The coming Russian/Chinese Tsunami, and the next unipolar world

We are often told that Vladimir Putin wants to reconstitute the borders of the old Soviet Union, and that China’s leader Xi Jinping wants to dominate the East China sea. But what if both leaders want to make war on the U.S. mainland itself? Would there we be a way to know?

And if Putin and Jinping did want to make war, aren’t their wishes irrelevant given that we have nuclear weapons?

Putin - not so bad?

Putin – not so bad?

“Physicians for Civil Defense” writes: “For prevention it [The U.S.] has depended on the concept of nuclear deterrence. This depends on the enemy being rational, concerned about its own survival and identifiable….”

Now assuming that Putin and Xi Jinping fit these criteria, would they not dismiss the idea, if it crossed their mind, of attacking the U.S.?

After all, a first strike on American nuclear weapons would have to be very effective, and a missile defense would have to hit almost all the incoming US warheads.  Plus the U.S. has submarines. So why worry?

First of all, we have to notice that despite our nuclear weapons, we have been at war, or people who ally with us have been at war. Think Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. We did not use nuclear weapons in these conflicts for several reasons. And as for China, as one Chinese official pointed out, would we want to lose Los Angeles in order to protect Taiwan?

We could not effectively take out Russian and Chinese nuclear weapons by a surprise attack. But the converse might be true because the U.S. nuclear arsenal is now no bigger than it was under President Harry Truman (the first president to use the just-invented atomic bomb). That is because Obama has reduced it from 3000 to 1500, giving the Russians numerical superiority. Obama wants to reduce our nuclear arsenal still further, to 1000 warheads. He has even asked the Defense Department to explore reducing it to 300 warheads.
(He has also reduced U.S. army strength to 1940-level numbers, and slashed the Navy to the size it was in 1917).

Colonel General Leonid Ivashov is quoted in Pravda as saying that the U.S. has “not upgraded one single ballistic missile, and they do not build new ones either.” He then bragged of Russia’s nuclear advantage.

And what is Russia doing on its end of the nuclear see-saw? They have recently come out with new giant ballistic missile submarines, new long-range nuclear cruise missiles and are working on a quieter submarine that will also have nuclear-capable missiles.

Suppose we tried to find all those Russian missiles and target them. (China, which has a defensive treaty with Russia, has tripled its warheads during Obama’s tenure, but let us stay simple).

1. Russia has a 400-square mile underground complex in the Ural mountains, as well as dozens of smaller complexes in other places.
2. China claims to have 3,000 miles of military underground tunnels, and our government confirms this. Tunnels can be packed with missiles, assuming that is the purpose, and U.S. ships could not defend against an overwhelming salvo that could be launched.
3. Russia is reviving trains that move intercontinental ballistic missiles around, which makes it harder for Americans to target them.

Russia protects its cities too: in 2012, Russian TV reported that 5,000 new bomb shelters were completed in Moscow. Infrastructure and weapons are protected in underground cities, such as the one located under Russia’s Yamantau Mountain which are thought to include nuclear missile and warhead factories. Yamantau is one of several super-hardened underground sites which may, indeed, give Russia a virtually unassailable military-industrial base in the event of global war.

But surely much of Russia’s population would be above ground? Well for those who did not make it to a shelter, there is the S-400 defense system, which can shoot down ballistic missiles hundreds of miles away.

During the cold war, anti-war types told us that in the event of a nuclear war “The living would envy the dead”, but Marshal Sokolovskii’s classic work, Soviet Military Strategy, says that “Society itself must be ready to “stand up” under a “massive nuclear assault by the enemy, with minimum losses,”

A skeptic might say, that was Soviet policy. The Soviet Union is over. It could not be the policy of the new Russia, could it?

And there is the followup question. Even if the Russians could defeat us, would they want to?

Jeff Nyquist, who has a website about such questions, says this:

I asked what was motivating the Russian leaders.
My Ukrainian associate replied, “When I would argue with Dugin’s followers on the Internet in 1998, they would barrage me with emails that said, ‘Nuclear death to America.’ In those days they were a tiny unimportant sect. Now they are the most influential ideologists in Russia.”

Aleksandr Dugin

Aleksandr Dugin

After reading this, I (the blogger) looked up Aleksandr Dugin.  This man has said he hopes for: a “genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent, fascist fascism” in Russia. This sounds totally incomprehensible to most of us – isn’t Fascism a discredited ideology? Even conservatives who speak at American universities are called by their opponents “fascists”. Who could possibly still believe in Fascism?

Russia has embarked on a large anti-American propaganda campaign: Globally, “Russia Today” claims an audience of some 600 million. The Kremlin’s latest propaganda effort—dubbed “Sputnik”—has opened at least 29 new media offices across Central and Western Europe, and is even setting up shop in Latin America. In Russia, meanwhile, anti-American and anti-NATO propaganda follows a pre-war pattern of “preparing the public’s mind” for war. The Americans are blamed for the fighting in Donbas (Ukraine). America is blamed for attempting to destroy Russia.

But why?

Nyquist says this:

The lust for power was, after all, the romance of the mass murderers of history. It was the romance of the Persian kings and of Alexander the Great. It was the romance of Julius Caesar and most of those who succeeded him. Oh yes, history is a dismaying subject, filled with evil deeds done for the sake of power.

The Epoch Times, which is run in New York by Falun Gong – a movement that was getting very popular in China and was then crushed– got hold of the following speech that was given in 2005:
In that speech, the Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian said this

In Chinese history,” noted Chi, “in the replacement of dynasties, the ruthless have always won and the benevolent have always failed.” He further stated, “It is indeed brutal to kill one or two hundred million Americans. But that is the only path that will secure a Chinese century, a century in which the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] leads the world. We, as revolutionary humanitarians, do not want deaths. But if history confronts us with a choice between deaths of Chinese and those of Americans, we’d have to pick the latter, as, for us, it is more important to safeguard the lives of the Chinese people and the life of our Party.

So that seems to be a “it is them or us” argument.

Of course bellicose talk is cheap, but we know that Russian bombers regularly conduct missile strike drills close to U.S. defense installations in California, Alaska, and Guam.
And ABC News broke the story that hackers connected to the Russian government are suspected of inserting malware in computers that control American power plants and water treatment systems.
Says Nyquist:

This malware is capable of crippling U.S. utilities. Such a monstrous act of sabotage would not only be an act of war, it would be a monstrous crime; for the victims would be average people, targeted merely for their nationality. Why would the Russian government do such a thing?

I (the blogger) think the Russians would not be suicidal or crazy to attack us, if they so desired.  NATO Gen. Frederick Hodges recently said in a Wall Street Journal Interview: “I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years.”  If he is correct, who is the war supposed to be with?

Why don’t we have a missile defense remotely comparable to the Russian S400?
Consider: A microphone that was supposed to be off but luckily was not picked up this conversation between Obama and President Medvedev.
Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him (Vladimir Putin) to give me space…This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

This is the kind of president we have. Putin even called him comrade.

The Wall Street Journal recently showed an image of a billboard that has been erected in Crimea, which Russia invaded a short time ago. The billboard had a portrait of Stalin. Stalin was responsible for tens of millions of deaths. So why do the Russians, who are hopefully both post-Communist and also anti-Nazi, put up a billboard honoring a man who allied with the Nazis and then invaded Poland, and who was responsible for so much suffering? Just to intimidate some Crimeans?

Personally, I look around me at the generation of young people, and many live in a bubble. For instance, Christina Hoff Summers, a conservative who argues with leftist feminists. says this: “I have never stopped going to campuses, and I’ve been going to law schools. But I have rarely faced protests. I used to face vigorous debate, and the young women would come ready to argue–and that was fine, that’s what I was there for. But this [the hostility] is different, and it only started happening this year.” In her last appearances on campus, law enforcement had to be present.
Former leftists like David Horowitz (now a conservative) also need bodyguards when they speak on campuses. College policies such as Speech codes and trigger warnings are supposed to protect sensitive students from hateful or disturbing points of view. If these students get distraught from being exposed to opinions they disagree with, will they cope with facing much greater threats?
I have a relative in Israel who admits she lives in a bubble. By choice she does not read the Israeli media, so she doesn’t spend much time thinking of the coming ISIS empire on Israel’s borders, the inevitable Iranian nuclear breakout, and the remarkable divisions in Israeli society itself. So her life is pleasant.  But at least she knows she is in a bubble. In our case, in the USA, the Tsunami is approaching. We are oblivious.

Sources: (on Christina Hoff Sommers) (by Ed Royce)
Civil Defense Perspectives – March 2015 – Physicians for Civil Defense
Doctors For Disaster Preparedness Newsletter – March 2015
Oliver North’s Freedom Alliance – various mailings that arrived in my mailbox
The Aleksandr Dugan quote is from his 1997 article “Fascism – Borderless and Red”.

Some additional notes:
The book Dupes (by Paul Kengor) has a quote by Stalin on why a war between Nazi Germany and the West would be a good thing – it would help spread “world revolution”. If and when a conflict started, he said, it would be “indispensable to prolong the war as long as possible.” So he allied his country with Nazi Germany, and both invaded Poland.
Nuclear weapons are indeed fearsome, but Physicians for Civil Defense claims that with some minimal precautions (which we are not taking), millions of people could be saved, as long as they were a sufficient distance from Ground Zero.

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Creating hell for other people – and loving it.

The urge to dominate and exert power over vulnerable people has come up a few times in the years I’ve been posting to this “evil” blog, and it deserves a post to itself, because there are common patterns.
Let’s start with the remarkable spectacle of thousands of British girls who became victims of Pakistani sex rings and proceed to some other examples.
First this is the list of commonalities I find with this scandal in the UK and other examples I’ve come across:
1. The villains go out of their way to snare an innocent victim by being friendly.
2. They create a total world of terror for that victim
3. Sex is often involved
4. The victim is to be made wretched and ashamed
5. The perpetrator gains a sense of power

For those of you who don’t know what happened in the United Kingdom, thousands of young girls were tortured, and raped, and gang raped, by immigrant Muslim men. One victim who spoke up says this:

…I have a very fuzzy memory of the very beginning. My childhood friend remembers me being picked up from a primary school by an older man and being given ketamine, coming home completely out of it, with lots of new underwear, so it began earlier than I remember. [The man eventually raped her]… The minute he left, I ran a hot bath and just lay on the floor crying while I waited for it to fill. I felt so ashamed and dirty. Everything changed that day. I didn’t come out of my room unless I had to. I barely ate. I hated myself. It wasn’t long until he was back in touch, demanding that I see his friends. The majority were Pakistani Muslim men. If I objected, he threatened to show my parents the photos of me [he had said he was taking photos for a modeling agency]. I was terrified of them finding out, so I did as I was told. When the pictures didn’t bother me anymore, and I objected, I would get beatings instead. My ribs were kicked in several times, leaving massive bruises. I was hit with a chain. I was gang raped. I became very compliant, because saying no always led to much worse. The lives of my family were threatened by Jason and his friends: they said my house would be burned down while we slept, or people would come with baseball bats. I didn’t want my family hurt, so I just did everything I was told.

Another girl  (not the one in the post), enslaved in the UK

Another girl (not the one in the post), enslaved in the UK

I (the blogger) might think that these men are just frustrated because they can’t get sex, but they were married men. I did once come across a quote by a Swedish Muslim about rape of Swedish girls, saying the Muslim women were more intelligent and basically superior, but these men treat their Muslim wives badly and disrespectfully too as seen by the following continuation of the quote by the girl:

I have seen some horrendous things, heard some disgusting things when they talked amongst each other about the evil things they do to their wives. The men often spoke in groups about the horrific things they did to their wives and other women. I had to sit and listen. I was made to talk to their wives on the phone while they raped me, on many occasions. They found it funny, the men.

The threats:

 I have had a knife held to my throat while I was raped and told by my rapist that he could kill me then put me under the floorboards of his home and no one would know because he was going to Pakistan in a week. I was 16 or 17 years old. I have had a drill held to my knee while I was sat in a lounge room with around 6 other men, who all laughed and talked in their own language. All of these men were Pakistani Muslims. This all happened while they were waiting for their turn to rape the girl in the other room.

The feeling of being disgusting:

…None of the men used protection, so I caught multiple STIs several times. I wasn’t allowed to use protection. I felt disgusting, so dirty. Each time I was taken off with these men, sometimes this would happen two or three times a day. Whenever they wanted me, I had to go, whatever time of day it was. I missed a lot of school because of this. It didn’t matter if I was crying while they raped me, they would laugh and do it anyway.

More on the effort to make the victim feel disgusting and wretched:

…I’ve been peed on, spat on, slapped, kicked, punched, called a white whore.

This British girl could have spent the rest of her life as an unwilling bride in Pakistan but:

“Luckily for me, I didn’t have a passport.

What is this girl’s explanation of the men’s behavior?

These men find it ok to rape non-Muslim girls. It’s in their culture. It’s a brutal cult and needs to be stopped.

This woman still lives in fear, in the country that stood up to Hitler, and whose soldiers were so effective in Iraq, because:

I still see these men today, they still recognise me, I have moved several times but it’s ineffective. They are all still free. The English “justice” system is crap. … What kind of country, what kind of civilization, allows this to happen to its young girls? What deep sickness has overtaken Britain, that the authorities will not act to protect girls in this situation?

Interestingly, she wasn’t believed by the police or by medical professionals:

….I have records dating back about 14 years of me trying to get help, telling medical professionals. And them not believing me.

For a non-Islamic example of the common thread, let us jump across the Atlantic, to the U.S.A., where a housewife named Sandra Bearden drove  south of the border, to a poor Mexican family, and offered to hire their little girl to do housework.

… So she [Mrs. Bearden] drove to a town in Mexico where she was introduced to Maria and her parents. Maria was only twelve. She had very little schooling and dreamed of getting an education-a dream that her parents encouraged but could do nothing to achieve. Over coffee in their small kitchen, Bearden offered Maria a job, as well as the chance to attend school, learn English, and taste the rich life of “el Norte”. The fact that Sandra herself was Mexican born helped Maria’s parents feel they could trust her, and they gave their permission. Sandra smuggled Maria across the border in her expensive car and drove her to her home in Laredo.

On arrival, Maria was dragged into hell. Sandra Bearden used violence and terror to squeeze work and obedience from the child. From early morning till midafternoon, Maria cooked, cleaned, scrubbed, and polished. If Maria dozed off from exhaustion, Sandra would blast pepper spray into Maria’s eyes. A broom was broken over the girl’s back and a few days later, a bottle against her head.

There is more on this in another blog post of mine (about slavery in America today), but one horrifying fact is that:

“it is hard to imagine, but Maria was one of the lucky slaves. In America, most slaves spend four to five years in bondage; Maria was a slave for just seven months. They say “We all ask: ‘How could someone so abuse a child–to stake her in the sun, feed her excrement, beat her bloody?’ Yet Sandra Bearden’s treatment of Maria is not unusual.

Then there is the case of Lisa Steinberg.

Lisa Steinberg

Lisa Steinberg

Joel Steinberg was an attorney, who married a woman, Hedda Nussbaum, who worshipped him.  He beat this woman, and controlled her to the point of making this gentle writer of children’s books into an accomplice, if only by inaction. Then he (or both he and Hedda, I’m not sure) decided to adopt a baby. Joel brutalized this child, and Hedda later testified there was also sexual abuse. And together, over a period of six years, they oversaw the sad, anguished life of a little girl who never had a chance against the brutality, neglect and ultimate destruction by these two people (but see the note below this post).
Lisa finally died when Joel punched her too hard.  He punched Lisa because Lisa had been “looking at him.”

Joel Steinberg had persuaded the biological single mother of this child to give her up for a better life.  It is possible that he wanted the child precisely to indulge his desire for total power and control.

Then there was the case of Michelle Knight.

Michelle Knight - a high price to pay for a puppy.

Michelle Knight – a high price to pay for a puppy.

Michelle Knight was offered a car ride by a nice man named Ariel Castro. As she knew one of his daughters, Knight accepted the lift. She then agreed to enter Castro’s Cleveland home, when he promised to give her a puppy for her son.
She would not emerge from that house for another 11 years.

As a result of the sexual abuse Knight suffered during her time as a prisoner, she reportedly became pregnant five times, but miscarried each time after being starved and beaten by Castro. Two other young women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, were later abducted by Castro; Knight was forced to deliver the child Berry gave birth to while in captivity. Castro also taunted Knight about the fact that DeJesus and Berry had family members desperate to find them, while no one was looking for her.

She was rescued when Berry managed to get to the front door and scream for help, getting the attention of a neighbor who managed to force the door (accounts differ here).

Perhaps if Ms. Berry had not gotten to that door, those women would have been held for another ten years.

It is amazing to think how just one man, a bus driver who owns a house, can create so much evil.

Now as for my claim that this about a desire in the minds of these twisted evil types for “power” – it may seem that this is not the case – that the desire is for sex. It may seem also that the perpetrators don’t particularly dislike their victims, they just take any juicy victim that comes along.

But an article on ordinary school-yard bullying says this:
“It provides these kids with a sense of power,” said Catherine Bradshaw, a developmental psychologist who studies bullying at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. “It’s a way of pulling your core group closer and putting someone else out of it.”

“The simple reason is it shows that they have power over others,” agreed Marlene Snyder, Development Director for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the United States, based in Clemson, S.C.

Snyder emphasized that the definition of bullying is important: … “A person who bullies intentionally picks out someone who they know is weaker than themselves so that they can intimidate, harass or humiliate them to do their bidding. It is a misuse of their power. This behavior is usually repeated and of course this power differential is there.”

It seems to me that this element is present in the above examples.

WatershipDownAs a child I read a fantasy book, Watership Down which is a saga about rabbits. Here is one quote:

“Animals don’t behave like men,’ he said. ‘If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don’t sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures’ lives and hurting them…”
— Richard Adams, Watership Down


See more at: (Pamela Geller is controversial, especially after the Mohammad cartoon contest she sponsored, but obviously the young woman who tells her story in the blog contacted Geller because she saw her as a person who faces evil head-on).

Note: Watership Down was rejected six times before it was accepted by Rex Collings. The one-man London publisher Collings wrote to an associate, “I’ve just taken on a novel about rabbits, one of them with extra-sensory perception. Do you think I’m mad?”

Hedda Nussbaum was the most physically battered woman that her interviewers had ever seen.  She wrote a book about her 12 years as a battered wife, and one reviewer on Amazon says:

For those who gave this book a negative review – rather, for those who gave the AUTHOR a negative review – I must strongly disagree. Apparently those reviewers have been fortunate enough never to have been in a domestic violence relationship. I have, and I can understand and sympathize with Hedda Nussbaum. Abusive men are persistent and often clever. They trap the woman into a hopeless situation. Because she loves the man, she believes his lies that she is at fault; so she tries to do better. But she can’t because the abuser will continue to find fault with her; and, like Joel Steinberg, will even invent faults if there are no real ones to use as weapons.
To me this is a very honest book, showing the author’s deep love for her children and her pain upon losing them. Some reviewers called Ms. Nussbaum a liar. I believe the opposite. She admits to her shortcomings as well as to both using and selling drugs. Some reviewers called Ms. Nussbaum a murderer. It is very clear that she is NOT a murderer. She, like her daughter, was a helpless victim of an evil man. He brainwashed her and deluded her into being a mere automaton.
One of the lessons to learn from this book is that a woman can escape the control of such a man. Unfortunately, in this case a child had to die before that occurred. But once out, Ms. Nussbaum took control of her life, decided to help other abused women and pursued that end religiously. I congratulate Ms. Nussbaum on an excellent book that was a personal inspiration to me to better my own life.

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When is tolerance a virtue?

A white blue collar type was sitting next to a young black boy on a fence and they were talking, when I annoyingly rode my bike right on the sidewalk in front of them.  The man snarled at me. “Hebe!” he said. (This happened a few miles away from my home.) It reminded me of a verse from comedian Tom Lehrer from a song he called National Brotherhood Week:

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,

And the Catholics hate the Protestants,

And the Hindus hate the Muslims,

And everybody hates the Jews

Now it is true that I should have walked my bike, rather than ridden it on that block, and I myself had made derogatory statements about blacks in the past – so who was I to complain? Its a stretch, but perhaps the man heard of my bigotry on the grapevine, and was being protective of his friend.

So this raises some questions about tolerance. When is it a virtue?

Lately more than one newspaper columnist has hailed Bruce Jenner, a famous athlete who had himself physically changed into a woman, as a hero.

Fifty years ago, he would have been considered crazy, or worse.

Many Americans now believe “gay marriage” is just another civil rights issue, and the march of progress means that it should be the law of the land. 50 years ago, this would have been thought insane.

We are told we should be tolerant of diversity – mainly diversity of racial background, religious belief, and gender-orientation.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that and Article VI specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” So religious diversity was respected from the beginning of the union of the states. Women did not have the vote, at that point, and much of the black population was enslaved. But the idea that all men were created equal was also enshrined in the founding documents, and that idea triumphed eventually.

But principles can be taken to an absurd point where they result in the opposite of what they supposedly support.

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

Americans Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were banned from Britain. Both are critics of Islam, and Ms. Geller complains that “In not allowing us into the country solely because of our true and accurate statements about Islam, the British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.” Obviously the British government was worried about an Islamic backlash. Recently Pamela had a contest in Texas where different cartoonists competed to draw pictures of Mohammad. Two Muslims from Phoenix, Arizona decided to attack the event with guns, but were shot by police before they could shed blood. Now the very bloody army “Islamic State”, which has slaughtered its way through much of what was Syria and Iraq, says that they will send  all their “lions” to kill Pamela Geller.

It is interesting to look at her speech at the event. She starts off by saying that when you are afraid to say something, you are losing the right of free speech.

After the attack some news outlets blamed her for running a “hate group” and being provocative.

You (the reader) can judge for yourself whether her group is a hategroup – see her website “”.

I have seen Muslims marching chanting “Jews to the gas!” and that unequivocally is “hate speech” since they want a group of people dead because of their race. Pamela Geller does not advocate killing Muslims. She says she is against Jihad, and against Sharia.

It is interesting that the right to free speech in the US is getting chipped away from two sides – one side says that insulting or hurting the feelings of a group has to be off limits, and another side insists that money should not influence politics, so even books that might support a party or candidate should be banned in certain circumstances.

According to a biographer of Voltaire, a French writer and philosopher who died in 1778, his attitude could be summed up as: ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’

Now THAT is tolerance.

Americans are tolerant of clearly bad behavior by their favored politicians, for instance:

“Americans are looking at embattled Hillary Clinton more favorably — and consider her a stronger leader — than they did earlier in the year, despite troubling questions about her ethics, a New York Times/CBS News poll has shown.”

Her ethics, as a new book Clinton Cash shows, are very, very questionable – she and her husband have made huge amounts (upwards of half a million dollars for a speech) from people or countries that by coincidence get favorable legislation or government largesse shortly afterwards.

And yet Americans who agree with her politics are willing to close their eyes to her ethics and “lack of transparency.”

Should they tolerate those dubious ethics?

I don’t feel all that tolerant to those fellow Americans. I don’t feel tolerant to people who march in lockstep with amoral leaders, just because those leaders utter some platitudes that resonate with them.  I also don’t feel all that tolerant for those fellow Americans who dismiss this book (Clinton Cash) as propaganda.

What about tolerance to political opinions? A Rochester Institute of Technology professor is accusing those who don’t believe in global warming of being criminally negligent, saying they should be imprisoned. The idea is that they spread disinformation that has terrible consequences, and therefore should be punished.

A pro-Nazi play in 1933 had a character say this:

THIEMANN: … And the last thing I’ll stand for is ideas to get the better of me! I know that rubbish from ’18 …, fraternity, equality, …, freedom …, beauty and dignity! You gotta use the right bait to hook ’em. And then, you’re right in the middle of a parley and they say: Hands up! You’re disarmed…, you republican voting swine!—No, let ’em keep their good distance with their whole ideological kettle of fish … I shoot with live ammunition! When I hear the word culture …, I release the safety on my Browning!”

This guy doesn’t sound tolerant. In fact he sees tolerance as an attempt to disarm the people.

David Horowitz traveled to Ohio State University, to argue against the ‘campus war against Israel”. He says this:

“However, my words fell on deaf ears, as they had all evening. Not only the comments but the cheers for the pro-Hamas speakers made this abundantly clear. These were thoroughly indoctrinated young Americans, committed to a genocidal cause.”

Molly Norris

Molly Norris

In 2010, a Seattle-based cartoonist, Molly Norris, offhandedly suggested to her Facebook followers that they participate in a “Draw Mohammad Day.” Based on her initiative which went viral over the web, a fatwa was issued against her. She received so many death threats, the FBI recommended that she “go ghost.” She was forced to leave her job, her family, her friends, simply because the FBI couldn’t or wouldn’t protect her inside the US borders.

My guess is that Pamela Geller should “go ghost” too, because we really aren’t that safe, even thousands away from the Jihad battlefields. Islamic State has a long reach, as does Hezbollah, as does any hitman from any country in the world.

Generally, we all believe we are right about the issues we care the most about, but some of us believe in tolerating free speech on those issues, and some of us do not.

People can be a inconsistent mixture of tolerances and intolerances. A feminist who complains about women being shut out of men’s clubs can also insist on the right of a woman to spend her grown life in a shapeless sack that covers most of her body except for her eyes (see sources). Based on some experiences of mine I see the inconsistent mixture of attitudes also present in organized crime. You would think Mafias would tolerate human weakness. After all, criminals run gambling rings, prostitution rings, drug selling rings and smuggling rings.

And yet certain victims will bring out the lethal disciplinarian in criminals. I have read of criminal bosses being intolerant of subordinates who are “bad earners”.

They can be intolerant of extortion targets who can’t cough up enough money.

Criminals are not Jihadophobes, unlike Ms. Geller. A veteran U.S. counter-terrorism expert tells us that Hezbollah has infiltrated the Southwest United States by joining forces with Mexican drug cartels that have long operated in the region.

So surely criminals are very “tolerant”?

It depends. I have run into criminals who regarded me with disgust. Even criminals can despise others, and I was one of the despised. It is not a good situation to be in.  It is also ironic.


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German villagers and Black South Africans share bad logic?

libya-refugeesRecently I was listening to a black-community radio station, which is on the left politically, and a guest was being asked about the attacks against immigrants in South Africa. The guest evaded that topic, and instead talked about the growing knowledge among average South Africans that Wall Street owned the nation’s wealth. A few days later, I was surprised to read of the same logic in Germany. I read that a small rural German town was being flooded with refugees from the great movement across the Mediterranean to Europe of Arabs and Africans fleeing war and poverty. The people of that town (Grillenberg) were naturally upset. In that town, an anonymous flyer landed in local mailboxes: a plan hatched by “international high finance,” it warned, was placing refugees deliberately in the countryside to destroy “our culture’s last areas of retreat.”

I actually feel sympathetic to all sides in both stories. I can understand why immigrants come to South Africa, and I can understand why poor and unemployed South Africans make the mistake of blaming these people for their own poverty. I can understand why refugees from war and poverty want to escape to the green shores of Europe, and I can understand the Europeans not wanting to be inundated.

However, I think the two news-items I mentioned do show a fallacy in how people think. They attribute too much “purpose” to events that happen for many different reasons, and then they assign that purpose to the Jews (or more diplomatically “International Finance” or “Wall Street”.)

And I have to ask myself – since I live only 30 miles away from Wall Street, and read the Wall Street Journal, and often read matters of Jewish interest – why have I completely missed the projects of International Finance to steal the wealth of South Africa, and destroy the last holdouts of German culture?

There is bad logic and unsupported assumptions here – both in the mind of at least one person in that town in Germany, and in South Africa. In South Africa immigrants are getting murdered because of a lack of understanding in the minds of the murderers of how wealth is created – and of course some nastier human traits are involved as well.
Whoever wrote that flyer in Grillenberg probably thought that the Jews want to avenge themselves on Germany, or harm German culture, and so are getting revenge by somehow controlling the German government so that it distributes foreigners to their town.
Sometimes paranoid thinking is encouraged for ulterior motives – as with a “documentary” broadcast repeatedly on Turkish TV claiming a Jewish plot to destroy Turkey, with one of the Jewish masterminds of this plot being Charles Darwin (Darwin was a Christian who in later life became an agnostic). Supposedly the Jews use Darwin’s theory to assert that everyone evolved from Apes, except them, who were created by God. (In reality, religious people, including Jews, often have problems with evolution, though not always. And the bible says that all humanity descended from Adam, so that would seem to contradict the assertion as well).

Leaving Turkey for Christian Europe, I find that there are also ideas in Hungary that foreign Jews are meddling in their lives. Apart from the dull depressed feeling this gives me (being Jewish), there seems to be a basic flaw in the logic here somewhere.

Sources: (on Turkey) (on Germany)

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What America doesn’t know CAN hurt it (A Statistical Blog Post)

ignorance2I was told by a receptionist at a nearby hospital that they were facing a big shortage of nurses. I asked her – why the mismatch? -we have so much unemployment, and yet these well-paid jobs go begging for applicants. She said that nursing is a difficult job, with long hours.
But what she did not say, but probably also relevant is this:
More than 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs sit vacant because there aren’t enough qualified candidates to fill them. (Thirty percent of high-school graduates can’t pass the U.S. military entrance exam, which is focused on basic reading and math skills.)
In 35 US states it pays more to accept welfare than for a college graduate to work an entry-level job. This surprising fact is based on a study done by the Cato Institute titled the “The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off” For instance, Pennsylvania has citizens pulling in almost $30,000 before taxes in public assistance. The article states that, “Welfare pays and pays well” since in most states recipients end up making more than retail clerks and fast food employees.
In addition, I read elsewhere that the average age of an American farmer is over fifty.
If we put this together, then there are several troubling implications. The large welfare population will vote for the candidate that keeps welfare going. And so there will be no incentive to go into manufacturing or farming or hard manual jobs until we sink under the burden of trillions of dollars of debt.
It could be that much of the American population is just too dumb to get a good job.
For instance, 70 percent of Americans do not know what the “Constitution” is, according to an article in the UK Daily Mail (see sources).
In another survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.
The younger you are, the less you know. For instance: just 19% of those under 30 can correctly identify Benjamin Netanyahu as the current Prime Minister of Israel. I wonder if the other 81% even know who heads the UK, or France, or Italy, or Russia.
And maybe the lack of engagement in a dynamic job market explains the following for the youth cohort:
A Pew poll found that while Americans overall tend to oppose socialism by a strong margin…socialism has more fans than opponents among the 18-29 crowd. Forty-nine percent of people in that age bracket say they have a positive view of socialism; only 43 percent say they have a negative view.
The effects of ignorance can be profound. I would bet most Americans haven’t heard of Pakistan, or at least could not place it on a map but: in 2011, a senior U.S. congressional official who works on nuclear issues told Newsweek that intelligence estimates suggest Pakistan has already developed enough fissile material to produce more than 100 warheads and manufacture between eight and 20 weapons a year. “There’s no question,” the official says, “it’s the fastest-growing program in the world.”
We could say: So what?
Does it really affect the average person if the earth goes around the sun or not? Or whether some far off Muslim country has a more active nuclear program than perhaps we ourselves do? Or whether some socialism is mixed into the economy or not? Or what hard to pronounce name the PM of Israel has? Or what some old piece of paper called the Constitution says?

I believe the answer is a resounding YES.

I would think that ignorant people would be more likely to follow charismatic demagogues, and would vote for policies that are destructive, and basically are more likely to stampede like lemmings off a cliff, taking the rest of us with them.
And if they don’t do that, they will not understand the ideological forces that are gathering outside our borders. What you don’t know can hurt you. We found that out 14 years ago when out of the sky, planes flew into our skyscrapers, and people were left wondering “who did this, and why do they hate us?”

Just saying, as I do here, that you are for “education” is hardly controversial.  So since I am allergic to not being controversial, I will add this: we should remember another statistic: that about 40% of the current crop of US babies are born to a single mother, and so home-life problems will likely interfere with their education, and also, that education is not everything.   Karl Marx himself spent much time in a British library researching to build his Marxist theory. Also the Nazi leadership was intelligent and educated.   Hitler wrote a book that is still popular in parts of the world and I was stunned, a minute ago, while looking up a source to back this assertion up, that two digital editions of the book (“Mein Kampf”) have risen from 12th and 15th to 3rd and 4th as of this writing, among books in iTunes “Politics and Current Events” rankings.  Some viewers of that article see the popularity as just curiosity, but one  viewer of that article laments that:

It’s pretty simple. After 5 years of a divisive president in America, class warfare on the rise in America and around the globe, Marxism and Socialism on the rise and racist Muslim countries expanding their borders and influence, it’s only natural that the old racist views are finding homes in the minds of the uneducated and easily led masses.

I weep for our world and those who will be killed in the turmoil to come.

I hope he is wrong, and admittedly, the other commenters do have other opinions as to why Mein Kampf is flying off the digital shelves.
If I were a teacher, I would try to show my students several opinions on a topic, including the most extreme, as well as the most mainstream.   That is a good way to teach critical thinking.  Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.


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Drowned by compassion, crushed by justice

If you live in New York city, you have a mayor (Bill De Blasio) who traveled to Nicaragua as a leftist activist in 1988, around the time the CIA was helping rebels trying to overthrow the socialist Sandinista government. You have a left-wing hierarchy of government from top to bottom that your fellow New Yorkers have elected, and of course at the very top is President Obama who, in his autobiography, talks of his efforts to associate with radicals in college.

I believe that the left makes the average person less safe. For instance, de Blasio disbanded a special unit tasked with conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslim groups suspected of radical ties. He was ending “some of the most effective programs in the country in the NYPD counter-terrorism unit,” according to John Lehman, a former member of the 9/11 Commission (a commission formed to make recommendations in the aftermath of Jihadists flying airlines into our skyscrapers).

injusticeNone of us like being spied on of course, but Michael Mukasey, who served as U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009, said: “They (the NYPD) weren’t simply conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslims. They were mapping communities, figuring out where someone from Lebanon or Yemen or any of the other hot spots would go if they wanted to come to this country and find refuge.”

“At mosques that had particularly militant imams, they did have people who would tip them off to what other people were doing or saying. To the extent they’ve curtailed that, I think we’re all less safe,” he added.

De Blasio also curtailed the police department’s stop-and-frisk program, which authorizes officers to stop, question and pat down people they suspect of criminal conduct. As these stops have declined, shootings in some communities, such as Brownsville in Brooklyn, have increased, according to the New York Daily News.

Lehman said the changed policy will dissuade officers from stopping a person who might appear to be wearing an explosive vest or carrying a suspicious package.

“If you see someone with a package or a bulky vest, you are taking a great risk if you stop and frisk them.”

Lets assume that De Blasio is not pandering for votes, but rather simply has compassion – compassion for people being spied on for being Muslim, or and a sense of the unfairness of being stopped and searched for being black.

What else is he doing:

The 9/11 Commission also had recommended strict IDs (a computerized system called Real ID) to identify foreigners. Instead the mayor approved a program to issue municipal IDs of lower standards. They were intended to serve undocumented immigrants and other residents who have difficulty obtaining regular state IDs.

Mukasey said weak ID standards combined with the “porous” Southern border put the nation at greater risk for attack.

“You need a reliable way of identifying people. You don’t simply issue ID cards willy nilly to anybody who wants them and shows up and has his picture taken and tells you what his name is,” he said.

Lets give the mayor the benefit of the doubt. He feels for the plight of undocumented migrants, who do need services, and perhaps those cards can get them services.

In NY a progressive judge named Shira Scheindlin wishes to bar cops from enforcing laws against loitering in lobbies, corridors and elevators in housing projects.
The theory, stripped to bare metal, is that cops don’t have a big presence in doorman buildings and the like, where relatively few poor blacks and Hispanics live, and so it’s discriminatory for them to target the projects.
It’s down-the-rabbit-hole reasoning, to be sure: The projects are where the crime is. That is, where the victims are.

Lets give Shira the benefit of the doubt. She really cares. She cares about the young unemployed men and women who might want to socialize in a lobby or a corridor. She cares about injustice so you can be comforted that, if you live in these projects and get robbed in a stairway, that it happened in the name of compassion.

Now let’s go to Obama, a man whose compassion even outdoes De Blasio’s. In fact he got a Nobel peace prize just for being elected.

Lets start with deadly diseases.
Ebola, an incurable and usually deadly disease, has create a hot zone through parts of Africa, and Obama is offering to convert any tourist visa from a hot zone country into a permanent residence visa. I need not mention the downside.

Likewise, when 70,000 children from Central American countries illegally entered the U.S. they were not sent back, but were sent to live in cities across the U.S. Enteroviruses were found in a significant number of children in those countries, and subsequently there was an outbreak here. It resulted in 11 deaths, and 70 cases of polio-like paralysis, with lesions in the spinal cord. The paralysis is sometimes permanent, as are breathing difficulties.

But what could any decent person do – send the children back to their original homes? And it’s not proven that those children brought the disease, though we do know that other diseases from south of the border are spreading (Chagas disease, dengue, etc.) Obama plans to allow 100,000 Haitians into the U.S. without visas, by executive order, though Haiti has been very hard hit with a very painful tropical viral disease, transmittable by a mosquito that ranges from New York to Texas. What could go wrong?

Obama had an expensive fundraiser at the luxurious Austin home of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, a man who was indignant at the American vigilantes – the “minutemen” who non-violently help the border patrol. Robert directed a movie about them. This movie, named Machete was incredibly violent and ends with illegal aliens massacring the fictional version of the Minutemen.
“Machete” in the words of the character meant to be our evolving conscience, Jessica Alba’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Sartana, is about how those who believe in only LEGAL immigration “deserve to be cut down.” (and they do get cut down)

But I can empathize. Those xenophobes deserve what they get.

Obama also cares about refugees.

With Muslim immigrants streaming into the United States at a rate of 100,000 per year, some of the communities targeted for new arrivals are seeking information on their new neighbors, only to be frustrated by federal bureaucrats and their hired contractors.
When an agency like World Relief opens an office in a city, it means refugees will be arriving soon. There are no public hearings or announcements in local media. Typically a story will appear in the local newspaper just before or after the first arrivals appear in town.

In St. Cloud, Minnesota, residents have also inquired about how many more Somali refugees will be arriving …dozens of other Somalis have either left the country to fight for al-Shabab or ISIS while others have been charged and convicted with sending material support to overseas terrorist organizations.

Some cities complain “We are struggling with our own homeless, our own mentally ill and poorly educated. Why do we need to take in other countries’ problems?”

In Lewiston Maine, where many Somalis were settled, we read this warning  to other cities from a man (Paul Spellman) who lived there:

You should plan to increase your police budgets as well as adding additional police in your schools. The Somali and Bantu tribes are a latter-day version of the Hatfields and McCoys. There have been numerous physical altercations between the two tribes as well as gang activity. Lewiston Deputy Police Chief James Minkowsky stated “we haven’t seen that it’s been fueled by drugs or alcohol but in some cases they seem to do it for the thrill of it. We’re not seeing the colors or the monikers but it’s still a gang mentality”. Prior to these attacks group robberies were almost unheard of according to police.

Those against refugee relocation should be prepared for broad accusations of being racist. In October of 2002 then Mayor Laurier Raymond wrote a letter to the Somali leaders asking them to hold off bringing more to Lewiston as the city could no longer afford the crippling financial burden. National media quickly picked up on the story labeling him a racist for simply doing what he was elected to do, govern the city.

So to sum up so far, if your child starts having trouble breathing due to a tropical disease, or you get mugged in your housing project, or a Jihadist bomb goes off in your mall, or if bullets whiz over your head between two conflicting tribes, you can at least thank your elites for being compassionate.

Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signaled that it would begin to crack down on employers who use the criminal histories of job applicants to discriminate against them illegally.
Myself I can see their point – if I were a criminal, I would want a second chance. On the other hand, if the plumber in your house has a prior history of kidnapping little girls, it might have to take you some time to appreciate the wisdom of the EEOC, after your little girl disappears.
But I’m sure you would come around to the idea that for the sake of justice, it was worth repairing the sink.

While walking with the French president at Monticello, President Obama was heard saying, “That’s the good thing about being president: I can do anything I want.” It was a joke, but let’s be glad he can do so much, because he is so compassionate.

In case you are one of those angry middle-aged men who lack a heart, you could vote for libertarian Rand Paul, but Rand Paul said this: “I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed.”  But…though only 13 per cent of Americans are black, according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau. the unpleasant reality according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics is that black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Mostly these black offenders are killing blacks, and most whites are killed by other whites.  What we need is colorblind application of the law, and if we stick to that principle, we end up protecting black victims more than if we let black perpetrators go in the name of fairness.

Real compassion requires looking at the big picture.

Doctors For Disaster Preparedness Newsletter: November 2014


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Is Abortion Evil?

Two generations ago, my Jewish forebears were religious, though they didn’t wear “black hats” or costumes dating back hundreds of years, like the Hasidim do. Two generations later, I showed up, and I myself was too lazy to be religious, since Judaism is a lot of work, in fact more, on a daily basis, than Christianity. Later I became a skeptic on religious matters.  Politically I was conservative, but the issue of abortion seemed to be a religious issue and not really my business.

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Given that the big divide in the West right now is between a coercive collectivism and individualism, if you lean to the latter point of view, it may seem coercive to tell people what to do with their private lives.

But there is a genuine problem here. When pro-Choice folks say that they have a right to do what they want with their own body, the fact is that someone else’s body is growing within them.

The following horror tale managed to unite both pro-choice and pro-life factions in condemnation:

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over abortion.

Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal late-term abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants “snipped” the newborns’ spines, as he referred to it.

“Are you human?” prosecutor Ed Cameron snarled during closing arguments as Gosnell sat calmly at the defense table. “To med these women up and stick knives in the backs of babies?”

…Authorities said the clinic was a foul-smelling “house of horrors” with bags and bottles of stored fetuses, including jars of severed feet, along with bloodstained furniture, dirty medical instruments, and cats roaming the premises.

Both sides of the abortion divide seized on the case. Abortion foes said it exposed the true nature of abortion in all its disturbing detail. Abortion rights activists warned that Gosnell’s rogue practice foreshadows what poor and desperate young women could face if abortion is driven underground with more restrictive laws.

“Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder for severing the necks of just-born babies, but those babies would have died just as painfully if he had killed them inside the womb, as most late-term abortionists do,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said. “The result is the same for the baby whether it meets its end in a shabby clinic like Gosnell’s or a brand new Planned Parenthood facility — a painful death.”

This last statement, by Carol Tobias, does ring true to me. If a fetus is inconvenient, and a burden at one week, it will be the same at 8.5 months as well. So any law that in theory limits abortion to perhaps the first trimester will still permit thresholds to be crossed that should not be crossed.

If you believe a soul is divorced from the brain – that it is immortal and lives with you in some way but that is not associated with the “enchanted loom” of chaotic patterns that form and dissolve in that three-pound universe, then you will believe, as religious people often do, that even taking a pill the morning after sex is murder.

I tend to the belief that the soul and the brain are two aspects of the same thing, and that gives some leeway to a woman wanting to get rid of an inconvenient living creature growing inside her.  In other words, in the first few weeks, the soul has not materialized.

At one extreme, we have ancient Sparta (part of Greece) where when deformed or retarded children were born, they were often put on hills where they would die untended, or even thrown off a cliff because Sparta itself only wanted strong people in their city, and did not look kindly on weakness.

At another, we have examples of mothers who know their child will be born with a disability such as “Downs Syndrome” but decide not to abort it, for religious or humanitarian reasons.

There are women who make gruesome jokes about abortion, and in contrast there are women who spend much time picketing abortion clinics.

There have been murders of physicians and staff at abortion clinics by people who obviously see them as murderers of children. In the case of Kermit Gosnell, that description would fit, but (maybe) abortion clinic staff do not believe that they are killing children, rather they are killing an unthinking fetus of a low level of consciousness, and they are relieving a woman of a burden that would derail her life.

Of course these women did engage in behavior that often leads to children, and responsibility has to start somewhere.

It has been said that “dead men don’t talk” and the same goes for unborn children. In the U.S. though, the “right to choose” has won the debate, and those children who are not aborted but instead are put up for adoption are usually offspring of a mentally ill mother.

In my view, there should be awareness that there is more to the issue than “the right to choose.”


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