Tuesday, June 30, 2015

American Hyperinflation Talk

There are enough doomsayers out there calling for hyperinflation. A recent fair assessment of the situation can be found here that is in rather clear eyed terms and an even tone. This is not as bombastic as the Shadowstats guys calling for hyperinflation any minute now... for a decade straight. This is also explicit about it being hyperinflation, which is different than others who see a period of 10-20% inflation coming that would be enough to feel like hyperinflation. It is a good read and a bit nerdy. Check it out, but the question is a good one, could it happen here?

One major thing to remember about hyperinflation is that you basically tear up any long term contracts you had. Your money management skills will be put to the test, not monthly or weekly but daily. It is a horrible situation. The wealth holders of America will not let that happen. Even if the USG hates the citizenry and only cares about its survival, it would not risk hyperinflation. In a hyperinflation, how are they going to pay their lackeys and janissaries? I do not think it happens, but something else bad will happen because as posed in the essay above, I lean towards the American economy is more house of cards today. We do not need hyperinflation for horrible pain. Sustained inflation of 10-20% will crush people because we have seen stagnant wages for decades now. The media will harp on the stagnant wages and income to the 1%, but never discuss the asset bubble focus on our economy since 1980. He who holds the asset gets the gains.

Not to sound like a song stuck on repeat but old productive economy business cycles saw wage inflation on a loop. This was partly the power of unions and partly the lack of foreign manufacturing development. It was also partly how our economy was geared: manufacturing vs. financial. Inflation would go through wages, pushing up prices but still rewarding worker productivity. Our FIRE (finance, insurance, real estate) economy recessions are due to asset bubbles being blown, then the investment cycle is hooked into that asset group, the economy grows due to that asset boom and malinvestment, then the bust comes. Wages do not inflate in an asset boom, the asset's value inflates, sending inflated wealth to asset holders. This is why 10-20% inflation for three to four years would crush Americans. Inflation makes the debt worth less, sure, but only if Americans see their wages rise with inflation. How is that going to happen? What mechanism is in place to make sure that happens? I do not see it, and raising the minimum wage to $15 will only lead to automation, immigration substitution and more unemployed Americans (sorry Unz, reduce your autism).

The fear should be that we see that type of inflation with no accompanying increase in wages. The debt remains, the dollars are worth less, but no one has the boost in earnings to make the inflate the debt away program work. You will then have a giant debt overhang with toilet paper dollars. If you go the "print dem dollars for helicopter drops" route, then hyperinflation will come and lead to a greater unraveling. A FED funded tax cut could happen, which would be akin to helicopter drops, but not straight money letters with expiration dates. Psst, FED, why not write down the debt? Oh wait, you work for the TBTF bankster crew, sorry, my apologies.

Unmentioned in the link but a player in the inflation or hyperinflation game is the idea that non-dollar players will find a way to outbid the US for raw materials. The dollar is the reserve currency! Sure, but what backs the dollar? The US army. When people don't fear our guns, that military backing will not matter. What could possibly be a rival for alternative, lesser currencies to lean on to lure raw producers away? Losing that bidding war or even just pushing the cost up for raw materials would lead to pain in America. Because Russia and China are building a separate system and are hoarding gold, the resource providers in the middle might want something that holds value in exchange for their products. This happened before in the early '70s. It can happen again, but we have already created the petrodollar so I do not know what USG can do for an encore. Tick tock dollar pimps.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Passing is Always Opportunistic

The Rachel Dolezal circus show is pretty revealing. The left's trans push is laid bare as a complete joke. The media going along with Dolezal though and supporting her is a great reveal that they will keep the lie going no matter how ridiculous. The social construct lie must continue. Trans must be protected. This is our system, and sadly the number of aware citizens or elastic voters is dwindling down to not matter anymore so what are the consequences. There are umentionables that the media will not touch.

Few, if any, are even commenting on some other items being proven. The lack of talented tenth types to staff organizations and reward with money, the sad realities of human biodiversity, and the potential gains an individual can reap if they pass because the system has been set up to reward the government sanctioned disadvantaged. Rachel Dolezal filled a void, and in doing so showed the multikulti emperor for the naked transmonster it is. These organizations are empty money machines, receiving grants and paying off the organizers of the zombie army to vote in November (or just register so someone can vote for them or prepoulate a ballot and leave it in a bag in their car in case a race is close). Every incentive though is geared towards rushing to a victim group and reaping corporate, government or academic benefits and prog status points.

It also showed the "difficulty settings" game of life. Rachel Dolezal was a nondescript, average white girl. She had scholarship money thrown her way, but surprised her college when she turned out to be white. She mouths the script of a blacktivist and is rewarded with jobs, money and a platform that bestow some prestige. This average white girl turns into a black woman of leadership material. I will use black woman loosely as only fools dying to believe such a paint by numbers blacktivist who looked very european existed would fall for her trick. It was opportunistic. She could play on the desire for someone mouthing all the right platitudes who happened to have the good old fashioned white work ethic. She sent herself multiple fake death threats, which is much better than spray painting one fake death threat on her house. Admit it, she dove into this role and job with fervor.

Dolezal's opportunistic passing reminded me of an email I received that laid out a similar instance. A young woman who was Italian and very pale white had popped up in the nude model and then porn world with success to bounce up from the minor leagues of Miami's scene to filming in higher production quality LA shoots. Weird thing was, as she was making films and earning fans, fans called her Latina or mixed race. Fans said she'd be a great addition due to the lack of mixed or Latina girls headlining. She was rocking a full body tan. With the tan, I could see the confusion, especially if one were to dress in funky clothes, make up, etc. If you envision the Hollywood/media presentation of the sexy, cute biracial white-black girl (ex: post-plastic surgery Halle Berry), she looked that exact part. She did an interview where she clearly stated she was Italian, she left the industry after a year (no surprise), but if you want to waste your money, you can get a private (NSFW link) session with her (hope you don't need Valtrex after).

Steve Sailer is fond of noting the product of integration has been placing mixed race kids in roles or spots that blacks might think belong to blacks. A problem with the push for mixed marriages and interracial romance has been that Denzel's wife would be cast as black in 1990, but in 2015, she can be anything, hurting black actresses. There is only so much to go around when you're part of a minority group collecting tributes from sectors per government decreee. Rachel Dolezal probably will not inspire others in the race racket, and blacks and other groups might be a little more careful with screening in the future to keep the government bennies in the family. American Indians are incredibly strict with casino money; others may start to follow their lead.

Will we see others do this? People respond to incentives, so the structure of society and economics will cause people to play the game. Maybe not right away, and maybe not in the blacktivist realm due to Dolezal. The private sector has a lot of nooks and crannies to hide in, and it has incentives to fill diversity quotas. Ask yourself this: if their careers in music had started in 1960 and not 1990 or 2000, would Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys have hidden their paternal heritage? This might become a bit of a game for everyone to join in. As the Hispanic population rises, we might see more of this from whites. That affirmative action coworker you curse for getting promotions or assignments on projects way over their head might not be "Mexican" but instead "Mexi-kin". If trans* gets accepted enough, every time you announce layoffs are coming, maybe, just maybe, a new guy wearing a kilt and growing out his hair is not really transitioning, but finding a way to protect his job.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Social Matter - Progressive Performance Artists


The Rachel Dolezal news media cycle was fantastic to watch. It was beautiful to see progressives struggling to reconcile the problem of glorifying Bruce Jenner’s transition from man to woman, while somehow not glorifying Dolezal’s transracial attempt.
There are problems. The NY Times op-ed (by a woman), which pushes back against Jenner’s move, reveals the torture the left is going through as they say “gender/race is biological but doesn’t have to be but hey why are you claiming to be part of my group and take on my struggle and claim my oppression.”
The coalition of victims is defensive about their identities because their unique suffering is their identity, making trans* a bit more tricky to handle than grafting on immigrants and homosexuals.
There is another revelation. The progressive system is practically exhausted and is at the point where the charlatans are out in the open. Dolezal is a sign that we have firmly reached the phase where progressive activism has reached performance art.
Enjoy the rest there!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Last Week's Social Matter Post + Preview for This Week's 5

Last week, I wrote about the poly push. It's hard to push really weird deviant behavior, so the next avenue might purely be to erode the institution of marriage.

This week I discuss the phony nature of the new progressive soldiers like Sarkeesian, Deray, Ben Crump and most importantly Rachel Dolezal. Dolezal's work is not important, but a curious case of transracial fraud is. They are even more fraudulent than the prior generation. They have turned the job into a work of performance art.

Last week's SM post...

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What do our elites have cooked up next for us, socially? With the victory of gay marriage, elites have wasted no time pushing ‘trans’ on the public. It’s much more difficult to pull off, mostly because of feminist pushback and the idea of ‘transracialism,’ which further exposes tensions inherent in transgenderism as a concept. The media has also spent the last year promoting still weirder stuff as Weimerica reaches new heights for insane tolerance drives. Those are far harder sells.
The next frontier will be the further destruction of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

It is a cliche (but completely true) that the family is the building block of society. It is the mechanism for transmitting culture, social norms, and group mores. This is why progressive education has changed from the norms of yesteryear that focused on facts and figures and moved towards socialization and group programming. The goal is to separate the child from their family’s culture and to inject elite values in its place. Education is compulsory for a reason, even if it does not educate students.

They can take your kids for eight hours, but how do they get to you? They don’t have to hit all families–just enough to make a difference. The elite try to minimize the use of force in modifying beliefs. They prefer to brainwash you long enough to make you think you want it. Joe Biden was explicit about how gay marriage never would have happened without Jewish influence in the media. Not my words, his. A similar elite figure, Masha Gessen, also hinted at the coming change. Old Gollum herself said:
I agree that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it is a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.
This quote alone is enough to banish her platform in a healthy society. Now that gays can marry with government sanction and legitimacy, the work moves to shifting how we view marriage in its entirety. Groups used by progs never really benefit; they just continue to be used as pawns.
The push is already here. Out Magazine quotes a NYC psychotherapist on the straight couples who are looking at the openness of gays to redefine how they view marriage.
But Malpas also says that, increasingly, the straight couples he sees are discussing polyamorous or open arrangements, or the possibility of such. This suggests that, perhaps as much as traditional marriage is conservatizing some gay couples, the increasing visibility of gay relationships is turning more straight couples on to the idea of some degree of openness, or at least of alternate ideas of what marriage can look like.
This is blatant distortion. This is using a sliver of one city’s married couples to extrapolate out to broader society. It is so patently false that it can hardly function as anything more than rank propaganda. How many of these couples is Malpas talking about? Five, ten, twenty? Nevertheless, his collection of haphazard case studies is sent through the megaphone and presented as if a broader swath of straight, married couples are going poly.

Remember, 20 percent of all gay men have HIV and a minuscule percentage of gay men are married, but the message being broadcast here is that straights–on a wide scale–are so taken by the association of gay-as-hip (and the need to be hip) that they will emulate gay behavior within an eons-old institution.

A revealing thing in Malpas’ quote is that it is in the context of “the straight couples he sees” that they discuss poly behavior. He is a psychotherapist. No healthy couple sees a psychotherapist. You see a psychotherapist when there are problems. Out is now using this as a way to frame it as though hip NYC couples are trying poly, as opposed to saying that broken, neurotic NYC couples are trying it. The other reveal: who are these gay, married couples that are influencing these straight couples? Gay marriage is a relatively new status even in New York, and of course very small in numbers. Are gay couples openly cheating already in year two? This makes little sense.

The push will widen for polyamorous and open marriages. Even the Washington Post is writing about poly as though it’s a positive thing. Wapo’s “human” example is already a failure, as she had a marriage end in divorce due to her cheating in her twenties, but now wants to cheat openly today as an older woman. This is public condoning of what was formerly considered risky or fringe behavior. It suits the prog government’s needs: weaken all bonds between people. This is such an old idea that Alduous Huxley put it into his progressive dystopia Brave New World. Everyone belongs to everyone.

This might seem like a hard sell, but this has some media push behind it going back for a few years. Multiple outlets have spotlighted polyamorous couples. The writer, usually a woman, is living or in a relationship with two men, usually all wretched looking but HAPPY with the arrangement. Some outlets have even tried to sell cuckoldry as some new, hot fad in the elite. The groundwork is there, so why not push for it to be in marriages?

Wait! There’s a useful media trick with gays marrying. See, gays have a hard time staying monogamous, and shucks, their marriages are often much more open and accepting of poly behavior. Media outlets have used the behavior of gays in marriage (the incredibly small number of gays who marry) as an example of how straights can learn from them and re-evaluate their traditional marriages.

Trans, bestiality, pedos, incest… these are rather tough pills to swallow. Weimerica can only devolve at so fast a pace. Those fringe kinks run into old taboos. While the media can find a random gay couple for a “Just Like Us” essay or advertisement, it is harder to do it with a man and his horse, or a daughter and her father. They will try. Reworking marriage entirely into a game of acceptable “it was just sex, you agreed, I love you” destroys a potential unit people can identify with outside government connections.

Pair bonding matters. Being roommates who sometimes sleep together is not as stable. Modern society has slung many arrows at marriage, and it is a shadow of what it once was, but the final push will be to remove any sacredness from it by making it a transactional relationship, a disposable relationship, something temporary. It helps the regime kill rebellions that start at the dinner table. In the Life of Julia Democrat video, Julia only came in touch with you if the government was the mutual friend.

Where are your bonds, who do you have allegiance to? Bowling Alone explained the destruction of civic bonds, but look closer. Private organizations are attacked, organized religion is attacked, diversity is pushed everywhere, but your connections to government are reinforced by each policy and each media article. You have no shared values with your Somali Muslim refugee neighbor, so resolving conflicts within the small neighborhood is impossible. The feds, however, are waiting and willing to sort out any dispute. Your church does not provide the safety net it once did, but your government does–if not directly, then through grants to your dying church. Your family is a port in a storm, but the government has its eye on that institution, as well.

Who cares who your dad is, your mom is, or whether they are alone, together, or decide to invite others in? All that matters is the one thing you all belong to and all come together for is your government.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bicycle Troops of WW1

Italian bicycle troops

It is hard to believe but bicycles were a relatively new invention at the outbreak of WW1. These are Italian troops who were bicyclists. It sounds odd but the use of taxi cabs to move troops to the front quickly turned the tide in defending France and saving Paris. One may laugh, but other than bicycles, these men would have been on horse, and a bike is much easier to maintain, does not need to eat and is a much smaller target.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's Time We Let the South Go

As any good Yankee, I stopped looking at cat gifs, my Iphone, the Daily Show and Internet porn long enough last week to see the outrage over the Confederate flag. I had not thought of that flag in years since an old girlfriend wore it as a bikini top for a Rednecks + White Trash Party. Still, the media told me that I should be angry about it. Since I am emotionally constipated like any good American and no celebrity of high stature had died that week, I too became outraged and angry. It got me thinking. It's time we let the South go.

Here is my multipoint plan. This is a rough sketch, but when has that ever stopped a Yankee on a crusade.

1. All states of the old confederacy are ejected out of the United States.

2. Borderland states not formerly part of the Confederacy but full of enough evil white people that I suspect are confederates by thought if not mood should be given the option to leave. This would be Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois and even you Indiana. I know you had the Klan active in the 20th century, bigotlords.

3. As any good Yankee, I have much love for my black brothers and sisters, sorry, my black bruthas and sistahs. I would guarantee safe passage, and house these angelic refugees in the progressive states of Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont. Those states have the great schools that blacks have been dying to enter. We'll find jobs for them... eventually.

4. For borderland states, it would be best to save the large metropolitan areas of Chicago and St. Louis as American colonies, while allowing the remaining riffraff of flyover neaderthals to separate. These cities will shine with bright blue lights as beacons of the progressive American spirit. I can just see flashing blue lights and sirens blasting every night in those cities, trumpeting the victory of progressivism over hate!

5. Looking at the map, it might be best to chuck out a bunch more of those flatland, square states. Fuck you flyover hicks! Complaing????? Go tell it to Jesus!

6. Since we good Yankees reject warfare, nukes and violence, we will transfer military equipment, nuclear submarines and nuclear weapons to those stupid crackers. We've got smart diplomacy, and we're not afraid to use it.

This would be a great boon for the remaining United States. We progressives would see the realization of our 2015 dreams. Renewable energy everywhere, mandatory bike lanes, no nukes, no more war, gay men could spend all the time alone with small children they want, and the crown jewel, Nationalized Health Care. Did you read that? I know your Yankee eyes may have blacked out as you orgasmed over the idea of being an arts history major but knowing your parents can rest easy and say "At least we know she has health insurance". It could all be America's if only we kicked those Yosemite Sam acting, Foghorn Leghorn talking, sundress wearing assholes out! Let's do this!

A Note on Writing

Nick Steves tweeted that it looked like I was not taking a summer break. There is a reason for that, but to be frank, I'm trying to cut back on my writing. I'm trying to do 4 posts a week. I have a long term project that I have stalled on and want to complete. I've been stuck at 15,000 words on Robert Rubin for what feels like 18 months. Oddly enough, my youngest child is roughly 18 months old. I always encourage people to write because you never know when you are going to have a great insight and then change a few people's minds. How to do it?

1. Write every single day. - If you write every single day, you refine and improve your abilities. You also can expand your writing style. I try to be serious often, but I have room for my lighter, comedic posts. Writing everyday makes that possible. Practice.

2. Always be looking. - If you write something each day, you need to always be looking for subjects. You'll need to read, you'll need to pay attention to your social world, and you'll need to think about the present, past and future. I put it in my Taki's bio blurb, but I view SWPLs now not with disdain and contempt but as anthropology subjects. It makes dinners with vegans not an hour of suffering but observation and engagement.

3. Always be thinking. - Tease everything out to conclusions. My recent fictional post on the Clinton marriage started after seeing a picture of the two of them and wondering, "What were the emails she had to delete about him and that fucked up marriage?" Add in a dash of every Boomer marriage melodrama and fifteen minutes of brainstorming.

4. Look at the enemy. - I observe and read the enemy's sources often. I want to know how they think, and the BS behind anything they publicly say. They also sometimes reveal reality yet choose to spin it in a way that fits their needs at the moment.

5. You have the time. - The average American watches hours of television and spends hours more on the Internet. Turn that time into reading and writing a 500 word post. Better yet, turn that time into some lifting, reading and writing. Jackasses like me who are not concise turn that into 1000 words. Time management is easy when you cut out the junk food.

Keep lifting, keep posting.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Mad Men Effect

The scale of society has grown too big. Searching for mass appeal means a race to the lowest common denominator, leaving many with a hollow feeling. Technology has developed that gives the impression that centralization will provide benefits. That same technology can be used by decentralized controllers to give markets or entities a better representation of what they want. The tastemakers will tell us what is right and good. Tastemakers can also grow incredibly detached from the audiences they supposedly serve. America witnessed this in May as two reruns of I Love Lucy received nearly double the viewers of the Mad Men series finale.

This is Mad Men the water cooler show for the hip. How could I Love Lucy trounce it in the ratings? Why was Mad Men only pulling in 3.3 million viewers for its final episode? Part of this might be the idea that people say they like a show or say they watch but in reality do not. How much of Mad Men's cultural pull was just the mid-20th century aesthetics and LARPing that viewers could enjoy? It might be that Mad Men was a water cooler show to talk about the show's looks and eye candy but not about the actual show. Mad Men could be a SWPL thing. Like all SWPL things, the SWPLs claim to know all about it, but in reality, they know just enough to make small talk and appear knowledgeable.

The other split is that I Love Lucy had a gigantic audience that appealed to the masses. Those masses, while old or dead, still exist in large enough numbers to watch an age old rerun that they already know. Mad Men was beloved by our tastemakers, our cultural gatekeepers, and supposed media elites. Mad Men was a show that played to the NYC centric media's love with itself and the nostalgia vibe that has engulfed our culture as diversity causes people to seek the familiar and certain. Enough people who mattered liked Mad Men, therefore they made the show matter and appear better than it was. This is why The Wire is so lauded while The Shield is relatively forgotten for cable cop dramas. Both were very well done, but one played to the liberal narrative while the other was dark from start to finish with no real heroes. One show became the subject of Harvard courses, while the other has seen supporting characters move onto decent roles in other cop dramas.

This is also why white pundits wrung their hands over liking a show that was so white. How could they love something, consider it cool and hip, but it was so white??? They overlooked the reality of 1960 Madison Avenue and expected a rainbow to be onscreen. Media members also overlooked the heavy female writing crew. It is never quite enough for them. This is also why the few minorities allowed to grace the pages of the NY Times bemoan the whiteness of Mad Men and Girls. "A show is considered excellent, why aren't we on that show? Quick sound the alarm? We need black bodies and homos STAT!" It is a pathetic weird way of trying to skeeze some credit off the celebrated show; like adding a few blacks to Girls and Mad Men will allow some Afro-Am studies professor to think blacks contribute to high/middle brow culture. For a comical juxtaposition, the children's show Veggie Tales for years was Christian and unapologetically white. It had a Mexican character straight from the '50s Warner Brothers set who often played the antagonist and another Indian stereotype character. The NY Times never noticed because the show was for the rubes and never crossed their radar screen. No worries about anachronistic stereotyping with Veggie Tales.

It is not really how many people you reach, but who you reach. I Love Lucy's reruns scored nearly double the viewers, but for right now, which telecast mattered more to viewers? SWPLs and television critics raved or ranted about the series finale as well as the end of the Golden Age of television. I Love Lucy's reruns received a nice blurb about being colorized. This is also a product of the modern inclination towards deconstruction. The tastemakers are pretty detached in their views as they continued to push Mad Men as a very important show with very important messages in contrast to fans who wondered where America went wrong and rolled their eyes at new characters that reflected the Jewish/black/gay experience in the late '60s. The intelligentsia, if it reaches low to dicuss television, while want to deconstruct a show like Mad Men and discuss its dissection of '60s culture with 50 years in between. Your viewers at home do not care. People just wanted to see if Don failed just like people just want to see Lucy get into some hysterical situation and nail a few punch lines.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Note on Marriage

As the dual Hallmark Holidays, Mother's and Father's day, are in the rearview mirror and my own wedding anniversary is as well, I thought I'd post on marriage. I'm not going to sell anyone on marriage who isn't already inclined, but this is like my stay at home mom post. Maybe family life is not your thing. It is not everyone's.

Government marriage is a minefield. Divorce theft is real, but maybe not as prevalent with how many more women are college graduates with decent jobs now. That affects child support, too. She gets the kids, but if she was making more than you, you won't be kicking cash her way. I know a guy who got divorced, no kids, he tricked his ex into "getting" the house, but there was no alimony, so she had to sell the house and she ended up bringing cash to closing just to dump it. Marriage takes some effort and so does being single. Is being single a never-ending stream of babes and awesome nights? It can be, but it isn't. Guys have hot streaks and cold streaks. Shucks, they also have to find the time to write up their nights out with autistic detail, vacation, tweet, read up all their fellow PUA and Game blogs, workout, eat, sleep, shop for clothes, shop for jewelry, juicing, and maybe hair removal. I don't know. What's the latest fad that homos playahs do? "Don't put pussy on a pedestal" write guys who then travel around the world to experience a nice relationship and sex with a 7.  That's overemphasizing the punani.

I have single friends who kill it. They do this without reading game blogs since they're attractive guys who make good money; some are even naturally funny and witty. Sex is pretty easy in America. Sex with an attractive woman is easy if you're attractive and make some bank. It's easy if naturally charismatic. Just don't say something ridiculously stupid or "creepy". Even then, if you're good looking enough or rich enough, you can overcome creepy. Money really is an entryway to much higher quality women, and women will rationalize anything for a man with money (status).

The family vs. non-family split is more pronounced as I age. Those of us with kids look at the childless and wonder what the fuck they are doing with their lives. We all have similar jobs and activities. Why aren't our single, childless friends writing books (like the Captain, bravo for him), painting awesome works of art or running a charity? In essence, doing the stuff people talk about at age 19 but "family" gets in the way. Must be the cat gif distractions keeping them from writing the Great American Novel. I suspect a growing factor is people so in love with themselves they can't be bothered to have kids or productive passions.

Marriage and family life are not always awesome, but they often are fun. Here's a secret. My kids are in bed by 7:30pm. After that, my wife and I get to behave in the house like we did without kids. It's our time. When do you think I research + write these blog posts? [ed: at work] I'm lucky. I live a blessed life. If you can game well enough to have cute, slender women for relationships in 21st Century America, you can find a cute, slender wife. That pool of competitive single women that take care of themselves usually transforms into the pool of competitive women who turn neighborhood BBQs and Halloween parties into Sexiest MILF Pageants. MILFs wear horizontal striped tank tops to show off their breasts while their kids are off playing in the bouncey house. Another fave is the "Bikini top + white shorts" look.

Divorce can travel like a virus and so can the "post-divorce cat accumulation, loneliness" stories. Your wife doesn't want to become a cat lady. If you can't shake the cad behavior, you can game your wife and have the occasional affair. Shhhhh, that is getting far easier in today's world with technology, single Yoga chicks and the growing pool of women with abandonment-daddy issues. Just buy a throwaway phone where you don't have to give them your name (Thanks AT&T!). If you're an insecure paranoid, you could neg your wife hard, "yeah brah, I negged her so hard she needed to go on Paxil and see a counselor, but she won't be cheating!"

The payoff we family types hope for is the marriage of our grandparents' generation. Devotion, love and companionship for the highs and lows. People dying of broken hearts months or weeks after their spouse dies. Tucked in some of those RooshVForum threads are Internet playas posting about wanting a thin 7 who can cook, screw and love them. I'm sure in the retirement home we'll all wish for more frequent visits, but I'm not going to sit around listening to some lame fucking story about a PUA bagging a hardbody 9 in 2003. If my grandkids visit and ask who that is rambling pick up stories, I'll say, "Some lonely fucker stuck remember when-ing about some one night stand... now where's my donuts?"

There is risk. What if no one visits, what if my wife leaves me, what if my kids grow to hate me? All life is a risk-reward trade off. People who speak of the lack of tangible benefits to having kids are acting like ant people or "what's in it for me" rootless cosmopolitans. Those risks are out there, but besides tax benefits, here's my reward. Every night I come home from work, my kids act like it's the Super Bowl. My kids' laughs are infectious. I won't forget snow adventures with my son or the day my daughter started dancing to music. My wife's pretty awesome too, but I'm just a chump because I could be cuckolded, divorced and have everything ripped away at any moment. Oh noes! I know single me would do okay. I've learned attractive, successful married guys usually have one single woman developing feelings for them every 18-24 months at work.

Please keep walking down your path of single, childless living. Be awesome at it! Be the best! You'll never hear criticism from me. I was raised with multiple male role models who lived differently and made me feel a part of a long tradition and entrusted me to carry on said tradition. That's not everyone's youth, not everyone's family, nor everyone's goal. "The only wealth in this world is children," Michael Corleone in Godfather 3. Feels right. I won't waste tweets describing the PUA crowd as hedonistic, selfish vampires, leeching off of society, damaging whatever you touch. Neither will I post statistics about suicide, shorter life spans, depression and whatnot for single, childless people. Those guys must realize people with natural gifts for conversation and charisma find the technical, autistic approach to women comical and a touch on the pathetic loser side? We all choose different paths. I bet the guy in that photo in the link would not trade your flings for what he has with his kid. His choice. "I bet the photo is staged and the models don't know each other," maybe, and all PUA sites are 100% truth. Please, whatever you do, don't half ass your one life.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Social Matter - The Next Media Cycle To Expect After Trans*

This week's Social Matter essay is on the next line of attack for the progressive steamroller. Go read it there!

What do our elites have cooked up next for us, socially? With the victory of gay marriage, elites have wasted no time pushing ‘trans’ on the public. It’s much more difficult to pull off, mostly because of feminist pushback and the idea of ‘transracialism,’ which further exposes tensions inherent in transgenderism as a concept. The media has also spent the last year promoting still weirder stuff as Weimerica reaches new heights for insane tolerance drives. Those are far harder sells.
The next frontier will be the further destruction of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Read the rest there!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Last Week's Social Matter post and a Preview of This Week's 4

Have you all been checking out Social Matter regularly? They post a few pieces per week. Last week's piece was on a USG imperial asset. This week's is closer to home.

If you read here, you know I write on the bizarre social-sexual frontiers the media is priming us for under my Weimerica concept. The media has pushed some bizarre concepts since gay marriage passed with rans, bestiality, pedophilia and incest. That is a murderer's row of taboo. It might be too much for the population to swallow. The cultural mandarins might have a better attack planned for us all, and a far juicier target: the institution of marriage. Far easier to attack that since there are so many angles.

Last week's essay.......
 
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The concept of Empire is one many Americans will reject and to which some will only admit as a recent phenomenon. The American education system has done a good job of hiding America’s control of the international scene since World War II. Americans love an underdog, and they desperately want to think of their country as the big supporter to little underdogs everywhere, simply fighting for freedom. But it’s easy to explain the peace established after World War II as Pax Americana, and the world being ours. Even deniers can be persuaded when the masters rip off their masks and examples of imperial moves are too blatant to dismiss. American ties to and use of Mikeil Saakashvili are a mask-removal moment.

Mikheil Saakashvili first popped into the American mind when his little country got into a shooting war with Russia in 2008. A recognizable image of him is Saakashvili eating his tie while on the phone on camera. This fire fight happened unexpectedly and caught the US off-guard. A settlement was reached, but not before the world saw President Bush and Vladimir Putin chatting at the Beijing Olympic games about “something.” Eventually, President Saakashvili lost an election, fled his nation, and is now wanted on criminal charges in his homeland. Where could he flee to after antagonizing Russia and nearly dragging America into something in 2008? Brooklyn.

Among the hipsters, the Hasidim, and Gotham’s gentry, Saakashvili walked the streets, plotting his revenge. He was even given a spot lecturing at Tufts University. If one is confused why such an oddball is given such treatment by the US, look at his early life profile on La Wik. He is a Cathedral-groomed goon. He buddied up with the current president of Ukraine (Poroshenko) while an undergraduate student in newly “free” Ukraine in 1992. He was a humans rights officer, and then received a Muskie Fellowship through the State Department to study at Columbia Law School and George Washington Law School. He even worked at the United Nations. Saakashvili is a decades-long asset cultivated by the USG system. This is just a much more expensive and foreign version of the American university system sucking in red state whites to mold and shape before returning them home as proper Cathedral foot soldiers.

He is also a newly-minted Ukrainian citizen, and wouldn’t you know it, his old college buddy Poroshenko appointed him governor of Odessa. He received his Ukrainian citizenship literally one day before his appointment. Saakashvili, in return for USG favors, drew Georgia closer to US orbit. He also signed his name to an op-ed about Putin’s invasion of Georgia to help the propaganda campaign against Putin in the latest Ukraine brou-ha-ha. At face value, anyone should point out the ludicrous nature of America safekeeping a wanted criminal, granting him a job, and then returning him to a position of power in a war-torn nation to do its will.

And he is a reliable asset for the USG system. This is not too different from the CIA’s use of General Hifter in Libya. Hifter was a Libyan general who spent decades living in Virginia with mysterious financial backing, only to return to Libya in 2011 to get rid of Gaddafi and rebuild Libya. These are USG pawns and assets, yet there is no outcry.

These are easy pieces to expose and put together: Saakashvili, Hifter, CIA, the New York Times, State Department, and the American university system. This is the system. This is the empire we deny having. The universities can suck them in and train them. It is up to the rest of the pieces of the polygon to use them as they see fit. A man like Saakashvili is proof of our Empire’s existence and dominance. Ukraine uses him (and other foreigners) in high places to affect policy that magically tracks along the US-EU framework. No protests. No international outcry. Hardly any coverage in America’s media.

America can deny it is an empire, but it has the pieces, the mechanisms, the janissaries, and the chewed and spit out refuse of its wars on the fringes. Those Somali immigrants sucked into Minnesota and Maine did not just get there by accident, and neither did the Vietnamese and Cambodians before them. Saakashvili is the USG’s janissary, their man on the inside, and it matters not his nationality, just that he hates Putin and pushes the globalist line. Twenty-first century Janissaries do not grow beards and carry swords. They just browse boutique shops in Brooklyn. On second thought, they will grow beards.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Bagpipers of WW1


This may be hard to believe but over a 1000 bagpipers died during WWI. These were not men who played the bagpipes back home and then died in the war but actual bagpipers for the army. These men were easy prey who went over the top to pipe for the other men fighting. Harry Lunan was the last surviving piper. He gave an interview where he said, 
"I just played whatever came in to my head, but I was worried about tripping on the uneven ground, which interrupted my playing. The enemy fire was murderous, the men were falling all around me. I was lucky to survive. Hearing the pipes gave the troops courage.
A world long gone....

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Simmons Departing ESPN

This is a guest post by Twitter altright personality @klejdys. My additional sniping is in blue.

“I still feel like I have five years left, where I can work at this pace. In five years I’m going to be 50, and I don’t know how hard I’m going to be able to work. I know how hard I work now. I don’t know if it’s going to be sustainable.

I think they take it for granted. Not just how hard I work, but how hard everybody works.” – Bill Simmons, re: his contract and position at ESPN, SXSW, March 2015.



It’s always been rumored that Simmons would pull up stakes and leave ESPN, but after 5 years of relative peace and quiet, his suspension for his (unsourced) allegations against Roger Goodell apparently was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  He’s leaving ESPN.   All of those columns. Grantland.  30 for 30.  He leaves with nothing.  A lot like the Cardinals with Albert Pujols, I am sure a competitive offer has been made, but ESPN probably not wrong in thinking the big ESPN machine can roll on without him.  The fans, they will understand.

But what’s in it for Simmons?  Why would he leave? [ed: he is a spoiled brat Masshole who pretends to be middle class and is never fucking happy with life]

First off, I think he’s got another book or two in him.  He already likely has enough “eff you” money to tell ESPN to shove off. [Simmons was making $5 mil per year the last few years] Second, it appears although he’s had a ton of fun, he’s burned the candle down pretty far. [One weekly essay, gimme a break] It’s a testament to him that leaves a legacy of content and organization behind him.  I really thought he’d be there forever.  But working for the man when you're the man still likely rubs him the wrong way.  Most likely, he has an alternative plan in place.  I am very curious to see what that is. 
 
I contacted a friend in the media about this. He was the same guy stunned by Nate Silver taking Disney's bag of money to leave the NY Times. Simmons has a ton of options. Simmons likely has the scratch and brand to pull in venture capital money and start up his own sports news and commentary site that does a little of everything that Grantland did but without Disney-ESPN rules. He could set up a simple site with a few regulars and take advantage of the low cost of production now to crank out a documentary  or three for HBO. Fox also needs someone to boost the struggling Fox Sports One, so some type of deal with them could be in the works. Even if he has a book or two in him, he needs the non-stop advertising platform for his new books and the backing of a media entity to get access to players, coaches etc. to make his new venture, whatever it is, work.

But the real issue to me is the financial realities of Grantland didn’t live up to the cultural impact the site has had. [the Mad Men-Girls effect] Recall, Sports on Earth (SoE) had a murderer’s row of writers.  The site lasted 18 months before MLB Advanced Media decimated the site.  My guess?  The costs weren’t worth the clicks they were getting.  Culturally, among the chattering classes, Grantland is SWPL manna; great writers like Keri, Lindbergh and Lowe are the best in the business and combining narrative with analytics.  Barnwell isn’t the best in his field, but for a skin eater he’s not completely horrible.  It helps he writes on the NFL, which is why he probably leads the site in clicks (my guess).
 
But Simmons had to support that meat with a bunch of diversity hires, including writers like Serrano, Rembert, Katie Baker and others that are at best spare parts. Wesley Morris and Alex Pappademas are good on movies & culture [I preferred Greenwald]; netw3rk and Sean McIndoe are excellent staff writers on hoop and hockey, respectively. Hyden not bad on music. [Loser] Bryan Curtis is also a fine writer…but we still have to pay Dave Jacoby AND Jalen Rose. [Jalen never met an educated black he didn't hate and call an Uncle Tom] Don't forget about Charlie Pierce! [Masshole] In any case, that’s a lot of folks – and I am likely leaving all the support staff out! It’s likely quite expensive to run Grantland.  And it wasn’t providing the revenue to support continued expansion, just like SoE. A hundred podcasts a year, generating millions in revenue is not going to cut it (or whatever they get from Subway and Stamps.com) to support the expenses of the site when it likely doesn’t deliver massive numbers of clicks. Without knowing the numbers, but understanding the gist, I’d argue Bill Simmons as indie film director, didn’t get the budget numbers he needed to make his next project.  So he walked.

ESPN is in the business of buying programming and then selling ads around it.  Grantland is a very small part of that model despite its outsized influence on the chattering classes who follow the sports scene.  It’s even smaller considering the size of the multinational corporation that owns it (Disney). Grantland and 30 for 30 do not come close to bringing in the revenue the sports and other televised content does. Someday (like that Hispanic electoral title wave!), it might. [2028?] But for now it doesn’t.  And ESPN gets all of Simmons’ architecture, just like the Cardinals got all of those titles, HRs and RBIs for Pujols before he left.  They got the best of him, mostly at below market prices, just like ESPN got the best of Simmons. Time for Simmons to cash in. 


An interesting lesson in all of this is that Simmons went for a SWPL manna, long form journalism site in an era of clickbait. Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias have created a junk food news site for White Millenials that is 99% clickbait, and it is doing well. It is not what they intended, nor is it what they sold the site as initially, but it is the end result of what the journalism market has pushed everyone into doing. Grantland probably could have succeeded from a financial standpoint had it tackled the sports and pop culture sector in a clickbait foundation that had a handful of great longform writers and specific sports reporters like Keri and Lowe. Grantland will probably fold up within a year as talent leaves, but if it is to survive, going clickbait tabloid with few fantastic deep dive writers will save it. Simmons cashed in years ago when he signed with ESPN. The money he makes now is just building dynastic wealth for his grandchildren.

Note: The best football writer is Mike Tanier at Bleacher Report. B/R publishes the number of clicks, or reads, on its articles.  Tanier gets around 100k per piece. 
 
Cross posted at SWPL Sports Review

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Soros the Puppet Master

Interesting essay that goes into the specifics of those Soros leaked emails. Definitely read this. Just some bullet points of this information.

1. Soros is hands on with the Ukraine adventure much more than anything we suspected. Even in our skeptical sphere (at Theden, my humble blog, LMLaurel's place), the focus was on Soros linked foundations applying the screws and forcing change. Soros is hands on. This also reveals the reasoning behind the appointment of three foreigners to high level spots in the new Ukrainian government; Soros needed proper lackeys in place.

2. Gen. Wesley Clark's name pops up. Interesting that he is involved in this after he has made public speeches about the evils of trying to topple multiple Middle East governments in an outline. Clark is a War Party hack, but Clark is definitely a Soros man. Just for memory sake, Clark was a potential 2004 presidential candidate. His campaign went off like a wet firecracker. Did not happen, but at least now we know why he was being pushed.

3. The section on Liberia and its president is interesting. The Nobel Peace Prize might as well be a Chuck E. Cheese trinket now.

4. Pretty clear illustration of the cathedral in action with links between Harvard, NGOs and then the elite bankers. Money will always pour into pro-statist parties for the opportunity to rent seek. Soros has had his hands in Ukraine for decades now. Mainstream media silence is the wonderful cover he enjoys to pull these stunts off. Soros even mentions how he would not profit from deals but recycle the money through his foundations. Economically rape a nation to then fund more foreign adventures and domestic political fights.

5. These elite looters have a stunningly simple MO that they repeat seemingly non-stop. Destroy a nation and its economy, and then swoop in and collect hard assets on the cheap usually with easy money due to proximity to central bankers. The goal that these connected money men want is a publicly sanctioned private looting. This is what I wrote about with Russia in the '90s, as well as what is going on in Chicago now. These vultures and parasites will continue their work with the ruling system. This is another sign of our corrupt crony empire. USG breaks you, then its 1% private partners economically loot your remaining decent assets with local partners.

How is Soros not dead yet?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fat Stats... Who is Lying?

There was a little news release last week that revealed a startling number. Per a survey, the average woman in America weighs the same as the average man in 1960. It was one of those undeniable, smack-you-in-the-face things that confirms what your eyes see. The problem with the story is the nice chart that goes with it. See that steady rise from women weighing 140 in 1960 to 166 today? Does anything feel odd about those rising numbers throughout the last five decades? They should since for decades the press has said that the average American woman weighs 140 pounds. How can we have any type of policy discussion if the numbers we are told are either altered or do not match when methodology is changed. This is a problem of scale and truth.

Skeptics might say, "Bah, the press has discussed our weight gain for yeeeeears, gimme a break Sherman". No, look back at their own articles. Here is a NY Times article from 2004 discussing the average American woman weighing 144 pounds now compared to 140 pounds in 1994. You can also search for pictures where the media even into the 2000s would show the average woman with bold letering of 5'4" and 140 lbs and then show how that looks on different body types. The Wapo study is from the CDC, while the NY Times survey is not CDC but coordinated with the CDC to line up their sample. The 140 pounds number should ring a bell though because that was the number cited through the years for the average American woman. That was a lie. That was the average American woman in 1960. Per the CDC survey cited in the Wapo story, the average American woman crossed 150 in the late '80s and then 160 around the year 2000. To put this in perpsective, the 140 number was last seen before the Beatles.

Some weight gain makes sense as the average age of Americans has risen by almost a full decade since 1970. Older people are usually heavier. If you believe in different groups of people looking different, then looking at America's increasingly Mexican population, is part of the answer. Mexico actually beats America for obese citizens. Now that you know this though, do you even trust the number the CDC gives for today? Do you trust other surveys? When I am out in public, I do not think the average weight has stabilized as the CDC graph shows. It looks like it has become worse. I would go to the zoo now more to observe homo hippopotamus than the animals in exhibits. Think of these fat stats... do you believe a single sex survey that says Americans are having more and better sex than ever? Me neither.

The obesity epidemic has no silve bullet solution. Human bodies work differently, but we're also too massive of a nation with too ethnically diverse of a population to attack the problem without mentioning unmentionables. At its core, how many people are stuffing their face because secular prog-land leaves them feeling or because we removed all shaming techniques and the underclass has no goal they are trying to aspire to or betters worthy of imitating. The other problem is that food delivery, production and whatnot all skew in favor of the low cost provider who can leverage their access to governments. "Don't worry about upset plebians, just make EBT accepted at fast food and we'll put a franchise right in the worst neighborhoods and rural towns. You'll help the Big Pharma diabetes racket too!" Before we even approach the problem, we need to make sure that our policy makers, our opinion shapers and the public are armed with reliable and truthful numbers.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Social Matter - The Empire's Man in Brooklyn

 This week at Social Matter I write about a foreign corrupt crony. Go read it at Social Matter!

The concept of Empire is one many Americans will reject and to which some will only admit as a recent phenomenon. The American education system has done a good job of hiding America’s control of the international scene since World War II. Americans love an underdog, and they desperately want to think of their country as the big supporter to little underdogs everywhere, simply fighting for freedom. But it’s easy to explain the peace established after World War II as Pax Americana, and the world being ours. Even deniers can be persuaded when the masters rip off their masks and examples of imperial moves are too blatant to dismiss. American ties to and use of Mikeil Saakashvili are a mask-removal moment. 

See how the US cultivates its pawns and how they coincidentally become useful for geopolitical maneuvers. Read the rest of it there!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Last Week's Social Matter Post + Previewing This Week's 3

Last week's Social Matter post was on one heroin death and the reality everyone avoids about it. As posted earlier today, my twin post to that long read was the piece I submitted to Taki's.

This week's post at Social Matter is about a little foreigner back in the news, Mikheil Saakashvili. You might remember him as the tie chewing president of Georgia when Russia slapped Georgia around in 2008. He is in the news again in a strange new role and not in Georgia. His past, whether recent and distant, is pretty illuminating for how the USG runs the world.

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How does anyone overcome an addiction? One has to admit there is a problem. Following that admission, a major stumbling block for many recovering addicts is admitting the problem’s depth, enablers, and root causes. Some addicts think they can fix it by moving, but all they achieve is geographic sobriety. The root causes and broken circuits are not being fixed. We have that nationwide with heroin right now. We are too sick as a nation to admit what the root causes are. Our media cannot even be honest with us because to do so would be to frighten the population. The sickest men sprout the oddest symptoms.

A small city in Ohio had a weekend of overdoses. Not one or two, but when it was all said and done, over ten with three dead. Subsequent reports in the following week put the overdose number at twenty-seven. This is a city under 40,000 in population, so the numbers look terrible for one weekend, and especially for one twenty-four hour period. Despite Marion’s longstanding problems with heroin, the week long spike in overdoses is related to a new product. This heroin is laced with fentanyl, which is 15-20x stronger than heroin. This caught the heroin users by surprise. Now law enforcement is racing against the clock to track where that fentanyl-laced heroin may have spread.
A slight tangent, but the fentanyl lacing is not as odd as it sounds. This bad batch of heroin is supposedly just laced with heroin. It comes from Detroit, which had a fentaynl laced heroin rash of deaths earlier this year. Mexican drug units found a way to synthesize fentanyl, and since it is so potent, they would cut the fentanyl with any white powdery substance for a “drug” that looked like fine China heroin, but might not be actual heroin.

Several years back, heroin-fentanyl overdoses were a huge problem in Detroit. Mixes became purely fentanyl cut with any powder from GNC that would mimic the visual signals of real heroin if tested by distributors. There was absolutely no heroin in some batches. In reality, why transport, smuggle, and sell heroin when fentanyl can be synthesized? Detroit is a regional hub for heroin, just like Baltimore, and services this small Ohio town with its outbreaks. There is a price for allowing cities of massive size to shrink, decline and go feral. Detroit being a heroin hub will not make the mainstream media “Detroit is back, baby” fluff pieces.

A weekend of overdoses would scare any small city, and that small city’s media would respond. Like any small media outlet, the locals were hunting for the perfect story to generate sympathy and get more money for them programs. The media needs to massage public opinion so that the folks at home do not see just another overdose or just another dead junkie. They found it in the overdose death of Bailey Witzel. She has a Facebook page still up where you can see her face that looks tired but still has the baby fat of a teenager. She looks younger than 19. She had a toddler, so this is human interest catnip for the press, but they are not going to tell you the whole story.

The blurb by the Marion Star is made up of interviews with users or recovering users who were in Witzel’s life. That is how widespread the heroin community is there. It’s not just you, but your social circle that gravitates towards heroin. The only people a user knows, who are not fellow users, are the members of the criminal justice and social services systems that organize his or her life. I’m just going to pull some lines the outlet wants you to read and generate some sympathetic “feels,” and then discuss the wider story.

- Witzel’s mother: “She did get to spend Mother’s Day with her daughter, her wish.”
- “(Faith) was the one thing she was trying very hard to get clean for,” said Jessica Davis, a friend of the family. “But she had a lot of pain and depression.”
- Witzel’s mother: “Bailey loved just hanging out and being with her daughter, being with her nephew,” Blanton said. “Bailey loved life in general, loved her daughter more than anything. … She loved her daughter more than life itself.”
- Marion County Children Services had removed Faith from Bailey’s care. Her brother said she was working to get clean and regain custody.
- Her friend: “But I just don’t think that she had the resources, and I don’t think she knew how. She was so young.”
- Her brother: “She went to Foundations (Recovery Center), she was going to meetings and everything she could.”
- “When she did get the opportunity to go to treatment, she gave it her all,” her friend Davis said. “She really did. And she was focused on coming out of there a better person, a better mother.”

This post is not meant to poke fun at these people. The spread of heroin is serious stuff, and has worked its way into every little town in America. Imagine if the flood of heroin that started in 2002 had the distribution network of marijuana in 2002? There would be needles everywhere and a million dead. With +20K overdoses a year out of maybe 1 million users tops, the die-off rate is rather high now. We will never fix this problem, though, if our human interest stories are going to romanticize choices individuals make. This is not too different from the media’s use of the housing crisis to paint human interest stories for whatever political changes they wanted. Let’s look further.

1. She loved being a mom, she was an awesome mom, she was a great auntie. No mom can ever be criticized. Look above at the quotes; Witzel loved her daughter more than anything, was a “good mom,” and wanted to be a great mom. Note that Marion County Children Services had stripped Bailey of her daughter. They took her kid away because she was a heroin addict. This isn’t a Hall of Fame mom. Good moms don’t have their toddlers taken from them.

2. The opportunity for treatment, going to meetings, doing everything she could. She was ordered by the legal system to go into treatment this winter. The Ohio Drug Courts are special courts for drug offenders, and get people to go to treatment by giving them the option of treatment and probation or jail and probation. Go ahead and call Foundations (her rehab center) right now. Ask if she stayed for the entire treatment period or if she left treatment early. She left early. That’s how she spent Mother’s Day with her child. Even though she left treatment and had the opportunity to be with her child, she felt a greater pull to use heroin.

3. While you are on the phone with Foundations, ask them who spent time talking her into leaving. If you have drug urinalysis equipment, why not take a urine sample from Witzel’s mom, Bobbi Blanton, and tell me what shows up? If you get her mom alone for an interview, ask her if she uses, ask her if she used with her daughter, ask her when, sorry, if she introduced the drug to her daughter at age 11. Maybe you could ask a reporter who was at the vigil for Witzel what dear old mom said about shooting up, and what he said he would not put in any story. The public does not need to know everything–only what the reporter deems pertinent to generate “feels”.

4. Resources. This “good mom” left treatment and had a warrant out for her arrest for violating the terms of her probation. Authorities looked for her. She could not be found. She spent her time away from treatment getting high and died. She was not giving it everything she could. Forget Foundations, call her probation officer and the Drug Court judge.

5. She was young and did not have the resources. She dealt with pain and depression. She was 19. Might be some good questions to ask her mom about that pain; what was Witzel’s childhood was like? As far as resources, who do you think paid for her treatment? For her kid? You, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer. What do you think her Medicaid status was? Who did she talk to multiple times a week per the terms of her probation? Before her overdose, there was a network of government employees (criminal justice and social services) and taxpayer money that were propping her up and delaying what has come to pass.

6. More resources. Your money pays for worse enabling. Vivtrol blocks the ability to process heroin, and many people arrested for heroin use end up using it if ordered by the courts. That is $1000 a shot. You, of course, pay for that. Narcan is a nasal spray that can help stop an OD from becoming a death. Your local police department and fire station have doses of it. You pay for that. Those medications could not help Witzel, but they saved a life or two in Marion that weekend.

Witzel’s story is a common back story for the younger addicts. Call Foundations, her probation officer, or the Drug Court judge and ask. These young addicts’ social services or criminal justice case files have enough overlap to reveal that a potential heroin addict is out there in your extended circle of friends. If you know an addict of any sort, you could have predicted these unmentioned details. A broken home, parents who are sleazy, government intervention, and no one wanting to admit reality.

The social decay and rot is multigenerational now. There are reasons the show “Intervention” was a reality hit besides human zoo voyeurism of people drunk and high acting crazy on camera. Everyone has known an addict, and the story is the same. There is a trigger, there is a person people love who runs down a dark path, and there is a network of people who want them to change but have difficulty realizing they contribute to the problem.

The news will not mention any of this. Instead we get a reporter asking family members softball questions for boilerplate answers for a puff piece. These types of pieces are a paint-by-numbers routine that no one will ever learn from, but everyone will feel a little sympathy for a dead young mother. “She’s cute like my girl, her family cared for her, like I do; they didn’t want to see her die of an OD, just like me!” This spin, and these answers, are the junkie version of the ghetto “he dindu nuffin, he a good boy, he goin’ to church erry week” post-crime answers to media questions. No one ever wants to admit something that reduces their social status, and no one wants to admit that they are part of the problem.

“Addiction is a disease,” and the word disease is thrown around in that reporter’s article. What disease–heroin or modernity? What was she running from? Why was she escaping reality for hours in a heroin induced abyss? She was 19-years-old with a little baby. Why was the pull of heroin stronger than the joy so many young mothers speak of when discussing their little ones? Why was her kid not enough to stay clean? Why is her town ravaged by a drug that everyone knows is highly addictive and kills? What was so horrible about her town, her friends, her family, and life that she would die just because she had to get high? Why is her social circle littered with heroin addicts?

The system, as in government judicial structures, did not fail this young woman. The system actually tried to set her up for recovery and to get back with her kid. Modern America is an open air asylum and heroin is an escape. The local news does not want to admit it, but they will dutifully report on the bodies found dead in flophouses. The media just enables this farce to continue and reality to be denied.

It is easy to mock your friends on Faceborg with their Potemkin Village family posts, but their lie is a status-securing lie. Your friends are not abandoning their kids to shoot up for hours spent in a heroin induced stupor. Witzel’s family’s lie is much worse because while wanting to be open about her death, they still need to maintain a dangerous lie. Witzel was an addict, with a support network littered with addicts or recovering addicts. Her death, while tragic, is the residue of a broken society. Heroin is not a disease. Heroin has been around for decades, experiencing resurgences. Heroin’s 21st century renaissance is just a symptom of the empty promises of progressive America.

My Heroin Piece at Taki's

Go read The Zombies of Fishtown at Taki's.

1. Special thanks to Steve Sailer for connecting me with the editor at Taki's. I would also take this moment to write that Sailer puts out things weekly that the rest of us aspire to and maybe only reach once a month or a quarter if at all. Thanks Steve.

2. This will probably be my only piece in Taki's. I don't think I'm quite what they are looking for. I am thankful for the opportunity. I also am leery of providing an essay to them regularly. I wish my grandfather was alive to see me published at a place that publishes Pat Buchanan. He'd laugh, mock me and ask why it isn't "printed on paper like a real writer".

3. Thank you all for encouragement. My readership has grown from 5 readers (including my wife) to many more now (wife no longer reads it). Made me think I could get this in there. This is the twin post from last Sunday's Social Matter heroin post.

4. I had cast a lot more blame at progressives for supporting social liberalization and then free trade and open borders since 1992, betraying the union whites, but that did not make the final cut. We know the score. There is one missing important part to me, and it captures what I just typed. It was snipped and cut down in size. I'll put it here. I can't have it go unpublished anywhere. It involves that Blood Meridian line I used yesterday. I thought it was just too applicable to this perfect storm that allowed heroin to blossom in the small towns and 'burbs.
In Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy's fantastic judge says that "War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner". Heroin was always there, maybe not in large numbers but it was waiting for Fishtown. Fishtown's secular population riddled with broken homes and economic gloom found its perfect escape. The seclusion of the suburbs, the atomization of a population, the search for anything to take them away for six hours. Listen to their descriptions of heroin highs being like six hour orgasms or baths in warm honey. America's working class plunging into the abyss of heroin is the perfect embodiment of the vitalism phase of our decadent culture.
That was the final paragraph before the conclusion. I know there is not a "link" or factual piece in it, but it's the kind of touch I like to add to my writing (also a heroin addict once said that honey bath line). It also fit with how every piece of societal engineering both social and economic made this heroin epidemic among the working and lower class whites possible, and it is really just a symptom of deeper problems. Heroin was just waiting for the perfect setting and the perfect users. In Marion, Ohio, the heroin junkies are so dutiful that they work at the popcorn plant to make just enough cash to buy just enough dope to repeat the cycle. Crack and Meth heads don't have that discipline.

5. Like many of you, I've seen the change in Fishtown. My home area has little "Belmonts" and "Fishtowns" right next to each other. It kills me to see the Fishtowns decline.
 
I hope you enjoy, go read it at Taki's.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Christ of the Trenches

Christ of the Trenches - Portuguese soldiers carried him into battle in 1918
From one of the greatest American novels, Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy's fantastic judge states, "War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner".

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hussman - "When Paper Wealth Vanishes"

John Hussman wrote one of the best long economic or financial reads I've read in a while that is still accessible to the public this month. It is called "When Paper Wealth Vanishes". John Hussman is not a negative Nancy, perma-bear, but he is a regular guy who just looks around and sees insanity. He touches on the idea of this FED created wealth not being real and writes it in an approachable manner. It is worth the read.

The heart of this is that FED created problem of asset bubble wealth. If assets create rising cash flows or cash flow growth can be expected, then the underlying assets should be valued higher. The problem with our bubble economy is that the FED drops rates to zero, suppress UST rates and bring everything else down in parallel as the spreads remain in historical fashion AND people buy risky assets just for yield. It's phony though.

It's fictitious capital. Your neighbor sells their home for 50K more than expected, so magically everyone else's home should be worth more? You then take out a loan on the "increased wealth" you have. This just leads to a neighborhood of overindebted homeowners. Nothing is supporting that debt but the inflated valuation. That wealth is not real. A better signal would be someone renting a home in your neighborhood for much more than you previously thought. We transferred the bubble and greater fool behavior from companies in the '80s to stocks in the '90s to homes in the '00s. This is the FIRE economy.

This is why I call it a "bust out". This is a generation long LBO for a nation.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A Boomer Marriage of Convenience

Scene: It's 3am. A secluded lake house on a quiet night. A man paces back and forth sockless and shirtless but in slacks. He stokes a fire that had died down earlier. The door opens. In walks a pear shaped woman in a bathrobe over her sweatpants and comfy LL Bean sweatshirt.

Woman: "What the hell is it now? It's 3am, why did you call me down here? Where's your shirt?"

Man: "Awww, honey, look, I'm just confused and scared. Can you peek inside the bedroom? I didn't know what to do."

Woman walks into the bedroom. You hear the curtains close quickly. She stomps over to the fireplace.

Woman: "You fucking couldn't make it could you! At least shut the fucking curtains you sex crazed maniac. What the fuck did you do?"

Man: "It was an accident."

Woman: "She's naked and dead in your bed. You don't have the power you once did old man. How'd you kill a twentysomething? Is there coke here? Did you even check her purse?"

Man: "It was an accident I swear. These young girls are different. She wanted to play a bit of 50 Shades of Grey. I was making it up on the fly. I just wanted to make her happy."

Woman: "What about making me happy? What about our agreement?"

Man: "I was thinking about you, I even-"

Woman: "Shut the fuck up. You weren't thinking about anything but your dick! I asked you to stay clear for two years. Just two goddamn years. How many revenge fucks do you need to make up for being a fat nerdy son of a whore-"

Man: "Hey, that's my mother-"

Woman: "Yes, and you're just fucking like her. You realize the shit I've dealt with for your fat ass for decades. How many girls is this? Please tell me she is of age? >man nods< Don't fuck this up for me. You know how hard it is bribing people to keep the Epstein shit in the dark. Did you even think before you flew off to that nympho filled island? They've had you by the balls your entire career. I left Yale and moved to goddamn Arkansas for your career! You know the hot lesbians I missed out on in New York because you had to go home?"

Man: "You had your share, and that scared the shit out of me for years."

Woman: "Sure, but I kept them on as close aides and had long term relationships of emotional connection, not just cheap flings to make up for being a band geek. You know how many poetic love filled emails I just deleted? 10,000. That took a lot out of me. I cried. That's how my people communicate. We channel our bed death energy elsewhere. I'm a modern Virginia Woolf goddamit!"

Man: "I can clean this up."

Woman: "You're goddamn right you will. Plus, your ass is going to be on watch non-stop. Where is your security detail?"

Man: "I got them hookers for the night."

Woman: "Trustworhy guys watching your ass. No, you're going to be sleeping in my bed from now on. If you can go vegan, you can put up with nights next to my cold ass. Gerry was right, you're a sex addict. For all the media appearances I had to make standing next to your despicable ass, you can do this for me. You can Chromecast porn on our plasmascreen for all I fucking care! You realize how close I am? Did you stop touching your dick long enough to think about someone else for once? You realize that faggy little orphan stole my spot, my time, my coronation. Insult on insults the media calls his Chewbacca looking wife 'beautiful' more times than they ever said it of me. I counted! You think I rehabbed for months from that stroke just to spend retirement with our ugly grandkid? This is it. This is when I get crowned greatest Boomer woman of all time. I will have won, and they're trying to junk me for blue eyed Pocahontas already. I'm so close, don't ruin this for me with your dick."

Man: "How are we going to clean this up? Do we just dump her in the lake like Fredo?"

Woman: "Same as usual. At least one of us has a system. Don't touch her. Please tell me you didn't cum after she was dead this time?"

Man: "Viagra actually makes it harder to finish."

Woman: "I assume you gave her the speil about no cell phones and keeping it a secret? >man nods< Jesus Christ, you're a predictable horny little kid. Pretending it's a secret gets you hot doesn't it? Collect her things, put them in a trash bag. I got your alibi. I have to make a call. Get someone else to make a story for her disappearance. We need to keep making millions for hush money. I'd like to enjoy that money for once. Hello Chaim, yeah, we got a Code Purple at the lakehouse. Need this all done by 6am."

Man: "Aww, sweetie, you're so smart."

The man goes in for a hug. The woman makes an annoyed face and stiff arms him.

Woman: "You know how sweaty and smelly you are, back off... I need a goddamn drink."

Monday, June 08, 2015

Abe Stifling Japanese Media? Good

A problem with taking on a media entity is that by doing so, the media becomes the story. The media loves to make this happen. This makes every media outlet a potential participant in the fight, and in the American tradition, this becomes a "First Amendment" fight. Free press gets linked immediately to free speech, and Americans will have nothing to do with restricting free speech (except hate speech as written in the finer lines right?). This does not apply to foreign countries without the historical tradition of a free press. What is going on in Japan is a curious case of attacking the media.

Usually the concern pieces with Japan are around the extremely low birth rate, the greying population and the national debt. The NY Times recently focused on what they describe as a campaign to "stifle news media". The Times takes the side of its fellow journalists. The immediate clue is that it is framing this as the government being the aggressor adn the media being the victim, which means a lot to Americans who have been programmed for over 50 years that victim means "in the right". Here's a block quote for what the government is doing

Many journalists and political experts say the Abe government is trying to engineer a fundamental shift in the balance of power between his administration and the news media, using tactics to silence criticism that go beyond anything his predecessors tried and that have frustrated many journalists. These have included more aggressive complaints to the bosses of critical journalists and commentators like Mr. Koga, and more blatant retaliation against outlets that persist in faulting the administration. At the same time, Mr. Abe has tried to win over top media executives and noted journalists with private sushi lunches.
The big brouhaha is that per journalists and political experts (pundits journalists rely on and employ), the Abe government is trying to change the media-government relationship. Complaints! Sushi lunches! Oh my God, the Abe crew is trying to shape the behavior of the very people who shape the behavior of society at large! Forget everything else, the media is just pissed that the media will not get to run the show the exact way that they want to run it.

Abe's cronies have taken a sharp approach, and this is one that President Nixon even hinted at, which is partly why he was removed. Everyone has a weakness, the problem is finding it and threatening them with it. Abe's crew has an idea:
Members of the Abe government have openly hinted at revoking the broadcasting licenses of overly critical networks under a law that requires that TV news reports not intentionally twist facts.
Later on a quote that should give some hope that these guys understand the power of modern media.

“The Abe government is showing an obsession with the media that verges on paranoia,” said Keigo Takeda, a former editor in chief at Newsweek Japan who is now a respected freelance journalist. “I have never seen this level of efforts to micromanage specific newspapers and TV programs.” 
Paranoia of the media. Micromanagement = bad when Abe wants to do it, but micromanegment = good when Team Obama does it. Revoking broadcast licenses would kill media entities. Television is the power. Look at how Berlusconi and Putin consolidated power; they bought up or confiscated television broadcasting. The brilliance to the idea of being able to revoke a license due to an intentionally twisted fact is that it goes back to who defines intentional and who defines twisted. If Abe and crew can control that decision making spot in perpetuity, then they have the media over a barrel. If anything, they should write in the position so that only by multiple decisions or votes can someone be removed and to leave a "governor's veto" type of allowance. The problem is holding power, but looking at the LDP track record, they have done a good job at that since the '50s.

An interesting qestion though is what is the geopolitical landscape like, and why might Abe and crew be making these moves and why the Times might be so antsy about them? Here's a Times paragraph, with pearls clutched firmly, about to Abe's goals.
Mr. Abe’s efforts have had a chilling effect on coverage at a time when he is pushing ahead with a conservative agenda to dismantle the nation’s postwar pacifist consensus and put forth more positive portrayals of Japan’s World War II-era behavior. Experts warn that muzzling the press makes it easier for the government to make big changes that might not enjoy broad popular support, such as rewriting the pacifist Constitution, or even restarting the nation’s stalled nuclear industry.
Abe wants to move Japan towards a bit more militaristic approach. Abe wants to push a poratrayal of Japan as not "Nazis East". The moves do not enjoy broad popular support. This is an itneresting claim as recent polling shows that a stronger military is a quickly growing concern for the Japanese. The Japanese have wanted American bases out of Japan for years now, especially Okinawa. The media wants the ability to redirect these concerns and shape how to act on them. Abe wants the ability to act on them as his government wishes. Underneath all of this is a declining America that is making allies nervous about delivering on promises. A military build up would give the Japanese a new avenue for more government spending until the yen dies, andit would offer some protection in case Uncle Sam does not come through as China maybe bites after barking so loudly.

This is an interesting tug of war, and honestly, the Times seems ot be blowing it out of proportion. It also reveals, unintentionally, how important the media is for deciding policy. Reading the Times article, we readers are suppose to sympathize with paid taling heads and reporters rather than the men (and women) elected by "the people" to direct national policy. The Times also has an American interest in this because keeping Japan firmly an American province is critical. Japan may be greying, but they are still a wealthy nation with lots of human capital. Thailand, Egypt, Greece are smaller potatoes, but America cannot afford to have slippage from the likes of Japan. This will be interesting to see play out because just how many other countries are out there thinking of making moves. The Russian playbook may not work for everyone due to lack of nukes, but a media attack may be appealing to the rest of the world.