5.22.2017

How Did Chinese Dismantle CIA Network

Was it hacking, or a mole? Whatever it was, good luck trying to find the noise in all this signaling.
House IT Aides Fear Suspects In Hill Breach Are Blackmailing Members With Their Own Data

A manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices, offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his Pakistani brothers, but the members declined. At the time, he couldn’t understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans exerted some type of leverage over members.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” he said.
Everyone thinks blackmail, but why not "that's racist!" like in Rotherham.

New Class War

The New Class War
Hobson’s lurid prediction of “yellow mercenary troops” being used to suppress Western workforces, like similar turn-of-the-century Yellow Peril prophecies, has not materialized. But his other predictions, translated into modern language, have come to pass. The claim of neoliberal ideologues that Western industrial workers who lose their jobs to offshoring in China and other low-wage countries would obtain new and better jobs in the “knowledge economy” was precisely a promise that, in the postindustrial West, most workers would share the intellectual property rents of the knowledge economy, rather like “independent gentlemen,” while Asian proles and peasants labored in factories. In the pages of the Economist and other propaganda organs of the managerial oligarchy, the claim that the lower prices of Chinese consumer goods outweigh the harm done to the Western working class by partial deindustrialization is routinely repeated, more than a century after Hobson’s prediction.

Hobson envisioned a dystopian future for a deindustrialized West ruled by a class of transnational managers and investors:

We have foreshadowed the possibility of an even larger alliance of Western States, a European federation of great Powers which, so far from forwarding the cause of world-civilisation, might introduce the gigantic peril of a Western parasitism, a group of advanced industrial nations, whose upper classes drew vast tribute from Asia and Africa, with which they supported great tame masses of retainers, no longer engaged in the staple industries of agriculture and manufacture, but kept in the performance of personal or minor industrial services under the control of a new financial aristocracy.

Hobson further warned: “The greater part of Western Europe might then assume the appearance and character already exhibited by tracts of country in the South of England, in the Riviera, and in the tourist-ridden or residential parts of Italy and Switzerland, little clusters of wealthy aristocrats drawing dividends and pensions from the Far East, with a somewhat larger group of professional retainers and tradesmen and a large body of personal servants.” The “little clusters” of rich rentiers and their professional retainers and menial servants bring to mind today’s increasingly stratified “global cities” like London, New York, and San Francisco, embedded in nation-states with large tracts of derelict, former industrial zones.

5.19.2017

The Overton Window in One Picture

Fox News is "right-wing" because it is actually"Fair and Balanced" in its news reporting.
Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias

5.18.2017

Unskilled Labor Destroys Productivity

Sailer finds another mistake in the mainstream financial press: Oops ...
Productivity in [U.S.] construction has contracted at a 1% annual rate since 1995, according to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of McKinsey & Co., due in part to reliance on unskilled workers and in part to government red tape.

Joel Shine, chief executive of builder Woodside Homes Inc., visited Kyoto, Japan, to see how firms there use automation in home construction. He thinks it would take at least a decade for the innovations to become mainstream in the U.S., in part because they would require building-code changes.
The most simple model of capitalism is a man on an island. He can catch enough fish and coconuts during the day to stay alive. However, if he takes time to make a spear, he could catch more fish. Since his spear making will take several hours, he works extra hard to catch more fish and coconuts one day, eating the surplus while he makes his tool. Now he can generate surplus everyday, and he starts drying fish to preserve them. Then he realizes with a net he could catch enough fish in one day to feed himself for a month, and then he can dry them for a day, and have the rest of the month free. And then he'd have time to build a nice shelter instead of living under a lean-to...

Create extra resources so you can build better tools, to create even more extra resources and build even better tools. Productivity goes up and wages follow. Constraining labor supply forces greater investment in capital (including intellectual), easing labor supply retards capital accumulation and capital investment.

Leave out debt and all the other complexities of a modern economy. At he most basic level, unskilled/low-skill immigration and the economic arguments in favor of it are retarded. The only time it might make sense is when there is a capital surplus, a dearth of labor AND capital investments in productivity will take time (wages would be high and rising rapidly). And then it would only make sense to use temporary guest workers who can accelerate productivity gains (such as rebuilding highways after the war in Germany), workers who are sent home after their term of service.

5.17.2017

The Cathedral Bubble Crystallizes

Urban Douthat goes full Cathedral, or is so gaslit it makes no difference.

The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump
But a child also cannot really commit “high crimes and misdemeanors” in any usual meaning of the term. There will be more talk of impeachment now, more talk of a special prosecutor for the Russia business; well and good. But ultimately I do not believe that our president sufficiently understands the nature of the office that he holds, the nature of the legal constraints that are supposed to bind him, perhaps even the nature of normal human interactions, to be guilty of obstruction of justice in the Nixonian or even Clintonian sense of the phrase. I do not believe he is really capable of the behind-the-scenes conspiring that the darker Russia theories envision. And it is hard to betray an oath of office whose obligations you evince no sign of really understanding or respecting.

Which is not an argument for allowing him to occupy that office. It is an argument, instead, for using a constitutional mechanism more appropriate to this strange situation than impeachment: the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows for the removal of the president if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet informs the Congress that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” and (should the president contest his own removal) a two-thirds vote by Congress confirms the cabinet’s judgment.

The Trump situation is not exactly the sort that the amendment’s Cold War-era designers were envisioning. He has not endured an assassination attempt or suffered a stroke or fallen prey to Alzheimer’s. But his incapacity to really govern, to truly execute the serious duties that fall to him to carry out, is nevertheless testified to daily — not by his enemies or external critics, but by precisely the men and women whom the Constitution asks to stand in judgment on him, the men and women who serve around him in the White House and the cabinet.

Read the things that these people, members of his inner circle, his personally selected appointees, say daily through anonymous quotations to the press. (And I assure you they say worse off the record.) They have no respect for him, indeed they seem to palpitate with contempt for him, and to regard their mission as equivalent to being stewards for a syphilitic emperor.

It is not squishy New York Times conservatives who regard the president as a child, an intellectual void, a hopeless case, a threat to national security; it is people who are self-selected loyalists, who supported him in the campaign, who daily go to work for him. And all this, in the fourth month of his administration.

Rural VDH wants Severed Heads
Donald ‘You’re Fired’ Trump

Into this matrix barged politically incorrect and often mercurial Donald Trump, whose past televised celebrity was largely a result of hosting a reality show in which he ostentatiously fired poor performers.
Trump’s misdemeanor was not that he fired someone who deserved to be fired, but that he did so as if he were still the host of The Apprentice rather than the president of the United States.

Yet the real felony remains the exemptions given to high officials such as Lerner, Napolitano, and Rice who have wreaked havoc because they assume they will never be fired. Even a badly conducted severing of a culpable government head is always preferable to an adroit exemption from any consequences. The one is rare and salutary, the other is commonplace and insidious.

Cry not for the firing of James Comey, but for the thousands of Americans who suffer from these incompetent and haughty officials who are never held accountable.

Benedict XVI Speaks

Benedict XVI SPEAKS: “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.

5.16.2017

Progressives Are Cargo Cultists

The women missing from the silver screen and the technology used to find them
When they were 8 and 10, Kimberly and Rebecca Yeung had to choose who to send to space. The spacecraft the two constructed in their garage only had a payload big enough for one action figure. The sisters decided on Rey, the heroine of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

With Rey in the captain’s seat, the Yeung sisters’ spaceship lifted off. It was powered by a helium-filled balloon and was outfitted with solar panels, GPS, video cameras, and sensors to capture data and relay it back to Earth in real time. Their hope: reach the stratosphere at roughly 40,000 feet. Instead they soared even higher, to 101,000 ft. They had reached beyond their dreams, to the very edge of space.

Rey may be a fictional character, but to Rebecca and Kimberly she is a very real role model. “We know that sometimes people have said that things like technology and science were only for boys,” Kimberly says. “But knowing that there are people who are role models for us makes us feel good about our interests and what we like to do.”
This is a weak form of the cargo cult, that if you put images of people doing things on the screen, then people will be willing and able to do them.
The characters we see on-screen play a significant part in determining the roles we occupy off-screen. In a recent study, only 15% of K-12 students remember seeing women performing computer science tasks "most of the time" in film or TV. This is reflected in real life where women make up only 17% of computer science majors – a steady decline from a peak at 37% in 1984. There are many reasons for this decline, but stronger female representation in programming, coding, and engineering roles on the big screen can help everyone envision women filling those roles in real life. This is an issue Google's Computer Science in Media team has been focused on for years, working with creators and producers to improve the portrayal of these fields in TV and movies.
We know the reason for the decline: feminism and wealth. The greater the wealth, the greater the choices available to women, and the more they gravitate to "feminine" jobs.

Exit questions:

If you raise your daughter without television or movies, would she be more or less likely to take up computer science?
Two daughters are raised by a single parent, one by the mother, the other by the father. Which one is more likely to study computer science?

What Did Democrats Know, And When Did They Know It?

Family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich blasts detective over report of WikiLeaks link
Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails With WikiLeaks: Report
"My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks," Wheeler told Fox News. "I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters."

“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler told Fox News. “That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”
Using Cathedral standards of evidence:

Anyone pushing the Russia Narrative could potentially be part of a vast left-wing conspiracy covering up the murder of Seth Rich. The murder was probably ordered by a high level official in the Obama White House or the Hillary Clinton campaign. We know Obama said, "I'm really good at killing people." We know a lot of Clinton associates turn up dead. This is stronger evidence than Trump saying something nice about Putin.

We need a special prosecutor to investigate every high level official who pushed the Russia Narrative because we don't know who is at the center of the conspiracy. Also for prominent journalists driving the case. WaPo has been particularly aggressive. Jeff Bezos should be investigated too. We need to unmask all of them in NSA surveillance and look into all their communications over the past year. It's the only way we can be sure what happened.

What are the odds 200 members of Congress will be put in prison by 2019? If you are in the Cathedral, you must think those odds are 80% or more.

Will Donald Trump be president at year-end 2018?. Current price for yes is 63 cents, a 59% return if Trump is still in office at the end of 2018.

5.15.2017

Even Progressive Narratives on TV Shows Are Failing

Emily Nussbaum called this the problem of the "Bad Fan." There will always be some viewers, she wrote, who are "watching [the show] wrong." Nor is this new; Nussbaum pointed out that "there was always a subset of Sopranos fans that just wanted better and bloodier whackings — and there's a subset of Breaking Bad fans that will always want Walt to wear that hot black hat."
The more the Narrative deviates from reality, the more "bad fans" will multiply.

Show creator Vince Gilligan:
[W]ith the risk of painting with too broad a brush, I think the people who have these issues with the wives being too bitchy on Breaking Bad are misogynists, plain and simple. I like Skyler a little less now that she's succumbed to Walt's machinations, but in the early days she was the voice of morality on the show. She was the one telling him, "You can't cook crystal meth." She's got a tough job being married to this asshole. And this, by the way, is why I should avoid the internet at all costs. People are griping about Skyler White being too much of a killjoy to her meth-cooking, murdering husband? She's telling him not to be a murderer and a guy who cooks drugs for kids. How could you have a problem with that?
Skyler's role in the show is wife and mother, but she rarely came across as the innocent victim of her husband's crimes. Contrast her with Lorraine Bracco's Karen in Goodfellas.
The inverse truth is that when you've made the wife the antagonist and stripped her of the thrills of villainy — when you've made her not just the boring wife, but also the show's moral center? Well, that there's a recipe for massive annoyance.
There is no center in a morally relativistic world.
You know who doesn't have an annoying sister? Or a pregnant belly? Or a baby? Or any vulnerability — or expectations of the antiheroic protagonist? Kim Wexler.

Better Call Saul's Kim is put together. She's sexy. Whereas Skyler was homebound a lot of the time, a lumpen shadow haunting the White abode, Kim barely has a home at all; she showers at the gym. Skyler starts the series glumping around in robes and hideous beauty masks. Kim wakes up looking amazing in a T-shirt.
Kim is liked because she is an innocent woman, a good woman who loves Jimmy. Even if they give her a crooked bitch backstory, she'll probably still be liked by fans as long as she doesn't stab Jimmy in the back.

5.14.2017

Migrant Crisis Red Pills China

Outside In copies the main thrust of a worried progressive piece on the rise of "white left" as a slur in China. 白左

This is the explanation:
However, Chinese netizens’ fierce attacks against the ‘white left’ seem curiously devoid of experiential motivation, since all these problems that conservatives in the west are concerned about – immigration, multiculturalism, minority rights, and affirmative actions – are largely unknown to Chinese society.

I don't buy the affirmative action argument because Chinese (and other high-achieving Asians) in America dislike it, but it doesn't turn them right-wing.

Anti-Muslim policies of the government probably moved them in a reactionary direction. Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

I suspect the migrant crisis was the red pill for China. Everything else was in play long ago, but nothing sparked a reaction like the one currently forming.

Once China realizes this can be useful in geopolitics, as it was for Russia, we'll be getting gold pandas to stack next to our commemorative Putin gold coins.

Consider the term "Manchurian blogger" officially coined.

5.10.2017

Help Wanted at TWiR

Nick B Steves is looking for volunteers to help write This Week in Reaction:
Calling all NEETs…
This whole process takes about 20 hours per week. It’s 20 hours I don’t actually… ya know… have. And that’s why I’m asking for your help, dear NEET or otherwise industrious person who wishes to have a hand in the creation of this “social glue” of The Reactosphere®

I propose to divide the work up into beats. There are several beats that’d I’d like to hold onto for strategic reasons, but there are several I would be happy to farm out to an industrious minion or two or three or four. Beats are somewhat negotiable, but they need to be helpful… to me. Following only your favorite blogger is probably not going to be helpful… unless that blogger happens to be Porter, Evolutionist X, SoBL, Jim, or Quas Lacrimas, who already have their own delineated subsections within the TWiR… in which case you may have just found yerself a beat!

Barring those, the two most critical beats I need help on are the “Orthosphere Beat” and the “Arts & Letters Beat”. Each of these include a large number of sites the output of which and the applicability of which varies from week to week.

Computers Are Racist

More proof, as if we needed any, that "racist!" is a catch-all term for "bad."
A Chinese professor has expressed surprise after a study he co-authored that said machines could be programmed to tell if a person was a criminal was slammed by Google researchers as “scientific racism”.

In the paper, submitted last November to Cornell University Library’s arXiv site, an online repository of moderated scientific papers, Wu and his student Zhang Xi wrote that they found machines could use data to make reliable inferences about whether someone was a criminal. The study was based on an analysis of almost 2,000 Chinese government ID photos of criminals and non-criminals.

“Given the race, gender and age, the faces of law-abiding members of the public have a greater degree of resemblance compared with the faces of criminals,” the pair wrote, noting that criminals tended to have eyes that were closer together.
Studying Chinese faces is now racist in China, because racist.
Professor claims AI can spot criminals by looking at photos 90 percent of the time
In the first paper, Wu and his student Zhang Xi explained they used computer vision and machine learning to see if a computer could distinguish criminals from non-criminals by analyzing the faces of 1,856 people.

Wu and his team collected ID card photos that satisfied the following criteria - Chinese, male, between the ages of 18 and 55, no facial hair, no facial scars or other markings.

The ID photos of the 1,126 non-criminals of men were from a wide range of professions and social status; and the 730 ID photos of criminals came from those published by public security bureaus in different provinces in China.

The computer found that the angle from the nose tip to the corners of the mouth was on average smaller for criminals than for non-criminals. Also, the upper lip curvature was on average larger of criminals than of non-criminals.

Using these variables to judge photos, the AI was able to distinguish criminals and non-criminals in the data set with almost 90 percent accuracy.
The researchers got to 90% with faces alone.

Now watch this video of a "mentalist"

If he really has intuition and isn't doing magic tricks or suggestion, then he is picking up subtle signals. Software can process this data today. The bottleneck is the amount of data required. Watching people for all sorts of subtle tells requires constant video feeds. We're starting to get data on criminals: police are wearing body cams and their interactions with suspects will be thoroughly investigated. If no one in the West uses the data, some researched in China will.

5.08.2017

Le Pen Lost, Big Deal

Le Pen lost because European politics is different from Anglo politics. If you want to have a major revolution via the ballot box in America (completely replacing the existing politicians), you need 4 years. You have to win the Presidency and the majority of open Senate seats, and then win the majority of Senate seats again in the off year election, and then win the trifecta (Presidency, House and Senate) in year four. You have to win a majority in the majority of 435 legislative districts and 50 states. Then there's the Supreme Court which you'll have to pack or impeach and replace. FDR tried court packing and failed. Theoretically, in a wild year an upstart third party could accomplish this with perhaps 35% of the vote, but it would still need 4 years to consolidate power.

A "first past the post" election system generates moderate government that is difficult to radically alter. For Brexit, UKIP forced the Tories into holding a referendum. They didn't overtake and replace the Tories, they nudged the Overton Window and the political center to the right. UKIP is unable to force a hard Brexit and is stuck with a Tory negotiator. Trump won in the crowded GOP primary field, but is now constrained because 80% of his own party doesn't like him. His nominal allies are people such as Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, and they are not "his guys." They were his opponents in the primaries (and Cruz didn't bend the knee until a couple months later). Trump cannot even enforce immigration law because the courts are against him. Trump didn't recruit candidates two years ahead of his run. If he wants to have all his people in power, he has to wait 6 years until 2022. There's no sign he plans on recruiting candidates though.

By contrast, in some European parliamentary systems the party with the largest vote total gets a bonus designed to help it achieve a governing majority. The European system rewards "extremists" through proportional representation. "Extreme" parties are common and they consistently win votes. Additionally, in many countries today there is only one nationalist party and other parties ally against it. To change politics in Europe requires obtaining a plurality of votes and the public won't be allowed to make a change until it goes all in.

Consider France. Macron beat Melechon 23.7% to 19.5%. If 2.2% of voters switch, less than 10% of Macron's support, it's chaos for financial markets and trouble for the euro and EU. Had the data dump on Macron come one month earlier, it might have sunk him in the first round. Le Pen was scorched in round two because France isn't ready for that big a change yet, but it's system almost gave it to the people anyway.

Change will be swift and radical when it comes to Europe.

5.05.2017

Average Whites Are Superstar Americans

The worst aspect of collapse probably won't be the collapse itself. Most likely the decline will be slow and steady, punctuated by events such as rapid currency devaluation and perhaps a military loss. Instead, the worst thing will be the total complacency of everyone around you. They will view the collapse as the new normal.

Case in point, Vermont standardized test scores.
Vermont is smack dab in the middle of American white educational achievement, but because it is a mostly white state, it lands at number 11 nationally.

Anything and everything that appeals to a mass audience, be it a standardized test or the best selling items at Wal-Mart and Amazon, will be corrupted by changing demographics.

5.03.2017

Hunting For Growth

Convergence killing NASCAR
Many NASCAR fans warned of this when NASCAR decided to stop focusing on its core audience in order to reach out to the new fans who, as many predicted, proved to be almost entirely imaginary. And if you think NASCAR's management is going to learn from their catastrophic failure, then you really don't understand how SJW convergence works.
Convergence happens when you appeal to a mass market. Everyone converges on the same target audience and thus converges on the same type of product/programming.

Hunting for growth wasn't a big issue 30+ years ago because there was still organic population growth. Now the population is holding steady and certain demographic groups, such as whites, are shrinking as a percentage of the population. Let's say you're Nascar or the NHL, you pull out a demographic chart and see that your market will only grow at 1-2% per year if you can hold your share of the market. But there's a much bigger pie if you can appeal to non-whites.

The Sailer Strategy is a good one for a high margin business. If the NHL decides it's the sport for upper middle income whites, they would drive up their share of white sports fans as other leagues such as the NBA turn them off.

5.01.2017

How to Destroy the Alt-Right

Give it what it wants.
“As the white population becomes a smaller majority and ultimately a minority, there is going to be more white panic. It’s not super-common as a natural democratic process. How will people deal with that? Whites would be a power majority in economic and politics, which creates a dangerous-imbalance power dynamic, like the dangerous sectarian resentments seen in some Middle Eastern conflicts. That’s why I’m not super-optimistic about this, unless we can allow some room for a legitimate expression of white identity. White self-interest that doesn’t discriminate against others, that isn’t racist toward minority groups. A stark understanding of “You’re a racist or non-racist,” is not a good idea and not sustainable.”—Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Islamic Exceptionalism
Reverse demographic changes and ease up on anti-white rhetoric, and support for the Alt-Right would weaken considerably. This is impossible under current conditions, because all men literally created equal. Plus, the power imbalance is rising as the Third World hordes lower average income, exacerbating the impact of automation, but the upper classes remain heavily white. This creates more racial tensions with identity politics even if the left cools it with the anti-white remarks. If the left instead goes into diversity overdrive (as the trend indicates), it expands the pool of elite whites denied power, while simultaneously delegitimizing and weakening elite status and radicalizing the white lower classes. A white counter-elite representing dispossessed whites will rise. Where the left gets it very wrong is in thinking this will be based on white left-right politics, instead of racial and ethnic identity politics. Ideological tension is weakening and identity is replacing it.

Finally, if the left did acquiesce to a white identity, there's no reason why it wouldn't logically dominate the country and eventually reassert control. Colonization in most of the world ended because whites stopped colonizing countries, not because whites were defeated. Creating the conditions of colonization at home means the whites will never quit.

4.25.2017

America's Judiciary Blows Gaskets in Attempt to Stop Trump

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ORDER ON SANCTUARY CITY FUNDING

Things would be much smoother if the courts would simply declare Trump is illegal, along with anyone who has an opinion to the right of Jeb Bush.

4.21.2017

Seattle Among the Whitest Cities in America

Seattle's pedophile mayor has a couple of new ideas.

Seattle wants $1M legal-defense fund for immigrants facing deportation
A day after suing President Donald Trump over his executive order on so-called “sanctuary cities,” Seattle officials said the city plans to set up a $1 million legal-defense fund for immigrants the federal government attempts to deport.

Pending City Council approval, the money would be allocated through a competitive process to nonprofit organizations that provide legal representation to people with cases in immigration court, Councilmembers M. Lorena González and Tim Burgess said at a news conference Thursday.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposes income tax for city’s ‘high-end’ households
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will propose a city income tax on “high-end” households, he said Thursday night during a forum for mayoral candidates.

On stage with six challengers in a Lake City church, Murray said he would send a proposal in the “next few weeks” for a City Council vote. He didn’t offer many details.

“We all know that Washington state has a regressive tax system,” Murray told a crowd at the forum hosted by the 46th District Democrats.

“We can all argue about what we’re going to do about it. Those discussions have been going on since I was a kid in this city. But what I’m going to send to council is a proposal for a high-end income tax.”
Washington State doesn't have an income tax. The tax has a hilarious slogan:
For weeks, a coalition of local organizations led by the Transit Riders Union has been drumming up support for a city income tax under the slogan Trump Proof Seattle.

4.20.2017

An Hero James Murdoch Suicides Fox News

If you watched Fox News around March 2015, a lot of stories in the evening were about ISIS and overseas intervention, with Krauthammer saying the most important qualification for the next president would be foreign policy experience. Completely different from what people were talking about in real life and online (immigration). It looked and felt like a propaganda effort.

Fox News has since seen some shift in a Trumpist direction as on-air talent spread their wings. Tucker Carlson has probably made the biggest shift. Outside of his show and a few other programs, however, Fox News mainly puts out the cuckservative talking points, the Official Cuckservative Narrative.

The destruction of Fox News should therefore be welcomed. It is the loudest signal drowning out the dissident Right and because it is a near signal, it can drown out the dissident Right.

Michael Wolff: It's James Murdoch's Fox News Now
In some sense, with the ouster of Ailes and now O’Reilly, James has overthrown his own network. With them there, both men possessing vast industry, institutional, political and corporate powers, it would have been impossible for the owner’s jejune son to have forced change. Now with them gone, it’s nearly a clean slate. Fox News must become something else. The almost certain instant erosion of Fox’s primetime audience, built on the spillover of O’Reilly’s long-unbeaten 8:00 hour, means the existential moment begins, practically speaking, immediately.

Rupert, 86, is said to be watching this in some disbelief, but with some pride, too. He has long believed that what many others see as his son’s arrogance and superciliousness is actually brilliance. And while Rupert may disagree with much of James' instincts and actions — quite proved inadequate in the London phone-hacking scandal for which James received much of the blame — he yet seems pleased that he would be up to taking them.

James’ dream, wherein he hopes to match his father’s accomplishments, and which he has been spinning for all who might listen for many years now, is of combining Sky News and Fox News with the vast Murdoch reach and producing some ultimate global news brand. Where Fox News is parochial and America First, the new global brand is worldly and unlimited. It will give his family’s company, once the pirate company, new meaning and new stature — a force for stability instead of upheaval. Murdoch media, in an age of populist disruption, will stand for the established world order.
The Drudge Report has shown the way, a large number of his links go to UK and sometimes Australian media. An Anglosphere network is definitely a good idea, 24 hours from Sydney to London to New York. A sports channel that shows baseball in the evening (US time) and Australian Rules Football in the morning would do well.

But he's not going in a populist direction, he doesn't want to become the most powerful news network in the world, the pinnacle of opposition media against the globalist world order. Instead, he wants a pat on the head.

The dissident media will have its chance to flourish.

4.19.2017

Investing in Diversity

The little girl standing in front of the bull is a good metaphor for what happens if you invest in SPDR Gender Diversity (SHE) instead of SPDR S&P 500 (SPY).

4.18.2017

No Platform for Aristotle

NO PLATFORM FOR ARISTOTLE
And she also had a problem with the quote from Aristotle.

“But he’s one of the most important philosophers who ever lived!” my friend said.

“Yes, he has contributed to the long history of patriarchy, and that’s why he has to be removed.”
Also:
In frieze, former Goldsmith’s student Casper Jade Heinemann represented SDLD50’s position with a construction from bell hooks: the enemy was “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” She argued: “contemporary art is structurally dependent on right-wing sentiments inasmuch as such sentiments are intrinsic to current economic and social formations… I, and others in similar positions of relative privilege, have been complicit in a cultural discourse predicated on exclusion that implicitly or explicitly upholds white supremacy and misogyny, and which many of us continue to socially and economically benefit from.”

The reality is that international contemporary art promotes multicultural left-wing sentiments, for obvious reasons: it is a State-supported, global capitalist industry. Capitalism isn’t itself racist, sexist, or right-wing: it’s beyond ideology because it sells ideology, and the more manufactured it is, the more capitalist. Capital liquidates patriarchy because it it liquidates tradition and nature in insatiable hunger for profit — that is Marx’s argument. It’s anti-racist — it annihilates all human differences into quantitative units; on the same basis, if feminism lowers wages, and creates consumer markets, it’s pro-feminism.

4.17.2017

Fracturing the West

The Deconstruction of the West
The problem confronting the West today stems not from a shortage of power, but rather from the inability to build consensus on the shared goals and interests in whose name that power ought to be applied. The growing instability in the international system is not, as some argue, due to the rise of China as an aspiring global power, the resurgence of Russia as a systemic spoiler, the aspirations of Iran for regional hegemony, or the rogue despotism of a nuclear-armed North Korea; the rise and relative decline of states is nothing new, and it doesn’t necessarily entail instability. The West’s problem today is also not mainly the result of the economic decline of the United States or the European Union, for while both have had to deal with serious economic issues since the 2008 meltdown, they remain the two largest economies in the world, whose combined wealth and technological prowess are unmatched. Nor is the increasing global instability due to a surge in Islamic jihadism across the globe, for despite the horrors the jihadists have wrought upon the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, and the attendant anxiety now pervading Europe and America, they have nowhere near the capabilities needed to confront great powers.

The problem, rather, is the West’s growing inability to agree on how it should be defined as a civilization. At the core of the deepening dysfunction in the West is the self-induced deconstruction of Western culture and, with it, the glue that for two centuries kept Europe and the United States at the center of the international system. The nation-state has been arguably the most enduring and successful idea that Western culture has produced. It offers a recipe to achieve security, economic growth, and individual freedom at levels unmatched in human history. This concept of a historically anchored and territorially defined national homeland, having absorbed the principles of liberal democracy, the right to private property and liberty bound by the rule of law, has been the core building block of the West’s global success and of whatever “order” has ever existed in the so-called international order. Since 1945 it has been the most successful Western “export” across the globe, with the surge of decolonization driven by the quintessentially American precept of the right to self-determination of peoples, a testimony to its enduring appeal. Though challenged by fascism, Nazism, and communism, the West emerged victorious, for when confronted with existential danger, it defaulted to shared, deeply held values and the fervent belief that what its culture and heritage represented were worth fighting, and if necessary even dying, to preserve. The West prevailed then because it was confident that on balance it offered the best set of ideas, values, and principles for others to emulate.

Today, in the wake of decades of group identity politics and the attendant deconstruction of our heritage through academia, the media, and popular culture, this conviction in the uniqueness of the West is only a pale shadow of what it was a mere half century ago. It has been replaced by elite narratives substituting shame for pride and indifference to one’s own heritage for patriotism.
The West did not win a total victory over communism. It defeated Soviet communism, but allowed its media, universities and government to be taken over by communists. Plus, too many #FakeAmericans.

4.11.2017

No God Emperor Without Empire

Black swans are random events that smash fragile systems. It is easier to identify fragile systems and predict how a negative event might unfold, but it is difficult to predict who, what, when, where. Lots of short-sellers saw the dotcom bubble, but nobody knew when it would stop. The 2008 financial meltdown was predicted at least 2 years in advance and many people correctly predicted a negative event, but the catalyst and extent of the damage was unknown. To people such as Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Shalom Bernanke and Joe Sixpack, it was totally unexpected. Many people who predicted the event incorrectly believed it would damage the U.S. dollar, instead of greatly strengthening it. World War I is perhaps the best example in military history.

A White Swan is the opposite: an unexpected positive event. Fusion reactors and cancer cures. Or the revival of American power. America is in relative decline because India and China are rising, because the developed world is aging, but President Obama made America look weaker than it was because he didn't use American power. President Trump has no such qualms. Bush the Elder, Bill Clinton and Bush the Younger also made America look weak because they refused to exercise power solely in the American interest. President Trump wants to use American power to benefit America.

Syria and North Korea have been thorns in America's side, but what if they are paper tigers in the face of American power? What if under Trump, the U.S. military is only shock and awe, flattening one nation after another as it picks up and leaves the rebuilding costs to the Saudis, South Koreans, Chinese and others? What if Assad is gone in a month and North Korea folds faster than Saddam's Iraq? What if Trump tells the Saudis and Qataris: you will have your gas pipeline, but it will be made with American steel and owned by Kinder Morgan?

What if the only way to stop a militant American President is for Russia or China to draw their own red line, but through diplomacy or fear of a global war, they don't?

The White Swan (or Black Swan depending on your perspective) is an America that successfully uses its military power. An America that uses its military power to successfully prop up its economy and currency. At the extreme, that the Neocons actually have a good strategy if the guy at the top isn't worried about body counts and flattened cities. That America can do false flags anywhere, anytime, and successfully turn global opinion in its favor.

We still don't know what's going to happen, but many people are assuming war is coming and that the United States will be on the losing end. The White Swan is that they're right about the war, but totally wrong about the outcome. Everyone was right about Trump's willingness to use American power, but perhaps totally wrong about how he would use it.

You wanted a God Emperor. You got one.

4.08.2017

Tax Healthcare Benefits as Wages

Steve Sailer linked to this article today, ‘How dare you work on whites’: Professors under fire for research on white mortality. The commentary writes itself. There was a comment on healthcare though:
There’s one other policy recommendation that I’ve been pushing. We’re spending about three trillion dollars a year on health care. And our life expectancy is going down. Whereas all these other countries are spending way less, and their life expectancy is going up. For me the implication is if we implemented single payer, we’d get rid of a lot of these costs. Not without screaming and yelling, of course, and not without goring a lot of oxen.

But the crucial thing is recognizing the extent to which these rising health care costs are responsible, at least in part, for the stagnant wages for people without a college degrees. If they’ve got an employer and they’ve got health care, their wages are getting pushed down by the employer paying for that health care. People don’t even realize this. They think it’s for free.

I’m not a left-wing nut pushing for single-payer! It’s not because I like socialized medicine. It’s just because I think this is eating capitalism alive, and if we want a healthy capitalist society in America, we’ve got to get rid of this monster.
The other solution is to tax health benefits as wages and adjust tax rates to make it neutral. Then let employees opt to take the cash and purchase healthcare separately in a marketplace. Obamacare was a big step in this direction and provides a framework for creating a consumer-centric, rather than employer-centric model.

Right now, employee wages are forced into health benefits. Companies don't offer jobs at $20 an hour or $15 an hour plus benefits in part because it is tax inefficient. But if employees are told you can earn $20 an hour cash, or $20 an hour with $15 cash and $5 in health benefits, at least some will choose all cash. Imagine a married couple. Husband earns $70k and gets roughly $10k in health benefits. Wife earns $50k with a gold plated healthcare plan costing closer to $20k. Today, the couple chooses the wife's plan. But imagine instead the husband's salary is $75k without benefits and the wife gets $60k with no benefits. Family income is $130k with the husband's plan, or $125 with the wife's plan. Healthcare spending will fall as people begin to consider the actual cost of their health insurance decisions. The failure of Obamacare is largely centered on its restrictions and regulations that force people to buy high-priced plans. There is no low cost option under Obamacare unless you are poor or qualify for the tax incentives.

The only way to cut healthcare spending is to cut healthcare spending, and give people incentives to spend less on health insurance. Single-payer is a solution, but the better one is to tax healthcare benefits. At the very least, if a lot of people opt for no insurance and costs are a problem, a small expansion of Medicaid would likely be enough. Since people have higher wages, they'd still come out ahead, but without the problem of shitty healthcare in a totalitarian single-payer system. The single-player plan (public option) can be sold as a separate insurance product so that it isn't financed by taxes, but is paid for directly by the consumers.

4.07.2017

Peak Diversity: The Mass Market Is Dead

Most large companies serve a mass market. When whites were the vast majority of the American population, appealing to diversity was a way of maintaining a mass market without offending the core audience. Those days are over. There is no longer a mass market. The white consumer population is falling. Companies need to sell more to minorities to maintain growth. Minorities no longer want to be token add-ons to white advertising or white policies, they want their own. Blacks want black ads and policies that favor blacks, Spanish-speaking people want Spanish language programming. Advertisers tried race-mixing. This is interpreted as a conscious decision to force race mixing on the Alt-Right, but it might be a way to increase diversity (we got black and a white actor in the commercial, and they're gay with an asian baby. No one can complain!). That backfired and more people complained, plus the sheer number of them caused more people to notice that ads are social programming.

The big loser will not be consumer companies, but mass media outlets. Coca-Cola will be happy to deliver niche advertising to separate markets, they already do it for separate countries. Mass media companies will see advertising rates drop as the audience fractures. Mass media events such as the Super Bowl will showcase increasingly bland and unoffensive messages. I don't know if anyone keeps statistics, but I predict an increase in ads featuring only animals. Anecdotally, I think that is true already, but I have no data.

Case in point Target, who was damaged by a single blog post unapproved by the CEO.
The blog post, published in April 2016, publicized a policy that said transgender customers were welcome to use the bathroom or fitting room that matched their gender identity.

"Everyone deserves to feel like they belong," the post said. "And you'll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target."

Target CEO Brian Cornell never approved the post and found out about it only after it was published, according to The Wall Street Journal.

He later told colleagues that he wouldn't have approved the decision to "flaunt" the policy and that the backlash was "self-inflicted," The Journal reported.

The boycott cost the company millions in lost sales and added expenses. Shopper traffic and same-store sales started sliding for the first time in years after the blog post, and the company was forced to spend $20 million installing single-occupancy bathrooms in all its stores to give critics of the policy more privacy.

Sales fell nearly 6% in the three quarters after the post compared with the same period last year, and same-store sales have dropped every quarter since the post.
Marvel comics tried increasing diversity to attract a new audience. Instead of creating new products, it trashed its existing comics. Result: no one was happy.
One reason for increasing character diversity is to expand Marvel's audience, according to Augie De Blieck Jr., a columnist at Comic Book Resources.

"Marvel has relied on an ever-dwindling population to market its books to. Overwhelmingly, that's white men now in their 30s and 40s, who were reading comics during the last comic booms," he told CNBC via email.
Is diversity to blame for Marvel's sales slump – or just a lack of imagination?
Last week, David Gabriel, Marvel’s vice-president of sales, told the comics industry trade reporter Milton Griepp that he had heard complaining from retailers about the company’s strategy of publishing books starring women and people of color in high-profile roles such as Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. The grousing, he said, correlated with a drop in sales.
The Guardian article is a great example of why companies should avoid convergence, in addition to immediately shrinking the size of the market, SJWs do not understand how capitalism works:
In fact, why give legacy comics fans what they think they want at all? The notion that the longtime readers somehow have a greater claim on a comics character than the new fan – and that both outrank the artist – has plagued the industry for as long as there have been superheroes; people who spend 20 or 30 years reading the adventure of a single character develop proprietary feelings that have nothing to do with the nature or intricacy of the creative process. Comics fandom has huge problems of sexism, entitlement and plain old cruelty, and it often pours out its vast reserves of ambient rage on the artists themselves.
Converged companies will collapse at increasingly fast rates in the coming years because the information economy allows for rapid market fracturing. A publisher no longer requires capital investment in logistics to reach a large enough audience to generate profits, and lower capital costs reduces the amount of sales needed for profitability. Companies that segment the American market will do OK. People won't complain if Marvel creates a new transgender hero, anymore than they objected to a black character. They will object to being sold a product they don't want, or a message they don't agree with. Successful companies will segment, essentially operating as several companies serving different audiences. Converged companies will collapse trying to sell a niche message or product to a mass audience, or they'll rapidly become a nice company by refusing to serve the largest single market: whites.

Finally, diversity appeals are starting to increase conflict as resources become scarce. IN this case, Intel is shedding workers while promoting diversity. Instead of giving more opportunity to minorities, they are taking opportunities away from whites. The diversity policy is exactly the same in both cases, but the results are totally differnt.
Intel CEO's pay rises to $19.1 million over security costs
The decision to bolster the security program came as Krzanich in April last year said some senior executives had faced backlash for the company's stance and efforts to increase diversity, according to a TechCrunch report. The company spent $1.86 million on personal security for Krzanich and another $275,200 to protect his residence.

Threats were targeted against the CEO and certain other executives, and in some cases their family members, according to a filing, which didn't provide details on the specific arrangements. By comparison, Intel spent $39,600 for Krzanich's security in 2015.
Initially, rising security costs increases the virtue signaling. Look at how these people reacted! As the security costs mount and the personal toll rises, corporate boards will start rethinking their policies. Exactly as predicted by Anonymous Conservative's r/K Selection Theory

4.06.2017

What Happened in Syria?

What caused the chemical calamity in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria on April 4, 2017?
Developing Story - Interim Summary (updated April 6, 2017 5:00 PM UTC):

The Rootclaim analysis finds that this was unlikely to have been a deliberate attack by the Syrian Arab Army. It was most likely either a deliberate attack by opposition fighters or an unintentional release of opposition chemical weapons caused by a Syrian Air Force attack.

This outcome is based primarily on the following factors:

In considering the Starting Point there are hardly any useful statistics, as such attacks are very rare. There is only one known prior large scale use of sarin gas on civilians in Syria (Ghouta 2013). Rootclaim's analysis found that the evidence strongly indicated it was an attack by the opposition. Thus, the basis for the Starting Point leans moderately in favor of an opposition attack.

This inclination is strengthened when considering the further requirement that in order to carry out a chemical attack, the Syrian government would have needed to have successfully evaded the internationally supervised destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal.

In evaluating the possibility of an unintentional release of opposition chemical weapons, the analysis considers the frequency of sarin use by the opposition, and the likelihood that a government attack could cause the chain of events necessary for an accidental sarin release. The result indicates that while requiring a rare coincidence, there were enough opportunities for this to occur, making it a viable option.

Subsequently, the specific evidence of this case is considered. So far, no evidence has surfaced that significantly supports or contradicts any of the hypotheses. The limited geography of the attack and the Syrian government claims somewhat raise the likelihood of an unintentional release.

Note: This is a developing story. Rootclaim will continue to incorporate and assess relevant evidence as it becomes available. Use the “Propose new evidence” option below to add information that is relevant to this analysis.

4.05.2017

How to Think About Putin

How to Think About Vladimir Putin
So why are people thinking about Putin as much as they do? Because he has become a symbol of national self-determination. Populist conservatives see him the way progressives once saw Fidel Castro, as the one person who says he won’t submit to the world that surrounds him. You didn’t have to be a Communist to appreciate the way Castro, whatever his excesses, was carving out a space of autonomy for his country.

In the same way, Putin’s conduct is bound to win sympathy even from some of Russia’s enemies, the ones who feel the international system is not delivering for them. Generally, if you like that system, you will consider Vladimir Putin a menace. If you don’t like it, you will have some sympathy for him. Putin has become a symbol of national sovereignty in its battle with globalism. That turns out to be the big battle of our times. As our last election shows, that’s true even here.
Or all the anti-communists from the Cold War, who were anti-Russian only to the extend Russian meant communist. When Russia ceased to be Soviet, the hatred for Russia melted overnight for many on the Right. The Right didn't win an election until 2016 though, and maybe not even, since it looks like we could be headed for 30 years of insane Russia policy. Tom Clancy is missed.

4.04.2017

Russia, Rice and the Police State

According to the latest reports, the Obama Administration spied on the Trump campaign for more than a year. Why is difficult to say, but the administration was also accused of using the IRS for political persecution. Other departments such as the EPA were also accused of partisanship under Obama. The DOJ...

They didn't expect Trump would win.

When Trump won, they knew they were screwed. They couldn't cover their tracks, so they invented a Russia narrative to cover up the story. They knew their worthless toadies in the MSM would report whatever lies they spewed as gospel. Hence the concoction of a Russia connection to Trump. A giant smokescreen designed to create an after-the-fact explanation for spying on political opponents.

Or it could be the political spin about Russia and Trump spurred an attempt to create a false connection. Even before the Russia lie, Trump was attacked for saying "nice" things about Putin. The Obama Administration might have been looking for any dirt they could find on Trump. A phone call or email with something connected to Russia that could be leaked to a reporter who then whips up a false narrative.

Finally, it's possible the Russia story is unconnected. That it was cooked up by others with access to Rice's treasure trove of unmasked data.

As for the politics, progressives are defending Rice saying she did nothing illegal.

That's an odd route to take.

There's a greater amount of political collusion between Mexico and the entire progressive establishment, including the media, on the topic of immigration. Or maybe they're all secretly working with ISIS, trying to help them get terrorists into the country. A national security issue. Trump could have the NSA unmask all personal communications of all Democrats, NGOs and major media employees. And all those judges ruling against Trump's travel ban. Once the files are open information, criminal wrongdoing of any kind could be passed on to the relevant authorities: FBI, DEA, state & local police.

That's the power of NSA data collection. A complete and total violation of constitutional rights is one step away once this personal information is accessed by the government. Progressives are cheering it because they were in charge.

Progressives are why we can't have a nice country.

American Carnage

AMERICAN CARNAGE
If you take too much heroin, your breathing slows until you die. Unfortunately, the drug sets an addictive trap that is sinister and subtle. It provides a euphoria—a feeling of contentment, simplification, and release—which users swear has no equal. Users quickly develop a tolerance, requiring higher and higher amounts to get the same effect. The dosage required to attain the feeling the user originally experienced rises until it is higher than the dosage that will kill him. An addict can get more or less “straight,” but approaching the euphoria he longs for requires walking up to the gates of death. If a heroin addict sees on the news that a user or two has died from an overly strong batch of heroin in some housing project somewhere, his first thought is, “Where is that? That’s the stuff I want.”

Residents of the upper-middle-class town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, were shocked in January when a beautiful twenty-four-year-old woman who had excelled at the local high school gave an interview to the New York Times in which she described her heroin addiction. They were perhaps more shocked by her description of the things she had done to get drugs. A week later, the police chief announced that the town had had twenty-six overdoses and four deaths in the past year. One of these, the son of a fireman, died over Labor Day. At the burial, a friend of the dead man overdosed and was rushed to the hospital. One fireman there said to a mourner that this was not uncommon: Sometimes, at the scene of an overdose, they will find a healthy- and alert-looking companion and bring him along to the hospital too, assuming he might be standing up only because the drug hasn’t hit him yet. In communities like this, concerns about “hurtful” words and stigma can seem beside the point.

The deeper problem, however, is at once metaphysical and practical, and we’re going to have a very hard time confronting it. We in the sober world have, for about half a century, been renouncing our allegiance to anything that forbids or commands. Perhaps this is why, as this drug epidemic has spread, our efforts have been so unavailing and we have struggled even to describe it. Addicts, in their own short-circuited, reductive, and destructive way, are armed with a sense of purpose. We aren’t. It is not a coincidence that the claims of political correctness have found their way into the culture of addiction treatment just now. This sometimes appears to be the only grounds for compulsion that the non-addicted part of our culture has left.

Cathedral Runs Alt-Right Propaganda

The Cathedral has been on a terror campaign since the 2016 election, scaring the shit out of Mexicans and other illegal aliens. Now their propaganda campaign has people overseas quitting before even trying to emigrate.

Chinese and South Koreans reconsider the American dream
"Before Trump's rhetoric was all over the news, I didn't feel that U.S. society was so divided," Su said. "Now, the U.S. is probably not where I want to live the most. But it was my top choice before Trump."

"People who have applied to immigrate to the U.S. are nervous, as there are too many rumors about new [U.S.] policies," said Park Jong-hwa, a director at Universal Network Connection, an immigration agency in Seoul. Many potential applicants are holding off on their paperwork amid the uncertainty. "They are just waiting until the situation becomes clearer," Park said. "Our business has been squeezed since Trump's inauguration."

While much of Trump's immigration rhetoric has been directed at Muslims and illegal immigrants, there is a growing sense in China and South Korea that the U.S. will expand the scope of its visa restrictions.

South Korean nurse Jang Hyo-jeong was worried her application for permanent U.S. residency might run into obstacles under Trump, so she rushed to submit her paperwork last year. So far, the process appears to be moving forward normally.

"It seems that the U.S. still needs more nurses for their hospitals," Jang said. "[Now] I think I may have no problem entering the country."

"My husband likes Hawaii a lot, but I don't find the place very attractive," commented a person using the handle Emiko on the Chinese social media network Weibo recently. "Looking at Trump, I don't want to go to the U.S. anymore."
The more outlandish the media gets, the more they further Trump's immigration policies because they only think of their own domestic audience. They don't think of how propaganda affects people who could really be affected by the news. Such as that Massachusetts Rep who warned the illegals about a coming raid:
“If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street,” DuBois, who represents the 10th district, added. “If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful.”
They're so desperate for anti-Trump stories that they'll publish almost anything. They want stories of foreigners hiding like Anne Frank. They're only one or two steps away from "you better go back to your home country. It's not safe here anymore."

Illegal immigration down 67 percent under Trump: Former commissioner

4.03.2017

Cernovich Trolls the MSM

"we have people, your bartender, your IT guys, your interns, your janitors, I got people everywhere now"

White Birth Rate Holding Up

Audacious Epigone: Majority of US births are to whites

The whitest states are Montana, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho. Kentucky and Iowa are surprisingly high as well. Alabama too.

Politically the outlook still isn't good. AE points out that if California leaves, the white share of births rises from 53.7% to almost 60%.

Instead of secession, think expulsion.

Although geography isn't broken down, it's also the case that most non-whites are in cities.

Reverse migration is possible!

Steve Sailer points out how a measly $2.6 billion in corn exports from the U.S. killed 1.9 million jobs in Mexico. Conservatively impacting at least 6 million Mexicans. If 1 million of them moved to the U.S. and collect $10,000 in welfare benefits or other social spending, that's $10 billion in annual costs to the USA.

To Make America Great Again, make Mexico Great Again. China is more of a threat to Mexico than the USA because it takes away low skill labor that might otherwise be employed in Mexico. Redirecting jobs to Mexico to raise Mexican wages is a sound policy. As Mexicans voluntarily leave the United States for higher wages in Mexico, low-skill wage rates in the U.S. rise.

Carrots and sticks.

3.31.2017

Separating Church and State in China

China tries to stop Islam from expanding.
Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’
The law, which takes effect ­on Saturday, bans a wide range of acts including wearing veils or “abnormal” beards, without specifying the term. It will also be illegal to refuse to watch state television and listen to state radio, or prevent children from receiving national education – activities deemed “manifestations” of ­extremism, according to the ­official news website News.ts.cn.

Among them: using religious instead of legal procedures to marry or divorce or meddling in other people’s weddings, funerals and inheritance; interfering with or sabotaging the enforcement of family planning policies, and ­deliberately damaging national identity cards, household registration books or the currency. ­Applying the concept of Halal in non-food-related areas or using it to intervene in other people’s secular lives is also considered an extremist act, according to the law.
China clearly understands Narrative. China also understands the need for compulsory state education. They provide free schools like the Americans do, but the Muslims are tougher to indoctrinate with anti-religious narrative. Finally, China understands that religion is expanding into areas of State control.

3.29.2017

Disaster: Homebuilders Raising Wages

Horrible news! Denver homebuilders are raising wages to attract workers!

Homebuilders struggle to fill jobs 'Americans don't want' (at the wage rate we want to pay them)
Immigrants make up about a quarter of the overall construction workforce, but that share is likely higher for residential homebuilding, partly due to a large number of undocumented workers. Builders say they make sure their contractors are legal to work, but they have less control over the subcontractors who often move from site to site. Even that group is shrinking, as President Donald Trump tries to impose travel bans and threatens to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

"There is a fear to get out into the labor force, I think there is an uncertainty," Myers said. "I had one of our trades who became a citizen last year ask me if that could be taken away from him. Even for the people who are legal and documented, it's a factor that is holding back the labor force."

And it's costing builders more money. Wages in the residential building industry are growing at twice the rate of wages in the overall economy. Labor is the top concern among the nation's builders, according to an NAHB survey, and worry over its cost and availability is growing.
Supply and demand still works? Scientists to test gravity at 11!

Imagine for a moment that instead of going to college, young men of middling IQ instead went into construction and earned high wages, enough to support a family. Instead of massive student debt, no job prospects and a hollowed out community, they would be married with a home by age 25, in a thriving community with no access to Mexican black tar heroin.
"The crews, we would hope, would be loyal to subcontractors and to builders, but in reality, many of the crews are just going to the highest bidder," he said.

Myers has employed Juan, a Mexican immigrant, for more than a decade as an excavator. Juan, who didn't want to give his last name, said he became a citizen in 1999, and last year he and his brother-in-law started their own excavation company. Juan said some of his friends in Denver are buying property back in Mexico and planning to move back there. He worries about his own future and even deportation.

"I don't know what to think anymore with all these laws changing," he said.
"Citizen" Juan.

Dear Mr. President,

If you want to increase wage growth and make life better for your supporters, tell all of your economic advisers and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Ross, Labor Secretary Acosta, that all of their departments must work with Homeland Security in a joint mission to end illegal immigration and deport all illegal aliens. They must also formulate an "American Workers First" agenda that looks a student debt forgiveness, reforming the H1-B visa system to only allow in top talent, and eliminating low skilled immigration entirely. Nothing else moves until this effort is underway. No tax cuts for corporations or the wealthy until a plan to help the American worker is ready and passed by Congress.

If this is done, the effect on communities ranging from reduced drug use, cheaper housing, lower crime, less crowding in schools and hospitals, to reduced strain on public budgets, will pay for itself, leaving aside the benefit from rising wages.

Sincerely,

The Invisible Hand

3.27.2017

California Fast Tracks White Nationalism

NOHO SCHOOL BUDGET CUTS DUE TO HIGH WHITE STUDENT PERCENTAGE SPARKS OUTRAGE
The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.

In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.

The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.
California is in deficit. It would have to cut spending from brown, black and Asian schools to raise funding at white schools. Or cut spending somewhere else.

It's unclear if this law would survive a court challenge because California is now minority white. Maybe spending should be increased if the non-Hispanic population is below 30 percent?

3.25.2017

Globalization or Colonization

Thought experiment: what happens if the nationalists win the culture war, but lose political control of their nations because demographics change first?
China Vice Premier Sees `Unstoppable Momentum' of Globalization
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability.
Globalization is driven by technology. Instant global communication makes private global networks possible. Nationalists create networks that benefit their nation, globalists create networks that benefit whomever defects. China and Russia are hated because they are nationalist, and globalists only win if they defeat all nationalists.

The flip side of magic dirt is that you can go anywhere in the world and retain your culture, customs, and even laws. It only takes a few thousand people to set up a local community.

Anti-democratic political theories will become popular in the West. Increased globalization and destruction of native homelands will push anti-democratic, nationalistic and newly chauvinistic Westerners into the world like never before.

They say we are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of colonists.

3.23.2017

Rising White Mortality Guarantees White Identity

Death Rates Rise for Wide Swath of White Adults, Study Finds
Mortality has been rising since the turn of this century for an even broader swath of white adults, starting at age 25, the researchers found, driven by troubles in a hard-hit working class. Death rates for white non-Hispanics with a high-school education or less now exceed those of blacks overall, the pair said—and they’re 30% higher for whites age 50 to 54 than for blacks overall of that age.
The left and cuckservative right will blame globalization and automation. Both are factors. But the gap with Europe is screaming mass immigration. Although Europe is very similar to the United States ideologically, it does not have the same demographics. Resources that would have gone to poor white Americans are being redirected to an ever growing population of foreigners, plus minorities who have been here long before 1965. There's not enough money to go around anymore.

Since conservatives oppose identity politics on principle and also because they favor small government, their people are being wiped out. There is no point in having a small government philosophy if the result is someone else raises your taxes and takes your money. Ron Paul was attacked unfairly for using earmarks, but he was entirely correct in saying if this is how the game is played, I must play by the rules.

White identity politics is coming because it's the only way those numbers have a chance of going down. Money has to be redirected towards white communities and that's racist. Even if a cuckservative were to completely ignore race and say their communities are hurting, they will be turned into a white nationalist by the Cathedral.
“For many Americans, America is starting to fail as a country,” said James Smith, chair in labor markets and demographic research at the Rand Corp., who wasn’t involved in the paper and said he was struck that mortality rates are rising for young working-class adults. “The bad things that are going on in America do not appear to be going on in Western European countries, and that’s a big deal.”

3.21.2017

Refugee Aid Agencies Paid By The Head, Budgets Busted By Trump

If you run a charity and the number of people in need suddenly plummets, you are flush with cash. But that's not the case with refugee agencies because they're not charities, they are arms of the federal government. NGOs are paid by the government, by the head.

Many "community" programs and agencies function like the refugee resettlement agencies. More people sign up, the organization grows in size. Fewer people sign up and it immediately shrinks for lack of funding. It also highlights, once again, why cuck is such an appropriate term of derision for right-wingers who oppose gutting federal funding to NGOs. These groups do not operate like charities, they operate like McDonald's. Except instead of selling hamburgers, the are selling poverty, hunger, refugees, drug addiction... Their business models require a growth in dysfunction and destruction.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire refugee contractors begin cutback too
Refugee resettlement agencies receive funding based on the number of people they anticipate resettling, so the uncertainty around President Trump’s travel ban has serious fiscal consequences.

“It means that we have not filled a number of positions that were open in all three of our offices in the resettlement area,” he said. “It also means that we may have to make further reductions. We’re going to make those decisions in the next few weeks.”

Ascentria Care Alliance, a resettlement agency based in Worcester and operating in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, announced Monday that as a result of Trump’s travel ban it had laid off or reduced hours for 14 employees.

Before he left office, President Obama capped the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. during the current fiscal year at 110,000. Resettlement agencies engineered their budgets through September based on those projections.

President Trump cut that cap on refugees to 50,000. That’s an action within the powers of the executive.
Ascentria Care Alliance is dedicated to destroying local communities in Massachusetts, driving up crime rates and welfare usage, all while acting as if they are morally superior, getting paid for it all with taxpayer money. They were really excited in September, as were all the other refugee resettlement agencies across America, because Hillary Clinton would continue Obama's refugee policy. Big money was coming! And now these agencies are going to collapse in size.

The Left is very fragile once you cut off their funding. They have not built institutions to last, they have built institutions based on Ponzi economics: increasing customers are required to keep the business running. Or continued government financing. They do not have independent sources of financing in many cases. Those that do, such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, can fund themselves with private money. The rest will all collapse unless the big foundations step in to finance them. That in turn puts a strain on Soros, the Ford Foundation and the rest, because they have limited funds. They can't issue Treasury bonds and sell them to the Federal Reserve for an "endless" supply of money. Instead of expanding, they will be forced to deploy resources simply to hold the ground they have. They will be on the defensive.

President Trump: If the streets aren't filled with the wailing of unemployed leftists, you're doing it wrong.

NYC Is An International City

Boost in Ridership Leaves New York’s Penn Station Platforms Packed
In 2016, average weekday boardings at Penn Station numbered 94,859 people, up from 92,314 in 2015 and 87,130 in 2014, according to Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokeswoman. Each weekday, about 57,000 NJ Transit customers use Penn Station platforms between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., according to Nancy Snyder.

Compounding the frustration: Several sets of closed stairwells connecting the platforms with the concourse are gated shut, not yet ready to open. On many mornings, platforms are so crowded that commuters line up inside the trains, waiting to step out.
Gas prices are falling, not rising over this period. What did increase was the number of Asians (including Indians and Pakistanis) who don't mind being packed like sardines. In a free market, the people who are willing to pay the highest price, which in this case is to tolerate discomfort and crowding, determine the "market price." The NYC subway system is being assimilated. Add in the high cost (in time and money) of regulations that slow new construction, and you have a nightmare for white people.

3.20.2017

NYTimes Welcomes Alt-Right Into the Mainstream

Is the NYTimes turning into Cracked?

Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!
“No one who reads Jane Austen’s words with any attention and reflection can possibly be alt-right,” Elaine Bander, a retired professor and a former officer of the Jane Austen Society of North America, said in an email.

“All the Janeites I know,” she added, “are rational, compassionate, liberal-minded people.”

“Her characters are white, and her world is white,” she said. “What do you do with that?”
Indeed.

Elsewhere, a Jewish reporter can't figure out why Germans dislike being exterminated by Muslims. How a Sleepy German Suburb Explains Europe’s Rising Far-Right Movements
These interviews pointed toward something called intergroup contact theory. When people have direct contact with members of a particular ethnic or national group, studies find, they tend to become more tolerant of the group as a whole.

This suggests that regular contact with immigrants reduces support for right-wing populist parties by removing the sense of fear that fuels them.

Social scientists call this the “halo effect”: a phenomenon, repeated across Europe, in which people are most likely to vote for far-right politicians if they live close to diverse areas, but not actually within them.
The diverse areas don't vote for the right because they've been replaced by foreigners.

China Bets on AI, America Bets on Landscapers

The future is here: China sounds a clarion call on AI funding, policies to surpass US
“The development of AI has come to a tipping point,” said Li, a delegate of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a political advisory body. “Whichever country makes a breakthrough in application can have a bigger chance to lead the world in AI technology. China’s AI prowess is certainly the second best in the world, if not the best.”

“Unlike the previous technology revolutions, AI is the once-in-many-decades chance for China to lead the charge in technology,” said Lei, a lawmaker at the National People’s Congress (NPC), the parliament.

Heavy investments poured into cloud computing and big data over the past few years and China’s huge talent pool in mathematics undergird the country’s ability to close its gap and surpass the US in AI, Lei said.

Baidu’s AI-powered facial recognition technology, which beat humans, was recently listed as the “10 Breakthrough Technologies” of 2017 by MIT Technology Review.

China has also overtaken the US, leading the world in publishing academic journal articles on deep learning, a sub-discipline of AI research.

“Many jobs will be taken by AI and the fortunes of society will be controlled by a small number of AI giants,” Liu said. “The government needs to take action now to think about how to better distribute wealth and how to prepare people to move into the AI era. Otherwise it will be too late.”
No mention of open borders and importing unskilled labor to keep wages low. The Chinese even have policies designed to increase labor costs! The current government is halfway into a 10-year plan to double wages! In America, the goal is suppress wages as far as possible with imported labor.

3.17.2017

Make America Green Again

Per capita carbon emissions in these USA: 17.2 metric tons
Mexico: 4.4
Guatemala: 1.0
Honduras: 1.2

Assume 12 million illegal aliens in America and all are Mexican to be conservative. Deporting 12 million illegals will cut carbon emissions by 153 million metric tons.

The U.S. was expected to cut 240 million metric tons by 2025 under the Obama EPA. Deporting illegal aliens takes care of 60%.

Assume there are 25 million illegals and their family members, now you're up to around 320 million metric tons of emissions, blowing through the EPA's aggressive 2025 target.

President Trump could agree to the Paris Accord and achieve most of the reductions through immigration policy because

The #1 source of carbon emissions growth is from legal and illegal immigration into the Untied States.

We can end it tomorrow.

We can Make America Green Again.

3.14.2017

How to Teach White Identity to Children

The NYTimes explains in Are We Raising Racists?

Parents of black and Latino children have long made thoughtful choices about when and how to engage in difficult and nuanced discussions about difference. Studies show that such parents are two to five times more likely than whites to teach their children explicitly about race from very young ages to counter negative social messages and build a strong sense of identity.

These parents have responded to the racial epithet overheard at recess in age-appropriate ways. They’ve figured out when to have “the talk,” explaining how their children must conduct themselves around police officers. They’ve had complex discussions about equality: “We should all be equal, we all have equal worth, but we don’t all experience equality yet.” Parents of children who are not white have long contemplated how to make their kids aware of painful racial realities in the United States, while simultaneously nurturing resilience and a healthy sense of self.

Those of us who are not immigrants or Muslim and who are raising white children stand to learn much from parents like these, even as we apply the teachings differently for our particular families.
When you have a sense of identity, you will make a point to explain it to your children. Black and Hispanic parents aren't teaching their children about equality, they are telling their children, "You are not white."
White children are exposed to racism daily. If we parents don’t point it out, show how it works and teach why it is false, over time our children are more likely to accept racist messages at face value. When they see racial inequality — when the only doctors or teachers they see are white, or fewer kids in accelerated classes are black, for example — they won’t blame racism. Instead, they’ll blame people of color for somehow falling short.
The more lies progressives heap upon their children, the easier it becomes to redpill them.

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