I was somewhat taken aback when Mr. and Wooly Bumblebee mentioned my name on air in the following stream. To be precise, I am immensely flattered by their kind mention. The reason is, I am not that big a deal in the great scheme of things. I am certainly no Alexander Hamilton or Otto Graf von Bismarck or Jim Webb, and I sure as hell ain't anywhere near the same universe, when it comes to importance, as Eli Cross. In all candour, I am not even anywhere the level of significance of blundering nincompoops like Bethmann-Hollweg, John Lindsay or Abe Beame. I communicate with and comment on the material of the Bumblebees because of the issues.
On the issues of this stream in particular, yes, Mr. Bumblebee and I have differences of opinion over several matters, including manspreading. That being said, I am not passionately attached to the issue of manspreading. I simply object to manspreading when it obstructs the flow of pedestrian traffic in narrow areas.
Also, as kind as they are, the Bumblebees vastly overestimate my knowledge. The reason they think I know a lot is, I believe, a function of the age differential between us. Let me also point out here that I have no personal quarrels with Bumblebees. They are very decent people, as far as I can discern. As far as I am concerned, disagreeing with someone over a particular issue, or set of issues, is not a casus belli. At one point in living memory, my opinion was generally held. John Ashcroft recounted how, although, on camera, Senator Ted Kennedy excoriated Ashcroft during the confirmation hearings for Ashcroft's nomination as AG, off camera, Kennedy approached Ashcroft and told him he understood how hard the confirmation process was for Ashcroft and his family...and then offered Ashcroft and his family the use of his personal office as a break room away from all the hostility when the confirmation process was in recess. Likewise, James A. Baker III, functionary in the Reagan and Bush I White Houses and discrete opponent of Paul Wolfowitz's 2003 Iraq War, noted in his 2006 memoirs how, during his White House tennure, Republicans and Democrats, while opposing each other loudly and clearly in public, were highly civil towards each other when they met in private, something which Baker reports had disappeared from Washington, D.C. in the 2000's. Likewise, while they were avowed opponents in the Senate, now-retired Senators Trent Lott and Tom Daschle have collaborated on a book on America's political future, appearing on CNN together to make their point recently. Nor is this something confined to living memory. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, a long-time Republican power broker who became a kingmaker without a nanolitre of feminism to support her, was a conservative who, like her brothers General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Roosevelt, positively loathed their liberal cousin FDR, had highly cordial, and indeed warm, relations with progressives William Borah and John L. Lewis.
Now, as to the reason I appear to know a lot, it is as follows.
1) When I was young, comic books, although not outlawed by the civil authorities, were strictly prohibited to us by parents, teachers and the Dominee
2) Many of us were innovative. Since being caught with a comic book was a capital crime, we found away to transport and carry our comic books around and about in a discrete manner. All it involved was finding an actual book larger than our comic books--something the librarians happily provided for us, unaware that they were being a party to our frowned upon activities--, putting our comic books in said bigger books, reading a bit about said bigger books so it would not be patently obvious what we were doing if we were interrogated about our "beards", and everybody went happily along their way.
3) After a bit, I saw that the "beards"--mostly large Time-Life pictorials--were quite interesting in and of themselves. I started reading them.
4) After a while, I graduated to reading books without pictures of them. This led to Ian Fleming and Leslie Charteries, then Alastair Maclean (whose fictional works included a lot of background on Yugoslavia, one of whose novels The Last Frontier/The Secret Ways, taught me that the words "Russian," "Communist" and "Soviet" were not synonymous by default, the same way Barry Sadler's novel Panzer Soldier and Sven Hassel's novels later taught me that the words "German" and "National-Socialist" were not synonymous by default), Zane Grey (who wrote a fictional, but nevertheless excellent, novel on George Washington as well as another superb novel detailing Washington State's wheat industry during the First World War and attempts by the social justice warriors of the epoch to sabotage it), Eric Ambler (whose The Mask of Dimitrios/A Coffin For Dimitrios is an excellent short primer on early twentieth-century Balkan history, a superb antipasto to Dame Rebecca West and Olivia Manning), John Buchan, Daniel Carney and Wilbur Smith. Between the latter three, their works are a highly readable history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Africa. In addition, Daniel Carney's The Squared Circle/Return of the Wild Geese gives a primer on the Lebanese Civil War of the 1970's. (Carney was Erin Pizzey's brother. While Ms. Pizzey dealt with her abusive mother by becoming an anti-domestic violence advocate, Carney fled to Rhodesia and served in that country's police force, the maladroitly named British South Africa Police, before becoming a novelist, screenwriter and realtor.) As for Wilbur Smith, he, along with Alastair Maclean and Douglas Adams, is one of the most talented writers of the English language known to humanity. As well, Smith's novels, set in Africa and often involving entrepreneurs,landowners and ne'er-do-wells who have to go on special duties jobs, also have hidden in between the paragraphs describing the land and the operations, extremely appealing bits about horizontal collaboration/ la bête à deux dos, as does Jean Lartéguy. The descriptions therein were, many times, even better than the girlie mags. It was well known to the librarians we knew and who knew us what Madame Bovary and Histoire d'O were all about. Said librarians, on the other hand, had only read the dust covers of Wilbur Smith's novels, so one could go up to them with a Wilbur Smith novel and a straight face--but not a too straight face, lest uncharacteristic seriousness arouse suspicions--check said novel out and have fun. Then, after having fun, the rest of the text was quite agreeable. It stimulated an interest in the non-carnal aspects of Smith's novels. Indeed, all of the novels of all of these authors stimulated my interest in history, so when I subsequently came upon a news story or an article on, George Washington, the Balkans, Africa or Lebanon, it clicked in my head that "Oh! Zane Grey/Alastair Maclean/Eric Ambler/John Buchan/Daniel Carney/Wilbur Smith wrote about this! Let me check out what this story/article has to say..."
So, I became an avid reader, which I remain today. That is why it appears that I know a lot.
Let me also briefly explain why I am a huge fan of Eli Cross. It is not just that he makes excellent movies, many of them along the lines of Wilbur Smith's non-special duties chapters and paragraphs, it is that he is an excellent writer. Many people were first introduced to atheism by Dawkins, Meyers, Shermer, Harris, Thunderf00t or Sargon, I was not. Although I was not and still am not an atheist, I was first introduced to the rational argumentation of atheism by Eli Cross. Eli Cross is also an uber-geek. He can rattle off more about sci-fi than a billion comic cons put together. And now, here is the important part about Eli Cross. Although Eli Cross is heavily into sci-fi, he does not bother with all the nonsense that attaches to sci-fi today. Long before social media was a thing, Eli Cross specified in his blog, exactly how to deal with trolls and other nora-nora. See here:
"An adult party is neutral ground, and even though there were several people there that I dislike — and even more who dislike me — we all had the good manners to simply pretend we didn’t see each other. I didn’t begrudge their presence, and apparently, they didn’t begrudge SexZ Picture’s prexy Bo Kenney’s free booze. This is how it’s done."
"As I mentioned, the majority of Corruption reviews have been extremely positive. We even got a great review from a guy I know has an axe to grind with me personally (still can’t figure that one out). In fact, of the three-dozen or so reviews we’ve gotten, I’m only aware of four that are negative. One is from Den at CAVR who gave the movie his lowest possible rating because he objects to the tone of the content and the stylized nature of the production. One is from Roger Pipe who actually gave the movie a B rating, but wrote a review that reads more like a firm D- (he even mentions it himself, explaining that it sounds much worse than he means it to), so I count that one as negative. The third is from a gossip columnist we’ll call Mary Sunshine who I completely discount because he has definite axes to grind with several of the principals.[...]
"As for Mary Sunshine, that doesn’t bother me because I have absolutely no regard for him as a person, and no respect for his integrity. It would be like getting offended by a review written by a Rhesus monkey"
"to [troll], accuracy is nothing but an impediment to drama, and truth is a flawed concept suitable only for lesser mortals. I can’t tell you how many times [troll] came out of his office at AVN with some piece of gossip, giddy with the prospect of calling the target to get their side, knowing it would set off a flame war (before anyone had coined that term) he could dine out on for weeks.
[troll]’s greatest – perhaps his only – joy in life is setting people at each other’s throats and sitting back to watch the furor grow. For him there is no greater pleasure than instigating and nurturing ill-will. If you’ve been slandered on [troll]’s page, I encourage you not to write to him in response. As long as he can get a rise out of you, he will never, ever stop. For that reason, you won’t see this incident mentioned here again."
Irrespective of what you think about what he does for a living, if you follow Eli Cross' above advice regarding anyone who gives you aggro/criticism on social media, life will be more pleasant for you and everyone around you.
Now, let me get to the substance of the Bumblbee's stream above. In essence, some third wave social justice jihadist came up with the idea of abolishing prison for women since women "are a vulnerable, oppressed minority." The Bumblebees deconstruct and debunk this nonsense better than anyone else could, so I will let you watch the video for that. The only thing I will add on the particular subject of abolishing prison for women is that women can be as violent criminals as can men. In Canada, there was the notorious thug "Monica la mitraille." One of the IRA bombers neutralised by the SAS at Gibraltar, Mairead Farell, was a woman. Other full-patch female IRA terrorists have engaged in the cover up of rapes committed by the IRA. Then there is Aileen Wournos;
One tangential matter that came up in the above stream was narcotics. This is an extremely complex issue. I part ways with libertarians when it comes to legalising narcotics. Libertarians argue that legalising narcotics will, among other things, take the crime element out of it by introducing legitimate dealers who will drive organised crime out of the business. This is myopic. As Yves Lavigne points out in his book on the narcotics trade Death Dealers, organised crime is only half of the crime involved in the narcotics trade. The other half involves addicts stealing and robbing to support their habit, something corroborated by many of the cases from the sample that the A&E network show Intervention represents. A pensioner completely unconnected to the narcotics trade has a meagre chance of being killed by a cartel hitman. That same pensioner has a much higher chance of being mugged, shoved to the ground, and incurring a fatal hip or skull fracture in the process, at the hands of an addict looking to score. That is why I oppose the legalisation of narcotics.
However, I do not support prison as the tool of choice to deal with narcotics users. I much prefer former Congressman and DEA honcho (and current Arkansas Governor) Asa Hutchinson's approach of treatment instead of incarceration for addicts. Governor Hutchinson's approach is consistent with British General Sir Frank Kitson's use of "pseudo gangs" of turned terrs to fight partisans in Kenya, an approach copied and used, also to great success, by Colonel Ron Reid-Daly with his Selous Scouts in Rhodesia. The difference in philosophy between North American police, such as the NYPD and the RCMP on the one hand, and Sir Frank Kitson and the late Ron Reid-Daly on the other is that the former think purely in terms of bureaucratic procedure and protocol, the fact that they happen to have revolvers strapped to their legs a mere coincidence, while the latter correctly intuited that, in order to deal with a problem, one must first understand the problem. Someone who voluntarily joins the forces of order is not going to have the same mindset as a partisan/gang-banger who is fighting against that very same order. To pacify the partisans, they and their routines must first be identified and thoroughly understood. As Kitson and Reid-Daly showed, one of the best ways to accomplish this is to take captured partisans/gangbangers and then offer them a better life in exchange for cooperation in operations against their former comrades, as opposed to going the RCMP/NYPD route of strictly adhering to the patrol guide and mandatory minimums. The Kitson and Reid-Daly approach does work. Can it be used in North America? I do not know. For one thing, CompStat/FUDGESTAT would have to be abolished and outlawed and constables/officers of the rank of Sergeant and above would have to get out from their comfortable heated/air-conditioned offices and wade into the operational areas themselves. For another thing, British/Rhodesian/Australian-style Special Branch sections would have to be set up within North American police forces. These cannot be another desk command like the NYPD's Organised Crime Control Bureau, but rather a unit of field operatives, like the Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch's E4A (led by former Para Detective Superintendent Ian Phoenix, one of the twenty-nine security forces personnel killed in the 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook Crash), like the BSAP's Detective Superintendent Keith Samler and his fellow BSAP SB Detectives Jim Parker and Ed Bird, who collect information on the players by directly gathering intelligence from the field, as opposed to collating and writing reports from behind a desk from 9-to-5.
Long story short, there is no need to make a permanent enemy where you could have made a useful asset in fighting those who have a problem with order.
Another aspect of the narcotics trade/organised crime is as follows. During the Second World War, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, far from being the icon of virginal purity he is often made out to be, actively collaborated with the Mafia in fighting the Axis in Europe. So did Charles de Gaulle and the Free French, whose collaboration with La Unione Corse (the Corsican underworld made famous by both the novel and movie version's of Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service) extended well beyond 1945, all the way through the end of deGaulle's reign in 1968. Underworld figures have worldwide connections that diplomats and security service agents cannot easily cultivate. Compared to the French security services' collaboration with La Unione Corse, the Reagan era bungling with narco-trafficking anti-Communists in Latin America was a dismally amateur affair, as laughable as Mike Hoare's attempted Seychelles coup and the spotlight-loving Simon Mann's 2004 attempted Equatorial Guinea coup, (Hoare and Mann being prime examples of those who think fiction, specifically the novel Dogs of War, is a how-to-manual instead of, well---fiction. And some wonder why we take SJWs to task for thinking that people conflate video games and sci fi with manuals for how to deal with women. ) deGaulle and the French security services used la Unione Corse to fight, first the FLN (including one hilarious episode where they terrified bemedaled former Nazi tough guys-turned gunrunners Otto Skorzeny and Ernst Otto Remer into searching for clients who were not a problem for France) and then to kidnap Colonel Antoine Argoud from his German hideout, leaving German intelligence chief Reinhard Gehlen embarrassed in his demonstrable impotence.
The problem with the FBI and the CIA today is that both were effectively castrated by the Church committee hearings of the 1970's. Before the Church committee, the CIA was run by former Jeds (WWII special duties men--i.e. field operatives who had a keen grasp of veldtcraft) like Bill Colby and Dick Helms. After the Church committee, the CIA and FBI became suit and tie agencies run by the likes of George Tenet. Tenet commanded the CIA during Bill Clinton's second term and on 9/11. He was not a Jed. He was a busboy who happened to have acquired an MBA and then successfully applied for the job of Director of Central Intelligence. He knew more about PowerPoint than Bill Gates did, but he knew very little about veldtcraft, which is why 9/11 happened. Bob Baer has an annoying as hell Michael Moore/Dennis Franz Midwest accent. That being said, he is also a former CIA field officer who was damn near tried for capital murder during the Clinton administration because he happened to hear of a plot to neutralise Saddam Hussein. That is the sum of what happens when you apply MBA thinking to public organisations, like a military, like a law enforcement agency, like a hospital, like a school, like a human services department, like a health supervisory agency, or like any form of government or government agency. There is a reason the Masters In Public Administration degree exists completely separately from the MBA.
The problem with rolling up long-established domestic underworld organisations (as opposed to street gangs who regularly commit drive-by shootings in which innocent are killed or wounded) is that doing so eliminates a class of potentially highly useful intelligence and direct action assets. Unwittingly, however, the third wave social justice jihadists offer a solution. If they have their way, enjoyable video games and movies will be as illegal as crack and meth. This opens up a new market for long-established domestic underworld organisations, one wherein the product, unlike narcotics, has no demonstrable harm. If and when this does happen, the internal security apparatus/law enforcement agencies can deem the SJW-mandated combat against pro-freedom video games and films to be, as Vancouver Police have deemed prostitution to be, a "low enforcement priority." Long-established domestic underworld organisations can go about trafficking in pro-freedom video games and films without interference from law enforcement, who will then be freed to focus on violent street gangs prone to drive-by shootings, while the intelligence services will be able to profit from long-established domestic underworld organisations' ability to go where they cannot and talk to and reach out to people who will not talk to anyone in government employ.
Lastly, I agree very much with the Bumblebees' position that #BlackLivesMatter and other social justice jihadist shenanigans cause more harm than they do good. As far as I am concerned, science is the way forward for women and visible minorities.