2016 January 30 Saturday
Calling Men On Their Failure To Protect European Women

Interesting way to go at the European immigration problem: Where are Europe's men? Faith Goldy on the 'testosterone recession':

While women in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere are being groped and raped by Muslim migrants, many are asking, "Where are their men?" As Faith Goldy of TheRebel.media notes, the ones that aren't wearing miniskirts at protest rallies (!) are apparently doing nothing at all.

Telling men they are being wimpy and lame and unmasculine is one way to get them to take more responsible political positions.

By Randall Parker 2016 January 30 05:01 PM 
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2016 January 18 Monday
Elite Donor And Media Gatekeeper Function Weakening

Startup Boy on the 2016 Presidential election and surge of dissident candidates:

The elites lock the crown behind two massive gates – it costs a billion dollars to run for president. And incalculable, favorable mass media exposure.

This works well – so well that the elites get lazy, handing off presidential power within dynasties – between fathers and sons, husbands and wives.

Statistically speaking, what are the odds that the two most qualified candidates to be president out of 300 million people are siblings? Or married?

Great question. This is what makes the elite preferred choices for 2016 so insulting. They can't even be bothered to rotate the job thru other families. What is this? Argentina?

Startup Boy says look, the hold is weakening.

Bernie spends a bit on ads. Trump doesn’t bother.

It’s not just publishing – the Internet lets anyone donate little bits online. Bernie taps the crowd – over a million dollars a day from small donors! Again, Trump doesn’t bother. He just self-finances.

The mass media barrier is down. The money barrier is down.

A mob is pushing Bernie. Trump is pulling one behind him.

The elites are livid. They sneer at the masses – Uneducated. Socialist. Racist. Luddite.

The elites are worried. Facebook and Twitter silence dissident voices. Popehat says they have a right to do it but Twitter lies motive.

Nevertheless, I do fault Twitter for is its hypocrisy and its outright lies about what it claims that it is doing. Twitter is not at all interested in making Twitter a "nicer" place, nor promoting more constructive discourse. Twitter is taking a side in the culture wars, and it has chosen that it will be the destination of choice for the "social justice warriors" echo chamber.

First point: I agree that Twitter is taking sides. But how severely? The answer is very important because it bounds what we can do about it. It might be taking sides only enough to give SJWs an advantage without doing it so flagrantly that it creates sufficient demand for a more open competitor.

If Twitter was to heavily lean left in its censoring then a competitor could spring up and meet an unmet need. But even then we'd run the risk that the competitor would be like Fox News, which attracts the American Right but represents elite interests and doesn't cover issues it doesn't want the right wing base to think about.

The internet has improved the ability of dissident voices to be heard. But I'm not discounting the elite establishment's ability to consolidate big social media sites thru mergers and editorial control and get us back so something not too far from the old status quo. It won't be like in China where the government lays out the censoring rules. But it'll still be done by the elite. So it is not clear that the weakening hold of the gatekeepers is permanent.

By Randall Parker 2016 January 18 04:36 PM 
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2016 January 16 Saturday
On The Immigrant Deluge In Germany

Germany’s Development Minister Gerd Müller thinks 10 million refugees will come to Europe. Gerd Müller is either innumerate or doesn't want to shock his audience too much. Hundreds of millions or even billions will come unless Europe puts a stop to it.

The populaces of the Western countries need to get their minds around the hundreds of millions of people who want to immigrate to the First World. Even those numbers are a huge underestimate because they are a snapshot at a given point in time.

Lately I've started reading the Deutsche Welle news site. They've got an English language version. Some recent articles: German finance minister calls for option to deploy troops in wake of Cologne attacks. To be clear: Angela Merkel favors an immigration policy that makes the deployment of troops necessary. Another one: German town bans refugees from swimming pool. Why? Sexual harassment complaints. Again, made necessary by Angela Merkel's immigration policy. Another one: Rhine town cancels Carnival parade following Cologne assaults Poll: Germans increasingly skeptical of refugees. Police go after North African gangs: Police conduct massive raids in Düsseldorf's 'Maghreb' neighborhood.

Also from the Daily Mail: Forty per cent of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian migrants registered in Cologne have been arrested for crimes, police figures reveal. The German government, like other Western governments, tries to prevent its populace from finding out things that will cause them to reach conclusions the elites do not want them to reach. Imagine all the data about immigrant crime in Europe was made public. What would it tell us?

By Randall Parker 2016 January 16 04:17 PM 
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2016 January 13 Wednesday
Students Desperate To Find Something Worth Protesting

Back in the 1960s students had lots of very weighty issues to protest about, most notably the potential of getting drafted and sent to Vietnam to get blown up by a mine out on a jungle trail or by incoming mortars fired by Victor Charlie. Nowadays, as this article listing college student protests of 2015 demonstrates, students are scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with a way to rebel: 10. UC San Diego Students “Free the Nipple”

One organizer told News10 she wanted to, “normalize the female breast.”

Nothing new here folks. Bra burning was already done back in the 1970s. Men did not complain since nipples show up thru the shirt much more distinctly when not shielded by a bra. I say yes to more breast protests.

Oberlin students are reduced to protesting that General Tso's chicken was not serve with culturally authentic sauce. It is like they are competing with The Onion.

Young Muslim jihadists run off to Syria, Iraq, or Libya to fight for the Caliphate. They put their lives on the line a cause they believe in. Contrast that with great PC moments in 2015 on US college campuses.

1. Hating pumpkin-spice lattes was declared sexist.
2. A university language guide stated that the word “American” was “problematic.”
3. A university study declared that we have to accept people who “identify as real vampires.”

Life is too easy in America and the kids have gotten decadent and trivial in their moral outrage. Pumpkin spice lattes? These students are pathetic. Real vampires? Fantasy. Normalizing the female breast: what masculine American male is going to oppose well endowed women walking around topless?

Politically correct college students lack creative talent. They can't come up with a worthy cause. So they dream up caricatures of a worthy cause. Pathetic.

By Randall Parker 2016 January 13 09:06 PM 
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2016 January 01 Friday
Cheap Offshore Income Flows For Everyone!

See For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions. The hedge fund managers can afford the legal fees to set up offshore tax shelters to funnel their income to avoid taxes.

Now, am I going go to all anti-billionaire and demand they be taxed like the rest of us? No way. I'm for equal opportunity. I demand that Congress (or the President of the United States via executive action like Obama has been doing with immigration policy) lower the regulatory obstacles for setting up offshore shell corporations to make them accessible by all. In the name of equality everyone should have a Bermuda corporation.

If (and this is a big "if" even in the face of the Great Republican Revolt) the Republican elites want to demonstrate to Democrat Trump supporters who have been shafted by the cheap labor lobby on both sides of the political aisle and rejected by the Left that the corrupt Republican donor class and their lackey trained official conservative lapdogs do not speak for the whole of the Republican Party then one way to do it is to enable cheap offshore tax shelters for all.

Obviously there are other ways to signal some residue loyalty to the American middle class. But this way is the funniest way I've come across so far. Your thoughts?

By Randall Parker 2016 January 01 01:29 PM 
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