Saturday, December 31, 2016

America the Pressure Valve

The most destructive thing America could do to the rest of the world, and it may be creative or outright destruction, is to repatriate unassimilated foreigners.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Duterte Needs Austrian Economists

Duterte threatens to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter - and says he's done it before
“I will pick you up in a helicopter to Manila, and I will throw you out on the way,” Duterte said in Tagalog in front of a crowd in the Camarines Sur province Tuesday, according to GMA News. “I’ve done it before. Why would I not do it again?”

It was not immediately clear when or where the helicopter incident Duterte spoke of took place. The fiery-tempered former prosecutor said he once hurled a Chinese man suspected of rape and murder out of a helicopter.

Kerry Speaks Truth, America and Israel Shocked

Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state, or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality: if the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both –and it won’t ever really be at peace. Moreover, the Palestinians will never fully realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one state solution.
Israel is the only example of an acceptable ethnostate in the West and the Cathedral's solution for Israel is South Africa. Trump will be pro-Israel and bury this conflict. If the conflict revives, the battle will be fought in America, specifically in the mind of America.

Politics makes for strange bedfellows. The Cathedral is coming for Israel and the Alt-Right alike. Maybe a Zionist will sponsor an essay contest, "Why Israel should be Jewish, not democratic."

Also, "the Palestinians will never fully realize their vast potential." Nigga please.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Yes, Virginia ...
We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon
115 West Ninety Fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Ronald Reagan on the divinity of Christ
Perhaps it is true that Jesus never used the word ‘Messiah’ with regard to himself (although I’m not sure that he didn’t) but in John 1, 10 and 14 he identifies himself pretty definitely and more than once. Is there really any ambiguity in his words: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me?’… In John 10 he says, ‘I am in the Father and the Father in me.’ And he makes reference to being with God, ‘before the world was,’ and sitting on the ‘right hand of God.’…

These and other statements he made about himself, foreclose in my opinion, any question as to his divinity. It doesn’t seem to me that he gave us any choice; either he was what he said he was or he was the world’s greatest liar. It is impossible for me to believe a liar or charlatan could have had the effect on mankind that he has had for 2000 years. We could ask, would even the greatest of liars carry his lie through the crucifixion, when a simple confession would have saved him? … Did he allow us the choice you say that you and others have made, to believe in his teachings but reject his statements about his own identity?

I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. Where … is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time—possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father’s shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing—the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, property-less young man has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived—all of them put together. How do we explain that—unless He really was what He said He was?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christian Tinkerers

Spandrell has a Jordan Peterson video up, where he discusses pragmatic philosophy. Jordan Peterson on Truth

I haven't dug enough into it, but on the surface it sounds like a philosophical formulation of what we might call American or Swiss culture. A nation of tinkerers, who eschew knowledge acquisition in and of itself, in favor of experimentation and practical arts. The American model was broken by German immigration, but as Mr. Trump showed in the campaign, there's still great support for the idea that plumbers, carpenters and mechanics are very smart people. If nothing else, the campaign showed that plumbers, carpenters and mechanics know more about politics than most university educated political experts.

In Taleb's book Antifragile he gives the example of jet engines created by tinkering, while the university scientists then explain it all and claim to have invented it. He says these types of learned men are "teaching birds to fly." Men who are focused on achieving a limited goal, of solving a problem, do not need to understand the big why, or how it all works, they only need the local knowledge that works. My favorite anecdote is the trader who bought and sold green lumber for many many years. Taleb discovers the man believed green lumber was wood that was painted green. He did not even know what he was trading, but understood enough to profitably buy and sell it.

When the Englightenment falls, not only will human knowledge advance more quickly, but it will also be accompanied by a religious revival.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

India's Cash Ban: The Poor Don't Care

India's PM Modi recently launched a policy banning high denomination cash notes. It had an immediate negative impact on the economy.

Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes scrapped: Govt releases FAQ to help you make sense of it all

Modi is sort of a Trumpian, populist figure. Progressive Indians do not like him or his party, the BJP. Is media coverage biased as a result?

CNN tells us India's cash crisis is 'a mammoth tragedy'
Reuters says Modi losing friends as anger grows over Indian cash crackdown

A couple of reasons for the ban were to end crime and tax evasion. The Guardian tells us India currency note ban sparks ‘dramatic fall’ in sex trafficking.
India’s rupee recall appears to have had “a massive impact” on the country’s human trafficking industry, according to advocacy and rescue groups, with some reporting reductions of up to 90% in the number of women and girls being admitted to their shelters.

But other activists said the illegal trade was already rebounding, and that the financial strain of demonetisation on poor communities was pushing new, younger girls into sex work, and forcing women already in the industry to work for credit or for free.
Hmm, true or not true? Probably true, but who knows.

Not everyone sees negatives though: Why the chattering classes can’t fathom the vast support for demonetisation
Despite a substantial drop in their earnings in the month since high-value Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were invalidated overnight, autorickshaw drivers outside a Delhi mall said they still backed the government’s move.

“It is a good decision,” said Raghuveer, who is from Badaun in western Uttar Pradesh, and has been driving an autorickshaw in the national capital for 15 years. “If it works, well and good, and maybe something will be done for the poor. If it doesn’t work, it makes no difference to me.”

Others in the scrum around him agreed.

Said an auto driver, to chuckles from the rest: “People are complaining about bank queues. But we have nothing to put in the bank so where is the inconvenience? What we make in the day, we eat at night.”
The poor literally aren't affected:
A person paid Rs 15,000 a month to drive a car that costs what he would earn in 400 years does not expect there to be a sudden reversal in his employer’s fortune. What he feels about his employer’s discomfort is perhaps more akin to what college students once referred to as CTs or cheap thrills – momentary pleasure.

Economic growth has allowed bankers and other top corporate executives to earn six-figure amounts in a day, and for some people to buy cars that cost what the average Indian would need over 1,000 years to earn. But it has not created enough decently-paying work for the majority of people in the country.

Average incomes in India are so low that drivers like Manoj and Ram Charan, who earn Rs 15,000 a month, are in the top 10% of earning Indians, along with their employers and the prime minister, as well as most people likely to be reading this article. The majority of the rest of India subsists on between Rs 3,500 and Rs 7,500 a month.
15,000 rupees is $225 at the moment.
Explanations like Tiwari’s that the prime minister is talking about “the difference between the rich and the poor” have been likened by some to the political rhetoric that made the magnificently rich and famously uncaring Donald Trump the candidate of America’s marginalised people. But India’s poor are quite different from America’s marginalised – they have never been anything other than poor. They are not the detritus of deindustrialisation, but the survivors of persistent intergenerational and historical inequalities.

They do not see their current circumstances as those shared by all Indians in a bank queue. They see it as something shared by Indians, who are poor like them.
The conclusion:
There is empathy for the hardships suffered by those worse off. But there is rarely a full acknowledgement of the obscene and constantly widening gap between the tiny numbers of the rich (including almost anyone who is reading this) and the rest who are poor. This is at the root of the bewilderment about why those who have suffered the most through demonetisation remain devoted to the prime minister or at least to the idea that this is a fight against corruption. The prime minister, however, whom we can fault for his poor decision-making style and lack of policy acumen, has an unerring sense of where the social fault lines lie.

Are You Master or Slave of Technology?

First wave of sexbots could arrive next year, experts say, with marriage to follow by 2050
US California-based company Abyss Creations next year will start marketing sex robots that are billed as lifelike, with the ability to talk and move like humans.

Ultimately, Levy said, people should entertain the thought of marriage with robots as early as 2050.
This is Natural Selection in a way we haven't seen before. Pleasure technology is like opium, but without the nasty side effects. In the future, there will be a highly advanced civilization that doesn't use technology for pleasure, the same way today we, for the most part, only use opium for treating pain (homeless people will be plugged into VR on the street).

Another answer is this is cultural. The decline is the same as in Rome, we're simply more advanced. In 2016, degenerate cultures and Idiocracies make VR porn and viagra.

But globally, most people with high fertility cannot maintain current technology, let alone advance it. Or have no desire to, such as the Amish. Go out a few hundred years, however, and a small number of fertile technology-masters could grow into a large population.

Silicon Valley Tech Execs Sending Kids to Tech-free Schools

Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won't let their own kids do
You could offer an hour’s screen time a day, but media products are designed to keep people’s attention. It’s not that there’s an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged. In the late 90s, when I was working at Intel and my first child was born, we had what was called the “war of the eyeballs”. People don’t want you to wander and start playing with another product, so it has a hooking effect. It looks like it’s soothing your child and keeping them busy so you can do something else, but that effect is not very good for small children.

It stops them discovering the world with their senses. And there’s a risk to attention. It’s not scientifically proven yet, but there’s an idea that attention is like a muscle that we build. It’s about being able to tune out all the distraction and focus on one thing. When you engage with these devices, you don’t build that capacity. It’s computer-aided attention; you’re not learning to do it.

Our children start interacting with computers and smartphones at around 12.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A 2017 Resolution: Less News, Less Distraction

The Mass Media are not corrupted - they are the prime source of corruption
The Mass Media are the main source of corruption in modernity - the fact that they have created a fake and evil virtual reality to which the majority of Westerners are addicted is their core attribute.

...Therefore to criticise the Mass Media, to try and shame them, to call for their self-discipline, to try and create an enforce some kind of ethical code, to talk in terms of their reform - this is utterly futile and indeed a misdirection.

We need to regard the Mass Media as primarily a deliberately-evil entity - whose use of truth is only a tactical device to make untruth more powerful; and also only somewhat-Good for the reason that evil cannot ever, in principle, be complete (being a negative kind of thing, against-Good).
Would you eat at a restaurant that served rotten meat alongside fresh vegetables? A restaurant that served rancid milk along with a cold beer? Then why consume mass media, even if to mock it?
Our job is simple - to acknowledge ourselves as Media Addicts, and to cut down on consumption with the aim of eliminating dependency.

Also: "Fake News"?... But *all* news is fake...
It would be a good thing is instead of combing the intenet for 'the truth' about some News, we were all instead to cut our news consumption by 95% - starting NOW.

For so long as our minds are being directed by the news what to attend to, what to think about, and what to think about it - or reacting-against the above - then we are missing the point.
Trying to create a rightist version of leftism is a fool's errand. It is the goal of those who are still within the Cathedral's control, preferring a right-wing progressive ruler to a left-wing one.

Most news is distraction. Even in a field such as finance, where you would think news is valuable, the evidence shows there's almost no information content in news. By the time it is reported, it's already factored into prices.

There is a certain category of fool—the overeducated, the academic, the journalist, the newspaper reader, the mechanistic "scientist", the pseudo-empiricist, those endowed with what I call "epistemic arrogance", this wonderful ability to discount what they did not see, the unobserved.
Daily news and sugar confuse our system in the same manner.

Dark Enlightenment is Progressivism's Nightmare

Progressives believe people descended from former slaves persistently underperform because of the historic effects of slavery, racism, and also present-day racism. This is a deterministic model that says prior nurture has long lasting effects into the future. The thoughts of others are enough to control your fate.

Progressives in one sense have a very deterministic model of the world. If something is wrong, usually someone else did it. If something is going well for other people, it is probably because they cheat or oppress. Only if the progressive himself is successful, is it probably due to hard work. Or maybe simply because he is more virtuous, or perhaps more intelligent. (Puritan!)

Progressives also hate determinism. They hate that men and women must behave as men and women, they hate that women want babies, they hate traditions that keep people behaving the same way as their ancestors, they hate religions that tell you to restrict your actions.

The Dark Enlightenment says to Mr. Progressive, I think you're on to something. But the deterministic parts of like aren't caused so much by action, it is caused by Nature. It is unchangeable. All your raging at God, Truth and Tradition is at best screaming into the wind, at worst a petulant child destroying their room and smashing their toys. The DE is the progressive's nightmare, the reality that he is more right than he knows, his entire belief system is a security blanket to obscure the truth he knows in his heart. Like the ending of the Sixth Sense, the evidence was there all along. Mr. Progressive believes it all, but he concocts a myth to explain it, like primitive man creating myths and gods to explain local natural events.

Speaking of intelligence and virtue, here's Bloody Shovel with a great find: Intellectuals
I made the point in the last post that having smart people on top as a principle doesn’t necessarily help things because they might very well be evil. Here Jordan Peterson makes the same point in a more forceful way.

If you can, take a look at the whole thing. I think it’s not hyperbole that this is the best interview ever. This guy is good. I think he’s got a new religion in his head and he did it all by himself. What a man.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

India Sinks, Or Why People Become Alt-Right

A view from an overseas Indian, an institutional investor who leans libertarian: "Demonetization Has Achieved Nothing" - India's Rapidly Plunging Toward A Police State

India’s political institutions and big organizations were built by the British. They have crumbled — slowly but surely — since the British left in 1947. These institutions would only have been sustainable if society at large had at best become as inclined toward critical thinking and rationality as Britain was, or at worst, if the British had continued to run the institutions. With neither being the case, the glue has come unstuck.

Over the last 300 – 400 years, the West has disseminated its technology, institutions, etc., hoping that these would provide the tools to undo tribalism, superstition and irrationality and promote critical thinking instead. Africa, the Middle East and South Asia were offered intellectual products developed in Europe over a period of 2,500 years on a platter, the finest achievements of humanity, free of charge. However, to the people on the receiving end, the plate appeared to be completely empty.

What did appear to work was the focus on trade pursued by the East India Company, and the attempt by Catholic missionaries to bring about cultural change from the bottom-up. Neither of these approaches had a chance to fully play out, and the British government took over India in 1858.

The cultural renaissance that had begun to happen in India started getting politicized and came to an abrupt halt with the death of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The cultural renaissance had slowly ossified into the so-called independence movement. Everything took a nosedive after the British left, and continues to deteriorate today.
Many libertarians might take that view. And then they learn that people aren't as rational as they thought, or maybe they dig deeper into where and why so few cultures can adopt Western technology, politics and culture. Then it's a straight shot into the alt-right, neoreaction and dissident right-wing thinking.

Monday, December 19, 2016

China's Opening Offer

As I said in China Wants to Talk, the seizure of the American drone was a negotiating tactic, and now China is making its opening offer.

ZH: China To Hand Over Seized US Drone "Under These Conditions"
"Beijing is expected to demand the United States scale down its ­surveillance in the South China Sea when it hands back a seized US underwater drone." Beijing would also "seek an expansion in the code for unplanned military encounters in the disputed waters to cover drones like the one seized by a Chinese warship off the Philippine coast near Subic Bay on Thursday."

Zhang Zhexin, a professor from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said he ­expected it would take about 10 days for the drone to be returned. The demand for US concessions stems from the fact that “China is worried that there will be more action from the US during its power transition period,” Zhexin said. “Beijing will possibly talk to the US about expanding the code for unplanned encounters at sea to include unmanned underwater vehicles.”
China wants to negotiate, and they forced the issue by creating a conflict. Trump should learn from this. If he wants trade negotiations with China, block Chinese imports and then announce the resumption of imports, "with conditions." Speak to them in a language they can hear.

Friday, December 16, 2016

China Wants to Talk

Earlier this week I wrote:
The Chinese sometimes create a crisis to force negotiations on an issue. They don't seek a rise in tensions, but to bring parties to the table. Westerners view aggravating tensions as an aggressive maneuver and often respond in kind.
Trump Questions the One China Policy

US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone
A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday.

In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official.
The Hainan Island incident of 2001 was quickly forgotten because 9/11 happened five months later. China wants to discuss the South China Sea. Trump can either take their "offer" or escalate tensions. At this moment, the U.S. has more freedom of action because Trump can credibly threaten economic Armageddon for China.

The Trump honeymoon is over.

In Today's Fake News Narrative, Climate Change Causes Weird Weather

Global warming's fingerprints seen in 24 weird weather cases
The report was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Using accepted scientific techniques, 116 scientists from around the world calculated whether the odds of the extreme weather events were increased by global warming. They based their calculations on observed data, understanding of the physics of the climate and computer simulations — techniques that the National Academy of Sciences said were valid earlier this year.
The NAS says bullshit is valid science, therefore all bullshit is now science. We don't only have fake news, we have fake science done by fake scientists.

Basically a more complex version of this:
Except instead of laughing at the stupidity of it all, people solemnly believe the pronouncements by men who are as good at predictive science as this African man was at sign language.

Narrative (fake news) will increase as reality deviates further and further away from the Cathedral's fantasy world. When the Cathedral controls official information, such as getting the CIA to say Russians hacked the election, it can bend reality. When it cannot control the frame, anyone not drinking the Kool-Aid immediately sees the lies. The Cathedral still controls the frame on science, among other topics. Breaking the frame and reality will intrude and cause a psychotic break for Cathedralites.

"When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

What is Fake News? Narrative

Here's Chuck Todd of NBC creating fake news, aka narrative, in real time. All the fake news put out by progressives is not cited as fake news, because it is, as they say, "fake but accurate." Fake rape scandals are fake, but since progressives know there is a rape epidemic, stories that push the narrative are good.

All the hysteria over fake news is not about fake stories, it is hysteria over loss of narrative control. Mainstream media can no longer throw up bullshit stories and expect non-progressives to believe it. This narrative claims Russian state actors hacked the DNC for the specific purpose of undermining the Hillary Clinton, and by extension Wikileaks is compromised because they released the info and claimed Russia was not involved.

Trump Questions the One China Policy

The One China Policy (Taiwan is a part of China) is China's policy. It wants all nations to adopt its policy.

Trump says he's not so sure America will continue that policy if China doesn't work with the U.S. on other issues.

Donald Trump hints US 'One China' policy could end

Taiwan is to China as Cuba is to the United States, times 10,000. Leaving aside the legitimacy of the CCP if it loses Taiwan, if foreign powers control Taiwan, China has a big problem. Unlike the United States, which has long coastlines with no nearby foreign power, the Chinese coast is almost entirely blocked by Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines. Then there is the disputed South China Sea. If you want to bottle up the Chinese navy, holding Taiwan is key.

China is fighting over disputed islands in the East China Sea in part because that would break Japan's ability to control access to the Pacific.

Japan Has Set Up a Radar Station in the East China Sea

Meanwhile Taiwan is like all other nations on Earth: nationalism is growing. Support for independence is growing and greatest among the youth. Unlike leftism, nationalism isn't something people outgrow. Once an identity is developed, people stick with it.

China's economy has a large credit bubble and an overvalued currency. It cannot give the United States major concessions on trade, nor can it allow its currency to appreciate versus the dollar, unless the dollar were to tumble. That doesn't appear likely for the next couple of years. China and the U.S. need to find a win-win scenario, where Chinese exports can grow to offset concessions on imports. Otherwise, it is USA win, China lose.

The Chinese sometimes create a crisis to force negotiations on an issue. They don't seek a rise in tensions, but to bring parties to the table. Westerners view aggravating tensions as an aggressive maneuver and often respond in kind.

Russia is China's greatest ally (not in terms of loyalty). If Russia is going to get a better deal in the West and South, maybe it won't aggravate the United States in the East, where China is a larger threat anyway.

China has been crowding the plate against Obama, because he plays with softballs and throws like a girl. Now Trump is pitching. He's playing hardball and he just threw a fastball up and in that barely missed China's chin.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Making Suppressors Great Again

The Hearing Protection Act is making its way towards passage.

What Happens When Suppressors Are No Longer NFA Items?
The Hearing Protection Act (HPA) is currently making its way through the U.S. Congress. If it passes, suppressors will move from NFA Class III items to the same regulatory category as long rifles. Purchasers will still have to pass a background check, but they will no longer have to pay for a $200 tax stamp or wait six to nine months for the ATF to process their paperwork.

This got me thinking — what happens when President Trump signs the bill into law? What will happen to the suppressor industry and how will that affect gun owners?

To answer my questions I reached out to the American Suppressor Association and Owen Miller, their Director of Outreach.

Miller told me that the passage of the HPA will make suppressor sales rise exponentially. “The HPA will absolutely make the market explode,” he said. “I would expect that once the HPA passes you’ll see a spike in demand nearly overnight.”
You betcha.
The most important question, of course, is whether or not de-regulating suppressors will make them cheaper. Unfortunately, Miller didn’t seem to think so. The initial rise in demand might actually make suppressors more expensive for the first 12-18 months until manufacturers are able to catch up.

That being said, Miller did concede that de-regulating suppressors will allow more players to enter the market. Increased competition will, over time, lead to a wider range in the quality of suppressors available. A good quality suppressor might still cost $800 post-HPA, but customers will also be able to purchase a lower-quality version from another manufacturer for less money.
Ruger makes a .22 LR suppressor with a suggested retail price of $449.

In any event, progressives will be apoplectic if this bill passes. They will be screaming, "Who needs a silencer? Only murderers!!!" In truth, suppressors protect hearing and promote safety:
Contrary to Hollywood’s depiction, suppressors aren’t primarily the tool of spies and assassins. They were included in the NFA as a “last-minute addition” because legislators were worried about poaching during the Great Depression.

They also don’t make guns completely silent. Even with a suppressor, firearms still run in the 130-140 decibel range, much too loud for the silent commission of crimes.

Like the HPA implies, suppressors are all about gun safety. Suppressors protect the hearing of hunters and shooters, and, Miller pointed out, allow hunters to maintain their situational awareness. Using suppressors, hunters are able to hunt without hearing protection, allowing them to communicate with other hunters as well as hear game. This keeps everyone safe in the field and allows for a more efficient hunt.

No Annihilation, Eternal Damnation

Why not annihilation?
Hence the soul that is damned, I am suggesting, perpetually wills to exist despite being perpetually miserable. If this seems insane, that is because it is. But again, we are familiar with something like this kind of perverse thinking even in this life, in the example of miserable people who refuse even to try to reform but also have no desire to stop living.

...Hence the good that was in the evil person in this life has completely dropped away after death. What is left in the lost soul is nothing soft, nothing kind, nothing merciful or wanting mercy, nothing that could generate in the saved the slightest sympathy. There is only perpetual irrational malice. If you want an image of the damned, imagine human faces on which there is written only blind, defiant, miserable rage and hatred forever and ever. Basically, a non-stop Occupy Hell rally. To which the saved can only shrug and say: “Whatever. Knock yourselves out, guys.”
Maybe SJWs should be combated with exorcists.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A Plea For Intolerance

A Plea For Intolerance
America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not. It is suffering from tolerance: tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so much overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded. The man who can make up his mind in an orderly way, as a man might make up his bed, is called a bigot; but a man who cannot make up his mind, any more than he can make up for lost time, is called tolerant and broadminded. A bigoted man is one who refuses to accept a reason for anything; a broadminded man is one who will accept anything for a reason—providing it is not a good reason. It is true that there is a demand for precision, exactness, and definiteness, but it is only for precision in scientific measurement, not in logic. The breakdown that has produced this unnatural broadmindedness is mental, not moral. The evidence for this statement is threefold: the tendency to settle issues not by arguments but by words, the unqualified willingness to accept the authority of anyone on the subject of religion, and, lastly, the love of novelty.

Rising Dollar, Rising Tension

This is a chart of the US Dollar Index, which has the symbol DXY in futures markets. The index is almost 60% euro, with yen, pound and Canadian dollar making up the bulk of the remainder.

Without getting too detailed, traders use technical analysis in the belief that human psychology is immutable. Faced with similar situations, people react in similar ways. Hence patterns in the market.

The U.S. dollar is the reserve currency to the world so it has very long patterns that correlate to long-term business cycles. A full cycle takes almost an entire generation. It peaks in 1985, and 2002, and if the pattern holds, maybe sometime around 2018-2019. The time it takes to unfold is similar, with the move split into thirds, an equal time of falling, stabilizing, and rallying. We are now in the rally phase since 2014. It's only the mid-point of the bull market based on the historic pattern. If the pattern holds, a global financial crisis is very likely in President Trump's first term.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

BuzzFeed Covers Chemsex

Inside The Dark, Dangerous World of Chemsex
Rob’s depiction is somewhat darker still: that if there is someone who is disliked by others at a chemsex party, he may become a target, either for deliberate overdosing or “the alternative method: seeing how many people can shove their cocks up his arse, and that’s where the consent issue comes in. Does he want to do that? Or does he not? With all those chems no one is going to be able to say, ‘No, he said he didn’t want it.’ The others can say, ‘We thought he did.’ It’s very easy to pretend to be innocent.”

...The host would subject young men to a particular line of questioning that disturbed Anthony. “He would say, ‘Tell me about the first time you had sex,’ which obviously would be when you’re younger, but he would push the boundaries of that and ask about my family and my nephews and be like, ‘Does your nephew ever touch your dick?’”

Good Pizzagate Summary

From a good summary and discussion of Pizzagate over at Counter-Currents:
In 2013, Canada busted a ring involving more than 300 adults, who had teachers, doctors, and nurses heavily represented among them. A pedophile ring has just been identified in the highest levels of UK football (Americans know the sport as soccer). Norwegian police also just uncovered a ring of 50 organized pedophiles mostly working in the tech sector, once again including elected officials, teachers, and lawyers. The Vatican scandals can practically go without mention — institutional involvement in child sex exploitation is nearly an a priori given.

And the children that are being raped and murdered in the photos passed around by these child porn rings are coming from somewhere. And when figures like politicians, teachers, and lawyers are involved in the rings, it’s hardly inconceivable that they could be involved in disappearances.

Have we identified one here?

Only time will tell. But we deserve to be paid attention. We deserve to have the matter taken seriously. And we deserve a media bringing the most relevant facts to our attention after having actually done some due diligence on the matter, which we do not currently have. The mainstream media has lied to us long enough about things like Trump having only a 1% chance of winning the election that the public has increasingly woken up to this fact — which is why Pizzagate is getting so much more attention than the Franklin scandal did. If Pizzagate turns out to have even a single-digit fraction of truth behind it, it may not just bring down the Clinton machine and Democratic Party, it may sound the death knell for the mainstream media as well.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Alt-Right is Skynet

That’s what my searches are showing too. That the right has colonised the digital space around these subjects – Muslims, women, Jews, the Holocaust, black people – far more effectively than the liberal left.

“It’s an information war,” says Albright. “That’s what I keep coming back to.”

But it’s where it goes from here that’s truly frightening. I ask him how it can be stopped. “I don’t know. I’m not sure it can be. It’s a network. It’s far more powerful than any one actor.”

So, it’s almost got a life of its own? “Yes, and it’s learning. Every day, it’s getting stronger.”
The next section describes the paradox confronting progressivism:
The more people who search for information about Jews, the more people will see links to hate sites, and the more they click on those links (very few people click on to the second page of results) the more traffic the sites will get, the more links they will accrue and the more authoritative they will appear. This is an entirely circular knowledge economy that has only one outcome: an amplification of the message. Jews are evil. Women are evil. Islam must be destroyed. Hitler was one of the good guys.
You can interpret that in a few different ways, but in none of them is there good news for the Cathedral.

One point that must be hammered home: the Progressives are reacting and interpreting in this way because this is what they planned to do, and are doing, across the West. What they can't understand is how the far-right managed to do it better, right under their noses, when they control most of the key companies and information nodes.
We don’t understand it. It is not bound by terrestrial laws. And it’s in the hands of two massive, all-powerful corporations. It’s their experiment, not ours. The technology that was supposed to set us free may well have helped Trump to power, or covertly helped swing votes for Brexit. It has created a vast network of propaganda that has encroached like a cancer across the entire internet. This is a technology that has enabled the likes of Cambridge Analytica to create political messages uniquely tailored to you. They understand your emotional responses and how to trigger them. They know your likes, dislikes, where you live, what you eat, what makes you laugh, what makes you cry.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Merry Christmas from the Alt-Philippines

Friday, December 02, 2016

Impact Trajectories

Leftism, The Religion that Failed: A Study in Insecure Power and Social Disorganization
The new underground intelligentsia of the Right found an ally in a White working class under dire existential threat of being reduced to pariah status and ultimately, headed for obliteration by social attrition much as the Indians before them (i.e. demographic overwhelming, cultural annihilation, economic marginalization, social disorganization, and all the attending pathology). They were not yet prepared to go there; the elitist ambitions of the Left were met with a populist insurrection that took the Left unawares, culminating in unexpected, almost-preposterous victories in the form of Brexit in the U.K. and the election of Trump in the USA. The triumphalism of the Left was premature; its pride went before its fall. The “arc of history” has not yet bent to its terminal point after all. The Left had hoped that its religion stood in the same place in 2016 as Christianity in 360 or Islam in 1453- but the hope was vain. The Left’s religion has failed.

The folly of attempting to install Leftism as a substitute for religion is that Leftism, by design, is an instrument for the destruction of religion. The whole Leftist project, in essence, is an attempt to bring down the Ecclesiastical power and so do away with the historic chief rival and obstacle to the totalitarian State; a war against the Church waged in the name of the State by private actors who are not themselves members of the State, but see in the State apparatus a mighty tool for prosecuting their own pet projects and agendas, and thus do whatever they can to advance State power in the hope of one day seizing it for themselves.
And over at The Right Stuff: Fatima and the Future of White Civilization
What was in the Third Secret? Alas, we may not know for many years, as every pope since John XXIII has followed his unfortunate precedent. The Vatican—the oldest human institution in the world—excels at keeping secrets, even from itself. (The famous Chinon parchment, which exonerated the Knights Templar and refuted the calumnies against them by Philip the Fair, was only discovered by accident by a junior archivist in 2001. )

An expurgated version of the Third Secret was released after the death of John Paul II, but some who read the original handwritten secret say that it is incomplete. Fr. Malachi Martin—a Jesuit exorcist, an advisor to Cardinal Bea and a member of the Vatican’s intelligence service, said that the true Third Secret is, “your worst nightmare, multiplied exponentially.” The chastisements it promised were global and catastrophic. “Untold millions will die in an instant, and those who survive will envy the dead.” It was not about the attempted assassination of John Paul II, but about the systematic destruction of Christian civilization and apostasy at the highest levels of the Church. It is any wonder, then, that John XIII and his successors—all of whom were deeply involved in the “reconstruction” of Catholicism at Vatican II—declined to publish the message of heaven?

Martin, who died under mysterious circumstances shortly before the release of the expurgated Third Secret in 2000, is perhaps our best source for the secret history of the Church in the 20th century. Long before the pedophilia scandal hit the headlines, he wrote about an organized network of Satanic pedophiles who had infiltrated the seminaries and the chanceries of the Roman Church in his roman-a-clef, Windswept House.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Demons of Pizzagate

Over at Amerika, Brett Stevens sums up the #PizzaGate Possibilities, covering the background evidence that leads one to think there's something nefarious going on.

By way of This Week in Reaction (2016/11/27) comes Demon Worship and Child Trafficking Also a roundup of most/all of the info: DC PizzaGate: A Primer UPDATED 11/29 (some disturbing and NSFW images)

When this first came out, I thought it was funny and a good dose of medicine for the Left, which literally interprets everything Trump and the Right say and write, but from the start I thought many of the key emails that set off #Pizzagate had innocent explanation. Since this now seems to be on the verge of blowing up, for good or ill, into a big story, here's Scott Adams offering a splash of ice water.

About #Pizzagate
The basic idea is that a pizza parlor in Washington DC is alleged to be the center of a major child sex ring that involves top Democrats close to Hillary Clinton. I have labelled this story “not credible,” and that opinion is confusing people because there is a mountain of evidence supporting the allegations.

So let me tell you what a mountain of evidence is worth.

Mountain of Evidence Value = zero.

In the normal two-dimensional world in which we imagine we live, a mountain of evidence usually means something is true. So why am I looking at the same mountain of evidence as the believers in pizzagate and coming to an opposite conclusion?

The difference is that I understand what confirmation bias is and how powerful it can be. If you don’t have the same level of appreciation for the power of confirmation bias, a mountain of evidence looks like proof.

Here’s what I know that most of you do not: Confirmation bias looks EXACTLY LIKE a mountain of real evidence. And let me be super-clear here. When I say it looks exactly the same, I am not exaggerating. I mean there is no way to tell the difference.
I think it was Adams who recently described the similar situation with the "aliens built the pyramids" theory. There are lots of unknowns about the pyramids and someone who believes aliens built the pyramids fills every hole with "it was aliens." Each piece of evidence requires a different rebuttal, so on the one side is a lot of evidence that all ties together with the alien theory, and the argument against each piece of information looks solid by itself, but it still leaves every other piece of information untouched.

Below are some of the facts/emails that set off #Pizzagate:

Take the hankerchief map that is at the center of it all: it might well be a handkerchief map of Martha's Vineyard with pizza places marked on it. Lots of people mark maps and Podesta has a serious pizza obsession.

"Do you think I'll do better playing dominoes on cheese than on pasta?" It's possible Herbert Sandler is as funny as a rotting fish. He also sold Golden West Financial Corporation to Wachovia for $24 billion in 2006, right as the housing market was peaking. The company's value ended up being negative and was arguably the reason why Wachovia went bust. Wachovia-Golden West: Another Deal From Hell?

The demolish email:
Lo and behold, instead of pasta and wonderful sauces, it was a lovely, tempting assortment of cheeses, Yummy. I am awaiting the return of my children and grandchildren from their holiday travels so that we can demolish them.
This is like Trump's 5th Ave comment. Demolish is a verb used to describe the rapid consumption of a food. She wants to eat the cheeses, but waiting for the children/grandchildren.

Uber Service to transport Ruby, Emerson, and Maeve Luzzatto (11, 9, and almost 7) so you’ll have some further entertainment, and they will be in that pool for sure.
In my experience, old people generally like having young children around and do find their antics entertaining. Since these children are a bit older, it might also be a joke, as in there will be nothing fun about watching the three brats I'm sending you.

As for the Comet Ping Pong logo, the fact that they changed it after Pizzagate picked up isn't surprising. You could probably troll companies into ditching or changing their logo if you generated attention and could legitimately show some resemblance to pedophilia code. There are also examples of degenerate artists and designers putting inappropriate images into children's clothing and movies, so it's possible if you look you will find more questionable logos, but I'd be interested to know who designed it.

On the other hand, the logo and the ties to other pizza-pong places is creepy. There definitely seems to be something homosexual related with the pizza-pong parlors and homosexuals have a predilection for young boys. Various items such as links to Epstein, Haiti, etc. may be independently valid leads. It wouldn't be shocking if something tuned up, but take each lead as separate and evaluate it on its own merits.

The Devil also doesn't need to go overboard. Even without #Pizzagate, the normalization of pedophilia is already underway. While the Internet hunts for evidence of a child rape ring in DC, there are documentaries openly celebrating the psychological torture and genital mutilation of young children. Robert Bork put it well: "The rough beast of decadence, a long time in gestation, having reached its maturity in the last three decades, now sends us slouching towards our new home, not Bethlehem but Gomorrah."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Old White Boomers Are Destroying the Democrat Party

Liberal white supremacy is hard to stop, but at least Howard Dean has opened his eyes.

Vox agrees with the opinion here, that Democrats really need to step up and put female, LGBTQ, transgender women of color into leadership positions.

Democrats need black female leadership
If you're a Democrat and you don't support a gay black women for every party leadership position, then you are objectively a homophobic, racist, and sexist bigot. Loyalty must be rewarded and privileged Whites and Jews must be banished to the back of the party.
How can the Democrats claim the GOP is the White Party when most of their key leaders are Old White People?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Greg Johnson on the Nazi Panic

The Alt Right: Obituary for a Brand?
What is White Nationalism based on? Is it based on objective facts about human nature and politics, facts that are true in all times and places? Is ethnonationalism a political system that is good for all peoples, not just the white ones, much less just the Axis nations? Or is it based what happened in Germany between the World Wars? If ethnonationalism is objectively true and universally valid, then why bring the Nazis into it at all? Particularly because:

Regardless of the truth about National Socialism, our enemies have invested decades of work and billions in capital in turning it into the ultimate political taboo, a toxic stigmatizing brand — the kind of brand that is seared into your flesh. If the NPI audience had broke out into cries of “Hail Satan!” we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. Some of our people conclude that all these defenses must hide the enemy’s greatest weakness. I think that is silly, but even if it were true, only a fool attacks the enemy’s best defended spot, especially when they are incredibly weak elsewhere, e.g., denying the reality of racial differences, proclaiming diversity is a strength, supporting open borders, free trade, hate speech laws, etc.

Even if there were nothing wrong with the Nazi brand at all, it would still have been wrong for Spencer to in effect foist it on people like Jared Taylor, who choose not to use it and trusted Spencer because they thought he understood this.

Please don’t give me the tired argument that they’ll call us Nazis anyway, so we might as well become them. First, some of us really aren’t Nazis. Second, even if you are, we’re only fighting against the whole damn world, so why take on additional and needless burdens? Third, just because your enemies are out to get you doesn’t mean that you should make their work easier. (Compare the press coverage of the recent NPI conference to the coverage of the NPI press conference back in September, then explain to me how the saluting made no difference at all.) Finally, they’ll call you Jews, informants, and fags too. Do you want to own those labels as well?

Cathedral Goes All In on Fake News

The best evidence of Cathedral memetic collapse is its post-Trump meme: "fake news."

The meme died on the spot because the Right immediately reversed the charge. From Walter Duranty to the Tet Offensive to GM gas tanks to George Zimmerman's 911 call, there's no end of "fake news" from mainstream sources.

But the Cathedral isn't giving up. It's expanding the geographic reach of the problem. This time to Italy.

Italy’s Most Popular Political Party Is Leading Europe In Fake News And Kremlin Propaganda
This machine includes not just the party’s own blogs and social accounts, which have millions of followers, but also a collection of profitable sites that describe themselves as “independent news” outlets but are actually controlled by the party leadership. These sites relentlessly regurgitate M5S campaign lines, misinformation, and attacks on political rivals – in particular, centre-left prime minister Matteo Renzi. One of them, TzeTze, has 1.2 million followers on Facebook.

Under lurid, all-capped headline phrases such as “THE TRUTH THEY ARE TRYING TO HIDE FROM US”, the party’s blogs, TzeTze, and other sites in the network have crossposted scores of fake stories. These include claims that the US is secretly funding traffickers bringing migrants from North Africa to Italy, and that Barack Obama wants to topple the Syrian regime to create instability across the region so China cannot get access to its oil.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Protect America's Hearing

H.R.3799 - Hearing Protection Act of 2015
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and (2) treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015 may receive a refund of such tax.

The bill amends the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers.
Pass this bill on a Monday during a week full of major legislative action.

Chinese Hate Western Cucks Too

Trump Triumph Viewed From China
a widely-read Weibo post (again originated from Zhihu) summarizes what Trump’s win has “taught China”, generating tens of thousands of retweets.

“1. We should retain our college entrance exam system that ensures a pathway for poor kids to move up the social ladder. The American election shows how a lack of upward mobility tears apart the society;

2. China should protect its manufacturing sector and prevent it from being outsourced. America’s deindustrialization only benefits capitalists, not workers;

3. China should forcefully resist immigrants and reject political correctness. Illegal immigrants usually compete with lower working class people for jobs, not professional middle class. When the daily safety of working class residents is threatened, they should be able to protect themselves without fear of being politically incorrect.

4. China should be adamantly against excessive care for the LGBT community. Their values and choice should be tolerated, not advocated, especially not at the expense of suppressed mainstream values.”

Before we can properly explore the “Chinese support for Trump”, it is important to separate it from Chinese Americans’ rooting for the Republican candidate, which is based on more substantive issues for people who actually live in the US. A considerable amount of what’s written on Chinese-language sites about the election is actually by Chinese Americans, especially first generation Chinese immigrants. Their opposition to Hillary, and Democrats in general, often centers around issues such as the Affirmative Action which is believed to hurt hard-working Chinese American kids. ...

... The unveiled, intense disdain for American (and European) liberals demonstrated by a substantial segment of the Chinese social media is the key to understanding Trump’s popularity here, and something that ties the “intellectual” side of Trump’s Chinese support with his apparent lack of any intellectual appeal.

On, the Chinese equivalence of Quora, where enthusiasm about Trump is particularly strong, multiple top posts under the “Donald J. Trump” tag center around the theme of liberal hypocrisy and weakness. For a site that pride itself with informed discussions and a respect for expertise, the overall hostility towards Western liberal ideas deserves a moment of reflection. One of the posts that garners more than 18,000 likes is a broad stroke thesis about the decline of Western civilization under the pressure of Muslim immigration. “There are towns in Britain that are completely under the control of Muslim extremists, who are openly using white girls as sex slaves under the eyes of gutless British policemen***. Trump was right when he said there were no-go zones for French policemen in their own country. Western countries are in such a degree of self-deception that politicians like Obama and Merkel can be praised for their appeasement with Islamists while political correctness deters people from talking about the existential threat to Western civilization.”

It is one thing to be critical of the liberal ideas of multiculturalism and freedom of religion, it is quite another when a Chinese shows that level of concern for the demise of the West. ... Deep down they still see the West as something to aspire to, and they feel frustrated when “weak” liberal leaders squander their full hand of good cards. “Angry about them not putting up a fight” (怒其不争), as one Chinese saying goes.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nazi Panic: Roosh and Vox Do Not Disavow

Vox writes in I do not disavow
That being said, I don't believe there is a genuine schism, because the Alt-Lite has never been, and will never be, the Alt-Right proper. It is, rather, a large pool of newly awakened conservatives and liberals who are only beginning to shed the lies of the propaganda in which they have been steeped for their entire lives. Also, it is neither disavowing nor attacking someone to criticize a specific action they have taken. I've been criticized by my social media allies before, and while it wasn't public, it was certainly every bit as direct as most of the criticism that has been directed at Spencer. The criticism was justified, I appreciated the criticism, and most importantly, I learned from it and adapted my behavior according to their advice.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Alt-Lite to Alt-White spectrum has been the ability of the various parties to bury the hatchet and avoid the virulent divisions that the media, and occasionally, some of the followers, would like to see. Everyone is excited about the ascension of the God-Emperor Trump, so it should not be surprising that a few of us managed to go a little overboard, after all, we have had far too political successes to celebrate for most of our lives. But the tide is turning, so it is time to learn how to discipline ourselves and be prepared for the larger-scale challenges to come.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ramzpaul: Alt-Right is Dead

We Don't Need White People Running DNC

We don't need white people leading the Democratic Party right now
"In my opinion, we don't need white people leading the Democratic Party right now," she told CNN's Brianna Keilar Wednesday on "Wolf."

"The Democratic Party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in our leadership and throughout the staff at the highest levels from the vice chairs to the secretaries all the way down to the people working in the offices at the DNC," Sanders added.
If you believe in diversity then you can have no other position. The White Supremacy of the Democrat Party must end. People of Color must be placed into leadership positions. Show America the way! If you won't do it, why should anyone listen to Democrat hypocrisy on race?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nazi Panic

Neo-Nazi 'alt-right' crowd cheers the president-elect with 'Hail Trump'

Americans hate Nazis, Communists and Anarchists. Communism is foreign cancer from Europe, as is Nazism and Anarchism. The Amerikaner far-right thinks the mistake of WWII was Truman didn't give Patton the atomic bomb and let him march a reformed German army into Russia, that McCarthy failed in wiping out communists in America. America didn't kill too many Nazis. America killed too few communists.

The Right needn't punch right, but the goal is not rehabilitating Nazis, it's to punch the commies out of America.

This is the greatest challenge for the populist dissident Right in America:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Association with things Americans hate doesn't further the goal. Nazi trolling is an example of agree and amplify, not a mission statement for a successful dissident Right.

Update: Well trolled? There is a victim from the NPI salute incident. Politico's National editor has resigned after publishing Spencer's home address and threatening violence.

National Politico Editor RESIGNS After Publishing Home Addresses Of Alt-Right Icon Richard Spencer, Advocating For ‘Baseball Bats’

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sailer Reminds Us of Hamilton's Immigration Position

If the dissident Right wins, all the Founders will rise in stature (because American), but Hamilton might rise the furthest because he's generally disliked for his pro-tariff, pro-central bank, pro-centralization positions. He also wanted an American King and didn't want foreigners becoming citizens.

The impolicy of admitting foreigners to an immediate and unreserved participation in the right of suffrage, or in the sovereignty of a Republic, is as much a received axiom as any thing in the science of politics, and is verified by the experience of all ages. Among other instances, it is known, that hardly any thing contributed more to the downfall of Rome, than her precipitate communication of the privileges of citizenship to the inhabitants of Italy at large. And how terribly was Syracuse scourged by perpetual seditions, when, after the overthrow of the tyrants, a great number of foreigners were suddenly admitted to the rights of citizenship? Not only does ancient but modern, and even domestic history furnish evidence of what may be expected from the dispositions of foreigners, when they get too early footing in a country. Who wields the sceptre of France, and has erected a Despotism on the ruins of a Republic? A foreigner. Who rules the councils of our own ill-fated, unhappy country? And who stimulates persecution on the heads of its citizens, for daring to maintan an opinion, and for exercising the rights of suffrage? A foreigner!5 Where is the virtuous pride that once distinguished Americans? Where the indignant spirit which in defence of principle, hazarded a revolution to attain that independence now insidiously attacked?
Hamilton Denounces Jefferson for Putting Immigrants on the Path to Citizenship

Immigration Destroyed the Democrat Party, How to Nail the Coffin Shut

A popular meme says the Democrat Party didn't come up with new ideas, they just imported new voters. The "immigration as vote stuffing" meme.

Voting stuffing is the action, but what is the inaction? Thanks to vote stuffing, Democrats didn't worry about messaging, other than KKKrazy glue to align their voting blocs against the White Party.

As a result, the Democrat Party is an intellectually atrophied party attracting low quality candidates.

The best thing for the Democrat Party and the nation would be a ban on immigration.

If the GOP wants to ice the Democrats, it now has the power.

Republicans now control most state legislature and governorships.

The next step is to pick off a few more White votes.

Finally, in a state such as Minnesota where the GOP controls the legislature, it should pass policies to push Democrat-voting immigrants into deep blue states.

GOP states should be tougher than Trump on immigration.

Play the Electoral College map. If Los Angeles and San Francisco want to be sanctuary cities, if California wants to be a sanctuary state, let it.

Friday, November 18, 2016

China Doesn't Recognize Borders or Nations, Only Blood

Update: Derb comments at Other People’s Nationalism: China
The Economist keeps losing! Sad! Now it's mad at the Chinese.

The upper Han
China felt it could act this way because it does not accept dual nationality. The law is ambiguous, however. It stipulates first that a person taking a foreign passport “automatically” loses their Chinese nationality and then, contradictorily, that an individual has to “renounce” their nationality (hand in their household-registration documents and passport) and that the renunciation must be approved. According to Mr Gui’s daughter, he went through the process of relinquishing his citizenship. Yet the Chinese authorities considered that his foreign passport was superseded by birth and ethnicity: both Mr Gui and Mr Lee are Han, the ethnic group that makes up 92% of mainland China’s population.

Ethnicity is central to China’s national identity. It is the Han, 1.2bn of them in mainland China alone, that most people refer to as “Chinese”, rather than the country’s minorities, numbering 110m people. Ethnicity and nationality have become almost interchangeable for China’s Han, says James Leibold of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. That conflation is of fundamental importance. It defines the relations between the Han and other ethnic groups. By narrowing its legal labour market almost entirely to people of Han descent, ethnicity is shaping the country’s economy and development. And it strains foreign relations, too. Even ethnic Han whose families left for other countries generations ago are often regarded as part of a coherent national group, both by China’s government and people.
In China's defense, someone who obtains a foreign passport, but spends all their time involved in their home nation's politics, reveals their true allegiance.
Chinese are now organising in small ways to fight for labour rights, gay rights and environmental concerns but there is little indication that Han are gathering to defend their ethnic peers—perhaps unsurprisingly, given that to do so could be seen as supporting separatism. If anything, the opposite is true: the government’s rhetoric, particularly on the dangers of Islam, has exacerbated existing divisions.

Hui Muslims have long been the successful face of Chinese multiculturalism: they are better integrated into Han culture and widely dispersed (importantly they speak Mandarin and often look less distinct). Yet Islamophobia is rising, particularly online; social-media posts call for Hui Muslims to “go back to the Middle East”. In July, Mr Xi used a trip to Ningxia province, the Hui heartland, to warn Chinese Muslims to resist “illegal religious infiltration activities” and “carry forward the patriotic tradition”, a sign that he views this group with suspicion, as well as those on China’s fringe with a history of separatism.
Cathedral indoctrinated Chinese are increasingly at risk. The Muslims have been in China for centuries, yet perhaps they too will have to go back.
The Chinese government even risks clashing with foreign governments by claiming some form of jurisdiction over their ethnic-Han citizens. Last year the government of Malaysia (where the Han population is 25%) censured the Chinese ambassador when he declared that China “would not sit idly by” if its “national interests” and the “interests of Chinese citizens” were violated. The threat he saw was a potentially violent pro-Malay rally, planned in an area where almost all traders were Han but few were Chinese nationals. In isolated cases it goes further. The arrest and detention of naturalised American citizens born in China has long been an irritant in relations between the countries.
If the globalists win, then ironically, no nation can accept Chinese on its soil because the Chinese government will claim their presence confers a right to intervene. The American government has already made Americans pariahs in much of the world, at least when it comes to simple things like opening bank accounts.
China’s Han-centred worldview is not just a historical curiosity. It is a decisive force in the way it wields its growing power in the world—a state that respects neither equality nor civil liberties at home and may ignore them abroad too. In economic terms, China will cut itself off from an important source of economic growth, waste resources in discriminating against ethnic minorities and fail to use its human talent to better effect. Exacerbating ethnic tensions may spur the separatism it fears. And by sorting citizens abroad by their ethnic identity rather than their national one—whether by claiming to defend “its own” or punish them for disloyalty—China risks clashing with other countries. Over the past century, China’s founding myth has been a source of strength. But as it looks forwards, China risks being borne back ceaselessly into its own past.
China’s Han-centred worldview is not just a historical curiosity. It is a decisive force in the way it wields its growing power in the world—a state that respects neither equality nor civil liberties at home and may ignore them abroad too. In economic terms, China will cut itself off from an important source of economic growth, waste resources in discriminating against ethnic minorities and fail to use its human talent to better effect. Exacerbating ethnic tensions may spur the separatism it fears. And by sorting citizens abroad by their ethnic identity rather than their national one—whether by claiming to defend “its own” or punish them for disloyalty—China risks clashing with other countries. Over the past century, China’s founding myth has been a source of strength. But as it looks forwards, China risks being borne back ceaselessly into its own past.
Also consider this news: Locals come first: the end of the golden era for expats in China?
“I think the sense now is the fewer foreigners in China, the better,” the management consultant and entrepreneur told the Post from his home in Beijing.

“I think there’s a sense that the country needs to be Chinese.”
Globalism doesn't work when one nation sells out its jobs and companies, and the other refuses to allow foreigners to take their companies or jobs. Even if nationalism didn't revive politically, an ethnic nationalism of only dealing with your own people and keeping business and capital inside the group, would form as a response to global competitive threats.

Oh what a mess the Cathedral made.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Panic as Google Announces Ban on Fake News

The editorial boards of the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, BBC and other mainstream/state media outlets are in a state of total panic after Google News announced it would ban fake news.

Google boss: We will 'work to fix' fake news

Chinese and Russian state media were also said to be upset over the new Google rules, while North Korea's Kim Jong-Il heralded the decision stating, "DPRK media only publishes 100% verified truth."

Along with the DPRK state organs, a coterie of shitposters and niche news outlets across the ideological spectrum welcomed the news. Many are preparing for surging traffic following implementation of the fake news ban.

The National Enquirer is expected to become a top 10 media site in 2017, with speculation the Daily Mail could become the most visited news site in the world.

There was confusion at the offices of The Onion, a publisher that openly reports fake news. However, The Onion editorial board believes it will succeed under the new rules because an internal study showed The Onion articles contained an average of 25 percent more reality than The New York Times.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 Post-Mortem I

In the 2016 Election, the Alt-Right had the truth about the polls. Trump won the Electoral College bigly.

One possible explanation for why the Cathedral was wrong is information transmission broke down.

In the past, the media passively absorbed information and served as the central gatekeeping node in the network. It controlled information by deciding which information flowed out, or by reforming it into Narrative. It had all the information because it all flowed through its gates.

I submit that in 2016, the information stopped flowing. The Cathedral is no longer a central node in the network, it is a local node in the Left network.

New local nodes on the Right now serve as focal points for the Right.

If this is true, the Cathedral wasn't lying. The lugenpresse wasn't lying. It was blinded. They didn't know. They didn't know there was a large pool of Trump support because this information did not flow into the Cathedral central nodes. They didn't know there was an untapped pool of white voters for the GOP because the information didn't flow. This is the exact opposite case with the dissident Right, which allows information to fully flow from all other nodes. Or, a less optimistic model, the dissident Right can't yet shut off the flow from leftist nodes because their signals are way stronger. The dissident Right hears leftists arguments all the time. For the time being it is also more realistic though: it knows there is a large and growing pool of Democrat voters, that is one of the central organizing pieces of information, what pulls many people out of Cathedral-controlled Outer Party and into the dissident Right.

This failure of information collection is largely the fault of the Cathedral because it got lazy and assumed it was still functioning as a central node. (The Cathederal also went full Narrative, and believed it was shaping reality.) The information is out there, but it requires going out and getting it. They may or may not make the same mistake in 2020. The AI prediction bot correctly called the election based on social media data.

There also was some sabotage by the Right: Trump voters refused to talk to exit pollsters. Most media outlets could not call the races even on election night, but the Cathedral had the information it needed: the NYTimes website was very accurate once it had enough data (it was projecting final vote total based on what areas had yet to vote), it showed PA and MI for Trump around 9:30 or 10 PM if I recall correctly and Trump was already above 50% odds of winning earlier in the evening. They ignored it because exit polls told them the race was tighter. It's likely Trump voters were doing the same thing to pollsters throughout the campaign. (The Cathedral also sabotages itself with censorship and political correctness, they made the shy Trump voter into a thing. This is a bigger factor when looking beyond the 2016 campaign to the wider society.)

If that's the case, it's possible that the key "truth" in the election was the dissident Right itself and the fact that it effectively denied information to the enemy. The key piece of information we had on the Right was self-knowledge, that we existed. Second, we caused the Cathedral to believe it had an accurate picture of reality. Most importantly, the Right redirected information flow away from Cathedral nodes and through local nodes, for example Mr. Trump's Facebook and Twitter feeds. Information was (passively) denied to the Cathedral and more of the non-dissent Right started using alternative information sources.

Although Black Lives Matter and Univision are Cathedral, they are also local nodes and sometimes indirectly oppose the Cathedral's goals by soaking up attention. Keeping everyone on the same page becomes harder and harder for the Cathedral.

Technology is fracturing the polity. The Cathedral is fighting a losing battle against a force of Nature. More and more people, enemy and ally alike, will obtain information that is produced outside of Cathedral control. We don't want to see false narratives, but even the false narratives will increasingly come from non-Cathedral sources. The Cathedral cannot make a pareto-optimal move. It either has to become truthful, in which case it must push the Overton window far to the right. Or it doubles down on false narratives and tries to manage a declining empire. At least in the first week post-election, with a far-left black Muslim being proposed as DNC head, it is doubling down.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

White Democrats Are Well and Truly Dead

The lesson of 2016 for Democrats should be: there's too much racism in America. To fix it, it's up to the Democrats to become even more diverse. Every white Democrat is taking a spot away from a minority.

House Democrats Are Getting More Diverse. Republicans Aren’t.

I Lined My Pockets in Betting Markets

I hope everyone who played in the betting markets made bank.

If you didn't, information asymmetry isn't limited to polls. The Cathedral spouts nonsense about climate change and diversity, and invests (or refuses to invest) lots of money based on those ideas. More opportunities to profit will come in the future.

Trumpenreich Favors Nuclear Families

We know married couples vote Republican more than single people, but Republicans never do anything to promote the nuclear family. They push things like child tax credits that help all families with children, but do not design the law to tilt benefits in favor of marriage and procreation.

That is changing.

Buried in the Trump tax plans are changes to the individual tax code that favor married couples with children.

Donald Trump's Tax Plan Would Hit Single Parents Hard
hree major changes make Trump’s plan particularly hard on single parents.

First, he would eliminate the head-of-household filing status, thus requiring single parents to file as individuals. By itself, that boosts tax rates for single parents at most income ranges.

Second, although Trump would boost the standard deduction, he would eliminate personal and dependent exemptions, raising taxable income for all single parents who do not itemize. Under current law in 2017, a single parent with one child can take a $9,400 standard deduction and two $4,100 exemptions, thus reducing her taxable income by $17,600. Trump would replace that combination with a $15,150 standard deduction, making $2,450 more income subject to tax. And bigger families would get hit even harder—their taxable income under Trump’s plan would go up by $4,100 for each additional child, relative to current law.

Finally—and most consequentially—Trump would collapse the current tax schedule from seven rates to three. That may seem less complicated but it would actually raise rates at some income levels. The result: Higher taxes for many heads of household. For example, in 2017 a single parent with one child who claims the standard deduction would face a 25 percent tax rate on adjusted gross income (AGI) between $53,050 and $68,550, compared with just a 15 percent rate under current law.
Remember the child care tax credit? Turns out everyone may get it:Trump Child Care Tax Deduction Has Nothing to Do with Child Care
The amount would be pegged to the average cost of child care in your state (the national average is $12,000 per year per child), and can be claimed for up to four children. It is disallowed (apparently in a cliff cutoff) at $500,000 for a married couple and $250,000 for all others.

Here’s the rub: the deduction is available both to families who enroll their children in child care and those who do not.

Currently, the dependent deduction is $4000 per child. Applying the national average for child care costs ($12,000) increases this de facto to $16,000.

When combined with the $4000 personal exemption, the $12,600 standard deduction, and the child tax credit, most families of four would face no income tax on their first $60,000-$70,000 of earnings.

That’s the story from the Trump announcement, not anything having to do with child care costs. He has proposed a big tax cut for families with kids which is of limited help to the very poor (their taxable income is already $0), is a good amount of help for median/middle class families, and is a pretty large windfall for all but the wealthiest parents in America.
In other words, the law might encourage middle class and wealthy families to have more children. Single parents will be hit, and some single childless people may also see some tax burden shifted their way.

In other words, it's a eucivic change to the tax code.

Get ready for a battle royale with progressives and GOP cucks over these changes to the law.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What's Next?

Deportation of all illegal aliens and all children (including U.S. citizens).

Reduction in all legal immigration, with bans on low skilled immigration (low skill includes liberal arts majors). Top talent only.

Retroactive repeal of birthright citizenship.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Was White Nationalism Created by the Racist FBI?

Whatever happens on Tuesday, this election season ended with leftists attacking the FBI for being too White.

If the Cathedral could manufacture Russian control of Trump, could it hilariously reinterpret the Right's "FBI run KKK" meme?

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A Visitor From the Cathedral Echo Chamber

If you're online and Alt-Right by now you've seen Chris Matthews' endorsement of Trump.

30 Seconds Of 'Deplorable' Reality From MSNBC's Chris Matthews

Matthews has a soft spot for Reagan Democrats, the white working class. I'm not sure if he was anti-Reagan in the early 80s, if so he might come around on Trump too.

The best part of the clip isn't the endorsement though, it's Matthews telling us he is deep in the Cathedral's echo chamber:
Whatever you think of Donald Trump, I mean, whatever you think of Donald Trump, you have to wonder, why isn't he doing it? Why isn't he running for president?

Why isn't he spending every hour asking the voters again and again do you like way things are? The way they've been headed in this country? Do you like the continued destruction of our manufacturing base, and the jobs that went with it? Do you like the uncontrolled illegal immigration? Do you like the string of stupid wars from Iraq to Libya to Syria? if you want to say yes to all of that, if you want to keep all this way it is, vote for Hillary Clinton. If you don't like the way things have been headed, you have have a chance to really shake the system to its roots.

And if you wake up the day after the election, and if it is the same as it is today. If it's the same four, five, or eight years from now, remember you had the chance to change it but you were too dainty to do it.

If Trump were to win the election, those would be the reasons listed right at the top of the newspaper the day afterward. So why doesn't he say now what would win him the election? Why doesn't he fight and create stupid headlines with his battles with Megyn Kelly and Dana Bash?

He seems to devote everyday day after day to fighting fights that make people forget the reasons he started running for president, reasons that continue to carry the shrinking chance he has to win this thing. I say this not because I want Trump to win, but because I can't stand politics being practiced so pathetically.
If you watch Trump rallies online, you know he's saying exactly that in slightly less polished language.

Matthews is correct if he leveled this criticism at Trump for his debate performance because this is all Trump should have spoken about. It isn't really fair to Trump the candidate though, because Cathedral media created the narrative. Trump fell into their narrative because he is not a practiced politician,but it's hard to say what else he could have done outside of the debate. If Trump was "presidential" and ignored the charges, does anyone think the media would not have run coverage 24/7 about how Trump is avoiding the issue?

Yoga Pants Killing Post-Menopausal Women

Mysterious Infection Linked To Water Targets Healthy, Fit People In Our Area
It’s a lung infection, similar to tuberculosis, that is caused by a bacteria found mainly in water but also in soil and in the air. Doctors say NTM is rare but the number of patients is growing.

The unlikely victims are white, thin, post-menopausal women who live in affluent neighborhoods around Philadelphia’s Main Line. “This is being researched very intensively right now,” says Dr. Leah Lande, a pulmonologist at Lankenau Medical Center which is part of Main Line Health.

...Doctors say African-Americans and people who are heavy tend to not get NTM even though the bacteria that causes it is everywhere.

So why do only certain people develop the infection? “We don’t know,” says Dr. Lande. “A lot of people are trying to figure that out now but that’s not really understood right now.”
It doesn't say they've ruled out yoga pants as a cause, and black women and heavy women tend to wear yoga pants less.

New Hard Right Site: Men of the West

Welcome to the Hard Right
What is civilization? It is expectation. It is shared protocol. It isn’t so much about what thing is done but how one does that thing. The savage shows up at the local Wal-Mart in pajamas. The civilized man shows up dressed within the socially acceptable norms.

Aha! But what if pajamas are within the social norms? Then you’re in a civilization of savages. See, we have this notion that civilization is related to what we think of as civilized, but that is a lie. The cannibals of the darkest jungle are a civilization. But they are not civilized.

These are different concepts. Most all of us come from some civilization, but to be considered civilized, you must abide by the protocols of the civilization you are currently inhabiting.

And make no mistake. All civilizations are not equal. Equality does not exist on this earth. For example, you may admire the pygmies of New Guinea, but they haven’t launched a space program, have they? They have produced no great works of art, have they? Can you name their great composers?

But am I not judging them by the standards of my own civilization? Indeed, I am. Because I happen to very much prefer my own civilization. To paraphrase Jules his own bad self… Humans may taste like bacon and pork chops, but I would never know because I would never eat the filthy… and so it goes. No doubt the savages of the islands would think me an idiot for the refusal.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Trump Breaks 40

Trump broke through 40 cents at the Iowa Electronic Market. This is the highest I expected Trump would reach in the market because of anti-Trump propaganda in the media, so I read this as the market effectively saying the race is a toss up. If you're looking for better betting odds, Betting sites still have Trump around 25%.

Update: With Trump odds at 40, I'm now betting on Republicans holding onto the Senate. Odds there are still less than 3:1.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Huge Buying of Trump at the Iowa Electronic Market

You have to pay almost 39 cents if you want a Trump contract now (2.6:1 odds, down from more than 11:1 days ago). Volume for Mr. Trump was more than 10,000 contracts yesterday.

If you really want to bet big money (the entire IEM winner-take-all presidential market is only $113,000 currently) then currency markets are where to play. The Mexican peso will tank if Trump wins and the Chinese yuan might be devalued if they decide they need to act before he takes office. China cannot allow its currency to rise or even stay level with the U.S. dollar if it continues to rise, and it is going to fall anyway.



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