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Van Gogh was most creative during the autumn and spring, I remember reading somewhere, because a radical shift in the weather was exhilarating. This shouldn’t mean you should look forward to leaves changing color, however, or even exuberant flowers smearing their sassily obscene palette on your tumescent eyeballs. Stop playing with yourself, dude. Da Vinci noted, “He who looks forward to spring is looking forward to his own death.” You’re only allotted so many grains of sand, sunsets, departures and whiffs.

There’s a brisk wind this morning. Summer is almost done. On Zdravka Čelara, two women are taking their sons to school. Although the boys are old enough to hump their own backpacks, these negligible burdens are slung over their mothers’ shoulders. The trim kids are dressed in cheerful shirts, pants, socks and shoes, and their svelte moms are similarly colorful, a rebuttal to the gray and beige concrete of nearly all the buildings glowering and glooming over them.

You know you’re in Eastern Europe when you see all these monstrous, brutalist blocks that enclose most citizens still. In the US, similar buildings existed to warehouse welfare blacks, mostly, but nearly all have been torn down. After two miserable decades, the 33-building Pruitt–Igoe in St Louis was dynamited in the 70’s. Its architect, Minoru Yamasaki, is best known for the Twin Towers, also purposely pulled. What should be his epitaph, I wonder?

I blew? They blew me? They blew me because I blew?

On my first visit to NYC in 1979, I zoomed up to the observation deck of the World Trade Center. It was astonishing to look down on such a thicket of lesser skyscrapers. I felt like Superman. With daily access to such a view, the novelty would wear off, I’m sure, and be overridden by more practical matters, such as the time needed to ride elevators up and down. Still, a worker there could clock out each evening. How many of us would care to live on, say, the 88th floor of any building?

Towards Midtown, in the hazy distance, were some of the most iconic and enduring NYC buildings, though Alfred Barr, MoMA’s first director, felt nothing but contempt for them, “Romanesque, Mayan, Assyrian, Renaissance, Aztec, Gothic and especially Modernistic—everything from the stainless steel gargoyles of the Chrysler Building to the fantastic mooring mast atop the Empire State. No wonder that some of us who have been appalled by this chaos turn with the utmost interest and expectancy to the International Style.”

Only unadorned boxes are kosher, and the best ones are the square dicks, sodomizing God. Navel gazing center of the universe, New York had twin cocks.

There should never be an international style of anything, least of all in architecture, for buildings everywhere emerge from the local climate, first of all, then are refined and embellished down millennia through habits, traditions and individual quirks, as defined by the natives. Peasants or workers from any village are already distinct, much less internationally, so whenever you hear of a one-size-fit-all, international solution, there’s bound to be a strait jacket, if not gulag, just beyond the red horizon.

On two separate days, I walked several hours through New Belgrade. I passed few pedestrians. A planned development, New Belgrade is a Socialist showcase featuring monumental buildings, vast lawns and wide boulevards, everything made to impress, especially in photos. To live there is another matter.

New Belgrade has few shade giving trees, for these would obstruct its grand vistas, I reckon. Its six-laned avenues are made wider by ample trolley track medians, so just crossing it is a red pain in the Socialist ass.

In summer, you’re baked into a Nubian sheen halfway, and in winter, an artic gale is liable to hurl you up into the frozen void, so that you’re lost forever, just like Kafka’s bucket rider.

Acres of empty lawns surround the massive Palace of the Federation (now renamed Palace of Serbia). Although there are trees, no one relaxes under them, for the landscaping is so standoffish. Fountains gush from a huge rectangular pool, quite pointlessly, really, for no one’s looking.

Under an unforgiving sun, a sweating boy pedaled his tricycle over the scorching flagstones. On this afternoon, he and his grandma were the only ones at this charmless civic plaza. Soon enough, the heat and glare chased them away.

The only crowds I saw in New Belgrade were disembarked bus riders flocking to American styled shopping centers, Delta City and Ušće. You know you’ve erected a dystopia when soulless malls become cherished oases of pleasure, relaxation and sociability. If that sounds like vast swaths of America also, it’s because we’re only talking about degrees here. You’ve been international styled, buddy. Feeling ridiculous, bipeds blunder through dead spaces.

Crossing into Zemun, there’s the Hotel Yugoslavija, which looks, I swear, just like the Palace of the Federation. With the International Style, everything must be blocky, flat, unadorned, hard and angular. Vehemently masculine, it’s unleavened by any female beauty or softness. Socialism in concrete.

Meant to impress, Hotel Yugoslavija hosted Queen Elizabeth II, Nixon, Carter, Neil Armstrong and Tina Turner, etc., but now, only penny-pinching suckers check in, only to be thoroughly pissed into leaving bitchy reviews on TripAdvisor. It’s old, you say, but the Hotel Moskova is even more ancient, yet thanks to its Art Nouveau beauty and sensible location, the latter can still pack them in, at top prices.

With its steep roof, spires, turrets, garlands, statues, reliefs, various sized windows and well-tuned color scheme of viridian, beige, burnt umber and gold, the Hotel Moskova invites endless admiration.

The same architect, Jovan Ilkić, also designed the Parliament Building, a few blocks away. It is solemn, stately and appropriately imposing, because form does follow function, no kidding. Although this is a key dictum of the International Style, it’s worse at it than every other architectural tendency in history.

At the Hotel Yugoslavija, I asked if there was a bar onsite, but the only two options were the Intergalactic Diner, a shrine to America with American rhythm and blues and classic rock playing nonstop, and a nondescript tavern outback. Completely empty, it was like an airport pub without the takeoffs, landings or incipient escape to amuse you. Next door, there was a Caffe Loža, which I’ve already written about. This one also had a mural of George Washington resigning his commission. Gravelly Tom Petty blared. Here, too, one could flee an apotheosis of Socialism by ducking into a sham and cartoony America.

Corporate signs now sprout from the tops of some New Belgrade high-rises. Don Cafe, Idea, Bon Cafe and Coca Cola, etc.

*

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In a 2018 New Yorker article, Justin McGuirk has an entirely different take, “Strolling the avenues of New Belgrade, with its ranks of concrete tower blocks, it was not the architecture that drew my attention at first. It was my sense of comfort—the prevailing air of normality. In most of the mass-housing projects I have visited, whether in Europe, South America, New York, or Moscow, one is likely to be aware of one of two things: class or neglect (and often both). There were no class distinctions in New Belgrade because this was not social housing; it was just housing.”

Comfort, he says comfort! Clearly, we disagree.

McGuirk doesn’t just love Brutalism for its “heft and material honesty,” but for its association with “social democracy.” Not Communism, mind you. In the case of Yugoslavia, this “architecture expressed one of the great political experiments of the modern era.”

Sadly, America never quite embraced Brutalism. There is time. McGuirk laments, “Many of the heroic housing projects in the West became ghettoized, or were left to deteriorate—some classics have been demolished.”

Concrete apartments suspended in air sure beat kitschy bourgeoise dwellings. McGuirk, “I’ll always remember the mother of a friend from Sarajevo visiting her daughter in London and being relieved to find her living in a social-housing tower block, and not one of those poky Victorian houses—the exact inverse of London snobbery.”

Yugoslavia’s dictator for 35 years had at least 34 residences. Almost none of his villas, castles, palaces, seaside manors and mountainous hunting lodges were in the International Style. Tito was man of taste, elegance and class. He wasn’t crazy.

*

What was it like to live in one of these concrete blocks?

A Serbian friend, Petra, emails me from London, “I actually grew up in one of these, perhaps not as awfully depressive and worn out as the East Gate or any of the blocks in Novi Beograd. Our building was the only tower block in the vicinity for many years so we had the privilege of the most amazing views of the whole city and the surrounding areas .

“My mother is still perfectly happy to reside in our modest two bedroom flat, on the eleventh floor.

“Since dad passed away, a few years ago, my sister and I have tried persuading her to move somewhere smaller and lower to the ground, but she would not even consider the idea. She loves her castle.

“We moved in when I was nine and my sister was still a baby. My parents were renting privately for years before and we had to move quite a few times, so after years of waiting they were finally entitled to an apartment through their work syndicates, we moved into our own ‘modern new-built’ and I remember everyone being really happy and excited.

“It was an unbelievably diverse mix of residents, from manual factory workers to University lecturers, Serbs, Croats, Muslims, Gypsies…

“It was Winter time and all the kids immediately flung out to the warm, centrally heated corridors, every night, for weeks, to meet each other, play and hang out. Some of us are still close friends forty-five years later.

“Serbian people are usually brought up to be close and accepting of their neighbors, so we adapted to this concrete, high rise socialist style of living very easily.

“After more than thirty years of living in London, I would much rather live in a house with a nice green garden full of flowers, fruit trees and birds singing, but Serbs generally don’t mind living in apartments.

“Tower blocks were a perfect solution for Belgrade after the destruction and all the bombings during the Second World War, but also the huge migration of people from all parts of the Yugoslavia. Due to the agricultural reform in the 1950s and the benefit of free education that the Communist system offered, many young people moved out of the country side to the cities, so tower blocks were a very practical solution to accommodate everyone.”

*

From inside the 14 trolley, I can see the three towers of Eastern City Gate jutting on the horizon. There are no other high-rises. Walking towards it, I pass all sorts of housing. None is as imposing as the Eastern City Gate, and for this reason, undoubtedly, all seem more livable, especially the single houses that predate Socialism. To each his own, but I’d rather dwell in a quaint and quirky hovel than any heroic edifice, especially if it’s collective.

Since 2013, concrete chunks of up to 130 pounds have hurled themselves from the 23-story Eastern City Gate, but thankfully, these insensate suicides have killed no one on the ground. Though mindless, even concrete has gotten tired of being brutal.

In Living Machines—Bauhaus Architecture as Sexual Ideology, E. Michael Jones recounts a 1990 visit to the Projects on the South Side of Chicago, “The doorless, graffiti-covered stairwell exudes menace. The turns are all blind; the ‘chaste’ (a favorite word of the Bauhaus apologists) geometry of the modern building is covered with the palimpsest of underclass rage and despair.”

In From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe describes the Pruitt-Igoe, “On each floor there were covered walkways, in keeping with Corbu’s idea of ‘streets in the air.’ Since there was no other place in the project in which to sin in public, whatever might ordinarily have taken place in bars, brothels, social clubs, pool halls, amusement arcades, general stores, corncribs, rutabaga patches, hayricks, barn stalls, now took place in the streets in the air. Corbu’s boulevards made Hogarth’s Gin Lane look like the oceanside street of dreams in Southampton, New York.”

Entering Eastern City Gate, I encounter graffiti and some vandalism, sure enough, but the hallways are clean, though gloomy. In front of a few doors, there are potted plants. Serbs are making the best of their situations, it’s clear.

My friend Novak comments, “Talking to people who live in these high-rises, I do hear complaints regarding construction and maintenance, but most have developed a sense of pride, of belonging to Block 45, Block 70 or The Pyramid, etc. Maybe ‘sour grapes,’ but when people hear where I live, many will say, ‘I could never live there,’ then they’ll rattle off some reasons (air and noise pollution, no parking… ), while conveniently forgetting their small room size, low ceiling height and quality of construction…”

ORDER IT NOW

Novak’s address must be one of the most desirable in all of Belgrade. Republic Square is visible from his front door. Most of the city’s best restaurants and bars are a quick stroll away. Drunk, Novak can fall down and practically land on his own bed.

Most importantly, Novak is cradled within the richest part of his hometown, historically, culturally and artistically. Having lived many places, including in New York and Paris, he’s chosen to come back here.

*

The 20th century gave us world wars, atomic bombs, gulags, political correctness, napalm, canned music, Barbara Streisand, laugh tracks, American cheese, Israel and the absolutely shittiest, most inhumane architecture ever, and for this, we can thank Walter Gropius, above all.

During World War I, a beautiful traditional building collapsed on Gropius the soldier, but the man survived to take his revenge on architecture, civilization and mankind. We’re just one brick away from deliverance, but alas, concrete happens.

Abutting New Belgrade is Zemun, a charming town with a relatively intact historical center. There are modest yet dignified Orthodox and Catholic churches, plus a monastery. Its pedestrian center is always festive. Although absorbed into the capital in 1934, Zemun retains its distinctiveness, and that’s why proud locals insist they’re from Zemun, and not Belgrade, and especially, God forbid, New Belgrade.

Walking from one to the other is like reentering the sensual, female and home. It’s high time we all go home.

 
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  1. “Van Gogh was most creative during the autumn and spring, I remember reading somewhere, because a radical shift in the weather was exhilarating.” I think most people function best with temperatures between 5 and 25 degree celsius. Countries which have this sort of climate in longe periods every year have a huge advantage over other countries.

    • Agree: Vojkan
    • Replies: @dearieme
    , @Dumbo
  2. The best metaphorical description of architecture that I have come across was that it was as “frozen music”. I think that this is apt in that it covers cultures, regions, eras and even degeneracy though I think that the originator thought of something more in the ethereal realm. I cannot remember the source.

    Cheers-

    • Replies: @foolisholdman
  3. TG says:

    There used to be an old saying in architecture: “Commies like concrete.”

    The New York Museum of Modern Art (“MOMA”) had an exhibition on this a year ago. Astonishing, really.

    https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3931

    • Replies: @Whitewolf
    , @Wally
  4. Svevlad says:

    Hah! I live right under the Eastern Gate. Yeah, they’re imposing, sure – but I like it. It’s kinda like a giant middle finger to the ground dwellers below.

    They used to be really really crappy – but after 2010 most of the problems were ironed out.

    One thing that sets Yugoslav mass housing apart form the others is that there was a higher insistence on quality – at least design wise. They’re all carefully calculated to maximize efficiency and comfort as well. Unlike Khruschovkas where it’s just mini-kowloon

    Personally, I like those neighborhoods more – albeit New Belgrade, being the earliest, fell for the sun city concept so everything is TOO spacious. Compared to that, Konjarnik and Banjica, for example, are much more lively. They’re planned and orderly, not narrow nonsensical maze of bullshit streets that I would demolish without a second thought to reduce traffic dysfunction

  5. Still, it doesn’t look as soulless as the Plattenbau one saw in places like Dresden.

    With daily access to such a view, the novelty would wear off, I’m sure?

    I worked on 79 in one tower and 102 in the other, and the view never got old. We frequented WOTW for sundown drinks.

    • Agree: GMC
    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  6. The wingers who hate communism love concrete boxes and malls and freeways and all the soulless trappings of Robert Moses Walter Gropius I.M Pei (god save us from that cheesy opera house) capitalism. Especially the real old ones and the young ones (40 is young.). The in-betweens are the last people on earth to like old things. You can buy a Chippendale now for peanuts. It’s like the real old ones and the young ones like shorts. Only the in-betweens think, no, know, they make you look ridiculous.

    I remember when jeans were bad in the US because hippies wore them, but good in the Soviet Union, because they were a sign of American capitalism infestation.

    Wingers ‘r’ cognitive dissonance. And yes, I am using the word right. I would call them hypocrites but hypocrites know they are full of shit.

    • LOL: Sollipsist
    • Replies: @Emslander
  7. Prinz Eugen der edle Ritter,
    wollt dem Kaiser wied’rum kriegen
    Stadt und Festung Belgerad!

    If he had seen those “monstrous, brutalist blocks” in 1717, he might have decided they weren’t worth the effort.

  8. Dan Hayes says:

    E Michael Jones and Tom Wolfe are cited. Awaiting Kevin MacDonald!

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  9. Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman

    Urban Warfare

    Go inside, he ordered in hysterical broken English. Inside! – I am already inside! It took me a few seconds to understand that this young soldier was redefining inside to mean anything that is not visible, to him at least. My being “outside” within the “inside” was bothering him.” Nahu Khoury

    The manoeuvre conducted by Israeli military units in April 2002 during the attack on the West Bank city of Nablus, was described by its commander, Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi, as ‘inverse geometry ‘, which he defined as the reorganization of the urban syntax by means of a series of micro-tactical actions. Soldiers avoided using the Streets, roads, alleys and courtyards that define the logic of movement through the city, as well as the external doors, internal stairwells and windows that constitute the order of buildings; rather, they were punching holes through party walls, ceilings and floors, and moving across them through 100- metre-long pathways of domestic interior hollowed out of the dense and contiguous cuy fabric.

    Urban warfare in the time of Covid: the adversary shouts at us, Stay Inside! Lockdown! as they punch holes in the social fabric of our lives.

    An Israeli Soldier’s Story, Eran Efrati

    “It will happen to you.”

  10. Remember when McDonald’s golden arches actually were a pair of giant yellow arches over a squat barracks-like restaurant? When White Castle looked like an actual white castle?

    Here’s why corporate decided to abandon its flair and embrace uniformity.

    • Replies: @anon
  11. That Eastern Gate is reminiscent of the McKnight towers near the University in Minneapolis. Locals used to call them “the crack stacks” because of, well, you can imagine. The upper floors are market-rate due to the impressive view. The lower-floors’ riff-raff were displaced by waves of East African refugees who were just as scruffy, but markedly less criminal. (They’d had enough war back home.)

    In a literal instance of the classic joke, the architect Ralph Rapson had his offices in the building. Thus he didn’t have to look at it!

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
  12. Tasteless anti-human garbage that should be torn down and thrown in the trash heap along with das kapital.

    They knew their Marxist system wasn’t working but still tried to crush the souls of the people and turn them into servants for a failed idea.

    In a just world the remaining Marxists of the west would be forced to live in these towers and live off government gruel. Equality my brothers!

    • Replies: @Johan
  13. HorstG says:

    Dessau is the home of the Bauhaus. The peerage of it’s protagonists are praised to an extent people are getting sick of it. Additionally, they just built a Bauhaus museum in the city center. Of course there was a competition on it’s design, but guess how it was constructed in the end, and then google it… People hate it. Reporting from Dessau-Rosslau.

  14. Alfred says:

    I am currently renting in Kiev. I am on the 4th floor of a Soviet-period building of 5 floors. I am at the corner with a view on two sides. No lift. The floor is wooden. Comfortable.

    It is always warm in winter. The hot water in the pipes is for the locality. The metro is 50m away. Numerous bus stops nearby – including Ubershuttle. Public transport is $0.25 for almost any distance. The Uber bus is $0.50.

    The people here look normal. There is almost no obesity. No Blacks or Asians. The men seem to go bald early. The girls all have long hair and are well-dressed. No bottoms hanging out. The kids all play together peacefully in Soviet playgrounds. Mothers and daughters often walk together – holding hands. Grandparents taking babies to parks. Civilized.

    I always had a fervent hatred of Communism. But I have mellowed.

    Life inside a Kiev Khrushchyovka: Soviet architecture in Ukraine

  15. Vojkan says:

    Coming from the airport, New Belgrade is what you see first. Sadly, you bypass Zemun so your first impression of Serbia is inevitably one of ugliness. I have been in quite a few European cities and New Belgrade is by far the ugliest. Fortunately, when you cross the bridge over the Sava river and enter old Belgrade, the ugliness goes away and you enter a normal Central European city.

  16. incredible article sir.

    sitting at a cafe , outside , in central novi sad reading this with tobacco and morning coffee , after having spent the first hour of the day wandering and taking photos and videos of the most exquisite european architecture this american has ever seen (serbia is my first and only venture into the motherland) , i thoroughly enjoyed this piece…

    just lovely prose my friend – i laughed out loud more than a few times… on the verge of tears twice… i react to beauty this way .

    thanks!

    you should make your way up here its lovely… i will head to subotica in the next couple of days for the same purposes…

    god bless ,

    an american in novi sad

    p.s. we seem to be following eachother around , before i arrived here in mid-july , i was in vietnam for over seven months . it has been great reading you , in parallel , along the way !

    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @Anonymous
  17. Dumbo says:

    Modern architecture is designed to be soulless and ugly, just as most of modernity. It is on purpose.

    I would say it’s a Jewish thing, but many non-Jews also seem to love this ugly stuff. Le Corbusier, the Germans from Bauhaus and many Anglo architects also pushed this ugly phenomenon.

    Oscar Niemeyer, a Commie Jew, built the atrocity that is Brasilia, one of the most depressing cities of all times. Most people know only the famous political buildings, but the whole residential area is just giant blocks of concrete.

    Prague kept its beautiful downtown, but outside in the suburbs there’s only depressing giant Commie buildings.

    But we can’t say it’s only a Commie thing, as this style also prevailed in Italy, France, many Latin American countries.

    In the U.S. they were slightly luckier, people prefer McHouses and strip malls. But it sucks all the same.

    Modern architecture is designed to be ugly and to slowly murder your soul.

    Modern architects are narcissistic psychopaths. Notice that the great European cathedrals, perhaps the most beautiful buildings ever designed by mankind, did not have starchitects.

    Unfortunately, even the Church now adopted ugly, souless modern Architecture.

    Satan is winning. Year zero is approaching! Beware.

  18. padre says:

    Since “In the US, similar buildings existed to warehouse welfare blacks, mostly, but nearly all have been torn down”, how come they can still be seen in Hollywood movies and series, when appropriate?

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @John Johnson
  19. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder what these East Europeans would make of Frank Gehry’s exploding popcorn bonanzas?

    Anyway, thanks for the interesting insights and great writing, Mr. Dinh: two thumbs up!

  20. Vojkan says:
    @Dumbo

    “Modern architecture is designed to be ugly and to slowly murder your soul.”

    I think that applies to all modern art, music, painting, sculpture, theatre as architecture.

    • Agree: Anonymousse
  21. Biff says:

    In the U.S. the city I used to live in had a government agency called ‘The Historical Society‘ and it was up to them for approval of any and all modifications of older buildings(50ys>). It consisted of mostly batty old lady’s that had precious little experience in structural engineering, but had high levels of opinionated diktats about what was aesthetically pleasing to them.

    They were literally dangerous, because there were instances that structurally unsafe decrepit old buildings(crumblings) were not allowed to be demolished and were forced to be “saved”.
    They also had a huge effect on the real estate market – nobody wanted to buy a turd box on top of a valuable piece of land; for you could be stuck with the turd box forever.

    • Thanks: Pheasant
    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Montefrío
  22. Alfred says:
    @american_in_serbia

    I was living in Norway when NATO destroyed three bridges at Novi Sad. I was friends with a lady doctor from Novi Sad who was taking Norwegian lessons with me. Later, she moved to Harstad in the extreme north of Norway. I visited her once. She married a German surgeon. No kids.

    I wonder whether they rebuilt these 3 bridges to the same standard as before the bombing? There is not much about it on the internet. Maybe they only rebuilt one of them. I don’t know. I suspect this sort of thing is going to become common. 🙁

    Closing borders because of a fake infection is another version of the same behaviour.

  23. Biff says:
    @Alfred

    Sounds like you’re in your own paradise. Well done..

  24. dearieme says:
    @Erik Sieven

    You want a climate where a man may walk for pleasure on every day of the year. So said Belloc, or perhaps Chesterton.

    • Agree: Montefrío
  25. Dumbo says:
    @padre

    I don’t think all have been torn down, at least in NY (Brooklyn and Bronx) they still exist.

    In California, because of earthquakes and more horizontal space, this type of architecture was not so much in vogue, but they have other monstrosities, mostly in government buildings and museums.

    One day, when al this passes, all this ugly architecture will be razed to the ground, its creators if still alive hanged or exiled, and new beautiful things will be created in their place.

  26. Dumbo says:
    @Erik Sieven

    Best climate is the Mediterranean climate. Not too hot, not too cold.

    South of France, Spain, Southern Italy, California.

    Unfortunately, such places with nice warm climates also tend to attract a lot of lazy bums. They were invaded many times, and still now they are being invaded.

    Northern Europe was more sheltered, not many wanted to settle in that depressing cold weather for a long time.

    (Now with technology, heating, etc, this changed of course, there’s Africans even in Iceland).

  27. Agree 100%. There are many aspects of life in the West that have become banal and brutal since the War to end all Wars (hows that working for you?)

    Architecture leads the pack.

    • Replies: @Sya Beerens
  28. Dumbo says:
    @Alfred

    Our satanic overlords want to make all of humanity prisoners and slaves and rape their children. That’s the only reason they don’t exterminate half of humanity, but just keep them in poverty or under a totalitarian regime, they want many children to sexually exploit and sacrifice.

  29. Anonymous[149] • Disclaimer says:

    Vietnam is in the other direction.

  30. I wouldn’t call them “commie blocks”.
    It was the spirit of an whole bygone world era.

    Take a look at the UN building in New York, built in the 1950s.

    Or take a look at this angle (incidentally featuring the late UN general secretary)

    Feels (apart for the better maintenance obviously) exactly like the Federation Palace in New Belgrade.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Dumbo
    , @Miro23
  31. Emslander says:
    @obwandiyag

    Anyone who thinks the Socialist style of housing has the least element of the human in it, doesn’t know what human is.

    • Replies: @Svevlad
  32. @Dumbo

    And Ashkenazis in Northern Americana

  33. Anonymous[149] • Disclaimer says:
    @american_in_serbia

    You stalker, you!

    • Replies: @american_in_serbia
  34. @Bill Jones

    Mass confection, Entertainment Industry, Fast-food and this has been forced on the entire planet one regime change at a time

    Multiculturalism is a myth it’s called Hegemony

  35. @Dumbo

    Unfortunately, such places with nice warm climates also tend to attract a lot of lazy bums.

    You can see this within countries too. In the UK, seaside towns like Brighton, Blackpool etc always attract people after an easy responsibility-free lifestyle. And that includes heroin addicts etc.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  36. A much better view of the New Belgrade palace.
    Apparently, the building functioned as a seat of the Yugoslav Federal government.
    This photo is not dated but it makes much better service to the building.

    • Replies: @mwee
  37. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:
    @Simpleguest

    The group in the background could have been my hs graduating class.

    I received Hammarskjöld’s book, Markings, as a graduation gift.

    • Replies: @Simpleguest
    , @Alfred
  38. Whitewolf says:
    @TG

    There used to be an old saying in architecture: “Commies like concrete.”

    So do governments. Almost every government building is an eyesore. Communism turns entire countries into soulless government departments just like covidism turns entire countries into giant hospitals.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
    • Replies: @foolisholdman
  39. Dumbo says:
    @Simpleguest

    Yep. Characteristic of a period from 1945-70s. Still, it was mostly Commie at the time, even in Capitalist countries. Or should we say “Globalist”, as the Globalists of today are the Commies of yesterday.

    But Globalists now are tired of square blocks, an prefer the monstrosities of Frank Gehry.

    Is this more “feminine”? I don’t think so, it may have more curves but it’s random, anti-natural, ugly for the sake of ugliness. Modern architects should be hunted for sport:

    • Replies: @Vojkan
    , @Anonymousse
  40. @anon

    The group in the background could have been my hs graduating class.

    Amazing indeed.

  41. anarchyst says:

    Environmentalism has been the method used to impose communist principles on western society, especially in the USA.

    Environmentalists are not content with promoting clean water, air and land, but are hell-bent on controlling human behavior, and yes, promoting extermination plans for much of humanity as these anointed types consider mankind to be a pestilence (except for themselves) to be reduced in population by any means necessary.

    Environmentalists HATE the God-given concept of private property and have imposed government-backed and enforced land use controls on private property owners without compensation, clearly an unconstitutional taking of private property. If environmentalists want to control land use, let them purchase it themselves, not by government force.

    Today the only method of negating government-imposed land use restrictions is shoot, shovel, and shut up.

    If environmentalists had their way, the earth’s human population would be reduced by approximately 90%, with the remainder to (be forced) to live in cities, in soviet-style high rise apartments, utilizing bicycles, buses and trains for transportation.

    The use of automobiles and access to pristine wilderness (rural) areas would be off-limits to us mere mortals, and would only be available for these anointed environmentalists.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
    • Replies: @Sya Beerens
  42. Another amazing insight into the world around us and what lies ahead in our drab future. Linh never fails to dis-appoint with his verbal snap shots.

    P.S. – By the comments here you can pretty much tell it is “Commie Central” here at UR

    • LOL: Alfred
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Alden
  43. Alfred says:
    @TelfoedJohn

    You can see this within countries too. In the UK, seaside towns like Brighton, Blackpool etc always attract people after an easy responsibility-free lifestyle. And that includes heroin addicts etc.

    Correct. I lived for a few years on the Isle of Wight. It was like going back 40 years. Almost no Blacks or Asians. A beautiful location. Shame about the local economy. They no longer even have a local newspaper.

    The Ventnor Botanic Garden used to be the Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest – a TB sanatorium. A different climate.

  44. Let me go back to the time when men (and women) live in caves and in harmony with nature. Get back.

  45. Alfred says:
    @anon

    I received Hammarskjöld’s book, Markings, as a graduation gift.

    Poor old Hammarskjöld. Plane probably shot down by a mercenary. Mining is a competitive business.

    RAF veteran ‘admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general’

    Another suspicious plane crash was that of Australian mining tycoon, Ken Talbot, over Congo. His company was planning to export iron ore from a huge deposit to China. I speculate that some other Australians were not too happy.

    Mining executives confirmed dead in African plane crash

  46. Z-man says:

    Have you been exiled to the former Yugoslavia or do you have a white ‘squeeze’ there? (Grin)

  47. @anarchyst

    On the 3rd world you mean

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  48. This “architecture” has been the plan for humanity for a very long time. It was pushed ahead full speed at the end of WWII, where the real winner was Soviet Russia, and the one world communistic style government was agreed upon as the way forward for mankind by our traitorous Allied leaders.

    You think all these wildfires and hurricanes are an act of God and just happened? You better think again my friends. If we let these clowns puling the strings move forward, we will all be living in a one room concrete prison cell. That is if we survive at all.

    • Agree: Maowasayali
  49. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:

    American housing is less vertical but in many cases just as soulless

    Florida looks like the model was a concentration camp

    The DC area thinks a townhouse jammed between two other townhouses in a ‘development’ of 300 identical townhouses, where kids can run inside, open THAT cupboard in the kitchen, take out a cup and fill it with milk from the refrigerator without ever noticing that he’s on the wrong block.

  50. Architecture is largely the pursuit of making silk purses out of the sow’s ear of urban living.

    It was one thing when architects were mostly just poor confused creatures torn between pragmatism and art, but both sides allowed the infection of Theory to creep in… so now architects tend to be secular evangelists of Design Engineering Concepts, preaching to captive audiences in cities and public/private complexes.

    The most obvious places to see this timeline are US college campuses, where there are often lovely old buildings made horrible by the struggle against obsolescence, right next to utterly horrible new ones that were designed with a conscious dedication to modern aesthetic design and ergonomic principles.

    But the absolute worst examples are nearly any churches built after the first quarter of the 20th Century. The results of a religion attempting to meet modernity halfway tend to be revolting, misbegotten monstrosities… like architectural versions of the unsuspecting creatures merged in The Fly’s teleporter.

    • Replies: @Dule
  51. mwee says:

    They are not much to look at, but people who reside in them have place to call home and no fear of being evicted. After the war, decades of rent in them were calculated into final price of purchase, so they became outright owners for just a few thousand dollars extra. In rapidly changing world for the worse, middle class life style is becoming a distant dream in developing countries. For most of them loss of job means that house with pool can be gone forever and if not lucky or agile enough future for many leads to cardboard box or tent on the sidewalk that is becoming common.
    I like LD’s wit and humor in his writing by quite surprised that he, as economically forced penny-pincher when it comes to simple drink or a meal and no home of his own or at least owning nothing better than source critics in this article, can look down on living arrangement like this.
    If presidents can be compared to restaurant chefs, unlike, say. french when “dictator” opened his pantry to make the meal he had found only couple of old potatoes, some cheese and few cases of brandy. And boy, what a meal that he made of. That “pantry” was Yugoslavia right after the war in which he and partisans played quite a role in defeating the Nazis.
    System failed, fair enough. What counts is what percentage of people are left dry, compared to what is going to happen to above mentioned middle class in the west that is braking at seams too? Old country educated millions that are now all over the world and all respected in their fields. The ones who stayed have place to live in (that happened not to be up to the LD’s hi standards) and pretty much get buy with basic life needs and have enough of left over to fill in coffee bars on daily basis. Some of them, true, like to spit on old system in false belief that country missed to “be America” conveniently forgetting the fact that their grandparents were living in houses with dirt floor and their parents were siphoned from that poverty into professions that allowed them to live pretty decent lives.

    • Agree: foolisholdman
    • Thanks: GMC
    • Replies: @Sam J.
  52. gsjackson says:
    @Dan Hayes

    I’m not seeing the pattern. Wolfe was married to a Jew, as are his kids, and the neocons liked to think of him as one of their own, with fairly good reason.

    • Agree: Thim
    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  53. unit472 says:

    Skyscrapers once were the vanity projects of very successful men. The Wrigley Building in Chicago or The Woolworth and Chrysler Buildings in New York. As such they were not built to maximize lease-able floor space but as monuments to their owners. Same could be said for pre war apartment/hotel buildings like the Sherry Netherlands in New York. Form was more important than function so spires, vaulted ceilings and ornament were allowed.

    Post war corporate ‘efficiency’ dictated skyscraper construction and to maximize floor space and revenue skyscrapers became rectangles with no external ornamentation below the top of the building where some attempt to break the monotony of the building facade might still be allowed.

    If Skidmore Owings Merrill Lever House and the UN’s glass skyscrapers were once refreshingly modern buildings the pre war masonry building have stood the test of time and glass skyscrapers have just become boring squares that make city centers indistinguishable from one another.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @GMC
  54. FoSquare says:

    Linh, you committed the ultimate sin by leaving out the demiurge of the International (Minimalist) Style: Mies van der Rohe — “Less is More.” And the peripheral God, Adolph Loos: “Ornamentation is Criminal.”

    Otherwise, superbly done!

    • Replies: @Alden
  55. gsjackson says:
    @Alfred

    I lived for three months in Bucharest in one of the ugly, godless blocks. In their perverse way they do seem to contribute to a public life that is far richer than that found in the U.S., simply because people want to get out of them and go out into the public. There are always people out and about in the streets and public spaces (this was especially true in Belgrade where I arrived after midnight on a Monday in 2014 and was amazed to see the buses nearly full). You can walk about and see normal-looking, reasonably healthy people, such as once inhabited the U.S.

    The only people visibly out and about in the U.S. now are the homeless, prostitutes and drug addicts. Assuming normal, healthy people still exist here, they are sequestered away in private spaces, often behind gates.

    Feathering your own little private nest with ever more expensive embellishments does have its appeal, but that direction inevitably leads away from public engagement.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Thanks: Majority of One
    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @anon
    , @Dumbo
    , @craig
  56. Brutalism was all about lowering construction costs, nothing more, it was not a plot against humanity, its 100% business. The very simple geometric shapes served this purpose while giving these buildings a “futuristic” look, the best the architects could manage given the construction techniques and available fixtures, like window frames, available at the time. The main aesthetic problem, well illustrated by the photo at the head of the article, is that unfaced concrete looks absolutely terrible as it ages. Painting concrete is an aesthetically unsuitable option, and other options increased costs. Yes, the Hotel Moskova is lovely, but construction, with all those angles, requires skilled craftsmen that no longer exist except at very high prices, and keeping that building looking good is high cost as well. Imagine getting roof work done on that lovely tile roof, just the scaffolding alone would be a project. Maintenance on those tiny domes at the corners?forgedaboutit!!! Replacing those windows? Who makes that stuff? Even repainting the facade is for an expert crew. Skilled construction guys is a thing of the past, construction crews, with generous helpings of worthless negroes and islamics, are unable to use a hammer. I live in a Brutalist tower block constructed in 1973. Has brick facing, beautifully laid, and it is quality glazed brick. Can’t get work like that anymore. You get bricks formed of concrete with rusty metal scrap molded in(no lie, I have seen it). And the brick laying now looks like it was done by drunken insects. Brutalism is still alive and well, the main problem was lowering the cost of framing and facing. The latest condo tower block in my neighborhood has the “new look”. Welded steel frames are so “boomer”, who needs ’em. Floors are prestressed concrete and very thin, and supporting walls are the same thin wall prestressed concrete. Face the whole building in snap in floor to ceiling glass panels. Done. It is amazing how fast these towers go up. But that is the “quality” construction. Since 2005 I have seen low rise buildings constructed ENTIRELY of that cheap metal stud work faced with Styrofoam panels(on the outside!!!), interior face wallboard, plywood panel floors(FLOORS!!!, no concrete or even wood joists!!! INSANITY!!!)paved with laminate “engineered wood”. Not a bucket of concrete or a steel I-beam in the entire atrocity. Cute exterior detailing made of Styrofoam panels. Such buildings aren’t constructed over 4 stories. It is ridiculous the blizzard of Styrofoam bits that blow around the neighborhood during construction. Bought by clueless females. I told one woman “I could run a broomstick through this exterior wall and it would poke into your living room”. She put her fingers in her ears, didn’t want to hear about it. Today’s construction is very unsettling, built like they know the cities will be nuked by 2040.

    • Thanks: Johnny Walker Read
    • Replies: @Alfred
  57. anarchyst says:
    @Sya Beerens

    Nope, even the first-world is affected by “environmentalism”.

    Here in the USA, a farmer cleared out some 100-year old drainage ditches on his own land and was harassed by the federal government for years for doing so. He spent over a million dollars of his own money to defend his actions.

    A “dirty little secret” about environmentalists is that under current federal law, they do not have to utilize their own money but use federal dollars to go after unsuspecting “environmental violators”.

    Fraud in environmental science is not only limited to those who are providing the funding. There was a case in the Pacific northwest where so-called scientists “planted” lynx fur in certain forests to make them “off-limits” to logging. Fortunately, these government Fish and Wildlife Service scientists were caught. Of course, they received NO punishment for their behavior. The so-called “endangered species act” is actually more detrimental to humanity . . . species are always changing . . .

    Environmentalism is fraught with fraud and phony claims made by both non-scientists and scientists themselves.

    FOLLOW THE MONEY…

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
    • Thanks: GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @Alden
  58. Z-man says:
    @unit472

    But… the original WTC was better than the single monstrosity they replaced it with. The original sketch had a iconic spear into the sky at least. The actual One WTC has a pancake on top and that torqued look that just doesn’t do it. They should have rebuilt the Twin Towers with modern techniques and improved ergonomics.

  59. GMC says:
    @Alfred

    I spent enough time in Kyiv to know probably where you live. The first thing about the metro I recall is that it is 10 floors below the street but very safe. The old Independence/ Maidan area/sq. is where my wife and I would drink a beer or have a coffee and watch the people – and of course shop – and find a bank that could transfer funds – lol. The train ride from Simferopol was a hoot , but a very classic historical adventure. Always interesting cabin company. My beef with america and Kyiv is that they cut me off from ever using that classical Adventure – that majic carpet ride – made of steel. So now I head East. Spacibo Alfred – y – oo dah chee.

    • Thanks: Alfred
  60. Alden says:
    @Biff

    Very true never buy a historical building. and fight to the death if some agency wants to designate it as historical. It’s worse in England. Can’t even remodel a 1930s bathroom because it’s in a historical building.

  61. GMC says:
    @unit472

    And if I may Agree U 472 , those rich folks had some class and built some very fine things in their life – opera houses, museums, theatres, wonderful homes, etc. but today , what do those multi multi billionaires do with their money? They certainly don’t give a rats Ass about where the USA is headed.

  62. Vojkan says:
    @Dumbo

    This one is by Frank Gehry too:

    In reality it is even uglier. And yes, you guessed it right, Gehry is a “chosen”.

  63. Dan Hayes says:
    @gsjackson

    Maybe, although I’ve never thought of Tom Wolfe as a Neocon!

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  64. @Alfred

    yes they did rebuild them… i was told last night , over beers sitting on some old ruins at the bank of the danube , all about it. the man , russ , pointed at all three as he told me the tale.

    one of the most interesting things he told me was that the big one , the northernmost one with the arches , withstood three to four bombings , whereas the other two were totalled with just one ; the stalwart , due to the danger of shrapnel and debris flying into the city and injuring people and buildings , was actually finished off by the serbian army itself to avoid this potential fallout… now the arches light up at night – not sure if they did that before

    yesterday i walked across the bridge that replaced the one in the picture you posted… went to see the fortress… amazing place man . the old steel X railway style bridge was replaced with a sleek modern concrete one with nice walkways on either side..

    how the hell do i post pictures here ? i must have to have posted them online somewhere im guessing , then could link…? on an ipad currently… i guess there is no way to directly post them…

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Alfred
  65. @padre

    Since “In the US, similar buildings existed to warehouse welfare blacks, mostly, but nearly all have been torn down”, how come they can still be seen in Hollywood movies and series, when appropriate?

    He is talking about the tower projects like Cabrini-Green.

    They were torn down after Democrats decided they don’t work because of concentrated poverty.

    But they actually worked fine for the Italians and Poles.

    You would have to tell us the movie but what you saw was probably NYC.

    Everywhere else in the country Section 8 has replaced large scale public housing.

    • Agree: Sam J.
  66. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:

    I own an historic townhouse of a type that were built in USA from about the late-1860s by German workmen in a swathe from Georgetown and DC, Baltimore, Frederick & Hagerstown MD to Pittsburgh, PA. Don’t know of any further west.

    The craftsmanship is remarkable — basement is dry-laid stone that has never leaked or settled (not in my 20 year tenure); original hemlock posts support 4 stories. Still original windows — sash weights– very large windows lift with fingertips. Windows have large glass lites to showcase ability to make large sheets.

    Yes indeed a pain to maintain, I suppose, but I’ve also owned a 1960s FHA-standard split level that was even more of a pain to maintain, without any of the charm or pride of ownership. Difference is, the future of the 1960s house is to be bulldozed & replaced with a block of housing, while the townhouse will endure.

    The TH has some exterior decoration — Italianate, that remains in decent shape, have to keep it painted. Window sills are rotting, neighbors have replaced theirs with stone sills: turns out the interior of the old pine sills, where it was sheltered from weather, was hard as rock and extremely difficult to remove.

    Yes, historic review committees are a PITA — our neighborhood is designated Historic District. But that applies only to exterior. Can still be problematic, but not as frustrating as a brand new development of tract-built mcmansions where the Housing Police post a naughty-naughty sticky on your door if you paint the garage the wrong shade of beige.

  67. @Anonymous

    haha… yeah

    but im pretty sure i was in both places before he got to them… thats what makes it so cool !

    all the cool kids go to the dope spots…

  68. Brutalism was all about lowering construction costs, nothing more, it was not a plot against humanity, its 100% business.

    Nothing in architecture is 100% business.

    It was never required to put that many people in the same tower.

    In fact the higher you build the more expensive it becomes.

    The economics only work out in areas where few properties are available. It’s much more cost effective to build duplexes.

    Eastern European cities were never that dense and had plenty of land available.

    The leftists that come up with these monstrosities view the people as needing to be controlled. Its the subjugation of the individual to the state and an attack against the natural order of and spirit of Western societies.

    It is really just a crass and tasteless statement without substance. It exists as against the order and nothing more.

    • Agree: Thim
    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Svevlad
  69. Alden says:
    @FoSquare

    I visited someone in that Mies apartment building near the lake in Chicago. Inside it was very nice in spite of the exterior glass walls. The floors were a beautiful solid block parquet. Not nasty little scraps glued together to make a block. A solid block, one piece of wood Who invented hideous beige carpet? The ceilings must have been 10 ft tall, not oppressive The rooms were decent proportions.

    Best of all, it had a real kitchen with walls around it instead of the abominable kitchen living room combination . Kitchen was great, the best kind, a gallery kitchen, small enough to cook and clean it fast and efficiently.

    Worst thing about the living room was just blank walls. No focal point. But you could create one with cabinet book cases and TV I suppose.

    The glass exterior walls are the worst thing about abominable 20th century residential architecture. You can always put couches and chairs in the middle of the room. But one entire wall is useless for pictures, cabinets decorative objects etc.

    The French projects are called HML habitation at moderate rent. They’ve used other words beginning with H, M, and L. And call them human storage boxes. That was the whole point. The obedient proletariat trudging from the factory or office back to the overnight storage cabinet to sleep eat and change clothes for the next day’s work.

    Still, the post war European projects with a modern bathroom in every apartment was a major improvement over the outhouse in the tiny back yard of a 2 up 2 down.

    Hmmm Isn’t that what an expensive condo is? Just a 2 up 2 down on one floor? Only in the case of a 200K condo it’s only 3 rooms kitchen with room for a couch and TV and 2 bedrooms.

    The only reason architects and builders are beginning to lose their obsession with glass walls is the need for enough wall space to hang 5 ft TV screens.

    That book The Fountainhead the hero invented the hideous housing project and those dangerous no riser stairs. The whole thing was how dare the person who hires me tell me what to do.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  70. Miro23 says:
    @Dumbo

    Best climate is the Mediterranean climate. Not too hot, not too cold.

    South of France, Spain, Southern Italy, California.

    Unfortunately, such places with nice warm climates also tend to attract a lot of lazy bums.

    True enough. All I would add, is that it’s nasty hot during the day in Southern Spain (June/July/August) but with nice cooler evenings.

    Many lazy bums/ alcoholics/ party people + a mass invasion of North Africans (Moroccans and Algerians). They use social services (schools and hospitals) to the full also having loads of children. They keep themselves culturally separate and are all trying for Spanish citizenship.

    • Replies: @republic
  71. Alfred says:
    @gsjackson

    There are always people out and about in the streets and public spaces.

    That is very true. I once stayed for some months in NW DC. Near the Cathedral. It was a great area. But I had to go to M Street in Georgetown to have any fun. There was a nearby strip club that I only went to once. I got tired walking so I bought a bike but it was stolen – despite the lock. I tried not to drive as I like to have a beer or two.

    A few month ago, I stayed in a luxury apartment in Kiev. It was on top of a hill and I was on the top, 8th, floor. It had incredible views front and back, but one could not see people in the street. I much prefer where I am now. I don’t have to walk up a 20 degree slope on my way home. 🙂

  72. gsjackson says:
    @Dan Hayes

    He wasn’t expansive on his public policy views, but he did say once that he supported Bush and the invasion of Iraq, using some derivation of the word patriot as he made the point (I don’t remember the exact quote). The editor of The American Spectator magazine, a self-proclaimed neocon who knew Wolfe, told me years ago that Wolfe was a great “patriot,” and I took that as code for supporting our smelly little Zio-wars.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  73. @Vojkan

    His EMP building in Seattle looks like giant discarded candy wrappers.

    Blame the Jews all you want but a wealthy Anglo MSFT founder paid for the candy wrappers.

    It really is just another form of modern art.

    Just make something really ugly and have it christened by the leftist in-crowd.

    There was a show where they took an abstract painting by a 5 year old and convinced critics that it was by a professional and had deep meaning.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
    , @Kratoklastes
  74. Alfred says:
    @american_in_serbia

    Thanks for that.

    I used to post links to .JPG files on one of my websites. But that stopped working a couple of weeks ago.

    Now, I look for a decent photo of what I am trying to show (e.g. the broken bridge) and I get the URL. I just stick the URL in the text and it works. Don’t use the image tag (<img src …)

    I hope that helps. 🙂

  75. Miro23 says:
    @Simpleguest

    I wouldn’t call them “commie blocks”.
    It was the spirit of an whole bygone world era.

    Take a look at the UN building in New York, built in the 1950s.

    Or take a look at this angle (incidentally featuring the late UN general secretary)


    It was the post-WW2 idolization of science. Science and technology was providing unimaginable wealth and material goods to people (1950’s America) so it was logical to extend “science” into all spheres of human activity.

    Le Corbusier likened a town to a machine with different functional areas (ideally connected by over-ground transparent walking tubes and escalators). Maximum efficiency sleeping blocks (no wasteful ornamentation) connecting to work areas, again logically divided for specialization like a factory production line. Scientism also entered politics with the overwhelming acceptance of “Scientific Socialism” – central planning, government allocation of resources – with labour and capital apportioned by technocratic experts (key word) to maximize the output of the state economic machine.

    It didn’t work, but radical leftist social engineers clearly still love that time.

    • Replies: @Simpleguest
  76. Alden says:
    @anarchyst

    The environmental laws are terrible. For instance wetlands. Any piece of land that ever gets flooded or is low and rain or snow melt stays for a few days is now wetlands formerly known as swamps. So a horde of sissy city boys and girls has jurisdiction over it. It’s not wetlands. It’s just a field or yard a little lower than the surrounding field where water doesn’t dry up in a couple days.

    LIBERAL FOREST MANAGEMENT

    The wild fires are totally absolutely caused by liberals ignorance of forest management. They’ve forbidden clearing brush fallen limbs and even harvesting fallen trees. The brush and wood builds up several feet high. It’s compounded by all the dried resin and creosote and when a fire starts the whole thing just explodes. We’ve always had forest fires, but they were manageable until the sissy city boys and girls and of course the ignoramus judges imposed their ignorance and caused wild fires up and down 3,000 miles of the Pacific Coast

    The sissy city boys and girls figured that 2 million years ago there were no humans who used wood or cleared trails through the forests and jungles. The bushes died. The trees died and fell. The wood and brush turned into humus and then dirt. This is the ideal they want; along with unlimited immigration

    For some reason the sissy city boys and girls d decided to go back 2 million years before humans existed. Or maybe they were bribed by the concrete building material and plastic furniture industries.

    TRADITIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT

    It’s worked for several hundred thousand years. Human gather the brush fallen limbs and trees for various uses. Humans cut down trees and plant more. Humans clear roads through the forests. Cooked food made us human. Shelters made us human.

    For centuries rural Europeans didn’t need to cut down trees for household firewood There was enough brush and fallen limbs easily gathered by the kids.

    In modern times the brush and fallen limbs were cleared either by the county or the lumber company and ground up for plywood, chipboard and IKEA furniture. Fallen trees were cut up in saw mills. Limbs were sold or given to guys who cut them up and sold them for firewood.

    It’s fucking insane. Homeowners are endlessly harangued and fined for having bushes on their property. But it’s illegal to clear brush on government or lumber company or farm property

    Here’s a terrible mistake the sissy city boy environmentalists made more than 100 years ago in S California. S California is a desert. Few trees grow here naturally.

    More than 100 years ago the real estate developers and environmentalists discovered the eucalyptus trees of the desert country of Australia. Eureka!!!!! The only tree that can live in deserts!!!!

    What a mistake that was.

    Turns out that the reason eucalyptus were the only trees that lived in Australian deserts is that they poison and kill other plants. First they have the facility of taking what little water there is preventing other trees and plants from getting water.

    Worse, eucalyptus trees are actually poisonous. That’s why they drop peeled bark on the ground all year round. It poisons the souls for other plants. The seed buds and leaves are poisonous too. A good wind can dump poison eucalyptus leaves unto your property from half a mile away.

    And eucalyptus trees are full of creosote resin all those inflammable secretions. When they’re in a wild fire, they just explode instead of just burning like other trees. They even kill redwoods which are somewhat invulnerable to fire.

    PRUNING

    The sissy city soy boys and girls disapprove of pruning because of their total ignorance of why pruning is necessary. Most colleges now do their pruning on school breaks because crowds of ignorant idiot environmentalists gathered and harassed the tree pruners. Anti pruning was a big deal in ignorant idiot environmentalists circles.

    Like most evil things in today’s America, ignorant idiot environmentalism is caused by affirmative action. Make it illegal to hire the White men and some will turn to radicalism. For so many decades I hoped that discriminated against White men would finally start a revolution. They have, but they’re so brainwashed it’s a revolution favoring black criminals.

    • Thanks: anarchyst
    • Replies: @Majority of One
    , @Alfred
  77. Vojkan says:
    @Alden

    HLM, “habitation à loyer modéré” = “housing with controlled rent”. I’ve grown up in one in a Paris suburb. Now I own a house in Niš, Serbia, unfinished yet, on a hill slope, with a yard full of trees, four dogs, two Japanese Akita and two mongrels that were left outside my yard at -8°C when they were pups, with geckos, mice, rats for which I set traps only if they become too invasive, wandering hedgehogs, the occasional snake that got lost and of course birds.
    From my roof, I have a view of a good portion of my town’s apartment buildings built during the socialist era and every time I look at them I shake my head and think I just couldn’t live in one.

  78. @Reg Cæsar

    Your comment called to mind my apartment in Sevilla. The building was a pathetic South Beach knock-off, ugly as sin, but it looked out upon a wonderful old colonial design building with an ivy-covered wall filled with birds. When asked why I hadn’t chosen that building, the answer was simple: Why look out from an enchanting old building at an ugly stack of post-modern, spacious apartments rather than live in the comfortable but ugly structure looking out upon the beauty of old?

    I now live in a small central-Argentine village that has the motto: “There still are places like this!” And we mean to keep it that way!

  79. Biff says:
    @Johnny Walker Read

    it is “Commie Central” here at UR

    I can’t account for many communists, since I don’t know any, but conservatively preserving ones own heritage is worth more than any amount of capitalist money than I can think of.

  80. Vojkan says:
    @John Johnson

    Rich, uncultured, loving to show off and sensitive to soft-soaping. Yes, there are such folks in both countries where I’ve lived and the result is usually hideous there too.

  81. republic says:
    @Miro23

    That excellent climate is also found in Capetown South africa , central Chile and SW Australia

  82. @Biff

    Down here in “backward” South America, we don’t see it quite the same. There’s a degree of pride in owning a home that qualifies as “cultural patrimony” and much effort is made in maintaining it, in spite of the expense (limited to the façade). A close lady friend has such a house in Miraflores (Lima), Perú in which I lived for four months; high ceilings, large rooms, salt scent of the sea, lovely and fragrant of flowers community garden…

    Now in times of cowardly lock-downs, I can’t return yet, but it’s the only city dwelling to which I’d gladly return and another lady friend has a superior-view high rise in Bogotá that comes in a distant second, but unh-unh, give me the gracious every time.

    • Replies: @Biff
  83. mwee says:
    @Simpleguest

    Superb piece of architecture. If some of you do not get it than you have a problem.
    Residential towers mentioned in article may not be your idea of living but compared to favelas they do cover basic needs of housing. Lot of residential buildings from that era also have remarkable architectural qualities given the economy of use of available funds and are cannibalized lately by rickety rack balcony enclosures and variety of replacement windows.

    • Replies: @Simpleguest
  84. @Dumbo

    Modern Architests are very dangerous people because they are able to con so may people -before the buildings are up.

  85. Alden says:
    @John Johnson

    Well, yes and no. Architecture wasn’t a real
    profession till about 1890. Louis Sullivan, Eiffel, even Bruneschelli were more structural engineers.

    Most residential buildings were built by carpenters and masons. They either used standard house plan books and or did what the owners wanted. Often the owner would sketch out a plan. The builder and owner worked together. Factories and warehouses the same.

    All new professions make a big splash. We’re not blue collar builders but professionals. And buildings over 6 stories really needed structural engineers professional architects

    Then there was something called Futurism. It really created hideous 20th century architecture.
    We, the male architects know best. Worst was Frank Lloyd Wright with his no closets no pantries no laundry room but big impressive living room houses. Also his hidden front door thing.

    Clean water sewers indoor plumbing influenced the Futurist architects. That was the most important public health thing in the history of man. So the architect professors figured if plumbers water and sewer departments can make such a difference, why can’t we improve lives?

    That started the box building movement. Plus arrogance. Much of it especially in Europe was improved housing for the working classes. Indoor bathrooms, electric light real kitchens with stoves counters and room for a table running water instead of trudging to one pump every two blocks for water. They weren’t concerned with what the buildings looked like, just the modern healthy conveniences.

    Retail wanted attractive buildings to attract customers. Factory warehouse etc just wanted functional as cheaply as possible.

    The above were the reasons for the pre war ugliness and arrogance of the new profession of architecture. Then came WW2 and much of Europe was bombed. There was an urgent need to put up as much housing as cheaply as possible.

    In America to build the new suburban homes to house the veterans and their families. Also to create jobs and make it easy for the veterans to settle down to tenured careers get married and have kids instead of being rootless unemployed fodder for a leftist revolution

    So it was really a mix of new architecture uglism brutalism & modern conveniences like tap water imposed in the early 20 th century and the post WW2 necessity of rebuilding Europe as quickly and cheaply as possible.

    I really don’t mind business and public buildings being so ugly. But I very much mind all these bad floor plans bad proportions bad windows corner fireplaces, living rooms that aren’t really rooms but just big hallways to the front door and the rest of the house, difficult to keep tidy houses built in the last 70 years.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @Biff
  86. Alfred says:
    @Bombercommand

    Brutalism was all about lowering construction costs.

    I beg to disagree. I believe that the cheapest buildings per habitable area are those that don’t have lifts or underground parking – a maximum of 5 floors. Where services such as heating and washing machine areas are communal.

    I have seen many such buildings in Scandinavia. Some of them are quite luxurious and built to a high standard.

    Here are street views of residential areas near central Stockholm. Most of residential buildings in built-up areas of Stockholm and Oslo are like that.

    https://tinyurl.com/y4lvkso8 (a cheap 4 story version)

    https://tinyurl.com/y2tmhbcb (a luxurious 5 story version)

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Bombercommand
  87. utu says:
    @Alfred

    (a cheap 4 story version) – I have stayed in one like that in Malmö sometimes in 1970s. It was modest but extremely clean and well kept. This is most likely no longer true with ghettoization of Swedish cities and Malmö in particular.

  88. gay troll says:

    The sprawling capitalist subdivisions of California can also be rather brutal. Not only are all the houses copies of each other, they are typically built with the shittiest materials and the cheapest and easiest design. Unlike a housing block, these subdivisions are in no way an efficient use of land or energy. But they will still crush your soul. More fully, because they lack communal living space.

  89. Thanks for reminding me just how much I hate, hate brutalist architecture. All of the architects that design to this standard ought to have their heads examined.

  90. Reger says:

    Zemun is the Austro-Hungarian / Habsburg town of Semlin and was rebuilt and developed under the empire which explains its architectural and human attractions.

  91. Soulless architecture abounds. Im reminded of my return to my mothers birthplace in the former East Germany. The most attractive buildings were those of pre-WW2 construction. The commie blocs… meh!

    • Replies: @Wally
  92. @Alfred

    How do you know the buildings in your links do not have “lifts”? My experience, in North America, for a walkup, no renter is interested in anything above the 3rd floor, and a third floor walkup is considered a hardship. Condominium apartments, 1st or 2nd floor only, for example old style two story duplex with two apartments on each floor, common entrance. Renting or purchase, parking is essential, and everyone wants underground parking for security and weather protection. In the 21st century, given the cost of land, all new condominium builds are tower blocks, even in the suburbs. Over thirty stories are common. Why are developers building tower blocks if your way is cheaper?

    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @Alden
  93. @Miro23

    It was the post-WW2 idolization of science.

    I said something similar in a different thread, i.e. that the 1960s were characterized by a unrestrained faith in the bright future of humanity based on continuous scientific and technological development.
    This optimism was based for the most part, on the perception created by the superpower’s space race and, of course, the moon landing.

    The main cause of our current deep economic and social crisis lays in the fact that many of the anticipated technological and scientific breakthroughs simply did not materialize.
    Our way of living requires constant growth, which technology and science were supposed to provide.
    Ideology has almost nothing to do with this.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
    , @Sam J.
  94. Andrei says:

    These blocks were meant to house the working class, not to please the bourgeois aesthetic sensibilities of spoiled Westerners. They are meant to be lived in, not stared at from outside. At least Eastern European cities look like cities, they have density, unlike American suburbs, where it just looks like everybody is trying to get as far away from everybody else.

    • Agree: Alfred
  95. Wally says:
    @TG

    said:
    “There used to be an old saying in architecture: “Commies like concrete.” ”

    Commies also like:

    The Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) (No. 2) Regulations 2020: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/973/made?view=plain

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  96. Wally says:
    @InnerCynic

    Indeed.
    I visited East Germany and the contrast with West Germany was truly shocking.

    Concrete everywhere:But then:

  97. Oscar C. says:
    @Alfred

    Nice. I think many people understimate the importance of the things you just mentioned in exchange for higher GDP & national income.

    https://josephballcommunist.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/stalins-ussr-and-maos-china-economic-super-achievers/

    • Thanks: Alfred
  98. @mwee

    Superb piece of architecture. If some of you do not get it than you have a problem.

    I am just saying that the building embodies the spirit of the era.
    I have no doubts that it was considered a superb piece of architecture in that particular era.
    The photos illustrating this essay, did a great disservice to it, so I felt compelled to present a different view.
    Frankly, looking at it from a bird’s eye perspective, the building does have certain elegance in its symmetry and composure.

    About the so called “commie blocks”: I agree that the issue at hand is mostly lack of maintenance.
    A simple face lift of the building elevations and removal of all air-conditioning units and enclosed balconies will perform wonders for every building, including the Belgrade’s “East Gate monsters”.

  99. Davorin says:

    Yes, but these hideous concrete apartment blocks were very happy homes for us. I only have good memories. You put the same blocks in America, and you see what you get. It’s always the people inside that count.

    • Agree: gsjackson
    • Replies: @jay
  100. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:
    @gsjackson

    American suburbs post-WWII eliminated front porches — replaced them with street-facing garages or carports. Back yards – patios are where families are expected to gather, and the feature they boast is “privacy” from neighbors.

    What I know of Florida takes that concept and multiplies it by 10: garage is main feature of house as seen from street, and the patio is now a lanai — a back pad enclosed by screens top and sides, presumably to keep mosquitos away. Many such homes have private pools, also enclosed in screens top-and-sides, in addition to the community pool.

    Some — many — developments hire managers to arrange card games, exercise classes, etc. at community center.

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  101. @John Johnson

    There was a show where they took an abstract painting by a 5 year old and convinced critics that it was by a professional and had deep meaning.

    There was also a story that circulated (in the 1980s, from memory) about an elephant who liked to paint. Its works were shown to art cognoscenti (without the detail that the artist was an elephant). They fawned over it.

    The elephant artist was Siri – a name now widely recognised as Apple’s built-in spyware, which iCult poltroons accept as a fair price for being freed from the terrible onus of queueing their own playlists. (Yes, Microsludge has Cortana for the same purpose, and Android has “Hey Fuckface” – but both of those are far easier to decapitate than the iCult version).

    Organised art is bullshit. It’s just a grift that exploits people so stupid and needy that they want to be told what they should like. (In a sense, it’s good because it helps those people to be identified, so normies can – and should – choose not to interact with them).

    Like organised anything, the upper reaches get captured by bullshit artists as soon as one of them works out that there’s value to be captured.

    There are no exceptions to this rule: it is as certain as Rule 34 (“There is porn of it. No exceptions“).

  102. @Wally

    People lined up to get themselves swabbed. It was a global A/B test.

    Insurance companies will love the resulting DNA databases, even though they’re (currently) legally prohibited from acknowledging that they have access to the data. People will get rejected for coverage, without knowing that it’s because insurers know that they have some genetic risk factor.

    The next (similar) test will be to get midwits to queue to get injected with a SARS-nCoV2 vaccine, which will be the rushed-est job in the history of rush-jobs, using the corner-cutting-est development in the history of cutting corners.

    I’m crossing my fingers in the hope that the vaccine contains a ‘kill switch’ that enables our overlords to switch off anyone stupid enough to stick their arm out. There’s a user on Unz called ‘Sick of Orcs’, which is fine as far as it goes – but I’m sick of retards, and retards outnumber Orcs 100 to 1.

  103. anarchyst says:
    @Alden

    Speaking of 6-story walk-ups, my New York City-based relatives LOVE New York City (at least until the recent civil unrest). Both of them are paying $3000 per month for 300 square-foot 6th floor walk-ups with (malfunctioning) elevators to some fat shylock jew who is getting rich on the backs of those who live there. I would never want to live in New York City or any other large urban area.

    The “do-gooders” who push “preservation” of old architecture based on age itself are missing a lot of disadvantages which have largely been wiped away by technological advances, but are still a part of city life.

    For the most part, cities have been cesspools of disease, dirt and filth, partially from having people in very close proximity with each other. Add to that, cultural differences regarding degrees of cleanliness and sanitation (still) have much to do with making city life undesirable, at least for some.

    The earliest suburbs which were and are still criticized by these communist types for “looking all the same” made it possible for almost anyone with a job to have a nice, if small house with a back yard and garage–the American dream. As social mobility increased, the desire for larger property sites and houses increased.

    City planners who are mostly avant-garde communists HATE the idea of suburbs and would rather see families packed like sardines in soviet-style high-rise apartments. They cite the “lack of community” as a reason to outlaw new suburban growth.

    Oregon and Washington states are in the forefront of “deplanning” and outlawing new suburban growth. Roads are being narrowed in order to restrict vehicular traffic purposely to make life inconvenient for residents.

    City planners are some of the worst people on the planet, having a communist bent…

    • Agree: Anonymousse, GazaPlanet
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  104. gsjackson says:
    @anon

    WWII was the demarcation point for the collapse of American public life. In the late ’40s we destroyed the public transportation system so you had to have a car to get anywhere, then we put into place single use zoning that separated residential from commercial areas so that you couldn’t walk to stores, pubs and such.

    Then too all the conveniences summoning people inside were a factor as well. Even through the early ’60s people would sit outside on their front steps in the summer and interact, even in the porchless 1950s suburban tract housing. Then everybody got central air conditioning and went inside.

  105. @Alden

    Alden: Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge. California, Oregon, Washington. Another blog on which I spend time is primarily based in the Bay Area. Several times I have advocated there that California has a possible solution for the build-up of forest detritus which provides the feedstock for half that state going to blazes over the past few years.

    That state has been hounded by the courts to reduce its population of densely crowded incarcerated individuals. The state has taken baby steps to utilize non-problematic prisoners as firefighters. For every day risking their lives in some cases and often toiling in dangerous situations, those guys are commonly and “generously” given a whole day off their sentence. So why should the state be so niggardly?

    The entire law n’ order game, whether police, prosticutors (like Kamala Harris), judges, probation officers, jail and prison officials and employees constitute one of the biggest rackets going. The entire system is a bureaucracy. My iron law of bureaucracy is one of incentives. There is no incentive to come up with real solutions and to diligently do your job. Main goal of all bureaucrats is to (1. keep their job and all the nice bennies which go with it and (2. to rise as high up the scrotum-pole as possible by keep[ing the nose brown and never making waves. So it boils down to being all about me, me, me…no thought or consideration for the state, the country or the society in general.

    Administrative officials are on the gravy train, There are contractors for just about everything in the system, food, medicine, clothing, construction, general supplies. Contractors want to get in on those juicy profits. They do all they can to land those contracts. If they are politically connected and a pol stands for campaign contributions, they get them. But the administrators make most of the day to day decisions and a great many of them are motivated by greed and personal advancement. So bribery becomes part of the equation. Whether by hook or by crook bribery happens. It could be a case of fine whiskey or wine at Christmas. It might be a time-share at some luxury destination. Maybe it takes the form of stock tips. Or maybe its just plain old cash under the table.

    So here are prisons and jails in California. One federal joint in the state has the highest proportion of covid cases in the nation outside of nursing homes and assisted living centers for elderly folk with serious health preconditions. They are crowded in like inhabitants of a sardine can…perfect generators for all sorts of disease vectors. But they are PROFITABLE for all officials and bureaucrats concerned. So they do not want to let go of their money-makers, the prisoners. Administrators and bureaucraps have no incentive whatsoforever to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    Though it would be resisted to the max, my solution is simple. In all penal systems there are huge numbers of individuals who in civilized countries would not even be incarcerated in the first place. Sometimes laws are written for purely political reasons. Those who fall afoul of those putrid pieces of legislation often end up incarcerated. With not quite 5% of the world’s population, the U$ has 25% of its prisoners—in fact more than locked up by China and India COMBINED.

    So my suggestion is that the state’s department of corrections make an offer to selected prisoners a deal they cannot turn down—five days off the sentence for each one they spend pro-actively cleaning up all that fallen detritus on state, federal and corporate lands. Say you are a prisoner with a year to go before your out-date. 365 days. Five days off for each one cleaning up brush, branches and dead trees.

    Five days off the sentence for clearing the forest floor. Do the math. They would jump at the chance to do the work. You toil for 73 days, doing TRUE environmental protection and you walk out the door a free individual.

    It’s not likely to happen because the entire prison-industrial law n’ order racket complex would fight it tooth and nail. They don’t want to lose any of those golden goose-eggs. A compliant mass media would be approached by some major PR firm and would promptly raise a huge stink about “letting dangerous criminals out in the streets. Your children would be imperiled!!!” Get the drift? That entire scenario is almost a perfect wrap of why this country is going to hell in a handbasket. Too many greasy paws in the pot.

    • Agree: Alfred, foolisholdman
    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Anonymous
  106. @Dumbo

    It looks exactly like what it is, the inhuman order of modernism collapsing and crumbling into the mere wreckage of postmodernism

  107. @Reg Cæsar

    I happened to be a student at the University of Minnesota when Kieth Heller and Gloria Segal landed the contract for developing the original towers of the Cedar-Riverside complex. Nice pair of sweet-talking Jewish folk. Like the character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” commented “it pays to have gonnections.” Nobody but nobody has connections like well-connected Jews. Credit? No problem. Jewish? Easy terms. Very little down. You are connected, you got the backing. Nice way to hire some contractors, maybe a PR flack and a journalist or two and it’s off to the races.

    Tragedy about those towers is WHERE it happened, In the late 60’s, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood had become the absolute ground-zero center for the emerging counter-culture. Hippie enterprises, many of them of a cooperative nature, sprang up like spring mushrooms in the Upper Miodwest’s own Summer of love in ’67. There was the New Riverside Cafe, Caesar’s Pub and the core of it all, the Cedar and Riverside corner with Dania Hall, with Phil Richter’s drug store on the ground floor. Hippies and wanna-be’s all over the place. Plenty of pot, psychedelics and music, but VERY little hard drugs. There was Jon Herb’s poster=shop where I purchased an original 1965 Renaissance Pleasure Faire poster for maybe three bucks.

    The culturally most generative center was Cafe Extempore’ where musicians, poets, creatives of many types gathered and harmonized. Chessboards, a music room, simple foods and drinks available. But no charge and you didn’t have to buy anything. A cultural paradise which, though dominated by older Boomers and War Babies, also had a few elders and even a sampling of high school agers. Imagine, allowing those “children” to hobnob with those of college age, post-college and even a few who took inspiration from the energies of the young. Musicians like Spider John Koerner got their starts performing at the Extemp. Minnesota’s very first gay organization, FREE, for Fight Repression of Erotic Expression, got its start there. So did the unstructured Free University of Minnesota, a no cost alternative to the huge bureaucracy centered down the street and down the corner.

    Two years earlier I had written a poem about the “U”, then the largest single-campus university in the nation, with some 45,000 students and occupying both sides of the Mississippi River”.

    The University of Minnesota is a gigantic zoo,
    peopled by ineffectual intellectuals, crippled creators
    ….and masturbating madmen.

    Not much as poetry goes, but a clear picture of the of the devolution of America’s “Higher” educational system and some gawdawful architecture. Primus inter pares was the student union. Coffman Memorial Union was built during the late 30’s, probably with considerable New Deal funding. It was a cubist, Neo-fascist, New Dealership monstrosity. Bauhaus and worse. All right-angles. One huge cube of brick and concrete.

    This all came about during a time when the institution had begun early computerization of its record-keeping system, a punchcard regimen. All students got their cards, with class assignments listed and a few more details listed. The card warned: “Do not bend, spindle, fold or mutilate.” One campus wag grafittied a comeback on the wall of a campus men’s room: “I am a human being, do not bend, spindle, fold or mutilate.” A true Cri de coeur.

    Spinning off the horrors of the student union on the original East Bank campus was the newly erected, rectangularly phallic towers of the 1962 expansion to the West Bank of Old Man River. Again, no detailing, no adornment, no flights of fancy. Liberal arts in one building and business administration in the other. It was all business…bureaucratization business…one gigantic factory for turning out titled aristocraps: B.S. , M.S. and P.H.D. (bullshit, more of the same and piled higher and drier) as Will Sandstrom so indelicately but accurately described the devolution of America’s credentialization craze.

    Back to the Cedar-Riverside towers. The Heller-Segal towers ultimately were the destruction of the vibrant West-Bank counterculture. For some weird reason, a “social-justice” segment of the Lutheran Churches got it in their pointy little heads to start importing Somalis, a hard to culturally digest people who soon came to dominate life in the towers. Pretty soon the streets were crowded with “ambulatory bedspreads” as one acidic commentator described the burka-clad Somali females. The counter-cultural folks gradually drifted away. By means of those architecturally horrific towers, one culture was essentially destroyed and was replaced by a totally alien one, arriving with a totally different set of values. They were simply glad of free or low-cost housing for their teeming offspring.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  108. Biff says:
    @Alden

    Clean water sewers indoor plumbing influenced the Futurist architects.

    At the height of the Roman Empire the aqueduct provided indoor running water those lucky enough to live in Constantinople or Rome. After the fall of the Empire mankind didn’t have running water inside their homes for nearly another two thousand years. Why the gap?

    • Replies: @Alden
  109. Dan Hayes says:
    @gsjackson

    I defer to your experience. And I never heard any Wolfe mea culpas for supporting these bloody Middle East misadventures, unlike Tucker Carlson’s apologizing for being swayed by a “smarter” associate! Parenthetically, if this associate was Kristol, it is noteworthy that Carlson later turned on him with a vengeance!

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  110. @anarchyst

    City planners who are mostly avant-garde communists HATE the idea of suburbs and would rather see families packed like sardines in soviet-style high-rise apartments. They cite the “lack of community” as a reason to outlaw new suburban growth.

    Race is the big factor that no one wants to talk about.

    Even far-left liberals don’t want their kids in schools with Blacks. Liberals also don’t like riding public transportation that has too many Blacks.

    But single or gay city planners don’t really think about this and dream about everyone living in towers and taking light rail. The imagine Europe but forget they are in America.

    Oregon and Washington states are in the forefront of “deplanning” and outlawing new suburban growth. Roads are being narrowed in order to restrict vehicular traffic purposely to make life inconvenient for residents.

    This happens in a lot of states.

    They purposely choose a transportation plan that adds cars to the roads. They want to increase the appeal of the downtown condo lifestyle and they seem to think they can only do that by annoying White people out of their cars.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  111. @Majority of One

    There was the New Riverside Cafe

    Right up to the end, they would give change in $2 bills and fifty-cent pieces. Sometimes I’d go there for just that reason.

    Dania Hall

    Accidentally burned down by a homeless African trying to keep warm. Ironically, it was built by Danes to help immigrants assimilate.

    Coffman Memorial Union was built during the late 30’s, probably with considerable New Deal funding.

    It looks positively Georgian compared to the nearby Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum. A literal eyesore– it can blind you at certain times of day.

    By means of those architecturally horrific towers, one culture was essentially destroyed and was replaced by a totally alien one, arriving with a totally different set of values.

    I saw the pro-Mumia march in the neighborhood. Lily-white with a token Asian girl. The Africans ignored them. Sometimes the aliens are less annoying than the natives!

    I liked how the Viking Bar would host the Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs every Friday night during Ramadan. On the other hand, the Somalis uncharacteristically managed to coalesce (they suck at politics) to keep a strip club out. It belonged to a very suspicious Ecuadorian.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  112. anon[206] • Disclaimer says:
    @Nancy Pelosi's Latina Maid

    Next will be to wrap the buildings in masks of submission (Corona masks) to virtue signal how woke their companies are.

  113. I lived in a panelak in the Prague suburbs back in the early 90s. While the exterior community of buildings was drab and gray, the Czechs did up their interiors. The apartments were surprisingly warm, inviting and cozy inside..

  114. @Vojkan

    Looks as if a babble of genetically modified butterflies got screwed by an inflated ego.

    • Replies: @Vojkan
  115. @Simpleguest

    That 60’s adoption of the same shtick propounded by Ronnie Raygunz as host for G.E. theatre was calculated to appeal to the depressed generation who were born in the teens and twenties of the 20th Century: “Remember, at General Electric, PROGRESS is our most important product.”

    An uncle of mine had served in the Army Air Force in eastern India during WWII. Born in 1911, with a typically Swedish mechanical and engineering bent, Uncle Elmer grew up with the universalization of the automobile, tractors, radios, movies, running-water and electrified homes and barns. He was a small “d” as well as big “D” democrat and a true believer in progress.

    In recent years his has been called “The Greatest Generation”. I beg to disagree with that assessment as I was born during that conflict, so being a member of the smallest generation in American history, the War Babies, very little like those born during the depression and largely a forerunner to the Boomers, America’s largest generation.

    For a twenty year period, before the arbiters of communications took it down in the mid Seventies, the true (pre-hardrock) rock n’ roll music included a plethora of moving, inspiring sounds and lyrics. The Vietnam War disabused a plurality of us against the Federal government and its many wars of aggression. We also became cynical about capitalism and “houses made of tricky-tack.” But all too many of us got married, got “good” jobs and settled down as willing workers and compulsive consumers…all according to the devolutionary agenda.

    This covid plandemic has awakened many a non fear-laden American to many realities of the “Brave New World” of post-1984. An apprehensive cynicism has settled in, as our hard-fought efforts to create a new society of communitarian (NOT communal) values, has been grinded into the ground.

    Truth, honor, justice, beauty and love are values still deeply rooted within our post-hippie psyches.
    As spirits living in a material and Uber-materialistic culture, we do not fit into this corruptive paradigm. We continue to resist as best we can, while holding to our beliefs and our dreams of a more human reality than the one so eagerly accepted by OUR elders and so little conceptualizeable by our youngers. A large contributor to the D-generations is that they have deliberately been “stranger dangered” into any form of inter-action with their elders. Intergenerational apartheid happens to be one of many “divide and conquer/divide and rule” strategies employed by the plutocratic oligarchs.

  116. gsjackson says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Carlson got his start in the biz at a neocon redoubt — Policy Review Magazine (where I was also employed a few years before him). The war mongering there was dressed up in high end academic garb, so it’s easy to understand how young’uns might be easily led astray. I was so naive then that I didn’t know anything about the neocon-paleocon schism in Reaganism, until quite by chance I fell in with a well-known paleocon and was gradually eased out at PR. The boss there, like Kristol, had been a managing editor at The American Spectator.

    I’m sure I remember the Wolfe quote about supporting Bush and Iraq as his patriotic duty. It came as quite a disappointment, since I had Wolfe at the top of the favorite writer category and I’d like to think someone enjoying that status had half a brain. He did finally seem to rid himself of academic materialist superstitions (or at least begin to question them) at the end of his life with his last book, The Kingdom of Speech. But turn him loose on the culture at any point in his career — Bauhaus, modern art, etc, — and you got genius. He was working on a book about political correctness, which he called the funniest thing imaginable, when he died. What a loss to the reading public that it never made it to publication.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  117. @Reg Cæsar

    Nice sharing those 60’s memories with you, Reg. I left the T.C.’s for a year in California–both up and down the two biggies–69-70. One acid trip over the top while trying to drive to a beach in the wee hours and seeing nothing but red-lights every few blocks and cop cars every mile or two, persuaded me to drop in on friends in a very nice house in Pacific Palisades. Looking out their huge picture window, overlooking the entire valley of L.A., there was this brown blanket of smog in the area where I’d lived for the past few months. That persuaded me to return to the Northwoods, up in the area where Mother Earth gives birth to the Father of Waters, where ultimately I landed a small homestead.

    Your cognomen struck another chord. While living in the 600 block of 20th Avenue South and having dropped outta the “U” in the last quarter of my senior year (1968) I talked my way into a copywriter position at an ad agency on 2nd Avenue and 6th Street. Often (before all the freeways interrupting) I’d walk to and from work and drop in at Caesar’s Pub, where dark brewskis caught my fancy. So I laid out a business plan to the creative director. Notion was for the agency to get in touch with G. Heileman brewery in La Crosse to produce and distribute a domestic dark beer. Marketing plan was to start with imported wooden casks and kegs in college-town bars. In ’68 the operative term among those seeking the new and the different was “far out”. Get far-out cred in that era and everyone had to try it at least once. Even in that era, wooden kegs and spigots would have stood out and drawn attention. But the business side of the agency determined that the market for beer was going in a totally different direction–ultimately to Bud Blight and Miller Swiller.

    So Reg, did you ever check out Caesar’s.? Dave Lee was the owner-operator. Ever run into Red Nelson, who probably hung at the Viking a bunch–and maybe at the Triangle? When living at 120 20th Avenue South in the fall of ’63, I strolled down the street one evening and spotted a kid sitting on the stoop of an apartment building. He was smoking something and I accepted a couple of puffs. He identified himself as Red’s nephew from Omaha. I reckon that in ’63 I may well have been one of maybe the first thousand Minnesota Caucasians to puff on a joint.

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  118. Alden says:
    @Majority of One

    Until about 25 years ago the cities counties park workers, rangers in state lands, rangers on federal lands and workers on lumber company lands routinely cleared the brush tinder and fallen branches and trees. We did have fires but they weren’t so bad.

    I explained that in my post. It’s not lack of workers to clear the brush. It’s federal court orders state court orders and state and federal laws that prevent anyone from clearing brush.

    I used to know criminals who lived in the fire fighting camps. First, they only fight fires a few weeks a year. Second they are paid money for it. Third they absolutely loved living and working in the fire fighting camps. It’s a plum wonderful job for them. They compete for those jobs. And they can escape by just walking to the nearest road. But they don’t because if you have to be in prison it’s the best place to be.

    California , America, needs vastly more prisons than it has. If you believe they’re only in prison because of non violent crimes like smoking weed you’re just another anti White pro black criminal ignorant moron.

    Prisons cost money yes. But criminals should be in prison, not in the world where they can rob beat assault rape and murder. Best thing about prisons? The scum can’t reproduce another generation of criminals when they’re in prison.

    When I became a probation officer the boss dumped the rape caseload on me. Because I lived in Marin close to the psychiatric hospital where convicted San Francisco rapists were sentenced to just 3 weeks observation and then released to rape again.

    Of course that was still in the days of the To Kill a Mockingbird Emmett Till Scotsboro Boys rape defense. No black man ever raped a White woman standard defense. It’s a long story, but I doin figured out a way to keep them incarcerated in that state mental hospital forever.

    And then, really, it’s the thing I am most proud of in my life. Because I did it all by myself without any help. Within about six months as new rape cases cane along I convinced the judges to give the rapists maximum terms in state prison instead of 3 weeks in a mental hospital. And this was a few years before the feminazis went on their anti rape crusade.

    I cannot remember one rapist in that 10 percent black county that was not a black. Not one. 10 percent black county, 100 percent of the rapists were black.

    Ignorant brainwashed criminal loving liberals like you, like antifa BLM, ACLU etc etc etc are as culpable for crime as the criminals themselves.

    There is a solution for crime that does not involve spending hundreds of millions a year in prisons. It’s infant tubal ligation and infant surgical castration of the criminal demographic.

    Abracadabra no more crime in about 50 years. And the schools would be once more civilized as the wild little boys would be mild little boys.

    Since you’re so interested in prisons, why not look at the percent of Whites in Ca prisons. I suggest you begin reading amren.com for a more realistic knowledge of crime rather than the Fairy Tales you’ve been reading in The Nation Huff Post or other anti White pro black criminal propaganda center.

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  119. Alfred says:
    @Bombercommand

    How do you know the buildings in your links do not have “lifts”?

    Because I have lived in similar buildings in these cities and I have visited a great number of them. This is not fat ass USA. People have legs for walking. People have muscles in their bums. You can always tell an American girl from the shape of that most important part. 🙂

    Why are developers building tower blocks if your way is cheaper?

    Because of the exorbitant cost of urban land in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia etc. This cost of land is entirely due to low interest rates – well below real inflation. And zoning laws.

    parking is essential, and everyone wants underground parking for security and weather protection.

    Cars are only essential because American cities were badly designed – deliberately. I believe GM was at one time buying up tram companies in order to shut them down.

    Sadly, the paradigm that you are describing is in the process of collapse. Sooner or later, there will be real positive interest rates. People in many cities are already leaving for good reasons. I certainly would never want to live in a high building when the elevators stop working.

    New Jersey, New York top list of states people are fleeing most

  120. Alden says:
    @Biff

    Easily replaced slave laborers was the reason for the gap. Some slaves are like livestock ( I’m really sorry to say that but it’s the best comparison) They’re born on the farm, raised and live on the farm play with the farmers children, and spend their lives on the farm. They are fed clothed sheltered and trained for work. They don’t starve and are never homeless.

    Then there’s the Roman system of slavery. Work them to death because the entire Roman Empire was built on capturing millions of people and bringing them back to Rome as slaves who were easily replaced. Farm worker slaves on the big latifundias weren’t sold individually, just in lots of 25 50 100, like herds of livestock.

    Another reason why the water sewer and plumbing systems fell apart was the severe de population of the Justinian plague about 500-650 AD. Another reason was the endless goth hun Viking and Muslim invasions. The monasteries and cities where the loot was were looted and raided again and again. So everyone fled to the country and forests where clean water was everywhere and outhouses sufficed.

    The water and sewer systems stayed functioning more or less in Rome, Italy and parts of Spain. Not so much in N Europe.

  121. Alden says:
    @Johnny Walker Read

    I love Linh. I liked his America articles better because I know America. Linh can take a city bus ride or wait in an airport and make a great entertaining article of the experience.

  122. California , America, needs vastly more prisons than it has. If you believe they’re only in prison because of non violent crimes like smoking weed you’re just another anti White pro black criminal ignorant moron.

    Libertarians and liberals keep pushing the lie that the prisons are filled with non-violent Blacks that picked up for smoking weed.

    It’s easily disprovable and as far as I have read was never true.

    Both these groups are led by shameless race deniers.

    • Replies: @TJM
  123. @Reg Cæsar

    If they ever build giant concrete public zoo housing again they’d better give them better names. MLK Ziggurat, Festung Obamaburg, Wakanda Dam and HighRise.

  124. Alfred says:
    @Alden

    Everything you said about trees is absolutely correct.

    When the British landed in Australia, the fuel load in the east of that continent was 10% of what it is at present. The aboriginals burnt excess forests in the winter. They wanted grass for the kangaroos. Sydney Bay was not an aboriginal settlement. It was a giant trap for kangaroos. The kangaroos would wonder in for its grass and they had nowhere to flee to when the hunters blocked their exits.

    Environmentalists plus arsonists are the cause of the great fires that Australia has recently suffered.

    Farmers get heavily fined if they widen paths though their own land – paths which are needed by fire fighters. The rules make the path so narrow that it is impossible to turn around a vehicle and escape from an approaching blaze. Because of the exploding eucalyptus trees, the blaze can travel at tree-top level at a much faster pace than anyone can run.

    It was a huge mistake to introduce eucalyptus trees to California. These trees need fire in order for their seeds to spread.

    Eucalyptus trees: nature’s own arsonists

  125. @Majority of One

    So Reg, did you ever check out Caesar’s.?

    Never heard of it. I lived in St Paul from ’86 to ’16. According to Agnes in the comments below, Caesar’s closed circa 1986. So I just missed it. Though the main attraction of the West Bank for me was the U’s libraries, not the bars. No need to leave St Paul for that!

    https://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2011/04/what-place-has-closed-that-you-really-miss/#disqus_thread

    The public library has a collection you might be interested in:

    Caesar’s Bar, Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood Collection, Compiled by Muriel Lee M/A 2015.05.01 [PDF]

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  126. Alden: Do you have me wrongly pegged. I gave up on the Hubert Horantingandraving Humphrey liberalism when I read Goldwater’s ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ at the age of 17 when captain of my high school debate team. Though I do not, per se, consider myself a conservative now as I am utterly opposed to political bipolarism with the two party duopoly running the dog and pony show of Ass and Pachyderm.

    My contacts within the federal prison system are fairly extensive. Perhaps you are not aware that with the feds the conviction rate is now well over 98% and is, according to a federal probation officer, with whom I have socialized, soon to reach 99%. There are only two regimes over the past well over 100 years with higher conviction rates: Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany,both at 100%. Also, please be informed that there is no possible way to get a free, open and honest trial by a jury of your peers by a federal district court. There is also no provision for a defense based on defending one’s own life.

    Also, the only liberal/left sources I semi-regularly access come via links forwarded by a couple of friends who are leftists, one a materialist, rationalist, academicist Marxist. We argue a lot.

    As for your “solution” of tubal ligations and castrations, I find that abhorrent. The closest I can come to your perspective was a posting on this site by a person who suggested that 3 states in the Deep South become ‘black reservations’. Though I do not specifically agree with his concept, I am quite aware that the states he recommended once had black majorities and were it not for migration patterns during the two world wars, would still be the case today. I would like to see the major cities of this country become less burdened by people who totally prefer their own kind (a reverse racism) by means of private initiatives to form rural villages in the Deep South for “Baby Mamas, their younger offspring and wise elders (mostly from the South) to help them find a better way.

    Regarding the true criminal class of multiple offenders (of all races) there is a simple solution: Resettlement in the currently unoccupied among the Aleutian Islands. They would be supplied with Quonset huts, fishing equipment and plenty of beans and rice. The Coast Guard could keep them in place, along with near constant fog, williwaw winds of nearing 100 mph and waves of 80 to 100 feet being not uncommon. Individual islands could be segregated or integrated and the one choice the new migrants would have would be settlement according to their personal preferences.

    • Thanks: Alfred
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  127. Biff says:
    @Montefrío

    There’s a degree of pride in owning a home that qualifies as “cultural patrimony” and much effort is made in maintaining it, in spite of the expense (limited to the façade).

    We’re probably talking about two different things. In other countries such as Peru, I don’t think a government agency in charge of cultural heritage is going to laude over every single shanty as a “cultural patrimony” like they do in the U.S. It would put your lady friend’s house on par with every other shanty in the area, and force it to abide by the same set rule of building codes for all properties. That’s when the complaining would set in.

  128. Dan Hayes says:
    @gsjackson

    Many Thanks for your very interesting and informative response.

    BTW. Could Wolfe’s unfortunate support of Bush and his Iraq misadventures arise from a misapplication of his family’s “men of the soil” Virginia patriotism? Just asking. Again many thanks!

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  129. Vojkan says:
    @Majority of One

    I concede that my effort at trying to convey how much I detest the socialist urban architecture that spoils my view was rather clumsy. Luckily, I also have a view on mountains. As a matter of fact, I detest cities, and reptiles for reptiles, I prefer geckos to urban people but the way I wrote it, I didn’t make myself clear. The thing is nobody forced you to read and your reaction speaks volumes about your ego.

  130. Dule says:
    @Sollipsist

    This is not quite true. In Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska, Russia (guess the same occured in other Christian Ortodox countries of Eastern Europe that I haven’t visited), many churches have been built in large and small cities and villages, following closely the medieval models and taking advantage of the knowledge acquired in the late 19th/early 20th century bysantine style academicism. Many of these churches are true architectural gems, with their interior completely covered with with fresco paintings in the traditional style. As one might expect, there are complaints from the atheistic/globalistic “elites” that the temples should be built (if at all) in the ‘contemporary style’ because ‘this is the 21st century’, but the Ortodox Church has simply ignored such requests and followed its canons and traditions. Actually, Belgrade is a very good example of such trend, with the magnificent church dedicated to saint Sava and with a number of smaller and charming churches in its municipalities, including the internationalist/brutalistic Novi Beograd.

    • Thanks: Sollipsist
  131. @Dumbo

    “Best climate is the Mediterranean climate” I think many people feel like that. It also makes sense, because the first civilizations arose in that kind of climate. But I think maritime middle/northern European climate is better, at least with modern heating in the winter. What you have on the British islands or Netherlands. No such harsh winters like in continental Europe and summers not as hot as in Southern Europe.

  132. Dumbo says:
    @gsjackson

    That’s an interesting perspective. In the last decades, American life has focused mostly *inside* (Europe to a lesser extent, but also there, a bit). No porches, no socializing common spaces, but comfortable rooms where to watch increasingly online entertainment.

    No interaction with neighbours, which perhaps is a blessing: the more people turn inside their own spaces, the less agreeable they seem to become. I had a friend that lived in a pretty house in Orange County and the neighbours (all white) were overwhelmingly petty, complaining with others about parking issues, house work, children making noise, etc, but rarely if ever interacting in any positive way.

    Corona is an even more “giant step for mankind” in that direction of social atomization an “locked inside life”.

    • Thanks: Majority of One
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  133. Dumbo says:
    @Alden

    Best thing about prisons? The scum can’t reproduce another generation of criminals when they’re in prison

    But is it true? With conjugal visits, they can get still get their outside partners pregnant.

    There is a solution for crime that does not involve spending hundreds of millions a year in prisons. It’s infant tubal ligation and infant surgical castration of the criminal demographic.

    Since you can’t know for sure who will or will not become a criminal, that would basically mean castration of all black males. Not that I disagree that it might help, but, I think it’s unlikely to be politically feasible…

    A more practical solution could be the forced sterilization/castration of all violent criminals arrested, and voluntary (paid) sterilization of poor men and women of all races in order to qualify for any gov’t assistance. This might also arguably reduce abortion.

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  134. Dumbo says:
    @John Johnson

    But single or gay city planners don’t really think about this and dream about everyone living in towers and taking light rail. The imagine Europe but forget they are in America.

    Yep. There is no reason why public transportation, trains and light rail and bicycles could not work in many places in America as they do in Amsterdam or Berlin, except for — black people. Blacks are a bane on public transportation, especially when on larger groups. Loud, obnoxious, when not robbing and raping.

    On the other hand, it’s not as if American companies try too hard. Amtrak sucks, even the worst European railway service in Southern Italy is arguably better. And just look at Greyhound, one of the worst bus companies in the world, horrible company, horrible seats, horrible service, and compare it to German Flixbus, which, even if not amazing, is much, much better. But, again, not many blacks as customers, thankfully.

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  135. Svevlad says:
    @Emslander

    Only an absolute nonce would say that soviet Khruschovkas and Yugoslav housing blocks are the same

  136. Svevlad says:
    @John Johnson

    Nope. Here towers were made because
    1. Infrastructure was pretty much nonexistent. Doing the autistic american suburbanizwtion would result in eternal traffic jams (which still happened, thanks to all the unplanned suburbs around belgrade that were rapidly built up in the 80s and 90s)

    2. They were mostly built for the “higher class” gov. bureaucrats, officers etc – at least the higher levels, so they can get a good view and not live on the same level as the rabble below

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  137. Khalkos says:

    I live in one of these hideous concrete boxes here in Asia. Ugly as sin, but I now realize that in America or England, the biggest problem is the people, not the architecture.

    • Agree: Biff
  138. anarchyst says:
    @Dumbo

    Your comment: /”There is no reason why public transportation, trains and light rail and bicycles could not work in many places in America as they do in Amsterdam or Berlin, except for — black people. Blacks are a bane on public transportation, especially when on larger groups. Loud, obnoxious, when not robbing and raping.”/ leaves out one important overriding point…CHOICE and FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, wherever and whenever one chooses.

    Such choices are not available in some urban areas such as New York City. A dedicated “parking space” can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

    Americans don’t want “mass transit” but want their present-day “freedom of mobility”–something that the automobile provides.
    Not being tied to bus or train schedules gives Americans a freedom that those who live in many countries don’t have.

    The freedom to go where and when one pleases is a freedom that urban planners and other communist types HATE. You see, it has always been about CONTROL OF THE MASSES, nothing more.

    Yes, there are exceptions such as New York City where it is not only possible, but preferable to utilize “public transportation” but such examples are few.

    Those who wish to live in large population centers already have the choice of ditching their automobiles and relying completely on public transportation.

  139. Alfred says:
    @Dumbo

    A more practical solution could be the forced sterilization/castration of all violent criminals arrested.

    The assumption here is that men are the ones who limit reproduction. Of course, women are the bottleneck. A few active men can impregnate any number of compliant women.

    The man who fathered 1,000 children: They’re middle-class, living in Britain – and only a few have any idea about the extraordinary story surrounding their birth

  140. Enjoyable read, Linh.

    Very clearly, socialist architecture is highly compassionate in making every effort to protect its kindred spirits from feelings of envy or inequality that the grandiose designs of other social-political regimes provoke.

  141. gsjackson says:
    @Dan Hayes

    I like the theory. That and falling in with a NYC crowd, including on the home front. Men of the soil plus rootless cosmopolitans (who could have foreseen such an alliance) = WAR. But always on somebody else’s soil.

    • Thanks: Dan Hayes
  142. Mr. Hack says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I’m surprised that no-one has mentioned the fabled “Scholar” coffeehouse that was in full swing by the 1970’s, where Bob Dylan often hung his hat and got his start. The counterculture hippies all used to hang out at Richter’s pharmacy within the “Seven Corners” configuration, and down a few blocks the famous “Electric Fetus” would cater to their psychedelic tastes in music and smoking paraphernalia (headshop). Even the “Merry Pranksters” once paid the area a visit…

  143. craig says:
    @gsjackson

    People in the US also want to get outside and into public spaces. The difference is that in Eastern Europe there are no blacks to speak of, wandering the streets either with criminal opportunism or outright intent to assault, rob, and rape. Street crime is what keeps white Americans indoors. When it is suppressed as in Giuliani’s NYC, street activity returns; when it is indulged as in De Blasio’s NYC, non-criminal activity vanishes from public spaces. This fact will be obvious all over the nation as Democrat-run cities evolve over the next several years.

    • Agree: Alden, Sam J.
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  144. gsjackson says:
    @Dumbo

    Yeah, you could look at the last 100 years of American life, going back to the introduction of radio, as a concerted effort to chase people inside and gradually put an end to face-to-face interaction. Covid just makes it official, finally outlawing the practice: ‘YOU WILL REMAIN INSIDE YOUR ENCLOSED PERSONAL SPACE, ATTENTIVE TO THE SCREEN AT ALL TIMES FOR NECESSARY INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS. SHOULD YOU NEED TO LEAVE AND ENCOUNTER OTHER HUMANOIDS YOU WILL KEEP YOUR FACE COVERED AT ALL TIMES AND REMAIN EXPRESSIONLESS.’

  145. Sparkon says:
    @Alden

    California , America, needs vastly more prisons than it has. If you believe they’re only in prison because of non violent crimes like smoking weed you’re just another anti White pro black criminal ignorant moron.

    I agree. I think what became Prop 47 started out originally as a plan to free up space in the jails and especially prisons by eliminating incarceration for possession and/or smoking marijuana. This plan would have freed up jail and prison space, but even more importantly, it would have relieved the cops of the burden of pursuing dope smokers, and freed up their time to go after the real criminals, of which there seems to be a limitless supply. Plenty of serious crimes are not violent at all.

    Typically, all the politicians representing various special interests hung their riders on the bill as it passed through the Cal. state legislature, so instead of springing only pot smokers from the slammer, a whole raft of so called “low level crimes” came under the Prop 47 umbrella, especially “petty” thieves.

    In S. California, anything not chained down gets stolen almost immediately, even trash cans outside a mini-mart, Christmas displays, packages delivered by UPS, bicycle seats, bicycles themselves, and on ad infinitum.

    Pot smokers shouldn’t go to jail. But I agree that it should be a simple equation: break the law, go to jail. Build more jails and prisons, if necessary, and it is necessary, as you say.

    • Replies: @Alden
  146. @Mr. Hack

    Still in high school during the Scholar’s last year of existence. Across the street from it in Dinkytown was the Podium music and tobacco shop, where I discovered Sobranie Black Label and bought some of my first briars. Couple doors down was Al’s Diner, a hole-in-the wall breakfast joint. Corner of the next block was Grey’s Drug, with its popular soda-fountain/lunch counter. Dinkytown was an institution which had some high cultural values in a student-centered environment, separate from the jock-centric culture east on Washington Avenue and close to the football stadium.

    But the agency of change and transition was the West-Bank, cornering on Cedar at Washington with Savran’s bookstore. A walk southwards on Cedar Avenue during the late-60’s into the early 70’s was the epicenter of the Upper Midwest’s own “magical mystery tour”.

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  147. @Svevlad

    Nope. Here towers were made because
    1. Infrastructure was pretty much nonexistent.

    Which towers are you talking about?

    It doesn’t matter the economic system. It’s more expensive to build up than out.

    That’s why apartment buildings aren’t usually more than 3 or 4 stories.

  148. @Alden

    There is a solution for crime that does not involve spending hundreds of millions a year in prisons. It’s infant tubal ligation and infant surgical castration of the criminal demographic.

    Becoming psychopaths is not the answer to psychopathy.

    • Replies: @Sam J.
  149. Sparkon says:

    It doesn’t matter the economic system. It’s more expensive to build up than out.

    It depends on the value of the real estate where you build. In Manhattan, RE is very expensive, land is limited, and building out is virtually out of the question, so developers build up to recoup their investment.

    Currently, we’re seeing several very tall, skinny new skyscrapers appearing in New York City’s skyline, like 432 Park Avenue (2016), 111 West 57th Street, and Central Park Tower, all well over 400 meters. When completed, these three will be among NYC’s five tallest buildings.

    Officially, the tallest building in NYC is One World Trade Center (2014), which achieves its top rank by virtue of a 125 meter mast or antenna atop the structure, but its roof is ~425 meters, while the roof of Central Park Tower is at ~470 meters.

    It’s worth noting that the destroyed Twin Towers of the original WTC were widely despised when first proposed and built. In fact, from a purely economic standpoint, there was no need for even one 110 story skyscraper in Manhattan at the time, so they built two, in the process doubling the amount of available office space in Manhattan.

    The article in Gothamist contains this amazing statement, in my bold:

    The heart of the project, the Twin Towers, was designed by the architect Minoru Yamasaki, who is second-most-famous for the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis. (That development became the symbol of the failure of urban renewal when it was blown up on live television.)

    From an engineering perspective, the towers were revolutionary. The buildings’ structural skin made interior columns unnecessary; its “sky lobby” system slashed the number of elevator shafts required; and newfangled shock absorbers prevented the towers from swaying too much for human comfort.

    The scale was similarly impressive. Construction required 200,000 tons of steel and 2.2 million square feet of aluminum sheeting. There were 43,600 windows…

    https://gothamist.com/news/why-new-yorkers-couldnt-stand-the-twin-towers

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  150. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:
    @Majority of One

    Great summary of why government control of industry destroys industry.

  151. @Mr. Hack

    I’m surprised that no-one has mentioned the fabled “Scholar”…

    Wasn’t it the Ten O’Clock Scholar?

    and down a few blocks the famous “Electric Fetus”

    The Fetus has moved, more than once, I think. It’s at 4th (S) and Franklin clouded in Interstate exhaust. My fiancée lived around the corner, and it was a tough choice whom to visit first! We honeymooned in Duluth, entirely indoors, and were pleasantly surprised the Fetus had a branch there.

    Jodie Foster came to town for some museum event, and the two things that impressed her most was a gigantic photo collection (I forget whose, but she’s a serious collector) and that there actually was a record store called the Electric Fetus.

    But no big deal to the locals– that name is tame compared to Oar Folkjokeopus, a mile or so away.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  152. Mr. Hack says:
    @Majority of One

    The Scholar and the Podium were both on the West Bank and Grey’s Drug and Al’s Diner were in Dinkytown, on the East Bank. I hung around both areas, a lot at the now closed Valley Restaurant, in the basement drinking beer and playing pinball machines on Friday nights. Great memories all! I can’t tell you how many times I actually crossed the long bridge over the Mississippi (Washington Ave. Bridge) going to classes. It was really cold back then, even within the enclosed glass spaceway.

  153. Mr. Hack says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I knew it as “The Scholar” as shown within the photo. You’re right about the Fetus moving around a bit. But the original one was located on the West Bank (I think that it may have even moved around within that neighborhood too?). I don’t know Duluth that well, it was my early entrance point to the North shore. I drove around once and found an old fashioned bakery within and felt that I was no longer in the US, but somewhere in Scandinavia. Great town too!

  154. Sparkon says:

    When I lived in a 3-floor apartment, it was great having an elevator. Back then, they still let us have the flimsy, but strong, and free plastic bags at the grocery store.

    I could hang several of these plastic bags full of groceries, including a gallon of milk, over the front wheel on a simple piece of hardware on my bicycle’s handlebars, pedal home, roll my bike into the elevator, ride up to my floor, and wheel the whole shebang right into my bachelor pad, and directly up to the fridge.

    Of course, I park my bicycle inside where it is secure from thieves, and out of the weather, but I live in S. California, Land of a Million Thieves.

    I have never lived in a high-rise apartment block, but friends and neighbors have. In the States, most apartments are built to the lowest standard possible, and noise from adjacent units is a common problem, but concrete and cinder blocks do afford much better sound insulation than drywall.

    Like cars, buildings require regular maintenance. At the end of the day, it’s nice to have a solid roof over your head, hot water, flush toilet, stove and refrigerator. Go without these basic necessities for any length of time, and the aesthetics of the structure soon lose their importance. As long as it was clean, safe, quiet, and affordable, I could live in a brutalist box.

    It sure beats being on the road, with a buck in your pocket, and no place to go:

    Peter, Paul & Mary, “Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  155. Alfred says:
    @John Johnson

    Here is a good post on the costs of low rise vs high rise

    This is all common sense. It supports the approach taken by the Scandinavians that I referred to in #90. Anything above 5 stories becomes much more expensive per square foot/meter. It is also that approach taken by the Soviets – even if the materials and techniques are different.

  156. Alfred says:
    @Sparkon

    The buildings’ structural skin made interior columns unnecessary

    These buildings were structurally highly redundant. They were like a metal sieve turned the other way.

    You could punch holes in it without endangering the structure in any way. That is why the 9/11 fairy tale about the two planes and the fire is so preposterous to any civil or structural engineer.

  157. TJM says: • Website

    Linh Dinh is a treasure and an adventurer and a writer extraordinaire. I was lucky to grow up in Lincoln, Nebraska where the houses are all different. The yards are manicured. The elm trees were glorious. I’d ride my Schwinn bicycle around the city looking at the beautiful homes. The Nebraska State Capitol building is a work of art. A very phallic one btw with a statue of a sower throwing seeds as he stands atop the rounded architectural penis. No wonder all my girlfriends got pregnant.

    Now I live in Healdsburg, California, another oasis of differentiated single family housing. Sure the millionaires are moving into town from San Francisco and rebuilding these old homes, but it isn’t awful. Well, there is a hideous modern three unit building going up a half block away. But it is still the very small minority of architecture in our town.

    Vote with your feet.

  158. Only unadorned boxes are kosher, and the best ones are the square dicks, sodomizing God. Navel gazing center of the universe, New York had twin cocks.

    Were the Twin Towers Jewish cocks or Jewish Torah scrolls?

    One would be guilty of being an “evil antisemite” or “crazy conspiracy theorist” for pointing out that the commemorative shekel for the Six-Day War of 1967 was a talisman for (((9/11))) in 2001.

    Two World Trade Center (WTC 2 aka the “South Tower”) was hit by an airplane at 9:03 a.m. and collapsed at 9:59 a.m. That’s less than an hour, folks, or about 4 hours less than it takes to roast a medium-sized pig of about 75 to 100 kg.

    SMHID

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Majority of One
  159. @Timur The Lame

    I remember my mother likening the architecture of King’s College Chapel (In Cambridge, UK.) to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue.

  160. @Whitewolf

    I have a friend, a Soviet-era architect, now retired, who was born, lived and worked in Moldova. He has such confidence in the structural integrity of the “commie-block” that he now lives in, that his wife says that he does not bother to get out of bed for a Richter scale-7 earthquake. In another part of Chishinev, there is a similar block, which leans at a really crazy angle where the earth under one end of it disappeared. In spite of that, the building itself is still more or less intact. As someone else remarked the “socialist” countries had ugly housing, but not the shantytowns, slums and homeless of the “West”. Most of the one I have seen, had really cheap district heating and district hot water, Gas, electricity and rent came to a few dollars a week.

    • Agree: Alfred, Sam J.
  161. Dumbo says:
    @Maowasayali

    LOL. I’m sure the destruction of the towers was planned in advance, no one liked those ugly buildings and I don’t think they were profitable, but they needed a good excuse to take them down and make Silverstein richer through his insurance scam, plus all the neocon wars that followed.

    There are so many strange things about that whole episode, but the most likely explanation is that the towers were brought down by explosives and the (probably empty) planes were just a diversion/excuse.

    The new WTC One is more phallic, also pyramidal which might be related to occult symbolism.

    The Empire State Building was the last nice skyscraper.

    • Agree: Alfred
  162. Alden says:
    @Bombercommand

    The Americans with disabilities act requires elevators in most 2 story apartment buildings for people in wheel chairs or other problems climbing stairs m.

  163. Alden says:
    @Sparkon

    Plea bargaining instead of trials leads to the myth of non violent innocents being in prison.

    First, judges can use previous crimes and even just arrests when deciding sentences. And most criminals have long, long criminal records.

    Second, so as not to have to triple the number of courtrooms and judges. criminal charges are settled by plea.bargaining. Attempted murder great bodily injury deadly weapon becomes assault and battery becomes. Home invasion, rape theft of thousands of dollars with of goods and cars becomes criminal trespass.

    Being caught by the security company in a store at 2/am becomes possession of a minuscule portion of an illegal drug because the suspect did have the drug and it’s easier to send them off to prison on the drug charge.

    Then the blacks and moron liberals clamor for the rapist home invader grand theft guy to get out because all he did was criminal trespass

    The liberals are trying to get robbery if the victim just handed over property without being beaten classified as a non violent crime. Thus no bail drop the charges. Same with vehicle theft burglary, anything where victim doesn’t get hurt.

  164. @Sparkon

    I have never lived in a high-rise apartment block, but friends and neighbors have. In the States, most apartments are built to the lowest standard possible, and noise from adjacent units is a common problem, but concrete and cinder blocks do afford much better sound insulation than drywall.

    There is also the problem of heat.

    Liberals assume high rises are efficient but forget that heat rises.

    So you get this situation where upper units need a lot of ventilation and cooling, even in winter.

    I have experienced this first hand. You get people that keep their unit warm and then people a few units above are forced to run the AC all day.

    You run into this problem with even 4-5 stories. Add a central heating/cooling system? Well now you added more to the cost.

    The trend in high rise hotels has been to seal everyone in and limit how much they can heat/cool their room. So no fresh air, great.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  165. @Maowasayali

    It is incorrect to refer to Kosher salamis as “cocks”. Cocks are almost never found among Jews. Their wounded weenies are more properly referred to as dicks.

    Cocks feature totally original equipment and their possessors are well-equipped for the primary act. Contrariwise, wounded weenies have been deprived of the most nerve-ending rich element in the male anatomy and such sense-receptors as are remaining are found only on the dorsal region beneath the glans. That explains why almost all Jews and a majority of American males tend to prefer oral gratification. Some spouses and lovers find that an onerous and unsatisfying task.

    There is an organization called Genital Autonomy-America. Do a search and contact them if you happen to be concerned or merely curious. Another organization made up of males who have been deprived of their man-hoods without their consent as the assault on them occurred were performed within hours of their birth. Parents have NO RIGHT to deprive their offspring of an Important part of their anatomy…That practice happens to be a blood-ritual which exists to maintain patriarchal control over the psyches of its victims. That organization, for obvious reasons, call themselves “The Bloodstained Men.”

    • Agree: anarchyst, Lace
    • Replies: @Maowasayali
  166. @Majority of One

    A very funny post, especially the part about “kosher salamis”… and I agree mostly with what you have to say.

    Now that you mention it, was what we saw on TV on 9/11 computer generated graphics to symbolize a circumcision?

    I say this because in real life, the airplanes would be flattened upon hitting the Twin Towers, but on Talmud Vision, what we saw were airplanes penetrating and slicing right through the buildings like a circumcision.

    Since we are on the topic, I would also argue that North American goyim are circumcised as a form of covert branding, like sheep or cattle are branded.

    The circumcision of Christians makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, neither religiously nor historically; it only makes sense as the symbolic “kosher mark of property”, if not the “kosher mark of approval” of our Jewish overlords.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet
  167. Sparkon says:
    @John Johnson

    Liberals assume high rises are efficient but forget that heat rises.

    Well, I don’t know what political orientation has to do with it, but I’m pretty sure heat moves from warmer objects to cooler objects.

    Warm air rises, but unless you are living in a high-rise birdcage, there shouldn’t be that much air exchange from one unit to the next.

    Usually, the south side of buildings is warmer than the north side because of exposure to the Sun. In fact, many modern skyscrapers use reflective glass to help shield the structure from too much solar gain, and reduce the need for air conditioning.

    But watch out! Curvy reflective surfaces on skyscrapers can focus sunbeams into death rays capable of melting cars, like the notorious Walkie-Scorchie building in London, aka 20 Fenchurch St., Carbuncle Cup winner in 2015.


    Psst: You know what they say. “It’s the optics.”

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @John Johnson
  168. Biff says:
    @Sparkon

    Warm air rises, but unless you are living in a high-rise birdcage, there shouldn’t be that much air exchange from one unit to the next.

    Heat and air are two different things. The heat can still rise while the air stays in place..

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  169. anarchyst says:
    @Maowasayali

    “Circumcision” should be redefined as “male genital mutilation” just as females have done, regarding the equally barbaric practice of “female genital mutilation”, the cutting and removal of labia and clitoris.
    It is long overdue to outlaw these barbaric practices on a worldwide basis. Removing a healthy body part without medical necessity is always wrong and should be treated as criminal in nature.
    Those who wish to have these procedures performed on themselves can do so as adults, giving informed consent.
    Denmark is on the cusp of outlawing this barbaric practice and that has upset Denmark’s jews.
    As to jews, they can go to israel if they want the practice done. It would seem that israel could use the additional travel business.
    In the case of jews, after the “deed is done”, the dirty “mohel” then fellates the infant, transmitting whatever STDs and venereal diseases that the “mohel” possesses. Sick.
    Maybe that is the reason jews are so “twisted”–mental illnesses caused by STDs transmitted to the infant as a part of the “male genital mutilation”.

    • Agree: Maowasayali
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  170. Sparkon says:
    @Biff

    Heat and air are two different things.

    You don’t say?

    I thought that distinction was clear from my comment, but apparently not. Let me spell it out for you:

    Air in a birdcage is not trapped and is free to move, but air in an individual apartment is largely trapped within that specific unit and cannot freely move to adjacent apartments.

    Heat will rise only if the upper part of the object, or body, is cooler than its lower part. Full stop.

    Heat always moves from the warm part of an object/body to the cooler part of that object in a process known as (thermal) conduction, in accord with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

    Warm air rises — provided it is warmer than the air above it — in a process known as (thermal) convection. Warm air trapped in an apartment cannot rise any higher than that specific apartment unit’s ceiling.

    Finally, buildings — and everything else — sitting in the sun get warm in a process known as (thermal) radiation, and that’s why the south side of a building sitting in the Sun is always warmer than its north side, which is facing away from the Sun, and sitting in the building’s own shadow.

    This process is often observed with a car sitting out in the Sun. Radiant energy from the Sun heats the air and objects within the car, and temperatures therein can soar. The air within the car is trapped, and is being heated not only by radiant energy from the Sun getting through the transparent windows, but also by convection from objects within the car that are very hot, and are heating the trapped air as well.

    That’s why people who must park their car in the Sun sometimes leave their car windows cracked a bit at the very top to allow some of the super hot air within the vehicle to escape.

    • Replies: @Biff
  171. @anarchyst

    Internationally, there are four somewhat discrete levels of circumcision. Bonding, socialization and subconscious psychological effects are all affected by the different blood-rituals. The Jewish rite, of which the “bris millah”, to which you referred, being the most extreme of their tribal approaches, does involve fellation of the violated infant “to remove the blood.” The mutilated organ becomes engorged with more blood and erects. The remaining nerve endings transmit pleasure as well as pain to the central nervous system. In the depths of the psyche there ensues a mixed blending of pleasure with pain, creating a possible lifelong basis for sexual neurosis in the victim. That would explain, in part, the erotic dysplasia in individuals like Woody Allen and to a lesser degree, Jerry Lewis.

    In the case of Allen, another factor comes into the equation. One recalls that the ritual is performed by an all-male assembly as the mohel does his dirty deed. This occurs on the 8th day of the infant’s life. He has already had opportunity to closely bond with his mother. She is not only his source of love and nutrition, but also his protector. Suddenly, he his removed from her presence and this entire ritual occurs. Again, deeply within the psyche, he feels betrayed by his mother, while drawn into the presence of an all-male congregation. Thus is the patriarchal system buttressed and reinforced long before primary consciousness develops. The Woody Allen types (a subset) develops a highly schizophrenic attitudinal relationship towards females. Their psyches, even more than their weenies are wounded.

    The woman who started the anti-circ movement in the U$, was a nurse who had seen one too many infants bawling their little eyes out in the typical American hospital setting. She referred to the procedure as psychological castration. In sharp contrast to the traditional Jewish Bris, the hospital procedure is simply a matter of routine. There is no ritual . It is totally devoid of the human element. The victim, at less than 24 HOURS of age is taken into an operating room. The lighting is harsh and ubiquitous. Glaring and intense. Optical nerves become overwhelmed in the innocent boychild. He is strapped down on a cold stainless steel operating table, with arms and legs immobilized. Even at this stage of the operation he is terrified, traumatized. He has been taken away from the warmth and comfort of his mother and surrounded by masked marauders.

    All “comfy” on the operating table, the infant is next covered by a plastic shield with a tiny opening at the middle of his body. His wee-wee is withdrawn through the opening and the doctor wields his scalpel. There is no anesthetic. The pain is immediate and overwhelming. Deep within his “fight or flight” brain stem, the pain is branded in and lasts a lifetime. Many victims of the procedure never come to terms with the inner outrage. Eros has been laid low. The victim has become effectually de-eroticized and as the years proceed his sexuality develops in a “normal” but totally un-natural manner. A host of dysfunctionalities can ensue. Rather than being the locus/focus of pleasure, the male organ becomes a neuroticized amalgam of pleasure and pain.

    In Muslim culture, the ritual has been somewhat ameliorated, as the child, according to a Moroccan source, is generally put through the gauntlet at around the age of three. He has had plenty of time to closely bond with his mother and to become socialized within the family circle. His frontal lobe consciousness has had opportunity to develop. On the big day he becomes the hero of the occasion, showered with gifts and encouragement. The pain is still there, but as he can deal with it in not only a conscious level, but also in an occasion where he becomes the hero for a day, he can ultimately reconcile the situation.

    The fourth form the act takes was revealed to me by a Philippino doctor. He told me that it usually occurs at around the age of twelve (puberty onset). Again, it is a family and community event where the youth undergoes what is essentially a coming of manhood ritual. His status elevates from that of a mere child into budding manhood. Community acceptance is universal and becomes a foundation for a form of pride. This ritual evidently predates the Muslim invasions and Spanish conquest. It appears to be essentially identical to the rites celebrated within “primitive” cultures in nearby New Guinea.

    Ask yourself which of the four incidences is the more primitive and the most damaging to the human psyche. Circumcision as anarchyst points out, should be strictly a matter of individual informed choice. Anything else constitutes assault and battery on an innocent human being–sexual assault of the most egregious manifestation.

    • Thanks: Maowasayali
    • LOL: Alfred
  172. Jim Smith says:

    Fascinating. Linh Dinh rarely disappoints. And now, Belgrade! Architecture of cruelty! Concrete utopia! All true. Thank you, Linh. The photos are crucial too; they reify the insight of good writing. Keep observing, dude.

    • Agree: John Achterhof
  173. Biff says:
    @Sparkon

    Air in a birdcage is not trapped and is free to move, but air in an individual apartment is largely trapped within that specific unit and cannot freely move to adjacent apartments.

    Brilliant, but it has nothing to do with heat rising to the upper floors of a building(unless floors are insulated, and that only slows it down). Heat transfer doesn’t have to bring the air with it – in fact, solid objects(concrete) work better..

    The rest of your scribe is ‘fun facts’.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  174. Sparkon says:

    My curiosity was piqued by Linh Dinh’s comments about New Belgrade. Being a bike rider, the wide open spaces sound good to me.

    I had a look at the prominent buildings in the Serbian city using http://skyscraperpage.com/

    The diagrams show that new and/or ongoing construction in Belgrade includes:

    • Usce Tower II (110 m)
    • Skyline Belgrade – Poslovna Kula (129 m)
    • West 65 Tower (155 m)
    • Kula Belgrade (168 m)

    These new structures will be four of the five tallest buildings in the city when completed. The stepped brutalist boxes Eastern Gate 1, Eastern Gate 2, and Eastern Gate 3, all about 95 meters, round out the top 10 tall buildings in Belgrade. Kula means “tower” in Serbian.

    On Google Earth, I can see that the old part of Belgrade (Beograd – “White City”) is a maze of winding streets, while New Belgrade (Novi Beograd) has many of its major streets laid out as broad, straight boulevards at right angles to one another, as Linh Dinh has described. Or was it a complaint?

    Speaking of complaints, many people gripe about Google’s search engine. I sometimes must burrow down in the results as I don’t expect that what I’m looking for will necessarily pop to the top. To find the needle you may have to roll up your sleeves and dig through the haystack, where serendipity sometimes uncovers unexpected treasures, as there’s commonly more buried in haystacks than just needles.

    Anyway, Google Earth, Google Books, Google Books Ngram Viewer, and Google Translate are worth their weight in gold to any researcher, even if you don’t like the search engine.

    Unfortunately, Google Earth does not always include the newest buildings in any city, and the four new ones in Belgrade aren’t displayed yet. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at an artistic rendering of what will be Belgrade’s tallest building, the 168 meter Kula Belgrade:

    Belgrade waterfront” is an ambitious and large-scale joint project of the Serbian government and Arab investors. The project envisages construction of 177 hectares of land in the center of Belgrade, on the banks of the Sava River. It plans to build more than one million square meters of housing, about 750 thousand square meters of commercial estate and more than 60 thousand square meters of public facilities. The residential complex will include health care and culture objects, schools and kindergartens, parks and squares.

    https://ee24.com/serbia/news/belgrade-waterfront-construction-goes-according-plan/

    Serbia is paying 32% of more than €8 billion developmental costs, while “Arab partners” kick in 68%.

    I think Kula Belgrade is too swoopy and streamlined to qualify as brutalist architecture, and it is at least marginally more handsome than 20 Fenchurch St. in London, while looking no less out of place in its environment, which along with its oddball design may make Kula Belgrade a dark horse contender for a future Carbuncle Cup award.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  175. @Sparkon

    Well, I don’t know what political orientation has to do with it, but I’m pretty sure heat moves from warmer objects to cooler objects.

    Warm air rises, but unless you are living in a high-rise birdcage, there shouldn’t be that much air exchange from one unit to the next.

    Don’t be pedantic. Yes of course it is technically warm air that is rising.

    Even in 3 story buildings it is in fact a problem.

    https://ohmyapt.apartmentratings.com/utility-costs-which-floor-saves-the-most.html

    Liberals view high rises as efficient without being aware of this phenomenon. They assume efficient use of space means efficient using of energy. Most influential liberals are isolated suburban Whites that have never lived in a high rise nor do they bother reading about why high rises are so expensive. Their fake urban intellectualism also applies to public transportation. They often value forms of public transportation like light rail that are the most expensive and transport the fewest number of people.

  176. Sparkon says:
    @Biff

    The rest of your scribe is ‘fun facts’.

    First of all, a “scribe” is a person, not a thing. “Scribe” is also a verb meaning “to write,” so your usage of the word here is entirely wrong.

    What I wrote was a description, an explanation, and a lesson. Here’s another.

    Conduction: In solid objects, heat always and only conducts (or flows) from the warm part of that object to the cooler part, including any objects or bodies in contact with it, be it a building, a cast-iron skillet, a tree standing in snow, or a camper sleeping on the ground.

    Conduction is the reason snow melts first around the trunks of trees. The tree’s dark branches and trunk absorb radiant energy from the sun, and conduct that heat downward toward its roots in the cold ground, where the conducted heat melts the snow near the tree’s trunk.

    Photo: Mark Velland

    Photo: Luther College

    Yes, it’s true that snow does melt all around the trunk and, believe it or not, scientists have studied that too. (What can I say? They’re just innately curious!) They discovered that, on sunny days, the bark starts to heat up on the sunny side, but then that the heat is slowly transmitted in all directions by conduction, even to the north side, thus melting the snow all around.

    https://laidbackgardener.blog/tag/do-trees-melt-snow/

    [not in all directions; only from warm to cold]

    Conduction is also the reason sleeping on the ground while camping in very cold weather can be a killer. The huge heat sink of the cold ground can suck the warmth and life from an unwary camper in frigid conditions by the process of conduction. When camping in very cold weather, sleeping on an air mattress — or other good insulating mat — can save your life.

    Conduction makes steel-framed buildings naturally resistant to fire because the very strong steel frame acts like a giant heat sink carrying heat away from the hottest spots toward the cooler ones, obeying the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, and spreading the heat fairly evenly throughout the entire steel framework, which is the main reason no steel framed skyscraper has ever collapsed from fire.

    Photo: OC Register

    Convection: Warm air rises, until/unless something gets in the way, like a ceiling, or a layer of clouds.

    Note that there are hot air balloons, but no cold air balloons. The burner heats air trapped in the envelope, or balloon, and the hot air carries balloon and basket aloft.

    Air is one of the best insulators. In addition to the physical barriers of walls and floors to impede movement of air, the insulating airspace between those walls and floors reduces the amount of conduction between floors and between neighboring apartments or offices, which in any event will obey the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, flowing from warmer to cooler.

    Similarly, it is the layer of air between two panes of glass that inhibits or impedes heat transfer (out/in and in/out) much better than single pane windows.

    Warm air rises because it is lighter and more buoyant than cold air. Just as lighter warm air rises, denser and heavier cold air sinks, and so even a warm room can have a cold floor, especially if the ceiling is very high, which is good in summer, not so good in winter.

    With a simple IR thermometer, it’s easy to check the temperature difference between floor and ceiling, which in my residence with low ceiling can be 5° F or more on the hottest summer days, but not as great as the difference between the east and west sides of my residence in the morning, when the sunny east side is up to 15° F warmer. Of course, most people know that the coldest part of the day is usually right before sunrise, when your location has been sitting in the Earth’s own shadow all night.

    Incidentally, I live in one of the hottest parts of the world. It hit 122° F here recently. To keep the interior of vehicles cooler, most people place collapsible sun shades in their windshields while their cars are parked outdoors in direct sunlight during the hot day. I have an extra pair of these to block sunlight from entering through both driver and passenger side windows. As I mentioned, leaving the car windows cracked open at the top an inch or so allows some of the hot air to vent out of the vehicle’s interior.

    If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle on summer nights through hilly country, you’d probably realize there are almost always pockets of cold air sitting at the bottom of valleys that might be 20° F cooler than the air at higher elevations. It comes as quite a shock if you’re new at the game, and aren’t expecting it, as it was for me over 50 years ago.

    All else being equal, cloudy nights tend to be warmer than clear nights, because clouds act as a layer of insulation to block or impede convection of warm air into the upper atmosphere.

    It’s not fun facts; it’s basic physics.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Dumbo
    , @John Achterhof
  177. @craig

    This fact will be obvious all over the nation as Democrat-run cities devolve over the next several years.

    Just a minor tweak. Otherwise, great stuff!

  178. Herr Dinh,

    Pardon my ignorance; having only begun reading your work over the last year or two, I am curious if you ever wrote anything about the American war with Vietnam. If so, where might I find it?

    (I am very much of the opinion that the American war against Vietnam was one of the crudest and most absurdly dumb imperialist aggressions in the history of our corrupt pest elite, but I’ve yet to see what a Viet has to say about it all)

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  179. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Hi John Burns,

    I address the Vietnam War most thoroughly in my novel, Love Like Hate (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2010).

    I just got to Vladimirovo, North Macedonia after an exhausting trip, so must run…

    Linh

  180. @Commentator Mike

    From his obituary at VT:

    Just recently he told me after being put into a heavy Covid lockdown in Chile, where he was stuck for five months in a tiny flat, his health was destroyed. He escaped out of there with the aid of a walking stick.

    I’m not being ironic when I say that (((Covid-19))) really did kill Andre Vltchek, even though he never had it. No doubt his enemies and the China bashers are gloating… I wonder how many people like Andre Vltchek have had their health and lives wrecked as a result of the lockdowns… those who haven’t already committed suicide will probably soon end up dead, like our dear friend Andre.

    RIP

  181. Dumbo says:
    @Sparkon

    It looks like a shampoo bottle upside down. It’s too big, totally in disharmony with the other buildings. Of course the oil-rich Arabs, always mistaking grandiosity for beauty, like a megalomaniac project like that.

  182. Dumbo says:
    @Sparkon

    which is the main reason no steel framed skyscraper has ever collapsed from fire.

    Er… That’s not what we’ve been told, at least regarding a very famous case.

  183. Alfred says:
    @Maowasayali

    The circumcision of Christians makes absolutely no sense whatsoever

    It offers pretty good protection to many sexually transmitted infections – including HIV.

    The foreskin is designed to retain the juices of the woman so that they enter the bloodstream of the male – hence the mushroom head. An excellent conduit for viruses and bacteria.

    You can see the mayhem that Fauci has also created in the HIV prevention arena.

    In his otherwise excellent review of the AIDS epidemic in the 21st century, Fauci presented no new strategies for preventing the spread of the disease.1 He made no mention of male circumcision, yet there is now compelling epidemiological evidence from over 40 studies which shows that male circumcision provides significant protection against HIV infection; circumcised males are two to eight times less likely to become infected with HIV.

    How does male circumcision protect against HIV infection?

    • LOL: Maowasayali
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  184. 36 ulster says:

    I once possessed a book by architect Peter Blake, entitled Form Follows Fiasco; one of his anecdotes featured the city of Zagreb during the Tito era. A planned New City was constructed, but its banality was apparently offensive to its architects, those disciples of Socialist Realism, that most of them chose to remain in the Old City. Texture, you know.

  185. @Alfred

    Alfred: Bullshit. Some urologists are making significant shekels for doing the dirty deed.

    Several years ago the American Academy of pediatrics determined that there is no medical reason for removing a perfectly workable part of the male anatomy.

    Detrick facility. One was sent to Haiti (population-control reasons as per human engineering ideologues. ) A second was let loose in Congo. Third one was included in a hepatitis B vaccine broadly given to gay men in New York City in 1980. Dr Alan Cantwell has written extensively on the crime against the natural order which was perpetuated by the Deep State.

    BTW: Are you aware of which individuals or agencies financed those 40 studies, calculated to promote fear memes within the psyches of infant victims–the inner “wound that never heals”? Do you happen to suffer from wounded-weenie syndrome, Alfred? Don’t feel alone. If you are American you are in a majority of such victimized males who were surgically altered without their informed consent.

    • Agree: Lace, Maowasayali
    • Replies: @Lace
  186. Lace says:
    @Majority of One

    Last year I finally read all of Gibbon’s gigantic magnum opus. He mentions that the Romans allowed the Jews to ‘continue circumcision’. They so loathed those drab Jews they were just being nonchalant probably wanted to bother with them as little as possible. I guess if such a stupid procedure were suddenly stopped, there would have been ‘early psychotic breaks’, and no Freudian ‘erotics’ (which never include the actually carnal when possible) for serious-looking Jewish shrinks to perorate about.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  187. @Maowasayali

    The circumcision of Christians makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, neither religiously nor historically; it only makes sense as the symbolic “kosher mark of property”, if not the “kosher mark of approval” of our Jewish overlords.

    Well the Egyptians did it so why is it not an Egyptian mark of property?

    The male member is simply more handsome with a cut and everyone knows it. American women are not into the Euro look even if European women put up with it.

    It also reduces the prevalence of HPV so there goes the myth that there aren’t hygienic benefits.

    • Disagree: Maowasayali
    • Replies: @Majority of One
    , @Lace
  188. @John Johnson

    So, JJ: You are defending your wounded weenie status. Quite a common response cuz ya goat a live with it. So you like the looks of the mushroom heads. Yeah,I spose they are kinda cute in high school locker rooms…but on aging, mature men? They tend to look leathery and desiccated. As for women”s takes, I’ll present you with one which occurred in Holyoke, Colorado back in 1980. This waitress put up a truck driver she’d met at her place of work. Slept in. In the morning she shared her amazement and delight. Previously, her experiences had all been with dicks and this was her first with a man sporting original equipment. “All of them were like being pounded with leather, but yours was like being stroked with satin.”

    It must be admitted that in general the mushroom heads are considered as more appealing for oral gratification. A minority of women actually like to perform the service. Gay men love it. The recipients are delighted as they tend to get off better that way because they are a bit handicapped in the primary act and apparently the loving lips and teasing tongues feel better than the primary “alternative”. The needlessly medically altered organ is deprived of all its nerve-endings except for a small area in the dorsal region of the glans.

    As for the HPV argument, way back in the ’70’s an acquaintance who was terrified by what had happened to his organ actually showed it to me. He was in his early 20’s and had no idea what had happened. I was marginally acquainted with his latest girlfriend. She had quite a bit of a reputation.
    His thing looked like some tree-trunk that had sprouted a mess of fungi. So his cut mushroom was not the only one there.

    It also must be said that most folks who vehemently oppose Neo-natal sexual assault on an infant who is totally incapable of informed consent are not philosophically opposed to fully mature adults making their own decisions as to remaining natural or becoming (American only) normal. Jews and Muslims have no choice in the matter, but we Goys do.

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  189. @Lace

    Prior to the Roman conquest of the Levant, most everyone spoke Greek and the general culture had become Hellenized, including Olympic Games and their various derivatives. The races –all male only—were always performed in the nude. Can you imagine running without Nikes or Reeboks?

    Anyway, some Jewish young men decided to join in on the fun. They were literally laughed out of the competition. Along the line, a number of Levantine Jews decided to forgo the “bris” on their sons. In that era the games held a status similar to that of soccer, football and basketball in our era. But the Rabbinate went ballistic. Even those who had endured a light bris, with which they appeared to still be in possession of their original equipment, were excoriated by the Talmudists. “Nothing doing.” Those shot-callers from then on demanded that the entire foreskin would need to be removed if the individual were to be able to retain his Jewish identity.

    All of this I learned from one of Mary Renault’s wonderful novels on the ancient world,

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  190. Lace says:
    @John Johnson

    The male member is simply more handsome with a cut and everyone knows it. American women are not into the Euro look even if European women put up with it.

    People will say any bullshit imaginable. Not a word of truth in that one, but the ‘everyone knows it’ is worthy of an Inverse Pulitzer. European women don’t ‘put up with it’, they prefer it intact–there are several reasons why French and Italian, etc., are considered the hottest lovers. I know a number of American women who’ve quite loved to suck and pull on my foreskin, and anyway, when fully erect, most uncut pricks show the head fully, since the foreskin is then pulled all the way back (if you want it to be.) I’ve read stories of how much pleasure is lost for the circumcised male, but I think I’ll pass on finding about that. I’m thoroughly satisfied. If you grow up in the Deep South as I did, you’re more likely to be able to keep it, even if you’re not a redneck (I’m not.)

    My brother did get a circumcision when he was in his 20s, so there was no trauma from slaughtering babies’ foreskins, but I don’t know why he had a complete one, and definitely do not want to hear any more about it. He was phimotic, and could have just gotten a ‘clip’ (I don’t know what that’s actually called, but I know someone who said that’s what he’d had), but he’s the type of person who’s just plain ‘too affable’, and didn’t even seem to notice. Only with phimosis is the prick too hard to clean out the smegma buildup. But this especially freaks out Jews, I guess. Gibbon also called it ‘the curious practice of circumcision’, but he wasn’t thinking about Leviticus–a terrible novel.

  191. Lace says:
    @Majority of One

    A few enlightened Jews have stopped circumcising, there was an article about a year ago in NYTImes, which I cancelled subscription of last week, I’m so sick of it. But they were all talking about it as if it was some incredibly important earth-moving matter if they DIDN’T–wouldn’t be a ‘real Jew’ without it, most of them feared terribly. That’s the dumbest thing of their rules, but the food things are pretty dumb, especially when you run into a Jew (I was having lunch with one a couple of years ago) who says ‘shrimp are insects’.

    That was interesting about the Levantine Jews. So this had been forgone at other times in history (I don’t know the followup to the NYT story.) I hadn’t ever thought of it, because they seem to give it this atmosphere of ‘holiness’. I always think my Jewish dentists are going to freak even though I’m clothed.

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  192. @Lace

    Several years back I met a Jewish family of three from Manhattan. This was at the house of a friend who had lived in NYC for some 20 years and they had flown in to visit him. I was invited to the dinner and had a chance to chat with them. Both the friend and the couple are Marxists and such as well as being atheists. Shortly before the birth of their son he had convinced them not to cut. When one of the grandmothers found out, she went ballistic, almost disowned them.

    The son, who has become a leading figure in the Brooklyn folk music scene, seems quite bright,much like his parents, but is comparatively rather apolitical. Didn’t chat with him very long, but he does not appear to have the usual Jewish male anxiety/neurosis syndrome.

    Don’t know if you have noticed it, but a friend from La Jolla, California who has been very active in the intactivist movement (now known as Genital Autonomy–America) is convinced that he can tell the difference between surgically altered and intact men by observing how they walk and by other subtle cues. One factor I have noticed is that intact males appear to be more self-confident and less motivated by subconscious fear memes.

  193. Johan says:
    @John Johnson

    The next worse system of equality, producing the tasteless and uniform is called democracy, better be renamed to mediocracy.

    “But alas! the rising tide of democracy, which spreads everywhere and reduces everything to the same level, is daily carrying away these last champions of human pride, and submerging, in the waters of oblivion, the last traces of these remarkable myrmidons.” ~ Baudelaire

  194. @Sparkon

    Yes, I have had that experience riding a motorcycle. Thanks for the interesting explanations of conduction and convection. Your posts on this thread have been great.

  195. Sam J. says:
    @mwee

    “…The ones who stayed have place to live in (that happened not to be up to the LD’s hi standards) and pretty much get buy with basic life needs and have enough of left over to fill in coffee bars on daily basis. Some of them, true, like to spit on old system in false belief that country missed to “be America” conveniently forgetting the fact that their grandparents were living in houses with dirt floor and their parents were siphoned from that poverty into professions that allowed them to live pretty decent lives…”

    I totally agree with this. Look at this article on Khrushchyovka, Soviet cheap built apartments. When these were built people were living in huts, tents and dug outs. It’s the same sort of building people sneer at but it’s cheap and it beats living in dormitories, tents or under a bridge. All this sneering at “Corbu’s idea of ‘streets in the air.’” but it beats being “in the air” as a home.

    That some have totally missed the point is not the fault of Le Corbusier. His point was to build the most building for the least money.

    https://www.rbth.com/longreads/khrushchyovki/

    Some of these Khrushchyovka are shit but not all of them. A large amount of them are basic living and the most important thing is they are cheap and people own them. The latest western trend in affordable housing is to live in vans and old RV’s. Of course the people who condemn basic box apartments condemn them but what is the alternative? It’s the new “let them eat cake” but this time it’s “let them live in vans or shipping crates” or in the latest cases on the streets because officials don’t like the vans. They confiscate the vans then people have nothing.

    The Cabrini-Green project was built with lots of room and to high standards for the time it was built. That it failed was solely the fault of Blacks living there. We’ve seen they will destroy any place they live. Lots of classic looking buildings in Detroit but it still is a ghetto.

    I don’t like Le Corbusier facade on his buildings with the cartoon colors

    but the interiors look nice. These are attractive, functional nice apartments. What is wrong with these to complain about?

    Look at this article on the lay out of the apartments. They are great.

    https://archidialog.com/2011/11/28/mvrdv-le-corbusier-and-the-ultimate-inspiration-building-le-corbusiers-unite-dhabitation-in-marseille/

    And some interior pics.

    https://inhabitat.com/light-filled-apartment-in-le-corbusiers-cite-radieuse-hits-the-market-for-741000/#popup-1011375

    and the roof has a great public space with solarium, gallery and a pool. There’s even a kindergarten space in the building.

    There’s no reason these could not be built a little taller and have small shops, bars, eating places or whatever every third floor or so. The buildings could also be laid out in neighborhoods like the Japanese or Koreans do with lots of parks and work places all in the same neighborhood.

    I mean people have to live somewhere and the idea that we can all afford to live in art deco palaces is not going to happen any time soon.

    Look at what we spend our money on instead. Wars for Jews. Here’s a link where they say we have spent $6.4 trillion in the latest wars for Jews.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/20/us-spent-6point4-trillion-on-middle-east-wars-since-2001-study.html

    Let’s say we spend $100 per square foot, [with mass production I bet we could get the number lower by a lot], and give each person 500 sq. foot a person. So a family of four would have 2,000 sq. feet. For what we spent on the Jew wars that we could have 32,000,000 families or close to half the population a built and paid for apartment. How much better off would the middle class be if half the population had a paid for apartment?

    Let’s add in the recent zero interest FED loan to the banks due to covid of $6 trillion or so and we have the whole entire population of the US housed in apartments half with no mortgage at all and the rest at zero percent for 50 years. If you don’t like your box after you pay it off you could get yourself a dacha in the country some where but you would always have a roof over your head.

    If you want to see lots of Brutalism see,

    https://fuckyeahbrutalism.tumblr.com/

    Some of it looks great, some of it awful.

    • Agree: Simpleguest
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  196. Sam J. says:
    @Vojkan

    That building is an abomination. I’m all for brutalism IF it is simple because that is the form needed to cut cost. You can make livable and very functional buildings and spaces with low cost. They may not be very ornamented but they will function well.

  197. Not one of Linh’s better pieces. Pretty funny how the ritualistic commie bashing in the article and comments doesn’t fly with the people who actually lived/live in highrise “commie blocks.”

    They say the quality of the community and the people you live with is more important than the type of dwelling one is in. Imagine that! It made the virtue signalling moans of the “omg look at the soulless commie architecture!” types sound like the snobby ravings of elitist liberals who always look down their noses at the working class and people attached to their communities.

    The right, in some areas, can be just as tone deaf and unaware of reality as the liberals.

    • Replies: @Lace
  198. Sam J. says:
    @Simpleguest

    “…The main cause of our current deep economic and social crisis lays in the fact that many of the anticipated technological and scientific breakthroughs simply did not materialize…”

    That’s a damn lie. A huge massive unbelievable lie. A whopper of the largest magnitude. The reason we are becoming poor is the Jews stole all the damn money and what they didn’t steal they used to benefit the Jew wars.

    I’ve read estimates of $39 trillion or more being given to the banks at zero percent interest or close enough to zero. With that they buy all the productive assets and foist the cost onto the public and the workers while they take all the profits. There was an article I read the other day how they were financializing even trailer parks and jacking the space rents up as high as they could. They are doing this in every aspect of life by monopolizing everything and cranking up the fees to squeeze the life out of everyone.

    I have a comment here where I do a little simple math to show just with the Jew wars we could have built apartments for half the population of the US and given them away to the people.

    We’re poor and getting poorer because the Jews are ripping us off.

  199. Sam J. says:
    @Majority of One

    “… form rural villages in the Deep South for “Baby Mamas, their younger offspring and wise elders (mostly from the South) to help them find a better way…”

    I’m in the South and as far as I am concerned the people in the North should take every single Black person in the whole country and domicile them there. You attacked us, then made the laws impossible for us to control the savages so you should be responsible for them.

    If you made me king for a few years I would plop down 40 million apartments in the North, fill them with Blacks and give the Blacks title to the apartments so they would stay there.

    It’s totally the Norths fault that Blacks are such a problem and don’t blame us for slavery as the Jews brought them here in the first place. If you are going to place blame for slavery then the Jews should be first on the list as they were the largest owners of slaves. The Jews should take them back as the product they sold, Blacks,was defective.

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  200. IstvanIN says:

    So perhaps Prince Charles is vindicated.

  201. Sam J. says:
    @Anonymousse

    “Becoming psychopaths is not the answer to psychopathy.”

    Are you sure about that? If psychopaths have no empathy for us, and they don’t, why should they not be treated as they treat us???

    At one time in New York city any crime with a gun meant automatic death penalty. Needles to say gun crime was almost nonexistent. We should bring that back.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  202. @Sam J.

    True, Jews were among the most active buyers and sellers in the slave trade–the purchases were from predatorial African chiefs–mostly from Dahomey, who raided other areas and brought them back in huge coffels as did the Arabs. But you seem to be conveniently forgetting about the Southern elite, worst of them being in the cotton states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana–and let’s not forget the red-hots in Charleston and Savannah. So please don’t blame it all on the Jews–their motivation was to supply the demand. Typical.

    It really is a bit cold in most of the north for Blacks to deal with the winters and such. I’m thinking rural villages in the Deep South. Living in happy conditions “summertime and the livin is easy, fish are jumpin and the cotton is high”…Porgy and Bess. A probable majority of blacks are simply not cut out for life on the mean streets of the big cities. Happy folks usually do not cause much trouble. So unless three to five of the Deep South states are broken up, get yourself used to hearing the Bluuz.

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  203. @Sam J.

    Sam, Sam, Sam. Are you a gun-control nutcase? Then get your corpus the hell outta the nation that was born in a people’s revolution where private ownership of firearms was a major factor in our war for independence, Consider Australia. They got gun control imposed there several years back. Might be time to relocate. Try the state of Victoria. Lots of law n’ order there.

  204. Lace says:
    @Squarebeard

    I wasn’t going to say anything, because it’s the first I read of this writer, and learned quite a bit, but yes, not terribly good in some way. But has to be said that the writing style is screaming for an editor. I couldn’t believe it when I started it.

  205. @Majority of One

    You are defending your wounded weenie status.

    Wounded weeine? Lol it sounds like you are the one with issues. My johnson is actually quite handsome and I would never change it in for a banana peel. Maybe European women have gotten used to the Brazilian look but I doubt it.

    As for the HPV argument, way back in the ’70’s an acquaintance who was terrified by what had happened to his organ actually showed it to me. (continues anecdotal story)

    That’s a nice story. Here is an actual study:
    https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/male-circumcision-reduces-risk-genital-herpes-hpv-infection-not-syphilis

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  206. Sam J. says:
    @Majority of One

    “…But you seem to be conveniently forgetting about the Southern elite, worst of them being in the cotton states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana–and let’s not forget the red-hots in Charleston and Savannah. So please don’t blame it all on the Jews–their motivation was to supply the demand. Typical…”

    I haven’t forgot about them at all but you yourself verify that when it comes to base human actions the Jews are always more likely to supply whatever base immoral product they can. Like importing Africans from Africa to sell or importing the majority of opium into China. They were far, far more likely to own slaves and owned them in far vaster numbers. Jews have always been involved at numerically higher levels of slavery because of their higher level of psychopathy.

    If they can the Jews create the market in whatever immoral behavior or good they can find itself. This is of course a great means of blackmail of which they are using to great effect in the US to control the legislatures. Epstein being a well known example. There are many, many, many others less well known like Dutroux in Belgium.

    This willingness to deal in illicit markets you say leaves the Jews blameless because, there is a market. This just shows that Jews and you are inherently immoral and destructive to society. Jews have no internal monitor or morals at all on what should or should not be in the market in the first place. Only that they can profit off of it is the only care they have. Watch Jews actions and you will get a first hand look at psychopathy illuminated.

    As for gun control the emphasis was not on the fact that NY controlled guns but that they controlled the people who abused the right to own guns, by the death penalty. I suspect you twisted that emphasis but to ill effect only bringing light unto your nature.

    This admission by you that the Jews will supply any market how ever evil and that they consider themselves blameless just because someone wants something tells us all we need to know about how to deal with the Jews. This behavior is a keystone to psychopathy and there’s only one way to deal with psychopaths that psychologists have come up with. That is to get rid of them. The only way that has been tried and worked 100% every single time to deal with the Jews is to get rid of them. Deport them and allow them no control, influence or any other interaction with your country or countrymen. We should try to get this peacefully if we can but by any means necessary they must go.

    The more you know about the Jews the more you realize that the only thing you can do is get rid of them.

  207. @John Johnson

    Nih.gov? You are relying on an “authority” which is headed up by the second highest paid bureaucrap in the entire U$ puppet regime, the reincarnation of J. Edna Hoover, Fauci. He’s in with Bill Gates and the biggest drug pushers in the country, the Rockefeller dominated pharmaceutical industry. Maybe you find your skinless weenie handsome. Perhaps that’s good for your self-image.

  208. So you are alleging there is a government conspiracy to promote circumcision?

    It’s actually old news that circumcision reduces HPV infections in both men and women. It isn’t at all controversial and puts an end to the myth that circumcision is pointless (no pun intended).
    https://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/news/20110106/male-circumcision-cuts-womens-cervical-cancer-risk#1

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  209. jay says:
    @Davorin

    Sure but it is still soulless and destructive. You learned to ignore the hideousness. Doesn’t change the facts.

  210. pyrrhus says:
    @The Alarmist

    Concrete prisons as “housing” separate people into two groups…..those who like being rats in a warren, and everyone else….

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  211. Sparkon says:
    @pyrrhus

    rats in a warren

    Wild rabbits live in warrens, not rats.

    In a prison, you are not free to come and go, but in a housing complex you do have that freedom.

    If you’re going to program yourself, I suggest first getting your terminology correct, and then start from a more positive orientation.

    ‘Works wonders.

  212. anarchyst says:
    @John Johnson

    Male genital mutilation is wrong for one reason. Removing a healthy body part without medical necessity is mutilation. PERIOD.

  213. mwee says:
    @Sam J.

    With some exterior paint (and not allowing rickety rack balcony enclosures) most of them would look pretty decent, which brings me to saying that is circling around in Balkans:
    Today, “democratic and free” can not even paint what “dictator” had built.

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