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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The master off duty by Bruce Bawer

Reading a literary biography or a collection of some great writer’s correspondence, one tends to slog impatiently through the early pages—the childhood stuff—out of a sense of duty, often more than a bit numbed by the obligatory details about parents, siblings, schooling, and such, and itching to get to the good bits; later, much later, as the subject, now (most likely) jaded, world-weary, and in artistic decline, approaches the final curtain, one follows the post-climactic personal and professional developments with (at the very least) a faint sense of melancholy. What’s almost always most gripping in such books, by contrast, are the pages in which we see the author’s art and career come into full bloom­—those recounting the stretch of time during which the first major works are written and published, the public and critics begin to take notice, and the author, feeling, for a season anyway, that the sun is shining, that all the stars are aligned, and that the world is his or her oyster, plunges with hope and vigor into the glorious, still unmapped future.
As it happens, that’s precisely the period covered by this third volume of Ernest Hemingway’s complete letters.1 At the start, he’s an ambitious, energetic twenty-six-year-old from Oak Park, Illinois, who, after stints as a reporter at The Kansas City Star and Toronto Starand a dramatic interlude as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, has been living essentially hand-to-mouth in Paris for four years, throwing back drinks with some of the other promising young cultural figures of the day and contributing stories to little magazines known pretty much only to the cognoscenti; at the close, three years later, having just published a highly acclaimed novel, he stands on the verge of international fame, his apprenticeship, his youth, and his Paris idyll at an end. Briefly put, as the co-editor Sandra Spanier writes in her forty-page introduction, this collection of letters “traces the trajectory of a rising star.”
Read More: http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-master-off-duty-8336

The Donald Trumps the Pope? by Sean Fitzpatrick

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The world was recently witness to a kerfuffle between two of the most infamous off-the-cuff speakers in the world: Pope Francis and Donald J. Trump. Pope Francis is well-known for getting a rise out of Catholics through ambiguous, spontaneous, airborne pronouncements, while Mr. Trump is well-known for getting a rise out of Americans through aggressive, braggadocious bluster as he brawls his way toward the Republican nomination for President of the United States. And so, the other day, Pope Francis seemed to insinuate that Donald Trump is not a Christian, while Mr. Trump called the Pope’s statement disgraceful in a teapot-tempest of misunderstanding and media manipulation.
As Pope Francis traveled back to Rome from his six-day trip to Mexico, the pontiff was asked during an in-flight press conference to comment on Mr. Trump’s plan to deport millions of illegal immigrants, possibly separating families, and to build a wall on the border of the United States and Mexico.
The Pope’s response was:
A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.
In a moment that is now fairly typical for Pope Francis, he appeared to make a claim that is not quite in keeping with Catholic teaching: in this case, as there are no Church laws against national security walls. It is true that the Christian way is one of evangelization, unity, and charity, but practical acts of societal self-preservation are not un-Christian. Christ Himself described a man in a parable as encircling his precious vineyard with a wall for the use of his tenants. How is it un-Christian to have a wall to protect that which is worth protecting? Does it really make sense to consider Mr. Trump as someone who is not a Christian because he has a plan to build a wall as an answer to a problem? It does not, despite the spin of the liberal media. To be a Christian means being to a certain degree a type of pacifist, but that does not exclude one’s also being a pragmatist.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/02/donald-trumps-pope.html

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Our Willing Suspension of Disbelief By Gary North

More than any other writers, screenwriters can persuade us to suspend disbelief.
The story moves fast. The technology draws us into the story. We question almost nothing. We are manipulated. We pay money to be manipulated.
It’s entertainment, so we do not care. Hollywood has understood this, all the way back to D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915), a blockbuster movie promoting the memory of the original Ku Klux Klan. It led to the establishment of a new Klan before the end of 1915. This was the great expansion of the Klan in American history. Harry Truman joined it briefly. So did Harry Byrd. The power of movies to create public opinion is limited, but they can reinforce existing opinions.
For my students, I go through an exercise. I have them watch a movie. Then I provide a list of incongruities. I do not mean visual gaffes. The movie director hires people who are skilled at keeping anomalies in between scenes shot on different days from occurring. I am talking about built-in incongruities in the script. The writers allow them for the sake of persuading the audience.
My readers are more sophisticated than most. They can read an article and spot inconsistencies. But once anyone sits down in front of a movie screen, he suspends his judgment. He is vulnerable to propaganda. I want you to recognize this.
I have selected two examples. First, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), which was Jimmy Stewart’s breakthrough role. It was a feel-good movie to persuade us that reforming Washington in 1939 was not a lost cause when it was clearly a lost cause. Frank Capra used techniques to persuade viewers to suspend disbelief. For my analysis, click here. It won the Oscar for best writing, original story.
My second example is Casablanca (1942). It is still a beloved movie. It was written just after Pearl Harbor. It was released after America’s invasion of Casablanca in November. This movie was a subtle attack on what the pro-war interventionists had labeled “isolationism.” Pearl Harbor marked the end of political resistance to the expansion of the military across the world. Sidney Greenstreet’s character Ferrari tells Rick, “Isolationism is no longer a practical policy.” Rick tells the corrupt police chief, “I stick my neck out for nobody,” to which he responds: “A wise foreign policy.” I have provided a list of 39 clear-cut improbabilities and outright impossibilities in the script. Download here. The screenplay won the Oscar. So did the movie: best picture.
One of the most respected movies in the history of film is Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941). It is powerful in its use of imagery. We might even call it legendary in this regard. Its opening scene and closing scene are among the most famous in the history of the movies. Both of them are fake.
Read More: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/gary-north/movies-effective-propaganda/

MASCULIN/FÉMININ by HANNIBAL BATEMAN

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There are profound differences between men and women. From how we interact together and apart, to the very telos of who we are. In our egalitarian and “liberal” world, these differences are glossed over and the logic of our system pushes us towards an ever encroaching bland, androgynous uniformity. The “sexual revolution” may be ongoing, but nature will reassert itself with a vengeance.
Fundamentally, men and women differ on the reproductive level. Not just in how children are conceived, but in our capacities to have children. Men produce thousands upon thousands of sperm in comparison to women’s production of eggs. This makes our reproduction strategies very different.
As outlined by F. Roger Devlin in his masterful work Sexual Utopia in Power, this creates different incentives for each sex. Amongst women, there is a drive to “hypergamy” or a striving to find the best mate for her children. Among men, a wide number of women with which to spread his legacy. While this is the biological imperative, our civilization has found ways to contain and express the masculine and feminine urges among our population.
For Europeans, the masculine and feminine have always had a complimentary role. At least ideally. Through monogamy, shaming, and other practices the ur-sexual drives of men and women were contained in order to build long-term “K-selected”reproductive strategies. One needs only look at places like Africa to see an unbounded human sexuality(coupled with a high time preference).
More than in just the scientific literature, sexual differences were incorporated into some of the very archetypes of European man’s myths. Take Helen and Penelope from the Illiad and the Odyssey respectively. Both represent extreme ends of European understanding of femininity.

Read More: http://www.radixjournal.com/journal/2016/2/12/masculinfminin

Plaques for Blacks by Steve Sailer


Last week, I pointed out that the social sciences were suffering from mirror-image problems: the much-publicized Replication Crisis, in which academics announce trivial findings that turn out to be not reproducible, and the less-discussed Repetition Crisis, in which the only explanations for serious phenomena that researchers are allowed to offer are the same old same old: white racism, male chauvinism, white male racist chauvinism, and so forth and so on.
Calling either problem a “crisis” is, of course, journalistic hyperbole intended to dramatize situations that are likely to bump along deleteriously, but not quite self-destructively, for years.
This week, however, Brian Nosek, a psychologist who as cofounder of the Center for Open Science has been a leader in exposing the Replication Crisis by encouraging 100 attempts to reproduce popular studies (only 36 came up with statistically significant results), has published a report in Social Cognition that grapples productively with both the Replication and Repetition Crises.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/plaques_for_blacks_steve_sailer/print#axzz416dF6BhD

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nazism & Narcissism: David Bowie’s Flirtation with Fascism by Joseph Pearce

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At the age of eleven I began to spend most of my pocket money on records, buying a new hit single every week. Glam rock was all the rage and David Bowie became one of my idols.
Bowie would get himself into trouble in the seventies for his brief flirtation with fascism. In an interview forPlayboy in 1974 he betrayed an admiration for Hitler, describing the Führer as “one of the first rock stars:” “Look at some of the films and see how he moved. I think he was quite as good as Jagger…[Hitler] used politics and theatrics and created this thing that governed and controlled the show for those twelve years. The world will never see his like again. He staged a country.” In the following year, rather bizarrely considering his own androgynous image, he ranted against decadence and called for an extreme right-wing solution to the problem: “I think that morals should be straightened up for a start. They’re disgusting. There will be a political figure in the not too distant future who’ll sweep through this part of the world like early rock ’n’ roll did. You probably hope I’m not right but I am…. You’ve got to have an extreme right front come up and sweep everything off its feet and tidy everything up. Then you can get a new form of liberalism.” It is easy to imagine that the choice of the phrase “extreme right front” would have been seen as a veiled reference to the National Front, which was definitely in the ascendant in 1975 when these words were spoken.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/02/nazism-and-narcissism-david-bowie-flirtation-with-fascism.html

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Make No Mistake About It, Donald Trump Is Absolutely Right, The Islamic Terrorists Want And Will Invade Rome To Kill The Pope. The Catholic Church Needs To Prepare For A Muslim Invasion

In this current controversy between Donald Trump and Pope Frances, Trump has fired back, saying that the Islamic terrorists want to conquer Rome. I must say, he is correct. The Catholic Church needs to prepare for a Muslim invasion. I did a whole video on this with a lot of good commentary:
I remember a few years ago spending time with an Evangelical friend of mine. Within our conversation, somehow, the subject of the Crusades came up. Of course, I defended the Crusades, explaining that they were fighting off Islamic invaders in the Middle East. He, on the other hand, vehemently condemned the Crusaders as evil and barbarous people. I asked him, “Who would you rather win, the Muslims or the Crusaders?” He said, with a tone of vitriol, “It doesn’t matter, they are both the same! I would not care at all if the Muslims invaded the Vatican, the Catholics are just as evil.”
This is the predicament that we are in. While the Vatican is hated as the Harlot of Babylon, the Muslims are currently conspiring to take over and destroy Rome. And many would not have a problem with this.
Read More: http://shoebat.com/2016/02/18/make-no-mistake-about-it-donald-trump-is-absolutely-right-the-islamic-terrorists-want-and-will-invade-rome-the-catholic-church-needs-to-prepare-for-a-muslim-invasion/

Breaking: Mom Whose Son Was Tortured-Murdered By Illegal Alien Endorses Trump – Says, “Pope Doesn’t Care About Me” by Jim Hoft

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Today Laura Wilkerson, whose son was tortured and murdered by an illegal immigrant, endorsed Donald Trump. Wilkerson, who is a very religious person, said, the pope does not care about her.
Breitbart.com reported:
In an exclusive telephone interview with Breitbart News, Laura Wilkerson, whose son was tortured to death by an illegal alien, explained why she cast her early ballot today for GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump.
“Trump will get in there and do something about [immigration]. I believe him. I want someone in there who has said they’ll do it and will do it… So many people stay home because it doesn’t affect them,” Wilkerson said. “And I understand that. I was the same way until [my son] Josh was murdered. But at some point, we have to close the door and deal with who we have here before anyone else comes.”
By contrast to her support for Trump, Wilkerson said that she “gave no consideration to voting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)… I do not trust him for one second… He does not speak to the victims [of illegal alien crime],” Wilkerson explained. “Obviously, Rubio wants more immigration, no borders. That’s what his backers want and that’s the way he’s going to vote.”
Wilkerson, who described herself as a deeply religious person, defended Trump from the attacks by Pope Francis.
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard the Pope say one thing about our families [families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants]. I’m not sure he understands the loss we have felt. Is he just ignoring that? It rubbed me the wrong way,” Wilkerson told Breitbart.
Read More: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/02/breaking-mom-whose-son-was-tortured-murdered-by-illegal-alien-endorses-trump-says-pope-doesnt-care-about-me/

Three Cheers for Academic Dishonesty by ROBERT WEISSBERG

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The recent campus events have not been especially good for fans of academic integrity. Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s) have achieved one success after another while college Presidents have been busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest in confessing toxic white privilege and promising to do “whatever it takes” to appease thin-skinned students of color.
Nevertheless, the news from the front is not entirely depressing. At least when it comes to dumbing down the faculty by diversifying it, the barbarians have been halted. Yes, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University both have pledged $100 million each, Yale $50 and Johns Hopkins $25 million (among many others) to hire more blacks and Hispanics but such standards-destroying diversification is not about to happen. The reason for optimism is that university administrators have engaged in masterful deceit and those bamboozled do not suspect a thing. Such is the advantage of dealing with stupid folk—they are easily fooled.
First some background. Since the late 1960s universities have pursed faculty diversity so nothing is particularly new. Just read decades of job announcements with boilerplate “minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply” provisions. Universities have long had special well-funded committees to unearth promising minority candidates to be forwarded to departments with “can you hire this guy and we’ll pay half?” notes.
I recall designated affirmative action “commissars” attached to every recruitment commitment to counter white racist bias against worthy black applicants. Similarly unsuccessful were efforts to identify promising minority candidates early and then hire them before the competition discovered them. The upshot was adding ill-prepared graduate students as full-fledged faculty and then watching them struggle with completing a dissertation and publishing some original research so as to move into a tenure track position. Then there were programs for academically weak black Ph.D.’s to receive an extra a year or two of post-doc mentoring to improve their chances of securing tenure track jobs. Further add mandatory faculty sensitivity training so racially tone-deaf white professors could detect otherwise unnoticed abilities in black applicants. A recent book regarding the paucity of blacks in the pipeline suggested that department graduate admissions committee penalize black applicants by making hurried decisions plus the lack of scientific standards necessary to properly judge minority applicants.
Read More: http://www.unz.com/article/three-cheers-for-academic-dishonesty/

The Replication Crisis and the Repetition Crisis by Steve Sailer

With data becoming ever more abundant, this should be the golden age of the social sciences. And yet they seem to be suffering two mirror-image nervous breakdowns—the Replication Crisis and the Repetition Crisis.
Outright made-up-data fraud is hardly unknown in academia, but the double disasters have more to do with shortcomings in how contemporary researchers analyze relatively honest data. I suspect that the systemic failures stem more from researchers being allowed both too many and too few of that evocative (if actually rather dry) technical term: “degrees of freedom.”
One cause of the Replication Crisis has been that analysts grant themselves excessive post hoc liberties to crunch the numbers however many ways it takes to find something—anything—that is “statistically significant” (which isn’t the same as actually significant) and thus qualifies as a paper for publish-or-perish purposes. Hence, social scientists seem to be coming up with a surplus of implausible junk science findings on trivial topics, such as “priming” (the contemporary version of subliminal advertising), which then routinely fail to replicate.
In contrast, in what I’ll dub the Repetition Crisis (a.k.a. the Explanation Crisis), academics hamstring the interest and usefulness of their findings by ruling out ahead of time any explanatory factors other than the same tiny number of politically correct concepts that were exhausted decades ago.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/the_replication_crisis_and_the_repetition_crisis_steve_sailer/print#axzz40Zdapwqi

Monday, February 15, 2016

PUTIN’S PATH TO THE KGB

Growing up in Leningrad, a young Vladimir Putin sought to be the heroic figure from popular Soviet novels and films - a KGB officer.
Using his unique access to the Kremlin, German journalistAlexander Rahr shares the inside story on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s formative years in Leningrad and his path to the KGB. 

Putin never concealed his background. Spiridon, his grandfather on the father’s side, was a cook, but not a regular one. Initially, he prepared meals for Lenin, then—for Stalin. A person working in such a position and in such proximity to the Kremlin’s leaders could not not be a staffer at the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD), KGB’s predecessor. Spiridon served the dictator daily, and it is beyond any doubt that he was being watched much more closely than any Politburo member.
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Portraits of Politburo members decorated the pages of textbooks and posters. As a result, their faces were familiar to any Soviet student. Leonid Brezhnev, the leader of the Communist Party and the head of state, was listed first. Then came Aleksei Kosygin, the Chair of the Council of Ministers, Defense Minister Dmitriy Ustinov—at one point both had direct links to the Leningrad military-industrial complex—and Mikhail Suslov. In terms of the Kremlin Olympus, the latter had the reputation of a “gray cardinal” responsible for the purity and consistency of the Communist ideology. But Vladimir Putin probably remembered the face of the 50-year-old Yuri Andropov best. In 1967, the latter was appointed as the head of the KGB. Five years later, he became a member of the Politburo upon Brezhnev’s insistence: this was a sure sign that the political influence of the organization that he headed—which at one point became the dark symbol of Stalin’s dictatorship—had grown. Of course, at that point Putin could not even imagine that 30 years later he would take over Andropov’s place at Lubyanka KGB headquarters in Moscow.
Read More: https://espionagehistoryarchive.com/2016/02/06/putins-path-to-the-kgb/

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Reliving the nightmare

Something that non-Europeans don't really quite comprehend about European culture is the memory of the Holocaust. Outside of Europe, this is an intellectual abstraction, whereas here in Europe it is something that happened in our midst and reverberates through today's society. The tendency to blame Jews for multiculturalism to me appears to be a decisively American phenomenon, that happens to be capable of finding fertile ground among disenfranchised Europeans. The United States is a country with six million Jews, who happen to compose a significant section of their nation's upper class. Anti-semitism feels more self-evident to white Americans than it does here in Europe, where Jews have effectively become a ghost of the past. To Americans on the far-right it comes as a gut instinct, to Europeans on the far-right it comes as a dogma, part of the teachings of whatever disenfranchised group of angry white males they wish to associate themselves with.
It has to be noted that there is a difference in this matter, between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. In Eastern Europe, Jews and the native population largely lived through similar experiences in the war years. Poland had its intellectual elite liquidated, children kidnapped and starvation imposed upon the masses. In Western Europe, that is, France, Germany, Scandinavia, the British isles and the low countries, we had it relatively good. In exchange for our collaboration with the invading Germans, life here pretty much went on as it always had. Government officials in the Netherlands were instructed before the invasion to simply collaborate with the orders of any invading power, should such an invasion happen. It should thus come as little surprise that they did.

Read More: https://www.reddit.com/r/accountt1234/comments/45c21q/reliving_the_nightmare/

Liberal intolerance is on the rise on America’s college campuses By Catherine Rampell

Georgetown University students conduct a sit-in in November in solidarity with other student protests across the country protesting racial discrimination on campus.
Okay, maybe conservatives are right to freak out about illiberal lefty militancy on college campuses.
Today’s students are indeed both more left wing and more openly hostile to free speech than earlier generations of collegians.
For 50 years, researchers have surveyed incoming college freshmen about everything from their majors to their worldviews. On Thursday, the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles released the latest iteration of this survey, which included 141,189 full-time, first-year students attending about 200 public and private baccalaureate institutions around the country.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Jewish man arrested 'after posting swastikas on doors'

Jewish man arrested 'after posting swastikas on doors'

A Jewish man was under arrest on hate-crime charges on Monday, accused of making anti-Semitic telephone calls to his mother and other elderly women and putting swastikas on apartment doors, police said.


A family business dispute drove David Haddad, 56, of Manhattan, who is Jewish, to make threatening phone calls to his mother, 80, and two other women, ages 87 and 78, a police source said.
Both the 87-year-old woman and a 78-year-old woman had anti-Semitic threats made to them over a month-long period and racist threats were left on a voicemail message, police said. Swastikas were also drawn on their apartment doors.
"He threatened to kill the other individual on the phone as well as her relatives," said a police spokesman. "He said basically that all Jews should die and go to hell."
Haddad, who was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, also was accused of taping notes with anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas on five apartment doors and in the hallway of a building in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, US.
Swastikas were spray-painted on garage doors, some with the words "Die Jews", which police believe was part of Haddad's anti-Semitic spree.
Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/9019394/Jewish-man-arrested-after-posting-swastikas-on-doors.html

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Ultimate Minority Right by Steve Sailer


In recent weeks, I kept meaning to write up a stylized history of the evolution of political ideology over recent centuries. But my examples—why Andrew Jackson rather than Alexander Hamilton will get booted off the currency, how Spike Lee learned painfully to start denouncing Hollywood for being run by whites and stop denouncing it for being run by Jews, and why democracy inPoland is undemocratic—grew into entire columns.
So now it’s time to get past the illustrations to the big picture. Here’s a simple outline of four eras, each when a different political ideology seemed inarguable:
(1) hereditary right
(2) majority rule
(3) minority right
(4) the inalienable right of minorities to become the majority (while maintaining all the privileges of a modern minority)
A half millennium ago, political power in the West was largely organized around the hereditary principle, whether aristocratic or monarchical. There were partial exceptions in which elections or randomness played a role in selecting leaders, such as the papacy, Venice, and the Holy Roman Empire. And medieval legislatures still survived. The trend in the 16th century, however, was toward the novel ideology of divine right monarchy.
Read More: http://takimag.com/article/the_ultimate_minority_right_steve_sailer/print#ixzz3zmUyLQyi

Steve McQueen & the Hound of Heaven by K. V. Turley

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From what had he fled?
From what was he running?
What was it that pursued him?
The film titles give us some clues, as does his pace of life, the rapidity of his mood swings, the speed of his reactions—all lived as if in a race, one that, as he grew older, got ever more fast until the inevitable occurred: time ran out.
What the Hollywood star’s biographies sidestep is that ending. In a strange way it makes sense of all the rest. That final ‘performance’ was a role much older than any that he had acted upon the silver screen, and, for once, it really was a matter of life and death. This is an alternate look at the life and death of Terence Steven McQueen.
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him
There was the broken home. The violence, the neglect, the desertion, the young McQueen shuffled between his native Indiana, Missouri, and eventually California, passing from one home to another. The child knew mostly misery, but, nevertheless, he had been given something. Somewhere, someone decided that he needed to be baptized a Catholic just as his mother had been before him. In the biographies it is mentioned in passing—understandably, as it appeared to have made little difference to the boy, the adolescent, and, later, the man… but it did matter….
In his case, what passed for childhood soon turned the boy into a troubled youth. With no home, he ended up on the streets before being sent by a court to one that was there to reform boys like him. The Boys Republic was to be the start of the end of childhood; for the young McQueen it was also the beginning of a mistrust of institutions—the image of authority long since fractured for this child from a broken home. It is worth bearing that in mind before jumping to any ready-made conclusions. For better or worse we are shaped by our first environments, by those early years—looking at what the future movie star was dealt in life, perhaps we should be grateful. Looking back now, it appears the only thing McQueen had been given was resentment. The rage that it engendered fueled the race that now began as he fled from personal demons he could barely comprehend, let alone free himself from.
Read More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/02/steve-mcqueen-and-the-hound-of-heaven.html

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This Is Why You Can’t Afford a House by Joel Kotkin

The rising cost of housing is one of the greatest burdens on the American middle class. So why hasn’t it become a key issue in the presidential primaries?
There’s little argument that inequality, and the depressed prospects for the middle class, will be a dominant issue this year’s election. Yet the most powerful force shaping this reality—the rising cost of housing—has barely emerged as political issue.
As demonstrated in a recent report (PDF) from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy, housing now takes the largest share of family costs, while expenditures on food, apparel, and transportation have dropped or stayed about the same. In 2015, the rise in housing costs essentially swallowed savings gains made elsewhere, notably, savings on the cost of energy. The real estate consultancy Zillowpredicts housing inflation will only worsen this year.
Driven in part by potential buyers being forced into the apartment market, rents have risen to a point that they now compose the largest share of income in modern U.S. history. Since 1990, renters’ income has been stagnant, while inflation-adjusted rents have soared 14.7 percent. Given the large shortfall in housing production—down not only since the 2007 recession but also by almost a quarter between 2011 and 2015—the trend toward ever higher prices and greater levels of unaffordability seems all but inevitable.
The connection between growing inequality and rising property prices is fairly direct. Thomas Piketty, the French economist, recently described the extent to which inequality in 20 nations has ramped up in recent decades, erasing the hard-earned progress of previous years in the earlier part of the 20th century. After examining Piketty’s groundbreaking research, Matthew Rognlie of MIT concluded (PDF) that much of the observed inequality is from redistribution of housing wealth away from the middle class.
Read More: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/08/this-is-why-you-can-t-afford-a-house.html

“It’s all Theater:” Austrian Policeman Admits

The so-called “beefing-up” of “asylum seeker” admissions to Austria boasted about by that country’s far left socialist-conservative government are meaningless “theater,” a policeman working at the main Spielfeld border crossing post has told the Kurier newspaper.
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Earlier, the socialist-conservative coalition government, concerned at rising anger among the Austrian public—and opinion polls showing increasing support for the anti-invasion populist Freedom Party (FPÖ)—announced that it would be “cracking down” on the number of “asylum seekers” it would be letting into the country.
The government announcement was, of course, not driven by a genuine concern over the invasion, but merely designed as a tool to try and halt the drift to the FPÖ.
According to the latest figures, at least 100,000 nonwhite invaders have claimed “asylum” in Austria so far, which makes that country the single largest recipient, per capita, of “asylum seekers” in Europe.
Part of the new plan, the government announced, was a system to capture the fingerprints of all “asylum seekers” at the border to crack down on fraud and boost security. New computer systems were acquired and installed for this purpose, at considerable cost to the taxpayer once again.
The system was also touted as being able to check travel documents, and automatically submit the fingerprints to the national police databases for comparison and double checking.
Now, however, it has transpired that this “crackdown,” like everything else the socialist-conservative government has done, is just another hoax.
According to the Kurier, the new system does not work at all like the government claimed it would. Fingerprints are only stored if the “refugee” applies for asylum at the border post.
If they are rejected on the spot—for being blatant liars or any other reason—or indicate that they wish to continue on to Germany, their prints are wiped off the system.
Read More: http://newobserveronline.com/its-all-theater-austrian-policeman-admits/

U.S NATO New World Order vs Eurasian World Order

SJW want to ban Buddhist Swastika because it might offend someone

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right And, my dear fellow Republicans, he's all your fault. By Tucker Carlson

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About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump’s hair. I can’t now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day.
“It’s true you have better hair than I do,” Trump said matter-of-factly. “But I get more pussy than you do.” Click.
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At the time, I’d never met Trump and I remember feeling amused but also surprised he’d say something like that. Now the pattern seems entirely familiar. The message had all the hallmarks of a Trump attack: shocking, vulgar and indisputably true.
Not everyone finds it funny. On my street in Northwest Washington, D.C., there’s never been anyone as unpopular as Trump. The Democrats assume he’s a bigot, pandering to the morons out there in the great dark space between Georgetown and Brentwood. The Republicans (those relatively few who live here) fully agree with that assessment, and they hate him even more. They sense Trump is a threat to them personally, to their legitimacy and their livelihoods. Idi Amin would get a warmer reception in our dog park.

I understand it of course. And, except in those moments when the self-righteous silliness of rich people overwhelms me and I feel like moving to Maine, I can see their points, some of them anyway. Trump might not be my first choice for president. I’m not even convinced he really wants the job. He’s smart enough to know it would be tough for him to govern.

Read More: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/donald-trump-is-shocking-vulgar-and-right-213572?o=0

HEIDEGGERIAN CINEMA AT THE EDGES OF THE WASTELAND: "KNIGHT OF CUPS" BY TERENCE MALICK by Richard Wolstencroft


Knight of Cups is a superb new film from Terrence Malick, the thinker, philosopher, poet, and – LOL – former hair stylist, who is busy reinventing contemporary cinema. In this, his latest opus, Mr Malick basically examines similar territory to The Beautiful and Damned (the F.Scott Fitzgerald novel), namely life lived in the fast lane – the constant parties, the booze, the excess, and the women – albeit skewed in a Hollywood fashion. That is the mise en scène of the piece.

Christian Bale plays the main character, Rick – or, ahem, Richard – who is reaching an aporia in his life of excess in the film industry. Sounds right up my street! 

Bale's character no longer recognizes who he is, what he wants, or even where he is going. He has a failed major relationship behind him – played by Cate Blanchett – who is not really over him (or over acting for once: luckily we don't have to put up with one of her fake accents, which is rather nice for a change. She is just her relaxed self.)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

EU officials find that most of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees. What a mess. By Douglas Murray

Even EU officials are now finally admitting that a lot – or, rather, most – of the people we have been calling ‘refugees’ are not refugees. They are economic migrants with no more right to be called European citizens than anybody else in the world. Even Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission, made this point this week. In his accounting, at least 60pc of the people who are here are economic migrants who should not be here –  are from North African states such as Morocco and Tunisia. As he told Dutch television:-
“These are people that you can assume have no reason to apply for refugee status.”
Now there are the usual attempts to crowd-please from certain politicians and officials who are talking about how they might have to deport these people. But they won’t, will they? Does anybody honestly believe that the Swedish authorities are currently preparing to deport 80,000 fake asylum seekers from their country?
Read More: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/01/heres-a-fine-example-of-the-trouble-our-continent-is-descending-into/

Why is Hollywood Pandering to Chinese Censors? By Mitchell Blatt

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Watching The Dark Knight Rises in Shanghai in 2012, I wondered how the film had gotten past the censors. A leftist was running around a city decrying the rich, inciting a mindless mob to take over and steal individuals’ property, and convicting people without trial in kangaroo courts. It was as if Mao Zedong had come to Gotham City.
I wasn’t the only one who saw parallels between Bane’s revolution and China’s Cultural Revolution, a chaotic time when mobs of students organized into Red Guard units and beat so-called class enemies and fought each other. The description of the film on a Chinese piracy website summarized: “A modern city is on the verge of having a ‘Cultural Revolution’ ignite!” A Chinese netizen wrote in a blog post at a culture website, “It is a miracle this film got through our country’s film censorship system. . . . This film is a living projection of the unrest that occurred in our country during the 60s and 70s.”
All the more surprising, The Dark Knight, which was the precursor to The Dark Knight Rises, had not been allowed into China; that film’s star, Christian Bale, had caused controversy when he tried to visit a dissident in China in 2011.
Read More: http://acculturated.com/chinese-censors/

Putin Winning Final Chess Match w/ Obama by Ron Holland

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The world press is filled with violence and sexual attack horror stories about the Islamic refugees escaping from Syria and other war torn countries of the Middle East to Greece and consequently flooding into all areas of Europe.
It is actually very easy to travel from Syria to Lebanon and then take the ferry to Turkey and from there to Greece and subsequently the mainland overland to Europe.
This is now big business organized like a one-way tour package from the Middle East to Europe.
Although there obviously are some ISIS fighters and Islamic militants slipping into Europe under cover of the humanitarian crises most are simply Sunni Moslems escaping the poverty, death and destruction of foreign military intervention in the region.
Yes the sex crimes are a real problem because the majority of those escaping the region are men looking for work coming from a conservative society to the open societies of Europe.
Most immigrants enter Europe through the economic basket case of Greece where the economy has already been destroyed by too much government debt, corruption and EU banking excesses so Greece can afford to do little to stem the Islamic refugee tide.
While a case can be made that the location of Syria and Lebanon adjacent to Turkey and the ease of transportation to Greek islands just offshore is helping the flow to Europe.
Read More: http://www.4thmedia.org/2016/01/putin-is-winning-the-final-chess-match-with-obama/

Archaeologists Dig Up An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot. What They Found Inside Is Changing History by Dustin McGladrey

This pot was unearthed on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, where it had laid buried for the past 800 years.
In 2008, on a dig in the First Nation’s Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists made a small but stunning discovery: a tiny clay pot.
Though it might not have seemed very impressive at first glimpse, this little piece of pottery was determined to be about 800 years old.
And inside that pot? Something that changes how we’re looking at extinction, preservation, and food storage, as well as how humans have influenced the planet in their time on it.
It’s amazing to think that a little clay pot buried in the ground 800 years ago would still be relevant today, but it’s true! It’s actually brought an extinct species of squash that was presumed to be lost forever. Thank our Indigenous Ancestors! Even they knew what preservation meant. They knew the importance of the future, Is it not amazing that they are affecting our walks of life even to this day?
Here it is! The pot was unearthed on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, where it had laid buried for the past 800 years.

Read More: http://www.cfweradio.ca/on-air/blogs/dustin-mcgladrey-351668/entry/471/