Why the World is Turning to Coal: It Works!

Per a report from the World Coal Association, there [are] currently 861 billion tons of proven coal reserves worldwide, implying that there is enough coal to last nearly 112 years at current rates of production. In comparison with this, proven oil and gas reserves are predicted to last around 46 and 54 years, respectively, at current production levels.

Coal Turning Around

Massive Coal Renaissance in Asia

Just a few short years ago, few would have dared to predict that coal could have a future in the energy policies of emerging and developed countries alike. Yet the fossil fuel is undergoing an unexpected renaissance in Asia, buoyed by technical breakthroughs and looming questions about squaring development with energy security. __ Why is Asia Returning to Coal?

India, China, and Japan are turning to coal to power their industry and power grids for a very good reason: Coal works! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks per year, year after year . . . coal provides power and heat to drive industrial economies — affordably. The only other forms of energy that might substitute reliably and predictably in producing high quality electric power and industrial process heat, are other hydrocarbons — primarily natural gas — and high temperature nuclear reactors.

For the long haul, the orders-of-magnitude greater energy density of nuclear reactions makes them the long-term solution for human energy-power-heat needs. Modern coal plants which eliminate almost all genuine pollutants, should be seen as a bridge to advanced nuclear reactors of all kinds.

Germany Would Die Without its Coal Plants

Germany has been forced to open more coal plants to make up for the political closure of nuclear plants, and the inherent unreliability of its massive buildup of wind and solar installations.

Germany is giving the rest of the world a lesson in just how much can go wrong when you try to reduce carbon emissions solely by installing lots of wind and solar.

After years of declines, Germany’s carbon emissions rose slightly in 2015, largely because the country produces much more electricity than it needs. That’s happening because even if there are times when renewables can supply nearly all of the electricity on the grid, the variability of those sources forces Germany to keep other power plants running. And in Germany, which is phasing out its nuclear plants, those other plants primarily burn dirty coal.

__ Technology Review

No one in possession of the real world facts believes that steady and reliable coal plants can be replaced by innately unreliable wind and solar plants — particularly in an industrial export dependent country such as Germany.

South Australia in Serious Danger from Green Energy

Australia has plenty of coal, but politicians in South Australia have opted for an overreliance on intermittent, unpredictable, unreliable wind energy. Given the life or death nature of electric power for driving modern societies, betting it all on unreliable energy sources is the hallmark of ideological insanity. Heads should be rolling.

South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, is once again experiencing horrendous power price spikes and rolling blackouts, thanks to excessive reliance on wind, a lack of dispatchable power capacity, and high demand caused by a Summer heatwave… Wind power is only producing 7% rated capacity.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg blamed the blackouts on the SA government’s renewable energy target, which he described as ‘‘madness’’.

The rolling blackouts make a mockery of South Australian government assurances in December, that the state of South Australia has sufficient thermal power capacity to meet requirements. __ WUWT

Good intentions are one thing. Forcing your political constituents to commit energy suicide unnecessarily is something else.

Coal is by far the most stable source of energy. A majority of the coal consumed in U.S. is actually produced in America and at the same time coal industry provides jobs to thousands of Americans.

___ http://www.investopedia.com/partner/zacks/coal-showing-signs-turnaround-solid-longterm-choice/

Coal is the Best Bet for Africa and Emerging World

Africa, with over 60 percent of its population without power, has told the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit last week that it will use coal to provide its residents with power, just as the developed world used the fuel for industrialization. As Tanzanian Minister of Power Sospeter Muhongo said, “We in Africa, we should not be in the discussion of whether we should use coal or not. In my country of Tanzania, we are going to use our natural resources because we have reserves which go beyond 5 billion tons.”[i] His country currently uses so little coal that at present rates, its supplies would last 50,000 years.

Tanzania is a good example of an industrializing nation in Africa that is attempting to move its population forward, and provide the benefits that electrification brings. Currently, only 24 percent of the population is connected to the grid (and only 7 percent of rural residents), and in order to develop clean water systems, pumping capacity is needed.[ii]

__ http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/analysis/60-africans-without-power-will-build-coal-fired-power-plants/

Only energy sadists such as Obama or Clinton would attempt to force unreliable, exorbitantly expensive, rapidly degrading wind/solar onto struggling nations such as those in Africa, Latin America, and the rest of the undeveloped and emerging worlds. Unlike the zombies of the political and bureaucratic worlds, Trump has actually worked in the real world and understands what works and what doesn’t to keep the world running. Coal works. Wind/solar do not work without massive government subsidies, mandates, tax breaks, and handouts — and ruinously expensive spinning backup from coal and gas plants.

Why Large Scale Wind/Solar are Incompatible with Power Grids

Two useful PDF reports provide important information into why it is so expensive and so risky to attempt to integrate large scale intermittent energy supplies such as wind/solar into a modern power grid:

MIT: Managing Large Scale Integration of Intermittent Renewables (PDF)

Comparing the Costs of Intermittent and Dispatchable Sources of Electricity Generating Technologies (PDF)

Unlike deceptive reports from renewable energy promoters and enthusiasts, the reports above look more deeply and honestly into the hidden costs and complications of unpredictable intermittency when forced onto critically important shared power grids. The advanced world can no longer afford to ignore the threats to their economies, industry, and critical infrastructure which are posed by expensive and unreliable electrical energy sources.

Any attempts to smooth the intermittency of wind/solar with energy storage systems would only add immense costs to the energy equation. Such an intentional retreat from affordability represents an attitude of combined suicide/homicide toward economies and energy consumers on all levels.

Greens would prefer to see the human population of Earth decrease by up to 90% or more. Knowing this, it is not difficult to understand why green politicians would promote energy policies that threaten to destroy the economies of advanced nations using pseudoscience such as the Climate Apocalypse Cult as an underlying rationale.

Without the global demand provided by markets in Europe and the Anglosphere, the economies of the undeveloped and emerging worlds would also collapse. In a world of universally collapsed markets, it would not take long for the horsemen of famine, plague, war, and privation to emerge and dominate. A human dieoff under those conditions would be certain, with only the magnitude and geographic scope of the dieoff in doubt. A 90% dieoff across many areas is not an outrageous expectation in such a case.

For now, the world is turning to coal because, unlike wind/solar, coal works!

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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Delusions, Obsessions, and Ideologies in the Age of Trump

Delusions are unfounded but tightly held beliefs. Everyone is prone to forming delusions — in fact it can be said that human life is built upon systems of delusions, depending upon one’s upbringing. Ordinary delusions, as opposed to pathological delusions, provide the framework for the way humans see and act in the world.

Obsession is “the domination of one’s thought or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.” Dictionary.com

Ideology is “the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group… such a body of doctrine, myth, etc., with reference to some political and social plan, as that of [socialism, fascism, communism], along with the devices for putting it into operation.” Dictionary.com

Everything You Think You Know is a Lie

Unless a person has worked out his own escape from powerful belief systems and ideologies, he is unlikely to understand how badly he has been fooled by his life. The problem lies in the way that human minds acquire and accumulate knowledge and beliefs — which is not a rational process. Young minds naturally fall into popular ideological prisons if they are not taught a better, more powerful and independent way of thinking from an early age.

Escaping from powerful belief systems and ideologies — which are almost certainly built upon delusional foundations and supporting frameworks — is no easy task.

Lies, Delusions, Shattered Illusions Source

Lies, Delusions, Shattered Illusions
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But if one can come to understand the history and the mechanisms by which their beliefs are built and organised into obsessive ideologies of action, he can become liberated from the zombie drone existence of the masses of people who sleepwalk through their lives without meaningful insight.

It is difficult — if not impossible — for most people to cut through their own lifelong programming. A university education can be either help or hindrance. Modern educational institutions are increasingly devoted to indoctrinating students into a politically correct viewpoint consensus generally shared among faculty, staff, and administration. Students too often emerge from university firmly convinced of their own ideological superiority, and too many of them these days seem willing to take to the streets to enforce it with clubs, pepper spray, and worse.

The same is true for the study of philosophy across its wide range. A philosopher may be a philosophical liberator, someone who opens the students’ minds to independent exploration. Or a philosopher may as easily be a closet programmer, promoter, and propagandist of ideology.

Wise Fiction May Work Best for Mental Liberation of Modern Drone Minds

I think the books that made me the kind of historian I am—contrarian, suspicious of received wisdom, mistrustful of “theory,” secular, rational, humanist, and focused on explaining the horrors to which politics led in the early twentieth century—were the great anti-ideological novels of the 1940s : Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, George Orwell’s 1984, and Albert Camus’s The Plague—and one older, heavy-handed but haunting work in a different vein, Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People __ https://bookscombined.com/2016/09/05/ideology-and-delusion/

Fiction requires the willing suspension of disbelief from the outset, for proper enjoyment. In a frame of mind of suspended judgment, one is more capable of stepping outside his own programming to see a different world than the one that rules his everyday thoughts and actions.

Most fiction is garbage, of course, but if one learns to be discriminating in his taste, and comprehends how the tools of fiction can alternatively mislead or liberate, for many modern seekers wise fiction can help jump-start the engine of escape from the chains of ideology and lifelong delusional belief systems.

Philosophy is for Thinkers; Ideology is for Stinkers

Philosophy at its best is the disciplined quest for meaning, knowledge, and the development of improved tools for acquiring meaning and knowledge. Good philosophy contrasts starkly with ideology, which is too often a blueprint of conformist dogma and groupthink.

Most humans will never escape their ideological chains, for a number of reasons. Innate deficiencies in prefrontal executive function, dull intelligence, the lack of ability to see outside one’s own point of view — all of these and more can prevent otherwise seemingly bright and exceptional people from ever emerging from the ideological cocoon. The most common reason is lack of personal courage. We are living in an age of cowardly groupthink conformism, propped up by mass media.

An Enlightened Life is More Difficult Than Most Think

Since enlightenment involves throwing off the tight structures and detailed blueprints of ideology and groupthink, enlightened persons who have jettisoned their ideological baggage must build and deduce more of their own mental frameworks than the run of mill indoctrinated ideologue — with his own prefabricated thought processes.

But the ease with which lighter baggage allows one to see through ideological delusions and madnesses of crowds can make the effort worthwhile, for the most part. Liberation from groupthink and mandatory chains of inappropriate consensus cuts through a lot of mass programmed shite almost effortlessly.

Arguing With a Programmed Drone is Almost Always a Waste of Everyone’s Time

Only someone who has escaped a series of nested and chained ideologies and delusional belief systems will understand the frustration of watching people they care about sinking into the zombie’s life of automatic compliance with the politically correct groupthink du jour.

But more often than not, restraining one’s self from direct confrontation with such persons is the best course. When a deluded group-thinking ideologue is confronted directly, more often than not he will dig even more deeply into his entrenched delusions. Basic human nature of avoiding cognitive dissonance — not to mention the avoidance of hard mental work — keeps zombie drones the way they are, for the most part.

It is Only the Diversity of Outlooks in a Free Society that Keeps Such Societies from Slipping Completely into an Orwellian Nightmare

Popular pundits bemoan the deep divisions of beliefs, attitudes, and actions in dynamic western societies such as those in the Anglosphere. But it is just such divisions that have helped prevent societies from sinking into Soviet-style dictatorships of one extreme or another.

It is too much to demand of society that most of its population members be enlightened and liberated from groupthink ideology. The wide differences in innate ability and energy — usually displayed in normal bell curve distributions — means that some persons will always be at extreme advantage of controlling the masses, and others will be at disadvantage, or extreme disadvantage of doing anything but following the leader.

A Society is Only as Strong and Resilient as its Constituent Parts

If a society is made up of groupthinking zombie drones, easily guided by daily talking points of elitist-owned mass media, its future is predictably one of decay and decline. Such a top-down quasi mind control by the elites results in many of the widespread delusions that are sapping the strength and capital of modern western societies.

Politically correct conformist ideology destroys the diversity of opinion, outlook, and lifestyle that is crucial to an abundant and expansive human future.

An opportunity society rewards people who know how to conduct successful ventures — people such as Peter Thiel, etc.

A society in decay, on the other hand, rewards people who have never done an honest day’s work in their lives — people such as most professional politicians, bureaucrats, university professors and administrators, journalists, many intellectuals, and others who misuse words and ideas and unearned power to diminish the futures of the people entrusted to their care.

Hope for the Best; Prepare for the Worst

The Dangerous Child movement is an alternative, ideology-free anti-ideological approach to creating competent and independent minded generations capable of working toward an abundant and expansive human future. It is both a “fallback” and a belatedly proactive approach to building a world of larger opportunity from the ground up.

It is a crude truism to say “Everything you think you know just ain’t so.” But for those who have worked hard to escape the inner cages of the Matryoshka system of mind prisons, and who continue to struggle to break out of the recursive system of entrapment, it goes without saying.

For those who never knew that such things existed, don’t feel badly. The rest of the herd feels the same way. 😉

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Can a More Rational Polygamy Save the Civilised World?

Polygamy is already legal. But what we have now in modern nations is “irrational polygamy,” where large numbers of low IQ women are married to the welfare state. The state pays these low quality women to have children who are also of typically low quality, perpetuating this irrational form of state-centered polygamy over many generations, each generation less competent than the one before.

Global Polygamy Legal Status

Global Polygamy Legal Status

… 59 countries, comprising roughly 44 percent of the world’s total population, are currently not producing enough children to avoid population decline, and the phenomenon continues to spread. By 2045, according to the latest UN projections, the world’s fertility rate as a whole will have fallen below replacement levels. __ Global Baby Bust … Phil Longman in Foreign Affairs

Demographic collapse in the civilised world is twofold:

  1. The numbers of people in advanced world nations are declining.
  2. The quality of people in advanced world nations is declining.

In “rational polygamy,” women are attracted to men capable of providing for more than one wife, emotionally, sexually, and financially. Such men are in high demand anyway, and their genetic and parenting capacity is largely wasted under the present system of mandated monogamy. If high quality men of large potency and competency were allowed to procreate and parent with multiple high quality partners, at least part of the modern dysgenic trend could be halted, or reversed.

Or, as they say in Africa:

‘If you have a choice of a guy who has 180 cows, lots of land and other wives, it might be better for you to marry him rather than a guy who has no wives, three cows and one acre,’ said anthropologist and study lead, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder. __ Polygamy in Africa Makes Better Children

The average man is capable of impregnating at least 20 women a month. But very few men are capable of caring for 20 women and their offspring. And that is really what polygamy (polygyny) is about: Fulfilling a sacred trust to one’s spouses, children, community, and humanity at large.

Polygamy involves marriage with more than one spouse.

Always Something to Do Around the House

Always Something to Do Around the House

Now that people of all conceivable sexual orientations are legally allowed to marry in many modern nations, it beggars belief that judicial systems in those nations continue to discriminate against polyamorous partnerships. Of course, leftists typically fail to think issues through clearly, and often suffer from hypocritical and inconsistent approaches to a wide range of practical policies.

Those who care about gays and lesbians being discriminated against cannot ignore whether those who would marry multiple partners, if they were allowed to do so, are also being treated unfairly. __ Three May Not Be a Crowd … via Volokh Conspiracy

More judges in future are likely to agree with Judge Waddoups that laws against polygamous unions are unconstitutional in the age of LBGT marriage.

Making the Choice More Clear

Polygamy already exists. The choice is between “irrational polygamy,” where millions of low quality women are married to the welfare state, procreating illegitimate children for the state — and “rational polygamy” where multiple women will be allowed to choose to marry high quality, high potency, high competency men capable of taking care of them and their progeny.

The current system of irrational polygamy is clearly dysgenic in nature, leading to a progressively dysfunctional and incompetent society. A fairer system of rational polygamy would slow or reverse some dysgenic trends, and allow potent and comptent males to transfer their good genes and good habits to larger numbers of future generations.

Polygamy will exist, either way. It is clear, however, that the welfare state makes a horrible husband. In the US black community, for example, roughly 75% of black children are born illegitimate, many destined to perpetuate a multi-generational descent into crime and welfare dependency:

There is a large black underclass that is still mired in drugs, gang life, and lawlessness. Blacks are overrepresented among people who commit violent crimes and go to prison. There has been a sharp rise in the proportion of black children raised by their unmarried mothers. Unemployment, especially among inner-city young people, remains high. Too many blacks (for that matter, too many whites) have developed a long-term dependency on government welfare. __ James Q Wilson

The same effects of “irrational polygamy” — multiple marriage to the welfare state — propagate throughout populations of lower quality white, hispanic, native american, asian, and other ethnic groups. Multi-generational crime, poverty, unemployment, and government dependency.

Rational Polygamy Must Be Combined With Stringent Welfare Reform

It does no good to legalise polygamy if the welfare state continues to finance low quality procreation among  underachieving underclasses with high rates of violent crime. Such counter-productive financial support of multi-generational dysfunctionality should be nipped in the bud. Polygamists must be able to support their own lifestyle, and cannot be permitted to live on the public dole.

Legalising a more rational polygamy combined with stringent welfare reforms will open positive opportunities for more diverse forms of functional relationships that should help to reverse some of the troubling trends so prominent in the modern welfare states of Europe and the Anglosphere.

Rational polygamy will not save the world. Only Dangerous Children can do that.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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Russia Riding Roughshod over Europe: 2050

According to a New Price Waterhouse Report, Europe Will Serve a Rough Master

In the year 2050, according to a brand new Price Waterhouse PDF report, Europe will be Russia’s bitch. The projections are tentative, largely linear, and do not make allowance for any “black swan” events. But if the public bites, Price Waterhouse stands to make a lot of money via profitable investment packages in the emerging world, which includes Russia.

As you can see from the table below, Price Waterhouse projects Russia to be the largest economy in Europe in 2050, and China to be the largest economy in the world — in terms of GDP at PPP.

World Economies at 2014 -- 2030 -- 2050 Revenge of the BRICS?

World Economies at 2014 — 2030 — 2050
Revenge of the BRICS?

What is GDP at PPP?

PPP stands for “Purchasing Power Parity,” an economic fictional construct meant to facilitate comparisons of living standards between less developed and more developed nations. It involves determining the number of units of local currency needed to buy “a market basket of goods” compared to the number of units of another country’s currency needed to buy the same “market basket of goods.” The US dollar is often used as a reference currency for the sake of comparison.

There are many problems with the use of “GDP at PPP,” but that does not stop people from using the contrived index whenever it is of some use. Here are a few problems according to Wikipedia’s PPP entry:

In addition to methodological issues presented by the selection of a basket of goods, PPP estimates can also vary based on the statistical capacity of participating countries. The International Comparison Program, which PPP estimates are based on, require the disaggregation of national accounts into production, expenditure or (in some cases) income, and not all participating countries routinely disaggregate their data into such categories.

Some aspects of PPP comparison are theoretically impossible or unclear. For example, there is no basis for comparison between the Ethiopian laborer who lives on teff with the Thai laborer who lives on rice, because teff is not commercially available in Thailand and rice is not in Ethiopia, so the price of rice in Ethiopia or teff in Thailand cannot be determined. As a general rule, the more similar the price structure between countries, the more valid the PPP comparison.

PPP levels will also vary based on the formula used to calculate price matrices. Different possible formulas include GEKS-Fisher, Geary-Khamis, IDB, and the superlative method. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Linking regions presents another methodological difficulty. In the 2005 ICP round, regions were compared by using a list of some 1,000 identical items for which a price could be found for 18 countries, selected so that at least two countries would be in each region. While this was superior to earlier “bridging” methods, which do not fully take into account differing quality between goods, it may serve to overstate the PPP basis of poorer countries, because the price indexing on which PPP is based will assign to poorer countries the greater weight of goods consumed in greater shares in richer countries. __ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity

More problems with PPP

So What Are We to Think About Russia in Light of all This?

According to Price Waterhouse, Russia will have the strongest economy in Europe in 2050, and will be able to use its energy spigots to control its virtual conquests to the west. But what do the facts on the ground say?

Russia is Still in Decline

There is an urgent shortage of engineers, researchers, workers with technical skills, and professional managers

Russia’s per capita GDP projection for 2016 is around $8,500, which puts the country at around 70 in the International Monetary Fund’s world rankings, alongside Turkey, Mexico, and Suriname.

… a substantial part of Russia’s production capacity (more than 40 percent by some estimates) is both technologically and functionally obsolete and cannot produce competitive and marketable products. For instance, Russia’s machine stock has shrunk by almost one-half in the last ten years—a problem that is only in small part explained by old, inefficient machinery being replaced by new high-tech equipment.

The Russian economy badly needs to rapidly capitalize production and build new capacity, and the state simply lacks the money to accomplish this goal. Private investors consider it too risky to invest in Russia, with the result that only a tiny fraction of the necessary capital comes into Russia and that mainly in areas as retail trade, logistics, and the assembly of very simple goods with the lowest added value.

… Russia also increasingly lacks labor resources, which are falling at the rate of 0.5 percent a year for natural demographic reasons (see figures 7.1, 7.2, and 8). Moreover, most of these workers are employed in spheres with zero or very low value added, such as the public sector, private security, retail, and the extremely inefficient banking sector. The remaining employees do not have skills the state needs. There is an urgent shortage of engineers, researchers, workers with technical skills, and professional managers.

… We can expect a gradual and gentle decline in all Russia’s economic indicators in 2017. __ Decline, Not Collapse

For a much more in depth multi-dimensional report on the ongoing Decline in Russia, consult these special reports.

The Same Report Says that China Will Rule the World in 2050

But how realistic is that prediction, given the massive debt, pollution, and capital misallocation problems that continue building inside the Middle Kingdom?

The SOEs are an albatross around China’s economic neck, yet even the increasingly powerful Xi, recently crowned China’s “core leader,” has been unable to shut most of them down. The management, ownership and finances of many private businesses also are opaque. Often, businesses that are nominally private are actually owned by the government through a complex chain of holding companies. This is particularly the case with respect to firms in the high-tech and aerospace sectors.

The era of untrammeled Chinese economic growth appears to be over…

… __ About China? Think Again

It is difficult to make successful predictions, particularly regarding the future. When the deep level realities of a nation such as Russia do not correspond to the “rose coloured glasses” projections of an investment management entity, wise readers would do well to maintain scepticism.

The same, of course, applies to predictions of all types that extend decades or centuries into the future. Be very sceptical.

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Idiots Think in Words: A Global Revolt Against Pseudo-Experts

Human Intelligence Manifests in Multiple Ways

I often say that a mathematician thinks in numbers, a lawyer in laws, and an idiot thinks in words. These words don’t amount to anything. I think you have to draw the conclusion that there is a global riot against pseudo-experts. I saw it with Brexit, and Nigel Farage [leader of the U.K. Independence Party], who was a trader for 15 years, said the problem with the government was that none of them had ever had a proper job. Being a bureaucrat is not a proper job. __ Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nicholas Taleb is the author of several books which look at the dynamics of human societies from a contrarian point of view. When prompted by a mainstream interviewer to discuss Donald Trump, Taleb repeatedly confounded the interviewer’s attempts to get him to condemn the American president.

Well, with Trump, Modi, Brexit, and now France, there are some similar problems in those countries. What you are hearing is people getting fed up with the ruling class. This is not fascism. It has nothing to do with fascism. It has to do with the faux-experts problem and a world with too many experts. If we had a different elite, we may not see the same problem. __ Nicholas Taleb

Taleb seems immune to the journalist’s attempts to shape the interview, because while the journalist is limited to thinking in mere words, Taleb sees more deeply into the reality underlying the words. This is something that most journalists, social scientists, and other intellectuals seem unable to do. This is because Taleb is not only an author and wordsmith, he is also a statistician, a financial trader, and a risk analyst. Such activities imply putting “skin in the game,” and going far beyond the trite and pompous intellectualism of the modern age.

Source: Wikipedia via

Source: Wikipedia
via

You can see in the graphic above, that the verbal component of the IQ score is only one part of the whole. There is no good reason why journalists, social scientists, and other intellectuals should dominate and distort modern societies so thoroughly — particularly in the age of the internet.

And sure enough, The Audacious Epigone points out that alternative viewpoints are beginning to pierce the bubble of politically correct mainstream intellectuals. On the internet, the philistines are beginning to make substantial inroads on the elite insider intellectual establishment of news journalism. While the elites call “foul!” and protest against the “fake news” of the newcomers, too often it is the established elites who are guilty of faking things.

The dominance of dishonest, rent-seeking intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals is not limited to news and entertainment media. It extends into universities, foundations, NGOs, political lobbies and activist groups, intergovernmental organisations, government bureaucracies, legal groups, and all other cultural institutions within society.

The Dominance of Word-Thinkers is Like the Tail Wagging the Dog

Cognition and Success James Thompson

Cognition and Success
James Thompson

Modern success is built on advanced science, mathematics, technology, telecomputing, and other wonders that go deeper, higher, and farther than the manipulation of the surface meanings of words. Successful modern societies and economies are not successful due to their word-thinking intellectuals, but in spite of them. Intellectuals are like “ambulance-chasers” who latch onto successful enterprises and attempt to extract rent from them. And no wonder, since attorneys make up a substantial portion and driving force of all groups that use words to control power and influence. You could say that many of today’s intellectuals are the parasites and zombies of the “respectable world,” and make the reign of the elites possible.

It is the Full Range of Human IQ that Successful Societies Need

… you might say that countries depend on those with IQs of 120 and above. These are the people who can follow “college format” education in which they read provided references and work out the implications for themselves, guided by tutor and test feedback. The USA can rely on 8% of their people to do such work, Mexico 2%. If countries can find such people, retain them, and deploy them properly, with a good pyramid of helpers below, then the country concerned has a good prospect of doing well. However, given global competition, countries need many people of IQ 130+ to really prosper, and such people tend to emigrate to the strongest economies, where they will earn most, so less able countries are often denuded of their brightest citizens. The USA can rely on 2% of their population to do such work, Mexico 0.3%. __ James Thompson

Countries such as Mexico, Brasil, and South Africa have plenty of people who fit the description of journalists, philosophers, and intellectuals. But because of a lack of generalised competence in science, technology, mathematics, and other more practical areas, such countries cannot build competent societies to compete in the modern era. Low average IQ is part of the problem, but a much bigger problem is lack of “smart fraction” persons who are strong in maths and the sciences and technologies which require a strength in maths.

Dishonesty of the Elites is Not Limited to Intellectual Fields

Modern elites have focused upon particular areas of science which offer them immense rent-seeking opportunities for parasitism and influence peddling. By controlling what is published within a particularly trendy area of “science,” elite string-pullers and their operatives-in-place can channel lucrative government favours — into the $trillions over time — to themselves and their cronies.

All of this potential for past, present, and future loot comes as a result of seizing control of the verbal narrative, and growing and milking opportunities for cronyism, graft, and rent-seeking into the fabric of government and intergovernmental policies.

Under Obama, such cronyism thrived. Not only did Obama double the US national debt, he transferred hundreds of $billions from the productive economy into the coffers of corrupt foundations, fellow travelers, and anti-western, anti-capitalist activist groups. Can President Trump reverse some of the damage that Obama caused?

People don’t realise that Obama created inequalities when he distorted the system. You can only get rich if you have assets. What Trump is doing is put some kind of business sense in the system. You don’t have to be a genius to see what’s wrong. Instead of Trump being elected, if you went to the local souk [bazaar] in Aleppo and brought one of the retail shop owners, he would do the same thing Trump is doing. Like making a call to Boeing and asking why are we paying so much. __ Nicholas Taleb

The Rage of the Intellectual Elite Against Loss of Narrative Control

With the election of Donald Trump, new voices enter into public discussion. The old intellectual elite no longer has total dominance of what is heard by the public, although the “backlash of the elites” against Trump is certainly quite intense and visible to anyone who looks and listens.

And yet, the elites could not stop Trump from being elected. In fact, they played a part in Trump’s triumph in the Republican primaries by encouraging Democrats to register as Republicans and vote for Trump in primary elections. It was a strategy based upon the belief that Trump was “unelectable.” Needless to say, the strategy of the elite backfired.

Expect to see many more such “backfires” and “shooting themselves in the feet.” As uncomfortable as Trump’s foot must feel inside his own mouth at times, the discomfort of elite intellectuals repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot must be incomparably worse.

Turbulence Ahead: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

Special Note:

Rather than to say merely that “idiots think in words,” it is more edifying to say that “idiots can only think in words.” And today’s university intellectuals and typical media pundits do a pitifully poor job at that.

From a cognitive standpoint, words and language are a serial form — at least as used by media, social science professors, and other propaganda purveyors. Other forms of cognition — mathematics, patterns, body based intuitions, procedural learning and practise etc. — can take more multi-dimensional, parallel, simultaneous forms.

If a picture paints a thousand words, then some forms of cognition are more elegant and potent than others. Of course words are capable of so much more than imagined by our dumbed-down educators and media pundits. But only when they are skilfully integrated into the larger suite of cognitive processes.

The word is not the concept, the map is not the territory, the model is not the climate . . .

An Orientation Guide to Modern Higher Education

College Orientation Guide Source

College Orientation Guide
Source


Recent anti-free speech riots at Berkeley and other college campuses and schools illustrate the utterly depraved and decayed nature of the modern intellectual’s verbal repertoire, on campuses and on the media.

Degradation of language and discourse among intellectuals and academics has accelerated rapidly since the 1997 revelations of Sokal and Bricmont in “Fashionable Nonsense.” Back then, the rot had extended mainly into the humanities and social sciences. Now there are very few fields of work or study where the rot has not penetrated.

Overturning Pseudo-Experts; Escaping the Comfort Zone

When most humans are herded into a milling mass of conformists, comfortable with the politically correct talking points handed down to them from above, “common sense” takes on a different and somewhat ominous meaning. This is what we see when the indoctrinated herds are confronted with new ideas and directions of thought — no matter how well supported these ideas may be by research and detailed observations.

For tamed conformists to escape the comfort zone of groupthink is one of the most difficult things they will ever do. As Albert Einstein said:

Radical Ideas Make Us Uncomfortable;  Even the Ones that Eventually Save Us From a Dreary Repetitive Decay

Radical Ideas Make Us Uncomfortable; Even the Ones that Eventually Save Us From a Dreary and Relentless Decay


If we can surmount our discomfort and cognitive dissonance long enough to weight the facts, we can escape the herd and begin thinking for ourselves — in as many modes of thought as we are capable of.

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Should Journalists be Assassinated?

Update: Must read article on the crisis in journalism in the age of Trump

Hillary Clinton Wanted to Assassinate Assange Source

Hillary Clinton Wanted to Assassinate Julian Assange
Source

When Putin or Duterte Kill Journalists, We Are Not Surprised

But now American journalists are accusing brand new US President Donald Trump of plotting to kill them! Perhaps this is their guilty conscience speaking, since a number of journalists and other celebrities have tweeted for and privately called for President Trump to be assassinated. Or perhaps this fear of Trump by news media is due to a presumed close relationship between Trump and Russian President Putin — a man strongly believed to be guilty of multiple assassinations of critical journalists and members of the political opposition.

Another trigger-happy president, Philippine President Duterte, seems to be taking a page out of Putin’s playbook when he threatens to assassinate “corrupt journalists” in his own country. But it is not such a stretch of credibility to believe he means what he says, considering all of the blood on his hands up to this point.

The Media is Running Scared, Committed to a Full-Scale “War Against Trump”

Having failed to prevent Donald Trump from being elected and assuming the presidency, a highly partisan media is doing everything it can to “paint reality” in such a way that President Trump will have difficulty achieving most of his goals to “drain the DC swamp” of corruption and opaque insider deal-making. Since the media has played an integral part in hiding and obscuring corrupt and under-the-table deal and policy-making, it is natural for such an institution to resent any newcomer who threatens to disrupt a profitable influence racket.

Despite the fact that more people trust Trump than trust the media, we see an increasingly frantic and overwrought media concocting plots and outrages which exist within their own minds and nowhere else. Of course, this is nothing new for the “fake news” media, but it is reaching levels of extreme delusion. Perhaps a case could be made for journalistic euthanasia in some cases? 😉

In Russia Journalists are Killed for Telling the Truth; In the US, the Telling of Lies Would be the More Likely Reason

Whenever an institution such as the media betrays a public trust by entering into a dishonest, corrupt, and totally partisan pact with groups of people dedicated to destroying the constitutional basis of a nation such as the US — for selfish reasons of influence and gain — that institution deserves the closest scrutiny. When the fabric of reality is being distorted so badly by an institution that is granted license and excluvisity by government to present a more or less objective perspective of events in the world, severe consequences to that institution should be expected. But should journalists and media owners/executive who are guilty of distorting the truth in such a way as to cause harm to individuals and the public be assassinated?

There is a Difference Between Distorting Reality to an Adult and Twisting the Reality of a Child

One assumes that by the time a person grows to be an adult, he should be able to decide what he wishes to watch, read, or listen to. If he chooses to listen to viewpoints that are presented in a partisan and dishonest manner, that is his choice alone. If he, as an adult, takes such dishonest viewpoints too seriously and commits an act of violence or criminality, we generally hold the perpetrator of the crime himself to account, rather than the dishonest “fake news” media.

Things are Different When a Child or Youth is Indoctrinated with Disinformation

School teachers, coaches, and staff hold positions of responsibility over the child which are subject to abuse.  Therefore parents and members of the community must keep a close eye on what is being said and done within their schools. If teachers, coaches, or staff abuse their positions in order to indoctrinate and warp young minds before their independence of thought is established — or worse, if by their actions they delay or prevent the child or youth from developing true independence of thought — harsher punishments toward educational personnel should be considered, than might be considered toward a journalist who treats mainly with the minds of adults.

Likewise, members of various media which are oriented particularly toward the entertainment and edification of youth, should be held to a stricter responsibility than members of media which are oriented primarily toward adults. In other words, publishers of juvenile fiction or producers of films for children, should be held more closely responsible for works that distort reality in pursuit of political correctness or ideological purity.

Questions to Ask About Journalism, Works of Nonfiction, and Works of Fiction

When examining works of journalism, we need to ask whether the work reflects a likely reality, and whether honest effort was made to incorporate multiple honest points of view into the piece, without overtly biasing the reader or viewer.  We expect journalists to be biased, so we are all fore-warned.

For works of nonfiction, we need to ask the same questions. In addition, since the expectation of bias in writers of nonfiction is not as strong, we always must consciously look and ask whether the writer or producer has made his own bias clear to the reader or viewer. If not, why not?

For works of fiction, much more leeway is allowed to writers, although we should all know that fiction is an ideal propaganda vehicle. Within fiction, subtle biases — both overt and covert —  may occur at various levels within text and subtext, and in other parts of the story.

In the modern age, when works of fiction are too often mislabeled as works of journalism or works of nonfiction, close fact checking and dispassionate scrutiny are all the more important.

Should Journalists be Assassinated?

Not for telling the truth, never for that. When a scheming journalist knowingly perpetrates a falsehood that results in tangible harm to persons or communities, points of law are likely to enter into the equation. But since assassination is an extra-legal act, assassination is not called for in such cases.

It is possible that some journalists could through the abuse of their art, engineer an outrage of sufficient catastrophic result that they deserve the severest punishment allowable. Such decisions are best left to duly instituted authority.

The Media’s “War Against Trump” is Reaching Hysterical Proportions

Anti-Trump hysteria on the part of the media has been apparent ever since Trump won the Republican nomination in August of 2016. But the drumbeat of media hysteria continues to be amplified and accelerated to the point that a level of complete unhinged media derangement cannot be far off, if it is not already here.

The best approach to a media so disconnected with reality, and so deeply corrupted by partisanship and the need to control the minds of others, is to turn it off completely. Any special privileges given to such a media by governments of any level and by society at large, should be suspended totally and immediately.

The same remedy applies to schools which seek to distort and twist the realities of children and youth. Once it is clear that the situation is beyond remedy, such schools should be defunded — and children of responsible parents and guardians should be withdrawn at once and placed in better rounded educational environments.

The Swamp That President Trump Has Been Talking About is Real

It needs to be drained and disinfected, and something built in its place that contributes to an abundant and expansive human future. No one really knows all that such a job will entail if done well, but it is past time to begin.

Not by using tools such as assassination, but rather by shining bright lights in dark places and taking the type of corrective action that would normally be required, even if the corrupt persons involved do happen to be very wealthy, powerful, and influential persons.

This is the last thing the news media wants — true transparency at high levels of government, media, academia, and other institutions of society. But it is what “draining the swamp” will demand, from the onset.

Mainstream media: A Fakenews Extravaganza

What to do about George Soros, feeder of the flames of hysteria and violence

More:

We can all agree that a very high stakes game is being played. But is the game chess…

Trump is playing the kind of game that I was taught to play by my coach. His opponents are never given time to mount an attack. Their queen – the MSM has been removed from the board and their favorite piece – the Celebrities are locked in a war of attrition while Trump gets the rest of his pieces on the board. Remember, these are all Tactics but Strategy flows from Tactics. Sooner or later the Left will find itself in some terrible position and the Strategy to drain the swamp will present itself. __ https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/02/08/a-game-of-chess/

… or is the game poker?

If you’ve been playing poker for 30 minutes and you don’t know who the sucker is … it’s you. We are — all of us, without exception — being played. That doesn’t mean we stop playing the game, whether it’s the game of markets or the game of citizenship. It means, though, that we resolve not to be the sucker. That we turn a clear eye to the stories that others tell us and the stories that we tell ourselves. That we demand to be treated as the rightful, autonomous owners of our identities, and we extend that right to others. __ http://www.salientpartners.com/epsilon-theory/the-evolution-of-competition/

Probably a portion of both. The mainstream skankstream media has had things their own way for so long that they cannot be sure whether they are still doing the manipulating or whether they themselves are being manipulated by a better player. The same is true for leftist strategists across the board, from media to academia to foundations to thinktanks to NGOs to environmental activists to foreign leaders to corrupt billionaires who are attempting to shape the world to their liking, no matter who suffers.

It’s going to be a ride like we have not seen for many years.

When Media Join the Zombie Horde

When Media Are Widely Known as Part of the Zombie Horde


Like lawyers, professors, and politicians, journalists cannot help but exaggerate, and often lie outright. But if they cannot tone down their tendency to obfuscate and mislead, some dark night the boogeyman of consequences will come to call. Then, their habitual bullshite will not work as a defence.

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A Competent Society from the Ground Up

US Government Schools Designed to Destroy Young Minds

A monstrous zombie bureaucracy in Washington DC controls the government school system, and strongly influences education throughout the US.  Over the decades, the zombies have destroyed young minds by the millions.  But now, alternative pathways are emerging which substitute the teaching of genuine knowledge — and practical and profitable skills — in place of the mainstream zombie methods of groupthink indoctrination and learned helplessness.

We have already looked at the exceptional US Basis Charter School system, whose students often test higher than students in the vaunted school systems of Singapore, Korea, Germany, and Shanghai. Today we will look at charter schools that build real-world skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace.

Utica Shale Academy Source

Utica Shale Academy
Source

The Utica Shale Academy provides a unique and vigorous learning environment through a specialized academic program which responds to employers’ and industries’ current and emerging and changing global workforce needs and expectations through business/school partnerships.

The school’s overall goal is for students to develop work habits that foster independence, self-awareness, and commitment to personal growth, as well as achieve competency in industry and academic standards. USA’s mission statement is backed by their oil and gas industry centered curriculum. The following is an example of a course in the program:

Introduction to Well Control. This self-paced interactive multimedia program takes a rig hand through the basic concepts of well control in an easy to understand, straight-forward manner. Course objectives include: Well Control Equipment, Units of Measure, Hydrostatic Pressure, Pressure Balance, Causes of Kicks, Controlling the Well, and Restoring the Well.

Other sample courses, each with unique objectives, are:

IADC Rig Pass: A basic orientation of rig operations and safe work practices. (IADC RigPass certificate available).

Introduction to Petroleum Industry DIT: This course is designed for individuals that are interested in a comprehensive understanding of the upstream and downstream operations of the petroleum industry.

Introduction to Petroleum Industry DIT Drilling Focus: This course is designed for individuals that are interested in a comprehensive understanding of the upstream operations of the petroleum industry with a focus on drilling.

Introduction to Petroleum Industry DIT Production Focus: This course is designed for individuals that are interested in a comprehensive understanding of the downstream operations of the petroleum industry with a focus on production.

USA students graduate with a high school diploma, but the school’s specialized and other related courses lead students to a number of certifications necessary to enter the oil and gas marketplace. The photo at the top of the article shows USA students visiting a well site.

USA opened its doors in 2014 with an initial enrollment of 43 students; by its second year, 71 students had enrolled. The oil and gas industry is taking note of USA’s program, which was recently recognized by the trade publication, Pipelines Connection Magazine. More information on the Utica Shale Academy can be found on its website.

Another Ohio charter school, the Ohio Valley Energy Technology Academy (OVETA) in Jefferson County, is a year younger than USA, but has a similar education program tied to the oil and gas industry. In its 2015-2016 annual report, OVETA explains how it meets its educational challenges:

The structure of OVETA is very student driven and provides a blended learning atmosphere that incorporates core courses with added education to prepare students for the workforce…. Students punch a time clock and learn the importance of knowing and keeping a schedule just like on a job site.

OVETA held its first graduation ceremony in May 2016, when five seniors were awarded diplomas.

__ Source

Practical Skills Training Prepares Youth for Immediate Substantive Income

Most US youth are subjected to a “college prep” curriculum, although only roughly 25% of them are suited for a rigorous 4 year college degree. We have revealed how well trained, competent 18 year old welders can make well over $100,000 a year from their 18th birthday onward. But welding is only one of the much-in-demand skills which do not require an expensive 4-year college degree, and which pay a high enough salary for a smart youth to begin investing for the future in earnest, from a relatively young age. Contrast such a positive start to adult life with the more common decades of debt that confront the average youth who attempts to complete a (worthless) 4 year degree for which he is not suited.

This Type of Program Should be the Rule, Not the Exception:

Jason Gresham has been shaping the lives and careers of high school students in DeSoto County for 15 years. Gresham averages between 30 and 40 high school students every school year. The students range in age from 16 to 18, with the majority of his class members either juniors or seniors looking for a career in industry-rich Mississippi.

He teaches the basics, starting students with stick welding and cutting torches because he believes a good foundation is the start to a career in welding. As the semester continues, the students progress into MIG and then TIG processes.

But in today’s multi-faceted world, his class does not end with welding alone. To ensure his students are sought-after prospects in the real world, Gresham’s high school class is a revamped collection of disciplines that include machine shop, sheet metal work and welding.

“We focus on these high school students to give them a real sense for what type of skills are marketable, what they must have in the workplace,” says Gresham. “Metal fabrication calls for more than one skill today, unlike what it used to be. We teach these kids how to do it all inside the Career Tech Center Metal Fabrication shop.” __ Source

Because of their zombie groupthink indoctrinations, too many modern students and graduates are drawn to a thuggish destruction of property, physical beatings of innocent bystanders, and denying of free speech to those with whom they disagree. This herd-like zombie behaviour is a direct result of a deep lack of personal competence and total absence of any independent, internal moral compass.

Rather than a zombie indoctrination, young people need to be given a foundation of competence as they set out to live their lives. Instead, they are set up for a lifetime of debt and a lifelong dependency on regimented directions and talking points from above.

Government schools in the US destroy more lives than they help. This tragedy results from a corrupt ideological system of educational bureaucracy that has been badly in need of overhaul for the past 55 years. Perhaps a President Trump can “drain the swamp,” kill the bureaucratic zombies and lobbyists of DC, and begin to build a system that instills competence and earned confidence.

Young people with practical skills remain fully capable of obtaining higher level degrees and professional training if they choose. By entering adulthood at the age of 18 fully capable of fending for themselves financially, professionally, socially, and emotionally, Dangerous Children represent a potentially revolutionary phenomenon far more threatening to the established order than a brigade of Donald Trumps would be.

But a mere battalion of Donald Trumps scattered through the US executive, congress, judiciary, bureaucracy, and military/intelligence/law enforcement organisations could help open the door to an abundant and expansive human future of Dangerous Children.

Zombies delenda est. 😉

The above article is adapted from posting previously published on the Dangerous Child blog.

Update: A new sheriff in the US Department of Education may pave the way for serious zombie-killing

And none too soon: Under Obama, the official US Government policy was “No Thug Left Behind!”

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“We just die out as flies, and nobody remembers us.”

People who truly love a country will face up to its problems, rather than turning their backs and denying the fatal trends that eat away at a nation’s heart. Demographic decline affects all of the developed world, including Europe, the Anglosphere, East Asia, and Russia. Most of these nations have pulled back from expansionary geopolitical ambitions, but not all.

When a nation tries to extend its power and territory at the same time that its demographic and economic situations are deteriorating, the stress of this internal contradiction is felt throughout the land. If this nation also nominally controls almost half the world’s arsenal of nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles, internal stresses can explode outward very rapidly.

“Those who say that the demographic crisis… will end are charlatans … “One has to be a total idiot to expect the demographic crisis in Russia to end under such circumstances.

__ Pravda (see below)

Basic Demographic Picture

Russia 2015 Population Pyramid Source

Russia 2015 Population Pyramid
Fertile Female Dropoff
Source

…Russia is still looking for ways to reverse its negative demographic trend. The number of women of childbearing age is dropping, the elderly constitute a growing percentage of the population, the Health Ministry predicts a rising mortality rate through 2020, and government policies continue to fall short in their attempts to save the Russian population from its downward spiral… the government is cutting spending on healthcare and sports, both of which have a direct impact on the mortality rate of the working population. Russia lags especially far behind developed countries in these areas. __ Moscow Times – Pavel Aptekar

Birthrates are higher in regions containing larger numbers of muslims and Central Asian immigrants. These incoming persons are prolific enough to push up Russian birth rate statistics marginally, but can do nothing to improve the demographic future of “ethnic Russians,” who are the ones in danger of extinction.

HIV spreading more quickly in Russia than in many parts of Africa.

“Those who say that the demographic crisis in Russia will end are charlatans. They are no experts at all. In reality, the age structure in Russia will deteriorate further in 2017 and then till 2020. The number of potential parents will halve in comparison with their amount 10-15 years ago.

“One has to be a total idiot to expect the demographic crisis in Russia to end under such circumstances. __ Demographer Igor Beloborodov in Pravda

It is important to the Kremlin to drown out any negative news which reflects badly on the leadership. The best demographic information available projects a continuing downward demographic trend for ethnic Russians — low births, high deaths. Just as in Europe and the Anglosphere, the brightest women of highest achievement choose not to have children. Russia’s future will reflect this dearth of brighter ethnic Russians in the classroom, in the workforce, in the research labs, and in the military.

Russia’s population is today in major decline — with potentially catastrophic consequences for the country and its place in the world… The results could be nothing short of ruinous. The Russian government has attempted to project the image of revived greatness to the world. But Russia’s declining demographic health suggests that domestic realities will sooner or later serve to undermine the Kremlin’s global ambitions. __ Mortality, Abortion, Emigration

Russia will be particularly hard-hit by demographic shrinkage, since Russia is caught in the middle of an expansionist, neo-imperial phase. Demographic shrinkage is accompanied by economic shrinkage, a significant drop in innovation, and an ominous rise in corruption. The best people are exiting the country, and Russian women are increasingly refusing to have children with the low quality of men who remain.

According to the Brookings Institution, “Russian economic policy will face the very serious threat rapid depopulation in the coming decades,” with the likelihood of immigration failing to make up for the discrepancies due to an overtly anti-immigration and nationalist fervour sweeping the country in recent years. Furthermore, immigration concentrates from former CIS countries whose migrants are often poorly educated and lack the skills for a modern economy.

Fuelling the rapid decline in the country’s work force revolves around Russia’s refusal to acknowledge the basic scientific conclusions on HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol addiction, and the rise in pollution-related deaths. Russia has an estimated 1.5 million people with HIV/AIDS out of a population of only 140 million. Recent surveys from the NGO Phoenix Plus found that the HIV rate among homosexual men has increased from 12% in 2012 to 22% percent in 2015 – a dramatic increase that is on par with Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of prevalence.

Russia is fast approaching an inflection point: its current trajectory is forcing itself to come to terms with growing internal socio-economic factors that could be antithesis to growth and prosperity. __ http://globalriskinsights.com/2017/01/russia-internal-issues/

Ethnic Russians are abandoning the peripheral regions, cities, and villages, and congregating closer to the central core of Moscow and St. Petersburg. But most of Russia’s wealth still resides in Siberia, the Far East, and along the vast steppe. As fewer and fewer ethnic Russians remain to guard and seize this wealth from non-Russians, the future of the Russian state grows dimmer.

Russia is in fact an unstable power, subject to a further dismantling far beyond the loss of republics and territories that occurred in the 1991 collapse of the USSR.

Source of title quote

More:

Russian warlords becoming too big for Putin to control

Russian news that got past the censors

Action begets reaction. Nations are beginning to react to Russia’s neo-imperialism — from Poland, from Ukraine, from a range of Russian frenemies from China to Turkey to Iran, and from powerful interests across Europe, East Asia, and the Anglosphere — who are watching closely and waiting for the inevitable props to begin falling.

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Climate Apocalypse Cult; Green Energy Swindle

Morpheus to Neo (via)

Morpheus to Neo (via)

The Mainstream Offers You Fantasy; The Reality is Much More Interesting

The corrupt scam begins to unfold

Climate Apocalypse Cult

More charts at source

A nice summary of the climate controversy

Green Energy Swindle

Adding More Erratic Intermittently Unpredictable Energy Just Gives You More Erratic Unpredictable Energy

It is believed by green energy advocates that if one throws enough erratic, intermittent, unpredictable, expensive, low quality energy at the power grid, that in the end society will be well supplied with ample, affordable, reliable, high quality electrical power. Perhaps one does not necessarily have to be a total imbecile to believe all that, but it certainly helps!

Germany’s Energiewende: The Dying Reich

Germany is an industrial export-driven economy. Without abundant and reliable electric power of an affordable nature, Germany will die. Sadly, the government of Germany is abandoning the very foundations of German industrial income and jobs. Diving blind into a turbid pool of uncertain depth often results in total paralysis for those unwise enough to do so. It appears as if this will be Germany’s fate as well.

Germany’s heavy industry is reluctantly packing its bags and heading overseas where electric power is still abundant and affordable. The deeper the penetration of big wind and big solar into a nation’s energy supply, the greater the chances that the foundational industry of electric power will falter, resulting in disastrous and long-term, repeated loss of lives, property, and livelihood.

Germany is forced to rely on quantitative easing to maintain an illusion of economic vitality — at least in comparison to Italy, Greece, and Spain. But the relentless effects of energy suicide will undercut the green energy delusions of the reich.

Of power demand totaling 69.0 gigawatts (GW) at 3 pm on the 12th, for instance, just 0.7 GW was provided by solar energy, 1.0 by onshore wind power and 0.4 offshore. At noontime on the 14th of December, 70 GW were consumed, with 4 GW solar, 1 GW onshore and somewhat over 0.3 offshore wind. The Agora graphs make apparent that such wide-ranging doldrums may persist for several days.

You do not need to be a technician, an energy expert, or a scientist to perceive the underlying futility of this basic situation. You simply need common sense, shelving expectations and prognoses for a moment, while extrapolating the current result to future developments. __ https://stopthesethings.com/2017/01/20/will-germanys-winter-wind-solar-power-collapse-mean-the-end-of-the-energiewende/

Germany has not closed all its nuclear plants, not yet. With the crucial assistance of neighboring national power utilities still using nuclear/coal/hydro/gas, the dwindling number of German nuclear and fossil fuel plants are able to struggle through without creating utter disaster, so far. But the deeper the nation presses its wager, the higher the odds of complete catastrophe.

Energiewende will be the death of Germany

… one cannot simultaneously rely on massive amounts of wind and sunshine, dispense with nuclear power plants… , significantly lower the supply of fossil energy, and nevertheless tell people that electricity will definitely be available in the future. Exactly that, however, is what politics largely does almost every day. It is quite irresponsible to persuade citizens that from 2030 onwards only electrically-powered new cars may be allowed, as has recently been propagated in the highest political circles.

You can wish for a lot and always hope for a good outcome. But as important as wishes and hopes are, they are not yet solutions

The example of Energiewende once again demonstrates that the traditional political approaches of our democracies are ill-equipped to solve such complex problems. Consequently, they pursue what I have recently called symbolic politics: democracies do something that is supposed to point in the right direction without thinking it through and without even taking note of the system-related consequences. If it goes wrong, the political predecessors were guilty and nobody feels responsible.

That is why citizens need to remain vigilant and critical. You can wish for a lot and always hope for a good outcome. But as important as wishes and hopes are, they are not yet solutions. We likewise have to use our minds when we would prefer to turn them off because the conclusions are so depressing. __
Energy Post Weekly

Climate Apocalypse Cult Spawns Green Energy Swindle

If one is foolish enough to allow himself to be herded by the strident bullhorns of media, academia, foundations, thinktanks, and government, he and everyone he influences will pay the price for his inability to think rationally for himself. Bad science generates bad policy. Bad policy creates a dystopian future. Such was the future under the Clinton-Bush-Obama cabal of corruption. US voters bought the world a bit of time.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

More — A revealing glimpse of the prevailing psychology inside the German mind:

Come to Germany and Rape Us!

European women live in fear of migrant sexual assaults

Germany is laying down its women to be raped by migrants. Any country that will destroy its demographic future in this way is not above abandoning its industrial infrastructure to to the trite slogans of “green” idiocy.

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Putin Smiles for All of Russia

Overall, Russia is far from economic collapse and losing governability, but it is slowly moving in that direction. If the authorities avoid dire errors, the country can survive at the margin of safety for at least six to ten years, or more. After that, urgent measures will be required to preserve Russia’s integrity and governability. __ Rundown

We won’t quibble over whether Russia has four years or ten years. The problems are not being acknowledged, much less addressed.

What Russians Want, What they Get

… Russians want economic and personal security and are willing to tolerate a police state to get it. That atmosphere, plus the anxiety generated by having troops fighting in Syria and Ukraine has scared away a lot of foreign investors and many Russian ones as well. Russia can downplay this in the state controlled media but without all that foreign and Russian capital the economy cannot grow. Meanwhile China, the only real threat to Russia, quietly makes progress in the east. There China has claims on much of the Russian Far East and is openly replacing Russia as the primary economic, military and political force in Central Asia. __ What Passes for Satisfaction

The news from Russia is both “good” and bad. Russia has not collapsed . . . yet. But looking under the facade of Kremlin agit-prop, fantasy TV, and trolls, existence for ordinary Russians is growing harder in terms of just getting by — much worse if one actually considers starting a family. Trump cannot save them. Reversing the economic sanctions will not save them. Even a strong jump in energy prices cannot make wise men out of the corrupt fools who have run the country into the ground.

… the number of Russians living below the poverty line has risen from 15.5 million in 2013 to 21.4 million last year.

And that’s going by the state’s definition of what it means to be “poor”. The actual number of Russians barely managing to get by is likely to be higher. __ Success Abroad? Rot at Home

Russia’s educational and medical systems are crumbling to shambles. Mostly Soviet-era housing, transportation, and domestic energy infrastructure are rapidly degrading. There is barely money to pretend to pay workers and pensions, and none at all to upgrade tragically fraying infrastructure. Russia’s best people are getting out, and those left behind take cold comfort wherever it can be found.

… the real average income of Russians has, as of the end of 2016, been declining 25 months in a row and the decline continues. With so many people seeing their income decline corruption is getting worse, despite vigorous efforts to curb it. The number of best educated and capable Russians who have left the country since 2014 has now reached 1.5 million. The poor are getting poorer and more Russians are slipping into poverty. __ No Country for Children, Men, or Women

Over the past year, Russia has scored significantly worse on measures of innovation, productivity, and corruption. Putin has solidified his grip on power, but at the cost of greater hardship across Russia.

Splendour in the ruins — master chefs of rock soup

Russia’s Best Leave Country; Investment Abandons Russian Industry

Over the last 17 years, the Putin regime has value stripped the country, relying far too heavily on existing equipment and not investing in new while taking out as much wealth as possible, a strategy that has enriched Putin and his entourage but at the expense of Russia and its future. __ 188 pp Report On Industrial Decline

Corruption erodes all industrial efficiency and productivity. This decay is now infesting military and strategic defence production in Russia, leaving its vaunted conventional systems and missile deterrence as rusting, empty facades. Russia’s space program and other programs relying on missiles and rocket engines are at growing risk of obsolescence.

Most of Russia’s Oil and Gas is Located Under Non-Russia Tribal Territories

Oil & gas incomes prop up Putin’s neo-imperial ambitions. But most of Russia’s energy wealth lies under ground that technically belongs to non-Russian tribal groups. As ethnic separatism takes firmer hold in Russia’s periphery, Moscow’s grip on remote oil production facilities and pipelines becomes weaker. Particularly as the demographic collapse of the ethnic Russian nation becomes less and less deniable. Ethnic Russian demographics are failing at both ends, as ethnic Russian birthrates remain low and death rates remain stubbornly high.

Central Asian muslims are filling in the openings that the disappearance of ethnic Russians leave behind — except in the extreme far east. In the Far East, it is the Chinese who are taking up the slack for the vanishing Russian population.

The most likely future for Russia is disintegration into several pieces, over a 20 year time span beginning sometime near the middle of next decade. If it happens slowly enough, nuclear fallout will be minimal over most of Europe and the Anglosphere.

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Can Donald Trump Stop this Idiocracy from Happening?

Global average human IQ has been declining for decades. Scientists are just beginning to decipher the genetic code for why an Idiocracy is looming on the horizon.

A study from Iceland is the latest to raise the prospect of a downwards spiral into imbecility…

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Idiocracy: Affluence Turns to Stupidity

Bright, affluent, educated young adults don’t want children anymore. Intelligent western women average fewer than one child apiece. It is left for the dull and impoverished underachievers to breed children for the future. Over time, that is the path to Idiocracy.

The more affluent a society becomes, several factors unleash. The birthrate declines sharply, for as people become wealthier, women prefer not to have children. The poorest cultures have the greatest number of births because children take care of their parents. In our new age of socialism, government has replaced the family unit. Ask a girl under thirty in the United States if she wants to have children today and you are likely to get the answer, “No.” __ https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/civil-unrest/are-we-getting-dumber/

This phenomenon of societal “dumbing down” is taking place on all scales, from the neighborhood level to the global level. Fertility rates in low-IQ Africa, for example, continue to be high. Meanwhile the brighter, more prosperous and innovative nations of the west are not fertile enough to replace themselves.

Today’s research — from Iceland — takes a somewhat indirect approach, by looking at human genes that predispose persons to achieve higher educational goals. But “IQ genes” by any other name . . .

A study from Iceland is the latest to raise the prospect of a downwards spiral into imbecility. The research from deCODE, a genetics firm in Reykjavik, finds that groups of genes that predispose people to spend more years in education became a little rarer in the country from 1910 to 1975.

… Those who carried more “education genes” tended to have fewer children than others. This led the scientists to propose that the genes had become rarer in the population because, for all their qualifications, better educated people had contributed less than others to the Icelandic gene pool. __ https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/16/natural-selection-making-education-genes-rarer-says-icelandic-study

This trend is not limited to Iceland, and has accelerated significantly since the genetic data in the study above was collected.

Bruce Charlton’s Online Book “The Genius Famine” explains more about the modern road to Idiocracy, and suggests some remedies.

Human reaction time (by mental chronometry) is slowing, over the decades. The correlation between reaction time and human intelligence is strong, providing a quick and easy way of measuring the ongoing decline in human IQ using mental chronometry.

The Future May Not Be Smart; But It Is Likely to Be Horny!

In the movie “Idiocracy,” it is the horny who inherit the Earth. Just so in real life. Higher fertility correlates with higher sex drive. And sex drive is one of the last functions to fade away in a declining brain — as long as the body is basically sound.

Give a human the choice between a drug that makes him horny and a drug that makes him think more clearly, and he will choose the horniness drug every time!

From research performed at Imperial College London:

The hormone kisspeptin can enhance activity in brain regions associated with sexual arousal and romantic love, according to new research. __ http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_23-1-2017-14-31-48

Scientists are closing in on the brain mechanisms of sexual desire, aphrodisia.

These days, drugs go from the research labs to the streets more quickly than government agencies can control. The combinations of working aphrodisiacs with virtual reality porn and high tech sexual devices, are likely to prove an irresistible temptation for modern youth — habits almost impossible to break. The inevitable result of stupid horny people is more stupid horny people.

In an Idiocracy, Voter Fraud is Commonplace

Under the US Clinton-Bush-Obama administrations, the dumbed-down Idiocracy has been building. Within corrupted states such as California, and cities-in-decay such as Philadelphia, Columbus, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore, DC, Chicago, etc., voter fraud has become routine in every election. Dead people and illegals are regularly registered and empowered to vote by precinct officials — often in close league with public labour unions and activist groups, such as the NAACP.

Public policies that have resulted from this Idiocratic and fraudulent voting system have accelerated the dumbing-down process appreciably. It has gone on for so long that we must now ask: “Is there anything that Donald Trump can do to stop this steamroller of an Idiocracy?”

The most important thing that Mr. Trump can do to slow the Idiocracy is to help create a more honest and rational society. Cleaning up corrupt government practises, reducing immigration from the third world, and making elections more secure and transparent would all be good places to start. Returning schools to their purpose as educational institutions rather than indoctrination centres would also be a useful change, as would exposing the partisanship of a mainstream news media that too often act as purveyors of grossly misleading propaganda. Finally, defunding institutions and organisations which promote violence, waste, and corruption — and destroy morale and honest ambition — should be a priority.

Having to correct the many mistakes of the dysfunctional US administrations of Clinton-Bush-Obama will slow the improvements to be made. On the other hand, Trump’s in-your-face approach to cleaning up government graft and intentional destruction by government policy, is a clear and refreshing contrast to government as the US has come to know it over much of the past 28 years.

How Can Trump Help the World Outside the US?

Most western nations have given up under the constant barrage of leftist propaganda, disinformation, and depraved policy of cultural demolition. For people in nations such as Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc. to see the leader of a western government stand up proudly to defend western civilisation in the face of a leftist and Islamist onslaught, should be somewhat bracing — at least to those who still have some heart and backbone.

Likewise, the message to the nations of Europe and East Asia that they will need to be more responsible for their own defence and well-being, is a wakeup call that is long overdue — signaling the emergence from a prolonged post-WWII adolescence into a more grown-up approach to their own destinies. But is it already too late for Europe and East Asia?

Germany’s population is projected to fall by 10 million in less than 50 years, with nearly all of this fall concentrated within the working population. This is even after allowing for inward migration. On average, in many countries, families are having only slightly more than one child (for example, 1.4 in the case of Italy) and populations are in danger of collapse with far fewer workers supporting more pensioners. Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and Croatia are projected to see population falls of up to a quarter within the lifetime of today’s forty-year-olds. Outside the EU, Russia and Japan may see population implosion. Even over a shorter period, we can expect to see considerable population decline, and this is very much concentrated amongst the younger age groups. __ https://iea.org.uk/the-wests-demographic-crisis/ 18 Jan 2017

It isn’t clear whether Japan or Russia will disappear first. Russia is more likely to fragment, but Japan’s villages, small cities, and suburbs are disappearing a bit more rapidly.

In the mid-1990s Japan had a smaller proportion of over-65s than Britain or Germany. Thanks to an ultra-low birth rate, admirable longevity and a stingy immigration policy, it is now by far the oldest country in the OECD. And senescence is spreading to new areas. Many rural Japanese villages have been old for years, because young people have left them for cities. Now the suburbs are greying, too. __ Economist 7 Jan 2017

In the end, it comes down to the basic morale, competence, and sensibility of populations. If populations cannot learn to fend for themselves in the larger world without a big brother superpower watching over them, then perhaps they deserve to wither away over time, as is happening already.

Hope for the Best; Prepare for the Worst

The election of Donald Trump is not the crisis. Trump’s election is a belated response to a long-running crisis that has been purposely ignored by governments, media, universities, NGOs, foundations, political lobbies, environmental groups, churches, and other cultural institutions. Political correctness has made these institutions deaf and dumb, stupified and petrified. And so the coming Idiocracy was given a power it did not deserve.

Can enough people wake up and grow up in time to make a difference? In many nations of Europe and Latin America, we’re gonna need a lot more guillotines!

Or, perhaps a lot more phasers and photon torpedoes:

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Economically Stressed China Flirts With Nuclear War

A Chronic Economic Crisis Spurs Expansionist Impulses

Deep stresses within China’s bubble economy are building, forcing Beijing to take a neoimperial posture toward weaker nations in its vicinity. Inevitably, if China expands too forcefully, it risks war of a radioactive kind.

Some people ask themselves why [China] hasn’t collapsed yet. It’s been bad for a while. But it can be bad for a long time without collapsing. The ability of the [regime] to pull accounting tricks and move money around from the left pocket to the right pocket—that can go on for a long time.

First of all, there isn’t much happening on the good side. There is no evidence of any reform coming through. There is no evidence of embracing the market;… __ China Expert Fraser Howie

If China collapses, its citizens will revolt and the government will be in danger of falling. The Communist government would go to war to stop that from happening. Who is the likely dance partner in China’s first nuclear exchange? The answer may surprise you. If so, read on to trace the flow of power and trade from Shanghai to Dubai to Marseilles.

It’s a frightening prospect, India and China going to war.
The countries are home to 2.5 billion people, a long and sometimes disputed border — which they’ve fought wars over — and each have nuclear weapons. __ CNN

China talks a lot about the “new silk road,” often referred to here as the One Yellow Brick Road (OYBR). It is important for intelligent readers to understand that it is the maritime route that is far more crucial to Chinese trade and projection of military power, rather than the more discussed and deeply troubled land route. And it is the sea route that will most likely lead to nuclear war for the Middle Kingdom.

And It is Out There, Beyond the China Seas, Where the Greatest Threat of Nuclear War Looms

The hottest hot spot China faces now — beyond Taiwan and the China Seas — is the small island state of Sri Lanka. Situated in the middle of strategic shipping lanes — and a prime location for military bases against India — China is desperate to take total control of Sri Lankan territory in order to establish a permanent presence in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka Shipping Lanes Stratfor

Sri Lanka Shipping Lanes
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Much of the current political tumult in Sri Lanka stems from China’s growing influence in the country

… China… has proven to be a “friend in need”: Chinese aid and credit accounted for $5 billion after the [Sri Lanka] civil war. Moreover, China initiated large-scale infrastructure projects in the country, such as the Hambantota and Colombo ports. In these circumstances, Chinese support quickly became one of the underpinnings of Rajapaksa’s autocratic rule and Sri Lanka seemed to be inevitably and exclusively drifting toward China… __ China Pulls Out All Stops to Dominate Asia

Sri Lanka forced to pay over a third of revenues to service Chinese loans!

Under a US President Hillary Clinton, China would have felt much freer to press its rights to control Sri Lankan territory — just as it has felt free to assert its rights over territory claimed by Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, and other sovereign states in the China Seas region, under a weak president Obama.

China has come out of the closet as a fully multi-faceted neo-imperialist, and the global fallout from that decision has barely begun to register on the geiger counter — perhaps because China’s imperialism has been limited to the economic realm for the most part, so far. But never underestimate the mindless desperation of a communist dictator when pushed against a wall.

The China Seas Trap Highlights China’s Geostrategic Limits

China’s access to the Pacific is limited by two obstacles. The first is the small island chains in the South and East China Seas. When we look at this map, China’s motive in asserting control over these large rocks becomes clear. If China cannot control these islands and shoals, they can be used against China in a military conflict.

The second obstacle is that China is surrounded by American allies. Some such as Japan (and to a lesser extent South Korea and Taiwan) have significant military forces to defend themselves from Chinese encroachment. Taiwan sticks out as a major spur aimed squarely at China’s southeast coast. Those that don’t have sufficient military defenses, like the Philippines, have firm US security guarantees. China is currently at a serious geographic disadvantage in the waters off its coast. __ Source

China needs unrestricted access to all the world’s oceans if it is to be able to wield the level of global power and influence which it feels is necessary to meet its goals.

China's Cage, China Seas Image Source

China’s Cage, China Seas
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China’s access to the wide oceans is blocked by a cage of islands stretching from Japan to Indonesia. China has tried to mitigate its confinement by placing military weapons systems on illegally claimed ocean territories and on artificial islands in the China seas. But success in that aggressive venture is not guaranteed in the age of Trump.

China’s man-made islands encroach on the sovereign territory and Exclusive Economic Zones of the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. The islets and Beijing’s claim to sovereignty also challenge Indonesian territorial sovereignty. Singapore is wary, and Singapore sits on the Strait of Malacca, the primary shipping route between the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Every year, ships hauling goods worth some five trillion dollars traverse the South China Sea. China’s counterfeit islands disrupt this traffic. __ Confronting China over Illegal Territory Grabs

And even if China should succeed in its illegal grab of international waters and foreign sovereign islands, its problems with access to the wider world’s blue oceans would just be beginning.

India and China edge toward Nuclear War

China’s alternative facts

It is Clear that China Presents an Existential Threat to India

China is using economic bullying to take over control of small strategically placed nations from Sri Lanka to the Maldives to the Pakistan and beyond. A close look at sea maps in the Southeast and South Asia areas illustrate why China is so desperate to grab de facto control of such nations: China needs a clear sea path to the middle east, Africa, and Europe — which currently is obstructed by a plethora of inconvenient [to China] sovereign territories.

Will India Sit Still and Allow Neo-Imperial China to Encircle and Suffocate It?

India is a nuclear armed, highly populous nation on the economic and political ascendancy. It cannot allow itself to be subservient to China if it wants a meaningful future. The trajectory of China’s movements leads directly toward a nuclear confrontation with India. If China moves quickly, it hopes to intimidate India with a “fait accompli” in the region. But any complication which threatens to stall the dragon’s momentum calls China’s entire “One Yellow Brick Road” (OYBR) fantasy long-shot enterprise into question.

Both China and India are capable of building impressive high tech engines of advanced mass destruction. And both nations have displayed a rather casual attitude toward the possible loss of hundreds of millions of their citizens, in the cause of political advancement or survival. Easy come, easy go.

Sri Lanka is One Possible Flash Point

China represents an existential threat to all of East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and much of Russia. As such it is likely to earn a close look from newly elected Russian sympathiser Donald Trump — someone who has expressed antagonistic sentiments toward China on more than one occasion.

But Trump also comes across as something of an isolationist who would be extremely reluctant to go to war for the sake of foreign alliances. He is not likely to go to war with China in order to save Russia from territorial poaching, for example. But if China does continue to isolate itself through its blatant economic and military neoimperialism, the balance of global sentiment may support near unanimous pressure on China of a somewhat prejudicial nature. In the case of universal condemnation of China, Trump may sign off on limited and clearly defined joint action, so long as costs were widely shared between several other significant nations of influence.

Trump Has Other Priorities

In the earliest stages of his presidency, Trump intends to demonstrate the seriousness and potency of his desire to benefit “the forgotten man” who has been left behind by corrupt administrations of the past. Such domestic intent takes priority over any questionable and complicated efforts to discipline bad overseas actors such as Xi’s China.

Once progress is demonstrated on the domestic front, it is likely that US administration viewpoints will begin to coalesce in unexpected ways around challenges of a foreign nature.

If the US Takes a True Isolationist Approach, Multiple Wars are Likely

Southeast Asian Theatre of War http://zeihan.com/the-absent-superpower-maps/

Southeast Asian Theatre of War
http://zeihan.com/the-absent-superpower-maps/

China, Russia, and the Islamic nations are likely to take advantage of any pullback from the worldstage by an “Absent Superpower.”

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The part of the world population that has been productive and inventive for so long is suddenly shriveling away, leaving most of the world field to Africa, China, and India. Is this right?:

now we’ve come to “the future” where there are fewer of us to service the debt, buy homes, buy cars, consume our way to prosperity…or pay the taxes to keep the social systems solvent. Basically, we are doing our best Wile E. Coyote impression…we’ve gone over the cliff but somehow haven’t realized it quite yet.

In Peter Zeihan’s two books, The Accidental Superpower and the recent release The Absent Superpower, the 50 tonne gorilla in the room that is being ignored by international media is thoroughly discussed.

The demographic and geopolitical shift taking place behind the scenes should be on the lips and minds of any thinking person — but the world media pretends it isn’t happening. Fake news keeps the rubes occupied.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. You had best learn to become very dangerous, very quickly.

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Robert D. Kaplan on The Only Maritime Power

World’s Eight “Great” Powers of 2017

Without the US for ballast and stability, Asia lies naked before the Chinese marauder. Even an Eastern/Central Europe & MiddleEast – marauding Russia — due to its irrevocably worsening economic and demographic crises — needs the silent, invisible presence of the US as protection from China.

China is the most corrupt:

China Takes the Corruption Cake Source

China Takes the Corruption Cake
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China’s debt balloons ominously

Interesting times, Chairman Mao, interesting times. 😉

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Rolling Up the Sleeves and Getting to Work

Defunding the Obama Death Wish


Most of Barack Obama’s philosophy might have been summed up in a short sentence: The man had a death wish for America. And no wonder: Indoctrinated from childhood by a radical leftist mother and a father figure who was a member of the Communist Party USA, young Obama never had a chance to develop substantive ideas of his own separate from the pre-fab radical implants placed in his head from the earliest age.

The Trump Administration Has Its Work Cut Out For It

To repair the devastating legacy of the Obama administration — much of it still in operation due to the “flywheel” nature of bad government policy — will be a complex and exhausting task. It will require constant effort, 24/7, 365+ days a year for as long as possible.

Much of the job can be done via defunding of bad policy and by canceling as many of Obama’s executive orders as needed. But new orders must be given and new legislation must be written, passed, and signed. Federal judges who follow the US Constitution must be installed, and bureaucrats who work to sabotage the legitimate work of the US government must be ferreted out and disposed of.

In the future, many plans will come into the public eye, which aim to repair much of the damage caused by the vandal who previously occupied the oval office. Below is one example:


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When it comes to long-lasting government policies, the devil is in the details. If you get the details wrong — as in Obamacare — the results can be long-lasting confusion and devastation. In the Trump administration, most of the cabinet officials will be persons with a record of success inside and outside of government. This is in contrast to the ideologues, yes-men, and saboteurs who infested the Obama administration. The difference in approach should be clear within several months to a year, as the new grown-up administration pushes through the obstructionism placed in its path by the reactionary left in government, media, academia, think-tanks, foundations, and other largely dysfunctional cultural institutions.

Defunding Bad Policy, Canceling Bad Regulations, Re-writing Bad Law

You get more of what you subsidise and less of what you tax. For the past 28 years, US Presidents along with Congress have been subsidising failure and taxing success. That approach must be struck down as harshly and thoroughly as necessary. Tax policy toward individuals, small business, corporations, foundations, universities, political lobbies, Hollywood, news media, and other influential — and sometimes destructive — institutions needs overhauling.

The Left Has Thrown Nonstop Temper Tantrums Since the Election

The left will soon learn that there is a price to be paid when they operate on “maximum outrage” over every insignificant event in question. The public eventually turns them off, allowing the enemies of the left to pretty much act as they wish without having to worry about any outrage where it counts — in the public mind. “Outrage exhaustion” sets in, leading to a general apathy toward anything the left in media, academia, bureaucracy, foundations, think-tanks, and activist groups may say.

The climate apocalypse cult, for example, is likely to be one of the first victims of a more rational approach to budgeting and energy policy. The green energy scam has cost US taxpayers tens to hundreds of billions of dollars — and counting — thanks to the Obama administrations perverse insistence on funding unreliable, intermittent, exorbitantly expensive forms of erratic and low-quality energy production.

Obama’s commitment to the international climate cult of pseudo-science is set to cost the US into the $trillions, if it were actually carried through — to say nothing of the millions of jobs and entire sectors of industry that would be lost under the cult’s plans and policies.

The left will not allow these boondoggles and corrupt windfalls to be eliminated without hysteria, but then, no one expects the left to have a brain after all they have shown us up until now.

Saving the Nation Will Go a Long Way Toward Saving the World

An economic resurgence by the US will help boost overseas economies. But the hope of a new age in American political reform goes far beyond mere economics.

When the US saved Europe from itself in WWI and WWII, and then saved Europe from the Soviet Union in the cold war, much of the motivation came from the largely British origins of US law traditions and other institutions, and a strong immigrant connection between the old world and the new world.

In the 21st century, the turning away of the US from leftist death-wish policies can act as a positive beacon and example for Europe and other parts of the world that may have fallen into the suicidal leftist quagmire.

Hope for the Best; Prepare for the Worst

There are no guarantees in this life. If the leftist elite can do anything to make life more miserable for ordinary people, it will do so with delight. Do not count on anyone but yourself. The only way in which you can trust persons of power, is to trust them to follow what they see as their own interests. Try to anticipate what that may entail, so that you can take action accordingly.

Bonus Pictorial Section: Gender Differences When Marching Against Fascism

Men March Against Fascism

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Men March Against Fascism
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Women March Against Fascism

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Women March Against “Fascism”
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Not only are men more serious about their march against fascism — many of the men pictured died that day — but the fascism that men are marching against is genuine fascism. The women are taking a dress-up playtime holiday, in true girly fashion. The women’s march against pseudo-fascism may have set feminism back decades, in the minds of anyone with a working brain.

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Revealing the Family of President Trump

Image:  Reuters Brendan McDermid

Image: Reuters Brendan McDermid via BI

Despite rumours to the contrary, Donald Trump is not Amish, not Mormon, not Jewish — but hey, nobody’s perfect! President Trump has done well under the circumstances, and if it required 3 wives to produce an amazing group of children and grandchildren, no one should begrudge the man his choices. So far, he is doing well.

Donald Trump’s Children

Image: GETTY via Cosmo

Image: GETTY via Cosmo

Trump’s oldest three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, were birthed by first wife Ivana, from Czechoslovakia. These three are powerhouses, with Ivanka shining the brightest up to now. They may have been devastated by the breakup of the marriage of their mother and father while they were still children, but they have bounced back with aplomb and verve. By all accounts these first three are becoming masters of the deal and behind the scenes adepts in the use of the flows of power.


Donald Jr. and his wife have five children already, making Donald Jr. a very prolific father indeed, taking after his father but at a faster rate and with a more stable family situation.


35 year old Ivanka has three children of her own with real estate developer and publisher Jared Kushner. As far as I know, she is the only one of the Trump progeny to choose the Jewish religion. She and her husband are in line for important advisory positions within the incoming Trump administration.

33 yo Eric Trump occupies important roles in the Trump family business empire.

He and his siblings are credited with the creation and management of the Trump Hotel Collection properties.[citation needed] Trump’s current management portfolio of global hotels includes Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Panama, Waikiki, Punta del Este, Washington D.C., Vancouver, the Philippines, and Rio de Janeiro.[6] He also executed the acquisition of the Kluge Winery and Vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in the creation of Trump Winery.[citation needed] In 2013, Trump earned Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Rising Star of the Year” Award.[7] __ Wikipedia Eric Trump

Tiffany is the fourth child, daughter of actress Marla Maples. She is the only one of the five to be raised away from New York (in California) by her mother without significant input from her father. She graduated from U. Penn. like Donald Jr. and Ivanka, has some talent for singing and acting, is taking the LSAT, and hangs out with other rich kids. In other words, 22 yo Tiffany is still a somewhat amorphous work in progress, and very much her mother’s daughter.

Unlike her half-siblings, Tiffany didn’t grow up playing in her father’s office — nor did she spend her summers helping him fix up the grounds of Seven Springs. Tiffany was raised by her mother, Marla Maples, outside of Los Angeles. There, she attended Calabasas’ Viewpoint School, where tuition is more than $30,000. __ BI

10 year old Barron is the baby of the family, but a baby who is being groomed to be comfortable with wielding power. He already likes wearing formal suits, and playing golf.

The baby Trump, Barron William, is the only child of Donald and his current wife, Melania Trump (née Knauss), a(nother) model from Yugoslavia. Like his mom, Barron is fluent in Slovene. According to ABC, Barron has the nickname Mini-Donald because he likes to wear a lot of suits and ties, and will occasionally go golfing with his dad at their estate in Mar-a-Lago. After finishing this semester of school in New York, he will reportedly move to the White House with his mother. __ Source

All in all, an interesting family that is likely to come more into the public eye over the next few years, at least. Clearly, whenever Donald Trump was allowed to have an impact on his children’s upbringing, he tended to have a beneficial effect as a father. This is not always the case with wealthy fathers or celebrity fathers, who often tend to be far too self-absorbed and distracted to be of any use as a mentor or caregiver.

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To Kill Zombies, Bring a Sharp Axe

Bringing the War to the Zombie’s Home Nest

Zombies have felt safe in Washington DC for almost three decades now. But all that is about to change. The only thing that DC Zombies understand is the sharp blade that cuts deep and hard.

Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending… The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years… The administration’s full budget, including appropriations language, supplementary materials and long-term analysis, is expected to be released toward the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, or by mid- to late April. __ The Hill

New Department Heads Will Learn to Work with Smaller Budgets

But Trump’s cabinet picks come largely from the successful private sector, where smaller government agencies are viewed as a good thing. Most cabinet members under Trump will cheerfully pick up axes themselves, and set about killing the DC Zombies with zest and glee. But they must learn to be completely ruthless in their duties, and not hold anything back.

Getting Rid of the Zombies Will Not be Quick or Easy

[DC Zombies] have their own interests. They’ll want to keep their jobs, above all, and they’ll be aligned to the kinds of policies that make their jobs more secure. [Zombies love the big government] that employs them and will seek to subvert an administration that threatens them. __ Threatening the Deep Zombie State

Killing Zombies: The Only Way to a Better World?

For the past 28 years, DC Zombies have made it their lives’ work to create misery and hardship inside the US and around the world. Cleaning out a zombie nest like DC is a violent job, but it is a job that must be done periodically, or the entire world suffers.

Somehow we have survived as a nation for the last eight years, but without a doubt a massive amount of damage has been done.

Many are hoping that Donald Trump will be able to start repairing that damage and will work hard to set this nation on a positive course once again. __ Sometimes Only a Zombie-Killer Will Do

Don’t Expect Too Much Too Soon

Changing from a DC Zombie government to a more rational government will take time, and require the killing of many Zombies. Trimming bloated government agencies and rejuvenating the American economy and American businesses will be a good beginning. But the rot of the corrupt DC Zombie oppression runs deep, and its vile consequences reverberate joltingly throughout US society, after 28 years of virtually unrestrained parasitism. Hunting down the Zombies and putting them down will be a full-time job for a veritable army of zombie hutter-killers.

If devoting your life to creating a better world through the killing of the Zombies-of-destruction appeals to your better instincts, consider applying to the crack corps of Zombie-killers. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has been running a successful, but subdued, campaign against Wisconsin Zombies for a number of years. There is much to be learned from this and other successful anti-Zombie campaigns on different levels of government.

Meanwhile, There is Much Keen Work to be Done

Trump’s chief zombie killers

Each zombie-killing warlord will need to bring his best plans and most bloodthirsty intent to the war against DC Zombies. This will be a fight like no other, since not since Rome has a once-great nation alowed itself to degrade to such a state through top-down parasitic infestation.

Plans for serious Zombie killing from the start

 

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

More: Warren Buffett Tries to Put Distance between himself and the DC Zombie nest.

George Soros goes full-bore Zombie.

Soros has already lost $1 billion betting on Trump to fail, all accomplished prior to the inauguration of the new president. How much more will the old chap throw away trying to guarantee failure for the Trump goal to “make America great again?” Beware the bitter billionaire Zombie Soros, and his dystopian vision.

Soros financed at least 56 “partners” who produced the staged radical feminist march on Washington

Tom Steyer wants to be top Zombie.

Special Note: Zombies are mythical creatures incorporating cannibalism, parasitism, existential contagion, unthinking violence, horde behaviour, degradation leading to utter breakdowns of human societies, and other characteristics typical of the modern left in western societies. There have always been elements of dark comedy, latent sexuality, and bad habits, smells, and repulsive sights revolving about the zombie phenomenon. Those are a few reasons why the zombie ambience matches today’s leftist zeitgeist so well, in media, academia, bureaucracy, political activism, faux environmental cults, and the rest of the decadent flight from thought and meaningful invention.

Trump is something new in Washington, something radically different from the decades-old regime of corrupt rent-seeking and place-holding. Smart people would be willing to watch and see how things develop. As for zombie insiders, it may be too late to expect them to change their ways. Honing the axe to a sharp edge may be the only way.

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Innovation, Productivity, and Enterprise: Wealth of Nations

Innovation Leads to Greater Productivity and Wealth

Both innovation in new products and innovation in new processes tend to contribute to higher productivity for both individual firms — large and small — and for nations. “Disruptive innovation” contributes more than “sustaining innovation” assuming the innovating party is capable of exploiting the innovation in timely fashion.

World’s Most Innovative Countries

2016 TOP 10
1. Switzerland
2. Sweden
3. United Kingdom
4. United States
5. Finland
6. Singapore
7. Ireland
8. Denmark
9. Netherlands
10. Germany

Government policy, strong R&D spending and coordination characterise groupings such as HBP and EUREKA. These factors also make countries more innovative. Switzerland yet again tops this year’s Global Innovation Index (GII), ahead of seven other European countries in the top 10, Singapore (ranked 6th) and the U.S. (4th). Switzerland and its peers got top marks across major pillars of our index, such as the strength of institutions, infrastructure, human capital and research and market sophistication.

… The index, a collaboration in itself between INSEAD, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), finds that investments in R&D and innovation are central to economic growth; helping developed countries reinvent themselves in times of economic decline and emerging countries answer their societies’ growing needs. __ http://knowledge.insead.edu/entrepreneurship/the-worlds-most-innovative-countries-2016-4864

There are many ways to measure both innovation and productivity. Nations of Europe and the Anglosphere tend to stay near the top of such rankings, year after year. Here is a graphic assessment of science and innovation by nation:

In scientific innovation, a few East Asian nations such as South Korea and Japan rank well in comparison with European and Anglospheric nations. Russia does very poorly in innovation, however, suggesting that future Russian productivity is likely to fall.

World’s Most Productive Countries

Productivity is calculated by dividing each country’s GDP by the average number of hours worked annually by all employed citizens. Hours worked include full-time and part-time workers, excluding holidays and vacation time. __ Time

Most Productive Countries, 2015
Rank Country GDP per hour worked Employed Population GDP (USD) Average work week (hrs)
1 Luxembourg $ 93.4 405,600 $57b 29
2 Ireland $ 87.3 1,989,400 $302b 33.5
3 Norway $ 81.3 2,753,000 $318b 27.3
4 Belgium $ 69.7 4,601,200 $498b 29.8
5 United States $ 68.3 151,000,000 $18,037b 33.6
6 Denmark $ 67.6 2,829,000 $270b 27.2
7 France $ 65.6 27,523,000 $2,648b 28.2
8 Germany $ 65.5 43,057,000 $3,857b 26.3
9 Netherlands $ 65.4 8,792,000 $818b 27.4
10 Switzerland $ 64.2 4,962,600 $506b 30.6
11 Austria $ 60.2 4,290,700 $415b 30.9
12 Sweden $ 59.1 4,809,700 $458b 31
13 Finland $ 54.8 2,497,400 $225b 31.6
14 Australia $ 54.6 11,860,000 $1,101b 32.7
15 United Kingdom $ 52.1 31,293,000 $2,701b 31.9
16 Italy $ 51.9 24,476,100 $2,191b 33.1
17 Spain $ 51 18,490,800 $1,594b 32.5
18 Canada $ 50.9 18,285,700 $1,589b 32.8
19 Iceland $ 45.1 183,700 $16b 36.1
20 Japan $ 41.9 65,801,200 $4,741b 33.1
21 New Zealand $ 40.9 2,360,600 $170b 33.8
22 Slovenia $ 40.4 941,500 $64b 32.5
23 Israel $ 40.3 3,947,100 $300b 36.3
24 Slovak Republic $ 39.7 2,267,100 $158b 33.7
25 Czech Republic $ 38 5,179,700 $346b 33.8
26 Portugal $ 35.4 4,575,800 $303b 35.9
27 Greece $ 35.3 4,019,800 $288b 39.1
28 Hungary $ 33.5 4,327,500 $254b 33.6
29 Lithuania $ 32.6 1,334,700 $81b 35.8
30 Korea $ 31.9 25,936,300 $1,749b 40.7
31 Estonia $ 31.6 622,900 $36b 35.6
32 Latvia $ 28.3 887,900 $48b 36.7
33 Chile $ 25.9 7,802,200 $402b 38.2
34 Russia $ 25.1 72,187,700 $3,580b 38
35 Mexico $ 20.3 50,262,900 $2,188b 41.2
Source: OECD

Source: Time

The US is Not at the Top of Either List

The US is not ranked highest in either innovation or productivity, based upon most of the popular methods and indexes. But the US ranks near the top on all such serious rankings. Given the size of the US economy, and the ability of the US to attract top international talent, staying near the top in the various rankings of innovation and productivity is all that is needed to maintain competitiveness.

Entrepreneurship is a Crucial Ingredient of National Success

Enterprise is a crucial engine of economic growth. Without enterprise and entrepreneurs, there would be little innovation, little productivity growth, and few new jobs.

Entrepreneurial success does not take place in a vacuum. Entrepreneurs exist in the context of their particular geography – be that their local, national, or even supranational economy and society.

This mix of attitudes, resources, and infrastructure is known as the entrepreneurship ‘ecosystem’. The Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each of 137 countries. It then ranks the performance of these against each other. This provides a picture of how each country performs in both the domestic and international context.

The GEDI methodology collects data on the entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations of the local population and then weights these against the prevailing social and economic ‘infrastructure’ – this includes aspects such as broadband connectivity and the transport links to external markets. This process creates 14 ‘pillars’ which GEDI uses to measure the health of the regional ecosystem. __ Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index rankings

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Adding Entrepreneurship to the Mix Helps Explain National Economic Achievement

For the particular entrepreneurial index shown above, the US ranks at the top of the list. But again, given the overall size of the US economy, ranking near the top would be good enough. It is not surprising that one must drop down the list to number 48 to find China, and to number 72 to find Russia. Both Russia’s and China’s national economies are highly corrupt, and distrustful of strong enterprises that arise outside of the total control of government.

The amount of economic freedom allowed within a nation combined with the average strength of pre-frontal executive functions — a highly heritable trait — will help one to predict innovation, productivity, and entrepreneurial strength of a nation.

Looking at National Corruption and Average Population IQ Further Clarifies the Picture

Transparency International Corruption Map 2015

Transparency International
Corruption Map 2015

Of course we expect to see different levels of corruption within different regions of the same nation. In US cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Birmingham (Alabama), etc. levels of corruption probably approach those of nations such as Russia or Zimbabwe. Fortunately for the US, most legal jurisdictions at all levels have much less corruption, making the ease of doing business greater than in most of the third world.

Global IQ by National Average IQ Scores

Global IQ by National Average IQ Scores


The US national average IQ is only 98, but the nation has a significant “smart fraction” which does most of the heavy intellectual lifting for the rest, in terms of high end innovation and entrepreneurship. The smart fraction is also largely responsible for developing and providing the technological tools of production that make average workers more productive.

Innovation, Productivity, and Entrepreneurship Should All Be High

In an optimally competitive economy, innovators and entrepreneurs would work together to create high levels of productivity overall. Governments would ideally provide protection against fraud and violence, a stable monetary system, and avoid disincentives (taxes, excess torts, and regulations) that unduly restrict opportunity and business risk-taking.

In many areas, the US performs far below optimal levels, largely thanks to dysfunctional government policies. Obama played a huge role in making the US less friendly to small business and startups, but administrations going all the way back to Woodrow Wilson share much of the blame. If Trump is serious about “draining the swamp” of Washington, D.C., he has his work cut out for him.

Remember:

According to the pioneering work of Nobel Prize winner Robert Solow, technological innovation is the ultimate source of productivity and growth. It’s the only proven way for economies to consistently get ahead — especially innovation born by startup companies. Recent Census Bureau data show that most of the net employment gains in the United States between 1980 and 2005 came from firms younger than five years old. Without startups, the average annual net employment growth rate would actually have been negative.

Economist Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation, which analyzes entrepreneurial economics, told us that “for the United States to survive and continue its economic leadership in the world, we must see entrepreneurship as our central comparative advantage. Nothing else can give us the necessary leverage.

__ Start-Up Nation from Introduction

More Reading: The 2017 INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index (Talent and Technology) 359 pp PDF An excerpt:

As rich countries become more self-sufficient with robots and automation, many emerging countries are losing their main source of competitive advantage—namely cheap labour for manufacturing operations and call centres. Even China will be losing more jobs to automation than to competition from cheaper countries. __ Chapter 1

More on the simplicity of basic prosperity under wise government policy-makers:

Prosperity = Abundant Work + Low Cost of Living

This may seem obvious, but the conditions required for work to be abundant and the cost of living to be low are not so obvious. For work to be abundant:

It must be easy to start a business.
It must be easy to operate the new business.
It must be easy to make a profit so the business can survive the first few years and,
It must be easy to hire employees.

All these factors require an environment of low-cost compliance with regulations, low tax rates, low costs of transactions, reasonable transport costs, reasonable cost of money (but not near-zero), reasonable availability of capital for small enterprises, local and national governments that actively seek to smooth the path of new enterprises and existing enterprises seeking to expand, and a transparent marketplace that isn’t dominated by politically dominant cartels and subservient-to-cartels government agencies. __ MisesWire

Under wise and minimal government economic policies, investors and entrepreneurs work with inventors and other innovators to bring about both sustaining and disruptive innovations of all kinds — which quickly propagate across markets from pole to pole. Intellectual property rights, patents, contract law, reasonable constraints on tort suits and punishment for filing frivolous suits, all contribute to a sober and more productive climate for innovation — along with low taxes, minimal regulations, low to nonexistent levels of corruption, a stable and flexible monetary system, and populations with high average IQ and EF. The market will facilitate the rest.

A populist government may attempt to short-circuit market forces with a “Universal Basic Income,” but the market fallout from such an intervention would be dire — similar to the effect of an arbitrarily high government mandated “minimum wage.” Markets always have the final say, as one might surmise from a deep understanding of the bloody purges that animated and defined the French, Bolshevik, and Cuban revolutions — and the disastrous economic fallout that humbled all such bloody revolutions born of desperate folly.

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China: One Yellow Brick Road Falling Behind Schedule

Once Referred to as the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) Plan; Now More Properly Called the One Yellow Brick Road (OYBR) Plan

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From the Emerald City to the Hinterlands

One Yellow Brick Road (OYBR) Lost in the Poppyfields

More than three years after Xi’s unveiling of the policy, [OYBR] remains ill-defined and underfunded, and faces an uphill battle against many constraints like geography, Eurasian instability and current trade patterns.

__ Geopolitical Futures

Beijing’s bold new fantasy trade route is expected to cost more than $6 trillion over the next ten to fifteen years. As if China’s debt conundrum were not hopeless enough, along comes the One Yellow Brick Road to catapult China debt futures into the surreal. And initial expenditures are just the beginning. Costs for this project will likely come to resemble a bottomless pit before long.

The latest rail link between Beijing and London joins 38 lines already connecting about 30 cities in China and Europe…

… The dozens of existing rail links are not actually inter-connected at the moment. The rail systems in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus use a wide gauge of 1.52 meters, a Soviet legacy, while the Chinese and European systems use a standard gauge of 1.435 m. That means that rail cargo has to be transferred between trains whenever crossing between the two regions of gauges, which occurs at least twice during the journey. Transferring cargo increases travel time and encourages the use of freight in standard containers, rather than bulky cargo such as crops.

… Unlike the high seas, rail lines are located in foreign sovereign terrains beyond Beijing’s jurisdiction, and the risk of disruption is also considerable. If any political turmoil occurs in a country along the rail routes (a not-improbable scenario in Central Asia), or even if a country simply sees souring relations with China, the rail links could be affected or cut. __ The Diplomat

China’s attempts to create an economic utopia in the middle of an impoverished dead zone is admirable, although not particularly realistic.

One Yellow Brick Road A Mirage of Gold and Emeralds

Eurasia is not the pivot of the world as it was when the ancient Silk Road was a vibrant and flourishing trade route. Today, most global trade happens by sea, which is the U.S.’ domain, and [OYBR] will not change that. [OYBR] as currently imagined, funded and directed by China is theoretically seductive, but when you examine the boring yet crucial facts of where the money will come from, who will oversee the overall scope of the project, who will buy Chinese steel shipped overland and why [OYBR] would make countries want to spend more to ship goods across unstable areas, it becomes clear that [OYBR] is more mirage at this point than game-changer.
__ https://geopoliticalfutures.com/one-belt-one-road-no-dice/

China Out On a Long, Thin, Limb

A Stronger US Dollar and Economy Becoming a Threat to Imperial China

At the end of 2016, the US dollar started rising, the yuan started weakening, and people started to quickly take money out of the country to keep their savings from losing value.

Now “we are in uncharted territory,” Charlene Chu, a famed China analyst at Autonomous Research, wrote in a recent note titled “The war on outflows.”

We are now seeing that as the US gradually ends its postcrisis monetary easing program, China will be forced, in some measure, to do so as well. In many ways, though, the country is not ready.
__ Strong Dollar Rocks China Back

China is not ready? That is putting it mildly. In truth,  China’s economic position is precarious. If the US industrial and manufacturing economy does rebound under new US President Trump, China’s economy will be under multiple threats — and not only to its currency.

If, for example, China continues to insist on maintaining its current unbalanced trade policies and tariffs toward US products, China will be the ultimate loser as the US chooses to import less from China and more from Latin America and other parts of Asia. The Trump administration is more likely to maintain a “tit for tat” policy on China trade, than previous presidents were willing to do.

Most of China’s Recent “Growth” Has Been Built On Bad Debt

When a growing proportion of new loans goes toward paying the interest on old loans, you know that an economic system is in trouble. This is the picture we are seeing in China, as the struggle to prop up failing State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) takes the Chinese economy closer to the tipping point. Lacking the economic checks and balances provided by a market economy, the state-dominated economic system of China has been a master of misallocation, overproduction, corrupt graft, and fantasy economic statistics.

Increasingly, economists think China will look like a poorer Japan, declining into drudgery in unexpected ways to ease its transition into a painfully slow-growing economy. __ BI

Some observers believe that China is barreling toward an economic crisis. Should that be the case, it is not unrealistic to expect China to adopt an increasingly war-like footing — up to the point where it may become impossible to prevent regional war, if not something much worse.

China’s Exports Already Falling; Trump Could Make Things Much Worse

China’s leadership has been acting “the tough guy” over the China Seas, Taiwan, and several other international issues. But China’s economic foundations — income from exports to Europe and North America and technology transfer from North America and Europe — are being threatened by China’s own belligerence and thieving ways. China behaves as if it has control of its own destiny, but that is far from being the case in reality.

In a trade war, China has much more to lose than does the US. Global markets belong to buyers, and the US is a buyer — China is predominately a seller. If the US and North America choose “retrenchment” under the Trump policy, China will be unable to find replacement markets for its products.

US Suddenly in the Market for New Suppliers to Replace China?

US Suddenly in the Market for New Suppliers to Replace China?

The US can find new suppliers far easier than China can find new buyers, in today’s markets. Mexico is becoming an excellent replacement location for manufacturers who wish to leave China, for example.

At this point the Chinese dependence on the United States is substantially greater than the reverse. In addition, the United States has a strategic advantage over China, demonstrated by Trump’s willingness to disregard the One China concept. The United States currently has the economic and strategic advantage to negotiate a new relationship with China, and to compel that negotiation. __ George Friedman

The issue is far more complex than presented here, with strong overtones of shadow banking, bad debts, a bubble/pyramid economic scheme, a deadly toxic environment, shrinking exports, growing economic crisis in Europe — an important export market for China, a covert but costly effort to encircle and control Russia, and much more. If the US chooses to pull back from China economically even more quickly than has been done, all of China’s pre-existing problems will be magnified. On top of all that, China’s rapid shrinkage in the size of its work force and youth cohort casts a shadow over all proposed grandiose plans for expansion.

Seen in this context, China’s loud proclamations about its “One Yellow Brick Road” plan can be seen as more than a little fantastical, much like the fictional series of books that made the Emerald City famous a hundred years ago.

A Note to President-Elect Trump

The US economy will benefit far more from incentive boosts to business startups and entrepreneurship than by attempting to recreate the “rust belt economy of old.”

According to the pioneering work of Nobel Prize winner Robert Solow, technological innovation is the ultimate source of productivity and growth. It’s the only proven way for economies to consistently get ahead — especially innovation born by startup companies. Recent Census Bureau data show that most of the net employment gains in the United States between 1980 and 2005 came from firms younger than five years old. Without startups, the average annual net employment growth rate would actually have been negative.

Economist Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation, which analyzes entrepreneurial economics, told us that “for the United States to survive and continue its economic leadership in the world, we must see entrepreneurship as our central comparative advantage. Nothing else can give us the necessary leverage.

__ Start-Up Nation from Introduction

It has long been known that job creation is best accomplished via disruptive innovation and creative destruction that comes from smart economic policies, such as tax policies that favour investment in startups and small business, as well as policies that reduce taxes and expenses for industries that locate within a certain jurisdiction.

Threatening to apply 35% tariffs to foreign manufacturers who build products in Mexico is a tactic, which may be effective in the short term. It is certainly the case that large European and East Asian manufacturers are perplexed over what they can expect from the Trump trade team once it is in place. But “crying Wolf!” too many times can accentuate a pre-existing clownish aspect, which may not help one’s negotiating positions down the road.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

Before 2008, China’s rapid economic rise was based upon cheap labour, technology transfer, and massive export income from trade with Europe and North America. But that was then. This is now.

Since 2008, China has increasingly built its economy upon bubbles built on bubbles. The Ponzi pyramid scheme that is today’s China economy can only lead to war. Try to insulate yourself from that likely event as best you can.

 

More on China’s problems financing the One Yellow Brick Road

Measured in US dollars, the gap between America and China’s gross domestic product must have widened significantly in 2016 given a nearly 7 per cent fall in the value of the yuan against the greenback. In addition to currency weakness, funds have been fleeing China due to the country’s slowing growth, elevated debt loads, property bubbles and choking air pollution…

China’s economic success in the past few decades was based upon “integrating itself into the global system and cooperating with the US”, said Scott Kennedy, director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.

“Trump’s threats and the possibility of de-linking from the international system … could bring a lot of worries for [Beijing],” Kennedy said. __ South China Morning Post

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Confidence, Oil, Sperm to Surge Under Trump

Surging Confidence by Consumers, Small Business, and Big Business

The change in US presidential administration seems to be signalling a significant boost in confidence toward the future at all levels of the productive sectors of the economy.

Consumer Confidence Surges Most in Ten Years

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, has reached its highest level since November 2006. It gained 0.8 points, or 1.5%, in January, posting a reading of 55.6, versus 54.8 in December 2016. __ Yahoo Finance

Small Business Confidence Surges Most Since 1980

Optimism among America’s small businesses soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election.

The National Federation of Independent Business’s index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4. While seven of the 10 components increased in December, 73 percent of the monthly advance was due to more upbeat views about the outlook for sales and the economy, the Washington-based group said. __ Bloomberg

Big US Business Gung-ho on Prospects of Better Opportunities

“Business is optimistic because we see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact major reforms that could transform the American economy from a low-growth to a high-growth economy,” Donohue said in a largely buoyant address. __ Marketwatch

Peter Thiel’s clear vision

Prospects for North American Hydrocarbon Industries Surge

New Oil Drilling Techniques Signal New Surge in Oil Production

North American oil production is beginning to surge on the back of more efficient technologies and higher market prices for product.

In some cases, the amount of oil produced per dollar spent on drilling is going to more than double. There are significant chunks of the petroleum-producing parts of the United States where $40 oil will not be a barrier to drilling and new production.

Eventually—in a few years—these techniques will begin to show up in wells around the world, and there will be an explosion of oil. Even as many oilfields dry up, there will be new fields developed from previously unprofitable sources. __ John Mauldin in Forbes

Natural gas sales are also likely to surge as a new US administration approves new pipelines and natural gas export terminals on the coasts. This will be good for both Canada and the US. Mexico will experience a benefit from new US policies as well, since blossoming Mexican industries will need an ever-growing quantity of US and Canadian natural gas to run the growing Mexican manufacturing and industrial sector.

Coal is likewise due to experience new growth, due to a relaxation of the unconstitutional overreach of Obama’s rogue EPA. Far from being an oxymoron, “clean coal” will provide a significant part of the bridge to an energy future based on advanced nuclear technologies.

Sperm to Surge Under a Trump Administration

A rising confidence in the male population will correlate with rising testosterone levels, higher sperm counts, and better quality of sperm.

Sperm quality has traditionally been associated with testosterone levels, where a high sperm count equals a high level of testosterone and vice versa. If the hypothesis that testosterone is a deciding factor for death rates holds true, it would make sense that high sperm quality equals a low death rate, according to Jensen. __ Based on Study by Dr. Tina Kold at U. Southern Denmark

And this will be good news for the women of America, since we know that high quality semen is a natural anti-depressant for women.

Until recently, scientists believed that its sole purpose was to nourish and protect sperm on their way to fertilization. But now it appears that semen spurs ovulation and makes women feel happier. That might explain why many women report increased interest in sex around the time of ovulation.

An attractive couple playing around on the beach

The chain of logic proceeds as follows: A rise in male confidence spurs a surge in testosterone, which leads to improvements in quality and quantity of male semen. This high quality semen induces better mood in the female population and leads to more efficient ovulation. The combination of improved mood and more efficient fertility leads to a natural boost in demographics.

More on benefits of semen to women

Surging Confidence, Energy Production, Sperm Production, and Fertility

It looks as if the election of President Trump may have several significant benefits to North American society, contrary to the doomsaying of the “spoiled child depravity contingent” of leftists in media, academia, Hollywood, foundations, and other parts of the dysfunctional loud mouth sectors of society. George Soros, for example, lost about $1 billion betting on catastrophe following the November 2016 US elections. Sore losers should learn when to abandon failed fantasies and rejoin reality — before they squander their entire lives’ work.

“This new administration hates weak, unproductive, socialist people and policies, and it admires strong, can-do, profit makers.”

Ray Dalio

Weak, unproductive socialists have been setting policy for decades now — despite what they may have called themselves in public. No wonder confidence has shrunk, fertility has declined, jobs have fled, and a destructive “Carter-style malaise” has settled over much of North America for so long. And now, we hope it is time for North America to emerge from this long-standing malaise into a more confident age of expansion and abundance.

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The Obama Legacy: Culture of Depravity

… Obama’s America, one in which white kids are beaten while the black kids cheer. __

Obama the Racist

A Depraved Racist Culture of Torture and Murder More

A Depraved Racist Culture of Torture and Murder
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Obama is doing his best to leave behind “a world in flames” and a nation plagued by depravity. Domestically and overseas, the Obama legacy is one of decay, neglect, and decline.

Inside the US itself, Obama has given a green light to black activists who have fueled a coast to coast wave of ethnic extortion, racist black violence, and an ear-splitting whine of victimism that never stops. But despite the whines of victimhood, the black culture of violence and depravity takes its toll on the broader civilian infrastructure.

Blacks, in other words, committed 85% of the interracial crimes between blacks and whites, even though they are 13 percent of the population. This data accords with the last published report on interracial crime from the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the Bureau stopped publishing its table on interracial crime after 2008, the first year of the Obama presidency.

Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom Information on this gruesome crime

Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom
Information on this gruesome crime


Some portion of those black-on-white crimes may be driven by the same racial hostility that gives rise to urban flash mobs and the knockout game. As Dead Prez rapped: “We gonna order take out and when we see the driver/We gonna stick the 25 up in his face . . . White boy in the wrong place at the right time.” Even if the higher rate of black-on-white violence is simply a product of blacks’ higher rate of violence generally, that violent crime rate is another fact suppressed by the mainstream media whenever possible. __ http://www.city-journal.org/html/window-depraved-culture-14929.html

There was already an ongoing trend of violence and depravity; but Obama helped finance and encourage the racist depravity from his earliest days in office. His apparently intentional sabotage of domestic tranquility and international stability are widely known and acknowledged, and will be remembered far beyond his lifetime.

Under President Obama, many black folks think racial division has increased, not decreased. A family friend, who is a Democrat and an Obama supporter, recently curiously remarked, “I’ll be glad when Obama is out of office.” He said this not as an affront to President Obama, but as an acknowledgement that the state of racial affairs seems to have gotten worse under him. ___ Obama leaves US more racially divided than ever

Obama has been hiding things from the American public ever since he began thinking about entering the world of politics. His two autobiographies, “Dreams of My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” were massive undertakings of disinformation that would have done the KGB proud, had they been involved in the writing and dissemination of such misleading propaganda.

Throughout his eight years in office, Obama has continued his program of generalised disinformation and propaganda, and not simply for self-promotion as is common with most politicians. Obama has reigned over an administration of sabotage by disinformation and bad policy, in a deliberate effort to be destructive and disruptive. This should not have been a surprise to anyone who looked beneath the surface of the Obama facade.

Perhaps it is now too late to open a window into some of Obama’s real formative influences? Or, perhaps not, if one is curious enough about what might have spawned a US president who both hated and tried to destroy the international standing and domestic tranquility of his own country.

Obama destroys public records and archives to avoid massive embarassment

Obama is likely the worst US president ever to hold office for a full term or longer. His legacy is one of fragmentation, instability, violence, and hatred — most of which was unnecessary, had better leadership been present. But the American voters were hoodwinked, bamboozled, defrauded, and cheated by the man with abundant links to organised crime, violent Islamic interests, and bona fide card carrying communists. The huge mess that Obama leaves as his legacy is the result.

Depraved Black Culture Was Already There, But It Just Got Worse


By any measure, black African nations are corrupt, violent, underachieving, diseased, impoverished, and all around basket cases. Wherever the black African diaspora has traveled — from North America to the Caribbean to the UK to Central and South America — the violence, poverty, corruption, and lack of achievement has naturally followed.

It is more politically correct to refer to “a culture of depravity,” but in reality we know that cultures do not arise in a vacuum. Particularly cultures of violence, corruption, poverty, and dysfunction which arise wherever large proportions of black African peoples crop up. Clearly with such widespread, portable, and ubiquitous black dysfunction, an innate element is present.

Is it in the genes? That is a reasonable question, given the perpetual association between black African populations and dysfunction — wherever in the world they may go.

This culture of depravity is not going away. Particularly after having received eight years of high dose steroids and big money assistance from a US president bent on mischief (not to mention his rich friend Mr. Soros). In addition, a coterie of complicit media, academia, and abundant political lobbies and foundations have all thrown their hands in to boost racial antagonism, hatred, and violence. Thanks, Mr. President, for fanning the flames of depravity — just as you had always intended to do.

At this point the American people are only hoping for some help from a heretofore complicit federal government in the effort to drain the swamp that helped facilitate all the many nests of depravity that Obama promoted and defended.

Obama’s Farewell Shout

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Can the West Break its Addiction to the Corrupt Nanny State?

It Will Take Care of You and Keep You Safe


And it will take care of you. Just not in the ways you really need.

Big Government Stifles Opportunity and Destroys the Future

The fear of big government is near a record high in the US, despite the election of populist presidential candidate Donald Trump.

As businessman Donald Trump prepares to become the nation’s 45th president, Americans continue to express more concern about the threat big government poses to the U.S. than big business or big labor. Two in three Americans (67%) identify big government as the country’s biggest threat. That is below the record high of 72% in 2013 but still on the higher end of the range since the mid-1960s. __ Mish

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Big Government Kills Opportunity
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It is Rational to Fear and Distrust Big Government

Big government siphons capital and talent away from the innovative and productive sectors, and dumps these valuable resources into the stagnant quagmire of corrupt crony rent-seeking. This can only create a long-term decay from massive debt and a decline of demographic quality — which is exactly what the US has been seeing under the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama cabal.

… the public and the private sectors compete for the same financial and human capital. That is to say, they compete for the same pile of money and the same group of innovative [people]… When profits are relatively easy to make in government contract work, there are fewer innovators willing to spend their time and their capital developing the next new innovation that could revolutionize an entire industry. __ Brendan Miniter “Why We Grow” in Chapter 1 of “Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs”

After many years of living under an overbearing nanny government system, populations become dependent — with many of their natural competencies atrophying and diminishing to mere vestiges. Eventually, these lifelong adolescents cannot live without the things big government supplies them. Their brains become vestigial organs — sucking on the government breast becomes one of the few skills and competencies that most university educated persons retain.

Terrorist attacks by muslims and racially motivated attacks by violent blacks become more frequent and almost impossible to fend off, as a general helplessness settles over the perpetual children of the cradle to grave nanny state.

And Then There Was Trump

Crony Corruption and Its Enemies Image Source

Crony Corruption and Its Enemies
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And now we have Trump. He was elected to drain the swamp. He may be our last hope to tip the Big Club over a cliff. __ Canadian Radical Press

Something unexpected happened on the way to the eternal US nanny state. A populist candidate was elected on promises of “draining the swamp” and “making America great again” — instead of the usual promises of cradle to grave government guaranteed benefits, protections, and special preferences (eg “affirmative action” etc.). It is true that many dependencies on government are retained or renamed, but judging by the nature of many of Trump’s picks for cabinet positions, some serious “swamp-draining” activities are being set in motion.

Don’t Trust the Government — Trump or No Trump

The government is not the country. A prosperous and innovative society must be composed of competent citizens, capable of designing, building, and maintaining new and better infrastructures of living. That is the only pathway to an expansive and abundant human future. Those competencies cannot be mass produced by schools — government or private. They must be grown in a milieu of rich experimental opportunity, in an environment that fosters mastery of self and the immediate environment. Grit, self-reliance, independent thought free from the politically correct group-mind, must all be cultivated.

A wise government can best help by providing safety from fraud and violence, safe property rights, a stable monetary system, a transparent rule of law, and the freedoms which allow families and individuals to devise their own lives and futures. The US Constitution with its Bill of Rights was an excellent starting point.

But a wise, non-intrusive, minimal government can only be a starting point. Beyond that, it is up to the people themselves to build an abundant and expansive human future.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late (or early) to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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Advanced Brain Training Helps Make Dangerous Children a Potent Force

The following article is adapted from recent postings on The Dangerous Child

On “Videogames” That Help Dangerous Children become more Dangerous

Adam Gazzaley’s (MD, PhD) talk on optimising the human mind using advanced tools of cognitive neuroscience begins at about 6:10 in the video above.

Dr. Adam Gazzaley’s lab at UCSF designs video games that are based upon real-time neurofeedback. The player’s brain reacts instantly to events in the game — and the game reacts to what is happening in the brain. Gazzaley describes this videogame neurofeedback learning process as a “closed loop system” (see image below).

Closed Loop System Adam Gazzaley UCSF

Closed Loop System
Adam Gazzaley UCSF

Much of the experimentation with these neurofeedback videogames has focused on combat-oriented training, being funded by the US Pentagon. But a moment’s reflection suggests that this “closed loop neurofeedback videogame” approach to brain training could be readily applied — with appropriate adaptation — to humans at almost any age, for multiple purposes of enhanced development, enhanced performance, rehabilitation after injury or disease, or for mitigation of the effects of ageing and neurodegeneration.

Gazzaley’s published efforts are so far still quite primitive, but the possibilities for the future are impressive on many fronts.

Modern societies have grown stagnant and corrupted by a widespread philosophy of rent-seeking, of minimising risk for the sake of long-term security. “Playing it safe” through a politically correct “safety in numbers” is the opposite of what we at the Dangerous Child Institutes train and teach. We train contrarian thinkers to develop a broad range of skills and competencies which build self-confidence. This self-confidence fuels innovative thinking and risk taking — which are what drives societies to be great.

We are on record as opposing passive popular entertainments for children such as mainstream television and cinema. The developing mind has enough to do without being stuffed full of the low-quality nonsense that movie and television producers crank out for popular consumption.

We are also not enthusiastic about most popular video games and the modern obsession with electronic social media, which takes away from time that would be better spent developing competence in movement, music, language, pattern, and practical skills of all kinds. Electronic gadgets also tend to alienate children from their immediate environments, which can be a deadly failing in many situations.

But real-time EEG and MRI neurofeedback — particularly when combined with sophisticated virtual reality — are different, and hold the potential for enhancing brain function for general learning and for perfecting specific types of tasks.

The brains of children are naturally attracted to play and games of all kinds. The danger that the child will become lost in some types of game-playing is quite real, in the modern age of abusive commercial and ideological child baiting in movies, TV, and videogames. But if game-playing is used to drive learning and competence-building, the natural child’s drive to play can be used to motivate him to build parts of his brain that can bootstrap later learning which might have otherwise been very difficult to achieve.

Again, even videogames that are used in training skills and competencies should be used sparingly, so as not to create barriers between the child and the real world around him. The competence and confidence for working within the real world is what Dangerous Child training is meant to build.

Teachers, parents, mentors, and coaches cannot ignore developments in advanced applied cognitive neuroscience. Every child runs up against barriers to some subject area of learning or another. Clever and timely use of closed-loop videogame training can help move a child from one learning plateau to a higher plateau — enabling a new and higher world of competence on the road to mastery.

More on Neuroscience and Learning (PDF)

Sentic Cycles and Risk-Taking

Risk-Taking is at the Core of Any Effective Life

Life is inherently unpredictable. We must constantly act in the face of imperfect information, which means that we are always at risk of betting wrong — and failing. This is simply the nature of the universe, and the human condition. It is a reality that courageous humans learn to face head-on — but which cowardly rent-seekers attempt to evade by using the coercion of governments, gangs, and mobs.

Dangerous Children are best prepared to take advantage of new freedoms and opportunities that are likely to open up after numerous bureaucratic swamps are drained and overplentiful nests of corrupt cronies of the left are fumigated. While the debris is still being cleared away, Dangerous Children will begin to utilise their risk-taking skills to help open a more abundant and expansive human future. To help them do this, their training includes a broad range of competence building practises — most of which prepare the child for later risk-taking ventures.

Normal risk-taking ranges from the financial to the existential, and can be excessively stressful unless a child is prepared so as to carry a core of stability within himself. The development of such inner competencies are an essential part of Dangerous Child training.

Emotional Balance and the Sentic Cycles

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Emotional Spectrum

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Normal human emotions range across a broad and deep spectrum, and are experienced automatically in response to both internal and external events. These emotions can be pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant. In the Dangerous Child Method for training risk-takers, none of these normal emotions are denied or blocked. Instead, they are recognised and incorporated into everyday experience.

One of the most useful methods for utilising the broad range of emotions is called “Sentic Cycles,” developed by Dr. Manfred Clynes — a musician and neuroscientist. The Sentic Cycles are integrated into emotional exercises which persons regularly perform on their own, in order to better integrate and calibrate their emotions into their daily lives. More:

Sentic Cycles lets you generate and express your emotions in a series, as a spectrum, your emotion ‘symphony’, so you tend to become free from emotional rut – being stuck in one emotion
– and be in touch with your real self – not overwhelmed by single emotion (yet able to savour them all as in music).

It takes only 10 minutes to learn to do it – and then you may benefit from doing it anytime the rest of your life – as long as human nature does not change! Anyone can do it.

… We all tend to be prisoners of emotion more than we may wish to be. Emotions make life enjoyable and meaningful, but not if you are in an emotional rut, where a particular, most often negative, emotion takes over, and makes it hard to get out of, even temporarily. Often such negative emotions are suppressed, but still interfere with function and freedom of experience.

Sentic Cycles allow you to experience and express all such emotions more constructively, without being overwhelmed by them. Like music, like an artistic experience, the emotion becomes an example of your own humanity: it allows you to savour that emotion as one that is shared by humanity. At the end of the Sentic Cycle you may feel a sense of belonging, a sense of being glad to be alive.
__ http://senticcycles.org/faqs.html

It takes about 25 minutes to go through the entire cycle, if done according to the standard procedure developed by Dr. Clynes. As described on the website above, the Sentic Cycles are immensely useful for virtually everyone.

What is not always readily apprehended however, is that the cycles can be adapted for specific uses that are customised for each individual. This adaptibility to the individual is immensely useful for Dangerous Child training, since no two children are exactly alike, and no two trainings are precisely the same.

Here is an intriguing comment from Don O’Brien, a former trainer of Sentic Cycles, referring to the use of Sentic Cycles to treat addictions:

What causes any psychological addiction is unimportant. Perform Sentic Cycles at least five times. During the Hate phase hate every aspect about whatever addiction you want to stop. You will soon no longer have the urges, and will actually notice the absence of urges. As you continue to do cycles regularly, your mixed up emotions, often caused by lying to yourself, will sort themselves out very soon, too.

I worked for Manfred Clynes in Sydney in the eighties, and over the decades have taught dozens how to cure their own addiction quickly…without a relapse. While performing sentic cycles, you become your own best therapist, because you cannot lie to yourself comfortably while doing one.

__ https://alfinnextlevel.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/how-to-be-happy-in-an-unhappy-world/comment-page-1/#comment-5152

Here are the eight basic phases of the Sentic Cycles:

 

  1. No emotion
  2. Anger
  3. Hate
  4. Grief
  5. Love
  6. Sexual Desire
  7. Joy
  8. Reverence

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Each phase is experienced on its own, in its own particular way. The phases are placed in their specific order for a purpose, which is better understood after one has practised the cycles over a period of weeks or longer.

By calibrating and integrating these human emotions into a Dangerous Child’s everyday experience, he learns how to utilise them in the course of performing essential tasks — including risk-taking activities which might otherwise prove overwhelming for most untrained children.

The Dangerous Child Method integrates a few more emotions than the basic list above — depending upon the child — but maintains the basic order of experience, which has proven extremely useful. As mentioned in Don O’Brien’s comment, each phase can be modified to achieve specific goals within that particular emotion’s domain.

Entrepreneurs are Universal Risk Takers

All Dangerous Children are trained in the entrepreneurial skills. Entrepreneurship is best considered as a behaviour: “judgmental decision making under uncertainty.” (Source Peter Klein Chapt 9)

Since virtually all decision-making is necessarily done under conditions of some uncertainty, virtually the whole of meaningful life involves entrepreneurial risk, with some emotional overtones. And thus the importance of training Dangerous Children in the experience of the wide range of emotions at a very young age — to insert a core of emotional stability within the Child’s heart, well before it would generally be considered necessary by conventional child psychologists or early childhood educators.

 

Special Note:

For children before the onset of puberty, the “sexual desire” emotion is replaced by a “physical excitement” emotion such as what is experienced on a roller coaster, a zip line, an elevated rope swing, etc. This substitution reflects the malleable nature of the sentic cycles, which allows them to be customised to suit particular needs and goals.

 

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Secret to Survival in a World of Corrupt Dysgenic Decline

Four guys are standing on a street corner…
an American, a Russian, a Chinese man, and an Israeli…
A reporter comes up to the group and says to them:
“Excuse me… What’s your opinion on the meat shortage?”
The American says: What’s a shortage?
The Russian says: What’s meat?
The Chinese man says: What’s an opinion?
The Israeli says: What’s “Excuse me”?

__ Mike Leigh “Two Thousand Years

A World Without Risk-Taking Startups is a Corrupt World of Stagnation and Endless Decay

According to the pioneering work of Nobel Prize winner Robert Solow, technological innovation is the ultimate source of productivity and growth. It’s the only proven way for economies to consistently get ahead — especially innovation born by startup companies. Recent Census Bureau data show that most of the net employment gains in the United States between 1980 and 2005 came from firms younger than five years old. Without startups, the average annual net employment growth rate would actually have been negative.

Economist Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation, which analyzes entrepreneurial economics, told us that “for the United States to survive and continue its economic leadership in the world, we must see entrepreneurship as our central comparative advantage. Nothing else can give us the necessary leverage.

__ Start-Up Nation from Introduction

We Had Better Learn from Cultures that Have More of What We Need While There is Time

Pound for pound, Israelis are the world’s champion technological innovators today. More

Why do Israelis discover and invent so far beyond their numbers? Does Israel cultivate a nation of risk-takers, innovators, and entrepreneurs that has allowed the tiny nation to survive with elan for so long in one of the world’s worst neighborhoods?


Sure, Israel has large numbers of high IQ Ashkenazi Jews. But high IQ is neither enough to assure survival from surrounding barbaric desert cultures nor to succeed in the global world of hard knocks big business. Several other things exist within the Israeli and Jewish cultures which give the high IQ smart fraction of Israel that “extra boost,” pushing it past its enemies and competitors.

Israelis took a barren desert and made it bloom. They built an oasis of modern, innovating civilisation in the middle of a primitive wasteland. To do that — and to survive and thrive for so long — requires IQ, prudent risk-taking, chutzpah, tolerance of reasonable failures, and an independent minded approach to innovation.

There is also a very high level of arousal in Israeli and Jewish cultures, which no doubt contributes to the active ferment of ideas, and motivates a great deal of higher baseline achievement.

According to Fischer’s proposed spectrum of arousal in the image above, everyday routine and relaxation occupies a relatively small part of the built-in potential spectrum — and creativity occupies an even smaller portion! To be creative, the human mind requires the proper internal and external milieus. And to be creative on a world-class level, the combination of genes and early childhood environment must be enhanced well beyond the ordinary.

To Understand Israeli Innovation, One Must Understand “Mashups”

Mashups are “when innovation is born from the combination of radically different technologies and disciplines.” This is the type of innovation that is most likely to create disruptive technologies which spawn new markets and spin-off entire new industries. And always remember that most Israelis are trained in the very unconventional and multidisciplinary Israeli Defence Force — the IDF. This often free-wheeling military training leaves an indelible imprint of “can do-ism” on large numbers of young Israelis passing through the system.

The Israeli penchant for technological mashups is more than a curiosity; it is a cultural mark that lies at the heart of what makes Israel so innovative. It is a product of the multidisciplinary backgrounds that Israelis often obtain by combining their military and civilian experiences. But it is also a way of thinking that produces particularly creative solutions and potentially opens up new industries and “disruptive” advances in technology. It is a form of free thinking that is hard to imagine in less free or more culturally rigid societies, including some that superficially seem to be on the cutting edge of commercial development. __

Start-Up Nation Chapter 12

In some ways, the rise of Israeli invention is reminiscent of “The European Miracle,” when small independent nations such as the Netherlands were forced to overachieve due to competition from more developed centres such as Paris, Vienna, London, etc. Singapore is another top innovator that reminds one of the frantic competition between city-states and small states during the rise of Europe.

It should be obvious that the world needs far more thriving, independent centres of innovation that are not completely under the thumbs of either Russia, the US, China, or any other of the so-called superpowers that have largely given themselves over to the corrupt, groupthink rent-seeking mentalities. Not that the more established nations should try to emulate Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, or the Swiss cantons. But the massive monolithic bureaucratic structures of government that hobble large parts of Europe and North America can certainly be downsized, sliced, and diced, after careful study and preparation.

Perhaps a President Donald Trump can truly drain the swamps of US corruption and groupthink scattered along the seaboards and within media, academia, foundations, and faux environmental activist groups. But such things take time, and there are never really any guarantees for long-term success. The tendency toward a greedy corruption seems innate in much of human populations, and is thus almost certainly evolved into the species. Only strong and almost unbending incentive structures can push such populations back toward an honest risk-taking productivity. You get more of what you subsidise, and less of what you tax.

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Is it Time to Burn Universities to the Ground?

. . . it’s time to burn the universities to the ground … and start over from scratch. __ Robert Tracinski, Speaking Figuratively

How leftist professors and administrators are destroying young minds

Peter Thiel Exposes Corruptness of University System

The universities have done this to themselves. They created the whole phenomenon of modern identity politics and Politically Correct rules to limit speech. They have fostered a totalitarian microculture in which conformity to those rules is considered natural and expected. Now that system is starting to eat them alive, from elite universities like Yale, all the way down to, er, less-than-elite ones like Mizzou. __ Burn Them to the Ground

Education is Not the Same as College

Education is not the same thing as college. As many graduates of “party schools” will tell you, they had the time of their life, but attending class wasn’t their highest priority, nor did their degree have much to do with what they currently do for a living. If increasing their alcohol tolerance were a class, they might have to put it on their resume.

… Unfortunately, going to college these days leaves many students (and their parents) wondering what it’s all for. If it weren’t for employers demanding prerequisite, arbitrary bachelors degrees for their entry-level roles, I think the whole broken system would collapse. __ Joshua Waldman

College Was My Biggest Mistake

Success is sitting right in front of you. You don’t need to have a bachelors degree to reach out and take it- to think anything else is a limiting belief that exists solely in your mind. Hustling = passion + ability to sell yourself. No degree required.
“All college taught me was how to pay off debt. I’m still learning.” __ Steve Corona — College: Big Mistake

My Biggest Regret Was Going to College

If I hadn’t gone to college, I would be farther along in my entrepreneurial journey. I would have more businesses, more experiences, and more opportunities to make the world a better place. __ Regrets Over Going to College

Some people will never be able to pay off their student loans, at the wages that their degrees qualify them for. They would have been far better off investing the money in profit-making enterprises — using something much like the Thiel Foundation grant. For most youth, a more modest investment would be more than ample — given the necessary drive and ambition.

A More Extensive Discussion on the University Bubble from Peter Thiel

On-campus reactions to the election of populist candidate Donald Trump reveals the deep deficiencies of college preparation for young people:

The University of Michigan offered its traumatized students coloring books and Play-Doh to calm them. [Are its students in college or kindergarten?]
The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out kids that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available.
Cornell University, an Ivy League school, held a campus-wide “cry-in,” with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate.
Tufts University offered its devastated students arts and crafts sessions. (OK, not kindergarten — more like summer camp.)
At campuses from elite Yale to Connecticut to Iowa and beyond, professors canceled classes and/or exams — either because students asked or because instructors were too distraught to teach.
__ NYP

These precious little snowflakes are barely strong enough to survive in an assisted-care facility, much less in the rough and tumble of real life. Parents who borrow up to $50,000 a year or more to send their children to such schools should reconsider.

“I’m preparing to spend some $100,000-plus on my daughter’s college education, and that’s despite loans and scholarships. It’s a major financial strain. I want her to succeed, but my fear is that the cost is not worth it. What do you think?”

… A chilling survey from Reuters shows that 42 percent of existing college graduates are underemployed, meaning part-time work and few opportunities to expand. A third are $30,000 in debt, and 17 percent owe up to $50,000. Only half of those who find full-time work are actually employed in their field of study. Some 40 percent of those surveyed believe that they will have to spend more time and more money on an advanced degree to get the job they really want.

We are going to see the emergence of more credible one- and two-year alternatives to college. These programs will combine real work experience with rigorous learning and cost a small fraction of what college costs. It can’t work for some professions like law and medicine, mainly because of government controls and guild-like admissions certifications. But in fields like technology, design, and business, this seems like a great idea.

__ Viable Alternatives to College Emerging

Universities have spent the past 55 years purging moderates, rightists, and libertarians from faculty and staff. The end result is a university system that cheats students of the opportunity to learn to consider a variety of well-considered points of view. Instead of teaching students to think for themselves, modern universities are indoctrinating students into “what to think” and how to think exclusively in politically correct terms. This approach has crippled the minds of generations while putting many students in lifetime debt — and will continue down this ruinous path unless something drastic is done to reverse course.

What should be done to these monotonic mind-cripplers of entire generations of youth, who infest universities, government bureaucracies, foundations dealing with educational issues, and the media apparatus that provides a constant flow of propaganda in support of the politically correct catastrophe? Proceeding on a case by case basis would be the most fair, but also time-consuming. It is something that deserves a great deal of consideration before proceeding.

More:

Academia must be destroyed

Slashing bureaucratic bloat might be a good place to start

2016 a year of disgrace for colleges

“Higher Education” part of the swamp that needs draining

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$1 Trillion Runs Away from China

China Suffered $1 Trillion Net Capital Outflow

Reserves are Depleting Faster than Anticipated: Next Year Will be Worse

Beijing has been engaging in dubious practices designed to hide the depletion of reserves caused by the support of the renminbi. For instance, there is incomplete reporting of its use of forward contracts to mask its selling of dollars, a trick Chinese technocrats learned from Brazil in 2013.

More important, Beijing has used its reserves, which are supposed to remain liquid, for long-term investments, such as the so-called One Belt, One Road infrastructure projects, and for loans to Venezuela and other risky borrowers. The reserves have also been deployed to capitalize China Investment Corp., the country’s sovereign wealth fund. No one outside a small circle in Beijing knows the amount of these ill-liquid investments, but they amount to at least $400 billion.

China’s liquid reserves are, in all probability, substantially less than Beijing claims, which means the country may soon run out of ammunition to defend the sagging renminbi. The liquid reserves are almost certainly far smaller than the $2.8 trillion IMF guidelines recommend China maintains.

None of this would matter if China’s economy were growing fast. The official National Bureau of Statistics has announced that gross domestic product increased 6.7% in each of the first three quarters of the year. Many observers believe growth is more likely to be half that figure.

__ China’s Economy Tipping Point of No Return?

China’s bubble economy is pushing past a 400% debt to GDP ratio, and shows no sign of slowing. In fact, China’s leaders cannot slow the debt carnage or they risk losing total control of the unstable system.

Trump Shows Every Sign of Playing Hardball With Unwieldy China

President-elect Trump intends to re-invigorate US industry and manufacturing, even if it kills China — and many of the US CEOs who supported Hillary Clinton’s failed bid to become another in the long line of corrupt China enablers. The election of Trump signals an entire new international trade regime that has only begun to register on the seismic scale. China’s bombastic threats of trade war are likely to fall on deaf ears, resulting in very real pain and injury to the heart of China’s bubble economy.

Like Putin, China’s Xi is Attempting a Grand Global Bluff Using a Much-Diminished Hand

China’s troubled “One Belt One Road” initiative is struggling to gain outside investment and legitimate global partners. The project has been secretly funded by China’s “reserves” along with several other grand and risky Chinese initiatives and outreaches. Many of these projects have already failed, and several others are due to follow in turn.

The primary rationale of these projects is strategic, not economic, and the large external commitments that they potentially entail, conservatively estimated at $1trillion, sans escalation costs, pose an added risk to an already overextended economy. __ China’s Illusory Power

China’s Need for Clean Water and Pristine Farmland is Growing Desperate

China is steadily and stealthily expanding into Siberia.

China and Russia share about 4,300 km of common borders, partially limited by the Amur River. On one side of the river, there are 1.4 billion Chinese, ¼ of the world’s population owning only 7% of the world’s arable land[3] and having an extreme need for food resources (China is the largest importer of agricultural products[4]). The border region of Heilongjiang[5] alone has 40 million inhabitants. On the other side… the Russian Far East[6], numbering 6.5 million inhabitants with a distribution of 1.2 inhabitants per square kilometre. It is a very wealthy desert, almost totally untapped, but getting increasingly vacant, due to the decreasing birth rate in Russia and the migration of Siberian inhabitants (many of them are moving to western parts of their continent[7]).

… China offers very cheap labour (the Chinese wages being lower than those of the Russian workers) contributing to deserted and impoverished territories, abandoned both by Russians and their central government, obsessed with the declining splendours of the West.

China uses all possible means to ensure its expansion: exploitation of farm land, exploitation of forest areas[8], construction of road infrastructure and of high speed rail services connecting Chinese cities to Vladivostok[9], transportation lines for goods to Yekaterinburg[10], and also to other destinations in western countries like Germany, France, and Iran. In addition, these include border raisings along the Chinese-Russian road network[11], allowing the drawing of direct lines between China and Russia, bypassing Mongolia or less secure countries like Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, multiplication of free border areas for commercial transactions[12], and massive investment in the construction of oil and gas pipelines bringing Russian oil and gas to China. Furthermore, it allows direct use of energy resources through windfall contracts[13], real estate investments, and so on and so forth. This policy is being strongly supported by the Chinese banks and institutions through financial transaction agreements in rubles[14], through bank loans given to Russian companies and individuals, or even the swap agreement between the central banks[15]…
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Russia cannot afford to hold onto its Far East, as its economy and infrastructures steadily crumble under Putin’s neo-imperial policies. China is already leasing large swathes of land and employing stealth immigration and economic takeovers of key Russian businesses in the Far East. China is buying significant shares of Russian energy and mining companies, and insinuating itself ever more deeply into Russian defence technologies — all the while China reverse-engineers Russian weapons and competes against Russia in the global arms sales markets.

As for Putin’s attempts to enlarge Russia’s “sphere of influence” to include Ukraine, forget about it. China has far too much invested in Ukraine and many of the other Eastern and Central European nations to allow Russia to re-occupy and rape those nations once again.

China is Russia’s Best Frenemy Forever!

We can recall the Hitler-Stalin pact and how that turned out. We all know the end of this story. So why is China using its dwindling reserves to gamble on acquisitions it may not be able to hold — and why is Putin putting so much of Russia’s vital future assets on the auction block? Desperation, on both counts. For China, it was always assumed that double digit economic growth rates would continue into the indefinite future. No one expected growth rates to plummet to 3% or less. For Russia, Putin’s slippery grip on power depends upon projecting an appearance of strength and global power to the people of Russia and to dim-witted westerners. He is using China’s economic clout — such as it is — to bolster his claim.

But in the end, both desperate frenemies have secret agendas which will come out into the open, in the end. That is when the sparks will fly.

China makes threats: “Appease me or I will kill myself!”

China’s banking system dying of cancer, threatens world

Chinese enterprises crushed by debt

Chinese dirty hacking tricks are too many and diverse to list. Example

China has had it easy under Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama; Trump is going to show them a different side of trade reciprocity that they won’t like

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“White Supremacism” Takes on an Odd Complexion

White Supremacists Unmasked! Source

White Supremacists Unmasked!
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Playing the Victim Proves Impossible to Resist

The list of “fake hate crimes” is growing ever longer. People of the third world are being victimised at record rates, if claims are to be believed. But are the claims believable? Only, perhaps, if you are already wildly predisposed to believe in such things

Case in point:

Two white males ran out of a car, tore off her hijab, hit her and stole her wallet. One of these mysterious muggers was wearing a Trump hat.

The president of the Muslim Students Association claimed that the attack had rattled the campus. The ACLU was “outraged” and was as eager as the “victim” to connect the attack to Trump. It was even more outraged that the imaginary attackers had, “shouted slurs and wore Donald Trump clothing.”

It was only hours after the election and the media eagerly jumped on the story. But the 18-year-old Middle Eastern student had made it all up and police charged her with filing a false report.

A month later they stuck again. Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year-old Baruch College student in New York City, claimed that “three white racists” tried to tear off her hijab, shouted Trump’s name, along with, “Look it’s a fucking terrorist”, “go back to your country” and “take that rag off your head”.

“The president-elect just promotes this stuff and is very anti-Muslim, very Islamophobic, and he’s just condoning it,” she whined. CAIR got into the game. A hate crimes investigation was launched.

And the NYPD found that she had made it all up. Yasmin now faces charges for her deception. But her lies potentially endangered the “brown-eyed and brown-haired” man whom police had begun to suspect. A man who might have been arrested and charged for a crime that never happened.

What caused two 18-year-old Muslim women 1,400 miles apart to invent the same very specific attack? __ Fake Hijab Hate Crimes

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European Invasion
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But There is a Real Problem With Hate Crimes — Just Not the Kind the Media Likes to Portray

Rape, murder, theft, assault, and terrorism are all on the rise in Europe, thanks to quasi-genocidal immigration policies of the EU, with member states Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, and bordering states particularly at fault and at risk. In Italy:

A study released last month in Italy found a striking correlation between an increased immigrant population and a spike in the crime rate. … the crime rate among legal immigrants is nearly double the rate among Italian citizens, the study found, with 4.3 convicted criminals per 1000 Italian citizens and 8.5 criminals per 1000 legal immigrants. Among illegal immigrants, however, the crime rate soars to more than 50 percent of the population (148 criminals out of every 247 persons), the study revealed.

One of the more troubling discoveries of the study was that for the first time, the crime rate in the north of Italy, which has the highest concentration of immigrants and asylum seekers, is surpassing that of the south. ___ Pew Migrant Crisis Europe

The Third World Has Always Been an Impoverished Bloody Mess for a Very Good Reason

In a world of biological evolution, different breeding populations who evolved in different environments, tend to sort themselves out according to relative levels of fitness for the particular environment they find themselves in now. Populations who evolved in sub Saharan Africa, for example, tend to stratify at the lowest levels of achievement and highest levels of violence wherever they may go in the more modern world. From an evolutionary perspective, this is far easier to understand than one would be led to believe by most journalists, politicians, sociology professors, and social justice activists. If different breeding populations are “differently evolved,” then remarkable differences in life outcomes are to be expected.

Global IQ by National Average IQ Scores

Global IQ by National Average IQ Scores

One finds the lowest population average IQs among sub Saharan African populations within Africa and wherever they may emigrate. Next lowest IQ averages are found among peoples of the middle east, north Africa, and much of central and southern Asia. In addition, several Latin American nations display relatively low population average IQ levels. Not coincidentally, one typically finds low levels of achievement and high levels of poverty corresponding to low-IQ populations. From an evolutionary perspective, this should not be surprising.

What Does This Have to Do With Fake Hate Crimes?

Underachieving third world peoples are told by academics, politicians, journalists, and activists that their poverty and general incompetence is a direct result of “european supremacy.” If the facts do not bear out such claims, then “the facts” must be adjusted in whichever manner leads to drawing the “correct conclusion.”

Such fraudulent victims as are pictured at the top of this article are merely the bare tip of the iceberg. The sentiment of having been victimised is widespread among violent, impoverished, underachieving peoples. And why not, when every sociology professor, every journalist, every social justice warrior inside and outside of politics tells them it is so. Victimhood is a booming enterprise that parasitises politically correct societies and provides ample excuse to “the oppressed” for not doing their best — and for doing their worst.

Large US Cities that Voted Overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton are Most at Risk

Places like Baltimore, Detroit, Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia and other cities across the map are still deeply divided often police and race issues. Many have seen serious riots, looting and unrest. These social wedge issues are still being pushed from moneyed political interests, while political divide after the direction of the country has become sharp. __ Source … Quoted here

Link to The Color of Crime 2016 ed. US DOJ statistics revealing information that government spokespersons, journalists, and academicians choose to obscure.

Sweet Home Obama Chicago Obama revitalised gang killings, black on other murders and rapes, and bloody muslim jihad.

What Percent of Black Males Commit Crimes? Between 35% and 50%, according to some estimates.

Carjacking and Home Invasion are Two Particularly Troubling Trends, in Addition to Black on Other Hate Crimes

Blacks and Muslims are the major perpetrators of modern hate crimes. But muslim terrorism takes place in public places, most often in nations such as France and Germany that have been verly sloppy in their immigration policies. Home invasion and carjacking, on the other hand, take place where you live and shop.

Shopping malls are scenes of multiple riots by usual suspects

Another Example: Queen Latifah’s car was hijacked at a petrol station in Atlanta

Consoling Queen Latifah Journal Constitution

Consoling Queen Latifah
Journal Constitution

If not for black crime, the rates of crime in the US would be comparable to those in northern Europe. The increasing race hatred displayed by blacks against others is particularly troublesome.

Long list of fake hate crimes reported over the past month and a half.

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