Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bridging the Gaps by Steve Sailer

Almost three years ago, the Academy Awards gave the Best Picture Oscar to Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage drama Argo to encourage making more medium-budget movies for grown-ups. Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s Cold War film about the negotiations to exchange Soviet spymaster Rudolf Abel for American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, is very much in the Argo tradition.
With Spielberg’s eye for re-creating the physical environment of his childhood years, a screenplay rewritten by the Coen brothers, and Tom Hanks as master negotiator James B. Donovan, Bridge of Spies might well be better than Argo. Yet, while the liberties taken with history didn’t much hurt Argo’s impact (unless you are a Canadian annoyed by the diminishment of the heroic Canadian role), the rewriting of Bridge of Spies’ leading man to make the role more suitable for Hanks’ famous regular-guy routine has left Spielberg and the Coens seeming a little furtive.
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God’s Chosen People? — Guest Column by Stephen Lensman

God’s Chosen People?
Stephen Lendman is a Jew. What you read below are the words of a Jew who has a moral conscience and cannot tolerate the horrendous crimes that the government of the state of Israel—supported to the hilt by the American neocons who have dominated every US government since Clinton—commits on Palestinians.
Many Jews have a moral conscience. Jews are the most outspoken critics of the Zionist Israeli government that is worshipped by brainwashed American gentiles. The government of Israel calls its Jewish critics “self-hating Jews” and works to eliminate them, with much success, from Western university and media employment.
The American Congress, the mythical “voice of the people,” is in fact the voice of the crazed rightwing Israeli government. The idiots in Congress actually send each year to the Israeli government the billions of our taxpayer dollars that the Israeli government uses to buy the elections and the votes of the US Conress.
You can tell who the honest members of the House and Senate are. They are the few who do not vote as the Israel Lobby orders. Usually, such representatives elected by Americans don’t last long in the job.
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Can Trump Win? Possible, but Unlikely

Current US Republican Party presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump can only win the race for the White House if an unprecedented two-thirds or more of white Americans turn out to vote for him.
Although theoretically possible, an analysis of racial demographics and voting patterns shows that this feat is unlikely to occur.
– The US Census Bureau’s most recent figures claim that whites in the US now make up 62.1 percent of the population (Quickfacts, US Census Bureau). This is most likely an underestimate because of the Census Bureau’s notoriously inaccurate system of racial classification, which relies on “self-identification,” classes all Middle Easterners and North Africans (Arabs and Jews alike) as white, and routinely classes mixed race Hispanics as white.
Even taking the 62.1 percent figure as accurate, however, the steady increase in the nonwhite electorate in the US is reflected in voting patterns of the last few American presidential elections.
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Migrant Influx to Europe Has Nothing to Do With Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Syrian refugees arrive on an overcrowded dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast, October 3, 2015

The airstrikes conducted by the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria against Islamic State militants have not caused any significant refugee exodus to Europe, Amin Awad, the Middle East director for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, told a briefing in Geneva.

According to Awad, Russia’s airstrikes and increased fighting near the Syrian city of Aleppo contributed to the "dynamic of displacement", but did not contribute much the refugee influx.

"The latest fighting, whether ground fighting or airstrikes have not contributed too much to the exodus… across the international border to make them refugees. That did not happen,” Awad was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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The Slave Army That Liberated Europe by Peter S Rieth

Seventy-two years ago, a slave army began the liberation of Europe in a small Belorussian village called Lenino. The Polish soldiers who fought in the battle of Lenino were slaves in the classical sense: living spoils of war rounded up by the Soviet Union starting September 17th, 1939, sent deep into Siberia in packed cattle cars with a small hole in the middle of each one serving as a latrine, distributed amongst the various gulags omnipresent within the Stalinist state.
Those who did not starve to death or die of disease lived to fight for mother Russia because doing so was their only hope for restoring the freedom of their Polish fatherland. Betrayed by Britain and France during the German attack against Poland in 1939, they were given the chance to leave for Iran when the British-aligned Polish government in exile secured an amnesty from Joseph Stalin. They refused, preferring to remain in Russia because they wished to fight and die in order to free Poland rather than become a colonial army fighting for a British King without honor who had betrayed them. They became the First Polish division of the Polish People’’s Army.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Waterfront politics by Jay Nordlinger

Before its official season begins, the New York Philharmonic has movie nights. What happens is, the orchestra plays the score while the movie unspools on a big screen overhead.
This year, the Philharmonic screened, and played, On the Waterfront and The Godfather. I will have something to say about the music, and the playing, in my next “New York Chronicle” for the magazine.
Here, I’d like to say a few more things. I was a bit surprised that the Philharmonic selected On the Waterfront. This movie, as you know, is Elia Kazan’s masterpiece from 1954. It is also one of the great anti-union statements of all time. By extension, it is a critique of Communism, and political thuggery in general.
Kazan has been in bad odor on the left ever since he “named names,” to use the phrase we all grew up with—ever since his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952. His movie, of course, further inflamed the Left.
I remember when Kazan received an honorary Oscar in 1999. It was hugely controversial. Some actors in the audience ostentatiously refused to applaud, crossing their arms.

Deletion of Australian Pygmies from history an example of Zio political attack on Whites and on science

Commentary — In America any archeological, anthropological, or biological evidence indicating that anyone other than the Siberians that form the main ancestral stock of todays American Indian tribes might have settled in the New World during prehistoric times is repressed. The following article shows the extreme to which this Zio political correctness has suppressed science in Australia. Australian pygmies, whose villages were frequented by anthropologists during the mid-Twentieth Century, have been expunged from the historical record — simply because their existence is inconvenient to the narrative that only Europeans are conquerors and displacers. 

The extinction of the Australian pygmies

From the 1940s until the 1960s, it was fairly widely known there were pygmies in Australia. They lived in North Queensland and had come in from the wild of the tropical rainforests to live on missions in the region.
From the 1940s until the 1960s, it was fairly widely known there were pygmies in Australia. They lived in North Queensland and had come in from the wild of the tropical rainforests to live on missions in the region. This was a fact recorded at the time not only in anthropological textbooks and articles but also in popular books about the Australian Aborigines. There was even an award-winning children’s book tracing their origins. The more famous photographs of the Australian pygmies were reproduced in both the academic and the popular literature.
At the time, there was controversy about their origins but not over the fact of their existence. In 1962, the first volume of Manning Clark’s History of Australia recorded their presence on its first two pages and repeated the then influential anthropological theory about their origins and their place in the waves of migration of hunter-gatherer peoples from Asia who populated the Australian continent in the millennia before the British arrived in 1788.
Yet, since then, the Australian pygmies have been totally obliterated from public memory. To test just how complete this process has been, over recent months we have questioned a wide range of friends and acquaintances. Although most were well-educated and well-read people, none had ever heard of the pygmies, not even when we used some of their other, once-familiar alternative names such as “Negritos” and “Barrineans”. A few friends scoffed at the notion and demanded some evidence. They wouldn’t believe us until we emailed them the photographs.

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Most Japan firms back bringing in low-skilled foreign labor: poll

Three-quarters of Japanese companies support opening up the country to more foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to cope with a rapidly worsening labor shortage, a Reuters poll shows — a stark contrast to deep-seated government reluctance to do so.
Japan, one of the world’s fastest aging nations, is grappling with an acute lack of workers, especially in industries such as construction, farming and care for the elderly — a shortage that could hamper Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival plans.
But Abe’s government, rather than taking significant steps to allow in more of the sort of foreign workers who could address those shortages, has focused on relaxing requirements for highly skilled foreigners and has promoted policies that encourage the participation of women and the elderly in the workforce.
The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9, showed 76 percent of Japanese firms are in favor of bringing in low-skilled foreign labor, on the presumption that the workers would be treated fairly in terms of benefits.

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Listing Books: Anti-Modernism

It’s funny how after over a century of a near-stranglehold on elite sensibilities, modernism refuses to give an inch in the art world. Whether in novels, gallery art, architecture, fashion, or music, the implicit (or even at times, explicit) assumption is that the “challenging,” “forward thinking,” and “avant-garde” frontier is where all serious work is produced. Argue that art that invokes traditional pleasures is just as worthy of praise and one is regarded as quaint at best or a dangerous reactionary at worst. Traditionalist art produced in the past may be perfectly acceptable, but when it comes to the way we live now, only modernist (or modernist-derived) expression has any kind of respectability among our cultural mandarins.
To be fair, I enjoy many works of modernism. My issue isn’t with the individual works. What gets me about the modernist worldview is its bullying insistence on universality, how it has positioned itself as the inevitable culmination of art history. It’s not merely one way of looking at the world, it’s The One True Way to which all other forms of expression are inferior and subservient. To which I respond — using the most elevated vocabulary of traditionalism available to me — “Fuck that shit.”
Here are some books that I’ve found helpful in providing an alternative to the Modernist Narrative. Even if you don’t find them as convincing as I do, I hope you’ll find them to be provocative and challenging in the best ways.
The Intellectuals and the Masses by John Carey. In this very readable academic monograph, Carey looks at English modernists like Pound, Lawrence, and Yeats. Disgusted by the mass culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and seething with contempt for the common man, they consciously created a new aesthetic that was purposefully intellectual, obscure, and difficult.
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Bryan Caplan’s Id (Or What’s Left Of It)

Paging Kevin MacDonald…
Bryan Caplan’s Id made a guest appearance on his anti-Gentilism hateblog, confessing in starkly monochromatic detail exactly how much Bryan Caplan’s Ego HATES HATES HATES the idea of living in a nation with a majority White Gentile population.
There are a lot of open borders nutjobs currently in circulation, but Bryan Caplan’s Id is the most deranged of them all. The Sperg Total is so far removed from reality I wonder if his bubble is slowly asphyxiating him and destroying brain cells.

His pro-nation-destruction “””argument”””, if in a fit of magnanimity one could call it that, rests on the (false) (utterly inane) premise that when one group gets too numerically large and powerful, they will necessarily do scary things, the thought of which overloads Caplan’s RAM, and the way to prevent this is to make sure everyone is a minority in their own country, so that power is divided commensurately among the disparate tribes and the risk of its misuse thereby reduced. This will, according to Caplan’s readout, produce a utopia on earth where hundreds of tribes competing for status and power are replaced by one glorious tribe (his own, natch) calling the shots and an indentured commune of powerless peons content with a political and social arrangement that negates their tradition and culture and cuts them off from having any decision over the constitution of the nation they will bequeath their posterity.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Aaron Sorkin: Master of the Middlebrow by Steve Sailer

Steve Jobs, the superbly theatrical film about the Apple cofounder’s turbulent mid-career arc, opened in Los Angeles and New York over the weekend to the best per-theater grosses since American Sniper.
It looks as if it will be another upmarket hit for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in the tradition of his 2010 Mark Zuckerberg biopic The Social Network and his 2011 Billy Beane biopic Moneyball. Both were book adaptations that sounded close to impossible to turn into comprehensible movies.
We are supposed to be living in an age of great television and weak films. But when given his own television shows with ample hours of airtime to fill with his earnest opinions, such as Sports Night, the Clinton White House fantasy The West WingStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom, Sorkin tends to be insufferable.
On the other hand, when Sorkin is brought into a movie production as a hired gun and told to somehow cram a technical topic that he doesn’t necessarily care all that much about, such as Moneyball’s revolution in baseball statistics, into a two-hour screenplay, he’s a master of middlebrow.
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Red Army
Many Americans will most likely only know of the Soviet hockey program in the context of the famous U.S. defeat of the Soviet Union national team during the 1980 Olympics, in an upset famously dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.” A corrective of sorts, Gabe Polsky's documentary Red Army provides a history of hockey in Russia—not just about the sport, but about political maneuvering and how it affected the country's hockey players on a personal level.
This wider purview is apt given that this national sports program was conceived back in the 1950s as a way of propagandistically extolling the virtues of communism to the outside world. Polsky draws sharp connections between moves made behind the scenes and their underlying political implications. Even the chess-like style of play enforced by the Russian team's first coach, Anatoly Tarasov, was, one talking-head expert suggests, an extension of the communist collectivist philosophy of teamwork. After that stunning 1980 Olympics defeat, however, new coach Viktor Tikhonov completely rebuilt the team and proceeded to disenchant the remaining hangers-on with his dictatorial style, leading many to either defect to the U.S. or quit altogether. Polsky's overarching insight is to suggest the ways in which developments in the Russian hockey program aligned closely with those in its political history, with initial excitement of change giving way to increasing economic ruin and personal disillusionment.

Using White House reporting claim of 12%, 1 in more than 30 women at MSU and OSU are sexually assaulted, not 1 in 5

Trigger Warning: If you are upset by the accurate reporting of facts, statistics and data about campus sexual assault please stop reading now.
In a January 2014 report titled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action” (which led to the creation of the “Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault” headed by Vice-President Joe Biden), the White House made the following two statements:
White House Statement 1. Sexual assault is a particular problem on college campuses1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college.
White House Statement 2. Reporting rates for campus sexual assault are also very low: on average only 12% of student victims report the assault to law enforcement.
There’s a huge, irreconcilable statistical problem here, and I’ve reported on that irreconcilable issue on CD herehereherehere and here. Using actual reported crime statistics on sexual offenses at almost any US college and applying the White House claim that only 12% of campus sexual assaults actually get reported, we have to conclude that nowhere near 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college. Alternatively, if the “1 in 5 women” claim is true, the percentage of sexual assaults that get reported to the campus police would have to be much, much lower than 12%. In other words, the statistical claims about campus sexual assault that the White House uses don’t work together and they therefore both can’t be simultaneously correct. That is, either the claim that 1-in-5 college women are sexually assaulted claim is way too high or the 12% reporting rate is way too high.

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Japan’s rich: acutely aware of their wealth and not flashy with it BY PHILIP BRASOR AND MASAKO TSUBUKU

One of the biggest socioeconomic issues in the developed world right now is the widening income gap between the rich and the not-rich. In the U.S., the gap has become so big that the so-called 1 percent have adopted a siege mentality by isolating themselves from the rest of society, in either gated communities or urban condominium towers.
In Japan the rich are different, or at least, they seem to be. It’s often said that in Japan you may live right next door to a millionaire and not know it because his house looks just like yours.
The idea that wealthy people in Japan don’t show off their wealth is perhaps grounded in the Japanese stereotype of not wanting to stand out from the crowd. Still, with Japan’s stock market on a general roll for the last several years, the Japanese media has started talking about the “superrich” (chō-fuyūsō).
But how do you define a rich person in Japan? According to Atsushi Miura, who last year published a book titled “The New Rich,” the financial industry considers a person to be wealthy if their yearly income is over ¥30 million and they have assets of at least ¥100 million. About 1.3 million Japanese people have assets in that range, or 1 percent of the population. Another way to define the rich is that they tend to live off the interest and other capital gains derived from their assets, without ever touching those assets.
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'Banderite Ukraine, not Russia, is Our Enemy' – Polish Politician

Unveiling a monument to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, in Lviv.

In a recent interview for Polish news network TVN 24, MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke emphasized that Poland has more to fear from a powerful Germany and a chaos-ridden Ukraine than it does from Russia.

Giving an interview for TVN24 political talk program 'One on One' on Tuesday, the libertarian conservative politician was asked to comment on Gazprom's plans to build the Nord Stream II natural pipeline, which would bypass Poland on its way to Germany via the Baltic Sea. 
Noting that he has his own reservations regarding the project, Korwin-Mikke nonetheless emphasized that Russia is not Poland's enemy, in spite of what politicians and much of the country's news media have suggested.
The politician noted that in today's environment, it is the chaos-ridden "Ukraine, not Russia, which is Poland's enemy. There people are voting for the Banderites." 
Korwin-Mikke was referring to post-Maidan Kiev's project to rehabilitate and glorify Second World War-era ultranationalist war criminal Stephan Bandera.
In Poland, Bandera's Ukrainian Insurgent Army is loathed for the massacre of tens of thousands of ethnic Poles in the regions of western Ukraine between 1943 and 1945. Bandera's rehabilitation in contemporary Ukraine is a major source of embarrassment for both of Poland's major parties –the center-right Civic Platform and the nationalist-right Law and Justice, given Warsaw's active political role in the country following the Maidan coup.

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Rushdie: 'free speech is a part of human nature'

Rushdie: 'free speech is a part of human nature'
"Limiting freedom of expression is not just censorship, it is also an assault on human nature," Rushdie told a news conference.
"Expression of speech is fundamental to all human beings. We are language animals, we are story-telling animals," he said, insisting that free speech was a universal principle.
"Without that freedom of expression, all other freedoms fail," he said.
Rushdie has had an Islamic death sentence hanging over his head for a quarter of a century over his 1989 book "The Satanic Verses".
Iran's then supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa saying the author should be killed, forcing Rushdie to go into hiding, with the British government placed him under police protection.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The History of Political Correctness (Complete)

Jill Soloway and the “Transgender” Agenda, Part 1 by Brenton Sanderson

In a recent article I explored the Jewish role in the hyper-sexualization of Western culture. I made the point that this phenomenon — the most obvious result of the Jewish takeover and virtual monopolization of the Western media and entertainment industries — represents the deliberate ethno-political application of psychoanalytic theory to a Western culture regarded as inherently authoritarian, fascistic and anti-Semitic due to its “repressive” sexual morality. This hyper-sexualization agenda, which has had disastrous social consequences for White people, operates in tandem with the Jewish-led “civil rights” movements which demand deference for non-Whites and sexual non-conformists — these serving as proxies for Jews as the prototypical outsiders in Western societies. With the legality of “gay marriage” seemingly secured (largely as a result of Jewish efforts) the focus of the “identity politics” agenda has now shifted to deconstructing traditional Western views about what it means to be a man or a woman.
As with the other “civil rights” movements dominated by Jews, the motivations underlying the  “transgender” rights movement are ultimately grounded in the subversive doctrines of the Frankfurt School — and in particular The Authoritarian Personality which found that those who ranked highly on the ethnocentrism scale (i.e., those more likely to harbor “anti-Semitic” views) tended to live in worlds with rigid gender boundaries, where attractiveness was grounded in traditional conceptions of masculinity and femininity, and where sexual mores were clearly delineated. Kevin MacDonald notes that “Jews, as a highly cohesive group, have an interest in advocating a completely atomistic, individualistic society in which ingroup-outgroup distinctions are not salient to gentiles.”[i] It is therefore in Jewish interests to subvert all non-Jewish social categories — whether these be based on race, religion or gender boundaries and roles. Hence their recent championing of the concept of “fluidity” which is the very antithesis of anything separate, homogeneous, or with clear boundaries. All cohesive (and evolutionarily adaptive) social categories that have characterized Western civilization have been subverted by Jewish activists. 
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Signs of Intelligent Life. Pigs possess complex ethological traits similar to dogs and chimpanzees. By Christina M. Colvin and Lori Marino

If you visit Nikki, one of the domestic pigs who lives atFarm Sanctuary’s 175-acre shelter in Watkins Glen, New York, you can expect her loud voice to announce your arrival. Nikki is gregarious and quick to socialize with human visitors. Don’t take it personally, however, if she keeps you at bay from her babies. She has good reason to be wary of strangers. Prior to her rescue, Nikki escaped from a gestation crate during the record-breaking flood of the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in June, 2008. Shortly thereafter, Nikki gave birth to a litter of piglets. Displaced and alone, Nikki protected and nursed her newborns despite her stress, exhaustion, and hunger. Now, years after that traumatic experience, Nikki continues to be inseparable from her piglets and extremely protective of them.

Rose, another mother pig, also escaped from a gestation crate during the Iowa flood. Unlike Nikki, however, Rose suffered the loss of her offspring. After her relocation to the Watkins Glen shelter, Rose exhibited signs of depression. She refused to eat. She ignored her fellow pigs’ attempts to cheer her with invitations to play. Shelter workers had to feed her with a syringe. Observing that Rose was showing interest in Nikki’s interaction with her latest litter, workers moved Rose into a pen with Nikki. Rose began to help care for Nikki’s young ones, and Nikki, the normally cautious, vigilant mother, readily allowed Rose’s assistance. Gradually, Rose began to eat on her own. And with the combined attention of two nurturing adults, Nikki’s piglets flourished. One piglet in particular, a female named Rory, became Rose’s closest companion. Although Rose never displayed the adventurousness of some of her fellows, her recovery shows the importance of social interaction, what we might call friendship, to pigs’ psychological health.

How British Is American Culture? by Bruce Frohnen

how british is american culture

When Russell Kirk wrote America’s British Culture it was as a necessary corrective to frequent claims that ours is a polyglot culture, a “multi culture” held together solely by certain abstract political principles, generally summed up in a phrase from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence (“all men are created equal,” with “inalienable rights”). Kirk’s is, indeed, a good and useful book, pointing to the cultural origins of American traditions of thought and action in the British Isles. But one should not take Kirk’s book, or any truly conservative work on the roots of American order, as an endorsement of the fantasy that America, or at any rate conservative America, is some kind of cheap copy of high Anglican English culture, with its highly-mannered ethos and its rejection of political principle in favor of “muddling through” at all costs. Conservatives do not, or at least should not, simply adopt customs not their own, or accept full identification with a narrowly defined culture with which they share only a limited number of common sources and living traditions. Such a path may have been appropriate for T.S. Eliot. But the reasons for this ex-patriot poet’s English conversion had more to do with the primacy of his mind and the timeless art he produced than with the capacity of peoples to pursue a good life in concrete, historical circumstances.

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Truth and the New York Times by SCOTT W. JOHNSON

The paper of record shills for a movie that claims to exonerate Dan Rather—against all evidence.

The episode known as Rathergate represents one of the great journalistic frauds of our time. The scandal erupted from a 60 Minutes Wednesdaysegment rushed to air on the evening of September 8, 2004, in time to influence the approaching presidential election pitting George W. Bush against John Kerry, as it was clearly intended to do. The segment consisted of two parts that didn’t quite fit together except in their antipathy to Bush. In the first part, based on an interview with the vice chairman of Kerry’s national finance committee, Dan Rather essentially claimed that political influence had been brought to bear to secure Bush’s admission to the Texas Air National Guard as an interceptor jet pilot in 1968. In the second part, based on documents supposedly from the “personal file” of Bush’s commanding officer, Rather reported that Bush had defied an order to take a physical necessary to maintain his flight status and, among other things, thus failed to discharge his military obligations. The segment was produced and written by Mary Mapes.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Anti-Assad Conspiracy: Western Fingerprints All Over Syrian Civil War

Fighters from Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Western countries are willing to grant asylum to Syrian refugees, but are still unwilling to stop adding fuel to the fire of the Syrian civil war, Greece-based independent humanitarian journalist Fragkiska Megaloudi notes.

The so-called Syrian opposition has not appeared out of nowhere: between 2006 and 2010 Washington spent 12 million dollars on supporting the protest movement in Syria and organizing demonstrations against the Assad government, Greece-based independent humanitarian journalist Fragkiska Megaloudi pointed out, citing WikiLeaks.
"WikiLeaks released over 7,000 secret diplomatic cables that document that funding. The cables revealed that up to 6,3 million dollars was funneled to the Movement for Justice and Development, a Syrian dissident organization based in London. The Movement operated the Barada satellite channel that broadcasted anti-government propaganda in Syria and that played an important part in the 2010-11 anti-Assad protests," the journalist emphasized in her article for Information Clearing House.

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China and Japan's Battle for Influence in Southeast Asia

On his inaugural visit to Southeast Asia as president of China, Xi Jinpingannounced a plan to build a “maritime silk road.” In November of the following year, the Chinese government established the Silk Road Fund, and contributed an initial $40 billion, which will be used to invest in both overland transportation infrastructure and in “expanding ports and industrial parks in Asia, the Mideast, Africa, and Europe.” Given Southeast Asia’s market size, economic potential, and location, it is a key link in China’s maritime silk road plans.
Earlier this year, with significant international participation, China established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank or AIIB. The bank “will focus on the development of infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia, including energy and power, transportation and telecommunications, rural infrastructure and agriculture development,” among other areas. Much of Southeast Asia is in need of such investment, and countries in the region may be first in line for loans when the bank formally opens it doors.

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Wyoming High School Bows to Political Correctness – Cancels “America Day” for Fear of Offense

Who needs the government to infringe on the rights of people when doofus activities directors at public indoctrination centers are more than willing to do it. Jackson Hole high School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has decided it will not celebrate "America Day" this year as they have in years past because they don't want to offend certain students.
In years past, the school showed their patriotism by wearing American flag attire and riding around on a diesel truck with the stars and stripes around homecoming time. But that won't be happening this year, at least not with any school approval.
Activities Director Mike Hanson is the one who is putting stop to the event this year.
"Many different students could have felt singled out…Maybe they moved here last week. Maybe they moved here last month," he told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. "We're trying to balance many different things here. We're trying to be inclusive and safe, make everyone feel welcome."

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Young Germans and Hollanders Physically Resist the Nonwhite Invasion

Young European men have started to take up the challenge posed by the nonwhite Third World swarms and physically resist the invasion force, with attacks on “asylum” centers taking place overnight in Germany and Holland.

According to controlled media reports from Germany, a large and organized group of young Europeans attacked a Third World invasion center in Chemnitz-Markersdorf at about one thirty in the morning. Police were forced to intervene and arrested a 34-year-old man.
The reports said that the attackers clashed with the nonwhite invaders, with bottles, stones, and firecrackers being used. Several people were reported injured in the fighting, including two far leftists who tried to come to the aid of the nonwhite invaders.
The fighting followed an earlier clash between nonwhite invaders and German men in the nearby Wilhelm-Firl Street in which two invaders were injured and hospitalized.
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REFILE-Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes -study

The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday.
The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies' own financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to reach their conclusions.

Technology firm Apple was holding $181.1 billion offshore, more than any other U.S. company, and would owe an estimated $59.2 billion in U.S. taxes if it tried to bring the money back to the United States from its three overseas tax havens, the study said.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

What’s Behind the Syrian Migrant Crisis?

Understanding the Impact of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

UN-led Mass Migration Destroying U.S. Nationhood

The Republican Drug by Steve Sailer

With the sports and movie seasons in full swing in October, I’m reminded of the many unanswered and often even unasked questions about one of the more pervasive changes of my lifetime: the spread of weight lifting and steroids. Put simply, athletes and actors don’t look all that much anymore like they did when I was a young fan in the 1960s and 1970s.
Recreational drugs such as LSD were massively publicized in the 1960s as playing a role in the culture’s swing to the left. But far less attention has been paid to the subsequent influence of performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids.
These artificial variants on male sex hormones are especially interesting because, well, sex is interesting. Our society has been engaged for several decades in a giant science experiment involving the biochemical essence of masculinity, but few cultural intellectuals have paid systematic attention to what the results have been.
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ISIS armed by the real 'JV team'

President Barack Obama speaks during a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House last week.
The Islamic State continues to wreak havoc in Iraq and Syria. The extremist Islamic group, unmatched in its atrocities, has slaughtered hundreds of innocent Christians, Yazidis, Alawites, Shiites and their more moderate coreligionists. Now, hundreds of thousands of desperate Middle Easterners are fleeing the region, creating a worldwide refugee crisis and possibly spreading terrorists throughout Europe and beyond.
So where did the Islamic State — or ISIS — get the sophisticated equipment and weaponry to cause all of this death, destruction and displacement? Sadly, much of it was acquired, free of charge, from the United States — a direct result of the Obama administration's "JV" foreign policy and its incompetent defense strategy, which showered poorly trained allied forces with weapons, vehicles and materiel without properly ensuring these valuable assets remain in friendly hands.
The Telegraph recently reported that U.S. military-trained "Division 30"— a collection of supposedly "moderate" rebels fighting against Bashar Al Assad's dictatorship in Syria — turned over their weapons to al-Qaeda-affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra as soon as they entered the country. Galling, yes, but this hardly would be the worst loss of U.S. equipment to extremists.
In Iraq, when ISIS took Mosul in June 2014, it scored 2,300 Humvees made in America and originally provided to Iraqi security forces. Earlier this spring, its capture of Ramadi came with a lethal bonus: American-made artillery, M1A1 tanks, and various wheeled and tracked vehicles. Exact counts are difficult to obtain.
Today, we're at war with our own weapons. As Peter Van Buren wrote for Reuters in June:
The Hellfires and AT-4's, anti-tank weapons, are presumably going to be used to help destroy the American armor in the hands of Islamic State. The United States also is conducting airstrikes to destroy weapons seized by Islamic State.

Why we shouldn't censor teen literature

Young adult literature helps start meaningful conversations with teens about real world issues.
By Emily Sanna, an associate editor at U.S. Catholic.

In 2012, exactly two weeks after Trayvon Martin was shot to death for being young and black and wearing a hoodie, I sat in a darkened theater watching children as young as 13 years old kill each other in The Hunger Games. While to me the movie hit more than a little too close to home, that didn’t seem to be the case for the room packed with teenagers, who broke out in cheers every time another contestant fell by the wayside, leaving Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark one step closer to victory.

Shortly thereafter, I brought up my experience to a room full of youth ministers. I asked them if they were having these conversations with their students about violence in pop culture. How did they help these kids interpret a world that held both Trayvon Martin and The Hunger Games? Their responses ranged from, “What’s The Hunger Games?” to “I didn’t realize that was so violent. I’m not going to let my kids see/read that!” No one had the answers to my question, which was how to respond to these hard questions in a way that makes sense to young adults.
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The Neoconservatives' Fairy Tales about Syria

Neil Gaiman famously paraphrased G.K. Chesterton as saying: “Fairy tales are more than true—not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
The prince of paradox had a point. But we should also bear in mind that some stories about vanquishing monsters are dangerously false. This is especially the case in Iraq, where a fairy tale has grown up around our long war there.
The dragon in question is the sectarian conflict that was unleashed after the United States deposed Saddam Hussein. Neoconservatives and hawks have dreamed up a yarn that goes something like this: Iraq was initially roiled with violence, thanks to Sunni and Shiite uprisings. It fell to the gallant George W. Bush to ride to the rescue and heroically order a troop surge. This led to peace throughout the land—until the yellow-bellied Barack Obama pulled out the troops, which undermined the Sunnis in western Iraq and ushered in ISIS.
It’s a fairy tale worthy of Mother Goose, but it persists in the minds of many intellectuals. In fact, while violence in Iraq did indeed drop off precipitously after the surge, this had less to do with our troop escalation than it did with General David Petraeus’ ceasefire deals with Sunni warlords—which often involved generous payouts. It was a purchased peace and not everyone was comfortable with it. In 2008, General Douglas MacGregor prophetically warnedthat “buying off your enemy” is “not a long-term solution to creating a legitimate political order.” Meanwhile, Shiite militias with ties to then prime minister Nouri al-Maliki were ethnically cleansing Baghdad of Sunnis right under President Bush’s nose. Maliki’s policy toward the so-called Awakening Councils also turned ruthless.

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A Dark Vision From French Intellectuals

PARIS — There’s something very French about intellectuals weighing in on topical issues loudly and regularly. The latest twist is that they have taken over the political debate.

From front pages to television talk shows, a few philosopher-pundits have taken center stage, defending their dark vision of a France in danger of losing its identity, sovereignty, culture — in short, its soul.

Take the example of Éric Zemmour, a controversial commentator and author of a best-selling book, “The French Suicide,” whose title tells it all. Recently he was on the cover of the right-wing magazine Valeurs Actuelles as the hero of a new novel that casts him as a presidential candidate.

A headline in the newspaper Le Monde questioned whether the intellectuals who share Mr. Zemmour’s pessimism — including several prominent former leftists — aren’t playing the game of the National Front, the far-right party that has capitalized on popular dissatisfaction with immigration, globalization and, notably, the European Union.

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