Thursday, February 22, 2018

Niall Ferguson: The Decline of the West Explained – Not

First published by CanSpeccy on Wordpress, June 20, 2013

In his latest book, pot boiler, extended magazine article in hard covers for 28 bucks, whatever, Niall Ferguson sets out to explain why the nations of the West, so long dominant in scientific and technical skills, wealth and power, are now stagnating economically as China and much of the rest of the Third World rise in power and prosperity at an unprecedented rate.

The trouble, thinks Feguson, is the problem that Adam Smith identified as the cause of China’s economic stagnation in the 18th century: it is, he argues, our institutions. Our institutions of democracy, capitalism, the rule of law, and civil society, he says, have degenerated, resulting in the the concentration of wealth, the emergence of monopolies, a decline in educational standards and other ills that have resulted in a loss of Western competitiveness.

In form, Ferguson’s book is reminiscent of those vaguely interesting and generally incoherent lectures to which so many have been exposed during undergraduate education: a few interesting facts and ideas with many loose ends, leaving unlimited scope for further debate and literary output.

But as an account of the stagnation and relative decline of the West, Ferguson’s effort is almost entirely futile other than as an exercise in misdirection, distraction and cover-up.

If the institutions of democracy in the West are degenerating, those of the extraordinarily dynamic China are essentially non-existent. If the rule of law in America is increasingly the “rule of lawyers,” in China it is a concept barely even understood. If free and fair competition in Western economies has diminished as capital has been concentrated in fewer hands, China’ state capitalism is the complete antithesis of the free and fair market that underlay Adam Smith’s invisible hand. As for the the institutions of civil society, the West is still incomparably free compared with China where even association for the purpose of religious worship is prohibited.

So while Western institutions are in decline, China’s are absolute crap. Yet still China’s economy booms as the West stagnates. Clearly, then, there’s more to Western economic decline than the inadequacy of some vaguely defined sets of institutions.

To discover what has stultified the West, it is necessary to consider what drives economic expansion, and the answer to that is quite simple: increased investment and production. But you cannot have increased investment and production unless there are markets for the increased output, and there will only be markets for the increased output if the new production is competitively priced. But how can new output in the West be competitively priced when the legally mandated minimum wage in America and Europe is between ten and twenty or more times the rate paid factory workers in the Third World?

This is the simple, obvious brute fact that explains Western economic stagnation, to which Niall Ferguson, like any other tenured professor at a top US or UK university, must carefully avoid drawing attention.

The consequences of the fact of Western wage uncompetitiveness with the Third World are as obvious as this one basic fact itself.

Once the Uraguay Round of the Gatt (which led to the creation of the World Trade Organization) was signed by the Western states in 1994, the Western economies were on the skids.

It took a while, naturally, to export Western capital and technology, accumulated through the sweat of generations, to the Third World.

Collapsed Bangladesh factory where Loblaws of Canada (62% owned by 
billionaire George Weston) outsourced manufacture of its "Joe Fresh" line 
of apparel. More than one thousand workers died in the collapse, but as 
George Weston remarked, they need the work. Garment workers in Canada
 presumably do not need the work, or if they do, would be much more 
expensive to hire.
It took a while, naturally, to construct the factories, build the research centers, train the engineers, biotechnologists, the computer scientists, and the millions of production line workers in China, India, Bangladesh and a hundred other countries before the Third World was in a position to take the jobs of tens of millions of Western workers.

But the system’s in place now and the jobs have been bleeding away rapidly during the last ten years, the loss masked in part by housing bubbles that stimulated the construction industry, which is among the few that cannot be off-shored wholesale.

But now the real estate bubbles have burst or are bursting and the shrinking Western economies are plagued by deflation, falling incomes, rapidly rising welfare costs and unemployment, and ominous rumblings of social discontent. Add to the mix mass immigration of culturally disparate elements, which displaces from the workforce the least competent members of the indigenous population, and you have a recipe for both economic decline and revolution.

Hyperventilating about the degeneration of our social, legal and political institutions or getting everyone to join the Lions Club won’t solve the problem created by the treason of our elites, who have sold out the working people of America and Europe for the benefit of the money power, which has gained enormous profits through the success of globalized corporations such as IBM, Apple, Microsoft, and many others.

The only remaining question of real interest is whether the money power will get away with the genocide of the Western nations in its bid for a system of global financial feudalism. And an answer to that question, we can be sure, will not be made available by Niall Ferguson or any other member of the academic elite until such time as the question has become entirely academic.

Monday, February 19, 2018

deNiall Ferguson: The West is Not Dying, It Just Looks That Way

First published by CanSpeccy on Wordpress: February 6, 2014

According to Niall Ferguson, there’s little wrong with the West that cannot be fixed with some tweaking of institutions.

If Asia is rising while the West stagnates, that is the inevitable consequence of Asia having adopted the institutions that made the West great, namely, the competitive market economy, science, property rights, modern medicine, the consumer society and the work ethic.

If the West seems to be declining, it is, says Ferguson, because our institutions of democracy, capitalism, the rule of law, and civil society have degenerated.

Such arguments are bunk. As we stated elsewhere:
If the institutions of democracy in the West are degenerating, those of the extraordinarily dynamic China are essentially non-existent. If the rule of law in America is increasingly the “rule of lawyers,” in China the rule of law is a concept barely even understood. If free and fair competition in Western economies has diminished as capital has been concentrated in fewer hands, China’ state capitalism is the complete antithesis of the free and fair market that underlay Adam Smith’s invisible hand. As for the the institutions of civil society, the West is still incomparably free compared with China where even association for the purpose of religious worship is prohibited.

So while Western institutions are in decline, China’s are absolute crap. Yet still China’s economy booms as the West stagnates. Clearly, then, there’s more to Western economic decline than the inadequacy of some vaguely defined sets of institutions.
In fact, the West is undergoing willful destruction by fools motivated by the unattainable vision of a global empire based on a the bizarre notion that the Western model of diversity-loving liberal democracy is the natural endpoint for all social and political development.

But like the Communists of old, who though professing a belief in historical inevitability felt it necessary to push history forward by the most bloody revolutionary methods, so today, the liberal globalists, while asserting the worldwide triumph of liberal democracy, seek to ensure that outcome by compelling Western nations to commit suicide, replacing themselves with racial and cultural groups quite alien to the liberal democratic ideology the globalists claim has already achieved global acceptance.

UK Settlers
The absurdity of Ferguson’s refusal to acknowledge the West’s Gadarene rush to self-destruction is noted in Ricardo Duchesne’s review of Ferguson’s Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest.
He [Ferguson] is clearly worried by the lack of assimilation of Muslims in Europe, and the key role being played at universities and elsewhere by Islamic centres. He tabulates that if the current Muslim population of the UK continues to grow at the current rate, its share of the total population would pass 50 per cent in 2050 (p. 290). So, it looks like the West needs to show resolve on Muslim immigration and assimilation … by teaching kids Western liberal arts? I doubt a population built on mass migration from non-Western lands would be enthusiastic about Elizabethan England, Homer, Chaucer, Aquinas, or even Shakespeare. He says that ‘mass immigration is not necessarily the solvent of a civilization, if the migrants embrace, and are encouraged to embrace the values of the civilization to which they are moving’ (p. 290). It is worth noting that only westerners are inviting resterners to come to their homelands; there is no ‘reconvergence’ whatsoever in this respect; this is one killer app Asia does not care for. If current trends continue, the West will become a less homogenous civilization, whereas China, Japan, and India will remain uniquely native.
And even if the mass of immigrants to Europe could be Westernized culturally, it would remain the case that the European nations as racial entities quite distinct from those of the countries from which Third World immigrants derive, are being exterminated by policies that not only promote immigration, but suppress the fertility of the indigenous population, and destroy the self-confidence of Western youth by inculcating the belief that Western civilization is a shameful heritage.

Understandably, Ferguson denies the destruction of the European nations by the simple expedient of ignoring this monstrous reality, for there is no rational basis of denial. Irrationally, liberals, if pressed, are ready enough to deny the genocide of the European peoples by simultaneously insisting that racial diversity is good while denying that the indigenous peoples of Europe have their own unique racial identities.

It is now clear that the World will not accept Western hegemony and its attendant culture of decadence because, first, it does not appeal to most of humanity, and second, the West lacks the military might to force it upon the World.

On the contrary, the mass of people migrating from East to the West to raise their standard of living are increasingly inclined to deride Western civilization, whether they be highly philoprogenitive Muslims settlers in Britain or Asian cultural supremacists at Yale University. Moreover, the limited capacity of America’s military has been clearly demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, and confirmed by the the decision to back away from attempting the military overthrow of the unliberal and undemocratic governments of Syria and Iran.

Liberalism, the ideology that underlies the NeoCon drive for US-led Western-dominated global empire, is a death cult, and while we are nowhere near the End of History, we are nearing the point of no recovery for the Western nations.

The antidote to liberalism is conservatism. Conservatism is about reproducing your own people, not replacing it with people from elsewhere, it is about upholding one’s literary, religious and cultural history, not denigrating it as racism and supremacism.

Today, the denial of conservative values amounts to a program of Western self-genocide. It is a project fueled by hatred, the most powerful of political motivations: the self-hatred of brainwashed “anti-racist” Europeans and the ambition of opportunist settler immigrants. It is a program destroying the West by robbing Western youth of opportunity, ambition and hope.

Related:

CanSpeccy: The Rise of the West: Niall Ferguson’s Six “Killer Apps.” How Are They Working For Us Now?

Canspeccy: Niall Ferguson: The Decline of the West Explained – Not

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Moral Legacy of Barry Sherman, a Canadian Tycoon

Barry Sherman was a gold-medal-winning engineering science graduate of the University of Toronto who received a doctorate in astrophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1967 her purchased the pharmaceutical drug manufacturing company, Empire Laboratories, from the estate of his maternal uncle, Louis Winter and wife Beverley, who, dying within 17 days of one another, had designated Barry Sherman as the executor of their estate. Thereafter, Sherman pursued a career in the drug industry that was both highly litigious and highly profitable. Selling Empire Laboratories, he shed financial responsibility for his cousins, the heirs of Louis Winter, and founded Apotex, a company engaged in the same business as Empire Laboratories, which grew to become Canada's largest producer of generic drugs.

On or about December 13th 2017, Sherman, by then a multi-billionaire and generous contributor to Jewish charities, together with his wife, Honey, died of strangulation at their home in Toronto's suburb of North York. Death was initially considered by police as a possible murder-suicide, but the story was changed to double homicide after Toronto's Mayor, John Tory, conveyed the Sherman family's concerns about the investigation to Toronto's Police Chief.

Subsequently, it was announced that the Government of Canada had, in its wisdom, made Barry Sherman a posthumous member of the Order of Canada. It was also announced that Canada's lobbying commissioner had dropped an inquiry into an apparent conflict of interest resulting from a $100,000 donation by Barry Sherman, a registered government lobbyist, to the Liberal Party of Canada at a fund-raiser attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Early reports on the investigation of the Shermans' demise mentioned that, in the 1990's, during a family vacation in the Serengeti, Sherman had written a memoir, entitled A Legacy of Thoughts, in the belief, he wrote, that it would be of use or interest to his progeny and others.

In it, so reported the Globe and Mail, he asserted that:
There is no God, no free will, no altruism and no morality.
Examination of the text of that document as published by the Toronto Star reveals that he did not express himself in exactly those words, however those words seem to provide a fair summary of his beliefs.

In dismissing claims about the existence of a supreme being, or God, he wrote:
[An] inescapable conclusion from endless observation is that mass and energy consistently behave in time and space according to laws of physics that have been largely, though not entirely, elucidated.

The foregoing statement, accepting it to be true, leads to the corrollary that there is no "God" that interferes in the operation of the universe. 
Such is pretty much the standard materialist argument for atheism, which, on examination, is seen to have little merit even on its own terms.

How so?

Because at the scale of the very small, the world operates according to the rules of quantum physics which assert that events are unpredictable — not just in practice, but in principle. Albert Einstein, as is well known, rejected that conclusion, asserting that "God does not play dice." But what Einstein seems not to have considered is whether, on the quantum level, God may play God.

Some physicists dispose of the conundrum of the unpredictability of quantum events by holding that for every possible outcome of a quantum event, a separate world exists. This is the many worlds theory, accepted by highly regarded, though by no means all, physicists. This theory implies that every event that could occur does in fact occur in some universe. Thus, according to the many worlds theory, in one universe Barry Sherman is undoubtedly a murderer, as indeed are you, dear reader, whereas in some other universe, possibly the one that you the reader presently inhabit, Barry Sherman is undoubtedly the innocent victim of murder.

 As an alternative to an idea so bizarre as the many worlds theory, is the simple notion that there is only one outcome to a quantum event, but that that outcome, rather than being the result of pure randomness as most physicists assume, is instead the outcome chosen by God. The mere fact that such an interpretation is possible demolishes Sherman's physics-based proof of the non-existence of God.

Proceeding with his deterministic interpretation of reality, Sherman wrote:
Another corollary of the laws of physics is that we have no "free will"...
 a position he elaborated by comparing humans with computer-controlled automatons between which there is, he argued, no fundamental behavioral difference.

In likening humans to automatons, Sherman may have had a valid point, but asserting that such an arguments disposes of the possible existence of free demonstrated that Sherman completely misunderstood the term "free will." Moreover, it was a misunderstanding with disastrous consequences because it leads directly to nihilism, the rejection of not only of all religious scruples, but of all morality.

To understand what is involved, consider the case of Cain and Abel. It may have been true that Cain's mind was so constructed that, under the circumstances in which he acted, he could do no other than kill his brother Abel. But that is irrelevant to the question of whether his action was attributable to free will.

Free will is essentially a legal concept. What determines whether a person's action was of their free will depends on whether or not the action was coerced. If an actor has no gun to their head and is free of all other duress, then their action is of their own free will. For all such acts of free will, both the moral law and the law of the land hold the actor responsible.

That is the rationale for the punishment of crime: it is to provide a deterrent, which is to say a factor to be entered into the calculation of every individual thinking of committing a crime of their own free will.

Sherman's contention that there is no such thing as altruism or morality is as naive and as toxic in its consequences as his ideas about God and free will.

People are, of course, primarily selfish, but to deny that most are also willing to help others is simply absurd. What is extraordinary is the alacrity with which many will risk their own life, even, to aid another. The question of how evolution could have inculcated such behavior is too convoluted to enter into here, but group selection provides a mechanism whereby evolution likely favored an inherited propensity for altruistic behavior. Moreover, cultural factors overwhelmingly shape human moral behavior, with religious institutions having the prime function of promoting socially desirable behavior by inculcating a moral code. Such codes invariably promote altruism. That "Jesus died for our sins," being a prime example of an altruism-inspiring meme that surely motivated Christian saints and martyrs.

As for morality, all societies have it. To deny that is to make a blunder that perhaps only a man known to be absolutely singular when it came to the launching legal battles — hundreds of them in the course of his life, could make.

In all societies there is a generally accepted code of conduct whether tacit or systematically inculcated by religious or other authorities. In the absence of a shared morality, theft, rape, cannibalism would be the normal  modes of human interaction since every stranger would have to be regarded as a threat to one's own existence. With no basis of trust arising from the existence of a generally accepted code of conduct, productive social interaction among strangers would be at an end.

What conclusion, then, can one draw from Barry Sherman's moral and philosophical conclusions?

First, that amateur philosophizing is like do-it-yourself brain surgery: liable to disastrous consequences.

Second, that while not all atheists are nihilists, atheism logically gives rise to the moral code of the nihilist. Thus, as Dmitri Karamazov stated in Dostoyevsky's Brothers Kamarazov:
Without God and the future life? It means everything is permitted now, one can do anything?' 'Didn't you know?' he said. And he laughed. 'Everything is permitted to the intelligent man,' he said.
Third, a society of atheists, having dispensed with personal morality, must either disintegrate in chaos, or adopt an Orwellian system of round-the-clock surveillance to monitor and, as necessary enforce, compliance with the law. The model for the perfect atheist civilization is thus the Borg: every individual brain-chipped and subject to monitoring 24/7 and top-down control.

At present, the Western world functions, although increasingly poorly, because of the moral havits and ways of thought inculcated by our dying Christian civilization. But as that civilization continues to decay, our society is ever more reliant on the surveillance camera, brainwashing imposed under the guise of education, and legal enforcement of politically correct conduct.

We are in transition from a society of free, responsible, self-directed individuals to a colony of mind-controlled slaves.

Related:

CanSpeccy: Free Will versus Determinism and Moral Responsibility

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Phony "Scientific" American Magazine, Attacks the Phony Science Guy, in Defense of a Phony Scientific Consensus

Scientific American has an article attacking Bill Nye, the phony science guy, because Nye is not sufficiently PC on climate change. It's a case of the phony attacking the phony in defense of a phony scientific consensus on climate change.

It would be pointless, here, to enter into a discussion about climate change, since in the matter of that most disputed of scientific fields, insofar as it is a scientific field at all, everyone one, even the least technically informed, indeed especially the least technically informed, is an expert.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Trump Enigma: Imperialist or Nationalist

One of the basic lessons that can be gleaned from a study of multiple imperialisms over the past five centuries, is that imperialist warfare is always class warfare. Imperialism is always class warfare at home, and usually it is class warfare abroad as well. Both at home and abroad, it is the so-called “lower” classes, the workers and peasants, who are dispossessed by imperialist extraction. Workers and peasants—sometimes even slaves—make up the bulk of the military forces conscripted by imperialist powers. Workers and peasants at home are the ones whose labour was exploited to fuel imperial dominance. Abroad, the products of the labour of workers and peasants, and any productive assets they might have controlled, are usually what is targeted by imperialism. Any attempt to distract Americans from these basic, long-term, and inescapable empirical realities of class dominance and class divisions, any submersion of class beneath the weight of minoritarian identity issues, is by default if not by design an ideological program in the service of imperialism. The converse is also true: the rise of class consciousness in the US, or at least greater awareness of the plight of the working class, will erode the political support base for the increasing costs of maintaining empire abroad.
Maximilian Forte
The above quote from an essay by Concordia University anthropology professor, Maximilian Forte, draws attention to a fundamental enigma: is US President Donald Trump an American nationalist or a globalist imperialist. Trump's election campaign was clearly nationalist: it was for protection against both unfair foreign competition and jobs off-shoring by American corporations; it was for tax cuts to remove tens of millions of the lowest paid workers from the tax rolls while providing incentives for job-creating corporate investment in America; and it was for better relations with America's post-war rival for global dominance, Russia.

Yet as president, the Trump administration has pursued sanctions against Russia for its "aggression" in the Ukraine and its "threat" to the Baltic trivialities, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; attempted in defiance of international law to establish a permanent US military presence in Syria; and threatened further economic warfare against Iran.


So what is Trump: nationalist, imperialist, muddle-head, or devious operator either seeking to appease the increasingly exploited and aggrieved American masses while pursuing the US agenda for global empire, or alternatively, attempting to fool the globalist faction of the US elite with meaningless imperialistic gestures, while creating in the US a democratic nation state?

Who knows? Certainly not us. However, as one in favor of the survival and renovation of Western civilization, I take comfort in the frenzied Trump hatred of the NeoCon scum, and the"liberal" fascists for a politically correct society. That Trump seems better liked by rival states, Russia and China, than by globalist allies such as Germany, anti-Brexit Britain, and Islamified France seems to provide further ground for hope.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Inequality of Wealth: Pity the Rich

The poor you will always have with you
Jesus Christ, Matthew 26, 11
Jesus's claim that the poor will always be with us, has stood the test of time. After two thousand years, nothing has changed. Most people are still poor.

Which makes one wonder why people keep worrying about it. Oxfam, for example, has just announced that "Forty-two people hold the same wealth as half the world.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Little Potato" Justin Trudeau in China

Tucker Carlson on the Racism of the Liberal Left



Related:

Of Crudeness and Truth
Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont after a Groucho Marx wisecrack. This is racism! This is sexism! This is some sort of phobia! I’m shocked, shocked to find facts being spoken in polite company!

No one is really shocked, of course. This is simply a form of bullying. The Left has co-opted our good manners and our good will in order to silence our opposition to their bad policies. The idea is to make it seem impolite and immoral to mention the obvious.

Read more

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Immigration & The End Of Canadian Culture

By John Whitaker

Canadian Culture Cannot Survive the Current Immigration Wave

Canada’s demographic landscape is changing fast. This is due to immigration, which accounts for the bulk of Canada’s population growth. In fact, Canada has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the world—three times more people move to Canada every year than to America, once population size is accounted for.

This has a number of consequences, economic, political, and cultural. For example, immigration is the primary reason why Canadian citizens are being shut out of the housing markets in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Likewise, the immigrant vote is the primary reason why Canada’s left-leaning liberal party still wins elections—immigrant ridings handed Justin Trudeau his majority government.

Read more

Related:
Canada sells out Sovereignty. Signs Trans Pacific Partnership and shits on POTUS Trump

Saturday, January 20, 2018

USA: The Death of a Nation

Truth and all respect for truth has disappeared from American political discourse. Truth is no longer even respected in academia or courts of law. The entire purpose of the US system and its subsystems is to achieve selfish aims that are at the expense of truth, justice, and other peoples.

Paul Craig Roberts


Even the Devils in Hell speak truth else Hell could not stand.


Samuel Johnson

Stupidity in Technology: Google's Fact Checker Widget

The most fundamental issue in philosophy is, was, and always will be, how do we know what we know about the world, assuming that we know anything about the world at all. The question is sometimes referred to as "the Problem of Knowledge," and the study of that question is known to philosophers as epistemology.

To most people, the question is hard to understand. Obviously we know a lot about the world: what we were taught in school, what we've read in books or newspapers, what we've seen on TV or on the Internet.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

And in Other News

Establishment Media Now Laughably Claiming That Trump Cannot READ In Latest Pathetic Attack On The President
Doesn't matter if the President can't read. He's rich enough to pay someone to read for him. 

The Price of Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is more expensive than fossil fuel sourced energy. As there is no fuel cost, the high cost of renewable energy must be largely due to the cost of harvesting it. In large part, the cost of harvesting renewable energy is for equipment, windmills, transmission lines, etc., all of which have  an embodied energy content that is reflected in the price paid for the energy harvested.
Whether renewable energy sources provide any net energy is thus open to question. The 2014 Scientific American article: Wind and Solar Harvest Enough Energy Now to Pay Back Manufacture Plus Add Storage, claims that wind and solar do pay back. But that's likely only in the best cases. It is probable, therefore, that renewable energy is still mostly a counterproductive Will o' the Wisp.

Our Nazi Friends in the Weimar Republic of Ukraine

Lance Roberts: Can The Fed Really Boost Bond Yields?

The Deep State's Plan 'C' - Murder Donald Trump?

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Failure of Women in British Politics. Meet the Man Who Will Replace Prime Minister Thereason May

Hard-Faced British Treason Party Women Trashed by a Pleb From Up North: Live on BBC



The Man Who Will Replace Thereason May as UK Prime Minister Effortlessly Handles BBC's Treason Party Mouthpiece:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Good News for Arctic Seals: Polar Bears Are Starving to Death

A video, produced by an Canadian environmental activist, showing a polar bear at the point of death by starvation, has gone viral: which is to say, it has been relentlessly hyped by the BrainWash media, such as the nauseating fount of lies, the Guardian, and passed on among thousands of FakeBook trend-followers and tweeting Twitterers as proof that global warming is destroying the world and that if "we," by whom they mean "you," don't cut "our," by which they mean "your," living standard, the world will very shortly end.

In thinking about this, it's worth remembering a couple of basic facts.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Is the US Government merely a Front for the Military Industrial Complex? Trillions in Unaccounted For Spending Says Yes

By Laurence Kotlikoff and Mark Skidmore*

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, The US Constitution

Forbes Magazine, December 8, 2017: On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. According to the GAO's Comptroller General, "Journal vouchers are summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment or are not tied to specific accounting transactions…. For an auditor, journal vouchers are a red flag for transactions not being captured, reported, or summarized correctly."

(Note: After Mark Skidmore began inquiring about OIG-reported unsubstantiated adjustments, the OIG's webpage, which documented, albeit in a highly incomplete manner, these unsupported "accounting adjustments," was mysteriously taken down. Fortunately, Mark copied the July 2016 report and all other relevant OIG-reports in advance and reposted them here. Mark has repeatedly tried to contact Lorin Venable, Assistant Inspector General at the Office of the Inspector General. He has emailed, phoned, and used LinkedIn to ask Ms. Venable about OIG's disclosure of unsubstantiated adjustments, but she has not responded.)

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Case of General Flynn: Are the Tables About to Be Turned on the Deep State Gone Apeshit?

James Howard Kunstler, December 4, 2017: “Contact with Russians.” Grown men and women, doubling and re-doubling down on a political fantasy, repeat this prayer hour after hour on the cable channels and Web waves as if trying to exorcise a nation possessed by the unholy hosts of Hell. But such vicars of the news as Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd, and Dean Baquet (of The New York Times) only shove the country closer to a cliff of constitutional crisis.

To a certain class of people — a class that includes a lot of Intellectuals-Yet-Idiots, as Nassim Taleb has dubbed them — President Donald Trump is a figure of supernatural malignity who must be ousted at all costs. I did not vote for Donald Trump and I do not admire him; but I rather resent the dishonesty that is being marshaled against him, especially the mis-use of judicial procedure and the mendacious propagandizing of the nation in service to that end.

Time for Tearful Trudeau to Apologize for the Theft of First Nations' Land?

It turns out that our lad, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is a cry-baby.

In October he wept publicly for Gord Downey while telling the weekly Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill that the loss of Downey, a musician apparently, "made us less of a country."

Well, O.K., Gord was Justin's friend, so he said, so who can hold it against the PM for shedding a tear in public at the loss, or for the ridiculous hyperbole of elevating the composer of "Wheat Kings" (is that a breakfast cereal?) to the status of a national treasure.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Trump Trashes UN Globalist Plan for the Destruction of the Western Nations


CNN, December 3, 2017:  The United States notified the United Nations that it will no longer take part in the global compact on migration, saying it undermines the nation's sovereignty.

... The UN General Assembly president expressed regret at the US decision.

...The US participation in the process started last year "following the Obama Administration's decision to join the UN's New York Declaration on Migration" ....

Naturally, the UN General Assembly President regrets any nation having any sovereignty, especially sovereignty expressing the democratic wishes of the people — the United Nations is the ultimate globalist tool.

So, also naturally, President Obama shared the United Nations General Assembly President's desire to replace the American electorate with people, such as himself, from the Third World. And so, also naturally, all liberals and democrats of the Treason Party call Trump racist for defending the interests of ordinary Americans whose country is being taken from them by mass replacement immigration.


So, also naturally, the Mayor of London, the Muslim settler, Sadiq Kahn, seeks to override the authority of the Prime Minister and prevent the British Government's from inviting the American President to visit Britain.


The inevitable, and apparently intended, outcome of the UN/Treason Party policy on immigration is that the nations that breed with the most irresponsible abandon, for example those African nations with a fertility rate three times the replacement rate, will simply overrun the world, wiping out every other race and nation in the process. Calling those who oppose such vile and indeed insane policies racist, equates racism with opposition to the genocide of one's own people. 


Sadly, that simple mathematical fact is beyond the grasp of the self-hate-filled minds of the idiot white liberals in the mind-bending clutches of the Western media-educational-entertainments complex.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Outrageous: Whitehouse Christmas Decorations Include an Image of Christ



Meantime, President Trump trashes UK's PM Thereason May for failure in protecting the nation from Islamic Terrorism:
@Theresa_May, don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
That will surely have the sellout crowd in a frenzy. As for the Muslim settler crowd, London's Muslim Mayor Sadiq Kahn, speaking for England, as he now routinely does, declared that it was:
increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed.
Furthermore, he said, Trump's actions were:
a betrayal of the special relationship between our two countries.
Which seems to prove that Trump's view of Britain is correct: It is a countryheaded by a traitor subordinate to Muslim settlers.

Related:

Gateway Pundit: Muslim Leaders Condemn President Trump for Tweeting Video of Violent Muslim Acts… But Not the Violent Muslim Acts

Zero Hedge: Video Shared By Trump Featured US-Backed FSA Commander Destroying Virgin Mary Statue In Syria

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daily Mail: Theresa May's UK Government Complicit in Saudi Genocide in Yemen

Daily Mail, November 27, 2017: The British Army is secretly training Saudi Arabian troops to fight in Yemen, where the country has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Up to 50 UK military personnel have been teaching battlefield skills to soldiers who will be deployed in the so-called ‘dirty war’.

Thousands of civilians have been killed in bombing raids and an estimated one million children are facing starvation and serious illness as a result of the conflict.

The Army’s involvement is part of Britain’s ‘shameful complicity’ in the suffering, according to Tory MP and former Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

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That parson's daughter, Thereason May, gives not a damn about assisting the Saudis in starving Yemeni children by the million is not in the least surprising, since May's own government is engaged in genociding its own people by a combination of suppressed reproduction (i.e., state mandated sex "education" that teaches that the only sexual vice is reproduction) and mass replacement immigration.

In fact genocide is very much in vogue right across the Western world, from the frozen North, where Canadians have been informed by menswear model Justin Trudeau, that their's not a nation, and that the replacement immigrant crowd of non-Christian tradition are more worthy citizens than the native born, to the European continent where the media and political class automatically label those opposed to national capitulation to the multi-culti, race replacement party as "far right wing extremists."

In fact, the Treason Parties in power have unanimously pronounced a sentence of death against the European people. And should anyone object, there's always the Holocaust Remembrance crowd to claim genocide as their very own, copyright privilege, while branding other victims as frauds, racists and anti-Semites. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Academic Insanity in Trudeauvia: The Stunning Imbecility That Finds a Comfortable Haven in the Western University



In 1987, I quit a tenure track appointment at the University of Toronto three days after taking it up. Thank God. The University then was infested by useless administrative drones and power seekers. During the interim, things have clearly got worse, notwithstanding the resistance of no doubt many good people, Jordan Peterson included.

And here's the heinous video clip</a> that Wilfrid Laurier University TA Lindsay Shepherd played for her class, a clip that her graduate studies supervisor likened to a speech by Adolph Hitler.


Related:

NaPo: Conrad Black: Our campuses show we're practicing cultural genocide on ourselves

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Tribute to Charlie Rose

There once was a broadcaster named Rose
Who at the studio would take off his clothes
Whether his female associates cavorted
They nevertheless reported
So that that Charlie's career is now at a close

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

By Tom Luongo

tomluongo.me, November 21, 2017: I’m not a terribly religious man. But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War.

From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to yesterday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, this entire affair will be remembered as one of the most cynical and abusive periods of history.

The Syrian ‘Civil War’ was meant to be the crowning achievement of U.S./Israeli/Saudi policy in the Middle East, the apotheosis of neoconservatism.

Had it succeeded it would have transformed the world into a living hell governed by the likes of Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Angela Merkel and the U.S./U.K. banking cartel.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Human Intelligence Versus AI

AlphaGo Zero is a computer program that beat the program that beat the world Go champion. This program, when run on a computer system consuming as much power as a small town, differs from human intelligence in several ways. For example:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fundamentalist Atheism

Fundamentalist Christians hold the Holy Bible to be the word of God, and hence every word of it to be the literal truth.

Fundamentalist atheists hold the Holy Bible to be based on nothing more than a collection of myths. In particular, they hold that the story about Jesus — including the new star in the East that heralded his birth, his delivery in a stable, the hay-filled manger in which as a new-born infant he was laid, his ministry in the company of twelve disciples, his death, his resurrection and his ascent unto Heaven — is taken virtually in its entirety from accounts of the lives of earlier religious figures including the Egyptian gods, Osiris and Horus, the Zoroastrian divinity, Mithras, and the Hindu deity, Krishna. In addition, they point to the inconsistencies in the gospel accounts of Jesus's life and teachings. On such grounds they reject Christianity as a false religion.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What's wrong with Britain? Theresa May

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Pravda.ru, November 14, 2017:What is wrong with Britain can be summed up in two words: Theresa May. Her pig-headed example of sheer insolence, stupidity and vapid, ditzy ignorance as she called Russia her chief threat bore the hallmarks of a snide, nasty, ill-mannered guttersnipe more befitting the hollow, pithy-headed gossip of a hairdressing salon.

The weak and wobbly British Prime Minister's comments came at the Lord Mayor's banquet on Monday, one imagines after the meal was over. She could have concentrated on domestic issues and addressed the reasons why she is so unpopular. She could have explained and expanded on the missing pedophile files, files involving investigations of pedophilia at Westminster which went missing. She was Home Secretary, was she not? She could have explained why the British people were duped into an afternoon of drunken stupidity in their ridiculous Brexit vote by the series of lies spun by her choice for Foreign Secretary, one Boris Johnson, claiming that the British would have an extra 350 million pounds a week to spend on the National Health Service if they left the European Union, which is not only nonsense but a pig-headed lie.