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."



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