Saturday, 31 October 2009

Sometimes diversity is good!

Those you who’ve read my post on the Hurricane Katrina anniversary will know what a, well, storm it provoked from some people. What particularly hit home was when I quoted Jared Taylor to the effect that “many whites will realize—some for the first time—that we have Africa in our midst, that utterly alien Africa of road-side corpses, cruelty, and anarchy that they thought could never wash up on our shores.”

I got a different view of Africa at the other end of the USA a few years back. I had been doing a stint at the University of Illinois at Champaign, and a friend there suggested, to my amazement, we visit the Third World. In this case Gary Indiana, which amazingly is only about a few hours drive away if memory serves me correctly.

Hello Africa. It was just like an African city. And it behaves like one. Massive levels of crime, welfare dependency, violence, poverty, unemployment, filth, litter and abandoned buildings everywhere. There were literally no whites to be seen, the city being one of the most salient examples of white flight.

Now some time ago that same friend (who by the way, went over to the US twenty years ago as a committed liberal and is now a confirmed ‘racist’) sent me this link.

You’ll see that four intruders entered a store and needlessly murdered an Indian shop assistant before robbing him. So what, you may well ask, after all, you said it’s like Africa? True, but the amazing thing here is that nobody went to the assistance of the dying man, they just kept on shopping and only one person eventually called the police.

When asked what he finds most disturbing about the surveillance footage, [the police chief] said, "The fact that people went in and out of the store and didn't call police. There is a man laying there. Nobody thinks to dial 911 or check to see if he's OK or anything."

The crime was reported (by a black reporter) and investigated by a black police chief who issued descriptions of the victims in the usual way. “Investigators say two suspects were dressed in black shirts, like one man on the tape who looks to be holding a gun. The other two had red shirts”. And they could have added, ‘had black faces’.

But no.

Now we could take the charitable view and say that, first, murderous criminals are most likely to be black, and being Gary, almost everyone is black anyway. So no point. However, that's not very likely, is it? Just like everywhere else in the West, the race of a criminal is not mentioned if he’s non-white.

Welcome to Africa. And just like Africa a little diversity (i.e. a dilution of the black proportion) would lead to a big improvement. So maybe we need diversity after all!

On a closing note, a saw in Prospect magazine that the average price of a house in Detroit urban (i.e. black) zone is now a princely $7,600.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Rageh solves the race/IQ problem!

Rageh Omaar is a smart lad. The son of wealthy Somali (yes!) immigrants to the UK, he went to the best public schools and then to Oxford. He then married the only daughter of a landed Scottish baron, whose title lineage goes back to the mid-1600s. Rageh has now put an end to that and the missus (Georgiana Rose Montgomery-Cuninghame) is now at home cranking out little Somalis for him (three at the latest count) while he does his thing around the world.

He now works for AL Jazeera, having left the BBC because of its being ‘a white man’s club’. I kid you not. Apparently has ‘more freedom’ at AJ. Indeed.

I've read his two books (they make good reading, seriously) and I formed the view that he’s a well-balanced individual. In the sense that he’s got a chip on both shoulders.

He now reappears in Channel 4 with a documentary, part of the season Race: Science's Last Taboo. According to the blurb, “in this, Rageh Omaar sets out to find out the truth, meeting scientists who believe the research supports the view that races can be differentiated as well as those who vehemently oppose this view. By daring to ask the difficult questions Omaar is able to explode the myths about race and IQ and reveal what he thinks are important lessons for society.”

I watched the programme (you can see it on the C4 site here) and I beg to differ about one thing. He did not ‘set out to find the truth’. He set out to prove that IQ meant nothing really, that in any event blacks were catching up with whites, and anyway it’s all down to social factors, not inheritance. Quite an achievement for one man in one hour, no?

By way of example he went to South Africa. He showed us horrendous townships outside CT. Their condition was, you’ve guessed it, ‘the legacy of apartheid’. Nobody was rude enough to ask why, if this were so, do you find similar hellholes all over the rest of Africa where apartheid is not a legacy?

Anyway, he then pulled his trump card. He tracked down a black astronomer, helpfully peering through a telescope into the night sky. This gentleman assured us that he had been educated to this level only because he matriculated in ‘the year freedom was won – 1994’. So the not too subtle point was that if only there hadn’t been apartheid all South African blacks would be, not impoverished shack dwellers, rather astronomers. Or similar, such as doctors. (Check out this post to see how Cape Town University addresses the latter.)

Duly enlightened, Rageh made his decision. Intelligence had nothing to do with race, rather it was totally determined by environment. Problem solved.

He finishes by wistfully speculating that, were we to eliminate poverty and discrimination everybody would achieve the same life outcomes. Now you may dismiss this as pietistic nonsense – which of course it is. But the real tragedy is that it serves to reinforce and perpetuate the failed social and educational strategies of the last fifty years.

Far from striking a blow for his fellow blacks, Omaar is in fact contributing to their ongoing underachievement. This case is very similar in that sense to my ‘Nobel Prize’ post a few weeks back. The simple sad truth is this. If you fail or refuse to see the cause of a problem, you are doomed never to solve it.

And so it goes’, as Kurt Vonnegut said…

Fundamentalist fashionistas

Friday, 23 October 2009

"Anti-fascists" to the rescue

It’s a scene reminiscent of Hitler’s Brownshirts or Mussolini’s fascist storm troopers. Violent thugs try to block a democratically-elected politician from speaking, throwing stones, smashing windows, chanting and threatening.

What do? Call the police? The police are already here trying to uphold the law, but are overwhelmed by the violent mob. Nothing else to do other than to call in some anti-fascist reinforcement then.

Oh wait! The violent mob are the anti-fascists.

Strange, no?

We’re talking here of course about the attempt by BNP leader Nick Griffin to appear on the BBC Questions and Answers programme. He’s been legally and democratically elected, and the BBC, surprisingly for them, felt that he should be given an opportunity to explain the unpopular (unpopular with the BBC, that is) views of his party. And in front of a hand-picked hostile audience.

Seems reasonable. But the ‘anti-fascists’ don't like the idea of an elected party leader, whose views they don't like, being allowed to speak in public. To my simple mind that is the essence of fascism. Close down debate by force and violence.

Yet the MSM keep referring to these yobs as ‘anti-fascist’.

Yet another reason why the blogosphere is driving these Neanderthals in the MSM into irrelevance.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The US stimulus package: Your questions answered

Question: What is an Economic Stimulus payment?

Answer: It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Question: Where will the government get this money?

Answer:From taxpayers.

Question: So the government is giving me back my own money?

Answer: Only a smidgen.

Question: What is the purpose of this payment?

Answer: The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Question: But isn't that stimulating the economy ofChina ?

Answer: Shut up!

Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China . If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs. If you purchase a computer, it will go to India . If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico , Honduras and Guatemala . If you buy a car, it will go to Japan, Germany or Korea. If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan. If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.

Instead, keep the money in America by:
1. spending it at yard sales, or 2. going to ball games, or 3. spending it on prostitutes, or 4. beer or 5. tattoos. (These are the only American businesses still operating in the US ..)

Conclusion:

Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you meet at a yard sale and drink beer allday.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

America's oligarchs gorge again

In this post I referred to an article by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone which described Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”.

The scale and depth of their effrontery is so great that one is left with the impression that they don't care what anyone thinks anymore. And maybe they’re right. Maybe they are beyond control.

Think of it this way. At the height of the crisis a little over a year ago GS was essentially broke. The $15 billion in derivative contracts that they had insured with AIG were in effect worthless because AIG didn’t have any money. As we all know, the government, in the person of ex-GS CEO Hank Paulson, rescued AIG, which then immediately paid off GS in full. No 20 cents in the dollar shit for Goldman. In addition, with the government guarantee in place GS could now borrow more than 20 times their asset base at a rate of about 1% from the Feds’ printing machine.

Nice position to be in, especially when two of your main rivals (Lehman’s and Bear Sterns) had been allowed go bust (by the same people who rescued GS). And even more especially when TARP-related and other distressed assets were now available at a fraction of their original prices. Any fool could make hay in such circumstances, and whatever GS are, they’re not fools. The money started rolling in once again.

The fact that virtually all of the new multi-billion dollar profits come from trading (i.e. gambling), adding no value at all to the real economy is bad enough. But GS now plans to distribute billions in bonuses while the real American economy languishes in recession, businesses starved of cash and unemployment at record levels.

Throughout this crisis, before and since, the SEC and the Feds generally, were at best criminally negligent, at worst in on the scam. It’s a moot point whether the real story of what happened will ever emerge. But you would expect one thing at least to emerge from this whole sorry mess. That the Augean Stables of the SEC would be thoroughly cleaned out and that the new controllers there would be powerful, heavyweight and independent.
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But what do we get? The appointment of a twenty-nine year-old nobody from GS as its enforcement division's first chief operating officer! All we know about Adam Storch is that he previously worked in Goldman's business intelligence unit. Oh wait! We also know that seven years ago he was sorting mail at Deloitte’s Buffalo office. Yes, that's the new fox in the hen-house. This appointment is so grotesque that to me at least it says that GS realises that it is simply unaccountable and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. It will continue to loot until there’s nothing left.
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And there may be little or nothing left of the American economy in due course. Real unemployment heads towards 20% as manufacturing is outsourced to cheaper locations, while low-priced foreigners are brought in to boost profits and further reduce the share accruing to America’s middle and lower classes. Meanwhile the dollar continues its precipitous decline against what would before have been considered basket-case currencies, driving the national debt still further into the stratosphere.

In Europe this would lead to riots and peasants with torches heading for the castle. But the MSM in the US, almost all owned by mega multinational corporations, sing from the same song sheet in supporting globalisation and mass immigration. The politicians have been bought and paid for, so it’s hard to see where a solution will come from.

Meanwhile, as airline pilots subsist on $40,000 a year and food stamps, the people who caused the mess can resume raking in their multi-million dollar bonuses. And GS need have no worries. They form the nucleus of the Obama economic regime just as they did under Bush. The original heist was the brainchild of GS alumni Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, while the bankrupting of their main competitors and the disbursal of billions in taxpayers funds was arranged by GS alumnus Hank Paulson. Tim Geithner owes everything he has to Summers and Rubin and is seen as a ventriloquist’s dummy in their hands.

The vice-like grip of GS is even worse under the current administration. I began to research it but found so many that I gave up. Try it yourself! Obama has been bought more solidly than Bush.

Scary stuff.

Where will it all end?

Sunday, 18 October 2009

In fairness to Islamic terrorists

Now I've often been accused of being unfair to murderous Islamic terrorists, and I suppose that's largely true. So after examining my conscience I have decided to make the initial award of The Savant Prize for Public Service to, well, that's a bit of a problem because I don't know his name.

But credit where credit is due, I say.

Here's the story from Iraq according to the International Herald Tribune:

"A man stood up during Friday prayers and began loudly arguing with the preacher"

Mark one for the recipient.

"He raised an assault rifle and shot the imam first before spraying those kneeling around him"

You got to admit that he has, well had, a keen sense of priorities

And then, the piece de resistence, when he thoughtfully rounded off the whole touching episode

"when the ammo was finished he blew himself up"

Ah yes. Where would we be without the Religion of Peace, hey?

In the same edition I see that the US is allowing an extra 30,000 Iraqis immigrate. Just what you need over there now I'd say.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Master criminal stalks England

As England reels under the onslaught of a master criminal, householders lock their doors early, citizens fearfully walk the streets and children are sent to bed early. It’s no exaggeration to say that terror stalks the land. Nowhere is safe from this criminal mastermind, whose reach extends to every corner of the realm, even, and I'm looking fearfully over my shoulder as I write this, into the office of the Prime Minister himself!

The extent of the crisis can be gauged by the fact that large numbers of police have been withdrawn from their diversity training and gypsy appreciation courses. What has this evil mastermind been up to? He's been sending out letter, that's what. But not just any letters. Let me quote from that impeccably unbiased source, the Guardian (this link).

“According to Hampshire police, which is heading the investigation, the letters are all pro-English in content” (imagine that, pro-English. The cheek) “and racially inflammatory, with many appearing to have been sent in response to Daily Mail articles. All the letters are offensive and racist against a wide variety of nationalities and cultures.”
And in a terrifying demonstration of the criminal’s reach “One of the letters was sent to Gordon Brown's constituency office in Fife in April.”

I have to warn you my friends, it gets even worse. This criminal, ruthlessly enclosing clippings from the Daily Mail, and heedless of the consequences, even accuses the BBC of racial bias! “The letters regularly express anti-BBC views and accuse the corporation of racial bias”.

All of this is deeply disturbing, but good news is at hand. The police forces have pooled resources and are leaving no stone unturned. “Various forces had already started their own investigations into the letters but Hampshire police has now taken control of the inquiry, codenamed Operation Heron. Officers in Hampshire have been liaising with colleagues in Fife, Strathclyde, Lothian & Borders, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire, and the investigation is being assisted by the National Domestic Extremism Team. An appeal for help from the public will be shown on tonight's Crimewatch programme on BBC1.”
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And there’s even better news. Plod is closing in on the criminal. In a piece of stunning investigative work, detectives have identified the general whereabouts of the criminal’s lair, which has been narrowed down to the Portsmouth/Isle of Wight area . “Detective Inspector Donna Goff (suspiciously British name, that) said nearly all the letters were postmarked Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight”.
Well spotted!

Better again, they’ve even got an accurate fix on his age. How did they possibly discover this? Inspector Donna again: “Repeat phrases used also indicate this, especially reference to 'working for 50 years' and regular reference to pensions."

Now I admit I had to mull over this for a while but then realised that, by Jove, they’d cracked it! You see, if he’s been working for fifty years and is drawing a pension, well, to my mind at least, it’s a good indication that he’s elderly.

No flies on these guys.

Now a few words in conclusion. This is a deeply disturbing development, and I can understand if you’re all worried about it. But remember this. The odds of your being a victim are statistically tiny. A combined army of several regional police forces is on the job, and they’re closing on the terrorist. And I make no apologies for referring to him as such. Even now they can almost hear him cackling in his lair.

So don't worry and enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

"I don't feel safe anywhere"

Returning on the subway from the Blade Runner Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby (previous post) a pretty young girl sat across from me. She had a tiny dog on her lap (apparently she had been to a vet in Rinkeby). I asked had she felt unsafe making her way through that particular hell hole.

Her response?

"I don't feel safe anywhere"

Imagine that. A native Swedish girl says she doesn't feel safe anywhere in her own city, thanks to its being flooded by migrants from violent, lawless and debased cultures.

I drew attention in this post to the head of the Swedish Immigration Board, preening himself about feeling good for allowing hundreds more Somalis loose on the Swedes. I don't think this young girl feels quite so good about them somehow.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Celebrating diversity in Rinkeby

The suburb of Rinkeby in Stockholm has achieved legendary status for its diversity. Now it’s also achieved legendary status for other things, but as Ronald Reagan used say, let’s not talk about that. We are in Sweden after all.

Last Friday afternoon I decided to check it out at first hand. Most of the new suburbs in Stockholm have a central square as a kind of focal point, and Rinkeby is no exception. The unusual difference here was that the train station opened straight out onto the square. So you went, instantly, from a well run commuter train to what was in effect the pub scene in Star Wars transposed to Mogadishu.

Now being tall, handsome, elegantly dressed and with a regal bearing, I'm used to having my appearance create an instant impression. But this was something else. The place came to a standstill.

A youth ‘of Middle Eastern appearance’ who had been raping a Swedish girl stopped in mid stroke, ass suspended at the apogee of his thrust. A group of mullahs who had been stoning an adulteress to death let the stones drop from their hands. And two gangs of Somalis, who had been engaged in armed warfare across the square put aside their Kalashnikovs and RPG rocket launchers to gaze at the amazing spectacle.

I'm no fool, and my conclusion was that not too many whites ventured into this special world. And I also concluded that my presence was not being viewed with unalloyed enthusiasm by the assembled cultural enrichers. Accordingly, much and all as I would have liked to lingered to savour the rich diversity on hand, I beat a somewhat hasty retreat. Still, with your interests in mind I managed to capture on camera some of the scenes of rich cultural diversity on display in the square.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Next year's Physics Nobel Prize winner

Well, with Barak Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize for, basically, being black and hoping that everything will work out fine, it’s clear that AA has now extended to this arena. Hence I bring you next year’s winner of the Physics prize: Ladies and gentlemen, meet William Kamkwamba.

Now I assume you’ve heard of William. If you haven’t you must have been in hibernation over the Summer. His breakthrough invention has lead to appearances on CNN, BBC, CNBC and even a fawning interview with Jon Stewart on the Today Show. He’s won a major book deal as the protagonist of ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” and been feted by climate change campaigners like Al Gore and business leaders the world over.

According to the BBC he’s even been invited to the “prestigious Technology Entertainment Design conference in Arusha, Tanzania”. (stop laughing at the back please!) They add “Mr Kamkwamba - who has been flown to conferences around the globe to recount his life-story - has the world at his feet” . One of the comments on the BBC (or was it CNN?) blog claimed ‘conclusive proof at last that intelligence has no racial component’.

Now what was the dramatic breakthrough that lead to all of this? Did he discover how complex physical phenomena emerge from simple ingredients? Has he solved the riddle of what happens far from states of equilibrium and why? Or maybe he’s made some major discovery in the nanoworld?
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Well, no, I'm afraid his accomplishment has been a bit more modest. Specifically he’s invented a way to generate electricity by way of a windmill built from commonly available components. Now I must admit I was somewhat surprised when I saw this because going back a long time – it was before I moved to Chateau Savant, and that was thirty years ago – a friend of mine, take a bow Jim, seemed to do exactly that. Much to our amusement, he developed a windmill which generated electricity. Doing a discounted cash flow analysis I worked out that his investment would, over the course of twenty years, generate a net profit of four pence. We got a great laugh at that. But he still did it, and made a bulb light up, or something.

And then I'm aware from my travels that the gauchos down in southern Argentina have been doing the same thing since the middle of the last century. If you Google a string like ‘making electricity from windmill with common components’ you’ll get over one million hits.

So what's going on here?

Well, let’s go back to William. Apparently he found a book somewhere sub-titled ‘how to generate electricity from a windmill using commonly available materials’. He then, using the instructions in the book, went off and ‘invented’ a windmill using commonly available materials to generate electricity.

And, er, that's about it. So in effect, he read a book on how to do something, went off and did it, and, even though the same thing has been done around the world for decades, has become an international celebrity. I'm not being churlish or a curmudgeon, that's what happened.

The question is why. And of course we all know why. He’s black, wears a suit, hasn’t killed anyone, and has made some gadget after reading the instructions. Nobel Prize material for sure.

The paradox about this farce, and it is a farce, just like Obama’s Peace Prize, is that it unintentionally reinforces the black stereotype. Had this achievement been made by a white or an Asian it wouldn’t have attracted a flicker of attention. But an African doing something useful makes world headlines. Even thoughtful blacks realise that this is the ultimate, albeit unintentional, put-down. The tyranny of low expectations.
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And an intersting coda: If you look at the myriad of comments on the various blogs you'll not find a single one which isn't gushing and tremelous at this stunning achievement. Truly, mass hypnosis has set in.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Oleg, Jews, and the rape of Mother Russia

I like Oleg. Oleg is a spectacularly unsuccessful Russian technology entrepreneur. Like so many unsuccessful entrepreneurs, it seems, he blames ‘the Jews’ for his predicament. His lack of success doesn’t come from lack of brains or education or ability to work - it’s just, well, he’s a lousy businessman. Last week he flew over from Moscow with his latest brainwave. Having dismissed it out of hand (how does he come up with those ideas?) we had several hours to kill. We spoke about Mother Russia. More specifically, we (well he) spoke about Mother Russia and the Jews.

Oleg assures me that ‘The Jews’ have been behind just about everything that has gone wrong with Russia, from the Bolshevik takeover, the running of the NKVD through to the disastrous experiment with ‘free markets’ during the nineties and the robbery of the state’s most valuable assets by the oligarchs.

There has to be some explanation for the latter, because the scale of the theft – there’s no other word for it - has been staggering. Literally trillions of dollars/euros drained from the country with most of it, according to Oleg, shipped to Israel. There’s also the fact that five out of the six oligarchs are Jewish, despite Jews representing less than 1% of the Russian population.

Then there was the catastrophic transition to capitalism under Yeltsin. In case you don't know, a team of ‘experts’ from Harvard and USAID stampeded Russia into ‘freeing the market’. This turned out to be catastrophic, setting the national economy back by a generation. Well, it was catastrophic for the Russians, not for the ‘experts’ who advised them.

Not only was the advice and guidance lousy, but several of the advisers used the opportunity to enrich themselves by speculating in the shares of the very companies whose futures they were deciding! It doesn’t get much more unethical than that. If it had happened in the US the perpetrators would have spent many years in the slammer.

And who were those perpetrators? The main one was Andrei Shleifer, a Russian Jewish émigré, aided by his eminence grise and close personal friend Larry Summers Рalso Jewish. It was so bad that the US Government sued Harvard and Shleifer, who eventually had to pay back about $32 million and $2 million respectively. Despite this, Summers and Shleifer both remained (the latter still remains) on the Harvard faculty, Summers as President.

I found myself asking (of myself) ‘this has got to be the greatest heist of the 20th century. How come I, and just about everyone else, treated it as a nine-day wonder?’. Oleg has the answer to that too. ‘The Jews’ control the range of discussion. If they want something to disappear from the public arena, it disappears.

He makes the point that this is more pronounced in the West than anywhere else. Questioning the Holocaust will land you in jail, as will a whole range of supposedly ‘hate’ crimes. The legislation to support these measures has been the brainchild of ‘The Jews’, who have, more importantly, through their control of the media, rendered a whole range of subjects and attitudes outside the scope of polite discussion. In effect they’re contrived a situation where criticism of Jews, even individual Jews, exposes the critic to serious sanction. For this reason criticism of Summers and Shleifer was muted, and dismissed as anti-Semitism by many of their defenders.

Oleg believes that an ethnic network will close around and defend ‘their own’ if faced with a serious threat. For this to work, the commanding heights must be controlled. Hence every US President is surrounded by Jews, while Congress is like the Israeli Government in exile.

All of this is true. But does it mean ‘The Jews’ are the master puppeteers jerking the rest of us around on a string? I have two counter arguments. The first is that Jews have very high IQ levels and as we all know, that is the most important determinant of the kind of success we see them achieve. Also the most effective opponents of ‘The Jews’ have time and again been, well, the Jews. For instance the most trenchant critic of the Holocaust Industry has been Norman Finkelstein (‘There’s no business like shoa business’) and Naomi Klein lead the assault on Summers and Shleifer.

This happens all the time and if you don't admit that you’re not being honest.

So do I still think the ‘Jewish Plot’ theory is bogus? Well, yes, in the sense that it does not refer to Jews generally. But just let’s say, I'm not at all as convinced as I used to be. And I'm still pondering why I let so much of this just float past me.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Dubai's 'achievement'

Just back from a quick visit to Dubai. The main item of conversation, apart from the fact that Abu Dhabi is keeping the place on life support, is the new metro system. As usual with the Gulf, everything has to be bigger and better and more beautiful and taller and faster, and..... well, you get the drift.

And indeed the metro is an outstanding achievement.

The Emiratis are taking immense pride in it.

To which I respond ... why?

Look at it this way.

* The overall design of the infrastructure was done by the British, French and Singaporeans

* The design and build of the rolling stock was a Japanese effort

* The civil engineering design was British

* The civil engineering construction was managed and supervised by Turkish interests

* The raw physical work was carried out by virtual slave labourers from Southern Asia

* The money for the project came from oil that was discovered, extracted, refined and distributed by foreign (mainly Western) interests.


So what the fuck are they so proud about?