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Today I learned an American journalist friend was stabbed in Moscow. (Not, he was not anti-Putin, quite the contrary in fact, so it won’t be highlighted in the Western media).
Fortunately the injury seems to be quite minor, though I wish him the best for a speedy recovery regardless.
All things considered, Moscow is pretty safe; at any rate, I don’t fear walking the streets at night, even though my neighborhood is one of the more prole ones. It’s certainly a world away from American inner cities and the more “enriched” European banlieues. And this is reflected in both statistics and the “background rate” at which I hear of crime victimization from friends, relatives, and acquaintances.
For my part, the only “bad” experiences I had since returning here was a drunk aggressively demanding a cigarette, and some Gastarbeiters who insisted I pay more for moving some furniture than we had agreed on. Pretty irrelevant, all things told – about what I’d expect in a year in Berkeley.
Predictably, some people are very unhappy about Trump doing anything for the most underrepresented ethnic minority at the Ivy Leagues relative to IQ (Gentile Whites).
* Wia, Jonathan & Rindermann – 2017 – What goes into high educational and occupational achievement? Education, brains, hard work, networks, and other factors [pdf]
Specifically, how likely were global innovators and leaders intellectually talented or gifted when younger? This paper reviews retrospective data on multiple US samples (Total N = 11,745), including Chief Executive Officers, federal judges, politicians, multi-millionaires and billionaires, business leaders, elite journalists, and the “most globally powerful men and women”, examining to what extent these groups were in the top 1% in general intellectual talent in youth, also examining their educational backgrounds. About 50% of these leaders were in the top 1% of our indicator of ability, so overrepresented by a factor of about 50. Elite education, and especially the impact of Harvard, was notable, suggesting that in addition to talent, elite education and networks were important.
Unsurprising to anyone who follows the IQsphere, but it’s great to have all the research in one place nonetheless.
* Katja Grace: The range of human intelligence.
The time it took to move computers from average human to peak human performance across various domains – typically, on the order of several decades for many board games – suggests we should not expect a runaway superintelligence).
* I have nothing to add to Alexander Mercouris’ comprehensive analysis of the Russia sanctions Trump was cajoled into signing:
- Donald Trump and the sanctions law: Supreme Court challenge coming (full text and analysis of the Presidential Statement)
- Trump sidesteps impeachment trap in sanctions law and prepares challenge to Supreme Court
- Russia is giving up on the US and the Trump administration
Two particularly acute observations. Trump’s (or his team’s) strategic acuity:
In doing so the Presidential Statement calls into question the wisdom of the whole measure, for example by worrying that its effect will be to “drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together”. It is actually remarkable that Donald Trump – a person wholly inexperienced in exercising public office – seems to be the only prominent public official in the US who worries about this.
And care in sidestepping any possible grounds for impeachment:
Indeed the more I think about this bizarre sanctions law the more I wonder whether the impeachment scenario I have just outlined may have been the very scenario that it was intended to engineer.
* Chicago Council: American Opinion on US-Russia Relations: From Bad to Worse
* Alex Jones’ Infowars: Putin’s Top Advisor Warns The World Of Globalist, Satanic AI Takeover Plan
Dugin is not Putin’s advisor, let alone the “top” one. He is a nutcase who is far better known in the West than he is in Russia.
* Was finally blocked by Louise Mensch. What took her so long?
Can’t be bothered reading it all, but a quick skim suggests it’s very tame, common sense stuff.
But the Respectable People are still very triggered by it, so he’ll probably be fired.
If you feel isolated by this, that your views are basically unwelcome in tech and can’t be spoken about… well, that’s a fair point. These views are fundamentally corrosive to any organization they show up in, drive people out, and I can’t think of any organization not specifically dedicated to those views that they would be welcome in. I’m afraid that’s likely to remain a serious problem for you for a long time to come. But our company is committed to maintaining a good environment for all of its people, and if one person is determined to thwart that, the solution is pretty clear.
I’m writing this here, in this message, because I’m no longer at the company and can say this sort of thing openly. But I want to make it very clear: if you were in my reporting chain, all of part (3) would have been replaced with a short “this is not acceptable” and maybe that last paragraph above. You would have heard part (3) in a much smaller meeting, including you, me, your manager, your HRBP, and someone from legal. And it would have ended with you being escorted from the building by security and told that your personal items will be mailed to you. And the fact that you think this was “all in the name of open discussion,” and don’t realize any of these deeper consequences, makes this worse, not better.
* YouTube partners with the ADL to make “the internet a safe space for all.” We can be sure enforcement will be entirely partial.
* Poland wants muh reparations from Germany.
* Eun-Soon Im et al. – 2017 – Deadly heat waves projected in the densely populated agricultural regions of South Asia
Previous work has shown that a wet-bulb temperature of 35°C can be considered an upper limit on human survivability. … We project that extremes of wet-bulb temperature in South Asia are likely to approach and, in a few locations, exceed this critical threshold by the late 21st century under the business-as-usual scenario of future greenhouse gas emissions. The most intense hazard from extreme future heat waves is concentrated around densely populated agricultural regions of the Ganges and Indus river basins.
Here’s a simulation that was run several years ago at a global level. South Asia even then looked like it would be the first major region to start becoming uninhabitable, which is incovenient, since it hosts about 20% of the world population.
* Jean Raspail says that publishing Camp of the Saints would be impossible now. He could be persecuted 87 different ways for it based on current French legislation.
* Green, Christopher & Martin – 2017 – Historical impact in psychology differs between demographic groups
Interesting to see the women mention both Charles Spearman and even Hans Eysenck (!).
* Argument #97832 from Julia Ioffe on America’s pressing need for a big wall.
* 24/26 Somali federal Ministers have their families outside the country.