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Most reactions to the news of Ziad Ahmed getting into Stanford with an application where he answered the question What matters to you (100 word limit) with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag repeated 100 times have fallen into two camps: admiration from the MSM and charges that Ziad must be stupid or lazy or Marxist from conservatives.... Read More
Jeb Bush and Donald Trump arguing over whether George W. Bush failed to stop 9/11, it's worth going to the videotape (47:28) of the second Presidential debate of 2000. On 10/11/2000, the Texas governor denounced heightened scrutiny of Arab airline passengers by airport security. Bush said on national TV: Note that when the future President... Read More
In education reform circles, it's an article of faith that America needs higher quality people as public school teachers. (I like to point out that it would also help for America to have higher quality people as parents and students, but never mind for now.) One hurdle to getting people with options in life and... Read More
Disraeli had a character exclaim in one of his novels, "Race is everything." Increasingly, it appears that for liberals, all other values, such as gender equality, are subordinate to the prime directive of Nobody Notice Nuthin'.For example, Dana Milbank opines in the Washington Post:“The practice of sex selection is demonstrably incre
Thilo Sarrazin, the former Social Democratic central banker with a doctorate in economics whose previous book on immigration policy has sold 1,100,000 copies in Germany, has a written a new book, Europe Doesn't Need the Euro. In the Atlantic, Miss Heather Horn finds herself disturbed by Sarrazin's sinister reasonableness:I can tell how old
From the New York Times, an op-ed by Jacqueline Stevens, a professor of political science at Northwestern who is the author of States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals. Professor Stevens argues that we should "open the borders" and "abolish inheritance" because "the entire body of laws around families and inheritance, embody societies’ collective flight from death." Okay... Read More
When Rich Lowry fired John Derbyshire, that of course excited the witchburner sort of pundits to hunt down more crimethinkers suspected of not taking the reigning racial pieties with full somberness. Attention has thus shifted to an obscure young comedy writer named Lesley Arfin, a staff writer for "Girls."That's the new HBO show that everybody... Read More
A decade ago, Annika Sorenstam was doing a lot of weightlifting*, and pulled away from other women golfers, becoming probably the best woman golfer ever for a few years. So, she entered the men's PGA tournament at Colonial in 2003 to a din of publicity. In the weeks leading up to that event, I collected... Read More
Somebody named Josh Barro declaims in Forbes after reading the Derb's Taki latest column, "The Talk: Nonblack Version:"And that's about it for Barro'
With the press rehashing everything they can think of about 9/11, allow me to once again recount something that has very much not become part of The Narrative because it is close to unthinkable. Here's an article I wrote for UPI on the evening of 9/11:Bush said during the nationally televised debate, "Arab-Americans are racially profiled... Read More
The New York Times editorializes:You know, if you do a study of star football running backs, after accounting for the circumstances, such as honors earned at that level, the whites will go on to be victims of racism in college, and then again in the pros. How do we know that? Because of disparate impact.Alternatively,... Read More
One of my favorite genres in the prestige press is the Self-Refuting Article. These are articles that contain all the facts necessary to undermine the premise of the piece, but reporters, editors, and readers all conspire together in an act of collective stupidity to Not Get the Joke.For example, from the New York Times:The details... Read More
In the New York Times, Michael Slackman delivers yet another deeply researched, tremendously well-informed, empirical-minded news article on the complex subjects being currently discussed by one million book buyers in Germany:My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
I'd like to thank everybody who sent me this late-breaking news from the New York Times:My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
From VDARE, here's the opening of my speech last weekend to the H.L. Mencken Club in Baltimore, in which I try to do a quick summing up of my epistemological approach:I’m glad to be back addressing the H.L. Mencken Club.Richard Spencer has asked me to speak on the topic “Can HBD Trump PC?” So let... Read More
In Slate, Shankar Vedantam of the Washington Post informs us how Science explains why Juan Williams is made nervous by Muslims on flights:Juan Williams told Bill O'Reilly that he gets nervous at airports when he sees Muslims. For this, Williams has been roundly denounced as a bigot. But Williams' association between innocent Muslims and the... Read More
From 97 years ago: My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
From the American Prospect on how it's practically impossible to profile homegrown terrorists:Yup, not much in common there ... So, let's keep on giving the third degree at the airport to the 86-year-old retired general who tried to sneak his Medal of Honor on his trip to address cadets at West Point.
Valerie Jarrett, longtime consigliera to Barack Obama since she hired Michelle Obama a couple of decades ago to work for Mayor Daley, op-edizes in the WaPo:In this harsh economic environment, the consequences of the pay disparity put women and their families, as well as our economy, at a significant disadvantage. We are still emerging from... Read More
Unlike Austan Goolsbee (see next post), who has gone from being an NYT columnist to being Chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, Peter Orszag has gone from being Chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers to being an NYT columnist. Orszag writes in the NYT:The most important book I’ve read over the past six... Read More
I have a post up on the VDARE.com blog that begins:Of course, in 21st Century America, who would believe the friend of an accused white racist? What kind of sick, twisted person is this Ted Jenny, who was friends with a man accused of
More stunning revelations today from the ongoing investigation into white racism that is galvanizing the mainstream media. From the Associated Press:Shooter in Conn. massacre claimed racism in callBy STEPHEN SINGER (AP) – 49 minutes agoHARTFORD, Conn. — The man who went on a shooting rampage at a beer distributor calmly told a 911 operator that... Read More
From my column in VDARE.com:Fortunately, Orwell’s novel was not itself written in Newspeak, because it would be hideously boring: “Ultimately it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centers at all”.Newspeak was carefully designed to make its speakers stupider:And, of course, thought—at least thought of any complexity—is... Read More
Jim Manzi, the marketing researcher turned social commentator (not the Jim Manzi who headed Lotus Development Corporation), has a book coming out. Here's a chapter  summarized in his City Journal article:Just like me, Jim is a marketing researcher turned pundit, so our thinking runs along the similar lines. As a test marketer, he wants to... Read More
See if you can figure out the answer to the mystery posed in the following blog item by Kevin Drum of Mother Jones. Neither Kevin, nor the physics professor he quotes at length, nor Kevin's first 29 commenters can figure it out. Put your solution in my comments below. Kevin blogs:Is Our Kids Studying? --... Read More
My new VDARE.com column is a response to an essay by novelist Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, on Jewish intelligence. Here are a few excerpts from Chabon's eloquent Chosen, but not Special:“GAZA Flotilla Drives Israel Into a Sea of Stupidity” declared the Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday, as though... Read More
From the BBC:What would such great French heroes as Voltaire and Captain Renault say?
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:Prof enjoys debate, rocking the boatBill McClellanHad Washington University professor Jonathan Katz been nominated to the Civil Rights Commission, I would understand why some people might point to his writings and object to the nomination. In particular, I would understand why his 1999 essay defending homophobia might be a cause of... Read More
Glad to see the Obama Administration has its priorities straight in dealing with the oil spill crisis.From an AP article in the LA Times:A St. Louis scientist who was among a select group picked by the Obama administration to pursue a solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been removed from... Read More
Here's the opening of my new VDARE.com column: - Meanwhile, in Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a cheeky voter "bigoted" after she dared question his immigration policy. - And in Massachusetts, , the dean of the Harvard Law School, Martha Minow, one of President Obama’s oldest confidantes, denounced one of her own students for writing... Read More
A woman who is a third year Harvard Law School student and in line for federal clerkships, is in trouble for sending out the following email (From "Harvard Law School 3L's Racist Email Goes National" on Above the Law: … I just hate leaving things where I feel I misstated my position.I absolutely do not... Read More
Adam Liptak of the New York Times is confidently confused in the approved manner: But Justice Stevens cuts a lone figure on the current court in one demographic category: He is the only Protestant.His retirement, which was announced on Friday, makes possible something that would have been unimaginable a generation or two ago — a... Read More
Peter Brimelow points to this Telegraph article:Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cutBy Nick Allen in Fort HoodMajor Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded... Read More
From Nature, October 8, 2009:Let’s celebrate human genetic diversityScience is finding evidence of genetic diversity among groups of people as well as among individuals. This discovery should be embraced, not feared, say Bruce T. Lahn and Lanny Ebenstein.A growing body of data is revealing the nature of human genetic diversity at increasingly finer resolution. It... Read More
Nicholas Wade on John Tierney's NYT blog writes:Researcher Condemns Conformity Among His PeersBy Nicholas Wade “Academics, like teenagers, sometimes don’t have any sense regarding the degree to which they are conformists.” So says Thomas Bouchard, the Minnesota psychologist known for his study of twins raised apart, in a retirement interview with Constance Holden in the... Read More
From a writer's perspective, the late Daniel Seligman's Keeping Up column in Fortune was a print forerunner of the blog in that it generally consisted of multiple items of variable length. The items presumably had to add up to a fixed number of word for each issue, but the individual postings didn't have to be... Read More
To expand up Joe Guzzardi's coinage "hate facts," now we see that the Prime Minister of Britain is on verge of an aneurysm in his rage over the publication in easily-comprehensible form of a few statistics about immigration. From The Times of London: Statistics chief Karen Dunnell inflames row over foreign workers ONS highlights figures... Read More
A featured review, "Charles Darwin, Abolitionist," by Christopher Benfey, a professor of English, in the Feb. 1, 2009 New York Times Sunday Book Review asserts:This is getting American intellectual history confused. The polygenetic theory of human origins tended
The New York Times Editorial Board is enraged at conservative activist Marcus Epstein, denouncing him as a "white supremacist." (See Mr. Epstein's picture at right, which, being a world-class investigative journalist, I was finally able to unearth on MarcusEpstein.com after about 15 seconds of Googling. Maybe if Carlos Slim had given the New York Times... Read More
Now that the Dark Ages of American Science (January 20, 2001-January 19, 2009) are over and we are all basking in the bright light of reason, the New York Times reports that miracles are occurring due to beneficent psychic emanations from Obama's puissant aura:Study Sees an Obama Effect as Lifting Black Test-TakersBy SAM DILLON Educators... Read More
A professor at the Yale Medical School named Sydney Spiesel writes in Slate:Now, I'm not a doctor, but it's my impression that rather than our "uncomfortable feelings about sexuality" that "have caused STDs to be stigmatizing," it's more the oozing sores.Later on the good doctor notes, without specifying any facts, "the very different case rates... Read More
Across Difficult Country coins a useful addition to the Orwellian vocabulary:My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
In the Los Angeles Times, columnist Joel Stein asks "How Jewish Is Hollywood?"Ari Emanuel, who is the original for Jeremy Piven's "Ari Gold" character on HBO's Entourage, is the brother of Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel.
Here's a Washington Post story that's relevant to the mortgage meltdown. As you know, Wall Street poured hundreds of billions of dollars into ludicrously inflated and implausible mortgages in the four "sand states" of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida. In essence, this was a bet that Hispanicization and high home values are compatible. We now... Read More
That was the rather long and uninformative headline a few days ago in the local newspaper. They couldn't say "Terrorists Strike in Mumbai" because few of the local rag's readers know in what country "Mumbai" is. Readers have heard of "Bombay." They've eaten at Bombay Bicycle Club restaurants and they've bought end tables from Bombay... Read More
Following last week's news that one Canadian university is paying for spies to snoop on student mealtime conversations and turn them in more politically correct directions, we learn that Canadian students hardly need outside crimethink management. From Canada.comOTTAWA - The Carleton University Students' Association has voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as the beneficiary... Read More
From the National Post of Toronto:Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., has hired six students whose jobs as "dialogue facilitators" will involve intervening in conversations among students in dining halls and common rooms to encourage discussion of such social justice issues as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and social class."If there's a teachable moment, we'll... Read More
People are always putting down the social sciences, saying they aren't real sciences. When an astronomer predicts a solar eclipse, it happens. But when a social scientist predicts something, how often does it come true?Well, it depends how unpopular the social scientist cares to be. You don't even have to be a scientist. For example,... Read More
A couple of years ago, the median sales price of a Los Angeles area home was $580,000. But, as Ed Rubenstein had reported on VDARE.com in 2004:Do you notice a problem, a certain contradiction between very high home prices and very low human capital? If you stop and think, you might wonder how a whole... Read More
Back in August, in a VDARE article entitled "No Real Solution -- Arnold Schwarzenegger's Algebra for Dummies," I explained that the new California policy mandating that all 8th graders take Algebra I was kind of stupid.Now the Brookings Institute agrees, although under a slightly less provocative title: The Misplaced Math Student: Lost in Eighth Grade... Read More
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