Borderless

Lauren Southern has a new documentary, Borderless, released on 24May2019. It concerns the immigration crisis in Europe. As with her previous documentary, Farmlands about attacks on white farmers and the general disorder in South Africa, her new documentary has professional-level production values. She traveled to several locations with her crew to investigate the nature and scope of human trafficking in Europe and Asia Minor. Even though it’s only been out for about two days, it already has about a half million views. It is free to view on YouTube (at least for now)* and on BitChute.

The film opens on the Turkish coast, near the island of Lesbos (Λέσβος). Because of its proximity to Greece, this location is often used as a staging area for migrants seeking to enter Europe illegally. Southern interviews a Turkish farmer in the area who explains how the area has become unsafe because of the influx of smugglers and migrants. She also interviews some Afghanis who are trying to make the crossing.

Southern moves on to Morocco, a staging area for migrants crossing to Spain. There are two autonomous Spanish cities on the Moroccan coast, Melilla and Ceuta, that serve as convenient launching points for illegal immigration into Spain. Even though there is a fortified border barrier, migrants storm the wall on a regular basis.

Back in Lesbos, Southern visits a refugee camp, interviews some inhabitants and a Médecins Sans Frontières physician who describe the conditions and dangers in the camp, and expose a scam whereby physicians falsify medical records to facilitate illegal migration. One of her producers  conducts an undercover interview with an NGO operative who explains how she trains migrants to game the refugee system.

There’s a lot more, including interviews with immigration-skeptic MEPs, a visit to the Bulgarian border with Turkey, interviews with residents of a small town in Ireland overrun with migrants. Southern’s reporting is closer to objectivity than to advocacy. She concludes that migrants are exploited by traffickers, NGOs, and governments without consideration or care about the effects on the local European population. She concludes with…

The story of a borderless Europe is one where nobody wins.

This film is definitely worth 90 minutes of your time.


*The original upload of this film on 24May was apparently taken down by YouTube without explanation. Perhaps it was an “accident.” However, the censors seem to be leaving the re-upload alone.

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Does This Sound Familiar?

“Preaching against capitalism and a racist America”
“A socialist utopia in South America.”
“A San Francisco-based cult.”
“[It] had political clout at the time. The political power base… that looked the other way.”

Sharyl Attkisson is talking about Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre but she might as well be describing present-day Silicon Valley plutocrats. Except that in this case the political power base are cheering it on. Plus ça change…

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BuzzFeed Strikes Again

NSFW Warning: All the links in this post contain bad words and politically incorrect statements. I can’t help it; this is an intrinsic part of the story. The easily offended should move along.

BuzzFeed has succeeded in deplatforming yet another YouTuber. Tim Pool, Styx, and Vee (undoubtedly others) have discussed this case. A BuzzFeed blogger* wrote this hit piece about a fourteen-year-old girl with almost 900k subscribers on YouTube. She has a potty mouth and says things that disturb Lefty’s universe. BuzzFeed still has a comment section, and those comments make fun reading:

This article should be retitled “This is how to beat up a 14 year old kid with left wing totalitarianism”

She is awesome…buzzfeed can only dream of this amount of views… at least you people can always learn to code

thanks for highlighting, watched video and subbed, thanks buzzfeed helping to red pill me

As night follows day, YouTube has removed her video in the wake of the BuzzFeed piece because it allegedly contains “hate speech.” Fortunately, we live in an era when nothing can be fully censored on the InterWebs. Her video lives on at BitChute.

Sure, her stuff is edgy and maybe a kid this young shouldn’t be posting such material. That’s up to her parents to regulate. It’s not as if they are likely to be unaware of her doings online. The more significant issues are

  1. How does this deplatforming work? Does the BuzzFeed blogger contact YouTube and threaten to make them look bad if they don’t rid themselves of this meddlesome child? (Vee’s conjecture)
  2. Why are the legacy media so interested in YouTubers like this? Is it ideological or is it simply a business strategy to eliminate competitors? (Vee and Styx).
  3. What is the appropriate and useful response?

The motivations of the Enemy of the People are less important than response. Many YouTubers also have BitChute channels. Serious people like Sharyl Attkisson have Gab accounts. Minds.com is an open-source Twitter/Facebook- like social media site, minus the censorship. SubscribeStar is an alternative to Patreon without the added extra deplatforming feature. DuckDuckGo is a search engine without creepy tracking; so is Startpage. ProtonMail is the alternative to Gmail minus the privacy invasion. Brave is a browser that’s less creepy than most. For even more anonymity, use Tor.

Go forth and support these alternatives by using them and maybe even throwing them a few shekels. Censorship will only get worse in the run-up to the 2020 election. Lefty’s running scared. Cornered animals bite. Be careful out there.

*The author of the BuzzFeed piece once tweeted “KILL a straight white man on your way to work tomorrow.” Talk about hate speech!

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Human Creativity

There are little bursts of creative activity to be found in the most unexpected places. This small work of vandalism art has probably been there for months, largely unnoticed to passers-by. What motivates someone to put this much effort into something like this?

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Unplanned

The film Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, erstwhile director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, TX. It is based on her book of the same title. Ms. Johnson first joined Planned Parenthood as a volunteer when she was a student at Texas A&M in nearby College Station, TX. She eventually rose to become the director of the Bryan clinic. Her growing unease with Planned Parenthood’s policies and procedures culminates with her participation in an abortion with the aid of sonography. Visualization of the process finally pushes her over the edge and she quits, becoming an anti-abortion activist. She has previously told her story in speeches.

As expected this film as been controversial, leading Google to label the film as propaganda. The film is certainly polemical. Any film with a point of view could arguably be labeled as propaganda but that would mean almost everything coming out of Hollywood is propaganda. By applying the word this way it loses all meaning. Unplanned is reasonably balanced. People on both sides of the issue are generally portrayed as being well-intentioned rather than good or evil. The main exception is Ms. Johnson’s superior at Planned Parenthood, who is the film’s villain. Some of the anti-abortion activists are also depicted as being less than well-behaved.

I found the film both moving and disturbing. Though not especially squeamish, I had to look away on a couple of occasions. One cannot come away from viewing it without being affected. There have been complaints that the film is rated R but the rating is not unreasonable given the nature of the material. It would be inadvisable to take a child to see it. The film has a fair amount of reference to religious faith. From the point of view of a non-believer, this is not central to the film’s message; the film stands on its facts and arguments, along with some tugging at the heart-strings.

Highly recommended.

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Road Trip!

We decided to take an impromptu road trip through southern Utah last week with almost zero planning, staying at Airbnbs booked the morning before each night’s stay. Flexibility was important because weather was a factor: a storm front passed through Utah last week making some mountain passes less passable. The snow level was about 6,000 ft. Fortunately, the Utah DOT has a mobile app that gives detailed road information, including road surface temperature, air temperature, road surface status (dry/wet/snow/icy), and the realtime location of snowplows.

The objective was to visit National Parks that were omitted from our previous trips to the area. We hit Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands, and the Mojave National Preserve.  I’ll resist the temptation to post a bunch of pictures because they can’t capture the majesty of these places and because there are much better pictures available online. I was only armed with a mobile phone for photography. Besides, these vast panoramas must be experienced in person.

There are three exceptions to the no-picture rule. The first is my favorite, the Landscape Arch, the longest arch in the US at almost 90 m. This arch is much thinner than most and has been showing signs of decline. All arches will eventually fall down. This one might come down at any time so hurry and see it before that happens. [Click on the images below to enlarge.]

These Ute petroglyphs made the cut because there’s something weirdly fascinating about primitive art. The Ute Amerindians carved these figures sometime between 1650 and 1850. The state of Utah is named after the Ute.

Last is the Mexican Hat, a rock formation near the Utah town of Mexican Hat. I first learned of this feature by reading a book chapter on the statistics of climate research by Hans von Storch entitled Misuses of Statistical Analysis in Climate Research. As von Storch notes, erroneous statistical analysis could lead a careless person to conclude that the Mexican Hat is man-made. A similar problem is seen in the analysis of climate data, in which complex statistical methods often hide underlying fallacious assumptions.

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Titania McGrath

British comedian Andrew Doyle created a satirical personality on Twitter called Titania McGrath in April 2018. She is known for her intersectional feminist views and has a new book, Woke: A Guide to Social Justice, published by Constable (an imprint of Little, Brown). She has almost a quarter of a million followers on Twitter. She’s a renowned author of slam poetry: Like Lewis Carroll meets Quentin Tarantino. Her bio reads

Activist. Healer. Radical intersectionalist poet. Selfless and brave. Buy my book.

A reviewer of Titania’s book recently made the connection with Doyle and outed him as the man behind the character. Doyle even had a Twitter argument with Titania. He discussed his satirical character and his experiences since creating her in the latest Quillette podcast. The whole thing is tremendous fun.

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