Twitter CEO shared 17 tweets from Russian troll accounts

Twitter CEO shared 17 tweets from Russian troll accounts, by Katelyn Caralle.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared at least 17 tweets from a Russian troll between late 2016 and mid 2017.

Politically divisive messages posted by troll accounts like @Crystal1Johnson were occurring as recently as last month, the Wall Street Journal revealed Tuesday in an analysis of investigative documents and Twitter data.

Fire Jack Dorsey, and ban him too. He colluded with Russia to undermine the democratic process in the US.

Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank Navy Ship

Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank Navy Ship, by Robert McCain. Seven sailors died in June 2017 when the USS Fitzgerald was struck by a hulking freighter in the dead of night. The ship barely survived.

During the early weeks after the USS Fitzgerald was speared by a lumbering Philippine container ship, it was noteworthy that the captain and a couple of admirals were publicly named, but not the actual officer in charge, the officer of the deck. (OOD)

The other person who should have kept the Fitz out of trouble is the person in charge of the combat information center, the Tactical Action Officer. That individual is supposed to be monitoring the combat radar, which can detect a swimmer at a distance of two miles.

Not until a year later, when the final reports are made public and the guilty parties have been court-martialed, does the truth come out. The OOD was named Sarah, and the Tactical Action Officer was named Natalie, and they weren’t speaking to each other!!!  The Tactical Action Officer would normally be in near constant communication with the OOD, but there is no record of any communication between them that entire shift!

Another fun fact: In the Navy that won WWII, the damage control officers were usually some of the biggest and strongest men aboard, able to close hatches, shore up damaged areas with timbers, etc. The Fitz’s damage control officer was also a woman, and she never left the bridge. She handled the aftermath of the accident remotely, without lifting a finger herself!

When I noticed last year that they were doing all they could to keep the OOD’s name out of the headlines, I speculated to my son that it was a she. Turns out all the key people (except one officer in the CIC) were female! …

More generally:

That two of the officers … involved in this fatal incident were female suggests that discipline and training standards have been lowered for the sake of “gender integration,” which was a major policy push at the Pentagon during the Obama administration. It could be that senior officers, knowing their promotions may hinge on enthusiastic support for “gender integration,” are reluctant to enforce standards for the women under their command.

This was the story of Kara Hultgreen, the Navy pilot who died in a 1994 F-14 crash. Investigation showed that Hultgreen had been allowed to proceed in her training after errors that would have meant a washout for any male pilot. But the Clinton administration was pushing for female fighter pilots, which resulted in a competition between the Navy and Air Force to put women into these combat roles.

Political correctness is dangerous. It gets people killed.

Previously: US Navy in trouble stemming from PC?

Celebs Melt Down over Border Enforcement: ‘Nazis,’ ‘F**king Kidnappers,’ ‘Torturing of Children’

Celebs Melt Down over Border Enforcement: ‘Nazis,’ ‘F**king Kidnappers,’ ‘Torturing of Children’. By Jerome Hudson.

Hollywood elites took to social media on Monday and fired one unhinged tweet after another, accusing President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions of instituting U.S.-Mexico border enforcement tantamount to Nazi-like tactics of “torture” and “kidnapping.”

Competitive virtue signalling drives some people to say the stupidest things:

No doubt this particular brand of nonsense will land in Australia soon in some form.

And there is a strong hypocrisy-on-the-left angle:

The past week has seen establishment media members, Chelsea Clinton, former Obama officials, Bush family members (Jeb!), celebrities, and left-wing activists slam the Trump administration for it’s handling of the surge of illegal border crossers — particularly hammering Trump for implementing that same policy that Obama did, by separating minor illegals from adults and holding them in detention centers until they can be deported or returned to their family.

These parties didn’t slam the Obama administration in 2014 for enforcing the same policy at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The compassion is always selective.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

13 Facts the Media ‘Pros’ Don’t Want You to Know About ‘Family Border Separation’

13 Facts the Media ‘Pros’ Don’t Want You to Know About ‘Family Border Separation’, by John Nolte.

The fire hose of fake news from the establishment media this week on the issue of illegal immigrant families separated at the border is designed to mislead the American people — and to distract from Trump’s recent successes. …

Some items from the list:

1. Trump Is Only Enforcing the Law

2. Trump’s Only Choice Is to Separate Illegal Alien Families

When an illegal alien crosses the border into the U.S., he is a lawbreaker, and, like any lawbreaker (including American citizens), he is put into the criminal justice system. This is the law.

Obviously, when an illegal alien is in custody, he is housed in an adult detention center. For obvious reasons, it would be illegal for Trump to “reunite” this family by allowing children to live in adult detention centers. …

In order to keep the family unit together, we can either put children in adult detention centers (unthinkable), put adults in child detention centers (unthinkable), or hold no one, which means “catch and release,” which means letting even more illegal immigrants loose to live in our country illegally. …

7. Obama and Democrats Incentivized This ‘Family Separation’

Until Obama came along, illegal border crossings primarily involved young, single men. Obama incentivized the idea of dragging minor children along on this dangerous journey (where many children are sexually assaulted) through his policy of “catch and release.”

Once word got out that illegals with small children would be let loose into America, the number of children crossing the border exploded. …

8. Barack Obama Separated Illegal Alien Families, Media Said Nothing …

12. “Family Reunification” Is an Invitation to Human Traffickers

Because of “catch and release,” because of this dumb and destructive loophole carved out for families, the number of illegal aliens using children to enter the U.S. increased by 315 percent between October 2017 and February 2018.

Asymmetrical Capitalism

Asymmetrical Capitalism, by Kevin Williamson.

Most people would be enthusiastic about capitalism if not for their interactions with a small number of businesses that unfortunately occupy critical positions in the everyday economy: banks and credit-card companies, insurance companies, cable providers, airlines, and a few others.

Most of those companies have a few things in common. They tend to be located in industries that are heavily regulated, which leads to consolidation and weak competition. They generally are located at choke points, meaning that many people in the ordinary course of affairs are obliged to do business with them in order to simply get on with their lives. And they often are located at the intersection of big government and financial services.

And in almost all cases, they put consumers on the losing end of an asymmetrical relationship. … If I’m at Walmart and I’m told there’s going to be a six-hour delay at check-out, I flip the metaphorical bird to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, drop my purchases where I stand, and mosey on down the road to Target or AutoZone or Academy or whichever store it is that has what I want. Walmart and I have the right kind of free-market relationship, because we both have the power of exit: It’s easy for Walmart to say “No” if I want the company to start stocking Armani or to cut the price of bananas by 20 percent, and it’s easy for me to walk away if Walmart isn’t giving me what I want at a price I like. That’s why companies such as Walmart and McDonald’s — and other firms in markets that have lots of buyers and lots of sellers making lots of transactions — cannot simply raise prices or unilaterally set terms. ..

Consolidation and weak competition are driven, at least in part, by the same thing: higher regulatory compliance costs. Not regulations per se, but bad regulation — often shaped by industry lobbyists.

Consolidation generally stinks for consumers. That’s why if you’re five minutes late boarding a flight, you are out of luck and will pay for the privilege of rebooking, but if it takes you ten hours to complete a three-hour flight because the airline can’t figure out how to get a flight crew to JFK, or if you sit on the tarmac at DFW for 90 minutes because you’re waiting on the gate to be cleared by an airplane that is actually out of commission and going nowhere—these are not hypothetical—American doesn’t pay you $200 for wasting your time. The onus is all on you.

Everybody experiences this from time to time. You get an inexplicable $15 fee from your bank and decide that it’s easier to pay it than to investigate; you set up an automated bill payment and then get charged late fees when the company’s system fails; your home wi-fi operates at 12 percent of the advertised speed and the company insists that that’s normal variation. These things end up being hard to fight, in no small part because the credit-reporting system is such an important part of our lives: Withhold rent from the landlord who is failing to keep up his end of the lease, or refuse to pay the cable company for service that is less than promised, and your credit score will take a beating, which can have far worse consequences than being obliged to pay negligent service providers. …

Progressives look at these situations and conclude that the answer is — more regulation. They believe that the way to achieve fairness is to simply mandate it. This represents some pretty primitive thinking, but primitive thinking dominates politics. …

A better answer is more-robust competition, but it is not always clear how to go about achieving that. …

Regulation, like government spending, too often is framed as a pro-or-con issue. The question of whether the federal government should spend any given dollar isn’t something that can be answered in the abstract: It matters what the dollar is being spent on. Missile defense is one thing, bulls**t subsidies for third-rate theater groups is another. (Really, Hamlet is a young woman this time? It’s been done, a lot, and it wasn’t very interesting the first 10,000 times.) The same goes for regulation: The question isn’t so much to regulate or not to regulate but what manner of regulation we should be considering. …

Here’s an idea: Enhance consumers’ power of exit. Make it easier to terminate apartment leases and cable contracts, reform the credit-reporting system to prevent its being used as a weapon in the course of good-faith disputes, make it easier for consumers to use institutions such as small-claims courts to ensure a fairer fight.

Charles:

Google is another example – all the FAANGs, in fact. These companies are entrenched by regulation.

Elon Musk is correct to claim to be a Socialist — because he became an Oligarch, and he is now able to project his vision on others, without being subject to the same rules.

hat-tip Charles in Melbourne

Trump and the Invasion of the West

Trump and the Invasion of the West, by Pat Buchanan.

“No one likes this policy,” says White House aide Kellyanne Conway, even “the president wants this to end.”

And so it shall — given the universal denunciations and photos of sobbing children being pulled from parents. Yet striking down the policy will leave America’s immigration crisis still unresolved. …

Reflecting its frustration, the White House press office declared:

“We can’t deport them, we can’t separate them, we can’t detain them, we can’t prosecute them. What (the Democrats) want is a radical open-border policy that lets everyone out into the interior of this country with virtually no documentation whatsoever.”

Where many Americans see illegal intruders, Democrats see future voters.

The existential question, however, thus remains: How does the West, America included, stop the flood tide of migrants before it alters forever the political and demographic character of our nations and our civilization? …

And Europe’s southern border is more imperiled than ours. …

Virtually every one of the populist parties of Europe, especially of the right, have arisen to contest or to seize power by riding the issue of mass migration from Africa and the Middle East.

Yet the progressives adamantly refuse to act, apparently paralyzed by a belief that restricting the free movement of peoples from foreign lands violates one of the great commandments of liberal democracy.

We are truly dealing here with an ideology of Western suicide. …

If but a tiny fraction of the African and Middle Eastern population decides to cross the Mediterranean to occupy the emptying towns and villages of an aging and dying continent, who and what will stop them?

Trump may be on the wrong side politically and emotionally of this issue of separating migrant kids from their parents.

But on the mega-issue — the Third World invasion of the West — he is riding the great wave of the future, if the West is to have a future.

How many in the West even know the magnitude of the problem? Do the”progressives” know?

Population 1950-2010 Africa, ME, Europe

(Sorry, that graph again, from Steve Sailer.)

hat-tip Charles, Stephen Neil

Why Is The World Getting Dumber?

Why Is The World Getting Dumber? By Jim Goad.

IQ tests over the past two decades show that people are getting dumber, and researchers are stupidly trying to blame this on everything except genetics.

I believe that the fundamental political/philosophical/cultural question—the one that cuts through all the nonsense and rushes straight for the jugular—is “Are people equal?”

It seems obvious to the point of slapstick comedy to me that people are most decidedly NOT equal. All of the evidence suggests that people are wildly unequal, not only within their specified groups, but especially between groups, a statistical fact that Lewontin’s fallacy tried and failed to obscure. …

What if we were to, I dunno, compare the average IQ scores of the nations with the five highest and five lowest birth rates in the world?

Here’s what I found. The country’s estimated mean IQ is in parentheses.

Five highest birth rates
Niger (84)
Angola (68)
Chad (68)
Somalia (68)
Burundi (69)

Five lowest birth rates
Italy (102)
Japan (105)
Greece (92)
Portugal (95)
Taiwan (104)

Are you seeing a pattern there? If not, are you blind?

Average IQ by Country

Previously: Dumb and dumber: why we’re getting less intelligent.

US quits the UN’s Human Rights Council, citing its ‘chronic bias against Israel’

US quits the UN’s Human Rights Council, citing its ‘chronic bias against Israel’, by Raphael Ahren.

The United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday, branding the global body a “cesspool of political bias.”

“We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said at a press conference announcing the move. …

Although the US could have remained a non-voting observer on the council, a US official said it was a “complete withdrawal” and that the United States was resigning its seat “effective immediately.”

We’re heading ever closer to all-out trade war

We’re heading ever closer to all-out trade war, by John Stepak.

On Friday, Donald Trump released a list of $50bn-worth of Chinese goods that will face a 25% import tariff, with the aim of recouping “the annual cost of China’s state-backed theft of US intellectual property”, reports the FT. China retaliated by saying that it would impose tariffs on $50bn-worth of US products.

So, last night, Trump said that he had asked US trade officials to find another $200bn-worth that will earn a 10% tariff. These tariffs, he said, will go ahead unless China ditches its retaliation plans.

China didn’t react too cheerfully. It denounced the US as acting “irrationally” and warned of “strong, powerful countermeasures”.

It’s admittedly harder for China to retaliate by imposing more tariffs, as it only imported $130bn of goods from the US last year. However, as the FT points out, it has plenty of other options. For example, it could “make life harder” for the likes of Ford and GM, “for whom China is their largest market.” All the other US companies operating in China could be in the firing line too.

Investors are realising that Trump is quite serious about reducing the US trade deficit with China. And unlike on Europe — where tariffs and trade barriers are broadly the same on both sides of the relationship — Trump has a point on China. As Raoul Leering of ING points out, on average, China’s tariffs on US imports are a good bit higher than America’s tariffs on imports from China.

Moreover, US demand for Chinese products “contributes… five times as much to their GDP as their demand for US products adds to US GDP”. So, on a narrow level at least, this is a trade war that the US can, if not “win”, at least come away better off than its rival. …

China is a big market and a lot of companies in the US won’t be happy about the idea of being effectively shut out of it.  …

Protectionism also means that companies have a smaller global pool of labour to choose from. That means higher wages, all else being equal. So it drives up costs too.

The Inspector General’s on the FBI Report Was a Whitewash and Devastating All At Once

The Inspector General’s on the FBI Report Was a Whitewash and Devastating All At Once, by Kurt Schlicter.

Remember the Comey conference back in July 2016? Its bombshells were thermonuclear too. Integrity Boy laid out an utterly devastating case against Felonia Milhous Von Pansuit, highlighting in damning detail her litany of crimes that would have consigned you, me, or anyone else not in the elite to a long tour in the stony lonesome. And then that Looming Doofus concluded his lengthy summation with, “But never mind.”

The same with the IG report. Yeah, the report demonstrated intense and pervasive political bias. Yeah, at every turn the FBI/DOJ hacks gave unprecedented deference and breaks to Hillary. Yeah, from the get-go they talked about how no one was ever going to be prosecuted. Nah, nothing to see. …

The IG report sidestepped the most critical point, the one that is resulting in the American people losing their last remaining fragments of faith in our system, the fact that there are demonstrably two sets of rules, that there are two brands of justice in America. There is one for you, me, and everyone else not in the elite – the infuriated, angry Normals. And there is another one for the elite. …

Our country cannot go on like this. The rule of law matters, and the rule of law does not have exceptions that exempt preferred people and groups. We have tolerated this abomination long enough – it has to stop. Either the elite rediscovers its sense of duty and service and stops it, or we will stop it. Donald Trump is our latest attempt to do that. If he is unable to do so, the elite is really going to hate what we try next. …

The IG report, simultaneously a devastating indictment of elite misconduct and a total whitewash, is a symptom of the moral leprosy infecting our elite. It is rotting away our institutions, and the foundations of the United States as we knew it. But the elite can’t, or won’t, even admit to itself what we all see.

Identity politics hijacks tragic tale of woman’s death

Identity politics hijacks tragic tale of woman’s death, by Chris Kenny.

We dare not speak about the Islamist extremist motivation of some murderous crimes because of fears this will slur all Muslims. Yet when a man rapes and murders a woman we shame all men. …

The rape and murder of 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne last week shocked the nation. So it should. Spare me the day that such an atrocity would not spark community outrage and shared responses. But some have overlaid identity politics on an emotional response in an unhealthy way.

Why is “violence against women” so deplored by the PC brigade? About 80% of violence — murders, assaults, rapes  etc — is against men. Is violence against men not also deplorable, or are we merely expendable? It’s as if the feminists rule the PC mob, which rules our world currently. Enough.

Meanwhile our feminists, having exploited our chivalry and shouted their way to the top, have emasculated too many western men. Now they want to import Muslim men — who are often irredeemably and ostentatiously sexist followers of a death cult that treats women like chattels. Yet our PC mob, ruled by the feminists, love Islamic migrants and beat up on anyone who criticizes their imports. Very strange.

Open Letter to Julie Bishop on Dog and Cat Meat Trade

Open Letter to Julie Bishop on Dog and Cat Meat Trade, by James Doogue.

Dog and/or cat meat consumption occurs in South Korea, The Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nigeria, Ghana, even Poland and Switzerland and the region of Nagaland in India, PNG, some South Pacific islands and other places around the world.

Last year Taiwan banned the selling and eating of cats and dogs after a series of cruelty cases that caused widespread outrage.

This only proved something I have known for years. The majority of people who live in countries where dogs and cats are eaten do not approve of the practice.

Dog meat for sale in a market in Hanoi, Vietnam.

I have had some involvement with village people in Vietnam and Cambodia over the years who have dogs as pets. They find the idea of eating dog and cat meat abhorrent.

Cages of dogs and cats — some of them bred as domestic pets — are piled high and when an animal is chosen for sale it is bludgeoned with an iron bar until it is close to death before, being handed over to the purchaser. Source.

In 2016 a poll conducted by Horizon, commissioned by the China Animal Welfare Association, found that most Chinese citizens want the Yulin [dog meat] festival to end. In fact 69.5% of those surveyed had never eaten dog, 64.0% support an end to the Yulin festival, 62% believe it damages China’s reputation and 51.7% of Chinese surveyed supported making farming, selling and eating dog illegal. …

The only reason the dog meat trade persists is because of primitive beliefs. For example, some believe that eating black dogs in winter will help you stay warm. In Nigeria some believe that eating dog helps build immunity to disease. …

Eating dogs and cats is unnecessary — fish farming, duck breeding, and azolla production are far easier, cheaper and more productive.

Hanoi street vendor’s wooden table containing several dogs stacked on top one another that have been cooked and roasted for human consumption.

There is no humane way to get dog or cat meat to the plate. …

There is also a certain persistent belief that adrenaline, particularly the kind from fear, makes the dog or cat meat taste better and be more tender. In order to get this result, dogs and cats are sometimes tortured before death. They can be beaten to death slowly, boiled alive, or caused severe pain before slaughter, which is supposed to make the meat better so it can be sold at a higher price.

James makes some constructive suggestions for actions Australia might take, at the link.

Joseph Schumpeter, Entrepreneurs, Creative Destruction, Innovation, and Getting Things Done

Joseph Schumpeter, Entrepreneurs, Creative Destruction, Innovation, and Getting Things Done, by Chris Dawson, based on J.A. Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Schumpeter is the patron saint of entrepreneurs, a foundation member of the Austrian School of political economics, and the man who coined the phrase economic ‘creative destruction.’

By ‘getting things done’ — whether menial, clerical, managerial, or strategic — Schumpeter meant getting things done in all their minutiae, against all of the small-minded forces railed against anyone doing anything new and innovative. That often involves giving offense to the current crop of entrenched crony capitalists, socialists, and the status quo.

Schumpeter argued that the success of capitalism almost inevitably leads to a form of crony capitalist fascism, or “corporatism.” It ultimately fosters values hostile to capitalism, as people seek the comfort of minimizing competition. This phenomenon is especially marked among intellectuals.

Ironically, the intellectual and social climate needed to allow entrepreneurship to thrive is suppressed in advanced capitalism, replaced by stealth-by-socialism unless entrepreneurs can innovatively intervene. In other words, human affairs tend towards a state of government-assisted crony corruption, unless they are periodically shaken up by innovation and disruption.

His clearest line on the role and nature of the entrepreneur and innovator is as someone who ‘goes beyond familiar beacons…’ and thus attracts the wrath of those of the ‘settled’ variety.

Schumpeter was at pains to point out that he was not advocating a particular political view, but simply analyzing the trends he saw before him in the late 1930s.

He foresaw no Marxist revolution in the West, merely a trend for social democratic parties to be elected to parliaments as part of the democratic process. He argued that capitalism’s “collapse from within” will come about as majorities are encouraged by the intellectuals to vote for the creation of a welfare state.

The ancient Greek city states had a lot of experience with democracy. They found that a democracy lasts about as long as it takes for the populace to learn to vote themselves the contents of the treasury — a welfare state. After that a disruption is required, often in the form of a strong man and autocratic rule for a period.

Modern welfare states place restrictions upon entrepreneurship, which requires freedom of thought, speech and action and access to capital, and tends to challenge the status quo. Modern taxes are a burden on success and on the forces of change, and eventually destroy the capitalist structure.

In the trends he foresaw, the intellectual class will have a critical and destructive role in capitalism’s demise. He saw higher education acquired by an increasing proportion of the population. This would have a negative impact on the structures of the West, as the intellectuals foment and develop critical ideas against free markets and private property — even though these same institutions and intellectual property assets provide for the very comfortable existence of said intellectuals!

Advanced technology often only serves to concentrate ownership and wealth, to accelerate the trend towards large corporations under increasingly socialist government. To survive, this trend needs to suppress the natural process of creative destruction.

It seems he was onto something back in 1939. We are now seeing it emerge in full bloom in the EU, the UN, and even in the US, where the giant crony capitalist corporations are beginning to habitually share power and information with the intellectual global elites in the Deep State. If it goes global, as it seems to be doing, there is no escape. Is this the future, forever?

Profs deride ‘weight loss’ as a ‘Western value

Profs deride ‘weight loss’ as a ‘Western value, by Tori Airaksinen.

Two professors argue in a newly published anthology on “feminist nutrition” that “athletic performance” and “longevity” are simply “Western values.”

Isn’t it amazing how, come the revolution, somehow the revolutionaries will always look “hot”. What’s the bet those two feminist professors are not slim?

hat-tip Matthew

US paper gold suppression allowing Russia & China to buy real gold at discount prices

US paper gold suppression allowing Russia & China to buy real gold at discount prices, by RT.

Efforts by the US to suppress gold prices in order to prop up the dollar are allowing Russia and China to build up huge reserves of physical gold by purchasing large quantities of the precious metal at significantly lower prices. …

Many gold investors say the price of the precious metal is artificially curbed because of the paper gold trading on Western exchanges.

I am surprised that the gold manipulation is mentioned already in RT. As a meme, it is gaining momentum as the evidence piles up.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’

Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’, by Joel Pollack.

Tesla CEO and PayPal billionaire Elon Musk surprised many Friday when he declared on Twitter that he is a socialist. Conservative critics, however, may well have agreed, given his companies’ reliance on the state.

The usual response from the left:

The right:

Conservatives have often criticized Musk in the past for relying heavily on government for his companies’ success. Tesla, for example, has consistently lost money — except where it has been able to sell carbon emissions permits provided by the State of California. It also received a loan from the federal government during the bailout era in 2009.

Robert Wenzel:

What a dangerous clown. His words above have been used by every tyrant from Mao to Lenin to Stalin. …

Commenter Jimmy Joe Meeker:

He sees himself as one of those managing the socialist collective. That he determines what is “good for all”.

hat-tip Charles