Cantandum in Ezkhaton 04/14/19

Applause! Mr. Tucker on leftist immigration hypocrisy:

William Briggs begins the week with Summary Against Modern Thought. Some clarity for Mr. Buttigieg: What exactly has God made? Notes on the beliefs of the intellectual dark web. Intellectual maybe…but certainly not dark, or even dissenting. They’re smart people, but in the face of the lunacy of Progressives, they are calling for a time out. They seem to be thinking that things will go back to normal if everyone calms down. I don’t think that’s coming anytime soon. On woke Teacher/Student evaluations. He asks and answers the question: Why Government & Corporations Grow Bigger? (Spoiler: positive feedback loop, caused by regulation.) A request: please share diversity statements with him.

The Orthosphere on the Primacy of Freedom, in part as an alternate to nihilism. A clarification of high art and its purpose. On Berdyaev: Why God and Personality Must Be the Highest Ideal. Also, From Judgement You Should Not Refrain. I liked this part:

For a man who is perfectly non-judgmental must also be perfectly apathetic. He will have anesthetized his will, and will therefore look upon every eventuality with perfect equanimity and indifference. If a scapegoating mob wishes to stone an adulteress, who is he to judge them? And if this scapegoating mob should turn and brandish its stones in his face, the non-judgmental man can only shrug, for he cannot say that an ignominious and painful death is less desirable than other alternative.

But from judgment you should not refrain. Your Christian duty is to rectify your will, not anesthetize it. Your duty is to judge justly, to temper your judgments with mercy, and to judge your neighbor only after you have judged yourself.

 

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Gratuitous Finnish Girl Picture

Z Man blog finishes his trip to Finland, and The Journey Home. An analysis of the recent Congressional hearings on White Supremacy. On HBD: A New Ape in the Tree. His weekly podcast: April Grab Bag.

Evolutionist X with Trump, Mueller and concerns. Also, can one reliably distinguish low IQ and insanity (read the comments too). A comment on why desegregation is a bad idea.

Setting the Record Straight with all the Game Advice you’ll ever need.

Alf gives some advice on how to be happy.

Throne, Altar, Liberty looks at the Liberal Party of Canada’s troubles. Schadenfreude results:

The Liberal Party of Canada has, over the years, made itself odious to all sorts of Canadians but most consistently to two distinct groups who despise them for very different reasons. The old Tories of the kind frequently but erroneously called “Red,” (1) i.e., the ones who prize Canada’s British and Loyalist history, traditions, and heritage, her constitutional monarchy, Westminster parliamentary system of government, and Common Law, her ongoing ties to the British Commonwealth and who associate all of this with an older, more organic, more rooted, vision of society than modern, individualistic, commercialism see the Liberals, quite correctly, as a party of rootless, modernizers who can conceive of value in no terms other than those of a price tag and whose goal is to sell out the Dominion and everything for which she once stood to Yankee capitalism for a quick buck. On the other hand, the rugged, rural, inhabitants of the prairie provinces of the Canadian West whom the Liberals and their academic and media fellow travelers dismiss with “redneck” and other, worse, epithets, have long loathed the Grits [old name for Liberals] as being a party of totalitarian socialists who a) tax them to death, b) ignore, or worse, aggravate, their economic difficulties, and c) display the same arrogant contempt towards them that the Obama/Clinton Democrats display towards middle and working class red state Americans. Both of these negative views of the Liberals are entirely valid. (2) Someone like myself, who has belonged to both groups simultaneously for all of his life – a Redneck Tory, would be one way of putting it, I suppose – has particularly good reason to look upon the Liberal Party with utter abhorrence.

Gerry falls a bit short. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, a Liberal, oversaw the creation of Alberta and Saskatchewan from territory the Canadian government already held. He and his fellow Liberals have treated AB and SK as colonies ever since. And engage in plunder and rapine when it suits their ends. We always do better when ignored by Ottawa.

Audacious Epigone on Guess Who Is Interested in White Supremacy?

Filed under “then they came for the for the milquetoast”, Sir Roger Scruton gets sacked as Chair of the Building Beautiful Architecture Commission. He’s one of the few who might be called an actual conservative, but he’s also mostly harmless. His removal shows the fist of progressivism tightening in the UK.

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American Sun on racial IQ differences. Also, on Joseph Biden (it’s brilliant). The false premise under the Benedict option: parallel polis. Ending the week: Five Friday Reads, with extra Lovecraft.

The Big Scene is the Anthropological Basis for Anarchist Ontology, on GA Blog.

Malcolm on creating white nationalism: How to Start a Fire. Also, on selective censorship: Slavery, Abortion, Heresy. Plus, his thoughts on the seasons.

Clarissa on Trump’s Betrayal.

Al fin on Murder Near and Far.

PA Blog with a link to Murdoch Murdoch’s latest: What do you want to be when you grow up? Plus, his thoughts on Songs About the City at Night.

The AntiGnostic asks Why Are We Still In Afghanistan?

Lastly, from Mr. Briggs, a particularly terrifying This Week In Doom – Big Sister’s Hate List Edition.

I’m wondering how long before the sex-reassignment of children is revealed to be based on, well…nothing good. Further, some parents mentioned in the news seem to be finding having a transgender child fashionable.

What are the ‘reassigned’ kids going to do when it turns out they were sold lies? Now, these kids are called “regretters”, because, you know, mutilating them is perfectly normal, so they’re not victims, but simply unhappy with their decision.

In a common law country like Canada, a child is presumed not to have capacity to enter into a contract, and unable to consent to sex before a certain age. A child cannot make an informed decision to change their sex. It appears they are being led down this path by deluded parents and experts.

Future peoples will look back at this era, and in spite of our technology they will say that we were spiraling downward towards savagery, committed to a doomsday cult, sacrificing our children in more and more sadistic ways, all to status-signal. “They had the best lives of any humans that had ever existed”, they will say, “but they wasted it all through some collective derangement.” I understand that a civilization in decline is likely to keep on declining until it is done, in the same ways all the others before it did. But I bet we could at least get a Marcus Aurelius type respite going for several dozen years.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

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Cantandum In Ezkhaton 04/07/19

Time for some house keeping.

I’ve tried to put more Canadian content in here, but it’s kind of sparse up North. Having a population one-tenth of the United States is certainly one cause. It might also be that we are too polite to be reactionary, I have not looked hard enough, that Canada is not experiencing the degree of conflict over race and immigration that the US is, or that our media is so tightly controlled that reactionary voices have a much harder time. Or some combination of these causes. If you are aware of some Canadian sources that are not appearing here, let me know by comment below.

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I also noticed that Polish readers are about to overtake second place Canadians by number of views. (The largest audience is from the United States.) We have a large Polish population where I live, so I’m glad my Polish friends are interested: Dzięki, and twoje zdrowie!

Onwards and upwards…The Orthosphere on problems of incorporation. An in-depth review of the death and life of Dominique Venner, long but worth it. On heterodoxy as a sign of decay, and the Muddy Sloughs of Trouble. Does Form Follow Function? Lastly, on the Fallacy of Inapt Abstraction.

William Briggs has a full week, beginning with his Summary Against Modern Thought. He then asks: What did you do to celebrate White Male Privilege Week? On AI versus Statistics, and related, Ending the Tyranny of Parameters. Mr. Briggs also ponders: Maybe angels work this way. Our Statistician to the Stars ends the week, kind of bleakly (but I think accurately) with This Week In Doom – White Anti-White Edition.

Jim on the Origin of Cuckservatism. RTWT.

Audacious Epigone on Genetic Privilege.

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Heartiste with the best idea for April 1st.

Lord Black of Crossharbour on the Dem’s presidential candidates, specifically Biden:

And now, he is being sandbagged because he allegedly touched two or more women many years ago, perfectly legally, with no discreditable intent, out of affection with no claimed sexual aspect. It is to this unimaginable depth of idiocy that the American Left’s pursuit of victimhood to be lionized and avenged, and its lust to degrade the straight, adult, white male has descended.

Also, I had no idea what a Gandarene Stampede was, but I think it would be suitable way to deal with the Progressives.

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It’s been a while.

Malcolm on Russiagate, a Most Dangerous Game. Also, as a pilgrim contemplating the universe, What Should I Do? Plus, I remember the moon base we were promised by Kubrick/Clarke for 2001: what happened?

PA Blog with three views on Who Owns America? GA Blog on Exteriorizing the Interior.

Clarissa has a book review of Byung-Chul Han’s Psychopolitics: Neoliberaism and New Technologies of Power in many parts, well worth RTWTs. From Part 6:

By the way, our socialist friends, what are you going to nationalize now when there’s neither a nation nor a means of production?

All parts are here: one, two, three, four, five, six, and eight. (Seven seems to be a no-show.)

Al fin’s discussion of freedom of assembly by conference. Also, a Messiah to replace Obama.

Evolutionist X with How To Raise a Genius. She has also started a new blog on home schooling and children’s books. On the ubiquity of violence and what reduces it. A discussion of music, including Rammstein’s latest, Deutschland (lyrics here with translation).

In this video, ‘Germania’ is played by a black actress, at many stages of history. She is surrounded by thugs, monks, astronauts, politicians, Stasi, Roman soldiers, politicians, Nazis, concentration camp prisoners, all played by the band members. She simultaneously exploits them while she herself is exploited (symbolically cannibalized in one scene), driving acts of depravity in her honour, while being subject to the depravity herself. At the end, she has given birth to a litter of big puppies…perhaps mutts?

I’ve been a fan of Rammstein for a while, and I always feel like they’re trolling a bit. Their videos always seem more about taking mundane lyrics and going over the top visually to provoke a reaction. (For example, fat suits in Keine Lust, the fun surf-crowd in Mein Land, and the cumshots in Pussy (not mundane but banal; you’ll have to go to PornHub or torrents to get that one).) Not so with this song. The lyrics come from the heartbroken.

I think the point of the video is that Germany has risen to great heights many times in its history. But with that rise, also follows a tendency to consume itself internally, leading to its fall. Its strength is always its discipline, tidiness, industriousness, and intelligence. But that is always in tension with a tendency to eat itself through consumption, decadence, and internal wasting of its institutions, traditions, peoples and resources. For a German, seeing this tendency play out (lately, the million migrant problem), repeating recent and distant history, must be frustrating. And I don’t think Germany is the only nation with this problem, at present.

I’ll say that Rammstein has managed to make lamenting and mourning the loss of a western state by its own self-cannibalism semi-tolerable in the mainstream. Inch by inch…

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Ich fühle deinen Schmerz, Deutschland.

VDH on the end of the Trump collusion investigation. Counterpoint to Malcolm, on the fall out from the Left’s recent missteps…likely, none. Clarissa wonders.

Z Man discusses the need for horizontal and vertical social hierarchies. An interesting recap of his recent layover at Heathrow. Helsinki sounds lovely. Tallinn, not so much. But do read about Saint Petersburg. Also, the trip back to Finland.

American Sun on Trump’s record looking familiar. A review of the movie Dragged Across Concrete. The Globalist case for UBI. Part II of Lifting: Group Fitness. Finishing with Five Friday Reads.

Alf with a black pill of sorts, but I think he is right: “Yes, well what did you expect.” We’re having a provincial election up here in Albertastan. Currently, we’ve got Rachel Notley’s NDP (the popular Left party in Canada) as incumbent, versus Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP), which is a cobbling of Right parties after they spectacularly self-destructed in the lead up to our last provincial election.

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Rachel, then.

In Ms. Notley’s four years she has implemented leftist policies (some SJW like) in order to confirm that indeed, Ms. Notley is the only person who can protect the rights of [insert ‘disadvantaged group’ here]. Most of what she has done has been off the mark, or unenforceable, or backfired, or with potential consequences of billions of dollars in the future. She never fails, however, to shamelessly self-promote while setting up these time bombs. For instance, putting in place economic policies which mirror those of New Zealand during the Great Depression in response to a recession, and getting the same result, an extended recession. No one could have seen that coming.

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Premier Notley, now.

After four years of her self-promoting nonsense, the UCP looked like it would finally end the insanity. But no, the current election campaign makes it clear the UCP stands for United Clown Posse, who think ‘conservative’ means the progressive agenda on cruise control, rather than putting the pedal the metal as Ms. Notley did.

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Lake Louise, and the Spirit of Alberta

The Alberta I grew up in was a place where the provincial government did not act unless there was an interest at stake that ACTUALLY needed protecting, whether for the populace or the Crown. It was not perfect, but it sure was stable. The province stayed out of people’s lives, and the attitude was that most people could handle their troubles. The best thing the Crown could do was provide a safe and secure province with commercial certainty. We did well.

That’s all gone. Rachel Notley now campaigns on the idea that Albertans are not capable of handling even the most mundane problems in their lives, and the only solution is intervention by HER state. The UCP preaches a milder form of the same. I saw this happen in other provinces and nationwide in Canada decades ago. Alberta was a last bastion of sanity. The NDP/UCP (and to be fair, it’s predecessors) have turned it into a morass of lunacy. This has been coming for a while now, ever since Alison Redford took power back in 2012. ‘What did I expect?’ indeed. Conservatives conserve nothing.

I think this is the year I take Moldbug’s advice and stop participating in the charade that is democracy.

It took this Z Man podcast to cheer me back up.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/31/19

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Bronze Age Pervert makes a guest appearance at American Sun: Old and New Paganism. RTWT. Also, interesting thoughts on UBI and Amazon dorms. Always an excellent way to end the week: Five Friday Reads. Further, the real estate woes of Boomers.

Jussie Smollet > SNC Lavalin – prosecutors let him off the hook. Steve Sailer: Jussie Smollet walks. Some perps are more equal than others. Although, I’ll offer this translation of Leftese: “getting on with my/his/her life” means “I/he/she would really like to avoid any icky consequences.” Second City Cop asks: Who Benefits? Audacious Epigone on Candace Owen’s response.

Z-Man on the sources of the decline of social trust. To quote:

In the 1980’s, people generally thought most Democrats wanted to improve the lives of the working class and most Republicans wanted to protect the middle class. The media, while biased, had lots of people trying hard to get the facts to the public. Big business may have been motivated by greed, but most people in business were decent people. People who doubted everything were conspiracy nuts, who wore aluminum foil hats. 1980’s man would be astonished to see that only total fools trust anything in the public domain.

I remember those days…what the hell happened? Were we able to discuss things publicly without filtering it through ideology? Or has nothing changed, and the Internet has just shown us all how very deluded we are?

GA Blog with the Central Imaginary…on the concept of this central authority who should fix everything.

Mr. Briggs commences with his weekly Summary Against Modern Thought. Also, on the incoherence of the NYT’s ‘God is incoherent’ argument. How to confirm theories non-empirically. Followed up by an argument against the multiverse. A way to cure the higher education blues: Independent Ratings of University Degrees. Plus, some much needed good news: The Spirit World Is Alive and Well and Surrounds Us. He finishes the week with This Week In Doom – Fly the Woke Skies Edition.

Nightsongs, Part 2 of 2 from PA Blog. Also, a great post about being tested – and readiness for battle.

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Obligatory CUTE Asian girl picture. That’s right, I went there.

Steve Sailer asks us all to stop saying Asian girls are cute! Also, his take on the SPLC’s recent issues.

Malcolm also presents words as living fossils. Followed up by Racist Thing #107, which I think makes mayonnaise a microaggression.

Jim analyzes a Chinese TV show.

Alf on the difficulties of starting a new religion. Also, thoughts on what we offer: the RedWhite Pill.

Z-Man on the fountain of conspiracy theories from the Left. His podcast for the week — a grab bag. Also, why dissident political movements are failing. An excellent case for bringing back the hangman. Also, on how to dissent: Welcome to the Resistance.

Evolutionist X starts with a quick note on jobs and education. Onto a discussion, What Happens To a Nation Defeated, in particular, the Comanches. Also, society and how our perception of it has changed in What is a Society?

The Orthosphere on that Fellaheen Feeling, a grand disregard for the grandeur or decadance of civilization.

Clarissa…filed under ‘hmmm’.

On Estonian efforts to put AI in their legal system. I’d advise against that, given those colluding Russians. Oh, wait…

Lastly, Malcolm on the Mueller Report, and Andrew McCarthy’s reactions, with a follow up. No surprises for me, either in the report or the Dem/Left reaction. They’ve got way too much invested in that hoax to just let it go. Clarissa’s thoughts on the matter. Lord Black of Crossharbour offers his take, and also chides Canada for buying in. Newfoundland’s Rex Murphy opines with outrage. Z-Man on the end of the cult of Russia-Trump collusion. Al Fin on Spygate, underlying the hoax. Is this Schadenfreude, a victory march, or both:

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco.

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/24/19

I’m on the road and finishing this by mobile phone. Feedly was not behaving well with WordPress, so if any of the links are broken do me a favour and let me know by comment.

Malcolm starts the week, writing on support for nuclear energy — Renewable Energy: Fraud and Folly. Followed by a model of the world economy, based on migration restrictions. Plus, two takes on the Christchurch shootings, here and the other here.

Clarissa notes an NR article on parents using their children for political expression. In my practice, I’ve worked with lots of millennial students who are gifted and smart (the LSAT selects for that). They are all great kids. But they’ve got no ‘adulting’ skills. They avoid conflict like it was a school bus full of plague infested fleas. It’s clear the adults in their lives prepared them not at all to deal with real people in conflict. I suspect their parents wanted them to remain children (the article posits a reason for this). I think it’s a leading cause of why so many (50%ish) leave Law within 5 years. My posts last year on Law School Lessons not Taught were a first try to coherently explain what new law students need to learn, besides what’s on the syllabus, in the face of bad ‘adulting’ lessons.

The Orthosphere with an inspiring interpretation of Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queen.

VDH on Presidents he would not vote for.

PA blog on Trump’s Numbers. Also, Two Fine Things, with one being braids on the ladies. Just under the wire, Part I of Two Nightsongs.

Alf on the Fear in the Eyes of the Elite. Also, what is the Right, and how does it best deal with the left.

Audacious Epigone on religious service attendance and happiness.

Missed from last week: Guillaume Durocher on woke immigration policy in Italy. Well worth an RTWT.

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Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over Averroes, Benozzo Gozzoli

Mr. Briggs starts the week with the ongoing translation of Summa Theologica, his Summary Against Modern Thought: God and Natural Effects. Also, when is a theory true? On the usefulness of trolley-car thought experiments in the Power To Kill Without Detection. He speaks on a distinction I did not appreciate before: There Are No Such Thing As Gays (Or Trannies). Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Statistical Significance. Plus, a failed argument against free will. To finish his busy week: This Week In Doom – We Are All Seattle Now Edition.

A troubling report from a survivor of the non-binary trans-gender industry.

Steve Sailer on the anti-Semitism in the Enlightenment.

The Scholar’s Stage on Tolkien’s Heroes.

The Agenda is becoming clear (courtesy of Clarissa): on sovereignty, Part I and Part II, and on terrorism; further, on the One Party System, here and continued here.

In Canada, the Left eating its own devolves to cowbirding.

Spandrel on Acceleration by Yang. Please RTWT.

Evolutionist X on instinctual spring cleaning. Thoughts on the purpose of music: Feel Something (or someone). Also, on tribalism as a really ancient anti-predation mechanism.

“Bad” Billy Pratt at Kill to Party with Chasing Ghosts. The quote that matters: “The world has moved beyond sincerity.” Mein Herz Brennt.

Anatoly Karlin on Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev’s resignation. Not a bad article on how to implement nationalism. Also, excellent comment (#37) courtesy of the same:

I have often thought that Hitler was a strange psycho character who was out of place in his time. He was a vegetarian, fanatically committed to recycling, with an ambiguous gender identity, no kids, and he really hated Russia. Today he would fit right in with the liberal progressives marching around and yelling about the coming end of the world and how Russia has to be destroyed. Timing in life is everything, today’s Hitler might chain himself to a power plant to stop global warming, storm a farm that ‘abuses’ animals, change his gender at will, and – of course – start a war with Russia.

American Sun on American historiography of Russia. On why some massacres have more staying power than others. Foucault viewed from the Right. Also, a great article: Flight 98 Redux. A taste:

Most people would likely shake their heads at this point and argue that I am being dramatic, that things are not really that bad. America is wealthy and people are relatively safe. If such metrics are the measure of the goodness or badness of a nation, then I would not disagree. On the other hand, I flatly reject these stipulations. In fact, the measures used to gauge America’s modern success (GDP, market stability, inflation rate, employment rate) are merely the factors needed to maintain an economy of scale. We have all been convinced over time that spreadsheet economics is the measure of national health. So long as the average citizen gets a marginal crumb of the year over year growth, then the political climate will remain relatively stable.

Finishing the week: Five Friday Reads.

The Anti-Gnostic with an interesting post on the lack of scarcity and current politics.

Throne, Altar, Liberty on why you should repent for your good deeds. Bonus entry: What Came First, Gospel or Law?

Under ‘One I’ve Been Saving’ or ‘When YouTube Recommendations Actually Pay Off’: A great video from Sir Roger Scruton and the BBC on Why Beauty Matters.
Also, a highly recommended deep dive on the subject:

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Z-Man on the lie of democracy. His take on Esoteric Political Language. The Future of Media, which in Canada is heading towards appeasing [The Current Year] Party to survive. Plus, new technology, same old Oligopoly.

Also, politics as drama. I have to agree. From my perch here it seems as if the Left v. Right distinction is artificial and the outcomes of their battles largely determined. I say this because in my current career, I’ve noticed politics heats up whenever kids are in school. The moment the masses have time off, political controversies cease. I do understand that the politicians are also away, so there is little going on that might cause controversy. But a total vacuum? I strongly suspect that such controversies are reported because someone needs it to sell a story or papers, or get clicks. Such stories are not in demand during vacation/holiday times, so they don’t get made. The controversies are left in inventory for another market cycle. I already know such stories are selected to support a narrative. But I also feel like someone is metering the release of such stories so it keeps enough attention focused on the producers to maximize profits. In short, we get a supply of political conflict stories to keep us glued to the screen. I’m speaking of Canada here. Not sure if my readers notice the same.

Lastly, America, take a bow. Thanks, you make this possible after the worst winter in forty years:

Keep on reactin’ too.

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/10/19

I got no big lead up this week. (I had two in the queue, but they ended up as blog posts on their own.) Let’s jump right in.

The most striking difference between ancient and modern sophists is that the ancients were satisfied with a passing victory of the argument at the expense of truth, whereas the moderns want a more lasting victory at the expense of reality. In other words, one destroyed the dignity of human thought whereas the others destroy the dignity of human action.

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Clarissa on the border crisis and how America might just be a communist nation. Malcolm with an analysis on that theme:

In China, the government has put in place a “social credit” system that tracks every citizen’s life in granular detail, and examines it for conformance to political and cultural guidelines. A low score is to be punished by, among other things, blacklisting for jobs and bank-loans, restrictions on travel, and public shaming. How is any of this different, except perhaps quantitatively, from what is happening in America and the West? The consequences are the same: express forbidden opinions, and you can lose your job, your social-media accounts, and your access to banking and financial services. The social-credit system in China is overseen by a group called the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms. Would this not be a terrifyingly accurate title for what the new Democratic Party, in conjunction with media and academia, have become?

Audacious Epigone on Trump approval generally based on age and race. Also, free speech versus hate speech over time.

Aidan Maclear on Monogamy is not Socialism. Plus, a brief history and discussion of Nationalism.

VDH on the left eating itself.

Malcolm is back with a combo Ireland travel/second US civil war guide. Plus, Left=Entropy.

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Guido Reni – St. Michael Archangel – 1636.

The Orthosphere on America’s actual credo. In time for International Women’s Day: The Most Monstrous Empire of All. A fun and well timed cynical carol to sing during Lent. Maybe it’s an inside joke I don’t get, or just toilet humour.

American Sun on the power of narrative framing in asymmetrical warfare.  Also, their guide to Lifting – Part I. An interesting look at Weaponizing Generated Content.  Further, an aptly titled exploration of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility A very interesting Fimm Föstudagar Lesa.

PA Blog on the latest attempt to rewrite history: Tarbrushing. Also, you just have to watch this one.

Anti-Gnostic discusses the Ecumenical Patriarch doubling down.

Jim on the Reactionary Program.

Heartiste’s tribute to the tough and strong on Women’s Day.

Posted under ‘Oldie but Goodie’: an interview with Twitter superstar ‘Woke Capital’. Find the ‘Woke Capital’ account here.

Anatoly Karlin on more cracks in the Convergence Theory narrative.

Throne, Altar, Liberty on ancient heresies made modern.

Scholar’s Stage on Just how Totalitarian is China? To quote:

The point here is not the level of violence and terror the average person is exposed to (though that is often a sign of the deeper issue I am addressing). Rather, what we see in this story is a frightening extension of what sort decisions are considered political. Under the Khmer Rouge, making love was an explicitly political act. Marriage was a political decision. Refusing to sleep with your husband was an act of political rebellion. The first claim of the totalitarian is that everything is political.

Definitely RTWT. Part I is here.

William Briggs begins the week with the continuing Summary Against Modern Thought. On the False Ontology of racist and other nasty names. Never mind animal rights, what are you doing about the suffering of lakes! A Climate ChangeTM paper so depressing it sends people to therapy. On the most effective advertising  (something about appealing to humans as they are). This Week In Doom on Amazon’s virtual book burning.

Evolutionist X on What Terrorists Read and Tech Company Wage Suppression. Similarities in situation between Trump and Czar Nicholas II. And of course, Captain Marvel is better than Alita: Battle Angel:

So much of what passes for modern “politics” is this mere sound and fury; tempests in teapots over great big nothings. I don’t even want to comment on much of it, because it is so pathetic (I just happen to have a strong emotional attachment to Alita, which even I find a bit curious.) The things that pass for “politics” in our modern world are so detached from reality I can’t help but wonder if we are all just being fed bread and circuses to keep us distracted from the things we ought to be doing.

Alf on videogames as a bellwether for a generation’s perspective on the world.

Lord Black of Crossharbour reviews the goings on in the Dominion’s scandalous SNC Lavalin affair. Plus, somehow, in the land of Alinsky, Chicago swerves more Left.

My son and I went to see Clutch this week. Those guys are so much fun! Neil Fallon for President!

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I know what you’re thinking sister…X-RAY VISIONS!

They’ve already got your children. A counsel of high school students in Powell River, B.C. ask to have ‘Men Working’ signs changed to remove gender specific references. You know, because they “lack accountability for the women working at the site but they also add to the stigma of women’s roles in the trade industry”. (What the hell are they talking about? How can a sign lack accountability?)

I remember once someone on the Left denying that they politicize everything. When you’ve taken high school kids to the point where they would rather identify incidents of Wrongspeak than worry about teenage things (grades, friends, sex, the future and all that other developmental stuff), what’s left to politicize?

Can we let kids be kids? Can we acknowledge the ‘Men Working’ sign is not a statement of gender dynamics but to promote caution around a road crew? Nope and nope. It’s really too bad. I thought Powell River would be a nice place to retire, in part because it’s remote enough it might avoid the insanity of Progressivism. And, you need at least one ferry ride to get there, which makes the place somewhat zombie apocalypse proof.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

 

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/03/19

Victor Davis Hanson on the Jussie Smollett hoax and shit-show: a symptom of the times. Heartiste on the frequency of hate hoaxes. The Orthosphere has a quick litmus test for such hoaxes. Audacious Epigone notes it is a ‘peak hoax’, at least for now.

Lord Black of Crossharbour on the hoax of Trump – Russia connections. Also, Audacious Epigone briefly looks at some family tensions around Trump.

WaPo finally admits it got the Covington Smirkgate wrong. When it takes a Statement of Claim to convince you to remove outright lies from circulation, you are following your insurer’s instructions, not the truth. (I’m not linking to the WaPo: if democracy is dying in the darkness…they are the darkness.)

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Courtesy of JayMan’s Blog

I don’t understand the United States of America as much as I’d like. But I can see from my perch in Alberta that a cultural divide is causing a tonne of friction, and this is playing out in the articles linked above. The primary way in which these cultures are fighting it out is through that very media, although it’s spilling over into actions, which include the hoaxes, but may also get more violent over time.

I’m relying on my limited sense of how things unfolded in the transition from Weimar Republic to Third Reich. But without the technology to record and disseminate what actually happens in these hoaxes, any one of the hoax situations above is a potential Reichstag Fire for the Progressive Left. Indeed, the Left in the US seems to be LOOKING for its Reichstag Fire: confirmation that its twisted narrative can be confirmed by manufacturing reality around an event. If that’s true, will YouTube, the Tweets, blogging and instant posting of video footage be enough to stop it? I hope so.

(You may argue that those events are also potential Reichstag fires for the right as well. Notice any any attempts by the right to reduce the US to totalitarianism as a result of those events? No, I didn’t think so. Notice any by the left? Uh-huh.)

Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus at NeoCiceronian Times on why the left cannot meme, and how to use this against them.

Scholar’s Stage talks about the real purpose of your reasoning brain – strength in your position.

Anatoly Karlin on Statecraft at work in Venezuela.

Audacious Epigone on Republican support for Trump.

Dr. Spencer on 99.99997% certainty in Climate ChangeTM meaning nothing, actually.

William Briggs starts off the week with his Summary Against Modern Thought. Followed up with Heaven & Hell Are Real. On the ability of AI to explain religious conflict (spoiler: it’s not). Guest post by Ianto Watt: Orthodoxy’s War Part I. Our Statistician to the Stars agrees: Probability is not as Easy as You Think! A classic post on The Magician and the Cardsharp. Closing the week off: The Week In Doom. Related: British Columbia will help your 14 year old transition for free…whether you like it or not.

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New and improved non-sexist formula!

Now that the draft will apply to women in the US (who are barely into adulthood at the required age), the Orthosphere declares objections to such absurdity. Also, on Werewolves.

Part 2 of the American Sun analysis of the Smirk Seen Round the World:

Slavov Zizek offers a fresher perspective, unlike the usual lazy responses produced by Conservatism™ media people and the “Intellectual” Dark Web liberals. He states that this is not some conspiracy by post-modernists and Marxists to subvert western society. Instead this widely enforced cultural orthodoxy is enforced by liberalism, it is liberalism’s last attempt to legitimize the flattening of all cultures. There is (in actuality) a sophisticated patronization and control of minority subaltern groups by liberalism. It is the dream of a global liberal order that smashed cultures together, destroyed cultural identities among diverse people, and flattened the diverse cultural norms of societies to begin with. In the current politically correct regime, it is not the celebration of difference, but rather a celebration of homogenization in modern liberal societies.

Also from American Sun, threats to the American Empire.  Double quote this week, with the following from Penance as Social Technology:

One of the great benefits the culture of penance provided was protection against destructive status seeking.  In Neo-Reactionary thinking, this is most frequently discussed in terms of “holiness spirals,” which is actually a specific case of a more general phenomenon: a characteristic of Modernity is individuals pursuing religious ideas, religious feelings, and religious beliefs based on their own personal reactions and experience.  Each seeks to outdo the others, asking “am I not also a prophet?”

American Sun finishes the week with Five Friday Reads.

Clarissa on California’s special effort to separate students from their history. Plus, her very quick summary of Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress.

Rethink Campaigns on the unknown Winston Smith, still alive and kicking, working for the Ministry of Truth, Oil Sands Division. Also, it’s not enough to stab them, you have to twist the knife too.

Evolutionist X on why child rearing gets easier when you have more children. Does the DSM need to be rewritten? And, Tribalism, for good or ill?

PA Blog discusses Snapshots for a Chinese Century (NSFW, but these days, what is?).

From Razib Khan, who has been pushed too far by snowflakes. I don’t think he’s kidding.

 

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A controversial but apt description of goings on last week in Canada.

In Canuckistan, the Wilson-Raybould / SNC Lavalin scandal blew up. If former Justice Minister Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony is correct, the Liberals engaged in backroom arm twisting to help SNC Lavalin avoid criminal charges of bribing foreign officials, including paying for escorts for Muammar Gaddafi‘s son while in Canada.

Prime Minister Trudeau allegedly pressured Canada’s then Minister of Justice to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) which would see SNC Lavalin avoid criminal charges. She said “no”, and Trudeau, his Cabinet, his staff, and the Clerk of Canada’s Privy Council, ever the raging feminists, thought she meant “try harder”.

Trudeau now actually appears to be nothing more than a cynic, using sunny progressive ways to obtain power, and his staff and government are starting to look like thugs and bullies. Nothing new from the left, and especially from a Prime Minister who loves Castro, and who expressed admiration for China’s dictatorship. Although, Trudeau is also very weak and it’s possible lobbyists for SNC Lavalin simply exploited him. (Something about Occam’s razor and not attributing to malice what is simply stupidity.)

Stefan Molyneaux has a very long but excellent summary here. The only thing I can offer is that this is politics. Canadians may not want to admit it, but I’m sure such political dealings go on all the time. Justin Trudeau held himself out as transparent, woke and progressive, but turned out to be none of those things, playing the very games he accused others of. What is galling is perhaps not that he engaged in these kinds of politics, but that he did it for little to no gain, while throwing his former Justice Minister, his chief advisor, and all his sacred principles, under the bus. His style of leadership reminds me of a toddler in a high chair throwing everything on the ground when he does not get his way. Those of us who were not infected by the latest iteration of Trudeaumania saw this right out of the gate in [The Current Year].

After watching Jody’s testimony, I think she is being sincere. Further, I think she knew early on that the efforts by the Prime Minister to keep SNC Lavalin from prosecution for bribing Libyan officials was not going to end until a DPA was done. I trust her when she says she kept records of all conversations: she is a lawyer and keeping copious records (especially when your client is likely to ignore you and do something illegal) is an inherent self-preservation mechanism.

The Prime Minister’s response was surprising. (Here’s a partisan review of his body language, good for a laugh.) He looks like a guilty little boy with his hand caught in the cookie jar. He’s in trouble and he knows it. It’s nice to see him squirm when all his life he seems to have never had to suffer the consequences of his actions. I watched his father commit economic rapine against my province in the early 1980s. I now see Justin trying the same thing: wreck the livelihoods of millions of Albertans to get some votes in Central Canada (and this time, the Left Coast). Trudeau delenda est.

Keep on reactin’!

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 02/24/19

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I begin with a rant on goings on in Canuckistan. Quillette posted an article by Murray Klippenstein on…social justice warriors hijacking the Law Society of Ontario! They now require every licensed member to adopt a written statement  that he or she must promote equality, diversity and inclusion as part of their law practice. Klippenstein is perturbed, and you should listen, given he is a self-proclaimed progressive litigator, strong advocate for equality, and a descendant of a persecuted group, Mennonites. He is clearly all kinds of woke. This quote catches my ire:

Without having the nerve to say so directly, the Law Society is telling us that there are, in effect, too many white Jewish lawyers — for there is no single group that has had more success, on a per capita basis, in gaining representation in the Ontario legal market.

I quit the Ontario Law Society several years back, and when I heard about their diversity initiatives, and felt like I might have dodged a bullet. Mr. Klippenstein, however, has made a career based on ‘human rights’ and helping ‘disadvantaged people’. The moment Klippenstein figures out the Overton window moved and he is no longer a beneficiary from ‘equality and diversity’, he starts complaining. But since his progressive street cred it clearly established, this should be no surprise to him.

Under the progressive rubric, you are either oppressing or oppressed, and since Mr. Klippenstein is successful, guess which one they see him as? Playing the anti-Semitic card will get him nowhere. And his service for First Nations, indigenous peoples, protesters, or other disadvantaged people will count for naught. It’s always ‘defect-defect’ on the left after all, and “what have you done for me lately?” is measured in Planck time.

‘Multiculturalism’, ‘human rights’, ‘equality’, and ‘disadvantaged individuals or groups’ are all in the Charter, parts of which I am no fan of. The business of using victim status to give certain groups preferred treatment has been on the books since 1982. Social justice ideologues have not hijacked a legal regulator. Rather, this is the system working as designed (but perhaps not as intended, although consider who was behind it). The scope of disadvantaged groups moves more left, more progressive, and more to the fringes every year. Klippenstein’s complaints are because he is no longer part of that group. Ah, Schadenfreude.

What Else Did I Spy With My Reactionary Eye?

Filed under ‘no surprise’: MAGA attack on Jussie Smollett a suspected orchestrated hoax. He denies it. Malcolm opines on such hoaxes generally.

Filed under ‘Surprise!’: Jussie gets arrested! Malcolm on where the lines are drawn. Clarissa has similar thoughts, and observes his attackers were black. Audacious Epigone comments on the dissonance and projection involved. Heartiste’s thoughts with a gathering of the finest memes.

Speaking of hoaxes, coming in as another refuted hoax on Russia: Anatoly Karlin on Russia’s alleged “lemon problem”. Clarissa comments, and gives a prescription to cure the underlying mental condition.

The Orthosphere on the origins of “deadbeats and bums”.

Alf: All Women are Like That. Praise Jim.

PA Blogs on pro-natalism in Europe.

The Sydney Trads post a presentation given by Ted Sadler on the Suicide of the West by  uni-state.

William Briggs notes some differences between translations of Frédéric Martel’s book on the Catholic church. A revealing post on the Afterlife Industry. His Summary Against Modern Thought. A guest post by the Cranky Professor: The problem of a material bearer of consciousness. Trump and the effort to decriminalize homosexuality globally; an example of how no matter what you do, they’ll never love you. (Proof.) Plus, a fun takedown of Woke Science: Implicit Bias Test. This Week in Doom: No More Female Mothers Edition, with this insight:

Here is where all good libertarians conservatives should listen. Progressives won’t grasp this, but there is hope libertarians and conservatives will understand. It is not that those of us on the Traditional right care so much about what some lunatic woman LARPs as, or whether two man want to bugger each into anal prolapses, or whatever. We do care but aren’t interested in launching patrols. What we do not want is to be required to say these things are good. We want to be able to speak of Reality without penalty.

 

Two men claim to be married to each other, which is an impossibility, and we want to be able to say so, whereas everybody on the left, starting with conservatives, would require that we tell the lie. A culture built on lies, and one that through every major institution, and not just the government, enforces and insists on the lies must devolve further and further into tyranny and madness. Reality eventually will intrude, as it must. Yet when the end comes, which it must, it won’t be pleasant.

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Via Clarissa and American Sun, an article on the real purpose of education, which appears to be to create an actual idiocracy. I just started listening to the audiobook version of Fiery Angel by Michael Walsh, in which he notes a similar trend in the arts in western culture. Aidan Maclear takes note of the resulting cultural decline, and asks: what may replace it? Kill to Party in a similar vein, on popular culture and dating.

Also, Global WarmingTM has now caused soybean crops to increase in Canada. I ASSURE YOU I was not pressured in any way by the Prime Minister’s Office to make that statement!

On the HBD front: AK on northern Europe’s late developments as arguments against race differences in IQ.

VDH on the Strange Paradoxes of Progressivism. Which seem no longer strange, for two reasons: we’ve been exposed to them for a long time, so they don’t surprise, and, because cognitive dissonance seems to be a badge of honour amongst the progressives, as Heartiste opines. (Going as far as perhaps Orwell thought they might.) I think such dissonance is unavoidable, given progressives have been peddling the same ideologies and policies for over fifty years which have produced very little of what was promised. Think Affirmative Action.

American Sun begins the week with Primary Loyalties and Their Importance. Raising an eye: Part I of Subsumed into the Zeitgeist. Why modern Christians might be better off reading Bronze Age Pervert than Aquinas. Finishing the week: Five Friday Reads.

Evolutionist X discusses Phase Change and Revolutions, and why regime change is rare, but inescapable once it commences. Her non-spoiler movie review of Battle Angel Alita. The spoiler laden review here.

A glimpse into the Cathedral, from one of its outcasts. It’s long, but RTWT. A sample:

I no longer profess and therefore no longer assume the burden of professorial expectations. No more civility or nuance or dispassion or objectivity or whatever term they’re using these days to impel obedience. It’s as close to freedom as a prole can get in this self-deluded country, where the government legislates on behalf of the private sector and the private sector obliterates dissent on behalf of the government.

 

I wanted good work, honest work, the kind in mythologies of industriousness and humility, where humans with denim overalls deposit saline piety into the earth and die for rustic ideals of personal valor. I dreamed of coffee and tea and cassava raining down on the countryside. But I settled for health insurance. Like any person disavowed of reverence, I finally recognized the need to disappear into the system that destroyed me.

PA Blog on The Last Resort and the effects of geographic mobility.

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Some other perspectives from times past:

They said that a man leaves much when he leaves his own country. They said that it was no accident of circumstance that a man be born in a certain country and not some other and they said that the weathers and seasons that form a land form also the inner fortunes of men in their generations and are passed on to their children and are not so easily come by otherwise.

Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

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The Stranger

 

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The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind,
But he does not talk my talk–
I cannot feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But not the soul behind.

 

The men of my own stock,
They may do ill or well,
But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
They are used to the lies I tell;
And we do not need interpreters
When we go to buy or sell.

 

The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control–
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.

 

The men of my own stock,
Bitter bad they may be,
But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
And see the things I see;
And whatever I think of them and their likes
They think of the likes of me.

 

This was my father’s belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all one sheaf–
And the grapes be all one vine,
Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
By bitter bread and wine.

 

Rudyard Kipling

Keep on reactin’!

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 02/17/19

I guess one person can make a difference. But most of the time, they probably shouldn’t.

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Malcolm posts a warning on the Green New Deal (GND). It is a plan to dekulak the country get the US off fossil fuels and nuclear in ten years, by directing 40%-50% of GNP to a variety of green-clean energy initiatives. All to prevent Climate ChangeTM, and end racism, sexism and poverty.

It is madness. It’s New Deal Redux, with language Lenin would have loved. I seem to remember Moldbug saying something about the New Deal being the start of America’s brand of Communism.

Well, look at it this way, the New Deal ran for many years before World War II actually mobilized the nation under a common cause, so maybe the GND will have a similar end. Or, just as likely, it could push the US closer to parity…with Venezuela. Tucker Carlson has some fun with an AOC advisor on the matter…

NR takes several shots in Sandy’s War here. It closes with:

And so we have the grand game of make-believe and moral dress-up, in which Field Marshal Sandy rallies her troops on Twitter in the service of a half-organized bouquet of slogans and prejudices that no mentally normal adult — and there are still a few of those around — takes quite seriously. The purported goal of the great national deployment isn’t the point — the deployment itself is. It is an excuse for a great deal of noise and running in circles and excitation and displays of Very High Moral Seriousness that is its own reason for being. Sandy’s war is not a struggle over the future of Earth — it is only a struggle over the future of Sandy, and all the other Sandys out there in the great vast wilds of America, waiting tables at TGI Friday’s or grinding away in the obscurity of some master’s program in women’s studies, sure that however things were supposed to turn out, they weren’t supposed to turn out like this, a mess of loneliness and pointlessness, all dressed up for battle with nowhere to go and no comfort but Netflix and Facebook and Twitter, little fixes of dopamine just strong enough and frequent enough to keep the addicts upright and sedated enough that they do not begin asking the really difficult questions and demanding answers.

It’s not that this kind of thing has ever backfired on a smaller scale, like in the USA, here or in Canada, here. Clarissa speaks more generally here and here.

And onto what caught my eye

The NeoCiceronian Times on the inevitable tragedy of treating people as common property.

Anatoly Karlin on how the Irish experience refutes the Convergence Hypothesis.

Alf on Satan as a troll. A sample:

This leads us to conclude that those who do say we are evil, you know, the type of people who constantly drone on about ‘uhhh we’re destroying the planet ohmygod we are a virus on mother nature when will our tyranny end’ are themselves evil. They deny us our purpose and they lie to us that we are evil for being who we are. Nonsense. If you believe we are evil just for who we are, be consistent and commit suicide.

Audacious Epigpone on the willingness to use violence to achieve political ends. You’ll never guess who finds it more acceptable.

American Sun was prodigious as usual. It begins with an essay when the revolution actually starts. It reminds me of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s thoughts on resistance to absolutism:

It is always utterly impossible to build an aggressive Power with aristocrats. Care for family interests, class solidarity, educational influences, all combine to dissuade them from handing over to the state the independence and fortunes of their fellows.

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Resistance is, therefore, the business of aristocracies.

Also from American Sun, on the global war on terror and a sign of the fall. The state of art in the 21st Cenutry. To close the week off, Nick’s Five Friday reads.

Palladium talks about the political problems of centralized social media, with a nod to Urbit, the other work by Mencius Moldbug.

Discovered a new blog this week: Clarissa’s Blog. She has some concerning statistics about teenagers today. It seems they are no longer doing any of the teen activities that prepared my generation (“X”) for leaping into adulthood. No dances or dates, no athletics for fun, no clubs, no hanging out at the mall, no movies, not even the nerdy / geeky / bookwormy but nonetheless social stuff I did. Rather, they are stuck in orbit around their social media and their parents. Her posts are short: see one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.

The Orthosphere with a few articles applying Confucius’ first step to wisdom: How enriching is the progressive experiment?; plus, thoughts on bromides and the origin of ‘bunkum’. Further, why is red-baiting verboten?

Evolutionist X had a good week. She discusses infanticide and cannibalism in E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology. Also, a quick refutation of the misleading use of GDP, in Deutschland and generally. Also her comments on a quirky paper about human sacrifice as a way to protect property rights.

Mr. Briggs with the good news: You are not an illusion. A frank discussion about what transgenderism really means. His weekly Summary Against Modern Thought. A review of the Death of New Atheism. Also…horrorterror!!! Physics is the least diverse science! (But please, do note Ken’s comment to this article, as he comments after reading the impugned study.) Plus, The Week in Doom – Opioid Marketing Edition.

Aidan MacLear on the need for patriarchy.

Jim on defunding the left, including a nod to Canada’s own Faith Goldy.

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“Another face for punching!” – random progressive.

Esquire magazine ran an article on the life of a white teenage cis-gendered male…to show how privileged he is, of course. I did not read (because I’m sick of the perpetual disguise of understanding and tolerance), but I note this commentary by ramzpaul. Esquire’s tagline is “Build a Life That Matters”, but their articles in the subheadings are all salacious gossip. I wonder if the editors feel any dissonance.

PA with an example of why there is no magic dirt anywhere.

A particularly good podcast on Hindu Nationalism, by the BrownPundits.

Finally, in Canuckistan, a controversy exploded over SNC Lavalin and their request to pay a voluntary fine instead of being criminally prosecuted for having allegedly paid bribes to do business in Libya. The option to do so was enacted into Canada’s Criminal Code, buried in over 500 pages of a budget bill, by the Liberals last year. Allegedly, SNC bribed Libyan officials, but I suspect it was baksheesh, which from what folks who have done business in Libya tell me was a normal part of business, and maybe not a bribe.

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Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould in better times: “Baby, where did our love go?”

The Prime Minister’s office allegedly pressed the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould (a lady and First Nation member) to accept SNC’s offer for a remediation deal instead of a criminal prosecution. She allegedly refused, which resulted in her demotion to Minister of Veteran Affairs, and after Trudeau shockingly tried to mansplain the situation, she resigned from cabinet. The different viewpoints on the morass are best summarized by Newfoundland’s Rex Murphy, and Lord Black of Crossharbour. Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing, and Wilson-Raybould has said nothing, as she is very likely bound by Solicitor-Client privilege (which our petit Dauphin could waive, to let the truth out, but he knows he gains nothing by doing so.)

Justin Trudeau has typically been able to charm the media, but with this scandal (which is nominal at best), the Canadian MSM seems to be out for his blood. Mr. Murphy’s article points to the cause: the facade of being the champion of First Nations and women’s rights was shown to be false, if not deceitful, and only for the purposes of political advancement.

Why this is news is beyond me. Since [the current year] he has done nothing to improve the lives of women or First Nations, and he has been revealed as a cynic who used the Cathedral’s OrthodoxyTM to win himself political power. This may be a turning point, as the MSM is now making more money as his detractor than his cheerleader.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 02/10/19

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“Why?” you ask. Tucker Carlson has your answer. It has something to do with people who matter losing their jobs.

Thoughts on Trump’s State of the Union Address, from Malcolm and at PA BlogJim also takes note. Follow up from Malcolm.

The Superbowl was last weekend. The Patriot’s won, beating the LA Rams.  PA made notes. Scholar’s Stage wrote on football generally, and finding purpose, meaning, and fleeting glory. Also from the Scholar, writing identitarian songs.

This week the polar vortex (allegedly, a Global Warming product brought to you by Climate ChangeTM). At one point, I walked to work in a wind chill of -40 (conveniently, °C or °F, you pick.) If I never have to look at long underwear again. Mr. Brigg’s warms my heart with a new term for climate change fanatics: Climate Liars. Vivian Krause on the millions of USD being spent in Canada to help such liars. But Mr Briggs sees a positive effect: it’s causing more male births.

White shoes lead to Twitter outrage, ‘cuz raycis! We are also officially the stupidest civilization in all of human history. Congrats! Although, if we are that stupid, how will we ever know we’ve proven that there were no dumber civilizations? And to my fellow Canucks who might argue this does not apply to them because they’re from Canada…

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Christina: “Ahem, sir, you’re forgetting something!”…Enrique: “Si, ándale!”

 

Further Eye Catching Goodness

The Neo-Ciceronian Times on the rise of “Social Prosecution” under the increasing cultural power of the Left. Clarissa’s blog on why this is like Stalin’s era, but corporate not State driven, and so much worse.

Aidan MacLear on PUA Is Unnatural. I like where he goes with this.

Also from Mr. Briggs, notes on the Pope’s recent speech, who seems to have problems with the first commandment. The always special This Week in Doom – Diversity Statement Edition. Plus, his continuing Summary Against Modern Thought.

Anatoly Karlin on why the US left the INF treaty (spoiler alert: it’s China) and thoughts on AOC’s Green New Deal.

The Orthosphere on how to tell those actually traumatized versus those ‘triggered‘. Also, on Christian Pessimism. Throne, Altar, Liberty on the Gospel Truths of Christ’s Early Life.

Alf’s FAQ on Jimianity.

Malcolm on crimes against unborn children. Heartiste notes the update to sign language. Related, The Orthosphere on Freedom of Religion and Speech, and the Rise of the Cult of Moloch.

The American Sun was busy this week, with lessons from Irish dissent. Also, use of social media to feign populism. On the Marie Kondo phenomenon (the Netflix star showing tidiness and and discipline are not a disease), and what to do about the monopoly of tech giants? Plus, the five reads for Friday.

Evolutionist X provides her notes on reading E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology. A links post on evolution, sleep and more. Plus, thoughts on kinship coefficients and the genetic ties that bind.

Sovereign Exceptions on the cost in lives of self-driving cars.

And just under the wire, “Bad” Billy Pratt at Kill to Party on MTV, REM’s Automatic for the People, the rise of AOC and the not-rise of Elizabeth Warren. Mr. Pratt, I loved that album too. It’s beautiful and clever, but there was something about it…like REM’s compass needle starting pointing somewhere else.

Keep on reactin’!

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkaton 02/03/19

Professor Jones says in Raiders of the Lost Ark that the first step in archaeology is going to the library. The line always stuck with me. My previous career was in an archaic form of IT. When technicians were having trouble with equipment, software or systems, I insisted they look at old trouble tickets and ask other techs if they had similar issues. There were few problems that someone had not solved before, and you could save a lot of time not duplicating the research of others.

Same thing in the Reactosphere. If I’ve got a question about politics, history, or power, there’s a good chance someone in the ‘sphere wrote about it, very often with a good primary source for it. Hence, my delight in being directed to this article on the substitution of religion for economics.

Marxism seems to have evolved to try and place human existence under rigid centralized control, based on plans driven by figures, to maximize production. (An example: James C. Scott’s study of agrarian planning in Seeing Like a State.)

Does this kind of thinking really work, ever? An example:

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Robert Strange McNamara – Longest serving Secretary of Defense

It was unwise to have Robert McNamara (who helped the US Air Force with statistics in the fire bombing of Japan) as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. He was intelligent, but he missed simple wisdom on human behaviour in war, which a reading of The Art of War and a year in combat service would provide. Colonel David Hackworth had this to say in an interview with PBS:

Q: Why was body count so important? Or was it?

 

Hackworth: McNamara was a number-cruncher and he wanted to have something to crunch, a number. The overall strategy was attrition, to wear out the enemy. By counting bodies, we would know the impact of the war, its success or failure. That became the standard measurement of success. It was the score, and everyone knew the score.

 

What happened was that body counting completely eroded the honor code of the military, specifically among the officer corps. It taught people to lie. The young lieutenants fresh out of the military academies were taught to lie. The generals, who were pretty proficient liars anyway, pushed the body count. A high body count meant great success. So, in every battle, enemy bodies were counted several times. If there were 200 bodies, suddenly the figure became 650 and it became, to quote Westmoreland, “another great American victory.”

 

It corrupted the officer corps and it appalled the soldiers, who by that time were mostly draftees. They were scurrying around the jungle counting bodies, which was a pretty awesome and terrible thing to do. It had a real boomerang effect on the military because it was like a cancer; it destroyed its soul.

The movie The Fog of War is McNamara showing why he was not suited for the role. I like McNamara, but he is a cautionary tale and an object lesson: Others have dealt with problems before and you need to learn from them. He speaks passionately about his errors because he knows they cost the lives of thousands if not millions.

McNamara is honest, even sympathetic at times, but did not learn until it was too late: There are some very critical decisions you cannot “numbers” your way out of. Sometimes you need to understand the non-quantifiable human aspects of the situation, hence his fallacy.

What Caught My Eye This Week

From Malcolm…fun! Just replace the therapist with the MSM. Much needed humour on North Korea. Also, Moloch needs babies…badly!

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New York State, circa 2019.

Aidan MacLear sets the record straight on Whores and Actors.

Alf has said goodbye to AlfaNL. I’d been reading for a few years, and always looked forward to his posts. He’ll continue posting at the gardenoftheinternet.com, and the latest is the need for a new religion.

PA comments on what I think can be termed ‘victimization chauvinism‘ (which, I think means, my victimization trumps yours, so your history is what I say it is). Also, thoughts on the Gamma type.

Evolutionist X does an excellent review of Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate. A bit of history: In ancient times, having the neighbours over for dinner meant something else. And her thoughts on Millennials and burnout. Millennials seem to have entered a phase of recognizing there are severe faults in the ‘system’. They are in that ‘doubling down will work’ phase. Hopefully, they’ll learn to find their own way. May I suggest this letter, for starters, my young progressives.

The Covingtion Smirk is not off the radar yet. A special guest post at Statistician to the Stars, eloquently confirming what we already knew: don’t trust the media without a long pause. Part One of American Sun’s study on the event. PA discusses the general trend which lead up to the uproar.

Scholar’s Stage on the history of words as weapons.

Dr. Spencer provides a transcript of Michael Chrichton’s warnings on the Climate ChangeTM “crisis” in 2003. It’s highly recommended. In a few places he is prophetic:

I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.

 

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

 

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

And also this:

The deterioration of the American media is dire loss for our country. When distinguished institutions like the New York Times can no longer differentiate between factual content and editorial opinion, but rather mix both freely on their front page, then who will hold anyone to a higher standard?

The answer, as we’ve learned the hard way, are zealots in purity spirals with infinite standards.

Dr. Spencer also asks: If cold waves are caused by global warming, why are they decreasing? Also, Climate Audit considers the Pages2K Antarctic temperature data. It’s a highly technical blog, but if you really want to get into the science (whatever that means) behind the global warming industry check it out.

American Sun’s Interview with-a-yellow-vest. Plus, praise for Assad. A RTWT: Vitalist Reaction for Dummies. Also, Five Friday Reads.

William Briggs was busy this week: the next installment of his Summary Against Modern Thought. A Reactionary movie review – When Worlds Collide.  A survey of the Great Mustaches of History, and two This Week in Doom entries: the best one and the even better one. Plus, a guest post explaining how: “We have all lost our national identity. All of us. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Why?”

In the Orthosphere, the hierarchy that matters, and Hecate and the fork in the road (Medea, MacBeth and beyond).

Palladium’s take on the Davos Conference.

Faith Goldy Red Ensign

Obligatory girl with Red Ensign picture. Thanks Faith Goldy.

Faith Goldy has a video on Canada’s new laws and taskforce to deal with Wrongthink foreign interference in elections. I thought that would mean stopping things like this, or preventing offering assistance to your favourite DRC candidate, or using federal government funds to donate to her foundation. But no, it’s meant to keep interference by [Select evil party: Russians/Iranians/North Koreans/Basket of Deplorableans/Covington High School Kids] in [the Current Year] at bay. (As if any of those parties care. Trust me, if they want Canada wrecked, they simply need sit on their hands and let the Liberals win.)

Finally, the Reactosphere is well aware that any time you see a grassroots movement, there is big money from somewhere backing it up. Vivian Krause, at Rethink Campaigns, originally going after questionable fish farming research, has been tracking the big money behind the activist campaigns against oil sands and fossil-fuel pipelines. She’s even been getting time on the CBC. Canadians are noticing a sea change with the federal and provincial governments who are undermining the oil and gas, using the rhetoric of groups, which Vivian reveals, are funded by sources foreign to Canada.

Energy is vital to any country, and especially Canada, where it’s really bloody cold. And despite the well wishing of enviroactivists and Climate ChangeTM adherents, wind and solar power will not replace oil and gas by using magic spells such as “diversify and change the economy” and “get off fossil fuels“. Those undermining the industry have zero implementable options on what to replace it with (other than, the State needs to make it happen, which a brief review of 20th century history will show always ends badly).

Canada needs hydrocarbons now and for the foreseeable future. Oil and gas is a major source of tax revenue, vital to the economy and trade with other nations, and essential to insure people do not freeze in the dark. But Québec and British Columbia are lauded for not allowing the flow of ‘dirty’ Alberta oil.

Any country whose exercise of sovereignty over its energy industry amounts to a two handed approach of simultaneous dependence and undermining will find someone else holding that sovereignty in their place. This, where Canada finds itself, which Vivian is shedding some much needed light on.

Keep on Reactin’!

Señor Blanco