14 November 2017

Pakistani honor killings.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women are killed by close relatives each year in honor killings.[1]
No reason to shut off immigration from Pakistan though. These savage cultural attitudes do not come WITH immigrants from Pakistan. They leave those attitudes at the airport when they arrive. We know this, right?

Any risk involving immigration is worth taking because diversity is our most precious value.

Notes
[1] "Pakistani bride kills 17 in botched plot to kill husband." AP, 11/1/17.

13 November 2017

The insufferable United States.

The arrogance and deceit of the U.S. government knows no bounds:
So the US Justice Department is cracking down on RT America for what it says is manipulation of US domestic affairs while the US State Department announces a new program to manipulate Hungary’s domestic affairs.

The State Department’s new program would send three-quarters of a million dollars to Washington-selected Hungarian media outlets to “increase citizens’ access to objective information about domestic and global issues in Hungary.” On what authority does the United States pick winners and losers in Hungary’s diverse media environment? Since when does one government have the right to determine what news is “objective” in another country? Hungary is not a country to be “regime-changed” — it is a full democracy where the will of the people is regularly expressed at the ballot box and where the media competes freely in the marketplace of ideas.

Washington’s Hungarian media project is clearly meant to interfere in that country’s domestic political environment.

"Manipulation: The US State Department’s New Program to Take On Hungarian Media." By Daniel McAdams, Straight Line Logic, 11/12/17.

09 November 2017

Our capitalist system.

We don't have anything remotely resembling free market capitalism today.

Call it parasitic finance capitalism, crony capitalism, a looting kleptocracy, zombie capitalism, corporate welfare, corporate Fascism. Call it what you like, call it fried chicken if you like, but free market capitalism it ain't.

Communism collapsed nearly 30 years ago.

What is misrepresented as capitalism collapsed 10 years ago.

Both systems have collapsed, the one foisted on western countries just took a while longer to do so.

That system collapsed in 2007 and has never recovered. It never will recover.

It has been kept on life support since this time (1) by a tsunami of money printing. The creation of tens of trillions of toilet paper dollars, pounds, euros, yen, with absolutely nothing to back it up, and (2) zero per cent and negative interest rates.

This bastard version of capitalism has survived, after a fashion, and to a very limited extent, by eating its own tail. It is characterised by the extreme debasement of currencies, financialisation and deindustrialisation of societies, the destruction of the pricing mechanism of genuine free markets, the rapid impoverishment verging on destitution of the vast bulk of the population, and social collapse.

The time has come, 100 years on from 1917, for a new revolution, perhaps based on a new form of direct democracy.[1]

An insightful comment. Wrong only in suggesting direct democracy as a possible alternative.

Useful in helping to dispel the myths of "capitalism." I need hardly point out to you the mass confusion on the web about "the far right," "fascism," "socialism," "nationalism," and the like. "Capitalism" generally stands for that Something that causes great personal discomfort to some twit or is believed by it to be the cause of all the world's ills. The commenter sheds considerable light on what it is that we have and it's pretty thin gruel in the "capitalism" department.

Notes
[1] Comment by mark on "The USA is Cracking Up Just Like the USSR Did - In Fact, They Are Related." By Dimitry Orlov, Russia Insider, 11/7/17 (emphasis added).

08 November 2017

Which came first?

Why, the COMMUNIST Hollywood blacklist, of course:
Orson [Bean] is a case study in how the [Hollywood] blacklist ensnared innocents. But even after his ordeal, he is clear on how the era got kicked off. “The blacklist of people on the left grew out of a defacto blacklist of people on the right within the industry,” recalls Orson. “There was communist directors, members of The Party, who only would cast you if you were also a member of The Party, or they were trying to woo you as a member of The Party. A lot of rightwing actors…were really furious at them. So when the Cold War happened…these rightwing actors, who had been seething for years about the way the communists were infiltrating the Hollywood business and were infiltrating the unions too, took their revenge. I don’t think that story’s ever been written because it’s not attractive for the Left.”

Orson isn’t alone in remembering this lost history.[1]

Read the article and you'll never wonder why the number of Hollywood films about the Soviet Gulag can be counted on the fingers of one hand. There is one and only one theme about the 20th-century that ever sees the light of day in Hollywood – the hideous evil of "right-wing" National Socialism. Stray off the ultra-left reservation established by Hollywood and prepare yourself for a new career selling auto parts or delivering pizza.

As an aside, people who work in auto parts and hardware stores have a great reservoir of common sense and human relations. Forget Buckley's phone book as a pool of potential governors. Go with those other great people.

Notes
[1] "Tinseltown Travelogue. Paty Two." By Patrick Courrielche with Adryana Cortez, Breitbart, c. 10/26/17.

07 November 2017

Hard-charging American passivity.

The epitaph for this experiment in self government is going to be "We was helpless, we was":
In fact, in a globally mobile and competitive labor market where the US is at the top of the cost curve, wage rates on the margin are set by the India Price for back office services and the China Price for goods. That's why IBM raised its job count in India from zero in 1993 to 130,000 at present, while cutting its domestic employment count from 150,000 to less than 90,000.[1]
Say what you want about the economic realities of cheap labor, there's still the amazing passivity of American corporations and politicians in dealing with foreign competition. If the answer is "Move thousands of U.S. factories to China and import millions of foreigners to drive down wages and steal jobs from Americans," could someone please tell me WTF the question was? Was the most creative response to our declining economic fortunes passive surrender? Did we have no other choice but to enrich and empower a communist dictatorship in Asia?

If American voters have come to think we're cursed with sellout corporations and politicians, where is the proof that they're wrong? Trumpism is about this. Unease and dismay. Is there someone out there with the gall to ascribe this to "mismanagement"?

Notes
[1] "Stockman Exposes "The Black Swan In Plain Sight" - Debt Out The Wazoo." By David Stockman, Zero Hedge, 11/7/17.

06 November 2017

The preferred narrative.

The unequal media treatment accorded to the various parties in Syria can be illustrated by the differential analysis applied to the liberation of Aleppo and Raqqa. In the former case the terrorists were removed from Aleppo by the combined operations of the Syrian Army and their Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah allies. Civilian casualties were invariably described in terms of a wanton disregard as to human life by the Syrian and Russian forces.

The battle against Isis forces in Raqqa was largely conducted by the US and it’s so-called “coalition“ allies including Australia, as was the earlier and very similar destructive operation in Mosul. Raqqa has been almost totally destroyed. Accurate comparisons have been drawn with the fate of both Dresden and Berlin at the conclusion of World War II. The death toll for civilians has been in the thousands. Accurate numbers cannot be ascertained until the rubble has been cleared. The scale of the destruction and the death toll has barely been reported in the mainstream media.

The most likely explanation for this is that to tell the truth about the pattern of arms supplies to terrorists, and the illegal intervention by the US and it’s “coalition“ allies in Syria, such as Australia, falls outside the preferred narrative which is to constantly demonise Syria, Russia and Iran irrespective of the actual evidence.

"New Revelations in the Syrian War." By James O’Neill, New Eastern Outlook, 11/3/17 (emphasis added).

H/t: Russia Insider.

Something to file away.

The New York Times has reported that billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was arrested on Saturday night along with at least 10 other princes, four ministers and ten former ministers. What the New York Times is not reporting is that this is the same Alwaleed bin Talal who helped Barack Obama get into Harvard Law School. Their relationship came to light in late March 2008 on a local New York City show called Inside City Hall.[1]
Prince Bin Talal has investments in Citigroup, Twitter, Lyft and Time Warner and has "close ties with other Wall Street leaders including Goldman Sachs . . . CEO Lloyd Blankfein."[2]

In other words, he's a very rich Saudi to whom our former president Obama is personally obligated. It's crystal clear from Mr. Cashill's article that bin Talal had decided to invest in Obama very early on. What did he know and what made Obama such a good investment for him (and the Kingdom?)? There's a similar story of a postman encountering Obama just after leaving the house of Bill Ayers's father. Allegedly, Obama told the postman he was going to be president someday. What to make of this I don't know. Was Obama really that remarkable at an early age to warrant such attention? Was it that he wasn't that remarkable, other than being articulate, but that marketing can make it happen?

Bin Talal's also well-connected on Wall Street and an investor in major American media. Now under arrest in Saudi Arabia as part of a political spasm of unclear significance.

Notes
[1] "Saudi Billionaire Busted for Corruption Helped Obama Get Into Harvard." By Jack Cashill, The Sentinel, 11/6/17.
[2] "Saudi Prince Alwaleed has invested billions in companies around globe." By Saeed Azhar and Tom Arnold, Reuters, 11/5/17.

05 November 2017

Black and Hispanic crime.

In New York from January to June 2008, 83 percent of all gun assailants were black, according to witnesses and victims, though blacks were only 24 percent of the population. Blacks and Hispanics together accounted for 98 percent of all gun assailants. Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in the Big Apple were the work of black or Hispanic criminals.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirms Mac Donald’s facts. Blacks and Hispanics commit 96 percent of all crimes in the city . . . .

"Black America’s Real Problem Isn’t White Racism." By Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org, 7/18/13 (emphasis added).

Our tone deaf Western "leaders."

Our tone deaf Western "leaders."
This is a struggle [in U.S. politics] about policy, about the future. And Trump is president because he read the party and the country right, while the Bush-McCain Republican establishment had lost touch with both.

How could the Beltway GOP not see that its defining policies — open borders, amnesty, free trade globalism, compulsive military intervention in foreign lands for ideological ends — were alienating its coalition?

What had a quarter century of Bushite free trade produced?

About $12 trillion in trade deficits, $4 trillion with China alone, a loss of 55,000 plants and 6 million manufacturing jobs.

We imported goods “Made in China,” while exporting our future.

U.S. elites made China great again, to where Beijing is now challenging our strategic position and presence in Asia.

Could Republicans not see the factories shutting down, or not understand why workers’ wages had failed to rise for decades?[1]

No they couldn't wouldn't.

Europe? Identical. Sellout. Massive lies. Stellar sanctimony. See Angelo Codevilla's excellent "Migration: The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back" for his take on the European catastrophe.

"Diversity is humanity's destiny." – Frans Timmermans, the face of betrayal.

Notes
[1] "It’s Trump’s Party Now." By Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org, 10/27/17.

H/t: Nicholas Styx here and here.

04 November 2017

Europe's descent.

European politicians had another reason for accepting US domination [other than avoiding, during the Cold War, the manly obligation of military defense]. They were erecting the world’s most generous welfare states. Money saved on defense spending was spent on benefits. With little protest Europeans also swallowed high and steeply progressive tax rates in return for state-provided largess.[1]
It's worse than that. Europe's military – and every European nation has one – is just for show. Not in E. Europe, of course, but everywhere else. If the Italian navy is representative, and it is, it's maintained for its dedication to the "humanitarian" mission. Excursion boats and water taxis with armor plate and spiffy uniforms. Name one troop anywhere in Europe who fired a shot at invading Africans and Muslims with deadly intent. The border fence in Spain's African colony? A trifling inconvenience for invaders. The Spanish military neutered and humiliated. A mere 175 miles of Bulgarian and Greek border with Turkey and 3.5 million active and reserve military in Europe? Not one troop on that border. It would sully European honor.

Conscripts in the Dutch army even during the Cold War wept copious tears over the right to wear hair nets for their flowing tresses. French cities are colonized by primitives and where is the French military? Off bombing Libya, of course.

Europe is reaping the whirlwind for handing political power to midgets and trolls who live to betray their countries. As for the Islamic invasion and very obvious intent to take over? Think of Marty Feldman's classic line, "What hump?" Only minor opposition to the ultra-left agenda exists. Lying swine like Frans Timmermans hold forth still at the highest level of the E.U. Diversity as mankind's destiny. Sign us up!

It's as Mr. Gore says – lost testicles.

Notes
[1] "Europe’s Lost Testicles, by Robert Gore." By Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic, 10/18/17.