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If you go back about 3500 years ago, the Late Bronze Age was going pretty smoothly with big, fairly stable civilizations / empires in the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, and Greece. But around 1200 B.C. most everything fell apart, leading to a dark age out of which eventually emerged a new Iron Age civilization. For example,... Read More
From Town & Country: A Manhattan Private School Cancels Skating Party at Trump Rink Dalton parents reportedly refused to send their kids to the party in protest of the president. by SAM DANGREMOND FEB 17, 2017 This is a story—like so many Upper East Side stories—that has its origins in the weird and wild 1980s.... Read More
brand new earthen Teton Dam in Eastern Idaho collapsed on June 5, 1976 at 11:57 am. The entire reservoir of about 288,000 acre feet (or about one-twelfth of the Oroville Reservoir's capacity), roared down upon two towns in the flood plain, demolishing them. The human death toll was remarkably low, either 11 or 14 according... Read More
Personally, I prefer the United States Constitution and the rule of law, even (or especially) if it comes to it. But then, unlike Bill Kristol, I'm a notorious extremist, so I would, wouldn't I?
One reason that there is so much competition on campus these days to be the Single Most Offended Student is that that seems like a way to try out for one of the growing, but still limited, number of paying gigs as Social Justice Jihadis. From the Chicago Tribune: Publishers are hiring 'sensitivity readers' to... Read More
California's 770-foot tall Oroville Dam is a magnificent structure, except that it's kind of like a 770-foot skyscraper with a fine primary fire escape, plus a door that says "Auxiliary Fire Escape" on it, but 50 years later when the building's on fire and the main stairwell is broken and you're trapped on the top... Read More
From the New York Times: Even When White Men Can Jump ... Seth Stephens-Davidowitz FEB. 17, 2017 ... For years, [NBA] owners were accused of padding their benches with white players to increase a team’s fan base. The implicit assumption: If you are white, you will have more fans. ... But we now have probably... Read More
general, our concepts of things like 100 Year Floods and 1000 Year Floods are based on what we have measurements for, which is usually roughly the 20th Century. But it’s quite possible that the 20th Century wasn’t all that representative. Perhaps the 21st Century will be quite a bit more extreme in one way or... Read More
Here's a documentary about the 1983 near-catastrophe at the spectacular Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River near the Arizona-Utah border in the upper reaches of Grand Canyon. Lake Powell is about 8 times the volume of Lake Oroville, so a dam collapse would have been apocalyptic: Strikingly, as Part 2 below recounts, one... Read More
Facebook zillionaire Mark Zuckerberg has posted a 6000 word manifesto on the meaning of history: Building Global Community Mark Zuckerberg · Thursday, February 16, 2017 On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business. Today I want to focus on the most important question of all:... Read More
From the New York Times' This Week in Hate column: ‘Let’s Become Great Again,’ the Flyers Said This Week in Hate By ANNA NORTH FEB. 16, 2017 Valerie Grim discovered flyers from a white nationalist group posted outside her office at Indiana University in Bloomington. Credit A J Mast for The New York Times This... Read More
"Diversity" is our highest value. But people seem to disagree on exactly what it means in practice. To blacks, it means that blacks should win all the Grammys and Oscars. After all, nothing could be more Diverse than Beyonce winning all 80 or so Grammys every single year. To Angelo Mozilo, Diversity meant that Hispanics... Read More
I realize that nobody is interested in country clubs ... except for Presidents, billionaires, and the people who advise billionaires and Presidents, like Tom Friedman, who may be the world's richest reporter. From the NYT: President Trump, Will You Save the Jews? Thomas L. Friedman FEB. 15, 2017 Dear President Trump: These are the moments... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: The Vengeance of Edward Said by Steve Sailer February 15, 2017 Contemporary white progressives cater to the most regressive tendencies of the various Others. Anybody who can get themselves classified as an official Other-American is today repeatedly encouraged to play the race card, the religion card, or the... Read More
First, here's some Oroville dam math: Drainage Area = 3,624 sq mi Maximum Water Surface Area = 15,810 acres or 24.7 square miles. So, the watershed is 147 times bigger than the maximum area of the lake. So if the soil in the watershed was totally waterlogged and there was no snow and now evaporation,... Read More
From Fox News: Stanford uses CRISPR to correct sickle cell, human trials planned Published November 08, 2016 Reuters CHICAGO – Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have used the CRISPR gene editing tool to repair the gene that causes sickle cell disease in stem cells from diseased patients, paving the way for a potential... Read More
the New York Times Editorial Page: The ‘Caddyshack’ President By ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON FEB. 13, 2017 “Now you’ve got some pretty good pictures — the prime minister of Japan, and the president.” That’s President Trump, crashing a wedding party at his Mar-a-Lago club on Saturday night, immediately after holding a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo... Read More
a time-honored tradition for black entertainers to storm the stage in outrage when they lose an award. For example, here's Ol' Dirty Bastard at the 1998 Grammy Awards protesting: I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money, today. You know what I mean, because I figured that Wu-Tang was... Read More
I stopped caring about the Grammy Awards about 40+ years ago, back when Stevie Wonder would always win. Obviously, they don't let you vote for the Grammys until you are too old to really care about pop music. So they usually give Grammys to classy acts who appeal to grown-ups, like Stevie Wonder in the... Read More
The good news is that the main spillway seems to be holding up as they send 100,000 cubic feet per second (a little more than an Olympic swimming pool every second) down the damaged concrete chute. This is indeed lowering the lake level about one foot every three hours, as we crowdsource calculated yesterday. From... Read More
in 2009 at some music award show, Kanye West (who is black) charged the stage during (white) Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to announce -- "I'mma let you finish, but" -- that (black) Beyonce deserved to win instead. Since then, it has become increasingly common for white award-winners to preemptively apologize from the stage to black... Read More
France used to be famous for having nice things. But now (from the Daily Mail) ... France puts the Eiffel Tower behind an 8ft-high glass wall to protect the monument from terrorists following attack at the Louvre €19million project aims to beef up security in Paris and will be ready by autumn Involves a glass... Read More From the making of the Absolute Beginners soundtrack in 1985, here's David Bowie impersonating other rock stars. As far as I can tell, he's doing: Bruce Springsteen (pretty good, but not quite as dead on as somebody [Joe Piscopo?] singing the Flintstones theme as a Bruce Springsteen epic: The Springstones Dylan / Tom Petty... Read More
NOTE: If you are interested in the Oroville Dam disaster in California, I've been updating my earlier post about it below.   The funny thing is that, due to our pervasive mental atmosphere that makes noticing patterns disreputable, almost nobody has noticed how funny this phenomenon is: that there exists a rare form of mental... Read More
Up-Updates regarding Oroville, CA, northeast of Sacramento, where 160,000 people have been ordered to evacuate because America's tallest dam is having all sorts of problems. Here are tweets from the local newspaper editor: That's good news. That's in line with my top of the head calculations that they can lower the reservoir level one foot... Read More In the South African parliament at Cape Town, Julius Malema's Marxist-Fanonian Economic Freedom Fighters party in red squared off against security in white. Parliamentary brawls are always fun. (Which East Asian country has the best? Taiwan?) And the African love of primary colors adds a lot to this one. I especially like the interpreter... Read More
more car-be-ques and anti-police race riots in France this week following the police abuse of a black youth named "Theo," the question of the current and future racial and ethnic makeup of the population resident in France becomes ever more interesting. As I wrote in my Taki's Magazine column this week, "Le Grand Remplacement," unlike... Read More
From the New York Times, a review of the revival of the 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Big River, which is based on Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: Review: A New ‘Big River,’ Endearing but Ill Timed By LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES FEB. 9, 2017 ... But “Big River” feels like an awkward fit for this moment. ... It’s... Read More
From the Los Angeles Times: How this garlic farm went from a labor shortage to over 150 people on its applicant waitlist Feb. 9, 2017 Natalie Kitroeff The biggest fresh garlic producer in the nation is giving its employees a hefty raise, reflecting the desperation of farmers to attract a dwindling number of farmworkers. Christopher... Read More
In more Berkeley leftist violence news, from KQED News: Hearing for Berkeley Murder Suspect Delayed After Courtroom Incident By Alyssa Jeong Perry and Dan Brekke FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Pablo Gomez, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal Jan. 6 stabbing of 27-year-old Emilie Inman at her home on Ashby Avenue. ... Members of... Read More
From the New York Times: Steve Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists By JASON HOROWITZ FEB. 10, 2017 Stephen K. Bannon referred to the Italian philosopher Julius Evola in a Vatican speech in 2014. ROME — Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon’s dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly... Read More
From The Atlantic: Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly a reader of neoreactionary political theory. A tour through the pro-authoritarian philosophy gaining visibility on the right. ROSIE GRAY 4:00 AM ET POLITICS White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been in contact via intermediaries with Curtis Yarvin, Politico... Read More
From the San Francisco Chronicle: Anti-Milo organizer: Window-smashing Cal protest ‘stunningly successful’ By Matier & Ross, San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 8, 2017 Organizers of the anti-Milo Yiannopoulos demonstration last week at UC Berkeley that ended in $100,000 worth of window-breaking chaos declared it a “stunningly successful” protest — one they’ll happily repeat if the right-wing provocateur... Read More
From today's decision by a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in Washington v. Trump: As everybody knows, the Zeroth Amendment to the Bill of Rights is "That if anybody anywhere wants to move to America for any reason, it would be racist to stop them." But less known is the Infinityeth Amendment: "There's no... Read More
From the New York Times: For Roma in France, Education Is an Elusive Path to Integration By MARTIN de BOURMONT FEB. 9, 2017 This is quite an effort at avoiding Occam's Razor: that the reason Gypsies in France (and most other countries) don't get much education is because they don't much like education. From Slate: I Will Win! Trump loves Puccini—and new research is showing how fascism infused the composer’s work. By Brian Wise
Obama is said to have bombed 5 of the 7 countries, with barely a peep. It's right there in the Negative First Amendment: "Invade the World, Invite the World!" It's who we are.
From the David Leonhardt of the New York Times: In the 45 years I've been following the social science stats on math test scores, everything has changed. For example, here was the racial rank order in 1972: 1. Orientals 2. Caucasians 3. Chicanos 4. Blacks And here's the completely different racial rank order in 2017:... Read More From today's New York Times: Hateful Threats Against a Jewish Blogger This Week in Hate By ANNA NORTH FEB. 9, 2017 A text search for "Berkeley" of course finds nothing in the NYT's list of 8 "hate" incidents from around the country. Surprise, surprise ...
the next three weekends the best entertainment deal in SoCal is the Pacific Opera Project's production of L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti in 1832. It's at the tiny but acoustically resonant Ebell Club in Highland Park between downtown and Pasadena. The Elixir of Love is a comic opera, or "jocose melodrama," about a traveling quack snake... Read More
From Greatist: Lena Dunham Shares the Unhealthy Way She Lost Weight Lena Dunham has been an outspoken critic of President Trump from the get-go, and she recently revealed in an interview with Howard Stern that Trump’s win even caused her to lose weight. “Donald Trump became president, and I stopped being able to eat food,”... Read More
two of Rebecca Bloom's musical sitcom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend debuts on the CW Network on Friday, and some of the episodes are on Hulu already. Each episode has about three song-and-dance numbers, typically new melodies arranged in the style of famous hits. For example, here's Greg the bartender doing an impression of Billy Joel's Piano Man... Read More
A lot of people are down on the patriotism of the Kristol family at the moment due to William Kristol's comments this week about how we need some "new Americans" because America's white working class just isn't cutting the mustard anymore, what with all their coupon-clipping. But I wanted to point out this 2014 wedding... Read More
The New York Times, in collaboration with the SPLC and ProPublica, has been running a weekly "This Week in Hate" column of purported hate crimes and harassment incidents supposedly unleashed by Trump's election: A few days ago, I submitted to the NYT/ProPublica the violence against Milo fans in Berkeley and got back a reply announcing... Read More
Here's an interesting Bloomberg article on a retired journalist named Thomas Hargrove and his Murder Accountability Project. He has built a huge database of unsolved murders across America and uses it for purposes like alerting police departments that there might be a serial killer at work. For example, he tried to warn Gary, Indiana police... Read More
Update: Or maybe this is a joke. Let me check some more. Upupdate: I found a different photo of this middle-aged 16-year-old's in the Daily Mail on 10/24/2016, but so far I haven't it in The Guardian. Upupupdate: This Guardian cover is for real! It's not a satire like I worried it might be after... Read More
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