Chicago Gun Deaths on Obama’s Watch Nearly Overtake Iraq War Deaths Under Bush

Chicago Gun Deaths on Obama’s Watch Nearly Overtake Iraq War Deaths Under Bush, by AWR Hawkins. The shootings are predominately black on black in black neighborhoods.

Just under 4,230 Americans died in the Iraq War during George W. Bush’s time in office. Nearly that many — 3,903 — have died in Chicago alone since Barack Obama took office in 2009. …

But during the Bush years the media seemed to report the casualty numbers in a way aimed at undercutting the war effort and/or finally proving George W. Bush had made a mistake by going to Iraq in the first place. …

Chicago, on the other hand, is a Democrat-run city in which 70 people were shot over the course of Thanksgiving weekend 2016 alone.

A problem that liberalism will never solve, in an overwhelmingly Democrat-run city.

Students of Color Conference Results in ‘Oppression Olympics’

Students of Color Conference Results in ‘Oppression Olympics’, by Tom Knighton.

For those of us opposed to the social justice warriors and their desire to pretend everything is the fault of white men, it’s easy to look at the opposition as a near monolithic group focused on destroying anything we hold dear simply because we hold it dear. …

This year’s University of California Students of Color Conference unproductively devolved into something of an “oppression Olympics” between different minority groups, prompting arguments between participants and ultimately leading to some canceled sessions at the annual event. …

Students of different minority groups began arguing when it became known that the conference would focus almost exclusively on discrimination against the African American community.

In one of the larger workshops, one of the students raised a question about why the only issues being discussed were those involving anti-blackness, prompting an African-American student to respond that black students are the most oppressed, to which a Muslim student made a comment about her people being bombed in the Middle East …

The conflicts resulted in the second day of the conference being canceled.

While these groups seem to identify white folks as the source of so many ills, they can’t seem to agree on whom white folks are mistreating more.

America Hates Its Gifted Kids: Teaching to the middle has hurt the smartest students

America Hates Its Gifted Kids: Teaching to the middle has hurt the smartest students, by Chris Weller.

Why is the world’s largest economy so bad at teaching its children? One growing school of thought is that the U.S. education system, in its laudable quest to make sure the worst students reach minimal standards, is cheating its best pupils.

Gifted children are a precious human-capital resource,” said David Lubinski, a professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University, in a recent news release. They are the “future creators of modern culture and leaders in business, health care, law, the professoriate, and STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics].” …

For years, teachers have operated under the assumption that gifted children – the tiny group smarter than 99.99 percent of their peers – need and deserve less attention than the kids in remedial classes.

When the research team looked back at Stanley’s original assessments of classroom dynamics, they found that teachers more or less ignored gifted children, instead teaching to a one-size-fits-all curriculum that catered to the lowest common denominator.

As We Come To The End Of 2016, China, Israel And Russia Are Dominating Key Areas

As We Come To The End Of 2016, China, Israel And Russia Are Dominating Key Areas, by Stephen Leeb.

I would argue an enormous factor is the absence in the U.S. of any concerted effort to find, nurture, and develop the most gifted young individuals from an early age. Becoming and remaining first in the cyber realm can’t be done by throwing money at the problem.

It depends on brainpower, and not just raw brainpower but brainpower that has been carefully nourished. And in the U.S., while at least some attention is paid, and rightfully so, to children with learning disabilities or other problems, the most intellectually gifted children are often ignored or discouraged. This may reflect some anti-elitist bias; it may even in some cases reflect the low status of the teaching profession, making teachers less responsive to children whose gifts clearly outshine their own.


The other countries I’ve named, Russia, China, and Israel, have a different mindset when it comes to treating gifted children. Gifted children are given a home with other gifted children and encouraged to strive to do their best. They have friends and are taught by teachers who respect rather than resent them.

Which is why in PC educational systems like in the US and Australia, where the leftist assumption is that all kids are kind of equal in ability and environment is what matters, some kids are chronically bored and underachieving.

As my wife points out, sports organizations in this country and elsewhere have player development programs.

Ah yes, well sport is important — and not threatening to teachers or anyone else.

The Other Guy From Wham!

The Other Guy From Wham! by Rod Dreher.

Leaving his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley behind was a great career move for George Michael, who went on to become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet before wasting his talent on drugs, rehab, and humiliating run-ins with the law, and dying in his sleep of what may have been a heart attack related to heroin abuse.

Andrew Ridgeley fell into obscurity. He made a pile of money from Wham!, but surely nothing like what George Michael made in his solo career. His attempt at a solo music career fell flat. So Ridgeley did something totally boring, but very out of character for pop stars.

Ridgely, with his wife Keran from pop-group Bananarama, had enough money not to work again. They bought a farm, he contracted a waterborne disease swimming at a beach, then he became a campaigner for better water quality, joining Surfers Against Sewage to clean up England’s beaches.

Why Andrew Ridgeley is the winner; and George Michael the loser, by The Philosopher’s Mail from a few years ago.

80’s pop had immensely seductive ideas about sex, relationships, family life, work and personal style. It told us that nothing should stand in the way of having a good time. If anyone tells you to knuckle down, to work hard, to put others first, to feel sorry or ashamed, to think of the future – ignore them. They are conformist oppressors who don’t know what life is really about.

It is an addictive outlook. It picks up accurately on what, at moments of high excitement, feels like the truth. It lashes out at anything that causes resentment, boredom or disappointment.

It’s hugely successful. But it’s also a disaster. The trouble is that it only works for short manic bursts. Life can’t be properly lived this way. This is what Andrew has discovered. That’s why he’s so important. He’s not someone coming from the outside pouring scorn on what a lot of other people like. He’s the guy who was there. He knows exactly how big the allure is. So we can trust him when he turns his back on it.

We don’t generally think of resignation as a virtue; it sounds like failure. What it means, though, is recognising that big things in life — an OK relationship, a secure sense of self-worth — require giving up some excitement.

The pop idea of life was so unhelpful because it pretended that excitement was the way to a good life. So it made casual sex seem wonderful, it made the after-party look like the high point of social life. It was the continuation of a Romantic philosophy: the ecstasy of the moment is what counts. On the other hand, resignation means seeing that the ecstasy of the moment is often (sadly) the enemy of what we really want.

Andrew Ridgely at 46. Picture by Billy Griffiths.

Andrew Ridgely at 46. Picture by Billy Griffiths.

It is natural to think of Andrew as a bit of a failure. He fell off the stage of stardom. He’s the guy who used to be famous. He’s been forgotten. He has given in to ageing. George Michael has gone on to have a stellar solo career, has made enormous amounts of money and kept himself at the centre of public attention. He’s still wooing the public and putting a lot of thought into getting his eyebrows right.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Random Thoughts, Looking Back: A Commentary By Thomas Sowell

Random Thoughts, Looking Back: A Commentary By Thomas Sowell.

The old are not really smarter than the young, in terms of sheer brainpower. It is just that we have already made the kinds of mistakes that the young are about to make, and we have already suffered the consequences that the young are going to suffer, if they disregard the record of the past. …


Black adults, during the years when I was growing up in Harlem, had far less education than black adults today — but far more common sense. In an age of artificial intelligence, too many of our schools and colleges are producing artificial stupidity, among both blacks and whites.

The first time I traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, as the plane flew into the skies over London I was struck by the thought that, in these skies, a thousand British fighter pilots fought off Hitler’s air force and saved both Britain and Western civilization. But how many students today will have any idea of such things, with history being neglected in favor of politically correct rhetoric?

Political correctness is the promotion of an incorrect version of things for political reasons. It is necessarily at odds with reality. The more PC our education, the less we know about the world — but the better off we are politically when dealing with PC people.

You cannot live a long life without having been forced to change your mind many times about people and things — including in some cases, your whole view of the world. Those who glorify the young today do them a great disservice, when this sends inexperienced young people out into the world cocksure about things on which they have barely scratched the surface. …

When I was growing up, we were taught the stories of people whose inventions and scientific discoveries had expanded the lives of millions of other people. Today, students are being taught to admire those who complain, denounce and demand.

Read it all. At 86, Thomas Sowell is finally retiring from writing his columns.

hat-tip Chris

Trump Nixes Pet Projects of Liberal and Conservative Elites

Trump Nixes Pet Projects of Liberal and Conservative Elites, by Michael Barone.

The election of Donald Trump has put the kibosh on two projects long pursued by American elites, the entitlement reform sought by conservative elites and the measures to address climate change sought by liberal elites.

Neither problem is pressing right now. But elites believe that America is headed to disaster — fiscal ruin, flooded plains — if current policies remain in place. These elites believe they have a responsibility to look far ahead and prevent disasters that they, unlike most ordinary people, foresee.

Trump disagrees with them. He didn’t have much elite support in his campaign for president, and he has made plain that he’s opposed to significant changes in entitlements and doesn’t see future global warming as justifying measures that kill jobs and choke off economic growth.

hat-tip Chris

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case, by Billy Steele.

Amazon’s Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. …

Authorities in Bentonville issued a warrant for Amazon to hand over any audio or records from an Echo belonging to James Andrew Bates. Bates is set to go to trial for first-degree murder for the death of Victor Collins next year. …

Amazon declined to give police any of the information that the Echo logged on its servers, but it did hand over Bates’ account details and purchases. …

Due to the so-called always on nature of the connected device, the authorities are after any audio the speaker may have picked up that night. Sure, the Echo is activated by certain words, but it’s not uncommon for the IoT [Internet of things] gadget to be alerted to listen by accident.

Police say Bates had several other smart home devices, including a water meter. That piece of tech shows that 140 gallons of water were used between 1AM and 3AM the night Collins was found dead in Bates’ hot tub. Investigators allege the water was used to wash away evidence of what happened off of the patio. The examination of the water meter and the request for stored Echo information raises a bigger question about privacy. At a time when we have any number of devices tracking and automating our habits at home, should that information be used against us in criminal cases?

Very 2016.

hat-tip Matthew

Here’s why non-government schools work better

Here’s why non-government schools work better, by Kevin Donnelly.

In 2004, in Why Our Schools are Failing, I argued Australia’s competitive academic curriculum was being “attacked and undermined by a series of ideologically driven changes that have conspired to ­reduce standards and ­impose a politically correct, mediocre view of education on our schools”.

Three years later, in Dumbing Down, I repeated the claim, arguing that Australia’s cultural-left education establishment, instead of supporting high-risk examinations, teacher-directed lessons and meritocracy, was redefining the curriculum “as an instrument to bring about equity and ­social justice”.

Naturally the education bureaucracies and teachers unions disagreed without answering the criticism, accusing critics with orchestrating a “black media debate” and a “conservative backlash”.

Fast-forward to 2016 and it’s clear where the truth lies. Despite investing additional billions and implementing a raft of education reforms, Australia’s ranking in international tests is going backwards and too many students are leaving school illiterate, innumerate and culturally impoverished. …

Australia’s national curriculum, instead of acknowledging we are a Western liberal democracy and the significance of our ­Judeo-Christian heritage, em­braces cultural relativism and prioritises politically correct indi­genous, Asian and sustainability perspectives.

Instead of focusing on the ­basics, teachers are pressured to teach Marxist-inspired programs such as the LGBTI Safe Schools program where gender is fluid and limitless and Roz Ward, one of the founders, argues: “It will only be through a revitalised class struggle and revolutionary change that we can hope for the liberation of LGBTI people.”

So introduce vouchers. If each kid has a government voucher for about $10,000 that can be spent at any school, schools will compete and soon improve. Most of all, it stops them from propagandizing our kids in their mandatory education centers. Trump has just appointed an education secretary whose main claim to fame is that she has campaigned for vouchers for over a decade.

The reason Catholic and independent schools, on the whole, outperform government schools is not because of students’ socio-economic status, which has a relatively weak impact on outcomes, but because non-government schools have control over staffing, budgets, curriculum focus and classroom practice. …

Instead of adopting ineffective fads such as constructivism — where the emphasis is on inquiry-based discovery learning, teachers being guides by the side and content being secondary to process – it is vital to ensure that teacher training and classroom practice are evidence-based. …

In opposition, and when arguing in favour of explicit teaching and direct instruction, NSW academic John Sweller states that “there is no aspect of human cognitive architecture that suggests that inquiry-based learning should be superior to ­direct ­instructional guidance and much to suggest that it is likely to be ­inferior”.

American educationalist ED Hirsch and Sweller argue that children must be able to automatically recall what has been taught. Primary schoolchildren, in particular, need to memorise times ­tables, do mental arithmetic and learn to recite poems and ballads.

After citing several research studies, Hirsch concludes: “Varied and repeated practice leading to rapid recall and automaticity is necessary to higher-order problem-solving skills in both mathematics and the sciences.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sixty children referred to Government’s counter-terrorism programme every week

Sixty children referred to Government’s counter-terrorism programme every week, by Hayden Smith.

In 2015/16 there were around 7,500 referrals to Prevent — a rate of 20 a day.

Of those, 3,100 were aged under 18 — with 61 of them under 10 years of age.

Prevent has been credited with playing a role in disrupting more than 150 attempted journeys to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and is also handling a growing number of cases linked to far-right extremism. …

Mr Cole, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Prevent, defended the programme. “Something that gets lost in the debate is that this is a voluntary scheme which takes place in the pre-criminal space. This is not about people who are suspected of terrorist offences. This is about people who professionals, friends, family, community members have concerns about and who need some help and support.” …

Where an ideology was identified and recorded, just over half, or around 54%, of referrals related to Islamist extremism. Nearly one in 10 referrals was linked to far-right extremism. …

Prevent was introduced following the 7/7 attacks in London as part of a wider counter-terrorism strategy known as Contest. Last year the Prevent duty was introduced, requiring organisations such as schools and local authorities to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

Christine Williams:

The entire West has become tired, frightened and weary. The fact that 60 children per week are being referred to a counter-terrorism program is indication either that the foe is relentless or that the law enforcement apparatus is overwhelmed and wearying — or both.

“You may not be in a religious war with me, but I’m in a religious war with you”

“You may not be in a religious war with me, but I’m in a religious war with you”, by Andrew Harrod.

Former CIA interrogator James Mitchell … concurred that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, considered the leading technical genius behind [Al Qaeda’s] devastating September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was “devil and diva,” whom Mitchell and other interrogators called “muq” after the Arabic word for brain, muqtar. …

Mitchell saw in Khalid Sheikh Mohammad how “these Islamists, who want to destroy our way of life, have a set of beliefs that make them incredibly dangerous.” For Islamists, “how we’re supposed to live was established 1,400 years ago in the Koran and in the perfect words and deeds” of Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad considered Islam a “religion of peace. The world will be at peace when sharia law is imposed on the whole world.” …


Abu Zubaydah

Mitchell’s interrogations of another captured AQ jihadist, Abu Zubaydah, revealed that “Al Qaeda dreams of bringing down America with catastrophic attacks, but that’s not particularly practical.” For him, the “real way to bring down America was with low-tech, ‘lone-wolf’ attacks because the target is not our military capabilities. It’s not our buildings. It’s not our roads. It’s the minds of the Americans.” “We don’t have to defeat you. We only have to persist long enough for you to defeat yourself.” …

Jihadists like Abu Zubaydah explained to Mitchell how they intended to exploit the nature of free societies against them. Abu Zubaydah “told us that our civil liberties, our willingness to be tolerant of other people, our openness, those were all flaws that Allah had put into our character to ensure that Islamists could win.”

Seems to be working so far.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Hillary’s Election Night Meltdown Revealed

Hillary’s Election Night Meltdown Revealed, by Austin Miles.

Hillary Clinton’s post election celebration plans included hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks, live performances by various celebrities, … a five-hundred-thousand-dollar special effect glass ceiling that she  would break through in a dramatic display once she walked out on stage at her H.Q., among millions of dollars worth of other celebratory preparations, all paid for by the Clinton Foundation in full. …

Misled by just about every prediction, Hillary Clinton personally planned one big party for her assumed victory. Once it became clear that it would not be Clinton ‘s night, however, the mood of the party soured rapidly.

A former staffer, who was fired during the rampage, said that the atmosphere around Clinton went from “queen of the hour” to “the girl who was dumped on prom night” in only a few moments. …

The most notable damage was located deep in the VIP room of the Clinton camp. A custom 150 inch ultra HD TV, a gift from the Saudi Arabian government, was found with a broken screen. The damage was caused by a $950,000 bottle of champagne that was believed to have been thrown at the screen by the former presidential candidate some time during the election.

Early in the morning, the custodial staff were greeted by flipped-over tables as the floors were covered with expensive food, drinks, and appetizers. Broken champagne flutes and gilded silverware were also seen scattered around the would-be party room.

The  most telling sign of a massive meltdown was the cake. The pastry that  had once proudly displayed the presidential seal, was violently flung against the walls in chunks. A broken topper from the cake in the shape of the white house was discovered lodged firmly into the drywall [gyprock] near the dessert table. …

Hillary Clinton reportedly became “physically violent” towards her own campaign staff after she realized she had lost the presidential election, according to radio host Todd Kincannon. …

When asked about rumors that Hillary was drunk on election night, Kincannon responded, “She was. I posted about that too. She was in a “psychotic drunken rage” according to my reporter friend. A doctor added sedatives to the mix.”

Kincannon then claimed that CNN blocked the reporter from publishing what would have been a bombshell story.  “The CNN reporter didn’t fail to report it. His editors will not let him. CNN  has banned all “Hillary in the bunker” stories,” he  tweeted.

Just the leader the West needed at this point in history.

hat-tip byrmol

What Trump Should Do to Combat Islamic Supremacism

What Trump Should Do to Combat Islamic Supremacism, by Jamie Glazov.

The first step is to name the enemy; the second is to formulate an actual doctrine against him. …

We must not buy into Natan Sharansky’s naive assumption that all people want freedom. They do not, especially Sharia-believers. The dark consequences of the so-called “Arab Spring” taught us this painful lesson well, as we witnessed the process of “democratization” in the Middle East lead to a totalitarian Islamist Winter. …

There is huge potential in nudging tyrants to open up free discussion and to hold their terror back – for freedom and spoken truth have a corrosive effect on tyranny’s chains. …

Death-for-leaving is an integral part of Islam: Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, … once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

The moral difference between our side and Islamic Supremacism must be spoken. The divide must be drawn in no uncertain terms. …

One of the most urgent causes to promote is the women’s rights issue. American leadership must make it transparently clear, once and for all, which civilization stands for women and what entity denigrates and mutilates them. …

Trump must deliver a special speech that unveils the victims of honor killings, acid attacks and female genital mutilation, and of forced veiling, forced marriage and forced segregation under Islam – and issue a concrete challenge as Reagan did to Gorbachev. He must point to the tyrannical wall of Islamic gender apartheid and pronounce unequivocally: Imams, muftis and clerics of the world, tear down this wall.

The most vital point:

Trump must do this while simultaneously shattering the Left’s and Muslim Brotherhood’s favorite propaganda lie: that standing up to Islamic Supremacism and telling the truth about its inspirations is somehow instigating hatred of all Muslim people.

This is a pernicious ploy based on a faulty conflation of Islam with Muslims.

It must be made categorically clear that we are dealing with an ideology; we are not hating all the people who fall under its grasp. There are millions of people who go under the label “Muslim” but who may not agree with, or follow, all Islamic mandates, or who may want to reform them, or who may not even know anything about them – or who may have simply been born into the religion and were never even given a choice as to who they wanted to be. We have no problem with these people. And as a matter of fact, our standing up to Islamic Supremacism is a defense of these Muslims because they are, like millions of Muslims around the world, also victims of Islamic Supremacism.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

What the globalists are up to today: Zuckerberg’s Amnesty Org Asks For ‘Love’ Messages to ‘Immigrants’

What the globalists are up to today: Zuckerberg’s Amnesty Org Asks For ‘Love’ Messages to ‘Immigrants’, by Lana Shadwick.

Mark Zuckerberg’s open borders, pro-amnesty lobbying group emailed followers on Tuesday asking them to “Show your love for the immigrant community by recording a quick message today.” It does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants.

The email says, “A project of Define American and I Am An Immigrant, #ToImmigransWithLove is a new letter writing campaign for immigrants and the allies who love them to publicly acknowledge that we are standing with immigrants no matter what.” …

Besides Facebook’s Zuckerberg–Bill Gates, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, and others are part of the group.

The website has a tool for recording a video and it includes “tips on recording or telling your story.” It also has a mechanism for uploading an existing file.

The email includes this video as an example:

This is a pretty heavy-handed way of building dedicated support. They are training these people to be out in public arguing for immigration of any kind and for open borders. This will change our culture forever — say good bye to it.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Arabic Huffington Post: George Michael ‘Addicted to Drugs With Homosexual Tendencies’

Arabic Huffington Post: George Michael ‘Addicted to Drugs With Homosexual Tendencies’, by Lukas Mikelionis.

Unlike other HuffPo editions, which paid due respect to the artist and celebrated his achievements, the Arabic edition ran the story with the following headline: “Musician George Michael dead at 53. Addicted to drugs with homosexual tendencies.”

The article went further into Michael’s sexual “tendencies” and mentioned his previous struggles with drugs, recounting instances he was seen under the influence of drugs. The piece also pointed out Michael’s opposition to the war in Iraq in 2003. Only in the last paragraph did it finally mention Michael’s success as a musician.

On current demographic trends in the West, this is the culture of the West’s future. While this is still allowed in the West, here is the western version of his career:

The Huffington Post’s New Arabic Venture: Led By ‘Hard-Line’ Islamists, by Jordan Schactel in 2015.

The two men leading Huffington Post’s new Arabic-language site have in the past been accused of having direct involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood and radical clerics; and one has openly expressed conspiratorial views that have been interpreted as having an anti-Semitic connotation.

hat-tip byrmol

Australian public salaries go stratospheric: High salaries widen the divide

Australian public salaries go stratospheric: High salaries widen the divide, from an editorial in The Australian.

Corporate salaries often defy logic and reward negotiating power as much as value. But while citizens may object to the money earned by bank chief executives, for example, unless they are shareholders they have no say in the matter. …

In Australia among full time workers, the average wage in 2013 was $72,800, but this is inflated by huge salaries of a small number of very high earners. The median full-time wage in 2011 was $57,400, a better measure of the typical wage. Wages are going up about 2% per year, so these figures aren’t much different in 2016.

The $3.6 million awarded NBN boss Bill Morrow last financial year is hugely out of synch with elected leaders, with the Prime Minister on $517,504. …

The Future Fund also has been generous, with three employees earning between $1.058m and $1.235m. …

The senior executive service (SES) officers who sit below departmental heads and their deputies: Last year, 113 people in the SES received an average of about $400,000 a year; 528 earned around $300,000; and 1,897 earned an average of $238,782.

These officers undoubtedly have substantial responsibility, but their salaries have skyrocketed in the past decade …

For other Australians who have seen their incomes flatline in recent times, these high salaries add to the loss of trust in government that fuels populist sentiment here and abroad.

Since Davos, only the climate remains unchanged: The year ended tortuously for the expert class.

Since Davos, only the climate remains unchanged: The year ended tortuously for the expert class. Nick Cater records some of this year’s choice assertions from the global elite, who are sometimes called the “Davos class” after the exclusive get-together in Davos, Switzerland, each January.

“The major political legacy of the billionaire Donald Trump could be to drive the Republican Party so far to the right that it becomes unelectable for a generation,” David Smith wrote at Economy Watch.

At a Pittsburgh energy convention, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced a $250,000 prize for the best scheme to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon-neutral city. His vision of the sunlit uplands failed to lift the enveloping gloom. …

Meanwhile, Weatherill briefly realised his ambition to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon-neutral city when a storm shut down the windmills and plunged the city into darkness. …

Bank of England governor Mark Carney predicted a Brexit vote could plunge Britain into recession. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde forecast post-Brexit panic: “We have done our homework and we haven’t found anything positive to say about a Brexit vote.” …

Liam Young in The Independent could hardly believe their stupidity. “The Treasury, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organisation and numerous leading economists would all need to be proved wrong on the economic question if we are to avoid financial ruin.” …

In September, Damon Linker assured readers of The Week that “the conventional wisdom has calcified: Donald Trump is going to lose to Hillary Clinton … But the conventional wisdom is wrong. Trump isn’t merely going to lose. He’s going to lose in the biggest popular vote landslide in modern presidential history.” …

Kim Beazley called the result on Sky News. “ She is presidential, he is a narcissistic buffoon,” the former ALP leader said. “She’ll not win in a landslide in the primary vote, but she could well win in a landslide in the electoral college.”

Maybe the tide changed in 2016 — in the culture war of the modern western mainstream versus the global elite with their Muslim shock troops and PC dupes.

In many wars, there is a tide. For example in WWII the Germans basically won everything until late 1941, after which they had an almost uninterrupted losing streak. Likewise in the Pacific, the Japanese were almost invincible until mid 1942 then lost almost every battle thereafter. In retrospect it was clear there was a tide of war, and when it changed.

In the current culture war, the mass of ordinary western people was lulled and tricked into not realizing there even was a war until quite recently. But in 2016 it seemed aware and aroused enough to protest. Perhaps 2016 will prove to be a tidal changing point in the culture war.

hat-tip Barry Corke