Under Trump…

So, as of today, under Trump:

  1. We’re getting more entangled in Syria, to the glee of Neocons;
  2. Foreign H1-B workers are coming in at a higher rate than before;
  3. Trump spares Obama’s illegal DACA carve-out (from the rule of immigration law);
  4. Behind closed doors, GOP Senators are busy watering down any Obamacare replacement (but you can bet the GOP will still now “own” the issue.)
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Seth Rich Update

Was Seth Rich assassinated by a ‘hired killer’?

Someone should ask John Podesta, after he finishes eating his pizza.

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Beinart: “How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration”

In The Atlantic, Peter Beinart discusses “How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration”:

A decade ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today.

In 2005, a left-leaning blogger wrote, “Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone.” In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that “immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants” and that “the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear.” His conclusion: “We’ll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants.” That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, “When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.”

The blogger was Glenn Greenwald. The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama…

In 2008, the Democratic platform called undocumented immigrants “our neighbors.” But it also warned, “We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked,” adding that “those who enter our country’s borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law.” By 2016, such language was gone. The party’s platform described America’s immigration system as a problem, but not illegal immigration itself. And it focused almost entirely on the forms of immigration enforcement that Democrats opposed. In its immigration section, the 2008 platform referred three times to people entering the country “illegally.” The immigration section of the 2016 platform didn’t use the word illegal, or any variation of it, at all.

I loved this passage:

One way of mitigating this problem would be to scrap the current system, which allows immigrants living in the U.S. to bring certain close relatives to the country, in favor of what Donald Trump in February called a “merit based” approach that prioritizes highly skilled and educated workers. The problem with this idea, from a liberal perspective, is its cruelty. It denies many immigrants who are already here the ability to reunite with their loved ones. And it flouts the country’s best traditions. Would we remove from the Statue of Liberty the poem welcoming the “poor,” the “wretched,” and the “homeless”?

The Zeroeth Amendment!

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Brussels… Again

And… another one.

Time for another candlelight vigil!

Oh wait, no one died except the incompetent Muzzie, so maybe we can skip the vigil this time.

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Millennial Woes – History is Coming Back

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The New Oligarchs

From a MarketWatch piece on Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, and what subsequent moves like this portend for the future:

Could Amazon actually kill more American jobs than China did? It’s quite likely. Economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson have estimated China’s manufacturing exports to the U.S. may have cost as many as 2 million jobs.

If Amazon can capture 40% of the GAFO market within five years (as seems likely), about 1.5 million jobs at brick-and-mortar stores could be lost. Add in the jobs Amazon will kill at grocery stores, drugstores, warehouses and delivery services, and the total would be well over 2 million.

And unlike the manufacturing jobs lost to China, which were clustered in a comparatively few counties, those retail jobs are located in every city, town and hamlet in America.

The always-good Joel Kotkin writes:

As one recent paper demonstrates, the “super platforms” of the so-called Big Five depress competition, squeeze suppliers, and drive down earnings, much as the monopolists of the late 19th century did.

Indeed for most Americans the once-promising new economy has meant a descent, as one MIT economist recently put it, toward a precarious position usually associated with Third World countries. Even Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the oligarch universe, has gone from one of the most egalitarian places in America to a highly unequal one where the working and middle class have, if anything, done worse, in terms of income, than before the boom.

On the related matter of ‘fake news’ as orchestrated by the Big Five:

Facebook is already the largest source of news for Americans, particularly the young. They, along with Google, seem capable of shaping information flows to suit their particular world view, one increasingly hostile to any dissenting opinions from the right. (One key to understanding post-election concerns about “fake news” is to realize that a staggering 99 percent of growth in digital advertising in 2016 went to Google and Facebook.) At the same time, those two, along with Apple and Amazon, increasingly shape the national culture, essentially turning Hollywood into glitzy contract laborers.

But no one practices the politics of oligarchy better than Bezos. Under his ownership The Washington Post has been transformed into the Pravda of the gentry left. Last year, for example, they worked overtime to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign, whose victory might have led to stronger antitrust enforcement and the confiscation of some of their unprecedented wealth. Once Sanders was dispatched, Bezos, fearing the rise of uncontrollable Trumpian populism, sank his editorial resources into supporting the big money favorite, Hillary Clinton.

The Big Five’s political endgame?

The founders of the big tech firms may embrace progressive ideas on the environment, free trade, and immigration, but have little use for unions or raising capital gains rates.

Overall, notes Ferenstein, they eschew nationalism, favoring global governance, want more immigration and embrace the notion of a government nanny state to tell the masses how to live. They also prefer highly unequal conditions of urban density over the more traditionally egalitarian suburbs. Largely childless San Francisco, impossibly expensive and deeply divided by class, is the preferred model of the future.

The primary obstacle to their vision?… People.

People, little or otherwise, now constitute the Masters’ biggest problem. Unlike the old moguls like Andrew Carnegie or Henry Ford, the new Masters do not promise greater prosperity, or even decent jobs for the middle or working class. Their vision, increasingly, seems to be a world where most people’s labor is largely superfluous, and will need to be satiated with regular basic income from the state, a position now widely embraced by such luminaries as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, supplemented by occasional “gig” work.

They imagine a future where few will ever own homes or control any real assets. Rather than being parts of a geography or even a country, the increasingly socially isolated masses can be part of Zuckerberg’s “global community” while ordering food from Amazon, delivered by a drone from an automated warehouse, employing social media and virtual reality to fill their long periods of idleness.

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Nazz – Open My Eyes (1968)

Here’s a wonderful psych gem, with some wonderful playing, by a band fronted by a young Todd Rundgren. From the opening box-chords to the awesome flanging of the mix that starts at 0:57, this song rocks.

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Blowback 1.0

The Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect is 47-year old Darren Osborne:

The alleged attacker, who reportedly shouted “I want to kill all Muslims”, is reportedly a married father of four…

There is this choice quote:

The anti-fascist campaign group Hope not Hate has said it fears the UK is entering a cycle of “tit-for-tat violence… where the extremes feed off one another, and terror attack propels terror attack.”

The organisation, which campaigns against the far right, said the sheer number of events meant “there can feel a dangerous sense of inevitability to all this”.

Yes, we appear to be entering the next inevitable phase.

As a response, do you think they’ll have their own candlelight vigil, praying for ‘peace and unity’ (as white victims of Islamic terror immediately do as a ‘reaction’) or will they react in a different way?

Vincent Law nails it in “The Latest London Terror Attack On Finsbury Park Mosque Is Just Part And Parcel Of Living In A Big City”:

My advice for the Muslim community is to carry on exactly as before. Get used to it guys. It’s part and parcel of life in London. Learn to live with it.

Beautiful.

Perhaps the Anglo-Saxon will learn to hate again.

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Happy Birthday, Paul!

Macca turned 75 yesterday.

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The 10,000 Strong Muslim Rally That Never Was

Vincent Law reports on the MSM-hyped “10,000 Strong Muslim Rally” to condemn radical Islam, a rally that received, well, significantly less than 10,000 Muslims in attendance.

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