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Comment: Ancient Chinese wisdom (Score 1) 8

For the purported great and ancient wisdom of 5000-year-old Chinese civilization, they have pretty lousy leaders.

The West has leaders with minds like children too, but at least we can laugh at them, and eventually get rid of them. Must suck to be Chinese with these idiots in charge...

Comment: Re:See it on CNN (Score 1) 110

by benjfowler (#49354619) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Easy to spot too. You can see the talking points showing up in each post.

Like Victoria Nuland. Most westerners are like "who the fuck is Victoria Nuland?" She gets mentioned CONSTANTLY in Putinbot forum spam. As it turns out, the Putinistas are really gunning for Nuland and various other State Department employees... I think they hate Victoria Nuland as much as they hate Bill Browder.

Comment: Re:here its just media. (Score 1) 110

by benjfowler (#49354549) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

These days, I'm not so sure that CNN's agenda is driven by anything other than pure self-interest. They are a low-budget operation who do no serious investigative reporting, and take their "news" (if you could call it that), from warmed-over press releases and govenrment/corporate PR departments. CNN's agenda is not sinister -- it's driven by pure greed and laziness.

The "content" is just one long, slow, dumbed-down blowjob to the preening, international-English speaking jet set.

People paying the most for CNN are the advertisers -- mostly, middle eastern despots and luxury good makers. Like Facebook, the viewers are the _product_, not the customers.

Comment: Re:What about websites and paper magazines (Score 1) 216

by benjfowler (#49287267) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

We'll keep saying that... until we import several million more useless idiots from crap countries to "replace" all the Westerners who are dying off.

Who in due course, like the mill towns of Northern England, will get automated out of existence five years after arriving, and will still end up unemployed and in the ghetto. All we're doing is storing up trouble for ourselves in the future.

I favour the Japanese solution myself. We are massively overcrowded, have plenty of technology, capital begging to be put to use... and far too many idlers as it is.

Comment: Re:Limits to the freedom of speech (Score 2) 216

by benjfowler (#49287163) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

Damned straight. There are limits to free speech everywhere. Try publically denying the Holocaust in many countries in Europe, and see what happens to you.

It turns out that Muslims don't have the same boundaries as we do. Fair enough.

The problem here, is that we are being sanctimonous about freedom of speech, when absolute freedom of speech doesn't exist.

What we SHOULD be doing is saying, "hey Muslims, unlike in Dubai, within the limits of free speech, offence is not given, it's taken. Learn to love it -- or fuck off to a country with more agreeable laws."

Comment: Re:People (Score 2) 216

by benjfowler (#49286909) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

Key difference: America gets the rich, civilized, polite, loyal ones.

Europe is in a bad neighbourhood. Also, we have dumb leaders who thought for decades, that it was good idea to import the biggest lowlifes they could find from all over the world to complete with local minimum-wage labour...

So now we have TWO huge, festering underclasses -- the old white one, and the new Muslim one. All the while, real wages and standards of living are plummeting everywhere.

It's by design: the Right get to divide and further strip-mine the lower classes, and the Left get to organize angry brown people (because they treat the white underclass with contempt for not having embraced the class struggle).

Only now, after decades of torrential low-quality immigration of countless millions of useless, unskilled, uncultured and shit-poor people; have our wonderful leaders figured out there might be a problem. Unfortunately the horse has already bolted...

Comment: Leak-value is worthless (Score 1, Insightful) 81

by benjfowler (#48846319) Attached to: NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

I cannot possibly see any kind of justification for 'public right to know' or 'public interest' here.

Here, it's just a bunch of idiots who hate the West in general (and the United States in particular), trying to give the Western security apparatus a black eye. I fail to see how leaking our game plans to enemies and competitors is going to make us any safer.

Like it or not, the West is the light on the hill for the whole world. People who believe otherwise should imagine the whole world being run along Chinese, Russian or Islamist lines... The West does a lot of bad shit, but we are choir boys, compared to the rest of the world.

Dear leaker community: please stop shitting in your own nest. You have no idea what you're doing, or what kind of world you're trying to create.

Comment: Institutions matter (Score 2) 83

by benjfowler (#48840659) Attached to: What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

The developed world has norms, rules, traditions, institutions, stuff like that to control corruption. Many African and Middle Eastern countries lack these. And that includes know-how on how to control corruption.

Methods to increase transparency and control corruption are very well known. Singapore and Hong Kong started out dirt-poor with no resources and no money, but their leaders were wise enough to put the right systems into place from the outset. Hong Kong's ICAC are world-class at preventing and dealing with corruption, and a lot of backwards countries could do well to learn from them. Lee Kwan Yew IMHO is a legend.

The trouble is, most leaders in most countries will steal anything not nailed down (as I've seen in Spain myself); it's human nature to seek out power and then start stealing everything, especially in "low trust" societies with Third World mindsets ("me!! now!! i'm entitled!!"). When the corruption gets so bad that the interests of the kleptocratic elite interlock, then improvement becomes impossible.

That's not to say that reform isn't impossible (and the few cases where highly corrupt places got cleaned up, there were external centres of power that could challenge the corrupt leaders and get them removed); just highly unlikely.

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