29 January 2019

Democracy is Moderate Communism

Hans-Hermann Hoppe explains the dangerous conclusion people have drawn from the "Long Peace", the period from the end of the Second World War until today which is characterized as being the longest unbroken stretch of peace in world history, namely that democracy is the cause of that peace. Or, for that matter, that humans are fundamentally more peaceful, or are becoming more peaceful with time, which is the blatant lie perpetuated by Steven Stinker.

Hoppe argues that the Long Peace is nothing more than the Pax Americana. Just as Egypt didn't go to war against Phonecia while they were both Roman colonies, wars in the modern world are kept in check by Team America. As Hoppe says:

"With the end of World War Two, all of Western Europe and Japan and Korea in the Pacific region became part of the United States Empire as is indicated by the presence of United States troops practically everywhere in these countries. Now, what the post-World War Two period of peace then proves is not that democracies do not go to war against each other, but that an imperialist power such as the United States did not let its various colonial parts go to war against each other. You also did not see, by the way, any wars breaking out between all those countries that were dominated by the Soviet Union as the Soviet Empire existed, from which we also do not draw the conclusion that communist dictatorships under Russian control do not against each other, so because of that we have to introduce something like this."

19 January 2019

The Reality of Renewables

Physicist David MacKay explains that, while we should do more to increase our usage of renewable energy, at least in the short term it is impossible to get off of fossil fuels as renewable energy really just isn't that efficient. Like I talked about a decade ago (believe it or not) about the myth of corn gasoline and inflating your tires, you would need to devote the land area of a small country to growing biofuels just to replace regular gasoline.

01 January 2019

Two Years of Winning

Despite what the nay sayers, doom sayers, fake news, and very fake news will want you to believe, Donald Trump has actually delivered on several of his campaign promises, or, at least he has taken the first step toward delivering on those promises. And while America is not yet great again, we are definitely moving along the right track, and considerable strides have been made in correcting nearly three decades of anti-American policies.

It started with those enemies who opposed Trump. Here was a man who was unbelievably rich, famous the world over, the head of a real estate empire, a reality TV star. A man who has had three beautiful wives, has rose from defeat numerous times, has his name on buildings all over the world, owns solid gold toilets, and has done more to lift New York out of depression and infamy than just about anyone. Like Augustus, he transformed New York from a city of brick to a city of marble when everyone believed it to be a den of drugs and iniquity (along with Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani). Trump could take anything and turn it into gold.

And then he ran against Clinton, and all of a sudden this 1990s New York liberal became not just an evil right-winger, but "literally Hitler".

His enemies list was tremendous, and it read as a who's who of all the worst people on the planet: Most of the party elite of both political parties (which are nothing more than two of the largest and most influential corporations on the planet), every major media outlet and figure (also corporations), the largest multinational corporations on the planet and their billionaire and trillionaire owners like first generation synth Mark Suckerface, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, and that guy from Google with the huge forehead, politicians from the European Union including the oven stuffer and de facto Fourth Reich chancellor Angela Merkin and the communists in France, the leaders of communist China, communists in South and Central America, all of academia (also run by communists), the Bush crime family, the Clinton crime family, the blackshirts known as Antifa, and everyone who believes in "trigger warnings", "safe spaces", and generally ending free speech. It was as if everyone who opposes God and Western Civilization stood up and declared in a single voice that Trump was the antithesis of all that they stood for.

And when Trump adopted a slogan that I had come up with do describe my own ideal presidential platform some years earlier – America First – that just sealed the deal. Sometimes God speaks to you in a still small voice, and at other times he blasts you with a megaphone.

For those who were still unconvinced i spent the better part of 2016 deconstructing Trump's primary opponents, most notably LOLbertarian globalist Gary Johnson and Hitlery Roddamn "Hildabeast" Clinton. Especially the latter. When a political party puts a naked obese man on stage and has him dance at an official function, I think that party is pretty much dead in the water.

This culminated in a 60 hour marathon session, which toward the end began to include hallucinations due to sleep deprivation. During this time I wrote a 5,300 word treatise titled "What is at Stake in the Next Election", a 3,000 word summary, I directly debated maybe 50 people, shitposted on a dozen platforms, and (on The Urban Mystic) reached out to 3,000 people (the equivalent of 3 months of normal traffic). All this was to do my part to convince at least one extra person to vote for Trump. Or, at least to convince opponents that the world was not ending.

Far from it. The truth is we've made tremendous strides and have witnessed what can only be considered miracles. Starting with the election of Donald Trump himself. Billions of dollars were spent trying to keep Trump out of the White House, and looking at all the accomplishments that have strengthened America at the expense of multinational corporations and banks stands as testament it is easy to see why.

In two short years we've seen:

•The start of meaningful prison reform.

Tens of thousands of people stand to benefit from what is appropriately called the "First Step" toward clipping the wings of the for-profit gulag system in America that serves to ruin the lives of ordinary people who have just gotten a bad break, maybe turned to drugs for relief from the pain of a difficult life, and were thrown in a cell where they are forced to become hardened gang members just to survive. Prisons in America turn petty criminals and non-violent offenders into serious criminals. Thousands will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society and become productive citizens again. Trump is extending Christian mercy to the masses.

•Ending the Korean War

The Korean War began 69 years ago and has still not ended. The war became a stalemate in 1953, it didn't end. In fact, the Korean peninsula stood as the most likely flashpoint for nuclear war (and, by extension, the end of the world). Trump went over there and spoke frankly with Kim Jong Un. He did the one thing none of his predecessors thought to do, negotiate, and he negotiated several monumental steps toward the end of the war. The North Korean nuclear program has been suspended, landmines and other devices of death are being removed from the border, limited movement between the two Koreas has begun. A genuine end to the war is at hand, and the entire world can breathe a lot easier because we have a negotiator in the White House instead of a man who draws meaningless red lines in the sand and then retreats every time someone crosses them.

•Pulling troops out of Syria

Trump is the first president since the end of the Cold War who has not started a new foreign war. Not only that, Trump is the first president since the end of the Cold War to actually work toward ENDING wars his predacessors have started (the Korean War and US involvement in Syria). What does America care about Syria? Assad is a secular, middle of the road guy who protects religious and ethnic minorities in Syria. The "moderate" Islamists Obama wanted to put in power in Syria (and DID put in power in Libya) would have turned the country into yet another Middle East shithole of repression of religion, freedom of speech, and human rights. ISIS has been defeated and Trump can pull the US out of Syria with dignity and allow the Syrian people to live in peace under the stable hand of Assad. All of the allegedly anti-war people who protested under Bush now, not-so-mysteriously worship war and adventurism and Team America policing the world all because Trump opposes pointless wars. "Orange man bad" is the sum total of their thinking. Trump could cure cancer and half the nation would hate him for putting doctors out of business.

•Best economy since 1999

Since the Dot Com crash America's economy has been on the down trend. It is now starting to rise up again. While the stock market is not the economy it is still a useful metric. We've seen the largest growth in the markets of all time. GDP has seen growth in excess of 3.5% and even 4% for several quarters, something that was considered impossible.

•Lowest black unemployment ever

So much for Trump the racist. If it wasn't for "minorities" disaffected by the Democrats failure to lift them out of poverty for decades Trump would not have been elected. Trump got the largest share of minority voters of any Republican ever, and he is paying dividends. Trump is listening to the plight of minority groups, and he is doing everything corrupt courts and legislatures will allow him to do to help the people who elected him.

•Lowest general unemployment since 2000

I can personally attest to this one. Real jobs are starting to replace McJobs, factories are starting to move back to America. America is on track to seeing the lowest unemployment since 1969. Workforce participation is at 63%, just under the 67% from 2000. Trump is creating an economic climate that is encouraging job growth. Wage growth is still stagnant, unfortunately, but Trump is definitely putting people back to work, and that's a good first step.

•Killing the individual mandate

The grossly illegal, immoral, unconstitutional individual mandate of Obamacare was killed by executive fiat during the first days of the Trump presidency. Now healthy individuals who may be strapped for cash in the "new" economy no longer have to buy insurance with a $5,000 deductible that no one who doesn't have Cancer or a catastrophic injury would ever use up. The only point of Obamacare's individual mandate, which illegally forced people to purchase a product from a corporation, was to line the pockets of Obama's billionaire donors and to make him look like the messiah for allegedly helping the poor by gutting the middle class. Trump saved poor and middle class people thousands of dollars every year by not forcing them at gun-point to purchase insurance they cannot use and that many of whom do not need.

•Tax cuts for lower and middle class

Need more proof that Trump loves the poor? He cut taxes. I've explained before, raising taxes doesn't work, and it certainly doesn't harm "the rich" because 1. people only want to increase income tax while rich people don't make their money through income, and 2. rich people always find loopholes so they don't pay taxes anyway. Taxes hurt the poor and middle class, and in cutting taxes Trump has helped put more money into the pockets of millions of ordinary people.

•Two Supreme Court justices, with number 3 on the way

Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have successfully been added to the bench thanks to the gross meddling of the Democrats that changed the rules of how justices are elected or selected or appointed or whatever. This has opened up the floodgates for Trump to stack the bench and control the judicial climate of America for the next 30 years. With Ruth "The Mummy" Bader Ginsburg ready to keel over any time soon Trump will get a third appointment and steps can then be taken to overturn the cultural decay that legislating from the bench has done over a generation. It will be a return to Constitutional governance.

•Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital

So much for Trump the anti-Semite, Trump as "literally Hitler" and a Nazi. Presidents of old have vowed to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but none of them have had the balls. Either that or, more likely, those promises were lies to win over the hearts of what was at the time America's religious majority. Jerusalem is without question Israel's capital. All the governing bodies have resided in Jerusalem for decades. It is asinine to assert that a nation cannot declare its own capital within the land that it rightfully possesses. It is nothing more than anti-Jewish propaganda by the surrounding Islamist nations and communists within Europe and other tin horn banana republics around the world to blame Israel or the Jews for any of the problems of the Middle East. Trump is quite literally doing God's work. As sane, rational atheist Pat Condell states "All anyone needs to know about the Middle East conflict is that the Jews want peace and the Arabs don't, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons, and they want them dead."

•Killing TPP

NAFTA 2.0, which threatened to kill job growth in America permanently so the modern day robber barons could make money off of literal slave labor in China or Vietnam, was killed definitively by Trump. He has even begun to strike back against the trade imbalances imposed on the US by the likes of China and Mexico with tariffs and a re-negotiated NAFTA that have put real pressure on these mafia states. Trump did not start a trade war, he inherited the trade war that was created after the end of the Cold War when the US decided it no longer needed to compete in the world economy and could let everyone else grow rich off our spoils. And Trump is the first president in the 28 years since the fall of the USSR who has taken a decidedly pro-American stance on world trade.

Trump is far from perfect, and one can conclude that it is only by some miracle that he has accomplished all this despite all the obstacles in the world being thrown at him. It is a good start, and it gives me hope for the future for what Trump can accomplish in the next six years he has in office.

02 December 2018

Hitler versus Christianity

I've already mentioned that Adolf Hitler was not a Christian. Nor was he an atheist. In fact, he tried to eradicate both Christianity and atheism.

30 October 2018

Has Non-Fiction Become Dumber?

Over the past few years I've been reading fewer new books. New fiction is, for the most part, self-indulgent, meaningless narcissism wrapped inside a veneer of pretentious twattery. And non-fiction has taken to become more like fiction.

Take a look at books from a few decades ago. Greats like Isaac Asimov wrote great fiction, and also great non-fiction, and you could tell instantly which genera you were reading. Today that line between fiction and non-fiction has blurred to the point where memoirs contain largely fabricated material and novels contain pages of footnotes and references to news articles and scientific papers.

One great example is The Great Hedge of India by Roy Moxham. You start with a fantastic premise: the second largest man-made barrier the world has ever seen was once a giant thorny hedge that ran across India and today almost no one knows anything about it. Then you read the book and 80% is the author talking about himself, his travels, and his research in writing the book you are now reading. Almost nothing about the book is about the hedge itself, the book is little more than a self-referential exercise in seeing how recursive a book can be by referring to itself and the process of writing it as much as possible.

Or The 37th Parallel by Ben Mezrich. The premise is fantastic: UFO sightings and animal mutilations cluster around the 37th parallel, which is the same area where most secret US military bases are located. You then read the book and you find absolutely nothing on the phenomenon of the 37th parallel until the very last chapter. You find very little about UFOs either. Almost the entire book is about a crazy man who lost his job because he was obsessed with UFOs, the furniture he bought his wife to get her to stop nagging him about his obsession with UFOs, the misadventures he had with his equally crazy sister, and the billionaire frenemy he has who started a top secret corporation that works with the government to build private spacecraft. And it's not even written like a biography, it's written like a novel where the author injects his personal opinions throughout. About 10% of the book is fact, the rest is a story with a plot and characters and a twist ending and melodrama concocted to sell books.

Michael Drosnin's Bible Code series contains a handful of intersting facts about a statistical study of the Torah woven together with a whole heap of narrative about how the author is Indiana Jones and has to save the world. Elaine Pagles' books on early Christian history similarly contain as much narrative about the author's own quest to research and write the books as actual history.

New non-fiction has being transformed into some sort of quasi-fictional "thriller" where a kernel of fact is sewn into a narrative with characters and settings and PG-13 dialogue in order to appeal to the dumbed down twitterati and snap-crackle-and-pop chatters with three second attention spans and fifteen word vocabularies who like mass-market corporate "edgy" comedy vomit. Ten page magazine articles are expanded with loads and loads of filler to create 250 page books so wannabe Hollywood screenwriters can keep their heads above water.

17 October 2018

Deadhead Mountain

Donnie Eichar in his book Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, tries to censor everyone who reveals the bullshit "secret" "true" reason behind why 9 experienced skiers died in the Ural mountains mysteriously. He is not interested in the truth, he wants you to buy his shitty book. Well, here's the "secret" and here's why it's a total load.

The shape of the Kholat Syakhl mountain produces a Kármán vortex street when the wind hits it just right. These vortices of air generates infrasonic noise that 22% of the population are highly susceptible to (and, coincidentally, ALL 9 skiers were in that 22%). The noise causes them to go crazy and stuff ("hijacking their bodies" and "wreaking havoc on their minds") after they listen to it for a few hours. They run out of their tents naked in a panic. There was no moon that night, and the temperature was 40 below freezing. The combination of extremely low temperature and injury from bumping into things in the dark killed them.

Of course, it doesn't explain how ALL 9 of the skiers were in that magic minority that is susceptible to infrasonic waves like this. It doesn't explain why one skier was missing a tongue and another was missing eyes. It doesn't explain why they had internal crushing injuries and broken bones but no bruises or any external injuries. It doesn't explain why a few bodies had dark orange skin and were highly radioactive. It doesn't explain why no one before or since, of the thousands of people who have been there, have ever experienced this phenomenon, including the natives who live in the area, and multiple teams of researchers who investigated the deaths.

It doesn't take into account the lights they saw in the sky (which were later identified as Russian missile launches, as the mountain is near a top secret military base) and any possible motive the military would have for killing them to keep their missile tests a secret.

No reason is given why the author did not go to the mountain and set up any equipment to listen for these infrasonic waves. He's throwing away all other hypotheses as obviously wrong and setting up his own as obviously right without actually conducting a test to see if these waves are actually produced by the mountain or not? He didn't actually conduct the test? He based it on similarly shaped mountains that produce kind of similar infrasonic effects that have never ever killed anyone so far.

I shit you not.

There, I just saved you the $20 for the book and ruined the author's fun by exposing the secret ending.

Now, here's what we do know:

•FACT: This was during the coldest time in the Cold War when both the US and USSR were testing a great deal of new weapons.

•FACT: There is a Soviet military base within the vicinity of the mountains where the hikers were staying.

•FACT: There were reports of lights in the sky were confirmed to have been Soviet rocket tests.

•FACT: The Soviet Union has a long history of testing air-burst weapons such as the Father of All Bombs.



•FACT: The internal crushing injuries the skiers received are consistent with the powerful shock waves produced by these types of explosives.

•FACT: The Soviet government had every reason in the world to cover up the deaths as they had with other accidental casualties of military experiments, such as the anthrax leak at Sverdlovsk in 1979.

Can this hypothesis I've cobbled together over the past ten minutes explain everything about the Dyatlov Pass incident? No. Does it do a better job at explaining at least some of the details than the total bullshit explanation a Hollywood screenwriter came up with and repackaged as non-fiction because he wanted to get a movie deal and drum up positive press for his potential future pay day? Absolutely.

By the way, I've used first-person pronouns with less frequency in this review than the author did in the original book.

15 October 2018

Devil's Pass

Saw a movie called Devil's Pass. It's a "found footage" movie, meaning it's shite and there are scenes in porno night vision. A group of kind of plain looking people and a fatty with a face like a jack-o-lantern who have never acted before in their entire lives are making a mockumentary about the Dyatlov Pass incident, where some Russian hikers died under mysterious circumstances.

Of course they make sure to leave the cameras rolling during all the parts that have absolutely nothing to do with the documentary they are working on just in case they die and someone decides to make their home movies into a horror flick. This includes night vision sex, I shit you not. The "film makers" actually record themselves having sex. Of course fatty cheeseburger, who is the main character and her character's name is her real name because none of these people are actors, is jelly and some guy gives her a bottle of Jack because we're going to be camping in the woods for one night and have to have sex because we have to earn our R rating.

There's an avalanche or something and the kind of plain girl gets thrown into the camera with a wide-the-fuck-open mouth because that's how everyone dies. The guy who does her gets his leg broke and he's surprisingly coo with two amateurs resetting the bone, which is sticking out of his leg, by hitting it with a board while someone off camera breaks some celery. I'll admit that was the one moment where I winced. Celery really does sound gross.

So some Ivans find them in the morning because they stupidly launch a flare that goes all of ten feet and they shoot the cripple because they're racist against cripples. Fatty Cheeseburger, Jack, and some other guy then go to the bunker they found the other night and they go inside because being locked inside a Cold War bunker to die in agony over several days is better than getting shot, or taking your chance running knowing the people following you have a finite number of bullets and they've already used several. And there's like trees and shit, you can't just duck?

Inside they find two tunnels leading off in the same general direction and the lights start blowing out because zombies. You know it's going to be zombies because it's a found footage film, it has to be zombies. So they go down the other tunnel and find pictures of the Philadelphia Experiment, which was originally featured in Playboy, believe it or not. Jack just so happens to be an expert on the subject.

Inside the tunnel they find obviously CGI zombies who kill the other guy. Fatty Cheeseburger and Jack lock themselves into another room and find a worm hole with spider veins. They theorize that the worm hole will take you wherever you focus, but it has to be someplace fresh in your mind. Now even though I could picture every square inch of my house with my eyes closed these two idiots focus on the outside of the bunker where two men with guns are waiting for them.

They then appear outside the bunker as corpse men in 1959. Reds take them inside the bunker, which was new at the time, and undress them for some reason. They also take the camera, which is rather considerate, and place it where we can see the bodies because that's exactly what a soldier would do when he finds a piece of alien technology with a couple of bodies. The Reds leave and we see the two naked bodies hanging from meat hooks for some reason and we see... surprise!... NOT! The two zombies are really Fatty Doo Doo and Johnny Walker! They've been alive/undead inside the tunnel since 1959 because it's a found footage film and there's only so many different ideas we can use for those.

The sad part is IMDB shows production stills and they had some really decent makeup effects for the zombies. Why they decided to go with early Tomb Raider quality CGI is beyond me.

Oh and that camera Ivan Drago places on the operating table? He left it on since 1959 and the batteries didn't go dead until 2013 when Fatty and Jack found it. I got to get me some of those batteries. The batteries in my camera last 45 minutes tops.

27 September 2018

Skybound

Saw a movie called Skybound. It must have been made for negative dollars because there are two sets and one of them is a green screen and the other is a single room. Also no one can act. At all. At no time was I convinced that I was watching something other than people who have never even tried to act at all in their entire lives pretend to act like normies believe actors act while acting.

Basically some 25 year old high school kids are on a private plane with some 60 year old man, who's diabetic by the way, and absolutely no one else because plot. There are two guys who are brothers and you can tell because they dress alike. There's also the token black guy.

Something happens and New York (referred to as Chicago because plot) is on fire, or something? So is Kansas City, so they can't land the plane.

No one knows what is going on and there is no communication with the outside world. All the information they have is from 2 day old newspapers that were left on the plane because plot. This movie takes place at Christmas, by the way.

It turns out that the newspapers conveniently out the old man as the leader of a cult that used LSD to brainwash people into believing the world was ending. He's diabetic and the diversity hire flushed his insulin down the toilet believing it to be LSD that the old man was pumping into the air of the plane to convince everyone the world was ending because plot. The old man conveniently dies within minutes.

This movie takes place on a plane.

The one brother somehow knows how to pilot a plane because plot and he takes the plane down to the clouds in Colorado because the plane has just as much fuel as the plot demands it to have. One of those clouds is a mushroom cloud and ash gets into the plane. Did I mention they had to open the door while the plane was in the air to vent all the bad air they thought was full of LSD?

They dive beneath the clouds to find that Monument Valley, I shit you not, is on fire and bison are running around on fire while the ground is covered in pools of lava because I the most obvious target of a nuclear attack is the middle of nowhere.

They then go back up really high and girl's dad calls her on the plane, this movie takes place on a plane, by the way. He's the only person to have survived the end of the world and he lives in a mansion by a fireplace and he dresses like Hugh Hefner. He says that 11 nuclear missiles were fired from Russia and the only way to survive is to stay... "Skybound"! Where have I heard that before? The signal then cuts out, conveniently.

The brothers then realise they have Wikipedia on the plane and pull up an article about Hiroshima that tells them 2 important, and wrong, plot points: 1. modern nucular weapons are exactly 7 times more powerful than they were in 1945, and 2. radiation has unlimited omnidirectional range over land but very limited range over water, while showing a picture of the Castle Bravo fallout cloud that was very much over water.

Blondie then reveals she's good at maths and gets shit-faced and calculates that flying to Canada or Mexico is a death sentence because radiation has unlimited range over land, and they don't have enough fuel to reach Hawaii because plot.

They then decide to cut stuff out of the plane with a hatched they brought along because plot and dump it (and presumably the dead man's body, because we never see it again) into the sea. But that's still not enough to get them to Hawaii, because plot.

They're in an airplane, did I mention that?

One of the brothers goes outside the plane and uses the hatchet to, I shit you not, cut one of the engines off the plane so they are light enough to make it to Hawaii. He dies.

They almost make it in the middle of the night when the fuel runs out and they instantly drop straight down, because the wings of a plane don't generate lift and can't glide for several miles without power, and hits the sea.

Everyone then wake up completely dry on the beach and we see the Murican flag waving in the distance while someone on the radio, which no one brought with them but appears on the beach because plot, says that thousands of survivors have escaped to Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii, which are the only places safe from the radiation.

The end.

Here's the trailer, which contains the entire movie. Enjoy.

20 September 2018

The Predator is Literally About Weaponized Autism

The new movie The Predator rewrites the mythos of the predator species entirely, making them search the galaxy to literally weaponize autism so they can survive on Earth after global warming kills all the humans.

17 September 2018

Hitler's Religion

Hitler was not a Christian, as the naytheist community would like to portray him. Nor was he an atheist, as many Christians claim. Nor was he an occultist, though most high level Nazis were. No, Hitler believed in the God of Spinoza, who was a Jew.