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Over the thirteen-month period from March of last year through April 20th of this year, a Twitter search returns a total of four–four!–instances of the phrase “Easter worshippers” being tweeted by users across the platform’s hundreds of millions of users and the billions and billions of tweets they produced. All four of the accounts are small, unverified ones–none even cross the four-digit follower threshold.

And then this. The phrase essentially didn’t exist until two days ago:

The mask is slipping. This has to be a simulation. I must be in a simulation. I AM IN A SIMULATION! Do I have to keep playing now that I’ve definitively figured it out? Who am I even talking–or typing–to, anyway? Go ahead, generate your responses, NPCs. I know the score!

• Category: Culture/Society, Ideology • Tags: Media bias, NPCs 
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Both high–in the case of the cathedral of Notre Dame–and low, in the streets of San Francisco:

Between 2011 and 2018, San Francisco experienced a massive increase in reported incidents of human feces found on public streets.

In 2011, just over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000.

That works out to a public poop incident being reported every 19 minutes, day and night. The absolute rate of public defecation must be higher, probably considerably so. What percentage of people take the time to log official complaints of particular encounters rather than merely shaking their heads as they go on their way?

Back to the conflagration:

Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list Tuesday as firefighters damped down the embers of the blaze which ravaged the ancient cathedral.

The original French version of the gothic novel, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, became the fastest selling book in France and is also a number one bestseller worldwide in English in two sub-categories of historical fiction.

The Disney animated movie version of the story also rocketed into the top 10 of family films.

Don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. We’ll finally collectively realize what a precious thing we’ve lost when all we see in every direction is rubble.

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It is not a term I recall seeing as much a decade ago as I do now, but that appears to be due to a lack of awareness on my part rather than a recent explosion in its usage:

Part of my ignorance is probably due to political persuasion. The top five states in terms of relative search volume for “whiteness” reveal it to be something liberal whites appear to be the most interested in:

Relative search volume correlates with Hillary Clinton’s share of the vote at a pretty robust .60, and that’s with a handful of small states–Alaska, Montana, West Virginia, Wyoming, Idaho, both Dakotas (states that gave little support to Clinton), and Hawaii (which gave her plenty of support but hardly on account of white liberals)–excluded from the regression on account of not registering at all because of lack of search volume interest.

Parenthetically, the spike in 2014 appears to coincide with something called the “Whiteness Project“, a two-part series produced for PBS and directed by Whitney Dow. It looks interesting. Watching the trailer, it’s hard to believe this was something commissioned by PBS just five years ago. Those seem like the halcyon days of candor by comparison. Many of these takes would today be portrayed in the media as flirting with white supremacy, and giving them a platform–even if the ultimate purpose was to discredit–of questionable utility at best.

There is a revolving interactive module containing quotes from project participants in their teens and twenties. One young man says, “I have to hide who I am”. Another, “I feel more comfortable around people of my race”. Still another, “I don’t feel guilty”. The next, “I don’t feel personally responsible for racism”. And the one that really sets off alarm bells, “Being white definitely has value to me”. There are a handful of responses that trend in a direction that will make PBS audiences more comfortable, like “I would be in jail if I was not white” (if physiognomy is real, he looks like he could be telling the truth!) and “there is so much privilege I have”, but the anti-anti-white perspectives comprise a plurality.

Participants’ pictures are included. It doesn’t seem inconceivable that statements like these will preclude some of those having made them from elected office in the future.

• Category: Culture/Society, Ideology, Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Whiteness 
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Following is a quick walkthrough of how to use the General Social Survey without the aid of any outside statistical packages.

Start here.

We’ll enter two variables to cross-tabulate, “wordsum” and “degree”. For contemporary relevance, we will only look at responses from the year 2000 to the year 2018. To do that, we’ll enter “year(2000-2018)”. Additionally, we’ll check the hyperlinked box “Summary statistics” a little further down the page. The page should look like this:

Now either hit enter on your keyboard or click the “Run the Table” button below the data entry field box. The new page that opens contains our results. On the left (the row), running from top to bottom, we have respondent wordsum scores. Along the top (the column), running from left to right, we have the highest educational degree respondents have earned.

Let’s focus on a wordsum score of 10. We see that .3% of respondents with less than a high school education scored a 10 on the wordsum test, while 13.4% of those with a graduate degree did. The green circle shows what percentage (3.6%) of the entire respondent pool scored a 10. The non-bolded numbers below each of the bolded numbers–the bolded numbers actually show percentages–reveal the weighted number of actual respondents who fall into each cell. So 5.1 respondents with less than a high school education scores a 10.

How do 5.1 people do something? They don’t, unless the results are adjusted to correct for under-/over-sampling as they are in this case! Just above the “Summary statistics” box we checked, notice two boxes under the “N of cases to display:” hyperlink. The GSS will default to weighted responses, but that can be toggled to unweighted responses if preferred.

A bit further down shows the average (mean) wordsum scores among respondents by degree attained.

Respondents with less than a high school education earned an average score of 4.36 on the wordsum test. Respondents with a graduate degree averaged a 7.52. The average for all respondents was 5.99.

One standard deviation in wordsum score for the entire respondent pool is 2.00. There is thus a 1.58 standard deviation difference (7.52 – 4.36 = 3.16; 3.16 / 2.00 = 1.58) between the average high school dropout and the average graduate degree holder in wordsum performance.

Return to the home page where we initially entered our variables. How do we find them in the first place?

The “Search:” field (green circle) functions as a sort of search engine for variables. If we are looking for questions on religion, for example, we can type “belief” into the field and either hit enter or click the view button.

Or at least we should be able to, but for some reason this function does not work in the 2018 iteration of the survey at the time of this writing. However, for all variables except for those added for the first time in 2018, we can go to the 2016 page and find variables this way (notice the link now ends in +gss16 instead of +gss18). This page looks nearly identical. Let’s type “belief” into the search field and then hit enter or press the “Go” button.

Returned to us are several variables that have something to do with “belief” in them. We can then go back to the homepage and enter those specific variables into the “Row:” and “Column:” fields to discover how they cross-tabulate with other variables like we did early with wordsum and degree.

Returning to the “Variable Selection:” section, we can type specific variables–they must be verbatim–into the “Selected:” box (red circle). Let’s type the variable “hell” into the selected box and push the “View” button.

This shows us the question presented to respondents (“Do you believe in … d. Hell”?) and the distribution of all responses through all years the question has been asked. Parenthetically, questions are often asked as part of modules, so each item in the module will have a letter in front of it. This module presumably asked respondents whether they believed in a host of different things of which Hell was one.

There is also a drill down database below the “Selected:” and “Search:” fields that can be used to look through the entire field of variables since the survey’s inception in 1972.

I think that’s enough to get started playing around with the survey if you’re so inclined. Enjoy!

• Category: Culture/Society, Science • Tags: GSS 
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Steve Sailer wonders why heightism is not only tolerated but is even encouraged on account of being perceived as humorous. It’s no secret that shorter men are, ceteris paribus, at a disadvantage to taller men in the dating market, but it isn’t much of a focus even for those who concerns themselves fighting body shaming.

Though it is short men who probably suffer most from heightism, they aren’t the only ones who do. A woman who is taller than the average man tends to experience a reduced pool of men who potentially express interest.

And for men the return on heights aren’t just diminishing, at some point they invert. I’d estimate at about two standard deviations above the mean–around 6’3 or 6’4 for white or black men–it becomes a pain. Past that point it generally becomes the first thing other people take notice of. I have a friend who is 6’8 and he says that about half the time he meets someone new he receives a comment on his height. Often it’s a question about playing basketball, something he only did through high school.

Steve also notes historic gaps in social class by height, although speculates they’ve mostly disappeared as nutritional access has improved. Steve is good at noticing, but the GSS allows us an empirical check. In its 2016 and 2018 iterations, the survey recorded respondent height. For both men and women (restricted to non-Hispanic whites to avoid racial confounding) the differences are negligible:

While height disparities by class have converged in modern times, weight differences have flipped. Eating copious quantities of food is no longer a status marker–or at least that marker runs directionally opposite from what it used to:

GSS variables used: HEIGHT, WEIGHT, CLASS(1-2)(3-4), RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1), SEX

• Category: Culture/Society, Ideology, Science • Tags: Class, GSS, Hbd, Height, Weight 
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From Trends, the top five states for relative search volume interest in “white supremacy” over the last year:

Our imperial overlords appear to be far more interested in it than middle Americans are. We should expect a white kid from some loserville in say, Wyoming, to be the one looking for a portal into the world of white supremacy, shouldn’t we?

The bottom five states for search volume interest in the phrase:

What is the zeitgeist like in Hawaii? As I understand it there has long been an undercurrent of resentment towards white colonizers (ie “kill Haole day“), but it is not ubiquitous and race relations are relatively good on the islands given the demographic composition of the population.

Parenthetically, I was trying to figure out why the second-most related search topic, after “New Zealand”, was the Eric Clapton song “Layla”.

Well, it looks to be on account a woman named Layla F. Saad, the authoress of a workbook entitled Me and White Supremacy, the purpose of which is to “educate people with white privilege as to their internalised racism, and facilitate personal and collective change to help dismantle the oppressive system of white supremacy.” It is billed as “a first-of-its-kind personal anti-racism tool for people holding white privilege to begin to examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.”

The concept of Original Sin is alive and well in the current year.

• Category: Culture/Society, Ideology, Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Hysteria, Racism 
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Things I am not:

  • A white supremacist, defined by Merriam’s as “a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races”.
  • A white nationalist, defined as “one of a group of militant whites who espouse white supremacy and advocate enforced racial segregation”. Parenthetically, given this definition Facebook’s ban on advocating white nationalism along with its pre-existing ban on advocating white supremacy is consistent.
  • A fascist, fascism being defined as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”.

Things I am:

  • An empiricist, empiricism being defined as “the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences”.
  • A free speech near-absolutist. If a perspective does not advocate illegality and is not dehumanizing, it should be given a hearing. If it is not given a hearing, its proponents will often find another way of expressing it. Life is not a video game*. Violence is not golden. War is not glorious, war is hell. I fully support all efforts to avoid violence. Sheath the “s”–I want words, not swords. Engagement does not indicate endorsement, it indicates an open and critical mind. This pertains to both what I write and to the comments others post here.

As I’ve gotten older, it has become increasingly clear to me that my comprehension of the amount I don’t know grows incessantly faster than things I am certain that I do know. I personally withdraw any and all previous assertions made here over the years that do not rest on sound empirical foundations even though all that has been written since the blog’s inception in 2005 remains at the Unz Review as content I do not have ownership of.

Also, while I’ve voluntarily handed out literature and talked to people about various political campaigns, I’ve never been an official part of any political campaign nor have I ever received payments of any kind for helping any political campaign.

As I am not a public figure in the legal definition of the term, any media portrayals contrary to what has been outlined above are to be considered legal grounds for libel and/or slander against a private person. We could all stand to learn a thing or two from Nick Sandmann.

* If simulations are possible, we are almost certainly in one, because if they are possible then there should effectively be an infinite number of simulations–and simulations within simulations–underway at any given time. Thus the chance that our existence is the single exception in an endless sea of simulations is infinitesimally small. But even if we are in a simulation, no one has convincingly broken through the fourth dimension to prove that it is so and thus no one should act as though he is in a simulation.

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I’ll confess to being pleasantly surprised Disney has permitted a reboot of my favorite childhood movie. The Lion King is, as the enlightened like to put it, problematic.

The kingdom is a hierarchical one–a monarchical one, more precisely–that maintains strict borders. It is safe and prosperous because of these things. When the rightful ruler is usurped and the borders opened to an incompatible species, the kingdom collapses into destitution and dictatorial despair.

The one capable of restoring the kingdom is initially so wallowing in feelings of guilt and self-pity to do what he must do. A hedonistic life of grubs and games is so much… easier.

Heroes, however, are not made to be pets. Ancestral voices echo through time to intervene in a carefree existence that is wasting away, snapping the hero out of it: “You have forgotten me and so you have forgotten who you are. Look inside yourself. You are more than you have become.”

Chastened and with courage restored, the rightful regent bursts back onto the scene, throws out the invaders, and reclaims for the lions what has been taken from them.

• Category: Arts/Letters, Culture/Society • Tags: Entertainment, For fun 
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We continue to progress together. There is of course still much work to do and we mustn’t rest until the first, second, and third bars are at 100%, but we must also celebrate victories where we can:

Ah, what’s that? The fourth bar? No, it cannot be permitted to reach 100%. For example:

And the last bar looks like–xenophilia! Or maybe first-gens are just a little more resilient than natives are.

This is another new item the survey rolled out in 2018. White privilege gets better and better by the day!

GSS variables used: THREATEN(6), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50)

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An absolute immigration moratorium and reparations for American blacks and American Indians who are verifiably able to prove they are at least third-generation in residency, with a sunset provision that takes effect in twenty years if and only if the official poverty rate is under 10.0%. The annual reparation amount per eligible adult is $1,000 a month, indexed to the CPI over the twenty-year period, an amount that comes to more than half the contemporary difference in median incomes between white and black/American Indian households. With around 30 million people eligible, this comes to $360 billion annually–less than 10% of the current federal budget.

Could a Republican win on this? It seems conceivable to me. It takes the leading issue of concern for the Republican electorate and pairs it with a real benefit for the rest of Old America that would generate a lot of vociferous support from American blacks, making it exceedingly difficult for the left to attack.

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GINA notwithstanding, the concept is going to need to be seriously contended with soon. A phrase like “white privilege”, even after accounting for the politically-loaded baggage it carries with it, is a blunt and imprecise way of understanding much of anything at an individual level. Malia Obama clearly has a lot more privilege than a child born to an unmarried drug-addict holed up in some forgotten town in Appalachia does.

As GWAS results are funneled to CRISPR 5.0 for utilization, the genetic profiles of Malia and Cletus will conceivably make clear what a term like “white privilege” obfuscates. It may even reveal the latter to be a weapon of the elites used to hold down proles.

My prediction: The coming genetic revolution will not be socialism’s undoing. To the contrary, it will be socialism’s real renaissance.

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The results from a question asked for the first time in 2018 about whether respondents would want–or would want their wives–to have an abortion if it was revealed that the unborn baby would have “genetic defects” follows. The non-white samples are small, so this should be taken only as suggestive, but one group has a markedly different attitude than the others:

Is it surprising that the first CRISPR baby came out of the East? As the center of the world reorients (heh) away from the Occident and back towards the Orient, the ethical hangups about what is derisively referred to as eugenics will increasingly become a sideshow curiosity on the global stage, much like Brunei’s gayless treatment of gays is today.

On the other hand, with some Islamic exceptions, Asian fertility is the lowest in the world. When it comes to making babies, the perfect very conceivably can be the enemy of the good.

GSS variables used: HISPANIC(1)(2-50), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), GENEABRT2

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Thin gruel, but 2018 is the first time the survey has ever asked about pets and since I took a look I may as well share the results:

Dog owners are about 35% more likely to be conservative than to be liberal, while cat owners are marginally more likely to be liberal than to be conservative. Another stereotype empirically validated.

GSS variables used: DOG, CAT, POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)

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Some nationalisms are more equal than others:

“Going forward,” the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday, “while people will still be able to demonstrate pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and separatism.”

White nationalism and white separatism are hazy concepts. Facebook initially considered them in the same category of Basque separatism in Spain, the Zionist movement, or Malcolm X-style black separatism. However, the latest decision seems to place explicitly white movements into a category of their own.

For those who do not want to continue to freely create content for monetization by corporations who despise them, get off social media.

For those nefarious types who want to throw sandbergs in the gears of Facebook’s efforts to stamp out hate, replacing “white” with “Israeli” is a place to start. The phrase “Israeli nationalism” is very infrequently used in the US, so the substitution won’t disrupt conversational flow once adopted. Instead of “whites deserve their own homeland” write “Israelis deserve their own homeland”, instead of “whites are under attack” write “Israelis are under attack”, etc.

Eagerly anticipate Facebook coming under leftist pressure to address the change and subsequently tweaking its algorithm to block the aforementioned Israeli phrases–would they dare?–and sending users attempting to input them to a mental rehabilitation site. Watch the coalition of the marginalized twist itself into a pretzel trying to wrestle with the fallout of Muslims and black nationalists cheering the additional ban while Ben and Bari become apoplectic.

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The SPLC on black nationalism:

The black nationalist movement is a reaction to centuries of institutionalized white supremacy in America. Black nationalists believe the answer to white racism is to form separate institutions — or even a separate nation — for black people. Most forms of black nationalism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic.

Existing black nationalist groups have grown in size and new groups have formed. This growth is a response to the current climate of racial divisiveness, specifically police violence and Donald Trump’s derisive remarks about African Americans, including journalists and NFL players, and majority-black countries.

Unlike white hate groups, they have made virtually no inroads into the mainstream political realm and have virtually no supporters among elected officials.

Indeed. Senator Patrick Little and congressman Paul Nehlen practically own the Capitol Building. The closest someone like Keith Ellison could get to a position of power, in contrast, is as busboy at a swanky DC restaurant.

Farrakhan with a random Hawaiian groupie

Looking at it for the first time, I expected the center’s censure to be exclusively attributed to black nationalism’s animus towards Jews, but it does make note of “anti-white” sentiment.

Black nationalism’s alleged hatred for whites is described as a “predictable reaction to white supremacy” while its reported antipathy towards Jews isn’t quasi-rationalized in a similar manner. Explicitly hating whites, while at some level understandable, is poor form. Negative feelings towards Jews are however entirely unprovoked manifestations of concentrated evil.

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Here’s one last delusional, fantastical gasp at how Trump will follow in his predecessor’s footsteps and be the president the deplorables hoped from the beginning he would be:

Just as Romney won the challenging party’s nomination after placing second in the election that gave Obama his first term, Sanders wins the 2020 nomination. Putatively on account of unforced errors and missed opportunities, Sanders loses an election that was his to win just as Romney did in 2012. Trump’s second term is then as hard-edged relative to his first as Obama’s second was to his first.

Having read and written extensively on dynastic politics in the Middle East and former Soviet Union, Sid does one better:

Trump gets fed up with Jarvanka for the last time. He tells Ivanka that it’s time for her to get out of the White House and work directly on women’s entrepreneurship in Africa or whatever nice liberal white lady cause she wants. Then Jared goes with her to head those programs.

After that, Trump listens to Junior more. Junior’s tweets are so sharp and on the mark that I think he actually gets what Trumpism is about. Junior says to his dad, “Look, how about you focus on campaigning, and we get a based Chief of Staff to build the Wall for you so you don’t get booed off stage by the crowd?”

At which point, Trump appoints someone like Kris Kobach to get the Wall built, Trump ekes out a win in 2020, and since Junior and Kobach built the Wall, got e-verify, did mass deportations, etc., it no longer matters what the old man does, even if it means Israel annexing Syria or whatever.

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The GSS finally got woke in 2018, asking respondents for the first time if they were transgendered or some other gender other than male or female. Of the whopping three who identified as such, two were asked how many days of poor mental health–defined as “stress, depression, and problems with emotions”–they’d experienced over the previous 30 days. Both reported having experienced it all 30 of the last 30 days. Fewer than 4% of cisgendered respondents reported experiencing that high a level of poor mental health over the same time period.

A sample size of two obviously lacks statistical significance, but I doubt many readers will find this result particularly surprising. Has society thought about the potential consequences of encouraging children to express and explore inchoate feelings of transgenderism? It should, long and hard.

GSS variables used: SEXNOW(3-4), MNTLHLTH

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Candace Owens, in true millennial form, calls white privilege a myth:

A potential takeaway from the Smollett hoax: Black, Jewish, Gay, and Elite privileges > White privilege.

We scoff when Conservative, Inc says the right shouldn’t do identity politics like the left does because principles. The same self-defeating argument can be made about not playing the victim card like the left does, again because principles. Well, sometimes Interests > Principles.

One of the major reasons Trump won the Republican nomination and ultimately the presidency is because he has never had any qualms about portraying himself as a victim. There is a time to weaponize anti-whiteness because sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

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The 2018 iteration of the GSS is out, which means Wordsum scores by candidate vote are out, too. Mean IQ for Trump and Clinton voters as converted from Wordsum results assuming a white mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15 (N = 822):

Trump voters — 100.1
Clinton voters — 99.7

Read a book, Trumpkin! Oh, uh, well it’s de classe for whites to compare themselves to non-whites, the goodwhites who voted for Clinton can reassure themselves that they tend to have higher average IQs than Trump supporters, though. The same, this time restricted to non-Hispanic whites:

White Trump voters — 100.0
White Clinton voters — 105.5

Parenthetically, Clinton beat Trump 71%-26% among voters who were born outside of the US. But immigration has nothing–NOTHING!–to do with political power. They aren’t ringers, they’re dreamers. Dreamers! Got that, bigot?

GSS variables used: WORDSUM, BORN(1), PRES16, RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1)

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Nobody wanted–needed!–it to be true more than white liberals did:

A few of the most zealous believers will cling to the attendant statement that while two years, a bazillion dollars, and a gazillion investigatory man-hours couldn’t turn up a shred of evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, the orange man hasn’t been formally exonerated yet. Hope springs eternal for the demented few! For most, though, this is a devastating psychological blow.

The truth hurts. It especially hurts purveyors of fake news.