September 21, 2018

Why I didn’t choose a career as an investment adviser.

Headline:
Euphoria Grips Markets As Traders Brace For Quad Witching, Huge Index Rebalance
By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge, 9/21/18.

September 15, 2018

Populism as a threat to minority power.

[In The Politics of Unreason,] “Right-wing extremism” is also condemned because of its populist tendencies—its distrust of institutions that intervene between the people and their direct exercise of power. Indeed, in the post-World War II era, The Authoritarian Personality was an important ideological weapon against historical American populist movements, especially McCarthyism.[5]
[T]he people as a whole had little understanding of liberal democracy and . . . important questions of public policy would be decided by educated elites, not submitted to popular vote.[6]
The conclusion of this analysis is that democracy is identified not with the power of the people to pursue their perceived interests. Rather, government is to be the province of morally and intellectually superior elites who have no commitment to the ethnic interests of the European majority; in an Orwellian turn, “democracy” is defined as guaranteeing that majorities will not resist the expansion of power of minorities even if that means a decline in their own power.[1]
Prof. MacDonald’s essay is in the “must read” category as it goes to the heart of the strange suicidal madness now gripping white, Christian nations.

Notes
[1] "Americanism and the Jewish Experience." By Kevin MacDonald, Radix, 12/14/17 (emphasis added).

Our central icons.

A major theme of [Kevin MacDonald’s] The Culture of Critique is that the most influential intellectual and political movements of the 20th century presented European civilization as morally bankrupt and the proper target of moralistic punishment. Western culture had become the culture of guilt whose central icon had become the Holocaust and African slavery.[1]
Perhaps exceeded only by the irrefutable "fact" that we stole everything from the locals and murdered them in the process. A white trait exclusively it seems.

Notes
[1] "Americanism and the Jewish Experience." By Kevin MacDonald, Radix, 12/14/17.

September 14, 2018

Every last one.

Every violent death in Syria is the fault of the US and its allies. The narrative that there is a bad guy who that same alliance needs to protect civilians from is the exact opposite of the truth. The Syrian government is trying to restore stability to a region the US-centralized empire is solely responsible for destabilizing. A sovereign nation has every right to undo the damage that was done to it by western imperialism, and western imperialists have no right to stop it.
"Four Reasons Why Interventionism In Syria Is Crazy And Stupid." By Caitlin Johnstone, 9/13/18.

Insufferable, untouchable, and smug.

These monopolists, those untouchable Deep Staters, that is.
If we look at the economy as a whole, we find it is dominated by monopolies and cartels, public and private. No wonder overall productivity is declining: there are no feedback loops or mechanisms to enforce transparency, accountability or pressures to improve efficiency and productivity gains on these neofeudal, extortionist structures.[1]
Mr. Smith means “feudal” above. It’s all the rage now to add “neo” to the front of some word as though a new and different version of the non-neo phenomenon is working its magic, its invariably bad, bad magic. “Liberal,” “Nazi,” “classical,” and “feudal” are favorites for this, though “fascism” seems to have no need of modification. But “Nazi” does. We hear plenty about it but never much about “communism” as in “neo-communism.” In fact, actual communism gets no mention at all. Forget “neo” or the original article. Ain’t there.

If “neo” doesn’t git ‘er done then “post” rides to the rescue, as in “post-modern,” for example. I’m not even all that clear what makes now or the recent past “modern” and as for “post-modern” I struggle to get a grip on this phenomenon as there seem to be functioning sewage and water treatment plants, power plants, hospitals, planes, phones, computers, antibiotics, ED remedies, and a host of other technological marvels.

Wonderful machines hardly are the whole story on modernism, of course. Devotion to liberty, the search for truth, limited government, specific laws judiciously adopted, an independent judiciary, rulers not too far out of reach of the ordinary citizen, free markets, and hostility to superstition and privilege seem to be more like it. Modernism seems to be a superior state of mind ruled by rationality and eternal principles of working human groupings extracted from experience and the holy books. Savages can pull the trigger on marvelous weapons but have little individual ability to craft a weapon much better than a club or a spear.

Well, there it is. Some partisans of the “post-modern” persuasion think there’s a new “something” out and about. But I see a fanatical devotion to superstition and pure fantasy, whether climate change, female combat prowess, white male evil, white privilege, institutional racism, multiculturalism, socialist efficiency, American rottenness, a living Constitution, social justice, sexual stupidity, and totalitarian politics. The academy is not longer a bulwark of rationality but a prime mover in the destruction of freedom and white civilization. Rationality has flown that coop some time ago and the press exists not to reveal excess, corruption, and crime but to conceal or gild it. The "post-modern" world is racing past mere feudalism into simple primitivism. Our ways are crap; import real crap!

That's in in a nutshell. What’s new in our time is this strange passion for primitivism and determined regression to it. Zuckerberg looks like a mole person in a B scifi movie but he and his like in the upper reaches of Google and Twitter can effortlessly shut down those engaging in crimespeak with no consequences whatsoever, which is Mr. Smith’s point, of course. New lords of the manor, don't you know.

Post-modernism isn’t anything pretty but an entirely new phenomenon that's recreating the feudalism we thought we had escaped – (1) rule by unaccountable elites according to an unexplained or unjustified divine right to dictate to others what they will read, say, and do with their resources and (2) elite power to enrich themselves ad inf. by manipulating financial, technical, legal, and informational resources unattainable by plain folk.

And, as I say, we want to go even further back than that. We'll see how much savagery the West can stand, fondly though we do embrace its beginnings.

Notes
[1] "Why Is Productivity Dead in the Water? ." By Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds, 8/30/18 (emphasis added).

H/t: Yer Old Woodpile Report.

Let’s all OD on the breaking “humanitarian disaster” bullshit.

Sorry for the bad language but there is no better word in the English language to express that particular combo of lie, stupidity, manipulation, and contempt. The mother's milk of contemporary leftist, RINO, Dem, neocon, Never Trumper, Deep State, and MSM utterance let it be said. (E.g., "comprehensive immigration reform," "living Constitution," "nation of immigrants," "responsibility to protect," "regime change," etc.)

Here’s a list of Guardian articles[1] playing the “humanitarian crisis” garbage like a mighty Wurlitzer.

  • “The human price of inaction and action in Syria, Turkey and Libya.” (Picture of kids preparing for chemical attack.)
  • ”UN head calls for Idlib to be spared 'humanitarian nightmare.'” (Picture of FSA "rebels" causing said nightmare.)
  • ”The Guardian view on Idlib: nowhere left to go.” (I.e., civilians trapped.)
  • ”UK must take lead to protect the people of Idlib.” (Picture of kids. U.K. role in starting and prolonging this war unmentioned.)
  • ”I have seen the bloodied bodies of Syria’s children. Tell me nothing can be done[.] Samer Attar.” (Photo of surgeons operating. Stop the killing!)
  • ”Thousands of Syrians displaced as threat of Idlib attack grows. UN warns Idlib civilians could be facing worst humanitarian disaster this century.” (Hopefully, thousands of civilians still trapped to satisfy Assad blood lust. Same picture of kids.)
  • ”MPs demand inquiry into consequences of UK's inaction in Syria. Foreign affairs committee report comes as Russia readies assault on rebel-held Idlib.” (You should see what the U.S. did to rebel-held Raqqah. Picture of kids and old lady.)
  • ”As Putin incites more atrocities in Syria, Europe is exposed as craven.” (He’s Russian. What can you expect?)
  • ”Turkey warns Russia an attack on Idlib will turn it into ‘lake of blood’[.] Erdoğan pleads with Putin not to launch offensive on Syrian opposition enclave.” (And the winner of “Most Lurid Language” award is . . . .)
  • ”Syria: Idlib braces for assault as Russia and Iran dismiss ceasefire calls.” (The killing of innocents must continue. Picture of really cute kids.)
  • ”America last: Trump has brought US to irrelevance in Syria.” (Let me guess. Because of inaction?)
  • ”Millions of us are trapped in Idlib, facing death. The world must save us[.] Anonymous.” (Picture of little boy looking anxious with comforting adult.)
  • ” 'Lots of evidence' Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib, says US envoy[.] Special adviser Jim Jeffrey warns any offensive by Russia or Syria would create huge numbers of refugees.” (Yuuge numbers. Picture of urban destruction.)
Assad the "Gas Killing Animal" readies another murderous, irrational assault on the people of Syria. So far as I know there’s a slight jihadi problem in his country that’s the political equivalent of gangrene of the foot, but you’d never know that from reading the absurdities issuing from the mouths of the Guardian, Mike Pompeo, and Nikki Haley, among others.

Notes
[1] “Syria” category, September 6-13, 2018.

September 13, 2018

Trust me. I work for the government.

On global warming:
NOAA’s research supposedly contradicted claims of a pause in global warming since 1998, hence the name “Pausebuster Paper.” But [Dr. John] Bates’ evidence shows that the agency knowingly overstated the speed of warming and falsely reported inaccurate high temperatures. Bates says his NOAA superiors ignored his vehement objections to publication of the faulty data.

Bates, a 40-year career meteorologist and climate scientist, explained that NOAA had replaced the readings gleaned from highly accurate Argo ocean buoys with temperature measurements from ships. The latter are notoriously inaccurate and undependable due to variability in measurement depth and because of heat from ships’ propulsion systems. “They had good data from buoys. And they threw it out and ‘corrected it’ with bad data from ships,” complained Bates. “You never change good data to agree with bad, but that’s what they did — so as to make it look as if the sea was warmer.”

* * * *

. . . The U.S. House Science Committee, however, was suspicious of the [“Pausebuster”] paper and issued subpoenas for internal e-mails related to it. Then suddenly, the computer used to store “Pausebuster” suffered a “complete failure,” meaning, says Bates, that no one will ever be able to replicate or verify the data.

"What on Earth Is Happening to Our Temperature?" By Ed Hiserodt and Rebecca Terrell, The New American, 3/27/17.

September 11, 2018

The Washington Post plumbs new lows.

In an editorial Friday, the Post goaded Trump, calling his response to Assad’s ruthless recapture of his country "pathetically weak." To stand by and let the Syrian army annihilate the rebels in Idlib, said the Post, would be "another damaging abdication of U.S. leadership."[1]
The Post does in fact weep tears for the actual jihadis (poor souls) but it's part and parcel of the now-official view of Pompeo and Haley who want to broaden the "trigger" for American action to include military operations that involve civilian casualties from any cause, not just supposed Syrian plans to use chemical weapons.

Maybe time has clouded my memory but wasn’t the U.S. ruthlessly attempting to annihilate the “rebels” in South Vietnam? I certainly hope we were, let me just say. To our credit – and contrary to the fond imaginings of the execrable American left – we were, however, acutely sensitive to the possibility of civilian deaths and Johnson inflicted ridiculous rules of engagement on our troops to avoid them, particularly in North Vietnam. In the end, however, we were insufficiently ferocious even under those ROE and stopped just days short of a North Vietnamese capitulation. Thank you congressional Democrats whose like-minded successors infest the Congress of today.

I’ve written of Bruce Catton’s observation on the progressive grimness of the American War of Southern Independence. Writing of the Union Army, Catton noted that the congenial election of leaders at the outset of the war gave way to men being spread eagled on wagon wheels and lashed for disciplinary infractions. No more democratic ordering of affairs. Message: war is serious business. (Lincoln inflicted his own special brand of tyranny on the home front to dampen down mutterings about the war, but that's another story.)

The realities of lining up and facing ranks of the enemy and hails of small arms and artillery fire became well known to the troops. My great grandfather’s Illinois regiment faced Confederate regiments deployed in a solid wall at Stones River and it simply dissolved in the ensuing battle. Same thing at Chickamauga. Swept away by Confederate infantry.

Sherman’s march to the sea more resembled criminal excess than military operation but it was murderously effective in ending Confederate resistance. WWII involved little of the concern for civilian deaths that so exercises the Post now. The Dresden bombings, the Tokyo fire bombings, and our nuclear strikes in Japan were similarly more vengeance than military necessity (not to mention the latter's subtle hints to Stalin about new realities).

So this sudden hand wringing over civilians in one Syrian war zone oozes with hypocrisy. Clearly, the U.S. doesn’t give a fig about civilian casualties in Syria (or Yemen or Mosul or Fallujah or Raqqah) but only about its strategic objectives to (1) destroy Syria and (2) destroy Iran.

Annihilating “rebels” inside national borders is what sovereign governments do. How they do it is especially no concern of the people who have done their utmost to enable “rebel” death, destruction, rape, theft, and torture. We who have facilitated, directly and indirectly, the death of over 500,000 Syrians are not in any position to preach to a leader and an army who are dealing with the Islamic scum involved and who are clearly strongly supported by the Syrian people. A hypocritical daintiness on the part of the Post, Pompeo, and Haley and official ________ coming from the U.S. are demeaning a serious effort to crucify Syrian terrorists whom, SHMG, we are and have been supporting.

Notes
[1] "Is Trump Going Neocon in Syria?" By Patrick J. Buchanan, AntiWar.com, 9/11/18.

September 10, 2018

Feel the love.

Osaka explained to The New York Times that even though she’s lived in Florida since she was three years old, she made the decision to play tennis for Japan primarily because of funding opportunities: Japan had more money to sponsor her.

Of growing up in a multi-cultural heritage household, Osaka has said, “I don’t necessarily feel like I’m American. I wouldn’t know what that feels like.”

Of her Japanese culture, Osaka said, “Japanese culture? I love everything about it. . . . America, I live here. I train in Florida. . . . And Haiti, if you’ve ever met a Haitian person, they are really positive, and literally if you’re friends with them, then they will do anything for you. That’s something that is a really good trait, and I’m really happy that my grandparents and my dad’s side of the family is like that.”

"Naomi Osaka’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know." By Caroline Burke, Heavy, 9/8/18 (emphasis added).

Never forget.

Black Panther Mark Essex burst into a New Orleans hotel, shouting, “I want the whites!” He murdered a young honeymooning couple, hotel guests and staff members, and a number of police officers. Stokely Carmichael praised Essex, saying, “We should study and learn from the actions of Brother Essex. We should understand that Brother Essex carried our struggle to its next quantitative level, the level of science.”
"Senator Booker Quotes Violent Racist Who Urged Murder of Jews, White People." By Daniel Greenfield, Front Page Magazine, 9/10/18.