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All over America, I’ve seen posters warning against drug addictions. In Cheyenne, it’s “METHAMPHETAMINE / Don’t live this tragic story.” A few blocks away, I stepped over used needles on the sidewalk. In Buffalo, it’s an image of a beer bottle and a pill bottle, with “HEROIN addiction starts here…” Appended to it was a homemade sign, “SHOOT YOUR LOCAL HEROIN DEALER.” Also in Buffalo, it’s a photo of a seemingly dead man on the floor, with “Learn how to recognize OPIOID OVERDOSE and SAVE A LIFE.” In Cleveland, it’s a tagged toe in a morgue, with “DEATH BY HEROIN OVERDOSE IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY HAS QUADRUPLED,” and this was in 2014, before the prevalence of fentanyl.

In 2016, Philly had 277 murders and 907 fatal drug overdoses. For 2017, murders are up 21% and drug deaths, 33%. What’s your town’s drug toll?

A 33-year-old friend admits to popping street-bought Xanax every now and then to help her sleep. I suspect she’s on various pills, if not heroin, for she’s always broke and borrowing money. She has a spotty memory, sporadic hygiene and pinpoint pupils.

At Friendly, I sat next to my buddy Jeff, who’s in his late 40’s and HIV positive. Each day, Jeff pops a dozen pills, including Klonopin, a benzodiazepine that can trigger paranoid or suicidal thoughts, as well as degrade your memory, judgment and coordination. Mixed with other substances, particularly alcohol, it can slow your breathing or even kill you. Jeff is always drinking.

“Jeff, man, you’re always so outgoing, so gregarious, I can’t imagine you having anxieties!”

“That’s because of the Klonopin, dude. Without it, I’d be a mess. Without it, I’d be up all night pissed off, you know, about some stupid argument I had 15 years ago, some fight with a hot dog vendor who gave me ketchup instead of mustard!”

“That’s serious.”

“Here’s what it looks like,” Jeff showed me some innocent white pills in a yellow bottle. “You want one?”

“No, thanks.”

Jeff took one out anyway and gave it to the bartender, 42-years-old Lisa. She stashed it away for later.

Lisa is prescribed Buspar, also for anxiety, but it’s weaker than Klonopin and slower to kick in. Lisa justified, “After eight or nine hours here, sometimes you’re, like, whoaaa, so the Buspar helps, but I don’t take it often.” She’s also swallowing pain-killers for a foot.

Down the bar was a new guy, Dominic. It turned out he’s a writer, with a book of stories coming out in 2018. “Congratulations, man!” I shouted. “It’s not easy to get fiction published these days.”

Dominic said he had a story online, “And it has pills in it, too.”

Millions of people ingest pills unnecessarily, but Dominic’s character is a bonafide walking hell. From his “Sick Little Man”:

That’s the core of psychosis, really: sickness. And since your knowledge of the world is filtered through that sickness, the whole world begins to look as grotesque and spoiled as you. And when there’s no good left to spoil, your sickness turns on you, it becomes you, and you the sickness turn on yourself, a black hole for which all things rot and disappear, like light lost in shadow. There’s nothing in this world that doesn’t sicken you to your bones, sad and dank and putrid animals that reek of death and stupidity, a stupidity so hopeless and consuming that you buckle over nauseated, sick to your stomach, sick to your sickness.

In my 20’s and 30’s, I had manic bouts where I thought God spoke to me, and everyone and everything just adored me. Finally, I was in the House of Light, and everything in the world was eager to help me. Unmolestable, at last, I had no anxieties.

As I walked across a bridge, all these hovering pigeons surrounded me and flapped their wings most vigorously. Fanning my face, they just wanted to bring me comfort and joy, you see, but you can’t be that batshit and not pay a price, thus the comedowns were infernal. Still, I visited no doctors, so took no pills. I don’t even like aspirins.

Once in Oakland, though, I bought a homeless woman a beer and a cup of coffee, so she reciprocated with a green pill. As she popped one, I did the same. It’s impolite to not eat or drink what’s offered.

Twenty-seven-years old, Loudmouth Mike was addicted to just about every drug for eight years. In rehab for the last two, he takes Methadone. “It’s also a drug, man, so when I’m walking down the street, it’s like I’m watching TV. Nothing is real.” A maintenance guy for an apartment building, Loudmouth is getting married soon. He’s straightening his life out.

After working eight years for a doctor, 32-year-old June became so depressed over always giving opioids to patients, she had to quit. She now toils in a kitchen.

Twelve years ago, Linda got sick so the doctor gave her pain killers, which increased in quantity and intensity until she was prescribed time-release morphine. Sedated, she became ever more reclusive, to the point of being confined, nearly all day, inside her dark room. She won’t even sit on the porch, much less leave the house.

Five years ago, her husband, Ted, got an inheritance of $120,000, so he suggested, five months later, that they and their two boys take a much needed vacation. Nothing fancy, just a trip to the JerseyShore for a few days. Working a dirty, physical job, Ted was exhausted. Calmly, Linda said that the money was all gone. Worse, she hadn’t paid their rent for seven months.

ORDER IT NOW

Most foolishly, Ted not only let it go, but continued to allow Linda to handle the family finance. When Ted got into a minor car accident recently, it turned out Linda had also ignored his car insurance payments, so he may lose his driver’s license, something he needs for work.

Ted’s life insurance had also been nixed due to non payment. The cable television bill, though, was always promptly paid, for Linda had to watch Criminal Mind, Law and Order, Blue Blood and 48 Hours, etc. Television and drugs define happiness for too many Americans. That, and spewing venom online pseudonymously.

When Ted insisted they have a serious conversation, Linda went berserk and called 911, twice. He’s now living in a group home run by a blind nun.

“She’s acting like a typical junkie, Ted,” I said to him over the phone.

“I’m afraid you’re right, Linh. My wife is a different person. We’ve been married 28 years, and for most of that time, I was the happiest husband alive. Even after that inheritance disappeared, I’d not have traded Linda for any wife in the world. She settled me down, cooked, had my friends over for parties. They all envied me, Linh. My wife would rather plant tomatoes in the garden than go shopping. When my dad got sick, Linda took care of him for a couple of years. I’ll always remember that. My wife was perfect, Linh, and always very frugal.”

“Now, she’s lying to you, kicking you out of the house and suing you for support!”

“At 65, I’ve become the AARP poster boy for the opioid epidemic!”

Linda’s nephew has been on heroin for 25 years, so perhaps he’s getting her drugs, with hefty commissions for himself. With infinite sadness, Ted is filing for divorce.

Yesterday, I found out at Friendly that Lisa had been fired. On her last shift, she was so doped up, Lisa looked all groggy, spoke very slowly, rung up many orders incorrectly and neglected to charge several customers. A week earlier, she was in the same condition, and at church on Sunday, dazed Lisa was also seen dropping the Host during Holy Communion.

Dom, Friendly’s owner, related, “The contractors that come in here tell me they can’t even get help these days. All the kids are on drugs!”

Strictly speaking, only Linda and Lisa are in physical pain, but even psychological or spiritual torments, if severe enough, are felt physically, and the American solution to any discomfort is chemical in increasing dosage, so even our toddlers are drugged.

What we have, then, are two problems 1) a society that subjects so many people to extreme psychological pains 2) a culture that solves everything with addictive distortions.

Linh Dinh’s Postcards from the End of America has just been released by Seven Stories Press. He maintains an active photo blog.

 
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  1. “That’s because of the Klonopin, dude. Without it, I’d be a mess. Without it, I’d be up all night pissed off, you know, about some stupid argument I had 15 years ago, some fight with a hot dog vendor who gave me ketchup instead of mustard!”

    To get rid of inexplicable anger, take mega doses of vitamin B12 (1000 units) and more importantly eliminate white sugar and alcohol from the diet.

  2. The USA has but one problem, the 19th century society hat exists to this day, the robber baron society.
    There never was a revolution in the USA, as in GB.
    The response of the May government to the tower fire made clear what kind of society GB still is.
    In any W European country the government would have acted immediately.

    • Replies: @restless94110
    , @Joe Wong
  3. very good linh. the fallout of the system (american)

  4. What we have, then, are two problems 1) a society that subjects so many people to extreme psychological pains 2) a culture that solves everything with addictive distortions.

    Nah…We’z da biggest baddest and bestest. Da gweatest, doncha know? An’ we’re all about spreading deemockrisy all over de werld. We have de answer for everthing and everboddy! An’ them damned Eye-ranians and Russhins are nuttin but trouble, doncha know!!!

    It’s getting so bad in these parts that I’m almost afraid to get in the car. It’s obvious that many drivers are not only distracted, but drugged, and that includes truckers.

    I’ve read that at any given time, ~ a third of the adult American population is on antidepressants and other “prescription” mood altering drugs, and who knows what percent is soused…

    Sick society isn’t the half of it.

    Dom, Friendly’s owner, related, “The contractors that come in here tell me they can’t even get help these days. All the kids are on drugs!”

    “Help Wanted” signs everywhere around here too. Apparently the kiddies show up for work with a typical “snowflake” attitude and stick around only long enough to get a few bucks for some hideous “body art” then it’s “di-di (mau)*” time.

    *”Di-di mau” is used here as it was used by (mostly drugged-up) grunts in the RVN 50 years ago. The drug, alcohol and marijuana usage among the troopies back then had to be experienced to be believed. The wonder of it is that a system so rotten can keep spewing so much sewage, everywhere, for so long.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @Truth
  5. Renoman says:

    The big problem is they rarely get well, rehab is a joke, these people care only about themselves and their addiction, the only cure is a bullet. Mental illness is what will bring our societies down not guns and bombs and it’s a pit, a bottomless pit that can never be filled with enough money to fix it.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  6. Third problem: A society that values the stranger more than its family and friends.

    • Replies: @Ben Banned
    , @Carroll Price
  7. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    Thank G-d for those American and NATO troops guarding those Afghan poppy fields, from which so much goodness flows, along with hundreds of billions each year in drug profits, laundered by those Too Big to Fail Wall Street Casinos, who used the illegal profits to stay afloat during the 2008 crash.

    Fentanyl is a DEA Schedule II drug, which means you need a script, unlike heroin, which can be bought on the street, so what drug company is selling Fentanyl out its back door, since quantities are needed to make it to the streets for dealers to cut into the heroin?

    • Replies: @Timothy Zak
  8. America doesn’t have a problem. You do.

    I don’t know a single person who lives in shit the way you and your friends do. Nobody in my extended family lives in this shit.

    You’re a fucking mess, not America.

    At least this is more entertaining than your kiss HAMAS’ ass bit. (That bit of vicious idiocy was predictable, wasn’t it?)

    Clean up your act. Quit living on pennies for the romantic thrill of calling yourself a writer. Pull yourself out of the shithole and learn how to make an honest living without these delusions of grandeur of being a great writer. The era of great writers is over. Nobody gives a shit.

    You’re a fucked up mess, Lihn. Find your way out instead of romanticizing being fucked up.

  9. Johann says:

    Great article Linh; it is good to have someone who describes the real America. The MSM blocks it all out in order to run puff pieces on the tragedy of men being banned from the ladies rooms written by dim witted sorority girls. I like your tales of Kensington and Allegheny, an area where I grew up fifty years ago; I laugh when I read the phony Philadelphia paper which keeps repeating that Kensington is the new Northern Liberties buy now. This USA. Society is on the way down down down no matter who is elected president.

  10. triumph:
    “To get rid of inexplicable anger, take mega doses of vitamin B12 (1000 units) and more importantly eliminate white sugar and alcohol from the diet.”
    .
    to get rid of inexplicable anger, ELIMINATE EMPIRE from the planet…
    .
    NOTHING else will ultimately work…

  11. TheJester says:

    … a culture that solves everything with addictive distortions.

    Although the foundation for a “pill-based” society was already in place in the 1950s, it was the Vietnam War that turned us into a recreational drug culture.

    We lived near a major Army post in the 1960s. Returning soldiers brought exotic Asian diseases and drugs back with them from Vietnam. I recall an incident when an entire military police shift at the post was busted for smoking marijuana on duty. (Marijuana … what was that?) Talk about addictive distortions, it didn’t help that this was also the timeframe in which CIA drug experiments escaped the reservation and afflicted the counter-cultural movement with LSD.

    My neighbor in the early 1970s was a returning GI suffering from what now would be called PTSD. He had shrapnel tracks up his left arm and told a story of strangling a North Vietnamese soldier with his bare hands. He also told me stories about his experiments with marijuana, heroin, and LSD. Distorting reality was not a side effect of these drug experiences. It was the objective. Indeed, there was also the growing delusion among many young people that addictive distortions could bring them peace and enlightenment.

    What has this led to? A few years ago one of our daughter’s boyfriends answered our query about drug use in local schools with the estimate that perhaps 70% of the young people in their high school were on drugs of one kind or another. This was an upscale public high school in one of the richest counties in the United States.

    How does society undo this kind of damage?

  12. anarchyst says:
    @jacques sheete

    “di-di-mau” is a term that means “go away (quickly)” in Vietnamese and is not a drug.

  13. El Dato says:

    Is this for real.

    Philip K. Dick wrote “A Scanner Darkly” in ’77…

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  14. @The Alarmist

    Not really, unless they bring a big bag of cash with them, then they are highly valued. Otherwise, it’s just something they write and say to destroy the
    natives self-esteem and the all important task of playing the enemies off of each other.

    The progressive Bankers want you to be less racist and more inviting while they profit and launder the drug cartel, drug war, legal opiate, foreclosure,bankruptcy, debt and the accompanying police militarization and incarceration industries.

    We have a war on in this country that is getting uglier. Plenty of dead bodies. Fools still think “security” and
    “borders” aren’t going to be turned
    around and aimed at them.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @The Alarmist
  15. @TheJester

    How society does this kind of damage to youngsters one can read in:

    Christopher Lasch, ‘The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations’, 1979, 1980, London

    How to undo, not easy.

    • Replies: @TheJester
  16. @Renoman

    “the only cure is a bullet.”
    Watch out what you wish for: the “bullet” is the most addictive drug of all….

  17. Medical friends replied to my harsh complaining about doctors over-prescribing addictive drugs. They told me hospitals and clinics are evaluated by the government based patient satisfaction surveys. If the results are not high enough, there are financial and other penalties. If the patients don’t get powerful pain relieving drugs, they complain on the surveys. To stay in business, the hospitals, clinics, etc pressure doctors to prescribe pain killers, so that the patient surveys positively describe the patients experiences. Patients then get addicted. Then government regulations prohibit prescribing these addictive pain killers, antidepressives, etc after the patient is on them for a certain period …. and the then addicted former patient, in desperation buys illegal heroin or other street drugs to satisfy their overwhelming cravings. So it’s the government… as usual.

  18. Truth says:
    @jacques sheete

    Nah…We’z da biggest baddest and bestest. Da gweatest, doncha know? An’ we’re all about spreading deemockrisy all over de werld. We have de answer for everthing and everboddy! An’ them damned Eye-ranians and Russhins are nuttin but trouble, doncha know!!!

    Let me take a shot here; a Knee-grow from rural Minnesota who fought in Vietnam and drives around the Ozarks with a Confederate flag in the back window of his pickup; did I get it?

  19. @Shouting Thomas

    It’s quite possible for both you and Linh Dinh to be right.

    My family is like yours, but I also live in a blue collar town and manage a blue collar workforce.

    Quite a lot of working class Americans are as fucked up as he says. Just look at the photo headlining the article–how can any man allow himself to become so disgustingly obese? I appreciate his empathy for these people, though they also deserve shame and contempt.

    It’s on our class to show leadership, something most of our peers have abandoned in the past half-century of virtue signalling.

  20. Truth says:
    @Shouting Thomas

    Don’t worry Mrs. Dinh; your son has a lot of potential, he’ll find himself.

    • Replies: @cipher
  21. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Shouting Thomas

    “Shouting Thomas” is emblematic of the serious decline of the American character. Here’s a grown man repeatedly thumping his chest about his supposed success while railing against another man, pseudonymously.

    So who is this “Shouting Thomas”? A Woodstock buddy informs me that Steve Thomas is known as Woodstock’s village idiot and clown for endlessly braying about his Harley Davidson and his irrelevant blues band. Locals were also frequently disgusted by Steve Thomas’ letters to the Woodstock Sentinel in which he wildly branded people as communists or attacked “Woodstock women” for supposedly looking down on his Filipina wife. Steve Thomas has now taken his acts to Ottawa.

    • LOL: Truth, bluedog
    • Replies: @Shouting Thomas
    , @DaveE
    , @Rdm
  22. @Ben Banned

    Excellent points, Ben.
    It’s always worth reminding people that the bulk of the illegal drug trade would last days…if not hours, if all the “straight” businesses, government dept’s & professionals who profit from it decided to “do the right thing”. But — very little chance of THAT !

  23. Oldeguy says:

    “he’s on Methadone. It’s also a drug, man, so when I’m walking down the street, it’s like I’m watching TV. Nothing is real.”
    “The cable television bill, though, was always promptly paid.”
    I wonder if it’s merely a coincidence that the disintegration of American society began to be obvious within about a decade after the mass availability of television in American homes ?
    Crackpot theory, perhaps, but TV itself is a sort of reality buffering electronic drug.
    If there is some need within ( some ) human beings that is not being fulfilled by the environment they are living in, perhaps the electronic escape becomes ( for some ) the initial “gateway drug”.

    • Agree: SolontoCroesus
    • Replies: @Rod1963
    , @jacques sheete
  24. @Truth

    Let me take a shot here; a Knee-grow from rural Minnesota who fought in Vietnam and drives around the Ozarks with a Confederate flag in the back window of his pickup; did I get it?

    Naw. Jackson Sheeit is not dark anywhere but in the cardiac area. I had my disagreements with Jock until I realized we have the same opinions, but focus on different things on different days.

    This is a rack of mighty fine comments today, yours being an exception. I sure did enjoy someone (finally!) pointing out, caustically:

    You’re a fucked up mess, Lihn. Find your way out instead of romanticizing being fucked up.

    I laughed. Elton John got it right — not the stuff about sex assignment and homosexual perversion, but “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”

    I ain’t got time for the victims of our failed state. Let ‘em die … allocate a bit of General Dynamics’ stolen billions to mass crematories. Sweep ‘em up, into the dustbin. If you want to fix America (an unlikely task), you’re going to have to kill a huge lot of corrupt gubmint workers, and more corrupt “titans of industry and technology”. Zuckerberg would be a healthy start. Plus, hit Hollywood with a tac-nuke during Oscars week.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @uncle fester
  25. Talha says:

    My thanks again Mr. Dinh for allowing me to step into some shoes of people I rarely get to see and talk to. I hope these people are able to recover from their difficulties and clean up their lives. I don’t like to read about this kind of spiritual and psychological suffering, but it’s good to know what society is ailing from so one can avoid the same and do one’s part to help out.

    I have a friend that works as an attending in the Emergency section of a hospital in a very rich suburb of Illinois. He tells me they get OD people all the time. Seems even the rich can’t escape trials. The anesthesiologist he works with OD’ed on some drugs in his office trying to commit suicide. Apparently the guy had recently brought his spoiled-rich daughter a new car and she was totally ungrateful and got into an argument with him about it – maybe it was not the one princess wanted. Anyway, so the guy just up and says “there is no point”, quietly goes into his office and tries suicide-by-pill. He’s now seeing a shrink of course, but on the surface, the guy was living the dream. This isn’t happening only on the margins.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Negrolphin Pool
  26. Greg Bacon says: • Website
    @Shouting Thomas

    There’s no call for that kind of language, especially directed at a GREAT writer such as Linh.

    You gave yourself away when crying about Hamas, which tells me you’re a JIDF or Israeli FM or GOYUS or MEMRI Cyber war hasbara troll, getting paid $$$ to spread lies about Apartheid Israel.

    Take your hate elsewhere, like back to Apartheid Israel.

    • Replies: @Greg Brag
    , @anon
  27. @Shouting Thomas

    You must not talk to anyone who works in police/fire/EMS or any emergency department in the nation. Linh actually cleans it up quite a bit, while channelling the ‘feel’ of dealing with this segment of society.

    You and your family are sheltered from the decline, and that is terrific – a lot of us don’t have that luxury (and make no mistake, it’s a luxury).

  28. @Linh Dinh

    Good. I nailed you, asshole.

    And you’re such a lowlife fuck that you immediately tossed your own website’s pledge of anonymity. Figures

    I left the music biz 40 years ago so that I wouldn’t be living like a pig in shit the way you do. I was a pioneer of the multimedia biz and I made a six figure income every year. Unlike you, I can afford a new pair of jockey shorts.

    Doxing me is a waste of time. I’m now financially secure and retired.

    It doesn’t surprise me that you know the trash that lives in rented rooms in Woodstock. Woodstock is full of idiots like you. I know “musicians” who are 65 years old who have never had a job and lived in roach infested rooming houses waiting for the call the never comes.

    Left Woodstock some time ago, but I still know the slumlords who run the rooming houses. You ever need a roach infested dirty room to live in, I can refer you to them. There’s always a place for trash like you in Woodstock.

    • Replies: @Greg Bacon
    , @Linh Dinh
    , @Truth
  29. anarchyst says:

    There is one component that is being missed by almost everyone, even the author.
    There is a legitimate need for adequate pain control–something that is missing in today’s society. Those with intractable chronic pain are routinely denied these same opioids because “they might abuse them”. The DEA has become the “gatekeeper” for opioids, threatening doctors with prosecution for utilizing sound medical discretion and practices in the dispensing of opioids.
    There was a case in Florida of a man with intractable back pain that legitimately attempted to obtain enough medication to relieve his pain. Most people are unaware that patients develop a tolerance to opioids that requires much stronger doses. A dose that would “kill a horse” is quite often needed by those with intractable pain, and is not “abuse”.
    Back to the story–after being unable to get his doctor to prescribe more (due to fear of the DEA), he went on the street to purchase opioids and was arrested. His doctor admitted that his patient had a valid need, but was fearful of the DEA, which added to his reluctance to prescribe a suitable dose for his patient. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and guess what? He is getting the opioids that he needs while being incarcerated. Go figure…
    Those with a legitimate need are being punished because of our failed “war on (some) drugs”…

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  30. @Triumph104

    To get rid of inexplicable anger, take mega doses of vitamin B12 (1000 units) and more importantly eliminate white sugar and alcohol from the diet.

    That will sure involve the rise of a very expected, predictable and very explicable, if not outright justified, anger.

  31. Rusty says:

    Crackpot theory, perhaps, but TV itself is a sort of reality buffering electronic drug.

    Seems about right to me. I junked my TV more than a dozen years ago, and since then my perception of the world around me has less and less (than ever) in common with my co-workers, casual acquaintances, etc. TV and movies ARE a toxic and ‘gateway’ drug, for sure.

    I understand Shouting Thomas’ objection, even while endorsing Linh Dinh’s views here. Thomas is upset, as I am, by the trend itself, and also by the sense that the dialogue about the collapse of civilization (as it were) and the collapse itself, are a sort of feedback loop, exacerbating the trend further. So we’re all affected somewhat.

  32. Truth says:
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    Naw. Jackson Sheeit is not dark anywhere but in the cardiac area.

    I was referring to the character he was attempting to create, Mr. Spock.

  33. Dumbo says:
    @Shouting Thomas

    LOL. Why so much hate? It should be the other way around, since Lihn is a “loser” and you’re a “winner”.

    In any case, as another reader pointed out, it is possible for both to be right. There is a lot of drug addicts and general “losers” in contemporary America, and others who are a bit luckier and live a more sheltered and functional life.

    Make no mistake, however. I know plenty “successful middle class” types who were on Xanax, Prozac, Ritalin, or even plain ol’ cocaine and booze. It’s a drugged nation from top to bottom.

    • Replies: @anon
  34. DaveE says:
    @Linh Dinh

    I LOVE a good takedown, especially of a royal scumbag. (Or one who THINKS he’s a royal.)

    On top of another gem piece, that’s a good morning’s work. Thanks much.

    I suspect that Thomas the Turd is a trust-fund baby who’s probably never worked a day in his life. Or if he’s held a job at all, it’s probably been in the “financial services” sector, or what we used to call the “money changers”.

    Really, all your stories seem to share a common theme: lack of MUH-NAY for those who work for a living. Until we find a way to take back our money from the ethnic mafia that has stolen it, we are in BIG trouble.

    • Replies: @TheJester
  35. Greg Bacon says: • Website
    @Shouting Thomas

    ST, why do you savagely attack a Vietnamese like Linh while kissing the nether regions of white guys? It’s all in your “COMMENTS” link section.

    Shouting Thomas
    March 7, 2017 at 9:28 am GMT • 100 Words

    I’m retired after a 45 year career in tech.

    All my family and friends are relatively successful and happy. Life is good.

    Maybe you need to get rid of the creeps, learn a decent trade and make something decent out of your life.

    Romanticizing failure will result in being knee deep in shit.

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Shouting+Thomas

    BTW, were you in ‘tech’ or multimedia or what?

    I bet you live in a trailer, get food stamps and a housing voucher. Talk is cheap bub, and you’ve spent all your government handout pennies.

    • Agree: bluedog
    • Replies: @anonymous
  36. To get rid of inexplicable anger, take regular doses of magnesium and at least 8,000 IUs of Vitamin D daily. That’s all you need do. Taking one of the Vitamin-B complex, and not the entire complex, will through your body off, causing it to excrete more Vitamin B, leaving you eventually with a depleted, weakened body.

    Do not take large doses of Vitamin B12.

    • Replies: @Robert Bruce
  37. @jilles dykstra

    The USA has but one problem, the Puritan idiocy that is the War on Drugs.

    Legalizing all drugs would completely end opoid overdose deaths in weeks.

    The continual Puritan moralizing of USA people on all sides of the political spectrum is the only problem that the USA has.

    Everything springs from that problem. End prohibition now.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  38. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Shouting Thomas

    Take a deep breath, Steve Thomas.

    You need dope, bennies and phennies more than any of the people I portray. Just for you alone, sir, fentanyl and carfentanil, the elephant tranquilizer, should be immediately legalized.

    I know it’s hard to get over being dumped by a mail-order bride.

    When retired corporate white guys think they’re great blues musicians, the culture is totally fucked, but you, Steve Thomas, may actually be the second coming of Lead Belly.

    When is your next gig?

    Is it a Bat Mitzvah?

    Can I come?

    Linh

  39. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Greg Bacon

    there oughta be a law

    everyone should have to take a test before they can use a phone or the internet.

  40. Che Guava says:
    @El Dato

    The film is also great, I only wish it had been an hour or so longer, to include more (Arctor’s visit to the junkie girl’s block of flats, as one example).

    Otherwise faithful to the novel, so rare, only movies of short stories have been at all faithful to the source (Screamers or Third Variety as the story. the short version of Impostor, the feature-length is execrable, it was titled ‘Clone’ in Japan, to some extent Verhoeven’s Total Recall).

    There is a French one called Barjo, or similar, I am wanting to see it, it is said to be a faithful rendition of the non-SF Confessions of a Crap Artist.

    The movie of A Scanner Darkly, performances by Keanu Reeves, Downey Jr., easily among the best of their careers, for the latter, all downhill and up the money mountain from there.

    Reeves doesn’t seem to bother much with such. You can bet that he has been begged to play a stupid Marvel or DC ‘superhero’ and has refused.

    Much respect to him for that.

    Excuse the off-topic, A Scanner Darkly, the novel, is from an earlier time, hippy gen. What is substance D in the novel?

    It is a combination of the worst effects of opiates, stimulants (on which Dick was reliant from the 50′s until almost death, originally dashed out by his visit to second wife’s father, a doctor. Those drugs were legal at the time, no prescription required.

  41. woodNfish says:
    @TheJester

    The fact is that the public school system is to blame for much of this addiction. It forces many parents to put their normal, rambunctious children, mostly young boys, on drugs to “calm them down” so shithead, incompetent, and typically female teachers don’t have to deal with boys being boys.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  42. Television and drugs define happiness for too many Americans. That, and spewing venom online pseudonymously.

    Hey Dinh, instead of ripping people for engaging in a useful and healthy venting of emotional steam, you should be grateful you still live in a country where posting “venom” online is not illegal. In Europe, it is, depending on the words you choose. As an obvious Marxist, my guess is you welcome the European model, as well as the Vietnamese one, where a poor gal just got 10 years in prison for “defaming” the regime. She was probably really venemous!

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  43. woodNfish says:
    @restless94110

    Legalizing all drugs would completely end opiod overdose deaths in weeks.

    Please explain why you think that will be the case.

    I also think we should end the prohibition against all drugs, but for a different reason. There will always be a fringe of society that is self destructive and there is nothing that can be done about it. I don’t think it is our responsibility to stop them or save them from themselves. That is their families job and if they won’t do it, no one else should have to pay for it. (No one else being us idiot tax payers who are funding this mind-numbingly stupid BS.)

    Most people will not become addicts and once the illegality is taken away, much of these drugs appeal will be gone for most people, leaving the fringe to do what they always do – live a shitty life and die. I use alcohol and gambling as examples. They are both widely available, but very few people become alcoholics or gambling addicts.

    • Replies: @Robinea
    , @restless94110
  44. Joe Wong says:
    @jilles dykstra

    The American is lucky, nobody has waged reckless wars like Opium Wars, Eight-Nation Alliance War, etc., against the American when they are trying to eradicate the poisonous illicit drugs in the name of protecting the right of free trade by the drug warlords, the British, French, American and other Europeans, then demanded billions ounces of silver (the amount is equivalent to decades of Chinese total tax revenue), extraterritorial concessions, and other unequal treaties as war reparations in addition to the looting and plundering Chinese historical sites and societies for nearly a century, then demonize the victims with Orientalism.

    The American and their western partners may want the rest of world to forget their evil deeds by not mentioning them, let alone criticizing them while raising themselves on the democracy and human rights pedestal, but the non-White never do.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Bill P
  45. @Ben Banned

    “We have a war on in this country that is getting uglier. Plenty of dead bodies. Fools still think “security” and “borders” aren’t going to be turned around and aimed at them.”

    Wasn’t that a Ron Paul line: “What makes you think that wall won’t be used to keep you in?”

    Remember that old episode of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, where the space aliens (not to be confused with illegal aliens) bring peace and new technologies to humanity and end all war on Earth, all the while referring to a book called ‘To Serve Man’? Anyway, one of the scientists finally gives in to his benefactors and agrees to join a ship full of earthlings being transported to the home planet, and the woman comes running up to shout, too late, “Don’t get on that ship! To Serve Man … It’s … it’s a cookbook!”

    Allegory for our times.

  46. TheJester says:
    @jilles dykstra

    Thanks …

    Christopher Lasch, ‘The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations”, is now in my e-reader.

  47. Rod1963 says:
    @Oldeguy

    Check out Neil Postman’s “Entertaining ourselves to death” and the corrosive effects of TV on people.

    Facebook and other social media has made it even worse. They really f**k young people up.

    When I was growing up in the early 70′s, kids had to find hobbies and activities that kept them busy and none of them included sitting and watch TV – because kids programming didn’t exist back then and neither did MTV or Disney Channel.

    The point is, this allowed kids to develop at a more sane pace and not being bombarded 7×24 by toxic corporate media turnin kids into mind numbed morons/consumers.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  48. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Bragadocious

    Hi all,

    I’ve never seen anything useful or healthy coming out of this senile fool, Bragadocious.

    Just three days ago, I published an article deploring the new German censorship law, Die Lügenpresse und der Lauschangriff im Mutterland.

    A classic hasbara tactic is to distort and distract constantly, with the aim of making an intelligent discussion impossible, so a writer who’s written for years against censorship is suddenly depicted as pro censorship.

    As for the arrest of Vietnamese bloggers, it’s precisely me who have brought this up, on this very site, in my Multicultural, Progressive, Totalitarian Vietnam.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Bragadocious
    , @Truth
    , @anon
    , @Talha
  49. woodNfish says:     
    June 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm GMT

    There is another, perhaps more important reason to end the prohibition of drugs and the counterproductive, evidently unwinnable “War on Drugs”, and that is that this prohibition, like the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, hands a huge financial source to Organised Crime.

    This is so obvious that I am inclined to think that it was done deliberately.

  50. Che Guava says:

    Linh,

    Your articles are always interesting.

    Your comments about God, how do you know it was not a real thing? Not special me, but I am very interested in Catholicism, and I was similar at similar ages.

    With Pope Francesco, the willing collaborator or eyes closed with Operation Condor, it is a block to me.

    The winter before last, I went to a famous temple complex in Yonezawa. Under snow, it was more beautiful than in other weather, but this is no delusion, many pigeons (or rock doves) decided to settle on me. It was strange, not supernatural, but I really enjoyed letting them perch on my arms, shoulders, it was strange, but fun. I was to worrying about pigeon shit, on my clothes, but none. Why they particularly liked me, I have no idea.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  51. mp says:

    It’s almost as if one of the plan is to “keep ‘em doped up.” The lives most folks live is so unnatural, so emotionally and intellectually dead. Food eaten is quasi-artificial, usually made in factories, and leads to disease when consumed in large quantities. People’s minds are subject to “entertainment” programmed by an alien race (and I’m not talking lizards, either–at least I don’t think they are). Education turns boys in to girls, and girls into boys–or worse. If it wasn’t for dope, beer, weekend NFL on television, and all the rest, things would get violent quickly. Much more violent than we have it, today. When a person is fat, sickly, and doped up, they aren’t much of a danger to the regime.

  52. @Linh Dinh

    Dinh, I think you’re swell too! (for a Marxist, 9/11 truther)

    Just to flatter you, and increase your clicks, I went to your German story. Then I read the part about false flag attacks being blamed on Muslims. And….thus ended my foray into the dumpster fire that is your brain matter. Sorry!

  53. Wally says:

    Does anyone know people who want drugs, but they cannot find them?

    Recall prohibition on alcohol; if there is a demand, supply will follow.

    Stop the massive welfare scam, aka: “War on Drugs”.

  54. Bill P says:
    @Joe Wong

    To this day, Chinese remain more butthurt about the humiliations inflicted by what amounted to a handful of Western troops in the 19th century than the Mongol invasion, the Qing destruction of the Ming dynasty, and even the Japanese rampage of the mid 20th century. This despite the fact that of the countless times China got its butt kicked by foreigners, these Westerners inflicted the least damage in terms of destruction and loss of life, and ultimately contributed greatly to the development of China.

    Shanghai and Hong Kong would still be sleepy little villages if it weren’t for the territorial concessions. Instead, today they are the economic crown jewels of the PRC.

    If you think about it, the “billions of ounces of silver” (actually, this is wrong — it was a few million), are a paltry sum compared to the enormous amount China gained in the long term. In fact, maybe the West should demand fair compensation. Did we ever derive a comparable benefit from China? I don’t think so.

    Here’s a little visual example:

    Shanghai Bund vs. San Francisco Chinatown.

    So Mr. Wong, it’s pretty clear this misplaced rage is a national feeling of inadequacy that afflicts Chinese, who are culturally conditioned to think of themselves as at the center of the universe, and just can’t handle it when the facts don’t fit this conceit. I’d suggest they get over the 19th century embarrassments and try fixing more pressing problems, like the unrestrained greed and corruption that are ruining China’s environment and destroying its cultural heritage.

  55. notice says:

    Availability at the local high school is reportedly through the roof. Xanax, Adderal, Ritalin, marijuana, and opiod painkillers are apparently very obtainable for kids who can pay.

    I think all the prescriptions a destigmatized usage. Needing a script for something like short attention span or being nervous would have once been looked at as a weakness. Boys in particular would not have been proud of “needing” a pill for these things. Once people get used to taking pills to change their moods, its easier to smoke, snort, and eventually inject drugs to change their moods even more.

    We need to restigmatize drug usage as an activity for losers.

    • Replies: @Ivy
  56. notice says:

    BTW-Fentanyl and Xanax have been sent through the mail via Chinese web sites. More aggressive postal inspection to inhibit various dark web suppliers could at least slow this.

    I think prescription bearing patients should be tested to make sure they actually take their medicines instead of selling them. This could be done when they need a refill at least. If they have ever been caught selling, it should be done more often. If caught selling a second time, take the script away.

  57. epnngg says:

    We are indeed a nation of zombies. Life has become a dark, meaningless, narcissistic cesspool for so many. Where has the desperation and loss of meaning come from that so many people struggle with daily?

    Our culture has progressively lost its understanding and desire for true beauty. Over the past 100 years, this loss of beauty is reflected in the arts, music, and the utilitarian ugliness of even our architecture. Here is an interesting video I came across recently that discusses this very thing.

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/06/no_author/roger-scruton-beauty-matters/

    • Agree: jacques sheete
  58. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Che Guava

    Hi Che,

    I still don’t know what these manic episodes meant. Each time, it felt “oceanic” enough.

    Communication isn’t just talking, obviously. When you’re lit up like that, people can sense it and, often, they will be drawn to you.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @Poupon Marx
  59. Ivy says:
    @notice

    My kids know of 15 recent opioid deaths in the west San Fernando Valley and Coñejo Valley school districts, all young men, one this week. They describe them as without hope, turned off by hostile teachers, ignored by society and turning to drugs “to numb themselves”. They fell through the cracks, couldn’t get jobs, got sucked into self-destructive behaviors. Their families are shell-shocked and now have holes in their hearts that can never be filled. The experience here pales in comparison to Ohio and other places, but is shocking nonetheless.

  60. Joe Wong says:
    @Bill P

    Bill, the westerners always like to say “let bygone be bygone, past has nothing to do with the present” so they can swipe the slate clean in a broad stroke and start exploiting and committing crimes against others like their evil forebears all over again without any moral burden. Oh well, the bombing and killing on the fabricated phantom WMD allegations as humanitarian intervention since WWII is just the continuation of the West’s “let bygone be bygone” tradition.

    • Replies: @Bill P
    , @woodNfish
  61. Robinea says:
    @woodNfish

    Legalizing will not stop overdose deaths. Many deaths are due to ignorant mixing of prescription drugs, like opioids and tranquilizer, or alcohol. Other deaths occur because the victim has conditions that predispose them to opioid toxicity at doses that would not kill others. These conditions include heart and lung disease, as well as obesity. Ultimately, the huge number of addicts and deaths are largely due to the physicians in a medical system that were rewarded for seeing a patient in less than ten minutes and writing an unnecessary prescription. Physicians are playing ‘Mickey the Dunce’ by claiming that ‘Big Pharma’ fooled them into writing all those scripts for OxyContin. It’s a big fat lie. They knew what they were doing and how addictive and dangerous the mixtures of drugs were. They were motivated by laziness, greed and callous disregard for their patients. Many acted like Social Darwinists who regarded their addicted patients as subhuman. This is the result of a chaotic, profit-driven medical system living off of the masses while the oligarchs are sheltered from this chaos.

    • Agree: Triumph104
    • Replies: @woodNfish
    , @RadicalCenter
  62. Truth says:
    @Shouting Thomas

    LMFAO!

    Damn Homie, I think you need to read Triumph104′s comment #1 and give it a shot. I don’t think it can hurt at this point.

  63. Truth says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Hey Linh, how come Steve Sailer doesn’t get this kind of treatment?!?!

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  64. Bill P says:
    @Joe Wong

    Hey, you don’t have to forget the past — just get over it.

    As for these crimes, why don’t Chinese start with their own crimes against their own people? Is it too unpleasant for delicate Chinese sensibilities to admit that the lion’s share of depredations have been committed by their own people?

    Chinese have the same mentality in this way as Black Lives Matter. Despite the overwhelming evidence of dysfunction and predation upon their own people, both blame all their problems on the relatively few incidents of aggression committed by outsiders.

    Frankly, it’s a stupid mentality, devoid of self-awareness. I think it’s a big reason the Chinese were held back in development compared to the Japanese, Nordics and others who came to civilization later.

    Instead of improving their own collective lot, Chinese like to roll around and wallow in self-pity. It’s a very effeminate tendency, and it’s a shame because given their talents Chinese people should be better than that.

  65. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @anarchyst

    I am a medical doctor status post lumbar disc surgery twice. I have constant pain. I get up in the morning and go to work. I still participate in athletics. I do all the things I used to do, maybe a bit slower. I take ibuprofen. Nobody “needs” opiates. They are a siren calling you onto the rocks. What people need, is a little bit of intestinal fortitude. People need to understand that life involves some pain, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  66. This is globalist ‘progressive’ culture.

    Germany also associates the bio-moral institution of marriage with homo fecal penetration and tranny genital mutilation and other degeneracy.

    http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a10245846/germany-legalizes-same-sex-marriage/

    For style and excitement, try ‘pegging’, especially interracial kind. Have a negro do you and then plug his anus with a dildo.

    http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/positions/news/g5329/sex-positions-for-pegging/

    This, we are told, is what ‘western values’ are all about. This is what being ‘more evolved’ entails.

    Aren’t we blessed… compared to those barbarians who still defend true marriage?

  67. @restless94110

    How much Vitamin B12 is safe to take?

    • Replies: @restless94110
  68. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Truth

    Hi Truth,

    After my two Mexico articles, a reader emailed me from Mexico City:

    The level of ignorance and bigotry of some the comments in the various columns is appalling, but there are also many smart and interesting people among the Unz readers. Please don’t let negative comments affect you and keep up the good work.

    The smart, interesting people make writing for Unz worthwhile, though the moronic louts do prevent many civilized people from commenting.

    Craig Roberts had enough so requested no more comments.

    American culture has become crasser and crasser over the last several decades, and this is done by design. Our masters want to turn us all into Shouting Thomases and Brogadociouses.

    By the way, have you seen this?:

    Linh

    • Replies: @Fran Macadam
    , @Truth
  69. @Linh Dinh

    Classic!!!!!!!!! Keep up the great work Linh!!!!!!!

  70. Linh often points out that our vaunted
    “modernism” is but a steady slipping into decadence…But… Christ gave us the means by which the bedwarfing and debauching of man might be arrested and a whole people taken in His hands, disciplined, groomed and set on its way to heights of strength, and beauty, and majesty never before known.

  71. Dan Hayes says:

    Linh,

    I have always been impressed with the high caliber of most Unz commentators.

    Of course the Unz writers are invariably top-notch (and that of course includes you!).

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  72. @woodNfish

    You exhibit that moralizing that so infects everyone and keeps the prohibitions (drugs, sex work, etc.) going strong.

    People drink, they gamble, they do drugs, they fuck. Let them do it. Some of them may stay high or doped up all the time. Most will not.

    Prohibition causes crime (to supply the prohibited), it perverts the rights of all, it seals off a vital part of humanity and human activity, it makes life more harsh and more surveillance.

    It sets up the planners who plan life for all of us, which kills the society dead as a door nail. Life is messy. Society that isn’t free-wheeling is a night mare.

    People have enough problems with the rentiers and the stifling gig economy. Young males have been completely sidelined in favor of neo-feminist social planning tropes.

    Getting high is an anti-social act in a stifling soul-crushing society that has turned in on itself constantly policing, constantly nagging, a nanny for all each and every one.

    Prohbition is the lockdown that must be opened for reinvigoration of the people trapped within.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  73. @Robert Bruce

    Do not take any single Vitamin B regularly. B12 has been used by doctors to the stars to give quick bursts of energy and vitality.

    However, Vitamin B is a complex of different nutrients, and to be absorbed into the cells you must take the balanced complex, else the complex is excreted out not absorbed in.

    Some prescribe B3 for bad trips on psychedelics or even as a cure for schizofrenia. B12 is sometimes used for the energy burst. Each element of the Vit B complex affects this and that body function.

    Brewer’s yeast is one example of the whole complex in balanced form. Liver is another.

    In the meantime, Vitamin D is much harder to get too much of. Magnesium is much harder to get your body to absorb. These two nutrients well change your life completely if you are able to get them into your cells.

  74. woodNfish says:
    @Robinea

    I did not write that legalization would stop drug deaths. I said it would mostly be limited to a self destructive fringe of society, just like alcoholism. Restless is the one who said it would immediately stop all deaths.

  75. woodNfish says:
    @restless94110

    You obviously have a reading comprehension problem as well as being a hypocrite. What do you call, “Getting high is an anti-social act…” other than “moralizing”? I agree with you that drugs should be legal. Maybe you should try rereading my post.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  76. woodNfish says:
    @Dan Hayes

    I have to disagree with your blanket statement about Unz writers. Tom Engelhardt for example is a tone deaf leftist who continually deludes himself with his twisted leftist thinking and willful blindness to reality and human motivations. His posts are invariably little more than promos for leftist propaganda.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    , @restless94110
  77. woodNfish says:
    @Joe Wong

    Bill P. only refers to chinese in his response to you, but I think he should just write “asians”. You Asians are still a totally racist feudal society that actively engages in slavery, war, crime, and genocide. Any modernization Asians have absorbed into their societies has been from us white Westerners. Are we perfect? No, but it has been your choice as to what to take and what to refute. So when you start laying out the blame, look in the mirror while you do it. You are not innocent bystanders.

    • Replies: @Bill P
    , @denk
  78. @Linh Dinh

    I suppose what the empty Perry is filled with is what the military is going to be used to forcibly export to the entire world.

  79. Truth says:
    @Linh Dinh

    I watched the first minute, that was all I needed.

    You are absolutely right about our overseers encouraging base behavior. It’s hard to overestimate the daft thinking of many middle, to upper-class Americans. They just don’t get the true state of being of your average poor, to working-class Americans, and I’m talking about white Americans; but they will, and soon.

  80. Che Guava says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Thanks Linh, I also know what you mean by that.

    The thing with the birds was strange and real, I suppose they liked my scent. I wasn’t feeding them. People I don’t know took photos.

    As a bird lover, it was nice to have a few decide to perch on me, even if they were only rock doves.

  81. cipher says:
    @Truth

    That is funny! Good one, Troof.

  82. Dan Hayes says:
    @woodNfish

    woodNfish:

    Thanks for your response.

    While most of the Unz writers agree with my world-view, I nevertheless believe that those who don’t (e.g., Engelhardt) serve the useful purpose of presenting the other side. Otherwise the temptation is to become close-minded.

    • Agree: Talha
  83. @woodNfish

    Let them try that crap with our son. Not happening. We will move to a different school district or even a different state as needed to stop him from being drugged for merely being a healthy, energetic, physical YOUNG MALE.

    Let the homosexual quote men and bitter feminist women who disproportionately comprise our teaching force, try it. Homo teachers, get a life. Never married or divorced or barren women teaches, get a husband and have a child if there is still time. If you had a real family and family life of your own, you wouldn’t feel the urge to control our lives and children so much.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
    , @dcite
  84. @Rod1963

    This is why we do not have and will never have television service in our house, and our kids will never have computers or tablets or smartphones anywhere but a common area of our home.

    We are more concerned with the health, fitness, moral values, and sanity of our children than with the approval of lazy, ignorant, or timid “parents” who surrender their children to perverse and plain stupid tv and social media indoctrination.

  85. @Robinea

    Medical doctors probably care less about people than the average random group of people does.

    They have often given me inaccurate or incomplete advice, and rarely has a doctor apologized or made any effort to educate himself when shown to be just plain wrong or uninformed.

    And yes, docs in various States have pushed prescription Meds on me when obvious dietary and lifestyle changes have been enough to ameliorate or resolve my two most serious medical conditions. I even had a doctor audibly scoff and wave his hand dismissively at me when I suggested that I should try substantial dietary improvements to address gout before going on a lifetime maintenance medication. In the years since then, my proposal has worked and I’ve never gone on long term medication for the condition.

  86. anarchyst says:
    @The Scalpel

    I partially agree with you that (some) pain is tolerable, but when a person has intractable pain, whit opioids being the only relief, I see no problem with their use.
    As an aside, who are YOU to determine the severity of another person’s pain?

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  87. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    A guy who worked in rehab once said about drug addicts, “They’re all selfish. They’d walk over their grandmother for their next hit.”

    That’s addiction in a nutshell. Selfish and self-indulgent personalities that happen to value the sensation of the next hit over everything else in life.

    Screw them. Let them die and good riddance. They’re just contemptable jerks winning their Darwin Award and breeding themselves out of the gene pool.

  88. woodNfish says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I don’t disagree with you RS, but if a school sends a note home with your child from the school nurse telling you your child is hyperactive or whatever else they want to call being normal and you don’t comply, they can take your children away from you for neglect.

  89. dcite says:
    @RadicalCenter

    If you had a real family and family life of your own, you wouldn’t feel the urge to control our lives and children so much.

    What schools do you hang out in? I know many women without children and they have the least desire to control children of any people I know. They don’t want to be bothered, and that’s one reason they don’t have any. They may enjoy interacting with them briefly, but they have no knowledge of how to discipline or control them, and no desire to do so. Don’t know any grade school teachers though.

    • Replies: @Bill P
    , @Triumph104
  90. JackOH says:
    @RadicalCenter

    “Medical doctors probably care less about people than the average random group of people does.”

    Yep, agree 100%. I commented before on the Ohio legislative field hearings of maybe a decade ago in which there were numerous accounts of gratuitous, premature deaths for want of timely medical attention, medically related impoverishment and bankruptcy, and so on. Reps from the Ohio State Medical Association blasted in to the hearings, threw dust in everyone’s eyes with talk of free markets and responsible health care choices, and pretty much gave everyone there the back of their hand. Lots of undue halo effects with that line of work.

  91. @RadicalCenter

    Ive had similar experiences with doctors:they are too eager to throw pills at patients. I have a neck injury from a car accident that i was in years ago. Every doctor i went to had the same response: heres some painmeds, refill it when its empty. Instead of doing an xray, or sending me to a chiropractor (which i did on my own, and it solved the problem, mostly), they are so quick to just drug people.

    I honestly feel like they get commission for prescribing pills.

    • Replies: @Ivy
  92. TheJester says:
    @DaveE

    DaveE,

    A truthful description of our plight … along the lines of, “Things change but nothing changes.” We still have money changers and usury sucking the life out of people’s lives.

    • Agree: Talha
  93. Ivy says:
    @Delinquent Snail

    Doctors may over-prescribe to paper their files. That way they reduce potential liability for items that could be treated possibly by some med. Otherwise, a clever attorney may depose them on why they did not see fit to offer X. Given the downside risks, and astronomical malpractice insurance premiums that distort contemporary decision-making, pushing a few more pills seems more economically, if not ethically, prudent.

  94. notice says:

    Nuts and Bolts comment on drug availability and the supply-side of this equation:

    A guy claiming disability ( $860 a-month), and getting a EBT card, can get TennCare (Tennessee, where I’m at) and get a script for chronic pain if certain paramaters (from what I’m told) are met. This gives him opiod painkillers he may not need to sell. He is selling all the pills he can talk a doctor in prescribing him. That’s how so much of these pills actually get resold to dealers who hook partygoers, strippers, friends-of-friends, and addicts.

    For some people these pills are (apparently) like the first drink to an alcoholic. They eventually wind up desperate enough to try heroin. Gotta deny the supply in my opinion.

  95. Bill P says:
    @dcite

    People who “don’t want to be bothered” by children are the most controlling of all. They want to banish children from public space, they do their utmost to divert resources away from children toward themselves, they invariably support killing children in the womb, they always support overregulation of parenting, and then they expect the children they hate to pay to fund their “well-deserved” retirement.

    I am teaching my children about these people, so that as adults they can make informed decisions about who deserves to share in the fruits of their labor.

  96. Bill P says:
    @woodNfish

    The PRC is the biggest offender in this regard, which is why I focused on Chinese. There are actually a lot of Chinese people who know it’s a load of crap, in particular Singapore, HK and Taiwan, and also the diaspora.

    The PRC is a brutal anachronism, propped up by Western capitalists. And yet they have the temerity to blame their self-inflicted problems on us.

    Westerners have given the PRC, among other things:

    Nuclear weapons technology; ballistic missile technology; jet engine technology; modern surgical and medical technology; modern agricultural technology; armored vehicle propulsion systems; modern structural architectural techniques (widely ignored by Chinese, hence massive fatalities in Sichuan earthquake); natural gas extraction techniques; industrial food hygiene; precision manufacturing…

    The list is so long – too long to finish here – that it’s depressing. And here we have Chinese bitching and moaning about the Opium War. What a bunch of ingrates. I wonder why we put sanctions on Russians when it’s really the Chinese who deserve it.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
    , @denk
  97. denk says:
    @Bill P

    Opium war,
    eight nations alliance, 1900
    Chinese civil war, 1940-1949,
    1959 tibet,
    1962 Indo./Sino war,
    1989, TAM,
    2000, embassy bombing,
    2001, Hainan spy plane,
    2003, SARS,
    2008, Tibet riots,
    2009, Xinjiang bloodbath,
    2013-2017 ongoing, Asia pivot aka eight nations alliance mark2.
    [tip of an iceberg]
    ……………….

    ‘Hell those Chinese sure have this massive chips on their shoulders,
    Why cant they just get over it, let bygone be bygone eh ?

    Besides, what the Mongols did in 1600 made us look like childs play ‘

    hehehehe

  98. denk says:
    @woodNfish

    You Asians are still a totally racist feudal society that actively engages in slavery, war, crime, and genocide

    So tell me now white guy, Im all ears. !

  99. @The Alarmist

    And love cats and dogs (any animal really) far better than their own children (if the have any)
    Mental illnesses come in various forms, with some of the more common forms (like the one above) being considered normal behavior worthy of being admired and imitated.

  100. Rdm says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Give him a break, Linh.

    Those bald obese White guys need some forms of “the best country status” to prey on mail order brides.

    Once they lose those status, they contract “spermaflammation”, a kind of inflammation that occurs in their gonads that can lead to mental retardation.

    • Replies: @grapesoda
    , @anon
  101. @TheJester

    Talk about addictive distortions, it didn’t help that this was also the timeframe in which CIA drug experiments escaped the reservation and afflicted the counter-cultural movement with LSD.

    But didn’t it produce some really good music? Ask John McCarthy and a few others.

  102. grapesoda says:

    Television and drugs define happiness for too many Americans. That, and spewing venom online pseudonymously.

    You mean like you Linh Dinh? Typical leftist hypocrite. See your numerous screeds in this comment thread. What makes you so much better, that you use your real name? Aren’t you doing this partly to further your career and maintain an income stream? Otherwise you’d use a pseudonym just like the rest of us.

    Mail order bride? Nice use of clichés Hemingway. Seriously, you do creative work for a living and you resort to clichés?

    In Linh Dinh’s world, if a white man marries an Asian woman from her own country it’s a “mail order bride.” Within all the depth and possibility of the human spirit, it’s not possible for two people from different worlds to just like each other. It’s not possible for a younger woman to love an older man — because you and your fellow haters say so, and deep down you hate white men, apparently. I don’t even think there was anything said about this guy’s wife leaving him. You just made it up to suit your feeble narrative.

    There is a bit of hater in all of us who have lived in the world and experienced firsthand the injustice of man towards his fellow man. Just some of us are a little more honest and a little sanctimonious about it and try to have a sense of humor about it.

  103. grapesoda says:
    @Rdm

    Like clockwork. Get a group of leftists together, and sooner or later they’re going to start spewing hatred towards white men. It’s the only thing that binds them together.

    Good job inciting hate speech LD. He’s following your lead.

    • Replies: @Rdm
  104. grapesoda says:

    how come Steve Sailer doesn’t get this kind of treatment?!?!

    Because Steve is pretty much above the fray. He doesn’t make petty comments the way LD does. He wouldn’t have lasted as long as he has otherwise. LD seems like the kind of person who only wants to hear praise of himself, and everyone else is a “moronic lout.”

  105. @Talha

    The anesthesiologist he works with OD’ed on some drugs in his office trying to commit suicide.

    One of my neighbors when I was growing up was an anesthesiologist. One of the weirdest people I’ve ever interacted with. He always seemed to slur his speech and was frighteningly erratic. He might falter and trip over his own feet in the garage, collapse, then in a fit of rage pick up the nearest basketball and punt it halfway to Jupiter while letting out a howl of primal rage that would have set Confederate raiders running for their lives. He scared the sh*t out of every kid in the neighborhood for at least a decade. He eventually lost his job, went to prison, then moved away after.

    Just looked it up and, sure enough, anesthesiologist is one of the most addiction-prone professions. It seems weird though. It’s hard to imagine a Propofol or Lidocaine high being anything other than intensely unpleasant, the times you manage to stay conscious and not to kill yourself. Guess there’s benzos, but I’ve heard horrible things about even those.

    Maybe anesthesiology just naturally attracts f*cked up people.

  106. @Bill P

    So Mr. Wong, it’s pretty clear this misplaced rage is a national feeling of inadequacy that afflicts Chinese, who are culturally conditioned to think of themselves as at the center of the universe, and just can’t handle it when the facts don’t fit this conceit.

    I’d say that unwarranted fantasies of superiority are pretty clear examples of personal as well as national feelings of inadequacy that afflicts the Amerikans and their masters, both foreign and domestic, who are mostly culturally conditioned to think of themselves as at the center of the universe, and just can’t handle it when the facts don’t fit this conceit.

    You can see it in Trump, Hillary and Bush and a host of other goons in high places. I’ve often noted this as part of the “rich kid” syndrome. Typically they are almost wholly incompetent, know it, and use swagger and BS to makes things appear otherwise. They obviously feel inadequate, too, because they hang out with a pretty competitive crowd, and never really measure up, so they seem to have to keep proving it.

    Trump’s (to name just 0ne) bully bravado is just one sad and glaring example. It’s clear that he’s never moved beyond adolescence and neither has this nation in terms of emotional, intellectual and philosophical development. As another poster commented, we’re stuck in some weird kind of Puritan based ways of approaching the world and the rest of the world is moving on. If we don’t get our act together, we’ll have plenty of reason to be butt hurt as well. In fact, the masses have plenty of reason to feel that way as it is and LD exposes that which is probably another reason some people can’t handle his posts.

  107. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @anarchyst

    Who defines “intractable” That is a term to describe a coping mechanism not the pain itself. That person needs couseling not drugs. Opiates do not eliminate pain, they alter the mind’s sense of pleasure. They give the user “free” pleasure and eventually make it so the person cannot feel pleasure without them. A person needs increasing amounts without limits to achieve the same sensation.

    Who am I? I am The Scalpel of course

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  108. @woodNfish

    You obviously are a moralizer who can’t think straight about any thing at all.

    I call getting high as an anti-social act as something I do every day, you fool. It’s not moralizing to say the truth. I don’t believe prostitution is immoral. But it’s definitely anti-social.

    Moralizing fools like you are like children in Kindergarten: their minds are simple and unable to hold adult thoughts about adults. Always waiting for Big Teacher to tell them that they are bad boys or girls.

    You agree with drugs should be legal, but you believe that the “immoral” people will then do what ever your moralizing fantasy has predicted they will do.

    Shame on you. It is you who are immoral, with your nasty, niggardly moralizing.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  109. @Truth

    …did I get it?

    At least you had brains enough to ask, but if you have to ask…

    Besides, what makes a big bad toughie like you so butt hurt about a guy driving around the Ozarks with a Confederate flag in the back window of his pickup?

    • Replies: @Truth
  110. @woodNfish

    The problem with Tom and everyone who writes for him, is that they have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    It is astonishing to see. A few months ago, on Unz here, Tom had some female do a column in which she immediately compared Trump to the New Yorker who beat his girlfriend so often and so badly that her face was disfigured and then the guy beat her 7 year old daughter to death. He did 20 years in prison and was released about 10 year ago. Forget his name, but it had stein at the end.

    This bitch (the writer) had the chutzpah to say Trump was like that monster.

    And Tom published her article.

    That’s not leftist propaganda. That’s way way beyond any leftist philosophy.

    For me, that one article repudiated everything that Tom stood for. But there have been many other articles with similar infections of decency and logic.

    Leftist thought isn’t the same thing as being batshit crazy and foolish.

    Social security, single-payer health care, education for the future workforce. These are leftist ideals. And good and smart ones for any society that wants to prosper and be competitive.

    Only a moralizer would be so unable to discern the differences between Tom and good leftist ideas. Being a moralizer smooths out the details and fools the moralizer into acting a fool.

  111. @Oldeguy

    Crackpot theory, perhaps…

    Not crackpot at all. Not one bit. You’ve hit a key nail on the head and there is a lot of theoretical, practical and anecdotal evidence to support your suppositions.

    Corporate media is little more than sewage for the soul.

  112. woodNfish says:
    @Bill P

    The PRC was not responsible for PolPot or the military takeover of Burma, now known as Myanmar, or the many Buddhist pogroms, and now the Muslim terrorism happening across southern Asia and the Philippines. Asians don’t need the PR C to teach them war and violence. They have a long history of it as do we.

    • Replies: @denk
  113. woodNfish says:
    @restless94110

    You have got to be one of the dumbest people I have put in my ignore folder, but that is where you are going.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  114. anarchyst says:
    @The Scalpel

    By your last statement, I have come to the realization that you are NOT a “doctor”, but possibly a “drug warrior”, who doesn’t want to see his “source” cut off.
    The DEA should be sued for “practicing medicine without a license”…
    You see, “doctor”, there IS such a thing as intractable pain, your comments to the contrary do not hold water…

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  115. Rdm says:
    @grapesoda

    There’s nothing wrong with love between an old man and a young woman.

    But there’s everything wrong with an old, morbidly obese, balding “White” losers with those mail order brides from cheaper countries. That’s not love. That’s the escapade from the ever increasing demand from “younger White women”.

    Those bald White men will leave their mail order brides immediately if they ever have a chance of getting a bj from Corinne “Bachelor in Paradise” in a swimming pool. That’s how love works.

    I’m not following Linh lead. There’s no Linh’s lead either.

    Some Thomas from Woodstock bantering about how awesome he is.

  116. @RadicalCenter

    Medical doctors probably care less about people than the average random group of people does.

    Look for the same phenomenon in any so called position of authority. Most people in those positions act as if they are mainly full of themselves and they’re full o’ shit.

    (And yes, I’m an authority on the subject…! ;) )

    And “bravo” to you for your attitude towards the boob tube. My own kids grew up without a TV in the house, and they thank me for it to this day. Their kids are growing up fine without exposure to that sewage as well.

  117. Truth says:
    @jacques sheete

    Besides, what makes a big bad toughie like you so butt hurt about a guy driving around the Ozarks with a Confederate flag in the back window of his pickup?

    …A BLACK guy who mixes ebonics with Minnesota farmer; “Doncha know”… You forgot that part.

  118. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @anarchyst

    For the record, I am certainly a medical doctor. I am very familiar with pain, and treat pain every time I work. I, myself, have chronic pain. You are a butthurt snowflake, possibly a prescription drug addict, who does not have a strong command of English. Intractable refers to the state of mind of the subject. Pain is simply a sensation. I explained that treating the state of mind of the subject of pain is preferable to administering addictive euphoric agents. I did not deny “intractable” or pain. These euphoric agents have no real effect on the pain or its causes, and frequently lead to financially, physically, and socially debilitating dependency in weak-willed individuals such as yourself.

    I am telling you all of this for strictly humanitarian reasons. In a Darwinistic sense, it is best for me that you and drug addicted people spend their time in a drug induced stupor. So you can thank me for my insights or wallow in your self pity. The choice is yours.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @restless94110
  119. anarchyst says:
    @The Scalpel

    Your name-calling exposes you as a small-minded individual that will not accept other points of view. I for one take NO pain medications, despite being in (chronic) pain myself. I do know of people with intractable pain, some of which do receive adequate pain relief, and others that do not.
    I suggest that you GROW UP and refrain from name-calling. IF you are a “doctor” as you have stated, your name-calling belittles you and your profession. Your premise that pain “is all in the mind” is faulty, on its face. There are people that take opioids that have a much improved quality of life.
    I suggest that you avail yourself of medical journals that deal with pain relief. You might learn something.

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  120. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. In a special edition of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to Sayerville, New Jersey to share the story of one of those victims- Shannon Miller, who died of an overdose at the age of 23:

    • Replies: @restless94110
    , @Talha
  121. @woodNfish

    You are one of the dumbest people. You know, the ones who need to put you in ignore, because their moralizing makes them close their already-closed minds?

    Anyone who needs to ignore anyone is a fool.

    Bye, nitwit.

  122. @The Scalpel

    Thanks for making the perfect argument(s) for complete drug legalization!

    You have done a wonderful job of listing all of the reasons why all drugs should be legalized today!

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  123. @Linh Dinh

    With that moral prude Chris Hedges doing the video, do I dare believe he would go for complete drug legalization like a true progressive?

    I can barely stand to listen to his voice for more than 10 seconds he is such a prudish prig. But if he comes around to legalization I will try.

    Does he recommend legalizing all?

    Please I have to know before I can watch it.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  124. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @anarchyst

    It is not name calling if it is true.

    “There are people that take opioids that have a much improved quality of life.”

    Perhaps, and perhaps it could be even better if they did not. In any case, there are people who enjoy cocaine, there are people who are good at free climbing rock cliffs, etc. That doesn’t make it good policy in general. Frankly, I believe you have pain. I am sorry. That is unfortunate. I also believe you live on opiate pills. Thou dost protest too much.

    As I said, thank me for my advice or not. Its up to you

  125. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @restless94110

    Hi restless94110,

    As with his objection to pornography and gambling, Hedges is not taking a legal but moral stance against a drugged society. From his “A Nation of the Walking Dead”:

    The corporate state will expand our access to a variety of opioids and numbing situations to temporarily alleviate our stress, financial dislocations, depression and anxiety. Aided by state and local governments, it will build new pleasure palaces. It will lure millions into its glittering and seductive Venus’ flytraps. It will make sure we have tempting retreats within easy reach to achieve a death-in-life experience. Much of the society will be put to sleep. Those who refuse to become zombies, who rise up to resist, who seek at all costs to remain distinct individuals, will be silenced with the corporate state’s cruder tool for submission: force.

    The CIA has long trafficked drugs, and Wall Street banks launder drug money. The state is the biggest legal and illegal drug pusher. The state bans drugs because it is the main player behind their dissemination.

    Linh

    • Replies: @utu
    , @restless94110
  126. Talha says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Thanks for the video Mr. Dinh. Mr. Hedges seems like a sincere person who is interested in the story of the lower classes of America. i may not agree with all the prescriptions he suggests, but I consider people like him to be on the same side of the common man in the big scheme of things.

    A related question; I’m wondering how Mr. Unz (or the website) decides who gets published as the top two articles for the day. I thought I had figured out a pattern, but it seems Mr. Ghiraldi gets placed there very often. It doesn’t even seem to be that the most active comment threads always get published there. Sometimes, I think that an article will get listed for sure, but it gets lost
    in the dust within a couple of days. There doesn’t seem to be a round-robin algorithm in place either – some authors rarely get published and not all themes or topics get even coverage. Does Mr. Unz let you know before placing your articles up top? Just wondering if you have the insider scoop on this info that’s been bugging me.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Dan Hayes
  127. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Talha

    Hi Talha,

    I don’t know why Ron features any article at any given time!

    As for Chris Hedges, he often discusses social issues from a moral, ethical or spiritual angle, and this can annoy a lot of people in our morally relativistic, warped or upside down world. It’s hard to deny, though, that we’re spiritually deranged.

    Linh

  128. @Linh Dinh

    Linh,

    You have the perceptions and experience of a professional mariner, aka seaman. One who travels, horizontally and vertically. Waterfronts, docks and the surrounding area are usually among the lowest uderbelly of the beastly cities.

    Regarding psychic pain, as a Buddhist, I can tell you that pain and suffering are part of the package of life. There is no escaping it or cure. You have to change internally. I’ve been all over Asia and the Middle East, where a lot of South Asians work. They live in misery, stress, and pain, which is more than that of back in their homes. These short (usually) people have composure, kindness, self possession and clear headedness. Clue: it isn’t the stress by itself, it is how it is handled and processed. Exterior stress in not completely absolute or intrinsic.

    All pain that a person has is due to ignorance. Dwelling on the past-no matter how horrendous-or worrying about the future, will do any good, and in fact is an obstacle to improvement. Please do not excuse or rationalize the failings of people due to external causes. Today’s milieu is a house of mirrors, holograms and the maps’ details are smeared and the compass is broken. Only living in the here and now, having Right Thoughts and Right Actions will make it possible for these poor souls to migrate to the unique real estate within that is theirs and theirs alone.

    Only an internal change occurring will they have any chance of salvation.

    • Replies: @Truth
  129. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @restless94110

    I agree with that policy. People have a natural and constitutional right to be stupid. I would object to paying for the consequences, however.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  130. Dan Hayes says:
    @Talha

    Hi Talha,

    As listed on the UR masthead Mr Ghiraldi is its National Security Editor.

    • Replies: @Talha
  131. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    There is no escaping it or cure.

    Aaah, but Glasshoppa, I thought the 4th noble truth indicated that the cure for pain is zazen?

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  132. Sowhat says:

    It’s hard to deny, though, that we’re spiritually deranged.

    I believe that the correct term is “lost”…spiritually lost. It could be termed spiritually “misaligned”, as well. For those that don’t believe in a higher power or God, it’s okay to scoff, snicker, or react or reply as you feel so moved.

    When people lose faith, they’re spiritually lost. Like Bob Dylan sang, “you gotta serve somebody.”

    It almost looks like some sinister plot is being slowly manifested. It would take a generation for it to come to fruition. First convince the parents and grandparents that you need to pop pills every day to either maintain you healthy lifestyle or “treat” your maladies. The kids grow up,listening to twenty drug commercials a day on TV. Then they play their music through headphones so their parents (if they even care) can’t hear the garbage to which they are listening. As they enter puberty, they have six years of secular humanist, social Marxist teaching in their brains causing a premature self-reliance and a disdain for authority.
    During this same time period, set forth in the beginning of the previous paragraph, the rug is pulled out from under large numbers of everyday working folks. Their company folds, their income and investments take a nosedive. They lose their home. There are no jobs to support a family. The kids blame themselves. They start doing what grown ups do. ..pop pills…too expensive? The big H.

    Trump said he was our last chance. What a salesman! I think it’s beyond saving. We’ll see.
    It’s like, with the MOM’S help, some WANT everyone to lose faith, perhaps while they prepare to initiate their cashless society and offer their utopian NWO.

  133. utu says:
    @Linh Dinh

    The state is the biggest legal and illegal drug pusher. The state bans drugs because it is the main player behind their dissemination.

    The first sentence might be true. The second is nonsense. I am amazed by leftist who push for drug legalization. I understand libertarians. They do not care about people so they do not mind people frying their brains. But leftist like yourself? I am afraid you haven’t thought things through. Drugs are the dead end. They kill people’s souls more effectively than anything.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @jacques sheete
  134. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @utu

    Hi utu,

    Where did I say I endorse the dissemination of drugs by anybody?

    This entire article is about the horror of drugs. Plus, I know and care about most of these victims.

    Linh

    • Replies: @utu
  135. Joe Hide says:

    Linh,
    I am an old white rural man raised in poverty and hard work. So I want you to know that many of the people, just like me, appreciate the efforts you are making to reveal the suffering of so many of all races and backgrounds. Its one thing to use academic rhetoric on the issues confronting humanity, and quite another to get close and in on an individual basis like You do. Please keep it up Linn.

    • Replies: @Sowhat
  136. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi Joe,

    Many thanks, sir, for your kind words and encouragement.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  137. utu says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Where did I say I endorse the dissemination of drugs by anybody?

    I thought this sentence

    The state bans drugs because it is the main player behind their dissemination.

    implied you were in favor of legalization of drugs.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  138. Sowhat says:
    @Joe Hide

    I agree with Joe Hide, Mr. Linh. Thank you for the article. It has to stop and needs immediate attention by all of the forces that can be brought to bare on drug addiction.
    I know that, after the Civil War, there was a huge issue with the recovering wounded becoming addicted. I don’t know if the government stepped in or not.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  139. denk says:
    @Bill P

    ‘To this day, Chinese remain more butthurt about the humiliations inflicted by what amounted to a handful of Western troops in the 19th century than the Mongol invasion, the Qing destruction of the Ming dynasty, and even the Japanese rampage of the mid 20th century. This despite the fact that of the countless times China got its butt kicked by foreigners, these Westerners inflicted the least damage in terms of destruction and loss of life, and ultimately contributed greatly to the development of China. ‘

    This is 21C and what have we got here , ever heard of NAATO, aka Asian nato ?
    Its already here , just that they never talk about it in front of the children.

    NAATO = USA+Jp+Mongolia+India, Oz, SK, ….

    The Coalition of the three worst killing machines in human history is back for an encore. !

  140. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @utu

    Hi utu,

    All I meant was: if drugs were legal, profits would dwindle for the state itself.

    At my blog, my friend Ian Keenan made some pertinent observations:

    The CIA admits to selling crack in South Central LA during the 80s.. I overheard two women who both agreed passionately that their childhood in Camden was modest but fun, a good community, but crack not poverty ruined everything. Alfred McCoy wrote about the CIA and heroin during the Vietnam War and since the Afghan war started opium production and export has skyrocketed. The function of the DEA is to eliminate the competition to the ruling mob. The media chimes in to say that it’s all Venezuala’s fault, even though the coke’s coming through Mexico from Colombia and Peru. During the 80s it was blamed on the Sandinistas by the same news outlets.

  141. denk says:
    @Bill P

    We gave them [sic] Nuclear weapons technology; ballistic missile technology; jet engine technology; modern surgical and medical technology; modern agricultural technology; armored vehicle propulsion systems;

    You smoking some good stuff eh ?

    Those Chinese are ingrates

    From what I gather,
    The Chinese are very grateful for the West embargoes and sanctions , giving them no choice but to build up their own engines, ships, planes etc from scratch, through decades of blood , sweat and tears.
    They are not there yet, but unlike India, at least they’ve achieved near self sufficiency.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    , @Bill P
  142. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Linh Dinh

    Hi utu,

    My stepfather, whom I was never close to, was the head of drug enforcement for South Vietnam. Now, his job was a joke because high ranking members of the South Vietnamese government, as well as the American military and the CIA, were all involved with drug trafficking. This is very old news to me…

    Linh

  143. denk says:
    @woodNfish

    The PRC was not responsible for PolPot or the military takeover of Burma, now known as Myanmar, or the many Buddhist pogroms, and now the Muslim terrorism happening across southern Asia and the Philippines. Asians don’t need the PR C to teach them war and violence. They have a long history of it as do we

    When ISIS[tm] suddenly show up in Duterte’s [uncle sham is an asshole] home town and all over SEA, cue the UsualSuspects !

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/09/u-s-jihadi-express-indonesia-afghanistan-syria-philippines/

  144. Art says:

    These are very sad sad stories. There is little hope for these people. It takes a giant commitment of time to fix them.

    I have learned the hard way – that if you want to fix someone, that you have to go all the way. That half way fixes, just make the problem worse.

    That is my two cents.

    Peace — Art

    p.s. Of course in the moment, when meeting these situations – one must be caring.

  145. @Truth

    @Truth. I worded my short comment perhaps in a way that was subject to misunderstanding. I meant that there always has been and will be pain and suffering in the world. This includes anguish and that which is within people. Nature itself displays this when to live, and animal or being must kill. Probably what I should have substituted would have been “not mutable”.

    The problem, as The Buddha said, is ignorance, denial, and being overwhelmed by suffering. So much so, that the mind is whirling, panicked, and “slipping its clutch”-my term, of course. All of this proceeds from a lack of concentration, where the mind is pulled and pushed off track by unwanted, capricious forces.

    We desire, react, respond, and want outcomes that are favorable. I would describe this as a sort of White Noise or static or background unwanted sounds. If our thoughts are not the thoughts that produce good actions and outcomes, they must be changed, as thought proceeds action.

    All of Linh’s interviewees are controlled and tortured by the past and extrinsic forces. Like a vehicle on a road with crosswinds that are randomly variable, the vehicle cannot track where the driver wants it to go. They do not need therapy or external conditions to be modified, they need to
    learn to meditate, abandoning expectations of outcomes the way that they hope should be.

    Just as in a flood, plants along a river bank get uprooted and washed down river, to the sea, where they whorl and are disconnected from their connection to the earth, Linh’s people all are disconnected like Brownian Movement Particles.

    Of course, it more convenient and alluring to ascribe external factors to the fate and anguishing vicissitudes of their existence. But it is false, impermanent, symptomatic, and superficial and temporal. It’s a patch, not a cure.

    • Replies: @Truth
  146. @dcite

    Agree. Describes me to a T.

  147. Just legalize all drugs, already.
    The junkies of whatever stripe will soon eliminate themselves.
    Callous, perhaps, but pragmatic.

  148. They do not need therapy or external conditions to be modified, they need to
    learn to meditate, abandoning expectations of outcomes the way that they hope should be.

    Just as in a flood, plants along a river bank get uprooted and washed down river, to the sea, where they whorl and are disconnected from their connection to the earth, Linh’s people all are disconnected like Brownian Movement Particles.

    Pardon my ignorance, but given that example, how in the heck is meditation supposed to reconnect them? Also, I imagine that meditation would be quite a challenge given the cesspool society those unfortunate folks find themselves in, and why would anyone opt to be connected to something like that?

    One of the main points seems to be that these folks take the drugs in a futile and self destructive attempt to escape the degenerate star spangled cesspit, and it’s hard to blame them.

    Meditation? C’mon…

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Poupon Marx
  149. South Carolina is one of only two states in the union that does not regulate money transit industry. For that reason, SC is a magnet for drug dealers.

    http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/29046749/south-carolina-businesses-used-to-launder-billions-to-drug-cartels-terrorists

    Sidenote: Interesting how the linked report focuses on money-from-drugs flowing thru South Carolina to Hezbollah. Iran, next door to Afghanistan, has a terrific drug problem — probably not a bug but a feature in the US effort to eradicate terror and democratize and civilize Afghanistsn –But wouldn’t you think drug lords and Hezbollah would do their transactions closer to the source? The frequent mention of Hezbollah in the South Carolina expose suggests that someone in Lindsay Graham’s home state is getting rich on Hez.

    PS as may recall, Nikki Haley, the insane US amb. to UN and darling of neocons, is former gov of SC

  150. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Good response, just wanted to see what you’d say. I was a Zen Buddhist for 25 years, recently became a Christian.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  151. @Sowhat

    I know that, after the Civil War, there was a huge issue with the recovering wounded becoming addicted.

    Apparently opium derivatives were supplied to the Union army by Warren Delano II, a grandfather of FDR who also made a fortune running the slop to China in clipper ships, the point being that the elite have long been big into the drug industry.

    Also, there is little doubt that FDR initiated war with Japan partly because the militarists there were competing by encouraging the cultivation of poppies in Manchukuo to support their adventures, and no such competition shall ever be allowed.

    Then there’s this.:

    “The elite think they’re smarter than everyone else.”

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/no_author/famous-author-refused-run-drugs-cia/

    I’ve long noticed that it doesn’t take very many bucks for some to get all uppity and snooty if they have more of them than the next guy. The “elite’ generally suck no matter how they get the coin. Their victims are represented in LD’s articles, and they have no more control over it than plants along the banks in a deluge.

    The system stinks.

  152. @utu

    The state is the biggest legal and illegal drug pusher. The state bans drugs because it is the main player behind their dissemination.

    The first sentence might be true. The second is nonsense.

    Utu, you make consistently good points, but on this, LD is correct. Here’s how it works.:

    The state bans drugs to keep the prices up.

    It’s really as simple as that. Corporate capitalism 101, in fact. The government-corporation complexes that control our world will apparently do anything to keep the prices up. The history of alcohol prohibition offers many lessons.

    Also, it pays to recall that during the Great Depression, the government supported the destruction of hogs and other foodstuffs in order to keep the prices up. there’s a message in their somewhere. It just struck me that Stalin initiated the destruction of Ukrainian farmers by the millions during that time. I suspect there’s some connection there…

    • Replies: @utu
  153. @SolontoCroesus

    Most interesting points you have there!

  154. Talha says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Ah – did not know that! Thanks Dan – this makes more sense now.

    Peace.

  155. @Truth

    @ Truth: Thank you. I am going the opposite way. I have never felt at home in Eastern Orthodoxy or The West. I have always felt a strange bit of alienation, as if I didn’t belong. I tried very hard. Christianity in general-even the purest form, Eastern Orthodoxy-just would not “take”.

    People in the West, with its intellectual history of academic and abstract lurches to different directions, seemed to be often to be whorls of movement that produced no net gain, like walking up a sand dune, as you feet continually lose traction. I have always thought differently from my peers, utilizing analogy and parallel realities to show and expose the nature of phenomena. This is common to the Chinese, who see similarities in the natural world and extract meaning by this process. I dislike and consider academic clatter and abstract noise, piled on top of each other as a form of self-deception and promotion.

    It was when I finally started to read about Buddha and his teachings that I realized and made sense of everything which had eluded me. I’ve been there before in previous incarnations. I have resisted this reunification and identity for many years.

    I do not think that I will bore down to one form of Buddhism or a branch exclusively, but embrace the entire range. Likewise, I shall always respect Eastern Orthodoxy as the one true Christian faith, based on history, and its core beliefs.

    • Replies: @Truth
  156. @Linh Dinh

    Glorious, sir. Well replied.

  157. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I believe that the solution to modern misery is more effective drugs. As the quality and quantity of human work decreases, what is necessary is increasing amounts of medication in order to disable the awareness of the majority of humans so that they can continue to provide the services needed. In the long run, as technology makes humans redundant, we can remove distinctions of “male” and “female” to focus on the development of womb machines or simply remove the male sex as it is known to cause the majority of violence and death. Worldwide happiness is close to hand, we just need to remove the reactionaries that are still trying to stop us from reveling in constant chemical bliss.

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  158. @denk

    This is the singular truth. Resistance had led to growth, and in spite of the genuine destruction of the native culture, the rise of a new will to power that the past never had.

    • Replies: @denk
  159. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @jacques sheete

    “degenerate star spangled cesspit…”

    Indeed. Hard to tell more truth with a mere four words.

  160. @Linh Dinh

    Hi Linh,

    Yes, I know that Hedges takes a moral stance. That it the problem with Chris Hedges.

    I was shocked to learn a few years ago that the Progressives in the early part of the 20th century were all prudes who wanted rights, etc., but then wanted porn and prostitution banned and criminalized. Later, it was alcohol. Still later, it was all drugs.

    That is a very, very important thing to know about being a progressive or to ask one who says they are a progressive.

    The same happened in the 70s and 80s to the feminist movement. Progressives were easily led by Dworkin and McKinnon into an extreme anti-sex and anti-sex worker stance, which is obviously anti-woman, and anti-feminist. But it did not matter to these moral and progressive lunatics.

    Now we have Chris Hedges. Another moralistic prig. Not only that, he has a very very bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    I recently tried to view one of his “lectures” on comparing Trump to Caligula. This is after 5 months in office. When I objected in the comments under the Youtube video, I was beset by progressive banshees who also were infected with the Trump Derangement virus.

    This man is a fool, and a dangerous fool at that. The only reason I watched him previous was because of you. You were interviewed and I wanted to hear what you had to say.

    Chris Hedges. Being “progressive” does not mean your upper middle class morals are the ones that should be enforced against all other people in the US and the world.

    So much of the liberal and progressive stance revolves completely around a morality that has been somehow violated and must be ressurected by force of law.

    Thus, we have the nightmare of laws that are frankly completely distracting from the real world issues such as nuclear war, neo-conservative foregn policy and neo-liberal austerity economic policy.

    But, at least we have transgender bathrooms. You see my point? Not only is it priggish; it is totalitarian and does not accurately reflect human behavior since the beginning of history.

    • Replies: @utu
  161. @The Scalpel

    You are not paying for a thing.

    People are people. They live with you in our society.

    Some of them make mistakes. One day, one of them will be you.

    You don’t live in a castle with a moat around it. You don’t have a draw bridge.

    You also don’t have any reason or any right to judge others based on your own personal morality except to agree with yourself that you might not do the same as they.

    But you will never really know that unless you walked a mile in their shoes.

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
  162. utu says:
    @restless94110

    There is something about Hedges that I find revolting. I tried to listen and watch him several times and I agreed with many points he made but I just did not like him. All my gut feelings alerts are on full red telling me that something is wrong with this guy. Perhaps my gut feelings malfunction in his case and I should not trust them, but I can’t help it.

    Agree with your point that he suffers a sever case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and in general his focus to some degree is with the identity politics BS which distracts from what is important. And important issue are:

    neocon and imperialist US foreign police
    neoliberal globalist economic policy
    extreme economic inequality

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @restless94110
  163. utu says:
    @jacques sheete

    The state bans drugs to keep the prices up.

    This is the fact not the cause. Drugs should be banned and only state can do it and enforce it. The legalization of drugs trend is just a manifestation that the state is weak and succumbed to interests of those who make money on drugs.

  164. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    I could go into this for one hour, behind a lectern, without notes. I learned a lot from Zen, and it is an excellent life philosophy, in my opinion, IF it is taken in concert with a belief in God. Ultimately what I discovered is that much of what I learned in terms of traditional Buddhist teachings is literally Satanic deception, as is much of Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, and “pagan” Christianity. No offense to anyone, it was only after many years of research that I made this conversion.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  165. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @utu

    I was at an event where Hedges was the keynote speaker. His speech was high drama: deeply prophetic, short opening statement delivered in a profound tone, and the rest of the speech likewise calculated to shiver me timbers.

    The speech over, people crowded around to touch the hem of his garment & get his autograph, then he made his way out of the auditorium. Where I saw him meet with the event organizer as she wrote a check and handed it to him; he glanced at it quickly, put it in his coat pocket and walked out of the building.

    Of course he gets paid for his work, why shouldn’t he.
    But it did seem weird to go from booming prophet to a guy making a living to raise his family. Frankly, the thought that he was working to support his family humanized the guy, took him down a peg.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  166. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous,

    Chris Hedges interviewed me in March. It was around noon, not the best time to have a deep conversation on TV, though it was only recorded and not live. I took the train to NYC, walked just over a mile from Penn Station to the studio to unwind a bit and, on my way, discovered, quite happily, a relatively cheap Irish bar where I downed a couple of Guinnesses. Mellowed, I was ready.

    Chris Hedges, it turned out, was extremely down to earth and warm, and we had a friendly chat before the interview. Done, he gave me a bunch of books and signed them for me. I asked if he wanted to join me at the Irish bar for a pint or two, but he admitted, quite candidly, that he had had a drinking problem, so could not touch any more alcohol.

    Hedges is a regular dude when he’s not on air or lecturing, in short. Also, Hedges has been teaching in a prison for many years, so he must know how to relate to those folks as well.

    Lastly, Hedges graciously had me on knowing we didn’t agree on everything, but it was certainly a constructive conversation:

    Linh

  167. utu says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Good interview. And skillfully defended yourself from the accusation of fascist tendencies by Hedges. Being accused by the leftist functionary to have fascist ideas is no joke.

  168. Bill P says:
    @denk

    From what I gather,
    The Chinese are very grateful for the West embargoes and sanctions , giving them no choice but to build up their own engines, ships, planes etc from scratch, through decades of blood , sweat and tears.
    They are not there yet, but unlike India, at least they’ve achieved near self sufficiency.

    Total fantasy. Chinese have had huge amounts of Western tech handed to them on a silver platter. Especially since 1993, but also lots before that. Do you recall the Loral ballistic missile tech giveaway, for example? That was a pure quid pro quo for Chinese helping fund the Clinton reelection in ’96.

    As for the engines and planes being built from scratch, you’ve got no idea what you’re talking about. Do you think Lei Feng built these things? Western companies have been handing tech over to the Chinese by the warehouse. Caterpillar helped them build tanks, AVIC and Comac have been cannibalizing Bombardier, Siemens is still up to its typical business in China (over 100 years presence), etc.

    There are too many of these examples to list here, but I have yet to see anything of any value we’ve obtained from the Chinese, save for cheap manufactured goods.

    So Chinese get high tech and WMD, while in return we get cheap consumer goods. Pretty lousy deal. Time for that to change.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    , @denk
  169. @utu

    I understand completely.

    He’s got a prune-face expression that never leaves him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him smile, and I’ve seen plenty videos of him.

    Like so many I used to watch and follow, they completely lost all of their integrity, logic and decency when it came to Donald Trump.

    And then he got elected, and then they got even more illogical, indecent and empty of any kind of integrity.

    Prior to that? I had been put off by Hedges occasional forrays into how the porn industry was just turr-i-ble, but that was also before I became fully cognizant with Progressive history in the early 20th century.

    Anyway, agreed.

  170. @Linh Dinh

    I’m glad you were treated well, and I did enjoy watching you in the interview.

    Perhaps Hedges should not only stay out of the bars, but stay out of giving firey speeches on how Trump is the exact same as Caligula.

    In other words, abstinence is good for Chris. Hopefully he’ll practice it everywhere in his life.

  171. So Chinese get high tech and WMD, while in return we get cheap consumer goods.

    And the banksters get more power.

    Pretty lousy deal. Time for that to change.

    All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

  172. Ivy says:
    @Bill P

    Billy Jeff did a solid for his buds in Bentonville. They were the biggest winners in the 1990s Giveaways.

  173. @Truth

    @Truth

    “Ultimately what I discovered is that much of what I learned in terms of traditional Buddhist teachings is literally Satanic deception”. I find this to be astonishing. In preparation, I did some searching on the Net for: Buddhism Satan. I did some reading to gain an understanding of why some think and feel that.

    I would very much like to hear what you found or discovered/uncovered along the way that created this conclusion. A long explanation won’t be necessary, however some links or references would be helpful.

    Thanks in advance…PM

    • Replies: @Truth
  174. denk says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    Since we’r on murkkan sanction….

    Until this day China is still being sanctioned for the fake 1989 ‘TAM massacre’,
    While Modi of the real 2001 Gujaraj pogrom is feted in Washington and courted for mega bucks arms sales.

    Thats murkkan ‘value’ for you !
    hehehehe

  175. denk says:
    @Bill P

    Sure,
    I heard lots of Clinton’s ‘treacherous’ deals with the Chinese , when
    he supposedly ‘gave away’ the treasure trove of murkkan high tech.

    Here the empire watch no 1 rule applies
    ‘ Everything from the land of fake news should be taken with a huge pint of salt !
    Like Trumps ‘Russia gate’ today, rings a bell ?

    In any case its passe, irrelevant.

    China’s heavy industry base was courtesy of USSR until the ideology split.
    From the 80′s onwards Russia was the only source of military high tech to China due to murkkan orchestrated embargo.
    Today a comprehensive industrial structure of mostly indigenuous content has emerged.
    No thank to uncle sham !

    There are too many of these examples to list here, but I have yet to see anything of any value we’ve obtained from the Chinese, save for cheap manufactured goods.
    So Chinese get high tech and WMD, while in return we get cheap consumer goods.

    Any high tech that trickles to China mainly came from Germany etc.,
    Even there, uncle sham’s gruffy paws are busy at work.
    Last year a German semiconductor firm had to renege on its inked deal with the Chinese due to arm twisting from Washington.
    So much for murkkan high tech transfer !

    Pretty lousy deal. Time for that to change

    Lousy deal ?
    The Chinese might start wondering why should they invest in trillions of
    worthless murkkan treasury bonds , so that uncle sham could send aircraft carrier battle groups to taunt them at their doorsteps ?

    • Replies: @Bill P
  176. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Now this is a HUGE subject, and after 25 years of Zen worship, and a 3 year or so transition period, I still have not even come close to sorting out a logical explanation, but the Christian guy who helped me become saved explained it like this; “when many people think of the devil, they think of the red guy with the pitchfork and the horns causing mayhem, and while that does exist, the true definition of the devil is anything that disconnects you from a relationship with God.”

    One of the most brilliant things I have ever read. He went on to say “the devil would love to have your satanic worship, but if he cannot get it, he will settle for you being an atheist or a non-believer, because ultimately it’s the same thing.”

    I was always for some reason turned off by traditional Theravada Buddhism, even though my mother has been a practitioner since I was a child, and even non-zen Mahayana, because of all the gongs, robes, colors, flowers, pictures, chanting and all that. When you look into the artwork you see the dragons, and abominations, Gods borrowed from Hinduism and a lot of other stuff that is obviously demonic, without much brainpower. You are told to worship the created (the sun, animals, etc) in lieu of the creator, which is blasphemy. The Dali Lamma is some sort of a Lucefarian actor (as are all internationally famous people) But what of zen?

    There are a couple of aspects of zen, which should raise a red flag right away the first and foremost is that you are taught in zen, and in all forms of Buddhism to some degree, that you can achieve enlightenment (satori, nirvana, whatever), basically “heaven” by yourself with no assistance, simply by meditating. The bible says in no uncertain terms that no-one reaches heaven through works, but only through a relationship with the creator. Think about your zazen posture, when you are meditating in non-zen Buddhism, you are holding your hands in the traditional 666 sign!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=celebrities+666&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAk-rz5-_UAhVSz2MKHQLdAGcQ_AUIBigB&biw=1280&bih=606

    I could go on, but a couple of people on youtube have done a good job with this…

    Simona Rich does a good job with this subject…

    I guess the best way I could summarize this, is that you must understand that your modern-day 2017 world is not much different from that of the Old Testament; the spiritual corruption and Satanic influence are everywhere, and this world itself is run by a Satanic cult: but that’s a whole other subject…

    • Replies: @Talha
    , @Poupon Marx
  177. Silverado says:

    What happens to these people when the financial calamity arrives and they can’t get their pills any longer?? Try and get your mind around that…

  178. notice says:

    Am glad Truth found Christ. Christianity is the only religion I ever felt appealed to and could improve the whole world, one nation at a time. “Do unto others as you would have him do unto you”, “Though shalt not……lie, steal, bear false witness, don’t commit adultery”……. successful, long lasting social arrangements can be built on such principals.

    The ” do unto others” part would seemingly prohibit any form of slavery or severe underpayment, or practically inescapable indebtedness. The Yoo-ess-dumb—@ ain’t doing to others in Syria or the Crimea just now I’m afraid.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  179. Talha says:
    @Truth

    Have you heard some of the interviews with Oliver Stone’s son about occult practices in Hollywood? Crazy stuff.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Truth
  180. @notice

    Am glad Truth found Christ.

    That’s backwards.

    JC’s been lookin fer him and is gonna whup his cracker ass and plant a ‘Merkin flag up his crack cuz he spouts off ’bout his colored bros and makes KKKristians look awful.

    Now, he can go eat melena.
    :)

    • Replies: @Truth
  181. @SolontoCroesus

    Dear S2C, respectfully, can you provide a clarification on the laundered drug money going to Hezbollah from South Carolina, where prominate Zionists NeoCons, Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham come from.

    As you know, Hezbollah is the primary demonized enemy of Israel. How is this possible. Thank you.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  182. Bill P says:
    @denk

    China’s heavy industry base was courtesy of USSR until the ideology split.

    Actually, it was courtesy of Imperial Japan, but then Russia disassembled the factories and shipped them to Russia after they invaded Manchuria.

    From the 80′s onwards Russia was the only source of military high tech to China due to murkkan orchestrated embargo.

    Maybe explicit military high tech, but as the examples I alluded to above demonstrate there are a lot of technologies that are transferable. For example, tractor/earthmover technology can be applied to tanks. Satellite launching rockets can also launch warheads. Commercial jet engine tech can be transfered to military aircraft, etc.

    The point is that China has benefited tremendously from the West, and the USA in particular, while the average American has received nothing in return. This must end.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
    , @denk
  183. @Bill P

    From the 80′s onwards Russia was the only source of military high tech to China…

    Only?

    HOW ISRAEL USED WEAPONS AND TECHNOLOGY TO BECOME AN ALLY OF CHINA

    http://www.newsweek.com/china-israel-military-technology-beijing-jerusalem-saul-eisenberg-weapons-607117

    • Replies: @denk
  184. Truth says:
    @jacques sheete

    I think you’ve totally lost it, Sport.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  185. @Truth

    @Truth

    Thanks for your honest answer.

  186. @jacques sheete

    @Sheete

    You probably did not notice that you answered your own question. Obviously you are preoccupied with external causes and origins and actions. Actions begin with thoughts that are transformed. In this case, the suffering have no chance to change the milleu or society. So what can they change and improve? Themselves. How they relate to the world, how their Inner World is structured, and how determined they are to triumph over ignorance and repetitive failure.

    Believe me when I tell you, that there are many, many places in the World that are far worse than the welfare state they are living in, and many of those people handle their lives with grace, composure, and with Right Thoughts and Right Action.

    It’s not a matter of blame or excuses. It is a matter of doing what is necessary to ease suffering by control over yourself. It is quite simple.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @jacques sheete
  187. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Poupon Marx

    Hi Poupon Marx,

    The increasing absence of grace and composure in this culture is a clear sign of how sick we have become. We are in so much pain, psychic and physical, that we consume 80% of the world’s opioids!

    By this measurement, we’re “far worse” than any other place on earth, though one can argue that we are only far worse thanks to our affluence. As this chimeric wealth dissolves, where will we be?

    Linh

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  188. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @restless94110

    “You are not paying for a thing.”

    Patently false. Enormous amounts of public money (taxes I pay) are spent on the medical and criminal treatment of unemployed drug addicts, not to mention the costs they impose on others through theft, etc

    “Some of them make mistakes. One day, one of them will be you.”

    I make mistakes every day. I also try to learn from experts to avoid mistakes. I offered my advice based on years of personal and professional experience. Anyone is free to ignore my advice. As I said before, I do it because I care even though in a Darwinian sense, it is in my best interest for drug dicts to keep abusing.

    “But you will never really know that unless you walked a mile in their shoes.”

    I have had lumbar disc surgery twice and am in constant pain. I take anti-inflammatory medicines. They actuallytreat one of the causes of the pain, they are not addictive and they work.

    I make no moral judgements, but I know a bad decision in that area when I see one because I have 30 years of experience seeing those decisions and their results.

    Frankly, restless94110, I think you are an opinionated layman in this area who has little experience and no expertise.

    It does no good to coddle opiate addicts. The addiction looks for any and all rationalizations. Addicts must be disabused of the notion that what they are doing is in any way good for them.

    Don’t take my advice if you don’t want to. It is your choice. I will not baby you, or coddle you, or blow smoke at you. I am The Scalpel

    • Replies: @restless94110
  189. @ChuckOrloski

    Hello ChuckOrloski,

    I only know what I read in the funny papers — or hear on C Span.

    A C Span segment last Sunday https://www.c-span.org/video/?430691-2/washington-journal-news-headlines-viewer-calls referred to an article by Jonathan Tobin in National Review that contrasted Rex Tillerson’s performance as Sec’y of State with Haley’s as UN Ambassador. Tobin’s position was that Haley was far superior to Tillerson in “promoting American interests and values,” and further defined those values as “support for Israel, opposition to Iran and Russia, and, oh ya, human rights. My favorite passage from the NR article stated:

    “She is someone who is prepared to publicly pressure corrupt and ineffective U.N. agencies such as the Human Rights Council for their hypocrisy and anti-Semitism while reaffirming the U.S. alliance with Israel in a way that is normally the business of the secretary of state.

    MAGA!

    Tobin painted Tillerson’s future in shades of grey, but repeated that “Haley has a bright future, will go far . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449141/nikki-haley-our-de-facto-secretary-state

    A caller from South Carolina said Haley was a disaster as governor; he mentioned the “Myrtle Beach Mafia” and challenged the listening audience to look it up, so I did.

    The link posted above ( http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/29046749/south-carolina-businesses-used-to-launder-billions-to-drug-cartels-terrorists ) tells the story: Millions of dollars flow through Horry County, South Carolina, consequent to drug transactions: the money is moved by way of Western Union and other money transfer facilities, that are legal and unregulated in South Carolina — one of only two states where such companies are not regulated. Most of the companies that handle these money-transfer methods operate out of souvenir shops on S Carolina beaches, as well as Walmarts and other convenience stores.
    The claim was made that agents had traced connections between those transfers from Horry County to Columbia and to Mexico, and also to “terrorist organization Hezbollah.”

    The report detailed efforts of the South Carolina legislature to regulate Western Union and other such money transfer businesses. It’s been four years since that bill was introduced and still no legislation has been been voted in. Haley was governor of S Carolina over that four year period.

    S Carolina legislators and others advocating for the legislation contacted the office of US Senator Lindsay Graham, who represents S Carolina, but neither he nor anyone from his office has responded.

    Haley’s reputation as a state legislator then governor of S Carolina is that of someone who is extraordinarily ambitious, willing to take whatever position will further her personal agenda; not above hypocrisy and turning 180 degrees to get what she wants (i.e. in the primaries she came out strongly AGAINST Trump, backing Rubio, then Cruz, but when Trump offered her a job, she quit the SC governorship and climbed aboard); and above all, a practiced user of the “bully pulpit.” She is keen on haranguing her audience and constituency to achieve what she — and only she — perceives to be in her interest.

    One example of Haley’s hypocrisy involves her refusal to veto excessive spending, after pledging to do so; she went so far as to approve additional subsidies for Boeing Corporation employee retraining: Boeing has already received massive amounts of state of S Carolina tax dollars — the aerospace industry is one of South Carolina’s largest sources for employment and revenue.

    As I see it, it’s not improbable that a Palestinian or Arab or Lebanese merchant in South Carolina does, indeed, use his/her shop to transfer money to Hezbollah. It may not be PC to say so, but my experience has been that Indians, Pakistanis, etc. own/run many such shops throughout the South. It’s probably a stretch to impugn Haley, daughter of Indian immigrants, as protecting these merchants, but I do find it interesting that Boeing is so well supported by South Carolina, and I wonder what position Haley and Graham and other South Carolinians will take if Iran is successful in contracting with Boeing for the purchase of planes.

    C Span’s spin of the National Review story on Haley was frustrating, but par for the course for C Span and for Steve Scully, who moderated the program. The only information Scully provided to his audience about Haley was to read passages from the National Review article and to play clips of Haley haranguing reporters at the UN while insisting that she is “doing what Trump wants her to do.”

    If C Span had done a better job, they would have informed its audience that Haley had attempted to derail a UN effort to confer about creating a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East — she was proud to have disrupted the conference which “N Korea and Iran would have welcomed, because they would not abide by it anyway.” (By all accounts Iran is in compliance with the terms of the JCPOA.)

    My go-to guy on nuclear nonproliferation topics is Dan Joyner, professor of law and specialist/expert on international treaties and nuclear – CBW law, who just posted on his blog, Arms Control Law, My Impressions on the Second Draft of the NW Ban Treaty:

    “A second draft text of the nuclear weapons ban treaty, currently in the final stages of negotiation at UN headquarters, was released last night. . . . The chair and the negotiators appear to have addressed a lot of the concerns I had with the first draft text, in particular concerning the relationship of the treaty with the NPT, as well as how the treaty addresses safeguards and the role of the IAEA. . . . “

    imho these are extremely significant issues which a well-informed public should be aware of, even if the topic seems dry as 2007 in Texas. That C Span and Steve Scully — as well as every other producer and moderator in the C Span roster — chooses to devote their air time to pajama party gossip about Trump’s tweets tells me they fully complicit in the propaganda project of the rest of the Lügenpresse.

    In a more recent broadcast statement, Haley boasted that “We have gotten rid of most of the peacekeepers. We’ll keep working at it until all of the peacekeepers are gone.” That’s the spirit, Nikki; we don’t need no stinkin’ peace breaking out.

    – Sorry, got carried away. Hope I answered your question or at least pointed you in a direction for information to assess for yourself.

  190. @Poupon Marx

    You probably did not notice that you answered your own question.

    Oh, geez. Get a grip. What would you “enlightened ones” do without your smug, stock answers to everything?

    Good thing you came along to be my guru and stun me with deep, mysterious conundrums, designed to make the “teacher” awesome ‘n stuff, and to point out that I wasn’t clever enough to notice what I said. Or maybe I’m just not ready; you know, when the student is ready the teacher appears and all that.

    It is quite simple.

    Oh, yeah. Yeah.

    Excuse me while I go cultivate my metta…mmmm wwwwwmmmm…etc…

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
    , @Truth
  191. @Truth

    I think you’ve totally lost it, Sport.

    Spoken like a true Christian.

    Bless you.

  192. Truth says:
    @Talha

    Yes Tahla. “Hollywood” itself comes from “holly-wood” meaning the wood from the holly tree, which, per legend is the only wood ancient Druid magicians made magic wands of. The entire institution is meant to cast a magic spell on it’s watchers, and act as the public-influence arm of our overseers.

    • Replies: @Talha
  193. @jacques sheete

    @Sheerw

    A “stock answer” implies a solution, while whining and self pity imply static failure.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  194. @Poupon Marx

    A “stock answer” implies a solution, while whining and self pity imply static failure.

    Then you better stick to stock solutions, gwasshoppa, because when you don’t, you make erroneous generalizations like the above, and you may not even know it.

    Meditate (and cogitate) on that!

    As an example, “whining and self-pity” seems to have worked out well, at least materially, for at least one prominent group, no?

    (That was a rhetorical question since I didn’t ask it expecting an answer from you and because I realize that to ask a question is to answer it and all that. Besides, I always answer my own questions, since most others’ answers are consistently wide of the mark… ;) )

    BTW, I think Karl Marx itsef may have learned from Buddha…

    “ It’s possible that I shall make an ass of myself. But in that case one can always get out of it with a little dialectic. I have, of course, so worded my proposition as to be right either way.”

    Karl Marx, Letter to Friedrich Engels, dated 15 August 1857

  195. @Linh Dinh

    @Lihn

    We are continually spiraling downward. And living on borrowed time. In certain epochs, when the external worlds of a certain people were bad, their mental condition was much better. The Inner World of these people maintained knowledge and wisdom, independent of that from without.

    In the West in general, the social fabric is torn and worn thin, the economics are unstable and manipulated for the benefit of an extreme minority, and the people are constantly being reduced to the status of ants. Herded in group identity, constantly bombarded by filth and propaganda designed to weaken them and create dysfunctionality.

    The most pessimistic part of contemporary culture and society is not the material world, but the state the Inner World of the people of the West. We are living in a science fiction milieu, with most people “wired” into a “network” that produces reinforcement, esteem, value and validity. You are only what others judge you to be. True individuality today is rare. The Constitution is dead and the Bill of Rights is buried under tons of debris from laws, rulings, procedures, etc.

    This can’t go on like this. The worst are the women of the West, totally “other-directed”, of what to wear, how to act, talk, etc. To be free-in your mind and spirit and speak the simple truth today, is a revolutionary and radical act, full of risks and consequences.

    • Agree: anarchyst
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @utu
  196. Talha says:
    @Truth

    Hey Truth,

    Wow – I didn’t know about that connection.

    I did recently come across this one though; a man who was integral to our current telecommunications network (being reliant on the capability to deliver satellites into orbit through rockets) was indeed into the occult and even called himself “Dajjal” or the “Anti-Christ”:
    “But Parsons’ scientific legacy is impossible to ignore. He forced the United States government to explore a science ​it had previously mocked, and laid the foundation for the rockets that carried man into outer space. He was one of America’s greatest space pioneers. He just happened to also be one of its greatest occultists.”

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vvbxgm/the-last-of-the-magicians

    http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/aerospace-engineering/rocketry/jack-parsons-occult-roots-jpl/

    http://knowledgenuts.com/2014/06/18/the-rocket-scientist-who-doubled-as-an-occultist/

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Truth
  197. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Poupon Marx

    One of the best comments I’ve read here in a long time.

  198. utu says:
    @Poupon Marx

    The most pessimistic part of contemporary culture and society is not the material world, but the state the Inner World of the people of the West.

    It is not just West. The same state of mind and culture is in Japan and Russia and China and soon in India and whole South America and Africa.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  199. @utu

    Modernity’s triumph.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  200. Truth says:
    @jacques sheete

    Good thing you came along to be my guru and stun me with deep, mysterious conundrums, … and to point out that I wasn’t clever enough to notice what I said. Or maybe I’m just not ready; you know, when the student is ready the teacher appears and all that.

    Jacques, I really don’t think you give yourself enough credit. You seemed to have nailed this one right on the head!

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  201. Truth says:
    @Talha

    …Or is there really any such thing as orbit? Or outer space?

    I believe NASA is just a phony program to divert funds to mind-control programs. I met a true NASA physicist and got to speak to him for a few hours, some months ago, on a project I was working on. We were having a trivial, yet enjoyable conversation about cars, working overseas, and travel, and out of the blue, I asked him if the earth was flat. The guy’s eyes got as big as saucers, and his facial expression favored the 4 year old who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, the he literally stammered out an answer that said much of nothing. The next day my contract (short-term) was terminated.

    • Replies: @utu
  202. utu says:
    @Truth

    So you are a flat-earther? I always wondered where did they come from? Particularly their recent (circa 2 years) upsurge in internet activity. I wondered whether this was just another psychop attempting to compromise all alternative reality theorists and conspiracy theorists by driving the discussion to the lowest possible level of ad absurdum and ad ridiculum.

    I wonder what is your educational level and what were your majors presuming that you went to a college.

    Perhaps Ron Unz should invite you to write a concise article about the flat Earth theory and have it published here to have it discussed. But after that he should ban you form further discussions because person of such a poor intellectual judgment, providing that you are for real, cannot be capable of making any significant contribution.

  203. Truth says:

    I wonder what is your educational level and what were your majors presuming that you went to a college.

    I didn’t write that I was a Flat Earther, I wrote that I asked someone with a legitimate background what he thought.

    As to my educational background, I went to THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS and nourished myself on a steady diet of NAILS!

    • Replies: @utu
  204. @Daniel Chieh

    To large extent, I agree with you. The over arching principle is that we are living and controlled VICARIOUSLY. With distant bureaucracies, governing and controlling authorities, we are under siege, with no feedback, criticism, or directives on our behalf allowed. This was of course the rule and norm for millennia, whether in villages, cantons (Switzerland) or smaller administrations (duchies, principalities, city-states, etc).

    When we are governed and directed by people we don’t know, cannot meet, and are very distant from us in every way, then the negatives will wash over us like a tsunami. Other than a pure heart and mind, all affairs in the tangible world must involve feedback and rejection buttons for those who WE have given power to.

    The West is becoming institutionalized, meaning that individuals are the Effect, and the STATE the CAUSE, and we have become the RESPONSE and the State/Oligarchies the STIMULUS. A One Way causation arrow, the fatal projectile.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  205. @Poupon Marx

    This was of course the rule and norm for millennia, whether in villages, cantons (Switzerland) or smaller administrations (duchies, principalities, city-states, etc).

    But the beauty was in medieval times, if taxes or rules were too onerous, villages would simply stop abiding by them. The lack of state technology to reliably control the population meant that they would have to largely offer terms that would be locally acceptable and the difficulties in such were notable even in the works of Adam Smith. You can’t have a tax agent monitor every harvest, but now, the government does indeed approach such powers.

    With the increasing power of the central government to monitor and control all aspect of our lives, it has indeed succeeded in its original promise – to reduce and centralize violence – but at the insane cost of the social richness and yes, local diversity that made up local richness.

    Indeed, I think that was said to be one of the net drivers of European innovativeness. If a person was seen as a wrongthinker but had some means, it was relatively easy for him to simply leave and find another court more favorable to him. But in the world of the Panopticon, there is no escape and increasingly, only one universal morality to be inflicted upon all.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
    , @Poupon Marx
  206. @Truth

    You are correct, there, and do speak de troof.

    As you may already know, I am aware that I have the IQ of an ice cube and the ignorance of a sack of rocks, hence the name. Sadly, and contrary to the admonitions of the ancients*, I don’t even know myself, therefore, like everyone else, I don’t know JS!!!

    So thank you for appreciating my expression of appreciation to the dogmatic Buddhist who, unsolicited, offered to teach me a bit of true wisdom.

    Could you be so kind as to enlighten me about Christianity’s stance on compassion? (And yes, I do realize that I’m answering my own question there.)

    Cf.: http://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/stle/stle03.htm

  207. Truth says:

    As you may already know, I am aware that I have the IQ of an ice cube and the ignorance of a sack of rocks,

    (Sigh…) Back to unnecessary self-aggrandizement again.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  208. @Truth

    (Sigh…) Back to unnecessary self-aggrandizement again.

    I know it’s unnecessary since the basis for it is so obvious to everyone.

    Please forgive me. I’m meditating on it, but I’m sure you know how difficult it can be to attain humility.

  209. @Daniel Chieh

    Well said. Many-especially the younger generation-do no know the tranquility, peacefulness, and yes, RICHNESS of smaller communities of ethnic composition inclusive and exclusive. I say Richness because a citizen can be more open and simple with his community members, as they share and have so much in common. Inherent trust means more bridges. I’ve known for some time now that I would rather be around people of my race identity, moral values, and generally close on the continuum of ideals, beliefs, etc. IOW, I like being around people like myself. If I want diversity, I’ll take a trip to somewhere else.

    In the 1960s, there was a “return to the land” movement among my generation. Like all else, this lasted for a few years and then they all went back to scrambling to buy BMWs. Same with Eastern Mysticism, in the shadow of George Harrison, the Beatle. It was shallow and it wore off. That (my) generation is now in all the halls and HQs of power, and has done more to FU this country than any other generation.

    • Agree: Daniel Chieh
    • Replies: @Truth
  210. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    In the 1960s, there was a “return to the land” movement among my generation. Like all else, this lasted for a few years and then they all went back to scrambling to buy BMWs. Same with Eastern Mysticism, in the shadow of George Harrison, the Beatle. It was shallow and it wore off.

    The Beatles were Satanists, and a phony MI-6 creation. If you take a little time to research to family backgrounds of sixties era musicians, you will be astonished to find out how many came from a military/intelligence community fatherhood. Even the most “counterculture” ones like Morrison.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  211. utu says:
    @Truth

    I didn’t write that I was a Flat Earthier

    Correct, you did not but it was not the first time you tried to inject the flat earth nonsense into the discussion.

    • Replies: @Truth
  212. denk says:
    @jacques sheete

    Newseek is fake news, it didnt tell you most, if not all of Israel/China arms deals were scuttled by Washington’s dictat.

    As for ‘ally’, it aint gonna happen.

    Tel Aviv would get a regime change or false flag attack if it ever try !

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @jacques sheete
  213. denk says:
    @Bill P

    ‘Actually, it was courtesy of Imperial Japan, but then Russia disassembled the factories and shipped them to Russia after they invaded Manchuria. ‘

    During the 50 before the ideology split, it was the USSR which helped to upgrade China’s heavy industry.
    For example the Nanjing bridge was built with Soviet assistance until the Russians were recalled , from then on the Chinese who were left in their lurch, managed to complete the bridge thru sheer grit.

    ‘The point is that China has benefited tremendously from the West, and the USA in particular, while the average American has received nothing in return. This must end.’

    The average American might disagree, they would likely settle for a made in China vaccum cleaner, warts and all, over a made in USA one, with perhaps marginally better quality but thrice the price. ! [1]

    talking about ‘lousy’ deal….
    you should complain ?

    The Chinese are scratching their heads why’d they hold on to $2 trillon junk bonds to prop up the dollar, so that uncle sham could….

    afford to send the Nimitz to SCS. Do you know that an aircraft carrier battle group at sea is burning monies at the rate of $7M /day .

    Organise a posse to block Malacca straits, China’s economic lifeline ?

    Arm twist its vassals SK, OZ to block Huawei’s bids , pressure Germany to abort deals with China etc etc ?

    Sabotage Chinese investments in Africa./Apak , SEA etc by regime change [Sudan, Libya etc...], terrorism , [killing Chinese workers in Afpak, Africa],

    ……..
    For a more comprehensive list of murkkan treachery, see my earlier post .
    p.s.
    Oops, how could I overlook the Washington orchestrated 1965 genocide in Indonesia which killed hundreds of thousands of ethnic Chinese and …….MH370 ?

    [1]
    Highly unlikely,

    George Carlin
    What the US produces in abundance, , is bullshit and bombs. It can’t produce a toaster worth shit, it can’t furnish 80 million of its citizens with adequate health care, it can’t keep all of its citizens productively employed, but it sure can bomb the shit out of other countries and it sure can pump out bullshit to justify it.

  214. JGarbo says:
    @Triumph104

    Sorry, Dr Triumph, the old B12 won’t cut the mustard these days. It’s not just diet. Work, housing, society are all against these people, actually or imagined. Prognosis: it will get worse.

  215. Brilliant response, S2C, thanks.

    Many suffering S. Carolinians would be better off being hitched to Linh Dinh’ s “Linda” rather than taking hits from Ambassador Nikki’s ZiOPIODS!

  216. Truth says:
    @utu

    That’s the difference between us, Old Boy; I am smart enough to realize that I will be here 80 years, (give or take 10) and 50 are already gone, therefore, I realize that my opinion on an issue like this is of no significance whatsoever. The two things that are important are, firstly my general realization of what the earth is not, and that is, what YOUR slavemasters have made you believe that it is. Secondly, the corresponding COnversation (Latin: together) with other livetime dupes such as yourself that may, eventually, invalidate point #1. The Flat Earth “theory” is just one small example of this, the Hollywood Tranny agenda, for example, is another.

  217. Truth says:
    @denk

    Newseek is fake news,

    Full stop. This statement is total and complete and anything written afterward is superfluous.

  218. @Truth

    I have not gone that far, but have perceived that the Satanic Rolling Stone’s albums and songs, e.g., “Sympathy For The Devil”, and the nihilism of much of the Beatles material has a suspicious character, to say the least. How could 4 very young men, with no musical training, not able to read music, compose and perform such complex music? It was, undoubtably, because of the Jewish connections the Band had, both individually and collectively.

    There is evidence that Ringo Starr had an ethnic Jewish background. But the heavy influence was George Martin and his son Giles that provided the musicology beyond a live four piece band. Add to that Brian Epstein, their long term producer and manager. And McCartney married the American Jewish Princess (JAP), Linda Eastman.

    While there has been much written on the Frankfurt School and its slow toxic poisoning of everything that is non-Jewish, many are not aware how the Jews were the lynchpin of the 1060s “Revolution”. In the popular culture, many bands had Jewish producers and managers, and the division of recording companies associated with the music of the 60s was often Jewish. Abby Hoffman, Jerry Reuben, Mark Rudd, Phil Graham (Rock impresario: Filmore East and West, Jefferson Airplane manager, etc), and the entire impetus, origin, production of Woodstock in 1969, and the geist of the Woodstock Nation, WAS JEWISH ALL THE WAY, through and through. Woodstock was the Claymore Mine for White children of the era.

    Still another instance of the Dumb Goy, being led and marched toward his ultimate destruction, having no idea he is being manipulated, channeled and herded, like cattle. This is a very short list of countless Jewish players-right up to the present-that manipulated popular culture to the aim of destruction of the West and Caucasians.

    Stay tuned to find out how successful the (((Hostile Elite))) is with the Orient and Asians.

    • Replies: @Talha
    , @Truth
    , @jacques sheete
  219. @Daniel Chieh

    Just to be clear on my meaning of “race” and “ethnicity”. I am interested in quality and compatibility of people, in relation to myself and my extended family. After a lifetime of continuous travel, living abroad, interacting with other cultures (professionally and personally), and having friends around the Globe, my opinions are as such: There are only two “races” in the World that have practical significance. One are the Indo-European peoples, from India-South Asia-to the Western Europe. Genetically and linguistically there has been mixing and blending going on here for millennia. The term “Aryan”, as used in common parlance by dullards to signify some racial purity and superiority of Northwest Europe populations is absurd and preposterous on its face. Aryan is an Northern Indian ancient tribe. Second, Asians and Hindu civilizations are ancient, highly accomplished and sophisticated, producing high water marks in the histories of civilizations of the World.

    A very high percentage of Slavs are genetically linked to Asian peoples, whether it is Mongol, Hun, or similar. The traits can be seen on the faces of many Eastern Europeans, including Melania Trump.

    This is what I believe is important and essential: the concept and meaning of “White” should include people of similar IQ distribution and civilized accomplishment. I have known many Eurasian families-including one of my relatives-and the results are highly successful. The children are beautiful, smart, the parents happy, and the RESULTS are equal to or exceed the norm of solely Caucasoid breeding. If one watches Hindu movies (Bollywood), you will notice the natural beauty and features of the actors and the high standard in dramatic arts terms. I am sure that I have traveled more and met more people worldwide than any other on this forum. From the foregoing, I can tell you I am a RESULTS ORIENTED person, not an abstractionist or nostalgic idealist like some people of weaker intellectual constitution. The Laws of Large Numbers applies here. The more observations, data, evidence you gather and validate, the stronger the Deduction and Hypothesis.

    Contrarily and without any intention of defamation, prejudice, or harm, I do not believe in is the interests of the “Extended Family of Whites”, as given above, to genetically mix with the Negoid-African race. Genetically they are too dissimilar and detrimental to maintain and improve the genetic quality. From Jensen and Shockley to J. Phillip Rouston, Jason Richwine, Authors of the Bell Curve, to perspicacious authors and pundits such as Jared Taylor, and even some Black commentators, genetic admixing with the Negro races is a negative. I merely write publicly what a majority of Extended Whites say in the confidence of family, their living rooms, and with whispers while looking over their shoulders.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    , @Truth
  220. Talha says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Hey Poupon Marx,

    In the popular culture, many bands had Jewish producers and managers, and the division of recording companies associated with the music of the 60s was often Jewish.

    This is true and also many ethnic Jews have formed the core of industries like pornography in the US.

    But is this really surprising? Jews were considered to be unwanted or the other in the West for quite a long time. Music and entertainment – for most cultures across history has usually been something that the dregs of society took up – sometimes only slaves. It was not a respectable profession and was the lot of the underclass who were often known to be both entertainers and courtesans – people with debased standards or the marginalized. Jews (and Blacks) taking up these professions in the West seemed to be a natural fit as other people from the elite would shun them.

    The problem is that at some point – and I can’t trace exactly when (maybe the roaring twenties) – the society actually started paying more and more attention to and glamorizing these professions. Maybe as the West became more complacent and materialistic – bread and circus as the Romans would say. They now form a core of the elite. The issue is that the same debased and debauched, low-class values that existed among the ancient entertainers still plagues these industries (and would whether they are run by Jews or not – certain professions attract certain personalities) – but now they are looked up to and followed.

    I remember a young girl in a class I used to teach for Muslim youth; she considered Jennifer Lopez to be the criterion of all that was good and praiseworthy. Crazy business!

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  221. @Talha

    Exceptional insight. However, the history of “Music of the People”, that is FOLK MUSIC was a vehicle for didactic and journaling of the stories, motifs, core beliefs, seminal events, etc. It was part of the Oral Traditional. Not only was information imparted, but one’s spirits and validation of ones existence reinforced. This a necessary component of continuity.

    It might surprise modern remote controlled humanoids of the present era, that the “Common Folk” would whistle and sing tunes from opera and other forms or High Art. For example, Verdi’s and Rossini’s arias, bel canto pieces could be heard in song across Italy centuries ago. And don’t forget, Shakespeare’s plays contained seating for the “Common People”.

    Certainly, musicians that played for the Royal Courts or other elites, were not considered much above servants, and like artists, were never considered front rank. Who ever heard of a rich, prominent and connected family in the Ancient Regimes becoming upwardly mobile as privileged daughters or sons might think of giving their genetic legacy an upgrade from a superior intellect and sensibility? I never heard of it. Tits, ass, and dowry were MUCH more important. Hence, the production of inbred, moronic nincompoops among European “Royalty”.

    • Replies: @Talha
    , @Anon
  222. @Poupon Marx

    Interesting thoughts – I particularly enjoy how you seem to have taken a great deal of time to ruminate over experiences and focus on what is reality, rather than the various extremes of ideological drivel. I’ll be following your posts.

    Certainly among my friends, I’ve seen Eurasians succeed at impressive rates including someone who went to college at 16, graduated in three years, then completed his doctorate by 25, and is now a successful manager of engineers. By almost any measure, he does not seem to have suffered from his heritage.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  223. @Daniel Chieh

    Thank you. Likewise, let me assure you. “Travel is the best school”-old shipmate in some waterfront bar, the location and exact time escapes me. I’ve got a hard head and many things take time to permeate the shell, and this realization was one of them. Spending time in Singapore was a eye and mind opener. There exists the Eurasian Society, people who have contributed greatly and very proud of their lineage. http://www.eurasians.org.sg

    Or maybe I should say in retrospect that I have felt this way as I have expressed but kept it just below the surface of consciousness. The rather sad, but unavoidable truth is that Caucasians, on the most important spectra are somewhere between East Asians and Negroes. These spectra would include academic and economic achievement, work ethic, family affinity and intactness, civilized behavior, temperance, common sense, and resistance to Cultural Marxism and other forms of (((pathology))), to name the No. 1 toxin and virus plaguing the World.

    In various sites of higher quality, The Occidental Observer, for example, the documentation of all the ill-and they are numerous-morbidly and mortally affecting Western Civilization the remedies and corrective action all fall from, are derived from solely a WESTERN perspective and content. This is stupid. Looking at Asian cultures, why are they vaccinated by culture from Western cultural and social excrement like PC, Inclusiveness, Afearmotive Ackshun, Diversity (a form of diverticulitis) and so on. Nobody is writing about cross-cultural comparisons. Why? We have interests in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, etc., but no interest in the resistance of Asians to the Frankfurt School of Cultural and Social Marxism.

    Perhaps this is a legacy of the short (in civilized history) of the domination of the West in many fields. But it is obvious that our Western Civilization immune system is failing and lacking. When I have written about this, there has been no answer of response. Everyone just keeps going back again and again to history of the West, revisiting and revising. It’s the same cemetery and the same old bones. And it is getting us nowhere.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @MKP
  224. Talha says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Hey Poupon Marx,

    I’m glad you mentioned this because I ran out of time to add some exceptions to the rule; like those you mentioned and some of the high-class music like opera and symphonies.

    And you are right, I have read that many common folk were well aware of the Greek classics (and some could even read them in Greek) in the US not a couple of generations ago. Perhaps this is because they used their time with more useful things than crass forms of entertainment. It is interesting to note which specific forms of entertainment ethnic Jews came to start dominating as the twentieth century started progressing; comedy, vaudeville, etc. Again, there are exceptions to the rule; composers like Gershwin, Mahler, etc.

    I’ve never associated common folk or poor folk with degeneracy axiomatically. Many poor people can have exceptionally robust traditional and moral lives. This is from a Muslim scholar who traveled through the Sahel desert region studying and living with some of the most poor people on the planet:

    But there is the concept of “low class” and that has to do with mannerisms, vulgarity, anti-intellectualism and depravity. Sometimes the elite were also quite depraved, but many had the decency to be secretive about it. We as a society have collectively failed to keep low class behavior in check – and part of that is promoting and idolizing the professions that are traditionally associated with low class behavior. Nobody holds a gun to our heads – we are devouring our own future completely voluntarily and paying them for it.

    Peace.

  225. Cato says:

    Television and drugs define happiness for too many Americans.

    You’re right, of course, but consider that this happened to a relatively free and relatively rich people. It shows that when humans have the means and ability to choose how to spend their time, they choose to get high and watch TV. A couch, a bottle of wine, and Netflix–these are features of our civilization, not bugs.

  226. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Poupon Marx

    not considered much above servants

    But servants of the Court were very high indeed for commoners.

  227. @Poupon Marx

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky predicted western civilization’s demise because of the West’s betrayal of essentials recommended by Jesus Christ

    During mid-1980′s, I was confounded when L. LAROUCHE called Dostoyevsky a Satanist

    Thanks for conveying wisdom!

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
    , @Poupon Marx
  228. @ChuckOrloski

    A lot of people define themselves and the World in terms of differences. That, to me is sometimes appropriate, but one must be careful to make mutually exclusive categorizations. Personally, I do not think of any religion NECESSARILY is Satanic outside of Christianity, for example. Nor do I believe that all is similarly nullified.

    My opinion, for which I believe has several bases, is that Eastern Orthodox is the most faithful religion of Jesus Christ. However, for me and my spiritual development and path, I found Buddhism-or it found me-to be the “vehicle” to get me to where I wanted to go and to be.

    ALL civilizations cease and collapse due to INTERNAL causes-all of them bad and deficient. The moral underpinnings, like piers supporting a building (for example, the Cathedral of Haalem in The Netherlands) rot and the edifice of civilization comes consequently down and ends up in pieces. We are certainly no different and I believe are following a parallel path of the Roman EMPIRE, making the same mistakes, having the same self-delusions, etc.

  229. @ChuckOrloski

    And then he pooped and when he saw his t*rd in the toilet, he remarked, “And there goes the best of me”.

  230. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    You know a lot, my friend, keep studying.

  231. Truth says:
    @Poupon Marx

    This is what I believe is important and essential: the concept and meaning of “White” should include people of similar IQ distribution and civilized accomplishment. I have known many Eurasian families-including one of my relatives-and the results are highly successful. The children are beautiful, smart, the parents happy, and the RESULTS are equal to or exceed the norm of solely Caucasoid breeding.

    So you’d be quite happy if every blonde Scandinavian woman decided tomorrow to procreate with an “Aryan” from Bombay?

  232. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Greg Bacon

    Apartheid is actually an Islamic relic these days .
    Every Islamic country is an apartheid state .
    In 14 Islamic countries it is illegal to convert to Islam from Christianity. But totally legal to convert from Christianity to Islam . The penalty is death.
    In 16 Islamic countries it is illegal for Christians to proselytize but legal for Moslems to proselytize. The penalty is death .
    Homosexuality is against the law and punishable by the death penalty in 12 Moslem countries.
    A womans testimony is worth half a mens testimony in court in a dozen moslem countries.
    Athiesm is illegal in 12 moslem countries .
    In Indonesia it is illegal to build a Christian church on a street named after aMuslim . Mosques however can be built on any street regardless of the name .

    You don’t care about PaLieStinians , you just hate Jews.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  233. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Rdm

    Give him a break, Linh.
    Those bald obese White guys need some forms of “the best country status” to prey on mail order brides.
    Once they lose those status, they contract “spermaflammation”, a kind of inflammation that occurs in their gonads that can lead to mental retardation.

    Have you seen a photo of Linh Dinh ??????????
    Explains a lot of his anger and jealousy at least .

  234. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Dumbo

    I never see these types of people . The colleagues from work , my family , friends , people I meet on vacation , the parents of my kids school mates , none are on anything at all , they don’t even smoke cigarettes or ganja. I myself have never had any pill stronger than an aspirin . Sure I have seen junkies and drunks on the streets of America begging for money and etc. Guess what , I also saw them on the streets of Indonesia , Philippines , India , East Timor , Egypt , Israel , Holland , Germany ,Dominican Republic , Haiti , Puerto Rico , Bahamas , Romania , UK , France , Russia, Canada , Brazil , Venezuela etc.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  235. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    A classic hasbara tactic is to distort and distract constantly,

    Like constantly using Israel as a distortion and distraction and ignoring occupations like :

    Indonesian occupation of Papua : 63 times more land occupied and 500,00 more killed
    Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara : 55 times more land occupied and 29,000 more killed.
    Turkish occupation of Cyprus and Kurdistan : 20 times more land occupied and 50,000 more killed.
    Sudanese occupation of Darfur : 40 times more land occupied and 800,000 more killed.
    Nigerian occupation of Biafra : 15 times more land occupied and 1 million more killed .
    To name only a few…………………But I guess its better referred to as Takkiyah, Tawriya or Kitman , rather than Hasbara , in your case , Mr. Dinh.

    • Replies: @Talha
    , @Talha
    , @jacques sheete
  236. @The Scalpel

    “You are not paying for a thing.”

    Patently false. Enormous amounts of public money (taxes I pay) are spent on the medical and criminal treatment of unemployed drug addicts, not to mention the costs they impose on others through theft, etc

    If drugs were decriminalized all of those “expenses” that you think you are paying for disappear completely.

    “Some of them make mistakes. One day, one of them will be you.”

    I make mistakes every day. I also try to learn from experts to avoid mistakes. I offered my advice based on years of personal and professional experience. Anyone is free to ignore my advice. As I said before, I do it because I care even though in a Darwinian sense, it is in my best interest for drug dicts to keep abusing.

    You do make mistakes every day. One prime mistake you are making every day is your way of thinking. And stop phrasing the taking of drugs as “abusing.” People take substances all over the world for thousands of years. It’s not abusing, mistake maker.

    “But you will never really know that unless you walked a mile in their shoes.”

    I have had lumbar disc surgery twice and am in constant pain. I take anti-inflammatory medicines. They actuallytreat one of the causes of the pain, they are not addictive and they work.

    I make no moral judgements, but I know a bad decision in that area when I see one because I have 30 years of experience seeing those decisions and their results.

    You seem inordinately proud that the drug you take, which works on only one of the cause of your pain–meaning they don’t work fully on all causes of your pain–are non-addictive for you personally. This is a moral judgement. Knowing that a decision is bad is your personal moral decision that it is a bad decision.

    Therefore, you have 30 years of making moralistic decisions and being “justified” by seeing the results.

    Frankly, restless94110, I think you are an opinionated layman in this area who has little experience and no expertise.

    It does no good to coddle opiate addicts. The addiction looks for any and all rationalizations. Addicts must be disabused of the notion that what they are doing is in any way good for them.

    Don’t take my advice if you don’t want to. It is your choice. I will not baby you, or coddle you, or blow smoke at you. I am The Scalpel

    Layman? What the fuck are you talking about, you dork. Do not criminalize drugs and addictions to drugs, you fool. It does not work for them and it makes the entire society into a police state. And it does not stop drug use.

    Addicts must be disabused of….. by whom, Scalpel? By force? Yeah, that’s really worked for the past 40 years of the failed War on Drugs, as well as 40 years before that since most common drugs were made illegal due to Harry Anslinger’s hatred of blacks.

    Of course Haldeman, Nixon’s confidant, said before he died that the War on Drugs was started to discredit the hippies and the blacks, but don’t let that fact get in the way of your opinionated moralizing.

    You are the Scalpel alright. It looks like you are the victim of a homemade lobotomy.

    • Agree: anarchyst
  237. @anon

    Every Zionist controlled country gets assaulted with a deadly weapon — mind control.

    Proselytizing facts about the Holocaust can end careers in U.S. academia.

    Zionist-driven lies and pervasive cover-up of the actual 9/11 preps managed to punish Representative Cynthia McKinney for trying to unveil truth to Americans.

    No doubt, millions of Jews, Moslems, & Christians have earned the beautiful distinction of being considered true examples of their particular “calling,” worldview.

    However, and in contrast to Tel Aviv’s fabled Rothschild street, I am grateful that the most famous D.C. avenue is named in William Penn’s honor.

    Shudder the thought of a Wall Street name change (one fine day) to “Beatitude Street”? What you say, anon?

    • Replies: @anon
  238. Talha says:
    @anon

    Brilliant – so you agree with me that:
    1) These nations (including Israel) should not get a penny more of US aid until their occupations are resolved – right?
    2) The occupied people (including those in the West Bank) should have the ability of having an international (open and transparent) plebiscite vote to determine their future political standing and what they do with their territory and any illegal settlers – right? Kind of like what happened in East Timor.

    I mean of course you do, otherwise you might have insincere intentions, right? And that just cannot be.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @anon
  239. Talha says:
    @anon

    And of course you do denounce all of the military hardware Israeli firms sell to many of these countries too, right?

    I mean, the US just stopped Israel recently from selling a bunch of stuff to Nigeria because of human rights concerns:
    “Generally speaking, yes. Take Nigeria, for example. The U.S. torpedoed arms deals between Israel and Nigeria in 2014, because elements in the Nigerian army are perpetrating war crimes. But at the same time there was a report about an Israeli who brokered a deal. Under the aegis of Nigerian intelligence, he flew from Nigeria to South Africa to buy arms there. Being a middleman makes it possible to bypass all the inspection mechanisms…”
    “All countries engage in military exports. The problem is that Israel is involved in places that the United States and Europe decided to avoid exporting weapons to. We know Israel is selling arms to Azerbaijan, South Sudan and Rwanda. Israel is training units guarding presidential regimes in African states. According to reports, this is happening in Cameroon, Togo and Equatorial Guinea – nondemocratic states, some of them dictatorships, that kill, plunder and oppress their citizens.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.669852

    Wow – countries even the US Military Industrial Complex won’t touch! Bravo Israel – thanks for coming through for those poor dictators left high and dry by the West! I’m sure you are out there with signs in front of the Israeli Defense Ministry to have them halt these sales. Of course you are, because you are obviously so concerned about the oppressed people in Africa.

    Peace.

  240. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Mind control only works on weak people. The countries suffering from the worst mind control are all anti zion islamic dumps. Cynthia Mckinney said hurricane katrina was used by the government to mass execute 5,000 black men and bury them in an unmarked grave. She is a kook. You would also dismiss her as a kook if only she didnt hate jews.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  241. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Talha

    Tahla ,
    Why should the worlds greatest population of saints (palestinians) have to settle for 11% of palestine ????

    How unfair that Jews get 11% , palestinians get 11% and Jordan gets 78% ¿¿¿¿¿

    A far more equitable solution is Jews 22% , palestinians 39% and Jordan 39%.

    Jews would happily settle for the smallest portion. Tikkin olam in action

    shalom tahla

  242. Talha says:

    A far more equitable solution is Jews 22% , palestinians 39% and Jordan 39%.

    Very good point – I guess that means Jordan gets busted apart (even though they already have millions of Palestinians and have done the most to integrate them) and have to take in more Palestinians and then Israel gets to gobble up the West Bank and try to double its size. Man – that sounds like pure awesomeness because everyone (that counts) wins! What’s a few million Arabs being moved off their lands anyway – pfffshshsh – you can’t eat that!

    Still waiting for answers to my questions:
    1) These nations (including Israel) should not get a penny more of US aid until their occupations are resolved – right?
    2) The occupied people (including those in the West Bank) should have the ability of having an international (open and transparent) plebiscite vote to determine their future political standing and what they do with their territory and any illegal settlers – right?
    3) And of course you do denounce all of the military hardware Israeli firms sell to many of these countries too – right?

    Peace bro.

  243. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Do not worry my friend. The royal family including the king spend more time in Paris than Amman these days. Anyway if they care so much for Palestinians why did they not create a state of Palestine when they had full control and sovereignty of the west bank from the years of 1948-1967. ??

    • Replies: @Talha
  244. Dumbo says:
    @anon

    Hi. I’m not talking about junkies, but anxiety/depression pill-poppers, recreational drug users or just people with a drinking problem. Not saying all people do this, of course, I suppose it’s still a minority, but many do.

  245. Talha says:
    @anon

    The royal family including the king spend more time in Paris than Amman these days.

    Yeah – that’s pretty sucky.

    Anyway if they care so much for Palestinians

    The royal family is half Palestinian. And they don’t care so much as to carve out a chunk of territory for them – they just care more than others. And when Jordan had control they granted the Palestinians (in the West Bank) full Jordanian citizenship. Why doesn’t Israel grant the Palestinians of the West Bank full Israeli citizenship and show up those crazy Arab royals?

    But if the Palestinians become a political threat to the monarchy they will react – case in point – Black September.

    Again, please answer my 3 questions – they are yes or no questions. I’m especially pitching you a soft one on the last one.

    Do you denounce Israeli weapon sales to governments that routinely oppress their own and other citizens? Some of them being so bad that the US won’t even deal with them and the same ones you cited as having occupation records bloodier than Israel. This is a really, really easy one to simply say yes to and show you have a moral compass.

    Come on now – people are watching – it is a simple question. Or are you here not because you really mean what you write, but only insofar as it distracts the discussion?

    Peace.

  246. MKP says:
    @Poupon Marx

    Alright, consider me appropriately intrigued. What are the East Asian secrets / tactics for resisting cultural Marxism and media brainwashing?

    Short summary or deep dive, whatever you have time for.

    • Replies: @Poupon Marx
  247. @anon

    Good point!

    Zionist mind control peaked when Neocons influenced President G.W
    Bush to consider himself a great American “War President” while doing the immoral work of Tel Aviv Central.

    The “weak” Palestinian journalist who tossed a shoe at Dubya was among our planet’s most free & noble

    Typical how the mighty Big 6 Media quickly dispatches principled acts of Zionist resistance into an “unmarked grave,” eh Mr. Anon?

  248. @MKP

    First, what do YOU think they are? Surely and certainly you have watched and observed various Asians directly and vicariously in media, movies, etc. And at least pre-consciously must have noticed some differences that might have made a difference.

    There are no secrets or tactics. There is culture, mores, norms, religion, tradition, family honor, a respect for wisdom, to name some accents and characteristics.

    If, as you infer, that you hadn’t noticed this before I mentioned it, then my reply will take a lecture and class. I would only do such remedial work for compensation.

  249. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Zionist mind control peaked when Neocons influenced President G.W
    Bush to consider himself a great American “War President” while doing the immoral work of Tel Aviv Central.

    This exists only in your mind. Did Tel Aviv central really need another country to fight Iraq ?
    So far as I can tell they were able to bomb Iraq with impunity . Here is a pro tip .If you can bomb another countries nuclear reactor without any kind of response or consequences , its a pretty good indication that they pose zero threat to you. Bonus points if you are separated by another country (Jordan) and Iraq has no way to project its army .Double bonus if Iraq sends hundreds of their missiles in the gulf war and causes a grand total of 1 casualty do to a heart attack .Yah try again Achmed.

    The “weak” Palestinian journalist who tossed a shoe at Dubya was among our planet’s most free & noble

    The guy was an Iraqi journalist not a Palestinian . Do you get a little less hot and bothered due to that fact , or just the fact that he probably hates Jews just like you do is enough to get the blood flowin anyway ??

    “The planets most free and noble” . Do you realize how gay you look D-riding and cheerleading so hard for this guy and going so far as to complete the fantasy by making him a Palestinian ( swoon /dreamy) when he isn;t???????????

    I know I mentioned the world Palestinian in my post so hurry and get yourself to a faintiing couch STAT !!

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  250. @anon

    Get yourself to a quiet place & ask forgiveness while there’s time
    2

    In S. Scranton lives a 37-year old Islamic lady who raises 6 children, alone

    Born in Baghdad, during Autumn 2003,
    she & rather watched two brothers return from fishing and U.S. soldiers arrived on scene.

    In her words, “soldiers shoot guns, rat-tat-tat, my brothers cut in half! They dead and me & father go to get bodies home.”

    Took pity and treated her to a Dunkin Donuts coffee & bagel.

    Support the War, anon! And tell me about her better life now in Scranton, from of course the safety of.your COUCH.

    • Replies: @Talha
  251. Talha says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Hey Mr. Dinh,

    From the looks of Bragadocious’ earlier comments, he doesn’t seem to be too friendly with Israel – even associating them with ISIS.

    But – man – was your comment on point with this one:

    A classic hasbara tactic is to distort and distract constantly, with the aim of making an intelligent discussion impossible

    This ‘anon’ guy comes in spouting all sorts of stats about other nations and their occupation records, but when asked to simply condemn Israeli weapon sales to these same kinds of governments – complete silence or obfuscation. This is the kind of people we are dealing with when it comes to hasbara types – completely amoral, unprincipled and hypocrites to the core.

    Old Chuck is right when he writes to him:

    Get yourself to a quiet place & ask forgiveness while there’s time 2

    But I’m not holding my breath.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @anon
  252. Talha says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Hey Chuck,

    Couldn’t believe I saw this in the Washington Post:
    “The residents of this dirt-poor Palestinian village waited decades for electricity. But in November, a Dutch-funded solar project finally gave them round-the-clock power to refrigerate food or do a load of laundry. That ended last week when Israeli military administrators in the West Bank sent soldiers with assault rifles and a team of workers to shut down the $400,000 project, ripping out its electrical components and driving away with 96 solar panels, some of them broken, villagers said.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/this-palestinian-village-had-solar-power–until-israeli-soldiers-took-it-away/2017/07/05/d4b8a5fc-6036-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?tid=ss_tw-amp&utm_term=.10da346efc28

    Please write to them that we need this kind of reporting – you know the other side will let them have it.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  253. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Talha

    Of course takkiyah types like yourself and LD concern themselves with a conflict that has claimed 24,000 lives and 2,000 square miles are in dispute yet ignore numerous conflicts with 10x or 100x the casualties and 50x to 100x the land in dispute. Hasbara got nuthin on yalls takkitah !!!!!!

    Talk about a distort and distract tactic !!!!

  254. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Talha

    Talha as you know as well as anyone , being a devoted practitioner yourself , Hasbarah has absolutely nothing on Takkiyah . Surely LD and yourself as well as others are Takkiyah devotees nonpareil .

    Of course the central point is to ignore all Islamic occupations including Indonesian occupation of Papua ( 20 times more people killed than the Israel / Palestinian conflict and 69 times more land occupied ) , The Nigerian occupation of Biafra ( 40 times more people killed than Israel / Palestinian conflict and 15 times more land occupied , The Sudanese occupation of Darfur ( 30 times more people killed than Israel / Palestinian conflict and 200 times more land occupied.)
    Turkish occupation of Cyrpus and Kurdistan ( 3 times more people killed than Israel/ Palestinian conflict and 14 times more land occupied ) , Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara ( double the amount of People killed as Israel / Palestinian conflict and 200 times more land occupied and instead focus on the tiny state of Israel and the relatively tiny amount of casualties .

    Talk about distort and Distract . Hasbarah gots nothin on yalls Takkiyah !!!!!
    Nigerian occupation of Biafra -1 million plus killed
    Sudanese occupation of Darfur – 800,000 killed
    Indonesian occupation of Papua – 500,000 plus killed
    Turkish occupation of Cyprus and Kurdistan – 80,000 plus killed
    Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara –40,000 plus killed
    Israel Palestinian conflict – 24,000 killed

    Talha and LD only care and discuss one of these . You would expect it to be the one with the most casualties , especially for Talha the religious and altruistic one. No . 100 percent of their concern is with Israel and zero concern for all the rest combined . They sure post and comment more about Israel . Actually more than all the others combined . A sort of tacit approval of genocide on a grand scale , so long as it is perpetrated by Muslims or just garden variety Takkiyah with not much thought put in ?????

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @Talha
  255. @Talha

    Talha,

    My # 1 concern is that all the Zionist evil is done “in the open,” and for all to see.

    The Zionist “Lowersrchy” takes special pleasure knowing that U.S. Empire citizens are complicit to serial murders by picking up-the-tag when the Israeli military feasts.

    They also know that climate change enthhusiasts are even more pissed off that liberal rich Jews pirated the sacred solar panels!

    Humanity has reached a point where evil no longer needs darkness to do its thing

    Thank you for bringing the WaPo article to the light!

    • Replies: @Talha
  256. @anon

    Jewish billionaire money invested into the Trump presidency proves that “The People” have little choice but for more war in the Middle East

  257. Talha says:
    @anon

    Talha and LD only care and discuss one of these .

    Can’t speak for Mr. Dinh, but I don’t avoid discussing these at all. I don’t mind people bringing these up. Most of these involve Muslims oppressing their fellow Muslims so it’s to the benefit of the Ummah as a whole these get as much attention as possible and get resolved – so please carry on! As far as where Muslims are oppressing non-Muslims – these should also get highlighted because it is a very positive and beneficial thing that Muslims are prevented from oppressing others so we are not held to account on the Day of Judgement:
    The Prophet (pbuh) stated: ‘Support your brother whether he is an oppressor or is being oppressed.’ It was asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we help the one being oppressed but how do we help an oppressor?’ The Prophet (pbbuh) said, ‘By seizing his hand.’
    In another narration, the Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘By restraining him or preventing him from committing injustice, for that is how you support him.’ – reported in Muslim and Bukhari

    Two of the newest countries in the world (East Timor and South Sudan) were a result of the ending of an occupation (or civil war) by two Muslim countries. Hopefully more of the occupations you list will be resolved in my lifetime – and you are only helping to make that a reality by raising awareness – so please keep it up! :)

    You should also mention what the Saudis are doing in Yemen – that is very important.

    In fact, I made my stances on these quite clear earlier – perhaps you were distracted by your hasbara copy-paste cheat-sheet to pay attention, so I will rephrase my questions (and add a fourth) to include my stances:

    1) These nations (including Israel) should not get a penny more of US aid until their occupations are ended or politically resolved – do you agree?
    2) The occupied people (including those in the West Bank) should have the ability of having an international (open and transparent) plebiscite vote to determine their future political standing and what they do with their territory and any illegal settlers – do you agree?
    3) All of the military hardware sold to these countries that can be used to further their occupation (including to Israel and from Israeli firms to many of these countries) should be completely prohibited – do you agree?
    4) I condemn any deliberate targeting of non-combatants or indiscriminate war made upon them in the pursuit of these occupations (including by Israel) – do you agree?

    Please answer in the simple format below so that we can be sure you actually know the difference between principled moral stances and hypocritical distractions:

    1) Yes/No
    2) Yes/No
    3) Yes/No
    4) Yes/No

    Peace.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
  258. Talha says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    No problem Chuck!

    Came across this beautiful article about one of the absolute core pillars keeping the nasty system up and running – thought you’d like to read it:
    “De Vitry didn’t care whether the rate was high or low, because the Church’s position was that extracting a single cent of interest was evil. The roots of this revulsion run deep, and across cultures. Vedic law in Ancient India condemned usury, and rulers routinely capped interest rates from Ancient Mesopotamia to Ancient Greece. In Politics, Aristotle described usury as ‘the birth of money from money’, and claimed it was unnatural because money was sterile and should not ‘breed’.”

    https://aeon.co/essays/how-did-usury-stop-being-a-sin-and-become-respectable-finance

    Peace.

  259. Timothy Zak says: • Website
    @Greg Bacon

    I have been told – though have no means or inclination to definitely verify – that where I live the fentanyl is being trafficked at the high level by Asian organized crime groups.

    China in particular – and this I know from reliable sources in the industry – has a very well developed drug manufacture industry, and many people with the capability to conduct complex synthesis. So I’m not quite sure about your implication that drug companies per se are a primary or even necessarily significant source of this gank.

  260. @denk

    Newseek is fake news…

    Which, in this case, makes the report all that more credible, and is exactly why I used that source tho there are many others.

    Funny how that works.

  261. @Poupon Marx

    Stay tuned to find out how successful the (((Hostile Elite))) is with the Orient and Asians.

    I’ve long been depressed when observing many Asian youth copying the decadent ways of American entertainers while simultaneously ignoring the wholesome offerings of their own cultures. They tend to copy the slop as if it’s something to strive for.

    It doesn’t take much sewage to contaminate whatever it touches.

  262. @anon

    anon says: Next New Comment
    July 7, 2017 at 2:32 am GMT • 100 Words
    @Linh Dinh

    A classic hasbara tactic is to distort and distract constantly,

    You complain about the complaint, but your whole comment is another example and confirmation of the validity of LD’s complaint!

    Thank you! Well done, and keep it up!

    • Agree: Talha
  263. Mr Darcy says:
    @Shouting Thomas

    This. Correct. What are these places he’s talking about? And the commenters, too? Who are these degenerates? I don’t know a single person or place that fits ANY of this. And I’m no spring chicken.

  264. @John Jeremiah Smith

    so did the rural knee grow from minnesota emigrate to the ozarks?

  265. liberty says:

    What do you expect in a country that is debating the following issue- Do 22 milliom people on Medicaid need healthcare? The immoral aspect of such a debate and the unmitigated selfishness that is the root of extreme capitalism will destroy this once great nation.

  266. @Triumph104

    @Triuph104

    Would you, please, provide links and/or Sources re: the Vitamin B12 and link with anger. When you’ve a moment, of course! Thank you!

  267. some drugs good – some drugs bad
    btw how’s this 1 trillion $ war on drugs working for ya?
    and prisons filled with addicts at 45,000 $ per
    and banks laundering money for cartels
    and the people in serious pain who have trouble getting relief and made to feel like criminals
    and the people whose lives are so unlivable they have to take drugs just to stand it
    and the cia importing crack to the streets of la while doing psas on the evils of drugs
    and alcohol as the most abused drug in the land – by far

  268. Stealth says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Lifestyle has a marginal effect on gout, at least in my experience. Trust me, I drastically altered my diet in response to a particularly heinous flare-up. That string of attacks ended, but it wouldn’t be the last. It was three years ago that I reduced my meat, dairy and alcohol consumption by well over ninety percent, but I just had the worst gout attack of my life.

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