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Quick Hits & Dangerous Links: Shithole California (10 March 2018)

Politics & Economics

Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un. Remember when people said that Trump was going to start a nuclear war with his Twitter account? Since then, the North and South have opened talks, showed some unity at the Olympics, and now this.

Flashback:  Trump in 1999 talking about the North Korea problem with fantastic clarity (here as well). Now, the same ‘experts’ who have been getting it wrong for 25 years now say that Trump is getting played and that this new breakthrough will yield nothing more than a photo-op

Particularly telling is this interview from former Obama administration lackey Evelyn Farkas who, like all members of the establishment attempted to pour cold water over the development so as to preserve one last shred of credibility before Trump potentially destroys it by doing what the last few presidents, and their armies of ‘experts’ such as herself couldn’t in nearly 30 years.

But what was particularly of note here was the fact that she lamented that Trump’s ‘bluster’ was what got the job done, echoing her Neocon comrades who claim to be oh so principled but would run with their tails between their legs the second things got a bit sticky. That sort loves losing admirably, and so to see an ‘uncouth’ Trump succeeding is an utterly devastating thing to behold. Her admittance that it was ‘unfortunate’ highlights the lunacy of these people.

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The vast majority of the professional economic class has predicted doom and gloom over Trump’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, mostly targeted at China. I’ll probably write about it myself in the coming weeks, but here are some rejoinders from The Z Man, Vox Day and Conservative Treehouse (here, and here as well) which effectively make a counterargument.

Speaking of tariffs, Gary Cohn resigned as chief economic advisor to the President, signaling that the defeat for the globalist faction of the administration on the trade issue is a complete one. This defeat has triggered the petulance of our betters in the press who stand with Cohn ideologically on this issue. Their response? Claim bigotryanti-Semitism more specifically – is at the heart of the use of the term ‘globalist.’ This despite 3 years of an explicit nationalism vs globalism debate which has enveloped the world.

That the media has embarked on a full court press in this regard, highlights that element of Clown World that dictates that disagreement = hate, which is a losing argument. But it’s the only argument they know, and thus risk even further defeat. They continue to learn nothing.

Culture

Fred Reed opines on diversity:

The obvious soon became evident to those not ideologically resistant to it: In matters cultural, you can’t have it both ways. When you mix in schools populations whose values are contradictory–say, those who believe in clean language and those three quarters of whose discourse consists of “motherfucker,” one side has to give. You cannot require half of the studentry to follow a dress code while allowing the other half to wear pants almost around their ankles. Those who did not eat pork or did eat dogs coexisted uneasily with those who had opposing dietary ideas. Those who mutilated their children’s reproductive organs in one manner (Christians and Jews) and those who did it in another (Muslims) came into conflict.

The less well diversity worked, the more furiously its advocates sought to impose it. Feminists arose, hostile to men and powerful enough to impose themselves on society. They pushed women into the infantry, where they did not fit and did not belong: more ill-advised diversity. Homosexuality went from being quietly tolerated to being taught to children in grade school. though their parents abominated it.

Those inhabiting the extreme reaches of political correctness imagine a world as they think it should be and then try to move into it, dragging everyone else along. I think of the Beatles insipidly crooning “All You Need is Love” in eternal adolescent sanctimony. They of course hated those who disagreed with them. Obama, who transparently liked neither whites or America, imported many hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were almost impossible to assimilate. It was, I suspect, revenge for 1619.

It did not, of course, work. And so the papers carry endless stories of Islamophobia, dislike of Jews, attacks on Christianity, of misandry, looting of malls, burning of cities, White Nationalism, Black Lives Matter, calls for The Wall, novel policies regarding bathrooms, anger over Spanish on federal forms, affirmative action, perennial academic gaps, the demands of the various sexual curiosities, the Knockout Game, special privilege for this and that group, and a seething anger and despair over a country that many remember but no longer exists.

The whole thing is a good read

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Elsewhere, no one watched the Oscars last weekend. Well, that isn’t strictly true. Michael Sebastian of ROK did in order to further warn of the war Hollywood has planned against truth and beauty.

Related:  Cosmopolitanism and its war on the west

Generation Zyklon is seemingly the least likely generation to grab the guns. Don’t mind that attention whore Hogg kid.

California is A Shithole

Over the last few weeks, stories have been filtering into the mainstream press about a growing crisis in California relating to homeless people, waste, blight, and drugs. From San Francisco:

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The investigation revealed trash littered across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces.

And now in Southern California:

Orange County Public Works released eye-popping figures Thursday, March 8, on the total amount of debris, needles and hazardous waste removed when crews cleaned up the area along the Santa Ana River Trail once populated by the encampments of homeless people.

Here’s what was collected between Jan. 22 and March 3 from a more than two-mile stretch of bike trail roughly from I-5 in Orange to Ball Road in Anaheim, according to OC Public Works spokesman Shannon Widor:

  • 404 tons of debris

  • 13,950 needles

  • 5,279 pounds of hazardous waste (human waste)

We are seeing evidence of multiple decades of diversity, open borders, the rejection of heritage social and cultural norms, and so forth. Eschewing the standards that were set for us by those who came before now leaves us in a position where the country that was inherited is no longer that country.

It’s more like Brazil now, with ever shrinking pockets of normalcy surrounding by insanity. The DOJ is suing the state for getting in the way of the Law. More locally, you’ve got the mayor of Oakland giving some illegal aliens, most of whom have committed further crimes upon entering the country, a heads up that they were set to be deported soon, partially thwarting the efforts of law enforcement.

This is he same state, recall, that allowed an illegal immigrant who had been deported and re-entered several times, to walk after killing Kate Steinle. Anarcho-tyranny at its finest.

It’s perhaps fitting that sewer water may now make its way into Californian taps soon. Not the best look from the LARGEST GDP ZONE IN THE USA. You can read the likes of Fred Reed quoted above as to why things got so bad, so as to be mindful, lest it gets to that degree in the rest of the good ol’ USA.

Related: The 50 most dangerous cities in the world. The vast majority of them are in Central and South America. Their rivals in the United States are ‘diversity’ hotspots. Coincidence? I think not.

In Closing

There is hope however, and I’ll end with that. Here is Virginia House Delegate Nick Frietas giving rousing remarks about the second amendment.

That’s your lot, until next time.

 

Quick Hits and Dangerous Reads: Guns & Tariffs (2 March 2018)

First, we’ve got more on the gun debate in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.

The Z Man is just about at his wits end with Trump over his Guns Roundtable stuff from earlier this week. Honestly, I’m surprised given Z has shown to be better than the average commentator at understanding Trump’s political machinations. In general the blackpilling over the whole thing is completely unwarranted in my view.

An hour of Trump talking shit has flipped the script in terms of the screeching twaddle from anti 2A folks since Parkland. Trump knows there is zero political benefit in gun-grabbing, so his BS will only entice Democrats into putting their names on Gun Grabbing going into the midterms.  Gun Grabbing and Immigration are just about the biggest stimulants for Trump supporters to get engaged and to vote Republican in November, in with two Round Tables in two months; the President has awakened that sleeping giant.

When Trump ultimately does the right thing, and his governing position strengthens, the blackpillers will be overjoyed about how they ‘got to Trump’ and saved him from doing something catastrophic. They’ll be patting themselves on the back, until the next time Trump ‘abandons’ them.

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In other gun news, a Democratic congressman is fine with a situation in which only a rich, ruling elite own guns, thus cementing their power over the Dirt People. Rarely do they make their ambitions so clear.

I can forgive Z Man for going so hard at Trump, given that any flirtation, even in jest, with neutering the Second Amendment should be verboten in America. The reason it is exists is so that things like this don’t happen:

SOUTH Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”

Tim Newman has some analysis of that development here. Furthermore, the deteriorating conditions in South Africa bring up the issue of a potential refugee crisis – for Afrikaaners, which in turn would raise some interesting political debates given the refugees would mostly be whites.

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President Trump has placed tariffs on steel and aluminum, much to the chagrin of the globalists in the media and around the world generally. You can read a typified bawling session here, from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. You can read the antidote here.

Zero Hedge points out what happened the last time such tariffs were imposed, but the difference between those Bush tariffs and Trump’s are that Trump’s cover Mexico and Canada. The past tariffs were short lived because they were easily circumvented by the Chinese dumping in Cananda and Mexico, who in turn could dump into the US via NAFTA.

Speaking of globalist media wailing sessions over things not going their way, The Atlantic has published this piece in which it laments the fact that the ‘CNN Effect’ – the idea that merely showing humanitarian injustices on TV will lead to intervention, military and otherwise – has been undercut by New Media and the Internet:

Gowan recalled how NGOs and Hollywood activists had marshaled evidence of genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur to pressure China into supporting a UN peacekeeping force in Sudan in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “That sort of extended media-driven shaming process would just fall apart in the current environment,” he said. “Now it would be so easy for trolls and spoilers to undercut that campaign.”

Visuals of human misery in Syria have occasionally cut through the noise. In 2015, several countries staked out more welcoming positions on Syrian refugees partially in response to a viral photo of a dead Syrian boy washed up on a beach. Two years later, U.S. President Donald Trump cited pictures of stricken children as one of the reasons he decided to strike the Syrian military for using chemical weapons against civilians. Trump’s reaction was “a reminder of how the CNN effect was meant to work,” which was fitting for “a cable-news junkie,” Gowan said. But these humanitarian interventions have been ephemeral (sympathy for refugees quickly faded, Trump’s strikes were a one-off) and arbitrary (many hundreds of boys and girls have died since the boy on the beach, the Trump administration has held its fire as Assad has unleashed barrel bombs and chlorine gas on his people).

“We have a level of real-time information about conflict that would have been unimaginable two decades ago, but it’s actually coinciding with a decline in our ability to respond,” Gowan observed. “The sheer amount of information we get, coupled with the fact that we often don’t know if it’s real, contributes to a sense of hopelessness. … Because no one is ever quite certain whether that picture of a dead kid is real or whether it’s going to be revealed to be a photo from two years ago that’s been recycled, it creates cynicism.”

In a similar vein, our betters in the press were not happy that Marion Le Pen, niece to RIGHT WING EXTREMIST Marine, spoke at CPAC last week. It shouldn’t be surprising that the Washington Post is ringing alarm bells, but it shouldn’t be surprising that the squishy ‘moderate conservatives’ are stomping their feet either.

It is just another reminder, as Pat Buchanan gleefully put it on The McLaughlin Group last week, that “it’s over.” As in Bush/Buckley Republicanism is a thing of the past, and the Hostile Takeover by President Trump is nearly complete.

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We’ve got some Russian Collusion Delusion stuff as well this week. The much anticipated OIG Report is set to reveal that Andrew McCabe leaked to the press, among other shady misdeeds. The Conservative Treehouse covers it here, and the NYT and WaPo crank up the spin machines (here and here).

For reference, here is a comprehensive list of the events of the Russian Collusion Narrative put out by the consistently excellent Sharyl Atkisson.

A few fun topics in closing:

That’s your lot. Until next time.

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

 

Quick Hits & Dangerous Reads (23 December 2017)

Welcome to the first installment of a weekly feature in which I will take a look at various news items, links and posts which came to my attention over the past week. They may be too small to be deserving of a full post so I’ll deal with them in a sort of rapid fire succession here. Without further ado, here are the topics covered this week:

  1. Republican Tax bill
  2. Is the GOPe getting in line?
  3. Stefan Molyneux 8 hours of Christmas
  4. Glenn Greenwald and Fake News
  5. Ann Coulter on Immigration
  6. Audacious Epigone on Girls and Gibs (with some ZMan sprinkled in)
  7. Arsenal Football Club are Frustrating
  8. Oceans 8 & Sicario 2
  9. A Homosexual Santa
  10. A win for Truth and Beauty: women like Tonic Masculinity

Let’s begin:

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