January 28, 2021

The Purpose of Illegal Immigration

Timothy Birdnow

In a Facebook discussion the subject of  vote fraud and the permanent rule of the Democrats came up.

Ed says:

Thr pendulum due swing.. however now the dems can control the votes. I think we are done. Can't even move to Canada.... its lib city up there

I said:

Agreed! They now have a machine in place - as they built in California - and we will never see another insurgent get into office, much less a Republican in general. They may let a RINO win the Presidency when they are in a position of power to make it look good, but he won't matter. The end result is we are now in a post-fair election world. The American Republic died.

Edd says:

I found it odd Liz Chaney lead the impeachment for Republicans a RINO George Bush left over.
So sad you just can't understand the evil in people.
Romney needs to turn Democrat becsuse thats what he is...

I wonder however I can't seem to understand the Democrats love of undocumented immigrants at first I thought it was to change the vote to their side... but now it seems they are in total control so would they be less interested in flooding our communities with non Americans. But a trajectory is hard to change I guess..

I reply:

 I think it's more than just a political position with the Democrats. I think they actually want to change America at it's core, and to do that they need to breed out the "poisoned" stock of old Americanism by bringing in a replacement people. Latin America's poor are especially docile in terms of politics, which is icing on the cake, but I suspect it is a way to root out the stiff-necked individualism of the populace. Even with power they are going to want to water down America, to divide it and weaken it. Many in the Democratic Party believe America is fundamentally flawed and evil and must be taken down a few pegs. They want a world where we don't lead so much as are one nation among many, a world run by a coterie of elites and self-styled intellectuals and that leaves no room for a patriotic America. That is why "Make America Great Again" was so controversial to them; it was a REACTIONARY attitude, the kind they have labored to rid us of for decades. Granted, not all of the rank and file of the Democratic Party think this way, but the people running things certainly do and the young bucks who have been brainwashed by the bolshevik academia and educational system do. Changing the American People is absolutely imperative if the great socialistic experiment is to go forward. It cannot be otherwise.

The Left has always believed in eugenics, and they believe in hybrid vigour. They think they can run the races together like a herd of horses to make a better Mankind. That is why we see so many interracial couples on television these days. And a big part of that involves subsuming America into an international "cuisine".

I remember talk about America turning from a melting pot into a "salad". That was a result of the "multicultural" movement which sought to balkanize us. Why? Because a bunch of competing cultures could not stop them from doing what they wanted; they would be too busy fightint amonst themselves. Is it any wonder we had race riots in America leading up to this last election? The Ruling Elites wanted us divided and fighting each-other. Eventually they want us to meld together into a new culture and post-racial society, but only after they have accomplished what they think they need to do to make the New Man.

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Aviary Bighsots Debate Third Party

Timothy Birdnow

We have a discussion here among us about third parties in America. Spawned by David Redfern's post, we discuss the ramifications of a shift to a conservative third party.

Bill says:

Third party guarantees permanent Democrat control. Republican membership is already smaller than Democrat membership, and third party comes almost entirely from Republicans. So we have a nation that is 35% Democrat, 15% Republican, 15% Third Party, and 100% loser.

Tim replies:

Bill, I think that is a simplistic analysis of the situation. First, there are a lot of disaffected people who don't vote Republican. I know a lot of people who are in that category. These are people who probably would show up for a third party if they thought their votes would matter. Second, there are a lot of the old union Democrats who are disgusted with the Democrat party and would vote for a third party if it did not have the R behind the name; they were raised to think Republicans are the root of all evil. The GOP has pretty much destroyed it's own brand with the way it has behaved over the last few decades. A lot of black folks would not vote Republican but might vote for a third party. To simply say there are X number of Republicans and you must subtract Y from that number is wrong. There are a lot of people who normally don't vote at all who might come out. It's not a zero sum game.

Second, who cares at this point? We are going to hell whether under RINO Republicanism or the Democrats; it's just a matter of how fast we get there. There is no desire to push back against anything by the Establishment GOP. At best we gain a couple of years before the Democrats get their crazy new idea. So a third party would at minimum offer a chance to vote your conscience rather than having to hold your nose and vote for some guy who is going to move the ball left, but not as far left as the Democrat. You might lose (in fact we probably would) but at least we can lose with a clear conscience, go down swinging. Now we are losing without ever actually getting into the fray.

Another assumption I disagree with here Bill is that the Democrats will remain a united party. They are terribly fractured, and the only thing holding them together is the two party system. Fracture the GOP and how long before a lot of the radicals in the Democrats split from their party? When they see it can be done they will probably follow suit. we could wind up with as many as six parties (what the Founding Fathers envisioned, I might add) and I suspect more of them would be former Democrats than Republicans.

The fact is Bill, Albert Einstein said "insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" and by that definition we are batshit crazy, because we keep sticking with the GOP and expecting it to suddenly act in our interest. Why should it? They can afford to take us for granted precisely because we have nowhere else to go. That has to change or we will see no change, and we will continue on our Sovietization of America.

I think what happened to Donald Trump, with the GOP refusing to lift a finger to help him, shows the party cannot be reformed.

Bill also added to this post the following:

All of that assumes that there is any real purpose in voting at all. I think the 2020 election proved pretty conclusively that there is not. The establishment demonstrated that it can openly, blatantly control the election and create a one party state. We are all California now, where voting is purely symbolic.

Dana Mathewson adds:

I agree with you, Bill. There was a time, not so long ago, that you could vote and have confidence that your vote was recorded properly. Those times are gone now. I predict that, at least in four years, there will be far fewer votes cast than there were in 2020.

Tim adds:

And Dana, as voting drops off they Democrats will use it as an excuse to implement even more of their dirty tricks in the interest of "making everyone's vote count". It's a machine designed to give them eternal power.

Voting is now basically a suggestion.

You know, here in Missouri, which is controlled by Republicans, we passed a constitutional amendment to not authorize in any way the Real I.D. act. When the Feds said they would ban travel from Missouri if the state didn't "comply" the state legislature overruled the referendum and implemented the act. What was the point of having the referendum in the first place, if the legislature was going to crumble? I dare the Feds to stop an entire state from getting on airplanes based on a coercive law like that! Missouri should have made a major legal challenge, but they preferred the easy path. Now I have to get a real I.D. to fly to Nashville next fall for my nephew's wedding.

We need men of principle, but have none

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January 27, 2021

Pipefitters Union Leader upset that Biden kept his promise to stop the Keystone Pipeline

Jack Kemp

More details come out about the Biden campaign promise and his decision to stop the Keystone Pipeline. The union president apparently thought that "Lunch Bucket Joe from Scranton was still the Joe Biden working model. But Lunch Bucket Joe has been updated to a new Version 2.0, namely "China and Hunter Joe" who make talk nostalgically about working union men and women but basically acts as if he has decided he now really cares mostly about working union men and women in China.

That leads to this.....

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Ironically, noted PJ Media's Matt Margolis, McManus and the UA endorsed Biden because the then-candidate supposedly had a reputation for standing with unions and creating jobs.

"This endorsement is about putting UA members to work and fighting for fair wages and good benefits. Under a Biden Administration, that's exactly what we'll get," said McManus at the time.

Biden, he said, "will be a fierce ally to our UA Brothers and Sisters in the White House."

But even more troubling, Margolis pointed out, is the fact that the union's endorsement came after Biden's campaign had already declared his intention to kill the pipeline if elected.

In a May 2020 statement, Biden policy director Stef Feldman said Biden "strongly opposed the Keystone pipeline in the last administration, stood alongside President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject it in 2015."

Feldman said Biden would "proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as President and stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit."

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To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it depends on the fair meaning of the word "fair."

And then we have this from the same article...

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Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement expressing his disappointment with Biden for revoking the pipeline permit while Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was "deeply disturbed" and threatened legal action.

Kenney noted that the U.S. is Canada's most important ally and trading partner.

"That's not how you treat a friend and ally," the provincial leader said in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Prime Minister Trudeau also mouthed some standard liberal comment about "climate change," formerly called Global Warming. But he emphasized his concerns about the effect of the loss of cold, hard cash lost from Canada's economy. I believe that PM Trudeau, although a standard politician, knows that a non-petroleum economy is an economy without plastics - and an economy that cannot be created by governments overnight or perhaps ever.

Three old sayings come to mind.

The first is the old saying, quoted by Marxists, states "To make an omelet, one must break some eggs"

The second dates from Roman Times, states "There is no honor among thieves."

And the last one is a quote from Oscar Wilde, paraphrased by veteran of the military and both President Bushes' administrations, the late Brent Scowcroft, who stated, "In politics, a friend is someone who stabs you in the front."

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The College of St. George

Timothy Birdnow

Anybody remember the Glenn Ford movie "The Brotherhood of the Bell"? At the end Ford's character keeps accusing everyone "did you go to the College of St. George?" because, well, they WERE all after him.

Founder of vaccine safety website, ex-pharma insider found dead

Brandy Vaughan, a former sales executive for the pharmaceutical company Merck and the founder of learntherisk.org, a website dedicated to educating people on the risks associated with vaccines, was apparently found dead by her nine-year-old son on December 8.

According toChildren’s Health Defense, Vaughan is reported to have died of "gallbladder complications,” although the source of the report has not been cited, nor has it shared the specific cause of the complications (such as a gallbladder rupture).

Soon after learning of her death, a friend of Vaughn’s, Erin Elizabeth, shared screenshotsof a Facebook post Vaughan had written in December of 2019, in which she assured readers that she was not suicidal and did not take any drugs that would cause her to die suddenly.


"The post I wish I didn’t have to write.... But given certain tragedies over the last couple of years, I feel it’s absolutely necessary to post these ten facts… please screenshot this for the record,” wrote Vaughan.

"I have a huge mission in this life. Even when they make it very difficult and scary, I would NEVER take my own life. Period,” she continued.

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China Threatens Taiwan

Timothy Birdnow

It looks like Communist China is gearing up to invade Taiwan.

Is this any surprise since China Joe is now in power?

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Impeachment Farce

This from Willis Eschenbach

The CongressCritter chosen by the house to lead their presentation of their laughable case to the Senate literally called for Trump to be impeached two days BEFORE he was even sworn in ... but yeah, he's not biased or anything.

w.

PS—Why is the case "laughable"? They accuse President Trump of encouraging insurrection in his Jan 6th speech ... but the FBI knew about the "insurrection" three days before and were warning the Capitol police and the politicians. In addition, the police were under attack and the barriers breached a half-hour before Trump finished his speech, and an hour and a quarter before anyone listening to his speech even got to the Capitol.

Without time travel, no way their charges can stick.

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Biden's Ridiculous Energy Policy

This from Roy W. Spencer

Biden to end fossil fuel subsidies, but (like rejoining the Paris Agreement) it won't matter to global temperatures. Here's why:

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Road to Serfdom

James Doogue

'Other than the lesson that fascists and communists are substantially the same kind of creature, what else can we learn? One lesson emphatically should be that we continue to travel along Hayek’s Road to Serfdom at our supreme peril. The more we depend on the government to solve our problems, the more we must surrender our personal freedoms to the whims of government officials. Better to depend on ourselves and on private organizations such as companies, charities, and other organizations formed to solve specific social problems.

In addition, more government control over society, particularly the economy, is increasingly destructive to the economy. Therefore more government control would cause less economic growth than otherwise we would have had, more economic inequality as measured by the Gini index, and less quality of life as measured by the UN Human Development Index.'



https://www.adividedworld.com/political-ideas/are-fascists-and-communists-really-different/?fbclid=IwAR1XSG4E7nbSYW90I8Gp8u-QQc5k9ADJMLyFUnohTJ8QIZHIj5K1Qdz_Puc]Are Fascist and Communists Really Different?

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Keystone Casualties

Timothy Birdnow

Laid-off Keystone XL worker says decision to cancel pipeline ‘is going to hurt a lot of people

In his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to halt the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was meant to transport Canadian crude oil to the U.S., citing the climate-change crisis as the reason.

The move swiftly eliminated the estimated 11,000 U.S. jobs –including 8,000 union jobs–the project would have sustained in 2021.

Neal Crabtree, a welding foreman who began working on pipeline construction as an apprentice in 1997, was dismayed when he heard the news.

"This is not a time to be making political statements. We need to be finding ways to put more Americans back to work, not the other way around," he said in an interview with Fox News.

A member of Pipeliners Local Union 798, one of four unions whose members will be left without work due to the pipeline’s cancellation, the 46-year-old welder from Arkansas was among the first to be laid off followingthe order. At the time the cross-border permits for the pipeline were rescinded, he and his team were in Nebraska working on a pump station for Keystone XL.

In a Facebook postfrom the Wednesday, Crabtree wrote he felt "a sick feeling in my stomach and an aching in my heart," and admitted to breaking down and crying in his truck after laying off his team.

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Masks Don't Work

Timothy Birdnow

I know I'm beating a dead horse but masks are of little value and studies done before this pandemic make that plain.

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article

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Provoking a Revolution

From across the pond, David Redfern tells America about how a third party can make a difference:

We had a third party in the UK, that wasn't a third party because it never actually threatened the two party impasse.

Nor am I talking of the Liberal Democrats who formed a coalition with the Conservative party to defeat the labour party (our Democratic party) in 2010. I'm talking of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) like Trump, dismissed as homophobic, misogynistic, racist (of course), anti environmental, white supremacist; and anything else you care to negatively brand an opponent of the left with.

It was led (although not founded) by Nigel Farage, a man who had never held political office in the UK, but who was elected to the European parliament.

He fought for 20 years or so, from a position of a tiny minority, to have the UK withdraw from the EU, and such was the growing support for him, he forced the complacent Conservative party to call a referendum.

Complacency turned to tears when this articulate, personable, passionate underdog forced Brexit for Patriotic British voters against the establishment wishes.

Four years of every political campaign, legal challenge and underhand tactic employed by British and European politics, the MSM, and the defeated few who to this day refuse to accept Democracy, we are finally free of the EU.

As you might imagine, when Trump won in 2016, Nigel was one of the first people your new POTUS entertained.

America doesn't need a leader, it needs leaders. The Patriotic American people who simply refuse to roll over to the big state and political chicanery.

Nigel didn't lead a rebellion in the UK, he provoked one.

Donald Trump is your Nigel Farage.

Over to you America.

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January 26, 2021

Dark Money Biden

Warner Todd Huston

Biden Got More Secret Dark Money Than Any Candidate in History

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Welcome to the People's Republic

Timothy Birdnow

I said this election would be our last real election; the Democrats were building a machine to give them one party rule.

Welll...

In the House, Democrats have revived sweeping election reform legislation that died in the Senate during the previous session, perhaps hoping they can browbeat enough Republicans into going along with them. If that happens, the "Grand Old Party” of Abraham Lincoln might as well disband, because Republicans would never have any hope of regaining a congressional majority or controlling the White House under the rules thatHR 1would put in place.

Although the Constitution explicitly places state legislatures in charge of managing federal elections, HR 1 seeks to use the power of the purse to bludgeon the states into conforming to a centralized system pioneered in California and other deep-blue states. Congress can’t technically compel the states to change their voting laws, but seasoned politicians know that the states have become dependent on federal money to run their elections, and can’t afford to pick up the tab themselves.

To make matters worse, HR 1 declares that Congress possesses "ultimate supervisory power over Federal elections” — an extraordinary usurpation of governmental authority that the Founders specifically assigned to the states.

The 2020 election witnessed private interests dictating the manner in which the election was conducted in the nation’s urban cores. Mark Zuckerberg alone poured $419 million into this scheme.

The goal of centralizing power in the hands of the federal government has long been at the heart of liberal politics, and this legislation demonstrates why.

HR 1 would codify the very practices — many of them currently illegal in most states — that created widespread irregularities in the 2020 elections and contributed greatly to public mistrust of the electoral process. In 2020, state and local officials used the COVID-19 pandemic as justification to ignore or deliberately violate state election laws. If HR 1 is enacted, they won’t need any such excuse in 2022 because the states will have no choice but to implement policies such as legalized ballot harvesting, early voting, and universal mail-in voting, as well as repeal of voter ID laws, signature-matching laws, and other ballot security measures.

For example, HR 1 would allow ballot harvesting on steroids. Voters would — for the first time — have the ability to print out their ballots at home, creating a gaping security hole that could easily be exploited by either domestic or foreign interests. The legislation also allows third parties to collect ballots from an unlimited number of absentee voters and submit them through ballot drop boxes, dramatically increasing the risk that vulnerable Americans could be bullied, bribed, or blackmailed for their votes without the protection of election workers.

Under the rules outlined in HR 1, election observers wouldn’t even be able to challenge the legitimacy of ballots without written documentation, making it virtually impossible to document or detect election irregularities.

Welcome to the People's Republic of America

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Antarctica Growing Colder

This from Frank Lasee

You will not see in alphabet media. Doesn’t fit their climate narrative. Cant tell the facts and let people make up their own minds.

Antarctica Suffering the Coldest January Since 1978 and Global Sea Ice Growing Exponentially

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Ca Covid Grows, Newsom Lifting Lockdowns

This from Steven Kipp:

So California covid cases increase by 1.2% from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, and Newsom lifts the lockdown order?
· "As of January 24, California has 3,109,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 36,790 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 1.2 percent from the prior day total of 36,361.” –covid19 ca.gov Web site
It’s true, that new positive cases HAD been dropping up to 15% in the previous week per one media source, but California is still the 6th worst state for # of NEW cases per 100,000 over the previous 7 days at almost 67. (Behind Arizona, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Georgia, NY).
The timing of all of this almost seems political and NOT "science-based” (not that it ever was) now that…
(a) Biden is in office
(b) The recall petition for the governor has now collected 84% of validated signatures to vote on a recall of Newsome with two months to go to collect the rest
The top 15 states seeing the LEAST increases over the past 7 days?
1. Oregon
2. North Dakota
3. Michigan
4. Minnesota
5. Vermont
6. Missouri
7. Washington
8. South Dakota
9. Colorado
10. Montana
11. Idaho
12. Wisconsin
13. Iowa
14. Maryland
15. Maine
https://www.kcra.com/article/stay-home-orders-regions-california-lifted/35308459

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A Bought and Paid for Media

Warner Todd Huston

No surprise, sadly.

NY Times Opinion Writer Admits Being Paid $265 K by Iranian Mission to U.N.

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Vote Fraud Debate

In a discussion on Facebook a fellow named Joe Birkman says there was no evidence of vote fraud in the last election, that the courts weighed the evidence and rejected all claims.

He says:

So far all the evidence has been debunked or non-existing. So much so that when pressed to present facts and evidence news sources reporting the election fraud story have had to run very clear retractions and statements that they were lying and promoting a false narrative.

So who was promoting this false narrative?

I reply:

And how is presenting best evidence arguments at the time a criminal offense Joe Birkman? High crimes and misdemeanors is the word used for impeachment. What the President did can not be described as either. And just because one or two points were retracted hardly means there was no vote fraud; statistics suggest strongly otherwise.

He didn't like that:

What statistics? If a legal team had proper statistics to support their case wouldn't they present them in court? Fox News and Newsmaxx are not court.

I reply:

Joe Birkman none of these cases ever made it into court; they almost all were thrown out via summary judgement, meaning on technicalities. I would present to you a number of posts by statistician William Briggs https://wmbriggs.com/post/33400/ and https://wmbriggs.com/post/33377/ also there are other studies. https://votepatternanalysis.substack.com/p/voting-anomalies-2020 It should be pointed out that Trump was ahead in most of the battleground states until vote counting was suspended (almost unprecedented) in key precincts in the battle ground states - at the same time. After that the vote came in almost unanimously for Biden. That cannot be ignored. Also, the bellweather counties, which are quite reliable in predicting the winner - all failed. Not some of them - all of them. That suggests fraud. No investigation has been conducted and no evidence give over to Trump's volunteer attorneys. IF there was nothing to hide these precincts would have been happy to prove their innocence, but many have fought turning over data. Also, there are things that suggest vote fraud prior to election day. For example, the Democrats sued to prevent matching signatures on vote cards with those received in the mail. They won, too. There is no reason to do that if you do not plan on cheating. There is certainly enough circumstantial evidence to call this election into question. We never see a President removed but his party do very well; there are always coattails. This is a statistical anomalie that suggests something was wrong with this election. And turnout was beyond unusually high. Wisconsin had a ninety percent turnout of registered voters, for instance. Do you believe that? Milwaukee had an 84 percent turnout. That is unprecedented. Also, do you really believe Joe Biden had a higher turnout of minorities than Barack Obama? Especially since black and latino unemployment was at record lows until the lockdowns came. Biden was, after all, the architect of the anti-crime bill that put so many minorities in prison and led to property forgeitures. I could go on and on but I think everyone gets the point. There is great statistical evidence something was not right in the last election. But there is a complete denial of any fraud whatsoever, which is like a criminal denying he was even in the same city when accused of a crime. Methinks thou dost protest too much. IF there was nothing wrong then there is no reason to not have a thorough investigation to quell the doubts of those who think the election was tainted. That there is an almost desperate effort to shut the door on this suggests something is there to hide.

Oh, and why did Biden hire over six hundred lawyers before the election?

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2020/07/14/why_has_biden_hired_600_lawyers_517159.html

Trump, I might add, was stuck with B-team lawyers working pro-bono, largely because the GOP didn't back him and most top lawyers feared angering the permanent political class in D.C., upon whom their livelihood was dependent.

Also, why did judges and governors change election laws by fiat? That alone is clearly illegal as election law may only be made by state legislatures

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All About Immigration

Timothy Birdnow

In a discussion on Facebook a bit of a tiff broke out immigration. A guy named Cameron Wheeler said:

America is made up of immigrants, you know that, right?

Willis Eschenbach replied:

Cameron, America is made up of LEGAL immigrants. Biden wants more ILLEGAL immigrants. You are conflating the two groups. Please specify in the future which immigrants you are referring to.

I ad this:

Cameron Wheeler all nations are ultimately made up of immigrants as humanity originated in the Rift Valleys in Africa. That doesn't change the fact that we have a distinct culture and a right to maintain that culture and heritage. Your argument is rather like saying the Knights of Columbus is composed of human beings so anyone should be able to join, whether they are Catholic men or not. Yes, it is composed of human beings, but there are certain rules and requirements for entry. The same holds true of nations. We decide who we want to let in, not the immigrants. We stopped leting immigrants into the U.S. for decades after the big surge at the beginning of the 20th century and had almost no immigration until 1965 when Ted Kennedy rewrote immigration laws to allow everyone in. That was a political act. As such we can choose to go back to a limited immigration policy if we so desire. There is no right to immigrate here. No nation can survive unrestrained immigration. It's what destroyed the Roman Empire, in case you have forgotten. You cannot maintain an unique culture if that culture is being overrun by people with their own tradtions and customs. You will notice that Texas no longer is part of Mexico; why do you suppose that is? The Mexicans wouldn't settle the region and invited people who were not culturally in tune with them to settle. That is how you destroy nations.

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Currency and Falling Empires

This from Richard Cronin:

Bubba

Re: Benchmark currency for international trade and political dominance.

You’ve spurred some thinking in me about our debased currency.

In ancient times, the intrinsic value and relative scarcity of gold and silver made these metals the worldwide medium of exchange. Rome came to dominance with the Roman navy’s defeat of Carthage plus the silver mines of northern Spain. The Roman denarius held sway and the Romans were meticulous about the quality of the gold and silver that they used to mint these coins. Unfortunately, as we all know, Rome collapsed from within due to moral rot and barbarians closing in.

The Spanish Empire rose to prominence due to their seafaring skills and the gold extracted from the New World. The galleon and Spanish doubloon assured the power of Spain. Unfortunately, the Spaniards extracted so much gold from the New World that gold actually fell in value. Deflation.

Queen Elizabeth commissioned Sir Francis Drake as a virtual pirate to challenge Spanish hegemony on the oceans. The culmination was the defeat of the Great Armada, with superior British ship design as a key element.

In the ensuing years, with the Royal Navy and Britain’s colonial holdings — including the gold mines of South Africa — the British Empire rose to prominence. The British Pound was the currency of international trade, even weathering WW-I. The Royal Navy was unscathed by WW-I. America was allied with Britain and everybody was pretty happy in the 1920s.

As Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill saw the necessity to move the Royal Navy from coal to oil. With no coaling stations and the higher energy density of oil, Britain raced to convert their fleet, as did all nations. Britain also aided the House of Saud to overthrow the Hashemite Kingdom on the Arabian peninsula. It’s all about the oil.

Many people do not appreciate the true proximate cause of the Great Depression. The Great Flood of 1927 (an Extreme Weather event) which destroyed the farmland of mid-America and even parts of Canada. Farmers defaulted on loans left, right, and center. Lax stock trading rules and the Smoot-Hawley tariffs exacerbated the situation. A fascinating book about the Great Flood of 1927 is "Rising Tide” by John Barry. The Dust Bowl followed (another Extreme Weather Event). In recent years, Canadian statistician Stephen McIntyre forced NASA/NOAA to admit that 1934 was the true "hottest year on record”, the depths of the Dust Bowl. This was dismissed as an anomaly. It seems that we have a lot of anomalies goin’ ‘round — from temperature records to COVID data to voting recounts.

Curiously, the records of global earthquakes in the 1930s saw a decided uptick compared to the 1940s and 1950s. Pertinent data can be found in the USGS online database. James Edward Kamis writes of Plate Climatology.

All of FDR’s socialist spit balls did nothing but exacerbate the Great Depression. The real driver to get us out of the Great Depression was the gush of cheap, abundant oil from the fields of East Texas and Oklahoma. This surge in oil was provided by greater heat driving the petroleum-produ cing reactions in the Upper Mantle. And just in time too. During WW-II America was not just the Arsenal of Democracy. We were the Gas Station of Democracy.

Hitler never succeeded in capturing the Russian oil fields and American submarines choked off Indonesian oil from reaching Japan.

Breton Woods and the U.S. Navy assured the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency for international trade.

Now we slouch into moral decay and a hostile adversary seeking to be a naval power, grab offshore oil in the South China Sea, and have the yuan displace the debased U.S. dollar. Then the Bank of China will displace the unConstitutiona l U.S. Federal Reserve. Storm clouds gather and we have a compromised dementia patient in the White House.



Bubba adds:

Great summation except for the Roman part. I seem to recall reading that, like Big Bro, the Romans had begun to replace the gold & silver content in their currency with metals of lesser values, and inflation ensued which hastened their demise. Or not. At the end of the day though, 'money' is whatever consumers & producers of goods & services want it to be. Maybe it's gold. Maybe oil. Maybe lithium. Maybe it's cryptocurrency.
Maybe US Dollars. Maybe Yuan's. Maybe it's rare art or collectibles. Whatever it may happen to be though, it's value can only be preserved by limiting the supply of it. And therein lies the problem. Central Banks and country's that rely on central banks exist for one reason only - and that's to constantly and steadily increase the supply of 'money' (aka credit). As such, if history is to be any indicator of the future, then it's safe to believe that all forms of 'money' that can be manipulated by those who control its supply will inevitably and eventually collapse. Greed is always more powerful than money


I add:

Bubba you are entirely correct; Rome devalued it's currency with base metals. The result was a huge widening in the gap between rich and poor and a squeezing out of the middle class, much like we see in most Western countries today. We are making the exact same mistakes the Romans made. The so-called Barbarian Invasions were mostly peaceful immigration by non-Romans into the Empire, largely for protection and prosperity. The Romans also eschewed their traditional virtues and religion in favor of the many fads splashing against their east coast (from Asia) much as we are absorbing faddish beliefs from our east and west coasts. Rome boasted a sexual revolution much like ours, and became infamous for immoderate sexuality and heavy partying. Entertainment became the most important thing for many. So too did the welfare state (Bread and circuses). We look amazingly like late-stage Rome, I fear.

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Collapse of Reason

This from Steven Chase:

Deep thought of the day....
The Left lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The people who hate us hate us because THEY are white supremacists and we are not. We are merely scientists trying to solve the problem of the age with political and economic solutions that allow us to help one another in markets without hating each other in politics, and without causing another dark age, as the underclasses led by women's emotions, destroy our civilization like they have the Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Egyptians, North Africans, and northwest Indians. Those civilizations are dead. And they were made dead by the same means: shouting down the truth, destroying monuments, and undermining traditions.

Tim adds:

From the so-called Romantic era there has been a war against Reason, which is now deemed a white patriarchal oppressor. Reason has given way to irrationality and emotionalism and the end result is a splintering of culture as we divide along multiple lines - ethnic, social, religious, etc. It's what has destroyed many nations over the centuries. When a nation stops believing in it's own virtues it dies. Certainly Western Civilization is at that point.

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