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Ron Unz asked me to collect all my recent graphs based on data published in the United Nations' World Population Prospects 2017 in one jaw-dropping post. First, here's the latest version of what I've been calling The World's Most Important Graph: Most of my graphs represent the medium / most likely projections according to the... Read More
Economist Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution interviews Stanford economist Raj Chetty and borrows a number of his questions from my appreciative 2015 critique in Taki's Magazine, "Moneyball for Real Estate," of the flaws in Chetty's methodology in his huge and much publicized study of how income mobility over the generations varies by county across the... Read More
From Vox: Getting worked up over Charles Murray being allowed on a podcast seems a little bizarre. (Here's the podcast.) Under the faux indignation and clickbait headline, however, this is about as good an attempt as any to shore up the Conventional Wisdom that the racial differences in average intel
One trend we've been tracking at iSteve recently is Tiger Children taking over the social justice jihadi racket. You might think that just because you are poor and black that you'd get a leg up in the struggle for, say, a leftist NGO job, but ... look out! The hardest-charging immigrants are coming from 10,000... Read More
From the NYT op-ed page: The Truth About New York City’s Elite High Schools By DAMON HEWITT MARCH 22, 2017 This month, a select group of eighth graders in New York City found out that they were being offered a spot at some of the nation’s best high schools, the eight “specialized” city public high... Read More
I don't know for sure that Palo Alto, CA, the home of the venture capital industry and next door to Stanford U., is really the highest IQ town in America. The highest test score public schools in America are in Lexington, MA, a suburb preferred by Boston area college professors. And I imagine tiny, rich... Read More
The NYT and FiveThirtyEight forecasts have split, with NYT thinking a Trump victory is highly likely, but 538 has gone back to giving Hillary a small lead in the chances of winning. But in case the NYT model turns out to be right ... From iSteve back in February: Harry Baldwin has put together a... Read More
Here’s my presentation at the early 2013 VDARE.com symposium, transcribed and then translated from spoken Sailerese into actual written English. Hi, I’m Steve Sailer, and it’s a real pleasure to address our symposium. I’m going to talk about some overlooked aspects of the 2012 election. As we get to the data, we’re going to focus... Read More
If you go to Google and type in American inventors you get back from Google pictures of the top American inventors of all time. The #1 American inventor of all time is Lewis Howard Latimer, who, I just learned, worked with both Edison and Bell. Thomas Edison is in 6th place and a well-tanned Alexander... Read More
Hillary Clinton and her affiliated media, such as The Economist (whose board includes Hillary's great friend Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild), have gone to war against Pepe the Frog. To be fair, the frog started it. Still, why is the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party doing this? Is it because during Hillary's bizarre "alt-right"... Read More
From Talking Points Memo: It's striking how blatant double-standards are.
From PBS: Why the ‘alt-right’ is coming out of online chat rooms to support Trump August 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM EDT Donald Trump is appealing to voters who reject mainstream conservative ideals. These members of the so-called "alt-right" have typically taken their frustrations to the internet, rather than to the polls. John Yang interviews... Read More
From Wikipedia: The Birth of a Nation (2016 film) The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American period drama film about Nat Turner, the slave who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. The film is co-written, co-produced and directed by Nate Parker, in his directorial debut. ... The Birth of... Read More
From the NYT: A big factor is that the nice white liberal Democrats of New York defeated five consecutive Democratic candidates for Mayor from 1993 through 2009, instead electing crime-fighters Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. You can see Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk program in the graph below of "Change in Weapons Cases Since 2001." While there is... Read More
One of the curious aspects of New York Times articles is that they are often organized in the reverse order of how the same material would be reported in, say, the Daily Mail. NYT articles tend to start off boring and depressing, with only vague hints of why the reporter is interested in the subject,... Read More
I had only been vaguely aware of the Elizabeth Holmes saga until recently. My impression from all the magazine covers had been that the celebrated Silicon Valley startup foundrix had invented some revolutionary disruptive new method for testing blood and made the Forbes 400 off her invention. Back in 2014, this high tech startup's board... Read More
A distant relative is in the swimming pool business and raves about the four pools at the state-of-the-art U. of Missouri recreation center. From the university's website, here's a description of one of the four pools, the Tiger Grotto: But, it's still an apparent hellhole for black students. From the NYT: At University of Missouri,... Read More
The Flynn Effect of rising raw scores on IQ tests is one of the most interesting phenomena in all the human sciences. It was first noticed in the 1940s, but for a long time little attention was paid to the fact that IQ test publishers had to renorm their tests periodically because people kept doing... Read More
From an op-ed in the New York Times: By the way, some of these Census Bureau ancestry figures, where respondents are asked to identify with a single European nationality, rise and fall due to fashion. Choosing "German" has been rising and "English" has been falling, but I doubt if the underlying genetics are changing very... Read More
And another graph that explains the migrant crises of 2016-2100
The demographers of the United Nation's Population Division have quietly released their World Population Prospects: 2015 Revision report. Above is a graph I put together from their new data that explains much about the "Migrant Crisis" of 2015. As you can see, way back in 1950, the population of the Middle East was only 18%... Read More
Almost 7 billion people live in countries poorer than U.S., 6 billion in countries poorer than Puerto Rico
Out of the 187 countries represented by spheres, highlighted countries from bottom left to top right include: Pakistan is the pink sphere, Nigeria black, India indigo, Indonesia dark red, China mint green, Brazil blue, Mexico brown, Poland purple, UK yellow, Germany green, and USA red-white-and-blue red. It's hard for Westerners to grasp how many people... Read More
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The first 2016 general election poll of September is also the first poll to show Trump beating Hillary. From May through July, Hillary was up by anywhere from 12 to 24 points over Trump. He's now up by five points, continuing a trend in Trump's direction in August: Poll Date Sample MoE Clinton (D) Trump... Read More
With the Los Angeles suburb of Compton back in the news due to the hit biopic "Straight Outta Compton" about the 1980s gangsta rap group N.W.A., it's worth noting that Compton has a pretty interesting real estate history. In the 1950s and 1960s, Compton represented the black version of what Kevin Starr and Benjamin Schwarz... Read More
From the Wall Street Journal, an article that doesn't have too much new news, but gives me an excuse to offer some perspective on the Bush Dynasty's self-image of their role in New World history: How Jeb Bush Spent His Years on Wall Street Former governor’s time at Lehman and Barclays sets him apart from... Read More
Academic historians dislike the concept that history is often made by groups of individuals plotting together in confidence, even though one obvious way to get big things done is to make plans with your friends and allies while keeping your rivals in the dark as long as possible. One exception is the late Georgetown history... Read More
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With the federal government working up a new housing ploy, I figured it's timely to dredge up the 2008 short story I published in The American Conservative:   Unreal Estate Memorial Day Weekend, 2005 “So, this guy joins a monastery where he’s not allowed to talk.” Travis, your brother-in-law, is telling a joke. He’s told... Read More
Paul Krugman argues today that Puerto Rico is kind of like West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama: Okay, but there's a huge difference in test scores. The federal government has been administering a special Puerto Rico-customized version of its National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam in Spanish to Puerto Rican public school
Carl Zimmer reports in the NYT: In other words, with "the Yamnaya" we're likely talking about more or less the people also known as the Proto-Indo-Europeans, who used to be called the Aryans. ... Until about 9,000 years ago, Europe was home to a genetically distinct population of hunter-gatherers, the researchers found. Then, between 9,000... Read More
A big change in crime-fighting tactics in California over the last decade has been to stop focusing on arresting just the "kingpins" of street gangs (because, it turns out, it doesn't actually take some kind of rare Ernst Stavro Blofeld-style malevolent brilliance to run a gang). Instead, all the cop agencies get together and sweep... Read More
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Matthew Weiner really, truly, deeply wants you to know that his cable show Mad Men was motivated by all the anti-Semitism he endured in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. From the Washington Post: Q&A: ‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner talks ‘other-ness’ and Jewish identity on eve of finale By Lisa Lednicer May 14... Read More
From the NYT Magazine: The Great Democratic Crack-Up of 2016 They may have a strong presidential candidate, but at every other level, the party’s politicians and activists are fighting to survive — and fighting with one another. By ROBERT DRAPER MAY 12, 2015 Maryland might seem a peculiar venue for a blood feud over the... Read More
To understand what's at stake regarding the Mediterranean, here's a graph I made from the numbers in World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision: Volume II: Demographic Profiles, which was published in 2013 by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations' population projections for... Read More
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Charles Murray writes in the Wall Street Journal: Why the SAT Isn’t a ‘Student Affluence Test’ A lot of the apparent income effect on standardized tests is owed to parental IQ—a fact that needs addressing. By CHARLES MURRAY March 24, 2015 7:11 p.m. ET ... The results are always the same: The richer the parents,... Read More
Here's a story that has been kicking around on the Republican rightsphere for awhile, but has now made the leap to the New York Times as Adam Nagourney figures out how to spin it properly: "Old biases ..." UCLA of course is a notorious redoubt of racoon coat-wearing, Stutz Bearcat-driving WASPs, so their legacy of... Read More
From Politico: Holder could look outside the mainstream of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence to more informal community-based systems of legal reasoning, such as lynch law. They could call it Lynch law. For example, consider the old rationalization for punishing an innocent man: For Reason of State. Isn't it about time that the Obama Administration becomes entitled to... Read More
As the 100th anniversary of Hollywood's first blockbuster classic film, The Birth of a Nation, awkwardly approaches on March 3, it's fascinating to reflect upon how much attitudes have changed in the South toward the threat of black men raping white women. A couple of decades ago, Tom Wolfe dreamed up a plot for A... Read More
As I've been pointing out for awhile, the weak version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis -- that our vocabularies influence how hard or easy it is for us to recognize patterns of reality -- offers an insight into a lot of recent feminist brouhahas, especially in Silicon Valley. Worldlier cultures than ours recognized that great concentrations... Read More
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After the 2012 election we heard a lot about how the Obama Coalition was a demographic juggernaut. To take a random example, from New York magazine on May 10, 2013: Of course, Richwine should be fired for having done his Harvard doctoral dissertation on a technical subject of massive importance to the long term future... Read More
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As I noted last August, it's not exactly a secret that the Israeli government recruits college students to write online comments. Nor is it a secret that there are other ways to make money promoting Israel. For example, the Israeli broadsheet Haaretz reported: Here for example is a Hasbara Fellowships homepage for American students wanting... Read More
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Commenter Wilkey points out: America has a lot of ways of enforcing blasphemy taboos as well, such as being forced out of your job (e.g., James D. Watson, Jason Richwine, Brandon Eich, etc.), public humiliations, leaking confidential conversations, and so forth. A belief in magic is almost mandatory these days.
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For years I've been pointing out that two bulwarks of Democratic Party campaign fundraising and prestige, Silicon Valley and Hollywood, don't have to play by the Diversity rules that most of the rest of American business is supposed to play by. Every few years since the 1990s, Jesse Jackson would try to shake down the... Read More
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The Derb came up with the term "narrative collapse," but what's happening right now with the University of Virginia gang rape story is more like Narrative Apocalypse (to steal from commenter DNA Turtles). This is a long post, but you'll likely find it interesting ... My key insight into the Rolling Stone "gang rape" story... Read More
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From Rolling Stone: A Note to Our Readers BY ROLLING STONE | December 5, 2014 To Our Readers: Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled "A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house; the university's failure... Read More
I was walking down Ventura Blvd. a few days ago, when I saw a wiry Latino man lying in the driveway leading to the big parking garage. I went over and told him to get up, somebody was going to to make a quick turn into the driveway and crush his skull like a ripe... Read More
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From the Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. (via MondoWeiss): David Brooks’ Son Is In the Israeli Army: Does It Matter? by Rob Eshman 2 days ago One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha'aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the... Read More
In Freakonomics in 2012, superstar economist Daron Acemoglu and his sidekick James A. Robinson used a Q & A with readers to promote their book Why Nations Fail and its all-purpose theory that "extractive institutions" rather than "inclusive institutions" were to blame for anything bad that ever happened anywhere in the history of the world.... Read More
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Why are the New York and Washington media so obsessed over matters of local governance in tiny Ferguson, MO? For example, the latest evolution of national media thinking on the Lessons to Be Learned from the Michael Brown crime spree shooting of an unarmed teen is that the Big Issue is that other half-pint municipalities... Read More
Here's a graph from an interesting article comparing IQ scores (although the dread letters "IQ" don't appear in the article) to school achievement test scores, especially in five in-demand Boston charter schools: What Effective Schools Do: Stretching the cognitive limits on achievement By Martin R. West, Christopher F. O. Gabrieli, Amy S. Finn, Matthew A.... Read More
so many incidents -- going back at least to the Tawana Brawley hoax of the 1980s -- that the national media decide to obsess over as case studies of White Racism in Action, the Ferguson, MO story is turning out to be a fiasco. Apparently, the future shooting victim had just looted a convenience store... Read More
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I wanted to come back to the popular NYT Magazine article "Why Do Americans Stink at Math?" about how they teach math better in Japan, as you can tell because Japanese students average a higher PISA score than American students. According to the article, the Common Core now offers us another opportunity to teach math... Read More
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The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
Confederate Flag Day, State Capitol, Raleigh, N.C. -- March 3, 2007
Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
The evidence is clear — but often ignored