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Saturday, January 30, 2016

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World News Wrap Up..January 2016

Where Are We Headed in 2016? [Part 1 of 3]

Where are Europe's men? Faith Goldy on the 'testosterone recession'

Science Fiction: Foothold to the Imagination by Bradley J. Birzer

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Do you want to rule a world? Blow apart a sun? Test a theory of community? Explore the very depths of depravity? End slavery and misery? Destroy all empires?
It is possible. . . At least in the imagination.
The proper study of man is everything. The proper study of man as artist is everything which gives a foothold to the imagination and the passions. [C.S. Lewis, “On Science Fiction”]
As it surrounds us now and resides, specifically, in no medium, we take science fiction for granted. Though we have lost the “new frontier” aspect of science fiction as exploration of other worlds, we have certainly thrown ourselves into exploring the limits—at least technologically and scientifically—of this one. I am typing this very essay on a gadget that Steve Jobs imagined even better than did Star Trek and its “futurism.”
During the first half of the twentieth century, however, what came to be known as science fiction was nothing short of disreputable to almost all literati and to the American public at large. It was considered low-class, childish, and quasi-pornographic. Associated with pulp, science-fiction books usually appeared on drugstore shelves next to ribald sex stories, romances, and comic books. Aside from a few prominent novels—such asBrave New World—science fiction remained suspect to most, and only highly regarded by a few. Those few could be truly fanatic and evangelical, meeting at various times of the year at what would become known as conventions, writing and mailing newsletters, and trading books and novels whenever possible. The detective/mystery author, Sharon McCrumb, has written two mysteries set at early science-fiction conventions, and, at least to this author, described the culture perfectly.
All this shunning and disrepute, however, served the new genre well as it grew mightily and without the restrictions that mainstream publishing placed on so much of the fiction of the time, especially in New York, where neither Jews nor Catholics were much welcomed in respectable publishing. Decentralized and unconnected to any single urban center, science fiction writers could be anti-ideological, anti-conformist, and subversive of WASPish norms. They could explore any thing, any setting, and any personality or community in any situation. Truly, the possibilities were endless. Geniuses such as C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Alfred Bester, and Robert Heinlein found themselves at the center of a new movement, one that allowed for the flourishing of imagination. Through their own speculations about what could be, science fiction also witnessed a grand critiquing of what was—especially in response to the rise of totalitarian and terrorist ideologies.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/01/science-fiction-foothold-to-the-imagination.html

Record number of skyscrapers completed in 2015

Tallest 20 in 2015 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
A record-breaking total of 106 skyscrapers over 200 metres tall were completed in 2015, and even more are predicted for 2016, according to new industry research.
The annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat(CTBUH) has revealed that more tall buildings were completed in 2015 than ever before – smashing the previous record of 97 in 2014.
Skyscrapers completed in 2015 reach record numbers
Buildings 200 metres or taller completed each year from 1960 to 2017 – click for larger image
This brings the total number of skyscrapers worldwide to 1,040, exceeding 1,000 for the first time and marking a 392 per cent increase from 2000, when the total was just 265.
The year also saw building work complete on 13 so-called "super-talls" of over 300 metres. These include 432 Park Avenue in New York andShanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building.
CTBUH is calling the trend a "skyscraper surge" and predicts that the totals for 2016 will be even higher.

Review: Nietzsche’s Jewish Problem [Part One of Two] by Andrew Joyce, Ph.D.

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Wagner himself asserts about Nietzsche that a flower could have come from this bulb. Now only the bulb remains, really a loathsome thing.’Cosima Wagner, 1878.
Friedrich Nietzsche’s puzzling stance on Jews and Judaism has perplexed me for the better part of a decade, so I was intrigued and optimistic about Princeton University Press’s 2015 publication of Robert Holub’s Nietzsche’s Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism. Broadly speaking, I’m sympathetic to certain elements of Nietzsche’s philosophy, particularly its rejection of equality and the concept of the ‘will to power.’ However, I can’t say I ever came close to describing myself as a ‘Nietzschean’ in the same way that the late Jonathan Bowden was fond of doing. One of the reasons for my hesitation in claiming affinity with Nietzsche’s worldview was that I couldn’t escape the impression that its nihilism was often destructive ‘for the sake of it,’ a quality that has endeared it to the Left, past and present. Then there was Nietzsche’s, to my mind unforgivable, habit of lauding the Hebrew over the German. More importantly though, I couldn’t perceive any true coherence or solidity in Nietzsche’s writing beyond his celebrated aphorisms. Taken as a whole, the philosophy of Nietzsche was apt to strike me as too intentionally fluid; too deliberately open to interpretation. Nowhere was this non-committal stance more apparent than in Nietzsche’s sparse, vague, contradictory and often quite opportunistic references to Jews and Judaism.
As one might expect of a philosopher as enigmatic as Nietzsche, his work has been approached awkwardly and suspiciously by scholars and ideologues alike. His attitudes towards Jews, in particular, have been debated, discussed and fought over from the very beginning of his public career. Nowhere, and at no time, was a consensus ever reached. During the Third Reich he was both ‘recruited for the cause’ by some, and rejected outright by others. His foundational place in the National Socialist philosophical canon was thus never assured, primarily because of his nihilism, his hostility towards Nationalism, and his ambivalence regarding Jews. Confusion still reigns. Modern scholarship has been divided between those who condemn Nietzsche outright as a ‘racist’ reactionary and a proto-Fascist, and those who highlight his vocal opposition to political anti-Semitism as thus seek his social exoneration and academic rehabilitation. As noted above, elements of Nietzsche remain strongly attractive to the Left. Therefore, where total exoneration of anti-Semitism has been found difficult, blame for ‘corrupting’ Nietzsche and shaping him as an ‘anti-Semite’ has been attributed variously to his one-time guru, Richard Wagner, or his sister Elisabeth, who married Bernhard Förster, perhaps the leading figure in nineteenth-century political anti-Semitism. The result of these battles has not been a clarification of the historical record, but an ever-thickening web of biased interpretations, white-washing, and pseudo-history.
Read More: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/01/review-nietzsches-jewish-problem-part-one-of-two/

Media Silent As US-Backed Saudi Forces Starve Half Million Yemeni Children

While the media was flooded with images of the starving children of Syria, the thousands of children suffering from Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed onslaught on Yemen made far fewer headlines.


The mainstream media was eager to report on the struggle for survival in Madaya. The mountain town near Syria’s southwestern border was once known as a popular resort destination in the Middle East, but its population is now reportedly being starved under a siege by the Syrian army.
However, the actual situation is far more complex. The U.S.-supported, so-called “moderate” rebels including the Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, had first laid siege to the cities of Kefraya and Fua, leading to a retaliatory siege on Madaya by the Assad government. Those same rebel groups were also, in turn, responsible for allowing the starvation in Madaya to continue by occupying the city and keeping humanitarian aid out of reach of the populace as a strategic tactic. Additionally, many images used in media reports on Madaya turned out to be fake or misleading.
Meanwhile, far fewer journalists are covering the large-scale starvation and displacement taking place in Yemen, a situation caused by a bombing campaign and blockade led by Saudi Arabia and its allies and backed by U.S. military aidThe Nusra Front, one of the groups responsible for skyrocketing food prices in Madaya, also has the backing of the Saudi government, like many of the rebel forces in the region.
UNICEF reported in October that 537,000 Yemeni children were at risk of severe malnutrition nationwide, while Alexi O’Brien, reporting for Al-Jazeera in September, noted that the United Nations warned that 96,000 children were “starving and close to death” in the port city of al-Hodeidah, and an additional 8,000 children faced starvation in Aden in 2016.
Read More: http://whatsupic.com/news-politics-world/1453898421.html

Maybe the Soviets weren't so bad? Russian nostalgia for USSR on the rise.


With economic woes at home and tensions with the West abroad, Russians are putting a new gloss on the Communist years – one that even previously unsupportive authorities seem to now be tacitly backing.
For the groups of schoolkids who file through the newly minted Hall of the Soviet Epoch, the relics on display – household appliances, cameras, radios, money, Lenin busts, and political banners – might as well be from Mars.
But for older visitors to the cultural center, the little slice of a vanished civilization tends to evoke sighs of nostalgia. Some put a note in the guest book saying it's high time someone created an exhibition like this to teach the youth about the lost world that their grandparents built and fought for.
Indeed, for many years such a shrine to Russia's bygone Soviet era would have been frowned upon by authorities, despite the forgiving and even warm-hearted view that most Russians have consistently shown toward their former superpower homeland over the years. But the Soviet exhibit, which opened in August at the Kaluga Leisure Center, did get the go-ahead from local officials this time.
And given the ongoing, cold-war-like tensions with the West and economic woes at home, experts say that memories of the Soviet era have earned a new gloss – one that authorities might welcome as a subtle reminder to the public that Russia held its own against the US and its allies, and perhaps could again.
Read More: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0129/Maybe-the-Soviets-weren-t-so-bad-Russian-nostalgia-for-USSR-on-the-rise

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cuckservatives: The Race-Obsessed Left Created The Alt-Right

Having read the National Review article, I must say that David French is partially correctthat the racially conscious, politically correct Left – where the notion that “all lives matter” has become a point of contention – is responsible for the rise of the Alt-Right. Look no further than today’s news that the new anti-White snuff film The Birth of a Nation is getting rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.
I don’t even have to point out how hysterical the reaction from the Left would be if some Hollywood studio ever made a remake of D.W. Griffith’s original The Birth of a Nation which celebrated the actions of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction. For obvious reasons, such a movie would never be made, or if it was in a hypothetical scenario, the unanimous and deafening cry of “racism” and “white supremacy” would be heard from every leftwing newspaper and media outlet in the land.
We’ve reached a point in American history where the cultural mainstream has become so viciously anti-White that Hollywood is now making movies that explicitly celebrate the death of White people, particularly Southerners, as a kind of release or salve for racially aggrieved blacks. Defiling Confederate monuments to appease the aforesaid perpetually aggrieved blacks is also all the rage these days. It’s a big deal when, say, the blacks as a racial group are slighted for failing to be nominated for the Oscars in 2016, even though12 Years a Slave won best picture in 2014.
The unbridled racially conscious, politically correct Left has become so repulsive to the White working class for a thousand reasons that the Democratic Party is no even longer given a hearing. Even though I agree with Bernie Sanders on a number of issues, I would never consider voting for him.
Read More: http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2016/01/27/cuckservatives-the-race-obsessed-left-created-the-alt-right/

The Oscar Grouches by Steve Sailer

Back in August in my review of Straight Outta Compton, I predicted that the rap biopic was likely to cause a racial controversy for the Academy Awards because, while the movie wasn’t quite good enough to earn much Oscar love, it was competent enough to trigger feelings of entitlement. As last year’s black complaints about Selma being handed only one Oscar suggested, when the Academy gave the Best Picture award a couple of years ago to 12 Years a Slave, it didn’t succeed in assuaging black demands for a few years as hoped. Instead, 12 Years’ Oscar seemed to convince racial spokespersons that blacks deserve to win Best Picture every year.
This ongoing Academy Award ruckus could be instructive.
For example, blacks not winning enough Academy Awards is not an actual problem in a numerical sense. For the last generation, black actors have taken home about as many Oscars as their share of the relevant population, but that doesn’t quell their demand for larger and larger racial quotas.
It’s not as if African-Americans don’t have enough encouragement from pop culture to become celebrities.
That may have been true in the distant past, but it hasn’t been so for a long time. I can recall about 50 years ago watching on television with my mother an uplifting 1963 movie called Lilies of the Field. It starred Sidney Poitier as a black handyman who gets cajoled by sly nuns into building them a chapel. (Hollywood back then loved crafty Catholic sisters, such as those in The Sound of Music and The Trouble With Angels.) The announcer kept coming on to point out that Poitier had won the 1963 Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/the_oscar_grouches_steve_sailer/print#axzz3ySjCE3c2

TRUE horror of Cologne attacks finally REVEALED: Gang rape among HUNDREDS of assaults. THE horrific extent of the wave of crimes commited by migrant sex attack gangs in Cologne has been laid bare in shocking new revelations. By LEVI WINCHESTER

The scene outside Cologne cathedral on the night of the attacks
The disgusting list of crimes reported in the German city run to a staggering 821 complaints, and range from sexual assaults to gang rape.
When including reported attacks from all of the major cities in the North Rhine-Westphalia state - including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Bielefeld - the complaint figure is said to almost top 1,000.
A shocking 359 complaints relate to sexual offences, while 659 women were recorded as alleged victims, according to the list finally published by NRW state government.
It also revealed 126 claims of "rape by a group" and 47 allegations of "sexual assault by a group".
The release of the full list follows repeated claims of a cover up by German authorities and media.
Read More: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/636944/Cologne-sex-attacks-list-crimes

Violent crime rises by 27% after killings hit a five-year high: Surge in gun and knife attacks blamed for significant increase

In Britain official statistics reveal that murder and manslaughter rates fuelled by gun and knife violence have shot up 14 per cent to their highest total in five years – up 71 to 574 in the year to last September (file image)

  • Surge in gun and knife attacks has led to a rise in recorded crime in UK

  • Around 4.3m offences reported - the biggest annual increase in 15 years

  • Murder and manslaughter shot up 14% to their highest total in five years

  • Criminologists suggest rising murder rate may be due to ‘cocktail’ factors such as immigration, gang culture and police focusing on other crimes

  • A surge in violence fuelled by gun and knife attacks has led to a significant rise in recorded crime, official statistics revealed yesterday.
    More than 4.3million offences were reported, a rise of 6 per cent and the biggest annual increase for nearly 15 years.
    Murder and manslaughter shot up 14 per cent to their highest total in five years – up 71 to 574 in the year to last September.

    Criminologists suggest the rising murder rate could be due to a ‘cocktail’ of factors, such as immigration, gang culture and police focusing on other investigations like phone hacking.
    David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, said: ‘Because detective have been put on other tasks, such as investigating child sexual abuse, there are fewer people to sift local intelligence with the hope of stopping violence.’

    Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3411211/Violent-crime-rises-27-killings-hit-five-year-high.html

    Donald Trump Is More Like Ike Than George W. Bush. Why movement conservatives hate the GOP frontrunner. By SCOTT MCCONNELL

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    National Review’s barrage against Donald Trump won’t make much difference in the race, but clarifies nonetheless. In an editorial and 22 signed contributions, the magazine urges conservatives to reject Trump. Ninety percent of those likely to be influenced by National Review (a small, but not negligible number in a GOP primary) would have come to that conclusion without any help: Trump is not and never has been an establishment conservative, and other perfectly capable candidates are filling that niche. Nonetheless, NR‘s “Against Trump” campaign reveals much about the magazine and the current state of the conservative movement.
    National Review has a a history, and not entirely a dismal one, of efforts to exclude people from the ranks of respectable conservatism. In the 1950s, it hardly helped conservatism of any stripe to have the John Birch Society proclaiming that Eisenhower and his brother were witting communist agents: it simply made the Right seem kooky and stupid. Buckley’s dismissal of the group was prudent. But subsequent purges targeted not kooks, but ideological opponents, especially after the end of the Cold War. Twenty years ago National Review sought to damage Pat Buchanan’s presidential bid by publishing various polemics and jointly signed statements against him. Buchanan was vulnerable because part of his appeal was as a loyal Republican who had spent many years at Nixon’s and Reagan’s side, before he began to challenge the GOP consensus.

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Who invented clothes? A Palaeolithic archaeologist answers Hadley Freeman's answer to the question was chiffon-flimsy, so here's the lab-coat response.

    An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia
    "Who invented clothes?" It's one of those brilliant questions that children ask, before they learn that the big things we wonder about rarely have simple answers. It's the kind of thing that archaeologists like me get put on the spot about when chatting to kids, and we love to have a crack at answering.
    Saturday's "Ask a grown up" section featured just that question, from eight-year old Harriet, with an answer by Hadley Freeman, fashion expert and fantastic writer. Hadley's response was, as usual, entertainingly breezy, with some refreshing encouragement to Harriet to experiment in developing her own style; but, like a fine chiffon, it was a little flimsy in substance.
    I'm proud to be involved with ScienceGrrl, which aims to show girls that science is for everyone by providing diverse role models, and TrowelBlazers, a new project that is all about bringing to the fore the achievements of pioneering women archaeologists, geologists and palaeontologists. So I was kind of disappointed that a girl asking a genuine question about archaeology ended up with the barest of facts, as well as being told, even if it was meant lightheartedly, that the grown-up answering her question would rather she pay attention to what she looks like.
    Hadley knows today's fashion world inside out and might not care much about pre-silk times, but I'll bet that Harriet wanted to find out more than what the Flintstones wear.
    It's this kind of response that can, in aggregate, have a negative impact on children: being mentally curious ends up as something deeply uncool and not relevant to modern life. I'm not advocating force-feeding facts Vulcan-style when talking to young people – far from it. They like to be challenged and humour is a great way to do this. But I do think we should take every chance we get to pass on the incredible stuff that we've found out about our world thanks to science – including archaeology – and keep on showing girls that using their brains by asking big questions is, actually, absolutely fabulous.
    So for Harriet, if you're reading: there's a whole lot we know about the invention of clothing. Many TV reconstructions and book illustrations of stone age (Palaeolithic) people really don't do them justice. People were already making finely worked bone needles 20,000 years ago, probably for embroidery as much as sewing animal skins, like the thousands of ivory beads and fox teeth thatcovered the bodies of a girl and a boy buried at Sunghir, Russia, around 28,000 years ago. This was some serious bling, representing years of accumulated work.
    Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/science/sifting-the-evidence/2013/may/20/who-invented-clothes-palaeolithic-archaeologist

    Why Books are the Best Furniture by Stephanie Cohen

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    My son walked in from school the other day, a new book from the library tucked under one arm.
    “What’s the book about?” I asked.
    “A book on the Alamo,” he replied. “The librarian said it was beyond my level.”
    “What did you say?” I asked.
    “Ahhhh . . . I just took it out anyway,” was his answer.
    He’s about a third of the way through the book—his second on this subject. I don’t fault the librarian for making assumptions about what an eight year old can or might want to read. In fact, I appreciate her engaging him about his reading and trying to guide him as he sifts through the school’s book collection.
    A collection of books—whether it numbers 200 or 20,000—can be intimidating. It’s like a rainforest with multiple under-layers. The luckiest children are guided—by friends, parents, teachers, uncles and aunts, grandparents, and librarians—to find the small treasures hidden beneath the top canopy of popular, bestselling fiction.
    A recent BBC article asked, “Is there still any point collecting books?” in the age of wireless e-readers and digital libraries that require no square footage. The answer is probably no if your family has migrated into the increasingly popular “micro-home.” But read through the biographies of some of the country’s greatest intellectuals, leaders, and authors, and you will begin to get a sense of just how important the presence of book collections are to anyone yearning for enlightenment.
    Read More: http://acculturated.com/why-books-are-the-best-furniture/

    #HollywoodSoJewish: Blockbuster Hollywood producer an admitted Israeli secret agent. Surprised? Commentary by Dr. Patrick Slattery

    Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan (screen capture: YouTube/amitost)

    Here is a real life story that could only come out of Hollywood. Arnon Milchan was the Hollywood producer behind the “feel good” blockbuster Pretty Woman, in which the character played by Julia Roberts found the man her dreams by becoming a prostitute. Well, according to the article below, Milchan was doing more than promoting positive role models for white “shiksas.” He was also an Israeli Mossad agent actively engaged in arms dealing, nuclear secret theft, and spy recruitment. According to his biography, former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres said the following:
    “Arnon is a special man. It was I who recruited him…. When I was at the Ministry of Defense, Arnon was involved in numerous defense-related procurement activities and intelligence operations. His strength is in making connections at the highest levels…. His activities gave us a huge advantage, strategically, diplomatically and technologically.” (interview dated February 8, 2010, documented in Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman’s “Confidential: Secret Agent turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan” p. xi).
    Yet none of this is of any consequence in Hollywood. Milchan has producer credits for well over 100 Hollywood films, including the new Oscar nominated film The Revenant, staring Leonardo DiCaprio. Not even his nuclear associations with the much-vilified Apartheid government of South Africa can tarnish his Zionist Teflon.
    If this seems too strange even for a Hollywood story, just take a look at the following article from The Times of Israel.

    Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan reveals past as secret agent

    Filmmaker, long rumored to be a real-life James Bond, talks about how he helped Israel’s alleged nuclear-bomb program


    Read More: http://davidduke.com/hollywoodsojewish-blockbuster-hollywood-producer-admitted-israeli-secret-agent-surprised/

    Chinese Reflections on Europe by David Zhang

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    Why have Europeans lost their racial consciousness?
    It has been five years since I moved to France from China for my studies. During that time, I have witnessed how this great European country has lost her traditional values and gradually become a shelter for Third-World immigrants. This article is about my personal experiences as a non-European foreigner.
    I was born in 1986 and grew up in a middle-class family in China. I believed that I was living in a beautiful era, in which people did not have to suffer from disease, wars, or racism. I was happy to see how this old Asian country had finally opened her arms and welcomed people from all horizons. We were so eager to be part of the free, modern world that it had become almost “an honor” to speak English with foreign people. In Shijiazhuang, my hometown about 190 miles southwest of Beijing, there were many students from Cameroon and South Korea. I met some of them in the downtown bars and soon became friends with them. I quite enjoyed this exotic experience. I truly hoped that people from all over the world would come and live in China. However, I never wondered what it would be like if they decided to stay there and try to become Chinese.
    Read More: http://www.amren.com/features/2016/01/chinese-reflections-on-europe/

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    Ni Lampedusa, ni Bruxelles, être Européen !

    Diversity vs. Solidarity by Steve Sailer

    The upcoming GOP primary donnybrook between the establishment right and the antiestablishment right has had a foreshadowing in Polish politics over the past dozen years in the war between Poland’s two dominant parties, both conservative. If you want to know what a Trump presidency might be like, the bumptious populist conservative government elected in Poland three months ago offers some clues.
    In the U.S. before the rise of Trump, the emerging schisms on the right—globalism versus nationalism, elitism versus populism, diversity versus solidarity—were mostly papered over by Republicans for the sake of putting up a united front against Democrats. But Poland’s recent history is revealing because the left is so discredited there (in last October’s parliamentary elections, thetop five parties, which won 83 percent of the vote, were all more or less on the right) that the tensions among 21st-century conservatives already dominate national debate. This was exemplified by the Polish rightist parties’ clashing over how to respond to German chancellor Angela Merkel’s diktat to invite a million-Muslim mob into Europe, which wound up with a single party winning an absolute majority in parliament for the first time in the history of modern free Poland.
    Polish politics tend to baffle Anglophones because the spelling of the leaders’ names is so eye glazing. Moreover, to a slightly lesser extent than Hungarian, Polish is a language little known by outsiders, so it’s hard for Anglophones to get an unbiased sense of what’s going on politically in Poland or Hungary. Most of the opinions we hear out of Poland and Hungary come from English-speaking cosmopolites who find the populist policies backed by the majorities deplorable. (Of course, another perspective is that separate languages are a good reason for having separate countries.)
    Read More: http://takimag.com/article/diversity_vs_solidarity_steve_sailer/print#axzz3xtTtukSc

    Words to Live By by Mortimer B. Zuckerman

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    These sayings from the famous and the unknown alike helped me keep my sense of humor through the year.

    - How to negotiate: Walk a mile in his shoes. So when the deal falls apart, you’ll be a mile away and you’ll have his shoes.

    - I have the growing feeling that the older I get, the better I was.

    - It is no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or the other.
    – George H.W. Bush

    - A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

    - There is no greater pain than happiness remembered in times of misery.

    - A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

    - All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people. – Robert Kennedy

    - A speech is like God’s grace, it passes all understanding, and like God’s mercy it goes on forever.

    - Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. – Edward Abbey

    - Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it.

    - He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. – Winston Churchill

    - If there was any justice in the world, people would be able to fly over pigeons for a change.

    - If Roosevelt were alive today, he’d turn over in his grave. – Samuel Goldwyn

    Read More: http://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2015-12-29/words-to-live-by

    It's time to declare war on the pornification of childhood. Children are exposed to ever more inappropriate sexual imagery, but the problem is in the mainstream media, not the porn industry, says Alex Proud

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    Personally, I think Rihanna’s new video is puerile, sexist, race-bait nonsense. It’s the millionth in a long line of calculated-to-shock schlock videos. It’s like someone made a big list of bad-taste-boxes to tick and then ticked them all. Of course, in this sense, it’s not shocking at all. In fact, it would be far more shocking to find her not courting controversy-by-numbers.
    For what it’s worth, I don’t really blame Rihanna here. She and the video are just the products of an industry that has no regard for the public or anyone else. It’s all part of the industrial-entertainment complex – and, in some ways, pretending Bitch Better Have My Money has anything worthwhile to say is no different to pretending that Iron Man 17 is a film worth seeing.
    But it is different in other ways. My wife does her morning training in front of whatever music channel it is she watches and, recently, after she’d finished with the yoga mat and the Swiss ball, she forgot to turn the TV off and left BBHMM on. I walked past it and found myself transfixed.
    It was like watching porn. Actually, it wasn’t like watching porn. It was porn. The video is a seven-minute-long softcore snuff film. Here, I suppose it’s interesting to cast our eyes back and look at how the porniness of videos has ratcheted up over the years. How tame Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball video (2013, demolition frontage) seems now. How tame Sia’s Elastic Heart video (2014, cage fighting with paedo overtones) seems now. How positively wholesome Madonna’s Like a Prayer (1988, underwear, blasphemy) seems now. I can hardly wait to see what 2016 brings. I mean, where do you go from snuff-lite. Simulated granny sex? Faux necrophilia?
    Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11732558/Its-time-to-declare-war-on-the-pornification-of-childhood.html

    An African Planet? Part II by Dan Roodt

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    Africa could collapse into Malthusian catastrophe.
    In the first part of this essay, I cited forecasts by UN demographers who predict that there will be more than four billion Africans by the end of this century. Such a colossal population increase could result in a huge exodus of Africans from the continent. I noted that Africans are already colonizing–not yet politically and militarily but demographically–the richer parts of the globe, whose resources and “instant wealth” they covet. I wrote about what we can expect from this large, hungry population as it spreads to developed countries. Islam and the political capitulation of whites are part of the drive into Europe, but African overpopulation and poverty are what most fuel migration.
    Black Africans are the first group in history who could take control of other continents, not through military or technological prowess, but through demography alone. Since the end of the Second World War, the European and American doctrine of “self-determination” has enabled a disparate collection of African states to come into being. Those states–many of which cannot even pay their own bureaucrats without billions of dollars in “development aid”–are in the midst of a population explosion that is changing the world in our lifetime.
    Racially aware South African whites use the word “locust” (sprinkaan in Afrikaans) as a term for blacks. At the risk of stooping to such “hate speech,” one could compare several billion hungry Africans migrating to Europe and North America to a swarm of locusts consuming everything in their path. This is the “politics of the belly” of which the French expert on Africa Jean-François Bayart writes.
    In this second part of my essay, I would like to examine another possible outcome, a different African “planet” from the previous one. Several factors could halt the rise of Africa. Epidemics and an inability to master modern commercial farming could result in demographic collapse. This could also be accompanied by an ideological revolution among whites who begin to see an increasingly African planet as a threat to their own survival.
    Read More: http://www.amren.com/features/2016/01/an-african-planet-part-ii/

    A Review of “Why the Germans? Why the Jews?” — Part 1 by Brenton Sanderson

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    A Review of “Why the Germans? Why the Jews?”by Götz Aly

    The culture of the Holocaust is destroying Germany. Endlessly reinforced over decades by the intellectual and media elite, the notion that Germans and their descendants are responsible for “the single most evil event in human history” has had such a demoralizing effect that millions fully support Angela Merkel’s current attempt to destroy the ethnic basis of their nation. The culture of the Holocaust has been used to devastating effect right throughout the West to stifle opposition to the Jewish diaspora strategies of mass non-White immigration and multiculturalism. “The Holocaust” is the absolute lynchpin of the White displacement agenda, with any hint of European racial or ethnic identification or solidarity being instantly linked with Auschwitz and its alleged horrors in the minds of millions (probably billions) of people.
    The entire social and political order of the contemporary West — based as it is on spurious notions of racial equality and the alleged virtues of racial diversity and multiculturalism — has been erected on the moral foundations of the Holocaust. White people cannot be recognized as a group with interests because “never again.” Western nations have a moral obligation to accept unlimited non-White immigration from the Third World because “never again.” Europe must open its borders to hostile Islamic invaders because “never again.” Whites should meekly accept their deliberate displacement (and ultimate extinction) because “never again.”
    Jewish historian Peter Novick has described how today’s culture of “the Holocaust” emerged as part of the collective Jewish response to the Eichmann trial in 1961–62, the Six-Day War in the Middle East in 1967, and, in particular, the Yom Kippur War in 1973. While the foundation was laid at Nuremberg in 1946, it was with these later events, and the anxieties they engendered among Jews throughout the world, that “there emerged in American culture a distinct thing called ‘the Holocaust’ — an event in its own right,” and with it a term that entered the English language as a description of all manner of horrors. From that time on, he notes, “the Holocaust” has become “ever more central in American public discourse — particularly, of course, among Jews, but also in the culture at large” and has since “attained transcendent status as the bearer of eternal truths or lessons that could be derived from contemplating it.”[i]
    Read More: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/01/a-review-of-why-the-germans-why-the-jews-part-1/

    What If Cruz Becomes President?

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    How American P.C. Culture Conquered Britain, Too by MICHAEL KINSLEY


    The decades-long debate over the limits of free expression on U.S. campuses has jumped the Atlantic, and that has columnist Michael Kinsley reconsidering his Anglophilia.

    When Vanity Faircontributor Christopher Hitchens became an American citizen, a few years before he died, in 2011, he did so for a number of reasons. One was “to escape the British royal family.” He pretty much failed in that one. Shared fascination with Britain’s royal family is what holds the special relationship together. (That, plus McVitie’s chocolate-covered digestive biscuits.) His second reason was that “it was much easier to be an independent writer in a country that had a written constitution and a codified Bill of Rights.”
    No doubt that’s true. America has a 200-year-old written constitution and a Bill of Rights. In the crunch, even Richard Nixon didn’t have the nerve to defy a Supreme Court ruling that he had to turn over the Watergate tapes. A few in Britain still hope that the European Union will evolve into a set of institutions with that kind of authority to trump the elected branches of government. But more of them want to get out of the E.U. completely.
    Read More: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/01/how-american-pc-culture-conquered-britain

    Swedish police banned from describing criminals anymore in case they sound racist. 'We want to avoid pointing out ethnic groups as criminal,' police say. By Emma Henderson

    Swedish police will no longer be able to give descriptions of alleged criminals for fear of being seen as racist.
    According to an internal letter, police in capital city Stockholm are instructed to refrain from describing suspects' race and nationality, according to news website Speisa.
    Local newspaper Svenska Dagbadet reported it had seen the letter, which it said outlined how officers should now notify the public of crimes.
    The crimes “involve everything from lighter traffic accidents to serious crimes like muggings, beatings and murder,” the paper reported.
    The letter specifies that, for everyday crimes such as burglary, basic information such as ethnicity, nationality, skin colour and height should not be given.
    Read More: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-police-are-not-allowed-to-give-descriptions-of-alleged-criminals-so-as-not-to-sound-racist-a6810311.html

    Germany’s open door by Mark Falcoff. On the sudden influx of migrants to Germany.

    Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria, is the wealthiest city in the wealthiest country in Europe. It is often referred to as the country’s “secret capital,” and not without reason. Not only is it surrounded by a powerhouse of agro-industry and food processing, it is also a major center for automobile, insurance, banking, health, tech, media, and film industries. Although devastated like most German cities by Allied bombing raids during the Second World War, thanks to a conscious decision in the late 1940s to rebuild along traditional lines, its city-scape (unlike Frankfurt or Berlin) comes close to resembling its pre-war self. Its present population of slightly under 1.4 million is expected to grow by about 15 percent over the next decade.
    Not all residents of Munich are Bavarian. Given its economic dynamism, the city is not surprisingly a magnet for émigrés from other German-speaking regions. On the streets and in cafes, one can hear the accents of Saxony, Brandenburg, or the Rhineland, not to mention Austria or German Switzerland. Moreover, one out of every four residents is foreign born. Munich is also the home of the Goethe Institut, Germany’s global linguistic outreach, with a cultural presence in ninety-eight countries, including nine branches in the United States and Canada. At last count there were 25,000 Americans living in the city, along with numbers (proportionate to population) from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Although Bavaria is regarded as one of the more conservative of the German Länder (the home of the Christian Social Union, a coalition partner of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union), its capital city is actually a bulwark of the Social Democratic party. The prevailing atmosphere is sophisticated and open, far from the Elves-in-the-Black-Forest/Oktoberfest image of Germany that many Anglo-Americans still carry in their heads.
    Read More: http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Germany-s-open-door-8316

    Trivers' Pursuit. Renegade scientist Robert Trivers is lauded as one of our greatest thinkers—despite irking academia with blunt talk and bad manners. By Matthew Hutson

    To call Robert Trivers an acclaimed biologist is an understatement akin to calling the late Richard Feynman a popular professor of physics. As a young man in the 1970s, Trivers gave biology a jolt, hatching idea after idea that illuminated how evolution shaped the behavior of all species, including fidelity, romantic bonds, and willingness to cooperate among humans. Today, at 72, he continues to spawn ideas. And if awards were given for such things, he certainly would be on the short list for America’s most colorful academic.
    He was a member of the Black Panthers and collaborated with the group’s founder. He was arrested for assault after breaking up a domestic dispute. He faced machete-wielding burglers who broke into his home and stabbed one in the neck. He was imprisoned for 10 days over a contested hotel charge. And two men once held guns to his head in a Caribbean club that doubled as a brothel. 
    Fisticuffs aside, what propelled Trivers into the academic limelight were five papers he wrote as a young academic at Harvard—including research on altruismsex differences, and parent-offspring conflict. This work won him the 2007 Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Crafoord Prize in Biosciences, the Nobel for evolutionary theory. The award came with half a million dollars and a ceremony attended by the queen. 
    Read More: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201601/trivers-pursuit?collection=1084004

    Gordon Lish: ‘Had I not revised Carver, would he be paid the attention given him? Baloney!’

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    It’s the custom for editors to keep a low profile and to underplay any changes they may make to an author’s manuscript. Gordon Lish is a different animal. Not since Maxwell Perkins has an editor been so famous – or notorious – as a sculptor of other people’s prose. As fiction editor of Esquire from 1969 to 1977, then as an editor at Knopf and of the Quarterly until 1995, Lish worked closely with many of the most daring writers of the past 50 years, including Raymond CarverDon DeLilloBarry Hannah and Joy Williams. In an interview with the Paris Review in 2004, Hannah said: “Gordon Lish was a genius editor. A deep friend and mentor. He taught me how to write short stories. He would cross out everything so there’d be like three lines left, and he would be right.”
    His collaborations have not always ended amicably. His editorial relationship with Carver ceased after three books. When Lish donated his papers to the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington, they indeed showed that he had drastically cut, and often rewritten, some of Carver’s best-loved stories. For theCollected Stories, published in 2009, Carver’s widow, Tess Gallagher, printed some of them in both edited and unedited versions. The critical reaction was divided. In the New York Times book review, Stephen King described the effect on one story as “a total rewrite … a cheat”; in the New York Review of Books, Giles Harvey wrote that the publication of Carver’s unedited stories “has not done Carver any favours. Rather, it has inadvertently pointed up the editorial genius of Gordon Lish.”
    More than a dozen books have appeared under Lish’s own name – including the novels Dear Mr Capote (1983), Peru (1986) and Zimzum (1993). These have won Lish a small but passionate cult following as a writer of recursive and often very funny prose. For decades he taught legendary classes in fiction, both at institutions such as Yale and Columbia and in private sessions in New York and across America. Though he titled one of his books Arcade, or, How to Write a Novel (1999), he, like Socrates, never put his teachings on paper. They survive in his students, many of whom are now prominent writers and teachers of fiction, among them Christine SchuttSam LipsyteGary Lutz and Ben Marcus.
    Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/05/gordon-lish-books-interview-editing-raymond-carver