Power, Sex, and Politics

Power, Sex, and Politics, by Angelo Codevilla.

“Power,” Henry Kissinger observed, “is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” Men, but mostly women, have been trading erotic services for access to power since time began.

The ruling class’s recent carrying on over a supposed epidemic of powerful grabbers and gropers runs counter to common sense and experience. …

During my eight years on the Senate staff, sex was a currency for renting rungs on ladders to power. Uninvolved and with a hygroscopic shoulder, I listened to accounts of the trade, in which some one-third of senators, male senior staff, and corresponding numbers of females seemed to be involved. I write “trade,” because not once did I hear of anyone forcing his attention. Given what seemed an endless supply of the willing, anyone who might feel compelled to do that would have been a loser otherwise unfit for survival in that demanding environment.

This, I wager, is not so different from others’ experiences in Washington. Senior female staffers were far more open than secretaries in describing their conquests of places up the ladder, especially of senators. There was some reticence only in talking about “relationships” with such as John Tower (R-Texas) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) because they were the easiest, and had so many. The prize, of course, was Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)—rooster over a veritable hen house that was, almost literally, a “chick magnet.” Access to power, or status, or the appearance thereof was on one side, sex on the other. Innocence was the one quality entirely absent on all sides.

In the basic bargain, the female proposes. The power holder has the prerogative to say “no,” or just to do nothing. By a lesser token, wealthy men need not offer cash to have female attention showered on them. Money is silver currency. Power is gold. A few, occasionally, get impatient and grab. …

What, then, are our powerful rulers’ claims of zero tolerance for sexual harassment or sexual commerce about? First, they do not involve the ruling class giving up any of their privileges, never mind what are effectively their harems. They are confessions — not of their own sins, but of the sins of others. …

The Clintons and the Weinsteins, yesterday’s ruling class paragons, are useful foils. When, inadvertently, photos implicate a member of the current ruling class leadership, such as Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) in beastly behavior, ruling class colleagues and media give him a pass (“he apologized!”) and use his case unfavorably to contrast the real enemies — always on the Right: President Donald Trump and Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. “They are disqualified from office because they haven’t even admitted their guilt!”

In short, penalties for breaches of any item of political correctness are and will remain what they have been in the past, without exception: thinly veiled excuses to harm whoever stands in the way of the ruling class’s members.

This fact ceased to be a secret some time ago and explains the difficulty of having to maintain the authority of P.C.’s strictures. Thus we have the elaborate edifice of kangaroo courts and sensitivity training that governments and corporations have imposed on their fellow Americans more or less discredited in the eyes of just about everyone. …

The current campaign against a few, carefully targeted butt-grabbers is specifically designed to renew ruling class authority to continue business as usual, meaning to make socio-political war on the usual suspects.

Al Gore’s dark past is an inconvenient truth

Al Gore’s dark past is an inconvenient truth, by John Phillips.

You don’t have to look any farther than the pages of the New York Times or the airwaves of MSNBC to hear liberal voices openly opining that they blew it in the 1990s by not calling on former President Bill Clinton to step down after he admitted to an ongoing sexual relationship with a much younger intern. Not to mention the rape allegations brought up by Juanita Broderick.

Some on the left are even suggesting that we reexamine the way we look at former President John F. Kennedy, in light of new information regarding how he treated female employees in the White House.

However, one prominent name has managed to stay off of our radar, and I don’t know why. I am, of course, speaking of former Vice President Al Gore.

Al Gore

Back in October of 2006, a Portland, Ore. masseuse accused the former vice president of “unwanted sexual contact” while performing a massage on him in a hotel room.

While speaking to detectives in January of 2009 the woman said she had been doing requested abdominal work on Mr. Gore when he demanded she go lower.

The New York Times reported that she told police, “I was shocked and I did not massage beyond what is considered a safe, nonsexual area of the abdomen,” she said. “He further insisted and acted angry, becoming verbally sharp and loud.”

“I went into much deeper shock as I realized it appeared he was demanding sexual favors or sexual behaviors.”

She alleged he later tried to have sex with her.

“I did not immediately call the police as I feared being made into a public spectacle and my reputation being destroyed,” she said. “I was not sure what to tell them and was concerned my story would not be believed since there was no DNA evidence from a completed act of rape.”

No charges were ever filed due to a “lack of evidence.”…

There were two other incidents too.

Any conversation about powerful men behaving badly should include Al Gore’s name. Even if it is “an inconvenient truth.”

Roy Moore and the Fire This Time

Roy Moore and the Fire This Time, by Michael Walsh.

What began as a targeted hit on Roy Moore in his Senate race against a faceless Democrat with the generic name of Doug Jones has now turned into a blazing ammo dump, littered with the bodies of Hollywood celebrities and politicians in both the United States and Britain.

And yet, despite the best efforts of Gloria Allred, Moore is not only still standing, he is probably again leading in the race. A pair of recent polls has Moore up over Jones by anywhere from two to seven points …

From ABC News:

The initial burst of accusations about a grown man chasing high school girls might have sunk Moore. But the election is in Alabama, and then there is the media. From left wing site Politico:

How have we reached a point in this country when nearly half the voters of a U.S. state so mistrust, and even revile, major media outlets that they are willing to brush aside credible evidence and elect an accused sexual predator simply out of spite? How have we reached a point where a president of the United States can just declare “fake” news he doesn’t like — and largely get away with it?

In at least one survey, trust in the media — the necessary vanguard of any free society — is even lower than trust in Trump, which itself is nothing to tweet about. How on earth has this happened?

Back to the article by Walsh:

Well, that’s easy.

The media, in the form of the Baby Boomers who have reached its highest echelons and have controlled it for the past quarter century, sold its soul to the Democrat party — first to George McGovern, then (briefly) to Jimmy Carter, and finally and fatally to Bill (but not Hillary) Clinton and Barack Obama.

Whereas old-school reporters and editors abjured involvement in politics, they embraced it. Whereas once a reporter left to become a public-relations flack or, worse, to work for a politician, he was finished as a journalist, the Boomers celebrated such experience as a resume builder. In short order, a revolving door appeared, connecting the newsrooms of Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the television networks to the corridors of political power. …

This piece by Matt Latimer in Politico, goes on to make the case that the national media has long held a double standard in its news coverage, which is obvious to anyone on the right side of the aisle. “The job of the media is to reluctantly report the news it can’t ignore anymore & then explain why it wasn’t important in the first place,” cracked Jim Treacher.

Iowahawk’s famous dictum also comes to mind: “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” Nobody trusts the media any more because the media is, by its own definition, partisan and therefore untrustworthy.

And so conservatives view it, rightly, with mistrust and distrust. They know from bitter first-hand experience that there’s an agenda behind nearly every story, in every section of the Times: a crack about Trump here, a dig at the Right there. Even ESPN, which used to be a sports network, has gotten into the act, politicizing sports to its own detriment and to the likely ruination of the NFL. Nearly every mainstream media outlet takes as its standpoint a position that is well left of center, at which point its opponents (for so reporters think of those I call Real Americans) can only be deemed far-right. It’s a deliberate slander, of course, and everybody knows it.

Bannon Mocks Macron and Merkel as the ‘Ken and Barbie’ of Globalism

Bannon Mocks Macron and Merkel as the ‘Ken and Barbie’ of Globalism, by Jack Montgomery.

The former White House Chief Strategist contrasted the globalist vision of the two Europeans with the economic nationalism advocated by President Trump.

“I think economic nationalism is what binds us together,” Bannon explained. “It doesn’t matter your race, it doesn’t matter your ethnicity, it doesn’t matter your religion, it doesn’t matter your skin colour, it doesn’t matter your gender, it doesn’t matter your sexual preference — what matters is, are you a citizen of the American Republic? And if you are, you’re going to get preference.” …

Bannon observed that citizens have “many obligations and duties” to their countries, and that, consequently, national leaders have an obligation to put them first.

“When it comes to jobs, we’re going to protect our borders, we’re going to stop the amount of illegal immigration coming into the country … and by that way, make more opportunities for American citizens,” he asserted.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

UK Football Clubs Unveil ‘Non-Binary’ Prefix For Trans Fans Ahead Of ‘LGBT Fixture’

UK Football Clubs Unveil ‘Non-Binary’ Prefix For Trans Fans Ahead Of ‘LGBT Fixture’, by Virginia Hale.

Both teams said that supporters who “[do] not wish to be identified by traditional gender categories” can opt for the transgender-friendly ‘Mx’, in a statement ahead of a “designated LGBT fixture” between the clubs at the Liberty Stadium this weekend. …

On fansnetwork.co.uk, the news was greeted with a mixed response from Swansea fans, with the club’s show of support for “non-binary” people branded “Marxist Communist nonsense” by one user, while another quipped that the team “will be playing in skirts soon”. …

The announcement came ahead of LGBT pressure group Stonewall’s “Rainbow Laces” campaign, which runs between November 24 and December 3, in which sporting bodies across the UK “come out for equality” by promoting LGBT lifestyles.

Over this weekend, every fixture for the English Football League, Premier League, Aviva Premiership Rugby and the Scottish Professional Football League will be championing Rainbow Laces. …

UKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten warned the campaign is symptomatic of a worrying trend in Britain, telling Breitbart London that: “No area of society seems to be immune to the push by militant transgender activists and the equality and diversity industry to deconstruct and dissolve the scientific fact that there are two biological sexes: male and female.

“Most people are asking: ‘where will this end?’ The truth is that ‘progressivism’ will never end until cultural Marxism has swept away family, nation, Christianity, male, female, and everything which gives people identity.”

So now it’s Mr, Ms, and Mx. How long before Ms and Mr go the way of Mrs and Miss?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

How China’s Viral Authoritarianism Infects the West and Threatens the Enlightenment

How China’s Viral Authoritarianism Infects the West and Threatens the Enlightenment, by John Hayward.

China is betting that its brand of authoritarianism will go viral and infect not only Eastern nations it hopes to bring under its hegemonic sway, but the Western world as well.

What China has undertaken is a complete inversion of the early promise of the Internet, and before that a core principle of Western foreign policy: the conviction that liberty is viral. Before the Internet, it was firmly held that exposing authoritarian nations to Western liberty and its tangible benefits through economic and cultural contact would gradually erode the power of dictators and politburos. “Engagement” was the key to spreading freedom around the world, a process that would be greatly accelerated by the Internet and its uncontrollable tidal wave of information.

A great deal of Western foreign policy in the postwar era was based on this conviction, especially after the so-called “end of history” when the Soviet Union fell and the Berlin Wall came down. Note well that the author of the thesis that authoritarianism suffered a permanent defeat at the hands of classical liberalism, Francis Fukuyama, worked for the U.S. State Department.

A funny thing happened on the way to that inevitable triumph of liberty: authoritarianism adjusted its tactics, teamed up with the Western left to attack the foundations of classical liberalism, and found ways to not only control the Internet but turn that gushing firehose of intellectual freedom into an instrument of control.

China is already directly controlling Internet access for about a quarter of the entire planetary user base, and it exports its expertise by sending consultants abroad to teach other authoritarian regimes how to lock their nets down, too. China aggressively pushes its vision of tightly regulated speech and information as essential to social harmony. Does anyone doubt that it will find a growing audience among the increasingly censorious Western left? …

Social media companies and western universities are already infected with authoritarianism:

Social media companies that long ago knuckled under Chinese demands for censorship, in exchange for access to its huge online marketplace, are growing more comfortable with speech policing and ideological control in Western markets as well. …

The university system that feeds workers into Big Tech is also infested with viral authoritarianism. Campus crusades against “fascism” and “hate speech” are not much different in spirit from China’s notion of controlling speech to reduce discord and craft a more efficient society.

A recent Cato Institute survey found that a strong 71 percent majority of Americans disapprove of “political correctness” — but the same survey found majorities saying it works, because they are fearful of speaking honestly about their political beliefs. Even as they frowned upon P.C. tyranny, 79 percent of respondents agreed with its basic tenet that “hate speech” is “morally unacceptable.” …

The future of propaganda is PC with Chinese characteristics:

China has become very adept at exploiting stress points in Western society and co-opting the language of its political class to sell authoritarian ideals. Social justice and income inequality? Those are staples of Chinese political speech, which boasts of using centralized power to distribute resources more fairly and efficiently – even though China has one of the worst “wealth gaps” in the world.

Environmentalism? China is keenly aware that hardcore environmentalists already fantasize about doing away with representative democracy to save the Earth, because free citizens are short-sighted and foolish. China will boast incessantly of how its system prioritizes doing the “right thing” over antiquated notions of inalienable rights and self-governing citizens. Certain quarters of Western academic thought are quite receptive to the idea that only command economics can save the Earth from the ravages of capitalism.

Race relations? Chinese media loves to lecture Americans about that, even though its immigration policies are extremely restrictive, it has zero interest in taking in huge refugee populations, and disfavored minority groups in China are treated harshly. …

Human rights? China enjoys lectures about that, too, proceeding from effectively the same assumption as the Bernie Sanders wing of the American left: the only human right that really matters is a “roof over the head” and “food in the belly,” provided by an all-powerful state that demands complete obedience in exchange for its largesse. …

Millennials love socialism:

“Unlike competitive, confrontational Western politics, the CPC and non-Communist parties cooperate with each other, working together for the advancement of socialism and striving to improve the people’s standard of living. The relationship maintains political stability and social harmony and ensures efficient policy-making and implementation,” Xinhua explained. …

Not looking good for freedom:

The Internet is clearly no great threat to authoritarianism, because the maximum rulers quickly adapted by studying such landmark events as the Tiananmen Square student revolution, whose ideas spread by fax machine in the last hours before the dawn of the Internet. Chinese Communism survived first contact with the Information Age, and seems to be inoculated against dissident ideas.

Can a Western world riddled with internal strife, including populist revolts against incompetent and corrupt political elites, say the same? Where is anyone practicing a robust free-market entrepreneurial capitalism that can measure its results against China’s command economics and tight social controls? Which nation of the Anglosphere believes in free speech and individual liberty passionately enough to reject China’s arguments for control? The West will spend the next three decades fighting for financial turf it cannot hold, and moral high ground it doesn’t truly believe it should occupy.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Climate change will make Bearded Dragons dumber

Climate change will make Bearded Dragons dumber, by Joanne Nova.

Ominously, cute Australian Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) may grow up to be more stupid if their eggs are incubated in a hotter world.

Bearded Dragons Are Dumber Because of Climate Change

–- National Geographic

This has all kinds of implications.

Obviously, it follows that Victorian Bearded Dragons must be smarter than their Queensland cousins. I can see future papers coming on the IQ gradient of dragons down the East Coast of Australia.

Secondly, with this handy simple relationship between IQ and temperature we can infer the entire intellectual history of Bearded Dragons as the climate fluctuated: including the Peak Holocene Dolt Era and the Glacial Genius Maximum.

Australia Still Relies On Coal For Most Of Its Power

Australia Still Relies On Coal For Most Of Its Power, by Paul Homewood. The Australian live generation data is available here.

Click for live data

I have just checked out the current position, which shows coal contributing 73%, and gas another 14%.

Wind power is running at a measly 3%. It is still early morning down under, … but solar is still only up to 6% at the moment. …

Even the renewable wonderland of South Australia is mainly dependent on natural gas.

Perhaps I am missing something, but can anybody tell me how our Antipodean cousins are going to manage when Jay Weatherill and his chums get their way, and do away with fossil fuels?

Somehow I don’t think one of Elon Musk’s batteries will help very much.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

ABC = Anything (but) Biblical Christianity

ABC = Anything (but) Biblical Christianity, by Mark Powell.

When it comes to reporting on religion, Julia Baird is a great example of what is wrong with the ABC, as well as the rest of the mainstream media, at the present time. Both are, quite frankly, biblically illiterate and therefore ideologically opposed to traditional Christianity. And their bias shows.

Baird recently published an article in The Sydney Morning Herald sanctimoniously savaging conservative Christians in general and the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in particular for having the temerity to defend their historic doctrinal standards regarding marriage. …

Her entire thesis is fundamentally flawed. Baird concludes her piece as follows:

For those confused about the place of Christianity in the public square now this vote has passed, it might be time to get back to that old thing, what is it again, that book…the Bible, in which there are more than 2000 references to poverty and a scant handful to sexuality.

What intrigued me about this statement is that no one has seemed willing to question it even though it is patently false. … Based on a simple word study, the subject of “poverty” and “sexuality” are given approximately the same weight and importance in the Biblical canon. …

Even more bizarre is Baird’s question – which quickly becomes an accusation – as to who, and who does not, speak for God. For Baird, those who voted ‘Yes’ in the plebiscite are those who truly “know Jesus.” But for “narrow and controlling” clergy such as the Rev. Dr Glenn Davies, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, he is one of “the pious Church leaders” (i.e. Pharisees) characterised by “greed, selfishness, lack of love,” whom the Lord Jesus Christ would have definitely opposed.

According to Baird though, “Yes” voting Liberal Senator Dean Smith, whose only confession of faith is that he’s proud to be an Anglican, is on the side of the angels – even if his stance is completely at odds with the Scriptures. Unperturbed, Baird calls on the greatest theological authority of all, Gogglebox. Yep, you heard me. Professional television watchers and armchair social commentators now have, according to Baird, more biblical and theological insight than one of Australia’s leading church leaders and one of the leading Anglican theologians of the world, not to mention well trained Christian clergy in local parishes around the country.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

For the third time in two weeks migrant riots in ‘hellhole’ Brussels

For the third time in two weeks migrant riots in ‘hellhole’ Brussels, by Voice of Europe.

More Riots in Brussels today. During a demonstration against slavery in the Belgian capital, the situation escalated completely. It’s the third time in two weeks that police lost control over the city’s centre.

According to Belgian news sources the demonstration of “Africa Liberation” started peacefully at about 2 pm. After a while thugs started destroying and plundering stores in the city centre.

At least one police vehicle and several stores were damaged during the riots. A helicopter, a water cannon and several police forces were needed to take back control. …

Two weeks ago there were riots in the city after a Moroccan football match and ten days ago after a flash mob.

The number of military age African and Muslim males, from different cultures and not assimilating, is increasing in Europe. They are presumably looking to exert their influence and increase their own authority. What will Brussels be like in 10 years time? 20?

Brits were lied to when the joined the European Common Market in 1973: Secret document kept truth hidden for 30 years

Brits were lied to when the joined the European Common Market in 1973: Secret document kept truth hidden for 30 years. By Lara Deauville.

A SECRET document, which remained locked away for 30 years, advised the British Government to cover-up the realities of EU membership so that by the time the public realised what was happening it would be too late.

Almost all of the shocking predictions – from the loss of British sovereignty, to monetary union and the over-arching powers of European courts – have come true.

But damningly for Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath, and all those who kept quiet about the findings in the early 70s, the document, known as FCO30/1048, was locked away under Official Secrets Act rules for almost five decades.

The classified paper, dated April 1971, suggested the Government should keep the British public in the dark about what EEC membership means predicting that it would take 30 years for voters to realise what was happening by which time it would be too late to leave. …

The unknown author — a senior civil servant — correctly predicted the then European Economic Community (the EEC effectively became the EU in 1993) was headed for economic, monetary and fiscal union, with a common foreign and defence policy, which would constitute the greatest surrender of Britain’s national sovereignty since 1066.

He went on to say “Community law” would take precedence over our own courts and that ever more power would pass away from Parliament to the bureaucratic system centred in Brussels.

The author even accurately asserts that the increased role of Brussels in the lives of the British people would lead to a “popular feeling of alienation from Government”.

But shockingly politicians were advised “not to exacerbate public concern by attributing unpopular measures… to the remote and unmanageable workings of the Community”.

They were told to preserve the impression that the British Government was still calling the shots rather than an unelected body of foreign politicians – and that the ruse would last “for this century at least” – by which time Britain would be so completely chained to Brussels it would be impossible to leave.

Brexiteers shocked:

Document FCO30/1048, which has now been declassified under the 30-year rule, still shocks and angers Brexiteers.

Annabelle Sanderson, a Brexit expert and former advisor to Nigel Farage said: “Despite all the claims from politicians of many parties that the EU was not about becoming a central state this 1971 document shows that is exactly what the plan was.

Female RAF recruits get £100,000 compensation each… because they were made to march like men

Female RAF recruits get £100,000 compensation each… because they were made to march like men, by Mark Nichol.

Three female RAF recruits have each been awarded £100,000 by the Ministry of Defence after suffering injuries caused by marching in step with their male colleagues.

The women claimed that parading alongside taller male recruits caused them to over-stride, a repetitive motion which, when repeated over several weeks, led them to develop spinal and pelvic injuries. …

Despite the fact that the women – aged 17, 22 and 23 at the time – were injured in the first nine weeks of their RAF training, they have been compensated for nine years of lost earnings and pension perks. All have recovered and have successful careers outside the military. …

The payouts are more than soldiers get for being shot, losing an eye or foot, or for injuries reducing life expectancy by more than five years.

Last night, former Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said: ‘This case is completely and utterly ridiculous – it belongs in the land of the absurd.

‘The defence budget is strapped and we’re making 20,000 troops redundant, yet these former recruits are being paid six-figure sums.

‘The MoD must stand up to the compensation culture and get the wider public on its side. If the RAF has erred in its training procedures it is because of society’s obsession with gender equality. …

Tracie Davies, who is 5ft 4in, was surprised to find herself marching alongside male recruits when she began basic training in January 2006 at the age of 22. Within weeks she was in agony.

She said: ‘The guys were over 6ft tall so I was over-striding to march in step with them. When I started getting pains in my groin I was told to march through it, even when I was carrying a heavy pack which was almost the size of me.

‘I trusted the medics to know better than me so I carried on marching. But eventually I couldn’t take any more and burst into tears. An X-Ray found four separate pelvic fractures. …

She accepted a one-off sum of £3,000 and thought no more of it.

But in a disturbing example of the compensation culture engulfing the military, she was persuaded to sue top brass for loss of earnings.

The Girl’s Guide to Tucking Your Dick

The Girl’s Guide to Tucking Your Dick, by Diana Tourjee. Progressives bring us progress in unexpected ways.

Thousands of chicks with dicks live in the United States. (I know because I’m one of them.) You ask us for tampons in the women’s bathroom, and at the gym, you lust after us as we sprint on the treadmill. We are your best friend, your client, and the girl you swiped right on Tinder ten minutes ago. We are everywhere.

The idea that genitalia equal gender is inaccurate. According to a National Center for Transgender Equality report published in 2011, two out of three trans women haven’t had sex reassignment surgery. Many trans girls obsessively curate their aesthetic to erase the fact that they once lived as men. Though transitioning is a form of self-expression and acceptance, the anxiety to pass as a cisgender woman is partly produced by the general public’s lack of understanding about trans issues.

Sex altering rituals range from expensive surgical procedures to superficial tricks like tucking your dick between your legs. Tucking is cheap and simple – -and it’s a way to protect you from violent bigots who refuse to believe penises don’t define gender. Many people tuck as a safety measure; most of us don’t pass flawlessly as cisgender, and its often dangerous to be perceived as trans. For trans women who feel turmoil about their bodies, tucking can also a stopgap until they can afford to fly to Thailand for surgery. … Countless other women love their dicks and tuck primarily for a streamlined aesthetic. Tucking can feel liberating — as if you have a say over your body and how it is perceived for the first time.

People learn the skill from a variety of sources. … I learned the hard way how to tuck properly. … After several painful experiences and dutiful research, I learned proper form. My knowledge is compiled here so that no woman has to go through what I did in order to tuck her dick. …

Follow the link for the anatomical details.

Many women wear a pair or two of very tight panties, but some people opt for specialty items like “gaffs.” These are old-school synthetic fiber panties designed to hold the tucked dick in place. Put them on like any other pair of underwear and then just pull those panties up until they’re hugging the pelvis, creating a smooth groin.

Laptops Are Great, But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting

Laptops Are Great, But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting. By Susan Dynarski.

A growing body of evidence shows that, overall, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades. The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces. …

The researchers hypothesized that, because students can type faster than they can write, the lecturer’s words flowed right to the students’ typing fingers without stopping in their brains for substantive processing. Students writing by hand had to process and condense the spoken material simply to enable their pens to keep up with the lecture. Indeed, the notes of the laptop users more closely resembled transcripts than lecture summaries. The handwritten versions were more succinct but included the salient issues discussed in the lecture. …

The strongest argument [for banning electronics in the classroom] is that one student’s use of a laptop harms the learning of students around them. … I do make one major exception. Students with learning disabilities may use electronics in order to participate in class. …

The best evidence available now suggests that students should avoid laptops during lectures and just pick up their pens. It’s not a leap to think that the same holds for middle and high school classrooms, as well as for workplace meetings.

Why Race Will Break the U.S. Apart

Why Race Will Break the U.S. Apart, by Doug Casey in an interview.

America is a marvelous idea, a unique idea, fantastic idea. I’m extremely pro-American. But America has ceased to exist. …

Democracy originated in 6th-century BC Greece. It was a unique and workable method of governance for city-states of a few thousand people. And in the case of Athens, as many as 40,000 people.

But these people all shared a common language. They worshipped the same gods. They were the same ethnicity. They had the same customs and beliefs. They were like an extended clan with many similarities. Differences were among individuals, not groups.

When the U.S. democracy was started, it was much like that. It was very much like a Greek city-state, an extended one. Everybody shared culture, ethnicity, language, habits, and so forth, with just minor regional differences. People saw themselves first as New Yorkers, Virginians, or whatever, just as the Greeks saw themselves first as Athenians, Thebans, Corinthians, or many scores of other polities.

As you know I don’t believe in democracy, I believe in personal freedom. Democracy is workable enough in something like a cohesive city-state. But absolutely not once voters get involved in economic issues — the poor will always vote themselves a free lunch, and the rich will buy votes to give themselves more. Democracy always devolves into class warfare. …

Anybody can vote. People who are penniless. Eighteen-year-olds who have no knowledge or experience and are fresh out of the indoctrination of high school. Lots of non-citizens, probably millions, manage to vote. Voting has become, as H.L. Mencken said, just an advance auction on stolen goods. ….

Race is just the most obvious thing that divides people. You can see that somebody’s of a different race just by looking at them. The old saying about birds of a feather flocking together is basically true. It’s very politically incorrect to make that observation, of course. Certainly if you’re white. But it’s factually accurate. Most things that are PC fly in the face of reality.

For another thing, today, the United States is multicultural. America used to have its own distinct culture; the U.S. no longer stands for anything.

If people are of a different race, it increases the chances that they’re not going to share other things. The key, for a rational person, is to judge people as individuals. Race, sex, religion, and cultural background are quick indicators of who a person might be. As are dress, accent, attitude, and what they say among many other indicators. You need as much data as you can get to help you judge what the other person will do, and who he is. It’s actually quite stupid to not discriminate among people you encounter. But then the whole PC movement is quite stupid by its very nature. …

You can’t have a multicultural democracy. And you especially can’t have one where the government is making laws that have to do with economics…where it allocates wealth from one group to another group.

Part 2

What about political tensions? Because, as I’m sure you’ve seen, the far-left and far-right are becoming more and more antagonistic. In some cases, they’ve even become violent towards each other. Could radical political ideologies cause the country to break apart?

Yes, I think so.

In the late ‘60s and the early ‘70s, hundreds of bombings took place at universities, banks, and all kinds of places. The National Guard was in cities like Detroit during the riots, and they were raking buildings with .50 caliber machine guns. It was wild.

I lived in Washington DC then. It seemed like there was tear gas in the air half the time I went out on a date on a Friday or Saturday night.

But as wild and wooly as things were back then, what we have now is much more serious.

The racial element is still there, but the ideological element is even more pronounced.

In those days, people at least talked to each other. You could have a disagreement, and it was a simple difference of opinion.

It’s much worse now. Today, there’s a visceral hatred between the left and the right, between the people that live in the so-called red counties and blue counties.

You add that to the racial situation. Then throw in the fact that the rich are getting richer at an exponential rate while the middle class is disappearing.

And let’s not forget the large-scale subsidized migration of people from totally alien Third World hellholes. This is not what the U.S. was founded on. Before changes in the immigration law that were made in the ‘60s, immigrants were culturally compatible opportunity seekers that were coming to America to improve themselves.

Now, people from all kinds of alien places are being imported by the hundreds of thousands by NGOs; they then go on welfare in enclaves in different places around the country. This is unlikely to end well. The U.S. is no longer a country.

Sweden’s Sexual Assault Crisis Presents a Feminist Paradox

Sweden’s Sexual Assault Crisis Presents a Feminist Paradox, by Paulina Neuding.

Sweden prides itself on being a beacon of feminism. It has the most generous parental leave in the developed world, providing for 18 months off work, 15 of which can be used by fathers as paternity leave. A quarter of the paid parental leave is indeed used by men, and this is too little according to the Swedish government, which has made it a political priority to get fathers to stay at home longer with their children. …

Reported sex crimes increased by 61 percent between 2007 and 2016. Meanwhile a rise in gang violence among men — the number of victims injured by gunshots increased by 50 percent between 2004 and 2016 — indirectly affects the safety of women. Police admit that rape cases are piling up without being investigated because resources are being drained by gang violence and shootings.

The rape epidemic:

In June, a 12-year-old girl in the small town of Stenungsund reported that she had been dragged into a public restroom and raped by an older boy. Six weeks later the girl had still not been questioned by the police. Even though she believed she had identified the perpetrator, the police had yet to pay him a visit.

“We have so many similar cases,” a spokeswoman of the local police told the Swedish public television channel SVT on September 12, “and there are so few of us, that we simply don’t have the time.” She continued: “We have rape victims three years old,” and even their cases await investigation. …

Another infamous case in the city of Uppsala became known as the ”Snapchat rape.” Two men filmed their rape of a young girl in real time and then uploaded the video clip to the Snapchat app. Another girl saw the clip, saved it and told her mother, who then alerted the police. It was two months before she was contacted by investigators. “It was terrible, because what you saw in that film, it was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. And that it was so widely spread, and then that they didn’t get arrested,” the mother told SVT. The two suspects were at long last arrested and convicted of rape, but recent statistics show that this is a rare exception to the norm in Sweden. …

While precise numbers are hard to come by, surveys of victims indicate that the share of women in Sweden stating that they have been victims of sex crime has grown rapidly. Self-reported sex crimes doubled between 2012 and 2015, from 1.4 to 3 percent of the female population. …

Muslim migrants — Allahu Akbar!

Previous studies (by now more than a decade old) have shown a large overrepresentation of immigrants, particularly from patriarchal societies in the Middle East and North Africa, among the suspects of sex crimes in Sweden. Overrepresentation of immigrants has been even higher when it comes to group rapes, especially with three or more assailants. According to an official study from 1996, immigrant males were 4.5 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape. Immigrants from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia were particularly overrepresented, being more than 20 times as likely to commit the same crime. …

Open discussion of this subject is thwarted by taboos. Xenophobic movements in and outside Sweden use immigrant rapes as a political weapon to generalize about immigrants, which has made it an understandably sensitive topic.

Why don’t Swedish men prevent the newcomers from raping their women?

Swedish society is very feminized, with women largely running government and men somewhat emasculated. Why does Sweden keep bringing in more such immigrant men who are likely to rape?

Now that’s a sensitive topic utterly forbidden by feminists.

The Party’s Over For Australia’s $5.6 Trillion Housing Frenzy

The Party’s Over For Australia’s $5.6 Trillion Housing Frenzy, by Tyler Durden.

Early this month, we discussed whether the world’s longest running bull market – 55 years – in Australian house prices had come to an end. …

Measures to tighten credit standards and dissuade overseas buyers (especially Chinese in Sydney and Melbourne) have finally begun to bite. …

Sydney prices fell in October, for the second month running, and poised to lead national prices lower. …

After five years of surging prices, the market value of the nation’s homes has ballooned to A$7.3 trillion ($5.6 trillion) — or more than four times gross domestic product. Not even the U.S. and U.K. markets achieved such heights at their peaks a decade ago before prices spiraled lower and dragged their economies with them. …

The increasing treatment of housing as a financial commodity has seen borrowers rush into a byzantine maze of mortgage-related products. That’s made banks very profitable, but very exposed. …

When the housing market bubble bursts, the Australian banks will probably go under and require massive government printing to bail them out so shareholders and lenders don’t lose their assets.

After all, it would be asking too much for government to do the right thing — to let the banks go bust, then immediately nationalize them so their day-to-day banking functions carry on, then in a couple of years sell the banks when they are profitable again. That way shareholders and bank bond holders lose, as they should for owning or lending to a failed business. The rest of us get to continue using the banking system, for which there is a market that has nothing to do with bank lending.

Apartment building bubble? No, say it isn’t so….

Bitcoin will consume 100% of the world’s electricity by 2020, on current trends

Bitcoin will consume 100% of the world’s electricity by 2020, on current trends, by Digiconomist.

The machines performing the “work” [to make the Bitcoin network function, and to make new bitcoins by so-called “mining”] are consuming huge amounts of energy while doing so. …

The continuous block mining cycle incentivizes people all over the world to mine Bitcoin. As mining can provide a solid stream of revenue, people are very willing to run power-hungry machines to get a piece of it. Over the years this has caused the total energy consumption of the Bitcoin network to grow to epic proportions, as the price of the currency reached new highs.

Compared to the electricity consumption of entire countries, Bitcoin mining ranks 64th in the world — behind Morocco and Serbia, but ahead of Oman and the Slovak Republic.

The electricity used to mine Bitcoins currently costs about US$1.5 billion per year (30 TWh), and is rising at a prodigious rate (it was 23 TWh a month ago).

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa, by PowerCompare.

While Bitcoin Mining is only currently consuming 0.13% of the world’s electricity output, it’s growing incredibly quickly.

On current growth rates, Bitcoin will consume 100% of the world’s electricity by 2020.

At a very basic level Bitcoin mining requires expensive and power hungry computer hardware. As the IEEE explains:

Mining power is high and getting higher, thanks to a computational arms race. Recall that the required number of zeros at the beginning of a hash is tweaked biweekly to adjust the difficulty of creating a block — and more zeros means more difficulty.

The Bitcoin algorithm adds these zeros in order to keep the rate at which blocks are added constant, at one new block every 10 minutes. The idea is to compensate for the mining hardware becoming more and more powerful.

When the hashing is harder, it takes more computations to create a block and thus more effort to earn new bitcoins, which are then added to circulation.

To better understand how this whole process works have a look at Investopedia’s guide.