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Say you are Jeff Bezos, world’s richest man.

You don’t hate America, in fact you have deep, beloved roots in the Cowboy Southwest. Heck, your cousin, George Strait, is a Nashville star.

On the other hand, as the world richest man, you hate populism and want to destroy it forever. so you do hate Donald Trump.

So your plan is that as of the morning of Wednesday, November 4, 2020, sensible old Joe Biden is President-Elect, at which point you and the rest of the Masters of the Universe can flip the switch and turn off Black Lives Matter and Antifa and all the other craziness and America can go back to normal. All it will take is 78-year-old Joe Biden sitting down with 90-year-old George Soros and Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff, and good old Joe telling George his mission is accomplished and he just needs to eliminate the funding to the crazies.

Right?

But after one month of Hate Whitey Year Zeroism, does it seem like the country after four more months can immediately flip back to business as normal under the Biden Administration? Or has The Establishment unleashed more than it counted upon?

What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

 
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  1. What’s the End Game, Jeff?

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • LOL: BB753, Kyle
    • Replies: @Patrick Boyle
    @PiltdownMan

    Elon Musk isn't the only guy with a space program. Musk wants to fly to Mars but Bezos wants to establish an orbital space home for all humanity and that lets the Earth below become one huge park. So it's perfectly clear he intends to escape and live in orbit.

    Replies: @BB753

    , @tyrone
    @PiltdownMan

    He wants to watch you in your home ………but only to sell you everything you "need" and to help you with those bad thoughts.

    , @Antonius
    @PiltdownMan

    Apropos the gaudy wealthy runt:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8487889/Amazon-refuses-remove-T-shirt-Blue-Lives-Murder-logo-despite-pleas-police-officers.html#comments

    , @Bard of Bumperstickers
    @PiltdownMan

    Remain calm. All is well! Tomorrow is Independence Day, remember? Yay! Independence . . .

    , @Richard B
    @PiltdownMan

    Whether anyone likes it or not science is the model of knowing.

    And it got that way exactly because those who practice it were willing to expose their ideas to a process of continuous feedback and correction.

    It's certainly had an important role in the success of Jeff Bezos and The Masters Of The Universe.

    But, it's worth reminding ourselves that the scientist's theory produces more data than the scientist can respond to, and a kind of data they can't respond to at all.

    That this doesn't bother scientists explains the science explosion, especially during the last one hundred years or so.

    As G.H. Mead once said a scientist is only happy when his theory turns out to be wrong.

    Of course, cause then he gets to be a scientist.

    What's this got to do with Jeff Bezos and The Masters Of The Universe?

    Well, they also like to apply their ideas to the world.

    And their ideas have most certainly produced a whole hell of a lot more data than they're able to repsond to, and a kind of data they can't respond to at all.

    Unfortunately, they do not share the scientist's happiness in being wrong, and so, have no interest in ever admitting it to the world they long to control.

    Conclusion

    We shouldn't laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct.

    After all, they were around a lot longer than we've been so far.

  2. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    Persuasion?

    • Replies: @vinteuil
    @IHTG

    Interesting list of founding members.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @IHTG

    Yascha Mounk = Samoa Chunky.



    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0207/9840/6720/products/front_1_d2f29158-c438-47ec-a676-491c77f67440_360x360.jpg?v=1567670560

    , @Bill
    @IHTG

    Sounds about right.

  3. BLM, Antifa, etc. are not a reserve force, they’re a standing army.

    • Replies: @Richard B
    @Rob McX


    BLM, Antifa, etc. are not a reserve force, they’re a standing army.
     
    That's right.

    Meanwhile, their enemy doesn't seem to have much of anything, let alone a standing army.

    And yet they continue talking about a Civil War that they're going to win.
  4. has The Establishment unleashed more than it counted upon?

    The Establishment unleashed exactly what it meant to; no more, no less. Control of the mass media, including social mass media, enables more precision than you might think.

  5. “Kneel before Zod” is kind of hard-wired in the monkey brain.

    Zod rarely stops to ask things like “what does ‘kneel’ really mean?” or, “how long must the kneeling continue?” or even, “who is Zod, exactly?”

    Answering those questions used to be the portfolio of the philosophy departments, but that went out the window quite some time ago. Sidney Hook, please come to the white courtesy telephone.

    In any event, you’re asking the wrong question of the wrong guy. We all know that the Prime Directive is not, “Kneel before Zod,” it is “Kneel before ZOG.”

    Anything less is anti-semitism.

    • Agree: Icy Blast
  6. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:

    at which point you and the rest of the Masters of the Universe can flip the switch and turn off Black Lives Matter and Antifa and all the other craziness and America can go back to normal.

    Yes, the switch can easily be flipped off. BLM and Antifa have no significant power in and of themselves. They are tiny. They are just being used (indulged) by Jews and non-black POCs to defeat Whites.

    Yes, if Biden is elected, the perceived challenge from Whites to Jews and non-black POCs will be seen as significantly diminished. The cost-benefit to Jews and non-black POCs of BLM/Antifa will therefore have changed considerably. Antifa/BLM will be ushered off the scene.

    • Agree: Rosie
  7. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    Hans Magnus Enzensberger – haunted for decades by the lefty zeitgeist in Europe, wrote an essay in 1997. This essay, published in his essay-collection ZickZack, is called Vom Blätterteig der Zeit (= About the Puff Paste of Time) and in it, Enzensberger explains the Puff Pastry Equation-Game, based on the Bäcker-Transformation which, to make my point now very short: Which is a mathematical model**** and this model helps Enzensberger to explain, why it makes no sense to pose questions like the one above because there are no reliable (= no methodically sound) answers to such questions. – As soon as such questions arise, we’re all of us just – guessers.

    ***** discussed by mathematicians George Birkhoff, Vladimir Arnol’d and Stephan Smale

    (It’s a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about – let alone rightfully, I’d be very quick indeed to concede that).

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Dieter Kief

    You are talking about chaotic iterative functions

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A4cker-Transformation
    https://mathworld.wolfram.com/BakersMap.html

    As Biden is sworn in has the nanomachine cataclysm of the antifa-BLM merger engulfs the halls of Congress, Jeff Bezos will take off in his "Führer V2", the "Blue Horizon" flying phallus ... into the void!!

    , @anon
    @Dieter Kief

    We all maybe guessers at this point, but there are some tells. Like it's obvious that when people today want to secede from the US they do so to a place that's already built with a monetary system in place, unlike the pilgrims who crossed an ocean, many dying, landed in a land barren of infrastructure , many more would die to try and realize a dream for themselves and their beliefs. Also unlike the pilgrims are the "refugees" and other immigrants who travel here. These peoples don't have the same convictions nor do they care about the Constitution or the Fourth of July because they were never a part of it, so now they want to abolish it for their ideals, which are probably closer to whatever shithole they left.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    (It’s a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about – let alone rightfully, I’d be very quick indeed to concede that).
     
    But has it made The Simpsons yet?


    If not, but shows up next season, that would suggest someone on the staff reads Steve, and the comments as well.



    http://www.progressiveteacher.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/014.jpg


    German-Australian Franconian-Victorian "mathologer" Burkard Polster gives us a hint of how this could be slipped in:


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQRttF8-iqA


    I wonder if this book covers the rabbit infestation:


    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51RoJgVLRWL._SX349_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    Replies: @SFG, @AKAHorace

  8. I reckon he was asking himself the same question when protesters left a guillotine outside his house.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/amazon-jeff-bezos-guillotine-protest-home-a9593961.html

  9. Anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/americas-national-parks-face-existential-crisis-race/story?id=71528972

    America’s national parks face existential crisis over race

    A mostly white workforce, visitation threatens parks’ survival and public health

    America’s great white outdoors

    … Just 23% of visitors to the parks were people of color, the National Park Service found in its most recent 10-year survey; 77% were white. Minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.

    “That tells me that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said David Vela, acting director of the National Park Service.

    The career park administrator, appointed by President Donald Trump to the post in 2017, is the first Latino to lead the agency.

    … “We need to communicate that national parks, one, are part of your birthright,” Vela told ABC News Live in an exclusive interview.

    “Two, they’re places of reflection and comfort — recharge your battery, to learn about your history, whether it’s your Latino history as an example, African American history, LGBTQ history. We have those sites and places and stories in national parks.”

    Is there anything these days that isn’t supposed to just cater to and nurture your group “identity”?

  10. C’mon, man. Joe versus the Volcano? No contest for the toughest, coolest and most charismatic man, ever.

  11. When he blathered about All lives matter being racist because his son didn’t need to worry about police brutality he didn’t mention that his family gets private security denied to you and me.

    His kids are going to be narcissistic messes who hate him for the humiliation of their mom. They will have lots of money to spend on self destructing and humiliating him in turn.

    • Replies: @JimB
    @Thea

    Face it. No matter what happens, Jeff Bezos is the winner. Lack of law and order and rioting will end p2p commerce. In future, groceries and durable goods will only be available from Amazon warehouses which will be hardened against attacks by man traps and snipers. Orders will be delivered by drones that fly above street level banditry. Americans will end up being slopped like consumerist pigs confined 23 hours a day to their pens because of BLM crime and the latest Chinese poopy germ killing off the halt, lame, and old.

  12. I assume you’re being facetious. The ideological disease is culture-wide and it’s not going back into a bottle.

  13. Yeah. I don’t think that’s hard to imagine at all. Remember the last time when it stopped quite literally from one day to the next?

    Journalists will discover that the riots have been taken over by nazis, so it’s now acceptable for the police to do something. The blacks in need of sneakers and whites with remembered jocks to take revenge on will remember they have other stuff to do. Three days later the media will stop reporting as if an order has gone out. Five days later it will be difficult to remind people that it happened at all.

  14. The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny “stimulus” check and their job in one of Jeff’s warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.
     
    Why did you repeat “the mean”?

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

    , @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    , @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    , @adreadline
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny “stimulus” check
     
    Only if you use "grateful'' very loosely, and if the inhabitants of the future are very unlike Black Lives Matter/Antifa rioters and statue-topplers. They aren't grateful for anything. They might be physiologically unable to. Possibly a congenital condition caused by genetic vulnerabilities coupled with -- perhaps even caused by -- an environmental offense or two. Resentment is their lifeblood.

    Also, Bezos can easily maintain the part of the United States he fancies and let the rest go to waste. I'm not so sure the Cowboy-American in him gives much thought to how things are in the bad parts of Los Angeles, Chicago, or Nashville.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Buzz Mohawk

    It's neo-feudalism. And it isn't just Bezos who promotes it, it is all (or almost all) the wealthy people in the World.

    You're not really a Duke, until everyone else is a serf.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    , @Kronos
    @Buzz Mohawk

    https://tvseriesfinale.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/amazon-logo-590x332.jpg

    Always thought the Amazon logo looked like a penis. Where Jeff is going to stick it is a “who? whom?” debate.

  15. The monster from the ruling class’s id hasn’t been “unleashed” at all. It’s still deep in acknowledged-desire territory. They fully consciously want—say they want—about a hundred million Americans dead and defamed in death. After that’s accomplished, perhaps a sliver of doubt pokes in.

    “We used to turn on the radio and hear sad songs about boats sometimes. Or did we? Strange.”

  16. > What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    I’m not worried, Steve — there are so many encouraging precedents.

    You’d already posted about the Weimar establishment using and then discarding the NSDAP crazies.

    Then there’s Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar, who righted the Persian ship of state after the excesses of the Shah. Which brings to mind PM Kerensky’s accomplishments, once that Russian Shah had been brought to heel. Et cetera.

    As you’ve asked once or twice before, What could possibly go wrong?

  17. BLM have already produced enough anti-Israel stuff. Bezos and co just have to announce that they are shocked (shocked!) that BLM have been taken over by neo-Nazis and then everything will be back to globalist normality.

  18. You guys are cranks

    There is no conspiracy theory

    People of Color are sick of white supremacy and are going to create s better future

    Just because you guys have no social skills and can’t get girls doesn’t mean the world is ending

    Ask most people and they see the protests and changes as good and necessary

  19. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny "stimulus" check and their job in one of Jeff's warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D, @NJ Transit Commuter, @adreadline, @Mr. Anon, @Kronos

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Why did you repeat “the mean”?

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    @Anonymous

    For emphasis. Emphasis.

  20. Maybe he hasn’t really thought that far ahead?
    There really seems to be a belief that No Trump= No Problems.

  21. The end game is feudalism.

  22. I’m wondering about historical examples.

    Was the cultural revolution in China “turned off”? Or did it linger, while people tried to fix the damage, and wall themselves off from its activities?

    Are people in Rwanda “over” the genocide? Or are some people sitting by the radio, waiting for a call to start up again?

  23. @Buzz Mohawk
    The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny "stimulus" check and their job in one of Jeff's warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D, @NJ Transit Commuter, @adreadline, @Mr. Anon, @Kronos

    In Bezos’s case, in particular, this doesn’t make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class – no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    • Agree: SIMP simp
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Jack D

    That thought occurred to me, but did it ever occur to you that maybe people, even people like Jeff Bezos, tend to act in ways that historically lead the the same thing, over and over?

    Maybe genius Jeff has identified a sweet spot, and optimum point of near-poverty, in which millions will still be able to buy crap on Amazon but be trapped in an endless hamster wheel of debt.

    I doubt he's thought all this through. He just wants to get bigger and continues doing what has worked for him. That's what living things do.

    Replies: @Wade, @The Wild Geese Howard

    , @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    In Bezos’s case, in particular, this doesn’t make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class – no customers.
     
    The third world wage arbitrage and globalization that Bezos is pushing are what help to grow the middle class. American standards of living may drop ever so slightly, some Americans may even fall out if the middle class, but that is more than made up for by the increased prosperity to Asians and Latin Americans resulting from the transfer of US manufacturing abroad and by the importation of foreign workers into the United States.

    Replies: @Joe, Averaged

    , @SFG
    @Jack D

    You get to be a billionaire by fanatically focusing on making money (and being very talented, very hardworking, and very, very lucky).

    A lot of times these guys don't realize that once they do the same thing enough times it starts to have larger effects on the world, possibly even interfering with the way they made their fortune. Kind of like the way you can sell 1 share of a company at the market price, but selling 1,000,000 shares starts to drive down the price.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Gingerbread man

    , @BB753
    @Jack D

    Bezos is into many other businesses, like real estate, stock trade, etc. Amazon has become just the front for his operations.

    , @Sam Malone
    @Jack D

    One problem with this, however, is that Amazon now makes more money (I think much more) from its AWS (Amazon Web Services) division than it does from the entirety of its retail operations.

    Even if the retail dimension of Amazon were to gradually diminish, Bezos could easily continue getting richer simply from renting out the servers that now comprise most of the world's Cloud computing power.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @anon
    @Jack D

    In Bezos’s case, in particular, this doesn’t make any sense because Bezos is the head of a the company store that sells consumer products on credit.

    Tennessee Ernie Ford knew about that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPqchDH22Vw

  24. @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    That thought occurred to me, but did it ever occur to you that maybe people, even people like Jeff Bezos, tend to act in ways that historically lead the the same thing, over and over?

    Maybe genius Jeff has identified a sweet spot, and optimum point of near-poverty, in which millions will still be able to buy crap on Amazon but be trapped in an endless hamster wheel of debt.

    I doubt he’s thought all this through. He just wants to get bigger and continues doing what has worked for him. That’s what living things do.

    • Agree: Lot
    • Replies: @Wade
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Sounds reasonable. Or, maybe becoming a billionaire and remaining one requires far more acceptance and encouragement from other billionaires than you and I realize. Didn't someone photograph evidence of his infidelity to his wife at one point? Also, didn't Soros investment group financially attack Facebook's stock price causing Zuckerberg to lose several billions of dollars in value like over night, after which he started purging the accounts of "holocaust deniers" from Facebook (my memory is hazy on that last point so I might not be recalling that correct)?

    I recall that originally Jeff Bezos wanted the content sold on Amazon to be as "free speech" as possible. That was Zuckerberg's stated aim for Facebook as well. I'm sure their visions eroded due to back-door dealing and encouragement from their peers. Amazon just purged E Michael Jones's books.

    Steve Sailer once pointed out that the billionaire class has more solidarity than any other class. That's not a coincidence. I'm sure they act with conscious intent to keep it that way. They can't risk having a Henry Ford come along and express love and appreciation for the common man. Can you imagine how instantly popular a guy like that would become? We don't have to imagine: we got Donald Trump.

    I think Bezos probably doesn't have much of a choice but to go along with his cohorts. Can you imagine just how ripe Amazon would be to attack under our anti-trust laws if his fellow billionaires truly didn't like the leader? Actually, they probably wouldn't want to open that can of worms either but you see my point...

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Maybe genius Jeff has identified a sweet spot, and optimum point of near-poverty,
     
    This is essentially what the people running Algeria have done.
  25. @Buzz Mohawk
    The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny "stimulus" check and their job in one of Jeff's warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D, @NJ Transit Commuter, @adreadline, @Mr. Anon, @Kronos

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong…

    • Replies: @Flip
    @NJ Transit Commuter


    And I wonder where we went wrong…
     
    The military-industrial complex sucking wealth out of the country and post-1965 immigration (legal and illegal) driving down wages.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    , @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    , @Escher
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    That was an exceptional time, when America strode the world like a colossus, and was the world’s factory, consumer and innovator, with the greenback backed by the US military.
    Most of those advantages have been worn away over time, some with the active connivance of the elites. Now only the exorbitant privilege of the greenback remains. How long will that last?

    , @SFG
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Jack D said it better than me, but one of the things about the postwar era is that it really was an anomaly in terms of all our competitors being destroyed in WW2.

    They really did have it better back then, but I'm not sure how reproducible it is.

    (Not to say that a government that looked after ordinary people and didn't swamp us with mass immigration wouldn't help...)

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Ben tillman
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Where did we go wrong? The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, but qui custodiet ipsos custodies? Who will watch the watchmen?

    , @dearieme
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    And I wonder where we went wrong…

    I suspect that was electing Kennedy, an incompetent chump, who begat Johnson who introduced a wildly extravagant welfare state while fighting a stupid war in Vietnam. This economic nonsense led Nixon to leave what remained of the gold standard, and after that threesome of poltroons ...

    But hold on: a sturdy republic with a sound constitution ought to be capable of surviving a bad president or three. So I don't think my explanation gets to the nub of the matter.

    The problem, I suppose, must be the people rather than the presidents.

    Replies: @Anon7

    , @Bubba
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    The loss of freedom of association in 1965, the ever-continuing, delusions of the Great Society (how many trillions now?) and the birth of Neocons.

  26. Between the hate Whitey campaign & the covtard freakout, there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. The US has been circling the bowl for quite a while, but the proverbial fork can now be stuck in the turd – this “country” is finished. The only question is what comes next. Hopefully, we won’t continue to stagger on this way for years to come – let’s just get it over with so something new & better can rise from the ashes.

  27. You are assuming that they WANT America to go back to “normal”. Coronavirus has been like a dream for Bezos – the government has literally closed down his competitor’s stores while leaving his open. An America that is distracted by racial nonsense is an America that won’t focus on anti-trust and other such matters that concern billionaires. Blecks are easily bought off – put some BLM slogans on you home page, donate a few million to black leadership and make a few other meaningless gestures and your trillions are safe. Blacks are also great customers. They don’t hoard their wealth like white people, they go right out and spend it immediately.

  28. The Jews are already trying this in the UK, since BLM criticised Israel.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Kent Nationalist


    The Jews are already trying this in the UK, since BLM criticised Israel.
     
    What the Jews want, the Jews get.
  29. If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works… By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it’s the Italians who received most of the media attention….

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it’s not because they “hate” Whites. It’s not because they feel “guilty.” It’s not because they’re “empathetic.” It’s because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein’s property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell…… So if you’re wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail…….

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America’s leaders betray their people.

    It’s all about the blackmail.

    • Thanks: FLgeezer, Sam Malone
    • Troll: Chrisnonymous, Kyle
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Interesting news story.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a35895/ghislaine-maxwell-was-a-guest-at-jeff-bezoss-secret-book-retreat


    Ghislaine Maxwell Was a Guest at Jeff Bezos’s Secret Book Retreat

     


    Every fall, the elite of the literary world and Hollywood convene at a highly secretive writer's retreat hosted by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and no one talks about it.

     


    Two Campfire 2018 attendees independently confirmed to Motherboard that Maxwell attended the exclusive retreat that year. One of the sources maintained that Maxwell had attended three Campfires including 2018
     
    Question: Why would Jeff Bezos invite a known sex trafficker to his retreat?
    Answer: Because she was a known trafficker.

    So, to answer your question, there is no end game. Bezos will, for the rest of his life, be a pawn of whoever owns the Epstein/Maxwell sex tapes.

    Back in 2016, Hacker group "Anonymous" claimed that Epstein was an agent of Israeli intelligence. Epstein actually recorded Bill Clinton raping a 13 year-old girl and gave this tape to the Israeli govt.
    "Anonymous" also claimed that Wexner gave money to Epstein so he could set up a sophisticated blackmail operation.

    Listen below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEM7L42x2xc

    If guys like Bezos and Clinton can keep the Israeli govt from releasing tapes of their sexual encounters with Epstein's underage prostitutes, they'll be happy. The end game for America matters a lot less to these guys than being exposed as a rapist and going to jail for life.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Kyle

    , @Not Only Wrathful
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Probability of blackmail success = what they'll lose if you reveal the blackmail material - what they lose if you do what they say - their power for vengeance against you - their sense of personal honour - their estimation of what you'll lose if revealed as a blackmailer.

    In other words, it isn't very useful. Especially since "what they lose if you reveal the blackmail material" becomes very small as they approach a natural death/actually die.

    Replies: @anon

    , @botazefa
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Maybe. But blackmail has been legalized in the form set by citizens united. Joe Biden wants to be president. No problem. Just engage the super wealthy and they will fully fund Black Lives Matter Global Network. They overflow local races with money, mostly for advertisements. They put very heavy fingers on the scale. When the time comes, they ask Pelosi to kneel while wearing african garb.

    Bezos bought the Washington Post. It's clear that whatever he is planning is an extension of his own pathological ego. And, who knows, maybe his success is rooted in a dead hooker in his past.

    The ultra wealthy have the ability to make the laws. Why break them?

    , @Wade
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Agree 100%. And oh, btw, Ghislaine Maxwell didn't kill herself!

    , @Yngvar
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The Godfather is fiction. Make-believe. It carries no weight in any serious discussion concerning reality.
    We cannot allow Hollywood to be the starting point for any discussion about where we are, or where we are going as a society.

    Replies: @Ray P

    , @Bert
    @JohnnyWalker123


    If you want to understand how the world really works,
     

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes
     

    It’s all about the blackmail.
     
    Let's decontruct your description of how the world works. Almost any man can find prostitutes without needing a flamboyant person as an intermediary. Sugar daddy websites provide access to coeds, barely legal ones if that's what is desired. A significant portion of sugar babies are completely fine with the man being 30, 40, or even 50 years older as long as he is what some decades ago was called "a Silver Fox." High end escort service offer plenty of discretion.

    Given the easy access to young women wanting to sell their services, why would a prominent man need Epstein? Looks? Someone like Marvin Minsky clearly wouldn't do well on a sugar site, and probably not with most escorts, but it's doubtful that he would have struck out everytime if he tried. However rejection hurts. Maybe that's it. Epstein's johns could bolster their egos by considering their trysts as hookups.

    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein's web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

    Replies: @utu, @James O'Meara, @JohnnyWalker123

  30. #MeToo can’t seem to touch Biden.

  31. Biden Administration? More likely the Bass Regime or the Harris Regime. It makes Mike Pence looke better and better.

  32. Anonymous[260] • Disclaimer says:

    The Cathedral policy of power without accountability works great with Walter Cronkite reading the news.

    As lifetime slow boiling frog, 2020 is producing too many Uncanny Valley effects to stay ….. comfortable and relaxed.

    Hell, Joe Rogan notices, not just Steve.

    Harvard is a joke, I can’t taking seriously being bossed around by something dumber than me.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous


    Hell, Joe Rogan notices, not just Steve.
     
    What are you referring to?
  33. Is it possible, Steve, that you are crediting most of these guys with a sophistication they don’t quite possess, and so you are asking them a question they haven’t asked themselves? Billionaires are as mortal as anyone else. Jeff Bezos didn’t become “world’s richest man”* by having a 4D chess endgame. He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market. Similarly, as Warren Buffet himself cheerfully admits at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meetings, he never had a grand plan, he just incrementally improved his holdings until he reached his current high plateau. Bill Gates never set out to harvest your data for resale, he just had the early insight that computer users are not gonna pay for commodity software if they can help it, so he had to get paid, and insert his product, at the supply end instead of at the demand end: a dozen customers instead of a billion, but they pay and cooperate better.

    What I’m suggesting is that these guys got where they are by moving in a mostly straight line in the direction they accurately perceived to be advantageous to themselves. That doesn’t mean they would win—or even could play—4D chess Dr. Evil-style. They just got the idea somewhere that Orange Man Bad and maybe populism shouldn’t be so popular, and now they are reacting to it the same way they reacted to every other impediment they’ve encountered in their careers: by taking short term concrete actions until that impediment is gone. That they’ve reached the power level where those short term concrete actions might make their country gone as well might not have occurred to them.

    Or maybe you know all this and your post is your way of trying to get them to think about it too. That’s fine.

    Soros (who, unlike the others, is not a natural born US citizen) is a bit of the exception to the above. At the very least, he had pretensions of being a Big Thinker. He published his unified field theory of everything called “reflexivity” or something (not gonna look it up now), which was, as far as I could tell, just a more business-friendly and less obviously nihilistic version of deconstructivism, which happens to be a useful philosophic cover for anything. He made most of his loot in the late 20th century (in non-productive market manipulation), so he’s had a lot of time to think about what to do with it and no established customer base to worry about pleasing. He’s obviously implicated in the funding of a lot of antisocial, anti-national, dubiously legal things, so he’s not squeamish about the means to whatever ends he has in mind. Since the licitness, either philosophical or jurisprudential, of his means don’t bother him too much, the licitness of his desired ends are probably not much better. So in answer to the question of “What’s the end game, George?”, well, it probably doesn’t involve anything you would like, such as preservation of liberty, freedom of speech, a constitutional republic, or civic nationalism. And anyway if he really wanted you to know, he probably would have told you by now.

    ——

    *Ignoring for the moment whomever it is who unauditably owns all those central banks…

    • Replies: @Curle
    @Almost Missouri

    You might find the 2012 book “Octopus” about trader Sam Israel’s hedge fund fraud interesting relative to Soros. In it, Israel tells the author that Soros showed a bunch of traders in the ‘70s how to get away with insider trading.

    Immigration is not a strength.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus:_Sam_Israel,_the_Secret_Market,_and_Wall_Street%27s_Wildest_Con

    , @Curle
    @Almost Missouri

    You might find the 2012 book “Octopus” about trader Sam Israel’s hedge fund fraud interesting relative to Soros. In it, Israel tells the author that Soros showed a bunch of traders in the ‘70s how to get away with insider trading.

    Immigration is not a strength.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus:_Sam_Israel,_the_Secret_Market,_and_Wall_Street%27s_Wildest_Con

    , @Curle
    @Almost Missouri

    You might find the 2012 book “Octopus” about trader Sam Israel’s hedge fund fraud interesting relative to Soros. In it, Israel tells the author that Soros showed a bunch of traders in the ‘70s how to get away with insider trading.

    Immigration is not a strength.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus:_Sam_Israel,_the_Secret_Market,_and_Wall_Street%27s_Wildest_Con

    , @Sam Malone
    @Almost Missouri

    Excellent post, thanks.

    , @Erik Sieven
    @Almost Missouri

    "He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market."

    I think online business naturally tends to reach monopolies after some time. The business is - opposed to e.g. Automotive industry, High-Tech, Pharma etc. - technologically or organizational very simple. Thus there are no specific technological advantages and disadvantages one company has over another, which could mean that both find their own customers.
    Also there is no investment in local markets, which means there is no local advantages one company has over another, no need to divide the global market.

    So somebody had to become world's richest man because of owning the quasi-monopoly for online organized retail trade. Even in a hypothetical world with 7 billion people with exactly the same talents, intelligence and motivation one guy would have been the lucky guy.

  34. @JohnnyWalker123
    If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747dG1riJzA

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9VaP5qBgw

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works... By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it's the Italians who received most of the media attention....

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it's not because they "hate" Whites. It's not because they feel "guilty." It's not because they're "empathetic." It's because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein's property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell...... So if you're wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail.......

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America's leaders betray their people.


    It's all about the blackmail.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Not Only Wrathful, @botazefa, @Wade, @Yngvar, @Bert

    Interesting news story.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a35895/ghislaine-maxwell-was-a-guest-at-jeff-bezoss-secret-book-retreat

    Ghislaine Maxwell Was a Guest at Jeff Bezos’s Secret Book Retreat

    Every fall, the elite of the literary world and Hollywood convene at a highly secretive writer’s retreat hosted by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and no one talks about it.

    Two Campfire 2018 attendees independently confirmed to Motherboard that Maxwell attended the exclusive retreat that year. One of the sources maintained that Maxwell had attended three Campfires including 2018

    Question: Why would Jeff Bezos invite a known sex trafficker to his retreat?
    Answer: Because she was a known trafficker.

    So, to answer your question, there is no end game. Bezos will, for the rest of his life, be a pawn of whoever owns the Epstein/Maxwell sex tapes.

    Back in 2016, Hacker group “Anonymous” claimed that Epstein was an agent of Israeli intelligence. Epstein actually recorded Bill Clinton raping a 13 year-old girl and gave this tape to the Israeli govt.
    “Anonymous” also claimed that Wexner gave money to Epstein so he could set up a sophisticated blackmail operation.

    Listen below.

    If guys like Bezos and Clinton can keep the Israeli govt from releasing tapes of their sexual encounters with Epstein’s underage prostitutes, they’ll be happy. The end game for America matters a lot less to these guys than being exposed as a rapist and going to jail for life.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @JohnnyWalker123

    "Claimed" being the operative word. So, the next step is for these accusations to be substantiated. Either Maxwell has the goods or she does not have the goods, e.g. a little black book with names/payments, computer files, videotape footage.

    Of course, this group (Anonymous) could be simply lying. There is an ASSUMPTION that these sex tapes exist and will be explosive in nature. But I do want the truth to be revealed, even if it means political and industrial big-wigs in our nation get exposed regardless of ideology.

    Be prepared, however, that Trump (and AG Barr by way of his father) COULD be also involved, so both have a vested interest to ensure this information does NOT get out there for public consumption and embroils them in yet another scandal.

    Or will MAGA-maniacs simply believe that Maxwell is making shit up just to save her own skin when the "God-Emperor" is shown to have indulged?

    As far as Sailer's piece, it's one false premise after another false premise.

    , @Kyle
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The problem with this theory is that American presidents have no power. There’s a balance of power between the executive branch and the other branches. Bill Clinton is effectively irrelevant in 2020. If anyone had dirt on Clinton or trump it would have been front page news years ago.

    Replies: @Clifford Brown, @JohnnyWalker123

  35. MLK says:

    I’ve thought since 2016 that what is called Trump Derangement Syndrome is driven by boundless resentment toward him.

    I mention this here because this terse, incisive post reminds me once again that if I weren’t a better person than most I would resent you for consistently distilling what the rest of us would turn into a lengthy meandering rant.

    The global alignment against Trump hasn’t really changed. With few exceptions, domestic or foreign, getting rid of terrible, awful Trump is viewed as a dues ex machina like nobody has ever seen before.

  36. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    And I wonder where we went wrong…

    The military-industrial complex sucking wealth out of the country and post-1965 immigration (legal and illegal) driving down wages.

    • Agree: Kyle
    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    @Flip

    We spent over $800bln on defense and intelligence last year, and what caused the greatest damage to the USA in years was the reaction to a virus. If 1/100th of that sum had been spent on building mask-making plants,it might have been worth it.

  37. Never forget they want you dead, your children raped and brainwashed, and they think it’s funny.

    • Agree: JMcG
  38. @Dieter Kief

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger - haunted for decades by the lefty zeitgeist in Europe, wrote an essay in 1997. This essay, published in his essay-collection ZickZack, is called Vom Blätterteig der Zeit (= About the Puff Paste of Time) and in it, Enzensberger explains the Puff Pastry Equation-Game, based on the Bäcker-Transformation which, to make my point now very short: Which is a mathematical model**** and this model helps Enzensberger to explain, why it makes no sense to pose questions like the one above because there are no reliable (= no methodically sound) answers to such questions. - As soon as such questions arise, we're all of us just - guessers.


    ***** discussed by mathematicians George Birkhoff, Vladimir Arnol'd and Stephan Smale


    (It's a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about - let alone rightfully, I'd be very quick indeed to concede that).

    Replies: @El Dato, @anon, @Reg Cæsar

    You are talking about chaotic iterative functions

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A4cker-Transformation
    https://mathworld.wolfram.com/BakersMap.html

    As Biden is sworn in has the nanomachine cataclysm of the antifa-BLM merger engulfs the halls of Congress, Jeff Bezos will take off in his “Führer V2”, the “Blue Horizon” flying phallus … into the void!!

  39. How do we know Jeff has anything to do with this?

    After the Corona lockdown, people were itching to get out and low on funds, since most have almost no savings. That’s a lot of dry kindling, to which Floyd was the spark for protests and looting. No doubt the Democrats then fanned the flames, thinking it would all make Trump look bad, whether he let it go on, as he largely has, or illegally brought in jackbooted Feds who would be all over CNN putting down “peaceful protestors.”

    I don’t see Jeff’s hands in any of that, what am I missing?

  40. @JohnnyWalker123
    If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747dG1riJzA

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9VaP5qBgw

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works... By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it's the Italians who received most of the media attention....

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it's not because they "hate" Whites. It's not because they feel "guilty." It's not because they're "empathetic." It's because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein's property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell...... So if you're wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail.......

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America's leaders betray their people.


    It's all about the blackmail.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Not Only Wrathful, @botazefa, @Wade, @Yngvar, @Bert

    Probability of blackmail success = what they’ll lose if you reveal the blackmail material – what they lose if you do what they say – their power for vengeance against you – their sense of personal honour – their estimation of what you’ll lose if revealed as a blackmailer.

    In other words, it isn’t very useful. Especially since “what they lose if you reveal the blackmail material” becomes very small as they approach a natural death/actually die.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Not Only Wrathful

    In other words, it isn’t very useful. Especially since “what they lose if you reveal the blackmail material” becomes very small as they approach a natural death/actually die.

    Most people have a family. Be a shame if something bad happened to them. Yes, a real shame.

    Replies: @Not Only Wrathful

  41. It’s beginning to look like the endless game of whack a mole Israel and the US play in the Middle East in place of actually coming to negotiate long term. America’s elites, like Israel’s leadership, aren’t interested in anything than total freedom for their own dominance.

    You really can’t expect a movement denouncing racism, settler colonialism and ethnic discrimination to not turn it’s gaze towards Israel when the Western, in particular American, governments prop it up and the Western media makes discussion verboten. It’s a powder keg. And the timing of annexing the West Bank, it’s just too perfect.

    Many Jews really don’t seem to understand that people are quite capable of hating Israeli settler-colonialism and racism without hating Jews. But will they realise too late?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Altai

    blockquote>You really can’t expect a movement denouncing racism, settler colonialism and ethnic discrimination to not turn it’s gaze towards Israel
     They are doing none of that. They are ignoring settler Colonialism in :
    Chinese occupied Tibet
    Chinese occupied Xinyang
    Russia occupied chechnya, Dagestan, Crimea and Kaliningrad
    Turkish occupied Cyprus
    Turkish occupied Kurdistan
    Moroccan occupied western Sahara
    Indonesia occupied west Papua
    Sudanese occupied Darfur

    Also ignoring discrimination against gays and minority religions in Pakistan, Gaza,Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Qatar, Iran wher being gay is against the law and punishable by death and converting from islam to Christianity is illegal and punishable by death.

  42. The BLM stuff seems very inauthentic. A few media outlets – the NYT, BBC etc can just stop reporting about it and suck the life out of it (eg the way they ignored the Gillets Jaunes).

    There is a very small chance of a Chernobyl type situation, where they drop the control rods but the reaction continues. If that happens, the cops and national guard etc will suddenly find that they have been minted brand new haloes.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @jimmyriddle

    If that happens, the cops and national guard etc will suddenly find that they have been minted brand new haloes.

    I don't know if you can jerk around the police that way. When you charge an officer with murder for making what would appear to be a correct judgment call, as at the Atlanta Wendy's, you can't expect them to trust local government not to throw them to the wolves whenever it's politically expedient.

  43. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    In Bezos’s case, in particular, this doesn’t make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class – no customers.

    The third world wage arbitrage and globalization that Bezos is pushing are what help to grow the middle class. American standards of living may drop ever so slightly, some Americans may even fall out if the middle class, but that is more than made up for by the increased prosperity to Asians and Latin Americans resulting from the transfer of US manufacturing abroad and by the importation of foreign workers into the United States.

    • Replies: @Joe, Averaged
    @Anonymous

    Good for them

  44. Assuming the puppets are on the same wavelength as the puppet-masters.

  45. Damn Steve, they still won’t even face population growth and you expect them to be sensible?!

    Generals always fight the last war. The globalists are still fighting ‘the nazis’ and there are new nazis every day. The goal is one world unified government with Malibu like zones (no NAMs, gated, protected) zones for elites.

    In NYC the super towers will be gated communities -I predict a luxury ‘armed driver’ version of Uber will be available soon but only for the super rich.

    The Epstein thing the bizzare imagery, pedo island possible ritual killings… – 10 years ago I would laugh at this idea but .. these people are literally satanic.

  46. Many of these sorts of issues have to do with the Jackson Pollock Problem: which is, Pollock in his time was an incredibly sincere artist (his sincerity is sort of what killed him, if you trace it carefully enough) who was ridiculed in his day as “Jack the Dripper,” viz a faker and a phony who was just pushing a ludicrous fad. When the critical dust settled and Pollock was seen rightly to be the important artist that he is, everyone who laughed at him before, suddenly felt shamed.

    Now the problem becomes, nobody wants to be the guy who laughed at the next Pollock; but this hesitation causes a weak spot in criticism and judgement, because it invites lots of actually fake, phony, insincere Pollock wannabes, who don’t really have the goods, but who can imitate the style and not get laughed at, because Pollock’s seriousness is no longer in question. Which floods the market with nonsense, and makes serious avant work harder than ever to suss out. I’m pretty sure economists have a term for this phenomenon.

    Anyway if you extrapolate the format, something similar happens with Jeff Evil.

    • Replies: @James O'Meara
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    I agree Pollock was a sincere guy, at least in his Benton period. In fact, based on the movie, I'd say he seemed to be a real nice guy, the sort you'd like to have a beer with at the Cedar Inn.

    But with respect, the rest is nonsense. The people who laughed at Pollock didn't count -- ordinary Joes and Janes who could see plainly that "my 6 year old could do that." The people who did count: critics and gallery owners -- were all behind Pollock; in fact, the whole thing was a CIA operation, promoting "action painting" as the he-man (that's where Pollock came in, no hollow-chested Yids allowed) alternative to Russian "soviet realism".

    It's not ancient history or a conspiracy theory: the CIA even admitted it.

    https://www.theransomnote.com/musings/news/cia-admit-to-using-modern-art-as-a-weapon/

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

    , @Pericles
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Well, can't the CIA just publish which artists they sponsor and who thus must be taken seriously?

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

    , @Bumpkin
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    I've been saying this for a decade now, and Bezos keeps getting richer and richer, with an online company that barely ekes out 3-4% net margins yet is afforded an insane PE ratio of 138. It's obvious the entire house of cards will come crashing down someday, just as we've seen with other tech darlings like Groupon, WeWork, and Wirecard, but I'm starting to feel like Markopolos fruitlessly chasing after Madoff.

  47. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @Bugg
    @Anonymous

    Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. Simply the Dem powers that be do not grasp they won't be able to control their Frankenstein monster. The NY metro area is littered with the ended careers of Dem pols who thought somehow they were exempt from their beloved minority constituents figuring out they could put their guy or gal in the seat. They were not.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer, @Anonymous

  48. anon[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dieter Kief

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger - haunted for decades by the lefty zeitgeist in Europe, wrote an essay in 1997. This essay, published in his essay-collection ZickZack, is called Vom Blätterteig der Zeit (= About the Puff Paste of Time) and in it, Enzensberger explains the Puff Pastry Equation-Game, based on the Bäcker-Transformation which, to make my point now very short: Which is a mathematical model**** and this model helps Enzensberger to explain, why it makes no sense to pose questions like the one above because there are no reliable (= no methodically sound) answers to such questions. - As soon as such questions arise, we're all of us just - guessers.


    ***** discussed by mathematicians George Birkhoff, Vladimir Arnol'd and Stephan Smale


    (It's a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about - let alone rightfully, I'd be very quick indeed to concede that).

    Replies: @El Dato, @anon, @Reg Cæsar

    We all maybe guessers at this point, but there are some tells. Like it’s obvious that when people today want to secede from the US they do so to a place that’s already built with a monetary system in place, unlike the pilgrims who crossed an ocean, many dying, landed in a land barren of infrastructure , many more would die to try and realize a dream for themselves and their beliefs. Also unlike the pilgrims are the “refugees” and other immigrants who travel here. These peoples don’t have the same convictions nor do they care about the Constitution or the Fourth of July because they were never a part of it, so now they want to abolish it for their ideals, which are probably closer to whatever shithole they left.

  49. @Buzz Mohawk
    The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny "stimulus" check and their job in one of Jeff's warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D, @NJ Transit Commuter, @adreadline, @Mr. Anon, @Kronos

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny “stimulus” check

    Only if you use “grateful” very loosely, and if the inhabitants of the future are very unlike Black Lives Matter/Antifa rioters and statue-topplers. They aren’t grateful for anything. They might be physiologically unable to. Possibly a congenital condition caused by genetic vulnerabilities coupled with — perhaps even caused by — an environmental offense or two. Resentment is their lifeblood.

    Also, Bezos can easily maintain the part of the United States he fancies and let the rest go to waste. I’m not so sure the Cowboy-American in him gives much thought to how things are in the bad parts of Los Angeles, Chicago, or Nashville.

  50. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques – drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn’t have to deal with car maintenance or insurance – most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn’t generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    • Agree: Thea
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.
     
    Would we have been better off not entering WWII?

    You wouldn’t have to deal with car maintenance or insurance
     
    Why not?

    But urban blacks made that life impossible
     
    How exactly do urban blacks make that kind of life impossible?

    Replies: @Alden

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @Jack D

    Next, Jack will break into a rousing rendition of "Little Boxes."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-sQSp5jbSQ

    Replies: @Clifford Brown

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @Jack D

    How to organize a post-agrarian society is a difficult social problem. The solution of a spiral of consumption and production of unsatisfying crap made people superficially wealthy for decades. It also created the tax base that funded some real advancements in science.

    I think it is only in the last 5-10 years that people are starting to connect the dots between things like widespread metabolic abnormality, soil destruction, family disintegration, the Great Sort, credentialism, Wall Street bailouts, etc

    I think when billionaires talk about following the Chinese model, it's because they recognize that the crap-spiral model of post-agrarianism is prone to self-destruction. The Chinese model is more transparent about the citizen-as-wage-serf-consumer and is thus more able to easily institute solutions while keeping up the production needed to support the things elites care about.

    The other solution is pulling back from the edge of the abyss by "regressing" into more localism, expanded agricultural sector, shrunk education sector, and decreased consumption. Of course, this means not having the wealth to project overwhelming military force into multiple combat theaters and a lower standard of superficial living at home.

    The Chinese model is going to be bad for lots of people but keep elites happy. The regressive model would be better for masses but very sucky for elites. It would still produce some very wealthy people, but those people wouldn't be Mark Zuckerberg-types. If you're a super-ZIP dweller, the idea of your kid starting a soil-regenerative farm like Polyface is not nearly as attractive as the start-up fantasy with the PhD fallback option. It's especially unattractive when it means your descendants are going to talk and act a lot like the deplorable Red State flyover Americans you have learned to despise so exquisitly.

    Of course, the other problems with the regressive model are (a) the logistical difficulty--how to get land back to people and how to build up skills--and (b) the moral problems associated with communities that can't sustain our current population level--probably requiring some eugenics, overseas famines and death, and maybe, horror of horrors, some sort of segregation or small-community loyalty.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @JMcG
    @Jack D

    Great comment Jack. It’s a real shame, but the Fourth of July feels more elegiac every year.

    Replies: @Gordo

    , @Stan Adams
    @Jack D


    Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US.
     
    Maybe, but things were better then than they are now.

    In the Miami area, the houses built in the '50s and '60s came through Hurricane Andrew (1992) in far better shape than the houses built in the '70s and '80s. Reagan-era structures, in particular, turned out to be houses of cards. The generally-accepted explanation is that Miami had lots of hurricanes in the '50s and '60s, but none in the '70s and '80s, so builders got lazy and inspectors looked the other way.

    The building codes were strengthened after Andrew, but they have yet to be tested. We have not had a direct hit from a major storm in decades. The last hurricane of any consequence, Wilma in 2005, caused significant damage, and it was only a Category 2/3.

    Irma in 2017, hyped as the Mother of All Storms, devastated the Keys but merely sideswiped the mainland. The Dade/Broward area experienced tropical storm-force conditions at most. Still, the electricity was off in some areas for two weeks. Twelve patients at a sweltering nursing home died of heat exposure.
    , @Anon
    @Jack D

    Using auto production as a proxy for the post war heavy manufacturing industry needing lots of decent paying unionized production line labor affording a middle class lifestyle as a whole, the trend is almost all up till the Arab oil embargo in 1973, with the first effects really seen in 1974. And a couple of peaks and dips shortly after that and generally trending down since. And Japanese auto inroads into the US grew sharply from the early 70's until limited by agreements (and then Honda and others built US plants - not paying much less than US companies, but non unionized and fewer job classifications padding the rolls and fewer workers required and without the legacy health insurance costs for retirees). See Halberstam's "The Reckoning", focusing on Ford and Nissan.

    Did read once by some stat that the early 70's were about the peak in as good as it got for average American workers.

    The rest of the world catching up, and others elsewhere willing to work harder than us (the Japanese, Koreans, etc. weren't working just 40 hrs a week) and an open economy allowing access are all contributors to the trend. And fewer need for just high school educated guys with strong backs in car, steel, coal production, etc. And a digital world with work that can be outsourced to India, etc.

    I know people who grew up in Philip Roth's Newark (even know someone who once double dated with him). These people are happy to be out of Newark, and wouldn't want to be back living in today's Newark, or in a demographically 50's era Newark, if that still existed.

    , @ThreeCranes
    @Jack D

    Hat's off to you, Jack. Telling it like it is and was.

    , @but an humble craftsman
    @Jack D


    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).
     
    Leaving an occupying army in the land of the defeated is not picking up the cost of defense for the defeated.

    Neither Japan nor Germany have any enemies they could not handle perfectly if hypocrisy central would not reflexively side with those enemies, thank you very much.

    How the american industry threw away its enormous advantage in production technology is a story for another day.
  51. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    That was an exceptional time, when America strode the world like a colossus, and was the world’s factory, consumer and innovator, with the greenback backed by the US military.
    Most of those advantages have been worn away over time, some with the active connivance of the elites. Now only the exorbitant privilege of the greenback remains. How long will that last?

  52. SFG says:
    @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    You get to be a billionaire by fanatically focusing on making money (and being very talented, very hardworking, and very, very lucky).

    A lot of times these guys don’t realize that once they do the same thing enough times it starts to have larger effects on the world, possibly even interfering with the way they made their fortune. Kind of like the way you can sell 1 share of a company at the market price, but selling 1,000,000 shares starts to drive down the price.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @SFG

    I generally agree with that. People often say that Henry Ford started a revolution by paying his workers enough money that they could afford to buy the products that they made and thus began the modern middle class consumer economy. That was not his intention at all at the time. He was experiencing high turnover in his factory which lend to quality and productivity problems and decided that by paying his workers what was then an above market wage ($5/day!) he would greatly reduce turnover (and he was correct). He also decided that thru the use of assembly line techniques he could greatly reduce the cost of building a car (and therefore the retail price) and at some point (assisted by developments in consumer finance - you didn't need to pay the purchase price in advance) the lines met and his workers were able to afford their own cars. But this was never his goal.

    Replies: @Thea

    , @Gingerbread man
    @SFG

    Amazon Web Services is the most profitable part of Amazon’s business that no one talks about. I’m not exactly sure what it does, but its a service that allows companies and large websites to store data online. They power a significant portion of the internet. They have about 60% market share and make most of their money there.

    Their online store, audible, Alexa and other cool products are just the store front. Anyway, Jeff Bezos has gone on record many times saying that he was very lucky that for 10+ years he had no competition in the data storage/cloud computing space.

    https://vm.tiktok.com/JRXoUdG/

  53. SFG says:
    @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    Jack D said it better than me, but one of the things about the postwar era is that it really was an anomaly in terms of all our competitors being destroyed in WW2.

    They really did have it better back then, but I’m not sure how reproducible it is.

    (Not to say that a government that looked after ordinary people and didn’t swamp us with mass immigration wouldn’t help…)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @SFG


    They really did have it better back then, but I’m not sure how reproducible it is.
     
    Dunno. Here’s a control group: Are Australia, NZ, Canada, Japan, Singapore, England, Edinburgh, Germany, France, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, etc, reproducible?
  54. sensible old Joe Biden is President-Elect

    Biden is totally corrupt, senile, has never had an original thought, was an idiot on his best day, is for sale to the highest bidder, has a fleeting relationship with the truth, and acts highly inappropriately in public with 12 year old girls.

    And those are his best qualities.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Che Blutarsky

    And thus you capture the appeal of such a one ….isn't it funny how so many of our "leaders" have been seriously flawed people. The entities really running the show like it like that.

    , @Pericles
    @Che Blutarsky

    Whoever wins (Trump), I think They should run a simultaneous reality show with Hillary as the shadow president. Let's call it If I Had Won. Episode 8: Back at the Coven. etc.

  55. A Biden win will empower Warren, Bezos isn’t going to enjoy that very much. He’d have few defenders.

    Anyway I think Trump will win polls are already beginning to tighten. Yougov has the race at Biden +5.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @Ed

    Helmut Norpoth says Trump has a 91% chance of winning re-election:
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/man-correctly-predicted-president-trumps-2016-win-predicts-president-trump-91-chance-reelected-2020/

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Ed

    "A Biden win will empower Warren"

    Elizabeth Warren is a pathological liar and a shrill psycho who will go to great bureaucratic lengths to prove how much she hates systemic whitey. A President Stacey Abrams will have nothing to prove when it comes to hating whitey. My vote is for giggly Kamala and her Jewish husband. They're the fun couple.

  56. @SFG
    @Jack D

    You get to be a billionaire by fanatically focusing on making money (and being very talented, very hardworking, and very, very lucky).

    A lot of times these guys don't realize that once they do the same thing enough times it starts to have larger effects on the world, possibly even interfering with the way they made their fortune. Kind of like the way you can sell 1 share of a company at the market price, but selling 1,000,000 shares starts to drive down the price.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Gingerbread man

    I generally agree with that. People often say that Henry Ford started a revolution by paying his workers enough money that they could afford to buy the products that they made and thus began the modern middle class consumer economy. That was not his intention at all at the time. He was experiencing high turnover in his factory which lend to quality and productivity problems and decided that by paying his workers what was then an above market wage ($5/day!) he would greatly reduce turnover (and he was correct). He also decided that thru the use of assembly line techniques he could greatly reduce the cost of building a car (and therefore the retail price) and at some point (assisted by developments in consumer finance – you didn’t need to pay the purchase price in advance) the lines met and his workers were able to afford their own cars. But this was never his goal.

    • Replies: @Thea
    @Jack D

    Strangely, In the Soviet Union they hung portraits of Ford next to Marx in the factories

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  57. @JohnnyWalker123
    If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747dG1riJzA

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9VaP5qBgw

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works... By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it's the Italians who received most of the media attention....

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it's not because they "hate" Whites. It's not because they feel "guilty." It's not because they're "empathetic." It's because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein's property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell...... So if you're wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail.......

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America's leaders betray their people.


    It's all about the blackmail.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Not Only Wrathful, @botazefa, @Wade, @Yngvar, @Bert

    Maybe. But blackmail has been legalized in the form set by citizens united. Joe Biden wants to be president. No problem. Just engage the super wealthy and they will fully fund Black Lives Matter Global Network. They overflow local races with money, mostly for advertisements. They put very heavy fingers on the scale. When the time comes, they ask Pelosi to kneel while wearing african garb.

    Bezos bought the Washington Post. It’s clear that whatever he is planning is an extension of his own pathological ego. And, who knows, maybe his success is rooted in a dead hooker in his past.

    The ultra wealthy have the ability to make the laws. Why break them?

  58. Bezos wants to live a long, wealthy, healthy life here on earth, and then sometime in the next 30 years, he will move up into a Blue Origin orbital habitat to live in low G for another 50 – 60 years. He is a transhumanist.

  59. @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    Bezos is into many other businesses, like real estate, stock trade, etc. Amazon has become just the front for his operations.

  60. @Buzz Mohawk
    The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny "stimulus" check and their job in one of Jeff's warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D, @NJ Transit Commuter, @adreadline, @Mr. Anon, @Kronos

    It’s neo-feudalism. And it isn’t just Bezos who promotes it, it is all (or almost all) the wealthy people in the World.

    You’re not really a Duke, until everyone else is a serf.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Mr. Anon

    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used. I think it captures the essence of where we are headed, how your children or grandchildren will live. History regresses toward the mean of some form of feudalism, and most human beings throughout history have lived this way.

    The wealthy people of the world now promote it because that is human nature and therefore their nature. It would be yours or mine if we were in their place. For a while, there were some bright cultures that moved away from that, but they are dying now.

    If it isn't feudalism (if, dear scholars, I have mis-labeled it) then it is some form of D&S (Dominance and Submission.) Sadly, life always seems to go back to that. This current trend, BTW, is a move away from human thought and abstract concepts, back toward eat-or-be-eaten, beat-or-be-beaten. It is barbarism and no better than how any other species lives.

    Replies: @Clifford Brown

  61. Wade says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    @Jack D

    That thought occurred to me, but did it ever occur to you that maybe people, even people like Jeff Bezos, tend to act in ways that historically lead the the same thing, over and over?

    Maybe genius Jeff has identified a sweet spot, and optimum point of near-poverty, in which millions will still be able to buy crap on Amazon but be trapped in an endless hamster wheel of debt.

    I doubt he's thought all this through. He just wants to get bigger and continues doing what has worked for him. That's what living things do.

    Replies: @Wade, @The Wild Geese Howard

    Sounds reasonable. Or, maybe becoming a billionaire and remaining one requires far more acceptance and encouragement from other billionaires than you and I realize. Didn’t someone photograph evidence of his infidelity to his wife at one point? Also, didn’t Soros investment group financially attack Facebook’s stock price causing Zuckerberg to lose several billions of dollars in value like over night, after which he started purging the accounts of “holocaust deniers” from Facebook (my memory is hazy on that last point so I might not be recalling that correct)?

    I recall that originally Jeff Bezos wanted the content sold on Amazon to be as “free speech” as possible. That was Zuckerberg’s stated aim for Facebook as well. I’m sure their visions eroded due to back-door dealing and encouragement from their peers. Amazon just purged E Michael Jones’s books.

    Steve Sailer once pointed out that the billionaire class has more solidarity than any other class. That’s not a coincidence. I’m sure they act with conscious intent to keep it that way. They can’t risk having a Henry Ford come along and express love and appreciation for the common man. Can you imagine how instantly popular a guy like that would become? We don’t have to imagine: we got Donald Trump.

    I think Bezos probably doesn’t have much of a choice but to go along with his cohorts. Can you imagine just how ripe Amazon would be to attack under our anti-trust laws if his fellow billionaires truly didn’t like the leader? Actually, they probably wouldn’t want to open that can of worms either but you see my point…

  62. the fight is going to be over the billionaire’s money. There is a huge flaw in the US constitution, a missing amendment. A citizen has no protection from the government taking all of their assets. ( 4th amendment protects against “unreasonable” seizure and probably just applies to charges of law breaking. ) Democrat voters want money. Who is going to stop them from taking Jeff’s cash?

  63. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Would we have been better off not entering WWII?

    You wouldn’t have to deal with car maintenance or insurance

    Why not?

    But urban blacks made that life impossible

    How exactly do urban blacks make that kind of life impossible?

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Anonymous

    blacks make it extremely dangerous, unpleasant and expensive to live in cities. Public transit is great but destroyed by blacks. The Black impacted schools are dangerous for White children. Even if they attend Orc free private schools it’s dangerous to use public transit to get to their schools.

    Blacks prey on Whites, men, women and children. Blacks have turned neighborhoods from safe to dangerous in 5 years. Carrying a purse is dangerous in cities with blacks. They make going out for an evening dangerous. They make being out after dark dangerous. Tessa Majors murdered at 5/15 pm when it’s dark in December Blacks make it dangerous to not have a car and garage even if you live only 3 blocks from a convenient subway stop.

    San Francisco Excelsior District late 1950s early 60s. The black kids brought pillow cases of rocks to the playground and stoned the White kids. The neighborhood emptied of Whites in a few years.

    Blacks make wherever they live dangerous and unpleasant.

  64. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @SFG
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Jack D said it better than me, but one of the things about the postwar era is that it really was an anomaly in terms of all our competitors being destroyed in WW2.

    They really did have it better back then, but I'm not sure how reproducible it is.

    (Not to say that a government that looked after ordinary people and didn't swamp us with mass immigration wouldn't help...)

    Replies: @Anonymous

    They really did have it better back then, but I’m not sure how reproducible it is.

    Dunno. Here’s a control group: Are Australia, NZ, Canada, Japan, Singapore, England, Edinburgh, Germany, France, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, etc, reproducible?

  65. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    Where did we go wrong? The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, but qui custodiet ipsos custodies? Who will watch the watchmen?

  66. The endgame is that the Fed will no longer be able to print money at will when the dollar ceases to be THE international reserve currency. It’s already happening. So, in order for our elites to keep their money and power, ordinary Americans are going to see their standard of living decrease at an alarming rate, year by year. Lower wages, higher prices, more taxes.
    How do you keep the proles in check? By creating phony sanitary crises and staged revolutions, for example, to keep them at home, scared and penniless. I can well picture Soros saying “Unleash the Antifa and release the schwarzen!”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @BB753


    The endgame is that the Fed will no longer be able to print money at will when the dollar ceases to be THE international reserve currency.
     
    Define “international reserve currency.”

    Replies: @BB753

  67. @JohnnyWalker123
    If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747dG1riJzA

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9VaP5qBgw

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works... By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it's the Italians who received most of the media attention....

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it's not because they "hate" Whites. It's not because they feel "guilty." It's not because they're "empathetic." It's because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein's property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell...... So if you're wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail.......

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America's leaders betray their people.


    It's all about the blackmail.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Not Only Wrathful, @botazefa, @Wade, @Yngvar, @Bert

    Agree 100%. And oh, btw, Ghislaine Maxwell didn’t kill herself!

  68. Joe will have a big problem once he names a VP. Immediately after, that person becomes a power center in the party, in the nation. The VP camp will start talking of Joe’s cognitive decline and work to force him to resign. Kind of the only protection Biden would have is if he selects someone who is clearly not qualified. And he will survive the presidential campaign by picking someone who cannot win on their own.

  69. All that matters is that they win, by any means necessary.

  70. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    It’s not possible to judge with certainty, but based on my experience with other ambitious men it is most likely to “win” by having the most toys.

    A few know they can’t outrun the bear and just want to outrun the fat guys, but most want to “win”.

  71. In 1917, the German High Command thought it might be a good idea to weaken Russia if they helped an exiled revolutionary firebrand (W. I. Uljanow by name – but he is more known by his trademarked name “Lenin”), together with a few comrades ,to travel from Switzerland (where he was exiled) to the homeland. (The Germans made sure he did not get into contact with anybody in Germany – Lenin travelled in a sealed carriage during the German part of the journey..).
    At first it worked – Lenin started a revolution, Russia became the USSR and withdrew from WWI.
    But later on this deal was not that optimal for Germany and the rest of the world: The USSR remained a source of evil for a long time…

  72. @Dieter Kief

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger - haunted for decades by the lefty zeitgeist in Europe, wrote an essay in 1997. This essay, published in his essay-collection ZickZack, is called Vom Blätterteig der Zeit (= About the Puff Paste of Time) and in it, Enzensberger explains the Puff Pastry Equation-Game, based on the Bäcker-Transformation which, to make my point now very short: Which is a mathematical model**** and this model helps Enzensberger to explain, why it makes no sense to pose questions like the one above because there are no reliable (= no methodically sound) answers to such questions. - As soon as such questions arise, we're all of us just - guessers.


    ***** discussed by mathematicians George Birkhoff, Vladimir Arnol'd and Stephan Smale


    (It's a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about - let alone rightfully, I'd be very quick indeed to concede that).

    Replies: @El Dato, @anon, @Reg Cæsar

    (It’s a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about – let alone rightfully, I’d be very quick indeed to concede that).

    But has it made The Simpsons yet?

    If not, but shows up next season, that would suggest someone on the staff reads Steve, and the comments as well.

    German-Australian Franconian-Victorian “mathologer” Burkard Polster gives us a hint of how this could be slipped in:

    I wonder if this book covers the rabbit infestation:

    • Replies: @SFG
    @Reg Cæsar

    Sad thing about that last one is, in the original case that spawned the meme, they did an investigation, and it actually looked like a dingo did eat the woman's baby.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    , @AKAHorace
    @Reg Cæsar

    Perhaps this book could be a model for culturally sensitive Maths texts for people of colour.

  73. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    And I wonder where we went wrong…

    I suspect that was electing Kennedy, an incompetent chump, who begat Johnson who introduced a wildly extravagant welfare state while fighting a stupid war in Vietnam. This economic nonsense led Nixon to leave what remained of the gold standard, and after that threesome of poltroons …

    But hold on: a sturdy republic with a sound constitution ought to be capable of surviving a bad president or three. So I don’t think my explanation gets to the nub of the matter.

    The problem, I suppose, must be the people rather than the presidents.

    • Agree: JMcG, Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Anon7
    @dearieme

    The problem, I suppose, must be the people rather than the presidents.

    That's one of the things I like about John Glubb's short 1978 work The Fate of Empires:

    http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/TheFateofEmpiresbySirJohnGlubb.pdf

    Rather than concentrating on the names of emperors and the dates of conquests, he discusses the people. According to Glubb's point of view, if I understand it, we're at the end of a 10-12 generation 250 year-long Great Empire cycle.

    "Decadence is a moral and spiritual disease, resulting from too long a period of wealth and power, decline of religion, pessimism and frivolity. The citizens of such a nation will no longer make an effort to save themselves, because they are not convinced that anything in life is worth saving...

    "It has been shown that, normally, the rise and fall of great nations are due to internal reasons alone. Ten generations of human beings suffice to transform the hardy and enterprising pioneer into the captious citizen of the welfare state."

  74. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    Next, Jack will break into a rousing rendition of “Little Boxes.”

    • LOL: GoRedWings!
    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Ironically, I find the ticky tack little boxes of Daly City, CA kind of charming. It helps if they are on a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific.

    http://www.consoleartist.com/LD_D.jpg

    http://www.consoleartist.com/LB_B.jpg

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Westlake_Daly_City_aerial.jpg/1280px-Westlake_Daly_City_aerial.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar

  75. @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    One problem with this, however, is that Amazon now makes more money (I think much more) from its AWS (Amazon Web Services) division than it does from the entirety of its retail operations.

    Even if the retail dimension of Amazon were to gradually diminish, Bezos could easily continue getting richer simply from renting out the servers that now comprise most of the world’s Cloud computing power.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Sam Malone

    Amazon retail never made much money and was not intended to make money in this phase of Bezos's grand plan. The intention is to grow market share, not make money. If they make money it's by accident and they have to adjust the algorithms to lower the prices. Standard Oil didn't make money at first either. In this phase, you drive all of your competitors out of business (or get them to sell out to you) by undercutting their prices. THEN when you have no competition left (when all the department stores and mall have closed - we are well on our way to this) THEN you raise prices and make money. What are people going to do at that point? Shop at their local JC Penney that closed 5 years ago?

    Replies: @Sam Malone, @Ed

  76. @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    (It’s a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about – let alone rightfully, I’d be very quick indeed to concede that).
     
    But has it made The Simpsons yet?


    If not, but shows up next season, that would suggest someone on the staff reads Steve, and the comments as well.



    http://www.progressiveteacher.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/014.jpg


    German-Australian Franconian-Victorian "mathologer" Burkard Polster gives us a hint of how this could be slipped in:


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQRttF8-iqA


    I wonder if this book covers the rabbit infestation:


    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51RoJgVLRWL._SX349_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    Replies: @SFG, @AKAHorace

    Sad thing about that last one is, in the original case that spawned the meme, they did an investigation, and it actually looked like a dingo did eat the woman’s baby.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @SFG


    Sad thing about that last one is, in the original case that spawned the meme, they did an investigation, and it actually looked like a dingo did eat the woman’s baby.

     

    Sorry to hear this. On the bright side of this story is the following true fact: The Dingo ate a Math Book. And it is indisputably true except for a metaphorical expression like: "The new Math Book is my most beloved baby" (from a school-book-writer, let's say) - ahh: except for such rather uncommon cases, the following claim is perfectly sound and thus ultimately soothing here: Babies are no Math Books.
    At least that's what I'd say, humbly enough.
  77. David Starkey has resigned and been unpersoned.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53279273

    Being homosexual did not save him this time.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Gordo


    David Starkey has resigned and been unpersoned.
     
    Never heard of him but here's the best part:

    "Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, vice-chancellor of the university, apologised to staff and students who have been offended and upset by the "appalling" comments."
  78. I don’t think they have any idea what the end game is. Soros is destructive and nearing death, Buffet is nice but headed for the grave also. Gates and Bezos are smart enough and honest enough (with themselves) to know that the basic problem is the difference, on average, in the genetic endowment of blacks compared with other races and ethnic groups, intensified by the general moral collapse of the last 50 years.. But like almost all prominent businessmen, politicians, media figures, educators and other leaders, they have kept quiet about this. I guess they hope that they (we) can navigate the rapids without discussing the fact that we are in rough water. As Ron Unz implies, Lysenkoism eventually dies, but the death throes are not pretty.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Henry Canaday


    Gates and Bezos are smart enough and honest enough (with themselves) to know that the basic problem is the difference, on average, in the genetic endowment of blacks compared with other races and ethnic groups, intensified by the general moral collapse of the last 50 years..
     
    I wouldn’t bet on their having such thoughts.

    Replies: @Henry Canaday

  79. @Almost Missouri
    Is it possible, Steve, that you are crediting most of these guys with a sophistication they don't quite possess, and so you are asking them a question they haven't asked themselves? Billionaires are as mortal as anyone else. Jeff Bezos didn't become "world's richest man"* by having a 4D chess endgame. He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market. Similarly, as Warren Buffet himself cheerfully admits at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, he never had a grand plan, he just incrementally improved his holdings until he reached his current high plateau. Bill Gates never set out to harvest your data for resale, he just had the early insight that computer users are not gonna pay for commodity software if they can help it, so he had to get paid, and insert his product, at the supply end instead of at the demand end: a dozen customers instead of a billion, but they pay and cooperate better.

    What I'm suggesting is that these guys got where they are by moving in a mostly straight line in the direction they accurately perceived to be advantageous to themselves. That doesn't mean they would win—or even could play—4D chess Dr. Evil-style. They just got the idea somewhere that Orange Man Bad and maybe populism shouldn't be so popular, and now they are reacting to it the same way they reacted to every other impediment they've encountered in their careers: by taking short term concrete actions until that impediment is gone. That they've reached the power level where those short term concrete actions might make their country gone as well might not have occurred to them.

    Or maybe you know all this and your post is your way of trying to get them to think about it too. That's fine.

    Soros (who, unlike the others, is not a natural born US citizen) is a bit of the exception to the above. At the very least, he had pretensions of being a Big Thinker. He published his unified field theory of everything called "reflexivity" or something (not gonna look it up now), which was, as far as I could tell, just a more business-friendly and less obviously nihilistic version of deconstructivism, which happens to be a useful philosophic cover for anything. He made most of his loot in the late 20th century (in non-productive market manipulation), so he's had a lot of time to think about what to do with it and no established customer base to worry about pleasing. He's obviously implicated in the funding of a lot of antisocial, anti-national, dubiously legal things, so he's not squeamish about the means to whatever ends he has in mind. Since the licitness, either philosophical or jurisprudential, of his means don't bother him too much, the licitness of his desired ends are probably not much better. So in answer to the question of "What's the end game, George?", well, it probably doesn't involve anything you would like, such as preservation of liberty, freedom of speech, a constitutional republic, or civic nationalism. And anyway if he really wanted you to know, he probably would have told you by now.

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    *Ignoring for the moment whomever it is who unauditably owns all those central banks...

    Replies: @Curle, @Curle, @Curle, @Sam Malone, @Erik Sieven

    You might find the 2012 book “Octopus” about trader Sam Israel’s hedge fund fraud interesting relative to Soros. In it, Israel tells the author that Soros showed a bunch of traders in the ‘70s how to get away with insider trading.

    Immigration is not a strength.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus:_Sam_Israel,_the_Secret_Market,_and_Wall_Street%27s_Wildest_Con

  80. @Almost Missouri
    Is it possible, Steve, that you are crediting most of these guys with a sophistication they don't quite possess, and so you are asking them a question they haven't asked themselves? Billionaires are as mortal as anyone else. Jeff Bezos didn't become "world's richest man"* by having a 4D chess endgame. He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market. Similarly, as Warren Buffet himself cheerfully admits at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, he never had a grand plan, he just incrementally improved his holdings until he reached his current high plateau. Bill Gates never set out to harvest your data for resale, he just had the early insight that computer users are not gonna pay for commodity software if they can help it, so he had to get paid, and insert his product, at the supply end instead of at the demand end: a dozen customers instead of a billion, but they pay and cooperate better.

    What I'm suggesting is that these guys got where they are by moving in a mostly straight line in the direction they accurately perceived to be advantageous to themselves. That doesn't mean they would win—or even could play—4D chess Dr. Evil-style. They just got the idea somewhere that Orange Man Bad and maybe populism shouldn't be so popular, and now they are reacting to it the same way they reacted to every other impediment they've encountered in their careers: by taking short term concrete actions until that impediment is gone. That they've reached the power level where those short term concrete actions might make their country gone as well might not have occurred to them.

    Or maybe you know all this and your post is your way of trying to get them to think about it too. That's fine.

    Soros (who, unlike the others, is not a natural born US citizen) is a bit of the exception to the above. At the very least, he had pretensions of being a Big Thinker. He published his unified field theory of everything called "reflexivity" or something (not gonna look it up now), which was, as far as I could tell, just a more business-friendly and less obviously nihilistic version of deconstructivism, which happens to be a useful philosophic cover for anything. He made most of his loot in the late 20th century (in non-productive market manipulation), so he's had a lot of time to think about what to do with it and no established customer base to worry about pleasing. He's obviously implicated in the funding of a lot of antisocial, anti-national, dubiously legal things, so he's not squeamish about the means to whatever ends he has in mind. Since the licitness, either philosophical or jurisprudential, of his means don't bother him too much, the licitness of his desired ends are probably not much better. So in answer to the question of "What's the end game, George?", well, it probably doesn't involve anything you would like, such as preservation of liberty, freedom of speech, a constitutional republic, or civic nationalism. And anyway if he really wanted you to know, he probably would have told you by now.

    ------

    *Ignoring for the moment whomever it is who unauditably owns all those central banks...

    Replies: @Curle, @Curle, @Curle, @Sam Malone, @Erik Sieven

    You might find the 2012 book “Octopus” about trader Sam Israel’s hedge fund fraud interesting relative to Soros. In it, Israel tells the author that Soros showed a bunch of traders in the ‘70s how to get away with insider trading.

    Immigration is not a strength.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus:_Sam_Israel,_the_Secret_Market,_and_Wall_Street%27s_Wildest_Con

  81. @Almost Missouri
    Is it possible, Steve, that you are crediting most of these guys with a sophistication they don't quite possess, and so you are asking them a question they haven't asked themselves? Billionaires are as mortal as anyone else. Jeff Bezos didn't become "world's richest man"* by having a 4D chess endgame. He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market. Similarly, as Warren Buffet himself cheerfully admits at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, he never had a grand plan, he just incrementally improved his holdings until he reached his current high plateau. Bill Gates never set out to harvest your data for resale, he just had the early insight that computer users are not gonna pay for commodity software if they can help it, so he had to get paid, and insert his product, at the supply end instead of at the demand end: a dozen customers instead of a billion, but they pay and cooperate better.

    What I'm suggesting is that these guys got where they are by moving in a mostly straight line in the direction they accurately perceived to be advantageous to themselves. That doesn't mean they would win—or even could play—4D chess Dr. Evil-style. They just got the idea somewhere that Orange Man Bad and maybe populism shouldn't be so popular, and now they are reacting to it the same way they reacted to every other impediment they've encountered in their careers: by taking short term concrete actions until that impediment is gone. That they've reached the power level where those short term concrete actions might make their country gone as well might not have occurred to them.

    Or maybe you know all this and your post is your way of trying to get them to think about it too. That's fine.

    Soros (who, unlike the others, is not a natural born US citizen) is a bit of the exception to the above. At the very least, he had pretensions of being a Big Thinker. He published his unified field theory of everything called "reflexivity" or something (not gonna look it up now), which was, as far as I could tell, just a more business-friendly and less obviously nihilistic version of deconstructivism, which happens to be a useful philosophic cover for anything. He made most of his loot in the late 20th century (in non-productive market manipulation), so he's had a lot of time to think about what to do with it and no established customer base to worry about pleasing. He's obviously implicated in the funding of a lot of antisocial, anti-national, dubiously legal things, so he's not squeamish about the means to whatever ends he has in mind. Since the licitness, either philosophical or jurisprudential, of his means don't bother him too much, the licitness of his desired ends are probably not much better. So in answer to the question of "What's the end game, George?", well, it probably doesn't involve anything you would like, such as preservation of liberty, freedom of speech, a constitutional republic, or civic nationalism. And anyway if he really wanted you to know, he probably would have told you by now.

    ------

    *Ignoring for the moment whomever it is who unauditably owns all those central banks...

    Replies: @Curle, @Curle, @Curle, @Sam Malone, @Erik Sieven

    You might find the 2012 book “Octopus” about trader Sam Israel’s hedge fund fraud interesting relative to Soros. In it, Israel tells the author that Soros showed a bunch of traders in the ‘70s how to get away with insider trading.

    Immigration is not a strength.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus:_Sam_Israel,_the_Secret_Market,_and_Wall_Street%27s_Wildest_Con

  82. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    I’d like to know why his Amazon Kindle Silk browser autocorrects his name into “kisses” in his stepfather’s Spanish.

    Typo, pun, or something more sinister?

    Now to the most recent Stweets:

    Harvard geneticist David Reich studied 23andMe’s customer database of DNA, found average self-identified (non-Hispanic) white customer to be 98.6% white, 0.19% black and 0.18% Indian. Average self-identified black customer is 385 times more sub-Saharan in DNA than white customer.

    What figures would Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, etc, show?

    Speaking of Reichs, how Pygmy is Robert?

    It’s reasonable to say that from 1980 to 2008, blacks were about an order of magnitude more likely to commit homicide as whites in the USA.

    So, how peculiar is this dreadful ratio to the USA?

    Not at all. The Celtic countries seem to have a consistently 50%-higher violent crime rate than does England. This certainly isn’t due to immigration, or internal migration– unless the good guys are leaving Glasgow, Swansea, and Derry for the Smoke.

    Part of the reason Minnesota and Wisconsin have so high a black-white incarceration ratio than the South (7x or higher) has nothing to do with blacks. It’s the high Nordic-Celtic ratio among whites.

    The man who’s collated such non-anomalies for decades, Thomas Sowell, just turned 90 Tuesday. Some recent Twisdom from the master:

    When you consider what an enormous windfall gain it is to be born in America, it is painful to hear some people complain bitterly that someone else got a bigger windfall gain than they did.

    No one can really understand the political left without understanding that they are about making themselves feel superior, however much they may talk piously about what they are going to do to help others.

    • Replies: @Znzn
    @Reg Cæsar

    Stop lying, the homicide rate for Ireland is 0.9, per 100000, for England, Wales, and Scotland it is 1.2 to 1.1, about the same, all are a lot lower than the US Non Hispanic White Homicide rate, and even slightly lower or similar to the US Asian homicide rate.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @ben tillman
    @Reg Cæsar


    Speaking of Reichs, how Pygmy is Robert?
     
    You gotta hand it to the little guy . . . because he can’t reach it himself.

    By the way, if Reich smokes pot does he get high or just medium?



    Sorry, I can't help but repeat these old iSteve jokes whenever his name comes up.
    , @Verymuchalive
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, you're talking nonsense about UK crime figures.

    The Murder Rate for England and Wales ( 2019 ) is 11 per million.
    The last figures by region are 2018.
    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million and London 18.4 per million. The Lowest is the South West 6.7 per million. Wales, at 10.9 per million, is very near average.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/985203/homicide-rate-in-england-and-wales/

    The Murder Rate for Scotland ( 2019 ) is 11 per million !
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million. In the Highlands and Islands the rate is very low. In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/homicide-scotland-2018-19/

    Your Celtic violence theory is fatally flawed.
    Admit it and fall on your sword.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Clifford Brown

  83. Jeff Bezos is a beta as evidenced by his choice of mistresses. He’s not his own man. So, the question is, who is the Gordian worm set to burst forth from his anus once he’s served his purpose?

  84. @Almost Missouri
    Is it possible, Steve, that you are crediting most of these guys with a sophistication they don't quite possess, and so you are asking them a question they haven't asked themselves? Billionaires are as mortal as anyone else. Jeff Bezos didn't become "world's richest man"* by having a 4D chess endgame. He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market. Similarly, as Warren Buffet himself cheerfully admits at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, he never had a grand plan, he just incrementally improved his holdings until he reached his current high plateau. Bill Gates never set out to harvest your data for resale, he just had the early insight that computer users are not gonna pay for commodity software if they can help it, so he had to get paid, and insert his product, at the supply end instead of at the demand end: a dozen customers instead of a billion, but they pay and cooperate better.

    What I'm suggesting is that these guys got where they are by moving in a mostly straight line in the direction they accurately perceived to be advantageous to themselves. That doesn't mean they would win—or even could play—4D chess Dr. Evil-style. They just got the idea somewhere that Orange Man Bad and maybe populism shouldn't be so popular, and now they are reacting to it the same way they reacted to every other impediment they've encountered in their careers: by taking short term concrete actions until that impediment is gone. That they've reached the power level where those short term concrete actions might make their country gone as well might not have occurred to them.

    Or maybe you know all this and your post is your way of trying to get them to think about it too. That's fine.

    Soros (who, unlike the others, is not a natural born US citizen) is a bit of the exception to the above. At the very least, he had pretensions of being a Big Thinker. He published his unified field theory of everything called "reflexivity" or something (not gonna look it up now), which was, as far as I could tell, just a more business-friendly and less obviously nihilistic version of deconstructivism, which happens to be a useful philosophic cover for anything. He made most of his loot in the late 20th century (in non-productive market manipulation), so he's had a lot of time to think about what to do with it and no established customer base to worry about pleasing. He's obviously implicated in the funding of a lot of antisocial, anti-national, dubiously legal things, so he's not squeamish about the means to whatever ends he has in mind. Since the licitness, either philosophical or jurisprudential, of his means don't bother him too much, the licitness of his desired ends are probably not much better. So in answer to the question of "What's the end game, George?", well, it probably doesn't involve anything you would like, such as preservation of liberty, freedom of speech, a constitutional republic, or civic nationalism. And anyway if he really wanted you to know, he probably would have told you by now.

    ------

    *Ignoring for the moment whomever it is who unauditably owns all those central banks...

    Replies: @Curle, @Curle, @Curle, @Sam Malone, @Erik Sieven

    Excellent post, thanks.

  85. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    How to organize a post-agrarian society is a difficult social problem. The solution of a spiral of consumption and production of unsatisfying crap made people superficially wealthy for decades. It also created the tax base that funded some real advancements in science.

    I think it is only in the last 5-10 years that people are starting to connect the dots between things like widespread metabolic abnormality, soil destruction, family disintegration, the Great Sort, credentialism, Wall Street bailouts, etc

    I think when billionaires talk about following the Chinese model, it’s because they recognize that the crap-spiral model of post-agrarianism is prone to self-destruction. The Chinese model is more transparent about the citizen-as-wage-serf-consumer and is thus more able to easily institute solutions while keeping up the production needed to support the things elites care about.

    The other solution is pulling back from the edge of the abyss by “regressing” into more localism, expanded agricultural sector, shrunk education sector, and decreased consumption. Of course, this means not having the wealth to project overwhelming military force into multiple combat theaters and a lower standard of superficial living at home.

    The Chinese model is going to be bad for lots of people but keep elites happy. The regressive model would be better for masses but very sucky for elites. It would still produce some very wealthy people, but those people wouldn’t be Mark Zuckerberg-types. If you’re a super-ZIP dweller, the idea of your kid starting a soil-regenerative farm like Polyface is not nearly as attractive as the start-up fantasy with the PhD fallback option. It’s especially unattractive when it means your descendants are going to talk and act a lot like the deplorable Red State flyover Americans you have learned to despise so exquisitly.

    Of course, the other problems with the regressive model are (a) the logistical difficulty–how to get land back to people and how to build up skills–and (b) the moral problems associated with communities that can’t sustain our current population level–probably requiring some eugenics, overseas famines and death, and maybe, horror of horrors, some sort of segregation or small-community loyalty.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Chrisnonymous

    I don't think it's going to be possible to really expand the agricultural sector. You can't put the automation genie back in the bottle. Even if you switch to organic, biodynamic, whatever agriculture, mechanized agriculture is STILL the best ( i.e cheapest and people will buy whatever is cheapest) method of getting everyone enough food (and farmers in California, etc. have figured out how to produce organic vegetables, milk, etc. at scale). If anything, we need LESS food to be grown (at least for domestic consumption) because people are consuming too much of it (and wasting a lot of the rest).

    And most Americans are no longer employed in factories that make crap - the crap producing jobs are all in China (or places even CHEAPER than China - the other day I picked up a designer polo shirt that retails for around $30. I noticed that it was made in Cambodia. Let's say a polo shirt has a half an hour of labor in it (it doesn't). Paying a Chinese worker $1.50 to sew the shirt in order to leave $28.50 in profit is not good enough. No, they have to go to Cambodia where they only have to pay 35 cents for the assembly labor. And if costs go up in Cambodia, they are finally going to figure out how to get those billions of future Africans to work. Chinese contractors will (perhaps literally) whip them into shape. These jobs are never ever coming back to America as long as anything resembling free trade exists and if they did, they would get immigrants to sew them anyway. So we have no choice but to give Americans worthless degrees and makework jobs because there are no real jobs waiting for them.

    Replies: @anon

  86. @JohnnyWalker123
    If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747dG1riJzA

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9VaP5qBgw

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works... By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it's the Italians who received most of the media attention....

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it's not because they "hate" Whites. It's not because they feel "guilty." It's not because they're "empathetic." It's because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein's property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell...... So if you're wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail.......

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America's leaders betray their people.


    It's all about the blackmail.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Not Only Wrathful, @botazefa, @Wade, @Yngvar, @Bert

    The Godfather is fiction. Make-believe. It carries no weight in any serious discussion concerning reality.
    We cannot allow Hollywood to be the starting point for any discussion about where we are, or where we are going as a society.

    • Disagree: GoRedWings!
    • Replies: @Ray P
    @Yngvar

    According to his wife, former British prime minister David Cameron repeatedly watched the Godfather films.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

  87. @Reg Cæsar

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    I'd like to know why his Amazon Kindle Silk browser autocorrects his name into "kisses" in his stepfather's Spanish.

    Typo, pun, or something more sinister?


    Now to the most recent Stweets:


    Harvard geneticist David Reich studied 23andMe's customer database of DNA, found average self-identified (non-Hispanic) white customer to be 98.6% white, 0.19% black and 0.18% Indian. Average self-identified black customer is 385 times more sub-Saharan in DNA than white customer.
     
    What figures would Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, etc, show?

    Speaking of Reichs, how Pygmy is Robert?


    It's reasonable to say that from 1980 to 2008, blacks were about an order of magnitude more likely to commit homicide as whites in the USA.

    So, how peculiar is this dreadful ratio to the USA?

     

    Not at all. The Celtic countries seem to have a consistently 50%-higher violent crime rate than does England. This certainly isn't due to immigration, or internal migration-- unless the good guys are leaving Glasgow, Swansea, and Derry for the Smoke.

    Part of the reason Minnesota and Wisconsin have so high a black-white incarceration ratio than the South (7x or higher) has nothing to do with blacks. It's the high Nordic-Celtic ratio among whites.

    The man who's collated such non-anomalies for decades, Thomas Sowell, just turned 90 Tuesday. Some recent Twisdom from the master:

    When you consider what an enormous windfall gain it is to be born in America, it is painful to hear some people complain bitterly that someone else got a bigger windfall gain than they did.

    No one can really understand the political left without understanding that they are about making themselves feel superior, however much they may talk piously about what they are going to do to help others.
     

    Replies: @Znzn, @ben tillman, @Verymuchalive

    Stop lying, the homicide rate for Ireland is 0.9, per 100000, for England, Wales, and Scotland it is 1.2 to 1.1, about the same, all are a lot lower than the US Non Hispanic White Homicide rate, and even slightly lower or similar to the US Asian homicide rate.

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

    I was talking about within the UK, not the Republic. I believe I first read this in Colin Greenwood's book many, many years ago:

    https://extranosalley.com/inspector-of-police-colin-greenwood-on-gun-contro/

    Firearms control: A study of armed crime and firearms control in England and Wales

    Nothing seems to have changed much:

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/24/article-2313942-19760DF0000005DC-762_634x671.jpg

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/24/article-2313942-1974CEA5000005DC-275_634x635.jpg


    Note that of the recent massacres in the UK, two were by men of Celtic surnames, Ryan and Hamiltion, and a third, though by a Bird, took place in Cumbria, "a forgotten Celtic kingdom".

    Cumbria, A Forgotten Celtic Kingdom


    https://inheritage.org/almanack/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/almanack-cumbria-england-david-nash-ford-map.jpg

    If I'm "lying", it must be because my sources are.

    Replies: @Alden

  88. You’re asking the wrong man, Mr Steve.
    The rise of Bezos, Gates, Zuckerberg et al has been engineered by the Deep or Permanent State. Bezos is nothing but a very wealthy CIA contractor. You should be asking this question of a senior Deep State Operative, assuming they would answer the question.
    What is their endgame ?
    They could replace Bezos and the other establishment front men and women with other puppets or they could take over themselves. The former is preferable as it permits the Deep State to hide its power better and avoid much direct criticism.
    However, offshoring, globalisation and open borders have seriously undermined American economic power and standards of living. Massive private and public debt and the Dollar’s continuing status as the world’s reserve currency have staved off economic collapse, but it will happen soon enough. Insurgency, civil war and the end of the American State, Deep or otherwise, then impend.
    How did they think that these obviously counterproductive policies would enhance American power and that of the Deep State? They will be the engineers of their own downfall.

  89. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Interesting news story.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a35895/ghislaine-maxwell-was-a-guest-at-jeff-bezoss-secret-book-retreat


    Ghislaine Maxwell Was a Guest at Jeff Bezos’s Secret Book Retreat

     


    Every fall, the elite of the literary world and Hollywood convene at a highly secretive writer's retreat hosted by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and no one talks about it.

     


    Two Campfire 2018 attendees independently confirmed to Motherboard that Maxwell attended the exclusive retreat that year. One of the sources maintained that Maxwell had attended three Campfires including 2018
     
    Question: Why would Jeff Bezos invite a known sex trafficker to his retreat?
    Answer: Because she was a known trafficker.

    So, to answer your question, there is no end game. Bezos will, for the rest of his life, be a pawn of whoever owns the Epstein/Maxwell sex tapes.

    Back in 2016, Hacker group "Anonymous" claimed that Epstein was an agent of Israeli intelligence. Epstein actually recorded Bill Clinton raping a 13 year-old girl and gave this tape to the Israeli govt.
    "Anonymous" also claimed that Wexner gave money to Epstein so he could set up a sophisticated blackmail operation.

    Listen below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEM7L42x2xc

    If guys like Bezos and Clinton can keep the Israeli govt from releasing tapes of their sexual encounters with Epstein's underage prostitutes, they'll be happy. The end game for America matters a lot less to these guys than being exposed as a rapist and going to jail for life.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Kyle

    “Claimed” being the operative word. So, the next step is for these accusations to be substantiated. Either Maxwell has the goods or she does not have the goods, e.g. a little black book with names/payments, computer files, videotape footage.

    Of course, this group (Anonymous) could be simply lying. There is an ASSUMPTION that these sex tapes exist and will be explosive in nature. But I do want the truth to be revealed, even if it means political and industrial big-wigs in our nation get exposed regardless of ideology.

    Be prepared, however, that Trump (and AG Barr by way of his father) COULD be also involved, so both have a vested interest to ensure this information does NOT get out there for public consumption and embroils them in yet another scandal.

    Or will MAGA-maniacs simply believe that Maxwell is making shit up just to save her own skin when the “God-Emperor” is shown to have indulged?

    As far as Sailer’s piece, it’s one false premise after another false premise.

  90. bezos is a lolbert. he is probably like the villian in bladerunner 2049, Niander Wallace. It’s about exploring the cosmos, not saving america

  91. @SFG
    @Reg Cæsar

    Sad thing about that last one is, in the original case that spawned the meme, they did an investigation, and it actually looked like a dingo did eat the woman's baby.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    Sad thing about that last one is, in the original case that spawned the meme, they did an investigation, and it actually looked like a dingo did eat the woman’s baby.

    Sorry to hear this. On the bright side of this story is the following true fact: The Dingo ate a Math Book. And it is indisputably true except for a metaphorical expression like: “The new Math Book is my most beloved baby” (from a school-book-writer, let’s say) – ahh: except for such rather uncommon cases, the following claim is perfectly sound and thus ultimately soothing here: Babies are no Math Books.
    At least that’s what I’d say, humbly enough.

  92. Anonymous[357] • Disclaimer says:

    The answer to the article’s question must have something to do with COVID-19. A second or maybe third wave? More or continued lockdowns, this time with no riots allowed, and home-delivery actively promoted in favor of retail? A new round of stimulus from the new administration (to win favor with the oligarchs)? Extensive, mandatory, contact tracing (so many uses)?

  93. How old are you, Steve?

    How clueless?

    The end game of divide and conquer is…conquer.

    “Reign in Hell” sort of thing, you know.

  94. What’s the End Game, Jeff?

    Maybe it’s just money and to Hell with the societal consequences?

    Lots of people do not know honour, including now so many members of the ‘aristocracy’ and the (in)famous.

    I’m increasingly of the point of view that the very wealthy should have a haircut, they do it to us all the time after all.

  95. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile, illegal aliens desperately attempt to assimilate before President Trump’s apparently latent anti-illegal alien policies finally begin to proceed in earnest:

    https://vm.tiktok.com/JR9dNsj/

  96. ‘But after one month of Hate Whitey Year Zeroism, does it seem like the country after four more months can immediately flip back to business as normal under the Biden Administration? Or has The Establishment unleashed more than it counted upon?’

    Maybe I’m projecting too much from my den here deep in Trump-land — but has this crap actually extended much beyond the blue urban cores?

    Even fairly large cities like Eugene have only seen ineffectual attempts at starting up this crap — and elsewhere the danger if any comes from heavily armed vigilantes just itching to kill themselves a genuine Antifa. See Klamath Falls, et al.

    The Targets (inner city) have been sacked. The Walmarts (Deplorable-land) haven’t been touched.

    Notwithstanding the media hysteria, hasn’t business gone on much as usual — aside from the Corona Virus psychosis — as usual? For most Americans, hasn’t Antifa and Blacks goin’ wild been pretty much a spectator sport?

  97. Bert says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    If you want to understand how the world really works, watch this scene from Godfather 2. In this clip, Senator Pat Geary is caught with a dead hooker at a mafia-owned brothel.

    A Corleone mafia family associate then shows up, offering to make this go away,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747dG1riJzA

    Afterward, Senator Geary becomes a huge friend to the Corleone family, helping them out in any way he can.

    In this second clip, Geary effusively praises Italians (despite holding private animosity towards their ethnicity).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP9VaP5qBgw

    If you substitute in Jews for Italians, the above scenes offer a pretty realistic look at how the American political system works... By the way, as Ron Unz has pointed out, the Jewish mafia has historically been much more powerful and wide spread than the Italian mafia, but it's the Italians who received most of the media attention....

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes, cash, and drugs. So they run huge blackmail operations that target prominent politicians, media personalities, judges, corporate leaders, bureaucrats, entertainers, military/intel officers, and other men of power&influence.

    They seduce prominent men into incriminating themselves in some way (sexually, financially, etc), then hold the evidence as a form of blackmail over their target.

    So there are a lot of Jewish Corleones.

    What do the Jewish Corleones want?

    Mostly, they want various personal favors. In addition to that, they want support of Israel and friendliness towards Jews. They also want support for the pro-diversity/globalist project.

    If the Clintons are fanatically supportive of anti-White policies, it's not because they "hate" Whites. It's not because they feel "guilty." It's not because they're "empathetic." It's because Bill Clinton likely was banging hookers on Epstein's property, which provided blackmail leverage to the Jews.

    This explains why American politicians support anti-Whiteism in America, but are comfortable with Jewish racial supremacy in Israel.

    This explains why American politicians cry over a few hundred Southern Blacks who were lynched a century ago, but are indifferent to the lives of over 1 million Iraqis who were slaughtered by the recent American invasion.

    By the way, Epstein already had a few mansions to use as brothels. Ever wonder why Epstein needed a private island that was so far away from home? It was because when they needed to arrange a dead hooker situation, they needed a place where they could dispose of bodies without anyone seeing anything. They needed a place that was unpopulated and remote.

    Unfortunately, Trump seems to have been very close to Epstein and Maxwell...... So if you're wondering why Trump bends over backwards so much on so many important issues, it could possibly be blackmail.......

    TLDR Summary:

    Jewish Corleones are running Epstein-style blackmail operations that target prominent Americans. This is why America's leaders betray their people.


    It's all about the blackmail.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Not Only Wrathful, @botazefa, @Wade, @Yngvar, @Bert

    If you want to understand how the world really works,

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes

    It’s all about the blackmail.

    Let’s decontruct your description of how the world works. Almost any man can find prostitutes without needing a flamboyant person as an intermediary. Sugar daddy websites provide access to coeds, barely legal ones if that’s what is desired. A significant portion of sugar babies are completely fine with the man being 30, 40, or even 50 years older as long as he is what some decades ago was called “a Silver Fox.” High end escort service offer plenty of discretion.

    Given the easy access to young women wanting to sell their services, why would a prominent man need Epstein? Looks? Someone like Marvin Minsky clearly wouldn’t do well on a sugar site, and probably not with most escorts, but it’s doubtful that he would have struck out everytime if he tried. However rejection hurts. Maybe that’s it. Epstein’s johns could bolster their egos by considering their trysts as hookups.

    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein’s web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

    • Replies: @utu
    @Bert

    "High end escort service offer plenty of discretion." - LOL. This is what Eliot Spitzer thought about the Israeli run escort agency in NYC.


    https://www.jpost.com/International/Israeli-man-pleading-guilty-in-Spitzer-hooker-ring-case
    Israeli man pleading guilty in Spitzer hooker ring case
    Mark Brener accused of running the escort service that brought down New York governor.
     
    , @James O'Meara
    @Bert

    You goyim keep picking up the wrong end of the shit stick.

    Why would rich kids lie in a coffin and confess their sexual escapades to their future "brothers"?

    TO JOIN THE CLUB. The entrance fee is blackmail material.

    Epstein "trapped" no one. They begged to be filmed. That demonstrated they were OK with the kosher agenda, and could be trusted from then on.

    But please, go on looking for your keys under the street lamp, because that's where the light is.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Bert


    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein’s web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

     

    Right. Why do you think that Epstein wanted a remote island for orgies (when he already had many mansions in America)? It was because a lot of sadistic and violent actions happened on that island. Since the island was isolated, nobody heard or saw what was happening...... If the girl died, she could easily be disposed of, without anyone knowing.

    Also, these men wanted the novelty associated with banging really young girls. That's one reason why Epstein made it a point to entice super young girls into prostitution.
  98. @Buzz Mohawk
    The objective seems to be to make everyone else poorer.

    Tear it all down and lower the standard of living, so that people are grateful to receive a tiny "stimulus" check and their job in one of Jeff's warehouse cages feels like a good gig.

    That has been the standard M.O. in most parts of the world and at most times in history: Live atop a pile of human misery, whether you are a White Mexican or a Communist apparatchik.

    We Mid-20th-Century Americans find this alien and repulsive, because we lived as part of a majority middle class. We own our homes, and clean water comes out of the faucet. Our standards are higher.

    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Jack D, @NJ Transit Commuter, @adreadline, @Mr. Anon, @Kronos

    Always thought the Amazon logo looked like a penis. Where Jeff is going to stick it is a “who? whom?” debate.

  99. @Ed
    A Biden win will empower Warren, Bezos isn’t going to enjoy that very much. He’d have few defenders.

    Anyway I think Trump will win polls are already beginning to tighten. Yougov has the race at Biden +5.

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @SunBakedSuburb

  100. As with other top USA billionaires such as Warren Buffett (father was key Cold War US Congressman, bringing ‘nuclear war SAC command’ to his neighbourhood) and Bill Gates (father was top USA political mafia lawyer, linked to the federal judges who ordered IBM to divest its PC software to someone … who turned out to be Gates)

    Jeff Bezos was raised during the summer by his ultra-deep-state maternal grandfather Lawrence Preston Gise, a director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), quite a made man in the political elite

    And when Amazon was set up, it was via links with the US Deep State internet developers tied to the Pentagon and then Google etc, launching Bezos on his path to riches as they had launched Gates a couple decades before

    Guys such as Bezos, Buffett, Gates, Google’s Brin & Page, Zuckerberg etc, are NOT ‘entrepreneurs’ … they are all pumped-up Deep State operators who parlayed connections … some talent sure but selected and groomed for greatness by the powers that be

    And already, “Black Lives Matter ‘Canceled’ After Criticising Israel” … One anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian tweet and it was all over for BLM
    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=61572

    In the past, Buffett and Gates were menaced when they got out of line, Microsoft was threatened with break-up, Buffett was menaced with an ‘investigation’ … falling back into Deep State service, both threats were dropped, Gates became the Soros hand-maiden on vaccines etc, and Buffett was then ‘Bullish on America!’

    Bezos will do what he is told and will keep trying to turn the USA into a Latin American country … already having a Spanish surname from his adoption, he’s fully ready for it

  101. Jeff Bezos’s endgame is near earth orbit. He will create orbital space stations where the globalized elect will get to live.

  102. Anon[588] • Disclaimer says:

    Bezos bought the Post and went into politics the same time he acquired the girlfriend with the face like the Joker. He went into politics to impress her with the idea that he wasn’t just a merchant, but a ‘real man’ who was a mover and shaker who made politicians do his bidding.

    She’s a manipulative minority woman pulling his strings. She wants American politics to be like that of dear old Mexico, with a massively corrupt elite, a huge mass of poor peons to step on, and she wants to flood the US with her 3rd world kind to achieve this. She doesn’t like white people that much. She’s always been second banana to the white people in her field of media work in this country, and she knows it. White people in this country have never taken her seriously. She hates that and it burns her ego. She’s very anti-white.

    Bezos never paid much attention to American politics or history before he got the girlfriend. He’s just an Aspergery guy eager to impress her. He’s not capable of impressing other women, for God’s sake. He’s Kermit the Frog with a calculator.

    Btw, if you do the math on our current generation of Anfidiots, you get interesting results. 20 years old in 2020, guesstimate that their parents had them at age 25, so their parents would have been born around 1975. The grandparents, if they had kids at the same age, would have been born in 1950, and would have been teenagers during the late 1960s.

    In other words, we’re dealing with 3 generations of degenerate hippies. The parents and grandparents of today’s Anfidiots were radical nutjobs, Anti-America propaganda-spouting idiots, and serious drug users. This is what you get with 3 generations of lousy breeding.

  103. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    …..As we are in a world run by apprentices, not sorcerers….

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    -Goethe

    Gone’s for once the old magician
    With his countenance forbidding;
    I ‘m now master,
    I ‘m tactician,
    All his ghosts must do my bidding.
    Know his incantation,
    Spell and gestures too;
    By my mind’s creation
    Wonders shall I do.

    Flood impassive
    With persistence
    From a distance
    Want I rushing
    And at last abundant, massive
    Here into my basin gushing
    Come, old broom!
    For work get ready,
    Dress yourself, put on your tatters
    You ‘re, I know, a servant steady
    And proficient in such matters.
    On two legs stand gravely,
    Have a head, besides,
    With your pail now bravely
    Off, and do take strides!

    Flood impassive
    With persistence
    From a distance
    Want I rushing
    And at last abundant, massive
    Here into my basin gushing
    Like a whirlwind he is going
    To the stream, and then in
    Like an engine he is throwing
    Water for my use; with flurry
    Do I watch the steady;
    Not a drop is spilled,
    Basin, bowls already
    Are with water filled.

    Fool unwitty,
    Stop your going!
    Overflowing
    Are the dishes.
    I forgot the charm; what pity!
    Now my words are empty

    For the magic charm undoing
    What I did,
    I have forgotten.
    Be a broom!
    Be not renewing
    Now your efforts, spell-begotten!
    Still his work abhorrent
    Does the wretch resume;
    Where I look a torrent
    Threatens me with doom.

    No, no longer
    Shall I suffer
    You to offer
    Bold defiance.
    I have brains,
    I am the stronger
    And I shall enforce compliance

    You, hell’s miscreate abortion,
    Is this house doomed to perdition?
    Signs I see in every portion
    Of impending demolition.
    Servant, cursed and senseless,
    Do obey my will!
    Be a broom defenseless,
    Be a stick!
    Stand still!

    Not impurely
    Shall you ravage.
    Wait! you savage,
    I’ll beset you,
    With my hatchet opportunely
    Shall I split your wood, I bet
    There he comes again with water! –
    How my soul for murder itclies!
    First I stun and then I slaughter,
    That is good for beasts and witches.
    Well! he ‘s gone! – and broken
    Is the stick in two.
    He ‘s not worth a token;
    Now I hope, I do!

    Woe! It is so.
    Both the broken
    Parts betoken
    One infernal
    Servant’s doubling.
    Woe! It is so.
    Now do help me, powers eternal!
    Both are running, both are plodding
    And with still increased persistence
    Hall and work-shop they are flooding.
    Master, come to my assistance! –
    Wrong I was in calling
    Spirits, I avow,
    For I find them galling,
    Cannot rule them now.

    “Be obedient
    Broom, be hiding
    And subsiding!
    None should ever
    But the master, when expedient,
    Call you as a ghostly lever!”

  104. I’d like to take the opportinity to denouce populism too. Andy Jackson was elected the first populist President and 25% of the voter base was eligible to vote. That ought to be a sensible limit. No wimmen and no debtors.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @james wilson

    So you pay cash for your cars home and all purchasers and only use debit cards? Remember that in Andy Jackson’s time, homes farms and businesses were purchased for cash, not with mortgages.
    Everyone’s in debt nowadays.

  105. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Henry Canaday
    I don’t think they have any idea what the end game is. Soros is destructive and nearing death, Buffet is nice but headed for the grave also. Gates and Bezos are smart enough and honest enough (with themselves) to know that the basic problem is the difference, on average, in the genetic endowment of blacks compared with other races and ethnic groups, intensified by the general moral collapse of the last 50 years.. But like almost all prominent businessmen, politicians, media figures, educators and other leaders, they have kept quiet about this. I guess they hope that they (we) can navigate the rapids without discussing the fact that we are in rough water. As Ron Unz implies, Lysenkoism eventually dies, but the death throes are not pretty.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Gates and Bezos are smart enough and honest enough (with themselves) to know that the basic problem is the difference, on average, in the genetic endowment of blacks compared with other races and ethnic groups, intensified by the general moral collapse of the last 50 years..

    I wouldn’t bet on their having such thoughts.

    • Replies: @Henry Canaday
    @Anonymous

    well, it's a bet that cannot be settled, since they won't talk.

    but they are both very smart, and business is a forced education in using your brains to recognize reality, whether you like it or not.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

  106. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    It sure ain’t what Bezos thinks it is. He’ll be ‘MeToo’ed or Cancelled.

    One thing is sure – more accusations of witches, wait, I mean nooses and rapey white boys.

    The latest is a laughable Jussie Wallace hoax, not the abominable Althea Bernstein/Tawana Brawley type rape hoax.

    https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200701/pawtucket-woman-says-someone-hung-noose-in-her-garage?rssfeed=true

    • Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey
    @Bubba

    There once was a woman in Pawtucket
    who said .... ..

  107. Bezos’ passion has always been space travel and colonization. As long as the government keeps things sufficiently orderly that he can build up enough wealth to start making gigantic rotating cylinder habitats (as envisioned by his former Princeton professor Gerard O’Neill) I don’t think he cares all that much about political outcomes.

  108. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    Great comment Jack. It’s a real shame, but the Fourth of July feels more elegiac every year.

    • Replies: @Gordo
    @JMcG


    but the Fourth of July feels more elegiac every year.
     
    I'm reminded of, I think, P.J.O'Rourke saying that there was less enthusiasm ever year in America for celebrating the defeat of 'Triple George'. And it must have been the 90s that he said it.
  109. It’s pretty obvious that the plan is for the media to step up and notice that Biden’s a vegetable shortly after his inauguration. They’ll reluctantly argue for the 25th Amendment, and for Biden to step down.

    So if you think this is Bezos’s plan, which I don’t, the plan is for manipulating whoever biden’s veep is.

    In fact, the whole insanity going on right now leaves almost everyone untouched. We all worry about it, but it’s not changing our lives in any way. That’s what concerns me. There really might be people out there stupid enough to blame all this insanity on Trump and vote Biden despite opposing Black Lives Matter, looting, rioting, transgender lunacy, and so on, thinking oh, he’s not really that guy.

    Leave Trump aside. He needs direction. But apart from Tucker, no one in the conservative media or GOP political establishment is pointing this out as the lunacy it is and taking a stand. I think that’s because a lot of them want Trump to lose, and they want that because they, too, think all this is a phase.

    The one hope they come to their senses is the lunatic SC decisions of the past month.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @education realist


    The one hope they come to their senses is the lunatic SC decisions of the past month.
     
    I agree that the recent SCOTUS decisions are lunacy, especially the tranny one, but I think if you did man on the street interviews, not more tan 1 person in 100 would know what you are talking about.

    Replies: @education realist

  110. Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used. Elysium, without the orbiting in space gated community .

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere? China comprises almost one and a half billion pretty smart people with strong racial identity and self interest. It will take a lot of ingenuity and persistence to slowly pulverize that. But then the people who are presently dismantling Western Civ have shown they have those traits in spades.

    • Agree: MBlanc46
    • Replies: @Cortes
    @Alfa158

    “The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used. Elysium, without the orbiting in space gated community.”


    Sounds kind of familiar...

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

    And didn’t that work out well?

    , @Anonymous
    @Alfa158


    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods.
     
    Even for Israel?

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere?
     
    Why does anything need to be done about China? The people who run a mongrelized “West” can run that. And the Chinese can run their sphere.

    Replies: @Alfa158

    , @ben tillman
    @Alfa158


    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used.
     
    How would the "cognitive elite" rule after they have been destroyed by the process you outline?

    Replies: @Alfa158

  111. Money does not equal political power. Bezos isn’t in charge. The dude can barely even get laid, he’s outed himself as a genuine simp. All the money and steroids in the world didn’t make him any happier. So, like Bill Gates, he’s using his money to try to buy his way into the aristocracy, and it’s not going very well for him.

    He has no endgame. He may be a billionaire, and the most talented person in the world at making lots of money, but when it comes to social class, he’s as much of a peasant as his gardener. He supports progressive causes because he thinks he’ll eventually get to enjoy the same status and protection as their high priests, and has yet to realize that, much like Islam, progressives didn’t get to where they are by rewarding any schmuck who converts.

  112. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US.

    Maybe, but things were better then than they are now.

    In the Miami area, the houses built in the ’50s and ’60s came through Hurricane Andrew (1992) in far better shape than the houses built in the ’70s and ’80s. Reagan-era structures, in particular, turned out to be houses of cards. The generally-accepted explanation is that Miami had lots of hurricanes in the ’50s and ’60s, but none in the ’70s and ’80s, so builders got lazy and inspectors looked the other way.

    The building codes were strengthened after Andrew, but they have yet to be tested. We have not had a direct hit from a major storm in decades. The last hurricane of any consequence, Wilma in 2005, caused significant damage, and it was only a Category 2/3.

    Irma in 2017, hyped as the Mother of All Storms, devastated the Keys but merely sideswiped the mainland. The Dade/Broward area experienced tropical storm-force conditions at most. Still, the electricity was off in some areas for two weeks. Twelve patients at a sweltering nursing home died of heat exposure.

  113. Bezos profits from BULLSHIT-2020 by increasing home delivery of goods as Diaper-Americans avoid bricknmortar stores. Joe Diaper has promised to keep BULLSHIT-2020 going for the rest of our lives. Ergo, Bezos supports Joe Diaper. Simples.

    All human behavior is driven by money, power, poontang.

  114. @Alfa158
    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used. Elysium, without the orbiting in space gated community .

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere? China comprises almost one and a half billion pretty smart people with strong racial identity and self interest. It will take a lot of ingenuity and persistence to slowly pulverize that. But then the people who are presently dismantling Western Civ have shown they have those traits in spades.

    Replies: @Cortes, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    “The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used. Elysium, without the orbiting in space gated community.”

    Sounds kind of familiar…

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

    And didn’t that work out well?

  115. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:

    Something like this is likely to become a lot more common during the normalization of the “kill whitey” phase:

    Man slashes 2-year old boy’s face:
    https://www.pix11.com/news/local-news/manhattan/man-slashes-2-year-old-boys-face-in-unprovoked-attack-in-morningside-heights-police

    Definitely not a hate crime because how do we know that the privileged boy did not call the attacker an n-word? We don’t!

  116. @Jack D
    @SFG

    I generally agree with that. People often say that Henry Ford started a revolution by paying his workers enough money that they could afford to buy the products that they made and thus began the modern middle class consumer economy. That was not his intention at all at the time. He was experiencing high turnover in his factory which lend to quality and productivity problems and decided that by paying his workers what was then an above market wage ($5/day!) he would greatly reduce turnover (and he was correct). He also decided that thru the use of assembly line techniques he could greatly reduce the cost of building a car (and therefore the retail price) and at some point (assisted by developments in consumer finance - you didn't need to pay the purchase price in advance) the lines met and his workers were able to afford their own cars. But this was never his goal.

    Replies: @Thea

    Strangely, In the Soviet Union they hung portraits of Ford next to Marx in the factories

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Thea


    Strangely, In the Soviet Union they hung portraits of Ford next to Marx in the factories.
     
    That's because Henry Ford was a pioneering industrialist, and they wanted to industrialize. It's like hanging a picture of Euclid in your geometry classroom.

    I swear it is as if we don't realize that giants have lived among us right here, and that we are blind to the fact that our America figures prominently in human history.

    Replies: @GoRedWings!

  117. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alfa158
    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used. Elysium, without the orbiting in space gated community .

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere? China comprises almost one and a half billion pretty smart people with strong racial identity and self interest. It will take a lot of ingenuity and persistence to slowly pulverize that. But then the people who are presently dismantling Western Civ have shown they have those traits in spades.

    Replies: @Cortes, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods.

    Even for Israel?

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere?

    Why does anything need to be done about China? The people who run a mongrelized “West” can run that. And the Chinese can run their sphere.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    @Anonymous

    Sure, but in practice are these the kind of people who can stand having half the planet not under their control?

  118. @Almost Missouri
    Is it possible, Steve, that you are crediting most of these guys with a sophistication they don't quite possess, and so you are asking them a question they haven't asked themselves? Billionaires are as mortal as anyone else. Jeff Bezos didn't become "world's richest man"* by having a 4D chess endgame. He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market. Similarly, as Warren Buffet himself cheerfully admits at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, he never had a grand plan, he just incrementally improved his holdings until he reached his current high plateau. Bill Gates never set out to harvest your data for resale, he just had the early insight that computer users are not gonna pay for commodity software if they can help it, so he had to get paid, and insert his product, at the supply end instead of at the demand end: a dozen customers instead of a billion, but they pay and cooperate better.

    What I'm suggesting is that these guys got where they are by moving in a mostly straight line in the direction they accurately perceived to be advantageous to themselves. That doesn't mean they would win—or even could play—4D chess Dr. Evil-style. They just got the idea somewhere that Orange Man Bad and maybe populism shouldn't be so popular, and now they are reacting to it the same way they reacted to every other impediment they've encountered in their careers: by taking short term concrete actions until that impediment is gone. That they've reached the power level where those short term concrete actions might make their country gone as well might not have occurred to them.

    Or maybe you know all this and your post is your way of trying to get them to think about it too. That's fine.

    Soros (who, unlike the others, is not a natural born US citizen) is a bit of the exception to the above. At the very least, he had pretensions of being a Big Thinker. He published his unified field theory of everything called "reflexivity" or something (not gonna look it up now), which was, as far as I could tell, just a more business-friendly and less obviously nihilistic version of deconstructivism, which happens to be a useful philosophic cover for anything. He made most of his loot in the late 20th century (in non-productive market manipulation), so he's had a lot of time to think about what to do with it and no established customer base to worry about pleasing. He's obviously implicated in the funding of a lot of antisocial, anti-national, dubiously legal things, so he's not squeamish about the means to whatever ends he has in mind. Since the licitness, either philosophical or jurisprudential, of his means don't bother him too much, the licitness of his desired ends are probably not much better. So in answer to the question of "What's the end game, George?", well, it probably doesn't involve anything you would like, such as preservation of liberty, freedom of speech, a constitutional republic, or civic nationalism. And anyway if he really wanted you to know, he probably would have told you by now.

    ------

    *Ignoring for the moment whomever it is who unauditably owns all those central banks...

    Replies: @Curle, @Curle, @Curle, @Sam Malone, @Erik Sieven

    “He became so rich by disciplinedly putting one foot in front of the other over and over, year after year, on the single-minded quest to dominate the once novel but now static online shopping market.”

    I think online business naturally tends to reach monopolies after some time. The business is – opposed to e.g. Automotive industry, High-Tech, Pharma etc. – technologically or organizational very simple. Thus there are no specific technological advantages and disadvantages one company has over another, which could mean that both find their own customers.
    Also there is no investment in local markets, which means there is no local advantages one company has over another, no need to divide the global market.

    So somebody had to become world’s richest man because of owning the quasi-monopoly for online organized retail trade. Even in a hypothetical world with 7 billion people with exactly the same talents, intelligence and motivation one guy would have been the lucky guy.

  119. Are these Masters of the Universe so dense as to be oblivious of the fact that they have created an uncontrollable/unpredictable Golem?

  120. anon[225] • Disclaimer says:

    What is the endgame for Warren Buffett, Bill Gates? Waltons?

    Bezos/Amazon invented a new business model, like Sears in 20th Century. What did Buffett invent? Waltons?

    BTW:

    8- Wells Fargo, $19.54 billion. …
    7- Intel, $21.04 billion. …
    6- Bank of America, $27.43 billion. …
    5- Alphabet, $34.34 billion. …
    4- JPMorgan Chase, $36.43 billion. …
    3- Microsoft, $39.24 billion. …
    2- Apple, $55.25 billion. …
    1- Berkshire Hathaway, $81.41 billion.

    ( Most profitable companies in US )

  121. Bezos is another bullied nerd taking revenge on the world.

  122. “Or has the Establishment unleashed more than it counted upon?”

    This is the question. With Blumpft! gone will Operation Virus and The Colour (black) Revolution be dialed back? Hopefully, though I suspect the Mysterians have objectives beyond removing the orange smear from the White House. Through selected use of force, psychological conditioning, and financial appeasement in the form of ridiculous reparations, blacks will be easy to neutralize. White Wokeism, however, will continuing to do lasting damage in the corporate and public sectors.

  123. TG says:

    The (likely?) election of Biden is not the end game, it’s just the start.

    The country is being looted and the working class crushed underfoot. There are going to be a lot of increasingly poor and desperate people out there, of all colors, Biden or not. This will be ongoing, it won’t end with the next election. So BLM and other top-down managed outrages will continue to be necessary to keep the proles squabbling amongst each other, and continuing to ignore the man behind the curtain.

  124. Amazon is far too large and diversified for Bezos to manage in any effective and resposible way. Bezos should break it up according to sectors and sell off divisions, or not, with the odds increasing each day that he will end up in more than one of less than desirable situtions.

    All of its divisions have repeatedly been found guilty of neglact, abuse of consumers, abuse of suppliers, abuse of government, and abuse of employees.

    The only thing that has not yet struck Bezos yet is abuse of investors, which is the next inevitable incident in a domino chain reaction.

    That is always the last as well.

  125. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Jack D

    That thought occurred to me, but did it ever occur to you that maybe people, even people like Jeff Bezos, tend to act in ways that historically lead the the same thing, over and over?

    Maybe genius Jeff has identified a sweet spot, and optimum point of near-poverty, in which millions will still be able to buy crap on Amazon but be trapped in an endless hamster wheel of debt.

    I doubt he's thought all this through. He just wants to get bigger and continues doing what has worked for him. That's what living things do.

    Replies: @Wade, @The Wild Geese Howard

    Maybe genius Jeff has identified a sweet spot, and optimum point of near-poverty,

    This is essentially what the people running Algeria have done.

  126. Steve, I am surprised you have not seen the plan. It is very stupid and evil.

    First, Bezos riches was by accident. Amazon was losing money until they started selling their excess server capacity to businesses. Pretty much most of his riches is nothing more than selling server capacity to business, not the consumer end.

    Second, Bezos dreams of replicating the Chinese model of slave labor here in the US. Apple’s obscene wealth is built up on such horrible conditions in China that its chief supplier FoxConn has suicide nets on the outside of its buildings as the young women in indentured servitude at best regularly kill themselves.

    Bezos dream is high value, high IQ labor FORCED from White people. black people have no value for labor, none, save the 18th Century model of disease resistance in tropical sugar cane harvesting.

    So force all White men into camps, where they do assembly of various consumer items for sale in Europe and Latin America, and the diverse here in the US, well its pure profit. Sorry President Abrams, a slam dunk btw, its guaranteed, re-education camps to promote diversity!

  127. @PiltdownMan

    What's the End Game, Jeff?
     
    https://i.imgur.com/035sYgL.jpg

    Replies: @Patrick Boyle, @tyrone, @Antonius, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Richard B

    Elon Musk isn’t the only guy with a space program. Musk wants to fly to Mars but Bezos wants to establish an orbital space home for all humanity and that lets the Earth below become one huge park. So it’s perfectly clear he intends to escape and live in orbit.

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Patrick Boyle

    I call his bluff! Musk is welcome anytime to leave earth and live in the International Space Station. But he'll have to do without Tesla sports cars, fast women and drugs up there.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEIk7gwjgIM

  128. @Reg Cæsar
    @Dieter Kief


    (It’s a special joke here, that the Bäcker (=Baker in English) Transformation and the Puff-Pastryeuqations are the mathematical references (this is the kind of joke not too many people tend to laugh about – let alone rightfully, I’d be very quick indeed to concede that).
     
    But has it made The Simpsons yet?


    If not, but shows up next season, that would suggest someone on the staff reads Steve, and the comments as well.



    http://www.progressiveteacher.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/014.jpg


    German-Australian Franconian-Victorian "mathologer" Burkard Polster gives us a hint of how this could be slipped in:


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQRttF8-iqA


    I wonder if this book covers the rabbit infestation:


    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51RoJgVLRWL._SX349_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    Replies: @SFG, @AKAHorace

    Perhaps this book could be a model for culturally sensitive Maths texts for people of colour.

  129. @education realist
    It's pretty obvious that the plan is for the media to step up and notice that Biden's a vegetable shortly after his inauguration. They'll reluctantly argue for the 25th Amendment, and for Biden to step down.

    So if you think this is Bezos's plan, which I don't, the plan is for manipulating whoever biden's veep is.

    In fact, the whole insanity going on right now leaves almost everyone untouched. We all worry about it, but it's not changing our lives in any way. That's what concerns me. There really might be people out there stupid enough to blame all this insanity on Trump and vote Biden despite opposing Black Lives Matter, looting, rioting, transgender lunacy, and so on, thinking oh, he's not really that guy.

    Leave Trump aside. He needs direction. But apart from Tucker, no one in the conservative media or GOP political establishment is pointing this out as the lunacy it is and taking a stand. I think that's because a lot of them want Trump to lose, and they want that because they, too, think all this is a phase.

    The one hope they come to their senses is the lunatic SC decisions of the past month.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    The one hope they come to their senses is the lunatic SC decisions of the past month.

    I agree that the recent SCOTUS decisions are lunacy, especially the tranny one, but I think if you did man on the street interviews, not more tan 1 person in 100 would know what you are talking about.

    • Replies: @education realist
    @Jim Don Bob

    Hence my fury at the conservative establishment, GOP pols, and so on. They need to make all this clear, what's at stake. Trump has many failings, including dealing with his current unpopularity. But he's still better than the alternative on anything Republicans care about. Republicans with a mouthpiece don't seem interested in making that case.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Charlotte

  130. @Jack D
    @Buzz Mohawk

    In Bezos's case, in particular, this doesn't make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class - no customers. What good is cheap warehouse labor if there is no one who can afford to buy your crap?

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Anonymous, @SFG, @BB753, @Sam Malone, @anon

    In Bezos’s case, in particular, this doesn’t make any sense because Bezos is the head of a the company store that sells consumer products on credit.

    Tennessee Ernie Ford knew about that.

  131. Cucked Simp Bezos says “Whatever my new wife says”

  132. Immortality. A statue. A monument. A city name Bezosville. All the things the old entrepreneurs had. Until he gets cancelled.

  133. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @BB753
    The endgame is that the Fed will no longer be able to print money at will when the dollar ceases to be THE international reserve currency. It's already happening. So, in order for our elites to keep their money and power, ordinary Americans are going to see their standard of living decrease at an alarming rate, year by year. Lower wages, higher prices, more taxes.
    How do you keep the proles in check? By creating phony sanitary crises and staged revolutions, for example, to keep them at home, scared and penniless. I can well picture Soros saying "Unleash the Antifa and release the schwarzen!"
    https://youtu.be/ORvkElqw0QM

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The endgame is that the Fed will no longer be able to print money at will when the dollar ceases to be THE international reserve currency.

    Define “international reserve currency.”

    • Replies: @BB753
    @Anonymous

    A currency used for international transactions, investments, etc and held in large amounts by all central banks.

  134. What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?

    I’m not sure there is an end game. They probably due some “nudging” here and there to try to influence events, but stuff like this? This has gone entirely out of their control, to the point where no one’s in charge. Kind of reminds me of Jurassic Park (the novel, at least).

  135. Trump Derangement Syndrome isn’t instantly curable by a single election outcome, sadly.

    There will be a long period of “rehabilitation” for the deplorables. Current MSM news coverage gives us a hint of what that will be like.

    Get those knee-pads ready and those neck sign placards ready for use. But instead of exile in remote rural places (mostly full of deplorables already) they will be shipped into inner city areas which are already packed with diversity.

    The diverse will be shipped to your home in the suburbs or in upscale neighborhoods. The reeducation of the wicked will occur in the inner city. Cleaning trash, removing graffiti, painting houses and attending lectures every six hours or so. And kneeling before the diverse. Self criticism sessions, the usual. Lots of that.

    Those being re-educated will enjoy meals prepared by the AOC Green movement. No meat, whatever can be grown in the street medians of the inner city. Walking will suffice for transport. Hauling carts or sledges in the winter. No carbon emissions other than CO2 from exhaling when breathing.

    No telling how long the rehab will take. The telescreen lectures from Mr. Bezos will occur at 6 AM and 6 PM daily. We will not merely obey Mr. Jeff, we must come to love him.

  136. Anonymous[145] • Disclaimer says:

    Jeff?

    He got money power but no ‘moral authority’.

    Change the ‘ff’ with two other alphabets, and the question makes sense.

  137. @Jim Don Bob
    @education realist


    The one hope they come to their senses is the lunatic SC decisions of the past month.
     
    I agree that the recent SCOTUS decisions are lunacy, especially the tranny one, but I think if you did man on the street interviews, not more tan 1 person in 100 would know what you are talking about.

    Replies: @education realist

    Hence my fury at the conservative establishment, GOP pols, and so on. They need to make all this clear, what’s at stake. Trump has many failings, including dealing with his current unpopularity. But he’s still better than the alternative on anything Republicans care about. Republicans with a mouthpiece don’t seem interested in making that case.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @education realist

    My fury at the conservative establishment is not so much their silence, but rather the completely unforced errors they commit. Two recent examples:
    1) The Senate Armed Services committee, controlled by Rs, recently held hearings about renaming military bases.
    2) Two supposedly conservative R Senators introduced a bill to remove Columbus Day as a Federal holiday and replace it with Juneteenth, a holiday no one outside of Texas had ever heard of until 15 minutes ago.

    With Republican friends like this, who needs enemies?

    , @Charlotte
    @education realist

    The right’s problem is that the Republican Party is useless or worse . . . but they’re not the worst. It’s tempting to punish Republicans by withholding votes, but the short term consequences of that could be pretty dire. Hard to know if the left would ever allow a comeback. Between electronic voting machines, mail-in ballots, and leftist hatred, I’m not so sure we can depend on fair elections in the future.

  138. @Ed
    A Biden win will empower Warren, Bezos isn’t going to enjoy that very much. He’d have few defenders.

    Anyway I think Trump will win polls are already beginning to tighten. Yougov has the race at Biden +5.

    Replies: @Stan Adams, @SunBakedSuburb

    “A Biden win will empower Warren”

    Elizabeth Warren is a pathological liar and a shrill psycho who will go to great bureaucratic lengths to prove how much she hates systemic whitey. A President Stacey Abrams will have nothing to prove when it comes to hating whitey. My vote is for giggly Kamala and her Jewish husband. They’re the fun couple.

  139. @Sam Malone
    @Jack D

    One problem with this, however, is that Amazon now makes more money (I think much more) from its AWS (Amazon Web Services) division than it does from the entirety of its retail operations.

    Even if the retail dimension of Amazon were to gradually diminish, Bezos could easily continue getting richer simply from renting out the servers that now comprise most of the world's Cloud computing power.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Amazon retail never made much money and was not intended to make money in this phase of Bezos’s grand plan. The intention is to grow market share, not make money. If they make money it’s by accident and they have to adjust the algorithms to lower the prices. Standard Oil didn’t make money at first either. In this phase, you drive all of your competitors out of business (or get them to sell out to you) by undercutting their prices. THEN when you have no competition left (when all the department stores and mall have closed – we are well on our way to this) THEN you raise prices and make money. What are people going to do at that point? Shop at their local JC Penney that closed 5 years ago?

    • Replies: @Sam Malone
    @Jack D

    Unfortunately, all that is probably right. Amazon's astounding and simultaneous runaway success in both its retail and cloud divisions, and Bezos' resulting wealth - which it's plausible to think may continue multiplying until he becomes the first trillionaire in a decade or so - are genuinely of a scale to warrant concern. They each risk destabilizing the polity and discrediting the whole capitalist free enterprise structure - or what's left of it after Jeff squeezes the life out of his remaining competitors.

    I was one of Amazon's early customers starting back in 1999 and I remember being impressed as he kept it going while in the red for years and years. I never thought I'd begrudge someone their honestly earned success - and Bezo's success as far as I'm aware has been more or less honestly earned, he simply hit the universe's biggest jackpot by personally building the right business models in the right niche at the right time - but his wealth now does disturb me. It just doesn't feel right, and I'm a formerly National Review-reading pro-capitalist traditional right-wing conservative etc etc, so I can't imagine that it seems justifiable to others in any moral or gut-level sense.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    , @Ed
    @Jack D

    The plan was data. Data is power. It was the need to store and quickly analyze customer's data that led Amazon to stumble upon AWS it's money maker.

  140. @Che Blutarsky
    sensible old Joe Biden is President-Elect

    Biden is totally corrupt, senile, has never had an original thought, was an idiot on his best day, is for sale to the highest bidder, has a fleeting relationship with the truth, and acts highly inappropriately in public with 12 year old girls.

    And those are his best qualities.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Pericles

    And thus you capture the appeal of such a one ….isn’t it funny how so many of our “leaders” have been seriously flawed people. The entities really running the show like it like that.

  141. @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    In Bezos’s case, in particular, this doesn’t make any sense because Bezos is the head of a company that sells consumer products. The middle class that you think that he wants to destroy are the people who buy crap on Amazon. No middle class – no customers.
     
    The third world wage arbitrage and globalization that Bezos is pushing are what help to grow the middle class. American standards of living may drop ever so slightly, some Americans may even fall out if the middle class, but that is more than made up for by the increased prosperity to Asians and Latin Americans resulting from the transfer of US manufacturing abroad and by the importation of foreign workers into the United States.

    Replies: @Joe, Averaged

    Good for them

  142. @PiltdownMan

    What's the End Game, Jeff?
     
    https://i.imgur.com/035sYgL.jpg

    Replies: @Patrick Boyle, @tyrone, @Antonius, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Richard B

    He wants to watch you in your home ………but only to sell you everything you “need” and to help you with those bad thoughts.

  143. @Thea
    @Jack D

    Strangely, In the Soviet Union they hung portraits of Ford next to Marx in the factories

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Strangely, In the Soviet Union they hung portraits of Ford next to Marx in the factories.

    That’s because Henry Ford was a pioneering industrialist, and they wanted to industrialize. It’s like hanging a picture of Euclid in your geometry classroom.

    I swear it is as if we don’t realize that giants have lived among us right here, and that we are blind to the fact that our America figures prominently in human history.

    • Agree: Kyle
    • Replies: @GoRedWings!
    @Buzz Mohawk


    our America figures prominently in human history
     
    As a cautionary tale. 'Americanization' is a threat, not a promise.
  144. Anonymous[304] • Disclaimer says:

    First, it was a surgical strike against Trump. Get him with ‘Russia Collusion’ or some such farce.

    It didn’t work.

    So, the Deep State decided to attack the entire American people. The hidden message is, “If you don’t remove Trump, we will get more hysteria, social unrest, economic distress, lockdowns, and etc.”
    Of course, the Elites cannot say this to the people directly or honestly. But by depressing everything and linking the problems with Trump, the message is clear.

    It went from trying to hold Trump hostage with ‘Russia Collusion’ to holding the entire nation hostage with further economic ruin and lockdowns UNLESS they make sure to get rid of Trump.

    Deep State is biden its time.

  145. bezos is way too autistic to play the game.

    this is obvious to all non-autistic people.

  146. @Anonymous
    @BB753


    The endgame is that the Fed will no longer be able to print money at will when the dollar ceases to be THE international reserve currency.
     
    Define “international reserve currency.”

    Replies: @BB753

    A currency used for international transactions, investments, etc and held in large amounts by all central banks.

  147. @Not Only Wrathful
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Probability of blackmail success = what they'll lose if you reveal the blackmail material - what they lose if you do what they say - their power for vengeance against you - their sense of personal honour - their estimation of what you'll lose if revealed as a blackmailer.

    In other words, it isn't very useful. Especially since "what they lose if you reveal the blackmail material" becomes very small as they approach a natural death/actually die.

    Replies: @anon

    In other words, it isn’t very useful. Especially since “what they lose if you reveal the blackmail material” becomes very small as they approach a natural death/actually die.

    Most people have a family. Be a shame if something bad happened to them. Yes, a real shame.

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
    @anon

    Most, yes. But now that just increases the negative side of the equation.

    Regardleass, the main point is that blackmail may work for controlling waste collection in some town, because, if revealed, who cares, but not for global domination. The blackmailer, themselves, becomes the one at risk of blackmail.

    "I'm going to reveal that you cheated on your wife if you don't go along with my plan"..."well I'll reveal your secret cabal controlling the world if you don't give me billions and shut up about my wife."

    You see? Blackmail doesn't work when the blackmailer has more to lose.

    Replies: @anon

  148. @JohnnyWalker123
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Interesting news story.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a35895/ghislaine-maxwell-was-a-guest-at-jeff-bezoss-secret-book-retreat


    Ghislaine Maxwell Was a Guest at Jeff Bezos’s Secret Book Retreat

     


    Every fall, the elite of the literary world and Hollywood convene at a highly secretive writer's retreat hosted by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and no one talks about it.

     


    Two Campfire 2018 attendees independently confirmed to Motherboard that Maxwell attended the exclusive retreat that year. One of the sources maintained that Maxwell had attended three Campfires including 2018
     
    Question: Why would Jeff Bezos invite a known sex trafficker to his retreat?
    Answer: Because she was a known trafficker.

    So, to answer your question, there is no end game. Bezos will, for the rest of his life, be a pawn of whoever owns the Epstein/Maxwell sex tapes.

    Back in 2016, Hacker group "Anonymous" claimed that Epstein was an agent of Israeli intelligence. Epstein actually recorded Bill Clinton raping a 13 year-old girl and gave this tape to the Israeli govt.
    "Anonymous" also claimed that Wexner gave money to Epstein so he could set up a sophisticated blackmail operation.

    Listen below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEM7L42x2xc

    If guys like Bezos and Clinton can keep the Israeli govt from releasing tapes of their sexual encounters with Epstein's underage prostitutes, they'll be happy. The end game for America matters a lot less to these guys than being exposed as a rapist and going to jail for life.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Kyle

    The problem with this theory is that American presidents have no power. There’s a balance of power between the executive branch and the other branches. Bill Clinton is effectively irrelevant in 2020. If anyone had dirt on Clinton or trump it would have been front page news years ago.

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
    @Kyle


    The problem with this theory is that American presidents have no power.

     

    OK.

    Everyone expected Hillary to have power in 2008 and especially in 2016.

    Clinton is not the only asset. The assets are many people in power in Washington and corporate America. The other branches are also compromised. That is the point.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Kyle


    If anyone had dirt on Clinton or trump it would have been front page news years ago.
     
    An ABC journalist named Amy Robach had a bombshell story that linked Clinton and Epstein. The story was set to be released back in 2016, but "management" killed it.

    See below.

    https://twitter.com/MattWolking/status/1191725593999675393

    When journalist Ashley Bianco leaked tape of Amy Robach discussing this to conservative journalist James O'Keefe, ABC (Bianco's old employer) alerted CBS (Bianco's new employer) that Bianco was the whistle blower. Bianco was subsequently fired by CBS.

    Elite media have for years worked hard to kill the Epstein story, in order to protect the Clintons, themselves, and various other influential individuals.

    Epstein used violent threats to kill a story from Vanity Fair.

    https://twitter.com/add/status/1164959245894242304

    He was successful.

    Epstein also bribed a NYT writer to give him favorable coverage.
  149. @Jack D
    @Sam Malone

    Amazon retail never made much money and was not intended to make money in this phase of Bezos's grand plan. The intention is to grow market share, not make money. If they make money it's by accident and they have to adjust the algorithms to lower the prices. Standard Oil didn't make money at first either. In this phase, you drive all of your competitors out of business (or get them to sell out to you) by undercutting their prices. THEN when you have no competition left (when all the department stores and mall have closed - we are well on our way to this) THEN you raise prices and make money. What are people going to do at that point? Shop at their local JC Penney that closed 5 years ago?

    Replies: @Sam Malone, @Ed

    Unfortunately, all that is probably right. Amazon’s astounding and simultaneous runaway success in both its retail and cloud divisions, and Bezos’ resulting wealth – which it’s plausible to think may continue multiplying until he becomes the first trillionaire in a decade or so – are genuinely of a scale to warrant concern. They each risk destabilizing the polity and discrediting the whole capitalist free enterprise structure – or what’s left of it after Jeff squeezes the life out of his remaining competitors.

    I was one of Amazon’s early customers starting back in 1999 and I remember being impressed as he kept it going while in the red for years and years. I never thought I’d begrudge someone their honestly earned success – and Bezo’s success as far as I’m aware has been more or less honestly earned, he simply hit the universe’s biggest jackpot by personally building the right business models in the right niche at the right time – but his wealth now does disturb me. It just doesn’t feel right, and I’m a formerly National Review-reading pro-capitalist traditional right-wing conservative etc etc, so I can’t imagine that it seems justifiable to others in any moral or gut-level sense.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    I've been following Bezos's career for 25 years and he is, most definitely, a great businessman. Back around 1995, I consulted for one of Amazon's competitors and drafted a blue sky proposal of what Amazon is doing right now for real in 2020. It was fun to dream big, but A) Bezos had this vision years before I did, and B) He spent 30 years making it come real.

    Replies: @Sam Malone

  150. @Mr. Anon
    @Buzz Mohawk

    It's neo-feudalism. And it isn't just Bezos who promotes it, it is all (or almost all) the wealthy people in the World.

    You're not really a Duke, until everyone else is a serf.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used. I think it captures the essence of where we are headed, how your children or grandchildren will live. History regresses toward the mean of some form of feudalism, and most human beings throughout history have lived this way.

    The wealthy people of the world now promote it because that is human nature and therefore their nature. It would be yours or mine if we were in their place. For a while, there were some bright cultures that moved away from that, but they are dying now.

    If it isn’t feudalism (if, dear scholars, I have mis-labeled it) then it is some form of D&S (Dominance and Submission.) Sadly, life always seems to go back to that. This current trend, BTW, is a move away from human thought and abstract concepts, back toward eat-or-be-eaten, beat-or-be-beaten. It is barbarism and no better than how any other species lives.

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used.
     
    We would be lucky to live under neo-feudalism, Feudalism was a system of corresponding rights and obligations between the serfs and the nobles overseen by Courts and The Church. What obligations do our modern oligarchs in technology and finance have to ordinary Americans? None is the answer. There is no sense of Noblesse Oblige from our oligarchs, if anything there is Noblesse Antagonisme .

    Our Feudal Lords hate us.

    The feudal system, whether under Late Roman Empire Patricians or semi-domesticated Visigoth Warrior Nobility, was overseen by a nobility deeply invested in a culture of honesty and honor. Can the same be said of our society today? All feudal participants were deeply religious and invested in a society based on Christianity which imposed a limitation on exploitation. Serfs had the right to rest on the Sabbath, right to common lands and to the fruits of their labor produced on their farms. Serfs were also protected from invasion by the knights and warrior nobility that ruled over them. American oligarchs do not defend Americans, but the complete opposite. The new lords side with the invaders.

    The future is not Neo-Feudalism, but straight up Third Worldism. Basically Mexico, Oligarchic Socialism. Rule by oligarchs with the empty trappings of socialist rhetoric. What I did not predict is that we would have to go through Oligarchic Bolshevism in order to arrive at the Oligarchic Socialism.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt, @BB753

  151. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kent Nationalist
    The Jews are already trying this in the UK, since BLM criticised Israel.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The Jews are already trying this in the UK, since BLM criticised Israel.

    What the Jews want, the Jews get.

  152. @anon
    @Not Only Wrathful

    In other words, it isn’t very useful. Especially since “what they lose if you reveal the blackmail material” becomes very small as they approach a natural death/actually die.

    Most people have a family. Be a shame if something bad happened to them. Yes, a real shame.

    Replies: @Not Only Wrathful

    Most, yes. But now that just increases the negative side of the equation.

    Regardleass, the main point is that blackmail may work for controlling waste collection in some town, because, if revealed, who cares, but not for global domination. The blackmailer, themselves, becomes the one at risk of blackmail.

    “I’m going to reveal that you cheated on your wife if you don’t go along with my plan”…”well I’ll reveal your secret cabal controlling the world if you don’t give me billions and shut up about my wife.”

    You see? Blackmail doesn’t work when the blackmailer has more to lose.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Not Only Wrathful

    “I’m going to reveal that you cheated on your wife if you don’t go along with my plan”…”well I’ll reveal your secret cabal controlling the world if you don’t give me billions and shut up about my wife.”

    There are worse secrets than adultery, and worse punishments than publicity. For example, anyone seen Jimmy Hoffa lately?

    You see? Blackmail doesn’t work when the blackmailer has more to lose.

    Have you ever read The Prince by Nick Machiavelli?

    If not, you should. If you have, then what is your excuse for being so naive?

    Replies: @Not Only Wrathful

  153. Bugg says:
    @Anonymous
    https://www.twitter.com/ScottMGreer/status/1278516471468081154

    Replies: @Bugg

    Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. Simply the Dem powers that be do not grasp they won’t be able to control their Frankenstein monster. The NY metro area is littered with the ended careers of Dem pols who thought somehow they were exempt from their beloved minority constituents figuring out they could put their guy or gal in the seat. They were not.

    • Replies: @James B. Shearer
    @Bugg

    "Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. ..."

    Cuomo hasn't had much trouble (65-35 in 2018) beating challenges from the left and I doubt Schumer would either.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    , @Anonymous
    @Bugg


    The NY metro area is littered with the ended careers of Dem pols who thought somehow they were exempt from their beloved minority constituents figuring out they could put their guy or gal in the seat. They were not.
     
    Which of the minority constituents would that be? Do you have any specific stories?
  154. wren says:

    It is very annoying to see Amazon being colonized by Chinese companies and products.

    Even if I specifically look for a certain brand or certain product, I will be shown cheaper sponsored Chinese knockoffs first.

    I think the Chinese companies scour Amazon for products they can copy and sell cheaper. They manipulate the ratings, too.

    I wish amazon would be required to put a country of origin flag next to each product they sell.

    Also stupid is seeing instapundit post link after link about how bad China is every day and then post amazon links to Chinese face masks every day too because they get a cut.

  155. utu says:
    @Bert
    @JohnnyWalker123


    If you want to understand how the world really works,
     

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes
     

    It’s all about the blackmail.
     
    Let's decontruct your description of how the world works. Almost any man can find prostitutes without needing a flamboyant person as an intermediary. Sugar daddy websites provide access to coeds, barely legal ones if that's what is desired. A significant portion of sugar babies are completely fine with the man being 30, 40, or even 50 years older as long as he is what some decades ago was called "a Silver Fox." High end escort service offer plenty of discretion.

    Given the easy access to young women wanting to sell their services, why would a prominent man need Epstein? Looks? Someone like Marvin Minsky clearly wouldn't do well on a sugar site, and probably not with most escorts, but it's doubtful that he would have struck out everytime if he tried. However rejection hurts. Maybe that's it. Epstein's johns could bolster their egos by considering their trysts as hookups.

    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein's web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

    Replies: @utu, @James O'Meara, @JohnnyWalker123

    “High end escort service offer plenty of discretion.” – LOL. This is what Eliot Spitzer thought about the Israeli run escort agency in NYC.

    https://www.jpost.com/International/Israeli-man-pleading-guilty-in-Spitzer-hooker-ring-case
    Israeli man pleading guilty in Spitzer hooker ring case
    Mark Brener accused of running the escort service that brought down New York governor.

  156. JimB says:
    @Thea
    When he blathered about All lives matter being racist because his son didn’t need to worry about police brutality he didn’t mention that his family gets private security denied to you and me.

    His kids are going to be narcissistic messes who hate him for the humiliation of their mom. They will have lots of money to spend on self destructing and humiliating him in turn.

    Replies: @JimB

    Face it. No matter what happens, Jeff Bezos is the winner. Lack of law and order and rioting will end p2p commerce. In future, groceries and durable goods will only be available from Amazon warehouses which will be hardened against attacks by man traps and snipers. Orders will be delivered by drones that fly above street level banditry. Americans will end up being slopped like consumerist pigs confined 23 hours a day to their pens because of BLM crime and the latest Chinese poopy germ killing off the halt, lame, and old.

  157. @IHTG

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    Persuasion?

    https://twitter.com/Yascha_Mounk/status/1278707339776966656

    https://twitter.com/Yascha_Mounk/status/1278707741373222912

    Replies: @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar, @Bill

    Interesting list of founding members.

  158. Anon[815] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    Using auto production as a proxy for the post war heavy manufacturing industry needing lots of decent paying unionized production line labor affording a middle class lifestyle as a whole, the trend is almost all up till the Arab oil embargo in 1973, with the first effects really seen in 1974. And a couple of peaks and dips shortly after that and generally trending down since. And Japanese auto inroads into the US grew sharply from the early 70’s until limited by agreements (and then Honda and others built US plants – not paying much less than US companies, but non unionized and fewer job classifications padding the rolls and fewer workers required and without the legacy health insurance costs for retirees). See Halberstam’s “The Reckoning”, focusing on Ford and Nissan.

    Did read once by some stat that the early 70’s were about the peak in as good as it got for average American workers.

    The rest of the world catching up, and others elsewhere willing to work harder than us (the Japanese, Koreans, etc. weren’t working just 40 hrs a week) and an open economy allowing access are all contributors to the trend. And fewer need for just high school educated guys with strong backs in car, steel, coal production, etc. And a digital world with work that can be outsourced to India, etc.

    I know people who grew up in Philip Roth’s Newark (even know someone who once double dated with him). These people are happy to be out of Newark, and wouldn’t want to be back living in today’s Newark, or in a demographically 50’s era Newark, if that still existed.

  159. @Chrisnonymous
    @Jack D

    How to organize a post-agrarian society is a difficult social problem. The solution of a spiral of consumption and production of unsatisfying crap made people superficially wealthy for decades. It also created the tax base that funded some real advancements in science.

    I think it is only in the last 5-10 years that people are starting to connect the dots between things like widespread metabolic abnormality, soil destruction, family disintegration, the Great Sort, credentialism, Wall Street bailouts, etc

    I think when billionaires talk about following the Chinese model, it's because they recognize that the crap-spiral model of post-agrarianism is prone to self-destruction. The Chinese model is more transparent about the citizen-as-wage-serf-consumer and is thus more able to easily institute solutions while keeping up the production needed to support the things elites care about.

    The other solution is pulling back from the edge of the abyss by "regressing" into more localism, expanded agricultural sector, shrunk education sector, and decreased consumption. Of course, this means not having the wealth to project overwhelming military force into multiple combat theaters and a lower standard of superficial living at home.

    The Chinese model is going to be bad for lots of people but keep elites happy. The regressive model would be better for masses but very sucky for elites. It would still produce some very wealthy people, but those people wouldn't be Mark Zuckerberg-types. If you're a super-ZIP dweller, the idea of your kid starting a soil-regenerative farm like Polyface is not nearly as attractive as the start-up fantasy with the PhD fallback option. It's especially unattractive when it means your descendants are going to talk and act a lot like the deplorable Red State flyover Americans you have learned to despise so exquisitly.

    Of course, the other problems with the regressive model are (a) the logistical difficulty--how to get land back to people and how to build up skills--and (b) the moral problems associated with communities that can't sustain our current population level--probably requiring some eugenics, overseas famines and death, and maybe, horror of horrors, some sort of segregation or small-community loyalty.

    Replies: @Jack D

    I don’t think it’s going to be possible to really expand the agricultural sector. You can’t put the automation genie back in the bottle. Even if you switch to organic, biodynamic, whatever agriculture, mechanized agriculture is STILL the best ( i.e cheapest and people will buy whatever is cheapest) method of getting everyone enough food (and farmers in California, etc. have figured out how to produce organic vegetables, milk, etc. at scale). If anything, we need LESS food to be grown (at least for domestic consumption) because people are consuming too much of it (and wasting a lot of the rest).

    And most Americans are no longer employed in factories that make crap – the crap producing jobs are all in China (or places even CHEAPER than China – the other day I picked up a designer polo shirt that retails for around $30. I noticed that it was made in Cambodia. Let’s say a polo shirt has a half an hour of labor in it (it doesn’t). Paying a Chinese worker $1.50 to sew the shirt in order to leave $28.50 in profit is not good enough. No, they have to go to Cambodia where they only have to pay 35 cents for the assembly labor. And if costs go up in Cambodia, they are finally going to figure out how to get those billions of future Africans to work. Chinese contractors will (perhaps literally) whip them into shape. These jobs are never ever coming back to America as long as anything resembling free trade exists and if they did, they would get immigrants to sew them anyway. So we have no choice but to give Americans worthless degrees and makework jobs because there are no real jobs waiting for them.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Jack D

    Don't disagree with your post apart from this:


    And if costs go up in Cambodia, they are finally going to figure out how to get those billions of future Africans to work.
     
    Until the Warrior Gene can be edited out of blacks, they won't be any good for large scale factory work.
  160. @dearieme
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    And I wonder where we went wrong…

    I suspect that was electing Kennedy, an incompetent chump, who begat Johnson who introduced a wildly extravagant welfare state while fighting a stupid war in Vietnam. This economic nonsense led Nixon to leave what remained of the gold standard, and after that threesome of poltroons ...

    But hold on: a sturdy republic with a sound constitution ought to be capable of surviving a bad president or three. So I don't think my explanation gets to the nub of the matter.

    The problem, I suppose, must be the people rather than the presidents.

    Replies: @Anon7

    The problem, I suppose, must be the people rather than the presidents.

    That’s one of the things I like about John Glubb’s short 1978 work The Fate of Empires:

    http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/e-books/TheFateofEmpiresbySirJohnGlubb.pdf

    Rather than concentrating on the names of emperors and the dates of conquests, he discusses the people. According to Glubb’s point of view, if I understand it, we’re at the end of a 10-12 generation 250 year-long Great Empire cycle.

    “Decadence is a moral and spiritual disease, resulting from too long a period of wealth and power, decline of religion, pessimism and frivolity. The citizens of such a nation will no longer make an effort to save themselves, because they are not convinced that anything in life is worth saving…

    “It has been shown that, normally, the rise and fall of great nations are due to internal reasons alone. Ten generations of human beings suffice to transform the hardy and enterprising pioneer into the captious citizen of the welfare state.”

  161. @Gordo
    David Starkey has resigned and been unpersoned.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53279273

    Being homosexual did not save him this time.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    David Starkey has resigned and been unpersoned.

    Never heard of him but here’s the best part:

    “Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, vice-chancellor of the university, apologised to staff and students who have been offended and upset by the “appalling” comments.”

  162. @education realist
    @Jim Don Bob

    Hence my fury at the conservative establishment, GOP pols, and so on. They need to make all this clear, what's at stake. Trump has many failings, including dealing with his current unpopularity. But he's still better than the alternative on anything Republicans care about. Republicans with a mouthpiece don't seem interested in making that case.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Charlotte

    My fury at the conservative establishment is not so much their silence, but rather the completely unforced errors they commit. Two recent examples:
    1) The Senate Armed Services committee, controlled by Rs, recently held hearings about renaming military bases.
    2) Two supposedly conservative R Senators introduced a bill to remove Columbus Day as a Federal holiday and replace it with Juneteenth, a holiday no one outside of Texas had ever heard of until 15 minutes ago.

    With Republican friends like this, who needs enemies?

  163. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    If young people aren’t familiar with civics and history, they’re easy prey to every creep, loser, and Marxist third world spic who manages to get into their ears. Also, thanks to social media, fringe groups of what were historically dismissed whack cases suddenly have a national voice.

    That is, say 1000 people of a young, dumb, incel Marxist group from a medium-sized city decide to “protest,” as well as, thanks to the facebook special interest groups feature, by carting in members of that fringe group from far away, and converge on that city to create national news making chaos until their bizarre demands are met. What used to be a disorganized fractional group of mental cases all of a sudden have a potent political voice. Even local politicians who aren’t bad actors to begin with, are apt to conform to at least some of that fringe groups demands out of stupidity and fear. Most members of a typical city council are not very bright, are easily overloaded, and, as with all stupid people, fear drives their actions.

    So… the historic events happening now are beyond Jeff Bezo’s plans. He’s likely helping it along, but it’s boomer stupidity, cowardice, and malfeasance that gives him the ground to walk on.

    It took a long time for our public school system to get this fucked up.

    Now we’re experiencing what I’d call “the clone wars.” Hoards of empty-headed vessels set upon the United States to generate the social rot of chaos. Boomers have been tragically comic “keepers of the flame.” A jungle is just a garden left unattended.

  164. @PiltdownMan

    What's the End Game, Jeff?
     
    https://i.imgur.com/035sYgL.jpg

    Replies: @Patrick Boyle, @tyrone, @Antonius, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Richard B

  165. @Yngvar
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The Godfather is fiction. Make-believe. It carries no weight in any serious discussion concerning reality.
    We cannot allow Hollywood to be the starting point for any discussion about where we are, or where we are going as a society.

    Replies: @Ray P

    According to his wife, former British prime minister David Cameron repeatedly watched the Godfather films.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @Ray P

    Even better (or worse as your wont), Rudy Giuliani oftentimes recited the Godfather scripts from memory!

    Replies: @Ray P

  166. Thea says:

    Is it frightening or reassuring that there may not be any end game plan here?

    American elites are spinning around drunk with purposeless abandon. This appears to be the pattern since the Soviet Union collapsed.

    The US Invades random countries at great costs, then overthrows random leaders higher and yon. Iraq, Serbia, Somalia, Iraq again, Afghanistan, not Georgia(sorry NATO allies) Libya, other God Forsaken lands.

    At home Americans stack up student debt and pack on the pounds. Maybe this could be a wake up call for ordinary Americans to take personal responsibility for their lives and seek a meaningful life.

  167. @Jack D
    @Sam Malone

    Amazon retail never made much money and was not intended to make money in this phase of Bezos's grand plan. The intention is to grow market share, not make money. If they make money it's by accident and they have to adjust the algorithms to lower the prices. Standard Oil didn't make money at first either. In this phase, you drive all of your competitors out of business (or get them to sell out to you) by undercutting their prices. THEN when you have no competition left (when all the department stores and mall have closed - we are well on our way to this) THEN you raise prices and make money. What are people going to do at that point? Shop at their local JC Penney that closed 5 years ago?

    Replies: @Sam Malone, @Ed

    The plan was data. Data is power. It was the need to store and quickly analyze customer’s data that led Amazon to stumble upon AWS it’s money maker.

  168. @Znzn
    @Reg Cæsar

    Stop lying, the homicide rate for Ireland is 0.9, per 100000, for England, Wales, and Scotland it is 1.2 to 1.1, about the same, all are a lot lower than the US Non Hispanic White Homicide rate, and even slightly lower or similar to the US Asian homicide rate.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I was talking about within the UK, not the Republic. I believe I first read this in Colin Greenwood’s book many, many years ago:

    https://extranosalley.com/inspector-of-police-colin-greenwood-on-gun-contro/

    Firearms control: A study of armed crime and firearms control in England and Wales

    Nothing seems to have changed much:

    Note that of the recent massacres in the UK, two were by men of Celtic surnames, Ryan and Hamiltion, and a third, though by a Bird, took place in Cumbria, “a forgotten Celtic kingdom”.

    Cumbria, A Forgotten Celtic Kingdom


    If I’m “lying”, it must be because my sources are.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    Ireland is the Republic. The 6 counties that belong to the UK are known as Northern Ireland. No one but you refers to Northern Ireland as Ireland.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous

  169. Anon[381] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai
    It's beginning to look like the endless game of whack a mole Israel and the US play in the Middle East in place of actually coming to negotiate long term. America's elites, like Israel's leadership, aren't interested in anything than total freedom for their own dominance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9yruQM1ggc

    You really can't expect a movement denouncing racism, settler colonialism and ethnic discrimination to not turn it's gaze towards Israel when the Western, in particular American, governments prop it up and the Western media makes discussion verboten. It's a powder keg. And the timing of annexing the West Bank, it's just too perfect.

    Many Jews really don't seem to understand that people are quite capable of hating Israeli settler-colonialism and racism without hating Jews. But will they realise too late?

    Replies: @Anon

    blockquote>You really can’t expect a movement denouncing racism, settler colonialism and ethnic discrimination to not turn it’s gaze towards Israel

    They are doing none of that. They are ignoring settler Colonialism in :
    Chinese occupied Tibet
    Chinese occupied Xinyang
    Russia occupied chechnya, Dagestan, Crimea and Kaliningrad
    Turkish occupied Cyprus
    Turkish occupied Kurdistan
    Moroccan occupied western Sahara
    Indonesia occupied west Papua
    Sudanese occupied Darfur

    Also ignoring discrimination against gays and minority religions in Pakistan, Gaza,Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Qatar, Iran wher being gay is against the law and punishable by death and converting from islam to Christianity is illegal and punishable by death.

  170. @Alfa158
    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used. Elysium, without the orbiting in space gated community .

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere? China comprises almost one and a half billion pretty smart people with strong racial identity and self interest. It will take a lot of ingenuity and persistence to slowly pulverize that. But then the people who are presently dismantling Western Civ have shown they have those traits in spades.

    Replies: @Cortes, @Anonymous, @ben tillman

    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used.

    How would the “cognitive elite” rule after they have been destroyed by the process you outline?

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    @ben tillman

    The elite won’t be part of the process, that’s for people like us.

    Replies: @ben tillman

  171. @Bert
    @JohnnyWalker123


    If you want to understand how the world really works,
     

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes
     

    It’s all about the blackmail.
     
    Let's decontruct your description of how the world works. Almost any man can find prostitutes without needing a flamboyant person as an intermediary. Sugar daddy websites provide access to coeds, barely legal ones if that's what is desired. A significant portion of sugar babies are completely fine with the man being 30, 40, or even 50 years older as long as he is what some decades ago was called "a Silver Fox." High end escort service offer plenty of discretion.

    Given the easy access to young women wanting to sell their services, why would a prominent man need Epstein? Looks? Someone like Marvin Minsky clearly wouldn't do well on a sugar site, and probably not with most escorts, but it's doubtful that he would have struck out everytime if he tried. However rejection hurts. Maybe that's it. Epstein's johns could bolster their egos by considering their trysts as hookups.

    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein's web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

    Replies: @utu, @James O'Meara, @JohnnyWalker123

    You goyim keep picking up the wrong end of the shit stick.

    Why would rich kids lie in a coffin and confess their sexual escapades to their future “brothers”?

    TO JOIN THE CLUB. The entrance fee is blackmail material.

    Epstein “trapped” no one. They begged to be filmed. That demonstrated they were OK with the kosher agenda, and could be trusted from then on.

    But please, go on looking for your keys under the street lamp, because that’s where the light is.

  172. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    The Cathedral policy of power without accountability works great with Walter Cronkite reading the news.

    As lifetime slow boiling frog, 2020 is producing too many Uncanny Valley effects to stay ..... comfortable and relaxed.

    Hell, Joe Rogan notices, not just Steve.

    Harvard is a joke, I can't taking seriously being bossed around by something dumber than me.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Hell, Joe Rogan notices, not just Steve.

    What are you referring to?

  173. @PiltdownMan

    What's the End Game, Jeff?
     
    https://i.imgur.com/035sYgL.jpg

    Replies: @Patrick Boyle, @tyrone, @Antonius, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Richard B

    Remain calm. All is well! Tomorrow is Independence Day, remember? Yay! Independence . . .

  174. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Many of these sorts of issues have to do with the Jackson Pollock Problem: which is, Pollock in his time was an incredibly sincere artist (his sincerity is sort of what killed him, if you trace it carefully enough) who was ridiculed in his day as "Jack the Dripper," viz a faker and a phony who was just pushing a ludicrous fad. When the critical dust settled and Pollock was seen rightly to be the important artist that he is, everyone who laughed at him before, suddenly felt shamed.

    Now the problem becomes, nobody wants to be the guy who laughed at the next Pollock; but this hesitation causes a weak spot in criticism and judgement, because it invites lots of actually fake, phony, insincere Pollock wannabes, who don't really have the goods, but who can imitate the style and not get laughed at, because Pollock's seriousness is no longer in question. Which floods the market with nonsense, and makes serious avant work harder than ever to suss out. I'm pretty sure economists have a term for this phenomenon.

    Anyway if you extrapolate the format, something similar happens with Jeff Evil.

    Replies: @James O'Meara, @Pericles, @Bumpkin

    I agree Pollock was a sincere guy, at least in his Benton period. In fact, based on the movie, I’d say he seemed to be a real nice guy, the sort you’d like to have a beer with at the Cedar Inn.

    But with respect, the rest is nonsense. The people who laughed at Pollock didn’t count — ordinary Joes and Janes who could see plainly that “my 6 year old could do that.” The people who did count: critics and gallery owners — were all behind Pollock; in fact, the whole thing was a CIA operation, promoting “action painting” as the he-man (that’s where Pollock came in, no hollow-chested Yids allowed) alternative to Russian “soviet realism”.

    It’s not ancient history or a conspiracy theory: the CIA even admitted it.

    https://www.theransomnote.com/musings/news/cia-admit-to-using-modern-art-as-a-weapon/

    • Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @James O'Meara

    Oh FFS, there's so many things you've gotten hilariously wrong here, one simply doesn't have the time to straighten them out one by one. If Steve wants to set up a thread about "Modernism: What Went Wrong?" or some such, or even "How Many Weirdos Did Peggy Guggenheim Fuck?" then I'll happily provide clock-cleaning services to you. Til then though, it's just a great big shrug.

    "They'll never fence the silver range."
    -- Frank O'Hara

  175. @Reg Cæsar

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    I'd like to know why his Amazon Kindle Silk browser autocorrects his name into "kisses" in his stepfather's Spanish.

    Typo, pun, or something more sinister?


    Now to the most recent Stweets:


    Harvard geneticist David Reich studied 23andMe's customer database of DNA, found average self-identified (non-Hispanic) white customer to be 98.6% white, 0.19% black and 0.18% Indian. Average self-identified black customer is 385 times more sub-Saharan in DNA than white customer.
     
    What figures would Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, etc, show?

    Speaking of Reichs, how Pygmy is Robert?


    It's reasonable to say that from 1980 to 2008, blacks were about an order of magnitude more likely to commit homicide as whites in the USA.

    So, how peculiar is this dreadful ratio to the USA?

     

    Not at all. The Celtic countries seem to have a consistently 50%-higher violent crime rate than does England. This certainly isn't due to immigration, or internal migration-- unless the good guys are leaving Glasgow, Swansea, and Derry for the Smoke.

    Part of the reason Minnesota and Wisconsin have so high a black-white incarceration ratio than the South (7x or higher) has nothing to do with blacks. It's the high Nordic-Celtic ratio among whites.

    The man who's collated such non-anomalies for decades, Thomas Sowell, just turned 90 Tuesday. Some recent Twisdom from the master:

    When you consider what an enormous windfall gain it is to be born in America, it is painful to hear some people complain bitterly that someone else got a bigger windfall gain than they did.

    No one can really understand the political left without understanding that they are about making themselves feel superior, however much they may talk piously about what they are going to do to help others.
     

    Replies: @Znzn, @ben tillman, @Verymuchalive

    Speaking of Reichs, how Pygmy is Robert?

    You gotta hand it to the little guy . . . because he can’t reach it himself.

    By the way, if Reich smokes pot does he get high or just medium?

    Sorry, I can’t help but repeat these old iSteve jokes whenever his name comes up.

  176. @IHTG

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    Persuasion?

    https://twitter.com/Yascha_Mounk/status/1278707339776966656

    https://twitter.com/Yascha_Mounk/status/1278707741373222912

    Replies: @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar, @Bill

    Yascha Mounk = Samoa Chunky.

  177. @education realist
    @Jim Don Bob

    Hence my fury at the conservative establishment, GOP pols, and so on. They need to make all this clear, what's at stake. Trump has many failings, including dealing with his current unpopularity. But he's still better than the alternative on anything Republicans care about. Republicans with a mouthpiece don't seem interested in making that case.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob, @Charlotte

    The right’s problem is that the Republican Party is useless or worse . . . but they’re not the worst. It’s tempting to punish Republicans by withholding votes, but the short term consequences of that could be pretty dire. Hard to know if the left would ever allow a comeback. Between electronic voting machines, mail-in ballots, and leftist hatred, I’m not so sure we can depend on fair elections in the future.

  178. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    Even the cowardly and unmotivated patriot can do their small part against Bezos and his co-conspirators…

  179. @Anonymous
    @Henry Canaday


    Gates and Bezos are smart enough and honest enough (with themselves) to know that the basic problem is the difference, on average, in the genetic endowment of blacks compared with other races and ethnic groups, intensified by the general moral collapse of the last 50 years..
     
    I wouldn’t bet on their having such thoughts.

    Replies: @Henry Canaday

    well, it’s a bet that cannot be settled, since they won’t talk.

    but they are both very smart, and business is a forced education in using your brains to recognize reality, whether you like it or not.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Henry Canaday


    but they are both very smart, and business is a forced education in using your brains to recognize reality, whether you like it or not.
     
    Freud's neurotic defense mechanisms are a universal truth. There is no rule which states: Everybody in the world falls for them - except businessmen.

    And Freud made no exceptions for bright people either: Being bright is nothing that would prevent you from - neglection, or suppression or projection. So -

    And then there is another aspect of such insights. Erich Fromm (ok, ok - this will be the last psychoanalyst I'll quote tonight, promised) - Erich Fromm once stated: There can't be a vacuum in the realm of human affairs.

    Fromm was an avid reader of Martin Heidegger, of all philosophers, and thus keen to existentialist ideas. - This goes to say, he knew with regard to social insights, they only exist by being acknowledged. Acknowledgment brings this kind of insight into life. - In this hindsight, we're all of us (all participants in normatively relevant public communication) creative forces (maybe (I haven't looked into this problem too much) - maybe that's what Heidegger had in mind when he said, only a God might be able to save us. - But however this god-question might play out here it's clear for Fromm and Heidegger, that these crucial existential questions are the ones which don't let us, humans, off the hook: If we are not explaining ourselves (if we don't side with what we look upon as the good cause) - we side with the opposite side. Existential questions make it hard to be neutral and honest at the same time.

    Immanuel Kant knew (and spoke of) one exception to the rule of the existential decisiveness: When taking a stand for a rightful case would bring us in serious personal troubles (like being tortured, for example). In such cases, Kant would be ok with somebody who'd be reluctant to say the truth. His rule of thumb for such cases was: All you say has to be true (no exception to this rule). But - nobody has to say the full truth in any situation. It is at times ok not to say all that you know. But, as I said: Kant looked upon this existential situation as an exception which he only accepted when harsh threats were to be feared.-

  180. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Many of these sorts of issues have to do with the Jackson Pollock Problem: which is, Pollock in his time was an incredibly sincere artist (his sincerity is sort of what killed him, if you trace it carefully enough) who was ridiculed in his day as "Jack the Dripper," viz a faker and a phony who was just pushing a ludicrous fad. When the critical dust settled and Pollock was seen rightly to be the important artist that he is, everyone who laughed at him before, suddenly felt shamed.

    Now the problem becomes, nobody wants to be the guy who laughed at the next Pollock; but this hesitation causes a weak spot in criticism and judgement, because it invites lots of actually fake, phony, insincere Pollock wannabes, who don't really have the goods, but who can imitate the style and not get laughed at, because Pollock's seriousness is no longer in question. Which floods the market with nonsense, and makes serious avant work harder than ever to suss out. I'm pretty sure economists have a term for this phenomenon.

    Anyway if you extrapolate the format, something similar happens with Jeff Evil.

    Replies: @James O'Meara, @Pericles, @Bumpkin

    Well, can’t the CIA just publish which artists they sponsor and who thus must be taken seriously?

    • Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Pericles

    Ugh. Please don't be facile, art is serious business. (Yeah I know all about the CIA angle, but I also know about Pollock, which apparently you do not.)

    Art kills people, and it also saves people's lives. (Don't ask me how I know.) Last time I checked, CIA only does the former.

    "The lion sleeps in the sun.
    Its nose is on its paws.
    It can kill a man."
    -- Stevens, "Poetry Is A Destructive Force"

  181. @Che Blutarsky
    sensible old Joe Biden is President-Elect

    Biden is totally corrupt, senile, has never had an original thought, was an idiot on his best day, is for sale to the highest bidder, has a fleeting relationship with the truth, and acts highly inappropriately in public with 12 year old girls.

    And those are his best qualities.

    Replies: @tyrone, @Pericles

    Whoever wins (Trump), I think They should run a simultaneous reality show with Hillary as the shadow president. Let’s call it If I Had Won. Episode 8: Back at the Coven. etc.

  182. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Mr. Anon

    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used. I think it captures the essence of where we are headed, how your children or grandchildren will live. History regresses toward the mean of some form of feudalism, and most human beings throughout history have lived this way.

    The wealthy people of the world now promote it because that is human nature and therefore their nature. It would be yours or mine if we were in their place. For a while, there were some bright cultures that moved away from that, but they are dying now.

    If it isn't feudalism (if, dear scholars, I have mis-labeled it) then it is some form of D&S (Dominance and Submission.) Sadly, life always seems to go back to that. This current trend, BTW, is a move away from human thought and abstract concepts, back toward eat-or-be-eaten, beat-or-be-beaten. It is barbarism and no better than how any other species lives.

    Replies: @Clifford Brown

    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used.

    We would be lucky to live under neo-feudalism, Feudalism was a system of corresponding rights and obligations between the serfs and the nobles overseen by Courts and The Church. What obligations do our modern oligarchs in technology and finance have to ordinary Americans? None is the answer. There is no sense of Noblesse Oblige from our oligarchs, if anything there is Noblesse Antagonisme .

    Our Feudal Lords hate us.

    The feudal system, whether under Late Roman Empire Patricians or semi-domesticated Visigoth Warrior Nobility, was overseen by a nobility deeply invested in a culture of honesty and honor. Can the same be said of our society today? All feudal participants were deeply religious and invested in a society based on Christianity which imposed a limitation on exploitation. Serfs had the right to rest on the Sabbath, right to common lands and to the fruits of their labor produced on their farms. Serfs were also protected from invasion by the knights and warrior nobility that ruled over them. American oligarchs do not defend Americans, but the complete opposite. The new lords side with the invaders.

    The future is not Neo-Feudalism, but straight up Third Worldism. Basically Mexico, Oligarchic Socialism. Rule by oligarchs with the empty trappings of socialist rhetoric. What I did not predict is that we would have to go through Oligarchic Bolshevism in order to arrive at the Oligarchic Socialism.

    • Agree: BB753, Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    @Clifford Brown

    Thanks, was going to write the exact comment. feudalism would be a step up from what the elites have done to us.

    , @BB753
    @Clifford Brown

    Also, feudal lords were bound to their land, because they owned it. The richer the fields, the safer the roads, the richer the villages, the better for them.
    In contrasts, globalists overlords have no vested interest in the welfare of the countries they live in. Their business model is exploitative: suck the riches out of their domain, then move somewhere else or remain ensconced in their gated communities, indifferent to the fate of their peons and the ruinous state of the urban areas, unconcerned with upholding law and order, as long as their money is safely invested in stocks and bonds somewhere. Their world is a borderless one and their morality nonexistent. They don't owe anything to anybody, unlike feudal lords.

  183. @Sam Malone
    @Jack D

    Unfortunately, all that is probably right. Amazon's astounding and simultaneous runaway success in both its retail and cloud divisions, and Bezos' resulting wealth - which it's plausible to think may continue multiplying until he becomes the first trillionaire in a decade or so - are genuinely of a scale to warrant concern. They each risk destabilizing the polity and discrediting the whole capitalist free enterprise structure - or what's left of it after Jeff squeezes the life out of his remaining competitors.

    I was one of Amazon's early customers starting back in 1999 and I remember being impressed as he kept it going while in the red for years and years. I never thought I'd begrudge someone their honestly earned success - and Bezo's success as far as I'm aware has been more or less honestly earned, he simply hit the universe's biggest jackpot by personally building the right business models in the right niche at the right time - but his wealth now does disturb me. It just doesn't feel right, and I'm a formerly National Review-reading pro-capitalist traditional right-wing conservative etc etc, so I can't imagine that it seems justifiable to others in any moral or gut-level sense.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I’ve been following Bezos’s career for 25 years and he is, most definitely, a great businessman. Back around 1995, I consulted for one of Amazon’s competitors and drafted a blue sky proposal of what Amazon is doing right now for real in 2020. It was fun to dream big, but A) Bezos had this vision years before I did, and B) He spent 30 years making it come real.

    • Replies: @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    That's interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins "1979", marveling that we're now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved...it's just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe's biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there's nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Cortes, @James B. Shearer, @epebble

  184. @Henry Canaday
    @Anonymous

    well, it's a bet that cannot be settled, since they won't talk.

    but they are both very smart, and business is a forced education in using your brains to recognize reality, whether you like it or not.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    but they are both very smart, and business is a forced education in using your brains to recognize reality, whether you like it or not.

    Freud’s neurotic defense mechanisms are a universal truth. There is no rule which states: Everybody in the world falls for them – except businessmen.

    And Freud made no exceptions for bright people either: Being bright is nothing that would prevent you from – neglection, or suppression or projection. So –

    And then there is another aspect of such insights. Erich Fromm (ok, ok – this will be the last psychoanalyst I’ll quote tonight, promised) – Erich Fromm once stated: There can’t be a vacuum in the realm of human affairs.

    Fromm was an avid reader of Martin Heidegger, of all philosophers, and thus keen to existentialist ideas. – This goes to say, he knew with regard to social insights, they only exist by being acknowledged. Acknowledgment brings this kind of insight into life. – In this hindsight, we’re all of us (all participants in normatively relevant public communication) creative forces (maybe (I haven’t looked into this problem too much) – maybe that’s what Heidegger had in mind when he said, only a God might be able to save us. – But however this god-question might play out here it’s clear for Fromm and Heidegger, that these crucial existential questions are the ones which don’t let us, humans, off the hook: If we are not explaining ourselves (if we don’t side with what we look upon as the good cause) – we side with the opposite side. Existential questions make it hard to be neutral and honest at the same time.

    Immanuel Kant knew (and spoke of) one exception to the rule of the existential decisiveness: When taking a stand for a rightful case would bring us in serious personal troubles (like being tortured, for example). In such cases, Kant would be ok with somebody who’d be reluctant to say the truth. His rule of thumb for such cases was: All you say has to be true (no exception to this rule). But – nobody has to say the full truth in any situation. It is at times ok not to say all that you know. But, as I said: Kant looked upon this existential situation as an exception which he only accepted when harsh threats were to be feared.-

  185. @Bugg
    @Anonymous

    Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. Simply the Dem powers that be do not grasp they won't be able to control their Frankenstein monster. The NY metro area is littered with the ended careers of Dem pols who thought somehow they were exempt from their beloved minority constituents figuring out they could put their guy or gal in the seat. They were not.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer, @Anonymous

    “Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. …”

    Cuomo hasn’t had much trouble (65-35 in 2018) beating challenges from the left and I doubt Schumer would either.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    @James B. Shearer

    JoeCrowley and Eliot Engel beg to differ. Schumer is arrogant enough but not threatening or violent enough to lose. Cuomo would thug it up to save his skin.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer

  186. @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    I've been following Bezos's career for 25 years and he is, most definitely, a great businessman. Back around 1995, I consulted for one of Amazon's competitors and drafted a blue sky proposal of what Amazon is doing right now for real in 2020. It was fun to dream big, but A) Bezos had this vision years before I did, and B) He spent 30 years making it come real.

    Replies: @Sam Malone

    That’s interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins “1979”, marveling that we’re now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved…it’s just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe’s biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there’s nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    It's an order of magnitude thing. I'd be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he'd made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.

    Replies: @Ed, @anon, @Sam Malone, @Corvinus

    , @Anonymous
    @Sam Malone

    However, Bezos' role in funding and, apparently, encouraging the virulently anti-American The Washington Post is inexcusable.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @Cortes
    @Sam Malone

    Was it the original Henry Ford or another of the great Industrial magnates who advised

    “Always leave something for the little guy”?

    The digital moguls apparently don’t subscribe to that. A fear that 7.5% of the cake escapes their grasp seems to drive their business models.

    , @James B. Shearer
    @Sam Malone

    "... I believe his success is well-deserved…it’s just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe’s biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there’s nothing approaching a level playing field. ..."

    Entities like Microsoft or Walmart can still compete on relatively equal terms. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if Amazon fails to live up to the currently extremely optimistic expectations over the next few years.

    , @epebble
    @Sam Malone

    I don't think Amazon has anything guaranteed. If Walmart were to execute a First Class e-commerce operation, they can easily steal a large market share from AMZN. Heck, even eBay can ding them if they execute better.

  187. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bugg
    @Anonymous

    Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. Simply the Dem powers that be do not grasp they won't be able to control their Frankenstein monster. The NY metro area is littered with the ended careers of Dem pols who thought somehow they were exempt from their beloved minority constituents figuring out they could put their guy or gal in the seat. They were not.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer, @Anonymous

    The NY metro area is littered with the ended careers of Dem pols who thought somehow they were exempt from their beloved minority constituents figuring out they could put their guy or gal in the seat. They were not.

    Which of the minority constituents would that be? Do you have any specific stories?

  188. @Kyle
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The problem with this theory is that American presidents have no power. There’s a balance of power between the executive branch and the other branches. Bill Clinton is effectively irrelevant in 2020. If anyone had dirt on Clinton or trump it would have been front page news years ago.

    Replies: @Clifford Brown, @JohnnyWalker123

    The problem with this theory is that American presidents have no power.

    OK.

    Everyone expected Hillary to have power in 2008 and especially in 2016.

    Clinton is not the only asset. The assets are many people in power in Washington and corporate America. The other branches are also compromised. That is the point.

  189. @Anonymous
    @Alfa158


    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods.
     
    Even for Israel?

    The next challenge once that is achieved is what do they do about the economic hegemony of China and its new Eurasian Co-Prosperity Sphere?
     
    Why does anything need to be done about China? The people who run a mongrelized “West” can run that. And the Chinese can run their sphere.

    Replies: @Alfa158

    Sure, but in practice are these the kind of people who can stand having half the planet not under their control?

  190. @Ray P
    @Yngvar

    According to his wife, former British prime minister David Cameron repeatedly watched the Godfather films.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes

    Even better (or worse as your wont), Rudy Giuliani oftentimes recited the Godfather scripts from memory!

    • Replies: @Ray P
    @Dan Hayes

    Is that genetic memory? Kathy Shaidle once wrote in her old Takimag column that the real mobsters read Mario Puzo's fiction (which he had simply made up) and took it for the true tradition of the cosa nostra, and adopted the mores presented in the novel. So life imitates art.

    Something similar happened with The Clansman (by Thomas F. Dixon jr.) and Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith) bringing about the revival of the KKK.

    Lenin also attributed the Russian revolutionary movement of the eighteen nineties to the novel What is to be done? by Chernyshevsky because it depicted in fictional form a true revolutionary.

  191. @SFG
    @Jack D

    You get to be a billionaire by fanatically focusing on making money (and being very talented, very hardworking, and very, very lucky).

    A lot of times these guys don't realize that once they do the same thing enough times it starts to have larger effects on the world, possibly even interfering with the way they made their fortune. Kind of like the way you can sell 1 share of a company at the market price, but selling 1,000,000 shares starts to drive down the price.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Gingerbread man

    Amazon Web Services is the most profitable part of Amazon’s business that no one talks about. I’m not exactly sure what it does, but its a service that allows companies and large websites to store data online. They power a significant portion of the internet. They have about 60% market share and make most of their money there.

    Their online store, audible, Alexa and other cool products are just the store front. Anyway, Jeff Bezos has gone on record many times saying that he was very lucky that for 10+ years he had no competition in the data storage/cloud computing space.

    https://vm.tiktok.com/JRXoUdG/

  192. @ben tillman
    @Alfa158


    Immediate objective is trans national capitalism for the West. No effective national borders and the complete freedom of movement for people, natural resources, capital, technology and goods. Labor from the lowest grunt ditch diggers up to scientists compete against bidders from every corner of this world for jobs, thus driving down the cost of labor. Nations no longer have borders but are cut up into competing ethnicities that fight for the goodies until inevitable interbreeding turns them into a generic brown mass of consumers with no troublesome identity. The cognitive elite rule and occasionally the brightest individuals in the mass are brought up so their talents can be used.
     
    How would the "cognitive elite" rule after they have been destroyed by the process you outline?

    Replies: @Alfa158

    The elite won’t be part of the process, that’s for people like us.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    @Alfa158

    You said "cognitive elite", not "elite". I am certainly part of the cognitive elite, and the process you describe is designed to destroy the cognitive elite, which means the cognitive elite won't be around to rule afterward.

  193. @Dan Hayes
    @Ray P

    Even better (or worse as your wont), Rudy Giuliani oftentimes recited the Godfather scripts from memory!

    Replies: @Ray P

    Is that genetic memory? Kathy Shaidle once wrote in her old Takimag column that the real mobsters read Mario Puzo’s fiction (which he had simply made up) and took it for the true tradition of the cosa nostra, and adopted the mores presented in the novel. So life imitates art.

    Something similar happened with The Clansman (by Thomas F. Dixon jr.) and Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith) bringing about the revival of the KKK.

    Lenin also attributed the Russian revolutionary movement of the eighteen nineties to the novel What is to be done? by Chernyshevsky because it depicted in fictional form a true revolutionary.

    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
  194. anon[264] • Disclaimer says:
    @Not Only Wrathful
    @anon

    Most, yes. But now that just increases the negative side of the equation.

    Regardleass, the main point is that blackmail may work for controlling waste collection in some town, because, if revealed, who cares, but not for global domination. The blackmailer, themselves, becomes the one at risk of blackmail.

    "I'm going to reveal that you cheated on your wife if you don't go along with my plan"..."well I'll reveal your secret cabal controlling the world if you don't give me billions and shut up about my wife."

    You see? Blackmail doesn't work when the blackmailer has more to lose.

    Replies: @anon

    “I’m going to reveal that you cheated on your wife if you don’t go along with my plan”…”well I’ll reveal your secret cabal controlling the world if you don’t give me billions and shut up about my wife.”

    There are worse secrets than adultery, and worse punishments than publicity. For example, anyone seen Jimmy Hoffa lately?

    You see? Blackmail doesn’t work when the blackmailer has more to lose.

    Have you ever read The Prince by Nick Machiavelli?

    If not, you should. If you have, then what is your excuse for being so naive?

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
    @anon

    I have, but I don't get why it is relevant.

    If someone came to me and said "do this (so we can keep controlling the world) or we do something bad to you." I'd be very tempted to say "do what I say, or else I reveal that you control the world."

    They would have a lot more to lose, especially if, over time, my life had gone south.

    99.9% of people are wedded to the idea that they are good and do good. They can contort almost anything into it being part of that, but they still feel the need to make that contortion. Blackmail will never provide as much impetus as that. It may push them to start contorting but that is hardly guaranteed.

  195. @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    That's interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins "1979", marveling that we're now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved...it's just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe's biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there's nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Cortes, @James B. Shearer, @epebble

    It’s an order of magnitude thing. I’d be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he’d made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.

    • Agree: Ed
    • Replies: @Ed
    @Steve Sailer

    There's an argument for him to be forcefully divested of $100B or so.

    , @anon
    @Steve Sailer

    Whatever Bezos has, he definitely deserves at least an order of magnitude more than Zuckerberg. Whose wealth, I confess, I don't have a clue about.

    , @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    Precisely, at a certain point the rewards he's reaping just become silly, even though they're apparently ratified by the market and entirely legal.

    What worries me as a person, and mortifies me as someone wanting to defend the free market system, is the thought that in 6 or 10 years we may really be looking down the barrel of this one single guy being a trillionaire (spell check is checking that word since it doesn't exist as yet). There was a good piece in the Guardian the other month wondering whether Amazon someday won't just be the "everything store", but the "only store."

    And it won't even stop there, will it? Jeff's only what, in his late 50s or something? This story goes on at least a couple more decades.

    I was thinking in my earlier post of playing Monopoly and how sometimes someone would get so far ahead that there just wasn't any point at all in playing anymore and it got humiliating and you had to swallow your pride and admit to your friend that yeah he won kind of, so let's do something else now okay. I wonder what that will look like in real life on the mega scale maybe not too long from now? And where does the free market go from there afterwards?

    As you asked, what's the end game here for Jeff, and for all of us?

    Replies: @utu, @JMcG

    , @Corvinus
    @Steve Sailer

    "It’s an order of magnitude thing. I’d be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he’d made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly."

    Indeed, it is an order of magnitude. The more astute he is in business and the more hard work he puts in, the more money he potentially can earn. There is no "silliness" in capitalism, just jealousy. The end game is to win. Win what? EVERYTHING. He is playing the "free market" to a T.

    Perhaps you have NOTICED that his company is making profits at the expense of his workers and would like to investigate the matter further? Or maybe, just maybe, that business regulations that become lax under Republican/conservative leadership need to be tightened up?

    What say you, Mr. Sailer?

  196. Amazon Web Services is the most profitable part of Amazon’s business that no one talks about.

    Ehm, no, everybody who invests in Amazon or Microsoft talks about AWS and Azure – the main reasons those two companies are so expensive lately. The Amazon storefront is not that great. It is fairly convenient, but even now it is barely profitable.

    The end game for Bezos ? Well, the right question is what is the end game for humanity since Bezos is probably one of the few people who can alter it, even if a little bit. The huge increase in productivity means most of the jobs are already completely unnecessary and something like 50% of population should not even be employed. So what do you do with that ? The lack of social mobility, extreme herd mentality and virtue signaling, etc. are a direct result of this situation. A lot of people actually do realize, even if subconsciously, that their professional lives have lost all meaning.

  197. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Jack D

    Next, Jack will break into a rousing rendition of "Little Boxes."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-sQSp5jbSQ

    Replies: @Clifford Brown

    Ironically, I find the ticky tack little boxes of Daly City, CA kind of charming. It helps if they are on a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Clifford Brown

    Everything looks better overlooking a body of water, but the Europeans do their ticky tacky better:

    http://blog.homeaway.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/positano.jpg

    The thing I like about European architecture is the little details and the colors. They have ornamentation on ordinary edifices and exteriors painted yellow or pastel orange, even in my wife's little-known home city:

    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/republicii-boulevard-oradea-romania-55853027.jpg

    We need more detailing and color in American structures. Modernism hurt us, from Bauhaus to Our House.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Clifford Brown


    Ironically, I find the ticky tack little boxes of Daly City, CA kind of charming. It helps if they are on a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific.
     
    Bland architecture, especially in groups, can be better for dramatically handsome sites, e.g., Hong Kong and other Ring of Fire ports. It's like how a rusty old tractor on a manicured lawn is "yard art", while in front of Leroy's trailer, it's just one more piece of junk.
  198. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    That's interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins "1979", marveling that we're now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved...it's just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe's biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there's nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Cortes, @James B. Shearer, @epebble

    However, Bezos’ role in funding and, apparently, encouraging the virulently anti-American The Washington Post is inexcusable.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Anonymous

    Buying the The Washington Post was protection money well spent. JB saw what happened to Microsoft when it refused to play ball in DC.

  199. @Anonymous
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Jeff and the others are just riding the regression of history to the mean.

    The mean.
     
    Why did you repeat “the mean”?

    Replies: @Kratoklastes

    For emphasis. Emphasis.

  200. anon[409] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @Chrisnonymous

    I don't think it's going to be possible to really expand the agricultural sector. You can't put the automation genie back in the bottle. Even if you switch to organic, biodynamic, whatever agriculture, mechanized agriculture is STILL the best ( i.e cheapest and people will buy whatever is cheapest) method of getting everyone enough food (and farmers in California, etc. have figured out how to produce organic vegetables, milk, etc. at scale). If anything, we need LESS food to be grown (at least for domestic consumption) because people are consuming too much of it (and wasting a lot of the rest).

    And most Americans are no longer employed in factories that make crap - the crap producing jobs are all in China (or places even CHEAPER than China - the other day I picked up a designer polo shirt that retails for around $30. I noticed that it was made in Cambodia. Let's say a polo shirt has a half an hour of labor in it (it doesn't). Paying a Chinese worker $1.50 to sew the shirt in order to leave $28.50 in profit is not good enough. No, they have to go to Cambodia where they only have to pay 35 cents for the assembly labor. And if costs go up in Cambodia, they are finally going to figure out how to get those billions of future Africans to work. Chinese contractors will (perhaps literally) whip them into shape. These jobs are never ever coming back to America as long as anything resembling free trade exists and if they did, they would get immigrants to sew them anyway. So we have no choice but to give Americans worthless degrees and makework jobs because there are no real jobs waiting for them.

    Replies: @anon

    Don’t disagree with your post apart from this:

    And if costs go up in Cambodia, they are finally going to figure out how to get those billions of future Africans to work.

    Until the Warrior Gene can be edited out of blacks, they won’t be any good for large scale factory work.

  201. @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    That's interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins "1979", marveling that we're now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved...it's just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe's biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there's nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Cortes, @James B. Shearer, @epebble

    Was it the original Henry Ford or another of the great Industrial magnates who advised

    “Always leave something for the little guy”?

    The digital moguls apparently don’t subscribe to that. A fear that 7.5% of the cake escapes their grasp seems to drive their business models.

  202. @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    It's an order of magnitude thing. I'd be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he'd made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.

    Replies: @Ed, @anon, @Sam Malone, @Corvinus

    There’s an argument for him to be forcefully divested of $100B or so.

  203. @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    It's an order of magnitude thing. I'd be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he'd made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.

    Replies: @Ed, @anon, @Sam Malone, @Corvinus

    Whatever Bezos has, he definitely deserves at least an order of magnitude more than Zuckerberg. Whose wealth, I confess, I don’t have a clue about.

  204. @Kyle
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The problem with this theory is that American presidents have no power. There’s a balance of power between the executive branch and the other branches. Bill Clinton is effectively irrelevant in 2020. If anyone had dirt on Clinton or trump it would have been front page news years ago.

    Replies: @Clifford Brown, @JohnnyWalker123

    If anyone had dirt on Clinton or trump it would have been front page news years ago.

    An ABC journalist named Amy Robach had a bombshell story that linked Clinton and Epstein. The story was set to be released back in 2016, but “management” killed it.

    See below.

    When journalist Ashley Bianco leaked tape of Amy Robach discussing this to conservative journalist James O’Keefe, ABC (Bianco’s old employer) alerted CBS (Bianco’s new employer) that Bianco was the whistle blower. Bianco was subsequently fired by CBS.

    Elite media have for years worked hard to kill the Epstein story, in order to protect the Clintons, themselves, and various other influential individuals.

    Epstein used violent threats to kill a story from Vanity Fair.

    He was successful.

    Epstein also bribed a NYT writer to give him favorable coverage.

  205. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    Hat’s off to you, Jack. Telling it like it is and was.

  206. @Flip
    @NJ Transit Commuter


    And I wonder where we went wrong…
     
    The military-industrial complex sucking wealth out of the country and post-1965 immigration (legal and illegal) driving down wages.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    We spent over $800bln on defense and intelligence last year, and what caused the greatest damage to the USA in years was the reaction to a virus. If 1/100th of that sum had been spent on building mask-making plants,it might have been worth it.

  207. @Bert
    @JohnnyWalker123


    If you want to understand how the world really works,
     

    The reality is that there are a lot of shady Jewish businessmen, like Epstein. These guys have access to prostitutes
     

    It’s all about the blackmail.
     
    Let's decontruct your description of how the world works. Almost any man can find prostitutes without needing a flamboyant person as an intermediary. Sugar daddy websites provide access to coeds, barely legal ones if that's what is desired. A significant portion of sugar babies are completely fine with the man being 30, 40, or even 50 years older as long as he is what some decades ago was called "a Silver Fox." High end escort service offer plenty of discretion.

    Given the easy access to young women wanting to sell their services, why would a prominent man need Epstein? Looks? Someone like Marvin Minsky clearly wouldn't do well on a sugar site, and probably not with most escorts, but it's doubtful that he would have struck out everytime if he tried. However rejection hurts. Maybe that's it. Epstein's johns could bolster their egos by considering their trysts as hookups.

    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein's web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

    Replies: @utu, @James O'Meara, @JohnnyWalker123

    But the conundrum of why prominent men would walk into Epstein’s web may have a darker side. If a man wanted the freedom to be maximally sadistic, that would require the logistics available through Epstein.

    Right. Why do you think that Epstein wanted a remote island for orgies (when he already had many mansions in America)? It was because a lot of sadistic and violent actions happened on that island. Since the island was isolated, nobody heard or saw what was happening…… If the girl died, she could easily be disposed of, without anyone knowing.

    Also, these men wanted the novelty associated with banging really young girls. That’s one reason why Epstein made it a point to entice super young girls into prostitution.

  208. @Pericles
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Well, can't the CIA just publish which artists they sponsor and who thus must be taken seriously?

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Ugh. Please don’t be facile, art is serious business. (Yeah I know all about the CIA angle, but I also know about Pollock, which apparently you do not.)

    Art kills people, and it also saves people’s lives. (Don’t ask me how I know.) Last time I checked, CIA only does the former.

    “The lion sleeps in the sun.
    Its nose is on its paws.
    It can kill a man.”
    — Stevens, “Poetry Is A Destructive Force”

  209. @Clifford Brown
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used.
     
    We would be lucky to live under neo-feudalism, Feudalism was a system of corresponding rights and obligations between the serfs and the nobles overseen by Courts and The Church. What obligations do our modern oligarchs in technology and finance have to ordinary Americans? None is the answer. There is no sense of Noblesse Oblige from our oligarchs, if anything there is Noblesse Antagonisme .

    Our Feudal Lords hate us.

    The feudal system, whether under Late Roman Empire Patricians or semi-domesticated Visigoth Warrior Nobility, was overseen by a nobility deeply invested in a culture of honesty and honor. Can the same be said of our society today? All feudal participants were deeply religious and invested in a society based on Christianity which imposed a limitation on exploitation. Serfs had the right to rest on the Sabbath, right to common lands and to the fruits of their labor produced on their farms. Serfs were also protected from invasion by the knights and warrior nobility that ruled over them. American oligarchs do not defend Americans, but the complete opposite. The new lords side with the invaders.

    The future is not Neo-Feudalism, but straight up Third Worldism. Basically Mexico, Oligarchic Socialism. Rule by oligarchs with the empty trappings of socialist rhetoric. What I did not predict is that we would have to go through Oligarchic Bolshevism in order to arrive at the Oligarchic Socialism.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt, @BB753

    Thanks, was going to write the exact comment. feudalism would be a step up from what the elites have done to us.

    • Agree: BB753
  210. @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    That's interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins "1979", marveling that we're now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved...it's just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe's biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there's nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Cortes, @James B. Shearer, @epebble

    “… I believe his success is well-deserved…it’s just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe’s biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there’s nothing approaching a level playing field. …”

    Entities like Microsoft or Walmart can still compete on relatively equal terms. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if Amazon fails to live up to the currently extremely optimistic expectations over the next few years.

  211. @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    It's an order of magnitude thing. I'd be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he'd made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.

    Replies: @Ed, @anon, @Sam Malone, @Corvinus

    Precisely, at a certain point the rewards he’s reaping just become silly, even though they’re apparently ratified by the market and entirely legal.

    What worries me as a person, and mortifies me as someone wanting to defend the free market system, is the thought that in 6 or 10 years we may really be looking down the barrel of this one single guy being a trillionaire (spell check is checking that word since it doesn’t exist as yet). There was a good piece in the Guardian the other month wondering whether Amazon someday won’t just be the “everything store”, but the “only store.”

    And it won’t even stop there, will it? Jeff’s only what, in his late 50s or something? This story goes on at least a couple more decades.

    I was thinking in my earlier post of playing Monopoly and how sometimes someone would get so far ahead that there just wasn’t any point at all in playing anymore and it got humiliating and you had to swallow your pride and admit to your friend that yeah he won kind of, so let’s do something else now okay. I wonder what that will look like in real life on the mega scale maybe not too long from now? And where does the free market go from there afterwards?

    As you asked, what’s the end game here for Jeff, and for all of us?

    • Replies: @utu
    @Sam Malone

    "And where does the free market go from there afterwards?" - There is no free market w/o government anti-trust regulations and enforcement. Everybody knew it in the early 20th century and one may wonder why we have forgotten about it in early 21th century? Apparently libertarian ant-gov indoctrination succeeded.

    Replies: @Butler T. Reynolds

    , @JMcG
    @Sam Malone

    Well, as an anecdote, I really don’t buy anything from Amazon any more other than what I started buying from them years ago; books. I’ve been burned twice by counterfeit crap and tbe pricing isnt what it used to be. I’ve been a prime member pretty much from the beginning and that program is now a bad joke.
    I generally buy from manufacturer’s websites these days. Its the one way to ensure you’re getting the genuine article. Plus I’m not subsidizing the Washington Post.

  212. @James B. Shearer
    @Bugg

    "Cannot wait for the 2022 NY Dem Senate primary between AOC and Schumer. ..."

    Cuomo hasn't had much trouble (65-35 in 2018) beating challenges from the left and I doubt Schumer would either.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    JoeCrowley and Eliot Engel beg to differ. Schumer is arrogant enough but not threatening or violent enough to lose. Cuomo would thug it up to save his skin.

    • Replies: @James B. Shearer
    @TomSchmidt

    "JoeCrowley and Eliot Engel beg to differ. ..."

    They weren't running at the state level. State level primaries are still fine for Democrats like Schumer.

  213. @jimmyriddle
    The BLM stuff seems very inauthentic. A few media outlets - the NYT, BBC etc can just stop reporting about it and suck the life out of it (eg the way they ignored the Gillets Jaunes).

    There is a very small chance of a Chernobyl type situation, where they drop the control rods but the reaction continues. If that happens, the cops and national guard etc will suddenly find that they have been minted brand new haloes.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    If that happens, the cops and national guard etc will suddenly find that they have been minted brand new haloes.

    I don’t know if you can jerk around the police that way. When you charge an officer with murder for making what would appear to be a correct judgment call, as at the Atlanta Wendy’s, you can’t expect them to trust local government not to throw them to the wolves whenever it’s politically expedient.

  214. @TomSchmidt
    @James B. Shearer

    JoeCrowley and Eliot Engel beg to differ. Schumer is arrogant enough but not threatening or violent enough to lose. Cuomo would thug it up to save his skin.

    Replies: @James B. Shearer

    “JoeCrowley and Eliot Engel beg to differ. …”

    They weren’t running at the state level. State level primaries are still fine for Democrats like Schumer.

  215. @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.
     
    Would we have been better off not entering WWII?

    You wouldn’t have to deal with car maintenance or insurance
     
    Why not?

    But urban blacks made that life impossible
     
    How exactly do urban blacks make that kind of life impossible?

    Replies: @Alden

    blacks make it extremely dangerous, unpleasant and expensive to live in cities. Public transit is great but destroyed by blacks. The Black impacted schools are dangerous for White children. Even if they attend Orc free private schools it’s dangerous to use public transit to get to their schools.

    Blacks prey on Whites, men, women and children. Blacks have turned neighborhoods from safe to dangerous in 5 years. Carrying a purse is dangerous in cities with blacks. They make going out for an evening dangerous. They make being out after dark dangerous. Tessa Majors murdered at 5/15 pm when it’s dark in December Blacks make it dangerous to not have a car and garage even if you live only 3 blocks from a convenient subway stop.

    San Francisco Excelsior District late 1950s early 60s. The black kids brought pillow cases of rocks to the playground and stoned the White kids. The neighborhood emptied of Whites in a few years.

    Blacks make wherever they live dangerous and unpleasant.

  216. “… Or has The Establishment unleashed more than it counted upon?”

    This assumes some sort of coordinated master plan that doesn’t exist. This is just the madness of crowds.

  217. @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    That's interesting that you were aware of Amazon at all back in 1995, even in a professional capacity. Talk about early days when the online game was still wide open. I was just thinking about 1995 a couple hours ago while getting my hair cut and hearing the Smashing Pumpkins "1979", marveling that we're now a quarter of a century away from it.

    I agree that Bezos is an outstanding businessman and he must have enormous powers of perseverance and diligence among other virtues. I believe his success is well-deserved...it's just that even if the most deserving guy hits the universe's biggest jackpot, the whole game still becomes irrevocably lopsided in his favor, and playing is no longer fun (or possible) for anyone else because there's nothing approaching a level playing field. When that situation is writ large upon the American (and world) economy, the distortion and frustrations are going to be magnified.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Cortes, @James B. Shearer, @epebble

    I don’t think Amazon has anything guaranteed. If Walmart were to execute a First Class e-commerce operation, they can easily steal a large market share from AMZN. Heck, even eBay can ding them if they execute better.

  218. @james wilson
    I'd like to take the opportinity to denouce populism too. Andy Jackson was elected the first populist President and 25% of the voter base was eligible to vote. That ought to be a sensible limit. No wimmen and no debtors.

    Replies: @Alden

    So you pay cash for your cars home and all purchasers and only use debit cards? Remember that in Andy Jackson’s time, homes farms and businesses were purchased for cash, not with mortgages.
    Everyone’s in debt nowadays.

  219. @Reg Cæsar
    @Znzn

    I was talking about within the UK, not the Republic. I believe I first read this in Colin Greenwood's book many, many years ago:

    https://extranosalley.com/inspector-of-police-colin-greenwood-on-gun-contro/

    Firearms control: A study of armed crime and firearms control in England and Wales

    Nothing seems to have changed much:

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/24/article-2313942-19760DF0000005DC-762_634x671.jpg

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/04/24/article-2313942-1974CEA5000005DC-275_634x635.jpg


    Note that of the recent massacres in the UK, two were by men of Celtic surnames, Ryan and Hamiltion, and a third, though by a Bird, took place in Cumbria, "a forgotten Celtic kingdom".

    Cumbria, A Forgotten Celtic Kingdom


    https://inheritage.org/almanack/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/almanack-cumbria-england-david-nash-ford-map.jpg

    If I'm "lying", it must be because my sources are.

    Replies: @Alden

    Ireland is the Republic. The 6 counties that belong to the UK are known as Northern Ireland. No one but you refers to Northern Ireland as Ireland.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    No one but you refers to Northern Ireland as Ireland.
     
    I have never done this. You might want to discuss the point with Dan Hayes, Hibernian, Pat Boyle, and a few other regular commenters, though.
    , @Anonymous
    @Alden

    Nationalists just call it the 'six counties'. I've also seen 'Loyalist entity' in some places but that's unusual.

  220. utu says:
    @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    Precisely, at a certain point the rewards he's reaping just become silly, even though they're apparently ratified by the market and entirely legal.

    What worries me as a person, and mortifies me as someone wanting to defend the free market system, is the thought that in 6 or 10 years we may really be looking down the barrel of this one single guy being a trillionaire (spell check is checking that word since it doesn't exist as yet). There was a good piece in the Guardian the other month wondering whether Amazon someday won't just be the "everything store", but the "only store."

    And it won't even stop there, will it? Jeff's only what, in his late 50s or something? This story goes on at least a couple more decades.

    I was thinking in my earlier post of playing Monopoly and how sometimes someone would get so far ahead that there just wasn't any point at all in playing anymore and it got humiliating and you had to swallow your pride and admit to your friend that yeah he won kind of, so let's do something else now okay. I wonder what that will look like in real life on the mega scale maybe not too long from now? And where does the free market go from there afterwards?

    As you asked, what's the end game here for Jeff, and for all of us?

    Replies: @utu, @JMcG

    “And where does the free market go from there afterwards?” – There is no free market w/o government anti-trust regulations and enforcement. Everybody knew it in the early 20th century and one may wonder why we have forgotten about it in early 21th century? Apparently libertarian ant-gov indoctrination succeeded.

    • Replies: @Butler T. Reynolds
    @utu

    Lol. If only.

  221. @PiltdownMan

    What's the End Game, Jeff?
     
    https://i.imgur.com/035sYgL.jpg

    Replies: @Patrick Boyle, @tyrone, @Antonius, @Bard of Bumperstickers, @Richard B

    Whether anyone likes it or not science is the model of knowing.

    And it got that way exactly because those who practice it were willing to expose their ideas to a process of continuous feedback and correction.

    It’s certainly had an important role in the success of Jeff Bezos and The Masters Of The Universe.

    But, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the scientist’s theory produces more data than the scientist can respond to, and a kind of data they can’t respond to at all.

    That this doesn’t bother scientists explains the science explosion, especially during the last one hundred years or so.

    As G.H. Mead once said a scientist is only happy when his theory turns out to be wrong.

    Of course, cause then he gets to be a scientist.

    What’s this got to do with Jeff Bezos and The Masters Of The Universe?

    Well, they also like to apply their ideas to the world.

    And their ideas have most certainly produced a whole hell of a lot more data than they’re able to repsond to, and a kind of data they can’t respond to at all.

    Unfortunately, they do not share the scientist’s happiness in being wrong, and so, have no interest in ever admitting it to the world they long to control.

    Conclusion

    We shouldn’t laugh at the dinosaurs for getting themselves extinct.

    After all, they were around a lot longer than we’ve been so far.

  222. @Rob McX
    BLM, Antifa, etc. are not a reserve force, they're a standing army.

    Replies: @Richard B

    BLM, Antifa, etc. are not a reserve force, they’re a standing army.

    That’s right.

    Meanwhile, their enemy doesn’t seem to have much of anything, let alone a standing army.

    And yet they continue talking about a Civil War that they’re going to win.

  223. Oh, you sweet summer Sailer, do you really think they can’t? Let me tell you a secret of which you may not be aware: most black people are kind of dumb and not terribly effectual. If Biden is elected, the rich white college pinkos will declare victory and go home – didn’t CHAZ just say that “electing Biden” is the “next phase” of CHAZ? – and, without their gentle shepherding, the blacks will eventually run out of shops to loot within subway distance, and forget what they were doing.

  224. I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Remember how quickly we never heard from Cindy Sheehan and the anti-war left once Obama won the election in 2008, despite the fact that he kept the war machine humming along?

  225. @utu
    @Sam Malone

    "And where does the free market go from there afterwards?" - There is no free market w/o government anti-trust regulations and enforcement. Everybody knew it in the early 20th century and one may wonder why we have forgotten about it in early 21th century? Apparently libertarian ant-gov indoctrination succeeded.

    Replies: @Butler T. Reynolds

    Lol. If only.

  226. @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    Ireland is the Republic. The 6 counties that belong to the UK are known as Northern Ireland. No one but you refers to Northern Ireland as Ireland.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous

    No one but you refers to Northern Ireland as Ireland.

    I have never done this. You might want to discuss the point with Dan Hayes, Hibernian, Pat Boyle, and a few other regular commenters, though.

  227. @Reg Cæsar

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    I'd like to know why his Amazon Kindle Silk browser autocorrects his name into "kisses" in his stepfather's Spanish.

    Typo, pun, or something more sinister?


    Now to the most recent Stweets:


    Harvard geneticist David Reich studied 23andMe's customer database of DNA, found average self-identified (non-Hispanic) white customer to be 98.6% white, 0.19% black and 0.18% Indian. Average self-identified black customer is 385 times more sub-Saharan in DNA than white customer.
     
    What figures would Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, etc, show?

    Speaking of Reichs, how Pygmy is Robert?


    It's reasonable to say that from 1980 to 2008, blacks were about an order of magnitude more likely to commit homicide as whites in the USA.

    So, how peculiar is this dreadful ratio to the USA?

     

    Not at all. The Celtic countries seem to have a consistently 50%-higher violent crime rate than does England. This certainly isn't due to immigration, or internal migration-- unless the good guys are leaving Glasgow, Swansea, and Derry for the Smoke.

    Part of the reason Minnesota and Wisconsin have so high a black-white incarceration ratio than the South (7x or higher) has nothing to do with blacks. It's the high Nordic-Celtic ratio among whites.

    The man who's collated such non-anomalies for decades, Thomas Sowell, just turned 90 Tuesday. Some recent Twisdom from the master:

    When you consider what an enormous windfall gain it is to be born in America, it is painful to hear some people complain bitterly that someone else got a bigger windfall gain than they did.

    No one can really understand the political left without understanding that they are about making themselves feel superior, however much they may talk piously about what they are going to do to help others.
     

    Replies: @Znzn, @ben tillman, @Verymuchalive

    Reg, you’re talking nonsense about UK crime figures.

    The Murder Rate for England and Wales ( 2019 ) is 11 per million.
    The last figures by region are 2018.
    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million and London 18.4 per million. The Lowest is the South West 6.7 per million. Wales, at 10.9 per million, is very near average.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/985203/homicide-rate-in-england-and-wales/

    The Murder Rate for Scotland ( 2019 ) is 11 per million !
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million. In the Highlands and Islands the rate is very low. In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/homicide-scotland-2018-19/

    Your Celtic violence theory is fatally flawed.
    Admit it and fall on your sword.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Verymuchalive


    In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.
     
    The Orkneys are most decidedly not Celtic. The placenames are Norn, and Orcadians complained when required to learn Gaelic in schools that their children would be better off learning their ancestral Norse.


    https://britishcountyflags.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/Orkney.jpg


    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million...
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million....

     

    Those would tend to support my point, not yours.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Gordo

    , @Clifford Brown
    @Verymuchalive

    I wrote a similar comment last night. I even calculated the homicide rate for every "Celtic Nation" even breaking the Wales data off from England which for some reason is not officially done. So The Republic and Northern Ireland are not "Celtic Nations" for some reason? What about the Isle of Man? I could not bring myself to post it because it was such an obviously inaccurate comment it was not worth acknowledging.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

  228. JMcG says:
    @Sam Malone
    @Steve Sailer

    Precisely, at a certain point the rewards he's reaping just become silly, even though they're apparently ratified by the market and entirely legal.

    What worries me as a person, and mortifies me as someone wanting to defend the free market system, is the thought that in 6 or 10 years we may really be looking down the barrel of this one single guy being a trillionaire (spell check is checking that word since it doesn't exist as yet). There was a good piece in the Guardian the other month wondering whether Amazon someday won't just be the "everything store", but the "only store."

    And it won't even stop there, will it? Jeff's only what, in his late 50s or something? This story goes on at least a couple more decades.

    I was thinking in my earlier post of playing Monopoly and how sometimes someone would get so far ahead that there just wasn't any point at all in playing anymore and it got humiliating and you had to swallow your pride and admit to your friend that yeah he won kind of, so let's do something else now okay. I wonder what that will look like in real life on the mega scale maybe not too long from now? And where does the free market go from there afterwards?

    As you asked, what's the end game here for Jeff, and for all of us?

    Replies: @utu, @JMcG

    Well, as an anecdote, I really don’t buy anything from Amazon any more other than what I started buying from them years ago; books. I’ve been burned twice by counterfeit crap and tbe pricing isnt what it used to be. I’ve been a prime member pretty much from the beginning and that program is now a bad joke.
    I generally buy from manufacturer’s websites these days. Its the one way to ensure you’re getting the genuine article. Plus I’m not subsidizing the Washington Post.

  229. @Verymuchalive
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, you're talking nonsense about UK crime figures.

    The Murder Rate for England and Wales ( 2019 ) is 11 per million.
    The last figures by region are 2018.
    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million and London 18.4 per million. The Lowest is the South West 6.7 per million. Wales, at 10.9 per million, is very near average.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/985203/homicide-rate-in-england-and-wales/

    The Murder Rate for Scotland ( 2019 ) is 11 per million !
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million. In the Highlands and Islands the rate is very low. In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/homicide-scotland-2018-19/

    Your Celtic violence theory is fatally flawed.
    Admit it and fall on your sword.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Clifford Brown

    In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.

    The Orkneys are most decidedly not Celtic. The placenames are Norn, and Orcadians complained when required to learn Gaelic in schools that their children would be better off learning their ancestral Norse.

    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million…
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million….

    Those would tend to support my point, not yours.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Reg Cæsar

    Stop evading the issue. Scotland has more or less exactly the same Murder Rate as England and Wales.

    The Orkneys have very similar rates to Eilean Siar ( Western Isles ) and the Isle of Arran, all islands of differing cultural backgrounds.

    Glasgow City is a fairly small part of Central Scotland, about 648,000 people.
    The North West of England is a region which includes the leafy, low crime Lake District and other low crime areas. Manchester, which is part of this region, has 2.7 million people. Unsurprisingly, it has a much higher Murder Rate than the Lake District. The 2017 figures were 24,44 per million. Other English cities such as Nottingham and Leicester have higher rates than Glasgow, but because these figures are subsumed in far larger regions, they are not readily apparent
    This is the the thinking behind English regional figures: bury the murder hotspots.

    https://news.sky.com/story/in-context-just-how-bad-is-londons-murder-rate-11315585

    , @Gordo
    @Reg Cæsar

    Bit of trivia, the Orkney flag is the Åland Islands flag with the red/blue inverted.

    Shetlanders were speaking Norn until the 19th Century, but it was out of use in Orkney by the 18th.

    The people of those two island groups are fascinating for DNA researchers, very little intermixing even with other Whites.

    On the murders, one in 1994 was where a local lad was found guilty of murdering a Bangladeshi in an ethnic restaurant, but there is significant doubt as to whether he was the guilty party:

    https://www.j4mr.com/

    Replies: @Yngvar

  230. @Clifford Brown
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Ironically, I find the ticky tack little boxes of Daly City, CA kind of charming. It helps if they are on a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific.

    http://www.consoleartist.com/LD_D.jpg

    http://www.consoleartist.com/LB_B.jpg

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Westlake_Daly_City_aerial.jpg/1280px-Westlake_Daly_City_aerial.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar

    Everything looks better overlooking a body of water, but the Europeans do their ticky tacky better:

    The thing I like about European architecture is the little details and the colors. They have ornamentation on ordinary edifices and exteriors painted yellow or pastel orange, even in my wife’s little-known home city:

    We need more detailing and color in American structures. Modernism hurt us, from Bauhaus to Our House.

  231. @Reg Cæsar
    @Verymuchalive


    In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.
     
    The Orkneys are most decidedly not Celtic. The placenames are Norn, and Orcadians complained when required to learn Gaelic in schools that their children would be better off learning their ancestral Norse.


    https://britishcountyflags.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/Orkney.jpg


    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million...
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million....

     

    Those would tend to support my point, not yours.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Gordo

    Stop evading the issue. Scotland has more or less exactly the same Murder Rate as England and Wales.

    The Orkneys have very similar rates to Eilean Siar ( Western Isles ) and the Isle of Arran, all islands of differing cultural backgrounds.

    Glasgow City is a fairly small part of Central Scotland, about 648,000 people.
    The North West of England is a region which includes the leafy, low crime Lake District and other low crime areas. Manchester, which is part of this region, has 2.7 million people. Unsurprisingly, it has a much higher Murder Rate than the Lake District. The 2017 figures were 24,44 per million. Other English cities such as Nottingham and Leicester have higher rates than Glasgow, but because these figures are subsumed in far larger regions, they are not readily apparent
    This is the the thinking behind English regional figures: bury the murder hotspots.

    https://news.sky.com/story/in-context-just-how-bad-is-londons-murder-rate-11315585

  232. @JMcG
    @Jack D

    Great comment Jack. It’s a real shame, but the Fourth of July feels more elegiac every year.

    Replies: @Gordo

    but the Fourth of July feels more elegiac every year.

    I’m reminded of, I think, P.J.O’Rourke saying that there was less enthusiasm ever year in America for celebrating the defeat of ‘Triple George’. And it must have been the 90s that he said it.

  233. @Reg Cæsar
    @Verymuchalive


    In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.
     
    The Orkneys are most decidedly not Celtic. The placenames are Norn, and Orcadians complained when required to learn Gaelic in schools that their children would be better off learning their ancestral Norse.


    https://britishcountyflags.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/Orkney.jpg


    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million...
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million....

     

    Those would tend to support my point, not yours.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @Gordo

    Bit of trivia, the Orkney flag is the Åland Islands flag with the red/blue inverted.

    Shetlanders were speaking Norn until the 19th Century, but it was out of use in Orkney by the 18th.

    The people of those two island groups are fascinating for DNA researchers, very little intermixing even with other Whites.

    On the murders, one in 1994 was where a local lad was found guilty of murdering a Bangladeshi in an ethnic restaurant, but there is significant doubt as to whether he was the guilty party:

    https://www.j4mr.com/

    • Replies: @Yngvar
    @Gordo

    Orkney was part of the Kingdom of Norway late back, but then the Kingdom got a Queen and she married a Danish king so it became part of the Danish realm. The Danish king was of the warrior sort, he needed money, so he sold Orkney to Scottish earls. That subsequently made Orkney British.

    The Danish rule is called the 400 year night in Norway, and so the first sentence in the Norwegian Constitution, adopted in 1814, bans any partition, for any reason, of Norwegian soil. (There was a petition in 2017 for Norway to cede around 170 feet of land on the border to Finland, giving Finland a new highest peak, as a gift on Finland's 100 year anniversary of independence. No dice. The legal department of the Justice Ministry deemed it unconstitutional.)

    In all this the Orkneys still kept the flag, and it is a bit of a trivia that all the nations with a cross in their national flag usually score high on UN and other metrics for livability and happiness.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

  234. @The Germ Theory of Disease
    Many of these sorts of issues have to do with the Jackson Pollock Problem: which is, Pollock in his time was an incredibly sincere artist (his sincerity is sort of what killed him, if you trace it carefully enough) who was ridiculed in his day as "Jack the Dripper," viz a faker and a phony who was just pushing a ludicrous fad. When the critical dust settled and Pollock was seen rightly to be the important artist that he is, everyone who laughed at him before, suddenly felt shamed.

    Now the problem becomes, nobody wants to be the guy who laughed at the next Pollock; but this hesitation causes a weak spot in criticism and judgement, because it invites lots of actually fake, phony, insincere Pollock wannabes, who don't really have the goods, but who can imitate the style and not get laughed at, because Pollock's seriousness is no longer in question. Which floods the market with nonsense, and makes serious avant work harder than ever to suss out. I'm pretty sure economists have a term for this phenomenon.

    Anyway if you extrapolate the format, something similar happens with Jeff Evil.

    Replies: @James O'Meara, @Pericles, @Bumpkin

    I’ve been saying this for a decade now, and Bezos keeps getting richer and richer, with an online company that barely ekes out 3-4% net margins yet is afforded an insane PE ratio of 138. It’s obvious the entire house of cards will come crashing down someday, just as we’ve seen with other tech darlings like Groupon, WeWork, and Wirecard, but I’m starting to feel like Markopolos fruitlessly chasing after Madoff.

  235. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Thea


    Strangely, In the Soviet Union they hung portraits of Ford next to Marx in the factories.
     
    That's because Henry Ford was a pioneering industrialist, and they wanted to industrialize. It's like hanging a picture of Euclid in your geometry classroom.

    I swear it is as if we don't realize that giants have lived among us right here, and that we are blind to the fact that our America figures prominently in human history.

    Replies: @GoRedWings!

    our America figures prominently in human history

    As a cautionary tale. ‘Americanization’ is a threat, not a promise.

  236. @Gordo
    @Reg Cæsar

    Bit of trivia, the Orkney flag is the Åland Islands flag with the red/blue inverted.

    Shetlanders were speaking Norn until the 19th Century, but it was out of use in Orkney by the 18th.

    The people of those two island groups are fascinating for DNA researchers, very little intermixing even with other Whites.

    On the murders, one in 1994 was where a local lad was found guilty of murdering a Bangladeshi in an ethnic restaurant, but there is significant doubt as to whether he was the guilty party:

    https://www.j4mr.com/

    Replies: @Yngvar

    Orkney was part of the Kingdom of Norway late back, but then the Kingdom got a Queen and she married a Danish king so it became part of the Danish realm. The Danish king was of the warrior sort, he needed money, so he sold Orkney to Scottish earls. That subsequently made Orkney British.

    The Danish rule is called the 400 year night in Norway, and so the first sentence in the Norwegian Constitution, adopted in 1814, bans any partition, for any reason, of Norwegian soil. (There was a petition in 2017 for Norway to cede around 170 feet of land on the border to Finland, giving Finland a new highest peak, as a gift on Finland’s 100 year anniversary of independence. No dice. The legal department of the Justice Ministry deemed it unconstitutional.)

    In all this the Orkneys still kept the flag, and it is a bit of a trivia that all the nations with a cross in their national flag usually score high on UN and other metrics for livability and happiness.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Yngvar

    Orkney and Shetland have been part of Scotland, not Britain, since 1472 after non-payment of a dowry. The United Kingdom of Great Britain was not formed until 1707. The present Orkney Flag has only been in use since 2007. It replaced the former flag which was adopted in 1955.

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

  237. @Anonymous
    @Sam Malone

    However, Bezos' role in funding and, apparently, encouraging the virulently anti-American The Washington Post is inexcusable.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Buying the The Washington Post was protection money well spent. JB saw what happened to Microsoft when it refused to play ball in DC.

    • Agree: Bubba
  238. @Clifford Brown
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Yes. Neo-feudalism is a term I have used.
     
    We would be lucky to live under neo-feudalism, Feudalism was a system of corresponding rights and obligations between the serfs and the nobles overseen by Courts and The Church. What obligations do our modern oligarchs in technology and finance have to ordinary Americans? None is the answer. There is no sense of Noblesse Oblige from our oligarchs, if anything there is Noblesse Antagonisme .

    Our Feudal Lords hate us.

    The feudal system, whether under Late Roman Empire Patricians or semi-domesticated Visigoth Warrior Nobility, was overseen by a nobility deeply invested in a culture of honesty and honor. Can the same be said of our society today? All feudal participants were deeply religious and invested in a society based on Christianity which imposed a limitation on exploitation. Serfs had the right to rest on the Sabbath, right to common lands and to the fruits of their labor produced on their farms. Serfs were also protected from invasion by the knights and warrior nobility that ruled over them. American oligarchs do not defend Americans, but the complete opposite. The new lords side with the invaders.

    The future is not Neo-Feudalism, but straight up Third Worldism. Basically Mexico, Oligarchic Socialism. Rule by oligarchs with the empty trappings of socialist rhetoric. What I did not predict is that we would have to go through Oligarchic Bolshevism in order to arrive at the Oligarchic Socialism.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt, @BB753

    Also, feudal lords were bound to their land, because they owned it. The richer the fields, the safer the roads, the richer the villages, the better for them.
    In contrasts, globalists overlords have no vested interest in the welfare of the countries they live in. Their business model is exploitative: suck the riches out of their domain, then move somewhere else or remain ensconced in their gated communities, indifferent to the fate of their peons and the ruinous state of the urban areas, unconcerned with upholding law and order, as long as their money is safely invested in stocks and bonds somewhere. Their world is a borderless one and their morality nonexistent. They don’t owe anything to anybody, unlike feudal lords.

  239. @Patrick Boyle
    @PiltdownMan

    Elon Musk isn't the only guy with a space program. Musk wants to fly to Mars but Bezos wants to establish an orbital space home for all humanity and that lets the Earth below become one huge park. So it's perfectly clear he intends to escape and live in orbit.

    Replies: @BB753

    I call his bluff! Musk is welcome anytime to leave earth and live in the International Space Station. But he’ll have to do without Tesla sports cars, fast women and drugs up there.

  240. @Bubba

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    It sure ain't what Bezos thinks it is. He'll be 'MeToo'ed or Cancelled.

    One thing is sure - more accusations of witches, wait, I mean nooses and rapey white boys.

    The latest is a laughable Jussie Wallace hoax, not the abominable Althea Bernstein/Tawana Brawley type rape hoax.

    https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200701/pawtucket-woman-says-someone-hung-noose-in-her-garage?rssfeed=true

    Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey

    There once was a woman in Pawtucket
    who said …. ..

    • LOL: Bubba
  241. @Alfa158
    @ben tillman

    The elite won’t be part of the process, that’s for people like us.

    Replies: @ben tillman

    You said “cognitive elite”, not “elite”. I am certainly part of the cognitive elite, and the process you describe is designed to destroy the cognitive elite, which means the cognitive elite won’t be around to rule afterward.

  242. @anon
    @Not Only Wrathful

    “I’m going to reveal that you cheated on your wife if you don’t go along with my plan”…”well I’ll reveal your secret cabal controlling the world if you don’t give me billions and shut up about my wife.”

    There are worse secrets than adultery, and worse punishments than publicity. For example, anyone seen Jimmy Hoffa lately?

    You see? Blackmail doesn’t work when the blackmailer has more to lose.

    Have you ever read The Prince by Nick Machiavelli?

    If not, you should. If you have, then what is your excuse for being so naive?

    Replies: @Not Only Wrathful

    I have, but I don’t get why it is relevant.

    If someone came to me and said “do this (so we can keep controlling the world) or we do something bad to you.” I’d be very tempted to say “do what I say, or else I reveal that you control the world.”

    They would have a lot more to lose, especially if, over time, my life had gone south.

    99.9% of people are wedded to the idea that they are good and do good. They can contort almost anything into it being part of that, but they still feel the need to make that contortion. Blackmail will never provide as much impetus as that. It may push them to start contorting but that is hardly guaranteed.

  243. @Clifford Brown
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Ironically, I find the ticky tack little boxes of Daly City, CA kind of charming. It helps if they are on a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific.

    http://www.consoleartist.com/LD_D.jpg

    http://www.consoleartist.com/LB_B.jpg

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Westlake_Daly_City_aerial.jpg/1280px-Westlake_Daly_City_aerial.jpg

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Reg Cæsar

    Ironically, I find the ticky tack little boxes of Daly City, CA kind of charming. It helps if they are on a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific.

    Bland architecture, especially in groups, can be better for dramatically handsome sites, e.g., Hong Kong and other Ring of Fire ports. It’s like how a rusty old tractor on a manicured lawn is “yard art”, while in front of Leroy’s trailer, it’s just one more piece of junk.

  244. @Yngvar
    @Gordo

    Orkney was part of the Kingdom of Norway late back, but then the Kingdom got a Queen and she married a Danish king so it became part of the Danish realm. The Danish king was of the warrior sort, he needed money, so he sold Orkney to Scottish earls. That subsequently made Orkney British.

    The Danish rule is called the 400 year night in Norway, and so the first sentence in the Norwegian Constitution, adopted in 1814, bans any partition, for any reason, of Norwegian soil. (There was a petition in 2017 for Norway to cede around 170 feet of land on the border to Finland, giving Finland a new highest peak, as a gift on Finland's 100 year anniversary of independence. No dice. The legal department of the Justice Ministry deemed it unconstitutional.)

    In all this the Orkneys still kept the flag, and it is a bit of a trivia that all the nations with a cross in their national flag usually score high on UN and other metrics for livability and happiness.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    Orkney and Shetland have been part of Scotland, not Britain, since 1472 after non-payment of a dowry. The United Kingdom of Great Britain was not formed until 1707. The present Orkney Flag has only been in use since 2007. It replaced the former flag which was adopted in 1955.

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

  245. @James O'Meara
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    I agree Pollock was a sincere guy, at least in his Benton period. In fact, based on the movie, I'd say he seemed to be a real nice guy, the sort you'd like to have a beer with at the Cedar Inn.

    But with respect, the rest is nonsense. The people who laughed at Pollock didn't count -- ordinary Joes and Janes who could see plainly that "my 6 year old could do that." The people who did count: critics and gallery owners -- were all behind Pollock; in fact, the whole thing was a CIA operation, promoting "action painting" as the he-man (that's where Pollock came in, no hollow-chested Yids allowed) alternative to Russian "soviet realism".

    It's not ancient history or a conspiracy theory: the CIA even admitted it.

    https://www.theransomnote.com/musings/news/cia-admit-to-using-modern-art-as-a-weapon/

    Replies: @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Oh FFS, there’s so many things you’ve gotten hilariously wrong here, one simply doesn’t have the time to straighten them out one by one. If Steve wants to set up a thread about “Modernism: What Went Wrong?” or some such, or even “How Many Weirdos Did Peggy Guggenheim Fuck?” then I’ll happily provide clock-cleaning services to you. Til then though, it’s just a great big shrug.

    “They’ll never fence the silver range.”
    — Frank O’Hara

  246. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Regression, indeed. My grandfather was able to come back from WWII, and as a mechanic with a high school diploma, afford a house in the suburbs and a decent life on one paycheck. My baby boomer father was able to get a college degree and graduated debt free by working in the summers.

    My own humble abode in suburban NJ, built in the early 1960s is of such a level of quality, every time we have a contractor or plumber out to the house, they always say, “They don’t build them like this anymore.”

    I used to think baby boomers talking about the day Kennedy was shot as the end of an era was just rosy tinted memories, but the older I get, and the more the legacy of Eisenhower era fades away, I marvel at America’s ability to create the first society in the world where the vast majority of people could enjoy prosperity and security. And I wonder where we went wrong...

    Replies: @Flip, @Jack D, @Escher, @SFG, @Ben tillman, @dearieme, @Bubba

    The loss of freedom of association in 1965, the ever-continuing, delusions of the Great Society (how many trillions now?) and the birth of Neocons.

  247. @Verymuchalive
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, you're talking nonsense about UK crime figures.

    The Murder Rate for England and Wales ( 2019 ) is 11 per million.
    The last figures by region are 2018.
    The Highest are the North West 18.7 per million and London 18.4 per million. The Lowest is the South West 6.7 per million. Wales, at 10.9 per million, is very near average.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/985203/homicide-rate-in-england-and-wales/

    The Murder Rate for Scotland ( 2019 ) is 11 per million !
    The Highest Rate is Glasgow City 20.1 per million. In the Highlands and Islands the rate is very low. In the Orkneys there have been 2 murders since 1945.

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/homicide-scotland-2018-19/

    Your Celtic violence theory is fatally flawed.
    Admit it and fall on your sword.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Clifford Brown

    I wrote a similar comment last night. I even calculated the homicide rate for every “Celtic Nation” even breaking the Wales data off from England which for some reason is not officially done. So The Republic and Northern Ireland are not “Celtic Nations” for some reason? What about the Isle of Man? I could not bring myself to post it because it was such an obviously inaccurate comment it was not worth acknowledging.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Clifford Brown

    Of course, The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are Celtic. I was merely looking at the figures within Great Britain. The IOM is not part of the United Kingdom and, like the Channel Islands,is classed as one of "Her Majesty's Peculiars". Long may it continue to be Peculiar.

  248. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    Ireland is the Republic. The 6 counties that belong to the UK are known as Northern Ireland. No one but you refers to Northern Ireland as Ireland.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous

    Nationalists just call it the ‘six counties’. I’ve also seen ‘Loyalist entity’ in some places but that’s unusual.

  249. @Clifford Brown
    @Verymuchalive

    I wrote a similar comment last night. I even calculated the homicide rate for every "Celtic Nation" even breaking the Wales data off from England which for some reason is not officially done. So The Republic and Northern Ireland are not "Celtic Nations" for some reason? What about the Isle of Man? I could not bring myself to post it because it was such an obviously inaccurate comment it was not worth acknowledging.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    Of course, The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are Celtic. I was merely looking at the figures within Great Britain. The IOM is not part of the United Kingdom and, like the Channel Islands,is classed as one of “Her Majesty’s Peculiars”. Long may it continue to be Peculiar.

  250. @Steve Sailer
    @Sam Malone

    It's an order of magnitude thing. I'd be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he'd made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.

    Replies: @Ed, @anon, @Sam Malone, @Corvinus

    “It’s an order of magnitude thing. I’d be very happy for Jeff Bezos if he’d made 10+ billion off his business acumen and hard work. But 100+ billion is getting silly.”

    Indeed, it is an order of magnitude. The more astute he is in business and the more hard work he puts in, the more money he potentially can earn. There is no “silliness” in capitalism, just jealousy. The end game is to win. Win what? EVERYTHING. He is playing the “free market” to a T.

    Perhaps you have NOTICED that his company is making profits at the expense of his workers and would like to investigate the matter further? Or maybe, just maybe, that business regulations that become lax under Republican/conservative leadership need to be tightened up?

    What say you, Mr. Sailer?

    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
  251. @IHTG

    What exactly is the end game here, Jeff?
     
    Persuasion?

    https://twitter.com/Yascha_Mounk/status/1278707339776966656

    https://twitter.com/Yascha_Mounk/status/1278707741373222912

    Replies: @vinteuil, @Reg Cæsar, @Bill

    Sounds about right.

  252. @Jack D
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    1. Maybe your house was exceptionally well built, but the 1960s was way past the peak in terms of construction quality in the US. After WWII there was a need to put up lots of inexpensive housing for returning GIs and so many shortcuts and cost saving measures were adopted vs. traditional building techniques - drywall instead of wet plaster, simplified woodwork and trim, smaller windows, hollow doors, etc. A 19th century home builder would look at your house and scoff at it.

    2. The US sowed the seeds of its own destruction in WWII. The Nazis needed to be defeated but the war left the Soviets in a strong position (territorially if not economically) and this meant that the US economy never went back to a peacetime footing, not to this day.

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    During the war a huge # of Southern blacks were imported into northern cities to work in war industries but with the post-war deindustrialization they were surplus population that had nothing to do but make trouble, which they continue to do to this very day. So our great cities, our mass transit, etc. became no-go zones.

    You might think of your little suburban shack as glorious but the suburbs are isolating and atomizing. Before WWII, you would have lived in an urban village with people mostly of your own ethnicity. If you are a NJ Transit Commuter, you probably would have lived in Newark like Philip Roth. Your doors would have been unlocked, you would have known your neighbors and known the butcher, the baker, etc. You wouldn't have to deal with car maintenance or insurance - most things (shops, places of worship, maybe even your workplace) were walking distance and anywhere in the city was a nickel trolley ride away. There would have been all kinds of clubs and groups that you were connected to, not to mention nearby parents, siblings, cousins, etc.

    But urban blacks made that life impossible and corporations prefer it if you are an atomized consumer and spend all your time sitting in traffic in your expensive car or watching TV and buying the crap that is advertised on it. People getting together and singing, dancing, playing sports, whatever doesn't generate revenue like a televised NFL game.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Buzz Mohawk, @Chrisnonymous, @JMcG, @Stan Adams, @Anon, @ThreeCranes, @but an humble craftsman

    Meanwhile, we picked up the defense costs for our defeated enemies who used the savings to rebuild their economy and undercut American products (which we let them sell to us without any tariff barriers while they kept our goods out).

    Leaving an occupying army in the land of the defeated is not picking up the cost of defense for the defeated.

    Neither Japan nor Germany have any enemies they could not handle perfectly if hypocrisy central would not reflexively side with those enemies, thank you very much.

    How the american industry threw away its enormous advantage in production technology is a story for another day.

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