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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

Systematic Plutocracy, Not Systematic Racism

June 3, 2020

So we are now supposed to be all excited by a wild goose chase, for the systematic racist. Did you meet a systematic racist recently? By the way, if he was so racist why did Chauvin paired up with a non-white cop? Actually he even looks like what is outrageously called “black” in the USA (where color is everything, and attributed absurdly). Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, competed for the title of Mrs. Minnesota in 2018 with the hope of becoming the first Hmong winner. Does that sound like the choice of a white supremacist racist? (She is filing for divorce, change of name…)

Kellie Chauvin, wife of the officer charged with second degree murder, and vilipended around the world as a systematic racist… how many of you, vilipenders, denunciators of Chauvin’s alleged racism, are married to someone of another “race”?

On the face of it, the assassination looks more like a hit: let engage on a little flight of possible fancy. Chauvin wanted Floyd dead, because they worked as security in the same shady nightclub, and one of them, or both, had gone one deal too far… Hence the attempts by the officers to get the cameras turned off (they were only partly successful, yet threatened some spectators). In that case, it would be first degree murder, but that would require a careful inquiry, and the Police Department will not be anxious to go that route, as it would end up with four officers accused of first degree murder, or aiding and abetting such…

Torture was involved too… Hidden behind that car… too bad there were all those smart phones… Interesting those cell phones, they reveal lots of atrocities: as David Horn, a 77 retired black police captain, agonizing, live on Facebook, bleeding to death… He had been protecting a friend’s pawn shop… None of the spectators came to try to help him (say by compressing the wounds to slow the bleeding, which seems to be what killed him). There are better angels in our nature, but also abominable ones… And only the work of the latter is definitive. 

As it is, the four officers could get 40 years… Each.

The murderers of Mr. Floyd. How many races represented? Where is the “systemic racism”?

So much for the little, uncomprehending people. But the big guns have rolled out. 

Both W. Bush and Obama came out with statements accusing “institutional racism” or “systemic racism”.  They both were in the White House eight years… How come they couldn’t at least tell us what the institutions of racism where, and how that racist system worked? Show me the money as the saying goes… Oops, sorry, for revealing it all by accident. This is all about money. “Black” president Obama made 100 million dollars… So he wants to talk about “systemic racism”, instead of, say “systemic kleptocracy”.

Serious George and Barry: If one can’t even vaguely describe what an enemy is, how are we supposed to fight it? We will go into the bushes and thickets, looking desperately for all those racists, while you make millions a year, from selling the presidency? Tell me, oh wise owls. Two of the assassins of Mr. Floyd were non-whites. Are all the races conspiring to kill blacks in that “systemic racism” of yours?

Many mention the death of that lady in her bed. They forgot to mention that her boyfriend had a gun licence and fired at the three kevlar armored police officers, mistaking them for “intruders”… who returned fire. Yes they were intruding, but they had a no-knock warrant (because of drug suspicion). So here we see a mix of problems: no-knock warrants for drug trafficking, thus police-judicial violence, boyfriends sleeping with loaded guns, etc.  I doubt the color of the victims was analyzed in the dark… Just the flash of the boyfriend’s gun.

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So the basic problem is not be racism, especially not “institutional or systemic racism”. But sheer violence. Or then, if institutional, what about Biden instigated “New Jim Crow” act of the 1990s. I know how hard that is. I contributed to getting Obama to reduce the sentence of the father of three condemned by Biden sponsored laws, to a life sentence, for carrying… a pipe. It took months of work for a top law firm partner… So who has come across a racist recently? If not ‘racism” then what is it? Simple: well-paid police are enabled to use brutality. To do what? To foster violence in society, to inure the population to the violence of the plutocratic system, one where the resources of the socioeconomy are leveraged, using the banking system, to create more than 600 billionaires, many of them loud on the “Democratic” side.

Not everything was negative in what Obama said: he urged people to “remember that this country was founded on protest — it is called the American Revolution.” Actually it was an outright war, complete with superpower intervention: without the French ammunition factories, and the rest, the US Revolution would have failed. At Yorktown, the British army had to surrender. The British army was besieged at sea by the French fleet (!), and two French armies had converged on Yorktown. When the British commander surrendered his sword, he offered it to the French commanders (Rochambeau and Lafayette), who redirected him to general Washington.

So the French revolutionary spirit, in evidence since the foundation of the French state by Clovis in the Fifth Century, was communicated to the American Founding Fathers, most of whom stayed years in paris, imbuing themselves with French “lumieres” (lights; enlightenment).

Obama also suggested what I suggested prior, that every cityhall in the United States review use-of-force policies and aggressively pursue an eight-point slate of police reforms that include mandatory de-escalation of conflicts, a ban on shooting at moving vehicles, timely reporting of violent incidents, and a ban on some forms of restraint used by the police.

Obama, sitting in front of a sparse bookcase, spoke Obamese, a strange mix of reality denied and wishful thinking imposed: “Chokeholds and strangleholds, that’s not what we do” . Well that’s precisely what police departments do. And not just in the USA, there is a notorious case in France, since 2016, with officers still uncharged…

“In a lot of ways, what has happened in the last several weeks is that challenges and structural problems here in the United States have been thrown into high relief. They are the outcome of not just an immediate moment in time, but as the result of a long host of things — slavery, Jim Crow, redlining and institutional racism.”

Well, he forgot to mention the “New Jim Crow” laws, long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration instigated and passed by no less than Joe Biden, who is celebrating 50 years of his paid elected politician career in the USA…

Obama also systematically forgets to mention as a structural problem the sort of economic, religious, state and justice systems which made possible the extermination of many Native American nations…. Although that was a larger crime than slavery: a good slave was a live slave, but a good Indian was a dead Indian. From there flows much of the brutality of US society, especially as many powerful today profited from the genocidal trick of their ancestors, establishing great fortunes over the generations.

Racism is a consequence, now, of something affecting 99%, plutocracy… used as a coverup thereof. Any observant “white” will have witnessed police brutality, experienced plutocracy. So do something about the latter, instead of pointlessly accusing others of racism.
Patrice Ayme

 

 

Is Plutocratic Violence Hiding Behind Racism?

May 31, 2020

So three police officers sit on a man for nine minutes. He dies. This is interpreted as, first of all, a problem with racism. Ex-officer Chauvin is white, but the officer watching nervously the smothering, is Asian. 

This is a hint that racism may not be the main problem. Racism is just an assumption which is rolled out as a motivation all the time, by manichean self-described “liberals” (they are supposed to be pure, like the puritan of old). Such a traditional assumption, that everything has to do with evil, obvious racism is so traditional, precisely because of racism. 

Federal Security Guard killed by deliberate automatic gunfire at the Oakland federal Court House, May 30, 2020. His colleague was grievously wounded. Dave Patrick Underwood was a Bay Area native from Pinole. The US Department of Justice determined the assassination was “Domestic Terrorism”

Assuming other people are racist, is metaracism. This is compounded by holier than thou attitude, namely, I am so good, I can tell you you are bad, even if I don’t know you, because, you see, I know you, based on the color of your skin. This sounds as an attitude is straight out of a comedy, but it’s not, it kills. It’s the same attitude which enables a white woman in finance to threaten a law abiding citizen (when she is not), by telling the police he is threatening her life, when all he is doing is asking her to abide by the law.

The most effective adaptation of racism over time,DiAngelo claims, “is the idea that racism is conscious bias held by mean people.This “good/bad binary,” positing a world of evil racists and compassionate non-racists, is itself a racist construct, eliding systemic injustice and imbuing racism with such shattering moral meaning that white people, especially progressives, cannot bear to face their collusion in it. (Pause on that, white reader. You may have subconsciously developed your strong negative feelings about racism in order to escape having to help dismantle it.) 

What DiAngelo is saying is the penultimate step before what I am saying, which goes much further. Racism from the police is not as much the problem as outright violence by the police and justice system to buttress the established order.

Police, in the USA is very well treated as far as salary and total compensation is concerned. Here is San Francisco, for basic police officers: 

Salary $89,856 – $135,096/year

A Police Officer works 40 hours per week on different shifts and overtime may be required. San Francisco offers excellent benefits and the current starting salary is $89,856 per year. After seven years of service a Police Officer may earn up to $135,096 per year. You will receive comprehensive training, at your full starting salary.

After age 58, an officer can retire on 90% of last salary.

The police chief of San Francisco is a very black African-American, by the way. In the same city, Mayor Breed, who is also “African-American” earns a base salary of more than $338,000…

Thus the servants of the establishment are well paid… So well paid that, like the Bidens, Obamas and Clintons, they do little more than pay lip service to justice. Biden was actually the author of extremely de facto racist laws in the 1990s. But such is the control of the establishment through perverse media that older “blacks” are persuaded of the opposite… 

So there is racism, but as Di Angelo said, it’s camouflaged, hidden as its opposite. Very few US families, outside of multiracial areas, and even then, are genuinely multiracial…  

Both the killer and the victim worked as “bouncers” in the same nightclub. The owner said that Chauvin, the killer, had been violent in the past, and that she told him she will not tolerate it anymore. A violent occupation, fitting well in a violent society. Racism is enabled by violence… which takes many aspects, one of them consisting in having to pay for basic rights, be it habeas corpus, or health care, or the right to an education. 

Thus racism may only be a fig leaf hiding the plutocratic phenomenon. There is a precedent: Rome. Rome had many emperors who were not Italian. A dynasty was even from Africa. An emperor was an Arab (Philip the Arab). Rome was not racist, but declined and died from plutocratism gone rabid.

Evil Power (Pluto Kratia) is more subtle than goodness, this makes it invisible to the vast mass of the gullible, and how it rules. Obsessing about racism is a shiny object which enables to forget what is worse about the order of things, and thus core to said source of most evil.

Divide et imperare: divide and rule, the Romans used to say. Divide with racism, rule with plutocracy. What could go wrong? A thousands infernos, this is what could go wrong…

Patrice Ayme

Biden: If You Have To Decide Between Me And Trump, “You Ain’t Black”… But “I will Beat Joe Biden”!

May 22, 2020

By selecting Biden, the quintessential plant for the plutocracy, not too bright, but very greedy, the so-called “Democrats” have provided us with serious comedy. (BTW, I am a registered Dem, so I have a bias towards comedy.) Very greedy? His son Hunter flew with him as vice President to China, in Air Force Two… and walked out with a billion and a half deal. This is not corruption but business as the Romans used to say in the Late Empire. Ah, and how come the Democratic voters are so corrupt? Because they have been programmed by the plutocratic media. The New York Times in particular has been controlled by the same (originally Jewish) family since the Nineteenth Century.

Arthur Hays Sulzberger (September 12, 1891 – December 11, 1968) was the publisher of The New York Times from 1935 to 1961.  His parents were Cyrus Leopold Sulzberger, a cotton-goods merchant, and Rachel Peixotto Hays. They came from old Jewish families, Ashkenazi and Sephardic, respectively His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Seixas,brother of the famous rabbi and American Revolutionary Gershom Mendes Seixas of Congregation Shearith Israel, was one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange. His great-grandfather, Dr. Daniel Levy Maduro Peixotto, was a prominent physician, director of Columbia University’s Medical College and a member of the Philolexian Society. His great granduncle was Jacob Hays, the High Constable of New York from 1801 to 1850.

NYT Arthur Hays Sulzberger Hitler’s Friend and Collaborator. Some will say: Oh, just a publisher… but most influential, and of Nazi propaganda.

You would think that with so much Jewishness piled up, the NYT would be very keen to save the lives of Jews. Well, think again. Greed beats breed.

AHS became publisher when his father-in-law, Adolph Ochs, the previous Times publisher, died in 1935. In 1929, AHS founded Columbia’s original Jewish Advisory Board and served on the board of what became Columbia-Barnard Hillel for many years. He served as a University trustee from 1944 to 1959 and is honored with a floor at the journalism school. He also served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1939 to 1957

All of this to say that, when the Nazis, financed by the likes of Henry Ford, JP Morgan’s agents, etc. appeared, and started to kill Jews, Arthur Hays Sulzberger had his newspaper publish only lies on the most important subject: because lies are greedy, and so was the US plutocratic society engaged with Hitler… In many ways comparable to the present US plutocratic society engaged with Chinese dictator Xi. Actually plutocracy 2020 is mostly a direct descendant of plutocracy 1940.

Make no mistake: many were screaming the truth, including the French and Polish governments (what was left of them, anyway), and various Jewish organizations. bu the New York Times didn’t tolerate discordant voices. Just as now, when they censor a long time subscriber such as yours truly… as they did it during the Pelosi-Biden driven Iraq war invasion preparation. In other words, they did not learn the most important lesson: harmony comes from dissordance mastered, not from discordance, ignored.  

So Biden said he had 40 years of experience, enough to beat… Joe Biden. Right, very deep, for once, but… didn’t sound very good. Hence the New York Times immediately published an article certifying that Biden had said he was going to “be” Joe Biden. Biden did not say he would “beat” Joe Biden. Get it? It’s in the NYT, it has got to be true, this side of Hitler.

But then, well, reality intruded grossly and the NYT had to print: Mr. Biden also made clear that he felt there was no reason black Americans would consider voting for Mr. Trump.“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump then you ain’t black,” Mr. Biden said.”

I sent a little comment right away, which was not published, or then maybe published next week, when nobody reads it (so the weasels can feel they are tolerant of the smirky mouse). Imagine thousands of censor beavers, all over the US media, trying to make the Biden-Xi system look good, never mind Hong Kong being enslaved 27 years early…. Here is my censored comment:

It’s clear that Joe Biden is going to “beat” Joe Biden. In any case, when people realize that, among other things, in 2002, being the chair of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, Biden invented the Weapon of Mass Destruction argument to justify the invasion of Iraq… which was, after a few months, adopted by Bush, who had just as disingenuously claimed Hussein supported Al Qaeda. The Bush Al Qaeda argument to invade Iraq got no traction, but the Biden WMD argument worked… because Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who was then the Ranking Member of the Congress Intelligence Committee did not reveal that she was explained in great detail that the argument was a complete lie, and just a fake reason to go to war.

4,500 US troops died in Iraq, 32,000 were wounded, and up to 2.4 million Iraqis killed… Once this, just this little Iraq adventure is known, and meditated upon, being Joe Biden will smell very differently… 

Some will ask what the motivation could be for invading and destroying Iraq? Well, Iraq’s oil reserves, the second largest in the world, were then removed from the market (and have mostly stayed this way). That made fracking in the USA, which was financed by Wall Street, very profitable. (Only if oil was above $60/barrel.) Fracking was developed massively under the Obama-Biden administration. 

It’s not just the dignity and intelligence of blacks which is demeaned, but of the whole population.

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As far as the game with Xi is concerned, just watch Bill Gates going all around for Xi. Precedent? Watson, the head of IBM, going all out for Hitler. Watson managed Nazi IBM from New York, throughout the war, because IBM had a monopoly on computation and Hitler couldn’t have done anything without IBM. Meanwhile, the NYT had spent the crucial first nine years of Hitler’s Reich denying that the Jews were getting killed by the minions of US plutocracy.

Oh, and how did Billy boy, the college drop-out make his money? Well, he got the contract from IBM to use the operating system called DOS (Disk Operating System) basically stolen from universities (that is, whether private or not publicly financed institutions [1]). And who was on IBM’s board? His mom! of course, the world’s most generous person. Plutocracy is hereditary, or is not.

Hitler repeating itself? Not really: we have nukes now. They work faster than ovens.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/did-bill-gates-steal-the-heart-of-dos

Ooopsss… turns out the guy who wrote the preceding article was paid by Microsoft, and IEEE didn’t know about that until well after publishing it.

Microsoft stole the “86-DOS” operating system, owned by Seattle Computer Products, and written by Tim Paterson. Bill Gates conned Tim Paterson into signing over all the rights to 86-DOS for only $5,000, without telling him that it was for what would become the most famous operating system in the world. Plutocrats, those with Evil-Power, are tricky, that’s why the devil is called “le Malin” in French, the crafty one, who is… malignant…

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P/S: I didn’t say I would vote for Trump, BTW…

 

Alien Plutocrat Got US Billions, He Wants More. Because He Is Evil, And Want You To Admire Evil, While You Suffer. Instead, US Should Seize His Tax Free Island!

April 22, 2020

PLUTOCRACY AT WORK: STRANGLING WE THE PEOPLE TO ENRICH ITSELF SOME MORE, Sadistically!

LIVE AND LET GREED: Branson, Obama, Harvard, Xi: the eternal return of evil greed…

Those who enjoy money or power get quickly used to their presence and will use them to insure they keep the better life to themselves. And they will do anything to do that: as they steal you, and they will feel morally justified to steal beings so inferior, they can’t even defend themselves…

Thus when 350 billions dollars (~4% of normal GDP) became disponible to help small businesses bereft of revenue, Harvard University didn’t hesitate to grab nine million. This was clearly a violation of the intent of the law: helping otherwise bankrupt businesses. Harvard endowment is $40 billion (yes, $40,000 million). Harvard is very far from financially bankrupt, it’s just mentally corrupt.

Trump said “I want Harvard to pay that money back, OK? They have to pay it back, I don’t like it. This is meant for workers, this isn’t meant for one of the richest institutions, not only, far beyond schools in the world. They got to pay it back.” Harvard replied it had already spent the money, and used it well, to rescue its own needy folks! [1] .

Plutocrat, Evil-Rule Branson strangles a masochist submissive US president, who doesn’t mind being manhandled… as long as he makes beaucoup bucks…

Harvard is a top research institution, and some of the research it conducts is most glorious, precious… Harvard is also, thanks to its elite mental status, one of the most evil institutions in the world. Indeed, as many US top academic institutions, it has mostly contributed, in the sociological realm, to make us all believe that its sponsors, the US ruling class, was endowed with the correct ideology. This will be OK with many people, until they understand what happened with Hitler. Harvard’s ideology of greed made Hitler possible. 

It’s not just my opinion, knowing what I know, as the Chicago Tribune put it in 2004:

Harvard accused of coddling Nazis

Ron Grossman, Tribune staff reporter

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

In a David-and-Goliath rerun, an obscure historian from the academic provinces has challenged Harvard, charging the crown jewel of higher education with providing Nazism an intellectual fig leaf during the run-up to World War II.

Harvard University helped enhance the prestige of Hitler’s regime in the West in the 1930s,” said Stephen Norwood, a history professor at the University of Oklahoma. “This was at a critical period when the Nazis were intensifying the persecution of Jews.”

Norwood was the keynote speaker at a recent conference on the Holocaust in Boston, where he reported finding evidence in Harvard’s archives of footsie-playing with Nazi luminaries, including sending a representative to a Nazified German university and alumni goose-stepping at a reunion.

Of course Larry Summers, a foundation of Clinton and Obama style plutocratic socioeconomiy called the historian “Norwood’s specific allegations appear to be very much open to debate”. 

In 1934 the Harvard Crimson called in an editorial for an honorary degree for Ernst Hanfstaengl, a Harvard alumnus who had become a close confidant of Adolf Hitler. Hanfstaengl was an outspoken anti-Jew and the Nazi dictator’s foreign-press secretary. His wife was intimate with Hitler. Hanfstaengl’s wife had talked Hitler out of suicide when, in a moment of despondency, he put a gun to his head.

True to its century old habit to love fascism and the like, the Harvard Crimson accused Norwood in an editorial of “attempting to gain some name recognition by attacking the American university with the most name recognition.

 Norwood observed the obvious: anti-Judaism in the U.S. before World War II–a topic bubbling only in public consciousness from novelist Philip Roth’s best seller, “The Plot Against America.” (… a book I own… yet I don’t even remember how much of I read before being bored to tears…)

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Similarly, “Sir” Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airways, asked for $600 million… He didn’t strangle Obama enough [2]. On the ground that other airlines got money too (except many of these other airlines are “public” companies; Virgin is only half public, the other half is Branson). Over the years, airlines used their profits to mostly buy their own stock, when they are public companies (apparently 95% of airlines profits were used this way)… So airlines had no financial cushion.

Branson is the 268th richest person in the world with an estimated six billion  paper fortune, according to the Bloomberg billionaires index. Branson founded Virgin Atlantic in 1984 and retains a 51% stake, alongside the US airline Delta with 49%. Now Delta is already getting billions from US taxpayers.  

“Look at this enormous tax-free private island I have got!”, says Richard Branson. “All mine, huge!”: And he adds: You The People have to provide me with more! All of you! Europeans, Americans, British! Give me more! It’s matter of keeping you employed by me! And I shall invite your leaders on my island!

First Branson asked 650 million dollars from the UK government. Then “Sir” Richard Branson said he will mortgage his private Caribbean island to raise money to help his Virgin Group empire, as he pleaded with the UK government to step in and save his Virgin Atlantic airline from collapse. Hey what was the point of bribing the leaders of the West? Former President Barack Obama had the time of his life on his Pluto vacation. 

Branson, who is the UK’s seventh richest person with an estimated £4.7bn fortune, and has lived tax-free on his property, Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands for the last 14 years. After the Obamas were done with their reign, they retired for weeks to Necker Island, to enjoy being served by their “friend” Branson, no doubt rewarding them for their services (Branson enjoys lots of prerogatives in the USA, instead of being just arrested as normal people would be).

Now “Sir” Richard promised in a public blogpost on Monday that he would “raise as much money against the island as possible to save as many jobs as possible”. Why doesn’t “Sir” Richard the Greedy Hearted sell the island outright? Because Obama is his friend, and Biden couldn’t be far behind? Because the island is tax-free? Branson pretends to be a British citizen, as he pretended to be a European citizen… yet he pays no tax, yet he gets subsidies (all airlines get their fuel tax-free, so are subsidized).

Branson, 69, made the pledge as he tried to convince the government to give his airline a £500m loan to help it through the “devastating impact this pandemic continues to have”. “Devastated” we tell you, Branson is. 

Now all of Branson’s wealth was founded on subsidies. To start with, fossil fuel usage kills, at the very least 10 million people a year, and air transportation is a big part of it. If normal citizens do not pay tax, while making millions, let alone billions, they will go to jail for a very long time, and their property will be seized. That’s the case of Branson. He paid no tax. He corrupted the president. So let’s seize his wealth, and send him to prison, for bribing elected officials (just look at the vacation, complete with private jet travel, he offered to the Obamas).[3]

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In related news faithful reader Ian Miller asks: The obvious question is why did Milan not close down flights from Wuhan? It is not as if they did not know there was a virus on the loose there. I think your conclusion about the Hubei lockdown might be slightly wrong. Beijing did not know something we don’t, their problem was they simply did not know.

Well, apparently, the Chinese dictator Xi knew, because he made an alarming discourse to his oligarchic accomplices on January 7… A secret discourse, of course. Not for us virus ravaged plebeians. While secretly alarmed, the dictatorship pretended officially that there was no human to human transmission (individuals claiming the contrary were hounded, arrested, and made to recant, including famous, soon to die, 34 year old, Doctor Li; other prominent whistleblower doctors have completely disappeared.. perhaps undergoing electroshock therapy to cure their derangement?). WHO kept on with the fiction of no danger of pandemic into February. Milan believed one lie too far.

Much European industry can’t function without China. It’s a shame. Pretty much all what is sold in the industrial part of Italy, including famed “Italian” clothing, is Chinese. The active principles of most drugs, including hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics“made” in… “India”…) come from China (97% for generic antibiotics sold in the US). Trump invoked this week the Defense Procurement Act for… cotton swabs… (So far, made in China!)

Now the European “leaders” were anxious to believe the lies coming from the Chinese dictatorship which enrich those who pay the so-called leaders after their “service” (when they self-serve). Also equally anxious to believe the WHO, China’s agent.

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Ian:”I also think that in this case your argument that democracy is better might be questioned. China has done a better job of constraining the virus that I believe the US will do, looking at the progress so far.

This assertion depends upon believing in the Chinese dictatorship to start with. There is plenty of evidence that it lied by a factor of ten or even twenty in the number of deaths and people affected.

China lockdowned Chengdu, sixteen million, in Sichuan, west of Hubei, when there were three cases there. Obviously it means they knew something they didn’t tell the rest of the world. Right, the rest of the world should have looked at what the dictatorship was doing, not what it said to the world.

The P4 lab in Wuhan, the only one in China operating at that level of danger and confinement, was set up by the French. Democracy is smarter. The Chinese dictatorship is mostly a giant colony of carnivorous, bat eating, pangolin snacking, lazy parrots. The Chinese were banned from the ISS, the International Space Station, because it was believed they would just parrot all they saw inside, and then undermine. A thermonuclear dictatorship is an immense danger. Arguably, China is more of a dictatorship than Russia.

It is said, by people living there, that Wuhan is only 20-30% back. Not 70% as propaganda has it. We will beat this virus through advanced tech and science, as revealed by democracy. The tin pot dictator in China, a larger version of the one in North Korea, wants to pass for valuable, but he is just a thief, who stole billions, and knows just enough goons to impose his small-man will…

Branson, Harvard, Xi (and their little boy helpers, from Kenya or not…)… All these “moral persons” (that’s a juridic term), are deeply evil, they are poison to Democracy, thus intelligence, thus survival. Time to heap spite on them!

As Aristophanes said, enough of these small-man stories. Let’s get rid of them.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] After all, HARVARD UNIVERSITY WILL return $8.6 million it received from a coronavirus relief package that Congress passed last month after a public dispute with President Donald Trump and his administration.

The about-face came just hours after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called on lawmakers to ban “elite, wealthy institutions” from receiving funding from the federal coronavirus stimulus package.

Filthy rich Princeton, Stanford, and other leading plutocratic universities also returned Coronavirus employer paycheck funds right away, Trump announced on April 23… HOWEVER, I know filthy wealthy LAW FIRMS, who have grabbed what a chuckling multimillionaire partner told me was Coronavirus “free money.

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[2] The former Commander in Chief, Obama the Plutophile, Light of self-celebrating “Liberals”, learned how to kitesurf with tax-free, subsidies gulping plutocrat Richard Branson. The Obamas enjoyed their time off on Necker Island, the Virgin founder’s luxury island in the Caribbean, according to Branson’s blog… At last they could be what they always wanted to be… 

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[3] Subsidy, influence peddling, corruption specialist Branson Branson pledged to inject $250m (£197m) into Virgin Group, his Obama seducing empire which stretches from planes and trains to health clubs and spaceships for billionaires, and which employs about 70,000 people. The pledge – of which $100m is thought to be earmarked for the airline – is not even 5% of his fortune. And he paid no taxes for 14 years to anyone! But as a foundation of his fun, to him and his ilk, is to make fun of us, by seeing how stupid we can get for his amusement and that of his species, what is there not to like? When one pays nurses $20 an hour, and kickballers, $10,000 an hour, one may as well pay Branson a few billions: after all those Obamas and their ilk got to be pretty expensive to entertain and keep happy….

 

Short Circuiting Brains: How Plutocrats Control With Fake Issues. Example: Late Term Abortions

March 1, 2020

Short Circuiting Brains With Blind passions: One Way To Control Minds. make them All Enraged About Abortion, One Way and Its Opposite, They Won’t Be Interested by Anything Else. 

How come plutocrats and their servants dominate the Democratic Party? How did the Plutos achieve this? 

Whenever we look in the USA we see plutocratic families in command. Take Illinois: the governor is from a top plutocratic family, hyper influential under Obama (an heiress of one of the wealthiest families was given control of US commerce). He is a “Democrat” too, this goes without saying. Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker (born January 19, 1965) is an American businessman, “philanthropist” (he loves (philo) people (anthropos) as crocs do), and politician (self-) serving as the 43rd Governor of Illinois. He is a private business owner based in Chicago and a managing partner and co-founder of the Pritzker Group, and a member of the Pritzker family which owns the Hyatt hotel chain. He has an estimated personal net worth of $3.4 billion.

Pritzker was the Democratic nominee for governor of Illinois in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Another Pritzker was in the Obama administration. after making Obama all he could be:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/leader-corruption-corrupts-society/

Obama and Democrat elite support plutocratic Pritzkers, plutocratic Pritzkers support Obama and Democrat elite. It’s a virtuous circle of hell.

Here is the Los Angeles Times: How eight elite San Francisco families funded Gavin Newsom’s political ascent (By Seema Mehta, Ryan Menezes And Maloy Moore; Sept. 7, 2018).

Gavin Newsom wasn’t born rich, but he was born connected — and those alliances have paid handsome dividends throughout his career.

A coterie of San Francisco’s wealthiest families has backed him at every step of his political rise [which led to his election as governor of California].

San Francisco society’s “first families” — whose names grace museum galleries, charity ball invitations and hospital wards — settled on Newsom, 50, as their favored candidate two decades ago, said Willie Brown, former state Assembly speaker and former mayor of the city.

“He came from their world, and that’s why they embraced him without hesitancy and over and above everybody else,” said Brown, who is a mentor to Newsom. “They didn’t need to interview him. They knew what he stood for.”

A Times review of campaign finance records identified eight of San Francisco’s best-known families as being among Newsom’s most loyal and long-term contributors. Among those patrons are the Gettys, the Pritzkers and the Fishers, whose families made their respective fortunes in oil, hotels and fashion. They first backed him when he was a restaurateur and winery owner running for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1998, and have continued their support through the governor’s race.

They are not Newsom’s largest donors: The families in total have given about $2 million of the $61 million that donors have contributed to his campaigns and independent committees backing those bids. But they gave while he was a relative unknown, providing crucial support to a political newcomer in the years before his campaign accounts piled high with cash from labor unions, Hollywood honchos, tech billionaires and donors up and down the state.”

Newsom just lent land inches from and between freeways, for the homeless, where they will be able to set their tarps in superior squalor, terrorizing the cheap areas of California some more, far from the cities for multi millionaires, and billonaires. This, instead of providing with real (let alone decent) housing

So one of my faithful commenters, Gloucon X thinks I am “cherry picking” on one side because I mentioned the big cherries of exploding thermonuclear warheads activated automatically (that’s called LOW, Launch On Warning, and is the central idea of the famous movie “TERMINATOR”). The point being that Nancy Pelosi, NOT Trump, is the top legislator in the USA. As I reminded Trump recently (direct message), and he reiterated, Trump is the top enforcement officer in the USA, a function inherited from Roman Consuls through Saint Louis (say). Pelosi is more like the top Tribune of the People. And she, herself a plutocrat with an immense fortune, in the many hundreds of millions of dollars, if not more, is, deliberately, making a very bad job at it. 

How do all these immensely wealthy people come to control all politicians’ jobs?

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Sorry guys, it’s not just shameful, it’s an atrocity

CREATING A FAKE PROBLEM TO CREATE A FAKE ENMITY: CONSIDER ABORTION

Take abortion, indeed. In the USA, so-called “Late Term Abortion” are, in Federal theory, possible: a woman can come, and ask a doctor to kill an eight and half month completely viable baby. That’s unlawful in all other countries. In France, for example, abortions are allowed up to four months, no question asked. Beyond five months, an abortion is possible only if the life of mother is endangered or the foetus is not viable. Eight month abortion is of course monstrous, and should be illegal.

However, in the USA if you say this, a large part of the so-called left becomes hysterical, and accuse you of being a partisan of Satan, namely the Evangelicals. OK, they don’t phrase it this way, they would call you a fanatical right wing Christian who hates women. 

The plutocrats, through the media they control, then make it so that a total polarization is achieved: if you are against later term abortions, you are against women. Or a right wing Christian praying for Trump non stop. All professional Democrat politicians embrace therefore killing eight month old baby… a disgusting task best left to really disgusting people, namely, plutocrats and their servants.

The passions connected to this are extreme; it’s a matter of baby killers (true, sometimes) against women enslavers, we are told. (I know a “doctor” specializing in Later term Abortions, that’s all she does: she is deeply unhappy with her life, to say the least… She always goes around, haunted, as if she had just killed hundreds of innocents… because she did… Whereas me i am all bouncy and happy because the fatwa against me is all about me being bouncy and happy… I killed no one…)

While the debate rages on the moral superiority of killing eight month old babies goes on and on, deeper issues are faithfully ignored, as intended. A fake problem has been created, which enables us to determine the color of your skin: are you red, or are you blue?

Most of US politics which passionate people have to do with these fake problems… construed to satisfy that old US pastime: determining skin color.  

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If I say Pelosi, head legislator of the USA, is doing a poor job, people tell me I have got to be pro-evangelical, and on “Trump side”: That’s logic for short circuiting brains. In truth, I am deeply anti-Christian… or, let me rephrase that, I want to cut Christ and the Bible out of Christianism, and all the other stupidities, to keep only the love… only if it’s well defended.

Trump is a long term Democrat who took over the Republican Party, in the name of We The People. This infuriated old style Republicans who were fully on board with old style Democrats to use globalization for plutocratization. 

Trump famously used to be against Reagan about globalization. Trump even started a presidential run in the 1980s to emphasize the point. The 1980s were those strange times when “Democrats” used to implement Reagan’s extreme right wing agenda, including oligarchization. This turn towards social and economic elitism had long been in the works: the Harriman Brothers were crucial to both Stalin and Hitler. Their father had been the top railroad magnate of the world. After one of them became the Czar of Lend-Lease to the USSR, the two Harriman Brothers became the plotting core of the Democratic Party. One of them in the plush role of US ambassador to Paris, for decades. Such plutocrats and their descendants always were on the side of plutocratization. After Nixon mass-plutocratized the healthcare system by creating HMOs, it became easier. In California, governor Reagan had imposed tuition on public universities.

In the 1980s and 1990s, “Democrats” a la Tip O’Neill, Clinton, Biden, etc, implemented a program of “privatization” dictated to them by international finance… France, Britain, did the same. The result was massive de-industrialization, of why most health care supplies are now made in China (there is a general scrambling to invert this, as it turns out half of antibiotics are made in China; antibiotics and antivirals are used against COVID 19 and its complications)

I have always been a registered Dem, and I will vote Sanders Tuesday. I decided not to vote Gabbard because of the way the California ballot works (below 15% doesn’t count…), and in light of “superdelegates”. I voted Sanders in the past… 

I am thoroughly opposed to some of the ideas Sanders is promoting to get support from the left fringe of the Democratic party. For example on immigration: I am for open borders in Europe, or throughout the West, from New Zealand to Slovenia, but I am not for massive immigration from countries of low socio-economic level… Although I am for accepting great numbers of political refugees (as long as they are fully compatible with 1789 secular law; no importation of Sharia, please). 

Removing private healthcare insurance is silly: European countries such as France or Switzerland have still kept private health insurance. The national system in France covers only basic health care, including of the most expensive sort (say grafting arms, which was pioneered there, successfully, long ago)…

After saying all these objections, I overrule them because Sanders will probably pivot, and cutting down on plutocracy, freer education, and universal health care are more important. Among others. Seriating and distinguishing is what intelligence does. Intelligence does not consist into following a party.

Patrice Ayme 

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P/S: When I see Obama staying at $8,000 a night hotels in French Polynesia (“Le Brando”), I am rather sad… That’s post presidency…
 
(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch announced in 2017 it obtained travel records from the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, bringing the known total of travel expenses for former President Barack Obama and his family to $105,662,975.27. The latest records show President Trump’s travel expenses total slightly over $4 million.

Hard Core Democrat Reich Recognizes Inequality Came From Bill Clinton, Obama

February 4, 2020

Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is a hard core “Democrat”. He is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. His next book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, will be out in March. Obama deliberately turned away from Reich and his ideas about not too much inequality and being guided by greed. Instead, like Clinton before him, Obama gave power to Goldman Sachs potentates (Summers, etc.). The same who helped set-up Google and Facebook.

I generally agree with what he wrote, except where I made (hopefully) nasty comments 

Robert Reich hopefully disingenuously asks:

“Clinton and Obama chose not to wrest power back from the oligarchy. Why?

In the first two years of the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Yet both Clinton and Obama advocated free trade agreements without providing millions of blue-collar workers who consequently lost their jobs any means of getting new ones that paid at least as well. Clinton pushed for Nafta and for China joining the World Trade Organization, and Obama sought to restore the “confidence” of Wall Street instead of completely overhauling the banking system.”

Obama augmented inequality drastically by engineering a fat cats rescue, with taxpayer money. Even Trump was not that bad, that way (as more recent graphs show)…

PATRICE AYME: It’s better than that: Clinton demolished president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Banking Act of 1933. Obama refused to re-established it. Thus Clinton and Obama were not revolutionaries, they were counter-revolutionaries. For Clinton and Obama, it is not just that plutocrat FDR was not plutocratic enough. For Clinton and Obama, FDR was a dangerous revolutionary, a Bernie Sanders erroneously elected.   

ROBERT REICH: “Both [Clinton and Obama] stood by as corporations hammered trade unions, the backbone of the white working class. They failed to reform labor laws to allow workers to form unions with a simple up-or-down majority vote, or even to impose meaningful penalties on companies that violated labor protections. Clinton deregulated Wall Street before the crash; Obama allowed the Street to water down attempts to re-regulate it after the crash. Obama protected Wall Street from the consequences of its gambling addiction through a giant taxpayer-funded bailout, but allowed millions of underwater homeowners to drown.”

PATRICE AYME: Obama named ambassadors people who had given enough money to his campaign. All “Democrats” saw this. 

ROBERT REICH: “Both Clinton and Obama turned their backs on campaign finance reform. In 2008, Obama was the first presidential nominee since Richard Nixon to reject public financing in his primary and general election campaigns, and he never followed up on his re-election promise to pursue a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United vs FEC, the 2010 supreme court opinion opening wider the floodgates to big money in politics.

Although Clinton and Obama faced increasingly hostile Republican congresses, they could have rallied the working class and built a coalition to grab back power from the emerging oligarchy. Yet they chose not to. Why?

PATRICE AYME: Good question. My answer is well known, and it’s the roughest, the one all are afraid to profer, in a case of collective hypnosis: personal corruption. If one compares different countries in the “West” one sees that in some countries (USA, Britain, Germany) some leaders became immensely wealthy after their “service”. Famously, Truman refused to make money from his ex-position of US president. And he explained that making money from it would demean the office of the presidency.  

Instead of expounding the obvious, namely squarely asserting that the plutocrats in control found willing empty suits to do as they were told, Reich opts for euphemisms:

ROBERT REICH: “There is no longer a left or right. There is no longer a moderate ‘center’

My answer is not just hypothetical, because I directly witnessed much of it: it was because Clinton, Obama and many congressional Democrats sought the votes of the “suburban swing voter” – so-called “soccer moms” in the 1990s and affluent politically independent professionals in the 2000s – who supposedly determine electoral outcomes, and turned their backs on the working class. They also drank from the same campaign funding trough as the Republicans – big corporations, Wall Street and the very wealthy.

A direct line connects the four-decade stagnation of wages with the bailout of Wall Street, the rise of the Tea Party (and, briefly, Occupy), and the successes of Sanders and Trump in 2016. As Eduardo Porter of the New York Times notes, since 2000 Republican presidential candidates have steadily gained strength in America’s poorer counties while Democrats have lost ground. In 2016, Trump won 58% of the vote in the counties with the poorest 10% of the population. His share was 31% in the richest.

By 2016, Americans understood full well that wealth and power had moved to the top. Big money had rigged our politics. This was the premise of Sanders’s 2016 campaign. It was also central to Trump’s appeal – “I’m so rich I can’t be bought off” – although once elected he delivered everything big money wanted.”

PATRICE AYME: Well, agreed with the rest, BUT the last point is disinformation. “Big money” wanted to keep having its tax avoiding, law avoiding, unemployment fostering and disempowerment promoting globalization. Globalization is how Roman plutocracy created the sort of “Republic” they liked, one they owned. (Nevermind it caused unending civil war, degeneracy and decrepitude.)  The Davos crowd wanted Davos to go on and on, until they own the world for sure. Then came Trump…

ROBERT REICH: The most powerful force in American politics today continues to be anti-establishment fury at a rigged system. There is no longer a left or right. There’s no longer a moderate “center”. There’s either Trump’s authoritarian populism or democratic – small “d” – populism.”

Democrats cannot defeat authoritarian populism without an agenda of radical democratic reform, an anti-establishment movement. Trump has harnessed the frustrations of at least 40% of America. Although he’s been a Trojan horse for big corporations and the rich, giving them all they’ve wanted in tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks, the working class continues to believe he’s on their side.

Democrats must stand squarely on the side of democracy against oligarchy. They must form a unified coalition of people of all races, genders, sexualities and classes, and band together to unrig the system.

Trump is not the cause of our divided nation. He is the symptom of a rigged system that was already dividing us. It’s not enough to defeat him. We must reform the system that got us here in the first place…”

Reich points out Democrats controlled Congress for 16 out of 24 years, prior to this. He lauds the “Affordable care Act” (Obamacare), which has been a disaster for nearly all, including the poorest (I was direct witness of this, because I know some of the poorest). Those who made like bandits were the healthcare industry, and their financiers. 

A friend of mine posted a lament about the failed impeachment of Trump, calling it a “day of infamy”, “never to be forgotten”. I pointed out that Biden and Pelosi were war criminals, that was really what “infamy” was. I put links to my supporting essays. He has a vast following, being owner of a Venture Capital firm in the Silicon Valley. He took out his Original Post, with plenty of Trump hating comments. Progress. However, this major “Dem” donor didn’t address the bottom line: Biden and Pelosi should be tried. The dereliction of the “Democratic” Party is not just Obama, Clinton, and their helpers and minders. Nor is it just Pelosi and Biden. Obviously Pelosi’s December 5, 2019, confession that she was a war criminal was a cry for help: she is a big time Catholic, she wants to make contrition before meeting God and Lucifer.

What needs to be examined most is the failure of analytical capability in so many US citizens claiming to be “good” while they fostered (be it only by supporting Pelosi and Biden) the war in Iraq, or inequality (by supporting Clinton and Obama). Right, I was a force helping Obama at a crucial juncture. But I recognize I was had. Although I knew, even then, that Obama was a quick buck artist. But I had not cynically anticipated how far he would go doing the opposite of what was convened.

So we need authenticity. In his anti-establishment rage, certified since he fought Reagan, Trump brought some deep down authenticity. So, of course, does Sanders, long what Trump calls a “Communist”…

Curiously, and let me jokingly feed a baby conspiracy theory here, the fact that the Iowa caucus results were delayed… doesn’t look like an accident, on the face of it. A firm tied to Hillary Clinton, herself tied to Biden (as Kerry and Bloomberg, both billionaires, are, at least in spirit) set up an app which conveniently crashed. Hence the fact Biden was severely rejected in Iowa is masked by this delay: Biden doesn’t seem to have finished among the top third, and is slugging it out with Senator Klobuchar…

What is clear is that Sanders’ greatest adversary is not Trump. Oh no. Trump is actually running a strident anti-drug companies advertising, explaining to “Americans” that they pay much higher prices than any others around the world for the same exact drugs. The exact sentence used by Trump was used by a progressive such as yours truly, for years. So yes, Trump is a so-called “populist”, so is Sanders, and the establishment hates them, because they will reduce how much money flows to the greedy elite….

So, yes, it looks like an accident favoring the established Elite. But conveniently the fact Biden lost is drowned by a talk about an app… How many accidents do we need, before we suspect a conspiracy?

Patrice Ayme

A Cover-Up: ThanksGiving (To Holocaust!)

November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving”, in late November, is a US family celebration where thanks are supposedly given to the Native Americans for having made possible the colonization of America [1]. At Thanksgiving, the gullible, grateful Natives would have fed the starving colonizers who thanked them by serving dinner. All was good in the best of all possible worlds. Although the French had been around North America much earlier than the English, by a full century, the Gallic thinkers had forgotten to kill everybody in the name of civilization. English colonists soon remedied this oversight.

According to the apparently frank, yet subtly manipulative in the most devious, and plutocratic serving way History.com:

From the time Europeans arrived on American shores, the frontier — the edge territory between white man’s civilization and the untamed natural world — became a shared space of vast, clashing differences that led the U.S. government to authorize over 1,500 wars, attacks and raids on Indians, the most of any country in the world against its indigenous people.

Full of Indian nations all over! The French said that was a problem… they had to trade, couldn’t colonize. The plutocratic English investors of America, though, had a FINAL solution, the same one they used in Ireland…

As the excellent Charles Blow puts it in the New York Times in”The Horrible History of Thanksgiving”: 

“And this says nothing of all the treaties brokered and then broken or all the grabbing of land removing populations, including the most famous removal of natives: the Trail of Tears. Beginning in 1831, tens of thousands of Native Americans were forced to relocate from their ancestral lands in the Southeast to lands west of the Mississippi River. Many died along the way.

I spent most of my life believing a gauzy, kindergarten version of Thanksgiving, thinking only of feasts and family, turkey and dressing.

I was blind, willfully ignorant, I suppose, to the bloodier side of the Thanksgiving story, to the more honest side of it.

But I’ve come to believe that is how America would have it if it had its druthers: We would be blissfully blind, living in a soft world bleached of hard truth. I can no longer abide that.”

Thanks Lucifer (Enlightenment Bringer), here l am… Harsh truths foremost…

Having most profitably cleared North America of its original inhabitants, English America, the USA inherited a mentality of profit at the potential cost of extermination. This goes on to this day: Obama opened the US Federal lands to fracking, and, thus, his name is holy. I never met (yet!) a US citizen revolted by Obama’s fracking. No wonder: most Americans are gas guzzlers, and crisscross their continent sized country at the slightest pretext, including at Thanksgiving, fittingly enough…

Nevermind a large part of the continent will be destroyed from it. It’s as was done to the Indians, done to the land. By comparison, the French Republic outlawed fracking… Although France would have 100 year of gas to frack…

War, war of the hardest type, annihilation war, presided to the creation of the English colony. According to the governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, Puritan inhabitants did not settle in Connecticut because of the “3 or 4,000: warlicke Indians”.  The war-like Indians refer to the Pequots. Destroying the Pequots thus became a primordial objective. Soon the Pequot war settled this. By 1637, the Pequots were annihilated. One memorable feat of the war included the entire surprise burning of a Pequot fortified city, at night in winter, killing 1,000 or so; those who tried to flee were shot. (I have read ridiculous contemporary racist cartoons for children misrepresenting what really happened to make the English Puritans look righteous.)

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French Half-Breeds led the resistance to US plutocracy in Colorado. Edmond Guerrier above, reported the Holocaust to US Congress and the US military (those institutions gave a slap on the wrist on the perpetrators; yet they classified some actions in the Colorado War as “genocide“). Others French half-breeds fought, and were executed. Such Frenchmen had lived for generations in North America, blending with the Natives… The famous “Coureurs des Bois“…

Getting to know what happened when the English imperial system colonized America is an essential moral and cognitive step… for the entire world. Because the USA became the dominant country (in large part because of the Holocaust of the original inhabitants). How this all consuming greed mentality, ready to destroy all, was generated by the initial venture capitalists who viewed North America as a profit generator is a world problem.

(Same attitude, having originated in England, holds to some extent, for Canada, where the French, not just the American aborigines, were eradicated from many areas… Also Australia, South Africa.) Indeed it is how the mental foundation of the USA was generated. In particular, the holy “Founding Fathers” logico-emotional framework.

Once as a child, I went to restrooms in Gambia (an ex-English colony). I was struck that there were toilets more male/female (for the “colored”), and some for ladies/gentlemen (for the whites). Coming from French Black Africa, that was shocking.

The usual story of Thanksgiving is that the Puritans thanked the Indians. Whatever happened later was ordained by God and Indians. Not the fault of those who gave thanks, and keep on giving thanks… That version of Thanksgiving “history” absolves the Puritans of the criminal mentality which mostly defined them. Thus what is acknowledged and remembered in the US about Thanksgiving is mostly myth. 

Here is an example, let’s come back to the quote I gave above, where reality and lie are mixed in an easily absorbed poison:

From the time Europeans arrived on American shores, the frontier — the edge territory between white man’s civilization and the untamed natural world — became a shared space of vast, clashing differences that led the U.S. government to authorize over 1,500 wars, attacks and raids on Indians, the most of any country in the world against its indigenous people.

The latter statement is true. The 1,500 wars, more than any other invader against the natives, all the Natives, of an entire continent. And they were wiped out. Actually  the USA was founded on a holocaust, full ethnic annihilation. The idiotic Nazis tried, deliberately, to follow the US model of massacring the Natives… Not realizing how much guile had been put in the Anglo-Saxon American racial annihilation. 

So the part “U.S. government to authorize over 1,500 wars, attacks and raids on Indians, the most of any country in the world against its indigenous people.” is true… 

However, the part:”From the time Europeans arrived on American shores, the frontier — the edge territory between white man’s civilization and the untamed natural world —” became a shared space of vast, clashing differences.” …contains several grievous lies. There was no “untamed natural world”: native Americans were growing corn, a man-made plant, and getting most of their calories from it, in many parts.

Massive extermination wars created English New England. Hey, the savages resisted civilization. Slavery was of great help, not just scalps. Still, in modern US lore, one is much more ready to talk about the Salem with trials, than about the Holocaust of the North American Natives. Had the French been in charge, none of this would have happened…

There was nothing “natural” about the giant empires of the Andes, the Amazon, and Mesoamerica. The hint that only “white men” were civilized is not correct: the Mesoamerican civilizations were quite advanced in many ways. It is known that Spanish priests, a century before the Anglo-Saxons landed and massacred in North America, had a hard and interesting time trying to persuade Aztec thinkers of the error of their ways.

It’s true that the Conquistadors misbehaved against many of the empires and states they met… even seeing the rogue 1529-30 campaign of Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán attacking a state, west of the Aztecs which had nothing abusive about it and had carefully avoided any confrontation with  the Europeans…. However that was highly controversial in Spain at the time (16th Century), and the main perpetrator, Guzmán, was arrested in 1536 and spent the rest of his long life trying to justify his attack… And that attack was no holocaust: although lake Chapala (80 kilometers long) is the largest lake in Mexico, is lays in very productive region with a very nice climate (at 1500 meters). Although colonized by the Spanish, the local Nahuatl population remained primarily Amerindian through the next several centuries. 

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1508: When the French Government of Louis XII Became Fully Aware of the Riches of North America: 

The French, arrived much earlier than the Anglo-Saxons in North America: in 1534 for Cartier in Canada, and even earlier, in 1508-1527, with various French explorers starting Thomas Aubert’s ship called La Pensée, for Verrazano… who went back for more on a French ship commandeered by the French government of Francois I. The French explorers discovered Nouvelle Angouleme, aka New Amsterdam, aka New York… 

As Aubert official report put it: American regions “pouvaient fournir de riches pelleteries, que les mers voisines abondaient en morue et que la pêche de ce poisson serait un élément inépuisable de richesse par les bénéfices qu’elle procurerait.” (American territories could provide wealthy fur industries, surrounding seas were crowded with cod, providing inexhaustible wealth.) 

Although tempted by the wealth of America, the early French explorers of New England, Canada and the Eastern Seaboard HOWEVER reported to French society and government that the Natives told them that trading with them was great, but that they were NOT WELCOME to settle and colonize. 

Now, at the time, France was the super power, with the highest civilizational level, the biggest, best army, and several times the population of England, long the other super power. France had an ongoing military conflict with England, which believed, due to dynastic considerations, that it owned France, and France was also engaged in war with expansionist, fascist, crusading, vengeful Spain, which had been busy expelling the French from Southern Italy and Mediterranean islands, which the French had reconquered from the Muslim invaders… three centuries earlier. Ironically enough, both England and Spain owed their existence to France. In any case, had France unleashed her power in conquering North America, she would have made short work of it. Why didn’t she? 

Yes, why didn’t France conquer all of North America? It was not out of military weakness: France was the world top military power. The war between France and Spain would end up, after two centuries, with the crushing victory of France (and part of it was the “80 year war” which created the Netherlands). It was very simple: France didn’t conquer North America the hard way, the Natives were willing to tolerate trading counters, but not much more than that. The French could have landed with canons (after all it’s with that French invention, the field gun, that the French had ended the “100 year war”, two centuries earlier)… Cortez’s way. 

In consequence of this situation, the reluctance of the Natives to be colonized that the civilized French established a trading, civilizing model which eschewed massacres.  When Champlain showed up exactly at the same spot as the Pilgrims of the Mayflower, in 1600, and went on to explore the entire region, he reported that there were too many Natives already installed to enable settlement of the French.

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So, contrarily to what US mythology traditionally claims, it’s not true that as soon as Europeans started to arrive, so did the massacres, and Holocausts. This is a pathetic lie to justify the Anglo-Saxon massacring colonization model (still in power today)

The English colony was founded in a military-capitalist venture founded by the “West Country men”. Those plutocrats had made a fortune by over-exploiting Ireland. The governor there had alleys lined with Irish skulls, to instill the proper attitude in various guests.

Slavery had been made unlawful in 655 CE by Queen Bathilde of the Franks (truly an empress). In 1066 CE, the Franks outlawed slavery in England. Yet, the Anglo-Saxons colonists reintroduced slavery in 1619 CE. Shortly after, after the holocaust of the Pequot war, New England cities paid for Indian scalps.   

The Anglo-Saxon colonies soon made a fortune by growing tobacco, thanks to armies of slaves (sometimes more than 90% of some states were just slaves). 

The violence and brutality of the Anglo-Saxon colonizing model enabled it to beat the French and the Spanish (who were much friendlier to the Natives, and bred with them). All of this was justified by the Bible…which is a text which justifies, makes holy, colonizing the promised land after killing all the Natives: that’s how “God” orders it to be… If one obeys Him well….

Such is the paradox. The very evil of the “West Country Men” invading and holocausting colonization insured iits success. The French became victims of the all too advanced “mission civilisatrice” they abided by. Just an example: resistance to the US human right abuse in Colorado was led by five French half-breeds. They were all hanged (I searched the Internet in vain for that story I was familiar with, when I lived in Colorado, decades ago; another example of how the Internet buries reality to make it serve the established order).

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Morality 1: Thanksgiving as usually represented is a manipulation of the grossest order… but it works. Talk to US children (as I do) and they will tell you the Indians happily fed the “Pilgrims”. Those “Pilgrims” have got to have been really nice. Not that said “Pilgrims”, morally justified by a strict reading of the Bible, stole a continent from its occupants… by killing them all [2]. Worse: US children have internalized the greed, profit, at the cost of the basest morality, fully. Watch the children (including my own daughter, nota bene) go around threatening “tricks” if they are not given “treats” at Halloween… And if you are skeptical, well, you are anti-American, anti-children inhuman, you will be “cancelled”. And then children are fully formed by the likes of “Frozen” were a self obsessed queen engineers (unwittingly, of course, it’s always… “unwittingly”) a climate catastrophe… [3].

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Morality 2: There is a flaw such as being too much civilized, when one wants to advance… civilization, at some point, it has to get dirty. Amusingly, the Anglo-Saxons, when they got down to it, pulverized Hitler loving German cities: they applied to Germans the way that had been so fruitful for conquering North America. The Nazis were not eliminated with negotiations, but extermination. Nothing else could have worked.[4]

The colonization model of the French in North America, or elsewhere around the world failed, because it was too gentle.

Just an example: French women who wanted to go to Canada in the Seventeenth Century were only allowed to do so, if they were Catholics in very good moral standing (prostitutes not welcome). By comparison, English justice sent the homeless to America, as “endured servants” (slaves). England had plenty of homeless, as the plutocrats owned most of the country… whereas French peasants owned their land (however modest), so France suffered less homelessness than England. Something similar happened in Tasmania, Algeria. In New Caledonia, more than 50% of the population is aboriginal: compare to Australia, or Tasmania next door. Had the Tasmanian natives received the French more kindly (instead of ambushing nude French sailors)… Their descendants would still be around today. [5]

Want civilization? Prepare to win the war. Whatever the war, it’s coming. Moral righteousness won’t prevent it. This is what the history of Thanksgiving shows. Doing it the English way was too criminal, doing it the French way, not criminal enough. Only survival is perfect.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which specifically required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest, which the Pilgrims celebrated with Native Americans, who helped them get through the previous winter by giving them food in that time of scarcity.

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[2] Yes, the aborigines didn’t died just from genocide. There was also disease; however, not just distribution of smallpox blankets… Virulent Eurasiatic contagious disease struck the hardest was at point of first landing, most civilized Mesoamerica: by 1600 CE, 95% of the aborigine Aztecs were dead, mostly from disease. Yet, if one goes to Mexico now, individuals with mixed European-Aboriginal genetics are thick on the ground. Bolivia is more than 90% descendants of the population pre-Conquista… In the USA, aborigines’ genetics was mostly extinguished… and Pocahontas-Elizabeth Warren gave an unwitting proof of this…) 

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[3] I was condemned to watch Frozen II, the first movie during which the whole theater laughed several times when I saw nothing funny whatsoever, and, another first, I fell asleep (the movies was busy rectifying the lack of PC of the first “Frozen”, in a thoroughly pathetic way, getting the opposite effect). Fortunately, the power then blew up in the entire theater complex, 4,000 people got evacuated and Lucifer was saved from having to suffer any longer that insufferable obscurity…  

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[4] The French were the first to bomb Berlin in WWII, showing some Gallic ferocity… But the Brits (under PM Chamberlain) had prepared gigantic fleets of long range bombers (which the Nazis didn’t have neither technically. nor industrially; when Hitler travelled to Finland on a long range “Condor”, the plane caught fire on landing… At a time when the Brits had long been launching entire armadas of night bombers, including over Berlin…)

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[5] What of New Zealand? Aren’t there Natives there? Well the British governor there, Fitzroy (of the eponymous mountain), bent over backwards to save the Natives, enabling them to deal directly with the English settlers, and allowing for Maori law, judgment from Maori chefs… The British Plutos back in London were furious, and recalled Fitzroy after a decade (Fitzroy, depressed, later slit his own throat)


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