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Reactionary Nut Republican On Various Non-Existent Threats

From In Mala Fide, where many a flipped out reactionary hangs out, a super-rightist named Whiskey holds forth:

You’re completely off base on this. The objections to the START treaty is that it hamstrings the US, particularly with weapons modernization (so they actually work) and forbids a ABM shield. Which is needed.

Obama’s objective is to punish White America for having and using Nukes by eliminating them first. As he’s pushed for repeatedly in speeches and actions. No one trusts him because he’s against the US having nukes or a military in the first place.

Nor are you correct about Iran not being able to get nukes. North Korea has them, and just today it was revealed their centrifuge program, thought impossible was far along and done in less than a year, right before our eyes. Of course they have help, as does Pakistan and Iran: CHINA.

China wishes to use proxies to threaten or even nuke the US, deniably, so they can scoop up much of Asia, including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Their economy is a sham and they know it. They have a massive gender imbalance. They have looming demographic shortages coming.

This is the mark of a “use it or lose it” aggressive power: see Japan and Germany, 1930′s. For the Chinese to take Taiwan, and the rest of Asia, as colonies and mercantile advantages (think 1600-1700′s France) they must move the US out, and indirect ways are less risky than overt war (which is disturbingly contemplated in Chinese media and thus with official approval).

Iran is a threat because it too faces a looming crisis domestically with their economy, looming demographic implosion, and like China and Turkey aspirations for empire rebuilding. Iran’s leaders have stated they wish to reconstitute in Islamic form the Persian Empire, stretching into the Balkans, down to Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula.

As a practical matter, Iran’s nukes would allow it to keep oil prices sky high (by threatening the Gulf states) and turf out the US Navy. If you like paying less than $20 a gallon for gas and keeping your job, you’ll find Iran’s nukes a threat. Given the need to start paying off their gunmen and what amounts to a cadre of military gangsters they are likely racing to this goal of nukes + ballistic missiles. Both technology more than sixty years old.

Its not that hard to do, the Russians did it in the 1950′s.

As far as Iran plus Pakistan, each could point to the other if they are both nuclear, if a major US city goes boom!

Which is why Lindsay Grahmanesty is right. We need to dismember Iran before they go nuclear. So we can have gas that is not so expensive it destroys the economy and puts us in horse and buggy times. We also need a robust nuclear deterrent, and ABM against nations like North Korea which are thinly disguised proxy attackers helped by China. Iran does not have any friends and a major power like the US needs to provide useful lessons and reminders of the danger of attacking us.

Our main problem is that no one really believes we have the will and ability to punish nations severely if they threaten our core interests. China has no such problem and is our major competitor. Thus we need to dump the START treaty and do something about Iran, like bomb all its major facilities. Setting back its nuke program and promoting useful fear. [I mean really, who’d care if we bombed the crap out of Iran? But its a good way to put fear of the US into Pakistan’s military, so they control their jihadis.]

Never underestimate the power of a useful example in international relations.

One insane remark at a time here.

The objections to the START treaty is that it hamstrings the US, particularly with weapons modernization (so they actually work) and forbids a ABM shield. Which is needed.

This guy must go to the Richard Perle School in International Relations. First he trots out the old, “We need to still keep building nukes ‘to make sure they still work'” line. Can you believe that this crazy line has captured the famished imaginations of many a US President? Sad but true.

Next up we have the ABM shield. It’s a bad idea, and it’s based on the premise of a winnable nuclear war. Nuclear wars are not winnable. Everyone loses. In the we can win scenario, the ABM shoots down all the enemy nukes, and then we blast them with our nukes. It goes back to the USSR and the Cold War, which is supposedly over, but neocons like this guy are always finding new wars to fight.

Obama’s objective is to punish White America for having and using Nukes by eliminating them first. As he’s pushed for repeatedly in speeches and actions. No one trusts him because he’s against the US having nukes or a military in the first place.

Wow, some Tea Party White racism thrown in for good measure. Obama hates US Whites because we have nukes and niggers don’t. LOL. No one cares that Obama opposes even the US having nukes, supposedly, but even Obama isn’t nuts enough to unilaterally disarm.

Of course they have help, as does Pakistan and Iran: CHINA.

China, a nuclear power, is helping potential enemy neighbors and near neighbors also become military powers, so that maybe they can threaten China in the figure. Right dude. Rule #1 about nuclear powers is that they don’t tend to spread it around. Look at all the big nuclear powers. Any of them proliferated? Of course not. If you had the deadliest poison on Earth, would you even give it to your best friends or family? Of course not.

China wishes to use proxies to threaten or even nuke the US, deniably, so they can scoop up much of Asia, including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Their economy is a sham and they know it. They have a massive gender imbalance. They have looming demographic shortages coming. This is the mark of a “use it or lose it” aggressive power: see Japan and Germany, 1930′s. For the Chinese to take Taiwan, and the rest of Asia, as colonies and mercantile advantages (think 1600-1700′s France) they must move the US out, and indirect ways are less risky than overt war (which is disturbingly contemplated in Chinese media and thus with official approval).

LOL, whoa dude. Too much, dude, too much. Even the Perle – Wolfowitz – Gaffney – Rumsfeld – Cheney – Feith Project for a New American Century sociopaths don’t say things this crazy. There’s crazy and there’s batshit crazy. This is batshit crazy. So nuts I won’t even bother to refute it. Suffice to say there is no evidence for it.

China’s economy in some ways is in better shape than the West’s. It is growing at a remarkable pace. It avoided the financial ponzi scheme World Depression through the use of state banks. China invests in real capital investment, real productivity growth and real commodity production and increasing wages and living standards, whereas the US engages in asset stripping, bald and naked class war out of the 1890’s, financial ponzi schemes, the destruction of the real economy, a financialized casino economy that in reality is a house of cards, declining wages and living standards and an economy that both parties run only so the top 2% can attack the bottom 98%.

China’s economy is run for the nation, the people and workers. The US’ economy is run by and for a parasitical FIRE sector with banksters at the helm determined to suck every last bit of surplus out of consumers in form of payments to banks.

Iran is a threat because it too faces a looming crisis domestically with their economy, looming demographic implosion, and like China and Turkey aspirations for empire rebuilding. Iran’s leaders have stated they wish to reconstitute in Islamic form the Persian Empire, stretching into the Balkans, down to Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Iran’s demographics are no big deal anymore than any other 3rd World Country. The birth rate is below replacement. The economy is doing ok, barring the sanctions. Iran certainly has no desire to be an imperialist state, and neither does Turkey (LOL) and even China does not aspire to such.

Iran’s leaders certainly have never said that they want to recolonize the Arab World under a recreated Persian Empire. This sounds like the fevered blatherings of fanatical Sunnis more than rational analysis.

As a practical matter, Iran’s nukes would allow it to keep oil prices sky high (by threatening the Gulf states) and turf out the US Navy. If you like paying less than $20 a gallon for gas and keeping your job, you’ll find Iran’s nukes a threat. Given the need to start paying off their gunmen and what amounts to a cadre of military gangsters they are likely racing to this goal of nukes + ballistic missiles. Both technology more than sixty years old.

Won’t happen. Even if they ever get them, Iran won’t use nukes to blackmail the world. This is just ridiculous. They will use them like all other sane countries use them, in order to keep idiots like us from attacking them. Duh.

As far as Iran plus Pakistan, each could point to the other if they are both nuclear, if a major US city goes boom!

A US city won’t go boom unless someone shoots a nuke at it. If that ever happened, I’m sure the Pentagon has the high tech to figure out which country launched it. Snark. There’s no way to nuke a US city without shooting a ballistic missile at it. I deal with the suitcase nukes bullshit in an earlier post.

Which is why Lindsay Grahmanesty is right. We need to dismember Iran before they go nuclear. So we can have gas that is not so expensive it destroys the economy and puts us in horse and buggy times.

The homosexual Lindsay Graham is not right. We don’t need to invade Iran, much less dismember it. If you thought Iraq and Afghanistan were fun, try doing Iran!

Iran does not have any friends and a major power like the US needs to provide useful lessons and reminders of the danger of attacking us.

Yeah but no one’s “attacking us” you neocon dumbshit. Oh, that’s right, in the 107 degree minds of the neocons, the US is always “under attack.” Usually the attacks are the “invisible” kind, but they are attacks nonetheless. Snark.

We also need a robust nuclear deterrent, and ABM against nations like North Korea which are thinly disguised proxy attackers helped by China.

We don’t need the ABM, and it doesn’t even work anyway. Ever try shooting down a bullet with another bullet. That’s what an ABM is. It doesn’t work. North Korea is not a Chinese proxy. China has it’s own nukes, and it’s almost an ally anyway. There is huge trade between the US and China. No reason to screw that up with messy things like wars.

Our main problem is that no one really believes we have the will and ability to punish nations severely if they threaten our core interests.

Neocons are always saying this. “Our enemies think we are weak. We need to attack someone to show them we are serious!” By the way, this was one of the main rationales for the Iraq War, and look where that got us. Sure the world is scared of the US.

In the above, “threaten” means just about anything. It means looking at Uncle Sam wrong. It means not following orders when the US issues them. “US interests” means the interests of US imperialism. Not a good thing.

Thus we need to dump the START treaty and do something about Iran, like bomb all its major facilities.

Yeah, brilliant idea, dumbass. Want to see that $20/gallon oil? Then try this.

I mean really, who’d care if we bombed the crap out of Iran?

Just about the whole world, in particular the Muslim World, Russia, China, everyone really? This is another of the neocon delusions. First of all, the world is full of enemies who “hate us for our freedom” or whatever bullshit reason they thought up last night. We have no friends. Second of all, the world really does love America and will secretly be overjoyed when we start the next war. This is the thinking behind the assholes who started the Iraq War, exactly.

But its a good way to put fear of the US into Pakistan’s military, so they control their jihadis.

Yeah dude. Um, Pakistan is afraid we are going to bomb their nuclear facilities? WTF.

Never underestimate the power of a useful example in international relations.

This is the “make an example out of them” neocon school. This argument was also very important in the Iraq War. Boy, this guy is drumming them out one by one here, no?

The scary thing is that this raving lunatic represents the way the Republican Party thinks, and the way that 10’s of millions or possibly even a majority of Americans think, or could easily be led to think. Commenter AJ is right. US imperialism is a menace to humanity. The sooner it crashes and burns, the better.

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Psilocybin Doesn’t Cause Brain Damage

Repost from the old site.

Told you so.

Hell, I’ve only taken it, what, 30 times or so? It never fried me, or at least I don’t think so. I never noticed any long-lasting harm after taking this drug. One time, I had bright colors for about six months after I took it. Another time, I got depressed and sat around alone on Saturday night feeling sorry for myself. Next morning, I woke up and was not depressed anymore.

One time, I took some, got in my car, and drove from Los Angeles to the Owens Valley, then turned around and drove home again. I think the whole trip took me about 12-14 hours. You can drive great on the stuff if you have a nice, clear, open road in front of you, and the towering Sierra Nevada sure looks great when you are frying. Plus, the stuff keeps you awake for many hours somehow.

I used to sell these mushrooms, and boy was it fun. I was a student, a schoolteacher, a paralegal and a drug dealer. I would sell quarter pounds and pounds and make insane profits like $300 for an hour’s work or so. Plus you get to feel like a spy and feel some real terror when you carry the dope around and do the deal itself.

You get to drive past lots of cops with a car full of dope that could send you to jail for a long time. You look at the cops and just drive right on by like nothing is happening. You carry the dope in a briefcase and dress up like an office worker, or you carry it in an athletic bag and dress up like you’re going to gym.

There’s nothing like the rush you get being out in public with a car full of felonious dope or a wallet full of tainted drug money.

My friends and I dealt dope in the smart way, and most of us never got caught. We were not all totally White, but most of us were raised in a mostly-White beach town. We dressed up like college kids, office workers, gym enthusiasts, and conformed to White middle class society in every way.

Yet we sold dope right in front of the cops and society’s noses for years for years and never got caught. There’s a luscious feeling in that.

A friend of mine made so much money selling coke that he bought two homes in San Fransisco, one to store the coke and another to live in. He was so hot I didn’t dare even look him up. You don’t even want to hang around some super-dealer like that.

I just checked him out and he’s resurfaced in Southern California, fit, healthy and fifty, selling real estate. A survivor. I guess he never got caught either. Even my Mom shakes her head in admiration of him. White society always respects someone who can outsmart the cops in a not-too-evil way. Why? It places a premium on not being stupid, and not being caught.

I often wonder if other ethnics share this value.

Sometimes I think that these young Blacks and Hispanics nowadays place a premium on getting caught, and therefore being a moron. This I will never understand.

These Hispanic kids around here are the biggest idiots on Earth. They do dope deals, albeit for small amounts of pot, right out in the open in front of everyone. They seem to take special delight in doing an obvious drug deal right out where anyone can see it happen. I guess it’s a macho thing.

White middle class me says it’s not a macho thing, it’s a stupid thing. No wonder they are always getting hauled in on dope-selling charges. They dress up like gangsters and criminals and then wonder why they get stopped by the cops. Duh.

There really is an art to being a criminal.

All in all, psilocybin is a fun drug. You keep hearing horror stories about this stuff, about people who took too much of it and are mentally ill, or people who took too much and are fried in some way or another. Problem is that there is not the tiniest evidence that this stuff damages your brain, unlike almost other drugs of abuse. Yes, the drugs that make you feel the most insane of all do not do the slightest harm to your brain in any way.

All those stories floating around about people taking too much hallucinogens need to be taken with a grain of salt. If it’s harmless to the brain, how is it supposed to create fried-out acidheads? Answer: it’s can’t.

I’m not saying take them every weekend. I haven’t taken the stuff in about 23 years, and I’m not sure if I will ever take it again.

Taking these kinds of drugs is one of the most bizarre experiences that one can have on this Earth, though, and you can have some really terrifying bad trips. Psychological harm can occur from traumatic experiences.

By the way, it’s not harmful to any other organ in your body either. Plus there are long-lasting positive effects, apparently.

On the other hand, this drug can cause HPPD , so I’d advise against taking it. I have HPPD, but I only have bright colors, and it’s really not so bad. You’re living in a Technicolor world, and if you just accept it, the world looks a lot better this way.

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Cannabis, Teens and Schizophrenia

Repost from the old site.

I received a mail today from someone who attended an interesting conference in the Midwest.

At a Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Conference today in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Frederick Frese, who is the Coordinator of the Summit County Recovery Project and Assistant Prof of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at NEOUCOM and Case Western Reserve U, and on the Board of Trustees for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, gave a session on teenage cannabis use and schizophrenia.

He has been a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic for 40 years.

Frese stated that use of cannabis between the ages of 15 and 18 in persons who have a variant allele of the COMT gene will lead to an almost certain psychotic break by the age of 25. He said it’s because of the formative time that the brain is in during those years, in combination with that certain allele, together with cannabis use.

He said that if you have do not have the variant allele, no problem. Frese is so concerned about this that he and his team are going to start setting up genetic testing booths for kids at rock concerts because of the very real danger that the studies show exist.

I applaud Dr. Frese for the very real efforts he is taking to try to prevent schizophrenia in vulnerable youth.

I am dubious about how many kids this will save. The rate of schizophrenia has not gone up since the cannabis era began. This suggests that use of cannabis if anything will cause schizophrenia to occur sooner than it would otherwise occur, and it would occur anyway, just later.

The number of folks with this variant allele is high in absolute numbers, and many of them use MJ and don’t get schizophrenia. But it does cause a 10 times elevated risk. I think that Frese is wrong to say that it’s almost certain that these kids will get schizophrenia by 25 after smoking one jay between ages 15-18.

As I’ve said before on this blog, I have known 1000’s of cannabis users over my lifetime, many heavy users. The number who went on develop schizophrenia? Zero. This is why this whole subject makes me yawn.

I wish Frese good luck with his experiment though. Ideally, we could construct a good experiment this way. We could follow kids with the variant allele who wait til 19 to start MJ (Is this protective?) or avoid it period, with another group who did not avoid cannabis and see how many of each develop schiz and at what ages.

Tell the truth, I am quite concerned about use of cannabis by minors. I wish they would not do it. Period. Wait til you’re an adult!

I have OCD (another, though vastly less devastating, mental illness), and I have found that cannabis is actually a superb psychiatric drug for this illness. It works better than almost any med I have ever taken for this (The drugs work great at high doses, but nuke my sex drive, so what good are they?), and I have suffered for 26 yrs.

No clinician believes me when I tell them this; all insist that pot makes you mentally ill or worsens all mental illness or caused my problem in the first place (The gall of them!?), and all try to steer me to drug treatment or drug counseling when I tell them I use. I’m really getting tired of this shit. I’m 50 years old, and I’m being treated like a child.

I have some opinions about the mental health profession, but in general they are extremely low. For such a bunch of super-smart people, there sure is a lot of bullshit groupthink, scaredy-cat thinking and just general lack of an empirical outlook.

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Cannabis Is Good For You

Repost from the old site.

Well, not necessarily in general, but if you are a regular methamphetamine user, there is a suggestion that you get less, not more, brain damage, or cognitive impairment (whichever it was) if you concurrently use cannabis than if you use methamphetamine only. The fact that there is a drug that gets you high that might actually be protective of brain damage in some cases is downright fascinating.

Keep in mind that this study found only a trend, and did not prove that cannabis protected against the damage caused by meth use. However, if you read the study, there was a linear trend that showed that the meth + cannabis users had scores intermediate to the controls (no drugs) and meth only groups.

The meth only group scored worst, the controls scored best, and there was a trend for the meth + cannabis group to score intermediate. The trend was not significant enough at the .05 level to be probative, but there was a suggestive trend towards better scores if meth users used cannabis also.

What was found was only cognitive impairment, or worse scores on a test, but with meth use, at some level, say 1/2 gram a day for 1 1/2 years, there is definitely brain damage, and it does not completely clear up with abstention.

There is anecdotal evidence for permanent damage after only 2-3 weeks of very heavy use, but it’s not proven. We don’t yet know when structural damage to the brain due to meth use begins. Meth can probably be used up to a dozen times or so in a lifetime with no problems, but after that, all bets are off.

If anyone has some good data on meth and brain damage, please comment or email me the links.

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The Slow Death of France

Good Lord, this is terrible. This is the great France of Hugo and Sartre, Renoir, Flaubert, Zola, Proust, Beckett, Godard, Truffaut and Cocteau? The France of the Paris cafe scene in the 1920’s, with Hemmingway, Joyce, Pound, Toklas, Stein, Barnes and the rest?

Now it’s descended into sheer jungle savagery. France is turning into Africa.

They would have done better to import African-Americans. These are the worst of all possible Blacks, straight out of the primal backwards of the Dark Continent itself. To make matters worse, not only are they Black Africans, but they are Muslim Black Africans!

I can’t imagine things are this bad even in US ghettos, terrible as they are. US ghettos are awful places, but I don’t think there are no-go zones for cops. I’ve worked in these ghettos, and the police are everywhere, making arrests constantly. I’ve never heard of cops going to investigate a rape and being driven away by hostile residents out to protect the rapists.

And anyone who pulls a baseball bat on a US cop is probably going down on charges to say the least. If I pick up a bat and advance towards a US cop, I’m guilty of a crime, no?I doubt if the cops are going to run away.

Nor do US Blacks, even in our worst ghettos, burn dozens of cars a night, and hundreds on bad nights. They scarcely burn cars at all, at least not as social protest.

These areas have essentially been ceded to a hostile foreign enemy. The Muslims and Blacks rule these places and don’t let any government entities in.

In the video, the detectives go with the rape victim to the site of the crime. It’s a squat where 10 young Black Muslim men are living. These Blacks are obviously the ones who raped the woman. They probably felt she deserved it for some reason, maybe because she was fair game, maybe because she was dressed like a slut. The victim can be seen throughout the movie dressed in a red coat. At one point, a detective says, “We are here for her.” She’s a Caucasian woman in her 20’s.

I watched this video with a dropped jaw. The French have created a monster. God help them.

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“Some Things You Are Just Not Allowed to Do,” by Alpha Unit

When I was little, the people around me were telling me that you mustn’t judge people by “the color of their skin” – meaning, by their race.

They instilled in me that judging someone by his race was morally wrong. Mistreating someone on the basis of race was ungodly. These people knew whereof they spoke. They had lived through a period when race was paramount and you had no individuality worth recognizing if you were Black.

I believed their message that I could go out and accomplish anything I set my mind to and that I needn’t feel less than anyone.

I went out into the world and started doing my thing. And lo and behold, I ran into some other people who basically said to me, “Whoa. Wait a minute. What do you think you’re doing?”

“Doing what my parents and teachers and role models told me I could do,” I basically said back. “They said we are all equal and people should have the freedom to choose whichever life they want for themselves.”

“Okay, but you can’t be with one of them,” they said, referring to someone who wasn’t Black. “That’s just not right.”

“What do you mean?”

“Those are the oppressors, don’t you know that? Do you know what those people did to your great-great-grandmother?”

“I’ve heard of such things. But that was a long time ago, and things are different now.”

And so I went on upon my merry way. But that didn’t stop some of these people from trying to get my attention. Sometimes they would give me dirty looks if they saw me with one of these people I wasn’t supposed to be with. Or make insulting little remarks as they passed by me.

Other times they would spit in our path. Or make the gesture of firing a gun as we approached them. If they were across the street, they would sometimes yell curses.

I just couldn’t figure out what was wrong with them for the longest time. But then I realized that their behavior had nothing to do with me. After all, they didn’t know me. Why would they get so bent out of shape about who I, a stranger, wanted to be with?

All that mattered to them was that I was Black. That’s all they saw, and that’s all they cared about. They clearly had certain designs on me.

And there were some things I just wasn’t allowed to do.

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Sesame Chicken and Green Beans

This isn’t really a formal recipe. I had a package of Sesame Chicken, and I wanted to add to it. Adjust the recipe according to your ingredients.

1 10 oz. pkg. Sesame Chicken with Noodles (microwaveable)
2 14.5 oz cans of green beans, drained
12 oz chicken, drained
1 8 oz can of water chestnuts, drained
peanut oil
1/3 cup of lemon juice
2 1/2 TSP sesame seeds
2 TSP sesame oil
3 TSP soy sauce
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp Chinese five spice
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/4 tsp pepper

The package calls for cooking it first, but that was not a good idea. The package ingredients ended up too hot when cooked with everything else.

Most recipes called for 2.5 times more chicken than green beans. My recipe calls for the opposite – 2.3 times more green beans than chicken, but I like my veggies.

Add enough peanut oil to cover the frying pan or wok. Peanut oil is important to use here because it’s almost impossible to burn with it.

You can turn on the heat at any time. I recommend medium high as this is the best temperature to cook Chinese food at. Get an apron because stuff is going to splash around a lot. Add ingredients from Sesame chicken package. Add chicken, green beans, water chestnuts and garlic.

After it cooks a while, add the sesame oil and soy sauce and cook some more, stirring all the time. Ordinary recipes would have called for doubling the soy sauce and sesame oil, but I cut those in half because sesame oil is expensive and 6 TSP of soy sauce is way too much sodium.

After a while, add the lemon juice. Later add the five spice, chili flakes and pepper.

Cook for a long time, stirring all the time. Cook until most of the liquid is taken up. At that point, add the sesame seeds and cook until they are toasted. They are toasted when you can’t see the white seeds anymore. Recipe would normally call for 4 TSP of sesame seeds, but those are expensive so I halved it.

Tastes pretty darn good! The longer you let it sit, the better it tastes.

Calories: ~1,250
9 servings of vegetables
Sodium: 2,900 mg (high)

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