Quick Hits and Dangerous Reads: Shithole Countries Edition (12 Jan 2018)

Politics

President Trump’s alleged ‘shithole countries’ comment has caused quite the stir. The usual suspects in the mainstream media, and establishment political commentators are real mad about it. But are they mad because Trump said something offensive, or because he said something that exposes leftist views on immigration as logically inconsistent in a fundamental way?

After all, if some of these countries are not shitholes, then there is no problem sending illegal migrants back to those pristine lands. If they really are shitholes, then we should be pretty wary about bringing them in by the boatload. The funny thing is those from those ‘shithole countries’ will be the first to tell you that those countries are, in fact, shitholes. The outrage on their part would stem mostly from the fact that an outsider like Trump was saying it as well. This is a common thing among people. You can disparage your own, but he second an outsider does it all hell beaks loose.

On that score, our self-proclaimed betters on both the left and right love nothing more than to disparage huge swaths of America as shitholes, to the point where New York Times columnists cannot fathom any reason why small cities and towns are relevant to anything anymore. None of these people would lift a finger to defend, say rural West Virginia, from an attack by a smarmy foreigner, particularly now that it is Trump country. Yet they are vociferously standing up for ‘shitholes’ across the world.

Importantly, all of this exposes normies to the truth that our cultural betters deem it reasonable to import more and more of the entire world at random into the US on the basis of the lie that all cultures are equal. And despite the sanctimonious outrage, most will see through that lie, particularly when the likes of Rich Lowry are dispensing the rope with which the liars can hang themselves (money quote at 3:50).

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In a similar vein, this clip of Stephen Pinker, speaking at a Harvard panel discussing political correctness and Trump’s victory, went viral over the last few days;

What was interesting was that while he admitted that there were certain truths that have become verboten in polite society (men and women are different, Marxist countries are terrible compared to more capitalists ones, etc), he saw their suppression as a problem more because it meant that leftist explanations for those hatefacts could not be drilled into the would-be discoverer of truth.

Culture

Project Veritas dumped an explosive video yesterday exposing the fact that Twitter actively censors, sometimes in secret, those who it deems to be bad people. That is to say, anyone with political views to the right of Mao

Now, we all knew that shadowbanning existed. But it is another thing when it is right there on camera in your face. A couple side notes: a few of these guys were clearly honeypotted, goaded by an attractive sounding female in a bar setting to divulge their deepest secrets. Fantastic setup work. Particularly of note is the one guy who tried to ‘game’ the PV journalist by acting as though her asking the most basic of basic questions revealed her to have the critical thinking skills necessary to be a programmer or engineer.

The other, more insidious note is that pretty much all  of the Twitter marks were non-white, and perhaps foreign born. These are your new overlords, talking about those who proclaim their Americanness must be silenced. It’s an affront to the idea that immigrants are all desperately seeking to assimilate, as well as the H1B visa question, with regard to the immigration problem as a whole.

Related to that, we’ve got this anecdote from a Heartiste about how the Trump effect might be improving IT.

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In other Tech Giants Are Communist Dictatorships news, James Damore filed his suit against Goolag this week. The Federalist thinks that at worst, it will shine a very negative light on company practices.

During discovery, the plaintiffs will have the ability to request every document, email, and text concerning politics or political issues involving Google’s decision-makers. In a class-action lawsuit, the number of decision makers will be in the hundreds, if not thousands, including the high-level executives involved in Damore’s termination.

Further, evidence that the decision-makers held an anti-conservative bias, even if not tied to a specific employment decision, is typically admissible circumstantial evidence of discriminatory intent. What might that evidence be? Well, consider The Daily Caller’s article this week that exposed Google’s display of “fact checks for conservative publications in its results, [but] [n]o prominent liberal sites receive the same treatment.”

As Eric Liberman continued, “not only is Google’s fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made ‘claims’ they demonstrably never made.” That the world’s largest search engine targeted conservative sites such as The Federalist—and fraudulently so, as David Harsanyi established—and no liberal Web sites isn’t likely happenstance. Discovery will tell that and maybe much more—that is, if Damore’s lawyers succeeded in sidestepping the secrecy of arbitration.

By all accounts, the lawsuit is cleverly constructed to inflict max pain on Goolag. It’s development will be extremely interesting to keep an eye on.

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A double blast from the Audacious Epigone. First, our cultural betters want us to elect nothing but women this fall, and especially Jewish women:

From the official, blue-checkmarked account of the Democrat party (red markings are my own):

Second, Audacious points out that just importing more white people from overseas will not solve any problems, but merely slow the tide. The bottom line is that our betters want to fundamentally change America and wont stop until it is distinguishable from the rest of the world.

 

Economy

Jeremy Grantham’s quarterly letter is a must read

As is Jeff Gundlach’s start of the year presentation

 

Fun & Games

I agree with Clay Travis that if you’re betting on the NFL games this weekend you  should take Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Tennessee and Atlanta against the point spreads they’re getting:

England was thoroughly beaten in The Ashes series down under. This article attempts to explain how England can improve

…And that’s your lot. Have a good weekend