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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine on lessons we should have learned from the sudden micro-debacle in Kabul and the gradual macro-debacle in Afghanistan:

Our Culture of Lying

Steve Sailer

August 18, 2021

The basic reasons for the collaborationist forces collapsing, gradually and then suddenly, are clear, even if who specifically within the U.S. government deserves the most blame for not anticipating them remains to be seen.

Like the Wolverines in Red Dawn, the Taliban live there. Afghanistan might not be much, but it’s all they’ve got. Granted, Afghanistan is a crummy country with a comically awful culture. The revolution in ways of thinking that swept the West beginning in the 1200s has yet to arrive in much of Afghanistan.

But, for some people, it’s home.

In contrast, the Americans were always the invaders. Sure, the Taliban were criminally negligent accessories to 9/11 by hosting Osama bin Laden (although no evidence has since emerged that they knew of this specific enormity ahead of time). So, the U.S. had every right to engage in a butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition to overthrow the Kabul regime, which we succeeded in doing in a couple of months.

But then we hung around for twenty years trying to make ourselves popular. Of course, in a country teeming with young men (Afghanistan has the highest birth rate outside of sub-Saharan Africa), being an outsider roaring around on their home turf in our Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles is no way to make us loved.

So, among the youth of the dominant Pashtun tribe, the Taliban tended to recruit the patriots while we wound up with the parasites.

Read the whole thing there.

 
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  1. I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Anonymous

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    And we have now bequeathed those people an air force. Let the laughs begin!

    Replies: @El Dato, @Paperback Writer

    , @El Dato
    @Anonymous

    They are like Americans holding onto govnmt messaging.

    , @duncsbaby
    @Anonymous

    Desperation coupled w/idiocy will lead to one last wild ride at the end.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Anonymous


    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…
     
    In the early days of the roller coaster, one man wanted to show off for his girlfriend and stood atop his car at the apex of the ride. He was thrown to his death. When the train arrived at the end of the ride, the passengers all cried out for a second time around.

    We're more snowflaky now. The people who witnessed this expressed remorse:

    Shocking moment man dangles from theme park ride moments before falling 50ft to his death
    , @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    “I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…”

    In that part of the world, trains are so packed that passengers ride on top of the roof, and also clinging to the outside. The guys clinging to the outside of the jet made an analogy in their 83-IQ minds.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Kjr, @Jack D

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Anonymous

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1NLga2TQmE

    , @Daniel H
    @Anonymous


    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…
     
    Dumb, but smart enough to get hired by the US Military.
    , @Mr. Anon
    @Anonymous


    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…
     
    And now there cousins and brothers will be moving in to your neighborhood.
    , @Anthony Aaron
    @Anonymous

    Maybe they saw the Tom Cruise 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation' movie where he jumped on an Airbus A400M as it was taking off.

    It was a pretty cool stunt … and Cruise actually pulled it off (with safety equipment in place) without a stunt double.

    , @Muggles
    @Anonymous


    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…
     
    Interesting to see how one of our "anonymous" posters here gets a chuckle from a terrifying tragedy.
    Sneering at the dead, no less.

    What a guy!

    Let's see how you react when the last flights out of LAX (or Hooterville, in your case) are full and you are about to be dragged to the Trans/Bi/Other Re-Education Camp and Organic Farm up there in North Dakota. Along with a few other unlucky iSteve commentators.

    On the other hand, you might be, by then, working undercover fingering the dissenters. More tragedy for you to laugh at!

    Replies: @El Dato, @Triteleia Laxa

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Anonymous

    Flight up excitement doesn't compare to ride down, I'm afraid...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3edi2Wkr5YI

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    , @International Jew
    @Anonymous

    I can understand. At first, they figured the plane wouldn't try to take off with people holding on; maybe it would stop a ways down the runway (after leaving the less daring people behind) and let them come in. But then pretty soon the plane started its takeoff roll and by the time it reached 40mph they realized they were dead if they let go. So they held on as long as they could.

    Replies: @Richard B

    , @Wade Hampton
    @Anonymous

    “One must have a heart of stone to watch the death of little Mohammed without laughing.”

    , @donut
    @Anonymous

    https://t-shirtat.com/shop/kabul-skydiving-club-essential-t-shirt/

    Replies: @anon

    , @Pericles
    @Anonymous

    "Think of it as evolution in action."

  2. Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran’s Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for “wrecking” things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban’s stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That’s an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not “extended due to logistics” in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Whiskey

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban’s stunning advance: WhatsApp.

    Whiskey is right.

    Looks like the US Gov, including Three Letter Agencies and the Big Green Army did not bother to monitor any of the direct messaging apps. Did not bother.

    Now, Fakebook can shut down anyone who dares to question any of the Narratives currently being pushed by the Wokels, but they never shut down the Taliban.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/08/taliban-used-whatsapp-to-appeal-to-afghans-us-never-monitored-communications-or-asked-facebook-to-ban-them

    , @Houston 1992
    @Whiskey

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world's electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada .......so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then .....

    Replies: @Anonymouse, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Spud Boy, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @AndrewR
    @Whiskey

    Iran closing Hormuz would incur the wrath of the whole world. Don't count on it.

    , @SMK
    @Whiskey

    Biden is the first president in U.S. history to be senile and demented long before he was elected and entered the WH on Januatry 20 -and, especially given his decision to open the border with Mexico wider than ever before and the debacle in Afghanistan, the worst president in all of U.S. history. And he's only been in office for 7-months! To imagine the harm he'll do to the US and much of the world during his remaining 3-years and 5-months, assuming he serves his full term, is truly frightening.

    Given his senilityl and his decisions and their ruinous and baleful consequences -after only 7-months as POTUS- he should be the first president to be removed from office under the 25 Amendment. But if that occurred -which I doubt- Harris would be the first woman and second "black" president. And she'd be as bad and, in some ways, even worse than Biden. But at least she's not senile.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @sayless

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Whiskey


    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon,

     

    C'mon Whiskey A-Go-Go, give us a time line. How soon is soon?

    Imma hold you to this: "Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here."

    Really. My work schedule is about to heat up, but I'll be checking back to taunt you.

    Replies: @Jack D, @epebble

    , @Bardon Kaldian
    @Whiskey


    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better.
     
    Sure, but- don't most people here see a contradiction?

    Biden was supposedly just a front for powerful oligarchs, experienced & ruthless Deep State etc. etc.

    One would expect that these types execute the whole affair more smoothly, and not as such an epic embarrassment. After all, Biden is just a front, right?

    Well, it seems- no.

    Biden is the real senile president with real presidential power, and not just a puppet on someone's strings. He may be a mumbling senile creep, but he has real- although, of course not unlimited- power.

    On the other hand, if you think that this operation was truly planned & executed by some Deep State- what is to fear from them, in the long run? These guys are, judging from the experience, a bunch of out-of-reality morons.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton

    , @Triteleia Laxa
    @Whiskey


    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska.
     
    Drink more water and less of your namesake.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @Pierre de Craon
    @Whiskey


    Biden is a senile fool … he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better.
     
    His staff, which does all of his thinking and planning for him, consists entirely of smug Jews and their sycophantic Gentile votaries. Thus, rather than simply being no better than Biden, it is far, far worse.
    , @Alden
    @Whiskey

    Great post. It’s a standard tactic in revolutions take overs and invasions to prepare a list of important persons in government business religion education and their work and home addresses

    Both Germans and later Russians did it before they invaded European countries during WW1 and 2. American French Russian etc revolutionaries did it. Henry 8 and Thomas Cromwell did it. But our affirmative action military state department military intelligence CIA etc was too busy recruiting and promoting beyond their competence blacks Hispanics Asians women and gays to bother teaching the essentials of how it’s been done since ancient times

    It’s my opinion that there’s been a parallel Taliban government and institutions for the 20 years the US NATO military , contractors and do gooders have been in Afghanistan. Right down to small town road workers. And always were there going back to the Marxist government of the 1970s and the Russian intervention to preserve the Marxist government.

    Now there are thousands of American civilians left behind in Afghanistan.

    Affirmative action in action.

    , @Alt Right Moderate
    @Whiskey

    Whiskey, you're maturing (pun intended). A concise nuanced opening, and no mention of women as an existential threat.

  3. Anonymous[378] • Disclaimer says:

    I just learned that retard basketball has been an actual official sport at the Paralympic Games, in addition to wheelchair basketball.

    Apparently there was a scandal at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney where Spain’s team of non-retards took the gold in retard basketball:

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-2021-scandals-spain-paralympics-2000-sydney-games-051520629.html

    While the long history of the modern Olympic Games is peppered with all kinds of cheating scandals, the Paralympic Games, established in 1960 and reserved for athletes with disabilities, have also not been able to escape attempts at fraud. The most famous and revolting of them undoubtedly occurred during the Sydney Games in 2000.

    In addition to traditional wheelchair basketball, the Paralympic Games in 2000 hosted another basketball tournament, reserved for the mentally disabled. According to the Cite source site, the Paralympic Committee had set an intellectual quotient (IQ) threshold at 70 to be considered mentally disabled and eligible to participate in the competition…

    The deception was finally exposed with a bang in November 2000, when one of the players from the victorious team in Sydney, Carlos Ribagorda, spoke publicly. He revealed he was a journalist for the financial newspaper Capital, joined the team in 1999, and did not suffer from any intellectual disability…

    During their entire Paralympic journey, most of the Spanish players pretended to have an intellectual disability. This ubiquitous situation had led to some awkward moments. “In the second half of our first game, we easily scored 30 points,” says Ribagorda, as quoted by the Huffington Post. The coach then told us, half laughing and half serious, to lower our feet a little, because otherwise it would show …”

    Going even further in his accusations, Ribagorda also confirmed that at least five other athletes from the Spanish delegation, as well as several athletes of different nationalities who took part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, in reality had “no mental or physical handicap.” These revelations could not go unanswered and the Spanish Paralympic Committee quickly opened an investigation, with overwhelming conclusions: ten of the twelve gold medalists had an IQ above 70.

    • Thanks: Triteleia Laxa
    • Replies: @Dumbo
    @Anonymous

    But how retarded to you have to be to pretend to be a retard to win a gold in retard basketball... ?

    I mean, seriously, just let the disabled play among themselves. What's the point of "winning" like that?

    Then again, the same applies to "transgender" females competing in female sports.

    Replies: @Pericles

    , @TorontoTraveller
    @Anonymous

    The Farelly Brothers and Johnny Knoxville really did do this movie 15 years ago. I give you "The Ringer".

    https://youtu.be/cx8ZWK0rUWA

    Inexplicably ignored by the Oscars

    , @magila
    @Anonymous

    Below 70 IQ? Looks like the most of the "normal" US basketball players qualify.

    , @Danindc
    @Anonymous

    Who talks like this? Are you in 6th or 7th grade?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @bro3886
    @Anonymous

    So they identified as below 70 I.Q. persons, what's wrong with that? Republican politicians do it all the time. People shouldn't be stuck in artificial categories assigned to them at birth. Like intelligent, loyal, or decent. When you think about it they/them are pioneers in a way.

  4. By hosting Osama bin Laden (although no evidence has since emerged that they knew of this specific enormity ahead of time).

    Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There’s no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either. Sacrilege to say it, of course.

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    @Polistra

    "Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There’s no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either." and doubt as to whether he was killed or died of natural causes, or whether he was dead before 2011, as Benazir Bhutto claimed.

    Replies: @Cloudbuster

    , @dearieme
    @Polistra

    Here's what I know/don't know about the topic.

    (i) Maybe OBL organised 9/11.

    (ii) The men who did it were overwhelmingly Saudis - they weren't Afghans.

    (iii) They had trained - where? Pakistan largely? A bit in Afghanistan? Florida, certainly. Funded by whom? Saudis, presumably.

    (iv) When the US attacked Afghanistan it's not even clear - is it? - that OBL was in that country.

    (v) When, years later, the USA purportedly attacked Pakistan to kill OBL, did they? Was it fake? (The photo of US bigwigs allegedly watching events on TV must surely be bogus.)

    (vi) Had he died years before from an illness? Did they really remove his body at dump it at sea?

    These add up to a pretty odd basis for spending one or two trillion dollars.

    Replies: @Redmen, @Bill Jones

    , @Jack D
    @Polistra

    Really? No evidence? OBL was just a peaceful goat farmer? I know that unz.com is the home of conspiracy theorists who think that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo, but you gotta be kidding me.

    Whether it was necessary to occupy Afghanistan for 20 years just because the Taliban had let OBL stay there while he was planning 9/11 (while at the same time we left Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, etc. - all places that arguably had equal or greater nexus to Bin Laden alone) is another question but you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11. (The obvious answer is was for the same reason that drunks look for their dropped car keys under the streetlight - it's easier over there. We sure as hell weren't going to take on nuclear armed Pakistan.)

    Replies: @Sparkon, @donut, @Gapeseed

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @Polistra

    The argument that we needed to promote regime change in Afghanistan because they let OBL hang out is of course undercut by the fact that we have not attempted to promote regime change in Pakistan, where the ISI knew very well who OBL was and gave him refuge after the fact.

    Replies: @Ralph L

  5. Yes, the Taliban lived there, but so did the Afghan military, and they gave up almost without a fight.

  6. Steve, perhaps one of your best. Bravo. Not perfect, but excellent nonetheless. This quote in particular struck me:

    To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.

    Future historians may well seize upon that quote as emblematic of the late-stage rot that doomed the nation.

    • Agree: Daniel H, JMcG
    • Disagree: Pierre de Craon
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @R.G. Camara

    "To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses."

    About masks, social distancing, lockdowns, forced fake vaccinations....

    We're going on 18 months of mandatory mask wearing. Should it just be forever Steve? Forever, right?

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    , @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @R.G. Camara

    I think that it's worse.

    To climb the ladder in modern America, you have to believe the lies.

    Milley believes what he says.

    , @James Speaks
    @R.G. Camara

    It may not be the best in terms of fluidity, but this attack on our culture of lying head-on makes it one of the most important essays I've read in a very long time.

    Here's a hypothesis: Lying gains an advantage so long as not too many people do it.

    For a system to work, each part needs to work and that means responding to reality. Lies distort reality. If one or only a few people lie and get away with it, then they gain an advantage over the rest, but the system suffers a little because the liar's output is diminished. When lying reaches the stage where the system output is so far below what is needed for the liars to break even, then further lying only worsens the situation. Finally the people in control try to exercise more control to make the broken system perform better.

    My hypothesis is sloppily stated, but I think the idea gets through. Finally, Scott Peck’s book on evil was called “People of the Lie.”

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

  7. That president turned out to be Joe Biden, who unleashed his inner Pat Buchanan in a startlingly lucid speech Monday denouncing our former allies in Afghanistan for not caring enough to fight:

    From lurid to lucid in a trice. Is this the calm before the storm, or whatever medical people call that sudden moment of clarity before the mind is lost for good?

    Our Culture of Lying

    “It may be remarked that the harsh opinion of Machiavelli has been more widespread in England and the United States than in the nations of Continental Europe. This is no doubt natural, because the distinguishing quality of Anglo-Saxon politics has always been hypocrisy, and hypocrisy must always be at pains to shy away from the truth.”

    James Burnham, The Machiavellians

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Reg Cæsar

    A true disciple Machiavelli would publicly denounce Machiavelli.

  8. The practically unimpeded collapse of the Afghan army and government looks very bad for the US; I don’t deny that.

    However, i have significant hope that, as Steve says:

    … the Taliban, who have so far been trying to behave like a more mature, prudent organization than the puerile extremists who ran Afghanistan two decades ago, will oversee an organized evacuation that brings them credit in the eyes of the world.

    And not just the evacuation, but in general how they govern going forward.

    Various level of tribal Islamic government govern a significant swath of the Middle East and Northern Africa so as long as Taliban version 2 don’t go all ISIS (or all “Taliban version 1” ) the project would not have been a total failure. Maybe we didn’t bring them up to modern, but at least brought them some significant part of the way.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @vhrm

    There is some reason to hope that Taliban 2.0 (or at least their top leadership who has spent time in places like Qatar and now know that Islam (at least some versions of it) is not necessarily synonymous with Medieval) will be better (or at least have more polished PR) than Taliban 1.0 but as Steve points out, the low level guys (who never left Afghanistan) may still like that old-time religion (and the leadership can't get too far out ahead of their troops - one thing we know for sure about Afghanistan is that people can change their allegiance overnight).

    So far the evidence is mixed. There are already reports of atrocities leaking out and the Taliban is still in its honeymoon phase. When things don't go quite as well as they dreamed of, they may decide that kicking ass and taking names is the way to go after all - that's really their natural instinct.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  9. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    And we have now bequeathed those people an air force. Let the laughs begin!

    • Thanks: Polistra
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Harry Baldwin

    If Chinese and Russian consultants are not there RIGHT NOW taking notes and samples someone isn't doing their job.

    Replies: @From Beer to Paternity

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Harry Baldwin

    Well, no. The airplane jockeys were our friends (or so we're told). We didn't attract the best.

    Here's a multi-lingual Talib speaking decent English:

    https://twitter.com/AnasMallick/status/1427868128579620864?s=20

    Replies: @El Dato

  10. Speaking of lying and cheating, here’s “Chicago Pharmacist”

    In his defense, \$10 is a decent price

    • Troll: Kjr
    • Replies: @anon
    @Polistra


    Tangtang Zhao
     
    iirc Zhao means they can have jewish heritage, believe it or not

    Replies: @Polistra, @StAugustine, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    , @Kjr
    @Polistra

    Oooof. I'm gonna have to troll button you there.

    You're on the wrong side of this one.

    He needs no defense except for charging those $10.

    Those cards are just another brick in the wall.

    , @Mike Tre
    @Polistra

    10 years a pop? He should just killed 12 people for 10 dollars a pop, he’d have probably got time served.

    , @Squid
    @Polistra

    Huge risk (I assume he/she can lose his/her license over this). Paltry gain. I thought these people were going to bury us because they're all so smart?

    Replies: @donut

    , @Alden
    @Polistra

    Good for him. I’m thinking of creating my own and printing it on card stock . Or whiting out the name in some one else’s and scanning it in. Much easier.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Adam Smith

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Polistra

    During the 1942 Henan Famines, there were bureaucrats who sold grains designated for starving peasants on the black market. Chiang Kai-Shek had them lined up in public and shot.

    , @Pierre de Craon
    @Polistra

    Do you and those who applaud you truly fail to see that no instrument (at least none short of murder) used to fight or subvert the covid hoax ought to be considered illegitimate? Do you not see that the New and Improved United States is perhaps eighteen months away from a lockdown on all forms of travel, including interstate driving and local mass transit, for any serf (white Christian serfs first and foremost) not in possession of a CoVax card?

    Even if for these reasons alone, the Chicago pharmacist, whatever his ethnicity and however venal his private motives might have been (not that any of Sailer's resident mind-reading fans has a clue as to what they were), merits the thanks, prayers, and at least tacit support of the incipient patriotic resistance and whatever samizdat organs of information and communication it already has or, God willing, soon will have in place.

    Ten bucks is a small price to pay for at least some freedom of movement in this Bolshevik2 post-American police state. I wish that I had known of the racket's existence before the FBI domestic Mossad got wind of it and slithered swiftly into overkill mode.

    Replies: @Anon

  11. anon[308] • Disclaimer says:
    @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban’s stunning advance: WhatsApp.

    Whiskey is right.

    Looks like the US Gov, including Three Letter Agencies and the Big Green Army did not bother to monitor any of the direct messaging apps. Did not bother.

    Now, Fakebook can shut down anyone who dares to question any of the Narratives currently being pushed by the Wokels, but they never shut down the Taliban.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/08/taliban-used-whatsapp-to-appeal-to-afghans-us-never-monitored-communications-or-asked-facebook-to-ban-them

  12. Rs have not even begun to come to terms with the fact that the bar they’ve set for the Dems to get over competence-wise is like three feet underground. Doing something badly beats doing absolutely nothing whatsoever. And being wrong about why.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Desiderius

    Biden's move was very popular. The politicized types who tweet obsessively are in a dream world.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  13. The Deep State is just competent enough to f*** things up for Real America, though.

  14. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world’s electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada …….so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then …..

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
    @Houston 1992

    >China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada …….

    I believe this view is mistaken. Not China, but wealthy Chinese who are buying nice condos for their children and/or for themselves. Why? Because they know that making BIG BUX in China depends on cutting corners, bribery and sucking up to the authorities and praying that their competitors don't denounce them. This MO is ubiquitous in China, also has been and probably always will. Here in Austin one of the biggest high rises was built with Chinese money (a Chinese friend told me that). All the apartments have been sold the titles held by anonymous LLPs and LLC's obviously Chinese nationals according to the Travis County Property rolls. And no one lives there: 3 or 4 of the hundreds of balconies have furniture. Not a stick of furniture on 95%+ of the balconies. No lights on at night. That is not China, that is wealthy Chinese who know full well how dangerous it is to make money in China. Think Jack Ma.

    Replies: @Passerby60

    , @Mike_from_SGV
    @Houston 1992

    Yes, if China is smart they can simply sit back as the US deteriorates and de-Americanizes and becomes a land of irrational woke cultists. No shots need be fired for them to own the world in 30 years or so.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    , @Spud Boy
    @Houston 1992

    "China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada..."

    U.S. Dollars can only be spent here, so this is what one would expect, considering the trillions of dollars Americans have sent to China for manufactured goods over the last few years.

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Houston 1992


    What would Sun Tze (sp) declare

     

    故用兵之法,十则围之,五则攻之,倍则分之,敌则能战之,少则能逃之,不若则能避之。
    If you outnumber the enemy ten to one, surround them.
    If you outnumber them five to one, attack them.
    If you outnumber them two to one, divide them.
    If you are equal, then find an advantageous battle.
    If you are fewer, then keep away if you are able.
    If you are much weaker, then flee if you are able.
  15. Like the Wolverines in Red Dawn, the Taliban live there.

    But I thought high IQ folks, especially Ashkenazi, always get their way? Every HBD’er says it is futile to resist them.

  16. • Thanks: MEH 0910
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    ThreadReader:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1427317079515009030.html

    For some reason, Jack's blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what's happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Kjr, @Indiana Jack, @Mandrill with a hand drill

  17. Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden’s memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he’s endorsed that way. But you’d think Hunter would be right up his alley. (And I’m assuming he voted for Hunter’s dad.)

    John V Petrocelli’s new book has somewhat of a waiting list at our library system. Has anybody here read it, or watched his TED Talk? Is he to be trusted?

    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250271624

    Steve is no potty-mouth, otherwise the title might be good for his œuvre, too.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not this one


    The Evolution of my Art by: Hunter-Biden: A Postmodernist's Adventure

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Hardcover – July 24, 2021 - USD 250.
    Paperback - USD 29.95

    This is an exclusive look at the work of Hunter-Biden, a new and yet highly recognizable talent. Ever since Neo-Dada, postmodernists have enjoyed mixing things up - or injecting novel elements into traditional forms - to create new combinations and pastiches. The growth of consumerism and instant gratification has also had a huge impact on visual art. Consumers now want novelty. They also want entertainment and spectacle. Here we see the work of Hunter-Biden fulfilling all of these requirements, and then some.

     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Polistra, @kaganovitch

    , @Daniel H
    @Reg Cæsar


    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden’s memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he’s endorsed that way
     
    I suspect that Stephen King hasn't even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.

    Replies: @Seneca44, @Alfa158, @Reg Cæsar

  18. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    They are like Americans holding onto govnmt messaging.

  19. Biden, in his speech, quickly mentioned that when Ghani visited Washington, Ghani assured him that the Afghan army was sound. This shows that the issue was on the table; army soundness was in doubt. So Ghani was so persuasive that Biden and whoever else was there thought, “Whew, what a relief! That settles it. He’s not a lier, that’s for sure. Scrap that contingency plan.”

  20. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    Desperation coupled w/idiocy will lead to one last wild ride at the end.

  21. • Replies: @Polistra
    @JohnnyWalker123

    How long before the first sharia killing of a lesbian rabbi?

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    , @AndrewR
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Robert Bowers did nothing wrong

  22. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    In the early days of the roller coaster, one man wanted to show off for his girlfriend and stood atop his car at the apex of the ride. He was thrown to his death. When the train arrived at the end of the ride, the passengers all cried out for a second time around.

    We’re more snowflaky now. The people who witnessed this expressed remorse:

    Shocking moment man dangles from theme park ride moments before falling 50ft to his death

  23. Steve, you wrote, “the Taliban were criminally negligent accessories to 9/11 by hosting Osama bin Laden”. If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Afghanistan and Osama had as little to do with 9/11 as Iraq and Saddam.

    • Agree: Hangnail Hans
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Balaji

    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo. Don't believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda.

    Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly. This is a useful role in a society where the entire MSM marches in lockstep with the Establishment. The last thing we need is one more voice shouting "Me Too!" regarding their enthusiastic agreement with the Party line and the Approved Version of history. It's good to question assumptions and be open minded about the conventional wisdom especially during times where orthodoxy is being pushed hard by almost everyone else. There's no real chance of bringing the scales into balance but at least maybe you can make the needle wobble a little. Be the boy that shouts that the Emperor has no clothes.

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal "Pravda" (truth). The point is not (at least I hope it's not) to get you out of the rut of flawed conventional wisdom only to put you in a different rut of even more flawed conventional wisdom.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Odin

  24. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    “I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…”

    In that part of the world, trains are so packed that passengers ride on top of the roof, and also clinging to the outside. The guys clinging to the outside of the jet made an analogy in their 83-IQ minds.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @SafeNow

    I wrote what you wrote here (rather low IQ men making a simple but not quite right analogy between riding on top of trains and riding on top of an airplane).

    My comment on a rather right-wing German blog did not get published though - never mention group differences... - the holy grail of - humanists throughout the West.

    Replies: @JMcG, @al gore rhythms

    , @Kjr
    @SafeNow

    I'm pretty sure it was more a matter of assuming they would jump off when the plane was 5 feet in the air.

    That seemed to be the general atmosphere.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Jack D
    @SafeNow

    Afghanistan has zero passenger rail service (and very few freight lines either). You are probably thinking of India (8 BILLION passengers annually) or perhaps Pakistan's much smaller rail system (70 million passengers/yr). Most Afghans have probably never seen a train except maybe on TV.

    Pakistan's railway is perhaps best known for the 2019 fire where 70 passengers died on a moving passenger train. Apparently people on board were using portable gas stoves to cook their breakfast. This was not officially permitted but the train personnel tolerated such cooking fires, perhaps in exchange for a small "tip".

    Western concepts of safety and adherence to societal rules for the good of everyone just don't compute in impoverished low trust societies - everyone is focused on what they think is good for THEM, right now in this very moment. Not a long time horizon because if you don't take care of business right now, there IS no long term. Cooking breakfast is good. Supplementing your meager salary with tips is good. Getting out of Afghanistan is good. At least in the short term.

    https://wgntv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/pakistantrain.jpg?w=960&h=540&crop=1

    Replies: @Abe

  25. It’s also possible that the ineptitude of the exit might stem in part from the deep state deciding to knife Biden in the back for shutting down their favorite route to career advancement.

    A passive-aggressive bunch of kids/women/nerds who think of themselves as aristocrats bring down the shop around them because of reasons? Not a formula for success.

    Who was in charge at Bagram? Whose orders did they/them follow and why?

    It would be good to set up a special SS tasked with finding big consumers of rubber bears in the whole outfit and get rid of them quickly.

  26. @Reg Cæsar
    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden's memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he's endorsed that way. But you'd think Hunter would be right up his alley. (And I'm assuming he voted for Hunter's dad.)


    John V Petrocelli's new book has somewhat of a waiting list at our library system. Has anybody here read it, or watched his TED Talk? Is he to be trusted?


    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250271624


    Steve is no potty-mouth, otherwise the title might be good for his œuvre, too.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Daniel H

    Not this one

    The Evolution of my Art by: Hunter-Biden: A Postmodernist’s Adventure

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Hardcover – July 24, 2021 – USD 250.
    Paperback – USD 29.95

    This is an exclusive look at the work of Hunter-Biden, a new and yet highly recognizable talent. Ever since Neo-Dada, postmodernists have enjoyed mixing things up – or injecting novel elements into traditional forms – to create new combinations and pastiches. The growth of consumerism and instant gratification has also had a huge impact on visual art. Consumers now want novelty. They also want entertainment and spectacle. Here we see the work of Hunter-Biden fulfilling all of these requirements, and then some.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @El Dato

    "The Evolution of My Art: Hunter Biden - A Postmodernist's Adventure"

    Perfect postmodernism. - Go with the flow!

    , @Polistra
    @El Dato


    Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville
     
    Sounds legit
    , @kaganovitch
    @El Dato

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Riegelsville is a small Pennsylvania town of some 850 souls. Needless to say it has no University.

    Replies: @Pierre de Craon, @JMcG

  27. @Polistra
    Speaking of lying and cheating, here's "Chicago Pharmacist"

    https://i.ibb.co/xSz3YKV/Screenshot-20210817-235156-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    In his defense, $10 is a decent price

    Replies: @anon, @Kjr, @Mike Tre, @Squid, @Alden, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Pierre de Craon

    Tangtang Zhao

    iirc Zhao means they can have jewish heritage, believe it or not

    • LOL: IHTG
    • Replies: @Polistra
    @anon

    I'll wait for Jack to come round and deliver a deliver a definitive pronouncement on the topic but meanwhile the bargain price augurs against your theory.

    , @StAugustine
    @anon

    In fact yes. A college friend, jewish, married a chinese chick from one of the other lines, and he was surprised to find the history of her surname.

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

    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @anon

    (((GONG)))

    Replies: @Anonymous

  28. Nick Diaz [AKA "Rockford Tyson"] says:

    “So, the U.S. had every right to engage in a butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition to overthrow the Kabul regime, which we succeeded in doing in a couple of months.”

    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face(“Nah….we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound”).

    Winning battles is *irrelevant* . Battles are just means to win wars, and they are only useful if they do it. Some times, you win simply by not fighting, which is how Rome, under the wise leadership of Fabius Maximus, finally defeated Hannibal: by slowly grinding his army out of resources, until he was weak enough that Cornelius Scipio finished him.

    Saying that America went on a “successful” punitive raid on the Taliban after 9/11 is ridiculous. Sure, America is a much bigger military than they are, and have vastly superior air power. They couldn’t win straight out, so they did what the nomads and mountain tribesmen have always done when confronted by very powerful regular armies: they run to the mountains(or the woods), separate into small groups so that you can’t get them all in one place and finish them all at once, and proceed to a long war of attrition with endless raids and retreats to wear the powerful regular military down. This is also how the Spaniards weakened Napoleon’s army to a point that it would be be only a matter of time before the other Great Powers of Europe finished him. The “Spanish Ulcer” effectively ended Napoleon.

    If the stated strategic goal of the U.S government was to punish the Taliban for hiding Bin Laden, then they failed at it. Toppling an established government with all it’s apparatus is *exactly* what a powerful regular military is designed to do. At that, the U.S succeeded. But it dis not defeat the Taliban or destroy it, which would be the true punishment. Because losing a Presidential Palace means *nothing* to guerrilla warlords. They simply go back to the mountains and regroup. So how was the U.S successful in “punishing” the Taliban? Because you ousted them from being the “official” government? Again, meaningless. Utterly meaningless. Truly punishing them would be hunting them down and killing each and every single of them, or at least destroying their entire leadership and communication to a point where they would disband for good. Ousting them from Cabul did NOTHING.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz


    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face(“Nah….we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound”).
     
    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn't doing what you claim he's doing.

    Replies: @anon, @Reg Cæsar, @Nick Diaz

    , @kaganovitch
    @Nick Diaz

    Because losing a Presidential Palace means *nothing* to guerrilla warlords.

    If it actually meant *nothing* to them, what were they doing in the Presidential Palace in the first place and for that matter why are they returning now?

  29. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

  30. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/SumElseThing1/status/1427317079515009030?s=20

    Replies: @El Dato

    ThreadReader:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1427317079515009030.html

    For some reason, Jack’s blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what’s happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.

    • Agree: Mike_from_SGV
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @El Dato

    "For some reason, Jack’s blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what’s happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread."

    Yes, same here - on an android mobile. Damn annoying. Still OK on a laptop/desktop.

    I've not tried this yet, but it may be worth a go, makes your browser appear like a desktop to a website

    https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/google/114764-make-android-browser-desktop-browser


    Here's what you do:

    1. In the address bar, type: about:debug and hit return
    This might look like it hasn't done anything, but head to the settings menu and you'll find new options there.

    2. You're looking for a new menu called UAString. Open up UAString and select Desktop.

    3. Return to your browser and head back to that pesky page.


     

    , @Kjr
    @El Dato

    Yup. Twitter is demanding logins.

    As for the rest, I scrolled down quuckly and alighted upon Osho, who I'm always glad to listen to...on 2X the speed. I'm curious to know what he said, but looking into his dead eyes for a solid minute as he composes his hindu thoughts in English is a bit much.

    Considering his seeming philosophy of happiness in the here and now why does he always seem so.....dead?

    May as well ask how Jordan Peterson, a dude who had to get himself med-evacd to Russia in a drug coma has the nerve to walk around drooping his melted face before a bunch of nerds lecturing them on how to get their lives in order. (Don't even ask about his daughter snd the rest of his hypochondriac family - that's what to many black pills will do.

    Or how Nietzsche lived as such an untermentch.

    Could be an issue of, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach".

    It's like all those psychiatrists who embody pure insanity, and all those sexual purity zealots caught with their willies in somebody else's dinner. Or all those professional parents whose kids kill themselves. Or others. (She's her kids' mom!)

    Puritans are the least pure, and antiracists are the most racist.

    Always has been true. Always will be.

    , @Indiana Jack
    @El Dato

    Try using a different browser. I started getting the same result yesterday, but when I opened Twitter in different browser (Firefox instead of Chrome), I was able to open the same threads with no problem. Maybe we are allowed to view a certain number of threads without being logged in but have to log in after we reach that number, similar to how some sites allow people to view 3 free articles per month but require a subscription to view more than that.

    Replies: @El Dato, @YetAnotherAnon

    , @Mandrill with a hand drill
    @El Dato

    Removing cookies related to twitter fixes it for now. Then just Ctrl+F5 the page. It suggests that twitter applies the login page when you exceed a number of guest views.

    Replies: @Anon

  31. Considering how unimaginably inept the Americans are, do we really have any reason to believe that Bin Laden planned 9/11?

    No. I know Bush didn’t do it.

    They were the guys we eventually said they are. But is there evidence that they were sent by Bin Laden?

    The fact that Bush named Bin Laden so quickly is what’s odd. I recall a number of groups taking credit for it as soon as it happened. And of course once the US blamed Bin Laden there was no going back.

    Anyway, that’s my question.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @Kjr

    The issue there is this: what was Al Qaeda? It was a database run by the CIA listing Muslim mercenaries they liked to hire to do gay ops.

    , @Intelligent Dasein
    @Kjr


    The fact that Bush named Bin Laden so quickly is what’s odd.
     
    I remember thinking the same thing at the time. The kneejerk reaction to blame Bin Laden seemed rather abrupt, but there is a rational explanation for it.

    Up until 9/11, the Cheney-Neocon faction of the American military-intelligence apparatus (basically all of it) considered al-Qaeda to be little more than a third-rate "asset." The fact that this dog slipped its leash and turned against its master (or, rather, showed that it had never been its master's dog in the first place) proved very embarrassing for them. They had no response to the terrorist attack and did not bother to prevent it, this despite the fact that at least two foreign governments---Russia and Israel---had warned America what was about to happen, and their own internal intelligence communiques had suggested the same.

    In brief, America's entire security service was caught playing pocket pool on 9/11. They realized right away that they already had in their possession all the information they needed to head off the attack, but they just couldn't be bothered to actually do it. They were mortally afraid that the American people would realize this and clamor for their heads. The instant naming of Bin Laden was a bit of panicky ass-covering, similar to how an employee who lies to you about why he's missing work will start dishing out reasons and justifications you aren't even asking for---he's preempting the searching questions his guilty conscience knows he can't answer.

    There was a massive coverup on 9/11, but it was only the government covering for itself. In doing this, they miscalculated once again. In their own world, the Washington world, things like national security are at least nominally important. Hypocrisy being the tribute that vice pays to virtue, you at least have to make a show of competence even where none exists. They had no understanding of the larger culture outside the bubble they live in, so they radically "misunderestimated" the extent to which the American people neither knew nor cared anything about how national security works. Naming Bin Laden---belatedly but with great emphasis---is exactly the sort of thing every low level CIA flunky would do to save his job in the wake of the biggest American intelligence disaster in living memory. Knowing nothing but this CYA culture, the intelligence service as a whole attempted the same maneuver in order to head off the wrath of what they were sure would be a furious American citizenry.

    But the citizenry only stared blankly, then sat up and cheered the incompetents. If you remember the culture at that time, it was almost Neronic in its crass materialism and flabby carelessness. The average American had no idea who al-Qaeda even was. Everyone was riding the excesses of the tech bubble and their only concern was their fantasy football pool and which brand of California chardonnay to adorn their new granite countertops with. Instead of demanding accountability from their government, Americans decided to reward the same losers with an unprecedented of power and domestic policing authority. Enter here the Patriot Act, the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Enter here the jingoistic barroom ballads of Toby Keith, flag lapel pins, and color-coded "terror alerts." It was a pathetic attempt to do something about our "existential crisis" without disturbing the party atmosphere.

    Everything that followed was utterly predictable from these antecedents, including our recent humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan. The good news is, many Americans started paying more attention and had largely figured out the incompetence by the 2006 midterms. The bad news is that the ruling class incredibly managed to hang on without reversing policy for another decade and a half.
  32. anon[256] • Disclaimer says:

    The game theory is simple enough: As the end grew nigh, Afghan elites, seeing their gravy train was almost through, became even more rapacious and stole almost all the pay of soldiers and policemen. Moreover, no poor dumb Afghan is dumb enough to want to be the last man killed fighting to make Biden’s exit strategy look more graceful, especially since they weren’t paying him anymore.

    It’s also likely that the Biden Administration and or the Afghan government cut some sort of deal with the Taliban, and this was either formally communicated or leaked down the chain of command to the Afghan regulars.

  33. ” ….. The Deep State …. is real … and it’s inept …”.

    And, unfortunately, it’s also Omnipotent and Omnipresent.

    And The Economist magazine is the earthly messenger and prophet of this Black God.

  34. Even though I don’t have your I.Q., I already figured all of this out about 15 years ago. Nine days to Sunday, to parallel Schumer, I kept hearing six to nine months on teevee, and sarcastically retorted to the idiots’ box, “How about nine days?” The details, I concede, keep getting filled in, but the general outline has been clear for a long time. Too bad you can fool most of the people, most of the time. That occurred to me when I was 14 years old having Lincoln’s peroration taught to us. Now that’s a long time ago.

  35. @anon
    @Polistra


    Tangtang Zhao
     
    iirc Zhao means they can have jewish heritage, believe it or not

    Replies: @Polistra, @StAugustine, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I’ll wait for Jack to come round and deliver a deliver a definitive pronouncement on the topic but meanwhile the bargain price augurs against your theory.

  36. @El Dato
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not this one


    The Evolution of my Art by: Hunter-Biden: A Postmodernist's Adventure

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Hardcover – July 24, 2021 - USD 250.
    Paperback - USD 29.95

    This is an exclusive look at the work of Hunter-Biden, a new and yet highly recognizable talent. Ever since Neo-Dada, postmodernists have enjoyed mixing things up - or injecting novel elements into traditional forms - to create new combinations and pastiches. The growth of consumerism and instant gratification has also had a huge impact on visual art. Consumers now want novelty. They also want entertainment and spectacle. Here we see the work of Hunter-Biden fulfilling all of these requirements, and then some.

     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Polistra, @kaganovitch

    “The Evolution of My Art: Hunter Biden – A Postmodernist’s Adventure”

    Perfect postmodernism. – Go with the flow!

  37. @El Dato
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not this one


    The Evolution of my Art by: Hunter-Biden: A Postmodernist's Adventure

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Hardcover – July 24, 2021 - USD 250.
    Paperback - USD 29.95

    This is an exclusive look at the work of Hunter-Biden, a new and yet highly recognizable talent. Ever since Neo-Dada, postmodernists have enjoyed mixing things up - or injecting novel elements into traditional forms - to create new combinations and pastiches. The growth of consumerism and instant gratification has also had a huge impact on visual art. Consumers now want novelty. They also want entertainment and spectacle. Here we see the work of Hunter-Biden fulfilling all of these requirements, and then some.

     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Polistra, @kaganovitch

    Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Sounds legit

  38. @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    “I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…”

    In that part of the world, trains are so packed that passengers ride on top of the roof, and also clinging to the outside. The guys clinging to the outside of the jet made an analogy in their 83-IQ minds.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Kjr, @Jack D

    I wrote what you wrote here (rather low IQ men making a simple but not quite right analogy between riding on top of trains and riding on top of an airplane).

    My comment on a rather right-wing German blog did not get published though – never mention group differences… – the holy grail of – humanists throughout the West.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Dieter Kief

    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° F or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life. Or that a 480 kt wind isn’t something you can withstand? They might have heard stories of flying carpets and figured it’s all the same thing.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @AnotherDad

    , @al gore rhythms
    @Dieter Kief

    Maybe they thought Westerners wouldn't take off if they knew people were hanging off the side? Or maybe they'd been watching action films? Pretty sure Bruce Willis does this sort of thing all the time, or used to.

  39. Anonymous[216] • Disclaimer says:

    In the Hanania thread you link to it mentions “running over kids” in Afghanistan.

    I’m not squeamish but sharing a coke and a cigarette with a soldier describing to me how cool it was running over taxis on crowded Baghdad streets was a bit much for me.

    And he could not have been clearer about his hope to be commanded to rule America the same way.

    His wife joined us. She is of course a corrections officer.

    Those who know, know.

    The rest of you have no idea what you are doing when you support people who sign up to use weapons against their fellow citizens.

    Conscripted soldiers are one thing.

    But people who SIGN UP to be police, or soldiers or correctional officers (like Omar Mateen) are the LAST people we want to do those jobs.

    I’m sure many soldiers are reading this and I welcome your disagreement.I am fully aware that most soldiers are honorable. And you have every right to say so.

    If you are the wife of a big city police officer reading this — you did it to yourself honey. Hopefully you’ll survive The Big One.

    • Agree: El Dato
    • Thanks: Bill Jones
    • Replies: @Altai
    @Anonymous


    I’m not squeamish but sharing a coke and a cigarette with a soldier describing to me how cool it was running over taxis on crowded Baghdad streets was a bit much for me.
     
    As Biden finding his 'inner Pat Buchanan' getting mad at Pashtun ANA units not fighting to the death for a foreign occupation, as Steve put it makes clear, Afghan lives don't matter. (Except when they file spurious asylum claims then the same people who sleep soundly while advocating 500lb bomb drops will screech about them) Which is why regardless of what happens, this issue won't haunt Biden. American voters didn't want to continue being there and they don't much care what happens to Afghans or Afghanistan. And really, his only mistake was going with his instinct that the military were trying to trap him there by requesting extra troops to oversee the evacuation. Those are generally good instincts.

    It reminds me of an interview I once saw of an English cockney soldier discussing the Suez invasion. He mused that they didn't really take much notice of the Egyptians or civilian casualties, to them they were just 'wogs' not people.

  40. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/WTAE/status/1427679166829301770

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR

    How long before the first sharia killing of a lesbian rabbi?

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Polistra

    Some time after many killings of ordinary people who have the misfortune to live near to where the refugees are transplanted.

  41. Lying isn’t just bad for the soul, it’s bad for effectiveness at dealing with reality.

    This premise weakens the idea of the deep state. All kinds of evil follow from the premise already. So after this premise, the words deep state could even be read as ironic. – By the rather grim few.

    (Great column btw.).

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @Dieter Kief

    The deep state does not run on dark art skills. They run on an enormous bankroll. If there were some shame inherent in selling out to these cocksuckers they couldn't accomplish squat.

  42. @Polistra


    By hosting Osama bin Laden (although no evidence has since emerged that they knew of this specific enormity ahead of time).
     
    Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There's no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either. Sacrilege to say it, of course.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico, @dearieme, @Jack D, @Peter Akuleyev

    “Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There’s no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either.” and doubt as to whether he was killed or died of natural causes, or whether he was dead before 2011, as Benazir Bhutto claimed.

    • Agree: Paul Jolliffe
    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    @Ron Mexico

    Pretty sure Benazir Bhutto stopped having an opinion about whether Osama was dead in 2007.

  43. @Polistra


    By hosting Osama bin Laden (although no evidence has since emerged that they knew of this specific enormity ahead of time).
     
    Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There's no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either. Sacrilege to say it, of course.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico, @dearieme, @Jack D, @Peter Akuleyev

    Here’s what I know/don’t know about the topic.

    (i) Maybe OBL organised 9/11.

    (ii) The men who did it were overwhelmingly Saudis – they weren’t Afghans.

    (iii) They had trained – where? Pakistan largely? A bit in Afghanistan? Florida, certainly. Funded by whom? Saudis, presumably.

    (iv) When the US attacked Afghanistan it’s not even clear – is it? – that OBL was in that country.

    (v) When, years later, the USA purportedly attacked Pakistan to kill OBL, did they? Was it fake? (The photo of US bigwigs allegedly watching events on TV must surely be bogus.)

    (vi) Had he died years before from an illness? Did they really remove his body at dump it at sea?

    These add up to a pretty odd basis for spending one or two trillion dollars.

    • Replies: @Redmen
    @dearieme

    Sidney Hersh wrote a pretty persuasive piece back in 2011/2012 which argued that OBL was definitely not killed by the US in the purported Pakistan raid. This "heroic" narrative was almost certainly created entirely by the Obama administration and other deep state denizens.

    The fact no photo was taken of OBL and that his body was immediately "dumped in the ocean" says all you need to know. Imagine the FBI (or any law enforcement agency) handling the capture of someone at the top of their "most wanted" list.

    But the MSM bought that whopper hook, line and sinker with zero curiosity. That was one of the biggest eye openers about the pervasive rot of the mass media and where it was headed.

    Replies: @El Dato, @pyrrhus, @utu

    , @Bill Jones
    @dearieme

    And among the things that you know/don't know are the things that you know that aren't so.

    But thanks for the laugh.

  44. Scott Ritter is not happy about the Gordian Deknotter in Chief:

    Joe Biden’s speech on the Afghanistan catastrophe was a despicable and insulting exercise in avoiding responsibility

    The efficacy of the US training mission in Afghanistan will be the subject of intense debate for years to come, with many people rightly pointing out it was a bridge too far from the get go. This may be true. But the reality is that the Afghan military did fight, and die, in the 20-year struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Nearly 60,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers lost their lives in combat during America’s 20-year war there. Hundreds of thousands of others were wounded. These figures do not include casualties incurred in the latest round of fighting.

    Yes, the US trained a standing force of some 300,000 Afghans ostensibly organized and equipped to wage war against the Taliban. The reality is, however, that the vast majority of these troops were poorly trained, poorly equipped, and abysmally led. They would provide a presence if they were backed up by either US, NATO, or elite Afghan special forces, but void of that, they melted away at the first sign of adversity–and this was before the recent collapse. The US did train tens of thousands of elite commandos, organized as military (under the Defense Ministry) or paramilitary (under the Afghan intelligence service) forces. These units were involved in extremely intense fighting against the Taliban and suffered extremely high casualties as a result.

    I bet there were also fun scene in quiet cellars.

    Replacing a conscript Afghan soldier is not difficult; replacing a combat-hardened Afghan commando is virtually impossible. When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, we left these elite forces alone to fight the Taliban. Lacking US logistical support, these forces found themselves cut-off, out of food, water, and ammunition, and subsequently destroyed. They could not be replaced. The Afghan military that could fight the Taliban did, in fact, fight the Taliban, often to the death. This does not excuse the hundreds of thousands of Afghan conscripts who subsequently melted away without a fight.

    For Joe Biden to stand in front of the American people and not acknowledge the last true measure given by the elite Afghan forces we trained to carry on a fight we started is beyond despicable. It is, literally, conduct unbecoming a commander in chief.

    Plus, persistent rumors say that Old Osama was dead by 2002 and that “the big Obama raid” just blew away a helicopter of local expendables and no special forces were even there.

    When you realize that they were really looking at one of Hunter’s numerous laptops, you can suddenly understand the facial expressions:

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @El Dato

    Agent Osama gets reset.

    , @Almost Missouri
    @El Dato

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aiUK3hDTJiU/TdOE6PCZKhI/AAAAAAAAAAQ/Ti-KBk4Or_k/s1600/Osama+Snuff+Vid+2.jpg

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @El Dato

    That was such a DEM, staged picture: "Now everyone face the dot on the wall and look deeply concerned."

    When it comes to phony expression-making, HRC is nowhere near as good as her "husband".

  45. @Harry Baldwin
    @Anonymous

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    And we have now bequeathed those people an air force. Let the laughs begin!

    Replies: @El Dato, @Paperback Writer

    If Chinese and Russian consultants are not there RIGHT NOW taking notes and samples someone isn’t doing their job.

    • Replies: @From Beer to Paternity
    @El Dato

    If Chinese and Russian consultants are not there RIGHT NOW taking notes and samples someone isn’t doing their job.

    Sure, they're there, those nosy foreign intel types, but we didn't leave the Afghans our best stuff in country, so they won't learn much there. The real intel hauls are happening right here in the good ol' USA.

    China won't learn much about US technology or strategy in Afghanistan that they can't learn in the US. They have total access to our research universities and much of our defense industry. The Russians are pikers compared to the Chinese when it comes to harvesting intel in the US; there aren't nearly as many Russian-allied types in the US as there are CCP loyalists.

    We have a lot of cash. Our opponents have loyalty.

    Replies: @AnotherDad, @Richard B

  46. Anonymous[886] • Disclaimer says:

    butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition

    There’s the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a ‘democracy building’ project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.

    • Agree: The Griffins
    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @Anonymous

    And antisemites

    Replies: @ben tillman, @Anonymous

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Anonymous

    Agree, but to be fair, for the first few years the people who ran the Afghanistan invasion explicitly disavowed ‘democracy building’ there (they saved that for Iraq). It took until the Obama election in 2008 for the redemption theology to take over Afghanistan's occupiers, and by then it had mutated into 'human rights' and 'empowering women'.

    , @Anonymous
    @Anonymous


    There’s the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this
     
    You left another group of people who opposed the war: those who understood that 9/11 was justifiable retaliation for America’s complicity in the Jewish conquest of Palestine and for America’s related interference and violence across the Middle East.
    , @ben tillman
    @Anonymous


    There’s the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a ‘democracy building’ project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.
     
    I never encountered either type of person. As far as I could tell, the primary opponents were Lew Rockwell libertarians and the White Right (Original Dissent et al.).
  47. @Anonymous
    I just learned that retard basketball has been an actual official sport at the Paralympic Games, in addition to wheelchair basketball.

    Apparently there was a scandal at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney where Spain's team of non-retards took the gold in retard basketball:

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-2021-scandals-spain-paralympics-2000-sydney-games-051520629.html

    While the long history of the modern Olympic Games is peppered with all kinds of cheating scandals, the Paralympic Games, established in 1960 and reserved for athletes with disabilities, have also not been able to escape attempts at fraud. The most famous and revolting of them undoubtedly occurred during the Sydney Games in 2000.

    In addition to traditional wheelchair basketball, the Paralympic Games in 2000 hosted another basketball tournament, reserved for the mentally disabled. According to the Cite source site, the Paralympic Committee had set an intellectual quotient (IQ) threshold at 70 to be considered mentally disabled and eligible to participate in the competition...

    The deception was finally exposed with a bang in November 2000, when one of the players from the victorious team in Sydney, Carlos Ribagorda, spoke publicly. He revealed he was a journalist for the financial newspaper Capital, joined the team in 1999, and did not suffer from any intellectual disability...

    During their entire Paralympic journey, most of the Spanish players pretended to have an intellectual disability. This ubiquitous situation had led to some awkward moments. “In the second half of our first game, we easily scored 30 points,” says Ribagorda, as quoted by the Huffington Post. The coach then told us, half laughing and half serious, to lower our feet a little, because otherwise it would show ...”

    Going even further in his accusations, Ribagorda also confirmed that at least five other athletes from the Spanish delegation, as well as several athletes of different nationalities who took part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, in reality had “no mental or physical handicap.” These revelations could not go unanswered and the Spanish Paralympic Committee quickly opened an investigation, with overwhelming conclusions: ten of the twelve gold medalists had an IQ above 70.
     

    Replies: @Dumbo, @TorontoTraveller, @magila, @Danindc, @bro3886

    But how retarded to you have to be to pretend to be a retard to win a gold in retard basketball… ?

    I mean, seriously, just let the disabled play among themselves. What’s the point of “winning” like that?

    Then again, the same applies to “transgender” females competing in female sports.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Dumbo

    "Oh, what's this -- an Olympic medal? Is it real?"
    "Yes it is. Not quite Olympic though. But very nearly, I'd say. Very near."
    "Impressive! And what sport was this?"

    Retard basketball.

  48. @Houston 1992
    @Whiskey

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world's electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada .......so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then .....

    Replies: @Anonymouse, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Spud Boy, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    >China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada …….

    I believe this view is mistaken. Not China, but wealthy Chinese who are buying nice condos for their children and/or for themselves. Why? Because they know that making BIG BUX in China depends on cutting corners, bribery and sucking up to the authorities and praying that their competitors don’t denounce them. This MO is ubiquitous in China, also has been and probably always will. Here in Austin one of the biggest high rises was built with Chinese money (a Chinese friend told me that). All the apartments have been sold the titles held by anonymous LLPs and LLC’s obviously Chinese nationals according to the Travis County Property rolls. And no one lives there: 3 or 4 of the hundreds of balconies have furniture. Not a stick of furniture on 95%+ of the balconies. No lights on at night. That is not China, that is wealthy Chinese who know full well how dangerous it is to make money in China. Think Jack Ma.

    • Replies: @Passerby60
    @Anonymouse

    Textbook projection. I'll say that it's pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel insecure about his monies.

    A simple explanation is that capitalism is not running wild in China, and the wealthy people there cannot buy land, and can only buy 2 or 3 private properties with 60 years' lease, therefore some of them invest in other countries. The wealthy people in the US can and had bought up most of the prime estates and farmlands of the country because there is no limitations - and this is how empires traditionally end their lives.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Anonymouse

  49. @R.G. Camara
    Steve, perhaps one of your best. Bravo. Not perfect, but excellent nonetheless. This quote in particular struck me:

    To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.
     
    Future historians may well seize upon that quote as emblematic of the late-stage rot that doomed the nation.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @James Speaks

    “To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.”

    About masks, social distancing, lockdowns, forced fake vaccinations….

    We’re going on 18 months of mandatory mask wearing. Should it just be forever Steve? Forever, right?

    • Thanks: Stan d Mute
    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @Mike Tre

    Go Gault or go Kaczynski or bend over and take it up the rear.

    (I myself am doing Gault at the moment.)

  50. @Reg Cæsar

    That president turned out to be Joe Biden, who unleashed his inner Pat Buchanan in a startlingly lucid speech Monday denouncing our former allies in Afghanistan for not caring enough to fight:
     
    From lurid to lucid in a trice. Is this the calm before the storm, or whatever medical people call that sudden moment of clarity before the mind is lost for good?

    Our Culture of Lying
     
    "It may be remarked that the harsh opinion of Machiavelli has been more widespread in England and the United States than in the nations of Continental Europe. This is no doubt natural, because the distinguishing quality of Anglo-Saxon politics has always been hypocrisy, and hypocrisy must always be at pains to shy away from the truth."

    James Burnham, The Machiavellians

    Replies: @Anonymous

    A true disciple Machiavelli would publicly denounce Machiavelli.

  51. The Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden if the US produced evidence of guilt. But none provided. That doesn’t stop the brainwashed people of the world from believing the narrative of the US.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Passerby60


    The Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden if the US produced evidence of guilt. But none provided. That doesn’t stop the brainwashed people of the world from believing the narrative of the US.
     
    Neither did the US offer any evidence to NATO to justify them invoking article 5.
  52. Looks like Ron Unz, Steve Sailer and Greg Cochran have some worthy company pushing Covid hysteria:

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @RichardTaylor

    Just look at the guy, Richard. He used to be able to run through airport terminals! Now, look at him, between the COVID ... well, and the jail time, the weight of 2 murders on his conscience and the TSA who at this point MAY just be in shape to tackle him were he to do this again... he's just a shell of his former self.

    Opt out of what, BTW? What's he blabbing about?

  53. OT, but might it be possible we will get served literally Captain America for the next presidential elections?

    Chris Evans goes full Captain America, assembling a cavalcade of warmongering Washington avengers to discuss the Middle East

    In 2017, the dreamy Evans founded a civic media organization called A Starting Point, which, he claims without irony, is “non-partisan”. Thankfully for humanity, on August 31, A Starting Point will air a new six-part series titled ‘Influence and Power in the Middle East’ in which “experts” will discuss Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Palestine.

    I was hoping it would feature such Captain America-adjacent luminaries as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and The Hulk, but unfortunately, the line-up of speakers is considerably less impressive. It features a cavalcade of archaic establishment asses such as George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, former Secretary of Defense and CIA director Leon Panetta, and everybody’s favorite raving lunatic and former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton.

    Apparently, former CIA operative Will Hurd is going to host these discussions. One can only hope his experience ‘hosting’ detainees during torture sessions in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be replicated with these vile villains.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

  54. @Polistra
    Speaking of lying and cheating, here's "Chicago Pharmacist"

    https://i.ibb.co/xSz3YKV/Screenshot-20210817-235156-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    In his defense, $10 is a decent price

    Replies: @anon, @Kjr, @Mike Tre, @Squid, @Alden, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Pierre de Craon

    Oooof. I’m gonna have to troll button you there.

    You’re on the wrong side of this one.

    He needs no defense except for charging those \$10.

    Those cards are just another brick in the wall.

  55. @Anonymouse
    @Houston 1992

    >China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada …….

    I believe this view is mistaken. Not China, but wealthy Chinese who are buying nice condos for their children and/or for themselves. Why? Because they know that making BIG BUX in China depends on cutting corners, bribery and sucking up to the authorities and praying that their competitors don't denounce them. This MO is ubiquitous in China, also has been and probably always will. Here in Austin one of the biggest high rises was built with Chinese money (a Chinese friend told me that). All the apartments have been sold the titles held by anonymous LLPs and LLC's obviously Chinese nationals according to the Travis County Property rolls. And no one lives there: 3 or 4 of the hundreds of balconies have furniture. Not a stick of furniture on 95%+ of the balconies. No lights on at night. That is not China, that is wealthy Chinese who know full well how dangerous it is to make money in China. Think Jack Ma.

    Replies: @Passerby60

    Textbook projection. I’ll say that it’s pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel insecure about his monies.

    A simple explanation is that capitalism is not running wild in China, and the wealthy people there cannot buy land, and can only buy 2 or 3 private properties with 60 years’ lease, therefore some of them invest in other countries. The wealthy people in the US can and had bought up most of the prime estates and farmlands of the country because there is no limitations – and this is how empires traditionally end their lives.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Passerby60

    Well, they ARE communist. It's written right there on the tin!

    China wants to curb excessive incomes & get the rich to contribute more to society

    Contribute more to society == "We will allocate some of the resources under your management and bring them under OUR management"

    , @Anonymouse
    @Passerby60

    reply to my comment: "Textbook projection. I’ll say that it’s pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel(s) insecure about his monies."

    May I point out that all investors feel insecure about their money?

    Buying a condo for an astronomical price as is the case now in Austin is not an investment. Or if you wish a bad investment. The property taxes are astronomical. The objective is to have a bolt-hole. The owner doesn't even get the benefit of living in a handsome high rise. Jack Ma was one of the richest if not the richest Chinese businessman of all. No one knows where he is now - prison perhaps.

    Replies: @Jack D

  56. There aren’t that many Chinese home buyers where I live, although there are an enormous number where my cousins grew up, Arcadia, CA. Instead, around me, there are tons of semi-rich and bodyguard types (for the truly rich who are buying up Bel-Air) from the gold chains and track suits parts of the world: Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Iran, Turkey, Israel, etc.

    • Replies: @Daniel H
    @Steve Sailer


    There aren’t that many Chinese home buyers where I live, although there are an enormous number where my cousins grew up, Arcadia, CA.
     
    Wow. A white American man that grew up in San Fernando and had cousins (white, presumably) in Arcadia. The coming, fast upon us, future will not believe that.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    I've read about these types from you for years, but just recently ran into whom I think may be the one of the guys you've been writing about. He pulled up to the viewpoint at the National Park wearing a blue velvet suit with a dumb look kinda built into his face. (I'm sure that look doesn't prove anything and maybe just looks "dumb" to me.)

    I was not impressed at all. I'd rather live with Chinese neighbors, as corrupt as many are, and even with some decent black people, over these velvet track suit dufuses. OK, well, if we're talking my neighborhood directly, it'd go Chinese, dumb-looking track suit guys, then black people. (Got more in common with decent black people than those velvet suit guys, though.)

    Yes, to the other commenters, Chinese people are buying up parts of the US, business, real estate, you name it. That's what happens when you don't make much besides currency out of thin air.

    Replies: @Thoughts

    , @Corvinus
    @Steve Sailer

    "Granted, Afghanistan is a crummy country with a comically awful culture."

    The embodiment of the culture of lying, iSteve. Thanks for contributing.

    "To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses."

    It's a matter of according to Who/Whom.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @Steve Sailer

    Good news for you is that Afghans are also members of the "gold chain and track suit" part of the world. And if Ghani managed to get out with $169 million in cash, I am sure there are other fine upstanding Afghani parliament members who have squirreled a fair amount of assets away over the past 20 years and who will soon be looking for some Bel Air real estate as well. After all, Dari and Farsi are basically the same language.

    Replies: @El Dato

  57. Many black women come in for well-deserved criticism in iSteve‘s columns.

    One should not forget to acknowledge black women who have taken unpopular stands that deserve respect.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Lee
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/107-2001/h342

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney#September_11_attacks

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

    [MORE]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Lee
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/107-2001/h342

    “Lee gained national attention in 2001 as the only member of congress to vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), stating that she voted no not because she opposed military action but because she believed the AUMF, as written, granted the president overly broad powers to wage war at a time when the facts regarding the situation were not yet clear. She “warned her colleagues to be ‘careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target’”. Lee has said:

    … It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the September 11 events—anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit. In granting these overly broad powers, the Congress failed its responsibility to understand the dimensions of its declaration. I could not support such a grant of war-making authority to the president; I believe it would put more innocent lives at risk. The president has the constitutional authority to protect the nation from further attack, and he has mobilized the armed forces to do just that. The Congress should have waited for the facts to be presented and then acted with fuller knowledge of the consequences of our action.

    … Her vote made national news and a large and extremely polarized response, with the volume of calls gridlocking the switchboard of her Capitol Hill office. Although it appears to have reflected the beliefs of the majority of her constituents, the majority of responses from elsewhere in the nation were angry and hostile, some calling her “communist” and a “traitor”. Many of the responses included death threats against her or her family to the point that the Capitol Police provided round-the-clock plainclothes bodyguards.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney#September_11_attacks

    “… McKinney gained national attention for remarks she made following the September 11 attacks in 2001. She asserted that the United States had “numerous warnings of the events to come” and called for an investigation. She enquired in a radio interview: “What did this administration know and when did it know it?”[27] She said that US President George W. Bush may have been aware and allowed them to happen.”

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

    “… Jordan is also known for her work as chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which recommended reducing legal immigration by approximately one-third.

    … From 1994 until her death, Jordan chaired the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. The commission recommended that total immigration be cut by one-third to approximately 550,000 per year. The commission supported increasing enforcement against undocumented migrants and their employers, eliminating visa preferences for siblings and adult children of U.S. citizens, and ending unskilled immigration except for refugees and nuclear families. The commission’s report to Congress said that it was “a right and responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest” …”

    • Agree: El Dato, Mr. Anon
  58. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Iran closing Hormuz would incur the wrath of the whole world. Don’t count on it.

  59. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    ThreadReader:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1427317079515009030.html

    For some reason, Jack's blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what's happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Kjr, @Indiana Jack, @Mandrill with a hand drill

    “For some reason, Jack’s blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what’s happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.”

    Yes, same here – on an android mobile. Damn annoying. Still OK on a laptop/desktop.

    I’ve not tried this yet, but it may be worth a go, makes your browser appear like a desktop to a website

    https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/google/114764-make-android-browser-desktop-browser

    Here’s what you do:

    1. In the address bar, type: about:debug and hit return
    This might look like it hasn’t done anything, but head to the settings menu and you’ll find new options there.

    2. You’re looking for a new menu called UAString. Open up UAString and select Desktop.

    3. Return to your browser and head back to that pesky page.

  60. @Reg Cæsar
    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden's memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he's endorsed that way. But you'd think Hunter would be right up his alley. (And I'm assuming he voted for Hunter's dad.)


    John V Petrocelli's new book has somewhat of a waiting list at our library system. Has anybody here read it, or watched his TED Talk? Is he to be trusted?


    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250271624


    Steve is no potty-mouth, otherwise the title might be good for his œuvre, too.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Daniel H

    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden’s memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he’s endorsed that way

    I suspect that Stephen King hasn’t even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.

    • Replies: @Seneca44
    @Daniel H

    Stephen King even made it as the butt of a cut away joke on Family Guy:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMZONL8x8NE

    , @Alfa158
    @Daniel H

    Stephen King is the primitive AI.
    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.
    The mystery writer was driven to distraction by the fact that he would get stuck and have to think about what he was going to write next, while on the other side of the office he heard the relentless peckata-peckata-peckata-ding! of Silverberg cranking out copy. Eventually the mystery writer gave up the arrangement and resumed writing at home.
    In my few failed attempts to actually plow through a King product, I decided that must be how King works as well.

    Replies: @El Dato, @J.Ross, @kaganovitch

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Daniel H


    I suspect that Stephen King hasn’t even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.
     
    I thought the two shorter early novels I read were excessively wordy. (Supermarkets should really sell novels by weight.) His short stories were better because of the discipline of word count.

    One thing critics have noticed is that he often uses brand names rather than generics. A character enters a "Ford", not a "car" or even a "sedan". One wonders if he has had product placement deals from the beginning. You'd almost expect someone to get a sliver from a plank of 84 Lumber.
  61. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    Dumb, but smart enough to get hired by the US Military.

  62. @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    “I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…”

    In that part of the world, trains are so packed that passengers ride on top of the roof, and also clinging to the outside. The guys clinging to the outside of the jet made an analogy in their 83-IQ minds.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Kjr, @Jack D

    I’m pretty sure it was more a matter of assuming they would jump off when the plane was 5 feet in the air.

    That seemed to be the general atmosphere.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Kjr

    For the plane to get even 5 feet in the air it would have to reach take off speed which for a large aircraft is going to be 150 -200 mph.
    Best of luck jumping off at that speed onto a concrete runway.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

  63. @Passerby60
    @Anonymouse

    Textbook projection. I'll say that it's pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel insecure about his monies.

    A simple explanation is that capitalism is not running wild in China, and the wealthy people there cannot buy land, and can only buy 2 or 3 private properties with 60 years' lease, therefore some of them invest in other countries. The wealthy people in the US can and had bought up most of the prime estates and farmlands of the country because there is no limitations - and this is how empires traditionally end their lives.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Anonymouse

    Well, they ARE communist. It’s written right there on the tin!

    China wants to curb excessive incomes & get the rich to contribute more to society

    Contribute more to society == “We will allocate some of the resources under your management and bring them under OUR management”

  64. @El Dato
    OT, but might it be possible we will get served literally Captain America for the next presidential elections?

    Chris Evans goes full Captain America, assembling a cavalcade of warmongering Washington avengers to discuss the Middle East

    In 2017, the dreamy Evans founded a civic media organization called A Starting Point, which, he claims without irony, is “non-partisan”. Thankfully for humanity, on August 31, A Starting Point will air a new six-part series titled ‘Influence and Power in the Middle East’ in which “experts” will discuss Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Palestine.

    I was hoping it would feature such Captain America-adjacent luminaries as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and The Hulk, but unfortunately, the line-up of speakers is considerably less impressive. It features a cavalcade of archaic establishment asses such as George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, former Secretary of Defense and CIA director Leon Panetta, and everybody’s favorite raving lunatic and former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton.

    ...


    Apparently, former CIA operative Will Hurd is going to host these discussions. One can only hope his experience ‘hosting’ detainees during torture sessions in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be replicated with these vile villains.
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Actor Chris Evans’ uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn’t count Evans out.

    It’s not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it’s hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP’s national ticket. He’s remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he’s much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks’ name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren’t too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn’t keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that’s not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned “How precisely is diversity our strength?”

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about \$4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    • Thanks: El Dato
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Steve Sailer

    How do you do these feats of data retrieval, Steve?

    https://i.postimg.cc/c1KbN6NL/Uncle-Albert-going-through-files.png

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Steve Sailer


    And it’s hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP’s national ticket.
     
    Based on this clip of insanity from The Eiger Sanction (1975), that timeline would be a lot more fun than this one:

    https://youtu.be/eAio-LcbHk0
    , @J.Ross
    @Steve Sailer

    >entertainmemt industry persepective

    Right, but it's a truism that when you see several directors (or, especially, a lot of writers) it all but guarantees that the film is hot garbage afforded lots of salvage attempts by the studio.

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Steve Sailer

    "lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner"

    Agreed. She is quite dreamy.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Steve Sailer


    Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers
     
    Aren't brothers (or sisters) the only ones even allowed to direct in tandem? Or has the union changed that rule? (Of course, "assistant" directors, like Patterson "co-"authors, probably do most of the work. But they are not thus credited.)

    Actor Chris Evans’ uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record.
     
    Public radio just played an interview with Barbara Lee (D-Cal), the Jeannette Rankin of Afghanistan. She voted against this:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorization_for_Use_of_Military_Force_of_2001

    Her "I told you so's" were refreshingly muted. It's not a thing on which you want to be right..

    Where was Ron Paul on 9/14/01? Why was she the only Cassandra?

    , @Mike Tre
    @Steve Sailer

    "who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, "

    Didn't see the other two, but GBG was bad. Like, really bad.

    , @Brutusale
    @Steve Sailer

    Mike Capuano's district was as left-leaning as any in America (D +35), but he won reelection a number of times because he carried the lefties' water. The fact that he's one of the biggest assholes in MA politics hurt him with the cat moms, so they get the bald black slumlord now.

    Funny that the consensus pick as the biggest asshole in Massachusetts politics is the current holder of Capuano's former office, Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone. Slumerville is so corrupt that pols can't even wait until they win the Big Chair to being strip-mining city resources.

    https://thesomervillenewsweekly.blog/2021/06/06/more-trouble-brewing-in-somerville-amongst-three-mayoral-candidates-including-mayor-curtatone/

  65. @Steve Sailer
    There aren't that many Chinese home buyers where I live, although there are an enormous number where my cousins grew up, Arcadia, CA. Instead, around me, there are tons of semi-rich and bodyguard types (for the truly rich who are buying up Bel-Air) from the gold chains and track suits parts of the world: Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Iran, Turkey, Israel, etc.

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Achmed E. Newman, @Corvinus, @Peter Akuleyev

    There aren’t that many Chinese home buyers where I live, although there are an enormous number where my cousins grew up, Arcadia, CA.

    Wow. A white American man that grew up in San Fernando and had cousins (white, presumably) in Arcadia. The coming, fast upon us, future will not believe that.

  66. It’s also possible that the ineptitude of the exit might stem in part from the deep state deciding to knife Biden in the back for shutting down their favorite route to career advancement.

    That’s not something I’d thought about, but I sure wouldn’t put it past them. That’s more likely after their having stonewalled and lied to the previous C.I.C., President Trump, as you wrote about.

    Regarding your final line:

    If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.

    We could have learned this from dozens of episodes in the past. Ask yourself when the last time the CIA not only DID anything competently but even SAW any important event coming – downfall of the USSR, anyone? They’ve all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War. They are good at one thing – holding onto power via what I’d guess is blackmail* more than anything.

    .

    * When you have access to the NSA spy network that can dig up anything from phone calls, messages or email between anyone, then there are not many people who cannot be blackmailed.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "They've all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War."

    Beginning with the Dulles brothers who ruled the world when the American empire was not collapsing the CIA's true clientele has always been the international financial cartels. Whilst white American suckers picked up the tab.

    , @Paul Mendez
    @Achmed E. Newman


    They’ve all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War
     
    .

    I had several college acquaintances who went on to have successful careers in the CIA and State Department. One became an ambassador. After college, I hung out with them and their coworkers during my 20’s.

    They all struck me as highly intelligent but very unimaginative. Their idea of being “smart” was believing the same things the other smart people believed.

    They also liked to have “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin” discussions with each other. If I said something I thought commonsensical, they’d roll their eyes and say something about the situation being more nuanced than I realized.
    , @Dieter Kief
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Russel Ramsland from Allied Security Operations and Melissa Carone both said they informed the CIA about their observations of - öh - voting-irregularities - to no effect at all.
    What was even spookier was, that nobody in the establishment (media, public intellectuals) seemed to care.

  67. Like the War on Terror expression goes: We can fight them over there or we can give them limitless welfare here.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Currahee
    @Sick of Orcs

    Hopefully, the rapid conquest will prevent the mass transportation of our wonderful allies.

    , @Ian M.
    @Sick of Orcs

    "We can fight them over there AND we can give them limitless welfare here."

    FIFY.

    Replies: @Sick of Orcs

  68. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    ThreadReader:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1427317079515009030.html

    For some reason, Jack's blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what's happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Kjr, @Indiana Jack, @Mandrill with a hand drill

    Yup. Twitter is demanding logins.

    As for the rest, I scrolled down quuckly and alighted upon Osho, who I’m always glad to listen to…on 2X the speed. I’m curious to know what he said, but looking into his dead eyes for a solid minute as he composes his hindu thoughts in English is a bit much.

    Considering his seeming philosophy of happiness in the here and now why does he always seem so…..dead?

    May as well ask how Jordan Peterson, a dude who had to get himself med-evacd to Russia in a drug coma has the nerve to walk around drooping his melted face before a bunch of nerds lecturing them on how to get their lives in order. (Don’t even ask about his daughter snd the rest of his hypochondriac family – that’s what to many black pills will do.

    Or how Nietzsche lived as such an untermentch.

    Could be an issue of, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach”.

    It’s like all those psychiatrists who embody pure insanity, and all those sexual purity zealots caught with their willies in somebody else’s dinner. Or all those professional parents whose kids kill themselves. Or others. (She’s her kids’ mom!)

    Puritans are the least pure, and antiracists are the most racist.

    Always has been true. Always will be.

  69. There is no justice in the world, but normally a non-senile elite will maintain some pretense to some of the rules being enforced some of the time, and an on-the-ball elite will create the pretense that, as an elite, they are actually under more restrictions and pressures than workers. Our decadent gerontocracy refuses to suffer any punishment or acknowledge any mistake. When they are caught sleeping with spies or handing over emails to spies, nothing happens. When they are caught with child porn, they expect it to be returned to them. Truthful or otherwise, they have no pragmatism. I would be okay with a dishonest elite (there’s no other kind) provided they had any concept of how the world works.
    ——
    Hugh Hewitt just now: “I wonder what Kamala Harris is saying [about the botched Afghan withdrawal] — oh, that’s right, nothing.”

  70. @Steve Sailer
    There aren't that many Chinese home buyers where I live, although there are an enormous number where my cousins grew up, Arcadia, CA. Instead, around me, there are tons of semi-rich and bodyguard types (for the truly rich who are buying up Bel-Air) from the gold chains and track suits parts of the world: Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Iran, Turkey, Israel, etc.

    Replies: @Daniel H, @Achmed E. Newman, @Corvinus, @Peter Akuleyev

    I’ve read about these types from you for years, but just recently ran into whom I think may be the one of the guys you’ve been writing about. He pulled up to the viewpoint at the National Park wearing a blue velvet suit with a dumb look kinda built into his face. (I’m sure that look doesn’t prove anything and maybe just looks “dumb” to me.)

    I was not impressed at all. I’d rather live with Chinese neighbors, as corrupt as many are, and even with some decent black people, over these velvet track suit dufuses. OK, well, if we’re talking my neighborhood directly, it’d go Chinese, dumb-looking track suit guys, then black people. (Got more in common with decent black people than those velvet suit guys, though.)

    Yes, to the other commenters, Chinese people are buying up parts of the US, business, real estate, you name it. That’s what happens when you don’t make much besides currency out of thin air.

    • Replies: @Thoughts
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You want Track Suits...not from Israel...but Armenia is ok

    A lot of idiot whites say 'I'd rather have Asians then Armenians/Russians' and I just laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh

    Nothing good happens to those white people

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Coemgen

  71. The argument could be made that all societies are structured around the lies or “intangible truths” that are accepted as foundational. Totally and completely unrelated, Steve, but do you think you’ll be using those math and noticing skills of yours to review some of the more perplexing vaccine data that’s emerged in the last couple months? Is that the kind of thing where data might be looked at and previous positions might be reevaluated so that we can get a sense of what’s Noticeable? Or should we skip that and get in line for the boosters?

    • Replies: @sayless
    @AnonymousNameChange

    Apropos of the vaccines/booster shots: You might be interested in Dr. Vladimir Zelenko's consult with a rabbinical court in Israel. It's chilling. About thirty minutes including questions. He makes a startling suggestion at the end, and he looks serious about it.

  72. @Ron Mexico
    @Polistra

    "Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There’s no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either." and doubt as to whether he was killed or died of natural causes, or whether he was dead before 2011, as Benazir Bhutto claimed.

    Replies: @Cloudbuster

    Pretty sure Benazir Bhutto stopped having an opinion about whether Osama was dead in 2007.

  73. Underlings figure out what the bosses don’t want to hear and then don’t tell them. Colonel Bob Crowley reported in the Afghan Papers:

    Truth was rarely welcome…so bad news was often stifled. There was more freedom to share bad news if it was small—we’re running over kids with our MRAPs—because those things could be changed with policy directives. But when we tried to air larger strategic concerns about the willingness, capacity or corruption of the Afghan government, it was clear it wasn’t welcome and the boss wouldn’t like it.

    Reminds me of the dialogue at the beginning First Kings, Chapter 22: 1-17. Look it up, it’s very funny.

  74. • Replies: @JMcG
    @Desiderius

    First-class people hire first-class people. Second-class people hire third-class people.

  75. I feel like we are basically turning into East Germany – a surveillance state in which less than enthusiastic participation in the official lies puts your social and economic standing at risk. What happens to a society in which people are compelled to pretend things that are not so are true just to have a chance at a decent livelihood while struggling with the real-world consequences of our official delusions?

    My hope is that in the not too distant future there will be a political movement whose spokespeople (who will be of necessity Latino or Asian) will have the guts to speak openly about trans, crime, cultural decay and so on to give cover to what I think is a silent a majority that is sick of the lies of our current cultural regime. It will be portrayed as regressive but openly discussing these things will actually turn down the temperature in the long run. Continued lies just makes for more conflict and more cover for the good thinkers to persecute the bad.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Arclight


    My hope is that in the not too distant future there will be a political movement whose spokespeople (who will be of necessity Latino or Asian) ...
     
    Why "Latino or Asian"?

    I got nothing against Latinos or Asians or anyone else who is a loyal American speaking up against or pozzed elites/culture.

    But white guys shouldn't be sitting around waiting for rescue by "the other". White men need to speak up forcefully and when inevitably attacked by the usual suspects, answer back with more truth telling full bore. No lies told, no truth shaded. Bad actors promoting evil called out directly.

    Win, Separate or Die. But long past time to fight.

    Replies: @Arclight, @Alden

  76. @Dieter Kief
    @SafeNow

    I wrote what you wrote here (rather low IQ men making a simple but not quite right analogy between riding on top of trains and riding on top of an airplane).

    My comment on a rather right-wing German blog did not get published though - never mention group differences... - the holy grail of - humanists throughout the West.

    Replies: @JMcG, @al gore rhythms

    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° F or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life. Or that a 480 kt wind isn’t something you can withstand? They might have heard stories of flying carpets and figured it’s all the same thing.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @JMcG


    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° - or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life.
     
    That was once the perfect scenery for a good reporter. I'd love to read interviews with those who did not succeed. - Or a feature about all that.
    since we can't see what motivated those guys; we don't know what went on inside their heads. I'm a bit worried, that these reporters are being pushed to the side by the moving pictures which tend to be ubiquitous.

    Replies: @JMcG

    , @AnotherDad
    @JMcG


    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° F or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life. Or that a 480 kt wind isn’t something you can withstand? They might have heard stories of flying carpets and figured it’s all the same thing.
     
    The whole "physics thing" would seem to be a plausible explanation. But it's weird here because this isn't Lagos or something, it's Kabul where "it's cold up high in the mountains" would presumably be common knowledge. ("Oh look there's snow up there ... all year round!")

    I think it is a lot of 80 IQ and young male testosterone at play.
  77. Good take from you Steve; one of the best hot-takes so far. I think your closing sentence, “If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept…”, is spot on; perhaps the epitaph for our times?

  78. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/ArtaMoeini/status/1427844044030242832?s=20

    Replies: @JMcG

    First-class people hire first-class people. Second-class people hire third-class people.

    • Thanks: Desiderius
  79. @Kjr
    Considering how unimaginably inept the Americans are, do we really have any reason to believe that Bin Laden planned 9/11?

    No. I know Bush didn't do it.

    They were the guys we eventually said they are. But is there evidence that they were sent by Bin Laden?

    The fact that Bush named Bin Laden so quickly is what's odd. I recall a number of groups taking credit for it as soon as it happened. And of course once the US blamed Bin Laden there was no going back.

    Anyway, that's my question.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Intelligent Dasein

    The issue there is this: what was Al Qaeda? It was a database run by the CIA listing Muslim mercenaries they liked to hire to do gay ops.

  80. @El Dato
    Scott Ritter is not happy about the Gordian Deknotter in Chief:

    Joe Biden’s speech on the Afghanistan catastrophe was a despicable and insulting exercise in avoiding responsibility

    The efficacy of the US training mission in Afghanistan will be the subject of intense debate for years to come, with many people rightly pointing out it was a bridge too far from the get go. This may be true. But the reality is that the Afghan military did fight, and die, in the 20-year struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Nearly 60,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers lost their lives in combat during America’s 20-year war there. Hundreds of thousands of others were wounded. These figures do not include casualties incurred in the latest round of fighting.

    Yes, the US trained a standing force of some 300,000 Afghans ostensibly organized and equipped to wage war against the Taliban. The reality is, however, that the vast majority of these troops were poorly trained, poorly equipped, and abysmally led. They would provide a presence if they were backed up by either US, NATO, or elite Afghan special forces, but void of that, they melted away at the first sign of adversity–and this was before the recent collapse. The US did train tens of thousands of elite commandos, organized as military (under the Defense Ministry) or paramilitary (under the Afghan intelligence service) forces. These units were involved in extremely intense fighting against the Taliban and suffered extremely high casualties as a result.
     
    I bet there were also fun scene in quiet cellars.

    Replacing a conscript Afghan soldier is not difficult; replacing a combat-hardened Afghan commando is virtually impossible. When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, we left these elite forces alone to fight the Taliban. Lacking US logistical support, these forces found themselves cut-off, out of food, water, and ammunition, and subsequently destroyed. They could not be replaced. The Afghan military that could fight the Taliban did, in fact, fight the Taliban, often to the death. This does not excuse the hundreds of thousands of Afghan conscripts who subsequently melted away without a fight.

    For Joe Biden to stand in front of the American people and not acknowledge the last true measure given by the elite Afghan forces we trained to carry on a fight we started is beyond despicable. It is, literally, conduct unbecoming a commander in chief.
     
    Plus, persistent rumors say that Old Osama was dead by 2002 and that "the big Obama raid" just blew away a helicopter of local expendables and no special forces were even there.

    When you realize that they were really looking at one of Hunter's numerous laptops, you can suddenly understand the facial expressions:

    https://i.postimg.cc/qM4LHmrJ/they-like-to-watch.jpg

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Abolish_public_education

    Agent Osama gets reset.

  81. @Anonymous

    butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition
     
    There's the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a 'democracy building' project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    And antisemites

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    @Wokechoke

    Right. My first thought when the WTC was attacked was that this is the price a rabid dog pays for being infected.

    , @Anonymous
    @Wokechoke



    Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001,
     
    And antisemites
     
    Why would antisemites oppose the War on Afghanistan?
  82. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

    How do you do these feats of data retrieval, Steve?

  83. @anon
    @Polistra


    Tangtang Zhao
     
    iirc Zhao means they can have jewish heritage, believe it or not

    Replies: @Polistra, @StAugustine, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    In fact yes. A college friend, jewish, married a chinese chick from one of the other lines, and he was surprised to find the history of her surname.

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

  84. @Anonymous
    I just learned that retard basketball has been an actual official sport at the Paralympic Games, in addition to wheelchair basketball.

    Apparently there was a scandal at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney where Spain's team of non-retards took the gold in retard basketball:

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-2021-scandals-spain-paralympics-2000-sydney-games-051520629.html

    While the long history of the modern Olympic Games is peppered with all kinds of cheating scandals, the Paralympic Games, established in 1960 and reserved for athletes with disabilities, have also not been able to escape attempts at fraud. The most famous and revolting of them undoubtedly occurred during the Sydney Games in 2000.

    In addition to traditional wheelchair basketball, the Paralympic Games in 2000 hosted another basketball tournament, reserved for the mentally disabled. According to the Cite source site, the Paralympic Committee had set an intellectual quotient (IQ) threshold at 70 to be considered mentally disabled and eligible to participate in the competition...

    The deception was finally exposed with a bang in November 2000, when one of the players from the victorious team in Sydney, Carlos Ribagorda, spoke publicly. He revealed he was a journalist for the financial newspaper Capital, joined the team in 1999, and did not suffer from any intellectual disability...

    During their entire Paralympic journey, most of the Spanish players pretended to have an intellectual disability. This ubiquitous situation had led to some awkward moments. “In the second half of our first game, we easily scored 30 points,” says Ribagorda, as quoted by the Huffington Post. The coach then told us, half laughing and half serious, to lower our feet a little, because otherwise it would show ...”

    Going even further in his accusations, Ribagorda also confirmed that at least five other athletes from the Spanish delegation, as well as several athletes of different nationalities who took part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, in reality had “no mental or physical handicap.” These revelations could not go unanswered and the Spanish Paralympic Committee quickly opened an investigation, with overwhelming conclusions: ten of the twelve gold medalists had an IQ above 70.
     

    Replies: @Dumbo, @TorontoTraveller, @magila, @Danindc, @bro3886

    The Farelly Brothers and Johnny Knoxville really did do this movie 15 years ago. I give you “The Ringer”.

    Inexplicably ignored by the Oscars

  85. Moreover, no poor dumb Afghan is dumb enough to want to be the last man killed fighting to make Biden’s exit strategy look more graceful, especially since they weren’t paying him anymore.

    Yeah, only white Americans are this stupid. Much worse, they fight for those who want to gracefully exterminate them.

    To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.

    And the lies of Afghanistan are ultimately about defending the lies back home and the policies those lies support.

  86. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

    And it’s hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP’s national ticket.

    Based on this clip of insanity from The Eiger Sanction (1975), that timeline would be a lot more fun than this one:

  87. Watch the movie “The Beast” about a Russian tank crew in Afghanistan. Women throwing rocks at the tanks and men sacrificing their lives to protect their families and mud homes. It is, as Steve says, all they have. We could never win because we could not be loved. What were we trying to save them from? Themselves? In a sense it’s like trying to change the culture in many American cities that are rife with violence…it’s their culture and that’s how they want to live.

    • Agree: fish
  88. • Agree: fish
    • Thanks: Tono Bungay
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    Removed by honey pot.

  89. @Polistra


    By hosting Osama bin Laden (although no evidence has since emerged that they knew of this specific enormity ahead of time).
     
    Hardly anyone seems to know this, or care about it. There's no evidence that Osama had anything to do with 9/11 either. Sacrilege to say it, of course.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico, @dearieme, @Jack D, @Peter Akuleyev

    Really? No evidence? OBL was just a peaceful goat farmer? I know that unz.com is the home of conspiracy theorists who think that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo, but you gotta be kidding me.

    Whether it was necessary to occupy Afghanistan for 20 years just because the Taliban had let OBL stay there while he was planning 9/11 (while at the same time we left Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, etc. – all places that arguably had equal or greater nexus to Bin Laden alone) is another question but you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11. (The obvious answer is was for the same reason that drunks look for their dropped car keys under the streetlight – it’s easier over there. We sure as hell weren’t going to take on nuclear armed Pakistan.)

    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Sparkon
    @Jack D


    Really? No evidence? ...

    you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11.
     
    On, September 10, 2008, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino corrected a reporter who'd called Osama bin Laden the mastermind of 9/11.

    "No, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the mastermind of 9/11, and he's sitting in jail right now."

    -- Dana Perino
     
    [00:15:28]

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?281019-1/white-house-daily-briefing&start=444

    So go ahead on Jack, and give us the evidence you think ties Osama bin Laden to 9/11.
    , @donut
    @Jack D

    " We " ?

    Replies: @El Dato

    , @Gapeseed
    @Jack D

    Pull on the WTC7 thread and explain how a solid non-impacted building fell straight down in a way befuddling architects then and now. Then explain why the BBC announced the fall of the building ten minutes before it occurred. If you can do this, then 9/11 conspiracy theorists like myself are fools. But if you can’t, then who is the fool?

  90. @Houston 1992
    @Whiskey

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world's electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada .......so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then .....

    Replies: @Anonymouse, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Spud Boy, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Yes, if China is smart they can simply sit back as the US deteriorates and de-Americanizes and becomes a land of irrational woke cultists. No shots need be fired for them to own the world in 30 years or so.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Mike_from_SGV

    Mike, I think they will control Africa in 5...4...3...2...1.

  91. @vhrm
    The practically unimpeded collapse of the Afghan army and government looks very bad for the US; I don't deny that.

    However, i have significant hope that, as Steve says:


    ... the Taliban, who have so far been trying to behave like a more mature, prudent organization than the puerile extremists who ran Afghanistan two decades ago, will oversee an organized evacuation that brings them credit in the eyes of the world.
     
    And not just the evacuation, but in general how they govern going forward.

    Various level of tribal Islamic government govern a significant swath of the Middle East and Northern Africa so as long as Taliban version 2 don't go all ISIS (or all "Taliban version 1" ) the project would not have been a total failure. Maybe we didn't bring them up to modern, but at least brought them some significant part of the way.

    Replies: @Jack D

    There is some reason to hope that Taliban 2.0 (or at least their top leadership who has spent time in places like Qatar and now know that Islam (at least some versions of it) is not necessarily synonymous with Medieval) will be better (or at least have more polished PR) than Taliban 1.0 but as Steve points out, the low level guys (who never left Afghanistan) may still like that old-time religion (and the leadership can’t get too far out ahead of their troops – one thing we know for sure about Afghanistan is that people can change their allegiance overnight).

    So far the evidence is mixed. There are already reports of atrocities leaking out and the Taliban is still in its honeymoon phase. When things don’t go quite as well as they dreamed of, they may decide that kicking ass and taking names is the way to go after all – that’s really their natural instinct.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "there are already reports of atrocities leaking out"

    I would expect that whether there were actually any atrocities or not, wouldn't you?

    One thing the last 40 years should have taught us is that MSM are overwhelmingly storytellers not journalists.

    Replies: @Jack D

  92. Looking in retrospect that this was when the decision was taken to switch horses (or merely to acknowledge the only real horse which existed), put on ice somewhat for the Trump years but advanced in the shadows. Bergdahl likely some sort of asset, optics completely botched because they’re incompetent, but it didn’t matter because the people watching don’t.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    Maybe. Still, looking back, one may find patterns where only chaos, confusion, short-sightedness, political infighting, changing guards, random events with no causal link to anything and the uncertain future reigned.

    Vaguely situationally related,

    The Tartar Steppe


    The plot of the novel is Drogo's lifelong wait for a great war in which his life and the existence of the fort can prove its usefulness. The human need for giving life meaning and the soldier's desire for glory are themes in the novel. Drogo is posted to the remote outpost overlooking a desolate Tartar desert; he spends his career waiting for the barbarian horde rumored to live beyond the desert. Without noticing, Drogo finds that in his watch over the fort he has let years and decades pass and that, while his old friends in the city have had children, married, and lived full lives, he has come away with nothing except solidarity with his fellow soldiers in their long, patient vigil. When the attack by the Tartars finally arrives, Drogo gets ill and the new chieftain of the fortress dismisses him. Drogo, on his way back home, dies lonely in an inn.
     
    THE END!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIzW8Fubzas
    , @Not Raul
    @Desiderius

    Baradar was released in 2018 at the request of the USA.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/who-is-abdul-ghani-baradar-the-man-who-led-the-taliban-takeover-of-afghanistan/

    , @Ralph L
    @Desiderius

    Re: DailyMail caption.
    It's unfortunate our detention camp wasn't "off the coast of Cuba." Get those robes and turbans wet and they'd have sunk like stones.

    , @Redman
    @Desiderius

    Wait. Is that Pat Buchanan in a turban and beard?

  93. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1427975278249365507?s=20

    Replies: @El Dato

    Removed by honey pot.

  94. A few relevant quotes:

    He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. — Thomas Paine

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. — Voltaire

    The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
    – Ernest Hemingway

    Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics: You get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and whatever power you give the State to do things FOR you carries with it the equivalent power to do things TO you. ~ Albert Jay Nock

    He who dares not offend cannot be honest. Thomas Paine

  95. @Polistra
    @JohnnyWalker123

    How long before the first sharia killing of a lesbian rabbi?

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    Some time after many killings of ordinary people who have the misfortune to live near to where the refugees are transplanted.

    • Agree: Hangnail Hans
  96. @Anonymous
    I just learned that retard basketball has been an actual official sport at the Paralympic Games, in addition to wheelchair basketball.

    Apparently there was a scandal at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney where Spain's team of non-retards took the gold in retard basketball:

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-2021-scandals-spain-paralympics-2000-sydney-games-051520629.html

    While the long history of the modern Olympic Games is peppered with all kinds of cheating scandals, the Paralympic Games, established in 1960 and reserved for athletes with disabilities, have also not been able to escape attempts at fraud. The most famous and revolting of them undoubtedly occurred during the Sydney Games in 2000.

    In addition to traditional wheelchair basketball, the Paralympic Games in 2000 hosted another basketball tournament, reserved for the mentally disabled. According to the Cite source site, the Paralympic Committee had set an intellectual quotient (IQ) threshold at 70 to be considered mentally disabled and eligible to participate in the competition...

    The deception was finally exposed with a bang in November 2000, when one of the players from the victorious team in Sydney, Carlos Ribagorda, spoke publicly. He revealed he was a journalist for the financial newspaper Capital, joined the team in 1999, and did not suffer from any intellectual disability...

    During their entire Paralympic journey, most of the Spanish players pretended to have an intellectual disability. This ubiquitous situation had led to some awkward moments. “In the second half of our first game, we easily scored 30 points,” says Ribagorda, as quoted by the Huffington Post. The coach then told us, half laughing and half serious, to lower our feet a little, because otherwise it would show ...”

    Going even further in his accusations, Ribagorda also confirmed that at least five other athletes from the Spanish delegation, as well as several athletes of different nationalities who took part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, in reality had “no mental or physical handicap.” These revelations could not go unanswered and the Spanish Paralympic Committee quickly opened an investigation, with overwhelming conclusions: ten of the twelve gold medalists had an IQ above 70.
     

    Replies: @Dumbo, @TorontoTraveller, @magila, @Danindc, @bro3886

    Below 70 IQ? Looks like the most of the “normal” US basketball players qualify.

  97. @Houston 1992
    @Whiskey

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world's electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada .......so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then .....

    Replies: @Anonymouse, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Spud Boy, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass – no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China’s greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics – China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man’s game.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union?
     
    1) Necessity of action: He knew there would be a reckoning eventually. Maybe in '45 when things would be too tough. Europe has short trips between cities and its back to the sea.
    2) Underestimating the enemy: The generals were overly optimistic that the enfeeblement due to purges, low quality manpower and low mechanization would give them a big advantage. The logistics people told them to cool their heels but they wouldn't listen. Probably drunk by the successes in the West. They probably never had an enemy who was really really fighting for survival either.

    Could have worked out. But didn't.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Buffalo Joe

    , @Wency
    @Jack D

    I agree. The growth of China's state power seems to be fast approaching a plateau in absolute terms -- the question, as always, is how things will look in relative terms.

    There seem to be a lot of people overconfident that China's power will continue to outpace the US for at least the rest of this century as the US system continues to break down. I'll admit this is likely, but I need to emphasize that it's not certain. Any healthy organization is going to have a lot of internal debate about this topic, and it's far from certain how the PRC's leadership will come down on this topic as things unfold.

    China at least needs to consider the possibility that the US will reform and recover, that its ideology will become less batty (or at least, less-batty in a way that's inimical to military effectiveness), and that it will be able to continue to incorporate immigrants into the economy in a way that enhances USG's state power and shrinks the gap in the size of the two countries' labor forces. Meanwhile China needs to consider the possibility that an upside-down population pyramid will act on its society in ways that reduce its own state power more sharply than expected.

    So, with all these sources of future uncertainty, if a high degree of certainty builds that victory can be achieved under present conditions, then pressure will build, in some quarters, to act. The PRC doesn't necessarily need to believe the window of opportunity *will* close, just that it's open at this moment and *might* close, and that the benefits of seizing the day will exceed the costs.

    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.
     
    My guess is that Hitler didn't trust Stalin as far as he could throw him (and vice versa), so the best course of action was to double-cross Stalin before Stalin could double-cross Hitler (which of course made a double-cross inevitable from either direction).

    If Hitler waited ten years, he could have been eight years too late and the Red Army marching through Berlin. (of course, as we know, the Red Army took Berlin anyway but Hitler got the first shot in).

    So, it could well be that the Reich was ill fated regardless of whether Hitler violated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and that he made the best choice with the best opportunity of success even if no available path was likely to end in success.
    , @Abe
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.
     
    Race is everything. Chinese are a nation of shrewd, high-IQ peasants who dream of one day living in indolent comfort. Germans are high-IQ, conscientious, semi-autistic craftsmen who dream of one day living as real-life Wagnerian knights.

    The Japanese (not Chinese, yes, but with some of the same shrewd peasant national characteristics) lost the Battle of Midway (despite having more carriers, better pilots, better planes, munitions that actually blew up) partly because they could not resist signing off on an overly-complicated, too-clever-by-half, operational plan. This pattern repeated itself throughout the war. Germans, on the other hand, as the biggest fan-boys (not undeservedly) of their own military prowess, could not resist a grand heroic strike to cut down the Eastern hordes, and when that failed resorting to self-immolation in one last great romantic gesture. This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.

    During Japan’s peak economic dominance during the late 80’s (remember the Sean Connery flick RISING SUN, which not very subtly mated Japanese commercial mastery with yellow sexual aggression against white women?) Japanese leaders actually restrained themselves a bit in their trade demands in order not to humiliate too much their most important strategic ally. Wise policy, yes, but also congruent with the cautious, too patient-by-half Oriental character.

    China, which takes the Oriental fetish for clever tricks, patience, planning to greater extremes than Japan (remember ‘their Clauswitz’ is famous for declaiming that the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled, and that the enemy should always be given ‘golden bridges’ by which to withdraw) will sit back, wait, plan, and burrow as is congenial with their national character (and probably to an extent suboptimal with their genuine strategic objectives). Not to say that China could not lash out to grab what it wanted and gratuitously humiliate the US in the process in a fit of joyous jingoistic exuberance, but on a case-by-case basis that is never the way for smart money to bet.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Anonymous, @Jack D

    , @John Johnson
    @Jack D

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans. He never needed to attack through Poland.

    But he gambled (and lost) that he could invade Poland and UK/France wouldn't declare war. However he accepted that as a possibility and was ready for world war.

    So Hitler's greed and desire for revenge over WW1 led him to needlessly attack Poland.

    Second of all everyone including US military experts believed that the Soviet Union would not be able to withstand the Nazi war machine. Economists around the world believed that the Soviet economic system would collapse and they wouldn't be able to feed their armies. Military experts argued over whether it would be 6 weeks or a few months. Stalingrad was a complete shock to the world.

    In hindsight it looks disastrous but at the time no one believed that the Soviets had a chance. But not even the Allies knew that the Soviets had been secretly building up massive reserves in the east.

    Would Hitler have won if they went earlier and avoided the Russian winter? That would have been possible if they took Stalingrad and disrupted the food supply.

    Waiting 10 years would have been too long. Stalin knew that they would eventually go to war with the Germans. The Nazis had the element of surprise by attacking in 1941. Stalin expected the attack to be a few years later after the Germans defeated the UK. That is how the Germans were able to destroy so many planes and capture so many men early on.

    Hitler blew it a lot of different ways. He should have gone after the Soviets first or just stuck to his 1939 borders. Or he could have created his empire in the third world. Even equipping his soldiers with winter gear could have changed the war.

    Replies: @anon

    , @scrivener3
    @Jack D

    Fortune Favors the Bold.

  98. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1427856227392909314?s=20

    Looking in retrospect that this was when the decision was taken to switch horses (or merely to acknowledge the only real horse which existed), put on ice somewhat for the Trump years but advanced in the shadows. Bergdahl likely some sort of asset, optics completely botched because they're incompetent, but it didn't matter because the people watching don't.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Not Raul, @Ralph L, @Redman

    Maybe. Still, looking back, one may find patterns where only chaos, confusion, short-sightedness, political infighting, changing guards, random events with no causal link to anything and the uncertain future reigned.

    Vaguely situationally related,

    The Tartar Steppe

    The plot of the novel is Drogo’s lifelong wait for a great war in which his life and the existence of the fort can prove its usefulness. The human need for giving life meaning and the soldier’s desire for glory are themes in the novel. Drogo is posted to the remote outpost overlooking a desolate Tartar desert; he spends his career waiting for the barbarian horde rumored to live beyond the desert. Without noticing, Drogo finds that in his watch over the fort he has let years and decades pass and that, while his old friends in the city have had children, married, and lived full lives, he has come away with nothing except solidarity with his fellow soldiers in their long, patient vigil. When the attack by the Tartars finally arrives, Drogo gets ill and the new chieftain of the fortress dismisses him. Drogo, on his way back home, dies lonely in an inn.

    THE END!

  99. @Anonymous

    butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition
     
    There's the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a 'democracy building' project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    Agree, but to be fair, for the first few years the people who ran the Afghanistan invasion explicitly disavowed ‘democracy building’ there (they saved that for Iraq). It took until the Obama election in 2008 for the redemption theology to take over Afghanistan’s occupiers, and by then it had mutated into ‘human rights’ and ’empowering women’.

    • Agree: The Griffins
    • Thanks: Desiderius
  100. @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union?

    1) Necessity of action: He knew there would be a reckoning eventually. Maybe in ’45 when things would be too tough. Europe has short trips between cities and its back to the sea.
    2) Underestimating the enemy: The generals were overly optimistic that the enfeeblement due to purges, low quality manpower and low mechanization would give them a big advantage. The logistics people told them to cool their heels but they wouldn’t listen. Probably drunk by the successes in the West. They probably never had an enemy who was really really fighting for survival either.

    Could have worked out. But didn’t.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @El Dato

    The extremely poor performance by the Soviets in the Winter War against Finland probably reinforced the German view of Soviet capabilities.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @El Dato

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened. The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target...winter ended that. He did conceive the push back known as the "Battle of the Bulge," That could have work as a starting point for negotiations. Didn't happen. He and the Japanese did not understand the amount of war materiel' the US could and did supply. A Liberty ship a day. And in Afghanistan we under estimated the enemy's love for their country and devotion to their religion.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @notbe

  101. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Steve Sailer

    I've read about these types from you for years, but just recently ran into whom I think may be the one of the guys you've been writing about. He pulled up to the viewpoint at the National Park wearing a blue velvet suit with a dumb look kinda built into his face. (I'm sure that look doesn't prove anything and maybe just looks "dumb" to me.)

    I was not impressed at all. I'd rather live with Chinese neighbors, as corrupt as many are, and even with some decent black people, over these velvet track suit dufuses. OK, well, if we're talking my neighborhood directly, it'd go Chinese, dumb-looking track suit guys, then black people. (Got more in common with decent black people than those velvet suit guys, though.)

    Yes, to the other commenters, Chinese people are buying up parts of the US, business, real estate, you name it. That's what happens when you don't make much besides currency out of thin air.

    Replies: @Thoughts

    You want Track Suits…not from Israel…but Armenia is ok

    A lot of idiot whites say ‘I’d rather have Asians then Armenians/Russians’ and I just laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh

    Nothing good happens to those white people

    • Agree: Gordo
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Thoughts

    I don't live in the middle of nowhere, Thoughts, so I do know Oriental people well, but not those track-suited guys. From what I've read and assume (I admit) they are flashy over-confident people. I don't like people like that at all. (It's OK on the internet though, I guess ...)

    Replies: @Thoughts, @Thoughts

    , @Coemgen
    @Thoughts

    What is meant by "track suits?" Are they what Russians call gopniks?

    Replies: @Brutusale

  102. @Jack D
    @vhrm

    There is some reason to hope that Taliban 2.0 (or at least their top leadership who has spent time in places like Qatar and now know that Islam (at least some versions of it) is not necessarily synonymous with Medieval) will be better (or at least have more polished PR) than Taliban 1.0 but as Steve points out, the low level guys (who never left Afghanistan) may still like that old-time religion (and the leadership can't get too far out ahead of their troops - one thing we know for sure about Afghanistan is that people can change their allegiance overnight).

    So far the evidence is mixed. There are already reports of atrocities leaking out and the Taliban is still in its honeymoon phase. When things don't go quite as well as they dreamed of, they may decide that kicking ass and taking names is the way to go after all - that's really their natural instinct.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “there are already reports of atrocities leaking out”

    I would expect that whether there were actually any atrocities or not, wouldn’t you?

    One thing the last 40 years should have taught us is that MSM are overwhelmingly storytellers not journalists.

    • Agree: Gordo, Redman
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Some of the reported atrocities are documented in photos. I suppose these could be faked too.

    I have no reason to believe that the Taliban would not engage in at least SOME atrocities. They were certainly no choir boys the last time they ran Afghanistan. Up until last week they were still raping and pillaging their way across Afghanistan in traditional Islamic conqueror fashion. Sharia permits you to seize unmarried women and take them as wives as spoils of war and stuff like that. According to their views, there is nothing wrong with doing so. Maybe they have cleaned up their act a little but I can't imagine that they have all become angels.

    Normally, in any revolution, you would expect some settling of scores, some raping and pillaging, etc. It's not realistic to expect (or believe) that there is going to be zero. That's really giving the other side too much credit (this is a real unzite weakpoint - America can do no right and its enemies can do no wrong - therefore 9/11 never happened, Bin Laden didnu nuffin, there have been NO atrocities, etc.) I understand where this comes from - on the other side if there was even ONE atrocity (preferably on film) then the Taliban are BAD people and we should invade them, etc. so better to say "there are zero atrocities proven to my satisfaction - I don't believe the Media anyway." And then we don't have to (re) invade. Don't give 'em an inch 'cause they'll take a mile. But this is a polemical way of looking at the world, not a realistic one.

    The real question is "is there a little or a lot of atrocities by the standards of comparable revolutions"? So far (and it's very early) the answer seems to be "a little" (but this is not the same as zero).

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

  103. A culture of lying — exactly! We’ve reached the point where you are being lied to about everything, from the moment you get up until the moment you go to sleep. Maybe not from everyone but from everyone considered “mainstream;” that’s how they hold on to their position in the mainstream. And your role is not just to accept the lies but pass them on to others.

    And now you’re supposed to take medical advice from these charlatans?

    • Thanks: The Griffins
  104. @Daniel H
    @Reg Cæsar


    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden’s memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he’s endorsed that way
     
    I suspect that Stephen King hasn't even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.

    Replies: @Seneca44, @Alfa158, @Reg Cæsar

    Stephen King even made it as the butt of a cut away joke on Family Guy:

  105. @Nick Diaz
    @Steve Sailer

    "So, the U.S. had every right to engage in a butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition to overthrow the Kabul regime, which we succeeded in doing in a couple of months."

    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face("Nah....we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound").

    Winning battles is *irrelevant* . Battles are just means to win wars, and they are only useful if they do it. Some times, you win simply by not fighting, which is how Rome, under the wise leadership of Fabius Maximus, finally defeated Hannibal: by slowly grinding his army out of resources, until he was weak enough that Cornelius Scipio finished him.

    Saying that America went on a "successful" punitive raid on the Taliban after 9/11 is ridiculous. Sure, America is a much bigger military than they are, and have vastly superior air power. They couldn't win straight out, so they did what the nomads and mountain tribesmen have always done when confronted by very powerful regular armies: they run to the mountains(or the woods), separate into small groups so that you can't get them all in one place and finish them all at once, and proceed to a long war of attrition with endless raids and retreats to wear the powerful regular military down. This is also how the Spaniards weakened Napoleon's army to a point that it would be be only a matter of time before the other Great Powers of Europe finished him. The "Spanish Ulcer" effectively ended Napoleon.

    If the stated strategic goal of the U.S government was to punish the Taliban for hiding Bin Laden, then they failed at it. Toppling an established government with all it's apparatus is *exactly* what a powerful regular military is designed to do. At that, the U.S succeeded. But it dis not defeat the Taliban or destroy it, which would be the true punishment. Because losing a Presidential Palace means *nothing* to guerrilla warlords. They simply go back to the mountains and regroup. So how was the U.S successful in "punishing" the Taliban? Because you ousted them from being the "official" government? Again, meaningless. Utterly meaningless. Truly punishing them would be hunting them down and killing each and every single of them, or at least destroying their entire leadership and communication to a point where they would disband for good. Ousting them from Cabul did NOTHING.

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @kaganovitch

    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face(“Nah….we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound”).

    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn’t doing what you claim he’s doing.

    • Replies: @anon
    @MEH 0910

    Agree

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @MEH 0910


    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn’t doing what you claim he’s doing.
     
    My hypothesis that our other "RT", Richard Taylor, is a sock puppet of Corvinus may need to be tweaked. It might be the other way 'round.

    I miss Tiny's attempts at pupuhosiery. A handy excuse for exploring the grand array of rubber fowl available.
    , @Nick Diaz
    @MEH 0910

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that? Face it: America's performance was pathetic in Afghanistan, just like it was in Vietnam.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

  106. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    And now there cousins and brothers will be moving in to your neighborhood.

  107. @El Dato
    Scott Ritter is not happy about the Gordian Deknotter in Chief:

    Joe Biden’s speech on the Afghanistan catastrophe was a despicable and insulting exercise in avoiding responsibility

    The efficacy of the US training mission in Afghanistan will be the subject of intense debate for years to come, with many people rightly pointing out it was a bridge too far from the get go. This may be true. But the reality is that the Afghan military did fight, and die, in the 20-year struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Nearly 60,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers lost their lives in combat during America’s 20-year war there. Hundreds of thousands of others were wounded. These figures do not include casualties incurred in the latest round of fighting.

    Yes, the US trained a standing force of some 300,000 Afghans ostensibly organized and equipped to wage war against the Taliban. The reality is, however, that the vast majority of these troops were poorly trained, poorly equipped, and abysmally led. They would provide a presence if they were backed up by either US, NATO, or elite Afghan special forces, but void of that, they melted away at the first sign of adversity–and this was before the recent collapse. The US did train tens of thousands of elite commandos, organized as military (under the Defense Ministry) or paramilitary (under the Afghan intelligence service) forces. These units were involved in extremely intense fighting against the Taliban and suffered extremely high casualties as a result.
     
    I bet there were also fun scene in quiet cellars.

    Replacing a conscript Afghan soldier is not difficult; replacing a combat-hardened Afghan commando is virtually impossible. When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, we left these elite forces alone to fight the Taliban. Lacking US logistical support, these forces found themselves cut-off, out of food, water, and ammunition, and subsequently destroyed. They could not be replaced. The Afghan military that could fight the Taliban did, in fact, fight the Taliban, often to the death. This does not excuse the hundreds of thousands of Afghan conscripts who subsequently melted away without a fight.

    For Joe Biden to stand in front of the American people and not acknowledge the last true measure given by the elite Afghan forces we trained to carry on a fight we started is beyond despicable. It is, literally, conduct unbecoming a commander in chief.
     
    Plus, persistent rumors say that Old Osama was dead by 2002 and that "the big Obama raid" just blew away a helicopter of local expendables and no special forces were even there.

    When you realize that they were really looking at one of Hunter's numerous laptops, you can suddenly understand the facial expressions:

    https://i.postimg.cc/qM4LHmrJ/they-like-to-watch.jpg

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Abolish_public_education

  108. https://twitter.com/pegobry/status/1427931346555518980?s=20

    The entire Republican caucus in Congress is not very Deep. They did this then got themselves elected on Trump’s coattails just before cutting them off.

    Folks it’s right there in front of our faces no matter how much we don’t want to look.

  109. So, among the youth of the dominant Pashtun tribe, the Taliban tended to recruit the patriots while we wound up with the parasites.

    And we still aren’t permitted to use Ivermectin.

    • LOL: Gordo
  110. “the Taliban tended to recruit the patriots while we wound up with the parasites.”
    Vietnam II.

  111. I don’t buy the official reason given for invading Afghanistan. The Bush administration treated the affair as a side-show (albeit a very expensive one) within a year after 9/11 as they started prepping for the invasion of Iraq. Already in early 2001, American business interests were threatening the Taliban to play ball with them or risk military intervention. The Executive Order directing war plans be drawn up against Afghanistan was written in the Spring of 2001, months before 911. Clearly an invasion of Afghanistan was in the offing well before the ostensible causus belli.

    More likely the reason was as part of the “7 countries in 5 years” plan. Occupying Afghanistan was part of a greater plan to encircle Iran in preparation for making war on it. With bringing the Taliban to heel for the benefit of the neo-liberal world order a secondary consideration.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
  112. @Passerby60
    The Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden if the US produced evidence of guilt. But none provided. That doesn't stop the brainwashed people of the world from believing the narrative of the US.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    The Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden if the US produced evidence of guilt. But none provided. That doesn’t stop the brainwashed people of the world from believing the narrative of the US.

    Neither did the US offer any evidence to NATO to justify them invoking article 5.

  113. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/WTAE/status/1427679166829301770

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR

    Robert Bowers did nothing wrong

  114. Joe Biden strongly resembles the remains of a Capuchin Monk hanging off the walls of a Palermo, Sicily, charnel house.

  115. @Anonymous
    I just learned that retard basketball has been an actual official sport at the Paralympic Games, in addition to wheelchair basketball.

    Apparently there was a scandal at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney where Spain's team of non-retards took the gold in retard basketball:

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-2021-scandals-spain-paralympics-2000-sydney-games-051520629.html

    While the long history of the modern Olympic Games is peppered with all kinds of cheating scandals, the Paralympic Games, established in 1960 and reserved for athletes with disabilities, have also not been able to escape attempts at fraud. The most famous and revolting of them undoubtedly occurred during the Sydney Games in 2000.

    In addition to traditional wheelchair basketball, the Paralympic Games in 2000 hosted another basketball tournament, reserved for the mentally disabled. According to the Cite source site, the Paralympic Committee had set an intellectual quotient (IQ) threshold at 70 to be considered mentally disabled and eligible to participate in the competition...

    The deception was finally exposed with a bang in November 2000, when one of the players from the victorious team in Sydney, Carlos Ribagorda, spoke publicly. He revealed he was a journalist for the financial newspaper Capital, joined the team in 1999, and did not suffer from any intellectual disability...

    During their entire Paralympic journey, most of the Spanish players pretended to have an intellectual disability. This ubiquitous situation had led to some awkward moments. “In the second half of our first game, we easily scored 30 points,” says Ribagorda, as quoted by the Huffington Post. The coach then told us, half laughing and half serious, to lower our feet a little, because otherwise it would show ...”

    Going even further in his accusations, Ribagorda also confirmed that at least five other athletes from the Spanish delegation, as well as several athletes of different nationalities who took part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, in reality had “no mental or physical handicap.” These revelations could not go unanswered and the Spanish Paralympic Committee quickly opened an investigation, with overwhelming conclusions: ten of the twelve gold medalists had an IQ above 70.
     

    Replies: @Dumbo, @TorontoTraveller, @magila, @Danindc, @bro3886

    Who talks like this? Are you in 6th or 7th grade?

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Danindc

    A comment thread on Steve's blog at The Unz Review is the last place I would expect to be chastised for not using PC language...

    At any rate, I have nothing against 'tards. My sister is 'tarded. She's a pilot now.

    Replies: @Danindc

  116. SMK says: • Website
    @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Biden is the first president in U.S. history to be senile and demented long before he was elected and entered the WH on Januatry 20 -and, especially given his decision to open the border with Mexico wider than ever before and the debacle in Afghanistan, the worst president in all of U.S. history. And he’s only been in office for 7-months! To imagine the harm he’ll do to the US and much of the world during his remaining 3-years and 5-months, assuming he serves his full term, is truly frightening.

    Given his senilityl and his decisions and their ruinous and baleful consequences -after only 7-months as POTUS- he should be the first president to be removed from office under the 25 Amendment. But if that occurred -which I doubt- Harris would be the first woman and second “black” president. And she’d be as bad and, in some ways, even worse than Biden. But at least she’s not senile.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @SMK

    given his decision to open the border with Mexico wider than ever before and the debacle in Afghanistan, the worst president in all of U.S. history.

    If these are the criteria, isn't George W. Bush still the front-runner as Worst President Ever? He STARTED the Afghanistan fiasco and also opened the orders with Mexico. Granted, Biden's just getting started.

    , @sayless
    @SMK

    Kamala will do exactly as she's told. Who will be telling her?

    I don't think she'll mind much, either. What a slippery personality. Can't decide if that's because she's unintelligent, or unprincipled. Probably both.

    Can't her handler tell her not to laugh like that? We don't deserve this. We're bad, but we're not that bad.

  117. @Balaji
    Steve, you wrote, "the Taliban were criminally negligent accessories to 9/11 by hosting Osama bin Laden". If you read some of Ron Unz's "American Pravda" articles, you may come to the conclusion that Afghanistan and Osama had as little to do with 9/11 as Iraq and Saddam.

    Replies: @Jack D

    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo. Don’t believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda.

    Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly. This is a useful role in a society where the entire MSM marches in lockstep with the Establishment. The last thing we need is one more voice shouting “Me Too!” regarding their enthusiastic agreement with the Party line and the Approved Version of history. It’s good to question assumptions and be open minded about the conventional wisdom especially during times where orthodoxy is being pushed hard by almost everyone else. There’s no real chance of bringing the scales into balance but at least maybe you can make the needle wobble a little. Be the boy that shouts that the Emperor has no clothes.

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal “Pravda” (truth). The point is not (at least I hope it’s not) to get you out of the rut of flawed conventional wisdom only to put you in a different rut of even more flawed conventional wisdom.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    This is a useful role in a society where the entire MSM marches in lockstep with the Establishment. The last thing we need is one more voice shouting “Me Too!” regarding their enthusiastic agreement with the Party line and the Approved Version of history.
     
    Which is why I don't buy ANY of the "Afghanistan chaos" stories. The Hamid Karzai airport was in chaos, but even Kabul, a city of 5 million, was not in chaos.
    , @Odin
    @Jack D



    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Afghanistan and Osama had as little to do with 9/11 as Iraq and Saddam. [Balaji]

     

    Don’t believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda. Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly...

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal “Pravda” (truth). [Jack D]

     

    I haven't read Ron Unz on 9/11, and neither have countless others. It would be a great help if you could produce (or perhaps commission?) a running rebuttal to his work. Perhaps the original document, with inserted challenges in italics / bold / color / whatever?

    That would let the reader see two sides of the issue in one pass, rather than trying to balance a detailed discussion against a hand-waving dismissal. While such readers might thus betray excessive open-mindedness, many would surely be willing to risk the exposure.

    This is a sincere request. Please give it serious consideration.

    Replies: @Jack D

  118. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    ThreadReader:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1427317079515009030.html

    For some reason, Jack's blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what's happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Kjr, @Indiana Jack, @Mandrill with a hand drill

    Try using a different browser. I started getting the same result yesterday, but when I opened Twitter in different browser (Firefox instead of Chrome), I was able to open the same threads with no problem. Maybe we are allowed to view a certain number of threads without being logged in but have to log in after we reach that number, similar to how some sites allow people to view 3 free articles per month but require a subscription to view more than that.

    • Thanks: El Dato
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Indiana Jack

    Erasing the cookies worked. 👌

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Indiana Jack

    On an Android device, both Chrome and Firefox allow you to "request desktop site" which should make twittr work better, Brave doesn't seem to have that option. Pity as its otherwise a pretty good browser.

    UPDATE - yes, Brave has that option too if you can find it. Three dots at top right, scroll down the list, check "desktop site".

  119. @Houston 1992
    @Whiskey

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world's electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada .......so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then .....

    Replies: @Anonymouse, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Spud Boy, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    “China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada…”

    U.S. Dollars can only be spent here, so this is what one would expect, considering the trillions of dollars Americans have sent to China for manufactured goods over the last few years.

  120. @Jack D
    @Balaji

    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo. Don't believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda.

    Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly. This is a useful role in a society where the entire MSM marches in lockstep with the Establishment. The last thing we need is one more voice shouting "Me Too!" regarding their enthusiastic agreement with the Party line and the Approved Version of history. It's good to question assumptions and be open minded about the conventional wisdom especially during times where orthodoxy is being pushed hard by almost everyone else. There's no real chance of bringing the scales into balance but at least maybe you can make the needle wobble a little. Be the boy that shouts that the Emperor has no clothes.

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal "Pravda" (truth). The point is not (at least I hope it's not) to get you out of the rut of flawed conventional wisdom only to put you in a different rut of even more flawed conventional wisdom.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Odin

    This is a useful role in a society where the entire MSM marches in lockstep with the Establishment. The last thing we need is one more voice shouting “Me Too!” regarding their enthusiastic agreement with the Party line and the Approved Version of history.

    Which is why I don’t buy ANY of the “Afghanistan chaos” stories. The Hamid Karzai airport was in chaos, but even Kabul, a city of 5 million, was not in chaos.

  121. Great article! Money shot:

    It’s also possible that the ineptitude of the exit might stem in part from the deep state deciding to knife Biden in the back for shutting down their favorite route to career advancement.

    According to the Trump peace deal we were supposed to be out by May 31. I don’t know too much about that. Why did Trump focus on the Taliban and not include the Afghan government – because he knew they were a joke? He had good instincts but someone in intelligence had to have told him. In other words: everybody knew.

    Also: the guys who got us into Vietnam knew the difference between and man and a woman and we still ended up in a quagmire. There’s never an end to the lies you can tell yourself.

  122. @dearieme
    @Polistra

    Here's what I know/don't know about the topic.

    (i) Maybe OBL organised 9/11.

    (ii) The men who did it were overwhelmingly Saudis - they weren't Afghans.

    (iii) They had trained - where? Pakistan largely? A bit in Afghanistan? Florida, certainly. Funded by whom? Saudis, presumably.

    (iv) When the US attacked Afghanistan it's not even clear - is it? - that OBL was in that country.

    (v) When, years later, the USA purportedly attacked Pakistan to kill OBL, did they? Was it fake? (The photo of US bigwigs allegedly watching events on TV must surely be bogus.)

    (vi) Had he died years before from an illness? Did they really remove his body at dump it at sea?

    These add up to a pretty odd basis for spending one or two trillion dollars.

    Replies: @Redmen, @Bill Jones

    Sidney Hersh wrote a pretty persuasive piece back in 2011/2012 which argued that OBL was definitely not killed by the US in the purported Pakistan raid. This “heroic” narrative was almost certainly created entirely by the Obama administration and other deep state denizens.

    The fact no photo was taken of OBL and that his body was immediately “dumped in the ocean” says all you need to know. Imagine the FBI (or any law enforcement agency) handling the capture of someone at the top of their “most wanted” list.

    But the MSM bought that whopper hook, line and sinker with zero curiosity. That was one of the biggest eye openers about the pervasive rot of the mass media and where it was headed.

    • Thanks: Nicholas Stix
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Redmen

    There is a recent one right here: Obama Did NOT Kill Osama Bin Laden

    , @pyrrhus
    @Redmen

    Yes, very similar to the faked capture of John Wilkes Booth--no photo, no legit ID, body dumped in ocean....History does repeat itself sometimes!

    , @utu
    @Redmen

    Obama's OBL operation was timed perfectly:

    April 4, 2011 – Obama announces 2012 reelection bid
    April 27, 2011 – Obama releases original long-form birth certificate
    April 30, 2011 – WH Correspondents Dinner (the action to get Osama already in progress)
    May 2, 2011 – Osama bin Laden killed

    BTW, At the WH Correspondents Dinner Trump is the recipient of President Obama’s jokes which Trumps never forgives or forgets.

  123. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon,

    C’mon Whiskey A-Go-Go, give us a time line. How soon is soon?

    Imma hold you to this: “Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.”

    Really. My work schedule is about to heat up, but I’ll be checking back to taunt you.

    • LOL: El Dato
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 - he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey's predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Harry Baldwin

    , @epebble
    @Paperback Writer

    Hot off the griddle. At least no one can accuse Inscrutable Oriental.


    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3145430/pla-warplanes-enter-taiwanese-military-target-zone-minutes

    Afghan abandonment a lesson for Taiwan’s DPP:
    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1231636.shtml

  124. @SafeNow
    @Anonymous

    “I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…”

    In that part of the world, trains are so packed that passengers ride on top of the roof, and also clinging to the outside. The guys clinging to the outside of the jet made an analogy in their 83-IQ minds.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Kjr, @Jack D

    Afghanistan has zero passenger rail service (and very few freight lines either). You are probably thinking of India (8 BILLION passengers annually) or perhaps Pakistan’s much smaller rail system (70 million passengers/yr). Most Afghans have probably never seen a train except maybe on TV.

    Pakistan’s railway is perhaps best known for the 2019 fire where 70 passengers died on a moving passenger train. Apparently people on board were using portable gas stoves to cook their breakfast. This was not officially permitted but the train personnel tolerated such cooking fires, perhaps in exchange for a small “tip”.

    Western concepts of safety and adherence to societal rules for the good of everyone just don’t compute in impoverished low trust societies – everyone is focused on what they think is good for THEM, right now in this very moment. Not a long time horizon because if you don’t take care of business right now, there IS no long term. Cooking breakfast is good. Supplementing your meager salary with tips is good. Getting out of Afghanistan is good. At least in the short term.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Abe
    @Jack D


    Afghanistan has zero passenger rail service (and very few freight lines either). You are probably thinking of India (8 BILLION passengers annually) or perhaps Pakistan’s much smaller rail system (70 million passengers/yr).
     
    Fine, they likely picked up the hanging-off-the-sides of moving transport habit by riding the roof and clinging off the sides of rickety buses and trucks, Mr. Smart Guy ;-)
  125. So this piece made me laugh:

    Sure, the Taliban were criminally negligent accessories to 9/11 by hosting Osama bin Laden

    Those bitter clingers still believing the 9/11 bullshit would surely have been better off bombing Jeb Bush’s Florida. That was where the Hijacker’s supposedly did their plotting and planning and training and drinking and cokeing and whoring. Last time I looked there were no “Learn to fly a Boeing 767” school in Afghanistan.

  126. They’ve become undisciplined.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    Maybe it's evidence of paranormal activity?

  127. @Kjr
    Considering how unimaginably inept the Americans are, do we really have any reason to believe that Bin Laden planned 9/11?

    No. I know Bush didn't do it.

    They were the guys we eventually said they are. But is there evidence that they were sent by Bin Laden?

    The fact that Bush named Bin Laden so quickly is what's odd. I recall a number of groups taking credit for it as soon as it happened. And of course once the US blamed Bin Laden there was no going back.

    Anyway, that's my question.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Intelligent Dasein

    The fact that Bush named Bin Laden so quickly is what’s odd.

    I remember thinking the same thing at the time. The kneejerk reaction to blame Bin Laden seemed rather abrupt, but there is a rational explanation for it.

    Up until 9/11, the Cheney-Neocon faction of the American military-intelligence apparatus (basically all of it) considered al-Qaeda to be little more than a third-rate “asset.” The fact that this dog slipped its leash and turned against its master (or, rather, showed that it had never been its master’s dog in the first place) proved very embarrassing for them. They had no response to the terrorist attack and did not bother to prevent it, this despite the fact that at least two foreign governments—Russia and Israel—had warned America what was about to happen, and their own internal intelligence communiques had suggested the same.

    In brief, America’s entire security service was caught playing pocket pool on 9/11. They realized right away that they already had in their possession all the information they needed to head off the attack, but they just couldn’t be bothered to actually do it. They were mortally afraid that the American people would realize this and clamor for their heads. The instant naming of Bin Laden was a bit of panicky ass-covering, similar to how an employee who lies to you about why he’s missing work will start dishing out reasons and justifications you aren’t even asking for—he’s preempting the searching questions his guilty conscience knows he can’t answer.

    There was a massive coverup on 9/11, but it was only the government covering for itself. In doing this, they miscalculated once again. In their own world, the Washington world, things like national security are at least nominally important. Hypocrisy being the tribute that vice pays to virtue, you at least have to make a show of competence even where none exists. They had no understanding of the larger culture outside the bubble they live in, so they radically “misunderestimated” the extent to which the American people neither knew nor cared anything about how national security works. Naming Bin Laden—belatedly but with great emphasis—is exactly the sort of thing every low level CIA flunky would do to save his job in the wake of the biggest American intelligence disaster in living memory. Knowing nothing but this CYA culture, the intelligence service as a whole attempted the same maneuver in order to head off the wrath of what they were sure would be a furious American citizenry.

    But the citizenry only stared blankly, then sat up and cheered the incompetents. If you remember the culture at that time, it was almost Neronic in its crass materialism and flabby carelessness. The average American had no idea who al-Qaeda even was. Everyone was riding the excesses of the tech bubble and their only concern was their fantasy football pool and which brand of California chardonnay to adorn their new granite countertops with. Instead of demanding accountability from their government, Americans decided to reward the same losers with an unprecedented of power and domestic policing authority. Enter here the Patriot Act, the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Enter here the jingoistic barroom ballads of Toby Keith, flag lapel pins, and color-coded “terror alerts.” It was a pathetic attempt to do something about our “existential crisis” without disturbing the party atmosphere.

    Everything that followed was utterly predictable from these antecedents, including our recent humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan. The good news is, many Americans started paying more attention and had largely figured out the incompetence by the 2006 midterms. The bad news is that the ruling class incredibly managed to hang on without reversing policy for another decade and a half.

  128. Less of one everyday. Someday we’ll look back wistfully at the time when people wanted to come here and saddle their posterity with a couple hundred grand of debt.

  129. @Kjr
    @SafeNow

    I'm pretty sure it was more a matter of assuming they would jump off when the plane was 5 feet in the air.

    That seemed to be the general atmosphere.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    For the plane to get even 5 feet in the air it would have to reach take off speed which for a large aircraft is going to be 150 -200 mph.
    Best of luck jumping off at that speed onto a concrete runway.

    • Agree: Gordo
    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Anonymous

    I presume that those jackasses hit the ground at a terminal velocity (vectors forward and down) net roughly 200√2 mph.

  130. @Paperback Writer
    @Whiskey


    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon,

     

    C'mon Whiskey A-Go-Go, give us a time line. How soon is soon?

    Imma hold you to this: "Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here."

    Really. My work schedule is about to heat up, but I'll be checking back to taunt you.

    Replies: @Jack D, @epebble

    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 – he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey’s predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 – he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey’s predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.
     
    Obama vacated the Office of the President, but he did not transfer the power of the Office to his elected successor.

    So Whiskey was half correct, and correct in the important way but not correct pro forma.

    And, let's be candid JackD - in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization as to why he couldn't allow the Russian Intelligence Asset cum phony Billionaire to take the Office of the President, the entire reaction of the Powers That Be to such an act would be 180 degrees from what it was in 2020, and there is a very good probability that Obama remains President in February of 2017.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @Jack D

    Isaac Deutscher, an admirer of Leon Trotsky, once said of him: "Proof of Trotsky's farsightedness is that none of his predictions has come true yet."

    True for Whiskey as well.

  131. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    Maybe they saw the Tom Cruise ‘Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation’ movie where he jumped on an Airbus A400M as it was taking off.

    It was a pretty cool stunt … and Cruise actually pulled it off (with safety equipment in place) without a stunt double.

  132. The national security apparatus has been manipulating presidents over Afghanistan for a long time. Back in 2009, general Stanley McChrystal teamed up with Bob Woodward of the Post to cajole the greenhorn Obama into giving him 30,000 more troops. The generals likewise bullied Trump into not pulling out by hiding basic information from him.

    I say:

    Stop making excuses for that Germano-Celtic baby boomer asshole Donald Trump from Queens, New York.

    The “generals” ain’t that runner named Walker with the pencil thin mustache from the 1980s in the USFL.

    Trump went along with all the American Empire Globalizer crap because Trump crawled into bed with the JEW/WASP Ruling Class of the American Empire on the national sovereignty dissolution project that has been going on since the end of WWII or before.

    Trump should have gone Andrew Jackson with a neo-Spoils System to fire all the government workers that needed to be fired and Trump should have fired the senior officers in the US military and the Intelligence Scam Outfits and the DEEP STATE and all the rest, but Trump rolled over and backstabbed his White Core American voter base and he touted the asset bubbles in stocks and bonds and real estate and he betrayed the historic American nation.

    Trump loves mass legal immigration and Trump refused to deport the upwards of 30 million illegal alien invaders in the USA and Trump should have used tariffs and trade policy to advance the interests of the USA and Trump loves the banker shysters who bailed him out plenty of times and Trump should have had junior officers in the US military ready to go when the senior officers refused to depart and redeploy from Afghanistan and Trump should have got the US military out of Germany, S Korea, Japan, and he should have told them pukes to get nukes and phuck off.

    Raise the federal funds rate to 20 percent and stop the asset purchases from the Fed and fire sale the shit out of the Fed’s balance sheet and implode the asset bubbles in stocks and bonds and real estate.

    Connecticut Woman Confronts Trump On His Immigration Flip Flop Backstab:

  133. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    Interesting to see how one of our “anonymous” posters here gets a chuckle from a terrifying tragedy.
    Sneering at the dead, no less.

    What a guy!

    Let’s see how you react when the last flights out of LAX (or Hooterville, in your case) are full and you are about to be dragged to the Trans/Bi/Other Re-Education Camp and Organic Farm up there in North Dakota. Along with a few other unlucky iSteve commentators.

    On the other hand, you might be, by then, working undercover fingering the dissenters. More tragedy for you to laugh at!

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Muggles

    What's the purpose here?

    To shame someone through the Internet for not having the appropriate feelings? Seems quixotic.

    Disclaimer: I got sick chuckles from Schindler's List. It's the "what the hell am I seeing this can't be serious" kind of chuckle.

    Replies: @Muggles

    , @Triteleia Laxa
    @Muggles

    It doesn't seem kind to think what he thought, but the only difference between him and everyone else is that he shared it.

    Replies: @Muggles

  134. Ann Corcoran and Ann Coulter have BALLS and BRAINS and HEART and a SPINE, which is a whole Hell of a lot more than I can say for the rest of you sniveling cowards who won’t stand up in public and speak your damn mind!

    Part of why I want the Federal Reserve Bank to go 1981 and go 20 percent federal funds rate is to pauperize the coward nutless pipsqueaks who prattle on about having something to lose so they can’t possibly be forthright and public about the nation killing treason of the JEW/WASP Ruling Class.

    Trump is a baby boomer treasonite who is is now screaming to flood the USA with Afghanistan REFUGEE OVERLOAD.

    Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell are evil politician whores who do the bidding of the nation-killing scum in the JEW/WASP Ruling Class of the American Empire.

    WHITE CORE AMERICA RISING

    IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE

    DIVERSITY SIMPLY MEANS LESS WHITE PEOPLE

    CRITICAL RACE THEORY IS ANTI-WHITE PROPAGANDA

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Charles Pewitt

    Thanks for this and your previous comment, Mr. Pewitt? Was the guy in your short tweet that I watched you? If so, nice job! I'd vote for you anytime I could.

    Replies: @Charles Pewitt

  135. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better.

    Sure, but- don’t most people here see a contradiction?

    Biden was supposedly just a front for powerful oligarchs, experienced & ruthless Deep State etc. etc.

    One would expect that these types execute the whole affair more smoothly, and not as such an epic embarrassment. After all, Biden is just a front, right?

    Well, it seems- no.

    Biden is the real senile president with real presidential power, and not just a puppet on someone’s strings. He may be a mumbling senile creep, but he has real- although, of course not unlimited- power.

    On the other hand, if you think that this operation was truly planned & executed by some Deep State- what is to fear from them, in the long run? These guys are, judging from the experience, a bunch of out-of-reality morons.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Morons, or not, with persuasive political power.

  136. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    Flight up excitement doesn’t compare to ride down, I’m afraid…

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Joe Stalin

    Slim Pickens was terrific. The survival kit scene is a classic--my favorite from the movie.

  137. Steve Sailer came up with this one as far back as 2008:

    INVADE THE WORLD

    INVITE THE WORLD

    IN HOCK TO THE WORLD

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/invade-world-invite-world-in-hock-to/

    Tweet from 2014:

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Charles Pewitt


    Steve Sailer came up with this one as far back as 2008:

    INVADE THE WORLD

    INVITE THE WORLD

    IN HOCK TO THE WORLD
     

    Invade, Invite, Invest:



    https://external-preview.redd.it/mXJ9ar8DYHAw6tRUe1oScE3Qk1KITFAgMsJXjKhGl14.png?auto=webp&s=b52564af9c404d2c52da695151125b220cfb2df0


    https://www.azquotes.com/picture-quotes/quote-when-there-is-blood-on-the-street-i-am-buying-victor-rothschild-126-67-48.jpg

    https://i.pinimg.com/236x/1a/d6/ce/1ad6ce49b7b108a77e403e78a587ace5.jpg

    https://cdn.quotesgram.com/img/61/53/1697108248-rothschild.jpg

    Replies: @Charles Pewitt

  138. @Polistra
    Speaking of lying and cheating, here's "Chicago Pharmacist"

    https://i.ibb.co/xSz3YKV/Screenshot-20210817-235156-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    In his defense, $10 is a decent price

    Replies: @anon, @Kjr, @Mike Tre, @Squid, @Alden, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Pierre de Craon

    10 years a pop? He should just killed 12 people for 10 dollars a pop, he’d have probably got time served.

  139. The Deep State is not upset over this turn of events, they are gleeful. Has no one noticed this? They are in orgasmic bliss over these “refugees”. They are overjoyed. Any weeping by the Bureaucratic Class is pretend. For them their mistake is forgotten and forgiven and all that matters is their “solution” to their own mistake. They planned nothing, organized nothing, and now they will tell us, as they always do, what to do about the mistake they made. In this case, their mistake means them allowing in to the US a million so called “refugees”. That is how our government class works. They continuously make enormously bad policy decisions and then they lecture us on what to do to fix the entirely predictable results of their horrific errors, always compounding them of course. Never fails.

    • Agree: donut
  140. Another startling release of his inner Pat Buchanan was Biden’s washing his hands of nation-building!

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @Dan Hayes

    Addenda: It was a "startlingly lucid speech" penned by a startlingly lucid speech-maker!

  141. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/patio11/status/1427793602814517251?s=20

    They’ve become undisciplined.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Maybe it’s evidence of paranormal activity?

  142. @Muggles
    @Anonymous


    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…
     
    Interesting to see how one of our "anonymous" posters here gets a chuckle from a terrifying tragedy.
    Sneering at the dead, no less.

    What a guy!

    Let's see how you react when the last flights out of LAX (or Hooterville, in your case) are full and you are about to be dragged to the Trans/Bi/Other Re-Education Camp and Organic Farm up there in North Dakota. Along with a few other unlucky iSteve commentators.

    On the other hand, you might be, by then, working undercover fingering the dissenters. More tragedy for you to laugh at!

    Replies: @El Dato, @Triteleia Laxa

    What’s the purpose here?

    To shame someone through the Internet for not having the appropriate feelings? Seems quixotic.

    Disclaimer: I got sick chuckles from Schindler’s List. It’s the “what the hell am I seeing this can’t be serious” kind of chuckle.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @El Dato


    What’s the purpose here?
     
    I will take the time to answer your query.

    I regard the iSteve commentariat as a little community. Voluntary of course, no real qualifications needed. Almost anything goes, subject to Steve's approval.

    While tolerance is the rule, when I read someone disparaging a victim of a tragedy not of their making, in this case motivated by fear of dangerous gun toting religious fanatics, I regard this is a sign of immaturity or inhumanity, at the least. Perhaps I am too old to enjoy the suffering of others or to make points off of that.

    Kind of makes our community look bad. Just my opinion.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer, @bomag

  143. There are many sources of the failure, but they all seem to fit under the umbrella of the worldview of the Professional Managerial Class that 21st Century, end-of-history cum Rawlsian political Liberalism is the self-evident organizational principle for all human affairs. They really seem to think that everyone will choose “door number 1” when given the chance.

    They were never going to understand your average Afghan who wasn’t educated in the West. They thought that Afghanistan’s problem was the simple lack of political Liberalism. But they really can’t see devout Muslims as anything other than Lutherans of seventy years ago with different dress, spicier food and longer beards. Lutherans gave up the core of their silly beliefs in a few decades under social coercion and after having had their youth corrupted in the educational system, retaining only some of the accoutrements and learning to sing from the Globohomo hymnal – why wouldn’t Afghans hollow out the core of their totalizing religious ideology in order to possess Western technological doo-dads and to make their women as annoying as ours? They can’t possibly believe all of that stuff. No “educated” modern person could. The Afghan just needs a double dose of education. The first Lesbian Imam of Jalalabad was imminent – with enough education of the Afghan.

    • Agree: Captain Tripps
  144. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

    >entertainmemt industry persepective

    Right, but it’s a truism that when you see several directors (or, especially, a lot of writers) it all but guarantees that the film is hot garbage afforded lots of salvage attempts by the studio.

  145. I shouldn’t be so amazed at how many reporters are openly shedding buckets of tears about Afghanistan. The worst has been Richard Engel. I think I’ve figured it out. He needs a war to report on. But he doesn’t want to go to a real war, like the one in Yemen, or Ethiopia. He wants to report on an easy war (for him, not our guys) from a place like Kabul, overrun by NGOs. I bet Kabul has (or had) great restaurants.

    I’ve got a suggestion for little Ricky: stay in Afghanistan and tell us what the Taliban are doing. If they are that bad, they should be exposed.

  146. @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    I agree. The growth of China’s state power seems to be fast approaching a plateau in absolute terms — the question, as always, is how things will look in relative terms.

    There seem to be a lot of people overconfident that China’s power will continue to outpace the US for at least the rest of this century as the US system continues to break down. I’ll admit this is likely, but I need to emphasize that it’s not certain. Any healthy organization is going to have a lot of internal debate about this topic, and it’s far from certain how the PRC’s leadership will come down on this topic as things unfold.

    China at least needs to consider the possibility that the US will reform and recover, that its ideology will become less batty (or at least, less-batty in a way that’s inimical to military effectiveness), and that it will be able to continue to incorporate immigrants into the economy in a way that enhances USG’s state power and shrinks the gap in the size of the two countries’ labor forces. Meanwhile China needs to consider the possibility that an upside-down population pyramid will act on its society in ways that reduce its own state power more sharply than expected.

    So, with all these sources of future uncertainty, if a high degree of certainty builds that victory can be achieved under present conditions, then pressure will build, in some quarters, to act. The PRC doesn’t necessarily need to believe the window of opportunity *will* close, just that it’s open at this moment and *might* close, and that the benefits of seizing the day will exceed the costs.

    • Agree: Jack D
  147. @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz


    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face(“Nah….we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound”).
     
    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn't doing what you claim he's doing.

    Replies: @anon, @Reg Cæsar, @Nick Diaz

    Agree

  148. @Dan Hayes
    Another startling release of his inner Pat Buchanan was Biden's washing his hands of nation-building!

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

    Addenda: It was a “startlingly lucid speech” penned by a startlingly lucid speech-maker!

  149. @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    My guess is that Hitler didn’t trust Stalin as far as he could throw him (and vice versa), so the best course of action was to double-cross Stalin before Stalin could double-cross Hitler (which of course made a double-cross inevitable from either direction).

    If Hitler waited ten years, he could have been eight years too late and the Red Army marching through Berlin. (of course, as we know, the Red Army took Berlin anyway but Hitler got the first shot in).

    So, it could well be that the Reich was ill fated regardless of whether Hitler violated the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and that he made the best choice with the best opportunity of success even if no available path was likely to end in success.

  150. • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @International Jew

    I commented on that, too, a few days ago. The outrage. Cancel them.

    BTW listen to these blobsters. This is truly a fascinating period of American history. The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan. I can't stop laughing at their shock and dismay.

    https://www.msnbc.com/deadline-white-house/watch/nyt-pentagon-correspondent-details-the-level-of-despair-inside-the-defense-dept-118897733851?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Wilkey

  151. @International Jew
    OT noose+blackface outrage...

    https://nypost.com/2021/08/16/taliban-parade-two-men-with-blackened-faces-nooses-around-necks/

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    I commented on that, too, a few days ago. The outrage. Cancel them.

    BTW listen to these blobsters. This is truly a fascinating period of American history. The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan. I can’t stop laughing at their shock and dismay.

    https://www.msnbc.com/deadline-white-house/watch/nyt-pentagon-correspondent-details-the-level-of-despair-inside-the-defense-dept-118897733851?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Paperback Writer

    He wasn't their guy. He came fourth in Iowa and fifth in NH. Their girl did even worse but is poised to be President anyway.

    He was selected to carry out more or less Trump’s agenda (which in many respects is warmed over DLCism) with different benefactors and clients. And so he is. The neocons thought he was their guy too but they’ve never been particularly savvy.

    , @Wilkey
    @Paperback Writer


    The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan.
     
    We’re all Pat Buchanan now.

    Replies: @anon

  152. Taliban acquires US military biometric devices that can identify Afghans who assisted coalition efforts – reports

    An unidentified Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) official told The Intercept that the Islamist group confiscated the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (HIIDE) devices during its offensive push last week. The report was backed up by three former US military personnel.

    According to a US Army Corps of Engineers presentation, HIIDE devices use the data collected to create a “portfolio” that can then be imported into Biometrics Automated Toolset (BAT) identification-processing software as a “digital dossier.” This can be scanned against official watch lists for threats.

    Besides tracking insurgents, the Pentagon was also reportedly keen to use the devices to gather unique data on 80% of the Afghan population to check for terrorist and criminal activity. Unnamed sources said biometric details of locals who helped the US were also collected and used in identification cards.

    From that presentation

    It’s getting amazingly dystopian out there.

  153. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 - he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey's predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Harry Baldwin

    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 – he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey’s predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.

    Obama vacated the Office of the President, but he did not transfer the power of the Office to his elected successor.

    So Whiskey was half correct, and correct in the important way but not correct pro forma.

    And, let’s be candid JackD – in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization as to why he couldn’t allow the Russian Intelligence Asset cum phony Billionaire to take the Office of the President, the entire reaction of the Powers That Be to such an act would be 180 degrees from what it was in 2020, and there is a very good probability that Obama remains President in February of 2017.

    • Agree: Ben tillman, Dnought
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization
     
    IF. If my grandmother had wheels she'd be a trolley car. The fact is that Obama didn't try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. Maybe part of the reason why the Powers That Be would have backed Obama and did not back Trump is precisely because they knew that Obama was Not that Kind of Guy and that Trump IS That Kind of Guy.

    Now we live in a tough world, and That Kind of Guy is precisely the guy we need looking out for the interests of the United States but, he's not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @J.Ross, @Nicholas Stix

  154. Why was Trump’s deal (to be fulfilled on May 31, remember) only with the Taliban? Why wasn’t the Afghan government a part of it?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Paperback Writer

    The Taliban is the Afghan government and has been for some time.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1428026824886571010?s=20

    Is that Order as in “to-go order”?

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  155. Anonymous[259] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition
     
    There's the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a 'democracy building' project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    There’s the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this

    You left another group of people who opposed the war: those who understood that 9/11 was justifiable retaliation for America’s complicity in the Jewish conquest of Palestine and for America’s related interference and violence across the Middle East.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  156. Anyone saying anything other than praising Biden for going through with withdrawal is a neocon shill, wittingly or otherwise.The only bad thing is that collaborators are being brought to America. Other than that, this whole process has been smooth and almost entirely peaceful. The capital fell almost without a shot.

    People on the populist right need to get this right and many are getting it wrong. This is not the time to score cheap political points against Biden. This is the time to praise Biden. Times like this are when we see who the real populists and nationalists are who the Republican Party grifters are.

    • Agree: SimpleSong, EdwardM, Thea
    • Thanks: Boomthorkell
    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    @ATBOTL

    Agree.

    The reactions here would be perplexing had I not realized long ago that alt-right types are mostly just yuppies who got spooked by black dysfunction.

    Replies: @ATBOTL

    , @scrivener3
    @ATBOTL

    I think you have a point. Normally Democrats would not throw any democrat politician under the bus no matter what.

    Then Dowd attacked Obama about his birthday party in the Sunday NYT. Como was suddenly a bad person. Biden is not capable. Allen Dershowitz is screamed at by Larry David in a Martha's Vineyard grocery. (Dershowitz bleats "I voted for Biden, enthusiastically, eerily echoing people condemned by Stalin.)

    Is the Left purging any and all "moderates?" you may not think of them as moderates but what is coming up behind them?

    , @MEH 0910
    @ATBOTL

    https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1426954255169204224

    https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1428051808073695238

    , @Marquis
    @ATBOTL


    The only bad thing is that collaborators are being brought to America
     
    .

    Other than that, how was the play Mr. Lincoln?
  157. @Paperback Writer
    Why was Trump's deal (to be fulfilled on May 31, remember) only with the Taliban? Why wasn't the Afghan government a part of it?

    Replies: @Desiderius

    The Taliban is the Afghan government and has been for some time.

    Is that Order as in “to-go order”?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Desiderius

    Desi, thank you. That's alot of cash and around here you can't get plastic bags to carry your swag Hope he recycles. Somehow I have a feeling that some of that cash makes it to the DNC coffers or maybe Hunter.

  158. @Daniel H
    @Reg Cæsar


    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden’s memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he’s endorsed that way
     
    I suspect that Stephen King hasn't even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.

    Replies: @Seneca44, @Alfa158, @Reg Cæsar

    Stephen King is the primitive AI.
    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.
    The mystery writer was driven to distraction by the fact that he would get stuck and have to think about what he was going to write next, while on the other side of the office he heard the relentless peckata-peckata-peckata-ding! of Silverberg cranking out copy. Eventually the mystery writer gave up the arrangement and resumed writing at home.
    In my few failed attempts to actually plow through a King product, I decided that must be how King works as well.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Alfa158


    Stephen King is the primitive AI.
     
    You mean the refined human Racter / OpenAI GPT-3 / DeepStory

    Meanwhile over there

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBHTWLoXCW0

    , @J.Ross
    @Alfa158

    Silverberg was an amiable midwit. The one story of his I have read is something like a OS Trek episode, entertaining enough but not properly sci-fi, predictable in several twists and details, and devoid of big ideas or facts or theories. And Silverberg will always be the guy who decided to forget how chemistry works while doing a joint interview with Isaac Asimov, who had taught chemistry, with the happy result that Asimov was inspired to write The Gods Themselves.

    , @kaganovitch
    @Alfa158

    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.


    In the late 50's early 60's, Silverberg pounded out between 4 and 5 million words a year; a feat that I don't think has ever been matched.

    Replies: @utu

  159. The eternal Slav never ceases in his conspiracies against America. They genetically predisposed to evil after all. I also love these vague entities with ‘Eurasia’ in their titles whose role or political activism is never revealed. These people are dry objective academics, of course.

  160. @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    Race is everything. Chinese are a nation of shrewd, high-IQ peasants who dream of one day living in indolent comfort. Germans are high-IQ, conscientious, semi-autistic craftsmen who dream of one day living as real-life Wagnerian knights.

    The Japanese (not Chinese, yes, but with some of the same shrewd peasant national characteristics) lost the Battle of Midway (despite having more carriers, better pilots, better planes, munitions that actually blew up) partly because they could not resist signing off on an overly-complicated, too-clever-by-half, operational plan. This pattern repeated itself throughout the war. Germans, on the other hand, as the biggest fan-boys (not undeservedly) of their own military prowess, could not resist a grand heroic strike to cut down the Eastern hordes, and when that failed resorting to self-immolation in one last great romantic gesture. This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.

    During Japan’s peak economic dominance during the late 80’s (remember the Sean Connery flick RISING SUN, which not very subtly mated Japanese commercial mastery with yellow sexual aggression against white women?) Japanese leaders actually restrained themselves a bit in their trade demands in order not to humiliate too much their most important strategic ally. Wise policy, yes, but also congruent with the cautious, too patient-by-half Oriental character.

    China, which takes the Oriental fetish for clever tricks, patience, planning to greater extremes than Japan (remember ‘their Clauswitz’ is famous for declaiming that the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled, and that the enemy should always be given ‘golden bridges’ by which to withdraw) will sit back, wait, plan, and burrow as is congenial with their national character (and probably to an extent suboptimal with their genuine strategic objectives). Not to say that China could not lash out to grab what it wanted and gratuitously humiliate the US in the process in a fit of joyous jingoistic exuberance, but on a case-by-case basis that is never the way for smart money to bet.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Abe

    Abe, very good comment and in WWII the Japanese Army and The Japanese Navy were so opposed to each other that the navy did not inform the army of the defeat at Midway. My source, "The Pacific War 1931-1945" by professor Saburo Ienaga.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez, @Captain Tripps

    , @Anonymous
    @Abe


    This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.
     
    The head of the Zeppelin arm actually did this, with himself in the lead ship, even though by 1918 airships were hopelessly obsolete. All of the ships were shot down before reaching the English coast.
    , @Jack D
    @Abe


    [For the Chinese] the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled,
     
    And yet they did not hesitate to launch human wave attacks in Korea, where [Chinese] blood flowed like a river (180,000 dead). Then again, Mao's buddy Peng Dehuai was in charge and not Sun Tzu.

    Mao's son and only natural successor, Mao Anying was killed by an American airstrike during the Chinese invasion of Korea and supposedly Mao blamed Peng Dehuai for his son's death. Peng knew that the dictator would not take kindly to having his heir killed so he assigned Peng to an assignment in the rear as a Russian translator (Anying had spend years in the USSR) headquartered in a cave that was safe from enemy airstrikes. According to legend, (which may or may not be true) the spoiled Anying emerged from the cave to cook himself a meal and the smoke from his cooking fire betrayed him to the American bombers. Chinese who oppose Mao commemorate the anniversary of Mao Anying's death by eating egg fried rice, the dish he was supposedly cooking, because had he not cooked that dish, China would have had a Mao dynasty as surely as N. Korea has a Kim dynasty.

    In inscrutable Oriental fashion, Mao waited until 1966 and the Cultural Revolution to take his revenge on Peng. Peng was purged and humiliated by the Red Guards and spent the rest of his life in prison and died of ill treatment and lack of medical care.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

  161. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    I can understand. At first, they figured the plane wouldn’t try to take off with people holding on; maybe it would stop a ways down the runway (after leaving the less daring people behind) and let them come in. But then pretty soon the plane started its takeoff roll and by the time it reached 40mph they realized they were dead if they let go. So they held on as long as they could.

    • Agree: Alfa158
    • Replies: @Richard B
    @International Jew


    So they held on as long as they could.
     
    Which is what most people do with their beliefs. Especially the ones they call truths.

    That's why the great human motto is:

    Millions for our Beliefs! Not one red cent for Reality!

  162. @Jack D
    @SafeNow

    Afghanistan has zero passenger rail service (and very few freight lines either). You are probably thinking of India (8 BILLION passengers annually) or perhaps Pakistan's much smaller rail system (70 million passengers/yr). Most Afghans have probably never seen a train except maybe on TV.

    Pakistan's railway is perhaps best known for the 2019 fire where 70 passengers died on a moving passenger train. Apparently people on board were using portable gas stoves to cook their breakfast. This was not officially permitted but the train personnel tolerated such cooking fires, perhaps in exchange for a small "tip".

    Western concepts of safety and adherence to societal rules for the good of everyone just don't compute in impoverished low trust societies - everyone is focused on what they think is good for THEM, right now in this very moment. Not a long time horizon because if you don't take care of business right now, there IS no long term. Cooking breakfast is good. Supplementing your meager salary with tips is good. Getting out of Afghanistan is good. At least in the short term.

    https://wgntv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/pakistantrain.jpg?w=960&h=540&crop=1

    Replies: @Abe

    Afghanistan has zero passenger rail service (and very few freight lines either). You are probably thinking of India (8 BILLION passengers annually) or perhaps Pakistan’s much smaller rail system (70 million passengers/yr).

    Fine, they likely picked up the hanging-off-the-sides of moving transport habit by riding the roof and clinging off the sides of rickety buses and trucks, Mr. Smart Guy 😉

    • Agree: Hhsiii
  163. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1427856227392909314?s=20

    Looking in retrospect that this was when the decision was taken to switch horses (or merely to acknowledge the only real horse which existed), put on ice somewhat for the Trump years but advanced in the shadows. Bergdahl likely some sort of asset, optics completely botched because they're incompetent, but it didn't matter because the people watching don't.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Not Raul, @Ralph L, @Redman

  164. @RichardTaylor
    Looks like Ron Unz, Steve Sailer and Greg Cochran have some worthy company pushing Covid hysteria:

    https://twitter.com/TheRealOJ32/status/1419029087478108160

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Just look at the guy, Richard. He used to be able to run through airport terminals! Now, look at him, between the COVID … well, and the jail time, the weight of 2 murders on his conscience and the TSA who at this point MAY just be in shape to tackle him were he to do this again… he’s just a shell of his former self.

    Opt out of what, BTW? What’s he blabbing about?

  165. @R.G. Camara
    Steve, perhaps one of your best. Bravo. Not perfect, but excellent nonetheless. This quote in particular struck me:

    To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.
     
    Future historians may well seize upon that quote as emblematic of the late-stage rot that doomed the nation.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @James Speaks

    I think that it’s worse.

    To climb the ladder in modern America, you have to believe the lies.

    Milley believes what he says.

  166. @Paperback Writer
    @International Jew

    I commented on that, too, a few days ago. The outrage. Cancel them.

    BTW listen to these blobsters. This is truly a fascinating period of American history. The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan. I can't stop laughing at their shock and dismay.

    https://www.msnbc.com/deadline-white-house/watch/nyt-pentagon-correspondent-details-the-level-of-despair-inside-the-defense-dept-118897733851?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Wilkey

    He wasn’t their guy. He came fourth in Iowa and fifth in NH. Their girl did even worse but is poised to be President anyway.

    He was selected to carry out more or less Trump’s agenda (which in many respects is warmed over DLCism) with different benefactors and clients. And so he is. The neocons thought he was their guy too but they’ve never been particularly savvy.

  167. “But why the insta-collapse?”

    Because the mission was a house of cards and riddled with entities with agendas that have zero to do with US national security: banksters, the corporate war sector, scheming Zionists, the Pakistani ISI and CIA elite with their tiny hands in the poppy fields cookie jar.

    “deep state … it’s real … and it’s inept”

    I’m a seriously paranoid albino gorilla: nothing more dangerous to the citizens of a collapsing empire than the decadent and vile elites of said collapsing empire who are losing grip of the nightmare they’ve unleashed. Albino gorilla!

  168. @Polistra
    Speaking of lying and cheating, here's "Chicago Pharmacist"

    https://i.ibb.co/xSz3YKV/Screenshot-20210817-235156-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    In his defense, $10 is a decent price

    Replies: @anon, @Kjr, @Mike Tre, @Squid, @Alden, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Pierre de Craon

    Huge risk (I assume he/she can lose his/her license over this). Paltry gain. I thought these people were going to bury us because they’re all so smart?

    • Replies: @donut
    @Squid

    It's the people that bought them they are really after .

  169. @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz


    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face(“Nah….we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound”).
     
    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn't doing what you claim he's doing.

    Replies: @anon, @Reg Cæsar, @Nick Diaz

    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn’t doing what you claim he’s doing.

    My hypothesis that our other “RT”, Richard Taylor, is a sock puppet of Corvinus may need to be tweaked. It might be the other way ’round.

    I miss Tiny’s attempts at pupuhosiery. A handy excuse for exploring the grand array of rubber fowl available.

  170. The only map that will matter if atrocities are committed/the Northern Alliance comes back.

    There is no ‘Taliban’ to defeat, they just represent the Pathans. The only way to defeat them is to commit genocide. The Northern Alliance is a coalition of Central Asians.

  171. why didn’t this work for american indians?

    i think it’s more complicated than just ‘we live here’.

    • Replies: @sayless
    @prime noticer

    The American Indians were too disunited to band together. Tecumseh tried but it was too late.

  172. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

    “lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner”

    Agreed. She is quite dreamy.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Look at Steve going all Hannibal Lecter re: Clarice Starling.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  173. conversely, european peoples ‘live here’ in many places, yet their spaces are being filled with random people from around the world.

    so the basic principles are actually more like:
    1) you need a growing population
    2) you need to violently resist

    then you can defend land.

    a declining population, a passive population, or both, loses land.

    • Agree: SimpleSong
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @prime noticer

    conversely, european peoples ‘live here’ in many places, yet their spaces are being filled with random people from around the world.

    “When a living creature loses the sentiments which, in given circumstances are necessary to it in order to maintain the struggle for life, this is a certain sign of degeneration, for the absence of these sentiments will, sooner or later, entail the extinction of the species. The living creature which shrinks from giving blow for blow and from shedding its adversary’s blood thereby puts itself at the mercy of this adversary. The sheep has always found a wolf to devour it; if it now escapes this peril, it is only because man reserves it for his own prey. Any people which has horror of blood to the point of not knowing how to defend itself will sooner or later become the prey of some bellicose people or other. There is not perhaps on this globe a single foot of ground which has not been conquered by the sword at one time or other, and where the people occupying it have not maintained themselves on it by force. If the Negroes were stronger than the Europeans, Europe would be partitioned by the Africans and not Africa by the Europeans.”

    --Vilfredo Pareto, writing in 1902

  174. I suspect the greatest problem is that we never demonstrated to them the benefits of adopting Western values and forms of governance in the context of the way they live their lives – they way they have to live their lives if they want any chance of survival.

    In fact it’s not even clear that our current culture is sustainable even in our own countries – actually it’s clear that it’s mostly a civilizational death sentence, even for us. And we’ve spent 20 years attempting to impose it on an ancient culture which may not understand much, but at least understands the importance of bothering to create a next generation.

    But if you’re living in Afghanistan, where there is absolutely zero chance that adopting Western nihilism is going to make you even temporarily prosperous, adopting 21st Century Western values doesn’t have much appeal.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Wilkey

    Boots on the ground SOF missionary types weren’t nihilistic - far from it - but it’s become increasingly clear since Flynn went down that such men are no longer calling the shots and even when they were they never had the reach they thought they did to protect their proselytes or to advocate as effectively for their way of life as their missionary forebears did.

    There’s Power in the Blood.

    , @anon
    @Wilkey

    I suspect the greatest problem is that we never demonstrated to them the benefits of adopting Western values and forms of governance in the context of the way they live their lives – they way they have to live their lives if they want any chance of survival.

    I suspect the greatest problem is that they aren't descended from NW European inner Hajnal line peoples, and so they are not phenotypically suited to Western style representative government with or without optional accessories. Ditto the Arabs and Kurds of Iraq.

    tl;dr
    "They" didn't suddenly and spontaneously form Vermont town meetings, because none of "them" are Vermont farmers descended from Anglo-Saxons.

  175. @Alfa158
    @Daniel H

    Stephen King is the primitive AI.
    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.
    The mystery writer was driven to distraction by the fact that he would get stuck and have to think about what he was going to write next, while on the other side of the office he heard the relentless peckata-peckata-peckata-ding! of Silverberg cranking out copy. Eventually the mystery writer gave up the arrangement and resumed writing at home.
    In my few failed attempts to actually plow through a King product, I decided that must be how King works as well.

    Replies: @El Dato, @J.Ross, @kaganovitch

    Stephen King is the primitive AI.

    You mean the refined human Racter / OpenAI GPT-3 / DeepStory

    Meanwhile over there

  176. @Paperback Writer
    @Whiskey


    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon,

     

    C'mon Whiskey A-Go-Go, give us a time line. How soon is soon?

    Imma hold you to this: "Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here."

    Really. My work schedule is about to heat up, but I'll be checking back to taunt you.

    Replies: @Jack D, @epebble

    Hot off the griddle. At least no one can accuse Inscrutable Oriental.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3145430/pla-warplanes-enter-taiwanese-military-target-zone-minutes

    Afghan abandonment a lesson for Taiwan’s DPP:
    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1231636.shtml

  177. @Paperback Writer
    @International Jew

    I commented on that, too, a few days ago. The outrage. Cancel them.

    BTW listen to these blobsters. This is truly a fascinating period of American history. The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan. I can't stop laughing at their shock and dismay.

    https://www.msnbc.com/deadline-white-house/watch/nyt-pentagon-correspondent-details-the-level-of-despair-inside-the-defense-dept-118897733851?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

    Replies: @Desiderius, @Wilkey

    The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan.

    We’re all Pat Buchanan now.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Wilkey

    We’re all Pat Buchanan now.

    I'm not.

  178. @R.G. Camara
    Steve, perhaps one of your best. Bravo. Not perfect, but excellent nonetheless. This quote in particular struck me:

    To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.
     
    Future historians may well seize upon that quote as emblematic of the late-stage rot that doomed the nation.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @James Speaks

    It may not be the best in terms of fluidity, but this attack on our culture of lying head-on makes it one of the most important essays I’ve read in a very long time.

    Here’s a hypothesis: Lying gains an advantage so long as not too many people do it.

    For a system to work, each part needs to work and that means responding to reality. Lies distort reality. If one or only a few people lie and get away with it, then they gain an advantage over the rest, but the system suffers a little because the liar’s output is diminished. When lying reaches the stage where the system output is so far below what is needed for the liars to break even, then further lying only worsens the situation. Finally the people in control try to exercise more control to make the broken system perform better.

    My hypothesis is sloppily stated, but I think the idea gets through. Finally, Scott Peck’s book on evil was called “People of the Lie.”

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    @James Speaks


    Here’s a hypothesis: Lying gains an advantage so long as not too many people do it.
     
    Immanuel Kant beat you to that one. And it's a standard case study in game theory (in fact, it's pretty much the only point that game theory has ever made). You may not be familiar with these things, but the old Sraussians who trained today's institutional liars certainly were.

    Replies: @James Speaks

  179. being an outsider roaring around on their home turf in our Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles is no way to make us loved.

    Some American school districts own/operate MRAPs, but my non-love for public education far predates when districts began accumulating (what for?) them.

    Thanks for spelling out the acronym. Now I know what’s meant by “AP classes”.

    [MORE]

    I didn’t have to wait long to read Afghanistan-related remarks attributed to Harry Sussex. Supposedly, he is woeful and finds the events comparable to the world’s climate catastrophe. Pathetic.

    I’m still waiting for comments from Taliban John.

  180. @Desiderius
    @Paperback Writer

    The Taliban is the Afghan government and has been for some time.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1428026824886571010?s=20

    Is that Order as in “to-go order”?

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Desi, thank you. That’s alot of cash and around here you can’t get plastic bags to carry your swag Hope he recycles. Somehow I have a feeling that some of that cash makes it to the DNC coffers or maybe Hunter.

  181. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s also possible that the ineptitude of the exit might stem in part from the deep state deciding to knife Biden in the back for shutting down their favorite route to career advancement.
     
    That's not something I'd thought about, but I sure wouldn't put it past them. That's more likely after their having stonewalled and lied to the previous C.I.C., President Trump, as you wrote about.

    Regarding your final line:

    If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.
     
    We could have learned this from dozens of episodes in the past. Ask yourself when the last time the CIA not only DID anything competently but even SAW any important event coming - downfall of the USSR, anyone? They've all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War. They are good at one thing - holding onto power via what I'd guess is blackmail* more than anything.

    .

    * When you have access to the NSA spy network that can dig up anything from phone calls, messages or email between anyone, then there are not many people who cannot be blackmailed.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb, @Paul Mendez, @Dieter Kief

    “They’ve all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War.”

    Beginning with the Dulles brothers who ruled the world when the American empire was not collapsing the CIA’s true clientele has always been the international financial cartels. Whilst white American suckers picked up the tab.

  182. @Abe
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.
     
    Race is everything. Chinese are a nation of shrewd, high-IQ peasants who dream of one day living in indolent comfort. Germans are high-IQ, conscientious, semi-autistic craftsmen who dream of one day living as real-life Wagnerian knights.

    The Japanese (not Chinese, yes, but with some of the same shrewd peasant national characteristics) lost the Battle of Midway (despite having more carriers, better pilots, better planes, munitions that actually blew up) partly because they could not resist signing off on an overly-complicated, too-clever-by-half, operational plan. This pattern repeated itself throughout the war. Germans, on the other hand, as the biggest fan-boys (not undeservedly) of their own military prowess, could not resist a grand heroic strike to cut down the Eastern hordes, and when that failed resorting to self-immolation in one last great romantic gesture. This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.

    During Japan’s peak economic dominance during the late 80’s (remember the Sean Connery flick RISING SUN, which not very subtly mated Japanese commercial mastery with yellow sexual aggression against white women?) Japanese leaders actually restrained themselves a bit in their trade demands in order not to humiliate too much their most important strategic ally. Wise policy, yes, but also congruent with the cautious, too patient-by-half Oriental character.

    China, which takes the Oriental fetish for clever tricks, patience, planning to greater extremes than Japan (remember ‘their Clauswitz’ is famous for declaiming that the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled, and that the enemy should always be given ‘golden bridges’ by which to withdraw) will sit back, wait, plan, and burrow as is congenial with their national character (and probably to an extent suboptimal with their genuine strategic objectives). Not to say that China could not lash out to grab what it wanted and gratuitously humiliate the US in the process in a fit of joyous jingoistic exuberance, but on a case-by-case basis that is never the way for smart money to bet.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Anonymous, @Jack D

    Abe, very good comment and in WWII the Japanese Army and The Japanese Navy were so opposed to each other that the navy did not inform the army of the defeat at Midway. My source, “The Pacific War 1931-1945” by professor Saburo Ienaga.

    • Thanks: Abe
    • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    @Buffalo Joe


    …in WWII the Japanese Army and The Japanese Navy were so opposed to each other that the navy did not inform the army of the defeat at Midway
     
    .

    IIRC the JA built an airfield on Guadalcanal so that their land-based bombers could play a part in the Pacific War. The first time the JN heard about this was when the US Marines landed and the JA had to ask to be rescued.
    , @Captain Tripps
    @Buffalo Joe

    Joe, am currently reading book three of Ian Toll's trilogy on the Pacific War, Twilight of the Gods. Excellent series; highly recommend.

  183. “Granted, Afghanistan is a crummy country with a comically awful culture. ”

    Yes, Afghanistan has an almost total lack of feminism, communist government officials, gun controllers, gay pride parades, multi- trillion government spending and borrowing, and transsexuals….How can people live like that?

    • LOL: donut
  184. @Daniel H
    @Reg Cæsar


    Speaking of lying,, the top blurb on the back of Hunter Biden’s memoir is from Stephen King. King has been accused of not actually reading most of the books he’s endorsed that way
     
    I suspect that Stephen King hasn't even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.

    Replies: @Seneca44, @Alfa158, @Reg Cæsar

    I suspect that Stephen King hasn’t even written the books he wrote. The few I have read appear to have been written by some primitive AI.

    I thought the two shorter early novels I read were excessively wordy. (Supermarkets should really sell novels by weight.) His short stories were better because of the discipline of word count.

    One thing critics have noticed is that he often uses brand names rather than generics. A character enters a “Ford”, not a “car” or even a “sedan”. One wonders if he has had product placement deals from the beginning. You’d almost expect someone to get a sliver from a plank of 84 Lumber.

  185. @Muggles
    @Anonymous


    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…
     
    Interesting to see how one of our "anonymous" posters here gets a chuckle from a terrifying tragedy.
    Sneering at the dead, no less.

    What a guy!

    Let's see how you react when the last flights out of LAX (or Hooterville, in your case) are full and you are about to be dragged to the Trans/Bi/Other Re-Education Camp and Organic Farm up there in North Dakota. Along with a few other unlucky iSteve commentators.

    On the other hand, you might be, by then, working undercover fingering the dissenters. More tragedy for you to laugh at!

    Replies: @El Dato, @Triteleia Laxa

    It doesn’t seem kind to think what he thought, but the only difference between him and everyone else is that he shared it.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Triteleia Laxa

    I don't want to get into a pointless tiff, but "everyone else" here doesn't mock someone who dies while desperately trying to escape Taliban killers.

    Panic does cause people to make poor, even fatal decisions.

    I am far from perfect, but I try not to laugh at the tragic outcomes of innocent people.

  186. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska.

    Drink more water and less of your namesake.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Triteleia Laxa

    I don't know about invading the Home Islands but PRC has already been grabbing all the little rocks that serve as pure territory tokens; the problem, besides the impotence of the American military, is that the PRC then builds the rocks up into rocket bases and listening posts.

  187. Nick Diaz [AKA "Rockford Tyson"] says:
    @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz


    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face(“Nah….we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound”).
     
    Rockford Tyson Nick Diaz, Steve isn't doing what you claim he's doing.

    Replies: @anon, @Reg Cæsar, @Nick Diaz

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that? Face it: America’s performance was pathetic in Afghanistan, just like it was in Vietnam.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that?


    Nick Diaz says:
    April 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm GMT • 3.4 years ago

    [...]
    Sailer, the guy that glosses over the Nazi-like treatment of Palestinians by the Jews(qt.”personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestinians around.”
     

    Rockford Tyson says:
    March 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm GMT • 4.7 months ago

    [...]
    There was an article from you years back where you stated, in reply to a picture that showed Israeli soldiers beating Palestinean kids in the Gaza Strip, that, and I quote:

    “Personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestineans around.”
     
    Nick Diaz stopped commenting after November 8, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Nick+Diaz

    Rockford Tyson started commenting on November 27, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?CommentOrder=ASC&commenterfilter=Rockford+Tyson

    Rockford Tyson, you used to post under the name Nick Diaz.

    Replies: @JMcG, @ben tillman

  188. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Biden is a senile fool … he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better.

    His staff, which does all of his thinking and planning for him, consists entirely of smug Jews and their sycophantic Gentile votaries. Thus, rather than simply being no better than Biden, it is far, far worse.

  189. @Dieter Kief

    Lying isn’t just bad for the soul, it’s bad for effectiveness at dealing with reality.
     
    This premise weakens the idea of the deep state. All kinds of evil follow from the premise already. So after this premise, the words deep state could even be read as ironic. - By the rather grim few.

    (Great column btw.).

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    The deep state does not run on dark art skills. They run on an enormous bankroll. If there were some shame inherent in selling out to these cocksuckers they couldn’t accomplish squat.

  190. @Mike Tre
    @R.G. Camara

    "To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses."

    About masks, social distancing, lockdowns, forced fake vaccinations....

    We're going on 18 months of mandatory mask wearing. Should it just be forever Steve? Forever, right?

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    Go Gault or go Kaczynski or bend over and take it up the rear.

    (I myself am doing Gault at the moment.)

  191. Anonymous[886] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.
     
    Race is everything. Chinese are a nation of shrewd, high-IQ peasants who dream of one day living in indolent comfort. Germans are high-IQ, conscientious, semi-autistic craftsmen who dream of one day living as real-life Wagnerian knights.

    The Japanese (not Chinese, yes, but with some of the same shrewd peasant national characteristics) lost the Battle of Midway (despite having more carriers, better pilots, better planes, munitions that actually blew up) partly because they could not resist signing off on an overly-complicated, too-clever-by-half, operational plan. This pattern repeated itself throughout the war. Germans, on the other hand, as the biggest fan-boys (not undeservedly) of their own military prowess, could not resist a grand heroic strike to cut down the Eastern hordes, and when that failed resorting to self-immolation in one last great romantic gesture. This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.

    During Japan’s peak economic dominance during the late 80’s (remember the Sean Connery flick RISING SUN, which not very subtly mated Japanese commercial mastery with yellow sexual aggression against white women?) Japanese leaders actually restrained themselves a bit in their trade demands in order not to humiliate too much their most important strategic ally. Wise policy, yes, but also congruent with the cautious, too patient-by-half Oriental character.

    China, which takes the Oriental fetish for clever tricks, patience, planning to greater extremes than Japan (remember ‘their Clauswitz’ is famous for declaiming that the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled, and that the enemy should always be given ‘golden bridges’ by which to withdraw) will sit back, wait, plan, and burrow as is congenial with their national character (and probably to an extent suboptimal with their genuine strategic objectives). Not to say that China could not lash out to grab what it wanted and gratuitously humiliate the US in the process in a fit of joyous jingoistic exuberance, but on a case-by-case basis that is never the way for smart money to bet.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Anonymous, @Jack D

    This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.

    The head of the Zeppelin arm actually did this, with himself in the lead ship, even though by 1918 airships were hopelessly obsolete. All of the ships were shot down before reaching the English coast.

  192. New South Wales (Australia) Minister Victor Dominello got vaccinated and now has Bell’s Palsy (happily, being brain damaged does not disqualify one from government office). When you search Google Images for “Victor Dominello Bell’s Palsy” you get images of Donald Trump, images from pro-vaccination campaign sites, or old images of the minister.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9904525/NSW-Minister-Victor-Dominello-announces-Bells-palsy-viewers-spotted-startling-feature.html

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @J.Ross

    Not brain damage though. Should go away after a week weeks. Those spike proteins really go for the nerves.

  193. @Abe
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.
     
    Race is everything. Chinese are a nation of shrewd, high-IQ peasants who dream of one day living in indolent comfort. Germans are high-IQ, conscientious, semi-autistic craftsmen who dream of one day living as real-life Wagnerian knights.

    The Japanese (not Chinese, yes, but with some of the same shrewd peasant national characteristics) lost the Battle of Midway (despite having more carriers, better pilots, better planes, munitions that actually blew up) partly because they could not resist signing off on an overly-complicated, too-clever-by-half, operational plan. This pattern repeated itself throughout the war. Germans, on the other hand, as the biggest fan-boys (not undeservedly) of their own military prowess, could not resist a grand heroic strike to cut down the Eastern hordes, and when that failed resorting to self-immolation in one last great romantic gesture. This was not Hitler’s own peculiar psychological flaw, BTW. On the cusp of defeat in 1918, the chief of the Imperial German Navy was going to order one last ‘death-ride’ of the High Seas Fleet in lieu of ignominious surrender, but that was cancelled after the crews mutinied, leading to the revolution which brought down the German Empire.

    During Japan’s peak economic dominance during the late 80’s (remember the Sean Connery flick RISING SUN, which not very subtly mated Japanese commercial mastery with yellow sexual aggression against white women?) Japanese leaders actually restrained themselves a bit in their trade demands in order not to humiliate too much their most important strategic ally. Wise policy, yes, but also congruent with the cautious, too patient-by-half Oriental character.

    China, which takes the Oriental fetish for clever tricks, patience, planning to greater extremes than Japan (remember ‘their Clauswitz’ is famous for declaiming that the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled, and that the enemy should always be given ‘golden bridges’ by which to withdraw) will sit back, wait, plan, and burrow as is congenial with their national character (and probably to an extent suboptimal with their genuine strategic objectives). Not to say that China could not lash out to grab what it wanted and gratuitously humiliate the US in the process in a fit of joyous jingoistic exuberance, but on a case-by-case basis that is never the way for smart money to bet.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Anonymous, @Jack D

    [For the Chinese] the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled,

    And yet they did not hesitate to launch human wave attacks in Korea, where [Chinese] blood flowed like a river (180,000 dead). Then again, Mao’s buddy Peng Dehuai was in charge and not Sun Tzu.

    Mao’s son and only natural successor, Mao Anying was killed by an American airstrike during the Chinese invasion of Korea and supposedly Mao blamed Peng Dehuai for his son’s death. Peng knew that the dictator would not take kindly to having his heir killed so he assigned Peng to an assignment in the rear as a Russian translator (Anying had spend years in the USSR) headquartered in a cave that was safe from enemy airstrikes. According to legend, (which may or may not be true) the spoiled Anying emerged from the cave to cook himself a meal and the smoke from his cooking fire betrayed him to the American bombers. Chinese who oppose Mao commemorate the anniversary of Mao Anying’s death by eating egg fried rice, the dish he was supposedly cooking, because had he not cooked that dish, China would have had a Mao dynasty as surely as N. Korea has a Kim dynasty.

    In inscrutable Oriental fashion, Mao waited until 1966 and the Cultural Revolution to take his revenge on Peng. Peng was purged and humiliated by the Red Guards and spent the rest of his life in prison and died of ill treatment and lack of medical care.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke, Abe, David In TN
    • Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Jack D

    Korea was started by Kim after Stalin gave the go-ahead. Mao was left out of the loop. Otherwise he would have straightened out the Taiwan Question in 1950.

    As US Army approached Yalu River, Mao was the only CCP leader to support intervention. Everyone else in Politburo did not believe the new PRC had a chance against Americans who just came off victories against Wehrmacht and Japan. Today in PRC this decision by Mao is viewed as heroic.


    (180,000 dead).
     
    It was actually two or three times this if it makes you feel better.

    human wave attacks
     
    Come on, you should know better. The Soviets gave air support, and PVA's tactics were bivouac, night attacks, and infiltration.

    In inscrutable Oriental fashion, Mao waited until 1966 and the Cultural Revolution to take his revenge on Peng. Peng was purged and humiliated by the Red Guards and spent the rest of his life in prison and died of ill treatment and lack of medical care.

     

    This is correct. But Peng also took part in internal political disputes with other generals.

    He also leaned heavily pro-Soviet; under his leadership of the PLA there was a risk of following too close to a Soviet model.
  194. @Triteleia Laxa
    @Whiskey


    Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska.
     
    Drink more water and less of your namesake.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    I don’t know about invading the Home Islands but PRC has already been grabbing all the little rocks that serve as pure territory tokens; the problem, besides the impotence of the American military, is that the PRC then builds the rocks up into rocket bases and listening posts.

  195. @Alfa158
    @Daniel H

    Stephen King is the primitive AI.
    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.
    The mystery writer was driven to distraction by the fact that he would get stuck and have to think about what he was going to write next, while on the other side of the office he heard the relentless peckata-peckata-peckata-ding! of Silverberg cranking out copy. Eventually the mystery writer gave up the arrangement and resumed writing at home.
    In my few failed attempts to actually plow through a King product, I decided that must be how King works as well.

    Replies: @El Dato, @J.Ross, @kaganovitch

    Silverberg was an amiable midwit. The one story of his I have read is something like a OS Trek episode, entertaining enough but not properly sci-fi, predictable in several twists and details, and devoid of big ideas or facts or theories. And Silverberg will always be the guy who decided to forget how chemistry works while doing a joint interview with Isaac Asimov, who had taught chemistry, with the happy result that Asimov was inspired to write The Gods Themselves.

    • Agree: Gordo
  196. @Passerby60
    @Anonymouse

    Textbook projection. I'll say that it's pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel insecure about his monies.

    A simple explanation is that capitalism is not running wild in China, and the wealthy people there cannot buy land, and can only buy 2 or 3 private properties with 60 years' lease, therefore some of them invest in other countries. The wealthy people in the US can and had bought up most of the prime estates and farmlands of the country because there is no limitations - and this is how empires traditionally end their lives.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Anonymouse

    reply to my comment: “Textbook projection. I’ll say that it’s pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel(s) insecure about his monies.”

    May I point out that all investors feel insecure about their money?

    Buying a condo for an astronomical price as is the case now in Austin is not an investment. Or if you wish a bad investment. The property taxes are astronomical. The objective is to have a bolt-hole. The owner doesn’t even get the benefit of living in a handsome high rise. Jack Ma was one of the richest if not the richest Chinese businessman of all. No one knows where he is now – prison perhaps.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anonymouse

    Joe Tsai just dropped $157 million on a couple of condos on Central Park South (I would never live there - I associate it with dentist's offices).

    https://nypost.com/2021/08/14/alibabas-joe-tsai-gets-to-party-but-china-punishes-jack-ma/

  197. “After 1991, we of course stopped winning wars. But now we can’t even avoid losing in spectacularly humiliating fashion.”

    Actually, we haven’t won a war since 1947, the year we integrated our Armed Forces. Not sure if there’s a correlation.

  198. Since we like to notice things around here, I notice that Afghans are somewhat on the primitive side for fellow white people. Anyone else noticed this? It’s strange to see white people acting so primitive in all these videos. They look just like us, they are as white as you and me, but something about them is off.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @ATBOTL

    ATBOTL, Afghans are a bit off and so are the citizens of Berkeley, almost all white, who vote absolute A-holes into office and then live with the consequences and then vote them in again. As for example, Berkeley is going to spend millions of dollars on their homeless problem and most Afghans probably live in a house, albeit, a mud house, while thousnads of Berkelians live in tents and cardboard boxes and shit and piss on the streets and Berkeley is home to one of America's greatest universities.

    Replies: @Alden

  199. When a politician screws up one should always ask two questions: Is the staff so stupid and incompetent to come up with the policy or is the politician so thickheaded that they will not listen to their staff and advisors. When Biden is seem to be incompetent staff and willful not listening.

  200. Or, it could be that the military, which has grown ever more focused on pushing diversity and crushing internal dissent rather than winning wars, has simply become increasingly useless.

    I say:

    The US military can be reconfigured after all the senior officer scum is financially liquidated and forcibly and legally exiled to walled and fenced compounds in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Casey and Milley and McRaven and Petraeus and Austin and Powell and all the rest of the treasonous prevaricating senior officer filth in the US military — or retired — must be removed from the USA.

    The American Empire is only held together by the exorbitant privilege that the dollar provides as the Global Reserve Currency and that means monetary policy and military policy. Isolationism ain’t a go because you need the threat of war to keep the dollar from going dodo, but the US military certainly must go offshore regional balancer or over the horizon or anything but getting the US military stuck in the muck and rocks of Afghanistan or that type of place.

    Submarines and aircraft carriers and satellites and the like preclude total isolationism, but the Wall Street Journal and JEW/WASP Ruling Class conception of “footprints” and “bases” has got to go.

    I would also say that getting the USA down to the 1978 population of 220 million should be prioritized politically and most of the foreigners and their spawn and the White Treasonites who have supported the mass legal immigration and mass illegal immigration invasion should be removed from the USA and sent to sub-Saharan Africa.

    Current monetary policy is a sign of strength and weakness of the JEW/WASP Ruling Class. Strength in that the Ruling Class controls the money system and the monetary policy and the electronic conjuring up of dollars but also weakness because if the Federal Reserve Bank stopped the asset purchases and raised the federal funds rate to 6 percent or so, that would immediately implode the asset bubbles in stocks and bonds and real estate and that would politically decapitate the Ruling Class.

    NATIONALIZE THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK NOW

    OFFSHORE REGIONAL BALANCER STRATEGY

    NUKES FOR GERMANY AND JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA THEN REDEPLOY OUT

    FORCIBLY EXILE AND FINANCIALLY LIQUIDATE ALL SENIOR US MILITARY OFFICERS — RETIRED TOO — NOW

    • Replies: @donut
    @Charles Pewitt

    Reading this I hear Louis Armstrong in the background ,

  201. To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses and wearing cloth masks

    And if you are in the CDC or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) you have to lie about respiratory diseases, pandemics, lockdowns and wearing masks…

    Or, it could be that the National Institute of Health and the CDC, which has grown ever more focused on pushing diversity and crushing internal dissent rather than health and preventing illness, has simply become increasingly useless.

    Lying isn’t just bad for the soul, it’s bad for effectiveness at dealing with reality. The media has conspired with the CDC and Dr. Fauci to deceive the American Public about COVID risks and the efficacy of masks and lockdowns. Their lies have resulted in economic destruction and an increase in mental illness among our youth. The young school children have been kept out of schools or forced to wear useless masks for 18 months with no end in site. The consequences will be felt for decades, as we continue to keep their faces hidden with useless masks, being taught by teachers wearing masks. The harm to the social and mental health of our children will be observed for years.

  202. @Wilkey
    I suspect the greatest problem is that we never demonstrated to them the benefits of adopting Western values and forms of governance in the context of the way they live their lives - they way they have to live their lives if they want any chance of survival.

    In fact it’s not even clear that our current culture is sustainable even in our own countries - actually it’s clear that it’s mostly a civilizational death sentence, even for us. And we’ve spent 20 years attempting to impose it on an ancient culture which may not understand much, but at least understands the importance of bothering to create a next generation.

    But if you’re living in Afghanistan, where there is absolutely zero chance that adopting Western nihilism is going to make you even temporarily prosperous, adopting 21st Century Western values doesn’t have much appeal.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @anon

    Boots on the ground SOF missionary types weren’t nihilistic – far from it – but it’s become increasingly clear since Flynn went down that such men are no longer calling the shots and even when they were they never had the reach they thought they did to protect their proselytes or to advocate as effectively for their way of life as their missionary forebears did.

    There’s Power in the Blood.

  203. @Triteleia Laxa
    @Muggles

    It doesn't seem kind to think what he thought, but the only difference between him and everyone else is that he shared it.

    Replies: @Muggles

    I don’t want to get into a pointless tiff, but “everyone else” here doesn’t mock someone who dies while desperately trying to escape Taliban killers.

    Panic does cause people to make poor, even fatal decisions.

    I am far from perfect, but I try not to laugh at the tragic outcomes of innocent people.

  204. @Redmen
    @dearieme

    Sidney Hersh wrote a pretty persuasive piece back in 2011/2012 which argued that OBL was definitely not killed by the US in the purported Pakistan raid. This "heroic" narrative was almost certainly created entirely by the Obama administration and other deep state denizens.

    The fact no photo was taken of OBL and that his body was immediately "dumped in the ocean" says all you need to know. Imagine the FBI (or any law enforcement agency) handling the capture of someone at the top of their "most wanted" list.

    But the MSM bought that whopper hook, line and sinker with zero curiosity. That was one of the biggest eye openers about the pervasive rot of the mass media and where it was headed.

    Replies: @El Dato, @pyrrhus, @utu

    There is a recent one right here: Obama Did NOT Kill Osama Bin Laden

  205. @El Dato
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not this one


    The Evolution of my Art by: Hunter-Biden: A Postmodernist's Adventure

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Hardcover – July 24, 2021 - USD 250.
    Paperback - USD 29.95

    This is an exclusive look at the work of Hunter-Biden, a new and yet highly recognizable talent. Ever since Neo-Dada, postmodernists have enjoyed mixing things up - or injecting novel elements into traditional forms - to create new combinations and pastiches. The growth of consumerism and instant gratification has also had a huge impact on visual art. Consumers now want novelty. They also want entertainment and spectacle. Here we see the work of Hunter-Biden fulfilling all of these requirements, and then some.

     

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @Polistra, @kaganovitch

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Riegelsville is a small Pennsylvania town of some 850 souls. Needless to say it has no University.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Pierre de Craon
    @kaganovitch

    Good catch. Nor is there any such academy as the Roebling School of Art either—unless, that is, one considers the Brooklyn Bridge (designed and built by John Augustus Roebling) to be as much a school for artists as for more than a century it was for engineers.

    , @JMcG
    @kaganovitch

    It does have some decent ice climbing though!

  206. @J.Ross
    New South Wales (Australia) Minister Victor Dominello got vaccinated and now has Bell's Palsy (happily, being brain damaged does not disqualify one from government office). When you search Google Images for "Victor Dominello Bell's Palsy" you get images of Donald Trump, images from pro-vaccination campaign sites, or old images of the minister.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9904525/NSW-Minister-Victor-Dominello-announces-Bells-palsy-viewers-spotted-startling-feature.html

    Replies: @El Dato

    Not brain damage though. Should go away after a week weeks. Those spike proteins really go for the nerves.

  207. @Nick Diaz
    @Steve Sailer

    "So, the U.S. had every right to engage in a butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition to overthrow the Kabul regime, which we succeeded in doing in a couple of months."

    This seems like your patriotic pride hurt, Steve, trying to save face("Nah....we actually crushed them but then allowed them to rebound").

    Winning battles is *irrelevant* . Battles are just means to win wars, and they are only useful if they do it. Some times, you win simply by not fighting, which is how Rome, under the wise leadership of Fabius Maximus, finally defeated Hannibal: by slowly grinding his army out of resources, until he was weak enough that Cornelius Scipio finished him.

    Saying that America went on a "successful" punitive raid on the Taliban after 9/11 is ridiculous. Sure, America is a much bigger military than they are, and have vastly superior air power. They couldn't win straight out, so they did what the nomads and mountain tribesmen have always done when confronted by very powerful regular armies: they run to the mountains(or the woods), separate into small groups so that you can't get them all in one place and finish them all at once, and proceed to a long war of attrition with endless raids and retreats to wear the powerful regular military down. This is also how the Spaniards weakened Napoleon's army to a point that it would be be only a matter of time before the other Great Powers of Europe finished him. The "Spanish Ulcer" effectively ended Napoleon.

    If the stated strategic goal of the U.S government was to punish the Taliban for hiding Bin Laden, then they failed at it. Toppling an established government with all it's apparatus is *exactly* what a powerful regular military is designed to do. At that, the U.S succeeded. But it dis not defeat the Taliban or destroy it, which would be the true punishment. Because losing a Presidential Palace means *nothing* to guerrilla warlords. They simply go back to the mountains and regroup. So how was the U.S successful in "punishing" the Taliban? Because you ousted them from being the "official" government? Again, meaningless. Utterly meaningless. Truly punishing them would be hunting them down and killing each and every single of them, or at least destroying their entire leadership and communication to a point where they would disband for good. Ousting them from Cabul did NOTHING.

    Replies: @MEH 0910, @kaganovitch

    Because losing a Presidential Palace means *nothing* to guerrilla warlords.

    If it actually meant *nothing* to them, what were they doing in the Presidential Palace in the first place and for that matter why are they returning now?

  208. “But ultimately, some American president would grow sick of shoveling money into the maws of incredibly corrupt collaborators—like Captain Renault in Casablanca only much less charming—and bring our boys home.

    That president turned out to be Joe Biden”

    Actually, it was Donald Trump. It’s Trump’s peace agreement, where US soldiers were to be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021. So if anything, Biden, and/or the Deep State whether thru incompetance or thru stubbornness, moved back the exit date by three months.

    But technically Trump deserves the lion’s share of the credit to bring the troops home since it was his plan and his signed treaty. Biden is merely carrying out the terms of the treaty to withdraw from Afghanistan that was signed by Trump

    And no, the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines aren’t Joe Biden’s either. They’re due to Trump.

    “If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.”

    And that they’re devious, because they lie.

  209. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    “One must have a heart of stone to watch the death of little Mohammed without laughing.”

  210. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 – he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey’s predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.
     
    Obama vacated the Office of the President, but he did not transfer the power of the Office to his elected successor.

    So Whiskey was half correct, and correct in the important way but not correct pro forma.

    And, let's be candid JackD - in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization as to why he couldn't allow the Russian Intelligence Asset cum phony Billionaire to take the Office of the President, the entire reaction of the Powers That Be to such an act would be 180 degrees from what it was in 2020, and there is a very good probability that Obama remains President in February of 2017.

    Replies: @Jack D

    in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization

    IF. If my grandmother had wheels she’d be a trolley car. The fact is that Obama didn’t try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. Maybe part of the reason why the Powers That Be would have backed Obama and did not back Trump is precisely because they knew that Obama was Not that Kind of Guy and that Trump IS That Kind of Guy.

    Now we live in a tough world, and That Kind of Guy is precisely the guy we need looking out for the interests of the United States but, he’s not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jack D


    ...he’s not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.
     
    Leave Mr Till out of this. We're sick of hearing of him.
    , @J.Ross
    @Jack D

    Obama was at least an active, vocal figurehead, and probably more, of the bureaucrat mutiny which demonstrated his willingness to transfer power and what kind of guy he was. W for all his crudeness made a point of not criticizing Obama. That's the sort of thing you were looking to illustrate.

    , @Nicholas Stix
    @Jack D

    "The fact is that Obama didn’t try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. "

    "Trick"? The only kind of trick I know of President Trump pulling, was winning re-election.

  211. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

    Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers

    Aren’t brothers (or sisters) the only ones even allowed to direct in tandem? Or has the union changed that rule? (Of course, “assistant” directors, like Patterson “co-“authors, probably do most of the work. But they are not thus credited.)

    Actor Chris Evans’ uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record.

    Public radio just played an interview with Barbara Lee (D-Cal), the Jeannette Rankin of Afghanistan. She voted against this:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorization_for_Use_of_Military_Force_of_2001

    Her “I told you so’s” were refreshingly muted. It’s not a thing on which you want to be right..

    Where was Ron Paul on 9/14/01? Why was she the only Cassandra?

  212. @kaganovitch
    @El Dato

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Riegelsville is a small Pennsylvania town of some 850 souls. Needless to say it has no University.

    Replies: @Pierre de Craon, @JMcG

    Good catch. Nor is there any such academy as the Roebling School of Art either—unless, that is, one considers the Brooklyn Bridge (designed and built by John Augustus Roebling) to be as much a school for artists as for more than a century it was for engineers.

  213. @Buffalo Joe
    @Abe

    Abe, very good comment and in WWII the Japanese Army and The Japanese Navy were so opposed to each other that the navy did not inform the army of the defeat at Midway. My source, "The Pacific War 1931-1945" by professor Saburo Ienaga.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez, @Captain Tripps

    …in WWII the Japanese Army and The Japanese Navy were so opposed to each other that the navy did not inform the army of the defeat at Midway

    .

    IIRC the JA built an airfield on Guadalcanal so that their land-based bombers could play a part in the Pacific War. The first time the JN heard about this was when the US Marines landed and the JA had to ask to be rescued.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  214. @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization
     
    IF. If my grandmother had wheels she'd be a trolley car. The fact is that Obama didn't try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. Maybe part of the reason why the Powers That Be would have backed Obama and did not back Trump is precisely because they knew that Obama was Not that Kind of Guy and that Trump IS That Kind of Guy.

    Now we live in a tough world, and That Kind of Guy is precisely the guy we need looking out for the interests of the United States but, he's not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @J.Ross, @Nicholas Stix

    …he’s not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.

    Leave Mr Till out of this. We’re sick of hearing of him.

  215. Ignore the fact that it’s from a column by Max Boot.

    My own theory is that Biden has been hellbent on leaving Afghanistan ever since, as he mentioned on Monday, he lost the internal debate in the Obama administration over the Afghanistan surge in 2009. The Trump withdrawal deal, awful as it was, did not compel the pullout but merely gave Biden a convenient excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway.

    The callousness that Biden, normally the most empathetic of politicians, has displayed toward the people of Afghanistan is long-standing. As I noted earlier this year, George Packer’s book “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century” recounts a conversation that Holbrooke, then Obama’s Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy, had with then-Vice President Biden in 2010. Holbrooke raised the costs of abandoning “the people who had trusted us.” Biden’s response: “F— that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”

    I’m beginning to like ole Joe.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/18/biden-is-wrong-there-was-nothing-inevitable-about-disaster-afghanistan/

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Paperback Writer


    The callousness that Biden, normally the most empathetic of politicians, has displayed toward the people of Afghanistan is long-standing.
     
    He treats them like they treat their bacha.

    Now for something (not so) completely different-- the Battle of the Central Park Karens, West:

    Neighbor Charged with Hate Crime Accused of Coming Back for More

    Does she really hate everybody, not just gooks? Did he really purchase his wife in a Mekong delta market stall, like the mayor of Casterbridge?

    How did a town get such a generic name such as Shoreline? Reminds me of River Falls, where the KC Chiefs used to train. Which river? Aren't all falls on rivers?

  216. @YetAnotherAnon
    @Jack D

    "there are already reports of atrocities leaking out"

    I would expect that whether there were actually any atrocities or not, wouldn't you?

    One thing the last 40 years should have taught us is that MSM are overwhelmingly storytellers not journalists.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Some of the reported atrocities are documented in photos. I suppose these could be faked too.

    I have no reason to believe that the Taliban would not engage in at least SOME atrocities. They were certainly no choir boys the last time they ran Afghanistan. Up until last week they were still raping and pillaging their way across Afghanistan in traditional Islamic conqueror fashion. Sharia permits you to seize unmarried women and take them as wives as spoils of war and stuff like that. According to their views, there is nothing wrong with doing so. Maybe they have cleaned up their act a little but I can’t imagine that they have all become angels.

    Normally, in any revolution, you would expect some settling of scores, some raping and pillaging, etc. It’s not realistic to expect (or believe) that there is going to be zero. That’s really giving the other side too much credit (this is a real unzite weakpoint – America can do no right and its enemies can do no wrong – therefore 9/11 never happened, Bin Laden didnu nuffin, there have been NO atrocities, etc.) I understand where this comes from – on the other side if there was even ONE atrocity (preferably on film) then the Taliban are BAD people and we should invade them, etc. so better to say “there are zero atrocities proven to my satisfaction – I don’t believe the Media anyway.” And then we don’t have to (re) invade. Don’t give ’em an inch ’cause they’ll take a mile. But this is a polemical way of looking at the world, not a realistic one.

    The real question is “is there a little or a lot of atrocities by the standards of comparable revolutions”? So far (and it’s very early) the answer seems to be “a little” (but this is not the same as zero).

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    @Jack D

    Let's not harbor delusions about the human nature.

    http://culturahistorica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/beevor-war_and_rape.germany.pdf

    War and Rape, Germany 1945

    ...................


    Grossman soon discovered that rape victims were not just Germans. Polish women also suffered. So did young Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian women who had been sent back to Germany by the Wehrmacht for slave labour. „Liberated Soviet girls quite often complain that our soldiers rape them‟, he noted. „One girl said to me in tears: “He was an old man, older than my father”.‟
    ........................
    This is not the only incident. It happens every night. Those who stay in Bunslau are frightened and demoralised and there is much dissatisfaction among them. One of them Maria Shapoval said: “I waited for the Red Army for days and nights. I waited for my liberation, and now our soldiers treat us worse than the Germans did. I am not happy to be alive”.‟ „It was very hard to stay with Germans‟, Klavdia Malaschenko said, „but now it is very unhappy. This is not liberation. They treat us terribly. They do terrible things to us.‟
     

    In Berlin if anyone attempted to defend a woman against a Soviet attacker it was either a father trying to defend a daughter or a young son, trying to protect his mother. „The 13-year old Dieter Sahl‟, neighbours wrote in a letter shortly after the event, „threw himself with flailing fists at a Russian who was raping his mother in front of him. He did not succeed in anything except getting himself shot.‟
     

    Replies: @Jack D

  217. @El Dato
    Scott Ritter is not happy about the Gordian Deknotter in Chief:

    Joe Biden’s speech on the Afghanistan catastrophe was a despicable and insulting exercise in avoiding responsibility

    The efficacy of the US training mission in Afghanistan will be the subject of intense debate for years to come, with many people rightly pointing out it was a bridge too far from the get go. This may be true. But the reality is that the Afghan military did fight, and die, in the 20-year struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Nearly 60,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers lost their lives in combat during America’s 20-year war there. Hundreds of thousands of others were wounded. These figures do not include casualties incurred in the latest round of fighting.

    Yes, the US trained a standing force of some 300,000 Afghans ostensibly organized and equipped to wage war against the Taliban. The reality is, however, that the vast majority of these troops were poorly trained, poorly equipped, and abysmally led. They would provide a presence if they were backed up by either US, NATO, or elite Afghan special forces, but void of that, they melted away at the first sign of adversity–and this was before the recent collapse. The US did train tens of thousands of elite commandos, organized as military (under the Defense Ministry) or paramilitary (under the Afghan intelligence service) forces. These units were involved in extremely intense fighting against the Taliban and suffered extremely high casualties as a result.
     
    I bet there were also fun scene in quiet cellars.

    Replacing a conscript Afghan soldier is not difficult; replacing a combat-hardened Afghan commando is virtually impossible. When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, we left these elite forces alone to fight the Taliban. Lacking US logistical support, these forces found themselves cut-off, out of food, water, and ammunition, and subsequently destroyed. They could not be replaced. The Afghan military that could fight the Taliban did, in fact, fight the Taliban, often to the death. This does not excuse the hundreds of thousands of Afghan conscripts who subsequently melted away without a fight.

    For Joe Biden to stand in front of the American people and not acknowledge the last true measure given by the elite Afghan forces we trained to carry on a fight we started is beyond despicable. It is, literally, conduct unbecoming a commander in chief.
     
    Plus, persistent rumors say that Old Osama was dead by 2002 and that "the big Obama raid" just blew away a helicopter of local expendables and no special forces were even there.

    When you realize that they were really looking at one of Hunter's numerous laptops, you can suddenly understand the facial expressions:

    https://i.postimg.cc/qM4LHmrJ/they-like-to-watch.jpg

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Abolish_public_education

    That was such a DEM, staged picture: “Now everyone face the dot on the wall and look deeply concerned.”

    When it comes to phony expression-making, HRC is nowhere near as good as her “husband”.

  218. @El Dato
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union?
     
    1) Necessity of action: He knew there would be a reckoning eventually. Maybe in '45 when things would be too tough. Europe has short trips between cities and its back to the sea.
    2) Underestimating the enemy: The generals were overly optimistic that the enfeeblement due to purges, low quality manpower and low mechanization would give them a big advantage. The logistics people told them to cool their heels but they wouldn't listen. Probably drunk by the successes in the West. They probably never had an enemy who was really really fighting for survival either.

    Could have worked out. But didn't.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Buffalo Joe

    The extremely poor performance by the Soviets in the Winter War against Finland probably reinforced the German view of Soviet capabilities.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @JMcG

    The US performance against the Japanese for the first 4 months of the Pacific War was pretty bad, too.

    Replies: @JMcG

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @JMcG

    There was also Stalin's Great Purge of Soviet generals (1936–1938) that took out their greatest operational theoretician —


    As a major proponent of modernization of Soviet armament and army force structure in the 1920s and 1930s, he became instrumental in the development of Soviet aviation, and of mechanized and airborne forces. As a theoretician, he was a driving force behind the Soviet development of the theory of deep operations in the 1920s and 1930s.

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Tukhachevsky
  219. @Anonymouse
    @Passerby60

    reply to my comment: "Textbook projection. I’ll say that it’s pretty dumb to think that the act of investing in other countries mean that the investor feel(s) insecure about his monies."

    May I point out that all investors feel insecure about their money?

    Buying a condo for an astronomical price as is the case now in Austin is not an investment. Or if you wish a bad investment. The property taxes are astronomical. The objective is to have a bolt-hole. The owner doesn't even get the benefit of living in a handsome high rise. Jack Ma was one of the richest if not the richest Chinese businessman of all. No one knows where he is now - prison perhaps.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Joe Tsai just dropped \$157 million on a couple of condos on Central Park South (I would never live there – I associate it with dentist’s offices).

    https://nypost.com/2021/08/14/alibabas-joe-tsai-gets-to-party-but-china-punishes-jack-ma/

  220. @Sick of Orcs
    Like the War on Terror expression goes: We can fight them over there or we can give them limitless welfare here.

    Replies: @Currahee, @Ian M.

    Hopefully, the rapid conquest will prevent the mass transportation of our wonderful allies.

  221. @Nick Diaz
    @MEH 0910

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that? Face it: America's performance was pathetic in Afghanistan, just like it was in Vietnam.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that?

    Nick Diaz says:
    April 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm GMT • 3.4 years ago

    […]
    Sailer, the guy that glosses over the Nazi-like treatment of Palestinians by the Jews(qt.”personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestinians around.”

    Rockford Tyson says:
    March 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm GMT • 4.7 months ago

    […]
    There was an article from you years back where you stated, in reply to a picture that showed Israeli soldiers beating Palestinean kids in the Gaza Strip, that, and I quote:

    “Personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestineans around.”

    Nick Diaz stopped commenting after November 8, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Nick+Diaz

    Rockford Tyson started commenting on November 27, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?CommentOrder=ASC&commenterfilter=Rockford+Tyson

    Rockford Tyson, you used to post under the name Nick Diaz.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    , @ben tillman
    @MEH 0910


    Nick Diaz stopped commenting after November 8, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Nick+Diaz

    Rockford Tyson started commenting on November 27, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?CommentOrder=ASC&commenterfilter=Rockford+Tyson
     

    I don't know who anagrammed Amy Harmon into Horny Mama, but I do know that it was Svigor who noticed that Nick Diaz could be rearranged into Nazi Dick. That's when Nick Diaz -- utterly humiliated -- stopped commenting.
  222. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s also possible that the ineptitude of the exit might stem in part from the deep state deciding to knife Biden in the back for shutting down their favorite route to career advancement.
     
    That's not something I'd thought about, but I sure wouldn't put it past them. That's more likely after their having stonewalled and lied to the previous C.I.C., President Trump, as you wrote about.

    Regarding your final line:

    If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.
     
    We could have learned this from dozens of episodes in the past. Ask yourself when the last time the CIA not only DID anything competently but even SAW any important event coming - downfall of the USSR, anyone? They've all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War. They are good at one thing - holding onto power via what I'd guess is blackmail* more than anything.

    .

    * When you have access to the NSA spy network that can dig up anything from phone calls, messages or email between anyone, then there are not many people who cannot be blackmailed.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb, @Paul Mendez, @Dieter Kief

    They’ve all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War

    .

    I had several college acquaintances who went on to have successful careers in the CIA and State Department. One became an ambassador. After college, I hung out with them and their coworkers during my 20’s.

    They all struck me as highly intelligent but very unimaginative. Their idea of being “smart” was believing the same things the other smart people believed.

    They also liked to have “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin” discussions with each other. If I said something I thought commonsensical, they’d roll their eyes and say something about the situation being more nuanced than I realized.

  223. @kaganovitch
    @El Dato

    With an Introduction by F. Le Roche, MFA, Ph.D., Director of the Roebling School of Art at the University of Riegelsville

    Riegelsville is a small Pennsylvania town of some 850 souls. Needless to say it has no University.

    Replies: @Pierre de Craon, @JMcG

    It does have some decent ice climbing though!

  224. @Mike_from_SGV
    @Houston 1992

    Yes, if China is smart they can simply sit back as the US deteriorates and de-Americanizes and becomes a land of irrational woke cultists. No shots need be fired for them to own the world in 30 years or so.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Mike, I think they will control Africa in 5…4…3…2…1.

  225. @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that?


    Nick Diaz says:
    April 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm GMT • 3.4 years ago

    [...]
    Sailer, the guy that glosses over the Nazi-like treatment of Palestinians by the Jews(qt.”personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestinians around.”
     

    Rockford Tyson says:
    March 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm GMT • 4.7 months ago

    [...]
    There was an article from you years back where you stated, in reply to a picture that showed Israeli soldiers beating Palestinean kids in the Gaza Strip, that, and I quote:

    “Personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestineans around.”
     
    Nick Diaz stopped commenting after November 8, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Nick+Diaz

    Rockford Tyson started commenting on November 27, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?CommentOrder=ASC&commenterfilter=Rockford+Tyson

    Rockford Tyson, you used to post under the name Nick Diaz.

    Replies: @JMcG, @ben tillman

    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    @JMcG

    Rockford Tyson feigns puzzlement over Nick Diaz, but I had already called him out on this in a couple of past comments, which just reveals his mendacity.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/new-accusations-against-po-mo-philosopher-michel-foucault/#comment-4561501

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-to-be-a-heroine-on-twitter/#comment-4561513

  226. @Anonymous
    @Kjr

    For the plane to get even 5 feet in the air it would have to reach take off speed which for a large aircraft is going to be 150 -200 mph.
    Best of luck jumping off at that speed onto a concrete runway.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    I presume that those jackasses hit the ground at a terminal velocity (vectors forward and down) net roughly 200√2 mph.

  227. @ATBOTL
    Anyone saying anything other than praising Biden for going through with withdrawal is a neocon shill, wittingly or otherwise.The only bad thing is that collaborators are being brought to America. Other than that, this whole process has been smooth and almost entirely peaceful. The capital fell almost without a shot.

    People on the populist right need to get this right and many are getting it wrong. This is not the time to score cheap political points against Biden. This is the time to praise Biden. Times like this are when we see who the real populists and nationalists are who the Republican Party grifters are.

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein, @scrivener3, @MEH 0910, @Marquis

    Agree.

    The reactions here would be perplexing had I not realized long ago that alt-right types are mostly just yuppies who got spooked by black dysfunction.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
    @Intelligent Dasein

    This place does not represent the mainstream of the alt-right, it's more race realist boomers here. Most commenters here are cucks by even moderate alt-right standards. The hardcore alt-right are openly pro-Taliban now. They are making memes about CCP and Taliban CHADS vs. NATO virgins. It would be funny to get some of those people here, but they are not interested in sharing spaces with boomers.

    Replies: @El Dato

  228. @Anonymous
    In the Hanania thread you link to it mentions "running over kids" in Afghanistan.

    I'm not squeamish but sharing a coke and a cigarette with a soldier describing to me how cool it was running over taxis on crowded Baghdad streets was a bit much for me.

    And he could not have been clearer about his hope to be commanded to rule America the same way.

    His wife joined us. She is of course a corrections officer.

    Those who know, know.

    The rest of you have no idea what you are doing when you support people who sign up to use weapons against their fellow citizens.

    Conscripted soldiers are one thing.

    But people who SIGN UP to be police, or soldiers or correctional officers (like Omar Mateen) are the LAST people we want to do those jobs.

    I'm sure many soldiers are reading this and I welcome your disagreement.I am fully aware that most soldiers are honorable. And you have every right to say so.

    If you are the wife of a big city police officer reading this -- you did it to yourself honey. Hopefully you'll survive The Big One.

    Replies: @Altai

    I’m not squeamish but sharing a coke and a cigarette with a soldier describing to me how cool it was running over taxis on crowded Baghdad streets was a bit much for me.

    As Biden finding his ‘inner Pat Buchanan’ getting mad at Pashtun ANA units not fighting to the death for a foreign occupation, as Steve put it makes clear, Afghan lives don’t matter. (Except when they file spurious asylum claims then the same people who sleep soundly while advocating 500lb bomb drops will screech about them) Which is why regardless of what happens, this issue won’t haunt Biden. American voters didn’t want to continue being there and they don’t much care what happens to Afghans or Afghanistan. And really, his only mistake was going with his instinct that the military were trying to trap him there by requesting extra troops to oversee the evacuation. Those are generally good instincts.

    It reminds me of an interview I once saw of an English cockney soldier discussing the Suez invasion. He mused that they didn’t really take much notice of the Egyptians or civilian casualties, to them they were just ‘wogs’ not people.

  229. Same thing as Vietnam. They don’t want us there and we have no business there anyway.

  230. @El Dato
    @Jack D


    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union?
     
    1) Necessity of action: He knew there would be a reckoning eventually. Maybe in '45 when things would be too tough. Europe has short trips between cities and its back to the sea.
    2) Underestimating the enemy: The generals were overly optimistic that the enfeeblement due to purges, low quality manpower and low mechanization would give them a big advantage. The logistics people told them to cool their heels but they wouldn't listen. Probably drunk by the successes in the West. They probably never had an enemy who was really really fighting for survival either.

    Could have worked out. But didn't.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Buffalo Joe

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened. The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target…winter ended that. He did conceive the push back known as the “Battle of the Bulge,” That could have work as a starting point for negotiations. Didn’t happen. He and the Japanese did not understand the amount of war materiel’ the US could and did supply. A Liberty ship a day. And in Afghanistan we under estimated the enemy’s love for their country and devotion to their religion.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Buffalo Joe

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened.

    Well most of his generals wanted to repeat the WW1 plan in the West which is what the French expected. It was Hitler that approved going through the Ardenne even though most of his generals were against the idea.

    So right away he became arrogant and questioned the judgement of his generals.

    Most military tacticians today believe that Hitler was in fact correct to go south and not to Moscow. This is because the Volga was a life line to the Soviet Union and closer to the oil fields. Taking Moscow doesn't mean that the Russians will give up which is what Napoleon learned.

    But his generals didn't agree with him on Barbarossa and that was part of the problem. Their armies were too scattered once they invaded Russia. One general went behind his back and prepared for invading Moscow and backstabbed the other groups. So there was some internal politics at work. They should have picked either Moscow or the Volga to begin with and focused on that.

    The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target…winter ended that.

    Yea but the jet planes were later in the war and they could only produce a limited number.

    Hitler's love of the bolt action was a bigger problem. The troops really wanted semi-auto rifles for urban warfare. But Hitler was a WW1 vet and wanted to stick to the machinegun/rifle formation even though the troops wanted something like the Russian SVT-40.

    Listen to the troops on the ground that are actually doing the fighting. Our politicians still haven't learned this lesson.

    Here is an article on how Hitler orginally hated the idea of the assault rifle even though his troops were begging for it. That just shows you how arrogant he was. They had to lie and develop it behind his back by depicting it as a submachine gun.
    https://warisboring.com/hitler-hated-the-nazi-assault-rifle/

    Replies: @Desiderius

    , @notbe
    @Buffalo Joe

    that hitler was a bad strategist is a myth promulgated by surviving german generals after ww 2-victory has a thousand fathers defeated is the responsibility of one-if that idiot just listened to us we would have won because we are military genuises, we never lose so the fact that we lost is because we had an idiot as commanding officer

    hitler certainly made mistakes but so did his generals, in a complex war like that war, decisions had to be made quickly with consequences unforseen

    hitlers decisions were of course, in the long run, bad-he lost the war and commited suicide but, at the time of the decision, were often rational military choices-historians will always find some guy at some war conference who foreseen future battle defeats but at the time of the war, german generals often agreed with hitlers decisions because they seemed like the best option

    nobody likes losing-especially the german general caste who were noted for their arrogance going back several hunndred years so the face saving way was to blame everything on the dead guy

    Sure the dead guy made several bad decisions but remember german generals also lost word war one without hitler

    after world war one, german generals started the stab in the back myth
    after world war two, german generals started hitler was inept myth
    in both cases it was a way of not accepting responsibility for losing the battles in the lost war

    hitlers ability probably was equal to a competent general and greatly exceeded that of churchill who truly was noted for being the promoter of hare-brained strategic choices in both world wars

    the jet planes as bombers or fighters is a lot more complex than the long ago debunked "hitler interfered myth" too

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  231. @Thoughts
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You want Track Suits...not from Israel...but Armenia is ok

    A lot of idiot whites say 'I'd rather have Asians then Armenians/Russians' and I just laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh

    Nothing good happens to those white people

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Coemgen

    I don’t live in the middle of nowhere, Thoughts, so I do know Oriental people well, but not those track-suited guys. From what I’ve read and assume (I admit) they are flashy over-confident people. I don’t like people like that at all. (It’s OK on the internet though, I guess …)

    • Replies: @Thoughts
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The track suits are your best friends when you find yourself in a workplace full of Asians

    Armenians especially (maybe not the fake ones who are really genetic Turks) are full on Good People You Want and Are Proud to Have on your Side---Smart as F too

    Upper Class Armenians are some of the best people you'll ever know

    I can go forever singing the graces of Armenians

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @Thoughts
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Armenians aren't just educated but they are...

    Doggedly Determined
    Hardworking
    Creative
    PRACTICAL and Hands on And Down to Earth--Asians in general at that education level are not this...only Armenians will be both Hard Math + Hands on Practicality
    Masculine
    Good and Honest Businessman
    Loyal to Themselves (marry one another, they don't marry out)
    Religious Christians

    Are Armenians perfect? Nah, everyone has flaws. But I've seen more flaws with Asians that have sent shivers down my spine and I've known A lot of Asians and A Lot of Armenians.

  232. @James Speaks
    @R.G. Camara

    It may not be the best in terms of fluidity, but this attack on our culture of lying head-on makes it one of the most important essays I've read in a very long time.

    Here's a hypothesis: Lying gains an advantage so long as not too many people do it.

    For a system to work, each part needs to work and that means responding to reality. Lies distort reality. If one or only a few people lie and get away with it, then they gain an advantage over the rest, but the system suffers a little because the liar's output is diminished. When lying reaches the stage where the system output is so far below what is needed for the liars to break even, then further lying only worsens the situation. Finally the people in control try to exercise more control to make the broken system perform better.

    My hypothesis is sloppily stated, but I think the idea gets through. Finally, Scott Peck’s book on evil was called “People of the Lie.”

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

    Here’s a hypothesis: Lying gains an advantage so long as not too many people do it.

    Immanuel Kant beat you to that one. And it’s a standard case study in game theory (in fact, it’s pretty much the only point that game theory has ever made). You may not be familiar with these things, but the old Sraussians who trained today’s institutional liars certainly were.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @Intelligent Dasein


    but the old Sraussians who trained today’s institutional liars certainly were.
     
    Did they actually teach them to lie? (Reminds me of the concern when sex ed was introduced to schools that they were teaching us how to.)

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

  233. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s also possible that the ineptitude of the exit might stem in part from the deep state deciding to knife Biden in the back for shutting down their favorite route to career advancement.
     
    That's not something I'd thought about, but I sure wouldn't put it past them. That's more likely after their having stonewalled and lied to the previous C.I.C., President Trump, as you wrote about.

    Regarding your final line:

    If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.
     
    We could have learned this from dozens of episodes in the past. Ask yourself when the last time the CIA not only DID anything competently but even SAW any important event coming - downfall of the USSR, anyone? They've all been a bunch of screw ups since the early part of the Cold War. They are good at one thing - holding onto power via what I'd guess is blackmail* more than anything.

    .

    * When you have access to the NSA spy network that can dig up anything from phone calls, messages or email between anyone, then there are not many people who cannot be blackmailed.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb, @Paul Mendez, @Dieter Kief

    Russel Ramsland from Allied Security Operations and Melissa Carone both said they informed the CIA about their observations of – öh – voting-irregularities – to no effect at all.
    What was even spookier was, that nobody in the establishment (media, public intellectuals) seemed to care.

  234. @Thoughts
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You want Track Suits...not from Israel...but Armenia is ok

    A lot of idiot whites say 'I'd rather have Asians then Armenians/Russians' and I just laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh

    Nothing good happens to those white people

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Coemgen

    What is meant by “track suits?” Are they what Russians call gopniks?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Coemgen

    https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fmedia%2FCk5X6QEXAAA0MZQ.jpg&f=1&nofb=1

    https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthaumaturgical.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F04%2Fgopnik15.jpg&f=1&nofb=1

  235. @El Dato
    @Muggles

    What's the purpose here?

    To shame someone through the Internet for not having the appropriate feelings? Seems quixotic.

    Disclaimer: I got sick chuckles from Schindler's List. It's the "what the hell am I seeing this can't be serious" kind of chuckle.

    Replies: @Muggles

    What’s the purpose here?

    I will take the time to answer your query.

    I regard the iSteve commentariat as a little community. Voluntary of course, no real qualifications needed. Almost anything goes, subject to Steve’s approval.

    While tolerance is the rule, when I read someone disparaging a victim of a tragedy not of their making, in this case motivated by fear of dangerous gun toting religious fanatics, I regard this is a sign of immaturity or inhumanity, at the least. Perhaps I am too old to enjoy the suffering of others or to make points off of that.

    Kind of makes our community look bad. Just my opinion.

    • Replies: @James B. Shearer
    @Muggles

    "Kind of makes our community look bad. Just my opinion."

    There are lots of worse comments from that point of view. Just my opinion.

    , @bomag
    @Muggles

    Both concern and humor are valid and important responses to such situations.

  236. @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans. He never needed to attack through Poland.

    But he gambled (and lost) that he could invade Poland and UK/France wouldn’t declare war. However he accepted that as a possibility and was ready for world war.

    So Hitler’s greed and desire for revenge over WW1 led him to needlessly attack Poland.

    Second of all everyone including US military experts believed that the Soviet Union would not be able to withstand the Nazi war machine. Economists around the world believed that the Soviet economic system would collapse and they wouldn’t be able to feed their armies. Military experts argued over whether it would be 6 weeks or a few months. Stalingrad was a complete shock to the world.

    In hindsight it looks disastrous but at the time no one believed that the Soviets had a chance. But not even the Allies knew that the Soviets had been secretly building up massive reserves in the east.

    Would Hitler have won if they went earlier and avoided the Russian winter? That would have been possible if they took Stalingrad and disrupted the food supply.

    Waiting 10 years would have been too long. Stalin knew that they would eventually go to war with the Germans. The Nazis had the element of surprise by attacking in 1941. Stalin expected the attack to be a few years later after the Germans defeated the UK. That is how the Germans were able to destroy so many planes and capture so many men early on.

    Hitler blew it a lot of different ways. He should have gone after the Soviets first or just stuck to his 1939 borders. Or he could have created his empire in the third world. Even equipping his soldiers with winter gear could have changed the war.

    • Replies: @anon
    @John Johnson

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans.

    Lol, no, not even! There is a reason why professionals study logistics.

    This is laughable even by the usual "OK Boomer" standards of iSteve.

    Go back to your game of Risk.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  237. Free samples to entice new customers. Our (sic) so-called government is a mere front for arms manufacturers.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    https://i.postimg.cc/Pfgp9CdH/Facepalm-Afghan.jpg

    "Did John every say what he did with those nukes he told us were just passing through and that he temporarily stored in the outhouse?"

  238. @JMcG
    @Dieter Kief

    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° F or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life. Or that a 480 kt wind isn’t something you can withstand? They might have heard stories of flying carpets and figured it’s all the same thing.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @AnotherDad

    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° – or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life.

    That was once the perfect scenery for a good reporter. I’d love to read interviews with those who did not succeed. – Or a feature about all that.
    since we can’t see what motivated those guys; we don’t know what went on inside their heads. I’m a bit worried, that these reporters are being pushed to the side by the moving pictures which tend to be ubiquitous.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Dieter Kief

    There were a couple of guys who still do long-form journalism like that. William Langewiesche and Sebastian Junger come to mind. Most journalists writing today aren’t worth two nickels.
    A friend’s daughter was just hired by a big-city paper, right out of college. She’s writing, or collaborating, on feature stories. Nice girl, but hasn’t a clue about the world.

  239. @Jack D
    @Abe


    [For the Chinese] the acme of generalship is winning a battle without a drop of blood being spilled,
     
    And yet they did not hesitate to launch human wave attacks in Korea, where [Chinese] blood flowed like a river (180,000 dead). Then again, Mao's buddy Peng Dehuai was in charge and not Sun Tzu.

    Mao's son and only natural successor, Mao Anying was killed by an American airstrike during the Chinese invasion of Korea and supposedly Mao blamed Peng Dehuai for his son's death. Peng knew that the dictator would not take kindly to having his heir killed so he assigned Peng to an assignment in the rear as a Russian translator (Anying had spend years in the USSR) headquartered in a cave that was safe from enemy airstrikes. According to legend, (which may or may not be true) the spoiled Anying emerged from the cave to cook himself a meal and the smoke from his cooking fire betrayed him to the American bombers. Chinese who oppose Mao commemorate the anniversary of Mao Anying's death by eating egg fried rice, the dish he was supposedly cooking, because had he not cooked that dish, China would have had a Mao dynasty as surely as N. Korea has a Kim dynasty.

    In inscrutable Oriental fashion, Mao waited until 1966 and the Cultural Revolution to take his revenge on Peng. Peng was purged and humiliated by the Red Guards and spent the rest of his life in prison and died of ill treatment and lack of medical care.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    Korea was started by Kim after Stalin gave the go-ahead. Mao was left out of the loop. Otherwise he would have straightened out the Taiwan Question in 1950.

    As US Army approached Yalu River, Mao was the only CCP leader to support intervention. Everyone else in Politburo did not believe the new PRC had a chance against Americans who just came off victories against Wehrmacht and Japan. Today in PRC this decision by Mao is viewed as heroic.

    (180,000 dead).

    It was actually two or three times this if it makes you feel better.

    human wave attacks

    Come on, you should know better. The Soviets gave air support, and PVA’s tactics were bivouac, night attacks, and infiltration.

    In inscrutable Oriental fashion, Mao waited until 1966 and the Cultural Revolution to take his revenge on Peng. Peng was purged and humiliated by the Red Guards and spent the rest of his life in prison and died of ill treatment and lack of medical care.

    This is correct. But Peng also took part in internal political disputes with other generals.

    He also leaned heavily pro-Soviet; under his leadership of the PLA there was a risk of following too close to a Soviet model.

  240. Definitely related: here’s a video of about 10 male Australian police officers arresting a 12 year old girl for not having a mask on while shopping for food. The girl resists and is hit, slammed to the ground and pepper sprayed.

    To all you mask advocates, you people are fucking sick in the head.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Mike Tre

    The misogynist women hating MEN OF UNZ thank you for posting a man police officer beating up a 12 year old girl.

    Something the women haters of UNZ would love to do but are too nerdy and scared to do. Except in their fantasies. It’s a distraction from their fantasies of Afghan women being kicked up, beaten and stoned to death. As the MEN OF UNZ would love to do to American women.

    Expect no sympathy for the 12 year old girl beaten up by a male policeman from the women and girl hating MEN OF UNZ.

    Replies: @AnotherDad, @anon

    , @Jack D
    @Mike Tre

    TBH, I can't tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don't and the police arrest you, don't resist arrest.

    If you don't agree with masking laws (I really don't understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don't be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don't have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can't think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Mr. Anon, @Intelligent Dasein, @El Dato, @Kjr

  241. • Thanks: epebble
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Desiderius

    What exactly does the above post have to do with the topic of the American defeat in Afghanistan?

    For a sexless woman less creep perv You are inordinately interested in women and our doings.

    I’m all for free speech. But perhaps a caution about commenting on the article instead of dragging totally irrelevant I Hate Women comments into every thread would be useful.

    If you want women to have children at a young age, find a a 20 year old marry her and have babies right away. If you can find anyone willing to even speak with you let alone marry you. Be aware however you'll have to support the kids till they’re 18 and their mother till she goes back to work.
    How did Ron’s site attract psychotic weirdo woman haters like you? I imagine you look just like Woody Allen and Bob Dylan as a teen before he got all that plastic surgery. But no money to attract or pay for women. Bet you’re a flasher and subway groper too.

    , @epebble
    @Desiderius

    The quoted article by Akhivae has (what appears to be) some new fundamental research on single motherhood. Though the analysis is viewed through the prism of poverty, I think some of the conclusions may be applicable to non-poor single mothers too. TL;DR: (At least some) women want to be (single/unmarried) mothers to bring meaning to (what appears to them) a meaningless life.

  242. Rumor: General Dostum (whom you will have heard of as the only good non-Talib leader) has emerged from the sietch with an army and retaken a suburb of Kabul. I’m not worried about this being another lie. I’m worried about this being true. A humiliating resolution in Afghanistan would mean not only the end of the war but the end, for a while, of reckless adventurism. No resolution means nothing learned.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @J.Ross

    I remember him from the 90s. He once rode with Massoud. Not always clean hands. Likes vodka. We are now moving into "The Expendables" territory.

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

  243. • Thanks: El Dato
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Desiderius

    Given your hatred, fear and psychosis of women you should be glad that more women are turning into quasi men. About 70 percent more men get hormones and surgery to turn into women than women into men. Sex change is primarily a MAN thing. MEN, same sex as the woman hating MEN OF UNZ.

    Why do the repressed gay psychotic women hating MEN OF UNZ have to start a We Hate Women comment thread no matter what the topic of the article?

    Any day now I expect comments that Japan and Germany lost WW 2 because the women of Germany and Japan subverted the war effort and military.

    Who’s the sickest weirdest gayest woman hating MAN OF UNZ?

    Replies: @anon

  244. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1427856227392909314?s=20

    Looking in retrospect that this was when the decision was taken to switch horses (or merely to acknowledge the only real horse which existed), put on ice somewhat for the Trump years but advanced in the shadows. Bergdahl likely some sort of asset, optics completely botched because they're incompetent, but it didn't matter because the people watching don't.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Not Raul, @Ralph L, @Redman

    Re: DailyMail caption.
    It’s unfortunate our detention camp wasn’t “off the coast of Cuba.” Get those robes and turbans wet and they’d have sunk like stones.

  245. @Houston 1992
    @Whiskey

    China benefits massively for the status quo :

    Taiwan, a province of China and recognized as such by 4-D chess players Kissinger/Nixon now hosts the world's electronics industry especially TSMC; huge amounts of IP leaks into China

    China has colonized US STEM grad schools;

    China is colonizing the best neighborhoods from San Diego CA to Vancouver Canada .......so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes? What would Sun Tze (sp) declare?

    Aside: Apple etc must be wondering what their futures will resemble with China under the CCP? Restrictions on semi tools such as EUVs may be moot by then .....

    Replies: @Anonymouse, @Mike_from_SGV, @Jack D, @Spud Boy, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    What would Sun Tze (sp) declare

    故用兵之法,十则围之,五则攻之,倍则分之,敌则能战之,少则能逃之,不若则能避之。
    If you outnumber the enemy ten to one, surround them.
    If you outnumber them five to one, attack them.
    If you outnumber them two to one, divide them.
    If you are equal, then find an advantageous battle.
    If you are fewer, then keep away if you are able.
    If you are much weaker, then flee if you are able.

  246. @Steve Sailer
    @El Dato

    Actor Chris Evans' uncle Mike Capuano was a 10 term Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts with a not unimpressive antiwar record. He lost a Democratic primary to Ayanna Presley of the Squad for not being a black woman.

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

    So I wouldn't count Evans out.

    It's not unreasonable for a white leading man to think he could be the Ronald Reagan of the Democrats. (By the way, Clint Eastwood almost ran for the Republican nomination as governor of California a generation ago. And it's hardly unreasonable to imagine an alternative timeline in which, if he had, Clint would have eventually wound up on the GOP's national ticket. He's remained productive into extreme old age, so he might have actually been a pretty good President. On the other hand, his life since he decided to focus on directing rather than politics has been such that I doubt if he's much haunted by what might have been.

    People kicked Tom Hanks' name around for a long time as potential Democratic candidate.

    A decade ago, I figured Ben Affleck, who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, might become the Democratic Reagan (they aren't too dissimilar as actors, being slightly wooden compared to the best, but also appealingly earnest), in part because his wife, the lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner of West Virginia, would be the most popular First Lady ever. But he couldn't keep his hands off the nanny and some other stuff, so that's not going to happen.

    I wrote about Chris Evans in 2018 after he was all aghast that Tucker Carlson had questioned "How precisely is diversity our strength?"

    Evans could see even more reason to pledge fealty to the great god diversity after his uncle, Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA), had his career ended in last week’s primary. After ten terms in Congress during which he had compiled a distinguished antiwar record, Evans’ uncle lost to a black woman with the same ideology as him who campaigned on the argument that Chris Evans’ uncle isn’t a woman and isn’t black.

    Diversity actually is an intriguing topic if we ever allowed ourselves any freedom to think about it. For instance, the entertainment industry over the last generation has experimented successfully with having two people direct one movie or TV show, which might be seen as evidence that diversity pays off by allowing multiple perspectives. Two heads sometimes are better than one.

    Yet, the most successful of these pairs of filmmakers have tended to be not wildly diverse, as the theory of diversity would predict. Most of the enduring directing teams are brothers (even sometimes identical twins), such as the Coen, Farrelly, Dardenne, Duplass, Duffer, Weitz, Nolan, Polish, and Hughes brothers, along with the Wachowski siblings.

    For instance, Evans’ last three Marvel movies have been directed by the Russo brothers. They have made about $4 billion at the box office together, which might suggest that a little diversity, but not too much, could be optimal.

    It’s an interesting question, but interesting questions about diversity aren’t allowed much anymore. Evans is a successful man in a highly competitive business, so he’s likely to have some well-considered opinions on what tends to work and what doesn’t. But any non-worshipful mention of the D-word tends to fry the brain circuits of modern Americans, so he merely burbles platitudes on this subject.

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-wisdom-of-dan-quayle/

    Replies: @El Dato, @The Wild Geese Howard, @J.Ross, @SunBakedSuburb, @Reg Cæsar, @Mike Tre, @Brutusale

    “who directed 3 fine movies in a row from 2007-2012, ”

    Didn’t see the other two, but GBG was bad. Like, really bad.

  247. @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization
     
    IF. If my grandmother had wheels she'd be a trolley car. The fact is that Obama didn't try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. Maybe part of the reason why the Powers That Be would have backed Obama and did not back Trump is precisely because they knew that Obama was Not that Kind of Guy and that Trump IS That Kind of Guy.

    Now we live in a tough world, and That Kind of Guy is precisely the guy we need looking out for the interests of the United States but, he's not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @J.Ross, @Nicholas Stix

    Obama was at least an active, vocal figurehead, and probably more, of the bureaucrat mutiny which demonstrated his willingness to transfer power and what kind of guy he was. W for all his crudeness made a point of not criticizing Obama. That’s the sort of thing you were looking to illustrate.

  248. @SunBakedSuburb
    @Steve Sailer

    "lovely hillbilly Jennifer Garner"

    Agreed. She is quite dreamy.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    Look at Steve going all Hannibal Lecter re: Clarice Starling.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mike Tre

    I didn't know she was a young hillbilly thang from W. Virginny back when I used to see here as I'd drive my taxi around NY City.

  249. @Buffalo Joe
    @El Dato

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened. The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target...winter ended that. He did conceive the push back known as the "Battle of the Bulge," That could have work as a starting point for negotiations. Didn't happen. He and the Japanese did not understand the amount of war materiel' the US could and did supply. A Liberty ship a day. And in Afghanistan we under estimated the enemy's love for their country and devotion to their religion.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @notbe

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened.

    Well most of his generals wanted to repeat the WW1 plan in the West which is what the French expected. It was Hitler that approved going through the Ardenne even though most of his generals were against the idea.

    So right away he became arrogant and questioned the judgement of his generals.

    Most military tacticians today believe that Hitler was in fact correct to go south and not to Moscow. This is because the Volga was a life line to the Soviet Union and closer to the oil fields. Taking Moscow doesn’t mean that the Russians will give up which is what Napoleon learned.

    But his generals didn’t agree with him on Barbarossa and that was part of the problem. Their armies were too scattered once they invaded Russia. One general went behind his back and prepared for invading Moscow and backstabbed the other groups. So there was some internal politics at work. They should have picked either Moscow or the Volga to begin with and focused on that.

    The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target…winter ended that.

    Yea but the jet planes were later in the war and they could only produce a limited number.

    Hitler’s love of the bolt action was a bigger problem. The troops really wanted semi-auto rifles for urban warfare. But Hitler was a WW1 vet and wanted to stick to the machinegun/rifle formation even though the troops wanted something like the Russian SVT-40.

    Listen to the troops on the ground that are actually doing the fighting. Our politicians still haven’t learned this lesson.

    Here is an article on how Hitler orginally hated the idea of the assault rifle even though his troops were begging for it. That just shows you how arrogant he was. They had to lie and develop it behind his back by depicting it as a submachine gun.
    https://warisboring.com/hitler-hated-the-nazi-assault-rifle/

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @John Johnson

    Trump did learn that lesson, and they took him down for it.

  250. @Dieter Kief
    @SafeNow

    I wrote what you wrote here (rather low IQ men making a simple but not quite right analogy between riding on top of trains and riding on top of an airplane).

    My comment on a rather right-wing German blog did not get published though - never mention group differences... - the holy grail of - humanists throughout the West.

    Replies: @JMcG, @al gore rhythms

    Maybe they thought Westerners wouldn’t take off if they knew people were hanging off the side? Or maybe they’d been watching action films? Pretty sure Bruce Willis does this sort of thing all the time, or used to.

  251. @Redmen
    @dearieme

    Sidney Hersh wrote a pretty persuasive piece back in 2011/2012 which argued that OBL was definitely not killed by the US in the purported Pakistan raid. This "heroic" narrative was almost certainly created entirely by the Obama administration and other deep state denizens.

    The fact no photo was taken of OBL and that his body was immediately "dumped in the ocean" says all you need to know. Imagine the FBI (or any law enforcement agency) handling the capture of someone at the top of their "most wanted" list.

    But the MSM bought that whopper hook, line and sinker with zero curiosity. That was one of the biggest eye openers about the pervasive rot of the mass media and where it was headed.

    Replies: @El Dato, @pyrrhus, @utu

    Yes, very similar to the faked capture of John Wilkes Booth–no photo, no legit ID, body dumped in ocean….History does repeat itself sometimes!

  252. @Danindc
    @Anonymous

    Who talks like this? Are you in 6th or 7th grade?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    A comment thread on Steve’s blog at The Unz Review is the last place I would expect to be chastised for not using PC language…

    At any rate, I have nothing against ‘tards. My sister is ‘tarded. She’s a pilot now.

    • Replies: @Danindc
    @Anonymous

    Yes, we all saw Idiocracy. You’re really breaking new ground here…

    I assume you’re an adult so try acting like one.

  253. @ATBOTL
    Since we like to notice things around here, I notice that Afghans are somewhat on the primitive side for fellow white people. Anyone else noticed this? It's strange to see white people acting so primitive in all these videos. They look just like us, they are as white as you and me, but something about them is off.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    ATBOTL, Afghans are a bit off and so are the citizens of Berkeley, almost all white, who vote absolute A-holes into office and then live with the consequences and then vote them in again. As for example, Berkeley is going to spend millions of dollars on their homeless problem and most Afghans probably live in a house, albeit, a mud house, while thousnads of Berkelians live in tents and cardboard boxes and shit and piss on the streets and Berkeley is home to one of America’s greatest universities.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Buffalo Joe

    Slight quibble. Berkeley plans to spend millions not building housing for the homeless but hiring thousands of affirmative action consultants. Coordinators and counselors to sit in offices discussing how to house the homeless. Not construction, but counseling coordinating and consulting

    Every solution to housing the homeless has been tried. Except constructing buildings of studio apartments with small kitchens and bathrooms, built in storage cabinets and shelves with a well fare and medical office off the lobby.

    Medical office not for psychiatric counseling but for doling our the meds that will keep them quiet and sedated.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  254. @dearieme
    @Polistra

    Here's what I know/don't know about the topic.

    (i) Maybe OBL organised 9/11.

    (ii) The men who did it were overwhelmingly Saudis - they weren't Afghans.

    (iii) They had trained - where? Pakistan largely? A bit in Afghanistan? Florida, certainly. Funded by whom? Saudis, presumably.

    (iv) When the US attacked Afghanistan it's not even clear - is it? - that OBL was in that country.

    (v) When, years later, the USA purportedly attacked Pakistan to kill OBL, did they? Was it fake? (The photo of US bigwigs allegedly watching events on TV must surely be bogus.)

    (vi) Had he died years before from an illness? Did they really remove his body at dump it at sea?

    These add up to a pretty odd basis for spending one or two trillion dollars.

    Replies: @Redmen, @Bill Jones

    And among the things that you know/don’t know are the things that you know that aren’t so.

    But thanks for the laugh.

  255. @Jack D
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Some of the reported atrocities are documented in photos. I suppose these could be faked too.

    I have no reason to believe that the Taliban would not engage in at least SOME atrocities. They were certainly no choir boys the last time they ran Afghanistan. Up until last week they were still raping and pillaging their way across Afghanistan in traditional Islamic conqueror fashion. Sharia permits you to seize unmarried women and take them as wives as spoils of war and stuff like that. According to their views, there is nothing wrong with doing so. Maybe they have cleaned up their act a little but I can't imagine that they have all become angels.

    Normally, in any revolution, you would expect some settling of scores, some raping and pillaging, etc. It's not realistic to expect (or believe) that there is going to be zero. That's really giving the other side too much credit (this is a real unzite weakpoint - America can do no right and its enemies can do no wrong - therefore 9/11 never happened, Bin Laden didnu nuffin, there have been NO atrocities, etc.) I understand where this comes from - on the other side if there was even ONE atrocity (preferably on film) then the Taliban are BAD people and we should invade them, etc. so better to say "there are zero atrocities proven to my satisfaction - I don't believe the Media anyway." And then we don't have to (re) invade. Don't give 'em an inch 'cause they'll take a mile. But this is a polemical way of looking at the world, not a realistic one.

    The real question is "is there a little or a lot of atrocities by the standards of comparable revolutions"? So far (and it's very early) the answer seems to be "a little" (but this is not the same as zero).

    Replies: @Bardon Kaldian

    Let’s not harbor delusions about the human nature.

    http://culturahistorica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/beevor-war_and_rape.germany.pdf

    War and Rape, Germany 1945

    ……………….

    Grossman soon discovered that rape victims were not just Germans. Polish women also suffered. So did young Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian women who had been sent back to Germany by the Wehrmacht for slave labour. „Liberated Soviet girls quite often complain that our soldiers rape them‟, he noted. „One girl said to me in tears: “He was an old man, older than my father”.‟
    ……………………
    This is not the only incident. It happens every night. Those who stay in Bunslau are frightened and demoralised and there is much dissatisfaction among them. One of them Maria Shapoval said: “I waited for the Red Army for days and nights. I waited for my liberation, and now our soldiers treat us worse than the Germans did. I am not happy to be alive”.‟ „It was very hard to stay with Germans‟, Klavdia Malaschenko said, „but now it is very unhappy. This is not liberation. They treat us terribly. They do terrible things to us.‟

    In Berlin if anyone attempted to defend a woman against a Soviet attacker it was either a father trying to defend a daughter or a young son, trying to protect his mother. „The 13-year old Dieter Sahl‟, neighbours wrote in a letter shortly after the event, „threw himself with flailing fists at a Russian who was raping his mother in front of him. He did not succeed in anything except getting himself shot.‟

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I agree with you. Yet Another Anon is the one who seems to harbor doubts that there have been atrocities, apparently on the theory that whatever the media tell you , the truth is the opposite.

    Replies: @Brutusale

  256. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/T_Ascendent/status/1427772361634426887?s=20

    Free samples to entice new customers. Our (sic) so-called government is a mere front for arms manufacturers.

    Replies: @El Dato

    “Did John every say what he did with those nukes he told us were just passing through and that he temporarily stored in the outhouse?”

  257. @Jack D
    @Balaji

    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo. Don't believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda.

    Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly. This is a useful role in a society where the entire MSM marches in lockstep with the Establishment. The last thing we need is one more voice shouting "Me Too!" regarding their enthusiastic agreement with the Party line and the Approved Version of history. It's good to question assumptions and be open minded about the conventional wisdom especially during times where orthodoxy is being pushed hard by almost everyone else. There's no real chance of bringing the scales into balance but at least maybe you can make the needle wobble a little. Be the boy that shouts that the Emperor has no clothes.

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal "Pravda" (truth). The point is not (at least I hope it's not) to get you out of the rut of flawed conventional wisdom only to put you in a different rut of even more flawed conventional wisdom.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @Odin

    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Afghanistan and Osama had as little to do with 9/11 as Iraq and Saddam. [Balaji]

    Don’t believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda. Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly…

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal “Pravda” (truth). [Jack D]

    I haven’t read Ron Unz on 9/11, and neither have countless others. It would be a great help if you could produce (or perhaps commission?) a running rebuttal to his work. Perhaps the original document, with inserted challenges in italics / bold / color / whatever?

    That would let the reader see two sides of the issue in one pass, rather than trying to balance a detailed discussion against a hand-waving dismissal. While such readers might thus betray excessive open-mindedness, many would surely be willing to risk the exposure.

    This is a sincere request. Please give it serious consideration.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Odin

    I'm sorry but I'm not interested in this assignment. There are a million mainstream accounts of 9/11. You could start with the Wikipedia. Even if I spent six months and went point by point, it wouldn't change the mind of a single 9/11 conspiracy theorist. We are see this now with anti-vaxxers. Conspiracy theorists are immune to factual rebuttal. If you rebut fact A they'll just move the goalposts to fact B. If your reasoning process is conclusion first, then facts, then facts are an afterthought.

    Replies: @Odin

  258. On the “micro-debacle in Kabul”:

  259. @Indiana Jack
    @El Dato

    Try using a different browser. I started getting the same result yesterday, but when I opened Twitter in different browser (Firefox instead of Chrome), I was able to open the same threads with no problem. Maybe we are allowed to view a certain number of threads without being logged in but have to log in after we reach that number, similar to how some sites allow people to view 3 free articles per month but require a subscription to view more than that.

    Replies: @El Dato, @YetAnotherAnon

    Erasing the cookies worked. 👌

  260. @Harry Baldwin
    @Anonymous

    I still can’t get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off…

    And we have now bequeathed those people an air force. Let the laughs begin!

    Replies: @El Dato, @Paperback Writer

    Well, no. The airplane jockeys were our friends (or so we’re told). We didn’t attract the best.

    Here’s a multi-lingual Talib speaking decent English:

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Paperback Writer


    Not sure how to put this
     
    "We found the real Star Wars Rebels and they are not us"?
  261. @Joe Stalin
    @Anonymous

    Flight up excitement doesn't compare to ride down, I'm afraid...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3edi2Wkr5YI

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    Slim Pickens was terrific. The survival kit scene is a classic–my favorite from the movie.

  262. @Whiskey
    Agree on most of this, but Buchanon-esque Bidens speech was not. It was blame: Trump, Obama, Bush. Never his fault. No plan to rescue the Americans trapped. No plan to rescue the British, French, other Europeans and such trapped. No acceptance of blame and firing of advisers. No reforms to prevent further disasters.

    Indeed it was a disaster of a speech and it takes a special kind of autist (no offense) to see otherwise. Any adversary (Putin, Xi, the Taliban, Iran's Mullahs, Lil Kim, etc) would see:

    A. Biden had no clue what his orders would bring.
    B. He hid away for days while his underlings wrote a nothing speech.
    C. He blamed others in the Regency for "wrecking" things but offered no reforms and no ability to get ahead of not behind events.
    D. He hid away right after the speech.

    Moreover you are overlooking the key element of the Taliban's stunning advance: WhatsApp. They used the app to mass target nearly every Afghani police and military person. Telling them they would be coming to kill them, unless they surrendered. That's an American app running on Facebook in case you are wondering. Biden could not even be bothered to have Facebook turn it off. Moroever, he had the withdrawal during the height of fighting season, not "extended due to logistics" in say, December. When the Taliban would be in Winter Quarters. No plan to get all the civilians out, nor the CIA contractors, nor the Embassy Staff. They spent more time planning Gay Pride Month in June than the withdrawal in August.

    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better. Expect the invasion of Taiwan soon, perhaps Japan, and also the closure of the Persian Gulf by Iran, and perhaps Russia taking a big chunk of Europe and perhaps Alaska. While Biden doubles down on White men being the existential threat as Jihad goes wild all over the world including here.

    Replies: @anon, @Houston 1992, @AndrewR, @SMK, @Paperback Writer, @Bardon Kaldian, @Triteleia Laxa, @Pierre de Craon, @Alden, @Alt Right Moderate

    Great post. It’s a standard tactic in revolutions take overs and invasions to prepare a list of important persons in government business religion education and their work and home addresses

    Both Germans and later Russians did it before they invaded European countries during WW1 and 2. American French Russian etc revolutionaries did it. Henry 8 and Thomas Cromwell did it. But our affirmative action military state department military intelligence CIA etc was too busy recruiting and promoting beyond their competence blacks Hispanics Asians women and gays to bother teaching the essentials of how it’s been done since ancient times

    It’s my opinion that there’s been a parallel Taliban government and institutions for the 20 years the US NATO military , contractors and do gooders have been in Afghanistan. Right down to small town road workers. And always were there going back to the Marxist government of the 1970s and the Russian intervention to preserve the Marxist government.

    Now there are thousands of American civilians left behind in Afghanistan.

    Affirmative action in action.

    • Agree: Nicholas Stix
  263. Or, it could be that the military, which has grown ever more focused on pushing diversity and crushing internal dissent rather than winning wars, has simply become increasingly useless.

    To climb the career ladder in modern America, you are expected to lie: about race, about crime, about men in dresses.
    ….

    Lying isn’t just bad for the soul, it’s bad for effectiveness at dealing with reality.

    After 1991, we of course stopped winning wars. But now we can’t even avoid losing in spectacularly humiliating fashion.

    If there’s anything we’ve learned about the deep state from this episode, it’s that it’s real…and it’s inept.

    Pat Buchanan’s “Is America Becoming a Failed State” column is on point as well. No great argument in his column just listing the debacles and asking the question.

    We’ve already been money printing like mad since the Great Recession and then ramped it up stratospherically for the Covid “crisis”. Now we have trillions for Biden’s “infrastructure”. I’m big on infrastructure and would love to see some, but i suspect this will mostly be payouts to useless eater Democrats. And what little additional infrastructure is actually built will be quickly be swamped by the immigration/refugee tsunami Biden’s unleashed.

    If anyone’s got any great ideas on investing with an eye toward the gathering inflation tsunami heading our way, let me know.

    It all comes down to minoritarian lying and nonsense. Reality matters. And you can’t maintain a free and prosperous nation when you are committed to your lies and not committed to the nation.

  264. anon[341] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey
    I suspect the greatest problem is that we never demonstrated to them the benefits of adopting Western values and forms of governance in the context of the way they live their lives - they way they have to live their lives if they want any chance of survival.

    In fact it’s not even clear that our current culture is sustainable even in our own countries - actually it’s clear that it’s mostly a civilizational death sentence, even for us. And we’ve spent 20 years attempting to impose it on an ancient culture which may not understand much, but at least understands the importance of bothering to create a next generation.

    But if you’re living in Afghanistan, where there is absolutely zero chance that adopting Western nihilism is going to make you even temporarily prosperous, adopting 21st Century Western values doesn’t have much appeal.

    Replies: @Desiderius, @anon

    I suspect the greatest problem is that we never demonstrated to them the benefits of adopting Western values and forms of governance in the context of the way they live their lives – they way they have to live their lives if they want any chance of survival.

    I suspect the greatest problem is that they aren’t descended from NW European inner Hajnal line peoples, and so they are not phenotypically suited to Western style representative government with or without optional accessories. Ditto the Arabs and Kurds of Iraq.

    tl;dr
    “They” didn’t suddenly and spontaneously form Vermont town meetings, because none of “them” are Vermont farmers descended from Anglo-Saxons.

  265. @JMcG
    @El Dato

    The extremely poor performance by the Soviets in the Winter War against Finland probably reinforced the German view of Soviet capabilities.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    The US performance against the Japanese for the first 4 months of the Pacific War was pretty bad, too.

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Steve Sailer

    Well, we were attacked. The Soviets were the attackers. You’re not wrong, though.

  266. @Wilkey
    @Paperback Writer


    The Dems got their guy into the White House, only to see him turn into Patrick Buchanan.
     
    We’re all Pat Buchanan now.

    Replies: @anon

    We’re all Pat Buchanan now.

    I’m not.

  267. @Buffalo Joe
    @El Dato

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened. The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target...winter ended that. He did conceive the push back known as the "Battle of the Bulge," That could have work as a starting point for negotiations. Didn't happen. He and the Japanese did not understand the amount of war materiel' the US could and did supply. A Liberty ship a day. And in Afghanistan we under estimated the enemy's love for their country and devotion to their religion.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @notbe

    that hitler was a bad strategist is a myth promulgated by surviving german generals after ww 2-victory has a thousand fathers defeated is the responsibility of one-if that idiot just listened to us we would have won because we are military genuises, we never lose so the fact that we lost is because we had an idiot as commanding officer

    hitler certainly made mistakes but so did his generals, in a complex war like that war, decisions had to be made quickly with consequences unforseen

    hitlers decisions were of course, in the long run, bad-he lost the war and commited suicide but, at the time of the decision, were often rational military choices-historians will always find some guy at some war conference who foreseen future battle defeats but at the time of the war, german generals often agreed with hitlers decisions because they seemed like the best option

    nobody likes losing-especially the german general caste who were noted for their arrogance going back several hunndred years so the face saving way was to blame everything on the dead guy

    Sure the dead guy made several bad decisions but remember german generals also lost word war one without hitler

    after world war one, german generals started the stab in the back myth
    after world war two, german generals started hitler was inept myth
    in both cases it was a way of not accepting responsibility for losing the battles in the lost war

    hitlers ability probably was equal to a competent general and greatly exceeded that of churchill who truly was noted for being the promoter of hare-brained strategic choices in both world wars

    the jet planes as bombers or fighters is a lot more complex than the long ago debunked “hitler interfered myth” too

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @notbe

    The conquest of France in 6 weeks in 1940, after France had held out for 4.4 years in the previous war and ultimately won, was the single most spectacular military feat of the 20th Century.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

  268. @John Johnson
    @Buffalo Joe

    El, I got nixed for this before but Hitler was no military strategist if he had listened to his generals who knows what would have happened.

    Well most of his generals wanted to repeat the WW1 plan in the West which is what the French expected. It was Hitler that approved going through the Ardenne even though most of his generals were against the idea.

    So right away he became arrogant and questioned the judgement of his generals.

    Most military tacticians today believe that Hitler was in fact correct to go south and not to Moscow. This is because the Volga was a life line to the Soviet Union and closer to the oil fields. Taking Moscow doesn't mean that the Russians will give up which is what Napoleon learned.

    But his generals didn't agree with him on Barbarossa and that was part of the problem. Their armies were too scattered once they invaded Russia. One general went behind his back and prepared for invading Moscow and backstabbed the other groups. So there was some internal politics at work. They should have picked either Moscow or the Volga to begin with and focused on that.

    The Germans had jet planes, he wanted them as bombers not fighters. He was headed for Moscow and decided Stalingrad was a better target…winter ended that.

    Yea but the jet planes were later in the war and they could only produce a limited number.

    Hitler's love of the bolt action was a bigger problem. The troops really wanted semi-auto rifles for urban warfare. But Hitler was a WW1 vet and wanted to stick to the machinegun/rifle formation even though the troops wanted something like the Russian SVT-40.

    Listen to the troops on the ground that are actually doing the fighting. Our politicians still haven't learned this lesson.

    Here is an article on how Hitler orginally hated the idea of the assault rifle even though his troops were begging for it. That just shows you how arrogant he was. They had to lie and develop it behind his back by depicting it as a submachine gun.
    https://warisboring.com/hitler-hated-the-nazi-assault-rifle/

    Replies: @Desiderius

    Trump did learn that lesson, and they took him down for it.

  269. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Thoughts

    I don't live in the middle of nowhere, Thoughts, so I do know Oriental people well, but not those track-suited guys. From what I've read and assume (I admit) they are flashy over-confident people. I don't like people like that at all. (It's OK on the internet though, I guess ...)

    Replies: @Thoughts, @Thoughts

    The track suits are your best friends when you find yourself in a workplace full of Asians

    Armenians especially (maybe not the fake ones who are really genetic Turks) are full on Good People You Want and Are Proud to Have on your Side—Smart as F too

    Upper Class Armenians are some of the best people you’ll ever know

    I can go forever singing the graces of Armenians

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Thoughts

    Western Armenians (-ian) - thumbs up.

    Ex-Soviet Eastern Armenians (-yan) - hopefully they just need another 30 years here. I hope.

  270. @Jack D
    @Houston 1992


    so why should China help us out and shock the USA out of its delusions by invading Taiwan and interrupting profitable one way flow of IP, property deeds etc? Why not just wait 10 years or until the USA implodes?
     
    Why couldn't Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren't corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    According to some theories (and people are just talking out of their ass - no one really knows what he is thinking), Xi thinks that he has a certain window of opportunity to consolidate his power and to make China a global superpower and ruler of the Pacific (and to enshrine Xi alongside Mao as one of China's greatest rulers) and that he has to act before that window of opportunity closes. This is in large part driven by demographics - China now has 4x the population of the US, but that population is rapidly aging and soon their population is going to start to decline. Countries tend to start wars when they have a large population of young men. War is a young man's game.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Wency, @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Abe, @John Johnson, @scrivener3

    Fortune Favors the Bold.

  271. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/DylanRo37635502/status/1428000335055007745?s=20

    Replies: @Alden

    Given your hatred, fear and psychosis of women you should be glad that more women are turning into quasi men. About 70 percent more men get hormones and surgery to turn into women than women into men. Sex change is primarily a MAN thing. MEN, same sex as the woman hating MEN OF UNZ.

    Why do the repressed gay psychotic women hating MEN OF UNZ have to start a We Hate Women comment thread no matter what the topic of the article?

    Any day now I expect comments that Japan and Germany lost WW 2 because the women of Germany and Japan subverted the war effort and military.

    Who’s the sickest weirdest gayest woman hating MAN OF UNZ?

    • Replies: @anon
    @Alden

    Why do the repressed gay psychotic women hating MEN OF UNZ have to start a We Hate Women comment thread no matter what the topic of the article?

    Why do the voices in your head have to start a man-hating screed on any comment thread, no matter what the topic?

  272. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Thoughts

    I don't live in the middle of nowhere, Thoughts, so I do know Oriental people well, but not those track-suited guys. From what I've read and assume (I admit) they are flashy over-confident people. I don't like people like that at all. (It's OK on the internet though, I guess ...)

    Replies: @Thoughts, @Thoughts

    Armenians aren’t just educated but they are…

    Doggedly Determined
    Hardworking
    Creative
    PRACTICAL and Hands on And Down to Earth–Asians in general at that education level are not this…only Armenians will be both Hard Math + Hands on Practicality
    Masculine
    Good and Honest Businessman
    Loyal to Themselves (marry one another, they don’t marry out)
    Religious Christians

    Are Armenians perfect? Nah, everyone has flaws. But I’ve seen more flaws with Asians that have sent shivers down my spine and I’ve known A lot of Asians and A Lot of Armenians.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman, ChrisZ
  273. @Dieter Kief
    @JMcG


    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° - or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life.
     
    That was once the perfect scenery for a good reporter. I'd love to read interviews with those who did not succeed. - Or a feature about all that.
    since we can't see what motivated those guys; we don't know what went on inside their heads. I'm a bit worried, that these reporters are being pushed to the side by the moving pictures which tend to be ubiquitous.

    Replies: @JMcG

    There were a couple of guys who still do long-form journalism like that. William Langewiesche and Sebastian Junger come to mind. Most journalists writing today aren’t worth two nickels.
    A friend’s daughter was just hired by a big-city paper, right out of college. She’s writing, or collaborating, on feature stories. Nice girl, but hasn’t a clue about the world.

    • Agree: Desiderius, donut
  274. @JMcG
    @El Dato

    The extremely poor performance by the Soviets in the Winter War against Finland probably reinforced the German view of Soviet capabilities.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    There was also Stalin’s Great Purge of Soviet generals (1936–1938) that took out their greatest operational theoretician —

    As a major proponent of modernization of Soviet armament and army force structure in the 1920s and 1930s, he became instrumental in the development of Soviet aviation, and of mechanized and airborne forces. As a theoretician, he was a driving force behind the Soviet development of the theory of deep operations in the 1920s and 1930s.

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

    • Agree: JMcG
  275. @John Johnson
    @Jack D

    Why couldn’t Hitler have waited 10 years to invade the Soviet Union? After the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, they had profitable trade relations with the USSR. Dictators aren’t corporate CEOs who operate off of maximizing the quarterly P&L.

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans. He never needed to attack through Poland.

    But he gambled (and lost) that he could invade Poland and UK/France wouldn't declare war. However he accepted that as a possibility and was ready for world war.

    So Hitler's greed and desire for revenge over WW1 led him to needlessly attack Poland.

    Second of all everyone including US military experts believed that the Soviet Union would not be able to withstand the Nazi war machine. Economists around the world believed that the Soviet economic system would collapse and they wouldn't be able to feed their armies. Military experts argued over whether it would be 6 weeks or a few months. Stalingrad was a complete shock to the world.

    In hindsight it looks disastrous but at the time no one believed that the Soviets had a chance. But not even the Allies knew that the Soviets had been secretly building up massive reserves in the east.

    Would Hitler have won if they went earlier and avoided the Russian winter? That would have been possible if they took Stalingrad and disrupted the food supply.

    Waiting 10 years would have been too long. Stalin knew that they would eventually go to war with the Germans. The Nazis had the element of surprise by attacking in 1941. Stalin expected the attack to be a few years later after the Germans defeated the UK. That is how the Germans were able to destroy so many planes and capture so many men early on.

    Hitler blew it a lot of different ways. He should have gone after the Soviets first or just stuck to his 1939 borders. Or he could have created his empire in the third world. Even equipping his soldiers with winter gear could have changed the war.

    Replies: @anon

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans.

    Lol, no, not even! There is a reason why professionals study logistics.

    This is laughable even by the usual “OK Boomer” standards of iSteve.

    Go back to your game of Risk.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @anon


    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans.
     
    Lol, no, not even! There is a reason why professionals study logistics.

    Do explain exactly why Hitler could not have invaded by way of Finland, East Prussia and the Balkans with a similar 3 group army as Barbarossa.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @JMcG, @anon

  276. @JMcG
    @Dieter Kief

    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° F or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life. Or that a 480 kt wind isn’t something you can withstand? They might have heard stories of flying carpets and figured it’s all the same thing.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @AnotherDad

    I don’t think it’s low I.Q. So much as ignorance. How would a young Afghan know that the air at 30,000 feet is below 0° F or that there isn’t enough partial pressure of O2 to support life. Or that a 480 kt wind isn’t something you can withstand? They might have heard stories of flying carpets and figured it’s all the same thing.

    The whole “physics thing” would seem to be a plausible explanation. But it’s weird here because this isn’t Lagos or something, it’s Kabul where “it’s cold up high in the mountains” would presumably be common knowledge. (“Oh look there’s snow up there … all year round!”)

    I think it is a lot of 80 IQ and young male testosterone at play.

  277. @Steve Sailer
    @JMcG

    The US performance against the Japanese for the first 4 months of the Pacific War was pretty bad, too.

    Replies: @JMcG

    Well, we were attacked. The Soviets were the attackers. You’re not wrong, though.

  278. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    • Replies: @anon
    @donut

    Perfect!

  279. @Mike Tre
    Definitely related: here's a video of about 10 male Australian police officers arresting a 12 year old girl for not having a mask on while shopping for food. The girl resists and is hit, slammed to the ground and pepper sprayed.


    https://youtu.be/MXPbjJuvpak


    To all you mask advocates, you people are fucking sick in the head.

    Replies: @Alden, @Jack D

    The misogynist women hating MEN OF UNZ thank you for posting a man police officer beating up a 12 year old girl.

    Something the women haters of UNZ would love to do but are too nerdy and scared to do. Except in their fantasies. It’s a distraction from their fantasies of Afghan women being kicked up, beaten and stoned to death. As the MEN OF UNZ would love to do to American women.

    Expect no sympathy for the 12 year old girl beaten up by a male policeman from the women and girl hating MEN OF UNZ.

    • Troll: Polistra
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Alden



    The misogynist women hating MEN OF UNZ thank you for posting a man police officer beating up a 12 year old girl.

    Something the women haters of UNZ would love to do but are too nerdy and scared to do. Except in their fantasies...
     
    Yep, i wake up everyday and go "Damn, it's still illegal to beat up 12 year old girls".

    ~~

    Seriously, Alden get a grip. I'm sure the heterosexual men here do indeed have fantasies about women, but they don't involve 12 year old girls and don't involve beating them up.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Hangnail Hans

    , @anon
    @Alden

    Sigh, grandma's been in the wine box again.

    This isn't a good look. Put the wine box back in the fridge. Then get a couple of aspirin and big class of water. Take the aspirin by drinking all the water. Then go lay down in a dark room and sleep this off.

    smh

  280. @Paperback Writer
    @Harry Baldwin

    Well, no. The airplane jockeys were our friends (or so we're told). We didn't attract the best.

    Here's a multi-lingual Talib speaking decent English:

    https://twitter.com/AnasMallick/status/1427868128579620864?s=20

    Replies: @El Dato

    Not sure how to put this

    “We found the real Star Wars Rebels and they are not us”?

  281. @Arclight
    I feel like we are basically turning into East Germany - a surveillance state in which less than enthusiastic participation in the official lies puts your social and economic standing at risk. What happens to a society in which people are compelled to pretend things that are not so are true just to have a chance at a decent livelihood while struggling with the real-world consequences of our official delusions?

    My hope is that in the not too distant future there will be a political movement whose spokespeople (who will be of necessity Latino or Asian) will have the guts to speak openly about trans, crime, cultural decay and so on to give cover to what I think is a silent a majority that is sick of the lies of our current cultural regime. It will be portrayed as regressive but openly discussing these things will actually turn down the temperature in the long run. Continued lies just makes for more conflict and more cover for the good thinkers to persecute the bad.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    My hope is that in the not too distant future there will be a political movement whose spokespeople (who will be of necessity Latino or Asian) …

    Why “Latino or Asian”?

    I got nothing against Latinos or Asians or anyone else who is a loyal American speaking up against or pozzed elites/culture.

    But white guys shouldn’t be sitting around waiting for rescue by “the other”. White men need to speak up forcefully and when inevitably attacked by the usual suspects, answer back with more truth telling full bore. No lies told, no truth shaded. Bad actors promoting evil called out directly.

    Win, Separate or Die. But long past time to fight.

    • Replies: @Arclight
    @AnotherDad

    At least in the current environment, I think an Asian or Latino can voice concerns about things like neighborhood crime, demographics of schools, etc. that will not get instantly shut down like it would coming from a white person. That's not to say whites should twiddle their thumbs in the meantime - there are children to raise and impart values to, and being unafraid to speak frankly in the presence of middle of the road whites who need a bit of redpilling.

    , @Alden
    @AnotherDad

    Great great post thank you. From a heavily Hispanic and asian state. Dan fool idiot conservatives believe Hispanics and Asians are natural allies of Whites because Hispanics don’t believe in abortion* and are either catholic or fervent Protestants. And conservatives believe Asians are natural allies of Whites because they aren’t t street criminals* like blacks are capitalist entrepreneurs and do well in school.

    That’s all very true. But they vote 95 percent democrat. So what use is their natural conservatism? There’s a Chinese branch of the Republican Party in California. Organized and funded by the owner of Panda Express. Their one and only interest is keeping Taiwan free from take over by China.

    A major reason why Asians and Hispanics favor the democrats and are anti White is because affirmative action favors them and discriminated against Whites.

    Forget about Harvard admissions being anti Asians. They don’t care about a few Asians getting into Harvard. Asians care about the tens of thousands of STEM medical and education jobs from which Whites are banned and they are welcome because if their race.

    * despite disapproving of abortion in polls, Hispanics have the highest rate of abortion of all races

    * If you naive conservatives only knew about the white collar crimes of bank loan fraud, tax evasion, slavery, immigration fraud, food stamp fraud in their nasty little stores , consumer fraud, health labor building code violations, extortion , illegal gambling and loan sharing prostitution brothels claiming to be massage businesses and other mafia type practices in your much admired capitalist entrepreneurial Asians you’d change your mind.

    Just one instance. Grace Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco is a major non profit scammer. Once a week it has a massive food bank that gives food to more than 20 thousand people. Many ancient Asians line up and receive their bags of food. Then they sprint a couple blocks to where cars vans and trucks are waiting. They give the food to the drivers and run right back and get in line for more food.

    There’s some fresh produce in the food giveaway. Most of it is canned boxed and bagged staple food cookies pastries etc that doesn’t need refrigeration.

    And it’s resold in Asian convenience stores. If you’re ever in a gas station or convenience store and buy some crackers or cookies that seem stale or soggy and notice some shabby raggedy packaging you know the food came from a free food bank for the poor.

    Not bought from a legitimate wholesale business by the asian convenience store owners that don’t pay taxes and use illegal alien slave labor who sleep in the stock room.

    Are Whites like black slaves before the civil war waiting for White abolitionists to free them?
    I’m beginning to think so.

  282. @Wokechoke
    @Anonymous

    And antisemites

    Replies: @ben tillman, @Anonymous

    Right. My first thought when the WTC was attacked was that this is the price a rabid dog pays for being infected.

  283. @Anonymous

    butcher-and-bolt punitive expedition
     
    There's the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a 'democracy building' project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Almost Missouri, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    There’s the problem right there. Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001, the first were the usual liberal pacifists who oppose every war everywhere, especially those against poor brown people. But the other group were those who realized that America was ideologically incapable of waging a purely punitive war like this, and that the invasion would inevitably turn into a ‘democracy building’ project which would be long, bloody and ultimately pointless.

    I never encountered either type of person. As far as I could tell, the primary opponents were Lew Rockwell libertarians and the White Right (Original Dissent et al.).

  284. @ATBOTL
    Anyone saying anything other than praising Biden for going through with withdrawal is a neocon shill, wittingly or otherwise.The only bad thing is that collaborators are being brought to America. Other than that, this whole process has been smooth and almost entirely peaceful. The capital fell almost without a shot.

    People on the populist right need to get this right and many are getting it wrong. This is not the time to score cheap political points against Biden. This is the time to praise Biden. Times like this are when we see who the real populists and nationalists are who the Republican Party grifters are.

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein, @scrivener3, @MEH 0910, @Marquis

    I think you have a point. Normally Democrats would not throw any democrat politician under the bus no matter what.

    Then Dowd attacked Obama about his birthday party in the Sunday NYT. Como was suddenly a bad person. Biden is not capable. Allen Dershowitz is screamed at by Larry David in a Martha’s Vineyard grocery. (Dershowitz bleats “I voted for Biden, enthusiastically, eerily echoing people condemned by Stalin.)

    Is the Left purging any and all “moderates?” you may not think of them as moderates but what is coming up behind them?

  285. @J.Ross
    Rumor: General Dostum (whom you will have heard of as the only good non-Talib leader) has emerged from the sietch with an army and retaken a suburb of Kabul. I'm not worried about this being another lie. I'm worried about this being true. A humiliating resolution in Afghanistan would mean not only the end of the war but the end, for a while, of reckless adventurism. No resolution means nothing learned.

    Replies: @El Dato

    I remember him from the 90s. He once rode with Massoud. Not always clean hands. Likes vodka. We are now moving into “The Expendables” territory.

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

  286. @Thoughts
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The track suits are your best friends when you find yourself in a workplace full of Asians

    Armenians especially (maybe not the fake ones who are really genetic Turks) are full on Good People You Want and Are Proud to Have on your Side---Smart as F too

    Upper Class Armenians are some of the best people you'll ever know

    I can go forever singing the graces of Armenians

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Western Armenians (-ian) – thumbs up.

    Ex-Soviet Eastern Armenians (-yan) – hopefully they just need another 30 years here. I hope.

    • LOL: Desiderius
  287. @notbe
    @Buffalo Joe

    that hitler was a bad strategist is a myth promulgated by surviving german generals after ww 2-victory has a thousand fathers defeated is the responsibility of one-if that idiot just listened to us we would have won because we are military genuises, we never lose so the fact that we lost is because we had an idiot as commanding officer

    hitler certainly made mistakes but so did his generals, in a complex war like that war, decisions had to be made quickly with consequences unforseen

    hitlers decisions were of course, in the long run, bad-he lost the war and commited suicide but, at the time of the decision, were often rational military choices-historians will always find some guy at some war conference who foreseen future battle defeats but at the time of the war, german generals often agreed with hitlers decisions because they seemed like the best option

    nobody likes losing-especially the german general caste who were noted for their arrogance going back several hunndred years so the face saving way was to blame everything on the dead guy

    Sure the dead guy made several bad decisions but remember german generals also lost word war one without hitler

    after world war one, german generals started the stab in the back myth
    after world war two, german generals started hitler was inept myth
    in both cases it was a way of not accepting responsibility for losing the battles in the lost war

    hitlers ability probably was equal to a competent general and greatly exceeded that of churchill who truly was noted for being the promoter of hare-brained strategic choices in both world wars

    the jet planes as bombers or fighters is a lot more complex than the long ago debunked "hitler interfered myth" too

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    The conquest of France in 6 weeks in 1940, after France had held out for 4.4 years in the previous war and ultimately won, was the single most spectacular military feat of the 20th Century.

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Steve Sailer


    The conquest of France in 6 weeks in 1940, after France had held out for 4.4 years in the previous war and ultimately won, was the single most spectacular military feat of the 20th Century.
     
    I almost totally, hehe, agree. - I would rather use the word astonishing than spectacular in your sentence. Astonishing, because when the Germans attacked France in WW II, the French seemed to not put up much of a fight. - The question is thus not least: Why?

    I've asked this question commenter Old Palo Altan, who knows quite a bit about the French elites in these days from personal experience. But his answer was a bit cryptic.

    My - admittedly - quite simple hypothesis is:

    1) They were overwhelmed by their success at Versailles - may be a bit ashamed about it even.

    2) Versailles had produced illusions over time in France about the strength (economic and military power) of Germany.

    3) The French feared Bolschevic Russia too and thus liked the idea that the Germans were going to fight them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Steve Sailer

    Especially in light of the fact that the French did not suffer from a lack of good tanks. The Renault Char B1 and SOMUA S-35 heavy tanks were considered equals to German contemporaries.

    Gerd von Rundstedt, commander of Army Group A deserves much credit for allowing talented junior officers, Guderian, Rommel* to fully exploit their talents. And of course the mastermind of it all, the Sichelschnittplan Sickle cut plan, Erich von Manstein.
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichelschnittplan#/media/Datei:1939-1940-battle_of_france-plan-evolution.jpg

    *Both of whom conspicuous lacked the aristocratic particle "von" in their names

  288. @Polistra
    Speaking of lying and cheating, here's "Chicago Pharmacist"

    https://i.ibb.co/xSz3YKV/Screenshot-20210817-235156-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    In his defense, $10 is a decent price

    Replies: @anon, @Kjr, @Mike Tre, @Squid, @Alden, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Pierre de Craon

    Good for him. I’m thinking of creating my own and printing it on card stock . Or whiting out the name in some one else’s and scanning it in. Much easier.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Alden

    You ain't the only one, Alden. A family member would be pleased to learn about the only 10 buck charge vs. any kind of photoshop job I could come up with.

    Replies: @Kjr

    , @Adam Smith
    @Alden

    Here you go Alden...

    https://i.ibb.co/2cC0nyf/Front.jpg
    https://i.ibb.co/xDSTKnj/Back.jpg

    Replies: @Anon

  289. @JMcG
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

    Replies: @MEH 0910

    Rockford Tyson feigns puzzlement over Nick Diaz, but I had already called him out on this in a couple of past comments, which just reveals his mendacity.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/new-accusations-against-po-mo-philosopher-michel-foucault/#comment-4561501

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-to-be-a-heroine-on-twitter/#comment-4561513

    • Agree: JMcG, J.Ross
  290. @Buffalo Joe
    @ATBOTL

    ATBOTL, Afghans are a bit off and so are the citizens of Berkeley, almost all white, who vote absolute A-holes into office and then live with the consequences and then vote them in again. As for example, Berkeley is going to spend millions of dollars on their homeless problem and most Afghans probably live in a house, albeit, a mud house, while thousnads of Berkelians live in tents and cardboard boxes and shit and piss on the streets and Berkeley is home to one of America's greatest universities.

    Replies: @Alden

    Slight quibble. Berkeley plans to spend millions not building housing for the homeless but hiring thousands of affirmative action consultants. Coordinators and counselors to sit in offices discussing how to house the homeless. Not construction, but counseling coordinating and consulting

    Every solution to housing the homeless has been tried. Except constructing buildings of studio apartments with small kitchens and bathrooms, built in storage cabinets and shelves with a well fare and medical office off the lobby.

    Medical office not for psychiatric counseling but for doling our the meds that will keep them quiet and sedated.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, nice comment, certainly not a quibble. Berkeley is beyond hope. Special, extra special rights for the 'unhoused' at the expense of the taxpayers.

  291. @Anonymous
    @Danindc

    A comment thread on Steve's blog at The Unz Review is the last place I would expect to be chastised for not using PC language...

    At any rate, I have nothing against 'tards. My sister is 'tarded. She's a pilot now.

    Replies: @Danindc

    Yes, we all saw Idiocracy. You’re really breaking new ground here…

    I assume you’re an adult so try acting like one.

  292. @AnotherDad
    @Arclight


    My hope is that in the not too distant future there will be a political movement whose spokespeople (who will be of necessity Latino or Asian) ...
     
    Why "Latino or Asian"?

    I got nothing against Latinos or Asians or anyone else who is a loyal American speaking up against or pozzed elites/culture.

    But white guys shouldn't be sitting around waiting for rescue by "the other". White men need to speak up forcefully and when inevitably attacked by the usual suspects, answer back with more truth telling full bore. No lies told, no truth shaded. Bad actors promoting evil called out directly.

    Win, Separate or Die. But long past time to fight.

    Replies: @Arclight, @Alden

    At least in the current environment, I think an Asian or Latino can voice concerns about things like neighborhood crime, demographics of schools, etc. that will not get instantly shut down like it would coming from a white person. That’s not to say whites should twiddle their thumbs in the meantime – there are children to raise and impart values to, and being unafraid to speak frankly in the presence of middle of the road whites who need a bit of redpilling.

  293. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/akhivae/status/1428054736176025601?s=20

    Replies: @Alden, @epebble

    What exactly does the above post have to do with the topic of the American defeat in Afghanistan?

    For a sexless woman less creep perv You are inordinately interested in women and our doings.

    I’m all for free speech. But perhaps a caution about commenting on the article instead of dragging totally irrelevant I Hate Women comments into every thread would be useful.

    If you want women to have children at a young age, find a a 20 year old marry her and have babies right away. If you can find anyone willing to even speak with you let alone marry you. Be aware however you’ll have to support the kids till they’re 18 and their mother till she goes back to work.
    How did Ron’s site attract psychotic weirdo woman haters like you? I imagine you look just like Woody Allen and Bob Dylan as a teen before he got all that plastic surgery. But no money to attract or pay for women. Bet you’re a flasher and subway groper too.

  294. @Mike Tre
    Definitely related: here's a video of about 10 male Australian police officers arresting a 12 year old girl for not having a mask on while shopping for food. The girl resists and is hit, slammed to the ground and pepper sprayed.


    https://youtu.be/MXPbjJuvpak


    To all you mask advocates, you people are fucking sick in the head.

    Replies: @Alden, @Jack D

    TBH, I can’t tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don’t and the police arrest you, don’t resist arrest.

    If you don’t agree with masking laws (I really don’t understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don’t be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don’t have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can’t think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    • Troll: El Dato, Adam Smith
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Jack D

    Thank you for validating my "sick in the head" comment. I couldn't have provided a better example if I tried. LOL

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @El Dato

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Jack D


    If you don’t agree with masking laws (I really don’t understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc.
     
    Are they laws? Or just edicts issued by would-be tyrants?

    But, whatever, let's play that game.

    If you don't like being forced to wear a yellow star or being disenfranchised by the majority volk, write you're Gauleiter. I don't see how a little yellow piece of cloth on your coat is going to hurt you.
    , @Intelligent Dasein
    @Jack D


    What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd?
     
    Did you honestly just write that?

    Replies: @Kjr

    , @El Dato
    @Jack D

    This is for you:

    "Thieves of Virtue": A Confucian View of White Social Justice Moralism


    One of the surest hallmarks of a cultural death spiral is omnipresent anomie and the universal deadening of the capacity to experience shock. Everything in culture becomes repetitive and suffocatingly numb. I was reminded of this back in June when a friend sent me a video from Wi Spa, a Korean spa in Los Angeles that played host to a controversy when a Black female customer complained without success that customers, including children, were being exposed to the penis of a naked transsexual in a female changing area. While some left-wing sources are now claiming that the Black woman was a Christian conservative who fabricated the complaint, the truth of the matter remains unclear. In any case, the footage was, to me, not remarkable for the allegations (now becoming all too real and predictable regardless of what really happened at Wi Spa), nor the attitude of the Black woman, or even the robotic and dismissive attitude of the staff, but rather for the intervention of a White Beta male who played the role of the quintessential Social Justice Warrior. his man insisted to the Black complainant that females could have a penis, showed total disregard for the children involved in the complaint, and did his utmost to rhetorically strut and preen in the manner of some kind of moralistic human peacock; maintaining one eye on the Black female while employing the other to scan the watching crowd for admiring gazes. The spectacle, sickening for so very many reasons, was all the more perverse for this sideshow.
     
    , @Kjr
    @Jack D

    I love you Jack but I need to register my disagreement.

  295. @Charles Pewitt
    https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1427435523468058630?s=20

    Steve Sailer came up with this one as far back as 2008:

    INVADE THE WORLD

    INVITE THE WORLD

    IN HOCK TO THE WORLD

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/invade-world-invite-world-in-hock-to/

    Tweet from 2014:

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/499324121080410113?s=20

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Steve Sailer came up with this one as far back as 2008:

    INVADE THE WORLD

    INVITE THE WORLD

    IN HOCK TO THE WORLD

    Invade, Invite, Invest:

    [MORE]


    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
    @Reg Cæsar

    Mel 'Where is my script for The Maccabees?' Gibson is doing a Rothschild banker movie which hits at the Globalizer Bankers who own and control the American Empire and the EU.

  296. This just occurred to me: Lying leads to misapprehension of reality and failed decisions, but it ultimately is aimed at gaining power and at a point the power motive is unmasked.

    Maureen Dowed had no reason to attack Obama’s birthday party – it was not necessary for her to maintain her journalistic integrity (it was a birthday party) or for her to keep her job at the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page.

    It was a shot over the bow of other democrat politicians. Get on board with the more extreme parts of the agenda whatever they become or lose the support of the great protective Citadel of progressives in America.

    Here’s the Dershowitz article about the left pushing aside all he did in the unending will to power

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/08/larry-david-and-alan-dershowitz-in-marthas-vineyard-grocery.html

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @scrivener3

    The assumption that columnists have a master plan agenda of what they write about (as opposed to procrastinating until it's almost too late and then desperately picking some topic from the news that they figure they can make a few jokes about without having to do much research on) may overrate columnists.

    , @AnotherDad
    @scrivener3

    Oh to live in a nation without such wonderful people.

  297. @anon
    @Polistra


    Tangtang Zhao
     
    iirc Zhao means they can have jewish heritage, believe it or not

    Replies: @Polistra, @StAugustine, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    (((GONG)))

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    For enlightening comedic dynamic some have refracted the increasingly aggro-jock role of the Han Chinese as gold-chained guidos (key examples: "The Fresh Prez of D.C."; Nick Mullen's "Chinese Sopranos" bit). re: loss of cultural force it may prove that A. Cuomo was the equivalent of the Kabul runway for Eye-talics and media-land aspiring white ethnics generally

  298. @Bardon Kaldian
    @Jack D

    Let's not harbor delusions about the human nature.

    http://culturahistorica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/beevor-war_and_rape.germany.pdf

    War and Rape, Germany 1945

    ...................


    Grossman soon discovered that rape victims were not just Germans. Polish women also suffered. So did young Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian women who had been sent back to Germany by the Wehrmacht for slave labour. „Liberated Soviet girls quite often complain that our soldiers rape them‟, he noted. „One girl said to me in tears: “He was an old man, older than my father”.‟
    ........................
    This is not the only incident. It happens every night. Those who stay in Bunslau are frightened and demoralised and there is much dissatisfaction among them. One of them Maria Shapoval said: “I waited for the Red Army for days and nights. I waited for my liberation, and now our soldiers treat us worse than the Germans did. I am not happy to be alive”.‟ „It was very hard to stay with Germans‟, Klavdia Malaschenko said, „but now it is very unhappy. This is not liberation. They treat us terribly. They do terrible things to us.‟
     

    In Berlin if anyone attempted to defend a woman against a Soviet attacker it was either a father trying to defend a daughter or a young son, trying to protect his mother. „The 13-year old Dieter Sahl‟, neighbours wrote in a letter shortly after the event, „threw himself with flailing fists at a Russian who was raping his mother in front of him. He did not succeed in anything except getting himself shot.‟
     

    Replies: @Jack D

    I agree with you. Yet Another Anon is the one who seems to harbor doubts that there have been atrocities, apparently on the theory that whatever the media tell you , the truth is the opposite.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    @Jack D

    I remember reading in Michener's The Bridge at Andau, a nonfiction book chronicling the Hungearian Revolution of 1956, that in the aftermath of WWII there were a number of Hungarian women who found the German soldiers worthy of marriage, but 10 years later spurned the inferior Russian grunts.

    Handsome is as handsome does. Ditto ugly.

  299. Anon[442] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Xi has just announced there is going to be a massive wealth redistribution program in China. We should expect a stampede of rich Chinese trying to flee to the U.S., and they will trying to buy everything they can to park their money. Expect our housing prices to shoot up. Xi wants to begin property taxes in China for the very first time, and that means land in the U.S. may start looking pretty good as an alternative investment. This is not good for us.

    https://www.reuters.com/breakingviews/xis-wealth-redistribution-push-starts-with-stick-2021-08-18/

    Xi has apparently been inspired by the economic effect of all the stimulus money the U.S. gave its people during Covid, and he is likely getting very jealous of his own billionaires.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Anon


    OT: Xi has just announced there is going to be a massive wealth redistribution program in China. We should expect a stampede of rich Chinese trying to flee to the U.S., and they will trying to buy everything they can to park their money. Expect our housing prices to shoot up.
     
    "Expect"? I'm sitting here in the Seattle burbs, no "expect" necessary.

    This would be a non-issue in competently run nation. Foreign nationals would not be allowed to buy American real estate. They could have whatever drama they wanted over there and it wouldn't be a big deal here.
  300. @Polistra
    Speaking of lying and cheating, here's "Chicago Pharmacist"

    https://i.ibb.co/xSz3YKV/Screenshot-20210817-235156-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    In his defense, $10 is a decent price

    Replies: @anon, @Kjr, @Mike Tre, @Squid, @Alden, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms, @Pierre de Craon

    During the 1942 Henan Famines, there were bureaucrats who sold grains designated for starving peasants on the black market. Chiang Kai-Shek had them lined up in public and shot.

  301. @Intelligent Dasein
    @James Speaks


    Here’s a hypothesis: Lying gains an advantage so long as not too many people do it.
     
    Immanuel Kant beat you to that one. And it's a standard case study in game theory (in fact, it's pretty much the only point that game theory has ever made). You may not be familiar with these things, but the old Sraussians who trained today's institutional liars certainly were.

    Replies: @James Speaks

    but the old Sraussians who trained today’s institutional liars certainly were.

    Did they actually teach them to lie? (Reminds me of the concern when sex ed was introduced to schools that they were teaching us how to.)

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    @James Speaks


    Did they actually teach them to lie?
     
    Unfortunately, yes, they did. The Straussians take the idea of the Noble Lie quite literally. They have a theory that this is how politics must be done.
  302. @Odin
    @Jack D



    If you read some of Ron Unz’s “American Pravda” articles, you may come to the conclusion that Afghanistan and Osama had as little to do with 9/11 as Iraq and Saddam. [Balaji]

     

    Don’t believe everything you read, especially not everything in American Pravda. Ron is a shit stirrer and a gadfly...

    But you can be so open minded that your brains fall out. You really need to take the stuff you see there with a grain of salt and not as the literal “Pravda” (truth). [Jack D]

     

    I haven't read Ron Unz on 9/11, and neither have countless others. It would be a great help if you could produce (or perhaps commission?) a running rebuttal to his work. Perhaps the original document, with inserted challenges in italics / bold / color / whatever?

    That would let the reader see two sides of the issue in one pass, rather than trying to balance a detailed discussion against a hand-waving dismissal. While such readers might thus betray excessive open-mindedness, many would surely be willing to risk the exposure.

    This is a sincere request. Please give it serious consideration.

    Replies: @Jack D

    I’m sorry but I’m not interested in this assignment. There are a million mainstream accounts of 9/11. You could start with the Wikipedia. Even if I spent six months and went point by point, it wouldn’t change the mind of a single 9/11 conspiracy theorist. We are see this now with anti-vaxxers. Conspiracy theorists are immune to factual rebuttal. If you rebut fact A they’ll just move the goalposts to fact B. If your reasoning process is conclusion first, then facts, then facts are an afterthought.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Odin
    @Jack D


    There are a million mainstream accounts of 9/11.
     
    Lack of mainstream 9/11 accounts is not the problem. Generally we're talking about people who are vaguely aware of the orthodoxy, but who haven't heard of its claimed bald spots. Abelard was right: to evaluate a claim, whether of orthodoxy or of an alternative, you have to see it set against well-argued pushback. (Hauntingly, his title Sic et Non clearly portends Jack and Ron.)

    You could start with the Wikipedia.
     
    I'm pretty sure that the truth-seekers this aims to help would know better than to seek reliable information on a politically touchy topic from Wikipedia.

    Even if I spent six months and went point by point, it wouldn’t change the mind of a single 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
     
    Total agreement on this. We need to write off anyone who has dug into this, even a bit, and become sold on a particular narrative.

    The target is people who haven't given careful attention to any of the positions and aren't psychologically committed. And who, once the controversy is brought to their attention, decide they'd like to learn what actually happened...even if, boringly, the truth turns out to be exactly what the conventional wisdom says. A well constructed Yes and No would be a boon to them. It might even help a lot of them move toward the truth.

    Whatever that is in this case.

  303. @El Dato
    @Harry Baldwin

    If Chinese and Russian consultants are not there RIGHT NOW taking notes and samples someone isn't doing their job.

    Replies: @From Beer to Paternity

    If Chinese and Russian consultants are not there RIGHT NOW taking notes and samples someone isn’t doing their job.

    Sure, they’re there, those nosy foreign intel types, but we didn’t leave the Afghans our best stuff in country, so they won’t learn much there. The real intel hauls are happening right here in the good ol’ USA.

    China won’t learn much about US technology or strategy in Afghanistan that they can’t learn in the US. They have total access to our research universities and much of our defense industry. The Russians are pikers compared to the Chinese when it comes to harvesting intel in the US; there aren’t nearly as many Russian-allied types in the US as there are CCP loyalists.

    We have a lot of cash. Our opponents have loyalty.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @From Beer to Paternity

    Agree. You can't "discriminate" against minorities. Heck, you can't even look at them extra carefully--that's "discrimination". Ergo the PLA has pretty much everything we've got on the technical side.

    Replies: @From Beer to Paternity

    , @Richard B
    @From Beer to Paternity


    We have a lot of cash.
     
    True. But the cash printed by the hostile elite is as fake as their explanations, ie; CRT, White Man Bad/Us Good, etc.

    Niether will last, because they're not real. And, sooner or later, reality always wins.

  304. @Jack D
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    in 2016 had Obama contrived a legal figleaf rationalization
     
    IF. If my grandmother had wheels she'd be a trolley car. The fact is that Obama didn't try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. Maybe part of the reason why the Powers That Be would have backed Obama and did not back Trump is precisely because they knew that Obama was Not that Kind of Guy and that Trump IS That Kind of Guy.

    Now we live in a tough world, and That Kind of Guy is precisely the guy we need looking out for the interests of the United States but, he's not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on when the cash register drawer is open.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @J.Ross, @Nicholas Stix

    “The fact is that Obama didn’t try this kind of trick (though Whiskey said that he would) and Trump did. ”

    “Trick”? The only kind of trick I know of President Trump pulling, was winning re-election.

  305. @Redmen
    @dearieme

    Sidney Hersh wrote a pretty persuasive piece back in 2011/2012 which argued that OBL was definitely not killed by the US in the purported Pakistan raid. This "heroic" narrative was almost certainly created entirely by the Obama administration and other deep state denizens.

    The fact no photo was taken of OBL and that his body was immediately "dumped in the ocean" says all you need to know. Imagine the FBI (or any law enforcement agency) handling the capture of someone at the top of their "most wanted" list.

    But the MSM bought that whopper hook, line and sinker with zero curiosity. That was one of the biggest eye openers about the pervasive rot of the mass media and where it was headed.

    Replies: @El Dato, @pyrrhus, @utu

    Obama’s OBL operation was timed perfectly:

    April 4, 2011 – Obama announces 2012 reelection bid
    April 27, 2011 – Obama releases original long-form birth certificate
    April 30, 2011 – WH Correspondents Dinner (the action to get Osama already in progress)
    May 2, 2011 – Osama bin Laden killed

    BTW, At the WH Correspondents Dinner Trump is the recipient of President Obama’s jokes which Trumps never forgives or forgets.

  306. @Jack D
    @Mike Tre

    TBH, I can't tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don't and the police arrest you, don't resist arrest.

    If you don't agree with masking laws (I really don't understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don't be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don't have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can't think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Mr. Anon, @Intelligent Dasein, @El Dato, @Kjr

    Thank you for validating my “sick in the head” comment. I couldn’t have provided a better example if I tried. LOL

    • Agree: Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Mike Tre


    Thank you for validating my “sick in the head” comment. I couldn’t have provided a better example if I tried. LOL
     
    Maybe Jack D thought she was palestinian.
    , @El Dato
    @Mike Tre

    While not masking is the new active shooter holocaust denialism terrorism, Australia is particularly poignant because apparently they just sit there in lockdown and hope no-one will ever visit the little continent until the next ice age or until the virus has fully adapted to humans, whatever comes first:

    ‘What the bloody hell are ya up to?’ Clueless Aussie government’s mishandling of Covid is a global joke waiting for a punchline


    But even taking into account a proportion of vaccine-hesitant Aussies, it hasn’t been so much a rollout as a strollout. What the hell is going on? They’ve had the international borders shut since March 20 last year, leaving its own nationals stranded abroad and family visits off the agenda so that the chances of importing Covid cases was greatly reduced.

    Then what? Because nothing much seems to have happened in the interim save frequent outbursts of panic followed by ever more stringent lockdowns as coronavirus cases appeared randomly. Despite that, since October last year there were no Covid deaths recorded nationally until the middle of last month and since then, around 30 people have fallen victim to the virus. So what exactly was the panic all about?
     


    It’s those same suburbs in Sydney that are now patrolled by the defence forces alongside the police enforcing a strict lockdown worthy of a totalitarian regime. Curfews are in place in Melbourne, meanwhile, where a beleaguered population has spent more than 200 days in lockdown.
     

    And you know what? That’s enough. The joke’s over. Aussies will take so much but this is way beyond limits. It’s like a controlled experiment to see how much a population can tolerate before the masses wage an uprising and overthrow their clueless leaders. Surely, it can only be a matter of time. So come on, Aussies, what the bloody hell are you waiting for?
     
    I'm wont say anything about sadsacks defending such a complete breakdown in what "officialdom" should be about.
  307. This is off topic,

    For people who’ve been on Twitter a while. Why are there so many Gifs of blacks expressing emotions? Do people think blacks’ emotions more authentic, sincere… vibrant?

    This is emotional, labor, folks! This is digital exploitation. Emoting is hard work. Ask any actor.

    I can see why blacks are exhausted. Showing the same emotion every three seconds, from now until the servers go down.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Rob

    Indeed.

    , @Coag
    @Rob

    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces vicariously relish the emotions that blacks act out on their faces and their limbs. Blacks are the id of mankind, and the rest of mankind, discontent with civilization (cf. Freud) after a long and demoralizing day of labor , unwind with gifs of black physical humor.

    Can you recall any face more outwardly emotive than Louis Armstrong’s?

    On the other end of the curve there are no emotive Asian gifs because, in the words of Wesley Yang, Asians have uninspiring “pancake-flat faces with expression nearly reptilian in its impassivity.”

    In terms of emotiveness, the whites are somewhere in between the Asians and the blacks, as usual.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @JMcG

  308. @AnotherDad
    @Arclight


    My hope is that in the not too distant future there will be a political movement whose spokespeople (who will be of necessity Latino or Asian) ...
     
    Why "Latino or Asian"?

    I got nothing against Latinos or Asians or anyone else who is a loyal American speaking up against or pozzed elites/culture.

    But white guys shouldn't be sitting around waiting for rescue by "the other". White men need to speak up forcefully and when inevitably attacked by the usual suspects, answer back with more truth telling full bore. No lies told, no truth shaded. Bad actors promoting evil called out directly.

    Win, Separate or Die. But long past time to fight.

    Replies: @Arclight, @Alden

    Great great post thank you. From a heavily Hispanic and asian state. Dan fool idiot conservatives believe Hispanics and Asians are natural allies of Whites because Hispanics don’t believe in abortion* and are either catholic or fervent Protestants. And conservatives believe Asians are natural allies of Whites because they aren’t t street criminals* like blacks are capitalist entrepreneurs and do well in school.

    That’s all very true. But they vote 95 percent democrat. So what use is their natural conservatism? There’s a Chinese branch of the Republican Party in California. Organized and funded by the owner of Panda Express. Their one and only interest is keeping Taiwan free from take over by China.

    A major reason why Asians and Hispanics favor the democrats and are anti White is because affirmative action favors them and discriminated against Whites.

    Forget about Harvard admissions being anti Asians. They don’t care about a few Asians getting into Harvard. Asians care about the tens of thousands of STEM medical and education jobs from which Whites are banned and they are welcome because if their race.

    * despite disapproving of abortion in polls, Hispanics have the highest rate of abortion of all races

    * If you naive conservatives only knew about the white collar crimes of bank loan fraud, tax evasion, slavery, immigration fraud, food stamp fraud in their nasty little stores , consumer fraud, health labor building code violations, extortion , illegal gambling and loan sharing prostitution brothels claiming to be massage businesses and other mafia type practices in your much admired capitalist entrepreneurial Asians you’d change your mind.

    Just one instance. Grace Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco is a major non profit scammer. Once a week it has a massive food bank that gives food to more than 20 thousand people. Many ancient Asians line up and receive their bags of food. Then they sprint a couple blocks to where cars vans and trucks are waiting. They give the food to the drivers and run right back and get in line for more food.

    There’s some fresh produce in the food giveaway. Most of it is canned boxed and bagged staple food cookies pastries etc that doesn’t need refrigeration.

    And it’s resold in Asian convenience stores. If you’re ever in a gas station or convenience store and buy some crackers or cookies that seem stale or soggy and notice some shabby raggedy packaging you know the food came from a free food bank for the poor.

    Not bought from a legitimate wholesale business by the asian convenience store owners that don’t pay taxes and use illegal alien slave labor who sleep in the stock room.

    Are Whites like black slaves before the civil war waiting for White abolitionists to free them?
    I’m beginning to think so.

  309. @Alden
    @Mike Tre

    The misogynist women hating MEN OF UNZ thank you for posting a man police officer beating up a 12 year old girl.

    Something the women haters of UNZ would love to do but are too nerdy and scared to do. Except in their fantasies. It’s a distraction from their fantasies of Afghan women being kicked up, beaten and stoned to death. As the MEN OF UNZ would love to do to American women.

    Expect no sympathy for the 12 year old girl beaten up by a male policeman from the women and girl hating MEN OF UNZ.

    Replies: @AnotherDad, @anon

    The misogynist women hating MEN OF UNZ thank you for posting a man police officer beating up a 12 year old girl.

    Something the women haters of UNZ would love to do but are too nerdy and scared to do. Except in their fantasies…

    Yep, i wake up everyday and go “Damn, it’s still illegal to beat up 12 year old girls”.

    ~~

    Seriously, Alden get a grip. I’m sure the heterosexual men here do indeed have fantasies about women, but they don’t involve 12 year old girls and don’t involve beating them up.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @AnotherDad


    Seriously, Alden get a grip.
     
    Sad. She can be quite informative when sober. Much like Jack D. The softie in me likes to think they're both redeemable.

    At least Truth is good for a laugh, not to mention Tiny.
    , @Hangnail Hans
    @AnotherDad

    You can see why so many men have trouble trusting or even respecting women the way they'd like. One moment they're relatively sane and the next they're bat-shyt cray-cray, with nary a provocation in between.

    If challenged, they'll usually blame hormones, astrology, or the MEN OF UNZ.

    Here we have someone showing an instance of armed men being abusive to a girl--which he condemns unequivocally, and every one of us agrees. But that's not enough for someone who is literally bat-shyte crazy.

    You read right: she's mad because we object to the violence against a female. A rational person would conclude that she favors the violence. Or she is just insane. Or both.

  310. • Replies: @Anon
    @Anon

    The author of the Facing Reality review in The Times seems in the previewed paragraphs to be be denying racial differences, at least American-style differences happening in the U.K., which might make sense given that "Asians" are Indians and blacks are self-selected immigrants from the Caribbean there. Is she left-wing?

    I wish I could read the whole review, but it's not worth 10 quid.

    In her Wikipedia profile she seems to be a former liberal turned far right:

    -- Critical of Islam

    -- Critical of Jews

    -- Called Obama a "sulking narcissist" who supported "thuggish" black power

    -- Used the word "Trumpophobes"

    -- "No evidence for global warming"

    -- Wants education to be competitive and non-egalitarian

    -- Opposed gay marriage and even civil partnerships

    -- Seems to be a bit of an anti-vaxxer

    -- Married to a (((man))) and has two naturally conceived and born children

    She seems like she should have been long cancelled. What is she doing writing anti-Charles Murray articles? Or is she? Can a subscriber enlighten me?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

  311. @Paperback Writer
    Ignore the fact that it's from a column by Max Boot.

    My own theory is that Biden has been hellbent on leaving Afghanistan ever since, as he mentioned on Monday, he lost the internal debate in the Obama administration over the Afghanistan surge in 2009. The Trump withdrawal deal, awful as it was, did not compel the pullout but merely gave Biden a convenient excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway.

    The callousness that Biden, normally the most empathetic of politicians, has displayed toward the people of Afghanistan is long-standing. As I noted earlier this year, George Packer’s book “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century” recounts a conversation that Holbrooke, then Obama’s Afghanistan-Pakistan envoy, had with then-Vice President Biden in 2010. Holbrooke raised the costs of abandoning “the people who had trusted us.” Biden’s response: “F--- that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”
     
    I'm beginning to like ole Joe.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/18/biden-is-wrong-there-was-nothing-inevitable-about-disaster-afghanistan/

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The callousness that Biden, normally the most empathetic of politicians, has displayed toward the people of Afghanistan is long-standing.

    He treats them like they treat their bacha.

    Now for something (not so) completely different– the Battle of the Central Park Karens, West:

    Neighbor Charged with Hate Crime Accused of Coming Back for More

    Does she really hate everybody, not just gooks? Did he really purchase his wife in a Mekong delta market stall, like the mayor of Casterbridge?

    How did a town get such a generic name such as Shoreline? Reminds me of River Falls, where the KC Chiefs used to train. Which river? Aren’t all falls on rivers?

  312. Anonymous[345] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @anon

    (((GONG)))

    Replies: @Anonymous

    For enlightening comedic dynamic some have refracted the increasingly aggro-jock role of the Han Chinese as gold-chained guidos (key examples: “The Fresh Prez of D.C.”; Nick Mullen’s “Chinese Sopranos” bit). re: loss of cultural force it may prove that A. Cuomo was the equivalent of the Kabul runway for Eye-talics and media-land aspiring white ethnics generally

  313. @AnotherDad
    @Alden



    The misogynist women hating MEN OF UNZ thank you for posting a man police officer beating up a 12 year old girl.

    Something the women haters of UNZ would love to do but are too nerdy and scared to do. Except in their fantasies...
     
    Yep, i wake up everyday and go "Damn, it's still illegal to beat up 12 year old girls".

    ~~

    Seriously, Alden get a grip. I'm sure the heterosexual men here do indeed have fantasies about women, but they don't involve 12 year old girls and don't involve beating them up.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Hangnail Hans

    Seriously, Alden get a grip.

    Sad. She can be quite informative when sober. Much like Jack D. The softie in me likes to think they’re both redeemable.

    At least Truth is good for a laugh, not to mention Tiny.

  314. @Rob
    This is off topic,

    For people who’ve been on Twitter a while. Why are there so many Gifs of blacks expressing emotions? Do people think blacks’ emotions more authentic, sincere… vibrant?

    This is emotional, labor, folks! This is digital exploitation. Emoting is hard work. Ask any actor.

    I can see why blacks are exhausted. Showing the same emotion every three seconds, from now until the servers go down.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Coag

    Indeed.

  315. @Jack D
    @Polistra

    Really? No evidence? OBL was just a peaceful goat farmer? I know that unz.com is the home of conspiracy theorists who think that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo, but you gotta be kidding me.

    Whether it was necessary to occupy Afghanistan for 20 years just because the Taliban had let OBL stay there while he was planning 9/11 (while at the same time we left Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, etc. - all places that arguably had equal or greater nexus to Bin Laden alone) is another question but you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11. (The obvious answer is was for the same reason that drunks look for their dropped car keys under the streetlight - it's easier over there. We sure as hell weren't going to take on nuclear armed Pakistan.)

    Replies: @Sparkon, @donut, @Gapeseed

    Really? No evidence? …

    you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11.

    On, September 10, 2008, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino corrected a reporter who’d called Osama bin Laden the mastermind of 9/11.

    “No, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the mastermind of 9/11, and he’s sitting in jail right now.”

    — Dana Perino

    [00:15:28]

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?281019-1/white-house-daily-briefing&start=444

    So go ahead on Jack, and give us the evidence you think ties Osama bin Laden to 9/11.

    • Thanks: Hangnail Hans
  316. @scrivener3
    This just occurred to me: Lying leads to misapprehension of reality and failed decisions, but it ultimately is aimed at gaining power and at a point the power motive is unmasked.

    Maureen Dowed had no reason to attack Obama's birthday party - it was not necessary for her to maintain her journalistic integrity (it was a birthday party) or for her to keep her job at the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page.

    It was a shot over the bow of other democrat politicians. Get on board with the more extreme parts of the agenda whatever they become or lose the support of the great protective Citadel of progressives in America.

    Here's the Dershowitz article about the left pushing aside all he did in the unending will to power

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/08/larry-david-and-alan-dershowitz-in-marthas-vineyard-grocery.html

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AnotherDad

    The assumption that columnists have a master plan agenda of what they write about (as opposed to procrastinating until it’s almost too late and then desperately picking some topic from the news that they figure they can make a few jokes about without having to do much research on) may overrate columnists.

  317. Osama Bin Laden and Muslims had nothing to do with 9/11.

    It was the US Deep State and Israel. Just like the assassinations of the Kennedys.

  318. @MEH 0910
    @Nick Diaz

    Who, the UFC fighter? What has he got to do with anything, or any poster called that?


    Nick Diaz says:
    April 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm GMT • 3.4 years ago

    [...]
    Sailer, the guy that glosses over the Nazi-like treatment of Palestinians by the Jews(qt.”personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestinians around.”
     

    Rockford Tyson says:
    March 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm GMT • 4.7 months ago

    [...]
    There was an article from you years back where you stated, in reply to a picture that showed Israeli soldiers beating Palestinean kids in the Gaza Strip, that, and I quote:

    “Personally, I don’t care if the Israelis push the Palestineans around.”
     
    Nick Diaz stopped commenting after November 8, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Nick+Diaz

    Rockford Tyson started commenting on November 27, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?CommentOrder=ASC&commenterfilter=Rockford+Tyson

    Rockford Tyson, you used to post under the name Nick Diaz.

    Replies: @JMcG, @ben tillman

    Nick Diaz stopped commenting after November 8, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Nick+Diaz

    Rockford Tyson started commenting on November 27, 2020.
    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?CommentOrder=ASC&commenterfilter=Rockford+Tyson

    I don’t know who anagrammed Amy Harmon into Horny Mama, but I do know that it was Svigor who noticed that Nick Diaz could be rearranged into Nazi Dick. That’s when Nick Diaz — utterly humiliated — stopped commenting.

  319. @Jack D
    @Mike Tre

    TBH, I can't tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don't and the police arrest you, don't resist arrest.

    If you don't agree with masking laws (I really don't understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don't be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don't have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can't think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Mr. Anon, @Intelligent Dasein, @El Dato, @Kjr

    If you don’t agree with masking laws (I really don’t understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc.

    Are they laws? Or just edicts issued by would-be tyrants?

    But, whatever, let’s play that game.

    If you don’t like being forced to wear a yellow star or being disenfranchised by the majority volk, write you’re Gauleiter. I don’t see how a little yellow piece of cloth on your coat is going to hurt you.

    • Thanks: donut
    • LOL: Adam Smith
  320. @Mike Tre
    @Jack D

    Thank you for validating my "sick in the head" comment. I couldn't have provided a better example if I tried. LOL

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @El Dato

    Thank you for validating my “sick in the head” comment. I couldn’t have provided a better example if I tried. LOL

    Maybe Jack D thought she was palestinian.

  321. @SMK
    @Whiskey

    Biden is the first president in U.S. history to be senile and demented long before he was elected and entered the WH on Januatry 20 -and, especially given his decision to open the border with Mexico wider than ever before and the debacle in Afghanistan, the worst president in all of U.S. history. And he's only been in office for 7-months! To imagine the harm he'll do to the US and much of the world during his remaining 3-years and 5-months, assuming he serves his full term, is truly frightening.

    Given his senilityl and his decisions and their ruinous and baleful consequences -after only 7-months as POTUS- he should be the first president to be removed from office under the 25 Amendment. But if that occurred -which I doubt- Harris would be the first woman and second "black" president. And she'd be as bad and, in some ways, even worse than Biden. But at least she's not senile.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @sayless

    given his decision to open the border with Mexico wider than ever before and the debacle in Afghanistan, the worst president in all of U.S. history.

    If these are the criteria, isn’t George W. Bush still the front-runner as Worst President Ever? He STARTED the Afghanistan fiasco and also opened the orders with Mexico. Granted, Biden’s just getting started.

    • LOL: notbe
  322. @Jack D
    @Paperback Writer

    Whiskey also told us that after the election, the sitting President would refuse to leave the White House. This was back in 2016 - he meant Obama, not Trump. So Whiskey is sort of like the stopped clock that is right if you wait long enough. All of Whiskey's predictions may come true eventually, just not in the time frame that he indicates.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @Harry Baldwin

    Isaac Deutscher, an admirer of Leon Trotsky, once said of him: “Proof of Trotsky’s farsightedness is that none of his predictions has come true yet.”

    True for Whiskey as well.

    • LOL: kaganovitch
  323. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1427856227392909314?s=20

    Looking in retrospect that this was when the decision was taken to switch horses (or merely to acknowledge the only real horse which existed), put on ice somewhat for the Trump years but advanced in the shadows. Bergdahl likely some sort of asset, optics completely botched because they're incompetent, but it didn't matter because the people watching don't.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Not Raul, @Ralph L, @Redman

    Wait. Is that Pat Buchanan in a turban and beard?

  324. @Rob
    This is off topic,

    For people who’ve been on Twitter a while. Why are there so many Gifs of blacks expressing emotions? Do people think blacks’ emotions more authentic, sincere… vibrant?

    This is emotional, labor, folks! This is digital exploitation. Emoting is hard work. Ask any actor.

    I can see why blacks are exhausted. Showing the same emotion every three seconds, from now until the servers go down.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Coag

    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces vicariously relish the emotions that blacks act out on their faces and their limbs. Blacks are the id of mankind, and the rest of mankind, discontent with civilization (cf. Freud) after a long and demoralizing day of labor , unwind with gifs of black physical humor.

    Can you recall any face more outwardly emotive than Louis Armstrong’s?

    On the other end of the curve there are no emotive Asian gifs because, in the words of Wesley Yang, Asians have uninspiring “pancake-flat faces with expression nearly reptilian in its impassivity.”

    In terms of emotiveness, the whites are somewhere in between the Asians and the blacks, as usual.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Coag

    Well said.

    Wesley Yang can speak for himself, but I'll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Kylie, @Polistra, @Anon

    , @Anonymous
    @Coag

    ....... But, surely, the can't beat Benny Hill - particularly in his ritualistic slapping of the "Little Bald Man's" head.

    , @JMcG
    @Coag

    Well, they were once referred to as “inscrutable.” Having said that, I once dated a Filipino girl and had no trouble at all reading her emotions.

  325. @Wokechoke
    @Anonymous

    And antisemites

    Replies: @ben tillman, @Anonymous

    Two sorts of people opposed this war in 2001,

    And antisemites

    Why would antisemites oppose the War on Afghanistan?

  326. @Coag
    @Rob

    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces vicariously relish the emotions that blacks act out on their faces and their limbs. Blacks are the id of mankind, and the rest of mankind, discontent with civilization (cf. Freud) after a long and demoralizing day of labor , unwind with gifs of black physical humor.

    Can you recall any face more outwardly emotive than Louis Armstrong’s?

    On the other end of the curve there are no emotive Asian gifs because, in the words of Wesley Yang, Asians have uninspiring “pancake-flat faces with expression nearly reptilian in its impassivity.”

    In terms of emotiveness, the whites are somewhere in between the Asians and the blacks, as usual.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @JMcG

    Well said.

    Wesley Yang can speak for himself, but I’ll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer



    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces
     
    Well said.
     
    Northwest Europeans have the most florid checks on the planet. Fair skin is more expressive of shame and emotion and more revealing of defects and blemishes. It may be an evolutionary adaption that helps facilitate high trust culture.
    , @Kylie
    @Steve Sailer

    "I’ll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton."

    As a child, while performing comedy routines in vaudeville with his parents, Keaton learned that he got more laughs with a deadpan expression than when he himself laughed.

    , @Polistra
    @Steve Sailer

    Obviously you know that Keaton's poker face was very much deliberate.

    Hence not quite comparable..

    , @Anon
    @Steve Sailer

    This noticing stuff really takes us to some weird places, but now that I think about it, Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton really are similar, doing imaginatively dangerous physical stunts that you had one chance of succeeding at, for a laugh.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

  327. @Bardon Kaldian
    @Whiskey


    Biden is a senile fool. Every adversary knows that if they keep up the tempo of events fast enough, he will fall apart, being stupid and senile, and his staff no better.
     
    Sure, but- don't most people here see a contradiction?

    Biden was supposedly just a front for powerful oligarchs, experienced & ruthless Deep State etc. etc.

    One would expect that these types execute the whole affair more smoothly, and not as such an epic embarrassment. After all, Biden is just a front, right?

    Well, it seems- no.

    Biden is the real senile president with real presidential power, and not just a puppet on someone's strings. He may be a mumbling senile creep, but he has real- although, of course not unlimited- power.

    On the other hand, if you think that this operation was truly planned & executed by some Deep State- what is to fear from them, in the long run? These guys are, judging from the experience, a bunch of out-of-reality morons.

    Replies: @Neil Templeton

    Morons, or not, with persuasive political power.

  328. @Desiderius
    https://twitter.com/akhivae/status/1428054736176025601?s=20

    Replies: @Alden, @epebble

    The quoted article by Akhivae has (what appears to be) some new fundamental research on single motherhood. Though the analysis is viewed through the prism of poverty, I think some of the conclusions may be applicable to non-poor single mothers too. TL;DR: (At least some) women want to be (single/unmarried) mothers to bring meaning to (what appears to them) a meaningless life.

  329. @Alfa158
    @Daniel H

    Stephen King is the primitive AI.
    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.
    The mystery writer was driven to distraction by the fact that he would get stuck and have to think about what he was going to write next, while on the other side of the office he heard the relentless peckata-peckata-peckata-ding! of Silverberg cranking out copy. Eventually the mystery writer gave up the arrangement and resumed writing at home.
    In my few failed attempts to actually plow through a King product, I decided that must be how King works as well.

    Replies: @El Dato, @J.Ross, @kaganovitch

    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.

    In the late 50’s early 60’s, Silverberg pounded out between 4 and 5 million words a year; a feat that I don’t think has ever been matched.

    • Replies: @utu
    @kaganovitch

    Imagine what one million Silverbergs typing for one million years could produce.

  330. Anonymous[237] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @Coag

    Well said.

    Wesley Yang can speak for himself, but I'll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Kylie, @Polistra, @Anon

    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces

    Well said.

    Northwest Europeans have the most florid checks on the planet. Fair skin is more expressive of shame and emotion and more revealing of defects and blemishes. It may be an evolutionary adaption that helps facilitate high trust culture.

    • Thanks: Desiderius
  331. @Jack D
    @Polistra

    Really? No evidence? OBL was just a peaceful goat farmer? I know that unz.com is the home of conspiracy theorists who think that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo, but you gotta be kidding me.

    Whether it was necessary to occupy Afghanistan for 20 years just because the Taliban had let OBL stay there while he was planning 9/11 (while at the same time we left Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, etc. - all places that arguably had equal or greater nexus to Bin Laden alone) is another question but you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11. (The obvious answer is was for the same reason that drunks look for their dropped car keys under the streetlight - it's easier over there. We sure as hell weren't going to take on nuclear armed Pakistan.)

    Replies: @Sparkon, @donut, @Gapeseed

    ” We ” ?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @donut


    ” We ” ?
     
    When the iSteve comment section becomes a Stonestoss comic.
  332. @scrivener3
    This just occurred to me: Lying leads to misapprehension of reality and failed decisions, but it ultimately is aimed at gaining power and at a point the power motive is unmasked.

    Maureen Dowed had no reason to attack Obama's birthday party - it was not necessary for her to maintain her journalistic integrity (it was a birthday party) or for her to keep her job at the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page.

    It was a shot over the bow of other democrat politicians. Get on board with the more extreme parts of the agenda whatever they become or lose the support of the great protective Citadel of progressives in America.

    Here's the Dershowitz article about the left pushing aside all he did in the unending will to power

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/08/larry-david-and-alan-dershowitz-in-marthas-vineyard-grocery.html

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @AnotherDad

    Oh to live in a nation without such wonderful people.

  333. @anon
    @John Johnson

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans.

    Lol, no, not even! There is a reason why professionals study logistics.

    This is laughable even by the usual "OK Boomer" standards of iSteve.

    Go back to your game of Risk.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans.

    Lol, no, not even! There is a reason why professionals study logistics.

    Do explain exactly why Hitler could not have invaded by way of Finland, East Prussia and the Balkans with a similar 3 group army as Barbarossa.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @John Johnson

    Finns.

    , @JMcG
    @John Johnson

    How could Hitler have gotten an Army Group to Finland to use as a base of invasion? Every bit of supply would have had to cross the Baltic. Finland, as the Soviets learned, is far better suited to defense than offense.
    Army Group North did basically attack out of East Prussia.
    The Balkans are extremely mountainous. Again, much better suited to defense than offense. The Carpathians were impossible to make a fast attack through, a much more formidable obstacle than the Meuse-Argonne in 1940.

    Replies: @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    , @anon
    @John Johnson

    Logistics. As I explained before. The details are left for the student to fill in.

    HINT: Railroads.

  334. @Anon
    OT: Xi has just announced there is going to be a massive wealth redistribution program in China. We should expect a stampede of rich Chinese trying to flee to the U.S., and they will trying to buy everything they can to park their money. Expect our housing prices to shoot up. Xi wants to begin property taxes in China for the very first time, and that means land in the U.S. may start looking pretty good as an alternative investment. This is not good for us.

    https://www.reuters.com/breakingviews/xis-wealth-redistribution-push-starts-with-stick-2021-08-18/

    Xi has apparently been inspired by the economic effect of all the stimulus money the U.S. gave its people during Covid, and he is likely getting very jealous of his own billionaires.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    OT: Xi has just announced there is going to be a massive wealth redistribution program in China. We should expect a stampede of rich Chinese trying to flee to the U.S., and they will trying to buy everything they can to park their money. Expect our housing prices to shoot up.

    “Expect”? I’m sitting here in the Seattle burbs, no “expect” necessary.

    This would be a non-issue in competently run nation. Foreign nationals would not be allowed to buy American real estate. They could have whatever drama they wanted over there and it wouldn’t be a big deal here.

  335. @From Beer to Paternity
    @El Dato

    If Chinese and Russian consultants are not there RIGHT NOW taking notes and samples someone isn’t doing their job.

    Sure, they're there, those nosy foreign intel types, but we didn't leave the Afghans our best stuff in country, so they won't learn much there. The real intel hauls are happening right here in the good ol' USA.

    China won't learn much about US technology or strategy in Afghanistan that they can't learn in the US. They have total access to our research universities and much of our defense industry. The Russians are pikers compared to the Chinese when it comes to harvesting intel in the US; there aren't nearly as many Russian-allied types in the US as there are CCP loyalists.

    We have a lot of cash. Our opponents have loyalty.

    Replies: @AnotherDad, @Richard B

    Agree. You can’t “discriminate” against minorities. Heck, you can’t even look at them extra carefully–that’s “discrimination”. Ergo the PLA has pretty much everything we’ve got on the technical side.

    • Replies: @From Beer to Paternity
    @AnotherDad

    Agree. You can’t “discriminate” against minorities. Heck, you can’t even look at them extra carefully–that’s “discrimination”. Ergo the PLA has pretty much everything we’ve got on the technical side.

    Back when Chinese (PRC) grad students were a novel thing, let's say 20 to 30 years ago, we naiive American types were always volunteering to help them adjust to university life in the States. When a guy asked me to explain certain satellite technologies to him, even I, then a prog, wised up to the reality.

    Of course, that's happening still but more recent generations didn't grow up during the Cold War, and they -- and most of our Western mainstream culture -- seem to have lost all common sense and ability to reason.

    Things do fall apart. Entropy is real and our culture and civil society are not immune to bit-loss.

  336. @Jack D
    @Mike Tre

    TBH, I can't tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don't and the police arrest you, don't resist arrest.

    If you don't agree with masking laws (I really don't understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don't be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don't have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can't think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Mr. Anon, @Intelligent Dasein, @El Dato, @Kjr

    What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd?

    Did you honestly just write that?

    • Replies: @Kjr
    @Intelligent Dasein

    I agree with Jack about the principle.

    The principle is that police are essentially soldiers and that their job is to enforce the law No Matter What.

    If you accept that premise then they acted correctly in both cases.

    I disagree with the premise.

    _____________________________

    On the matter of allowing people to pass fake money however, well, maybe that should kind of stay illegal? Enforced masking and house arrest however are 100% evil laws. They are also illegal according to any honest reading of the first amendment.

    If the Taliban carve out an enclave in Afghanistan for members of the Five Eyes who yearn to breathe free they would have over a million applicants tomorrow.

  337. @Charles Pewitt
    Or, it could be that the military, which has grown ever more focused on pushing diversity and crushing internal dissent rather than winning wars, has simply become increasingly useless.

    I say:

    The US military can be reconfigured after all the senior officer scum is financially liquidated and forcibly and legally exiled to walled and fenced compounds in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Casey and Milley and McRaven and Petraeus and Austin and Powell and all the rest of the treasonous prevaricating senior officer filth in the US military -- or retired -- must be removed from the USA.

    The American Empire is only held together by the exorbitant privilege that the dollar provides as the Global Reserve Currency and that means monetary policy and military policy. Isolationism ain't a go because you need the threat of war to keep the dollar from going dodo, but the US military certainly must go offshore regional balancer or over the horizon or anything but getting the US military stuck in the muck and rocks of Afghanistan or that type of place.

    Submarines and aircraft carriers and satellites and the like preclude total isolationism, but the Wall Street Journal and JEW/WASP Ruling Class conception of "footprints" and "bases" has got to go.

    I would also say that getting the USA down to the 1978 population of 220 million should be prioritized politically and most of the foreigners and their spawn and the White Treasonites who have supported the mass legal immigration and mass illegal immigration invasion should be removed from the USA and sent to sub-Saharan Africa.

    Current monetary policy is a sign of strength and weakness of the JEW/WASP Ruling Class. Strength in that the Ruling Class controls the money system and the monetary policy and the electronic conjuring up of dollars but also weakness because if the Federal Reserve Bank stopped the asset purchases and raised the federal funds rate to 6 percent or so, that would immediately implode the asset bubbles in stocks and bonds and real estate and that would politically decapitate the Ruling Class.

    NATIONALIZE THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK NOW

    OFFSHORE REGIONAL BALANCER STRATEGY

    NUKES FOR GERMANY AND JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA THEN REDEPLOY OUT

    FORCIBLY EXILE AND FINANCIALLY LIQUIDATE ALL SENIOR US MILITARY OFFICERS -- RETIRED TOO -- NOW

    Replies: @donut

    Reading this I hear Louis Armstrong in the background ,

  338. @James Speaks
    @Intelligent Dasein


    but the old Sraussians who trained today’s institutional liars certainly were.
     
    Did they actually teach them to lie? (Reminds me of the concern when sex ed was introduced to schools that they were teaching us how to.)

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

    Did they actually teach them to lie?

    Unfortunately, yes, they did. The Straussians take the idea of the Noble Lie quite literally. They have a theory that this is how politics must be done.

  339. @kaganovitch
    @Alfa158

    I read a retrospective on the hyper prolific sf writer Robert Silverberg by a mystery writer who once briefly shared an office with Silverberg for the purpose of using it as a writing workspace. Silverberg had the ability to sit down at a typewriter and literally write stories and novels as fast as he could type them, developing characters, plot, dialogue as he typed.


    In the late 50's early 60's, Silverberg pounded out between 4 and 5 million words a year; a feat that I don't think has ever been matched.

    Replies: @utu

    Imagine what one million Silverbergs typing for one million years could produce.

  340. @Muggles
    @El Dato


    What’s the purpose here?
     
    I will take the time to answer your query.

    I regard the iSteve commentariat as a little community. Voluntary of course, no real qualifications needed. Almost anything goes, subject to Steve's approval.

    While tolerance is the rule, when I read someone disparaging a victim of a tragedy not of their making, in this case motivated by fear of dangerous gun toting religious fanatics, I regard this is a sign of immaturity or inhumanity, at the least. Perhaps I am too old to enjoy the suffering of others or to make points off of that.

    Kind of makes our community look bad. Just my opinion.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer, @bomag

    “Kind of makes our community look bad. Just my opinion.”

    There are lots of worse comments from that point of view. Just my opinion.

  341. @Coag
    @Rob

    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces vicariously relish the emotions that blacks act out on their faces and their limbs. Blacks are the id of mankind, and the rest of mankind, discontent with civilization (cf. Freud) after a long and demoralizing day of labor , unwind with gifs of black physical humor.

    Can you recall any face more outwardly emotive than Louis Armstrong’s?

    On the other end of the curve there are no emotive Asian gifs because, in the words of Wesley Yang, Asians have uninspiring “pancake-flat faces with expression nearly reptilian in its impassivity.”

    In terms of emotiveness, the whites are somewhere in between the Asians and the blacks, as usual.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @JMcG

    ……. But, surely, the can’t beat Benny Hill – particularly in his ritualistic slapping of the “Little Bald Man’s” head.

  342. @Steve Sailer
    @Coag

    Well said.

    Wesley Yang can speak for himself, but I'll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Kylie, @Polistra, @Anon

    “I’ll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.”

    As a child, while performing comedy routines in vaudeville with his parents, Keaton learned that he got more laughs with a deadpan expression than when he himself laughed.

  343. @Steve Sailer
    @notbe

    The conquest of France in 6 weeks in 1940, after France had held out for 4.4 years in the previous war and ultimately won, was the single most spectacular military feat of the 20th Century.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    The conquest of France in 6 weeks in 1940, after France had held out for 4.4 years in the previous war and ultimately won, was the single most spectacular military feat of the 20th Century.

    I almost totally, hehe, agree. – I would rather use the word astonishing than spectacular in your sentence. Astonishing, because when the Germans attacked France in WW II, the French seemed to not put up much of a fight. – The question is thus not least: Why?

    I’ve asked this question commenter Old Palo Altan, who knows quite a bit about the French elites in these days from personal experience. But his answer was a bit cryptic.

    My – admittedly – quite simple hypothesis is:

    1) They were overwhelmed by their success at Versailles – may be a bit ashamed about it even.

    2) Versailles had produced illusions over time in France about the strength (economic and military power) of Germany.

    3) The French feared Bolschevic Russia too and thus liked the idea that the Germans were going to fight them.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Dieter Kief

    One of the main reasons was that they didn't have radio installed in their tanks and "combined arms" operations was just too new-fangled.

    From there on it was just a series of "oh, they are already here?" moments,

    Rommel driving in France down from Belgium, not even bothering to collect the confused forces milling about and just pointing to the rear indicating that they should go in that general direction for the Stammlager is a great read.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    , @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms
    @Dieter Kief

    One of the ramifications of the stunningly quick victory at Westfeldzug, was that the Japanese, who by 1940 have been trapped in a Peninsular War-like quagmire in China, had drafted plans to retreat to Manchuria, north of the Great Wall. These plans were scrapped in light of Western defeat.

    This proved short-sighted and somewhat characteristic of the Japanese leadership, then and now, since they would make no further progress in China from 1940-41, and would have to escalate the war further to Indochina, triggering the US/UK Embargo, and eventually the fateful Day of Infamy. All the while failing to coordinate a Axis strategy vis-a-vie Soviet Union.

    Übrigens, ich habe Ihnen eine E-Mail mit dem Subject "Von Unz Review China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms"geschickt 😉

  344. @Jack D
    @Polistra

    Really? No evidence? OBL was just a peaceful goat farmer? I know that unz.com is the home of conspiracy theorists who think that Jews really do use the blood of Christian children to make matzo, but you gotta be kidding me.

    Whether it was necessary to occupy Afghanistan for 20 years just because the Taliban had let OBL stay there while he was planning 9/11 (while at the same time we left Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, etc. - all places that arguably had equal or greater nexus to Bin Laden alone) is another question but you do your cause no favors by denying the fact (and yes it is a fact) that Bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11. (The obvious answer is was for the same reason that drunks look for their dropped car keys under the streetlight - it's easier over there. We sure as hell weren't going to take on nuclear armed Pakistan.)

    Replies: @Sparkon, @donut, @Gapeseed

    Pull on the WTC7 thread and explain how a solid non-impacted building fell straight down in a way befuddling architects then and now. Then explain why the BBC announced the fall of the building ten minutes before it occurred. If you can do this, then 9/11 conspiracy theorists like myself are fools. But if you can’t, then who is the fool?

    • Agree: Desiderius
  345. @Squid
    @Polistra

    Huge risk (I assume he/she can lose his/her license over this). Paltry gain. I thought these people were going to bury us because they're all so smart?

    Replies: @donut

    It’s the people that bought them they are really after .

  346. @Dieter Kief
    @Steve Sailer


    The conquest of France in 6 weeks in 1940, after France had held out for 4.4 years in the previous war and ultimately won, was the single most spectacular military feat of the 20th Century.
     
    I almost totally, hehe, agree. - I would rather use the word astonishing than spectacular in your sentence. Astonishing, because when the Germans attacked France in WW II, the French seemed to not put up much of a fight. - The question is thus not least: Why?

    I've asked this question commenter Old Palo Altan, who knows quite a bit about the French elites in these days from personal experience. But his answer was a bit cryptic.

    My - admittedly - quite simple hypothesis is:

    1) They were overwhelmed by their success at Versailles - may be a bit ashamed about it even.

    2) Versailles had produced illusions over time in France about the strength (economic and military power) of Germany.

    3) The French feared Bolschevic Russia too and thus liked the idea that the Germans were going to fight them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @China Japan and Korea Bromance of Three Kingdoms

    One of the main reasons was that they didn’t have radio installed in their tanks and “combined arms” operations was just too new-fangled.

    From there on it was just a series of “oh, they are already here?” moments,

    Rommel driving in France down from Belgium, not even bothering to collect the confused forces milling about and just pointing to the rear indicating that they should go in that general direction for the Stammlager is a great read.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @El Dato

    JFC Fuller - Crowley disciple, tank warfare pioneer, combined arms innovator, Hitler fan, although much of this may have been due to German adoption of his theories simultaneous with British rejection of them.


    After a three-hour parade of the thoroughly motorized, armoured Wehrmacht, Hitler greeted Fuller on the receiving line and said, “I hope you were pleased with your children.” Fuller is said to have replied, “Your Excellency, they have grown up so quickly that I no longer recognise them.”
     
  347. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    OT

    New Murray review:

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/race-claims-need-examining-with-a-cool-eye-w8crd9phv

    Replies: @Anon

    The author of the Facing Reality review in The Times seems in the previewed paragraphs to be be denying racial differences, at least American-style differences happening in the U.K., which might make sense given that “Asians” are Indians and blacks are self-selected immigrants from the Caribbean there. Is she left-wing?

    I wish I could read the whole review, but it’s not worth 10 quid.

    In her Wikipedia profile she seems to be a former liberal turned far right:

    — Critical of Islam

    — Critical of Jews

    — Called Obama a “sulking narcissist” who supported “thuggish” black power

    — Used the word “Trumpophobes”

    — “No evidence for global warming”

    — Wants education to be competitive and non-egalitarian

    — Opposed gay marriage and even civil partnerships

    — Seems to be a bit of an anti-vaxxer

    — Married to a (((man))) and has two naturally conceived and born children

    She seems like she should have been long cancelled. What is she doing writing anti-Charles Murray articles? Or is she? Can a subscriber enlighten me?

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Anon

    Melanie Phillips - interesting case - started as the Guardian's Social Affairs Correspondent in the 1970s - Afro hairdo and fingerless gloves, absolute classic right-on Guardianista. Frequently on the BBC.

    She married the now BBC legal affairs correspondent Joshua Rozenberg.

    Somewhere by the late 80s she'd cut her hair, had kids and discovered that the state education they were getting was crap. Wrote a book about it which was slammed by the people she'd once been one of.


    Phillips became a "scathing critic of modern Britain" which she regards as "a debauched and disorderly culture of instant gratification, with disintegrating families, feral children and violence, squalor and vulgarity on the streets"
     
    i.e. pretty much the same view as another Jewish commentator, Anthony Daniels (aka Theodore Dalrymple). They are right, too, but neither look too closely as to how this situation came about.

    While her political views have done a 180 degree turn, on Israel her views haven't changed, fierce defence plus antisemitism accusations.

  348. @Steve Sailer
    @Coag

    Well said.

    Wesley Yang can speak for himself, but I'll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Kylie, @Polistra, @Anon

    Obviously you know that Keaton’s poker face was very much deliberate.

    Hence not quite comparable..

  349. @Mike Tre
    @Jack D

    Thank you for validating my "sick in the head" comment. I couldn't have provided a better example if I tried. LOL

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @El Dato

    While not masking is the new active shooter holocaust denialism terrorism, Australia is particularly poignant because apparently they just sit there in lockdown and hope no-one will ever visit the little continent until the next ice age or until the virus has fully adapted to humans, whatever comes first:

    [MORE]

    ‘What the bloody hell are ya up to?’ Clueless Aussie government’s mishandling of Covid is a global joke waiting for a punchline

    But even taking into account a proportion of vaccine-hesitant Aussies, it hasn’t been so much a rollout as a strollout. What the hell is going on? They’ve had the international borders shut since March 20 last year, leaving its own nationals stranded abroad and family visits off the agenda so that the chances of importing Covid cases was greatly reduced.

    Then what? Because nothing much seems to have happened in the interim save frequent outbursts of panic followed by ever more stringent lockdowns as coronavirus cases appeared randomly. Despite that, since October last year there were no Covid deaths recorded nationally until the middle of last month and since then, around 30 people have fallen victim to the virus. So what exactly was the panic all about?

    It’s those same suburbs in Sydney that are now patrolled by the defence forces alongside the police enforcing a strict lockdown worthy of a totalitarian regime. Curfews are in place in Melbourne, meanwhile, where a beleaguered population has spent more than 200 days in lockdown.

    And you know what? That’s enough. The joke’s over. Aussies will take so much but this is way beyond limits. It’s like a controlled experiment to see how much a population can tolerate before the masses wage an uprising and overthrow their clueless leaders. Surely, it can only be a matter of time. So come on, Aussies, what the bloody hell are you waiting for?

    I’m wont say anything about sadsacks defending such a complete breakdown in what “officialdom” should be about.

  350. @Steve Sailer
    @Coag

    Well said.

    Wesley Yang can speak for himself, but I'll note that Jackie Chan was better at expressing emotion on his face while doing complicated physical comedy than his peer Buster Keaton.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Kylie, @Polistra, @Anon

    This noticing stuff really takes us to some weird places, but now that I think about it, Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton really are similar, doing imaginatively dangerous physical stunts that you had one chance of succeeding at, for a laugh.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Anon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsLqvxHk6mE

  351. @Jack D
    @Mike Tre

    TBH, I can't tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don't and the police arrest you, don't resist arrest.

    If you don't agree with masking laws (I really don't understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don't be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don't have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can't think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Mr. Anon, @Intelligent Dasein, @El Dato, @Kjr

    This is for you:

    “Thieves of Virtue”: A Confucian View of White Social Justice Moralism

    One of the surest hallmarks of a cultural death spiral is omnipresent anomie and the universal deadening of the capacity to experience shock. Everything in culture becomes repetitive and suffocatingly numb. I was reminded of this back in June when a friend sent me a video from Wi Spa, a Korean spa in Los Angeles that played host to a controversy when a Black female customer complained without success that customers, including children, were being exposed to the penis of a naked transsexual in a female changing area. While some left-wing sources are now claiming that the Black woman was a Christian conservative who fabricated the complaint, the truth of the matter remains unclear. In any case, the footage was, to me, not remarkable for the allegations (now becoming all too real and predictable regardless of what really happened at Wi Spa), nor the attitude of the Black woman, or even the robotic and dismissive attitude of the staff, but rather for the intervention of a White Beta male who played the role of the quintessential Social Justice Warrior. his man insisted to the Black complainant that females could have a penis, showed total disregard for the children involved in the complaint, and did his utmost to rhetorically strut and preen in the manner of some kind of moralistic human peacock; maintaining one eye on the Black female while employing the other to scan the watching crowd for admiring gazes. The spectacle, sickening for so very many reasons, was all the more perverse for this sideshow.

  352. @donut
    @Jack D

    " We " ?

    Replies: @El Dato

    ” We ” ?

    When the iSteve comment section becomes a Stonestoss comic.

  353. @El Dato
    @Desiderius

    ThreadReader:

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1427317079515009030.html

    For some reason, Jack's blue-colored monstrosity now shows a pop up exhorting me to log in or sign up if I want to know what's happening and refuses to drill deeper into a thread.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Kjr, @Indiana Jack, @Mandrill with a hand drill

    Removing cookies related to twitter fixes it for now. Then just Ctrl+F5 the page. It suggests that twitter applies the login page when you exceed a number of guest views.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Mandrill with a hand drill


    Then just Ctrl+F5 the page.
     
    What does this mean?

    Replies: @Mandrill with a hand drill

  354. @John Johnson
    @anon


    First of all Hitler could have attacked the Soviets first with Finland and through the Balkans.
     
    Lol, no, not even! There is a reason why professionals study logistics.

    Do explain exactly why Hitler could not have invaded by way of Finland, East Prussia and the Balkans with a similar 3 group army as Barbarossa.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @JMcG, @anon

    Finns.

  355. @prime noticer
    conversely, european peoples 'live here' in many places, yet their spaces are being filled with random people from around the world.

    so the basic principles are actually more like:
    1) you need a growing population
    2) you need to violently resist

    then you can defend land.

    a declining population, a passive population, or both, loses land.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    conversely, european peoples ‘live here’ in many places, yet their spaces are being filled with random people from around the world.

    “When a living creature loses the sentiments which, in given circumstances are necessary to it in order to maintain the struggle for life, this is a certain sign of degeneration, for the absence of these sentiments will, sooner or later, entail the extinction of the species. The living creature which shrinks from giving blow for blow and from shedding its adversary’s blood thereby puts itself at the mercy of this adversary. The sheep has always found a wolf to devour it; if it now escapes this peril, it is only because man reserves it for his own prey. Any people which has horror of blood to the point of not knowing how to defend itself will sooner or later become the prey of some bellicose people or other. There is not perhaps on this globe a single foot of ground which has not been conquered by the sword at one time or other, and where the people occupying it have not maintained themselves on it by force. If the Negroes were stronger than the Europeans, Europe would be partitioned by the Africans and not Africa by the Europeans.”

    –Vilfredo Pareto, writing in 1902

  356. @Indiana Jack
    @El Dato

    Try using a different browser. I started getting the same result yesterday, but when I opened Twitter in different browser (Firefox instead of Chrome), I was able to open the same threads with no problem. Maybe we are allowed to view a certain number of threads without being logged in but have to log in after we reach that number, similar to how some sites allow people to view 3 free articles per month but require a subscription to view more than that.

    Replies: @El Dato, @YetAnotherAnon

    On an Android device, both Chrome and Firefox allow you to “request desktop site” which should make twittr work better, Brave doesn’t seem to have that option. Pity as its otherwise a pretty good browser.

    UPDATE – yes, Brave has that option too if you can find it. Three dots at top right, scroll down the list, check “desktop site”.

  357. @Dumbo
    @Anonymous

    But how retarded to you have to be to pretend to be a retard to win a gold in retard basketball... ?

    I mean, seriously, just let the disabled play among themselves. What's the point of "winning" like that?

    Then again, the same applies to "transgender" females competing in female sports.

    Replies: @Pericles

    “Oh, what’s this — an Olympic medal? Is it real?”
    “Yes it is. Not quite Olympic though. But very nearly, I’d say. Very near.”
    “Impressive! And what sport was this?”

    Retard basketball.

  358. @Anonymous
    I still can't get over the fact that a few people were dumb enough to try to hold onto a jet while it was taking off...

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin, @El Dato, @duncsbaby, @Reg Cæsar, @SafeNow, @JohnnyWalker123, @Daniel H, @Mr. Anon, @Anthony Aaron, @Muggles, @Joe Stalin, @International Jew, @Wade Hampton, @donut, @Pericles

    “Think of it as evolution in action.”

  359. @Buffalo Joe
    @Abe

    Abe, very good comment and in WWII the Japanese Army and The Japanese Navy were so opposed to each other that the navy did not inform the army of the defeat at Midway. My source, "The Pacific War 1931-1945" by professor Saburo Ienaga.

    Replies: @Paul Mendez, @Captain Tripps

    Joe, am currently reading book three of Ian Toll’s trilogy on the Pacific War, Twilight of the Gods. Excellent series; highly recommend.

    • Thanks: JMcG
  360. • Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @Desiderius

    Of all the lies told over the past 18 months, masks ranks near the top. The WHO and the CDC knew masks were useless against aerosolized viruses , yet they changed their stance on masks and lockdowns in order to destroy the economy, spread fear and keep the panic going to strengthen the oligarchs and devastate the working class.

    Replies: @Desiderius

  361. @Coag
    @Rob

    Blacks’ bulbous eyes, noses, lips, and cheeks are superior at expressing disinhibited emotion, and the rest of mankind with less florid faces vicariously relish the emotions that blacks act out on their faces and their limbs. Blacks are the id of mankind, and the rest of mankind, discontent with civilization (cf. Freud) after a long and demoralizing day of labor , unwind with gifs of black physical humor.

    Can you recall any face more outwardly emotive than Louis Armstrong’s?

    On the other end of the curve there are no emotive Asian gifs because, in the words of Wesley Yang, Asians have uninspiring “pancake-flat faces with expression nearly reptilian in its impassivity.”

    In terms of emotiveness, the whites are somewhere in between the Asians and the blacks, as usual.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @JMcG

    Well, they were once referred to as “inscrutable.” Having said that, I once dated a Filipino girl and had no trouble at all reading her emotions.

  362. @Jack D
    @Mike Tre

    TBH, I can't tell what is going on just from this video.

    I do know this much: Australia is a democratic society and if I live there I would tell my kids to obey all the laws. What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd? If there is a law on the books, obey it and if you don't and the police arrest you, don't resist arrest.

    If you don't agree with masking laws (I really don't understand how a little piece of cloth on your face is going to hurt you, but whatever) then write your elected representative, vote for someone anti-mask at the next election, etc. But if you choose to disobey the law and then resist arrest, then don't be surprised if the cops beat the crap out of you whatever your age. Laws are not some sort of optional things where you don't have to obey them if you strongly disagree with them. Or do the Ralph Waldo Emerson thing and exercise civil disobedience, but then be prepared to be arrested and punished. Maybe there is some circumstance in a democratic country where you should resist arrest, but I can't think of it. Definitely not because you disagree with the law. Resisting arrest is not how you express your disagreement.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Mr. Anon, @Intelligent Dasein, @El Dato, @Kjr

    I love you Jack but I need to register my disagreement.

  363. Maginot GOP.

    Maybe the Germans got in the French DMs and replies.

  364. @El Dato
    @Dieter Kief

    One of the main reasons was that they didn't have radio installed in their tanks and "combined arms" operations was just too new-fangled.

    From there on it was just a series of "oh, they are already here?" moments,

    Rommel driving in France down from Belgium, not even bothering to collect the confused forces milling about and just pointing to the rear indicating that they should go in that general direction for the Stammlager is a great read.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    JFC Fuller – Crowley disciple, tank warfare pioneer, combined arms innovator, Hitler fan, although much of this may have been due to German adoption of his theories simultaneous with British rejection of them.

    After a three-hour parade of the thoroughly motorized, armoured Wehrmacht, Hitler greeted Fuller on the receiving line and said, “I hope you were pleased with your children.” Fuller is said to have replied, “Your Excellency, they have grown up so quickly that I no longer recognise them.”

  365. Folks these two are less elite than your local garbage man. They’re abject failures in their chosen fields and don’t even have the credentials to cover those massive asses.

    If you’re calling them elite that’s a you problem.

  366. @Intelligent Dasein
    @Jack D


    What is the difference between this girl and George Floyd?
     
    Did you honestly just write that?

    Replies: @Kjr

    I agree with Jack about the principle.

    The principle is that police are essentially soldiers and that their job is to enforce the law No Matter What.

    If you accept that premise then they acted correctly in both cases.

    I disagree with the premise.

    _____________________________

    On the matter of allowing people to pass fake money however, well, maybe that should kind of stay illegal? Enforced masking and house arrest however are 100% evil laws. They are also illegal according to any honest reading of the first amendment.

    If the Taliban carve out an enclave in Afghanistan for members of the Five Eyes who yearn to breathe free they would have over a million applicants tomorrow.

  367. @Anon
    @Anon

    The author of the Facing Reality review in The Times seems in the previewed paragraphs to be be denying racial differences, at least American-style differences happening in the U.K., which might make sense given that "Asians" are Indians and blacks are self-selected immigrants from the Caribbean there. Is she left-wing?

    I wish I could read the whole review, but it's not worth 10 quid.

    In her Wikipedia profile she seems to be a former liberal turned far right:

    -- Critical of Islam

    -- Critical of Jews

    -- Called Obama a "sulking narcissist" who supported "thuggish" black power

    -- Used the word "Trumpophobes"

    -- "No evidence for global warming"

    -- Wants education to be competitive and non-egalitarian

    -- Opposed gay marriage and even civil partnerships

    -- Seems to be a bit of an anti-vaxxer

    -- Married to a (((man))) and has two naturally conceived and born children

    She seems like she should have been long cancelled. What is she doing writing anti-Charles Murray articles? Or is she? Can a subscriber enlighten me?

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    Melanie Phillips – interesting case – started as the Guardian’s Social Affairs Correspondent in the 1970s – Afro hairdo and fingerless gloves, absolute classic right-on Guardianista. Frequently on the BBC.

    She married the now BBC legal affairs correspondent Joshua Rozenberg.

    Somewhere by the late 80s she’d cut her hair, had kids and discovered that the state education they were getting was crap. Wrote a book about it which was slammed by the people she’d once been one of.

    Phillips became a “scathing critic of modern Britain” which she regards as “a debauched and disorderly culture of instant gratification, with disintegrating families, feral children and violence, squalor and vulgarity on the streets

    i.e. pretty much the same view as another Jewish commentator, Anthony Daniels (aka Theodore Dalrymple). They are right, too, but neither look too closely as to how this situation came about.

    While her political views have done a 180 degree turn, on Israel her views haven’t changed, fierce defence plus antisemitism accusations.

  368. @Charles Pewitt
    Ann Corcoran and Ann Coulter have BALLS and BRAINS and HEART and a SPINE, which is a whole Hell of a lot more than I can say for the rest of you sniveling cowards who won't stand up in public and speak your damn mind!

    Part of why I want the Federal Reserve Bank to go 1981 and go 20 percent federal funds rate is to pauperize the coward nutless pipsqueaks who prattle on about having something to lose so they can't possibly be forthright and public about the nation killing treason of the JEW/WASP Ruling Class.

    Trump is a baby boomer treasonite who is is now screaming to flood the USA with Afghanistan REFUGEE OVERLOAD.

    Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell are evil politician whores who do the bidding of the nation-killing scum in the JEW/WASP Ruling Class of the American Empire.

    WHITE CORE AMERICA RISING

    IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE

    DIVERSITY SIMPLY MEANS LESS WHITE PEOPLE

    CRITICAL RACE THEORY IS ANTI-WHITE PROPAGANDA

    https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1427786039951826952?s=20

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks for this and your previous comment, Mr. Pewitt? Was the guy in your short tweet that I watched you? If so, nice job! I’d vote for you anytime I could.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks for this and your previous comment, Mr. Pewitt? Was the guy in your short tweet that I watched you? If so, nice job! I’d vote for you anytime I could.

    I say:

    The guy in the video clip embedded in the Ann Coulter Tweet was Mike Cernovich.

    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1428101932439064576?s=20

    This is me on C-Span from 2007 asking John McCain a question about immigration at a presidential primary town hall:

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/570317999833526272?s=20

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