An Update On Europe

With so much news coming from Europe this week, I thought a show about European politics would be a good way to kick off the summer. Once a quarter I do a show about international topics. These are some of the more popular podcasts, as I get a lot of traffic from Europe, relative to normal. Our friends over the sea pay a lot of attention to us, but they also want to know what we are thinking about them. Even though our understanding of the world is not always the best, it matter the most.

I’ve made this point before, but I think we can learn a lot about the politics of this thing by watching how the European dissidents go about their efforts. They have different political systems and some advantages we lack, but they are a bit more advanced when it comes to organizing and advertising themselves. They have done a better job handling the “freaks and weirdos” problem, for example. It makes sense for our side to keep an eye on Europe and steal the good ideas that can work in America.

The main thing the Euros have going for them is they have natural identities. They know what it means to be French or Finnish. The usual suspects are trying to play the same game there as they do hear, muddying the waters by claiming random Africans are English, but it’s not fooling many people. Europe has been identitarian since the first humans encountered Neanderthals. The only people willing to accept the fluid definition of ethnicity are crazy people and foreigners looking to game the system.

For the show this week, I’m mostly sticking to the election related stuff. The EU parliament elections are mostly a show, as the EU parliament is useless, but it does provide an insight into what people are thinking. It is meaninglessness allows people to vote their current sentiment, so it is like a massive opinion poll. With nothing on the line and no traditional loyalties to consider, people can be more honest. It’s not a perfect survey of opinion, but it does provide some useful insights about attitudes.

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This week I have the usual variety of items in the now standard format. Spreaker has the full show. I am up on Google Play now, so the Android commies can take me along when out disrespecting the country. I am on iTunes, which means the Apple Nazis can listen to me on their Hitler phones. The anarchists can catch me on iHeart Radio. YouTube also has the full podcast. Of course, there is a download link below.

This Week’s Show

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bilejones
Member
1 year ago

So I hooted at your closing segment last week. Your rant about Assange couldn’t be further from the truth, so much so I had to listen to it twice. He is the press- at the time the Constitution was written most of the “press” was phamphleteers, the idea that the institutionalised clowns who all go to the same schools, have their “Press cards” receive thier drivel in “Press rooms”and attend the “Press Dinners” constitute the founder idea of the press is a joke. The First Amendment was written specifically to protect the Assanges of the world, those acquiring and publishing… Read more »

bilejones
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Isn’t the failure to communicate the point the problem of the author?

Range Front Fault
Range Front Fault
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Thank God you’re not a god! No worries now of you demanding human sacrifices to the alter of Z! Just subscriptions.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Range Front Fault
1 year ago

I accept some sacrifices in my life-
In fact, I’d accept some vestal virgins right now

Bruno the Arrogant
Bruno the Arrogant
1 year ago

I really had no problem with the old stinger, but… okay.

But no more clown horn for Reason? The clown horn has become synonymous with Reason! It’s become iconic! Even their own commenters have taken to responding with “Honk! Honk!” to their delusional articles. Please reconsider!

Range Front Fault
Range Front Fault
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Please keep the clown horn…..I can now imitate the clown horn, and sometimes walk through the house clown horning, startling the Basic Husband.
Keep the Explosion AND turn it down. In the car listening to your podcast, the volume is up to hear you, and then the Explosion comes and shocks the central nervous system.

General Lee
General Lee
Reply to  Range Front Fault
1 year ago

I’m pro explosion, anti clown horn. Actually, I thought it was a great gavel of the Titans falling!

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Yeah, I’m a fan of the clown horn and the old stinger but, especially, the clown horn.

Penitent Man
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Don’t miss the clown horn but do miss the explosion. Range Front Fault is right… maybe just turn it down a bit (that or I just need new car speakers as mine about rattle out of the doors when the explosion occurs). Maybe a pavlovian chime between segments? Nit-picking a great product here, please carry on with your yeoman’s work!

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Bruno the Arrogant
1 year ago

Hey hey, ho ho. the brand new stinger’s got to go…

Jackmaninov
Jackmaninov
Reply to  Bruno the Arrogant
1 year ago

The new stinger causes cancer. True story.

Vizzini
Member
Reply to  Jackmaninov
1 year ago

Amy Harmon says the new stinger is anti-science!

PawPaw
PawPaw
Reply to  Vizzini
1 year ago

Every time it started, I felt the urge to stand and take a bow.

Member
Reply to  Bruno the Arrogant
1 year ago

You gotta keep the clown horn. It’s become iconic at this point.

Outis
Outis
Reply to  Bruno the Arrogant
1 year ago

The new stinger sucks. So bad it actually takes the overall quality down because it’s like a fake sound stage comedy. The old one was just fine. Perhaps next time do a scientifically sound poll instead of listening to a few whiners.

Augustine
Augustine
Reply to  Outis
1 year ago

I agree, 100%. You get used to the original stinger pretty quickly, and for me, it was emblematic of the hard-hitting truth bombs the Z Man lays on us. I’m pretty sure the people complaining are the minority; stay strong Z Man, don’t lay down to the my-feelingz-hurtz crowd.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
1 year ago

I laughed at the applause interlude – but after that it became irritating. I liked the clown horn and the bombs myself.

Soooo… a few pebbles are skittering down the slope before the avalanche in Europe, eh?

Eeeeexcellent.

Epaminondas
Member
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 year ago

Yep. Lose the applause stinger. Go back to the explosion. Or use a deep drum sound.

A Postcard From the Volcano
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I humbly suggest the infectious guitar riff from Cheech and Chong’s old routine “Ear-ache My Eye”. You know, the riff that keeps repeating in between such gems as “Basketball coach done kicked me off the team / (riff) / For wearing high-heeled sneakers, and acting like a QUEEEEEEEEN!!”

Sleepy
Sleepy
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

The applause after the feint with the ding! was priceless. Laughed out loud! I expect a lot of the folks who complained about the explosion (not me) will be begging for it back after this week. Great troll!

Reziac
Reziac
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Save the Explosions!

Nathan
Nathan
Reply to  Glenfilthie
1 year ago

I kept waiting for Peg Bundy to pester ZMan for sex.

Vizzini
Member
Reply to  Nathan
1 year ago

“I don’t have to fall asleep after sex. I want to fall asleep after sex. I welcome the darkness.” —Al Bundy Zman

Deana
Deana
1 year ago

Your old stinger was perfect. The bell sounds like a fairy bell. To paraphrase Obama, that is not who you are.

Gerard vanderleun
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

I’m so glad. I am also glad that other readers are doing my hating on the crowd for me. Cast them into the outer darkness for the remainder of eternity.

Gerard vanderleun
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Avoid the Madness of Crowds.

Augustine
Augustine
Reply to  thezman
1 year ago

Thank God! And let’s put this stinger-hating to bed.

Reginald Maplethorp
Reginald Maplethorp
1 year ago

I liked the stinger. The clown horn was a little loud but it helped me stay alert.

Outis
Outis
Reply to  Reginald Maplethorp
1 year ago

The clown horn is perfect for the libertarian segments. That does not need any “fixing”.

Member
1 year ago

My complain about the stinger was more the disparity in volume. Your speaking voice on the podcast is really quiet so I have the volume turned up so I can hear you and the old stinger was very loud in comparison. I propose the libertarian clown horn as the stinger going forward, just not so loud.

Frip
Member
Reply to  Arthur_Sido
1 year ago

“I propose the libertarian clown horn as the stinger going forward, just not so loud.” Going forward your judgment will be forever suspect.

Reziac
Reziac
Reply to  Arthur_Sido
1 year ago

Could it help to run it through an equalizer once it’s done? I use MP3Gain on music MP3s to prevent earburn one moment and earstrain the next, but no idea how well it works on a mix of speech and sound effects.

Mark auld
Mark auld
1 year ago

Gotta keep the clown car. The bell was a little light weight, maybe a bit of Kettle drum. I would have liked bigger victories in the EU., but then I’d like bigger victories here as well.

Dutch
Dutch
1 year ago

Teddy Kennedy’s Oldsmobile Delray was not really the right car for driving Mary Jo off the bridge, way too dowdy for a swingin’ Irishman, and that neutral color was so off-putting… 😉

Guest
Guest
Reply to  Dutch
1 year ago

Actually, it’s a fascinating bit of historical insight that the fabulously wealthy Ted Kennedy was driving an Oldsmobile. These days a mid-level bureaucrat in DC wouldn’t be caught dead driving a mass-produced American car–it’s all Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc. How times have changed.

Reziac
Reziac
Reply to  Guest
1 year ago

Back then Oldsmobiles were known for spectacular comfort and driving pleasure. They were the luxury car for people who didn’t want to be seen as pretentious. Whether the Kennedy clan preferred to be perceived as Everyman or as Royalty, I leave as an exercise for the reader.

Desert Rat
Desert Rat
1 year ago

I like the clown horn. It is quite expressive and makes the point well. The new stinger sucks. It is good to hear about what is happening in Europe. Thanks.

Range Front Fault
Range Front Fault
1 year ago

Yes….thank you Z for bringing us up to speed on the European scene, your time and efforts. I admit to being provincial, living west in a Rocky Mountain state, in a huge country…no shame in that and always open to learning more. Appreciate you bringing a new and different Euro perspective, along with Felix and Yves and others over the great European divide. Learn from those farther down the road from us. No need to reinvent the wheel..hate wasting time when we can look to others.

Exile
Exile
Member
1 year ago

Somewhat OT, but Ted Beale does live in Europe. 5/30 VDay blog post “President Trump finally starts to get serious about immigration.” Lulz.

james wilson
james wilson
Member
1 year ago

The great promise of Europe is that there are a dozen or so unique identities in western Europe alone to present different possibilities in how the fire is lit. If just one goes rogue the rest become ripe for it. We see in Poland and Hungary how unnerved our overlords have become over a little disobedience.

3g4me
3g4me
1 year ago

Since I rarely listen to podcasts, all the talk about stingers, bells, horns, and explosions left me a bit bemused. Anyhow, for those who are interested in “unapproved” sources for real European news, the two sites I visit are new observer and voice of Europe.

Yves Vannes
Yves Vannes
Member
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

Thanks for the links.

Here’s another excellent source for France:

https://galliawatch.blogspot.com/?m=1#!

bilejones
Member
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

Thanks for the links, VoE- I’ve known for a while- I love the play on the CIA’s Voice of America, new observer is, well, new to me.

Calvin
Calvin
Reply to  3g4me
1 year ago

Mildly curious, I speak French, German, and Italian decently well, but it’s tiresome wending through blogs without perfect command of the languages. Any suggestions for dissident right podcasts in those languages? Radio Courtoisie, for example, is too broad; I’d like to find something like the Power Hour or Radio Derb.

Exile
Exile
Member
1 year ago

I’m a no-vote on the applause stinger – stick with the original or something shorter and milder than applause. I’m tempted to consider it a good-natured troll of Z’s critics ala Tomorrow Belongs vs. White Boy Doin’ My Thing from some time back.

DerEuropäer
DerEuropäer
1 year ago

Re Cloak and Kippah, belief in Sputnik’s attribution of the Strache exploit to Mossad requires me to believe Adam’s bald assertion in Cicero.de that “Kein europäischer Dienst dürfte und könnte so etwas durchführen” where considerations of motive alone point to the Bundesnachrichtendienst.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

Regarding France, I’ve been sounding the alarm bells for years – and I’ve barely been to the country. The sickle cell test plus a recent study on baby names shows that French births are a minimum (and likely much more) of 20-25% non-sub-Saharan African Muslim and 5% to 10% sub-Saharan African. It’s baked into the pie that France will be around a third Muslim and African some day. Thrown in moderate to even low immigration and a generation or so of differing birth rates (even assuming they converge in ten or 20 years), and you’re looking at ~50% of the… Read more »

Yves Vannes
Yves Vannes
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

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This is from 2 years BEFORE the migrant crisis.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Yves Vannes
1 year ago

I’m not sure how reliable that numbers are, but I used to work for an economist who said that even when the numbers aren’t 100% solid, you can still use them to see a trend as long as the numbers are being gathered the same way each year. And the trend ain’t good. I don’t know how to post this sickle cell test map so I’ll put in the link. Ile de France, which I guess is the Paris region, went from 54% in 2005 to 60% in 2010 to 73% in 2015. All of France went from 31.5% in… Read more »

Whiskey
Whiskey
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 year ago

France is already toast. African rapper makes video showing him raping and strangling a White Woman symbolizing France screaming F France.

It’s five years from that en masse like Haiiti.

Reziac
Reziac
Reply to  Yves Vannes
1 year ago

Infants get tested when they’re at risk, which means black or dark Mediterranean. So this is indeed a good proxy for percentage of non-French births. Paris at 68% is way beyond alarming.

Diversity Heretic
Member
Reply to  Reziac
1 year ago

The original study appeared in the “ultra-right wing” Journal of Clinical Pathology around 2012 and was analyzed in an article by Falko Baumgartner entitled “The Africanization of France,” a little later. Basically, newborn babies of people of Middle East and sub-Saharan African origin are tested for sickle-cell disorder in France and the percentage of newborns subject to such testing is surprisingly high and rising. While I’m slightly skeptical of the most recent figures showing high levels of testing, it’s certainly consistent with the population one sees on the streets in France.

Exile
Exile
Member
1 year ago

Re the Italian segment, wow-just-wow on the Salvini critic’s self-parodic citations to the Anatomy of Fascism, Israeli historians, etc… A classic example of pundits referring to past punditry and trying to pass it off as academics, analysis or even expert opinion.

After listening to just the excerpts from that screed, I’m even more motivated to burn down the “liberal democratic world order.” If that’s the Orwell-tier misnomered hill Yesterday’s Men choose to die on, tomorrow belongs to us.

Everyday Newt Berman
1 year ago

Not too many show-biz folks round these parts, I gather.

Just as a purely nerd-sperg technical matter, it isn’t a “stinger,” it’s a “sting.”

We now return you to your regularly scheduled brouhaha.

Frip
Member
Reply to  Everyday Newt Berman
1 year ago

Since we’re not show-biz folks we’re not going to say something as gay as “sting”. Sometimes the wrong word is better than the right word. (Even though “stinger” is pretty gay too.)

Everyday Newt Berman
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

I dunno man, it seems to me that “stinger” and “sting” are both essential parts of the gay experience, so I don’t know where you get your metric from. An illegal Metrican?

Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

Frip
Member
Reply to  Everyday Newt Berman
1 year ago

LOL

Reziac
Reziac
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

Every time I hear it, I think “Stinger, Sidewinder, Shrike” and wonder who’s the next target.

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
1 year ago

The crowd clapping is annoying as hell. I think the expression of dislike of the explosion must be an attempt at trolling the Z Man.

The folks who read this blog are not that soft.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Bartleby the Scrivner
1 year ago

Have enough loss in one ear from gunfire anyway that it never really bothered me.

Frip
Member
Reply to  Bartleby the Scrivner
1 year ago

Agree. I like the explosion. 1. It’s cool 2. It’s soothing like rolling thunder. 3. It’s over-the-top funny. 4. It’s part of the legend of Z now. As such he has no right to change it. None of us do. It is a mountain unto itself.

S Bishop
S Bishop
Member
Reply to  Frip
1 year ago

You may have the best suggestion for a new ‘sting’ for Z – using rolling thunder with a single, close lightening strike to remind us all of the approaching storm…

Tax Slave
Tax Slave
1 year ago

Old stinger AND clown horn. Please.

bilejones
Member
Reply to  Tax Slave
1 year ago

I was fine with both, the issue is, I think one of volume balance.,

Da Booby
1 year ago

Only 41% of Germans criticize the notion that political correctness is exaggerated?!?!

You have to admit, the political indoctrination machine in Europe is awe-inspiring in it’s efficacy.

When the Booby was recently in Prague, he chatted with a young Czech university student. He said he was originally opposed to the EU, but he’s warmed up to it since it provides programs for people like himself to travel on the EU dime promoting the EU, and get other kinds of perks.

Bought and paid for. Ka-ching!

bilejones
Member
1 year ago

This piece on The Austria Ousting is worth a read.
https://vdare.com/articles/austrian-government-collapse-shows-trap-for-national-conservatives-attack-from-far-left-betrayed-by-center-respectable-right

The take-away: the corporate “right” is not our friend, is always and everywhere to be remembered.

Da Booby
Reply to  bilejones
1 year ago

Again, there’s a lot of Cold War-era misconceptions out there. Big business (the “corporate right”) was never a friend of traditional-values, working class America, but so long as the USSR was perceived as a threat, and so long as Socialism was something of a threat domestically they would pretend, purely out of convenience.

Now that there’s no Cold War, now that unions have been mostly eliminated, and now that both mainstream parties are indistinguishable, corporate America can’t wait to wash the smell of the deplorables off its hands.

Corporate Europe, too.

Sean Detente
Sean Detente
Member
1 year ago

Don’t like the applause. Just doesn’t work, man. I find it more annoying than your trademark Reason rag clown horn, which oddly I do miss.

Macumazahn
Macumazahn
1 year ago

Very glad to hear that the explosion stingie-thingie will return along with the clown horn. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I hated the applause. It seemed to go on forever… A more appropriate form of applause stingie-thingie might be just a second or two of “golf clapping” rather than the rousing ovation we heard this week. I’ve been trying to spread the word about the Power Hour but honestly I would have been embarrassed to send someone to this week’s episode. Still, I really enjoy the content and the shared insights so complaints about ding-tones… Read more »

Rod1963
Rod1963
1 year ago

Have no use for sit com sound effects. You’re good enough speaker not to need them.

Corn
Corn
1 year ago

Who are these buzzkills?

I love the explosion stinger and clown honk

Whitney
Member
1 year ago

I think you put the clapping and cheering in between the segments so we wouldn’t complain about the explosions. I’ve never complained before even though the explosions always make my car speakers rattle but the Clapping is so horrible that I’m happy to get it back. Clever!

Calvin
Calvin
1 year ago

Two thoughts:

(1) The new stinger does not represent /our values/; I’ll lend my support to the old one.

(2) Are you backed up in case you get heartisted?

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Don’t get rid of the horns!

RWnova
RWnova
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

The explosive stinger was just fine; never bothered me through speakers or headphones. Dittto the clown horns. I do miss the steppes/Cossack hooves; please bring that back as well.