Friday, October 19, 2018

See Nothing, Say Nothing by Robert Hampton

Think twice before you consider a black person a threat.
White Americans now need to be careful not to be rude to blacks; they could lose their jobs and reputations.
This year has seen a trend of blacks videotaping unpleasant interactions with whites. These usually involve a white person calling the police because of suspicious behavior. The videos go viral and are picked up by media eager to shame whites. Journalists cite these incidents as proof of how racist whites are and how hard life is for blacks. It doesn’t matter that the white “aggressors” are harassed by internet mobs, lose their jobs, and have their names ruined. The black “victim” becomes an internet hero.
The latest case is from last weekend. A white woman in St. Louis, Missouri, aggressively questioned a black man trying to enter his apartment building and demanded to see his identification. The man caught it all on camera, and the video gained over 2 million views.

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Feeling the Heat Yet? by James Kunstler

The loyal opposition is the party out-of-power in a polity that stands divided into two factions — assuming the polity can still function as such, which, apparently, it no longer can. Historically in the USA, this used to allow for the tempered regulation of changing conditions during two hundred years of a rapidly evolving techno-industrial economy that pumps out more goodies year after year while the population grows and grows.
Much of America, political leaders especially, assume that this arc of growing goodies and more people will just keep trending up forever. They are just plain mistaken about that. Rather, the whole industrialized, wired-up world is rolling over into the greatest contraction ever witnessed. The only thing that’s postponed the recognition of this reality is the profligate borrowing of money, or shall we say “money” — data entries that pretend to represent secure wealth. This amounts to borrowing from the future to pay for how you live today. Of course, the act of borrowing is based on the supposition that there will enough future productive activity to allow you to pay back your borrowings with interest. This is obviously not the case now, in the face of epochal contraction, especially of affordable energy to keep things running hot.
Thus, the US has decided to get through the approaching winter by setting its house on fire. The two political parties alternately in charge of things are driving around the burning house, stopping at intervals to run Chinese Fire Drills. We call these “elections.” Both parties pretend that the burning house is not a problem. Mr. Trump, aka the Golden Golem of Greatness, has taken “ownership” of the rising temperature in the burning house. “Hey, at least you’re not freezing now.” He and his party have been piling all the furniture inside the house on the fire, to keep the heat up, rather heedless that flames are starting to shoot out of the attic.
The other party has no quibble with burning down the house. In fact, this has been the Democratic Party’s sovereign remedy for problems since the War in Vietnam, when it was explicit policy to burn down villages in order to save them. Seemed to work, until it didn’t — and then we just tried to forget about the whole sorry exercise. It still haunts them, though. So these days they’ve decided to destroy the culture that abided inside the burning house. They’re taking down the draperies and collecting all the clothing and tchotchkes and framed photographs of loved ones, and piling them on top of the burning furniture, doing their bit to keep the heat up.
You might infer from all this that no matter whatever else the Republican and Democratic parties might do now is not going to prevent the house from burning down. In a month, or six months, or eighteen months, they will be left standing stunned in the ashes. How’d this happen!?! Even the clown cars they were riding around in will be smoldering wrecks. And then the rest of the people of this land can sift through ruins, seeking a few trinkets or useful tools with some remaining value. These people will be entitled to call themselves “survivors.” And they will act like survivors should act: by earnestly assessing how the house happened to burn down, and using what few assets and resources they still have at hand to shelter-in-place, while they draw up plans for a more sensible house.
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Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking sensitive documents to press

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Confronted with what he saw as the FBI’s mistreatment of minorities, former Minneapolis special agent Terry Albury said he felt the need to act.
What he did has led to a four-year prison sentence.
Albury, 39, who joined the bureau in 2000 and was most recently assigned as an airport liaison, was sentenced Thursday in the federal courthouse in downtown St. Paul. He had previously pleaded guilty to making an unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and unlawful retention of national defense information. His date to report to prison has not been scheduled.
Prosecutors say Albury shared documents — some considered classified — on evaluating potential informants, along with a document “relating to threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country.”
He is the second person sentenced as part of the Trump administration’s crackdown on government employee leaks to the media. The other, Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor, received a five-year prison term for disclosing a top-secret report on how Russian operatives gained access to U.S. election databases.
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May's stupidity has screwed the negotiations from the start.

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Mrs May caved in to Brussels from Day One. There are many who believe it has all been a deliberate plot - a conspiracy to wreck Brexit. I don't think so. I think it is rather the stubborn stupidity of a woman who values her abilities far above what they're worth. If I could buy Mrs May's strategic appreciation for it's market value and sell it for what she herself reckons it's worth, I'd make my fortune. Excluding the few wise heads in the FCO, her own cabinet and a willing battalion of external experts from the Brexit process and using instead her self-deluding small team of ditherers, incompetents, fools, cowards, Quislings and Treasury dullards, May's complicit dags, she conceded to the EU on every point. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

She's not fit to be Prime Minister of Great Britain. She's not fit to run a whelk stall.

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"Da Vinci is believed to have had a condition called intermittent exotropia — commonly referred to as being 'walleyed' — a form of strabismus, eye misalignment..."

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"... that affects about 4 percent of the U.S. population. Those with exotropia usually end up favoring one eye over the other, which means they are more likely to see the world as if it were, say, painted on a flat canvas. 'When they’re in that condition . . . they’re only seeing the world monocularly, with much reduced depth cues,' the study’s author, Christopher Tyler, a professor at City University of London and researcher at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, told The Washington Post. 'The image they’re seeing is much closer to what they want to paint on the canvas.'

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Elizabeth Warren's Pow Wow Chow 'Cherokee' recipes were word for word COPIES of famous FRENCH chef's techniques

Heritage: Mrs Warren has been under scrutiny since she first claimed Native American heritage, arguing that because her great-great-great-grandmother was Cherokee, she a member of the community
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is yet again in hot water after new allegations have surfaced that she plagiarized her 'Cherokee' recipes in the book Pow Wow Chow from the New York Times and other publications.
Radio talk show host Howie Carr released damning evidence that appears to confirm that Mrs Warren's weren't handed down from generation to generation, they were picked up in the newspaper.
Mrs Warren has been under scrutiny since she first claimed Native American heritage, arguing that because her great-great-great-grandmother was Cherokee, she is a member of the community.
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Hungary passes resolution: EU report attacks us because we didn’t take migrants and criminalised the organisation of illegal migration

Hungarian lawmakers passed a resolution which urges the government “not to give in to blackmail” regarding the European Parliament’s report – written by Judith Sargentini – according to which the country is breaching European values.
The MPs approved the resolution with 129 votes in favour, 26 against and 18 abstentions. Fidesz MPs and 4 independent MPs, who have recently left Jobbik’s group voted in favour. Jobbik’s MPs abstained; LMP, MSZP, DK, Parbeszed and two left-liberal independent MPs voted against the resolution.
The resolution was submitted by the Minister Heading the PM’s Office, Gergely Gulyas and Fidesz group leader Mate Kocsis.
The documents rejects the “slanderous pro-migration indictments made in the Sargentini Report”, adding that it “attacks Hungary on the grounds that it didn’t take in migrants, refused to accept the resettlement quotas, closed its borders and criminalised the organisation of illegal migration”.
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Facebook Has Crossed The Line

Revisiting the Classics by Steve Sailer

One of the more curious books of 2018 is Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age by Donna Zuckerberg. She is the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is America’s leading fan of the Emperor Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire.
Dr. Donna, who has a Ph.D. in classics (the study of ancient Greece and Rome), is alarmed and angered. Exactly why is less than clear, but she’s found an amusing ostensible target: the new right’s interest in her discipline. As she wrote in her woke classics magazine Eidolon in 2016:
A specter is haunting the Internet—the specter of the “alt-right.” The forces of white supremacy and toxic masculinity, fueled by a sense of entitlement dwarfed only by their inflated estimation of their own intelligence, have entered into an unholy alliance to remove feminism, political correctness, and multiculturalism from America.
Of course, feminism, political correctness, and multiculturalism have been bad for public interest in the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome. But there has been one exception to this trend. Dr. Zuckerberg went on to note:
The Alt-Right is hungry to learn more about the ancient world. It believes that the classics are integral to education. It is utterly convinced that classical antiquity is relevant to the world we live in today, a comfort to classicists who have spent decades worrying that the field may be sliding into irrelevance in the eyes of the public.
Dr. Zuckerberg may be exaggerating, but there has been a certain growth in interest in the accomplishments of the Greek and Roman world among self-educating men.
Tom Wolfe, as usual, was ahead of his time, having the blue-collar hero of his 1998 novel A Man in Full discover in prison the Stoic philosopher Epictetus. (Wolfe was inspired by conversations with the Stoic senior POW in the Hanoi Hilton, James Stockdale.) That seemed baffling to me twenty years ago, but less so today.
Then the movies Gladiator and 300 were surprise hits. (Hollywood auteurs tend to identify with the great conquerors of the Ancient World.)
But this modest resurgence of her subject is a bad thing to Dr. Zuckerberg:
Classics, supported by the worst men on the Internet, could experience a renaissance and be propelled to a position of ultimate prestige within the humanities during the Trump administration, as it was in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Classics made great again.
She sees this amateur interest as a threat to the emerging anti-white-male hegemony within academic classics:
No matter how white and male Classics once was, we are not that anymore.
Dr. Zuckerberg’s articles in Eidolon announcing the topic of her book were, while slightly demented, written in a feisty prose style that made for fun reading.
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Henry George: The Man Who Wrote Milton Friedman’s Favorite Book on Trade

I had marked my calendar to remember to post something this year on September 2 for what would have been Henry George’s 179th birthday; he was born on that day in 1839 in Philadelphia, and he died on October 29, 1897. But I somehow missed that date in September, so am posting a belated tribute to one of the greatest trade economists of all time, Henry George!
The excerpts below are from Henry George’s 1886 book Protection or Free Tradewhich was Milton Friedman’s favorite book on trade, according to the Cato Institute’s Jim Powell, who wrote about the Henry George classic in his 2016 Wall Street Journal op-ed “Milton Friedman’s Favorite Book on Trade.” Friedman called it the most rhetorically brilliant book ever written on trade, and it was also the first book to be read entirely into the Congressional Record. According to Powell, Protection or Free Trade was probably the best book on trade written by anyone in the Americas. He compared it to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. George Mason economist Tyler Cowen wrote in 2009 in that George’s 1886 book “remains perhaps the best-argued tract on free trade to this day.”
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Court Rules Kansas Law Exempting Guns From Federal Regulations Doesn’t Work

The state of Kansas tried something a while back. It was a law that basically stated that if a gun is manufactured and used in the state, without ever crossing state lines, it is exempt from federal gun control laws. It wasn’t that out of left-field, either.
In the Supreme Court case of Gonzales v. Raich, the Court found that Congress could criminalize the production of marijuana under their authority in the Commerce Clause. It’s a gross oversimplification, but part of the reasoning appeared to be that cannabis could easily be transported over state lines and since it wasn’t serialized or anything, there was little that could be done to make sure it stayed in states where it was legal.
Kansas and a small handful of other states decided to pass laws that basically said that guns made in the state, and guns that stayed in the state, could be exempt from federal regulations. Since guns can be serialized and marked as being made in those states, the argument was that this should bypass the Commerce Clause.
After all, the federal government isn’t supposed to have any authority to regulate firearms anyway, especially not in the individual states. The lone exception is the government’s overly broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause.
Of course, the only way to know if this will work for certain is if the case is tested in court. Will this line of reasoning hold up?
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Former Facebook employee Brian Amerige outlined the “belligerent” and “hostile” nature of some of his former co-workers in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night.

 Tucker began by asking Amerige if Facebook is a platform for speech or a media company that is “deciding what is acceptable.”
The former employee acknowledged it is a difficult question to answer, but did say he supports Facebook’s mission of being “a tool for micro free expression.” He went on to add, “Trying to draw those impossible-to-draw lines about what’s acceptable is a losing strategy.”
When Tucker asked why Congress isn’t taking action, Amerige dodged, but did add that “there’s a really big distinction between how those executives are handling this and want a vocal minority inside the company is doing.”
“There is a vocal minority inside Facebook that is belligerent beyond belief in a quest, I think, to implement social justice policies across our mission,” he continued.

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Watch Live: Twitter In Total Meltdown Over NPC Meme As Facebook Sued For Inflating View Counts

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A staggering number of US troops are fat and tired, report says

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A 2018 RAND report on health promotion and disease prevention has painted a grim picture of the military's physical fitness and sleep standards. 

The study, featuring roughly 18,000 randomly selected participants across each of the service branches, showed that almost 66 percent of service members are considered to be either overweight or obese, based on the military's use of body mass index as a measuring standard. 

While the number of overweight service members is a cause for concern, it correlates with the obesity epidemic plaguing the United States, where, as of 2015, one in three young adults are considered too fat to enlist, creating a difficult environment for recruiters to find suitable candidates for military service. 

Broken down by service, the 2018 report lists the Army as the branch accounting for the highest percentage of overweight troops, with 69.4 percent of soldiers falling under this category. 

The Army was followed by the Coast Guard (67.8 percent), Navy (64.6 percent), Air Force (63.1 percent) and Marine Corps (60.9 percent). 

Another glaring area of concern highlighted in the study was the inability of service members to get adequate sleep. 

Nearly 9 percent of military personnel reported taking sleeping medications either "daily" or "almost daily." 

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Smearing Columbus: No Holidays for White Men

Is Twatter bad for your mental health?

The following graph shows the percentages of GSS respondents who have experienced poor mental health ("stress, depression, and problems with emotions") in the last thirty days by sex and by whether or not they use Twitter (N = 800):

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Sweden cancels traditional Christmas concert and increases promotions for Islamic events

Sweden’s, and perhaps the world’s largest outdoor Christmas concert “Oh Holy Night”, which traditionally airs on Swedish national TV on Christmas Eve each year, has been cancelled, SVT news reports
This is most likely yet another example of Swedish traditions being suppressed in order not to offend migrants who don’t hold Christian beliefs.
Earlier incidents include:
Replacing Lucia, who according to the ancient Swedish Pagan Yule tradition always has been a long haired, blonde, beautiful woman, with a black boy.
Putting a woman in a hijab on the annual Advent/Christmas calendar.
Cancelling the traditional student choirs’ appearance on TV at Valborg (Swedish Pagan spring celebration).
Principals forbidding students to wave the Swedish flag on graduation day.
Prayer for diversity at National Day celebration events.
Left-wing Swedes promoting the idea that Sweden’s National Day should not be celebrated, on TV and in national papers.
At the same time Muslim culture and traditions are intensely promoted:
On Midsummer’s Day (Sweden’s most important and traditional holiday) TV4 decided to let a woman in a hijab teach the Swedes how to cook kebab properly.
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