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No Country For Young Men

April 3rd, 2014 - 2:25 pm

The author of the Twilight of Abundance, David Archibald, sent an email a few days ago, saying “there is a whole new world coming.” Archibald, who’s an Australian, warns in his book that the world is running out of food, energy and security. Where he differs from Malthus, however, is in arguing that the shortages are the consequence of policy, rather than the inherent limitations of the universe. The world is doing everything it can to run in the opposite direction of abundance because we think we have too much. The West dreads warmer weather, even though warmer weather might allow more crops to grow; it discourages energy production. And its leaders are working feverishly to throw away the residual security of the post Cold War world.

A friend said to me in response that the young have made their choice. “The world always changes because the young have new ideas. The younger generation is in power now. They make the decisions and the cultural choices.” Reflecting for a moment, I retorted, “but where are the young? They are not in the West. The youth in statistical terms is in the Third World. We don’t even know what they think. What we take as ‘youth culture’ and the voice of to-morrow are the attitudes of a shrinking cohort cohabiting with the geriatric majority. In that case, it’s the Western old choosing for the global young.”

My friend answered, “you know, you are right. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation did a survey of its audience and found the majority of those who watch its programs are old.  For a long time they made the mistake of pitching to the young, only to learn that it’s really the old codgers who watch TV.”

The Western Left’s biggest lie is that it represents a movement of the young, but it really represents the very old. Their very concerns are geriatric: Marxism, trash recycling, health and safety, public transportation and gossip.

The big giveaway is we as a civilization don’t want to go to the planets any more, because the old don’t want to go anywhere. Imagine clambering into spaceships! The very idea gives us the shivers. Only the young and immortal travel to places where they may never be able to get Ibuprofen.

The only place the Western young are found in abundance is movies where they are paid to play the average man. The movies are the fake mirror of the elderly West. In that mirror we remain young though in reality — like the Belgian Army — we are really more worried about lumbago than fighting off the depredations of Loki.

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"How the West Was Won." That film and the song inspired me to go away and build a cabin in a meadow. My good wife, backed me all the way. We lived in the mountains of Colorado during the last time things seemed so desperate - the 70s. We had water, food, guns, silver coins, and were ready for TEOTWAWKI. The U.S. wasn't finished though. The Congress remained Democrat, but the President was a man named Ronald Reagan. By force of personality (and some good cabinet appointments) he managed to unleash the economic power this country has always had. And, IMO, still has. We still have people who know how to create, build, and take risks. We still have fertile land, abundant forests, oil/gas, mines, manufacturing know how, technological know how, and much more. What's holding it back? Primarily more and more restrictive government regulations coupled with uncertainty created by a government that demonizes profit making enterprises. We also have a government that is afraid to do its main job - defend the country from all foes foreign and domestic. Yes, our problems lie with the government, but we aren't finished yet. I'm 81 and don't know how many years are ahead, but I'm not giving up or giving in. I still want to build another home in a meadow. The West is not lost until we give up the ghost. As William Wallace said, "Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"
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Romance was replaced by sex and sex was replaced by stimulation. It is a progressive regression. Romance is outer directed. It is a belief in the future. The new worlds you will explore, the love you will earn, the mysteries you will solve, the family you will raise and the dreams they will have, those are the stuff of romance. Sex is personal and practical. Sex is procreating a rare unloved child to create a servant caregiver for your old age, sex is scratching another person's itch if they scratch yours, sex is cutting notches on a belt to establish dominance in office or campus or peer group politics. Stimulation is inner directed. It is the replacement of another person by a fetish in deviant sex. Stimulation is drugs and electronic sensory inputs on screens big and little, it is toys that do not need you to know, and a unmet party across the web who may be an electronic construct is not a person, another person to play them, it is giving yourself up to the power of the Great Provider and the Great Hate.

Can we crawl back from Bunyan's slough? If the generation of the Boomers sold out their heritage can a new generation reclaim it? The bad news is that real damage has been done. Those under 40 have less to work with than their parents did physically or their grandparents did morally and intellectually. The good news is that there is little reason to believe that those younger than the Boomers respect the choices that brought us here. They could choose build a navy and resume the great adventure. They could choose to make babies. They might even enjoy it.
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I see it all around me. I see it in myself. I tell my grandchildren the world is now a different place than it was when I was their age, but I don’t think they believe me, as I didn’t believe my grandfather when he told me the world was a different place than it was when he was my age. And that’s because it isn’t the world that’s different, it’s the perception of the speaker that the world is different just because it doesn’t fit his memories. The sky is not falling on everyone, only on those who have reached the point where suicide is an option. Rome did not fall, Rome was pushed over the edge because the citizens of Rome were no longer a homogeneous ethnicity, and the new citizens of Rome, having no long term ties to the city, did not think it worth defending. And yet Rome lived in memory for three hundred years after it ceased in reality to exist. And so shall the United States live in memory for hundreds of years after the current inhabitants, those who came for the free lunch, those who trade votes for iPhones, have shrugged their shoulders and watched the country decay around them. The culture and the country built by the settlers who came here for freedom and opportunity have left behind them generations of women who decided they would rather have fun living off their inheritance than have babies. And so the European stock that built this country is declining in numbers every year while the outlanders, the occupiers, multiply. It will end with ever diminishing first world white enclaves surrounded by the invading third world, where the children of those who inherit the country will go to schools where English is taught as a foreign language. We have run our race and now there are others in the starting blocks.

My grandchildren will never see
The country as it was when free
When free men kept the torch alight
And kids slept peacefully at night
For mom and dad were always near
And little kids had naught to fear
And all were taught the golden rule
And there were never guns in school
When tyrants quaked to hear the name
All knowing free men bore the flame
But that is gone, the day is done
And we, like Rome, have had our run

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"Where he differs from Malthus, however, is in arguing that the shortages are the consequence of policy, rather than the inherent limitations of the universe."

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VDH describes the textbook case:

"...Yet why was California ever in a fiscal crisis at all?

World food prices are soaring. California has the best soils, weather and farmers in the world. Silicon Valley hosts Apple, Google, Intel and Facebook. The state hosts some of the nation's largest corporations like Wells Fargo, Chevron, Hewlett-Packard and Safeway.

The movie industry in Hollywood, tourism from Disneyland to Yosemite, the Napa wine industry, and vast deposits of gas and oil should make California more prosperous than Switzerland. Its top five universities -- Caltech, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC -- usually rate among the top 20 worldwide.

Yet despite what God and man in the past have given the state, California has often squandered its inheritance. For all its costly investments in wind and solar power, California electricity rates are the steepest in the nation.

The tab falls most heavily not on the green elites of the affluent coastal communities, but on the poor and middle classes concentrated in the hotter and colder interior. For many in Fresno or Bakersfield, keeping on the air conditioning when August temperatures hit 100 is a fantasy from a bygone age.

Californians pay among the highest gas prices in the country. Again, those astronomical costs seem surreal, given that the state sits atop huge untapped deposits of gas and oil.

The California paradox of having among the highest taxes and among the worst services is also echoed in state-by-state rankings of public school test scores. California continues to place near the bottom...."

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/09/12/one_california--or_two_119924.html
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It's Socialist rot writ large.
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It's simply sad.
Esp for a native.
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Mad Fiddler:

It may seem as if public television and public radio are an ideological monolith, but the system functions more like a vending machine. The system caters to a coalition of interest groups, each backed by its phalanx of rich donors, each with an ideological agenda that frequently has little in common with the other interest groups.

“Political correctness” could be seen as a means to paper over those disagreements. There is no way that Black Panthers, Earth Firsters, Anarcho-Syndicalists, Queer Nationalists, and Feminists are going to agree on much of anything, so “political correctness” works as a compromise where each group of radicals contributes as much to the orthodoxy as the other radicals can stomach.

The structure of public broadcasting reflects the internal workings of the Democratic Party, where it is customary for people to split into interest group caucuses so that rival factions can weigh themselves against each other. One might find a “Labor Caucus”, a “Youth Caucus”, a “Senior Caucus”, a “Environment Caucus”, an “I Love Zero Caucus”, et cetera. Such weighing can be quite important because a politician's view on abortion is frequently directly dependent upon the relative weight of the “Pro Choice Caucus” against the “Pro Life Caucus” – the structure of the Democratic Party promotes a mercenary attitude about what a politician professes to believe.
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...as opposed to running on genuine beliefs/values.

What a concept!

I remember becoming uncomfortable listening to accounts of how much The Clinton Machine relied on "Focus Groups" which I had not heard of before, but seemed inherently antithetical to a straightforward political process.

Tell 'em what they want to hear.

Now both parties are doing it, with the Pubs engaging consultants that seem to specialize in bad advice.
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I don't know what Sesame Street will be telling children fifteen years from now, other than that it will be “political correctness” for the next generation of children. Public broadcasting is amazingly vulnerable to pressure from any well funded faction that seeks to take it over at the local level, and it is the local stations that function as arbiters who select the variety of political radicalism on offer.

I have often wondered what would happen if the Tea Party took over control of various local stations in the archipelago of public broadcasting, and then used those facilities to promote its own message. Since right wingers are accustomed to creating new institutions while left wingers are accustomed to infiltrating existing institutions, this would be a reversal of roles. But look at the alternative – public broadcasting is putting out pro-Islam documentaries, Arabic language broadcasts, and regionally produced shows featuring a local imam. The proportion is small, but it's growing.
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I enjoyed watching Mr. Rogers with my son, and listening to the happy times tunes while he watched Sesame Street.

Then he revealed that it was his belief that all Black People are nice, obviously the result of the selective censoring out of anything less than nice by the Sesamecensorians.

A little reality therapy followed, followed by some abusive unpleasantness when some young Black B.... at a Cal Poly SLO hosted preschool allowed some obviously abused poor little black kid to beat up on our 6 year year old son.

We got repeated calls from the school asking why we pulled him out.
We responded broken record fashion:

"No reason, we just decided to do something else."

They could stew in their own damned juices, but we were not about to let our son get burned in the process.
Still makes me angry just to write about it...

Higher Education, my A..!
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Why do these bigots still have jobs? Let’s go get them.

William Saletan has a compelling piece in Slate today:

More than 35,000 people gave money to the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that declared, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” You can download the entire list, via the Los Angeles Times, as a compressed spreadsheet. (Click the link that says, “Download CSV.”) Each row lists the donor’s employer. If you organize the data by company, you can add up the total number of donors and dollars that came from people associated with that company.

The first thing you’ll notice, if you search for Eich, is that he’s the only Mozilla employee who gave to the campaign for Prop 8. His $1,000 was more than canceled out by three Mozilla employees who donated to the other side.

The next thing you’ll notice is that other companies, including other tech firms, substantially outscored Mozilla in pro-Prop 8 contributions attributed to their employees. That includes Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo, as well as Disney, DreamWorks, Gap, and Warner Bros.

Thirty-seven companies in the database are linked to more than 1,300 employees who gave nearly $1 million in combined contributions to the campaign for Prop 8. Twenty-five tech companies are linked to 435 employees who gave more than $300,000. Many of these employees gave $1,000 apiece, if not more. Some, like Eich, are probably senior executives.

Why do these bigots still have jobs? Let’s go get them.

But why stop there? According to Wikipedia, 7,001,084 people voted for Prop 8. Why do any of those people still have jobs? Shouldn’t they all be forced to resign? And why should they have the privilege of living in California at all? I say round them up and move them someplace where they won’t do any harm.

Oh, and let’s find every media figure, writer or actor or musician, who voted for Prop 8. Surely they’re a special danger. Someone should start an investigation — form a committee to investigate un-American activities like that, expose the malefactors, and make them identify anyone else they know who was involved. Let’s make it clear that differing on these opinions is unacceptable. Like Eich, they should be blacklisted and never allowed to work again.


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I don't Like Eich.
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O/T MH370 pinger found?

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported late Saturday that a Chinese ship that is part of the multinational search effort detected a “pulse” signal in southern Indian Ocean waters. The report said it was not determined whether the signal was related to the missing jet.

A black box detector deployed by the vessel, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5Hz per second at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, Xinhua said."

http://nypost.com/2014/04/05/ship-looking-for-missing-plane-detects-pulse-signal/
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I thought the ACARS was still working, did I miss something?

"In addition, inside knowledge beyond that of even experienced 777 pilots would have been necessary to locate the ACARS unit from within the depths of the electronics and engineering (E&E) compartment in order to disable it such that the system no longer was capable of sending automatic data; notwithstanding the logistics of pulling up a portion of the first class galley carpet to gain access to the E&E hatch while using some type of threat to prevent passengers from impeding their progress."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/28/opinion/abend-pilots-flight-370/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
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The assertion that the ACARS and the transponder were turned off before the plane changed course has been widely bandied about. There is reason to question the disabling of the ACARS due to the whole sequence of handshakes between the Inmarsat satellite and the aircraft. See Duncan Steel's website, particularly this post

http://www.duncansteel.com/archives/526

Which shows three quick handshakes at his times 1105, 1107 & 1109.

The ping arc circles, shown on other pages, are handshakes initiated by the satellite. The satellite waits one hour before sending out a ping, which the aircraft answers, indicating it is still connected.

http://www.duncansteel.com/archives/551
http://www.duncansteel.com/archives/549

The pinger currently being discussed, is the sound generating unit attached to the cockpit voice recorder and/or the flight data recorder on the plane, which only gets activated by immersion in water.

There are two types of "pings", one a radio wave originating at the satellite and the other being a sound wave originating at the submerged flight data recorder. The current source of acoustic pings would be the aircraft. If it proves out, it would mean the wreck has been localized.
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Thanks.
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Q: What is the difference between youth and old age?
A: Being unable to do now what you lied about doing then.

If 17 year olds did what they have been lead to believe from the media they can do they'd end up dead, or in Ripley's, or in glass jars at Harvard.

There is that in between time.
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These days, the most vehement and energized groups in the U.S. culture appear to be radicalized gays, lesbians, and straight women who want unfettered access to abortions.

It will be very interesting to see how they work things out with the people who are insisting on imposing Shari'ah upon the United States. The contradictions are never addressed by the Left, the Progressives, the TransNational Marxists who detest the conservatives, Evangelical Christians, and anyone clinging to "traditional" views and values.

What the hell is going to happen when the Left is confronted by Islamic Fundamentalists and Jihadists they CLAIM to embrace?

It's amazing to me that no one seems to address this.
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I predict they will eventually react just as soon as pretending the problem does not exist ceases to function. Remember denial can last right up to the moment the poison gas hits the lungs.
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"A newly promoted tech CEO who contributed money to an effort to ban gay marriage in California resigned Thursday, days after dating site OkCupid.com outed him as “an opponent of equal rights.”

Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, was named CEO of the company last month, sparking outrage among board members of the nonprofit, which created the Firefox Internet browser, as well as users of the free service.

Chairwoman Mitchell Baker wrote in a blog post Thursday announcing the move. “Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”

Baker, in her blog post, didn’t name an immediate successor for his position. She did emphasize the company supports “the open Web” and screwed up “because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”

“While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the Web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better,” she wrote. “We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/brendan-eich-resigns-mozilla-ceo-anti-gay-flap-article-1.1744765

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All he did was develop Javascript and found Mozilla - Expendable

Oh, and he supported President Obama's views on Gay Marriage in 2008.

...before Barry "Evolved"
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Aren't Free Abortions a Human Right in our Constitution as (re)written by the Supreme Court?
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It's amazing to me that almost the entire cast of the original Belmont Boys and Ladies have put in an appearance on this thread.

Cheers!
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They're gonna miss us when we're gone!

What'll happen? I predict a massive, rapid decrease in population.
Maybe they'll even get to that sustainable 500 million number.
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We could all live like gentlemen on our (gentlemen's) farms.

I'll take one outside of Perth, one between Santa Barbara and Santa Paula, and one on Maui.

(I'm a cold weather freak)
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Sorry. That is actually a very good question.
I just saw the 'Holder's DOJ to partner with CAIR" headline.
This is getting really blatant, really quick.

And I know lots of 'hardcore unemployables'- gangbangers young and old.
They would love a secure govt job.
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http://www.bing.com/search?q=mexican+drug+cartels+fight+turf+battles+in+chicago&form=IE8SRC&src=IE-SearchBox

One of the cartels calls itself "Knights Templar" --that would figure if the Jihad was running a competing cartel. Otherwise, the KT ref is sort of non compos mentis --

http://www.bing.com/search?q=knights+templar+mexican+drug+cartel&form=IE8SRC&src=IE-SearchBox
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The young men are deprived adulthood or prefer to remain dependent. The culture has nurtured a generation of comfort junkies ignorant or indifferent about history, virtues and common sense. You're a good person if you aren't in jail or on probation. Values refer to the acquisition of goods. Self-control happens if you enter a 12-step program and discover a higher power.
Politicians and educates are guilty of enabling the entitlement addiction.
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