This week I don't have a single topic, but rather two to hit upon. I shall do each briefly.
I follow The China Show (and its hosts separate channels), China Update, and Lei's Real Talk for most China Watch needs. Respectively, these are channels by people who've been on the ground for 10+ years, somehow still on the ground, or a native that defected and so they know the reality of the CCP and Mainland China that CCP propagandists constantly deny.
(Yes, including you Vox Day.)
Lei in particular has done fantastic work this past week analyzing what Xi did last weekend how it shook out over this past week. I recommend hitting up her channel, but what I want to point your attention to is the series of reports on the United States changing its regulations on American citizens and Green Card holders working for Chinese (Mainland) chip companies. Specifically, they banned it; keep your job or your citizenship/residency- and everyone chose the latter.
That decapitated Chinese chip capabilities overnight. Chips are a high-status, high-value economic pursuit; the US just forced a significant loss of Face upon the CCP and thus upon Xi Jingping. It's not the chips that matter here; it's the loss of Face. That, moreso than anything else, is what is going to push China to invade Taiwan even if it turns out to be a pointless endeavor because that cannot go unanswered- not after Pelosi's trip earlier this year forced a similar loss of Face.
"Whadda gonna do about it, Winnie?"
Is it Globohomo goading? Probably. It's also a reasonable bet.
My brother in Christ, Mainlanders can't even make gear for the PLA with consistently competent quality; their battle rifles keyhole constantly, their fleet is more for show than ready to go, and those missiles are made with the same shoddy work that makes Taurus engineers freak out over how bad quality control is.
In short, coupled with the relentless bullshitting out of the CCP, we can't take that those missiles even exist- nevermind that they work, or are in vast numbers. We can say that what they have, they likely got from the Russians because Moscow does have them and we know because Moscow USED them.
I don't buy that a US-China War is an auto-win for China. I also don't think that the US military getting its clock cleaned early on is undesired by Globohomo; throw just enough meat into the grinder to get a massive propaganda win out of it, then use that pretext to funnel unlimited funds to the Military Industrial Complex to speed-run new production of new gear while using Emergency Powers to scoop up enough personnel to man them. We're about 80 years past WW2, so it's about time for another world-reordering global war; count on something like this to happen within the next few years now that Russia's Ukraine War is going to prove to be contained.
Taken from a Discord server I am in.
Boomers & Millennials.
Some say that Boomers made Millennials in their image in order to be their Designated Heirs. I have come to think this is half-correct.
The reason it is correct is because all of the Boomer psychology traits are present. The missing part is to what end because the Boomer Furnace exists.
Consider this: Millennials are not the Boomers' Heirs. They are the Deadman Switch.
Take someone with the exact same psychological profile but deny them the ability to satisfy the narcistic urge that defines the Boomers and what do you get? Millennials. As there are no Boomers left to rage at for getting screwed, they take it out on everyone else instead.
All that the Boomers cannot shove into the Furnace will be theirs to finish off in a generation-long orgy of narcistic rage.
("Boomer Furnace": The practice of shaping all laws, rules, regulation, etc. around the wants and needs of Baby Boomers without care for the consequences because they must be satisfied OR ELSE due to the outsized power and influence they wield and fuck everyone and everything else both before and after them.)
ConnectionsAs Boomers run Globohomo, Boomers are deciding to throw it all in the Furance while simultaenously promising Millennials that they get to take over. Due to how Millennials were brought up as meme-clones of the Boomers, they bought this bullshit as a cohort; the tell is how they treat Gen X, Gen Y, and Gen Z (like shit).
You can only run a con for so long. Sooner or later the conman has to pull his vanishing act if he wants to avoid the consequences for his scamming, and for Boomers that means making certain that there's nothing left after they're gone- it all goes to feed their entitlements.
By 2030 this will be brick-to-face obvious to Millennials, but by then it will be too late and Millennials as a cohort will fulfill their function as bombs tied to Deadman Switches by their Boomer progenitors.
You think it's bad now? It's nothing compared to what happens when a generation in their prime gets mad as a hive mind at being played- a generation that now holds power (because the Boomers handed it to them).
Wars within and without are going to go down. The Boomers will start them, but the Millennials will ensure that they get played out.
Yes, including the civil wars.
As Beige Shiba put it:
Because the Millennials are unable to be humble about themselves. The Boomers made them in their image, so the Millennials cannot admit that they were wrong. Gamma Male/Entitled Karen Rage as a cohort is a disaster for one and all.
They will blame EVERYONE ELSE, and because they will be in power they will make this EVERYONE ELSE'S problem.
Brightburn wasn't a creepy anti-Superman film; it was a fucking warning.