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  • “And since we’re on the topic, why are all the stores OPEN on Black Friday? Shouldn’t they all be closed, out of respect for the Brothers?”

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute

    “And since we’re on the topic, why are all the stores OPEN on Black Friday? Shouldn’t they all be closed, out of respect for the Brothers?”
     
    Actually, they have it right as-is. Black Friday is a day of mob mayhem and violence. The only thing missing is the outright looting. SWPLs sit it out at home with mom and dad, then return to work and do their shopping on Cyber Monday.

    Maybe Cyber is the new Cracker?
  • Have Republicans succeeded in chopping down on malpractice lawsuits enough that these chop shops feel immune?
  • A better analogy than lobotomy might be the use by parents of “psychiatric hospitals” which were really shock shops, which performed electroshock on their “freaked out” bearded drug-using suburban hippie kids in the late sixties. “Just give me back my kid the way he used to be” parents would say. That’s what they got, a quiet well-behaved kid minus some of their right brain function. Shock shops did proliferate and did get sued. I don’t know how many-

    Was there a giant lawsuit wave launched over people who should not have been lobotomized in the 1950’s-1960’s? (You might ask “Who should have been?” Maybe intractable epilepsy and incurable violent psychosis. They had limited options.)

    • Replies: @Moshe
    I'd often heard that electroshock therapy was a miracle cure that leaves everything intact but whatever it is that the shockee wanted to get rid of.

    The only guy I know who actually had it done is someone I got to know decades after his shock therapy and only found out about his apparently depressed 20s followed by shock therapy after I had already known him.

    Before finding out about his past the only thing that I found noticeably odd about this well adjusted, well respected, nice professional family man was how incredibly gay he sounded. He's a public speaker who spoke, both in public and private, with a soft super gay tone and cadence.

    I've only ever come across a couple of other people who sounded so absolutely insanely gay.

    He doesn't have any sort of liwp but both in the way he looks and in how he sounds there is something unsettlingly pseudo-feminine there.

    He's a great guy, a highly respected guy and a great dad. If the only price he had to pay for not killling himself was...I dunno, estrogen production? then it was definitely worth it but until reading your comment I never gave any thought to whether his oddly faggy sound and look had anything to do with thr electroshock treatments he had years earlier. If anything, I'd assumed that he was born that way and that electroshock treatment helped him be okay with it.

    Now I'm curious.
  • In the 2016 Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders presented himself as an American who happened to be Jewish. Now, in a radical shift, Sanders identifies as “a proud Jewish American.” The progressive politician went from speaking in a universalist voice to defining himself as a
  • How could Bernie Sanders, an intelligent and articulate human being, bring himself to parrot off all these tired, mindless phrases? Why would he do it?

    The only answer that comes to mind is that he finds himself thin on political support, and grasps his need for strong funding. So he publicly declares his allegiance to Zionism. Rich Zionists will finance Bernie to keep a strong pro-Zionist voice front and center in political debate. Especially in this season of restive populists, when a couple have already ventured off the plantation, mouthing off about Palestinians, endless Mideast wars, etc.

    I mean, look, they finance NEWT GINGRICH to join in debates and pledge allegiance to Israel. And he’s an idiot! They won’t foget about Bernie!

  • 100 years ago in the New York Times: In Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, he said he couldn't prove his theory was true, but ... here were some experiments that other scientists could do that potentially could disprove his theory. The first such experiment was carried out by Arthur Eddington during the 1919 solar eclipse:...
  • Steve, I fear that you confuse Modernism and Post-Modernism. The purpose of Modernism was to make Western culture simply one of a universe of abstract possible cultural and dogmatic choices. Here by “Western culture,” I mean the fusion of Greek classics, Christian heritage and medieval learning that is the intellectual inheritance of Europe and the US. The purpose of Modernism was to de-center Western culture – especially Christianity, and call it into question. The purpose of Post-Modernism is to replace Western culture with a clear alternative, godless, Green, globalist, and Communist.

    Relativity theory and Godel’s theorem and cultural anthropology are all Modernism.

    Identity politics and deconstruction and deep ecology and the UN and Pope Francis are all Post-Modern.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    I agree and add: Modernity is not necessarily secular. - Cf. Erich Fromm's work, or that of Robert Spaemann or - Ernst Jünger and Tom Wolfe (and the late Jürgen Habermas of course (I know that this an unpure mixture (Ernst Bloch)).
  • Earlier
  • I thought that the revolutionary feminists had agreed (!) on “womyn” as the proper spelling of that word.

    Someone told me that Hillary had told a reporter, “I really don’t know! Some days I can’t tell the gays from the theys.”

    But I denounced the person that made that up and told them that it

    WASN’T THE LEAST BIT FUNNY !!

  • As George Bernard Shaw famously pointed out in Pygmalion, due to the existence of finely gradated class accents in England: This is partly due to the long existence of boarding schools for national elites like Eton and Harrow that homogenize what would otherwise be regional accents into one ruling class mode of speech. Unfortunately, I...
  • The book “Class” by Paul Fussell is an interesting guide to class markers. I think class markers in language are not, for the most part, based in accents, but rather in pronunciation and usage.

  • After running an AP article previously, the NYT finally weighs in on how the whole story is very boring to everybody except hateful conservatives: In a ruling on Thursday, Judge Kim Cooks in the 255th District Court in Dallas said that the parents should have joint custody and that the state could not require Mr....
  • It would be enlightening and probably quite rewarding to have an essay on mothers who brought their sons up as daughters.My impression is that this was a 19th century sort of thing, but I have not researched it.

    • Replies: @Anon
    My understanding, from coming across this in various biographies, is that it was indeed rather common, esp. among the WASP elites, or those striving to seem elite. Eg., Ed Wood, and we know how that turned out. Fictionally, see The Magnificent Ambersons, where little Georgie is mocked for his "girlie curls" and Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit (itself another trope); he beats the snot out of the lower class boy, just like Justin Trudeau beat that Conservative half-breed a few years ago.

    Just off the top of my head, I'm willing to bet Orson was treated that way as well.
    , @Alfa158
    There was a fashion for dressing all babies like girls because Mom thought it looked cute.
    Winston Churchill as a baby:
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.timetoast.com/public/uploads/photos/13363908/yung_winston.jpg

    By boyhood a boy might be dressed as a fop, but no one is having them masquerade as girls.
    Winston a few years on and already striking the shit-lord pose:
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/churchill/images/wc0012_1s.jpg
    , @Food for thought
    Mothers can dress their sons up for various reasons. Anecdotally, my grandmother, a farmer who lived her entire life in the countryside, used to dress my uncle in girl clothes for a number of years. He was born around the time his elder sister died at age 2 and I presume that this was grandma's way to grieve for the daughter she lost, not knowing better. Uncle went on to live a normal farmer's life.
  • Here's a good oped in the L.A. Times from Steven "Freakonomics" Levitt and a co-author: Is this true? That sounds like it very much depends upon your definition of "data" So if, say, a copy of every phone call is now being saved in the federal government's
  • Mr. Levitt doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The modern science of big data is highly mathematical. It makes use of functional analysis, harmonic analysis, algebraic topology and algebraic geometry. Many aspects of these techniques are still under development, and are not yet highly modularized and reduced to standard commercial algorithms. But even when they are, one has to have an adequate understanding of how the advanced algorithms based on these areas of mathematics actually work, at least qualitatively, in order to know which ones are appropriate for which datasets. Also, the very idea of teaching data science without either assuming a knowledge of linear algebra, or trying to teach it as part of the basic courses,is inconceivable to me.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber

    one has to have an adequate understanding of how the advanced algorithms based on these areas of mathematics actually work, at least qualitatively, in order to know which ones are appropriate for which datasets.
     
    This is why flowcharts were invented.
  • As I may have mentioned once or twice,
  • As a fairly well-read physicist, I had never heard of Neil de Grasse Tyson. So I looked him up on Wikipedia. I don’t think he is a researcher, but rather a “communicator, ” and popularizer. Ditto, the black astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi, a regular on, “How The Universe Works.” He is a researcher, but seems to have done his work on thin metal film deposition. He did a thesis on astrophysics, but again, he does not seem to be involved in research in the field he represents.

    I think that there is a strong initiative to make it clear that a large fraction of physicists and astronomers are either women or are black, but that either there simply are no real candidates to fill the second part of this quota, or that these people have no interest in being used as tokens in Identity Politics games.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    There's nothing wrong with being a popularizer if you are good at it.
  • From today's
  • “What, Lady Liberty? Aw, she left to get a job when feminism started. I think they used her picture on the Supertramp album, “Breakfast in America.” They replaced her with Lady Equality. A totally different piece o’ work.”

    Can anyone show us a picture of the new statue, Lady Equality?

  • One of the striking aspects of this decade is how much resentment has built up among the humorless against the humorful. It's of course analogous to Current Year people feeling oppressed by, say, the great medical innovators of the recent past who saved millions of lives, demanding that their portraits be taken down from medical...
  • I can’t find this in your comments:

    No, no! The insomniac dyslexic agnostic lies awake at night, wondering, “Is there a Dog?”

  • Halloween has been a big winner in the Holiday sweepstakes in my lifetime (with Thanksgiving and Easter as big losers). This is partly because of American adult life becoming more childish, partly a gay thing (gays love playing dress-up), and partly due to young women wanting a socially validated excuse for dressing slutty. But perhaps...
  • Just a quick comment based on your first sentence. Christmas must be the really big loser. Christmas used to be a major public holiday, with many TV shows having special Christmas editions, and really good singers performing the classic Christmas carols. Christmas (1950’s; first half of the sixties) was a Christian holiday and the US was a Christian nation. What remains of Christmas is maudlin, Godless, and awful, with smiling Hollywood people urging us enjoy a collective Happy Season but refusing to tell us why. I feel like Charlie Brown in the first Peanuts Christmas cartoon.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    It's an art to carefully squeeze all the joy out of life so that everyone is equally miserable.
  • Back in my 2012
  • @tanabear
    I think some people make this more complicated than it needs to be. How about a sports analogy. If you are a Duke Blue Devils fan your favorite team is obviously Duke and your least favorite team is the North Carolina Tar Heels. However, your second favorite team is whoever is playing North Carolina at that time. So Duke fans will favor any team from any part of the country over their neighbor, UNC( Leapfrogging Loyalties???). And vice-versa for Carolina fans.

    The crux of the matter is that American liberals hate white conservatives more than any other group in the world. So they will favor literally any group over them. You can easily predict what liberals will favor once you understand what they hate. The Left is only "for" certain things to the extent they believe it will hurt the group they hate the most. Once you understand this their behavior and attitudes are completely predictable.

    A brilliant but crucial insight: the distinct between ideological (and tribal) loyalties defined by love and caring (those closest to me, then those closest to them, etc.); vs. loyalties defined by hatred and competition (tentative shifting alliances with each of the enemies of my enemy). (As a physicist, I would designate this as “ferromagnetic” vs. “anti-ferromagnetic order”.) As “social science” this sort of ideology-laden thesis seems so retrograde; so anachronistic. It seems very much to resemble the sort of *research* produced by the post-WWII Frankfurt School. And yes, it does seem very much like the authors want to contrast Jews and Christians, (rather than the “liberals” and “conservatives” employed here as proxies); characterizing them as “parochial” and “cosmopolitan”, respectively. In the present era it would be hopelessly simplistic to make any simple characterization of Americans as “liberals” and “conservatives”, respectively. Any meaningful characterization must be multi-dimensional; probably two or three dimensional. The strict two-party frame, successfully enforced in American politics, does impose dichotomy on American politics. But both political parties are presently characterized very much by the second type of order I mention; tentative alliances of groups with very little in common.

  • From
  • Also: Residence in the house of a parrot would be a huge plus.

    • Replies: @Realist

    Also: Residence in the house of a parrot would be a huge plus.
     
    They are dirty, noisy birds that shit everywhere.
  • From the Washington Post news pages: Mary Rambaran-Olm speaks at an academic conference in Washington earlier this month, at which she announced her plans to resign as second vice president of the group formerly known as the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. (Leah Newsom) By Hannah Natanson September 19, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. PDT Mary Rambaran-Olm...
  • This academic debate is just SO racist! Incredible that the North African and Middle Eastern influences they cite seem to be all Caucasian peoples! What about all of the great literature and scholarship produced in the medieval era by sub-Saharan Africans, members of the Negroid, Congoid and Capoid races?

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Realist
    LOL
  • Here we go again! Israel is caught red handed spying against the United States and everyone in Congress is silent, as are nearly all the mainstream media which failed to report the story. And the federal government itself, quick to persecute a Russian woman who tried to join the NRA, concedes that the White House...
  • This specific story about Israeli spying involving tiny devices called Sting Rays – is it disinformation?

    As I recall, Sting Rays are large old-fashioned listening devices; obsolete technology. Are there new, tiny state-of-the-art devices with this name?

    • Replies: @anon
    You seem to be proof that the MSM isn't reporting this.
    , @Wally
    said:
    "This specific story about Israeli spying involving tiny devices called Sting Rays – is it disinformation? As I recall, Sting Rays are large old-fashioned listening devices; obsolete technology. Are there new, tiny state-of-the-art devices with this name?"

    - The article makes it clear that the Israelis are not the most competent at what they do.
    Try reading it.

    ex:

    "Israel’s high-risk spying is legendary, but the notion that it is particularly good at it is, like everything having to do with the Jewish state, much overrated. Mossad has been caught in flagrante numerous times."
     
  • From a New York Times opinion columnist: "Problematic" is one of those I've-Been-to-College words. It suggests that on the first day of class you were once handed a reading list that included a title such as:
  • If you want to speak Post-Modern Newspeak, you also need the verb “to problematize,” much more semantically challenging:
    https://style.mla.org/problematize/

  • From a New York Times Opinion columnist:
  • ” … Here’s another application for a gun permit … ”

    Lets see, this is a woman journalist who hasn’t slept in a LONG time because she’s so consumed with obsessive hatred of the President. She advocates hatred as the country’s best hope!

    ” … Sure, give her a gun permit! What could go wrong?”

    Imagine a remake of the movie “Taxi Driver”, but starring Jodi Foster, a veteran of a bloody Presidential campaign, who takes up driving cabs all night long because she can’t sleep-

  • From
  • Rand was not a “conservative” of any kind, but I suspect the term here is being used in that vogue liberal manner which makes it interchangeable with the words “right-wing” and “Republican”. But doesn’t Limbaugh encourage the same confusion? I suppose the defining purpose of neo-conservatism is the continued co-optation of social conservatives to support Imperial adventures, so that promoting such conflation is obligatory.

    So Rand, like many other writers of that generation was a speed freak. Maybe that’s how Howard Roarke gained the power to talk (in a courtroom) for 100 pages.

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
    Sartre took French branded amphetamine for decades. A goyishe nurse student I was dating in the 1950s gave me a whole bottle of speed pills she lifted from her training hospital.
  • From the Babylon Bee:
  • Is this article a prank? A hack? A piece of satire?

    Tell the truth – you’re just not quite sure! You read this, and said, “No! That’s too wild! It must be some joke they didn’t tell me about!” But then you thought back over all the loony stuff you’ve read in the papers or online “news pages” that turned out to be completely true.

    Oh, well. Just another prank.
    (But if not?)
    If not, I just won the Lottery!

    I’ll be fearfully rich, with not an idea in my head!
    Just like a US Senator or something-

    • Replies: @International Jew
    The way you know it's not real is that the process of taking away our right to free speech — without compensation — is already well underway.
  • In 2019, Respectable Mainstream Discourse largely consists of Jewish guys accusing other Jewish guys of being Nazis. In response to this not very funny joke on Twitter: Today, we find on the New York Times opinion page: See, so when Stephens went
  • Is this why Donald Trump’s properties have bedbugs? Because he’s so certain? And because he believes that national borders are important, just like Adolf Hitler? Maye it’s only safe for Government experts to be certain about anything …

  • The more things change, the more they stay the same. From Bloomberg Law: In case you are wondering, Baltimore County is the suburbs distinct from troubled Baltimore City. Also in case you are wondering, this is the Trump Administration suing Baltimore County for disparate impact discrimination, not the Obama Administration. Statistically significant! How often do...
  • One thing I don’t understand: Why should a policeman be required to have an average intelligence in order for the state to grant them the power to point a loaded gun at me and makes judgments about using it?

    • Replies: @Shermy

    One thing I don’t understand: Why should a policeman be required to have an average intelligence in order for the state to grant them the power to point a loaded gun at me and makes judgments about using it?
     
    If IQ tests determine the ability for those with higher scores to recognize patterns that would be indistinguishable by those with lower IQ scores, it's obvious valid IQ tests are crucial for the preservation of innocent lives, as well as avoiding billions of dollars of taxpayer money paid out in lawsuits to those found to be shot in the face without just cause.
    , @AnotherDad
    Seriously disparate impact is absolutely the *dumbest*, most destructive way to do some "affirmative action".

    If we're going to do political allocation--just do it.

    Chop the workforce or employment pool up into it's various tranches--Jews, Indians, Chinese, Koreans, Anglos, Germans, Irish, Scots-Irish, Italians, Filipinos, Mexicans, blacks ... --then assign some minimun and maximum quota for each. Then ... just do whatever the best testing is that you have for being a cop or bureaucrat or whatever and get the *best* candidates within each ethnic group.

    Much better than trashing solid, useful requirements because they yield "disparate impact".
  • schrub says: I recently heard a rather revealing story about Phillip Roth. In or 2015 or 2016 the committee that was to chose the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature came under intense pressure to award the prize to the then-ailing Roth since Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded after a recipient’s death. Besides the...
  • Too bad that Dylan could not have been replaced by Phil Ochs, whose lyrics and talents really were as brilliant as Dylan fancied that is own were. Phil Ochs tho’ was not a candidate first of all because he’s dead, but second of all because politics for him was dead serious, and too important to be left to politicians. Bob Dylan posed as a leftist because it went with his chosen audience and persona. He told Phil Ochs that “politics is bullsh*t.” His sixties-era substitution of novelty for genius and a peculiarly portentious but ultimately empty beat poetry for authentic folk sensibility area good fit to the opportunistic choices of the Nobel committee. But – as others rightly point out – the posing and opportunism of the Nobel committee are nothing at all new-

  • iSteve commenter Hail writes: I'm reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy:
  • I thought we were waiting for deliverance – perhaps in some unexpected form-by an invasion of Outer Space Aliens. Childhood’s End by Arthur Clarke has this theme; also Our Friends from Frolix 8 by Phillip K Dick; and many other classic sci-fi titles.

    But also, one has the TV series Ancient Aliens, which like Saganism (the Carl Sagan belief system) inculcates belief that there are lots of advanced populations out there and that they are observing, monitoring, perhaps engineering our history.

    Are they Caucasians? The Greys certainly look like super-advanced Caucasians to me. They must be
    very highly advanced races in order to have perfected space travel. I mean, they can’t belong to any Inferior Race.

    I think that Sagan meant the belief in an Immanent Landing to have the effect of marginalizing humans – we are Nothing Special cosmically speaking. No reason God should have any Special Relation with us. Certainly no reason His Son should be a human.

    But perhaps the widespread interest in this set of narratives is based upon the hope that they will be super-Caucasian.

  • When confronted with clear statements upholding the reality of race from superstar geneticist David Reich, lesser known geneticist Adam Rutherford
  • For many years, the only real book I had on what I would call physical anthropology was Carleton Coon’s book, “The Living Races of Man.” Coon maintains that there are seven races: Causasian, Mongoloid, Negroid, Congoid, Capoid, plus two distinct pygmy races: African pygmies and Asian pygmies. I’m quite sure this is a Discredited Folk Theory. But I would be grateful for a list of detailed books dealing with this specific question: What races of Man are there? I believe there are elaborate typologies of human physical appearance. (What term do I want here: physiognomy?)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Well define race or ancestry group, and you can lump or split them in whichever way you deem most accurate ?

    No different than what commercial genetic testing is doing with the various genes they identify.
  • In [Anti]Scientific American, Science Denier Angela Saini writes:
  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    In a recent comment section I described the Marx -> Boas -> Gould -> Lewontin etc. Endless Stream of Lies and Bullshit.

    In her opinion piece in this now-rag, Saini references both Gould and a fellow named Jonathan Marks. From Mr. Marks' Wikipedia page:

    "As described in his book Is Science Racist?, Marks considers science to have four epistemological weaknesses: naturalism, experimentalism, rationalism, and trust in its own accuracy.[2] In this book and in Why I Am Not a Scientist, he argues that anthropologists are not scientists.[2] Rather, their purpose is to interpret the intersection of science and society.[2]"

    Trust in its own accuracy aside, if Saini support her argument via reference to someone whose Chief Contributions to Science are that naturalism, experimentalism, and rationalism are weaknesses, it seems we can say we're encountering the Endless Stream of Lies and Bullshit.

    Interesting. If Jonathan Marks believes these four traits characterize science, then by “science, he is talking not about actual scientific research, but about the caricature of science critiqued by philosophers of science in the era before the late 1960’s. I stopped reading such stuff when I was in high school because “philosophers of science” in that era, like Mr. Marks, have no idea what modern scientific research is like. Philosophically, it is fascinating that science can simultaneously be guilty of being “rationalist” and “experimentalist”. I have no idea what the latter term means, but suspect it is similar to Noam Chomsky’s similar bogeyman term “empiricist”. But this does not surprise me. I don’t believe that either of these terms is being used in a sense that philosophers would recognize.

    I suspect that committed Leftists simply want all “scientific research” to be oriented in its goals and conclusions by the agenda of the State. Perhaps Lysenko had the right idea, but didn’t get sufficient opportunity to prove his theories because the evil Fascist scientists got the better of him.

    As many scholars have described in detail, devout Leftism is a secular religious faith. (Igor Shafarevich and Michael Polanyi are two good examples.) But as a repressed religion, one that denies it is a religion, such Leftism cannot separate “science” from “religion”.

    Very interesting parallels can be drawn between ideologically committed Leftist science, and the sort of Fundamentalist Christian Creation science that tried to prove “scientifically”, e.g. by geological research, that the world really is only 3000 year old.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    It's sort of shocking that Marks openly rejects science, in that most Leftists claim to embrace it - Communism itself claimed to be Scientific Socialism. There had been other utopian socialist movement in the past, but according to the Communists, these were based upon romantic and sentimental notions while Communism was backed with scientific rigor. Nowadays, Climate Change (and the measures to combat it) is said to be scientifically proven and therefore not open to debate. We have to take your car and your hamburgers away because Science.

    But it makes sense, for the reasons that you give - if science contradicts your faith and you are a True Believer, then you have no choice but to reject science because you sure as hell aren't going to give up your faith. Leftists like science when it agrees with their positions and reject it when it doesn't. Fundamentalist Christians would find a lot to agree with in Marks's critique of science, particularly his rejection of "naturalism".

    Although Saini sites Marks as a source, I think she is not claiming to reject science herself - rather she keeps shouting (with scant evidence) that "the science is settled" - that race does not exist.
  • iSteve commenter Anon7 notes: Do you ever get the impression that a lot of SJWs were the kind of schoolchildren who were obsessed by their grammar lessons? Our current giant Gender obsession strikes me as being in part socially constructed by schools teaching grammar, both in elementary school and then in high school foreign language...
  • I believe that too many academics feel guilty over their high-benefit, low-work sinecures. So they justify themselves by favoring Open Access to such jobs; advocacy of the viewpoint that, as one academic told me, “Everyone should be able to be funded to do research, provided it’s something worthwhile.”

    Since progressive people all believe there are no racial differences in intelligence or aptitude, uneven racial distribution of these jobs is just racism. If there can be race quotas for medical doctors, certainly there can be race quotas for astronomers.

    BTW, I like watching the series “How the Universe Works” with my teen-age daughter. Thus, I’m glad to note that a large fraction of astronomers who are featured on this series are either women or people of color. Is new hiring of tenure-track professors being more actively focused on erasing race and gender gaps? Statistics should exist on these matters.

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    I don't think they feel anything but smug and secure and giddy over their easy lot. Also, many aren't that bright.
  • From the Washington Post: My impression is that whatever woke craziness happens, expensive law firms like Baker McKenzie will still come out on top. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington and the government began executing people who wear glasses, the big time law firms would just add free laser eye surgery...
  • Back in the 1960’s, the East German women’s Olympic team used to be dominant in many events, in a way that seemed to correlate with the sexual ambiguity of some of its members. But they weren’t doing anything that should be called “cheating”,; they were merely being progressive, albeit a little ahead of the curve.

  • From the San Francisco Chronicle: And people wonder why California can't build high-speed rail ... I can cover it with curtains for the low, low, lowest bid price of $374,000. San Francisco, call me! Arnautoff
  • Yes, when the Cultural Revolution takes its latest step, what, in the last phase may have been revolutionary can now become reactionary and subject to violent repression. Interesting … I was just reviewing a poem my sixth grade elementary school class actually studied – it was handed out to us in mimeograph form. It was called, “The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race”, by Vachel Lindsay: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47374/the-congo-a-study-of-the-negro-race

    My question is: What is the status of this poem? Yes, it was written by a white man, but a Progressive white man who meant, by writing it, to enlighten. Still, read, e.g., the section about, “The Irrepressible High Spirits” of the race the poem describes. Is this a sort of proto-rap? Or is this another piece of Hate Propaganda by white people? Bear in mind, Lindsay’s Progressive intentions may or may not be important here-

    • Replies: @95Theses
    Ah, the aromatic scent of mimeograph! I remember it well.
  • The appropriate term for the 7 billion people who haven't yet gone through the formality of moving to the United States is "Pre-American-Americans."
  • Excellent and timely observation! I started searching for the appropriate term for these worthy people after I listened to the Democratic Party Presidential Debates of this week. Now that Good-Thinking People – and surviving candidates – all agree that all immigrants to the US – legal and illegal – are alike identically entitled to full medical benefits, the basic ecological question occurs: Why force all of these future Americans to relocate here, at great expense, danger to themselves, and harm to the environment? Why not give them access to these fully deserved benefits where they now live?

    Have a contest to name this large under-served group of people. Pre-Americans? Future-Americans?
    Perhaps, since they’re all refugees, they could all be termed “homeless Americans.”

    “I believe that deep inside each inhabitant of Planet Earth, there dwells a future American yearning to breathe free.”

    • Replies: @Charon

    Why force all of these future Americans to relocate here, at great expense, danger to themselves, and harm to the environment? Why not give them access to these fully deserved benefits where they now live?
     
    Because that wouldn't accomplish their principal goal: the vanquishing and ultimately the subjugation of the white race in America.

    And, of course, in any other place where white people might even conceivably pose a threat to the Dominion of the Chosen Ones. Hence, the simultaneous flooding of Europe, Australia, etc.
    , @Abolish_public_education

    Why not give them access to these fully deserved benefits where they now live?
     
    Our feeding the Soviet army worked to keep them from coming here.
  • Some may remember that in 2005 a major media controversy engulfed Harvard President Larry Summers over his remarks at an academic conference. Casually speaking off-the-record at the private gathering, Summers had
  • Sorry for this quite boring question, but:

    Is there a simple way to download the entire of John Beaty’s book as a single PDF file, free of the ten separate Chapter boxes it is now confined in? I can save Chapters 1-3, but then things get challenging.

    Grateful for any help.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Is there a simple way to download the entire of John Beaty’s book as a single PDF file, free of the ten separate Chapter boxes it is now confined in? I can save Chapters 1-3, but then things get challenging.
     
    Sure, it's available on Archive.org in a variety of different formats:

    https://archive.org/details/BeatyJohnTheIronCurtainOverAmerica1.o/page/n1

    In glancing over this comment-thread, I noticed that people have discovered that the previous Archive.org version has been "disappeared" so I suggest you quickly grab what you want from this one while it still exists. Apparently, the Kindle and ePub versions have already been eliminated.

    The same situation probably applies to the Revilo Oliver book:

    https://archive.org/details/AmericasDecline1983V2
  • Back in December, I wrote in Taki's Magazine: From the New York Times today:
  • The complex relation between paganism, Modern Science, and Modern Feminism?

    A mere human lifetime hardly suffices to plumb the depth of that ocean!
    Try, e.g.,
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kabbalistic-feminism-and-the-war-on-women_b_1433307

  • The central fact behind all the flood of nonsense being espoused by the Mainstream:

    TOO MANY FACTS DENY THE RULING CLASS NARRATIVE. UNTIL FACTS CAN BE CENSORED INTO CONTROL, THEY SIMPLY NEED TO BE DEMONIZED.

    Or, to quote the great Dr. Johnson:

    “Truth is a cow that will give these gentlemen no more milk; so they are gone to milk the bull.”

    NB The play on words using the final word was not intended by Johnson. Works anyway!

  • The New York Times has evidently decided to stop categorizing individuals in the news by their race. From the NYT: Well, if that moody, obscure photo doesn't answer the question "Who Is DeWayne Craddock?" in just one glance, I don't know what would. That's clearly the most informative photo possible to be chosen to illustrate...
  • VDARE account mentions race; shows photo. CNN article; WSJ article omit mention. Guess he was just another angry employee. Lots of them of all races. Nothing to look at here-

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
    Perhaps, but I suspect the MSM want to imply he is white.
  • I'm pleased to see that my latest article entitled
  • Ron, Thank you so much for sharing with readers facts and perspectives that have been recently censored (or long censored !) from American society and culture. Lots of us fear a “soft police state” crackdown in facts, viewpoints, and history that defy Ruling Class orthodoxy. It would be great to have the entire American Pravda series available as a single PDF (or as a paperback book! ) That way this collection will remain accessible to people brought up in the approaching Brave New World. Thanks also for making available so many “vanished” history books that once were Mainstream, consensus history. Those that do not remember the Past, are condemned to repeat it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    Ron, Thank you so much for sharing with readers facts and perspectives that have been recently censored (or long censored !) from American society and culture. Lots of us fear a “soft police state” crackdown in facts, viewpoints, and history that defy Ruling Class orthodoxy. It would be great to have the entire American Pravda series available as a single PDF
     
    Thanks for your kind words.

    Since the PDFs aren't locked, it's easy for anyone to download the files and merge them together into one or more much larger PDFs. The combined total would be well over 20 MB, which is really pretty sizeable and since various people might not be interested in all of them, I decided to leave it to individuals to make the selections.
  • It's funny how the conventional wisdom is that "Race Does Not Exist," yet there is far better evidence that generations are Just Social Constructs. We're told that genetic variation only differs clinally (although the Atlantic Ocean would beg to differ), but that's much more true about generational change. Really, though, the only definite date in...
  • Remember that saying that a notion is a Social Construct doesn’t mean that it’s useless or without meaning. Rather, it means that the only things about it which are true are the ones that the Government (and the Mainstream Media) say are true.

  • I love it whenever people represent themselves as too Righteous to be part of Honest Labor!

    It makes one recall the classic words of one Gennaro “Jerry” Angiullo, Mob boss of Boston, recorded on secret FBI tape recordings denouncing the very concept of a Honest Job:

    “I’d rather be f**king dead than be in a f**king legitimate business!”

  • From the Daily Beast:
  • Here’s an AP article Creatively Interpreting the weekly Yellow Vest protests in France as being in opposition to rebuilding Notre Dame:
    https://www.apnews.com/fd877004c7b942568fe8d95a1229e180

    (if you can’t beat them, re-purpose them-

    But let’s face it. Rebuilding Notre Dame is just taking us back to the Stone Age; rebuilding the hated Catholic Church instead of empowering the people. Going Back to Old and Evil. I have a Better Idea; an an idea of
    How We Can All Get Along:

    I understand modern architecture majors in college get a project of designing a non-sectarian church for the grounds of a university. No crosses or minarets of course. Think Universal-

    What about rebuilding Notre Dame as a Gaia Church – A Temple for Our Lady of the Earth!
    George Soros or Jeff Bezos or someone just like them can offer one million dollars for the winning design! Progressives for all the world can submit designs! Maya Lin could contribute a Wall containing the names of all women burned as witches-

  • From Rolling Stone:
  • We know the drill.

    “Obviously, the government of France will have to find the money to pay for the ‘re-modeling’ (not rebuilding) of Notre Dame. So they would have to cancel badly needed social problems. No way that could be justified – too much austerity as it is. Perhaps money could be raised by the government if Notre Dame could be remodeled as a non-secular “church” of the type popular on college campuses.”

    I understand that super-rich private citizens will pay for rebuilding. Will they demand “change” in this marvelous structure?

    As your post makes clear, the rebuilt Notre Dame will need to be “relevant” to the present population of France.

  • David Lynch’s third feature film is his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. Herbert’s Dune is widely hailed as a masterpiece, while Lynch’s Dune has a much more mixed reputation, tending toward the negative. When I first saw Lynch’s Dune, I was deeply disappointed. Herbert’s novel had left a powerful and vivid...
  • Mr. Lynch, you write:
    As a rule, science fiction is progressivist whereas fantasy literature is reactionary. Frank Herbert’s Dune saga—which eventually sprawled into six volumes—is the notable exception to this rule, for Dune is one of the most reactionary works of the human imagination

    An interesting, provocative maxim. But Dune is science fantasy. So I think it’s not a counter-example at all. Dune is psychological or spiritual science fiction. I like to use the terms “hard sci-fi” and “soft sci-fi” for sci-fi involving the hard sciences, and soft sciences, respectively. Soft sci-fi? Cordwainer Smith. Ray Bradbury. Much of Philip K Dick. But these authors are an odd blend of science fiction and science fantasy; also of reactionary and progressivist impulses. This is a sketch of a complex picture-

  • From The Telegraph (UK):
  • “the community cohesion officer” ?!?

    Is that something like the local Communist Party official?

    • Replies: @guest
    No, it's the equivalent of Chief of Glues and Pastes here in the states.
  • The banning of four Nation of Islam Black history books by Amazon, the largest bookseller in the world, provides a perfect opportunity to examine the wickedly racist ways Jewish power is wielded in America. Amazon provided no warning, no reason, no hearing, and no opportunity to respond—it was a blatant mockery of Amazon founder Jeffrey...
  • Claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar has gained some sort of “victory” over forces of repression and propaganda in the United States is dangerously short-sighted. All her statements about the extent of the influence of AIPAC on American foreign policy will quickly disappear from the Mainstream media and the “polite discourse”it circumscribes. Her statements will rather be used to broaden proposed “hate speech” legislation now being considered in Congress to censor speech advocating restrictions on immigration, and speech deploring the cultural legislation of Islamic societies, in addition to censoring speech deemed to be anti-Israel or “anti-Semitic”, as was its original intent.

    The net result will be legislation censoring the Internet and the Mainstream media from quoting the very words spoken by Rep. Omar herself! How bizarre that such a sequence should ever be described as a “victory”, either for a person who holds views like Rep Omar’s, or for freedom of speech and expression-

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Look, I'm certainly no friend of that Afroinvader but your logic is faulty. If we all stopped telling the truth on our own, due to the fear of consequences, that would certainly be a defeat. So it's a small victory - over fear - when anyone speaks up. The Tribe is dismantling our freedoms anyway so it's actually counter-productive to not fight back.

    That said, the negress obviously blurted out the truth because she didn't expect the consequences. So it was more a question of ignorance than a profile in courage but it's still a victory against the unofficial gag orders.
  • As I've long argued, Israel is an extremely relevant role model for the U.S. Judging from current Israeli politics, the future will be, for those of us who enjoy obnoxious arguments, fun. From the Times of Israel:
  • Steve, Israel as a role model for the USA (?) That requires a footnote.

    Israel is Exceptional because of the Tribe who live there, who are the Chosen Ones.

    The US is Exceptional because of its Concept; because of What We Do.

    So Israel is a Noun; the USA is a Verb.

  • From the New York Times:
  • @Kylie
    "Which of the following people should get 100% share of Reparations and which should get a smaller share, and what percentage should each get:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Jussie Smollett

    Michelle Obama

    Barack Obama

    Cory Booker

    Kamala Harris

    Henry Louis Gates

    Tiger Woods

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Elon Musk

    O.J. Simpson

    Rachel Dolezal

    Quincy Jones

    Rashida Jones"

    Meghan Markle

    So many names left off this most engaging list! A few examples:

    Clarence Thomas
    Ben Carson
    Jessie Jackson
    Al Sharpton
    Oprah Winfrey
    Michael Jordan

    • Agree: Kylie
  • Night Shyamalan’s Glass is a sequel to two of his films, Unbreakable (2000), which is my favorite of his works, and Split (2016), which I found to be quite unpleasant, although I must concede that it is brilliantly acted in the lead role(s) by James McEvoy. Unbreakable is a deeply moving film about how David...
  • Did we have any question that Shymalan was a right-wing reactionary Romantic? Just watch his movie, “The Village”. How the critics hated that movie!

    • Agree: Kevin O'Keeffe
  • Game, ads, random thoughts.
  • This Super Bowl was completely dominated by defense. Is defense in football becoming computerized? Computers can store, train on, and recognize patterns much faster than people can. The defense in the Super Bowl held two powerful quarterbacks and two powerful offenses completely in check for 3 periods. Call it the Star Wars era of NFL Football.

  • From the New York Times opinion page: But not in the eyes of the U.S. Constitution, which uses the word "citizen" eleven times.
  • I do hope the NY Times writer doesn’t lock his front door. Keeping out the poor and homeless (and the just plain larcenous ) is simply WRONG, because these people are created equal in the eyes of God.

    And because ITS NOT WHO WE ARE-

  • From The Economist:
  • The very last quote is ominous, indeed.

    To have the doctrinal Establish claiming Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Determinism explain human outcomes, puts them in a wrong but time-worn sort of place. Quite simply put: “Genes play no part in the determination of Culture, Personality, Intelligence. So genetics isn’t relevant.” But the claim that Jim Watson’s domain, i.e., molecular genetics supports the Establishment position is both false and scary – it threatens a new Lysenkoism, i.e. a domain of State-sponsored genetics. The really great philosophers of science, e.g. CS Peirce and I Lakatos are right: ultimately the truth will out. But ultimately can be a long time, especially when research programmes are culled by a politically correct Establishment of grant monitors. If things really go to hell and websites like this are banned as Hate Speech, this will come to pass-

  • Is anybody ever embarrassed by this kind of rhetoric? What's the history of this "not who we are" cliche that has recently parasitized the brains of The Respectable? I only noticed it a few years ago. Okay, the first time "not who we are" shows up on iSteve is way back in
  • So Nancy Pelosi considers Israel, which has an extensive, modern border wall to be an “immoral” country. Why has she not been denounced as an anti-Semite?

  • The prodigious writer Vladimir Nabokov, a rare instance of one person writing distinguished novels in two languages, had zero ear for music. As VN explained to journalist Alvin Toffler in
  • Did a deep appreciation for, and involvement in, the world of music make James Joyce a better writer? Language has rhythm and melody for Joyce. This is patent at many points in his novel Ulysses, both even more so in Finnegan’s Wake, in which language melts into music the way lyrics do, revealing a network of poetic and punning connections.

    Equally interesting and relevant to this theme is to ask about the localization of multiple languages, especially very different languages like Mandarin Chinese, which is tonal; and English which is not; in the brain of a single polyglot speaker. For an overview of these matters, I strongly recommend George Steiner’s book, After Babel; Aspects of Language and Translation. Steiner was raised fully trilingual.

  • An anonymous iSteve contributor writes:
  • Try:
    “Mathematics Is Just a Pseudo-Scientific Swindle”

    if you want to see

    REALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE

    pile on-

    • Replies: @Ralf
    Stefan Molyneux's response to Taleb's latest piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCI0luCwM_Q
  • Meet the new year, same as the old year ... From the New York Times' news (not opinion) section: Watson was likely referring to a major effort he had made to employ blacks from the slums as lab techs and the like. Dr. Watson’s comments reverberated around the world, and he was forced to retire...
  • You notice they don’t track down every researcher who has reported evidence of genetic difference between races in IQ? Just the too public, too clear-cut honest James Watson.

    Because we live in Victorian times. Instead of sex, we have race and gender. One can talk about these things in appropriate venues, just not in public, i.e., in the Mainstream.

    Of course, any scientist who writes or speaks non-PC truth can be “outted” by any news source eager to do so. Presumably, a person becoming a candidate for a high-profile position is searched on the Internet for evidence of crimethink.

    This sort of discipline (like that associated with the Communist Party and other totalitarisn institutions must have a dulling effect upon the leadership of large institutions. The Organization (Wo)Man must also be a reliable Party member-

  • From CNN:
  • “Immigrants making our country poorer and more divided?” Oh, OK, no problem!

    But immigrants make our country dirtier? No,no, that’s hate speech! That kinda talk’s gotta go-

    “Everything people do stinks or makes noise.” -Grace Slick

  • From the New York Times: In recent years, the word "problematic" has come to mean, basically: Did "problematic" always mean "I'm angry but I can't articulate a logical reason why"? I first ran into "problematic" around 1974 from a high school teacher I didn't get along with. I gave him a lot of grief about...
  • I decided just to ask the Answer Man! Recourse to Goggle on “problematize” gave a Wikipedia article on “problematization”, connecting all the dots between “existentialists”; “Who? Whom?”; Postmodernism; and Michel Foucault. It explains why problematizing is so important to would-be SJW’s.

    Category: Words we learned to use in college.

  • But the “problematic” nature of human existence, for the existentialists is GOOD – taking seriously one’s responsibility to find an adequate response, to the world-situation one lives in, makes one “authentic”.

    I think you are targeting the Post-Modern Continental “problematic”, meaning “thoughtful people like us have problems with this”. Similarly, the desire to make trouble about problematic circumstances causes one to “problematize” them; also good.

  • From The Guardian:
  • Yes, the usage, “begs the question,” has been repurposed by the semi-literate to mean “calls for the question” or “suggests the question.”

    • Replies: @dearieme
    And the French are so proud that their nippers study philosophy at secondary school.

    "Petitio principii", eh Prof Mouhot?

    Maybe you stayed at home with a cold in the nose on the day your class covered it? Yes, that's sure to be it.


    Anyway, why not stick to sums, old boy? You seem to be jolly good at that.
    , @Reg Cæsar


    Excellent use of “begs the question,” Professor Mouhot.
     
    Yes, the usage, “begs the question,” has been repurposed by the semi-literate to mean “calls for the question” or “suggests the question.”
     
    No, the logicians who came up with the term, at least its English translation, didn't bother to look for a name that doesn't so obviously fit more common uses as well. They should have trademarked it-- but, no, they'd have lost that for its being too generic.

    "Disinterested" gets even worse treatment.

    "Rent-seeking", on the other hand, has the opposite problem. It's a grand concept, but the term is too clumsy to make its own meaning clear, let alone be used for more general purposes.

    So, Jim, instead of hectoring us, why not get to work on replacing these terms with something more elegant?

    I make my own share of corrections in comments here, but try to be entertaining rather than insulting about it.
  • Michelle Obama will be back in the news shortly as she sets out on her Getting Paid book promotion tour. Michelle possesses a perfectly natural liking for money, and she's certain to get a lot of it. An ironic thing about Michelle Obama, feminist icon, is that she absolutely hated it when people encouraged her...
  • Omigod!! Massive Michelle Media blitz! Michelle is everywhere on TV today (Monday). Is there a reason why Her Book is so important and mus be a big success?

  • From The Guardian: After all, Trump's big breakthrough in the Electoral College was winning the Confederate states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. You can't get much more Deep South than Michigan's UP. And Trump's mother was born in Tong in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, which is pretty far south compared to the Shetland Islands or Spitzbergen....
  • So, from context, it seems that a “Unionist” must be a Euro-Communist and globalist; a person who hates the national autonomy and prestige of the United States as a nation; and a “Confederate” must be an American patriot, a person who prioritizes the borders, the citizenry, and the well-being of the United States as a nation.

    Maybe if “the Union” kept growing steadily for 150 years between 1865 and now, so that it now includes the whole world, this notion has a chance.

    The semantic convention here is something like the Unity of All Good Causes; if Abe Lincoln and Barack Obama were two of the Good People, then they must have supported the same Cause. I wouldn’t want to play peacekeeper on a long stagecoach ride whose passengers included these two. As well try to interest Jeremiah Wright in the African Recolonization Society.

  • As Dan Quayle said, "Diversity is our strength. From The Guardian: Roma = Gypsy Good luck with that. My impression is that Gypsies consider acting like Gypsies to be a
  • An amazing quote from community leaders, “We have to change the behaviour and the culture of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there’s going to be an explosion otherwise. We all know that.”

    Absolutely astonishing! First that they would at this late stage of devolution, believe that such a thing was desirable! “Changing their behavior” sounds inherently racist, exploitative, and post-colonial. Second that they could imagine themselves capable of it. The Roma do not come to England to become English. They come to England to make part of England part of Romany.

    • Replies: @BigDickNick
    the idea that there is something wrong with roma culture is incredibly problematic and racist. We need to celebrate the spicy diversity and vibrant cultural practices they are enlivening stale pale england with.
  • Patrick J. Buchanan turned 80 today.
  • How strange it must be for Pat Buchanan to recall in detail the controversies over the Cold War, anti-Communism, etc.; to remember vividly the Presidencies of Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, etc.

    A whole world now completely unknown to most people in America.

    The 1960 Presidential debate figured prominently the “missile gap” and what to do about it. Will a Presidential debate ever again feature a discussion that close to being technical?

    The twentieth century in which Pat formed his views and developed his perspective is gone forever; not simply past but vanished. How strange for him to spend time advising Republican congressmen who remember none of it-

    • Replies: @David In TN
    The 1960 JFK-Nixon debates were rerun for the first time in 1976 on PBS. Afterward, several journalists remarked that the debate was more "on the issues" than they remembered.

    Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford debated in 1976, the first debates between major party nominees since 1960. Most thought Kennedy and Nixon were more impressive than Carter and Ford.
  • From the New York Times:
  • So the cartoonist believes that the caravans are a ploy in the midterm elections and not as advertised a desperate striving to achieve sanctuary. Otherwise, how is stopping the caravans, which publicly threaten America’s southern border, a part of the midterm elections. Such rank cynicism!

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
    Speaking of ploys in the midterm elections, there's still time for the Democrats to pull off another Hate Hoax before Tuesday to distract Americans from the colorful invaders. Will we see black churches burning this Sunday?
  • From the New York Times op-ed page: How dare whites feel aggrieved about being replaced? Those bastards, letting themselves get resentful over us replacing them. They deserve what they have coming. We're not replacing whites because we love power, we are replacing whites because they are hateful. We know they are hateful because of how...
  • By and large, conspiracies are not needed to explain the vast number of such pieces of writing. Simply put, many are called and few are chosen. So many people want sinecures working as Social Justice Warriors. They work long hours trying to internalize what the Zeitgeist is saying, what the Mainstream is concerned with. (Isn’t this what being a Good Student in school was all about; learning what the teacher thinks and regurgitating it on paper?

    But it’s so discouraging, seeing a clueless person advocate for open race war. Scary too—
    What this person learned is that race hatred is GOOD, as long as you hate the right race-

  • Evidence keeps accumulating that the liberal half of America took a sudden swerve into
  • Quentin Tarantino: composer of pretentious high-gloss trash. Late adolescent blend of long periods occupied by smirking at ordinary people and society; punctuated by sudden extreme violence.

    I always imagined Tarantino as being just like that Florida bombing suspect. Definitely a male homosexual body builder/leather freak. The only real crime is being a wimp-

  • One interesting dog-that-isn't-barking aspect about the media coverage of the Caravan is the lack of Statue of Liberty Poem Schmaltz. The tangible nature of the Caravan functions as a reductio ad absurdum of recent years' Zeroth Amendment bloviating.
  • “I think the Open Borders advocates are keeping their powder dry. Statue of Liberty poems, of course. Maybe a small’ lightweight copy they could carry up front as in a parade. Look for terrified, crying little children and their long-suffering peasant mothers, pushed to the front of the parade, confronting the jackbooted storm trooper thugs of Border Patrol.”

    Does this narrative rule? Or is Trump allowed to win a big victory for America? It’s just like any TV series with a huge following: We know it’s scripted, but we don’t have an advance copy.

    And does anyone really believe that such a Trump “victory” would have any effect on the enforcement of the southern US border? Would the troops be stationed permanently?

    I haven’t been so excited since the last episode of The Sopranos!

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    Sorry you missed The Kavenaugh Chronicles. The Lindsay Graham redemption arc was easily the best bit of writing this season. Came outta nowhere,
  • "Roderick Jaynes," who was nominated for Best Editor Oscars for Fargo and No Country for Old Men, is the pseudonym under which the Coen Brothers jointly edit their movies. I've never seen anybody suggest this, so let me toss out the idea that the name Roderick Jaynes is a tribute to
  • Steve-
    Lots of us thought Julian Jaynes’ notions had Something Right about them. There is a Jaynes cult dedicated to promoting his notions.

    A thorough debunking of Jaynes’ theory insofar as it is testable occurs in E. Fuller Torrey’s book:

    Torry is of course concerned with any theories about schizophrenia – he is an authority on this subject, both in clinical and neurophysiological terms.

    The heir apparent in terms of Big Ideas about the mind seems to be the theories of Simon Baron-Cohen, who instead focuses upon autism. I have not searched for a similar critique of his similarly thought-provoking ideas.

  • From the NYT, yet another try by reporter Amy Harmon to straighten out this whole DNA-race problem: Oh, boy, more milk stuff. In an unusual
  • I begin to suspect there may be a genetic defect that makes otherwise intelligent people completely incapable of understanding arguments based on statistics.

    In the 1980’s there was a purported discovery of a genetic mutation that made its bearers incapable of acquiring basic aspects of linguistic syntax. Debunked, yes; but taken seriously at the time. My proposal is no more silly than that.

    And it would explain with one hypothesis such a large fraction of this entire vast domain of academic argument

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  • Wow! Quite a challenge for any academy-trained semiologist! But this sentence seems to be a kind of Rosetta Stone:

    “An image from a video showing men chugging milk. White nationalists are using genetic research — like the ability to digest lactose in milk as adults — as a sign of racial identity.”

    Obvious surface problems – how can an “ability to digest lactose” be an example of “genetic research”?
    How can any type of “genetic research” be a “sign of racial identity”?

    No progress to be had there! Wait – I think I’ve got it. Perhaps genetic variability across populations is correlated with diversity of traits in individuals. But things are much too intermixed to allow for “purity”, which seems to be the main fixation of “white supremacists”. That’s why drinking milk is a basic symbol for them – because milk is white and white is pure! It’s just like Ivory Soap commercials back in the Dark Days! OK. So what about one’s ability to drink CHOCOLATE milk?

  • I was wondering whether Amy Harmon's
  • Interesting . . . . I would have thought it would be the Haters (in this case, the White Supremacists) who were in great danger of spontaneous combustion, caused (presumably) by the violent discharge of a large supply of negative emotion.

    I’m not sure if there is a proper technical term for this type of spontaneous combustion, caused by extreme rage. I’ve only ever seen documented cases in the 1950’s style cartoon shows, like, e.g., Tom and Jerry.
    It needs a medical acronym. Try: Spontaneous Combustion as Outlet for Furious Frustration (SCOFF).

    • LOL: jim jones
  • In our modern era, there are surely few organizations that so terrify powerful Americans as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith, a central organ of the organized Jewish community. Mel Gibson had long been one of the most popular stars in Hollywood and his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ became among the...
  • @Wizard of Oz
    Ron, this of all your thrillers should be turned into a film script. But I fear that the persuasive effect of your devotion to truth will be undermined if you don't shore up your credibility on some of your other heretical eruptions.

    I set aside your curiously anachronistic view that Israel in 1963 would have dared assassinate a US President. It is your dilettantish approach to 9/11 that demands correction as a "has Ron Unz gone mad" message to me from an otherwise sympathetic investment banker prompted me to note.

    You cannot on your record be accused of naiveté. But you seemed to take seriously that the one man with the clearest motive for promoting the 9/11 attacks should be believed when he denied responsibility shortly afterwards when Mullah Omar was being pressed to give him up. And later of course he had the US government doing all the publicity for him.

    It is much more to the point that Khalid Sheik Mohammed hasn't blamed Israel is it not?

    But that is incidental compared with your failure to turn your physicist's intellect on to the one crucial question. That is whether the WTC buildings could only have collapsed as they did if they were prepared beforehand for demolition and the demolition charges set off at appropriate times. Apart from considering that Mossad might conceivably have facilitated the Arabs' attack for which there is negligible actual evidence, the serious charge of Israeli crime has to depend on the official version's science being radically wrong and demonstrably so. It goes without saying that the underresourcing and other limitations of the Commisdion of Inquiry could be explained by the wish to provide cover fot the CIA, FBI and White House. Scientific investigation deserves your attention.

    I set aside your curiously anachronistic view that Israel in 1963 would have dared assassinate a US President.

    Ron Unz never claimed that “Israel” assassinated a US President. He claims that the Mossad appropriated special ops dedicated to assassinations, and aided te factions within te CIA that hated JFK and wanted him dead. Understanding this requires a grasp of the complexities of covert black ops. The straw man summary quoted above is wholly inadequate to this task.

    David Ben-Gurion stated that JFK’s views on Israel and Palestine; Israel and acquisition of atomic weapons, etc. posed a threat to the very existence of Israel. Is this sufficient motive to trade a US president seen as hostile to central Zionist initiatives for one quite receptive to those initiatives.

    As for addressing “the science” of the WTC collapse, you do not do this at all. Do you believe existing scientific study favors your viewpoint? I have no informed opinion. Many who do differ with you-

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    Avner Cohen,’Israel and the Bomb’, New York 1998
    Kennedy had threatened Israel not to provide them with weapons any more if they continued developing the atomic bomb.
  • Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, photos of 15 Saudi agents who flew into...
  • @anonymous
    This one may set a new record for Mr. Buchanan's use of pronoun propaganda, cultivating the sense that Americans should literally identify with their rulers.

    "That our principal Arab ally in our confrontation with Iran, which could lead to yet another U.S. war, is a regime headed by so unstable a character should raise serious concerns about where it is we are going in the Middle East.

    Have we not wars already?

    Do we not have enough enemies in the region — Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria, Iran — to be starting another war?

    As for our regional allies, consider."

    Et cetera. He always sounds like he's advising Uncle Sam.

    When it comes to matters outside his country, "Mr. Paleoconservative" is, in fact, a right-sized imperialist.

    Pat Buchanan is used to advising Republicans using arguments that will impress them. He personally favors A Nation Not An Empire; but even if one disagrees, it still follows that many possible government courses of action are totally wrong-headed.

  • From the New York Post: Flatbush is an integrated neighborhood in Brooklyn on the far side of Prospect Park from ultra-gentrified Park Slope. I stayed there briefly last summer. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a #Becky demanding police #BelieveWomen that a 9-year-old black boy touched her butt and an angry black...
  • I immediately edited your last line! Clearly you intended to write, “a nine year old black man”.

  • In the hopes of Raising Awareness about how we need a National Conversation about how our society ought to be more sensitive to the psychological suggestibility of our small but highly inflammatory unstable Arsonist-American population: I'd like to make a suggestion to Pundit-Americans: You can almost always change phrases like "burn down" to "tear down"...
  • “Yes, obviously that individual needs to be closely observed! The combination of hallucination, i.e., seeing Nazis everywhere, together with fantasies of conducting violent action to stop them, always scares medical professionals!”

    How exactly does one “burn down” a party? I understand burning down the Reichstag or burning evil books, but burning the GOP?!

    It’s finally so sad that Bill Buckley’s fight to turn the Republicans into a liberal internationalist party has been bequeathed to people, i.e., neocon stalwarts, far more ignorant and inarticulate than he-

  • From the New York Times: Did I ever mention that I went to Yale and my first professor job was at Yale? Did I ever mention that I received a ... Well, never mind. The point is that I, in contrast to my pathetic ankle-biting rivals, have attained a Zen master level of harmony and...
  • AN Whitehead claimed academics always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were a university professor. Prof. Dr. Krugman seems to have a touch of this academic malaise, of supposing that all Americans are, roughly speaking, like the people he encounters at faculty meetings.

    He obviously was tempted to write, “Hard partying sons of riches”; but suppressed the urge.

    Note the sweep of the hand that extends this generalization also to the “working class”, whoever they are. (Is that like, people without tenure?)

    Is “privilege” really what Americans fear losing? I thought it was health care, or their retirement savings, or their kids’ college education. Or perhaps their job?

    I’m not sure Kavanaugh belongs at that faculty meeting. But Prof. Dr. Klugman clearly does-

    • Replies: @Rosie

    Is “privilege” really what Americans fear losing? I thought it was health care, or their retirement savings, or their kids’ college education. Or perhaps their job?
     
    All those things are precisely what they mean by "White privilege." They think the midde class is an artifact of arbitrary, protectionist trade barriers.
    , @Laugh Track

    AN Whitehead claimed academics always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were a university professor. Prof. Dr. Krugman seems to have a touch of this academic malaise, of supposing that all Americans are, roughly speaking, like the people he encounters at faculty meetings.
     
    I think that observation is apt. However, I'd lift it out of academia and apply it more broadly.

    To wit, "progressives always prescribe changes in society that would make perfect sense if everyone were an upper middle class liberal woman." That everyone isn't that is a definite stumbling block that gets attributed to systemic racism, sexism, etc.
  • From the
  • As one who was trained as a theoretical physicist, I can recognize Really Big Ideas in the making. Wow!

    But I ant to rephrase this tenet (entropy is our strength) as follows:

    Chaos is our strength.

    Or a la George Orwell:

    Chaos is strength.

    But the word “our” in the first version is telling, if by “us” one means the vast and growing Security State.

  • From the Columbia Journalism Review:
  • It’s abundantly clear that “our core values as Americans” does not include freedom of speech.

    As an insight into totalitarian logic, the concept that the explicit denial of factual reality be part of any Social Justice dogma, so that almost anyone who publicly debates very much is bound to commit violations , sounds a lot like Arthur Koestler, in Darkness at Noon.

    But I blame the CJR for bad editing: It isn’t clear who it that maintained that “Galileo was put to death for saying the Earth was round”. As I read it, Tucker Carlson is given credit for that claim. Do you believe that Lyz Lenz is using artistic license to sum up Carlson’s views?

    Universities are now becoming as dangerous to people seeking a good education
    as
    Pre-modern hospitals were to people seeking to recover their health.

  • The campaign to overturn the 2016 election and bring down President Trump shifted into high gear this week. Inspiration came Saturday morning from the altar of the National Cathedral where our establishment came to pay homage to John McCain. Gathered there were all the presidents from 1993 to 2017, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and...
  • Pat Buchanan’s column really leads us to a more frightening vision than that of “regime change”, in the sense of destroying a Presidency. This sequence seems to be about declaring the American system of Federal Constitutional Government to be “a failure”; probably because it allegedly, “failed to confront the forces now shaping American society”.

    This storm of social and political chaos is about overthrow of the Government of the US, and, probably, it’s replacement by a “Constitutional Convention”.

    A new, “American Union”, anyone?

  • From Medium: By Bono Lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED) Aug 30 I’m told a rock band is at its best when it’s a little transgressive: when it pushes the bounds of so-called good taste, when it shocks, when it surprises. Well, U2 is kicking off its tour in Berlin this...
  • Bono has been repeatedly nominated for the Bill Gates/Sergey Brin Annual Award for Loyal Service to the Empire.

    “A thought that should become a feeling?” !!

    This deserves further attention!

    My immediate response invoked the commercials on late-night TV, or in picture magazines, showing you sad abandoned animals, or sad refugee children and begging for your support.
    “For only $19.95 a month you can become the patron of a failed globalist policy. . . . . or, you can turn the page!”

    But there’s also an aspect of Rehab:
    Can a Wrong Thought become a Righteous Feeling?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    The abused and abandoned animals are nothing to do with the other rot (except inasmuch as only white people much care for animals (or husbandry, custodianship, and conservation generally; call it the nobless oblige of being such a dominant species...) So their flight is worsened by the increase in mud people and the destruction of Europeans).
  • From the Editor of The Atlantic:
  • What we learn: John McCain was a truly great man because he believed that people who “rule through murder” are “just like Hitler”; thus “we” must murder them.

    Warning: Do not apply this chain of reasoning to any other foreign heads of state!

    But the interesting question I have is this: Was McCain really guided by a view of history so childish and breathtakingly ignorant? Consider the power this man wielded!!

    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Given how many Americans hold such childish and historically ignorant views, I don't doubt that McCain did too. I lost count of how many Facebook comments I've seen like "my grandfather fought Nazis
    in Europe and we need to fight them here." As if an expansionist foreign army of millions of men is equivalent to a few hundred law-abiding US citizens demanding that they not be replaced.
  • From Salon:
  • Sounds for all the world like a Jewish supremacist in a naked attempt at the political and cultural appropriation of black rage. How does she presume to judge this movie!!

  • Ezra Klein writes at his Vox: Feminist Twitter's motto ought to be: "Men! Can't live with 'em, can't live without their money and technology." Of course "#CancelWhitePeople" doesn't mean murder all white people. Who would pay for all the Diversity Racket makework jobs to which everybody on Antiwhite Twitter aspires? The hashtag merely means: -...
  • Isn’t this a case of gross cultural appropriation? Sarah Jeong is not a “woman of color”, she is East Asian in heritage and race.

    And don’t tell us “she is an angry black woman trapped inside the body of an Asian woman”; because that is an official heresy of victimist doctrine. No, she can NEVER “know what it’s like”.

    So why is Sarah Jeong not being denounced and perhaps threatened, by outraged persons of color?

  • With Alex Jones either in the news or not in the news, depending upon where you get your news ... From Texas Monthly:
  • Congratulations on this random find! This sounds like the most gratuitous conspiracy theory since the one that maintained some connection between the assassinations (?) of John Lennon and Stephen King.

  • From
  • A perfectly charming defense of Who? Whom? rhetoric and reason, along with an explanation of why racism isn’t really racism.

    But what is the argument being presented here to defend all this ugly bigoted language? The author sidesteps back and forth between “This stuff is simply true so there is no bias expressed” and “This kind of language does no harm”

    The latter is “true” because, evidently, no one is doing race-based violence to white people.
    Or Trump supporters.

    Absolutely unreal. The willful blindness to so much violence against white people. Newspapers document incidents daily. The statistics are not subtle. Or hard to find. How to understand this shocking, willful ignorance?

    The essential nature of the Post-Modern as calling for violence while denying that one is doing so. If one were to accuse Maxine Waters, for example, of calling for violence, I’m certain she would simply deny it-

  • Personally, I approve of boys and girls and don't want to see no more of them. But that's just me, I guess.
  • @dr kill
    Personally, I approve of boys and girls and don’t want to see no more of them. But that’s just me, I guess.

    Will someone please explain or otherwise improve this sentence. Thank you.

    Put quote marks around the phrase “no more”. Simple-

  • From the NYT Opinion Page: Gentrifier. People contain multitudes — especially Texans. Given this country’s painful history, in which even incremental racial progress is always met with ferocious backlash, I should have known better. I should have known that the polite acceptance our neighbors showed us, their tolerance for the drippings of our culture, didn’t...
  • Again the Over-The-Top nature of the writing causes its author to be dragged along helpless by the excess of this own rhetoric.

    Trump is inflicting “unimaginable cruelty” on the children of immigrants! What a mean man!

    He hates little kids . . . . . probably hates dogs too!

    • Replies: @Pericles

    He hates little kids . . . . . probably hates dogs too!

     
    Ix-nay on the ogs-day, remember the uslims-may hate them already. Don't cross the narrative beams.
    , @SWVirginian
    Trump is inflicting “unimaginable cruelty” on the children of immigrants!

    Last week there were 2 stories- one in the WSJ & one in Propublica - telling the sad tale of woe of 2 women attempting to reunite w/ their young children who were taken into custody at the border. The problem is that neither woman was with her child when they crossed at the border. They had left their children back in Central America and entered the US illegally months before their children were brought in. One child came w/its father (we assume) and one w/an uncle (or so it was said). The second one was a toddler less than 2YO.

    OK, now. If separating these children from their father/ uncle is "unimaginable cruelty", what exactly was their being abandoned by their mothers earlier? A picnic in the park?

    If we want to stop the cruel separation of families, we'll quickly pass E-Verify and make it mandatory, crack down on all employers who hire illegal aliens, turn back those seeking asylum based upon domestic violence and crime, and halt family reunification other than spouses and minor children. This will remove the biggest incentive for their coming.

    BTW we are seeing a number of illegal aliens agree to being deported but leaving their children here to 'pursue asylum in their own right'. How does a child qualify for asylum if the parents don't? This is nothing more than a long game of assuming that the child will be part of the next DACA style amnesty and then bring the parent(s) to the US. The parents themselves may not be capable of figuring all of this out, but those advocacy groups helping out sure can.
    , @Sparkon
    Dog people might be surprised to learn there are many red-blooded Americans who despise dogs, as I do, being forced even now to listen to the wretched pooch next door barking its head off for the last hour. And I really do wonder about people who can mention little children and dogs in the same breath, as if there were some moral equivalence between the two.

    By chance, I was looking through a July 13, 1970 issue of the Lodi News-Sentinenal, where I found this news item:

    Magazine Says Dogs are Man's WORST Friend

    New York (UPI) Dogs are becoming "the most obnoxious minority group" in cities throughout the world, Time magazine said Sunday.

    The weekly news magazine described dogs as "man's worst friend."

    "The beast in the city jungle chews children, attacks joggers, and howls into the night in cramped apartments that make it neurotic," Time said.

    “When it does get out – twice a day if its master can manage – it turns street and sidewalk alike into messy booby traps for pedestrians.

    There are 500,000 dogs in New York, 700,000 in London, 280,000 in Tokyo, 300,000 in Los Angeles and more than a million in Mexico City Time said.

    In addition to being nuisances in the city, dogs can give humans tuberculosis, create allergies, and cause intestinal infections, Time said.

    New York recorded 25,000 dog bites last year and Tokyo 5,000 according to the magazine, and fear of rabies has compelled the British to bar and dogs and cats from entering the country.”
     
    For balance, I guess, the newspaper had a regular column titled "The Tail Waggers Club" by Joyce Gombos, where she describes some of the dogs available at the Delta Stockton Humane Society Animal Shelter:

    If you are looking for an especially adorable dog to take home for your very own pet...Peppi...a darling Poodle...just as sweet as he could be.
     
    Sheesh! Adore a dog? Ya gotta be nutz.

    In looking at classified ads in the rentals section of that same 1970 Lodi newspaer, I see not a single mention of the term "pet friendly," but quite a few ads that specify "no pets."

    How did we get from "no pets" to "pet friendly?" Maybe the pet food industry would be able to shed some light on the question, eh?

    1922 - Ken-L-Ration, which was introduced by the Chappel Brothers from Rockford Illinois, became the first canned dog food in the market. It was made with horse meat and the dogs did love them, especially once the Chappel Brothers began sponsoring events to market their products and advertised on popular radio shows such as The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

    The canned dog food became so popular that the company had to begin breeding horses just so they can meet the consumers’ growing appetite for it, resulting in the slaughter of about 50,000 horses a year by the 1930s – and yes, that’s just for their brand of canned dog food.
     
    https://www.homeoanimal.com/blogs/blog-pet-health/81166468-do-you-know-what-is-the-history-of-dog-food

    I suggest it is no coincidence that the dumbing down of America has been accompanied by the dogging up of America.

    When I was a kid, some dogs chased cars (and kids on bicycles); now the dog rides shotgun in the front seat with its head hanging out the window, tongue flapping in the breeze. These days, you too can be a dog chauffeur, or if that's still not enough for you, move to Boulder and be -- cue kazoos -- a (((+ Dog Guardian +))), if you need some real purpose in your life.

    Correlation is not necessarily causation, but it is definitely a correlation where more dogs = dumber people.

    I wonder if Hollywood would ever make the move, or if NASA would ever consider a mission to

    Escape from the Planet of the Dogs

    'Not likely, but I am consoled by the thought that when I die and go to heaven, there will be a big sign by St. Peter's Pearly Gate:

    No Dogs!

    That really would be heaven.
    , @Logan
    Children of parents crossing the border illegally are treated no differently from children of American citizens who are similarly arrested for breaking the law. The uproar over this policy is based on the idea that for some reason illegal aliens (and their children) should be granted privileges not given the Americans.

    A young homeless lady with serious drug and other problems who my wife has tried very hard to help (without success) was recently re-arrested for the nth time. Her five-year old daughter was taken to CPS and is therefore separated from her mother. She will probably lose custody and be permanently separated.

    But, since she's a natural-born (white) American citizen, nobody cares about the unimaginable cruelty inflicted on her little girl.
    , @Autochthon
    My son is the child of an immigrant (my wife): he is the happiest, healthiest little guy you ever saw – doesn't even know or care who the president of the F.U.S.A. is! So, I have first-hand knowledge any claim the president is inflicting unimaginable cruelty to the children of immigrants is horeshit. I bet the Brimmelowes, Derbyshires, and countless others can also confi their children are not being tortured by the president.

    In the event, "inconveniences for invaders" ≠ "cruelty to immigrants."

    If any American marched into Guatelombia without permission and started stirring up shit, the way these Guatelombians waltzing north have done, he'd be in a gaol a lot filthier and crueler than any facility operated by the F.U.S.A.'s government.
  • From The Atlantic: Guilt is in your blood, you "people who think they are white," as Ta-Nehisi Coates has explained. Because, as we all know, America Is Made Out of Cotton, so what land could be more important to the future than the rural cotton belt south of Memphis? It's a paradox! Clearly, there must...
  • Over The Top Rhetoric Department

    So many gems recorded in such a short blog! Yes, “people who think they are white”. I thought it was settled that Whiteness like Blackness must be objective, exclusive and inviolate. If you believe you’re a woman inside, OK, you’re a woman. But not so with Blackness. Or with Whiteness (?) This deserves a Mainstream media test case

    “Reservoirs of demographic strength” ?? What can this mean? That a lot of people live there?
    I hope I don’t detect here any covert racist talk, but can “reservoirs of demographic black strength” be what is implied? Is California also a reservoir?

    Last but not least, “the eternal taunts of the Bryant boys”. Omigod! This phrase rings with the alliterative ambition of the “I Have a Dream Speech”. Perhaps it will be a verse in a future American (inter)-national anthem.

    Remember the days when there was more decency in the public sector, and this type of race-baiting rhetoric was confined to the sermons of upwardly ascendant black preachers? Perhaps, in a way, it still is-

  • As I mentioned in my recent Taki's Magazine
  • Now illegal immigrants have become “migrants”.

    Does that suggest they will all go back home to their respective countries when harvest time is over?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Now illegal immigrants have become “migrants”.
     
    Some babe on NPR tonight was rattling on about how Kavanaugh was a threat to "women's reproductive health services". The debasement of the language continues.
  • From the New York Times op-ed column: So maybe the wealthy Spain of today should pay a little higher fraction of its defense than the poor Spain of 1978? A European who visited Trump recently tells me he was shocked by two things: the president’s venom against European allies that don’t buy enough American goods...
  • The EU is a “transformative peace magnet”!! The completely over-the-top prose style seems like a signature.Do neocons all employ the same ghost writer?

  • From Mediaite: Did we mention that Thilo Sarrazin is controversial? That book sold something like one million copies. That sounds ... controversial. Yuck. It should go without saying that some things are simply not said. This isn't 1968 anymore when every new book was promoted as being controversial. The victors of 1968 didn't struggle and...
  • Isn’t the type of speech in this book (according to the few examples posted) clearly illegal in Germany?

    I thought there were “hate speech” laws in Germany; those being laws against speech that the ruling class hates.

    Will this book become still another volume accessible only on the Internet?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    This hate speech laws thing in Germany is actually not as hot, as many people think. Sarrazins book - as all his others - will be printed soon, and sold in all (well - almost all) German bookstores. I always order my copy at my old leftists collectively run Schwarze Geiss (=Black Goat) bookstore, which led to interesting discussions so far, I have to say.
  • I am a big fan of Jewish self-awareness, but it's in increasingly short supply in recent years. Here's an interview with a Jewish professor of history, Marc Dollinger, who points out some fairly obvious truths that have gotten lost in all the retconning. From NPR:
  • Israel in the 1960’s was a David and Goliath story: tiny Israel, constantly warred upon by all the surrounding Arab countries, who were dedicated to the destruction of Israel, stood up and defended itself heroically. This was the exact opposite of the Vietnam War, to which one of course was opposed. One said, “Israel is different.”

  • Roseanne Barr may well have gotten Obama’s Iran-born righthand woman Valerie Jarrett, who isn't at all distinctly black-looking (especially after all the work she appears to have had done), confused with Hillary’s Saudi-raised righthand woman Huma Abedin, who has often been accused of having ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. Stir in a few Ambien and...
  • Obviously the commenters on this topic are more tuned in than I.

    My first reaction to Roseanne’s bizarre comments:

    “Omigod!! Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett? They’re just so totally three-years-ago! Is she trapped in a time capsule? What must it be like; being obsessed with Valerie Jarrett?? I certainly never indulge in Tweeting, but I thought the Tweetstream was as up-to-the-minute topical as JohnyCarson’s nightly monologue used to be ….

  • There has been a lot published on Trump and the alt-right over the last couple of years, but it's gotten pretty repetitious. Now, though, somebody has come up with something new. On Amazon:
  • Any theory that understands the secret connection between Norman Vincent Peale, Ayn Rand, and Pepe the Frog clearly has important things to teach us-

  • A headline on WashingtonPost.com:
  • The source here is the Washington Post – the US Government factory newspaper, so one assumes that the “We” who knew so little about Mr. Trump denotes “high-ranking government insiders”, a reminder that he was never one of them.

  • From the
  • “Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”

    Indeed! Who exactly is “they”? Does Hillary refer to the Ruling Class, the Deep State, and such? But as Amy Chozick reminds us, Hillary knows these people and they smile on her face. Or simply to the Usual List of Suspects: the Republicans, the Russians, the FBI, and, above all, Barack Obama? Is that it? Hillary will always blame Mr. Obama, (its HIS Justice Department and FBI that attacked her after all), but can never say so for fear of ostracism.

  • From The Atlantic:
  • There is a persistent vogue in blaming the Counterculture for public skepticism about Big Science. Of course, people don’t still use the term “Counterculture”, but i don’t know the collective label for the combined Forces of Superstition. A rational Enlightenment fan, showing their academic superiority and Right-Think, would list Bible Christian Fundamentalism; the tabloids, all the conspiracy theories on the “history” TV channels, and popular interest in everything from Bigfoot to flying saucers.

    But the real reason is stated clearly in the last quote from this piece: increasingly, the power to broadcast ones ideas is being restricted to two groups: advocates of Ruling Class policies for collective social engineering of consensus belief; and advocates for the importance of the Mainstream media, i.e., articles about elected officials and Hollywood stars. Articles that preach Party doctrine; and articles that popularize the propaganda organs.

    This is the legacy of PC. People get the message: the truth is the truth purely because the Ruling Class says so. The “truth” as argued elsewhere cannot prevail against it. The polls prove that everyone else is changing their opinion. Either convince yourself that they must be right, and accept Party doctrine; or condemn yourself to a marginal life as a lonely person who believes strange, unpleasant things.

    No one is more alone in America than a classic liberal intellectual who grew up in the 1950’s, believing in the Open Society, and free trade in ideas: let all ideas be heard, and the truth will simply prevail. I was one of those. Was I a dupe of a systematic policy of displacing a traditional beliefs, especially Christianity and patriotism? I am a stranger in a strange land-

    I realized many years ago, when I lived in New York, that the New York Post was not more “true” or “false” than the New York Times, but was a lot more amusing. That’s why more people watch Ancient Aliens and TMZ than most “news” programs-

  • So, what do you think?
  • “American foreign policy is now an offshoot of American movies:

    The heroes blow things up, and they kill monsters”

  • Matthew Yglesias has finally gotten around to reading the 1994 bestseller The Bell Curve and he has some things he wants to say about it. From Vox: You can tell that Trump undoubtedly keeps his dog-eared copy of The Bell Curve on his bedside table from all the times he suddenly starts talking about standard...
  • Matthew Yglesias has discovered, “the Republican Party’s ongoing conversion to the cause of sharp cuts in legal immigration”. Omigod!! Who knew?

    Are the Republicans “Trumpists”? True, if Trump were a Democrat, his Party would be solidly behind his leadership. But then Trump is not a Democrat. (Or a Republican).

    Are the senior Republicans dedicated to preventing large-scale immigration from third-World countries ? How strange, to read the newspaper, or listen to “the News”, even TV News, and yet believe such a thing-

    Its so hard to play the Limbaugh-style “Democrats vs. Republicans” with a President who speaks heresy (at least at times) against all the policies that both Parties have in common. Like, e.g., open borders.

    What does it mean for a member of Congress to favor restriction in “legal immigration” as Mr. Yglesias maintains, when both parties favor making the concept of citizenship meaningless.

    “All have won, and all must receive citizenship!” But if all become citizens, there is no immigration. Just tourism and/or address change.

  • For a place with lots of hills, Los Angeles doesn't have all that many restaurants with a view of Los Angeles. Fortunately, there's
  • This article by Mr. Shyong has very strange overtones of shake-down.

    The paragraph beginning, “It is also an inauthentic … ” seems to define the REAL problem here as the failure of such establishments to pay off the ethnic group they are, “exploiting”. Take for example the phrase from that paragraph:
    “culture that has generated profits exclusively for non-Japanese people”

    Whatever this article might pretend, it isn’t about culture or “power”; it is about MONEY.

  • Commenter Anon writes:
  • Realist foreign policy, emphasizing peace and stability of most “friendly” nations – that is, those open to free trade and cultural imperialism – this is my reading of your #2 option – largely prevailed in post-WWII America.
    The present status quo, a.k.a. The New World Order, is basically the opposite of the preceding realist foreign policy. Present US foreign policy can only be interpreted as seeking destabilization, chaos, and large-scale population migration in all the countries of the world. (Strangely enough, this policy is also seemingly being applied to the United States itself.) Long-time students of the Cold War must, I believe, remain in a constant state of confusion when faced with the present policy of aggressive chaos.

    I AGREE, IT SIMPLY MAKES NO SENSE.
    How can chaos be good for business?

  • From the Washington Post:
  • Steve, elderly people like me; people exposed to Party indoctrination in the 1970′, might naturally (but very wrongly!) describe your notions about males and debate as “sexist”. This observation provides a type of measure for forty years worth of Progress.

    Suppose truth (or Socrates) were a transsexual, then what?

  • iSteve commenter Duke of Qin writes: Steve Sailer writes in his new Taki's Magazine
  • Don’t many tribes throughout the world share this bias? As I recall, there a peoples of Negroid, Mongoloid, and Caucasian race who possess forms of this bias, that is, that lighter-skinned Northern extraction peoples are of higher social status?

    I note that coin collecting also has a form of *this* bias. Lincoln pennies are graded for value both by quality (the closeness of approximation to uncirculated mint state, ranked from 1 to 70, with the latter being the highest mint state); and also by color (Lincoln pennies are graded “brown”, “”red-brown” and “red”; according to the tone of the copper oxide which colors the coin.) For two coins of identical quality, i.e., mint state; a “red” coin is worth far more money than a “brown” coin.

    Call it the “fair-haired child” bias.