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Five weeks ago, it looked like war would break out in Europe. With up to 150,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border, The Saker concluded, “In my professional opinion, what I see is a joint preparation by the Ukronazis and the USA (along with the UK and Poland) to attack the Donbass and force a conflict upon Russia […] It is very hard for me to see how a war could be avoided.” Yet nothing happened.

Until yesterday, many expected the clash between Israel and Hamas to escalate quickly, with Hezbollah jumping in at any moment to hasten the final liberation of Palestine. Just three days ago, Taxi wrote, “There is no stopping the approaching storm of war. There is no stopping the coming blood: the carnage and agony will rush forth unfettered. There is no stopping the mounting push for liberation at any and all cost.” Yet a ceasefire has just been announced.

Though we’re again settled into a lull, who can doubt there will be a war, soon enough, between the US/Israel against Arabs, Iranians, Russians or Chinese?

Though the Saker and Taxi are invaluable observers of their regions, they’re not Putin or Nasrallah, so can only interpret after the fact. Deception is a key part of war, so we’ll be juked by a few more jabs, feigns and side steps, perhaps, before a hellish chasm suddenly swallows a bunch of us.

One second, you’re bored to death. The next, you’re curled up, almost peacefully, with too many holes to count, or maybe it’s time to turn on the TV to watch more explosions.

There’s one easy prediction, though. The US is just about done as a world power, society, economy, concept or even joke.

In a recent article, Paul Craig Roberts invited us to compare military recruitment videos from Russia, China and the US. The first two stress the masculine fearlessness of its fighting men, while the last is an anime, I kid you not, with a squeaky voiced female recounting how she became a soldier, “It began in California, with a little girl raised by two moms.”

There are almost no men in this cartoon. The doctor, physical therapist, college classmates and minister are all female. Two cisgendered rapists, or at least lifelong porn addicts—aren’t they all?—are briefly glimpsed in the background of the lesbian wedding. Marching towards perfect wokeness, toxic masculinity must be canceled.

Here in Albania, though, most haven’t gotten the news the USA is allowing itself to be systematically castrated and lobotomized by its Jewish masters. America is still number one.

This week, I encountered a thick, syrupy dose of this adoration in Kukes, a mountain town in Albania’s northeast corner. On the bus from Tirana, I could see a sign with the Stars and Stripes, “HOTEL / RESTORANT / Bar / WELCOME TO ‘AMERIKA.’”

Here, at last, was the legendary Amerika, with its Statues of Liberty everywhere, on its façade, roof, behind the bar, over the elevator door and sugar packets, etc. There were only Albanian and Italian beers, however, plus Corona, which was dismal enough. Mercifully, there was no Bud, Miller or Coors.

There was also no American dish on its menu, so what made this joint “Amerika,” exactly? Just the name, and all the Statues of Liberty, plus a few odd photos of NYC. As in the USA itself, America was but a rumor or mirage here, and that’s good enough.

On the 7th floor, there was a bar so kitschy, with lots of colored, reflective surfaces and embedded beads, locals could imagine themselves to be in Las Vegas, I suppose. Pricey bottles of liquors were displayed on niched columns. A chandelier with many curling branches hovered over the vested bartender. Rotating, a glass globe flaunted so many inaccessible destinations. Despite such splendor, a bottle of Korca was only $2.

A room in Amerika was $37 a night, not bad for the Shiny City on the Hill, Albanian version. Checking in, I handed a waiter my blue passport. Blurting out something, he held it up for others to admire.

None of them had been there, but one. A man at a nearby table said he had visited Troy, New York, Atlantic City and Albany, a rather odd selection.

“Why did you go to Albany?” I asked.

“Because it sounds like Albania!”

“So you are Albanian?”

“Yes.”

His English was so perfect, I didn’t suspect it, and he didn’t even look Albanian. A sales rep for a multinational, he had been educated in Italy. He would love to drive from New York to Los Angeles, he said.

“That’s too far. You should just go to Texas, then drive to Los Angeles. The Southwest desert is amazing. When I was there, I just felt so free, like an animal!”

Of course, that sounds stupid, but I just wanted to slither into a thorny bush.

On an Amtrak years ago, I talked to a man from El Mulato or Lajitas, Texas. (The latter had a beer-drinking goat as the mayor.) He had just been to Phoenix. Looking shell-shocked, he simply sighed, “I can’t wait to get back to Lajitas.”

Now, if I was a permanent lizard in West Texas, I’d likely fantasize, each night under a million stars, about Sunset Boulevard and the Lower East Side.

Many Albanian cafés are named after foreign places, so in Kukes alone, there’s the München, Berlin, Britania [sic] and New York. Since most Albanians live in rather drab tenements, they need to be transported to Oslo or Paris, sort of, just by walking into a cheerful café with exotic photos, just down the street. In almost none will you find images of Albania, for the whole point is to escape.

At the confluence of two clean rivers, and with jagged, snow capped mountains as a backdrop, Kukes has many spectacular views. Seen every day, though, heaven itself can get tiresome. God, is that you again?

Kukes’ most exceptional feature is out of sight. Fearing an invasion from Yugoslavia, Hoxha ordered a duplicate Kukes to be built underground. Meant for 10,000 people, it was nearly complete when the dictator died.

ORDER IT NOW

Each evening, Kukes’ main street is closed to traffic, so locals can enjoy a festive passeggiata. Kids ride bikes, some still with training wheels. Marching three or four abreast, teenagers eye each other. Hunching slightly forward, with their hands behind their backs in that curiously universal manner, the old amble.

I saw two carts with a hand-cranked popcorn maker, heated by a small flame. Too excited with his treat, a small boy spilled nearly a third of it on the sidewalk, but taking it like a man, he refused to cry. Albanian for popcorn is charmingly “kokoshka,” by the way, with no relation to Oscar.

A more credible presentation of the USA is American Corner. Housed in Kukes’ House of Culture, it’s basically a library, and a pretty damn good one for its size, with even Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, William T. Vollmann, William Gaddis, Denis Johnson and Nathaniel West, etc., among its literary titles.

I didn’t see any book by Obama or Michelle, but they had likely been checked out. With his grinning face on the thickish spine, Bill Clinton’s My Life was on a shelf, and so was Transgender Voices.

There were posters of Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs, each with an inane quotation.

Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.”

King, “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” I’d think you can teach knowledge, and maybe even wisdom, but not intelligence.

Jobs, “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

Over the door were posters of Teddy Roosevelt, Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson, as they appear on Mount Rushmore.

On a table was a styrofoam Statue of Liberty, and a styrofoam disc with the Albanian double-headed eagle superimposed on an American flag. Another kid’s project had two white doves holding up the American and Albanian flags as a single styrofoam block. Visually, the two nations are equal, and even intermingled, for on its styrofoam base is the Albanian eagle surrounded by four American flags.

At an amusement park in Fier, I had already seen the Albanian eagle on the Stars and Stripes, and in Tirana, I had spotted a graffiti of “USA” spray-painted above the shape of Albania. It’s very weird, this strained, one side coupling, with only one partner cooing.

Many Albanians are grateful to the USA for its intercession during the Kosovo War, but they forget that it was the American alliance with Stalin that condemned their nation, and half of Europe, to all those decades of Communism.

Though Serbs were demonized as crazed ethnic cleansers, they were only reacting to Croatian and Albanian nationalism, as abetted by Uncle Sam. America’s aim was not just breaking up Yugoslavia, but weakening Serbia, an Orthodox nation with historical ties to Russia. The bombing of Belgrade without UN sanction was also a precedent for later “humanitarian interventions.”

In Fool’s Crusade, Diane Johnstone points out that the first planned massacre of civilians in the last Balkan War was committed by Croats on Serbs, in Gospic.

Only eight miles from the Kosovo border, Kukes hosted hundreds of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, and many thousands of refugees. There is a memorial tower with some gruesome photos of Albanian victims. One shows a traumatized boy chewing on a shoe.

I asked my guide, “Do Serbs ever come here?”

“No, only to the [ethnographic] museum [next door]. They don’t go into the tower.”

(At the Hezbollah-run museum in Mleeta, Lebanon, a guide told me they even had Jewish visitors…)

“Have you visited Serbia?”

“No.”

“Would you go?”

“Yes. I even have some Serbian friends. What happened was geopolitical. It’s not personal.”

It’s personal enough to many. During the 2018 World Cup, Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1, with both Swiss goals scored by rage-inspired Albanian Kosovans, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri. Their double eagle celebrations caused an international uproar.

In Belgrade last year, my Serb landlord told me he often went to Albanian-majority Kosovo to hike its mountains, and there was never a problem. Like the Kukes guide, though, he’s an exception.

Back in Tirana, I almost wish I was still in Kukes, it was so calming. There, I also found a great place for cheap hot meals. Its beans with beef shank is comfort food at its best. What initially caught my eye, though, was its name, Bar Restaurant “Nazi.”

Pronounced Nor Zee, it’s only the owner’s name. Not everything is anti-Semitic, but when it is, there just might be a valid reason, such as what has gone on, for way too long now, in Palestine.

With Taxi and so many others, I can’t wait for it to be over.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Biff says:

    Nostalgia is a drug that can take you out of the misery of the present.

    A certain place may not be a where but a when.

    Party’s over, last one out hit the lights.

    • Replies: @Bert
    , @Leo Den
    , @GeneralRipper
  2. Until yesterday, many expected the clash between Israel and Hamas to escalate quickly, with Hezbollah jumping in at any moment to hasten the final liberation of Palestine.

    That is pure fantasy. Hezbollah and Hamas could severely harass Israhell, at least for a few days, but overrun Israel and liberate Palestine? No way. It’s much the same way with the US. Defeat to Russia or China might mean a carrier burned to a hulk and perhaps some battalion-size formations captured or destroyed on land, in all amounting to a few thousand casualties, but there is no realistic chance of the Trannystani homeland being invaded by anyone.

    The end of Israel is much more likely to come the same way the end of civilized South Africa came: a combination of internal unpleasantness (although without any real danger) and external sanctions and boycotts causing a majority of the electorate to vote for giving up. The Jews would do so with the understanding that, unlike White South Africans, they would have their choice of White countries to settle in after leaving their current place of residence. That’s why I’m far from enthusiastic for the prospect of a liberated Palestine.

    • Agree: Hangnail Hans
    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
    , @Irish Savant
  3. Party’s over, last one out hit the lights.

    Those who can, do. Those who cannot, come to america and bitch and feed and extol their former greatness by means of smug foreign “lights” which will be first to get hit once the party’s finally over.

    Your new critique ridden life and cush career, Mr. Dinh, came at the deaths of sixty-eight thousand meaningless men whom your enlightened vietnamese profundity relegates to the errant fluff of a forgotten night in amerika. Indeed you came for “a better life” at quite a low cost, a price that not one vietnamese much less thousands would ever pay on behalf of another. Ah how sweet it is, now that you’re far beyond your butcher brothers here in safety, courtesy of our dead who unlike you, had no reason to leave their country nor wanted to do so.

    Linh Dinh, the enlightened Penn State professor of divisional contempt, party while you got ’em !!

  4. Reality beats Theory.

    So, if the other side pushes Critical Race Theory, we need to push Factual Race Reality.

    Fact #1. Jews have higher IQ and many Jews have the nasty personality of Alan Dershowitz and Jerry Nadler. That explains Jewish power and abuses of power.

    Fact #2. Evolution led to BAMMAMA or blacks are more muscular and more aggressive. That’s why blacks commit so much crime and even so-called Jewish and white liberals joined the White Flight or Jew Flew.

    Fact 3#. Asians have servile and submissive personalities. That’s why they are such mindless yellow dogs of PC.

    And etc.

    Of course, there are exceptions and outliers among all groups, but there are general truths about race.
    Let the other side push theory. We need to push reality.

    Reality > Theory.

    • LOL: antibeast
    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
    , @Theone
  5. Alfred says:

    A certain place may not be a where but a when

    So true. Seemingly all the places I have lived in are no more the same:

    Cairo in the 50’s
    London in the 60’s
    Tehran in the 70’s
    Amsterdam, Manila and Paris in the 80’s
    Munich and Oslo in the 90’s
    Melbourne in the 00’s

    It seems that every place I stay in does a self-destruct. 🙁

  6. Dumbo says:

    Amerika will always exist… As an imaginary place… In out hearts… And in our minds…

    But as for a real country, I have my doubts, although who knows?

    When in 2001 the neocons drafted the PNAC (Plan for the New American Century) they had in mind the next 100 years only. We’re 20% in. The US might as well resist and remain as the sole superpower for another 80 years, although it looks increasingly more than China’s rise and Amerika’s own dissolution will upset such plans even before 2101.

    In any case, is there a point to America even being a country anymore, being less than 50% white, completely divided between “Democrats” and “Republicans”, no communal aspirations, no real values or culture, obsessed by porn and Hollywood, obese, dysfunctional? It’s so bad, it makes the Roman Empire in is most decadent phase an aspirational model of decency.

  7. Hot Tub says:

    Albania leads the way yet again!

  8. Only Catholicism caters properly for an Elite Mafia Caste. We were not supposed to know or care about Biden’s Quid Pro Quo. Or Joseph Mifsud. It was for our own good that we didn’t remember who this man was. We were all better off thinking and feeling only what Cardinal Comey and Chief Inquisitor Brennan wanted us to think and feel.
    The path forward is clear:
    Samantha Power should re-create and re-arm a new ISIS as a keystone of R2P™
    John Brennan must coordinate the Jesuit Rome-Mecca Axis™ against Israel
    Bob Menendez must be named US Ambassador for The Children™
    John Roberts must rename SCOTUS, now 66.6% Roman, SCROTUS™
    Gorsuch & Kavanaugh must be full of ….’ahem’…. Unexpected Surprises™
    Breyer & Barrett must be full of …..”ehhrrrmmm’ …… Surprising Decisions™
    Bagpiper Bill Barr must rename the DOJ the Department of Romeland Security™
    Jerry Brown must be made Jesuit Professor of Climate Science™
    Nancy Pelosi must create a Mafia Families Caucus for Corruption™
    Joe Biden must be made Saint of Love™
    Jose Ines Garcia Zarate must be made Patron Saint™ of San Francisco
    Undocumented Citizens™ must continue starting wildfires in California.
    Anti-hate antifa must wear masks of the holy Jesuit martyr Guy Fawkes™
    All EU Commission members must be Jesuit educated Holy Roman 4th Reichers™
    Mel Gibson must continue to re-write history in the name of The Christ™
    Michael Moore must continue to re-write history in the name of The People™
    Hugo Chavez must be Canonised™ as well as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
    The 1945 Exodus™ of 10000 Germans to the Pope’s birthplace was miraculous.
    La Raza™ must complete the work of Franco, Hitler and Che.
    The Vatican must continue to bless Palestine – Israel delenda est™
    The Pope of the Most Holy UN – Toni Guterres must sell more indulgences
    Zbiegniew Brzezinski must father a New Al-Qaeda
    Andrew Cuomo must continue to work for the True Salvation™ of the elderly.
    de Blasio must miraculously transform NY into the “Shining City on a Crater™
    Luis Gutierrez must continue the work of Ted Kennedy and become US Immigration Ambassador ensuring the Final Solution™ for Anglo-America.
    Tony Fauci & Joe Mengele must restore trust in a Vaccine Final Solution™ .
    Paul Ryan and John Boehner must resurrect Principled Conservatism™
    Holy Ghost Buckley must restore God, Conservatism™ and gay Roman orgies.
    National Review must become The Holy Monks Contra-Trump Inquisition™
    The ultimate destination is a dental check up with Jesuit Dr Mengele – followed by Holy Oil of Cloves™
    All citizens must be renamed Gomez, Montezuma or El Pumpo.

    • LOL: Emslander
    • Troll: Irish Savant
    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  9. Albania must be recognised as the model for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America – pioneering women’s rights, free healthcare and diversity.

    All of Europe is shouting with joy as uniformly highly-moral and kind-hearted Albanian scientists, doctors, engineers and teachers flood the whole EU !

    Bravo !!

    • Replies: @Irish Savant
  10. ‘…Until yesterday, many expected the clash between Israel and Hamas to escalate quickly, with Hezbollah jumping in at any moment to hasten the final liberation of Palestine…’

    Hezbollah stayed out in 2008, she stayed out in 2014, she stayed out this time, and I suspect she’ll always stay out.

    For all Israel’s accusations, Hezbollah’s concerns appear to be essentially parochial: Lebanese Shi’a and their place in Lebanon. Israel leaves her alone, and she’ll leave Israel alone.

    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @Daniel Rich
    , @Steve531
  11. Bert says:
    @Biff

    Time and space are necessarily cojoint. Unless the when is an extended span, there is always a definitive where. April 30, 1964 + Pea Vine Falls = pure living. But if you mean that a when by itself can support nostalgia, then probably the activity was more important than where it was done.

  12. mcohen says:

    linh.

    don’t be fooled by the military recruitment videos.who needs humans when machines can do the job.

    • Agree: JohnPlywood
    • Replies: @Theone
  13. Thanks for a pleasant piece, Linh Dinh.

    Please inform which is your family name, just idle curiosity.
    Still family in VN ?

    I have lived/worked in Asia, an Aussie friend travel agent in BKK got me a tourist visa to VN when they first opened early 90s. Flew Bangkok to Ha-noi, return Saigon (as everyone still called it then) to Bangkok. Travelled between H and S by train, bus, plane. Very interesting, nice people, they were very disappointed when I told them I was not American … lol …

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  14. Emslander says:

    There’s one easy prediction, though. The US is just about done as a world power, society, economy, concept or even joke.

    I’d say we’ve got decades left as a joke.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @republic
  15. @Ray Caruso

    The Jews would do so with the understanding that, unlike White South Africans, they would have their choice of White countries to settle in after leaving their current place of residence. That’s why I’m far from enthusiastic for the prospect of a liberated Palestine.

    I agree. I’m for a Jewish homeland somewhere, and I wish the Jews in America would be confined there. It’s insane that Israelis would be allowed to come to the West.

    It’s obvious that the Palestinians and Israel’s neighbors are the victims of Israeli terror and aggression. That’s obvious. My problem is that when they come to the West, they are more than happy to work with Jews to undermine the natives. That’s always the case with Arab/ Muslim political activism in the West, and it’s always been that way.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
    , @Corrupt
    , @moi
  16. @Dumbo

    In any case, is there a point to America even being a country anymore, being less than 50% white, completely divided between “Democrats” and “Republicans”, no communal aspirations, no real values or culture, obsessed by porn and Hollywood, obese, dysfunctional? It’s so bad, it makes the Roman Empire in is most decadent phase an aspirational model of decency.

    No. A non-white America is no longer America, just as a France filled with non-French is no longer France. That’s just the truth.

  17. @Priss Factor

    Reality beats Theory.

    The reality is that white Europeans have more than enough smart people to combat Jews, as well as the range of people needed to build functioning societies and civilizations. Parasites are not needed by the hosts.

    Blacks are only an issue because one group of whites keeps another group of whites from completely dominating blacks. Blacks were always controlled in the areas with the most blacks when that was allowed to happen.

    Reality does beat theory.

  18. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Emslander

    Hi Emslander,

    The jokes have gotten so bad, they provoke pity or disgust instead of laughter, even among the most rabid America haters.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Z-man
  19. Petermx says:

    “In a recent article, Paul Craig Roberts invited us to compare military recruitment videos from Russia, China and the US. The first two stress the masculine fearlessness of its fighting men, while the last is an anime, I kid you not, with a squeaky voiced female recounting how she became a soldier, “It began in California, with a little girl raised by two moms.””

    I was in a cafe here in California yesterday and the 30 year old barista was saying she was going to start exercising in preparation for entering the army reserves. She has one child, her boyfriend is in the army and I thought I heard her speaking of the economic benefits. At least in the reserves she has a decent chance of avoiding actual fighting. Of course, fighting could break out in the USA too in which case she might be ordered to fire on the “Whites”.

    Recently I read again that some American police forces had Israelis training them. The comment was made that might explain the police brutality American police commit. If I thought American police were guilty of often committing police brutality it might be a good explanation but I don’t think that. All the exaggerated and phony accusations against them has convinced me police brutality is not a major problem. Many years ago I read that Israelis had trained Germany’s special forces (anti-terrorist). I think to some older Germans and other Europeans that’s akin to having a banker train an engineer on designing a tank. I also read once many years ago that Jews wanted Israel to be a strong state and wanted Israelis to be perceived as strong. I believe having Israelis training American police and German special forces might have been initiated by Jews to help change the perception of Jews as now being tough and Americans and Germans as less so.

    A German Bundestag member mocks gender and sexual perversion – 61 genders.

  20. One can easily imagine that the crazed Bosnians (Muslims) would want to massacre Serbians (Christians) but what prompted Croatians (Catholics) to do it… it must be the propaganda that the conversos (Jews who have infiltrated the Church) have inflicted on the brain dead.

    • Replies: @gT
  21. Z-man says:

    Linh, it’s going to take the Second Coming of our Lord 🙏 Jesus for it to be over.
    Convert.

  22. Fred777 says:
    @The Soft Parade

    The Vietnamese didn’t travel 8,000 miles to kill Americans.

  23. @Dumbo

    Thanks Dumbo. The USA has been declining for the last 50 years. The seeds of that decline were planted far earlier, but the domestic decline can generally be dated to around 1970. Real wages began to decline, The baby killing began en masse, the cultural destruction, the drugs and porn, etc. Due in no small part to the fact that America is ruled by a ZOG, but also to the material overabundance, greed, and foolishness of the people.

    Myself and many others have been half-expecting the wheels to come off for some time now. It looks like we have already fallen off the cliff economically, socially, morally, etc. How far will the can be kicked down the road? no one really knows. One of the biggest factors is the reality that the (((oligarchs))) are global. As the saying goes, if you owe the bank a million dollars, you have a problem. If you owe the bank a billion dollars, the bank has a problem. Our world is so complex and interconnected that rocking the boat will unleash a wave of chaos that is impossible to quantify.

    For those of us paying attention, there is the feeling of hazy tension before a tremendous storm. Will we continue sliding into oblivion for another decade? or will things hit the critical point where they go parabolic, with the Great reset agenda becoming reality?

  24. Z-man says:
    @Linh Dinh

    I saw this southern Senator on Fox, sorry forgot his name, wait…probably Tommy Tuberville [that’s a mockery in itself, Grin], man he was an advertisement for Christian Zionism. To him there was no other side.
    Yes America is finished.

    • Replies: @UNIT472
  25. whodat says:

    http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf

    1775 + 250 yrs, we got about 5 more yrs as America the Great.

  26. R2b says:

    The ones who knew, when I was a 12 year old convinced communist, said only in Albania was true Communism achieved. It was a fascinating thought, and you had an argument on the playground, when debating the more conservative offspring. Fair enough. Then we ran off and the four of us played ”Declare War”, consisting of a big square on the gravel soccer-ground, partitioned in four lesser, with the capitol of each country in the corner, and each a part of the North-Pole, in the middle. We played with delight, thrashing, expanding megalomaniacly, but also suffering heroic defeat. But no one, as I can recall, choose to be Albania.
    Reading these excellent pieces, with a less martial spirit, I would like to go there, on the Eurasian Fault-line. Hike, fish in the rivers, go painting on the hill-slopes.

  27. @Dodge City Pete

    “Israel has no better friend than John Hagee !” and this comes from Netanyahu. However John Hagee is presently subdued with Covid -19. Delayed reaction from the Blood Moon of 2015.

    • Replies: @anon
  28. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Alfred

    every place I stay in does a self-destruct.

    Hi Alfred,

    Please move to Israel immediately! The whole world will thank you for it. 🙂

    Linh

    • LOL: Montefrío, Alfred
    • Replies: @Patricus
  29. Theone says:
    @mcohen

    That may be true,but Murrka cannot win anyway.

  30. Emslander says:

    You’ve written a great essay here, Linh. You’re getting back into stride.

    I hope you can take a compliment from this critic, who is the usual type, a man who can only wish he had your talent.

    Then, Hemingway said that a writer who’ll believe his critics when they praise him, will unfortunately also believe them when they insult him.

  31. TKK says:
    @The Soft Parade

    I believe Linh does have some empathy for the white working class in America, both now and the poor suckers who died hot and despondent in Viet Nam for nothing.

    Linh makes me cringe because he is a professional loafer. I know how much money it takes to loaf around the world. Even when he makes a point to underscore cheap prices, he does not have to work.

    And for those of us here, stuck here working, his pronouncements of our doom can feel like gloating.

    Because I will not abandon the weak who need me right now (dogs, clients, blind parrot, elderly mother, schizophrenic sister, dumb nephew), I can’t go and hang out in Cambodia for the rest of my life. And it’s a great place to hang. So is Portugal, Bali and parts of Turkey. The world always calls.

    This is a thorny issue to parse, but traveling for the sake of traveling can bring a certain ennui. While it can be delicious, I am certain it does not help us understand actual economic realities and day to day truths, here in our Orwellian country where the rich eat the poor and then are given awards for it. (There is an affordable housing crisis that is a 5 alarm fire that will make the homeless camps of Venice Beach look like the Ritz Carlton).

    For those of us who put our shoulder to the wheel and push, we would like some small twig of hope to grasp in our talons.

    Craig Nelsen, who is bravely fighting the SPLC, explained it this way when I asked him why he kept fighting for Western Civilization:

    Imagine a building is on fire, and there is a precious manuscript inside. It is the only one of its kind in the existence of mankind. It contains thousands of years of truth. Do you walk away and let it burn? I can’t. I will dash inside to save it.

    Lihn is a man who would watch the world burn, safe from a dank bar in Albania, scouting out his next ox tail stew. He is a man for himself, and him alone. We know he abandoned his nephew who was being beaten. His missives are to pay for the next round of Brauhaus Rose and make some small talk with whomever will engage with him. His clever turn of phrase can pass some time, but there are no heroic impulses to be found in the man.

  32. Alfred says:
    @Colin Wright

    Hezbollah stayed out in 2008, she stayed out in 2014, she stayed out this time, and I suspect she’ll always stay out.

    The Israelis initiated this conflict by allowing Jews to grab Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and by throwing stun grenades in Al Aqsa mosque.

    The objective of the Israelis is to involve Hezbollah so that the Iran nuclear deal is not renewed. They want Iran to remain sanctioned. By staying out of the fight, Hezbollah is thwarting the real objective of the Israelis.

    When the sanctions on Iran are lifted, things might well change. One thing is clear, Biden is not as hung up on Israel as Trump. His controllers want to attack China. Hence the massive psyop against China.

    consider the hate campaign against China that has been running at full speed for the past at least 18 months in every Western country, and this gleeful review of the results which reflects only three countries of the many where similar programs and polls have been conducted:

    Ask yourself: how could it happen that virtually every editor and TV newsroom director in the West (and in much of the rest of the world) would, without external contact or instruction, independently and simultaneously decide to mount an intense, unremitting, and relentless negative campaign against China and everything Chinese? How would it happen that similar unanimous and simultaneous demonising campaigns were mounted against Iraq and Libya prior to their invasion and colonisation? Against Russia, Cuba and North Korea? Against Venezuela today? How is it that an enormous swath of these media outlets, not only newspapers but including (apparently unrelated) television networks and magazines would have the same story to tell us about ZIKA, all unanimous with cries for Latin America to relax its abortion restrictions?

    Propaganda and the Media — Part 3 – Establishing and Controlling the Narrative

  33. republic says:
    @Emslander

    Pepe Escobar likes this new book by Andrei Martyanov,Disintergration:Indicators of the coming American collapse

  34. Trinity says:

    History is full of twists and turns. IF America does indeed bounce back, ALL EX-PATS who ran away like scalded dogs should not be permitted to return to America, and all those who assisted in taking down this nation should be sent to Israel, Africa, Antarctica, Madagascar, or Siberia. The only thing more disgusting than a coward like the ex-pats is a traitor like those who have turned on their own kind and nation. Hell, some fit both categories.

  35. Leo Den says:
    @Biff

    “America is now infected with all the symptoms of an Empire near collapse – a tumble precipitated by America’s obsession with the needs of the racist Jewish state to reconfigure the Middle East to benefit the Apartheid country.

    “In the process, the US got blindsided while China and Russia became powerhouses themselves, ready to knock the US Empire off its perch. Such happenstance is truly God’s doing to impede the Evil American Empire, as wagged by the Evil State of Israel, to become much worse than it already has.”

    Keep reading here:

    http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/israel-the-scourge-of-empires/

  36. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Arthur MacBride

    Hi Arthur,

    Dinh is my last name. I have family and friends in Vietnam, and was living there before the Covid situation started. When the country opens up again, I will go back.

    I took a train from Hanoi to Saigon in 1995. The country was still in pretty bad shape then. I’m sure you saw all the beggars. If you return now, you’ll see a much healthier economy. Saigon and Hanoi have new airports. Even rural areas are doing OK.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Arthur MacBride
  37. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Alfred

    The objective of the Israelis is to involve Hezbollah so that the Iran nuclear deal is not renewed. They want Iran to remain sanctioned. By staying out of the fight, Hezbollah is thwarting the real objective of the Israelis.

    That’s a great point. Thanks!

  38. BorisMay says:

    Another well written and interesting article by this well traveled gentleman.

    War, in the Israeli-Palestinian sense of it, is no longer fought avec tanks, infantry and artillery, except in minor conflicts that do not threaten international disruption.

    Sanctions, (which are legally acts of war), are preferred over open conflict, together with rhetoric and posturing. Conflict, per se, is reserved for the mentally regarded bullies eg Israel, USA and defunct European empirical types like France and the UK plus the obsolescent NATO.

    35,000 queers, transgenders and heterophobic others from a number of NATO countries ponce around the Russian borders for ten weeks, pretending they pose a threat to someone. In response Russia puts 150,000 masculine blokes plus all their equipment on to their western borders in three days ready and able to flatten said queers et al in 24 hours and said NATO run home to Mummy with their tails between their legs while sucking their thumbs like the babies in nappies (diapers) that they really are. And the arse holes in Washington/London/Oslo etc realise that they are living in Lala Land! End of…

    Nothing wrong with a few fantasy cafes in Albania though… We all have them.

    Always look forward to articles by this bloke.

    Thank you.

  39. @TKK

    Because I will not abandon the weak who need me right now (dogs, clients, blind parrot, elderly mother, schizophrenic sister, dumb nephew),

    Do you have children? If you do, it is strange they did not make the list of those who need you. If not, it is ironic that you are claiming Linh is a “man for himself”. Childlessness is a tenant of the terminally selfish, godless, post modern worldview.

    Some posters here talk about “fighting” for the USA and “whites”, when they themselves are part of the problem.

    • Agree: Montefrío
    • Replies: @Oleander
  40. anon[779] • Disclaimer says:
    @GomezAdddams

    Hagee blessed with co morbid conditions to enhance #19:
    obesity, corruption, vileness, Yid tool, greed, Satan worship.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  41. Hacienda says:

    “That’s too far. You should just go to Texas, then drive to Los Angeles. The Southwest desert is amazing. When I was there, I just felt so free, like an animal!”

    The SW desert is amazing. But the amazing begins as soon as you cross the Texas border and it continues to the outskirts of Los Angeles. There’s a huge chunk of Texas desert that is mean, nasty, and has much of the stink of the rat-faced Texan in it.

    The air clarifies as soon as you enter Judaic/Mexican/Navaho New Mexico. The sky is crystal clear, the clouds float in distinct layers. The girls talk without self-awareness about what they love (romance) and they are candid about what they see as oppression (the church). Wizened middle-aged white male musicians sing Jimmy Buffet for dime. Navaho female artist at art show wanted to pick me up (I think). But I was with my wife.

    There’s a meditation room at Albuquerque airport. Not prayer room, meditation room. This is announced over the P.A.

    In Santa Fe, we stepped into a high end art gallery exhibition featuring a Navaho artist who goes by the artist name “Yellowman”. I kid you not. Of course, Santa Fe is outstanding.

    Rather than make feeling like an animal (that is a poor man’s feral take), the SW desert returns a part of the soul. Well, if you can add things like Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Navaho jewelry.

  42. Emslander says:
    @Trinity

    Those who see the USA on the steep part of the skids have been struggling and warning everybody for fifty years. Those of us who felt a need to stay attached to government made fools of ourselves and suffered professionally and financially for standing athwart the inevitable.

    I tell my children that the time I was constantly warning against has arrived. “Learn discipline, lest the Lord become angry and you perish from the straight way.” (Psalm 2) It’s upon us.

    We can only hope that the expanding grassfire won’t find enough to burn where we’re living.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  43. @Alfred

    This is sick how they manipulate (or fake) public opinion. Why should people care that much about China and why should anyone care what the Swedes (or the Dutch, Italians, etc.) think? There’s far more Chinese people than all these put together so in a global democracy what the Chinese think should matter more than some of these non-entities think. And they then want to present their own opinionated BS as “world” opinion. They should be ignored, and probably the majority of the world’s population ignores them. They only count in their own fake media.

  44. Trinity says:
    @Emslander

    America has been warned since the days of Henry Ford and Father Coughlin, and even Joe McCarthy, but they chose to believe (((proven liars.))) Hell, David Duke was talking about the crisis at the southern border way back in the late Seventies. Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump couldn’t shine David Duke’s shoes and yet both were serious Presidential candidates, hell, Trump even won. Good ole Pat would even choose a Black lady as his VP running mate. And somehow these characters are supposed to be superior to someone like David Duke? Man, that is crazy.

    We always hear about racism but how about how White Southerners have had only 2 POTUS. No, I don’t count Texas or even Virginia as a true Southern state. Duke not only suffered because of his stance for White civil rights but also because he was a White Southerner. Carter and Clinton were cuckolds to not only Blacks, Jews and other nonwhites, but also the Northeast establishment along the Boston-Washington corridor.

    George Wallace rallies made Trump rallies seem boring back in his Presidential runs. Wallace would not back down at those hippie and leftist agitators. I think Wallace was a serious candidate and always wonder about the attempt on his life. That one is never discussed that much, but it smells very bad to say the least. Wallace would have definitely pulled in lots of votes had he not been shot. Huey Long, yet another Southerner who was a serious candidate and shot.

    • Thanks: Emslander, Irish Savant
    • Replies: @Trinity
    , @republic
  45. gT says:
    @A Half Naked Fakir

    The conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches started before Islam existed. Rome was always trying to usurp authority, when the Franks took over the Roman Church after the fall of Rome they assumed that their Church was “thee” Church and that they, the Franks (Westerners), were in charge. The Western (Frank) and the Eastern (Orthodox) divide started then already, no Jews involved. This battle predates the rise of Protestantism. Finally the schism happened in 1054.

    You could say that from an Eastern Orthodox perspective, there is not much difference between the Roman Catholic Church and Islam, both of them try to take control of Slav lands, by means fair and foul, and convert the Orthodox there. Both the priests in the Roman Catholic Church and the Mullahs in the Mosques report to foreign powers, the priests to Rome and the Mullahs to Saudi Arabia, so both religions are a boon to the CIA to effect regime change. Right now there is apparently considerable effort being made to advance the Roman Catholic faith in Belarus, and so turn that country against Russia.

    Some Russians firmly believe that the Roman Catholic Church is a bigger enemy than Islam ever was. They point out how the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslims seem to co-operate to disadvantage the Orthodox. The sack of Constantinople by the Crusaders weakened Byzantium so that it could fall to the Ottomans. Then the Roman Catholic Church blessed Operation Barbarossa, when the Wehrmacht marched into Ukraine the Roman Catholic priests were right behind them to try and claim that region for the Roman Catholic Church. The real name of Kosovo is Kosovo and Metohija, meaning Kosovo and Church lands. So Nato literally gave Orthodox church lands to Muslim Albanians.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Thanks: Ann Nonny Mouse
  46. Linh Dinh says:
    @TKK

    We know he abandoned his nephew who was being beaten.

    Hi all,

    It is disgusting how this man keeps lying about me. In Vietnam, I spent the bulk of my time in a different city from my nephew, and since he’s not my son, I have no legal right over him. Even now, I’m still interceding on his behalf, but that’s my business.

    My main job is writing, and it’s perverse this moron would call that “loafing.”

    His main beef against me, however, is not the welfare of my nephew, for whom he couldn’t care less, or my “loafing,” but my stance on Israel, for which he has a track record of defending.

    Since he can’t go on arguing with me about Jewish power, he must attack my character.
    This base tactic is standard for people like him.

    Linh

    • Agree: Montefrío
    • Replies: @Old Jew
    , @4justice
    , @Franz
  47. @TKK

    For those of us who put our shoulder to the wheel and push, we would like some small twig of hope to grasp in our talons.

    Brotherhood, or sisterhood if you like. All we ask for is a sense of brotherliness among our fellow citizens, the feeling that we won’t be forgotten and that what we’re doing, what we’re engaged in, won’t be vilified by future generations.

    In reading the Classical Greeks you will encounter, over and over, the notion that a key part of living the good life is being held in high esteem by future generations. That memory of one’s brave deeds in battle will endure, that one will be honored for the good deeds and sacrifices he made for his people are notions that are always present in the minds of Greeks.

    How is this possible in a country which is busy recasting itself, in which the old Gods are being cast down, the statuary, literature and Laws of your people are being desecrated and smashed?

    We are a defeated and conquered people. There may or may not be a residue of us, those of us who survive the Great Purges which are to come, who can gather and reconstitute themselves as a coherent entity, but there is no guarantee that this will be the case. Indo-Europeans have no natural defenses with which to deal with Jews, no immunity to the virus they bring to the encounter between our two people. Our civilization will fall before the onslaught of the Jews as surely as the American Indian fell to the virulent communicable diseases borne by the Indo-European invaders, not for lack of resisting, but for lack of any effective means of countering the threat they pose.

  48. @Trinity

    I’m an expat myself, lived most of my adult life outside the USA, leaving for the final time 23 years ago after an 11-year hiatus there. I simply didn’t like the place, which was being “taken down” even then by the complacent folks who let themselves be manipulated by the shrewd, then kicked to the curb by their alleged “inferiors”. The finisher for me was an incident at the cash register in a supermarket. In front of me was a “heritage” American trailer trash type with some junk food and two six packs. He was told he couldn’t buy beer or cigarettes wth food stamps. He set the beer down and said “I’ll be back as soon as I panhandle some spare change”. I put my hand on his shoulder and said “The checkout lady isn’t going to hold your place, pal. We paying customers aren’t waiting on you.” The checkout lady sided with the bum! So did the others on line! I dumped my stuff on the counter, moved the bum out of my way and having discharged responsibilities in the USA, left it to its inhabitants, a decision in no way regretted. The cowards I saw that day at the market weren’t expats, just flabby, gormless goops who lacked the imagination, initiative and gonads to budge from the insipid routines that characterize their lives.

    • LOL: Trinity
    • Replies: @Trinity
    , @Dumbo
  49. @OilcanFloyd

    Before they settled on Palestine, the Zionists were proposing even Argentina and Madagascar as homelands for the Jews.
    I think Israel isn’t going to last another 20 years, by then W Europe and America will also have tired of them and their antics. Patagonia and the whole of S America will be vulnerable so the only option is Madagascar.
    It’s an island and I’m sure the islanders will sell a big chunk of it if offered enough money.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
    , @roberto1
  50. Trinity says:
    @Trinity

    Oops, not counting Virginia and Texas ( Texas is more of a Western state IMO) the South also produced another POTUS, Andrew Jackson of Tennessee, but that is ancient history and before the American Civil War. And we see that they are looking to remove him from the twenty dollar bill and replace him with either Harriet Tubman or Saint George Floyd. Who knows, now even Lincoln is a racist and could be replaced by either MLK or Obama on the five dollar bill. lololol. Three whole Presidents in the history of America, barely more than Blacks who have become POTUS. IF Honest Joe steps down due to senility then White Southerners would lead Blacks by a 3-2 margin, IF you want to count half-Black Obama as Black and whatever Harris’ makeup is as Black. My guess is Harris is about as Black as Tiger Woods. Talk about discrimination. We seem to be overly represented by Yankees and Californians as POTUS. All those Virginia cats were back in America’s infancy.

    Woods official makeup reported by ESPN was
    1/2 Oriental ( Thai and Chinese)
    1/4 Caucasian
    1/8 African American
    1/8 American Indian

    So “Black” golfer Tiger Woods is 1/2 Oriental and even more White than Black.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  51. Emslander says:
    @TKK

    Writing while traveling the world is an honorable art. I imagine it’s also very difficult and not particularly rewarding. One sacrifices many things we consider necessities. Yet, there’s got to be something scraping and shaping a writer for him or her to be good at the art. Visiting and living among real human beings far out of the comfort zone is a pretty good disciplinary method and it produces a good tension.

    Lin Dinh is the best of that kind of writer in this time. I’ve faulted him for descending into the shadow of his interior life occasionally. It seemed to hold him back.

    The only way to judge a writer is on his product. Your comments aren’t very relevant.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  52. @BorisMay

    I think that there was a serious study done that at the tip of the lance (so to speak) that the tranny battalions from NATO in the Baltics in the event of hostilities would be overrun within 48 hours. To that end, plans had already been made to evacuate the governments beforehand (as fast as their Audis would scream) to preserve the political infrastructure to be reinstalled after the inevitable counter attacks (as pure military science dictates) and so on.

    Now the punchline. I know people in the know in that theater and their first reaction to this was along the lines of “give those corrupt parasites rifles and herd them towards the front to possibly earn their way for once”. Though correct in proper defense strategies the concept of evacuating the scumbags in government was so ridiculous to the average person that it invited widespread disgust and lot of humour.

    I am sick of reading even among Unz commentators belief in the pure fiction that belonging to NATO is a guarantee of safety along the lines “of an attack on one of us is an attack on us all”. Technically true but read article 5 of the NATO alliance contract. Don’t take my word for it. It specifically states in some weasel words “a response as we see fit under the circumstances”. These days it means a protest by some lesbian at the UN. (does that institution still exist?).

    I knew people in actual positions of influence when the concept of joining NATO was being proposed and I pointed this out to them. Now joining NATO was really the only choice for them at the time without question (I am referring specifically to the Baltic States) but I could not get them to believe that it would in a practical sense be meaningless. I lost cherished friends over this over the ferocity of their denials. But hey-ho.

    However ridiculous the MSM in any respective country seems to be to thinking people it still wields a lot of influence over the masses. My take is that the average person spends so much mental energy on their “device’ that when truly important issues are discussed they will lie back on the couch and take in the sound bites uncritically. I do notice a lot of formerly intelligent people in my sphere becoming more zombified. A good and aware friend told me sheepishly the other day that he had taken the ‘jab’ after we had discussed for months on the absurdity of doing so.

    It is odd that people still trust the government when the government doesn’t trust them at all.

    Cheers-

    • Agree: Oikeamielinen
  53. Trinity says:

    Cue: I’ve Never Been To Me by Temptations for the “loafers.”

    Cue: The Coward Of The County by Kenny Rogers for the ex-Pats and white traitor trash.

  54. Trinity says:
    @Montefrío

    Good, stay gone and good riddance and IF America does a 180, hopefully your kind will be banned from ever returning.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  55. @Linh Dinh

    Thanks Linh

    Beggars then yes but the people were optimistic and I’m glad to hear there has been an upturn. I had some nice times in a brief visit to your country, met some good people.
    Maybe highlight was staying in the Hai Yen Hotel, the former Politburo hangout in Nha Trang for something like 5$/night … “affordable luxury” lol …
    I would definitely think to again visit if/when the current cv19 bullshit ends.

    Wish you and your country the very best.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  56. @Rev. Spooner

    “Patagonia and the whole of S America will be vulnerable”

    To what? Serious question. It would be the would-be occupiers who’d be vulnerable, I’d think, given that I know Patagonia (both sides of the Andes) well .What would the vulnerability be in South Ameria as a whole?

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  57. Corrupt says:
    @OilcanFloyd

    Think of all the problems that could have been avoided if we have just created israel in half of Utah. They would still have a desert and could have warred with the Mormons.

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
  58. @Alfred

    ‘…His controllers want to attack China. Hence the massive psyop against China.’

    Yeah — and now they’re figuring China did start the virus after all.

    That was my guess all along — but look at their timing.

    • Disagree: antibeast
  59. Svevlad says:

    Cafe Nazi reminds me of a certain tiny little cafe in Belgrade right across from the ever dodgy traffic school, called “Third heaven.” I don’t think it works anymore, or at least they removed the lettering.

    The joke is – the word for heaven in serbian is raj, which sounds very similar to rajh, which is the transliteration of reich. So the cafe was actually called “Third Reich”

  60. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Arthur MacBride

    Hi Arthur,

    Before Covid, Nha Trang was a huge magnet for Chinese and Russian tourists. It’s become fairly cosmopolitan, where you can eat very good Chinese, Russian, Italian, Swiss and even Uzbek dishes, etc.

    It’s very surprising to me Vietnam hasn’t reopened. Cities like Nha Trang or Hoi An were heavily dependent on tourism.

    Welcoming all tourists without even a Covid test requirement, Albania has suffered no health consequences. Most restaurants and cafes are packed, and so are the buses. Few Albanians bother with facemasks.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Arthur MacBride
  61. roberto1 says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    I think maybe they have their eyes on the Ukraine.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Alfred
  62. JMcG says:
    @Trinity

    The last four years were the bounce back. It was a dead-cat bounce, but it’s likely the only one we’ll ever get.

  63. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Emslander

    Hi Emslander,

    Thanks for defending me, but, again, TKK’s animosity against me has nothing to do with my writing vocation (which TKK once characterized as the blogging of a welfare queen), but only because of my stance against Israel.

    In the current article, I state that I, like so many others, can’t wait for Israel to disappear. TKK, on the other hand, thinks Palestinians are actually ingrates, since Jews do so much for them!:

    Residents of Palestine receive free medical care, housing, cell phones and social services, but viciously hate the people that provide this largess.

    It’s all sound and fury- these crocodile tears over Palestine- signifying nothing.

    What population group does this mimic here in the USA?

    To TKK, Palestinians are also welfare queens. To him, these Arabs should be grateful to Jews for their “housing” and cellphones, and ignore the fact that they have been invaded, kicked out of their homes, stripped of civil rights, when not shot or bombed by their Jewish benefactors.

    Linh

  64. @Corrupt

    Next year in Salt Lake City? I know that places other than Palestine were considered, but having a Jewish state in the middle of the Unites States doesn’t sound like a very good idea, unless all Jews were forced to live there. The problem is that nobody on settled land wants to step to the side for another group. I believe that American blacks should have a homeland, as many claim to want, but where would you put them? That’s always the problem.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  65. Dumbo says:
    @Montefrío

    So you moved out of the US because you couldn’t wait a bit more in the supermarket line? :-/

    With all the possible reasons to move out of the country, this doesn’t sound like a big deal. Also I’m sure even in Albania there are lots of bums who only live for cigarettes and beer, so it hardly seems a very American phenomenon.

    Anyway, I’m kind of in the middle of the road. What I don’t like about America is the opposite, extreme materialism, extreme individualism, preoccupation only with money, status and material concerns. Europe and some parts of Latin America are less obsessed about all this and there is still more community life. In the U.S. if you walk or ride a bike to work you’re seen as a loser, whereas it is normal in Europe.

    But other things in Europe are worse, such as less of a tradition for free speech and individual rights.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  66. @Linh Dinh

    you can eat very good Chinese, Russian, Italian, Swiss and even Uzbek dishes, etc.

    Wow, sure I’d never recognise it these days, Linh.

    Of course food is such a big thing in Asia. I was based in Bangkok for a while, knew folk in the North, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, up to Burma and Lao borders, also e-sarn, few times into Lao by air or over the Mekhong, Savannakhet (which now has a University, amazing) … Thais used to have long conversations about food which was excellent from the big Hotels on the Chao-phrya river in Bkk to street food everywhere.

    Albania is very sensible re cv19.
    It will be interesting to see how this nwo control attempt develops with the ongoing collapse of the west, which is the primary locus of judeo-freemasonic financial power. The parasite has wrecked its western host, maybe beyond recovery.

    Perhaps a return to Asia would be a good idea.
    Then again a short rope and a long drop for the banksters … lol …

  67. moi says:
    @OilcanFloyd

    Since it clearly loves them beyond reason, patriotism, and any morality, I think the US should invite all Israelis/Jews to come and live here.

  68. unwoke says:

    “It’s personal enough to many. During the 2018 World Cup, Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1, with both Swiss goals scored by rage-inspired Albanian Kosovans, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri. Their double eagle celebrations caused an international uproar.”

    Their double eagle celebrations were not appreciated by even some of their own squad. Switzerland’s coach, Vladimir Petkovic, who himself is from Bosnia-Herzegovina, said at the time: “You should never mix football and politics. It’s important to be a fan and to give respect.” It was a thrilling match with Shaqiri’s winner coming in the 90th minute, after Serbia had been the better team for most of the contest. Migrants from former Yugoslavia are the largest immigrant nationality in Switzerland, with Albanians, the highest faction among them. Albanians though aren’t always admired as they have a much higher crime rate than the Swiss average. Switzerland, with Xhaka & Shaqiri, will be back this summer in Euro 2020 – delayed a year because of the Chinese – but Serbia didn’t qualify, so there will be no repeat of that memorable 2018 match. Albania also didn’t qualify & seldom do. Guess football in Albania isn’t quite as “rage-inspired”. But the mere fact that the tournament is finally being staged is a very welcome sign that things are starting to get back to normal again in Europe. The Euro is the best tournament in the world & always something to look forward to. And to leave the uproarious international politics aside.

  69. Z-man says:
    @roberto1

    You know that’s not a bad choice. Victoria Nudelman has been practically a viceroy of that place over the years. The Russians and most self respecting Ukrainians wouldn’t stand for that though.
    My choice would be a slice of Siberia equal to the land area of 1967 Izrael. With global warming and modern technology that might be palatable to many of The Tribe and Russia could live without that slice and probably make a lot of money anyway i.e., compensation from the international banksters and then economic exchange with the new Siberians. (Grin)
    But a sliver of Ukraine…yeah.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @turtle
    , @Che Guava
  70. UNIT472 says:
    @Z-man

    Things can look bleak. Hitler said the democracies were too decadent to fight when he began his war but state propaganda can turn and fast. If the US gets into a hot war you can bet LGBTQ’s will be discharged ( or sacrificed to buy time ) as soon as the first draft callup begins.

    Given the collaboration between government and media that already exists there would be a seamless transition from today’s ‘Diversity is Our Strength’ to the ‘See Something Say Something’ campaign after 9/11.

    Jean Claude Junkers aphorism that ‘When things get serious you have to lie” morphs into ‘When things get serious you have to get rid of unserious people’

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @Anonymous
  71. @Trinity

    Snappy repartee!

    So all expats are deserving of banishment? Even those who left before the Patriot Act that put paid to USA liberty? What a dope! By “America” I assue you mean the USA, just one country on one continent, North America. South America is a separate continent, but also America, just in another hemisphere.

    Have you travelled much outside the USA? Ever lived outside it on your own? It’s a big world with lots worth seeing and experiencing. I liked what I saw and realized I wasn’t a good fit for corporate life in the USA, so I decided to roll the dice and make a life elsewhere in places that were more to my liking. Sometimes it’s just about matters of taste: not everyone is running from something, but rather going somewhere that strikes one’s fancy and staying there.

  72. “Though Serbs were demonized as crazed ethnic cleansers, they were only reacting to Croatian and Albanian nationalism, as abetted by Uncle Sam. America’s aim was not just breaking up Yugoslavia, but weakening Serbia, an Orthodox nation with historical ties to Russia. “

    This is the most ignorant thing Dinh ever wrote.
    Among other things, USA specifically opposed the break up of Yugoslavia. They took a long to be convinced. It was Germany that was the happiest, but Yugoslavia broke up because basically everyone who knows Serbs hates Serbs and hates being in the same country with them.

    Serbs are the only ethnicity that is hated by EVERYONE in their vicinity – everyone who knows them well. They’re backward and lazy, yet extremely arrogant – arrogant towards peoples more developed and higher IQ than them. My bro’s friend played pro basketball in Serbia and he said Serbs are like American blacks. One by one – not too bad, but as soon as there’s a group of them you know troubles are near.

    So get better info before you next write such nonsense.

  73. @OilcanFloyd

    ‘…I believe that American blacks should have a homeland, as many claim to want, but where would you put them? That’s always the problem.’

    It’s only a problem until we cease to care about their welfare.

  74. republic says:
    @Trinity

    Huey Long was shot by a Jewish doctor

    • Replies: @Trinity
  75. @Dumbo

    No, the supermarket thing was kind of an apotheosis, if you will. It wasn’t so much the bum, but the holier-than-thou attitude of the checkout lady and the other customers, all of them backing the bum and willing to wait like cows in a chute while the bum went panhandling. I’d already been planning to leave again. I was there for family matters and once they were resolved, I was itching to go. I’m a dual national (EU), so it was a lot easier for me, and in any case I’d already lived outside the USA from ’73-’86, so…

    I agree with your observations re the USA. I found it a stifling place for the reasons mentioned. I left Europe 17 years ago to move to rural Argentina, where I now thrive with my son. Argentine dtr-in-law and three grandchildren living sixty yards away on the same property from which he runs a thriving business in difficult times, small village in which “everybody knows your name” so to speak, very friendly, great climate, no racism in any direction (we have no blacks, however), very easy-going, not puritanical… Lots of community life here and while I no longer ride a bike (aged bones), I walk between three to five miles nearly every day, as do many. Hell, we have people riding horseback on the paved “highway” running through town. One thing that is true in much of SA: there’s no “press two for English” option; no Spanish or Portuguese (in Brazil), you in a heap o’ trouble.

  76. Anon[228] • Disclaimer says:

    Cis gendered rapists or porn addicts can operate a drone from the comfort of their military bases. Because of its military technology the US controls the world. Only if the rest of the world disallowed any US bases, would they be weakened.

  77. Trinity says:
    @republic

    Just another COHENcidence, right. Wallace was a serious threat to take votes from Nixon and Long was a serious threat to take votes from FDR. The dude that shot Wallace was some loser that somehow had the money to follow him all over the country if I have my story right. Have to double check on that one. Where did he get the cash for gas, food, hotels, etc.

    • Agree: anarchyst
  78. Old Jew says:
    @Alfred

    Please read “Out of Egypt” by Andre Aciman.

    His observations are so close to yours (about Nasser’s times)

    • Replies: @Alfred
  79. It’s not correct to say that the first massacre of the Yugoslav Civil War was committed by the Croats at Gospic. A few weeks previously local Serbs massacred about fifty Croat civilians at nearby Široka Kula. This was in fact cited as the excuse for the Gospic massacre.

  80. Old Jew says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Linh,

    My hero Karl Marx was a loafer.

    Friedrich Engels had to support him.

    Ron Unz supports you.

    Perhaps 3-4 generations from now,
    this fact turns out more important
    than his American Pravda.

    • LOL: Emslander
    • Replies: @gT
  81. @Ray Caruso

    Interesting. That aspect never occurred to me….

  82. @Dodge City Pete

    In many northern European countries Albanians are regarded as being only slightly better than gypsies. And believe me that is one hell of an insult.

  83. Oleander says:
    @stevennonemaker88

    Do you have children? If you do, it is strange they did not make the list of those who need you. If not, it is ironic that you are claiming Linh is a “man for himself”. Childlessness is a tenant of the terminally selfish, godless, post modern worldview.

    You are correct regarding childrearing. Children not only give purpose to parents, but ensure that today’s civilizational advancements can be propelled into tomorrow. This is meaningful progress, as Chesterton may have put it.

    But as you so aptly surmised, the 37% of generation X and Y that, for whatever reason, selfish or otherwise, are not having children, is inexorably linked to the postmodern paradigm. Ushering in the the early 20th century shift from modernism into what we have today brought us the likes of Henry Miller, who wrote: “I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive,” but yet no one is happy.

    Today’s youth suffers from paradise syndrome: they have all of the material comforts in the world, yet nothing to live for but endlessly deranging narcissism.

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
    , @ricpic
  84. Michael L says:

    Diane Johnstone points out that the first planned massacre of civilians in the last Balkan War was committed by Croats on Serbs, in Gospic.

    She simply believed a misleading story published by the dubious Croatian newspaper Feral Tribune in 1992 (during the war). In fact, a group of criminals of several nationalities took advantage of the chaos of the war to commit crimes in the region. They did not choose their victims according to nationality, but according to the property they assumed they could steal. Some of their victims were Serbs, but not all of them. There was nothing planned in their actions.

    Obviously Linh Dinh did not understand when he was in Serbia that he was dealing with a nation of pathological liars (it is a collective psychological disorder very difficult to comprehend indeed). The Serbs are eternal victims who nevertheless sow death among their neighbors. That’s why they were so shocked by the bombing of Belgrade after having spread terror in the region for several years. How was it possible that war could also claim casualties at home?

  85. @Z-man

    If history teaches us anything, it’s that the Chosen Ones are never satisfied with a “sliver” of anything.

  86. Trinity says:

    Herman Melville and Jack London were “loafers” and so was the notorious serial killer, Carl Panzram. That Black serial killer, Sam Little, was a national “loafer,” dude was all over the place in America. I would imagine lots of writers are “loafers,” that is how they accumulate their sources. Some people join the navy or merchant marines to loaf around for awhile.

    Cue: Never Been To Spain by Three Dog Night or better yet the Elvis cover is even better.

  87. turtle says:
    @Z-man

    a slice of Siberia

    Make the tundra bloom! Why not?
    At least, with Zionist mitts off the waters of Anatolia, the Arabs of West Bank and Gaza might have clean drinking water again. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  88. @Fred777

    The Vietnamese didn’t travel 8,000 miles to kill Americans.

    Correct. On foot they traveled no more than 300 miles to happily torture, maim and execute their own brethren in the goal of saving them from quicker deaths. In my personal knowledge, the five thousand murders of men, women, children and infants at the Hue massacre by the NVA and VC paled in comparison to the annihilation sustained by them on a daily basis against innocent hamlets wherever found.

    The Americans foolishly attempted altering the genetic dispositions of these noble humans and their ethics so far as to integrating them into American culture, hence witness the streets they now name after themselves in Houston–rather than after the 68,000 men whose deaths made their importation possible. Wild Bill Calley was merely a prenumbral reflection, a fruition of vietnamese culture. He should have joined Phoenix where the enemy was effectively persuaded of the consequences attached to one’s path in life.

    Indeed, your self-fulfilling prophet Dinh in addition to other commentors having not already abandoned the new and improved America, now apparently await the airlift existing in their mind only.

  89. Z-man says:
    @UNIT472

    What if there’s a hot war looming that most Americans don’t believe in but that the Christian Zionists and their puppet masters, the actual Zionists/Neocons, want to push us into?
    But the collapse wont come from a hot war but from within. The rot of a corrupt, incompetent and Zionist occupied government and decadent ruling class.

  90. @Colin Wright

    Israel leaves her alone, and she’ll leave Israel alone.”

    Occupied Palestine killed 1 Hezbollah fighter in Syria and 1 reserve fighter at the border. The last time I checked, Hezbollah did retaliate, but is waiting for the time being.

    I’m not privy to anything related to Hezbollah and how it functions [militarily], so, yes, the above is just my personal guestimation.

  91. Che Guava says:
    @Z-man

    Stalin tried the slice of Siberia, almost all of the jews left. Look it up, IIRC, Jewish Automous Oblast, it still has that name.

    A slice of Uganda was also considered by the Zionists.

    At one stage, Imperial Japan had a plan for helping her German ally by offering an area in Manchuria for jewish resettlement.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @SaneClownPosse
  92. @Irish Savant

    There must not be a lot of gypsies in Northern Europe because no one who has spent time around gypsies would believe that. I mean real gypsies, as in roma. Gypsies are worse than any other ethnic group and it’s not even close. They literally cannot live in a house without destroying it.

  93. Anonymous[383] • Disclaimer says:
    @UNIT472

    Now that would be interesting the “first draft call” which would be the last one as there would be no recruits from the first one, send all the mercenaries after all that’s why we are paying billions of dollars for. Not that they wouldn’t sell out to the highest bidder, because I’m sure they would.

  94. Z-man says:
    @Che Guava

    We have to get them all to go back to that ‘Oblast’. (Wry grin)

    • Agree: Che Guava
  95. @Dumbo

    “… completely divided between “Democrats” and “Republicans …”

    The real divide is between the long running trillionaire families that run every nation with a banking system, and every else on the planet.

    Their media outlets publish lists of, supposedly, the most wealthy Americans, but they’re always only billionaires, and never a Rockefeller, et al., ever appears on those lists.

    The same people that deliberately ran the Roman Empire, and every other empire, into the ground. They love, and live, the Phoenix legend.

  96. @Che Guava

    The Tsar called it “beyond the pale of settlement”, Jews in Russia were forced to live in the wilderness outside the fences and walls (the pale) that separated civilization from the wilderness beyond.

    Many historical figures were actually Jewish, along with historians, so history isn’t always what we are told it is.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @Che Guava
  97. @TKK

    Lihn is a man who would watch the world burn, safe from a dank bar in Albania, scouting out his next ox tail stew. He is a man for himself, and him alone. We know he abandoned his nephew who was being beaten. His missives are to pay for the next round of Brauhaus Rose and make some small talk with whomever will engage with him. His clever turn of phrase can pass some time, but there are no heroic impulses to be found in the man.

    wait . . . Linh now says he hates joos, and his critic doesn’t. That changes everything.

    His main beef against me, however, is not the welfare of my nephew, for whom he couldn’t care less, or my “loafing,” but my stance on Israel, for which he has a track record of defending.
    https://www.unz.com/ldinh/one-night-in-amerika/#comment-4671238

  98. @Trinity

    ‘…So “Black” golfer Tiger Woods is 1/2 Oriental and even more White than Black.’

    One hundred percent black blacks are rarely able to function in white society.

    • Replies: @Trinity
    , @Hacienda
  99. @Trinity

    We don’t want to return, Trinity. I for one want to see America in flames, and you and your loved ones droned by the tranny pentagon.

    • Troll: Trinity
    • Replies: @The Soft Parade
    , @Trinity
  100. Trinity says:
    @Colin Wright

    It is just hysterical how they always refer to him as the Black golfer who changed the game, I never knew that Tiger Woods is actually more White than Black. This is hilarious.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  101. Antiwar7 says:
    @Michael L

    No, you’re wrong, there was plenty of other evidence, for example this New York Times article written by Croatian-American Chuck Sudetic:
    https://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/25/world/evidence-in-massacre-points-to-croats.html

    The Croatian government itself sentenced three Croats to prison over it:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospi%C4%87_massacre

  102. Antiwar7 says:

    Way to go for Linh Dinh, to reference Fools Crusade by Diana Johnstone.

    It’s the best English-language book about the former-Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s.

    • Replies: @TheTotallyAnonymous
  103. Antiwar7 says:
    @Michael L

    There’s also the Croatian whistle-blower, Milan Levar, who was murdered before he could testify:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Levar

  104. Hacienda says:
    @Colin Wright

    One hundred percent black blacks are rarely able to function in white society.

    It’s debatable that TW is functional in white society. He lives in his own microcosm of his own making.
    A billion dollars and a management company that provides for every need, material desire, handles scheduling will make up for a lot of problems.

    His Buddhism seems to be the thing that keeps him from flying off. He relates to the Asian players on the tour very well.

  105. Antiwar7 says:
    @Indifferent contrarian

    Look up Warren Zimmerman, the US ambassador to Yugoslavia at the time, who convinced the Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic to renege on his agreement to an EC peace plan, back in 1992.

    http://www.cnj.it/home/en/information/jugoinfo/2235-2260-we-are-aiming-for-a-dissolution-of-yugoslavia-into-independent-states.html

    Oh, but your brother’s friend is the arbiter of all things Serbian. Plus, it makes sense to judge a country by their professional sports fans, always the most calm, cool, and cerebral bunch in any country.

  106. SafeNow says:

    An old an friend recently decamped from the U.S. to Europe to live. I mention this because he is highly engaged, rational, well-read, objective, deliberative, and measured. A Harvard Law grad (for what that’s worth — there, saved you the comment). I found his transferring of his flags — as the admirals say — sobering, because there was no epiphany, and he wasn’t mugged, literally or metaphorically. Anyway, excellent travel writing; Paul Theroux, the best modern travel writer, comes to mind, many similarities.

  107. Stupid White Man went out of his way to help a Negro with a flat tire.

    Black Gratitude Batters(a man half to death).

    https://fox4kc.com/news/good-samaritan-brutally-beaten-after-stopping-to-help-stranded-driver-on-i-35-in-clay-county/

  108. gT says:
    @Old Jew

    Agreed, Socrates is considered to be one of the founders of Western philosophy, and Socrates was a loafer, in his later years at least. All he did was talk, he never wrote down anything. He slept where he could and survived on what people gave him, he wore rags and went barefoot. Yet he is revered to this day.

    Can’t remember where I read it now, don’t even know if the timelines match, but apparently Alexander the Great went to consult Socrates on some issue. Socrates was lying on the grass in the sun. Socrates took offence at Alexander standing in the way of the sun warming him up on the ground. Alexander went away saying that if he wasn’t Alexander he would have wanted to be Socrates.

    It seems the life of a loafer enables the brain to work better. All the ancients, from the far East to Greece, considered a life off the beaten tracks to be beneficial, that kind of thinking stopped in the West at some point.

    • Replies: @republic
    , @ricpic
  109. @Inverted Blue

    They literally cannot live in a house without destroying it.

    Uh, I don’t know about that. Rich gypsies in Eastern Europe build some nice big houses (nice according to their tastes, kitsch to me). And on the inside they look clean and well maintained.

    • Thanks: Emslander
  110. 4justice says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Please keep “loafing” Linh. Your writing is the most honest, sincere and thus humanizing I think I have encountered.

    No one can say you didn’t try to help save America from the tyranny of a slippery minority that likes to pretend they are the victim as they target the majority for destruction with their profitable marketing of degeneracy: The Sacklers Opioids, the pornographers wares, Wall Street’s job off-shorers, the usurers, the gambling industry, Hollywood’s promotion of sexual depravity…

    You told some truth and paid for it. Most people – especially now with all of the COVID hysteria – would rather just lie to get along. But you haven’t stopped telling the truth.

    May God protect you wherever you go. It may be too late to save this place, but I do what I can and your honest words do help keep me going. Thank you!

    • Agree: Alfred
  111. @Supply and Demand

    The confession of a non-racial “nigger” who can’t live with America and can’t live without it. Do tell us how obsessed you must be in your new Ultima Thule with pretending that your magnetic personality as of yet has not reunited with you, or did you simply write to explain why America now smells a little different. Word is the crying game does not go as well for expats abroad as it does for those here, and upon finding your place on earth safe for those frightened of pentagon trannies, please write.

  112. Franz says:
    @Linh Dinh

    My main job is writing, and it’s perverse this moron would call that “loafing.”

    No, Linh. Wrong spin entirely.

    I’d be fine with “loafer” and I’d point out that a long line of loafers, from Herodotus to Mark Twain, enriched the whole world far more than any ancient library full of rotting books just by letting people laugh at all the ways paid work creates new and destructive versions of insanity.

    Think of the paid shills for Israel, and ask: Do they loaf?

    I guarantee you they do not. They probably have word-per-hour quotas and it is clearly, only too clearly, driving them all as crazy as shithouse rats. They decline in quality even as they scream themselves hoarse (on keyboards, with quotas!) that supporting Palestinians is the same as Hitler and so on and so on.

    Not being Hasbara, and writing truth to power, is a rough diamond mountain of loafing with honor and integrity. I would accept it as a compliment even if it came from a pal.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  113. @Inverted Blue

    I am from India and have never seen a gypsy in real life but have seen many pictures of them online. They have the indian gene….lazy, work shy, greedy, self obsessed. I’m sure they link back to the sub continent. I am certain of this. It is a horrible thing to say this but they are pests and a nuisance. They should be quarantined, worked to death(without harsh treatment), and simply made extinct. They are useless.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  114. Emslander says:
    @Trinity

    Obama was half black and half white and was the first black US President. It’s a major flaw in the race-based regime the millennials are trying to create. No matter how they slice and dice themselves, there will be contradictions.

    Glad I’m 100% Frisian.

  115. Dumbo says:
    @Franz

    “Loafers” are many times criticized, but they are much less harmful that over-energetic people doing evil stuff. Especially people who can’t stop one second promoting social unrest and changes for this or for that. The type of people that are very common in one particular ethnicity (although certainly not exclusive to it).

    Reminds me of that old Napoleon joke about the types of soldiers that exist. I say, better to have harmless lazy or dumb people than energetic and smart evil-doers.

    Laziness over evil, any time.

    • Agree: Muggles
  116. Alfred says:
    @Old Jew

    Thank you. I checked the book on Kindle. I will read it when I have time. 🙂

    His observations are so close to yours (about Nasser’s times)

    There is one huge difference between the experiences of foreigners and Jews whose businesses and properties were nationalised and that of Egyptian families like mine. The foreigners and Jews were compensated financially by the Egyptian government.

    In the case of Egyptian entrepreneurs and landowners, they got nothing. We were fortunate to have been able to smuggle some money out with the help of BOAC pilots – for a 10% cut – before the balloon went up. Most of that class of Egyptians became destitute. Hence the decline of Egypt’s economy.

    You can watch a similar process going on in the USA – despite the booming stock markets. Socialists always think that they can butcher the cow and she will somehow continue producing milk.

  117. @Indifferent contrarian

    Serbians, like all Balkaners, are nicer and far safer to be around than Americans (except maybe at times of war). You can walk around day or night in any of these countries without anybody disturbing you, and children can go around anywhere on their own without worrying about getting kidnapped or molested. Are Americans that nice? Oh, and have you met a gang of English football supporters?

  118. @Antiwar7

    What do you think of Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia by Peter Brock?

    I actually think it’s at least as good, if not even better than Fools Crusade, although both books have their different strengths. Fools Crusade is more comprehensive of the overall events, while Media Cleansing covers in much greater details the vicious anti-Serb propaganda but is a bit more narrow focused on certain issues.

    Note: Didn’t bother to do the Amazon link since apparently Amazon is already being censored although I’m sure the book can be found through simple internet searches, including other platforms apart from Amazon.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @Antiwar7
  119. republic says:
    @gT

    Diogenes is the man,not Socrates who said that to Alexanxer the great

  120. KeltCindy says:
    @Alfred


    ⬆️
    🇮🇹 =🖕
    😆
    * ITALY *

    • Replies: @Alfred
  121. @Oleander

    Thanks, and well said. Materialism is both a lie and a curse. While having enough money and material things is important, they become destructive when they are made into the central focus of life.

    I have three kids, and I agree about children. They are our legacy, and FAR more important than toys, money, social status, careers, and other peripheral concerns.

    I often find that BALANCE is the most sorely lacking trait of people in general. Everything in it’s proper quantity and proper level of importance could be called the key to true success.

  122. Che Guava says:
    @SaneClownPosse

    That makes some sense, also well-mixed with nonsense.

    Should I take it to mean, for example, that Leon Trotsky was not truly a Jew called Lev Bronstein. Lord knows what his real Talmudic name was.

    …. and that Disraeli pretended to be Anglican, Episcopalian for the U.S. majority readers here.

    I have read most of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing, even a cenury ago, he used ‘Episcopalian’ as a sarcastic code-word for Jewish.

  123. Che Guava says:
    @TheTotallyAnonymous

    If you can find something you want to read on paper, buy it at a book shop.

    If you can’t buy it at the book shop, ask them to order it.

    If that doesn’t work, and you don”t have a bigger book shop to go and buy it from, buy it directly from the publshers.

    Never buy anything from Amazon. I never have and never will.

    i have too many books, in both Japanese and English, will likely die before I read all properly, but have read most, some too superficially. so must return to read again.

    Same with video games, too many good ones not finished, the laser diode of my ancient Dreamcast may die.

    Otherwise, the advance of CG since the Dreamcast is pretty small.

    • Thanks: TheTotallyAnonymous
    • Replies: @TheTotallyAnonymous
  124. Alfred says:
    @roberto1

    I think maybe they have their eyes on the Ukraine.

    I agree. It is pretty obvious. In Kiev, they are drawing up a list of some 13 oligarchs (most of them Jewish). They plan to dispossess them of their plunder and to hand it over to the Rothschilds. It is a largely civil war among Jews at the pinnacle of the Ukrainian economy.

    From the point of view of the collective West, the Ukrainian oligarchy has fulfilled its historic mission and must leave. The battle with the oligarchs unfolding in Ukraine is an order from the West, which is clearing the Ukrainian platform for its capital. The Rothschild family is showing an increased interest in Ukraine.

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy began the process of de-oligarchization in the country. A special law is already being actively prepared, which will determine the “status of an oligarch.” And the National Security and Defense Council counted 13 persons in Ukraine who fall under the criterion of an oligarch. According to the economic adviser to the president, Oleg Ustenko, “a certain group of stakeholders, mostly oligarchs, have been trying for many years to“ preserve the situation in Ukraine ”by developing their own business and creating barriers to entry for others. “Others” have long been showing interest in Ukraine.

    Financiers from the Rothschild family are so far known in Ukraine mainly for the fact that the Rothschild Trust Schweiz AG company took over the business assets of former President Poroshenko, and the financial vultures willingly bought up Ukrainian sovereign debts in favor of the Rothschilds. But in fact, the Rothschilds had their eyes on the whole of Ukraine.

    The Rothschild banking house became an international financial empire through war, espionage and secrecy. For over a century, the Rothschild business was completely opaque, providing ample food for rumors.

    Who will replace the Ukrainian oligarchs. Ukrainian interest of the Rothschilds (a translation from Russian to English)

  125. Alfred says:
    @KeltCindy

    * ITALY *

    Italy’s media is not Zionist-controlled. Why do you think the media in the West constantly ignore or deplores Berlusconi?

    Mr Berlusconi’s Mediaset owns Italy’s top private TV stations, and the public broadcaster, Rai, has traditionally been subject to political influence, so that when Mr Berlusconi was prime minister, he was able to exert tight control over both public and private broadcasting.

    Italy profile – Media

    • Replies: @KeltCindy
  126. Trinity says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Well that figures, Shlomo. Lemme tell ya, I am skeered half to death of dying. hahahahahaha. After all everyone breathing is going to die someday, even a nasty (((troll))) like YOU. Wonder where someone like YOU goes in the afterlife?

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  127. @Che Guava

    Thanks for your advice on different issues.

    I’ll be sure to add a thanks once my button is replenished.

    • Thanks: Che Guava
  128. It’s only a problem until we cease to care about their welfare.

    It’s more an issue of practicality. I don’t think that many blacks would take the opportunity to self-govern in a nation of their own, so it’s probably not worth discussing. It’s just obvious that integration and living with blacks is not working, and is a huge drain for whites. At this point, many blacks feel entitled to just about everything, and believe that they created everything from the wealth and culture, to the infrastructure and institutions of the nation, so any amount of separation would likely involve a real struggle. Hispanics likely have similar beliefs, along with mostly bogus claims of ownership of the land.

    The funny thing about blacks is how quickly they have gone from claiming that they had little impact on the nation because they were marginalized and not allowed to have education or training, to claiming that they have had their massive contributions ignored and stolen. It’s as quick as the belief among whites that anyone can come here and have as much at stake as they do. Crazy.

  129. An open comment on the general theme on whether the author is a a loafer or a bum as opposed to what some may consider to be leading a ‘productive’ life.

    First off, the corny biblical chestnut of not judging others applies. Totally. Who the fuck gives anyone the right to judge others in their choice of life? Jung said that what you despise in others is really what you despise in yourself. Not only do I agree with that but I constantly catch myself transgressing this very thing. Its called being human and we are a nasty bunch.

    Secondly, I have had the opportunity due to good fortune (not due to my genius s/) to give my life and life in general a thorough and critical review. This is a work in progress but my conclusion for lack any better way of putting it is that life is but a joke. If you take yourself too seriously it becomes a bad joke.

    If you take the middle class stream of semi-conscientious bait you marry someone that you like (love is a psychosis), have the big wedding (seal the deal) have children and for most work in a job that you don’t really like because of the mortgage. Financial logic escapes you because during normal times you bought three houses and only own one. And even that one will be taken away if you go into tax arrears.

    Children during normal times were a pain but these days you are spawning potential Pavel Morozovs and your own house becomes a mind prison. If you read sites like Unz and think along those lines watch your mouth. Your public school indoctrinated kids, and your MSM indoctrinated wife will catch your odd comments and either label you as a ‘WHATEVER’ or dislike you. Be assured that your intellectual interests will come up in divorce court as you have a 50% chance of ending up there in any event. Enough on that.

    Back to point, in my opinion the author has won his version of life’s lottery. He has had the fortune of melding his vocation with his avocation. In plain English it is like the devoted hobbyist finding out that what he most enjoys also pays big bucks say for example restoring classic automobiles. If I could find a job that would pay me six figures a year for drinking beer and blowing off at the mouth I could relate. Instead I farm without needing the farm income so I am somewhat close to it.

    An interesting fact is that in Britain at the start of World War 1, married men rushed to the colours in disproportionate numbers. Patriotism? What about the early explorers? What about the men in Alexander The Great’s armies trudging through the known world year after year? Do you think that they would have preferred coaxing grain out of poor soil year after year only to come home to a screaming wench and crying kids day after day?

    So, as I see it conformity is the true slavery. Never more so as in modern times. As someone of note stated the best slaves are the ones that don’t even know that they are enslaved. A good 99% will conform because that is the way humans are. And to be fair many will be happy with this as they understand it. I just wanted to state that I am in sympathy with the 1% who realize that we were all born originals and shouldn’t die as copies.

    Excuse the babble. Just things I heard while talking to myself.

    Cheers-

    • Replies: @Trinity
    , @Hacienda
    , @gT
  130. Antiwar7 says:
    @TheTotallyAnonymous

    The Peter Brock book is also excellent, but as you point out, Fools Crusade goes into the background more, so that’s why I gave it a slight edge for a general reader.

    There’s also a good book by Susan Woodward, and one by Michael Perenti which seems good (though I’m only reading now). And a couple others I can’t recall now.

    I also really like Diana Johnstone’s writing style and her insights. I strongly recommend her recent memoir, Circle in the Darkness.

    • Thanks: TheTotallyAnonymous
  131. KeltCindy says:
    @TKK

    “This is a thorny issue to parse, but traveling for the sake of traveling can bring a certain ennui.”

    This implication—and acknowledgement of potential “thorniness”—is as thoughtful as it is sincere…

    But the adorable, throwaway “thorniness” disclaimer is warranted because—while Dinh’s body of travel-inspired work is the demonstrable antithesis of “ennui”—the proposal it isn’t seems to come from someone is no stranger to ingratitude.

    The insinuation, in contrast to ennui, is clearly not coming from a place of indifference…

    No, this is a thorny conclusion to parse, but I just sense standard, garden-variety projection here.

    “While it can be delicious, I am certain it does not help us understand actual economic realities and day to day truths, here in our Orwellian country where the rich eat the poor and then are given awards for it. (There is an affordable housing crisis that is a 5 alarm fire that will make the homeless camps of Venice Beach look like the Ritz Carlton).”

    This statement is absolutely, dead-on, exactly, bullseye correct and PERFECT, with the simple excision of a single word, highlighted for your convenience above.

    You’re welcome.

  132. Trinity says:
    @Timur The Lame

    Hell, I envy the writer. Some other poster brought up the “loafer” tag and I immediately thought of writers like Jack London and Herman Melville. Only places I have been to out of the States are Canada, all over the Caribbean, ( if you have seen one island Caribbean nation you have seen them all, but I enjoyed Curacao the most), and Scotland. Been to several states and lived in 6 states. Hmm, my dream list of places to visit if I hit the lottery? In the states it used to be New Orleans and San Francisco, now in the year 2021, no way Jose.

    Outside of the States, I would choose, Rome, London, Berlin, Melbourne or Sydney, Moscow, and Iceland. No part of Asia do I care to visit, especially North Korea or China although I find Indian physical culture fascinating and love the food. Turkey? Oh, hell no, I keep thinking of that movie, “Midnight Express,” but I would love a really good Turkish shave even if it meant I had to ditch my signature beard.

    Definitely would experience America first. NYC? Lived there for 4 years. Washington, D.C.? Been there and done that. Chicago? Another time just like New Orleans and San Francisco, but now, not a chance, same thing with Los Angeles, they have ruined the city. Mount Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam? Sure. Denver, Colorado? Why not. Montana and Wyoming? Oh hell yeah, throw in Alaska as well. New England and Boston? Fuck no. Damn Yankees. haha.

    • Replies: @ricpic
    , @Colin Wright
  133. KeltCindy says:
    @The Soft Parade

    Dinh had as much say in coming to the Heart of Moloch as drafted U.S. service members had in going to Viet Nam.

    The end.

    (P.S. – Dinh DOES have a say in where he is now and, God bless him, he ain’t anywhere near Moloch…)

    Agency + wisdom = Dinh

    Also the end.

  134. Hacienda says:
    @Timur The Lame

    An open comment on the general theme on whether the author is a loafer or a bum as opposed to what some may consider to be leading a ‘productive’ life.

    Since when has the life of a writer been a loafer’s life?

    What’s important is that LD is unique. A Vietnamese who is loudly and consistently anti-Israel.
    Any writer can troll the world’s ugly, slovenly, taxi drivers, the “working” class for material. LOL.
    Is there really a “working” class anymore? That’s a joke. I see plumbers who make more than lawyers. The plumbers can pick and choose their jobs and hours, too. An electrician can make what physician makes without the 10 years spent in college, med-school, and residency. Who’s the true fool? I’ve spent my entire life around secretaries, DMV workers, postal workers who are completely oblivious to any oppression. They are perfectly content, as far as I can see and count. Millions have I seen, none have mentioned any great weight upon their shoulders. Their oppression is so total, that they don’t know they should be furious.

    We need to retire the old canard of the oppressed “working class”. It’s been bullshit for awhile.

    LD has added the fun new dimension of the oppressed working class because of, guess who, THE JEW! Surprisee!

    If it can add a fun new gimmick to the news digestion pathways, well, what’s wrong with that?
    A Viet Anti-Semite. Good on LD.

  135. KeltCindy says:
    @Alfred

    Hi Alfred,

    I’m the “choir.”

    Well aware!

    Hence my impulsive little 🇮🇹 = 🖕
    (Italy’s middle-finger to the B.S. 😆)

    “Half-breed” here; the product of Cold War Italy and the U.S. Air Force (Italian mom).

    All told, was fortunate to live in Italy 11 years (about eight of them HAPPY, which coincidentally were my NON-active duty Air Force years there, somehow).

    I apologize for the autobiography…

    Just found the chart illustrating Italy’s unchanged sentiment—(and immunity to the propaganda they surely are aware exists)—towards China hilarious. When I saw it, I uttered a single word:

    “Yup.” 😆

    Cindy

    • Replies: @Alfred
  136. ricpic says:

    “You should just go to Texas, then drive to Los Angeles. Southwest desert is amazing.”

    Yes. Yes it is.

    There’s something impressive about the negative capability of Angelou, King Jr. and Jobs: their ability to craft “profound” statements of such utter vacuity.

    Did Oscar Kokoshka, if offered popcorn, eat it or paint it?…expressionistically of course.

  137. ricpic says:
    @Trinity

    I don’t want to come on as a travel snob but you’d get a much better feel for Italy, to take one example, by visiting Genoa, Bologna, Trieste, rather than Rome. Or any number of even smaller “unimportant” towns. That’s true of England, Germany, France as well. Just a thought.

    • Thanks: Trinity
  138. gsjackson says:
    @Indifferent contrarian

    Yeah, troubles are near for NBA teams when you get a group of Serbs together. Right now they would include one and one half of the five best players in the world — Luka Doncic, who is half Serb, and Nikola Jokic, who will be the NBA MVP this year. If I had to pick two players to build a team around right now, it would be those two.

    I’m in Serbia, have been for four and a half of the last eight months. While I don’t know any of the Serbs in any sort of depth, I’ve found them to be very engaging and interesting people. I quite like being in their country, and would stay longer than 90 days at a time if they’d let me. I give them a world of credit for not holding the actions of the American government against individual Americans. And they certainly haven’t forgotten us bombing them 22 years ago.

  139. ricpic says:
    @Oleander

    That Henry Miller quote about having “…no hopes. I am the happiest man alive” has to be taken in context.

    Yes, he was down and out in Paris, but he was also finally and absolutely committed to being a writer or being nothing. In that sense he was genuinely happy. He had, to use the cliche, “found himself.” And found himself after being a “responsible productive citizen” and having fathered two children.

    Miller HAD to write. Nothing else filled him. Not remotely. In other words he was a special case. Did the writing justify the abandonment of his children? Who knows.

    Lastly, his statement is not completely honest because he DID have hope, the hope of publication, of breaking through. But that Miller had genuine courage, the courage to burn all his bridges, cannot be denied.

  140. Muggles says:
    @Indifferent contrarian

    Serbs are the only ethnicity that is hated by EVERYONE in their vicinity –

    That’s a laugh.

    Who on the Russian border doesn’t hate Russians?

    Germans aren’t exactly hated, depending on who you ask, but never trusted.

    No one in the UK but the English likes the English. And much of the rest of the world.

    Israelis?

    Most large nations with distinct ethnicity are disliked by smaller, weaker neighbors. China, also.

    Disliking your immediate neighbors is as old as humanity, founded on small hunter gather clans, later tribes, later kingdoms, now nations. Serbs probably don’t like their neighbors either.

  141. @Biff

    Nostalgia is a drug that can take you out of the misery of the present.

    A certain place may not be a where but a when.

    Party’s over, last one out hit the lights.

    Oh, well you’re already out, Biffy. Been out of the US for a long while, iirc.

    But you just can’t stop talking about it.

    What does that say about you expat assholes?

    LOL

  142. @Irish Savant

    In many northern American states many would regard the Irish the same way (or worse…), unfortunately. And believe me that is one hell of an insult…..too.

    What is your point? Generalizing??

    Two of my best friends are Irish, and my childhood’s best friend is Albanian, a stand up guy. Again, what are you trying to tell us? Human race has its own percentage of pigs indeed……as does this forum.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  143. @Irish Savant

    Here is an admiring piece about Kosovo Albanians and their expensive automobiles from the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Readers on various sites are puzzled as to how these Albanians make their money. They do not appear in tax registries which are open to public view.

    Kauniit, nopeat ja kalliit
    Suomen kosovolaisille auto on toinen koti, sanoo Fatos Elshani, 32. Tutkijan mukaan ilmiö koskee koko Balkania.

    [ Beautiful, fast and expensive
    To Finland’s Kosovars a car is a second home, says Fatos Elshani, 32. According the researcher the phenomenon includes the entire Balkans ]

    Autot | ”Ei sitä nyt voi ihan millä tahansa ajaa” – Helsingin seudun kosovolaistaustaisten autot ovat kauniita, nopeita ja kalliita, koska 30 vuotta sitten kaikki muuttui 

    [ “One cannot drive just anything” — Helsinki region residents of Kosovo background have cars that are beautiful, fast and expensive because everything changed 30 years ago [ i.e. the collapse of Yugoslavia]]
    https://www.hs.fi/kaupunki/art-2000007966539.html

    ( paywall, entire text here in Finnish: https://hommaforum.org/index.php/topic,131941.msg3304954.html?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=0cce81e2d96f8de7dcd3625d6f72db196a81f0b9-1621809871-0-AUicasqVt2bHL5ZRlOwBheDnl3UF731Ls8zy5RtXkEzLn1Pj2qUix-64RhUoHfzPfaEaMNB1vRMjSQNSTpKaPuK2gO6w0ypiP2GfDX5PelQNlp0lSSe4k4NCO2lP2gWesj9L4tvlG6FWsDz9fw0uNmaFYi54rUma8nUqqBjx0S-JdTNaXeTIko4mA0Cd6HHQqrFny5gHjb8Jm-EbhEwyFIhh_Ys2jaP5hMdj2vBjcnHDLwWli5-hEizC6TvlYmvFyoHvjJWKQpUnvbl5Aapqnd2tpnYeasoedtlMzgxgGxxbKPKwrvSmuqdzyKkibyczJWfmjBYXqXh57fjmFBKsOOjCM4pZln1gs9RnFlYVCzQ7DohGAsVS_gKV3Vvjj2mOchCKhKwrudu4IGelgW0i4lGL02GQurzJXWraiXli9C6-fNuy0m__03mX8nsJLyIriD2sZVyqSouMY_VgwuiLHAsI4rBqEiosb__uS_BUoyyGlVLhuGvqJMhlmRfP3mOg9w#msg3304954 )

    • Replies: @Alfred
  144. @Irish Savant

    Well, it looks like this “Irish savant” comes from Yugoslavia….. your comments make sense that way. Emphasizing the stereotypes can indeed be effective in pushing your agenda.

  145. @Michael L

    My experience of Croats AND Serbs is that they are both lunatics who deserve each other.
    I do believe that the barbarism of the Turks did a real number on the group and individual psychologies of the Balkans but why are these two such patent maniacs?
    I can’t answer this question.
    I do know crazy when I see it.

  146. @Sapiens Savant

    Please stop with this bullshit, nigger loving Paddytard.

    The American Irish worked and fought their way to where they are now. There was no “affirmative action” welfare or food stamps when they got here. Those old boys and their women WORKED.

    In addition to working, they prayed. And they had big families. And they built Cathedrals and Churches and schools etc…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Mary_Our_Queen,_Baltimore

    https://www.cathedralofmary.org/about

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  147. @Trinity

    ‘Outside of the States, I would choose, Rome, London, Berlin, Melbourne or Sydney, Moscow, and Iceland. No part of Asia do I care to visit, especially North Korea or China although I find Indian physical culture fascinating and love the food. Turkey? Oh, hell no, I keep thinking of that movie, “Midnight Express,” but I would love a really good Turkish shave even if it meant I had to ditch my signature beard.’

    Turkey is pretty good. Japan’s a winner. Portugal as well.

    But the all-round champ has to be Spain. Not A’s so much as B+’s right down the line.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  148. Steve531 says:
    @Colin Wright

    Nonsense.

    Per the always well informed reporter Elijah Magnier, Hezbollah offered the Palestinians to join in to support them, but the Palestinians wanted to keep the world’s focus on them. The very fact that Hezbollah could have joined in at a time the defenses were already overwhelmed gave hamas substantial bargaining power, which it used to obtain favorable terms.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  149. anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @TKK

    They also serve who loaf and write.

  150. Wielgus says:
    @Colin Wright

    Turkey’s OK if you don’t have non-standard political beliefs and/or the government does not need a suitable foreign scapegoat and you happen to fit the bill.
    Christian proselytising might also get you arrested. Or killed.

  151. gT says:
    @Timur The Lame

    A South African golfer by the name of Ernie Els was the world’s number one a few years back, he is rolling in the dough. His mother is famous for telling him to get a proper job. Seems him loafing on golf courses the world over is not a proper job, only a normal 9 to 5, 5 days a week rat race is a proper job. One sometimes just cannot win.

  152. @Alfred

    You could put that to use in service to mankind you know?

  153. @Alfred

    Munich hasn’t changed that much since the 1990s. It is certainly in better shape than most German cities, at least in the finer neighborhoods. I’m sure time is running out, but it may be nice for another 10 years or so.

  154. There’s one easy prediction, though. The US is just about done as a world power, society, economy, concept or even joke.

    Wishful thinking. Unfortunately we are stuck with the US for at least another century. The EU is aging, impotent and will fall apart due to immigration in a few decades, it is in far worse shape than the US. Russia has nothing to offer, it’s a demographic disaster and it’s economy consists of hacking, weapons and selling off natural resources. A country whose best and brightest are still desperate to buy real estate in London and Monaco, or work in Silicon Valley, is in no danger of becoming a serious power. China is in much better economic shape than Russia, and has done an impressive job of colonizing large bits of Africa, but they are also in awful demographic shape and their culture is not attractive to most foreigners. After that? India? Nigeria? The US – or the Anglosphere in general – is still in far better shape than any other rival.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  155. @Trinity

    I’m a member of the Catholic Church in good standing, with two baptized children and the only crime in my name being academic espionage. I’ll be fine.

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  156. @Steve531

    ‘Nonsense.

    ‘Per the always well informed reporter Elijah Magnier, Hezbollah offered the Palestinians to join in to support them, but the Palestinians wanted to keep the world’s focus on them. The very fact that Hezbollah could have joined in at a time the defenses were already overwhelmed gave hamas substantial bargaining power, which it used to obtain favorable terms.’

    That’s interesting — but at the same time, the proof’s in the pudding.

    Hezbollah has never attacked Israel except in pursuit of its own goals within Lebanon, and everything it actually does (as opposed to what Israel blames it for) bears a direct and obvious connection to the situation in Lebanon and its position there. Hezbollah sat out 2008, it sat out 2014, and notwithstanding your citation, in the upshot it sat out 2021.

    There’s nothing wrong with that — Hezbollah’s not morally obliged to martyr itself for the Sunnis and Christians of Palestine — but I won’t hold my breath waiting for Hezbollah to deluge Israel with rockets unless Israel has another go at invading Lebanon.

  157. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @The Soft Parade

    68,000? A ten-thousand-lives typo? 58,000?
    6 million? A 5-million-lives typo? Not hardly.
    Onward and upward. Always upward.

    • Replies: @The Soft Parade
  158. HalconHigh says: • Website

    “He had just been to Phoenix. Looking shell-shocked he simply sighed, ” I can’t wait to get back to Lajitas”

    LOL…..he probably would have felt more at home in Gila Bend.

    A few years ago, I got to kn0w a guy from India, who was working the midnight shift at a convenience store here in Glendale AZ, where I would go get cigarettes and coffee.
    He had been in the USA a few years and was planning a trip with his family to Florida, but was trying to figure out how to get there without having to go thru Texas.

    I asked him why skip Texas ?
    He looked at me oddly and said he was told by other people from India that under no circumstances should someone that looked like him travel thru Texas….it was too dangerous.
    I didn’t disagree with him.

    A couple weeks ago, I went to the Doctor’s office to get my ears cleaned….I could barely hear out of one of them.
    When it was over, the woman at the front desk cheerily told me that Social Security would pay for it.
    Cool
    Then 2 days ago I get a bill for over $200 bucks.
    Looks like Soc Security only paid a small portion of the bill….not that I’m surprised but my anger hasn’t died down enough yet for me to call them up & ask wtf is going on ?

    I’ve given those mother f’ers over $5000 the last few years and this was the 1st time I asked for anything back.

    The American Health System at work.

    Linh…..patience my friend…war has a strange timetable.

    For some reason I’m reminded of that line from “The Longest Day” when Kenneth More yells at a young Sean Connery…”This isn’t Piccadilly Square, the war’s over there ! ”

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  159. Alfred says:
    @KeltCindy

    Thank you Cindy for that clarification. I did not recognise the first character – failing eyesight I guess.

    Funnily enough, I knew two Italian girls in Paris a long while ago. One had an American mother and one had an English mother. They must be around 50 now. They shared a Citroën 2 CV. They got home somehow on that vehicle.

    One day, I was visiting Milano on business. Being somewhat bored, I told a taxi driver to take me to their best disco. It was a weekday and not so busy. I sat at the bar. The mirror in front of me showed the entrance.

    After a while, a large group of young people entered. They had reserved several tables. One of them was Roberta, the girl with an American mother. I ignored her. Later, when she sat down, I let her see my profile, but I avoided looking in her direction. She got all worked up and started talking to her friends and they looked at me.

    After 5 minutes, she could not wait any longer and she approached me. I tried to pretend not to know her but I could not help smiling – she was so hesitant.

    It was her 21st birthday party. Just imagine the coincidence. I think I only spent one night in Milano in my life. Anyone who does not believe in synchronicity is not paying attention.

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  160. Alfred says:
    @Oikeamielinen

    To Finland’s Kosovars a car is a second home, says Fatos Elshani, 32

    At one time, anyone from the Balkans returning home from Germany had to return in a Mercedes if he hoped to get married. Anything else was not considered good enough. 🙂

    • Replies: @Jazman
  161. Johan says:

    Yet nothing happened.

    Ah well, ‘provide us the daily barking of dogs to deliver us from boredom’ is the creed of democratic people.
    Hence in all sincerity of the infinite craving for indignation, sensation and speculation, if predictions would become reality, what would remain. Besides, the barking dogs would be barking in chorus ‘told you so’, which is a most boring tune. So it is all forgiven, next theory please.

  162. Johan says:

    There is no stopping the approaching storm of war. There is no stopping the coming blood: the carnage and agony will rush forth unfettered. There is no stopping the mounting push for liberation at any and all cost.

    It does not matter at all that this hasn’t become urgent reality, the journalist in question is an artist, probably an imitator, but that doesn’t matter, as you have to start somewhere. The expression has literary merit, and even if not true at some particular expected moment, it is still true, it was true in the past, it is true in the future, it evades calculations and predictions of singular men. Luckily i’d say, no man is more a bore than the wiseacres who tries to rape the soul of things by means of accurate predictive theories.

  163. Hans says:
    @The Soft Parade

    I find Linh’s take on the U.S., the globohomo etc world situation, and foreign lands right on the fucking money, educational, and therapeutic.

    Direct your anger at the parasites who took down the nation 100+ years ago and the gatekeepers shilling for them now. At this stage, it’s a global battle vs. the parasite and truth tellers of all stripes are welcome.

  164. @Jett Rucker

    58,000 dead
    1,600 missing
    9,000 suicides 1975-1985
    ______
    68,000 dead

    Many who returned alive told me “This isn’t real” Death and chaos had become their earthly glue, and could not re-adapt. Nine-thousand at the minimum.

    • Replies: @Tony massey
  165. Linh, if you want to come up to Croatia you are free to be my guest for a couple of days in Dubrovnik.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  166. Jazman says:
    @Alfred

    Alfred you make me laugh it is so true lol but it is mostly uneducated idiots .

    • LOL: Alfred
  167. @Montefrío

    From what I’ve read, Jews in Argentina are not to be trifled with. The are a force to reckon with and if they arrived en-mass from all over, Argentinians would become the new Palestinians. Take care.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  168. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Niccolo Soldo

    Hi Niccolo,

    Many thanks for the offer. I’m so tired, I need to linger in Albania for a while, and I’m not sure where I’m going next. It’s unbelievable so many countries are still closed, with nearly all of Asia inaccessible.

    Linh

  169. @Rev. Spooner

    Argentina has the largest Jewish community in South America, as I recall, and it’s a highly influential community, largely located in Buenos Aires. Nevertheless, many Argentines are highly suspicious of Jewish influence here, particularly after a billionaire British Jew named Joe Lewis bought up a significant chunk of Patagonian real estate and built an air strip (see https://www.mintpressnews.com/dark-secret-behind-british-billionaire-joe-lewis-parallel-state-in-argentina-patagonia/256068/ for a good writeup if of interest).

    By way of personal anecdote, a few years ago I went to Iquitos, Perú (largest city in the world with no road or rail access) and on into the jungle, where I encountered a group of recently demobilized Isreali soldiers who chose not to answer my questions about why they’d brought along surveying equipment. While Patagonia is no walk in the park, it certainly beats the Amazon jungle, but just as Patagonia is thinly populated, so is that region. Hmmm.

    Yes, govs can be and are bought, but a wholesale invasion of Patagonia would not likely be met by the typical Argentine insouciance with respect to anything not related to soccer and the price of meat. Personally, I don’t see the Argentines being forced to become Palestinians, so to speak. This is the eighth largest country in the world in terms of land mass, but even so, writing off Patagonia to cancel debt is hardly likely.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Rev. Spooner
  170. @Linh Dinh

    No problem. Keep writing about Albania. I’m really enjoying the series.

  171. @Linh Dinh

    There’s Covid-19 surges in Southeast Asia so you can forget about it for a while longer. I think you could visit Montenegro and Bosnia without a PCR test or a vaccine certificate. Or are you worried that restrictions could be imposed while you’re there so that you can’t get back to Albania?

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  172. Dumbo says:
    @Montefrío

    Argentina has indeed a large Jewish community and they are quite influential. Very present in politics, media, banking, commerce, arts and culture.

    There’s a long tradition of Jewish culture in particular in Buenos Aires, and although there have been conflicts, it’s not all that bad, in general they are well tolerated and I wouldn’t say there’s much anti-semitism today.

    On the other hand, there have been instance of persecutions, there was the AMIA bombing which was never well explained, and apparently calling someone a “judío hijo de puta” is not considered a hate crime:

    https://www.elmundo.es/america/2010/01/19/argentina/1263931686.html

    As for Israelis, that’s another story. They are not Argentine and I don’t think they are viewed with much sympathy (there have been a lot of Israeli tourists in the last decade). The idea of them buying Patagonia is something I’ve heard, but…

  173. Dumbo says:
    @Commentator Mike

    If Linh already had Covid, wouldn’t that be equal to a “vaccine certificate”? Couldn’t he get an antibody test?

    Anyway, supposedly, according to the media and the vaccine manufacturers, the vaccine protects you from Covid from a longer time than the virus itself, which is weird. I mean, if you had the disease, isn’t your immune system more than familiar with the “Spike protein”? But they are saying that having Covid only protects you for 3 to 6 months, while they say that the vaccine could protect you for a year. Strange. In any case, they are planning annual shots, and keeping vaccine passports forever.

  174. AReply says:

    Coming Soon to an Insurrection Commission Near You: Parts 1 & 2:

    Courtesy of…
    https://driftglass.blogspot.com

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  175. @Linh Dinh

    Skopje and Lake Orid are both nice and probably not more than a days drive.

  176. Argentina has indeed a large Jewish community and they are quite influential.

    Destroying the Argentinian economy and throwing open the borders to low IQ indios is pretty influential. I would say Argentina is just another Slave Plantation at this point in time. Gotta make sure no more Juan Perons get into power.

  177. ricpic says:
    @gT

    There’s just a hairsbreadth distance between loafers and most artists and philosophers. The truly industrious, by their very natures cannot be dreamers. And it’s out of the waking dream state that just about all the art worthy of the name and all the breakthrough thoughts, big concept thoughts, have come. Of course many an artist and philosopher has used “I need time to think or recharge my batteries” as an excuse to loaf their lives away. But it remains the case that the natural rhythm for almost all “creatives” is seemingly do nothing periods, often quite long, when the effortless but necessary dreaming occurs, interspersed with short periods of furious making.

  178. Che Guava says:
    @SaneClownPosse

    From my very broad reading, you entirely misrepresent the meaning of the Pale. You are simply a liar.

    Also ignoring the many well-intentioned efforts to shift Jews in the Russian Empire to meaningful work, farms in particular, as gifts!, trades, too, instead of usury and that combined with trade in alcohol.

  179. @The Soft Parade

    It’s estimated that over 300k US servicemen died years later from affects attributed to agent orange.
    The life expectancy for a man that served during viet nam is 66 as opposed to 78 for men that didn’t serve.
    I’m sure many many many others died from failed livers from drink and Sam stone had a hole in his arm where all the money went.
    I guess Jesus Christ died for nothing, i reckon.

  180. @Montefrío

    I’m actually laughing as I write this.
    If America can be the dog that can be waved and directed by the Zionists by gripping its tail (911 World Trade Towers, USS liberty, Kennedy assassination) why can’t the same be done to a less powerful Argentina?
    Be careful, be very careful.

    • Replies: @Montefrío
  181. @Rev. Spooner

    Thanks. It could be done, as I’m well aware. Argentines, however, are notoriously difficult to manage and can turn violent very quickly if sufficiently provoked. I haven’t been in the USA in 23 years now, but I suspect most in the USA are more docile than here. We have no BLM jive, nothing like the degree of gay garbage that seems to exist up there, no tranny story hours and pathological altruism is not characteristic of Argentines. And for me at least, Patagonia is far away.

    Good advice, thanks, and point taken. Best of luck up there!

  182. Patricus says:
    @Linh Dinh

    The decline of America is greatly exaggerated. There were times in the past that were not so great. The Depression of the 1930s comes to mind. I was born in the early 1950s. We are far wealthier today in every way wealth can be measured. My ancestors have been in America since the 1700s. It is amusing to read the many accounts of visitors to our humble land for the past hundreds of years. Americans had poor agricultural practices. The people were dull and listless. There were three lawyers in every one horse town but ‘jurists’ were impossible to find. Manufactures were inferior in every way. We were cultural barbarians and morally bankrupt. We had exaggerated opinions of our competence and our institutions. Generations passed while Americans steadily surpassed all other civilizations. Our harshest critics inevitably come from the most degraded parts of the world. Those of African ancestry are the harshest critics of America. Asians are insufferable in their judgments. It is a blessing to be underestimated and to have such dubious critics.

    Sorry envious people, America will see new prosperity over and over again. We might have a terrible land, people and culture unless these are compared to all others. We hope Chinese, Indians and Africans will develop great civilizations. So far they imitate European development but never surpass or even equal. Who would they imitate if America or Europe goes away? Albanians, Vietnamese and African Bushmen are not likely to create the future cities of light. If we stopped importing all these worthless folks from the world’s shitholes progress would accelerate rapidly in America. Asia, Africa and the Middle East had thousands of years to develop something. Not much to show for all those millennia.

    America is the joke of the world. We’ve heard this before and quietly smile.

  183. @Peter Akuleyev

    Why would China’s culture need to be attractive to foreigners for them to dominate the world economy and be the most powerful military?

  184. @HalconHigh

    Guess he wasn’t talking about Houston then.

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