Thursday, June 13, 2019

Civic Nationalism Failure: Nation of Immigrants as a Cover for Plundering Invaders

From the New York Times: Why Should Immigrants 'Respect Our Borders'? The West Never Respected Theirs by Suketu Mehta

This must be one of the most wretched pieces of calumny and tortured logic to be printed by the New York Times and this is a high bar to cross indeed. Well, Suketu is apparently unaware of the old adage that two wrongs do not make a right. Not surprising as Suketu Mehta is not of American or western European descent and therefore does not have any tradition or understanding of western liberal democracy. This opinion piece proves he (or she or it) is as bad as the European colonialists of generations past if not worse despite the scoundrel's sanctimonious drivel.

The most immoral and intellectually bankrupt excuse for invasion and open theft is to redress some alleged past crime by victimizing people in the present, even if the victim only approximately shares the skin tone of  the accused past villain. The crimes of the past committed by long dead people against other long dead people belong in the pages of history books not in the most recent pages of the New York Times as a feeble excuse for plunder by third world invaders. It is wrong and inexcusable to punish people who have committed no crime to benefit people who were never the victim. Assuming it is even provable that an actual crime had been committed in the first place instead of the fractured fairy tales spewed by the Cathedral.

So whatever happened to this judged by the content of our character, not by the color of our skin business? Judging people according who they are and their deeds, not who their ancestors were?
And isn't the nation of immigrants through our magic dirt supposed to produce patriotic, liberal democracy loving "new Americans" just like past generations who flowed through Ellis Island?

So whatever happened to our "nation of immigrants", a nation based on high-falutin' ideals, not a people, where the poor, huddled masses simply yearned to be free and would be proud and grateful to be let in and called "Americans" in good standing? No matter our race, creed, culture or ethnicity, we're all "Americans", united in this multicultural nirvana and will all live together happily ever after. We'll make E Pluribus Unum great again!

It appears that flowery, good feels rhetoric was part of a long range strategy to gradually introduce a new caste system where specific identity/grievance groups would be given special protected status. In other words, high caste people with a special set of rights and privileges to make up for past wrongs with no definition of when or under what conditions will the grievance finally be assuaged. When the wrongs will have finally been righted and we can all get on with this judged by the content of our character in the multicultural nirvana business. All part of incrementalism, the classic leftist strategy. But start it slowly, with a reassuring, peaceful face that tells us what we want to hear, simply wants to be treated fairly and remedy a present wrong or problem then gradually step it up to demands, accusations and obligations.

Many Americans were encouraged at first by the friendly, reassuring face of the nation of immigrants thing as they recall their sainted ancestors who passed through Ellis Island as was used to sell the 1965 Hart-Celler Act then. With no limiting principles ever given, the line used has morphed from "we just want to work hard and have a better life" into "we demand you let us in and give us free stuff because you owe us for some transgressions or other committed in antiquity". Suketu Mehta here represents this angry, demanding face of the nation of immigrants and this is the only logical trajectory the civic nationalism /propositional nation dogma could have taken. Suketu and others who follow his line of gibberish are simply cashing in on the immigrant side of the identity victim/grievance politics game.

There is one other thing as an aside:
To make this all multiculturalism work, to unite different identity/grievance groups, including the latest crops of immigrants legal or illegal, of otherwise competing interests and end goals, the white supremacist devil must be created as a unifying object of hate. One cannot avoid the news of the recent congressional hearings about it and veritable deluge of news stories about the rise of daemon white supremacism of which the spectral evidence is overwhelming.

Thus the Identity Marx god has declared blood libel to be righteous and shall be pursued from all time past and forever into the future by the angels of the left. The cargo cultist followers shall answer all objections with heart string tugging sob stories,false comparisons and buhwahddabout deflections when the sob stories are questioned and the false comparison bluffs are called. Failing that, the cultists will berate all unbelievers and heretics as racists and nazis. For the Marxist/Marxian thesis will cease to exist without an antithesis to struggle against and if the antithesis does not already exist, the high priests of Identity Marx will invent one. However, I digress.

This NYT opinion piece should prove civic nationalism, the propositional nation and diversity is our strength were lies all along. The failure of civic nationalism was either a feature of the program, not a bug or it achieved certain goals and the collateral damage is a matter of indifference to our ruling class. A story for another time.

But a few last words regarding opinion piece author, Suketu Mehta: It appears to have escaped this prodigy's notice that he (or she or it, whatever) and other third worlders have benefited from, if indeed profited handsomely from technology which we Americans and Europeans invented, that Suketu and his ilk themselves or their ancestors had no hand in inventing. Roads, hospitals and modern medicine, railroads, schools, etc. that were built for them by their former colonizers have certainly benefited them.

So in light of this, I counter that we Americans owe third worlders who agree with this NYT piece absolutely nothing and that includes entry into our country. As there is no more colonialism to whine about, you should all return to your own home countries and work to improve the conditions there yourselves. Maybe invent your own new technological advances while you're at it.



Donald Cavaioli



Saturday, June 8, 2019

New York City's Forgotten Tragedy



Up until September 11th, 2001, the single worst disaster in New York City history wasn't the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire as some would say but a fire on a paddle wheel steamer named the General Slocum that claimed just over one thousand lives on June 15th, 1904. It stands as the 12th worst maritime disaster in the world.




The Slocum was chartered by St. Mark's Evangelical Luthern church on the lower east side of Manhattan with over 1400 passengers for a day trip to a picnic site at Eatons Neck Long Island.
The fire was reported to crewman by a young boy who was not believed and it would be about 10 minutes before the fire was reported to the Slocum's captain, William Van Shaick just as the ship had passed by Hell Gate on the East river. Due to the treacherous currents of Hell Gate and fear of spreading the fire to docks along the Bronx, Captain Van Shaick made the controversial decision to race at full speed to the shallow waters around North Brother Island.



This had the effect of fanning the flames that had started in the lamp room in the ship's bow to aft. In the less than 10 minutes race to beach the ship in the shallows around North Brother Island, the entire ship was engulfed in flames. Surviving passengers managed to jump onto the decks of other boats that had pulled alongside or were pulled from the water by other boats. 1021 people would lose their lives to fire or drowning and 367 people would survive.

It was a sorry story of steamship inspector corruption, a venal ship owner and crew incompetence made worse by rotted life vests and lifeboats wired and painted to the decks that could not be pried loose. Lives lost through gross negligence.


The above photos I took in Lutheran All Faiths cemetery in Middle Village, Queens. This is the memorial where some 30 victims burned beyond recognition and unidentified were laid to rest. As the 115th anniversary of the tragedy nears let us remember those so terribly and unnecessarily lost and may they rest in peace. 



Donald Cavaioli

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Adding color to the past



Black and white made color artificially but does look real enough. One of my better efforts.
Original B&W from www.nycsubway.org image#141920 shows a pair of John Stephenson 1907 model trolley cars of the Meeker Ave line at its terminal. With the old penny bridge in the background, this photo dates to the late 1930's prior to the opening of the Kosciuszko Bridge on August 23,1939.


Donald Cavaioli

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Tears of a Cuck

From: The Gotham Gazette: Manhattan GOP Goes Full Trump Ruining Chances for Years to Come, May 3, 2019

When I read what the Gotham Gazette was pleased to call an "opinion" piece I had assumed it was written by one of the usual effete Manhattan liberal progressives who happened to be a 14 year old mean girl in a full drama queen meltdown at mention of the bad Orange Man. All the usual juvenile hissy fit ad hominems, guilt by association and liberally peppered the dreaded 'alt-right' term. Because anyone who deviates from the righteous path of northeastern establishment liberalism must be the worst person in the universe.

 I could be forgiven for assuming the party affiliation, age and gender of the author as this emotional incontinence was presented in a style and with a facility of writing that strongly suggested an 8th grade reading level so typical of the breed. But wait! The author of this puerile diatribe is none other then John William Schiffbauer, political consultant, former Deputy Communications Director for the New York Republican State Committee from 2014 to 2016 and like totally awesome millennial wunderkinder!

With brains like this guiding the New York State Republican party it's no wonder the GOP lost control of the state Assembly and state Senate and hasn't held the Governor's office for over 12 years. The Democrats are now just 2 senate seats away from a 66% super majority and the party already has a  70% domination of the state assembly. A truly stunning track record of failure. Being spineless toadies to the progressive liberal religion has really been working out well for the GOP, hasn't it, John.

Oh, but what a respectable failure characters like John bring us by appealing to progressive liberals with a bold "me too, Orange Man bad" message. As if "hello fellow progressives" really would fool the prog NPCs any more than the "I'm kind of liberal too but I would manage big government costs better and give you a tax cut too" blather swayed white working class/middle class Democrats over to the GOP. Nor did the Bushs' open border/amnesty for illegals fantasy pull more than a few more percentage of the Hispanic vote to the Republicans but they remain in the large part loyal to the Democrats.

More failure theater typical of the Republicans playing the Washington Generals to the Democrat's Harlem Globetrotters and just as staged. But hey, a guy like John adds a new character to the Generals, that of the hipster who tries to look cool by yelling "Orange man Trump bad, nazis bad" while one of the Democrat Globetrotters yanks his shorts down. It's all a game of fake opposition.

No, being the lite beer version of the progressive leftist Democrat impresses nobody because it ultimately comes off as watery, colorless and flavorless. People prefer the real thing, not the pale imitation that just looks a pathetic scenester desperate to be noticed. Poseur cucks impress no one and the dead elephant in the room is there for all to see. And although the intended tone of article is one of supercilious contempt, it is too over the top with howls of "alt right bad" to be anything other than a cuck sniveling in terror that his progressive leftist overlords will be wroth at him and the GOPe for Reilly's heresy. Or one should ask John to show us where on the doll the Bad Orange Man and mean alt-righters touched him.

Seriously though, John, what is so wrong with making or keeping America great? Why do you hate your own country so much and feel so frightened and sad when someone says "make America great again?

But this is the problem with political consultants, this packaging candidates like Madison Avenue ad-men as if politicians were consumer goods with carefully crafted images based on focus groups and speeches tailored to specific audiences. The candidate is not being himself telling prospective voters what he really thinks and everyone can see how fraudulent and condescending this is.

It's therefore understandable why Ian Walsh Reilly supports President Trump in that it makes the New York Republicans stand for something, a real opposition to the Democrats in the very heart of the progressive stronghold of Manhattan. It is a bold move which could draw in other supporters because people are attracted to such boldness because it signifies strength. Assuming it isn't torpedoed by the GOPe and swamped under an army of "Orange Man bad" chanting SJW robots. This is occupied New York, after all and the Republican political consultants are loath to break this near perfect record of failure.

In case John and the other cucks are unfamiliar with the concept, this is called leadership. He may not win many hearts and minds in New York City but this should rally the Republican base who have been waiting for some sign of life in the GOP let alone leadership. It could have some benefit in the outer boroughs with those working and middle class Democrats dissatisfied with how far left NYC Democrats have gone and who have been abandoned by their party. If it increases Trump's numbers by only a few more percent, call it a win as the beginnings of a crack in the progressive dam because it is something that will trigger the progressives into overreacting and further alienating the working/middle class.

As the New York Republicans have long since been fading into oblivion as moderate worms, boldly supporting President Trump, becoming a real opposition to the far left Democrats, could be the change that saves the party from the abyss. Even if it doesn't change the party's fate, isn't it better to go down fighting than to crawl on your belly begging mercy of an opponent who will show you none but add humiliation to your destruction? Or maybe that's been the plan all along.

I'll leave with this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican and New Yorker who did believe in making America great. A man our boy John Schiffbauer and the present sad crop of New York Republicans can learn something from.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,…"

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."



Donald Cavaioli




Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Comments on Newtown Pentacle post 'calm calculativeness' posted April 24, 2019

From the Newtown Pentacle blog:


Blogger and photographer Mitch Waxman truly does care about what happens here in our obscure little corner of the world, the borough of Queens. He is active in local politics and advocacy groups and his heart is in the right place but sometimes the reader can discern the frustration. After all the meetings with local bureaucrats and politicians, all the work he puts in, he can make no headway against the momentum of the local managerial state's plans. The mistake made here is to try to work within a system that is designed to be changed only from the top. And by the top, we must understand this to be on the federal or even global level, not the local country squire C-list and and D-list government factotums. No amount of protest and activism will sway the plans the managerial state from implementing the schemes their think tanks and foundations have been working on for about a century. Nor can working within a system, scrupulously following the rules, be successful when the managers only follow the rules when it suits them with no repercussions or accountability. They do not care what we think, we have no power.  At best bro, be a good community council janissary and they'll let you pick the color of the curtains.

Finally, it must be realized that at the level of the managerial ruling class that makes the decisions, they are so isolated from the people over which they rule that they neither know us or how their plans affect us nor care what we think or want. I've covered all this before here, here, here, here and here.
Especially as many of the bureaucrats who are not native to New York City have this problem of not knowing anything about the neighborhoods or the people who live in them, are unlikely to be able to find them on a map or give a damn about them as they implement these oh, so brilliant plans.

In the end, all the ruling establishment cares about is implementing their agenda, their  agenda for their own purposes. Whatever unpleasant or negative effects it has upon us peons is either a feature of the program and not a bug or collateral damage our lords don't care about.

When you start out under these initial conditions then you've lost before the fight has even started.

You've got it right, Mitch, we are occupied territory so what are you gonna do about it, bro? You're a good friend but sometimes I wish you'd listen to me.



Donald Cavaioli

Hostile Identity Politics and Advocating Scarcity: The Engine of the Progressive Left's Own Destruction

If one were to live in a steadfast denial of reality and think with a woefully short time preference, the most preposterous and fatuous ideas that appeal to one's vanity would be accepted as the work of genius without question. These fabulous ideas would then need to be implemented without delay as such individuals typically have some difficulty with delayed gratification. This succinctly describes the progressive emoter, the social justice warrior, the liberal "stuff white people like" types. In a few words, modern day pharisee.

To deny reality is to go to war with reality eventually to lose. This is common sense but there is always someone who thinks he can win this war. Just as there is always someone who believes that the laws of thermodynamics are nonsense and it is possible to build a perpetual motion free energy machine made from unobtainium. Of course, these are the supporters of the Green New Deal. This program is intended to make energy more scarce and more expensive in the hopes of collapsing industrial civilization and destroying capitalism which will of course, mean many millions of deaths. But hey: In the end the watermelons fervently believe they will create a low-tech socialist version of the Shire populated world wide by 500 million to 1 billion of elite leftist cloud people.

Well, in reality it's not likely most modern leftists bugmen will survive the collapse of modern civilization. They already have a hard enough time eking out their meager dysfunctional existence on a cornucopia of psych meds and have to tweet to each other looking for someone else to assault or murder a 16 year old high school kid. They can't even do their own dirty work and even the ones who try, just screw it up. What sort of survival skills including the will and ability to effectively use violence (at least in self-defense), some planning intelligence, physical and psychological strength does a SJW who advocates such a passive-aggressive method of genocide bring to the table? Others more violence prone and psychologically and physically tougher will see them simply as food animals.

Even the ruling class and elites can only survive as long as their cordons of armed men have a use for them and that won't be for long. The elite and especially the ruling class are people of empty words and meaningless gestures, not at all true people of action, so they will not survive in a Darwinian environment for long on their own.

Then there's identity politics. Really, how much more blatantly stupid can it be for white SJW/SWPL people to jump on the white nationalist is nazi, white people bad bandwagon. Do any of them really believe that their pretending to be oppressed by self-identifying as otherkin "people of color" a la Rachel Dolezal will fool people of color? Nope, you will be on the chopping block as well as the deplorables and no amount of virtue signalling or avowed hatred of your own people will save you. If modern industrial civilization crashes and there are no bugmen left alive to hear it, does it make a sound?

Besides, once the white daemon and his supernatural force of white privilege is vanquished, who among the various identity groups will rule as nobody wants to be second fiddle in the game of power. What will become of the almost rans? If history is any guide, then the answer is ethnic cleansing and that can become quite messy.

So a word of advice to lefties: Don't rock the boat with your fatuous environmentalism or stir up people against each other as it won't work out well for you if you succeed. If it were only you paying the price for your imbecility, I wouldn't care but your idiocy will adversely affect me and many other innocent bystanders. So as this advice is given in self-interest, it will benefit you too. And in any case, you'd better pray that modern civilization lasts longer than you do.

However, worse than the true believing fool is the cynic who uses the promise of a saccharine utopia, driven by weaponized sob stories as a vehicle to power and demonizes even the slightest opposition. This type of sociopath doesn't care who gets hurt in his quest for power, including his own SJW followers. The left has long loved the "provocation", intentionally starting a violent confrontation then when the target of attack fights back, lie down, cry and play the victim. Or the leadership plays the victim on behalf of whatever leftist follower was injured or killed. What good can be said of people who use their followers as expendable pawns with such depraved indifference? What sort of moron would willingly follow such people?

This brings us finally to "normalization", the process by which the aforementioned sociopathic revolutionary leader employs to put an end to the revolutionary phase and begin his reign. This means that his agitators, former street muscle and various other useful idiots are no longer necessary and will be liquidated. It's often been noted that the rank and file wannbe revolutionaries more often than not end up as the body in the ditch rather than the commissar. Just ask Ernst Rőhm.

So even if the left wins, it eventually loses.


Donald Cavaioli


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Another colorized photo



Here I got a bit artsy with colorizing only the Peter Witt trolley and the people walking by. The original black and white image I got from www.nycsubway.org image # 141027.


Donald Cavaioli

Friday, May 31, 2019

The past comes alive.



How about something different?
Here's a photo of the original IRT City Hall station from what I think is the opening day of October 27, 1904. Color I added in with the aid of an app called 'Recolored' in this operation of photographic necromancy. I would credit the source of the original black and white image but I can't recall where I got the photo from. Getty Images or Shorpy most likely.

One of these days, I'll get to the 5 or 6 half written drafts and post them but until then, enjoy viewing a long ago world as the people who lived then would have seen it.


Donald Cavaioli

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Sad Little Empire Indeed.

When one thinks of empires one visualizes an emperor resplendent in a gold crown studded with precious stones and the finest robes. One thinks of the empires of Napoleon, Augustus, Alexander the Great, of magnificent imperial capital cities built by from the plunder of military conquest. Men of great military and political leadership who were feared and respected. Even the empires of men like Stalin and Genghis Khan although not so opulent, ruled through the considerable force of their personalities, aggressiveness and willingness to ruthlessly use violence not only to rule over their own people but to command the obedience of subjugated peoples and strike terror in their enemies.

However, no empire, no matter their wealth and military strength in the beginning survives in the long run and many did not even survive the death of their founding emperor. Empire is not something to aspire to.

But here now is the latest contender to enter the world stage with imperial ambitions. As empires were always the province of the most ruthless men of outstanding abilities and epic ambitions now these latest pretenders to the hoped for Euroempire throne are a gaggle of mundane bureaucrats. Where the men with ambition to rule did so by taking what they wanted, these bland eurocrat apparatchiks merely whine how unfair it is that everyone else who matters has an empire except them. They want an empire so as not to be the only kid on the block to not have one and are hoping the people of the current EU nations simply hand it to them.

If this United States of Europe imperialism thing is such a good idea, then did the Allies bother wasting lives and treasure and destroying Europe fighting against the Nazis? Or resisting Soviet communism in the cold war? Are some tyrannies better than others?

Some might try to argue that such a passive-aggressive method is better than military action but it would only bring to power a more venal and capricious gamma male. The exact sort of creature that resorts to lies and trickery to get what he wants. For the man who takes power by force would only fear or respect an enemy who would actively use force against him. As such he would tolerate a certain amount of speech from the powerless peasantry and care little what his subjects did as long as they paid their taxes and didn't take up arms against him. Not so with the gamma male bureaucrat who took power by subterfuge. It would be in his bureaucratic nature to gradually gain control over every aspect of their subject's mind and body. Further, as someone who takes power through sub rosa deception would always be fearful of everyone around him as anyone could use such underhanded methods against him and he would in turn be a greater tyrant, fearful of and overreacting to, every shadow of a threat.

No sensible person would want to be ruled over by any sort of authoritarian or totalitarian emperor but there is no dishonor in being beaten in open combat by the stronger, better man so long as one fights to their utmost. But the gravest dishonor and shame would be to allow such pathetic characters such as a wastrel like Juncker or a loathsome toad like Verhofstadt to have power foolishly handed to them by gullible people without even a murmur of protest. However recent election results in the EU Parliament and national elections shows people in Europe are waking up to this fact and are taking a stand against globalist imperialism.

Hopefully America can do the same.

Friday, May 3, 2019

NYC's Managerial Kleptocrats Plan to Game the 2020 Census

From: The Gotham Gazette: Heading in the Right Direction on City and State Census Funding, But More to Do.

Let's cut to the chase: New York State and City's wails to ensure every person is counted on the 2020 Census without mention of citizenship status is a blatant attempt to pad the count. Just as much as Democrat's whines about counting every vote means include the boxes of ballots that mysteriously appear in some party operative's car trunk a week or two after the elections. In the case of the census, padding the count with illegal aliens means new congressional districts created and an increase in New York State's Electoral College votes. Just as the move to give driver's licenses to all, meaning illegal aliens, ensures that illegals may vote in elections. All in all, more stealing, but hey, at least the Democrats will not have to stuff the ballot box as much going forward. In either case, it means that not only is U.S. citizenship rendered meaningless but the vote of American citizens is rendered null and void. Elections will be nothing more than a charade.

If you're wondering where the Republican are on this, if you can find them, they'll make some feeble, lukewarm, noises about sort of not being totally for this. Of course, the Republicans will do as much to oppose this as they do voter fraud. Shocked! Shocked, we are by all this! If only there were something we could do! Fake opposition.

If you think that's funny, wait until the 60's vintage liberals costumed as conservatives over at the NRO start writing pieces about the conservative case for anyone voting in U.S. elections, citizen or not.

This insanity will eventually sweep the country, every last square millimeter of it. Globalism and the manifest destiny of Progressive Leftism, the one true social and political religion, demands it. And the social justice warriors will not rest until their cult reigns supreme and the last unbeliever and heretic is burnt at the stake. So before anyone from the reddest rural and suburban places in the red states sneers at us for this predicament, they'll be coming for you too.

So to my neighbors who chant the mantra "my granfaddah voted Democrat, my faddah voted Democrat and I votes Democrat 'cause dere for da woykin' guy": How do youse guys feel now that "the party of da woykin' guy" more highly values illegal aliens (or any person of color from any third world hellhole, legal or not) and those who live off our tax dollars than the American working and middle class? Best of all, we have the obligation to pay for NYC's and NYS's generosity to their client voters even as they slap us around.

This is what our government establishment's "nation of immigrants" civic nationalism has mutated into: globalism. We as individuals are reduced to interchangeable components in the globalist machine. Moved about like pawns and used to suit the needs of the managerial state and their corporate vassals. Who cares about the fate of components that no longer fit the machine's needs or what becomes of a pawn.

Understand dear little morsels, your "great guy" politician, whom you worship like a little tin god, is stabbing you in the back with a big lie and a smile. He never loved you, you were just useful at least for a time. Oh, and enjoy the new homeless shelter with its drug addict and psychological problem residents around the corner from your house. Your protests and prayers to your great guy godlings went unanswered and we all will pay more to support the ever growing, imported homeless population as even as our cost of living increases.

So what are you going to do about it? Another failure theater protest? Whine about it in the comments section of Queenscrap? The proprietor of that blog, when not posting rant porn, will just prattle on about how great Sandy Ocasio-Cortez is and how she will fix all our problems somehow by, uh...doing things and stuff. Yeah, right, buddy. Just wait until the costs of Sandy's masterpiece of statecraft, the Green New Deal as interpreted and implemented by our Glorious Leader, Mayor De blasio are passed on to you. Buckle up, 'cause some part of your anatomy is gonna be woyked but good.

So white, blue collar woykin' class backbone of the Democrat party, where is your god FDR now? 


Donald Cavaioli

Thursday, May 2, 2019

De blasio's Green New Deal: A Solution in Search of a Problem and Crony Capitalist Middleman Economic Strip-Mining

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
Dr. Theodore Dalrymple

From The Queens Chronicle: New NYC policies to fight climate change, April 25, 2019
When real problems are beyond the capabilities of the city's managerial establishment to solve, rather than appear incompetent, the real problems are ignored and the establishment goes hard on "solving" exaggerated or non-existent problems. In a system where individualism and free enterprise are utterly crushed beneath the ever growing mass of the managerial/custodial state, the concepts of an economy and wealth are mutated to mean nothing more than money changing hands between government mandated middlemen receiving either tax dollars or money extracted from their plebeian marks for goods and services nobody wants or needs. Enter now our Glorious Leader's grand plan to battle the weather save the Earth from the devil gas, carbon dioxide, who will set the Earth afire and lead the uppity peasants to sin by owning cars, eating meat and having too high of a standard of living. Behold Mayor De blasio's Green New Deal!

Seriously though, in short, all the shrill, bumptious, hype NYC gov is flogging us with is claptrap to cover another managerial state power grab and crony capitalist feeding frenzy. The ostensible reason, really a feeble excuse, might be it's good for the economy but this isn't growing an economy that creates wealth as much as it is blatant economic strip mining. Middlemen extracting money from other people's wealth with government ordered purchases of unnecessary goods and services. All this NYC Green New Deal is going to accomplish is to raise further the cost of living in a city that already has one of the highest cost of livings in the country and bind the serfs to the land. Most importantly and not to be forgotten: to re-distribute wealth from the plebs to the corporations that manufacture windmills, solar panels and the other accoutrements green sustainable living.

We're being lied to for the reasons given above by Dalrymple and Mencken.
De blasio will continue to enjoy his retinue of SUVs to take him around town in style, eat as much tasty food as he pleases (smoking pot gives you the munchies big time) and have as much electrical power to consume as he pleases- as will other high ranking members of the city's ruling class. The peasantry will live in the dark, packed like sardines in Grenfell Tower-like "green", "sustainable" buildings (heated only when they catch fire) and bound to their barracks, able travel no further than they can walk. Peasant serfs will be forbidden to eat meat because...reasons which are none of their concern. But Sandy Ocasio-Cortez and other of our betters shall chomp down on as many hamburgers as they please. Rank doth have its privileges and our betters must be visibly better in comparison to their proles who must know their lowly place. Spare the rod and spoil the peasant. Fear and humiliation in the presence of the ruling class godlings makes for good serfs.

Worst of all, this is all unnecessary. There is no credible evidence that human activity is adversely effecting Earth's climate or that future changes will be catastrophic (see in addition below). Therefore this Green New Deal is a costly solution in search of a problem. Read on for more details.

The non-problem problem:
The non-problems can be seemingly solved by a veritable dog's breakfast of new laws, speeches and government programs which includes tax money spent on bureaucracies and politically favored private sector troughers and/or government mandated goods and services the public is forced to buy by law.  As the non-problem never existed in the first place, the threat posed never materializes and the politicians and bureaucrats can then take credit for saving us all from certain disaster. But sometimes a scam is just too good, is too much of a money maker for crony capitalists and endless virtue signaling speeches from politicians that the non-problem cannot be solved yet. More money must be spent, more laws must be passed and we the people must pay more under the managerial battle cry of "it's worse than we thought, give us more power and send more money !".

So once again, with global cooling, warming, change, or whatever, we are treated to yet another round of "it's worse than we thought! we're all gonna die! send more money!" apocalypse porn. When nothing bad happens that the even plebs can see for themselves, the managerial shamans will claim credit for saving us all by waving his magick stick at the invisible sky dragon. Then magically, we'll be given another 10 or 20 years to live until the next millenarian scare.

In addition:
Note that it isn't even officially called global warming anymore, it's called climate change and all of the apocalyptic scenarios exist only in computer models using unconfirmed assumptions. Note also that we are currently in the interglacial and interstadial (warmer period) of an ice age that began about 2.6 million years ago. Yes, you've read that right- we are currently in an ice age and the paleoclimate record shows that although ice ages may last for millions of years, they are just blips in history where greenhouse (or hothouse) Earth periods are much longer and more the norm. Something our own political/bureaucratic overlords and the U.N. globalist apparatchiks will never tell you.

The hysterical and de rigueur  IPCC claims of runaway greenhouse effect, turning Earth into the planet Venus are patent nonsense unsupported by any laboratory experiments or empirical observations that confirm the hypothesis they are based upon. Climatologists have not even been able to identify the climate sensitivity of CO2 constant after decades of searching and can find no observable correlation between CO2 and measured temperature increase or decrease. Not to mention all the other greenhouse gas theory predictions have failed. And no, the rate of sea level rise has not increased either. Government scientists (assuming they are not activists) will find whatever results their managerial overlords will want them to find if they like their jobs or to continue getting grants, facts be damned. Activist scientists will lie to promote "the cause" and government scientists as bureaucrats will act in accordance with my 8 laws of bureaucracy. They're still bureaucrats after all and it's better to be a member of the managerial elite than a grubby prole. Rank doth have its privileges.

Finally:
Yes the Earth's climate changes. It has been changing since the Earth was formed over four billion years ago and there is no compelling evidence to suggest that human activity will have any more than a marginal effect, if any measurable effect at all, on the climate. The Green New Deal is based on lies and is simply an attempt to advance a political and social agenda that benefits the ruling class and the elite.

To the progressive emoters who would ask the skeptics why they do not believe in the science of anthropogenic climate change and denounce them as a science deniers:
Science is not something to "believe" in, it presents facts and data. Science is precise and accurate measurements of the world around us, "adjusted" data is only an estimate that carries a margin of error, it's not real measurement data. No data, no science. The gold standard of science is repeatable experiment and empirically verified theoretical predictions, not a paper published in a peer reviewed periodical or an unverified computer model. Scientific theories are never "settled science" but are always open to challenge and can be subject to falsification. Otherwise, to be called upon to "believe in settled science" or be labeled as a "science denier" is not accepting a scientific fact but to join a religion and denounce non-believers as heretics.

For further reading:

Watts Up With That is of course the best place to start.

The Manhattan Contrarian has written a number of skeptical posts on the global warming/climate change found here and here going into greater depth and detail. An excellent blog overall.

Recommended book: The Age of Global Warming: A History by Rupert Darwall

Donald Cavaioli

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

About Custodia Sepulchrum and Local Issues

Although this blog sometimes deals with local issues and people, the reader, no matter where they hail from should read this. It covers methods and strategies used and a critique of their failures. It should be noted that the posts made here at Custodia Sepulchrum dealing with local issues might be instructive as something similar might occur wherever the reader may be.

A little background:
To anyone outside the New York City area who assumes we are all ardent, dyed in the wool progressives, and deserve whatever dire fate we get, you're wrong.
We're in occupied territory and haven't got any choice in the matter.

Most, if not all of the hipster losers and shrieking progs here come from the midwest or the south. And they along with third worlders who don't mind one party strong man governments and homeless people from around the country looking for some good freestuff are pouring in all the time. Furthermore, all these people vote for leftist Democrats (assuming the ballot boxes are not being stuffed) and the Republicans here are worse than useless. The dissidents, those of us left, are on our own and tend to keep a low profile. 

Further, many of the bureaucrats who make decisions and put policies into effect are not from the 5 boroughs.  They're what we here call "out of towners". They do not know anything about the neighborhoods, probably can't even find them on a map, or know the people who live in them much less care about us or how their schemes affect us. For example, most of us hate the bike lanes and don't want them but we have no say in the matter. This is occupied territory.

And finally:
In understanding our failures, one might know what will not work, what to avoid like the plague and may find a better solution in the same or similar situation. We all learn from our mistakes but the best mistakes to learn from are the ones that others make. Hopefully, my neighbors will start to wake up and learn from our mistakes as well. One does what one can.

As always, to the reader from anywhere in the United States or in the world, the caretaker welcomes you.


Donald Cavaioli

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Ruling Class Political Theater of the High-Tech Witch Hunt.

On the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism, April 9, 2019.

If one were to look at the FBI statistics on hate crimes for specifically those crimes committed by white perpetrators, then by eyeballing the numbers from 2011 to 2017 (links included below), there does not seem to be any overall trend upward. It must be noted that it appears that white Hispanics are not listed as a separate column but are included in the "white" category and that falsely reported hate crimes are not removed so the numbers given are suspect. The falsely reported hate crime category is not even tracked by either the FBI or local police so any such numbers are anecdotal.
The Red Elephants has a video which explores this subject.

I suspect that the current witch hunt for "white nationalists" which is an ill-disguised euphemism for "white supremacists" or the ultimate evil force in the universe, "the nazis" is not personal for the old white leadership of the Democrat party. The ruling class is too socially and culturally isolated from the American white pleb masses that such people become mere abstractions to the beltway lords. This is simply another example of Democrats jumping out in front of the identity politics parade and attempting to lead it themselves to retain their control over the left. This way, people like Schumer, Pelosi, Shiff, Nadler et al, by railing against evil white people can appease and control the upstart people of color forces such as the insurgent Justice Democrats, by out flanking them on the left.

It cannot be overlooked that the managerial ruling class may simply be tired of operating behind their corporate sock puppets in suppressing opposition from the right or anyone who questions the ruling narrative. Although it would be wiser for them to do so, people in power still cannot help but wanting to display that power themselves and perhaps fear that their sock puppets, in doing the dirty work, may in some way be exercising power of their own. This would make the government managerial rulers feel threatened as power does not like to share. Power is not only the ability to force others to do whatever those in power want but power must be publicly demonstrated, exercised openly for all to see. The peasant subjects must not only know who specifically rules over them but must see the ruler openly wield power to show the peasantry that the ruling class' mastery is unchallengeable.

Also, the Z Man in this blog post make the case that these hearings stem from ruling class rage over middle America's opposition to their rule. This is most likely also be a significant factor as power not only does not like to share but demands absolute, unquestioning obedience and deeply resents not only opposition but even the mere questioning of its prerogatives.

For the political/bureaucratic caste, this may all be theater but for the rank and file leftist social justice warrior, for whom even the most trifling of disagreements with their cargo cult ideology merits a full-blown inquisition, this is serious business indeed. For in the clownworld of the SJW, racism and white nationalism are a sort of ghostly, demonic force that even if unseen or unfelt, still haunts the darkest corners of their minds. Even worse, this supernatural terror may at any time spring into the real world to cause their feelings to be hurt. For in the deranged minds of the SJWs, as their hurt feelings are tantamount to, if not worse than, physical violence or death, so the specter of white nationalism is a grave existential threat to their feelings that must be destroyed at once. By any means necessary be it lying, staging fake hate crimes or provocations. This diabolical force threatens not only leftist feelings but the canons of their religious cult that demand the devil must be fought to the death. And no devil, especially the racist white nationalist ghost devil can ever be dead enough.

That the ruling class and their media factotums are seriously overstating, if not outright lying about, the threat of radical white supremacists, makes no never mind to them. That it could easily turn into a witch hunt that will hurt innocent people is of no concern to them. For the Democrat lords who sat on the committee, the plebs are not really people, just abstractions that must be rigidly controlled not only for their own good but to maintain the rightful ruling continuum. Why should they care about any plebs who are used as symbols in their machinations and primarily exist only as stats?

For as far as our betters are concerned, abstractions and symbols aren't really alive, are they? And if they are truly alive, isn't the continuing power of the ruling class continuum more important than some proles they do not personally know? If violence does ensue, it will simply be another crisis the political/managerial class wouldn't let go to waste and use to their advantage. The managerial state will use this opportunity to take plenary power, of course, for our own good, as abstractions cannot think or make sensible decisions of their own. After all, the fault will lie not with the managers but with angry white proles who simply will not accept responsibility for historic racism or acknowledge that they are inherently and irredeemably racist and must be replaced by better people of color. The ruling managers are simply cleaning up the mess of historical and apocryphal racial violence created by all evil white people.

The tree of tyranny like the tree of freedom also needs to be sometimes watered with the blood of patriots or anyone else's blood for that matter.

However, there is a real danger here for the elderly, white ruling class aristocracy in trying to gin up hatred between the people of color and white middle Americans. At some point, the people of color forces will not want to be mere expendable shock troops or have the ceremonial position of chief peasants with extra rations and some extra privileges but will want to rule themselves. After all, haven't white liberals been telling them for generations now that their lack of success is the fault of racist white people holding them down? Is not a supernatural force called racism inherent to only white people the cause of all their problems, taking all their wealth when otherwise they would be rich and powerful? Is not equality of outcome as valid for equality with the ruling elite as it is with the white proles? As our ruling class has a tiger by the tail, it remains to be seen just how long they can hold on to it.


FBI Hate Crime stats from 2011 to 2017:

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017/topic-pages/offenders

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016/topic-pages/offenders

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2015/topic-pages/offenders_final

https://ucr.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2014/topic-pages/offenders_final

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2013/topic-pages/offenders/offenders_final

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2012/topic-pages/offenders/offenders_final

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2011/narratives/offenders


Donald Cavaioli


Thursday, April 11, 2019

College Point, This is The Price of Questioning Your Betters

From QNS: College Point residents say contractors conduct illegal late-night work at shelter site.

So what did the residents of College Point expect for their hubris in opposing the homeless shelter decreed by their betters in city government? The local city gov squires will of course make their displeasure felt in some trivial way such as having the contractor make noise late at night to be a nuisance. Such is the spitefully picayune way of the narcissists of the local D-list ruling class. You know, the liberal progressive leftists you keep re-electing because you have a desperate need to prove what good little liberals you are and God forbid you're called a racist or mean-spirited.

Now I'm not writing this to gloat over your failures, laugh at your misfortunes or to jab you with "I told you so". No, I'm in the same boat as you and the city policies that negatively impact you unfortunately negatively impact me as well. This blog was set up as a tenth man, hail Mary pass attempt to knock some sense into your collective thick skulls. I do not like this and many other city policies foisted on us without our consent any more than anyone else does. I hate the fact that government is no longer responsive to its citizens as much as you do. But let's face the facts here, the tactics being employed and trying to work within a rigged system have failed. This post is a form of tough love.

Understand something here: Your betters have arranged us into groups of the angels they favor and the devils they despise. Even if you are on the angel's list, there is still a strict caste hierarchy. No matter how much of a good, loyal little Democrat you are, no matter how well you parrot the party line, you are way lower on the identity/victim totem pole than the homeless (who are also most useful) so what you want does not count for anything. Welcome to the managerial state 2.0 where you not only have no power but your vote is meaningless as well.

So what are you going to do about it?
More protests nobody pays any mind to. Whine some more to our electeds. Grumble about the situation in the comments section of local rant porn blogs. Put your trust in the local civics or self-appointed community leaders and pray they will do something. We've been doing these things all along so how's all that been working out for us?

And calling 311? Seriously? All anyone who calls 311 to complain about this achieves is to give their betters the dysfunctional pleasure of reveling in the complainant's salty tears. Moan and rattle your chains, peasants, but the beatings will continue until morale improves. No, wait, the beatings will continue until you submit without question or complaint.

If you refuse to change course and must continue on your old, failed track, then you deserve what you get so stop crying and just suck it up.

So what are you going to do about it? Here is a suggestion:
It's time to change our voting patterns and admit progressive liberalism is a complete and utter failure. It's time to begin supporting insurgent candidates from both parties who will break the back of the party machine and begin to dismantle the managerial and welfare state or at least cut it down to a smaller, more manageable size. Maybe we should drain the swamp.
And no socialists as they represent a completely failed, sad little religion.

The more the party bosses, their media lackeys and activist lickspittals hate these candidates, the better they are. Pay no attention to the juvenile name calling of racists or whatever. Even after getting insurgent candidates in, make sure they follow through on promises and vote them out if they don't. Keep electing new people until you get the ones who do the job and then do not re-elect them for more than two terms. Keep them moving. Easier said than done, I know, but there's no other way.

Understand that this will not change the current situation which is a lost cause. The suggestion outlined above will take a few election cycles until we start to see results so patience and dedication is most needed. It took a long time to get into the mess we're in and it'll take time to untangle it.


Donald Cavaioli

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Travesty of Hotel Queens

From: QNS - All the World's a Fare: NYC's largest and most diverse food festival comes to Queens

If I had a drinking game where I had to take a shot of whiskey every time I see the word "diversity" in any article written by some party-lining, liberal hack, or any other generic out-of-towner hipster, I'd have alcohol poisoning after the second paragraph. This article by Joe DiStefano didn't let me down.

Besides the usual out-of-towner squeeing like a giddy schoolgirl over the ethnic food and diversity which suburbanites love seeing in my hometown but never in theirs, Joe manages to eliminate our native identity while re-writing our history. First of all, "the world's borough"? Another word for the drinking game. We, those of us who were born here and even have generations of our ancestors buried here no longer have an identity of our own nor any claim on our home. We belong to the world now, occupied territory, whored out by our Manhattan-centric political establishment to anyone from the far flung reaches of the planet who wants to plant their own national flag in us. We don't even have our town names from which we identify ourselves anymore but we're just Queens.

Yes we belong to the world now as a series of unassimilated colonies waving their own national flags. For the white out-of-towners, it's like a third world theme park where they can come and gawk at the various exotic colonists. Ethnic cleansing of the local people and culture never sounded so cool and twee and the food? Oh, the food is just to die for! Fuck the people whose ancestors actually built the place and made it their home.

Then there is the World's Fair grounds. And no, Joe, the neither the Unisphere nor the 1964-1965 World's Fair, something we locals are proud of, was never about "diversity". You made that bit of nonsense up. Besides, the colonists neither know nor care about either the 1939-40 or 1964-65 Fairs. Read one of the plaques around the Unisphere sometimes if you're really interested in what it symbolizes.

Now there's the theme of the article itself: The World's Fare, an unoriginal title as this is what the food court in the Queens Center mall has been called since it opened in 1973, however I digress. What strikes me about this article is that if this is such a quintessential Queens event, why are there so few born and bred locals featured in it? Since looks like practically everybody is from somewhere else, how does this say anything about Queens other than muh diversity and muh ethnic food?

Overall, this is just more hyperventilated civic nationalist rubbish as detailed in previous posts here (specifically the last two paragraphs) and here.

Yes, welcome to Hotel Queens with guests from around the country and around the world having nothing more in common with each other than we are all staying in the same hotel. The guests are here for their own reasons, do not care about the concerns or problems of the other guests and generally treat the Hotel Queens and its employees, the native residents, with ill-disguised contempt.


Donald Cavaioli

Monday, April 8, 2019

Inhuman Scale

It must be remembered that power is not a means to an end, however noble those ends may sound, but that power is an end in and of itself. As government grows in size and scope of managerial power, it increasingly sees any power still in the hands of the citizenry as an intolerable rival and potential threat. Power is a jealous god after all. Private property is a realm over which the citizen has power and therefore it must be gradually taken away. After all, the individual citizen is viewed by the State as largely ignorant, woefully uninformed and utterly incapable of understanding the complex political and social issues of today and is therefore incompetent to make his own decisions. Eventually, the citizen must on no account have any power whatsoever even to associate or not with whomever he wishes or even to have his own thoughts or opinions. However great the imbalance of power between the State and the individual citizens, the apparatchiks can never rest easy until they have complete control over the citizenry. Even then, one has to wonder if the politicians' and bureaucrats' control would ever be enough for them.

This is one of the ways in which the State will move to gain greater control over their citizens.
That there is a push to move people into cities and to compact them into ever more densely populated neighborhoods comprised of massive blocks of glass and steel towers can not be denied. In the ostensible pursuit of "sustainability", the citizen will in time be denied permission to own his own land or automobile. Even energy will be grudgingly doled out by the managerial powers as another facet of life over which the custodial state will have uncontested control.

Hence the densely populated, gargantuan towers that the pleb masses will live in will ensure the citizen will walk to work or for any other errands and will be allotted only as much energy and resources as will barely sustain life. Or else some climatic apocalypse which not need be factual but morally true (in the opinion of our betters), will happen.

Such imagery as this was once considered a disturbingly dystopian nightmare as depicted in Fritz Lang's 1927 movie Metropolis, is now considered by the political and bureaucratic continuum (h/t Admiral Logic) and their rank and file social justice warrior lickspittals as a veritable paradise. At least a paradise for the ruling class and favored elite vassals.

It is in fact a form of neo-serfdom where the peasant will be forever tied to his land, his life fully regulated, eating and drinking only what the State approves, his speech monitored and corrected, and exist always under the watchful eyes of omnipresent cameras. It will be a mean, drab existence established for the amorphous and undefined excuses of the "greater good", "social justice" and "fairness".  Such will be the noble cause corruption used to justify tyranny- all for our own good, of course.

But there is another aspect of this proposed metropolis which is that in comparison to the megalithic towers and the mean, sterile existence of its denizens, the individual human being is reduced to an optical zero in comparison to the cyclopean scale of the buildings. The soul of the individual is not merely humbled against the vast scale of the numbingly bland or brutishly ugly architecture as a vulgar display of the power of the State, but the soul is utterly crushed beneath it.

If Orwell's novel 1984 and the film Metropolis had a love child, this would be it.


Donald Cavaioli


Monday, April 1, 2019

Murray N. Rothbard- 'The Progressive Era'

In looking for historical background and further research on the progressive era of the early 20th century, I've begun reading Murray N. Rothbard's book titled The Progressive Era and am currently about a third of the way through it. The reason I mention this is that Rothbard has already covered a hypothesis I proposed in an earlier post, The Great Robber Baron Swindle, in that the programs proposed by the progressives in the early 20th century were not to help the common man as advertised but the then growing statist ruling class. I further theorized that big businesses were at first opposed but later saw the obvious benefits government regulations in keeping out smaller competitors and became the willing champions of managerial state control over the business.

As previously noted, Rothbard did indeed confirm most of what I wrote that essentially yes, progressivism was a tool to advance greater levels of managerial state power but that first, Rothbard traces this back to the late 19th century and second, that big business recognized the advantages of statism for them and were in favor of it from the beginning.

I hadn't read Rothbard before and was unaware the he had explored this concept far earlier than I had and that was a bit disappointing as I never heard this hypothesis before and believed I may be plowing new ground here. Oh, well, it's true that there's nothing new under the sun and with so many more intelligent and better educated people out there doing research long before I was born, it's next to impossible to look at history from a new angle that nobody ever considered before. I should get out more could be a valid criticism but hey, there's so many books out there to read, one still has to find the relevant ones and only so much time to read them.

There again, finding some confirmation for my hypothesis, derived independently, does deserve a bit of credit but fear not, I won't overtax my arm in patting myself on the back.


Donald Cavaioli

Friday, March 29, 2019

Don't kid yourselves, Queens Chronicle editorial staff, there's no stopping leftists on a holy crusade

From: The Queens Chronicle Editorial, March 14, 2019

Where’s the beef? Gone.



"Oh, no! It appears conservative commentator Sebastian Gorka was right. Liberals really are coming to take away our hamburgers! The proof’s right here in New York City.
Gorka made the comments at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference. Environmentalists have long lamented the methane that cattle emit into the air, saying it contributes to global warming, and he was alluding to this line from the original FAQ sheet on the Green New Deal touted by our own Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast ...”
Now Mayor de Blasio is helping the cause, declaring “Meatless Monday” at all city schools. No beef, no chicken, no ham; it’ll be vegetarian food only once a week except for kids who bring in their own. It’s clearly a socialist plot to destroy America.
We kid. All jokes aside, we do hope Meatless Monday doesn’t get extended to other days. Children need their protein, and meat provides a lot of it. It’s one thing when kids want to go vegetarian — great! — but they shouldn’t be forced to. If we didn’t evolve to eat both plants and animals, we wouldn’t have canine teeth.
We bet that attack dog Gorka’s are extra sharp."

Meat is just one of those things that has made its way onto the left's list of devils and as such, a struggle is necessary to vanquish this evil. The official theology is that eating meat is not only wrong because....reasons... but that cows are causing global warming by farting the other sky dragon gas, methane and are responsible for the spread of racism, fascism and white Christian male patriarchy among other unspeakably naughty things. Can't you see? This must absolutely be stopped or the earth will explode in 12 years!
Just think about all those corporate factories where cows are manufactured by exploited slave labor under the watchful sneer of some evil avatar of Mr. Monopoly, who wickedly giggles at the thought of destroying the earth and poisoning everyone with meat eating. Hence, a program of small incremental compromises and minor changes takes place over time until the cow factories are finally closed down for good. Because, you know all the rest of us simply have no idea what is best for us and would probably all be dead inside of a week if it were not for the guidance of our "woke" demigod betters.
I'm exaggerating here, but only a little bit. These are the sort of people who are not into rational, logical thought, they're emoters on a mission, and as such they are inclined to believe with  religious-like fervor in what they're promulgating without considering whether it's based in reality or not. Even the term "woke" is used in a quasi-religious context much like being "born again" or in this case, it would beg the question if we have accepted the prophet Marx as our personal savior. Worse even is that these people will not go away and will not accept compromises in the long run any more than a Puritan would compromise with witches.

They'll start with wheedling for small compromises couched in weaponized sob stories, just a meatless Monday, and as they get this then more compromises, the wheedling will gradually fall away in the face of more strident demands and shrill threats. It will start with meatless Monday and won't end until all demon meat is banned from NYC public schools. You will obey us, the social justice warriors of the one true and inevitable political religion that shall usher in an equalitarian utopia. Resistance is futile!

The Queens Chronicle editorial board takes the usual moderate liberal attitude of being above the fray while portraying themselves as the voices of reason in the face of those silly conservative attack dogs. Liberals and moderates almost always dismiss anyone who warns of the seriousness of the left in aggressively pursuing their agenda in a most smug and supercilious way. Even the weak, watery criticisms of some factotum of Conservative Inc. (who couldn't even conserve the women's bathroom) elicits a superior chuckle of Olympian mirth from them. Talk about punching down.

 I have heard it said that to liberals, communists are really noble fellows who deserve special consideration in a harsh and reactionary world. So of course, the Queens Chronicle editorial board would say nothing too critical (except to Gorka) of leftists or meatless Monday otherwise they would lose their goodthinker street cred and be cast down from their Ivory Tower into the void. And that would be positively mortifying, daahlink!

Cows and other methane farting bovines would exist naturally large herds whether people eat meat or not. That is unless vegans and environmentalists plan on a mass cow genocide program to follow. So how would vegetarianism reduce reduce bovine flatulence? The short answer is that it won't. This is nothing more than a political and social agenda being promoted under the camouflage of an alleged climate emergency. It's a solution in search of a problem.


Donald Cavaioli

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The consequences of cutting high ranking bureaucrats out of chain of command or information loop.

The managerial state has its rules and penalties for violating them. One of the most important is that the bureaucratic chain of command is inviolate no matter how slow and inefficient it is even to the point where it causes failure. Circumventing the chain of command especially if it brings success makes this managerial crime far worse because it reveals the inherent flaws of the system and shows how unnecessary many of the ranking apparatchiks in it are. This must never be permitted and miscreants must be harshly punished otherwise the plebs will catch on to what an overgrown, inefficient and unnecessary failure the managerial state really is. People in power usually will not give it up of their own volition and the greater their power, the more they will fight tooth and nail to keep it. Therefore any threat to that power must be ruthlessly dispatched at once.

Submitted for your consideration this article from PJ Media: Make No Mistake: The Mueller Investigation Was All About Flynn (March 26, 2019)

Michael Ledeen makes the case that General Flynn's circumvention of bureaucrats in the Pentagon and Intel community to get intelligence out to soldiers in the fields of Iraq and Afghanistan as quickly as possible where it would do the most good. In our managerial bureaucracy, success is not an option and Flynn's marginalization of his ranking lieges (and making them look bad in the process) was an unforgivable crime requiring the Mueller probe to wreak vengeance.

I agree with Ledeen that Flynn was a marked man even before the Trump Presidential campaign and when Flynn joined Trump's campaign, the ruling class would see it as a veritable nest of vipers. But in the light of the Steele dossiers prominence in obtaining the FISA warrants, it would be more likely the ruling class saw it as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone that gives cover for the real reason Flynn was targeted. There are many reasons for the ruling class establishment to attack Trump and certainly the Flynn affair is one of them, perhaps a significant one, but arguably not the primary reason. Still in all, a good article and well worth the read.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The latest Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez histrionics: "People are dying", really, Sandy?

I make it a point not to talk about, let alone write about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because quite frankly, I find her to be a boring rehash of threadbare, antique socialist cliches. Another thing, and I can't blame Sandy for this, is the cringy way her local fanboys in Queens squeal about her like overheated teenyboppers at a boy band concert.  If I were to judge Sandy by her fans, being the dream queen of bugmen incels is a bad look and a real turn-off. I won't even get into the characters she surrounds herself with.  And 'The Justice Democrats'? The name is corny and sounds like a kid's superhero cartoon. Do the Justice Democrats run around in capes or something?

Then there are the policies she espouses like the Green New Deal. You want to ban air travel but rebuild airports? Huh? 100% renewable energy with no gas, coal, woodchips or sawgrass burning backup generators and we all have to add electric vehicles to the power grid as well? It looks suspiciously like a wild grab bag of a freestuff program for parasites, an illegal alien's bill of rights, a middleman crony capitalist feeding frenzy and a watermelon environmentalist's wet dream all rolled into one. However I digress.

In any event, I would have a hard time determining if she were in fact a sociopathic threat to modern civilization or an idealistic idiot. Maybe this is unfair as I do not know her personally and can't say anything about her character or intellect and she might really be a very nice person, intelligent and well-meaning after all. But if any of her ideas or policies from an alternate dimension were implemented here in the real world, it would make a full scale nuclear exchange with the Russians seem like a treat.

Whatever it is, after getting laughed off the stage with the inane hand waving claim that we only have 12 years to live (I've been hearing that since the late 80's) unless we immediately implement this bioleninist written Green New Deal, Sandy is back with more apocalypse porn.
From: Yahoo News: 'People are dying': Ocasio-Cortez defends Green New Deal from 'elitist' knock (March 27, 2019)

First of all, perhaps Sandy would be so kind as to provide the facts as to who is presently dying from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it today. Where can we find this dirty air and dirty water that's killing people. Where are the casualties? If herself wants to cite the Flint water crisis of 2014-2015 where 90 people were sickened and 12 people died from legionnaires disease, this was an isolated incident due to municipal incompetence. Then how does that justify spending tens of trillions of dollars to address an incident from about 5 years ago? Is there a provision for a time machine in that dog's breakfast of a GND?

Nobody is calling the victims here elitist, only calling bullshit on the Green New Deal and using the Flint victims as props in a supporting sob story. People are dying! Sniff, sniff, pauses to wipe away a tear. Now gimmie the money, dammit!

But there's more. So kids in the South Bronx are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Funny, according to the NYC.gov website, New York's air is the cleanest since air pollution monitoring began. So about this dirty air thing, Sandy? The causes of asthma are not well understood and may be genetic among other things including possibly mom smoking during pregnancy. So this is another case of people being used as props again in Sandy's weaponized sob stories.

Really, this Green New Deal is all about power and money. Spare us the asinine climate change threats that the government has been trying to scare us with since the 1980's. Stop with the weaponized sob stories that are either taken out of context or are just outright lies.

Every climate model has failed to make an accurate prediction, every doomsday prediction from rising sea levels to moar super duper storms to it being 2 deg. C. hotter today than in 1990 (the temperature rise has been paused for about 20 years now) the arctic icecap melting 5 years ago has spectacularly flopped.

But like some kooky millenarian cult, when one predicted doomsday in 10 or 20 years comes and goes, they give us another 10 or 20 years to repent our sins and worship at the altar of Gaia with more of our money and an ever lowering standard of living.

No, the global cooling, global warming, climate change or whatever it'll be called next year simply proves H.L. Mencken's quote about politics being about scaring us so government can save us (paraphrasing) is still as true today as when he said it almost a century ago.

Yeah, I didn't want to write about Sandy but she's everywhere on the news and not always in the most flattering light. Like an old piece of sticky gum stuck to the sole of your shoe, the news media just can't seem to pry itself free of Sandy. For the present, at least, omnipresent Sandy is ratings gold. And I hope this should be the one and only time I bother to write about her.

But why did I write this post?
I don't consider other people embarrassing themselves with seriously cringe-inducing hyperbolic nonsense rhetoric entertaining but after a while of unavoidably seeing it again and again, a morbid curiosity like that about a messy car accident develops. One just can't help looking.


Donald Cavaioli

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

If Democrats and SJWs say "That's not who we are", they never actually say who we are. So who are we?

Every time someone questions, criticizes or opposes the latest official Democrat cause du jour or social justice warrior activist talking point, the response is always "that's not who we are".
By what right do any of these people define who we are? Well, nobody gave them the right, they simply took it.

So who are we then?
That is never really articulated because it is either used by managerial state politicians to deflect away from their true objective and silence the interlocutor or it is the emotionalist nihilism of rank and file activists. 'That's not who we are' is the go to NPC response for SJW's  because they can't articulate a logical reason for their position nor do they have any real idea of who they or we are. In their own demented way, the SJW activists are actually being honest.

That's not who we are!
Is fundamentally to control the narrative and stifle opposition. The ruling class or their factotums will either not tell you who we (by that our betters mean we plebs) are or our betters will change the definition at their whim. Hence, this weaponized obscurantism is designed to hide the ruling class' true agenda while promoting some official lie, euphemistically called a narrative, and silencing heretical opposition by threatening to outgroup them. To the infidels who question the official narrative of the managerial state: That's not who we are so if you do not kowtow to our policy this instant, you are not one of us. Into the void with you, wicked miscreant!

 However, in the process, our identity as individuals or as people of a nation is disintegrated through this ever shifting, phantom goal post set by the changing narratives of who we are (or are not).

So it can be said this "that's not who we are" slogan also serves a more globalist agenda. It is intended to destroy any identity we have as one of the means of creating a gray, generic humanoid creature to suit the purposes of  the various international ruling classes and their transnational corporate vassals. Gray generic humanoids, each indistinguishable from the other and that may be moved about or interchanged like parts in a machine as needed by our betters. For as far as our betters are concerned, we non-ruling class or not-elite are nobodies anyway. A nobody is nothing and nothing has no definable qualities. Therefore, as far as our betters are concerned, we can never be who we are.


Donald Cavaioli

Civic Nationalism Failure: Nation of Immigrants as a Cover for Plundering Invaders

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