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Ideology Is Always Top Down, And the Influence Can Be Incredibly Subtle

July 16, 2020

WHY THE ROMANS COULDN’T THINK DEEP AND THE SICK COPENHAGEN INTERPRETATION OF THE QUANTUM IS RACIST

What ideology matters? Does Low Lives Ideology matter? No, never! What matters is High Lives Ideology! Nietzsche covered that one when he focused on the sheeple of Christianism versus the ‘blonde beast” mentality of their lords. By “blonde beast”, Nietzsche didn’t mean Viking but the lions found on many coats of arms of the Middle Ages. Nietzsche observed that the morality of the European aristocracy was closer to the kill them all of lions rather than the love them all, professed by Jesus (when he was in a good mood). 

We have plenty of proof of the giant chasm between the “flock” mentality the folks were immersed in, preached by the Lords, and what the Lords practiced: consider the Crusades, the Cathars, the Jacqueries in France, when the worst atrocities happened (on both sides). The European aristocracy was one, not just morally, and intellectually, but even genetically, as they intermarried heavily, all the way from Madrid and London to Kiev and Moscow.

Christianism was imposed top down by the Roman emperors, starting with the tyrant Constantine, killer of his own family. It worked for (much of) the Roman plutocracy, which succeeded to merge with barbarians. 

The supreme trick for the elite, is to present as coming from the bottom what actually came from the top, the elite itself.

Lenin in a bad way. You would look like that too, if you set to help We The People, and then discovered you were instrumentalized by the fascist Kaiser Wilhelm, and the lethal thug Stalin…

Some who know history, superficially, may roll out the Soviets (Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin). Surely, they would say, that was an ideology coming from the bottom, the Russian proletariat! Well, not so: it’s the Kaiser Whilhelm II and his goons who enabled Lenin and his entourage to be injected from Switzerland to Russia. They had a deal. In 1917, Lenin gave a gigantic piece of Western Russia (some Poland, Ukraine) to the German dictatorship. This gave the fascist German military enormous resources and enabled them to bring all their forces to bear on the Western Front. So, actually, Sovietism was an ideology serving German fascism (it showed up again in 1939-1941) with the official alliance between the USSR and Hitler, which enabled the latter to crush the French Republic (the Nazi army was fully fueled by Soviet oil). 

Criticizing (real, yet secondary and mostly imaginary) “systemic racism”, is another example of an ideology imposed from the top to enable the pursuit of the rule of the present dominants, the (mostly) US plutocrats.

How does this work? Basically the dominants control the military, the police, justice, and, most important of all, the media. Roman media became fascist imperial under Augustus: he killed, exiled or defanged anybody not agreeing with him. The self-dominated “Senatus Princeps” (First in the Senate) fabricated for himself a compliant Senate. He defeated the spirit of republican opposition, by claiming that he had reinstituted the Republic. After Augustus died, nobody in the Senate knew what to do, and opposition was nonexistent (opponents had been killed, decades prior). After several weeks of indecisions, Tiberius, adoptive son of Augustus, and chief of the army, was called to duty, by said Senate.

After the “Year of the Four Emperors”, a messy and short struggle for power, the most powerful general took control, Vespasianus. Craftily, Vespasian adopted Josephus, a Jewish general he had captured. Between Saint Paul (another Jew who was a Roman citizen and prosecutor), the legend of Christ got written down. Morality:”give to Caesar what is to Caesar”, “turn the other cheek”, “love your neighbor as yourself”, “embrace passivity and martyrdom”, “hate non-believers”… and make allusions that it would be best if non-believers could be dealt with the sword. Also burn books and libraries, an exercise Saint Paul was very proud to have launched.

To cover its track, plutocratic Christianism exaggerated the martyrdom it suffered at the hands of Nero, Diocletian and Galerius (3,000 dead in the latter case). The persecution under Marcus-Aurelius is generally ignored, because the “stoicism” preached by that emperor goes hand in hand with Christianism: it also persuades the sheeple to lie supine and enjoy its living death, for the wisdom therein… 

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The Topmost, Very Highest Ideology Rests On Moods Imposed On The Lowest 

Most of the preceding section one may have read somewhere else. Now for something completely new. Why didn’t the Romans develop science or high intellect? Because the Romans were not just too fascist politically (especially after Tiberius Gracchus’ unfortunate adventure). The Romans were also INTELLECTUAL FASCISTS. It’s synchronized: too much political fascism is only possible with enough intellectual fascism. Intellectual fascism rests on a few axioms, a few idea, a few moods, a few emotions… all driven by the desire of limiting curiosity. 

So destroy the statues instead of understanding how they got there. This “Damnatio Memoriae” was a Roman speciality: it prevented to examine the past, because one didn’t know that it ever existed… I do not want to make the Romans more creative than they were: damnatio memoriae (damning memory) was actually in Ancient Egypt, aeons before Rome was created…

Science rests on curiosity and common sense. Creating more science means creating more of the curious spirit, and attending neurohormones, and much more common sense. 

This is where CIQ, the Copenhagen Interpretation of the Quantum, comes into play. The theory is absurd. Why? It takes Einstein’s localization hypothesis at face value (nobody ever denounces it, because Einstein is a sacred cow). 

However, all the Quantum Field Theory (QFT) computing depends upon Quantum wavefunctions which are spread out. The Born Hypothesis (BH) is that wavefunctions have only computational merit. No “reality” (or “element of reality” as Einstein said) are attributable to them, whatsoever. 

For me, philosophically, if something enables me, systematically, to predict reality, it is real. But not so for partisans of the CIQ. For them, Quantum wavefunctions are not real… Yet somehow, they are… systemic. They have something in front of their face, it does stuff, but then they claim it doesn’t exist. Many of the same physicists had Nazism in front of their cae, Nazism did stuff, but, still, they somehow denied it existed (Heisenberg, the one full of uncertainty is an example of this; he directed the Nazi effort to build a bomb… Thankfully he was less good a physicist than Irene Joliot-Curie who persuaded the French War Ministry in January 1938, that a nuclear bomb could be made; when the project had to flee Europe, it went to… Manhattan…)  

This idea that, if something systematically enables to compute something else, it is real, has recently been understood by the masses: it is actually the theory behind “systemic racism”: if someone is of color, that person has more trouble with the law, quality employment, healthcare, etc. So there is a causality there.

Hence one can see that the dominant ideology in physics denied the reality of the most basic causality, the most basic evidence. Thus top intellectuals could deny Nazism and “systemic racism” while believing that they were infinitely subtle…  

Patrice Ayme          

 

Plutocracy, Not Racocracy

July 15, 2020

Yes, there is not a thing such as “racocracy”. “Race” is such a ridiculous concept, it was never recognized that a “race” could grab power, and race away with the concept. The Greeks knew of “oligarchy” (rule of the few), plutocracy, tyranny (rule of one), etc… But not racocracy. The Greco-Roman empire was ruled, at some point, by Arabs, Africans…

Hispanic conquistadores, full of defects as they were, were not racists. Indeed Cortez greatly won his war against the Aztecs and also the one he waged against the (Spanish) governor of Cuba, because of “La Malinche”.  La Malinche, a top Aztec aristocrat sold into slavery by her own mother, learned many languages, including Mayan. La Malinche was married to one of Cortez’s top lieutenant, and also bore a son from Cortez himself, who got legitimized, ennobled (and seemed to have been Cortez’s prefered child). Later Charles Quint stopped the conquest of the Americas, because of the genocides it had caused.

It seems likely that Cortez would have failed in his conquest, without La Malinche. Both the Aztecs and the Spaniards were fascinated by her, and all sought advice from her. She was central to Cortez’s ability to muster a gigantic Native army to use against the Aztecs.

Racism is pretty much an invention of the North American English plutocracy, to justify lethally exploitative plutocracy (making money from tobacco). Its notorious “One Drop Rule” is (implicitly) perpetuated by the ideology of Black Lives Matter. Truth? LOW LIVES SHOULD MATTER TOO!

Truth is more important than perceived injustice. Indeed, if perceived injustice is a lie, it’s not injustice. The Nazis famously used as main electoral platform, the injustices they perceived in several matters, including oppression they felt from Jews, Slavs and French. It was mostly imaginary, and 5% of the world population got killed as a result. Much of the present movement about “systemic racism” is barking up the wrong tree. It is a self-defeating movement, as it is all too willing to accuse We The People of racism.

This rage against a racism the importance of which is exaggerated, hid the main problem, which is plutocracy. Plutocracy, controlling the media, has sent too many of the best jobs overseas, thrived from the for-profit healthcare system, the unequal educational system, the lending-to-the-wealthy economy, the exclusive real estate, the police-protecting-the wealthy, the justice-for-the-wealthy, and the overall intrinsic violence of guns and drug availability.

I am not saying this lightly, I have been the victim of racism light for decades. However, I am not so selfish and blind to put my own little condition above massive injustices as found in education, health, housing, driven by greed which is the main force of this society.

Appreciating what is really going on is necessary to progress out of the present swamp. Thus, attacks against efforts at establishing truth reveals that those inhabited by such rage are actually truly working against progress.

Patrice Ayme

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The last part of the essay was a comment the NYT let me publish (!). The main article was about Steven Pinker …. someone I have harshly criticized. However, critics want him “cancelled”… and this is not acceptable. Moreover, as Pinker points out, this creates a climate of terror against non PC thinking… Which is never alright, because the truth needs to physically exercise, like we all need to. Without error to debate, it won’t have a punching ball…

US Healthcare Is Too Corrupt And Too Drunk, To Fight This Epidemic Optimally

July 14, 2020

Right now the epidemic is under control in Europe (except England). Yet Europeans have to test and track more, as in South Korea… And as Germany has been somewhat doing.
Part of the problem in the USA: it’s an UNION of STATES, which do as they please. Compare with Europe: the UK, or more exactly England, has been doing terribly, with a death rate more than 50% higher than the USA. Reason? The scientific council in charge, as in Sweden, believed, all too long, in “herd immunity”. The results were even worse than Sweden. By contrast a strict Germany has been doing way better, with a death rate less than a fifth that of England.

Then there is the problem of US for-profit healthcare. A characteristic of this is that healthcare is viewed in the USA, but for the old, as one more privilege from employment (instead of a human right, as in all other advanced countries). The idea, apparently, is that employers will not just give you the pursuit of happiness, but also will provide you with life itself.

Doctors can do a lot against COVID. Problem: in the US, people do not have the habit of going to see their doctors… until it’s too late. And that has to do with the greedy, lawyery, private insurance dominated nature of the US medical system…

The for-profit aspect has been going from very bad to even worse in recent years (18% of GDP in healthcare; Europeans don’t go over 12%; the difference between 18% and 12% is all corruption, for want of a better word.) Conclusion: in this crisis, US patients have been reluctant to see doctors. It’s not just the “co-pays”, and “deductibles”. Now there are “facility charges” (even while seeing your old doctor)… which can be hundreds of dollars.

Inconvenient truth? The US vision of healthcare is too greedy, and too drunk, to fight this epidemy optimally.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S 1: The preceding was a comment sent to NYT Krugman (who had written an essay with some of the usual “Trump = Devil” stuff). To my surprise, the comment escaped the censorship terrorists ate the NYT and was published fast (not the usual 24 hours plus delay; my recent comments to Krugman were all censored… This was recommended by 43…)

JPH
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@Patrice Ayme US health care quality is ranked number 38th. But its cost is number 1 in the world. As comparison French health care’s cost is 34th world ranking but quality is number one.

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@JPH So we agree. I actually had a very difficult pregnancy with my daughter. After finding French doctors in an Alpine hospital very disponible and helpful by phone (whereas Californian doctors couldn’t be reached!). We flew there and then directly, three hours after landing, to the hospital. A young doctor (who was Italian) looked at the US file, and gave a clear and precise conclusion: although this hospital was proud of its very low C section rate, in this particular case, a C section was extremely likely (that was news to us). Then he proceeded to examine the patient. The expert delivery was made by a lady surgeon. I have no doubt the baby would have been lost in the US. Besides the (public) hospital was like Club Med, with great Alpine scenery, a huge private room and bathroom, and a stay of nine days… And it cost much less than a normal delivery in the US… People who can fly to France buy their US prescribed drugs there, as they cost less than US copays (French pharmacists, who are private owners with doctorates, both by law: pharmacy monopolies are illegal in France have the freedom to prescribe, and accept US prescriptions as if they were written in France). The French healthcare system is a mix of private and public, and the US healthcare could be morphed into it (that is, differently from the UK, Sweden or Canada, the French system is not 100% socialist; what happens is that fundamental healthcare is 100% covered; private health insurance supplements services).
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P/S 2: The New York Times, a private media company, is the newspaper of record of the USA. New York Times opinion columnist and editor Bari Weiss published the resignation letter she sent to Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger on her personal website. The Sulzberger family has controlled the New York Times since the nineteenth century (through a special share arrangement). The preceding Sulzberger had banned, apparently from my opposition to the Bush-Biden Iraq invasion (which NYT encouraged).

Bari said:, “Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.” She wrote she was bullied by colleagues in an “illiberal environment,” “Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences” and “intellectual curiosity” is a liability at the Times, among a variety of other devastating feedback.

 

Stock Market: Roller Coaster With More of A Brain Than It Looks

July 12, 2020

Robert J. Shiller, a 2013 Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor of Economics at Yale University and the co-creator of the Case-Shiller Index of US house prices. He is the author of Irrational ExuberancePhishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception (with George Akerlof), and Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events.

Professor Shiller is baffled by recent stock markets antics:

NEW HAVEN – The performance of stock markets, especially in the United States, during the coronavirus pandemic seems to defy logic. With cratering demand dragging down investment and employment, what could possibly be keeping share prices afloat?

The more economic fundamentals and market outcomes diverge, the deeper the mystery becomes, until one considers possible explanations based on crowd psychology, the virality of ideas, and the dynamics of narrative epidemics. After all, stock-market movements are driven largely by investors’ assessments of other investors’ evolving reaction to the news, rather than the news itself.

That is because most people have no way to evaluate the significance of economic or scientific news. Especially when mistrust of news media is high, they tend to rely on how people they know respond to news. This process of evaluation takes time, which is why stock markets do not respond to news suddenly and completely, as conventional theory would suggest. The news starts a new trend in markets, but it is sufficiently ambiguous that most smart money has difficulty profiting from it.

 

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 18: Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the closing bell, June 18, 2019 in New York City. U.S. markets surged on Tuesday after President Donald Trump announced that he plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss a trade deal at next week’s G-20 summit in Japan. Guy on the right was probably short…(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Prof Shiller:

There are three separate phases of the puzzle in the US: the 3% rise in the S&P 500 from the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, on January 30, to February 19; the 34% drop from that date until March 23; and the 42% upswing from March 23 to the present. Each of these phases reveals a puzzling association with the news, as the lagged market reaction is filtered through investor reactions and stories.

The first phase started when the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus “a public health emergency of international concern” on January 30. Over the next 20 days, the S&P 500 rose by 3%, hitting an all-time record high on February 19. Why would investors give shares their highest valuation ever right after the announcement of a possible global tragedy? Interest rates did not fall over this period. Why didn’t the stock market “predict” the coming recession by declining before the downturn started?

… The second phase began when the S&P 500 plummeted 34% from February 19 to March 23, a drop akin to the 1929 stock market crash. Yet, as of February 19, there had been only a handful of reported COVID-19 deaths outside of China. What changed investors’ thinking over that interval was not just one narrative, but a constellation of related narratives.

What changed is that the Turin-Milan region, the economic powerhouse of Italy, had to lock down, following the extremely severe lockdown in China. It was obvious that the world was going to lockdown. Indeed, Shiller admits the crisis was terrible:

…”some people in locked-down China reportedly were reduced to searching for minnows and ragworms to eat. In Italy, there were stories of medical workers in overwhelmed hospitals being forced to choose which patients would receive treatment. Narratives about the Great Depression of the 1930s flourished.” Some people were also caged in their houses in Wuhan, with bars added to their windows…

“The beginning of the third phase, when the S&P 500 market began its 40% rise, was marked by some genuine news about both fiscal and monetary policy. On March 23, after interest rates had already been cut to virtually zero, the US Federal Reserve announced an aggressive program to establish innovative credit facilities. Four days later, Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, promising aggressive fiscal stimulus.

Both of these measures, and similar actions in other countries, were described as resembling the actions taken to counter the 2008-09 Great Recession, which was followed by a gradual but ultimately huge increase in stock prices.”

And professor Shiller to conclude with his trademark:

“In all three phases of the COVID-19 stock market, the effects of genuine news are apparent. But price movements are not necessarily a prompt, logical response to it. In fact, they rarely are.”

Here is my comment, I see cleverness and logic, where Shiller is lost and baffled (but he got his irrational exuberance Nobel, I didn’t!):

This roller coaster seems all very logical to me. In the first phase, the epidemic seemed a blip. The important news was that the Trump impeachment was a hoax, which had failed. Trump and his light taxation, and capital repatriation, good for earnings, and the future US economy, were marching to re-election. 

Then it turned out that the world was confronted to a nasty, unstoppable pandemic, the world economy  was going to crater, thus so would earnings. Earnings doomed to crash, stock markets crashed. 

Then, in phase three, a financial miracle and cosmical bonanza was discerned, by the wealthiest, for the wealthiest. The central banks, and even Germany, decided to make and distribute enough free money to get the biggest companies to keep going, even if their standard earnings had mostly disappeared (say airlines). Call that synthetic earnings, but earnings nevertheless. 

Also the way out of the pandemic is to innovate (so the tech heavy NASDAQ took off). 178 vaccines are under development. Some biotech will, and have, scored (especially as quinine + macrolide antibiotic is neglected).

So now what? More of the same. There are tweaks, though, as some trends are increasingly blatant: small companies are getting less help than the big ones. Some countries (Taiwan, Korea, Japan, dreaded China) are mostly industrially intact because they mastered the pandemic. Many other emerging countries will get submerged, having lost their money making exports (and no central bank will save them). Some sectors (fossil fuels) seem doomed (as investment goes down, fields perish). 

All of this new reality is reflected in stock valuation trends, worldwide. The US presidential election guarantees that central bank money will keep on flowing. TINA: There Is No Alternative. Just don’t invest in what is dying. 

By the same token, if Biden gets elected, standard health stocks and green stocks should go up… And notice the market is smiling…

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We are in a logical world. If some of us don’t see the logic, it does not mean its’ not there… And yes, free money goes to the wealthiest. They are those the wealthiest (central banks, and large “private” banks) lend to. Not easy to change, and there are easier ways to improve the lives of We The People…

Patrice Ayme

A Civilization Whose Media Is Controlled By A Few Is Despicable

July 11, 2020

The New York Times wants us to worry about the cruelty directed to avian dinosaurs. Why chicken? Why not rats tortured by rat poison, dying over hours in indicible suffering? Aren’t rats closer to humans than chicken? Being too concerned by animal welfare was the mark of the Nazis: they passed very advanced animal welfare laws. That enabled them to present themselves as “humane”. It was a cover-up, a change of conversation.

On April 21, 1933, almost immediately after the Nazis came to power, the parliament began to pass laws for the regulation of animal slaughter. On April 21, a law was passed concerning the slaughter of animals; no animals were to be slaughtered without anesthetic. Those Nazis were obviously keen to project an image of goodness.

It is scornful to let a few wealthy families, who all know each other, control the world media. Therein the source of monothinking… And its erroneous outcomes. The climate catastrophe could have been mitigated. But it’s not going to be. Record beating temperatures in North Eastern Siberia (the world’s coldest place, outside of Antarctica) were recently measured: 38 Celsius, more than 100 Fahrenheit, more than Houston, Texas… The mad greenhouse is supposed to cook the polar regions, as it starts rampaging. And it is. So Siberia is burning, unleashing gigantic quantities of CO2 and methane. Two weeks ago, the area on fire was as large as Switzerland, and affecting air quality in North America.

So far, so funny. But when global HEATING goes nonlinear, it’s going to be even less funny than the COVID virus… (Picture NASA, July 2, 2020)

Nicholas Kristof of New York Times in his blog, Saturday 11, 2020:

I noted in my last newsletter that I was wondering, as we pull down controversial statues, what our great-grandchildren will find bewilderingly immoral about our own times — and about us. Some of you sent in your thoughts, and the thought nagged me enough that it became my Sunday column.
I think our descendants will find our passivity on climate change unforgivable. They’ll be staggered by our indifference to human suffering. And I think they’ll be baffled by our systematic cruelty to animals, especially poultry and livestock. Read the column and then post in the comments about other moral blind spots of our time that I missed.

I sent this:

A characteristic of the recent indignation of the upper middle class reminds me of the Puritans or old: namely, they think they are so pure, and they are not. But, to make sure that they feel pure, all howling the same way, while enjoying the spoils, they accuse The Devil… namely Trump.

However, Trump is a newcomer in politics, and he did not originate most of the well installed evils in place. An obvious evil is the housing crisis, and it came directly from NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard). Where I have lived for decades, the NIMBYists argued that non single family housing had to be demolished, because it spoiled the views. Even billionaire Feinstein (married to a Senator) said this.

What upper class “democrats” didn’t say was that, by strangling supply, they caused enormous price appreciation of their houses, and homelessness. Better to talk about “systemic racism”,as it accuses We The People to be vicious, perverse, and… despicable. Besides, it accuses of what we are not, thus confusing us.

Meanwhile public transportation was also strangled to make IPOs (Uber, etc.) while Google (etc.) enjoy their own private transportation bus system (using regular bus stops which they stole for themselves, as they generally did not pay for them).

Another despicable manoeuver? Obamacare was rolled out: 25 million new insured (getting government money to pay for it), but small people can’t see their doctors anymore, although they pay private corporations for insurance they don’t get the fruits of (I have used Obamacare for real: it’s a rip-off). Single family housing is also causative of the climate catastrophe, by the way…

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Not holding my breath that the employees of the conspiracy of the world’s wealthiest men will dare to publish such a contribution to global thinking (the most sedate, cogent, and polite parts above constituted comments to the New York Times; they were all censored; this puts a question towards the honesty of individuals such as mr. Kristof: he reads individual comments. Then he blocks them because, well, his salary depends upon it… La grande excuse des pires salauds à travers les ages: my salary made me do it…)   … They don’t want us to think thoughts we are not supposed to have. Bleating, they like.

A Civilization Whose Media Is Controlled By A Few Is Despicable… and also idiotic. That’s why they die… but it can take a while…

Patrice Ayme

Real Estate Rip-Off, Or Why California Is Full Of Little Trumps In Denial

July 11, 2020

There is excess in California real estate right now. It is driving the California inequality crisis. A cleansing collapse is needed. Extravagant real estate prices have driven enormous inequality… And that has nothing to do with Trump… Just the opposite.

Although the state is nominally, and stridently “democratic”, the average “democratic” voter behaves like a mini-Trump (that’s why they hate Trump so loudly: they are in denial of their true inner nature… they want to scream to themselves that they are not as they truly are… also Trump took away their tax rebates, and redistributed them to low lives).

The reality is this: by refusing the construction of low and middle income housing, a boom of real estate prices was created. Yesterday’s dumps, bought cheaply, became money making machines. The California middle-class strangled low income housing supply in a mix of greed and NIMBYism. This selfish enterprise started as an esthetic claim. A few decades ago, San Francisco congratulated itself for physically demolishing thousands of units of “ugly” low income housing (those thousands of apartments were replaced by a few multi millionaire houses). In other Californian cities, anything not multimillionaire houses is basically illegal to build.

1775 Broadway apartment #8 San Francisco, CA 94109 Pacific Heights 1 Bed 1 Bath
728 square feet 
$994,500… Est. Mortgage $4,759/mo

In San Francisco, a less than 1,000 square feet, one bath apartment, can be more than 1.5 million dollars. Below this, tents in the street, living in filth, is the official city policy. College professors have been known to live inside their cars. I know someone who has lived in his car for twenty years. In another Bay Area city I know all too well, some “democratic” (of course) officials are paid to do nothing, while California governor Newsom put at disposition of the city a small land surrounded by a freeway exchanger, all around, and the busiest railroad in the USA… to be used by the homeless (won’t they be happy surrounded by howling, belching machines?)

To turn this nightmare into a better reality, a good collapse in the existing real estate is what is needed. So as to replace it by something more progressive. Augmenting the taxes on billionaires some more, would help, as the diversity of thinking and initiative in California guarantees they are going nowhere…

The remedy is to build massively, cheap, earthquake-proof, modern, ecological apartments (single family mansions, as presently found in California, would be too ecologically devastating, and should be reserved to millionaires). Developers should be fiscally encouraged to do so.

The manipulated and manipulating have been going around, decrying the US as a systematically racist place full of white racists who have to destroy their inner Hitler.

Last month, the City of Seattle’s “Office of Civil Rights” sent an email inviting “white City employees” to attend a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” a program designed to help white workers examine their “complicity in the system of white supremacy” and “interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

Seattle has also expensive real estate… And this is what low lives worry about… not whether all these “whites” who suddenly “care” are busy calling others racist.

The problem in the San Francisco Bay Area is that the minorities are a majority. Many, if not most, of these minorities are highly skeptical of the indignant “systemic racism” discourse. They feel something is wrong, and rightly so: the leader of the “anti-racist” movement is Nancy Pelosi, a thoroughly white woman of extreme privilege, whose Pacific Height house is probably worth around twenty-five million dollars. Her main residence is a gigantic Napa valley estate, complete with tennis court and twisty access road, where she throws lavish parties for her rightly thinking expensive friends. She also owns a vineyard, beside ownership of the Squaw Valley olympic ski resort. Now that she is done making money from scalps, Nancy will push to change the name… But I digress…

Nancy Pelosi is a plutocrat of the most nefarious type (the war criminal type). Like her California colleague Feinstein, she leveraged politics to build a fortune. Such people are systemic oligarch. To deflect criticism from their systemic colonialism those evil oligarchs are addicted to, they invented the notion of “systemic racism”, which accuses those that they exploit… to exploit them even better, by confusing them further by making them feel bad about themselves, and building a fake explanation of what is wrong in the US.

Although I have been victim myself of some form of racism, more than once, and sometimes dangerously so, and always a heartbreak… I must admit that I am significantly different and somewhat obnoxious, and the white US person in her, or his, purity, can’t tolerate by black heart. The worst racism and abuse that I have seen, though, was from… US intellectuals. “intellectuals” are curiously unappreciative in the US for anybody who comes out of the box of established thinking.

That incapacity to think what’s not supposed to be thought may explain why the fact of systemic real estate abuse being really a machine to make the wealthy wealthier has not been denounced. Chomsky speaks about US imperialism… What about banks, and real estate, and how they augment inequality? Above his pay grade at MIT?

From, say, European eyes, the preceding critique may seem strange: in Europe one cannot use real estate for considerable leverage, by having a bank buy for oneself something one cannot afford… lest it considerably augments in value. Trump cut down the amusement by reducing the interest deductibility down from 1.1 million dollars to $750,000. This is one of the reason why he is so hated by the upper middle class in expensive “Blue” states such as New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts…

Do not expect this sort of introspection to strike those opinion makers as particularly smart. But this also explains why the angry demonstrations attacked even CNN (fanatically anti-Trump), and Ulysses Grant (US president who won the Secession War when he commanded the US Army), Lincoln (anti-slavery president whose election launch the Secession), or even Supreme Court Justice Douglas, a strong anti-segregationist… What the low lives are saying is that they are left out by the plutocracy, whose modus operandi is to present drastic inequality as a fact of life one can’t escape, and one should tolerate with benign neglect… hence the tent cities and squalor a few minutes from Nancy Pelosi 25 million dollar mansions in San Francisco (she has another eight properties…) This is what Nancy teaches; she is so incredibly concerned by the homeless, and it is the fault of that man in the White House… But one can’t do anything about it, although we try everyday.

Actually, nine years ago, a small peninsula within the San Francisco was occupied by hundreds of homeless, their tents, their dogs and their drugs. I called it then “Obamaville”. So, yes inequality reached a new squalor under Obama. And, no, inequality is not all Trump (inequality indices seem to have reached a peak at the end of Obama’s reign, and have stagnated since). Actually, rather the opposite: Trump loves to build housing… especially given subsidies to do so. In truth, it’s because the “democratic” upper middle class became incredibly wealthier by restricting the housing supply that it hates Trump so much: it recognizes in him the builder, the supplier of housing, its natural enemy…

Patrice Ayme

On the Hypocrisy Of The Pseudo-Left: Muslim Ilhan Omar Steals $900,000 From Supporters

July 8, 2020

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar claims we “have to change our system of oppression…We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform. We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, [and] in the air we breathe.

She talks the talk. She walks the other way. 

Over the past two years she has paid nearly $900,000 to a consulting firm owned by her latest and newest husband, federal election records show. (Sometimes her newest husband is one of the old ones…)

Disbursements from Omar’s 2018 campaign and 2020 reelection campaign show the congresswoman has sent $878,000 to E Street Group LLC, a consultant firm run by Democratic strategist Tim Mynett. Including a $189,000 windfall in March — just weeks after they announced they had tied the knot, campaign data shows.

It should not be allowed,” said attorney Richard W. Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House. Ethics eludes Omar…

Omar is part of the House freshman class known as “The Squad,” which includes New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and several other female Democrats known for their loud pseudo-progressive agenda. 

Omar and Mynett were married in March, after each divorced their respective spouses in late 2019. In court filings, Mynett’s first wife said Omar was having an affair with her then-husband.

Omar was married many times, often “in her traditional faith”, filed taxes with the wrong husband, etc. I do agree with many of Omar’s positions… But the overall indecency she projects as an ungrateful Somali refugee, who was rescued by the force the Kenyan and then US government deployed to save her and her family, is quasi-cosmical, and would be comical, if not so many people considered her inversion of the values who saved her, something to be revered.

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A white financial woman summoning her “inner Karen” called 911 to claim a “African-Americanthreatened my life” (as she put it to the police, and before the call, when the gentleman, Christian Cooper, asked her why she was calling the police)… Mr. Cooper had just asked her to leash her enormous, out of control dog, in an area of New York Central Park which required leashes (to protect wildlife). She has been charged, and that is excellent. The (completely innocent) gentleman looks partly of African descent and is a New York bird watcher.

Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN Act) has been proposed as a law in San Francisco by a supervisor who looks like Mr. Cooper. And that’s very good.

Patrice Ayme

All too Many Hyper Wealthy Law Firms Stole From We The People

July 7, 2020

They scream about “systemic racism”. Actually, it’s systemic plutocracy. De facto racism ensues. naturally A key to plutocratism, the power of evil systematized, is inequality: some eat, others get eaten. In modern society, as in Roman society, the power of evil shows up with giant income inequality. And just as in Rome, the power of magistrates and lawyers is key to systemic abuse… As they impose it (example in modern US, “Jim Crow laws” and “New Jim Crow” of 1994, authored by no less than Joe Biden).

To put it simply, some of those firms supposed to uphold the law, are made of thieves… And it is the case of the firm most tied to the Democratic Party, Boeis. Thieves? Indeed these “loans” are “FORGIVABLE”.

[The following comment was censored by the New York Times: it criticized law firms most of which support the so-called “Democratic Party. For example the firm Boies, supported (half-heartedly; actually, faking it…) Gore against Bush…]

Law firms and lawyers are not supposed to be around mostly for money. They are supposed, primarily, to uphold the law. Upholding the law starts with upholding its spirit. In particular, the spirit of equality of all to the law. When Congress passed a stimulus law and the president signed it, the idea, the spirit, was to preserve the employment and livelihood of dozens of millions of small earners: the government, through banks, would enable somebody earning $30,000 to keep on supporting a family, by keeping that income.

To start with, the bail system got to go… (NYC did this, but then is releasing nearly everybody, falling into anarchy the other way…)

Instead, owners of large law firms, in some cases law firms where each partner earns more than three million dollars a year, decided to add stimulus money to their firms’ revenues… instead of reducing their enormous incomes to pay their own employees. This demonstrates how greedy and corrupt those supposed defenders of the law have become. It is alarming to see that those supposed to defend justice have no idea that it is unjust for them to make even more money than they used to, by diverting money which was meant for the poor, people earning 1% of what they earn. I heard a top law firm partner earning millions, say of the stimulus:”It’s free money!”
More than 40 law firms with more than 100 million in revenues last year received loans between 5 and 10 million dollars.
At Boies, partners made an average of 3 millions: owners should have redistributed some of their colossal incomes of 200 times the minimum wage, to employees. Instead of stealing it from We The People.

Patrice Ayme

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After the NYT published an article on the corruption in stimulus money distribution, higher ups obviously realized many of people connected to prominent democrats were involved. So the comment section was closed in a rush…

Lobbyists, Law Firms and Trade Groups Took Small-Business Loans
The Trump administration began releasing details of which businesses received Paycheck Protection Program aid.

…”More than 100 law firms received loans ranging from $1 million to $10 million, the data showed. The list included well-known names like Boies Schiller Flexner, the high-priced law firm run by David Boies, which received between $5 million and $10 million. “We don’t comment on our financials,” the firm said…

Several firms that advise companies on how to deal with the government, but are not officially registered to lobby, were also said to have received loans. They include companies run by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served in the Clinton administration.

David Boies, another pillar of the Democratic Party who loves to steal We The People, so he can make even more millions. Pelosi-Feinstein ethical school. OK, Booies is small potatoes comparative to Feinstein who made more than a billion, a thousand million dollars betraying with China…

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The following comment sent to the NYT after a Krugman editorial accusing Trump of the virus (he literally called him a virus!) was not censored, but just delayed to the next day (that boils down to the same)

Agreed that some of Trump moves were beyond silly and he should have shown the correct example by wearing a mask. However, one should not ignore the local democratic structure of the US, which blocked a national response.
For example, all the Turks have been systematically given the hydroxychloroquine + macrolide antibiotic (AZT) treatment at the first symptoms, and households were ordered to make masks (some families made thousands). Conclusion: less than 5,300 dead, even with several hundred thousands cases. Of course the recent uptick has nothing to do with Colored Lives Matter style demonstrations, because Trump is to modern day “liberals” what the devil used to be to old fashion Puritans.

Can People Self-Hypnotize Into Hatred?

July 5, 2020

“Black Lives Matter” events in 2020 exhibited a high level of (justifiable) rage, but also inexcusable hatred. Three examples. A (completely black) Federal Agent in Oakland protecting a Federal building was killed in a planned attack, his colleague critically injured. The assaillant, an (Hispanic) Air Force sergeant, killed and wounded more law enforcement before his arrest, a few days later. An elder, retired (completely black) police captain, protecting a friend’s shop was pierced with bullets, left to bleed to death on the sidewalk while passersby documented his passing away on their smartphones (without providing medical assistance by compressing the wounds). The perpetrator, a thug who got away with a TV, was also arrested (from videos). 

Then you have the incredible level of venom from Pelosi, third official in the USA (only behind the President and VP), head of Congress, who just accused Trump to be a Russian agent. No less. And once again. Now this is very serious. If she has the proof, she has to let it out. If not, and it’s all about her rage…or even worse, she should be impeached. Even at the worst of McCarthyism, in those crazed anti-communist days of the Cold War and Iron Curtain, when Nixon was Vice-President, one never saw such insane, ludicrous, counterfactual accusations (Trump sent Javelins anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, stopping Russian encroachments,Obama sent only non-lethal aid, MRTEs, Meals Ready To Eat). I have an explanation for Pelosi’s behavior, which is dangerously deleterious to the Republic. Part of it to detour from her own, real crimes, such as invading Iraq, part of it to protect her class of political wealth, private estates, private police forces, private jets… we saw it all when the Roman Republic was failing and plutocrats pretended to protect the Republic, to better destroy it. 

Pelosi accused Trump of being a Russian agent. Biden added: “His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale. It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way.” This is a serious distortion of reality, where was is is declared to have not been, and what has not been, is. It’s Obama who was a gift to Putin. The facts are clear.

Pelosi should have been taught history. Clearly, Catholicism is one of the deadliest religion known. Actually Catholicism, on the face of it, may have been the most lethal religion, killing more, by orders of magnitude more than even the Aztec religion. For example, Catholicism killed, by its own computation, more than five million Cathars… Ask the average Catholic, they don’t even know what a Cathar is. because they killed all the books, statues, works, etc. The very symbol of Catholicism, a human being tortured to death, should be clear enough to see through the hypocrisy… but Catholics have been so brainwashed, they don’t see the cross for what it is.Why is Pelosi’s wild behavior dangerous? We saw this happen with Tiberius Gracchus, 2,150 years ago. Tiberius, from what was then the most prestigious family in Rome, renounced his Patrician status, to be elected Tribune of the People. His project was to cut down the plutocracy, by enforcing Republican Rome’s old drastic wealth limits.

The plutocracy knew this, of course, as this was Tiberius’ electoral platform. The plutocracy did all it could, in all ways, to prevent Tiberius’ project. Roman Republican internal politics had been sedate for centuries. The plutocracy started a campaign of lies, innuendos, insults, threats, insane assertions, to block Tiberius. He wants to become King! The plutocrats alleged, and paid handsomely other politicians to oppose Tiberius. There were ten Tribunes of the People, they were sacrosanct, meaning the death penalty to whoever attacked them… and they had a right of Veto. So the plutocrats had just to pay one Tribune to Veto Tiberius to prevent the passing of a law… and this they did. Ultimately, in the end, after enormous psychological pressure was exerted publicly, and the vote of the Centuries was progressing, the blocking Tribune was persuaded (by the enormous throng of the Roman Populus) to resign and go home. The law passed. But the assertions made and the mood of hatred established in the months prior didn’t go away. They just kept on escalating into grotesque hatred. Ultimately the enslaving plutocrats paid private armies of thugs to kill Tiberius, and the Republic installed itself into mass murdering civil war which would last more than a century, Populares against plutocrats, until Augustus and his army established a dictatorship, by killing all those who disagreed. 

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Can Hatred Grow Self Hypnotically? And if so, why?  

Yes, people can be hypnotized into hatred, and even do it to themselves. Because some people are highly influenced by hypnosis (according to recent brain scan science). Why hypnosis, the triumph of mind over matter, should have evolved has a natural answer: precisely because it is the triumph of mind over reality. That is the essence of the human impact: humanity, when it doesn’t the reality it has, creates another.

In the case of hypnosis, the mind giving the orders is usually someone’s else. But not always: people with horrible injuries have been able to act rationally, no doubt from some form of self-hypnotism (or from the mechanism causing hypnotism). I take advantage of this, all the time, as do all those engaged in hard sports…  

Another most useful innate human behavior is hatred. It’s first advantage is to help get motivated to get rid of enemies. When a little add-on insanity is needed to destroy the enemy, hateful rage is here to help. The evolutionary advantage is that it’s better to get rid of (most of) humanity, rather than of the environment which supports it. 

Hatred has another advantage: it helps motivate higher intellectual pursuits. This is why hatred is great among intellectuals(it’s not inside each intellectual church, but between them). 

In any case, all these are no idle speculation, not anymore: brain scanning in real time enables us to see how the brain reacts to external stimuli (including hypnosis).

So hatred can have its advantage, and more hatred, even more advantage… hence the interest to have a capability to become completely inhabited by hatred in a process of self hypnosis. When one is as vile a politician as Nancy Pelosi, who let Bush lie to the world about Iraq, responsible for the death of millions, accusing someone who was against the Iraq invasion, feels like liberation. 

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Tiberius was accused by the plutocrats of wanting to make himself king, when all he wanted was to give better lives to Roman soldiers, who made the Republic’s existence possible. The same accusation was brandished against his brother and others who helped them. And against Gaius Marius, whose expert generalship had saved the Republic from annihilation. Or, of course against Caesar who did pass a redistribution law in 59 BCE, when he was Consul, to the rage of the senate’s plutocrats.

The analogy with the present situation is clear. Sending an unbalanced proportion of middle class jobs to a (well governed) Chinese Communist dictatorship, because it made thousands of billionaires wealthier and more powerful by the day (watch Medal of Freedom recipient Gates getting love letters from Xi), while distributing drugs to the citizenry (so they can get confused some more) is basically what happened under the plutocratizing Roman Republic… except in the latter case millions of slaves were imported, and many of the exported jobs were sent to peripheral regions of the empire: Rome didn’t trade directly with China, it was a China unto itself, it had China within….

Patrice Ayme

Forgiveness, A Virtue Which Christianism Got Right

July 4, 2020

Catholicism teaches many things. To We The People, it teaches first sheepness. Jesus is supposed to be our shepherd, we are supposed to be his flock. Or does it? Actually the Lord’s Prayer/Pater Noster gives prime of place to forgiveness, not sheepness. We are supposed to forgive. The notion is thus most important to Christ and company. 

The subject itself is fascinating, and very telling of the corruption in which the Anglo-Saxon plutocracy led the world. Indeed the “King James” version of the Bible published in 1611 makes Jesus into an investment banker! Indeed it asks the “Lord” to “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Debts? Really? Crist? Obsessed by “debts”?

King James was the lead investor in the foundation of the militarized English North American colony. He and other “West Country men” set up a system of white slavery (indentured servitude). Escaped white “servants” would be quartered alive (to encourage the other low lives to obey “the Lord”) A few years later the slave masters discovered it was more efficient to enslave Africans and to send the Native Americans as slaves to the Caribbean.

King James, who became king of Scotland as a baby, was big on torturing and killing witches. He then founded the mood of the sort of America that Black Lives Matter correctly hates… But that mood is written down in King James Bible, and celebrated in black churches, all over America. See the problem?… There at last an excellent monument to throw into the fire of furious criticism…

Did you read all this, Black Lives Matter? That the enslaving mentality originated with the debt obsessed mentality of King James? So please then give a thought to burning your “King James” Bibles, and replacing it with something less fake.

But let’s back up to the original version of the Catholic main prayer (my translation, from way before filthy enslaving plutocrat King James). Here it is:

Our Father who is is heavens,

Let it be that you name be sanctified,

That your reign arrives,

That your will be done on Earth as in Heavens.

Forgive us,

As we forgive those who offended us.

Do not let us be tempted by sin,

And free us from evil.

Amen.

Much of this prayer has been subject to debate: the first written version was in Greek, but, except if it was a complete fake concocted by imperial plotters (as some hold it to be, and they have good refined historical arguments), the original has got to have been in Aramaic (the mythical Jesus didn’t talk Greek, although many in Judea did). So, to establish my version, I kept in mind the supposed mentality of Jesus (I don’t think Jesus worried about financial investments). My version is nearly identical to the Catholic original from before Theodosius I.

In any case, forgiveness is central in Christianism… and it’s a keeper. 

What does forgiveness do? It enables to establish peace more easily, by deciding to turn an offense one suffered into a gift one offers. So forgiveness transforms offenses into gifts.  

But not just this. When we reason, be it from heart and, or, cold blooded logic, we can make mistakes. Forgiveness can take care of these mistakes. Maybe, after all, some of these offenses were not what they seemed: maybe we helped them along, or imagined them, a bit. Hence those offenses we forgive, may have originated in our minds, all too much.

Thus, by forgiving others, we may be actually forgiving ourselves. Forgiving others turns out to be nicely self-serving, if we look at it in depth.

Christianism, in full, is not compatible with civilization… But that does mean there are no pieces we can make our own… It doesn’t mean, either, that we should hesitate to eradicate our enemies… But when they surrender, as Allah indicates often in the Qur’an, we may as well be merciful…

Patrice Ayme


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