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    It is astonishing to observe some Americans twisting themselves into pretzels so they can continue to make excuses to explain the bizarre behavior of President Donald Trump on the world stage. The line most commonly heard is that he has “kept us out of new wars.” The reality is somewhat different. He has kept us...
  • Impeachment is inherently political and there are plenty of good reasons to impeach Trump as there were to impeach Obama, Bush II, Clinton and for that matter such all time greats as Lincoln and FDR. There are better reasons not to impeach him. If impeachment fails it paves the way for a backlash that would lead to Trump’s re-election by a landslide and more subservience to Israel than ever. If it succeeds, he is followed by Pence and more subservience to Israel than ever. And if a Democrat other than Tulsi Gabbard gets elected in 2020, keep in mind that the Democratic establishment is solidly pro-Israel as well. Only among some of the Democratic rank-and-file is there any opposition to doing the bidding of the Israeli government.

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    And if a Democrat other than Tulsi Gabbard gets elected in 2020, keep in mind that the Democratic establishment is solidly pro-Israel as well.
     
    Sigh! There is no cure for stupid.

    Listen up!!... She is a hindoo nationalist cultist who has already clearly signalled her undying support for the zionist pestilence on earth.

    She tried to appear the peace-loving maverick by meeting up with Assad, but it hilarious how it has come to bite her cultist ass now.
  • In National Review, Christopher Caldwell reviews Dr. Stephen Smith of Duke's African's Studies department new book The Scramble for Europe: Young Africa on its way to the Old Continent: The Coming Migration out of Sub-Saharan Africa By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL, August 8, 2019 10:24 AM ... If Rome and Berlin have been transfixed by a nautical...
  • @istevefan

    Stopping immigration from Africa and elsewhere is not going to save Europeans if they don’t get down to the job of procreating and raising children. A geriatric population will find it at best very difficult to repel a young and vigorous population attempting to move in. Even if the old geezers succeed, it just means they will be replaced by robots and wild animals as they die off. Nature abhors a vacuum.
     
    There are more Europeans in the world today than at any other time in history. We are not in a breeding contest with the rest of the world. The only reason we are even noticing what is happening in the rest of the world is because of an insane promotion of a borderless world, at least a borderless one as it pertains to the European world. You'll note Japan, South Korea and China are not being inundated while their birth rates are low and their populations age. It is not inevitable.

    In fact it is preventable and even with a reduced cohort of younger people, modern military tech and training make it vastly easier for fewer, better armed and trained people to hold off such migratory waves.

    And the military solution isn't even the most critical one at this stage. Simply refraining from subsidizing the migrants will be quite effective as well. They are only coming here because of the social safety net. You can see empirical evidence of this by the way they readily pass through or avoid certain parts of Europe for the greener pastures of Northern European welfare bennies. Or how about the reaction to Trump suggesting immigrants can't be government charges? They know the immivasion needs to be subsidized. Without said subsidies it dries up considerably.

    Our birthrates are immaterial to what is going on. Recall we had just had the greatest baby boom in our nation's history when they opened up immigration in 1965. No matter our birthrates they will continue to bring in more and more migrants until we demand a stop to it.

    “Since the turn of the century, Europeans have been faced with the most basic question about their future: whether they have one. In some countries — especially Italy, Germany, and Austria — the native population has been shrinking for decades. Birth rates have fallen so low that each native generation is about two-thirds the size of the last. …”

    Either this paragraph from the original article is wrong or you are mistaken in stating that there are more Europeans in the world than at any other time in history. Or you are counting as Europeans the recent migrants and their families, in which case what are you even concerned about? You may not think you are in a breeding contest, but if you don’t reproduce you will have no decendants. The laws of biology and mathmatics do not care whether you think you are in a breeding contest or not. Any country or family or ethnic group which does not reproduce at replacement level or above will eventually be extinct. This applies to China and Japan. Population collapse will start slowly but accelerate the longer it goes on. And it will be very difficult to convince people to start reproducing again once you have convinced them that sexual freedom is the ultimate value, children the ultimate burden and given them the technology to maximize sexual freedom and avoid children.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @istevefan

    You may not think you are in a breeding contest, but if you don’t reproduce you will have no decendants.
     
    I am not suggesting we don't breed. But I am also not advocating for having 5 kids per woman either. If you want to compete with the SSA, then you would have to try to go for a figure like that. In addition to keeping our nations for ourselves, there is also the concept of scale. Do you really want to live in hyper-populated areas even if those areas are European?

    Any country or family or ethnic group which does not reproduce at replacement level or above will eventually be extinct. This applies to China and Japan. Population collapse will start slowly but accelerate the longer it goes on. And it will be very difficult...
     
    Forever growing is not always the answer. That is why China implemented their one-child policy. You can't continue to grow forever without consequences. Once your population throttles back a bit, it should make family formation more affordable. A place like Japan is very populous and expensive. They have 130 million people. During WW2 they had 70 million. When their population starts to decline it should make housing more affordable for young families.

    The trouble we face in Europe and North America is that we are not going to benefit from a reduction in housing due to a declining population because our slack is being taken up by the rest of the world. So our housing and education costs continue to rise making it even less friendly for affordable family formation. Japan is not taking in vast amounts of aliens so when some point is reached, it will be the Japanese who benefit from the changed conditions leading to more Japanese births. We won't have that in our countries so long as we refuse to shut the gate.

    Either this paragraph from the original article is wrong or you are mistaken in stating that there are more Europeans in the world than at any other time in history.

     
    I conflated White Americans with Europeans. There are parts of Europe that are probably now showing declines in population much like Japan. However, as I wrote above the Japanese will be the ones who get to take advantage of any positive changes in affordable family formation since no one is coming in. Europeans and Americans will see no benefit since the slack will be taken up by aliens, and thus family formation will remain increasingly unaffordable.
  • Stopping immigration from Africa and elsewhere is not going to save Europeans if they don’t get down to the job of procreating and raising children. A geriatric population will find it at best very difficult to repel a young and vigorous population attempting to move in. Even if the old geezers succeed, it just means they will be replaced by robots and wild animals as they die off. Nature abhors a vacuum. Nor is it a feasible solution to bombard Africa with condoms and other contraceptives. The dumb Africans have long ago figured out that these are the gift of those who want to get rid of them. The smart Europeans still think, as they steadily dwindle in number, that contraceptives are the way to sexual freedom, which is the only value most of the geezers have left.

    • Replies: @istevefan

    Stopping immigration from Africa and elsewhere is not going to save Europeans if they don’t get down to the job of procreating and raising children. A geriatric population will find it at best very difficult to repel a young and vigorous population attempting to move in. Even if the old geezers succeed, it just means they will be replaced by robots and wild animals as they die off. Nature abhors a vacuum.
     
    There are more Europeans in the world today than at any other time in history. We are not in a breeding contest with the rest of the world. The only reason we are even noticing what is happening in the rest of the world is because of an insane promotion of a borderless world, at least a borderless one as it pertains to the European world. You'll note Japan, South Korea and China are not being inundated while their birth rates are low and their populations age. It is not inevitable.

    In fact it is preventable and even with a reduced cohort of younger people, modern military tech and training make it vastly easier for fewer, better armed and trained people to hold off such migratory waves.

    And the military solution isn't even the most critical one at this stage. Simply refraining from subsidizing the migrants will be quite effective as well. They are only coming here because of the social safety net. You can see empirical evidence of this by the way they readily pass through or avoid certain parts of Europe for the greener pastures of Northern European welfare bennies. Or how about the reaction to Trump suggesting immigrants can't be government charges? They know the immivasion needs to be subsidized. Without said subsidies it dries up considerably.

    Our birthrates are immaterial to what is going on. Recall we had just had the greatest baby boom in our nation's history when they opened up immigration in 1965. No matter our birthrates they will continue to bring in more and more migrants until we demand a stop to it.
  • Russia has never been as rich as America, so they make up for it in competition with us by having crazier technology, like, apparently, nuclear-powered (not just nuclear-armed, but nuclear-powered) cruise missiles. That sounds like something Richard Feynman and Klaus Fuchs would have brainstormed over lunch at Los Alamos in 1945. U.S. Officials Suspect New...
  • Could this “accident” be caused by cyber-sabotage on the part of the US? Hasn’t this been done before to the Iranians by the US and Israel?

  • America again wins the annual International Math Olympiad! The contest pits the brightest high-school students of countries against each other in six-member teams. The American victories continue the mastery by the European cultures that invented most of modern math. This supports the claim (I hope I do not sound racist) that European superiority is genetic....
  • iSteve commenter Hail writes: I'm reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy: Waiting for the Barbarians BY C. P. CAVAFY TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything going on in the senate? Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?...
  • Good observation! Civil war and economic collapse are also two solutions unlikely just to happen on their own. Catastrophic defeat in a large scale war or heavy destruction to the homeland would put an end to the current system, but the elites seem to have perfected the art of small scale warfare increasingly outsourced to robots which devastates only third world countries and triggers the kind of mass migrations which the elites favor.

  • I moved out of Southern California in the summer of 1969. I was ten years old, and my parents were fleeing decadence and depravity in favor of the more wholesome Midwest. Before our move, a story had circulated about some local (Newport Beach) high schoolers who had “gone on an LSD trip” and gotten caught...
  • I read Chaos and I lived in LA throughout the Manson years and much longer. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on and yes the CIA was involved at least on the periphery of some of it. But Chaos just takes everything that was going on and seeks to connect it to CIA mind control experiments by means of Kevin Bacon conspiracy theorizing. (Everybody in the world is connected to Kevin Bacon by no more than 6 degrees of separation.) There was one CIA operative in LA at the time whom I briefly worked with (not knowing at the time of his affiliation) who had a connection with Oswald and who was propagating a specific theory of the Manson murders. He’s not mentioned in the book, but I guess he must have been in on the plot which means that I was, wittingly or not, which means that all my friends and associates, etc. etc.

    • Replies: @lloyd
    I read on Charles Manson's blog, he was asked was he an agent for MK Ultra. He replied. "What is MK Ultra.?" Charley was sold into slavery by his mother as a small child. A family friend later that day or next day, bought him back. That was I think in 1939. In prison, he shared an apartment with Shira Shiran. He was never actually convicted of murder, only of conspiracy. He was an orator, a musician and an artist and his predictions of racial war and environmental catastrophe have turned out to be right.
    , @getaclue
    I've read several times over the years as to this that a member of the Sheriff's Department I believe it was (the police with jurisdiction over where the Manson group was living) stated that they knew they were there and were going to go arrest them for various things, before the murders, only to be told by "above" to lay off them...it seems there were other plans for them....
    , @ChuckOrloski
    Hey Kurt!

    Yes, "lots of crazy stuff going on..., but one is especially obscured.

    Fyi, in Vincent Bugliosi's book "Helter Skelter," and in a very brief paragraph, he noted how members of a British satanic cult called "The Process" visited imprisoned Charles Manson during his murder trial.

    Am curious to know if author, Kevin Barrett, recalls "Bug" having included that strange visitation. 🤔

    Of course, no followup from the MSM of that time, but there are really excellent books available that illustrate Manson's satanic proclivities.

    Thank you, Kirt.
  • There is no support for dissolution. A Reuters-Ipsos poll that concluded in 2017 found 23% support for "your state peacefully withdrawing from the USA and the federal government", another 20% answering "not sure", and 57% of respondents opposed. That's nothing like majority support, but it's hardly a fringe idea no one finds worthy of consideration....
  • It’s very naive to think that the US rulers would allow the country to peacefully break up when they won’t even let places like Syria and Venezuela peacefully run their own affairs. Lincoln, who drowned the attempted secession of the southern states in a bloodbath is usually considered the greatest American president precisely for this reason. A catastrophic military defeat abroad might set in motion the break-up of the imperial heartland, but it would most likely not be peaceful, but quite sanguinary.

  • It used to be comical, but suddenly it is not, anymore. In the past, blind hatred towards China could had been attributed to ignorance, or at least to indoctrination by the Western propaganda and mass media outlets. But now? China’s tremendous leap forward, its excellent, humane social policies and determined people-oriented scientific research, as well...
  • China is certainly a powerful and advanced country populated by some very intelligent people. In purchasing power parity, its economy is now apparently larger than that of the US, but with 4 times as many people, that’s almost to be expected. But I’m not quite buying the China as paradise on earth story being promulgated here. How does one explain the phenomenon of birth tourism? Why do Chinese tiger moms come to the US to have offspring born here so that they can automatically become US citizens and eligible to go to universities here for cheaper tuition? Surely Chinese universities must be superior. And I am not aware of any trend in the opposite direction – Americans or other westerners desperately trying to acquire Chinese citizenship for their kids. In a few cases, elites may have their kids learn Mandarin, but English remains by far the most popular international language.

    • Replies: @last straw

    China is certainly a powerful and advanced country populated by some very intelligent people. In purchasing power parity, its economy is now apparently larger than that of the US, but with 4 times as many people, that’s almost to be expected. But I’m not quite buying the China as paradise on earth story being promulgated here. How does one explain the phenomenon of birth tourism? Why do Chinese tiger moms come to the US to have offspring born here so that they can automatically become US citizens and eligible to go to universities here for cheaper tuition? Surely Chinese universities must be superior. And I am not aware of any trend in the opposite direction – Americans or other westerners desperately trying to acquire Chinese citizenship for their kids. In a few cases, elites may have their kids learn Mandarin, but English remains by far the most popular international language.
     
    China is not a paradise, nor the U.S.

    See "One third of Americans consider living abroad".

    For some reason, East Asian countries and regions, such as South Korea and Taiwan, which are already developed, still tend to have a lot of emigrants.
  • From the Los Angeles Times: FBI investigating tattooed deputy gangs in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department By MAYA LAU and JOEL RUBIN JUL 11, 2019 | 6:39 AM The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...
  • Didn’t we go through this 25 or so years ago with the LAPD and the Crips and the Bloods? The cops infiltrate the gangs and the gangs infiltrate the cops and the losers, as always, are the ordinary citizens.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    1998 Ramparts Scandal was played up in the media as racist white LAPD cops, but it was actually affirmative action hires like the black/Latino twofer Rafael Perez gone rogue, with some help from famous gangsta rappers. Hollywood movies like Training Day and Crash portrayed the Ramparts scandal more realistically (even though in highly fictionalized form) than did the L.A. Times.
  • So it’s been an exciting few weeks for Antifa and the rest of the neoliberal Resistance. OK, they haven’t yet managed to overthrow the Putin-Nazi occupation government (hereinafter “POG”), but they’ve definitely got “the Fash” on the run. “Fascism” hysteria is spreading like wildfire. Liberal Twitter mobs are out for blood. At this point, it’s...
  • @fnn

    How many ordinary people do you know that if you told them that some “fascist” got beaten up wouldn’t reply with: “Serves him right!”? I’m all for free speech and free expression but let’s not fool ourselves here.
     
    Curious how George Lincoln Rockwell and his uniformed American Nazi Party were mostly left unmolested at a time when there millions of young and fit actual WW2 veterans out and about. GLR was assassinated in 1967, but the deed was done by one of his disgruntled followers.

    In 1966 during a brief vacation in San Francisco following my release from the Army, I witnessed a rally of the American Nazi Party where Rockwell attempted to give a speech. He and his dozen or so followers and the police who protected them were attacked by projectiles thrown by leftists in a mob of hundreds. One of the police died of a heart attack as a result of this.

    • Replies: @padre
    What isyour pint, and how do you know mob of hundreds were leftists?I don't think taht the expression even existed at that time!
  • My opinion on "American Exceptionalism:" America is exceptional ... to me, because it's my country. I don't need any "American Exceptionalism" theories about why I should or shouldn't love my country and want the best for my fellow American citizens. I just do.
  • People who push American exceptionalism generally mean that the rules don’t apply to the US. The US gets to attack and wreck other countries because we’re “the good guys”.

    • Agree: Cagey Beast
  • Honor Codes have traditionally been more common at Southern than Northern universities in the U.S. For example, when I went to Rice U. in Houston in the 1970s, professors would give out take home closed book tests: nobody could tell whether you opened your book to cheat, but you swore you didn't and you were...
  • @scrivener3
    The honor code is administered by students, they are elected to the honor Court, if a student or professor suspects an infraction he brings a complaint to the court, one judge is appointed prosecutor. The student judges try to discern the truth of the matter and they have the power to throw out any student. It's rules with bite.

    OK, so it basically is just a set of rules with penalties for violations. Any rules occasionally enforced have “bite”. The fact that it is enforced by a student elected court doesn’t make it any more honorable, but probably makes it less objective since student peers are always in some way in competition with each other.

  • Spies, Femme fatale, deadly plots, killings, bombs, knives, guns, and an array of unique murderous weaponry that would make James Bond and “Q” envious. All this, combined with dozens of unapologetic and brutal cloak and dagger assassinations in foreign locales worldwide? Sounds like the makings of a great spy thriller. Indeed. But, despite decades of...
  • Kirt says:

    I read this book several months ago, shortly after it was first published. I wasn’t looking for it, just noticed it in my local Barnes and Noble, and read it in a few hours at the coffee bar as I’ve read so many other books. Two things struck me about it. One was the fact that Israel has been responsible for so many of these state sponsored terrorist assassinations (although the US may be catching up thanks to its drone strikes). The other is that the Israeli deep state wants this known, in general if not in every specific operational detail. The Mossad wants the general public everywhere to know its global reach and to “be afraid, be very afraid”.

    • Replies: @Jake
    Correct. The purpose is terrorism: people are to be terrified to do anything that the ruling Jews find upsetting.

    That, of course, is the way that Arab and almost all non-Indo-European Mohammedans operate as a matter of course. Semitism is a culture of terrorism. Both wings of Semitism, Talmudic Jewish and Arabic Mohammedan, are terroristic at base.
    , @Parfois1
    I stopped reading at:

    What this book does more importantly reveal is a multi-faceted unmasking of Israel’s steady descent from the moral to the immoral tactics of war;
     
    It is not a descent from the moral; the whole Zionist project was immoral from the start, from theft to thuggery. Israel is the personification of evil, first and foremost. And under its tutelage USA becomes Nosey USA, infected with the same immoral code - hence the "spats" from drone assassinations and the like.

    And to make it clear, the book is a glorification of evil and a message to the world that Zionist Israel can do anything with impunity relying on its status as being above laws and morality.

    Besides it is not "tactics of war" either. This is calculated murder on large scale because their reach is global and anyone who opposes Zionism could be in danger, even the "Anonymous" commenter here.

    With such record of wickedness a deserved retribution is on the cards when it comes. Stalin made a start... maybe why he was bumped off.
  • Honor Codes have traditionally been more common at Southern than Northern universities in the U.S. For example, when I went to Rice U. in Houston in the 1970s, professors would give out take home closed book tests: nobody could tell whether you opened your book to cheat, but you swore you didn't and you were...
  • Aside from consulting the book on a take home closed book test (and in the age of the internet, that hardly seems necessary), what are the most typical honor code violations and how are they detected? If there is a fairly consistent way of catching violators, even if it doesn’t work a lot of the time, then what you have is not really an honor code. It’s just a regular set of rules that you’ll be punished for violating if you are caught. If violations can only be detected by the violators turning themselves in, then it’s possible that the groups which produce the most consistent violations are actually the most honorable because they are the most honest. Note the “it’s possible”; there would really be no way to tell for sure.

    • Replies: @scrivener3
    The honor code is administered by students, they are elected to the honor Court, if a student or professor suspects an infraction he brings a complaint to the court, one judge is appointed prosecutor. The student judges try to discern the truth of the matter and they have the power to throw out any student. It's rules with bite.
    , @William Badwhite
    The honor code at UVA leads to a lot of nice things. One of which (dating myself here) is Charlottesville merchants had no problem accepting checks from students (few would dare pass a bad check).

    Another was that during exam week you'd be given all of your exams on Monday with instructions as to when they were due (typically some time on either Thursday or Friday afternoon depending on when the the professor wanted to get started on grading). Most exams had a finite amount of time you were allowed to work on it and also would specify whether that time once started didn't stop or whether you could take breaks during which your allotted time did stop running. They'd also specify whether they were closed book or not. This allowed a student to take an exam at home when he felt ready, as opposed to "be in classroom 123 at 10am on Wednesday".
  • Approval of them seem to be strongly correlated... at least according to this recent BBC poll. That is a rather more puzzling result than the fact that Arab religiosity is going down (through from a very high base), especially amongst the young. This has been frequently noted, by Razib Khan and others. Atheist YouTube is...
  • Maybe not so puzzling or very strange. Respondents might be more likely to have participated in honor killings or have friends and relatives who have done so, than consider themselves homosexual or have friends and relatives who are homosexual. Also you’re comparing something once approved, now disapproved and something once disapproved, now approved. During a transition of values period, you may get all sorts of polling results with such a comparison.

  • From the Texas Tribune: Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year New census estimates show Texas' Hispanic population growth continues to surpass white population growth, with Hispanics on pace to soon represent a plurality. BY ALEXA URA AND CONNIE HANZHANG JIN JUNE 20, 201912 AM ... With Hispanics expected...
  • White and Hispanic are overlapping census categories, not mutually exclusive. Since claiming to be Hispanic can be advantageous with respect to government preferences and benefits, anyone with any plausible excuse to do it, will so claim. Excuses can be surnames, even if acquired by marriage, and remote ancestry. White, on the other hand, is not only unprivileged but extremely disadvantaged. No one with any plausible excuse to do otherwise, will claim to be exclusively white. There is even a push by large subgroups such as Middle Easterners to create an exclusive privileged subgroup for themselves. And they are encouraged in this by self-appointed border policers like WN’s and “race realists” who busy themselves with trying to identify groups which aren’t really white but trying to pass, all the while complaining about how whites are getting fewer and fewer.

  • From the New York Times: Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake By Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Thomas Gibbons-Neff June 21, 2019 WASHINGTON — He heard from his generals and his diplomats. Lawmakers weighed in and so did his advisers. But among the...
  • If Tucker Carlson did this, he certainly did God’s work. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the deep state false flaggers (here and/or abroad) have just learned that they have to spill American blood, maybe a lot of it, for the false flag to work. BOLO.

  • The flamboyant Italian opera and movie (the 1968 Romeo and Juliet) director has died at 96 after a long life of believing too much is never enough when it comes to making audiences happy. Zeffirelli's 1999 movie about his upbringing in 1930s Florence, Tea with Mussolini, is a fairly rare example of the genre of...
  • @Anon

    apparently he was a protege of the Marxist director Visconti
     
    Visconti's greatest work by far was the reactionary THE LEOPARD.

    Visconti was Marxist in the way that earlier Italians were Catholics. The new official faith of the postwar era.

    http://curnblog.com/2014/01/11/luchino-visconti-german-trilogy/

    WOW! Thanks for the link to that interesting analysis of Visconti’s work. I’ve seen The Damned at least three times and found it interesting since it dated from the end of an era when Catholics, Communists, and many others alike viewed the Nazis as degenerate homosexual militants. This was true of at least part of the Nazi movement and Hitler’s own role was ambiguous, as documented in Lothar Machtan’s book The Hidden Hitler. This history is now in the process of being scrubbed since the PC position is that anyone who opposes homosexuality is a Nazi. I didn’t know until yesterday that Visconti was homosexual, as was Zefferelli. Is it a thing with Italian directors? Anyway, this article and discussion have prompted me to try to see some of these Italian movies that I have heard of, but missed – like The Leopard. Beats the hell out of this 5th grade comic book super hero garbage, which is all you get out of Hollywood these days.

  • I liked Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth and his Romeo and Juliet, but otherwise paid no attention to him. His passing has prompted me to look up his Wiki biography which is quite interesting. Apparently he was a protege of the Marxist director Visconti and like Visconti, a homosexual. Yet he evolved into a practicing Catholic who defended the Church’s position on such things as abortion and homosexuality, and served in the Italian parliament as a member of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia Party. Interesting guy. RIP.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Anon
    Taming of the Shrew was probably his best work, though I'll take Swept Away by Wertmuller any day.

    Zeff was opulence done with syrup. Too much. His Jesus movie was a chore as dull as Greatest Story Ever Told. Romeo and Juliet is okay for highschoolers.
    , @Dan Hayes
    Kirt:

    A tip-off about his Catholic sensibilities. A long time ago on "Sixty Minutes", Harry Reasoner when interviewing Zeffirelli pointed out that he had gone out of his way to cast the Romeo and Juliet clergy in good light.
    , @Anon

    apparently he was a protege of the Marxist director Visconti
     
    Visconti's greatest work by far was the reactionary THE LEOPARD.

    Visconti was Marxist in the way that earlier Italians were Catholics. The new official faith of the postwar era.

    http://curnblog.com/2014/01/11/luchino-visconti-german-trilogy/
  • The percentage of men under the age of 30 who report not having had sex in at least a year came in at 28% in 2018, the highest figure ever recorded in that age range since the survey first began asking about sexual frequency in the late eighties (N = 2,818). From 1989 through 2012,...
  • It’s hard for me to believe there is even such a thing as an incel if the term literally means “involuntary celibate”. Given the availability of prostitutes, anyone who wants to really have sex and is willing to put out the minimum effort and/or money can have it. I think incels are actually those guys who can’t have the girl they specifically want with her picking up the tab.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    Prostitutes can offer sex but not companionship. Yes, young men overvalue sex, but in the end, other things in a relationship are more rewarding and what they really need. Also, sex with prostitutes is usually low-status. Even though politicians do it all the time.

    I think "incel" really means a young guy without a girlfriend. A guy who invites many girls out and they refuse, they "don't have time" or "they are not ready", so they end up creating resentment of women in feneral. Being more of an introvert for most of my life, I can partly understand them, although it is also a fact that many of those type of guys don't even take care of themselves or try to improve themselves, don't learn how to socialize, don't even dress well, I mean, you have at least to make an effort, it may be hard to get a girl, but not impossible by any means.

    The Staceys may be having sex with the Chads, but the non-Staceys are getting ignored, by the very non-Chads who are the subjects of this pity party.
     
    The problem is that some non-Staceys are makeing themselves unattractive, through feminism, obesity, blue or pink hair, or just their attitude.

    I just saw the other day a girl walking on the street, not particularly attractive but not ugly either, a nice average young white girl in her 20s. However, her whole body was covered in ugly, cartoonish tattoos, and she also had a nose ring.
  • Inexplicably, a demographic breakdown of views on George Zimmerman's acquittal in the case of Trayvon Martin's death has to this point not been provided here. Better late than never! The following comes from a Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted in the summer of 2013. "Neither agree nor disagree" and "don't know" answers, given by one-quarter of respondents,...
  • I think Zimmerman was correctly found not guilty because he was overcharged. Same with Casey Anthony. Had either of them been simply charged with negligent homicide rather than murder, the prosecution would probably have won.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Had either of them been simply charged with negligent homicide rather than murder, the prosecution would probably have won.

    'Negligent homicide' would be a nonsense charge. He shot someone who was on top of him practicing MMA ground-and-pound moves. There isn't any doubt of that. The autopsy report, photographs taken at the scene, recordings of 911 calls, and the most secure eyewitness testimony are consistent on that point. All the available evidence indicated that Trayvon Martin had quite deliberately refrained from entering the back door of the townhouse where he was a guest, walked 75 yards down a residential alley, and attacked Zimmerman (who had no idea where he was and was loitering around waiting for the police to arrive).
  • Every time you think the corporatocracy’s manufactured anti-Semitism hysteria cannot possibly get more absurd, they somehow manage to outdo themselves. OK, stay with me now, because this is a weird one. Apparently, American Hitler and his cronies are conspiring with some secret group of “Jewish leaders” to stop British Hitler from becoming prime minister and...
  • Very logical analysis! Obviously the work of a racist, anti-Semite, white, male, patriarchalist, Putin-puppet. Did I forget homophobic? That too!

  • All Europe is under the shadow of war. It is like an eclipse of the sun. In the warring nations the darkness is most intense, amounting to a continuous blackout. The neutral countries form a sort of twilight zone, where life is better, yet far from normal. In nature, an eclipse is a passing phenomenon;...
  • Kirt says:

    This book was quite revealing and chilling, made all the more so by the icy objectivity of Stoddard’s prose, whatever may have been his private opinions. It’s really astounding that the Nazis were able to achieve such a complete level of totalitarian control after less than 7 years in power and with relatively little bloodshed until the beginning of the war. The Bolsheviks took 15 to 20 years and had to kill maybe ten million or more people to accomplish the same thing. The Nazis probably killed fewer than 20,000 from the time Hitler took power up to the beginning of the war.

  • Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “Why won’t we win the next war?” Though most of Ben Yishai’s Hebrew articles are reprinted in Ynet’s English edition, this article is...
  • Iran is no threat to Israel in the military sphere. It’s an easy target for Israeli nuclear missiles and has none of its own to respond. Hezbollah, however, sits right on the border of Israel. Hence nuclear missiles can’t be used against it due to the fallout problem nor can the Israelis defeat it on its own turf by conventional means. But neither can Hezbollah conquer Israel. In the event of another war, this means Hezbollah rockets against Israeli rockets and bombs until Hezbollah runs out. Israel won’t run out because they have the US to resupply them. They will suffer few civilian casualties due to their excellent civil defense system. They’ll suffer short term severe economic loss, but the US will make that up to them as well. They’ll suffer few military casualties because they won’t be foolish enough to actually invade Lebanon as they did last time.

    What Bibi would like is for the US to attack Iran, creating a major distraction to cover the Israeli expulsion of almost all Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank. It’s true that they are winning the demographic war by a combination of immigration and an above replacement level and rising fertility rate. The latter is a truly remarkable accomplishment in the contemporary world. But there are still millions of Palestinians in the way. The Israelis may not be strong enough to beat neighboring armies as they once did, but they can still beat civilians armed only with rocks.

    • Agree: Tsigantes
    • Replies: @Wally
    "Iran is no threat to Israel in the military sphere. It’s an easy target for Israeli nuclear missiles and has none of its own to respond."

    I remind you that Iran has plenty of biological weapons, the sanctioned man's nukes.
  • Darkness fell over the São Paulo skyline. Like most cities, dusk brings the evening commute, but this one is a little different. One by one, all across the business district, helicopters lifted off buildings and roared into the humid night sky. São Paulo has one of the largest private helicopter fleets in the world. Usually...
  • Interesting analysis. I’d also be interested to read the author’s take on how the US losing its position as world hegemon will impact the internal arrangements. Currently, this loss of position is occurring very slowly, but it could be speeded up a lot, for example, by a catastrophic military defeat.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
    • Replies: @Disordered Deacon
    for starters, less birth tourism, less foreign people buying houses, ergo whites will have some more room. there might be some economic downturn, particularly coastal areas, and the dollar might fall. but it might be compensated by the return of money to local pockets.
  • This table is from Radford U.'s database on serial killers. The 2010s were only halfway done when this was compiled. Plus, who knows how long it takes to notice all the serial killers? But it fits in with my general impression, and that of Bill James: Serial killers as a cultural phenomenon were a Sixties...
  • @bored identity
    OT:

    Remember that time when the old Marxist De Sade from Vermont felt the bern on his palmed, saggy-shrinking moxie while a couple of Dian Foosey's close associates were snatching the stage, mic, and probably even the Nomination from him? :



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    https://youtu.be/H8Bu0OZNSNg

     
    Well, this Saturday's reverse engineered situation drove the United Henhhood to capital letter meltdown over Kamala's mic 45 seconds long surrender to some PETAcostal Church Bronobo:

    https://one-news.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Protester-grabs-mic-from-Kamala-Harris-during-California-convention.jpg

    https://nowbiz.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/protester-grabs-microphone-from-kamala-harris-at-san-francisco-event.jpg


    https://mfamediagroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/5326366_060119-kgo-protester-takes-kamalas-mic-2-img_Image_17-03-1508.jpg


    https://youtu.be/LVVOv3buJkg





    And here's Mashable's adaptation of the same event for audio-visually impaired audience:



    After Karine Jean-Pierre heroically intervened between Cook and Harris, and several people, including Harris's husband Douglas Emhoff, escorted him off stage, Harris reportedly returned to speak and told cheering audience members, "I'm good, I’m good... All good. No worries."


    It's appalling for anyone to storm a stage and make people feel that their safety is at risk, but for a man to interrupt a woman as she's speaking about gender equality — not to mention attempt to take away from a woman of color's time at the mic — is a whole other level of ridiculous.

    This is patriarchy embodied. A white man runs up on stage UNINVITED, steals the mic from a black woman who is ANSWERING A QUESTION ABOUT THE GENDER PAY GAP, and says he has a “much bigger idea.” Masterful handling of this shameful behavior by @K_JeanPierre and @KamalaHarris. https://t.co/JETBlFbcEm

    — Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) June 2, 2019

    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1120413411828011008/m7LaWiXJ_400x400.png

    Not only does @KamalaHarris have to deal with this, but she has to laugh it off as just a guy having an opinion and pretend like she wasn’t insulted, degraded, and worse - could have been physically attacked while doing her job. It’s enraging and shameful.

    — Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) June 2, 2019

    We live in a world where this cannot ever happen. We live in a world where a Congresswoman was shot and nearly killed at a constituent event. This man could have done serious harm to Kamala Harris and all the women on this panel.

    This is unacceptable. https://t.co/xFix9Rmk3r

    — LaToya Morgan (@MorganicInk) June 2, 2019

    A white dude rushing the stage and grabbing the mic from a WOC, while she’s speaking about the gender pay gap, and then being escorted away without being charged with anything feels like a short play written to raise awareness about mansplaining and white male privilege. https://t.co/0uGkXwL1VF

    — The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) June 2, 2019

    Manbunwhiteboybeard hopping on stage uninvited to GRAB THE MICROPHONE OUT OF KAMALA HARRIS’ HAND and talk over the women of color IS THE EXACT METAPHOR FOR WHY WE ARE IN THIS POLITICAL HELLSCAPE RIGHT NOW #BigIdeaspic.twitter.com/vzKc5wZ24D

    — Jenny Yang stands w the WGA (@jennyyangtv) June 2, 2019

    I’m no Kamala supporter but let me say this: no one bum rushed the stage for any of the non-Black Women candidates. We are always in more danger.

    — LeslieMac 🖤 (@LeslieMac) June 2, 2019

    I just saw this and it makes me so afraid. I see @K_JeanPierre act. I see @KamalaHarris not flinch. I know they have no time for fear and I want to follow their example.
    But I'm terrified of these people right now. Their metastasized and amplified privilege. How do we stop them? https://t.co/tbMtMSEYoh

    — Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 2, 2019

    Kamala Harris doesn’t flinch. She is tough and strong. She certainly isn’t “timid.” Dudes can mansplain all they want, and their avatar in the White House - the Mansplainer in Chief - is in trouble with her opposite him on the debate stage.

    — Ian Sams (@IanSams) June 2, 2019

    Reworking tomorrow's show a bit. We need to talk about the invasion of these women's physical space... https://t.co/a96YwTZANw

    — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 2, 2019


    https://mashable.com/article/kamala-harris-man-takes-mic-move-on-festival/

     
    Bonus:
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/protester-who-interrupted-sanders-rally-in-2016-takes-mic-from-kamala-harris

    I have a certain hunch that this was staged, but Steve has a near infallible sense for these things. What does he think?

    • Replies: @bored identity
    bored identity knows from experience that Uncle Sailer never spills the beans before the swine...or something like that.

    He also prefers charts, diagrams, and patterns of not so hidden, hate figures (and facts), over reading from the entrails of the random event.

    That's exactly how he built his uniquely reprllent reputation over decades.

    When the times come, he will cast his vote.

    Or maybe not.
  • I was in Kabul a decade ago when Wikileaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what...
  • @RobinG
    Great post, but your last sentences stopped me from hitting AGREE. [The tiny minority which considers killing foreigners a bad idea, especially when it is the entire basis of US foreign policy, is powerless to do anything about it. If they try, they’ll end up like Assange.]

    If that (the "tiny" part) is true, then all the religious types (I'm mostly familiar with Christians) who decry the slaughter and appeal for 'human rights' are really hypocrites who, in their heart of hearts, couldn't care less? Or, as I've mused, it's not their hearts, it's their lizard brains that are so callous: eat you before you eat me.

    Also objectionable is the resignation to powerlessness. Such defeatist mindset precludes any action. Are we so hopeless? Must I agree? Sad.

    Thank you, Robin. I’m Christian myself, but most of the anti-war Christians I know are within my extended family. There is no large scale anti-war movement within Christian churches, indeed no detectable anti-war movement at all. So the tiny part is true. As far as the powerlessness is concerned, the highest ranking anti-war person I am aware of in the US government is Representative and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. No one gives her the least chance of getting the Democratic presidential nomination and she is despised by the Democratic political establishment and the mainstream media, as was the case with Republican anti-war Representative Ron Paul several years ago. I don’t think this necessarily precludes any action. Political campaigning can be a chance to spread the truth on a small scale and truth is important. And there are certainly many charities which exist to aid the victims of US policy; this can make an important difference in the lives of individuals even if the policy is not changed. But barring a miracle (and as a Christian, I can never rule that out) I think the only thing that can change US policy is a catastrophic military defeat and the economic and political fall-out from that.

  • Kirt says:

    Assange is a noble and tragic figure. His mistake was being naive enough to believe that once Americans found out that their government was wantonly murdering assorted foreigners in their name, they would be outraged and demand that it stop. In reality the majority of Americans are ignorant and apathetic, they don’t know and they don’t care. What’s more they resent anyone who, like Assange, seeks to remedy their ignorance and apathy. A substantial minority of Americans think it is a really good idea to murder foreigners and are so much in favor of the US ruling the world that they call Assange a traitor for daring to go against the US government. It matter not to them that he is not even an American citizen; he dared oppose the US government. The tiny minority which considers killing foreigners a bad idea, especially when it is the entire basis of US foreign policy, is powerless to do anything about it. If they try, they’ll end up like Assange.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    Great post, but your last sentences stopped me from hitting AGREE. [The tiny minority which considers killing foreigners a bad idea, especially when it is the entire basis of US foreign policy, is powerless to do anything about it. If they try, they’ll end up like Assange.]

    If that (the "tiny" part) is true, then all the religious types (I'm mostly familiar with Christians) who decry the slaughter and appeal for 'human rights' are really hypocrites who, in their heart of hearts, couldn't care less? Or, as I've mused, it's not their hearts, it's their lizard brains that are so callous: eat you before you eat me.

    Also objectionable is the resignation to powerlessness. Such defeatist mindset precludes any action. Are we so hopeless? Must I agree? Sad.
  • There are two main types of mass shooters: - Suicide Mass Shooters who stick around to finish off wounded at the personal cost of dying or going to prison for life. Suicide Shooters tend to be white or Asian, although the Virginia Beach guy was black. - Murder Mass Shooters who wound many while trying...
  • I figured the shooter was not white because this would have been mentioned ad nauseam if he was. So I headed over to this site to find out what he actually was.

  • I loved the Game of Thrones series when it first got started. I watched it on the recommendation of Greg Hood’s Counter-Currents reviews of Season One and Season Two. I was so taken with it that, when I ran out of episodes, I actually picked up Martin’s books to see how the stories continued, which...
  • Kirt says:

    Martin is a talented writer, but he got lost in his own maze of plots. He could never have completed the series so the much less talented TV writers had to. As far as Brandon having the best story, that’s absurd. Brandon was a bore. That’s actually not a bad quality for a ruler, but it’s unattractive to a TV audience. If they decide to go for a GoT2, expect Bran to be gruesomely assassinated in the very first episode.

  • Long-time iSteve favorite, the often tired and emotional EU supremo Jean-Claude Juncker, summed up his views in a speech that sounds like I wrote it for him. From CNN: "Jean-Claude Juncker" would be a great name for the villain in a Die Hard sequel. Okay, but isn't acting in solidarity with those
  • “Jean-Claude Juncker” would be a great name for the villain in a Die Hard sequel.

    Steve, you crack me up!

  • From the New York Times opinion page: Did I mention I wrote a novel? Did I mention I have an upcoming novel? "Scheduled for hardback publication in Spring 2020, Blue Ticket is pitched as "a sly, urgent enquiry into free will, social expectation and the fraught space of motherhood", described by Hamish Hamilton as a...
  • Classic iSteve bait – Sophie makes it too easy!

  • Jeeves, the excellent valet of Mr Wooster, had an ace up his sleeve: if going was tough, he had used his access to the records of the Junior Ganymede club, and there he could find embarrassing stuff against anybody who had ever employed a valet or a butler, for these gentleman’s gentlemen were obliged to...
  • Profound analysis by Mr. Shamir. It confirms that one of the important reasons for the decline of freemasonry is the monopolization of political conspiracy by the intelligence services. Who needs the lodge when you have the CIA. An aspect of the rule of spies that Mr. Shamir does not touch on is the legitimization of this rule through popular culture. This started with the James Bond novels and movies and by now has become ubiquitous. Spies and assassins are the heroes of the masses. While secrecy is still needed for tactical reasons in the case of specific operations, overall secrecy is not needed nor even desirable. So you have thugs like Pompeo actually boasting of their villainy before audiences of college students at Texas A&M and you have the Mossad supporting the publication of the book Rise and Kill First which is an extensive account of their world-wide assassination policy. They have the power; now they want the perks that go with it, including being treated like rock stars.

    • Replies: @israel shamir

    Who needs the lodge when you have the CIA
     
    Good explanation of freemasonry's decline, Kirt!
    As for popular culture - almost all latest cinema characters are spies - like Avengers))
    , @Paw
    Mr.Shamir = Xrays eye ! Yes , the criminals are the victims of their crimes,too.
    , @annamaria
    "Yes, they were and are stupid. They are no sages, evil or benevolent. My main objection to the conspiracy theorists is that they usually view the plotters as omniscient and all-powerful. They are too greedy to be all-powerful, and they are too silly to be omniscient."
    The impunity of the Deciders (that is, the lack of a healthy protective response by a society) has been killing the host along with the parasites.
  • From the New York Times: In the U.S., the secret ballot was known in the late 19th century as the "A
  • Kirt says:
    @AKAHorace
    How many times do we have to see polling organizations badly predict election results due to a bias towards the leftist party?

    Is this a bias in the polling organizations or the "Shy Tory effect", people being unwilling to admit to polsters that they will vote for right wing candidates ? Would love to hear comments from Australians about this.

    It’s not either/or. Bias in polling organizations, which are believed quite correctly to be part of the ruling establishment, leads to the “shy Tory effect”. This is bound to increase as people observe (in Australia just recently as well as the US and other countries) that you can lose your job and suffer other punishments for holding politically incorrect opinions. As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.

    • Replies: @Wilkey

    Bias in polling organizations, which are believed quite correctly to be part of the ruling establishment, leads to the “shy Tory effect”. This is bound to increase as people observe (in Australia just recently as well as the US and other countries) that you can lose your job and suffer other punishments for holding politically incorrect opinions. As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.
     
    Is it "shy Tories," or is it that Tories tend to be a little older and that older people grow increasingly tired and distrustful of organizations and random phone callers asking our political opinions? There are lots of places and people to whom I'm willing to admit my political leanings, including to my wife's co-workers, who lean far to the left. But who the hell is that guy or girl calling me on the phone, are they really who they say they are, how are they going to store my answers, and who are they going to give or sell it to?

    It has nothing to do with shyness.
    , @bored identity



    This is bound to increase as people observe (in Australia just recently as well as the US and other countries) that you can lose your job and suffer other punishments for holding politically incorrect opinions.

    As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.

     
    ....and that's how Biden crumbles.
    , @Wilkey
    As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.

    If you're a respectable, decent person, telling the truth about how you voted may be worth as much as (or more than) your vote itself.

    We need good people out there telling people that it's ok to vote for Trump, and for issues like immigration enforcement. You don't have to tell it to the pollsters, but for the love of God please tell it to your coworkers and friends. You don't even have to say that you like Trump. I sure don't. Just acknowledge that some of his issues are important enough that we leaders who are more like him than like Hillary or Obama.
    , @Sam Malone

    As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.
     
    Which leads me to wonder if in future the ballot will be allowed to remain secret.
  • From a new paper: It's not clear if left-handers tend to be overall better fighters or if they just enjoy an advantage from being in the minority and thus their opponents are less familiar with their style of fight
  • This is “common knowledge” which has been around apparently for millenia. So has the intuitive explanation – lefties are used to fighting righties, but righties are not used to fighting lefties.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Flight From White by Steve Sailer May 15, 2019 James Holzhauer has won 22 straight games on Jeopardy! Meanwhile, baseball slugger Christian Yelich is leading the National League with 16 homers. What do they have in common besides being young men enjoying vintage 2019s? For one thing, Holzhauer,...
  • Between flight from white and expulsion from white (term applies only to northern and maybe southern and eastern Europeans, depending on whom you ask), you’re bound to get a contraction in the white population even without a falling birthrate. Far from being a privilege, there is not a single advantage and many disadvantages in the contemporary US that derive from claiming to be white.

  • From the National Post of Toronto: Presumably, most Indigenous women in Canada who are murdered are murdered by Indigenous men who are drunk and enraged and soon regretful they just murdered their loved one. But if you want to automatically make that first degree murder ... Uh, I thought goodthinkers in Canada were concerned that...
  • OK, you got me! Does anybody know what 2SLGBTQQIA is? Anybody? Bueller?? Er, I mean Buller.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+)

    2S:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/two-spirited-indigenous-conversation-1.3524020
    , @Hypnotoad666
    I think the "QQ" may refer to people who are doubly-queer.
    , @haddox
    Take off, eh. Some research findings for you hosers . . .

    -2S is two spirit. Can also be T or TS. Seems to be a Canadian indigenous deal.
    -the Qs are queer or questioning (also a ? mark)
    -I is intersex (not sure)
    -A is (straight) ally. Sometimes SA (echt?)
    -looks there can be up to 3 other Ts (tansgender, transexual, transitioning).
    -And then there can be a + at the end to cover any other identities.

    So theoretically 2SLGBTTTQ?ISA+. . hitting great password entropy at this point
    , @Dtbb
    I came up with one but got deservedly whimmed.
    , @TheMediumIsTheMassage
    I'll give it my best shot: Two-spirit (it's a native American thing that has something to do with sexuality, that's as much as I know), no idea what the 'S' stands for (it surely can't be straight), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, no idea what the second Q is, intersex, and asexual.
    , @RonaldB
    Joys of google:
    http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/pride-month-celebration/c
  • Since the 1960s, there have been sporadic reactions in film against emergent liberal hegemonies in culture. In the early 1970s, when the social changes borne of the countercultural 1960s were, in very short order, becoming the mainstream culture and translating into the disastrous social policies of that era, there were occasional sympathetic depictions from Hollywood...
  • Kirt says:

    I’d highly recommend Dragged, but not if you’re looking for light entertainment with a happy ending. It’s quite serious and rather depressing. It’s extremely well done. One slight criticism I have from the standpoint of credibility comes from some scenes at the end where duffle bags supposedly full of gold bullion are being slung around as if they weighed no more than 40 or 50 pounds at most. In reality, I think that much gold would probably weigh several hundred pounds and not be portable at all by one man, perhaps not even by two.

  • My favorite Martin Scorsese film is Gangs of New York (see my review here), but his follow-up film, The Aviator (2004), is a close second and rises in my estimation with each viewing. The Aviator is an epic depiction of the career of Howard Hughes, spanning the years 1927 to 1947, from the creation of...
  • Gangs of New York is one of the worst movies ever made.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    Gangs of New York (2002) was flawed, definitely not "worst." Of the films of the past few years the "worst" application can be applied to the racialist, Body Snatchers rip-off Get Out (2017). This malignant dreck gave white SJW-types the vapors because everything black people do is genius.
    , @Che Guava
    I agree, too, but the book is fascinating, and well worth reading.
  • From the New York Times: So these "False Fears" are not so false. In fact, they represent the grand strategy of the Democratic Party to import enough future Democratic voters to turn the U.S. into a one-party country, unified mostly by constantly whipped-up hatred for the former majority. After all, the New York Times runs...
  • Kirt says:
    @216
    Number of Christian Prime Ministers of Japan

    Number of Christian Prime Ministers of Israel

    Percentage of Christians in each country

    Taro Aso, a Christian, was Prime Minister of Japan for a brief time and is currently deputy Prime Minister. There may have been other Christian Prime Ministers of Japan; I don’t know. There has of course never been a Christian Prime Minister of Israel. The percentage of Christians in both countries is pretty small – 2% in Israel, 2.3% in Japan.

    • Replies: @anon

    There has of course never been a Christian Prime Minister of Israel.
     
    the real question is has there ever been a non-racist, non-supremacist Prime Minister of israel?
  • Hijab Fetish is getting out of control. I wish Edward Said were still around to denounce this worsening outbreak of Orientalism. Okay, here's the last fundraising pitch for April, one of the three months of the year (along with December and August) when I hassle you for donations. I sometimes find myself discouraged, but then...
  • Outrageous cultural appropriation by Sports Illustrated!

  • This translates to nine months plus the nine months already served, which is the full length of time that the prosecution asked for (probation office asked for 12 months). Here is how this stacks up against old FARA prosecutions: 18 months is very fair and proportionate. /s As I noted at that time: "Consequently, if...
  • I feel sorry for this naive lady who basically was found guilty of being Russian when anti-Russian hate hysteria is at an all-time high in the US.

    • Agree: Hail
  • Andrew Yang - THE WAR ON NORMAL PEOPLE (2018) Rating: 5/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my book reviews and ratings here: I don't normally read the vapid hagiographies that characterize most political manifestoes. The...
  • I read The War on Normal People two or three months ago and agree with Yang’s promotion of the UBI without considering it necessarily a cure-all. As a believing and practicing Christian, I’m inclined to consider spiritual factors as more important than strictly material ones in determining societal as well as individual health. That said, I may well vote for either Yang or Gabbard in the Demo primary. Both of them have some good points and so are not merely “lesser evils” as compared to Trump.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
    We need a "lesser evil" than Trump ?

    You won't be voting Democrat then.
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959) marked his transition from writing juvenile pulp science fiction to serious novels of ideas, in this case setting forth a highly reactionary and militarist political philosophy. Paul Verhoven’s 1997 film of Starship Troopers takes quite a few liberties with Heinlein’s plot but manages to capture its spirit and communicate...
  • It’s accurate to call the movie a parody of the book – an entertaining parody, but parody nonetheless. I’d still like to see a movie which more closely follows the book. I’d also like to see a movie made of Glory Road, my favorite Heinlein novel.

    • Agree: atlantis_dweller
    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
    Exactly right. To my mind, it was a malicious parody deliberately crafted to misrepresent Heinlein's ideas in the worst possible light.

    At a time, moreover, when such a misrepresentation would be likely be popular and make money.
    , @Tom Welsh
    As I pointed out in an Amazon review (possibly now removed for some reason), a film of "Starship Troopers" without powered suits is like a film of "Midway" without aircraft carriers.

    If it wasn't technically possible to do the powered suits, the project should have been abandoned.
    , @Wrench
    I loved Glory Road
  • Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first time since the failed Arab Spring of 2011. At the same time, dictators are seeking to further monopolise power by killing, jailing or intimidating opponents who want personal and...
  • Betting that any revolution becomes a bloody mess and puts in a regime worse than the one overthrown is a bet I’ll win about 95% of the time – more than that in the ME and Africa. And I certainly hope that the slogan “Christ at the heart of the Revolution” does not become widespread or widely known. It just sets up Christians to be blamed for the next genocidal blood-letting in the Moslem world. In fact, Christ specifically repudiated the idea that his mission was to overthrow the rulers of his time.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Christ specifically repudiated the idea that his mission was to overthrow the rulers of his time. Muslims say the same thing, even while talking out the other side of their mouth.

    The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.
  • It’s fitting that it is happening to Dan Crenshaw. The freshman representative from Texas, a former Navy SEAL, has defended America’s endless foreign interventions on the grounds that “we go there so they don’t come here”. [Why guys like me go to places like Syria, by Dan Crenshaw, Washington Post, December 21, 2019. Yet now...
  • They’re over here to a large extent because we’re over there. This doesn’t just apply to the Middle East and Africa. US interference (including the massive use of death squads) in South and Central America and Mexico have led to much of the huge Latin American immigration to the US in recent years, not to mention the spread of drug use in the US, which the violent interference of the US in Latin America was supposed to prevent.

  • 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...
  • Dune is one of my favorite movies despite the flaws. Trevor Lynch is outstanding in analyzing both the good and not-so-good aspects of David Lynch’s work. Now Villeneuve will know what to do and what to avoid.

    • Agree: Andrei Martyanov
    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov

    Now Villeneuve will know what to do and what to avoid.
     
    He already stated that his major influence is Lynch's Dune. I do not watch Lynch's Dune (I have both versions--2 hour and 3 hr. 15 min., disowned by Lynch ) anymore for story--it is a mental-visual experience, I wish Lynch elaborated even more on Dune's visuals.
  • “Unlike other presidents, I keep my promises,” Trump boasted in a speechdelivered on Saturday to the Republican Jewish Congress at a luxury hotel in Las Vegas. Many in the audience wore red yarmulkes emblazoned with his name. In his speech, Trump condemned Democrats for allowing “the terrible scourge of anti-Semitism to take root in their...
  • Many if not most of Trump’s supporters are Christian Zionists who support the most hard-core elements of the Israeli settlers. So Trump is giving them exactly what they want and they love him for it. There is no conflict between this and his family ties and his non-stop choosing of neo-con advisors. What’s more, relentless support of Israeli nationalism is the one issue on which the Dems dare not criticize him, other than leftists like AOC and Muslims like Omar. And of course, he wants the criticism of people like that. I didn’t vote for him in 2016 and won’t in 2020, but it’s increasingly hard to see him losing in 2020, absent a severe recession or a catastrophic military defeat for the US.

    • Replies: @Bill

    it’s increasingly hard to see him losing in 2020
     
    He's going to win MI and PA again? After the tax cut? And the no wall? And the trade strategy focusing on protecting corporations' IP?
  • Update: Bibi is expected to be able to form a right of center coalition, his 4th straight win and 5th going back to 1996. He won't last forever, but he seems at this point like the most influential political figure of the last quarter of a century worldwide. Israeli elections are usually pretty close, and...
  • @Anonymous
    The way it was explained to me Bibi (via his coalition) has this thing locked up. The job of the President of Israel now is to meet with all elected officials and to ask them who they think should be PM; Bibi's coalition won the majority of seats and the parties that supported him will all recommend him to be the PM. The President could ignore the will of the Knesset and pick whomever he wants to be PM, but this is like the theoretical powers of the Queen of England, or the "possibility" for members of the electoral college to vote for whomever they like; it's just not a done thing, in other words.

    If anybody with more knowledge of the Israeli system wants to correct my understanding of the situation I'd appreciate it.

    Assuming Bibi is the man, the question confronting him is not dissimilar to the one Trump faced: does he make good on his campaign promises and throw red meat to his right-wing base, or attempt a more moderate stance to assuage international sensibilities (most especially those of Israeli Jews)? Israel's never had a more sympathetic White House; my sense is Trump will back Netanyahu on almost anything, if only to goad Ilhan Omar into making more ill-advised Tweets. Does Bibi seize the moment, do whatever unpleasant things he feels ultimately must be done? Or does he just try to meander along in relative placidity?

    Bibi will continue to do unpleasant things and Trump will continue to support him. That’s Bibi being Bibi and Trump being Trump.

  • From the Jerusalem Post: In 20
  • Are Gantz and his Israeli military junta really any more affiliated with American Democrats than Bibi is? As far as the matter of how to treat Palestinians is concerned (and this seems to be the core of the leftist objections to Israel), Gantz doesn’t even pretend to be any less anti-Palestinian than Bibi. He even posted a now notorious campaign video boasting of how he had run up the Palestinian body count and bombed parts of Gaza back into the stone age. He won’t be any more popular than Bibi is with Omar and any candidates of the Demos whom she influences.

  • In Israel, the New Right party (e.g., Naftali Bennett) to the right of Bibi trolls/triggers its critics. From the Times of Israel:
  • Ayelet Shaked is hot and Israeli campaign ads a lot more amusing than the boring American ones. Since all the candidates who have a chance in the upcoming elections are ultra-right nationalists, the Israelis might as well vote for the one who looks sexiest. She definitely beats out Bibi and Benny Gantz.

    • Replies: @Clyde

    Ayelet Shaked is hot
     
    Hot and she knows it! But she's no dope. Check out her wiki.

    [10] At Tel Aviv University, she obtained a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science. She began her career in the Tel Aviv high-tech industry,[1] working as a software engineer at Texas Instruments and later becoming manager of the company's marketing.
     
  • Applying the same happiness index as before (% very happy - % not too happy), the following graph shows self-reported happiness by frequency of religious service attendance. For contemporary relevance responses are from 2000 onward and to avoid racial confounding only non-Hispanic whites are considered: As in the case of marital status, controlling for age...
  • Why only give the stats for non-Hispanics whites? It would be interesting to see the stats for other racial/ethnic groups. While I suspect the overall trend would be the same (believers happier than non-believers, religious practitioners happier than non-practitioners) there might be interesting differences in degree among various groups.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    Touche.
  • And then they came for Morris Dees ... Here, suddenly, is the Southern Poverty Law Center's web biography of its co-founder but now unperson Morris Dees: Junk mail genius Morris Dees has been one of the grand rogues of American public life for decades. His minions at the SPLC were tiresome pests, but, personally, I'm...
  • Race or sex – maybe both. Nobody gets fired for fund raising success no matter how dishonestly done or personally exploited.

  • These days, white people enjoy so much White Privilege that Arab-Americans are plotting how to renounce their whiteness. From LAist: 'Are We White?': SoCal's Arab-Americans Debate Which Box To Check On The Census BY LESLIE BERESTEIN ROJAS IN NEWS ON FEBRUARY 25, 2019 10:22 AM Until about a year ago, plans were moving forward to...
  • The only purpose for the census question in any form is to help the distribution of bennies for favored ethnic groups and the establishment of disabilities for unfavored ones (whites and sometimes Asians). Since white is the most unfavored group, there is no advantage whatsoever to claiming to be white on a census form.

  • The ever more popular Theory of Intersectionality sure brings out the best in people. Yesterday, we heard from a black New York Times ex-writer, Greg Howard, about how racist white women take up too much space on his sidewalks. Now, a white woman in The New Statesman, Charlotte Riley, complains about how men (race unspecified)...
  • All women should play patriarchy chicken and then we men can decide which to step aside for and which to permit a collision.

  • Breaking news from CNN: 12-year-old charged with drawing anti-Semitic graffiti on school playground By Augusta Anthony, CNN Updated 10:03 PM ET, Wed February 27, 2019 New York (CNN) A 12-year-old boy was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment on Wednesday after anti-Semitic graffiti was found drawn on a schoolyard in Queens last week, according to...
  • I guessing Jewish for this kid.

  • In contrast to Israel supporters, recent iSteve regular Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mogadishupolis) has NO "allegiance to a foreign country." Somalia is no longer a country. Nor is Rep. Omar motivated whatsoever by any tribal rivalries, because all true Somalis belong to only one tribe. Instead, Rep. Omar's sole allegiance is to the Majeerten Clan. From...
  • Everybody is descended from some family or other. Has Rep. Omar introduced some legislation to benefit the Isaaqis?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    'Everybody is descended from some family or other. Has Rep. Omar introduced some legislation to benefit the Isaaqis?'

    If not, she'd best get started. The Israel Lobby's built up a hell of a lead.
    , @Henry's Cat
    The first clue will be who she employs on her personal staff.
    , @J.Ross
    Whereas the Christian thumb-twiddling about angels on the head of a pin actually had a legitimate philosophical pursuit, an enormous amount of time is wasted by Muslims agonizing over claimed Prophetic descent and consequent patrimony. Muhammad was not only a prophet but an earthly authority with a government, and any family connection to him or his officers, no matter how tenuous, is taken pretty seriously. This is the original basis of Shi'ism (which subsequently invented mysticisms far more logical than "we think that other guy should have won"), but also of numerous Sunni cultural institutions such as the title Sayyid (which denotes a descendent of the prophet; != Sa'id, which is a name). There are also hilariously serious claims to be descended from the Companions of the Prophet. This is what happens when you don't require clerical celibacy.
    , @duncsbaby

    Everybody is descended from some family or other. Has Rep. Omar introduced some legislation to benefit the Isaaqis?
     
    If you had read iSteve's article a little more closely you would know that Rep. Omar is no friend of the Isaaqis.

    Personally I find this very fascinating. Omar was a member of the privileged elite in Somalia & now is crafting out for herself a membership in America's new privileged elite by positioning herself as a member of the oppressed. Nifty trick.
  • OK, but isn’t that just 3 different guys having a little fun spoofing how Jussie and the brothers must have rehearsed the attack? Or am I applying too rigidly the principle of don’t disbelieve anything until you see it on youtube?

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there. iSteve commenter TelfoedJohn adds: More seriously: By the way, there is a lot of talk on the right about how Jussi
  • Steve, your proposal for annual hate hoax awards to be known as “jussies” reminds me to ask if there was ever a “male of the year” award for 2018. If there was, my bad for missing it.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    Yeah: we need a Male of the Year now more than ever in Donald Trump's Divided America.

    The first award brought forth perhaps my favorite Steve Sailer sentence ever:

    The 2015 iSteve Male of the Year award goes to a man who vividly represents so many facets of the American male in the 21st Century: his diversity, vagueness, obscure heritage, strange destiny, poverty, multiculturalism, dreams of violence, feelings of guilt, terrible job, worse friends, professional cuckoldry, and vague, gnawing awareness that he’s just a hapless patsy in much larger schemes that, if he could only understand them, would turn out to be even stupider than he is.
     
  • Whaddaya think?
  • If you’re Trump, you declare yourself the winner no matter what happens. It’s what you do.

  • From The Atlantic print edition: Unfortunately, no link is given. I find interesting early notions of more modern ideas. For example, Plato's Republic's opening pages offer proto-versions of Adam Smith's division of labor idea and David Ricardo's comparative advantage idea, but don't develop them. Theophrastus was a philosopher, scientist, and teacher who was Aristotle's popular...
  • Violent men kill each other off. That’s fairly obvious.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    The resolution in every old crime drama was to have all the bad guys shoot each other.

    Watch Peter Gunn. Those old crooks couldn't kill each other fast enough. Today, we have the young crooks killing each other right and left in the big, violent cities. But for some reason, there's always a new generation of punks ready to take up the mantle of violence when the older guys die off or go to prison.
  • Unlike Finland, Israel has limited land and very little water. Yet, from Mosaic: Israel's Demographic Miracle OFIR HAIVRY, MAY 7 2018 Birthrates are falling across the world, especially in developed nations—except in one. How did mainstream, middle-class Israelis start having children again, and what does it mean? ... In 2015, Israel’s general fertility rate was...
  • Clearly this isn’t due to any increase in religious devotion among the Jews of Israel; indeed the opposite seems to be the case. Since religious dedication is usually associated with high fertility and secularization with falling birthrates, this makes for quite a puzzle. Have incentives sponsored by the Israeli government been a cause of this? Government incentives have been at best marginally effective in other countries. I’ve heard it suggested that fertility rises when people can see a bright future for their children, whether or not this perspective is accurate. If this is true, the Jews of Israel and particularly the less observant ones must foresee a future which is bright indeed.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    I think their universal conscription, which excludes the Arabs/Palestinians, is a big part of their cohesiveness and optimism. I mean, you spend a year or so of the most formative time in your life working as a team with your countrymen. Plus it helps the youths find Jewish mates and get going on the big family. Brilliant for a small country.
    , @Nachum
    All evidence shows that Israel is indeed seeing an increase in religious devotion. To a certain extent, it's always been there, but is now more recognized and more socially acceptable. About a quarter of Israeli Jews are fully observant Orthodox, and about another half are "traditional," a category that would rank as quite religious by American standards. Even the remainder, the "secular," often tend to be rather traditional. Only about one or two percent of the Jewish population describes itself as "anti-religious."
  • During some recent travels, I came across a copy of Lonely Planet: Cuba. The authors, who clearly sympathize with the country’s communist regime, nonetheless note the following: Cuba then fulfills the usual pattern for Latin America, with predominantly-white elites fighting among themselves to determine the country’s direction, with the black, Amerindian, and/or mixed-race majority remaining...
  • @Anonymous
    Trujillo, wasn't he assassinated by the CIA? I had an office in the Dominican Republic, back in the 80's. There were no black politicians. There were jokes about how you couldn't be elected if you were black.

    Right you are. The Cuban Commies launched an abortive invasion to get rid of Trujillo but it failed miserably. It was CIA assets who got the job done and then the US Navy was dispatched to chase his sons into exile. The CIA also went after Duvalier but the old voodoo witch doctor was more than a match for them and passed the rule on to his incompetent son, who lasted a surprisingly long time before ending up in exile and eventually broke in France.

  • I vaguely recall hearing many years ago that shortly after the Cuban revolution took power, one of the top leaders (I don’t remember if it was Fidel, Raul, or Che) said something to the effect of “We got rid of one ni##er dictator (Batista) and now we have two to go (Duvalier and Trujillo)”. Anyone else remember something like this?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Trujillo, wasn't he assassinated by the CIA? I had an office in the Dominican Republic, back in the 80's. There were no black politicians. There were jokes about how you couldn't be elected if you were black.
    , @Gleongelpi
    I don't know if any of them said that, but Batista was a mix-blood man: White, black and oriental.
  • On January 25 2018 YouTube unleashed the latest salvo in the war on conspiracy theories, saying “we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic...
  • Politics is the very art of conspiracy although conspiracy is not confined to politics. Official conspiracy theories (Russiagate, to give a current example) should inspire much more skepticism than dissident conspiracy theories. But any theory should be subject to analysis and challenge. If a theory is impossibly convoluted or unfalsifiable, ignore it. Also, the vague generalization “it’s all part of the conspiracy” is not helpful at all. It suggests that there is only one conspiracy and that conspiracy explains everything – sort of like Divine Providence, but malevolent.

    • Replies: @Wade

    Politics is the very art of conspiracy although conspiracy is not confined to politics.
     
    Good point. Here's how I've often thought of it: What's the difference between collusion and conspiracy? We have for decades referred to collusion and how it should be avoided in certain contexts. Think about the economics profession's attention to anti-trust and trust-busting. You could just as easily call it economic-conspiracy-busting.

    Every time the board of a company makes plans to merge with another company, or sell out to corporate raiders, but hides this information from middle management and the rest of the employees until the last possible moment is a conspiracy against the interests of all the workers who might, individually, be better off if they were aware of the plans in advance.

    Most collusion when it occurs against the general interest has to be accomplished primarily in secret, at least in the initial stages of carrying it out, so that society doesn't get a chance to mobilize an effort to stop it in time. For example The Federal Reserve Act was written in secret on Jekyll Island by private bankers colluding, or conspiring largely against the public will.

    I really don't get why the belief that conspiracies occur in secret against popular interests should, intellectually speaking, be all that controversial. Happens all the time.
  • The end of America’s unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars...
  • The thought has struck me in the last few weeks that Trump may be the Gorbachev of the US. Gorbachev and his conflict with the Soviet deep state destroyed the Soviet Union, though both sides in that conflict wanted to strengthen it. Trump and the US deep state may be doing the same thing to the American world empire. Dare we hope?

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
    Although a minority of it, there's a slice of those in the backstage that plays on the same team as Trump. He would have been ousted already, if not.
    , @Sowhat
    Oh, yes! I hope. This may cause suffering amongst the Proles within the dissolving American Empire- those that receive their monthly pay checks from it but, we'll hopefully then be free of the chains of the MIIC and the FED/ World Bank and DEEP STATE mechanisms, hopefully.
  • From the New York Post this afternoon: Like I said last night, this one sounds so absurd that maybe it will turn out to be true, and we'll hear about it endlessly for the next 64 years, like we hear about Emmett Till every week these days. From the Boston Herald:
  • I’ll go with B. but it would be hilarious if some video turned up showing that D. was the case.

  • Fascism in its inception was a distinctly localised phenomenon, growing out of the specific concerns and obsessions of Italians in the immediate post-WWI period. For example, one of the main drivers in the formation of the movement that is little commented on today was the Dalmatian question. During WWI, Italy had been promised Dalmatia --...
  • My favorite Mussolini quote (apocryphal or not) – “It’s not impossible to rule the Italians, merely pointless.”

  • From the New York Times: So a child stood his ground while an adult banged a drum in his face? Probably some second cousins of Brett Kavanaugh went there, if you know what I mean. The school had advertised that students would attend this year’s Mar
  • Thanks to you and to Rod Dreher, Steve, for setting the record straight. I, one of my brothers, and many old friends are alumni of Covington Catholic High School.

  • The name, ‘The Southern Poverty Law Center’ (SPLC) is misleading. The SPLC does little to alleviate poverty, its own stated goals are: fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice. At the moment, the SPLC lists its top activity as attempting to remove confederate statues and symbols. This is consistent with the activity for which the...
  • At 233 out of 954, black nationalists have far more individual hate groups than any other ideology, although its possible that this is because similar whitish groups are broken out into many more different but related ideologies. Add up all the whitish ones and they may outnumber that 233, but given that whites far outnumber blacks in the US, that’s to be expected.

  • Julian Castro Tulsi Gabbard Kamala Harris As I've been pointing out since 2010, whenever you hear about how Castro is Presidential Timber because he has sterling executive experience as the mayor of one of America's ten largest cities, San Antonio, somebody is pulling the wool over your eyes and trying to get you to imagine...
  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    Gabbard is particularly interesting. She has a Samoan-European Catholic father and a “Hindu” white as snow European mother.

    The Hinduism derives whence? The Hare Krishnas, one of the hordes of 60s-80s quasi-Hindu spiritual movements (cults?) that were en vogue among certain whites (including many Jews). (Why quasi-Hindu? Because Hinduism typically means castes determine ones spiritual merit and the ceiling of spiritual merit one can reach per incarnation, and random whitish “international” types do not have a caste.)

    As Age of Aquarius cults go the Hare Krishnas are relatively benign (cf. the Rajneeshies and their attempt to poison the water supply of some eastern Oregon yokels whose land they took over via electoral swamping).

    BUT - Gabbard’s family appears to have followed an offshoot led by a white guy surfer dude named Chris Butler, who has faced the typical accusations of abuse against devotees.

    How is this playing out in political posturing? Well, Gabbard just censured fellow HI Democrat Senator Hirono for trying to make Knights of Columbus membership (fundamentalist Catholic) disqualifying for the federal judiciary.

    Why does Gabbard care? Because if KofC membership is disqualifying for the judiciary, Chris Butler-brand Hare Krishnaism is disqualifying for the presidency.

    I’m not sure what the term “fundamentalist Catholic” is even supposed to mean, but the K of C guys I know are pretty much just regular guys. They go to church, take care of their families, cheer for their preferred sports teams and have a few beers every now and then. Like American Catholics in general, large numbers are Hispanic. I guess all that is fundamentalist by today’s standards. I understand Tulsi Gabbard’s father is a member of the K of C, so maybe that explains her objection to the anti-K of C positioning of her colleague.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    A lot of my male relatives are members- Knights of Columbus is super mainstream and not even that "right" by traditionalist Catholic standards. It's the Catholic version of the Shriners, that's it. Good for Tulsi for calling out the other Democrats on this.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    I’m not sure what the term “fundamentalist Catholic” is even supposed to mean, but the K of C guys I know are pretty much just regular guys. They go to church...and have a few beers every now and then.
     
    How long have they been working for Kavanaugh?
  • Steve Sailer captured post-1965 U.S. grand strategy very neatly with his phrase "invade the world, invite the world."It's the inviting that we mainly concentrate on here at VDARE.com, but the invading is worth citizens' attention, too. As Steve's phrase suggests, the two things are not unconnected. We have done an awful lot of invading this...
  • @APilgrim

    These ethnic cleansings are of recent vintage and thus relatively easy to reverse.
     
    False, 'these ethnic cleansings' date back to Time Immemorial.

    Industrial Age Technologies simply made 'these ethnic cleansings' more efficient.

    By “these ethnic cleansings”, I was referring to the ones which have taken place since the beginning of the current civil war, some within the last year or two, not to every ethnic cleansing which has taken place in that area since the time of Abraham. Many of the recent ethnic cleansings will be reversed. Some have been already as refugee Christians and Alawites have returned to areas from which they fled when ISIS was on the offensive.

  • Still don’t understand why everyone is so upset about the impending flood of Kurdish refugees. They are not threatened with massacre. The YPG has already cut a deal with the Assad regime. Indeed, both father and son Assad were pro-Kurdish in that the Assad regime was always a coalition of minorities – Alawite, Shia, Christian, Kurdish, and just enough Sunni Moslem Arabs. Assad never sent his army against the Kurds during the current civil war, considering them de-facto allies against the jihadists. It’s true that the YPG will have to give back some of the lands the US encouraged them to grab from the Arabs, but in turn, the Kurds will get back some of their own traditional areas such as the Afrin district when the Turks and their jihadist Arab mercenaries grudgingly withdraw under Russian pressure. These ethnic cleansings are of recent vintage and thus relatively easy to reverse. All this “we can’t betray our allies, the gallant Kurds” is just neocon propaganda to keep the war going for the sake of Israel, the jihadists, and the military industrial complex. The US has betrayed the Kurds so often by this time, that the Kurds already had a Plan B in place and are now implementing it.

    • Replies: @APilgrim

    These ethnic cleansings are of recent vintage and thus relatively easy to reverse.
     
    False, 'these ethnic cleansings' date back to Time Immemorial.

    Industrial Age Technologies simply made 'these ethnic cleansings' more efficient.
  • The Kurds fought against ISIS because ISIS attacked them, not to be doing the US a favor. At present, the Syrian Kurds of the YPG have already cut a deal with Assad, the Turks have “postponed” their threatened invasion (maybe cancelled it), the jihadists, except for the most fanatic, are negotiating surrender, and the Russians are using their diplomatic good will to smooth ruffled feathers all around. There’s unlikely to be a new refugee crisis; indeed refugees are already returning. Trump orders the pull out of US forces and peace starts breaking out all around. The horror! The horror!

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Reality Check by Steve Sailer, December 12, 2018 The end of the year always brings a plethora of “Best of…” rankings in the press, which, to be honest, tend to be prefab junk journalism by writers trying to get ahead so they can take some time off around...
  • Lists? Rankings? Time’s person of the year? What we’re all really waiting for is the iSteve Male of the Year.

    • Agree: vinny
  • From the UK Independent: China blacklists millions of people from booking flights as 'social credit' system introduced Officials say aim is to make it ‘difficult to move’ for those deemed ‘untrustworthy’ Harry Cockburn, 4 days ago Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial...
  • The US is way ahead of China on the air travel part; we’ve had a no fly list for more than a decade and a half. But we need to catch up on the rail travel part. Maybe first we need to have trains that are as fast as those in China so that the socially discreditable will actually want to ride them.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    Sometimes the Chicago Transit Authority at the train stations downtown Chicago will have the Constabulary set up a table with explosive sniffing machines and refuse to let you ride the train if you refuse this search of your body. I didn't sign up to be searched by CPD and simply walked to a different train station to take the train.
  • The New York Times runs a sizable article on the sentencing of the Israeli-American Jewish man who launched a thousand op-eds about how Trump was causing rising anti-Semitism by phoning in all those bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the U.S.. And yet, incredibly, the NYT never mentions the convict's name nor that he is...
  • I’m certainly glad that the NYT ran a large article and that the Israeli court was tough on him. I’m no fan of the NYT, but credit where credit is due. As far as his name is concerned, no one will remember it anyway. And since the headline describes him as American-Israeli, what else would he be but Jewish? A Palestinian would never be so described.

    • Agree: Tyrion 2
  • William Goldman, perhaps the most famous screenwriter of the later 1970s, author of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, has died at 87. Mark Steyn has an obituary. Generally speaking, books about screenwriting are written by people who aren't very successful at it. For example, Story by Robert McKee (who is...
  • The Princess Bride is a classic. My kids watched it so often, they had not just the dialogue but the sound effects memorized.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Kirt, My two youngest daughters and I watch it every year after Thanksgiving dinner. "No more rhymes and I mean it, Any body want a peanut?"
  • One of the frequent comparisons that comes up in the Dissident Right is who was more correct or prescient, Orwell or Huxley. In fact, as the only truly oppressed intellectual group, the Dissident Right are the only ones in a position to offer a valid opinion on this, as no other group of intellectuals suffers...
  • In my estimation, That Hideous Strength, the final novel of the science fiction trilogy of C. S. Lewis, is the best and most prescient dystopian novel written – largely because it is so much more than just a dystopian novel. It combines great characters, imaginative fantasy from modern to medieval, and is a truly creepy horror story as well – with a hilarious happy ending which illustrates God’s very own sense of humor.

    • Replies: @Excal
    Orwell reviewed That Hideous Strength for the Manchester Evening News in 1945: search for 'lewisiana orwell'. He recommended it.

    1984 was published in 1949, so Orwell may well have been influenced by That Hideous Strength a bit.

    I disagree with Orwell's opinion that the atmosphere is The Man Who Was Thursday, however. Lewis wrote That Hideous Strength after he -- to Tolkein's lasting disgust -- had fallen under the spell of Charles Williams, and readers of Williams will easily recognise those distinctive elements. This is one reason it is so different in tone from the first two Space Trilogy novels.
  • From Heavy, which is usually a good source of fast facts on the latest Bad Guy in the news: Cesar Sayoc was not actually a Chippendale's male stripper, he worked for a knockoff copycat firm often sued by the venerable male stripper revue. (Getting off topic here, what does either furniture or cartoon chipmunks have...
  • Question of the day – What do Cesar Sayoc, Avigdor Lieberman, and Pope Francis have in common? Props to the first with the correct answer. Anyone?? Bueller???

  • Yeah, definitely iSteve Male of the Year Award. And I’m still suspicious of an FBI false flag. With his prior record, he must have been known to them and he makes an ideal patsy – other than not being actually white. But the op may have been put together in a hurry and he was the best the Feds could come up with on short notice.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Sayoc's lawyer is playing up the Patsy Theory:

    "“He’s someone who doesn’t exhibit the sophistication to commit such a sophisticated crime. He’s always shown a diminished capacity in dealing with society, a difficulty conforming or carrying on substantial tasks without supervision,” Lowy said."

    Of course, how sophisticated were these bombs? They showed more effort than the dyslexic cactus swastikas we've seen a lot of lately, but as I said yesterday they weren't exactly Operation Mincemeat.
    , @Detective Club
    Alex Jones sez this guy was just a warm-up act to test the waters, so to speak. Look for Rod Rosenstein to order the detonation of a suitcase nuke in Vegas the night before the mid-terms in memory of Klaus Fuchs.
  • I haven't had anything to say about the letter bombs in the news because I'd prefer to wait around and find out what is going on. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to hang an election on what (probably) one or two unknown bad people got themselves up to. But, from the New...
  • My first inclination on the bombs was to figure it was a typical FBI “terrorist plot”, but on a much larger scale than those of the past couple of decades and designed to entrap/discredit Trump supporters and Trump himself rather than aimed to ensnare low IQ wanna-be jihadists. The most recent information seems to be that all the packages were mailed from a relatively small area of south Florida. While this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of FBI involvement, it does make it possible that this was all done by one person, as yet undetected. Anders Breivik, who I initially thought must have had accomplices, proved it possible that one person could successfully carry out a highly lethal, multiple locations combined arms attack. But I’m still leaning FBI on this one, mainly because none of the bombs have detonated. A highly motivated lone fanatic of whatever ideology would have made sure that the bombs went off. A failure to ignite here or there might be accidental; failure across the board is planned.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  • Above are a couple of informative graphs showing how extremist Democrats became on the key issues of race and immigration after Obama won re-election. A central question about our time is: Why did Democrats go nuts in c. 2013? A second question is whether Democratic ideological extremism is related to the apparent rise in psychological...
  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    It appears that Soros and the NYT may have prepared an "outraged" response to the bomb hoax before the bombs were even discovered: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-24/nyt-op-ed-george-soros-son-blames-trump-and-demonization-opponents-bomb-packages

    It seems as if the diomocrats are trying to pull off a Reichstag fire here to stoke up the ardor of the faithful.

    My main question now is, “Was it the deep state, some Soros founded org, anti-fa, or the DNC that planned this hoax?”

    Since these appear to be actual bombs, my vote is deep state, specifically FBI involvement. Which is not to say that they haven’t set up some clueless Trump supporter to take the fall, just as they arrange for some idiot wanna be jihadist Moslem to take the fall in their manufactured terrorist plots which go down every so often.

  • In the NYT Opinion section, Ross tries his hand at delicately raising The Africa Question: Fear of a Black Continent Why European elites are worrying about African babies. By Ross Douthat, Oct. 20, 2018 Emmanuel Macron, the youthful and ambitious president of the French, likes to talk about African birthrates. In the summer of 2017,...
  • If Europeans continue to reproduce at sub-replacement levels, they’ll go extinct no matter what happens with Africans. As E. Michael Jones and others have pointed out, anti-natalist propaganda designed to control the lesser breeds was most enthusiastically implemented by the white elites, then by the white lower classes imitating elite behavior. But even mildly suggesting that whites worried about low reproduction should get out there and reproduce will be met either with politically correct rhetoric about women’s rights and the environment or whining complaints about the cost of putting kids through college.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "whining complaints about the cost of putting kids through college."

    Than don't go to college. College is not for everybody.
    , @unit472
    Theoretically college costs should fall as the massive expansion of academia to accommodate, first the baby boom and second, the push for college for everyone meets falling birth rates. Mestizos also don't seem to buy into the need for college at the same rate as other ethnic groups but all the facilities meant to admit million of mediocre students will still be there. Either schools cut prices to attract students or they will go bust.
  • Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since O.J. Simpson and has strategic implications across the Middle East....
  • Didn’t we go through all this caravan drama a year ago only to have the whole thing just fizzle out? And now having it again just as we get close to the midterms – isn’t that rather convenient for Trump and his supporters? I think Steve Sailer is on to something suggesting that this is the doing of the Committee to Re-elect the President.

  • With a lot of talk today about the apparent mental health crisis afflicting left of center women, it's worth noting that masculine men who suddenly decide they are women late in life are usually right of center. For example, in today's Washington Post: Giselle Donnelly can finally be herself By Josh Rogin Columnist October 12...
  • This globo-homoism is what the US establishment is trying to impose on the entire world. The sooner the US suffers a catastrophic defeat and loses its global hegemony, the better for the world – and the better for the US.

  • This is a discussion of some issues raised in a previous article by Ron Unz: “I was given a full access to all archives, I learned everything there is about Stalin’s
  • OK, so socialism is really a great thing for 99% of the people, but Jews have hardly anything to do with it, and Communists (Stalin included) hardly killed anyone. OR – Jews are 85% (if not more) responsible for Communism, a particularly lethal form of socialism which killed hundreds of millions of people and Hitler tried to save the rest of the world from Communism but hardly killed any Jews in the process. No one can argue that the Unz.com doesn’t give you a wide range of viewpoints to choose from.

    • Agree: Wade
    • Replies: @Wade
    Israel Shamir is an interesting writer whose current article goes against everything I was taught to believe. I do not have the expertise to confirm to disprove any of it. So I'll just try to remain as open minded as I read all of the comments.

    I really enjoy Unz.com. I've learned a lot about history here. The lack of dogmatism on the site helps.
    , @phil
    I really like Israel Shamir, including much of this article. "Genocides" and "Holocausts" generally have had smaller dimensions than claimed. But minimal economic freedom (as in North Korea, pre-1978 China (sorry Godfree Roberts), Venezuela, and the USSR) is bad for average living standards, which is not to say that a "safety net" and some related programs are undesirable. There are diminishing returns to economic freedom (property rights, free markets, etc.), but once economic freedom falls below 6 or 5 (on a scale from 0 to 10; see the Fraser Institute, freetheworld.com), then watch out.
    , @lavoisier
    This is why I really love this site. It forces you to think about issues in ways that you may never have done before.

    If Bolshevism was not a Jewish orchestrated attempt at genocide I would be very relieved. This particular conventional wisdom has bothered me a lot.

    Solzhenitsyn has a very different perspective.
  • Russia's unexpected decision to supply Syria with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems and to integrate Syria's air defence within the Russian command calls for a quick reassessment of our views. It turned out that Russia is able to learn and respond in an unanticipated way. Yes, in the immediate aftermath of the Il-20 downing, the Russian...
  • Let’s see if the Israelis in fact stop their air campaign against Syria or (if they continue it) the new air defense system is able to shoot down their planes and missiles.

  • From the Seattle Times: Lynnwood man tried to use a home DNA test to qualify as a minority business owner. He was denied — now he’s suing. State and federal programs aim to ensure minority-owned businesses can compete for government contracts after generations of institutional discrimination. A Lynnwood man long identified as white is using...
  • The only “persistent institutional discrimination” is the government handing out goodies to some races, ethnicities, and genders in preference to others and that is what the OMWBE and EEOC are specifically tasked to do.

  • With the decline of mid-budget movies, Hollywood is making a fair number of low-budget high-concept movies like "Get Out," "A Quiet Place," and now in theaters "Searching." "Searching" is a more realistic take on the now standard Liam Neeson "Taken" thriller genre about a dad with a very particular set of skills looking for his...
  • I detest the gimmick where all or most of the movie is just a long succession of social media computer screen shots. I saw one movie of this type and fast forwarded my way through the second half of it. After that, I simply didn’t watch any movie of that type. Thanks for the warning on Searching.

  • From GatesNotes: The blog of Bill Gates: A commenter interjects: "And that continent would be Europe." So, no need to worry about
  • Indeed “youthful risk-taking energy will carry all before it”. Any group which will not reproduce will not inherit the earth and whatever wealth they’ve managed to accumulate or civilization they’ve managed to build will fall into the hands of younger people who are not their progeny. And it will not matter in the least if the old and risk-averse had higher IQ’s than the energetic youthful risk-takers.

  • The next U.S. Census is scheduled for 2020. Apparently the Trump Administration has not fallen for Obama Era plans to change the questions on race to further reconstruct America, although it does want to revive the 1890-1950 practice of asking about citizenship, shamelessly opposed by the usual suspects and the kritarchy.[See Citizenship question for 2020...
  • Even if we stipulate that racial determinations are as scientific and specific as the author alleges and even if we ignore the millions of people who have mixed ancestry among the stated categories, why is this something the government should be permitted to be interested in anyway? The only thing that the government has ever done with racial data is use it to either impose disabilities or hand out benefits. The more benefits or disabilities connected with race, the more people will claim whatever racial classification benefits them the most or hurts the least. Hence the current flight from white. And if the categories are indeed subject to scientific determination, then the government could not just take people’s word for it; you’d have to have compulsory DNA testing. No thanks. Keep the government out of the race racket.

  • From the New York Times' review of Peppermint, a sort of Liam Neeson's Taken for Ben Affleck's ex-wife Jennifer Garner: What kind of message is Hollywood sending by leaving a white guy alive? Leave No White Man Alive. And from Reuters today:
  • OK, I saw it – satisfying revenge fantasy. Usual unbelievable Hollywood gun fights where the good guy (gal in this case) never misses and never suffers any damage that can’t be repaired on the spot by self-administered field surgery. The last scene seems like a set-up for a sequel if the box office warrants. BTW, maybe I missed something, but I don’t know where the title Peppermint comes from. Was it just chosen at random?

  • The reviews I’ve read of Peppermint essentially don’t like it for being politically incorrect. The trailers look good, if rather conventional – basically a vengeful mom instead of a vengeful dad. I recall the first time I saw Jennifer Garner was in an Alias episode where she went mano a mano with a bad guy played by former UFC champion Oleg Taktarov. Her inevitable win did not quite meet my suspension of disbelief threshold. Even so, I plan on seeing Peppermint on Sunday. It looks better than most movies around these days.

    • Replies: @Pericles

    Even so, I plan on seeing Peppermint on Sunday. It looks better than most movies around these days.

     
    I've heard good things about the Mel/Vince Dragged Across Concrete.
  • What's going to happen in the November election? Make your predictions in the comments. By the way, August 2018 is only the third month in the history www.unz.com/iSteve in which more than one million pages were served, following last January and last August. Also, one last time: Thanks to everybody who has contributed to my...
  • Demos will gain House seats but fall just short of control. Repubs will pick up a couple in the Senate.

  • As a new military confrontation over Syria is impending, thought out by Israel, prepared by the British and executed by the US, the West’s future depends greatly upon two mavericks, the US President Donald Trump and the UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn. These two men are as different as you can make. One is for...
  • What reason is there to put any hope in Trump in this matter? His treasured daughter and son-in-law are Zionist ultras. His closest advisors are rabid, Russia-hating militarists.

  • I'm fascinated that 1/3rd of Latino women think they are "strong enough to beat most people in a fist-fight" versus a little over 1/8th of white women.
  • @Iberiano
    One championship fight, and/or against a current champ. One. Stipe has fought five fights for or as the HW champ, and in his fifth instance, lost the title--when Cormier does that, then we shall see. And yes, he does deserve an instant rematch. I don't think Cormier is/would avoid it because he is scared but because he'd rather fight the stereotypical Lesner (big white guy) for $$, which I get. Btw, Lesner will win if they do fight.

    If Cormier and Lesnar fight, I don’t see Lesnar as having much of a chance. He hasn’t won an MMA fight since 2010. His record is an unimpressive 5-3-1 and he lost decisively to Cain Velasquez, Cormier’s long time training partner. Cormier has a similar style to Velasquez, but is stronger and can hit harder. The only person ever to beat Cormier is John Jones. Lesnar’s victories are from the era when drug testing was lax or non-existent. Once they really cracked down on the juicing, he got caught and is still serving his suspension. I can understand Cormier wanting a money fight against Lesnar to retire on, but I hope Lesnar gets caught juicing again and that Stipe gets his return match. Lesnar is a disgrace to MMA.

  • @Iberiano
    Cormier has one exactly one fight at HW, his opponent (Stipe) defended it five times prior. When Cormier does that, then we can talk (and btw, he weighed more than Stipe for the fight). When Joshua holds the unified HW title for 9 years, and racks up the stats Klit did, then we can talk (he won't even come close, in terms of KO ratio, punches landed...Klit actually is arguably the greatest HW of all time). Riner is a great Judo player...and he hails from France, and is a descendant of immigrants.

    Sports, especially Judo and Soccer are global and relatively cheap (they are also the 2nd and 1st most practiced/played sports on the planet). Again, given blacks super majority on the planet, and access to (i.e. France) those "rich white countries", it would be expected that they would dominate most sports even simply by the law of averages. But they don't. Every HW Champ should be black according to the stats, if they were better than whites and latinos..in fact, every weight division should be dominated by blacks, but they aren't. And conversely, if whites were not over-represnted (due to their skill, strength etc), you should see many more Asian champions in combat sports, particularly because Judo is heavily practiced in Japan and Korea (Yudo), and various versions of JJJ all over Asia.

    Your Greco-Roman example proves the point. Lopez is Cuban of African descent. In other words, Africans, even from poor countries, do have access to such sports and should be champions in every division, but they are not. Lopez lost to the very Caucasian Turk Rıza Kayaalp.

    Cormier has had numerous fights at heavyweight with wins over such as Roy Nelson, Josh Barnett, Big Foot Silva, and Frank Mir. Stipe did not defend the HW title five times. He successfully defended it three times against Overeem, JDS, and Ngannou after taking the title from Werdum. His 4th defense was his loss to Cormier. I’m more of a fan of Stipe than of Cormier, but let’s be factual here. Stipe doesn’t necessarily deserve an instant rematch after a first round knockout loss. But he has a right to be angry about Lesnar just walking in there and getting the next shot. Top heavyweights like Blades and Volkov also have a right to be angry about that.

    • Replies: @Iberiano
    One championship fight, and/or against a current champ. One. Stipe has fought five fights for or as the HW champ, and in his fifth instance, lost the title--when Cormier does that, then we shall see. And yes, he does deserve an instant rematch. I don't think Cormier is/would avoid it because he is scared but because he'd rather fight the stereotypical Lesner (big white guy) for $$, which I get. Btw, Lesner will win if they do fight.
  • The nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is honestly one of the single most effectively altruistic actions in all of human history. By helping persuade the Japanese to surrender (they were open to doing that with preconditions, but that was hilariously at odds with the military balance by mid-1945), the Americans helped make the world a...
  • Japan had been trying to surrender for months and simply wanted to keep their emperor. After the brutal and pointless atom bomb attacks, the US let them do that anyway.

    • Replies: @ziel
    That's my understanding as well - post A-bomb terms not much different than those Japan had sought months earlier. I suppose it could be that the American people needed the A-bombs to convince them that we weren't being soft.