Sir Basil Nardley-Stoads

A warm wind of change is blowing through the unhallowed halls of the European Onion. Down the dank corridors of that bureaucratic nest of conformity a perfume of freedom wafts. Quick, you commissars, drain your expense accounts, squeeze those few last groats from your peons before the tsunami of change hits you and your padded, protected useless existences are removed from the long-suffering body politic of Europe.

At last, a nation that taught the world the meaning of liberty is demanding some for herself. Despite the spite and sour demeanour of the chatterati, their squawking puppets in the BBC and the Grauniad, and the never-ending prattle of cretinoid celebrities, it is left to the British workman, farmer, soldier, mother, to speak for representative government.

Fellow nationalists of Europe, your nations are also under threat from the Hydra in Brussels. Rest assured, we, in our sceptred isle, will support you in your quest for the crystal airs on the high plains of national freedom and liberty.

Double gins all round, and here’s our toast to our Queen, long may she reign.


Hic.., damn, that was a great day, eh, Jeeves?


Nicholas Taleb on the EU

nicholas Taleb


The European Union is a horrible, stupid project. The idea that unification would create an economy that could compete with China and be more like the United States is pure garbage. What ruined China, throughout history, is the top-down state. What made Europe great was the diversity: political and economic. Having the same currency, the euro, was a terrible idea. It encouraged everyone to borrow to the hilt.

from the October 2012 issue of Foreign Policy magazine

One of his latest tweets reads:

These imbeciles pathologizing people who did not vote the way the IYI (Intellectual-Yet-Idiots) elite wants them to.

The Brexit referendum result has been a shock to all those people, who I think on the whole are well intentioned, who cannot believe that the people should be confronted with black and white choices about future directions for their society and country.

I cite Oban’s comments, more fully exposed in a comment to a previous post of mine, as an exemplar of this point of view.

[Oban speaking] I am of the view that this was just the kind of complex, layered, and divisive issue that is not appropriate for a referendum, and many people on both sides of the issue will regret the choice for reasons that were not evident in the making of their referendal choices.
And I ask: what issue is not “complex, layered and divisive”?
To those of us who were for Brexit, we have to remember what our attitudes might have been towards Quebec’s separation following a referendum. I think mine would have been consistent between the two referenda:
1) they voted for separation;
2) they are making a huge mistake
3) tough negotiations must follow.
The UK’s position in relation to the EU is not analogous across all points with Quebec’s and Canada. Nevertheless I am asserting that my attitude toward the results of the two referenda would have been the same. I grant that this is easier to say when both referenda turned out the way I preferred.
In the meantime, the EU seems to be in a rush to get Britain out. The Guardian reports
Martin Schulz, the president of the EU parliament, led the call for formal exit talks to be launched as early as Tuesday. “We expect the British government to deliver now,” he told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag. “The summit on Tuesday is the appropriate moment to do so.”
 I think we are missing something important in all the frenzy about what Brexit does to the the United Kingdom. We have been ignoring what challenges Brexit thrusts upon the EU. In any case England must get its political house in order before it can negotiate, and it has time on its side. Pawn to King Four. This game has many rounds to go before a legal settlement is approved by the British Parliament. There is no rush for what they are about to do.

Elites and Brexit




There is a strange notion going about, which has only been gathering strength for twenty years or more, that common people do not have a right to be concerned, let alone express concern, for the enormous hidden (to the upper classes) costs of living with aggressively intolerant minorities, of having one’s peace disturbed by the over-privileged spokespeople for those minorities, for the decayed social trust, the increased need to lock your house,  for the inability to enforce social norms – like taking out the garbage in a timely way or keeping the common halls clean – for fear of being accused and taken away to the police station for racist incitement. Not to mention the costs of de-Christianization in terms of tribal/national solidarity, and the increasing atomization of society under the impact of multi-culturalism, and its intolerant legal requirements imposed on the native population. What else? A general contempt for the native working classes and an apparent desire to see them replaced with cheaper foreign workers.

There has been, and continues to be, a stupefaction as to why people are becoming upset, and Marie-Antoinette’s “Qu’ils mangent du gâteau” seems to be a widespread reaction among  the beneficiaries of these changes.

The people have just told the elites to stuff it, and the elites are flabbergasted at their effrontery.



Gaia has plans for us

man and fire


Patrick Moore, the former head of Greenpeace,  displayed the best and fastest briefing I have ever seen on the entire history of the earth’s climate and its relationship to CO2. This was at Moses Znaimer’s Idea City last year.

This is the Idea City presentation, about 20 minutes long.
This is the presentation on Youtube, which is about 5 minutes long.

I had not been aware that the earth has recently (last few million years) come close to a CO2 level at which plant life dies from want of carbon dioxide. Now humans are busily pumping CO2 into the atmosphere and thereby saving the earth from catastrophic plant death.

Do you remember the Gaia Hypothesis?


The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere, the maintenance of a hydrosphere of liquid water and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of Earth.

I confess I am attracted to the Gaia Hypothesis,  and I believe (that is the word, believe) that we are a part of the picture and do not stand outside of it merely because we are a conscious species. Indeed we may be more fully implicated in Gaia precisely because we are a conscious species.

Here is what Gaia would be thinking:


Facts: Chicxulub asteroid strikes earth 62 million years ago and destroys dominance of large reptiles over next few million years. Out of Gaia’s control. How to react? Do nothing and let time pass.

Mammals emerge as dominant taxon. Furry and warm blooded, they invade ecological niches impenetrable to cold blooded species.

Indian plate strikes Asian plate 33 million years ago Himalayas thrust upwards. Monsoon rains pour down upon impenetrable mountain barrier. Too much CO2 is absorbed from atmosphere into the water, as CO2 striking limestone turns into carbolic acid. Earth’s CO2 decline accelerates.

Glaciation increases in terms of duration, extent and severity.

 Gaia: I/we/she/it am getting colder, because too much CO2 is being absorbed into the oceans and the rocks, and too little is in the atmosphere. Ice ages too long, solar output will not fix the problem. Anyway the Sun and I are barely on speaking terms.

Pause while Gaia thinks for a million years.

Gaia: Why don’t I/we/she/it find a way of releasing the trillions of tons of CO2 locked in the earth’s crust? Options: a) increase volcanic activity b) evolve a species that will burn the immense reserves of carbon stored in earth’s crust, or c) wait for a giant asteroid to rearrange the surface of the earth and allow for the emergence of new species.

Decision:All I/we/she/it got from the asteroid were smelly clever rodents and fur bearing tree climbers. Volcanic activity is tried and true but that might require too much heat loss from my core. Hmmn…. What about those apes? Can we make them more clever? Let the cold continue. That will dry out their jungles and force some out into the savanna. Let’s see what happens….

A million years later, in the blink of Gaia’s innumerable eyes, the apes are the top predators, part vegetarian, part carnivore. They think they are running the planet. They are burning fossil fuels to run their economy. CO2 goes up, plant life recovers, the threat of plant death is removed, ice ages may diminish in duration and severity.

Gaia thinks: okay, I/we/she/it have got the CO2 level back up to what I/we/she/it need them to be. Now how do I get the apes’ population under control? I/we/she/it know! Birth control and prosperity!

Gaia is a complete empiricist. She uses whatever can be used to stabilize herself in her comfort zone, including these new-fangled apes.

It is a good story, isn’t it? Maybe it is also true. Of course, it is also possible that Gaia is but an emanation of an even larger Creator, and He/She/It is driving the process at an even more gigantic scale. Maybe Chicxulub asteroid catastrophe was a ‘forcing’ event, as the ecobabbulists like to say. Plans within plans.






Thank God Almighty, free at last: 52% vote to leave

cameron quits


“There were two referendums on Thursday. The first was on membership of the EU. The second was on the British establishment. Leave won both, and the world will never be the same again.”

Tim Stanley in the Telegraph



I do not know what factor would have failed to drive me to vote for UK independence: uncontrolled migration from within the EU, uncontrolled immigration of Muslims, the supremacism of the European High Court, or the basic fact that the European super-government is not responsible to the European Parliament. Imagine, if you can, a Canadian Parliament where the government answers questions in the House of Commons, but does not depend on the support of any party in the House: a permanent, irremovable executive. Now imagine that it has been governing you for thirty-five to fifty years. Now imagine that every critique of it is met by denunciations from the elite to the effect that you are a reactionary yobbo for daring to dissent, and to being sternly lectured by foreign government heads for even thinking of breaking out.

In the end, is it any wonder that the people revolted?

Imagine a Supreme Court composed of the most activist leftie judges overturning every social arrangement, all of whom are appointed to reign over your judicial system. We have a bad enough time with an out of control left-wing Court that is appointed by an elected Prime Minister, but the European Court of Justice has been particularly aggressive in knocking down national law.

Yes there will be uncertainty, but yes, there needs to be more fear in Brussels, so the rulers know they can be removed.

As far as I am concerned, Brexit means Trump, and for the parallel reasons. Periodically the upper classes need to get the boot. Not for a whim, but for persistent failure to care for the well-being of their electors, and a persistent deafness to their cries for understanding. Electorates  have experienced way too much condescension and contempt from their elites: whether of the left, right and centre. A purge is needed. It will come.

Mateen’s confession is not a ‘distraction’; it is the essence



By now you will have been made aware that Attorney General Loretta Lynch was forced to issue the unedited transcript of Omar Mateen calling Orlando 9-1-1.

The new transcript still replaces the Muslim god “Allah” with God:

2:35 a.m.: Shooter contacted a 911 operator from inside Pulse. The call lasted approximately 50 seconds, the details of which are set out below:

(OD) Orlando Police Dispatcher

(OM) Omar Mateen

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.

OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]

OD: What?

OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

OD: What’s your name?

OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.

OD: Ok, What’s your name?

OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.

OD: Alright, where are you at?

OM: In Orlando.

OD: Where in Orlando?

[End of call.]

It is hard to know what would have been left of this transcript if the references to Islam had been removed.

Said Breitbart, quoting Lynch:

“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch declared Sunday, before the administration reversed its decision.

Again and again the liberal (I use that word with irony) communities refuse to grasp the meaning of the events in Orlando: falsely claiming the massacre is about gun control, or Islamophobia (why would you not be afraid?),that  it is about anything than what it really concerns: the Islamic admonition to assert the social codes expected by Islam anywhere, in any country, regardless of citizenship. As Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls it, it is the admonition by the Prophet to punish what is wrong and assert what is right. No oath of obligation to a country is binding to a Muslim. Citizenship is irrelevant.

An example of this distraction is  given by Fred Litwin, the gay conservative, in why he chose not to attend the LGBTQ-whatever vigil for Orlando victims:

Not one speaker at either rally spoke about Islamism, the murderous ideology raging throughout the Muslim world. Surely everybody knew that Mateen had claimed allegiance with ISIS. Don’t they know that ISIS regularly throws gay people off of buildings. Why wasn’t this mentioned?

Google the terms “Orlando anything but Islam”, and a rich supply of articles will appear.

You do not have to approve of gay marriage, gay sex or gay anything: you are only required not to go about killing people for being or acting gay. Is that too much to ask? Apparently it is, for the religion of peace.

As to the Obama regime, they give reason to believe that Trump was right when he said Obama was more  angry at him for drawing attention to Obama’s failure to use the words Islamic terrorism than he was with Omar Mateen for killing fifty-odd people.

But the real horror is the Obama regime’s  belief that, like Oceania in 1984, the historical record can be successfully changed. That anyone could have entertained that discussion inside the White House for ten seconds shows how far gone they are. It took me a second or so to realize quite how outrageous that kind of thinking is: that they could do this a get away with it.

Theodore Roosevelt on the current American situation



There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.

-Speech in New York, 12 October 1915

And what has Obama wrought? An America of squabbling nationalities. To cite Fred on Everything at length:

A country that allows a feral underclass to run unchecked, to attack and beat anyone it doesn’t like, to loot and burn and disrupt political rallies, to block highways and intimidate the citizenry, will not last. It is time to put an end to it. If we still can.

Look at them. They are the muck at the bottom of the national drains, stupid, half-educated at best, without regard for notions of law or democracy. Many couldn’t spell democracy. They need to be stopped, hard.

They do it because they can. They know there won’t be consequences because governments are afraid of them. They sense it and do as they please. They will do so increasingly. They are in charge, and they know it.

These things are no longer incidents in the cute “culture wars,” half amusing and half-exasperating. We see something more like Weimar Germany, with organized mobs making targets of politicians and breaking up rallies. It is a deliberate, conscious assault on what America is supposed to be and to a reasonable approximation, was.


what if Mateen had been a Nazi?

The discourse on the Islamic gay terrorist in the Orlando night club is proving to be the usual Rorschach test of political beliefs: gun control, Islam, immigration, homophobia.

To those obsessed with the absence of American gun control, I have a few simple questions:

What if a man claiming to be a follower of Adolf Hitler had done the same thing, in the name of cleansing the species of decadence?

Would anyone give a damn whether he had used an AR-15 rather than a Kalashnikov? Would the issue be considered the lack of suitable gun control?

No, obviously. Gun control speaks to means but not the motivation. No amount of European gun control prevented the massacre and attacks in Paris.

And if he had turned out to be a self-conflicted gay Nazi, would it make a difference to anyone’s estimate of the man and the crime?

It would elicit the same response:  deviant or minority sexuality in both Islamic and National Socialist ideologies is so savagely repressed by one’s society and one’s culture, that the incompatibility between self and ideology causes explosions of rage.

I have been appalled and amazed, even at my advanced stage of cynicism, by the extent to which the discourse is shifted by liberals to things about which nothing can really be done, such as gun control in the US, to things about which everything can be done: changing our views on the real nature of Islam.

More and more I understand what Churchill went through in the 1930s, as he railed against the Nazi menace. People in the ruling class did not want to know about Hitler. They blamed the barking dog for provoking the behaviour of the wolf pack, which was hunting the sheep in the meadow.

Certain menaces are so existential, and challenge so many assumptions of the comfortable liberal world view, that it is easier to talk about gun control than Muslim control.

Islam is not a religion; it is a totalitarian social ideology.


“Radical Islam”, a shift in opinion?

Two things of note happened today in relation to the narrative regarding the Orlando shooting.

Today Hillary Clinton used the term  “radical Islamism”, which is a departure from her earlier statements. That is most likely indicative of focus groups and overnight polling results. This is a candidate who doesn’t do anything without polls. Recall that her husband relied on polls to select vacation spots.

Second, during times like this people rally around the president thus boosting his approval rating. But as we know, Obama is a divisive figure as WaPo noted in the article “The new norm: When tragedy hits, Americans stand divided”. The latest daily approval numbers by Rasmussen reflect this and indicate that his reluctance not to blame radical Islam did not go over well. In fact his approval rating declined.

Obama Approval Index History

Date Approval Index Strongly Approve Strongly Disapprove Total Approve Total Disapprove
13-Jun-16 -10 28% 38% 49% 50%
10-Jun-16 -7 29% 36% 49% 49%

Treason Afoot

More than two thousand years ago, the Ancient Greeks understood that “whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” It seems that a modern version of this is to see Islamic terrorism commit mass murder and then blame your neighbors for it.

At least, that’s what the shameful, pathetic response from Weasel-in-Chief Obama told us. Not only can he not face reality, he has to insult the American people in a time of tragedy by saying that “we” are all responsible. No, “we” are not, you liar. Islamic terrorism is. Not only is every word he says phony, he uses the occasion to spit in the eye of every American. Islam is merrily slaughtering gays, enslaving Christian girls, raping women with impunity, stoning people to death and beheading them in public around the world and still he cannot say the words—Islamic terrorism.

Obama never misses an opportunity to disgrace the Presidency and give succor to America’s enemies. That pretty much sums it up—treason.

When he leaves office, he’ll need a big, flat rock to live under.

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