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What do you guys think? Does the United Kingdom reclaiming their rightful sovereignty change the trajectory on Scottish independence and Irish unification? I feel like Irish Unification was always the fate of ireland but I have a hunch that the process has been excelerated by brexit. and Scottish Independence I don’t think is all that […]

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There are a lot of willfully ignorant and malicious readings of Alan’s theory of mixed motivation uses of power. His argument is that legitimate uses of power do not become illegitimate because of political considerations. The twisted inversion that is being misrepresented is nearly the opposite that “illegitimate uses of power become legitimate from political […]

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The Impeachment Is Just the Beginning

 

The party is over.

The frenetic energy of Schiff, Nadler, et al., as they cajoled and scolded the Senate, reminded me of young children exhausting their last reserves of energy, lost in inane argument over bedtime. Of course, we love our children and kiss them as we tuck them into bed. The House Managers, not so much. Yet, there they were, protesting that the Senators weren’t listening, insisting that they’d missed the point. Couldn’t they see that Trump is bad? The House Mangers provided a way to justify his removal! The Senate remains unmoved? It just isn’t fair!

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From Zerohedge and “Coronavirus Contains”HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon: “Over the past few days, the mainstream press has vigorously pushed back against a theory about the origins of the coronavirus that has now infected as many as 70,000+ people in Wuhan alone (depending on whom you believe). The theory is that China […]

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Finally, the Cure for Toxic Masculinity!

 

Don’t like prison food? Tired of being held responsible for all of those criminal convictions you racked up? Maybe there’s a sex crime or two or ten on the list? The state about to lead the nation on president selection is leading the way on enlightened rehabilitation! From Iowa:

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is no longer seeking the commitment of a former Midwest Christian Services student convicted of myriad sex crimes because the individual now identifies as a woman.

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Chief Justice Roberts, presiding over the impeachment hearing, refused to read a question posed by Rand Paul on the grounds that it contained a name that has been linked (elsewhere) to the famous whistlebeetle who started the whole farce. Senator Paul of course then read the question to reporters, pointing out that nowhere had he […]

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I’m not advocating class warfare. I figure some Ricochetti in Los Angeles may be interested in a lecture by economist Emmanuel Saez, whom organizers are keen to bill in their advertisement as an adviser to Sanders and Warren. The organizers certainly know their audience, but if any of you are interested in the details of […]

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I Looked on in Horror

 

I looked on in horror as the bug climbed the chair.
The food had always been dandy, beyond compare,
But virtues were lacking in this restaurant’s staff.
Slow to take orders, bring checks, and cleaning? A laugh
To see the rate they moved. Still, the taste of the fare.

The cuisine was unknown to other joints near there.
And that was the appeal. That was my only care,
But then I spotted the bug, the ultimate gaff:
I looked on in horror.

Exile: Portraits of the Jewish Diaspora

 

The nation of Israel is constantly in the news, a small nation whose very existence attracts a disproportionate interest from the rest of the world. Israel is also a modern creation, whose groundwork was laid in the late 19th century, and whose birth came as a promised land of safety and return after the horrors of WWII. Return from what? From the Diaspora of Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. From Roman Palestine, over the next 1900 years, the Jews spread throughout much of the world. And with the creation of Israel, many did return. But many communities of the Jewish Diaspora either remain where they planted themselves centuries (or even millennia) ago, or have continued to spread into different, and sometimes unlikely places around the world.

Exile, the first published book by an author already known here on Ricochet, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, is Annika’s investigation into a number of these Diaspora communities. How did they arrive where they are? When did they arrive? And why do they stay, with the promise of a return to Israel beckoning? Over the past several years, Annika has been visiting some of the most unlikely or far-flung Jewish communities around the world, and she presents their stories here in a single volume.

Annika has chosen communities that seem very unlikely — Jewish communities within Muslim-majority nations both liberal and repressive, communities deep within Asia, the last remnants of a Jewish community in Cuba, and several other surprising ones along the way. For instance, the author chose to avoid looking at places like Germany or Poland or France, in no small part because for those places the Holocaust looms ever large. One of the common threads in her selection is instead the study of communities who either were largely sheltered from the Holocaust, or who are peopled by those who managed to stay ahead of it, though she confesses that this was not entirely by design:

Predators Create Compassion

 

Those who follow my writing on Ricochet (support groups are standing by now at 1-900-God-Help-Me…) know that I am fascinated by the tribal nature of humans, and how we freely choose to organize ourselves into groups. In times of peace, countries break down into smaller and smaller factions, so they can do whatever they want. But in times of war, even countries that hate each other will form massive coalitions to defend themselves from an outside threat. They may have argued about things before. But in times of war, these previously antagonistic groups suddenly care about one another. They say that the enemy of your enemy is your friend. So one could argue that enemies create friends. Or rather, predators create compassion.

The corollary to this concept is that the lack of predators allows us to do whatever we want, and to become self-centered. Security creates narcissism. Bill Clinton thought he could get away with anything, and he did. Medieval kings and Popes often seemed crazy. They weren’t crazy, but they felt little fear of repercussions from their actions, so they did whatever they wanted. Dirty cops act with impunity and hide behind their badges. Mobs are a group of people who agree on something, don’t feel the need to defend their actions, and tend to do horrible things. And then there’s Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden led a fairly normal life, for a long time. He was married to his lifelong sweetheart for nearly 25 years. They had three kids, whom they loved very much. But then his Dad became the second most powerful man in the world, and Hunter was offered an enormous amount of money for doing not much of anything, by people he’d never met. Soon, he was sleeping with the widow of his recently deceased brother, he got an Arkansas stripper pregnant, married a South African Instagram model a couple weeks after meeting her.