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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paradise and Paranoia by Dwight Longenecker

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Two quirks haunt human nature. They are connected in a sick symbiosis, feeding off each other like the proverbial snakes gorging in mutual cannibalism. One quirk is the desire for paradise. The second is the demands of paranoia. One is a sweet sickness and the other sour.
The desire for paradise seems to be humanity’s default setting. We want to be happy. Indeed, in the land of the free and the home of the brave we are guaranteed “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The problem is in our definition of happiness. True happiness is the result of self-discipline, hard work, a deep awareness that life has eternal significance, and adherence to a religion that vitalizes and makes real that awareness. Unfortunately, the desire for happiness too often takes a less traditional route and we are drawn into a multiplicity of false turnings, counterfeit bliss and twisted delights.
Our desire for paradise leads us to the wanton search for mere pleasure, and because it never really satisfies, the search for pleasure leads to addiction. Many are drawn to the illegal addictions of drugs or illicit sexuality. More are drawn to the legal and acceptable—even laudable—addictions of money, prestige, and power.
While individuals search for their own pleasure dome, others form groups that seek to build a paradise on earth. Seeking utopia–which literally means “nowhere”–they form ideologies, political parties, intellectual think tanks, and action groups. They campaign and protest. They electioneer and commandeer. They rally the troops and push the propaganda. They look for a brave new world and do not mind using the old cowardly methods to achieve it.
Worst of all are those who seek a religious utopia. Always looking for the perfect church, the ideal religious community or the completely correct theology or morality, they build little religious fortresses where all the people who are “good and right and true” can gather together to create a little sectarian paradise.

Will driverless cars cost us more than they’re worth?

Dear Cecil:
I've been waiting for autonomous cars to become a reality. But I’m wondering how much revenue will be lost when there are no more speeding tickets, traffic violations, parking violations, or probably quite a few other kinds of fines that I haven't even considered. How much money will state and local governments lose when traffic tickets become a thing of the past?
Cecil replies:
What I’m wondering is why you’re even thinking about this. Driverless cars may well reshape the urban world — for one thing, autonomous car-sharing could wipe out taxis, limos, and Ubers in a single swat — and you’re focusing on parking tickets. Could you possibly have picked a more boring aspect of this development to analyze? But since you asked, yes: this particularly irritating form of revenue extraction would be mostly eliminated in the event cars became autonomous.
As it stands, issuing tickets is something governments do a lot of. New York City gave out more than a million in 2012. Roughly 23 percent were for tinted windows or seat belt violations (conjuring a rather unsavory image of what New Yorkers are doing in their cars), but the rest were for infractions that wouldn’t’t exist if cars were automated: speeding, phone use while driving, etc. Financially, this is an incredible boon for states and municipalities — the NYPD’s recent hissy-fit strike against Mayor de Blasio cost the city $10 million a week in parking-ticket money. It’s hard to find an ironclad nationwide total for ticket-fine revenue, but (for example) Virginia raked in roughly $97 million on speeding tickets in 2010; scale that up to a population of 320 million and you get a national figure of about $3.7 billion. If autonomous cars make that sum just go away, budget committees are likely to notice.

Read More: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/3212/will-driverless-cars-cost-us-more-than-they-re-worth

Where are the immigrants? This map will tell you

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the net flow in to the country in the last year stood at 298,000 – some 54,000 higher than when the Coalition came into power. That is three times higher than the government target.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, described the immigration figure as "very embarrassing for the Conservatives" and said Prime Minister David Cameron had "failed spectatularly" to meet his target.
Immigration is consistently among voters' top three concerns and is a particular driver of Ukip support.
Are you concerned about immigration? Would you like to know how many immigrants live in your constituency? Well our map can tell you.
Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11251624/Where-are-the-immigrants-This-map-will-tell-you.html

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Endgame - Full White Genocide documentary

Politicking: Stephen Cohen on the Ukraine crisis and his 'unpatriotic' v...

The Sarah Palin of Israel

Left-bashing, race-baiting, flag-waving Miri Regev has leapt to the top of the ruling Likud party. She just may be Israel’s most popular and powerful female politician.
TEL AVIV — The most powerful woman in Israel’s ruling Likud party has just moved into a trailer. Knesset member Miri Regev, the party’s attack dog and the closest thing Israel has to Sarah Palin, boarded the mobile home—attached to an Audi SUV—last week ready to crisscross the country campaigning for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who never wanted her to be the face of the party to so many Israelis.
She admits that the trailer, decorated with the Likud’s blue colors and emblazoned with her face, is a gimmick, but it’s one that fits her well. She is, after all, the queen of media stunts—and a frequent object of mockery by Israeli journalists and satirists. 
“We’re going from place to place all over the country, we’ll be meeting and talking to people at the markets, the malls, on the street,” she said to a group of journalists who gathered to see her off outside her home in Rosh Ha’ayin.
“The greatest thing about this is that nothing is planned,” she said, then added without any apparent sense of contradiction, “We only planned the stops we’ll be making.”
Regev is one of the only Israeli politicians who could pull off such a stunt. The soon-to-be-50-year-old mother of three, fifth on the Likud list, is an outspoken politician who embodies a flag-waving, gung-ho brand of Zionism, and a folksy, sneering attitude towards the Israeli Left and the country’s media elites.
Regev’s style and her growing popularity are emblematic of the Likud’s—and the general public’s—strong shift to the right in recent years, a shift that has allowed a level of animosity toward the Left many say has not been seen since the tense days before the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. As the Israeli national elections approach next month, the party has upped the ante, releasing a campaign video charging that the Left would allow the Islamic State (ISIS) into Israel, sharpening the Likud’s “us or them” approach in this divisive political climate.
Read More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/18/the-sarah-palin-of-israel.html

Liberation Rape by Steve Sailer


Next Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of American movies as the premier pop cultural force on the planet. On March 3, 1915, director D.W. Griffith released The Birth of a Nation, an unprecedented epic about the Civil War and Reconstruction that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Appomattox and the assassination of Griffith’s hero, Abraham Lincoln. The first full-length movie to fully integrate the early silent era’s rapid advances in storytelling techniques, Birth of a Nation earned about $60 million at the box office—the equivalent of about $1.4 billion in current dollars, or twice what Avatar garnered in a vastly wealthier and more populous 21st-century America.
Griffith was the son of a Kentucky Confederate colonel; his theme of national reconciliation—“The soul of Daniel Webster calling to America: Liberty and union, one and inseparable, now and forever”—resounded with the American public during the Great War in Europe. While the Continent shredded itself, America was united and invulnerable, the once divisive issue of sovereignty resolved by the blood spilled a half-century before.
A little-noticed aspect of media power is the ability to decide what constitutes an anniversary and what doesn’t. Thus, the 100th birthday of Birth of a Nation went unmentioned at Sunday’s Academy Awards, despite the movie’s seemingly timely concern with the rape crisis of the late 1860s.
People have a difficult time avoiding either underreaction or overreaction to the threat of rape. It’s enormously shameful not to protect your womenfolk from rape, so dereliction of duty tends to incite fantasy and rage.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/liberation_rape_steve_sailer/print#axzz3SjntiGD0

17,000 Federal Employees Earned More Than $200K Last Year BY ERIC KATZ

More than 16,900 federal employees took home in excess of $200,000 in base salary in 2014, according to a partial database of federal salary data.
The information, compiled by FedSmith.com using data from the Office of Personnel Management and other agencies, shows the annual compensation for every civilian federal worker, save those at the Defense Department. The number of workers earning more than $200,000 represented about 1.6 percent of employees on the list and is up from about 15,000 who cleared that salary in 2013. It also makes up a slightly higher percentage of the employees on this list.
Most of the high earners worked as medical officers at the Veterans Affairs Department. Other agencies that require a highly specialized workforce paid several employees at least $200,000; these included the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
More than 1,600 federal employees cleared $300,000 in base salary last year. Just two—VA doctors in Palo Alto, Calif., and Pittsburgh—took in more than $400,000.

Read More: http://www.nationaljournal.com/budget/17-000-federal-employees-earned-more-than-200k-last-year-20150224

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Don't unconditionally support the troops

America's safest state considers gun control


Vermont has fewer violent crimesper capita than any other state. Its citizens also enjoy fewer gun restrictions than most states.

Nonetheless, liberal do-gooders are proposing to further restrict gun ownership in the state. While there is no crime crisis in Vermont that predicates the move against Second Amendment rights, there is always a need to set a precedent that will crack open the door for more restrictive measures in the future.

At issue is Bill 31 that would expand background checks, allowing the government an excuse to pry into the personal lives of Vermont citizens.

While the lawmakers are anxious to include mental illness as a criteria for gun ownership, they have no provision to include one's intelligence level as a criteria, the latter being somehow immoral, we suppose.

Last summer National Review published an article titled, Vermont: Safe and Happy and Armed to the Teeth. The article noted that Vermont had the lowest incarceration rate in the nation and that only two of the state's eight murders in 2012 involved firearms. There were only ten murders in Vermont last year.

The population of Vermont is 627,000. That's slightly larger than Baltimore, Maryland's population of about622,000 that experienced 233 homicides last year.

Read More: http://dailykenn.blogspot.com/2015/02/americas-safest-state-considers-gun.html

Justifying My Existence by David Cole


It is the tragic reality of my being that I’m forced to justify myself every time someone learns what I did in the past and what I’ve been thrust back into doing in the present. When I’m fortunate enough to be in a room with people who have no idea who I am, if I’m asked what I do for a living, I always answer “ceramic lobsters,” because there’s no better way to ensure dead silence and zero follow-up questions.
But more often than not, I’m forced by my infamy to give an honest answer: “I attempt to correct the historical record regarding the Holocaust, primarily by sniffing out and exposing fake artifacts and fraudulent or improperly-used documents.”
And that’s when I get the almost inevitable response: “Why?” 
The “why” argument goes something like this: “Why make a big deal about fakes or frauds in Holocaust history? Isn’t the essence of the Holocaust still true? Jews suffered and died, right? So all you’re doing is empowering those who would take your work and deny the whole thing. Even if this or that gas chamber is fake, why point it out?” 
And my usual reply to the “why” question is: “I do it precisely because people like you are so quick to ask such a fucking inane question.”
In no other field are fakes, frauds, and forgeries tolerated as they are in Holocaust history. And in no other field are the people who try to sort the fakes from the facts so ruthlessly attacked and (in many countries) imprisoned.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/justifying_my_existence_david_cole/print#axzz3RpazxaOF

The Unravelling. In a failing state, an anti-Islamist general mounts a divisive campaign. BY JON LEE ANDERSON


Early last year, General Khalifa Haftar left his home in northern Virginia—where he had spent most of the previous two decades, at least some of that time working with the Central Intelligence Agency—and returned to Tripoli to fight his latest war for control of Libya. Haftar, who is a mild-looking man in his early seventies, has fought with and against nearly every significant faction in the country’s conflicts, leading to a reputation for unrivalled military experience and for a highly flexible sense of personal allegiance. In the Green Mountains, the country’s traditional hideout for rebels and insurgents, he established a military headquarters, inside an old airbase surrounded by red-earth farmland and groves of hazelnut and olive trees. Haftar’s force, which he calls the Libyan National Army, has taken much of the eastern half of the country, in an offensive known as Operation Dignity. Most of the remainder, including the capital city of Tripoli, is held by Libya Dawn, a loose coalition of militias, many of them working in a tactical alliance with Islamist extremists. Much as General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has boasted of doing in Egypt, General Haftar proposes to destroy the Islamist forces and bring peace and stability—enforced by his own army.

Read More: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/unravelling

Monday, February 23, 2015

POLYMORPHOUS PERVERSITY: NY MAG GIVES POSITIVE SPIN TO BESTIALITY

Polymorphous Perversity: NY Mag Gives Positive Spin to Bestiality
NY Magazine recently ran a piece titled “What It’s Like to Date a Horse,” in which writer Alexa Tsoulas-Reay spends approximately 6,200 words to share her interview with a 42-year-old Canadian man who’s sexual preference is female horses. Yes, horses. Feel free to read the article, if you like, but our purpose here is to explore how this story and it’s elements are all quintessential elements of Jewish sociologist Herbert Marcuse’s ideas of “repressive tolerance” and his application of fellow co-ethnic Sigmund Freud’s idea of “polymorphous perversity.”

Read More: http://theden.tv/2014/12/06/polymorphous-perversity-ny-mag-gives-positive-spin-to-bestiality/

Russia, China to boost finance, aviation & space partnerships

China and Russia plan to extend their strategic partnership in finance, aviation and space as well as improve trade and economic cooperation, said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping.
“It is essential to improve practical cooperation, as both sides will be increasing and expanding trade, and innovation,” Cheng said during a news conference in Beijing as quoted by Rossiya Segodnya.
Trade between the two countries was worth $95.3 billion in 2014. China and Russia expect it to reach $200 billion by 2020.
The two countries will continue to expand cooperation in aviation, space and nuclear energy; he said adding that China will actively cooperate with Russia in finance to seek new forms of interaction.
Read More: http://www.4thmedia.org/2015/02/russia-china-to-boost-finance-aviation-space-partnerships/

This Map Shows the Best States in America for Well-Being. The Great North Takes the Top Spot. BY KARA PENDLETON

Image Credit: Gallup-Healthways
According to a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2014, Alaskans are number one when it comes to overall well-being and West Virginians are in last place.
The poll behind the index was conducted with more than 176,000 adults in all 50 states, and looked at five different categories. The breakdown is as follows:
  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
Read More: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/02/254249-2-gallup-healthways-index-rates-overall-well-being-for-every-state/

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Race and Drug Arrests: Another Big Lie

KAY S. HYMOWITZ: How Smart is 50 Shades of Grey? This smart.



In her standup act, comedian Whitney Cummings scoffs at the claim that men like strong women. “Sorry, I’ve watched porn,” she says. “Men like Asian schoolgirls with duct tape on their mouths.” In that vein, consider the popular idea that women want sensitive men who do the laundry without being told. Sorry, I’ve read—and now watched—50 Shades of Grey. Women like men who tie them up and flog them in a Red Room of Pain. With duct tape on their mouths.

I’m only half-kidding. The film’s reviews, like the reviews of E.L. James’s 2011 book, are full of well-deserved snark about its inane dialogue, flat characters, and contrived plot. But the story’s wild popularity suggests that James knows something most of us don’t about the mix of lust, romantic longing, and post-feminist morality that swirls inside the brains of young women today.

It’s a remarkable coincidence that this particular pornographic fantasy has seized the global female imagination at the same moment that rape and sexual violence against women has become a leading social justice cause. The coincidence is heightened by the fact that the story’s protagonist, Anastasia Steele, is a coed on the cusp of graduation. She is in many respects an ordinary, modern college girl. She’s independent, a little boozy, cash-strapped, and working her way through school in a hardware store. She drives a battered Volkswagen beetle. Yes, she is a virgin. But that’s not because she’s a prude—“Holy crap, no!” as the feisty heroine would put it. She just hasn’t found a guy who pushes her buttons. That is, until she sacrifices her virginity and good judgment to the highly practiced sexual power of the brooding and distinctly un-politically-correct billionaire Christian Grey, a man of “singular tastes.”

Read More: http://www.city-journal.org/2015/eon0217kh.html

2 sentenced in fatal playground beating By Joe LaFurgey

Robert Kelly and Donmard White in court for sentencing. (Feb. 17, 2015)
That’s the length of the cellphone video recorded by a bystander on May 23, 2014 at a Grand Rapids elementary school playground.
That’s the time it took to hurt 24-year-old Scott Simerson so severely that he would die from his injuries three months later.
The attorney for the two adults defendants in the case, Robert Kelly and Donmard White, wanted to give the judge an opportunity to see who did what prior to sentencing, so the cellphone video of the beating was played in court on Tuesday for the first time.
Both Kelly and White pleaded guilty to manslaughterin the case in January.
“I didn’t even see my son raise a hand to protect himself,” said Edward Simerson, the victim’s father, his voice cracking as he faced White and Kelly.
Simerson had taken some children to play at the Sibley Park playground on that day in May. A teenager allegedly began hassling the younger kids Simerson was supervising. Simerson stepped in and was attacked.
Five punches were thrown in that 17 seconds, at least one by White, then 17.
Read More: http://woodtv.com/2015/02/17/2-sentenced-in-fatal-playground-beating/

Student Banned from Areas of Campus for Resembling Classmate’s Rapist

Yes — seriously. A student at a liberal-arts school in Oregon was reportedly banned from going anywhere on campus that a fellow student would be — because he looked like the person who had raped her. Professor Janet Halley wrote in a piece for Harvard Law Review that she had “recently assisted” a student who had been “ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away.” The accused also had to endure a “month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them,” which she called an “immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy.”

Read More: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/413978/student-banned-areas-campus-resembling-classmates-rapist-katherine-timpf

Friday, February 20, 2015

Identity politics has created an army of vicious, narcissistic cowards by Brendan O'Neill


Has there ever been a more petulant mob of moaners than that which is currently hurling abuse at Peter Tatchell? On Twitter, which is where these people live, self-styled queers and gender-benders are insulting and even threatening to kill Tatchell, the man whose risk-taking and street-fighting over 40-odd years helped to secure their liberation, to create a society in which they could live and speak freely. And how do they repay him? By tweeting their fantasises about him being murdered for being a ‘fucking parasite’.
Tatchell’s crime in the eyes of the PC thought police was to have signed a letter in the Observer calling for greater free speech in universities. Following student unions’ banning of various feminists who are ‘whorephobic’ (they don’t like the sex industry) or ‘transphobic’ (they don’t think men who have sex changes are real women), the letter-writers slammed the use of No Platform to ‘prevent the expression of feminist arguments’. It is ‘illiberal and undemocratic’ to silence people simply because you disagree with them, they said.
Then, in an irony so profound it could make your temples throb, trans activists and their ‘allies’ — people who follow them on Twitter — went berserk, describing the letter as an intolerable assault on their feelings and going after all who signed it. In short, they showed their anger about a letter that branded them illiberal by behaving illiberally. Two people in particular got it in the neck: Mary Beard, who said she felt so ‘battered’ by the liberty-allergic trolls that she went to bed; and Tatchell, who has been bombarded by 5,000 tweets, many of them insulting, some threatening.
Read More: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/02/identity-politics-has-created-an-army-of-vicious-narcissists/

Why Is Rev. Kent Hovind Treated Like A Political Prisoner Over Taxes, While Al Sharpton Goes Free? By Chuck Baldwin

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Kent Hovind is a creation-science evangelist and Baptist minister who has already served eight years of a ten-year prison sentence for alleged tax evasion. Kent has a master’s degree in education. He founded and operated Creation Science Evangelism and has traveled extensively presenting creation-science lectures. He has debated evolutionists in over one hundred debates across the country. Kent also operated Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensacola, Florida. This was a very popular creation-science museum/theme park. Kent also produced scores of videos on the subject of creation-science that have circled the globe and been translated in over thirty languages. Many people affectionately refer to Kent as “Dr. Dino.” He and his wife have three children; and all three of their children (all grown) worked alongside of him in the ministry.
Kent and I were college classmates for one year in Michigan. I was a sophomore when Kent transferred to the school from Illinois. I transferred colleges after that year. Kent stayed and graduated from the college in Michigan. After graduation in 1975, my wife and I moved to Pensacola, Florida, to begin our ministerial work. Some years later, Kent and his family also moved to Pensacola. So, I’ve known Kent a long time.
Kent considered his ministry a church and the people who worked for him as missionaries. He did not incorporate under the 501c3 non-profit organization status. Of course, the Internal Revenue Code states that churches are not required to do so; that, as a church, they automatically have tax-exempt status. Accordingly, Kent believed his ministry was tax-exempt.
Nevertheless, in 2004, IRS agents raided Kent’s home and ultimately brought multiple counts of tax-evasion-type charges, including “structuring,” against him. “Structuring” means deliberately making cash deposits or withdrawals of just under the supposed reporting level of ten thousand dollars. (Egad! God forbid that the IRS not know the details of our banking transactions.) In 2006, Kent went to trial and was convicted on all counts and sentenced to ten years in federal prison. He has been there ever since.
But now the story gets bizarre. Federal prosecutors are currently bringing charges of mail fraud against Kent for using the mail system from inside prison to challenge the lien that the IRS placed upon his property. And, are you ready for this? They want Kent to serve an additional twenty to one hundred years in prison. Obviously, even if he received twenty years, this amounts to a life sentence.
Read More: http://www.vdare.com/articles/why-kent-hovind-treated-like-a-political-prisoner-over-taxes-while-al-sharpton-goes-free

The Death of American Unions Is Killing American Marriage By Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig


For all the mawkish, maudlin conservative hand-wringing about the state of marriage among the working classrecall Republican Mitt Romneyamong others, recently claiming marriage as the solution to povertya post-mortem on marriage among the less materially fortunate turns up fascinating results. Poverty itself, it seems, is the chief agent of marital decline among the poor. This is especially true of falling wages among working class men, who have borne the brunt of the right-wing war on labor unions.
The trend was detectable even back in 2012, when Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell pointed it out in the New York Times.
Forty years ago, about nine of 10 American men between the ages of 30 and 50 were married, and the most highly paid men were just slightly more likely to wed than those paid least. Since then, earnings for men in the top tenth of the income distribution have risen and their marriage rates have fallen slightly, from 95 percent in 1970 to 83 percent today. […] [M]en in the bottom quartile of earnings have had a wage cut of 60 percent, and a contemporaneous drop in marriage rates to about 50 percent, from 86 percent.
In a 2014 Atlantic essay, W. Bradford Wilcox of the pro-marriage think tank National Marriage Project also pointed to men’s dropping wages as the culprit behind declining marriage rates. “Working-class and poor women are less likely to see the men in their lives as marriageable or worth sticking with,” Wilcox reported. “Indeed, the research tells us that men’s income remains a strong predictor of marrying and steering clear of divorce court.”
In questioning marriage to men with precarious or despairingly poor economic futures, working class women are not displaying any kind of newfangled indifference to marriage, but rather old-fashioned prudence. Indeed, a study published by UCLA sociologists in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that poor people’s attitudes toward marriage and divorce are asand often moretraditional than those of their upper-class peers. For a poor woman with low income, marrying a man with even worse financial prospects than herself is a liability to her and to any children she may have; moreover, the stress of a second source of financial insecurity is venomous to family formation.
Read More: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121096/right-work-legislation-impoverishes-working-class-men

Essential Films . . . & Others by James J. O'Meara

Edward Hopper, New York Theater,

Looking over Trevor Lynch’s list of his “Ten Favorite Films” in his forthcoming collection, Son of Trevor Lynch’s White Nationalist Guide to the Movies, it occurred to me that I couldn’t possibly put together such a list, even if I could decide on a criterion or two.

I then remembered that Elmer O’Brien, S.J., in introducing his Essential Plotinus, faced a similar difficulty and suggested that there was an “essential” Plotinus as Coleridge had said there was an “essential’ poetry: “that to which with the greatest pleasure the reader returns.”[1] And I recalled that when I finally broke down and bought a DVD player, around 2005, I made a similar rule, to buy discs for movies that I was again and again stopping to watch if they showed up on my cable TV guide.

With the thought that some Counter-Currents readers might find it somewhat diverting, I have put together a little list of such “essential” films, the ones that I constantly default to. Constant Readers will recognize a few, since they are the films whose Constant Viewing has inspired one or more essays here at Counter-Currents, which are linked below.

Casino (Martin Scorsese) — Like Leone, Scorsese is a master of what I like to call bravura filmmaking (de Niro’s barroom entrance in Mean Streets, Ray Liotta’s Copacabana entrance, Henry Hill’s last day of freedom in Goodfellas, etc.); Welles’s movie studio as “the best train set a boy every got.” The usual bag of tricks are here: goofy but murderous gangsters, explanations of how the money is made, etc. On repeated viewings, it’s the story of Ace and Sharon Stone’s marriage. “I’ve found a new sponsor” is the epitaph for the New Liberated Woman of the ’70s. But all the critics saw was “another Goodfellas.” Even the pop music cues are here, but what’s memorable is Howard Shore’s score, channeling Samuel Barber, linking Videodrome to Lord of the Rings. You might think I’d choose Gangs of New York, but despite its merits I find I only return to the final time-lapse of downtown Manhattan, and for that I have Once Upon a Time in America.

Read More: http://www.counter-currents.com/2015/02/essential-films-and-others/#more-53076

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stuart Maconie: The privileged are taking over the arts – without the grit, pop culture is doomed

It takes chutzpah to gainsay Richard Hoggart, especially on class and pop culture. But when he wrote in The Uses of Literacy (1957) that “the finest period in English . . . popular song seems to have been between 1880 and 1910” he was wrong, or at least premature. Hoggart believed this was the era when working-class performers and audiences held greatest sway, dominating British music. Though he couldn’t have known it, that golden age was just about to come. As he wrote his venerable text in the Hull of the mid-1950s, not far down the road in another northern port a bunch of Scouse teenagers was strumming the overture to an entertainment revolution (albeit one with music- hall roots) that would eclipse the reign of Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno.
Entering Paul McCartney’s council-house childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Merseyside, American visitors are often visibly shocked by how tiny it is, how plain – spartan even. (Lennon’s was slightly bigger, so he is routinely and wrongly labelled as “middle-class”. His dad was an itinerant galley hand, and after his single-parent mum died he was brought up by an aunt in a modest Liverpool street. It’s hardly Downton Abbey.) From these little houses, from terraced streets across the north or unlovely London boroughs, from mill towns and ports, factories and coalfields, came working-class kids who’d shake the world with every shake of their head.
But those days are gone – whether James Blunt thinks so or not. The former Guardsman-turned-balladeer has improved his media standing of late by building a genuinely funny and self-deprecating presence on Twitter. But he showed his more rebarbative edge on 19 January with an attack on the Labour MP Chris Bryant. Bryant had made the fairly anodyne point that posh kids such as Blunt and the actor Eddie Redmayne were becoming increasingly prevalent in UK entertainment. It’s not a particularly new or shocking assertion, but the vehemence of Blunt’s response was revealing. Replying by that most modish of platforms, the open letter, he called Bryant a “classist gimp” and a “prejudiced wazzock”, and invoked the threadbare sneer about the politics of envy. If nothing else, the rant by James, an Old Harrovian, gave the lie to the notion that the upper classes have better manners. Yet there is more to it than that; the note of wounded paranoia suggests that Blunt knows Bryant is right.
Read More: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2015/01/privileged-are-taking-over-arts-without-grit-pop-culture-doomed

Americans oppose Netanyahu invite 2-to-1, but Dershowitz is all for it. By Philip Weiss

Isaac Herzog
Spiegel online interviewed Isaac Herzog, the Labor leader in the election campaign in Israel. He says that Benjamin Netanyahu should cancel his scheduled speech to Congress next month:
I think it is totally unnecessary. He should cancel this speech. This appearance in Congress is adverse to Israeli interests and will only hamper further the relations between the government of Israel and the US administration.
An important CNN poll is out showing that overwhelmingly Americans regard the invitation to Netanyahu to speak to both house of Congress to attempt to overturn our president’s policy re Iraq as inappropriate, 63 to 33,  and that an even larger number of Americans wants the U.S. to be neutral in the Israel-Palestine conflict. From CNN:
A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, according to a new CNN/ORC survey.
The nationwide poll, released Tuesday, shows 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% say it was the right thing to do.

Remembering the Disgraceful Libyan War By DANIEL LARISON

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Four years after the beginning of the uprising against Gaddafi, Matt Purple looks back on the disastrous intervention that helped make Libya the chaotic and violent mess that it is today:
We reluctantly joined France and Britain to depose Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi. We were “leading from behind,” as President Obama put it, a phrase that would lead hawks to gleefully hit the playback button thousands of times over the next few years. But rather than lead from behind, we should have been talking our allies out of intervening in the first place.
It has become fairly commonplace in recent months for Westerners to observe that the U.S./NATO Libyan war contributed greatly to the ruin of that country, but it’s worth remembering just how arrogant and triumphalist its supporters were in the immediate aftermath of Gaddafi’s overthrow and death. Libyan war supporterscould not contain their enthusiasm to lecture opponents of the war about how wrong they had been in those early days following Gaddafi’s demise, which only confirmed how oblivious they were to the harm they had done. As we can all see now, the Libya hawks were extremely premature in their celebrations, and they have been desperately trying to evade any responsibility for the suffering they helped to cause ever since.
Libya hawks have since claimed that the intervention was not to blame for the chaos that followed regime change, but that it was rather the “failure” to stabilize the country afterward. This is a bit like an arsonist pleading innocence because a fire truck didn’t arrive in time to save the building he set on fire. It also ignores the fact that interventionists in the spring of 2011 insisted that no such stabilization effort would be needed, and that Libya would be nothing like Iraq. Except for the unnecessary war, regime change, and ensuing chaos, they were right that it was not like Iraq. It was its own special kind of foreign policy disaster, and its supporters wrapped it all up in self-righteous rhetoric about the “responsibility to protect” at the same time that they blatantly ignored the requirements of the doctrine they claimed to be upholding. Libya was a “model” intervention, they told us, and it has indeed become a perfect example of what outside governments should not do when faced with another country’s internal conflict.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wasted Advantages by Steve Sailer


The important new book Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Los Angeles Times homicide reporter Jill Leovy, is the hybrid of a true crime tale about the struggle of white LAPD detective John Skaggs to find the killer of the son of a black LAPD detective and a taboo-breaking scholarly analysis of America’s plague of black-on-black homicides.
At a moment when the conventional wisdom is coalescing around the idea that the big problem with the criminal justice system is white policemen being too mean to black criminals, Leovy drops a bombshell carefully justified by what she learned reporting from 2001 to 2012 on black crime in South Central Los Angeles. She argues the opposite: that white people should work harder to track down and lock up black murderers. Leovy admits:
This is not an easy argument to make in these times. Many critics today complain that the criminal justice system is heavy-handed and unfair to minorities. We hear a great deal about capital punishment, excessively punitive drug laws, supposed misuse of eyewitness evidence, troublingly high rates of black male incarceration, and so forth. So to assert that black Americans suffer from too little application of the law, not too much, seems at odds with common perception.
But if “black lives matter,” it’s time to get serious and admit that the main killers of blacks are, overwhelmingly, other blacks.
Ghettoside confirms the tradition of L.A. being the big leagues for crime writers.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/wasted_advantages_steve_sailer/print#axzz3S6Nch7PZ

‘Crazy’, ‘Insane’, ‘Retarded’ Orwellian PC Program Ramping Up at University of Michigan by Sara Noble

Crimestop, according to Orwell is “The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short….protective stupidity.”
The University of Michigan is running an Inclusive Language Program that is well-intentioned and has some good components but ends up as a very slippery slope. We could end up in a position of not being able to say anything that offends anyone anywhere if we follow their prescriptive solution for offensive language and stereotypes.
The University and their student disciples want people to be ‘goodthinkers’ to use Orwell terminology.
There are $16,000 worth of posters all over the campus which insist students not say things that might hurt someone’s feelings. The campaign is paid for by the university which has been raising the tuition each year. The University of Maryland ran the same program two years ago at a cost of $15,000.
Unacceptable words include ‘crazy’, insane’, retarded’, ‘gay’, ‘tranny’, ‘gypped’, ‘illegal alien’, ‘fag’, ‘ghetto’, ‘ratchet’, ‘raghead’.
I have no idea why “gay” and “ratchet” are on the list or even illegal alien except the left doesn’t like anyone being here illegally – all are welcomed.

Read More: http://www.independentsentinel.com/crazy-insane-retarded-orwellian-pc-program-ramping-up-at-university-of-michigan/

Songs Against Sex: "Collette’s Dream Man" By Andy Nowicki

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NOTE: Andy Nowicki is a personal friend of mine, and this article represents my personal opinions on the merit of his work.
Western society is drenched in sex. Creepy “sex educators” teach prepubescent schoolchildren how to snap condoms onto cucumbers; videos of girls getting triple penetrated by horse-dicked men are accessible with a few keystrokes; the “right” of women to slut it up on the taxpayer’s dime is reinforced by the ruling class. The left and right push the Gospel of Sex in their own ways, the former through slut empowerment and LGBTBBQ “rights,” the latter through holy matrimony and the production of blue-eyed Aryan babies.
Nobody questions this arrangement: to moderns, sex being a Good Thing is as unquestionable as a jihadi’s faith in Allah. Who doesn’t love orgasms and fucking and good, non-judgmental fun? If you don’t like sex, you’re a freak, a weirdo who should probably be exiled to a basement somewhere so you can’t rain on the fluid-swapping parade.
Andy Nowicki’s novels and short stories seem paradoxical on the surface. His subject is sex: his characters often find themselves in grotesque sexual situations, and his prose style is erotically charged. But only a self-mortifying masochist would describe Nowicki’s writing as arousing. He spins tales of depressed middle-aged adulteresses, sexually frustrated spree shooters, and other dregs of our sexualized society.
Read More: http://www.returnofkings.com/51552/songs-against-sex-collettes-dream-man-by-andy-nowicki

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Five Faces Of Judaism

'Walking While Jew': What They're Not Telling You

'Pussy Riot', the U.S. State Department and Economic Shock Therapy



When the US government sanctioned the beating and arrest of US citizens for swaying from side to side in the Jefferson Memorial a couple of years ago, it provoked no response from the Western media (and therefore the Western zombie-citizens who rely entirely on the media for their 'opinions'). Yet the Russian government, sorry, 'Putin' (because everyone knows Putin is a dictator, right?) is broadly denounced as a 'tyrant' by these same Western zombies (again because their 'outraged opinion' was deftly inserted into their brains by the Western media) for putting a stop to the ugly spectacle of deranged Russian women sticking chickens up their vaginas in supermarketsdaubing outlines of phalli on bridgesstaging 'orgies' in a museum and defiling the peace and tranquility of Russian Orthodox churches as part of their three year long international attack on the Russian government.

Disconnect? For sure, but, like I said, don't expect any logic from the collective mind of the citizens of Western zombie nations. All you can hope to do is understand the psychopathic logic of Western governments and the way it infects the minds and manipulates the emotions of Western citizens. 

'Pussy Riot', or 11 Russian women between the ages of 20-33, has received direct moral support from the US State Department and likely indirect financial support, and appears to be one aspect of the US government's decade-long attempt to undermine Russian society and its president, Vladimir Putin. 

Read More: http://www.sott.net/article/274860-Pussy-Riot-the-US-State-Department-and-Economic-Shock-Therapy