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In the latest entry of my Escape from America series, I interview an American who’s living in Russia, a country that’s been relentlessly demonized by the Western media. To a minority of Americans, however, Russia is a nationalist beacon, or even a possible refuge, as it already is to many Afrikaners.

How long have you lived overseas?

For about 8 years. But I visited home two times in those 8 years for a month or so.

And since I travel by moving somewhere for work, I have only scratched the surface of Europe and never even been to South America or Africa. :/

So in a nutshell it’s been: ≈ 2 years in Vietnam, ≈ 3 years in Japan, ≈ 3 years in Russia.

But of course, there were many smaller trips around and breaks in between in places like Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia. A brief stint in Finland, passing through Germany, Poland, Ukraine. I pride myself in getting to know the culture instead of just checking it off a list, but I’m getting a bit older so now I would love to have financial independence in order to explore other continents for shorter periods like my yuppie friends do.

What made you decide to leave the US?

I had hitchhiked all around the U.S. and always enjoyed travel. I think it’s in my blood. All the Europeans with gypsy-esque souls were selected out of the European population they say. I pride myself in my pioneer origins / predispositions, but also see the downsides of them as I get older. Perhaps that hyper individualism is what lead to America’s degeneration? I don’t know. But I always planned on traveling the world. My mom traveled a lot and took us on road trips all the time. So that could be it. Nature vs. nurture. Chicken or the egg?

Anyways, I was actually enrolled in ROTC for a brief bit, because I come from a family with a lot of military in it and am lower middle class. So I didn’t have trust fund study-abroad-and-snort-ketamine-at-European-musical-festivals kind of money that some of my peers did. Therefore, the most plausible way to secure a career and cross the seven seas was by joining the Army or Navy. I changed my mind and am glad I did. I’ve immersed myself and traveled way longer than I could have if I’d have stayed and signed a contract. However, military has always been my plan B if I got in massive debt somehow or got a chick pregnant. Knock on wood, still cruising with plan A.

What advantages does Russia have over the US, societally and culturally, as in every day stuff? What do they do worse?

The stereotype of the (figuratively) cold Russian is true. I get weird looks if I smile at strangers when my American habits seep through unconsciously. And if you visit, you’ll see lots of aggressive verbal conflicts and unenthused customer service. But to be fair, locals say “Russians have a generous soul.”

I can attest to this 100%. Once you get to know someone, they will treat you like family and go to obscene lengths to take care of you. They are always lending each other money and giving gifts. And the goodbyes last forever, like something out of a movie where the family sits on the porch and waves until your car is out of vision. But I believe this is part of why they are (on average) poorer than Western Europe.

I’ve couch surfed a lot of places and been in Beverly Hills mansions with robots that clean their pool, as well as homeless shelters with bed bugs. And everywhere in between. It seems counterintuitive, but the poor people are way more giving. Though in hindsight, it makes perfect sense:

“The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.”

If you are minimalist and family oriented and live for the moment, you won’t have high standards of living. This of course gets more complicated and can go into Max Weber’s Protestant work ethic theories. And what can be said about Catholic countries can be said about Orthodox as well. Regardless, the emphasis on family values can lead to more fulfilling lives, but also leads to the ever prevalent nepotism and corruption that prevents such countries from advancing. Things Westerners take for granted like clean tap water are still an issue here. Having said that, I try to zoom out and look at the big picture.

Perhaps the Western world is burning the candle at both ends. Which is why I’m not a Nordic supremacist. If the hyper individualized cultures/biology of the West inevitably lead to empires collapsing, maybe the slow burn method is better. After the migrant crisis era is over and the dust is settled, which countries will still be standing? Only time will tell.

I remember being in America during the Socchi Olympics and seeing footage of Pussy Riot being beaten. At the time, I believed my fair share of Western propaganda and thought it was such a shame Russia was so homophobic and violent. I was fairly apolitical then and only heard about it because a band (Portugal, The Man) posted a petition to free them from prison. In those days, I’d argue with my mom about legalizing gay marriage. Fast forward 8 years and now there’s transgender kids and everyone on Tinder is a saposexual gender fluid. Needless to say, I’ve started to doubt my previous convictions…


We may cringe when we see the brutish, caveman-esque gopniks beating up drag queens. But perhaps The West could use a bit of that macho vigilantism. Everyone here knows their votes don’t matter. They joke about Putin winning with 1,400% of the votes. But they accept it. The mentality seems to be a dog-eat-dog, hierarchal type here. For better or for worse. This leads to a fatalistic acceptance of ungodly corruption and income inequality. But it also keeps their society somewhat in check regardless of what the elites want. I show locals American news once in a while and they can’t comprehend it whatsoever. And neither can I, really. Can you imagine a beefed up tranny [Tiffany Moore] yelling at people and getting away with it in Russia?

When debating locals, I often accuse them of being pessimists. And they often counter by pointing out my naivety, while assuring me that they are merely realists. Maybe they are. After all, I can guarantee if something like Rotherham or Cologne happened in Russia, they wouldn’t wait for the right paperwork and lawyers to get justice. They would beat the living shit out of everyone in a 5KM radius and not bother navigating red tape like we do. The immigrants from the CIS countries know this and behave. Not to mention, the Putin dictatorship surely spies on its citizens and nabs any jihadis. They just don’t let the media report on it. Speaking of which, most Russians have no clue how insane this whole Russian collusion media frenzy is. But despite what you may be thinking, it’s not like North Korea, everyone can use a VPN and surf any website they want.

But the average Russian doesn’t bother so the media control seems to work just fine. Guess fire walls work as well. The only time I hear my Ruski peers talk about Trump is when USA places new sanctions on Russia, kicks out some ambassadors, or in the most recent case: when Putin advised Trump about North Korean nukes. Basically, anything that makes Russia look good, and/or America like an aggressor. Smart of them in case a war breaks out between us. But of course the lack of reporting on the Russian hacking / water sport hookers conspiracy theory, could be due to the fact that it’s such obvious bullshit, and that no sane news agency would try to milk it for 3 years like ours do.

The thing is, I don’t want a “benevolent dictatorship” like Singapore or Russia. I want to live in a country like the Founding Fathers of America intended.

It’s tough to say, though. Surely some forms of government fit certain genetic clusters better than others. But how much of this is innate?

What are the challenges of living where you are as a foreigner?

I am incredibly envious of the locals who live in ethnically homogenous countries with a sense of identity and contributing to the greater good. A janitor in Russia or a taxi driver in Japan both have great pride in their nations and being part of a community. When I first lived in Japan I tried my best to be respectful and assimilate. But no matter how hard I tried, I realized I’d always be an outsider and was actually rewarded positively when I played up the stereotypes of the American cowboy who was straight forward and flamboyant. It’s pretty fun but a bizarre experience to be the token minority for once. I remember thinking the black suburban kid from my childhood who beatboxed and grew his fro out was goofy. As well as the gay kid who came out of the closet and did a 180º personality wise (gay lisp and limp wrist included). Welp, now I can relate… just on a much smaller scale.

Obviously this is no big deal and only takes some minor adjustment, but that’s because I’m relatively young. When I talk to my ex-pat elders who have knocked up a local, it seems these mole hills really do become mountains. When you are fresh off the plane, the differences are trivial and cute.

“Oh wow, you use chopsticks and I use a fork.”

“What!? You put ketchup on your pizza? Gross.”

“Hmm, you care much more about what you parents say than I do.”

But imagine making life changing decisions together, or going through traumatic events together.

That’s when the real differences show. It takes decades to truly understand a different ethnic group, and I think even a lifetime is not enough due to biological limits. After all, it’s not just IQ that separates us. We have different temperaments and spirits. Having said all that, exploring the Russian or Japanese soul and trying to figure out what makes them tick, makes everyday life fascinating.


And I hesitated adding this, but after several days of being woken up by my neighbors, I feel I must. You see, a gay Muslim friend of mine, (who I met in Japan), was privileged enough to immigrate to America. And yet, all day on facebook he would bitch and whine about the country. Obviously as someone who felt the need to leave my own country, I agree with most of what he said. But I’m still a patriotic nationalist despite all the shit I talk about my country, and so it irked me. After all, he would be thrown in jail if he was openly gay in his home country. How dare he move to another country and immediately complain and advocate for more “diversity” and critique the culture and politics.

I think most people, (especially Russians), can relate to this sentiment. The average Ruski is incredibly hard on their own country. But it’s like how you can make fun of your siblings, but when someone else does you knock their teeth in. I’d like to say I always respected this, but it’s not true. I was more brazen in my earlier days of travel, and hypocritically complained about Japan with the very Muslim I referred to earlier. It’s not just me, though. Go on any expat forum, and it’s full of gripes.


The first thing ESL teachers talk about when they meet is how much they miss peanut butter or how they hate the pollution or whatever. And yet, they don’t go home. The same is true of Mexican immigrants in America and Africans in Europe, if you ever take the time to chat with them. (Which is part of what made me more rightwing and nationalist.) The vast majority who don’t go home are economic migrants. Economic in terms of balancing the supply & demand of money, or balancing sexual market value.

Which is why I try my best to be respectful to my host nation. And even make a habit of catching myself thinking ungrateful thoughts by telling myself, “Don’t like it? Then leave.” Well, I’m still here in Moscow. So, I clearly like it, and am very appreciative for their hospitality.

Having said all that, I feel I must warn you, dear reader, the truth about Russian neighbors. They are the worst I’ve ever had in my entire life. Not face to face. Face to face, they are incredibly friendly and there are countless babushkas who will give you pickled tomatoes and other homemade gifts as if you’re family. I’m talking specifically about how loud the neighbors are.

I am an incredibly deep sleeper. As a hitchhiker I zonk out next to highways all the time, and have adapted to every country I’ve been in. Except for with Russians. The same is true with locals here. They also wake up thanks to neighbors and will bang on the old soviet water heaters that are threaded throughout the complex when they’re annoyed. It’s impossible to adapt because it’s not a white noise like the motorcycles in Vietnam. The sound waves are not uniform, but rather polarized sharp spikes. Blaring techno with bone rattling bass at 3AM. Screaming couples at 1AM. Hammering and drilling at 9AM.

I finally figured out why. My girlfriend’s brother told me that there’s no word for “privacy” in Russian. Well, there is, but not with the same meaning that Americans have for it. From a NY Times article on the subject:

Most Russians grew up in dense housing blocks, where children ran wild in closed central courtyards. Cul-de-sac translates in Russian as tupik—a word that evokes vulnerability and danger, a dead end with no escape.

“It’s such a new concept for them, that you can get security by putting distance between yourself and the others,” he said. “The Russian concept is that you’re safe when you’re with the crowd.”

He devotes many pages to privacy, a word that does not exist in the Russian language, or in the airless human mass that forms when Russians wait in line. Americans, he reports, prefer to converse at a distance of at least four feet.

“I suppose that in a typical Russian line, your average American would lose consciousness,” he writes. “Any touch to an American is taken as a violation of his personal space, so in the U.S., as a rule, people do not take each other by the elbow and do not tap each other on the shoulder if they want attention, they do not embrace each other like brothers.”

And this blog that confirms the veracity of the previous article:

I got the assignment because I have a Russian husband, who has himself published some essays about some of the unexpected cultural differences a Russian encounters in America, and we’ve been dividing our time between Moscow and Amherst for the last 15 years.

So our topic is whether the word “privacy” exists in Russian. If you ask “Google translate”, you get eleven choices, and given my own moderate knowledge of Russian, none of them looked equivalent to “privacy” in the sense of valuing your privacy, or wanting to know about Facebook’s privacy policies. And when I asked my husband about it, he agreed that there isn’t any Russian word that’s equivalent because indeed, our particular concept of privacy really isn’t part of Russian culture. So Zlobin is right.

Consequently, if you don’t have enough money for a house or gated community, then prepare yourself mentally for a college dorm atmosphere. If you’re the partying type, it can be a blast. Otherwise, get some sound canceling headphones. Maybe that’s why Russians put rugs on the wall? Why not stack two or three for good measure.

What are some of the pleasant surprises you’ve encountered in your new home?

The biggest breath of fresh air that comes to mind, is the absence of PC culture. I am free to speak my mind and no one really cares. And by the same token, the traditional aspects that were foreign to me my whole life are nice. For example, women who unabashedly fit their gender roles and expect you to do the same. And of course, cheaper living expenses and higher wages are a huge bonus. I think most ex pats would happily move back to America if we had sensible immigration laws and weren’t throwing taxes into a giant hole in the ground.

Please speak more of unanticipated problems.

Those perks don’t come without a price. There’s a high turnover rate and a lot of people try being an ex pat in their 20’s and can’t hack it after a year. The reality is not like the Instagram Yoga thots make it seem…

So what I tell everyone is that you’re not really getting paid to teach English, (the default job you will likely have unless you start your own business), but rather, getting paid to tolerate a different culture. And it’s not just poorer countries that I’m referring to. I learned this lesson with Japan. On paper, they are better than America in many ways. Higher standard of living, safety, cleanliness, politeness, etc. But to a white guy from the West their politeness felt like fakeness and I was stressed out because of it; always overanalyzing insignificant things. Which is how many black people feel when hanging around white people. What we see as just common courtesy, comes off as passive aggressive and beta to them. To each his own.


For me, I found that I was more straight forward than the average American, and came off as abrasive to my peers since childhood. A Kramer of sorts. So after a bit of travel, it seems that Eastern European culture is a good fit for me. I also wear my heart on my sleeve and get very passionate when speaking. So maybe I’ll try out a Latin country next. You may feel the same, or may feel right at home. Just bum around a bit until you vibe with a certain spot then settle down. But if you’re like me, you’ll realize how important identity is and become more patriotic as you gain a frame of reference. So while I enjoy frolicking around the world and don’t plan to stop anytime soon, I’ve been eyeing some land in Mid West America that I may buy real estate in.

What is some advice you have for Americans who also want to get out?


It really can’t be overstated how blessed you are to have American citizenship. You can be in tons of debt, have zero dollars in the bank, and several misdemeanors, and you’ll still get an automatic 90 day visa on arrival. Even with a one way plane ticket. This is unheard of and will likely not be the case in the near future if current demographic trends continue. So seize the day!

Seriously. In these past 8 years, I’ve met so many wealthy, well educated, amazing people who have to jump through so many hoops and sacrifice so much for the mere chance of a tourist visa. If you only knew…

So, stop putting it off!

I made that mistake and in retrospect didn’t need to wait at all. I saved for 2 to 3 years living super frugal and working 3 jobs. But every day expenses are the biggest drains. Besides, when your friends and family find out you’re saving money, they’ll come to mooch. Or “life happens” and you’ll need to pay for the broken water heater or flat tire. So just run away while you still can. The other mistake I see people make is that they toil away for 80% of the year in a job they hate, so they can splurge for a few days in an Americanized luxury resort. Why not make every day exotic and truly get a feel for the local atmosphere by moving somewhere for a year instead? In my experience, the most expensive part of travel is the plane ticket. So be smart and just get a one way ticket and find a job once you get there.

Most places you apply to online won’t take your overseas application serious, just like I don’t take my friends’ claims of visiting me serious. Talk is cheap. So take a leap of faith and have peace of mind knowing the American Embassy will take care of your spoiled ass. I knew a Venezuelan chick whose friend spent all her money on coke and was stranded in South America. Apparently the embassy paid for her ticket home. But it was debt she owed that would never go away until it was paid back, even if she filed Bankruptcy. Still, not a bad deal compared to 99.9999% of the Earth’s population. And that’s worst case scenario so long as you don’t foolishly backpack somewhere like Morocco and get beheaded.

If all else fails, just buy a bus ticket to Minnesota and see what it’s like to live in Somalia for a day.

–Michael Kreutzer (28-years-old)

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

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  1. Thank you for the article!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  2. fenestol says:

    Sorry Linh, I demand Proof of Existence.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  3. Biff says:

    have peace of mind knowing the American Embassy will take care of your spoiled ass.

    Pfft. What an idiot! The State Dept employees at my local embassy wouldn’t piss on me if I was on fire – mostly because they would spend half the day researching what the proper protocol is, and if wasn’t in the book(which is most often the case) their un-thinking ass wouldn’t know whether to shit or wind their watch.
    If you needed a big headed egotistical asshole for whatever reason you’d be in the right place.

    • Agree: eah, fnn, Rabbitnexus
    • Replies: @Rabbitnexus
  4. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi fenestol,

    There’s a photo of the dude at my blog, but of course, maybe I just grabbed that image off the internet. Since my own identity is fake, as I readily admitted in my last article, it’s highly likely that everyone I write about or interview simply doesn’t exist.

    Now that you’ve caught me, I’ll let you in on another secret. No one at Unz Review is who they claim to be! Take Paul Craig Roberts. His official bio states that he once worked for Reagan in The Swamp, but what is swamp in French? Le Marais, of course, and who supposedly died there in 1971? Of course, you know. See the uncanny resemblance? That’s right, Paul Craig Roberts is Jim Morrison, who merely went from one swamp to another.

    You have most likely guessed that Steve Sailer is Kanye West, and Ron Unz is Susan Sontag, but I’ll fill you in on all the juicy details… soon.


  5. songbird says:

    In the future, I think visas will be racial – at least to some countries, where it is politically possible.

    Of course, we are supposed to respect the sovereignty of other countries, but I don’t expect it to go over easily with the political establishment of the ideologically-driven West.

    The idea of a nation where people from all over the world live is a political absurdity. It has no logical unifying basis, which is apparent when observing Congress. Its citizenship is devoid of all character but the economic opportunity it provides. What is its comparison value? Less Somalis than Somalia, or other examples with the same formula. Area of maximum Somali economic opportunity, so less chance of them violating the visa? That is something that may change.

    • Replies: @Baxter
    , @Rev. Spooner
  6. swamped says:

    Most places you apply to online won’t take your overseas application serious, just like I don’t take my”…pseudonymous fictional interview serious. The Kreutzer Sonata it ain’t. All the same, if you have “a Russian husband, who has himself published some essays about some of the unexpected cultural differences a Russian encounters in America”, make sure your Zlobin doesn’t turn out to be a Pozdnyshev. So maybe is true this “Russian concept is that you’re safe when you’re with the crowd.”At least in some situations. And yes, “Any touch to an American is taken as a violation of his personal space, so in the U.S., as a rule, people do not take each other by the elbow and do not tap each other on the shoulder if they”…do not want to be charged with harassment or domestic vio and end up in American gulag.
    But if “to a white guy from the West their politeness felt like fakeness and I was stressed out because of it”…then this “is how many black people feel when hanging around white people. What we see as just common courtesy, comes off as”… ‘microaggression’ and ‘cultural appropriation’ to them. To each his own. And not YOUR own.
    No wonder the “biggest breath of fresh air that comes to mind, is the absence of PC culture”. Not a bad deal for 99.9999% of the Earth’s population who would do anything to escape it. Or “if all else fails, just buy a bus ticket [from] Minnesota”…to Washington P.C. & see what it’s like to live in Tel Aviv for two years.

  7. eah says:

    …a gay Muslim friend of mine, (who I met in Japan), was privileged enough to immigrate to America.

    Lucky America — but nowadays, even if he had HIV it would not be a problem — yet more progress.

    …and you’ll still get an automatic 90 day visa on arrival.

    It’s not clear which country or countries he’s talking about — a US citizen, I visited Russia once, in 2004 — at that time you definitely needed a visa, which you had to apply for beforehand — has that changed?

    • Replies: @yurivku
  8. One of the more endearing compliments I ever received was from an old Russian girlfriend, who told her friends, “He’s one of the good ones … he has a Russian soul.” She and her friends were just as described above, generous to a fault despite what was an obvious wealth gap.

    But the funniest thing she ever did was to use her bare hand to kill a cock-roach that had dared to cross our table at a restaurant.

    Should have married that girl. Then again, I might have dodged the Babooshka bomb. Interestingly enough, she had no desire to ever go to the US, so that was not a part of the calculus.

    Have some sympathy for our poor consular officers abroad … they spend far too much time face to face with the wretched refuse of the world trying to scam their way into the US.

  9. Biff says:
    @Linh Dinh

    There’s a photo of the dude at my blog,

    Exactly as I suspected. Tommy Tackle Box needs to add a couple more lures to his face to complete the privileged millennial look that they desperately need to drown out the subconscious certainty of a doomed midlife failure that’s all but certain when simple housing costs will keep you renting a dingy studio until you’re sixty.

    I especially like this quote:

    Seize the day!

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    , @FB
  10. The thing is, I don’t want a “benevolent dictatorship” like Singapore or Russia. I want to live in a country like the Founding Fathers of America intended.

    Pick a number: everybody wants to “live in a country like the Founding Fathers of America intended,” probably even the Founding Fathers themselves did. But is seems that all our governments just end up being dictatorships sooner or later anyway; so that being the case, I would prefer a sane dictatorship (like Russia or Singapore) to an insane one, which is what we Americans have at the moment.

    The other mistake I see people make is that they toil away for 80% of the year in a job they hate, so they can splurge for a few days in an Americanized luxury resort. Why not make every day exotic and truly get a feel for the local atmosphere by moving somewhere for a year instead?

    So true.

    If all else fails, just buy a bus ticket to Minnesota and see what it’s like to live in Somalia for a day.

    LOL!!! 😀 😀

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Truth
  11. yurivku says:

    that time you definitely needed a visa, which you had to apply for beforehand — has that changed?

    No, with an exception for Football championship visitors, but it’s over. You have to apply for visa beforehand.

    • Replies: @republic
  12. The scalpel says: • Website

    ” Hammering and drilling at 9AM.”

    9AM! OMG – so early!


  13. @Biff

    Yeah. He’s 28 years old and apparently his chosen skillset is teaching EASL in foreign countries. That sector is shrinking as English becomes the global lingua franca and is taught in elementary schools worldwide. He’s really too old and soft for his Plan B (military), and getting too old and soft for the entry-level grunt work in the skilled trades as well. What then?

    People really do not understand how life cycles work and how fast fluid intelligence starts crystallizing after your 20’s. They are told they can do or be anything they want and that there will always be plenty of time to switch tracks. There’s not–the adulthood train starts accelerating real quick, and that’s that.

  14. Anonymous [AKA "Tom (Fan of Linh)"] says:

    Hi Linh, Thanks for another great article, you make my day when I check for your new articles on Unz review. (By the way, I have your books and recommend them to my few sane friends). This article is full of small truths that I have experienced during the last 12 years being married to a Russian woman and traveling back and forth every year!

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  15. @The Anti-Gnostic

    ” He’s 28 years old … getting too old and soft for the entry-level grunt work in the skilled trades as well. What then?”

    I know a UK guy (ex City type) who retrained as an electrician in his early 50s. Competent guy. Obviously no one would take him on as an apprentice, so he wired up all his outbuildings as his project to get his certificate. But he’s getting work now, word gets around if you’re any good.

    Obviously you need a financial cushion to not be earning for months and to pay for the training courses.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Alden
  16. Anonymous [AKA "dlomshek"] says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Great article:

    I’ve traveled everywhere for 23 years now. It is so great to experience
    other cultures and their customs. This article hit’s the nail on the head.

    I also have traveled to Moscow and the Crimea and greatly enjoyed both.

  17. republic says:

    Russian tourist visas are a little complex, best to use a private agency. Cost should run around \$200-300, takes about 10-14 days. Can get a multi entry visa good for 5 years with a 180 day stay per visit.

    One can enter Belarus without a visa for up to 7 days if flying into Minsk.

    Now also possible to stay in Belarus for 30 days during certain sporting events,same in Russia

    Ukraine is visa free for most citizens of advanced countries.

    Tourists on ships can stay up to 72 hours in St Petersburg

  18. Anonymous[409] • Disclaimer says:

    Pick a number: everybody wants to “live in a country like the Founding Fathers of America intended,” probably even the Founding Fathers themselves did.

    Funny….that one jumped out to me as well.

    Hell, I’d be happy with a country like it was the year of my birth (1958). It still had some rough edges to be smoothed off (e.g. legal segregation in Dixie, but WTF did I know of that……I grew up in SoCal.)

    But by-in-large, if you look at 1958, and then look out your window today………..Jesus Christ, what the hell happened?

    • Replies: @Plato's Dream
  19. My special lady works in the mortgage industry and every year the gang & their spouses fly to some beach resort and get drunk poolside for a couple of days and then fly home. They never step foot off the resort grounds. It’s remarkable that people would travel so far to drink \$11 Coronas surrounded by other Americans but to each his own I guess ….

  20. Why don’t you take the metal out of your face? Makes me want to grab my Gerber and starting yoinking that crap right off.

    • Replies: @Rabbitnexus
    , @anonymous
  21. @Digital Samizdat

    I lived in the “benevolent dictatorship” of Singapore, and it was pretty nice: Clean, orderly, low-crime, prosperous. Since I worked and didn’t engage in socially unacceptable behaviour, it was very accomodating and Big Brother Goh left me more in peace to go about my life there than my crazy jealous girlfriend, Uncle Sam. In some ways, it is much freer.

    I went back a few years ago to visit, and while waiting for the light to cross the street, the guy next to me threw a piece of trash on the ground, so I looked at him and said, “You wouldn’t do that if Lee Kuan Yew was still in charge.” He sheepishly picked it up.

    • Replies: @Rabbitnexus
  22. @Biff

    Assuming they’re anything like our Aussie wankers in overseas posts, I’d agree. Indeed on faith and given we’re but an outpost of Empire I have done.

  23. I reckon you’re young and mixing with a set a bit more affected by Western media propaganda than they or you realise. Some of what you write about your adopted home comes across as a bit churlish as well. Also a couple of years is no time at all to get to know any place let alone the culture. I’ve spent 3 times as long on average getting to know my new homes and they were no more distant than Denmark on one occasion. I’d say I barely reached a plateau of understanding and appreciation after a cycle of admiration, loathing, frustration and finally reappraisal after 6 years! Given Aussie and Danish cultures are very similar in many respects, that suggests 2 years for a Westerner in either Japan or Russia is way too little. I’m taking what you say on specifics with a grain of salt but the overall message the gist of it is accurate all the same. Still I’d like to see you cut those apron strings to yankee land before seeing too much more of your advice about other cultures. I mean that, I’d like it…because your insight is interesting all the same, you are clearly smart and thoughtful so this is not an attack. In my experience you have not even begun to scratch the surface until you begin to dream in the language of your new home.

    I’m currently trying to find communion between my Western and South Asian culture of my wife and after 7 years am far from getting it. This is due to living in my country not hers though. I’d say six years is about the mean for getting the hang of a new culture if as you are living it.

  24. @The Alarmist

    I sincerely hope Singaporeans have not begun behaving like that. Last time I was there was in Goh’s time and the cleanliness and orderliness were the the only positive things I could say about the place!

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  25. @CoffeeCommando

    You should see the guy who works for me in marketing. More metal crap in his face and small scooter rubber tires in his ear lobes as best I can tell, than you’d want to know about. Absolute freak show brother. He is unfortunately also extremely intelligent and competent at what he does. I say unfortunately because if his performance matched his appearance it would be easy to say bye bye, but fact is he’s brilliant and a nice bloke too. Beats me why this kid would do this to himself. He’s a very handsome young man with mixed Chinese/Aussie parents. Yet his face looks like a junkyard tossed across a picturesque park. It would make more sense if he was gay but he is even straight, just like this kid writing the article appears to be. They don’t even look like men when they do this, so it beats me.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  26. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:

    ” He’s 28 years old … getting too old and soft for the entry-level grunt work in the skilled trades as well. What then?”

    I know a UK guy (ex City type) who retrained as an electrician in his early 50s. Competent guy. Obviously no one would take him on as an apprentice, so he wired up all his outbuildings as his project to get his certificate. But he’s getting work now, word gets around if you’re any good.

    Obviously you need a financial cushion to not be earning for months and to pay for the training courses.

    Yeah, people get set in their ways and resistant to make changes. Steve Jobs talked about people developing grooves in their brain and how important it is to force yourself out of these grooves.*

    I know a Haitian immigrant without a college degree who was working three jobs and then dropped down to two jobs and went to school part time in his late 40’s and earned his degree in engineering and is a now an engineer in his early 50’s.

    *From Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Simon and Schuster, 2011), pp.330-331:

    “It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing,” Jobs said wistfully to the writer David Sheff, who published a long and intimate interview in Playboy the month he turned thirty. “Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare.” The interview touched on many subjects, but Jobs’s most poignant ruminations were about growing old and facing the future:

    Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them.

    I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back. . . .

    If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.

    The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.

    • Replies: @Alden
  27. Sounds like he would make a good foreign correspondent.

  28. @Linh Dinh

    Dumb comment regretted at leisure.

  29. @Rabbitnexus

    Come on, the food, even at the hawker centres, was outstanding.

  30. AaronB says:

    Great interview!

    Very similar to what I’ve noticed about Asia, having recently returned from a visit. Whatever our gripes about America, places like Russia, China, SEA, are morally and socially actually worse and more harsh than America, and not real alternatives.

    I came back happier than ever that I was American. His comments about Russia do not surprise me in the least. The thing is to work for a Rennaisance in the West, which is clearly on the horizon, rather than fleeing to places that are socially more degraded and a bad fit for the Western character.

    That being said, travel is tremendously fun, these countries are fascinating, and being an expat for a while is a great experience.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  31. miforest says:

    He needs to take life a little more seriously to get the deeper meaning . 28 is still young and strong. learning is easy. he needs to develop a more serious skill , and take a more serious interest in the local females. As a family man myself I highly recommend family life. It is also a way to become an actual part of the culture, To be real part of it and not a visitor, with both the good and bad that brings. my advice is worth exactly what you paid for it, but it is the advice I gave my own children.

  32. Truth says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    I would prefer a sane dictatorship (like Russia or Singapore) to an insane one, which is what we Americans have at the moment.

  33. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    “fluid intelligence” starts crystallizing after your 20’s”. Nonsense, I had a great deal of trouble learning anything from my teen years and 20’s because I didn’t know how to learn. I went for 30 years and eventually figured out a learning style that worked for me. I have learned more and mastered more skills in the past ten years ages 49-59 than I had in the previous 30. You can challenge yourself like I did and after a while of doing this (6 months) you will find it a lot easier to learn and comprehend than you did previously. (This is true only if you haven’t damaged your brain from years of smoking and drinking). I constantly challenged myself with trying to learn math that I had trouble with in school and eventually mastered it. The brain is like a muscle, it needs to be constantly worked to become strong. If you waste it watching football or looking at porn your brain will atrophy like the muscles of a person in a wheelchair.

    • Agree: utu, jacques sheete
  34. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:

    “Gerber”? How could you remove the metal out his face with a can of baby food?

  35. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:

    He’s probably really gay and he’s sublimating his gayness by doing weird things like this. He’ll come out of the closet soon, don’t worry!

  36. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks! I hope to make it to Russia before too long. I’ve only gotten as close as Ukraine.


    • Replies: @jbwilson24
  37. Baxter says:

    “The idea of a nation where people from all over the world live is a political absurdity. If has no logical unifying basis…”
    Very well said. Indeed, the United States is not a country, rather it is a government.
    And despise that government.
    Things are going to change swiftly after Trump is replaced. The ‘coalition of the fringes’ is real. It’s game over for America. The people living in that country have been too distracted to notice.
    America is a deeply delusion society held together by a deeply delusional government.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  38. A very enjoyable and informative read. Thanks Linh!

    Regardless, the emphasis on family values can lead to more fulfilling lives, but also leads to the ever prevalent nepotism and corruption that prevents such countries from advancing.

    Can this be true of countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea? I pose this question knowing that entrenched family values though stable, can change over time, and they would still show through especially for visitors from countries with hyper individualism as the driving social force. While what was said regarding nepotism and corruption may largely hold true for many developing nations, I don’t know that some of the Asian countries that have shown enormous growth and modernity can realistically attribute their success to totally abandoning family value or switching to the hyper individualism of the West. No question changes in family values evolve with the society in question, but in all likelihood resist total transformation beyond recognition.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  39. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says: • Website

    Linh Dinh was right about Trump the Scump.

  40. Alden says:

    IBEW (licensed electricians) has no upper age limit for apprentices They have lots of American engineers who applied in their 30s after realizing most companies want diverse HI-B engineers.

    Upper age limits for almost every occupation disappeared decades ago in America because of age discrimination laws.

    I can’t see how any 28 year old could possibly be too soft to go into any kind of manual labor job.

  41. In Japan’s case all the famous brands-Nagasaki, Honda, Toyota-were samurai families who were given money from the US to rebuild industry after the war. So the feudal system in Japan remains.

    When a country is completely homogeneous and standards of living uniform under a ethno-nationalist umbrella, this can work.

    Of course, Asian countries are nepotistic. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet would have been salary men in Japan.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  42. Alden says:

    Picasso Warhol Reuben’s Rembrandt Fra Lippi and daVinci worked well into old age. So did most well known artists.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  43. neutral says:

    If you let Americans like this into your land it is like allowing cells to become cancerous and ultimately kill you. It will start with “its about the culture”, then it will be “we need extra workers”, then it will be “a few will easily assimilate”, then it will be “we are not nazis we are an open welcoming nation”, the rest is very predictable for anyone who reads sites such as Unz.

  44. @anonymous

    Yeah, there was a recent study showing that 70 year olds can form neural connections as quickly as teenagers.

    At 40+, I still can learn advanced mathematics as well as I ever did. In fact, I can still compete with the Chinese 20 year olds. The problem is not mental horsepower, it’s time and energy. I rarely have time to concentrate these days (wife, kids, pets), which makes it hard to get the solid hours of prime mental time required to really push yourself at a hard pace and learn advanced material.

    This is why the Chinese are basically out of date when they are 30, their companies assume that they have kids and are not able to give 110% anymore.

  45. @Linh Dinh

    I’ve spent a lot of time in both, although last time I saw Ukraine was 3 years ago. The food in Ukraine is great, Russia… well, horrendous. Peasant food, basically, and not particularly good peasant food either. There’s a markedly different feeling in Ukraine these days, losing population like mad, poor economy, etc.

    To understand Russia you have to see the other cities. You can’t just go to Moscow and St Petes. It’s a huge country, some parts of which are decaying due to migration and demographic collapse (e.g., Perm). Other parts are vibrant and fun. I’ve seen about 1/3rd of the larger cities, but never Siberia or the far East, nor Chechnya/Dagestan/Ingushetia/Adygea. Hard to travel to some of those places as a foreigner.

    I like Ekaterinburg, but my wife refuses to move there.

    • Replies: @Plato's Dream
  46. Anonymous [AKA "emma prince"] says: • Website

    A very enjoyable and informative read. Thanks Linh!

  47. I want to live in a country like the Founding Fathers of America intended.

    The dude has come a long way, but he’s still a bit brainwashed. I should read, “as the f f supposedly intended.”

    The “founding fathers” did their founding for their own benefit under various “do-gooder” pretexts like everything else power hungry people typically do. In other words, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and governments are generally instituted to keep things that way despite the rhetoric and mythology.

    • Replies: @Truth
  48. @anonymous

    …eventually figured out a learning style that worked for me.

    That’s a huge key and I discovered it when I was asked to tutor people who were failing chemistry. I quickly discovered that all it took for most of them to “get it” was to keep approaching the problem from different angles until a light came on for them and for me the challenge of finding the right approach was a great motivator. Invariably it was some minor issue and once they overcame that, it became easy for them. I’m still astonished at that to this day.

    The brain is like a muscle, it needs to be constantly worked to become strong. If you waste it watching football or looking at porn your brain will atrophy like the muscles of a person in a wheelchair.

    No doubt about it. No embellishment needed there!

  49. Mostly correct, though:

    Maybe they are. After all, I can guarantee if something like Rotherham or Cologne happened in Russia, they wouldn’t wait for the right paperwork and lawyers to get justice. They would beat the living shit out of everyone in a 5KM radius and not bother navigating red tape like we do.

    Overly optimistic. Such episodes are very much the exception, not the rule.


    The authorities are trouble averse, so they tend to turn a blind eye to Caucasian malfeasance.

    The sound waves are not uniform, but rather polarized sharp spikes. Blaring techno with bone rattling bass at 3AM. Screaming couples at 1AM. Hammering and drilling at 9AM. I finally figured out why. My girlfriend’s brother told me that there’s no word for “privacy” in Russian.

    It has more to do with the Russians’ relative lack of concern for the commonweal (evident in many other areas) and with flimsy apartment construction, though both factors are improving.

    However, you should note that 11pm – 7am (I think, I might be off by an hour) are supposed to be “quiet hours” in Moscow and you have the right to complain to your neighbors about their noise, and, if they do not desist, to contact the police.

  50. m___ says:

    Content of value to inexperienced travelers of continents. Condensed to a tool-kit. The twist of staging an interview is fun, and granted.

    So true, the zest for adventure and detachment is bred out of the Western European genome.

  51. Jake says:

    “Maybe they are. After all, I can guarantee if something like Rotherham or Cologne happened in Russia, they wouldn’t wait for the right paperwork and lawyers to get justice. They would beat the living shit out of everyone in a 5KM radius and not bother navigating red tape like we do.”

    America used to have people like that. Primarily they were southerners. Secondarily they were European Catholic immigrants and the children of European Catholic immigrants. And then the Yank WASP Elites and their Jewish BFFs spent decades and billions of dollars forcing those people to start thinking and acting like WASP peasants bowing to the Anglo-Zionist Empire.

  52. Jake says:

    “I want to live in a country like the Founding Fathers of America intended.”

    That is not possible without the conditions that prevailed in the late 18th century, which featured rebellion against the British Empire and therefore against Elite WASP culture. The slow death of the USA, or shall we say its metamorphosis into the full-fledged Anglo-Zionist Empire, was ongoing no later than the John Quincy Adams election, after the arch-Judaizing heretics Unitarians and Universalists (who were small minority groups even in New England, but were very rich and acted with precision behind the scenes) had gained total control over Harvard, Yale, Williams and several other ‘elite’ colleges.

  53. s.n says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Yeah. He’s 28 years old and apparently his chosen skillset is teaching EASL in foreign countries. That sector is shrinking as English becomes the global lingua franca and is taught in elementary schools worldwide. He’s really too old and soft for his Plan B (military), and getting too old and soft for the entry-level grunt work in the skilled trades as well. What then?

    do you know anything first hand about the teaching- english- as-a- second- language hustle?
    Asking sincerely – as I don’t know anything about it. However I kinda suspect that ‘native speakers’ will be in demand in many parts of the globe for some time to come [as an aside – and maybe Linh has written of this and I missed it – but last spring I was in Saigon for a couple of weeks and, hanging out one day at the zoo & museum complex, was startled to see about three groups of Vietnamese primary-school students being led around by americans in their early 20s, narrating everything in american english . Apparently private schools offering entirely english-language curriculum are the big hit with the middle & upper class elite there. Perhaps more of the same elsewhere in the region?]

    At any rate the young man in this interview has a lot more in the way of qualifications and skill sets than I had when I left the States 35 years ago, and I’ve done just fine. I’d advise any prospective expats to get that TEFL certificate as it’s one extra thing to have in your back pocket and who knows?

    ps: “It really can’t be overstated how blessed you are to have American citizenship” – well, yes it can. Everyone knows that the best passport on earth is from Northwest Euroland, one of those places with free university education and free health care and where teenage mothers don’t daily keel over dead from heroin overdoses in Dollar Stores….. Also more places visa-free…

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  54. ps: “It really can’t be overstated how blessed you are to have American citizenship” – well, yes it can.

    It certainly can, and often is. The mantra is believed due to brainwashing, and Barrett has provided a fine primer on the subject.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  55. Truth says:
    @jacques sheete

    Riding the horse-drawn carriage to work might get tedious.

  56. @s.n

    When you left the States 35 years ago, the world was 3 billion people smaller. The labor market has gotten a tad more competitive. I don’t see any indication of a trade or other refined skillset in this article.

    People who teach EASL for a living are like people who drive cars for a living: you don’t do it because you’re really good at teaching your native language, you do it because you’re not marketable at anything else.

    • Replies: @s.n
  57. @Linh Dinh

    Sailer is most likely Kayne West but Ron Unz isn’t Susan Sunday… she was much too swarthy and to top it off, she mowed Annie Leibovitz’s front yard, which macho Ron unlikely to do!

    P. S. Do you think Ziobin the same as Zubin perhaps a Jew or a Zoroastrian? Just curious.

  58. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker

    Not true. What is this famous brand Nagasaki?

    Honda was from a blacksmith’s family.

    Toyoda may have been from minor samurai. Likely not. Seems to have been of merchant descent.

    So, 0/100 for you.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  59. Agent76 says:

    Oct 20, 2018 Putin: Russia Getting Rid Of US Dollar Matter Of National Security

    Russian president Vladimir Putin: “That’s what our American friends are doing. They’re undermining trust in the dollar as a universal payment instrument and the main reserve currency.”

    Aug 18, 2018 Putin and Merkel talk Syria, Ukraine, new gas pipeline project

    Russian president Vladimir Putin offers to help ease Europe’s refugee crisis during a meeting with the German Chancellor.

  60. The key to this whole article is when writer says: I could return to America if it was as our founders intended it to be.

    My father came to America and had to sign a paper to the Government , promising he and his family, would never be a burden to this country; furthermore his employer had to guarantee the same thing.

    If there ever was a close to perfect society, it was pre,1960’s America

  61. @jacques sheete


    I think being Australian is the best citizenry you can have. The country is far from perfect, but any lower middle class American white like myself would prefer to be lower middle class there than in Detroit or Phoenix, where being lower income means life around the unfettered urban underclass that is paranoia inducing.

    Being from the US is not as bad as being Bangladeshi, but if you had to be white and urban and poor you’d be better off in Sydney than Flint.

    The most patriotic Americans have never been anywhere, so they have no idea whether Australia or Tokyo are better. They have never traveled.

  62. @Che Guava


    I meant Nissan. Sorry. Nagasaki. How stupid of me.

    These families who formed these companies were of minor (Or major) importance in Japan at the time of the US occupation and were able to get the capital to begin with.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  63. Che Guava says:

    Warhol did not *live* well into old age.

    Whether he was anything more than a great commercial artist and self-publicist before he was shot is also open to question.

    The ten, twelve or so years between being shot and death, nothing much. Suppose that he and Twooman Capodie must have had some fun together in those years.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  64. @Che Guava

    He was shot by Solanas in 1968 and died in 1987.

    That is more like twenty years.

    Prior to being shot he was already an amphetamine abuser and chain smoker who contracted some disease in childhood that cause his hair fall out.

    There were a number of contributing factors.

  65. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker


    You were careless, and picked two bad examples, and one false.

    I do understand your point(s), just not good examples (Nissan is a very good one, the company made its fortune in Manchuria and with the Kantou Army in nth. China, many others, although I do not have details in memory of their orginal ownership, only that they, at that time, were new).

    Many that are existing now, e.g. Shimazu construction and construction equipment, directly bears the name of an old regional ruling family. Other examples, and those that pre-dated it, like Hitachi, not based on a family name, but a place. Etc. In the early 2000s, the U.N. was listing Hitachi among the top states as an economic entity (IIRC, eleventh, maybe lower).

    However, Honda was formed post-war, legend has it that Mr. Honda bought a huge vat of liquor post-surrender, invited his friends from the military, they just got drunk for two weeks, then set about making the company. I like that origin story, so I would guess it is not the first time I am to mention it here.

    In any case, this is not really an article by Linh, but by his respondent.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  66. Che Guava says:

    It is puzzling to me why you want to correct me on Andy War-hola. You are right! Truly. I wouldn’t be able to decide whether to micturate on Andy Warhol if he was on fire. Sure, with reluctance, I would.

    It is amusing that you make a giant blunder, which I was correcting, and then follow my lazy reply to a stupid anon., so, sure, I am incorrect. I will only say that it is a pity that Valerie Solanas, evil beast that she was, did not have better aim and determination on Andy Warhol, another evil beast.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  67. padre says:

    How full of himself he is!

  68. This is one of your best Lin Dinh, and the young American is very articulate and knowledgeable too.

    The claim he makes about America is very valid

    the emphasis on family values can lead to more fulfilling lives, but also leads to the ever prevalent nepotism and corruption that prevents such countries from advancing.

    Has really made me think. i.e. Stronger family ties = more corruption.

    It also ties directly into the dual nationalities issue (Israel), and countries like Pakistan (honor killing) or India (value cows above humans).

  69. @Che Guava


    Asia has always had nepotism and codified social structures and was never a democracy with free-flowing capitol.

    In a homogeneous society, people can live with this and elites have enough national pride not to completely screw over their own race.

  70. @songbird

    This is a bleat against Ilhan Omer by a chosenite.

  71. @Che Guava

    What did Warhol do? Why want him dead?

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  72. @Justsaying

    I copy-pasted and wrote a response to the very same sentence before reading your comment.

    Regardless, the emphasis on family values can lead to more fulfilling lives, but also leads to the ever prevalent nepotism and corruption that prevents such countries from advancing.

    I think both Japan and S Korea will keep sliding down the economic graph sooner than later.

    Corruption isn’t overt.

    Corruption always tries to be covert. It’s like a rat in our house with pellets in plain sight which we ignore.

    What matters is the traps we deploy to trap them.

    It doesn’t matter if the rat is our son, daughter, cousin or friend.

    The end result should be ” Just” and the blindfolded lady of justice shouldn’t be raped on a daily basis by both the congress and trump.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  73. There is a term for the extended goodbyes mentioned In the article, an Armenian Goodbye

  74. @anonymous

    See @NoseytheDuke’s reply. You must be a city boy..

  75. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker


    I see what you are saying, don’t really agree but you seem to be agreeing with another commenter, not replying to anything I was posting (and can see the intended recipient), so try to be more careful on such.


  76. Che Guava says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    Both Japan and Sth. Korea still have good places on any economic graph you would like to draw, and, in both cases, what (much) success there has been is in spite of, not because of, U.S.A. occupying forces.

    The U.S.A. made so many moves against Japanese industry (including software and operating systems), same against Sth. Korea (more industrial design and chips, but even 15 years ago, startlingly good small phone designs), so for the U.S.A., everything is made in China.

    Thanks, occupying forces.

  77. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker

    I just think he is dull, I don’t want him dead, but he is. Surely overrated?

    • Replies: @Plato's Dream
  78. anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:

    That was F*\$&#@ awesome!

    Where can I personally meet this hip, tell it like it is Vietnamese guy and some of his subjects?

    I love the way –Michael Kreutzer (28-years-old) just sums up the eternal Russian way of thinking about alien rapists, Islamic terrorists that sort of thing:

    ” I can guarantee if something like Rotherham or Cologne happened in Russia, they wouldn’t wait for the right paperwork and lawyers to get justice. They would beat the living shit out of everyone in a 5KM radius and not bother navigating red tape like we do. The immigrants from the CIS countries know this and behave.”

    I respond:

    Yep, I’m 25% Russian, more like 15% as I had some German Nordic Russian nobility on that side. This Slavic gene is always there to call BS on idiot Liberals or worse Libertarians that want to talk, talk, talk make excuses for the worst Paki sexual groomers. Nah, the Russian way is better.

  79. Agent76 says:

    Mar 4,2019 Excellent Short Film About the Separatist Fighters of Donbas by Russell ‘Texas’ Bentley (Video)

    A monastery near the Donetsk airport was strategically important to hold for the fighter, so a bitter shooting battle erupted over it, taking many lives on both sides. The monastery was badly damaged in the process.

    Sep 9, 2016 US funded Ukrainian army is terrorizing civilians, 2016

    Russell Bentley is a former US marine, that now fights for the Donbass, Eastern Ukraine, against the US-funded Ukrainian army.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  80. @Baxter

    A nation is different than a country. A country is geographical area with boundaries. A nation is the people within a geographical area who have lived together for a long time and have shared experiences. Nation from the French naître – to be born.

    The US, like most other European based populations, was a nation. It has become a country.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Baxter
  81. annamaria says:

    On the topics of holo-biz and Russophobia: “the appearance of Israeli weapons in the hands of avowed neo-Nazis”

    The ziocon-occupied US Congress “is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine”

    • Agree: Agent76
    • Replies: @Agent76
  82. FB says: • Website

    Tommy Tacklebox

    Now that’s funny…LOL

  83. Baxter says:

    Indeed, you are correct. America is a country,not a nation. I should be more concise in my phrasing as it could lead to misunderstanding.
    Either way, the United States is done.

    • Replies: @Low Voltage
  84. s.n says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    People who teach EASL for a living are like people who drive cars for a living: you don’t do it because you’re really good at teaching your native language, you do it because you’re not marketable at anything else.

    well that’s the beauty of it: you don’t have to be good at anything other than just being a native speaker to succeed as an EASL teacher, and thousands more potential customers are born every day. I’d definitely advise any potential expats to become accomplished, and, even better, qualified, in as many trades as possible. But imho the real key to success as a long term expat is your mindset: determination and will-power to survive no matter what. If you really want to break out of the States and see the world, and don’t have inherited wealth, you will be forced to rely on your wits and good luck and seize the opportunities that arise, whatever those opportunities may be.

    • Replies: @Thedirtysponge
  85. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Sorry man, English teaching is huge, and will remain so for some time to come. I’m heavily involved in the area and know plenty of ESL teachers. Spain for me, and the level of English here is still so dreadful and they all need it, the demand is staggering and their schools suck at teaching it themselves.

    You are one of those people who just like to shit on things:) and people make a lot of money out of it, not everyone of course, like any area. But it’s perfectly viable and good to go for a long time yet. It’s exactly that English is the lingua Franca that people need to be at a high level of it. The Chinese market is still massive. The bag packer esl teachers are the ones that give off this stigma, and ‘bag packer’ and ‘traveller’ are by now very much regarded as dirty words in the ESL world.

    • Replies: @Mike P
  86. @s.n

    Hey man. Just try and see how easy it is in practice, being native speaking doesn’t mean you know anything about how the language functions and how to actually transfer that knowledge to people from a completely different linguistic background at a high level. Like anything, it’s easy to go out and be a shit English teacher, and very hard to be a good one.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  87. @Baxter

    I preferred your “America is a government” comment. America is most definitely not a country. It is an Empire based on usury and militarism like so many before it.

  88. Mike P says:

    ESL teachers. Spain for me

    There is a very funny version also with Jack Lemmon in “Irma la Douce”, but I can’t find that one on youtube.

  89. Agent76 says:

    Thanks for the great share’s annamaria.

  90. Daisy says:

    Just realistically looking at all the places I have lived, the US would be the last place I’d go to, it’s an empire in decline. Morally, spiritually, economically, politically educationally and socially. (And I have lived in the US for 20 years) The only part of American life that seems appealing is the kind of homesteading movement that is occurring in some states.

    Whatever beefs one may have with Russia or Putin, corruption, noise, etc. The fact is Russia is holding it’s own and improving its diplomatic relations and increasing it’s allies and trade partners, has become militarily a force to be reckoned with and therefore more secure, it has become more self sufficient in many areas such as agriculture, is improving it’s infrastructure, people are earning more, it has almost no external debt, huge reserves of gold, is beginning to attract tourism, is expanding in fields of science, and has the reputation of being a reliable partner. These things would make it a much better place to be/go then a declining country/empire, such as the US, Europe and possibly China.

    As for being poorer or wealthier, I can truly and emphatically from experience state, that wealth does not create or provide happiness. As the author mentions, people in Russia are very generous and family oriented. I think this gives more meaning of life and an overall feeling of well being than striving for more and more income to buy more and more stuff. Especially as particularly in the US and Europe, people are living so much on credit.

    • Agree: bluedog
  91. @Thedirtysponge


    Most Americans lack the initiative to move anywhere. Most will complain but will never leave the street they were born on. Urban whites are used to adaptation being around other cultures anyhow and being somewhat street smart, but the poor rural whites in the exurbs or sticks whose live would really improve if they got the hell out of America will never move anywhere.

    You have to really dislike your circumstances in the US to leave and be willing to find some way to get by overseas.

    Lots of people will talk about leaving America without having a clue as to how hard this is to actually do. Australia and New Zealand are not crying out for white proles with high school education or GED. It is much more difficult to move overseas and stay overseas than most Americans think.

    Except of course for the ruling elite. And that is because five-star hotels look the same everywhere and money is an international language.

    We already saw this in South Africa. Mandela took over, the country went down the tubes, the wealthy whites left and the Boers were left to die in refugee camps. They WANT to leave and a few went to Russia, but most developed countries don’t want them. Not with the limited amount of money they have.

    Australia and NZ would rather have refugees than white people in dire circumstances.

    Even immigrating to Canada, a country that I worked in, is much much harder than anyone imagines.

    • Agree: Libertine75
  92. @Truth

    What’s wrong with horse-drawn carriages?

    • Replies: @Truth

    Americans are mostly ignorant to the fact that they live in a 2nd world country except for blacks and rednecks I have met in the Philippines who were stationed there in the military and have a \$1000 a month check. Many of them live in more dangerous and dirty internal third worlds in America than what they can have in Southeast Asia and a good many would be homeless. They are worldly enough to leave.

    But most Americans whose lives would be vastly improved overseas think they are living in the greatest country on earth.

    • Replies: @polaco
  94. @Truth

    Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot

    First self-propelled vehicle

    A small version of his three-wheeled fardier à vapeur (“steam dray”) was made and used in 1769 (a fardier was a massively built two-wheeled horse-drawn cart for transporting very heavy equipment, such as cannon barrels).

    Following the French Revolution, Cugnot’s pension was withdrawn in 1789 and he went into exile in Brussels, where he lived in poverty. Shortly before his death, Cugnot’s pension was restored by Napoleon Bonaparte and he eventually returned to Paris

    Cugnot’s 1770 fardier à vapeur, as preserved at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris
    1769 Cugnot Steamer in HD
    Joseph Cugnot Steam Engine 4

  95. Truth says:

    When you have a car, the question is “what’s right with horse-drawn carriages?”

  96. polaco says:
    @jeff stryker

    Americans are mostly ignorant to the fact that they live in a 2nd world country

    Although discriminated against, most Americans, except maybe those down on their luck and real life losers without any skills, live in nice, clean suburbs and in many cases they don’t even need to lock their doors, except for areas that are adjacent to urban, Hispanic, or Black neighbourhoods, which they have abandoned and given up on decades ago following the anti American Civil Rights movement. Show me a place in America where garbage trucks don’t come every week. While it’s not Germany or Sweden when garbage is concerned, America utilizes its trash quite properly, and about 75 to 85% is incinerated. Meanwhile in Russia: “If government officials continue ignoring the problem, in a few years the Russians will live in a landfill, as it is now happening with the residents of Haiti”- or

    Americans in the US now total about 55% of the population: Wikipedia says: “197,285,202 (Non-Hispanic: 2017), 60.7% of the total U.S. population”-, however this number is flawed as they count various non-whites like Berbers, or Turkic people like Albanians, Turks, Kurds, Georgians, and Azerbaijanis as whites.

    Then we have: “About 46 million Americans live in the nation’s rural counties, 175 million in its suburbs and small metros”- Which seems to confirm that Americans (Whites) live in either suburban or rural areas.



    I’ve seen loads of American men who blew their wad on hookers and booze at the Manila Embassy trying this.

    You’ll be on the street for about a month waiting for the papers to clear. Don’t expect to be staying with the US Ambassador at his house while you’re waiting either, you’ll be on the street and in SEA or Eastern Europe (Which is cold as hell) and this is no fun.

    The Embassy will make you call relatives in the US and determine that nobody will pay for your return flight.

    You’ll have to repay the US government for the cost of the ticket and your passport will be cancelled for two years as a punishment…you won’t even be able to fly to Puerto Rico.


    One American I knew in the Philippines was named Clinton Macbeth and he was a hardcore drunk and pothead who’d been stationed in the Philippines and figured he would just take military space available on a DC 10 or whatever.

    The US GOVERNMENT has now cancelled this program and you cannot take military space available back to your own country.

    The US Embassy will, eventually, cover the cost of your ticket back. But they make this a lonnnggg unpleasant process to prevent everyone who wants to be repatriated from simply coming into the Embassy and saying “send me home Business class”.

    Try sleeping for a week outside a US Embassy. Invariably the US Consular director will tell you “it will take some time for these papers to clear”.

    Believe me, you won’t be flown back in 24 hours.

    And the Marine Embassy Guards will then make sure you don’t hang around. You’ll be giving an appointment at the Embassy about a week after you report in. In the interim. the Marine Embassy Guards etc. will behave like bouncers to make sure you don’t come back inside the Embassy.


    Ken was an older American from NYC who married a Filipino woman of 23. He was an architect and he spent most of his life savings building a hotel for his wife with the intent of renting rooms to Japanese tourists-which would have set him up for life.

    In the Philippines, all property belongs to the wife of the expat under law. He was kicked out by security guard after their marriage collapsed-which May/September marriages in the Philippines usually do.

    He was 60 and his wife and her family simply threw him on the road-no passport, money in his pocket, clothes on his back.

    Ken did not even have ID to prove he was an American. The first night on the road, he was mugged by Filipino street kids and did not have a peso.

    Finally, he managed to get his passport. His wife had his bank card and withdrew all his savings by then.

    A sympathetic American paid his way to Manila where he got his brother to send him a ticket.



    Dave was a Canadian retiree who married a viciously corrupt Filipino cop. She actually flew to Canada, ostensibly to “visit a relative” and hooked up with him. After performing fellatio on this 60 year old man, she suggested they marry and he join her in the Philippines.

    Dave hastily agreed, which happens when you are a 60 year old man and a pretty 30-ish Asian woman appears out of nowhere and gives you a blast-off blowjob.

    He sold his house and transferred most of his money to the Philippines.

    Upon arrival, the police woman seized his passport and ATM. She threatened to put him in jail if he tried to flee or contact the Embassy. The problem was his pension, which she wanted, so she basically kidnapped him.

    The problem was that the Canadian Embassy was in Manila and he was in Cebu city. He had no money to get there.

    Dave came to me and I went to the Filipino cop. I had police officer friends who outranked her, as she was basically a corrupt street cop, they leaned on her and she simply wrote it off.

    Dave called his son, who had hated him since his divorce, and his son told him that he would not pay the cost of the ticket back to Canada.

    The Canadian Embassy actually CALLED ME and asked if I would pay for the ticket. I said no. Finally, somehow, Dave found some Canadian friend back home who agreed.

    The Embassy billed him for the calls. And the Canadian government does not screw around.


    Dan was an American plane foreman who’d been assigned to the Philippines by the US company. Like most of the Americans, he was on the rebound from his US divorce.

    Dan fell in love with the secretary. For some reason he was fired. His wife talked him into cashing in his plane ticket and spending the money to open a general store.

    Dan had little money after alimony but he put all of it up and his plane ticket refund and opened the store.

    His wife, no longer really wanting to spend her life with a man 25 years older, was cooling anyhow but when Dan started to bilge from the store her family turfed him out.

    He found a wealthy Filipino whom he went to work for. He was an engineer. But the pay was brutally low and eventually he simply wanted to return to the US.

    Dan first tried to turn himself into Philippine Immigration, thinking they would just deport him. But unless you have money, Filipino authorities don’t care at all because they cannot squeeze you for anything.

    Dan had no family in the US. Only child, parents deceased, divorced, no real close friends. Nobody would pay for his ticket.

    He’d served in Korea and again, tried MILITARY SPACE AVAILABLE. He was told this program was cancelled.

    Finally, a sympathetic and wealthy Chinese-Filipino friend paid his ticket to Guam. US territory.

    After that, I have no idea what happened to him.


    Most Americans move to the Philippines to GET AWAY from other Americans. If you think you can just find some American retirees at McDonald’s and get them to chip in to help you get home you are incredibly naive.

    In Dan’s case, some longtime Americans who knew Dan took bets on what would happen to him. Some American expats take delight in seeing other, more naive Americans come a cropper in Philippines and simply laugh at the sight of desperate fellow citizens at McDonald’s pleading for cash to get home.

  99. @polaco


    We are invariably male, urban and lower middle class.

    A great many American expats are blacks who served in the military or have a pension who can live in an Asian subdivision instead of in low-income housing with crack dealers and gangs.

    For lower class whites, it is not so much dangerous as sordid in poor white exurbs or rural areas. I knew one white scrap dealer named Clayton whose son was a hopeless meth addict who beat the shit out of him in his house and robbed him. Opoid addicts in the nearby trailer park burglarized his house. Whiggers spray painted his house. He lived in a gated community in the Philippines with mostly merchant Chinese-Filipino families and was pretty glad to be away from white trash.

    I’ve observed the following about American white expats, myself included.

    1) We are generally male. I’ve never MET a permanent white expat female in Southeast Asia.

    2) I’ve never met a Mexican of either gender or any black woman in Asia. And few in Europe or Dubai. The only Native American I ever met overseas was a female married to an English guy. I’ve never met a white American woman who was living permanently overseas.

    3) The real white trash or Cholos or Hood Rats cannot live overseas. If you are on parole, probation, on welfare or a junkie you cannot get on a plane for 14 hours.

    4) On the other hand I’ve never met a bona fide upper middle class American in Southeast Asia either. Most of the Americans I met were tradespeople-plumbers, mechanics, factory foreman, postal workers, commercial fisherman.

    5) Americans under 35 are fairly rare in Asia.

    Philippines is not very attractive to backpackers. You meet them in other parts of Asia, of course, but not there.

    Overall, your observation is correct. The wealth divisions in the US are so vast that lower class white Americans are essentially living in an internal third world even it is only 20 miles from the suburbs.



    One Brit in Goa I heard of had gotten Indian credit cards and got WAYYY overextended. He also had a medical bill he could not pay. They would not let him out of the country even though he had a return ticket.

    When he was sleeping rough one night, some thirsty Indian men who were drunk simply rolled him over and pinned him and 9 of them serially sodomized him.

    The Indian Tourist Police called the British Embassy and demanded they do something. So he was repatriated. But he will be wearing adult diapers for the rest of his life.

    If you are a foreigner sleeping rough in India or Dubai, you might be raped by prowling queers. Even if you’re the toughest MMA fighter if you are malnourished and exhausted from being on the street for two weeks and 9 thirsty sodomites jump you…you are going to end up buggered.



    Filipino squatters will strip you of EVERYTHING. Your passport, phone and money will be taken. And they will kill you for it.

    After Ken was thrown out of his own hotel aged 60, some Filipino youth came along and stripped of his passport, money, cell phone.

    At that point, you cannot even PROVE you are an American because you have no ID. Ken was lucky enough to meet an American businessman who reasoned with his wife and got a photocopy of his passport from his office and gave him 600 pesos to get to the Manila Embassy.


    You won’t be allowed to travel for two years. And that is IF you can repay the cost of the ticket. Two years later when you walk into your Sec of State to fly somewhere else on business they will tell you that you cannot leave the country.


    If you are white woman who blows her return ticket money in a developing country (Or even a developed one) you ARE CRAZY.

    You’re going to be raped on the street in five minutes. Foreign women are raped in India and Philippines under the best of circumstances.


    You could not pay me to walk through a barrio in the US. Anybody who would be homeless in Brazil or Guatemala is CRAZY.


    When you get on the Embassy horn after having been robbed down to your underwear including your cellphone, you’ll be surprised how many of your friends are not willing to pay your ticket.


    Dubai and India have debt laws. I knew expats who hated Dubai but had to pay off their local credit card because they could not leave the country until the debt was cleared.

    I’ve been overseas for 20 years and seen every kind of story in my part of the world. But I know nothing about Eastern Europe.

    • Replies: @Truth
  101. @AaronB


    I lived in Dubai and the Philippines.

    Hands down I was MUCH safer than I had been as a white post-college entry-level Graphic Artist in Phoenix living in Tempe on the border of the Guadalupe barrio.

    Born in Ann Arbor and raised in Warren, I’ve seen black crime.

    Asia might be more corrupt and the people materially poorer, but you are far safer in Singapore or ANYWHERE in SEA than in the urban US. None of this applies to suburban whites and hicks from the sticks.

    America is not a police state because of the Founding Fathers, but because of Mestizos and Hood Rats and redneck tweakers who can only be contained by a constant police presence. Perhaps Singapore would have slightly more crime if it was not a dictatorship, but not like the US.

    I moved to Dubai directly from Phoenix and believe me, riding the public transport there and living in modest-income housing was MUCH SAFER than Phoenix or Warren.

    I’ve been in an expat for 20 years and was never again menaced by Mestizos or witnessed black crack dealers chimping out at a bus stop or was followed by a desperate redneck tweaker.

    The average public school in any US city or exurb is MUCH WORSE than Asia. I grew up in Ann Arbor and Warren, hardly the ghetto, and even in these public schools were bad.

    Finally, I’ve worked overseas my entire life and I never had to worry about a pink slip by some HR female who is 23 and was blowing every Frat guy two years earlier because I said the word “fag”. Overseas, you can say what you want (Except about them or their government) and nobody cares. You don’t even have to PRETEND that you are PC.

  102. Truth says:
    @jeff stryker

    I have personally known of people trapped in Kuwait and Bahrain, federal contractors who got fired and could not leave because of phone bills. Just in limbo on someone’s couch hoping someone else would come up with the money from home.

    I also know of two female military contractors who got sentenced to TWENTY-FIVE years for selling a few grams of marijuana.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  103. @Truth


    Kuwaitis will forgive a home brewer making some beer for himself and his expat friends. But if you get caught selling hashish, you are screwed. And to be honest anyone who is dumb enough to sell hashish or smoke it in Kuwait is not intelligent enough to be overseas.

    I’ve known some potheads in U.A.E. who refuted the statement that cannabis is not addictive. In a country where penalties include spending years in jail for a couple of joints, they STILL went out and scored pot.

    They don’t screw around with debt under Muslim law. If you cannot pay a phone or medical bill, you’re stuck. It goes out as a warrant and you won’t be able to leave the country through the airport.

    You know TRUTH, being an expat is a learning curve. Some people just don’t make it and do something INCREDIBLY STUPID like the kid in MIDNIGHT EXPRESS.

    I want to add something. The Americans who do these things are mostly white hicks from the sticks who have no idea how to act overseas.

    • Replies: @Truth
  104. Truth says:
    @jeff stryker

    I can’t disagree with any of that.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  105. @Truth


    …Marijuana is not habit forming, which is why so many Westerners cannot even go for six months without risking a MIDNIGHT EXPRESS jail to smoke a lousy joint.

    …4 foot average-looking Filipino women become the sexiest females alive to thirsty males.

    ….And sometimes these Filipino women have a penis.

    ….White hicks who would be white trash by Archie Bunker’s standards come to believe they have special privileges because they are American in countries where anti-Western sentiment is right under the surface.

    ….Someone forgot to tell Kuwaitis that Jews were the chosen people given their arrogance.

    ….The brotherhood of Islam does not apply to South Asians.

    ….Americans who feel that whites are racist never met an Arab.

    ….Pakistani workers guzzle perfume.

    ….For such chaste women, Arab women have more anal sex than Stormy Daniels.

    ….The desert gets cold.

    ….Indian food is overpriced in the US

  106. Che Guava says:

    You’d better watch out,

    and better not tell,

    You’d better work out what lies to sell,

    A-I-PAC [to be sung by the spelling] is coming to town.

    They know that they are creepy,

    They know that they’re no good,

    They have their loyalty meters,

    They sure know how to shuffle funds!

    Etc. I could easily do the whole.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  107. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker

    Many good points, although it may be evil (I don’t think so) the total block every block of the writing, it is bullshit, sorry, I have no conscience re. Moslems, I have had enough threats to my life from them, have had personal attacks on myself and loved ones, Tarrant was perfectly logical.

    How many Muslims kill and terrorise how many others?

    Far more.

  108. @Che Guava


    I lived in the Arab Gulf for years, like Truth, and although they are the most openly opposed to Jews, they are not wallowing in porn, poverty, out-of-wedlock single mothers, drug abuse, promiscuity, petty crime, hopelessness.

    Whites are increasingly stricken with all of these things. Yet Muslims, who openly detest Jews and Zionism are not suffering these social pathology.

  109. @Che Guava


    In Dubai, I never was menaced by street criminals, which was a fairly common experience for me in both Phoenix and Warren, Michigan.

    Mestizos in Phoenix had NO motive. They were not menacing or assaulting whites over drug deals or gang territory or even some vague religious reason. “Cholos” as these Mexicans were called, simply enjoyed assaulting or terrorizing middle-class whites for lack of anything better to do.

    Whites will complain about the IQ of Mestizos or US ghetto blacks but it is a good thing they are not intelligent enough to be organized criminals like Russian or Italian mafias. If they were capable of building bombs like Muslim terrorists than they would be blowing up buildings over rival dealers selling crack on the street corner.

    If you obey the laws in Kuwait or Oman or Bahrain you are going to be safer than in any US city. I know, as well as you know, that if you had to choose between walking around at night in Dubai or LA or Flint or Baltimore, you’ll choose Dubai.

    Much is made of the drug laws in Arab countries and the film MIDNIGHT EXPRESS but try being followed around by redneck tweakers who are desperate to get more meth.

    I’m not discounting terrorism. But America, and I cannot speak for other countries, will never face the threat of extinction from Muslims.

    The occasional terrorist threat does not destroy a country as fast as narco-economies run by warring gangs of Hispanics or feral inner-city blacks.

    • Replies: @BengaliCanadianDude
  110. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker

    Asia always has nepotism, my experience, almost half life, it is less.

    Even the idea that ‘Asia’ is a term with any meaning, it does not.

  111. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker

    Asia always has nepotism, as has Europe, and
    Jews there, screw you if you don’t want to

    Even the idea that ‘Asia’ is a term is without any meaning, it does not have that automatically. The origin was Roman ‘any east of us’.

    In Japanese, there is a triple meaning.

    Truly reflecting. But I am always to know, now, that most posters here now are Ziomorons, so, there is no point in saying anything,

  112. @polaco

    Albanians and Georgians are a 100% white.

  113. @jeff stryker

    Hey Jeff, it’s me again.

    I also never got all the outrage coming from everyone in particular regarding the “draconian” laws regarding drug trafficking and drugs in general, in the Asian countries, particularly, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines,etc. People keep telling us that these are “victimless” crimes, and that these are non-violent crimes. We all know that is simply not the case. Drug trafficking is a brutal game, involving kidnapping, common assault, robbery, harrasment and gang wars. It only leads to more criminality as well. Drugs breed criminality. It corrupts the mind of the youth, and it ruins the mind of the single mother who has to take care of her kid, or the father. It leads to domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and many other things. It makes me quite confused when they, the rabid liberals, try to downplay these things, and claim that these are “victimless” or “non-violent”. Also, does the Italian Mafia still “exist”? Why would they, weren’t they just the result of discrimination and the sorts and lack of opportunities? One would think that kind of stuff is all gone……..


    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  114. @Che Guava

    Tarrant was perfectly logical.

    Would not say that at all

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  115. @jeff stryker

    The brotherhood of Islam does not apply to South Asians.

    It certainly does not apply to the low level cleaners and all the deplorables at least. I would beg to disagree on this one. I am very close with many Arabs in that region and friends with others and as are other South Asians who are not working the menial jobs which I have mentioned. Class-ism is very much a thing, and it exists here. If the Indian guy is a higher class guy, they’ll treat you like a brother. This is coming from yours truly 😉 I feel like I would fit right in. I sneer at the peasants and all the deplorables, and we openly joke about them.

    Pakistani workers guzzle perfume

    This is certainly true, they bathe in that stuff

    Ever visited Muscat?

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  116. @BengaliCanadianDude


    Lets take Brampton. Italians used to completely run the prostitution, trucking, extortion, drugs etc. in Ontario in industrial towns like Brampton because Anglo Canadians were basically pleasant middle-class people.

    Then came Sikhs, Tamils, Jamaicans. But especially Sikhs. Sikh separatists and Tamil Tigers were not afraid of some middle-aged portly Italian men like Tony Soprano scarfing down pizza at a strip joint.

    By the end of the eighties, the Italians simply decided to move into white-collar fraud like “Pump and Dump” stock scams. It was not worth getting their asses shot off by crazy gun-toting Sikhs or Tamils who would tie someone to an anthill just to prove that nobody’s life mattered to them but their own.

    This is why Crips and Bloods and Mexican street gangs never got a foothold in Vancouver or Ontario. Sikhs and Tamils have a reputation for being bloodthirsty maniacs that even redoubted US gangs avoid.

    The same occurred in the US, really.

    As for drugs, anybody who has walked through East Vancouver once has seen the end-result of a decriminalization.

    That is not to say that drugs will not be consumed in Muslim countries. I’ve known hashish smokers my entire time in Dubai and even chewed Khat once with a Yemeni taxi driver to see what it was about (It has the kick of three cans of Red Bull but lasts longer).

    But pot smokers and Khat chewers in Dubai or U.A.E. won’t get a gun and try to kill somebody to get more. For one thing, chronic hashish smokers have no energy and are spaced out. Crackheads in US cities or heroin addicts in Grandville will.

    Meth addicts are not so much dangerous as horribly annoying. When I first moved to Phoenix I lived in low-income housing and one meth addict ex-convict simply followed me around pleading for money every time I walked out my front door. Like some kind of stray dog, he also tore through my garbage to get my returnables. When I moved out of the apartment to share a condo with some IT guys, he injured himself breaking into my apartment trying to sleep somewhere and my ex-landlord called me to tell me he had been injured by the window glass.

    I was a hashish myself as a young man of course….Like all Goras who are employed in India, as soon as I had my paycheck I got the hell to Goa and got stoned. Every white employed in India will take their pay and go to Goa and buy hashish from some Kashmiri carpet shop.

    Goan police know full well that 100% of the Westerners there are smoking pot. Goa is India’s Amersterdam.

    But in Dubai or other Muslim countries, the police simply don’t allow crack houses or staggering half-mad meth addicts. You cannot “corner deal” in Dubai or Jakarta.

    Most drug addicts in these countries do not become drug dealers. In Western countries, every regular coke head or stoner ends up dealing to cover the cost of their own use. But in Muslim countries, the penalties for dealing are so severe that very few druggies ever sell drugs. They just remain users.

  117. @BengaliCanadianDude


    Like most demented cowards he was totally logical. He did not approach armed Muslim men and challenge them one-to-one.

    He shot unarmed women and children.

    This makes sense, because at the bottom of it, on average, white Christian men usually don’t have the courage of most other fanatics to be willing to die trying to kill others who are capable of murdering them, like Tamil Tigers.

    As a result, Anglo-Saxon terrorism has a sickeningly cowardly streak to it.

    The Tamil extremist blows herself up to kill the Indian Prime Minister, for example.

    But the white extremist like Tim McVeigh or Dylan the church bomber either sets a fire or like Brevik shoots unarmed civilians and then surrenders, lacking the courage to take his own life even though it is effectively over.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  118. @BengaliCanadianDude

    I worked in Muscat, Oman for several years and lived in Qurm.

    The other 6 and half years of my life were spent in Dubai and I took frequent business trips to Kuwait.

  119. @jeff stryker

    You’re not wrong about the Punjabis and Tamils. There many reports or claims years ago during the Sri Lankan Civil War of the Tamil Eelam seperatists receiving funding from the Tamil gangs in the GTA( Greater Toronto Area). The Khalistani movement in the Punjab has some modest support amongst the natives in India, however, it is well known that most of their support comes from the Punjabi(Sikh) diaspora. The NDP leader himself, a man by the name of Jagmeet Singh, is a proud Khalistani supporter, and he had not disavowed the terrorism espoused by these groups. He is an open suppprter. And I want you to realize the same guy is the leader of the third largest, politically relevant part in Canada, which is the NDP. Guess his constituency……it’s Burnaby.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
    , @Philip Owen
  120. @BengaliCanadianDude


    The positive side of this is that US black and Mexican gangs have never been able to get a significant foothold in Canada. Even re-doubted LA Crips and Bloods think that Canadian Sikh gangs in Surrey or Brampton are bloodthirsty maniacs.

    Sikh separatism was never possible in India because New Delhi is located in Punjab and the province is also a border state with Pakistan. I’ve been there.

    In my opinion, East Vancouver is what happens when drugs are decriminalized. Anybody who would like to see drugs legalized can visit Grandville and Hastings.

    Potheads really are not a threat to the public; they are too sluggish and spaced out.

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  121. @jeff stryker


    Thr idea of decriminalization is a bad one, as well as the idea ofbopen injection sites.

    Toronto has a couple of these kind of areas if I am to remember correctly, and it’s a mess. There have been needles everwhere, which increase the likelihood of infection, and people just don’t care anymore. How does it look on the kids, who are shown adults openly injecting drugs? It’s a mess. Quite literally as well on the ground.

    It discourages businesses in the area, and it brings down the neighbourhoods surrounding it.

    Has it solved our problems or Vancouver’s? We both know the answer.

    The areas that were clean and empty, around these spots have turned into literal drug hubs, and places where violence occurs frequently.

    I do think Sikh seperatism was possible at one point, but the Sikh terrorists hiding in the Gurdwara was a turning point. That was put down brutally as I’m sure you remember, which lead to some destruction of that site. All hope was lost when the Sikh bodyguards killed her as well. But at one point, it was possible

  122. @BengaliCanadianDude

    I knew Burnaby in the ’80’s and early ’90’s. Decent working class area in transition I thought, although it looked like a place to find hashish even then. I am not really that good on Canada. Mostly Burnaby/Vancouver with a some time in the middle of Ottawa and by lake Erie; my cousin owned a small lakefront palace in Mississauga.

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  123. Che Guava says:
    @jeff stryker

    Crap. if it was real, it was real. Moslems have a rape and violent assault party every day they can.

    This N.Z. P.M? It is interesting how her face is that of a skull. If we knew her name, we may call her N.Z. P.M Skeletor.

  124. @jbwilson24

    If you think that Russian food is bad, you are either an idiot or don’t know what to order. If you go to Omsk and order sashimi, you are going to be disappointed. But native Russian dishes such as solyanka, borsch, kulebiaka, kholodets, etc etc are excellent. Not to mention the Georgian and Uzbek dishes that are as common in Russia as Mexican and Chinese are in ‘Murika. And you can eat well in a workers’ cafeteria, not just in an expensive restaurant.

    In all other respects, you can’t even begin to compare Russia and Ukraine with a straight face – be that infrastructure, law and order, average incomes etc. It’s like Barbados and Jamaica – both speak English, both are in the Caribbean; but that’s where the similarity ends.

  125. @Anonymous

    “But by-in-large, if you look at 1958, and then look out your window today………..Jesus Christ, what the hell happened?”

    Your generation came to power.

  126. @jeff stryker

    Hell, East Vancouver was full of junkies even back in mid-90s, I assume before de-criminalization… Drug deals done in broad light right on the corner of Hastings and Commercial… But at the time Burnaby was almost exclusively white – that’s where I lived for 2 years so I’d know… Indians were all in surrey.

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  127. @Philip Owen

    I also lived in Burnaby in early 90s when I was enroled at sfu… it was a decent if boring lower middle class suburb. The only seedy place was North Burnaby Inn on E. Hastings, the only place for miles to get a beer – where you could get an eyeful at the same time…

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  128. @Plato's Dream


    “Painville and Wastings”

    Fiendish killers like Pickton and grotesque pimps like Paul Snider were committing crimes in the seventies and by the nineties the place had the highest AIDS rate in North America.

    Most of the druggies are either Natives or from places back East like Ontario or Quebec.

    The low-life drug dealers in Vancouver are usually internal migrants from California or Newfoundland who came to Vancouver to ply their trade because. When I lived in Ontario I knew a guy whose Dad had made a great deal of money operating a pawn shop; if you are a drug dealer or pawn shop owner you can get rich at the expense of the junkie populace even if you are a shaved monkey.

    My experience in Canada as an American was that the Natives in Canada were worse off than they are in the States.

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  129. @Plato's Dream


    I found Natives in Canada to be some of the most dangerous underclass people around. After living in Norther Ontario for two years I was shocked at how brazen their criminality was.

    In regards to your gun laws, I had a female friend who accidentally offended some Natives and they brazenly walked over to her house to attack her on her property. She pulled a 22 repeater on them and saved her life (This was in Northern Ontario) but had to move from there afterwards.

    Most Americans and perhaps even people from Southern Canada have no idea how dangerous Natives can be.

    I don’t know why Natives in the US are less of a threat on the street. Maybe because there are less of them.

    Canadian aboriginals are also unintelligent. They might even be less intelligent than ahem, other underclasses.

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  130. @jeff stryker

    I’m not actually Canadian, I was in Vancouver for 2 years while studying. Didn’t have any dealings with the natives (no big loss based on what you say! 🙂 )

  131. @jeff stryker

    Well it says something about the place that the main spot to score some drugs was around the entrance to the main public library.

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  132. @Plato's Dream

    I never went to a city with more open drug use or more aggressive homeless people than East Vancouver. Okay, its not Detroit and you won’t be shot, but its a bad place.

  133. @Che Guava

    Well he probably did wonders for Campbell soup sales

  134. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The entire American industrial workforce had to be retrained for new work from the 1970s onward, so really, a 28-year-old without a family should be able to train for a career well before he needs his first colonoscopy. With personal anectodes for perspective, my wife went to med school at 35 and is now a radiologist at 52. Perhaps you were a Ho Ho-eating degenerate at 28, but the rest of non-alcoholic, non-drug addicted, non-obese, non-mentally ill Homo sapiens seems to adjusts well to the demands of reality and to challenges unforeseen. Too old for the trades? Really? Have you been to a gym lately-or ever?

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