ups probably want to reinforce, at all costs, the alt-right = evil = Bannon = Trump linkage and they see it as a small cost to trade people's reputations away in order to push that narrative. What's the end game though - if you get the perception to stick you now have no bench of respected people to man your team. Everyone's a fruitcake now.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @bomag, @guest, @Olorin

    I don’t think the general public knows who he is, or ever will. So there’s not much danger to his reputation, unless the ruling class decides he’s of no use. They’ve certainly let people get away with saying stupider things.

    There’s a self-destructive openness to the Establishment’s alienation from the common people lately. (Let’s hope it works out like glasnost.) His is just another example. I don’t think it’s calculated. I think they’re weak right now, intellectually and morally. Or maybe just lazy, despite feigned motivation.

  64. @TangoMan
    I don't get the calculus here.

    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this? Is it a coping mechanism?

    If he's still rational, then he must believe that going on TV and pushing this into discussion helps his reputation, but with whom? Certainly not voters, so it must either be party faithful or party higher-ups.

    Here's the part I don't get, does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?

    The higher ups probably want to reinforce, at all costs, the alt-right = evil = Bannon = Trump linkage and they see it as a small cost to trade people's reputations away in order to push that narrative. What's the end game though - if you get the perception to stick you now have no bench of respected people to man your team. Everyone's a fruitcake now.

    Replies: @Dr. X, @bomag, @guest, @Olorin

    does he really believe that there is more value to be gained from the inner circle that outweighs becoming a laughingstock among the general public?

    Tango, my man, you need to read some Kevin MacDonald.

    ;D

  65. @Dr. X
    @TangoMan


    Is he really in such deep denial that he believes this?
     
    Yes, maybe.

    On the other hand he may be trolling the Right, because he knows he'll get media coverage. So he may be calling it a right-wing false flag attack because he knows that the leftist media has created a situation where perception is reality, and he can help create a "false reality" through the media.

    A third possibility is that even if he knows that it's leftists responsible for the Berkeley riots, in his mind the Right is to blame for inciting them, so in a Machiavellian sense he thinks it's accurate to call it a rightist provocation to rally his leftist allies.

    Replies: @guest

    “in his mind the Right is to blame for inciting them”

    That’s in the entire left’s and most of the MSM’s mind, and has been since the Great Trump Rally Disturbances of ’16. At first the idea was that actual Trump supporters were starting fights. Because Trump told his followers he could shoot people in broad daylight on main street if he felt like it, and that they should punch everyone who disagrees with them, or something. Then it was that the general Trump threat drives vulnerable groups to righteous anger and self-defense.

    They don’t usually pretend it’s all theater. They’re not that stupid. Reich has the common “Right is wrong” mindset, but he’s put it to uncommonly stupid use.

  66. @Mr. Anon
    "… In case you forgot, before joining Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories......"

    Which apparently Reich is now promoting too - the notion that black-clad antifa in Berkeley are really alt-right shit-lords. Yeah, it was Richard Spencer and Mike Enoch who turned over that light-stand and started that fire.

    "Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich."

    Another casual retelling of the lie that Charles Lindbergh and his supporters were nazis or even pro-nazis.

    By the way, is Reich aware of another group that wanted to "keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich."? i.e. the CPUSA - right up until June 22nd, 1941?

    Replies: @guest

    Don’t give me your silly conspiracy theory about a supposed Nazi-Soviet…what shall we call it? “Pact?” Pfft.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @guest

    Poland doesn't even exist. It's a conspiracy.

    Look at the maps. No-one is ever sure whether Poland resides at any given time.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  67. BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) were one of the organizers of the “festivities” at Cal:

    Yvette Felarca, the woman in the video, is a public middle-school teacher in Berkeley.

    If you look at their history, they have had ties with ACORN, which was in turn closely linked to Obama in the past:

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=7647

    Amongst other things, they would like affirmative action for illegal aliens at public schools and universities in the US. Gee, sounds like a great deal for white and Asian Americans, doesn’t it?

    • Replies: @bomag
    @King Baeksu


    Yvette Felarca, a social studies teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley
     
    That phrase says quite a lot: we've got to slap MLK's name on a bunch of public features as penance, and in this case we have to pretend his legacy equals improved public education. Tax money funds Felarca, a foreign enemy, and funds a forum for her to practice her advocacy.

    She instigated violence at a protest in Sacramento, but Bezerkely officials did nothing:


    Felarca’s involvement spawned calls from parents to remove her from her teaching position, but Berkeley Unified School District officials refused to take action...“It’s one thing if it was during a school day, but she is on vacation,” district spokesman Mark Coplan said. “We don’t have any authority or business to judge what an employee does in her off time.”
     
    What a cop out. Child molesters in Bezerkley will be relieved to know that their teaching job is safe as long as they diddle in their off time. Now Felarca is bragging that her side out protested the other side; who-whom indeed.

    Replies: @King Baeksu

  68. @Mr. Anon
    Speaking of Reich, how many people are aware of the fact that he is essentially a Hobbit. I mean, when they remade The Wild, Wild West, they could have cast Reich as Doctor Lovelace.

    Replies: @Olorin

    Loveless.

    Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless.

    Played by Michael Dunn who was 3′ 10″.

    Reich is 4′ 10″, the maximum height allowable for members of Little People of America.

    I wouldn’t rule out shall we say unelevated reasons for his anger at Trump (6′ 3″), Charles Lindbergh (6′ 3″), Yiannopoulos (6′ 2″), and Bannon (5′ 10″).

    Jeez, even Paul Wellstone was over half a foot taller than Reich…and he had about as hard a time climbing up on a strawbale at a farm field day as Jim Hightower.

    Seeing them standing next to Molly Ivins (six feet in flatheels) was downright disorienting.

    Though not so much as the first time I encountered Bernie Sanders. He’s as tall as Ivins was, but comes across like something of a schmendrik somehow. On the other hand, this stature and demeanor both make him useful for estimating the height and mass of angry black women.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Olorin


    Loveless.

    Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless.

    Played by Michael Dunn who was 3′ 10″.
     
    You are right. I stand (but only half way) corrected.

    What a great villain, by the way. Gosh, the 60s were freaky.

    Replies: @Olorin

  69. We’ll just have to wait and see if Bannon is as Machiavellian as the loony left thinks. What I am hearing is that Bannon is something of a War and Strategy Nerd. And so if we see the following pattern emerge as regards the Antifa groups, it might not be totally unreasonable to conclude Bannon may be behind it:

    Infiltrate – insert hostile assets into Antifa organizations.
    Evaluate – determine which leaders are effective and which are incompetent.
    Escalate – encourage Antifa to be even more bold and violent.
    Decapitate – remove a few of the effective Antifa leaders by any means necessary.
    Agitate – leave false “evidence” implicating surviving effective leaders as undercover FBI.
    Contaminate — help promote incompetent leaders.
    Detonate – internal purges and an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion.
    Resuscitate – remove hostile assets but allow weakened Antifa organization to survive.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Shine a Light

    That would make Bannon a kind of Trotsky/Hoover/Heydrich. There are now a ton of private contractors and muscle for hire in government and out to do all of that stuff.

    You need to be pretty cold to pull all of that stuff. It's going into dangerous self-defeating territory where the abyss will look back at you.

    Will COINTELPRO be back with a vengeance?

  70. After President Trump called CNN ‘fake news’ at his first post-election press conference, we can safely ignore that network the next four to eight years. They took it personally and now attack him 24/7.

    President Trump can destroy CNN by mandating that satellite and cable companies provide a la carte channel selection — CNN exists thanks to bundling fees and can’t survive on ad revenue alone.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    "President Trump can destroy CNN by mandating that satellite and cable companies provide a la carte channel selection — CNN exists thanks to bundling fees and can’t survive on ad revenue alone."

    This would be a good policy and should be a minor Trump administration policy. The culture is important. A lot of cable channels might not even be viable without the implied subsidy of package pricing. Younger people are already bypassing it by getting their media online. But there is still a large market of older people who subscribe to cable and many of them subsidize opinions and media content which they despise. Ala carte pricing would given them a chance to better vote with their wallets.

  71. “I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

    Obviously they were not Berkeley students. They were not Asian.

  72. @Anon
    This is so much like those who argue, "Hitler was really a leftist".

    Replies: @El Dato

    But he was.

    That “socialism” in the party platform was not for shows.

  73. @Shine a Light
    We'll just have to wait and see if Bannon is as Machiavellian as the loony left thinks. What I am hearing is that Bannon is something of a War and Strategy Nerd. And so if we see the following pattern emerge as regards the Antifa groups, it might not be totally unreasonable to conclude Bannon may be behind it:

    Infiltrate – insert hostile assets into Antifa organizations.
    Evaluate – determine which leaders are effective and which are incompetent.
    Escalate – encourage Antifa to be even more bold and violent.
    Decapitate – remove a few of the effective Antifa leaders by any means necessary.
    Agitate – leave false “evidence” implicating surviving effective leaders as undercover FBI.
    Contaminate -- help promote incompetent leaders.
    Detonate – internal purges and an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion.
    Resuscitate – remove hostile assets but allow weakened Antifa organization to survive.

    Replies: @El Dato

    That would make Bannon a kind of Trotsky/Hoover/Heydrich. There are now a ton of private contractors and muscle for hire in government and out to do all of that stuff.

    You need to be pretty cold to pull all of that stuff. It’s going into dangerous self-defeating territory where the abyss will look back at you.

    Will COINTELPRO be back with a vengeance?

  74. @guest
    @Mr. Anon

    Don't give me your silly conspiracy theory about a supposed Nazi-Soviet...what shall we call it? "Pact?" Pfft.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Poland doesn’t even exist. It’s a conspiracy.

    Look at the maps. No-one is ever sure whether Poland resides at any given time.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @El Dato


    Poland doesn’t even exist. It’s a conspiracy.
     
    A whole nation of "crisis actors". Ingenious! What won't they think of next!

    No-one is ever sure whether Poland resides at any given time.
     
    It's Schroedinger's Nation.
  75. And if you’re too young to know who Robert Reich is, there’s the Young Turks:

    https://twitter.com/HarmfulOpinions/status/827555474014949376

  76. @King Baeksu
    BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) were one of the organizers of the "festivities" at Cal:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNGtI3Ezdvo

    Yvette Felarca, the woman in the video, is a public middle-school teacher in Berkeley.

    If you look at their history, they have had ties with ACORN, which was in turn closely linked to Obama in the past:

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=7647

    Amongst other things, they would like affirmative action for illegal aliens at public schools and universities in the US. Gee, sounds like a great deal for white and Asian Americans, doesn't it?

    Replies: @bomag

    Yvette Felarca, a social studies teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley

    That phrase says quite a lot: we’ve got to slap MLK’s name on a bunch of public features as penance, and in this case we have to pretend his legacy equals improved public education. Tax money funds Felarca, a foreign enemy, and funds a forum for her to practice her advocacy.

    She instigated violence at a protest in Sacramento, but Bezerkely officials did nothing:

    Felarca’s involvement spawned calls from parents to remove her from her teaching position, but Berkeley Unified School District officials refused to take action…“It’s one thing if it was during a school day, but she is on vacation,” district spokesman Mark Coplan said. “We don’t have any authority or business to judge what an employee does in her off time.”

    What a cop out. Child molesters in Bezerkley will be relieved to know that their teaching job is safe as long as they diddle in their off time. Now Felarca is bragging that her side out protested the other side; who-whom indeed.

    • Replies: @King Baeksu
    @bomag

    Another group that was involved with the riots, Refuse Fascism, is tied to Soros:

    Look Who Funds The Group Behind The Call To Arms At Milo’s Berkeley Event
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/look-who-funds-the-group-behind-the-call-to-arms-at-milos-berkeley-event/

    The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, the city of Tucson, a major labor union and several large companies.

    And one of the attackers is actually a UBC administrator:

    http://theralphretort.com/uc-berkeley-rioter-exposed-works-university-203017/

    Our tax dollars at work!

    Replies: @Jefferson

  77. @anon
    Trump's Luck:

    #1 World News Headline on Google News

    Louvre knife attack: Soldier shoots assailant near Paris museum

    #2 in National News is Trumps mention of the same.

    The Louvre attack is getting lots of press because this is the first time that the French seem to be on top of the situation. The French seem really proud of themselves.

    After last weekend, even the MSM is starting to get a grip. To the extent that they are admitting that importing Muslims is not popular among average Americans. Although they can't just say it and let it go at that.

    The fact that the French have to keep a significant number of soldiers at the Louvre is inherently disturbing.

    But

    Replies: @Buck Turgidson

    If you import large numbers of muzzies, you are going to need a lot of security and a lot of soldiers to keep an eye on them and to try to stop them from killing people and destroying property. Any society that willingly inflicts this stupidity and these monumental costs on itself is demented. If we deported all muzzies out of the US, it would have tremendous benefits on all levels. We could disband the TSA immediately and go back to the good old days and keep all that $$$ for “security” in our pockets. The protestors and screamers could be deported along w the muzzies so they could stay with them and not be deprived of life without them.

  78. @jimbojones
    At work, I see people with all sorts of education and intellectual pretensions seriously say that they believe that Trump is a Kremlin stooge. This on top of Trump being a misogynist, bigot, etc.

    So recently I have been wondering why otherwise reasonably intelligent people can believe frank nonsense with such enthusiasm. (Reich's ridiculous suspicion being another example.)

    And I have reached the conclusion that people are increasingly adopting Manichean views. I.e., they are dividing the world into good and evil. So for many people, basically Trump and the Republicans (never mind that Trump trounced the Republican party) are evil and therefore devils. But that means that the Democratic party and its candidate must be angels and capable of no evil. Hence the total lack of reaction to Obama and Hillary's egregious war crimes in Libya and other places, Obama and Hillary's shameless sellout to Wall Street, and Obama and Hillary's perverse race- and gender-mongering.

    That's why when Trump repealed the TPP, we had headlines such as "Trump didn't repeal TPP, the people did!" That was entirely logical - Bernie & Hillary, who are good, were against the TPP; and therefore the TPP was bad. Therefore repealing the TPP was good. But Trump is evil and incapable of doing good. Therefore, Trump could not have possibly repealed the TPP.

    The same logic explains Reich's comments - Trump is evil, and therefore those who protest Trump are good. Since they are good, they are incapable of hooliganism. Therefore all who on the one hand appear to protest Trump, but on the other hand commit acts of thuggish hooliganism, cannot possibly be real liberals, and must therefore be secret Trump supporters, possibly actual Kremlin stooges.

    On a side note, the rise of Manichean thinking spells the death of democracy, because the necessary per-requisite of democracy is the willingness of all participants to accept the outcome of an election. But in Manichean terms, if one party represents good and the other one evil, then the victory of the evil party cannot possibly be accepted for obvious reasons. Free speech also has to go - for devils can say only lies.

    Of course, the above answer engenders another question - why have people's views become Manichean?

    Replies: @IA, @IA, @Sunbeam

    Of course, the above answer engenders another question – why have people’s views become Manichean?

    The New Left abandoned communism post WWII in favor of exploiting race identity and resentment. SDS’s Port Huron Statement laid this out in 1961. Later, they added sexual identity and victimization.

    But the victim culture began much earlier with the concept of human rights and the noble savage. White guys, however, forgot that by demanding natural rights and seizing power from aristos and the church so too could non-whites, women and opportunistic, traitorous white men. They could use Enlightened White Men’s own tactics against them. So, manichean mindset is the exploitation of human rights to acquire power, using violence if necessary.

  79. @jimbojones
    At work, I see people with all sorts of education and intellectual pretensions seriously say that they believe that Trump is a Kremlin stooge. This on top of Trump being a misogynist, bigot, etc.

    So recently I have been wondering why otherwise reasonably intelligent people can believe frank nonsense with such enthusiasm. (Reich's ridiculous suspicion being another example.)

    And I have reached the conclusion that people are increasingly adopting Manichean views. I.e., they are dividing the world into good and evil. So for many people, basically Trump and the Republicans (never mind that Trump trounced the Republican party) are evil and therefore devils. But that means that the Democratic party and its candidate must be angels and capable of no evil. Hence the total lack of reaction to Obama and Hillary's egregious war crimes in Libya and other places, Obama and Hillary's shameless sellout to Wall Street, and Obama and Hillary's perverse race- and gender-mongering.

    That's why when Trump repealed the TPP, we had headlines such as "Trump didn't repeal TPP, the people did!" That was entirely logical - Bernie & Hillary, who are good, were against the TPP; and therefore the TPP was bad. Therefore repealing the TPP was good. But Trump is evil and incapable of doing good. Therefore, Trump could not have possibly repealed the TPP.

    The same logic explains Reich's comments - Trump is evil, and therefore those who protest Trump are good. Since they are good, they are incapable of hooliganism. Therefore all who on the one hand appear to protest Trump, but on the other hand commit acts of thuggish hooliganism, cannot possibly be real liberals, and must therefore be secret Trump supporters, possibly actual Kremlin stooges.

    On a side note, the rise of Manichean thinking spells the death of democracy, because the necessary per-requisite of democracy is the willingness of all participants to accept the outcome of an election. But in Manichean terms, if one party represents good and the other one evil, then the victory of the evil party cannot possibly be accepted for obvious reasons. Free speech also has to go - for devils can say only lies.

    Of course, the above answer engenders another question - why have people's views become Manichean?

    Replies: @IA, @IA, @Sunbeam

    It’s also misleading to call human rights advocates Manichean since Mani believed in a spirit world and even called himself a Christian.

    The modern Left doesn’t believe in anything. It simply exploits the « dominance hierarchy » that came into being following the French and American revolutions.

  80. @Scott Locklin
    In Reich's defense, they probably mostly weren't cal students. Plenty of cal students milling around muttering, but you can always recognize antifa scumbuckets at these protests. They wear the same uniforms, and carry clubs. They also are generally abysmally stupid, even compared to the already low level of your average cal student. They were most certainly not right wingers.

    Replies: @stillCARealist

    True. and people here are forgetting that drugs make some of us do stupid things. Is it meth that makes people violent or paranoid? Or maybe it’s that red bull/vodka mixture that I’ve heard about.

    I’ve only known one person who participated in obstructive protests back in the 80’s and he was drunk/stoned during all of it. Never violent though.

  81. @jimbojones
    At work, I see people with all sorts of education and intellectual pretensions seriously say that they believe that Trump is a Kremlin stooge. This on top of Trump being a misogynist, bigot, etc.

    So recently I have been wondering why otherwise reasonably intelligent people can believe frank nonsense with such enthusiasm. (Reich's ridiculous suspicion being another example.)

    And I have reached the conclusion that people are increasingly adopting Manichean views. I.e., they are dividing the world into good and evil. So for many people, basically Trump and the Republicans (never mind that Trump trounced the Republican party) are evil and therefore devils. But that means that the Democratic party and its candidate must be angels and capable of no evil. Hence the total lack of reaction to Obama and Hillary's egregious war crimes in Libya and other places, Obama and Hillary's shameless sellout to Wall Street, and Obama and Hillary's perverse race- and gender-mongering.

    That's why when Trump repealed the TPP, we had headlines such as "Trump didn't repeal TPP, the people did!" That was entirely logical - Bernie & Hillary, who are good, were against the TPP; and therefore the TPP was bad. Therefore repealing the TPP was good. But Trump is evil and incapable of doing good. Therefore, Trump could not have possibly repealed the TPP.

    The same logic explains Reich's comments - Trump is evil, and therefore those who protest Trump are good. Since they are good, they are incapable of hooliganism. Therefore all who on the one hand appear to protest Trump, but on the other hand commit acts of thuggish hooliganism, cannot possibly be real liberals, and must therefore be secret Trump supporters, possibly actual Kremlin stooges.

    On a side note, the rise of Manichean thinking spells the death of democracy, because the necessary per-requisite of democracy is the willingness of all participants to accept the outcome of an election. But in Manichean terms, if one party represents good and the other one evil, then the victory of the evil party cannot possibly be accepted for obvious reasons. Free speech also has to go - for devils can say only lies.

    Of course, the above answer engenders another question - why have people's views become Manichean?

    Replies: @IA, @IA, @Sunbeam

    “And I have reached the conclusion that people are increasingly adopting Manichean views. I.e., they are dividing the world into good and evil.”

    I agree with you on this. Additionally I’d also like to add that I think… the Left? Social Justice Warriors, whatever you want to call them have something else going on.

    A while back I was kind of struck by the utopian thinking that has been a part of the whole thing – forever basically.

    I called it Appollonian, but I was wrong. It’s actually Dionysian:

    “Apollonian and Dionysian are terms used by Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy to designate the two central principles in Greek culture. The Apollonian, which corresponds to Schopenhauer’s principium individuationis (“principle of individuation”), is the basis of all analytic distinctions. Everything that is part of the unique individuality of man or thing is Apollonian in character; all types of form or structure are Apollonian, since form serves to define or individualize that which is formed; thus, sculpture is the most Apollonian of the arts, since it relies entirely on form for its effect. Rational thought is also Apollonian since it is structured and makes distinctions.

    The Dionysian, which corresponds roughly to Schopenhauer’s conception of Will, is directly opposed to the Apollonian. Drunkenness and madness are Dionysian because they break down a man’s individual character; all forms of enthusiasm and ecstasy are Dionysian, for in such states man gives up his individuality and submerges himself in a greater whole: music is the most Dionysian of the arts, since it appeals directly to man’s instinctive, chaotic emotions and not to his formally reasoning mind.”

    Not really a philosopher (or at least this kind of thing doesn’t much interest me as opposed to “Hey how do we know anything exists at all Man?”).

    But I think it nails a lot of things. I mean just to use the phrase “Internal Contradictions,” you have to be crazy or possessed by something not to notice all this if you are a Berkeley protester right now. In addition to eleventy-seven other things going on across the country.

    Anyone notice any comments about the media? It seems almost impossible to ignore the fact they’ve gone “Full Retard.” I hear people commenting about it all the time, but I don’t live in NYC or California so things may be different.

  82. @Olorin
    @Mr. Anon

    Loveless.

    Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless.

    Played by Michael Dunn who was 3' 10".

    Reich is 4' 10", the maximum height allowable for members of Little People of America.

    I wouldn't rule out shall we say unelevated reasons for his anger at Trump (6' 3"), Charles Lindbergh (6' 3"), Yiannopoulos (6' 2"), and Bannon (5' 10").

    Jeez, even Paul Wellstone was over half a foot taller than Reich...and he had about as hard a time climbing up on a strawbale at a farm field day as Jim Hightower.

    Seeing them standing next to Molly Ivins (six feet in flatheels) was downright disorienting.

    Though not so much as the first time I encountered Bernie Sanders. He's as tall as Ivins was, but comes across like something of a schmendrik somehow. On the other hand, this stature and demeanor both make him useful for estimating the height and mass of angry black women.

    http://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/29608040-3e27-11e5-a580-5d86ec2e3b6f-1020x784.jpg

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Loveless.

    Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless.

    Played by Michael Dunn who was 3′ 10″.

    You are right. I stand (but only half way) corrected.

    What a great villain, by the way. Gosh, the 60s were freaky.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @Mr. Anon

    Michael Dunn was an amazing actor.

    As for "the '60s," they weren't any more or less "freaky" than any other decade IME. But the cultural sphere certainly burped up freakishness on a regular basis.

    That whole panoply of MSM-invented freakiness-exemplars was an extension of advertisers and marketing researchers who saw the demographic writing on the wall regarding the postwar engendering of a large number of up-and-coming spenders.

    Using their trades to brainwash them into conformity was sheer HBD--population genetics. Its success owes in part to the majority of that youth demographic being of a more kind, altruistic, trusting genome than those in charge of the MSM/advertising/marketing.

    From there to the schools was a pretty short and rapid step. I'd have to check dates but I think that the ink was scarcely dry on the "Civil" "Rights" Act of 1964 before we were being inundated in first grade with demands for pennies for Biafra and "We Shall Overcome" was added to the school district concert program and Emma Lazarus replaced Washington Irving in our readers.

  83. @Diversity Heretic
    Slightly off-topic, but the University of California still manages three national laboratories: Lawrence Berkely, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos. In light of possible California secession and the tolerance Berkely police (under orders, of course), have shown towards rioters, isn't it time to reconsider those contracts? Perhaps the University of Texas would be interested in administering the contracts. Or perhaps a large contractor like Lockheed? Or some entity other than that increasingly bat-sh*t crazy institution on the west coast??

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Slightly off-topic, but the University of California still manages three national laboratories: Lawrence Berkely, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos.

    Since 2006, the UC system has shared directorship of LLNL and LANL, in a consortium along with Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, and URS.

    Still, your point is apt – perhaps UC should be cut out altogether.

    I bet most UC students aren’t aware that “their” university runs large nuclear weapons labs. It would be interesting to see the results if it should become better known. Sounds like a useful wedge that could be driven between the left-wing students and the (establishment) left-wing administration.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Mr. Anon

    Relocating Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab from California to a Red State such as Idaho or Montana seems like a winning proposition for the Trump Administration. Reward your friends and punish your enemies over something they can't complain all that much about.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Chrisnonymous

  84. @Frau Katze
    The society civil war gets cranked up a notch.

    CNN seriously thinks this crazy theory (false flag) is worth listening to.

    How does this man know none of the Black Bloc are from Berkeley? The whole purpose of the mask is for disguise.

    Replies: @Barnard, @Boomstick, @Forbes

    CNN seriously thinks this crazy theory (false flag) is worth listening to.

    All part of The Narrative.

  85. @Clifford Brown
    It gets even weirder. MMA fighter, Jake Shields (name worthy of Marvel), stepped in to save a Trump supporter from a club swinging Antifa mob. He might have even punched the alleged Berkeley employee to stop the assault.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHu9aF99DSs

    Shields is emphatic that he called out to the police for help and they refused to intervene. Disgusting.

    The whole interview is interesting. Note that Shields is more intellectual and level headed than the Berkeley grad students.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaVJryS78CY

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/03/ufc-fighter-says-he-came-to-aid-of-man-during-uc-berkeley-riots/

    "After the first fight I knew lots more people were getting attacked, so I ran out to try to get the police and the police...they even recognized me and were like 'yeah we're not really going in there.' I don't know if they were cowards or had an order to stand down but it was a disgrace to see a police force stand down like that," said Shields.
     
    Note to the Berkeley PD, Antifa folds like a cheap suit when confronted by strong men.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @MB

    Nothing new here. Cops stood by and watched a white kid get killed in the 2001 Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday riots in Seattle.
    Can’t have racism, ya know.
    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mardi-gras-murder-conviction-overturned/

  86. Have there been any, like, ARRESTS made since the riot? Haven’t heard anything other than the bit about the “Berkeley staffer” (whatever that means).

  87. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    After President Trump called CNN 'fake news' at his first post-election press conference, we can safely ignore that network the next four to eight years. They took it personally and now attack him 24/7.

    President Trump can destroy CNN by mandating that satellite and cable companies provide a la carte channel selection -- CNN exists thanks to bundling fees and can't survive on ad revenue alone.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    “President Trump can destroy CNN by mandating that satellite and cable companies provide a la carte channel selection — CNN exists thanks to bundling fees and can’t survive on ad revenue alone.”

    This would be a good policy and should be a minor Trump administration policy. The culture is important. A lot of cable channels might not even be viable without the implied subsidy of package pricing. Younger people are already bypassing it by getting their media online. But there is still a large market of older people who subscribe to cable and many of them subsidize opinions and media content which they despise. Ala carte pricing would given them a chance to better vote with their wallets.

  88. @Mr. Anon
    @Diversity Heretic


    Slightly off-topic, but the University of California still manages three national laboratories: Lawrence Berkely, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos.
     
    Since 2006, the UC system has shared directorship of LLNL and LANL, in a consortium along with Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, and URS.

    Still, your point is apt - perhaps UC should be cut out altogether.

    I bet most UC students aren't aware that "their" university runs large nuclear weapons labs. It would be interesting to see the results if it should become better known. Sounds like a useful wedge that could be driven between the left-wing students and the (establishment) left-wing administration.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Relocating Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab from California to a Red State such as Idaho or Montana seems like a winning proposition for the Trump Administration. Reward your friends and punish your enemies over something they can’t complain all that much about.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Steve Sailer

    A good idea. Although it would be very difficult to move the NIF.

    Then again, perhaps it would be better to just shut it down.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @Steve Sailer

    Relocating a PhD sink to a red state seems like a good way to start turning it blue.

    What he should really do is postpone the census.

  89. @Steve Sailer
    @Mr. Anon

    Relocating Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab from California to a Red State such as Idaho or Montana seems like a winning proposition for the Trump Administration. Reward your friends and punish your enemies over something they can't complain all that much about.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Chrisnonymous

    A good idea. Although it would be very difficult to move the NIF.

    Then again, perhaps it would be better to just shut it down.

  90. @San Fernando Curt
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Sorry, meant 'AGREE'. Hands up. Don't shoot.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Don’t worry. Commenters’ Lives Matter.

  91. Steve,
    You got his name wrong.

    It’s not Reich, it’s Albereich, guardian of the Berkelungen.

  92. @Steve Sailer
    @Mr. Anon

    Relocating Lawrence Livermore nuclear bomb lab from California to a Red State such as Idaho or Montana seems like a winning proposition for the Trump Administration. Reward your friends and punish your enemies over something they can't complain all that much about.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Chrisnonymous

    Relocating a PhD sink to a red state seems like a good way to start turning it blue.

    What he should really do is postpone the census.

  93. @Whiskey
    Somewhat tangentially related to America being dead, check out "The Truth About Cars" regarding the Audi Superbowl Ad.

    Read the Whole Thing, but this is the takeaway:

    Well, if you’ve been reading along, I think you’ve figured out what the real message of this Audi advertisement is, but just in case you’ve been napping I will spell it out for you: Money and breeding always beat poor white trash. Those other kids in the race, from the overweight boys to the hick who actually had an American flag helmet to the stripper-glitter girl? They never had a chance. They’re losers and they always will be, just like their loser parents. Audi is the choice of the winners in today’s economy, the smooth talkers who say all the right things in all the right meetings and are promoted up the chain because they are tall (yes, that makes a difference) and handsome without being overly masculine or threatening-looking.
     
    A country that believes this is already dead. And that's the absolute fruit of making women equal. You get ads like this to appeal to an Upper Class so riven by sexual politics that it HATES HATES HATES its lower class and has no desire to lead and inspire people just like them, just lesser in class. Just crush them because sexual politics.

    A normal society would have lots and lots and lots of Upper Class men aspiring to be Donald Trump Squared. Leader of men and protector and patron of the lower class wanting to provide all sorts of opportunities. Instead its all about crushing the lower classes to show their women how superior they are; instead of doing that through traditional power and patronage.

    Replies: @Brutusale

  94. @bomag
    @TangoMan

    Reich was a reliable go-to guy for lefty/progressive academic quotes for the likes of NPR et al. I haven't heard him used much lately; maybe he's not "vibrant" enough. I suspect he misses the juice of the microphone and wants to get back in the game, so he's out there pushing the envelope with his comments.

    Replies: @Brutusale

    No, he left Harvard (and Brandeis) for Berkeley. He’s away from the Acela Axis and is thus ignored.

    One of the funnier things I’ve ever seen is Reich and his 6-foot amazon ex-wife Clare Dalton, former HLS prof who went untenured and is now an acupuncturist. They looked like a nanny taking an 8-year old for a stroll.

    I would see him at Darwin’s, a great sandwich place on the outskirts of Harvard Square that I’d frequent when I was in Cambridge on business. It was weird to see a former cabinet secretary and Kennedy School professor eating a sandwich with his feet swinging 6 inches above the floor.

  95. What was Robert Reich doing at this event?

    Was he protesting against Milo’s speech?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Mike Sylwester


    What was Robert Reich doing at this event?
     
    Trying to get a good view. Fruitlessly, as it happened.
  96. @bomag
    @King Baeksu


    Yvette Felarca, a social studies teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley
     
    That phrase says quite a lot: we've got to slap MLK's name on a bunch of public features as penance, and in this case we have to pretend his legacy equals improved public education. Tax money funds Felarca, a foreign enemy, and funds a forum for her to practice her advocacy.

    She instigated violence at a protest in Sacramento, but Bezerkely officials did nothing:


    Felarca’s involvement spawned calls from parents to remove her from her teaching position, but Berkeley Unified School District officials refused to take action...“It’s one thing if it was during a school day, but she is on vacation,” district spokesman Mark Coplan said. “We don’t have any authority or business to judge what an employee does in her off time.”
     
    What a cop out. Child molesters in Bezerkley will be relieved to know that their teaching job is safe as long as they diddle in their off time. Now Felarca is bragging that her side out protested the other side; who-whom indeed.

    Replies: @King Baeksu

    Another group that was involved with the riots, Refuse Fascism, is tied to Soros:

    Look Who Funds The Group Behind The Call To Arms At Milo’s Berkeley Event
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/look-who-funds-the-group-behind-the-call-to-arms-at-milos-berkeley-event/

    The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, the city of Tucson, a major labor union and several large companies.

    And one of the attackers is actually a UBC administrator:

    http://theralphretort.com/uc-berkeley-rioter-exposed-works-university-203017/

    Our tax dollars at work!

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @King Baeksu

    "the city of Tucson,"

    Tucson is a blue city located in a red state, similar to Dallas for example.

  97. Robert Mackey of The Intercept tries to discredit a victim of Black Bloc violence, a Hispanic fellow by the name of Eddy Brock by claiming he advances “bizarre theories about the relationship between race and intelligence”. However, if you actually just bother to read the description of the podcast Mackey uses as the source of his claim, Brock’s bizarre theory is that Blacks are less intelligent than Whites because of malnutrition as a result of the legacy of slavery and the dominance of fast-food outlets in low income neighborhoods. Mackey’s misleading description gives the impression to his left-wing readers that Brock is some kind of advocate of racial hereditarianism, which I guess is supposed to make anything he says he experienced suspect.

    B.B.

  98. @Mr. Anon
    @Olorin


    Loveless.

    Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless.

    Played by Michael Dunn who was 3′ 10″.
     
    You are right. I stand (but only half way) corrected.

    What a great villain, by the way. Gosh, the 60s were freaky.

    Replies: @Olorin

    Michael Dunn was an amazing actor.

    As for “the ’60s,” they weren’t any more or less “freaky” than any other decade IME. But the cultural sphere certainly burped up freakishness on a regular basis.

    That whole panoply of MSM-invented freakiness-exemplars was an extension of advertisers and marketing researchers who saw the demographic writing on the wall regarding the postwar engendering of a large number of up-and-coming spenders.

    Using their trades to brainwash them into conformity was sheer HBD–population genetics. Its success owes in part to the majority of that youth demographic being of a more kind, altruistic, trusting genome than those in charge of the MSM/advertising/marketing.

    From there to the schools was a pretty short and rapid step. I’d have to check dates but I think that the ink was scarcely dry on the “Civil” “Rights” Act of 1964 before we were being inundated in first grade with demands for pennies for Biafra and “We Shall Overcome” was added to the school district concert program and Emma Lazarus replaced Washington Irving in our readers.

  99. @El Dato
    @guest

    Poland doesn't even exist. It's a conspiracy.

    Look at the maps. No-one is ever sure whether Poland resides at any given time.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Poland doesn’t even exist. It’s a conspiracy.

    A whole nation of “crisis actors”. Ingenious! What won’t they think of next!

    No-one is ever sure whether Poland resides at any given time.

    It’s Schroedinger’s Nation.

  100. @Mike Sylwester
    What was Robert Reich doing at this event?

    Was he protesting against Milo's speech?

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    What was Robert Reich doing at this event?

    Trying to get a good view. Fruitlessly, as it happened.

  101. This is CNN. If you stay here, if you just stay here, we might do something like chasing another plane.

  102. @King Baeksu
    @bomag

    Another group that was involved with the riots, Refuse Fascism, is tied to Soros:

    Look Who Funds The Group Behind The Call To Arms At Milo’s Berkeley Event
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/03/look-who-funds-the-group-behind-the-call-to-arms-at-milos-berkeley-event/

    The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, the city of Tucson, a major labor union and several large companies.

    And one of the attackers is actually a UBC administrator:

    http://theralphretort.com/uc-berkeley-rioter-exposed-works-university-203017/

    Our tax dollars at work!

    Replies: @Jefferson

    “the city of Tucson,”

    Tucson is a blue city located in a red state, similar to Dallas for example.

  103. Does Robert Reich also believe the riots in Ferguson, Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Baltimore were all committed by Right Wingers as well?

    Also where the hell were these supposed Right Wing rioters in Antifa masks imported from? Next door red state Arizona? Because there are barely any Right Wingers residing in The Bay Area. There is only 7 of us in this metropolitan area of 7 million people.

  104. @King Baeksu
    @JerryC


    It looked like same gang of lefty/anarchist dickheads who have been behind just about every political riot in the US since the Seattle WTO riots in 1999.
     
    If they don't like "globalization" or "populist nationalism," what's their endgame?

    Anarchism is unworkable in a mass society. We tried "socialism" or "communism" in the 20th Century and that didn't really work out, either.

    It seems they're down to refighting WWII all over again, LARPing against ordinary white folks – and even Jews like Milo – whom they imagine to be "Nazis."

    Ironically enough, they have effectively become the shock troops of globalists like Soros, which is to say, an absurd parody of their former selves.

    Maybe they are just repressed "anti-state" libertarians or ancaps who have yet to come to terms with who they really are, sort of like hetero dudes who still can't admit that they actually like the dick?

    Replies: @Laugh Track

    If they don’t like “globalization” or “populist nationalism,” what’s their endgame?

    Anarchism is unworkable in a mass society. We tried “socialism” or “communism” in the 20th Century and that didn’t really work out, either.

    It seems they’re down to refighting WWII all over again, LARPing against ordinary white folks – and even Jews like Milo – whom they imagine to be “Nazis.”

    Ironically enough, they have effectively become the shock troops of globalists like Soros, which is to say, an absurd parody of their former selves.

    That’s struck me as well. In Seattle they were supposedly vandalizing against globalization. A generation later the Black Bloc is vandalizing for globalization.

    “No borders! No nations! No human being is illegal!”

    I don’t think we even have to attribute this to Soros’ money. I doubt that there is much in the way of money involved. It boils down to an emotional state. “I hate this world and I want to strike out at the current designated evil ones.” But, as with BLM, rioting invariably backfires. I doubt that Trump would have been elected without BLM’s repeated escapades. Now, the Black Bloc will be the perfect excuse for Trump to define street fighting as terrorism. Way to go kids!

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    @Laugh Track

    "I doubt that Trump would have been elected without BLM’s repeated escapades. Now, the Black Bloc will be the perfect excuse for Trump to define street fighting as terrorism. Way to go kids!"

    Antifa are going to get Donald J. Trump elected for a 2nd term.

    "“No borders! No nations! No human being is illegal!”

    Antifa should tell that to the Mexican government who are known for deporting Central Americans back to their countries as well as the Chinese government who are known for deporting North Koreans back to Kim Jong Un so that they could be murdered by him.

  105. @Laugh Track
    @King Baeksu


    If they don’t like “globalization” or “populist nationalism,” what’s their endgame?

    Anarchism is unworkable in a mass society. We tried “socialism” or “communism” in the 20th Century and that didn’t really work out, either.

    It seems they’re down to refighting WWII all over again, LARPing against ordinary white folks – and even Jews like Milo – whom they imagine to be “Nazis.”

    Ironically enough, they have effectively become the shock troops of globalists like Soros, which is to say, an absurd parody of their former selves.
     
    That's struck me as well. In Seattle they were supposedly vandalizing against globalization. A generation later the Black Bloc is vandalizing for globalization.

    "No borders! No nations! No human being is illegal!"

    I don't think we even have to attribute this to Soros' money. I doubt that there is much in the way of money involved. It boils down to an emotional state. "I hate this world and I want to strike out at the current designated evil ones." But, as with BLM, rioting invariably backfires. I doubt that Trump would have been elected without BLM's repeated escapades. Now, the Black Bloc will be the perfect excuse for Trump to define street fighting as terrorism. Way to go kids!

    Replies: @Jefferson

    “I doubt that Trump would have been elected without BLM’s repeated escapades. Now, the Black Bloc will be the perfect excuse for Trump to define street fighting as terrorism. Way to go kids!”

    Antifa are going to get Donald J. Trump elected for a 2nd term.

    ““No borders! No nations! No human being is illegal!”

    Antifa should tell that to the Mexican government who are known for deporting Central Americans back to their countries as well as the Chinese government who are known for deporting North Koreans back to Kim Jong Un so that they could be murdered by him.

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