Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The State of the Union address - 2018

Swedish government gives Iraqi child rapist custody of children

Alicia — whose identity is protected and therefore uses a pseudonym— was only 12 years old when she was married off, raped and thereafter became a mother. Now, her husband and rapist has reportedly been granted custody of their two children
The girl, who comes from an immigrant family living in Gothenburg, Sweden, was made pregnant with twins by the man at the age of thirteen. After a ruling by the Stockholm District Court, the state has chosen to give the rapist custody.
Nightmare to childhood:
The story was first brought to the light by the Gothenburg Post (GP) in June 2017. Back then, Alicia, who has turned 23-years-old, chose to open up about her experiences and talk to social services.
When she turned seven, social services first contacted her family when her teachers noticed bruises under her veil. Alicia said her father had hit her. Nevertheless, the father denied this and when being questioned again, Alicia herself changed the story.
“I was quiet. As always. I did everything for my family. What girl would ever want to hurt her parents?”, Alicia said, according to GP.
Her teachers kept an eye on her, however, and noticed a major change. The girl once described as happy, positive and tough grew increasingly absent and sad.
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David Brooks Demands New, Improved Americans 2.0 - Steve Sailer

As I predicted in my two previous Taki’s columns, the Trump administration offered to Democrats an extremely moderate and generous compromise immigration package. Trump proposed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens in return for three sensible reforms of the immigration system: a wall, an end to chain migration (or, as it should more accurately be called, clan migration), and the elimination of Teddy Kennedy’s nitwit diversity lottery.
In response, the respectable have, predictably, gone nuts spewing racist hate. For instance, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi asserted that Trump’s compromise framework was part of his sinister plan to “make America white again.” Likewise, Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post explained “How to fight Trump’s plan to whiten our immigration system.” The new conventional wisdom is that it would be racist for the American people to have any say in how much immigration they must endure.
David Brooks of The New York Times at least offers an argument for why he supports ethnic swamping besides just the usual “White Americans, I hate you”:
Every few years I try to write a column staking out a reasonable middle ground on immigration…. The case for restricting immigration seems superficially plausible.
For example, there are 7 billion non-Americans in the world. So if America didn’t restrict immigration, over one hundred million immigrants would quickly pour into our country. They’d keep coming until life in America became about as cruddy as in their home countries.
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Young American Jews Question Israel's Ethnostate, After Alt-Right Call F...

Fast-and-Easy Path to American Citizenship Has Universalized Treason around the World

Hegel and Marx expounded on the dialectics of history. It seems ‘digestics’ is what animates America. A hyper-materialist society, America has turned consumerism as a metaphor for everything. According to Americanism, not only do people primarily exist to consume-dispose-consume-dispose-consume-some-more but they themselves are to be consumed and disposed with ceaseless intakes of new peoples of different races and cultures. The elites don’t see rooted, established, and existing Americans as a special people with history, heritage, and meaning. They see existing Americans as stale old masses to be replaced by endless servings of New Americans. So, historic European-Americans are just pieces of meat in a melting pot to be digested and excreted to make room for servings of New Americans.

Especially since individualist-materialist consumerism fixates Western attention on hedonism and vanity, it is assumed that white peoples in the West cannot sustain themselves. They are too much into fun & feasting to prioritize family & future. So, let white people have a good time and then make way for New Arrivals since white people (1) don’t have enough kids and (2) no longer care for their roots and heritage anyway. 
Of course, in time, even immigrant groups and their children will be 'Westernized' and experience plummeting birthrates as their main priority will be short-term self-interest than racial-cultural survival. In time, even non-whites in the West will go the way of whites. (Such a view would indicate that the modernity is a success in creating things but a failure in creating life. Since modern nations can make things but can’t make life, they rely on non-modern nations to produce life for export to the modern world. But then, immigrant groups, upon being modernized, will also become deficient in creating life and will have to be replaced by waves of newer arrivals. To be sure, there’s a good chance that non-whites, due to lower IQ and other problems, won’t become properly modernized, in which case they will either continue to produce life but not things or fail to produce both life and things.) On that basis, the elites insist that the only way to sustain the population is to bring in more New Peoples. The message for Europeans and Americans, especially white ones, is that they shouldn’t bother about marriage and children if such get in the way of fun, career, or self-fulfillment in tune with latest fashions. White women should fixate on careers, make money, and blow it all on themselves on shoes, travel, fancy food, and loose sex. Men should forever remain boys hooked on video games, hobbies, and recreation. The main purpose of jobs is to make money to spend, spend, and spend. And nothing has any lasting value. New items are soon old items to be tossed out to make room for newer items. 
And what goes for TVs, appliances, and clothes also goes for peoples. Americans no longer have any identity or history. (If there is a historical narrative, the message is 'America is all about immigration', i.e. American history is about replacing existing peoples with new ones. This history is not remembrance of things worth preserving but reminder that everything must be replaced or reinvented.) They are just consumers who live for fun, work for fun. Old people are warehoused in nursing homes while the grandchildren grow up identifying with pop idols and celebrities as ‘role models’ or demi-gods. For spirituality and uplift, there is Homomania or Queertianity. For truth and ‘poetry’, there is Rap music and Magic Negro cult. For ideas, there are PC slogans to chant for the hive-minded. 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

University Bias & Ethnic Identity (With George Hutcheson)

FBI Director Wray "Shocked To His Core" By FISA Memo, McCabe 'Removed' Next Day, More Heads To Roll: Report


FBI Director Christopher Wray was allegedly "shocked to his core" after viewing the four-page FISA memo Sunday night - hours before asking Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to step down, according to journalist Sara Carter. 

Hannity sat down once again with journalist Sara Carter, whose sources say McCabe may have instructed FBI agents to alter their "302" forms - the paperwork an agent files after interviewing someone: 

Carter: What we know tonight is that FBI Director Christopher Wray went Sunday and reviewed the four-page FISA memo. The very next day, Andrew McCabe was asked to resign. Remember Sean, he was planning on resigning in March - that already came out in December. This time they asked him to go right away. You're not coming into the office. I've heard rep[orts he didn't even come in for the morning meeting - that he didn't show up.
Hannity: A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it shocked him to his core.
Sara Carter: Shocked him to his core, and not only that, the Inspector General's report - I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report. 
Hannity: Changes? So that would be obstruction of justice? 
Carter: Exactly. This is something the Inspector General is investigating. If this is true and not alleged, McCabe will be fired. I heard they are considering firing him within the next few days if this turns out to be true
 Carter said that McCabe "quitting" is just the beginning, and that more resignations will be coming.
As we reported yesterday, McCabe was "removed" from his post as deputy director, "leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump." Several media outlets reported that McCabe is using his remaining vacation days to go on "terminal leave" and that his official retirement from the agency won't happen until March, allowing him to collect the full pension.
And as we noted last week, FBI Director Wray threatened to resign after being pressured by AG Jeff Sessions.
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Work: An Immigrant Story By ROD DREHER

One of his points is that immigrants are willing to work harder than native-born Americans. He might have a point. It’s easy for a Times columnist to say this after stating that he’s talking about places that are 95 percent white.
What about places that are heavily black? Here’s an anecdote — that’s all it is — but I add it to the discussion.
Around 2007, I think it was, my late father, who lived in rural Louisiana, had some brush he needed clearing in a field he owned. He usually did this himself — or, when I was a kid, with me — but by then he was long retired, and was physically unable to do it. I was living far away.
When I was a teenager, back in the 1980s, it wasn’t hard to find high school kids to do this kind of work. Our parish was 50 percent black, and 50 percent white. We had almost no Asians or Latinos. White kids, black kids, you could hire kids to do this work. As I said, I did this kind of work for my dad. I hated it. It was hot, and it was demanding. But this is what you did.
Not by 2007. No white teenage boys wanted to do that kind of hard physical labor. My father drove into a black neighborhood and found groups of young men — men in their 20s — sitting around with nothing to do. He offered them several times the minimum wage to come clear brush for him for a day. They all declined. They were all out of work and doing nothing that day, but it wasn’t worth it to them. He was a retiree on a fixed income, and couldn’t pay anything more than that. But when I was a teenager, any number of young men would have jumped at the opportunity. Not anymore. Neither whites nor blacks would do physical labor.
(That’s not strictly true — I know a handful of both white men and black men there today who do exactly this kind of work, but at the time my dad needed it, they either weren’t in business, or were too booked up.)
Anyway, my dad didn’t know what to do. One of his friends said that a few Guatemalans had moved into the parish recently. If I recall correctly, they had come with a large contingent of Central Americans who had moved to New Orleans to work on post-Katrina reconstruction. My dad’s friend put him in touch with one of them. They were eager to work. My dad hired the three Guatemalan men who were in town. They cleared the brush in a day, and did a great job of it.
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A Review of “Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism” — PART 3 by Brenton Sanderson

The psychological impact of the Hitler Stalin pact
Radical Jewish militants were deeply traumatized by the pact between Hitler and Stalin just prior to the start of the World War II. The dilemma facing Jewish communists, the contradiction between their “visceral anti-fascism” and what was now presented to them as an imperative of realpolitik for the USSR, repeatedly cropped up in testimony of those interviewed for Revolutionary Yiddishland. One of these, Louis Gronowski, recalled:
I remember my disarray, the inner conflict. This pact was repugnant to me, it went against my sentiments, against everything I had maintained until then in my statements and writings. For all those years, we had presented Hitlerite Germany as the enemy of humanity and progress, and above all, the enemy of the Jewish people and the Soviet Union. And now the Soviet Union signed a pact with its sworn enemy, permitting the invasion of Poland and even taking part in its partition. It was the collapse of the whole argument forged over these long years. But I was a responsible Communist cadre, and my duty was to overcome my disgust.[i]        
For many radical Jews, Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 provided a sense of “relief that was paradoxical but none the less immense. They had finally found their political compass again, recovered their footing; in short, they would be able to launch all their forces into the struggle against the Nazis without fear of sinning against the ‘line.’”[ii]
In late 1941, with the outcome of the battle for Moscow uncertain, Stalin, contemplating the possibility of defeat, acted decisively to ensure the field was not left open for the former Trotskyist faction. He ordered the execution of two historical leaders of the Bund, Victor Adler and Henryk Ehrlich, just after Soviet officials had offered them the presidency of the World Jewish Congress. For Stalin, “all the militants of the Bund and other Polish Jewish socialist parties who were refugees in the USSR were considered a priori political adversaries — particularly when then refused to adopt Soviet nationality — and treated accordingly.”[iii] 
These executions caused international uproar, with Jews around the world protesting, and the furor not dying down until the establishment of a Jewish organization, the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (JAC), dedicated to winning the favor of American Jews. In Culture of Critique, Kevin MacDonald notes how American Jewish leaders, such as Nahum Goldmann of the World Jewish Congress and Rabbi Stephen Wise of the American Jewish Congress “helped quell the uproar over the incident and shore up positive views of the Soviet Union among American Jews.”[iv]
Stalin controlled the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee at a distance. The JAC was headed by leaders of the Soviet Jewish intelligentsia like Solomon Mikhoels and Ilya Ehrenburg whose principle task was to “develop support for the USSR at war among Jewish communities abroad, and especially in America.”[v] Interviewee Isaac Safrin recalled hearing “on the radio that a Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee had just been set up. Ilya Ehrenburg made a great speech, very emotional, and we began to cry. The woman [he was staying with] didn’t understand what had affected us, and we had to explain to her that it was because he was Jewish.”[vi]For the six years of its existence 1942–8, the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee “stood at the center of an intense reactivation of Jewish life,” and many of the interviewees were “struck by the revival of cultural activities, even of national assertion, on the part of the Jewish community, which was encouraged by the regime in the course of the war.”[vii]
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Men Without Work. America's quiet catastrophe... the collapse of work - for men. By Nicholas Eberstadt.

Over the past two generations, America has suffered a quiet catastrophe. It is a catastrophe not seen in comparable affluent Western societies. The catastrophe is the collapse of work – for men. In the half century between 1965 and 2015, work rates for the American male spiraled relentlessly downward, and an ominous migration commenced: a “flight from work,” in which ever-greater numbers of working-age men exited the labor force altogether. America is now home to an ever-growing army of jobless men no longer even looking for work – over 7 million between ages 25 and 55, the traditional prime of working life.

How big is our “men without work” problem today? Consider a single fact: In 2015, the work rate (or employment to population ratio) for American males aged 25-54 was slightly lower than it had been in 1940, at the tail end of the Great Depression. And according to the latest official monthly “jobs report” data available at this writing, the work rate for prime-age men in November 2017 was still below the 1940 level.

The general decline of work for grown men, and the dramatic, continuing expansion of a class of nonworking males constitutes a fundamentally new and unfamiliar sort of crisis for America.
The progressive detachment of ever-larger numbers of adult men from the reality and routines of regular paid labor poses a self-evident threat to our nation’s future prosperity. It can only result in lower living standards, greater economic disparities, and slower economic growth than we might otherwise expect.

Alt-Right Politcs: Davos, Afghanistan, Czech Election

Monday, January 29, 2018

African Gangs: the Plague Upon Melbourne, Australia by Thomas Müller

Australia is suffering from the same type of Saul Alinskyite neo-Marxist infestation as Sweden. Fifth columnists infiltrated the judiciary, media, police and government. This is NOT organic, and it has manifested itself in the form of rampaging mobs dominated by black African youth. Presented below is a sampling of videos illustrating this issue.
Keep in mind that unlike in Europe, African migrants didn’t just arrive on floating rafts. There is some 5,500 miles (8,800 km) between the eastern most part of the African continent and the western most part of Australia, and it’s at least a 10-hour flight. So the question begs: How did they get there? Who brought them into Australia?
As background, there are 24,000 Sudanese, 10,000 Somalis, 18,000 from Mauritius and a few thousand from various other African countries in Australia. The epicenter of the mob is Melbourne and is largely Sudanese. The Sudanese arrived between 2003 and 2006, meaning that most of the young vagabundos were raised in Australia.
A second large wave of migration from the dark continent to Australia occurred between 2011-12. As we also saw in Sweden, there was a special criminality in that second wave that jump started rampant wilding and mob behaviors. Selected for ultimate chaos? A real investigation would look into the parties responsible for that importation of thugs. The fact that this hasn’t happened is extremely suspicion.
As seen in Europe and America, government groups and some media employ cheap shadow-word games and lies to describe the situation. Victoria Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton said that “networked criminal offenders” are not technically “gangs,” because they lack any organised structure. Then, as the incidents pile up, Patton claimed the group was “just an alcohol-affected mob.” In fact, the drug of choice is Khat, an amphetamine-like stimulant that is said to cause excitement and euphoria. You will see the jazzed up effect in the video clips.
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I Guess That’s Why They Call It Jewgle…

On October 10 2017, the ADL published an article on their website entitled, “Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and ADL Announce Lab to Engineer New Solutions to Stop Cyberhate.”
They opened their article with the following statement, “Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and other leading technology companies are joining with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism and hate of all kinds, to establish a Cyberhate Problem-Solving Lab to counter the growing amount of hate speech online. Engaging engineers and focused on technical solutions, the companies and ADL will collaborate to exchange ideas, investigate areas of common risk and opportunity, and seek to devise new approaches to identify and address cyberhate.”
Ognir from Mami’s was a guest on The Andrew Carrington Hitchcock Show yesterday, January 28 2018, and informed the audience of the results of a Google search for, “White Only Women With Children,” which you can see by clicking the image below.

The safest country for women in continental Europe is Poland By VOICE OF EUROPE

A study on migration and global wealth says, Poland is the safest country for women in continental Europe.
The study, cited by the Australian edition of Business Insider, shows some interesting results. Australia ranks first and the tiny European island nation of Malta second, before Iceland. The rankings are based on the percentage of women that were victim of a serious crime in 2017.
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Resurrecting YouTube's Banned Videos and Channels by RON UNZ

Last month I’d announced that I was adding a new Video section to this website, with a central motivation being the increasingly harsh ideological censorship that YouTube was beginning to impose upon its content, as had been originally announced last Fall.
During the last few weeks, this regime of YouTube censorship has indeed intensified. A few days ago we ran an article by Sayed Hasan recounting YouTube’s sudden termination of his five-year-old video channel that had contained hundreds of videos served many millions of views. His content had sharply criticized Zionism and imperialism and strongly defended the rights of the Palestinians, presumably leading the ADL to demand its liquidation:
Not long afterward, Colin Flaherty’s YouTube channel focused on black crime issues was also summarily vaporized, casting into limbo the 1100-odd videos that had attracted nearly 25 million views. This was actually the second time that his channel had been eliminated by YouTube.
Fortunately, I’m now pleased to announce that I’ve completed and released the remaining components of my new video system aimed at helping to circumvent such YouTube censorship.
It is important to realize that YouTube’s near-monopoly on the distribution of video content is actually far less secure than might seem to be the case. A crucial fact is that the technology for hosting and serving videos has become a simple commodity these days, and although YouTube stands as the overwhelmingly dominant player, the same video files can be uploaded to any one of a number of different YouTube competitors including Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Bitchute, or even merely hosted on an individual server as simple .mp4 files. Aside from its gigantic scale and established dominance, YouTube’s main competitive advantage seems to be the convenient and attractive interface it provides for displaying the hundreds or thousands of videos that constitute a sizeable channel.
However, I have now built a video display interface that I believe is at least as nice as YouTube’s, and currently provides convenient access access to over 250,000 videos.
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RIP Robert Parry

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Putin I Know. Interview With Archbishop Gabriel. By Brother Nathanael Kapner

ARCHBISHOP GABRIEL, born in 1961, serves as the Bishop of Canada with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).
Upon graduating from Holy Trinity Seminary in New York in 1984, he became an instructor of Russian culture at the Seminary until 1989.
After serving as an assistant to his superiors, he was ordained as a hieromonk and soon consecrated as a bishop in 1996.
Steeped in the history and culture of Russia, Archbishop Gabriel speaks with authority on the religio-political scenario of that nation of which he and his peers call “Holy Russia.”
His “Monarchy Must Come To Russia” reveals a penetrating perspective on world events.

Brother Nathanael: You were in Russia this past December for a Bishops Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church. Did you see President Putin?

Archbishop Gabriel: Yes. Like last spring, he made a special effort to meet with us again.
Br Nathanael: What’s your impression of him?
Abp Gabriel: He’s intense, a quiet intensity bounded by an air of confidence.
He’s a driven person without the harsh edges. For along with his drivenness is an air of inner calm. It’s really remarkable since he’s under severe attack from the West.
Br Nathanael: Is Putin interested in Church affairs?
Abp Gabriel: Very much so, both in Russia and abroad.
Soon after his first term, Putin worked to hasten the reestablishment of unity within the Russian Church which had separated during the Revolution, with part in the Diaspora and the other part in Russia.
We were separated due to the Communists taking control of the Church which the Bishops abroad opposed.
Putin was convinced that unity was necessary for the entire Russian world, and by the time of his first term the Church was free from government control.
Br Nathanael: When did you first meet Putin?
Abp Gabriel: In 2001, ten days after 9/11. Putin came to the Russian Embassy in Washington DC to give a talk at which many people were present including the media. After the talk, I, together with a few others, was invited to meet with him privately. Afterwards, we had a short one-on-one chat.
Then in 2003, we, the bishops who comprised the Synod of Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), were invited to greet him at the Russian Consulate in New York City which is just two blocks away from the Synod building.
Instead of an expected short session, we had dinner with him and ended up talking for over 2 hours, which surprised everyone.

Putin set aside much more time for church matters than for meetings with heads of state.

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Nigerians Believe Witches Responsible for Car Crashes, Admits Highway Chief

It is common in Nigeria to attribute car crashes to the work of witches and demons, senior staffers at that country’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC ) have told the News Agency of Nigeria.

In an article titled “Don’t blame witches for road crashes—FRSC,” Sector Commander of the corps in Imo, Joseph Aremu, said that “most road crashes on Nigerian roads” are attributable to “human factors and not witchcraft as believed by some people in the country.”
Aremu said that “contrary to belief by some Nigerians that road crashes was a manipulation of witches, major causes of most auto crashes were over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and bad tyres.”

The commander said that the corps in Imo were doing everything possible to ensure that road users stick to traffic rule, adding that the command will go tough on traffic offenders.
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GoogleGate begins

Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender. This is the tactic that Google's SJWs are relying upon as they try to enlist the mainstream media on their behalf, as demonstrated by this article,The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google, published in Wired. But it won't work for them any better than it did for the game journos attacking GamerGate, because their narrative is a false one and the increased scrutiny will only further reveal as much.
In interviews with WIRED, 15 current Google employees accuse coworkers of inciting outsiders to harass rank-and-file employees who are minority advocates, including queer and transgender employees. Since August, screenshots from Google’s internal discussion forums, including personal information, have been displayed on sites including Breitbart and Vox Popoli, a blog run by alt-right author Theodore Beale, who goes by the name Vox Day. Other screenshots were included in a 161-page lawsuit that Damore filed in January, alleging that Google discriminates against whites, males, and conservatives.

What followed, the employees say, was a wave of harassment. On forums like 4chan, members linked advocates’ names with their social-media accounts. At least three employees had their phone numbers, addresses, and deadnames (a transgender person’s name prior to transitioning) exposed. Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones, a trans woman, says she was the target of harassment, including violent threats and degrading slurs based on gender identity, race, and sexual orientation. More than a dozen pages of personal information about another employee were posted to Kiwi Farms, which New York has called “the web’s biggest community of stalkers.”

Meanwhile, inside Google, the diversity advocates say some employees have “weaponized human resources” by goading them into inflammatory statements, which are then captured and reported to HR for violating Google’s mores around civility or for offending white men.

Engineer Colin McMillen says the tactics have unnerved diversity advocates and chilled internal discussion. “Now it’s like basically anything you say about yourself may end up getting leaked to score political points in a lawsuit,” he says. “I have to be very careful about choosing my words because of the low-grade threat of doxing. But let’s face it, I’m not visibly queer or trans or non-white and a lot of these people are keying off their own white supremacy.”
I am shocked - absolutely shocked - that they deadnamed me in this very article! I am literally shaking. Speaking of this infamous anti-SJW guide, it's interesting to see that the Google-SJWs are playing their hand almost exactly as it is described in SJWs Always Lie. Emphasis added.

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Hungarian minister: “Europe will only succeed with strong nation states” By VOICE OF EUROPE

Hungary’s justice minister, Laszlo Trocsanyi, said on Friday that “Europe would only succeed if it has strong nation states”.
According to the minister, countries like Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary “must make their voices heard in the debates about the future of the European Union”.

The Absolute State of Ontario

An ode to Bayside and our people

Fascist-Democracies are the Best Bet for the Future

Though ‘democracy’ is pegged as a quintessential ‘Western Value’, the fact is most of Western History was not marked by democracy or even republican forms of government. Most Greek city-states were not democratic in the manner of Athens, and even Athens underwent profound changes in its forms of governance. Roman Republic soon gave to imperial rule, and the long stretch of Western European history from the Fall of Rome to the early 20th century was characterized by feudalism, aristocracy, theocracy, and monarchy than by ‘democracy’.

Does this mean that most of Western History was not ‘western’ since it wasn’t ‘democratic’ and 'liberal', supposedly the quintessential attributes of the West? 
Furthermore, Byzantine and Russian Europe hardly experienced any democracy at all except in the late modern period. And huge swaths of what had been Byzantium came under Turkish, Kurdish, or Arab rule where democracy is either non-existent or practiced differently from ‘Western’ standards. If a people-and-culture are defined by a set of ideas, are they no longer that people-and-culture if the ideas were to change? If we say the samurai system and ethos are the indispensable essence of what it means to be Japanese, then are we to assume that the Japanese stopped being Japanese once they abandoned the samurai order and embarked on the path of Westernization? While it is true that samurai culture and mindset left a huge imprint on Japanese history, isn't the core essence of Japanese-ness the story of Japanese people in their homeland? Likewise, while it's true that political democracy & individualism originated and came to fruition in the West, the core essence of the West goes far deeper than any philosophy or set of ideals. More than anything, it's about the people, the land, and their sense of history REGARDLESS of whatever ideas or values they may have espoused. Thus, barbarian Vikings were no less a part of the West than Republican Romans. And Spanish living under autocratic Franco were no less part of the West than Swedes living under Social-Democracy. France was just as much a part of West under monarchy as under revolutionary populist ideals. So, the notion of distilling the entirety of the Western Experience into a bottle of 'democracy' is rather glib and shallow. 

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Finland’s Marine Le Pen She hates the EU, cheered Brexit, supports Trump — and believes Finland needs her brand of populism. By REID STANDISH

HELSINKI — Of the eight contenders to be Finland’s next president, none stand out quite like Laura Huhtasaari.
The candidate of the far-right Finns Party is an outlier in both style and substance. She won’t win Sunday’s presidential election but she’s using her time in the spotlight to push her party’s anti-immigrant, anti-establishment message.
She hates the European Union, cheered Brexit and supports Donald Trump — and believes Finland is more than ready for her brand of populism.
Huhtasaari, 38, is in her element on the campaign trail. Speaking in downtown Helsinki to a devoted crowd that braved the height of winter to hear her speak, she rolled out the greatest hits of her populist platform: ranting against a heavy-handed European Union that has turned “Finland into its province,” an out-of-touch Finnish political elite indifferent to the working class, and the perils of large-scale — mainly Muslim — immigration.
She broke up her speech by going off-script and engaging with the crowd, shaking hands and offsetting her fiery rhetoric with a smile before telling her supporters to “take their country back” and ending the 30-minute gathering with her rallying cry of choice: “Finland first!”

How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans? By JAMES M. CANTOR

The National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that activists claimed was ‘transphobic’).  In that coverage, the Post shared claims made by some activists criticizing some scientific studies, but did not apparently fact-check those claims, so I thought I would outline the studies here.  For reference, in a previous post, I listed the results of every study that ever followed up transgender kids to see how they felt in adulthood (Do trans- kids stay trans- when they grow up?).  There are 12 such studies in all, and they all came to the very same conclusion: The majority of kids cease to feel transgender when they get older.
The Post conveyed criticisms alleged about two of those:  “One study of Dutch children, in particular, assumed that subjects had ‘desisted’ purely because they stopped showing up to a gender identity clinic.”  Although unnamed, the claim appears to be referring to Steensma et al. (2013), which followed up on 127 transgender kids.  Of them: 47 said they were still transgender; 56 said they were no longer transgender (46 said so directly, 6 said so via their parents, and 4 more said so despite not participating in other aspects of the study); and 24 did not respond to the invitation to participate in the study or could not be located.  Because all the medical services for transition are free in the Netherlands and because there is only one clinic providing those services, the researchers were able to check that none of the 24 had actually transitioned despite having the opportunity to do so.  Steensma therefore reported that (80/127 =) 63% of the cases desisted.  The alleged criticism is that one should not assume that the 24 who did not respond or could not be found were desisters.  Regardless of whether one agrees with that, the irrelevance of claim is clearly seen simply by taking it to its own conclusion: When one excludes these 24, one simply finds a desistance rate of (56/103 =) 54% instead of 63%.  That is, although numerically lower, it nonetheless supports the very same conclusion as before. The majority of kids cease to feel transgender when they get older.
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Ryan’s Shameless Pandering to the Gulf States By DANIEL LARISON

Paul Ryan indulges reckless clients and grossly inflates threats all in one speech:
“We are focused on the Iranian threat. This is existential threat to you, this is an existential threat to Saudi Arabia [bold mine-DL]. And I want you to know that we see this issue the same way you do,” the top Republican in the US House of Representatives said.
It isn’t news that the Republican leadership in Congress shamelessly panders to the Saudis and our other Gulf clients. This is the same leadership that torpedoed H. Con. Res. 81 that would have put U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen to a vote and possibly forced an end to U.S. support, so I am not surprised by Ryan’s obsequiousness here. I was nonetheless struck by the absurdity of describing Iran as an “existential threat” to the Gulf states. This not only greatly exaggerates Iran’s capabilities, but it encourages the paranoia of the Saudi and Emirati governments whose destabilizing behavior in recent years has only grown worse.
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Let’s Scare the Oligarchs to Death

“With the rebellion of 1934, the Left lost every shred of moral authority to condemn the rebellion of 1936.” --Salvador de Madariaga
“Let us not deceive ourselves, a country can live under a monarchy or a republic, with a parliamentary or a presidential system, under communism or fascism. But it cannot live in anarchy.” —Gil Robles
These two men, representing the left and right, both agreed on the same principle: the Second Spanish Republic was a nightmare that deserved to be redone or gutted absolutely. For Robles, the moderate rightist in charge of CEDA (the Spanish Confederation of Autonomous Right-Wing Groups), the endemic violence of 1934-1936 was evidence that the far-left republic in Madrid had put the country on an unsustainable course. For Madariaga, the Republican faction of the Spanish Civil War, the very faction that he supported, had lost the moral high ground because, following the victory of a right-wing coalition led by CEDA in 1934, communist miners and militiamen rose up in Asturias and Catalonia. The violence they instigated, which had to be quelled by Spanish soldiers from North Africa at the cost over two thousand lives, was done in combat against a democratically-elected government, not a generals putsch. That would come two years later.
What does this history tell us about America in 2018? Quite a lot, actually. As former American diplomat Hugh R. Wilson notes in his slim, but excellent volume, Descent Into Violence—Spain, January-July, 1936, “The history of the [Spanish] Republic is in its essence the history of its inner struggle of the Center to exist; of the two extremes to prevent it from gathering substance and momentum.” Our current epoch is also one of extremes, but, for the most part it is very one-sided. In sum, America’s conservatives have remained somewhat loyal to standard talking points regarding taxation, gun rights, and other “red meat” issues, while a new majority of the left has embraced far-left positions. Such a situation cannot hold, even despite the left’s strong (but thankfully weakening) grip on America’s culture, media, and economy.
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