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June 22, 2018 • 94 Comments

Unlike the (technically speaking) “actual” Constitution, Emma Lazarus’s Zeroth Amendment (“Anybody from anywhere can immigrate anytime they feel like it; and you nativist natives had better keep your traps shut, if you know what’s good for you”) is NOT a living document. It is eternal, unchanging, omnipotent, and sacred.

Clearly, this finding, like everything else, proves that Trump’s immigration policy is un-American. “A literal tower of skulls beneath Mexico City” is WHO WE ARE.

Never forget the Zeroth Amendment: “Give me your tired, your poor, your piled-up skulls.”

On another note, in Mexico, the more things change, the more they stay the same. From Newsweek:

THREE DOZEN SKULLS BURIED IN MEXICO REGION RELATED TO DRUG VIOLENCE, AUTHORITIES SAY

BY MARIA PEREZ ON 1/18/18 AT 4:54 PM

June 22, 2018 • 30 Comments

From today’s Streets Blog NYC about the Hudson River Greenway on the westside of Manhattan, which is shared by trendy cyclists and boring pedestrians:

The Hudson River Greenway Needs Great Design, Not Knee-Jerk Security Fixes

The greenway is bursting at the seams during warmer months and needs to be widened to handle the peak volume of bike and pedestrian traffic it carries.

By Laura Shepard
Jun 22, 2018

… The multitude of different conveyances on the greenway no longer fit comfortably within its current dimensions. Cyclists, runners, skateboarders, kids on scooters, and people on e-bikes travel at varying speeds.

Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. Our culture, though, is strangely oblivious to prioritizing the needs of mothers pushing baby carriages. For example, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act defined the disabled (e.g., the handful of people who need wheelchairs) as having a legal right to have constructed ramps and the like to get around staircases and curbs, which turned out to be very useful to the more numerous category of people pushing baby carriages (not to mention their babies).

But there is something weird about how our culture only did something for mothers pushing baby carriages as an unplanned-for byproduct of a different group, The Disabled, getting themselves defined as an Identity Politics group with special rights.

The greenway isn’t designed to handle all of them, and some people on the greenway feel intimidated by the faster e-bikes, said Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 in Tribeca, which offers free public kayaking to 30,000 people every year.

“It’s driving some people off the bike path. I get complaints from people with children, I get complaints from seniors, I have a lot of volunteers who are female, who just will not ride on the bike path,” he said.

The board responded by including language...

June 22, 2018 • 25 Comments

From the UK Independent:

London borough finds one in five child deaths caused by parents being related

Children of consanguineous couples accounted for 19 per cent of child death cases in Redbridge between 2008 and 2016, report shows

May Bulman
Wednesday 17 May 2017 16

One in five child deaths in an east London borough have occurred because the mother and father are related, a report has found.

Redbridge Council found deaths of children from parents who were known consanguineous couples – meaning second cousins or more closely related – accounted for 19 per cent of 124 cases reviewed in the borough between 2008 and 2016.

“Chromosomal, genetic and congenital abnormalities”, which are known to occur in offspring of interfamily relationships due to a heightened risk of certain genetic disorders, were identified as the causes of the deaths in a report by the borough’s Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP). …

Nine per cent of the children who died were from families with Pakistani origins – a group that had the highest rates of consanguineous parents, at 50 per cent, according to the report.

June 22, 2018 • 70 Comments

Some guys in human evolutionary biology and economics write-up HBD Chick’s main theory. From PsyArXiv Preprints:

The Origins of WEIRD Psychology

Jonathan Schulz, Duman Bahrami-Rad, Jonathan Beauchamp, and Joseph Henrich

Abstract

Recent research not only confirms the existence of substantial psychological variation around the globe but also highlights the peculiarity of populations that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD). We propose that much of this variation arose as people psychologically adapted to differing kin-based institutions—the set of social norms governing descent, marriage, residence and related domains. We further propose that part of the variation in these institutions arose historically from the Catholic Church’s marriage and family policies, which contributed to the dissolution of Europe’s traditional kin-based institutions, leading eventually to the predominance of nuclear families and impersonal institutions. By combining data on 20 psychological outcomes with historical measures of both kinship and Church exposure, we find support for these ideas in a comprehensive array of analyses across countries, among European regions and between individuals with different cultural backgrounds.

The medieval Catholic Church was against Catholics marrying even moderately distant cousins and other kin, which HBD Chick has long argued is a key reason why Westerners are the way they are (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic: WEIRD).

A growing body of research suggests that populations around the globe vary substantially along several important psychological dimensions, and that people from societies characterized as Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) are particularly unusual (1–6).

Often at the extremes of global distributions, people from WEIRD populations tend to be more individualistic, independent, analytically-minded and impersonally prosocial (e.g., trusting strangers)...

June 21, 2018 • 276 Comments

From the NYT Opinion page:

Our Real Immigration Problem

By Bret Stephens
Opinion Columnist

June 21, 2018

… America is vast, largely empty and often lonely. Roughly 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, covering just 3 percent of the overall landmass. We have a population density of 35 people per square kilometer — as opposed to 212 for Switzerland and 271 for the U.K.

We could use some more people. Make that a lot more.

Obviously, all those potential immigrants out there around the world are just itching to move to the middle of nowhere rather than, say, the Los Angeles Megaloplex. After all, immigrants to Australia always pass up expensive Sydney for the elbow room of Alice Springs. And whoever heard of an immigrant to Canada wanting to live in overcrowded Vancouver when he could move to Medicine Hat?

And America has lots of laws and mechanisms for forcing immigrants to live in underpopulated places rather than along side the 101 freeway? Right? I’m sure we must …

… America’s immigration crisis right now is that we don’t have enough immigrants.

Consider some facts.

First: The U.S. fertility rate has fallen to a record low. In May, The Times reported that women “had nearly 500,000 fewer babies than in 2007, despite the fact that there were an estimated 7 percent more women in their prime childbearing years.”

And of course, the low native fertility rates in immigrant-thick places in America have nothing to do with immigrants bidding up housing costs, bidding down wages, and stressing public schools.

… Third: The Federal Reserve has reported labor shortages in multiple industries throughout the country. That inhibits business growth. Nor are the shortages only a matter of missing “skills”: The New American Economy think tank estimates that the number of farm workers fell by 20 percent between 2002 and 2014, accounting for $3 billion a year in revenue losses.

What Mr. Stephens is trying to say is: Crops are rotting...

June 21, 2018 • 43 Comments

From the Times of London:

Erdogan gave 30,000 Syrians citizenship — now it’s payback time at Turkey elections

Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
June 20 2018, 5:00pm,

President Erdogan has positioned himself as one of the only candidates supporting refugees in Turkey

President Erdogan is hoping to secure the votes of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have been granted citizenship in Turkey in elections this weekend.

When Murat Zeki puts his voting slip in the ballot box on Sunday it will be the closest thing to a free election he has ever experienced. Yet he still feels he has little choice in who to vote for.

With main opposition parties championing a hard line on Syrian immigrants, many feel they only have one candidate who supports their right to remain in Turkey.

“I decided to vote for the AKP and Erdogan for president,” said Mr Zeki, who is one of the 30,000 Syrians who have secured the right to vote this weekend.

June 21, 2018 • 72 Comments

June 21, 2018 • 102 Comments

From the Los Angeles Times:

‘Freedom city’? Going beyond ‘sanctuary,’ Austin, Texas, vows to curtail arrests

By JAWEED KALEEM
JUN 19, 2018 | 11:15 AM

… The other resolution directs police to avoid arrests for misdemeanors, including those for smoking marijuana, having drug paraphernalia, and taking part in petty theft — crimes that city data shows frequently end in arrests of black and Latino residents.

Petty theft is up to $50 in Texas. So basically shoplifting has been effectively legalized in Austin.

While Austin is among the country’s first so-called freedom cities, it’s part of a wider movement around decriminalizing low-level offenses and decreasing arrests. According to Local Progress, a national network of progressive city officials, some council members in El Paso and Dallas are also considering “freedom city” proposals.

“Poor people of color in our city are over-punished and over-incarcerated,” said Greg Casar, an Austin City Councilman who pushed for the resolutions. “If people are being arrested less, we can also prevent people from being put in the deportation pipeline.” …

Jaweed Kaleem is the national race and justice correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, where he writes about how race and ethnicity shape our evolving understanding of what it means to be American. He frequently reports on policing, civil rights, immigration, prisons and religion, among other subjects. At The Times, his reporting has taken him to Virginia to write about controversies over Confederate monuments, Texas to tell the story of the nation’s only Spanish-speaking mosque, Montana to cover debates over refugee resettlement, and Michigan to explore the rise of black police chiefs. Before joining The Times, Kaleem was the senior religion reporter at HuffPost for five years. From 2007-11, he was a reporter for the Miami Herald. He attended Emerson College in Boston and grew up in Northern Virginia.

June 21, 2018 • 244 Comments

Data from European Social Survey Round 8 (2016) via Alexandre Afonso (h/t Emil):

In ordered form:

Russia might not as hardcore as Czechia or Hungary, but it’s still way more skeptical of alien immigration than the European average. Israel, Poland, Italy, Estonia, and Austria round off Europe’s based leagues.

Meanwhile, all the usual suspects are also where they should be… down to Sweden Yes “surpassing” everyone else.

This is encouraging, since it shows that implicit ethnonationalism is as much of a trend as in any other random East European country. If/when competitive politics return to Russia, the result will be an Orban, a Zeman, a Netanyahu, a Salvini, not some Sorosite cuck that neoliberalism.txt hopes for.

There are a few reasons why I wanted to highlight this poll.

First, polls in which Russia can be compared to other European countries in detail are relatively rare. For instance, Russia doesn’t participate in Eurobarometer.

Second, commenter Polish Perspective has been latching on to one particular PEW poll [1, 2, 3] in which Russians say they “are better off living in a diverse society” (as opposed to Czechia, Poland, Hungary, who prefer a “homogeneous society”) to argue that Russians are “more cucked on immigration/diversity” than Visegrad.

But this poll confirms melanf’s counterargument: “For Russia this is a completely false interpretation of the survey about “diversity”. In Russia a strong anti immigrant mood, but absolutely normal relations with indigenous peoples, Finno-Ugric, Turkic, etc. origin. As an analogy – imagine that the feelings of the people of Berne to the people of Geneva will be interpreted as love Swiss to African migrants.

And as I have argued in numerous posts, these “based” sentiments in Russia are almost certainly stronger amongst youth than amongst the elderly (nationalist share of the vote rises, communist share of...

June 16, 2018 • 428 Comments

Here is how the cliodynamician Peter Turchin, in his book War and Peace and War (which I reviewed here), describes the outcomes of different pit-fight scenarios between the Romans and the Gauls:

Romans held no physical or technological advantage over the peoples they conquered. An average Roman was smaller and weaker than an average Gaul. In a one-to-one duel, an average Roman would most likely lose to an average Gaul. On the other hand, a hundred Romans could hold even against a hundred of Gauls, and ten thousand Romans would easily defeat a Gallic army many times their number.

Upon inquiry, it emerged that this assessment wasn’t backed up by statistical evidence:

Even so, the stereotype that Northerners are stronger than Southerners seems to be widespread in both fiction and more serious works:

Harry Turtledove - Give Me Back My Legions!:

Arminius smiled. “Well, maybe we would have.” He didn’t feel like arguing. But he also didn’t believe Chlodevegius. One German had an excellent chance against one Roman. Ten Romans had the edge on ten Germans. A hundred Romans would massacre a hundred Germans.

Stephen Williams – Diocletian and the Roman Recovery:

With the primitive, wandering farmer-warrior ethos in which each tribe was ready to expand into the space of its nearest neighbour, the Germans could recover quickly from all but the most punitive defeats. Man for man they were physically stronger than the Romans and certainly as brave: Their fierce fighting qualities had long compelled admiration: Tacitus, prophetically, saw in their warlike freedom a new reservoir of enormous energies which could have profound consequences for the Roman future.

But is it actually true?

This post is a quick survey of physical strength differences...

June 13, 2018 • 572 Comments

My Romania post will hopefully be up in a few days.

In the meantime, I’ll share my impressions of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, which I flew for the first time on the way back from Bucharest.

Overall impressions: Meh. As densely packed as any Airbus, and way more vibrations and creaking sounds than the average flight (though I suppose I can’t extrapolate too much from n=1 flights). My favorite plane by far remains the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which at least on Norwegian Airlines comes packed with individual monitors for entertainment and ordering food and drinks, and has free WiFi on many of its flights (and this was a couple of years ago). The Superjet 100 didn’t even have sockets to charge your cell phone or laptop with, which I consider to be a disgraceful omission in this day and age.

The next Kholmogorov translation from Fluctuarius Argenteus is going to be this one: Николай II становится для нас анти-Сталиным (“Nicholas II is becoming an anti-Stalin for us”).

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Featured News

* Trump. Canada. Kim meeting. Etc. I gather nothing very interesting happened.

* Syria will probably start cleaning up Daraa in a matter of days. As I understand it, the Israelis are cool with it, so long as the Iranians aren’t involved.

* All football discussions go here.

* James Thompson: Who are the IQ experts?

I do wonder how the rankings...

June 13, 2018 • 542 Comments

Untold billions of dollars spent on new football stadiums. Lavish spending on football players. The hiring of some of Europe’s most expensive and prestigious coaches.

Results?

The Russian team has never been weaker in its entire history.

My guess is that Russia will probably eke out second place in its laughably weak (and hilariously improbable) group, and will be put out of its misery by Spain or Portugal as soon as it’s out of the group stages.

However, we can’t exclude that Russia will fail to beat laughably weak Egypt and/or Saudi Arabia. 538 gives a 27% chance that Russia will fail to even pass the group stage.

There’s no reason to be mad about this. Climatic factors mean that Russians are simply not cut out for football, as I explained in Why Is Russia Bad at Football?

Still, the kremlins are obsessed with big sporting events, because (in their cargo cult minds) it helps raise the country’s “prestige”, and perhaps more importantly, helps fatten their friends’ wallets. At almost $10 billion, Russia spent more on stadium construction than any previous FIFA World Cup host – Korea/Japan in 2002, South Africa in 2010, and Brazil in 2014 all spent around $6 billion on stadiums. This overspending comes on the heels of the most expensive Olympics in history, the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 – a vanity project that has only been rivaled by the white elephants in the Gulf Arab monarchies in the 21st century.

Robbie Williams is going to be performing at the opening ceremony, and no doubt getting paid millions if not tens of millions for “selling his soul” to the “dictator Putin.” Meanwhile, FIFA has banned pro-Donbass singer Yulia Chicherina from performing at the opening ceremonies in Rostov on Don, with official Russia not uttering a word of complaint about that.

In short, this is not Russia’s...

June 8, 2018 • 939 Comments

Vladislav Pravdin – GREAT STALIN (1949). It is our joy that during the hard years of the war the Red Army and the Soviet people were led by the wise and experienced leader of the Soviet Union – the GREAT STALIN.

Translator’s Foreword (Fluctuarius Argenteus)

And now for something completely different. Instead of snippets from larger works, here’s Egor Kholmogorov’s two-part takedown of the notion of “Stalin as a Russia national hero” merged into a single text.

The relationship of Russian nationalism and Neo-Stalinism is a torturous one. Modern Neo-Stalinism emerged in the early 2000s as one aspect of an anti-Yeltsinist and anti-Liberal consensus, an attempt to reconcile the Imperial and Soviet past under the banner of a broadly defined Russian patriotism and do away with the kind of historical nihilism that painted Stalin as the ultimate expression of a “millennium-old Russian yearning for slavery”. Many, including the author of the article and its translator, paid lip service to this movement in their younger years.

By approximately 2005, the movement had gone mainstream, and by 2012, it completely morphed into a cancerous outgrowth. The nerve of early Neo-Stalinist rhetoric was the belief that Stalin had made a U-turn from (((Old Bolshevik cosmopolitanism))), legalised some forms of Russian national consciousness, and generally put Russian history back on track (i.e., was not true Marxism, and it was good). The Neo-Stalinism of The New Tens is virulently hostile towards the slightest hint of Russian patriotism and a positive appraisal of pre-1917 Russia, going as far as to condemn liking Alexander Nevsky and Peter the Great (both lionised under Stalin) as “Vlasovism” (oh the sweet irony).

Needless to say, this text provoked some gnashing of teeth in the Neo-Stalinist camp.

AK’s Foreword

After my takedown of Lenin, some people suggested that I extend it to Stalin. But what point is there when we have Kholmogorov? I agree...

June 7, 2018 • 549 Comments

Transylvanian Morning.

I have been unable to follow most of the last week’s comments, and probably won’t catch up. But FWIW, I enjoyed the gearhead debates at Thorfinnsson’s Take on Tesla, the Dmitry vs. Polish Perspective debate on who was or was not in Israel, and reiner Tor’s instructions on cold showers.

Now that I am in Bucharest and have a good, reliable Internet connection, I will put up another Kholmogorov translation tomorrow. Hopefully this will suffice until regular poasting can resume on June 12.

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Featured News

* Long awaited BAPbook is out!: Bronze Age Mindset is now a bestseller in Ancient Greek history.

Some say that this book, found in a safebox in the port area of Kowloon, was dictated, because Bronze Age Pervert refuses to learn what he calls “the low and plebeian art of writing.” It isn’t known how this book was transcribed. The contents are pure dynamite. He explains that you live in ant farm. That you are observed by the lords of lies, ritually probed. Ancient man had something you have lost: confidence in his instincts and strength, knowledge in his blood. BAP shows how the Bronze Age mindset can set you free from this Iron Prison and help you embark on the path of power. He talks about life, biology, hormones. He gives many examples from history, both ancient and modern. He shows the secrets of the detrimental robots, how they hide and fabricate. He helps you escape gynocracy and ascend to fresh mountain air.

* Julien Dehlez: Reflections on the London Conference on Intelligence (see also James Thompson’s take)

* Ron Unz: American Pravda: When Stalin Almost Conquered Europe.

Suffice to say I disagree with Rezun’s theory, and can also commend the comments by Thorfinnsson, Ivan K., and most of the ones by Arioch. Perhaps I will do a post on this eventually (Ron has urged me to in the past), but it would mostly just be a restatement of the “WHO PLANNED TO ATTACK WHOM, AND HOW?”...

June 4, 2018 • 377 Comments

DEMANDRED. HOW FARES THIS WORLD?

May 31, 2018 • 51 Comments

About a year ago, I was conversing with a demographics student at the Higher School of Economics who wants to work at Rosstat after his graduation.

One of the things we discussed stuck out in my mind: “Wouldn’t it be great if there was an Albion’s Seed for Russia?”

That is, an exhaustive ethnographic survey of the various Russias in the spirit of Hackett Fischer’s classic, but informed by modern population genetics.

At this point in time, I have neither the time, nor frankly the expertise, to embark on such a project. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, a fine-grained map must surely be worth even more, and I conveniently have many of them lying around on my hard drive.

So consider this a preliminary sketch of what such a book might look like.

Though one can detect many obvious patterns, I am going to forego commentary so that my readers could look at the data through fresh eyes. Maybe there’ll be some novel observations.

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Population

Source: mikhed.ru
Map of Russia adjusted for population.

Source: ?
Map of Russia’s population density.

Source: ?
Prevalence of the Russian language in the Russian Empire as of the 1897 Census.

Source: N. Avdeev
Percentage Russians as of the 2010 Census.

Population Genetics

Source: Balanovsky, Oleg et. al – Two Sources of the Russian Patrilineal Heritage in Their Eurasian Context (2006)
MDS Plot of the Y Chromosomal Variation, Grouping Regional Subpopulations and Averaged Ethnical Populations of Europe

Source: генофонд.рф.
Map of genetic distances from Northern Russians (based on Y-chromosome haplogroups)

Health & Crime

Source: M. Ukolova
Male life expectancy in Russia in 2011.

Source: N. Avdeev
Murder rate in Russia in 2011. (Note: Link contains maps for 2005-2015 period).

Source: temur25 (based on Trezvaya Rossiya data)
Index of alcoholization in Russian regions.

Source: Republic.ru (based on the Atlas of Justice)
Most commonly confiscated drugs...