Thursday, August 17, 2017

WW1 - Why This Photo Post Series

I was going to wait until the final Thursday in 2018 for remembering the centennial of the Great War to explain why I did this photo post series. I have to post it now.

As the Civil War remembrance period rolled on, I was stunned by how few people paid attention. At 150 years and as a student of immigration into America, I realized, it was not many people's war. How many heirloom-Americans are out there that can trace back to an ancestor that fought in it? Forget post-'65 immigrants and their descendants. Forget post-Civil War immigrants. It was a startling, unusual way to be reminded how much has changed. The simplistic breakdown of making it all about emancipating the slaves and good v. evil makes more sense when you see the players on the board now. It had been reduced to history as propaganda.

That bothered me. I can trace my roots here back to the Mayflower on one line and on another it's late 19th century immigrants. Why didn't anyone give a crap about the Civil War? I'd post something to Faceborg and people would go 'wow, interesting haven't see CW stuff' or the worst 'I forgot'. These are people that memorize sports stats like Rain Man, and yet they forgot about a major point or aspect of the Civil War.

It bothered me enough to look at the Great War with it's centennial and make a point to highlight something each week. I could find a picture and then discuss some aspect of the war or the era. I wanted to have light hearted pictures as well because so often it is merely considered an unnecessary and gruesome war. True, but there is amazing humanity found even in the darkest places. Sometimes it could just be a caption, and other times, I could roll on if I found a good source. Each week though, I would make it a post.

I had to do it because my great-grandfather fought in WW1. In my hometown, there is a monument for those who fought in it. His name is on that. When it was his sons' time to fight the Germans in WW2, he had told them, supposedly, that it was their turn to show that this was their country. Family lore is good and should be learned and shared. He was the first generation immigrant and yet he sailed across the Atlantic for trench warfare.

We talk all of the time about what veterans and soldiers fight for. It's not trans rights. It's not even Muh Guns and Muh Speech. They were fighting for their people, which is why the imperial wars of choice are so disgusting. Wilson conned America, but the bankers had to get paid. My great-grandfather and his peers were fighting for something else. Their little hamlet in Maine and hoping for a patch of green and a better life for their kids in America. They scraped by in a shitty apartment and worked in the mills for decades. They wanted to protect what they had and the opportunity for more here in America.

They fought and they assimilated. They spoke fluent French and I know none. Remembering the little guy, forget the con that Wilson and the banks pulled on America, but remembering little guys like my great-grandfather is why I started that. I was always fascinated by the Great War that seemed to straddle two worlds, two eras. This series educated me, and I hope educated you. I know a few of you bought some books. For a general survey book, A World Undone is a great read.

Stop just being bothered by something. Push back. Do something to fight against the rising tide of spectators who shout about the daily 2 Min Outrage while forgetting the very core of our history. It's a blog, but I know it reached some people. Am I honoring that short, stocky millworker that picked up a gun to fight the Hun? I hope he thinks so.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How Anti-Mass Incarceration Happens Without Legislation

The long play for the Black Lives matter and protest-riot series from 2014 to mid-2016 was to push the meme for police and prison reform. Police would need to be under federal control, policing would have to change, and this would help the number of innocent Democrats in jail. Jail itself would need reform too, with a changing in sentencing. Maybe the Hillary appointed Warren Court 2.0 could change federal sentencing laws. That was the low being paid to create an on the ground visual for the high wanting to create chaos and scare the population for more centralization.

It did not happen. This did not stop all of those media outlets that discussed the harm of school to prison pipelines, jail being awfully mean, jail being racist, jail hurting the black family, and other narratives to equate it with slavery or worse. The solution presented was never bring back wider execution practices and bring back exile. There was never any agency placed in the criminals and their families souls. The solution was preselected and presented to you for future legislation.

It did not quite happen, but this does not stop the entire system from on the edges but at ground level fighting mass incarceration, which is a made up problem by the Left. A judicial system is still only as good as its administrators and our system is staffed with plenty of good progressives. Good progressives not just wanting to keep their job but to advance and slide to political office is necessary. They want to be good progs.

This is where the religious aspect of progressivism comes in. These progs want to be good ones and want to be holy for future advance in the church hierarchy. They see the signal from up on high that something, something, must be done about mass incarceration. Shucks, legislation is not going to happen, but they can do something, even if small, they can do it.

America does write its laws down, but the rule of law is long since soured. Simply look at family court. A man and woman divorce, the children are considered her property but legally a man can petition for custody. The courts are legally suppose to hear argument, albeit arguments that a man has to pay a lawyer for because the default is mom has the kids. The underlying belief held by the system is to preserve the mother-child bond. We need not even start on children of unmarried parents, as it takes years to settle if dad dares to want his child. The system is in the hands of those that execute the laws and they are guided by who trained, educated and molded them.

They immediately start pleaing things down. No legislation needed for the people already with the editorial power to pick and choose charges. This already happens anyway but gets even worse as DAs, young ADAs and public defenders now actively look to plea things down to misdemeanors and other crimes that carry lower minimum sentences. DAs then strike deals for lesser time in jail. They even recommend lower time at all sentencing no matter the crime, violent felony or not. Judges on the bench get the signal, too.

This is why the Reagan Tokes rape/murder matters in the far bigger picture. It reveals the lie of these weepy penal reform advocates. Golsby robbed two women, assaulted them, kidnapped them, raped one, but did just six years. Golsby did six years in jail for robbery and attempted rape. The prosecutor plead that sucker down in 2011. Not only that, the prosecutor sold it to both victims that six years was a good idea for an armed robber who rapes women in front of their two year olds. What do you think a prosecutor is going to do to sell someone on a plea deal with the blaring horn and giant red flag from the left's clerisy to be softer on crime?

This lets everyone out earlier. Not everyone, but those from the disadvantaged populations mentioned in the media propaganda. No legislation needed. All within the perfectly okay boundaries of the judicial system as already encoded. All they needed was the proper flag to be run up the pole by the priest class and they would execute on it. All the progressives needed to be told was that this is a good thing.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Venezuela Insecurity Creates Repeating Motions

When I wrote about Chavez and Maduro funding the colectivos, it was to point out how the clique that they represented needed to route around existing power infrastructure to secure more loyal foot soldiers. Having a politically reliable security system and pipeline for political operatives is necessary for any takeover. Some people are pointing to President Maduro's moves now as a wild rewrite and farce. It's not. It's the same thing Chavez did when he took power.

The only change is that the situation in Venezuela has changed. Chavez was elected into power and then immediately pushed the momentum to have a new constitution to sweep out the old corruption. This was passed enthusiastically in 1999 in Venezuela. I was 1999. No one knew the damage Chavez's mafia would inflict on the nation, and their PR kept the poor validating it with electoral victory after electoral victory.

Maduro right now is simply copying the Chavez approach to cement his sponsors' and his clique in power. Earlier this summer, the bold prosecutor in Venezuela tried to stop his call for a new constitutional assembly. Maduro's clique's cronies were in the judiciary and sided with him. She had been a pro-Chavez administrator. The media reports her holding a copy of their constitution and calling for integrity. Muh Constitution is global. She was holding up a document that was the sham socialist paper from not even twenty years ago.

Maduro's clique holding the media megaphone blasted for voting in the July 30th referendum for a constitutional assembly. NPR, ever the neutral outlet, said the new assembly could, could, increase Maduro's clique's powers. Maduro needed that public validation of his rule for legitimacy because Chavez died before he had succession locked down and as the money ran out. The vote passed as it nearly always did for Chavez when he ruled. This new constitutional assembly is considered the highest authority in the land with wide ranging powers.

What does the assembly immediately do? Threats of liquidating any civic institution. Attacks on the old assembly that is in the hands of the opposition (but powerless). Oppositional figures continue to flee in anticipation of their moves. The new assembly sets up a truth commission. This is full on into the Soviet political kangaroo court mode. This commission would be to go after political opponents all the while Maduro's cronies on the new assembly write a new constitution to cement his power.

The new constitution will be rolled out, and then Maduro or a hand selected successor (who will keep Maduro + cronies wealthy) will be trotted out to run for the new presidential position. Power will present what it wants and then the people will magically approve of it in what will be contested elections but an offering to the god called Democracy.

Venezuela is in this odd political spot because Chavez died before turning 60. Maduro feels the need to secure himself as Chavez did in 1999 rather than take an approach like Chavez and he did for the colectivos. A wide range of newly formed government bureaucracies could have been created to truly control Venezuela, just as the judiciary + new security force locks control for the Maduro gang now. Maduro nearly lost an election where his side harassed opponents and stuffed the ballot boxes.

Maduro is insecure because of the system. He is also insecure because he is the new Big Man with impaired legitimacy even within the Chavez clique. Beyond that, the steady thread throughout all of the news articles is simply that Maduro is insecure because there is no food. Maduro cannot formalize what the ruling mechanism in Venezuela is because he cannot feed enough people.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Social Matter - Moving Away From GDP As A Metric For Civilizational Well-Being

New essay up at Social Matter. There has to be a better way to evaluate how a ruling class is handling their nation. Stewardship of a nation goes beyond GDP. GDP is a weak measure. There must be indirect measures of health, and maybe we can better formulate arguments for the direction of society if we only had a way to discuss the issue properly.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Google Reminds Us AIACC + SM Review-Preview 100

Google reminded us all that America is a communist country. It was this week's reminder that pseudonyms are a good idea as the neomaoism gets closer. It was this week's reminder of the essay The Power Of The Powerless, aka Havel's Green Grocer essay. You live in occupied territory by progressive colonists.

There is talk of James Damore's chances with a lawsuit at his former employer Google, but there is one major problem. There is somewhere in the Google employee handbook code of conduct for employees and gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc. harassment. This is Google's out.

The problem with the insanity of the left's academic priests is how it eventually molds our society's laws and codes. I've written before how harassment begets lawsuits for the progressive coalition voting blocs. These are merely transfers of wealth. This is their payoff for believing in the bullshit. To expand who gets paid and to add in the capability for class action lawsuits, it must get defined down to environmental and systemic situations so the shakedowns get bigger.

Harassment is now defined way down from 'have sex with me or lose your job'. All that is required in this day and age is that one says/types things that would create an uncomfortable environment. Inadvertent comments can become problematic and must be investigated for malicious intent. The corporation has to cover its ass to prevent lawsuits for creating a terrible environment.

But what Damore typed was calm and with facts? Doesn't matter. Microaggression and outrage culture have encouraged one side to overreact to anything and to express trauma and stress at it. Their overreaction, even as fake as it is, becomes the groundwork for employees feeling scared, victimized, hurt etc and voila, there is the cause for termination of employment.

The belief matters. They need to be religious progs to matter. They have to hear, read or see inadvertent or neutral, reasonable things and go to HR and go to lawyers. We all hear offensive things at times or get sexts of coworkers, but only some of us report it as a problem. We just aren't on that team for the people in power, and it is their country to administer.

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Last week I covered the decline of the rule of law. Weimerica Weekly was on the Reagan Tokes murder. How much faster do rapists have to be released from jail compared to the 6 years that her murderer/rapist got for his first rape?

This week's essay will consider measuring society beyond GDP. Weimerica Weekly has multiple candidates, and I need to read up on them.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WW1 - Muddy Passchendaele

 
One hundred years ago this week, the Battle of Passchendaele kicked off. I was the end of July and the Brits wanted to push their luck to secure the Belgian coast. Now all of this was happening after the horrendous months long battles of the Somme and Verdun. France was just pacifying their troops who had mutinied and nearly ended the war themselves. The Brits really could not rely on anyone else.
 
They charged ahead. Haig got what he wanted, but the coordination between the artillery and the infantry was hampered by poor weather. As seen in these pictures, mud was everywhere and pretty deep due to the inclement weather. This costly, horrendous war would roll on for another whole year.