Sunday assorted links

1. Thailand tries to gentrify Western panhandling.

2. To what does asli refer?  And pro-biotic beer from Singapore.

3. “Her look is clear: Stamps Man is their most unexpected commission ever.”  The article is safe for work, but it is about a prurient topic.

4. Is Trump ruining book sales?

5. Full speech of V. Orbán. More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news.


'More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news.'

But just a roadbump to a much better world, right?

Thiago was put to jail today in the Wells Fargo suit against him for seducing bank tellers and having them steal money from variable accounts. One witness, Hazel Meade recounts that he impregnated her and got her to steal money from an 87 year old in Seattle Washington for the abortion. She said she should've known the tattoo over her stomach, money hova ditches was a tell-tale sign.

Where does that leave the torrid romance between Art Deco and Cuckmeister-General? Did anon come out as the Russian hacker that caused the DNC to rig the primaries?

More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news.

His priorities do not include increasing the population of ethnic restaurants. Too bad.

However, his priorities most certainly include ensuring a continuous stream of EU funding.

Hungarian cuisine, as opposed to it's inferior (yet also underrated) germanized cosmopolitan form, is both underrated and extremely hard to find both inside and outside of Hungary.

However I doubt the Nth collapse of Hungary is going to help in these matters since despite a strong start the 20th century had a general trend of reducing both reputation and quality of all traditional dishes. While Central Europe desperately needs better food choices, it is not like Fairfax county is suddenly going to be filled with good inexpensive Hungarian food, but then Tyler may not care, Vegetarian in Hungarian seems to just mean smaller sausage chunks.

The last decent goulache I ever had was in Spokane of all places. Outside of Hungary, the last good punjene in Mexico, the last Dobos in Paris, though the pancakes seem safe...

Of course now that I think on it the rise of Curtoskalacs in Budapest and some other deserts seems to belie my argument. Maybe another Trianon is just what is needed.

Budapest already has a range and selection of "ethnic" restaurants, typically run by Hungarians, that is arguably better than Vienna's. Immigrants are not necessarily good cooks. Both Hungary and Japan demonstrate that an educated, well-traveled population is more important for developing a foodie culture than random groups of immigrants. Large parts of the US demonstrate this as well, through the low quality of what passes as "Mexican", "Thai", or "Chinese" food in the US.

Low quality US Mexican would be a miracle in Europe. Few places in the US are as bad as most places in Europe. But that is to be expected because few Europeans even know what Mexican food even looks like, while most Americans know a fair amount about it.

And terrible Chinese food is found pretty much everywhere in Europe, just as it is in the US. But US food court Chinese food is usually better than its equivalents in Europe.

4. ...the Trump administration has succeeded in influencing our consideration of books—not necessarily for better or for worse, but in ways that demonstrate how much we need words to survive and provide solace for troubling times ahead.

Lots of people don't read books and still manage to live, Morg.

5. Skimmed it, thought it sounded a little paranoid, but wasn't terrified and found it quite sensible in parts.

4. Too broad a brush. If dystopian works are the sellers in the Trump era, why isn't there great demand for The Plague by Albert Camus (the plague is a metaphor for evil, in this case, the evil of Nazism that had overcome France). Okay, this morning's homily was about The Plague and Socrates (ignorance is the source of evil). To Socrates nobody does wrong knowingly but rather through ignorance. One could make a good case that ignorance, indeed the preference for ignorance, the near worship of ignorance, is the source of our plague today. Does that meaning books about ancient Greek philosophers are jumping off the bookshelves?


Vapid scaremongering filler for the new New Republic's summer issue (oh how the mighty have fallen; it used to be solid and smart).

Some books will flop, as will big budget movies. Some commentators will be disappointed or surprised by same. Now it's the fault of the Orange Monster, whose crime is sucking the oxygen from the room of culture. Yawn.

Rayward, the only Plato that matters was already read and digested ages ago by both the alt right and the left: the cave parable, where the masses, or a select number of them, get help pulling off their ideological / false consciousness blinders thus allowing them to be led into the sunshine of reality.

It is new to me that the alt right thinks like this (Matrix). It is not new to anyone that the left is obsessed with it: false consciousness; distorted consciousness; sheeple; consciousness raising; ideology.

I suspect the sales decrease has less to do with consumer tastes and more to do with the media giving less free coverage to books that aren't politically relevant.

+1, and it's rich coming from the new, dumbed-down New Republic (the issue is essentially one long hit piece).

The plague is a flugue also.

Here is something I wrote in graduate school at Rice introducing the concept of eminent domain.

During the preceding New Year’s Party at the Rusty Knot held by Tommy Darton’s brother-in-law Pliny Haven, a senior partner at Cravath, Swaine and Moore whom made a reputation winning a major class action against the Hudson River Park Authority, overturning legislation allowing the authority to levy a toll on the Brooklyn Bridge, when during a conversation with Pliny’s wife Moira about the similarities and differences of the Upper West Side and Brooklyn Heights, Augustine perceived a boy called Arturo, bent at the waist, head turned and hand pressed to the glass of a fish tank. He had previously met Arturo at the Darton’s manor in Babylon Village and learned then that Arturo suffered from a late onset of autism manifesting in a sibilant tone and a deficiency in prosody

This comment is by the fake rayward.

Can't really tell 'em apart. Just sayin'.

You could've said sidewalks and highways.

Fake rayward understands what a paragraph is.

rayward, you are not unintelligent. this is not the trump era you describe: if trump is impeached, as you undoubtedly want, it will not happen unless clinton and obama are simultaneously indicted for felonies (for the record, I do not think that should happen). As you do not like Trump, you would therefore have to call this - if your hoped-for outcome of Trump impeachment occurs - the clintontrumpobama era, not the Trump era (the Bushes were richer and better connected so it would not be their era in this negative sense, not that that does them any good: except for one of their sons, the whole family will be remembered by history as having, in spite of some good moments, been a spectacular self-centered failure. I wish that were not true but it probably is). Socrates, by the way, is not even in the top 100 of people who understand this life. Read a few descriptions of that arrogant old fool with no real love in his heart for his wife or children or even for his ancestors. He fought well in a fairly safe fight for Athens, and he had a few good things to say about simplistic philosophical topics: big deal. You can mock those last two sentences if you want - why you would want to I don't know. Thanks for reading.

and please do not respond in an ignorant manner: you should hold yourself to higher standards. At some point we all need to consider what kind of world we live in. Start with the Epistle to the Romans, a book I know you are familiar with. The first chapter of Jeremiah is also worth reading again and again as a corrective to the lies you have heard from intelligent people. I, too, think ignorance should be rejected.

On New Year’s in the East Village, at an old neighbor’s house, Augustine greeted Tommy Darton’s brother-in-law Pliny Haven, a senior partner at Cravath, Swaine and Moore who made a reputation winning a class action against the Hudson River Park Authority, overturning legislation allowing a toll on the Brooklyn Bridge. During a conversation with Pliny’s wife Moira about the similarities and differences of the highways and sidewalks, Augustine perceived a boy called Paco.

Do you wear vans? Ptolemy. Property. Public Library. Aristotle. Lear. Tycho Brahe. Jim thome. chore. Y Lord.

Are you in the turnstile business? Or are you the great baby from hamlet's clout.

Dude, Cravath is a joke,a well paid joke but a joke. Everyone knows that (Augustus and Learned Hand were not the real deal, how much less is Cravath and Moore ... the question answers itself). Jim Thome was not Babe Ruth and should have spent his life in a more admirable pursuit (Jim Thome only mentioned here, as if he cared, to establish credibility .... keep reading, dude) Step out of botdom, my young friend, and try to understand: this is the real world and we only have so many chances to show we care about each other. Shakespeare, much as I like him, failed: who would have spent the 6 months of access to genius that the little guy had way back when and would have only written simple Hamlet, with no love for Ophelia, no love for Ophelia or anyone else, and stupid little plots in his cold little heart as if he were not called to be better than his adversaries? And that ridiculous ending! The mind boggles! (Turnstile rhetoric in the last sentence - is that what you were looking for? Imagine Hamlet written by someone who understood what people who care about each other think about each other!!!!) By the way, 11:05 dude, I for one was not fooled. You are not Rayward. This is the real world and we only have so many chances to show we care about each other. I do not want to win an argument I want you to love the unloved, protect the unprotected, befriend those who do not tell the truth and urge them, heart to heart, cor ad cor loquitur, to tell the truth. God loves us all and the easiest thing in the world is to imitate that without any selfishness, with no selfishness in our heart, nothing makes any of us happier than being kind and just and loving to each other. Thanks for reading. Perhaps you think this was, if not wrong, at least not right: well, ask your Guardian Angel why my Guardian Angel let me write this ( I would not have written this if I thought my Guardian Angel did not want me to.) There is nothing easier than to care about someone who nobody else cares about. Believe me, please; there is no reason not to,

turnstile rhetoric - try and improve on that if you can. (the turnstile started with the word Cravath - a good law firm by the way - and ended with the word boggles, a word that my friends have often heard. One hopes that one day fashions will change and turnstiles and the use of boggles as a verb will be things of the past: think about it: but for today, I have said what I said, and thanks for reading, There is noting easier than to care about someone who nobody else cares about: everybody knows that: not "almost everybody", but everybody. Thanks for reading.

"step out of botdom" is not copyrightable, by the way, and if it were, and if I had the copyright, I would relinquish

BTW that all made sense. Criticism of secondary efforts, praise of the truth. I like Rayward, and therefore tried to communicate. That all made sense, criticism of secondary efforts (including poor Shakespeare's efforts), praise of the truth. There is nothing more important than caring about those who have no friends: that is why I am pro-life. Believe me, please; there is no reason not to. You won't regret it. If you know more about the world than I do you will not regret it, if you know less, you will not regret it. Trust me. There is nothing more important than caring about those who have no friends, right here, right now in 2017. Believe me, please, you won't regret it. And if you feel anger: well; please let go of your anger. The person I want to have read this has read this. BTW that all made sense: (if you think it didn't, ponder this - poor Aquinas -even Aquinas - was confused about Mariology. Almost nobody is expected to understand this world. Hence, the default: love the unloved, protect the unprotected, and befriend those who do not tell the truth, and urge them, heart to heart, to try and live in a world where one day they, too, will want to tell the truth.) If you are absolutely certain this is 2017 think again. If "step out of botdom" speaks to you, listen. God is good and the night is beautiful, and the morning will be too. Say more about the truth if you can: that would make me glad.

BTW all that made sense, It is not easy to communicate: but if you think that was nonsense, the fault is (with all due respect) yours. And yes I know exactly how few people read that. Some mathematicians prefer large numbers - there is more to say - but large numbers are to the mathematician what simple notes are to the piano player. Nothing wrong with being a mathematician who, in a fit of arrogance (or what seems like arrogance) deigns to speak of the attributes of certain large numbers - and there is nothing wrong with being a piano player who specializes in slow movements with few performance difficulties. There are people: I am not one of them - who know exactly how complicated the perfect math problem is, who know exactly how many chord changes the concert of the ages performed by the ideal musician might contain. And yes I know how few people read that. You who are reading this are almost certainly not the first. God loves you - specifically, and with full knowledge of your (amusing) faults and your courage in living in a world where you accrued annoying faults from those you volunteered to live with, way back when before you knew what you were volunteering for (or not, Thanks for reading - if you do not understand me by now, then I have already gone on too long).

in defense of that French guy: sterling is a type of silver spoon. Do not let. Go further. Join my teddy bear. In summer of lessons. Yet. Error has no repeater. psychosis dissipates. It's happy. It's a beautiful movie. But, I also like the reality. I won't let go. Resist. Again and again. My playlist has invariably been rather l'estrange. I mind? In any case I'm trying to do better which l'efant. No throne. Do not let. I still want to believe that I can in few get there. At comprehndre, a little, to give, to love, a constriuire rather than create chaos. It was anything but voluntary. Do not let.

"More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news." It's what President Wilson wanted, presumably.

Well, in all fairness to Wilson, he was not a fan of anyone's empire, including whatever is left of yours at this point.

'Among all the statesmen of the modern era, Woodrow Wilson stands out as the preeminent champion of liberal humanitarian international ideals. He believed, to the point of religious commitment, that the United States had been created to serve mankind. He detested imperialism and the exploitation of helpless people by the strong and ruthless. He believed in the right of all peoples to govern themselves and in the peaceful settlement of international disputes. He abhorred the use of violence to protect American material interests abroad. Secretary of State Bryan, who shared all of Wilson's views, was easily the leading opponent of imperialism in the United States and was also in the vanguard of the movement to advance peace through arbitration and conciliation. Both Wilson and Bryan were determined to make a new beginning in foreign policy in 1913.'

One is more than welcome to look askance at such a framework, of course. Not to mention their timing.

The alternative to empire is usually ethno-nationalism. Surely that's not beyond your understanding?

Wilson may have been against using violence to protect American interests, but he sure loved using violence for quixotic moral crusades that undermined American interests, which is why Bryan resigned in protest.

5. Did you actually read the speech?

It's not ethno-nationalism in the traditional sense of country against country through the medium of war. It's framed entirely as a defence of liberal western values against the rapid growth of totalitarian Islam.

For example: "We can say that Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest are speaking with one voice. This is a great achievement, as these are countries which are very different in their characters. Here we have the enthusiastic Poles, the ever-cautious Czechs, the sober Slovaks and the romantic Hungarians; and yet we are able to speak the same language."

The Eastern Europeans are strident about liberal western values because they understand how easily they can be taken away. They haven't been culturally medicated to equate a defense of the west with racism and ignorance.

I would think Tyler got that. But don't you think "the rapid growth of totalitarian Islam" is kind of a dated fear at this point? It is something more suited to when ISIS, in their vanity, could not read the writing on the wall ..

In Europe. Islam doesn't separate the religious from the secular, and surveys show that half to 2/3 of Muslims in Europe want sharia law.

But the chill of such beliefs doesn't wait for a Muslim majority. The European media has already self-censored any ridicule of Islam, hate speech laws are sending people to jail for comments on Twitter (see the Wiltshire police's recent statement) and the almost daily drumbeat of terrorism (two more in Germany) sees civil liberties and privacy being increasingly sacrificed to state security.

And for what?

Right. I woke up this morning, and was afraid to open my eyes, because I imagined "self-censorship" standing at the foot of my bed.

That paragraph drifted off to nothing like these things often do. Start with the fear of the "rapid growth of totalitarian Islam" and end with not everyone being as mean as they could be.

It seems that a credo of the dirt-bag left is that terrorism isn't Islam; and, anyhow, it isn't an existential threat. To them, 63 million voters and Trump are the enemies.

It's hard to tell. The conversation constantly is interrupted with wailing and gnashing of teeth. The geniuses never saw it (Trump winning) coming. The funeral is over. Move on, already!

Some on the alt-right seem to agree. They "know" hegemonic Islam cannot win. And, they claim that the dirt-bag left is the mortal threat to their quaint ways of life.

A pox on both their houses.

You hate the rational readers of "leading causes of death" too, don't you?

Islam is scarier than cancer because you, actually, are the emotional one.

If you live in a country where people have a constitutional right to free speech, consider that people who live in countries that never had this in theory and more and more don't have this in practice might be more sensitive on the topic of any sort of censorship.

: I woke up this morning, and was afraid to open my eyes, because I imagined “self-censorship” standing at the foot of my bed.

Draw me some Muhammad cartoon, sir.

Would have been perfectly safe in Europe 50 years ago.

Now, most cartoonists would not dare.

"It isn't happening" quickly turns to "of course it is happening, it should be happening".

"Islam doesn’t separate the religious from the secular"
As opposed to Moses' Law?

In Europe. Islam doesn’t separate the religious from the secular, and surveys show that half to 2/3 of Muslims in Europe want sharia law.

Why does this produce no actual political results? Like consider something very small. How late bars can stay open. Now sharia law would mean you wouldn't have any bars as alcohol is forbidden. That's probably a big pill for Europeans to swallow, especially in the UK, Germany and other countries that love their pubs. However, not everyone who isn't a Muslim in Europe wants to give pubs free reign. So you would think whenever an issue comes up over whether there should be more pub permits in a city or fewer, whether they should be more strict about drinking ages or looser, whether they should be open later or earlier....a set of sharia inspired voters would make common cause on some of these issues. Kind of like how in the US a church might oppose more bars in a city because drunkenness is sinful while other voters simply don't want their streets filled until 3am with drunk college kids from spring break.

There's probably a lot of things in Europe a sharia minded group of voters could find common cause with social conservatives. Limiting legalized prostitution, for instance, or the availability of pornography. Yet I haven't really heard anything like this happening.

Instead the model here seems to be one of dramatic change. Absolutely nothing changes until some stealth set of Muslim voters can achieve 50% plus one vote and then all in the sudden sharia law comes out of nowhere and the police are throwing veils over women sunbathing topless on the beaches. If there any precedent in history for anything like this ever happening? Prohibition, for example, both in it's rise and fall was a gradual process often advancing in steps rather than in huge dramatic leaps.

Weren't you the guy who was all weepy about education vouchers because someone might use them to create madrassas?

It's just Islamophobia. And racism. And nazism. And the kkk. And fascism. And haram.

What white trash need to understand is that the future is ours. France is ours. It was promised in the Holy Quran. As was the world. Abortion and sodomy and adultery. That's what your western nonsense gets you.

It will not be violence. It will not be murder. It will not be terrorism. It will be your people converting or not having children. Inshallah it will be peaceful. But all the same you will be replaced with believers, and the Ummah will grow.


Of course he didn't read the speech. The point is he's getting invited to conferences, next to that how much do abstractions like "the West" matter?

“Here we have the enthusiastic Poles, the ever-cautious Czechs, the sober Slovaks and the romantic Hungarians; and yet we are able to speak the same language.”

Nobody is wasting nobody. That... is a miracle. And miracles is the way things ought to be.

More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news.

You say that retrospectively because once upon a time the nationalists revolted against the Austro-Hungarian Empire, triggering a cascading set of treaty obligations among a hereditary pan-European elite and ultimately destroying the classical liberal order. But are you sure you don't have cause and effect reversed? Ideally, I suppose, a benevolent and cosmopolitan Franz Joseph rules with a firm but fair hand, bringing the rule of law and international trade to tribal backwaters but it never seems to work like the ideal.

So what do you want for Turkey? A developing democracy, or a harsh authoritarian bulkwork against a threat that does not really exist?

"Radical Islam" can never be a serious threat because they can't manufacture their own shit. And no client state has ever whooped a maker.

Why are you asking me this? That's for the Turks to work out. What in the world gave you the impression I was Turkish?

It connects to this clash of civilizations b.s. and the idea that the Mongols are again on the outskirts of Vienna.

There is no real threat, and without the threat, what sense does ethno-nationalism make?

Mongols? Look if you are going to rap geopolitical at least master the basic facts and names.

There is ample threat of criminal activity, net tax consumption, social breakdown, and lowered living standards but I don't expect you to agree. Even without the Ottomans camped outside your walls, ethno-nationalism makes a lot of sense when you're trying to convince people to maintain the common weal, pay their taxes, and sign up for the military.

Why don't you ask the Turks if they're ethno-nationalist and why? Then you can ask the Greeks and Armenians the same question. Let me know what they say.

Another drift, this time to "criminal activity."

That is actually correct, the correct level of threat. Not existential.

The mixing of the races does constitute an existential threat to the White race. Just because you don't care about something doesn't mean it isn't present.

Don't really believe in race, sorry.

Well, race believes in you Polar Bear guy.

"There is no real threat"

Seems like you are very focused on the short term. I wonder if you feel the exact same way about climate change? And if not, why not? Demographic trends and ideological competition are long term concerns, not short term. No one worries ISIS will sack Vienna tomorrow.

Radical Islam” can never be a serious threat because they can’t manufacture their own shit.
True, but they can(and do)manufacture more of themselves and export that.

"Radical Islam” can never be a serious threat because they can’t manufacture their own shit."

...yeah, that Ottoman Empire (Turkish Empire) was such a failure for seven centuries... merely establishing hegemony over huge areas of Asia, Europe and Africa -- those Turks couldn't even make a saddle or a wheel

Shitlibs are the biggest racists, assured that their pet non-Whites could never have the strength or intelligence to harm them. There will have to be many more Amy Biehls before the truth gets through to them.

I think you are sadly mistaken. They are proficient at radicalizing disaffected young men (and women) in the West, and, if we wish to look at the Levant, they've been effective at challenging non islamist parties. Hezbollah and Hamas are by no means inept. And grabbing the reins in Iran was, if you will excuse the pun, a real coup.

I look at the very fact that ISIS did establish a kind of caliphate (however short lived and based almost solely on violence) as alarming.

"More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news":

Rich libertarians should pool their money to build sanctuary cities in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, instead of forcing us to deal with increased terrorism, crime, and cultural change of the kind we do not like.

4 - On book sales, the evidence is mostly just anecdote. It doesn't say anything about how overall book sales are doing. Also, the article mentions that The Handmaid's Tale is selling well, but fails to mention that it could have to do with the new adaptation on Hulu. Also, dystopia's been in for a while. There's been a rash of YA dystopia: The Giver, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Uglies. Looks like it mainly started in the Obama era, possibly earlier. And 1984's popularity makes sense because people are worried about surveillance. The book had a huge sales spike in 2013 and another recently, and there probably have been others. The point is the book's been selling well for a while. The article also mentions that Trump has threatened to kill the NEA, but he hasn't yet, so how precisely is that affecting sales? It seems that some authors are doing well, others not, and there are no clear patterns, but the article is trying to make something out of it without evidence.

" The petition received over 200,000 signatures, including from literary titans like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie."

What's it matter to these two and other "literary titans" if there's an NEA? They're millionaires based on book sales. Hopefully they get no funding from the NEA.

"actual books are no longer selling."

People reading books, or even newspapers, in public are seldom seen these days. They're all hunched over their magic phones. Maybe Trump can be blamed for the Apple Iphone 7 but that's a stretch.

If Rushdie and Atwood came out against the NEA, they'd be shunned. Obviously it doesn't matter to them personally. But by signing this meaningless petition they get some free publicity.

"Industry insiders noted that Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am ... failed to meet sales expectations"

And with that, Trump's presidency has been a success.

The NEA numbers are astounding. $5 billion in 128,000 grants -- the vast majority of which were undoubtedly given to mediocrities -- and libertarians/conservatives are supposed to look at those numbers and shrug them off as a drop in the bucket?

#1. Nothing new. Those two in the photo do look kind of pitiful. And not that young, either. Late 20s? 30? Good luck.

#3. Interesting. I feel bad for "stamp man." Also, can we just stop with the "bespoke?" The overused word of 2017.

In a world where you can upload your measurements and get 2 tailored shirts for 100 bucks, it makes sense you can get your custom porn.

@#3 - yes, and Stamps Man must have become successful if he can afford funding ten bespoke porn videos in ten years.

Bonus trivia: chess GM Anatoly Karpov, world champion after GM Bobby Fischer, has an extensive stamp collection apparently worth a lot of money; it was a popular USSR pastime. Karpov also was in a relationship with an older woman, coincidence?

5. Here is a map of the world's automotive manufacturing sites.

Don't waste time being afraid of people who can't build cars.


You obviously cannot read maps.

Look in 2012 Obama was making groan-worthy grandpa jokes about how silly it was to fear the Russians.

I'm sure whatever lame username you were posting under back then was chortling along with him.

Good distinction. The Russians can build tanks. Is ISIS building I-14s somewhere I don't know about?

(No one suggested in 2012 that we stop building tanks, the finer point of argument was about how many is enough.)

"Don’t waste time being afraid of people who can’t build cars."

So long as they are in a separate nation from you, I agree.

Ideas matter more than economics, and the weak-willed faction that gets hysterical over the use of term "radical Islam" (while freely hurling all sorts of epithets at members of the "vast right-wing conspiracy") haven't got any good ones.

Funny how having no fear is called weak. I see it as the opposite.

But go listen to the frightened old man who can't read a health bill. He is ready to tell you about "terrible terrible people."

I don't need a johnny-come-lately like the president to tell me that sanctimonious, superficial "centrists" are terrible.

I used to worry about anti-centrism, but when empty extremism is crashing with successive waves of fail, its hard to care.

The new Ross Court at is recommended.

Pfft. Apparently Douthat corrects to "Court at" if you aren't careful.

No, having no fear is called being stupid. Go prove your fearlessness by jumping out of a few windows, we won't miss you.

Broken a rib water skiing, a leg mountain biking. No windows though.

What do "I fear terrorists" types do for fun? Xbox and sandwiches from mom?

I mountain bike too, but I've never gotten injured doing it. If I did, I don't think I would feel the need to brag about it.

This is a teaching moment then.

What is more likely to put you in the hospital, terrorist or mountain bike?

If you fear the terrorist more, you are kind of an idiot.

Strawman argument, and irrelevant. If you mountain bike and are not an idiot, you take precautions to avoid putting yourself in the hospital. I want the government to take precautions to protect us from terrorists. You don't, and are an idiot.

Huh? Who straw-manned? Who said we should take no precautions?

I wear a helmet, and I trust the FBI. Doing those things I don't "fear."

But what is a downhill without a bit of adrenaline rush ..

"This is a teaching moment then."

LOL, you think of yourself as a "teacher." Today's USI winner.

Go ahead and teach the flip side, CL. We should fear terrorism more than all the things more likely to get us because ..

Take a hike, strawman.

Maybe that is a sign of the success of the ideology.

I grew up in an area where political Catholicism had found it's full expression. Large poor families were the easiest to control and influence, especially if outside information wasn't available. The structure fell when exposed to prosperity and information, and the Bishops and priests lost their influence and relative wealth.

I would posit that the murder of journalists in Paris by religious extremists is a far more influential act than the invasion of Iraq by the US. Who would have thought that a bunch of backwards and ill educated creeps could enforce blasphemy laws on the rather raucous, secular and independent western media? It is amazing how effective this has been.

How long will Turkey be producing automobiles as they drift towards more radical and fundamentalist Islam?

Your argument:

1) Muslims are inherently incapable of building cars. But this is not racist, because you are left.

2) The FBI can protect us from anything, including a majority Muslim population that wants sharia law.

I have that correct, right?

"More ethno-nationalism in that part of the world isn’t exactly good news."

I guess Tyler's signaling that he's perfectly fine with nationalism in other parts of the world.

How many Syrian refugees has Singapore accepted? They have, in fact, an immigration policy which strengthens rather than weakens the ethnic Chinese majority. They would be considered "nationalist" to if you held them to the standards you hold your own race* to.

*Assuming you aren't ((())).

I believe Singapore is roughly thirds: Malay, Indian, and Chinese.

At least you admitted it's a "belief."

I thought it was what I was told at a "one Singapore" exhibit (movies every 20 minutes) long ago. Maybe I misunderstood, but the blending of 3 cultures was big.

Nationalism is not ethno-nationalism, which is just an attempt to put lipstick on the sort swine that led the Volk to that little Lebensraum misstep.

Yes the victims of Nazi nationalism should forever be denied the use of nationalism. Meanwhile prior_pest here decamped for the land of the nazis when a third tier commuter school fired him.

It wasn't nationalism that saved them from German nationalism. It was internationalism. Other countries saved them.

The Soviet government was internationalist, the Soviet(really, Russian) fighting man was not.

The Hungarians were part of the Axis -

'By 1938, Hungarian politics and foreign policy had become more stridently nationalistic, and Hungary adopted an irredentist policy similar to Germany's, attempting to incorporate ethnic Hungarian areas in neighboring countries into Hungary. Hungary benefited territorially from its relationship with the Axis. Settlements were negotiated regarding territorial disputes with the Czechoslovak Republic, the Slovak Republic, and the Kingdom of Romania. In 1940, under pressure from Germany, Hungary joined the Axis. In 1941, Hungarian forces participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia and the invasion of the Soviet Union.'

That was not a joke about Lebensraum - Eastern Europe is full of ethno-nationalists passionately convinced that they deserve more territory than they currently hold.

The war was won by the Allies, not by the Soviets alone.

Sorry, but I was never fired from any of the number of jobs I held at GMU over 15 years, both working for the Commonwealth, a private business, or the GMU Foundation.

But then, that is about the level of reality in whatever it is you write, so please, don't stop making things up - we all expect it, after all.

That just makes your obsession all the stranger. Being a bitter outcast, I could understand. Instead you're just bitter.

Sorry, but I was never fired from any of the number of jobs I held at GMU over 15 years,

You're having trouble harmonizing your various and sundry biographical fictions.

Nationalism in, say, Iceland or Bermuda doesn't matter. Nationalism in Hungary's neighborhood leads to war.

It can, but then, this isn't really "nationalism" in the traditional sense of the world. Hungary isn't trying to to annex parts of Slovakia, it's uniting with Slovakia to say no to allowing third world immigration. It's only "nationalist" by the ethno-masochistic standards of the times.

Hungary isn’t trying to to annex parts of Slovakia.

But it had already done that in 1940. Hitler gave Ruthenia and some of southern Slovakia to Hungary in 1940 and kept tempting Hungary with the rest of it, cuz he didn't want it. Too many Slovaks I guess.

#3 I get it. I can compound a mistake I once made (not selling my Enron stock before the price went to zero). I'll pay someone to produce bespoke porn in which a starlet in stiletto heels tramples on my ENE stock certificate while looking into the camera and saying "You pathetic fool! You bragged so much about how smart you'd been to buy it in the first place that you couldn't admit your mistake even when it became obvious to everyone else. I know how you've suffered. I know how it haunts you! I'm here for you now baby and so I shall sexily rip it to shreds and cast the pieces into the fire and thus shall your pain (and the evidence of your foolishness) be ended forever!!"

Nah. I framed it instead and hung it in my office as a constant reminder of the cost(s) of letting emotions affect investing. I'd like to hear what Kahneman would have to say about Stamps Man.

#1, interesting that none of the people who are critical are easygoing, normal Thai citizens from these areas, and that all are university graduates from pseudo-Westernised ex-colonial upper-middle crust, either Malaysian or Singaporean or Second Generation Asian migrants in Britain. Ex-colonial Asian elite aspirants.

Pretty sure "beg packers" are Westerners, likely to return to native countries and be more productive than the average, begging a bit of extra cash from other similarly productive young Westerners.

And so why shouldn't they help each other out, to travel? They are members of a single civilization, and anything one pays to another is more likely to be paid back into the same system. It's not like helping some young privileged Singaporean princeling. Normal people understand and accept that distinction.

I expect this is what the ex-colonial Asian elite aspirants *really* don't like. Not that they give two shits about Thai poverty, or they would in fact spend their money on anything but self gratification, status striving and maybe, maybe at the most selfless, on the extended family. But the irritation of a class of elite aspirant young Westerners who mutually aid each other, and do not simply quiet down and hand over all its money and status, that triggers something in them.

More ethno-nationalism yada yada

So German-speaking Tyler is upset the Visegrád Four won't submit to Merkel and her EU flunkies who would only be too glad to throw them under the bus to appease Putin and assure to assure Germany's natural gas supply....Sad. Of course Tyler has plenty of time to blow kisses at the resurgent Chinese empire as it invades India and the territorial waters of all its neighbors. Guess Orban should have paid for a deluxe holiday tour and maybe Tyler would show a little love. Tyler's arrogant display of moral preening despite his obvious ignorance of Hungary's history is another reminder of how lucky the US has been that Trump didn't turn out to be just another Ivy League authoritarian wind bag. Perhaps actually having worked a day in his life is what makes Trump so sympathetic to the plight of the oppressed. If nothing else, Trump has achieved the status of the being the least conceited, arrogant, self-important, loud-mouth, vulgar, and despicable graduate of an Ivy League school of all those who came before him and all since.

You know who else the the Visegrád Four don’t plan to submit to?

The UK.

Yes, in my experience, real patriots understand and respect each other, being secure in their love of country.

Ironically it's the chippy pseudo internationalist types who think it is a zero sum game.

4. Maybe it isn't Trump but the whole cultural appropriation bullshit.

1 Harangue writers who dare write interesting stories.
2 ....

Thailand Western beggars isn't that much about "gentrification". Very far from it!

Western beggars in Thailand feels so wrong, so out of order, so unjust. It is enormously infuriating.

Most Westerners are used to a lifestyle that is so expensive in average Thai lifestyle.

There are loads of beggars and similar things. Thailand is way too far from gentrification.

There is a unique absurdity of Western travellers that are in way way rich almost by definition that resort to begging.

There are trends in Thailand that remind me of gentrification. But not this case whatsoever. Not even close.

This is a unique case of unacceptable behavior.

1. I live in a touristy part of the country, I see those type of bums all the time, and, don't get my wrong, I despise them and their piece of shit excuse for a culture. Nevertheless, I got quite a laugh out of that article, there's almost nothing that triggers the non-White liberals more than a White person with his or her hand outstretched. They know if Whites start behaving like the non-(East)Asian minorities do, the whole rotten system will come crashing down.

Part of the resentment may stem from the fact that most Asian nationalities who want to visit the West (especially the U.S.) have to apply for visas and submit all sorts of paperwork showing they have jobs back home and can afford to travel. Many are still arbitrarily rejected. So to see Western bums being allowed in to a place like Thailand with almost no scrutiny only to beg to fund their travels would certainly annoy some people.

This comment made my day :)

#4) Fiction sales collapse, obviously. But good nonfiction, especially well written, authoritative, and scholarly textbooks, like those of Tyler's, should be booming--needing escape to the world of reality.

#1 foreign beggars can already be arrested and deported in Thailand. For a country that relies so much upon tourism, it seems like a bad idea to add any sort of extra checking or hurdle for potential tourists. Just nab them if they misbehave after arrival.

Thailand's tightening of entry requirements is years in the making and is aimed at people who have been hanging around for months or even years as "tourists" with no visible means of support (meaning, they are more likely than the average visitor to be working illegally, involved in criminal activity of some sort, or even begging). I don't think the government is aiming to make visiting any more difficult for bona fide tourists who fly in once or twice a year for visits of a month or less and the demand certain visitors have faced to show proof of funds seems to be prompted by having a history of staying in the country for extended periods of time. The U.S. and U.K. -- which receive more tourist visits every year than Thailand -- would question such visitors even more rigorously and probably wind up denying them entry.

Trump and publishing - Science Fiction (and I think romance) author Sarah Hoyt has repeatedly stated that the gatekeeping function of publishing is and was exercised by people who were both politically biassed and ignorant of the actual market (e.g. - she recommends independent publishing, e.g. via Amazon. This suggests we should take with a pinch of salt claims that Trump is killing publishing.

Hoyt publishes both as an independent and via Baen - who are, I gather, something of an outlier in the publishing game - to the extent that I think I have heard them joking about being more at home in gun shows than book fairs.

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