Friday, December 06, 2019

Super-Double-High Standards

Newscasters around the world are facing a new challenge: reporting the news about the United States with a straight face. Take the unfolding impeachment comedy in the United States which is part of the daily fare on Russian television, which I monitor for this and that. Here, after years of reporting on the “Russian meddling” narrative, it has gradually turned into the stuff of comedy—a sort of Commedia dell’Arte. In a typical skit, “our man in Washington” Donny begs Putin to bring him in from the cold, but Putin tells him, “Hang in there, Donny, we need to line up Tulsi for the presidency first.” The beauty of this comedic paradigm is that the Americans do all the script-writing; the Russians, along with much of the rest of the world, can just sit back and laugh.


The real story behind the fake “Russian meddling” narrative has by now shifted to the Obama administration’s illegal spying on the Trump campaign, justified using concocted evidence, but this is too subtle for most of the audience. It also begs the questions, When did American officials stop lying and doing illegal things, and, When will anything be done about it? And since the answers to these questions seem to be, Never, and, Never, it’s just more of the same tawdry nonsense and therefore not too amusing. More importantly, far more amusing developments are now afoot…

Continue reading... [SubscribeStar] [Patreon]

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Avoiding the Coming Ice Age

Most people like predictability in their lives. Some like a modicum of excitement and wild things, but even then they tend to prefer the outcome to be predictable; eventually, they want to come home and go back to work rather than end up marooned on a desert island or eaten by a polar bear. Public cravings for predictability create a market niche for people who make predictions. Oddly enough, it doesn’t matter much whether the predictions are accurate or not. Weather is chaotic, and therefore not particularly predictable beyond a few days, but people like to complain, and weather forecasts give them something to complain about. Stock markets are chaotic too, but there are analysts to suit every mood, from very bullish to very bearish.

Cyclical phenomena are the easiest to predict accurately. The prediction industry got its start many thousands of years ago, when priests and shamans started gazing up at the stars and the planets and lining up rocks to sight them in. They used the information they gained through their stargazing to accurately predict the best times to plant crops or go fishing. People were duly impressed by such feats and thought that this was some sort of magic. Sometimes they stayed impressed for thousands of years. In Ancient Egypt, for instance, they believed that the Nile wouldn’t flood and irrigate their fields unless the Pharaoh performed his rituals and mated with his sister to produce the next Pharaoh. That, by the way, is called “magical thinking,” and in some ways it continues to this day. In the United States, for instance, people believe that if the Federal Reserve chairman continues to perform his rituals their country won’t default on its debt and the money will flow forever.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

My Response to "Russia Russia Russia!" Panel at Politicon 2019

What a wondrous sight are the American Russophobes fluffing their plumage and in full cry! Be sure to shed a tear for them when they go extinct.

Friday, November 15, 2019

New Book, Just Published: The Meat Generation



Another year has passed, and the time has come to publish another book of essays. This year’s offering has turned out to be a rather weighty tome, at 1.5 lbs. (0,68 kg) and 352 pages. As usual, it includes both the public blog posts and the ones that remain hidden behind a paywall. Also as usual, those who have been supporting me at the $10/month level (and have provided a shipping address) will receive a free copy. The book is available for order only through Amazon, which offers direct shipping in all of the following: US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Japan. Others will need to pay for international shipping. (Pick the nearest country that's on the list.)

I can think of quite a few reasons why someone might want to buy this book:

• Those of my readers who haven’t splurged on $1/month to get past the paywall will get a chance to catch up on everything I’ve written over the past year.

• Writings published on the internet are ephemeral but a paper book is a physical object that will persist over time and will remain perfectly legible after the lights go out. You will be able to rely on it as a sort of time capsule of ideas, to look back and see what 2019 was all about.

• Perhaps you have family members, friends, acquaintances and neighbors who spend money on personal trainers, psychologists, booze and recreational drugs, all in an effort to stay sane in an increasingly insane world. If they start railing against the injustices of the world, please hand them a copy of my book and tell them it’s what Dr. Orlov ordered. It offers a much cheaper alternative for building up the independence of thought and the mental fortitude to make it through life with their sanity intact.

• You can check whether someone is mentally stable and capable of simultaneously entertaining several mutually contradictory notions without suffering cognitive dissonance simply by handing them a copy of my book. If all goes well, it will give you plenty to talk about. But if it “triggers” them, run away!

Contents:
The Meat Generation
The Flight of the Headless Chicken
Bush41 was an Excremental Planetoid roiled by Wriggling Worms
The Self-Destruct Sequence
The Future of Energy is Bright, Part I
RIP European Union, 1973-2019
A Seasonal Homily: Gratitude and Joy!
The Year the Planet Flipped Over
National Bankruptcy as a Board Game
Is The US Still A Superpower?
The Five Stages of Collapse, 2019 Update
The Future of Energy is Bright, Part II
Shut it all down!
Why must Venezuela be destroyed?
RIP INF Treaty: Russia’s Victory, America’s Waterloo
The Future of Energy is Bright, Part III: Radiophobia
Death of Free Speech leads to Fascism
Putin now thinks Western Elites are Swine
How Bad Can Things Possibly Get?
Why do Capitalists hate Socialism?
Is the USS Ship of Fools Taking on Water?
Introduction to the Ethnosphere of the Earth
Respecting the Other
The Martyrdom of St. Julian
Ukrainian Election Redux
America, You Are Fired!
How Mutants Make History
A Hegemon Checkmated
Ethnogenesis: The Map and the Data
The Limits of American Destructiveness
Party Semantics
World’s Biggest Problems Solved
Nuclear Meltdown at HBO
The Eye-Rolls of Summer
Failure of Complementarity: from Multiculturalism to Devil- Worship
You Are Being Trolled
The Death of the Liberal Idea
The Silk Road and Lice
War Profiteers and the Demise of the US Military-Industrial Complex
Highly Unlikely Conspiracies
How to Fake a Mission Mass Media Delusions
The Technological Revolution Devours its Children
The Color Revolution Post-Mortem
Resurrecting the American Economy
The Bolsheviks Are Coming!
Bolt-on, Bolt-off! Who Blew Up The Oil Market?
Greta and the Deep Green State
Ayatollahs Jump for Joy
On Systemic Corruption

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Meat Generation

To the globalist elites who are still attempting to control your fate, you are either milk or meat. The moment they can no longer milk you for debt payments or rent, you and your children will be asked to report to the abattoir. But you have to volunteer to be milked or slaughtered; otherwise, processing you would be too difficult to do efficiently and profitably. Therefore, it is possible to think of ways to make yourself too expensive for them to exploit, so that they might give up on trying to use you for further self-enrichment and leave you in peace.

To continue reading, please pass through face control.

[SubscribeStar] [Patreon]

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

On Systemic Corruption

The philosopher Slavoj Žižek, among others, has drawn a useful distinction between subjective violence, which takes place between individuals, and systemic violence, which is perpetuated by institutions. Žižek is a Marxist, and part of his justification for introducing this distinction is to justify revolutionary violence as a means of opposing the systemic violence of oppressive systems. This may or may not work, since revolutionary violence is often itself systemic, borne of an ideology that dictates radical change of one sort of another, while the end result of revolutionary change along Marxist lines is often a totalitarian state which raises systemic violence to a whole new level. No matter; I think the distinction is still useful.

It is useful because it makes it possible to draw a certain axis—between free action and compelled action—that runs through not just violence but every type of vileness and perfidy. Subjective violence is an instance of the former: you punch a person you don’t like as an expression of your personal opinion. Systemic violence, on the other hand, is where, for instance, depersonalized knuckle-dragging drones have no choice but to imprison parents for their children’s truancy—nothing personal, the rules are the rules. This axis runs through many aspects of individual and group behavior. Lying, for instance, can be done privately (to spare someone’s feelings or to teach a fool a lesson) or publicly (such as excluding close to 100 million long-term unemployed Americans when calculating the official unemployment rate).

To continue reading, please pass through face control.

[Patreon] [SubscribeStar]

Monday, November 04, 2019

Keiser Report interview, Part II



Again, fast-forward to minute 13 if you don't want to listen to how unicorns burn money.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Art of Betrayal

The recent history with the Syrian Kurds has shown that the United States can betray absolutely anyone, regardless of personal relationships or official promises and guarantees. It’s nothing personal, you know, strictly business…

For example, what do the Ukrainians have in common with the Syrian Kurds? At first glance, their people, geography and history are completely different. But then what about the panicked tweets from former Ukrainian foreign minister Pavel Klimkin, in which he wonders in forlorn trepidation whether the US can betray the Ukraine just as it has betrayed its key ally in Syria. But what about the endlessly promised eternal friendship?