Thursday, May 21, 2015

Aussies in Egypt in World War One

The Seven Year's War was the first true world war. It spanned multiple theaters over multiple continents and hemispheres. To us though, the Great War would be what the modern world would call World War One as it was quickly followed by World War Two. One day when everything is settled, an insurgent historian movement can relabel them the "German Wars". Below is a photograph from the Great War. The Australians who were fighting for the Crown were in Egypt. The action in the background is far more fascinating because of everything that has gone on in archaeology since 1918 and what a tourist trap the Sphinx has become. Never again will people rest on the clavicle of the Sphinx.
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Mad Men Spin Off

Deadline beat me to this but I'm going to pitch you a show. AMC is hurting as it relies on The Walking Dead, and the so-called "Golden Age of Television" that started with the arrival of The Sopranos might be ending. We could use something new. We also need to move forward with the nostalgia cycles, and get into the '70s.
It's 1975. It's New York City. A recent college graduate with a lot of family money to fall back on, a lot of connected people to use and few strings attached to her hits the city. She arrives fresh out of Vassar to explore the city as it faces financial crisis, devolution into "The Warriors" and "Taxi Driver" territory,  and the wild year of 1977 with everything that went nuts during the Summer of Sam and blackout. There are also amazing house parties where dance parties take advantage of the available drugs to create a movement that will be commercialized as disco. There is the absolute Peak Sex era as mid and late Boomers hit that 18-30 age window just as the pill is widely adopted, inhibitions are removed, clothing is revealing, there is NO AIDS and virtually no fatties. Inflation is rampant and nothing feels permanent. The city feels like it may sink into a hole. Watch as a young woman navigates it all. This young woman is one you've watched grow up. You know her family. Will she give in too familial destiny or will she survive and thrive. Tune in for Sally Draper.
Admit it. This would work. We can work on the title. The period piece echo of the '70s would work now due to nostalgia cycles ('70s/'90s currently). Sally Draper is played by Kiernan Shipka who is young, so AMC would want to wait 18 months or so for this. They can start filming when she is 17/18, since her looking young would add to the Alice in Wonderland feel to the show. She can be costumed and done up to look 22/23 easy, looking younger is always Hollywood's problem. A television show exploring the horrendous dark era of NYC would be great. This would get the chattering class going too as the SWPLs love to romanticize the gritty, authentic NYC that was in reality riddled with crime and degeneracy.

The reason why this works is also because the makers of Mad Men hit a God damn gold mine with Kiernan Shipka. Note that they moved her to a starring role designation as the show went on. Two things happened that made her a character that you liked seeing onscreen and usable. First, she managed to grow tall during a break so they could age her in the show and it flowed perfectly. Huge break there. Second, she managed to display better acting than most of the other women on the show. Only Elisabeth Moss as Peggy was better consistently. Watching her in season four, Shipka managed to switch how she would play Sally in a really fantastic way. She could play child of divorce Sally, little kid Sally, and then in a really weird mimic of what actual kids do, "Mini Betty". "Mini Betty" smoked, manipulated Don, threw fits, and acted cold. Sometimes Kiernan Shipka copied January Jones' mannerisms and behavior in a perfect yet weird way that you see children of divorce do when a parent is gone. Her growth from Sally who could never do anything right to Sally the rock of the family who acts more adult than the adults was great to watch because everyone has one friend who was more mature than their divorced parents.

We would watch this. Hollywood would have a built in audience, and could have a new female centric vehicle to explore '70s women's issues. Does she turn into Don with '70s hedonism more permissive than when he was on the prowl in the '60s? Does she chase older men to feed her daddy issues? Does she mimic her dead mom? That is part of the appeal. The other part is that this is practically ready made. Kiernan Shipka makes it happen. No one in the first season or two could have seen this coming. If the Emmys wanted to recognize an outstanding achievement, they could award Kiernan Shipka a special Emmy for exhibiting more talent before she could legally drive than most actresses show throughout their career. Whether this show happens or not, good luck Shipka making the leap to adult roles. If you liked Mad Men and if you like period pieces, you would tune in.

Why "The Carousel" Scene Is Special

I alluded to "The Carousel" scene from the season one finale of Mad Men. I checked through my blog and could not find where I discussed the scene before. This is Don's famous pitch to Kodak. To go meta on this, it is also the entire pitch to the viewers about the show, Peak America and what is lost.

I cannot do it justice. Television is generally a poorly used medium. Mad Men dedicated itself to relishing the mid-20th Century aesthetic. Part of Mad Men's artistic success came from having a small audience and capturing the '60s nostalgia present in the mid-'00s. They could focus on crafting a great period piece for the Boomers as they shuffled into old age and a Millennial generation curious about it. This scene is one of the greatest scenes in television history. Occasionally you hit solid gold in season one. Here is the full monologue:
Don Draper: Well, technology is a glittering lure. But, uh, there is the rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash, if they have a sentimental bond with the product. My first job, I was in-house at a fur company, with this old-pro copywriter, a Greek named Teddy. Teddy told me the most important idea in advertising is new.Creates an itch.You simply put your product in there as a kind of calamine lotion. But he also talked about a deeper bond with the product. Nostalgia. It’s delicate, but potent. Sweetheart. (lights switch off, changes slide)  
Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound”.(changes slide) It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.(changes slide) This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine.(changes slide) It goes backwards, forwards, (changes slide) takes us to a place where we ache to go again.(changes slide) It’s not called the wheel. It’s called the carousel.(changes slide) It lets us travel the way a child travels. (changes slide) Round and around, and back home again. (changes slide) To a place where we know we are loved.(changes slide)
The set up is great. Don has a pitch to a client, so the show can use this set up to pitch you an idea. What is even better is that within the story being told to you, there is another story told. Don is passing along old time tested knowledge. "A Greek named Teddy" sounds old timey. This pitch is not the pitch for the product. This pitch is to you about this show. It is the end of season one, maybe you liked it and maybe you were meh about it. Do not just go for the flashy and the new. Come along for this ride with us. We, the team putting this entire show together, are going to get you with an even deeper bond: nostalgia.

The nostalgia is Don selling you on old America. This is an actor in 2000s America portraying a Kennedy era American, Peak American. He represents what you remember and knows what those of you younger folks secretly want. He is costumed as an "ad man". There is an aching, pained feeling that the America that was functional and powerful is gone. This is why it hurts. You know it's gone. That sentimental bond is with the old America. You cannot openly say it because of Progress! but we know it is there. We'll find a way to pitch, present and recycle it to you.

Mad Men will bring it back for you. Advertising is not as much about the product as who the consumer buying that product wants to be. You want to live in that lost world and want to take pride in the nation that went to the moon. The overwhelmingly white audience wants to enjoy these things guilt free unlike the social mores barring any form of white pride in modern America. Mad Men is a time machine. For one hour on Sunday, you can go back. When men were men, women were women, America at peak and so many handsome and pretty, thin white faces. It is just a memory now. It will hurt, but you will remember, we will remember. Tune in and just melt back into that old world, that time and that place where you feel at home.

The Mad Men Finale

I am thankful for the Mad Men ride. I laughed. I enjoyed the visual aesthetics. I rolled my eyes at the insertion of modern 2000s issues and concerns into 1960s America. The finale even had one of those; "I feel like everyone is judging me". Whatever. Mad Men can take its place in great television just for "The Carousel" pitch to Kodak scene at the end of season one. I've written about it before, but that scene was about how Americans in the '00s viewed old peak America and how it is a painful, aching feeling for that lost moment. Mad Men became too much of a soap opera and progressive performance piece, and had fallen into a trap of "and then watch what happens" because Weiner did not wrap up anything. Ending a show well has grown in importance. The Sopranos had a great ending that for one little bit at the absolute end angered fans. LOST fell off the wagon like all J.J. Abrams projects after a few seasons and muddled along. Mad Men should have ended two seasons ago. How does one do it? Weiner pulled off a good ending.

Life goes on. Change is difficult, better to call it growth. No one really changes here, they just grow comfortable with their position within new circumstances. Don is still ad man Don dreaming up perfect pitches. Peggy is doing creative work with an office romance who gets her, and whom she allows herself to love (she rejected the lustful Pete way back). Roger has a younger, but generationally appropriate woman who can still rev his engines. Joan is still business perfect Joan, seeking self actualization through work, who can bang men when she wants even if they now have to be much older. Pete is still business Pete, but maybe now knows he wants the life he thought he wanted ten years ago. As the show moved on, viewers saw how these five people had ideas about themselves and saw them slide away as the world around them changed. This was effectively done with Don by having his dress rarely change even as the '50s look became more and more square. These core characters often fought change. Not just around them as America changed but personally. Peggy had to deal with a beau who wanted to shack up, not get hitched. The men had to deal with no fault divorce and the decline in tolerating extramarital shenanigans. Joan had to deal with the change of having every guy lust for her in 1960 to being seen as a matronly figure that only older men wanted by 1970.

Life goes on. This was actually a great ending considering how terrible the show's final season had been. I had expected Don to end up at the edge of the Pacific and walk into the water to kill himself or at least metaphorically wash away the sins of his past in an oceanic baptism. We saw a different piece of the Christian ritual toolbox as Don performed a huge confession to a confused Peggy via phone call. Peggy, the Catholic good girl, hears his confession to every dirty thing he did. She does not believe it, because Don's con worked so well on her. She gives him the "that's not true, you're a good guy, come back" pep talk, and how close is that to real confession? How much does the man in the collar know about you to hear you confess your darkest misdeeds and grant absolution? This scene is an echo of the blatantly obvious Clint Eastwood-Hmong kid locked screen door confession at the end of Gran Torino. Peggy might not have understood Don, but he chooses her to confess everything to. "We have a connection, you idolize and respect me, now hear my dark secrets". An average priest probably knows less about a confessor than what Peggy knew about Don the person. Don hangs up, sits on the ground and resembles a spaced out druggie as he comes to grips with his isolation. His kids won't be with him, he is single again, even the last connection to his Whitman days is gone. It's just him.

Life goes on. Don sits there looking refreshed with the Pacific behind him. He looks clean, focused, and has great posture for the meditation session that Don skeptically looked at during his first arrival to the retreat. That flicker of a smile as he meditates and bellows out "Aum" followed by the famous "Teach the World to Sing" Coke ad implies all you need to know. Peggy's dream was to write a catch phrase. Don is going to give the world the most memorable ad. Weiner lied years ago about this series showing the downfall of a man. I would expect nothing less from a Hollywood figure writing a show about advertising. If anything, this show showcased a man who was a fraud, be exposed as a fraud to the people he should have cared about most, and then to come to grips with the lie and accept it. Draper will go back to McCann, sell America Cokes and make a nation, a world, forever remember that having a Coke is akin to sharing a memory, a moment, a great happy moment for all of us, and then it is gone.

Life goes on.

Don Draper: Jewish Avatar

I had drafted and outlined this essay and was feeling good about my interpretation of Don Draper that cut through the bull. Then Mad Men creator Matt Weiner opened his mouth and said it.
This is the story of America, this assimilation. Because guess what, this guy Don has the same problems. He’s hiding his identity, too. That’s why Rachel Menken understands Don, because they’re both trying desperately to be white American males.
This might sound confusing since Don Draper was a white American male, played by a white American male actor. Don Draper is an avatar for the Jewish experience of otherness. It is not about Don being a symbol of declining mid-20th centruy American power. Don never declines. He actually rises to control the Coca-Cola marketing that shows up on your television screen repeatedly. He is not the symbol of the reduction of male power through the '60s, as he ends the decade a multi-millionaire with young, strange women still sleeping with him. The Draper experience is the 2nd half of the 20th century Jewish life.

Let's review Don Draper's life.

1. He is born in the '20s to a poor family.
2. He reinvents himself, living a lie to cover his roots to everyone around him to fit into rich and powerful white NYC society.
3. He has great verbal IQ and is creative.
4. He is a sales man, a hustler, a smooth schmoozer.
5. He is a degenerate.
6. He lies constantly.
7. He always has one foot out the door.
8. He is in high need of praise to feel good about himself.
9. He marries a good blonde WASP.
10. He is self centered, self obsessed and constantly hung up on his background and history.

Don is Dick Whitman (white man) might be from Appalachia Pennsylvania, but is definitely rural prole. You could erase that childhood bio, substitute born to a poor Jewish immigrant family that lived in settlement houses and read Marxists texts, and the rest of his life would be the same and stereotypical of many succesful Jewish guys' lives in 20th and now 21st Century New York. Jordan Belfort is Don Draper-esque but a full blown criminal. The Ivy League is full of children of these Jewish men who married outside their faith after they "made it". I met an assortment of Cashews (Catholic-Jewish), Mu-shews (Methodist-Jewish) and P-shews (Protestant-Jewish) who all had the same backstory of dad making big bucks and meeting a cute shiksa.

Don's feeling of an outsider, unaware of how the establishment works, is the Jewish POV of that old WASP leadership gang. He is an outside observer, new to this world of money and success. His worry that they will always uncover his secret and cast him out mirrors the nagging feeling in that Jewish, middle man minority mind. Don apes the look, thoughts and actions of the WASPs he has to deal with, but he never feels quite at home. Don constantly feels like he is a fraud and needs validation in everything he does, which is an amazing neurosis for such a successful man. The fear is not just in his environment but in his identity, his core. That is not a stereotypical WASP or white concern but more in line with the self-obsessed culture and religion that spawned psychoanalysis (Dr. Freud's).

Steve Sailer has been all over Matt Weiner's retconned childhood fueling this show. Sadly, Weiner's lack of dealing with the past and properly viewing the past colored this show in weird ways. Weiner is a critically acclaimed Hollywood artist with a very high net worth, yet he cannot let anything go. That is something stressed in the finale where Don says to Anna Draper's niece, "blah blah put it behind you, blah it gets easier as time moves on". The irony is it does not. Draper was standing in California in 1970 at the end of a weird odyssey, strangely trying to fix a woman he barely knew who was the niece of the wife of the man he assumed the identity of, defeating his very statement. That is not Draper talking. Those are Weiner's written words. This is Weiner's creation, his story, so stop looking at Don Draper for the handsome, Anglo male of money and power that he appears to be. See him for what he is: a vessel to tell the story of insecure Jewish Americans coming to grips with their place in the American power structure. It is 2015, and even now, they do not want to admit it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

States Are Economically Larger Than People Realize

The whispers and murmurs of secession grow with each passing year. Polling firms are even asking if people want to secede now. This is partly because things get worse and weirder with each passing year, and partly because the voting Wurlitzer is not playing the tune the people have been programmed to expect. Alternative solutions are being contemplated. One thing that mentally holds Americans back is the idea of states standing on their own. Regional breaks make sense and are easier to swallow. Culturally or socially, Americans can see the drifting apart supporting secession but they still fear being too small to be independent. What many Americans fail to realize is the true size, scale and economic power of their states.

Independent American states compare remarkably well to foreign nations in terms of absolute GDP. The top half of US states would be top 50 internationally for GDP. Independent nations with clout make up that map. Cobbled together into regional breaks, rump American states would be powerful on an absolute GDP basis like G7 member nations. A hypothetical Dixie would have a top 10 GDP. A Midwestopia would be a balanced powerhouse. Competing for the English speaking population would force these regions to work more efficiently and provide better service for their citizens to entice membership. An interesting trick would also be what states would unleash economically if they did not have the Federal government to rely on for transfer payments? Do Oregon and Maine bring back the forestry and paper jobs that they voted away? How much growth is created by necessity?

Each State With Absolute GDP Sister Nation

Skeptics would scoff at the notion and laugh at the state-nation comparisons. This is easy to do for progressives as it would reveal cursory evaluation of the true numbers without understanding. Plus, the maps usually try to not duplicate nations used. The American states are far richer and more powerful than those absolute GDP comparisons reveal. The better measure to look at is GDP per capita. That is listed on the map below. When you look at those numbers, you see that all American states are incredibly wealthy compared to the rest of the world. The nations popping up there are duplicates and reveal wealthy countries like Netherlands, France, Japan, Italy, etc. When one looks at both measures combined (absolute and per capita), the numbers make independent states even stronger than progressive favorites in Scandinavia or even Asian Tigers. Similar to the absolute GDP measure, cobbling states together into regional states would create strong states able to compete on the global market for commodities. With the natural resoruce bounty of the continental United States, regions would be large players in a variety of important goods, services and basic necessities. All of this without the NYC-DC axis in control.

Each State With GDP Per Capita Sister Nation

Now there is a flip side to this. America's FIRE economy skews some items as does the current federal regulatory regime. Some wealthy blue states are overinflated due to their reliance on real estate and finance. Another problem is that some blue states are no longer balanced with manufacturing, agriculture or natural resource industries and are service economies. When blue state pundits and even little people say America does not make anything anymore, it is really "my section of America got rid of our manufacturing". Drive through the South and Midwest. While it is definitely smaller in size, the manufacturing in America is now more concentrated in specific regions. What happens if red states or even purple states remove the "degree for the good life" demand from education or physically remove populations that make the search for the good life/schools a driving force? The university system everywhere takes a hit. In a global view, universities are an export industry for the US, and especially for a state like Massachusetts. The states that grow food, generate raw materials and can remain competitive from a manufacturing standpoint oftentimes vote rightist and skew culturally red. A break up could reshuffle the current FIRE dominance and remove control of the bounty of the Lower 48 (and Alaskan oil) from the USG and paper shuffling elite.

That is part of the problem with secession ideas. Removing that control of resources from mandarins in the NYC-DC axis is a huge blow. Controlling the bounty that is the American geographic jackpot is the ultimate communist goal. Look around the globe. Few if any spots are as rich in minerals, oil, water and can produce the food that America does. I'm sure 100,000 Midwest farmers and Texas petrol engineers could turn Africa into an economic powerhouse, but they would still have to deal with infectious diseases and other natural problems not found here. As one looks around the globe, the struggle of nationalist sentiment vs. USG globalist reach is really a fight over local control of their lives vs. the needs of the global cabal to control the commodities in that same region for their gain. Keep talk of secession going. If anyone questions the reality of a state becoming independent, remind them of regional states that could form. If they are a true believer progressive, just remind them that Sweden is weaker independently than many American states. Let the talk continue and remind people that states and communities are stronger than they think.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Secession Would Allow for Renewed Group Rituals

The culture war is an ongoing fight with one side steadily winning each round as they are aligned with the referees. The larger picture though is that it is not purely that two sided struggle but an all against all struggle. We lack cultural cohesiveness. This is evident even in the most basic of national holidays like July 4th, the mishmash reaction to remembering 9/11, the patchwork of MLK day recognition and even the demonization of Columbus Day. These national ritual moments do not work or work opposite of the original intent. America loses cohesion by hitting these days, and not having enough to share culturally and socially, which only stresses our differences. Not a perfect solution but regional secession could allow for a renewal of group rituals that would affirm identities and what the Arabs call asabiyyah.

I've touched on the idea that there is no "America" but there are multiple Americas that different thedes envision when they think of their nation. Part of this is scale, but the other part is simply a population that is far more diverse not just in ethnicity or religion but simple life experiences. There is no shared struggle or experience that all Americans endured. The accrued cohesion from the nation enduring the Dust Bowl with the Great Depression (all regions hurt) followed up by the struggle of World War Two has long run out. A 90% white nation that was wrecked by a financial and agricultural crisis causing massive migration to vanquish foes on a global scale has some easy experiences to share and find common ground from which to build. America does not have that, and does not even have the same values to call one struggle or the other something all can share. A far more dangerous situation is how the founding myths of America have been turned into horrifying events by the progressive education and media system. Who-Whom and what is politically useful at the moment.

This is where regional secession starts to make sense. Founding myths are much easier to envision for regions, and far easier to celebrate without the need to appease the other thedes. The progressive Acela Corridor region could easily rework the Shining City on a Hill, Puritan perfection myth. The northeast, always striving for an idealistic utopia. The utopia might now be about "girls" with penises and gays getting married, but it would be marching forward from Puritan origins. The South has Dixie, and without having to be sensitive to blue staters, could celebrate the Stars and Bars, cry the Rebel yell, and eat pecan pie made by women in gingham tops. Texas and California have their unique traits, and Texas practically is its own nation with strong Texas identity. Blacks would need a spot or else its move to Acela Corridor and avoid evil, racists whites in Dixie and the Midwest. The Heartland with it's flyover Christianity could celebrate the prioneer-farmer-Christian outpost myth of settling and working with the land. Those monuments to the Indian Wars (they exist) could be publicly celebrated without a progressive chastising the crowd. The West could embrace the Euros who made it to the ends of the earth pioneer/freedom spirit.

Smaller units, whether state or region, make more sense because of our scale issue and immigration transformation. Consider Steve Sailer's points on the Romney vs. Obama voter breakdown. There is the core versus the fringe. There is also the happily married white voters go Romney and "affordable family formation" voters go Republican ideas. The red vs. blue divide started with simple votes and has carried down to a cultural split of Starbucks SWPLs vs. NASCAR 'Muricans with differing points of view on religion, family size, food or fitness. One cannot argue that even blue states share a common form of liberalism as California is shaped by Mexican immigration into acting like a socialist Latin America nation while New England is so white that it resembles Western Europe. Would the Mex-Ams want to embrace Massachusetts' pushed degeneracy? They shut down gay marriage in 2008. America has stuffed far too much diversity and wildly different groups, not just ethnic but racial and religious, that there is no cohesive culture. That is all social legislation is in our culture war: the legal codification of one's culture on the other because socially, no one feels secure in their culture's dominance anymore.

With such a wide swath of humanity to appeal to, lowest common denominator and inclusion makes shared meaning moments or pushes far less effective. Broken into smaller units with a more homogeneous population, the number of items shared of the population rises. It becomes easier to focus on the shared traits to celebrate and enforce through rituals for an oceanic feeling of oneness with the group, community and wider social unit. The racial splits caused by immigration actually would help enforce smaller states from merging because with renewed cause for community building and years spent defining and enforcing said identity, why would anyone want to merge back into the American identity? What identity? How different is the selection process for the tribe of that unit? It will probably be too different to merge. In a regional break up scenario, the irony would be each region (sans California or Texas) being able to say they are carrying on the true American ethos or character.

These would be cultural and social actions with overt or implied government support, but there would be a way for a government to supply a tailwind to these acts. However one would rearrange their region, our cities could be a huge opportunity for this group ritual and social cohesion issue. For decades, cities were and are managed for the needs of the progressive machine and democratic politics. New York's "Deep City" could only let so much dysfunction occur before destroying Tammany or later, starting "Giuliani Time!". Baltimore is a nice example because in the '70s and '80s, the $1 homes program and other homesteading acts were progressive endorsed programs to save the city and pull in decent inhabitants. They had to do this so the pus filled city would not become Mad Max to the point where Democrats lost over and over. Fix the rot just enough. Now that the progressives need dysfunctional people, the heroin trade can set up in West Baltimore, and since federal control of local police is desired by the cathedral, they will encourage and enable the underclass to burn the city down. Imagine our cities oriented towards safety, security and shared enjoyment. A proper physical removal of problem groups from cities would come first. Think of all the formerly horrid, worthless real estate that suddenly becomes valuable and empty. Those wretched neighborhoods in Memphis and Cincinnati once had kids riding bikes after 7pm and low crime. A massive city reclamation and rehabilitation project could pull in the young to work on cleaning up the cities and simple public works like small parks. A policy quirk could be, you rehab the area and clean out a house, you get it (tax auction properties are in the thousands in some cities). The German expression volksgemeinschaft comes to mind as this would be work to reinvigorate the community and create the shared experience and struggle in reclaiming what was lost but building something new that is worthy.

Does this fix everything? No. Does it allow for a healthier group celebration because it allows for exclusion of groups or those not aligned with the group's interest? Yes. The absence of forced inclusion helps strengthen the focus on the group proper. This can fight atomization by recognizing that there is a shared struggle and identity, and that you, random member of the community, have felt that struggle and contribute to the group's experience. This is why that nagging feeling happens each 9/11 or July 4th. You cannot indulge in the anger at the attacking Muslims because Joe Rothstein on MSNBC will mention that Muslims are victims of Western profiling and microaggressions or the president himself will blurt out "Well, yeah, you know, Crusades!". That nagging feeling gets kicked up a notch when the forced diversity tokens show up in "Tribute to America" parades, shows or telecasts when you just spent months watching black protestors shout about Amerikkka and hating the nation. Money ties this nation together. Anything earned on price is lost on cost. The last symbol that Americans rallied around after 9/11, the American flag, is now on the cutting edge for offensive in California schools. Carrying on the sham and fraud is unhealthy. While not a panacea, secession and a regional break up could fix some of these problems of alienation and atomization.

Building Networks and Trust

After taking time to review death threats and make a will in case my assassin shall strike, it dawned on me this is a great lesson on trust. If one is engaged in building a network of people opposed to a regime or to be a long march conspiracy, one has to create and have trust in one's network. No one is going to listen nor take a next step and engage with any network that is untrustworthy. John Kenneth Galbraith expressed this when writing and admitting how Keynesians kept quiet and denied the conspiracy of Keynesian takeover until it was all clear with the final victory. Building a network involves reaching out to people, and if they see you constantly attacking nominal allies, they will not be receptive. When I posted my financial blog reads, I noted they are the dissident financial information sites and that many share or work with one another. Not all are 100% in step, but they all dislike the current economic and financial regime. The Manosphere, HBD sites and MPC (three examples) are not buying our entire buffet of beliefs but they do share some common views and generate great insights monthly if not weekly. Keep them in the spider web and use the helpful concepts as they pop up. They never have to or will be core of what you consider "intellectual leaders" (whatever that means), but they can be useful. Do we want to seek the truth? If so, use truthful, accurate sources. Roosh just went on national television (Dr. Oz), and he also just reviewed Culture of Critique, exposing many young men to some ideas not allowed in the regular media. Useful thoughtcrime. We should all keep trust in mind when engaging with one another. It is the foundation for cooperation and coordination.

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This comes from Mike threatening to kill me two or three times and going on a doxx hunt of me because I laughed along with an MPC joke on him being a flamer. I played along with his hysterics so everyone could see the monster. Keep in mind: he accused the MPC guys of doxxing his sister just a month ago like it was some horrendous crime. Almost all of Friday's freak out is documented here on MPC. A very comical rundown of the freak out from "The Right Drama" is here. Thank you all for support, emails, screen shots, messages and follow ups of his hysterics (including this morning). If you read the weird tweets he sent (deleted now) where he kept barking for an apology and expressed his anger, it reads like a weird S&M routine. I'm an Italian accountant who lives in a giant city. "Shucks he got me good", I thought lying on my couch checking my tablet while watching a "Poirot" episode. I realized his insecurity was at "11" when he later said to a guy that I was a slimey accountant who sometimes posts a lingerie blog, skipping over this one entirely. That one has 113 posts over 5 years, so good way to funnel followers there and not here where 300 posts happen each year. He's still going on about that lingerie blog today, as if my wife doesn't already know of it. Total SJW behavior.

This should not surprise anyone. Mike flipped out months ago threatening to dox people. He attempted to do so Friday. He also ironically started calling himself leader of nrx as a joke, until he said it wasn't a joke. There are no insults of Mike that can top the truth written here about him on MPC threads, especially here:

Mike is unmarried, childless and has f**ked rachel skrillex yet advocates traditional behaviors
Mike is an atheist but the endarkenment advocates a return to religion.
Mike has no science, technical, comsci, or architectural training yet spouts off on tech and commercial concepts.
Mike has no proof of any capabilities or smarts yet calls all of mpc, dumb, boorish losers.
Mike f**ked rachel skrillex but says mpc has no dignity and is garbage.
Mike is a public figure with the same number of twitter followers as a popular teenage girl in your hometown.


This is pretty mean to Rachel Haywire, but maybe she taught him the S&M terminology. I feel bad for Mike, and realize why he gets very upset at the slightest criticism. He is over 30, no wife, no kids, lives a frugal life, no degree, kind of-sort of has a job... he has nothing so he has to protect the Internet persona. It's like underclass women who claim to have high confidence yet flip out at the slightest dis. When you have nothing, you have to protect anything and hold the line or else all of your failings are open to criticism. I'd pray that he finds peace in his life but he's an atheist so why bother? No one is perfect, but I am honest with myself as a slimey Italian accountant with a lingerie blog.

The name Michael Rossi will stay to the side of the blog. Amazing that I was talking about remaining anonymous yet had a name on my blog for years. So weird, hmmm, why would someone do that? Hmmm. Good thing is, this is the Internet, so I can walk away at any time. Some people are saying neoreaction is dead, maybe, but you can't kill a network of people seeking the truth.

This is just a shit post. A real post will be going up today... on this blog, not my lingerie blog.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who Lost China Update

One day we'll read the "Who Lost China Again?" op-ed in the NY Times followed up by a Vox inforgraphic heavy explainer for why and how we lost them and how it affects white, Millenial and progressive Americans daily lives. By then, how many white, Millenial progressives will be left? Will they all emigrate to New Zealand and Canada? Probably. China is playing a long game so here are some links about some of their long moves.

  • Koos Jansen is an excellent China and gold watcher. His latest is on the new Silk Road that China is building. This is the overland compliment to their String of Pearls ports and supply chain idea. Iran matters here, as does India. Wait, you thought Barack Obama penned the Modi Time's 100 essay (with praise) and you thought Modi later being on the cover of time this spring were out of nowhere? No! The cathedral is incredibly paranoid that India will align with Russia and China. China is smart, make friends with India and Russia, and they secure their huge borders. Then they can look outward to the Pacific.

  • It appears the Chinese will have to announce their gold holdings to get what they want from the IMF regarding the SDR moves. With all of the pro- and then anti- talk about the SDR, and the instability that an SDR basket would create per the writing of others, the move to an SDR for global trade and finance is a temporary one as China-Russia get stronger. The path could be King Dollar to SDR basket with temporary realignments to new gold system. Gold is the final endgame. I like the idea of a gold backed crypto-currency. Let's get that going.

  • China and Russia inked some more deals. This latest invovles lending to Russian firms by the Chinese. Yes, State Department geniuses, cutting off Russia was going to limit them from being able to do business with anyone else. Just like those wizards of Wall Street, other people would love to get a piece of that Russian commodity powerhouse. China already gets much from Africa, but transit from Africa would bump into the American Navy. The Chinese are not ready to confront that beast... yet.

  • Do not take these wanrings of global change and a new financial alignment from me. Read Bill Gross on the idea that this is all ending. Mr. Gross knows the generational bull run in bonds must end as there is no place for yields to go any longer and no borrower on the margin who has any credibility. There is a reason certain people were not loaned money with regularity or low rates for ages; they cannot pay it back. Equality is a dream.

There are no allies only interests, and our ruling elite's interests diverged from China's a while ago. The biggest change was when the Anglo-Soviet split ended, and the US did not need to use China against the Soviets any longer. No real shared interest after that, and what slowly built up was a Mutually Assured Economic Destruction... but even that has changed. Politically and socially, Harvard and the NY Times might dream up new perversions and new schemes for breaking domestic political enemies under the guise of equality and rights, but these have no use for China. We call a childless single working woman at age 29 an "independent, strong woman". The Chinese call them "yellowed pearls". We do not have to touch anything else, because that gender worldview difference informs you enough. The truth is that we already lost China. The truth is China was never really ours to lose.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kids Play War, Leon Gimpel, Paris 1915

One hundred years ago, the slog of World War One had set in, which would only stop when the old world was finally crushed. I saw these pictures elsewhere from Paris during World War One. The photographer was Leon Gimpel*. What he did was stage photos with the children who played little games of cops and robbers only transposed to the French and Germans in the streets. Knowing that Gimpel helped create everything from basic poses to the very "toys" they used to play, the pictures lose a little emotion. By creating a message and using the kids for whatever message he wanted, the very message of children playing fighting games in the middle of a war changes. It is not organic anymore. Kids playing war in the middle of a war is a fantastic example of that odd awareness children have of adult things but transformed through a child's mind into their concepts, like light hitting a prism and becoming a rainbow. Gimpel playing with this to stage "battle play" warps this. It is tainted. An innocent play game representing a dangerous thing that could make a viewer stop and think has become an adults exploitation of children to push some point. Still, the photographs are wonderful to see.

Interesting choice of staging


Did Gimpel provide the clothing too? Awesome toy rifles.

 
The kid in red is starting to creep you out

 
The kid in red is like an evil sprite

Only one kid has the stones to shoot... the evil bastard in red

 
For kids playing, no one looks happy

Final proof that this is staged by Gimpel. An awesome plane...


...hung from a telephone pole by a kid that is maybe 2 feet tall with a gut

*If you're confused why an adult wouldn't just take pictures of the kids playing and catch the spontaneous order and organic feel to children handling a war time situation on native soil, Gimpel was a Jew. Exploiting kids... must be genetic. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Have You Tried Intermittent Fasting?

I had read plenty from Mangan on the positives of Intermittent Fasting. I decided to check out other websites as well. I noticed a few websites lists or write ups on different types of fasts. I messaged Mangan to post on a schedule for fasting, and he crafted one. I promised him a review after incorporating fasting into my weekly diet. I can't go full paleo, and wouldn't want to, and I can't go a full week of scheduled fasting, so I found a schedule that worked for me.

Basics
- I work out 3-4 days per week. I would not fast on training days or the day directly after.
- I used the "16 hours fasting, 8 hour window of eating" fast. This fast was 16 hours of no food, then an 8 hour window of eating, followed by another 16 hour window of no food.
- I started the fast at 7pm on Wednesday and ended it at 11am on Saturday.
- I eat 3 regular meals, a banana or yogurt as a snack, and then a combination of protein bar/shake twice a day.

Pros
- Once you break habits, fasting in this manner is easy. You are in essence just delaying breakfast and eliminating post-dinner snacking.
- 8 hours is a wide window to fill in your caloric intake. It is not a forced "Let's gulp down 2000 calories at once" fast. I created an every other hour feeding method like: 11am - breakfast, 1pm - lunch, 3pm - snack, 5pm dinner, right before 7pm, protein bars/shakes.
- If you have any casein protein powder, it might be best and helpful with getting thru the overnight fast as it breaks down slower.
- Slight weight loss immediately seen on the scale of 5 lbs.

Cons
- I had some headaches at night. I messaged Mangan. He said he did not have those. Might have just been me, maybe a carb deficit. Maybe just dehydration as I drank more water after messaging him, and they went away. Not bad in total.
- Tough part was the late at night period before bed. Stomach was hungry then, but doing a shake right before 7pm was better than sneaking in a small half sandwich. Once I slept, the morning routine was easy to fast thru if I brewed a large cup of tea.
- The urge to snack was high.

Helpful Hints
- Drink some coffee or tea in the morning. Caffeine is an appetite suppressant anyway.
- Drink plenty of water. Doesn't hurt to fill the stomach with water.
- Drink a nighttime sleep aid tea to help you if a growling stomach will prevent you from falling asleep.

This was actually a lot easier to execute than I expected. The second week of fasting was much easier than the first after knowing how my body reacted. I will be doing this from now on from Wednesday nights to Saturday mornings. Paleo is a bit of a pain due to having to eat separately from what the rest of the family eats. I have turned my paleo habits into a general, "eat fewer refined carbs, more nuts and fruit" diet. I now even eat and enjoy salads, which at 23, I never thought would happen. Fasting is just a routine change and not even that hard. The toughest thing was the late night stomach growls of "feed me" and the simple, conditioned urge to snack after 8pm or so. It's part conditioning and part accessability. It's amazing how much we Americans have become grazers. I'm a pretty fit guy, so I can't imagine how hard it would be for a fatter person who snacks constantly. You can break the conditioning. It will take some effort. If the science is anything to believe, then the results and consequences are worth it.
 
***If you have tried fasting or do fast regularly, please leave a comment below***