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  • I might just tune in to the news tonight @ 6 to see how they managed to blame this on Trump.

    • Agree: Realist
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    I hear he's not covering himself with glory via his tweets.
  • From ABC News: This is similar to Clarence Thomas's contention that he was being subjected to a "high-tech lynching" in 1991, although the accusations against Thomas were much more exiguous, such as making an off-color joke in mixed company. "If we go backwards and we rush to judgment and we allow for political lynchings without...
  • Hey, when you belong to a wokemon group that has its own politically protected persecution method, you need to milk it for all it’s worth. Blacks have lynching, Jews have holocaust…

  • Sure, you might think Jussie Smollett is currently in the news, but the New York Times knows better. What's really relevant in 2019, the NYT says, is yet more late-breaking Emmett Till news!
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    The purpose of memorial highways like this is to put up signs that act as attractive nuisances by provoking vandalism (by black guys and progressive whites), which then becomes a new hate crime, which becomes a New York Times article, and the circle goes on and on.

    It's sort of the left-wing version of the Turning Point USA campus recruitment tables, which are specially designed to fall apart at the slightest shove.

    If I were a hungry, up-and-coming conservative web journalist I'd invest in a half dozen Go-Pros and hook them up to car batteries, concealed next to these memorial highway signs. Let the New York Times publish and CNN sermonize on "This is America in 2019," and then take the video to the local cops and publish an exclusive. "Two apparently African-American men were filmed vancalizing one of the Memorial Emmet Till Highway signs, and then leaving in a late model car, license plate XYZ-123."

    Because as sure as God made little green apples this is going to happen.

    I always thought the purpose of memorial highways (and other memorial type signs) was to cause me to think to myself “who the hell was that?”, and then get on with my day.

  • From The Forward: Not a good year for movies, so not a good year for Jews in the movie business. I should go back and look at older Forward articles like this, but this might be the worst year for Jews in movies in the last century. On the bright side ... Rachel Weisz is,...
  • I was disappointed that smollett wasn’t up for best hate hoax until I realized we have to wait until this time next year since his production was in 2019. He could win multiple categories:
    Best Director of a hate hoax
    Best actor in a hate hoax
    Best post production denial of your production
    Etc.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I was disappointed that smollett wasn’t up for best hate hoax until I realized we have to wait until this time next year since his production was in 2019
     
    But it wasn't caught on camera! It will have to wait for the Tonys.
  • From Slate: It Sure Looks Like Trolls Are Weaponizing Call-Out Culture to Weaken Democrats By APRIL GLASER FEB 20, 2019 10:23 PM The election trolls have logged on. Except, despite the cleanup efforts of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube following the 2016 campaign, they never really logged off, with coordinated disinformation campaigns still trying to sow...
  • @istevefan

    So far, we don’t know the source of this activity—it’s not clearly linked to the Internet Research Agency, the Russian disinformation factory that was behind thousands of accounts stirring unrest during the 2016 and 2018 elections.
     
    But we do know the source of the disinformation campaign in the December 2017 special Senate election in Alabama. And it wasn't Russian. It was leftwing democrats who pretended to be Russians, yet they are not facing any consequences for interfering.

    So far the only verified interference in recent elections is from the side accusing Russia and the American Right. What's that old saying about accusing others of what you are doing?

    Pretty much the entire existence of Democrats and others of the left is the projection of the self. Said differently, always scream loudly and blame someone else for committing the very same act.

  • From the New York Times: I'm reminded of when Joey on Friends gets cast as Dr. Drake Ramoray on the Da
  • @Redneck farmer
    MAGA hat wearing Nigerians kill him off.

    Then we find out that because they were Nigerians, they mistakenly thought MAGA meant Make Africans Great Again…

  • Jussie Smollett's defense will be, "Hey, it wasn't me, it was this guy right behind me who looks exactly like me." Actually, Jussie did just that when he got arrested for drunk driving in 2007: he gave his younger brother's name to the cops and got convicted of giving false information.
  • I was in the airport today and briefly saw that the Jussie redumption tour had already begun.
    I forecast he gets off with parole and maybe some community service.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Probation and community service. Yep. Then maybe some human interest stories about him performing his community service, as part of the redemption process.
  • From The Root: iSteve commenter lbound1 explains: Lynching is definitely the # 1 crime threat facing our nation. So very good news. I’m hoping Congress passes a
  • @Anon
    I want to memorialize my thoughts here before reading the text of the law.

    1. What the hell is lynching? How is it defined? How is it different from murder? How is it different from a federal civil rights violation associated with murder?

    2. Is lynching defined as getting murdered while black?

    3. Is lynching defined as being hanged until dead? With a rope? While black?

    4. Are non-noose instrumentalities acceptable in a lynching?

    5. Is this one of those overreaching federal laws that is so broad that it encompasses anything that a federal prosecutor wants (like most "antiterrorism" laws passed after 9/11)?

    It would truly take a brave man to stand up in Congress and say, "No, of course lynching is terrible, but we do not need this law cluttering up the books. Current laws cover things just fine."

    [Now proceeding to track down the text of the bill ...]

    Found this historical oddity:

    Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyer_Anti-Lynching_Bill


    It was intended to establish lynching as a federal crime. The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill was re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on January 26, 1922, but its passage was halted in the Senate by a filibuster by Southern Democrats, who formed a powerful block that exceeded their percentage of the population by having disenfranchised blacks in the South.
     
    Those pesky Democrats!

    Here is Wikipedia

    Justice for Victims of Lynching Act
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_for_Victims_of_Lynching_Act


    Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 is a ... bill that would classify lynching - defined as bodily injury on the basis of perceived race, color, religion or, nationality - a federal hate crime in the United States. The bill is largely symbolic, aiming to recognize and apologize for historical governmental failures to prevent lynching in the US. The act was first introduced in the US Senate in June 2018 by the body's three Black members: Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott.
     
    Here is the law:

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3178/text/es

    Most of the Bill is a big list of CONGRESS-FINDS!! stuff:

    -- Lynching was the new slavery

    -- Lynching is really, really bad stuff

    -- We must apologize the the lynchees and their families

    -- Charlottesville happened [Wow! Charlottesville is in there; in a slightly different universe Jussie could have been written into the law.]

    -- And so on, in that vein

    The meat of the law is a minor amendment to the Title 18 Chapter 13 Civil Rights body of law.

    To this law it adds or clarifies as follows:

    -- Two or more perps. A single guy cannot be a lyncher. That means Emmett Till was not lynched.

    -- Victim is targeted because of: actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability (so gender and gender identity make an appearance in a hate crime law, neither of which is defined in the law, but I didn't check Title 18)

    -- Interstate commerce requirement, but covers almost anything: internet use, crossing state lines, use of a gun that has crossed state lines, use of a phone or the mails (prosecutors have no trouble coming up with a federal nexus in practice)

    -- Bodily injury: no need to murder, and noose not required

    -- Up to 10 years in prison, up to life if kidnapping involved (here again, kidnapping is very vaguely defined and can mean obstructing someone's movement)

    -- Generally requires that the state where it happened has passed on prosecution, so unless we have a time machine to travel back to the South of George Wallace, this law may never be used, although there is an elastic clause as is usual for the feds

    So if what can be defined as “lynching” is now a federal crime, does it carry with it Perjury implications if someone files a false lynching case? If the Feds want to claim jurisdiction here, assuming the State did not prosecute for some reason, then it seems that Smollett would have committed perjury by filing a false report.

  • From Palladium: Hoover goes on to name names of three tycoons in particular he suspects are hitting the T. ... The power of artificial hormonal supplementation is creating a new generation of corporate leaders who will remain Young Men In A Hurry well into their seventies. We should expect more bold ventures, more oceans of...
  • @Anon
    OT

    Journalists are complaining about Bloomingdales T-shirts imprinted with "Fake News": "denigrates journalists."

    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1095097573969461249

    "Damage done to our democracy ... perpetuating and celebrating the idea of fake news."

    I'm old enough to remember (back to summer 2016) when progressives invented the term "fake news" to describe right wing internet propaganda ("from Russia"), published (in WaPo) a fake study about it, made algorithms to detect it, and so on.

    Trump has a knack for framing issues and coining soundbites that stick and support his storylines. The term “fake news” has been effectively co-opted by Trump and his ilk, and we can’t take it back.

    https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/en/content/why-im-done-saying-fake-news
     

    Should we stop saying ‘fake news’?

    It’s clear that the catch-all phrase for spreading intentionally false or misleading information for financial gain — which was deftly repurposed by White House adviser Kellyanne Conway last December — has had consequences only a few predicted (h/t to John Herrman at The New York Times, who wrote about this in November last year). And there is a growing group of media experts who say journalists should stop using “fake news” — that the phrase has been too weaponized to be useful.

    https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2017/should-we-stop-saying-fake-news/
     
    Then Donald Trump used to to refer to a mainstream journalist in a press conference and completely co-opted it. Boom, like that (as Ray Kroc would say). This is so funny that it's done a complete 180. It's like if progressives started wearing red caps saying "Make America Great Again," and conservatives ended up complaining that they were somehow offensive to the right.

    It seems to me that a T-shirt with “Fake News” emblazoned on it would best be worn by women who also wear padded bras.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    Fake Boobs would be more accurate for that shirt.
  • Whaddaya think?
  • @Hibernian
    55 miles? Are you kidding?

    Why they would never think of going around the 55 mile long fence, would they?
    Would this be our Maginot Trump line?

  • From the New York Times: Ricketts is a white male so he is not allowed to have an opinion on the future of America. As everybody knows, Muslims who don't live here yet Are Who We Are. We must let Islam become a large part of our society just because some people worry that that...
  • @Charles Erwin Wilson 3
    Too funny. But not as funny as the governor of VA advocating for infanticide while wearing blackface under a KKK hood.

    Those Democrats, who can predict how far their depravity will go?

    I had noticed quite some years ago that if a world leader is left-wing, the left in this country adores them. However if they had engaged in ethnic cleansing then mysteriously they became right wing, even though they were still socialist in nature. Slobodan Milosevic comes to mind.

    So Gov of VA, potential darling of the Democrat party… suddenly became a Republican, according to CNN when they had to break the story about it.

    It’s as if the lumpen-press said “He’s ours!” until he was found to have done something reprehensible in his distant past and then suddenly “He’s a Republican!” as if they could disown him…

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson 3
    True.
  • From the New York Times opinion page: But not in the eyes of the U.S. Constitution, which uses the word "citizen" eleven times.
  • @Massimo Heitor
    Are walls on houses unethical? Walls around bank accounts? How about selective universities, which are kind of an arm of the government, are entirely exclusive. Is that immoral?

    I would be able to take Cardinal Tobins’ comment more seriously if the wall around Vatican City was torn down as as gesture of your sincerity about how harmful they are.

  • Willie Brown, one of the great political operators of the last few generations, has ample reason to be as smug as Smug Pepe.
  • @clyde
    OT apologies for more AOC

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Monday that ‘the world is gonna end in 12 years’ if laws aren’t passed to address climate change and that it was ‘immoral’ for billionaires to exist in the same country where people struggled to make ends meet.

    During an interview with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates at Riverside Church in Manhattan on Monday, the New York Congresswoman said she and other millennials view climate change as ‘our World War II’

    Coates invited Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist, to the special forum honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

    She also told Coates that it was ‘immoral’ how the American economic system ‘allows billionaires to exist.’

    Ocasio-Cortez, 29, said: ‘I don’t think that necessarily means that all billionaires are immoral.

    from UK daily mail ..... https://tinyurl.com/y9pl8fa9

    I don’t think that necessarily means that all billionaires are immoral.

    For example, the ones that donate to my campaigns are OK, even if they have white privilege…

  • Commenter Ozymandias explains:
  • @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/jabeale/status/1087879481967165441

    The word “complicated” was used in the context of “damn it, we got caught manufacturing news again!”.

  • From Vox: Almost all of the actresses who’ve played Cleopatra have been white. But was she? Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are rumored to be contenders to play the queen in a new biopic. By Nadra Nittle Jan 14, 2019, 6:20pm EST Since meaty roles for women are still too few in Hollywood, landing the...
  • For the sake of true diversity and inclusion, all future Cleopatra’s must be played by someone fully sub-Saharan or perhaps east Asian. There…
    No chance in hell she was ever white even if she had came from Greece.

  • I wouldn't say "a disaster" but here's the opening of the positive review I wrote for VDARE.com in 2003 of Elizabeth Warren's book "The Two Income Trap" about how the 1970s feminist triumph of sending the wife to work turned out better for bosses than for families. Huge numbers of mothers entered the labor force...
  • Someone smarter than I pointed out that people too often assume that public schools are for educating children. Viewed through this lens, on the whole they are a dismal failure. If we viewed public schools as indoctrination camps, they are wildly successful.

    So, how do we return to schools that have a mission to educate instead of indoctrinate?
    I have long suspected private schools are much less of an indoctrination operation and much more of an education operation.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    NY doesn't like it that way. The Board of Regents requires staff at even parochial schools, the last bastion of parents who want their kids to learn, to take some Education credits before they can be certified to teach.
    , @ScarletNumber
    Paul Graham has some great things to say about this.
  • From the New York Times on New Year's Day, one of 12 articles the New York newspaper has run on this Texas shooting in recent days: The police sketch looked like the kind of cruelly handsome white actor who gets cast in home security TV commercials as a burglar, or like Viggo Mortensen starring in...
  • At one time we had the concept of innocent until proven guilty. That is pretty much dead.
    In its place we have the concept of “it was a white male” until proven otherwise.

  • I've been arguing for awhile that an Unhappiness Explosion broke out around 2013, and it seems to be related to Obama's re-election/second term. My hypothesis, laid out in my 2008 book America's Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama's "Story of Race and Inheritance," has been that the Obama Administration tried to keep the race resentment tamped down...
  • @Mike Krauthammar
    It is so because White Supremacy never ended in this country.
    I am waiting for 2042 as that will make me happy.
    South African model will be used to destroy "White Capital and White Monoply" in this country.
    You guys can do nothing about this. Trump was your last hope and he did not accomplish anything. LOL
    Waiting for your Extinction. LOL

    I’m starting to think that Tiny Duck secretly has multiple personality disorder. One day Ey/Xe/Ne/whateverthephuc posts as Tiny Duck and the next day as Mike Krauthammar.
    It’s not white supremacy, it’s just that whites have been the majority population in this country for hundreds of years.
    Does anyone cry about Chinese supremacy in China or Indian supremacy in India?

  • From the NYT: For Bernie Sanders, Claims of Sexism in 2016 Campaign Hang Over 2020 Bid As Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont considers another run for president, former staffers said he had failed to address the harassment and sexism they faced while working on his 2016 campaign. By Sydney Ember and Katie Benner Jan. 2,...
  • @Harry Baldwin
    But she said that he ran his hand through her hair in a “sexual way” and continued to grab, touch and “push my boundaries” for the rest of the day.

    Are women today wimpier than they have ever been in history? Didn't a woman used to slap the face of a guy who was pestering her or jab him with a hat pin? Why so helpless these days?

    Wasn’t it back in the 50’s there was a saying “boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses”?
    I suspect that what was “passes” back in the day is now full on #MeToo sexual harassment fodder.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    I believe that saying is due to Dorothy Parker in the 20s or 30s. Quite false, though. I’ve made a lot of passes at girls wearing glasses.
  • Breed and gender are just social constructs. It's only media stereotypes that make longhorn steers behave different than Holstein heifers. That's why in the Sugar Bowl the U. of Texas longhorn mascot Bevo went all hook 'em horns on the U. of Georgia mascot Uga the Bulldog: stereotypes. Actually, in the crisis, Uga got the...
  • @Federalist
    Instead of some kind of predator, Texas has a domesticated, plant-eating, food source as its mascot.

    At least it seems like a viable animal. The bulldog wouldn’t last 15 minutes outdoors if it actually had to be a predator. Whoever was responsible for the selective breeding that produced the pathetic and useless bulldog did no service to man or the canine breed.

  • More from Amy Harmon's NYT article "James Watson Won't Stop Talking About Race" in which we get to the What Should Be Done part: If only Watson had partnered with a black scientist who is as smart as Sir Francis Crick, then he wouldn't think the way he does. If that is the case, it...
  • @Hubbub

    “It’s easy to say, ‘I’m not Watson,’’’ said Kenneth Gibbs...
     
    Let me see now: "I'm not Watson." Yep, it's easy to say, for sure. Try it, you'll see for yourselves.

    Man, why don’t I think of shit like that? I could sit around with this smug sense of accomplishment all day realizing “It’s easy to say, I’m not ______ “ and go through a whole litany of names.
    I guess that is the reason I am not a sinecure for a government agency, I seem to lack the ability to make these clever deductions.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Tiny Duck
    You people need to get out of your echo chamber. Most liberals are for intellectual pursuit and honest debate and love. We can dismiss genetic race science out of hand because it literally says that POCs ate inferior. No need be in their right mind takes that seriously.

    To know how liberals think you need to read:

    1. Rachel Held Evans

    2. Melissa Harris Perry

    3. Krassrnstein brothers

    Most liberals are for intellectual pursuit and honest debate and love.

    That’s about as dumb ass as saying “Most Lions are for friendly pursuit and camaraderie with Wildebeest”.

    Perhaps liberals are for intellectual pursuit… but why does it escape them completely to be intellectually honest? What passes for debate on the part of a liberal is to scream and call the other person vile names.

  • I've been writing forever about the fate of the Cabrini-Green housing project a mile inland from Chicago's Magnificent Mile. For example, I noted in 2011: But now we can quantify the change in demographics from Rahm Emanuel's population transfers. From Bloomberg
  • @prime noticer
    why did it take like 10 years to demolish all the buildings once they started, and why did they not just use explosives to bring them down, instead spending weeks slowly knocking them down with wrecking balls.

    has to be the least efficient demolition in history.

    You can’t just do things quickly and efficiently, that doesn’t even make any kind of sense!
    You have to leave some room in there for patronage jobs, ghost payrolls, waste, fraud and abuse.
    It is sinister to solve a problem… you must keep saying that you own the issue and will solve it, but always need more money, more votes more something.

  • From Buzzfeed: My actual name is Yasiel Puig Slim (or "El Chopo" for short) and I am an asylum seeker, so two golf courses are rightfully mine. For my golf courses, I put my dibs down on Pebble Beach (above) and Cypress Point (below).
  • Funny he didn’t add up all the excess square footage in Hollywood mansions to see if there was at least 1000 sq. feet available per invader.
    Or evaluate how much square footage is available across assorted offices:
    DNC, DSCC, SPLC, etc.
    Move On, Grievance Inc., etc.

    I’m sure there is quite a bit of available space in these places for housing invaders.
    And lastly… did Khury offer up any space in his house or in the offices of Buzzfeed?
    Not a chance…

    • Replies: @BigDickNick
    Khury's people earned what they have. Unlike whites who got it by stealing and white privilege.

    You see, people like Khury have transistors, cell phones, computers, houses built with modern engineering, modern plumbing etc. because of their own hard work. Whereas white people earned NONE of those things and would absolutely not have stuff like cars or airplanes without POC.
  • Should Trump do a government shutdown over The Wall? Why do one now rather than before the election? How often do government shutdowns work as a political tactic?
  • In the last shutdown… the government threw a temper tantrum over it and shutdown part of the government but somehow had the resources for national park rangers to block people from going in to National Parks. It was the most childish thing I had seen.
    So at least here as precedent we can shutdown the government and still man the border…
    And yes, I said “MAN”…

  • The reason a college undergrad gets globally denounced for saying that white men invented the modern world is not because it's false but because it's so true. Granted, that's not what Google tells you if you search on American inventors: But from my 2003 review of Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment in The American Conservative: Human...
  • What are some of the things that allow us to live a better “modern” existence?

    Electricity delivered to the home.
    Airplanes to fly long distances.
    Automobiles, for travelling local, long distance or creating babies in…
    Chlorinated water delivery to the home to improve health.
    Vaccines (although they have been perverted by Pharma…).
    Antibiotics.
    Telegraph, Telephone, Cell phone…
    Audio equipment – namely radio and phonograph to start with.
    The earliest designs for evaporative and mechanical cooling with led to refrigeration and perhaps A/C.
    Plastics and that nifty substance used for Post-It-Notes.

    I could go on and on but I’m pretty sure the originators of these modern conveniences fit with the subject…

    • Replies: @bjondo
    These and other modern conveniences are the ruination of LIFE.

    Sorta like electronics, computers ruin the hell out of driving which ruined horse riding which interfered with walking.
  • From the Washington Post: In France and online, extremists put centrism to the torch By Max Boot, Columnist, December 8 at 12:25 PM Weekend after weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron is dealing with sometimes violent protests from a populist movement known as the gilets jaunes (yellow vests). The protesters were galvanized by a plan to...
  • I wonder if Cockwombles use Russian bots as an invisible form of child control?
    “You better eat you carrots or Russian bot will hack in to your iPhone and ruin it!”.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc79445f52f8d4fffe40fb3ee8295c5cbfa0f03366b2e7508140367684a58252.jpg
  • Outside of movies and alcohol, you don't hear of much from Mexico in the way of products or brands. But a blonde lady artist in Mexico, Amparin Serrano, has built an impressive new doll brand, Distroller, by coming up with an ultra girly doll experience for little girls that is intended to make them even...
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    There are lots of possibilities: Beach Barbex and Surfer Kennex for example.

    Then, to branch out a bit, for the little ones, there are: Elmex, Kermex, The Cookex Monstrex, the Smurficis, etc.

    Get with the program. There cannot be a vowel in between the consonant and the “x”.
    Barbx
    Kennx
    Elmx
    etx.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Get with the program.
     
    I guess I'm not with the program, come to think about it... feels good, man.
  • From MIT Technology Review: In the future, no child will be left behind without the Harvard grad glibness & self-confidence gene, as seen in this "A Private Universe" video of Harvard grads and local blue collar
  • @Anon
    This hasn't been discussed much in relation to the Chinese CRISPR thing:

    And it surfaced as well in the discussions that this gene, CCR5, while it is related to HIV, it's also been shown in mice at least to be related to learning and memory. So this in fact could be the first case of an attempt to engineer a baby with enhanced learning and memory, which would be an enhancement.
     
    https://www.npr.org/2018/11/29/671996695/harvard-medical-school-dean-weighs-in-on-ethics-of-gene-editing

    It's becoming clear that most any trait has tens of thousands of polygenic genes behind it, and most every gene affects many, many traits, so this CRISPR thing could be very tricky in practice if it works.

    Can someone tell the Chinese when they do the editing, can they add in these genes:
    1. The gene that causes them to use an alphabet instead of thousands of unique symbols.
    2. The diacritical gene as they will need it for (1).
    3. The gene that allows them to pronounce “L”, so that people named Holly don’t sound like Horry and people named Jill don’t sound like Jue.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    Don't forget the Suzy Wong gene :]
    , @Jack D
    Apparently using a character based writing system doesn't interfere with having an advanced civilization. It hasn't hurt the Japanese either. OTOH, switching to an alphabet didn't really help Vietnam all that much. Maybe having to do all that memorization is really good for your brain.
  • From the New York Times Magazine: Yet, the main character in the story, Ms. Johnson, an adoptee, winds up with no surprise at all: she turns out to be white on her biological mother's side and quite black on her biological father's side, just like a variety of information had led her to assume for...
  • @Reg Cæsar
    This is what a Sigrid Johnson should look like:


    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/604744137695469568/tUeyuac3_400x400.jpg


    https://twitter.com/siggeboi

    What’s odd about the twitter link you posted in on her page there is a post about the new President of Taiwan. Why does she look like she was in the middle of getting some sausage?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    My point was the portrait itself. I never expected anyone to follow the link.
  • Depending on the context, the small word "why" can be totally innocuous or it can be just about the most subversive and even sacrilegious word one can utter. This is probably why I love this word so much: it's ability to unleash tremendous power against all sorts of sacred cows and unchallenged beliefs. So, today...
  • @James Speaks
    It has been done. The burning jet fuel caused the floor trusses to sag. These same trusses provided lateral support to the exterior columns. When the trusses sagged, they pulled the columns inward, the columns buckled and a section two to three stories tall collapsed. This initiated the progressive pancaking.

    The columns were not designed to be two stories tall, or three stories tall between lateral supports, only one. No shear connection was designed to withstand the dynamic load of the entire upper 1/3 of the structure. North tower was struck first between floors 93 and 99. South tower was struck later between floors 77 and 85. South tower columns had a greater load; they failed completely less than an hour after impact, before the north tower, which failed 102 minutes after impact.

    The collapse initiated where the jets struck the towers. Different floor for each tower. Tower where the unsupported columns had more floors above failed in a shorter amount of time.

    If anyone wants to learn the basics, look up "kl/r" also known as slenderness ratio, and "p-delta" also known as secondary moments.

    Unless you think the hijackers were such good pilots that they flew the jets into the exact location of the hypothetical demolitions, then you must conclude the failure of the WTC towers was completely consistent with structural theory and obvious cause, the jet impacts.

    So there.

    I suppose the proximity of the jets cause WTC7 to experience slenderness too. Or was it that the BBC announcing WTC’s demise 20 minutes before it actually happened was caused by “kl/r”?

  • Commenter Chrisnonymous makes a good point: There's an interesting phenomenon although
  • Parental selection…

    My dad said if he had known in advance I would turn out the way I did, he would have rolled over and squirted me out the window. I was blonde anyway.

  • From The Telegraph: Dutch man, 69, who 'identifies as 20 years younger' launches legal battle to change age Emile Ratelband claims that he identifies as 49 years old By Our Foreign Staff 7 NOVEMBER 2018 • 7:59PM A pensioner has begun a legal battle to be recognised as being 20 years younger than his actual...
  • @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/jdforward/status/1060283334910246915

    If she decideded later to identify as having a penis, would she change her position on the matter and show it?

  • From the New York Times: Also STDs. Limited prescriptions of what constitutes a “normal” pelvis or birthing process might lead doctors to perform unnecessary interventions — like induced labor, cesarean sections or the use of forceps — which can further exacerbate harm, said Lia Betti, an anthr
  • It would also be interesting to study how adult children’s head shapes and head sizes are related to differences in mothers’ birth canal.

    Stewie says he totally wrecked Louis on the way out…

    • LOL: Dtbb
  • Angela Merkel announced Monday that she would not stay on as German chancellor past 2021, which would be her 16th year in office. She may well not make it until 2021 if her ramshackle coalition government falls apart. From the New York Times: The rather short first take article doesn't mention the events of August-September...
  • @Hypnotoad666
    I believe Steve is correct that "Merkel’s Mistake" may have fatally wounded the so-called European Project.

    The people thought they were signing up to integrate Europe. But Merkel showed them it was all a bait and switch scam by the unaccountable elites, who want to integrate the Third World into Europe.

    Certainly there would have been no Brexit without this epiphany.

    On the Greek debt, I frankly don't understand why it was ever a "European" issue to begin with. In the U.S. a state could default on its bonds and it would have nothing to do with the federal government or the dollar. But everyone just decided that Greece's debt was different, so it was.

    Technically a default of any State or municipality is not an issue of the Federal government, but there is always pressure to do something anyway.

    Back in the 70’s when New York City was in financial trouble it wanted a bailout from big gov. Ford was President at the time and he declined to help. The next day a prominent NYC newspaper ran a hefty headline “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD”.

    Since newspapers and TV news carries some sway (albeit seemingly less under Trump), no politician relishes another headline like that.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/president-ford-announces-won-bailout-nyc-1975-article-1.2405985

  • “This is the beginning” said Faith Goldy last night after the end of her inspiring run for mayoralty of Toronto, Canada. Goldy finished in third place despite being locked out of the mayoral debates, having media conglomerates refuse to run her advertising, and generally being the subject of an unprecedented smear campaign. [Faith Goldy Finished...
  • @Anonymous
    Every Christian is a "worshiper of Jewish supremacism," and the Jew Testament promotes Gentiles financially supporting Israel.

    • John 4:22 “We worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.”
    • Acts 3:25 “He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’”
    • Romans 1:16 “The Jew first.”
    • Romans 9:4 “The people of Israel, chosen.”
    • Romans 15:27 “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.”

    Do you consider Jew-worshiping Christians also to be "the enemy?"

    These scriptures you quoted are viewed through the lens of New Testament vs. Old Testament. You cannot discount what the Talmud says about Gentiles Goyim. Once that document comes in to play, I don’t give a f*ck about what the New Testament says about Jew worship.

  • The latest “caravan” community planning to crash borderless America is not part of Latin America’s problems; it’s escaping them. So say America’s low-IQ media. And Latin America’s problems are legion. The region, “which boasts just eight percent of the world’s population, accounts for 38 percent of its criminal killing.” Last year, the “butcher’s bill …...
  • They do not know how to run decent countries.
    They are not coming here to be Americans.
    They are not coming here for opportunity.
    They are coming here for the free stuff and as a geographical fix to their current problems.
    They absolutely will succeed in turning this country in to the same shit hole they thought they escaped from.
    Then where will they go?

    • Replies: @Them Guys
    Maybe instead of so many times so many various groups and orgs, like Tea party orgs for example. Who always cry out for yet, Another...Million Man March to DC. to, This time around, really show them officials we mean business....Perhaps a better choice for a huge multi million man march would be for such a huge march to go straight To the Mexican/USA Border zone...Then to Enter into Mexico and refuse to leave, demand English speaking translators to assist them, and also demand Mexican citizenship, amnesty, Welfare free food and rents etc....


    And keep going into heart of Their nations...With as many marchers well armed with guns as possible. Demands they recognize Our 2nd amendt rights even within Their nations. Demand that each new born baby born on Mexican soil, is an Instant anchor baby complete with next 20+ yrs Free Welfare bennies for baby and mother alike. Basically demand every same thing demanded of Our Nation and Peoples are.


    Even better yet would be if possible to organize as many marchers as Tens of Millions. What would Those Mexican govnt officials then do or say? If they tried shooting dead even a small few, it would create global chaos.


    All I know for certain is that, that old statement about...Sometimes you just Must fight Fire WITH Fire...sure seems very apt about this caravans and illegal alien Invaders to me.
  • From the New York Times: Divide and Preserve: Reclassifying Tigers to Help Save Them From Extinction Are there many subspecies of tiger, or only two? A correct accounting is the only way to preserve what is left of the animal’s genetic diversity, some scientists say. By Rachel Nuwer, Oct. 25, 2018 Fewer than 4,000 tigers...
  • One would be tempted to think that the differences between Tigers is simply a social construct. Differences in DNA don’t prove anything. Isn’t that what we have been told about Homo Sapiens?

  • @Tiny Duck
    White supremacists might lack empathy, compassion and open-mindedness, but they’re getting enough calcium.

    Colbert DESTROYS white supremacy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YGB8gvYOPY&feature=youtu.be

    A group of shirtless men drinking white liquid…

    I wish all those white supremascists chugging milk while shirt-less could just come to terms with their sexuality, instead of blaming people of color.

    whites have neanderthal DNA. Neanderthals were basically just a different type of human that sometimes bred with real humans which led to some people having neanderthal dna

    Sounds similar to a Pterodactyl is a different type of bird that sometimes bred with Tiny Ducks to produce a species of something unidentifiable with tiny dicks.

  • You guess:
  • This article should be used as a poster child to demonstrate that the division of labor has way exceeded its useful limits. The authors would seem to be prime examples of people who would lack useful skills of any sort in a post apocalyptic world.
    The confluence of fiat currency and too many leftist idiots has made it possible for people to spend time writing such dreck.
    P.S. I do feel bad for the Donkeys.

    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe

    P.S. I do feel bad for the Donkeys.
     
    You know, it used to be that bored rich women would try to help the poor beasts, but today's privileged princesses just babble nonsense about the situation.
  • From the New York Times: Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life Some places lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there. Now cities are trying to do something about the difference. By Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui Oct. 1, 2018 ... The researchers believe much of this variation is...
  • Although they point to characteristics like more employed adults and two-parent families that are common among such places…

    I could see the researchers scratching their heads on that one.
    “Hmm, maybe there’s something there?”. “No, I don’t think there’s any there there…”.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
  • Complaining about white men in 2018 is rapidly becoming as much of a hack move by Media Figures as would be a stand-up comedian today asking "What's the deal with airline food?" For example, Not a lot of self-awareness from a guy who basically inherited his career from his father about as much as Bashar...
  • Something I learned from listening to too much talk radio was that people rarely had an original thought about anything, they would call in to these shows and repeat some variation of a sound bite they heard already. Even in casual conversation people will repeat something with great authority as if they thought of it first. It was amusing to listen to Limbaugh when we would do his montages of lefties all saying the same thing on the same day in exactly the same way.

    Particularly amusing was someone who called a left wing talk show during the Clinton impeachment hearings. The host had said “Republicans are always trying to impeach the President and I find that to be repugnant”. Fifteen minutes later a call comes in and the caller says “Publicans is always tryin’ to Peach the Pesident and I find that to be pugant [sic]”. My how original.

    So this brings us to the present day where we have a bunch of people jumping on the bandwagon trying to virtue signal to show they fit in with the cool kids while saying something they can’t possibly mean – a la Susan Orlean for example.

  • Every time there is a hoop-tee-do over a Supreme Court nominee, I trot out my old structural reform suggestion for lowering the stakes. The way to reform the Supreme Court nomination process is to increase the number of justices from 9 to 11 in the long run, and each new justice gets a single, non-renewable...
  • Maybe we should have 535 Supreme Court justices, one to correspond with every House and Senate member. This would be too many to fight over.

  • From the Seattle Times: Lynnwood man tried to use a home DNA test to qualify as a minority business owner. He was denied — now he’s suing. State and federal programs aim to ensure minority-owned businesses can compete for government contracts after generations of institutional discrimination. A Lynnwood man long identified as white is using...
  • @Ibound1
    My wife is .1% American Indian and I am .2% Iberian according to 23 and Me. That pretty much makes my kids Mexican, considering that one may have been conceived in Cancun and we live in part of the country that was once Mexico and is probably considered Mexico by the Mexicans. Would it be wrong for them to say they are Hispanic on their college applications?

    If your kids plan to be Democrats, they should shamelessly say they are Hispanic, but it could backfire if they are perceived as white Hispanics.
    If your kids plan to be Republicans, it’s dicey. They could turn out to be Marco Rubio’s or it goes badly for them.
    I think if they stay out of politics altogether, then go for it.
    Make sure they are aggrieved about all sorts of stuff such as the existence of other molecules in the atmosphere etc.

  • From the NYT: I'm guessing she doesn't want to stumble in to perjury charges, so let the FBI figure out what really happened, and then she'll testify to that. Democratic leaders quickly endorsed Dr. Blasey’s position, but her resistance to coming to the committee on Monday seemed to harden the resolve of Republicans who said...
  • Interesting strategy.
    1. Locate a Democrat sympathetic male/female/trans/batman symbol that went to School/Church/Worked with etc. the target you want to remove.
    2. Have him/her/xie/it claim that _______ did ______ to me when we went to School/Church/Work/Whatever.
    3. It’s OK to be fuzzy about the year/date/time, not have any witnesses, and to be able to say you had confided in a friend/therapist/significant other.

    There, that’s it in a nutshell.

    Someone I work with said wait until we get to try this on someone like Schumer.
    I said, “and what news outlet are you expecting to cover that allegation”?
    Stunned silence.

    • Replies: @The preferred nomenclature is...
    That is why the real Americans should have gone to the mattresses for Roy Moore. This is their playbook now. This will happen every time now to anyone remotely to the right of Obama's 2012 purported beliefs.

    Lord are Senate Repubs the most worthless blob of biological cells that has ever walked the earth.
  • To achieve diversity, which is our strength, we cannot rest until even the Tyranny of Distance is mere dust beneath our globalist chariot wheels. From Perth to Pinsk, from Kathmandu to Cusco, from Kyoto to Kandahar, from Reykjavik to the Ryukyus, from Ulan Bator to your block, we must have: - A Vietnamese nail salon...
  • @gp
    We have only one out of the list of four, so we do need more diversity here. I'm all in favor of more taco trucks. They can be run by Asians for all I care, but more tacos please.

    For the sake of diversity and inclusiveness , there must also be burritos.

  • From The Express: One of my earlier lessons that the respectable press is not always infallible came in 1973, when in response to the energy crisis, Time Magazine editorialized that it was obvious that we should go to year round daylight savings time to save energy. And Congress indeed immediately switched to year round daylight...
  • I propose we call it for what it is:
    DTS = Daylight Time Shifting.
    We haven’t saved anything.
    Maybe we could also call it:
    FGST = Feel Good Saving Time; so the children don’t have to go to school when it’s dark.
    RST = Recreational Saving Time; for the industries that lobby Congress to extend DST so we can have more Golf or Halloween.

  • From Wikipedia: William Hunter (Senator) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article needs additional citations for verification.Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
  • Events fictionalized or realized from the past often appear or re-appear in the future but not necessarily in the same form. To that end, don’t we have human hunting today?

    Finding people with drones and taking them out from high altitudes
    Government ordered assassinations
    Playing the knockout game
    Necklacing
    Any Antifa goon and their punch a Nazi routine
    Deep state operatives poisoning people

    Etc., etc.

  • From the Jewish Telegraph Agency: Sen. Cory Booker says he had no idea sign he held is linked to pro-Palestinian movement August 3, 2018 3:52pm Sen. Cory Booker, seen as a likely contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, appears in a photo appearing to endorse a slogan of the pro-Palestinian movement. A Booker spokesman...
  • Dear Fledgling Politician,

    There is no doubt you have a great deal of things on your mind; kissing ass and raising money probably occupy a lot of it. However, it would behoove you to pick up a map and study where other parts of the world are. For example, you might be surprised to find out simple things like Europe is not in Texas.

    If you had consulted a map, you might have been able to recall the Palestine actually is subsumed by borders Israel. With some deductive reasoning you could have then concluded that a wall was most likely between Israel and Palestine.

    Oh wait, what the hell am I talking about?

  • The 2008 California ballot measure authorizing billions in bonds to construct a high speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles was a massive bait-and-switch scam. Not only has the budget ballooned from the promised (if obviously absurd) low ball number on the 2008 ballot of $33 billion to $77 billion, but it remains quite...
  • Maybe LA could annex half the land in between LA and SF (say something like LA to San Miguel) and SF could annex the other half.
    Then it should be quite easy to get from LA to SF in the required time.

  • New Hampshire, currently being featured as too white and thus needing a dose of diversity good and hard, ranks third among the 50 states in both 8th grade reading and math on the federal NAEP school achievement test. Math: Reading: DODEA are the Department of Defense military base schools for the children of servicemen and...
  • I went to DoD schools from 1968 – 1974 in assorted places.
    One of the teachers told me they were required to have a Masters degrees and take continuing Ed classes. The schools also did not have to put up with too much in the discipline department. If you were screwing up in school, they would call your military parent to come down to the school and deal with it. This reflects poorly up to your parents commander. Back then, Dad was assured to issue some correction that was far worse than getting paddled by the principle.

    At the time, I also do not think they tried every stupid education fad that came out of California.
    Maybe there were better schools than DoD, but I learned the hard way when I had to return to domestic schools. We had black kids bused in from a nearby city. They were in the 9th grade and literally could not read which is a rather sad affair and I could not have been more appalled.

  • From the NYT: I'm struck by how many journalistic effusions on the Need for More Diversity rely on quotes from professional diversicrats trying to drum up more business for themselves. Nobody seems to even notice the self-interest. In other words, the more diversity New Hampshire gets, the more diversity it needs, to keep the new...
  • @Paul
    The Jewish settlements on the West Bank are completely Jewish -- no indigenous Palestinian people. When is the New York Times going to demand that those settlements be diversified with Palestinian people?

    I guess two things have to happen. First some Columbian goy needs to kvetch about the lack of diversity and then the NYT would have to realize some Yenta over there is upset something something. The problem with the second event is that things happening in Israel are the same as a tree falling in the woods, mysteriously no one ever hears it.

  • From the New York Times: Why do so Hispanics wind up at UC Merced in the rural Central Valley? ... In the decades since a ballot measure banned affirmative action in California’s public institutions, the University of California has faced persistent criticism that it is inadequately serving Latinos, the state’s largest ethnic group. The disparity...
  • @anonymous

    Is that 25k/year all in (including room & board)?
     
    Yes, everything considered cost of attendance.

    So which is harder to get into, Cal Poly or UC Merced?
     
    Cal Poly. The admission rate for the college overall is 29%. The average ACT is 30. For some majors like CS it's under 10%. UC Merced has an admission rate of 61%, average ACT of 25.

    If they want maximum diversity as quickly as possible, simply rank the applicants academically by a combination of their High School GPA and ACT or SAT score and then fulfill the incoming freshman class by working it from the bottom of the list.
    Problem solved.

  • From the New York Times: Bank Regulator, on the Defensive, Endorses an Obama-Era Approach to Fight Discrimination By Glenn Thrush June 14, 2018 Democrats sharply criticized the nation’s top bank regulator, Joseph M. Otting, during hearings before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, a day after he answered a question about the existence of lending...
  • In the aftermath of the ~2006 real estate bubble/crash, wasn’t there all this postmortem handwringing about how minorities had been preyed upon by ruthless mortgage lenders giving them loans when they shouldn’t have? Except if the lenders had not given the loans there would have been cries about how the downtrodden were being left out?
    Why were these questions even raised by the committee? Banks get scrutinized heavily over meeting the fuzzy guidelines of the Community Reinvestment Act.

  • After the Washington Post ran a big article about how nobody in McAllen, TX down on the Mexican border can understand why anybody in the rest of the country is worried about immigration's effects, readers keep pointing out Bottom Ten lists of cities featuring McAllen. For example, from 247WallSt:
  • @JohnnyWalker123
    This is the type of stuff that White-Americans need.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnI_Mw_Yjv8

    Even conservatives are realizing what happens when you let the "free market" run wild.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbWMPlBpl8I

    Capitalism run amok.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPIrV4MMcqw

    It's not just "NAMs" who have difficulty surviving and competing in the "free market."

    Bernie loves to portray himself as a sort of modern day Robin Hood. He will “alleviate” these evil capitalists of their ill gotten gain and correct their wrong doings. Except that zero of the money collected in fines will ever flow to the true victims.

    They (the Bernie’s of the political landscape) know the revolving door between the pharma industry and the FDA. Isn’t the government supposed to “protect” us? Aren’t we told we can’t live our lives without government there to “save” us? If Government had been able to protect us, why did the opioid crisis ever happen in the first place? Socialists will always champion massive regulation and when it fails, the socialist runs way from it like a stinky diaper and blames the smell on a nearby capitalist. People who love to blame capitalism for failures of government live in some imaginary world where regulation has zero effect on anything.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    these evil capitalists of their ill gotten gain
     
    Aren't you guys always complaining about how American companies (Google, Facebook, Apple, etc.) make their money in nefarious ways? Don't you guys always complain about cheap immigrant labor pushing down labor costs?

    Aren’t we told we can’t live our lives without government there to “save” us?
     
    Given how huge the opioid epidemic has become, the answer is clearly "NO." Especially in working-class White areas.

    If Government had been able to protect us, why did the opioid crisis ever happen in the first place?
     
    How has the European Union avoided the opioid crisis?

    In 2015, 7,587 European Union residents died from drug overdoses, compared with 52,404 in the U.S. America has only 60% of the EU's population.

    Why?

    Socialists will always champion massive regulation and when it fails, the socialist runs way from it like a stinky diaper and blames the smell on a nearby capitalist. People who love to blame capitalism for failures of government live in some imaginary world where regulation has zero effect on anything.
     
    It seems like the "socialists" of the European Union have been able to avoid an opioid epidemic. While "free market" America has around 12x the overdose rate of the EU.

    Of course, the problem must be that there's too much "socialism" in America! For years, the "socialists" were putting painkillers into the mouths of the Hillbillies, while the "capitalists" would've never done anything so nefarious.

    America's problem is that it's a "socialist" economy.
  • @Buck Turgidson
    How can those fools in Russia expect to win anything if not stocked with several, obviously superior, soccer players of African descent? Any damn fool knows that African nations are dominating the world cup this year just like they always do.

    The majority of the team is Black and they are domontating

    You need to get your verbiage straight, it’s “domontating”, not “dominating”, according to Tarded Duck.

  • In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. Never before has this country relied so heavily on deficit spending to pay for its conflicts. The consequences are expected to be ruinous for the long-term fiscal health of the U.S., but they...
  • Inflation causes more havoc than people realize. It is meant that way and propagandized as greedy merchants raising prices rather than people understanding that the value of money is falling.
    WWII war bonds allegedly returned around 2.92%, but this was after 10 years.
    These are the annual rates of inflation during the war years and after:
    1941 9.9%
    1942 9.0%
    1943 3.0%
    1944 2.3%
    1945 2.2%
    1946 18.1%
    1947 8.8%
    1948 3.0%

    There is no way the paltry return on war bonds made up for the devastating affects of inflation.
    Lending money to a government is for the suckers because the rate of return will never compensate for inflation. Inflation to day is vastly understated due to the manipulation of price indexes (e.g. consumers switched to chicken instead of beef because beef went up 5%). Then the equally asinine excluding taxes, food and energy from the inflation calculations because they are considered “volatile”, as though one could skip consuming energy for a month because energy prices had surged.

    It must have seemed surreal to the average American thinking they were really saving their own asses when movie stars went on tours promoting War bonds to finance the “boys over there”. This while it was never feasible for the Japanese or Germans to launch a full scale invasion of the U.S. with vast oceans to cross. Lest you think that we crossed vast oceans, yes we did but we also had staging areas for supply lines. Think England, southern France and assorted islands in the Pacific. The only way a foreign invader could stage anything close to us would be to get control of a Caribbean Island, Mexico or Canada, which we would not allow in the first place.

  • One of the most interesting but least discussed aspects of French economist Thomas Piketty's bestseller Capital in the 21st Century is Piketty's conspiracy theory that magazine lists of rich people, such as the Forbes 400, are basically propaganda to make it look like rich people tend to be entrepreneurs, when Piketty's r>g theory proves instead...
  • @syonredux

    The list of the wealthiest families in the world supposedly includes the House of Saud, the royal family of Brunei, the royal family of the UK, etc.
     
    In the case of the House of Windsor, how much of that wealth is available?That is too say, how much consists of real estate/property that cannot be sold?

    I somehow got the impression that landed royals collect perpetual rent on their land holdings. Therefore if they sold land they would be selling a stream of income. The downside is that some of the buildings they have like castles and manors tend to have expensive upkeep. Collecting rents enables one to spend time making mischief for others through policy browbeating or virtue signaling by spending 15 minutes vaccinating kids in Africa for the photo op.

  • Someone from New Orleans once told me that Dillard’s is where old money shops. If that is anywhere near true, you can conduct further research at Lakeside Shopping Center (where a Dillard’s is) in Metairie. This assumes you can spot who the old money is while they are shopping…

  • The fourth ranking House Democrat Joe Crowley lost badly in his primary to a 28 year old Puerto Rican socialist lady who wants open borders and free handouts, which sound like quite a combination. (After all, open borders and generous welfare have worked so many wonders for Puerto Rico that practically nobody lives there anymore....
  • @AndrewR
    Trump Derangement Syndrome may go down in history as one of the most objectively bizarre, widespread and deep mass hysterias in human history.

    It will finally be time to update Charles Mackay’s excellent book, “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”.

    I thought all these Hollywood people were leaving and Cher was supposed to be months in to her journey to Neptune or some such far flung planet. If these idiots were serious about leaving I would half-way consider contributing to a fund to hasten their departure or for someone to drop them off in Juarez…

  • From The Atlantic: A suggestion for The Atlantic's editor Jeffrey Goldberg: You got your hands on a grand old brand name -- the founders of The Atlantic Monthly included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Greenlea
  • I would have to wonder if someone manages to think that there is no difference between the two, they must be an incel. Could be that I have incel confused with idiot; not quite clear on that one.

  • From an NYT Editorial egging on the incipient Late de Blasio Age Collapse: It’s Time to Integrate New York’s Best Schools By The Editorial Board Across the country, local efforts are at last underway to integrate schools that remain profoundly segregated more than half a century after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board...
  • @Twinkie

    These schools have, for generations, set those lucky enough to attend on paths to success, to middle-class security, to rewarding careers and even to Nobel Prizes.
     
    So it was just luck that led me to Stuy.

    “lucky enough”….

    The first two years of school, kindergarten and first grade, I went to all white schools. Starting in the second grade was the first year there were Latinos and Blacks in our class. One day the teacher walked around handing out these pieces of paper to the minorities and the rest of us white kids just sat there and kept quiet. At recess I asked one of the other kids… “how come only some kids got this piece of paper”? He said “don’t you know dumb ass? It’s called a ‘Test.’”. “A test?” I said. “Yeah – it’s used to measure if the minorities know anything or not”. “Why don’t we take the test too?”. “You’re white, you don’t have to take any test, the teacher will automatically write down an A or a B”. Then I started to realize what a sucker I had been for doing my homework and studying! This whole white privilege thing was fantastic! I didn’t have to do anything, I just sat back and great grades poured in quarter after quarter, and I got awards and praise and later I did really well on my ACT test. Breezed through college, never really interviewed for a job or proved myself to an employer.
    But…if I’m white and get by so easily because of white privilege, isn’t there yellow privilege? How do these Asians make it even easier then whites do?

    I guess some of the blacks have tried to sit back and see if black privilege shows up so they don’t have to study or pay attention in class or really accomplish anything. So far it hasn’t worked for blacks but then it doesn’t really work for anyone does it?

  • From the NYT Opinion page: 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...
  • After Bret subtracts out the criminals and other untoward elements, it sounds like we should be accepting more of:
    People with a college education in STEM disciplines.
    Have money to invest in the U.S.
    Do not require access to social services.

    Sort of sounds like a more coherent immigration policy or Silicone Valley… not sure which….

  • From the Los Angeles Times: 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...
  • @Glaivester
    Actually, I would suspect that bookstores don't have to worry too much about shoplifting, except in the porn section.

    Maybe someone could secretly fund the bookstore to put a book display outside the shop on the sidewalk, where it can’t easily be seen that is loaded with books like “How to Behave for Dummies” or “Upstanding Living for Idiots” or “Nonsensical Prose by Tiny Duck” and see if any of these books disappear.

    Was Jaweed an Incel?

  • There has been a big campaign in recent decades to promote cycling on city streets, which is a little odd because there haven't been many improvements in bicycle safety since I got flattened by a car while riding home from school in 1972. A modern car might have 100 safety improvements over the car that...
  • I recall a cop stopped a cyclist that was coming down a hill that is part of the street I live on and had ignored a stop sign. The cop read him the riot act that when you ride your bike on the street, you are considered as a motor vehicle and subject to the same traffic laws that cars are. I bet that lecture lasted somewhere in the nanoseconds.

    Meanwhile, perhaps I had not spent enough time in Amsterdam and Munich where there are literally oceans of bicycles. They don’t seem to have a lot of challenges with cars that I observed. Not that I think we should become some mamby-pamby nation of bike riders unless it is completely voluntary and not forced on people through policy decisions likes excessive taxes on cars and gasoline.

  • From Bloomberg: "Over-caffeinated urban neighborhoods" is to 2018 what "vibrant urban neighborhoods" was to 2005. The closing stores are often in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are making them unprofitable, Johnson said. “Now, in a lot of ways, it's middle America and the South that presents an...
  • @newrouter
    "The closing stores are often in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are making them unprofitable, Johnson said. “Now, in a lot of ways, it's middle America and the South that presents an opportunity.”

    "Good luck" with that. Maybe do a #knee too!

    … and occupancy and other regulatory requirements …

    I wonder if that is a code phrase for “solving our bathroom problems…?

  • In the world's richest man's personal newspaper, Washington Post columnist Max Boot sums up:
  • @Prester John
    " If only we could keep the hard-working Latin American newcomers "

    So they could mow my lawn.

    Maybe we can replace the Miss America pageant with the Miss Latin American Newcomer pageant. Latinas can be some hot babes!

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    Didn't SS state that the Mexican beauty contestants face a minimal height restriction which filters out the Mestizos?
    , @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    Once again, doing jobs that Feminist-Americans just won't do...
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  • @Reg Cæsar

    Everyone aside from white makes agree that white males cause all thecworkds problems

    That tells you something right there

     

    It tells us you need to oil your typewriter keys.

    If one is a tiny duck, how well can they type utter nonsense with their wing tips?

  • From The Independent: Isn't that one of Tracy Jordan's contract demands on 30 Rock: staffers are not allowed to make eye contact with the star? I can only find a Jack Donaghy clip, though:
  • Is safer then, to talk to a female with your back turned to her?
    I bet they would really love that…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    They do that in soap operas all the time. People on soap operas talk to each other when they're looking in all different orthogonal directions.
  • From MSN: Uh, how long has Trump been President, Rahm? Sixteen months? While the data suggest a downward trend in both murders and shootings, crime tends to pick up with warmer wea
  • @MikeatMikedotMike
    Chicago gets its reputation because it typically leads the country in total homicides per year. There have been 1000 people shot already this year. About half the city is a legitimate no go zone after dark. Reports on public transportation thefts and assaults are suppressed, as are the wilding occurrences in downtown. I have seen small scale versions of this first hand. A group of 10 or so "youths" will walk up to a street corner and abruptly stop in front of a group of street crossing pedestrians, creating collisions, and subsequent confusion and anger (chaos) from the normies, which gives the youths and excuse to escalate the situation into vocal and physical intimidation. As a native of the city, I can say that Chicago deserves every bit of hyperbole directed towards it.

    "... but its crime rate is way down from two decades ago and many neighborhoods that were dangerous back then have been completely redeveloped."

    Two things: Number 1. Daley started moving blacks out of housing projects almost as soon as he took office back in the late 80's and relocating them to the south suburbs. As I have said before, my wife's childhood town of Park Forest went from a normal middle class town to a section 8 wasteland within one generation because of this. So yes, Cabrini Green is gone and that area is very trendy, but those displaced people didn't just vanish into thin air. It is not unreasonable to contend that those same people took much of their crime with them. Places like Ford Heights, Harvey, Salk Village, and Chicago Heights are about as dangerous as the Chicago neighborhoods of Austin, Garfield Park, and Englewood. So crime might be down, or it might just be spread out.

    Number 2 is Compstat. This "policing tool" is essentially a taxpayer funded bureaucratic experiment on how city halls across the country can manipulate and hide true crime statistics, by reclassifying crimes (homicides are reclassified as death investigations, for example) and delaying the release of information. Chicago has been using it for about 10 years.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/nypd-compstat_n_3587637.html

    I believe I had read before that in other countries they used assorted tactics to distort crime reporting stats. For example it was alleged in Japan that if someone had shot four people in an apartment, it might get reported as 1 homicide 3 suicide. In England it was alleged that if multiple criminal incidents of the same type where reported in an apartment complex, it would be reported as a single incident; e.g. 4 armed robberies = 1.
    Government and statistics are not compatible with each other. The travesty of how they manipulate inflation reporting ought to tell the whole tale there.

  • Just after midnight of June 6, 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated in a backroom of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He had just been celebrating his victory at the California primaries, which made him the most likely Democratic nominee for the presidential election. His popularity was so great that Richard Nixon, on the...
  • @Aardvark
    I had long thought the shareholders of the Federal Reserve (FR) were behind the assasination. Kennedy had signed the executive order to forbid the FR from charging interest on its fraud money. He had also proposed the issuance of United States Notes backed by silver. This would have denied the FR a lot of future income.
    Later events by Johnson surely indicated he was at least a water boy for the FR. Johnson went on to sign the coin act that removed silver from dimes and quarters and reduced the amount of silver in fifty cent coins. He also removed the gold cover requirement for Federal Reserve notes.
    At the very least there were two reasons to get rid of Kennedy; stop the Dimona project and remove jeopardy to FR income.

    I meant to say stop Kennedy from halting the Dimona project.

  • @Heros
    "Did the Rothschilds kill the Kennedies" FIFY.

    They most certainly did. They stole US enriched plutonium and triggers for Israel's continuing illegal nuclear weapons programs. They also whipped up the entire cold war and the Vietnam war as a cover for the genocide and theft of Palestine. They passed nuclear weapons research through jews like the Rosenbergs and Pollard to their other puppet, the USSR, so that the US and the entire planet could be kept under their strategy of tension while they set up the capital of the planet in Jerusalem.

    But that is all merely frosting on the cake. This family and its satellites started the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the US war of northern aggression, the Spanish-American war, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and is directly responsible for the never ending wars for Eretz Israel. With their Havara agreement, this family set up all the jews that it deemed racially inferior to suffer through WWII in Europe while it forced the National Socialists to set up training centers to train young Zionist Übermenschen in all facets of German technology before shipping them, with their belongings, tools and equipment to Palestine. It is also amazing that immediately after the war they twisted Germany's arm into resuming the shipments of technology, power stations, trains and ships.

    Israel clearly is not a legal state in any sense of the word. It is the capital of by far the worlds largest crime syndicate. It is a scourge to all humanity.

    I had long thought the shareholders of the Federal Reserve (FR) were behind the assasination. Kennedy had signed the executive order to forbid the FR from charging interest on its fraud money. He had also proposed the issuance of United States Notes backed by silver. This would have denied the FR a lot of future income.
    Later events by Johnson surely indicated he was at least a water boy for the FR. Johnson went on to sign the coin act that removed silver from dimes and quarters and reduced the amount of silver in fifty cent coins. He also removed the gold cover requirement for Federal Reserve notes.
    At the very least there were two reasons to get rid of Kennedy; stop the Dimona project and remove jeopardy to FR income.

    • Replies: @Aardvark
    I meant to say stop Kennedy from halting the Dimona project.
    , @Cold N. Holefield

    He had also proposed the issuance of United States Notes backed by silver. This would have denied the FR a lot of future income.
     
    No, he did not. Your statement is not factually incorrect. It's indefensible. It further muddies already muddied water.

    Debunking the Federal Reserve
    Conspiracy Theories (and other financial myths)


    To understand exactly what Kennedy's order was trying to do, we must understand the purpose of the legislation which gave the order its underlying authority. The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 (ch. 25, 48 Stat 51) to which Kennedy refers permits the President to issue silver certificates in various denominations (mostly $1, $2, $5, and $10) and in any total volume so long as the Treasury has enough silver on hand to redeem the certificates for a specific quantity and fineness of silver and that the total volume of such currency does not exceed $3 billion. The Silver Purchase Act of 1934 (ch. 674,48 Stat 1178) also grants this power to the Treasury Secretary subject to similar limitations. Nowhere in the text of the order is a quantity of money mentioned, so it is unclear how Marrs arrived at his $4.2 billion figure. Moreover, the President could not have authorized such a large issue because it would have exceeded the statutory limit.2
    As economic activity grew in the fifties and sixties, the public demand for low denomination currency grew, increasing the Treasury's need for silver to back additional certificate issues and to mint new coins (dimes, quarters, half-dollars). However, during the late fifties the price of silver began to rise and reached the point that the market value of the silver contained in the coins and backing the certificates was greater than the face value of the money itself.2

    To conserve the Treasury's silver needs, the Silver Purchase Act and related measures were repealed by Congress in 1963 with Public Law 88-36. Following the repeal, only the President could authorize new silver certificate issues, and no longer the Treasury Secretary. The law, signed by Kennedy himself, also permits the Federal Reserve to issue small denomination bills to replace the outgoing silver certificates (prior to the act, the Fed could only issue Federal Reserve Notes in larger denominations). The Treasury's shrinking silver stock could then be used to mint coins only and not have to back currency. The repeal left only the President with the authority to issue silver certificates, however it did permit him to delegate this authority. E.O. 11,110 does this by transferring the authority from the President to the Treasury
    Secretary.2

    E.O. 11,110 did not create authority to issue new silver certificates, it only affected who could give the order. The purpose of the order was to facilitate the reduction of certificates in circulation, not to increase them. In October 1964 the Treasury ceased issuing them entirely. The Coinage Act of 1965 (PL 89-81) ended the practice of using silver in most U.S. coins, and in 1968 Congress ended the redeemability of silver certificates (PL 90-29). E.O. 11,110 was never reversed by President Johnson and remained on the books until 1987 when there was a general cleaning-up of executive orders (E.O. 12,608, 9/9/87). However, by this time the remaining legislative authority behind E.O. 11,110 had been repealed by Congress with PL 97-258 in 1982.2

    In summary, E.O. 11,110 did not create new authority to issue additional silver certificates. In fact, its intention was to ease the process for their removal so that small denomination Federal Reserve Notes could replace them in accordance with a law Kennedy himself signed. If Kennedy had really sought to reduce Federal Reserve power, then why did he sign a bill that gave the Fed still more power?
     
  • From the New York Times: As opposed to Mr. Obama, who wrote a 150,000 word memoir about his newfound identity and tribe. Nothing says "order" more than Merkel's Million Marching Muslim Men.
  • @Tiny Duck
    But days later, Mr. Obama seemed less sanguine. “I don’t know,” he told aides. “Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon.”

    That says it all right there

    I feel sorry for People of Color. Electing Trump proved to them that whites were to interested in white supremacy to not elect a racist. whites proved they were racist. This is why demographic change is needed. So that whites can no longer elect evil leaders. The very fact that People of Color have not started murdeing us whites right and left is a testament to their character


    We didn't deserve Obama. So thoughtful and erudite. So kind and fatherly

    So that whites can no longer elect evil leaders.

    What the hell has happened in any number of cities like Baltimore, Washington D.C. etc.? Didn’t these cities or cities like them have PoC leaders for years on end? Didn’t these same cities turn out to have high murder rates, lots of poverty and horrid school systems?

  • "The Americans" is a spy TV show about two sexy Soviet spies in Reagan Era Washington who get to play dress-up a lot and engage in exciting adventures such as assassinations that never seem to make the local newspapers. In reality, Soviet spying inside the USA was effective mostly only when the President sympathized with...
  • The show is designed to make spy work look really cool and dangerous at the same time.
    I have noted a similar thing – that for too many years we have had TV and movie roles where women absolutely kick the shit out of men. If that were really the case why is there #MeToo? Shouldn’t have women hospitalized Harvey Weinstein and other losers much earlier on before it sunk in not to f*ck with women? Even the daughter goes in to a bar and beats the crap out of some guy.

  • From the New York Times: Actually, Jeff Bezos somehow seems to be doing okay for himself in this dictatorial Age of Trump. Bezos's net worth has gone up over $60 billion since 2016. Exactly how much richer would the World's Richest Man (current net worth $132.3 billion) be if strongman Literally Hitler Drumpf weren't out...
  • @George Taylor
    Maybe my memory is getting faulty in my old age, or it maybe I remember some old episodes of "All in the Family" or "Rosanne" But didn't liberals in the past want to break up monopolies, protect the working class from the ultra rich predators, tax the rich, blame tax breaks and government subsidies on Republicans?

    This is an example of why liberals have no real principles. They will switch positions on almost anything when it is necessary to be a pain in the ass. I think they normally would have complained Bezos wasn’t paying his “fair share”, but since they have to hate Trump more, what Bezos does is irrelevant. Besides, can one newspaper attack the owner of another newspaper? Methinks the unwritten code is no. In that light: Bezos 2, Trump 0.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    To be fair though, conservatives have completely switched their position on whether corporations should be able to do whatever they want now that corporations like Google and Amazon are demonetizing blogs, etc.
  • From PBS in 2016: Students at Eastern Michigan U. protest ‘KKK’ and other racist graffiti Nation Sep 20, 2016 5:18 PM EDT Staff members at Eastern Michigan University discovered racist graffiti on the side of a dormitory building Tuesday morning, campus newspaper The Eastern Echo reported. “KKK” was spray painted in red, white and blue...
  • @Tiny Duck
    What's important is the at he drew atedntik. To the white suiteeamcust undervelky that has plagued America since its inception

    I wonder if it is possible to use Jabberwocky as a guide to decode Tiny Duck scrawl?

  • From the Washington Post, which is personally owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: Progressives were outraged that the sacred American principle of giving a lavish government subsidy to the World's Richest Man was being questioned: How dare the President of the United States notice that the World's Richest Man (net worth $131.2 billion, up $64...
  • @GU
    There's a big difference for between *paying* sales tax and *collecting* sales tax. To be sure, the latter is burdensome, but it's not the same thing.

    Incidentally, Amazon decided to agree to collect sales tax in all states that have one because they figured it would give them an edge over smaller sellers. Basically, Amazon is better able to bear the large costs of sales tax compliance than its competitors. And now Amazon expects all sellers to be forced to collect the tax.

    I am not for sales tax as they amount to permission to buy fees.
    However, sales tax is complicated to collect on a national level because there are thousands of individual tax jurisdictions. If the State level is 6% but the county someone lives in is an additional 0.5% then it amounts to 6.5%. So if we capped the collection of tax to 6% at the state level, then the lesser jurisdictions miss out on tax unless the State agrees to compensate them. I suspect they won’t agree to that so the lesser jurisdictions aren’t likely to be happy with settling for a plan to collect sales tax at the state level. The bottom line is that unless they make it nearly brain dead simple… which is something government can never do (just look at any Sales Tax remittance form or a 1040 income tax form) then it will always be opposed because the cost of compliance is too burdensome. As it is today, you have to apply for a Sales Tax license to collect tax on behalf of the government. How stupid is that?

  • I’m certain one or more of the tax and redistribute crowd proclaimed “the free market fails to deliver affordable housing solutions!”. The economically ignorant Lib will always advocate for endless regulation and taxation, then run away from the results like a stinky diaper and blame the smell on a nearby free-market capitalist.
    Easy to predict: once they start colllecting this tax, the situation they claim will be fixed does not improve and only gets worse. They effectively have put up billboards that announce “free housing here”.

  • Thugs actually hate classical music. From the L.A. Review of Books: From Theodore Gioia's website: "Hailing from a line of writers, Theodore has the dubious distinction of being the second best-known writer named Ted Gioia in his family." The Gioias are like the Therouxs of the 21st Century. MAY 17, 2018 AT THE CORNER of...
  • Seems like we could construct some sort of Ortho style repellent guide where you would look up a group you would like to repel and it would correspond to sounds.

    Lowlifes Classical Music
    Elitist Liberals Country and Western
    Most Wypipo Hip Hop
    Etc…

  • From the New York Times: Why North Korea Is Angered by ‘Libya Model’ in Nuclear Talks By Megan Specia and David E. Sanger May 16, 2018 When North Korea suddenly threw a historic summit meeting with the United States into question on Wednesday, it cited — five times — the fate of another country and...
  • So we get upset that the leader of some ME country threatens to kill some of its population, so we go in and bomb that country in to submission and force an overthrow… or foment a coup that results in mayhem and lots of people dying as well. I can sharply see the difference.

    Qaddafi was like a Christmas present to Suaron. Q’s first mistake was the proposal of a gold based currency, the Rothschilds could never allow this. He also made it clear he was keeping a lid on emigration out of Africa to Europe. So, eliminate Qaddafi and it stops the realization of gold currency and opens the hatch for mass emigration to the EU. Win/Win in the eyes of the elite…this was no policy blunder. That’s why Hildabeast had to hide her emails on a private server so it would be much easier to destroy the record of communication about this.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  • From Aeon: Black Achilles The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether? by Tim Whitmarsh is the A G Leventis Professor of Greek culture at the University of Cambridge, and has held professorial posts at Oxford and Exeter. His latest book is...
  • So lets do the math here:
    The suggestion is that ancient Greeks were actually black.
    Race is a social construct, not one rooted in DNA.
    So perhaps somewhere around 130 BC – ancient Greeks woke up and decided “let’s be white”?
    By the way – if this is the case that Greeks were black, what about that idiot professor who suggested that white people had “math” privilege because math symbols had Greek names?
    Doesn’t this suggest that blacks actually have “math” privilege?
    I think I have worn out my eraser trying to correct my score card.

  • A headline on WashingtonPost.com: Trump, of course, spent the first 70 years of his reclusive, introverted life being notoriously publicity-shy.
  • So all this abuse of FISA court warrants and spying on Trump and the assorted people around him and whoever the “we” party is, knew nothing? Nothing at all?
    Either these MSM buffoons just cannot realize how idiotic they sound or our deep state is woefully inept at spying.
    Neither outcome makes me feel any better.

  • I saw Don Giovanni tonight at the Pacific Opera Project. It got me thinking about how long Mozart has until they come for him too as part of #MeToo. On the one hand, he's Mozart. On the other hand, have you ever paid attention to his operas? Beethoven, for example, was scandalized by Mozart's and...
  • A recurring theme that has been present in TV shows and movies for more than a decade is one where the female heroine kicks the crap out of 1 – 5 guys at the same time and then dusts herself off.
    So perhaps they could score a contemporary opera with the contemporary orchestra music that sounds like a cacophony of strange noises. The plot would be that the highest intersectional Pokémon points heroine decides to avenge the #MeToo movement and beats up three Harvey Swinesteins at the same time and then comes home and cuckolds her white husband with the highest intersectional Pokémon sex partner.
    Should sell at least 5 tickets.

  • From the New York Times: The horror, the horror. You ever notice how every.single.article these days is based on the premise of Too Many White People? Of course, my story is not unique — it’s an experience that’s probably shared by most American-born Asians as we shake off our perceived otherness and strive to prove...
  • @Hodag
    1. Of all the people complaining about hair, Asian women come in last.

    2. If anyone who is not a black woman knew what it takes to get stereotypically black hair to look good for professional standards, they would shave their heads and get a wig like so many black women. A woman I like and respect spent ninty minutes a morning on her hair to keep it unnappy. I had a crew cut.

    3. Platinum bonde only worked for Loni Anderson and Dolly. Everyone still loves Dolly.

    I thought it worked for Seka as well…

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "I thought it worked for Seka as well…"

    For those who have no clue, an introduction.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ma1tPgNxMw
    , @Hodag
    I actually met Seka once. A buddy lived in the same building as her. I of course was completely intimidated.
    , @Anonymous
    Years ago I got to meet several fairly big porn stars at an event and the one thing that I noticed is they all had skin issues, little pits and pockmarks, on their face, neck, arms, and also they had an odd odor. Not BO or genital smells, it was a smell like some sort of industrial cleaning product.

    This was both the men and the women.

    (( Nina Hartley)) and Peter North were there, along with some girl that was famous and killed herself a little later, I don't remember her name. There were roughly a dozen "film personalities" there, many of whose names (real or stage) are long forgotten.

    Later on I met Ron Jeremy a couple of times. Jeremy did not appear to have skin issues. He smelled, but of good old fashioned BO.
  • Instead, the YouTube shooter angered by Susan Wojcicki's underhanded censorship ploys turned out to be a refugee Iranian Baha'i immigrant vegan woman.
  • @Jake
    Nazi is a nickname for National Socialist Worker's Party of Germany. And the Brownshirts were largely a gay terrorist gang. And virtually all prominent Nazis were some form of anti-Christian.

    The Nazi Party was Left wing.

    If a political body claims to be socialist or communist, the left will own it. That is until that same body commits some sort of “ethnic” cleansing and suddenly it is labeled as right wing, as the left does not want to own that.
    Someone pointed out years ago, might have been Nelson Hultberg, that the political spectrum is designed as a wrap around. You don’t want to go too far to the left, as Communists had a horrific record for killing, and not too far too the right, as you get the ethnic cleansing Socialists. It is best to stay near the middle where you have Statism.
    The political spectrum, if represented correctly would go from most restrictive on the left to total freedom on the right. But we can’t have the concept of total freedom floating around in the wild…

  • From The Economist: Steppe sons A new study squelches a treasured theory about Indians’ origins The Aryans did not come from India; they conquered it ... Long before the Nazis dreamed of an exalted master race, imperialists seized on what some dubbed the “Aryan invasion” theory to paint Britain’s rule of India as the extension...
  • @Nigerian Nationalist
    Can the truth be racist though?

    What next, that the Almoravids schlonged Spain?That Ethiopia invaded Arabia e.t.c

    Invasions happen and in the modern world are largely irrelevant.

    Depends on what the time frame for “next” is.
    I’d say it is the present day horde from ME/Africa schlonging Germany/Sweden at the moment.
    We’ll see how that invasion turns out, but not good I suspect.
    As for the relevancy of it, I’m sure the people on the receiving end of “schlong” think its relevant.

    • Replies: @Nigerian Nationalist
    It's not an invasion if there are no weapons. It's a kumbaya dance.
  • February was the first month in memory in which more people were murdered in London than in New York City, but now it's happened again in March. Heckuva job, Sadiqie!
  • @Hippopotamusdrome
    Proof gun control works.

    I’m pretty sure that London has somewhat stricter gun control than New York.
    So from this can we conclude that the stricter the gun control, the better it works?
    After all, if gun control is implemented our streets would be safer and our children would be free from terror to learn lofty things like how to depend on government for everything.
    Will there be a march through the streets of London too?

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome


    I’m pretty sure that London has somewhat stricter gun control than New York.

     

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  • I see that a man named Sessions, apparently Washington’s Attorney General, threatens to unleash the coercive powers of the federal government against the state of Colorado, his reason being that he does not like the state’s policy with regard to marijuana. This is most curious. Why he believes the policies of Colorado to be his...
  • @David
    Sessions can't enforce federal laws against weed where its use or possession is in accordance with state law. Congress allows no funding for it. The provision forbidding it has existed since 2014, is renewed annually, and is expected to be renewed this year.

    I don’t recall where in the Constitution that isn’t followed that the Feds had the authority to regulate marijuana, or a whole list of other things like alcohol, tobacco and firearms.

    • Replies: @Rhett Hardwick
    All of the matters you refer to come under the "police powers" meaning the inherent ability of government to act in the interest of public safety, or health. I agree it is vastly over expanded. Even Zoning is based on "public health" (distance between wells and septic, side yards to prevent fire spreading. etc)
  • "The Young Karl Marx" is a less than exciting but decent period biopic movie about Marx and Engels in their 20s from 1844-1848, featuring star turns from actresses playing the wives of the authors of The Communist Manifesto. The plot, which mostly consists of Marx and Engels arguing with other leftists like Proudhon and Bakunin,...
  • In the opening paragraph it said “presented with historical accuracy “.

    Is Communism that sacred that this might be one of the few movies of late that were presented with “historical accuracy”? The movie industry seems to screw up everything else they get their hands on that is of historical significance.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    This is a pro-Marx movie, but it's kind of dull in part because they didn't make the script more interesting because they stuck to most of what Marx did as a young man: read, write, and argue about economics.
    , @J.Ross
    It's not sloppiness. Some things are holy and must be handled properly to avoid the fate of Uzzah. Some things are hateful and must be gratuitously mishandled, to not only "nudge" the facts but to glory in superiority over the people whose tragedy you mock or erase. And some things are neutral and can be viciously exploited for short-term political ends, like (((Graham Moore)))'s rape of Alan Turing's life story.
    For an anti-Marxist film, "Death of Stalin" is pretty compatible with that old apologetic line of thought, that "If it weren't for that Stalin," the Soviet Union would be something people would want to immigrate to, eg, the beginning of the film identifies the secret police as "Stalin's."
  • From National Geographic: But now ... vengeance is mine! Great-Grandfather, for all those miserable rounds of golf you had to play at the Century Country Club instead of at Winged Foot, I shall make them pay. It hurts to share the appalling stories from the magazine’s past. But when we decided to devote our April...
  • Race is not a biological construct, as writer Elizabeth Kolbert explains in this issue, but a social one that can have devastating effects. …

    So if I schedule on my social calendar to be African American starting next week, do I automatically wake up that morning appearing to be African American, or is it like the play Rhinoceros where it could take a week or two and gradually I will appear African American?

    I don’t seem to know such things as I hadn’t previously realized it was a social choice.

  • From the New York Times: What is the ideal outcome here long term for the Korean peninsula? China doesn't want an American military ally on the Yalu River. Japan doesn't really want a united Korea. The North Korean regime wants to survive. What does South Korea want?
  • @Luke Lea
    Ideal solution: US pulls all its troops out of South Korea and lifts sanctions, North Korea denuclearizes and stops testing ballistic missiles. If NC renigs we reserve the right to bomb its nuclear and ballistic facilities and supporting infrastructure with tactical nuclear weapons if necessary. If NC attacks SC we reserve the right to target NC leadership (including all palaces).

    US should pull its troops out of anywhere outside the US and lift sanctions. Meanwhile to not repeat the issues that Germany had with reunification maybe they should keep the two countries separate for the time being but stand down on the military threats. The NORKS have to give up their oppressive regime as there is no reason people need to live like they do. The SOUKS could gradually give them expertise needed to re-establish capitalism. It will take time to undo the damage done and I can easily see where it would be a nightmare of NORKS flooding in to the South only to have to live on welfare because they don’t know anything about how to navigate capitalist society. I read somewhere before that when NORKS do come to the South, they have to live in half-way houses for 6 months to learn things like how to use an ATM machine, interview for a job, be financially responsible for yourself etc.

    I really suspect this is kabuki theater at the time because having a constant threat at your doorstep affords all sorts of reasons for government control and massive military spending programs that benefit the global MIC.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Sure, Terry Bryant "stole" Frances McDormand's Oscar. But he's a black man. Haven't you heard about #OscarsSoWhite? And what's all this gender binary stuff about Best Actress? So, as explained by the Theory of Systemic Intersectionality, Mr. Bryant deserves a Best Actress Oscar more than a white woman...
  • @Charles Pewitt
    McDormand was adopted out of Chicago and she lives in a mostly White fancy pants town. McDormand is a hypocrite sleazebag who says she loves "diversity" and wants that codified and contractualized in Jew-controlled Hollywood. She was recently photographed in some contortionary poses in the magazine or paper where I got the facts of her being adopted and living with rich White people.

    McDormand joins the list of hypocrite sleazebag baby boomers who scream about how much they love Blacks and non-Europeans and non-Whites but won't live anywhere near them. Rob Reiner, Hillary Clinton and plenty of other hypocrite baby boomer millionaires are engaging in an attack on regular White people of modest means by pushing policies that destroy White towns and neighborhoods, but they won't ever live in a town that has loads of non-Whites.

    Rob Reiner supports making Malibu a so-called "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should arrest and incarcerate the government figures in Malibu, California who declared that Malibu is a safe harbor for illegal alien invaders. The plutocrat scum in Malibu want the illegal aliens for cheap labor, they don't want them to live in Malibu.

    Hillary Clinton says she loves non-Whites, but she moved to the mostly White town of Chappaqua, New York, in order to live amongst her fellow plutocrat White people.

    Along the lines of talking the talk but not walking the walk, it also seems the same crowd eschews diversity when it comes to marriage. It seems simple to observe that white people overwhelming marry white people and blacks to blacks and so on. To me if McDormand thought there needed to be so much diversity wouldn’t wouldn’t she be shacked up with someone non-white?

  • Senator Rubio is feeling blue and philosophical: But Reform Rabbi Ruttenberg, author of the recent Washington Post op-ed about how the DACAites morally require that we be getting Purim on Trump's ass, is not having any of Marco's philosophizing: Reading the bio of Rabbi Ruttenberg, a Religious Studies major at Brown, is exhausting. I had...
  • Viewed through the great Talmud filter, Judea-Christian means:
    a. We need you heathens Christians to continue sending your sons and daughters to fight our wars
    b. We need you heathens Christians to continue paying taxes to Uncle Schmule so he in turn can cut a check to Israel for x billions per year.
    c. After you have fulfilled a. and b. we have no use for you whatsoever.

    This isn’t a heritage I claim….

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
  • From the Los Angeles Times: Who is the California man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly aiding Russian interference in the 2016 election? By MATT HAMILTON, JAMES QUEALLY and MICHAEL LIVINGSTON FEB 16, 2018 | 6:10 PM | SANTA PAULA, CALIF. A California man who pleaded guilty to identity theft as part of the investigation...
  • @CK
    Looking forward a bit, the likely outcome of all this will be a law or set of laws that make it illegal for foreign governmental agencies and foreign nationals to interfere with elections in the USA.
    At which point foreign governments will pass similar laws. So ask yourself which nations interfere in other nations elections the most. Colour revolutions anyone? The Russian Federation has already removed various American "NGOs" over the past several election cycles for interfering in Russian elections. The nations that do the most direct interference in USA elections at all levels are the Mexican and the Israeli.
    This nothingburger has some interesting condiments available to it.

    Looking forward a bit, the likely outcome of all this will be a law or set of laws that make it illegal for foreign governmental agencies and foreign nationals to interfere with elections in the USA.

    Don’t we already have such laws, if you are a foreign agent you are required to register as one?
    Oh, except if you are from Israel…

  • The Philadelphia Eagles meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 4). But, 52 years after it began, this may be the last time the Super Bowl commands American football fans’ undivided attention—because America itself is dividing. World Wrestling Entertainment [WWE]’s Vince McMahon announced January 25 that he is bringing back...
  • I don’t care one way or the other except for: pay for your own damn stadiums. If you can’t afford one of your own then play somewhere where there is a suitable stadium. I do not want to pay more taxes to finance any new stadiums. The dunderheads in the County I live in floated something like $0.75 Billion in bonds just so they could have their precious stadium and now they are looking for ways to cut the budget to keep up with the payments.

  • The Trump Administration appears to have decided not to implement two changes in Census race/ethnic categories recommended by the Obama Administration. The federal government's race categories really do socially construct a lot of future politics, so it's smart not to trust the other side to have your interests at heart. From NPR: What proportion of...
  • I wonder if “scientists” could gather around and re-discover that enumerate means “to count”, not “to categorize”. During one census a worker knocked on our door to do a verification and she ask “what race do you identify as?”. I think we confounded her when we replied “We don’t know”.

  • Here's an interesting essay on cryptocurrencies. Personally, I don't know anything about currency, much less crypto-currency. Also, I don't give financial or investment advice, for various reasons including not having a good track record. And I believe in paying all of one's taxes. So I'm not endorsing Austin Lee's views, but this is an intriguing...
  • IIRC, the FBI already seized millions in Bitcoin and is preparing to auction it off.
    The deep state owns endless amounts of computing resources that could be used to corrupt or invade the system. Always remember they have more time on their hands than you do and nearly unlimited financial resources to solve any problem. The IRS already hired a company to figure out the identity of an estimated 50% of the user base. They will be looking for what they think is their due.

    I see crypto currencies suffering from the same problem Linux has. There is a bewildering array of choices and new choices being introduced all the time. Other choices have probably withered away already or will in a short time ahead. For people who do not have the time, skill or inclination to sort out the differences between assorted cryptos, they are unlikely to become users of it until Fed steps in and forces its version on them.

    That being said, I do think encryption technologies can be used to aggravate the State, which is the primary reason they attempt to outlaw or weaken cryptographic technologies where they can. I find it idiotic there are export bans or controls on products that contain encryption technologies, as though no other country in the world has mathematicians who could also produce encryption technology.

    • Replies: @edlyle
    "The problem with Linux" ??? Current installed base for Android is approx 2.5 billion. Android runs on top of the Linux kernel. The "choices" of Linux you appear to be referring to are called distributions. distrowatch.com shows Linux Mint as the most used distro currently. If you can use Windows XP, then you can use Mint. Linux has already won the race for end-users because the installed base of OS running on the Linux kernel worldwide have surpassed any other OS. I imagine that most Android users are not aware that at the kernel level they are running Linux. Without the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Python/Perl) much of the internet as we know it would cease to exist. I moved to Linux (desktop) approx ten years ago. Current Linux distros (such as Mint) do not require any tech knowledge to install and use.
  • At one clinic in Sweden, the number of referred cases of "gender dysphoria" (being unhappy about what sex you are) among children exploded from 22 in 2013 to 197 in 2016. How much of this explosion in reported cases of child gender dysphoria is due to Munchausen's-syndrome-by-proxy? As you may recall, I pointed out in...
  • I think it is both a pollutant and a parasite, it is commonly referred to as liberalism. Which unfortunately is not really liberal in the freedom or economic sense.

    • Agree: Kylie, dfordoom, Daniel H
  • C'mon, people, let's get our priorities straight! How a country votes in the UN on symbolic issues involving Israel is infinitely more important than what kind of civilization its people construct. Obviously, Nazism is in Norwegians' blood. You can tell just by looking at them. Norwegians are sinisterly tall.
  • Interesting that Trump did use the term shit hole. I have been saying for years that the problem with the modern day immigrant is that they are not coming here to be Americans. They cling to their culture and want the free stuff. I know of an area in the City of Chicago, and I am sure these areas exist elsewhere in the U.S., where someone can live their entire existence in Spanish and never speak English. There are probably other communities like that for other cultures. They come from countries that are total shit holes and they get busy here voting to turn this place in to the same shit hole they think they escaped from. Then what will they do? The idiot left thinks we are so racist as a country and yet people flock here from all over the world. Do they not consider the word would have gotten out by now if it were anywhere near true?

    It is similar to how Canadians lambaste us for our healthcare system because it isn’t “free”. A group of people advocate we should have the same healthcare system as the Canadians do. They do not realized that the Canadian HC system is so screwed up from socialism that wealthier Canadians come to the U.S. to get the medical care they need quicker than they can get in Canada. To boot, some Canadian provinces buy bulk HC contracts in the U.S. to deal with the lack of care available in the Canadian system. So if we turned our HC system in to the Canadian system where would the Canadians then go?

    • Replies: @Bubba
    Great comment and your 1st paragraph reminded me of my last trip to NYC. Within 5 minutes of LGA I stopped into a supermarket to grab a pack of bottled water. It was wall-to-wall solid with Spanish-only speakers (you could barely move through the aisles) and it sold the same crap exactly like the 3rd world sh&thole markets in the 3rd world sh&thole countries I've worked in over the past 30 years. But I will grant you that I did feel much, much safer there than on MLK Blvd in Manhattan if you know what I mean.
    , @3g4me
    @33 Aardvark: "They come from countries that are total shit holes and they get busy here voting to turn this place in to the same shit hole they think they escaped from."

    The same reason California "conservatives" are helping to turn Texas purple. Per Horace, "Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt." Those who cross the sea change their skies, not their souls.
  • I've long called attention to the existence of the Volunteer Auxiliary Thought Police. But, as much fun as being an amateur censor apparently is to many people these days, some amateurs now want to go pro. From Slate: The sensitivity auditing of this young adult novel about twins raises a question: are twins considered a...
  • Even if a book is fiction, part of the substance of it is still a collection of ideas and thoughts, etc. As new books get distilled through the great social filter, eventually they will be reduced to being the same book over and over with the acceptable thoughts and ideas arranged in different orders with generic names for the characters. Perhaps we could hope for the best outcome; one where it spawns a backlash retro movement for pre-PC era literature.