The Burrow, Mediaeval Sex, Jordan Peterson, The Banshee, and More..



The Burrow” (German: “Der Bau”) is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka in which a mole-like being burrows through an elaborate system of tunnels it has built over the course of its life.


In the popular imagination, the history of sex is a straightforward one. For centuries, the people of the Christian West lived in a state of sexual repression, straitjacketed by an overwhelming fear of sin, combined with a complete lack of knowledge about their own bodies. Those who fell short of the high moral standards that church, state and society demanded of them faced ostracism and punishment. Then in the mid-20th century things changed forever when, in Philip Larkin’s oft-quoted words, ‘Sexual intercourse began in 1963 … between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP.’

In reality, the history of human sexuality is far more interesting and wild. Many prevailing presumptions about the sex lives of our medieval ancestors are rooted in the erroneous belief that they lived in an unsophisticated age of religious fanaticism and medical ignorance. While Christian ideals indeed influenced medieval attitudes to sex, they were rather more complex than contemporary prejudices suggest. Christian beliefs interacted with medieval medical theories to help shape some surprising and sophisticated ideas about sex, and a wide variety of different sexual practices, long before the sexual revolution.

The case of the French cleric Arnaud de Verniolle illustrates the sophistication of medieval sexuality. One day in the early 14th century, when Arnaud was a student, he had sex with a prostitute. Several years later, he confessed this lapse to the Inquisition, explaining that:

At the time they were burning the lepers, I was living in Toulouse; one day I did it with a prostitute. And after I had perpetrated this sin my face began to swell. I was terrified and thought I had caught leprosy; I thereupon swore that in future I would never sleep with a woman again.

Arnaud’s tale is not unusual. Many medieval men found themselves with undesirable symptoms after a brothel visit, and attributed their plight to their sexual behaviour. Among the various medical miracles attributed to St Thomas Becket, for example, was the cure of Odo de Beaumont, who became leprous immediately after a late-12th-century visit to a prostitute. Much has been made of the medieval tendency to interpret disease as a product of sexual sin. Too much. In fact, the medieval tendency to see disease as sexual sin was not solely based on moral judgments – there were also strong medical elements.



The Banshee Lives in the Handball Alley is a short compilation derived
from a larger collection of folklore recorded in three primary schools in Limerick City as part of the Cuisle Poetry Festival and Young EV+A in 2004 and 2005.

This work was recorded and produced by artists Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert, and this particular edit was compiled for the show Every Version Belongs to the Myth which was shown at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin in late 2009.

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The complete ninety-minute collection was launched at a screening event in the handball alley which features prominently in the childrens stories, located at Kings Island, Limerick on March 12th 2005.







So, what can I tell you ?

I’m sitting here on this Welsh mountainside in the small hours, pondering my existence. I’m certainly closer to the end of my life than to the beginning, that’s for sure.

My bare feet are on this gadget that I was given, called a Revitive.

It’s quite pleasant to use. I have it on a low setting, where it sends quite gentle electrical impulses up my legs from the soles of my feet. The tingles increase in strength as the time period progresses. It’s a sort of mechanical version of a massage, that I hope might help my right leg to recover from it’s semi useless condition.

Although my mental abilities have recovered a lot since the stroke, my right leg has not, in fact it is worse. So I’m hoping this treatment might do it some good.

Any of you dear readers who have been following me for a long time will have noticed that I have moved my political stance towards the Right. I wish I could explain this in an eloquent and well-argued fashion. I sort of know the reasons and the thinking that’s caused it, but I am not yet able to articulate my arguments in a lucid fashion, mostly because I’m preoccupied with basic survival through this winter and trying to heal myself and struggling to stay alive.

A year or two back, I was quite sympathetic toward Left Wing voices (Yves Smith, Ian Welsh, Vinay Gupta, et al) but I’ve now lost all patience with that side of the spectrum. It’s quite strange, and I am often having internal discussions to clarify my ideas and beliefs.

I still maintain that human industrial civilisation is destroying the Biosphere, and that will lead to the collapse of the Biosphere. So, we are in an Extinction Event, and that most probably includes our own species. That’s on the authority of zoologists, ecologists, wildlife folks, etc, whom I trust and have confidence in.

The logic that leads to this kind of conclusion, is that the Biosphere which we inhabit and which sustains us, has evolved over many millennia, and we cannot exist without it. It cannot withstand the impact of our activities and our increased numbers. We can measure our impact and the trajectory towards our demise by the extinction of other species that we are causing.

A lot COULD be done to change or avoid that fate, but the teeming millions, in their artificial urban environments, and the uneducated masses in rural areas, are not even capable of grasping the problem, let alone agreeing to any effective solutions.

We are human animals, and primarily obsessed with very crude basic human concerns, reproducing, rivalry, control of territory, accumulation of wealth and power, shiny objects, things that go ‘bang’, etc.

En masse, we are condemned, just like ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, to expand and exploit and build power, and then to decline and collapse into obscurity and oblivion, as is easy to see if you inspect the remains of the many empires and civilisations which have preceded what we have today.

My first, most heartfelt, priority is to preserve as much of the natural world as possible for as long as possible, so I’m quite close to E.O. Wilson, David Attenborough, and those kind of guys, in that regard. That’s primarily an ethical matter, for me, because I believe we have no right to destroy and annihilate other species, but it’s also a practical issue, because it’s the other species, in the sense of the Ecosphere, that maintain this planet as a habitable entity for us.

My second priority, given that we are doing such a bad job with the first, is to minimise the human suffering that is happening now, and which will inevitably increase. I envisage the future, or one version of the future, as being rather like Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, which is a dystopian nightmare, really.

So, my line of thinking rejects the arguments of the anarchists, (which I used to support), because I want orderly and responsible human conduct, not chaos and mayhem. This is in line with the Anacyclosis notion, dating back to the ancient Greeks. If you desire an absence of order, there’s plenty of hellish places already on this planet where you can go and see how that works out. I’ve paid close attention to anarchist thought, e.g. David Graeber, Kevin Carson, et al. and conclude it’s a disaster zone.

Some degree of human suffering is inevitable and unavoidable, it appears to be built in to the nature of material existence, and I agree with the Buddhist analysis (and Jordan Peterson’s analysis) on that, and believe that we should do whatever we can to minimise the inevitable tragedy and horror, rather than making it worse. I’d include the suffering of other species in that formulation.

I think that the ancestors, your and mine, in…. well, let me speak of what I know, the British Isles, Wales, Western Europe – did a pretty good job, as a ‘trial and error’ project, of slowly coming up with the better solutions rather than the worse. History is instructive. So much bloody war and almost unimaginable ghastliness preceded the rather special and tranquil prosperous period where I’ve been fortunate enough to exist. So far…


To these young revolutionaries, every frustration in their lives was someone else’s fault. If they weren’t getting the grades they felt they deserved, some bourgeois professor was to blame. If they didn’t have job prospects that matched their high regard for their own intellects, it must be the capitalist system holding them back. Their tendency was to scapegoat “class enemies,” not only for societal ills but for their own personal problems as well.

By shifting the blame to others, they relieved themselves of responsibility over their own problems. They wasted their time and energy complaining, wallowing in self-pity, and seeking redress, instead of taking ownership of their lives and fixing up their affairs. As a result, their frustrations only compounded.

This attitude also robbed them of one of the great pleasures in life: experiencing empathetic joy in the happiness of others. According to their zero-sum Marxist mindset, the prosperity of others came at the expense of their own prospects. So they resented anyone more successful than themselves. And they became so preoccupied with dragging other people down that they had little energy left over for lifting themselves up.

If my student comrades ever did manage to impose socialism on the country, it would cause deep and widespread misery. And yet plenty of misery in their own lives was already being generated by the mere idea of socialism residing only in their minds.

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  1. ulvfugl says:

    How a radical Leftist activist, once in power, might set about transforming America into a socialist country was blueprinted by Saul Alinsky – initiator of “community organizing” – in his Rules for Radicals. And Saul Alinsky had a blueprint in the works of Antonio Gramsci.

    There’s an excellent survey of the life and works of Antonio Gramsci at Discover the Networks. Here’s an extract:

    Antonio Gramsci was born in Sardinia on January 22, 1891. After graduating from the Dettori Lyceum in Cagliari, he won a scholarship to the University of Turin in 1911; by this point in his life, he was ideologically a socialist.

    Four years later he became an active member of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI) and began a journalistic career that saw him develop into one of Italy’s most influential writers. In the Turin edition of Avanti! (PSI’s official organ), Gramsci wrote a regular column on various aspects of the city’s social and political life.

    Also active in educating and organizing Turin’s workers, Gramsci in 1916 began speaking periodically at workers’ study-circles on such topics as the French and Italian revolutions and the writings of Karl Marx.

    When Russia’s Bolshevik revolution broke out in 1917, Gramsci embraced the goal of spreading socialist transformation throughout the capitalist world.

    In the spring of 1919, Gramsci co-founded L’Ordine Nuovo: Rassegna Settimanale di Cultura Socialista (The New Order: A Weekly Review of Socialist Culture), which became an influential periodical among Italy’s radical and revolutionary Left. Meanwhile he continued to devote much of his time and energy to the development of the factory council movement, which sought to advance the cause of a proletarian revolution in Italy.

    In January 1921 Gramsci aligned himself with the Communist minority within PSI at the Party’s Livorno Congress, and soon thereafter he became a central committee member of the Italian Communist Party (PCI).

    From May 1922 to November 1923, Gramsci lived in Moscow as an Italian delegate to the Communist International. In 1924 he relocated to Rome and was named general secretary of PCI. He also began organizing the launch of PCI’s official newspaper, L’Unità (Unity).

    In 1926, Italy’s Fascist government enacted a host of “Exceptional Laws for State Security,” designed to suppress political opposition. On November 8th of that year, Gramsci was arrested in Rome and was sentenced to 5 years in confinement on the island of Ustica. In June 1928, his prison sentence was increased to more than 20 years, including a stint in solitary confinement. …

    He died, still under guard, in a Rome hospital in 1937.

    During his years as a prisoner, Gramsci filled 32 notebooks (containing almost 3,000 pages) with his political and philosophical meditations on how Marxist theory could be applied practically to the conditions of advanced capitalism. …

    Gramsci accepted Marx’s assertion that perpetual struggle between the ruling class and the subordinate working class was the driving mechanism that ultimately made social progress possible. But he rejected the notion that direct physical coercion by police and armies was the method of choice for achieving and maintaining victory in that struggle. Rather, Gramsci held that if a population at large could, for a period of time, be properly indoctrinated with a new “ideology”—specifically, a set of values, beliefs, and worldviews consistent with Marxist principles — a Marxist system could be sustained indefinitely and without coercion or force. In short, Gramsci held that Marxists needed to focus their efforts on gaining “hegemony” (i.e., control or dominion) over the core beliefs of non-Marxist societies; to change the population’s understanding of what constitutes basic “common sense.”

    Such a development, said Gramsci, would never occur naturally as a result of some inexorable, unseen, “historical laws” that Marx had accepted as axiomatic. Rather, Gramsci asserted that Marxism’s potential for transforming society was wholly dependent upon the willful initiative of activists committed to using a “reversal strategy” designed to establish a “counter hegemony”—i.e., an alternative dominant worldview—in opposition to the existing capitalist framework.

    Specifically, Gramsci called for Marxists to spread their ideology in a gradual, incremental, stealth manner, by infiltrating all existing societal institutions and embedding it, largely without being noticed, in the popular mind. This, he emphasized, was to be an evolutionary, rather than a revolutionary, process that, over a period of decades, would cause an ever-increasing number of people to embrace Marxist thought, until at last it achieved hegemony. Gramsci described this approach as a “long march through the institutions”.

    Among the key institutions that would need to be infiltrated were the cinema and theater, the schools and universities, the seminaries and churches, the media, the courts, the labor unions, and at least one major political party. According to Gramsci, these institutions constituted society’s “superstructure,” which, if captured and reshaped by Marxists, could lead the masses to abandon capitalism of their own volition, entirely without resistance or objection.

    Gramsci’s formula was followed by Marxists throughout the Western world. “The long march through the institutions” was doggedly pursued. From the 1960s on, they began to achieve success, perhaps beyond their own optimistic expectations. And in 2008 their efforts were crowned by the election of Barack Obama to the most politically powerful position in the world.

    Socialism (or “Communism” – even in the USSR the two words were used interchangeably) is an economic dream-system that cannot succeed. So it will not succeed. But it takes time for a socialist state to fail completely, and in the meantime it does ruinous and painful harm.

    In Europe the failure of socialism is gathering pace as calamities crowd to a fall.

    In America the harm is only just beginning.

  2. ulvfugl says:

    The main influence on Dutschke’s thinking is commonly thought to be the work of Italian communist Antonio Gramsci who, while imprisoned by Mussolini, wrote about cultural hegemony and the need for a “war of position” to establish the conditions for a revolutionary “war of manoeuvre”.[2] Degroot also identifies Ernst Bloch as a major influence.[3] Bloch met Dutschke at Bad Boll in 1968 and admired his integrity and determination – qualities which he had written about in Das Prinzip Hoffnung (The Principle of Hope) as being essential for the achievement of utopia.[3]

  3. ulvfugl says:

    In a situation where national infrastructure and life sustaining resources are suddenly cut off , population density will have a lot to do with how well you get by in the days following the crisis. When it happens, what you have on hand will likely be all you have to work with for an extended time. Those that lack supplies will seek out and take what they need in an increasingly hostile manner as time goes on. This is why being in a large city will likely be hazardous to your well being.

  4. ulvfugl says:

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is in the process of recovering five months worth of missing text messages between two FBI employees accused of bias in their investigations of both Hillary Clinton and President Trump, according to Fox News.

    On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted “Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!” in reference to the fact that the DOJ blamed the five-month missing text gap on technical difficulties.

    The missing texts – which span the period of December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017, were reported to Congressional investigators last Friday in a cover letter accompanying a 384-page document delivery, igniting a firestorm of speculation that the contents of the communications between the two Trump-hating FBI investigators was particularly damning. The two agents had previously discussed an “insurance policy” before the election in the event of a Trump win.

  5. ulvfugl says:

    While the mainstream media and general public tend to assume that every new day is bringing us closer to a better future, many alternative analysts focus on the underlying weirdness of our world and all of the crisis factors that average people don’t want to think about. I have to say, in my view the “weirdness” has been escalating rather swiftly lately, and I don’t think that very many analysts, alternative or mainstream, appreciate the potential consequences.

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    Genby Jan 25, 2018 12:19 AM Permalink
    Turkey just bombed Manbij, Syrian city where US troops are based.

    Erdogan literally said: “Trump, GFY!”

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    BobEore Genby Jan 25, 2018 1:12 AM Permalink
    No, not really.

    In this highly scripted & choreographed “Syrian Endgame,” there are few loose ends, and even fewer real ‘events’ amongst the sea of staged productions and phony media narratives.

    The affair in Manjib can be summarized by the bizarre events of yesterday… which saw SAA observers “withdraw” from lines, followed by Russians doing the same, then coming back to those same positions hours later. For the seasoned veteran of muddled eastern psyop… all signs of confusion in the reading of scripts… and learning of roles. Likewise, the drawing up of a scenario of confrontation between forces of the pretend caliph and the pretend POTUS will be going exactly to plan – only question being, which plan. The who part of it is not in doubt. As always the strings are being pulled behind scenes by tel aviv…

    the rough outlines of which I’ve already delivered notice of

    of the theater of the moment in Syria is a kind of
    ‘afterparty/smokescreen’ for the recent completion of a long arduous
    ‘shakedown’ of the neighborhood in the classic cabbalist style – whereby
    the oil/gas rich states of arab street have one by one been folded into
    the sionist basket… and made amenable to taking their place in the
    coming EURASIAN ENERGY CARTEL which will be overtly lead by Russia –
    covertly of course by you know who – and includes Iran as a junior
    partner… as well as energy deficient Turkey as transit point. All of
    Europe will be sealed off from any alternative to this leviathan of
    international criminal enterprise.”…

    the ONLY wild card is in the hands of the Kurds – who were not part of the previous pie apportioning, and are now being deliberately squeezed. The Turks and their Daesh/ISIS proxies launched their respective assaults – in Afrin and Deir Ezzor – respectively, on the same day.

    No coincidences… no loose ends.

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    turkey george palmer Jan 25, 2018 12:19 AM Permalink
    The general idea that what we have now will kinda sorta muddle through is falling apart. Ever go off trail in the woods where there is a nice sized log laying in the dunder and you step on it and your foot goes through the it like it was pudding. That is the kind of experience we are having. We are as a group citizens of a rotten log of a country. Soon other nations will be taking whatever they wish of our nation. Farms factories mills human resources all for cheap. This will occur because we have no wealth but debt. Even the global corporations are being bribed to return funds to the greenback. Did you think those tax cuts were for them to increase profits? Lol. They are going to be transferring funds held outside the USA TO the USA, so the dollar should be doing well,right. The money will be in funds somewhere right so short term bonds should be up not down. Wierdness.

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  6. ulvfugl says:

    A bombshell four-page “FISA memo” alleging egregious surveillance abuse by the FBI, DOJ and Obama administration, specifically names FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the Daily Beast.

    The GOP-authored memo made waves last week after it was made available to the full House of Representatives for viewing. With over 60 GOP lawmakers calling for its release, Capitol Hill sources on both sides of the aisle tell The Daily Beast that it’s only a matter of time before the general public is allowed to view the document – which is likely to stoke already-inflamed tensions between GOP lawmakers and the individuals named in the leak.

    While the “secret society” reference may have been in jest (“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society,” Page wrote to Strzok), a whistleblower has allegedly confirmed the existence of clandestine, of high ranking U.S. intelligence officials which met “offsite” to conspire against a sitting President, according to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).

    “we have an informant talking about a group holding secret meetings off-site,” Johnson said.

    “We have to continue to dig into it,” he added. “This is not a distraction. This is biased, potentially corruption at the highest levels of the FBI.” -The Hill

    On Monday night, Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox News what they had learned from the new batch of communications between FBI investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – contained within a 384-page batch of text messages delivered to Congress from the DOJ last Friday. Of note Ratcliffe says that Strzok and Page were included in the clandestine anti-Trump cabal at the highest levels of the American intelligence community.

    HenryKissinger… CuttingEdge Jan 25, 2018 3:36 AM Permalink
    (((cabal))) nice using of the word
    In A Child’s History of England, Charles Dickens associates the word cabal with a group of five ministers in the government of England’s King Charles II. These five men were widely regarded as invidious, secretive plotters and their activities may have encouraged English speakers to associate cabal with high-level government intrigue. But their names are not the source of the word cabal, which was in use decades before Charles II ascended the throne. The term can be traced back through French to cabbala, the Medieval Latin name for the Kabbalah, a traditional system of esoteric Jewish mysticism.

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    MarsInScorpio DC Beastie Boy Jan 25, 2018 1:02 AM Permalink
    This is called a “coup d’etat.”

    There is now more than enough evidence establishing probable cause to issue warrants for: Comey, McCabe, both Orhs, Lynch, Rosenstein, Simpson, the so-far hidden lawyers who laundered the DNC and Clinton campaign funds to pay GPS Fusion, the treasurers of the aforementioned who filed false campaign expense reports with the FEC, Podesta, Wasserman-Schultz (who is also indictable for 13-years of espionage for the Pakistani security services, the Awans, Mueller (both for his membership in the “secret society” dedicated to overthrowing the legitimately elected president of the United States, and for his role as the courier transporting the paperwork to the Moscow airport in a diplomatic pouch while Director of the FBI), all three Clintons, the computer tech who wiped the emails from Clinton’s server (his, and the other immunity writs are voided because they were issued in order to obstruct justice concerning indicting Clinton – all the other writs are equally void since all of them were issued to obstruct justice as well) . . . the list grows longer every day.

    It’s only a matter of time before Obama is on the list. Somebody – or several somebodies – will roll to stay out of Leavenworth . . . that is, if the World Court doesn’t get him first for War Crimes committed through the wholesale, indiscriminate, and illegal droning of babies, children, women, and men, who are arrogantly dehumanized as “collateral damage.”

    And now that I think about it, add Wasserman-Schultz to the list of internationally wanted.

    Note to Debbie: Mossad is coming for you. Your treason to the world’s Jews who lost their lives because of your espionage for the Muslim Brotherhood will put you in the same dock as Adolf Eichmann. You’re going to be the target of an “extraordinary rendition,” tried in Jerusalem, and “Hung by the neck until you are, Dead. Dead. Dead.”

    So we are at a point to call this what it is: a coup d’etat.

    I was going to write more, then it struck me: If you don’t get it by now, you never will.

    So the only thing to do is just cruise right on past the clueless and do everything I can to jail the secret society coup d’etat members . . .

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    guru69 MarsInScorpio Jan 25, 2018 1:07 AM Permalink
    I’d be happy with Debbie floating face down in her hot tub.

    Obama’s another case. They’ll find him with two to the back of the head. Classified as “suicide”.

    Mossad don’t play.

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  9. wren-- says:

    Checking in just to say thanks yet again, and to wish you well.
    Sending healing vibes your way.
    The electronic wave device sounds promising. Any physical stimulation, like massage, helps in so many ways. One of those ways is to remove lactic acid from the muscles and joints.

    I too have drifted from left to right. I think many in our generation have also.

    In this great battle for the web of life, those of us who were able, willing and aware enough of all that was at stake have lost the battle.
    Years ago, back when there was still hope, Terrence McKenna said “They have all the power, and all the ammunition. What we have on our side is this ….. that if We lose, Everyone dies.”
    We lost. McPherson debates time lines.

    Those few years of posting on McPherson’s site were mostly a process of grieving amongst like-minded wounded warriors. At least for me.

    Guy liked being surrounded by students …. young minds at his knees to learn, but not to question him in any meaninful way.
    Then his NBL blog brought adults into the dialogue. Both Daniel and you dealt a blow to Guy’s ego by being his intellectual superior, without even trying. His diploma proclaiming ‘doctor of philosophy’ was blown away like dust in the wind – by a couple of brilliant feral blue collar prodigy philosophers. Daniel and you. And then you left. The life blood was gone from NBL, never to return.

    Now another story … to distract you from your discomfort and pain :

    I am not allowed to tell my 2 young neices any stories of my past. But somehow, with age, the urge to pass on these stories grows stronger.
    So I’ve been journaling a bit, just as an exercise of turning memory into words on a page.

    Here’s a snippet:

    “After my first year of college as an art major, I went to New Orleans to work for the summer as a portrait artist on Jackson Square.
    It wasn’t long before I ‘fell in with pirates’ …… Cannibis importers funded by a San Francisco connection. It was like falling into an adventure novel for me – a sheltered kid who graduated high school top 1%. (All I knew about sex was what I read in D.H. Lawrence.) So I abandoned my portrait artist gig and became cook on a boat in the gulf of mexico for this fascinating crew. The menu I provided was limited due to lack of refrigeration. Tea, cornmeal, and cabbage…. combined with whatever fish I could catch. Cabbage is one of the few veggies that can survive without refrigeration. The skillet was powered off the boat battery.”

    All for now!

    Best wishes 🙂

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    Thanks for stimulating comment and kind words, wren.

    Re moving from Left to Right, see the thread for that last Watson comment, by the Socialist Party.

    You know, maybe in my teens, that sort of fanciful thinking seemed very appealing.
    I think that one major obstacle is the problem of scale. Even in a family, or any small group, it’s difficult to get people organised and all pulling their weight cooperatively for the general common good.

    When there’s millions and millions, whom you’ll never actually meet and know, what’s the motivation to get up on cold mornings and work very hard and only receive the same standard wage as everyone else ?

    I’ve been involved in a few attempts to form utopian communes, and had lots of experience working for small building firms and that sort of thing. It’s hard to get people motivated and for them to contribute their best, even with graded financial rewards and incentives and the threat of being fired. Without leadership, nothing much happens except chaos and confusion. And why be a leader and work harder than anyone else, carrying that burden of responsibility, if you only receive the same rewards as those who just sit about and make a nuisance of themselves, or even conspire and act against the common good ?

    There’s a part of human nature that’s not much different to monkey nature, so there has to be some oversight and policing, or else we are all into William Golding’s Lord of the Flies scenario. The video I self-censored and did not post here, a few days ago, was exactly that scenario. Some black youths, on some kind of garbage dump, who hacked one of their group to death with axes and machetes.

    As Jordan Peterson points out, it’s taken us (Western civilisation) many centuries of bloody violence and horror to arrive at systems and ideas which actually function and which minimise brutality, suffering and chaos. That doesn’t mean we’ve achieved perfection or that nothing can be improved, but it’s always easy to descend back into something very much worse.

    That’s the problem I now have with the anarchists and the antifas and that way of thinking, which wants to destroy the standards, values, structures, which we have existing, so that they can build an imagined ‘utopia’. History teaches that such idealistic ventures DO NOT WORK. You have to kill or imprison everyone who does not cooperate with the plan, and we’ve been through that experiment, over and over.

    You know, in Britain, the English Civil War with Oliver Cromwell beheading the King, all that bloody chaos, and the French Revolution and the Guillotine, and the Russian and Chinese Revolutions…

    My ancestors were here, in Wales, a thousand years ago. I did not know that until some time in my forties. A couple of months back, some social service guy took me to have a passport photo taken and to fill in various forms at a council office, etc, and as I hopped along with my stick, trying to keep up with the man, there I was, beside the river that runs beside the rocky hill with Haverfordwest castle on top, which my distant Norman ancestors were involved with….


    A story relates how in 1644 the nervous Royalists abandoned the castle, mistaking a herd of cows on a nearby hill for a Parliamentary army, thus allowing it to fall to Parliament without any resistance!


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  13. wren-- says:

    Your history …. Knowing that is very profound somehow. That we are not just units of being, separate from all else, but logical extensions of our ancestors and our genetic heritage.
    Part of what is now broken is the lineage of our micro-biome, which can and does carry genetic memory. A big part of that is handed down through the female side. With the advent of cesarian section births, the micro-biome present in the birth canal is denied. Then again, when the infant is not breast fed, another world of micro-biome is also denied. In a world where this has happened for several generations in a row, we are now in uncharted territory, without a map. And no breadcrumbs to follow home.

  14. ulvfugl says:

    Thanks wren,

    Your history …. Knowing that is very profound somehow. That we are not just units of being, separate from all else, but logical extensions of our ancestors and our genetic heritage.

    I think this is part of psychological warfare. To demoralise the enemy, or for us to demoralise our enemies. To gain an advantage, you can make your opponents feel miserable and depressed. It’s like something out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

    I think McPherson and others use that tactic. Civilisation is going to collapse and we are all going to come to a horrible end. He gives it a tweak, by saying to those who despair that they can compensate by enjoying the moment. Which is true, but doesn’t help those who have children for whom they wish a positive future.

    That kind of emotional blackmail only works on the sensitive and educated white population (his target) because the low IQ black and brown people don’t understand any of it and happily breed like rabbits.

    And they move northward to invade the white people’s lands and weaken those countries. Which was the plan all along. See Coudenhove-Kalergi and various (mostly jewish) conspirators of last century. It’s a part of the general Marxist, Communist, Trotskyite, Rothschild conspiracy.

    Remember Jordan Peterson’s story, about the lobsters. We share with them a similar serotonin biochemistry. The chemical that is in magic mushrooms and Prozac. If there’s ten lobsters, they fight to test their strength and rank in the hierarchy. When a lobster loses, it’s serotonin levels drop. In other words, it becomes depressed. For the winning lobster, serotonin remains the same, or rises, giving it a triumphant feeling and more confidence.

    This can be demonstrated by giving a defeated lobster some anti-depressant pill to boost its serotonin level, and it’ll regain confidence and return to fight again for a higher position in the pecking order…

    And according to Peterson, these neuro chemical systems we share with the lobsters are of course HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of years old. So, it’s not a new thing, and we are very much at the mercy of these ancient and pre-human influences. You can see it in our behaviour, as in something like a rugby or football match between tribes. If your side is winning exuberance and ecstatic feelings rise, because your brain and emotional chemistry changes with rising up the hierarchy. If your side loses, the supporters become depressed and despondent, because they have lost the battle for position in the hierarchy.

    Of course, maybe it’s not such a bad thing, looked at objectively, if Americans feel somewhat disheartened and depressed, because, as the most powerful nation, there is always the tendency to use that strength irresponsibly, to crush and dominate other nations. Might say the same about the other well-organised and exuberant countries, Britain, Germany, Russia, China, Japan, etc., because if a power struggle gets out of control and escalates, we now have the weaponry to kill off most life on Earth.

    The tendency to war is being played out through proxies, as in Syria and Ukraine, and in competitive trade and so on, and in subversive strategies, like flooding Europe with Third World rabble.

    Of course, there are people like Jay Dyer (whom I rather like) who do not accept the evolutionary biology ideas, but imo, the evidence is there, has been found, and there is no better explanation for the fossils and so forth, and even better, Jordan Peterson found a way to reconcile the Bible (and other ancient inherited stories) with the scientific evidence (via Jung, mythology, etc). So that links together some missing pieces of the puzzle that makes sense (to me, anyway).

    I suppose, when you are a kid, life seems very large and long, but for me, now, as I move towards the end of mine, it seems terrifically short and brief. You know, like a few seconds worth of frames on a movie reel for a film that goes on for hours…. just a little glimpse of the story.

    I want to see and understand as much of that movie as possible, because it helps to get some insight into my own tiny life, if I can see some meaning and context.

    One of the stratagems of communist subversives is to take away people’s sense of continuity with ancestry and traditions, so then they feel lost and insecure and lacking identity.

    I forget the details, but some of my ancestors were involved with caring for the Chillingham Wild Cattle. If I recall correctly, those cattle were once migratory, like elk and buffalo, they used to move north to Scotland and then back south. Of course, that’s impossible now, so they are cooped up, like Indians on a reservation…

  15. ulvfugl says:

    @ wren

    I forgot to comment on the picture you posted.

    Long ago, I went for a walk, and came upon a castle. There was a man there, a stonemason, working all on his own, repairing the structure. I got into a mind-blowing conversation with that guy. He worked for the antiquities agency (I forget what they were called back then, now they are CADW).

    So, I’m deep in the countryside, in the middle of nowhere, and this guy tells me incredible stories, from his work and from history, and about that castle.

    Its initial construction led Edward I to write to Prince Llywelyn in 1273, forbidding him to build the castle. The prince replied, with a masterpiece of ironic politeness, that he did not require the king’s permission to raise a stronghold in his own principality. Dolforwyn was, however, taken by Roger Mortimer after a fortnight’s siege in 1277, and given to the Mortimers, a powerful marcher family. The castle was kept in repair for some years, but was ruinous by 1398. Llywelyn’s fledgling town on the ridge to the west of the castle was suppressed under the English, who did not welcome competition with Montgomery. Instead, Roger Mortimer founded Newtown in 1279 on a more suitable site nearby.

    I’m descended from some of those Mortimers, so there is a personal connection

    Then, even trippier, he told me that the Welsh name, Dolforwyn, translates as The Meadows of the Maiden’.

    The castle is up on high ground, overlooking the River Severn, and this man explained to me that the meadows were down below, beside the river, and that the maiden was the goddess who inhabited the river, whose name was Sabren, a kind of mermaid type figure, like the Lorelei of the River Rhine in Germany. It seems that way back many rivers, if not all, had their own special deity or spirit, because the river, like everything else, was considered to be alive, not merely a chemical called water, H2O, flowing in a geological channel, as conceived of today by modern materialist culture.

    There’s a sequel to that story, because, Huckleberry Finn style, I once floated down that river for a few days, in a tiny rubber dinghy, just large enough to hold me and some food.
    I was all alone, and it was one of most fantastic adventures of my entire life, featuring alternating ecstasy and terror, because I met all kinds of unexpected hazards that scared me stiff, whilst being enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of it all…. 🙂

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    Hafren was a legendary British princess who was drowned in the River Severn (Welsh: Hafren; Old Welsh: Habren) by her repudiated stepmother Gwendolen. The legend appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s pseudohistorical chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae. According to Geoffrey, Hafren is the eponym of the Severn, which bears one of Britain’s most ancient river names (recorded as early as the 2nd century in the Latinized form Sabrina).

    Rivers are some of the oldest geographic names, simply because they predate any human settlement, and were more important to our prehistoric ancestors (for drinking water, transport, washing…) than mountains. The origin of many rivers’ name is lost in the depth of time. We nevertheless know the name (or one of the names) most of them had during the Iron Age, Bronze Age and sometimes even before.

    There is currently much debate about the identity of the earliest dwellers in the British Isles, during the Stone and Bronze Ages. Patterns of land use in Britain suggest a continuity of population throughout these periods and into the Iron Age.[2] However, it has been suggested that the original population of Europe (‘Old Europeans’ or proto-Europeans) were ‘replaced’ by Indo-European speaking peoples from the neolithic onwards (the Kurgan hypothesis), eventually reaching the British Isles. Recently this hypothesis has fallen out of favour, and cultural and linguistic diffusion is now favoured.[2] It is therefore possible that the population of the British Isles spoke a now unknown language, before adopting Celtic languages during the Bronze/Iron Ages. It has been suggested that some unexplained place names in the British Isles (particularly of rivers, which tend to be the oldest names) may be derived from this hypothesised proto-European language.
    Further information: Celtic toponymy
    Celtic languages appear to have been spoken in the British Isles at the time of the Roman conquest (see above). It is therefore a general assumption that many place names in the British Isles have a substrate of Celtic origin, if they are not indeed self-evidently Celtic. The Celtic languages of Britain are divided into two families; Brythonic (i.e. ‘Briton-ish’), including Welsh, Cumbric, Cornish and the hypothesised Pictish language; and Goidelic, including Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic
    In Wales and Cornwall most place names are, respectively, Welsh or Cornish. In Cumbria, there are Celtic place names, mostly associated with natural features, rather than settlements. These include the mountains Blencathra and Helvellyn,[9] and the rivers Ehen and Cocker.
    In Scotland there is a substrate of apparently Brythonic names in the east and south (e.g. Kincardine, Dunragit). However, most Celtic place names in Scotland are Gaelic, stemming from the settlement of Scotland by the Irish ‘Scotti’, and the subsequent expansion of the Gaelic language.

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    That night the three heroes [Laegaire, Conall and Cuchulain] were given as good a feast as before, but they were put to eat it in a room by themselves. When night came on, three enchanted monsters, with the shape of cats, were let out from the cave that was in the hill of the Sidhe at Cruachan, to attack them.

    When Conall and Laegaire saw them, they got up into the rafters, leaving their food after them, and there they stayed till morning. Cuchulain did not leave his place, but when one of the monsters came to attack him, he gave a blow of his sword at its head; but the sword slipped off as if from a stone.

    Then the monster stayed quiet, and Cuchulain sat there through the night watching it. With the break of day the cats were gone, and Ailell came in and saw what way the heroes were. “Are you not satisfied to give the Championship to Cuchulain, after this?” he said. “We are not,” said Conall and Laegaire; “it is not against beasts we are used to fight, but against men.”

    There was at Cruachan the Hill of the Sidhe, or, as some called it, the Cave of Cruachan. It was there Midhir brought Etain one time, and it is there the people of the Sidhe lived; but it is seldom any living person had the power to see them.

    It is out of that hill a flock of white birds came one time, and everything they touched in all Ireland withered up, until at last the men of Ulster killed them with their slings. And another time enchanted pigs came out of the hill, and in every place they trod, neither corn nor grass nor leaf would sprout before the end of seven years, and no sort of weapon would wound them. But if they were counted in any place, or if the people so much as tried to count them, they would not stop in that place, but they would go on to another. But however often the people of the country tried to count them, no two people could ever make out the one number.

    From Lady Gregory’s ‘Cuchulain of Muirthemne’ (1902), page 68 and page 148.

  19. ulvfugl says:

    Pretty soon, the technology used to create “deepfakes” will be widely available enough to be used by extortionists and criminals with only a cursory understanding of how the software works. Another redditor discovered by Motherboard even created an app specifically designed to allow users without a computer science background to create AI-assisted fake porn. All the tools one needs to make these videos are free, readily available, and accompanied with instructions that walk novices through the process.

    Two months ago, the first redditor mentioned above created a subreddit dedicated to the practice.

    In that short time, the subreddit has already amassed more than 15,000 subscribers. Within the community, the word “deepfake” itself is now a noun for the kinds of neural-network generated fake videos their namesake pioneered, according to Motherboard.

    ‘There’s an app for that..’

  20. ulvfugl says:

    For the past 100 years, the United States has pursued a laissez-faire policy toward illegal aliens. Much of this was because American businesses and industries such as farming and mining, for example, wanted illegal aliens to come here. They wanted to pay them under the table, avoiding the taxes and withholding, and circumventing the minimum wage. The public was also complicit: turning a blind eye, provided that it didn’t directly affect them.

    But it did…and year after year, tens of thousands of illegal aliens crossed our borders and started their new lives in America…at the expense of American citizens.

    Now it has changed into something completely different:

    Now it is a part of the socialist playbook based on Cloward and Piven, and Alinsky’s actions and doctrines to destroy the United States from within; it has become a global movement toward the goal of global governance.

    This is not immigration, either in the U.S. or worldwide. It is the planned, systematic destruction of national identities and sovereignties. This is being accomplished in several manners:

    ACP stizazz Jan 26, 2018 12:01 AM Permalink
    Surprised that ZH hasn’t again printed this world muthafuckin’ famous Cicero quote:

    A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

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    shitshitshit ACP Jan 26, 2018 2:01 AM Permalink
    Do you or does the author of this article sincerely believe that the white race is going to blindly accept being wiped out clean like with a cloth without even starting to resist at some point?


    Then die.

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    ACP shitshitshit Jan 26, 2018 2:43 AM Permalink
    Uh, yeah.

    Based on voting patterns, at least 45% of the white race have already accepted being wiped out.

    Any other questions?

  21. ulvfugl says:

    Many Americans do not seem to understand what is at stake. What America is confronted with is a coup conspiracy organized by top officials of the Obama Justice Department, FBI, CIA, the Hillary DNC, and the presstitute media to overturn the result of a democratic election and remove the president from office. The basis of the coup is a fake dossier purchased for money that consists of unsupported allegations against Trump and that was used to obtain warrants from the FISA count to spy on Trump and various associates hoping to find something that can be used against Trump. Regardless, the false allegations could be fed to the CIA’s media assets and used to create a scandal requiring a special prosecutor to investigate Russiagate.

    Once the investigation was under way, the presstitutes kept the scandal alive hoping to convince enough Americans that Trump must have done something—“where there is smoke, there is fire”—that justifies his removal. It worked against Richard Nixon, but not against Ronald Reagan, and Trump is no Reagan.

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    The Turkish people support the fight against U.S. supported Kurds and are willing to pay the price for it. The Kurdish YPK leaders are delusional in their demands and overestimate their own political position. The U.S. can not have both, Turkey as an ally and a Kurdish proxy state-let. It has to decide.

    Yesterday President Trump and Erdogan had a phonecall to discuss the situation. It did not help. The White House readout for the call includes some noticeably harsh language:

    President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. President Trump relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting our shared goals in Syria. He urged Turkey to deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced persons and refugees.

    President Trump also expressed concern about destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey, and about United States citizens and local employees detained under the prolonged State of Emergency in Turkey.
    The Turkish side denied that such language and these issues were part of the talk:

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    “There were no Kurds in Anatolia or Syria 5-600 years ago. So naturally the first comers are in defensive mood just as they did it in Spain against Arabs and the EU-Greek-Slav people did it in the Balkans, Turkey etc. against the Turks.”

    There were not that many Turkish people either if you want to talk ethnic.

    This here is a Turkish government whitewash

    Anatolia bridging the East and West has been a cradle to a wide variety of religions and cultures throughout the history. Anatolia and ıts hospitable people has always welcomed to oppressed, weak and stateless people because of concerning it as human duty and religious obligation. They shared their land, food, and home in a generous and ungrudging manner. Immigration movements which happened as of second half of 19th century and caused major changes in the ethnic features of Anatolia, have very important role on today’s Turkey.
    This here is the version of the New York Times on what happened.

    At the turn of the 20th Century, the once far-flung Ottoman empire was crumbling at the edges, beset by revolts among Christian subjects to the north — vast swaths of territory were lost in the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 — and the subject of coffee house grumbling among Arab nationalist intellectuals in Damascus and elsewhere.
    The Young Turk movement of ambitious, discontented junior army officers seized power in 1908, determined to modernize, strengthen and “Turkify” the empire. They were led by what became an all-powerful triumvirate sometimes referred to as the Three Pashas.

    In March of 1914, the Young Turks entered World War I on the side of Germany. They attacked to the east, hoping to capture the city of Baku in what would be a disastrous campaign against Russian forces in the Caucuses. They were soundly defeated at the battle of Sarikemish.

    Armenians in the area were blamed for siding with the Russians and the Young Turks began a campaign to portray the Armenians as a kind of fifth column, a threat to the state. Indeed, there were Armenian nationalists who acted as guerrillas and cooperated with the Russians. They briefly seized the city of Van in the spring of 1915.

    Armenians mark the date April 24, 1915, when several hundred Armenian intellectuals were rounded up, arrested and later executed as the start of the Armenian genocide and it is generally said to have extended to 1917. However, there were also massacres of Armenians in 1894, 1895, 1896, 1909, and a reprise between 1920 and 1923.

    The University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has compiled figures by province and district that show there were 2,133,190 Armenians in the empire in 1914 and only about 387,800 by 1922.

    Writing at the time of the early series of massacres, The New York Times suggested there was already a “policy of extermination directed against the Christians of Asia Minor.”

    The Young Turks, who called themselves the Committee of Unity and Progress, launched a set of measures against the Armenians, including a law authorizing the military and government to deport anyone they “sensed” was a security threat.
    So it is back to the Young Turks now?

    Posted by: somebody | Jan 26, 2018 5:50:13 AM | 74

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