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A very brave law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, named Amy Wax has published the astounding argument that human beings in America would benefit from adopting “bourgeois values” and behaving accordingly. Bourgeois (Boozh-wah, for the underspeeched) may be an unfortunate term-of-art, since it came to be used as a pejorative back in the old hippie days — something that Ms. Wax might remember, since she is a Baby Boomer — but what else might you call this bundle of traditional values: honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality, fortitude, gratitude, dedication, kindness, loyalty, et cetera?

A glance at Amy Wax’s credentials might induce a head-snap.

Amy Laura Wax received a B.S. summa cum laude in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale in 1975. She was then a Marshall Scholar in Philosophy, Physiology, and Psychology at Somerville College at Oxford University. She earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1981, training as a neurologist, and received a J.D. from Columbia in 1987, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1987-88. From 1988-94, she served as Assistant to the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court. Wax was a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, American Academy of Neurology from 1986-1992. In 1994, she joined the faculty of UVA [U. of Virginia]. She taught courses in civil procedure, labor law, and poverty law and welfare policy. She became Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law from 2000-01. After becoming a visiting professor to Penn Law School in 2000, she joined its faculty in 2001.

By some miracle, she didn’t end up a professor of Intersectional Gender Justice. Of course, the Social Justice commissars around the country regard her as just another neo-Nazi punk committing violence-through-speech against the ethno-sexual minorities who seek to throw off the shackles of Cis-White Privilege oppression. In an op-ed essay in the Philadelphia Inquirer (co-authored with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego School of Law) titled Paying the Price for Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture, Wax argued that “the single-parent, anti-social habits, prevalent among some working-class whites, the anti ‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks” and the “anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants” are not suited to a First-World 21st Century Environment.

The casual observer (from Mars) might take all that as self-evident, but it’s a hard sell nowadays, especially in Ivory Towerville, where, supposedly, the rectified essences of abiding human intelligence are said to dwell. That super-refined scholarly nation-within–a-nation is also mostly walled off from the more unappetizing realities of what an American-style First-World 21st Century Environment actually is. In fact, that very “environment” is mostly characterized by a breakdown of just about everything that might promote the formerly eternal verities. It has been accompanied move-for-move by a breakdown in economic relations that leaves a big chunk of the national demographic peon-ized, bereft of work that is either meaningful or pays enough to support a family, and places them at the mercy (actually, there is no mercy) of gigantic, dishonest, avaricious companies and public institutions driven by stupid crypto-religious ideologies.

Oddly, the personal economic calamity represented by that trend is mirrored on the Ivy League campuses where a tiny elite cadre of tenured professors enjoys immunity from both impoverishment and real critical thinking, while an ever-expanding corps of serf-like adjunct teachers does all the heavy-lifting in the classrooms and struggles to pay the light bill — and a new breed of diversity deans and other administrative hierophants feeds gluttonously at the trough of the college loan racket.

The main criticism of Amy Wax’s prescription for cultural improvement is that it’s simply not possible to go back to the economically stable world of the 1950s that supported the roster of human virtues she wants to bring back online. It may be so, alas, but that still doesn’t obviate the basic value of behavioral norms. And deep down in their dark Gnostic hearts, the Social Justice Commissariat must agree. Otherwise, why would they be promoting so strenuously the exemplary earnest behavior of the DACA “Dreamers.”

Amy Wax was hammered by her colleagues at the Penn Law School for daring to express these ideas. More than half of the law faculty signed an “open letter” of censorious opprobrium against her. They “categorically rejected” her arguments without offering any counter-arguments. The law school’s chapter of the Lawyer’s Guild is maneuvering to get her fired from her teaching duties. That’s how we roll now in Witch Hunt Nation. I think Amy Wax has the fortitude to get through this. But will the universities ever recover?


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  1. Graycenphil September 18, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    Good one. Amy Wax for president.

  2. newworld September 18, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    This highlights the paucity of the GOP establishment right for anything useful except what the donor class wants.

    Basically this has been written a million times by right wingers and we have gotten to the point where when these views are expressed the condemnations flow from the top of the GOPe that we peons have violated the Modern Sins of some ism, ists or phobias.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      Add to that the Democratic Party, and we are cooking with gas.

    • miasmo September 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

      Yeah, this is what I would expect from David Brooks while sleep-typing on Ambien. Do I think she should be fired? No. I just think she should be harshly mocked for her facile poor-bashing. Somehow the people who own and run everything escape any trace of blame for the current state of affairs.

      “…and the doubts surrounding the Vietnam War — encouraged an antiauthoritarian… ideal … that was unworthy of, and unworkable for, a mature, prosperous adult society.”

      Holy crap, what a pile of bullshit! Questioning and challenging authority is a necessary part of maintaining any semblance of democracy, and if the deeply immoral and tragically disastrous and murderous Vietnam war didn’t clue you in to the dangers of blind obedience to authority, then you’re part of the problem, not the solution.

      “…the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants…” So she’s blaming “some Hispanic immigrants” for not wanting to assimilate into a culture that she spends the rest of the essay describing as devoid of positive values?

      I think she has a germ of a point somewhere in there, but it is buried in a big pile of right wing horseshit.

  3. CancelMyCard September 18, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    All this brouhaha over what these university simpletons think.

    Fact is, they will have 2 choices upon graduation . . .

    1) Get a job, any kind of job, where they will not for an instant put up with your SJW nonsense, or

    2) Go back and live with your parents, where what you think will matter to no one whatsoever.

    Fact is, upon graduation, this supercilious generation either gets wise or drops out.

    • sophia September 18, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      I wish you were right. But first graders now go to the principals office for not using the correct gender pronoun on last year’s kindergardener who transitioned to girl during the summer, and laws may soon be enacted in the workplace. So they can get a job as a barista and comfort themselves for their low station in life by at least ruining some people’s lives and being on the lookout for infractions to report. Maybe they can even sue.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 11:44 am #

        Speaking of lawsuits, I see the professor at Evergreen College who was physically surrounded and driven off campus as part of some sort of No Whitey Day, which was supported by the administration and his colleagues, has won his case against the school.
        This is your typical liberal academic, suffering the logical result of what he himself helped bring about.
        At least in the end, he had the physical courage to stand up for himself.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

          Yeah, but I bet he still won’t stand up for us. He was simply outraged that they didn’t recognize him as a noble Social Justice Warrior, one of the Chosen no less, not some stinking generic White trailer trash.

          In another case, Black Feminists chose to march on Yom Kippur, outraging Tribal Feminists. Did they choose a bad date on purpose? Quite possibly. They know the Tribe has used them to bash Whites, but to them, they’re just even more entitled Whites. The Tribe don’t like that in its underlings.

  4. davidreese2 September 18, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    Many thanks, Jim, for this post, and for providing the link to Amy Wax’s original article. Well worth the read.

  5. MrTibbs September 18, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    FINAL EXAM.
    “Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion, will be a touch-and-go relay race right up until the final moment…..Humanity is in the “final exam” as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance within Universe.”
    – R. Buckminster Fuller, 1968.

    -T

  6. RobH September 18, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    “Wax argued that “the single-parent, anti-social habits, prevalent among some working-class whites, the anti ‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks” and the “anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants” is not suited to a First-World 21st Century Environment”

    Is there not a sense that it is perfectly suited as that is exactly what it generated?

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

      Late have they awakened – too late. The Waxes of the World have always needed us far more than we need them because we need them not at all.

  7. DA September 18, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    … the anti ‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks” and the “anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants” is not suited to a First-World 21st Century Environment.

    She’s right, but then again the so-called “First World 21st Century Environment” is not long for this world either, thanks largely to Wax and her social strata. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    • Elrond Hubbard September 18, 2017 at 10:27 am #

      Q: What is the shape of water? (Aside from an upcoming movie.)

      A: Water takes the shape of the container it’s in, of course. Likewise, the shape working people are in today reflects the box they’re in.

      Pity the working class. It’s not enough that they build and repair our houses, flip our burgers, drive our Ubers (at a net loss), wax our pubes, harvest our apples, butcher our chickens, sell us our tchotchkes, and hand us our nine-irons, all for a federal minimum wage of $7 per hour (or a princely $2.13 for tipped work). All of that is necessary, but not sufficient. They must also be sober, polite, punctual, frugal, respectable, respectful, polite, servile but not in a creepy way, smile, bag our groceries without being asked, make nice patterns in the froth of our lattés, go the extra mile, give 110%, and above all stop being so ungrateful — after all, they live in the greatest country in the world!

      youtube.com/watch?v=uTvwnQ4dI1Y

      No wonder the Juggalos marched this weekend.

      The economic policies of the past four decades are expressly designed to turn the USA from a First World into a Third World nation. As for Amy Wax, dual doctorates in medicine and law are indeed impressive. That said, I wonder whether she’s free of scars from self-harm? There’s always a psychic price to be paid for that kind of neurotic overachievement. Some take it out on themselves, while others take it out on, well, others.

      • Q. Shtik September 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

        There’s always a psychic price to be paid for that kind of neurotic overachievement. – Elrond

        ===========

        Always, you say?

        I think the Amy Waxes of the world love being high caliber intellectuals and are not typically crypto-Sheldon Coopers.

      • S M Tenneshaw September 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

        Yes, JHK did switch cause and effect, didn’t he?

  8. seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    I can’t believe JHK did not write about the petroyuan, which became a reality last week with yuan based oil contracts backed by gold. Venezuela also announced it was dropping the dollar. Gold is once again part of the world monetary system. China now buys more Saudi oil than anyone in the world, and if Saudi doesn’t come around to the petroyuan, China buys from Russia or Iran instead. They are over the proverbial barrel.

    • robert magill September 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

      The petroyuan makes it official we have but one-last-chance. Either we join the rest of the world or slide into some dismal state of lingering regret. The one-last-chance as I see it is to join Eurasia and Africa in the Belt and Road initiative. China is with it, Japan is ready and Russia has allocated the money to start up. High speed rail tunnels linking Alaska and Siberia bring the old world and the new world together again
      Only the insane US policies towards every country we cannot dominate holds it all back. Failure to join the rest of the world right now will leave the US a backwater among nations.

      • seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

        We’re not the good guys, we’re just one of the guys. That is the change of mindset America needs. As someone who does not believe the Apollo story, it is easy to see that event more than any is what gave rise to American exceptionalism.

      • ozone September 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

        “Failure to join the rest of the world right now will leave the US a backwater among nations.”

        robert o’ th’ magill,
        Thereby should we expect a sordid collection of bellicose and belligerent, publicly shameless nose-pickers to be running the joint in short order; Backwater, we fervently wish to be thine epitome …Look how successfully we’ve wandered down that golden path already!

        The blinding brilliance of our homegrown Cheeto von Tweeto illumines the world entire with a most exceptional arc-weld glare. (We are simply bent-over-blessed [again and again] beyond measure. Halle-freakin’-lujah.)

  9. Walter B September 18, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    That is a sad tale Jim, but an uplifting one as well for those of us that still hold onto the values of which she wrote. It is angering whenever the progressive speech Nazis call for book burning and silencing of opposing views, and it remains as evidence that America not only defeated these vermin in WWII, but absorbed some of them as well. The skinheads and the speech Nazis make two sides of a very imperfect coin of the new realm don’t they? After spending going on five decades as an engineer, I have more than a little of the cynic in me. It comes from being called into every situation to not only identify problems but to design and implement solutions to make it all better. Unfortunately for me, and for us all, there are NO solutions to the problems that face America today, not because solutions cannot be designed, but because they can never be implemented due to the state of political correctness, me first – I am the center of the universe, a total clack of caring and of course simple ignorance.

    • Graycenphil September 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

      Good morning Walter. You are completely right that solutions can be designed, but I’m confidant they will be too. There is a lot of noise from PC chatterers that gets all too much attention, but I find it reassuring that people like Amy Wax are stil being hired to teach our kids. There is a lot of nonsense going on, but when there is a real problem, the grownups step in and fix it. Whether it’s the 9/11 terrotist attacks, the Houston oil refineries damaged by a hurricane, a sensible pipeline shut down by protesters or out of control institutions of hgher learning, we can fix our problems.

      Just in the last week or two, Berkeley has managed to get a conservative on campus, John Jay College fired a professor for stupid anti-cop tweets and now I learn that Penn has actually hired a conservative. It’s not linear, there are fits and starts, but we’re going the right way.

      Despite all the media reports of campus butterflies, colleges are full of smart, ambitious kids eager and willing to work hard. And so are the tech schools, the trade unions and the military. They won’t make the exact world we want, just as we didn’t make the same one our parents wanted, but they will make a better world. Just watch.

      And I totally agree that this sad tale is an uplifting one as well. It’s a great column, insightful, with new information (I never heard of Amy Wax before) and biting humor. It’s the reason I keep reading Mr. Kunstler. Plus, no predictions.

      • Walter B September 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

        There is a huge problem with implementing solutions and we are all aware of it – those who are in positions to implement solutions are far too busy stealing as much of the money that can be had to make things happen and lining their own pockets and the pockets of their family, friends and frat brothers. Those few of us within government that have the never to call them out for their corruption are not even argued against, threatened or demeaned, we are simply ignored. The theft is mind boggling. I called it Welfare for Lawyers right under the Golden State House dome and was met with a hall of 350 silent conspirators. They do not care and neither do those that are being robbed . This is why things will never get better my friend. We cannot and will never be able to afford solutions.

        • Graycenphil September 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

          I’m sure you’re right about the mind boggling level of theft. You are in a positon to know more about it than I. But I wonder, is it that much worse than it was, or are you just more aware of it now?

          • Walter B September 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

            The problem is far worse and I will tell you why. If a taxpayer has $100 and a politician steals half of it, there is still half to live on. The thieves have not only stolen the entire $100, but have stolen so much money from the taxpayer’s future by creating “money from printing it up” that one day it will lose ALL value, at least to the rest of the world. This is not so bad if Americas was total self-sufficient, but as a nation that relies on other nations for much of our stuff, such loss of value will be devastating to us little people. Think Weimar Republic Repeat.

        • ozone September 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

          Walter, (Thanks for the clarity, BTW.)
          Now there’s a point that’s not too often (if kinda never) gets discussed any place but here or other [mostly ignored by the Mainstream] corners of the web. “No one” wants to acknowledge the huge pocket-lining that’s going on by those in the deciding/decider positions to easily skim off of the residents enforced “donations”. Poor lambs are more reassured and restful with their entrenched illusions about the POWER o’ duh Vote. (I’m hesitant to wake the comfy-cozy sleeping urchins; we all know how fussy they can get when awakened.)

          Too bad that the puir lambies never have any say as to who they have to vote *for*. That should be a yuuge flapping flag of warning… but that tiny detail has been expunged from the lumpen’s political vocabulary by dint of repeated enforcement of compliant mediocrity. (– See the entry under “Wha-happen?” by It’smyturnnowgoddamnit for further obfuscations and excuses of/for Mediocrity&Incompetence Exemplified. *Price dropping quickly at most realistic book purveyors at a crumbling strip-mall near you.)

      • sophia September 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

        Ah, the milk of human optimism.

        • Walter B September 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

          Ah but believe it or not optimism, at least in it’s purest is the preferred opiate of the chronically frightened and the terminally lazy. Finding problems in the systems in which we operate and working to correct them is the basis of engineering. Looking for bumps in the road ahead and avoiding them is the mark of a wise traveler. It is absolutely easy for those of us who understand to see the problems, make note of the pitfalls and still venture forth every day with a can do attitude and be able to enjoy every good bit of life. Overcoming adversity is a great rush and those days that we come, we see and we conquer a problem last in memory for all time as opposed to that bright and sunny day when nothing really happened. It is all a question of attitude and action, if you have both life is great.

          • Graycenphil September 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

            That I agree with completely, except maybe the first sentence. That part I’m not sure about, but the rest is great.

            Not that the occaisional day when nothing happens isn’t nice once in a while…

          • Walter B September 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

            No doubt G&p a day of nothing happening is good for the spirit – I hope I can have one tomorrow, I need it and I know that I do not do it nearly enough.

      • BackRowHeckler September 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

        Hey GP it wasn’t a mere ‘stupid cop tweet’. as a professor at John Jay a good many of his students go on to become police officers in NYC; he stated he is happy to teach ‘future dead cops”.

        Yeah it is pretty stupid but if that’s his opinion maybe he should be teaching at Berkeley or Brown, not the John Jay school.

        brh

        • Graycenphil September 19, 2017 at 6:48 am #

          I don’t think he should be at Berkeley or Brown either, but that will be up to them. Perhaps Harvard will offer him a fellowship.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

      You must have run into instances then, in your professional life, where you discover that solutions are not really wanted.
      What we are seeing today in society are instances of that, because the issues that are being raised aren’t really the real issue.
      The “Dreamer” issue is not really about some wonderful Americans in all but a technicality, who have been harmed through no fault of their own, for instance.
      And does anyone really believe Obama gave a crap about actual Syrian refugees?
      When the obvious “solution” to that problem was raised, just move them out of harm’s way somewhere close by, notice how that issue dropped out of the news cycle abruptly?
      The people on what passes for the Left nowadays will never tell you what they are really arguing about.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

        What is good is anything that hurts the real America, Traditional America, White America. That’s their standard, their only standard. Feminists are fine with mass rape for example – as long as it’s non Whites perpetrating it.

        It’s not complicated at its root – just unspeakable Evil. Too evil for most to even look, much less accept. Thus the rampage continues, our Cultural Revolution now more than fifty years old.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

          Black America and Traditional America are inseparable. That’s why we see the BLM movement, in part, they want to separate the races.
          A large part of the shock and horror over the murders committed by Dylan Roof was due to the utter goodness of the people he killed.
          Many Americans would have no clue that such people existed, due to the media focus on Gentle Giants and so forth.
          Attempts to destroy the remnants of the culture of the South in America, are destroying the culture that produced these people too.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

            Blacks have made us into the scapegoats, the Devils of their Metaphysic. You and other Liberals are committed to taking the unending stream of shit they intend to dish out. How much more can we take? They’ve destroyed every major city in America, not to speak of our school system and culture.

            Face it, the marriage needs to end. We need a Divorce.

        • S M Tenneshaw September 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

          The real America is both black AND white, Janos. Wise up.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

            No, we founded it and we’re always the main actors, often the sole actors. They helped in the South in the same sense as mules and horses help. We could have done it without them. But without us – nada. Of course the Spanish or the French could have created nations, but they wouldn’t be the United States which by definition, is White Anglo.

            I know it’s hard for someone who doesn’t know the difference between Nation and Country. And thinks it’s all comes down to geography. And that the Indians were therefore the First or “Native Americans”.

            Pure Idiocy, Tenny.

          • seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

            Janos are you a scion of the Jim Crow family?

          • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 12:04 am #

            No, but if you people don’t relent, I will bring in the Cylons to bring down Civilization. I have bee promised a high position in the New Order.

      • Walter B September 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

        In the private sector in businesses that must make a profit or go out of business, when a paid professional like myself is brought in and he does the job well, solutions are embraced gladly. Of course the ideas must be conveyed properly and presented with sufficient detail and backing information to convince the customers, but since business of that sort does not concern itself with social issues, fixing problems is almost simple.

        As far as the general public and the political world is concerned no solutions are never wanted. Solutions require sacrifice and neither of those entities do that, at least to themselves. And no I will never be convinced that Barak Obama ever gave a damn about anything other than himself and his master. As far as the group on the left, they are a similar group as existed in Germany in the 1920 so let us hope that they never find themselves one to lead this nation into anarchy.

  10. sprawlcapital September 18, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    Around 1996 JHK cited a great artist approximately as follows: In order to be radical in your art, you must be bourgeois in your life. This was in the closing pages of Home from Nowhere.

    JHK lives this rule. Look–to give just one example–at how punctual he is at getting these blog posts done twice a week. And done well. A work ethic that should be an example for all of us.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      “Not to be a buzzkill but ‘being a writer’ is as much about estimated taxes, paying your own health insurance, and getting rejected on a regular basis as it is about adoring audiences, bylines, and book tours.”
      That’s a quote from Barbara Feinman Todd’s new book.

      She’s the woman who wrote Hillary Clinton’s It Takes A Village book.
      Hillary tried to stiff her out of credit and money, btw.
      I’d like to know who wrote Hillary’s latest book.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

      As Whitman said, either the Man must remain unfinished or the Work. He chose to the Work. I choose the Man. But let’s not make too much of this division. As he said, “He who touches this book touches a Man.

  11. Zoltar September 18, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Clearly, this is the twilight of the American University. Some elite academies may be able to continue to provide edification to the offspring of any plutocrats who manage to avoid hanging from lampposts, but more plebeian institutions will face a choice: align their curriculum to twenty first century survival skills, or perish.

    • DrTomSchmidt September 18, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      The business model depends on the rubes thinking the role of the great universities is to teach. It’s not: the way you get tenure and get promoted is by ignoring students and publishing research. In other words, get hordes of students into Econ 101, all paying full tuition for a lecture course taught by underpaid grad students, and use the profits from that course to pay for research, athletics (only football and baseball pay their own ways), and maybe subsidize a senior seminar with only 15 students and a real professor.

      Many of the youth are wise to this game, and colleges are dropping like flies at the bottom of the scale. CLEP, PLAC, and community college out the first two, especially scammy years of college and the young people you know can help to end this charade.

      Best book about alternatives is Excellent Sheep. Tl;dr: selective liberal arts colleges, like Williams, still offer an education of value. Undergrad at research universities? Not so much.

      • sophia September 18, 2017 at 11:34 am #

        What’s CLEP and PLAC?

        • Q. Shtik September 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

          I believe they are venereal diseases…….. or, wait a minute, maybe that’s CLAP and PLEC.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

          CLEP is a test you can take to get college credit, and thus avoid taking classes and wasting time and money.

          • DrTomSchmidt September 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

            What Janos said. PLAC is another test for credit.

  12. K-Dog September 18, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Apparently this is what caused the trouble.

    All cultures are not equal. Or at least they are not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy. The culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st-century environment. Nor are the single-parent, antisocial habits, prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-“acting white” rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants. These cultural orientations are not only incompatible with what an advanced free-market economy and a viable democracy require, they are also destructive of a sense of solidarity and reciprocity among Americans. If the bourgeois cultural script — which the upper-middle class still largely observes but now hesitates to preach — cannot be widely reinstated, things are likely to get worse for us all.

    It is treasonous to assert that all cultures are not equal to a social justice warrior. The next thing Amy Wax might do is find empirical evidence that patriarchy is a very good way to transmit values to younger generations.

    Amy seriously insults the single mother lifestyle and undermines the diaspora of the anything goes nothing matters cultural value that prevents America from finding a path forward to prosperity or even simple survival. Useful idiots everywhere are threatened so naturally they want to do AMY in.

    • Elrond Hubbard September 18, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      As I said above, water takes the shape of the container it’s in. Likewise, these assorted pathologies aren’t separate from the core society — they’re the consequences of it. Neither one would exist in its current form without the other.

      Know what a spandrel is? I’m sure JHK does. Spandrel is an architectural term for the triangular spaces formed when an arch is enclosed within a rectangle.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spandrel

      Spandrels are not intended parts of a structure. They’re an example of implied spaces, meaning the spaces in architecture that are framed by the boundaries of the intentionally composed features. Likewise, the kinds of pathologies JHK, Amy Wax, etc. complain of come are what befall people when they’re excluded from the core and left to fend for themselves. The bottom 90% of Americans have no net wealth. There’s not much point, or even meaning, to a virtue such as frugality when every penny you can scrape together from three jobs keeps you just ahead of the wolves. Lecturing the proletarian for not being bourgeois just piles cruelty onto abuse.

      The people Amy Wax wags her finger at are living in the space that was prepared for them by privileged people who got to write the rules of the game to suit themselves. The name of that place is nowhere, and everybody knows it. It’s the rules of the game that need to be fixed.

      • James Howard Kunstler September 18, 2017 at 11:33 am #

        A lot of these virtues can be boiled down to common decency and common sense, which even poor people can practice — surely to their advantage! — JHK

        • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 11:53 am #

          Common sense is not common.
          That should be obvious to those who possess it.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

            When the poor people are from places like Somalia, they won’t have any sense of decency in the first place, and certainly no sense of decency in common after they’ve been crammed into slums with all sorts of Third World primitives.
            This is intentional.

        • Elrond Hubbard September 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

          I agree and I don’t. The sense in which I agree should be obvious — I’m all for common decency and common sense. But the advantage you’re referring to only accrues if it actually, you know, accrues. And what we’re seeing is that it increasingly doesn’t — socioeconomic mobility has decreased sharply in the USA since the 1970s (i.e. people born poor tend to stay poor, those born rich tend to stay rich, much more than used to be the case).

          What this leads to is zero-sum dynamics among those who can see they have been left behind. There’s no reward for working, so you might as well predate instead if you want to get anywhere, and celebrate successful predators. People who are better off than you lecture you, while you know that you struggle in ways they can’t comprehend, so why not shrug off what they have to say? And who has the energy anyway? Capitalism was invented precisely because it afforded a positive-sum alternative to the above (until the oil and the ecosystem were exhausted).

          Societies, including underclasses, have always adopted values that fit their real situation. Farmers prize thrift and industry, while herders enact swift retribution against thievery. An underclass offered no hope turns to pathology and eating itself alive. It’s a mistake to see the underclass as separate. The healthy tissue and the necrotic are part of the same organism, and have to be understood that way. It takes two to have a problem. Nothing is going to change as long as responsibility is attributed on exactly one side of the equation.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

            A lot of what we see in the so-called black communities is the result of the rules having changed without anybody being told. The ones who were ready to take advantage prior to the changes were up, up and away, and frequently physically left the area, just as any upwardly mobile ethnic group does.
            What you have are the leftovers, the ones who were successful enough, but liked it where they were, who are know getting old; the ones who didn’t have what it took to improve their station in life, and the ones who are too young to know any different. They are angry, because they see people like them who are very successful, and they see people not quite like them, i.e. white, their peers in many ways but somehow much more well off, and they can’t understand it.
            On some level they must blame themselves, because that’s they only thing I can think of that would account for the black-on-black violence we see today.
            It just wasn’t a thing when I was growing up, but when I was growing up, there was still a job for you if you were willing to work hard. I mean a real job, not part-time low wage now and then exploitive work.
            That was the safety valve, work.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter September 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

          Amen! Problem is, the Democratic Left leadership is not really interested in poor people making good. They need barefoot and pregnant voters, who will swap votes for free stuff. Heck, if poor people make good, they might become Republicans.

          As far as Street level Democrats, I suspect there are other incentives that keep them invested in the victimology/identity politics Narrative. One of those incentives I think, is a form of Munchausens-by-Proxy Syndrome mental illness, whereby certain white people have such a deep need to play the role of “Mighty Whitey Savior of Poor Downtrodden Negroes” – – – that blacks have to be crammed into playing the part of Poor Downtrodden Negro, whether they are downtrodden or not. (Heck, having a few illegitimate kids will hit the old bank account and Living Standard regardless of color.)

          Thus, those sick white folks will rebel against any reasonable argument that poor people need to behave better, particularly if those poor people are black. Such, as this sick white person:

          abovethelaw.com/2017/08/law-professors-say-white-50s-culture-is-superior-other-racist-stuff/

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

        • K-Dog September 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

          Common decency and common sense manifests a common baseline from which to conduct civilized social affairs. Any more than that can bring into question how well balanced a social contract is.

          Demanding burgeois values without giving anything in return seems unfair but if these burgeois values are simply the foundation which any civilized society must have to function then there is nothing unfair about demanding them. From this perspective personal accountability in the honoring of basic values becomes inescapable as does the rejection of values which do not honor civilized conduct.

      • sophia September 18, 2017 at 11:42 am #

        You make some good points about the loss of middle class financial life, but it does not actually follow that people must then become crass, promiscuous and bigoted. Lots of poor people in many cultures are delightful. According to Greer, it is Amy’s class who threw the lower middle class under the bus and prospered themselves, and she is likely oblivious to that. Still, your sympathies are misplaced and actually the values that people are now holding are making them poorer, such as divorce.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

          I remember seeing some sort of special report, at least part of it, on ABC News, I think, with Maria Shriver.
          I quit watching after she brought out some very low income black woman, who stated that “marriage is so expensive”.
          I believe the purpose of the piece was to counter the argument that people who get married before having children do better financially.
          I would have watched a story based on the fact that even married couples are struggling today, barely holding on to the middle class despite doing everything “right”, but Maria’s hit piece on marriage and traditional values was sheer idiocy, and I wondered why they even made it.

    • capt spaulding September 18, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      I lived in Southern California for a few years, and I found that many people from Spanish speaking countries were pretty arrogant about their language and culture. Go into a barrio, and if you make it back out, you’ll find little to no English spoken, and not much relating to American culture. They aren’t interested in assimilation, they want to be Hispanic, not Anglos. This does not bode well for the idea of the transformation of everybody into a common culture. Unfortunately this means there will be lumps in the melting pot, and that will become a problem down the road when we get into competition for resources. When resources are scarce, it’s been proven that people will split into groups and fight for them. Too bad, but that’s the way it is.

      • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        I lived in Southern California for a few years, and I found that many people from Spanish speaking countries were pretty arrogant about their language and culture

        The Mexican Culture is inferior. They who left it for USA know that and feel defensive.

        • thwack September 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

          Inferior to what?

          American culture?

          Do you really want everyone acting like the US; roaming the planet looting, raping and robbing?

          When the beast is on the loose, the safest place to be is often in his belly.

          Just sayin

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      Well said. And Black African Culture is completely inferior to White European Culture from any high viewpoint you want to assume. Traditional European Culture that is. Now that they have torn us down, the difference aren’t so great. Of course the Blacks have gone even lower too!

      • thwack September 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

        The acid reflux will continue until moral improves.

  13. Phutatorius September 18, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    I read the Wax article. Would Russel Kirk have said it any better? Things I’ve noticed among the Quaker meeting I’ve been attending for a while: The word “normal” is viewed with suspicion. Quaker pacifism has taken a back seat to multiculturalism, gender stuff, etc.. Thus, most supported HRC in the last election. The number of Quakers I knew who could not bring themselves to vote for either major candidate was small.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

      They’re a pernicious influence and have been for a long time. The original Quakers were good though – mystics visited by the Holy Spirit who quaked in ecstasy. Needless to say they would be aghast at what their descendants became. In the intermediate, they became hardcore Capitalists. Not sure that would have pleased George Fox either.

  14. Bro Jobe September 18, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    Professor Wax is right. But I’m not sure I want to go back to the other norms of the Silent Generation or the GIs. Recently I asked a 90-year-old Southern Belle what had most changed in her lifetime. She replied “now anything goes,” and she said anyone living together out of marriage would have been “shunned” in the rural community where she grew up.

    For my part, I am pleased that couples can live together without marriage, but I’m a gentleman enough not to upbraid a 90-something, even when she began to talk about African-Americans in ways that made segregation and worse sound like parts of the good old days. We should not go back there.

    That said, we have too many folks of all backgrounds who want instant celebrity and gratification in place of working hard and saving for things that matter long-term by building individual wealth. Little in our culture inculcates those bourgeois values. Even home ownership can we seen as a way to leverage credit and pile up more debt in the form of home-equity loans.

    We have to figure out a way to return to a culture of thrift over gratification, of social responsibility and self-reliance over victimhood and bail-outs. It’s not just the Academic Left who’d oppose that shift; it’s the people in various businesses who like us to remain in debt.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 11:56 am #

      But you know, bro, there were people in that generation, maybe not in that location, who didn’t bring that anti-black sentiment into it, but still had a sense that we lost something valuable with the so-called sexual revolution.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      If Blacks aren’t afraid of Whites, they’ll make Whites afraid of them. Simply psychological physics. You can’t take you own side to save your life. Multiply that time a hundred million and that’s one powerful reason we are where we are.

    • Buck Stud September 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

      Return to thrift over gratification–who knows how to build that bridge?

      Indeed, a return to ‘thrift” would collapse the economy.

      • Bro Jobe September 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

        Buck, that’s one of the best arguments *for* collapse I’ve heard. Sounds like we live in Huxley’s Brave New World if thrift can no longer guide our economic system.

        Let’s hope for a Heinberg, not a Kunstler, collapse. Check out that podcast before the lights go out!

  15. DrTomSchmidt September 18, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Oddly, the personal economic calamity represented by that trend is mirrored on the Ivy League campuses where a tiny elite cadre of tenured professors enjoys immunity from both impoverishment and real critical thinking, while an ever-expanding corps of serf-like adjunct teachers does all the heavy-lifting in the classrooms and struggles to pay the light bill — and a new breed of diversity deans and other administrative hierophants feeds gluttonously at the trough of the college loan racket.

    JHK nails it. The managerial elite will do ANYTHING to preserve its position, perquisites, and privileges in a time of decline. First they took from the wage earners, then they denuded academia. The “professional” management rules both adjunct and full time faculty, of course. They’re still using Frederick Winslow Taylor, and still creating the same misery his approach to labor created.

    All this is driven by Federal Title IX and others. If a university accepts one dime of fEderal money, then all the dollars spent by that university must conform to their rules. The Feds supply 1/6th of all the dollars spent in higher education, but control basically all of them.

    Of course, the dollar amount spent on administration and the dollar amounts received from the Feds are about even. That suggests a route to freedom for the academy: fire all the Deans and have faculty self-manage, while abjuring any Federal dollars.

  16. Q. Shtik September 18, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    There is always a conspiracy or impending financial crash just around every corner.Few of his devoted followers ever call him out on it and it really should be an embarassment to him. – mdm1, relative to last week’s thread

    ==============

    You must be new around here. JHK is ‘called out’ constantly for the inaccuracy of his predictions.

    • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

      the inaccuracy of his predictions.–

      Especially his thoughts on the DOW. I am amazed at how the USA
      dollar is still strong.

      • Walter B September 19, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

        Well Putin just stopped the use of USD at seaports and airports in Russia and I believe that China has taken steps in this direction recently as well as Venezuela. It is going to get interesting quickly from this point on.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter September 18, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

      FWIW, I don’t think JHK is wrong as much as he is premature. I don’t think we will see a “fossil fuel” crash for at least another 150 years. When, we as a species, will be even less prepared for it.

      Now, a financial crash, that is another thing altogether. I would not be surprised to see that rotten edifice come crashing down at any time. Too much leverage, and too much cross-collateralization, and financial fraud is all over the place.

      Nations, like companies, are bankrupt years before they actually go to court to file the petition. In fact, that is what is behind much financial fraud – a desire to extend and pretend while hoping for a miracle.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

        But by attaching a date to the prediction, he is wrong.

        He didnt have that crystal ball.

  17. Mountain gal September 18, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I for one figured that Trump winning would mean that we all had to take a good hard look at what this country and our culture had become. Although many on the left and the educated classes are appalled by his tasteless tweets, comments about women and just overall lack of what they perceive as “class”, I figure in some ways it’s a good thing to just have it all hanging out there. We need to recognize that this is who we have become. Yes, this guy is seriously wealthy, thanks to Dad’s money. Still, he’s just as tasteless and crass as your basic tattooed pj bottom wearing bozo. I’m not surprised he thinks his tweets, such as the one of him hitting Hilary with a golf ball are hilarious as does his base.

    And as the good professor discovered, it’s considered totally unacceptable for anyone to decry what we have become and urge us to regain class, substance and style. I guess it’s considered offensive to .some minorities to say that their speech or lifestyle isn’t doing them or their children any favors.

    So unless or until we all are forced to look upon how low we have descended, surely horrifying to the leaders of other countries, we will reap what we sow.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      I found the golf ball one kind of funny. It wasn’t his tweet, btw.

      • Mountain gal September 18, 2017 at 11:58 am #

        I know that. He re-tweeted it. One would only do that if one like the original tweet.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

          He did like it, and so did I.
          We have a madwoman who based her entire campaign on knocking her opponent, lost, and now the MSM is still giving her the time of day to keep on knocking him.
          If he wants to make a lighthearted comeback, good for him.

        • thwack September 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

          It was very funny.

          White men hitting white women with white balls

          *My name is Janos and I approve this message*

          • Buck Stud September 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

            Elvin Bishop “Travelling Shoes” lyrics 1973:

            “I talk and talk and talk
            She didn’t hear a word I said

            Gonna get Hank Aaron’s baseball bat
            And tenderize her head”

            Good Ol Boy lyrics from Pigboy Crabshaw.

    • Sean Coleman September 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      “and urge us to regain class, substance and style”

      I am not sure if substance and style go well together here. Obama had style but (I suppose) he lacked substance, or the substance he stood for was wrong and damaging.

      British conservative journalist Peter Hitchens dislikes and disdains Trump. He thought at his election that he lacked genuine conservative values and would be unlikely to stand up to pressure from the liberals (perhaps proved right by his bombing of Syria and the Dreamers) but he also plainly disliked his vulgarity. I suspect it may be the vulgarity which really annoys him.

      He is accused of being a ‘pussy grabber’ (by ‘Janet’ among others) but the allegations made by those women that he groped them are absurd. Why does he tweet? I never read tweets but would it have something to do with bypassing the media and their deceitful prejudice?

      Milan Kundera writes about kitsch versus vulgarity. The French despised vulgarity and Kundera describes the snobbish reception of the irredeemably vulgar Camus in the Parisian salons. The Central Europeans on the other hand fled from kitsch, a word which originated in Munich in the mid-19th century for the syrupy residue left by the Great Romantic Century. A fierce resentment arose against ‘the rose-coloured veil thrown across reality’, the tyranny of the tenors, the shameless exhibition ‘du coeur sans cesse ému’, bread on which perfume has been poured.

      Mind you, good manners cost nothing.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

        Part of the reason we Trump supporters supported him, was that he defied the PC speech and thought censorship codes.
        I thought they were a terrible enough thing that I had to overcome my natural aversion to public displays of what I consider bad manners.
        We are in a war here, and our side is supposed to play by rules the other side doesn’t abide by?
        No thank you.
        Speaking of France, it has been said that Marie Antoinette apologized for stepping on the executioner’s foot, on her way to the guillotine.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

          Furthermore, I guarantee that every Black in that Church, no matter how vunderful, considers you the Enemy. It’s time for a divorce. Peaceful if they’ll have it Otherwise if they won’t.

        • Sean Coleman September 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

          Beryl (and Janos below)

          I actually tend to agree with you and I was pleased when he was elected. I’d like to see Hitchens (and our host) proved wrong on this.

          I gave Hitchens’s views because he has proved to be the most prescient journalist on this side of the world and there are thousands, if not millions, in Britain who would like to see him behind bars. He seems to see it in a holistic way (apologies for that word but I can’t think of a plainer one) where good manners are a part of good morals. I am perhaps too ready to excuse bad manners.

          An example of how we differ would be his response to the woman who the year before last alleged (what, sixty years after the event) that the late Anglican Bishop George Bell (noted for his principled stand against the bombing of German cities in WW2) had abused her when she was a little girl. To me, and others, it is obvious that this is a fantasy. She made the claim after seeing a therapist, her memories of the stairway in the kitchen were all wrong (her mother had worked in the bishop’s house), her strongest memory is “seeing this figure, all in black, standing on a stair, waiting’, and “He said it was our little secret, because God loved me” as if Bell had just stepped off the set of a soap opera. I think she should have been shown the door but Hitchens said she should have been treated with courtesy and even awarded some little compensation, even though he does not think her story is plausible.

          Hitchens also sees more good and generosity in the Left than I do. (I see little.)

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      You’re denying the first steps of the Ladder: to become cultivated, first you have to win over Nature and over other Tribes. And that means much macho stuff. The male mysteries of blood and combat. “Crude” is just a lingering adumbration of that – and often a healthy one. Because once you “guys” get finished with Men, there’s nothing left. The men in Sweden sit down too pee and the Women have invited Muslims in to sweep them off their feet.

      Trump is very attracted to Women and that’s a good thing. Women don’t want what they say they want. And if they do, it’s an utter disaster. Hypocrisy is healthy and necessary for most women. If they could really see themselves, it would be Unbearable. Better far to bear children instead.

  18. sophia September 18, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Reading the article, at first I was gobsmacked that her fellow professors would agitate for her firing over such a mild article, but then I saw her insults. Not only did she refer to them as the chattering class, and not only did she say they abdicated their responsibilities to society, but she called them out on their hypocritical “preening” and, worst of all, their mental illness which I have of late (within the privacy of my own head) begun to use the exact word she did – obsession.

    • lsjogren September 18, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      LOL!

      Reminds me of a friend in high school who was rather prudish due to upbringing by his mom.

      Some of us were going to start an underground school newspaper. One guy suggested it be called “Bull Sheet”, but my friend suggested “Balderdash” instead.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      Good. Now set up an altar of traditional Male Heroes: Indian Fighter, Revolutionary War Heroes, Explorers, Statesmen, Generals, etc – and worship them with puja. You own them EVERYTHING you have and all that you are. George Washington should be on the altar: Indian Fighter, War Hero, General, and President.

      Women have trashed us for generations now. Time for the pendulum to swing back towards a more healthy balance don’t you think?

      • thwack September 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        what about the slave traders and plantation owners that brought over the surly negroes you so love and cherish today?

        Do they get to be on the alter of white male traditional heros?

        • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

          Oh rubber baby bugger bumpers, you big black crybaby.

        • sophia September 19, 2017 at 10:34 am #

          Thwack, slavery has been practiced least by the white race, most by the Arabs and blacks. Most American blacks were brought to the ship after conflicts of their own by other blacks or by Arabs. The whites did not go in and get them. Some countries had slavery into the late 20th century and only outlawed it due to white pressure.

          In the old south, 6% of whites had slaves, and the other whites did not like slavery as it impoverished them.

          There were free blacks in the south. 28% owned slaves.

          Reparations is getting complicated…

          • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

            28 percent? Wow spelled backwards spells wow. Now you have taught me something.

            White is right. Black is wack.

          • seawolf77 September 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

            Upside down it spells MOM.

      • sophia September 19, 2017 at 10:30 am #

        I worship my husband with puja.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

          Sadhu. Sadhu. Sadhu
          Good. Good. Good.

          Unless he is undeserving, a Liberal in other words…..

  19. JohnAZ September 18, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    The scariest thing about the Left vs. Right polity today is that if the Left prevails, they have not a clue what to do to run this country. Obama is living proof that if you manage to get elected, all you have to do is put on a pretty face, elucidate well and the world will keep on spinning without actually doing anything at all. Think about all the controversial items of the Obama/Clinton regime, Benghazi at the top of the list. All because they did nothing, avoiding the issues. Trump with his tweets and his agenda presents a real threat to the Deep State as he is a risk-taker, willing to take action to improve things. If power reverses in 2018, the US will return to a do nothing posture that has plagued it for the last thirty or so years. It is in our hands!

    • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 11:49 am #

      ‘elucidate well’–You are delusional if you think Obama was articulate.

      they have not a clue what to do to run this country–Thats the whole point. Destroy the USA. Dis unite the states.
      ‘Fundamentally change merica’– Obama.

    • lsjogren September 18, 2017 at 11:55 am #

      The primary defeat of many establishment Republicans in 2018 at the hands of populist challengers will probably a bigger story than how well the Democrats do in the general election.

  20. volodya September 18, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    What we see is a multi-faceted cessation of function.

    JHK makes reference to public institutions. This is one of those facets. If you’re talking about governmental bureaucracies, they barely pretend to serve anyone but bureaucrats.

    Given any reasonable and commonsensical definition of “knowledge”, the priority of the educational system is anything but education, that is, transmission of said “knowledge”.

    If you’re talking about elected bodies, especially at the federal level, you don’t need to elaborate. Do Republicans have anything at all besides tricks to enrich the rich and ruin everyone else? Republicans pretend to be patriots. This is surely a joke. Is ruining the American worker patriotic?

    The Democrats are no different. They wrap themselves in the mantle of virtue and high-mindedness. But who are they kidding? Like their Republican opposites, their raison d’etre is the interest of the billionaire donor class.

    The Democratic Party steadfastly defended the interests of exploitative businesses and strenuously worked against the interests of ordinary people, they resolutely ignored the steady sinking prospects of the vast interior of the country at the hands of these giant companies. Now Democrats ridicule these citizens whose lives they destroyed. Racists, they are, or fascists. Deplorable sez Hillary.

    The ordinary working of language itself seems to have ceased especially on campus. They say “diversity” when they mean the most rigid Stalinist conformity. The most laughable is the use of the word “progressive” in reference to people who dedicate themselves to afflicting the afflicted. They say that Hillary is for Black people, especially Black women. Seriously?

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

      Yes, diversity is simply their cant word for uniformity. Racially, it means breeding every race out to create a “Tan Man” – the UN ideal of a dumbed down, deracinated, decultured, denationalized Global Consumer Slave. And of course, they’re coming after Whites first.

  21. Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    My favorite part of the essay today,the part about promoting the earnest behavior of the Dreamers.
    The “Liberal” viewpoint of today does not know what its point of view actually is.
    That’s why the audience was stunned into silence when the elderly Bernie Sanders said something about children needing attention from their parents. Maybe that’s how you learn to pay attention, and maybe that’s why these young people can’t do it.

  22. lsjogren September 18, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    The sad thing is that college kids are becoming indentured servants paying big bucks so that idiocrat leftist professors can intellectually masturbate in the classroom.

  23. Paulo September 18, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    While I agree with most of her article and accept it represents most, if not all, of my personal values, nevertheless, I can’t really say if that reality is a script for others. Sure, everything would be just hunky dory if we were all good little well-spoken citizens, but……

    They made the movies Stepford Wives (the original) and Stepford Children, for a reason. Maybe JHK is hankering for something that really never existed. Sometimes, people behave really well if their very existence is threatened. I think of my Vichy French neighbours as I write this.

    Myself, I prefer the Steinbeck characters Tom Joad and the ‘boys’ of Tortilla Flat. Of course, my first home after my ‘straight up and well-mannered high school life was in a rural neighbourhood where they stole your fuel oil when you were at work. And that was in the ‘good ‘ole days when there was lots of work around and any workingman could buy a truck, smokes, and beer…..for cash.

    If it makes JHK feel better, Mnuchin is probably really well-spoken all of the time and a great outward display of bouregois character traits. And look at all of the fine people who work for Mr. Despicable and play so well at talking nice and keeping their heads down, all to get ahead and make the higher pay cheque, (or for that later pay off).

    One thing that is nice about this fucked up culture is that it is no longer possible to draft military conscripts and get away with it. I remember how well-mannered my older brother’s church friends were all through childhood. You know the ones, the guys that came home in a body bag, or were screwed up for life when they took their place in line; again.

    And yes, I really really hate tatoos as well. I am also trying to figure out what those truck decals are; the ones with the skull in the army helmet. I also wonder why ‘they’ put skateboard and shoe decals on the back windows? But then I also wonder why it is supposed to be so great to have a Mercedes or Lexus marker on the front hood as well?

    • lsjogren September 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

      Good rebuttal, you don’t attempt to use any of the nonsensical drivel of the left, but make some cogent points.

      The sort of country I would like to see is one where, for example, people debate their differing opinions aggressively yet civilly, and with a focus on reason rather than epithets.

      Unfortunately, that is virtually nonexistent, and I believe that is one of the key reasons we are in such a mess and headed for oblivion.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

        He’s expressing the anti-Nominalist pov. No one is good. But if anyone is, it’s the underlings. As Mick said, All the Cops are Criminals, and all the Sinner, Saints.

        This kind of feeling and thinking leads to Communist Revolutions and tens of millions of Dead. Luther was right when he spoke of the Levelers and Millennialists who were burning down Germany: I never told them to do this. Cut them down like the Dogs they are.

        In the end, they proved so formidable that the Lutherans and Catholics stopped fighting and united to crush them. Order must be maintained. From Order alone can flow all good things. By Will alone I set my mind in motion. The herb only helps the process.

      • Paulo September 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

        I ran out of books the other day and picked up a reread, Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien. I am enjoying it beyond all expectations, mainly because of the language and dialogue. It is also a ripping good story. The characters speak formally and are learned. They certainly understand discipline. Even the 12 year old midshipmen are well spoken as they talk about their triginometry lessons, etc. But I am also struck by the brutality of the time, and the subjucation of all those of a different caste. And with the Articles of War in effect, disagreement with a superior, even voicing an unwanted opinion meant a strong lashing, or death by hanging. Junior ranks that did not toe the line were finished before they start.

        Our current version of Democracy is messy, unkempt, and smelly. Oppression exists as snide career ending ‘outing’. Our Democracy reflects the people it is meant to serve, and the great unwashed far outnumber those of a different manner. To change anything will mean a return to real physical oppression, for God only knows, the rich/powerful are loathe to spend any money on schools, outreach, reading programs, housing, or opportunities for ‘the others’, (sometimes those of different colour). For a couple of decades ‘they’ needed workers to keep the factories humming. Now, they don’t.

        As opportunity continues to fade watch for a new and emerging Police State. The alternative will be lawless anarchy. It’s coming.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

      I’d feel better if he didn’t have that o on the end of his name. One can only imagine what that might mean.

  24. malthuss September 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Finally? Or not,

    China Dollar Dump Means Hyperinflation – Chris Martenson

    Posted September 17th, 2017 at 11:54 AM (CST) by Greg Hunter & filed under USAWatchdog.com.

    September 17, 2017
    Resource analyst and futurist Chris Martenson says everyone should be taking notice of our “dangerous markets.” At the center of the danger zone is the declining U.S. dollar. Martenson explains, “We are talking about a steady erosion of the dollar as a reserve currency. I think that is most likely. The only thing that could make that really go fast is some kind of war. The United States and China, we got to keep our eye on this because Trump has been threatening a trade war with China. China responded and said if you do that, we may dump the dollar. . . . So, there is all this trade and financial back and forth and maybe even actual war at some point. . . . China has the ability to really impact the dollar in a big way on the world stage. We better hope it does not come to that because a slow erosion we can adjust to; a quick erosion is going to really roil the markets and maybe blow a few of them up.”

    Martenson contends the U.S. could see hyperinflation in a short time if China “dumps the dollar.” Martenson explains, “The way that works is let’s say they want to unload $500 billion on some Tuesday morning. Who is going to buy that $500 billion? Who is on the other side of that trade? Well, if there are not enough people bidding for those dollars, the price has to fall until you find enough people to absorb those, and the dollar would fall in value against all other sorts of other things such as other currencies, oil, gold, silver and all those things. . . . We would be looking for a paired event. What we would be looking for is interest rates starting to rise on Treasuries and the dollar starting to fall in value in value against a variety of things. Once we see those two things, we know we have a financial war or a monetary war. . . . That’s what blows up the derivatives market. That’s what makes difficulties for traders. That’s what makes the high frequency computers say I don’t like this and bolt and instantly evaporate from the markets.”

    Martenson also points out, “The Dow is hitting all-time highs. So, it can’t be that bad, right? The Dow is used as a signaling device, and it says have faith in your leadership and everything is fine. Under the covers, obviously, things are not fine. The people I talk to are nervous and worried. One reason is because it’s fall, and that is sometimes when we see these corrections, but the other reason is everything we track is getting more and more fragile. These markets . . . are held together by confidence. . . . I can’t tell you the number of people that used to be investors that say they just don’t trust these markets. They are rigged and they understand that. They don’t want any part of that.”

  25. SomeoneInAsia September 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    I think all this talk of ‘eternal verities’ can only be expected to excite much cynicism, if not outright hostility, when those who are supposed to be the very embodiment of them have repeatedly acted in ways that flagrantly contradict them. Let the elite who really profess to uphold those values walk the talk by seriously engaging in self-sacrificing acts that conduce to the weal of all, and I think all the said detractors will be more impressed.

    • volodya September 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      You bet. You could write books of examples. On climate change, the loudest are the ones with the biggest carbon footprints. Would they give up any of their exorbitant lifestyle to benefit the planet? No chance, everything they have, they need, at least according to them. Somebody has to do something, but not them.

      As to “diversity” forget it, they talk a lot about it but what if lily-white, blond daughter brought home a Black man? They’d have hit men looking for the negro that defiled their pretty little precious.

      Just watch preposterously privileged White students attending nonsensically expensive colleges protest White privilege. It is to laugh. Just what did these nit-wits think the outrageous tuition fees were about? They are gate-keepers, delineators of class, to keep out the unworthy, to keep the college the preserve of the “right” sort. Like them.

      • ZrCrypDiK September 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Hey NE1 catch that RT interview w/ Max Keiser? “NE-thing goes, and *NUTHIN* matters” End times, ‘indeed’…

  26. mow September 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    A welfare nation divided against itself cannot stand .

  27. janet September 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    The “old hippies” rejected bourgeois culture because it was a lie. The 1950s were supposedly a time of those “traditional values: honesty, fidelity, kindness … et cetera”

    But the “old hippies” saw the WASP hypocrisy, the complete hypocrisy of the dominant culture: anti-Catholic, anti-semitic, anti-hippie, anti-gay (in all senses of the word), anti-sex, racist, etc.

    Nice white cis-gendered mainstream 1950s bourgeois culture was rigidly patriarchal and anti-life, where Jim Crow ruled, where signs everywhere said: “Coloreds not allowed” and “Nigger, don’t let the sun set on you” … Where women were treated as second-class citizens. Where non-Christians (billions of people) were considered savage.

    So, no, we are not going to welcome the return of “bourgeois values” … ever, on or off campus.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      I was taking you seriously for a moment, until I saw the ‘cis-gendered’ part, and I remembered who it was I was reading.
      BTW, those signs you speak of did not exist “everywhere”.
      And they are long gone.

      • ZrCrypDiK September 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

        Janet’s Soker, correct?!…

  28. seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    “Happy Days” was not very happy, not very interesting, and not very funny. There’s a reason we don’t see reruns of that show. Yawn.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

      But say how about a remake with Richie getting stomped by Black thugs and Fonzie as a Gay Leather Man. Would that warm of cockles of your little ‘art?

      • mcarlson September 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

        Sure, let’s return to a happier time when there was no Internet that gave a platform for random cranks, misfits and creeps like “Janos Skorenzy.”

        • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

          Thank you mcbrainless. It’s “men” like you that keep McAmnesty in office.

      • seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

        We could just bring back Sticks, the drummer in Ritchie’s band. I think he was the only black man to ever appear on the show.

        • elysianfield September 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

          Wolfie,
          “Sticks” be dead…

          He became a porn actor in the 80’s…died of bladder cancer at 47…possibly contracted an infection from some diseased white woman, having consorted with many.

          Thwack take note.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 12:14 am #

            Cupcake (Joanie) died recently, a barfly in Indiana. Her Happy Days family came together to remember happier days.

          • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 10:27 am #

            “Her Happy Days family came together to remember happier days.”

            And Chachi? I hear her whole extended family was ready to rat-pack that philandering son of a bitch….

          • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

            No Chachi is a guy – and now a big Trump supporter. I don’t think his Hollywood career ever amounted to much, but he has milked his Tiger Beat young heart throb good looks a bit.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter September 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

        LOL!

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

  29. sophia September 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    Regarding her colleagues attempts to oust her, I am once again surprised in my naivete that this intolerance of hearing others’ opinions is not just a characteristic of the young and immature, but that it actually comes from the elders. And those young are such good, obedient children! All this agitating isn’t even their own idea!

  30. mcarlson September 18, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Wax’s piece is simplistic and misleading, but shame on her persecutors. I don’t expect much from self-righteous college kids, but I do expect adult faculty to stand up for the exchange of ideas, even and especially ones they disagree with.

  31. janet September 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    “…until I saw the ‘cis-gendered’ part… those signs are long gone”

    I’m still seeing signs on bathrooms that say “men” and “women” … because the transgendered are as invisible and excluded as marginalized others were in the past.

    But you are right. We, as progressives, have made much progress by rejecting mainstream “bourgeois” hypocrisy. We will continue to evolve… cis-gender discrimination will also end. Bathrooms will soon have signs that say “all genders welcome” … fears will die down, prejudice and bigotry will be marginalized, and life will go on…

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

      Trannies are all over the media these days. Invisible? Hardly.
      What’s that got to do with Jim Crow, which only existed for a relatively short period of time, in a relatively small area, and has been over with for decades?
      You want to use something the larger culture eradicated from the subculture, as proof of something about our culture?
      And relate it to some men’s fetish to go pee pee in the ladies’ room?
      Men I know who like to dress up as women, are not under any illusions that they are some new form of gender.
      “All genders welcome”… ow, my sides…

      • John Howard September 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

        Right on. I hate the comparison of transgender to racial discrimination. Race doesn’t affect rights, sex does. Male and female are reproductive rights.

      • sophia September 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

        There are two genders. The rest are either birth defects or mental conditions.

    • Q. Shtik September 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

      Bathrooms will soon have signs that say “all genders welcome”

      ==========

      I am trying to picture how this would actually play out in schools, grades K through 12. Especially the HS years.

      The insufferable janet does not recognize that males and females are sooo different that they may as well be different species.

      • John Howard September 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

        Janet probably thinks everyone has a right to be pregnant.

      • sophia September 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        “The insufferable janet does not recognize that males and females are sooo different that they may as well be different species.”

        The longer I live, the truer I see that to be. I guess that is why they used to use terms like womenfolk and menfolk.

    • John Howard September 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

      Janet, Transwomen don’t want “All Genders Welcome” bathrooms! No one wants them! I’ve used one (Charlie’s in Harvard Square, upstairs) and it’s awkward and creepy. No one likes it.

  32. schvitzatura September 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Tempest in a teacup…just another contrarian scold earning their kudos and accolades from their perennial perch in academia, to eventually move on to regular appearances along side the cavalcade of stars espousing dire kulturkampf-ic warnings…

    This is not new or novel coming from this source:

    middleburycampus.com/23328/news/wax-lecture-stirs-controversy/

    What a bore.

    • AKlein September 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

      Yep. I think you nailed it.

  33. AKlein September 18, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Reading Amy Wax’ CV reminded me of a quip the headmaster of my secondary school made when, as juniors, we were all trying to beef up our school records in order to gain admission to the colleges of our choice. He opined, and I quote, “The thicker the folder the thicker the head.” Honestly, did Ms Wax expect to be heralded for her words? What did she expect? She’s lucky they don’t tar and feather her and run her out on a rail! In the leagues in which she runs, they don’t cotton to opinions like hers. So what’s her end game? Call me cynical, but I seriously doubt that there’s not some less-than-virtuous ulterior motive afoot. Maybe she fancies herself Shiva? Or is she just plain “thick” (as in thick-headed).

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      Maybe she’s hoping to get in on the speaking fees thing.
      All her degrees, and she probably isn’t even in the 1%.
      Meanwhile Barack Obama is making speeches to Wall Street at $400,000 a pop.

      • AKlein September 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

        Yes, Beryl, I think the “speaking fee” gambit is probably her hopeful game. See the post above from schvitzatura, who is likely onto her schtick. Think of it as the academic “highbrow” equivalent to pro wrestling, where she plays the “bad guy”. All theater, might as well move on, nothing to see here.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

      Wax? What the hell? One of yours?

      • AKlein September 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

        Janos, are you asking if she’s Jewish? My guess is that she probably is. Wax is a very common Jewish surname, and is usually an anglicized version of the German Wachs. Does Ms Wax’ position on current culture surprise you? Well, it really should not. Just remember in show biz all press is good press.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

          Millers used to mill and Smith, smith. Did the Waxes work in with Wax, perhaps opening the first Wax museums?

  34. FincaInTheMountains September 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    The Crisis of the Scientific Method

    The problem of modern science is that it is not really Science, that is, cognition of the laws of nature, but rather it resembles figure skating, where virtuosos gain points for intellectual jumps and supports.

    And now the modern science is at the stage of dancing on the ice, where the marks for artistry are given out for the remnants of the natural philosophy of Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Planck and Einstein, but gradually “science” moves on to pair figure skating, where these nonsense simply disappear, not to interfere with intellectual jumps.

    And earlier I thought that this was a purely American phenomenon, but it turned out that Russian science also fit into this process.

    Moreover, the situation is similar in culture and the humanitarian arts and it seems that this process is part of a general plan for the destruction of civilization as such, just like the action of ISIS in Palmyra.

    Unfortunately in science, I do not see anyone who could play, if not on a cello, then at least on a piece of paper and a pen analogue of Roldugin Quadrille with Bach , performed on the ruins of the scientific Palmyra, blown up by the Gauge Invariance Theory combined with the method of shut up and calculate.

    On the other hand, it is clear that all this figure skating will inevitably lead to the fact that the states, without getting results, will lose interest in the ritual balancing of the Priests of Science and just gradually close the financing, as a result of which fundamental science will at best dissolve into applied science.

    We will soon return to the times of Cardinal Mazarin, who simply paid Descartes a scholarship on the basis of his own opinion, and the end of the matter. But in the 17th century Mazarin was far away from the Royal Society of London, and the presence of Mazarin is useless in the absence of Descartes, which are also not a pimple on the pope’s nose and just do not appear from nowhere.

    In any case, it is clear that, as in the 17th century, the Church will play an important role, but it is not yet clear what exactly from the ruins of the scientific tradition needs to be saved in the first place.

  35. michael September 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Why should those that have not adopt probity and virtue when those that have do not?

    • Beryl of Oyl September 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      Probity and virtue used to be a good way for those that don’t have, to get to have.
      I think what we are really talking about is middle-class values. Those middle class values haven’t been working so well for those already in that class lately, though.

  36. FincaInTheMountains September 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    7824! Or Shut Up and Calculate

    Scientists from the United States and Britain have announced the largest in the volume of computer memory-proof evidence in the history of mathematics. The preprint with the study is published on the website arXiv.org, also with a brief publication in Nature.

    To solve the Boolean problem of the Pythagorean triples, the specialists used the “Stampede” supercomputer of the University of Texas at Austin. The calculations took 200 terabytes of memory, which is equal to the entire digitized largest library in the world (Library of Congress).

    The solution of the Boolean problem of Pythagorean triples obtained by the scientists is as follows: natural numbers from the closed interval [1, 7824] can be divided into two parts so that they do not contain the Pythagorean triple. For natural numbers from the closed interval [1; 7825] this is impossible.

    The mathematical problem was solved by a direct trial of the available possibilities.

    As a rule, with analytical proof, scientists discover new mathematical structures and patterns, whereas in computational proof this is impossible. In particular, scientists can not explain the role of the number 7824 in their solution.

    This kind of “proof” does not just contradict the scientific method, but shows a lack of desire to prove or understand anything, finally undermining the remains of public’s interest in science. And this is a direct consequence of Feynman’s most unsuccessful joke: “Shut up and calculate” (or the most successful?!) Moreover, this is direct and I would even say the impudent embodiment of this principle, which has become a distinctive feature of the Americanization of science, especially dangerous in combination with its politicization and distrust of American science in connection with the flight to the Moon!

    And now imagine that it will leave from the above-described proof a simple, elementary mistrust to moral and ethical principles of proving?! And what does the word “proof” mean now if it is completely destroyed by a simple elementary mistrust?

    I do not know if there was a flight to the Moon, but I remember how I, a little boy, climbed to the ash tree under the windows in order to hang the Spidola antenna and catch the “Voice of America”, telling about the flight to the Moon of American astronauts. And then I saw “Capricorn One” and doubt crept into my soul, but I drove it far and deep, and it sat there until in 9th grade when I read about the Shuttle program and immediately realized that this was a scam. True, after 3 years already in PhysTech I understood the connection between the Shuttle and the Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program and sighed with relief, realizing that the SDI program was also a scam. True, Soviet scientists failed to explain that to the leadership of the USSR that SDI is a bluff, but what role did the reluctance of this leadership played?
    But when I came to America, I witnessed the destruction of American science by the American state, part of which was the so-called loss of missile technology, which delivered Americans to the Moon. Before my eyes, American science was destroyed allegedly as unnecessary in connection with the collapse of the USSR, but in fact, as I now understand, because of the hatred of the quasi-religious sect of the Clintonoids, toward the scientific method as such.

    They destroyed science because of its ability to demonstrate a person’s ability to “read the mind of God”.

    That’s what American scientists said about science when I arrived, but after 2 years they stopped saying it, and when the Clintons came to power I realized that they hate science for its ability to show that a person is an Image and the Likeness of God and not a beast, and not a computer and not even a mixture of beast and computer!

    And it is no coincidence that Clintonoids support Islamists all over the world who consciously try to shake the world with their inhumanity, devouring the hearts of still living people and immersing them in acid.

    At the same time, they are trying to destroy human culture as such, and knowing the iPhones better than the FBI, having gained power, will destroy science in the whole world definitively, and the place where science once was would be sprinkled with salt, so that nothing grows on it for years. Clintonoids in America destroy science as Islamists in Syria blow up Palmyra, and the war in Syria does not go against Assad, but against the humanity as such. It is attempted to be destroyed by the people who deny their connection with humanity, for whom God is the one who hates Humanity from the start.

    • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

      devouring the hearts of still living people

      –Like African warriors?

    • SpeedyBB September 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

      (He said all that in just one breath?)

  37. Dumbedup September 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    It is as much the result of conservative/libertarian philosophy which claims that government should not be able to regulate personal behavior if it hurts no one except the one who practices it as it is the result of a liberal philosophy which argues that inclusiveness and acceptance are the hallmarks of a modern civilized society. But you can’t put that genie back in the bottle. Somehow, we are going to have to make our society work with behaviors considered deviant in past generations as mainstream.

    • SpeedyBB September 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

      Oscar Wilde bumps into George Orwell, in a narrow passage. Neither deigns to acknowledge the other, as they contort their bodies to wiggle past one another without actually touching carcasses. Alas, Wilde still carries the trace of rotundity and his belly inadvertently caresses Orwell’s fiercely scrawny ribcage, which shrinks away in disgust and horror. Nowhere to shrink to alas in an exceedingly uncaring and relentlessly expanding universe. (Did anyone, ever, at any time, ever take the initiative to cup and fondle Orwell’s whanger – except perchance its unpleasant owner?) This is not on Wilde’s mind, not in the least, as he is more obsessed with getting to his latest court appearance and appearances being of supreme importance does not wish to be late. ‘Late’ is what both gents are, at least from the filmy cyber-perspective of the New Millennium, and who would have guessed that its inmates would be mumbling and moaning about such a taken-for-granted issue as ‘gender’? By now the profoundly contemptuous Orwell has nearly disengaged himself from this highly undesired encounter when a loose shirt button (should have been sewed back on properly but its owner was too arrogant to ask) snares in a most unlikely manner a gaping button hole in Wilde’s sad prison garment. Oh dear. How awkward. What if some upstanding citizen, wending his busy way to his upstanding line of trade, should present himself for passage through this narrow wormhole, only to find himself a spectator to these two animosity-infused mammals stuck together like howling, sad dogs? Doggedly Orwell twists and scrabbles with the unwilling button to dislodge itself from its friendly new receptacle – but evading any physical contact with the living, quivering flesh of the one posing as a sodomite (a hoary old word actually wielded by JHK fanboy-troglodytes in this merry stream of comments). Button’s stubborn. Ignoring this titanic tussle Wilde gazes away into a distance, dreamily musing along filmy galaxies. Orwell is determined not to lose a prized shirt-button but they are both losing time, their opacity fading through timespace. The essence of this Comments section? In the words of old Uncle Bill Burroughs, ‘Light Reading for Light Years’.

  38. Nicky September 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    No, I don’t think universities will recover. In fact, I think universities should NOT recover – let them fail and die miserably (or shrink into irrelevance). While Jonathan Haidt’s encouragement of viewpoint diversity is laudable, I do think it is too little, too late. Universities are now colonized by three generations (Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millenials) who constantly write scholarly papers based on emotional appeals. They worship the social justice/race/gender/intersectionality “arguments” which, while having some merit, have essentially become dominant narratives that go nowhere and offer no meaningful alternatives. So yes, let the universities die an ignominious death. Stop depending on institutionalized stupidity that masks as scholarship.

    “By some miracle, she didn’t end up a professor of Intersectional Gender Justice.” Hah!

  39. John Howard September 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Alls we’s gots to do is ban male pregnancy and end gay marriage. Then just get on with our lives.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      And add a rider on the Bill: Water must not run uphill.

      • AKlein September 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

        Janos, that may asking a bit much, pushing the envelope so to say. Dare we risk promoting such a prohibition? “They” won’t like it. There will be trouble. Who are we to dictate such things?

  40. seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Cars are complicated.
    Behind the hum of a running engine lies a carefully balanced dance between sheathed steel pistons, intermeshed gears, and spinning rods?—?a choreography that lasts for millions of revolutions. But millions is not enough, and as we all have experienced, these parts eventually wear, and fail. Oil caps leak. Belts fray. Transmissions seize.
    To get a sense of what problems may occur, here is a list of the most common vehicle repairs from 2015:
    Replacing an oxygen sensor?—?$249
    Replacing a catalytic converter?—?$1,153
    Replacing ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s)?—?$390
    Tightening or replacing a fuel cap?—?$15
    Thermostat replacement?—?$210
    Replacing ignition coil(s)?—?$236
    Mass air flow sensor replacement?—?$382
    Replacing spark plug wire(s) and spark plug(s)?—?$331
    Replacing evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve?—?$168
    Replacing evaporative emissions (EVAP) purging solenoid?—?$184
    And this list raises an interesting observation: None of these failures exist in an electric vehicle.
    The point has been most often driven home by Tony Seba, a Stanford professor and guru of “disruption”, who revels in pointing out that an internal combustion engine drivetrain contains about 2,000 parts, while an electric vehicle drivetrain contains about 20. All other things being equal, a system with fewer moving parts will be more reliable than a system with more moving parts.
    And that rule of thumb appears to hold for cars. In 2006, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that the average vehicle, built solely on internal combustion engines, lasted 150,000 miles.
    Current estimates for the lifetime today’s electric vehicles are over 500,000 miles.
    The ramifications of this are huge, and bear repeating. Ten years ago, when I bought my Prius, it was common for friends to ask how long the battery would last?—?a battery replacement at 100,000 miles would easily negate the value of improved fuel efficiency. But today there are anecdotal stories of Prius’s logging over 600,000 miles on a single battery.
    The story for Teslas is unfolding similarly. Tesloop, a Tesla-centric ride-hailing company has already driven its first Model S for more 200,000 miles, and seen only an 6% loss in battery life. A battery lifetime of 1,000,000 miles may even be in reach.
    This increased lifetime translates directly to a lower cost of ownership: extending an EVs life by 3–4 X means an EVs capital cost, per mile, is 1/3 or 1/4 that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. Better still, the cost of switching from gasoline to electricity delivers another savings of about 1/3 to 1/4 per mile. And electric vehicles do not need oil changes, air filters, or timing belt replacements; the 200,000 mile Tesloop never even had its brakes replaced. The most significant repair cost on an electric vehicle is from worn tires.
    For emphasis: The total cost of owning an electric vehicle is, over its entire life, roughly 1/4 to 1/3 the cost of a gasoline-powered vehicle.
    Of course, with a 500,000 mile life a car will last 40–50 years. And it seems absurd to expect a single person to own just one car in her life.
    But of course a person won’t own just one car. The most likely scenario is that, thanks to software, a person won’t own any.
    Here is the problem with electric vehicle economics: A dollar today, invested into the stock market at a 7% average annual rate of return, will be worth $15 in 40 years. Another way of saying this is the value, today, of that 40th year of vehicle use is approximately 1/15th that of the first.
    The consumer simply has little incentive to care whether or not a vehicle lasts 40 years. By that point the car will have outmoded technology, inefficient operation, and probably a layer of rust. No one wants their car to outlive their marriage.
    But that investment logic looks very different if you are driving a vehicle for a living.
    A New York City cab driver puts in, on average, 180 miles per shift (well within the range of a modern EV battery), or perhaps 50,000 miles per work year. At that usage rate, the same vehicle will last roughly 10 years. The economics, and the social acceptance, get better.
    And if the vehicle was owned by a cab company, and shared by drivers, the miles per year can perhaps double again. Now the capital is depreciated in 5 years, not 10. This is, from a company’s perspective, a perfectly normal investment horizon.
    A fleet can profit from an electric vehicle in a way that an individual owner cannot.
    Here is a quick, top-down analysis on what it’s worth to switch to EVs: The IRS allows charges of 53.5¢ per mile in 2017, a number clearly derived for gasoline vehicles. At 1/4 the price, a fleet electric vehicle should cost only 13¢ per mile, a savings of 40¢ per mile.
    40¢ per mile is not chump change?—?if you are a NYC cab driver putting 50,000 miles a year onto a vehicle, that’s $20,000 in savings each year. But a taxi ride in NYC today costs $2/mile; that same ride, priced at $1.60 per mile, will still cost significantly more than the 53.5¢ for driving the vehicle you already own. The most significant cost of driving is still the driver.
    But that, too, is about to change. Self-driving taxis are being tested this year in Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Boston, as well as Singapore, Dubai, and Wuzhen, China.
    And here is what is disruptive for Big Oil: Self-driving vehicles get to combine the capital savings from the improved lifetime of EVs, with the savings from eliminating the driver.
    The costs of electric self-driving cars will be so low, it will be cheaper to hail a ride than to drive the car you already own.
    Today we view automobiles not merely as transportation, but as potent symbols of money, sex, and power. Yet cars are also fundamentally a technology. And history has told us that technologies can be disrupted in the blink of an eye.
    Take as an example my own 1999 job interview with the Eastman Kodak company. It did not go well.
    At the end of 1998, my father had gotten me a digital camera as a present to celebrate completion of my PhD. The camera took VGA resolution pictures?—?about 0.3 megapixels?—?and saved them to floppy disks. By comparison, a conventional film camera had a nominal resolution of about 6 megapixels. When printed, my photos looked more like impressionist art than reality.
    However, that awful, awful camera was really easy to use. I never had to go to the store to buy film. I never had to get pictures printed. I never had to sort through a shoebox full of crappy photos. Looking at pictures became fun.

    Wife, with mildly uncooperative cat, January 1999. Photo is at the camera’s original resolution.
    I asked my interviewer what Kodak thought of the rise of digital; she replied it was not a concern, that film would be around for decades. I looked at her like she was nuts. But she wasn’t nuts, she was just deep in the Kodak culture, a world where film had always been dominant, and always would be.
    This graph plots the total units sold of film cameras (grey) versus digital (blue, bars cut off). In 1998, when I got my camera, the market share of digital wasn’t even measured. It was a rounding error.
    By 2005, the market share of film cameras were a rounding error.

    A plot of the rise of digital cameras (blue) and the fall of analog (grey). Original from Mayflower via mirrorlessrumors, slightly modified for use here.
    In seven years, the camera industry had flipped. The film cameras went from residing on our desks, to a sale on Craigslist, to a landfill. Kodak, a company who reached a peak market value of $30 billion in 1997, declared bankruptcy in 2012. An insurmountable giant was gone.
    That was fast. But industries can turn even faster: In 2007, Nokia had 50% of the mobile phone market, and its market cap reached $150 billion. But that was also the year Apple introduced the first smartphone. By the summer of 2012, Nokia’s market share had dipped below 5%, and its market cap fell to just $6 billion.
    In less than five years, another company went from dominance to afterthought.

    A quarter-by-quarter summary of Nokia’s market share in cell phones. From Statista.
    Big Oil believes it is different. I am less optimistic for them.
    An autonomous vehicle will cost about $0.13 per mile to operate, and even less as battery life improves. By comparison, your 20 miles per gallon automobile costs $0.10 per mile to refuel if gasoline is $2/gallon, and that is before paying for insurance, repairs, or parking. Add those, and the price of operating a vehicle you have already paid off shoots to $0.20 per mile, or more.
    And this is what will kill oil: It will cost less to hail an autonomous electric vehicle than to drive the car that you already own.
    If you think this reasoning is too coarse, consider the recent analysis from the consulting company RethinkX (run by the aforementioned Tony Seba), which built a much more detailed, sophisticated model to explicitly analyze the future costs of autonomous vehicles. Here is a sampling of what they predict:
    Self-driving cars will launch around 2021
    A private ride will be priced at 16¢ per mile, falling to 10¢ over time.
    A shared ride will be priced at 5¢ per mile, falling to 3¢ over time.
    By 2022, oil use will have peaked
    By 2023, used car prices will crash as people give up their vehicles. New car sales for individuals will drop to nearly zero.
    By 2030, gasoline use for cars will have dropped to near zero, and total crude oil use will have dropped by 30% compared to today.
    The driver behind all this is simple: Given a choice, people will select the cheaper option.

    • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      The sad story of Kodak. The company that sponsored a city.
      Around 1998? I read its sorry story, in Forbes, if I recall.
      The company had been downsizing. Half as many people as a few years before, but no more profitable.
      And Rochester? was suffering.

      • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

        Encyclopedia Britannica vs Funk and Wagnalls.
        Enter Encarta.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

        All I know about Kodak is that Blacks in the Congo used to wear empty Kodak cases around their necks in imitation of the White tourists. That’s all I need to know or indeed, desire to know.

    • Graycenphil September 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

      Good analysis on the costs. Not so sure about the timeline. I am all for autonomous cars, I would love to have one, and I believe we will one day. But 2021 is pretty soon. I see an awful lot of obstacles still, particularly in city driving.

      You walk around in Manhattan, and there is a subtle dance between pedestrians and cars. If the car hesitates, pedestrians go. A driverless car has to yield to pedestrians (and bikes, and horses, etc). I’m not sure they would ever get across town. I really am not sure how they will handle this.

      Car to car interactions could be more easily solved when the cars are communicating with each other. But they can’t do that until all the cars can communicate.

      All that, and people are just not so fast to adopt new technologies. I bought an electric car in 2013. It was immediately obvious that it worked, it worked well, and it would work for many, if not most people. It is probably cheaper to run one now than it will ever be (lots of free charging, no highway taxes). Everybody should have one, I thought. Here we are four years later and still very, very few of them. As I say, autonomous cars are coming, but not too fast.

      • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 7:59 am #

        Infrared sensors. Tesla is taking 1800 orders every day for their new Model 3. That’s 20 billion a year in revenue.

        • Graycenphil September 19, 2017 at 10:39 am #

          Detecting people isn’t the problem. It’s what to do when you see them. Same with cars that are blocking your path. Can the self driving car go over the yellow line to pass them? That seems to be the biggest problem with autonomous Ubers in Pittsburgh. I don’t see how they will solve it. They will, I’m sure, but not in a few years.

          Tesla has lots of orders (that they may not be able to fill) but that’s because they make a great electric car, not an autonomous one.

          • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 11:36 am #

            It’s not a problem. You put cameras in all 360 degrees, and you have one guy monitoring 10 -20 cabs. When one stops for X seconds it pops, he tends to it, and so on and so forth.

          • Graycenphil September 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

            I don’ t get how that helps with the pedestrians or other cars.

          • Graycenphil September 21, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

            Like I said, we won’t be seeing too many self driving cars for quite a while.

          • Graycenphil September 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

            And then you’ve stil got the pedestrian problem.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

        Great idea. It will put a million more people out of work, if not more. And any advances made on this technology will help with the development of Killer Robot soldiers – no doubt you’re in favor of that as well.

    • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 10:36 am #

      Cars are complicated.
      Behind the hum of a running engine lies a carefully balanced dance between sheathed steel pistons, intermeshed gears, and spinning rods?—?a choreography that lasts for millions of revolutions. But millions is not enough, and as we all have experienced, these parts eventually wear, and fail. Oil caps leak. Belts fray. Transmissions seize.
      To get a sense of what problems may occur, here is a list of the most common vehicle repairs from 2015:
      Replacing an oxygen sensor?—?$249
      Replacing a catalytic converter?—?$1,153
      Replacing ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s)?—?$390
      Tightening or replacing a fuel cap?—?$15
      Thermostat replacement?—?$210
      Replacing ignition coil(s)?—?$236
      Mass air flow sensor replacement?—?$382
      Replacing spark plug wire(s) and spark plug(s)?—?$331
      Replacing evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve?—?$168
      Replacing evaporative emissions (EVAP) purging solenoid?—?$184

      Wolfie,
      And driving an old piece of crap that you can repair yourself—priceless. Consider the electric vehicle’s computer controls…when they hic-up, those prices you quote above will seem tender mercies.

      On another note…in what discipline did you receive your doctorate? Please do not tell me nuclear physics….

      • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 10:44 am #

        BS Mechanical Engineering. Not a doctor. And the point of the article is that the data is coming in and it’s better than anyone expected. Batteries life is great. Reliability is off the charts. The widespread acceptance of this technology was muted by people thinking it was not that great. The reality is it’s way better than anyone expected.

        • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 11:40 am #

          Wolfie,
          I am not necessarily a Luddite, but I have a personal flaw in that I will not own a vehicle that I cannot myself repair. The advantages of an electric vehicle are many, moving parts few. They are the vehicles of the future.

          • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

            Think about the transformation. It’s staggering. No more auto insurance. No more car repair shops. No more gas stations. No more oil change places. No more collision shops. The only thing that’ll remain are the tire shops. Think about the jobs lost. No more ambulance chasers. Court activity will probably drop by a third.

          • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

            Then think about the money it puts back into your pocket. The average American drives 10,000 miles a year. @ 10 cents a mile that is $1,000 for all of your transportation costs. I know people who pay 20 times that now. The average is probably $5,000. And half of that 10,000 miles is going back and forth to work. If you carpooled it would be $800.

          • Terry David September 20, 2017 at 2:02 am #

            I predict that AI will render most humans and other obsolete life forms. Literally. Render them into fuel and other useful products to support the self driving cars.

            The perverse outcome will be a nation with all the highways filled, exhibiting perfect flow and synchronization, with automated cars humming along without a human in sight.

            And the new overlords are pleased with this, as they have been born in their creators’ image: a ravenous consumer of energy and goods to support further consumption!

            Too optimistic?

    • DrGonzo September 20, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

      I’m sorry — did you just say something?

  41. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter September 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    On why there is a pushback against Prof. Max, for what is nothing but common sense, I wrote a rant on another website last week which deals with that topic. Sooo, being the vain little attention whore that I am, I am posting it here. Plus, I think it was really hilarious:

    “I used to think the cynical race card players were the main group keeping the Racism Narrative alive, but as time goes on I am beginning to wonder if the real villain are the ones for whom the “Racism Narrative” has just become their psychic crutch, the center of their whole life, their idee’ fixe.

    [name omitted] reminds me of Humbert Humbert, from the Lolita novel. He affects a sophisticated personnae, but underneath he is a complete mental mess, who is obsessed with blacks, the way that Humbert was obsessed with Lolita. Remember the look on James Mason’s face when he finally found Lolita three years later, and there she was this fat, pregnant mundane little hausfrau? And maybe, or maybe not, he realized that every thing he ever believed about her was all in his own head.

    I picture [name omitted] that way, and not just him, but several other commenters here. Except, their “strong, but downtrodden and oppressed, black woman” is revealed in the penultimate scene as Lakeesha-weesha, a 300 pound ghettopotamus, with 4 illegitimate little savages running around, and she’s laid up in the bed with some dude she just brought home to help her pay the water bill before it gets turned off. And, on the TV screen in the background, is a Crime Stoppers spot featuring – you guessed it! – Lakeeshaweesha stuffing bottles of booze down her blouse and in her pants at a local liquor store. Something like:

    youtube.com/watch?v=hAufRfgJth8

    And then [name omitted], faced with the choice faced by all those victims of Gross Cognitive Dissonance, must finally either cut bait with the whole Black Worship thing once and for all, or double down and start making excuses and calling other people names, sooo that he can continue to believe the silly stuff he has been believing for nigh on 60 years.

    [name omitted], and others, faced with that choice, figuratively speaking, put on their hoodies, buy a bag of Skittles, and hit the streets!”

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • Sean Coleman September 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      James Mason? I thought you were talking about the book. It is creepy and definitely dodgy, but cruelly funny. (I know, Mason was good too.)

      You are right. Racism is the centre of their moral compass, the alpha and the omega. Feminism and the rest are just there to fill it out. Well, it is certainly the case over here, anyway.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 12:21 am #

      No, he still loved her anyway. It was a moment of awakening for him in that Positive sense. But she wouldn’t go with him, being pregnant and happily married to a normal young man. She cared for him despite all the “weird stuff” that he had put her through.

      He left utterly crushed, with his despair turning to rage against his fellow Pedophile who had taken her away from him. He tracked him down and killed him.

  42. Dumbedup September 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    I don’t think her theory explains bad fiscal and monetary policy or the lack of stringent regulatory oversight. In other words, it may explain the breakdown of social fabric by identifying personal behavior that is destructive to society, but it does not as easily explain corporate behavior that seeks transcendent power.

    On the other hand, if it does then we are beyond hope because it means that most of the people who are in charge of our finest institutions (corporate and governmental) have eschewed the best moral virtues and embraced those same vices in the name of profit and wealth. I wonder what Ayn Rand would think were she alive today.

    • sophia September 20, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

      Are you doubting that this is the case??!!

  43. Bruce E September 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    “Would the re-embrace of bourgeois norms by the ordinary Americans who have abandoned them significantly reduce society’s pathologies? There is every reason to believe so. Among those who currently follow the old precepts, regardless of their level of education or affluence, the homicide rate is tiny, opioid addiction is rare, and poverty rates are low. Those who live by the simple rules that most people used to accept may not end up rich or hold elite jobs, but their lives will go far better than they do now.”

    This portion of the article — ESPECIALLY if it is true — needs some level of academic and scientific rigor and quantification. A hyperlink to a study (or an article about a study) would be a minimum, but it would at least be a start. As it is, this is a polemic intuition-pump, a “of course it’s true because common sense says its true” which is perhaps fine for a politician or a pundit on Fox News (or MSNBC for that matter), but it is not the mark of an academic.

    If someone wants to say that immigrants should assimilate to the US and learn the language, customs, and common values that are embraced by the culture as a whole, they need to be aware that (if they are academics, as in this case) they should be held to that same standard in terms of the language, customs, and common values of academia.

    But, as the article itself quotes the old saying, hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue…

  44. wm5135 September 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    Walter B, good postings-thanks ” me first – I am the center of the universe”.

    Yes, despite the fact that astronomy opines there is not a center to this experience there are 323 million centers right here in the U.S.A.

    Climate change is not happening, besides the climate is always changing.

    • malthuss September 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

      Climate change is not happening, besides the climate is always changing

      that is quite a sentence.

      • seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

        Doesn’t beat ” It’s fake news because the news is fake.”

        • K-Dog September 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

          Yes it does. The fake news statement seems only a circular definition to me. The climate change statement illogically claims something does not exist because it always exists. Quite a statement and totally without any truth.

          Calling all news fake just because news can never be portrayed with perfect accuracy or commonly with sufficient balance and depth is negative paralysis and also illogical.

  45. 100th Avatar September 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    I think it all can be summed up with one word: ownership.
    Nobody takes it anymore. There is always a culprit. There is always weight and legitimacy behind the chain of events, no matter how tenuous, distant, or abstract, that lead to one’s choice or action. Navel-gazing writ large. Rationalization, excuses, and blame are more respected than “I f***ed up”.

  46. Sean Coleman September 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Here is a short quote from Peter Hitchens’s excellent The Abolition of Britain. I think it is relevant both to Wax’s (correct) comments about single-parent families and JHK’s statement in the last piece that it would be cruel to repatriate the best of the Dreamers:

    “Ch 8 A Real Bastard

    “If you have to be cruel to be kind then you have to accept the unpleasant results of your cruelty, including your own self-reproach, or the expression has no meaning. The unsettling and disturbing story of Britain’s unmarried mothers is the story of a society which decided that it preferred to be kind to its own conscience, and so unleashed a new cruelty upon millions of children and their mothers. The old cruelty, which took the ugly form of workhouses, shame and stigma, was hard to bear because it required active harshness from the state and from individuals. The new cruelty, which leaves hundreds of thousands of children without a proper family… [is] easier to bear in a society which has nationalized its conscience…

    “[History] suggests that we could have reached a sensible compromise between stern duty and individual kindness. But in that strange decade [the 1960s], we abruptly changed direction from reform to revolution.”

  47. janet September 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    “besides the climate is always changing”

    Yes, that is not the issue. As Sophia says, there were hurricanes in the 1800s. Climate has always changed. What is different now with AGW is that we have climate extremes, with increased frequency and increased intensity, due to AGW. Five hurricanes in a short period, reaching category 4 strength: That did not exist in the 1800s.

    • janet September 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      You could say extreme climate change is a form of Nature’s Pushback.

    • Billy Hill September 19, 2017 at 9:10 am #

      I always thought you were around in the 1800’s…

      Not sure how you can make the case for increased intensity but comparing first half of 20thC to 2nd I’ll give you frequency.

      Below are just the raw numbers from Wikipedia and not the intensity.

      1900-49: 108 1950-2000: 168 2000-present : 79

      prior to 1900: 159 recorded, but who really knows?

      Classification method has changed from barometric pressure to wind velocity. This may have a bearing on “intensity” history.

      Following the storm seasons of 2004-05 from Wilma to Irma is 12 years. This is very unusual and not sure how that fits with the linearity one might expect from the AGW/CO2 argument. All I know is by 2005 I got religion and purchased metal shutters and a generator which remained unused. I since moved to North Florida leaving the shutters behind of course, and still have the generator, still unused.
      (I did get it prepped for Irma, which in terms of breadth may rank as one of the largest on record.)

      OK — so let’s say I yield the AGW argument. What’s next? Shelter in place, turn off all power, await further orders? Cap and Trade? OK, I yield that but with one huge proviso: nobody gets rich from it, nobody gets famous. Good luck.

      • Sean Coleman September 20, 2017 at 11:07 am #

        By coincidence, yesterday I got Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise’s The Delinquent Teenager about the dysfunctional IPCC which many treat as an oracle. Actually, dysfunctional is too mild a word. As is often the case the truth turns out to be comedy.

        Page 8:

        “In 2005 an atmospheric science professor from Colorado State University called William Gray told a US Senate Committee:

        ‘Despite my 50 years of meteorology experience and my many years of involvement in seasonal hurricane and climate prediction, I have never been asked for input on any of the [IPCC] reports.’

        “The reason he wasn’t invited to the party, he says, is because he doesn’t think global warming causes more (or stronger) hurricanes. ‘They know my views and do not wish to have to deal with them.'”

    • sophia September 19, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      No increase in intensity or frequency. Just the usual ups and downs.

    • Sean Coleman September 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

      “We have climate extremes, with increased frequency and increased intensity, due to AGW”

      But do we really? Who says? Are the sources being accurately reported? Are the sources themselves honest and accurate? (Eg heat islands, spread of weather stations, ’rounding errors'(!))

      The arguments over the last questions become tedious as the Warmists prevaricate, obfuscate, threaten, traduce, emote, economize with the truth and plain lie.

      If you are looking for patterns then this is the relevant one as it characterizes most of what is happening these days.

      • Sean Coleman September 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

        Also, an most importantly, where is the predicted *warming*?

  48. janet September 18, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    “Given a choice, people will select the cheaper option.” –seawolf

    If an electric driverless car service was available, I would pay MORE to use that service, as pushback against the destruction of Mother Earth caused by internal combustion engine cars. But you say I have to wait Until 2021.

    Thanks for the analysis, saewolf. I hope a service of driverless electric cars gets here by Nov. 2020… I’ll call one to take me to the polling place to vote for the next female president (Warren, Gabbard, Klobachar, Harris, Gillibrand, Baldwin, Duckworth, etc.) … there are so many good women to choose from.

    • seawolf77 September 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

      It’s not mine. I found it online and thought it was the most cogent analysis of the times I had ever read. What we are facing is the biggest destruction of wealth since the slaves were freed. Just about every car on the road will be rendered worthless, and it is right around the corner. From there jets and ships and the military will use the rest of fossil fuels up. And that ups the ante for war, because war is what will require oil.

    • sophia September 19, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      So, you’re a sexist.

      • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

        No I’m a nihilist.

        • sophia September 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

          Silly, that was for Janet.

  49. wm5135 September 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    Perhaps a little music while it is being sorted out which minority has destroyed the nation.

    No Banker Left Behind – Ry Cooder
    youtube.com/watch?v=LxaY_mxYflg

    • Therian September 18, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

      Nice little ditty by Ry Cooder. What Russia and America share these days is that both countries are kleptocracies. In that respect, both countries are far less just than the European countries.

      • FincaInTheMountains September 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

        Which European country are you talking about? The one that is trying to provoke a nuclear conflict between United States and Russia?

    • BackRowHeckler September 20, 2017 at 12:33 am #

      Is there a song called “No Commissar Left Behind”?

  50. Pucker September 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Devastating:

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=stOQ5Vl9d0k

  51. LRacine September 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    The use of the term Bourgeoisie was largely a construct of Carl Marx. (the hippies co-opted the term)

    Marx used another term to describe a different class of people, the Proletariat.

    ” The proletarians live only as long as they can find work, and they can find work only as long as their labor increases capital. They are a commodity, and are vulnerable to all the fluctuations of the market. “..

    The people Ms Wax takes issue with fit into Marx’s definition of the Proletariat….

    For someone with such a keen level of intelligence, someone whom I am sure has read and studied Carl Marx’s Manifesto. I wonder what Ms Wax’s real strategy/goal is in publishing such an “article”..

  52. janet September 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    If Putin bombs US troops in Syria, will Trump consider it an unfortunate incident of “friendly fire”?

    “The US is still looking at the possibility the strike so close to US troops, and the SDF fighters it supports, may have been an error by the Russian pilot or a bomb that went astray rather than a deliberate attack on US troops by the Russians,”

  53. Therian September 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    I especially liked this excerpt from James’ weekly:

    Wax argued that “the single-parent, anti-social habits, prevalent among some working-class whites, the anti ‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks” and the “anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants” are not suited to a First-World 21st Century Environment.

    What we’ve got going on in America is the creation of an inverted meritocracy where being, and acting, “white” is a pejorative for the first time in our history. It’s especially bad if you’re a “square” white with a quiet demeanor and a good education. In the Age of Twitter, everybody is trying to out-shout everyone else. It’s a totally debased meritocracy.

  54. thelittlestvampire September 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    While my instinct is to agree, I appreciate the insight of the commenter who said, “water fits whatever vessel it’s poured in.”

    People adopt the values they do because it serves a purpose. Perhaps Amy Wax’s dismay is that most of the working class and poor no longer see any purpose in mimicking the “white, middle class” habits in modern America. But who can blame them?

    I’m a white, middle class mother and can barely stand going on FB and witnessing the simpering, navel-gazing, self-obsessed, offensively positive values of the middle class. Why would anyone want to copy the habits of not letting their kids play with barbies, or guns, not letting them drink Gatorade or eat chicken nuggets unless they’re “organic.”

    Middle class American values long ago went to crazy town along with the left wing colleges that most of the middle class attended. Honest hard work was long ago replaced with going through the motions needed to get participation medals. All the effort my friends put into breastfeeding and keeping their kids away from the TV paid off in divorce years later when the strain of raising kids in the middle-class-perfection way became too much to bear.

    What is the “prize” one gets for raising a perfectly-protected middle class kid nowadays? They can have 100K in student loans and work at Starbucks? Even lawyering is being outsourced as people can now get legal documents made online. The truth is there are no jobs. Nomatter how sure you are to make your kid wear a bicycle helmet, that truth isn’t going to change.

    I think people speak and act the way they do because that’s what they think will benefit them most. Inner city slang (like pidgin here in Hawaii) is a passport to fitting in with a culture. For poor, urban kids, speaking the right way endears them to people who can help them in their day to day lives. Language is social glue. And a lot of people in america today need their communities more than they need “old-fashioned, white America.” Old fashioned white america barely exists anymore, and if it doesn, it ain’t gonna give these people nothing!

    Single parenthood is clearly a bad decision, but I’m sure it makes sense at the time to people choosing it. Maybe it’s simpler to rely on family support if no dad is in the picture. Maybe men dont want the responsibility of childcare for their own reasons. Perhaps they cant get a job, and the shame of that makes parenthood too hard to bear.

    I’m not sure Amy Waxc is wrong, but I’m not sure she’s right, either. It’s easy, when you’ve managed to accomplish something, to wonder why others can’t. And it’s wrong to blame the downfall of society on people being squished at the bottom.

    So, yeah.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter September 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

      Huh??? People are going to get squished a whole lot more if they have 3 or 4 illegitimate kids with several different baby daddies. And they are going to get squished more if they spent their time in school screwing around and acting the foll instead of focusing on their grades.

      The middle class has it hypocrisies, and its silly behaviors, but you know what? It is better to go to bed with the electric bill paid, than to go to bed with the electricity shut off. It is better to wake up with a mother who fixes you breakfast before you go to school, as opposed to waking up with a mother who spent the food stamps on her hair weave.

      It is better to have a father to read you a bed time story at night, than to have some baby daddy that is who knows where, and could care less about you.

      There are a lot of things about the middle class that get on my nerves too, but my goodness, they pretty much pay their bills (as long as they can) and at least try to give their kids a good start. A lot of these inner city blacks are tossing their kids out at 13 and 14 to make their own way.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • thelittlestvampire September 18, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

        According to John Michael Greer, when societies collapse, they collapse from the bottom., people don’t always act in their own best interest. If, as James Howard Kunstler predicts, we are on the verge of an economic, ecological and cultural meltdown, I believe we can expect a lot more bad decisions on the part of the poor and disenfranchised. We’re not going to transition neatly from industrialized plenty of 2017 to a 17th century agrarian economy. There will be mobs and warlords, fighting in the streets. Armed conflict both small and large. The warlords are not going to come from the middle class.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 12:36 am #

      Tell them about the vicious racism against Whites in Hawaii. The singer Jewel said she got beat up every day as a kid.

      The State should be turned over to the Japan. They aren’t as hated by the Poly-Portuguese, and in turn, they will protect the dignity, property, and lives of White citizens – something America is unwilling to do.

      • malthuss September 19, 2017 at 1:11 am #

        I was sucker punched by a Hawaiian on the Big Island.
        Someone else I know was badly beaten up by a few ‘locals’.

        • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 10:53 am #

          Haole in paradise….

      • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 10:45 am #

        Rock stars make shit up. It’s a fact.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

          Malthus is a rock star like Jewel? And wrong anyway: they make up PC shit, to make themselves into victim heroes. Making up Non PC shit is a good way to get blacklisted, you know like the McCarthyism you people are supposedly against.

      • 100th Avatar September 19, 2017 at 5:37 am #

        These are the new bourgeois values. Consumption signaling. The right schools, clothes, grocery stores, authors, TED Talks, fixed-gear bike, vacations, haircuts…

        • Sean Coleman September 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

          Yes, TED talks. What are these? I’ve seen them all over YouTube but what *are* they?

          • 100th Avatar September 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

            They are silly cat videos for pseudo intellectuals.
            “I saw a TEDtalk on why children should be empowered to wet their beds, and it all really made sense in the 14:20 seconds allotted”

    • Cavepainter September 19, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Right; free libraries and free public education is very oppressive.

  55. BackRowHeckler September 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    How about the Emmy award show last nite?

    Does this showbiz Hollywood scum realize bout 1/2 the country hates their guts, and could care less about their bloviated political opinions? Maybe they realize it, but don’t care.

    brh

  56. BackRowHeckler September 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    Don’t forget, Penn is the place where, last academic year, the English Department gave in to “angry student demands” (“angry student demand”, sounds like something from the Soviet Union c1936 as in “angry students demand the liquidation of kulaks as a class”) and removed a portrait of William Shakespeare from the walls of its offices, and agreed to eliminate Shakespeare and other English and American writers — John Donne, Samuel Johnson, Hemingway, Faulkner and so on, from the curricula; the reason: authors were too white.

    To get a department head or administrator job at a university today, is one of the requirements you get castrated?

    What a snake pit Penn must be.

    brh

    • malthuss September 19, 2017 at 1:12 am #

      No such thing as ‘too White’–perhaps they meant have less Yts and more darkies in da readin list.

      Like Michelle Obamas ‘thesis’.

  57. janet September 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

    Meanwhile, while some feel it is oh so important to pushback on campus ethics, we have an agent of the Russian government in the White House, someone who COLLUDED with Putin and the Russian intelligence services campaign to interfere in the US 2016 election.

    How do we know this? Turns out there was a FISA warrant to record the Trump/Manafort/Putin conversations. FISA warrants are granted based on evidence of wrongdoing. Thanks to the early morning FBI raid on Manafort’s residence and the FISA recordings, Mueller now has more than sufficient evidence of Trump/Russian COLLUSION.

    What Trump has willingly done does not warrant impeachment. Obstruction of justice is the least of Trump’s problems. Now I understand why Trump paces and rages behind closed doors. FISA recordings are hard evidence. For ongoing treason impeachment is not the remedy.

    Criminal indictment. Handcuffs. Frog march to supermax. That is how Mueller accomplishes the reassertion of the rule of law in America.

    • BackRowHeckler September 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

      that Russia hoax has already kind of died out.

      People like yourself keep flogging it in the hopes it can be revived, but there is no reviving what’s already dead.

      At any rate Little Jane, I thought the new meme was ‘Trump is a Nazi’. You need to get up to speed.

      brh

    • K-Dog September 18, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

      Water takes the shape of the vessel and the vessel is one’s social group.

      Values adopted are those of the group one belongs to. All that can be demanded and what should be demanded between groups is common decency. If Amy or anyone else wants more than that they must be comfortable with developing an egalitarian society. The only way values can be shared is if people belong to the same group. Equality is the only circumstance in which Amy’s dream can become a reality.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 12:40 am #

        And there can be no Nation without shared values. You agree with me but are too proud to admit the implications of what you just said.

        One Race per Culture per Nation. One Mind per body. Down with female sperm a la Sir John Howard.

        I do NOT say One Fuhrer, not necessarily that is.

        • K-Dog September 19, 2017 at 11:02 am #

          The implications are that their is a foundation of basic rules for civilized behavior and no more than that.

          • messianicdruid September 19, 2017 at 11:24 am #

            The implication is fair but avoided like death.

        • Q. Shtik September 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

          Down with female sperm a la Sir John Howard. – Janos

          ============

          Oh Jesus Janos, don’t encourage him.

    • lbs September 19, 2017 at 12:52 am #

      Some of your comments i have wondered whether I should ponder more seriously rather than dismiss out of hand, but this one brings things back into focus; you are a devout disciple of the progressive cult, which believe in anarchism and conspiracy thoeries.

    • seawolf77 September 19, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      I hate to tell you but the dossier that seemed outrageous at the time has turned out to be all true. The only thing that hasn’t been shown to be true were the urinating prostitutes, but the day is young.

  58. janet September 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    “Russia hoax” — brh

    You need to get up to speed brh. US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, including Trump-Manafort conversations.

    With the FISA recordings Mueller has Trump dead to rights. Proof positive of Trump’s criminality.

    • John Howard September 19, 2017 at 2:41 am #

      Whatever it took to defeat the Kochs and the media. Russia strongly supports traditional man woman marriage.

  59. Q. Shtik September 19, 2017 at 12:05 am #

    Bourgeois (Boozh-wah, for the underspeeched) – JHK

    ==============

    Jim, thanks for the pronunciation. All these years I had been sounding the r.

    Thanks also for hierophant, a totally new word to me.

    • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

      “Bourgeois (Boozh-wah, for the underspeeched) – JHK”

      How about this pronunciation…

      “Land of the brave,
      Home of the free,
      I don’t wanna be mistreated by no boozh-wah-zee…”

      Ledbelly
      “The Bourgeois Blues”

  60. trypillian September 19, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    The great unwashed masses are not only expiriencing repression. Their fate is an aggregation of oppression, suppression and depression also. It is my impression that all the ‘pressions’ are symptoms of your moribund society, not just one.

  61. MrTibbs September 19, 2017 at 12:38 am #

    cato.org/blog/selling-federal-government-buildings

    In the old republic, the federal government alone owns 306,000 buildings and leases another 55,000, totaling 361,000. Summing this with state and local buildings, the figure swells to over 1,000,000 buildings. Heated, cooled, and vacant at night…..while 564,708 Americans are homeless.

    endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/state-of-homelessness-report/

    “Humanity is taking its final examination. We have come to an extraordinary moment where it doesn’t have to be you or me. There is enough for all. We need not operate competitively any longer. If we succeed, it will be because of youth, truth and love.”
    – Buckminster Fuller, 1968.

    -T

    • MrTibbs September 19, 2017 at 1:00 am #

      In the New Republic, destructive competition is displaced with spontaneous cooperation, and it works under all forms of economic and political systems, and is as immutable as Earth is to Universe. And constructive competition provides for the only tolerable revolution by invention and design.

      -T

      • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 10:57 am #

        “In the New Republic, destructive competition is displaced with spontaneous cooperation”

        Yeah, humans are gonna change….

        • MrTibbs September 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

          Only those capable of regeneration.
          ….Go Out Do.

          -T

  62. malthuss September 19, 2017 at 1:31 am #

    Found this, Clinton Book Signing,

    Love the fact that the “Chosen One” was sitting in the milk isle, at Costco, yesterday signing a book that she didn’t write.

    Sales were so poor, Costco was offering a free book with the purchase of the double loaf bread.

    People were canceling their memberships, chanting “Lock Her Up” & “Hillary for Prison” … it’s on YT… In her head she belongs in the WH, in reality, she is in the milk isle at Costco… HAHAHAHAHAHA I LOVE KARMA… Best is yet to come.

    • sophia September 19, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      That’s odd. Apparently, the book is about why she lost. People shopping at Costco don’t care.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      Jones said the toilet paper isle. Will you people get your story str8?

  63. FincaInTheMountains September 19, 2017 at 6:10 am #

    someone who COLLUDED with Putin and the Russian intelligence services campaign to interfere in the US 2016 election

    Oh, I agree, there is definitely a real spy story of collusion of American political leader with foreign intelligence service – the collusion of Hillary Clinton and her campaign with intelligence services of Germany and Saudi Arabia for the purpose to drive a nuclear wedge between Russia and United States – two nations that defeated the Third Reich during the Second World War.

    Now the Fourth Reich is dreaming to provoke a mutually destructive conflict between US and Russia, just like it almost succeeded in the 60s during Caribbean Missile Crisis.

  64. FincaInTheMountains September 19, 2017 at 6:28 am #

    Trump is envious of Moscow’s Military Parade

    yahoo.com/news/trump-wants-big-military-parade-july-4-show-strength-201153624.html

    Out of all forms of art, the most important for us is Military Parade:

    youtube.com/watch?v=PDFQjr8zkDk

    • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

      “Trump is envious of Moscow’s Military Parade”

      Finc,
      Many of us are…we all love spectacle….

  65. janet September 19, 2017 at 9:04 am #

    Clinton has raised her critique up a notch — not only questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency but refusing to rule out the possibility of contesting the results if Russian collusion is proven by special counsel Bob Mueller. Hillary Clinton won the election and she knows it.

    • janet September 19, 2017 at 9:05 am #

      This a big deal. The 2016 Democratic nominee, who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is expressly leaving open the possibility that she would pursue legal action to invalidate the last presidential election.

      • sophia September 19, 2017 at 11:08 am #

        I’m sure she rigged the voting machines, and somehow it still wasn’t enough. No wonder she’s pissed.

  66. akmofo September 19, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    “..honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality, fortitude, gratitude, dedication, kindness, loyalty, et cetera..”

    Honesty. That’s all that’s required for a proper functioning of society.

    But even that 1/10th from the list you mentioned, you will never abide by. You will never abide by that principle because it will rip open the corrupt fascist facade and nazi propaganda lies you’ve sold to yourselves about yourselves.

    With honesty there will be no United States, nor could there ever be a United States. It was a deliberate lie from day one, and all the fascist history that followed is a natural progression from that lie.

    The reform that you and that ‘brave law professor’ are asking for is actually a call for the destruction of everything that occurred since the signing of that Jesuit founding document of 1776.

    There can be no reform to the corruption. Lying and corruption is built-in to the system. It’s what it is. It’s what it was. It’s what it always will be. The only way to end this, is to end it.

    And that’s why empires die. The weight of the lies becomes too much for normal people to bare.

    • Cavepainter September 19, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      Oh my, please get back on your meds,…..or, is this a transcript noted down by your therapist?

      • akmofo September 19, 2017 at 10:58 am #

        @Cavepainter

        You’ve been fed gov mafia propaganda lies all your life, and that’s all you know. Some people are too stupid to seek, know, and understand better. Good for you!

        But don’t be offended when others who know better call you a dumb animal and treat you as such, because that’s exactly how those that feed you their gov mafia lies see you.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      Actually agree. The façade was too heavy to bear and so the pretense collapsed, with countless people imitating the Elite rapacity to the extent they could, with others like you hating everything American and all official morality.

      Of course you folks deny the same evils on your side, using Conservatives as scape goats on which to put all yours sins.

      • akmofo September 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

        No, what I don’t like is fairy tale lies that ensnare people into fascist slavery. This is much bigger than “America”. This is now a global cancer.

  67. janet September 19, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    HRC is ready for some legal PUSHBACK.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am #

      Don’t think that all her devilishly clever sophistry, all that intellectual hoops and jumps, like the meaning of the word “is” is, are going to work, the deplorables are too determined this time.

  68. messianicdruid September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    akmofo saith, “With honesty there will be no United States, nor could there ever be a United States.”

    America [ preceded and ] will survive the United States.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 19, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Oh, c’mon – with Hillary out, United States are back in!

    • akmofo September 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      Vespucci is long dead. What you should be thinking about is surviving the Goolag.

  69. K-Dog September 19, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    I’ll repeat myself so as to be on the top of a thread.

    Water takes the shape of the vessel and the vessel is one’s social group.

    Values adopted are those of the group one belongs to. All that can be demanded and what should be demanded between groups is common decency. If Amy or anyone else wants more than that they must be comfortable with developing an egalitarian society. The only way values can be shared is if people belong to the same group. Equality is the only circumstance in which Amy’s dream can become a reality.

    Janos quite cleverly tried to piss on this and turn it into support for his brand of white nationalism by suggesting ‘implications’. But Janos only represents one brand or group. As not everybody can be converted to a common cause and as Janos demands a whiter shade of pale than most of us have, groups must coexist. That is the pragmatic consideration.

    That returns focus to basic shared values which Janos pissed on by ignoring my dichotomy (actually JHK suggested it in his comment) to shift ‘ values’ back to a single unrefined and un-discussable monolithic concept. A charlatan’s trick.

    Basic values can cross group boundaries. Which suggests respect for boundaries as a basic value. Demanding Amy Wax or anyone else be fired because you do not like them for instance is not respecting a boundary. Firing Amy is up to her employers not you. They have not solicited your advice. A basic decency violation. Crossing a boundary you were not entitled to cross.

    A lot of these virtues can be boiled down to common decency and common sense, which even poor people can practice — surely to their advantage! — JHK

    Identifying basic values needed to make a civilized society function well could keep everyone busy for quite a while since basic values have not been respected for some time.

    • messianicdruid September 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

      Hear K-Dog! We have 35 million so-called ” laws ” trying to replace 10 commandments. Teach the commandments, then get out of the way.

      • 100th Avatar September 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

        Thou shalt stick your god up your arse

        • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

          “Thou shalt stick your god up your arse”

          From the Gospel according to Robert Mappelthorpe….

          • messianicdruid September 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

            Just another false god [ rule maker ] taking a dung, blithely creating more chaos for the unwary.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Different cultures and values in the same Country? C’mon, commonsense dictates that it’s a recipe for utter weakness, conflict, and eventual disaster. Even the White Christians of Canada couldn’t get along. America is full of groups far more different than Canadian Anglos and the Quebecois.

      • malthuss September 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

        Christians at war in Ireland, with each other.
        The Brits starving the Irish off.

        The Irish famine — the Brit rulers sat on their hands and did everything possible to PREVENT any food going to the starving Irish peasants.
        And were quite happy to eliminate 25%+ of the population in less than four years.

        • messianicdruid September 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

          By their fruits you will know them [ not their labels ].

      • sophia September 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

        It’s possible our country could have a more united value and ethic, despite some cultural and racial diversity. Meanwhile, it seems the divide between those who are all quite white is very great, between the liberal academic elites and the deplorables.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

          Human growth is two steps (posts) forward and one step back. This is the step back. There is zero meaning here. “Some cultural and racial diversity” – Some? The differences between the haves and have nots is enough in itself to sink us, yes. But the haves are allied with the aliens and against their own people. This is an evil far greater than you imagine or perhaps, can imagine. As Dante said, traitors go to almost the bottom of hell.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

            In other words, don’t IMAGINE (John Lennon song) that all the have nots of all colors are going to unite against the Elite. It doesn’t work that way. That’s vicious Marxist fantasy – and Marxism is a creation of the Elite. The coloreds are with the Elite against us.

          • sophia September 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

            What I was saying is that different races or other groups could share a culture, or at least share enough of it, certain values, to make living in peace possible. The nefarious machinations of the elites is another matter, but doesn’t relate really to whether different races could get along. The whole problem with the human race, I decided a half hour ago on my way home from the farmer’s market, is that people are just so gullible, so easily brainwashed. And intelligence is little protection, if at all.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

            The record says otherwise. Put thirty people in a room and after twenty minutes, factions start to form. My idea? No, psychologists have found this. And that’s just among people of a single race. If different races are there, the factions will probably be along racial lines (my thought now).

            Switzerland is an inspiring example of perhaps what you are trying to say and also what I’m saying. Three different major language groups and cultures(?), and a central and smaller indigenous Swiss one as well. They couldn’t get along, but they had mutual interests. So they decided to separate but maintain political and commercial ties. Thus the Canton System – a work of political genius that has lasted for centuries.

            Sometimes men bring their automatic rifles to the polling centers on election day. Why? Because they can. Free Men. What America was supposed to be. The Citizen Soldier. The Buffalo: neither predator nor prey.

            As Booker T Washington said, Separate as the fingers of the hand yet able to come together to work (or fight I might add). As you know, of the Big Three, Booker, W.B Dubois, Marcus Garvey, Book and Marc had good ideas, namely separatism and back to Africa. W.B had worthless ideas of grievance mongering and Communist Revolution. Needless to say, we went with him.

            The Elite hate White Christian America with an unholy passion.

  70. volodya September 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    What academics do nowadays is to inhabit fantasy worlds, worlds of their own construction, worlds of the unreal. What academics really dislike is someone that sez to them, no, this isn’t real.

    This is what Amy Wax tried to do, to poke through the fantastical facades, to dispel erroneous notions and attitudes about what it takes to be a functioning human being and to put forward an alternative view, that is, a view based on time-tested practise. But her fellow academics aren’t having it. They didn’t want to hear about facts and evidence, that is a representation of The World of The Real.

    But The World of The Real – that place that imposes frightful penalties for not taking it into account – will eventually step in with its mighty falx. It always does. People that refuse to acknowledge its dictates will be struck down. They always are.

    The academic thinks that only the academic is qualified to pronounce upon what is real and what isn’t. In this the academic miscalculates, perhaps fatally. And it doesn’t help the academic to abide by the consensus academic view. The falx wielding World of the Real doesn’t care about consensus views, academic or otherwise.

    • 100th Avatar September 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

      Hear! Hear! And reality doesn’t give way to opinions, alternatives, human paradigms, non-physical ontologies and solipsisms. I think Tyson said, everyone’s mind is made up until a hurricane comes upside the head.

    • Sean Coleman September 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

      I agree. Going just on her article, Wax’s alternative view (as you describe it) seems to be the original shared view as it existed before the utopians changed it, a view that has (as you say) been tried and tested.

      Again you are correct that the academic thinks only he is qualified to pronounce on reality.

      And you are right that they refuse to look at facts and evidence.

      Now, it is when you look at the evidence that the scale of the delusion becomes apparent. What never ceases to surprise me is that nobody does look at it. The only explanation as far as I am concerned is that they are experiencing a shared fantasy.

      The un-thinking class (academia, media, politics and professions) and their disciples are largely in the fantasy, where the last thing you want to do is question it. The rest are largely not interested in thinking beyond their immediate concerns: the more they are immune from the fantasy the less they care anyway.

      The late English journalist Richard Webster pointed out (see his Sceptical Essays website) that it is educated and responsible people who get caught up in witch hunts (and extreme form of fantasy) and suffer from ‘good cause corruption’ (in the hysteria it is common for them to subvert the rule of law). He further points out that the original 17thC witch hunts were driven by educated and well-meaning people.

      What he have now is the latest attempt at Utopia and it is argued that it dates back to Roosevelt’s ‘liberals’ (Hopkins, Tugwell (remember him from a few weeks ago?) and the ‘dreamy professors’). It has been called (by Desmond Fennell) the Second American project. Previous attempts were the American and French Revolutions and the USSR and the fascist utopias of the last century. Webster would probably include the English Puritan revolution of the 17thC in the list.

      The evidence that they won’t look at is everywhere. You cannot move without treading on it. But they will not look at it.

  71. volodya September 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Sounds like Trump really took a shit at the UN.

  72. Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Why is co-author of the article, Larry Alexander, getting waxed out of the picture? Because he’s a fucking White male? Or not Tribe?

    • Q. Shtik September 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Because he’s a fucking White male? Or not Tribe?

      ==========

      Janos, calm down.

      I snatched a hair Larry Alexander’s head (was paid $5K by you-know-who) ran his DNA and he’s half Black and half Ashkenazi Jew 😉

  73. Q. Shtik September 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants – Amy Wax

    ===========

    I cannot argue with a word of Ms Wax’s essay. My early life spans precisely the era she writes of, from birth in 1940, through college and 3 years in the Air Force ended in 1965.

    If I have any complaint with the essay it is that “some Hispanic immigrants” are singled out as possessing “anti-assimilation ideas.” If anything it is Blacks who, incredibly, have reversed since the mid-1960s their painfully slow assimilation into the majority culture. I see Blacks as increasingly giving a huge F U by continuing to speak their own language and by dreaming up new, previously unheard of, names for their children (a favorite example at which I scoff is D’Brickashaw Ferguson). To their own harm they are showing not an iota’s intention of being absorbed into the majority culture.

    • volodya September 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      Your complaint has validity. John Judis used to argue demographics would favor the Democrats. Now he sez he’s wrong. Why? Because over time immigrant groups assimilate and identify with the White majority. I’ve read the same in other places as what Judis is saying in the article in New Republic.

      He writes that more than half of American Latinos now identify as White as opposed to Latino. More than half of mixed race White/Asian identify solely as White.

      Want to bet that in a few generations even full-blood Asians in America identify as White? I’ve read that most American Hispanics say that English is their dominant language. Should this give Jorge Ramos fits? Probably. He’s all about Hispanics. Hispanics aren’t even about Hispanics.

      As to Blacks and their self-segregation, this will in the long-run be disastrous for them. They don’t need any help whatsoever in being fucked-up and this will fuck them up worse.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

        We’ll make sure they don’t identify with us. It’s all just words to you, since you don’t understand Breed and Quality, and don’t value real Diversity.

        You want garbage culture like Latin America where Negroes say they aren’t Black but Latino. So much for real Latino Culture, whatever the fuck that is. LCD – the lowest common denominator of food and sex, a devotee of that you are.

        • volodya September 20, 2017 at 10:35 am #

          I don’t respond to trolls, government employed or otherwise. I don’t waste time on commenters that post nonsense and nonsense accusations.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

            A nonsense accusation put forward in lieu of reason.

  74. Precipitous Decline September 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    If she does get fired, not that I think that is a good thing, she and Jordan Peterson would be a double hitter. It would be a dynamic duo of common sense and intelligence. Both have ideas that make a hell of a lot of sense and both probably need to go their own way against academia. Jordan is starting his own on-line program. She could probably be a part of that, somehow. Not sure how much fight she has at her age but it might be best to go down throwing punches. With the internet, I’ve often wondered how people still subject themselves to the ridiculous environment of some of these Universities, especially the Undergrad Cattle that seem to be farmed for their tuition at many Universities. If one 80:20’s the education process, I think that there is much to be gained on-line. I’m not sure about the brick and mortar schools any more. There is still some value but the equations are often not balancing out with time/expense vs. actual learning.

    • K-Dog September 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

      She can get interviewed by Joe Rogan along with Jordan Peterson and Bret Weinstein. They could all do a panel together.

      But can the Internet certify a minimum professional standard or does brick and mortar still need to do that? Education may be more available with the internet but does it create jacks of all trades but master of none? Perhaps all the internet can do is further educate for jobs that do not exist anyway.

      • ozone September 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

        K-dog,
        I’m enjoying your inclusion of the constant short-term thinking in response to short-term thinkers. Yes, perspective is all… and I guess it takes some years of livin’ to get that included in one’s basic worldview! 😉 (If that should not come to be realized, it’s because of having one’s feet permanently encased in ideological concrete — just before being kicked off of the transom into the watery deep.)

        • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

          In other words, Ghetto Hood rats are going to unite with rural White Trailer Trash and overthrow the Elite. Go sniff some more glue, Cletus.

          He plays Lennon’s “Imagine” as he sniffs and huffs gas.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

            LOL! You do employ a nicely chosen turn of phrase from time to time janos, I’ll give you that.

  75. tucsonspur September 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Okay, let’s bring back “bourgeois values” and the old “human virtues”. Amy’s impressive list of academic credentials doesn’t mean she can come up with boldly original, creative solutions to our current social dilemmas, as she seems to amply demonstrate by stating the self-evident. As someone above said, “boring”.

    Both she and the University serve up the usual course, a dish of wished for traditional values served with a tired sauce of social critique in her case, and the usual plate of political correctness presented with a pungent gonnagetya au poivre by the University.

    To his credit, the inimitable JHK always gives us an inspiring idiolect that gives us the wonderful illusion of something new, something fresh.

    Oh my, oh my, can’t we just spend billions and billions on infrastructure, so the old days can smoothly return on new roads?
    But yes, decreasing the relative sense of deprivation could help a bit.

    Basic geometry says that the intersection of two planes is a straight line. The intersection of the individual’s moral plane with the moral plane of the collective majority or minority is always a jagged line, described by a function still unknown or unknowable. Thus our dilemma.

    Hurricanes roar and the earth quakes over the human scape. And Coyote waits. Coyote always waits.

    • elysianfield September 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

      boldly original, creative solutions to our current social dilemmas”

      Hmmm,
      Forced Segregation?

      Ethnic Cleansing?

      Forced Expatriation, paid or otherwise?

      Reparations, 40 acres and a Mule?

      White indentured servitude to Blacks?

      Forced Miscegenation?

      Prayer (Just Kidding)

      Spend Trillions of dollars, write affirmative action laws, prov…wait,
      we’ve already tried that….

      Other than singing Kumbaya, and promising wildly-optimistic solutions in the “New Republic”, I’m outta ideas…you?

      • tucsonspur September 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

        You’re brashly and blatantly bold!

        It will probably take the extreme. I’m thinkin’, I’m thinkin’!

    • Janos Skorenzy September 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

      The Hispanics are being punished for their sins, sings, and slings against White Humanity.

      • DA September 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

        Yeah, that’s it alright! Where do you get this stuff, janos? Is it like a racists’ encyclopedia of slogans and phrases, or what? You need to come down here New Mexico way and dip your tamale in some muy caliente pico de gallo ta-ta. Just might change your whole outlook on things!

  76. tucsonspur September 19, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Hmmm, what’s on today’s menu? I think I’ll take some Camille Cayenne and some Paglia Pepper Steak:

    weeklystandard.com/camille-paglia-on-trump-democrats-transgenderism-and-islamist-terror/article/2008…

  77. Pucker September 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    The Pee Wee Football protests rather Freak-Me-Out. What if the 8 year old kids go apeshit and start rioting and shouting slogans?

    fox2now.com/2017/09/18/8-year-old-cahokia-football-team-kneels-during-anthem-ahead-of-recent-game/

    It’s like the bees that leave the hive, become confused by the electromagnetic radiation and then go apeshit and swarm and attack little old ladies. Or videos of the black mailman trying to deliver mail to homes in a bad neighbourhood. Or videos of the riots in the fast food joints when the mentally disturbed pregnant obese transgender teenager discovers that her fried chicken is cold.

  78. sophia September 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    Thwack,

    The reason for my slavery lesson at September 19, 2017 at 10:34 am #
    is because it would do a world of good for people, especially blacks in America, to be taught some basics about the history of world slavery, so that they can get rid of the grudge about it and perhaps begin to heal the wound of feeling that they got such contemptible treatment because they were black. Sure, that may have been what the whites told themselves at that time, but there have been many iterations of slavery and all races have been enslaved. Whites have been enslaved, and made into eunuchs and so on, many times. There were slave raids into old Europe and white people and children were brought down to the Mediterranean slave markets. The ancient Greeks were dependent upon slaves. Plato wrote sublime spiritual things, but had slaves and in no way was against it. The current racist backlash against whites needs to be stopped because it is just our turn lately. All sorts of bad things have been perpetrated by nearly everyone in history, and unless I miss my guess we’re soon going to find out how kind the (cruel) Chinese are.

    • malthuss September 20, 2017 at 12:14 am #

      Our new overlords, due to Bill Clinton, GATT, NAFTA, Agenda 2030, etc.

  79. Pucker September 19, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    Did you hear what happened to Crocodile Dundee?

    He married an American woman who grabbed him and rolled him for all his money underwater in a nasty divorce settlement.

  80. sophia September 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

    Janos,

    He is very deserving. It takes a lot to earn a woman’s real appreciation!

    The reality of the genders hit me one day out of the blue. (Let’s see if we can upset some people, shall we?) It went like this:

    [But I think there was a precursor, because I was thinking about it; where did this come from? This lightning bolt? And the precursor was that my husband sent me to the hardware store to buy something, and in the process of that I found out from the guy behind the counter that there was this whole organized thing with both metric and English sizes…I remember being impressed.]

    So anyway, we drove out to the outer banks, and we had to put our car onto a ferry to get there. And I was standing outside on the deck of the ferry, watching it all come together, how we were to disembark. And I saw the ferry, and I saw the communication from the captain to guys on land, and I saw so many coordinated steps, and how there were many men there anticipating those coordinated steps – getting the boat lined up right, ropes being tied, announcements to the people, the road being blocked and then unblocked, and how our car was about to drive off and enter the road, at which there was a stoplight…and all of a sudden I said to myself “Men have done all of this!” Everything here is a world made by men laid upon the world made by God.

    They invented the car and the stoplight and the tools and the boats and the loudspeaker. We are driving off the boat in a car made by men onto a road made by men made safe and orderly by rules made by men.

    Thought I’d give you that.

    • Q. Shtik September 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

      And then your car fell off the end of the Ferry boat and you all drowned? 😉

      Seriously, great epiphany.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 12:09 am #

      Eureka! Thank you, that’s what I wanted. Do you like C.S Lewis? The Feminists hate him for his relative lack of feminine characters and his portrayal of feminine evil when he has them. In the third novel of his Space Trilogy, “That Hideous Strength”, the Pendragon (the current Arthur) says, Men and Women are both Good, but they should never cook at the same time. Women are all like, hand me that thingy over there. Other women know what they want, but it annoys and confuses men.

      In the second novel of the trilogy (blanking on the title right now), the protagonist (who becomes the Pendragon) is on Venus where he fights against Satan against the Temptation of Eve. His portrayal of the pure feminine spirit is very beautiful. With his help, this Eve doesn’t fall and Venus doesn’t become another Prison Planet like Earth.

      • sophia September 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

        I have read only one or two of his books, but read the children’s Narnia series. I do not recall him having too few feminine characters or them being mostly evil. That was what I recall of Tolkien.
        That cooking bit, didn’t quite come together for me. It sounds like he is saying women are annoying when they’re vague, and annoying when they’re clear.

        What we need to figure out are what are the strengths and weaknesses of both sexes. Men do lotsa bad. So do women. I think women may do less overt bad…but I’m not sure because they hurt a lot of people close to them.

  81. jim e September 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

    Sept. 23 2017? Leo Virgo? Sphinxy? Rev 12? Wandering Stars… Planets? FLAT.

  82. sophia September 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    And I guess my mind works similarly to Camille Paglia because as I was processing all that in the subsequent weeks with mounting horror and aghastness I said to my husband nearly the same thing she did, that if the inventing were left up to women, I’m not sure we would have yet gotten to the canoe.

    • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 12:15 am #

      That’s what I was thinking but I didn’t want to ruin the mood. I can be so discrete!

      • sophia September 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

        I had no idea.

        That reminds me of when some years ago a friend said I lacked a censor button. internally I marveled, thinking, you think I have no censor button, and you’ve no idea how many things I constantly refrain from saying!

        • Q. Shtik September 20, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

          and you’ve no idea how many things I constantly refrain from saying! – Sophia

          ===========

          That’s an excellent observation, Soph…I feel the same way about myself…possibly a thousand things a day…I grit my teeth and bear.

  83. BackRowHeckler September 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

    Jesus, ever since that total eclipse about a month ago its been nothing but earthquakes, hurricanes, biblical rain storms, and even a hydrogen bomb detonated in NKorea. Just a coincidence, or a portent of dark days to come?

    What a great speech President Trump gave at the UN today! a lot of the people in the audience weren’t too happy and the looks on their faces showed it. Did you ever think you’d again see an American President in full view of the world not bowing and scraping, apologizing, selling us out, sucking foreign ass, and speaking up for the interests of the United States and the American people?

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 12:42 am #

      It was ventriloquism. Bibi was moving all the strings and nodding his head in agreement with himself. How much you want to bet that whoever wrote that speech is a dual Israeli citizen?

    • tucsonspur September 20, 2017 at 3:03 am #

      Out here the eclipse was only partial, but the skittish coyotes still howled a foreboding, bone chilling howl.

      Coyote knows what’s coming.

        • thwack September 20, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

          By helicopter?

          I thought Alvin Lee was from Gut Bucket Neck Bone Missippi; then one day I heard him talk and I was like

          WTF?

          • MrTibbs September 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

            You’re referring to the legendary Brit Blues Rocker Alvin Lee of Ten Years After and “I’m Comin’ Home.”

            This video is from the legendary Daughtry, former auto mechanic, from Greensboro, North Carolina.

            youtube.com/watch?v=bIdPG4tM500&index=16&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW7YD-JKHT0vYIk1ZCrK7c4-_T

            -T

          • Q. Shtik September 20, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

            then one day I heard him talk [and I was like]

            WTF? – thwack

            =============

            If I haven’t mentioned it before let me take the opportunity right now. I utterly detest the expression ‘and I was like.’ That’s the expression in the past tense. In a variant that I will call the present past tense it is spoken as ‘so um like.’

            I first began to notice this creeping into the speech patterns of primarily young people in the workplace about 20 years ago. Oh, how it grated on my ears. And then it got even worse. Full fledged educated adults began using the expression. Before long the game was over. There was no stopping it. Any attempt to fight back by gently hinting that this expression made people sound like idiots was useless. That it made them appear short on vocabulary to actually describe the state of their minds but rather to only state what the state of their minds was ‘like.’ There were magazine articles written about it and before long academics with doctorates in linguistics who became apologists for the expression came out of the woodwork risking their reputations. They would explain how, after giving it much thought, the expression was not merely okay but perhaps even a stroke of communication genius. Oh my God, kill me.

            Just today I noticed that Cold N. Holefield used this heinous expression over at his blog…and I consider him to be a better than average writer.

            There are other locutions that have crept into American English that make me wish I would hurry up and die. One is up talk where nearly every spoken sentence, if you were to see it written out, would end with a question mark. At first it was a thing of the young but it has reached every age group and educational level. It is another sign of hesitancy and uncertainty about everything. It is not cool to speak as if you are sure about anything, especially your opinions. It is offensive and politically incorrect since others might hold different opinions and we must never offend. It’s so in your face to talk with certainty.

            Another is the speech of females of any age up to about 50 who sound like teeny tiny 3-year olds. Businesses have a penchant for using these little girl voices for recorded phone messages. It’s maddening!

            Have I lost my marbles or do these things bother anyone else?

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 10:26 am #

            Q,

            And I was like, that shit really bothers me too! LOL!

            It’s definitely irritating, but I find it mostly amusing. That said, I don’t interact with teenagers, twenty-somethings, or young fem bots on a regular basis either, so I imagine it would irritate me pretty quickly if I did.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 10:28 am #

            Q,

            I can’t speak to your marbles, or lack thereof, though. It’s entirely possible that you could be losing them! But don’t worry, you can always make more.

    • Elrond Hubbard September 20, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      BackRowHeckler: “Did you ever think you’d again see an American President in full view of the world not bowing and scraping, apologizing, selling us out, sucking foreign ass, and speaking up for the interests of the United States and the American people?”

      Also promoting a nuclear war that at a minimum would level one or more American cities along with Seoul and Pyongyang, possibly parts of Japan, etc. Let’s not forget about that. I’m sure the dead millions will be very impressed indeed.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

        I generally agree with you about American War Mongering, but this little nut now has or at least will soon, the capacity to destroy us with EMP Strikes. Wouldn’t take many – half a dozen or so spaced across the continental United States. They could be fired from commercial shipping off the West, East, and Gulf coasts – the premise of the famous conservative novel “One Second After”, though the novel doesn’t single our North Korea.

        • Elrond Hubbard September 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

          The species has managed to survive since 1945 because so far deterrence has worked, even though it’s terrifying. That’s Kim Jong-un’s game as well. He’s not al-Qaeda; he doesn’t want to hurt the U.S. for the sake of hurting the U.S., and his goals are rational and worldly, i.e. to stay in power. If the West tried to take him out, we would succeed, but he can inflict losses that any sane person should find unacceptable (actually horrifying).

          The same applies to Iran’s leadership. Yes, the mullahs are religious extremists, but their ambit is limited to their own territory and their local neighbourhood .The time to worry is if stateless religious terrorists ever get hold of a nuke, because they would be undeterrable. All this demonstrates the value of keeping deterrence as a credible strategy. Yet here’s POTUS heating up the pot we’re all liable to boil in. The more he acts like an undeterrable madman, the more people get the idea that they might as well use their nukes while they have them. Everyone stands to lose if that happens, but the U.S. would be first in line.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

            Well Kim is overdoing the mad dog act if it’s an act. He has nuclear weapons and the capacity to deliver them. Case made. Now that’s he’s made his point that North Korea is not to be messed with, he should quiet down. Or does he expect to coerce concessions? He dares much if so. Or is he acting on China’s behalf?

            I can understand why a nation would want them, and why they would not trust the United States and the New World Order. But he’s going beyond that now.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:23 am #

            Kim is a CIA puppet. It’s an act. They need another “enemy” on Russia’s and China’s doorstep to keep the US MICC knee-deep in kimchi.

        • thwack September 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

          but this little nut now has or at least will soon, the capacity to destroy us with EMP Strikes.

          *****************

          Once again Janos, you are overthinking this thing.

          All Kim has to do is slip in a few Nork special ops, blow up a couple of black churches, a few gay bars, throw in some abortion clinics and tranny nightclubs… and “The White Man” will automatically be blamed, EVEN if we catch the slant perps.

          Next thing you know, Trump authorizes gun confiscation via executive privilege…

          and its:

          youtube.com/watch?v=kdqyG3CcoLM

  84. FincaInTheMountains September 20, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    Rosneft and Iraqi Kurdistan will sign an agreement on the construction of gas pipelines to EU

    MOSCOW, September 18. / TASS /. “Rosneft” plans by the end of 2017 to sign an agreement with the government of Iraqi Kurdistan on financing the construction of gas pipeline infrastructure in the region. This is stated in the message of the Russian company.

    tass.ru/ekonomika/4570079

    It’s funny, huh? A few years ago in Syria, an “Arab Spring” began, with one of the reasons of the gas pipeline to Europe.

    But then came the Russians, who did not like the idea of Qatari gas pipeline very much, broke a bunch of dishes (as well as noses and heads), built their military bases and said: Well, okay, kids, let’s build those gas pipelines after all!

    It seems all jokes ended right there, but it’s still funny.

  85. FincaInTheMountains September 20, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    We inevitably came back to the question of Hillary Clinton committing a coup d’etat on June 12, 2016

    Did Obama Know about Comey’s Surveillance?

    wsj.com/articles/did-obama-know-about-comeys-surveillance-1505852932

    Here is what I wrote back then:

    On June 12, 2016, there was a monstrous catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions: US President Barack Obama recommended to his voters Hillary Clinton as the best candidate for the presidency of the United States. Well, it would seem – a standard procedure, the democratic president made an “endorsement” of a democratic presidential candidate.

    Indeed, now very few people doubt that Hillary personifies the Party of War, and the feeling that attracts her to the White House is called Wargasm, from English word War.

    And even those who voted for her in the primaries, do not deny this property of the first female nominee for the post of US president, apparently relying on the fact that the wars that their chosen candidate will take them to will be in conditions of overwhelming technical superiority of the US Army.

    And it may very well be that her electoral successes and Obama’s “endorsement” are connected with the fact that the Party of War was able to prove to the Powers that be that the United States already possesses some miracle weapon, presumably a railgun or a combat laser that will provide the Americans with an opportunity to observe the Third World War on their TV screens, and not through the windows of their living room, as thanks to Hillary the inhabitants of Serbia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Syria and, incidentally, Russia, have been doing for a long time.

  86. janet September 20, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    Jesus, ever since that total eclipse about a month ago its been nothing but earthquakes, hurricanes, biblical rain storms, and even a hydrogen bomb detonated in NKorea. –brh

    What worries me is no one seems to be on top of volcanoes. Who is looking after the volcanoes?

    • Elrond Hubbard September 20, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      So now we’re looking for volunteers to sit on top of a volcano? I volunteer Janos.

      • DA September 20, 2017 at 11:23 am #

        I heard he’s got at least one dragon now, so I’ll bet he’s up for it.

  87. DA September 20, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Poor Hillary. Reduced to making the rounds of the talk shows hawking her trashy vanity screeds, yapping like a toy poodle about “the one that got away.” That evil man in Russia stole it! I’ll bet she has feverish dreams every night of Vlad giving her a good hard buggering now that Bill’s a walking corpse. Could she represent the high water mark for radical feminism? Let’s hope so. Sad. So sad.

    foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/20/clinton-slams-trump-putin-during-interview-with-stephen-colbert.html

  88. Q. Shtik September 20, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Oh rubber baby bugger bumpers, you big black crybaby. – Janos speaking to Thwack

    ==========

    I have a feeling I am not long for this blog comment section, either via banning by our host or by self banning.

    I notice that a couple or more of my comments have disappeared (i.e. been deleted) and who but JHK could or would do this? The Russians? Janet?

    Take, for example, the sentence up top that I quoted from a Sept 18th comment by Janos. When I read it I recognized that Janos had gotten one word wrong in a famous old tongue twister so I placed brackets around [bugger] and wrote one word in reply: buggy.

    I assumed if Janos was going to use a famous old phrase (something he frequently does) he would want to know the right words. Apparently our host took this as yet another offensive (in his mind) pedantic and school-marmish comment/correction that I am infamous for.

    And there were at least one or two other totally innocuous comments of mine that have been stricken from the record in just these past two days. Usually I get a threatening personal email from Jim but this time, nothing.

    I swear to Christ, I DON’T GET IT.

    • sophia September 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      I am sure that Kunstler did not delete them. He is loathe to do much censoring and certainly wouldn’t do it for that.

      • volodya September 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

        I agree, I think the odds are that it was a technical malfunction especially if they were run-of-the-mill comments that got blown off.

        • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

          I’ve had posts go missing as well. Both Q and I are good at rubbing people the wrong way. It’s not implausible at all. Mr Kunstler is a good sport who strongly believes in the First Amendment, but he has limits.

          • DA September 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

            Jim’s cut me off a few times, but I always (I think?) get a courtesy email telling me I’ve been a bad boy.

          • DA September 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

            Janos rub people the wrong way? Say it isn’t so, Joe! LOL!

          • Q. Shtik September 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

            Mr Kunstler is a good sport who strongly believes in the First Amendment, but he has limits. – Janos

            ==============

            Yeah, and me correcting [bugger] to read buggy was simply too much to tolerate.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

            Do you remember saying the White Race should commit suicide? If yes, do you care to explain yourself? Or do you admit that you are infested by evil and it takes you over on occasion?

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:20 am #

            The white race is committing suicide as we speak. No “should” involved. Trouble is, we’re taking the rest of the world’s species with us on our suicidal journey.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:32 am #

            But I like the “infested with evil” thing too! No doubt that plays a major part! LOL! You’re priceless at times Janos! If Jim ever bans you I’m going to seriously protest!

          • Janos Skorenzy September 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

            No Da, you said that the White Race should commit suicide. Now you deny it and I have no idea if you are conscious of what you said. In any case, unlike some, I don’t admire your omniscient, above it all narrator pose or your occasional cosmic perspective either: it is all based on a most profound nihilism.

    • DA September 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      You should never underestimate the Russians, though. OR Janet for that matter. I hear she’s a CIA troll.

  89. volodya September 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    DA, let’s not cry too much for Hillary. Hill and Bill are the normalizers of political corruption. They are the poster kids for the Brazilianization of Washington. The corporate sector chipped in a few hundred Gs per speech to make sure they were well rewarded, so far to the tune of a couple hundred mil.

    Rewarded for what? For working tirelessly for the interests of Globalist Billionaires. The Billionaires said we have to make an example for the political class, that if they do our bidding, they will get as rich as the Clintons.

    And the American elite closed ranks around Bill and Hill. Hill’s dereliction and criminal negligence in respect of State Department communications got waved off. If Hill’s deletion of 30,000 emails and Comey’s ludicrous white wash weren’t obstruction, then somebody find me a better word.

  90. volodya September 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    I just read that prosecutors are trying to stick Anthony’s Weiner in the slammer for two years for sexting a kid.

    • FincaInTheMountains September 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

      Just trying to make him a bit more talkative.

      Personally, I am surprised that this weird kid is still among us and not facing the Highest Court of the Universe.

    • DA September 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      You’ve actually got to admire his brazenness. He’s got the Bill Clinton gene, for sure.

  91. janet September 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    State legislators in California passed sanctuary state legislation over the weekend that bolsters protections for illegal immigrants in the state. The legislation will now be considered by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has announced his support for the bill.

    State pushback against the feds wanting to deport people, people they want to protect who are living in their state. State pushback against the feds wanting to build a wall on their state boder.

    • RIB September 22, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      Read what you wrote , Janet. State legislators in California passed sanctuary state legislation over the weekend that bolsters protection for ILLEGAL immigrants in the sate. Perhaps you’d like to tell us, what other CRIMINALS need their protection bolstered. Rapists? Murderers? Armed robbers? Child molesters? Child Pornographers?

  92. capt spaulding September 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    Things were going good until some asshole proposed universal healthcare and a living wage. After that, everything turned to shit. What’s this country coming to?

    • janet September 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

      FDR was many things but not an asshole.

      “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” –FDR

  93. janet September 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    Numerous startups in the tech hub of Toronto say they have had steady, double-digit increases in job applications from the United States since last year’s presidential election. This is among the first concrete evidence that President Trump’s hard line on immigration may be impacting the global race to attract the best minds.

    “I’ve been in tech for over 20 years in Canada and in Silicon Valley, too. I’ve never seen candidates from the U.S. apply for Canadian positions from places like Silicon Valley. That’s never happened.” –Roy Pereira, CEO.

    Trump is destroying America.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:18 am #

      So when are you leaving? Do you need any help with the paperwork? By the way, can you take Hillary with you on the way out the door? Don’t forget to put a leash and a muzzle on the bitch too. I hear the Canucks aren’t fond of strays wandering the streets shitting all over the sidewalks.

  94. thwack September 20, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    “it would do a world of good for people, especially blacks in America, to be taught some basics about the history of world slavery, so that they can get rid of the grudge about it and perhaps begin to heal the wound of feeling that they got such contemptible treatment because they were black.”

    ********************

    You are correct Sophia.

    Now,

    what actress or singer do you most resemble?

    • elysianfield September 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

      “what actress or singer do you most resemble?”

      …and, and what are you wearing right now?

      Jesus, Thwack, call in the dogs, piss on the fire, and put the little head to bed….

      • thwack September 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

        I dinddu nuffin?

        Her name is SOphiaSIOFoousss….us.

        Thats a lot of syllables bouncin round in my tiny negro mind…?

        Is it alright if I find out who the white women are?

        Sophia sounds like a white girls name?

        and hot?

        Hmmm…?

        If not; what ELSE am I unqualified to DO; or

        NOT do?

  95. janet September 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    I STAND WITH THE DREAMERS… HONOR DACA

    “These people — if you haven’t met them — at Apple, we have many that came to the U.S. when they were 2 years old. They didn’t exactly make a decision to come. They came here — they only know our country. This is their home. They love America deeply. When you talk to them, I wish everyone in America loved America this much.

    They have jobs, they pay taxes, they’re pillars of their communities. They’re incredible people. And so, to me, it would be like someone coming to Mike [Bloomberg] and saying, ‘Mike, I just found out, you aren’t really a citizen here, you need to leave.’

    This is unacceptable. This is not who we are as a country. I am personally shocked that there’s even a discussion of this. This is one of those things where it is so clear — and it’s not a political thing, or at least I don’t see it like that at all. This is about basic human dignity and respect. It is that simple and straightforward.” –Tim Cook

    • Q. Shtik September 21, 2017 at 12:13 am #

      we have many that came to the U.S. when they were 2 years old.

      =============

      And even more who arrived in their mother’s womb.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:28 am #

      This is not who we are as a country.

      LOL! This clip sums it up nicely. “The rest of you are just visiting.”

      youtube.com/watch?v=jl_9ayxs69A

  96. FincaInTheMountains September 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

    Ol’ boy finally lost it: Morgan Freeman accusing Russia of declaring ‘war’ on US in insane video.

    youtube.com/watch?v=1cjrZZyxowo

    Let me assure my dear Americans, if Russia were to declare war on US (which has no intention of doing such an insane thing), you wouldn’t need Morgan Freeman telling you that, you probably wouldn’t even need a TV, just windows in your living room.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 10:33 am #

      Morgan Freeman? Didn’t they send him back to Shawshank?

    • sophia September 21, 2017 at 11:05 am #

      Oh, my, I thought he was a voice of common sense.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

        Again and again he’s played the goofy archetype of the Wise Old Black Man – at least once as President and once as God. It’s has obviously gone to his head.

        • AKlein September 22, 2017 at 8:50 am #

          Alas, Mr Freeman has provided further verity to the old adage, “There’s no fool like an old fool.” It was pleasant to imagine Morgan as a “WIse Old Black Man”, but that was entirely in our minds, not reality. He is simply an entertainer and his projected image is largely a fiction. So is it with most of our “icons”. Behold Bill Cosby. Same thing.

  97. 100th Avatar September 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    Why so much death and destruction?
    Uh, why so many people in susceptible places?
    Megascale, megacities, and megahumanity are wrong for Earth.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:26 am #

      Megascale, megacities, and megahumanity are wrong for Earth

      All adds up to megadeath, megadestruction, and megamisery for all involved.

  98. 100th Avatar September 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

    Megaxico City?
    HousTonofpeople, PeopleRico?

    Scale dummies

    • 100th Avatar September 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

      But we can FEED more humans, so why not?

      • DA September 21, 2017 at 5:56 am #

        LOL! That’s the usual rationale put forward by secular (and religious for that matter) humanists. Ridiculous, ain’t it?

  99. 100th Avatar September 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

    And we’ll get a post on Friday, inevitably about debt, but that, climate change, oil depletion, cultural depletion all stems from the big ape in the room: population overshoot

    • beantownbill. September 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

      Very, very true. But I think we’re overpopulated because we have neglected to use our brains to good purpose. Instead, we have given in to our baser emotions like greed, violence, laziness, materialism and many others. I believe if we had acted responsibly to take care of our environment, the Earth could support 10-12 billion people. It’s now too late for the poor, tortured Earth to be able to support more than 2 billion comfortably, if that, and that’s why we are so overpopulated. I’d say that overpopulation is a symptom of our blindness and hubris, rather than the cause of our problems.

      • DA September 21, 2017 at 5:54 am #

        I believe if we had acted responsibly to take care of our environment, the Earth could support 10-12 billion people.

        WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY off base Bill! Environmental degradation and overpopulation go hand in hand all the way down the aisle. And both are merely the ill-begotten children of capitalist-driven industrialism based on the wonders of cheap hydro-carbon fuels – mainly oil – as we’ve come to call it. Greed and hubris definitely had their parts to play along the way too, of course, but they were both entirely predictable based on the aforementioned factors.

        We humans like to think we’re “divinely special,” a delusion we’re about to be stripped of summarily. Desired/possible human population levels, just as in all other species, exist within strict biological parameters. No “divine judgements” involved whatsoever, just hard, natural limits. Exist within harmonious limits with the rest of the biosphere, or let “mother nature” impose those limits for you. And the more “clever” we get about temporarily extending those limits as we did for the entire 20th century, the more harsh and severe the inevitable renormalization must be. We’re finding that out now, as we speak, but it’s about to get a whole lot worse before the 21st century is done with us. Western industrial civilization has turned out to be nothing less than the “whole world’s burden.”

        sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170920182116.htm

        • beantownbill. September 21, 2017 at 10:59 am #

          Scientists disagree on carrying capacity. Many don’t even give a specific figure, just a range. That range is usually between 1 and 12 billion. Please note that in my post I differentiated between humanity having advanced in a rational manner, and how it has actually advanced. I stated 2 billion under present circumstances, and I’m willing to adjust that figure downward since no one knows for sure what today’s carrying capacity is.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:51 am #

            No serious scientist I know would ever propose anything remotely like 12B. That’s just pure crazy talk.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:54 am #

            Carrying capacity also diminishes the entire time a species operates in overshoot (especially when that species’ economic model is based on un-payable debt!), as future resources are consumed today to sustain the unsustainable. “Consuming the seed corn” is a popular, common sense phrase to describe the process.

  100. MrTibbs September 21, 2017 at 12:00 am #

    “Realization is three-dimensional, a simultaneous comprehension of head, heart, and instinct. It comes only from direct experience.”
    – Dan Millman, ”Way of the Peaceful Warrior”, 1980.

    “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
    – Henry David Thoreau, 1861.

    “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”
    – Albert Einstein, 1948.

    “Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers. “
    – R. Buckminster Fuller, 1968.

    In the New Republic, all good people in the arena enjoy resuming the restoration of the Constitutional republic from JFK’s point of interruption, can see for miles and miles, and enjoy Liberty in building out properties and the local means of production, with the capability to sow, nurture, grow, harvest, store, cook, engineer, design, program, automate, construct, process, raise, teach, counsel, hunt, defend, provide, debate, organize, compose, perform, worship, dance, laugh, love, celebrate, and sustain. Members enjoy a career in methods of spontaneous cooperation in the development of processes that achieve a well-defined whole.

    We are the sheepdogs.
    And we are old fashioned and sentimental.
    And we belong to the longest serving Civil Rights organization in the Republic.
    And we don’t require others for border protection or building bridges.
    And members are made by undying love, devotion, and loyalty to the Constitution.
    And we are happy to participate in the proper pursuit and offering of due process under the Constitution to the NETWORK globalist class charlatans who sold out the old republic in their lust for power and the love of money.
    And we are ready for what’s next.
    Sent from the New Republic.
    youtube.com/watch?v=bIdPG4tM500&index=16&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW7YD-JKHT0vYIk1ZCrK7c4-_T

    -T

  101. FincaInTheMountains September 21, 2017 at 4:22 am #

    Congratulation to all Jews of the world with the Jewish New Year!

    May your name be written in the Book of Life!

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 5:59 am #

      Seriously? Primitive religious superstition, nothing more. Although, I must admit, a political powerhouse!

  102. FincaInTheMountains September 21, 2017 at 5:38 am #

    Liberal Nazism

    It has long seemed to me that Harvard has turned into the devil knows what. Only the role that this center played in the post-Soviet privatization says a lot! Some kind of Ahnenerbe!

    And recently I learned that someone named Michael Berg became affiliated at the Harvard University being involved in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

    In his FaceBook page Berg writes:

    A war

    No matter how many of my Jewish relatives have died in this war, I could not say what I used to say. This day of victory, this war is the most important propaganda weapon of the Soviet and then the Russian regime used to further subjugation the consciousness of the ordinary Soviet and post-Soviet human. The most vile and most effective tool for manipulating public consciousness. A way to give a man a false sense of togetherness in the face of a hostile enemy. Because it’s been a long time for us, and I don’t think I’ll ever want to fight again. When in front of the common enemy, that a soldier who is aware that a hero-trooper that the chief of the barrier or the head of the special department are one and the same, everyone is equally happy and glorifying his own communist party of crooks and thieves and personally comrade Putin – The day of victory unites wolves and sheep, and his name is a svalny sin.

    facebook.com/michael.berg.965/posts/589333797756973

    There is no doubt that in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University they know about the public statements of M. Berg.

    We know how they deal at Harvard University with employees whose statements are not approved: Harvard’s President Lawrence Summers in 2006 had to resign after he said that natural abilities can partially explain why women play such a minor role in the world of science.

    From which we can conclude that in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University they agree with the view of Michael Berg – it would have been better to surrender Russia to Hitler, even at the cost of exterminating the Jews.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 6:12 am #

      The collapse of the USSR in 1991 definitively proved that the US could never survive without Russia continuing to provide an “existential enemy” for western capitalist interests to feed off. The “deal made with the MICC devil” in the aftermath of WWII has become a Frankenstein’s monster that now rules the world with absolute terror. Faux Muslim rag-head terrorists and few billion malnourished and impoverished Chinese are all well and fine for snack now and then, but a properly nourished MICC needs a strong and healthy Russia if it is to continue to grow and thrive. And let’s face it, without the MICC to provide a public/private jobs program and tremendously lucrative corporate corruption opportunities, “productivity” in the US is rapidly approaching zero. Less than zero actually, since most MICC activity amounts to transfer payments (Welfare by any other name) at best, and outright theft at worst.

      • sprawlcapital September 21, 2017 at 11:10 am #

        A lot of good insights here. (Except for referring to the Islamic terrorists as “ragheads”. Just had to note that.)

        Everyone knows the MiC is the military industrial complex. What is the MICC?

        By the way, watching Ken Burns’ new documentary on the Vietnam War, we get to see a lot of the MIC products at work, killing both friends and “enemies”. I put enemies in quotes because we lost that war with no noticeable effect on our way of life or freedom. Thren, virtualy all of those MIC products were made in USA. Today much, especially electronics, is outsourced.

        • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:44 am #

          Where’ve you been all your life janet? The MICC (Military Industrial Congressional Complex) was the MIC before the term ever became popular. Ike intended to use that phrase in his 1961 farewell address/warning to the young JFK, but wisely rethought it, lest they shoot him on the spot as well.

        • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:49 am #

          Sorry, I thought that was our little girl janet I was responding to. Been watching the Vietnam documentary the past two nights myself. VERY interesting, to say the least. Stunning, to me at least, how Kennedy’s early involvement in the Vietnam quagmire mirrored Obama’s escalation of SyrRaqIstan as well.

          Regardless of where the instruments of death are made, the money always flows to the same usual suspects’ places. Just as manufacturing is now global, so are profits. Especially profits!

  103. janet September 21, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    “the more “clever” we get about temporarily extending those limits as we did for the entire 20th century, the more harsh and severe the inevitable renormalization must be.” –DA

    We know what to do to have the population level off at 9 Billion by 2050. It’s not rocket science, but it remains to be seen whether we will implement these evidence-based population reduction steps:

    Provide universal access to safe and effective contraceptive options for both sexes.

    Guarantee education through secondary school for all, especially girls.

    Eradicate gender bias from law, economic opportunity, health, and culture.

    Offer age-appropriate sexuality education for all students.

    End all policies that reward parents financially based on the number of children they have.

    Integrate lessons on population, environment, and development into school curricula at multiple levels. Refraining from advocacy or propaganda, schools should educate students to make well-informed choices about the impacts of their behavior, including childbearing, on the environment.

    Put prices on environmental costs and impacts. In quantifying the cost of an additional family member by calculating taxes and increased food costs, couples may decide that the cost of having an additional child is too high, compared to the benefits of a smaller family that might receive government rebates and have a lower cost of living.

    Such decisions, freely made by women and couples, can decrease birth rates without any involvement by non-parents in reproduction.

    If most or all of these strategies were put into effect, global population likely would peak and subsequently begin a gradual decline before 2050, thereby ensuring sustainable development of natural resources and global stability into the future. By implementing policies that defend human rights, promote education, and reflect the true economic and environmental costs of childbearing, the world can halt population short of the 9 billion that so many analysts expect.

    • sprawlcapital September 21, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      Will there be even a single acre of Brazilian ran forest left standing by the time global population peaks and then goes into decline?
      I ask this because I learned recently that the rain forest is being destroyed at the rate of 80,000 acres per day.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      9B people is at least 8B too many. There are no “economic incentives” other than starvation and open warfare – both already here right now – that will enable that. But climate change should be a tremendous “help” now as well. Trouble is, that’s a one way street, and there is no recovering from that, on relevant human time scales at least.

    • elysianfield September 21, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      Janet,
      A well-reasoned position, however, you left out the most effective methods soon to be available…sex robots…hot ones…maybe ones that, like electric cars of the future, will leave after you “use” them, and go to the next called-for “ride”…and won’t call you afterwards asking “what are you thinking…”

      Better yet, one’s that cannot speak, but can whip up a good breakfast and clean the bathroom before leaving.

      By God, the future DOES seem brighter….

      • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:40 am #

        A well-reasoned position, however, you left out the most effective methods soon to be available…sex robots…hot ones…maybe ones that, like electric cars of the future, will leave after you “use” them, and go to the next called-for “ride”…and won’t call you afterwards asking “what are you thinking…”

        Sign me up for two… er, better make that three please! I’d like to get a nice rotation going, lest our communal sex life ever get boring.

        • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

          And I think I’ll name them all janet, in honor of… Oh you know!

      • Janos Skorenzy September 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

        Women better up their game significantly, or they’re going to be out of luck. Either that or cut prices….

        • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

          Online porn’s got ’em on the ropes already. Won’t be long…

  104. janet September 21, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Obamacare premiums, in a few cases, have increased 203% and if Graham-Cassidy passes, will go up 500% under the Republican plan for a 50 year old man earning $50,000 a year.

    “I think this process with Graham-Cassidy is an embarrassment on top of the previous embarrassments — the cherry on top, if you will,” a second GOP lobbyist told me. “A sweeping revision of federal-state roles in and funding arrangements for health care, with one hearing, no markups, no CBO score. Good grief.”

    “I still believe conservatives and Republicans have strong ideas for improving how health care is financed and delivered,” the lobbyist continued. “But will anyone listen to them after this debacle is finally and mercifully over?”

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 10:47 am #

      You’re just looking at it wrong janet. Premium increases are a feature for the people who matter, not a bug. Or from a religious perspective, that’s simply what we get for being poor and unhealthy. Americans just need to get right with God/Baby Jesus again, and all of this would be right as rain.

      And failing that, I’ve heard that the US prison system will take care of all your healthcare “needs” for free, including many “early out” options that involve a relatively minimal amount of humiliation, bloodshed, and pain and suffering beforehand. Free minimalist burial/disposal included at NO EXTRA COST! But this is a limited time offer, so buyers MUST ACT NOW! At these prices, this offer can’t go on forever.

    • beantownbill. September 21, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      Financial issues wrt healthcare are primarily the result of the current structure of the medical system. It is based on callous disregard for people’s overall well-being. The system is based on greed. Healthcare executives drain the finances of the public so they can accumulate as much money as possible.

      The only reform we need is to disallow the raping of the public. That ought to be the starting point of the discussion. It’s much more complicated than it looks, but any changes to our system must start with financial considerations.

      • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:37 am #

        The entire American economic system is based on greed, so singling out healthcare for special consideration might be a bit… shortsighted, don’t ya think? In any case, nothing’s going to change anytime soon. ObamaCare, bad as it was and is, is the best DC is capable of, and as the GOP is proving now, even worse is waiting in the wings.

        • beantownbill. September 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

          Yes, the entire financial system is based on greed. To change that would require an entire societal shift in philosophy and that would take decades, if at all possible. Right now health care costs are almost 20% of our economy. Fixing that would almost account for are entire annual odeficit and buy us some more time to straighten the rest of the mess out. Besides, it’s a one-item issue, so our mentally challenged government might possibly be able to deal with it.

          Btw, regarding carrying capacity, our discussion is moot because humanity hasn’t acted responsibly, and the current capacity is a lot lower than it could have been.

          • DA September 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

            You great conciliator you! Agreed!

  105. FincaInTheMountains September 21, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    Russian Corporations as Tools of Imperial policy of the Kremlin

    “Rosneft” in Venezuela, as well as in Kurdistan, is collaborating with local regimes, giving them significant financial resources in advance of future oil/gas supplies.

    The Russians literally do not spare any money, but in exchange, the corporation gets control of the most important and strategic energy markets, which then translates into Moscow’s geopolitical advantages.

    worldview.stratfor.com/article/russian-energy-firm-boosts-political-power-iraqs-kurds?utm_source=Twi…

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:32 am #

      None of which would be possible without the help of the US MICC pissing off the entire rest of the world and driving them into the arms of the only remaining honest broker out there. GREAT JOB, MICC!!!

  106. janet September 21, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    “There are no “economic incentives” other than starvation and open warfare – both already here right now – that will enable that. ” –DA

    Lol! War and starvation have been around for 5,000 years and have failed to achieve population reduction. Climate change is also woefully inadequate. Women are the key. Women’s education, women’s empowerment, women’s easy access to birth control and abortion. Women who have read Andrea Dworkin.

    Not giving birth=population reduction.

    Male fantasies involve inadequate violent solutions. The nonviolent solution belongs to women a la Andrea Dworkin.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      Women are the key.

      Speaking of LOLing! You are truly, amazingly, and stupendously delusional! Well done!

  107. janet September 21, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Women Must Push Back

    “Women are an enslaved population – the crop we harvest is children, the fields we work are houses. Women are forced into committing sexual acts with men that violate integrity because the universal religion – contempt for women – has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men.” –Andrea Dworkin

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      More ravings from the asylum.

    • elysianfield September 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      “women exist purely as sexual fodder for men.” –Andrea Dworkin”

      Janet,
      We are on the same page…you just have to think “out of the ‘box’ “…pun intended.

      If hot* sex robots were as easy to access as Uber…it would give women more freedom…to clean, cook and do the laundry. You, of all people, should embrace this new technology. I see this as a win-win solution for everybody.

      “Women Must Push Back”…Yeah, that’s part of the problem….

      *I mean Scarlett Johannson hot….

    • Q. Shtik September 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

      Women are [forced into committing sexual acts] with men that violate integrity because the universal religion – contempt for women – has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men.” –Andrea Dworkin – janet

      ===========

      Balderdash and Bull Sheet.

      There is no more sexually crazed gender than women. Women’s lives (the heteros, anyway) are spent in the elaborate beautification effort associated with attracting men. And, incredibly, they will willingly have sex with what are to me the most unlikely and unworthy of characters. All Elaine (from Seinfeld) wanted to know was were they sponge-worthy. Back in the day I had a woman I was chatting up in a bar tell me straight to my face and without embarrassment, “there is nothing I love more than pleasuring a man.” I turned red, swallowed hard and tried to calm my pounding heart.

      • elysianfield September 21, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

        Q,
        Did you consider that she might have been…disingenuous? Pregnant with motives base and ulterior?

        A quote from Memphis Minnie;

        “We got to the alley, I asked him for a dollar…

        Should have heard that mother-fucker holler….”

        “Down in The Alley” ~ Memphis Minnie

        • Q. Shtik September 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

          Did you consider that she might have been…disingenuous? – ely

          ===========

          It crossed my mind but, no, she wasn’t.

    • RIB September 22, 2017 at 9:21 am #

      You need to get laid, Janet

  108. janet September 21, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    MUELLER IS PUSHBACK PERSONIFIED

    Richard Painter, a former ethics chief in the George W. Bush White House, said the Robert Mueller investigation might come down to just one question: Why did Donald Trump fire James Comey as FBI director?

    “The president once again has the right to fire the FBI director,” Painter said on MSNBC. “But not the right the fire to FBI director in order to obstruct an ongoing investigation of the collaboration with the Russians.”

    He added:

    “And there’s obviously collaboration. They’ve got to stop denying that. The only question is whether it was illegal collaboration. But the obstruction of justice and the lying ultimately may be what puts an end to this White House. They are in serious trouble on this.”

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      janet, janet, janet …

      You continue to vex me (yes, vex!). Trump would already be gone if they wanted to do it. The whole Russia investigation is nothing but Hillary/Dem sponsored theatrics to help them save some small amount of face for being so completely corrupt and inept.

      And by the way, weren’t you gloating just last week that Trump was the great new Dem collaborator? Which way do you want it? Is he pure orange evil incarnate or a converted Dem stalwart holding forth against the evil Repube tide?

  109. FincaInTheMountains September 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    None of which would be possible without the help of the US MICC pissing off the entire rest of the world == DA

    At one time, the Allied Commander in Europe and US President Dwight Eisenhower managed to suppress the pro-Nazi coup of Truman and McCarthy by purely democratic methods.

    True, he achieved this not without the help of the Russian MIG fighter-jets, which proved in the Alley of Migs that America does not have the means to deliver strategic nuclear munitions, and already then he warned that the main danger to Jeffersonian Democracy does not come from the Soviet Union, but from the US Military-Industrial Complex.

    Unfortunately, he was mistaken: as shown by a Coup d’état by Hillary Clinton in June 2016, the main danger comes not from the MIC – the military-industrial complex, but from the MBC – the Military-Banking Complex, which in fact is not part of the US, but is part of the so-called Global Economy.

    The US Army and the US Military Industrial Complex, due to the fact that it is primarily an industry, rather support Trump, who puts the national interests of the US, including the interests of the US military-industrial complex above the interests of TNCs, NATO, the Global Economy and even above the interests of Goldman-Sachs.

    Moreover, the global elites are split around this issue, and some of the circumstances of the hurrying gathering of the Bilderberg Club suggest that for them these events were a surprise.

    And this means that the coup d’état by Hillary Clinton was an act of artistic amateur, and not a performance of seasoned professional.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      I’m impressed! Good work Finca! MBC. I like that! Ike was indeed idealistic when he first took office, but became himself little more than a tool for the MICC in very short order. Quite ironic that he served up his (carefully hedged) warning of its dangers prior to leaving office. Perhaps he too was received explicit threats against his life prior to that? One can only wonder, but he made his own bed by not getting rid of the Dulles spawn MUCH, MUCH earlier, a fact that no doubt cost the Kennedys their lives. A lesson no doubt taken to heart early on by those career ladder-climbers, Bill and Hill. Bill at least had a modicum of political acumen, unlike his idiot hack wife, who continues to ooze an unseemly slime trail of petulance, corruption, and incompetence to this very day.

  110. FincaInTheMountains September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    Morgan Freeman? Didn’t they send him back to Shawshank? == DA

    That’s roughly what Morgan Freeman could have told if he was paid to engage in propaganda during the Cold War:

    pp.userapi.com/c637431/v637431313/27e95/erxgEHNQPG4.jpg

    That’s what I call PROPAGANDA, not that weak stuff Morgan Freeman read from the teleprompter.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

      Propaganda (aka, industrial quality bullshit). The US’s chief export.

  111. janet September 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    At Westminster College in Missouri, the same location that Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946, Sen. Bernie Sanders outlined his vision for American foreign policy today, stating that the objective should be “global engagement based on partnership” rather than dominance or withdrawal.

    Sure seems like Sanders is still running for president..

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

      Never say never! he’ll only be like, what? 112?

    • RIB September 22, 2017 at 9:23 am #

      Sounds like a good idea. Why not make it a One World Government so things will coincide with the Book of Revelation?

  112. Q. Shtik September 21, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    I can’t [speak to] your marbles, or lack thereof, – DA

    ===============

    DA, thanks for addressing my ‘I am like’ screed. I wouldn’t want to have had it go to waste.

    A few hours ago I wrote to you about this but when I clicked Submit I got an obscure ERROR message. I hate when that happens. That response, which disappeared into the ether concerned the expression ‘speak to’ (rather than ‘speak about’) which has become common in the business world. Now I am forced to have to re-create the fucker all over again as best as I can remember it.

    Of course you can’t speak to my marbles. They are inanimate and can’t hear. I have no idea how such an expression came into existence. When you use this expression does it ever strike you that it makes no sense? Or, perhaps I’m wrong and you can point out in a dictionary (possibly going all the way back to the 17th or 18th century) that the word ‘to’ is a synonym for ‘about.’

    I am filled to the brim with all kinds of annoyances concerning expressions and, even more so, pronunciations. I find myself screaming at the TV (usually figuratively speaking, not literally lest what would the neighbors think?) WHERE do they come up with this shit!?!

    Take this morning, for example. The news was about the death and destruction in Mexico from the earthquake. The reporter spoke of a school being “rooned.” At what school did this reporter matriculate? Where did this reporter grow up? Does everyone else in that region pronounce ruined as rooned?

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

      LOL. I make fun of the stupid expressions we (and by we I mean I) use everyday. Just yesterday, I told a comely twenty something I work with to “mind her P’s and Q’s,” (basically “manners,” with apparently no completely satisfying etymology out there to explain where the phrase came from) to which she responded “just what in the world are you talking about old man!” I should have suspected as much, when after I dubbed her “Gidget” the other day, I had to send her the Wiki links to explain myself once again. Either I’m too old, or they’re too young! For what it’s worth, she thinks I’m amusing at least. I’ll take that! But of course it could be another case of missing marbles on my part as well! I haven’t seen those for YEARS now! Getting old is an “adventure,” to say the least!

      Y’all don’t get “rooned” now, ya hear!

      • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

        Oh yeah, past tense of “rooned?” “Roont” Ex: “Goddamn it Q! Did I tell you I downed TWELVE IPAs the other night? Let me tell you, I was completely fucking roont when I drug myself out of bed the next morning for work.”

  113. capt spaulding September 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    Trump is a fucking lunatic. I thought we hit rock bottom with the election of G W Bush, but I was wrong. Apparently there’s no underestimating the stupidity of those good people in the red states, although it should be obvious in their standard of living. Apparently they learned nothing from the presidency of “W”, and were willing to roll the dice for Trump, who spoke to whatever fantasy it was that energized the good people of the red states. It simply underlines the veracity of that old saying: “Democracy contains the seeds of its own destruction”. Since you are apparently that idiotic, and don’t see that the real problem is that the country is currently ruled by the corporations, then you will be condemned to be ruled by the same people who rule at the current time. Don’t be influenced by those stupid old sayings, they contain no wisdom, and anyway, everybody understands that the Republicans were right all the time, and have been since the time of Hoover. Even though they have always been known as the party of the wealthy, they have always had the best interests of the working class at the forefront of their thinking, and things are no different now. No, really, as I force my dick up your ass, you will come to thank me for having the foresight to see that it’s in your best interests. Don’t thank me now, you can thank me later.

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

      No, really, as I force my dick up your ass, you will come to thank me for having the foresight to see that it’s in your best interests. Don’t thank me now, you can thank me later.

      Nice visuals, Cap’n!

  114. 100th Avatar September 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    And why can’t we all live in sustainable small towns with high walkability scores and clock our “salad-miles” under 50?

    Because the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why do we live in largely unaffordable mega-scaled cities with 50 story apartment towers?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why do we have massive car choked highways and never-ending exurban sprawl filled with strip malls, gas stations, and cheap faux-food drive-thrus?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why are we waging wars for oil and petrochemical-products all over the world?

    ”Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why are we poisoned by GMO frankenfood agri-business monopolies?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why is the ocean dead, and why are fish stocks so depleted?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why have we outsourced so much manufacturing, production, and fabrication to China?

    ‘Cause their population is SO DAMN HIGH!

    Why are there mass migrations, epidemics, and mega fauna extinctions?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why is there so much pollution?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why is there so much debt, financial chicanery, and targeted wealth transfer?

    Cause there are too many poor people, ’cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why do so many outliers among the 1% want to colonize mars, or venture into space?

    ‘Cause the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    Why does it seem like the Earth, with fires, storms, and quakes, is trying to shake us off like fleas?

    It only appears that way ’cause we’re so self-centered… and the population is TOO DAMN HIGH!

    • DA September 21, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

      I think you’ve got it! I’ll bet you were hell on a blackboard! A lot of detention time I suspect. You’re in good company here. That and study hall (parking lot, with honors, my senior year) were my majors.

      • Janos Skorenzy September 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

        Now the question becomes: Who goes to the wall? You’ve already volunteered us, on Sept 17th:

        Western man certainly seems to be obsolete then, as is his entire cultural paradigm. Janos has it exactly wrong. The extinction of the northern white European races isn’t a problem, it should be the goal! Although extincting their malignant religions and philosophies might prove to be a rather longer term project. But of course I include the Jews as part of the white races, as they’ve essentially co-opted them anyway.

        Remember? This is utterly degenerate, a pure example of Thanatos (Freud’s death instinct) in action, much like drunks who want to roll around in shit. I’m not making that up – they start thinking that way once they fall to a certain stage.

        • DA September 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

          Why so bellicose today? I remember it well.

          • Janos Skorenzy September 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

            You denied it before. Three times I believe, like St Peter. I am grossly offended by Whites who advocate for the death of the White Race. I’m funny that way. It’s hard being one of the few sane Whites left. People think I’M the crazy one!

        • DA September 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm #