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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

What’s the Matter With the Democrats?
Steve Sailer

December 22, 2021

It wasn’t a good autumn for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the rest of the Democrats. The president’s approval rating was down to a Trump-like 41 percent in an NPR poll released on Monday.

Why?

British prime minister Harold Macmillan supposedly replied to a question about what is the most important influence on his term of office with, “Events, dear boy, events.”

Biden isn’t that suave, but he would have some justification for blaming the Democrats’ tumble on a series of unfortunate events. But much of the ruling party’s growing unpopularity stems from inevitable outgrowths of their fundamental 21st-century political strategy of exacerbating divisiveness in the name of diversity.

And Democrats alienated Hispanics and, increasingly, Asians by anointing blacks as their moral leaders and deciding that black interests trump all others.

Read the whole thing there.

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  1. What’s wrong with the Democrats? Same thing that hurts a lot of Republicans. Believing in their own BS too much.

    • Agree: Not Raul
    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Redneck farmer

    The Dems who turned violent career-criminal woman-abuser drug addict George Floyd into Jesus Christ are pissed that the Right turned Rittenhouse into Bon Jovi.

    , @Charles Pewitt
    @Redneck farmer

    What’s wrong with the Democrats? Same thing that hurts a lot of Republicans. Believing in their own BS too much.

    Pat Buchanan from 1998:


    Reagan’s victory of 1980 was more due to a national wish to be rid of Jimmy Carter, the hostage crisis and 21 percent interest rates than it was a vote for tax cuts. And Republicans who think their 1994 win was a vote for the Contract With America have imbibed too freely of their own propaganda.

     

    https://buchanan.org/blog/pjb-where-have-you-gone-lee-atwater-237

    God Bless Pat Buchanan!

    IMBIBED TOO FREELY OF THEIR OWN PROPAGANDA

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  2. “The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge . . . is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band. Drummers are important, but they tend not to be the main composers.“

    There are some noteworthy exceptions. Lars Ulrich of Metallica arranges all of the riffs into coherent songs and seems to have veto power over frontman James Hetfield’s ideas (which is a function of their personalities; Ulrich being extremely extroverted while Hetfield being kind of spergy). Neil Peart of Rush wrote all of the band’s lyrics. Then you have drummers more noteworthy as singers, who tend to be take-charge guys and good songwriters, such as Phil Collins and Don Henley. Collins and Henley were definitely the most important people in their respective bands.

    • Replies: @BDavies
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Levon Helms of the Band

    Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy, @Hapalong Cassidy

    , @Ben tillman
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    And then there’s Karen Carpenter, who (according to her brother) thought of herself as merely a drummer who sang.

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five was their drummer, but overall Steve's point holds.

  3. The recent attacks on Kamala Harris coming from the mainstream media reminded me of something Machiavelli writes in The Prince, section XXII:

    THE CHOICE of Ministers is a matter of no small moment to a Prince. Whether they shall be good or no depends on his prudence, so that the readiest conjecture we can form of the character and sagacity of a Prince, is from seeing what sort of men he has about him. When they are at once capable and faithful, we may always account him wise, since he has known to recognize their merit and to retain their fidelity. But if they be otherwise, we must pronounce unfavourably of him, since he has committed a first fault in making this selection.

    Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable “minister” for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his “character and sagacity.” If Harris could show some leadership and organizational ability, by contrast, her off-putting personality would matter less, because at least she could get people to work together to accomplish political goals.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @advancedatheist

    This comment is not to defend Harris. It’s my opinion TPTB or the satanic cabal that runs the Democrats wants to get rid of her to put someone worse in her place. In the hope that Biden will die in early 2025.

    Could be Hildabeast. Could be Eric Holder or some worse black man. All Harris has to do is sit in the Senate presiders chair , vote occasionally go to events and be there if the president dies. There aren’t many events because of covid hoax.

    I don’t see that her personality has changed much since she ran for and was elected to San Francisco and California public office. How would you like Hildabeast Kim Foxx or Lori Lightfoot Scott Wiener someone like that as VP maybe President

    , @Alden
    @advancedatheist

    Machiavelli wrote about real administrators who had real jobs. Tax collecting running a chamber of commerce type department, police and public safety , roads bridges and water, diplomacy all over Europe and MENA. They were important.

    The American VP has just two jobs. Preside over the senate and vote to break a senate tie. And become president if the incumbent dies. Attending events is part of the job but optional. And with the latest cooties scare, there’s not much of that.

    As for the polls I don’t believe anything in the media. She hasn’t really done anything so there’s really nothing to criticize her for. It’s my opinion that the Democrats want to get rid of her. And are creating the negative polls as they create everything in the media.

    Replies: @Anon

    , @Colin Wright
    @advancedatheist

    'Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable “minister” for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his “character and sagacity.”...'

    This is kind of ridiculous. 'Biden' is a puppet to begin with -- of what conceivable relevance are his 'personal qualities'?

    Replies: @anon

    , @Tex
    @advancedatheist

    VPs are often window-dressing, with some utility for ticket balancing. The common practice is to pick someone who is perceived to have some attributes or political connections the presidential candidate lacks. Joe Biden is an old white guy so he picked quasi-black woman Harris to tick some boxes.

    The other practice is to pick someone who makes the president look better by comparison. Picking Harris, who was so unlikeable and worthless she couldn't even get as far as the first Democrat primaries, shows just how weak Biden is.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  4. The Hispanic crime drop is pretty interesting. I wonder if it’s due to the composition of the Hispanic population. I suspect the Hispanic populaton 30-40 years ago was heavily Puerto Rican. They seem to act more like refugees (example, Somalis in Minnesota). Today, it seems the Hispanic population has a large portion of Mexicans. The seem to act more like Asians and are here to work so are probably less violent.

  5. Low approval ratings don’t matter when you can pull millions of votes out of a hat after midnight.

    • Agree: Hibernian, S
    • Troll: Corvinus
  6. fundamental 21st-century political strategy of exacerbating divisiveness in the name of diversity.

    Maybe the Dems noticed how successfully stirring up racial fear and hatred among whites worked for the GOP. Problem is that divide-and-conquer have worked so well that we are rapidly becoming ungovernable, because men who are addicted to money and power never know to quit while they are ahead. Caught up the delusional thinking of “never enough” they are quite incapable of grasping that they too are subject to the law of unintended consequences. All through history such men have inadvertently supplied their adversaries with the tools of their destruction. The coming years are going to be quite a wild ride.

    • Thanks: Corvinus
  7. I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don’t visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden’s and the Democrats’ unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of “heavy-handed incompetence”. Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, “You may have a point; let’s discuss!”

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.

    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the ‘Rona. I keenly remember your “Let’s Get the Data” post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected…). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what’s the point? Let’s get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don’t comply. I’ll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I’m sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too…

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Captain Tripps

    Who cares??

    "Gosh darn it! I'm so heckin' peeved at that doggone Joe Biden! I might just vote Republican in the next election! Now let me check out what's new on Netflix."

    , @Jon
    @Captain Tripps


    Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected…).
     
    I'm (cautiously) optimistic that this is the more contagious/less lethal end point we have all been hoping for, but that isn't necessarily the expected end for a virus like COVID. The virus can be spread early, when symtoms are mild or non-existent, so there isn't a lot of pressure to evolve to become less lethal. HIV is a more extreme example of this - people are most infectious immediately after becoming HIV positive, but full-blown AIDS may take months or years - so that virus never evolved to something less deadly.
    , @dcthrowback
    @Captain Tripps

    David Cole's good column on how belief in the SCIENCE has led the sane to believe that we can no longer trust the SCIENCE contains a nugget that helps explains your point about "heavy-handed incompetence" (related to the ole Steve chestnut of when you're in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging):

    "By killing comedy, the left has lost its ability to read the room."

    It's clear that whomever is running the Biden admin (Obama? Davos?) has lost the room. I can see that happening on the left more than the right; the right are constantly bombarded from the MSM about how wrong they are. (Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not.) On the left, there is nothing but the echo chamber, the belief in the moral crusade against the historic American nation and the agglomeration of power (and follow-on purity spiral).

    , @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    @Captain Tripps

    "CDC data as of yesterday shows [1] 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and [2] 61% (241M) fully vaccinated."

    If I am reading this aright, [1] says that 204 megapeople constitute 72% of all Americans, and [2] says that 241 megapeople constitute 61% of all Americans. So [1] says that the total U.S. population is 204/.72 = 283 million people, and [2] says that the total U.S. population is 241/.61 = 395 million people. Does not compute.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

    , @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @Captain Tripps

    The vaccines cannot get us to heard immunity because they do not prevent the spread of coronavirus, because they are non-sterilizing and do not prevent infections. They have even less efficacy against the new variants, as expected and predicted by many. Thankfully the latest variant is less deadly and will work better than the vaccines to get us to herd immunity. (Although big Pharma will take the credit)

    Replies: @JimDandy

    , @Rob
    @Captain Tripps

    On Omicron being less deadly, this is problematic for evolution. Thing is, RNA viruses are quasispecies. There is tremendous genetic variation (unless exoN brings the mutation rate to the level of a DNA virus) in a single infection. Even if “the virus” would benefit from being milder, each genome has an interest in replicating faster, which likely makes it more virulent. Maybe you act “for the good of the species,” but you are the only one.

    How do we square this with omicron being milder? Immune escape. Covid kills by an immune reaction, not specifically the virus killing so many cells that your lungs/airways stop working. If the virus evolves to damp down the immune response, this benefits every genome that does it. No group selection is required. In the case of covid, and perhaps other respiratory viruses damping down the cellular (innate) immune response is beneficial. Thus, the virus evolves to be milder.

    Yay me! Granted, other people did realize this was a problem, but it was.

    , @Ron Mexico
    @Captain Tripps

    "This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans."
    This is one reason that I think Trump continues to tout the vax, even though it is unpopular with his core and he knows it. He forces the Brandon Admin and Dems to continue to step up their measures against Covid, even though most efforts have proven to be a wash at best. Then Trump can say, I only wanted to offer a vax, but not place any mandates.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Captain Tripps


    This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don’t comply.
     
    That's a lot of it. And not just threaten you with the loss of employment, but to wish you dead. And a lot of liberals - emboldened by the administration's line - are essentially saying just that: that if you aren't vaccinated just drop dead already. Then you have the President saying "Our patience is wearing thin", and Mayor Beetlegeuse saying "Your time is up", and the White House wishing unvaccinated Americans a Winter of Death and Despair.

    It isn't hard to reach the conclusion that the government, and about a third of your fellow citizens, hate you. And having reached that conclusion, it isn't hard to hate them right back.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

  8. Nothing is wrong with Democrats. Why hasn’t the GOP disavowed Trump?

    • Thanks: Corvinus
    • Troll: tyrone, Eric Novak
  9. As is so often the case, I disagree with little you’ve wrote in your latest Taki’s column. But it misses the forest for the trees.

    After five years of malefactions against Trump to destroy first his candidacy, then his presidency, he won in 2020 in a monumental landslide.

    It continues to fascinate me the way so many think that the American nation would be cowed by these day-trading Stalinists from even mentioning the steal, even if they had to accept an illegitimate regime in place.

    Yet and still, given that anyone who was anybody, individual and institutional, domestic and foreign, was committed to “Trump Must Go!” my view in January was that competent governance — essentially fulfilling their explicit and implicit promise that everything would be better once the terrible, awful Trump was gone — would have moved enough independents and even Republicans to let the air out of the election steal balloon.

    The Democrats and their RINO filth controlled-opposition rejected this path. Trump refused to concede so they thought it smart to go after him and the 74M+ Americans who voted for him.

    I’ll renew my recurring question to all of you who think you can understand the current national plight without contending with what happened in 2020. When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?

    • Agree: Tex
    • Replies: @Spud Boy
    @MLK

    "When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?"

    Curtis Yarvin said it best: "The Democrats stole the election fair and square." Point being, elections are dirty business and the Dems are better at playing dirty pool than the GOP. Their party is full of true believers, while ours is composed largely of people who just want to be left the hell alone.

    Trump had four years to secure the elections and as far as I can tell, he did nothing.

    Replies: @MLK, @Flip

    , @AndrewR
    @MLK

    The regime has been illegitimate since well before last year. 2014, 2012, 2003, 2001, 1965, 1964, 1941, 1913, 1861, we could all name any number of inflection points.

    What is refreshing about the last year or two is the pure mask-off nature of everything. The battle lines are clear.

    , @Paleo Liberal
    @MLK

    All the facts point to a decisive Biden victory.

    But for most Trump supporters, it’s all about their FEELINGS!

    Oh, they just feels it in their bones that Trump must have won.

    Just because Every. Single. Audit. — even by hardcore Trump supporters like in Arizona and Wisconsin — shows a Biden victory. It hurts the fee fees of so many Trump supporters.

    So Trumpists gotta whine.

    Show me some evidence or STFU.

    Replies: @MLK

    , @Corvinus
    @MLK

    “When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes“

    Because Mr. Sailer hasn’t wrote anything to say that Biden lost in the manner you claim. He knows there wasn’t the type of electoral malfeasance as you and others believe. Otherwise, he would be harping on it incessantly.

    Furthermore, recall that Sydney Powell pronounced she had irrefutable evidence that the U.S. Army seized servers in Germany showing Trump votes switched to Biden votes. Why hasn’t she produced it? And why has Lin Wood distanced himself from her?

    And, of course, the results of the Arizona inquiry into only reaffirmed Biden won, and there wasn’t the election fraud as the GOP claimed. That went down the memory hole really quick.

    Replies: @MLK

  10. “Biden isn’t that suave, but he would have some justification for blaming the Democrats’ tumble on a series of unfortunate events. ”

    For example?

    Your nod to the covid issue is curious. The virus supposedly mutates unpredictably. What virus mutates predictably? Or are viruses fairly predictable because they mutate more often than not? By the way, the Beer Flu isn’t one of the acts in the Democrats’ “series of unfortunate events.” They have created that disaster themselves.

    Lastly, I have to say Taki’s magazine is as porn site level of ad distraction. I half expect a pop up screen to appear showing Taki himself doing a cam show; in a towel wearing expensive sunglasses, a chest full of hamburger meat, messaging his gout infested ankles or something like that.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @Mike Tre


    Lastly, I have to say Taki’s magazine is as porn site level of ad distraction. I half expect a pop up screen to appear showing Taki himself doing a cam show; in a towel wearing expensive sunglasses, a chest full of hamburger meat, messaging his gout infested ankles or something like that.
     
    That is hilarious! Thanks!
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mike Tre

    While I agree with your 2nd paragraph, Mike, I have not had any problem but the one ad that I've got to close before reading Steve's articles on Takimag. I am using Safari but have seen the same on various browsers.

    I'll tell you which site is a real piece of work - that is the current Zerohedge. It will shut down supposedly clean and secure browsers at work! Shit does not keep moving around for about 2 minutes. Click on a link, walk away from the computer, come back in 2 minutes, and if it has not crashed, NOW you can read the article! I miss the days of dial-up modems sometimes ...

    Replies: @BigJimSportCamper, @Mike Tre

    , @J.Ross
    @Mike Tre

    >he doesn't block pop-ups.

    The issue is at layer zero.

  11. The Democrats needn’t worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Spud Boy


    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    ....in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes .....in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ......let the States decide.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @RadicalCenter

    , @John Johnson
    @Spud Boy

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    This really reflects the problem of the liberal position.

    They know that abortion was poorly argued and basically legalized by a group of liberal judges.

    But they want us to ignore the poor argument because a majority supports abortion. This is why they are afraid of it going to the courts. They don't want it debated because it rests on a poor argument.

    Well at a state level there isn't majority support and this type of issue was supposed to be decided by the states.

    , @Rosie
    @Spud Boy


    The Democrats needn’t worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be because TPTB intend to come after homeschoolers.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    , @Anonymous Jew
    @Spud Boy

    Turning back the clock on one unconstitutional ruling bodes well for turning back others (affirmative action) and preventing more in the future (federal mask mandate).

    Like gay marriage et al, people can’t seem to separate their normative beliefs from objectively determining what the Constitution does and does not allow.

  12. The election of FDR and a leftist Congress in ’32 made the Depression even worse before he was inaugurated. Pessimistic businessmen and consumers were proven correct–the new government raised tax rates and the cost of doing business, and “encouraged” the maintenance of high wages.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Ralph L

    The election of FDR and a leftist Congress in ’32 made the Depression even worse before he was inaugurated.

    It did nothing of the kind.

    Net improvement in per capital product over the period running from 1929 to 1941 was about 1% per year; the mean for the period running from 1883 to 1929 was 1.3% per year. It was an era of slow growth, net, but still some improvement in overall output.

    Per capita product during the period running from 1929 to 1933 declined by 32.5%; it declined every year, at a mean rate of 9.6% per year.

    Per capita product grew by 8.8% per year during the period running from 1933 to 1937, and 6.7% per year over the period running from 1933 to 1941.

    The various affluent countries reached their economic nadir in 1932, 1933, or 1934. The U.S. had a growth rate in per capita product of 5.6% per year from its nadir (1933) to 1939. The affluent countries who did better make a short list: Chile (8.1%), Germany (7%), Austria (6.3%), and Canada (5.9%).

    See the Maddison Project's data.


    The one kernal of truth in your remarks is that there was a wave of bank failures in the four months preceding Roosevelt's inauguration, driven by anxiety that the dollar would be devalued. The new administration instituted a bank holiday and stabilized the situation.

    , @David Davenport
    @Ralph L

    ... and “encouraged” the maintenance of high wages.

    You would have instead encouraged the maintenance of low wages?

  13. The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, or by winning over the DINO Joe Manchin, the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda, and therefore he has basically decided to switch parties.

    A wealthy man of real integrity sent to Washington by Democratic voters.

    The members of the human race who are unfortunate enough to live in the United States are sick and tired of gridlock in Washington. Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (working from home)
    @Jonathan Mason


    Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.
     
    The better question is whether the Republican Senators know the race-baiting, pro-transgender, anti law and order, far left Biden as he has been led by his Regency Council.
    , @dcthrowback
    @Jonathan Mason

    Were your last two paragraphs written in 2011?

    Also, why isn't the word "elected" in your comment in quotes?

    Finally, if you haven't yet figured anything out, gridlock is fucking GREAT. It means relatively little gets done, which is to the benefit of the American people, considering when one party gets full power, they run to their donors' basest instincts...on the left, that's taking from whites to give to the coalition of the fringes while starting wars for neocons. On the right? Giving money to the rich while starting wars for the neoc0ns.

    The only people who believe that Biden "could work with (R) senators" are the same ones who are over 70 and also believe with just a bit more outreach and some more football players, the GOP can get up to 12% of the black vote!!!

    , @Technite78
    @Jonathan Mason


    the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda
     
    All I can find is a story from 2014 (which clearly has nothing to do with BBB). Can you link a reference to this claim?

    Replies: @Technite78

    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @Jonathan Mason

    "The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, . . . "

    I don't know about that. Biden had no problem getting Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis (both NC Rs) to up vote Merrick Garland for AG. Burr's vote is easy enough to figure--no prosecution for insider info stock trading from Senate Intel Committee info. on Covid shitstorm. Any readers have any theories on Tillis' up vote for Garland?

  14. Though it’s not at all the main subject of this column, it’s great to see you write a tad about the financial stupidity – no, not all just Bai Dien’s fault, but he is an accelerationist on this too:

    After all, the government had long been printing money to keep interest rates quite low*, with the outcome being mostly asset price inflation (which pleases asset holders, so it’s not as politically fraught as supermarket inflation). Biden presumably looked at the recent past and reasoned: Who really understands macroeconomics anyway? So maybe we can push our luck much further and get away with it.

    But now we seem to be back finally to 1970s-style inflation.

    It WASN’T just asset inflation over the last decade and a half. I’ve noticed inflation in consumer goods that is much closer to 4-5% yearly, which ADDS COMPOUNDS UP over the years rather than the BS BLS 1-2% numbers we’ve seen spouted out. Building supplies, insurance, healthcare (of course!), education (also, of course!), utility bills, auto parts, you name it, we’ve covered a lot on PS with our Inflation topic key.

    Thank you for this, Steve. People are starting to notice. The country does not have the (still) most powerful manufacturing economy of the world to fall back on, as it did during the 1970s though…

    .

    * My asterisk there – if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I’d be glad to.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Michael Moore came into prominence documenting the corporate destruction of the city of Flint, which had - and, to the extent it still has an economy, has - an economy entirely revolved around one industry. He may have been a fat, goofy slob, but his film Roger and Me provided a valuable insight into a phenomenon which was taking place around the country, particularly in the "rust belt."

    Sadly, if not predictably, it wasn't all that long afterwards that he made white males the target of his political trolling/crusading. This mirrors the broader Democrat party which has completely abandoned any notion of working class solidarity in exchange for a "coalition of the fringes" in which poor white men are forced to completely submit to the whims of black trans women working at the behest of billionaires.

    , @Ralph L
    @Achmed E. Newman

    They're cooking the numbers to keep SS COLA increases as small as possible. Since no one in DC has the nerve to vote to cut future benefits, it may be our best hope of avoiding or delaying government default until most of the Boomers are dead. It also restarts the tax bracket creep stopped by Reagan that increased Federal revenues without new legislation, while it helped make the 70's so miserable for everyone outside government.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @RadicalCenter

    , @fish
    @Achmed E. Newman

    * My asterisk there – if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I’d be glad to.



    MY GOD MAN.......DONT LEAVE ME HANGING!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  15. Another thing, from the column subject in general this time. Indians, Chinese, Hispanics, what-have-you, we are NOT voting our way out of this mess, as we thought we had in November, 1980. The R-squad does not fight. There are no more Barry Goldwaters.

    Where have you gone, Barry Goldwater?
    Our nation has no longer heard of you …
    boo hoo hoo…

  16. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    Who cares??

    “Gosh darn it! I’m so heckin’ peeved at that doggone Joe Biden! I might just vote Republican in the next election! Now let me check out what’s new on Netflix.”

    • LOL: Captain Tripps
  17. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected…).

    I’m (cautiously) optimistic that this is the more contagious/less lethal end point we have all been hoping for, but that isn’t necessarily the expected end for a virus like COVID. The virus can be spread early, when symtoms are mild or non-existent, so there isn’t a lot of pressure to evolve to become less lethal. HIV is a more extreme example of this – people are most infectious immediately after becoming HIV positive, but full-blown AIDS may take months or years – so that virus never evolved to something less deadly.

  18. I have been saying something along these lines for the last year or so – at what point does a critical mass of the country tire of having policies imposed on the rest of us that are totally geared around the idea blacks come first? It’s my long-term prediction that despite the non-stop wokery assaulting us from all sides, in 10-15 years blacks are going to be relegated to dead last in the social and political hierarchy for good, largely due to Latinos and Asians being unwilling to put black demands above their own. This transformation will be accompanied by a lot of caterwauling from professionally Black commentators and politicians (and will die hardest in the universities), but like a family member you prefer to avoid outside of holidays, everyone else is going to learn to let them say their piece and then ignore them.

    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
    @Arclight

    "Latinos and Asians being unwilling to put black demands above their own." That's my remaining ray of hope, since most whites have proved to be either evil/collaborationist, buffoonish, or passive in the face of neglolatry.

  19. @Jonathan Mason
    The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, or by winning over the DINO Joe Manchin, the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda, and therefore he has basically decided to switch parties.

    A wealthy man of real integrity sent to Washington by Democratic voters.

    The members of the human race who are unfortunate enough to live in the United States are sick and tired of gridlock in Washington. Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (working from home), @dcthrowback, @Technite78, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.

    The better question is whether the Republican Senators know the race-baiting, pro-transgender, anti law and order, far left Biden as he has been led by his Regency Council.

  20. @Achmed E. Newman
    Though it's not at all the main subject of this column, it's great to see you write a tad about the financial stupidity - no, not all just Bai Dien's fault, but he is an accelerationist on this too:

    After all, the government had long been printing money to keep interest rates quite low*, with the outcome being mostly asset price inflation (which pleases asset holders, so it’s not as politically fraught as supermarket inflation). Biden presumably looked at the recent past and reasoned: Who really understands macroeconomics anyway? So maybe we can push our luck much further and get away with it.

    But now we seem to be back finally to 1970s-style inflation.

     
    It WASN'T just asset inflation over the last decade and a half. I've noticed inflation in consumer goods that is much closer to 4-5% yearly, which ADDS COMPOUNDS UP over the years rather than the BS BLS 1-2% numbers we've seen spouted out. Building supplies, insurance, healthcare (of course!), education (also, of course!), utility bills, auto parts, you name it, we've covered a lot on PS with our Inflation topic key.

    Thank you for this, Steve. People are starting to notice. The country does not have the (still) most powerful manufacturing economy of the world to fall back on, as it did during the 1970s though...

    .


    * My asterisk there - if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I'd be glad to.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Ralph L, @fish

    Michael Moore came into prominence documenting the corporate destruction of the city of Flint, which had – and, to the extent it still has an economy, has – an economy entirely revolved around one industry. He may have been a fat, goofy slob, but his film Roger and Me provided a valuable insight into a phenomenon which was taking place around the country, particularly in the “rust belt.”

    Sadly, if not predictably, it wasn’t all that long afterwards that he made white males the target of his political trolling/crusading. This mirrors the broader Democrat party which has completely abandoned any notion of working class solidarity in exchange for a “coalition of the fringes” in which poor white men are forced to completely submit to the whims of black trans women working at the behest of billionaires.

  21. Anonymous[592] • Disclaimer says:

    When once the famous bandit Willie Sutton was asked by a journalist why he kept robbing banks, Sutton gave the curt, obvious and succinct reply, ” Well, that’s where the money “.

    Subsequently, the term ‘Sutton’s Law’ has gained currency in diverse fields such as medicine and finance as an explanation of the bleeding obvious.

    What has this got to do with the Democrat Party, I hear you ask:

    Well, when seeking out to apportion the goodies to keep Democrat voters happy and onboard, there is a tremendous storehouse of money, wealth and seniority sequestered in the demographic of white American men. This stock of goodies hasn’t run dry in close to a century of continual and rapacious state sanctioned looting – and it won’t run dry anytime soon. The explanation for this apparent inexhaustibilty is, of course, that alone of all demographic tranches of the American population, be they women, blacks, latinx etc etc, wealth creation *WAS* and *IS* an exclusively white male proclivity – all the rest are parasites at some remove .

    The looting strategy worked before, works now and will work again in the future, at an ever expanding rate, because the aggrieved could never have made the goodies themselves, and thus have no real moral claim on them, but, oh, do they love the goodies.

    Thus, rest assured, that there is an awful lot of mileage still in the looting strategy.

  22. Of the 41% who approved of Trump a substantial portion genuinely loved the man. How many of Biden’s 41% would say the same about Joe?

  23. The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge (symbolized by Joe’s affirmative-action choice of the inept Kamala) is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band.

    My impression is that it was Big Tech Indians funneling donation money to the Biden campaign who wanted Kamala on the ticket. Joe certainly didn’t choose in the sense that he had any real input into who was chosen. Kamala is not popular with blacks and has no natural inclination to their causes.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    @Barnard


    My impression is that it was Big Tech Indians funneling donation money to the Biden campaign who wanted Kamala on the ticket.
     
    Kamala’s top donors were:

    Gordon and Ann Getty — oil

    George Lucas — movies

    Dean Metropoulos — private equity, mainly in the snack food and alcoholic beverage sectors

    Laurene Powell Jobs — Apple heiress

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2019/11/18/here-are-the-billionaires-funding-the-democratic-presidential-candidates-as-of-september-2019/?sh=51b9ded15b5e


    Joe certainly didn’t choose in the sense that he had any real input into who was chosen.
     
    That’s baseless speculation.

    Biden made it clear that he wanted a woman of color to be his running-mate. From 30,000 feet, Kamala makes sense. She’s part Black, which seemed to be a good gesture towards anti-racism. She’s popular with a lot of wealthy White people in California, so Biden could assume that she wouldn’t scare away too many White people. She’s also part Indian, which Biden could assume would help in areas with growing Indian populations, and with Indian donors.

    Among Black people in California, Kamala isn’t popular. In fact, she’s seen as too eager to throw Black people in jail. However, California is a safe Democratic state. If Kamala’s unpopularity among Black people in California was enough to make a difference there, Biden would be in even worse shape in swing states. So far, so good.

    Unfortunately for Biden, the more people see of Kamala, the less confidence she inspires. If Biden knew that Kamala would be so unpopular, he probably would have picked another running mate; but he didn’t really know her at the time, and Kamala looks a lot better on a whiteboard than in person.


    Kamala is not popular with blacks and has no natural inclination to their causes.
     
    That’s true.

    It’s ironic that in 2020, with people so concerned about police and the courts being too hard on Black people, the Democrats chose a ticket led by a former tough law and order Senator, and with a former tough law and order DA as his running mate.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    , @Don Unf
    @Barnard

    Kamala seemed to have hefty support from Clinton and Obama people even back in 2018. It seemed like Clinton herself wanted Kamala to be The One. I think what held them back was her abject lack of charisma and bizarre demeanor. After the first debates it was obvious she couldn't hold a candle to even a senile, doddering, unlikable Biden. They had to stomp Trump, and they sure were never going to do that with Kamala out front, but having a token black/indian female in the passenger seat seemed like a worthwhile investment.

    I'm sure they thought she'd perk up after a couple of years. That didn't happen. It is amazing how whenever she gets the mic, she still comes off like a mentally retarded child at a county fair. At least she makes Biden look good in comparison, I guess.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  24. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    David Cole’s good column on how belief in the SCIENCE has led the sane to believe that we can no longer trust the SCIENCE contains a nugget that helps explains your point about “heavy-handed incompetence” (related to the ole Steve chestnut of when you’re in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging):

    “By killing comedy, the left has lost its ability to read the room.”

    It’s clear that whomever is running the Biden admin (Obama? Davos?) has lost the room. I can see that happening on the left more than the right; the right are constantly bombarded from the MSM about how wrong they are. (Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not.) On the left, there is nothing but the echo chamber, the belief in the moral crusade against the historic American nation and the agglomeration of power (and follow-on purity spiral).

    • Agree: Captain Tripps, Kylie
  25. @Jonathan Mason
    The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, or by winning over the DINO Joe Manchin, the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda, and therefore he has basically decided to switch parties.

    A wealthy man of real integrity sent to Washington by Democratic voters.

    The members of the human race who are unfortunate enough to live in the United States are sick and tired of gridlock in Washington. Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (working from home), @dcthrowback, @Technite78, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Were your last two paragraphs written in 2011?

    Also, why isn’t the word “elected” in your comment in quotes?

    Finally, if you haven’t yet figured anything out, gridlock is fucking GREAT. It means relatively little gets done, which is to the benefit of the American people, considering when one party gets full power, they run to their donors’ basest instincts…on the left, that’s taking from whites to give to the coalition of the fringes while starting wars for neocons. On the right? Giving money to the rich while starting wars for the neoc0ns.

    The only people who believe that Biden “could work with (R) senators” are the same ones who are over 70 and also believe with just a bit more outreach and some more football players, the GOP can get up to 12% of the black vote!!!

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman, Alden
    • Thanks: Technite78
  26. I’d disagree a little since ‘diversity’ and supporting it can mean different things. You can do it in ways that keep white sense of concern at a simmer. They were doing it just fine before 2014 including a much bigger emphasis on blacks. But having senior officials use (Unprompted) terms like ‘Latinx’ is insane. That is them taking up Tumblrism without even be told to do so. If they don’t understand or realise that such language alienates rather than pleases Hispanics then what we have here are older people not understanding the nature of the discourse on social media and the women who are their PR people and aides.

    What has happened is legions of adolescent girls have plugged into a massive multiplayer game called ‘social media’ and that after 2014 the meta of the game became increasingly about politics and Tumblr-style moral posturing. This is a cohort who were traditionally the least politically inclined or interested. Now not only are they arguably along with male ethnic minorities and gay men the most politically radical and politicised but they have gained enormous influence.

    The most salient example was Kellyanne Conway’s daughter. (If Kellyanne had been born the same year as her daughter she would 100% be the same)

    The near total disinterest that this cohort has in traditional political matters means those things are also being increasingly sidelined (And why not the elites are having it their way on traditional political matters so there is no counter voice to complain and the ones who do so are derided as ‘Bernie Bros’ on the left.) so the debate exists purely in a kind of metaphysical moral realm where the immediate consequences of any rhetorical ratcheting is seen as nil and so it just keeps going in increasing arcs of purity spirals. God was dead, young men seem content to live without him but teenage girls made their own. And not to put a point on it but as Kellyanne Conway’s daughter illustrates it is particularly appealing to girls from very rich backgrounds. We’re all obliged to live in the head of a Claudia Conway and Claudia is influenced by the insane Tumblr rhetoric.

    We’re allowed to observe that a great many young men are stupid or foolish or silly. Why aren’t we allowed to not take people like Kellyanne Conway’s daughter seriously? Why aren’t we allowed to make this observation? Why was the NYT science reporter cancelled by the girls and not the boys on his trip? Why did I already know that without having to read it?

    Needless to say we can guess where Claudia stands on traditional left-wing economics.

    • Agree: Boomthorkell
    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Altai

    Altai if you watch more than 10 seconds of that video and you do not feel your wits draining from your brain in real time there is something very wrong with you and professional help might help. I watched 10 seconds of it and right now I can hardly type.

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai

    There has been now a long-time overemphasis in our culture of the tastes and drives of adolescents. Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Why? Why position the tastes and expressions and actions of not-yet-adults higher than those of the real, grown up people who begat them and have actual, real life experience? This is inexplicable.

    Sure, we all find it fun to revel in and enjoy rock music, or whatever came after it. We all like to regress a little bit, but that is not the same thing as giving over almost completely to youth and inexperience, to naivete.

    Certain businesses find it profitable, and they have enjoyed an open playing field in the Western world all my lifetime, and I can't believe it. A civilization cannot stand on its children.

    Look, I love and we love all that stuff from our youth. But how many of us seriously expected the adult world, of which we are now part, to set aside its hard-won knowledge just to entertain our childlike whims? Here we are, seriously discussing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and so on, when we know damn well they all were just entertainment for people living between childhood and adulthood.

    We now have a Peter Pan culture.

    Replies: @Old Prude, @James Braxton, @kihowi, @Reg Cæsar

    , @Alden
    @Altai

    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls. Born in 2008 40 years after affirmative action law and 37 years after Griggs vs Duke Power and 35 years after Roe.

    And you post a picture of a very young teen in her white underpants. You’re just an old pervert. For the sake of 10-16 year old girls within 100 miles of your perverted self I hope you confine your sexual outlets to your hand.

    14 year old girls on tumbler destroyed America. Or why I have such contempt and disdain for some of the old perverts on UNZ. And why you are on tumbler?

    I’ve posted many times before that all the damage was done by White men presidents Vice Presidents Congress critters Senators governors. state legislators mayors city council critters and county supervisors school boards school superintendents between 1948 White man integrated the military to Griggs White men invented a law that other White be hired last and fired first.

    An old man roaming tumbler, posting picture of young girls in their underpants, and blaming every thing detrimental to Whites since 1948 on 14 year old girls. Are you stalking Claudia Conway? Sounds like it.

    It’s always easy to figure which MEN OF UNZ have wives girl friends and daughters. And which like you live in an Internet fantasy of horny teens like Maxwell Epstein’s harem of eager young prostitutes.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Reg Cæsar

    , @Athenian Gentleman
    @Altai

    No idea what the video is actually about but given the indecent image, it would have been nice of you to use the "MORE" tag, and include a warning.

  27. @Achmed E. Newman
    Though it's not at all the main subject of this column, it's great to see you write a tad about the financial stupidity - no, not all just Bai Dien's fault, but he is an accelerationist on this too:

    After all, the government had long been printing money to keep interest rates quite low*, with the outcome being mostly asset price inflation (which pleases asset holders, so it’s not as politically fraught as supermarket inflation). Biden presumably looked at the recent past and reasoned: Who really understands macroeconomics anyway? So maybe we can push our luck much further and get away with it.

    But now we seem to be back finally to 1970s-style inflation.

     
    It WASN'T just asset inflation over the last decade and a half. I've noticed inflation in consumer goods that is much closer to 4-5% yearly, which ADDS COMPOUNDS UP over the years rather than the BS BLS 1-2% numbers we've seen spouted out. Building supplies, insurance, healthcare (of course!), education (also, of course!), utility bills, auto parts, you name it, we've covered a lot on PS with our Inflation topic key.

    Thank you for this, Steve. People are starting to notice. The country does not have the (still) most powerful manufacturing economy of the world to fall back on, as it did during the 1970s though...

    .


    * My asterisk there - if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I'd be glad to.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Ralph L, @fish

    They’re cooking the numbers to keep SS COLA increases as small as possible. Since no one in DC has the nerve to vote to cut future benefits, it may be our best hope of avoiding or delaying government default until most of the Boomers are dead. It also restarts the tax bracket creep stopped by Reagan that increased Federal revenues without new legislation, while it helped make the 70’s so miserable for everyone outside government.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Ralph L

    They’re cooking the numbers

    Which they is that?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @RadicalCenter
    @Ralph L

    Federal government civilian employees* just got a raise for 2022 that is far lower than the rate of inflation in housing, grocery, fuel, and vehicle prices. About HALF the rate of the COLA that Social Security recipients got for 2022.

    Almost everyone outside the elite is getting hosed, including federal government workers.

    * I would suggest reducing the federal workforce, both military and domestic, but pay the remaining workers enough to keep up with inflation (honestly measured, I.e. it’s higher than they’re reporting).

  28. @Jonathan Mason
    The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, or by winning over the DINO Joe Manchin, the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda, and therefore he has basically decided to switch parties.

    A wealthy man of real integrity sent to Washington by Democratic voters.

    The members of the human race who are unfortunate enough to live in the United States are sick and tired of gridlock in Washington. Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (working from home), @dcthrowback, @Technite78, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda

    All I can find is a story from 2014 (which clearly has nothing to do with BBB). Can you link a reference to this claim?

    • Replies: @Technite78
    @Technite78

    I guess Jonathan Mason can't substantiate his bull$hit claim that Manchin was threatened by the right... when he's already been harassed and threatened by the left:

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/04/activists-swarm-manchins-maserati-in-dc-garage/

    Replies: @HammerJack

  29. … in California in 2020, there were 40 percent more black murder victims, reflecting the obvious tsunami of black-on-black shootings.

    We broke through the chains that engirdled us*;
    now someone is trying to murder us!
    Whites don’t kill their pet blacks,
    nor is it the w—backs:
    it’s black folks themselves who are murderous**!

    *Okay, so we had them broke for us.
    **We like for the cops to ignore us.
    We’re killing each other,
    it’s brother on brother,
    but peace and contentment just bore us.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  30. @Arclight
    I have been saying something along these lines for the last year or so - at what point does a critical mass of the country tire of having policies imposed on the rest of us that are totally geared around the idea blacks come first? It's my long-term prediction that despite the non-stop wokery assaulting us from all sides, in 10-15 years blacks are going to be relegated to dead last in the social and political hierarchy for good, largely due to Latinos and Asians being unwilling to put black demands above their own. This transformation will be accompanied by a lot of caterwauling from professionally Black commentators and politicians (and will die hardest in the universities), but like a family member you prefer to avoid outside of holidays, everyone else is going to learn to let them say their piece and then ignore them.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV

    “Latinos and Asians being unwilling to put black demands above their own.” That’s my remaining ray of hope, since most whites have proved to be either evil/collaborationist, buffoonish, or passive in the face of neglolatry.

  31. The problem with Democrats is their policies do not work. Shutting down pipelines , banning drilling and raising taxes only makes Americans less wealthy. Their entire agenda is doomed to fail. Decriminalizing crime will increase crime and lower our living standards. Eliminating education standards and eliminating tracking in our schools will not close the gaps. Teaching “Critical Race Theory” (blaming whites for all the problems of the world) will not improve the lives of Blacks. Keeping the borders open and allowing millions of migrants to enter the US will reduce our standard of living. Just as wearing masks does not stop the spread of aerosolized viruses, but does great psychological harm to society and our children. Yet Democrats insist on mandating that people wear worthless masks even in states in which 90% of adults are vaccinated. Every executive order and bill signed by Biden has harmed America. It is not events but the actions of the Biden administration and the Democrats who control congress which have resulted in a lower standard of living in America, higher inflation and less freedom.

    Biden recently took credit for lowering the price of gasoline by increasing the supply from our reserves…yet escapes blame for reducing the actual supply of oil by is executive orders which blocked pipelines and drilling.

    • Replies: @Up2Drew
    @Travis

    Similar to the pleas to support small businesses, when it was government overreaction and mandates regarding coronavirus that made it impossible to support small businesses.

    , @currahee
    @Travis

    The Soviet Union failed for 70 years.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  32. Good grief, how can Biden’s approval still be as high as 41?

  33. During a CNN Town Hall in September 2020, on the topic of COVID Biden declared, “”If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive. All the people. I’m not making this up. Just look at the data.”

    What an absurd statement. So absurd that even given the allowance made for hyperbole during campaigns, Biden should have been roasted for it.

    Has any reporter asked Biden if all the people who have died from COVID since he took office–far more than died under Trump–are his fault? Of course not. The narrative media does not badger Democrats. Biden is in what Mark Simone refers to as the Democrat Protection Program.

    • Agree: Bernard
    • Replies: @Roger
    @Harry Baldwin

    The AP fact checker:


    CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he had been president, not one person would have died from COVID-19.

    AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no evidence Biden ever said this. He did say if President Donald Trump had done his job from the beginning of the pandemic, all the people who died of the coronavirus would be alive today. That’s a stretch, experts say.
     
    The logical inference here is that if Biden had been President, he would not have done his job either.

    Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost, @Rob

  34. As I predicted, one group achieving dominance in the D party drives all the others away. Steve’s KKK-razy glue theory is true.

    And D’s have been reacting accordingly; there is now a low-level “East Asians aren’t minorities” and “East Asians are white” theme running amongst commie circles. Expect two full election cycles to make it official. South Asians would take a few more cycles, but by then then the D party will have splintered permanently and the country will cease to be a whole nation, so anything goes then in the pockets of D-dom.

    I’m surprised (and D’s are too) Hispanics peeled off so quickly, but the D’s attempt to make “Latinos” all the same was doomed to backfire.

    • Replies: @currahee
    @R.G. Camara

    Here in CA the Mexicans maintain a macho tradition including a cult worship of the Marines that just doesn't respond to soyboy sensitivities and girlish tantrum rants.

    Replies: @RadicalCenter

  35. The Democrats have a platform built on expressing hostility towards two-thirds of the population while giving few among the remaining one-third anything they actually want.

    It doesn’t work. Go figure.

    • Agree: kaganovitch
  36. @Altai
    I'd disagree a little since 'diversity' and supporting it can mean different things. You can do it in ways that keep white sense of concern at a simmer. They were doing it just fine before 2014 including a much bigger emphasis on blacks. But having senior officials use (Unprompted) terms like 'Latinx' is insane. That is them taking up Tumblrism without even be told to do so. If they don't understand or realise that such language alienates rather than pleases Hispanics then what we have here are older people not understanding the nature of the discourse on social media and the women who are their PR people and aides.

    What has happened is legions of adolescent girls have plugged into a massive multiplayer game called 'social media' and that after 2014 the meta of the game became increasingly about politics and Tumblr-style moral posturing. This is a cohort who were traditionally the least politically inclined or interested. Now not only are they arguably along with male ethnic minorities and gay men the most politically radical and politicised but they have gained enormous influence.

    The most salient example was Kellyanne Conway's daughter. (If Kellyanne had been born the same year as her daughter she would 100% be the same)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OUkwUa2pUw

    The near total disinterest that this cohort has in traditional political matters means those things are also being increasingly sidelined (And why not the elites are having it their way on traditional political matters so there is no counter voice to complain and the ones who do so are derided as 'Bernie Bros' on the left.) so the debate exists purely in a kind of metaphysical moral realm where the immediate consequences of any rhetorical ratcheting is seen as nil and so it just keeps going in increasing arcs of purity spirals. God was dead, young men seem content to live without him but teenage girls made their own. And not to put a point on it but as Kellyanne Conway's daughter illustrates it is particularly appealing to girls from very rich backgrounds. We're all obliged to live in the head of a Claudia Conway and Claudia is influenced by the insane Tumblr rhetoric.

    We're allowed to observe that a great many young men are stupid or foolish or silly. Why aren't we allowed to not take people like Kellyanne Conway's daughter seriously? Why aren't we allowed to make this observation? Why was the NYT science reporter cancelled by the girls and not the boys on his trip? Why did I already know that without having to read it?

    Needless to say we can guess where Claudia stands on traditional left-wing economics.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Buzz Mohawk, @Alden, @Athenian Gentleman

    Altai if you watch more than 10 seconds of that video and you do not feel your wits draining from your brain in real time there is something very wrong with you and professional help might help. I watched 10 seconds of it and right now I can hardly type.

  37. Our President, their leader, is afflicted by middle stage dementia and is therefore not the leader, but rather a front for a back room cabal that is in charge of policy. Every few days a glassy eyed Biden stammers through a speech and takes no questions. As hard as the corrupt media tries to cover for this, it is becoming more apparent what is going on. This is a tough sell to all but the most crazed partisans or corrupt grifters.

    • Replies: @additionalMike
    @Bernard

    "This is a tough sell to all but the most crazed partisans or corrupt grifters."

    Don't talk about my in-laws that way.

  38. @Altai
    I'd disagree a little since 'diversity' and supporting it can mean different things. You can do it in ways that keep white sense of concern at a simmer. They were doing it just fine before 2014 including a much bigger emphasis on blacks. But having senior officials use (Unprompted) terms like 'Latinx' is insane. That is them taking up Tumblrism without even be told to do so. If they don't understand or realise that such language alienates rather than pleases Hispanics then what we have here are older people not understanding the nature of the discourse on social media and the women who are their PR people and aides.

    What has happened is legions of adolescent girls have plugged into a massive multiplayer game called 'social media' and that after 2014 the meta of the game became increasingly about politics and Tumblr-style moral posturing. This is a cohort who were traditionally the least politically inclined or interested. Now not only are they arguably along with male ethnic minorities and gay men the most politically radical and politicised but they have gained enormous influence.

    The most salient example was Kellyanne Conway's daughter. (If Kellyanne had been born the same year as her daughter she would 100% be the same)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OUkwUa2pUw

    The near total disinterest that this cohort has in traditional political matters means those things are also being increasingly sidelined (And why not the elites are having it their way on traditional political matters so there is no counter voice to complain and the ones who do so are derided as 'Bernie Bros' on the left.) so the debate exists purely in a kind of metaphysical moral realm where the immediate consequences of any rhetorical ratcheting is seen as nil and so it just keeps going in increasing arcs of purity spirals. God was dead, young men seem content to live without him but teenage girls made their own. And not to put a point on it but as Kellyanne Conway's daughter illustrates it is particularly appealing to girls from very rich backgrounds. We're all obliged to live in the head of a Claudia Conway and Claudia is influenced by the insane Tumblr rhetoric.

    We're allowed to observe that a great many young men are stupid or foolish or silly. Why aren't we allowed to not take people like Kellyanne Conway's daughter seriously? Why aren't we allowed to make this observation? Why was the NYT science reporter cancelled by the girls and not the boys on his trip? Why did I already know that without having to read it?

    Needless to say we can guess where Claudia stands on traditional left-wing economics.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Buzz Mohawk, @Alden, @Athenian Gentleman

    There has been now a long-time overemphasis in our culture of the tastes and drives of adolescents. Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Why? Why position the tastes and expressions and actions of not-yet-adults higher than those of the real, grown up people who begat them and have actual, real life experience? This is inexplicable.

    Sure, we all find it fun to revel in and enjoy rock music, or whatever came after it. We all like to regress a little bit, but that is not the same thing as giving over almost completely to youth and inexperience, to naivete.

    Certain businesses find it profitable, and they have enjoyed an open playing field in the Western world all my lifetime, and I can’t believe it. A civilization cannot stand on its children.

    Look, I love and we love all that stuff from our youth. But how many of us seriously expected the adult world, of which we are now part, to set aside its hard-won knowledge just to entertain our childlike whims? Here we are, seriously discussing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and so on, when we know damn well they all were just entertainment for people living between childhood and adulthood.

    We now have a Peter Pan culture.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Steve could start a thread about Brahms or Rossini. Would that redeem us?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    , @James Braxton
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Because the tastes of real, grown up people tend to be frozen in time according to what they liked when they were adolescents. Especially when it comes to music.

    Replies: @SafeNow

    , @kihowi
    @Buzz Mohawk

    What, you don't enjoy a bunch of old men arguing over which pop music is the coolest?

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.
     
    Paul Harvey related the story of a young pop star of the '40s named Francis, whose female fans screamed and fainted in his presence, and some of whom chased him on the train platform with scissors in order to get a lock of his hair. Of course, he was describing



    Franz Liszt.

    Now you know the rest of the story.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  39. And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.

    Forget about what will happen, we don’t even know what’s happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what’s with Belgium?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Twinkie

    What we do know, Twink, is that even if we take the Belgium numbers at face value (which I don't) those scary-looking death numbers amount to much less than one-tenth-of-one-percent. A blip. Nothing.

    Is this what you want to destroy your world for? Is this blip what you want to sacrifice your freedom for? Is this what you want to create massive inflation for? Because you have. You have done all of this and more for this blip.

    Fools.

    SARS-CoV-2 is indeed a corona virus, like a flu virus and a cold virus. Humans have coexisted with these litttle, spherical monsters for a very long time. We should have let this one run its course. This is the reason I made my biggest, most embarrassing mis-step here when I lashed out at Steve. He didn't deserve that, but I saw him panicking and promoting this thing like it was the end of the world, and it pissed me off. It meant that I could not travel freely and tend to family matters. Such things are still a pain in the ass, and I am left wondering if we ever will return to what I knew as normal. Anybody who supports or promotes this terror is flat out wrong.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie

    Maybe in Flemish the preposition for with and from are the same?

    Replies: @Twinkie

    , @Wokechoke
    @Twinkie

    Old people with Mayo on fries.

    , @JimDandy
    @Twinkie

    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.

    Replies: @Twinkie

  40. I’m forced to wonder if people living in Constantinople during the Angeloi or the Soviet Union in the late 1980s didn’t have similar thoughts. You are surrounded by ostensible wealth or power, but underneath are foundations that had been rotting for decades. One of the biggest signs of the malaise is the reveling in long past glories as the present age totters.

    I don’t think America will end up like that: I have a gut hunch we’ll bounce back. But this sobering thought should be voiced, and also should imply the amount of work we’ve got ahead.

  41. @Twinkie

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Forget about what will happen, we don't even know what's happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what's with Belgium?


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/OFJZCQU7RMI6VPQGV5KRJ3QDQU.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Almost Missouri, @Wokechoke, @JimDandy

    What we do know, Twink, is that even if we take the Belgium numbers at face value (which I don’t) those scary-looking death numbers amount to much less than one-tenth-of-one-percent. A blip. Nothing.

    Is this what you want to destroy your world for? Is this blip what you want to sacrifice your freedom for? Is this what you want to create massive inflation for? Because you have. You have done all of this and more for this blip.

    Fools.

    SARS-CoV-2 is indeed a corona virus, like a flu virus and a cold virus. Humans have coexisted with these litttle, spherical monsters for a very long time. We should have let this one run its course. This is the reason I made my biggest, most embarrassing mis-step here when I lashed out at Steve. He didn’t deserve that, but I saw him panicking and promoting this thing like it was the end of the world, and it pissed me off. It meant that I could not travel freely and tend to family matters. Such things are still a pain in the ass, and I am left wondering if we ever will return to what I knew as normal. Anybody who supports or promotes this terror is flat out wrong.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  42. @Twinkie

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Forget about what will happen, we don't even know what's happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what's with Belgium?


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/OFJZCQU7RMI6VPQGV5KRJ3QDQU.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Almost Missouri, @Wokechoke, @JimDandy

    Maybe in Flemish the preposition for with and from are the same?

    • Thanks: JimDandy
    • LOL: Twinkie
    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri

    That graph is darkly ironic in view of what was posted on Unz at the beginning of the pandemic. Remember the "Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe" series of articles from that one author? Is he still around? Or is he back to AmRen?

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

  43. Ross Douhat was on some interview yammering on about excess deaths as proof of how monstrous the Cooties were. No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic: Lockdowns, business closures, ruined careers (bartender e.g.). It is plausible that the Panic is responsible for more deaths than the Cooties proper.

    I know not a single person who died of Cooties, but a coworker swears his brother killed himself because of the lock-downs and isolation.

    • Replies: @HA
    @Old Prude

    "No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic... It is plausible..."

    Yeah, sure it is. If that were true, countries and states with less "panic" as you put it, would have lower excess death rates. And yet, the biggest driver in determining those excess deaths -- at least once someone gets to the hospital -- is whether or not someone is vaccinated. The unvaccinated are roughly 40-times more likely to die from whatever that precise combo of COVID and "panic" is, if Texas' experience in September is any guide. So much for those bullet-proof immune systems that were supposed to save the truthers from going to the hospital in the first place. Not to mention your "plausibility" theories.

    The actual rates of the doubly-vaccinated in the US right now is more like a little over 60%, so good luck winning elections if that split is indicative of who bought into all those truther theories. I guess after the much-anticipated and eagerly-hoped-for massive die-off the truthers have been predicting finally arrives, it'll be a more even split, but so far, as I said, it's the unvaccinated who seem to be doing a lot more of the dying.

    If the numbers agreed with you, you'd be providing them instead of your link-free assertions as to what is or isn't plausible or how you were right along -- or your lame anecdotal evidence. If that's all you're left with, it's as good as an admission of defeat. Next to the anti-government attacks of the cholera riots, the truthers really come off like weak sauce.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Mark G.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Old Prude

    To your point, consider this graph from the UK's Office for National Statistics:

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/640/cpsprodpb/1325D/production/_113692487_optimised-ons_care_homes-nc.png

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53571365

    They claim a huge spike in non-COVID deaths in care homes (i.e. what we call nursing homes) during the first wave of the pandemic.

    So what caused that? For that matter, given what has been reported about how deaths were recorded in the care homes, who can say what the exact breakdown between those two regions of the graph even are. I'm sure a lot of those oldsters did in fact die of COVID. Equally plausible to me is that a lot of them were effectively just euthanized.

    As you say, a lot of the excess deaths attributed to COVID may be down to panic, despair, medical malpractice, and - perhaps - flat out euthanasia.

    Replies: @HammerJack

  44. OT

    Formerly a Sailerist conspiracy theory …

    Now openly bragging that vaccine approval was deliberately delayed until after election:

    Fortified vaccine approval, perhaps?

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Almost Missouri

    Time delay from "conspiracy theory" to "confirmed fact" is approaching singularity.



    https://twitter.com/echo_chamberz/status/1473399392291864576

    https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1473346915693649922

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1473269705800564738

    Replies: @J.Ross

  45. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai

    There has been now a long-time overemphasis in our culture of the tastes and drives of adolescents. Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Why? Why position the tastes and expressions and actions of not-yet-adults higher than those of the real, grown up people who begat them and have actual, real life experience? This is inexplicable.

    Sure, we all find it fun to revel in and enjoy rock music, or whatever came after it. We all like to regress a little bit, but that is not the same thing as giving over almost completely to youth and inexperience, to naivete.

    Certain businesses find it profitable, and they have enjoyed an open playing field in the Western world all my lifetime, and I can't believe it. A civilization cannot stand on its children.

    Look, I love and we love all that stuff from our youth. But how many of us seriously expected the adult world, of which we are now part, to set aside its hard-won knowledge just to entertain our childlike whims? Here we are, seriously discussing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and so on, when we know damn well they all were just entertainment for people living between childhood and adulthood.

    We now have a Peter Pan culture.

    Replies: @Old Prude, @James Braxton, @kihowi, @Reg Cæsar

    Steve could start a thread about Brahms or Rossini. Would that redeem us?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Old Prude

    He does cover adult subjects, including music, art, architecture. Then there's golf for the really over-the-hill farts.

  46. @Harry Baldwin
    During a CNN Town Hall in September 2020, on the topic of COVID Biden declared, ""If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive. All the people. I'm not making this up. Just look at the data."

    What an absurd statement. So absurd that even given the allowance made for hyperbole during campaigns, Biden should have been roasted for it.

    Has any reporter asked Biden if all the people who have died from COVID since he took office--far more than died under Trump--are his fault? Of course not. The narrative media does not badger Democrats. Biden is in what Mark Simone refers to as the Democrat Protection Program.

    Replies: @Roger

    The AP fact checker:

    CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he had been president, not one person would have died from COVID-19.

    AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no evidence Biden ever said this. He did say if President Donald Trump had done his job from the beginning of the pandemic, all the people who died of the coronavirus would be alive today. That’s a stretch, experts say.

    The logical inference here is that if Biden had been President, he would not have done his job either.

    • Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost
    @Roger

    This is why I despise the fact checking industry. Anyone with half a brain could see the spin they put on every “check.” But anyone with half a brain doesn’t need the check in the first place.

    , @Rob
    @Roger

    We are not Japan. We politicize everything. I certainly remember Harris saying she would not take a vaccine approved while Trump was President. I remember when Biden’s handlers published an op-ed saying that the travel ban (too late and incomplete) on China was racist. Ok, don't remember it, heard about it here. I remember the D team head of the health department in NYC telling people to go to Chinatown and celebrate Chinese new year to show the coronavirus they weren’t racist. I remember when proposed involuntary, overseen quarantine of people flying in from China was racist. I remember California, D team central (fine, D team west) putting onerous restrictions on the demographics of who got vaccinated. They did not want vaccine distribution to be racist.

    Far from being the party of hardnosed scientifically-minded rationalists, the D team is obsessed with purity. The taint? Racism. This is the taint that makes someone a conservative, after all. The D team and their part of the culture, academia and the media, for two, pretend IQ is so racially biased that we should never mention it. They are the ones who think race is not real, it was just made up by Europeans when they were exploring the world and classifying living things. The Democrats’ parents were racially cleansed from the cities, but they were so ashamed that they ran that, if they explained what happened to their kids, the kids only heard “I am descended from racists,” rather than “blacks are savages who hate us.” To avoid the taint of racism, white Democrats who have had serious contact with blacks have to think the problem is “education.” But no, the “problem” is that people are different. HBDers know this, but HBD is absolutely banned, because racism.

    The Ds are so frightened of racism that they think that acknowledging the existence of race is tantamount to endorsing slavery.

    Do Democrats and normies who were not at least, maybe 12 when The Bell Curve came out even know that blacks are less intelligent? I kind of got that sense from talking to people whenever AA was an issue, like for a friend applying to medical school. Cons seemed to have this thing where they thought the blacks admitted to med school were dumb, but that there would be smart blacks waiting in the wings to apply if AA were abolished. Remember when the Red team fought affirmative action? If any policy has done more to ensure that the big, high-touch government favored by Democrats cannot actually do anything they legislate, it is AA. Opposing AA is racist, even though more blacks are government dependents than whites, so they would benefit as much as whites, if not more.

    In a way, though, the Democrats are right to fear people accepting hbd. Behavioral genetics means all the “science” they believe is Lysenkoism. Shoveling more money to the “educational” bureaucracies in ghetto cities will not do any good. Universal healthcare? This one might do quite a bit of good, assuming they can keep cost disease at bay, and some enterprising entrepreneur does not charge them eleventy quintillion dollars for an aspirin, bankrupting the country. Things like being hit in the head with a hammer do have statistical effects on outcomes.

    Accepting that we will not all become crypto/NFT billionaires, that the slums are not filled with people who will become biochemists, if only this acronymed bill passes, will open the doors to pursuing policies that will help everyone, because the IQ floor for technical work keeps rising, and leaves more blacks below it every year.

    From 1965 to today, the progs have spent a fortune looking for El Dorado or the Fountain of Youth. That implies that some simple, reality-based things could improve life for the left half of the Bell Curve are untouched, because they are racist. Perhaps manufacturing will return following the dollar failing?

  47. @Almost Missouri
    OT

    Formerly a Sailerist conspiracy theory ...

    Now openly bragging that vaccine approval was deliberately delayed until after election:

    https://twitter.com/lndian_Bronson/status/1473093829494550534

    Fortified vaccine approval, perhaps?

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    Time delay from “conspiracy theory” to “confirmed fact” is approaching singularity.

    [MORE]

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1473269705800564738

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Almost Missouri

    "all the media does is lie"

    Their major effort is devoted to demotivation.

  48. What’s the Matter with the Democrats?

    It’s the electoral vehicle of a set of vicious criminal gangs and self-indulgent Bourbons. The Capitol Hill, K-street nexus, the security state, the media, academe, the bar (especially the nexus formed by federal prosecutors and federal judges) is godawful and has no legitimacy. Their voters are a mix of feckless boobs and haters.

    As for the Republicans, the modal type would be crooked clots like Mitch McConnell. Some look on their voters about the way Goldman, Sachs looks at their retail brokerage clients: as ‘muppets’ to be fleeced; others are just bereft of ideas and initiative. Have a gander at the curriculum at your state’s teachers’ colleges and then ask you what Republican state legislators ever did to repair matters.

    A big part of the problem is just cultural decay. The professional-managerial class in our time is chock a block with people willing to take instructiion from the Millennial twits in HR and corporate communications. The younger generation is largely rotten in their basic impulses and the result is companies donating their stockholder’s money to BLM and sensible people being fired for saying sensible things.

    • Agree: David In TN, JMcG, Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @David In TN
    @Art Deco

    Alan J. Levine's 2021 book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, "The Soviets' Greatest Gambit," speculates on what would have happened if the missiles had been fired before being discovered.

    Levine believes there would have been more willing collaborators in the United States after a Soviet victory than we would like to think. The "membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start."

    The "undercurrents that surfaced later in the decade" also indicate there would be more conformity to a Communist regime even in the 1960s than we would like to suppose.

    And look at the political and professional-managerial class as it is now.

    Replies: @Almost Missouri, @Adept

    , @JMcG
    @Art Deco

    Art, I don’t always agree with you, but that’s as succinct a statement of our predicament as any I’ve seen. You’re a treasure. Merry Christmas to you.

  49. Lost Afghan war. Return of high inflation. Promised to handle covid better than Trump, and failed. Invites foreign invaders and gets border crisis. Only major program is just a lot of irresponsible spending. Appears senile and VP is disliked.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Roger

    Lost Afghan war? Really? The collaborationist government lasted eleven days against the Taliban. The war was unwinnable. There was not even anything to win. The prize was mineral “wealth” far away from any infrastructure that amounts to like 5% of US annual GDP. The prize was umpteen million goatherders and opium growers. Not even skilled labor by 21st century standards. If America does not finally crash on Biden’s watch, he will at least be remembered for that one piece of statesmanship. Yes, Trump’s people negotiated the withdrawal agreement, but Brandon did not say, “lol, Trump” and tear it up.

    The big failure in the Afghanistan withdrawal, giving up the military airbase first, was generals trying to make withdrawal a clusterfuck to dissuade future Presidents from ending wars. The fact that Brandon did not demand resignations from a dozen generals is probably because the progs want the military to “stop” the 2023 election “insurrection” that they are planning.

    Replies: @Roger

  50. @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie

    Maybe in Flemish the preposition for with and from are the same?

    Replies: @Twinkie

    That graph is darkly ironic in view of what was posted on Unz at the beginning of the pandemic. Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author? Is he still around? Or is he back to AmRen?

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie


    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?
     
    I don't, sadly. My view from day one has been that we're all getting hit with it eventually and almost everyone will survive, and nothing since then has changed my mind. I did, however, note that a Chinese blockbuster film from a few years before featured a gratuitously inserted subplot about a virus specifically engineered to kill only Chinese people. So it's not just a weird white guy theory, it has some Chinese currency as well.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @nebulafox, @HA

  51. @Achmed E. Newman
    Though it's not at all the main subject of this column, it's great to see you write a tad about the financial stupidity - no, not all just Bai Dien's fault, but he is an accelerationist on this too:

    After all, the government had long been printing money to keep interest rates quite low*, with the outcome being mostly asset price inflation (which pleases asset holders, so it’s not as politically fraught as supermarket inflation). Biden presumably looked at the recent past and reasoned: Who really understands macroeconomics anyway? So maybe we can push our luck much further and get away with it.

    But now we seem to be back finally to 1970s-style inflation.

     
    It WASN'T just asset inflation over the last decade and a half. I've noticed inflation in consumer goods that is much closer to 4-5% yearly, which ADDS COMPOUNDS UP over the years rather than the BS BLS 1-2% numbers we've seen spouted out. Building supplies, insurance, healthcare (of course!), education (also, of course!), utility bills, auto parts, you name it, we've covered a lot on PS with our Inflation topic key.

    Thank you for this, Steve. People are starting to notice. The country does not have the (still) most powerful manufacturing economy of the world to fall back on, as it did during the 1970s though...

    .


    * My asterisk there - if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I'd be glad to.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Ralph L, @fish

    * My asterisk there – if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I’d be glad to.

    MY GOD MAN…….DONT LEAVE ME HANGING!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @fish

    Haha! You're gonna have to sweat it out until our blogger asks me or answers it himself, such as:

    "The stock market will tank due to investors having less risky options with decent returns, and the national budget will appear obviously bust as nearly half of expenditures will be net interest."

    NO, Steve, you must answer in the form of a question. You know how Jeopardy works, or is that why you lost to a GIRL?!

  52. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Twinkie

    What we do know, Twink, is that even if we take the Belgium numbers at face value (which I don't) those scary-looking death numbers amount to much less than one-tenth-of-one-percent. A blip. Nothing.

    Is this what you want to destroy your world for? Is this blip what you want to sacrifice your freedom for? Is this what you want to create massive inflation for? Because you have. You have done all of this and more for this blip.

    Fools.

    SARS-CoV-2 is indeed a corona virus, like a flu virus and a cold virus. Humans have coexisted with these litttle, spherical monsters for a very long time. We should have let this one run its course. This is the reason I made my biggest, most embarrassing mis-step here when I lashed out at Steve. He didn't deserve that, but I saw him panicking and promoting this thing like it was the end of the world, and it pissed me off. It meant that I could not travel freely and tend to family matters. Such things are still a pain in the ass, and I am left wondering if we ever will return to what I knew as normal. Anybody who supports or promotes this terror is flat out wrong.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Twinkie

    You, Twink, say to me:


    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.
     
    Yet in your comment you stated:

    Forget about what will happen, we don’t even know what’s happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what’s with Belgium?
     
    Emphases mine.

    Look, I don't need to argue with you, and I don't even know if we have anything to argue about, but please don't annoy this obsessive-compulsive writer with your slippery, duplicitous illogic in some unnecessary attempt to slip away from your original point and my argument in response. You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium -- present tense.

    My only point to you is that it doesn't matter much, whether your stats are from over a year ago or yesterday. It's the same, stupid story, and your idiotic, dishonest response just makes it worse.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don't post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @Twinkie

  53. @Twinkie

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Forget about what will happen, we don't even know what's happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what's with Belgium?


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/OFJZCQU7RMI6VPQGV5KRJ3QDQU.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Almost Missouri, @Wokechoke, @JimDandy

    Old people with Mayo on fries.

  54. is the cartoon image of Kamala Harris that illustrates your essay in Taki Magazine. Notice how the cartoonist has darkened the skin tone of a white-faced woman. This is an illustration of the transsexual principle that if you declare yourself to be X, you *are* X, and even cartoonists must obey.

  55. @Twinkie
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    You, Twink, say to me:

    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.

    Yet in your comment you stated:

    Forget about what will happen, we don’t even know what’s happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what’s with Belgium?

    Emphases mine.

    Look, I don’t need to argue with you, and I don’t even know if we have anything to argue about, but please don’t annoy this obsessive-compulsive writer with your slippery, duplicitous illogic in some unnecessary attempt to slip away from your original point and my argument in response. You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium — present tense.

    My only point to you is that it doesn’t matter much, whether your stats are from over a year ago or yesterday. It’s the same, stupid story, and your idiotic, dishonest response just makes it worse.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don’t post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.

    • Thanks: Spud Boy
    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @Buzz Mohawk

    https://media.giphy.com/media/26gJybOdN0NIA4SCk/giphy.gif

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @nebulafox, @Twinkie, @Ben tillman

    , @Twinkie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Look, I don’t need to argue with you, and I don’t even know if we have anything to argue about
     
    Correct. You are certainly not arguing with my point, which is that when one country (Belgium) has over 163X the mortality of another nation (South Korea) and we have no clue why, we don't even know what's going on.

    your slippery, duplicitous illogic... your idiotic, dishonest response
     
    Now you are just being an asshole.

    You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium — present tense.
     
    I see you conveniently left out "or what happened recently" out of your emphases. If you are going to be "obsessive-compulsive," at least be fair.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don’t post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.
     
    Oh, you have the internationally comparative mortality rates up to today, to rebut me, do you? Why don't you share it with the rest of us? More up-to-date information is always better and appreciated in a rational discussion.

    Here is my "little advice" - if you "don't need to argue" or "don't even know [if there is] anything argue about," quit while you are ahead and don't argue. Certainly don't throw around ad hominem and attribute idiocy and deceit while completely avoiding the substance of the conversation, like a child throwing a tantrum.

    Replies: @thenon

  56. “but my 43″ monitor is the biggest I can fit in my closet”

    Your house, if it was built in the 1950s, should be about 1,488 square feet. Surely you can section off a segment of your living room, or use the dinette for your work space. Or, is the closet an aspect of your legend?

    “Latino voters seem less sympathetic toward their own criminals, much less toward black law breakers”

    Latino crime, back in the day, was usually more organized and gang-affiliated. It had purpose. A common trait of black crime is the amount of unnecessary and clownish violence that accompanies the crime. Chaos and degradation have been traits of black American culture going back to, at least, the 1990s. The Homosexual Hebrew Show Biz Consortium has promoted black culture to the point that it is dominant in the various entertainments (enchantments) despite being ugly and stupid. Maybe the HHSBC just wants to kill whitey’s spirit?

    “It’s as if John and Paul had responded to George’s complaint …”

    It’s as if Beatlemania was a Tavistockian mind worm created to permanently impregnate Boomer brains as part of a mass psychological experiment to see how long they will continue to babble on about the Beatles.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @SunBakedSuburb


    It’s as if Beatlemania was a Tavistockian mind worm created to permanently impregnate Boomer brains as part of a mass psychological experiment to see how long they will continue to babble on about the Beatles.
     
    At least the Beatles left something to babble on about. Today we saw a 12" licorice pizza with one of those environmentally insensitive 1970s-style double covers, featuring Alison Kraus with Robert Plant. What the pluck? 🪕 That will end up in the 21st-century equivalent of Ripley's Believe It or Not.

    Better to babble on about musicians who can craft a tune than to whine about arbitrary "generations" someone in Steve's shady old industry pulled out of his "boomer" posterior 40 years ago.

  57. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai

    There has been now a long-time overemphasis in our culture of the tastes and drives of adolescents. Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Why? Why position the tastes and expressions and actions of not-yet-adults higher than those of the real, grown up people who begat them and have actual, real life experience? This is inexplicable.

    Sure, we all find it fun to revel in and enjoy rock music, or whatever came after it. We all like to regress a little bit, but that is not the same thing as giving over almost completely to youth and inexperience, to naivete.

    Certain businesses find it profitable, and they have enjoyed an open playing field in the Western world all my lifetime, and I can't believe it. A civilization cannot stand on its children.

    Look, I love and we love all that stuff from our youth. But how many of us seriously expected the adult world, of which we are now part, to set aside its hard-won knowledge just to entertain our childlike whims? Here we are, seriously discussing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and so on, when we know damn well they all were just entertainment for people living between childhood and adulthood.

    We now have a Peter Pan culture.

    Replies: @Old Prude, @James Braxton, @kihowi, @Reg Cæsar

    Because the tastes of real, grown up people tend to be frozen in time according to what they liked when they were adolescents. Especially when it comes to music.

    • Agree: Veteran Aryan
    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @James Braxton

    Because the tastes of real, grown up people tend to be frozen in time according to what they liked when they were adolescents
     

    Yes, and I will add: What they DIDN’T like; what did NOT work out. I own a copy of Ralph Keyes’ book, “Is there life after High School” and I believe that, for many people, there is great truth in the old saying “high school is never over.” Why has Joe Biden lurched over to the progressives? I can’t prove it, but I think one day Joe tried to sit down at the head table in the high-school cafeteria, and was told, “Take a walk, Joe.” Today Joe is taking another shot at being accepted by the cool head table of the high-school cafeteria.
  58. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    “CDC data as of yesterday shows [1] 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and [2] 61% (241M) fully vaccinated.”

    If I am reading this aright, [1] says that 204 megapeople constitute 72% of all Americans, and [2] says that 241 megapeople constitute 61% of all Americans. So [1] says that the total U.S. population is 204/.72 = 283 million people, and [2] says that the total U.S. population is 241/.61 = 395 million people. Does not compute.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Mark, thanks for pointing out the error; the total number with at least one shot is 241M (72%) and the total fully vaccinated (both mRNA shots or the single shot traditional) is 204M (61%). Apologize for the confusion.

  59. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Twinkie

    You, Twink, say to me:


    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.
     
    Yet in your comment you stated:

    Forget about what will happen, we don’t even know what’s happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what’s with Belgium?
     
    Emphases mine.

    Look, I don't need to argue with you, and I don't even know if we have anything to argue about, but please don't annoy this obsessive-compulsive writer with your slippery, duplicitous illogic in some unnecessary attempt to slip away from your original point and my argument in response. You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium -- present tense.

    My only point to you is that it doesn't matter much, whether your stats are from over a year ago or yesterday. It's the same, stupid story, and your idiotic, dishonest response just makes it worse.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don't post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @Twinkie

    • LOL: Twinkie
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Captain Tripps

    Sure. Thanks.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    , @nebulafox
    @Captain Tripps

    God, don't tempt me. I'm facing my first sober Christmas with the family soon enough: and they'll be drinking their guts out as always.

    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge...

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @additionalMike, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    , @Twinkie
    @Captain Tripps

    He sounds like he needs more than a drink.

    , @Ben tillman
    @Captain Tripps

    That’s such an Ole Miss thing to do!

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

  60. @Captain Tripps
    @Buzz Mohawk

    https://media.giphy.com/media/26gJybOdN0NIA4SCk/giphy.gif

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @nebulafox, @Twinkie, @Ben tillman

    Sure. Thanks.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Nah, you're right over the target. Twinkie excels at being duplicitous at a great many things, as his name even implies.

  61. @James Braxton
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Because the tastes of real, grown up people tend to be frozen in time according to what they liked when they were adolescents. Especially when it comes to music.

    Replies: @SafeNow

    Because the tastes of real, grown up people tend to be frozen in time according to what they liked when they were adolescents

    Yes, and I will add: What they DIDN’T like; what did NOT work out. I own a copy of Ralph Keyes’ book, “Is there life after High School” and I believe that, for many people, there is great truth in the old saying “high school is never over.” Why has Joe Biden lurched over to the progressives? I can’t prove it, but I think one day Joe tried to sit down at the head table in the high-school cafeteria, and was told, “Take a walk, Joe.” Today Joe is taking another shot at being accepted by the cool head table of the high-school cafeteria.

  62. @Mike Tre
    "Biden isn’t that suave, but he would have some justification for blaming the Democrats’ tumble on a series of unfortunate events. "

    For example?

    Your nod to the covid issue is curious. The virus supposedly mutates unpredictably. What virus mutates predictably? Or are viruses fairly predictable because they mutate more often than not? By the way, the Beer Flu isn't one of the acts in the Democrats' "series of unfortunate events." They have created that disaster themselves.


    Lastly, I have to say Taki's magazine is as porn site level of ad distraction. I half expect a pop up screen to appear showing Taki himself doing a cam show; in a towel wearing expensive sunglasses, a chest full of hamburger meat, messaging his gout infested ankles or something like that.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @Achmed E. Newman, @J.Ross

    Lastly, I have to say Taki’s magazine is as porn site level of ad distraction. I half expect a pop up screen to appear showing Taki himself doing a cam show; in a towel wearing expensive sunglasses, a chest full of hamburger meat, messaging his gout infested ankles or something like that.

    That is hilarious! Thanks!

    • Thanks: Mike Tre
  63. @Old Prude
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Steve could start a thread about Brahms or Rossini. Would that redeem us?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    He does cover adult subjects, including music, art, architecture. Then there’s golf for the really over-the-hill farts.

  64. Excellent article as usual. But I’m not sure the drummer analogy quite works.

    Keith Moon, and his Muppet version, Animal, remain the image of rock drummers in the popular imagination, and that variety of drummer is occasionally seen. But it’s rare. The typical rock drummer is steady, on time, and possibly a bit of a nerd (a bit like Ringo, come to think of it). In my experience, the drummer tends to be the most organized member of the band. (Singers tend to be the flightiest.)

    A rock band is not typically led by the singer or lead guitar, as many people imagine: it is conducted by the drummer. Any ensemble of musicians needs a unifying element: for an orchestra, it’s the conductor or soloist; for a rock band, it’s the drummer. He provides the metronome which keeps the rest of the band together. He can be in the back because he’s so loud.

    Of course, Keith Moon wasn’t much use as a conductor. The Who only worked because Townshend and Entwistle were strong enough to work with his manic energy; Townshend managed to lead the band with his percussive playing, and this unusual guitarist-led ensemble had a distinctive sound. But it was a wild ride. Most bands wouldn’t have lasted more than a month or two with Moon.

    This didn’t start with rock and roll. The drummer-as-bandleader came in with the snare drum, introduced to popular music through marching bands and jazz bands. And some of the most famous big jazz bands were led by drummers, like Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa.

    As for prominent drummer-songwriters, those are easy to list: Rush might have remained basically a Zeppelin tribute band without Neil Peart, who with few exceptions wrote all of the words and music throughout their career; Phil Collins is today most famous as a singer-songwriter, but long before that, he was Genesis’ drummer, and is considered by those who drum to have been one of the greatest of his era; Stewart Copeland, had he not been so given to goofiness, and kept in the shadows, his songwriting might have rivalled Sumner’s — he did later work as a film composer; Roger Taylor of Queen supplied some of their strongest singles, like “Under Pressure”.

    So putting the drummer out front maybe isn’t always such a bad strategy after all.

    • LOL: Ben tillman
    • Replies: @Ben tillman
    @Excal

    Sorry. I liked your comment but Pressed the wrong button inadvertently.

    , @Ron Mexico
    @Excal

    I am not musically inclined, but really enjoy reading about rock bands from people who are. I am assuming you are.
    "Most bands wouldn’t have lasted more than a month or two with Moon." Your Keith Moon thoughts made me think of Joe Walsh's friendship with The Loon... "The most terrifying thing that ever happened to me was that Keith Moon decided that he liked me."
    Speaking of drummers and Eagles, I know Don Henley isn't highly regarded as a drummer, but I would say that he is the best singing drummer and a great songwriter.

  65. @Mike Tre
    "Biden isn’t that suave, but he would have some justification for blaming the Democrats’ tumble on a series of unfortunate events. "

    For example?

    Your nod to the covid issue is curious. The virus supposedly mutates unpredictably. What virus mutates predictably? Or are viruses fairly predictable because they mutate more often than not? By the way, the Beer Flu isn't one of the acts in the Democrats' "series of unfortunate events." They have created that disaster themselves.


    Lastly, I have to say Taki's magazine is as porn site level of ad distraction. I half expect a pop up screen to appear showing Taki himself doing a cam show; in a towel wearing expensive sunglasses, a chest full of hamburger meat, messaging his gout infested ankles or something like that.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @Achmed E. Newman, @J.Ross

    While I agree with your 2nd paragraph, Mike, I have not had any problem but the one ad that I’ve got to close before reading Steve’s articles on Takimag. I am using Safari but have seen the same on various browsers.

    I’ll tell you which site is a real piece of work – that is the current Zerohedge. It will shut down supposedly clean and secure browsers at work! Shit does not keep moving around for about 2 minutes. Click on a link, walk away from the computer, come back in 2 minutes, and if it has not crashed, NOW you can read the article! I miss the days of dial-up modems sometimes …

    • Replies: @BigJimSportCamper
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I can't GET to ZH at work, but at home ZH works just fine with Brave, never an issue.

    , @Mike Tre
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That interesting because I don't have issues with ZH. Taki's doesn't screw up my browser but goshdangit, the ads are ridiculous.

  66. @Spud Boy
    The Democrats needn't worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    Replies: @tyrone, @John Johnson, @Rosie, @Anonymous Jew

    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    ….in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes …..in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ……let the States decide.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @tyrone



    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    ….in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes …..in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ……let the States decide.
     
    New York's legislature legalized abortion in 1970. New York's new legislature repealed this in 1972, returning the state to one of the country's strictest laws. Or tried to, anyway. The billionaire governor flew in from abroad just to veto it.

    It sounds like you're with the billionaire on this one.

    New York was the last state to fall to no-fault divorce, in 2010. Nor was compensated surrogacy allowed until very recently.

    Currently, states where compensated surrogacy is illegal include:

    Nebraska
    Lousiana
    Michigan
    New York — until 2/15/2021

    https://www.creativefamilyconnections.com/us-surrogacy-law-map/
     
    What appear to be lefty states can be surprisingly conservative in some areas. (Or reactionary, in your view.) Europe's abortion laws are almost everywhere more restrictive than those in North America. It's called "democracy".

    Like we used to have.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    , @RadicalCenter
    @tyrone

    You’re right, and we should extend this principle of State autonomy (required by the Tenth Amendment) further to local autonomy.

    Let the people of each county vote on their own home county’s laws regarding education (curriculum content, staff policies), mask and injection “mandates”, abortion, drug policy, homosexual “marriage”, speed limits, etc. No federal or State government forcing them one way or the other.

    Dissatisfied with, offended by, inconvenienced by your county’s policy on an issue? No need to move States, let alone leave the country. Just switch counties.

    In our county, for example, we’d gladly vote to stop punishing people who use marijuana on their own property, and START punishing “doctors” who kill innocent babies and “parents” who pay them to do the killing. Not someone’s preferred combination of policies? He can work to change things in our county or move to another county.

  67. The Trump-like 41% approval rating is remarkably reminiscent of the eternal 41% Obama approval rating before him, plus the 41% Bush approval rating (excepting the year or so after 9/11) before that.

    Clearly, there’s something deeply wrong with this country, maybe on a systemic political level but maybe also on a psychological one, that we keep getting manipulated into electing people we hate.

  68. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mike Tre

    While I agree with your 2nd paragraph, Mike, I have not had any problem but the one ad that I've got to close before reading Steve's articles on Takimag. I am using Safari but have seen the same on various browsers.

    I'll tell you which site is a real piece of work - that is the current Zerohedge. It will shut down supposedly clean and secure browsers at work! Shit does not keep moving around for about 2 minutes. Click on a link, walk away from the computer, come back in 2 minutes, and if it has not crashed, NOW you can read the article! I miss the days of dial-up modems sometimes ...

    Replies: @BigJimSportCamper, @Mike Tre

    I can’t GET to ZH at work, but at home ZH works just fine with Brave, never an issue.

  69. @fish
    @Achmed E. Newman

    * My asterisk there – if you want me to explain again the 2 reasons the FED must keep interest rates low, or have the financial SHTF come early, I’d be glad to.



    MY GOD MAN.......DONT LEAVE ME HANGING!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Haha! You’re gonna have to sweat it out until our blogger asks me or answers it himself, such as:

    “The stock market will tank due to investors having less risky options with decent returns, and the national budget will appear obviously bust as nearly half of expenditures will be net interest.”

    NO, Steve, you must answer in the form of a question. You know how Jeopardy works, or is that why you lost to a GIRL?!

  70. What is the relevance of Biden having low approval, if he was not even actually elected in the first place?

    It was all a fraud. No one in his right mind believes he was elected with more votes than any other U.S. president in history, during a (supposed) pandemic, with mail-in votes.

    Ridiculous to even bring that up.

    Europe is the same. Draghi in Italy, the new guy in Germany, none of those guys were “elected” in any meaningful sense, they were all selected. Probably at Davos.

    There is no longer democracy or freedom anywhere in the West, and increasingly even the pantomime or pretending there is, is ending.

  71. @MLK
    As is so often the case, I disagree with little you've wrote in your latest Taki's column. But it misses the forest for the trees.

    After five years of malefactions against Trump to destroy first his candidacy, then his presidency, he won in 2020 in a monumental landslide.

    It continues to fascinate me the way so many think that the American nation would be cowed by these day-trading Stalinists from even mentioning the steal, even if they had to accept an illegitimate regime in place.

    Yet and still, given that anyone who was anybody, individual and institutional, domestic and foreign, was committed to "Trump Must Go!" my view in January was that competent governance -- essentially fulfilling their explicit and implicit promise that everything would be better once the terrible, awful Trump was gone -- would have moved enough independents and even Republicans to let the air out of the election steal balloon.

    The Democrats and their RINO filth controlled-opposition rejected this path. Trump refused to concede so they thought it smart to go after him and the 74M+ Americans who voted for him.

    I'll renew my recurring question to all of you who think you can understand the current national plight without contending with what happened in 2020. When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?

    Replies: @Spud Boy, @AndrewR, @Paleo Liberal, @Corvinus

    “When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?”

    Curtis Yarvin said it best: “The Democrats stole the election fair and square.” Point being, elections are dirty business and the Dems are better at playing dirty pool than the GOP. Their party is full of true believers, while ours is composed largely of people who just want to be left the hell alone.

    Trump had four years to secure the elections and as far as I can tell, he did nothing.

    • Agree: thenon
    • Replies: @MLK
    @Spud Boy


    Curtis Yarvin said it best: “The Democrats stole the election fair and square.”
     
    Oh boy, there is nothing about 2020 or since that is within a mile of "fair and square." If that were true then Trump's refusal to concede would have quickly faded once the post-election chess match was lost like with Nixon 1960 or Gore 2000.

    Their party is full of true believers, while ours is composed largely of people who just want to be left the hell alone.
     
    I prefer Trump's analysis -- the Democrats are vicious and stick together. Importantly, he's referring to elected Democrats and their permanent government shock troops. As I've mentioned before, the "50-50 divided country" claims are a cruel lie.

    Thankfully, though it won't necessarily save us, the Pareto Principle (80/20) is a good back of the envelope guess of where the American people are on everything important. For example, do you really think that most rank and file Democrats want to go to the mattresses for open borders?

    By the way -- and I'm not talking about you, I get that well-intentioned Republicans and independents have other fish to fry than fighting the political fight. But what personality defect explains their knee-jerk readiness to humiliate themselves by conceding whatever risible lie they're ordered by Democrats and their media to endorse.
    , @Flip
    @Spud Boy

    I think the Republican establishment was in on it. They wanted Trump out too. Note all the votes that were supposedly marked for Biden only and no other candidates so as not to impact Congressional Republicans.

  72. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mike Tre

    While I agree with your 2nd paragraph, Mike, I have not had any problem but the one ad that I've got to close before reading Steve's articles on Takimag. I am using Safari but have seen the same on various browsers.

    I'll tell you which site is a real piece of work - that is the current Zerohedge. It will shut down supposedly clean and secure browsers at work! Shit does not keep moving around for about 2 minutes. Click on a link, walk away from the computer, come back in 2 minutes, and if it has not crashed, NOW you can read the article! I miss the days of dial-up modems sometimes ...

    Replies: @BigJimSportCamper, @Mike Tre

    That interesting because I don’t have issues with ZH. Taki’s doesn’t screw up my browser but goshdangit, the ads are ridiculous.

  73. What is the point of gaining power if you can’t wield it for your benefit? Anne Coulter’s comment about the Green New Deal is that it is “racial socialism”. I call it the brown new deal.

    The Democratic coalition contains the most needy maladaptive low IQ parts of society and the only way they can participate in a modern economy is with welfare and free health care. This has nothing to do with Broke Back Biden. It is al about setting up a permanent constituency that is addicted to government spending. While helping the unfortunate is important making the state the father, mother, and dispenser of food pellets completely upsets the natural order of things. When you put the ugly, Trannies, fatties, feminists, and the rest on top, normal of all races will rebel.

    And then there is the fraudulent election. Biden really got 69 million votes to Trumps 80 million. And that was with 95% of the Media, 100% of social media, and most of corporate backing which probably gave him 10-20 million votes without ever leaving his basement. This is why they have pushed so hard to make mail in ballots permanent with HR1. It is the only way they can win and they know it. It is time to put out the lights for the Dems.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Prof. Woland

    and the only way they can participate in a modern economy is with welfare and free health care.

    Again, the TANF rolls as of 2019 contained 4 million people, or 1.3% of the population. Strange as it may seem to you, people do hold down a job without medical benefits. They were quite uncommon prior to 1940.

  74. @Barnard

    The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge (symbolized by Joe’s affirmative-action choice of the inept Kamala) is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band.
     
    My impression is that it was Big Tech Indians funneling donation money to the Biden campaign who wanted Kamala on the ticket. Joe certainly didn't choose in the sense that he had any real input into who was chosen. Kamala is not popular with blacks and has no natural inclination to their causes.

    Replies: @Not Raul, @Don Unf

    My impression is that it was Big Tech Indians funneling donation money to the Biden campaign who wanted Kamala on the ticket.

    Kamala’s top donors were:

    Gordon and Ann Getty — oil

    George Lucas — movies

    Dean Metropoulos — private equity, mainly in the snack food and alcoholic beverage sectors

    Laurene Powell Jobs — Apple heiress

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2019/11/18/here-are-the-billionaires-funding-the-democratic-presidential-candidates-as-of-september-2019/?sh=51b9ded15b5e

    Joe certainly didn’t choose in the sense that he had any real input into who was chosen.

    That’s baseless speculation.

    Biden made it clear that he wanted a woman of color to be his running-mate. From 30,000 feet, Kamala makes sense. She’s part Black, which seemed to be a good gesture towards anti-racism. She’s popular with a lot of wealthy White people in California, so Biden could assume that she wouldn’t scare away too many White people. She’s also part Indian, which Biden could assume would help in areas with growing Indian populations, and with Indian donors.

    Among Black people in California, Kamala isn’t popular. In fact, she’s seen as too eager to throw Black people in jail. However, California is a safe Democratic state. If Kamala’s unpopularity among Black people in California was enough to make a difference there, Biden would be in even worse shape in swing states. So far, so good.

    Unfortunately for Biden, the more people see of Kamala, the less confidence she inspires. If Biden knew that Kamala would be so unpopular, he probably would have picked another running mate; but he didn’t really know her at the time, and Kamala looks a lot better on a whiteboard than in person.

    Kamala is not popular with blacks and has no natural inclination to their causes.

    That’s true.

    It’s ironic that in 2020, with people so concerned about police and the courts being too hard on Black people, the Democrats chose a ticket led by a former tough law and order Senator, and with a former tough law and order DA as his running mate.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Not Raul

    Not Raul, good comment but voters really didn't know biden or harris, just what the complicit press fed them. Harris polled in single digits, if that , in California. They, mosly dems, did not want her, but in the end, they did not want trump.

  75. Steve’s analogy that he ends the Taki piece with is brilliant. He often comes up with these. A loose brain; exuberant synapses. Probably you already clicked on it but if you have not, please look at it. Not many columnists have a loose-brain component while still being quite adept at the tight-brain things.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @SafeNow

    I've always been very impressed with the way he ends his columns. I'm not sure I agree with this part of the analogy, though:

    Drummers are important

    Yes, drummers are an integral part of rock bands. How are blacks integral to making America's government work?

  76. @Ralph L
    The election of FDR and a leftist Congress in '32 made the Depression even worse before he was inaugurated. Pessimistic businessmen and consumers were proven correct--the new government raised tax rates and the cost of doing business, and "encouraged" the maintenance of high wages.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @David Davenport

    The election of FDR and a leftist Congress in ’32 made the Depression even worse before he was inaugurated.

    It did nothing of the kind.

    Net improvement in per capital product over the period running from 1929 to 1941 was about 1% per year; the mean for the period running from 1883 to 1929 was 1.3% per year. It was an era of slow growth, net, but still some improvement in overall output.

    Per capita product during the period running from 1929 to 1933 declined by 32.5%; it declined every year, at a mean rate of 9.6% per year.

    Per capita product grew by 8.8% per year during the period running from 1933 to 1937, and 6.7% per year over the period running from 1933 to 1941.

    The various affluent countries reached their economic nadir in 1932, 1933, or 1934. The U.S. had a growth rate in per capita product of 5.6% per year from its nadir (1933) to 1939. The affluent countries who did better make a short list: Chile (8.1%), Germany (7%), Austria (6.3%), and Canada (5.9%).

    See the Maddison Project’s data.

    The one kernal of truth in your remarks is that there was a wave of bank failures in the four months preceding Roosevelt’s inauguration, driven by anxiety that the dollar would be devalued. The new administration instituted a bank holiday and stabilized the situation.

    • Thanks: Alden
  77. @Ralph L
    @Achmed E. Newman

    They're cooking the numbers to keep SS COLA increases as small as possible. Since no one in DC has the nerve to vote to cut future benefits, it may be our best hope of avoiding or delaying government default until most of the Boomers are dead. It also restarts the tax bracket creep stopped by Reagan that increased Federal revenues without new legislation, while it helped make the 70's so miserable for everyone outside government.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @RadicalCenter

    They’re cooking the numbers

    Which they is that?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Art Deco

    The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics). I don't think it's all one big scam, Art, but there are so many tricks that must be used to account for substitution of products/services, hedonic adjustments, etc, that there are ways to keep the numbers low, when people's quality and quality of goods/services for the buck is decreasing more rapidly than the numbers giving.

    I've got 3 posts under that link above about hedonics alone The methods used are really pretty interesting, and I think would take some white "green-eyeshade" guys to handle rather than your typical US Gov't AAs. They've got to be under a lot of pressure on them to keep those cost of living adjustments down, and there are plenty of ways to be creative about it.

  78. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai

    There has been now a long-time overemphasis in our culture of the tastes and drives of adolescents. Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Why? Why position the tastes and expressions and actions of not-yet-adults higher than those of the real, grown up people who begat them and have actual, real life experience? This is inexplicable.

    Sure, we all find it fun to revel in and enjoy rock music, or whatever came after it. We all like to regress a little bit, but that is not the same thing as giving over almost completely to youth and inexperience, to naivete.

    Certain businesses find it profitable, and they have enjoyed an open playing field in the Western world all my lifetime, and I can't believe it. A civilization cannot stand on its children.

    Look, I love and we love all that stuff from our youth. But how many of us seriously expected the adult world, of which we are now part, to set aside its hard-won knowledge just to entertain our childlike whims? Here we are, seriously discussing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and so on, when we know damn well they all were just entertainment for people living between childhood and adulthood.

    We now have a Peter Pan culture.

    Replies: @Old Prude, @James Braxton, @kihowi, @Reg Cæsar

    What, you don’t enjoy a bunch of old men arguing over which pop music is the coolest?

  79. @Captain Tripps
    @Buzz Mohawk

    https://media.giphy.com/media/26gJybOdN0NIA4SCk/giphy.gif

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @nebulafox, @Twinkie, @Ben tillman

    God, don’t tempt me. I’m facing my first sober Christmas with the family soon enough: and they’ll be drinking their guts out as always.

    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge…

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @nebulafox

    Apologize! God bless you with the family and Merry Christmas!

    Replies: @nebulafox

    , @additionalMike
    @nebulafox

    Stay strong, fox. My brother got himself off the sauce in early middle age and stayed off. It can be done.

    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @nebulafox


    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge…
     
    Cheers, Nebs! You can beat it. 👑 👊 😤

    https://p2d7x8x2.stackpathcdn.com/content/uploads/2018/12/iStock-923645834.jpg

    https://youtu.be/1NHhOpgKrd8?t=58

    Je suis désolé pour, how you say, en anglais, le dubbing?
  80. @nebulafox
    @Captain Tripps

    God, don't tempt me. I'm facing my first sober Christmas with the family soon enough: and they'll be drinking their guts out as always.

    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge...

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @additionalMike, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Apologize! God bless you with the family and Merry Christmas!

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @Captain Tripps

    Hey, hey, I was only being semi-serious. I'm gonna have to learn sooner or later how to deal with it successfully, it might as well be sooner, and better around people who understand why.

    (My family is not without their flaws, but one thing they are a consistent success on is not letting cultural norms overtake our priorities for each other as individuals. Might seem strange, but this is an underrated thing if you come from one where, say, men not drinking on levels that many other Americans would consider rather excessive around traditional Christian celebrations is pretty bizarre.)

    You too!

    Replies: @HammerJack

  81. @Captain Tripps
    @nebulafox

    Apologize! God bless you with the family and Merry Christmas!

    Replies: @nebulafox

    Hey, hey, I was only being semi-serious. I’m gonna have to learn sooner or later how to deal with it successfully, it might as well be sooner, and better around people who understand why.

    (My family is not without their flaws, but one thing they are a consistent success on is not letting cultural norms overtake our priorities for each other as individuals. Might seem strange, but this is an underrated thing if you come from one where, say, men not drinking on levels that many other Americans would consider rather excessive around traditional Christian celebrations is pretty bizarre.)

    You too!

    • Thanks: Captain Tripps
    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @nebulafox

    Personally I don't think this is the right century to be giving up drinking.

    Replies: @Athenian Gentleman

  82. @Redneck farmer
    What's wrong with the Democrats? Same thing that hurts a lot of Republicans. Believing in their own BS too much.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Charles Pewitt

    The Dems who turned violent career-criminal woman-abuser drug addict George Floyd into Jesus Christ are pissed that the Right turned Rittenhouse into Bon Jovi.

  83. @MLK
    As is so often the case, I disagree with little you've wrote in your latest Taki's column. But it misses the forest for the trees.

    After five years of malefactions against Trump to destroy first his candidacy, then his presidency, he won in 2020 in a monumental landslide.

    It continues to fascinate me the way so many think that the American nation would be cowed by these day-trading Stalinists from even mentioning the steal, even if they had to accept an illegitimate regime in place.

    Yet and still, given that anyone who was anybody, individual and institutional, domestic and foreign, was committed to "Trump Must Go!" my view in January was that competent governance -- essentially fulfilling their explicit and implicit promise that everything would be better once the terrible, awful Trump was gone -- would have moved enough independents and even Republicans to let the air out of the election steal balloon.

    The Democrats and their RINO filth controlled-opposition rejected this path. Trump refused to concede so they thought it smart to go after him and the 74M+ Americans who voted for him.

    I'll renew my recurring question to all of you who think you can understand the current national plight without contending with what happened in 2020. When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?

    Replies: @Spud Boy, @AndrewR, @Paleo Liberal, @Corvinus

    The regime has been illegitimate since well before last year. 2014, 2012, 2003, 2001, 1965, 1964, 1941, 1913, 1861, we could all name any number of inflection points.

    What is refreshing about the last year or two is the pure mask-off nature of everything. The battle lines are clear.

  84. @Art Deco
    What’s the Matter with the Democrats?

    It's the electoral vehicle of a set of vicious criminal gangs and self-indulgent Bourbons. The Capitol Hill, K-street nexus, the security state, the media, academe, the bar (especially the nexus formed by federal prosecutors and federal judges) is godawful and has no legitimacy. Their voters are a mix of feckless boobs and haters.

    As for the Republicans, the modal type would be crooked clots like Mitch McConnell. Some look on their voters about the way Goldman, Sachs looks at their retail brokerage clients: as 'muppets' to be fleeced; others are just bereft of ideas and initiative. Have a gander at the curriculum at your state's teachers' colleges and then ask you what Republican state legislators ever did to repair matters.


    A big part of the problem is just cultural decay. The professional-managerial class in our time is chock a block with people willing to take instructiion from the Millennial twits in HR and corporate communications. The younger generation is largely rotten in their basic impulses and the result is companies donating their stockholder's money to BLM and sensible people being fired for saying sensible things.

    Replies: @David In TN, @JMcG

    Alan J. Levine’s 2021 book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, “The Soviets’ Greatest Gambit,” speculates on what would have happened if the missiles had been fired before being discovered.

    Levine believes there would have been more willing collaborators in the United States after a Soviet victory than we would like to think. The “membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start.”

    The “undercurrents that surfaced later in the decade” also indicate there would be more conformity to a Communist regime even in the 1960s than we would like to suppose.

    And look at the political and professional-managerial class as it is now.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @David In TN


    “membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start.”
     
    Bar associations, I can believe*, but "Et tu, tobacco companies?"

    ---------

    *There's a reason legalese has so many faux-Latin and medieval French words: when the Normans invaded England, guess who flocked to their side first to whisper avidly of collaboration....

    "O, mais oui Monsieur, of course we can speak tres bon French and provide you all ze leegal service vous need to keep ze rabbel in zeir place, n'est-ce pas?"

    Replies: @David In TN

    , @Adept
    @David In TN


    “membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start.”

     

    I don't understand where the tobacco companies come into it, but Levine got one thing right: The members of the bar associations would trip all over themselves to offer their "services" to the new management. And they've done a bang-up job of wrecking things, all on their own, since 1962 -- if not earlier than that. At this point, I'd say that America has a third-world judiciary, but I'm afraid that would be an insult to the third-world, where some notion of natural law may still exist.
  85. “What’s the matter with Democrats?”
    The same thing that was the matter with Jonestown.

    Follow up question –
    How do the rulers of a society become so crazy?
    Too much money, too much power, too much impunity.
    Impunity not only make you cruel to others; it makes you incompetent to protect your own interests.

  86. @Travis
    The problem with Democrats is their policies do not work. Shutting down pipelines , banning drilling and raising taxes only makes Americans less wealthy. Their entire agenda is doomed to fail. Decriminalizing crime will increase crime and lower our living standards. Eliminating education standards and eliminating tracking in our schools will not close the gaps. Teaching “Critical Race Theory” (blaming whites for all the problems of the world) will not improve the lives of Blacks. Keeping the borders open and allowing millions of migrants to enter the US will reduce our standard of living. Just as wearing masks does not stop the spread of aerosolized viruses, but does great psychological harm to society and our children. Yet Democrats insist on mandating that people wear worthless masks even in states in which 90% of adults are vaccinated. Every executive order and bill signed by Biden has harmed America. It is not events but the actions of the Biden administration and the Democrats who control congress which have resulted in a lower standard of living in America, higher inflation and less freedom.

    Biden recently took credit for lowering the price of gasoline by increasing the supply from our reserves...yet escapes blame for reducing the actual supply of oil by is executive orders which blocked pipelines and drilling.

    Replies: @Up2Drew, @currahee

    Similar to the pleas to support small businesses, when it was government overreaction and mandates regarding coronavirus that made it impossible to support small businesses.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  87. @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri

    That graph is darkly ironic in view of what was posted on Unz at the beginning of the pandemic. Remember the "Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe" series of articles from that one author? Is he still around? Or is he back to AmRen?

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?

    I don’t, sadly. My view from day one has been that we’re all getting hit with it eventually and almost everyone will survive, and nothing since then has changed my mind. I did, however, note that a Chinese blockbuster film from a few years before featured a gratuitously inserted subplot about a virus specifically engineered to kill only Chinese people. So it’s not just a weird white guy theory, it has some Chinese currency as well.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri


    a Chinese blockbuster film
     
    I think there is a difference between a fictional movie and a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, "because race is real."**

    *Though I should point out, many people called him out on it on Unz. I wonder if the articles are available still on Unz. I do know that, at some point, Ron Unz booted the author from the site. But while he was still writing those articles, it was kinda funny, because he had to update progressively his assertions to match the new developments ("It only kills East Asians," "Iranians are kinda Asian," "Only the Chinese in Italy are dying," etc.).

    **If nothing else, a pretty clear case of relying on the only tool - a hammer - one has.

    My view from day one has been
     
    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout. I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a "blue area" pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so "red areas" shouldn't be taking a victory lap just yet.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Almost Missouri, @MEH 0910

    , @nebulafox
    @Almost Missouri

    Growing up, I saw Korean flicks depicting hapless katusas dumping chemicals into the Han on the instruction of an uncaring American base doctor leading to riverborne monsters being created, and Hong Kong films depicting evil bad guys (fighting the soccer monks!) jumped up on American drugs. So, I don't think the PRC is being especially novel in portraying sinister Americans exporting noxious biological stuff: they are just tapping into it for nationalistic purposes in a way that others haven't, because the government in China has the power and ideology to do.

    In real life, mainland Chinese seem to take it for granted that it was a lab leak, though granted, by the time the pandemic broke out, the ones I mostly talked to were mostly educated semi-autistic programmer types with enough education to leave China, i.e, fragile lying capabilities, and have no sense of social tact, especially under alcoholic influence. (I also got comparisons between blacks and Uighurs, for one thing. We both agreed that hot cheerleaders were better than ugly HR commissars.) I still recall their utter incredulity when I showed them videos on MSM reactions to the lab-leak theory.

    , @HA
    @Almost Missouri



    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?
     
    I don’t...
     
    There are search engines that can help with that:

    [email protected]: No non-Chinese deaths from coronavirus...

    That article was re-published from VDare. And evidently he's still at it, though these days, despite the massive failure of the "only Chinese die from COVID" meme, he wants us to know that it was actually the "ruling classes" who were "WRONG WRONG WRONG" about COVID. I'm sensing a little projection there -- just a tad, maybe -- but in any case, however short your memory may be as to what the truthers really were saying back then (as opposed to what they now claim they said), his is obviously even more fragmented.

  88. The US only got out of the Depression because of orders from the British for wargear.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Wokechoke

    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38. The ratio of exports to gross domestic product was as follows:

    0.0435 (1938)
    0.0429 (1939)
    0.0476 (1940)
    0.0425 (1941)

    I tend to doubt Lend-Lease aid was driving economic activity.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Captain Tripps

  89. @Jonathan Mason
    The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, or by winning over the DINO Joe Manchin, the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda, and therefore he has basically decided to switch parties.

    A wealthy man of real integrity sent to Washington by Democratic voters.

    The members of the human race who are unfortunate enough to live in the United States are sick and tired of gridlock in Washington. Before he was elected Biden said that he knew all the Republican senators and that he could work with them. That does not seem to be working out.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (working from home), @dcthrowback, @Technite78, @Jim Bob Lassiter

    “The main problem is that the Democrats cannot enact their agenda either by winning over any Republicans, . . . ”

    I don’t know about that. Biden had no problem getting Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis (both NC Rs) to up vote Merrick Garland for AG. Burr’s vote is easy enough to figure–no prosecution for insider info stock trading from Senate Intel Committee info. on Covid shitstorm. Any readers have any theories on Tillis’ up vote for Garland?

  90. Dems back blacks in America because blacks vote as a bloc. But do they? Aren’t blacks in America tired of all the mayhem and murder that troubles their neighborhoods, while dems pretend that it is the Whites’ fault. Is there another group of Americans that seemingly hate themselves more than AAs? The unwoke in America have caught on to the dems’ strategy and are sick of it and in some neighborhoods, scared of it. Dems are a divided party, with radical progressives garnering the most press. TS dems.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    @Buffalo Joe

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the "Democrats are the real racists" game, and replace it with "We are the party of normal people, and they don't have rational comebacks" game. Just keep hammering them. Don't play their game.

    Above all, people want someone who won't treat them like a snotty kid. Real whiff of the schoolmarm over the Democrats. That can be used.

    Replies: @John Johnson

  91. @David In TN
    @Art Deco

    Alan J. Levine's 2021 book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, "The Soviets' Greatest Gambit," speculates on what would have happened if the missiles had been fired before being discovered.

    Levine believes there would have been more willing collaborators in the United States after a Soviet victory than we would like to think. The "membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start."

    The "undercurrents that surfaced later in the decade" also indicate there would be more conformity to a Communist regime even in the 1960s than we would like to suppose.

    And look at the political and professional-managerial class as it is now.

    Replies: @Almost Missouri, @Adept

    “membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start.”

    Bar associations, I can believe*, but “Et tu, tobacco companies?”

    ———

    *There’s a reason legalese has so many faux-Latin and medieval French words: when the Normans invaded England, guess who flocked to their side first to whisper avidly of collaboration….

    O, mais oui Monsieur, of course we can speak tres bon French and provide you all ze leegal service vous need to keep ze rabbel in zeir place, n’est-ce pas?”

    • Replies: @David In TN
    @Almost Missouri

    The higher-ups in the major corporations would likely be a better bet.

  92. The Democrats have no bench. Biden, Pelosi, Hoyer, Schumer, their days are numbered.

    The Wog Squad is the Democrat party’s future. No white males, no white females, no East Asians allowed. White leftist spinsters might be okay with this, but their cat babies won’t be able to vote when they grow up.

  93. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    The vaccines cannot get us to heard immunity because they do not prevent the spread of coronavirus, because they are non-sterilizing and do not prevent infections. They have even less efficacy against the new variants, as expected and predicted by many. Thankfully the latest variant is less deadly and will work better than the vaccines to get us to herd immunity. (Although big Pharma will take the credit)

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    I'm not sure why anyone is writing about anything other than these vaxx mandates.

    Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

  94. @Art Deco
    What’s the Matter with the Democrats?

    It's the electoral vehicle of a set of vicious criminal gangs and self-indulgent Bourbons. The Capitol Hill, K-street nexus, the security state, the media, academe, the bar (especially the nexus formed by federal prosecutors and federal judges) is godawful and has no legitimacy. Their voters are a mix of feckless boobs and haters.

    As for the Republicans, the modal type would be crooked clots like Mitch McConnell. Some look on their voters about the way Goldman, Sachs looks at their retail brokerage clients: as 'muppets' to be fleeced; others are just bereft of ideas and initiative. Have a gander at the curriculum at your state's teachers' colleges and then ask you what Republican state legislators ever did to repair matters.


    A big part of the problem is just cultural decay. The professional-managerial class in our time is chock a block with people willing to take instructiion from the Millennial twits in HR and corporate communications. The younger generation is largely rotten in their basic impulses and the result is companies donating their stockholder's money to BLM and sensible people being fired for saying sensible things.

    Replies: @David In TN, @JMcG

    Art, I don’t always agree with you, but that’s as succinct a statement of our predicament as any I’ve seen. You’re a treasure. Merry Christmas to you.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  95. @Redneck farmer
    What's wrong with the Democrats? Same thing that hurts a lot of Republicans. Believing in their own BS too much.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Charles Pewitt

    What’s wrong with the Democrats? Same thing that hurts a lot of Republicans. Believing in their own BS too much.

    Pat Buchanan from 1998:

    Reagan’s victory of 1980 was more due to a national wish to be rid of Jimmy Carter, the hostage crisis and 21 percent interest rates than it was a vote for tax cuts. And Republicans who think their 1994 win was a vote for the Contract With America have imbibed too freely of their own propaganda.

    https://buchanan.org/blog/pjb-where-have-you-gone-lee-atwater-237

    God Bless Pat Buchanan!

    IMBIBED TOO FREELY OF THEIR OWN PROPAGANDA

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Charles Pewitt

    Tax cuts may not be popular, especially with those who don't pay any, but in what way are they wrong?

    Replies: @epebble

  96. @Captain Tripps
    @Buzz Mohawk

    https://media.giphy.com/media/26gJybOdN0NIA4SCk/giphy.gif

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @nebulafox, @Twinkie, @Ben tillman

    He sounds like he needs more than a drink.

    • LOL: Captain Tripps
  97. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Twinkie

    You, Twink, say to me:


    Those numbers are from May of 2020. I posted the graph for international comparison purposes, not to debate current or cumulative mortality.
     
    Yet in your comment you stated:

    Forget about what will happen, we don’t even know what’s happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what’s with Belgium?
     
    Emphases mine.

    Look, I don't need to argue with you, and I don't even know if we have anything to argue about, but please don't annoy this obsessive-compulsive writer with your slippery, duplicitous illogic in some unnecessary attempt to slip away from your original point and my argument in response. You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium -- present tense.

    My only point to you is that it doesn't matter much, whether your stats are from over a year ago or yesterday. It's the same, stupid story, and your idiotic, dishonest response just makes it worse.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don't post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @Twinkie

    Look, I don’t need to argue with you, and I don’t even know if we have anything to argue about

    Correct. You are certainly not arguing with my point, which is that when one country (Belgium) has over 163X the mortality of another nation (South Korea) and we have no clue why, we don’t even know what’s going on.

    your slippery, duplicitous illogic… your idiotic, dishonest response

    Now you are just being an asshole.

    You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium — present tense.

    I see you conveniently left out “or what happened recently” out of your emphases. If you are going to be “obsessive-compulsive,” at least be fair.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don’t post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.

    Oh, you have the internationally comparative mortality rates up to today, to rebut me, do you? Why don’t you share it with the rest of us? More up-to-date information is always better and appreciated in a rational discussion.

    Here is my “little advice” – if you “don’t need to argue” or “don’t even know [if there is] anything argue about,” quit while you are ahead and don’t argue. Certainly don’t throw around ad hominem and attribute idiocy and deceit while completely avoiding the substance of the conversation, like a child throwing a tantrum.

    • Troll: HammerJack
    • Replies: @thenon
    @Twinkie

    I for one am going to inscribe this god-given gospel on the walls of my cell and read it every day until I turn my life around and accomplish something, The Good Lord willing. Thank you!

  98. @Travis
    The problem with Democrats is their policies do not work. Shutting down pipelines , banning drilling and raising taxes only makes Americans less wealthy. Their entire agenda is doomed to fail. Decriminalizing crime will increase crime and lower our living standards. Eliminating education standards and eliminating tracking in our schools will not close the gaps. Teaching “Critical Race Theory” (blaming whites for all the problems of the world) will not improve the lives of Blacks. Keeping the borders open and allowing millions of migrants to enter the US will reduce our standard of living. Just as wearing masks does not stop the spread of aerosolized viruses, but does great psychological harm to society and our children. Yet Democrats insist on mandating that people wear worthless masks even in states in which 90% of adults are vaccinated. Every executive order and bill signed by Biden has harmed America. It is not events but the actions of the Biden administration and the Democrats who control congress which have resulted in a lower standard of living in America, higher inflation and less freedom.

    Biden recently took credit for lowering the price of gasoline by increasing the supply from our reserves...yet escapes blame for reducing the actual supply of oil by is executive orders which blocked pipelines and drilling.

    Replies: @Up2Drew, @currahee

    The Soviet Union failed for 70 years.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @currahee

    currahee, but we didn't now the big bad bear was toothless.

  99. The Democrats……

    lets look at the core values:

    Abortion, Racial Strife, Income Redistribution, Imposition of Liberal Regimes upon foreign powers, Ruthless Medical Tyranny where the State owns your body.

    In other worlds;

    Mass murder, Race War, Deification of Envy, War War, Slavery.

    What is wrong with the Democrats is that they are pure Evil. Stop apologizing, sugar coating, or pretending that they are anything other than Satan’s minions in the world. Every Democrat in the USA is Pol Pot waiting to happen.

  100. @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie


    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?
     
    I don't, sadly. My view from day one has been that we're all getting hit with it eventually and almost everyone will survive, and nothing since then has changed my mind. I did, however, note that a Chinese blockbuster film from a few years before featured a gratuitously inserted subplot about a virus specifically engineered to kill only Chinese people. So it's not just a weird white guy theory, it has some Chinese currency as well.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @nebulafox, @HA

    a Chinese blockbuster film

    I think there is a difference between a fictional movie and a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, “because race is real.”**

    *Though I should point out, many people called him out on it on Unz. I wonder if the articles are available still on Unz. I do know that, at some point, Ron Unz booted the author from the site. But while he was still writing those articles, it was kinda funny, because he had to update progressively his assertions to match the new developments (“It only kills East Asians,” “Iranians are kinda Asian,” “Only the Chinese in Italy are dying,” etc.).

    **If nothing else, a pretty clear case of relying on the only tool – a hammer – one has.

    My view from day one has been

    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout. I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a “blue area” pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so “red areas” shouldn’t be taking a victory lap just yet.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Twinkie


    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout.
     
    Speak for yourself, Twinkie. I* have been RIGHT that this damn thing has been nothing but an overblown gov't and media led PanicFest since mid-March of '20.

    That's what it STILL is. We are in Season 4 now, if I have kept track correctly, with this Omicron bullshit.

    .

    * Plenty of other commenters and writers on this site have been too, but I won't give awareness dates for them.
    , @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie


    I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a “blue area” pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so “red areas” shouldn’t be taking a victory lap just yet.
     
    A comment search for "blue area" finds nothing in my timeline, while I already gave the link for "we will all get it" which was my first covid comment.

    But in any case, in the first half of 2020 it would indeed have been accurate to describe it as a blue pandemic. And after the blues had so energetically denounced any anti-pandemic measure as "racist", it would also have been a good time to have savored the schadenfreude fate had so generously provided.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    , @MEH 0910
    @Twinkie


    a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, “because race is real.”**
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/cv-stats-by-los-angeles-county-neighborhood/#comment-3811724

    https://vdare.com/writers/lance-welton
    https://www.unz.com/author/lance-welton/
     

    Replies: @Twinkie

  101. Speaking of Democrats, a House member was just carjacked by a dark SUV:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10337775/Democratic-Rep-Mary-Gay-Scanlon-CARJACKED-Philadelphia-phone-purse-ID-stolen.html?

    Is it racist to mention the color of the vehicle?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Johann Ricke

    No, but any talk about tinted windshields and ultra-low-profile tires is considered extremely racist.

    , @HammerJack
    @Johann Ricke

    She was quite vocal in favor of the "Defund police and replace them with social workers" craze of 2020.

    This year she thanked those same police for catching her assailants. I sort of hope (and fully expect) that they'll be back on the streets tomorrow.

    https://news.yahoo.com/democratic-congresswoman-sponsored-police-defunding-230613135.html

    Replies: @Jack D

  102. @R.G. Camara
    As I predicted, one group achieving dominance in the D party drives all the others away. Steve's KKK-razy glue theory is true.

    And D's have been reacting accordingly; there is now a low-level "East Asians aren't minorities" and "East Asians are white" theme running amongst commie circles. Expect two full election cycles to make it official. South Asians would take a few more cycles, but by then then the D party will have splintered permanently and the country will cease to be a whole nation, so anything goes then in the pockets of D-dom.

    I'm surprised (and D's are too) Hispanics peeled off so quickly, but the D's attempt to make "Latinos" all the same was doomed to backfire.

    Replies: @currahee

    Here in CA the Mexicans maintain a macho tradition including a cult worship of the Marines that just doesn’t respond to soyboy sensitivities and girlish tantrum rants.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    @currahee

    So proud that now we have several races together worshipping the arrogant paid murderers of the US war machine. What “macho” hombres.

    How manly it is to kill unarmed men, women, children, and old people in their homes and schools and hospitals, far from our shores, who are doing nothing to harm us.

    Yeah it must just be a soy boy sensitivity that makes some of us not want to pay these thugs to murder people who are not a threat to us and then patting themselves on the back about it.

    F—— the US Marines until and unless they go back to actually defending us instead of doing the war industry’s profitable dirty business at our expense.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  103. @Bernard
    Our President, their leader, is afflicted by middle stage dementia and is therefore not the leader, but rather a front for a back room cabal that is in charge of policy. Every few days a glassy eyed Biden stammers through a speech and takes no questions. As hard as the corrupt media tries to cover for this, it is becoming more apparent what is going on. This is a tough sell to all but the most crazed partisans or corrupt grifters.

    Replies: @additionalMike

    “This is a tough sell to all but the most crazed partisans or corrupt grifters.”

    Don’t talk about my in-laws that way.

  104. @Altai
    I'd disagree a little since 'diversity' and supporting it can mean different things. You can do it in ways that keep white sense of concern at a simmer. They were doing it just fine before 2014 including a much bigger emphasis on blacks. But having senior officials use (Unprompted) terms like 'Latinx' is insane. That is them taking up Tumblrism without even be told to do so. If they don't understand or realise that such language alienates rather than pleases Hispanics then what we have here are older people not understanding the nature of the discourse on social media and the women who are their PR people and aides.

    What has happened is legions of adolescent girls have plugged into a massive multiplayer game called 'social media' and that after 2014 the meta of the game became increasingly about politics and Tumblr-style moral posturing. This is a cohort who were traditionally the least politically inclined or interested. Now not only are they arguably along with male ethnic minorities and gay men the most politically radical and politicised but they have gained enormous influence.

    The most salient example was Kellyanne Conway's daughter. (If Kellyanne had been born the same year as her daughter she would 100% be the same)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OUkwUa2pUw

    The near total disinterest that this cohort has in traditional political matters means those things are also being increasingly sidelined (And why not the elites are having it their way on traditional political matters so there is no counter voice to complain and the ones who do so are derided as 'Bernie Bros' on the left.) so the debate exists purely in a kind of metaphysical moral realm where the immediate consequences of any rhetorical ratcheting is seen as nil and so it just keeps going in increasing arcs of purity spirals. God was dead, young men seem content to live without him but teenage girls made their own. And not to put a point on it but as Kellyanne Conway's daughter illustrates it is particularly appealing to girls from very rich backgrounds. We're all obliged to live in the head of a Claudia Conway and Claudia is influenced by the insane Tumblr rhetoric.

    We're allowed to observe that a great many young men are stupid or foolish or silly. Why aren't we allowed to not take people like Kellyanne Conway's daughter seriously? Why aren't we allowed to make this observation? Why was the NYT science reporter cancelled by the girls and not the boys on his trip? Why did I already know that without having to read it?

    Needless to say we can guess where Claudia stands on traditional left-wing economics.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Buzz Mohawk, @Alden, @Athenian Gentleman

    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls. Born in 2008 40 years after affirmative action law and 37 years after Griggs vs Duke Power and 35 years after Roe.

    And you post a picture of a very young teen in her white underpants. You’re just an old pervert. For the sake of 10-16 year old girls within 100 miles of your perverted self I hope you confine your sexual outlets to your hand.

    14 year old girls on tumbler destroyed America. Or why I have such contempt and disdain for some of the old perverts on UNZ. And why you are on tumbler?

    I’ve posted many times before that all the damage was done by White men presidents Vice Presidents Congress critters Senators governors. state legislators mayors city council critters and county supervisors school boards school superintendents between 1948 White man integrated the military to Griggs White men invented a law that other White be hired last and fired first.

    An old man roaming tumbler, posting picture of young girls in their underpants, and blaming every thing detrimental to Whites since 1948 on 14 year old girls. Are you stalking Claudia Conway? Sounds like it.

    It’s always easy to figure which MEN OF UNZ have wives girl friends and daughters. And which like you live in an Internet fantasy of horny teens like Maxwell Epstein’s harem of eager young prostitutes.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, you go girl and nice to see you not painting us all with a broad brush. Broad brush...hmmm, well whatever.

    Replies: @Alden, @HammerJack

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls.
     
    No, on those who listen to 14-year-old girls, particularly the type who seriously believe the Trumps are "anti-Semitic" and "homophobic". (I will always apply scare quotes to those ridiculous non-words.)

    There are wise lasses out there, but nobody pays attention to them. Fifty years ago this month, TV Guide did stories on The Partridge Family and Bobby Sherman. I think it was one of these which claimed that "every 12-year-old girl in America" was fascinated with these stars.

    A few weeks later, they printed a pointed and very mature letter from two 12-year-old girls who were offended by this and were following higher pursuits.

    Those girls are in their sixties now, but their counterparts are out there today. I met a couple of them while walking the dog tonight.

    It would be quite ironic if the letter was about the Sherman article. Bobby himself retired from the business to serve as an EMT in LA.

    Replies: @Alden

  105. @nebulafox
    @Captain Tripps

    God, don't tempt me. I'm facing my first sober Christmas with the family soon enough: and they'll be drinking their guts out as always.

    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge...

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @additionalMike, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Stay strong, fox. My brother got himself off the sauce in early middle age and stayed off. It can be done.

    • Thanks: nebulafox
  106. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    On Omicron being less deadly, this is problematic for evolution. Thing is, RNA viruses are quasispecies. There is tremendous genetic variation (unless exoN brings the mutation rate to the level of a DNA virus) in a single infection. Even if “the virus” would benefit from being milder, each genome has an interest in replicating faster, which likely makes it more virulent. Maybe you act “for the good of the species,” but you are the only one.

    How do we square this with omicron being milder? Immune escape. Covid kills by an immune reaction, not specifically the virus killing so many cells that your lungs/airways stop working. If the virus evolves to damp down the immune response, this benefits every genome that does it. No group selection is required. In the case of covid, and perhaps other respiratory viruses damping down the cellular (innate) immune response is beneficial. Thus, the virus evolves to be milder.

    Yay me! Granted, other people did realize this was a problem, but it was.

    • Thanks: Captain Tripps
  107. The (fraudsident’s) approval rating was down to a Trump-like 41 percent in an NPR poll released on Monday.

    Trump’s approval rating was skewered by nonstop, hysterically-negative fake news coverage, while Brandon receives nothing but praise. (Not even fake news has the stomach to prop up Kamelface.)

  108. @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie


    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?
     
    I don't, sadly. My view from day one has been that we're all getting hit with it eventually and almost everyone will survive, and nothing since then has changed my mind. I did, however, note that a Chinese blockbuster film from a few years before featured a gratuitously inserted subplot about a virus specifically engineered to kill only Chinese people. So it's not just a weird white guy theory, it has some Chinese currency as well.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @nebulafox, @HA

    Growing up, I saw Korean flicks depicting hapless katusas dumping chemicals into the Han on the instruction of an uncaring American base doctor leading to riverborne monsters being created, and Hong Kong films depicting evil bad guys (fighting the soccer monks!) jumped up on American drugs. So, I don’t think the PRC is being especially novel in portraying sinister Americans exporting noxious biological stuff: they are just tapping into it for nationalistic purposes in a way that others haven’t, because the government in China has the power and ideology to do.

    In real life, mainland Chinese seem to take it for granted that it was a lab leak, though granted, by the time the pandemic broke out, the ones I mostly talked to were mostly educated semi-autistic programmer types with enough education to leave China, i.e, fragile lying capabilities, and have no sense of social tact, especially under alcoholic influence. (I also got comparisons between blacks and Uighurs, for one thing. We both agreed that hot cheerleaders were better than ugly HR commissars.) I still recall their utter incredulity when I showed them videos on MSM reactions to the lab-leak theory.

  109. @Buffalo Joe
    Dems back blacks in America because blacks vote as a bloc. But do they? Aren't blacks in America tired of all the mayhem and murder that troubles their neighborhoods, while dems pretend that it is the Whites' fault. Is there another group of Americans that seemingly hate themselves more than AAs? The unwoke in America have caught on to the dems' strategy and are sick of it and in some neighborhoods, scared of it. Dems are a divided party, with radical progressives garnering the most press. TS dems.

    Replies: @nebulafox

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the “Democrats are the real racists” game, and replace it with “We are the party of normal people, and they don’t have rational comebacks” game. Just keep hammering them. Don’t play their game.

    Above all, people want someone who won’t treat them like a snotty kid. Real whiff of the schoolmarm over the Democrats. That can be used.

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @nebulafox

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the “Democrats are the real racists” game, and replace it with “We are the party of normal people, and they don’t have rational comebacks” game. Just keep hammering them. Don’t play their game.

    I don't know whoever thought that was a good idea.

    Pretty much all these statements should be dropped:

    Democrats are the real racists.
    Lincoln was a Republican.
    Southern segregationists were Democrats.
    Democrat plantation.
    MLK blah blah.

    They aren't counter-arguments to Democrat positions. People hear them and yawn.

    Who is the Con Inc goof that comes up with this crap?

    The real weakness of liberalism is race but Con Inc doesn't have the guts to go for the jugular since their own ideology embraces race denial. The best they can do is hit Democrats on education, crime and borders.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Harry Baldwin

  110. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    “This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans.”
    This is one reason that I think Trump continues to tout the vax, even though it is unpopular with his core and he knows it. He forces the Brandon Admin and Dems to continue to step up their measures against Covid, even though most efforts have proven to be a wash at best. Then Trump can say, I only wanted to offer a vax, but not place any mandates.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @Ron Mexico

    Interesting; funny how Trump continues to live rent-free inside the heads of a significant number of Democrats.

  111. Steve:
    OT. Since you had introduced me to the Babylon Bee, I thought that you would be interested that Elon Musk was today interviewed by that august publication. After very serious consideration, I’m convinced that the interview was NOT a sophisticated fabrication! Elon said some things that one would expect to find in the UR!!

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Dan Hayes

    Do you know where there is a transcript?

    All my search engine had was a video. One one half hours. : (

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGnw1sHh9M

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @Dan Hayes

  112. @Roger
    @Harry Baldwin

    The AP fact checker:


    CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he had been president, not one person would have died from COVID-19.

    AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no evidence Biden ever said this. He did say if President Donald Trump had done his job from the beginning of the pandemic, all the people who died of the coronavirus would be alive today. That’s a stretch, experts say.
     
    The logical inference here is that if Biden had been President, he would not have done his job either.

    Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost, @Rob

    This is why I despise the fact checking industry. Anyone with half a brain could see the spin they put on every “check.” But anyone with half a brain doesn’t need the check in the first place.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
  113. The economy-wrecking illegitimate president will issue a public announcenent, I clutch my extra groceries with anxiety awaiting an Australian or Austrian style overreach for OmiNothing, aaaaaaand — Biden is so Biden. Bidenishly enough it’s just him nagging people. (“)You guys, you guys, do what I tell you to do you guys, I’ll even say something nice about that one guy I will not name, come on, man …(“) Shades of the Obama Town Hall Conspiracy On Guns, which at least checked a few propaganda boxes.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @J.Ross


    The economy-wrecking illegitimate president will issue a public announcenent, I clutch my extra groceries with anxiety awaiting an Australian or Austrian style overreach for OmiNothing, aaaaaaand — Biden is so Biden. Bidenishly enough it’s just him nagging people.
     
    Right?

    I was kind of let down the winter solstice announcement didn't include threats about SEALs hunting the unjabbed down in the woods on a snowy winter's eve and jabbing them at gunpoint.

    C'mon man!

    Replies: @J.Ross

  114. @David In TN
    @Art Deco

    Alan J. Levine's 2021 book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, "The Soviets' Greatest Gambit," speculates on what would have happened if the missiles had been fired before being discovered.

    Levine believes there would have been more willing collaborators in the United States after a Soviet victory than we would like to think. The "membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start."

    The "undercurrents that surfaced later in the decade" also indicate there would be more conformity to a Communist regime even in the 1960s than we would like to suppose.

    And look at the political and professional-managerial class as it is now.

    Replies: @Almost Missouri, @Adept

    “membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start.”

    I don’t understand where the tobacco companies come into it, but Levine got one thing right: The members of the bar associations would trip all over themselves to offer their “services” to the new management. And they’ve done a bang-up job of wrecking things, all on their own, since 1962 — if not earlier than that. At this point, I’d say that America has a third-world judiciary, but I’m afraid that would be an insult to the third-world, where some notion of natural law may still exist.

  115. @Almost Missouri
    @Almost Missouri

    Time delay from "conspiracy theory" to "confirmed fact" is approaching singularity.



    https://twitter.com/echo_chamberz/status/1473399392291864576

    https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1473346915693649922

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1473269705800564738

    Replies: @J.Ross

    “all the media does is lie”

    Their major effort is devoted to demotivation.

    • Agree: Gordo
  116. If I was a Republican, I wouldn’t get complacent. As sticky as things might look for Biden/ Harris and the rest of the Smart/Evil Party:
    1. They will still have a massive advantage in campaign funding from their usual core of Jewish donors.
    2. 98% of the mass media will go all out on a campaign of hate and slander against the Republicans. Whoever the Nice/Stupid Party runs will be tagged 24 hours a day as “practically a Nazi”.
    3. Most Republican politicians will still be doing what they can to lose so they can feel virtuous about themselves.
    4. In 2022 and 2024 Whites will have continued to shrink as a percentage of the population.
    5. It in almost certain in 2022, and most likely in 2024, that the Covid will still be raging and the Democrats will be able to continue to make sure a ballot will be mailed to everyone on the voter registration rolls, whether alive, dead, eligible to vote, or ineligible. These ballots can be harvested, or helped by campaign workers to be filled out and taken in, or even materialize themselves into file storage boxes at certain ballot precincts. The Dems were lackadaisical in the recent Virginia election, but they won’t be napping again.

    • Agree: houston 1992
  117. @Mike Tre
    "Biden isn’t that suave, but he would have some justification for blaming the Democrats’ tumble on a series of unfortunate events. "

    For example?

    Your nod to the covid issue is curious. The virus supposedly mutates unpredictably. What virus mutates predictably? Or are viruses fairly predictable because they mutate more often than not? By the way, the Beer Flu isn't one of the acts in the Democrats' "series of unfortunate events." They have created that disaster themselves.


    Lastly, I have to say Taki's magazine is as porn site level of ad distraction. I half expect a pop up screen to appear showing Taki himself doing a cam show; in a towel wearing expensive sunglasses, a chest full of hamburger meat, messaging his gout infested ankles or something like that.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @Achmed E. Newman, @J.Ross

    >he doesn’t block pop-ups.

    The issue is at layer zero.

  118. @Twinkie

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Forget about what will happen, we don't even know what's happening now (or what happened recently). For example, what's with Belgium?


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/OFJZCQU7RMI6VPQGV5KRJ3QDQU.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Almost Missouri, @Wokechoke, @JimDandy

    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @JimDandy


    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.
     
    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Reg Cæsar

  119. @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie


    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?
     
    I don't, sadly. My view from day one has been that we're all getting hit with it eventually and almost everyone will survive, and nothing since then has changed my mind. I did, however, note that a Chinese blockbuster film from a few years before featured a gratuitously inserted subplot about a virus specifically engineered to kill only Chinese people. So it's not just a weird white guy theory, it has some Chinese currency as well.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @nebulafox, @HA

    Remember the “Covid only kills Asians; whites are safe” series of articles from that one author?

    I don’t…

    There are search engines that can help with that:

    [email protected]: No non-Chinese deaths from coronavirus…

    That article was re-published from VDare. And evidently he’s still at it, though these days, despite the massive failure of the “only Chinese die from COVID” meme, he wants us to know that it was actually the “ruling classes” who were “WRONG WRONG WRONG” about COVID. I’m sensing a little projection there — just a tad, maybe — but in any case, however short your memory may be as to what the truthers really were saying back then (as opposed to what they now claim they said), his is obviously even more fragmented.

  120. @Roger
    @Harry Baldwin

    The AP fact checker:


    CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he had been president, not one person would have died from COVID-19.

    AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no evidence Biden ever said this. He did say if President Donald Trump had done his job from the beginning of the pandemic, all the people who died of the coronavirus would be alive today. That’s a stretch, experts say.
     
    The logical inference here is that if Biden had been President, he would not have done his job either.

    Replies: @John Milton’s Ghost, @Rob

    We are not Japan. We politicize everything. I certainly remember Harris saying she would not take a vaccine approved while Trump was President. I remember when Biden’s handlers published an op-ed saying that the travel ban (too late and incomplete) on China was racist. Ok, don’t remember it, heard about it here. I remember the D team head of the health department in NYC telling people to go to Chinatown and celebrate Chinese new year to show the coronavirus they weren’t racist. I remember when proposed involuntary, overseen quarantine of people flying in from China was racist. I remember California, D team central (fine, D team west) putting onerous restrictions on the demographics of who got vaccinated. They did not want vaccine distribution to be racist.

    Far from being the party of hardnosed scientifically-minded rationalists, the D team is obsessed with purity. The taint? Racism. This is the taint that makes someone a conservative, after all. The D team and their part of the culture, academia and the media, for two, pretend IQ is so racially biased that we should never mention it. They are the ones who think race is not real, it was just made up by Europeans when they were exploring the world and classifying living things. The Democrats’ parents were racially cleansed from the cities, but they were so ashamed that they ran that, if they explained what happened to their kids, the kids only heard “I am descended from racists,” rather than “blacks are savages who hate us.” To avoid the taint of racism, white Democrats who have had serious contact with blacks have to think the problem is “education.” But no, the “problem” is that people are different. HBDers know this, but HBD is absolutely banned, because racism.

    The Ds are so frightened of racism that they think that acknowledging the existence of race is tantamount to endorsing slavery.

    Do Democrats and normies who were not at least, maybe 12 when The Bell Curve came out even know that blacks are less intelligent? I kind of got that sense from talking to people whenever AA was an issue, like for a friend applying to medical school. Cons seemed to have this thing where they thought the blacks admitted to med school were dumb, but that there would be smart blacks waiting in the wings to apply if AA were abolished. Remember when the Red team fought affirmative action? If any policy has done more to ensure that the big, high-touch government favored by Democrats cannot actually do anything they legislate, it is AA. Opposing AA is racist, even though more blacks are government dependents than whites, so they would benefit as much as whites, if not more.

    In a way, though, the Democrats are right to fear people accepting hbd. Behavioral genetics means all the “science” they believe is Lysenkoism. Shoveling more money to the “educational” bureaucracies in ghetto cities will not do any good. Universal healthcare? This one might do quite a bit of good, assuming they can keep cost disease at bay, and some enterprising entrepreneur does not charge them eleventy quintillion dollars for an aspirin, bankrupting the country. Things like being hit in the head with a hammer do have statistical effects on outcomes.

    [MORE]

    Accepting that we will not all become crypto/NFT billionaires, that the slums are not filled with people who will become biochemists, if only this acronymed bill passes, will open the doors to pursuing policies that will help everyone, because the IQ floor for technical work keeps rising, and leaves more blacks below it every year.

    From 1965 to today, the progs have spent a fortune looking for El Dorado or the Fountain of Youth. That implies that some simple, reality-based things could improve life for the left half of the Bell Curve are untouched, because they are racist. Perhaps manufacturing will return following the dollar failing?

  121. @MLK
    As is so often the case, I disagree with little you've wrote in your latest Taki's column. But it misses the forest for the trees.

    After five years of malefactions against Trump to destroy first his candidacy, then his presidency, he won in 2020 in a monumental landslide.

    It continues to fascinate me the way so many think that the American nation would be cowed by these day-trading Stalinists from even mentioning the steal, even if they had to accept an illegitimate regime in place.

    Yet and still, given that anyone who was anybody, individual and institutional, domestic and foreign, was committed to "Trump Must Go!" my view in January was that competent governance -- essentially fulfilling their explicit and implicit promise that everything would be better once the terrible, awful Trump was gone -- would have moved enough independents and even Republicans to let the air out of the election steal balloon.

    The Democrats and their RINO filth controlled-opposition rejected this path. Trump refused to concede so they thought it smart to go after him and the 74M+ Americans who voted for him.

    I'll renew my recurring question to all of you who think you can understand the current national plight without contending with what happened in 2020. When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?

    Replies: @Spud Boy, @AndrewR, @Paleo Liberal, @Corvinus

    All the facts point to a decisive Biden victory.

    But for most Trump supporters, it’s all about their FEELINGS!

    Oh, they just feels it in their bones that Trump must have won.

    Just because Every. Single. Audit. — even by hardcore Trump supporters like in Arizona and Wisconsin — shows a Biden victory. It hurts the fee fees of so many Trump supporters.

    So Trumpists gotta whine.

    Show me some evidence or STFU.

    • LOL: Wade Hampton
    • Replies: @MLK
    @Paleo Liberal

    Uh huh. Then why the foot-stomping from you in lieu of answering my simple question?

    What is it about Biden, his campaign, events during the campaign, election, or since, that convinced you he won 81M votes — the most ever and more black votes than Obama?

    I can’t make it any easier than that for you.

  122. @Old Prude
    Ross Douhat was on some interview yammering on about excess deaths as proof of how monstrous the Cooties were. No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic: Lockdowns, business closures, ruined careers (bartender e.g.). It is plausible that the Panic is responsible for more deaths than the Cooties proper.

    I know not a single person who died of Cooties, but a coworker swears his brother killed himself because of the lock-downs and isolation.

    Replies: @HA, @Mr. Anon

    “No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic… It is plausible…”

    Yeah, sure it is. If that were true, countries and states with less “panic” as you put it, would have lower excess death rates. And yet, the biggest driver in determining those excess deaths — at least once someone gets to the hospital — is whether or not someone is vaccinated. The unvaccinated are roughly 40-times more likely to die from whatever that precise combo of COVID and “panic” is, if Texas’ experience in September is any guide. So much for those bullet-proof immune systems that were supposed to save the truthers from going to the hospital in the first place. Not to mention your “plausibility” theories.

    The actual rates of the doubly-vaccinated in the US right now is more like a little over 60%, so good luck winning elections if that split is indicative of who bought into all those truther theories. I guess after the much-anticipated and eagerly-hoped-for massive die-off the truthers have been predicting finally arrives, it’ll be a more even split, but so far, as I said, it’s the unvaccinated who seem to be doing a lot more of the dying.

    If the numbers agreed with you, you’d be providing them instead of your link-free assertions as to what is or isn’t plausible or how you were right along — or your lame anecdotal evidence. If that’s all you’re left with, it’s as good as an admission of defeat. Next to the anti-government attacks of the cholera riots, the truthers really come off like weak sauce.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @HA

    Seriously.

    I have to laugh every time I see right wingers claim they deal with facts and figures while left wingers only deal with feelings.

    Then I see the most mind numbing science and math denial from the right wing.

    Scientists say COVID kills people, and vaccines lower the chance of illness or death. Fox News says phooey on vaccines (even though the Fox anchors are all vaxxed). So COVID must be a hoax? It’s the FEELS that are important. Not science. Science is for liberals.

    Scientists predicted the global warming we are seeing. But oil companies finance the GOP, so global warming must be a hoax. Ignore those record Hurricanes and December tornadoes. All hoaxes. Those storms never happened. Those people who claimed their houses were destroyed were just “crisis actors “.

    Replies: @HA, @Spud Boy

    , @Mark G.
    @HA


    The actual rates of the doubly-vaccinated in the US right now is more like a little over 60%, so good luck winning elections if that split is indicative of who bought into all those truther theories.

     

    A recent poll shows 57% of voters don't think the federal government has the authority to mandate vaccines so good luck winning elections for all the Democrats who advocate that the federal government should try to do that.

    https://www.newsdesk.io/poll-shows-majority-doesnt-think-government-has-authority-to-mandate-covid-vaccines/

  123. @Roger
    Lost Afghan war. Return of high inflation. Promised to handle covid better than Trump, and failed. Invites foreign invaders and gets border crisis. Only major program is just a lot of irresponsible spending. Appears senile and VP is disliked.

    Replies: @Rob

    Lost Afghan war? Really? The collaborationist government lasted eleven days against the Taliban. The war was unwinnable. There was not even anything to win. The prize was mineral “wealth” far away from any infrastructure that amounts to like 5% of US annual GDP. The prize was umpteen million goatherders and opium growers. Not even skilled labor by 21st century standards. If America does not finally crash on Biden’s watch, he will at least be remembered for that one piece of statesmanship. Yes, Trump’s people negotiated the withdrawal agreement, but Brandon did not say, “lol, Trump” and tear it up.

    The big failure in the Afghanistan withdrawal, giving up the military airbase first, was generals trying to make withdrawal a clusterfuck to dissuade future Presidents from ending wars. The fact that Brandon did not demand resignations from a dozen generals is probably because the progs want the military to “stop” the 2023 election “insurrection” that they are planning.

    • Replies: @Roger
    @Rob

    Yes, the war was unwinnable, but we could have left safely with our men and our equipment.

  124. @Dan Hayes
    Steve:
    OT. Since you had introduced me to the Babylon Bee, I thought that you would be interested that Elon Musk was today interviewed by that august publication. After very serious consideration, I’m convinced that the interview was NOT a sophisticated fabrication! Elon said some things that one would expect to find in the UR!!

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Do you know where there is a transcript?

    All my search engine had was a video. One one half hours. : (

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Also important. Of all available venues, why and how did Elon connect with the Babylon Bee? I still find it hard to believe that the interview ever took place, but there’s a whole lot of other things that I also find that way! It would be very interesting if one (or all) of the Bees spill the beans on how the interview developed!

    , @Dan Hayes
    @Emil Nikola Richard

    Two days after your query, but alas no Musk Babylon Bee transcript has yet shown up!

  125. @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @Captain Tripps

    The vaccines cannot get us to heard immunity because they do not prevent the spread of coronavirus, because they are non-sterilizing and do not prevent infections. They have even less efficacy against the new variants, as expected and predicted by many. Thankfully the latest variant is less deadly and will work better than the vaccines to get us to herd immunity. (Although big Pharma will take the credit)

    Replies: @JimDandy

    I’m not sure why anyone is writing about anything other than these vaxx mandates.

    • Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @JimDandy

    Too many Americans are embarrassed to admit they were deceived by Big Pharma and Fauci....they are disconcerted and disturbed because they believed getting everyone vaccinated would end the pandemic. Even Fauci claimed there would be no more significant outbreaks after 50% were vaccinated. Clearly it was not easy to predict the vaccine efficacy would fall rapidly after 5 months because the original study only ran for 4 months and they eliminated the control group.

    By the summer Pfizer realized the efficacy fell below 50% after 6 months, thus they clamored for the FDA to approve boosters without completing the phase 3 efficacy trials. Now they are pushing everyone to get a fourth dose to protect us from the mild new variants. We are fortunate that the new variant appears less deadly, more like the common cold.

    Replies: @JimDandy

  126. @Almost Missouri
    @David In TN


    “membership lists of the bar associations and the personnel rosters of the tobacco companies would have been great places to start.”
     
    Bar associations, I can believe*, but "Et tu, tobacco companies?"

    ---------

    *There's a reason legalese has so many faux-Latin and medieval French words: when the Normans invaded England, guess who flocked to their side first to whisper avidly of collaboration....

    "O, mais oui Monsieur, of course we can speak tres bon French and provide you all ze leegal service vous need to keep ze rabbel in zeir place, n'est-ce pas?"

    Replies: @David In TN

    The higher-ups in the major corporations would likely be a better bet.

  127. @SunBakedSuburb
    "but my 43" monitor is the biggest I can fit in my closet"

    Your house, if it was built in the 1950s, should be about 1,488 square feet. Surely you can section off a segment of your living room, or use the dinette for your work space. Or, is the closet an aspect of your legend?

    "Latino voters seem less sympathetic toward their own criminals, much less toward black law breakers"

    Latino crime, back in the day, was usually more organized and gang-affiliated. It had purpose. A common trait of black crime is the amount of unnecessary and clownish violence that accompanies the crime. Chaos and degradation have been traits of black American culture going back to, at least, the 1990s. The Homosexual Hebrew Show Biz Consortium has promoted black culture to the point that it is dominant in the various entertainments (enchantments) despite being ugly and stupid. Maybe the HHSBC just wants to kill whitey's spirit?

    "It's as if John and Paul had responded to George's complaint ..."

    It's as if Beatlemania was a Tavistockian mind worm created to permanently impregnate Boomer brains as part of a mass psychological experiment to see how long they will continue to babble on about the Beatles.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    It’s as if Beatlemania was a Tavistockian mind worm created to permanently impregnate Boomer brains as part of a mass psychological experiment to see how long they will continue to babble on about the Beatles.

    At least the Beatles left something to babble on about. Today we saw a 12″ licorice pizza with one of those environmentally insensitive 1970s-style double covers, featuring Alison Kraus with Robert Plant. What the pluck? 🪕 That will end up in the 21st-century equivalent of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

    Better to babble on about musicians who can craft a tune than to whine about arbitrary “generations” someone in Steve’s shady old industry pulled out of his “boomer” posterior 40 years ago.

  128. @Charles Pewitt
    @Redneck farmer

    What’s wrong with the Democrats? Same thing that hurts a lot of Republicans. Believing in their own BS too much.

    Pat Buchanan from 1998:


    Reagan’s victory of 1980 was more due to a national wish to be rid of Jimmy Carter, the hostage crisis and 21 percent interest rates than it was a vote for tax cuts. And Republicans who think their 1994 win was a vote for the Contract With America have imbibed too freely of their own propaganda.

     

    https://buchanan.org/blog/pjb-where-have-you-gone-lee-atwater-237

    God Bless Pat Buchanan!

    IMBIBED TOO FREELY OF THEIR OWN PROPAGANDA

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Tax cuts may not be popular, especially with those who don’t pay any, but in what way are they wrong?

    • Replies: @epebble
    @Reg Cæsar

    in what way are they wrong?

    Tax cuts that are not paid for by reducing expenditure simply increase the deficit, which is a way of saying we will consume now and let our children and grandchildren pay for it. Some people may find that unethical/immoral. From a purely economic angle, a deficit tends to reduce growth by removing capital from investment and using it to pay back debts incurred. Example: We had tax cuts and increased spending during 1980's (increasing debts). The delayed effect of these borrowings correlates with slow economic growth in 2010's. We had another bout of tax cuts and increased spending by borrowing during 2000's. We should expect tepid economic growth and a few brushes with economic disasters (like 2008) in 2030's.

    Replies: @anon

  129. @SafeNow
    Steve’s analogy that he ends the Taki piece with is brilliant. He often comes up with these. A loose brain; exuberant synapses. Probably you already clicked on it but if you have not, please look at it. Not many columnists have a loose-brain component while still being quite adept at the tight-brain things.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    I’ve always been very impressed with the way he ends his columns. I’m not sure I agree with this part of the analogy, though:

    Drummers are important

    Yes, drummers are an integral part of rock bands. How are blacks integral to making America’s government work?

  130. @HA
    @Old Prude

    "No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic... It is plausible..."

    Yeah, sure it is. If that were true, countries and states with less "panic" as you put it, would have lower excess death rates. And yet, the biggest driver in determining those excess deaths -- at least once someone gets to the hospital -- is whether or not someone is vaccinated. The unvaccinated are roughly 40-times more likely to die from whatever that precise combo of COVID and "panic" is, if Texas' experience in September is any guide. So much for those bullet-proof immune systems that were supposed to save the truthers from going to the hospital in the first place. Not to mention your "plausibility" theories.

    The actual rates of the doubly-vaccinated in the US right now is more like a little over 60%, so good luck winning elections if that split is indicative of who bought into all those truther theories. I guess after the much-anticipated and eagerly-hoped-for massive die-off the truthers have been predicting finally arrives, it'll be a more even split, but so far, as I said, it's the unvaccinated who seem to be doing a lot more of the dying.

    If the numbers agreed with you, you'd be providing them instead of your link-free assertions as to what is or isn't plausible or how you were right along -- or your lame anecdotal evidence. If that's all you're left with, it's as good as an admission of defeat. Next to the anti-government attacks of the cholera riots, the truthers really come off like weak sauce.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Mark G.

    Seriously.

    I have to laugh every time I see right wingers claim they deal with facts and figures while left wingers only deal with feelings.

    Then I see the most mind numbing science and math denial from the right wing.

    Scientists say COVID kills people, and vaccines lower the chance of illness or death. Fox News says phooey on vaccines (even though the Fox anchors are all vaxxed). So COVID must be a hoax? It’s the FEELS that are important. Not science. Science is for liberals.

    Scientists predicted the global warming we are seeing. But oil companies finance the GOP, so global warming must be a hoax. Ignore those record Hurricanes and December tornadoes. All hoaxes. Those storms never happened. Those people who claimed their houses were destroyed were just “crisis actors “.

    • Replies: @HA
    @Paleo Liberal

    "I have to laugh every time I see right wingers claim they deal with facts and figures while left wingers only deal with feelings."

    I take your point, and it's a fair one, though I will note that at least Sailer and Cochran and a few others didn't cravenly cave the way some others around here did. Even Ron Unz, however much he allowed his deep bench of loonies to effectively give him a having-it-both-ways approach with regard to COVID conspiracies, didn't decide to simply cave when speaking for himself.

    On the contrary, the alt-right COVID-truthers have yet again turned tail and let the leftists claim the mantle of science (at least this time), just like what happened with the universities, the churches, the media, and the rest of that long march through the institutions -- deciding in the end that their precious "whiteness" would save them (along with that eagerly-anticipated massive die-off, of course).

    Really, it reminds me of the desperate, pathetic last-ditch ghost dance that some shaman inevitably seemed to come up whenever some Indian tribe was slowly being driven to extinction, promising that it would ward off the colonialists' bullets and technology. But this time around, it's a bunch of conspiracy-mongering MAGA types, convinced that their ivermectin and their GoFundMe health-insurance is going to save them from the ICU.

    , @Spud Boy
    @Paleo Liberal

    "Ignore those record Hurricanes and December tornadoes. All hoaxes."

    The data do not support the claim that the frequency or intensity of storms has increased. In addition, the number of deaths from natural disasters has been declining for 100 years.

    Perhaps "hoax" is too strong a word, but global warming hysteria is completely unwarranted. And this is not coming from an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist.

    The fact is, the climate where most humans live would kill us if we hadn't invented the tools to adapt. If the Earth warms a few degrees in a hundred years, humans will adapt.

  131. @nebulafox
    @Captain Tripps

    God, don't tempt me. I'm facing my first sober Christmas with the family soon enough: and they'll be drinking their guts out as always.

    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge...

    Replies: @Captain Tripps, @additionalMike, @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Look at this way, though: ultimate challenge…

    Cheers, Nebs! You can beat it. 👑 👊 😤

    Je suis désolé pour, how you say, en anglais, le dubbing?

  132. @Art Deco
    @Ralph L

    They’re cooking the numbers

    Which they is that?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics). I don’t think it’s all one big scam, Art, but there are so many tricks that must be used to account for substitution of products/services, hedonic adjustments, etc, that there are ways to keep the numbers low, when people’s quality and quality of goods/services for the buck is decreasing more rapidly than the numbers giving.

    I’ve got 3 posts under that link above about hedonics alone The methods used are really pretty interesting, and I think would take some white “green-eyeshade” guys to handle rather than your typical US Gov’t AAs. They’ve got to be under a lot of pressure on them to keep those cost of living adjustments down, and there are plenty of ways to be creative about it.

  133. @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri


    a Chinese blockbuster film
     
    I think there is a difference between a fictional movie and a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, "because race is real."**

    *Though I should point out, many people called him out on it on Unz. I wonder if the articles are available still on Unz. I do know that, at some point, Ron Unz booted the author from the site. But while he was still writing those articles, it was kinda funny, because he had to update progressively his assertions to match the new developments ("It only kills East Asians," "Iranians are kinda Asian," "Only the Chinese in Italy are dying," etc.).

    **If nothing else, a pretty clear case of relying on the only tool - a hammer - one has.

    My view from day one has been
     
    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout. I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a "blue area" pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so "red areas" shouldn't be taking a victory lap just yet.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Almost Missouri, @MEH 0910

    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout.

    Speak for yourself, Twinkie. I* have been RIGHT that this damn thing has been nothing but an overblown gov’t and media led PanicFest since mid-March of ’20.

    That’s what it STILL is. We are in Season 4 now, if I have kept track correctly, with this Omicron bullshit.

    .

    * Plenty of other commenters and writers on this site have been too, but I won’t give awareness dates for them.

  134. @Johann Ricke
    Speaking of Democrats, a House member was just carjacked by a dark SUV:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10337775/Democratic-Rep-Mary-Gay-Scanlon-CARJACKED-Philadelphia-phone-purse-ID-stolen.html?

    Is it racist to mention the color of the vehicle?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @HammerJack

    No, but any talk about tinted windshields and ultra-low-profile tires is considered extremely racist.

  135. @Prof. Woland
    What is the point of gaining power if you can't wield it for your benefit? Anne Coulter's comment about the Green New Deal is that it is "racial socialism". I call it the brown new deal.

    The Democratic coalition contains the most needy maladaptive low IQ parts of society and the only way they can participate in a modern economy is with welfare and free health care. This has nothing to do with Broke Back Biden. It is al about setting up a permanent constituency that is addicted to government spending. While helping the unfortunate is important making the state the father, mother, and dispenser of food pellets completely upsets the natural order of things. When you put the ugly, Trannies, fatties, feminists, and the rest on top, normal of all races will rebel.

    And then there is the fraudulent election. Biden really got 69 million votes to Trumps 80 million. And that was with 95% of the Media, 100% of social media, and most of corporate backing which probably gave him 10-20 million votes without ever leaving his basement. This is why they have pushed so hard to make mail in ballots permanent with HR1. It is the only way they can win and they know it. It is time to put out the lights for the Dems.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    and the only way they can participate in a modern economy is with welfare and free health care.

    Again, the TANF rolls as of 2019 contained 4 million people, or 1.3% of the population. Strange as it may seem to you, people do hold down a job without medical benefits. They were quite uncommon prior to 1940.

  136. @Paleo Liberal
    @HA

    Seriously.

    I have to laugh every time I see right wingers claim they deal with facts and figures while left wingers only deal with feelings.

    Then I see the most mind numbing science and math denial from the right wing.

    Scientists say COVID kills people, and vaccines lower the chance of illness or death. Fox News says phooey on vaccines (even though the Fox anchors are all vaxxed). So COVID must be a hoax? It’s the FEELS that are important. Not science. Science is for liberals.

    Scientists predicted the global warming we are seeing. But oil companies finance the GOP, so global warming must be a hoax. Ignore those record Hurricanes and December tornadoes. All hoaxes. Those storms never happened. Those people who claimed their houses were destroyed were just “crisis actors “.

    Replies: @HA, @Spud Boy

    “I have to laugh every time I see right wingers claim they deal with facts and figures while left wingers only deal with feelings.”

    I take your point, and it’s a fair one, though I will note that at least Sailer and Cochran and a few others didn’t cravenly cave the way some others around here did. Even Ron Unz, however much he allowed his deep bench of loonies to effectively give him a having-it-both-ways approach with regard to COVID conspiracies, didn’t decide to simply cave when speaking for himself.

    On the contrary, the alt-right COVID-truthers have yet again turned tail and let the leftists claim the mantle of science (at least this time), just like what happened with the universities, the churches, the media, and the rest of that long march through the institutions — deciding in the end that their precious “whiteness” would save them (along with that eagerly-anticipated massive die-off, of course).

    Really, it reminds me of the desperate, pathetic last-ditch ghost dance that some shaman inevitably seemed to come up whenever some Indian tribe was slowly being driven to extinction, promising that it would ward off the colonialists’ bullets and technology. But this time around, it’s a bunch of conspiracy-mongering MAGA types, convinced that their ivermectin and their GoFundMe health-insurance is going to save them from the ICU.

  137. @advancedatheist
    The recent attacks on Kamala Harris coming from the mainstream media reminded me of something Machiavelli writes in The Prince, section XXII:

    THE CHOICE of Ministers is a matter of no small moment to a Prince. Whether they shall be good or no depends on his prudence, so that the readiest conjecture we can form of the character and sagacity of a Prince, is from seeing what sort of men he has about him. When they are at once capable and faithful, we may always account him wise, since he has known to recognize their merit and to retain their fidelity. But if they be otherwise, we must pronounce unfavourably of him, since he has committed a first fault in making this selection.
     
    Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable "minister" for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his "character and sagacity." If Harris could show some leadership and organizational ability, by contrast, her off-putting personality would matter less, because at least she could get people to work together to accomplish political goals.

    Replies: @Alden, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Tex

    This comment is not to defend Harris. It’s my opinion TPTB or the satanic cabal that runs the Democrats wants to get rid of her to put someone worse in her place. In the hope that Biden will die in early 2025.

    Could be Hildabeast. Could be Eric Holder or some worse black man. All Harris has to do is sit in the Senate presiders chair , vote occasionally go to events and be there if the president dies. There aren’t many events because of covid hoax.

    I don’t see that her personality has changed much since she ran for and was elected to San Francisco and California public office. How would you like Hildabeast Kim Foxx or Lori Lightfoot Scott Wiener someone like that as VP maybe President

  138. @Wokechoke
    The US only got out of the Depression because of orders from the British for wargear.

    Replies: @Art Deco

    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38. The ratio of exports to gross domestic product was as follows:

    0.0435 (1938)
    0.0429 (1939)
    0.0476 (1940)
    0.0425 (1941)

    I tend to doubt Lend-Lease aid was driving economic activity.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Art Deco


    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38.
     
    Important to note in this context is that 1932-33 was a nadir never seen before or since. Upward was really the only direction available.
    , @Captain Tripps
    @Art Deco


    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38.
     
    True, but as HammerJack noted, the economy had nowhere to go but up after 1928-1932. Amity Shlaes observes that unemployment still averaged 15% throughout that same period (1933-1941). So, while there was growth, many Americans could not find steady work.
  139. @tyrone
    @Spud Boy


    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    ....in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes .....in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ......let the States decide.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @RadicalCenter

    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    ….in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes …..in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ……let the States decide.

    New York’s legislature legalized abortion in 1970. New York’s new legislature repealed this in 1972, returning the state to one of the country’s strictest laws. Or tried to, anyway. The billionaire governor flew in from abroad just to veto it.

    It sounds like you’re with the billionaire on this one.

    New York was the last state to fall to no-fault divorce, in 2010. Nor was compensated surrogacy allowed until very recently.

    Currently, states where compensated surrogacy is illegal include:

    Nebraska
    Lousiana
    Michigan
    New York — until 2/15/2021

    https://www.creativefamilyconnections.com/us-surrogacy-law-map/

    What appear to be lefty states can be surprisingly conservative in some areas. (Or reactionary, in your view.) Europe’s abortion laws are almost everywhere more restrictive than those in North America. It’s called “democracy”.

    Like we used to have.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Reg Cæsar

    New York has a very large Roman Catholic population. That is the reason why so many of the major political figures are Catholic.

    One reason Hillary Clinton was successful in New York was her ability to appeal to Catholic voters, at least more than most Democrats. The Republicans originally were going to run Giuliani against her in 2000. His popularity among Catholic voters dropped when he and his second wife separated. The fact that Hillary stayed in her marriage and made a point of seeking counseling increased her support among Catholic voters.

    The Republicans pushed Giuliani out of the race and replaced him with a bland, moderate, virtually unknown Italian-American Catholic named Rick Lazio.

    At first the polls showed them tied. Almost all of the undecided voters switched to Hillary when Lazio’s campaign went strongly negative instead of making a case for people to vote FOR Lazio. This was a lesson Hilary forgot in 2016.

    Replies: @Hibernian

  140. @Not Raul
    @Barnard


    My impression is that it was Big Tech Indians funneling donation money to the Biden campaign who wanted Kamala on the ticket.
     
    Kamala’s top donors were:

    Gordon and Ann Getty — oil

    George Lucas — movies

    Dean Metropoulos — private equity, mainly in the snack food and alcoholic beverage sectors

    Laurene Powell Jobs — Apple heiress

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2019/11/18/here-are-the-billionaires-funding-the-democratic-presidential-candidates-as-of-september-2019/?sh=51b9ded15b5e


    Joe certainly didn’t choose in the sense that he had any real input into who was chosen.
     
    That’s baseless speculation.

    Biden made it clear that he wanted a woman of color to be his running-mate. From 30,000 feet, Kamala makes sense. She’s part Black, which seemed to be a good gesture towards anti-racism. She’s popular with a lot of wealthy White people in California, so Biden could assume that she wouldn’t scare away too many White people. She’s also part Indian, which Biden could assume would help in areas with growing Indian populations, and with Indian donors.

    Among Black people in California, Kamala isn’t popular. In fact, she’s seen as too eager to throw Black people in jail. However, California is a safe Democratic state. If Kamala’s unpopularity among Black people in California was enough to make a difference there, Biden would be in even worse shape in swing states. So far, so good.

    Unfortunately for Biden, the more people see of Kamala, the less confidence she inspires. If Biden knew that Kamala would be so unpopular, he probably would have picked another running mate; but he didn’t really know her at the time, and Kamala looks a lot better on a whiteboard than in person.


    Kamala is not popular with blacks and has no natural inclination to their causes.
     
    That’s true.

    It’s ironic that in 2020, with people so concerned about police and the courts being too hard on Black people, the Democrats chose a ticket led by a former tough law and order Senator, and with a former tough law and order DA as his running mate.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Not Raul, good comment but voters really didn’t know biden or harris, just what the complicit press fed them. Harris polled in single digits, if that , in California. They, mosly dems, did not want her, but in the end, they did not want trump.

    • Thanks: Not Raul
  141. @JimDandy
    @Twinkie

    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.

    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Twinkie

    Yeah. I'm not particularly intrigued, though. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that whatever it is, it isn't earthshaking.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.
     
    Belgians invented the "French" fry. Followed by the Belgian waffle. It will take a lot of Brussels sprouts to make up for that!

    At least their beers are (mostly) light. Belgium is supposedly the beeriest nation on Earth.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Alden

  142. @currahee
    @Travis

    The Soviet Union failed for 70 years.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    currahee, but we didn’t now the big bad bear was toothless.

  143. @Alden
    @Altai

    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls. Born in 2008 40 years after affirmative action law and 37 years after Griggs vs Duke Power and 35 years after Roe.

    And you post a picture of a very young teen in her white underpants. You’re just an old pervert. For the sake of 10-16 year old girls within 100 miles of your perverted self I hope you confine your sexual outlets to your hand.

    14 year old girls on tumbler destroyed America. Or why I have such contempt and disdain for some of the old perverts on UNZ. And why you are on tumbler?

    I’ve posted many times before that all the damage was done by White men presidents Vice Presidents Congress critters Senators governors. state legislators mayors city council critters and county supervisors school boards school superintendents between 1948 White man integrated the military to Griggs White men invented a law that other White be hired last and fired first.

    An old man roaming tumbler, posting picture of young girls in their underpants, and blaming every thing detrimental to Whites since 1948 on 14 year old girls. Are you stalking Claudia Conway? Sounds like it.

    It’s always easy to figure which MEN OF UNZ have wives girl friends and daughters. And which like you live in an Internet fantasy of horny teens like Maxwell Epstein’s harem of eager young prostitutes.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Reg Cæsar

    Alden, you go girl and nice to see you not painting us all with a broad brush. Broad brush…hmmm, well whatever.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Buffalo Joe

    That picture he posted. If someone saw that on his work computer. He’d be hustled off to HR hell immediately.

    , @HammerJack
    @Buffalo Joe

    Do you think she's actually capable of improving? I suppose she couldn't get much worse...

    Previously on the Alden Follies...

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/rittenhouse-verdict/#comment-5016634

    Replies: @Alden

  144. @advancedatheist
    The recent attacks on Kamala Harris coming from the mainstream media reminded me of something Machiavelli writes in The Prince, section XXII:

    THE CHOICE of Ministers is a matter of no small moment to a Prince. Whether they shall be good or no depends on his prudence, so that the readiest conjecture we can form of the character and sagacity of a Prince, is from seeing what sort of men he has about him. When they are at once capable and faithful, we may always account him wise, since he has known to recognize their merit and to retain their fidelity. But if they be otherwise, we must pronounce unfavourably of him, since he has committed a first fault in making this selection.
     
    Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable "minister" for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his "character and sagacity." If Harris could show some leadership and organizational ability, by contrast, her off-putting personality would matter less, because at least she could get people to work together to accomplish political goals.

    Replies: @Alden, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Tex

    Machiavelli wrote about real administrators who had real jobs. Tax collecting running a chamber of commerce type department, police and public safety , roads bridges and water, diplomacy all over Europe and MENA. They were important.

    The American VP has just two jobs. Preside over the senate and vote to break a senate tie. And become president if the incumbent dies. Attending events is part of the job but optional. And with the latest cooties scare, there’s not much of that.

    As for the polls I don’t believe anything in the media. She hasn’t really done anything so there’s really nothing to criticize her for. It’s my opinion that the Democrats want to get rid of her. And are creating the negative polls as they create everything in the media.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Alden

    There were a lot of Democratic candidates for the presidency in the last race who were forced to drop out by party elders trying to create a rapid consensus in the face of Covid.

    The elders anointed Kamala as Biden's successor. But the other candidates certainly didn't. They want to finish her off so they can replace her.

    It's going to be a messy fight. There's no way Harris is letting herself being kicked off the ticket.

    Replies: @Alden

  145. @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri


    a Chinese blockbuster film
     
    I think there is a difference between a fictional movie and a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, "because race is real."**

    *Though I should point out, many people called him out on it on Unz. I wonder if the articles are available still on Unz. I do know that, at some point, Ron Unz booted the author from the site. But while he was still writing those articles, it was kinda funny, because he had to update progressively his assertions to match the new developments ("It only kills East Asians," "Iranians are kinda Asian," "Only the Chinese in Italy are dying," etc.).

    **If nothing else, a pretty clear case of relying on the only tool - a hammer - one has.

    My view from day one has been
     
    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout. I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a "blue area" pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so "red areas" shouldn't be taking a victory lap just yet.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Almost Missouri, @MEH 0910

    I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a “blue area” pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so “red areas” shouldn’t be taking a victory lap just yet.

    A comment search for “blue area” finds nothing in my timeline, while I already gave the link for “we will all get it” which was my first covid comment.

    But in any case, in the first half of 2020 it would indeed have been accurate to describe it as a blue pandemic. And after the blues had so energetically denounced any anti-pandemic measure as “racist”, it would also have been a good time to have savored the schadenfreude fate had so generously provided.

    • Agree: HammerJack
    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri


    A comment search for “blue area” finds nothing in my timeline
     
    Try "reds." Better yet, read the conversation exchange between the two of us starting here: https://www.unz.com/anepigone/open-partisanship/#comment-3878169

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

  146. @Twinkie
    @JimDandy


    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.
     
    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah. I’m not particularly intrigued, though. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that whatever it is, it isn’t earthshaking.

  147. @Johann Ricke
    Speaking of Democrats, a House member was just carjacked by a dark SUV:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10337775/Democratic-Rep-Mary-Gay-Scanlon-CARJACKED-Philadelphia-phone-purse-ID-stolen.html?

    Is it racist to mention the color of the vehicle?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @HammerJack

    She was quite vocal in favor of the “Defund police and replace them with social workers” craze of 2020.

    This year she thanked those same police for catching her assailants. I sort of hope (and fully expect) that they’ll be back on the streets tomorrow.

    https://news.yahoo.com/democratic-congresswoman-sponsored-police-defunding-230613135.html

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @HammerJack


    I sort of hope (and fully expect) that they’ll be back on the streets tomorrow.
     
    You got your wish (in part). The main carjacker (Brown) they let go numerous other times but since this time he had the bad luck that the white bitch whose car he took was a Congresscritter, they ain't lettin' him off so easy.

    However, he was arrested with a bunch of teenage buddies at a mall. I assume that the plan was to break into a bunch of cars at the mall or maybe do a smash and grab inside. (His previous MO was to break into cars with a bunch of teenagers). One teen resisted arrest and is in custody. However:


    Three of the other teens — boys ages 13 and 16, as well as a 14-year-old girl — were charged in Delaware with receiving stolen property, police said. Each was released to their guardians on $1,500 unsecured bond, police said.

     

    Replies: @Colin Wright

  148. One downside to diversity, of course, is its disunity.

    Ask New Sweden, which lost to New Netherland. Or New Netherland, which lost to New York and New Jersey.

    But the subsequent black crime spree has left the Democrats in a tight spot, with even San Francisco Democrats like Gavin Newsom and London Breed now talking tough on crime.

    But where is Willy’s gaoless when they need her most? 2,400 miles away at One Observatory Circle.

    As Joe Biden said in Kenosha in 2020: “A black man invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Tom Edison.”

    Perhaps the President confused its initial invention with its initial insertion— into a rectum. That’s a thing in the Speaker’s district, for sure, but less popular across the Bay, let alone in the Kenoshas.

    It’s as if John and Paul had responded to George’s complaints about not getting enough songs on the Beatles’ albums by realizing that Ringo had even fewer…

    “It’s as if [Groucho and Harpo] had responded to [Chico]’s complaints about not getting enough [scenes in Marx Brothers’ films] by realizing that [Gummo] had even fewer…”

    By the way, drummers are known for their rhythm. Is that what they’re after?

  149. @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, you go girl and nice to see you not painting us all with a broad brush. Broad brush...hmmm, well whatever.

    Replies: @Alden, @HammerJack

    That picture he posted. If someone saw that on his work computer. He’d be hustled off to HR hell immediately.

  150. @Buffalo Joe
    @Alden

    Alden, you go girl and nice to see you not painting us all with a broad brush. Broad brush...hmmm, well whatever.

    Replies: @Alden, @HammerJack

    Do you think she’s actually capable of improving? I suppose she couldn’t get much worse…

    Previously on the Alden Follies…

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/rittenhouse-verdict/#comment-5016634

    • Replies: @Alden
    @HammerJack

    You’re one of those blame the White victim of black criminals always blame the White victim. It’s my opinion you’re really a radical White hating liberal. Always excuse the black criminal.

    Always the White victims fault. Shouldna lived within 100 miles of a black. Shouldna worked an evening or night shift. Shouldna be outside in his own front yard. Shouldna walk jog or walk the dog. Shouldna go near a public swimming poop park playground hiking trail. Shouldna go to a top 10 college

    Should always carry a gun even in your own back yard. Should always blast any black you see. Should only work an 8 to 5 job. Should leave that job at 3/pm October to March to be sure to get home before dark.

    When woman Columbia university student Tessa Majors was murdered by black thugs the MEN OF UNZ heaped much hatred and blame in her for months. “ She was out after dark” in December when it was full dark at 4/45 or rush hour when millions of New Yorkers are out on the streets. Shouldna gone to Columbia because it’s in New York.

    It’s all her fault it’s all her fault she deserved it. Oh, and she rinsed her hair green. Therefore she deserved to be murdered. Given the unseemly obsession with young girls and women of the MEN OF UNZ you should all know that rinsing hair green blue purple is a teen fad.

    About a month ago a man Columbia college student was murdered after a soccer game by black thugs. The MEN OF UNZ totally ignored that. No one blamed him for attending Columbia. Or being out in public instead of locked in his apartment.
    I don’t believe you’re White because of the way you always blame the White victim of a black criminal. I heard the same thing when I was a Probation Officer from every black activist big fat black mamma pleading for her useless 30 year old son black preacher and mostly Jewish White liberals from the non profits alternative sentencing grouos

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans

  151. @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri


    a Chinese blockbuster film
     
    I think there is a difference between a fictional movie and a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, "because race is real."**

    *Though I should point out, many people called him out on it on Unz. I wonder if the articles are available still on Unz. I do know that, at some point, Ron Unz booted the author from the site. But while he was still writing those articles, it was kinda funny, because he had to update progressively his assertions to match the new developments ("It only kills East Asians," "Iranians are kinda Asian," "Only the Chinese in Italy are dying," etc.).

    **If nothing else, a pretty clear case of relying on the only tool - a hammer - one has.

    My view from day one has been
     
    We all have been wrong about various aspects of this pandemic throughout. I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a "blue area" pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so "red areas" shouldn't be taking a victory lap just yet.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Almost Missouri, @MEH 0910

    a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, “because race is real.”**

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/cv-stats-by-los-angeles-county-neighborhood/#comment-3811724

    https://vdare.com/writers/lance-welton
    https://www.unz.com/author/lance-welton/

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks again. Lance Welton, that's him.

    So he went from these articles:


    "Do You Know All Coronavirus Victims Appear to be Chinese? Thought Not," Feb. 1, 2020

    "STILL No Non-Chinese Deaths from Coronavirus, But the WASHINGTON POST Wants You to Rat Out Your Neighbors Anyway," Feb. 8, 2020

    "STILL No Non-East Asian Deaths from Corona—But CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Won’t Admit It," Feb. 15, 2020

    "Coronavirus STILL Hasn’t Killed Any Whites (Not Counting Iranians). NEW YORK TIMES Ignores, But Concedes Gender Difference. Why?" Feb. 20, 2020
     

    To these:

    "So the Ruling Class Was WRONG WRONG WRONG About Covid-19. What Else Are They Wrong About?" May 27, 2021

    "Yes, Virginia (Dare), COVID Could Have Been A Chinese Race-Based Bioweapon," July 24 , 2021
    See also: Did China Create Covid As A Bioweapon Targeting Non-Chinese?
     

    Well, he pivoted with the mental dexterity of yester years communists who quickly denounced yesterday's favored leaders as counter-revolutionaries when they fell from favor today.

    As Anatoly Karlin once wrote, "Only the best people."

    Replies: @HA, @Anonymous

  152. @Captain Tripps
    I love the closing paragraph, a bit of Unz-iSteve readership inside baseball (though clear enough to your Taki readers who don't visit these parts).

    All that you discuss are factors in Biden's and the Democrats' unpopularity. I think they all merge into a meta-theme of "heavy-handed incompetence". Its one thing to do something stupid, but quite another to do something stupid and hit people over the head when they point it out to you. A more circumspect leaders would step back and say, "You may have a point; let's discuss!"

    And, of course, Covid keeps mutating unpredictably, undermining the appeal of the administration’s mantra that they will succeed by following The Science. In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next.
     
    Huh, imagine that. A virus behaving like a virus. Good to see you step back a bit on the 'Rona. I keenly remember your "Let's Get the Data" post over a year ago; well, here we are almost two years in and we have mounds of data. Looks like this thing has evolved to a less deadly strain (as to be expected...). mRNA vax effectiveness not as great as once touted. This is now endemic to humanity going forward, like the flu, the cold, the measles, etc. CDC data as of yesterday shows 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and 61% (241M) fully vaccinated. Add in the 51M confirmed cases and we have to be getting close to herd immunity. Yet the Biden Administration, the Uniparty, the Mass Narrative Outlets and the rest of the Elite continue to press the Pandemic Panic button with Omicron. Omicron is infecting everyone again, whether vaccinated or not. So, with mask mandates, vax mandates, lockdowns, restrictions, etc., Biden is applying the iron glove, not the velvet one. Perception has shifted that all these measures do not work as advertised. Not just here, but globally. And, if the Omicron initial data is correct, and its now a very mild infection, many, if not most, are concluding, what's the point? Let's get on with our lives.

    This is the big own goal. Biden's mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don't comply. I'll bet a lot of the honest Latin working-class Joes and Janes are irritated with that as well. And I'm sure a comfortable majority of Federal workers are silently peeved about it too...

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Jon, @dcthrowback, @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY), @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco, @Rob, @Ron Mexico, @Mr. Anon

    This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don’t comply.

    That’s a lot of it. And not just threaten you with the loss of employment, but to wish you dead. And a lot of liberals – emboldened by the administration’s line – are essentially saying just that: that if you aren’t vaccinated just drop dead already. Then you have the President saying “Our patience is wearing thin”, and Mayor Beetlegeuse saying “Your time is up”, and the White House wishing unvaccinated Americans a Winter of Death and Despair.

    It isn’t hard to reach the conclusion that the government, and about a third of your fellow citizens, hate you. And having reached that conclusion, it isn’t hard to hate them right back.

    • Agree: Captain Tripps
    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Mr. Anon

    and Mayor Beetlegeuse saying “Your time is up”,

    'Mayor Beetlegeuse' is a wonderful formulation! Thanks.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  153. The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.

    The Sewar Socialists were a dominant force in Milwaukee politics for about 50 or so years, ending in 1960. The more fashionable leftists mocked them, and gave them the moniker. The Sewar Socialists took great pride in the name, because they built a sewage system in Milwaukee which greatly improved the public health for working families. And, they were honest.

    Fact is, people want a good life. They want to be safe in their homes and work. They want good schools for their kids. They want good public services. Good government is nice, if you have the other stuff.

    The main accomplishments of the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin were good schools, good roads, good sewage systems, safe streets, public parks and fairly clean government.

    The current governor, Evers, was elected because schools and roads deteriorated under his predecessor, Scott Walker. There used to be billboards showing Walker driving over “Scott holes” in the roads. And, he got completely screwed over by Foxconn, which may have cost Trump the state in 2020.

    I am not entirely despondent about my fellow Democrats. The incoming mayor of NYC appears to have learned the lessons.

    • Replies: @American Marius
    @Paleo Liberal

    I absolutely agree. Too many liberals and leftists have proved themselves utter fools on the issue of crime and policing the past year. The smart strategy would have been to call for combining better/smarter police spending with reforming police unions and criticize cop unions for doing stuff like what Steve Sailer calls "blue flu" that led to fewer police patrols and higher crime. Instead, by making the main emphasis on police "defunding" or even abolition, all the blame on the increase in crime has fallen on the left. Most voters don't trust cuts in spending to result in efficiency rather than just making the services worse (and can you blame them?)-just look at how Republicans have fared when they cut education or healthcare spending.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Paleo Liberal


    The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.
     
    For the record, it's "Sewer", not "Sewar".

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Alden
    @Paleo Liberal

    Incoming Mayor of NYC Adams was a Black Panther involved with the black Muslims when he was young. Having a normal IQ and no criminal record he was eligible to apply to NYPD as a black panther radical mole. He resigned and retired to avoid a corruption probe.

    He might still be a radical black mole.

    He might turn out like black mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown very Law and order and gentrification was. Or like black crime advocate White hating Lori Lightfoot of Chicago is now. Or just enjoy the salary and perks of being the Mayor if NYC and let things slide.

    All this destruction of America’s cities. The powers that be have something going on. It’s a giant churning of the real estate market. Maybe destroy and later build up? I can’t figure it out. But I know somethings behind it other than a black uprising against police.

  154. She looks really different from her official photo..

    Representative Scanlon, I mean. Not Alden. Although

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @HammerJack


    She looks really different from her official photo..

    Representative Scanlon, I mean.
     
    They always do. This is what Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer actually look like:


    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BSnWDrKJVXU/mqdefault.jpg

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  155. @Reg Cæsar
    @Charles Pewitt

    Tax cuts may not be popular, especially with those who don't pay any, but in what way are they wrong?

    Replies: @epebble

    in what way are they wrong?

    Tax cuts that are not paid for by reducing expenditure simply increase the deficit, which is a way of saying we will consume now and let our children and grandchildren pay for it. Some people may find that unethical/immoral. From a purely economic angle, a deficit tends to reduce growth by removing capital from investment and using it to pay back debts incurred. Example: We had tax cuts and increased spending during 1980’s (increasing debts). The delayed effect of these borrowings correlates with slow economic growth in 2010’s. We had another bout of tax cuts and increased spending by borrowing during 2000’s. We should expect tepid economic growth and a few brushes with economic disasters (like 2008) in 2030’s.

    • Replies: @anon
    @epebble

    .


    From a purely economic angle, a deficit tends to reduce growth by removing capital from investment and using it to pay back debts incurred.
     
    That is the theory, OK. But exactly what types of investment are *not* bing made these days. Meaning the last few years? As interest rates have fallen, the hurdle rate for private investment has fallen. Everything imaginable is getting funded. No shortage of venture capital. The only areas that might be seen as underinvested are oil&gas. Which are being actively punished by the government and ESG funds.

    Low interest rates are a sign of excess capital sloshing around. So are the current asset bubbles.

    I don't know anyone that seriously thinks that any possible increases in public funding would be "investments" rather than just more consumption.

    Replies: @epebble

  156. @Hapalong Cassidy
    “The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge . . . is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band. Drummers are important, but they tend not to be the main composers.“

    There are some noteworthy exceptions. Lars Ulrich of Metallica arranges all of the riffs into coherent songs and seems to have veto power over frontman James Hetfield’s ideas (which is a function of their personalities; Ulrich being extremely extroverted while Hetfield being kind of spergy). Neil Peart of Rush wrote all of the band’s lyrics. Then you have drummers more noteworthy as singers, who tend to be take-charge guys and good songwriters, such as Phil Collins and Don Henley. Collins and Henley were definitely the most important people in their respective bands.

    Replies: @BDavies, @Ben tillman, @ScarletNumber

    Levon Helms of the Band

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    @BDavies

    Even though Robbie Robertson ripped off all of his songwriting credits.

    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    @BDavies

    Even though Robbie Robertson ripped off all of his songwriting credits.

    I think this idea of drummers being last in line comes from the template set by the Beatles. Ringo Starr was indisputably the least talented member of the Beatles. It just so happened he played drums. What if he had played bass and McCartney had been the drummer? Then we’d all be talking about how much bass players suck.

  157. @Old Prude
    Ross Douhat was on some interview yammering on about excess deaths as proof of how monstrous the Cooties were. No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic: Lockdowns, business closures, ruined careers (bartender e.g.). It is plausible that the Panic is responsible for more deaths than the Cooties proper.

    I know not a single person who died of Cooties, but a coworker swears his brother killed himself because of the lock-downs and isolation.

    Replies: @HA, @Mr. Anon

    To your point, consider this graph from the UK’s Office for National Statistics:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53571365

    They claim a huge spike in non-COVID deaths in care homes (i.e. what we call nursing homes) during the first wave of the pandemic.

    So what caused that? For that matter, given what has been reported about how deaths were recorded in the care homes, who can say what the exact breakdown between those two regions of the graph even are. I’m sure a lot of those oldsters did in fact die of COVID. Equally plausible to me is that a lot of them were effectively just euthanized.

    As you say, a lot of the excess deaths attributed to COVID may be down to panic, despair, medical malpractice, and – perhaps – flat out euthanasia.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Mr. Anon

    Am I missing something or does that chart fail to specify the interval? That is, are we looking at deaths per day, or per some other period?

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

  158. “It’s as if John and Paul had responded to George’s complaints about not getting enough songs on the Beatles’ albums”

    In the final interview that he gave before his death, (Playboy, Jan. 1981 issue), John made the point that most of George’s early songs sucked, but neither he nor Paul wanted to tell him. Thus they wisely limited his total contribution to the band’s albums to roughly 2 per 14 songs (the UK Beatles albums had 14, while the US albums had 12). Revolver broke this trend by allowing Harrison to contribute 3 songs to the album. Albeit, the third song does suck, at least when compared to most of Lennon-McCartney’s contributions to Revolver.

    By the way, happy belated birthday to Steve.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi


    the UK Beatles albums had 14, while the US albums had 12
     
    Younger people wouldn't know this, because when the CD's were released in the US, they used the UK song sequence, e.g. the Rubber Soul album in the US didn't include Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On, and If I Needed Someone, but the CD did when it was issued in 1987.
  159. @HammerJack
    She looks really different from her official photo..

    https://i.ibb.co/tmfvy4Y/Screenshot-20211222-225149-Daily-Mail-Online.jpg

    Representative Scanlon, I mean. Not Alden. Although...

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    She looks really different from her official photo..

    Representative Scanlon, I mean.

    They always do. This is what Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer actually look like:

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Mr. Anon

    Ironically Hoyer was first elected to Congress when Gladys Spellman fell into a coma at 62 and the House declared her seat vacant three months later. She ended up dying at 70 never having regained consciousness.

  160. @Paleo Liberal
    The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.

    The Sewar Socialists were a dominant force in Milwaukee politics for about 50 or so years, ending in 1960. The more fashionable leftists mocked them, and gave them the moniker. The Sewar Socialists took great pride in the name, because they built a sewage system in Milwaukee which greatly improved the public health for working families. And, they were honest.

    Fact is, people want a good life. They want to be safe in their homes and work. They want good schools for their kids. They want good public services. Good government is nice, if you have the other stuff.

    The main accomplishments of the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin were good schools, good roads, good sewage systems, safe streets, public parks and fairly clean government.

    The current governor, Evers, was elected because schools and roads deteriorated under his predecessor, Scott Walker. There used to be billboards showing Walker driving over “Scott holes” in the roads. And, he got completely screwed over by Foxconn, which may have cost Trump the state in 2020.

    I am not entirely despondent about my fellow Democrats. The incoming mayor of NYC appears to have learned the lessons.

    Replies: @American Marius, @Mr. Anon, @Alden

    I absolutely agree. Too many liberals and leftists have proved themselves utter fools on the issue of crime and policing the past year. The smart strategy would have been to call for combining better/smarter police spending with reforming police unions and criticize cop unions for doing stuff like what Steve Sailer calls “blue flu” that led to fewer police patrols and higher crime. Instead, by making the main emphasis on police “defunding” or even abolition, all the blame on the increase in crime has fallen on the left. Most voters don’t trust cuts in spending to result in efficiency rather than just making the services worse (and can you blame them?)-just look at how Republicans have fared when they cut education or healthcare spending.

    • Disagree: Abolish_public_education
  161. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Captain Tripps

    Sure. Thanks.

    Replies: @Mike Tre

    Nah, you’re right over the target. Twinkie excels at being duplicitous at a great many things, as his name even implies.

  162. education for children is their number one issue. It’s why they came here.

    Give us your huddled masses yearning for free babysitting.

  163. @advancedatheist
    The recent attacks on Kamala Harris coming from the mainstream media reminded me of something Machiavelli writes in The Prince, section XXII:

    THE CHOICE of Ministers is a matter of no small moment to a Prince. Whether they shall be good or no depends on his prudence, so that the readiest conjecture we can form of the character and sagacity of a Prince, is from seeing what sort of men he has about him. When they are at once capable and faithful, we may always account him wise, since he has known to recognize their merit and to retain their fidelity. But if they be otherwise, we must pronounce unfavourably of him, since he has committed a first fault in making this selection.
     
    Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable "minister" for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his "character and sagacity." If Harris could show some leadership and organizational ability, by contrast, her off-putting personality would matter less, because at least she could get people to work together to accomplish political goals.

    Replies: @Alden, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Tex

    ‘Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable “minister” for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his “character and sagacity.”…’

    This is kind of ridiculous. ‘Biden’ is a puppet to begin with — of what conceivable relevance are his ‘personal qualities’?

    • Agree: Bernard
    • Replies: @anon
    @Colin Wright

    The unpopularity of Harris was a feature, not a bug. All the unelectable Dem candidates loved the idea of throwing in a lame duck ticket against Trump. Leaving 2024 wide open. That always seemed obvious.

  164. @nebulafox
    @Captain Tripps

    Hey, hey, I was only being semi-serious. I'm gonna have to learn sooner or later how to deal with it successfully, it might as well be sooner, and better around people who understand why.

    (My family is not without their flaws, but one thing they are a consistent success on is not letting cultural norms overtake our priorities for each other as individuals. Might seem strange, but this is an underrated thing if you come from one where, say, men not drinking on levels that many other Americans would consider rather excessive around traditional Christian celebrations is pretty bizarre.)

    You too!

    Replies: @HammerJack

    Personally I don’t think this is the right century to be giving up drinking.

    • Replies: @Athenian Gentleman
    @HammerJack


    Personally I don’t think this is the right century to be giving up drinking.
     
    Is there a century for which you could not easily imagine people saying the same? Is there any period of adversity in history for which those living through it at the time did not characterize it as the worst, or at least as remarkably, even extraordinarily bad? Is man not inherently and inescapably myopic by nature, unable to perceive his lived reality within the vast perspective of history?
  165. @Spud Boy
    The Democrats needn't worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    Replies: @tyrone, @John Johnson, @Rosie, @Anonymous Jew

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    This really reflects the problem of the liberal position.

    They know that abortion was poorly argued and basically legalized by a group of liberal judges.

    But they want us to ignore the poor argument because a majority supports abortion. This is why they are afraid of it going to the courts. They don’t want it debated because it rests on a poor argument.

    Well at a state level there isn’t majority support and this type of issue was supposed to be decided by the states.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  166. @Art Deco
    @Wokechoke

    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38. The ratio of exports to gross domestic product was as follows:

    0.0435 (1938)
    0.0429 (1939)
    0.0476 (1940)
    0.0425 (1941)

    I tend to doubt Lend-Lease aid was driving economic activity.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Captain Tripps

    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38.

    Important to note in this context is that 1932-33 was a nadir never seen before or since. Upward was really the only direction available.

  167. @nebulafox
    @Buffalo Joe

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the "Democrats are the real racists" game, and replace it with "We are the party of normal people, and they don't have rational comebacks" game. Just keep hammering them. Don't play their game.

    Above all, people want someone who won't treat them like a snotty kid. Real whiff of the schoolmarm over the Democrats. That can be used.

    Replies: @John Johnson

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the “Democrats are the real racists” game, and replace it with “We are the party of normal people, and they don’t have rational comebacks” game. Just keep hammering them. Don’t play their game.

    I don’t know whoever thought that was a good idea.

    Pretty much all these statements should be dropped:

    Democrats are the real racists.
    Lincoln was a Republican.
    Southern segregationists were Democrats.
    Democrat plantation.
    MLK blah blah.

    They aren’t counter-arguments to Democrat positions. People hear them and yawn.

    Who is the Con Inc goof that comes up with this crap?

    The real weakness of liberalism is race but Con Inc doesn’t have the guts to go for the jugular since their own ideology embraces race denial. The best they can do is hit Democrats on education, crime and borders.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @John Johnson


    Pretty much all these statements should be dropped:

    Democrats are the real racists.
     
    Democrats are the real white supremacists. Everything is white supremacist if you think of it.

    Lincoln was a Republican.
     
    The most racist one of all, in fact. "The Party of the Racist Lincoln" would make would make striking billboard, but don't hold your breath for either party to erect it. Perhaps BLM?
    ...but Con Inc doesn’t have the guts to go for the jugular

    Southern segregationists were Democrats.
     
    Ethnic cleansers were Democrats. Slave auctioneers were Democrats. Concentration camp commissary were Democrats. Carpet bombers of civilians were Democrats. Democrats introduced nuclear war to the world-- on women and children trapped in paper buildings.

    The party has been a festering pustule of evil for its entire history.

    ...but Con Inc doesn’t have the guts to go for the jugular...
     
    You want "jugular"? I just gave it to you. The Dems are the equal of Mussolini, Lenin, Hitler, and Stalin.

    ...since their own ideology embraces race denial.
     
    Telling Southerners that their ancestors were the worst race traitors who ever lived-- in other words, race realism-- is not the way to get their votes. They've already been betrayed by the other party, to which they were once even more loyal.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    @John Johnson

    Who is the Con Inc goof that comes up with this crap?

    Dinesh D'Souza for one.

  168. @Paleo Liberal
    The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.

    The Sewar Socialists were a dominant force in Milwaukee politics for about 50 or so years, ending in 1960. The more fashionable leftists mocked them, and gave them the moniker. The Sewar Socialists took great pride in the name, because they built a sewage system in Milwaukee which greatly improved the public health for working families. And, they were honest.

    Fact is, people want a good life. They want to be safe in their homes and work. They want good schools for their kids. They want good public services. Good government is nice, if you have the other stuff.

    The main accomplishments of the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin were good schools, good roads, good sewage systems, safe streets, public parks and fairly clean government.

    The current governor, Evers, was elected because schools and roads deteriorated under his predecessor, Scott Walker. There used to be billboards showing Walker driving over “Scott holes” in the roads. And, he got completely screwed over by Foxconn, which may have cost Trump the state in 2020.

    I am not entirely despondent about my fellow Democrats. The incoming mayor of NYC appears to have learned the lessons.

    Replies: @American Marius, @Mr. Anon, @Alden

    The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.

    For the record, it’s “Sewer”, not “Sewar”.

    • Thanks: Paleo Liberal
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Mr. Anon

    By the sewer I lived
    By the sewer I died
    They said it was murder
    But it was sewerside.

    --Anonymous

  169. @Spud Boy
    The Democrats needn't worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    Replies: @tyrone, @John Johnson, @Rosie, @Anonymous Jew

    The Democrats needn’t worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be because TPTB intend to come after homeschoolers.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Rosie

    TPTB intend to come after homeschoolers.

    In CA, home schools fall within the category of private schools. That institution is under threat by the GOP (sic), e.g. its support for vouchers (welfare). If ultimately successful, it will result in private schools losing whatever advantages they have [left].

    The DEMs attack charter (i.e. non-union, often GOP controlled, public) schools.

  170. Sailer is sugar coating things. What is coming is much, much, much worse than the stagflation of the 1970’s. In fact, it will be significantly worse than the 1929 Crash.

    What is coming is a protracted and severe depression caused by the simultaneous popping of the bond bubble, student and housing credit bubble, and the financial banking bubble which has been building for 40 years now since the Regan Administration, and a *sovereign debt crisis* when investors realize that the U.S Government cannot service even the interest of it’s debt anymore. Economists have created a new term for what is coming: “tankflation”, which is an amalgamation of the words tanking with inflation. That is, a severe depression that will be worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!

    Sailer does not think that this is possible because he thinks that this kind of thing only happens to Third World countries like Argentina. The might U.S.A, the “hyperpower” having a sovereign debt crisis? Impossible!. After, all, the U.S Dollar is the World’s fiat currency. Think again. People forget that, as recently as the 1960’s, there were still many parts of the World that prefered the English Sterling as it’s reserve currency. Even as the U.S emerged from WW2 as the World’s most powerful capitalist economy, with a GDP literally 10 X larger than Britain’s, a lot of the World still prefered the Sterling just like they did in 1860, because it was way more establihsed than the Dollar, more reliable and London still competed with NYC for the title of the World’s leading finance center(as it still does now), with much older and more prestigious banks and brokers. So a lot of the World still prefered the British Sterling, despite the U.S economy being much larger than Britain’s after WW2. This finally changed for good in the late 1960’s, when the British Labor Party, acting inn typical socilist fashion, decided to raise living standards arbitrarily and dramatically by increasing the money supply dramatically and doubling the minimum wage of workers. Tis doubling of the salaries of everyone, coupled with an increae in the money supply, not balanced by a doubling of productivity, resulted in the Sterling devaluing dramtically. This ordinarilly would only lead to inflation, but the problem is that investors that held assets in Sterlings saw half their wealth disappear instantly. This made foreign investors royally pissed, and they sold everything they had in Sterlings, including all holdings they had in England. Many of the countries that accepted the Sterling as their reserve currency sold all of them, and no longer accepted the Sterling as payment. So, from that point on, Brits actually had to buy the local money when they wanted to buy something from other countries. They couldn’t simply pay for whatever they wanted in the World by printing money. The HUGE privileges of being a fiat currency for other coountries was gone. The U.S is about to go over this.

    [MORE]

    The U.S is the most indebted nation ever(by far) in absolute terms, and one of the top #5 most indebted ever even when you factor in total debt and GDP size. The U.S National Debt is over \$29 trillion, while the entire GDP is around \$22 trillion. That is bad enough, but the U.S real GDP is actually closer to #15 trillion, due to how massively inflated the financial sector is. To make matters even worse, the U.S does not even have trade superavits, but in fact runs the World’s largest trade deficits, and has been doing so since 1986! Sure, trade deficits of \$650 billion to a trillion are not “that” bad for a \$22 trillion GDP. The problem is that 800\$ a year, every year, year after year, for more than 30 years consecutively, does represent quite a hunk of cash.

    The reason why economic Armaggedon is coming is because all of this is coming to burst at once. The U.S is reaching a point where it is becoming nigh-impossible to service even the *interests* of the National Debt. And the FED keeps making endless QE(“quantitive easing” i.e, inflation). America could barely service the interest when COVID hit, and since COVID hit some 20 months ago, the Federal Government has printed *ten trillion* Dollars. First, they injected close to 4 trillion to keep financial markets afloat during the worst of the pandemic. Then, they bought everyone’s debt, and when I say everyone I actually mean everyone, for another \$6 trillion. Just for the aviation and hotel industry, which would all but cease to exist without government help, over\$3 trillion. Another \$3 trillion to garantee banking and student loans for some 50 million people.

    But this is just the tip of the iceberg! The financial industry has over a *two hundred trillion* in dead bonds and worthless financial assets that simply can’t be propped up anymore. They are called in the stock market as “toxic assets”. Yes, the figure “two hundred trillion” sounds unreal. Those are the kinds of numbers often only used by astronomers. But that is exactly right. How did it get to this point? Well, it started way, way back in the 1980’s, when Ronald McDonald, in his urge to bankrupt the Soviet Union, started the biggest arms buildup in history. Because the goal was to bankrupt the U.S.S.R, the Federal Government for the first time ever started to to insure contracts from the military-industrial complex even if they worked or not. This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco. The government simply bought thousands of military contracts and payed by emitting U.S treasuries and ensuring the bank loans that the defense contractors took for the projects. His successor, Geroge Senior, continued the tradition. Then, Bill the Cad came to power in 1992. During his first term, the internet became commercial for the first time, and there was a huge upstarts of companies that were hopeful of making it big in the World Wide Web. By 1999, it became apparent that it was a gigantic bubble, and that the vast majority of those internet companies created in the boom from 1994 to 1997 were bankrupt. Problem is, those companies togetehr had trillions of Dollars in loans to banks that could not be repaid. Clinton wanted his successor, Al Gore, to win the election, so he didn’t allow the bubble to burst at the end of his term. So he had Greenspan of the FED start the first QE to pay for all of the mess. Gore lost anyway, and George Junior, to his credit, and paying lip service to the Republican credo of fiscal responability(unless when it comes to military spending) was going to let the bubble burst, and in late 2000, early 2001 he was tapering of QE. But then, 9/11 happened. The establishment, afraid that the combination of a national tragedy like that with the start of a severe and prolonged recession would lead the country to severe social unrest and possibly a civil war, decided not only to keep QE, but to expand it to unprecedented levels. And this went on. To make matters worse, Bush Junior started the policy of the Federal Government ensuring loans to anyone that wanted to buy a house. The National Debt at that point, at well over \$10 trillion, skyrocketed even more. The rpblem is, the economy, now heavily dependent on imports, was not creating high-paying jobs enough for all the people that got loans to repay them. Tens of millions of people defaulted at once, and the 2008 mega-crash happened. Or, at least, it should have happened, but it didn’t!!!! Remember, the financial crash of 2008 was so severe because it was the result of not one, not even two, but three bubbles bursting at once! The government bond bubble of the 1980’s, the internet.com bubble of the 90’s, and then the housing bubble, all roled into one! But no way, no how would liberal allow the First Black President ever have his term under the worst economic crisis since 1929. So the FED literally bought all the debt, printed another \$4 trillion by emitting ensured government bonds, and lowered interest rates to a record low of 0%. That averted what would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929, but made it much, much, much worse. That was over 13 years ago, and remember that, if that bubble had been allowed to pop, it would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929. But, in the past 13 years, government debt increased to being bigger than the entire GDP for the first time ever, and the amount of “toxic assets” increased in value 10 X compared to 2008.

    What is going to happen now is that the FED simply cannot avert the 3 bubbles + government sovereign debt. This is the equivalent of a financial/economic hydrogen bomb. Or better yet, a financial supernova. The government cannot even service the interests of the National Debt anymore, so how is it going to avert the two hundred trillion in dead debts of private holders in the financial market? Literally hundred of trillions of “toxic assets” and debt from private citizens as well as ensured loans for banks and financial brokers. This is going to make 2008 seem like an easy walk in the park in comparison.

    So to recapitulate: largest debtor nation ever, nation makes almost no goods that the World wants to use as an alternative payment to U.S Dollars, an economy that is much smaller than it actually is, with tens of trillions of Dollars in debt of private citizens(think your cousin with 7 credit cards and no credit) and another 100+ trillion in bank and broker debt, all theoretically ensiured by the government.

    Here is what will happen: the market will realize that many of the companies that made the goods and services that were being ensured by the government during the COVID pandemic were fictitious or will never rebound. This will lead to realize that his has been true for 40 years since 1982. This will make them want to cash in the ensured governmen loans that they made for decades , all at once. The U.S simply does not have hard assets that xan back that up, and because the law demands that contracts be enforced, they will have to pay by printing even more money than they did. Problem: financial investors abroad will not tolerate that, as they will see the value of their assets melt. So as the dollar loses it’a value due to inflation, there will be a massive run on the Dollar on the global financial markets.

    Foreign nations will no longer accept U.S Dollars as payment, so Americans will be forced to buy their currencies to buy foreign goods. Because almost everything comes from outside the U.S, Americans will face a devaluing currency combined with a skyrocketing price market. America’s standard of libing will decline to only 25% of what is is now in less than 2 years after the hyper-crash.

    The government will try to mitigate some of the catastrophe by raising interest rates to record highs, trying to increase investments in productivity so as to bring production back to America and stimulate investment rather than consumption. The rpoblem is that, with higher interest rates, Americans will buy even less as buying anything on credit will be off limits, which is a problem when you are already faced with an erosion of the value of your money. So Americans will tighten up even more, dropping demandthrough the floor. Banks will be willing to land, but neither consumers or producers will be taking them. Consumers because they can’t afford them, with their dwindling salaries, and producers because, with a tanked demand and rising prices, they have no reason for produce.

    In other words, depression + inflation. Prices skyrocket as you need to pay for goods in foreign currency, wages lose their value, and no one consumes *or* invests in productive enteprise, prefering to put their dwindling economies in safer foreign currencies and in gold.

    I am talking here something worse than the 1929 Crash or even the Weimar Republic. After all, the Weimar Republic, for it’s hyperinflation, had lots of capital as Germans are thrifty, and the economy was booming as German Industry recovered from WW!. Imagine the inflation and instability of the Weimar Republic with a shrinking of the economy even worse than what happened during the 30’s.

    What we are wittnessing is the end of the U.S as a World power, and of the U.S as the World’s fiat currency. We are living in interesting times.

    • Agree: S
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @Zero Philosopher


    ...worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!
     
    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush--in my opinion the worst president in the US history--who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn't it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can't always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    Replies: @FPD72, @Reg Cæsar, @Wokechoke, @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch

    , @Almost Missouri
    @Zero Philosopher

    Okay, I agree with most of this, but most other first world governments (Euro zone, UK, Japan) are taking on massive debt and printing money hand over fist too. Are they being forced to by the US, or do they have the same problems and same (non)solutions as the US? There are some small exceptions of course, but the Swiss and Norwegian economies are too small to absorb everyone else's savings. Or will everyone run to whatever Putin and Xi come up with?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Zero Philosopher

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Zero Philosopher


    This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco.
     
    Yes. What a horrid, HORRID airplane. Who would want it when there are so many planes to choose from that are far better for the price; countries like Switzerland and Finland would NEVER buy such a monstrosity!

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oi2_rVeBs

    Replies: @Zero Philosopher

  171. @Alden
    @Altai

    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls. Born in 2008 40 years after affirmative action law and 37 years after Griggs vs Duke Power and 35 years after Roe.

    And you post a picture of a very young teen in her white underpants. You’re just an old pervert. For the sake of 10-16 year old girls within 100 miles of your perverted self I hope you confine your sexual outlets to your hand.

    14 year old girls on tumbler destroyed America. Or why I have such contempt and disdain for some of the old perverts on UNZ. And why you are on tumbler?

    I’ve posted many times before that all the damage was done by White men presidents Vice Presidents Congress critters Senators governors. state legislators mayors city council critters and county supervisors school boards school superintendents between 1948 White man integrated the military to Griggs White men invented a law that other White be hired last and fired first.

    An old man roaming tumbler, posting picture of young girls in their underpants, and blaming every thing detrimental to Whites since 1948 on 14 year old girls. Are you stalking Claudia Conway? Sounds like it.

    It’s always easy to figure which MEN OF UNZ have wives girl friends and daughters. And which like you live in an Internet fantasy of horny teens like Maxwell Epstein’s harem of eager young prostitutes.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe, @Reg Cæsar

    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls.

    No, on those who listen to 14-year-old girls, particularly the type who seriously believe the Trumps are “anti-Semitic” and “homophobic”. (I will always apply scare quotes to those ridiculous non-words.)

    There are wise lasses out there, but nobody pays attention to them. Fifty years ago this month, TV Guide did stories on The Partridge Family and Bobby Sherman. I think it was one of these which claimed that “every 12-year-old girl in America” was fascinated with these stars.

    A few weeks later, they printed a pointed and very mature letter from two 12-year-old girls who were offended by this and were following higher pursuits.

    Those girls are in their sixties now, but their counterparts are out there today. I met a couple of them while walking the dog tonight.

    It would be quite ironic if the letter was about the Sherman article. Bobby himself retired from the business to serve as an EMT in LA.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    So you too roam the internet to find out what 14 year old girls are thinking and doing? And believe it’s important or significant ? What’s wrong with you?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  172. @Twinkie
    @JimDandy


    Skinniest all on the bottom. Just a coincidence.
     
    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Reg Cæsar

    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.

    Belgians invented the “French” fry. Followed by the Belgian waffle. It will take a lot of Brussels sprouts to make up for that!

    At least their beers are (mostly) light. Belgium is supposedly the beeriest nation on Earth.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    https://www.lchf-rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Obesity-Rates-2015-by-country.png

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jonathan Mason, @Captain Tripps

    , @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    There’s little French fry carts all over Belgian streets, malls everywhere. And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it? I have and it’s delicious. Much better than ketchup. Recipe for one cup of mayonnaise. 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg yolk, half a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Calories calories calories of oils and carbs.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @ScarletNumber

  173. Bloody Hell Steve, get on a plane to UK and get the NHS to do your surgery, half of Nigeria does!

  174. @Rob
    @Roger

    Lost Afghan war? Really? The collaborationist government lasted eleven days against the Taliban. The war was unwinnable. There was not even anything to win. The prize was mineral “wealth” far away from any infrastructure that amounts to like 5% of US annual GDP. The prize was umpteen million goatherders and opium growers. Not even skilled labor by 21st century standards. If America does not finally crash on Biden’s watch, he will at least be remembered for that one piece of statesmanship. Yes, Trump’s people negotiated the withdrawal agreement, but Brandon did not say, “lol, Trump” and tear it up.

    The big failure in the Afghanistan withdrawal, giving up the military airbase first, was generals trying to make withdrawal a clusterfuck to dissuade future Presidents from ending wars. The fact that Brandon did not demand resignations from a dozen generals is probably because the progs want the military to “stop” the 2023 election “insurrection” that they are planning.

    Replies: @Roger

    Yes, the war was unwinnable, but we could have left safely with our men and our equipment.

  175. @John Johnson
    @nebulafox

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the “Democrats are the real racists” game, and replace it with “We are the party of normal people, and they don’t have rational comebacks” game. Just keep hammering them. Don’t play their game.

    I don't know whoever thought that was a good idea.

    Pretty much all these statements should be dropped:

    Democrats are the real racists.
    Lincoln was a Republican.
    Southern segregationists were Democrats.
    Democrat plantation.
    MLK blah blah.

    They aren't counter-arguments to Democrat positions. People hear them and yawn.

    Who is the Con Inc goof that comes up with this crap?

    The real weakness of liberalism is race but Con Inc doesn't have the guts to go for the jugular since their own ideology embraces race denial. The best they can do is hit Democrats on education, crime and borders.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Harry Baldwin

    Pretty much all these statements should be dropped:

    Democrats are the real racists.

    Democrats are the real white supremacists. Everything is white supremacist if you think of it.

    Lincoln was a Republican.

    The most racist one of all, in fact. “The Party of the Racist Lincoln” would make would make striking billboard, but don’t hold your breath for either party to erect it. Perhaps BLM?
    …but Con Inc doesn’t have the guts to go for the jugular

    Southern segregationists were Democrats.

    Ethnic cleansers were Democrats. Slave auctioneers were Democrats. Concentration camp commissary were Democrats. Carpet bombers of civilians were Democrats. Democrats introduced nuclear war to the world– on women and children trapped in paper buildings.

    The party has been a festering pustule of evil for its entire history.

    …but Con Inc doesn’t have the guts to go for the jugular…

    You want “jugular”? I just gave it to you. The Dems are the equal of Mussolini, Lenin, Hitler, and Stalin.

    …since their own ideology embraces race denial.

    Telling Southerners that their ancestors were the worst race traitors who ever lived– in other words, race realism– is not the way to get their votes. They’ve already been betrayed by the other party, to which they were once even more loyal.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  176. @Mr. Anon
    @Old Prude

    To your point, consider this graph from the UK's Office for National Statistics:

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/640/cpsprodpb/1325D/production/_113692487_optimised-ons_care_homes-nc.png

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53571365

    They claim a huge spike in non-COVID deaths in care homes (i.e. what we call nursing homes) during the first wave of the pandemic.

    So what caused that? For that matter, given what has been reported about how deaths were recorded in the care homes, who can say what the exact breakdown between those two regions of the graph even are. I'm sure a lot of those oldsters did in fact die of COVID. Equally plausible to me is that a lot of them were effectively just euthanized.

    As you say, a lot of the excess deaths attributed to COVID may be down to panic, despair, medical malpractice, and - perhaps - flat out euthanasia.

    Replies: @HammerJack

    Am I missing something or does that chart fail to specify the interval? That is, are we looking at deaths per day, or per some other period?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @HammerJack

    I believe it is deaths per day.

  177. @Mr. Anon
    @Paleo Liberal


    The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.
     
    For the record, it's "Sewer", not "Sewar".

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    By the sewer I lived
    By the sewer I died
    They said it was murder
    But it was sewerside.

    –Anonymous

  178. @Barnard

    The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge (symbolized by Joe’s affirmative-action choice of the inept Kamala) is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band.
     
    My impression is that it was Big Tech Indians funneling donation money to the Biden campaign who wanted Kamala on the ticket. Joe certainly didn't choose in the sense that he had any real input into who was chosen. Kamala is not popular with blacks and has no natural inclination to their causes.

    Replies: @Not Raul, @Don Unf

    Kamala seemed to have hefty support from Clinton and Obama people even back in 2018. It seemed like Clinton herself wanted Kamala to be The One. I think what held them back was her abject lack of charisma and bizarre demeanor. After the first debates it was obvious she couldn’t hold a candle to even a senile, doddering, unlikable Biden. They had to stomp Trump, and they sure were never going to do that with Kamala out front, but having a token black/indian female in the passenger seat seemed like a worthwhile investment.

    I’m sure they thought she’d perk up after a couple of years. That didn’t happen. It is amazing how whenever she gets the mic, she still comes off like a mentally retarded child at a county fair. At least she makes Biden look good in comparison, I guess.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Don Unf


    ...she still comes off like a mentally retarded child at a county fair.
     
    That's funny. We were regular state fair goers, but found that when our children were small it was a far better idea to take them to the county fairs instead. Cheaper, less crowded, less hectic, smaller, and a lot less scary should a child get separated.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  179. @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie


    I believe you once insisted in a discussion that this was a “blue area” pandemic, to which I cautioned in response that pandemics generally begin in high density areas, but eventually do spread to rural areas, so “red areas” shouldn’t be taking a victory lap just yet.
     
    A comment search for "blue area" finds nothing in my timeline, while I already gave the link for "we will all get it" which was my first covid comment.

    But in any case, in the first half of 2020 it would indeed have been accurate to describe it as a blue pandemic. And after the blues had so energetically denounced any anti-pandemic measure as "racist", it would also have been a good time to have savored the schadenfreude fate had so generously provided.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    A comment search for “blue area” finds nothing in my timeline

    Try “reds.” Better yet, read the conversation exchange between the two of us starting here: https://www.unz.com/anepigone/open-partisanship/#comment-3878169

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie

    Okay, man, I re-read that comment thread, and it still looks accurate as far as I can see.

    Replies: @Twinkie

  180. @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.
     
    Belgians invented the "French" fry. Followed by the Belgian waffle. It will take a lot of Brussels sprouts to make up for that!

    At least their beers are (mostly) light. Belgium is supposedly the beeriest nation on Earth.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Alden

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie

    Measuring sure adds quite a few pounds kg over self-reporting, doesn't it? Are the Dutch really that skinnier than the Belgians, the Slovaks than the Czechs?

    Replies: @Twinkie

    , @Jonathan Mason
    @Twinkie

    It looks like skiing or ice skating is the key to keeping the pounds off.

    , @Captain Tripps
    @Twinkie

    Some noteworthy points about that graph:

    - The Anglosphere countries at the bottom (Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, US)
    - Why are the nine countries at the bottom separated out?
    - Wow, there are a LOT of confident plus-size ladies in South Africa!

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Twinkie

  181. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Altai

    There has been now a long-time overemphasis in our culture of the tastes and drives of adolescents. Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Why? Why position the tastes and expressions and actions of not-yet-adults higher than those of the real, grown up people who begat them and have actual, real life experience? This is inexplicable.

    Sure, we all find it fun to revel in and enjoy rock music, or whatever came after it. We all like to regress a little bit, but that is not the same thing as giving over almost completely to youth and inexperience, to naivete.

    Certain businesses find it profitable, and they have enjoyed an open playing field in the Western world all my lifetime, and I can't believe it. A civilization cannot stand on its children.

    Look, I love and we love all that stuff from our youth. But how many of us seriously expected the adult world, of which we are now part, to set aside its hard-won knowledge just to entertain our childlike whims? Here we are, seriously discussing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and so on, when we know damn well they all were just entertainment for people living between childhood and adulthood.

    We now have a Peter Pan culture.

    Replies: @Old Prude, @James Braxton, @kihowi, @Reg Cæsar

    Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.

    Paul Harvey related the story of a young pop star of the ’40s named Francis, whose female fans screamed and fainted in his presence, and some of whom chased him on the train platform with scissors in order to get a lock of his hair. Of course, he was describing

    [MORE]

    Franz Liszt.

    Now you know the rest of the story.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Reg Cæsar

    LOL. Thanks.

    Good day.

  182. @MEH 0910
    @Twinkie


    a man who wrote a series of serious (or meant to be serious) articles (albeit on Unz* or AmRen) suggesting that Covid only kills Asians, “because race is real.”**
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/cv-stats-by-los-angeles-county-neighborhood/#comment-3811724

    https://vdare.com/writers/lance-welton
    https://www.unz.com/author/lance-welton/
     

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Thanks again. Lance Welton, that’s him.

    So he went from these articles:

    “Do You Know All Coronavirus Victims Appear to be Chinese? Thought Not,” Feb. 1, 2020

    “STILL No Non-Chinese Deaths from Coronavirus, But the WASHINGTON POST Wants You to Rat Out Your Neighbors Anyway,” Feb. 8, 2020

    “STILL No Non-East Asian Deaths from Corona—But CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Won’t Admit It,” Feb. 15, 2020

    “Coronavirus STILL Hasn’t Killed Any Whites (Not Counting Iranians). NEW YORK TIMES Ignores, But Concedes Gender Difference. Why?” Feb. 20, 2020

    To these:

    “So the Ruling Class Was WRONG WRONG WRONG About Covid-19. What Else Are They Wrong About?” May 27, 2021

    “Yes, Virginia (Dare), COVID Could Have Been A Chinese Race-Based Bioweapon,” July 24 , 2021
    See also: Did China Create Covid As A Bioweapon Targeting Non-Chinese?

    Well, he pivoted with the mental dexterity of yester years communists who quickly denounced yesterday’s favored leaders as counter-revolutionaries when they fell from favor today.

    As Anatoly Karlin once wrote, “Only the best people.”

    • Agree: Athenian Gentleman
    • Replies: @HA
    @Twinkie

    "Well, he pivoted with the mental dexterity of yester years communists who quickly denounced yesterday’s favored leaders..."

    To be fair to Welton -- not that it's going to change the sheer hilarity of all that egg on his face -- he does say in that "WRONG WRONG WRONG" article that:


    I must confess that I made the mistake at first of thinking that, as with previous outbreaks of similar diseases like SARS and MERS, Covid-19 would be unlikely to have much an impact outside East Asia. That was a reasonable hypothesis. But it was not correct.
     
    And then after that, he's off to the races again insisting that the beagle-torturer is the one who really messed up. Make of that what you will, but as weaselly as that confession was, he's still less of a weasel than a number of the just-a-flu bros who regularly come back here to harangue Sailer and Cochran for getting it all wrong.
    , @Anonymous
    @Twinkie

    This was understandable in light of the original SARS which badly hit China and neighboring countries but barely touched the West.

    SARS II had the complete opposite effect.

    Replies: @Twinkie

  183. @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    https://www.lchf-rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Obesity-Rates-2015-by-country.png

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jonathan Mason, @Captain Tripps

    Measuring sure adds quite a few pounds kg over self-reporting, doesn’t it? Are the Dutch really that skinnier than the Belgians, the Slovaks than the Czechs?

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Gamecock

  184. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Go back over half a century, go back to the screaming teenaged girls when The Beatles first appeared on American television. Go back and look at how seriously everyone took that and has ever since.
     
    Paul Harvey related the story of a young pop star of the '40s named Francis, whose female fans screamed and fainted in his presence, and some of whom chased him on the train platform with scissors in order to get a lock of his hair. Of course, he was describing



    Franz Liszt.

    Now you know the rest of the story.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    LOL. Thanks.

    Good day.

  185. What’s the matter with the rest of us?

    Why are we so hellbent determined to reduce our people to subservient drug taking imbeciles in order of the state?

    Steve, seriously you need to start examining this mainstream cult which has overtaken us

    It’s completely beyond distasteful the appalling acts committed against our people

    (our people will rise and overcome)

    It’s beyond amazing how deaths from Fentanyl overdose keep escaping historical facts.

    Puts a new light on wwii

  186. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    @Captain Tripps

    "CDC data as of yesterday shows [1] 72% (204M) of Americans with at least one dose and [2] 61% (241M) fully vaccinated."

    If I am reading this aright, [1] says that 204 megapeople constitute 72% of all Americans, and [2] says that 241 megapeople constitute 61% of all Americans. So [1] says that the total U.S. population is 204/.72 = 283 million people, and [2] says that the total U.S. population is 241/.61 = 395 million people. Does not compute.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

    Mark, thanks for pointing out the error; the total number with at least one shot is 241M (72%) and the total fully vaccinated (both mRNA shots or the single shot traditional) is 204M (61%). Apologize for the confusion.

  187. @Ron Mexico
    @Captain Tripps

    "This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans."
    This is one reason that I think Trump continues to tout the vax, even though it is unpopular with his core and he knows it. He forces the Brandon Admin and Dems to continue to step up their measures against Covid, even though most efforts have proven to be a wash at best. Then Trump can say, I only wanted to offer a vax, but not place any mandates.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

    Interesting; funny how Trump continues to live rent-free inside the heads of a significant number of Democrats.

  188. @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    https://www.lchf-rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Obesity-Rates-2015-by-country.png

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jonathan Mason, @Captain Tripps

    It looks like skiing or ice skating is the key to keeping the pounds off.

  189. @Art Deco
    @Wokechoke

    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38. The ratio of exports to gross domestic product was as follows:

    0.0435 (1938)
    0.0429 (1939)
    0.0476 (1940)
    0.0425 (1941)

    I tend to doubt Lend-Lease aid was driving economic activity.

    Replies: @HammerJack, @Captain Tripps

    The economy grew quite rapidly from 1933 to 1941, bar an 18 month period in 1937-38.

    True, but as HammerJack noted, the economy had nowhere to go but up after 1928-1932. Amity Shlaes observes that unemployment still averaged 15% throughout that same period (1933-1941). So, while there was growth, many Americans could not find steady work.

  190. @Paleo Liberal
    @MLK

    All the facts point to a decisive Biden victory.

    But for most Trump supporters, it’s all about their FEELINGS!

    Oh, they just feels it in their bones that Trump must have won.

    Just because Every. Single. Audit. — even by hardcore Trump supporters like in Arizona and Wisconsin — shows a Biden victory. It hurts the fee fees of so many Trump supporters.

    So Trumpists gotta whine.

    Show me some evidence or STFU.

    Replies: @MLK

    Uh huh. Then why the foot-stomping from you in lieu of answering my simple question?

    What is it about Biden, his campaign, events during the campaign, election, or since, that convinced you he won 81M votes — the most ever and more black votes than Obama?

    I can’t make it any easier than that for you.

  191. @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie

    Measuring sure adds quite a few pounds kg over self-reporting, doesn't it? Are the Dutch really that skinnier than the Belgians, the Slovaks than the Czechs?

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.
     
    Belgians are white, as are half their immigrants, and they walk or bike everywhere. So, yes, Americans will outweigh them. They're still fatter than the Dutch-- if you believe the latter's self-reports.
    , @Gamecock
    @Twinkie


    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.
     
    Bullshit. Americans aren't weighed.
  192. @Zero Philosopher
    Sailer is sugar coating things. What is coming is much, much, much worse than the stagflation of the 1970's. In fact, it will be significantly worse than the 1929 Crash.

    What is coming is a protracted and severe depression caused by the simultaneous popping of the bond bubble, student and housing credit bubble, and the financial banking bubble which has been building for 40 years now since the Regan Administration, and a *sovereign debt crisis* when investors realize that the U.S Government cannot service even the interest of it's debt anymore. Economists have created a new term for what is coming: "tankflation", which is an amalgamation of the words tanking with inflation. That is, a severe depression that will be worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!

    Sailer does not think that this is possible because he thinks that this kind of thing only happens to Third World countries like Argentina. The might U.S.A, the "hyperpower" having a sovereign debt crisis? Impossible!. After, all, the U.S Dollar is the World's fiat currency. Think again. People forget that, as recently as the 1960's, there were still many parts of the World that prefered the English Sterling as it's reserve currency. Even as the U.S emerged from WW2 as the World's most powerful capitalist economy, with a GDP literally 10 X larger than Britain's, a lot of the World still prefered the Sterling just like they did in 1860, because it was way more establihsed than the Dollar, more reliable and London still competed with NYC for the title of the World's leading finance center(as it still does now), with much older and more prestigious banks and brokers. So a lot of the World still prefered the British Sterling, despite the U.S economy being much larger than Britain's after WW2. This finally changed for good in the late 1960's, when the British Labor Party, acting inn typical socilist fashion, decided to raise living standards arbitrarily and dramatically by increasing the money supply dramatically and doubling the minimum wage of workers. Tis doubling of the salaries of everyone, coupled with an increae in the money supply, not balanced by a doubling of productivity, resulted in the Sterling devaluing dramtically. This ordinarilly would only lead to inflation, but the problem is that investors that held assets in Sterlings saw half their wealth disappear instantly. This made foreign investors royally pissed, and they sold everything they had in Sterlings, including all holdings they had in England. Many of the countries that accepted the Sterling as their reserve currency sold all of them, and no longer accepted the Sterling as payment. So, from that point on, Brits actually had to buy the local money when they wanted to buy something from other countries. They couldn't simply pay for whatever they wanted in the World by printing money. The HUGE privileges of being a fiat currency for other coountries was gone. The U.S is about to go over this.



    The U.S is the most indebted nation ever(by far) in absolute terms, and one of the top #5 most indebted ever even when you factor in total debt and GDP size. The U.S National Debt is over $29 trillion, while the entire GDP is around $22 trillion. That is bad enough, but the U.S real GDP is actually closer to #15 trillion, due to how massively inflated the financial sector is. To make matters even worse, the U.S does not even have trade superavits, but in fact runs the World's largest trade deficits, and has been doing so since 1986! Sure, trade deficits of $650 billion to a trillion are not "that" bad for a $22 trillion GDP. The problem is that 800$ a year, every year, year after year, for more than 30 years consecutively, does represent quite a hunk of cash.

    The reason why economic Armaggedon is coming is because all of this is coming to burst at once. The U.S is reaching a point where it is becoming nigh-impossible to service even the *interests* of the National Debt. And the FED keeps making endless QE("quantitive easing" i.e, inflation). America could barely service the interest when COVID hit, and since COVID hit some 20 months ago, the Federal Government has printed *ten trillion* Dollars. First, they injected close to 4 trillion to keep financial markets afloat during the worst of the pandemic. Then, they bought everyone's debt, and when I say everyone I actually mean everyone, for another $6 trillion. Just for the aviation and hotel industry, which would all but cease to exist without government help, over$3 trillion. Another $3 trillion to garantee banking and student loans for some 50 million people.

    But this is just the tip of the iceberg! The financial industry has over a *two hundred trillion* in dead bonds and worthless financial assets that simply can't be propped up anymore. They are called in the stock market as "toxic assets". Yes, the figure "two hundred trillion" sounds unreal. Those are the kinds of numbers often only used by astronomers. But that is exactly right. How did it get to this point? Well, it started way, way back in the 1980's, when Ronald McDonald, in his urge to bankrupt the Soviet Union, started the biggest arms buildup in history. Because the goal was to bankrupt the U.S.S.R, the Federal Government for the first time ever started to to insure contracts from the military-industrial complex even if they worked or not. This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco. The government simply bought thousands of military contracts and payed by emitting U.S treasuries and ensuring the bank loans that the defense contractors took for the projects. His successor, Geroge Senior, continued the tradition. Then, Bill the Cad came to power in 1992. During his first term, the internet became commercial for the first time, and there was a huge upstarts of companies that were hopeful of making it big in the World Wide Web. By 1999, it became apparent that it was a gigantic bubble, and that the vast majority of those internet companies created in the boom from 1994 to 1997 were bankrupt. Problem is, those companies togetehr had trillions of Dollars in loans to banks that could not be repaid. Clinton wanted his successor, Al Gore, to win the election, so he didn't allow the bubble to burst at the end of his term. So he had Greenspan of the FED start the first QE to pay for all of the mess. Gore lost anyway, and George Junior, to his credit, and paying lip service to the Republican credo of fiscal responability(unless when it comes to military spending) was going to let the bubble burst, and in late 2000, early 2001 he was tapering of QE. But then, 9/11 happened. The establishment, afraid that the combination of a national tragedy like that with the start of a severe and prolonged recession would lead the country to severe social unrest and possibly a civil war, decided not only to keep QE, but to expand it to unprecedented levels. And this went on. To make matters worse, Bush Junior started the policy of the Federal Government ensuring loans to anyone that wanted to buy a house. The National Debt at that point, at well over $10 trillion, skyrocketed even more. The rpblem is, the economy, now heavily dependent on imports, was not creating high-paying jobs enough for all the people that got loans to repay them. Tens of millions of people defaulted at once, and the 2008 mega-crash happened. Or, at least, it should have happened, but it didn't!!!! Remember, the financial crash of 2008 was so severe because it was the result of not one, not even two, but three bubbles bursting at once! The government bond bubble of the 1980's, the internet.com bubble of the 90's, and then the housing bubble, all roled into one! But no way, no how would liberal allow the First Black President ever have his term under the worst economic crisis since 1929. So the FED literally bought all the debt, printed another $4 trillion by emitting ensured government bonds, and lowered interest rates to a record low of 0%. That averted what would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929, but made it much, much, much worse. That was over 13 years ago, and remember that, if that bubble had been allowed to pop, it would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929. But, in the past 13 years, government debt increased to being bigger than the entire GDP for the first time ever, and the amount of "toxic assets" increased in value 10 X compared to 2008.

    What is going to happen now is that the FED simply cannot avert the 3 bubbles + government sovereign debt. This is the equivalent of a financial/economic hydrogen bomb. Or better yet, a financial supernova. The government cannot even service the interests of the National Debt anymore, so how is it going to avert the two hundred trillion in dead debts of private holders in the financial market? Literally hundred of trillions of "toxic assets" and debt from private citizens as well as ensured loans for banks and financial brokers. This is going to make 2008 seem like an easy walk in the park in comparison.

    So to recapitulate: largest debtor nation ever, nation makes almost no goods that the World wants to use as an alternative payment to U.S Dollars, an economy that is much smaller than it actually is, with tens of trillions of Dollars in debt of private citizens(think your cousin with 7 credit cards and no credit) and another 100+ trillion in bank and broker debt, all theoretically ensiured by the government.

    Here is what will happen: the market will realize that many of the companies that made the goods and services that were being ensured by the government during the COVID pandemic were fictitious or will never rebound. This will lead to realize that his has been true for 40 years since 1982. This will make them want to cash in the ensured governmen loans that they made for decades , all at once. The U.S simply does not have hard assets that xan back that up, and because the law demands that contracts be enforced, they will have to pay by printing even more money than they did. Problem: financial investors abroad will not tolerate that, as they will see the value of their assets melt. So as the dollar loses it'a value due to inflation, there will be a massive run on the Dollar on the global financial markets.

    Foreign nations will no longer accept U.S Dollars as payment, so Americans will be forced to buy their currencies to buy foreign goods. Because almost everything comes from outside the U.S, Americans will face a devaluing currency combined with a skyrocketing price market. America's standard of libing will decline to only 25% of what is is now in less than 2 years after the hyper-crash.

    The government will try to mitigate some of the catastrophe by raising interest rates to record highs, trying to increase investments in productivity so as to bring production back to America and stimulate investment rather than consumption. The rpoblem is that, with higher interest rates, Americans will buy even less as buying anything on credit will be off limits, which is a problem when you are already faced with an erosion of the value of your money. So Americans will tighten up even more, dropping demandthrough the floor. Banks will be willing to land, but neither consumers or producers will be taking them. Consumers because they can't afford them, with their dwindling salaries, and producers because, with a tanked demand and rising prices, they have no reason for produce.

    In other words, depression + inflation. Prices skyrocket as you need to pay for goods in foreign currency, wages lose their value, and no one consumes *or* invests in productive enteprise, prefering to put their dwindling economies in safer foreign currencies and in gold.

    I am talking here something worse than the 1929 Crash or even the Weimar Republic. After all, the Weimar Republic, for it's hyperinflation, had lots of capital as Germans are thrifty, and the economy was booming as German Industry recovered from WW!. Imagine the inflation and instability of the Weimar Republic with a shrinking of the economy even worse than what happened during the 30's.

    What we are wittnessing is the end of the U.S as a World power, and of the U.S as the World's fiat currency. We are living in interesting times.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Almost Missouri, @Joe Stalin

    …worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!

    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush–in my opinion the worst president in the US history–who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn’t it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can’t always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    • Replies: @FPD72
    @Jonathan Mason

    “by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated”

    True, if by “almost been eliminated” you mean about 5.7 trillion dollars.

    https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm

    What had been “almost eliminated” was the national deficit, thanks to the “peace dividend” following the collapse of the Soviet Union and to the Republican Congress that had been elected in 1994 in reaction to the proposed “Hillary Care.” But even that was ephemeral, since it didn’t count future liabilities cooked into the books by Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    It was the still looming train wreck of Social Security that led to Bush’s attempts to partially privatize Social Security, a touching of the third rail that cost the Republicans the House. Al Gore lost the 2000 election but his Social Security “lockbox” (a vault in West Virginia that holds IOUs of decreasing value from the federal budget to the SSA) was a hit with future electorates.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Jonathan Mason


    my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated
     
    He was the first president to enjoy the "peace dividend", which was most definitely not his doing. His best decision, not sending troops to Africa, was the only one he ever apologized for.

    We could use another peace dividend.
    , @Wokechoke
    @Jonathan Mason

    Israel

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Jonathan Mason


    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush...
     
    You have just no clue whatsoever, Jonathan. Weren't you supposed to have taken some test coming in?

    The Congress spends the money. The debt has been a positive number since 1791, but stayed under $100 million, with the exception of a short stint during the 1810s, until the War Between the States was in full swing. Go here, Jonathan, for a nice table. Note that it got ALMOST to zero during the years Andy Jackson was the President (again, HE didn't spend the money or save the money). $33,733.05, that's "Thirty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty-three and 05/100 dollars" were I to have written a check out to cover it myself in 1835.

    Yeah, that dollar was worth at least 100, maybe 200 of our present dollars, but if that were the debt now, I and my extended family COULD have written a check out to cover it, no prob!

    I tend to digress. Anyway, from 1999 to 2000, the debt had its smallest rise since the 1950s (when, in fact, it had 3 separate years of slight declines), which was 0.3%. Why? Two reasons:

    1) The Social Security program, which was still running in the black then (more money coming in than going out) was changed from being "off budget" to part of the budget. Whadda' expect?

    2) There were loads of dot-com 1.0 stock option gains that gave the IRS extra money that particular fiscal year.

    Still, the DEBT was from $4,400,000,000,000 to $5,700,000,000,000 during those 8 years Clinton was President. Check for yourself which party controlled the Congress for most of those years. Go ahead, look it up. I've got one more thing.

    You are confusing DEBT with DEFICIT, the latter being the increase in the debt year-over-year. Please don't vote, man, I'm begging you!

    Replies: @anon, @HammerJack

    , @kaganovitch
    @Jonathan Mason

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush–in my opinion the worst president in the US history–who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    No, it was the yearly deficit that was nearly eliminated, not the National debt.

  193. @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    https://www.lchf-rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Obesity-Rates-2015-by-country.png

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jonathan Mason, @Captain Tripps

    Some noteworthy points about that graph:

    – The Anglosphere countries at the bottom (Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, US)
    – Why are the nine countries at the bottom separated out?
    – Wow, there are a LOT of confident plus-size ladies in South Africa!

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    @Captain Tripps

    Ethnic minority groups skew this data set somewhat. Maoris are fat. Blacks are fat. Pakistanis balloon up. Canada is a mystery though.

    , @Twinkie
    @Captain Tripps


    The Anglosphere countries at the bottom (Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, US)
     
    First in, first out?

    Why are the nine countries at the bottom separated out?
     
    The top countries are OECD countries ("developed"). The bottom nine are BRIC and other countries where stats are available.

    – Wow, there are a LOT of confident plus-size ladies in South Africa!
     
    LOL!

    Black females don't seem to do well with (comparative) prosperity.
  194. @Zero Philosopher
    Sailer is sugar coating things. What is coming is much, much, much worse than the stagflation of the 1970's. In fact, it will be significantly worse than the 1929 Crash.

    What is coming is a protracted and severe depression caused by the simultaneous popping of the bond bubble, student and housing credit bubble, and the financial banking bubble which has been building for 40 years now since the Regan Administration, and a *sovereign debt crisis* when investors realize that the U.S Government cannot service even the interest of it's debt anymore. Economists have created a new term for what is coming: "tankflation", which is an amalgamation of the words tanking with inflation. That is, a severe depression that will be worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!

    Sailer does not think that this is possible because he thinks that this kind of thing only happens to Third World countries like Argentina. The might U.S.A, the "hyperpower" having a sovereign debt crisis? Impossible!. After, all, the U.S Dollar is the World's fiat currency. Think again. People forget that, as recently as the 1960's, there were still many parts of the World that prefered the English Sterling as it's reserve currency. Even as the U.S emerged from WW2 as the World's most powerful capitalist economy, with a GDP literally 10 X larger than Britain's, a lot of the World still prefered the Sterling just like they did in 1860, because it was way more establihsed than the Dollar, more reliable and London still competed with NYC for the title of the World's leading finance center(as it still does now), with much older and more prestigious banks and brokers. So a lot of the World still prefered the British Sterling, despite the U.S economy being much larger than Britain's after WW2. This finally changed for good in the late 1960's, when the British Labor Party, acting inn typical socilist fashion, decided to raise living standards arbitrarily and dramatically by increasing the money supply dramatically and doubling the minimum wage of workers. Tis doubling of the salaries of everyone, coupled with an increae in the money supply, not balanced by a doubling of productivity, resulted in the Sterling devaluing dramtically. This ordinarilly would only lead to inflation, but the problem is that investors that held assets in Sterlings saw half their wealth disappear instantly. This made foreign investors royally pissed, and they sold everything they had in Sterlings, including all holdings they had in England. Many of the countries that accepted the Sterling as their reserve currency sold all of them, and no longer accepted the Sterling as payment. So, from that point on, Brits actually had to buy the local money when they wanted to buy something from other countries. They couldn't simply pay for whatever they wanted in the World by printing money. The HUGE privileges of being a fiat currency for other coountries was gone. The U.S is about to go over this.



    The U.S is the most indebted nation ever(by far) in absolute terms, and one of the top #5 most indebted ever even when you factor in total debt and GDP size. The U.S National Debt is over $29 trillion, while the entire GDP is around $22 trillion. That is bad enough, but the U.S real GDP is actually closer to #15 trillion, due to how massively inflated the financial sector is. To make matters even worse, the U.S does not even have trade superavits, but in fact runs the World's largest trade deficits, and has been doing so since 1986! Sure, trade deficits of $650 billion to a trillion are not "that" bad for a $22 trillion GDP. The problem is that 800$ a year, every year, year after year, for more than 30 years consecutively, does represent quite a hunk of cash.

    The reason why economic Armaggedon is coming is because all of this is coming to burst at once. The U.S is reaching a point where it is becoming nigh-impossible to service even the *interests* of the National Debt. And the FED keeps making endless QE("quantitive easing" i.e, inflation). America could barely service the interest when COVID hit, and since COVID hit some 20 months ago, the Federal Government has printed *ten trillion* Dollars. First, they injected close to 4 trillion to keep financial markets afloat during the worst of the pandemic. Then, they bought everyone's debt, and when I say everyone I actually mean everyone, for another $6 trillion. Just for the aviation and hotel industry, which would all but cease to exist without government help, over$3 trillion. Another $3 trillion to garantee banking and student loans for some 50 million people.

    But this is just the tip of the iceberg! The financial industry has over a *two hundred trillion* in dead bonds and worthless financial assets that simply can't be propped up anymore. They are called in the stock market as "toxic assets". Yes, the figure "two hundred trillion" sounds unreal. Those are the kinds of numbers often only used by astronomers. But that is exactly right. How did it get to this point? Well, it started way, way back in the 1980's, when Ronald McDonald, in his urge to bankrupt the Soviet Union, started the biggest arms buildup in history. Because the goal was to bankrupt the U.S.S.R, the Federal Government for the first time ever started to to insure contracts from the military-industrial complex even if they worked or not. This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco. The government simply bought thousands of military contracts and payed by emitting U.S treasuries and ensuring the bank loans that the defense contractors took for the projects. His successor, Geroge Senior, continued the tradition. Then, Bill the Cad came to power in 1992. During his first term, the internet became commercial for the first time, and there was a huge upstarts of companies that were hopeful of making it big in the World Wide Web. By 1999, it became apparent that it was a gigantic bubble, and that the vast majority of those internet companies created in the boom from 1994 to 1997 were bankrupt. Problem is, those companies togetehr had trillions of Dollars in loans to banks that could not be repaid. Clinton wanted his successor, Al Gore, to win the election, so he didn't allow the bubble to burst at the end of his term. So he had Greenspan of the FED start the first QE to pay for all of the mess. Gore lost anyway, and George Junior, to his credit, and paying lip service to the Republican credo of fiscal responability(unless when it comes to military spending) was going to let the bubble burst, and in late 2000, early 2001 he was tapering of QE. But then, 9/11 happened. The establishment, afraid that the combination of a national tragedy like that with the start of a severe and prolonged recession would lead the country to severe social unrest and possibly a civil war, decided not only to keep QE, but to expand it to unprecedented levels. And this went on. To make matters worse, Bush Junior started the policy of the Federal Government ensuring loans to anyone that wanted to buy a house. The National Debt at that point, at well over $10 trillion, skyrocketed even more. The rpblem is, the economy, now heavily dependent on imports, was not creating high-paying jobs enough for all the people that got loans to repay them. Tens of millions of people defaulted at once, and the 2008 mega-crash happened. Or, at least, it should have happened, but it didn't!!!! Remember, the financial crash of 2008 was so severe because it was the result of not one, not even two, but three bubbles bursting at once! The government bond bubble of the 1980's, the internet.com bubble of the 90's, and then the housing bubble, all roled into one! But no way, no how would liberal allow the First Black President ever have his term under the worst economic crisis since 1929. So the FED literally bought all the debt, printed another $4 trillion by emitting ensured government bonds, and lowered interest rates to a record low of 0%. That averted what would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929, but made it much, much, much worse. That was over 13 years ago, and remember that, if that bubble had been allowed to pop, it would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929. But, in the past 13 years, government debt increased to being bigger than the entire GDP for the first time ever, and the amount of "toxic assets" increased in value 10 X compared to 2008.

    What is going to happen now is that the FED simply cannot avert the 3 bubbles + government sovereign debt. This is the equivalent of a financial/economic hydrogen bomb. Or better yet, a financial supernova. The government cannot even service the interests of the National Debt anymore, so how is it going to avert the two hundred trillion in dead debts of private holders in the financial market? Literally hundred of trillions of "toxic assets" and debt from private citizens as well as ensured loans for banks and financial brokers. This is going to make 2008 seem like an easy walk in the park in comparison.

    So to recapitulate: largest debtor nation ever, nation makes almost no goods that the World wants to use as an alternative payment to U.S Dollars, an economy that is much smaller than it actually is, with tens of trillions of Dollars in debt of private citizens(think your cousin with 7 credit cards and no credit) and another 100+ trillion in bank and broker debt, all theoretically ensiured by the government.

    Here is what will happen: the market will realize that many of the companies that made the goods and services that were being ensured by the government during the COVID pandemic were fictitious or will never rebound. This will lead to realize that his has been true for 40 years since 1982. This will make them want to cash in the ensured governmen loans that they made for decades , all at once. The U.S simply does not have hard assets that xan back that up, and because the law demands that contracts be enforced, they will have to pay by printing even more money than they did. Problem: financial investors abroad will not tolerate that, as they will see the value of their assets melt. So as the dollar loses it'a value due to inflation, there will be a massive run on the Dollar on the global financial markets.

    Foreign nations will no longer accept U.S Dollars as payment, so Americans will be forced to buy their currencies to buy foreign goods. Because almost everything comes from outside the U.S, Americans will face a devaluing currency combined with a skyrocketing price market. America's standard of libing will decline to only 25% of what is is now in less than 2 years after the hyper-crash.

    The government will try to mitigate some of the catastrophe by raising interest rates to record highs, trying to increase investments in productivity so as to bring production back to America and stimulate investment rather than consumption. The rpoblem is that, with higher interest rates, Americans will buy even less as buying anything on credit will be off limits, which is a problem when you are already faced with an erosion of the value of your money. So Americans will tighten up even more, dropping demandthrough the floor. Banks will be willing to land, but neither consumers or producers will be taking them. Consumers because they can't afford them, with their dwindling salaries, and producers because, with a tanked demand and rising prices, they have no reason for produce.

    In other words, depression + inflation. Prices skyrocket as you need to pay for goods in foreign currency, wages lose their value, and no one consumes *or* invests in productive enteprise, prefering to put their dwindling economies in safer foreign currencies and in gold.

    I am talking here something worse than the 1929 Crash or even the Weimar Republic. After all, the Weimar Republic, for it's hyperinflation, had lots of capital as Germans are thrifty, and the economy was booming as German Industry recovered from WW!. Imagine the inflation and instability of the Weimar Republic with a shrinking of the economy even worse than what happened during the 30's.

    What we are wittnessing is the end of the U.S as a World power, and of the U.S as the World's fiat currency. We are living in interesting times.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Almost Missouri, @Joe Stalin

    Okay, I agree with most of this, but most other first world governments (Euro zone, UK, Japan) are taking on massive debt and printing money hand over fist too. Are they being forced to by the US, or do they have the same problems and same (non)solutions as the US? There are some small exceptions of course, but the Swiss and Norwegian economies are too small to absorb everyone else’s savings. Or will everyone run to whatever Putin and Xi come up with?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Almost Missouri

    The future is scary, to say the least.

    On top of the debt issue, we have one of the greatest disparities of wealth our nation has ever had.

    The first time we had such a disparity of wealth was the 1760s and 1770s. That led to a very bloody war, and our independence. The war was followed by decades of unrest, such as Shay’s Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion. Not to mention the confiscation of lands of the Loyalists, many of whom fled to Canada and the Caribbean.

    The second time was the 1850s. Much of the disparity of wealth was in the form of a slave value bubble. That is, a farmer barely getting by appeared to be wealthy on paper because he owned some slaves. That led to the Civil War, which led to the destruction of much of the South, as well as the confiscation of the paper wealth of the slaves. My mother always told me that the South didn’t really start to recover until the TVA and similar projects. These days historians believe that the utter destruction brought on my Sherman and Sheridan etc later led to the premature deaths of hundreds of thousands of poor freemen and poor whites.

    The third time was the 1920s. That led to the Great Depression. FDR may have prevented a civil war, but we were dragged into WW II.

    In 1997 I predicted there would be a fourth incident somewhere from 2007-2017. The Great Recession came close, but this time the economy was bailed out by the government. Unfortunately the cure was to prop up the banks but let the peons get foreclosed or evicted.

    So all we accomplished was to kick the can down the road a bit.

    Unless we can find a real solution, we are headed for either a radical dictatorship or a civil war or both. Obama didn’t save us. Trump didn’t save us. Biden won’t save us.

    , @Zero Philosopher
    @Almost Missouri

    The difference is three fold. First, European countries have only be doing this since COVID hit with a few exceptions like Greece and Italy, while America has been doing this since 1986, and kicking the can down the road endlessly by printing Dollars and increasing the government debt ceilling. With the exceptions of Greece and Italy, European countries have much healthier finances than America.

    Secondly, European countries have much, much higher savings than the U.S.A. If you look at Italy, for instance, Italian government has a lot of debt, but private citizens do not. In U.S.A, *everyone* is indebted up to their teeth!

    Thirdly, European countries have much healthier economies, that actually produce things, and they tend to have trade superavits. Italy, for instance, makes a lot of fine machinery, and they export them, too!

    U.S.A combined the biggest debt in human history, with an absolute dependence on foreign imports, with the biggest trade deficits in history, and declining industrial productivity. U.S.A is in an economic situation that is *beyond* horrendous.

  195. @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri


    A comment search for “blue area” finds nothing in my timeline
     
    Try "reds." Better yet, read the conversation exchange between the two of us starting here: https://www.unz.com/anepigone/open-partisanship/#comment-3878169

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    Okay, man, I re-read that comment thread, and it still looks accurate as far as I can see.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri

    Since our conversation, parts of rural America, particularly the Midwest, have been struck hard:

    https://ruralhome.org/covid-in-rural-america-in-5-charts/

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

  196. @Spud Boy
    @MLK

    "When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?"

    Curtis Yarvin said it best: "The Democrats stole the election fair and square." Point being, elections are dirty business and the Dems are better at playing dirty pool than the GOP. Their party is full of true believers, while ours is composed largely of people who just want to be left the hell alone.

    Trump had four years to secure the elections and as far as I can tell, he did nothing.

    Replies: @MLK, @Flip

    Curtis Yarvin said it best: “The Democrats stole the election fair and square.”

    Oh boy, there is nothing about 2020 or since that is within a mile of “fair and square.” If that were true then Trump’s refusal to concede would have quickly faded once the post-election chess match was lost like with Nixon 1960 or Gore 2000.

    Their party is full of true believers, while ours is composed largely of people who just want to be left the hell alone.

    I prefer Trump’s analysis — the Democrats are vicious and stick together. Importantly, he’s referring to elected Democrats and their permanent government shock troops. As I’ve mentioned before, the “50-50 divided country” claims are a cruel lie.

    Thankfully, though it won’t necessarily save us, the Pareto Principle (80/20) is a good back of the envelope guess of where the American people are on everything important. For example, do you really think that most rank and file Democrats want to go to the mattresses for open borders?

    By the way — and I’m not talking about you, I get that well-intentioned Republicans and independents have other fish to fry than fighting the political fight. But what personality defect explains their knee-jerk readiness to humiliate themselves by conceding whatever risible lie they’re ordered by Democrats and their media to endorse.

  197. @Reg Cæsar
    @tyrone



    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    ….in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes …..in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ……let the States decide.
     
    New York's legislature legalized abortion in 1970. New York's new legislature repealed this in 1972, returning the state to one of the country's strictest laws. Or tried to, anyway. The billionaire governor flew in from abroad just to veto it.

    It sounds like you're with the billionaire on this one.

    New York was the last state to fall to no-fault divorce, in 2010. Nor was compensated surrogacy allowed until very recently.

    Currently, states where compensated surrogacy is illegal include:

    Nebraska
    Lousiana
    Michigan
    New York — until 2/15/2021

    https://www.creativefamilyconnections.com/us-surrogacy-law-map/
     
    What appear to be lefty states can be surprisingly conservative in some areas. (Or reactionary, in your view.) Europe's abortion laws are almost everywhere more restrictive than those in North America. It's called "democracy".

    Like we used to have.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    New York has a very large Roman Catholic population. That is the reason why so many of the major political figures are Catholic.

    One reason Hillary Clinton was successful in New York was her ability to appeal to Catholic voters, at least more than most Democrats. The Republicans originally were going to run Giuliani against her in 2000. His popularity among Catholic voters dropped when he and his second wife separated. The fact that Hillary stayed in her marriage and made a point of seeking counseling increased her support among Catholic voters.

    The Republicans pushed Giuliani out of the race and replaced him with a bland, moderate, virtually unknown Italian-American Catholic named Rick Lazio.

    At first the polls showed them tied. Almost all of the undecided voters switched to Hillary when Lazio’s campaign went strongly negative instead of making a case for people to vote FOR Lazio. This was a lesson Hilary forgot in 2016.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Paleo Liberal


    The fact that Hillary stayed in her marriage...
     
    to Monica's boyfriend. Gimme a break.
  198. @Almost Missouri
    @Zero Philosopher

    Okay, I agree with most of this, but most other first world governments (Euro zone, UK, Japan) are taking on massive debt and printing money hand over fist too. Are they being forced to by the US, or do they have the same problems and same (non)solutions as the US? There are some small exceptions of course, but the Swiss and Norwegian economies are too small to absorb everyone else's savings. Or will everyone run to whatever Putin and Xi come up with?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Zero Philosopher

    The future is scary, to say the least.

    On top of the debt issue, we have one of the greatest disparities of wealth our nation has ever had.

    The first time we had such a disparity of wealth was the 1760s and 1770s. That led to a very bloody war, and our independence. The war was followed by decades of unrest, such as Shay’s Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion. Not to mention the confiscation of lands of the Loyalists, many of whom fled to Canada and the Caribbean.

    The second time was the 1850s. Much of the disparity of wealth was in the form of a slave value bubble. That is, a farmer barely getting by appeared to be wealthy on paper because he owned some slaves. That led to the Civil War, which led to the destruction of much of the South, as well as the confiscation of the paper wealth of the slaves. My mother always told me that the South didn’t really start to recover until the TVA and similar projects. These days historians believe that the utter destruction brought on my Sherman and Sheridan etc later led to the premature deaths of hundreds of thousands of poor freemen and poor whites.

    The third time was the 1920s. That led to the Great Depression. FDR may have prevented a civil war, but we were dragged into WW II.

    In 1997 I predicted there would be a fourth incident somewhere from 2007-2017. The Great Recession came close, but this time the economy was bailed out by the government. Unfortunately the cure was to prop up the banks but let the peons get foreclosed or evicted.

    So all we accomplished was to kick the can down the road a bit.

    Unless we can find a real solution, we are headed for either a radical dictatorship or a civil war or both. Obama didn’t save us. Trump didn’t save us. Biden won’t save us.

  199. @Jonathan Mason
    @Zero Philosopher


    ...worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!
     
    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush--in my opinion the worst president in the US history--who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn't it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can't always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    Replies: @FPD72, @Reg Cæsar, @Wokechoke, @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch

    “by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated”

    True, if by “almost been eliminated” you mean about 5.7 trillion dollars.

    https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm

    What had been “almost eliminated” was the national deficit, thanks to the “peace dividend” following the collapse of the Soviet Union and to the Republican Congress that had been elected in 1994 in reaction to the proposed “Hillary Care.” But even that was ephemeral, since it didn’t count future liabilities cooked into the books by Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    It was the still looming train wreck of Social Security that led to Bush’s attempts to partially privatize Social Security, a touching of the third rail that cost the Republicans the House. Al Gore lost the 2000 election but his Social Security “lockbox” (a vault in West Virginia that holds IOUs of decreasing value from the federal budget to the SSA) was a hit with future electorates.

  200. @BDavies
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Levon Helms of the Band

    Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy, @Hapalong Cassidy

    Even though Robbie Robertson ripped off all of his songwriting credits.

  201. @BDavies
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Levon Helms of the Band

    Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy, @Hapalong Cassidy

    Even though Robbie Robertson ripped off all of his songwriting credits.

    I think this idea of drummers being last in line comes from the template set by the Beatles. Ringo Starr was indisputably the least talented member of the Beatles. It just so happened he played drums. What if he had played bass and McCartney had been the drummer? Then we’d all be talking about how much bass players suck.

  202. @advancedatheist
    The recent attacks on Kamala Harris coming from the mainstream media reminded me of something Machiavelli writes in The Prince, section XXII:

    THE CHOICE of Ministers is a matter of no small moment to a Prince. Whether they shall be good or no depends on his prudence, so that the readiest conjecture we can form of the character and sagacity of a Prince, is from seeing what sort of men he has about him. When they are at once capable and faithful, we may always account him wise, since he has known to recognize their merit and to retain their fidelity. But if they be otherwise, we must pronounce unfavourably of him, since he has committed a first fault in making this selection.
     
    Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable "minister" for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his "character and sagacity." If Harris could show some leadership and organizational ability, by contrast, her off-putting personality would matter less, because at least she could get people to work together to accomplish political goals.

    Replies: @Alden, @Alden, @Colin Wright, @Tex

    VPs are often window-dressing, with some utility for ticket balancing. The common practice is to pick someone who is perceived to have some attributes or political connections the presidential candidate lacks. Joe Biden is an old white guy so he picked quasi-black woman Harris to tick some boxes.

    The other practice is to pick someone who makes the president look better by comparison. Picking Harris, who was so unlikeable and worthless she couldn’t even get as far as the first Democrat primaries, shows just how weak Biden is.

    • Agree: Alden, West reanimator
    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Tex


    Picking Harris, who was so unlikeable and worthless she couldn’t even get as far as the first Democrat primaries, shows just how weak Biden is
     
    You are assuming Biden had any say in the matter.
  203. @Spud Boy
    @MLK

    "When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?"

    Curtis Yarvin said it best: "The Democrats stole the election fair and square." Point being, elections are dirty business and the Dems are better at playing dirty pool than the GOP. Their party is full of true believers, while ours is composed largely of people who just want to be left the hell alone.

    Trump had four years to secure the elections and as far as I can tell, he did nothing.

    Replies: @MLK, @Flip

    I think the Republican establishment was in on it. They wanted Trump out too. Note all the votes that were supposedly marked for Biden only and no other candidates so as not to impact Congressional Republicans.

  204. @JimDandy
    @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    I'm not sure why anyone is writing about anything other than these vaxx mandates.

    Replies: @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    Too many Americans are embarrassed to admit they were deceived by Big Pharma and Fauci….they are disconcerted and disturbed because they believed getting everyone vaccinated would end the pandemic. Even Fauci claimed there would be no more significant outbreaks after 50% were vaccinated. Clearly it was not easy to predict the vaccine efficacy would fall rapidly after 5 months because the original study only ran for 4 months and they eliminated the control group.

    By the summer Pfizer realized the efficacy fell below 50% after 6 months, thus they clamored for the FDA to approve boosters without completing the phase 3 efficacy trials. Now they are pushing everyone to get a fourth dose to protect us from the mild new variants. We are fortunate that the new variant appears less deadly, more like the common cold.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    I hate admitting when I was wrong, but I'd rather admit that I was wrong than die--and I have admitted I was wrong re: Covid, as I was the first person I knew in real life to sound the Covid alarm, to buy masks, to hoard food, etc. But the more I tirelessly researched, the more I realized how I basically was NOT at any real risk of dying of Covid. And are young boys at greater risk of being hospitalized for vaccine side-effects than Covid? Yes, and that's a chance the pro-vaxxers are passionately willing to let them take. The more I researched the vaccines, the more I realized how little sense it would make for me to get the vaccine--for my safety or anyone else's!

    I'm shocked that so many people would rather put their liberty and lives--and their KID'S LIVES--at risk than admit they were wrong. It's mind-boggling. I can't get over it. I don't think the sinister connotations of this mass psychosis can be overstated.

  205. @Paleo Liberal
    @HA

    Seriously.

    I have to laugh every time I see right wingers claim they deal with facts and figures while left wingers only deal with feelings.

    Then I see the most mind numbing science and math denial from the right wing.

    Scientists say COVID kills people, and vaccines lower the chance of illness or death. Fox News says phooey on vaccines (even though the Fox anchors are all vaxxed). So COVID must be a hoax? It’s the FEELS that are important. Not science. Science is for liberals.

    Scientists predicted the global warming we are seeing. But oil companies finance the GOP, so global warming must be a hoax. Ignore those record Hurricanes and December tornadoes. All hoaxes. Those storms never happened. Those people who claimed their houses were destroyed were just “crisis actors “.

    Replies: @HA, @Spud Boy

    “Ignore those record Hurricanes and December tornadoes. All hoaxes.”

    The data do not support the claim that the frequency or intensity of storms has increased. In addition, the number of deaths from natural disasters has been declining for 100 years.

    Perhaps “hoax” is too strong a word, but global warming hysteria is completely unwarranted. And this is not coming from an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist.

    The fact is, the climate where most humans live would kill us if we hadn’t invented the tools to adapt. If the Earth warms a few degrees in a hundred years, humans will adapt.

  206. @Hapalong Cassidy
    “The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge . . . is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band. Drummers are important, but they tend not to be the main composers.“

    There are some noteworthy exceptions. Lars Ulrich of Metallica arranges all of the riffs into coherent songs and seems to have veto power over frontman James Hetfield’s ideas (which is a function of their personalities; Ulrich being extremely extroverted while Hetfield being kind of spergy). Neil Peart of Rush wrote all of the band’s lyrics. Then you have drummers more noteworthy as singers, who tend to be take-charge guys and good songwriters, such as Phil Collins and Don Henley. Collins and Henley were definitely the most important people in their respective bands.

    Replies: @BDavies, @Ben tillman, @ScarletNumber

    And then there’s Karen Carpenter, who (according to her brother) thought of herself as merely a drummer who sang.

  207. @Twinkie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Look, I don’t need to argue with you, and I don’t even know if we have anything to argue about
     
    Correct. You are certainly not arguing with my point, which is that when one country (Belgium) has over 163X the mortality of another nation (South Korea) and we have no clue why, we don't even know what's going on.

    your slippery, duplicitous illogic... your idiotic, dishonest response
     
    Now you are just being an asshole.

    You specifically stated your concern as what is happening in Belgium — present tense.
     
    I see you conveniently left out "or what happened recently" out of your emphases. If you are going to be "obsessive-compulsive," at least be fair.

    Oh, and BTW, if you want to say something about what is happening now, then don’t post a graph from a year and a half ago. Just a little advice.
     
    Oh, you have the internationally comparative mortality rates up to today, to rebut me, do you? Why don't you share it with the rest of us? More up-to-date information is always better and appreciated in a rational discussion.

    Here is my "little advice" - if you "don't need to argue" or "don't even know [if there is] anything argue about," quit while you are ahead and don't argue. Certainly don't throw around ad hominem and attribute idiocy and deceit while completely avoiding the substance of the conversation, like a child throwing a tantrum.

    Replies: @thenon

    I for one am going to inscribe this god-given gospel on the walls of my cell and read it every day until I turn my life around and accomplish something, The Good Lord willing. Thank you!

  208. @J.Ross
    The economy-wrecking illegitimate president will issue a public announcenent, I clutch my extra groceries with anxiety awaiting an Australian or Austrian style overreach for OmiNothing, aaaaaaand -- Biden is so Biden. Bidenishly enough it's just him nagging people. (")You guys, you guys, do what I tell you to do you guys, I'll even say something nice about that one guy I will not name, come on, man ...(") Shades of the Obama Town Hall Conspiracy On Guns, which at least checked a few propaganda boxes.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    The economy-wrecking illegitimate president will issue a public announcenent, I clutch my extra groceries with anxiety awaiting an Australian or Austrian style overreach for OmiNothing, aaaaaaand — Biden is so Biden. Bidenishly enough it’s just him nagging people.

    Right?

    I was kind of let down the winter solstice announcement didn’t include threats about SEALs hunting the unjabbed down in the woods on a snowy winter’s eve and jabbing them at gunpoint.

    C’mon man!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    >SEALs

    Oh, right ...

  209. @Captain Tripps
    @Buzz Mohawk

    https://media.giphy.com/media/26gJybOdN0NIA4SCk/giphy.gif

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @nebulafox, @Twinkie, @Ben tillman

    That’s such an Ole Miss thing to do!

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @Ben tillman

    "That’s such an Ole Miss thing to do!"

    LOL!

  210. @Ben tillman
    @Captain Tripps

    That’s such an Ole Miss thing to do!

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

    “That’s such an Ole Miss thing to do!”

    LOL!

  211. @Excal
    Excellent article as usual. But I'm not sure the drummer analogy quite works.

    Keith Moon, and his Muppet version, Animal, remain the image of rock drummers in the popular imagination, and that variety of drummer is occasionally seen. But it's rare. The typical rock drummer is steady, on time, and possibly a bit of a nerd (a bit like Ringo, come to think of it). In my experience, the drummer tends to be the most organized member of the band. (Singers tend to be the flightiest.)

    A rock band is not typically led by the singer or lead guitar, as many people imagine: it is conducted by the drummer. Any ensemble of musicians needs a unifying element: for an orchestra, it's the conductor or soloist; for a rock band, it's the drummer. He provides the metronome which keeps the rest of the band together. He can be in the back because he's so loud.

    Of course, Keith Moon wasn't much use as a conductor. The Who only worked because Townshend and Entwistle were strong enough to work with his manic energy; Townshend managed to lead the band with his percussive playing, and this unusual guitarist-led ensemble had a distinctive sound. But it was a wild ride. Most bands wouldn't have lasted more than a month or two with Moon.

    This didn't start with rock and roll. The drummer-as-bandleader came in with the snare drum, introduced to popular music through marching bands and jazz bands. And some of the most famous big jazz bands were led by drummers, like Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa.

    As for prominent drummer-songwriters, those are easy to list: Rush might have remained basically a Zeppelin tribute band without Neil Peart, who with few exceptions wrote all of the words and music throughout their career; Phil Collins is today most famous as a singer-songwriter, but long before that, he was Genesis' drummer, and is considered by those who drum to have been one of the greatest of his era; Stewart Copeland, had he not been so given to goofiness, and kept in the shadows, his songwriting might have rivalled Sumner's -- he did later work as a film composer; Roger Taylor of Queen supplied some of their strongest singles, like "Under Pressure".

    So putting the drummer out front maybe isn't always such a bad strategy after all.

    Replies: @Ben tillman, @Ron Mexico

    Sorry. I liked your comment but Pressed the wrong button inadvertently.

  212. @Don Unf
    @Barnard

    Kamala seemed to have hefty support from Clinton and Obama people even back in 2018. It seemed like Clinton herself wanted Kamala to be The One. I think what held them back was her abject lack of charisma and bizarre demeanor. After the first debates it was obvious she couldn't hold a candle to even a senile, doddering, unlikable Biden. They had to stomp Trump, and they sure were never going to do that with Kamala out front, but having a token black/indian female in the passenger seat seemed like a worthwhile investment.

    I'm sure they thought she'd perk up after a couple of years. That didn't happen. It is amazing how whenever she gets the mic, she still comes off like a mentally retarded child at a county fair. At least she makes Biden look good in comparison, I guess.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    …she still comes off like a mentally retarded child at a county fair.

    That’s funny. We were regular state fair goers, but found that when our children were small it was a far better idea to take them to the county fairs instead. Cheaper, less crowded, less hectic, smaller, and a lot less scary should a child get separated.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Reg Cæsar

    Here in New Jersey we have an actual state sponsored state fair up in Sussex County. However, there is a seasonal store called State Fair and they rent out the parking lot of the Meadowlands Sports Complex for three weekends and two weeks once school gets out in June. Needless to say, the demographics of the two fairs are night and day. For all that is good and holy, do NOT attend the State Fair fair on Dollar Admission Day.

  213. Hispanic approval of Biden is dropping because Hispanics tend to live in big US cities that have a high cost of living, but they have lower salaries than whites. This means they’re hit harder by inflation than whites are.

  214. @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Gamecock

    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.

    Belgians are white, as are half their immigrants, and they walk or bike everywhere. So, yes, Americans will outweigh them. They’re still fatter than the Dutch– if you believe the latter’s self-reports.

  215. Anon[429] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden
    @advancedatheist

    Machiavelli wrote about real administrators who had real jobs. Tax collecting running a chamber of commerce type department, police and public safety , roads bridges and water, diplomacy all over Europe and MENA. They were important.

    The American VP has just two jobs. Preside over the senate and vote to break a senate tie. And become president if the incumbent dies. Attending events is part of the job but optional. And with the latest cooties scare, there’s not much of that.

    As for the polls I don’t believe anything in the media. She hasn’t really done anything so there’s really nothing to criticize her for. It’s my opinion that the Democrats want to get rid of her. And are creating the negative polls as they create everything in the media.

    Replies: @Anon

    There were a lot of Democratic candidates for the presidency in the last race who were forced to drop out by party elders trying to create a rapid consensus in the face of Covid.

    The elders anointed Kamala as Biden’s successor. But the other candidates certainly didn’t. They want to finish her off so they can replace her.

    It’s going to be a messy fight. There’s no way Harris is letting herself being kicked off the ticket.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Anon

    Good analysis

  216. @Jonathan Mason
    @Zero Philosopher


    ...worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!
     
    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush--in my opinion the worst president in the US history--who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn't it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can't always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    Replies: @FPD72, @Reg Cæsar, @Wokechoke, @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch

    my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated

    He was the first president to enjoy the “peace dividend”, which was most definitely not his doing. His best decision, not sending troops to Africa, was the only one he ever apologized for.

    We could use another peace dividend.

  217. @Twinkie
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks again. Lance Welton, that's him.

    So he went from these articles:


    "Do You Know All Coronavirus Victims Appear to be Chinese? Thought Not," Feb. 1, 2020

    "STILL No Non-Chinese Deaths from Coronavirus, But the WASHINGTON POST Wants You to Rat Out Your Neighbors Anyway," Feb. 8, 2020

    "STILL No Non-East Asian Deaths from Corona—But CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Won’t Admit It," Feb. 15, 2020

    "Coronavirus STILL Hasn’t Killed Any Whites (Not Counting Iranians). NEW YORK TIMES Ignores, But Concedes Gender Difference. Why?" Feb. 20, 2020
     

    To these:

    "So the Ruling Class Was WRONG WRONG WRONG About Covid-19. What Else Are They Wrong About?" May 27, 2021

    "Yes, Virginia (Dare), COVID Could Have Been A Chinese Race-Based Bioweapon," July 24 , 2021
    See also: Did China Create Covid As A Bioweapon Targeting Non-Chinese?
     

    Well, he pivoted with the mental dexterity of yester years communists who quickly denounced yesterday's favored leaders as counter-revolutionaries when they fell from favor today.

    As Anatoly Karlin once wrote, "Only the best people."

    Replies: @HA, @Anonymous

    “Well, he pivoted with the mental dexterity of yester years communists who quickly denounced yesterday’s favored leaders…”

    To be fair to Welton — not that it’s going to change the sheer hilarity of all that egg on his face — he does say in that “WRONG WRONG WRONG” article that:

    I must confess that I made the mistake at first of thinking that, as with previous outbreaks of similar diseases like SARS and MERS, Covid-19 would be unlikely to have much an impact outside East Asia. That was a reasonable hypothesis. But it was not correct.

    And then after that, he’s off to the races again insisting that the beagle-torturer is the one who really messed up. Make of that what you will, but as weaselly as that confession was, he’s still less of a weasel than a number of the just-a-flu bros who regularly come back here to harangue Sailer and Cochran for getting it all wrong.

    • Thanks: Twinkie
  218. @Captain Tripps
    @Twinkie

    Some noteworthy points about that graph:

    - The Anglosphere countries at the bottom (Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, US)
    - Why are the nine countries at the bottom separated out?
    - Wow, there are a LOT of confident plus-size ladies in South Africa!

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Twinkie

    Ethnic minority groups skew this data set somewhat. Maoris are fat. Blacks are fat. Pakistanis balloon up. Canada is a mystery though.

  219. @Jonathan Mason
    @Zero Philosopher


    ...worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!
     
    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush--in my opinion the worst president in the US history--who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn't it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can't always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    Replies: @FPD72, @Reg Cæsar, @Wokechoke, @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch

    Israel

  220. @Twinkie
    @MEH 0910

    Thanks again. Lance Welton, that's him.

    So he went from these articles:


    "Do You Know All Coronavirus Victims Appear to be Chinese? Thought Not," Feb. 1, 2020

    "STILL No Non-Chinese Deaths from Coronavirus, But the WASHINGTON POST Wants You to Rat Out Your Neighbors Anyway," Feb. 8, 2020

    "STILL No Non-East Asian Deaths from Corona—But CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Won’t Admit It," Feb. 15, 2020

    "Coronavirus STILL Hasn’t Killed Any Whites (Not Counting Iranians). NEW YORK TIMES Ignores, But Concedes Gender Difference. Why?" Feb. 20, 2020
     

    To these:

    "So the Ruling Class Was WRONG WRONG WRONG About Covid-19. What Else Are They Wrong About?" May 27, 2021

    "Yes, Virginia (Dare), COVID Could Have Been A Chinese Race-Based Bioweapon," July 24 , 2021
    See also: Did China Create Covid As A Bioweapon Targeting Non-Chinese?
     

    Well, he pivoted with the mental dexterity of yester years communists who quickly denounced yesterday's favored leaders as counter-revolutionaries when they fell from favor today.

    As Anatoly Karlin once wrote, "Only the best people."

    Replies: @HA, @Anonymous

    This was understandable in light of the original SARS which badly hit China and neighboring countries but barely touched the West.

    SARS II had the complete opposite effect.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    @Anonymous

    Welton has pies on his face, not because he was relying on some past scientific data, but because he made it all about race.

    Race is a very important variable, to be sure, but it's not everything. Remember the proverbial hammer. People who fixate on and espouse monocausal explanations are liable to get pies on their faces more often than not.

  221. @Mr. Anon
    @Captain Tripps


    This is the big own goal. Biden’s mandate is pissing off a huge number of Americans. Its one thing for the State to continuously harangue you to get the vax (but leaving it up to you), but its another thing to threaten you with loss of employment if you don’t comply.
     
    That's a lot of it. And not just threaten you with the loss of employment, but to wish you dead. And a lot of liberals - emboldened by the administration's line - are essentially saying just that: that if you aren't vaccinated just drop dead already. Then you have the President saying "Our patience is wearing thin", and Mayor Beetlegeuse saying "Your time is up", and the White House wishing unvaccinated Americans a Winter of Death and Despair.

    It isn't hard to reach the conclusion that the government, and about a third of your fellow citizens, hate you. And having reached that conclusion, it isn't hard to hate them right back.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    and Mayor Beetlegeuse saying “Your time is up”,

    ‘Mayor Beetlegeuse’ is a wonderful formulation! Thanks.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @kaganovitch


    ‘Mayor Beetlegeuse’ is a wonderful formulation! Thanks.
     
    It's not original with me. I saw it somewhere. And - yes - it fits perfectly.
  222. @HammerJack
    @Mr. Anon

    Am I missing something or does that chart fail to specify the interval? That is, are we looking at deaths per day, or per some other period?

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I believe it is deaths per day.

  223. @kaganovitch
    @Mr. Anon

    and Mayor Beetlegeuse saying “Your time is up”,

    'Mayor Beetlegeuse' is a wonderful formulation! Thanks.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    ‘Mayor Beetlegeuse’ is a wonderful formulation! Thanks.

    It’s not original with me. I saw it somewhere. And – yes – it fits perfectly.

  224. @Jonathan Mason
    @Zero Philosopher


    ...worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!
     
    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush--in my opinion the worst president in the US history--who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn't it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can't always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    Replies: @FPD72, @Reg Cæsar, @Wokechoke, @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush…

    You have just no clue whatsoever, Jonathan. Weren’t you supposed to have taken some test coming in?

    The Congress spends the money. The debt has been a positive number since 1791, but stayed under \$100 million, with the exception of a short stint during the 1810s, until the War Between the States was in full swing. Go here, Jonathan, for a nice table. Note that it got ALMOST to zero during the years Andy Jackson was the President (again, HE didn’t spend the money or save the money). \$33,733.05, that’s “Thirty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty-three and 05/100 dollars” were I to have written a check out to cover it myself in 1835.

    Yeah, that dollar was worth at least 100, maybe 200 of our present dollars, but if that were the debt now, I and my extended family COULD have written a check out to cover it, no prob!

    I tend to digress. Anyway, from 1999 to 2000, the debt had its smallest rise since the 1950s (when, in fact, it had 3 separate years of slight declines), which was 0.3%. Why? Two reasons:

    1) The Social Security program, which was still running in the black then (more money coming in than going out) was changed from being “off budget” to part of the budget. Whadda’ expect?

    2) There were loads of dot-com 1.0 stock option gains that gave the IRS extra money that particular fiscal year.

    Still, the DEBT was from \$4,400,000,000,000 to \$5,700,000,000,000 during those 8 years Clinton was President. Check for yourself which party controlled the Congress for most of those years. Go ahead, look it up. I’ve got one more thing.

    You are confusing DEBT with DEFICIT, the latter being the increase in the debt year-over-year. Please don’t vote, man, I’m begging you!

    • Replies: @anon
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The so called blip in inflation isn't simply just a problem. 6%-7% inflation reduces the "real"national debt by $1.5 trillion. And if inflation is understated, so is the debt. And if it isn't temporary, neither are the benefits.

    The temporary miracle is the low level of current interest rates, making the "real" rate negative. You may hate the US$, but what are the alternatives? Euro, Yuan, Bitcoin? The USD is backed by nukes and a well oiled printing press. If you have to take a haircut from inflation, that's just a cost of doing business.

    My guess is that the dollar and the debt will lose about 10% from all this Covid induced hysteria. On a net basis for people owning some real assets is mostly a wash. There are costs plus benefits which mostly offset with a lot of variability by individual facts.

    , @HammerJack
    @Achmed E. Newman

    What say we compromise and let him vote—in Ecuador.

  225. @Jonathan Mason
    @Zero Philosopher


    ...worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!
     
    Toilet paper is a valuable commodity that people hoard in times of hardship. I keep several rolls in my bathroom.

    The US dollar will never be as good as toilet paper, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush--in my opinion the worst president in the US history--who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    George W Bush then got involved in the incredibly expensive Iraq War for reasons which nobody has really ever been able to understand. Apparently Osama bin Laden financed 9/11, so Saddam Hussein had to be deposed so that the United States could take over Iraqi oil wells and build shopping malls in Iraq, and give them Starbucks, or something like that. Oh, and we could give them the freedoms that they envied.

    By the end of 8 years of George W Bush the entire banking system was within days of collapse, and the real estate market was a complete disaster.

    The money spent on Iraq War and the banks bailout probably could have given every family in America a free home, but why spend money on Americans, when there were worthy causes like hanging Saddam Hussein and saving our banksters.

    Wouldn't it just being more economically viable to hang George W Bush?

    You can't always blame a president personally, and on his TV appearances George W Bush always came across as an amiable simpleton, but it is up to presidents to appoint good people to advise them and they fail to do this at their peril.

    Replies: @FPD72, @Reg Cæsar, @Wokechoke, @Achmed E. Newman, @kaganovitch

    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush–in my opinion the worst president in the US history–who slashed taxes without increasing revenue or reducing spending.

    No, it was the yearly deficit that was nearly eliminated, not the National debt.

  226. My first thought would be, ‘a lot’.

  227. Anon[476] • Disclaimer says:

    Somewhat OT: The two congresswomen who were carjacked were driving luxury cars. Once black criminals have shut down all the Louis Vuittons and other high-end stores in the cities, the next logical step for generating large sums of cash is to target luxury cars. Especially since black males are car-obsessed. Even though the victims are wealthy, in the U.S., it’s a rare wealthy person who hires and needs armed guards.

    Luxury carjacking is the outcome of criminals who spot a nice car cruising around the city, and they either follow it home, or they lay in wait until the owner parks and gets out to go into a restaurant or whatever. One took place in the suburbs, and the other at a park. The one in the suburbs was certainly followed.

  228. @Zero Philosopher
    Sailer is sugar coating things. What is coming is much, much, much worse than the stagflation of the 1970's. In fact, it will be significantly worse than the 1929 Crash.

    What is coming is a protracted and severe depression caused by the simultaneous popping of the bond bubble, student and housing credit bubble, and the financial banking bubble which has been building for 40 years now since the Regan Administration, and a *sovereign debt crisis* when investors realize that the U.S Government cannot service even the interest of it's debt anymore. Economists have created a new term for what is coming: "tankflation", which is an amalgamation of the words tanking with inflation. That is, a severe depression that will be worse in itself than the 1929 crash, and that will be made even worse than that by the U.S Dollar becoming as good as toliet paper!

    Sailer does not think that this is possible because he thinks that this kind of thing only happens to Third World countries like Argentina. The might U.S.A, the "hyperpower" having a sovereign debt crisis? Impossible!. After, all, the U.S Dollar is the World's fiat currency. Think again. People forget that, as recently as the 1960's, there were still many parts of the World that prefered the English Sterling as it's reserve currency. Even as the U.S emerged from WW2 as the World's most powerful capitalist economy, with a GDP literally 10 X larger than Britain's, a lot of the World still prefered the Sterling just like they did in 1860, because it was way more establihsed than the Dollar, more reliable and London still competed with NYC for the title of the World's leading finance center(as it still does now), with much older and more prestigious banks and brokers. So a lot of the World still prefered the British Sterling, despite the U.S economy being much larger than Britain's after WW2. This finally changed for good in the late 1960's, when the British Labor Party, acting inn typical socilist fashion, decided to raise living standards arbitrarily and dramatically by increasing the money supply dramatically and doubling the minimum wage of workers. Tis doubling of the salaries of everyone, coupled with an increae in the money supply, not balanced by a doubling of productivity, resulted in the Sterling devaluing dramtically. This ordinarilly would only lead to inflation, but the problem is that investors that held assets in Sterlings saw half their wealth disappear instantly. This made foreign investors royally pissed, and they sold everything they had in Sterlings, including all holdings they had in England. Many of the countries that accepted the Sterling as their reserve currency sold all of them, and no longer accepted the Sterling as payment. So, from that point on, Brits actually had to buy the local money when they wanted to buy something from other countries. They couldn't simply pay for whatever they wanted in the World by printing money. The HUGE privileges of being a fiat currency for other coountries was gone. The U.S is about to go over this.



    The U.S is the most indebted nation ever(by far) in absolute terms, and one of the top #5 most indebted ever even when you factor in total debt and GDP size. The U.S National Debt is over $29 trillion, while the entire GDP is around $22 trillion. That is bad enough, but the U.S real GDP is actually closer to #15 trillion, due to how massively inflated the financial sector is. To make matters even worse, the U.S does not even have trade superavits, but in fact runs the World's largest trade deficits, and has been doing so since 1986! Sure, trade deficits of $650 billion to a trillion are not "that" bad for a $22 trillion GDP. The problem is that 800$ a year, every year, year after year, for more than 30 years consecutively, does represent quite a hunk of cash.

    The reason why economic Armaggedon is coming is because all of this is coming to burst at once. The U.S is reaching a point where it is becoming nigh-impossible to service even the *interests* of the National Debt. And the FED keeps making endless QE("quantitive easing" i.e, inflation). America could barely service the interest when COVID hit, and since COVID hit some 20 months ago, the Federal Government has printed *ten trillion* Dollars. First, they injected close to 4 trillion to keep financial markets afloat during the worst of the pandemic. Then, they bought everyone's debt, and when I say everyone I actually mean everyone, for another $6 trillion. Just for the aviation and hotel industry, which would all but cease to exist without government help, over$3 trillion. Another $3 trillion to garantee banking and student loans for some 50 million people.

    But this is just the tip of the iceberg! The financial industry has over a *two hundred trillion* in dead bonds and worthless financial assets that simply can't be propped up anymore. They are called in the stock market as "toxic assets". Yes, the figure "two hundred trillion" sounds unreal. Those are the kinds of numbers often only used by astronomers. But that is exactly right. How did it get to this point? Well, it started way, way back in the 1980's, when Ronald McDonald, in his urge to bankrupt the Soviet Union, started the biggest arms buildup in history. Because the goal was to bankrupt the U.S.S.R, the Federal Government for the first time ever started to to insure contracts from the military-industrial complex even if they worked or not. This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco. The government simply bought thousands of military contracts and payed by emitting U.S treasuries and ensuring the bank loans that the defense contractors took for the projects. His successor, Geroge Senior, continued the tradition. Then, Bill the Cad came to power in 1992. During his first term, the internet became commercial for the first time, and there was a huge upstarts of companies that were hopeful of making it big in the World Wide Web. By 1999, it became apparent that it was a gigantic bubble, and that the vast majority of those internet companies created in the boom from 1994 to 1997 were bankrupt. Problem is, those companies togetehr had trillions of Dollars in loans to banks that could not be repaid. Clinton wanted his successor, Al Gore, to win the election, so he didn't allow the bubble to burst at the end of his term. So he had Greenspan of the FED start the first QE to pay for all of the mess. Gore lost anyway, and George Junior, to his credit, and paying lip service to the Republican credo of fiscal responability(unless when it comes to military spending) was going to let the bubble burst, and in late 2000, early 2001 he was tapering of QE. But then, 9/11 happened. The establishment, afraid that the combination of a national tragedy like that with the start of a severe and prolonged recession would lead the country to severe social unrest and possibly a civil war, decided not only to keep QE, but to expand it to unprecedented levels. And this went on. To make matters worse, Bush Junior started the policy of the Federal Government ensuring loans to anyone that wanted to buy a house. The National Debt at that point, at well over $10 trillion, skyrocketed even more. The rpblem is, the economy, now heavily dependent on imports, was not creating high-paying jobs enough for all the people that got loans to repay them. Tens of millions of people defaulted at once, and the 2008 mega-crash happened. Or, at least, it should have happened, but it didn't!!!! Remember, the financial crash of 2008 was so severe because it was the result of not one, not even two, but three bubbles bursting at once! The government bond bubble of the 1980's, the internet.com bubble of the 90's, and then the housing bubble, all roled into one! But no way, no how would liberal allow the First Black President ever have his term under the worst economic crisis since 1929. So the FED literally bought all the debt, printed another $4 trillion by emitting ensured government bonds, and lowered interest rates to a record low of 0%. That averted what would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929, but made it much, much, much worse. That was over 13 years ago, and remember that, if that bubble had been allowed to pop, it would have been the worst economic crisis since 1929. But, in the past 13 years, government debt increased to being bigger than the entire GDP for the first time ever, and the amount of "toxic assets" increased in value 10 X compared to 2008.

    What is going to happen now is that the FED simply cannot avert the 3 bubbles + government sovereign debt. This is the equivalent of a financial/economic hydrogen bomb. Or better yet, a financial supernova. The government cannot even service the interests of the National Debt anymore, so how is it going to avert the two hundred trillion in dead debts of private holders in the financial market? Literally hundred of trillions of "toxic assets" and debt from private citizens as well as ensured loans for banks and financial brokers. This is going to make 2008 seem like an easy walk in the park in comparison.

    So to recapitulate: largest debtor nation ever, nation makes almost no goods that the World wants to use as an alternative payment to U.S Dollars, an economy that is much smaller than it actually is, with tens of trillions of Dollars in debt of private citizens(think your cousin with 7 credit cards and no credit) and another 100+ trillion in bank and broker debt, all theoretically ensiured by the government.

    Here is what will happen: the market will realize that many of the companies that made the goods and services that were being ensured by the government during the COVID pandemic were fictitious or will never rebound. This will lead to realize that his has been true for 40 years since 1982. This will make them want to cash in the ensured governmen loans that they made for decades , all at once. The U.S simply does not have hard assets that xan back that up, and because the law demands that contracts be enforced, they will have to pay by printing even more money than they did. Problem: financial investors abroad will not tolerate that, as they will see the value of their assets melt. So as the dollar loses it'a value due to inflation, there will be a massive run on the Dollar on the global financial markets.

    Foreign nations will no longer accept U.S Dollars as payment, so Americans will be forced to buy their currencies to buy foreign goods. Because almost everything comes from outside the U.S, Americans will face a devaluing currency combined with a skyrocketing price market. America's standard of libing will decline to only 25% of what is is now in less than 2 years after the hyper-crash.

    The government will try to mitigate some of the catastrophe by raising interest rates to record highs, trying to increase investments in productivity so as to bring production back to America and stimulate investment rather than consumption. The rpoblem is that, with higher interest rates, Americans will buy even less as buying anything on credit will be off limits, which is a problem when you are already faced with an erosion of the value of your money. So Americans will tighten up even more, dropping demandthrough the floor. Banks will be willing to land, but neither consumers or producers will be taking them. Consumers because they can't afford them, with their dwindling salaries, and producers because, with a tanked demand and rising prices, they have no reason for produce.

    In other words, depression + inflation. Prices skyrocket as you need to pay for goods in foreign currency, wages lose their value, and no one consumes *or* invests in productive enteprise, prefering to put their dwindling economies in safer foreign currencies and in gold.

    I am talking here something worse than the 1929 Crash or even the Weimar Republic. After all, the Weimar Republic, for it's hyperinflation, had lots of capital as Germans are thrifty, and the economy was booming as German Industry recovered from WW!. Imagine the inflation and instability of the Weimar Republic with a shrinking of the economy even worse than what happened during the 30's.

    What we are wittnessing is the end of the U.S as a World power, and of the U.S as the World's fiat currency. We are living in interesting times.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Almost Missouri, @Joe Stalin

    This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco.

    Yes. What a horrid, HORRID airplane. Who would want it when there are so many planes to choose from that are far better for the price; countries like Switzerland and Finland would NEVER buy such a monstrosity!

    • Replies: @Zero Philosopher
    @Joe Stalin

    You are pretty dumb. The F-35 project dragged for 20 years and cost hundreds of billions of Dollars from the *American tax payer* , and now because of a $5 Billion dollar deal with Switzerland, that makes it all ok? Wow. Just wow. Your math and your logic are seriously off.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

  229. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Dan Hayes

    Do you know where there is a transcript?

    All my search engine had was a video. One one half hours. : (

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGnw1sHh9M

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @Dan Hayes

    Also important. Of all available venues, why and how did Elon connect with the Babylon Bee? I still find it hard to believe that the interview ever took place, but there’s a whole lot of other things that I also find that way! It would be very interesting if one (or all) of the Bees spill the beans on how the interview developed!

  230. @Almost Missouri
    @Zero Philosopher

    Okay, I agree with most of this, but most other first world governments (Euro zone, UK, Japan) are taking on massive debt and printing money hand over fist too. Are they being forced to by the US, or do they have the same problems and same (non)solutions as the US? There are some small exceptions of course, but the Swiss and Norwegian economies are too small to absorb everyone else's savings. Or will everyone run to whatever Putin and Xi come up with?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Zero Philosopher

    The difference is three fold. First, European countries have only be doing this since COVID hit with a few exceptions like Greece and Italy, while America has been doing this since 1986, and kicking the can down the road endlessly by printing Dollars and increasing the government debt ceilling. With the exceptions of Greece and Italy, European countries have much healthier finances than America.

    Secondly, European countries have much, much higher savings than the U.S.A. If you look at Italy, for instance, Italian government has a lot of debt, but private citizens do not. In U.S.A, *everyone* is indebted up to their teeth!

    Thirdly, European countries have much healthier economies, that actually produce things, and they tend to have trade superavits. Italy, for instance, makes a lot of fine machinery, and they export them, too!

    U.S.A combined the biggest debt in human history, with an absolute dependence on foreign imports, with the biggest trade deficits in history, and declining industrial productivity. U.S.A is in an economic situation that is *beyond* horrendous.

  231. @Spud Boy
    The Democrats needn't worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.

    Replies: @tyrone, @John Johnson, @Rosie, @Anonymous Jew

    Turning back the clock on one unconstitutional ruling bodes well for turning back others (affirmative action) and preventing more in the future (federal mask mandate).

    Like gay marriage et al, people can’t seem to separate their normative beliefs from objectively determining what the Constitution does and does not allow.

  232. @Rosie
    @Spud Boy


    The Democrats needn’t worry. The GOP will self-immolate by pushing anti-abortion laws at the state level.

    Roe v. Wade may have been badly decided, however the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be because TPTB intend to come after homeschoolers.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education

    TPTB intend to come after homeschoolers.

    In CA, home schools fall within the category of private schools. That institution is under threat by the GOP (sic), e.g. its support for vouchers (welfare). If ultimately successful, it will result in private schools losing whatever advantages they have [left].

    The DEMs attack charter (i.e. non-union, often GOP controlled, public) schools.

  233. @Reg Cæsar
    @Twinkie


    Obesity rates probably matter a great deal. However, that doesn’t explain the Belgian-US difference.
     
    Belgians invented the "French" fry. Followed by the Belgian waffle. It will take a lot of Brussels sprouts to make up for that!

    At least their beers are (mostly) light. Belgium is supposedly the beeriest nation on Earth.

    Replies: @Twinkie, @Alden

    There’s little French fry carts all over Belgian streets, malls everywhere. And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it? I have and it’s delicious. Much better than ketchup. Recipe for one cup of mayonnaise. 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg yolk, half a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Calories calories calories of oils and carbs.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it?
     
    Whenever at a McDonald's, which for me isn't often, I always ask for a packet of mayo with my fries. 🍟 They never have them out, but they always have them.

    Now if they'd only do this with malt vinegar!

    BTW, it was very foggy here tonight. My son asked if fog had a taste, something that had never occurred to me to ask. He opened the car window to find out.

    I surmised that in the Bay Area, the fog might have a salty taste. Does it?

    Replies: @Alden

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Alden


    Recipe for one cup of mayonnaise. 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg yolk, half a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
     
    While I don't doubt you, Hellmann's has perfected this.
  234. @HammerJack
    @nebulafox

    Personally I don't think this is the right century to be giving up drinking.

    Replies: @Athenian Gentleman

    Personally I don’t think this is the right century to be giving up drinking.

    Is there a century for which you could not easily imagine people saying the same? Is there any period of adversity in history for which those living through it at the time did not characterize it as the worst, or at least as remarkably, even extraordinarily bad? Is man not inherently and inescapably myopic by nature, unable to perceive his lived reality within the vast perspective of history?

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  235. @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    So you blame what’s wrong with America on 14 year old teen girls.
     
    No, on those who listen to 14-year-old girls, particularly the type who seriously believe the Trumps are "anti-Semitic" and "homophobic". (I will always apply scare quotes to those ridiculous non-words.)

    There are wise lasses out there, but nobody pays attention to them. Fifty years ago this month, TV Guide did stories on The Partridge Family and Bobby Sherman. I think it was one of these which claimed that "every 12-year-old girl in America" was fascinated with these stars.

    A few weeks later, they printed a pointed and very mature letter from two 12-year-old girls who were offended by this and were following higher pursuits.

    Those girls are in their sixties now, but their counterparts are out there today. I met a couple of them while walking the dog tonight.

    It would be quite ironic if the letter was about the Sherman article. Bobby himself retired from the business to serve as an EMT in LA.

    Replies: @Alden

    So you too roam the internet to find out what 14 year old girls are thinking and doing? And believe it’s important or significant ? What’s wrong with you?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden

    No, I remember striking letters to the editor from 50 years ago. Especially if they're from 12-year-old girls.

    Today, we have to settle for Soph.

  236. @HammerJack
    @Buffalo Joe

    Do you think she's actually capable of improving? I suppose she couldn't get much worse...

    Previously on the Alden Follies...

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/rittenhouse-verdict/#comment-5016634

    Replies: @Alden

    You’re one of those blame the White victim of black criminals always blame the White victim. It’s my opinion you’re really a radical White hating liberal. Always excuse the black criminal.

    Always the White victims fault. Shouldna lived within 100 miles of a black. Shouldna worked an evening or night shift. Shouldna be outside in his own front yard. Shouldna walk jog or walk the dog. Shouldna go near a public swimming poop park playground hiking trail. Shouldna go to a top 10 college

    Should always carry a gun even in your own back yard. Should always blast any black you see. Should only work an 8 to 5 job. Should leave that job at 3/pm October to March to be sure to get home before dark.

    When woman Columbia university student Tessa Majors was murdered by black thugs the MEN OF UNZ heaped much hatred and blame in her for months. “ She was out after dark” in December when it was full dark at 4/45 or rush hour when millions of New Yorkers are out on the streets. Shouldna gone to Columbia because it’s in New York.

    It’s all her fault it’s all her fault she deserved it. Oh, and she rinsed her hair green. Therefore she deserved to be murdered. Given the unseemly obsession with young girls and women of the MEN OF UNZ you should all know that rinsing hair green blue purple is a teen fad.

    About a month ago a man Columbia college student was murdered after a soccer game by black thugs. The MEN OF UNZ totally ignored that. No one blamed him for attending Columbia. Or being out in public instead of locked in his apartment.
    I don’t believe you’re White because of the way you always blame the White victim of a black criminal. I heard the same thing when I was a Probation Officer from every black activist big fat black mamma pleading for her useless 30 year old son black preacher and mostly Jewish White liberals from the non profits alternative sentencing grouos

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    @Alden

    He called you out on one lie and your response is a hundred more lies. Interesting.

    Replies: @Alden

  237. anon[187] • Disclaimer says:
    @epebble
    @Reg Cæsar

    in what way are they wrong?

    Tax cuts that are not paid for by reducing expenditure simply increase the deficit, which is a way of saying we will consume now and let our children and grandchildren pay for it. Some people may find that unethical/immoral. From a purely economic angle, a deficit tends to reduce growth by removing capital from investment and using it to pay back debts incurred. Example: We had tax cuts and increased spending during 1980's (increasing debts). The delayed effect of these borrowings correlates with slow economic growth in 2010's. We had another bout of tax cuts and increased spending by borrowing during 2000's. We should expect tepid economic growth and a few brushes with economic disasters (like 2008) in 2030's.

    Replies: @anon

    .

    From a purely economic angle, a deficit tends to reduce growth by removing capital from investment and using it to pay back debts incurred.

    That is the theory, OK. But exactly what types of investment are *not* bing made these days. Meaning the last few years? As interest rates have fallen, the hurdle rate for private investment has fallen. Everything imaginable is getting funded. No shortage of venture capital. The only areas that might be seen as underinvested are oil&gas. Which are being actively punished by the government and ESG funds.

    Low interest rates are a sign of excess capital sloshing around. So are the current asset bubbles.

    I don’t know anyone that seriously thinks that any possible increases in public funding would be “investments” rather than just more consumption.

    • Replies: @epebble
    @anon

    What types of investment are *not* being made these days.

    Plenty of (some may consider poorly thought out) private investments are being made; but not enough in public investments. If we didn't have back breaking deficits, we can invest in high speed trains for example. Compared to 1960's - 1990's, public investment in fundamental science R&D has almost been neglected. After the Human Genome project, there has not been a large scale science project. Our space technology is mostly that from the 1970's and '80s. Fusion research is still stuck in almost 1980's. Compared to 1900 - 2000, we can expect relatively small number of breakthroughs in 2000 - 2100.

  238. @Colin Wright
    @advancedatheist

    'Because Biden picked an incompetent and probably unreliable “minister” for his Vice President, this immediately reflects badly on his “character and sagacity.”...'

    This is kind of ridiculous. 'Biden' is a puppet to begin with -- of what conceivable relevance are his 'personal qualities'?

    Replies: @anon

    The unpopularity of Harris was a feature, not a bug. All the unelectable Dem candidates loved the idea of throwing in a lame duck ticket against Trump. Leaving 2024 wide open. That always seemed obvious.

  239. The Democrats’ main strategy has been to foster hatred of core Americans.

    After Codevilla, there are two groups in America, Progressives and Traditionalists. Progressives have a party that represents their interests effectively (the Dems), and their interest is primarily destroying America and Traditionalists along with it. Traditionalists are trying to remake the Republican party into one that represents their interests, with mixed success. And Progressives and Traditionalists are rapidly moving away from each other in their political views. We are no longer one country. We are two countries occupying the same borders, sometimes the same counties.

    The reason that Biden’s approval (and the Dems) is plummeting because they are effectively representing the Progressives and that means oppression of everybody, Progressive, Traditionalist and Apolitical. And in the process Biden is converting the Apoliticals into Traditionalists or at least anti-Progressives.

    The most important example of the Progressive oppression is the Covidian hysteria. Progressives love it. They love being told what to do. They particularly love having everybody else being told what to do. Scratch a Progressive and you find a Fascist.

    So Biden is driving the Apoliticals into the anti-Progressive camp along with the Traditionalists with Covidian hysteria along with “defund the police” nonsense and anthropogenic global warming fantasies. He is driving the wedge further into the split between the two camps.

    Biden is representing the interests of his Progressive party, but in the process he is shrinking it.

    Regarding inflation, of course it is driven by money printing, but the massive increases in production of fossil fuels during the Obama and Trump administrations due to regulatory liberalism and free money the cost of energy has helped keep general price inflation in check. If you can raise production while increasing the money supply, you can keep inflation in check.

    But Biden with his adminstration’s anti-energy policies has choked off that source of increased production and reduced cost, so inflation blossoms. My natural gas costs have more than doubled since last year. As Alice said, “you’ve got to run faster to stay in the same place”.

    Of course. the various components of the “coalition of the fringes” are warring against each other, but who is surprised by that?

  240. @Altai
    I'd disagree a little since 'diversity' and supporting it can mean different things. You can do it in ways that keep white sense of concern at a simmer. They were doing it just fine before 2014 including a much bigger emphasis on blacks. But having senior officials use (Unprompted) terms like 'Latinx' is insane. That is them taking up Tumblrism without even be told to do so. If they don't understand or realise that such language alienates rather than pleases Hispanics then what we have here are older people not understanding the nature of the discourse on social media and the women who are their PR people and aides.

    What has happened is legions of adolescent girls have plugged into a massive multiplayer game called 'social media' and that after 2014 the meta of the game became increasingly about politics and Tumblr-style moral posturing. This is a cohort who were traditionally the least politically inclined or interested. Now not only are they arguably along with male ethnic minorities and gay men the most politically radical and politicised but they have gained enormous influence.

    The most salient example was Kellyanne Conway's daughter. (If Kellyanne had been born the same year as her daughter she would 100% be the same)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OUkwUa2pUw

    The near total disinterest that this cohort has in traditional political matters means those things are also being increasingly sidelined (And why not the elites are having it their way on traditional political matters so there is no counter voice to complain and the ones who do so are derided as 'Bernie Bros' on the left.) so the debate exists purely in a kind of metaphysical moral realm where the immediate consequences of any rhetorical ratcheting is seen as nil and so it just keeps going in increasing arcs of purity spirals. God was dead, young men seem content to live without him but teenage girls made their own. And not to put a point on it but as Kellyanne Conway's daughter illustrates it is particularly appealing to girls from very rich backgrounds. We're all obliged to live in the head of a Claudia Conway and Claudia is influenced by the insane Tumblr rhetoric.

    We're allowed to observe that a great many young men are stupid or foolish or silly. Why aren't we allowed to not take people like Kellyanne Conway's daughter seriously? Why aren't we allowed to make this observation? Why was the NYT science reporter cancelled by the girls and not the boys on his trip? Why did I already know that without having to read it?

    Needless to say we can guess where Claudia stands on traditional left-wing economics.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard, @Buzz Mohawk, @Alden, @Athenian Gentleman

    No idea what the video is actually about but given the indecent image, it would have been nice of you to use the “MORE” tag, and include a warning.

  241. @HammerJack
    @Johann Ricke

    She was quite vocal in favor of the "Defund police and replace them with social workers" craze of 2020.

    This year she thanked those same police for catching her assailants. I sort of hope (and fully expect) that they'll be back on the streets tomorrow.

    https://news.yahoo.com/democratic-congresswoman-sponsored-police-defunding-230613135.html

    Replies: @Jack D

    I sort of hope (and fully expect) that they’ll be back on the streets tomorrow.

    You got your wish (in part). The main carjacker (Brown) they let go numerous other times but since this time he had the bad luck that the white bitch whose car he took was a Congresscritter, they ain’t lettin’ him off so easy.

    However, he was arrested with a bunch of teenage buddies at a mall. I assume that the plan was to break into a bunch of cars at the mall or maybe do a smash and grab inside. (His previous MO was to break into cars with a bunch of teenagers). One teen resisted arrest and is in custody. However:

    Three of the other teens — boys ages 13 and 16, as well as a 14-year-old girl — were charged in Delaware with receiving stolen property, police said. Each was released to their guardians on \$1,500 unsecured bond, police said.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Jack D

    'Three of the other teens — boys ages 13 and 16, as well as a 14-year-old girl — were charged in Delaware with receiving stolen property, police said. Each was released to their guardians on $1,500 unsecured bond, police said.'

    I must be getting old. Didn't armed robbery used to be regarded as a serious offense?

  242. @Paleo Liberal
    The Democratic Party has forgotten the lessons of the Sewar Socialists.

    The Sewar Socialists were a dominant force in Milwaukee politics for about 50 or so years, ending in 1960. The more fashionable leftists mocked them, and gave them the moniker. The Sewar Socialists took great pride in the name, because they built a sewage system in Milwaukee which greatly improved the public health for working families. And, they were honest.

    Fact is, people want a good life. They want to be safe in their homes and work. They want good schools for their kids. They want good public services. Good government is nice, if you have the other stuff.

    The main accomplishments of the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin were good schools, good roads, good sewage systems, safe streets, public parks and fairly clean government.

    The current governor, Evers, was elected because schools and roads deteriorated under his predecessor, Scott Walker. There used to be billboards showing Walker driving over “Scott holes” in the roads. And, he got completely screwed over by Foxconn, which may have cost Trump the state in 2020.

    I am not entirely despondent about my fellow Democrats. The incoming mayor of NYC appears to have learned the lessons.

    Replies: @American Marius, @Mr. Anon, @Alden

    Incoming Mayor of NYC Adams was a Black Panther involved with the black Muslims when he was young. Having a normal IQ and no criminal record he was eligible to apply to NYPD as a black panther radical mole. He resigned and retired to avoid a corruption probe.

    He might still be a radical black mole.

    He might turn out like black mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown very Law and order and gentrification was. Or like black crime advocate White hating Lori Lightfoot of Chicago is now. Or just enjoy the salary and perks of being the Mayor if NYC and let things slide.

    All this destruction of America’s cities. The powers that be have something going on. It’s a giant churning of the real estate market. Maybe destroy and later build up? I can’t figure it out. But I know somethings behind it other than a black uprising against police.

  243. @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie

    Okay, man, I re-read that comment thread, and it still looks accurate as far as I can see.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Since our conversation, parts of rural America, particularly the Midwest, have been struck hard:

    https://ruralhome.org/covid-in-rural-america-in-5-charts/

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    @Twinkie

    Yes, as mentioned, "we will all get it."

    As with most diseases, what was incubated in and spread from blue areas has now infected red areas.

  244. @Captain Tripps
    @Twinkie

    Some noteworthy points about that graph:

    - The Anglosphere countries at the bottom (Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, US)
    - Why are the nine countries at the bottom separated out?
    - Wow, there are a LOT of confident plus-size ladies in South Africa!

    Replies: @Wokechoke, @Twinkie

    The Anglosphere countries at the bottom (Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, US)

    First in, first out?

    Why are the nine countries at the bottom separated out?

    The top countries are OECD countries (“developed”). The bottom nine are BRIC and other countries where stats are available.

    – Wow, there are a LOT of confident plus-size ladies in South Africa!

    LOL!

    Black females don’t seem to do well with (comparative) prosperity.

  245. @Anonymous
    @Twinkie

    This was understandable in light of the original SARS which badly hit China and neighboring countries but barely touched the West.

    SARS II had the complete opposite effect.

    Replies: @Twinkie

    Welton has pies on his face, not because he was relying on some past scientific data, but because he made it all about race.

    Race is a very important variable, to be sure, but it’s not everything. Remember the proverbial hammer. People who fixate on and espouse monocausal explanations are liable to get pies on their faces more often than not.

    • Agree: Athenian Gentleman
  246. What’s the Matter with the Democrats?

    “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton

  247. @Excal
    Excellent article as usual. But I'm not sure the drummer analogy quite works.

    Keith Moon, and his Muppet version, Animal, remain the image of rock drummers in the popular imagination, and that variety of drummer is occasionally seen. But it's rare. The typical rock drummer is steady, on time, and possibly a bit of a nerd (a bit like Ringo, come to think of it). In my experience, the drummer tends to be the most organized member of the band. (Singers tend to be the flightiest.)

    A rock band is not typically led by the singer or lead guitar, as many people imagine: it is conducted by the drummer. Any ensemble of musicians needs a unifying element: for an orchestra, it's the conductor or soloist; for a rock band, it's the drummer. He provides the metronome which keeps the rest of the band together. He can be in the back because he's so loud.

    Of course, Keith Moon wasn't much use as a conductor. The Who only worked because Townshend and Entwistle were strong enough to work with his manic energy; Townshend managed to lead the band with his percussive playing, and this unusual guitarist-led ensemble had a distinctive sound. But it was a wild ride. Most bands wouldn't have lasted more than a month or two with Moon.

    This didn't start with rock and roll. The drummer-as-bandleader came in with the snare drum, introduced to popular music through marching bands and jazz bands. And some of the most famous big jazz bands were led by drummers, like Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa.

    As for prominent drummer-songwriters, those are easy to list: Rush might have remained basically a Zeppelin tribute band without Neil Peart, who with few exceptions wrote all of the words and music throughout their career; Phil Collins is today most famous as a singer-songwriter, but long before that, he was Genesis' drummer, and is considered by those who drum to have been one of the greatest of his era; Stewart Copeland, had he not been so given to goofiness, and kept in the shadows, his songwriting might have rivalled Sumner's -- he did later work as a film composer; Roger Taylor of Queen supplied some of their strongest singles, like "Under Pressure".

    So putting the drummer out front maybe isn't always such a bad strategy after all.

    Replies: @Ben tillman, @Ron Mexico

    I am not musically inclined, but really enjoy reading about rock bands from people who are. I am assuming you are.
    “Most bands wouldn’t have lasted more than a month or two with Moon.” Your Keith Moon thoughts made me think of Joe Walsh’s friendship with The Loon… “The most terrifying thing that ever happened to me was that Keith Moon decided that he liked me.”
    Speaking of drummers and Eagles, I know Don Henley isn’t highly regarded as a drummer, but I would say that he is the best singing drummer and a great songwriter.

  248. @Joe Stalin
    @Zero Philosopher


    This tradition continues today with the F-35 fiasco.
     
    Yes. What a horrid, HORRID airplane. Who would want it when there are so many planes to choose from that are far better for the price; countries like Switzerland and Finland would NEVER buy such a monstrosity!

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oi2_rVeBs

    Replies: @Zero Philosopher

    You are pretty dumb. The F-35 project dragged for 20 years and cost hundreds of billions of Dollars from the *American tax payer* , and now because of a \$5 Billion dollar deal with Switzerland, that makes it all ok? Wow. Just wow. Your math and your logic are seriously off.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Zero Philosopher


    You are pretty dumb. The F-35 project dragged for 20 years and cost hundreds of billions of Dollars from the *American tax payer* , and now because of a $5 Billion dollar deal with Switzerland, that makes it all ok? Wow. Just wow. Your math and your logic are seriously off.
     
    Dude, they have built 665 of the airframes. The Swiss evaluated them and stated they were a deal based on what they are getting for the price and now, the Finns say that it beat all it's competitors for what they wanted. The R&D costs are now a sunk cost, and each additional plane they built they can apply that to the airframe.

    And if it's such a bad deal, then why is Russia and PRC working like crazy to get their own version?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHmETdirunE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-M9jA1INk8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjS8j2PWtK4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLnfGF2CGuk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuH5B_IKU4o
  249. @Technite78
    @Jonathan Mason


    the senator from West Virginia, who has recently claimed that he and his family have faced death threats if he votes for the Democratic agenda
     
    All I can find is a story from 2014 (which clearly has nothing to do with BBB). Can you link a reference to this claim?

    Replies: @Technite78

    I guess Jonathan Mason can’t substantiate his bull\$hit claim that Manchin was threatened by the right… when he’s already been harassed and threatened by the left:

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/04/activists-swarm-manchins-maserati-in-dc-garage/

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    @Technite78

    Didn't read the link, but off the cuff it seems a tad tone-deaf for a U.S. senator to be driving a Maserati.

  250. @Zero Philosopher
    @Joe Stalin

    You are pretty dumb. The F-35 project dragged for 20 years and cost hundreds of billions of Dollars from the *American tax payer* , and now because of a $5 Billion dollar deal with Switzerland, that makes it all ok? Wow. Just wow. Your math and your logic are seriously off.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    You are pretty dumb. The F-35 project dragged for 20 years and cost hundreds of billions of Dollars from the *American tax payer* , and now because of a \$5 Billion dollar deal with Switzerland, that makes it all ok? Wow. Just wow. Your math and your logic are seriously off.

    Dude, they have built 665 of the airframes. The Swiss evaluated them and stated they were a deal based on what they are getting for the price and now, the Finns say that it beat all it’s competitors for what they wanted. The R&D costs are now a sunk cost, and each additional plane they built they can apply that to the airframe.

    And if it’s such a bad deal, then why is Russia and PRC working like crazy to get their own version?

  251. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @J.Ross


    The economy-wrecking illegitimate president will issue a public announcenent, I clutch my extra groceries with anxiety awaiting an Australian or Austrian style overreach for OmiNothing, aaaaaaand — Biden is so Biden. Bidenishly enough it’s just him nagging people.
     
    Right?

    I was kind of let down the winter solstice announcement didn't include threats about SEALs hunting the unjabbed down in the woods on a snowy winter's eve and jabbing them at gunpoint.

    C'mon man!

    Replies: @J.Ross

    >SEALs

    Oh, right …

  252. anon[358] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    @Jonathan Mason


    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush...
     
    You have just no clue whatsoever, Jonathan. Weren't you supposed to have taken some test coming in?

    The Congress spends the money. The debt has been a positive number since 1791, but stayed under $100 million, with the exception of a short stint during the 1810s, until the War Between the States was in full swing. Go here, Jonathan, for a nice table. Note that it got ALMOST to zero during the years Andy Jackson was the President (again, HE didn't spend the money or save the money). $33,733.05, that's "Thirty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty-three and 05/100 dollars" were I to have written a check out to cover it myself in 1835.

    Yeah, that dollar was worth at least 100, maybe 200 of our present dollars, but if that were the debt now, I and my extended family COULD have written a check out to cover it, no prob!

    I tend to digress. Anyway, from 1999 to 2000, the debt had its smallest rise since the 1950s (when, in fact, it had 3 separate years of slight declines), which was 0.3%. Why? Two reasons:

    1) The Social Security program, which was still running in the black then (more money coming in than going out) was changed from being "off budget" to part of the budget. Whadda' expect?

    2) There were loads of dot-com 1.0 stock option gains that gave the IRS extra money that particular fiscal year.

    Still, the DEBT was from $4,400,000,000,000 to $5,700,000,000,000 during those 8 years Clinton was President. Check for yourself which party controlled the Congress for most of those years. Go ahead, look it up. I've got one more thing.

    You are confusing DEBT with DEFICIT, the latter being the increase in the debt year-over-year. Please don't vote, man, I'm begging you!

    Replies: @anon, @HammerJack

    The so called blip in inflation isn’t simply just a problem. 6%-7% inflation reduces the “real”national debt by \$1.5 trillion. And if inflation is understated, so is the debt. And if it isn’t temporary, neither are the benefits.

    The temporary miracle is the low level of current interest rates, making the “real” rate negative. You may hate the US\$, but what are the alternatives? Euro, Yuan, Bitcoin? The USD is backed by nukes and a well oiled printing press. If you have to take a haircut from inflation, that’s just a cost of doing business.

    My guess is that the dollar and the debt will lose about 10% from all this Covid induced hysteria. On a net basis for people owning some real assets is mostly a wash. There are costs plus benefits which mostly offset with a lot of variability by individual facts.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  253. You know…the thing.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  254. @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco
    @JimDandy

    Too many Americans are embarrassed to admit they were deceived by Big Pharma and Fauci....they are disconcerted and disturbed because they believed getting everyone vaccinated would end the pandemic. Even Fauci claimed there would be no more significant outbreaks after 50% were vaccinated. Clearly it was not easy to predict the vaccine efficacy would fall rapidly after 5 months because the original study only ran for 4 months and they eliminated the control group.

    By the summer Pfizer realized the efficacy fell below 50% after 6 months, thus they clamored for the FDA to approve boosters without completing the phase 3 efficacy trials. Now they are pushing everyone to get a fourth dose to protect us from the mild new variants. We are fortunate that the new variant appears less deadly, more like the common cold.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    I hate admitting when I was wrong, but I’d rather admit that I was wrong than die–and I have admitted I was wrong re: Covid, as I was the first person I knew in real life to sound the Covid alarm, to buy masks, to hoard food, etc. But the more I tirelessly researched, the more I realized how I basically was NOT at any real risk of dying of Covid. And are young boys at greater risk of being hospitalized for vaccine side-effects than Covid? Yes, and that’s a chance the pro-vaxxers are passionately willing to let them take. The more I researched the vaccines, the more I realized how little sense it would make for me to get the vaccine–for my safety or anyone else’s!

    I’m shocked that so many people would rather put their liberty and lives–and their KID’S LIVES–at risk than admit they were wrong. It’s mind-boggling. I can’t get over it. I don’t think the sinister connotations of this mass psychosis can be overstated.

  255. @Ralph L
    @Achmed E. Newman

    They're cooking the numbers to keep SS COLA increases as small as possible. Since no one in DC has the nerve to vote to cut future benefits, it may be our best hope of avoiding or delaying government default until most of the Boomers are dead. It also restarts the tax bracket creep stopped by Reagan that increased Federal revenues without new legislation, while it helped make the 70's so miserable for everyone outside government.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @RadicalCenter

    Federal government civilian employees* just got a raise for 2022 that is far lower than the rate of inflation in housing, grocery, fuel, and vehicle prices. About HALF the rate of the COLA that Social Security recipients got for 2022.

    Almost everyone outside the elite is getting hosed, including federal government workers.

    * I would suggest reducing the federal workforce, both military and domestic, but pay the remaining workers enough to keep up with inflation (honestly measured, I.e. it’s higher than they’re reporting).

    • Agree: Mark G.
  256. @Paleo Liberal
    @Reg Cæsar

    New York has a very large Roman Catholic population. That is the reason why so many of the major political figures are Catholic.

    One reason Hillary Clinton was successful in New York was her ability to appeal to Catholic voters, at least more than most Democrats. The Republicans originally were going to run Giuliani against her in 2000. His popularity among Catholic voters dropped when he and his second wife separated. The fact that Hillary stayed in her marriage and made a point of seeking counseling increased her support among Catholic voters.

    The Republicans pushed Giuliani out of the race and replaced him with a bland, moderate, virtually unknown Italian-American Catholic named Rick Lazio.

    At first the polls showed them tied. Almost all of the undecided voters switched to Hillary when Lazio’s campaign went strongly negative instead of making a case for people to vote FOR Lazio. This was a lesson Hilary forgot in 2016.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    The fact that Hillary stayed in her marriage…

    to Monica’s boyfriend. Gimme a break.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  257. @Twinkie
    @Almost Missouri

    Since our conversation, parts of rural America, particularly the Midwest, have been struck hard:

    https://ruralhome.org/covid-in-rural-america-in-5-charts/

    Replies: @Almost Missouri

    Yes, as mentioned, “we will all get it.”

    As with most diseases, what was incubated in and spread from blue areas has now infected red areas.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  258. @Anon
    @Alden

    There were a lot of Democratic candidates for the presidency in the last race who were forced to drop out by party elders trying to create a rapid consensus in the face of Covid.

    The elders anointed Kamala as Biden's successor. But the other candidates certainly didn't. They want to finish her off so they can replace her.

    It's going to be a messy fight. There's no way Harris is letting herself being kicked off the ticket.

    Replies: @Alden

    Good analysis

  259. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Jonathan Mason


    As a note on the above, my understanding was that by the end of the Clinton presidency the US national debt had almost been eliminated, but took off again under the spendthrift George W Bush...
     
    You have just no clue whatsoever, Jonathan. Weren't you supposed to have taken some test coming in?

    The Congress spends the money. The debt has been a positive number since 1791, but stayed under $100 million, with the exception of a short stint during the 1810s, until the War Between the States was in full swing. Go here, Jonathan, for a nice table. Note that it got ALMOST to zero during the years Andy Jackson was the President (again, HE didn't spend the money or save the money). $33,733.05, that's "Thirty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty-three and 05/100 dollars" were I to have written a check out to cover it myself in 1835.

    Yeah, that dollar was worth at least 100, maybe 200 of our present dollars, but if that were the debt now, I and my extended family COULD have written a check out to cover it, no prob!

    I tend to digress. Anyway, from 1999 to 2000, the debt had its smallest rise since the 1950s (when, in fact, it had 3 separate years of slight declines), which was 0.3%. Why? Two reasons:

    1) The Social Security program, which was still running in the black then (more money coming in than going out) was changed from being "off budget" to part of the budget. Whadda' expect?

    2) There were loads of dot-com 1.0 stock option gains that gave the IRS extra money that particular fiscal year.

    Still, the DEBT was from $4,400,000,000,000 to $5,700,000,000,000 during those 8 years Clinton was President. Check for yourself which party controlled the Congress for most of those years. Go ahead, look it up. I've got one more thing.

    You are confusing DEBT with DEFICIT, the latter being the increase in the debt year-over-year. Please don't vote, man, I'm begging you!

    Replies: @anon, @HammerJack

    What say we compromise and let him vote—in Ecuador.

  260. @Technite78
    @Technite78

    I guess Jonathan Mason can't substantiate his bull$hit claim that Manchin was threatened by the right... when he's already been harassed and threatened by the left:

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/04/activists-swarm-manchins-maserati-in-dc-garage/

    Replies: @HammerJack

    Didn’t read the link, but off the cuff it seems a tad tone-deaf for a U.S. senator to be driving a Maserati.

  261. The blacks-as-drummer analogy makes better sense if the drummer you’re talking about is Peter Criss of Kiss. Incompetent, entitled, demanding, needy.

  262. @Alden
    @HammerJack

    You’re one of those blame the White victim of black criminals always blame the White victim. It’s my opinion you’re really a radical White hating liberal. Always excuse the black criminal.

    Always the White victims fault. Shouldna lived within 100 miles of a black. Shouldna worked an evening or night shift. Shouldna be outside in his own front yard. Shouldna walk jog or walk the dog. Shouldna go near a public swimming poop park playground hiking trail. Shouldna go to a top 10 college

    Should always carry a gun even in your own back yard. Should always blast any black you see. Should only work an 8 to 5 job. Should leave that job at 3/pm October to March to be sure to get home before dark.

    When woman Columbia university student Tessa Majors was murdered by black thugs the MEN OF UNZ heaped much hatred and blame in her for months. “ She was out after dark” in December when it was full dark at 4/45 or rush hour when millions of New Yorkers are out on the streets. Shouldna gone to Columbia because it’s in New York.

    It’s all her fault it’s all her fault she deserved it. Oh, and she rinsed her hair green. Therefore she deserved to be murdered. Given the unseemly obsession with young girls and women of the MEN OF UNZ you should all know that rinsing hair green blue purple is a teen fad.

    About a month ago a man Columbia college student was murdered after a soccer game by black thugs. The MEN OF UNZ totally ignored that. No one blamed him for attending Columbia. Or being out in public instead of locked in his apartment.
    I don’t believe you’re White because of the way you always blame the White victim of a black criminal. I heard the same thing when I was a Probation Officer from every black activist big fat black mamma pleading for her useless 30 year old son black preacher and mostly Jewish White liberals from the non profits alternative sentencing grouos

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans

    He called you out on one lie and your response is a hundred more lies. Interesting.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Hangnail Hans

    My post was based on years of reading the comments the MEN OF UNZ make after every article about a black on White crime. It’s always the fault of the White. For working a shift other than 8 to 5, working a hospital restaurant or retail job that requires leaving work at 10 or 11 at night For walking or jogging. For living in a big city. For living near a city that has many blacks. Always the victim’s fault. How the MEN OF UNZ live to blame White victims of crime because they were out after dark. In December when it’s full dark at 4/30 pm.

    All the MEN OF UNZ advice about fleeing to a rural all White area is useless considering the way the government and the immigration refugee racket and employers are sending blacks to rural towns all over the country.

  263. @Twinkie
    @Reg Cæsar

    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Gamecock

    Both Belgian and U.S. numbers are measured, not self-reported.

    Bullshit. Americans aren’t weighed.

  264. @tyrone
    @Spud Boy


    the majority of the country accepts the legality of early-term abortions as a necessary evil in a free society.
     
    ....in States like NY ,Cal. et.al. ,yes .....in others such as Tx. ,Al. et. al. not so much ......let the States decide.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @RadicalCenter

    You’re right, and we should extend this principle of State autonomy (required by the Tenth Amendment) further to local autonomy.

    Let the people of each county vote on their own home county’s laws regarding education (curriculum content, staff policies), mask and injection “mandates”, abortion, drug policy, homosexual “marriage”, speed limits, etc. No federal or State government forcing them one way or the other.

    Dissatisfied with, offended by, inconvenienced by your county’s policy on an issue? No need to move States, let alone leave the country. Just switch counties.

    In our county, for example, we’d gladly vote to stop punishing people who use marijuana on their own property, and START punishing “doctors” who kill innocent babies and “parents” who pay them to do the killing. Not someone’s preferred combination of policies? He can work to change things in our county or move to another county.

  265. @currahee
    @R.G. Camara

    Here in CA the Mexicans maintain a macho tradition including a cult worship of the Marines that just doesn't respond to soyboy sensitivities and girlish tantrum rants.

    Replies: @RadicalCenter

    So proud that now we have several races together worshipping the arrogant paid murderers of the US war machine. What “macho” hombres.

    How manly it is to kill unarmed men, women, children, and old people in their homes and schools and hospitals, far from our shores, who are doing nothing to harm us.

    Yeah it must just be a soy boy sensitivity that makes some of us not want to pay these thugs to murder people who are not a threat to us and then patting themselves on the back about it.

    F—— the US Marines until and unless they go back to actually defending us instead of doing the war industry’s profitable dirty business at our expense.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @RadicalCenter


    F—— the US Marines until and unless they go back to actually defending us instead of doing the war industry’s profitable dirty business at our expense.
     
    When has there ever been a threat to us that the Marines were necessary to defend us from? Even the Barbary pirate affair was about overseas trade, not repelling invasion. "Dirty business" is the only business they've had.
  266. @Jack D
    @HammerJack


    I sort of hope (and fully expect) that they’ll be back on the streets tomorrow.
     
    You got your wish (in part). The main carjacker (Brown) they let go numerous other times but since this time he had the bad luck that the white bitch whose car he took was a Congresscritter, they ain't lettin' him off so easy.

    However, he was arrested with a bunch of teenage buddies at a mall. I assume that the plan was to break into a bunch of cars at the mall or maybe do a smash and grab inside. (His previous MO was to break into cars with a bunch of teenagers). One teen resisted arrest and is in custody. However:


    Three of the other teens — boys ages 13 and 16, as well as a 14-year-old girl — were charged in Delaware with receiving stolen property, police said. Each was released to their guardians on $1,500 unsecured bond, police said.

     

    Replies: @Colin Wright

    ‘Three of the other teens — boys ages 13 and 16, as well as a 14-year-old girl — were charged in Delaware with receiving stolen property, police said. Each was released to their guardians on \$1,500 unsecured bond, police said.’

    I must be getting old. Didn’t armed robbery used to be regarded as a serious offense?

  267. No matter what is wrong with the Democrats, Biden is fixing it, by waving in a hundred thousand or two invaders future Democrats a month.

    Sure, their insanity–black thug and tranny worship–is hemorrhaging some of their more normie voters, but–long term–they are “making it up on volume”.

    • Agree: Alden
  268. @Hangnail Hans
    @Alden

    He called you out on one lie and your response is a hundred more lies. Interesting.

    Replies: @Alden

    My post was based on years of reading the comments the MEN OF UNZ make after every article about a black on White crime. It’s always the fault of the White. For working a shift other than 8 to 5, working a hospital restaurant or retail job that requires leaving work at 10 or 11 at night For walking or jogging. For living in a big city. For living near a city that has many blacks. Always the victim’s fault. How the MEN OF UNZ live to blame White victims of crime because they were out after dark. In December when it’s full dark at 4/30 pm.

    All the MEN OF UNZ advice about fleeing to a rural all White area is useless considering the way the government and the immigration refugee racket and employers are sending blacks to rural towns all over the country.

  269. @HA
    @Old Prude

    "No one can disentangle who died from Cooties from who died with Cooties, much less how many excess deaths were caused by Cootie Panic... It is plausible..."

    Yeah, sure it is. If that were true, countries and states with less "panic" as you put it, would have lower excess death rates. And yet, the biggest driver in determining those excess deaths -- at least once someone gets to the hospital -- is whether or not someone is vaccinated. The unvaccinated are roughly 40-times more likely to die from whatever that precise combo of COVID and "panic" is, if Texas' experience in September is any guide. So much for those bullet-proof immune systems that were supposed to save the truthers from going to the hospital in the first place. Not to mention your "plausibility" theories.

    The actual rates of the doubly-vaccinated in the US right now is more like a little over 60%, so good luck winning elections if that split is indicative of who bought into all those truther theories. I guess after the much-anticipated and eagerly-hoped-for massive die-off the truthers have been predicting finally arrives, it'll be a more even split, but so far, as I said, it's the unvaccinated who seem to be doing a lot more of the dying.

    If the numbers agreed with you, you'd be providing them instead of your link-free assertions as to what is or isn't plausible or how you were right along -- or your lame anecdotal evidence. If that's all you're left with, it's as good as an admission of defeat. Next to the anti-government attacks of the cholera riots, the truthers really come off like weak sauce.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Mark G.

    The actual rates of the doubly-vaccinated in the US right now is more like a little over 60%, so good luck winning elections if that split is indicative of who bought into all those truther theories.

    A recent poll shows 57% of voters don’t think the federal government has the authority to mandate vaccines so good luck winning elections for all the Democrats who advocate that the federal government should try to do that.

    https://www.newsdesk.io/poll-shows-majority-doesnt-think-government-has-authority-to-mandate-covid-vaccines/

  270. @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    There’s little French fry carts all over Belgian streets, malls everywhere. And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it? I have and it’s delicious. Much better than ketchup. Recipe for one cup of mayonnaise. 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg yolk, half a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Calories calories calories of oils and carbs.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @ScarletNumber

    And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it?

    Whenever at a McDonald’s, which for me isn’t often, I always ask for a packet of mayo with my fries. 🍟 They never have them out, but they always have them.

    Now if they’d only do this with malt vinegar!

    BTW, it was very foggy here tonight. My son asked if fog had a taste, something that had never occurred to me to ask. He opened the car window to find out.

    I surmised that in the Bay Area, the fog might have a salty taste. Does it?

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not that I’ve noticed. But I never tried to taste it.

  271. @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it?
     
    Whenever at a McDonald's, which for me isn't often, I always ask for a packet of mayo with my fries. 🍟 They never have them out, but they always have them.

    Now if they'd only do this with malt vinegar!

    BTW, it was very foggy here tonight. My son asked if fog had a taste, something that had never occurred to me to ask. He opened the car window to find out.

    I surmised that in the Bay Area, the fog might have a salty taste. Does it?

    Replies: @Alden

    Not that I’ve noticed. But I never tried to taste it.

  272. @RadicalCenter
    @currahee

    So proud that now we have several races together worshipping the arrogant paid murderers of the US war machine. What “macho” hombres.

    How manly it is to kill unarmed men, women, children, and old people in their homes and schools and hospitals, far from our shores, who are doing nothing to harm us.

    Yeah it must just be a soy boy sensitivity that makes some of us not want to pay these thugs to murder people who are not a threat to us and then patting themselves on the back about it.

    F—— the US Marines until and unless they go back to actually defending us instead of doing the war industry’s profitable dirty business at our expense.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    F—— the US Marines until and unless they go back to actually defending us instead of doing the war industry’s profitable dirty business at our expense.

    When has there ever been a threat to us that the Marines were necessary to defend us from? Even the Barbary pirate affair was about overseas trade, not repelling invasion. “Dirty business” is the only business they’ve had.

  273. @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    So you too roam the internet to find out what 14 year old girls are thinking and doing? And believe it’s important or significant ? What’s wrong with you?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    No, I remember striking letters to the editor from 50 years ago. Especially if they’re from 12-year-old girls.

    Today, we have to settle for Soph.

  274. @Hapalong Cassidy
    “The Democrats deciding they must put blacks in charge . . . is like making the drummer the leader of the rock band. Drummers are important, but they tend not to be the main composers.“

    There are some noteworthy exceptions. Lars Ulrich of Metallica arranges all of the riffs into coherent songs and seems to have veto power over frontman James Hetfield’s ideas (which is a function of their personalities; Ulrich being extremely extroverted while Hetfield being kind of spergy). Neil Peart of Rush wrote all of the band’s lyrics. Then you have drummers more noteworthy as singers, who tend to be take-charge guys and good songwriters, such as Phil Collins and Don Henley. Collins and Henley were definitely the most important people in their respective bands.

    Replies: @BDavies, @Ben tillman, @ScarletNumber

    Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five was their drummer, but overall Steve’s point holds.

  275. “The big decline in Biden’s polls happened in August during the tactically inept fall of Afghanistan.”

    That was the result of previous administrations, Mr. Sailer.

    “But much of the ruling party’s growing unpopularity stems from inevitable outgrowths of their fundamental 21st-century political strategy of exacerbating divisiveness in the name of diversity.”

    False premise.

    “In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next”

    That’s not what you wrote in the past. You said we had a decent grasp on the science. Seems to me you’re trying to score cheap political points.

    “Core Americans have tended to be remarkably easy-going about all the defamation.”

    Except that event called 1/6, which was concocted by Trump and his cronies. When will you start openly acknowledging this fact? That’s we can’t trust you on law and order and the rule of law.

    Happy Holidays, Mr. Sailer!

    • Troll: Che Guava
    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
    @Corvinus


    Happy Holidays, Mr. Sailer!
     
    Woooooo!

    That is so gay,

    Happy Kwanza to you and yours, big girl.
  276. @MLK
    As is so often the case, I disagree with little you've wrote in your latest Taki's column. But it misses the forest for the trees.

    After five years of malefactions against Trump to destroy first his candidacy, then his presidency, he won in 2020 in a monumental landslide.

    It continues to fascinate me the way so many think that the American nation would be cowed by these day-trading Stalinists from even mentioning the steal, even if they had to accept an illegitimate regime in place.

    Yet and still, given that anyone who was anybody, individual and institutional, domestic and foreign, was committed to "Trump Must Go!" my view in January was that competent governance -- essentially fulfilling their explicit and implicit promise that everything would be better once the terrible, awful Trump was gone -- would have moved enough independents and even Republicans to let the air out of the election steal balloon.

    The Democrats and their RINO filth controlled-opposition rejected this path. Trump refused to concede so they thought it smart to go after him and the 74M+ Americans who voted for him.

    I'll renew my recurring question to all of you who think you can understand the current national plight without contending with what happened in 2020. When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes?

    Replies: @Spud Boy, @AndrewR, @Paleo Liberal, @Corvinus

    “When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes“

    Because Mr. Sailer hasn’t wrote anything to say that Biden lost in the manner you claim. He knows there wasn’t the type of electoral malfeasance as you and others believe. Otherwise, he would be harping on it incessantly.

    Furthermore, recall that Sydney Powell pronounced she had irrefutable evidence that the U.S. Army seized servers in Germany showing Trump votes switched to Biden votes. Why hasn’t she produced it? And why has Lin Wood distanced himself from her?

    And, of course, the results of the Arizona inquiry into only reaffirmed Biden won, and there wasn’t the election fraud as the GOP claimed. That went down the memory hole really quick.

    • Replies: @MLK
    @Corvinus

    If you ask me you are too reliant on Steve. Be that as it may, on what date did you adduce from his silence that the official fairy story was on the up and up?

    Replies: @Corvinus

  277. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "It’s as if John and Paul had responded to George’s complaints about not getting enough songs on the Beatles’ albums"

    In the final interview that he gave before his death, (Playboy, Jan. 1981 issue), John made the point that most of George's early songs sucked, but neither he nor Paul wanted to tell him. Thus they wisely limited his total contribution to the band's albums to roughly 2 per 14 songs (the UK Beatles albums had 14, while the US albums had 12). Revolver broke this trend by allowing Harrison to contribute 3 songs to the album. Albeit, the third song does suck, at least when compared to most of Lennon-McCartney's contributions to Revolver.

    By the way, happy belated birthday to Steve.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    the UK Beatles albums had 14, while the US albums had 12

    Younger people wouldn’t know this, because when the CD’s were released in the US, they used the UK song sequence, e.g. the Rubber Soul album in the US didn’t include Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On, and If I Needed Someone, but the CD did when it was issued in 1987.

  278. @Mr. Anon
    @HammerJack


    She looks really different from her official photo..

    Representative Scanlon, I mean.
     
    They always do. This is what Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer actually look like:


    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BSnWDrKJVXU/mqdefault.jpg

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Ironically Hoyer was first elected to Congress when Gladys Spellman fell into a coma at 62 and the House declared her seat vacant three months later. She ended up dying at 70 never having regained consciousness.

  279. @Tex
    @advancedatheist

    VPs are often window-dressing, with some utility for ticket balancing. The common practice is to pick someone who is perceived to have some attributes or political connections the presidential candidate lacks. Joe Biden is an old white guy so he picked quasi-black woman Harris to tick some boxes.

    The other practice is to pick someone who makes the president look better by comparison. Picking Harris, who was so unlikeable and worthless she couldn't even get as far as the first Democrat primaries, shows just how weak Biden is.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Picking Harris, who was so unlikeable and worthless she couldn’t even get as far as the first Democrat primaries, shows just how weak Biden is

    You are assuming Biden had any say in the matter.

  280. @Reg Cæsar
    @Don Unf


    ...she still comes off like a mentally retarded child at a county fair.
     
    That's funny. We were regular state fair goers, but found that when our children were small it was a far better idea to take them to the county fairs instead. Cheaper, less crowded, less hectic, smaller, and a lot less scary should a child get separated.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Here in New Jersey we have an actual state sponsored state fair up in Sussex County. However, there is a seasonal store called State Fair and they rent out the parking lot of the Meadowlands Sports Complex for three weekends and two weeks once school gets out in June. Needless to say, the demographics of the two fairs are night and day. For all that is good and holy, do NOT attend the State Fair fair on Dollar Admission Day.

  281. @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    There’s little French fry carts all over Belgian streets, malls everywhere. And they serve it with mayonnaise. Ever tried it? I have and it’s delicious. Much better than ketchup. Recipe for one cup of mayonnaise. 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg yolk, half a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Calories calories calories of oils and carbs.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @ScarletNumber

    Recipe for one cup of mayonnaise. 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg yolk, half a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar.

    While I don’t doubt you, Hellmann’s has perfected this.

    • Agree: Alden
  282. @Corvinus
    @MLK

    “When and why did you come to believe that Biden won 81M votes“

    Because Mr. Sailer hasn’t wrote anything to say that Biden lost in the manner you claim. He knows there wasn’t the type of electoral malfeasance as you and others believe. Otherwise, he would be harping on it incessantly.

    Furthermore, recall that Sydney Powell pronounced she had irrefutable evidence that the U.S. Army seized servers in Germany showing Trump votes switched to Biden votes. Why hasn’t she produced it? And why has Lin Wood distanced himself from her?

    And, of course, the results of the Arizona inquiry into only reaffirmed Biden won, and there wasn’t the election fraud as the GOP claimed. That went down the memory hole really quick.

    Replies: @MLK

    If you ask me you are too reliant on Steve. Be that as it may, on what date did you adduce from his silence that the official fairy story was on the up and up?

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @MLK

    “If you ask me you are too reliant on Steve.”

    Why not? He is the best alleged pattern recognizer of his g-g-generation.

    “Be that as it may, on what date did you adduce from his silence that the official fairy story was on the up and up”

    When Trump proclaimed he couldn’t lose. He says if he won, there was no cheating. If he lost, there was cheating. That’s insane.

    I NOTICED you didn’t dispute what I said about Powell and Arizona. Deep down you know Trump lost. At least Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  283. @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Dan Hayes

    Do you know where there is a transcript?

    All my search engine had was a video. One one half hours. : (

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGnw1sHh9M

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @Dan Hayes

    Two days after your query, but alas no Musk Babylon Bee transcript has yet shown up!

  284. GeneralRipper [AKA "Nemo me impune lacessit"] says:
    @Corvinus
    “The big decline in Biden’s polls happened in August during the tactically inept fall of Afghanistan.”

    That was the result of previous administrations, Mr. Sailer.

    “But much of the ruling party’s growing unpopularity stems from inevitable outgrowths of their fundamental 21st-century political strategy of exacerbating divisiveness in the name of diversity.”

    False premise.

    “In truth, nobody much knows what will happen next”

    That’s not what you wrote in the past. You said we had a decent grasp on the science. Seems to me you’re trying to score cheap political points.

    “Core Americans have tended to be remarkably easy-going about all the defamation.”

    Except that event called 1/6, which was concocted by Trump and his cronies. When will you start openly acknowledging this fact? That’s we can’t trust you on law and order and the rule of law.

    Happy Holidays, Mr. Sailer!

    Replies: @GeneralRipper

    Happy Holidays, Mr. Sailer!

    Woooooo!

    That is so gay,

    Happy Kwanza to you and yours, big girl.

  285. @Ralph L
    The election of FDR and a leftist Congress in '32 made the Depression even worse before he was inaugurated. Pessimistic businessmen and consumers were proven correct--the new government raised tax rates and the cost of doing business, and "encouraged" the maintenance of high wages.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @David Davenport

    … and “encouraged” the maintenance of high wages.

    You would have instead encouraged the maintenance of low wages?

  286. @MLK
    @Corvinus

    If you ask me you are too reliant on Steve. Be that as it may, on what date did you adduce from his silence that the official fairy story was on the up and up?

    Replies: @Corvinus

    “If you ask me you are too reliant on Steve.”

    Why not? He is the best alleged pattern recognizer of his g-g-generation.

    “Be that as it may, on what date did you adduce from his silence that the official fairy story was on the up and up”

    When Trump proclaimed he couldn’t lose. He says if he won, there was no cheating. If he lost, there was cheating. That’s insane.

    I NOTICED you didn’t dispute what I said about Powell and Arizona. Deep down you know Trump lost. At least Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  287. I NOTICED you didn’t dispute what I said about Powell and Arizona. Deep down you know Trump lost. At least Epstein didn’t kill himself.

    Technically, Arizona should be decertified. The 58,000 fraudulent ballots that were uncovered in the audit were well above the margin of error. Then there were the 1,000,000 electronic voter files that were deleted or corrupted the day before the Maricopa County Supervisors handed over the records to the audit team and the guys wo did it got caught on tape although we are still waiting for Brnovitch to file charges. And there there is the problem of the counterfeit ballots although that too is under criminal investigation so we can’t get the numbers yet.

    Joe Biden lost Arizona.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @Prof. Woland

    In realty, Biden won Arizona. How quickly was the whole Stop The Steal report generated by the GOP memory holed.

  288. @John Johnson
    @nebulafox

    I think the GOP would be better off to not play the “Democrats are the real racists” game, and replace it with “We are the party of normal people, and they don’t have rational comebacks” game. Just keep hammering them. Don’t play their game.

    I don't know whoever thought that was a good idea.

    Pretty much all these statements should be dropped:

    Democrats are the real racists.
    Lincoln was a Republican.
    Southern segregationists were Democrats.
    Democrat plantation.
    MLK blah blah.

    They aren't counter-arguments to Democrat positions. People hear them and yawn.

    Who is the Con Inc goof that comes up with this crap?

    The real weakness of liberalism is race but Con Inc doesn't have the guts to go for the jugular since their own ideology embraces race denial. The best they can do is hit Democrats on education, crime and borders.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Harry Baldwin

    Who is the Con Inc goof that comes up with this crap?

    Dinesh D’Souza for one.

  289. @Prof. Woland

    I NOTICED you didn’t dispute what I said about Powell and Arizona. Deep down you know Trump lost. At least Epstein didn’t kill himself.
     
    Technically, Arizona should be decertified. The 58,000 fraudulent ballots that were uncovered in the audit were well above the margin of error. Then there were the 1,000,000 electronic voter files that were deleted or corrupted the day before the Maricopa County Supervisors handed over the records to the audit team and the guys wo did it got caught on tape although we are still waiting for Brnovitch to file charges. And there there is the problem of the counterfeit ballots although that too is under criminal investigation so we can't get the numbers yet.

    Joe Biden lost Arizona.

    Replies: @Corvinus

    In realty, Biden won Arizona. How quickly was the whole Stop The Steal report generated by the GOP memory holed.

  290. Corvinus is Greek for “dick.”

    Don’t miss the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Thursday. UNC vs USC.

  291. @anon
    @epebble

    .


    From a purely economic angle, a deficit tends to reduce growth by removing capital from investment and using it to pay back debts incurred.
     
    That is the theory, OK. But exactly what types of investment are *not* bing made these days. Meaning the last few years? As interest rates have fallen, the hurdle rate for private investment has fallen. Everything imaginable is getting funded. No shortage of venture capital. The only areas that might be seen as underinvested are oil&gas. Which are being actively punished by the government and ESG funds.

    Low interest rates are a sign of excess capital sloshing around. So are the current asset bubbles.

    I don't know anyone that seriously thinks that any possible increases in public funding would be "investments" rather than just more consumption.

    Replies: @epebble

    What types of investment are *not* being made these days.

    Plenty of (some may consider poorly thought out) private investments are being made; but not enough in public investments. If we didn’t have back breaking deficits, we can invest in high speed trains for example. Compared to 1960’s – 1990’s, public investment in fundamental science R&D has almost been neglected. After the Human Genome project, there has not been a large scale science project. Our space technology is mostly that from the 1970’s and ’80s. Fusion research is still stuck in almost 1980’s. Compared to 1900 – 2000, we can expect relatively small number of breakthroughs in 2000 – 2100.

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