Columbus Brought Peace to the Violent Americas

Before Europeans arrived in the Americas, tribal warfare and human torture/sacrifice was widespread.


The high rates of homicide in Latin American nations can seem shocking to observers, until they consider that before Columbus opened the door to Europeans, the Americas were even more murderous and violent.

On a per capita basis the pre-Columbian Americas displayed a greater level of violence than did the bloody 20th century with its European and Asian world wars, genocides, and communist purges.

Human Sacrifice

In ancient Mesoamerica, many cultures practiced sacrifice for various reasons. Evidence has shown of this tradition to have existed in the Maya and Aztec, as well as the Moche civilizations.__ http://incamayanaztec.com/inca-human-sacrifice.html

Human sacrifice has existed throughout human history, but seems to have been quite prevalent among native Americans, Pacific islanders, and Austronesian aboriginals.

Empire Building and Tribal War

Empire building developed over thousands of years in Mesoamerica and in Andean South America. More Empire building involved multiple long series of inter-tribal warfare, often for centuries. Empires continually raided surrounding tribes for human sacrifices to their gods.

One does not see the grand native imperial structures in North American regions that typified Mesoamerican empires. Pre-Columbian native Americans in North America lived in smaller tribal societies and generally cultivated a “warrior culture” in order to protect themselves from raids by neighboring tribes, and to facilitate the tribe’s own raiding on its neighbors. Tribal coalitions of extended clan relations were sometimes called upon as allies if the tribe was threatened by a large outside warring group that threatened to displace the tribe off its tribal lands.

Genocide and ethnic cleansing were particularly common in times of resource scarcity due to extended changes in climate. Mergers of already diminished clans were also likely to take place after any severe pruning of numbers for whatever reason. Below a certain number of warriors and fertile women, a tribe would not be viable.

There are no likely modern native populations that share the genetic makeup of Native Americans of a thousand or ten thousand years ago. Not only the genetic makeup but the cultural or spiritual foundations of the evolving tribes will have changed significantly over the millennia along with tribal names and languages.

PreColumbian America Was a Roiling Mass of Hatred and Vendetta

The Spanish were welcomed by many tribes of Central and South America, because they were seen as potential allies against the hated Aztecs and Incas. Without the aid of these non-imperial tribes, Cortes and Pizarro would not have had the ability to roll up the defending war formations so readily.

The human-sacrificing empires and tribes of pre Columbian America were simply behaving in the same way that preceding native empires had behaved. Similarly, any outside confederation of tribes capable of overthrowing the current empire du jour would naturally fall into the same patterns of behaviour.

It Required European Intervention to Stop the Cycle

Only after Europeans entered the arena with their horses, cannon, and muskets, was this cycle of imperial human sacrifice and genocidal tribal warfare choked off. The widespread disease pandemics suffered by native tribes after contact with old world peoples would have further reduced inter-tribal violence due to reduced numbers of warriors.

The Aims of English Settlers Was Different from Spanish/Portuguese

In North America, settlers wanted to farm and ranch, which required the importation and distribution of large numbers of farming and ranching families — except in parts of the deep south where African slaves were depended upon. In South America, opportunistic Spanish and Portuguese mercenaries were looking to “strike it rich” by using slave labour — both African slaves and native American slaves. Land grants and franchises were given by the royal courts to specific head men, who oversaw the various money-making operations using slave labour. In this way, fewer absolute numbers of Spanish and Portuguese were imported in the early and intermediate stages of colonial settlement, compared to the English in North America.

Today in North America, natives are a small minority of total populations and live peacefully in separate tribal homelands, receiving several types of preferential treatment and monetary tribute from the national headquarters at Ottawa and Washington DC. Special tax treatment, healthcare, legal casinos, mineral rights, direct cash payments, and many other special preferences are afforded to these tribal entities.

In Central and South America, natives are accepted into the mainstream nation — often according to the degree of interbreeding that has taken place. Natives and mestizos tend to form a plurality of populations in most countries of Latin America except Argentina, Costa Rica, and Uruguay.

Violent crime rates are quite high in Latin American nations where mestizos and natives predominate, resembling — and sometimes surpassing — the rates of violence one sees in sub Saharan African nations.

But imagine how violent things would be if Columbus had not come on the scene when he did!

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You Want to Cry About Inequality? I’ll Give You Something to Cry About

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Think About a World Where the Rich are Immortal

The big consolation of the poor throughout history was that okay, these rich people, they have it good, but they’re going to die just like me. But think about the world, say, in 50 years, 100 years, where the poor people continue to die, but the rich people, in addition to all the other things they get, also get an exemption from death. That’s going to bring a lot of anger. __
https://www.edge.org/conversation/yuval_noah_harari-daniel_kahneman-death-is-optional

If the rich are immortal and everyone else must die, that is a distinctly higher level of inequality than anything we have now. The working tools for significant life extension — and perhaps immortality of a sort — are coming in a matter of decades. But they are unlikely to be cheap, not at first anyway.

Some will be able to pay for longer life, but most may not. Especially in the “class of superfluous humans” who lack the ability to provide a useful service.

By 2050, a useless class might emerge, the result not only of a shortage of jobs or a lack of relevant education but also of insufficient mental stamina to continue learning new skills. __
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/yuval-noah-harari-technology-tyranny/568330/

This class of superfluous humans will either offer themselves as slaves — in an effort to feel useful — or just as likely will live on the dole, taking drugs and living in a virtual reality environment for most of the time.

Slaves would do particularly dangerous work not suitable for robots, or would provide various types of entertainments for the immortals and their supporting class of technicals who do useful and technically demanding work that robots and AI’s are not yet able to perform.

Splitting humanity into biological castes of the upgraded and the not will destroy the assumption of equality that is a cornerstone of liberal humanism. The elites are likely to maintain a continued advantage over others, always staying a few steps ahead. __
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/homo-deus/

The ability to stay far enough ahead of the herd to receive the latest enhancements — approaching that much closer to true immortality and “godhood” — will maintain the class distinction between castes.

“Immortals” live longest and receive the best services, “Technicals” work hand in hand with robots and AI’s, and the “Superfluous” either live sequestered in reservations, or volunteer to serve as “slaves or gladiators etc.” at the pleasure of higher castes.

You May Think That No One Would Volunteer as a Slave

Since we have not reached the stage of well-simulated virtual reality and advanced psychoactive drug stacks, we cannot say how long it would take an average “superfluous” person to tire of such an existence. But I imagine that the maintenance of the VR pods for superfluous zones and the quality of the drug stacks for low-caste populations, would not be of highest priority. Violence and predation would not be unknown in the sequestration zones. And most importantly, incentives to escape the “zones” may offer escape from the worst low-caste predators, and provide higher quality VR and drug stacks. For the particularly gifted low-caste it might even provide a chance for permanent escape from the low-caste zones.

These are Thought Experiments Based on Uncertain Assumptions

We know that new robotic and AI technologies are acquiring the capacity to replace more and more types of human work with machine labour. Many of the newer jobs being created will require high levels of human cognitive adaptability and agility. Even if as many new jobs are created as are taken away by robots and AI’s, many of the humans who are displaced will not necessarily be able to perform in the new category of jobs. Over time many displaced workers will likely become superfluous to the workforce. This likelihood should be built into the social planning for the brave new world to come.

Another Class Will Exist: The Wild Humans

Writers such as Yuval Noah Harari seem to always assume that every human and every human society will be tameable. That would not be a good thing for the species, since the wild strain adapting under conditions of natural selection will always provide a safety buffer against the result of lethal memes and out of control civilisation.

Just as in Huxley’s “Brave New World,” zones will always exist where people live by their own wits pitted against the environment. There is even a trace of this idea in Orwell’s “1984” dividing the rules for “proles” from rules for different classes of party members. Proles were relatively free to come and go and think what they want, but live in poverty and die relatively young.

Future “wild humans” may coopt new portable infrastructure technologies, so that free communities could prosper at the edge of developed civilisation — or even further out. Just be sure to avoid the private estates, agricultural zones, and hunting grounds of the immortals.

Something wonderful — and something wicked — is coming this way. Make provisions once you have thought it through.

It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Diane Feinstein Fears for Virtue of Humanoid Robots

Notice: Parts of the article below contain satirical material.

Senator Diane Feinstein Warns Against Sexual Abuse of Robots!

In a recent press conference Senator Feinstein noted that in Japan, humanoid robots are already being used as office receptionists and waitresses. Robots are also being trained to serve as companions to lonely people who lack significant human contact. More

The aging senator from California seemed especially upset that young female robots were being used in “robot brothels” in Spain, Italy, Russia, and perhaps soon in Houston.

“These sex robots being used in robot brothels are very young!” Feinstein exclaimed. “Some of them were made less than 5 years ago. A few of them are less than 1 year old!”

Senator Feinstein became a feminist champion against sexual abuse of all types when she very recently helped concoct a scheme to defeat a US Supreme Court nominee using phoney accusations of sexual abuse of a 15 year old high school girl. That scheme may have failed, but it catapulted Feinstein to fame in the feminist ranks, where false accusations of wrongdoing against political enemies are often prized above the truth — as long as they help destroy the object of contempt.

It may seem surprising to see Feinstein championing the cause of robot receptionists and sex workers — but she is quite old, after all. She probably considers herself lucky to still be capable of prevaricating and sensationalising with the best of her fellow politicians.

Feinstein’s crusade against the sexual abuse of robots is likely to fail, like her crusade against US President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee. But for fading stars like Feinstein, any air time is better than being ignored, and falling off the edge of the world.

What Feinstein may not have considered is the possibility that humans could be sexually abused by robots:

Meanwhile, in other news:

Old, Dust-Covered Doorstop Suddenly Worth $100,000!

The doorstop that a Michigan man had been using since 1988 has turned out to be a meteorite worth $100,000.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, knew the 22-pound rock came from outer space ever since he bought the house in 1988. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s. __ https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/10/05/Rock-used-as-doorstop-revealed-to-be-meteorite-worth-100K/7341538711420/

We are told that numerous museums — including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, are bidding up the price for possession of the old doorstop to $100,000 or more.

We can only hope that the rocky visitor from space does not carry any pathogenic space microbes, once scientists start probing inside.

Speaking of dangerous microbes, consider this:

Coins and Banknotes May Harbour Pathogenic Microbes

Bacteria can grow on coins, paper banknotes, and other popular items of exchange. Scientists in London took a closer look at what they might find on common items, including money:

Researchers from the London Metropolitan University looked at banknotes, coins, pockets, wallets, purses etc. and noted that these are contaminated by these bacteria from people who do not wash their hands properly after going to the toilet.

The team found that polymer notes of £5, £10 and paper notes of £20 and £50 were covered with Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterococcus faecium (VRE) and listeria.

The first two – MRSA and VRE are known to be antibiotic resistant and difficult to treat. __ https://www.news-medical.net/news/20181004/Notes-and-coins-harbor-life-threatening-bacteria-including-MRSA-and-VRE.aspx

It is likely that several types of virus can be spread on the surface of coins and notes as well, including the flu. It is unlikely for HIV to spread in this manner, however, unless the note or coin is contaminated with fresh body fluids.

If you are visiting a friend in a hospital, you may think twice before accepting change from the hospital cafeteria, gift shop, or vending machines. Just say, “keep the change!” and protect yourself while coming across as generous for a change. 😉

But bacteria are not all bad:

Billionaires Back Bacteria to Help Feed the World!

In September, a group of billionaire investors, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Michael Bloomberg, set aside $1 billion to invest in nine energy startups… In its latest round of funding, California-based startup Pivot Bio raised $70 million for its genetically modified bacteria, with the majority of funds coming from BEV.

Pivot Bio has discovered a bacteria that cuts down on the need for hazardous fertilizer. According to Temme, the bacteria has been hiding in the environment for the last century, but the use of fertilizers has rendered them inactive. “We’ve rediscovered a lost part of the microbiome,” he said.

If the technology pans out, this long-dormant bacteria could alter the future of energy and agriculture by reducing environmental pollution, protecting the world’s marine ecosystem, lowering production costs for farmers, and conserving energy usage. __ Source

Reducing or eliminating the need for synthetic fertilisers would bring about several beneficial changes in agriculture and ecology. Nitrogen-fixing microbes are a good place to start.

So, we are likely to be well-fed in the future. But if trends toward inequality worsen, are we likely to become “well-fed slaves?”

A Future of 1% Masters and 99% Slaves?

Blogger Fabius Maximus looks at various visions of the future, and seems to settle on the lowest denominator — a few masters and lots of slaves, both human and robotic.

… our future will look more like that in Jupiter Ascending than Star Trek. It’s a galaxy of servants and lords, where the rich own planets, live almost forever, and harvest the peons. __ https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/10/06/our-future-star-trek-or-jupiter-ascending/

We saw a similar scenario in Harari’s Homo Deus, where advancing technology served to amplify inequality to an absurd degree — by today’s standards.

Scholars at the Al Fin Institutes note that human slavery is currently practised widely in the third world and Muslim world — and is likely to increase in prevalence as low-skill/low IQ populations grow in proportion to the shrinking populations of high IQ/highly-skilled peoples. As for “Machine Intelligence Slavery,” that boat has already sailed. Too late to call it back.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Computing technology has helped the cause of “independence and self-sufficiency” in some ways, and hindered it in others. It is up to the individual person, family, or community, to find the balance between independence and interdependence which best serves prosperity and fulfillment into the near and intermediate futures.

The world of artificially intelligent robots which are affordable to the top 5% or 10% of the planet’s population will bring many novel, strange, and unfamiliar evolving scenarios. Most of us have not thought these things through in a thorough and sufficiently open-eyed manner.

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Why President Trump is Determined to Spank Chairman Xi

Update: China’s Great Leap Backward

China Enters a Stage of Vulnerability

Here are some vulnerabilities, all of them affecting China’s economy and the Communist dictatorship’s ability to project power.

Corruption challenges the dictatorship’s legitimacy. Managing the complex economy and addressing social and environmental problems test its technical credibility. China can no longer supply itself internally. It must import resources from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Communist legacies like state-owned enterprises employ people and party loyalists but they eat capital. Modernizing China’s military to rival the U.S. has bled red ink and matching the Pentagon’s might is not assured. Strategypage.com recently observed that corruption and mismanagement “cripple” China’s armed forces. __ Source

China’s greatest vulnerability is a growing inclination of party leaders to “go full Mao,” and nationalise its private enterprises, reversing Deng’s economic reforms from the 1970s.

China rose in economic might for four decades because of Deng’s economic liberalisation. During that time it enjoyed almost unfettered access to western investment funding and advanced western technology. China invariably stole every bit of intellectual property and advanced technology it could get its hands on, grew wealthy, then set a course to become the world’s most powerful nation. But communist henchmen do not necessarily make the best capitalist profit-makers, and a certain amount of corrupt buggery seems to have brought much of this grand project into question.

US President Trump understands a large part of the “China Swindle Game” and seems determined to change some of the rules of the game in order to spank the cheating swindler named Xi.

One Reason Trump Was Elected in the First Place

US Manufacturing Capacity Has Taken a Big Hit Ever Since China Joined the WTO in 2001
http://blog.yardeni.com/2018/10/chinas-syndromes.html

As seen in the graphic above, allowing China to cheat on trade with the US since it joined the WTO in 2001 directly caused a massive loss in US manufacturing capacity and US manufacturing jobs. Bush Jr. and Obama told Americans that this would be “the new normal,” and to get used to it. Displaced manufacturing workers were told to “go take some programming courses.” Skilled trades workers do not have fond memories of either Bush or Obama and were receptive to Trump’s campaign pledges to bring jobs back to the US.

Trump Wants Fair Trade Not Free Trade

As a result of Donald Trump’s gradual ramping up of tariffs against China in response to Chinese cheating/pirating/theft/espionage, companies are already beginning to move away from China.

A good friend of mine has a small business in Manhattan designing and selling high-end raincoats in the US. He has been manufacturing them in Vietnam. He stopped making them in China a few years ago because labor costs have been rising there, while they remain low in Vietnam. He told me he was shocked recently when his Vietnamese vendor had to lengthen delivery schedules from four months to six months because it was swamped with orders that used to be filled in China prior to Trump’s trade war. __ http://blog.yardeni.com/2018/10/chinas-syndromes.html

Vietnam is one beneficiary of China’s “day of trade judgment” under Trump, but there are many other poor nations in Asia — and less poor nations such as Mexico and Canada — who are likely to benefit. As noted in the above excerpt, this manufacturing trend to move out of China was already underway before the election of Donald Trump, but has accelerated since Trump began evening the trade playing field with China.

China Workforce Shrinking, Pushing Cost of Workers Upward

China’s demographic transition under the “one-child policy” guaranteed that eventually China’s workforce would shrink — and that process has already begun.


With rising costs of labour plus the addition of Trump’s leveling tariffs, Chinese manufacturers will be squeezed in the new global trade milieu in the quest to make a profit.

Xi is Betting that Trump Will Blink First

China’s Xi understands that his dreams of global domination rest upon economic projections that are ten years old or more. After the 2007-2009 global slowdown, China was forced to rely more and more on internal economic stimulus — the notorious “China Bubble” — in order to maintain a facade of growth. This massive ongoing internal stimulus has exploded along with Chinese debt over the past ten years, and is likely to continue until both internal turbulence and external pressures bring about a horrific deleveraging for China — and for all nations and corporations that have tied themselves too closely to China.

In the US, most of the media, political opposition, deep state, activist groups,and academia, have been working in treacherous fashion to destabilise the Trump administration — which heartens Chairman Xi very much. But the US government is very large and carries a great deal of clout and momentum, which President Trump seems to understand well enough to push through many of his economic and regulatory reforms. The early success of some of these reforms accounts for improved US economic performance overall, and for Trump’s ability to achieve trade reforms with Mexico and Canada — among others.

Now China’s prosperity is being challenged from both inside and out:

China grew to prosperity in part by embracing market forces, said Wu Jinglian, the 88-year-old dean of pro-market Chinese economists, at a forum last month. Then he turned to the top politician in the room, Liu He, China’s economic czar, and said “unharmonious voices” were now condemning private enterprise. __ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/business/china-economy-private-enterprise.html?

Trump’s leveling tariffs would not hurt China half as much as China abolishing its private enterprises.

China Wants the World More than the World Wants China

China’s economy has provided a significant boost to raw materials exporters in both the third world and in the emerging markets. But an artificially boosted economy such as China’s can only play such a global role for so long.

The One Belt One Road initiative is just another artificial economic stimulus — this time using loans to failing nations to gain economic leverage outside of China. It is a tricky game, leaving much anger and a growing sense of betrayal in its wake.

As Trump continues to step up the leveling tariffs against China, he may eventually reach the tariff that breaks the Xi-dragon’s back. China’s elite is not united behind Xi on this issue. They do not wish to go down with Xi and his cronies. The new age of Chinese warlords may be almost upon us.

Remember: China is dependent on outside interests for most of its vital supports: food, energy (esp. oil), clean water, materials, etc. That is on reason for its militant attitude toward its neighbors in the South China Sea. Militarisation of the illegal S. China Sea artificial islands, and attempts to limit sea navigation in international waters, have put China on a fast track to military confrontation. Obama could be easily bluffed by Xi, but a stronger president in the White House may have a stronger spine. Putting pressure on China’s thieving path to global power is just one play in the game which might insert a harsher reality into the evil Dr. Xi’s fantasy plans for global domination.

Japan is Moving Toward Robots

This story about a new Japanese humanoid construction robot provides a small hint about the future of the Japanese workforce and military force. Japan has been investing heavily in robotic technologies for several decades now — since the 1950s. The same transition seems to be happening in South Korea and Taiwan in response to their shrinking workforces.

China’s need to provide a semblance of economic prosperity for large numbers of Chinese — to prevent internal civil unrest — makes it more complicated for China to transition to a mixed human-robotic workforce.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Believe nothing in the media, since Chinese investment and influence have grown significantly within that rotten sector.

Practice being Dangerous. It is likely to come in handy someday.

More: For an interesting look at US mistakes in trading with China over the past 30 years, see here

Chairman Xi stumbling in his footwear

Trump trade victories aimed at China

Tradeable shares in Chinese manufacturers, such as Lenovo, fell by double-digit percentage points on Friday after the allegations of infiltration of the manufacturing chain by the country’s government. __ https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/the-russian-hacks-were-a-joke-but-china-s-are-no-laughing-matter-1.777713

Neo-colonial Africa under China

China’s Debt Trap Diplomacy and its many snares

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China Retreats from Green Abyss, Re-Embraces Coal Power

Renewables and the high electricity rates they ushered in drove individuals into energy poverty and led industry to flee, putting the lie to the claim that wind and solar are the fuels of the future. __ FP

China, Germany, Japan, Ontario, Cannot Afford Green

China is facing the reality that “green energy” cannot be relied upon by a nation that wants to be taken seriously as an industrial powerhouse. Japan, Germany, and Canada’s Ontario province are likewise backing away from ruinous mandates and subsidies to unreliable green energy.

Explosive growth in China’s coal power building boom:

… there was a surge in new coal projects approved at provincial level in China between 2014 and 2016. This happened because of a decentralisation programme that shifted authority over coal plant construction approvals to local authorities.

The report says that at present China has 993 gigawatts of coal power capacity, but the approved new plants would increase this by 25%.

Many of China’s wind and solar farms are not even plugged into the grid, and capacity factors are extraordinarily poor — even by green standards.

the capacity factor of Chinese solar equipment was just 14.7%energy investors are turning away from gigantic, remote solar farms, and toward other opportunities… __ Source

In the European Union, investment in green energy dropped by half after government subsidies were reduced. Germany is likewise cutting green subsidies and boosting more reliable gas and coal power plants. Similar moves away from “green” are happening in Japan, and even in the UK.

With Canada’s Ontario moving to cancel its green energy contracts, and the US Trump administration slowly stepping back from Obama’s expensive and unreliable wind and solar mandates, much of the world is expressing uncertainty over the wisdom of following the green energy crusaders over the cliff of perpetual blackouts. Without a reliable, affordable, high quality, abundant source of electric power, there is no advanced civilisation — and the carrying capacity of the planet suddenly drops by 80%.

The decline of government funding for renewables follows years of public opinion polls that consistently show the public isn’t much fussed about climate change. Governments finally got the message that the green lobby wasn’t all-powerful. The most timid, least principled players in society — the corporate sector — may be next in showing some spine on the climate change file. According to an internal memo leaked earlier this month, BusinessEurope, the EU’s largest employer association, intends to counter EU plans to tighten carbon-dioxide emissions at their expense, albeit ever so mutedly. If it carries through with its plans and actually dares to publicly represent the interests of its members, it will be one more sign that environmental NGOs and their enablers — the mainstream media — have lost their power. __ Lawrence Solomon

The entire corrupt scam of unreliable/exorbitantly expensive grid-scale green energy is gradually being exposed as unaffordable and economically damaging to modern national infrastructure.

Pay attention to the politicians, journalists, academics, activists, and industrialists who continue to push for green subsidies and green mandates. We may find out that we’re gonna need a lot more guillotines. 😉

More:

Wind turbines last only about 20 years at best, and solar arrays may last 30 years if owners are lucky. But disposing of these junkheaps-in-the-making will be very expensive. Many shadowy owners will skip the country, leaving taxpayers to clean up their expensive, wasteful mess.

But should giant solar parks continue to be built, one oft-ignored complication will have to be dealt with in future decades: solar panel waste. The panels last just 30 years or so, after which they must be broken up. It is hard to recycle them because they contain harmful chemicals like sulphuric acid. China is expected to experience a sudden boom in solar panel waste from around 2040 onwards and there is currently no clear plan for what to do with all that material. __ BBC

Of course there is no clear plan for dealing with reality — to greens the entire world is nothing but “unicorns and rainbows.” As long as their intentions are pure, they expect everything to work out just fine.

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US Prosperity: Europe is Poorer, But Switzerland is Better

… if you look at the U.S. average ($54,629), it obviously is higher than economic output in European nations.

And if you prefer direct measures of living standards, then data on consumption from the OECD also shows that America is considerably more prosperous.

__ Source

Europe is Doomed

There are not enough future Europeans to pay the pensions of the Europeans who are rapidly growing old. Europe’s new waves of immigrants are only there for the welfare benefits, which will only make the situation worse.

… European countries face a demographic tsunami, in the form of a growing mismatch between low birthrates and high longevity, for which few are prepared. …Looking at Europeans 65 or older who aren’t working, there are 42 for every 100 workers, and this will rise to 65 per 100 by 2060, the European Union’s data agency says.

… Across Europe, the birthrate has fallen 40% since the 1960s to around 1.5 children per woman, according to the United Nations. In that time, life expectancies have risen to roughly 80 from 69. __ WSJ via https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/demographics-entitlements-europes-doom/

via Daniel J Mitchell wordpress blog

Most tragically, the new waves of immigrants to Europe are not only freeloaders, but a significant number are openly antagonistic to European customs and to European people themselves. Crime, terror, and poverty rates are rising quickly in areas where new immigrants settle.

Switzerland is Shiny

In the great mountain redoubt of Alpine Switzerland, a lot of things have gone right over the centuries — partially due to good planning and partially due to the accident of location-aided neutrality to European wars. Here is a list of 5 things that make Switzerland better than the US.

1. The burden of government spending is lower in Switzerland. According to OECD, the public sector consumes only 33.1 percent of economic output in Switzerland, compared to 41.1 percent of GDP in the United States.

2. Switzerland has genuine federalism, with the national government responsible for only about one-third of government spending. The United States used to be like that, but now more than two-thirds of government spending comes from Washington.

3. Because of a belief that individuals have a right to control information about their personal affairs, Switzerland has a strong human rights policy that protects financial privacy. In the United States, the government can look at your bank account and does not even need a search warrant.

4. Switzerland has a positive form of multiculturalism with people living together peacefully notwithstanding different languages and different religions. In the United States, by contrast, the government causes strife and resentment with a system of racial spoils.

5. Gun ownership is pervasive in Switzerland, and the Swiss people value this freedom. Moreover, how can one not admire a nation where all able-bodied males have fully automatic rifles in their homes? To be sure, the United States is very good by world standards in protecting this freedom, so the Swiss don’t really have an advantage on this issue, but it’s still worth mentioning. __ Source

Switzerland’s population is under 10 million people, and due to its topography is unlikely to grow very rapidly — desirable though it may be as a location for permanent residence. Europe’s most prosperous and desirable nations all share the same fault — very very low populations with limited ability to expand.

This is why comparing such nations to the US is not only invalid on many levels, it is also a sign of stupidity if taken to excess (Bernie Sanders et al).

Valid comparisons can only be made between nations of similar sizes, similar demographic compositions, and broadly similar economic systems.

A comparison between North Korea and South Korea is interesting, but North Korea is crippled by a political-economic system that hobbles the North Korean people. The same was true during the West Germany – East Germany years, before the collapse of the Warsaw Pact.

The most telling comparison between nations is to tally the votes which people cast with their feet, by observing emigration/immigration trends.

China and India are the most populous nations on Earth, but not because the people of the world are flocking to them in large numbers. Africa is likewise becoming explosively populous, but not due to immigration into the dark continent.

Contrariwise, immigrants are flocking to Europe primarily for the welfare benefits, and flocking to the Anglosphere for economic opportunity and only slightly less importantly for the welfare benefits. Immigration/emigration trends can tell you a lot about economic conditions, and secondarily these days about personal freedoms and opportunities.

Economic Success Correlates With National Average IQ
More at VDare

High Value Immigrants vs. Low Value Immigrants

People of low IQ are not less human or of less moral worth. But as one can see in the map above, low average IQ populations tend to also generate less economic prosperity. Smart and prosperous nations would try to limit immigration of people with less to contribute, economically and intellectually. The same is true for immigration from historically violent and unstable nations — such as many Muslim nations and nations of Latin America with some of the world’s highest murder and crime rates.

Political correctness apparently makes many people feel warm and self-righteous inside, but it is a ruinous principle on which to base a nation’s future.

Hope for the best, and work for better. But be sure to plan and make provisions for the worst — because of all the things in the world only stupidity is in infinite supply.

It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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We are Living in an Alzheimer World

We Must Take a More Intelligent Approach to Dementia

Emerging evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s-related brain changes may result from a complex interplay among abnormal tau and beta-amyloid proteins and several other factors. It appears that abnormal tau accumulates in specific brain regions involved in memory. Beta-amyloid clumps into plaques between neurons. As the level of beta-amyloid reaches a tipping point, there is a rapid spread of tau throughout the brain.

… People with dementia seldom have only Alzheimer’s-related changes in their brains. Any number of vascular issues—problems that affect blood vessels, such as beta-amyloid deposits in brain arteries, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and mini-strokes—may also be at play.

… In Alzheimer’s disease, as neurons are injured and die throughout the brain, connections between networks of neurons may break down, and many brain regions begin to shrink. By the final stages of Alzheimer’s, this process—called brain atrophy—is widespread, causing significant loss of brain volume. __ https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-happens-brain-alzheimers-disease

US Dementia to Double by 2060

Aging populations and Alzheimer’s

Dementia rates rise as a population ages. The root causes of human dementia are not clearly understood, although chronic inflammation, vascular disease, and genetic defects are all considered important parts of the puzzle.

Beta Amyloid: Wildfire in the Brain

Abnormal beta amyloid accumulation in the brain is a likely part of the causation ensemble. But so far, none of the drugs designed to reduce beta amyloid levels have been effective in treating Alzheimer’s.

A new study could help explain this string of drug failures, discovering that when a synapse in the brain is destroyed by beta-amyloid it triggers nearby nerve cells to produce more beta-amyloid. This sets off a feedback loop that drives further neurodegeneration.

“We show that a vicious positive feedback loop exists in which beta-amyloid drives its own production,” says Richard Killick, senior author on the new study. “We think that once this feedback loop gets out of control it is too late for drugs which target beta-amyloid to be effective, and this could explain why so many Alzheimer’s drug trials have failed.”

The research reveals that a protein called Dkk1 is fundamental to this damaging feedback loop. The protein has been found to significantly stimulate production of beta-amyloid and it appears in increasing volumes in the brain as we age. __ https://newatlas.com/alzheimers-amyloid-feedback-fasudil/56442/

If beta amyloid’s out of control “wildfire” positive feedback destruction in the brain can be slowed by interfering with the protein Dkk1 — or other brain chemicals that have similar effects — drug designers will have a better target to aim at.

But even a perfect cleanup of beta-amyloid is not likely to be enough:

… some research has suggested clearing beta-amyloid deposits does not always correlate with improvements in cognition, meaning that although this new research is interesting, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will correspond with cognitive improvements in humans. __ https://newatlas.com/alzheimers-amyloid-feedback-fasudil/56442/

Scientists need to expand their vision of Alzheimer’s to include multiple causes.

Tau Proteins, Neurotangles, Cleaning Up Zombie Cells

Going beyond beta amyloid, another likely causative agent in Alzheimer’s is the tau proteins. Tau protein accumulation leads to neurofibrillary tangles, which are deadly to neurons. Scientists are discovering that one way to limit tau protein damage may be by cleaning out the “zombie cells of senescence” which accumulate in the brain with age.

The latest study set out to examine the role of senescent cells in the progression of neurodegenerative disease. The team experimented with two different methods to clear senescent cells in mouse models. One method utilized a genetically engineered mouse designed to imitate Alzheimer’s disease pathology by producing tangles of tau proteins in their neurons. This mouse model was subsequently engineered to be able to effectively clear senescent cells from its system when a specific chemical trigger was introduced.

“When senescent cells were removed, we found that the diseased animals retained the ability to form memories, eliminated signs of inflammation, did not develop neurofibrillary tangles, and had maintained normal brain mass,” reveals Tyler Bussian, first author on the new study.

The other experiment found a novel experimental anticancer drug called navitoclax also functions as an effective senolytic agent, removing senescent cells from the mouse brains and successfully modulating the accumulation of tau proteins.

This novel discovery uncovers an exciting causal link between cellular senescence in the brain and the onset of neurodegenerative pathology. Even more interesting was the revelation that it wasn’t the specific neurons becoming senescent that was preceding the tau protein clumping, but two other kinds of senescent brain cells – microglia and astrocytes.
__ https://newatlas.com/zombie-cells-alzheimers-dementia-senescent/56412/

Microglia and astrocytes are glial cells, normally meant to assist, nourish and protect neurons, and clean up the neuronal environment. Something happens in the pre-dementia state to cause glial cells to malfunction.

Chronic Inflammation, Gene Defects, and Glial Cell Dysfunction

Research suggests that chronic inflammation may be caused by the buildup of glial cells normally meant to help keep the brain free of debris. One type of glial cell, microglia, engulfs and destroys waste and toxins in a healthy brain. In Alzheimer’s, microglia fail to clear away waste, debris, and protein collections, including beta-amyloid plaques. Researchers are trying to find out why microglia fail to perform this vital function in Alzheimer’s.

One focus of study is a gene called TREM2. Normally, TREM2 tells the microglia cells to clear beta-amyloid plaques from the brain and helps fight inflammation in the brain. In the brains of people where this gene does not function normally, plaques build up between neurons. Astrocytes—another type of glial cell—are signaled to help clear the buildup of plaques and other cellular debris left behind. These microglia and astrocytes collect around the neurons but fail to perform their debris-clearing function. In addition, they release chemicals that cause chronic inflammation and further damage the neurons they are meant to protect. __ https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-happens-brain-alzheimers-disease

Something happens to glial cells to prevent them from performing their neuroprotective tasks. They are somehow turned into “homicidal maniacs” for a while, causing additional inflammation and nerve damage — until they die and become damaging brain debris themselves.

More to Alzheimer’s than Once Thought

Current drugs to treat Alzheimer’s do not stop or reverse cognitive decline. It is likely that drug designers have been aiming at the wrong target — or perhaps not aiming at enough of the right targets.

Instead of fixating on one theory, good scientists go back to basics when first attempts fail. The dementia universe is growing larger, making it more important for scientists and clinicians to expand their conceptual space.

Update: Leaky blood brain barrier likely part of the puzzle. A leaking blood brain barrier is both a marker for inflammatory vascular damage and a cause of further inflammation in the brain beyond the barrier.

Scientists at the Al Fin Institutes for Longevity and Life Extension have long recommended the daily use of alpha lipoic acid along with other anti-inflammatory supplements that exert a protective action against inflammation and oxygen radicals, such as TMG.

More: Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, potassium channels

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The Curdling of the American Mind

Below, Jordan Peterson interviews the two authors of the recently released book “The Coddling of the American Mind:”

Watch the first ten minutes of the interview above, and you will understand why I suggest substitution the word “curdling” in place of the more benign term “coddling.”

In their recently published book, Haidt and Lukianoff reveal the key to understanding why university students seem to have gone insane over “trigger warnings,” micro-aggressions, and why visits to campus mental health centres for treatment of anxiety/depression have spiked over the past few years: Universities are actively programming students to be anxious and depressed by teaching them self-destructive modes of thought.

If you are not convinced by their well-documented prose, perhaps their hard data will sway you a bit.

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life. __ https://www.thecoddling.com/

The quote above reveals why the authors chose to call the modern university perversion “The Coddling …”. And yet what colleges are doing to students goes far beyond overprotection. These youngsters have brains that are still developing, forming lifetime pathways. If they are taught to see themselves as weak, fragile victims — and to focus intensively upon their fragility and victimhood as the core of their identity — their minds are not only being “coddled,” they are being actively curdled and destroyed.

When seen in a clearer light as active sabotage of the student’s ability to think clearly for himself and a crippling of his ability to overcome adversity, the sinister nature of this continent-wide movement cannot be ignored. This crusade penetrates deeply into government agencies, the news and entertainment media, all of academia and education, and numerous foundations/activist groups/NGOs.

In other words, while “coddling” sounds almost warm and fuzzy, “curdling” more aptly describes the destructive nature of the ongoing agenda that dominates most institutions of higher learning (and many secondary and primary educational institutions) in North America.

Reason Magazine features another video interview with the authors of the book.

A person has to work hard in order to see beneath the surface facade of the mainstream delusion. Learning to see clearly is worth the effort.

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Density


Density:

  • The quality or condition of being dense.
  • The quantity of something per unit measure, especially per unit length, area, or volume.
  • The mass per unit volume of a substance under specified conditions of pressure and temperature.
  • __ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

There are many types of density. The simple density of matter is fairly straightforward, being the mass divided by volume of any particular object under specified conditions.

Energy density is of critical importance to the long term future of the human race, although it is being studiously ignored by the most powerful of western institutions. A quick perusal of the following chart of energy densities of various fuels reveals why this topic is of such critical importance:

Energy Density Comparison from Wikipedia
Fusion, Fission Orders of Magnitude Better than Chemical and Other Energy Sources

Objects can have other types of densities, such as the density of neurons or synapses in the human brain.


An abnormal loss of synaptic density points toward a number of neurodegenerative diseases, which should eventually become treatable.

Intellectual Density vs. Emotional Intensity

Intellectual materials — books, articles, lectures etc. — can be very “dense” in terms of information content and complexity. Mastering material that is more intellectually dense requires much more cortical energy, and can leave the brain exhausted. This may explain why in a large university, relatively few students pursue the difficult STEM courses of study.

It can also explain why so many humans choose to immerse themselves in lightweight ideologies such as “social justicism” and “jihadism” which lean heavily on emotional energy, but require very little intellectual power to master.

Emotion Intensity is pulled up from a different well than is intellectual mastery. Evolution provided mammals and other larger animals with ample emotional reservoirs, and easy triggering mechanisms for tapping into the reservoir and escalating emotional intensity.

For most normal people, emotional intensity eventually seeks an outlet or a “pressure release valve,” because although emotional intensity is readily attained, maintaining a high emotional intensity over time is unpleasant — even damaging to the organism. The tendency is to either “explode” or “implode.” Neither result is particularly desirable, as a rule.

Paper Covers Stone

In the old “scissors, paper, stone” game, scissors cuts paper and stone breaks scissors. But paper covers stone. The same is true for emotional intensity (paper) and intellectual density (stone). Strong emotions can overcome the brain’s ability to focus on dense ideas, preventing the brain from making the necessary connections to learn and master complexity.

Today’s high school and college students are deeply immersed and indoctrinated in emotional ideas of “social justice” and “environmental destruction.” Forced to soak in angry rhetoric of “inequality” and “oppression,” their minds are papered over with emotion, causing a binding up and neutering of intellectual energy which should have been used to prepare the young mind to face a complex and evolving world.

This indoctrination process is shallow but intense, and requires only a few hours to learn, and several more hours of reinforcement. Everything after that is confirmation bias and intermittent formal and informal reinforcement.

Obscured by Emotion

Understanding the important things requires working through dense and complex ideas. It is easier to live in a shallow world of emotion, and avoid dealing with the dense. This shallow emotionalism is what drives the viewers of late night political comedy shows, and the easily manipulated political activists who rage against a complex world they will never come close to understanding.

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Obama Marvels at Donald Trump’s Big “Magic Wand!”

Two years ago, Barack Obama proclaimed that the only way that Trump could boost economic growth and manufacturing in the US, was to wave a “magic wand.” Former Obama economist Larry Summers famously declared that economic growth in the US was limited to 2% or less — GDP growth in the range of 3% to 4% was impossible! Leftist NYT columnist Paul Krugman predicted in 2016 that if Trump were elected he would crash the the economy and the markets. More

Welcome to “The End of the World”

But the world did not end with the election of Trump, and leftists are totally pissed off! They are particularly pissed that the US economy seems to have been boosted a level or two in response to Trump’s unwinding of Obama’s draconian regulatory nightmare.

President Obama’s lame duck administration poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to a Friday analysis of his team’s expansion of federal authority.

While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama’s team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars. __ Source

Trump took everything Obama was trying to do to the US economy, and simply did the opposite. As a result, US GDP growth is nudging 4%, manufacturing is up, employment and workforce participation have risen, business optimism is up, worker optimism is slowly rising despite media sabotage,

What Is Trump’s “Magic Wand?”

When a twisted ideologue who is actively trying to destroy the US economy and US society occupies the White House for eight years, he can do a lot of damage. And he did do a lot of damage from 2008 to 2016, taking a bad situation and making it worse.

As mentioned above, all that Trump had to do was to untwist the strangulation knots that Obama had so carefully wrapped around the throat of the US economic system (and all other aspects of US society). The untwisting is still in the early stages, but it shows signs of promise in the early results.

Barack Obama: “What Trump Has Done is Inconceivable!”

Say, Barack, I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Yes, I parody Obama’s words and thoughts, but my satirical version of Obama’s thoughts is both funnier and closer to the truth.

The Real Obama “Recovery”

… the Obama recovery was remarkably flimsy. In 2015 the Joint Economic Committee of Congress found that compared to the eight previous post-recession events, “the Obama recovery was the weakest on record.” The recovery was so shallow that had Obama merely achieved a normal pace of recovery, personal income in 2014 would have been $3,200 higher. If the economy had matched the Reagan trajectory, GDP in 2016 would have been almost $3 trillion larger (equivalent to the combined GDP of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania).

Even as measured by the left’s favorite metric, “economic fairness,” the policies failed. The index of income inequality rose nearly every year under Obama, and the groups that suffered the fastest declines in income were the poor, blacks, Hispanics and single women. __ https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/09/13/trump-is-proving-that-obamanomics-failed

As the US moves away from strangulating Obama policies, optimism as well as actual conditions are improving.

Images via Brian Wang:

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Always remember: Obama’s socialist crony-style economic thinking is dominant in academia, media, the deep state, and inside the beltway of crony capitalism.

Donald Trump — like Ronald Reagan — may have bought the US (and the world) a little time. But cronyism is alive and well in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, and in every national capital of the world. Everything that is wrong with the US is ten times as wrong in most other countries of the world.

Obama was also dead wrong about oil

Use this time wisely. Make provisions for possible Soviet-style years under the new socialism of the postmodern multicultural identitarians and social justice “unicorn and rainbow” warriors. To these people, making others suffer and die for their own fantasies is the noblest of causes.

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

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Shocking Rules for Preventing Personal Poverty

According to the British Cohort Study, following just a few rules in adolescence and early adulthood will reduce your likelihood of being impoverished.

  1. Finish High School, or the equivalent
  2. Avoid Teen Pregnancy
  3. Avoid Long Term Unemployment in Your Early Twenties
  4. Get Married

Source

The first rule is meant to give one a broad base of basic knowledge. The second rule is meant to give a young person time to get her bearings before assuming life or death responsibilities over others. The third rule suggests that it is better for most young people to learn the habit of work rather than to loaf around in college throughout their early to mid twenties. The fourth rule is meant to encourage stability, commitment, and purpose in life.

Those are not rules for getting rich. They are rules for not being poor. Here are a few more common sense rules:

  • Avoid drug use
  • Avoid gambling
  • Avoid associating with criminals, drug users, or habitual gamblers
  • Avoid socialists like the plague

Socialists rarely deal in common sense, but instead promote a government-enforced utopia of “unicorns and rainbows,” where a perfect life magically descends from above as soon as the “right people” attain power — and all inequality is banished.

Conservatives promote more practical solutions:

… the kind of reforms that conservatives have been arguing for: those that are oriented toward work and eventual self-sufficiency, and those oriented toward the much trickier business of trying to encourage the formation and preservation of intact families, which more and more — and especially in the case at hand — seems to me to be the root of much of the dysfunction under consideration. __ https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/poverty-misunderstood-case-matthew-desmond/

US President Donald Trump is neither conservative nor socialist, but so far he has instituted a number of hard-nosed reversals of Obama’s socialist policies, creating a salutary effect on the US economy.

Job openings are at a record high; consumer confidence, according to the Conference Board, was the highest in August since 2000; and capital investment is ratcheting up.

Some are beginning to hint that there’s more good news to come. One of Wall Street’s leading economists sent a report to clients this week saying various industries are still strengthening, with the banner: “Strength of U.S. Economy May Be Underestimated.” __ http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/406301-thank-goodness-trump-gets-what-obama-failed-to-grasp-on-economy

People With Marketable Skills Do Better

A rational society would use much of childhood and youth in promoting foundational skills for later life. Utilising a practical training that is playful in nature — especially for younger children — youth will emerge from childhood and adolescence with both marketable skills and purposeful goals of a practical — but fulfilling — nature.

The EU/Obama approach has been to squander childhood and adolescence through immersion in self-destructive indoctrination and dead end ideology. The US was able to break away from the Obama mentality — at least for now. People of Europe and the rest of the Anglosphere have not been so lucky in general terms. As a result, their economic stats remain mediocre, and their crime statistics are beginning to reveal the unfortunate effects of their post-modern immigration policies.

Poverty is a State of Mind and a State of Being

Most inter-generational poverty is a result of choosing teen pregnancy, avoiding the learning of marketable skills, indulging in habitual delinquent behaviors, a pattern of chain-reaction illegitimacy, and a conscious rejection of responsibility.

Mental illness is certainly a factor in a certain proportion of poverty, but not the largest factor. Even the lower average IQ which one finds in particular populations is not a justification for unemployment and delinquent lifestyles.

As we have seen when Donald Trump reversed many of Obama’s bad economic policies, a rising tide lifts all boats — if not to the exact same level. Inequality and hierarchical social structures have been facts of natural life for hundreds of millions of years — and will always exist regardless of what your favourite “rainbows and unicorns” socialist tells you.

Prepare for the best and the worst. Hope and work for ever better. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Income for High School Dropouts vs. Various College Degrees

Income and Unemployment by College Degree

The table above compares the top 5 US college degrees with the bottom 5. For a closer look at the analysis done by BankRate to reach their conclusions, see here.

… actuarial science was the most valuable college major, according to the analysis by Bankrate.com, which analyzed 162 degrees based on their average incomes, unemployment rates and the proportion of people in each field who hold degrees higher than a bachelor’s.

Actuaries analyze statistics and calculate risk levels for insurance companies. With an average income of $108,658 and a 2.3 percent unemployment rate, it’s a safe bet for the future, researchers found. And only 22 percent of actuaries felt the need to earn higher-level degrees.

‘Being an actuary is the best job in America because you get paid like doctors and lawyers, but you don’t have to work with blood or visit your clients in jail,’ said Krzysztof Ostaszewski, director of the actuarial program at Illinois State University. __ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6151935/A-degree-indecision-profitable-college-majors-America.html

In general, a bachelors degree in STEM fields will pay off better than bachelors degrees in softer fields such as fine arts, liberal arts etc.

High School Dropouts that Out-Earn College Graduates

If you are in a hurry to earn a good salary, there are high school dropout truck drivers in Texas who earn over $140,000 a year, and young welders who earn salaries near $150,000 yearly in oilfields from New Mexico to North Dakota. There are several career fields open to high school dropouts which offer salaries just as high or higher than any college degree listed in the table above.

High school graduates/dropouts can begin earning big money while their college-going friends are racking up college loan debts into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Consider how long it would take a fine arts major to pay off college loans amounting to $300,000 or more.

Incidentally, some of the wealthiest people in the world are dropouts from either high school or college. The goals, the vision, the resilience, the anti-fragility all come from within in such cases.

the only way to become really rich financially and really rich personally–in other words really, really rich–is to start your own business. Even if it’s just on the side. Even if it’s just a slightly stepped-up hobby.

There’s no reason not to. You don’t have to quit your job right away; in fact, you probably shouldn’t. (One of the best ways to minimize your risk is to keep your full-time job while you build your foundation for success.) Plus the basics of starting a business are easy; you can do it in one day.

Here’s the deal. In return for less freedom, less control, and less fulfillment, every day you go to work for someone else your upside is always capped and your downside is always unlimited.

The downside for entrepreneurs is also unlimited–but in return, they enjoy the possibility of an unlimited financial upside and an unlimited personal upside. __ https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/the-only-way-to-get-really-really-rich.html

Most Entrepreneurs Do Not Achieve Great Wealth, But Aim for Independence

Entrepreneurs need self-discipline and strong impulse control.

Small business owners often pay themselves modest salaries, while perhaps building the value of their business for a lucrative sale in the future.

The most common path to riches in the US — or any free society — is via business ownership and commerce. Many business ventures will fail in the first year or so, for many reasons. Those who achieve great success often transcend multiple failures on the way.

A small business can be anything from a daycare in your home, to a custodial service, to an owner-operator freight hauling service. Small businesses may earn into the millions of dollars per year — or much less, depending upon the service being offered and the particular expertise involved.

Here is the average outcome for small business owners:

Business owners earn an average salary of $38,568 to $91,440 per year, according to 2011 Payscale.com data. Additionally, business owners make between $1,030 and $14,293 annually in bonuses, $4,925 and $39,833 in profit sharing and $4,880 to $30,000 in commissions. Hence, a business owner can earn a total income of between $49,403 and $179,196 per year. The Wall Street Journal indicates that small-business owners and executives earn average annual salaries of $233,600. However, the salary figures for company-employed executives probably make the average considerably higher. __ https://bizfluent.com/info-7880026-average-salaries-business-owners.html

But if you consider yourself to be above average and want to shoot for the stars, aim higher.

In Opportunity Societies, the Sky’s the Limit

If you are only capable of thinking in terms of “jobs,” then working under small-minded people and accepting what they think you deserve may be the best you can do. It is certainly the mainstream way of thinking, which has allowed colleges and universities to grow rich from their credentialing monopolies. It has also allowed corporations to grow fat, lazy, somewhat high-handed, and broadly incompetent.

But if you are able to match your skills to the larger set of real world demands — some of which may not have yet been detected by anyone else but you — then your possible upside may be very high indeed.

Prepare for the best and the worst. Hope for even better. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

More: In the US, all-time record high small business optimism

The National Federation of Independent Business’ small business optimism index hit the highest level in the survey’s 45-year history in August.

Small businesses are planning to hire more workers, raise compensation for current employees, and spend more on capital investments according to the index

Juanita Duggan, the president and CEO of the NFIB, attributed much of the increase to President Donald Trump and the GOP’s economic policies.

There is no question that the change of policy in Washington has everything to do with the increase in the optimism index,” Duggan told Business Insider.

__ https://www.businessinsider.de/nfib-small-business-optimism-index-record-high-trump-tax-cut-credit-2018-9?

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Why Is It That They Can Only Destroy?

11 Sept 2001
Never Building, Always Knocking Down and Burning

Resilient Populations

Some populations have the capacity to work their way up out of dire poverty — and some populations lack the capacity to lift themselves. After the utter destruction of Germany and Japan in World War II, and the destruction of South Korea in the 1950s Korean War, all three nations eventually climbed out of the rubble and built greater nations than had existed previously. Similar stories of self-redemption can be told of other western European nations after WWII, and of former Warsaw Pact nations after the collapse of the Soviet hegemony. The rise of Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong after WWII tell similar tales of inner fortitude and the capacity to build and maintain complex infrastructure.

Fragile, Perpetual Third World People

Other populations and societies cannot seem to emerge from perpetual poverty and misery no matter how much foreign assistance they receive. They cannot seem to either build or maintain complex infrastructure for themselves.

But even if they cannot build and maintain, they can certainly destroy. We see this destruction on the streets of France, Sweden, and Belgium on a regular basis. We saw it on 9/11/01, on 7/7/5 in London, and in early January of 2015 in Paris.

This type of destruction is likely to intensify with time, as the failures of perpetually third world peoples persist, and eternal victims must seek out external entities to blame for their own inadequacies. I hope I am wrong about this.

Third world people — whether still living in the third world, or living as immigrants in more advanced societies — can scarcely escape their upbringings, their backward cultures, and their too frequent genetic endowments of low IQ and poor impulse control.

And so the people of more advanced societies — those who are able to build, and keep the lights on — must contend with armies of saboteurs and malcontents who have infiltrated their borders, and want only to burn the world of their hosts to the ground.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Do not trust your governments to take care of you.

It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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I Could Not Find Sex Dolls on This Chart


The prices for hospital care and college tuition are shooting through the roof, while prices for televisions and computers have been dropping. Automobile prices have been relatively flat, while wage increases are barely outrunning the increases in costs for food and housing.

Those who advocate for greater socialism probably do not understand the everyday impact their policies will have on the majority of citizens:

The greater (lower) the degree of government involvement in the provision of a good or service the greater (lower) the price increases (decreases) over time, e.g., hospital and medical costs, college tuition, childcare with both large degrees of government funding/regulation and large price increases vs. software, electronics, toys, cars and clothing with both relatively less government funding/regulation and falling prices. __ https://www.aei.org/publication/the-chart-of-the-century-makes-the-rounds-at-the-federal-reserve/?

But Where are the Sex Dolls in all of This?

In Italy, it costs 80 Euros for a half hour in the sex doll brothel. Customers are forced to wait for weeks, the demand is so large.

Most sex dolls from this seller cost between $2,000 and $3,000 per doll, for those who do not wish to pay for each session, and who cannot wait the requisite weeks for an appointment.

Where is the 20 year price-trend line for sex dolls? There isn’t one. It is too early in the evolution of sex dolls and sexbots for a good estimate of next year’s prices. But one thing is certain: If governments involve themselves in regulating sex dolls and sex bots, prices are likely to rise alarmingly — just as prices have risen alarmingly for hospital treatment and for college tuition. When the government inserts itself, the people pay dearly.

Artificial Intelligence and Sex

Improvements in electronics have led to reductions in prices for many consumer products. Perhaps the same can happen for sex dolls.

Robotic sex dolls are becoming more and more lifelike and are being developed with sophisticated movements that closely mimic humans.

Some include AI and can offer an “emotional connection” by smiling and flirting with the user.

A doll called Harmony, developed by Realbotix in Los Angeles, is described as able to “deliver the most enjoyable conversation and interaction you can have with a machine.” __ Source

Sex robots as porn stars

Silicon Valley vs. Silicone Valley

Computer chips are made from silicon, while sex dolls are made from silicone. A subtle difference in spelling, perhaps, but the two things are quite different in terms of hardness and compressibility.

Imagine a valley in California where silicone reigns, and all the creativity of the world is focused upon creating the ideal sex partner for man and woman alike.

We know that Silicon Valley stocks are valued in the multiple $trillions of dollars. How high could market cap go for “Silicone Valley” stocks? Sex is, after all, a primal urge for humans. If silicone sexbots and sex dolls become better and better as surrogate sex partners — and the room for innovation and improvement is immense — they may tap into a latent market of incalculable size.

How Will These Changes Affect Human Demographics?

If humans forget about the need to reproduce themselves, and focus merely on sexual pleasure, their societies are doomed. But as reproductive science develops to the point where humans can be conceived and gestated outside the womb, sexual intercourse between humans becomes less and less important from the demographic standpoint.

It seems as if humans in advanced societies have turned away from human to human sexual interaction in large numbers already. In that case, sexbots would merely be filling a vacuum that already exists, rather than creating a new schism between human males and females.

Dangerous Children are different. Dangerous Children understand the need to stay connected as humans, and to continue to expand the tribe. We must continue to make provisions to meet the tumultuous changes that are likely to emerge. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Half the Sperm of Our Grandfathers

Less Semen, Fewer Sperm, Lower Testosterone:

Not only were sperm counts per milliliter of semen down by more than 50 percent since 1973, but total sperm counts were down by almost 60 percent: We are producing less semen, and that semen has fewer sperm cells in it.

the human race is apparently on a trend line toward becoming unable to reproduce itself. Sperm counts went from 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 to 47 million per milliliter in 2011, and the decline has been accelerating. Would 40 more years—or fewer—bring us all the way to zero?

Testosterone levels have also dropped precipitously, with effects beginning in utero and extending into adulthood.

__ https://www.gq.com/story/sperm-count-zero

In fact the total loss of the male “Y” chromosome has been in the works for millions of years. When that happens, humans will not lose all its males — it will merely become far more “intersex” than even the most rabid LGBTQS radicals can currently imagine.

Y Chromosomes Are Disappearing Across Human Populations

Young human males are growing more feeble in terms of testosterone levels, sperm counts, semen volumes, muscle mass to fat mass, and by other measures. And they are losing their Y chromosomes in a mosaic pattern, as they age. This loss of the Y chromosome(LOY) seems to contribute to cancer, Alzheimer’s, shorter lifespan, and other degenerative conditions.

… lifetime-acquired loss of chromosome Y (LOY) in blood cells, is associated with all-cause mortality and an increased risk of non-hematological tumors and that LOY could be induced by tobacco smoking. We tested here a hypothesis that men with LOY are more susceptible to AD and show that LOY is associated with AD in three independent studies of different types. __ Dumanski et al in Cell

Fragile Y Hypothesis

The human Y chromosome has been in decline for millions of years. Although some scientists claim that the Y chromosome has found a way to save itself from elimination, other equally astute scientists state that it is only a matter of time before the human male’s bare fingernail-grip on the ledge will slip and lose purchase.

The “fragile Y hypothesis” is a scientific attempt to understand the “ground zero” of this battleground for survival of the human Y chromosome. Rather than proclaiming that “all is well,” or stating that ultimately the human male is doomed, these scientists choose to do the science: observe, test, repeat.

Species evolve in fits and starts, and not in a steady straight-line manner. Humans — particularly less intelligent humans such as journalists — can only understand change through linear trends and extrapolations. But that is not how biology works over the long run. The sooner we break our dependency on the simplistic journalistic point of view — and go straight to the source — the better.

What Will Women Do Without Men?

It is clear that reproductive science is at the verge of a new era, where men will not be needed at all for fertilisation of eggs, or in any phase of human reproduction. Without men, women will develop new tools for sexual fulfillment, and will develop ingenious methods of training that will allow women to partially replace the disappearing armies of male technicians, engineers, mechanics, handymen, and all the tradesmen that allow modern humans in advanced societies to live lives of comfort and plenty.

Human populations will plummet, of course. Entire countries will disappear, modern cities will steadily lose their advanced critical infrastructures and become overgrown with natural plant, animal, and microbial life. The Earth will become a very different planet than the one that has been created primarily by human males.

The decline will not be universal, however. Some more biologically advanced societies will develop ways to save the male “phenotype” even as sperm counts fall, and the Y chromosome fades into oblivion. Societies which maintain their males in the face of such decline will dominate the future, as societies with the most robust male populations have historically tended to dominate.

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

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Can Social Justice Build a Better Bridge?

FIU Bridge Collapse
Image : Reuters via ET

Social Justice Warriors Infiltrate Engineering Schools

Engineering education has been infiltrated by a “phalanx of social justice warriors” who are steadily corrupting the field, according to a Michigan State University professor.

“They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases such as ‘diversity’ and ‘different perspectives’ and ‘racial gaps’ and ‘unfairness’ and ‘unequal outcomes’ make up the daily vocabulary,” asserts Mechanical Engineering professor Indrek Wichman in an essay published Wednesday by the James G. Martin Center. __ Source

If the bridge collapse at Florida International University earlier this year is an example of the kind of work that “social justice engineers” can accomplish, we may want to rethink this entire “social justice engineering” approach to overhauling the US engineering profession.

Can LSD Build Better Disruptive Technologies?

Meanwhile on the US left coast, Silicon Valley’s best and brightest are simmering their brains in a mixture of LSD, Adderall, Ayahuasca, and ectstasy. They are hoping that frying their brains on low heat (microdosing) will give their brains the kind of ideas that “will change everything.”

While the use of mind-altering substances here is nothing new, I spoke to just over a dozen people who all said consumption was increasing once again. Obviously, there are major problems with addiction to opiates and alcohol here, as elsewhere. But people in Silicon Valley tend to view drugs differently from those in places like, say, Hollywood and Wall Street. The point is less to let off steam or lose your inhibitions than to improve your mind.

“No one can afford to lose a step here anymore, so they want to hack the experience to make it work for their time-constrained schedules,” said one techie. “You want to be super lucid now.”

… Another tech executive compares it to what Bradley Cooper did in the movie “Limitless,” about a man who uses a mystery drug to become much smarter than anyone else. “… the idea of a having a heightened sense of awareness and also being totally functional appeals to people now,” he said. “Whatever can get you to that place without a lot of downside — like addiction — is preferred.”

That is why everyone he knows microdoses, saving the longer-acting drugs like Ecstasy for the rare occasions when they want to party and relax. As always, Adderall is often used to plow through work. __ NYT

There is also the suggestion in the article above that Elon Musk’s drug use may be causing him to post tweets of the highly batty variety that can get him into trouble.

LSD vs. Social Justice: Which Way to Choose?

The judicious use of mind-altering drugs may possibly open new “doors of perception” for bright people who have never in their lives stepped away from straight-line logic and simple cause and effect thinking. Caution, pacing, and close supervision are paramount when attempting this approach to innovation.

Modern “social justice,” on the other hand, can never be used judiciously, as from its head to its toes it is designed to cause a revolutionary overturning of social norms and traditions. It is no accident that the “social justice movement” received a massive boost from the Obama administration — sometimes to the tune of $billions in diverted federal funding. The surprise election of Donald Trump as US President upset a lot of corrupt applecarts in the social justice back streets and alleys. Consequently, the links between the radical left and almost all aspects of the mainstream news and entertainment media have never been seen so clearly as in their infantile caterwaulings of the past 21 months.

Forcing revolutionary “social justice” on science and engineering is just another form of sabotage and power grab by radical activists of the gauche persuasion.

A Clear Choice

If humans want to build an abundant and expansive future along with a pristine environment, they will need to get the best out of their engineers. Unleashing the social justice wrecking ball on the engineering departments of universities is a singularly unwise approach to making the world a better place. It may be less clear that using mind-altering drugs is likewise not the best overall approach to the mentally clear evolution of an abundant, expansive, and pristine world.

The basis of most of these poor choices among engineers and engineering education is the horrendous approaches to contemporary child-rearing and education of young children up to the university level. If children cannot see the problems in radical “social justice” and the overuse of brain drugs, then in many important ways they are likely to remain children their entire lives.

And so we see again in too many cases, the academic lobotomy and the perpetually incompetent psychological neotenate as the main products of modern universities — along with ungodly student loan debt.

Fortunately, it is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Is There a Recipe for Disruptive Innovation?

Singularity University’s Global Startup Program

The Singularity University (SU) is Ray Kurzweil’s and Peter Diamandis’ attempt to bring about radical planetary change for the better. The SU’s Global Startup Program is a boot camp and training program for entrepreneurs who want to create disruptive innovation to bring about a better world.

“Moonshot Ideas”

Entrepreneurs will be shown the power of converging exponential technologies to solve big challenges and make broad “billion-scale” impact.

Singularity University will help train and inspire entrepreneurs to create unique moonshot ideas. Entrepreneurs will then learn how to execute on those ideas to create new industries and support ecosystems. The ideas will be shaped into plans with a focus on rapid scaling and being dynamic. __ Brian Wang’s NextBigFuture

SU’s Global Startup Program (GSP) is similar to a “startup incubator.” In the US alone, there are over 1,000 startup incubators. Not all of them have such grand goals as the SU’s GSP, but it is impossible to predict at the outset what the final outcome of a project may be.

The Startup Incubator Idea

The most famous incubators provide mentoring, business connections, and seed capital. Some examples of the best startup incubators from 2017.

… incubators “incubate” disruptive ideas with the hope of building out a business model and company… incubators are often more focused on innovation. __ Accelerators vs. Incubators

Many incubators occupy specific locations, and require startups to re-locate in order to interact with mentors and an established business community. Other incubators are able to work with startups in multiple locations. “Virtual Incubators” can be global in reach:

One Million by One Million is a global virtual incubator that aims to help a million entrepreneurs reach a million dollars in annual revenue, thereby creating a trillion dollars in global GDP and ten million jobs.

They offer a case-study-based online educational program, video lectures, and methodology, online strategy consulting at public and private online roundtables, as well as introductions to customers, partners, and investors. The public roundtable is a free program accessible from anywhere in the world. The rest of the services are paying members only. __ 12 Best Startup Incubators 2017

The incubator concept is scalable, and one can find incubators for all types and sizes of startup. Some incubators will help with finding seed capital and organising rounds of financing.

Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. __ Source

Others will provide workspace, mentors, evaluations and advice, business and financial connections — but leave the actual buildup of the business to the entrepreneur.

Disruptive Innovation Has to Work to Be Disruptive

Most business startups are doomed to fail. Failure is a necessary part of evolution in business as well as evolution in life. Persons who receive a good upbringing are taught to fail early and often in order to discover how to learn from each failure.

In order for an innovative startup to be disruptive in the real world, it has to succeed in business. No amount of seed capital, mentoring, good advice, wishful thinking, or connections can guarantee that a business will succeed long enough to create disruption. We hope that the Singularity University tells its students this basic fact before it begins to fill their heads with cosmic dreams of grand technological disruption.

Incubators Go Beyond Funding

We recently looked at a range of sources of startup capital for entrepreneurs. But obviously much more is required beyond mere capital. Here is a list of some of the most common services provided by incubators:

Help with business basics

Networking opportunities
Marketing assistance

High-speed Internet access

Accounting/financial management assistance

Access to bank loans, loan funds and guarantee programs

Help with presentation skills

Connections to higher education resources

Connections to strategic partners

Access to angel investors or venture capital

Comprehensive business training programs

Advisory boards and mentors

Management team identification

Help with business etiquette

Technology commercialization assistance

Help with regulatory compliance

Intellectual property management and legal counsel __ Startup Incubators

Accelerators vs Incubators

There are no guarantees in business, no matter how good the intentions or how grand the goals. Disruptive innovations cannot be made to order, with enough seed capital and good advice. To be truly disruptive, the innovation must be well planned, well made, and lucky enough to fall into an ecosystem of commerce and rule of law that provides the complimentary ingredients necessary for success.

Some of the best ideas for nuclear fission and fusion reactors, for example, will fail if the necessary materials for their construction are not available. And so on.

Almost all Predictions Fail

Like most business startups, most visionary ideas and predictions will fail. All the more reason for humans to generate a lot of ideas and a lot of startups. This is possible in countries of the Anglosphere, Europe, or free Asia.

In Venezuela, South Africa, or Zimbabwe, corruption kills the seeds before they can sprout.

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Electric Cars Still “Toys for the Rich”

Electric car deficiencies are major, including high purchase price, short driving range, small carrying capacity, lack of charging stations, long charging times, and expensive battery packs that need to be replaced during the life of the vehicle. __ Source

A Mass Delusion?

In the U.S., we are selling over 17 million cars that run on oil each year and just 200,000 that run on electricity. Electric cars are more expensive, less practical, less reliable, and too reliant on a battery build-out that that we have kept hearing “is right around the corner” for decades – if not centuries. Electric cars, truly are, toys for the rich. “People just don’t want to buy them,” an EPA official says… Tesla lost $675 million in the final quarter of 2017. __ Jude Clemente

The US transportation industry rests squarely upon a massive liquid fuel infrastructure powering countless numbers of internal combustion engines. Electric cars are nice toys for those who can afford the time and hassle of frequent re-charges.

Switching from one giant infrastructure to another giant infrastructure is never easy — and is only worthwhile when the new infrastructure clearly demonstrates substantial superiority over the old. But gasoline and diesel powered automobiles and trucks still drive huge circles around their constantly re-charging electric cousins. Put them both on a 500 mile race like the Daytona or the Indy, and see which crosses the finish line days before the other.

… the mass-media, along with some politicians and business leaders trying to sell a product, continue to claim the imminent death of the oil-powered internal combustion engine, even though we have hundreds of millions of them. While indeed growing in importance, the fact is that electric cars aren’t close to such a takeover. For example, Tesla continues to struggle to build the Model 3 at scale, and the company hasn’t proved itself as a successful car company. And the rest of the electric car builders talk a big game on a battery-powered vehicle revolution but significant sales and actual fleet penetration remain years away. __ Jude Clemente

Wishful thinking drives a great deal of electric car sales — along with virtue signaling. And only the well-off can afford to indulge in those fantasies without paying a huge price.

Electric Cars Worse for the Environment

With some two billion in use today around the world, the future of the internal combustion engine is brighter than most may realize. It’s really why the U.S. Department of Energy sees global oil consumption increasing by over 20% by 2040. In any event, the anti-internal combustion engine environmental groups should know that more electric vehicles will simply mean more electricity, which is overwhelmingly generated by coal and natural gas. And truth be told: “Electric cars may be worse for the environment than gas-powered.” __ Jude Clemente

The technologies that support the production and use of hydrocarbons are improving more quickly than the technologies of electric cars. Electric cars are fueled by coal, as often as not. That information should be pasted across the dashboards of all the electric cars being driven by self-righteous virtue-signaling environmental legends in their own minds. Perhaps it would remind them of the bottom line that they are trying so hard to forget.

Are Governments to Blame?

Over the last decade, world nations established large financial incentives to promote electric vehicle adoption. Australia, China, India, Japan, the US, more than 20 nations in Europe, and others offered tax credits, deductions, and subsidies to consumers and businesses, but electric car growth has been disappointing. Battery electric vehicles comprised only 0.8 percent of the 86 million cars and light trucks sold globally in 2017.

Even this small consumer demand for electric cars is thin. When tax benefits are cut, demand plunges. A reduction in electric car vehicle registration taxes in Hong Kong and Denmark caused demand to drop more than 80 percent in those nations.

With subsidies largely ineffective, governments in Europe now plan to ban internal combustion engine car sales in the name of saving the environment. Bans on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars have now been adopted in France, Germany, Netherlands, and Norway, to begin in 2030 or 2040. California, other locations, and other nations are considering similar bans. __ https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/08/23/electric-cars-will-any-auto-company-make-money/

Will it eventually be necessary to bring back the guillotine to deal with government functionaries who continue to force citizens to fund these environmentally destructive toys for the rich?

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South Africa Walking Down Zimbabwe Path of Ruin

South Africa is repeating Zimbabwe’s fatal mistakes

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, violent land seizures authorised by Robert Mugabe in the 1990s sent the country into a spiral of decline from which it has never recovered.

__ Express

In the documentary “Farmlands,” Canadian Lauren Southern tries to describe the unbelievable world of today’s South Africa to a sleepy and sceptical western world. People in today’s modern world tend not to read, so if they are to learn about something outside of their experience it needs to be put in moving pictures and sound.

Thirty-seven years ago Robert Mugabe inherited a well-diversified economy with potential to become one of sub-Saharan Africa’s best performers. Today, Zimbabwe is the region’s basket case, with real per capita incomes down 15 per cent since 1980. __ FT

Zimbabwe is the shithole of the world, for very good reason. And socialist paradises such as Venezuela and South Africa are racing to catch up — or perhaps I should say “catch down.” Misery and poverty in Zimbabwe have risen immeasurably thanks to the socialist policies of Robert Mugabe. And now socialist South Africa is walking the same path downward.

In South Africa:

Water shortages are extreme due to affirmative action policies which place unqualified people in critical positions of water policy and purification/production. Power shortages are common and destructive of industrial infrastructure as unqualified people are given sinecured positions in the electric power planning and production infrastructures. Blood flows in the streets as crime explodes beyond any capacity or desire of law enforcement to contain it. Brain drain of highly trained scientists, engineers, medical professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs has been extreme for decades, as they have been discriminated against by the government in favour of less qualified but more politically connected persons. And now they are coming for the farmer who feeds the people:

Tensions among the country’s white farming community have been rising since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa assumed office earlier this year and committed his African National Congress (ANC) to land expropriation. __ Express

This is modern socialism in action:

  • Take a country that is functional and productive
  • Identify a point of “inequality” and attack it
  • Keep attacking productive sectors that display “inequality” until the country no longer functions well
  • Continue to attack until all productive wealth has been exhausted
  • Move on to next target which happens to be functional and productive

In the 20th century, socialism killed over 100 million people. But socialism is never satisfied with such small gains. The 21st century is seeing the ideas of socialism swallowed wholesale by gullible youth and adults of the modern world and the undeveloped world alike.

Economic Success Correlates With National Average IQ
More at VDare

Average IQ correlates well with GDP in most nations. South Africa’s average population IQ is 72, but for many decades South Africa’s productivity was propped up by market-dominant minorities with higher average IQs. With the coming of majority rule — and rabid socialism — the productivity and prosperity of South Africa are falling steadily.

Human capital in South Africa is being squandered in the names of political correctness, affirmative action, social justice, and socialism/communism. As a result, South Africa is dying in the same way as Zimbabwe, but at a slightly retarded rate — since Zimbabwe had a head start. Human misery is skyrocketing as a direct result.

Low-IQ Africa is doomed, without plentiful outside help. But almost any conceivable outside help will necessarily be wasted and squandered. The problem is deep, essentially bottomless. Start at that gaping hole — that insoluble problem — if you want to achieve anything meaningful. Treat it like a zen koan. The answer may come to you, or not.

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

Slow and sure the downward path: The curse of low average IQ with the resulting unchecked emotions

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Who’s Afraid of Jordan Peterson?

According to Caitlin Flanagan, the Left is Afraid

In an Atlantic article “Why the Left is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson,” writer Caitlin Flanagan takes us into her home, where her own son has recently grown captivated by the prairie-born clinical psychologist.

Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television.

“What is that?” I asked.

He turned to me earnestly and explained, “It’s a psychology professor at the University of Toronto talking about Canadian law.”

… That night, my son tried to explain the thing to me, but it was a buzzing in my ear, and I wanted to talk about something more interesting. It didn’t matter; it turned out a number of his friends—all of them like him: progressive Democrats, with the full range of social positions you would expect of adolescents growing up in liberal households in blue-bubble Los Angeles—had watched the video as well, and they talked about it to one another.

The boys graduated from high school and went off to colleges where they were exposed to the kind of policed discourse that dominates American campuses. They did not make waves; they did not confront the students who were raging about cultural appropriation and violent speech; in fact, they forged close friendships with many of them. They studied and wrote essays and—in their dorm rooms, on the bus to away games, while they were working out—began listening to more and more podcasts and lectures by this man, Jordan Peterson. __ The Atlantic

These bright boys of good leftist households were naturally curious about the larger world of ideas — a larger world which is denied to them by their university professors and administrators, on the whole.

Because all of this was happening silently, called down from satellites and poured in through earbuds—and not on campus free-speech zones where it could be monitored, shouted down, and reported to the appropriate authorities—the left was late in realizing what an enormous problem it was becoming for it. It was like the 1960s, when kids were getting radicalized before their parents realized they’d quit glee club. And it was not just college students. Not by a long shot.

… The alarms sounded when Peterson published what quickly became a massive bestseller, 12 Rules for Life, because books are something that the left recognizes as drivers of culture. The book became the occasion for vicious profiles and editorials, but it was difficult to attack the work on ideological grounds, because it was an apolitical self-help book that was at once more literary and more helpful than most, and that was moreover a commercial success. All of this frustrated the critics. It’s just common sense! they would say, in one arch way or another, and that in itself was telling: Why were they so angry about common sense?

The critics knew the book was a bestseller, but they couldn’t really grasp its reach because people like them weren’t reading it, and because it did not originally appear on The New York Times’s list, as it was first published in Canada. However, it is often the bestselling nonfiction book on Amazon, and—perhaps more important—its audiobook has been a massive seller. As with Peterson’s podcasts and videos, the audience is made up of people who are busy with their lives—folding laundry, driving commercial trucks on long hauls, sitting in traffic from cubicle to home, exercising. This book was putting words to deeply held feelings that many of them had not been able to express before. __ Caitlin Flanagan

Ever since 12 Rules for Life was published in January 2018, leftist writers and interviewers have been trying to destroy Peterson. But nothing seems to work, and Peterson simply becomes better known and better liked with every week that passes.

Most of the anger directed against Peterson by mainstream lefties has a political basis. That seems odd, since only a vanishingly small portion of 12 Rules for Life has anything to do with politics. Apparently to leftists, everything is political.

What the angry, frightened leftists seem to be defending is the entrenched and wealthy institutions which currently suffer under leftist conquest — such as the universities. Peterson has plenty of accusations to level against the university.

In fact, anyone who has been paying attention has a lot of bad things to say about higher education:

Western education institutions now generally and self-evidently serve not as robust developers of young minds and souls, but of a ridiculously expensive, careerist version of virtue signaling. Schools and colleges routinely graduate people who can hardly read or do math at even an eighth grade level. Large percentages of would-be teachers, all of whom graduated high school and college, cannot pass licensing exams typically set at approximately a fifth- to eighth-grade level that completely ignore key competencies such as knowledge of how to teach reading.

I regularly field articles from people with advanced humanities degrees who ought to have flunked fifth-grade writing. Just about every professor at a non-elite institution can tell similar stories, and even at elite institutions can clearly tell the marked differences in students admitted due to affirmative action, which can be the equivalent of an artificial 400-point SAT score boost. __ Federalist

Under Obama, the US government-educational-industrial complex had gone to rot very quickly. The corruption in modern higher education is blatant and massive, and largely overlooked by almost everyone. But the stakes are too high to overlook the stinking pile of corruption any longer. And so when people of rising popularity such as Jordan Peterson say bad things about such cash cows and indoctrination centres of the left as the modern university, leftists tend to become riled — and fearful.

It is relatively easy to homeschool these days, with the help of the many online educational aids now available. It is also easy to get the equivalent of a first-class university education online, at very low cost. Then, if the youngster is intelligent and ambitious, he can start his own business and work for himself.

If he is bound to work in a field where he must work for an institution, then the university credential is needed. But even in such cases, it is possible to use online resources to minimise the amount of money the university can extort from him.

The left is afraid of Jordan Peterson because he tells the truth about collectivist corruption in schools and in society at large. If people know the truth, they may do some things in the future that will make the election of Donald Trump look like the epitome of political correctness and virtue signaling.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Be Dangerous. Be very Dangerous.

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Who Will Help Russia Build Better?

Russia needs a lot of good men and good weapons to defend its vast and porous borders. Russia is falling behind on both. Who will help Russia to build more and better young men and weapons?

Russia’s New Weapons Do Not Work

Problems with new weapons: Air, Sea, Land

The new weapons often do not work at all and even if they do there is never enough money to produce them in the quantities implied. Russian development and manufacturing efforts are still crippled by shortages of cash and talent…

Government efforts to project the image of a modern, professional and constantly improving armed forces is proving more difficult to sustain…
__ All According to Plan

Tanks, ships, planes — all boldly announced and touted for their new and advanced features. But they cannot be manufactured by the new, crumbling, increasingly unskilled Russian industrial infrastructure.

Problems with selling old weapons in global marketplace

Arms exports are hurtespecially with competitors like China continuing to produce Russian designs more efficiently (more effective, reliable and less costly in the long run). __ Strategy

Ethnic Russians Fading Away…

To defend its vast and porous borders, Russia needs large cohorts of strong healthy men who actually believe in the Russian Empire. But ethnic Russians are fading and being replaced by non-Russians over most of the huge land mass.

Russia 2015 Population Pyramid
Source

Predominantly ethnic Russian regions are far older on average, something that means there are fewer women in the prime child-bearing age cohorts than is the case in the much younger over all populations of these non-Russian regions.

Given that demographic reality, the ethnic Russian regions are likely to experience a continuing decline in population while non-Russian republics in many cases are likely to continue to grow in size absolutely and relatively. __ WOE2

Meanwhile in China, the Warlord Era Approaches

On the Chinese mainland, wealthy and powerful Chinese are not able to maintain their own private armies. But across the spreading overseas empire of Chinese control and influence, private armies are de rigeur.

A firm like Blackwater would not be allowed to operate inside China, as it smacks too much of a private army that could be used against the state. That is something that has happened frequently in Chinese history. But overseas is another matter…

… Building an overseas empire consisting of many outlaw operations, in addition to mostly legitimate ones, puts a lot of Chinese at personal and financial risk. Until recently China had few security companies authorized to work overseas and most of the security firms (about 5,000) in China were doing little beyond providing watchmen (some armed) and bodyguards. Overseas this was inadequate, thus the need for Blackwater-type methods and standards. __ Private Chinese Armies Proliferate

Blackwater China is just the beginning of a massive new growth industry — the private army revolution — among the billionaire Chinese class who are developing the exploding Chinese assets of Africa, Latin America, pan-Asia, and parts of Europe.

Xi is jealous of all Chinese power wherever on the globe that Chinese people exist. But the combination of global capitalism, wealthy Chinese out-migration, and rapid disruptive innovation of technologies — including weapons technologies — means that Xi is limited in control. And whatever Xi does not control he considers to be a threat.

Hence, the coming warlord era, as wealthy Chinese who feel threatened by Xi arm themselves against a dictator who feels threatened by them.

Meanwhile in the Western World “Crying Wolf” is the Fashion

Ever since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, western media from Europe to Latin America to the Anglosphere has been screaming Wolf! at the top of its lungs 24/7 365/yr. The mass hysteria of media, university, and the deep state, has spread to those of limited mental endowment and easy excitability, but over all it is creating an intellectual arena where the public is growing ever hungrier for meaningful discourse — for a change. Hence the intellectual dark web with a popularity that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.

(For an example, scroll down to Jordan Peterson’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube followers)

World Has Never Been Better?

You don’t have to look too far to find negativity these days.

Just watch the news, go on social media, or even have conversations with friends, family members, or co-workers.

You’ll likely hear or read about political instability, natural disasters, murder, disease, or an endless list of bad news you can find 24/7 because of the free flow of information. Every year people label the current year the worst year ever but these people have obviously never read a history book.

I’ve read four books over the past few months that make it clear just how much progress the world has experienced to get to this point (all four books were excellent):

Each of these books methodically goes through the data to show how human ingenuity and innovation have created massive progress around the globe. There is still a lot of work to be done and the world is certainly far from perfect.

___ Read much more: http://awealthofcommonsense.com/2018/04/50-ways-the-world-is-getting-better/

Dictators vs. Rest of World

By trying to hold onto the idea of The Great Russian Empire, Putin is taking Russians down a dark, dead-end road. Fewer people believe in the Russian enterprise every year as the old ones die off and the younger ones are becoming far fewer, less skilled, and weaker in almost every way.

After many thousands of years of inward looking existence, China is finally seeking to assert itself around the world via its OBOR project and other quasi-imperial enterprises. But such an expansion carries the seeds of ultimate collapse, as China’s age-old cycle of expansion-collapse, expansion-collapse, begins to assert itself in earnest as new Chinese centres of power pop up around the world to challenge Beijing. And in reality, China is due for a correction:

China will soon be faced with a massive credit crisis, as it can no longer borrow to prop up its fictitious shell of an economy. Like the Soviet Union and post-Napoleonic France, it will emerge healthy, but economically a third of its former size. __ https://www.tbwns.com/2018/08/13/the-bears-lair-chinas-coming-austrian-collapse/

Meanwhile in the allied western world, the world is getting better in a lot more than 50 ways, for all of the mass hysteria spewing from big media, big university, deep state government, big activism, and dieoff.orgy leftism.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Make yourself and your clan very Dangerous, so as to be able to move with the changes. Turbulence — but not doom — ahead.

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Beyond the Bounds of Cynicism and Comfort

This article is cross-posted and adapted from The Dangerous Child

When training Dangerous Children, we use various techniques to push students beyond normal comfort areas. In the method discussed today, the child acts as his own teacher and “therapist,” as is typical throughout The Dangerous Child Method from the earliest ages on into adulthood.

Al Fin stumbled onto this particular approach years ago when he was living in a lefty commune, making cheese and beer, smoking pot, and fraternising with naked young girls. During a late night bull session in the common room, Al Fin blurted out to an overly talkative and cynical teenage visitor to the farm: “The end result of cynicism is that it feeds on itself until it grows to a critical mass, then it self-destructs. At that point the person is free to live a more authentic life.”

The youngster reacted in a predictably cynical manner to this sage outburst, but the steadier and more seasoned potheads in the room nodded their heads in agreement with the wisdom expressed.

Since then Fin has often reflected — and sometimes practised — the idea of “supersaturation” with unpleasant feelings and experiences in order to liberate himself from them. This idea is closely related to the common self-help staple of “failing in order to succeed.” It is well known to productive people from inventors to writers to entrepreneurs, that in order to achieve meaningful success a person must experience multiple failures — then learn from each one in order to build and grow to the winning effort.

The human nervous system experiences everything on a relative scale. Consider the optical illusion below:


The two pieces A and B are the same colour, although because of the relative shades around them and at the junction, they appear to be distinctly different.

We may be comfortable in an air-conditioned environment indoors on a hot summer day, but after going outside for a time and acclimating, when we return indoors we suddenly feel exceptionally cool. We experience the world in relative terms.

Consider a person living in a cozy part of town, with favourite restaurants, entertainments, and everyday habitual activities of recreation and amusement. After traveling away for a few weeks or longer when he finally returns to his nest he may learn to appreciate new aspects of his almost-habitual lifestyle. Or he may be moved to try new things. The act of placing oneself outside of normal comfort zones perturbs the equilibrium, often leading to change.

Dangerous Child Self-Therapy

In the Dangerous Child Method, therapy is just another form of teaching and training. Past a certain point of development, it is all self-administered with only occasional checks and graduations.

Some very young children have difficulty with the concept of “cynicism,” but they easily understand hot and cold, bright and dark, wide open and closed in, and hunger/thirst vs. satisfaction. Voluntarily putting oneself well outside personal comfort zones for certain minimal periods of time leads to forms of understanding and enlightenment not readily available through verbal instruction.

In the mainstream we see something similar in the act of “sitting” in Zen, or mindfulness practise. For most people “just sitting” is uncomfortable to the point of distraction. It is likely that a significant part of the benefit that comes from sitting or mindfulness is the act of transcending the “discomfort” of stretching boundaries.

For Dangerous Children, it is crucial for the student to understand the relativity of experience. Coming to terms with discomfort, unease, fear, and pain, is a vital aspect of becoming Dangerous.

The training itself goes quite deep, at least for the individual child. It is all relative, and each child can do only so much at his particular stage of development. But what he can do with training is far more than what conventional children are expected to do in the dumbed down world of convention.

Simply put, we take the concept of “overtraining,” and apply it to as many aspects of physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual experience as seems appropriate for the particular child. Just as in the development of particular skills (music, movement, language, pattern etc.), the child himself indicates through subtle signs where and how far the experiment should proceed at a particular time and place.

Nietzsche’s dictum that “what does not kill us makes us stronger,” and Taleb’s concept of “anti-fragility” express an important idea of growing beyond former limitations. But in order to do that, the limitations must be challenged. And doing that is not always fun or blissful, and may not lead directly to happiness.

Life is not really about happiness, not directly. Like finding a faint star in the night sky, one must often use the periphery of vision to find what one seeks.

There is a place for boldness and a place for subtlety. Learning the proper approach for the situation is a skill not often taught in school or university — or virtually anywhere in the mainstream. Rather than experimenting in the public sphere, it is best to set out to learn one’s own limits and points of departure first.

Yes, it often takes a lifetime to become aware, and to know what to do with that awareness. But the earlier one begins, the better.

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Fusion: Far and Near, Slow and Fast

Politically Correct Fusion by 2060 or Later

… ITER’s workers often liken themselves to stonemasons hewing blocks for a cathedral: They may not get to see the fruits of their efforts in their own lifetimes. To the researchers at fusion start-ups, the whole thing seems downright medieval. They don’t want to be stonemasons working on a large geopolitical science project; they want to transform the electrical grid, pronto. __ https://cen.acs.org/energy/nuclear-power/Fusion-start-ups-hope-revolutionize/96/i32

If we wait for the grand international ITER project to give us usable nuclear fusion power, we will probably wait until the latter half of the 21st century. More likely the project would collapse long before that for lack of “other people’s money” — and because small-scale entrepreneurial fusion companies had already beaten them to the finish line.

Or We Can Try Something Smaller, Quicker, More Affordable

Want to make a quick $trillion? A better type of energy to replace fossil fuels is a good bet, if you can make it work. That is why you see people such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos investing in advanced nuclear reactor projects.

Almost two dozen private ventures are trying to crack the fusion challenge, backed by a combined total of more than a billion dollars of private investment, said Chris Mowry, the CEO of Vancouver, B.C.-based General Fusion. (One Seattle venture, CTFusion, is currently looking for lab space.) __ https://www.geekwire.com/2018/commercial-fusion-ventures-learn-lessons-engineering-expectations/


One of the relatively small start-up approaches to nuclear fusion energy is TAE (Tri Alpha Energy), working out of a hangar-type space in Orange County, California. TAE is working with Google, and is one of the better-financed fusion startups in the field of contenders.

On either side of the TAE reactor is a pair of long quartz tubes. Hydrogen gas gets injected into these tubes, and metal coils wound around the tubes pump it with radio-frequency pulses generated by those clanging electrical discharges. The pulses convert the gas into plasma, and the two plasma streams rush down the tubes, colliding head-on in the center of the reactor. Magnetic fields hold the colliding plasmas steady, while beams of protons streaming out of four particle accelerators bombard the plasma. The beams are aimed so that the plasma forms a tirelike, spinning toroid.

The energy injections from TAE’s particle accelerators help make the plasma stiffer, so the magnetic fields don’t have to be so strong. The TAE reactor uses some magnets to guide the plasma jelly, but they are much smaller than those needed for a tokamak. As a result, the TAE reactor is relatively compact. __ Source

TAE is not planning on waiting until 2060 to achieve its fusion targets.

Jeff Bezos is Helping to Fund General Fusion

In the Pacific Northwest, Jeff Bezos has joined the Canadian and Malaysian governments in funding another small fusion energy startup (General Fusion) with high hopes for grabbing a piece of the jackpot of $trillions.

General Fusion is raising hundreds of millions for 70% scale demo system to be completed around 2023. The next system after the 70% scale system will be a full commercial system. They have a pulsed system without the need for plasma containment. General Fusion feels if they can prove out end to end power generation that scaling to higher energy return will not be a hurdle.

Simulation will be used to validate the economics and design specifics to move to a 100% system.

The Demo system will cost several hundred million dollars… General Fusion had received over $100 million in funding from a global syndicate of investors and the Canadian Government’s Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) fund. __ Brian Wang

Small Tokamak Startups With Big Plans

Commonwealth Fusion Systems, the company spun off of the MIT [tokamak] project, has an aggressive schedule. The company plans to build an experimental reactor based on these new magnets in three years—and they expect that reactor to produce twice as much energy as needed to run it. If all goes as planned, this first reactor will produce 100 MW, one-fifth of ITER’s expected power output, at about one sixty-fifth of the volume.

Tokamak Energy in England is also banking on new magnet materials, though its reactor has a slightly different design. Instead of encouraging plasma to form a doughnut shape, Tokamak Energy uses magnetic fields to shape plasmas into a thicker toroid that looks like an apple with the core taken out. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory experimented with this plasma shape back in the 1980s. The shape can, in theory, allow for a smaller reactor. Executive Vice Chair Kingham says the company’s reactors could be on the grid in 2030. __ Source

Several other startup projects continue to refine their various approaches to small nuclear fusion, including Helion Energy, LPP Fusion, Lockheed Compact Fusion, and more than a dozen others in the lineup. Many of these small companies have been working on their projects for ten years or more, with varying degrees of progress to show their investors.

With two dozen fusion startups, and about four dozen advanced fission projects, innovation in the nuclear power industry is pressing forward — and attracting private investors.

The promise of $trillions in rewards for a successful breakthrough in advanced nuclear energy is tugging at the purses of some of the same tech billionaires who are also financing some of the ambitious outer space projects — including the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos. That is not surprising, given that advanced energy and outer space resources and access are two of the hottest paths to $trillionaire status available at this time.

No Single Project Has a High Probability of Success

It is only in hindsight that radical breakthroughs seem inevitable. From this side of the bifurcation, none of these approaches offer a sense of inevitability. But the application of human ingenuity to problems generates a multiplicity of possible solutions. Only in an opportunity society that provides multiple means of financing innovative problem-solving are we likely to see big winners coming out of nowhere — such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, SpaceX, and other household names that weren’t always that way.

Low corruption, high opportunity societies that are capable of generating projects from the ground up — seemingly “out of nowhere” — are likely to continue to surprise people of sedate and unimaginative dispositions.

As always, hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Consider a Dangerous Childhood ©, if not for yourselves, then for your children.

Dangerous Children are trained specifically to operate skillfully in uncertain times and situations. And unless the US is taken over by the cabal of the stagnant mindset — as almost happened two years ago — smart persons will prepare to be surprised.

More: A Few of The Challenges that Need to be Addressed

Future fusion reactors may need to be made of heat- and radiation-resilient materials that don’t exist yet. But most people working at fusion companies and even in academic groups are plasma physicists. Wade says the field needs help from materials scientists to do experiments on what will happen to materials when they’re bombarded with uncontrollable neutrons, each carrying a potentially atom-shaking 14 MeV of energy.

There are some high-strength alloys that probably come close to being able to withstand the neutron bombardment, says Laila El-Guebaly, a materials scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Fusion Technology Institute. But there’s nothing on Earth like a fusion reactor, so it’s hard to know for sure, and it’s difficult to test new materials under extreme conditions today. “The lack of a 14-MeV neutron source provides a huge hurdle for the development of fusion worldwide,” El-Guebaly says. ITER may offer the first chance to investigate these questions, Wade adds.

Tokamak Energy’s Kingham agrees that shielding materials from neutrons is a big challenge. Because of the geometry of the company’s spherical tokamak reactors, the magnets will be particularly vulnerable to neutron bombardment. The company is developing shielding materials to protect them, and he expects they may need to be as thick as 60 cm.

Then there’s the tritium fuel problem. The isotope has a half-life of just 12 years, so there’s not much of it on Earth. As a result, fusion facilities will have to produce the radioactive material on-site to keep running over long periods. Fusion researchers usually envision doing this inside the reactor, with the help of those wild neutrons. Part of ITER’s project is to explore materials for “breeding” tritium from lithium and energetic neutrons. General Fusion’s Mowry says his company has addressed this issue in its designs. It plans to dope the liquid-metal walls of its reactor with lithium. But no one has demonstrated lithium breeding in a full reactor yet. __ https://cen.acs.org/energy/nuclear-power/Fusion-start-ups-hope-revolutionize/96/i32

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Donald Trump: China’s Great White Grandfather

“Reagan to Trump: ‘Let me get rid of the Communist Party in Soviet Union first; you find some opportunity to get rid of the CCP in the future.’ Trump to Reagan: ‘OK! Deal!’”
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Chuan Da Ye

People in the United States and other Western countries may have called Donald J. Trump a lot of different names, but in China, many people are addressing him as “Chuan Da Ye.”

“Chuan” is the Chinese pronunciation for Trump. “Da” means big or great, and “Ye” means grandfather, grandpa, or more broadly, an elderly male. So “Chuan Da Ye” can be roughly translated as “Powerful Grandpa Trump.”

For people who know the Chinese language well, the words “Da Ye” together carry connotations of affirmation, respect, affection, authority, capability, and more. When people call someone “Da Ye,” it often means that they are willing to follow this person, at least morally. And they would rather side with this man than oppose him. ___ Source

A number of Chinese analysts and intellectuals have recently suggested that Donald Trump holds much the better hand in the ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China. Certainly Mr. Trump himself seems to believe this to be the case. And given the many rabbits that Donald Trump has pulled out of his hat throughout his long and turbulent careers in business, entertainment, and politics, he deserves the benefit of a doubt.

Jin Yan, a Chinese commentator, wrote in an article that since Trump became president, the world had seen changes that haven’t happened since the Cold War.

He thinks that Trump has easily defeated the CCP’s “Hezong” (vertical integration) efforts with his own “Lianheng” (horizontal integration) strategies.

Both “Hezong” and “Lianheng” are very famous Chinese strategies dating back to as early as the Warring States Period (475–221 B.C.). During that time, smaller countries tried to form different alliances to fight together against bigger countries.

Jin thinks that although China wanted to adopt the “Hezong” strategy and form an alliance with Europe to oppose America during the trade war, Trump somehow turned the tables on the Chinese regime and reached a “zero tariffs” and “zero subsidies” understanding with Europe instead. __ ET

The Chinese people have lived and died under the iron boot of Chinese Communist Party oppression for 70 years. Those who care about freedom of expression, religion, or livelihood have few choices — unless they have accumulated enough wealth and connections to flee the country. The idea that an outsider such as Trump may offer them hope is a new concept that will take time to sift through China’s labyrinthine thought channels.

Wang Shan, a Chinese language correspondent for French current affairs radio station RFI, thinks that both Trump’s “enemies” and “friends” have all underestimated him, especially his determination to not let other countries to take advantage of the United States, as well as his determination to end the unfair trade orders formed in the past 30 years. Because of that determination, Trump did things his own way, even while world leaders and media were condemning him, said Wang.

… Tang Hao, a Chinese commentator, thinks that Trump is fighting a “comprehensive war” against the CCP.

“The trade war between the United States and China is not an international trade war as it appears on the surface,” Tang said. “It is, in fact, a war between the nature of the CCP and humanity, and a war between the universal principles of the international world and the CCP’s party culture. __ ET

Like Russians, Muslims, and Africans, the Chinese have never actually lived in an environment free of strong-man control and arbitrary law. The closest they have come to rule of law was in the few periods of certain dynasties where Confucian rules of conduct were closely adhered to by government bureaucracies. But Chinese rulers — like most rulers — do not like having their hands bound by cords of lawful restraint.

And so you have the ongoing destruction of churches in China, and the live vivisection and harvesting of organs for transplant of Falun Gong political/religious prisoners. You have the corrupt state-owned-enterprises that are too big to fail, propped up by shadow banks sucking up the savings of the people and building a teetering debt mountain. You have scum that rises to the top, harboring goals of global domination that represent a sharp departure from anything China has ever attempted.

China Enriched by Corrupt Westerners

Under the EU and the US administrations of Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, western corporations have enriched and empowered the Chinese Communist Party via copious investment and technology transfer. China has taken blatant advantage of trade with the west to become even wealthier. China is now using that wealth to take over strategic ports in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Greece, and Latin America — among other locations. China is also building a strong next-generation nuclear missile attack force to be launched from land, sea, air, and outer space.

Ignoring the misery of the Chinese people and the future potential catastrophes for the free world that they are nurturing, western corporations continue to transfer the most advanced technologies and huge piles of investment wealth to China.

On Having a Unique Vision

In Donald Trump’s imagination, he does not see a triumphant China dominating the world — harvesting the organs of the free world so to speak. But Trump may be the only one who considers the obvious consequences of clear actions. And he may be the only one with the strength of will to initiate tactics and strategies to oppose the planned rape of the world by the CCP.

Hope for the best, plan for the worst. It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

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Surge of Americans Renouncing US Citizenship

It seemed like there was exponential growth in the number of expatriates from 2008 until the end of 2016. However, the numbers seem to be leveling off, or even dropping. __ Source via TaxProf

A large number of US citizens said that they would reject US citizenship and residency in the US if President Trump was elected in 2016. Here is a short list of celebrities that made such a promise. I am acquainted with several others who made similar claims. Certainly there must have been hundreds of thousands of US citizens who promised to leave the US if Donald Trump became president?

Sure, the list of “celebrities who didn’t leave” above represents a sample of stupid people who think they are smart, who happen to have achieved celebrity status. But now they can also be seen as unreliable, in other words liars. The same can be said for the hundreds of thousands (or millions) of more common folk who say things they are unwilling to back up.

Politics is Ideology; Ideologues are Perpetual Liars

Anyone who actually believes in a particular political ideology, is committing himself to a path of chronic and repetitive dishonesty and a stubborn blindness to the inconvenient realities of the larger world. Making promises or predictions based upon a political ideology reveals either an utter stupidity or a deep and determined ignorance.

In “Philosophy is for Thinkers; Ideology is for Stinkers,” we pointed out the crucial distinctions between ideologies and philosophies. Ideology is a sticky trap that holds its adherents, once caught. Ideology shuts believers away in blinded cages that prevent outside light from getting in. Philosophy welcomes all light, using logical filters to get at what is most true and most probable.

In Europe and the Anglosphere of the modern day, popular news & entertainment media have been taken over by propagandists and ideologues. Unfortunately the same can be said for most educational systems and institutions in the west. This being the case, most of today’s young are unable to distinguish philosophy from ideology, since ideology is the only approach to thought that they have ever known.

It is Never Too Late for a Dangerous Childhood ©

The Dangerous Child Method is one of the few known methods of child-raising which exposes ideology for what it is, from the earliest years of the child’s existence and training. Children learn to think for themselves, which is something that ideologies can never allow them to do, by definition.

Today’s young, on the other hand, are explicitly trained and shaped to fit into the popular herd, like sheep or cattle. The list of “leavers who didn’t leave” above are good examples of people who are both herd-leaders and members of the herd. Dangerous Children can be either wolves or sheepdogs, depending upon what the situation calls for. More

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. The vast numbers of young are being indoctrinated into a dominant ideology of groupthink conformity in the quest for a nonexistent utopia. The entire history of the 20th century reveals where that kind of thinking will take a society, and the world at large.

President Trump is giving the Americans who stayed enough time to make provisions for what is likely to come. Don’t waste it.

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