18 November 2017

American political pathology – Part 2,593.

As instances of our political pathology go this is about a 2.2 on the Richter Scale. The rest of the article from which this excerpt is taken is more detailed and more damning. Other instances are as numberless as the grains of sand on Jeffrey Epstein's island.

Suffice it to say that American politics, Western politics really, are awash in bilge water that even a spirit cook wouldn't think of adding to her concoction. Yes, folks, it's the Russians who are the authors of our ills. We, who have aided and abetted the bowie knife murder of Gaddafi and the death of over 400,000 Syrian civilians for reasons that are top secret, are blameless. Yes, we are. We're devoted to humanity and we are fearless questers after something. I'll get back to on the latter point:
Of course, much of this anti-Russian hysteria comes from the year-long fury about the shocking election of Donald Trump. From the first moments of stunned disbelief over Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the narrative was put in motion to blame Trump’s victory not on Clinton and her wretched campaign but on Russia. That also was viewed as a possible way of reversing the election’s outcome and removing Trump from office.

The major U.S. news media quite openly moved to the forefront of the Resistance. The Washington Post adopted the melodramatic and hypocritical slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” as it unleashed its journalists to trumpet the narrative of some disloyal Americans spreading Russian propaganda. Darkness presumably was a fine place to stick people who questioned the Resistance’s Russia-gate narrative.[1]

Notes
[1] "America’s Righteous Russia-gate Censorship." By Robert Parry, Russia Insider, 11/18/17.

17 November 2017

Destroying America one immigrant at a time.

In the past 40 years, upward of 50 million culturally backward, dirt-poor immigrants arrived in America, and state after state has gone blue, but we're always told states are flipping to the Democrats for some reason -- any reason! -- other than immigration.[1]
But speak of the blessing of "diversity" and, voila!, no more problem.

Notes
[1] "Yes, Virginia, immigration is turning the country blue." By Ann Coulter, 11/15/17.

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).