Friday, May 25, 2018

Dystopian Western Decadence This Week

Quote of the Week

"America’s still an innovator today. Unfortunately, what it’s innovating now is a new kind of poverty. Yet poverty is poverty. What happens in societies where poverty is growing? Authoritarianism rises, as people lose faith in democracy, which can’t seem to offer them working social contracts. Authoritarian soon enough becomes fascism — “this country, this land, its harvest — it is only for the true volk!”, the cry goes up, when there is not enough to go around. And the rest of the dark and grim story of the fall into the abyss you should know well enough by now. It ends in words we do not say. Still, history, laughing, has told this tale to us many times. And it is telling it to tomorrow, again, in the tale of American collapse."

"There are no boundaries. Like a fentanyl addiction, it takes over and distorts everything. Cash addicts in the U.S. government (in any government, really), their campaigns funded by the wealthy, will steal from the poor, destroy the environment, rip off sick children, engage in colonial exploitation, start wars and even sacrifice kids in yet another school shooting, if it means they can make some more bucks."

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He's not the first intellectual tempted into the service of power, and won't be the last: Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why

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Evidence of Western Decadence and Decline



The Only Acceptable Racism Left: Pure unadulterated anti-semitism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same



"Any mathematicians ready to help? If an army were to to shoot indiscriminately for several hours into a crowd of 45,000 representing population distribution in Gaza, what are the odds of killing 53 men who are Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives (1% of population) and 9 civilians?"--Einat Wilff on Twitter
"Nowhere in the world can you persuade everyday people to rush a fortified border fence opposite armed soldiers, even in Gaza. So while the masses milled around waiting for a breach in the fence, the hardcore foot soldiers of Hamas tried to breach it. And lo and behold, it turns out that they were the ones who died trying, in a failed mission to do, above ground, what the tunnels had been designed to do beneath it. Conclusion: the world media missed the real story. As usual." --Martin Kramer on Facebook


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dystopian Western Decadence This Week

  

Quote of the Week


"For the third time in two weeks, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have set fire to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which they get medicine, fuel and other humanitarian essentials from Israel. Soon we’ll surely hear a great deal about the misery of Gaza. Try not to forget that the authors of that misery are also the presumptive victims. There’s a pattern here — harm yourself, blame the other — and it deserves to be highlighted amid the torrent of morally blind, historically illiterate criticism to which Israelis are subjected every time they defend themselves against violent Palestinian attack."
"The “Palestine refugees” have been exceptionally indulged by the international community for seventy long years. This ranged from their very recognition as refugees though most of them fail to satisfy the basic criteria for such status, to the unprecedented benefit of a relief agency created exclusively for their welfare (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA), to the unique privilege of passing on “refugee” status to future generations.

"Rather than help resolve the Palestinian predicament, these unique benefits have served to confirm the permanency and growth in the “refugee” problem (what started as 600,000 is now over 5 million). And no organization has contributed more to this perpetuation than UNRWA, which, instead of ending direct relief within months, as stipulated by its mandate, has kept them as passive welfare recipients for decades under false humanitarian pretense, thus allowing the decades-long manipulation of their cause by successive Palestinian leaderships and the Arab regimes."

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"1. Gazans suffer from energy shortages. 2. Hamas sponsors riots that destroy gas & electricity lines into Gaza. 3. UN warns of collapse of services in Gaza unless fuel gets in 4. Israel spends $9mn to repair the damage. 5. Repeat
--Daniel Pipes on Twitter

 

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Evidence of Western Decadence


The Only Acceptable Racism Left: Pure unadulterated anti-semitism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same

Such systematic blindness to reality and bias cannot but have one explanation:  

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Dystopian Western Decadence This Week

Quote of the Week

    "Kim Jong-un has a peace bridge he’d like to sell you."

    "His grandfather, Kim Il-sung, sold that bridge to Bill Clinton in 1994, promising to shut down a reactor designed to produce plutonium for bombs in exchange for oil supplies, a pair of “proliferation-resistant” reactors, and an easing of trade restrictions. In 2002, North Korean negotiators admitted to pursuing a secret uranium-enrichment program."

    "Six years after that, Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, sold the same bridge to George W. Bush. In exchange for relief from U.S. sanctions, North Korea promised to declare its nuclear activities, disable its reactor, and allow international inspections. Pyongyang evicted inspectors the following April and conducted a nuclear test the next month."

    "Now it’s Kim’s turn to play the game of escalate-and-conciliate/cheat-and-repeat. Judging from Friday’s brilliantly orchestrated summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the village of Panmunjom, the young leader may be his family’s most adept player yet: Mike Pompeo offers aid to North Korea in exchange for forfeiting nukes ."


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    Evidence of Western Decadence



    The Only Acceptable Racism: Pure, unadulterated Anti-semitism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same



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    Friday, May 4, 2018

    Dystopian Western Decadence This Week


    Quote of the Week



    Abbas is right about one thing: America was as Anti-semitic as everybody else.
    "As the Holocaust raged, the American president secretly asked his government to study the possible resettlement of remaining European refugees in Africa and South America. His goal: for Jews to be ‘spread thin all over the world.’"

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    Evidence of Western Decadence



    The Only Acceptable Racism: Pure unadulterated Anti-semitism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same



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    Friday, April 27, 2018

    Dystopian Western Decadence This Week

     

    Must Read of the Week

    Presidents reflect the US of their time
    "The Bush model was about proving one’s worth and paying one’s dues. The Trump model is about the vain boast and the savage put-down. It’s either Hadrian or Caligula: Whose regime would you rather live under?"

    Jews have not learn the lesson of their 2000 years history and they'll pay the price. Again.
    "But to the extent that the Diaspora’s objections are prompted by the nonchalance of the supposedly nonvulnerable when it comes to Israel’s security choices, then the complaints are worse than feckless. They provide moral sustenance for Hamas in its efforts to win sympathy for its strategy of wanton aggression and reckless endangerment. And they foster the illusion that there’s some easy and morally stainless way by which Jews can exercise the responsibilities of political power."
    --Jewish Power at 70 Years Israel is a safeguard for Jews, not a vanity


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    Evidence of Western Decadence



    The Only Acceptable Racism: Pure unadulterated Anti-semitism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same



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    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Dystopian Western Decadence This Week

    Must Read of the Week


    "Why is this happening? In brief, 20th-century political structures are drowning in a 21st-century ocean of deregulated finance, autonomous technology, religious militancy and great-power rivalry. Meanwhile, the suppressed consequences of 20th-century recklessness in the once-colonised world are erupting, cracking nations into fragments and forcing populations into post-national solidarities: roving tribal militias, ethnic and religious sub-states and super-states. Finally, the old superpowers’ demolition of old ideas of international society – ideas of the “society of nations” that were essential to the way the new world order was envisioned after 1918 – has turned the nation-state system into a lawless gangland; and this is now producing a nihilistic backlash from the ones who have been most terrorised and despoiled."

    "The result? For increasing numbers of people, our nations and the system of which they are a part now appear unable to offer a plausible, viable future. This is particularly the case as they watch financial elites – and their wealth – increasingly escaping national allegiances altogether. Today’s failure of national political authority, after all, derives in large part from the loss of control over money flows. At the most obvious level, money is being transferred out of national space altogether, into a booming “offshore” zone. These fleeing trillions undermine national communities in real and symbolic ways. They are a cause of national decay, but they are also a result: for nation states have lost their moral aura, which is one of the reasons tax evasion has become an accepted fundament of 21st-century commerce."



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    Evidence of Western Decadence


    The Only Acceptable Racism: Pure unadulterated Anti-semitism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same



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    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Dystopian Western Decadence This Week

    Must Read of the Week

    "The rage against Israel is actually more therapeutic than political. It is not about seriously addressing the reality of life and conflict in the Middle East, but rather is driven by the narrow needs of Western observers and activists for an entity they can fume against in order to give release to their own sense of historical and political disorientation. But the impact of this therapeutic rage, this almost primal-scream therapy against Israel, is dire. It contributes to the growing conspiratorial view that certain people, you know who they are, have a uniquely disruptive influence on international affairs, political life, and everyday safety and security. ‘It isn’t anti-Semitic to criticise Israel’, observers say, and they are absolutely right. Every nation state must be open to criticism and protest. But if you only criticise Israel, or you criticise Israel disproportionately to every other state, and if your criticism of Israel is loaded with Holocaust imagery and talk of bloodletting, and if you boycott Israel and no other nation, and if you flatter the dark imaginings of the far right and Islamists and conspiracy theorists by fretting over a super powerful Israel Lobby, and if the sight of an Israeli violinist is too much for you to stomach, then, I’m sorry, that has the hallmarks of anti-Semitism."

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    Evidence of Western Decadence


     

    Pure Unadulterated Anti-semitism: The only acceptable racism and support for the myth of a "Palestinian nation" are one and the same



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