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    From the NYT: Law? Property? Monogamy? Non-autocratic rule? Logic? Debate? Bread and circuses? My criticism of Gladwell's work has always been that while he's good at finding and promoting interesting ideas, he's weak at reality-testing these ideas. Letting 95% of prisoners out of prison, for example, is not an idea likely to stand up to...
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    I actually stopped reading a Gladwell book because I felt like I was being condescended to by a child (and because nothing unique or interesting was going on). How does anyone find his writing to be tolerable? That book had been forced on me by a successful and witty friend who loved it. Thomas Friedman is a stupid man, but he comes across as profoundly impressed with himself; Gladwell causes me to ideate violence.
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    OT There is so much dumb here.

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    I actually stopped reading a Gladwell book because I felt like I was being condescended to by a child

    Have you ever read The Population Bomb? It’s exactly like this: maddeningly so. It’s like listening to the second smartest guy on the short bus condescend to you.

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    Which book (or some other type of communication) from that era would sound like the first smartest guy on the short bus condescend to you? Or would it be more along the likes of Norman Lear's TV work?
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  • @Anon
    Police are a recent 19th century development in Britain but not in the continent. Many French German Italian low country towns have records of police going back to 1200.

    Do you have a relevant cite? I’m curious what these police did. There have been Sheriffs in England for a really long time, for example, but they were not like modern police.

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  • A big story about a half decade ago was that cities were growing faster in population than suburbs for the first time in roughly ever. Many thinkpieces were devoted to this trend, one in which thinkpiece writers of course tend to be overrepresented. (My contribution was that double-paned windows, better earplugs, and air-conditioning have made...
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    A nice safe leafy suburb without too many NAMs where you can raise a family just might be the pinnacle of Western Civilization.
     
    I think our definitions of "pinnacle" and "civilization" may differ.

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    Evidently I haven’t been commenting enough lately to push the agree button.

    Agree.

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  • From the NYT opinion pages: Uh, the more our age becomes obsessed with punishing the White Male Ruling Class, such as George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson, for its toxic whitemaleness, the less concern it has for class struggle and the richer white male billionaires seem to get. Funny how that works ...
  • Bill says:
    @SimpleSong
    Hard to pin down, but my impression is that Bill Clinton was the guy that kicked this off, historically. The third way stuff and the abandonment of traditional labor unions, white working class, etc. by the Democratic party seemed to start during his presidency. Identity politics then filled that vacuum. It would be ironic if Hillary's failed run marked the beginning of the end of that particular con.

    1968 Democratic National Convention is when the replacement of Marxism by Cultural Marxism really got going on the US left. Clinton’s contribution was to make the D party friendly to Capital (or, rather, to complete in a more-or-less official way, that transformation). Capital is definitely hostile to Marxism but is enthusiastically friendly to Cultural Marxism.

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  • From West Hunter: In 2006, Hawks and Cochran had published "Dynamics of Adaptive Introgression from Archaic to Modern Humans" (PDF) We had concluded that the “scientific consensus” was based on nothing and put no stock in it. We had predicted that such admixture would be found, and that sometimes Neanderthal alleles would have conferred selective...
  • @MBlanc46
    All philosophical positions are “deeply problematic”. The only acceptable response to any philosophical question is, “Yes and no”. The answers are not the important things. The important thing is following the paths that lead to the answers.

    Yeah, man. Spiritual but not religious. Groovy.

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  • An actress was arrested last week for helping her female empowerment / multi-level marketing cult leader (male) recruit other female sex slaves for branding. The cult leader, Keith Raniere, who looks kind of like Jeffrey Tambor playing 1977 Steve Jobs, has been at this kind of thing a long time. From Forbes way back in...
  • @FPD72
    Or as Augustine wrote, “God has made us for Himself and our hearts are restlessness until they find their rest in Him.”

    Or physicist Blasé Pascal, “There is a God shaped void in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known by Jesus.”

    Absolutely.

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  • On the surface, people on the Left seem especially prey to joining cults. Not only do most prominent examples of cults seem to be Leftist cults like Jim Jones, but people on the Left really seem to coalesce around personalities. To carry giant pictures of Mao or Stalin, even Elon Musk. To quote Steve Jobs, like he was some kind of philosopher.

    It is kind of frightening, when you consider how it may all reflect a more general pattern of psychology in their general voting patterns and other influence. Jim Jones had teachers and newspaper people in his cult.

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    Unity is the most important value to leftists so they're psychologically primed for the cult life.
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  • From the New York Times: Maybe what usually holds back regular women from landing the much sought-after superior man (e.g., Mr Darcy) is that, just as with women, there are a lot more regular men? Young women's lives are dominated by intra-sexual competition with other young women to capture the affections of a decent or...
  • In fact, much of the dominant ideology was made up by lesbians to ensnare more feminine (and thus more desirable) young women for homosexual exploitation.

    I don’t think so. Do lesbians even care that much about having pretty, feminine girlfriends? If they do, then why do lesbians look so butch? Homos care a lot about the looks of their hook-ups (they want them to look pretty and masculine), and homos therefore spend a lot of time on their looks, relative to normal men. It’s clear that lesbians, by and large, aren’t even trying, and this makes little sense if there is a big demand for feminine lesbians.

    Feminism was devised by lotharios who correctly perceived that traditional morality was getting in the way of them getting laid as much as they wanted to and by Cultural Marxists who wanted to wreck Christendom because they hate it. It was bankrolled by capitalists who wanted the resulting cheap labor. The lesbians were/are mouthpieces.

    As with everything, cui bono is your guide. Beneficiaries of feminism: capitalists who get moar cheap labor, lotharios who get moar pussy, and haters of Christendom who get to see it fall apart. Normal men and women are the losers under feminism. And children, of course.

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  • An actress was arrested last week for helping her female empowerment / multi-level marketing cult leader (male) recruit other female sex slaves for branding. The cult leader, Keith Raniere, who looks kind of like Jeffrey Tambor playing 1977 Steve Jobs, has been at this kind of thing a long time. From Forbes way back in...
  • @anony-mouse
    Well, wasn't Christianity founded by a charismatic Jesus-looking guy?

    Indeed. It’s almost as if the human psyche were built with a charismatic Jesus-looking-guy receptor in need of being filled. Baltimore Catechism never fails:

    6. Q. Why did God make you?
    A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.

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    Or as Augustine wrote, “God has made us for Himself and our hearts are restlessness until they find their rest in Him.”

    Or physicist Blasé Pascal, “There is a God shaped void in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known by Jesus.”
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  • @JohnnyWalker123
    Interesting data.

    https://twitter.com/BlueWave_777_/status/988297838768439296

    https://twitter.com/BlueWave_777_/status/988297710355660800

    They should make those Papua New Guinea people move to Samoa. They don’t even have a word for rape there: Margie Mead told me so.

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  • @Lugash

    Ex-law prof Ann Althouse had a post about this on Saturday, based on the lurid New York Post cover story about it.
     
    Wow. Normally you only see this level of social retardation in a male economics professor.

    Hey, hey, now.

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  • From West Hunter: In 2006, Hawks and Cochran had published "Dynamics of Adaptive Introgression from Archaic to Modern Humans" (PDF) We had concluded that the “scientific consensus” was based on nothing and put no stock in it. We had predicted that such admixture would be found, and that sometimes Neanderthal alleles would have conferred selective...
  • @Yan Shen
    I actually don't think nominalist positions are all that crazy. I certainly don't think nominalists deny the existence of brute matter, but I agree with you that it gets tricker when we start thinking about the "reality" of all the various abstract categorizations that humans have come up with, especially as they become increasingly more foundational to our understanding of nature.

    Does book-ness exist independently of human minds and particular books? Does electron-ness exist independently of particular electrons? Do numbers exist independently of human thought? I think in general, even if someone is a nominalist with respect to something like aesthics or ethics, mathematics seems to be one of those things so fundamentally intrinsic to the nature of reality, that it's hard to believe that numbers somehow aren't Platonically real and are instead just some kind of fictionalism allowing us to communicate with one another more easily.

    But consider the alternative, the belief in some non-spatial, non-temporal Platonic realm of Being. Doesn't that seem to contradict the obvious fact that the physical is all that exists? What would a Platonic realm of being even be like and how would humans ever attain knowledge of it, assuming that for instance that anything non-spatial, non-temporal could never exert any causal effects on the physical realm?

    In a way discussions of whether or not race is real mirrors confused discussions about whether or not morality is objective. If you're an anti-realist you obviously deny that there is anything such as Platonic Good or Bad, and hence believe that ethical statements aren't really valid propositions. On the other hand, some people either endorse Platonical realism when it comes to ethics, or argue without necessarily endorsing this philosophical view that ethical statements are indeed true or false and in some way can be determined empirically by some fact of the world independently of the thoughts of any particular person.

    I tend to think that a lot of discussions of these sorts are ultimately just the result of philosophical confusions in part due to the nature of the language that we use, hence why I argued they were in some sense meaningless. From a pragmatic perspective, if most people can use a word reasonably well such that others understand what they mean, then it seems to me that the concept or term is "real" enough!

    Doesn’t that seem to contradict the obvious fact that the physical is all that exists?

    On the contrary, it is obvious that the physical is not all that exists. You brought up the problem of universals yourself. “Mathematics is the language of the universe except mathematics doesn’t exist” is a demented position, but it is a position materialists are committed to. Materialism, like Nominalism, is a deeply problematic metaphysical position which moderns are nevertheless thoughtlessly but deeply committed to.

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    Right, as I pointed out, even the most ardent anti-realists generally still tend to subscribe to some sort of quasi-Platonic conception of mathematics. The idea that mathematics is merely some sort of fictionalism is a bit hard to swallow.

    That being said, Platonism isn't exactly obviously "correct" either. Positing a non-spatial, non-temporal realm of Being seems rather mysterious at best. And it leaves the epistemological question entirely unresolved, i.e. how could one ever gain knowledge of this realm of Being given that surely something non-spatial, non-temporal could never exert any causal effects on the physical world.

    I think at some point, these kinds of seemingly deep metaphysical disputes are also in some sense ultimately meaningless language games...
    , @MBlanc46
    All philosophical positions are “deeply problematic”. The only acceptable response to any philosophical question is, “Yes and no”. The answers are not the important things. The important thing is following the paths that lead to the answers.
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  • From the Harvard Crimson: But that's boy history. Harvard offers no similarly broad course and no Cold War survey course. Instead, we have “Cold War in the Global South.” Mean
  • @Neoconned
    It's almost as if industry wants trained workers and wants it's humanities studies types to do that on their own time and on their own dime.,..

    Not only that. If you were to teach Westerners the actual history of the West, then they would have a “place” from which to legitimately critique and resist their masters. Better to have them atomized, illegitimized, and demoralized. Good little individualists. But, hey, don’t despair, we’ll sell you heroin!

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  • From West Hunter: In 2006, Hawks and Cochran had published "Dynamics of Adaptive Introgression from Archaic to Modern Humans" (PDF) We had concluded that the “scientific consensus” was based on nothing and put no stock in it. We had predicted that such admixture would be found, and that sometimes Neanderthal alleles would have conferred selective...
  • @Yan Shen
    The entire discussion about whether or not race or anything else is "real" versus being a social construct has always seemed terribly confused to me.

    In some sense isn't everything a social construct? I mean the universe is just brute matter and everything else is a construct of the human mind, in particular the process of abstraction and categorization.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/richard-dawkins-contra-essentialism/


    Essentialism—what I’ve called “the tyranny of the discontinuous mind”—stems from Plato, with his characteristically Greek geometer’s view of things. For Plato, a circle, or a right triangle, were ideal forms, definable mathematically but never realised in practice. A circle drawn in the sand was an imperfect approximation to the ideal Platonic circle hanging in some abstract space. That works for geometric shapes like circles, but essentialism has been applied to living things and Ernst Mayr blamed this for humanity’s late discovery of evolution—as late as the nineteenth century. If, like Aristotle, you treat all flesh-and-blood rabbits as imperfect approximations to an ideal Platonic rabbit, it won’t occur to you that rabbits might have evolved from a non-rabbit ancestor, and might evolve into a non-rabbit descendant. If you think, following the dictionary definition of essentialism, that the essence of rabbitness is “prior to” the existence of rabbits (whatever “prior to” might mean, and that’s a nonsense in itself) evolution is not an idea that will spring readily to your mind, and you may resist when somebody else suggests it.
     
    There's a philosophical sense in which one might argue whether or not abstract types or properties are real. Platonic realism argues that abstract objects exist independently of the particulars that instantiate them and are non-spatial and non-temporal. Nominalism denies the existence of such objects. So if you're a Platonic realist you might believe that dogness or redness exist independently of the particular dogs or red things in the world that instantiate such properties. Nominalists think these are just words we use to name particular things.

    I suppose one obvious objection to Platonic realism lies in the nature of this non-spatial, non-temporal realm of the ideal and in particular how we might ever come to obtain knowledge of it, since presumably something non-spatial and non-temporal could never exert any casual effects on the physical world. Hence Plato's theory of forms.

    I think when most people argue over whether or not something is real, they're obviously not debating the philosophical merits of Platonism versus nominalism. Rather they're just arguing over whether or not empirically there are well established, non-fuzzy criteria for categorizing different concrete things into the various types under discussion. Hence why I argued the entire debate is linguistically and philosophically confused. Strictly speaking, whether races or anything else is "real" should be a philosophical question, not an empirical one.

    Since Platonism seems to be one of those things that will probably never really be resolved or proven to be "correct", assuming that such a notion is even coherent, it seems to me like if most people can use a word reasonably well such that others generally speaking can understand what they mean, then the word is "real" enough...

    In some sense isn’t everything a social construct? I mean the universe is just brute matter and everything else is a construct of the human mind, in particular the process of abstraction and categorization.

    Yes, if Nominalism is true, then Nominalism is true. The problem with Nominalism is that it sweeps practically every interesting question under the rug of “mind” and then refuses to explain “mind” except to say “science will get around to it someday.” So, in effect, it explains absolutely nothing. There is a reason that moderns so often think metaphysics is bullshit. It’s because their metaphysics is bullshit.

    I think when most people argue over whether or not something is real, they’re obviously not debating the philosophical merits of Platonism versus nominalism. Rather they’re just arguing over whether or not empirically there are well established, non-fuzzy criteria for categorizing different concrete things into the various types under discussion. Hence why I argued the entire debate is linguistically and philosophically confused. Strictly speaking, whether races or anything else is “real” should be a philosophical question, not an empirical one.

    I would put this differently. Nominalism is part of the quasi-official ideology of modernity. OTOH, Nominalism is so obviously insane that nobody *really* believes it. So, asking whether species are real is an effort to somehow bridge that gap, at least in the specific case of species. The Nominalist is committed to 1) denying that species (life, molecules, atoms, etc) are real, 2) affirming that a question like “are species real” is, if taken literally, a nonsense, and, therefore, that 3) the question “are species real” is *really* (ha ha) merely a question about whether they are looking on the right page of the dictionary (not that dictionaries are real, of course, it’s just a way of speaking (not that speaking is real, of course, it’s just a way of communicating (not that . . . ))).

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    I actually don't think nominalist positions are all that crazy. I certainly don't think nominalists deny the existence of brute matter, but I agree with you that it gets tricker when we start thinking about the "reality" of all the various abstract categorizations that humans have come up with, especially as they become increasingly more foundational to our understanding of nature.

    Does book-ness exist independently of human minds and particular books? Does electron-ness exist independently of particular electrons? Do numbers exist independently of human thought? I think in general, even if someone is a nominalist with respect to something like aesthics or ethics, mathematics seems to be one of those things so fundamentally intrinsic to the nature of reality, that it's hard to believe that numbers somehow aren't Platonically real and are instead just some kind of fictionalism allowing us to communicate with one another more easily.

    But consider the alternative, the belief in some non-spatial, non-temporal Platonic realm of Being. Doesn't that seem to contradict the obvious fact that the physical is all that exists? What would a Platonic realm of being even be like and how would humans ever attain knowledge of it, assuming that for instance that anything non-spatial, non-temporal could never exert any causal effects on the physical realm?

    In a way discussions of whether or not race is real mirrors confused discussions about whether or not morality is objective. If you're an anti-realist you obviously deny that there is anything such as Platonic Good or Bad, and hence believe that ethical statements aren't really valid propositions. On the other hand, some people either endorse Platonical realism when it comes to ethics, or argue without necessarily endorsing this philosophical view that ethical statements are indeed true or false and in some way can be determined empirically by some fact of the world independently of the thoughts of any particular person.

    I tend to think that a lot of discussions of these sorts are ultimately just the result of philosophical confusions in part due to the nature of the language that we use, hence why I argued they were in some sense meaningless. From a pragmatic perspective, if most people can use a word reasonably well such that others understand what they mean, then it seems to me that the concept or term is "real" enough!

    , @MBlanc46
    I believe that Quine has about the best succinct resolution to the problem of ontology ever formulated: To be is to be the value of a bound variable. “On What There Is” should be required reading for anyone venturing to say anything about ontology.
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  • From Vox: Hume and Voltaire make guest appearances as evil white men.
  • @PhysicistDave
    After posting the previous comment, I checked out the "iron sun" guy's website and realized I know of this guy, Oliver Manuel: Manuel hangs around Judith Curry's website. Judith is a real scientist, who addresses issues such as global warming from an honest perspective (as opposed to Manuel).

    Manuel does seem to acknowledge that there is hydrogen on the surface of the sun, so to refute his theory would indeed require learning some stellar structure theory.

    Manuel was a prof at U. of Missouri Rolla, where my best friend from high school went to college: my friend may even have taken OChem from this fellow. Rolla is not a great school, but they should be able to get better profs than Manuel.

    Of course, maybe this "iron-sun" thing is something he only got into in his dotage...

    Thanks for the replies!

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  • "Pope Declares No Hell?" So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: "What about bad souls? Where are they punished?" Bad souls "are not punished," Pope Francis is quoted, "those who do...
  • @Crawfurdmuir

    Who would you rather have governing the Church in China: Jorge Bergoglio or Xi Jinping?
     
    The difficulties of the Roman Catholic Church in China have many historical parallels. There was always conflict between the Church's assertion of its independence and the claims of the secular power. Thomas à Becket was murdered as a result of his resistance to the Constitutions of Clarendon, by which Henry II gave common-law courts original jurisdiction over the acts of "criminous clerks." Henry's son John later came into conflict with the Church over his preferred candidate for the archbishopric of Canterbury, and ended up being excommunicated. The mediaeval conflict between Guelph and Ghibelline arose between supporters of the papacy and those of the Holy Roman Empire.

    The Church resolved such disagreements in other cases by means of concordats. A typical subject of concordats dealt with the right of presentation to bishoprics. Thus, for example, the Concordat of Bologna of 1516 gave the kings of France the right to choose archbishops, bishops, abbots, and priors within his kingdom. A similar concordat was made between Francoist Spain and the Church as recently as 1953.

    Normally the Church made such concordats with powers that were at least nominally Catholic, in the case of France leading to the development of Gallicanism. A theory called Febronianism developed in Germany that went beyond Gallicanism and challenged the monarchical nature of the papacy. Yet this, too, was a phenomenon internal to Catholicism.

    The distinction in the case of China is that the right of presentation to bishoprics is apparently going to be vested in a government that is not only not Catholic, but not even Christian. I cannot see this ending well for the Church.

    And what should we call this government-controlled church? May I suggest "Garrican" or "Feblonian"?

    Agree completely. I was mostly having fun. Bergoglio won’t always be in Peter’s chair, and Xi won’t always be Emperor.

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  • Amy Wax, a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania is now being subjected to a SECOND Two Minutes Hate by our Emerging Totalitarian Left. I should say—having some slight acquaintance with the lady—that Professor Wax is a formidable person to take on in combat, not only intellectually but also in personality. I...
  • @res

    Does 5, additivity, seem at all likely?
     
    To a surprisingly large degree, yes. See bullet 1 at http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2011/08/footnotes-and-citations.html

    More detail (including links to older posts) at http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2015/10/additivity-in-yeast-quantitative-traits.html

    For a concrete example, see this recent height genetic predictor which accounts for ~40% of variance (half of heritability of 0.8) with an additive model: http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2017/09/accurate-genomic-prediction-of-human.html

    That said, I think it unlikely that the linear extrapolation of the additive model works all the way out to 100SD.

    That said, I think it unlikely that the linear extrapolation of the additive model works all the way out to 100SD.

    Exactly. Turning more – to + at some point is going to saturate pathways / pile up behind bottlenecks or manifest side effects as buffers of something-or-another are exhausted. Trees don’t grow to the sky.

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  • From the Washington Monthly:
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    University level statistics is hard, even for people who are good at math (e.g. engineers, physicists). If you are a humanities major without math aptitude, it would be practically impossible I would think.

    Basic statistics is easy for people with math aptitude, but a vast number of people struggle with the concept that "group X on average have a higher IQ than group Y" is not disproven by the existence of an individual in group Y with a higher IQ than group X. Substitute anything for IQ, same basic point.

    If there is one thing the Chinese get right, it's having people who understand math run the country.

    University level statistics is hard,

    Compared to what? It’s certainly not hard compared to, say, multivariable calculus. Statistics seems like pretty much a gimme once you understand calculus. Or maybe I’m implicitly norming on the wrong population of students or something? You’re saying statistics is hard for most IQ=110 people? No way is it hard for most IQ=125 people.

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    'Compared to what? It’s certainly not hard compared to, say, multivariable calculus. .."
    Calculus could be learned at one of several level of sophistication from the start.
    ...
    During the summer of my grade 9(equivalent), I started self-learning calculus by studying an old british book 'Elementary Calculus' by Bowman. There's also a Teach Yourself Calculus from the Teach yourself series.
    Modern calculus was invented by Issac Newtin and Leibniz but it wasn't put into vigorous form until Weierstrass 200 yrs later. Vigorous calculus is a tough subject but could be learned by very enthusiastic students from the start.
    For tough treatises in English on the subject,try:
    --Calculus by Spivak
    --Introduction to Calculus and Analysis by Courant(one of the major jewish academic exiles to US from pre-WW2 Germany)
    --Principle of Mathematical Analysis by Rudin (not exactly recommended, too hard)
    ..........
    Another interesting problem:
    Design a real function that's undifferentiable except at one single point
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  • @Buzz Mohawk

    … Personally, I have a fairly high IQ and yet I have always had a hard time with science and history because I have a terrible memory for facts. I got my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and went to graduate school with a whole host of people with high IQs who literally got sick when it came time to take a basic course in statistics.
     
    Hee hee hee!

    Translation:

    "Personally, I'm smart but I've always had a hard time thinking. Actual knowledge is difficult for me to remember, so I studied squishy subjects that allow a lot of subjective bullshitting. I went to graduate school with a lot of like-minded idiots who were smart but literally got sick when it came time to think logically."

    Is she claiming to be lazy, then? I mean, learning to think with mathematical rigor is painful, hard work, even for a smart person. I don’t think I even understand what she is trying to say.

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    Is she claiming to be lazy, then? I mean, learning to think with mathematical rigor is painful, hard work, even for a smart person. I don’t think I even understand what she is trying to say.
     
    As she probably doesn't understand what she is trying to say- she is of the "I feel therefore write" school - why should you?
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  • Let's begin this discussion with a few, basic questions. Question one: does anybody sincerely believe that “Putin” (the collective name for the Russian Mordor) really attempted to kill a man which “Putin” himself had released in the past, who presented no interest for Russia whatsoever who, like Berezovsky, wanted to return back to Russia, and...
  • @Quartermaster
    Saker, you continue to live in a fever swamp of your own creation. Putin is running is mouth because he is weak. He's created his own troubles invading his neighbors, and he got a bunch of his people killed testing US defenses and resolve in Syria. Yeah, they were from Wagner, but I think the lesson got through. What Putin is showing is just the opposite of what you are claiming. He'll gladly take war if it will bring Russia more power. Power he is seeking for himself and his fellow thugs.

    China is trying to play the game Mao set for them many years ago, and Xi is setting his country up to become a pariah as has Putin done to his country.

    By the by, No country will avoid armageddon. Every country will be represented, and Russia and China will be there as well.

    Gog and Magog again? You are funny, if only inadvertantly. You sound like a retired E-7 supply sergeant who reads Jack Chick pamphlets. You live near Fort Bragg or Fort Hood, and watch TV religiously.

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    “...sergeant who reads Jack Chick pamphlets...”

    A cheap shot at Jack Chick on Resurrection Day.

    It’s Modernists like you who have rejected Tradition and embraced moral relativism that are the problem.
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  • From The Times of London: Last month's big Osc
  • @candid_observer
    But when secular Jews come of marrying age, they are almost always in contexts in which gentiles are a larger proportion. This is why the outmarriage rate for secular Jews is so high.

    Reich went to Harvard undergrad, then to Oxford for his Ph.D. -- both with Jews as a distinct, if still substantial, minority -- maybe 25%, at most at Harvard, far less at Oxford? Somehow, though, the apple of his eye was a Jewish girl. Of course by chance this might be true, but a bigger chance would be that his mother's exhortations had a real effect.

    All of which would be OK. What isn't OK is the hypocrisy of it.

    I really, really wish hypocrisy would be a far more painful condition, like advanced gout. Think of how much our world would be improved if it were.

    I really, really wish hypocrisy would be a far more painful condition, like advanced gout. Think of how much our world would be improved if it were.

    Huh. I think it would be much worse. The only generally applicable morality you could have in a world with no hypocrisy is one which pretty much everyone was going to obey. Which is no morality at all.

    Saying “X is wrong; people should be punished for X; I do X” simply isn’t objectionable (on the contrary, it’s admirable), and the people who think it is objectionable are mistaken at best.

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  • I've got a long review of Harvard geneticist David Reich's new book on ancient DNA, Who We Are and How We Got Here, coming out pretty soon, probably Wednesday in Taki's Magazine. My theme is how this 2010s wave of genome studies of old skeletons has demolished much of the conventional wisdom promoted by post-Boasian...
  • @Dave Pinsen
    See the section titled "Security Selection" here: http://portfolioarmor.com/

    The results from the live tests are consistent with those from 25,412 backtests over an 11-year period.

    You will eventually suffer big losses if you just buy those top ten names unhedged. Hence, the hedged portfolio method I mention there, where you can strictly limit your downside risk (something LTCM never did -- not all hedge funds actually hedge. Most don't).

    You know that’s few backtests over a short period on only one stock market, right?

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    It’s the largest stock market in the world, and the only one I make any claims about. And 2003 was the earliest year with the complete historical options data I needed for the tests.

    And the current live data is consistent with the backtests. In the backtests, our top names returned about ~1.51x what SPY did; in the live tests, they’ve been returning about 1.6x SPY’s returns.
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  • Amy Wax, a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania is now being subjected to a SECOND Two Minutes Hate by our Emerging Totalitarian Left. I should say—having some slight acquaintance with the lady—that Professor Wax is a formidable person to take on in combat, not only intellectually but also in personality. I...
  • @Wizard of Oz
    There seem to be a lot of people on these threads with something possibly interesting or true to say who spoil the discussion by overstatement. May I suggest that you have offered an overstatement which is obvious on reflection.

    You assert , without qualification, that anyone who thinks that scientific evidence matters to science today is living in a dream world. Wrong I suggest to some degree in relation to all science but absolutely wrong in relation to the science for which billions of dollars is spent to gather evidence with, for example, the Large Hadron Collider, the Hubble Telescope and the tunnels and laser beams used to detect gravitational waves.

    There seem to be a lot of people on these threads with something possibly interesting or true to say who spoil the discussion by overstatement.

    Hyperbole makes autists sad. There is nothing more important than the happiness of autists. Therefore, never use hyperbole.

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  • @res
    This is a good description of the extreme (here stated as 1000 OR as 100 SD which is 1500) IQ argument: http://nautil.us/issue/18/genius/super_intelligent-humans-are-coming

    Given that there are many thousands of potential positive variants, the implication is clear: If a human being could be engineered to have the positive version of each causal variant, they might exhibit cognitive ability which is roughly 100 standard deviations above average. This corresponds to more than 1,000 IQ points.
     
    More details in the article.

    There is a simplified version of the argument at http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2015/08/explain-it-to-me-like-im-five-years-old.html

    1. Cognitive ability is highly heritable. At least half the variance is genetic in origin.

    2. It is influenced by many (probably thousands) of common variants (see GCTA estimates of heritability due to common SNPs). We know there are many because the fewer there are the larger the (average) individual effect size of each variant would have to be. But then the SNPs would be easy to detect with small sample size.

    Recent studies with large sample sizes detected ~70 SNP hits, but would have detected many more if effect sizes were consistent with, e.g., only hundreds of causal variants in total.

    3. Since these are common variants the probability of having the negative variant -- with (-) effect on g score -- is not small (e.g., like 10% or more).

    4. So each individual is carrying around many hundreds (if not thousands) of (-) variants.

    5. As long as effects are roughly additive, we know that changing ALL or MOST of these (-) variants into (+) variants would push an individual many standard deviations (SDs) above the population mean. Such an individual would be far beyond any historical figure in cognitive ability.
    Given more details we can estimate the average number of (-) variants carried by individuals, and how many SDs are up for grabs from flipping (-) to (+). As is the case with most domesticated plants and animals, we expect that the existing variation in the population allows for many SDs of improvement (see figure below).
     

    Does 5, additivity, seem at all likely?

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    Does 5, additivity, seem at all likely?
     
    To a surprisingly large degree, yes. See bullet 1 at http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2011/08/footnotes-and-citations.html

    More detail (including links to older posts) at http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2015/10/additivity-in-yeast-quantitative-traits.html

    For a concrete example, see this recent height genetic predictor which accounts for ~40% of variance (half of heritability of 0.8) with an additive model: http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2017/09/accurate-genomic-prediction-of-human.html

    That said, I think it unlikely that the linear extrapolation of the additive model works all the way out to 100SD.
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  • "Pope Declares No Hell?" So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: "What about bad souls? Where are they punished?" Bad souls "are not punished," Pope Francis is quoted, "those who do...
  • The capitulation is necessary for the Catholic Church in China to survive and prosper, argues the Vatican. But what kind of church will it become, asks retired Archbishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong.

    Who would you rather have governing the Church in China: Jorge Bergoglio or Xi Jinping?

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    Now that’s a good question. By being a traitor, Bergoglio diminishes his own authority. So at least there’s something good in it.
    , @Crawfurdmuir

    Who would you rather have governing the Church in China: Jorge Bergoglio or Xi Jinping?
     
    The difficulties of the Roman Catholic Church in China have many historical parallels. There was always conflict between the Church's assertion of its independence and the claims of the secular power. Thomas à Becket was murdered as a result of his resistance to the Constitutions of Clarendon, by which Henry II gave common-law courts original jurisdiction over the acts of "criminous clerks." Henry's son John later came into conflict with the Church over his preferred candidate for the archbishopric of Canterbury, and ended up being excommunicated. The mediaeval conflict between Guelph and Ghibelline arose between supporters of the papacy and those of the Holy Roman Empire.

    The Church resolved such disagreements in other cases by means of concordats. A typical subject of concordats dealt with the right of presentation to bishoprics. Thus, for example, the Concordat of Bologna of 1516 gave the kings of France the right to choose archbishops, bishops, abbots, and priors within his kingdom. A similar concordat was made between Francoist Spain and the Church as recently as 1953.

    Normally the Church made such concordats with powers that were at least nominally Catholic, in the case of France leading to the development of Gallicanism. A theory called Febronianism developed in Germany that went beyond Gallicanism and challenged the monarchical nature of the papacy. Yet this, too, was a phenomenon internal to Catholicism.

    The distinction in the case of China is that the right of presentation to bishoprics is apparently going to be vested in a government that is not only not Catholic, but not even Christian. I cannot see this ending well for the Church.

    And what should we call this government-controlled church? May I suggest "Garrican" or "Feblonian"?

    , @RadicalCenter
    Well, Jorge is more of a Marxist. And I hear Xi likes women. So those are two differences right there.
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  • @Anon
    How was Judas evil when he carried out the will of God?

    If not for his 'betrayal', there would be no Christianity.

    Besides, he killed himself which shows he felt remorse.

    What bracingly original and convincing arguments!

    You seem almost as smart and knowledgeable as Richard Dawkins!

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  • From the New York Times opinion section: Bruce Jenner presumably shot himself up with powerful artificial male hormones between finishing 10th in the Olympic decathlon in 1972 when he weighed 180 pounds and winning the gold and setting the world record in 1976 at a weight of 220 pounds, launching him onto his current career...
  • @SimpleSong
    WWT is the reducto ad absurdum of the 1950s-current American ethos. Anything is possible if you work hard enough, if you believe, etc. Anyone can do anything. It's very childlike.

    Becoming an adult entails realizing that for the most part you live within very narrow constraints, your skills are for the most part commodities, you are not unique, no one loves you unconditionally, and that most of your life will be boredom and tedium (if you are lucky.) You will never escape your flaws and limitations; at best you can mitigate them. And that nevertheless, being given this life is a great gift and you musn't fritter it away.

    I agree that this is another mass hysteria; here we go again. We seem to have a lot of these in the U.S.; Salem witch trials, the satanic cult stuff in the 1980s. When people come to their senses there will be hell to pay since a lot of kids are now getting meds that permanently screw up their development.

    WWT is the reducto ad absurdum of the 1950s-current American ethos. Anything is possible if you work hard enough, if you believe, etc. Anyone can do anything. It’s very childlike.

    It’s only childlike because we relentlessly propagandize children with that rubbish. If we relentlessly propagandized them with the truth, they would believe that. Being, uh, childlike they tend to believe what adults tell them.

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  • The simple truth about John Bolton’s appointment to national security adviser is that the Republicans need Sheldon Adelson’s money in order to be competitive in the coming midterms, and John Bolton is a tool of Sheldon Adelson. The appointment of course is a complete reversal of Donald Trump’s declaration during the campaign that the Iraq...
  • @bartok

    It’s amazing to me that wealthy Gentiles, like Bezos, Gates and Buffett all take apparently zero interest in the fact that American foreign policy is being corrupted and turned against its own interests.
     
    Moldbug argued that the Puritans (mainline Protestant and post-Christian left) converted the Jews to their religion worshiping philosophical mysteries such as Equality, Justice, Liberty, Democracy, Environment, Peace and Science. That's why they get along so swimmingly with Jews, they're coreligionists now.

    Who converted whom is of minor interest; what together they are systematically doing to Whites is of high interest.

    Of course, Moldbug also thinks US policy and media are horribly biased against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians.

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    Moldbug is just another Jewish messiah for silly goys.
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  • From a site called Orgtheory: race, genetics, and the lure of forbidden knowledge (guest post by ann morning) Ann Morning is an Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her book, The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference, was published by the University of California Press. Recently geneticist David...
  • “Races,” as described by Linnaeus in the 1700’s or on the U.S. census of 2010, group Koreans, Mongolians, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis together (as the “Asian” race); they group Moroccans, Norwegians, and Greeks together as another (the “white” race).

    Chartreuse exists; therefore, green does not. Navy exists; therefore, blue does not. Some bureaucrat misclassified an orange as an apple; therefore, fruit varieties don’t exist. How do you even parody this?

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  • Actually, time runs in a forward direction. So, to take a related example, if Voltaire and Hume were around today and running Google, they probably wouldn't have fired James Damore. But they're not, and instead Susan Wojcicki's hurt feelings are what matters now. The obsessive antiquarianism of so-called progressives is one of the funnier features...
  • @TomSchmidt
    Steve once wrote that, if success in life is partly or mostly due to intelligence, and intelligence dependent on genes, then there is very little an individual can do to change those facts. A society that accepted these facts would stop trying to force square pegs into round holes, and stop trying to make everyone go to college and pile up debt. Instead, it would have to acknowledge that most people had little to do with the circumstances of their birth and actually embrace the needs of those people as they are.

    It wouldn't direct so much monetary and intellectual effort into creating robots to take away low-skill jobs. It wouldn't disparage honest work towards self-improvement, towards working best within the strictures that nature has erected. It wouldn't create a race-to-the-top, winner-take-all society that immiserates the vast majority of residents, who don't have a hope of competing.

    That insight is one of the more profound ones I have learned here.

    if success in life is partly or mostly due to intelligence, and intelligence dependent on genes, then there is very little an individual can do to change those facts.

    Uh, success in life is not mostly due to intelligence. Since it is not mostly due to intelligence, that is not a barrier to an individual changing his lot in life (other things may be, of course).

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  • @dfordoom

    In the longer term, I’d expect serious damage to Liberalism as a political ideal cum established religion and as a historical force.
     
    I agree with that. We'll see a significant shift to the Left. Liberalism will be displaced by out-and-out socialism. Left-liberalism will be seen as futile and unrealistic. Right-liberalism will be seen as thoroughly evil.

    If biology is fundamentally unfair then that unfairness can only be corrected by socialism.

    If biology is fundamentally unfair then that unfairness can only be corrected by socialism.

    Could be, especially in the intermediate term. People often double down when their ideas are threatened. Such a socialist government would likely provide free sex change operations, too.

    But any sort of paternalism is a reasonable response to HBD. It doesn’t have to be socialism. Feudalism works, too. Presumably other sorts of paternalism would also be reasonable responses.

    It’s the death of of Classical Liberalism, though, which is why the “right” is blank-slate, as you note above.

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    But any sort of paternalism is a reasonable response to HBD. It doesn’t have to be socialism. Feudalism works, too.
     
    Yes, that's quite true.

    Compared to what we have at the moment a bit of paternalism might not be so bad. In fact compared to what we have now feudalism sounds pretty good.
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  • In open, civilized societies there is a tolerance for some level of disorder, as being the price citizens collectively pay for their liberties. But the key words in what I just said: “some level.” Today, in the year 2018, we are fifty years on from 1968, when public tolerance of disorder was tested to breaking...
  • @EliteCommInc.
    The seventies ended. But the agenda has never ceased.

    Shocking as it may seem, the slogans they teach you over at National Review aren’t actually, you know, true.

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  • @Authenticjazzman
    " You know the seventies ended quite a while ago, right"

    So what is your point, as I am not in the frame of mind for solving riddles, or decifering non-sensical inferences.

    Just what does my observation have to do with the "seventies", as the marxist brainwashing in the US edumacation system continues to this day.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz musician.

    Just what does my observation have to do with the “seventies”, as the marxist brainwashing in the US edumacation system continues to this day.

    Remind me again, o king of mensa, are solving riddles and getting jokes g-loaded?

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  • Actually, time runs in a forward direction. So, to take a related example, if Voltaire and Hume were around today and running Google, they probably wouldn't have fired James Damore. But they're not, and instead Susan Wojcicki's hurt feelings are what matters now. The obsessive antiquarianism of so-called progressives is one of the funnier features...
  • @NJ Transit Commuter
    Lots of HBD discussion on iSteve these days. So it occurred to me:

    Assume it is proven beyond a doubt, and accepted by everyone, that:
    I. There is a high correlation between ability (athletic, intellectual) and DNA
    II. This correlation tends to express itself differently among different races of humanity
    Pick whatever stereotype you want: blacks are better athletes, whites better inventors, NE Asians good with numbers, etc., etc. Everyone believes them to be true.

    How does that change the real world and policy? If it can be argued that minorities require affirmative action in schools and jobs, less restrictive discipline in schools and less punitive sentencing when convicted of crimes due to "racism," can't just as strong an argument be made for the same policies based on different genetics?

    I might even be convinced there is a stronger argument to be made for preferential policies. If "the gap" in economic achievement can never be overcome because of genetics, then doesn't society have an obligation to take better care of those who require it?

    What's the endgame for those who would have everyone believe the HBD arguments regularly espoused here? I'm curious to know.

    Depends on the timescale. In the short to intermediate term, arguments like “Blacks make up 1% of Fortune 500 CEOs; therefore, whites are evil” would lose all salience. So, I’d expect both less affirmative action and what affirmative action there is to be more honest: “your quota for blacks is 4% of management jobs (or whatever).”

    In the intermediate term, I’d expect that openly admitting races are distinct and different to increase racial/ethnic self-identification among whites. To your own question, this would reduce the power of the alternative arguments for affirmative action you mention. Why would a racially-identifying white acknowledge their society’s obligation to blacks? Do country-identifying Americans acknowledge their society’s obligation to Syrians? Thus, I think blacks would be openly “othered” by whites. Likely this would extend to other non-white races.

    In the longer term, I’d expect serious damage to Liberalism as a political ideal cum established religion and as a historical force. The whole point of Liberalism as a historical movement and political ideal is to obliterate “accidents of birth.” Aristocratic privilege is wrong. Treating men and women differently is wrong. Treating blacks and whites differently is wrong. Treating women-with-penises and women-with-vaginas differently is wrong. But, you know, there is no sane principle which requires that you treat unlike things the same. Publicly acknowledging inherent, immutable differences among races, sexes, and even families will eventually lead back to treating these immutably different things differently. There’s really no end to the ramifications of this change.

    So, in short, I think Liberals are 100% right (by their own lights) to oppose HBD. Public acknowledgement of its truth will be disastrous for their goofy established religion.

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    In the longer term, I’d expect serious damage to Liberalism as a political ideal cum established religion and as a historical force.
     
    I agree with that. We'll see a significant shift to the Left. Liberalism will be displaced by out-and-out socialism. Left-liberalism will be seen as futile and unrealistic. Right-liberalism will be seen as thoroughly evil.

    If biology is fundamentally unfair then that unfairness can only be corrected by socialism.
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  • I've got a long review of Harvard geneticist David Reich's new book on ancient DNA, Who We Are and How We Got Here, coming out pretty soon, probably Wednesday in Taki's Magazine. My theme is how this 2010s wave of genome studies of old skeletons has demolished much of the conventional wisdom promoted by post-Boasian...
  • @Yak-15
    One of the best ways to personally profit would be to run a series of multi-variable regressions of stock price on an assortment of factors including race of the CEO, percentage of race of the management/workers, race of most likely customer and how broad economic variables possibly contribute to that cohort’s ability to buy products, etc.

    A large times series with multiple lags variables would present many challenges for those unfamiliar statistics and even those who have a firm grasp. But it’s one path I am exploring.

    I’d use sex rather than race. There aren’t that many blacks in C-suites. There are lots of women.

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  • @Senator Brundlefly
    Why did Steve Sailer like the tweet? Is it revenge for Reich throwing Harpending under the bus (let the PC eat themselves)? And lol at the Jennifer Raff thread Fuentes fawns over:

    https://twitter.com/JenniferRaff/status/978622755691167745

    OMG if we say that race has a genetic basis people might think it explains what they see right before their eyes rather than our political B.S. I mean really scientists, do you want the burden of teaching rightthink? Wouldn't you rather get back to your labs and not worry about explaining the complex loopholes in nomenclature so the hoi polloi don't become racist?

    OMG if we say that race has a genetic basis people might think it explains what they see right before their eyes rather than our political B.S. I mean really scientists, do you want the burden of teaching rightthink? Wouldn’t you rather get back to your labs and not worry about explaining the complex loopholes in nomenclature so the hoi polloi don’t become racist?

    I agree it’s funny. OTOH, this is how most academics think about this subject—or at least the way they say they think about it. Admitting race is real, genetic, and important would lead to bad outcome X; therefore, we should place a crushing burden of proof (plus social sanctions) on claims that race is real, genetic, and important.

    On the gripping hand, though, I kind of agree with them. Admitting the truth on race would be extraordinarily damaging to their world view. It’s entirely possible that when they tell you that crushing their world view would probably turn them into Nazis (perhaps replacing Jew hatred with black hatred) that they are pretty much telling you the truth. Don’t be distracted by her blabber about “the hoi polloi.” She is talking about herself.

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  • @Dave Pinsen
    If someone showed you a way to make money online, would you believe it?

    I mean, this can't possibly work. If it did, I'd be rich, right?

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/977722415898873856

    50% of people do better than the median return. Long Term Capital Management used known-to-be-outperforming strategies. Lots of really smart people with access to lots of resources spend all day, every day coming up with algos. Consider the possibility that you got lucky.

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    A large part of beating the market is being young enough that you can spot the trends.

    I (millennial) made a killing on my investments (e.g. Bitcoin at $50, Nvidia, Barclays at the post-Brexit low, Amazon) while my dad (boomer), a skilled investor who consistently beats the market, has nevertheless made some real head-scratchers that I repeatedly warned him against, like buying (and holding for several years) a large position in IBM.

    Of course, that's because when he was my age he was making a killing on IBM and Microsoft while his dad's generation was wondering why their AT&T and Polaroid stopped going up, and so on.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    See the section titled "Security Selection" here: http://portfolioarmor.com/

    The results from the live tests are consistent with those from 25,412 backtests over an 11-year period.

    You will eventually suffer big losses if you just buy those top ten names unhedged. Hence, the hedged portfolio method I mention there, where you can strictly limit your downside risk (something LTCM never did -- not all hedge funds actually hedge. Most don't).
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  • @Rod1963
    No one gets rich from it, not even Sailer.

    However it will stop you from becoming a Soy Boy like the male readers of Buzzfeed. And that is a definite upside. Not ending up testosterone free male or making friends with insane feminists in the hopes of getting some tail.

    Now if you wanted to make money you should have gotten back into real-estate and stocks after the bubble burst in 07.

    Now if you wanted to make money you should have gotten back into real-estate and stocks after the bubble burst in 07.

    That’s not the hard part. The hard part is getting out of real estate and stocks before the bubble bursts. You’re 100% in cash at the moment, I suppose?

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    Actually, the hard part is getting back in. People are pretty good about running from the danger of the stock market but not so good about getting back in after being burned.

    Best to outsource to a formula. Trend following works well. Nothing wrong with using a simple 10-month moving average for deciding when to be in a large market such as stocks or REITs and when to be out.
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  • @anony-mouse
    Suppose you knew that geology was true and most other people thought it was false. And then you came upon a mountain which based on your knowledge of geology had lots of gold within. But of course everyone else would scoff at you and your pick and shovel as you dug.

    But you would find gold.

    Okay braniacs, you know something is true that most people don't. So where's your gold?

    My children attend a 95% non-NAM school.

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  • From Vox: Hume and Voltaire make guest appearances as evil white men.
  • @ben tillman

    How can someone like me, a mere layperson when it comes to these subjects, parse out what is true and what is ideologically-driven lies? From either “side”.
     
    Observing the world around you helps. Have you never been around black people?

    Yeah, this is a good answer. I don’t believe that the sky is blue or that black people are dumb because of muh science. If anything, I believe muh science to the extent it explains why the sky is blue and black people are dumb. If muh science someday declares that the sky is pink and black people are smart, then so much the worse for muh science.

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  • @candid_observer
    Good question.

    The best thing by far is to make your way through some of the literature.

    Failing that, you have to ask yourself questions as to how likely it is that a given expert is distorting things because of bias.

    One of the techniques that medievalists employ to determine whether an historical source can be trusted to be sincere on a point was to look for signs that the source was saying things that deviated from public opinion. If a passage did so, it was almost certainly sincere.

    What Reich has offered up is a rather stunning admission against interests. He now says that scientists are likely to find that population groups are different genetically on social traits. It couldn't be more obvious that this admission is just killing him. But he knows that's where the deep, interesting, and career defining science is going. He wants to be part of it, instead of being left out in the cold with nothing but dry grins.

    That’s a great reply, but, as you say, there are real problems with the obvious answers. First, “read the literature” is infeasible for most people (where most means 95%+). Even where “read the literature” is feasible for one literature, you’d have to “read the literature” in every controversial subject. That is obviously infeasible for everyone.

    A problem with the admissions against interest criterion is cranks. Here is a link to the webpage of a Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry, a full Professor at a US university and former department chair, who devotes his time to arguing that the sun is made of iron. That’s an admission against interest. He’s not at a good university nor is he in a Physics or Astronomy department, but he wouldn’t be, because of the admission against interest. Also, he isn’t alone—there is a weird, tiny subculture of researchers who think the sun is made of iron. To be clear, I am not competent to judge whether the sun is made of iron or not—with the investment of a year or so of my time, I’m sure I could make myself competent to judge, but I’m not going to do it. Nevertheless, I think he’s probably a crank. I don’t know he’s a crank, though. How could I?

    Another criterion you don’t mention is Elderly Tourettes’. Distinctive admissions against interest by otherwise eminent people who are too old to fear retribution very much. The problem with this, of course, is that “science proceeds one funeral at a time.” Also, the iron sun guy I link above is emeritus; therefore, he would qualify. So, I think AnotherGuessModel’s question is actually very, very hard.

    One creepy thing is that the vast majority of people will aggressively “explain” to you that the sun is made of hydrogen, that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is real, and that HBD is false while knowing nothing more than what their middle school science teacher taught them and what they have picked up via documentaries on Discovery.

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    Bill wrote:

    To be clear, I am not competent to judge whether the sun is made of iron or not—with the investment of a year or so of my time, I’m sure I could make myself competent to judge, but I’m not going to do it.
     
    Spectral lines -- that is how we actually know, and it's pretty straightforward and clear-cut.

    Indeed, helium was first identified from its solar spectral lines -- hence its name comes from Helios.

    Of course, we now have much more data showing the structure of the sun -- helioseismology, comparativee studies with a huge number of other stars, computer models using first principles from physics, etc.

    But, spectral lines are conclusive.

    Interesting that anyone could be a chem teacher anywhere and not know this.
    , @PhysicistDave
    After posting the previous comment, I checked out the "iron sun" guy's website and realized I know of this guy, Oliver Manuel: Manuel hangs around Judith Curry's website. Judith is a real scientist, who addresses issues such as global warming from an honest perspective (as opposed to Manuel).

    Manuel does seem to acknowledge that there is hydrogen on the surface of the sun, so to refute his theory would indeed require learning some stellar structure theory.

    Manuel was a prof at U. of Missouri Rolla, where my best friend from high school went to college: my friend may even have taken OChem from this fellow. Rolla is not a great school, but they should be able to get better profs than Manuel.

    Of course, maybe this "iron-sun" thing is something he only got into in his dotage...
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  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    Alright. So it does seem like the dam is finally breaking and soon this topic, and evidence supporting the argument that racial IQ differences are genetic, will undergo a more open airing.

    How old were you in 1994?

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  • @ThreeCranes
    Right.

    Nowhere, not once does he bring up IQ scores of African Africans or results from American Afro twin studies. He lays it all in the lap of slavery. No control group in sight with which to compare his prejudice for the slavery hypothesis.

    In other words, Ezra Klein is an opinionated, narrow-minded clod who lacks any drive for honest enquiry and any inclination for science. There can be only one explanation for the rise to prominence of knuckleheads like this and that is that he sings the party line. A toady.

    I honestly don't understand how these guys live with the garbage they've made of their sorry lives.

    It may sound corny, but the Truth is both Beautiful and Good. How can the Kleins of the world live estranged from the Beautiful? What's the point of life if you're not in good graces with the Goddess of Wisdom? How can a man endure to live in the shade, deprived of the radiant glow of Truth herself?

    It may sound corny, but the Truth is both Beautiful and Good.

    Logos: good.

    Rejecting Logos: bad

    People defined by their rejection of Logos: Very bad

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  • Certainly seems so to me. AltRight.com's Vincent Law was pretty optimistic at the start of 2017: "Overall assessment of the situation: Feels great, man." Only problem is - it appears that he either left them or was fired, which means that AltRight.com is no longer even worth following (Greg Hood is good but posts too...
  • The Alt Right Is Dead

    Speaking as someone for whom the “Alt Right” was, if it was anything other than just an undefined descriptive term for non-establishment conservatives, always only ever a clique of mostly Johnny-come-lately loudmouths that was over-inflated by media attention after the Trump victory, it’s hard to care much one way or the other.

    Whatever happens to the members of said clique, the problems that gave rise to the general increase in dissident right and nationalist sentiment across the US sphere haven’t gone anywhere, and there are no solutions in sight that don’t require a resurgence in right wing parties of national survival and the ascent of those parties to power, whether it takes a decade or three decades.

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    Well said. Gathering systematic forces are generative of nationalist sentiment and ideology. The era of peace and prosperity upon which bourgeois SWPL culture emerged and depends is coming to a permanent end.

    To me, the central learning experience from the rise and fall of the alt-right is that we need to quietly but thoroughly create an elite capable of penetrating the actual bases of power in society. Show ponies like Spencer and Reich LARPers are a dead end. We have to stop buying the propaganda of liberal democracy that power is acquired through generating mass consent in the public square. Evangelizing should be properly seen as a way to grow a base of human capital.
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  • For many on the alt-right, every grievance is, at root, about Jews. Andrew Anglin, host of the most popular alt-right/neo-Nazi website, explains: “the only thing in our movement that really matters [is] anti-Semitism.” If only the Jews were gone, he argues, the white race, freed from bondage, would immediately overcome all of its problems. Where...
  • @Anon
    Society, in one form or another, possesses natural castes. Anglo-Saxon society used to have a priestly Brahmin caste. The problem is, 20th century Anglo-Saxons became atheists and lost their ability to believe in the Christian religion. But this does not mean that human beings lose the psychological urge to be guided in moral matters, because it is a very powerful urge. Into this vacuum has flowed Jewish thinking. Jews are our new Brahmins, and they preach incessantly from their media and university pulpits. Their tendency to do this is related to the fact that there are an awful lot of Jews out there who are descended one way or another from rabbis when you look at their genetic history.

    The most devoted of their followers are the Anglo Saxons who are descended from the Puritans of the 1600s. The latter has a very powerful natural dose of moral fanaticism that is genetic in its basis. There's a reason why New England is fanatically liberal in comparison to most of the rest of the United States. To a fanatic, their priestly caste cannot be wrong.

    Between Jewish Brahmins and Anglo-Saxons descended from the Puritans, we have a case of folie a deux. Two sets of insanity interacting with each other and descending into one Grand Madness.

    But this does not mean that human beings lose the psychological urge to be guided in moral matters, because it is a very powerful urge.

    Exactly. Getting rid of the established church is King Canute ordering the tide to stop.

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  • Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyou's long crusade to expose Elizabeth Holmes' Silicon Valley blood-testing start-up Theranos as a fake-it-until-you-make it hoax resulted today in the SEC imposing a ten year ban on Holmes and a $500,000 fine for "massive fraud." A little noticed aspect of the story is that Holmes was a true believer...
  • @Twinkie
    https://binged.it/2Io47Bo

    You have low standards for beauty. She's not repulsive, but looks weird and out of proportion.

    I think she’s pretty, but there is something off with her face. I can’t articulate what, though.

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  • @syonredux
    She really liked presenting herself as a kind of distaff Steve Jobs....


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  • In open, civilized societies there is a tolerance for some level of disorder, as being the price citizens collectively pay for their liberties. But the key words in what I just said: “some level.” Today, in the year 2018, we are fifty years on from 1968, when public tolerance of disorder was tested to breaking...
  • @Authenticjazzman
    It all boils down to one simple fact, and that being : The strife and malaise being expressed within the US edumacation scenario is the product of leftist perfessers, leftist university big-wigs, who, day after day, are infusing their air-brained charges (students) with the lunatic standpoint that leftist violence is beneficial and necessary for the transformation of the "unfair" US society into a "fair" (socialist) collective.
    These marxist perfesser assholes are hell-bent upon transforming America into a marxist conglomerate, with, of course, themselves in charge, and there is no stopping them through "negotiation", debate, or compromise, period.

    They have managed to convince (brainwash) the great majority of US youth into believing that capitalism is : "unfair", and marxism is "fair", and that the solution and resolution of all of societal woes will be actualized only through the installment of : Socialism.

    It all rests upon these simple propagandistic infantile equasions : Socialism fair, Capitalism "unfair" and : Socialism non-racist : Capitalism : Racist"

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz musician

    They have managed to convince (brainwash) the great majority of US youth into believing that capitalism is : “unfair”, and marxism is “fair”,

    You know the seventies ended a while ago, right?

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    " You know the seventies ended quite a while ago, right"

    So what is your point, as I am not in the frame of mind for solving riddles, or decifering non-sensical inferences.

    Just what does my observation have to do with the "seventies", as the marxist brainwashing in the US edumacation system continues to this day.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz musician.
    , @EliteCommInc.
    The seventies ended. But the agenda has never ceased.
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  • The CIA World Factbook has finally updated its defense spending as a % of GDP stats. The CIA used to update it's table regularly but then it just stopped for many years. In 2012, for example, the CIA informed us that it estimated that US defense spending in 2005 comprised 4.06% of GDP. Sharp work,...
  • @Bragadocious
    How nice that Canada spends 0.99% of its GDP on defense, less than perpetually threatened Sweden. Thus we see how Canadians have funded their 30th best in the world healthcare system of which they're so proud. Americans are paying for it.

    Moving to Canada would, indeed, be an attractive proposition if the entirety of Asia hadn’t figured it out first.

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  • @Dave Pinsen
    I thought the US and Russian Arsenal’s were re-aimed at the oceans years ago.

    Aimed?

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  • @Anonymous

    The more worrisome thing to me than the spending is that we seem closer to stumbling into a shooting war with Russia now than we have since James Blunt saved us from Wesley Clark 20 years ago. On our side, we’ve had pundits inflating Russia’s troll farm election ads into a “virtual war” on us, and our military killing a bunch of Russian mercs in Syria recently. On Russia’s side, we have their recent threats to retaliate against US forces in Syria if we attack Syrian government forces. And of course the assassination attempts in the UK reportedly using a Russian-developed nerve toxin. A BBC reporter asked Putin about it this week, and Putin brushed him off rather than denying any Russian involvement.
     
    One would have to be retarded to believe some Russian government assassin would use a military chemical nerve agent, which is difficult and dangerous to store, transport, and distribute to poison a couple people. Even decades ago they had developed poisons which are undetectable or mimic natural death (radioactive thallium micro pellets, hydrocyanic spray, etc.). They are easy to store and use and cause certain death. Clearly the intent in this poisoning, which didn’t even cause death, was to link the nerve agent with Russia. Neocon warmongers and operatives are not too creative and use the same trick to move public opinion toward war. Iraq, Libya, Syria,...

    We’re in a very dangerous place right now. All of the left and media at unhinged Russophobic levels and many neocon hawks still want war with Russia and its ally Iran. Here’s some sobering analysis yesterday from a former West Point instructor and renowned military analyst who was a top official at the Defense Intelligence Agency. And who has a so-good-it’s-almost-spooky track record of being correct. Col. Patrick Lang:


    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/03/looks-like-mattis-is-the-grown-up-in-the-room.html

    Looks like Mattis is the grown up in the room

    This is a very young Mike Pompeo when he was a first year cadet at West Point in 1983. He concentrated his study there in Mechanical Engineering and graduated first in his class. By the time he graduated the war in VN was over. He served just enough time to repay his service debt to the army, then resigned his commission to go to law school. So, he never served in combat. War is an abstraction to him. In other words, this is probably a game for Pompeo, a power game played on a global map board.
    DJT in announcing Pompeo's nomination to the WH lawn press corps stressed that he and Pompeo had "great chemistry" and that they share the same view of the world. In other words, Pompeo never disagrees with Trump. Pompeo is well known for his hard line anti-Iranian views and his unshakable sympathy for Israel. DJT professes the same views.
    At the UN Nikki Haley has now specifically threatened Syria and Russia with attack if the Syrian government does not halt its offensive in East Gouta and the Yarmouk camp. Both are near Damascus. These two places are mainly defended by jihadis, the largest group of which is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, the Al-Qa'ida branch in Syria. You remember Al Qa'ida. They were the people who attacked us on 9/11. Her threat is for retaliation for use of chemical weapons (chlorine)or just plain old "inhuman suffering" inflicted on the "Syrian People." This does not seem an idle threat given the number of times she has repeated it. Someone is telling her to say this. She works for State and it probably is not Tillerson telling her to do this so my guess would be David Satterfield, the Assistant secretary of State for the Near East. He is someone who now runs with the wolves. That is how he got the job.
    At the same time Russia has made it clear that they will fight to protect their ally and interests in Syria. They have been quite plain spoken about that and they included both US aircraft and ships in the threat. I note that the Admiral Essen, a Russian missile shooting frigate sortied from Sebastopol today.
    I think that Pompeo's nomination and his eventual confirmation brings the world closer to a US-Russia war. If that happens it will be difficult if not impossible to keep the war from escalating toward the use of nuclear weapons. Israel wants war, a wrecking war with Iran. Israel wants the US to win that war for Israel. IMO Israel would be wrecked in such a war whatever the outcome. This is an August, 1914 moment. pl

     

    One would have to be retarded to believe some Russian government assassin would use a military chemical nerve agent, which is difficult and dangerous to store, transport, and distribute to poison a couple people.

    Yes. that’s the conundrum to reason through. Does it mean it was a false flag (as you are implying), or does it mean Putin is flipping off and warning the Euroweenies? Or maybe the more enthusiastic sort of Russian is getting tired of Putin’s statesmanlike behavior and wants to provoke action.

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    does it mean Putin is flipping off and warning the Euroweenies
     
    That was the unveiling of new weapons part.

    Or maybe the more enthusiastic sort of Russian is getting tired of Putin’s statesmanlike behavior and wants to provoke action.
     
    Action to what purpose?

    No, all this looks VERY engineered. What is being said at the UN right now sounds like a laundry list of bullshit prepared in case Russia might uses a nerve agent that apparently was only produced in the Soviet Union a long time ago, as an "expert" confirmed. Ancient evil immediately tracable to Sauron himself. Yup. Yup. Totally on this. German atrocities in Belgium, anyone?
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  • From The Telegraph: 1,000 children may have been victims in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal By Callum Adams 11 MARCH 2018 • 4:23PM Up to 1,000 children could have been abused in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal, an investigation has revealed. Hundreds of children, some as young as 11, are estimated to have...
  • @grapesoda
    You must have a very low opinion of women if you think they're not responsible for their words, actions, voting patterns, or political views. You're basically saying women are equivalent to animals or children in terms of moral agency.

    Your comment is so far from right it isn’t even wrong. Moral agency does not entail some Olympian repose above all Earthly things. Responsibility is not some digital switch which is either on or off. Children, for example, are, in fact, responsible to a considerable extent for many of their actions. Adults, for example, are, in fact, frequently not 100% responsible for many of their actions. Finally, nothing in my comment said, implied, or could reasonably be inferred to mean that women are not responsible for their actions.

    Here’s an exercise for you. Take the hints I just gave you and my comment above, and engage yourself as a lawyer in my defense. Make the very best argument you possibly can that I am not “basically saying women are equivalent to animals.” Posting it here is optional: the point of the exercise is to get yourself outside the autistic loop your thinking is trapped within.

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  • @Anon
    "but could lead to symptoms of autism, as well as making it harder to recover from a head injury."

    History would indicate it would also lead to the end of Western culture, but when did rightwingers ever care about history.

    Or, at least, it would lead to the end of the theory that Western culture is the exclusive product of homos. Which would be just as bad, right?

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  • @Jack D
    I understand that a sledge hammer also works and the effects are more permanent.

    If scientists were studying ways to make say modern American white women MORE religious and MORE willing to bear children would that be all sciencey and OK or would that be totally unethical? I would bet the latter. Do these folks have any sense of objectivity or is it all who- whom with them?

    But there is no hypocrisy here at all. They have their religion which tells them the truth. It tells them which things are right and wrong, which things are diseased and healthy, which things are broken and fixed. There is no symmetry between truth and error. There is no symmetry between a treatment intended to help someone and a treatment intended to hurt someone.

    You might as well complain that the FDA is more likely to approve cures than poisons.

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  • bored identity is excited to learn how magnetifying power of scientific scienticism is awesome enough to unrepllrent any western hemisphere dwelling deplorable specimen:

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    bored identity is excited to learn how magnetifying power of scientific scienticism is awesome enough to unreprllent any western hemisphere dwelling deplorable specimen:

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  • 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...
  • @Peter Akuleyev
    National Geographic's coverage of other races and cultures, especially in the first 6 decades of its existence, actually was sensationalist, generally inaccurate, and reflected an imperialistic complacency and condescension about the developing world that has come back to bite the West on its ass. When I go back and look at the way back issues treated even subjects like "Nova Scotia" or "Kansas", the writing was superficial and maybe 8th grade level. The great part of the magazine for me was always the photography, the biology focused articles and the coverage of mountain climbing expeditions.

    Susan Goldberg is, naturally, going too far in the other direction with her idiotic statement of loyalty to the doctrine that race is a social construct, but she is not wrong that a lot the publication's past is pretty embarassing. Why do people here want to get so worked about this? It is little wonder that HBD gets a bad rap when so many of its supposed supporters just come off as nasty old men.

    National Geographic’s coverage of other races and cultures, especially in the first 6 decades of its existence, actually was sensationalist, generally inaccurate

    Wait. National Geographic was a journal? Written by journalists? Containing journalism? Thank goodness there is now a journalist in charge. She’ll change all that in no time.

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  • @Senator Brundlefly
    I wonder, is there anything like National Geographic but that looks at Western cultures from an outside perspective? Like Chinese photojournalists taking pictures of hoedowns, Pentecostal snake holders, or a Catholic Mass? Like, I feel part of the problem of modernity is that nobody ever stops to think of Western culture as a culture but instead as the default that must be "spiced up" with diversity. These modern Nat Geo people can complain all they want about it being racist, but those photos are a celebration of other people and their cultures and a means of trying to understand them.

    Great comment.

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  • For those interested in the military implications of the recent revelations by Vladimir Putin about new Russian weapon systems I would recommend the excellent article entitled “The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems" by Andrei Martyanov who offers a superb analysis of what these new weapons mean for the US and, especially, the US Navy....
  • @for-the-record
    oh and Kim Jong Un folded


    This seems to be a quite common view, but is it true? North Korea has proposed bilateral negotiations for years, the US has consistently refused, or placed preconditions that constituted an effective refusal. Now the US, after making lots of threats, accepts talks with no preconditions.

    Who has folded?

    That was my reaction as well. Eerily reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The US blusters then completely folds then does an end zone dance for 50 years.

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  • From The Telegraph: 1,000 children may have been victims in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal By Callum Adams 11 MARCH 2018 • 4:23PM Up to 1,000 children could have been abused in Britain's biggest ever child abuse scandal, an investigation has revealed. Hundreds of children, some as young as 11, are estimated to have...
  • @TheBoom
    Whites need to quit worrying about white women and girls being raped by Muslims. White females see concern over the issue as a sign of Islamophobia. You can see that in their voting patterns, how young white women are the first to defend Muslims online regarding rape and and acid attacks and the way white women lead efforts to import Muslims into Europe and cover up the rapes. The only time most European women are against rape is when a white man, real or imagined, was the rapist. As Lilly Allen stated, the report of a million UK girls being raped by Muslims is no big deal because white men would have raped them anyway. Preventing the rape of White women by Muslims is seen by most white females as a hate crime. White women are willing to destroy your life if you try and reduce Muslim rape.

    So what? The fact that women will follow whomever is in charge and will believe the ruling ideology is just a fact about the world. Directing your anger at women is stupid and counterproductive. It’s not a fault to be a woman.

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    You must have a very low opinion of women if you think they're not responsible for their words, actions, voting patterns, or political views. You're basically saying women are equivalent to animals or children in terms of moral agency.
    , @Whiskey
    He's onto something. If women are not dominated by White men they will choose other men to dominate them and will defend them.

    The only way out is ruthless domination at all levels. Fear not live as Machiavelli advised. Stop pedestalizing women and treat them as the strategic objective they are.

    Women are the schwepunkt the decisive hinge of battle. Control them control society. We need a nation if feared men not high iq
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  • @rogue-one
    Hurting feelings of a community within a multi-ethnic country can lead to riots. Group rights & feelings will come before individual rights & liberty in any multi-ethnic country in order to maintain social peace. (I am not a big fan of it but it seems to be a reality).

    Whites do not (or cannot) organize themselves as an ethnic group and prefer to be treated as individuals. Hence their individual rights are superseded by group rights of others.

    Whites do not (or cannot) organize themselves as an ethnic group and prefer to be treated as individuals. Hence their individual rights are superseded by group rights of others.

    This isn’t a characteristic of whites. It is a characteristic of whites who have 1) been propagandized by the depraved ethos of individualism from birth and 2) have no roots in any particular community. A certain kind of internet warrior talks as if the rootless cosmopolitanism of whites is some kind of ancient phenomenon. On the contrary, it is new.

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    @Jack D
    It seems to me that priests were particularly bad because they were not permitted to have normal (or at least normal for homosexuals) sex lives. But I gather that statistically the rate for priests was probably not much worse than other groups - they just got a lot more publicity.

    The real offenses of the Church were in these areas:

    1. They encouraged (or at least looked the other way) young gay men to become priests because they were having a hard time finding non-gay men to do this job. A lot of well meaning young Catholic gay men thought that celibacy was better than sin so they chose the priesthood but once in it they found that they could not keep their vows.

    2. When abusive priests were discovered, they covered up the abuse and shuffled the abusive priests to other postings, repeatedly - that was biggest crime. Part of that was the "therapeutic" climate of the time - the idea that you could just get these guys some therapy and they would be "fixed" and could resume their jobs.

    I submit that all religions with paid clergy tend to attract a disproportional number of homosexuals to the clerical ranks. Even fundie denominations have their share, despite their doctrinal aversion to homosexuality and their willingness to at least state the matter with some clarity. Mainline denominations seem to have more.

    The difference with the Roman Catholic Church is the deep pockets provided by the ecclesiastical structure. In many Protestant churches, a minister of a church is an employee of that particular church, and malfeasance on his part is going up the chain as far as that congregation’s finances (and most churches have little assets beyond perhaps the ground and buildings, often those are mortgaged.) In the Catholic Church the priest is an employee of a diocese or archdiocese, which in turn has substantial financial ties all the way up to the Vatican. A lot of archdioceses have a lot of money, and substantial real assets besides the churches themselves. A Baptist preacher caught with underage boys is just not going to be an attractive target for a lawsuit. A Catholic diocesan priest could lead to collecting on an eight figure judgment.

    Heterosexual Catholic priests are not without sin, of course, but traditionally they were smart to only fool with married women and with ones who had as much to lose as they did if discovered. Most did, or they went on vacation (“retreat” ) outside the parish, preferably outside the diocese, and rounded some up a la carte.

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  • From Personnel Psychology: The Validity and Utility of Selection Methods in Personnel Psychology: Practical and Theoretical Implications of 100 Years of Research Findings Fox School of Business Research Paper 73 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2016 Frank L. Schmidt University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business In‐Sue Oh Temple University - Department of...
  • @Anonymous
    Put it this way, would you seriously recommend your own child not to go to college?

    I know that it's a f*cked up system - the real rot lies in the post 1945 consensus that *every* child must go to college, rather than college being the preserve of an elite - and also that colleges are guilty of blatant profiteering to pay faculty big salaries (this is a diagnostic feature if modern America from health care to professional sports to Wall Street etc) but, seriously, 'college' has evolved into a bizarre rite of passage,can initiation ceremony if you will, that one just 'must' play in order to function in today's America. Yes, it's f*cked up, it's a blatant rip off etc, but it's just a price that has to be paid, the monster must be fed. Seriously, I can't see how anyone can buck the system, it is a tax, if you will, on having the temerity of entering the workforce.
    As long as America is run by private enterprise - which is the gatekeeper of who shall be employed in congenial employment, and who shall not - ie to *live* to all practical purposes - the present set up will remain.
    Perhaps the best to hope for is universal free tuition as seen in some European nations.

    Yeah, I basically agree with what you are saying. I don’t think my children are the right ones to be talking about though. They would be going to college even if college was reserved for the top 5%. I am not sure at all that a typical IQ 115 person should go to college. I would advise against it, in fact, in most cases.

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  • From the New York Times: Uh, why would groups supposedly not "currently in positions of power" favor using power to limit free speech? Isn't a more plausible interpretation that the people on campus who are more likely to favor free speech are those less likely to be powerful on campus? Functionally, the people most likely...
  • @Lot
    "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

    So trannies and Arabs rule over us?

    National Review doesn’t criticize trannies and Arabs?

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    I suppose within certain bounds. You can certainly advocate blowing them up! But they won't say Arabs have low genetic IQs, depressed further by inbreeding, and that Trump should aim for net negative Arab migration. Or that there is no possiblity they can ever be intergrated into the West without degrading it.

    Get even close to the line there, and don't expect to get a corporate job later on even if you are OK as a professional conservative.
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  • @Classical Liberal
    Thread:
    https://twitter.com/drvox/status/972916409603833856

    How is it that this particular characterization of “the right” is always true? Isn’t that odd? It’s almost as if this characterization is a puzzle piece that fits into a particular hole in the SJW brain rather than an actual description of an external reality.

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  • @al-Gharaniq

    It’s interesting that blacks at historically black colleges have less extremist, more pro-freedom views.
     
    I think there are a few ways of interpreting this, depending—I'm by no means an expert on the socio-political environment at HBUs.

    1. At HBUs, black students aren't a minority population, and thus don't need campus sanctioned safespaces/hugboxes to protect their feelings from the so-called "privileged" groups. Moreover, there are no minority populations at these universities (by definition), so these groups can't force the university or socially pressure their peers not to hurt their feelings.

    2. Although black people (errr... bodies?) and college students as a whole tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic, black culture tends to be more conservative than liberal. With a diversity of liberal/conservative viewpoints among a homogeneous population, it's not too surprising that the pressures for and against free speech balance out.

    Personally, I think 1. is the driving force here, but I'd bet 2. has a sizable influence as well.

    At HBUs, black students aren’t a minority population, and thus don’t need campus sanctioned safespaces/hugboxes

    Is it really black students, specifically, in the safe spaces on campus?

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  • iSteve commenter Doug suggests: Or more likely, when the airline cancels it after a week, then you become a martyr for life on the speech circuit.
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    It's about room for the carry-on bag, Joe. Lots of people want to keep them nearby in case of trouble at the hub (i.e. missing the connection). It's better on the regional jet where one can let it get sent to the cargo big and pulled back out upon arrival.

    Ever since the airlines started charging more for bags, most people on short trips don't "check" them, so they fill up the plane before everyone is on there, at least on the > 90% full ones you see a lot.

    Those Douglas planes don't have enough room for the normal roll-aboard bags to go transversely on the one side of the plane with 2 seats. As much as I don't like the Scarebuses, they have lots of bin space, especially the ones with the revamped interiors.

    I still reserve my right to bring my service monkey aboard with no questions asked (except what kind of snack he likes.).

    roll-aboard bags

    I always thought they were being called “roller board” bags. You learn something new everyday on iSteve.

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    Damned things ought to be banned; they are the primary reason room in the bins is scarce and transversing airports quickly is difficult. If you cannot carry your damned bag like a normal person, check it at the ticket counter or do a damned push-up sometime why don't you?
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  • Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, explains in The Guardian: Note: Surfing Obama Doll may not be the precise doll carried by Ms. Abramson. She may actually carry the Obama Bobblehead Ukulele Doll. Or the graying
  • @AndrewR
    Well, look on the bright side: feminists tend to have fewer children than non-feminists.

    It sounds good, and it’s true. However, how many generations before that effect makes a big difference? 10? 20? Even if it only takes 5, that’s more than a century. Evolution may work quickly by geologic time, and noticeably by historical time, but it works slowly by human time.

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  • From Personnel Psychology: The Validity and Utility of Selection Methods in Personnel Psychology: Practical and Theoretical Implications of 100 Years of Research Findings Fox School of Business Research Paper 73 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2016 Frank L. Schmidt University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business In‐Sue Oh Temple University - Department of...
  • @Dieter Kief

    How well (high-IQ) honesty tests work - The Chalabi Problem
     
    Ask any psychotherapist/analyst about the undisputed precision, with which the (Freudian) defense-mechanisms work - no matter how intelligent (or higly intelligent...) the patients are.

    (I think it's a sure thing to say, that high -IQ neurotics have even more problems than the rest with rationalisations especially for the obvious reason, that they have more material to process/reflect on).

    ((The same thing might be true for consiraacy theorists - high IQs seem to be no good insurance against this not too productive way of thinking)).

    It’s a wonder humans ever actually learn anything. The main effect of taking really smart people and teaching them all kinds of logical, theoretical, and statistical tools with which to confront reality seems to be a great improvement in the quality of their rationalizations. Beliefs come from somewhere else. Emotional attachments, desire for conformity or status, etc.

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    Beliefs come from somewhere else. Emotional attachments, desire for conformity or status, etc.
     
    It has a lot to do with belonging, socialising, some kind of faith, humbleness. And it takes fellows to create such belongings - and keep them alive. - Might well be, that a public space like a decent blog can be - part of such belongings - but never, I guess, it could be the whole story, so to speak.
    (Freud knew, that functioning in a society has a lot to do with adjustment. Thats one of the best kept secrets about Freud).
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  • @Anonymous
    Germane to the topic in hand, everything that Bryan Caplan says or writes should be summarily dismissed by all *intelligent* persons as being the essence of pure shit.
    Literary skatole in other words.

    I agree that reading Bryan Caplan is a bad idea. On the other hand, do you doubt that he has things more or less right here? By accident, of course.

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    Put it this way, would you seriously recommend your own child not to go to college?

    I know that it's a f*cked up system - the real rot lies in the post 1945 consensus that *every* child must go to college, rather than college being the preserve of an elite - and also that colleges are guilty of blatant profiteering to pay faculty big salaries (this is a diagnostic feature if modern America from health care to professional sports to Wall Street etc) but, seriously, 'college' has evolved into a bizarre rite of passage,can initiation ceremony if you will, that one just 'must' play in order to function in today's America. Yes, it's f*cked up, it's a blatant rip off etc, but it's just a price that has to be paid, the monster must be fed. Seriously, I can't see how anyone can buck the system, it is a tax, if you will, on having the temerity of entering the workforce.
    As long as America is run by private enterprise - which is the gatekeeper of who shall be employed in congenial employment, and who shall not - ie to *live* to all practical purposes - the present set up will remain.
    Perhaps the best to hope for is universal free tuition as seen in some European nations.
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  • @Lot
    "stealing from their employees by paying them low wage"

    That's not what stealing means.

    "forcing them to work unpaid overtime."

    That is illegal, and never happened to me or anyone I know. However an employee who does not like such an arrangement could always quit.

    It differs from most employee theft because of that. McDonalds will fire you if it finds out you are stealing from the register. If you find out McDonalds expects you to spent 15 minutes every day off the books sweeping up the parking lot, you are able to quit upon learning this.

    The reason people put up with this in unskilled work is they can't produce enough value to justify paying them minimum wage together with a scrupulous attention to every state and federal labor regulation.

    It is easy to condemn low wage employers for their labor practices, but you have to be careful to remember they provide a public service in ensuring marginally employable people are working at all rather than sponging off relatives and taxpayers and thieving.

    “stealing from their employees by paying them low wage”

    That’s not what stealing means.

    Rubbish.

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  • @Lot
    Cognitive ability alone is .65, so adding the integrity test only increases the correlation to .78. And some of that may be noise and then even more of it is the fact Steve mentions that integrity tests are g-loaded.

    As for the validity of these tests, I took one in my single on-the-books prole job as a teen. They ask a lot of questions like "It isn't my job to report it if I see someone who might be stealing something that is only worth a dollar." Agree Completely, Agree Mostly, It depends, etc. In other words, they don't specifically look for people to say stealing is OK, but see if they completely reject common rationalizations for theft when stated as reasonably as possible. And asking for answers on a scale with the ideal employee completely and unambiguously condemning all dishonestly no matter the scope or context.

    The idea that minor theft and dishonesty against low wage employers is OK is so pervasive among the working class, I think many genuinely don't even realize that employers want none of it and many view all such dishonesty as wrong.

    Remember when Kramer tells Seinfeld to lie to the post office and make a false postal insurance claim? It went something like "Jerry, they don't care, they just write it all off." "Kramer, you don't even know what 'write it off' even means, do you?"

    It is easy for us 130+ types to forget what the median 97 IQ American really thinks like at times, even when we regularly interact with them superficially. They cannot, for example, write a page of text without run-on sentences. A large majority of Americans do not know there are two senators for every state and they serve 6 year terms. And by age 40 the majority have forgotten all to nearly all of their 9th grade algebra, assuming they ever learned it.

    If you want honest employees, pay honest wages.

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    • Replies: @Twinkie
    Hear, hear!
    , @Hibernian
    Not all employee honesty is petty and arguably a justified payback for low wages. Also the employer is not always the primary victim. About 10 years ago a coworker had his $3000 to $5000 used car stolen out of a repair shop in what was almost certainly an inside job. A "broken windows policing" policy towards employee dishonesty is necessary. I agree, high enough wages to attract and keep honest workers are a necessary ingredient.
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  • @newrouter
    "Why not a 2 year bachelor’s degree going summers?"

    Why not a more substantial k-12?

    Why have high school outside of an elite?

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  • @PiltdownMan
    Medical school in the UK starts after high school, and is either a 5 year or 6 year course leading to a medical degree. Some universities, such as Oxford, award a Bachelor of Arts degree as well along the way. This is a much better system (and a lot less expensive for the student) than we have in America.

    Needless to say, Britain has some of the best medical schools in the world.

    and a lot less expensive for the student

    Bug not feature.

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  • @ben tillman
    Too bad it's "illegal" to use this knowledge.

    It’s legal to require a college diploma for a job. What’s illegal is routing around college. Why? Because the established church is the established church.

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  • From Commentary: Swiftian plausible deniability? Or violent fantasizing? Or both? NOAH ROTHMAN / MAR. 8, 2018 ... But here’s the thing: The populists are outnumbered. Global free trade and liberal democracy do not benefit everyone equally, but they create vastly more winners than losers. ... Classical liberalism’s winners vastly outnumber its losers, and it is...
  • @Twinkie

    Steve, you are deluding yourself if you believe the Army will take the side of Deplorables/Populists in a conflict.
     
    The officer corps of the army is heavily male, white, Christian, and conservative compared to the general public, even today.

    The officer corps of the army is heavily male, white, Christian, and conservative compared to the general public, even today.

    Which means they are especially anxious that everyone know how non-racist they are. And if they can prove this merely by offing some of their more embarrassing co-ethnics? Relevant John Zmirak essay:

    You see, one of the most dominant motives in any socially stigmatized group — such as conservatives were at Yale and still are in the opinion-making circles Frum now inhabits — is self-purification. One tries to wash away the taint that your opponents have attached to you by finding someone within your own movement who is more distasteful, more extreme, more socially maladroit, then denouncing him. Best of all if you can lead the chorus of ostracism. That renders you yourself ritually pure, at least for a while — and joins you securely to the community that has now been purged.

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  • @Lot
    "Or maybe America could just stop f**king around in the middle-east"

    That is my preference too. But let's be realistic. The Iraq Attaq had 80% support at the time. When it turned into a complete disaster, most of the right still officially pretends otherwise. Nearly every US president seems to want a war of his own, and the middle east muslims are never going to stop being barbarians giving us an endless stream of plausible pretexts to chose from.

    Nearly every US president seems to want a war of his own, and the middle east muslims are never going to stop being barbarians giving us an endless stream of plausible pretexts to chose from.

    Yeah, if those Africans weren’t so civilized and peaceable, we’d be spending trillions of dollars invading them, too.

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  • @Lot
    "Classical" or 19th century liberalism is associated with opposition to slavery, that era's method of keeping down wages by importing a compliant nonwhite labor force. And while the plans never fully got off the ground, there was at least a general shared elite liberal agreement toward the idea sending the freedman to Africa and eugenics for the rest of the population.

    We should not let George Mason U's various open borders aspie libertarians claim the legacy of the prevailing philosophy of the peak of Western Civilization.

    We should not let George Mason U’s various open borders aspie libertarians claim the legacy of the prevailing philosophy of the peak of Western Civilization.

    No worries. Bryan Caplan won’t be claiming the mantle of Catholic Monarchy any time soon.

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  • iSteve Commenter Stan d Mute observes: From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
  • While three BSO deputies cowered behind their cars and remain on the job.

    So unfair. They took up a tactical position in order to ensure officer safety and “get back to my wife and kids at the end of my shift.”

    Mission accomplished. Sure hope they get their full pension at age 50. Tax dollars well spent.

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    They knew damn well it was likely the kid they'd visited 55 timers min with no arrests was doing the shooting . and they'd be dammed if they were crucified for shooting a retard Hispanic. During National Blame White people month.

    Just like Vegas was a Bernie Bro killing Trump voters. Hence media blackout
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  • “invaders”

    not “invaders”

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    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
    I had never heard of the words "human rights" until the Carter administration. Pretty sure the phrase doesn't pop up anywhere in the Constitution or Declaration.
    , @SteveRogers42
    Well played.
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  • @SnakeEyes
    Who is funding these anti-gentrification groups? Reading the lengthy piece, I lost track of all the different organizations and their inter-relationships. All this activism seems time consuming. Who is paying their wages? Russians maybe.

    Hungarians. Or at least one of them. Well, not an actual Hungarian Hungarian, but you know what I mean.

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  • White people getting married and having kids.
  • @Jack Highlands
    I don't see a >2.1 category on that map. Very few on the Dissident Right can swallow the bitterest pill of all, the one that binds sex and race: women will not reproduce at anything close to 2.1 unless coerced to. That is called patriarchy. The reason is unleashed hypergamy: most young, fertile women feel they can do better, right up to the point where their eggs start losing viability. Because of low nuptiality, the West has long been much more at risk for this cycle than any civilization ever. It required several generations to take off, but now it's here, and it can't be reversed quickly, short of barbaric-style patriarchy. Precious few of my fellow 'I had my two kids' boomers understand this.

    Fertility-incentive rightwingers will be the joke in some future branch of the Alt Right that tax policy conservatives are now.

    it can’t be reversed quickly, short of barbaric-style patriarchy

    Patriarchy is the opposite of barbarism. Patriarchy is the essence of civilization. All civilizations are patriarchal. Our civilization’s descent into barbarism has parallelled its abandonment of patriarchy.

    Fertility-incentive rightwingers will be the joke in some future branch of the Alt Right that tax policy conservatives are now.

    True. The problem isn’t financial incentives.

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  • @Doug
    The US government needs a very accurate model on the lifetime NPV of every new US citizen (either immigrant or birth). As Charles Murray demonstrated, the most important predictor by far would be parental test scores. The offspring of doctors almost certainly grow up to be productive taxpayers. The offspring of gangbangers are very likely to be major tax drags, from some combination of prison, court costs, medicaid, remedial education and lack of legal employment.

    The most important thing is to get accurate, agreed-upon numbers that everyone can see. Hire a team of non-partisan, independent actuaries of impeccable background. Similar to what the CBO does with government spending.

    It's a lot easier to frame the public problem if every American sees a regular government report. This is how many births we had in 2017, this is the average expected lifetime NPV per birth, this is the percent that are positive, this is how it's trending over time. Same for immigrants. You get immediate dollar signs attached to what's otherwise a very nebulous problem who's costs lie far in the future.

    What gets measured get managed.

    Ridiculous. They know perfectly well that their virtue has costs. Willingness to pay the price for your virtue is how you know your virtue is real. The problem is not that they just kind of forgot to perform a rational analysis. The problem is that they are members of a cult which thinks the other stuff they are interested in is more important than rational analysis.

    Well, we’ll just make sure to design a society without any of that nasty religion stuff. Let’s call the governing philosophy Scientific Capitalism. Over time, the society will produce Capitalist Man, and the whole problem will be solved. LOL.

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  • America has a long tradition of bestselling American Indian authors, some of whom even turn out to be somewhat American Indian by ancestry on closer inspection. From NPR: Granted, if you told me Sherman Alexie was Jay Leno's long-lost brother, I'd probably believe you too. But that's not the point ...
  • @International Jew

    consensual sexual relations that ended abruptly
     
    Dang, I turn my back for a second, and they invent a new crime.

    Seduction is not a new crime. The iSteve autism brigade is certainly in fine form today, though. When they are in the home, drooling on themselves, I wonder if it will occur to them finally that they were never going to be the ones getting any?

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  • During the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the operations of Russia's 58th Army were termed as “coercion into peace”. It is an appropriate term once one recalls what truly was at stake then. Russians did win that war and, indeed, coerced Georgia into a much more peaceful mood. In Clausewitzian terms the Russians achieved the main...
  • @Jesse James
    We Americans are strong because of our diversity. Martin Luther King discovered America. Frederick Douglass was the last Founding Father. Repeat as needed until you believe it.

    Don’t forget inventing peanut butter. PBJ is what makes America great.

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  • From news.com.au: ‘The time for reconciliation is over’: South Africa votes to confiscate white-owned land without compensation Frank [email protected]_chung news.com.au FEBRUARY 28, 201812:11PM SOUTH Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation. The motion...
  • @whorefinder
    With blacks, the irony is that while they themselves are extremely conspiratorially-minded about others, when they get put in charge they try to scheme but just end up giving up and rushing into everything by impulse. Which means the non-black schemers who put them into power suddenly have a bunch of uncontrollable lunatics on their hands.

    Look at the Democrats. Long happy to stoke anti-white animus and suspicion among blacks, suddenly those blacks are making serious (Keith Ellison) plays for power and the Democrats have literally nothing to stop them with besides election shenanigans (Tom Perez elected DNC chair over Ellison in a shady, close vote) and appeals to less hot-headed blacks (e.g. Obama,) to keep them from overwhelming.

    But as Steve has pointed out, whenever blacks used to riot in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, white lefties would turn to black "leaders" to quell them, only to find blacks actually don't listen to black "leaders" that much.

    In other words, those anti-apartheid forces that have pushed blacks into power likely have no idea what to do at this point and likely don't want this. They'd settle for a strong man dictatorship keeping things quiet but not an extermination war.

    Democrats have literally nothing to stop them with besides election shenanigans (Tom Perez elected DNC chair over Ellison in a shady, close vote) and appeals to less hot-headed blacks (e.g. Obama,) to keep them from overwhelming.

    Tell it to Cynthia McKinney. The Democrats always have and always will effortlessly control teh bleks.

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  • @NickG

    On the other hand, South Africa seems like a place well worth conspiring over, so don’t ask me what is going on behind the scenes.
     
    I'm in Pretoria, just behind the Union Buildings, I can see the State President's residence - occupied by Cyril Ramaphosa - from my driveway...and us Umulungu (white people) don't know what's going on behind the scenes.

    What is clear, is that the kleptocracy ANC is haemorrhaging support from both sides. It's caught between the Marxist leaning - black nationalist, screw whitey EFF - Economic Freedom Fighters -and the more reasonable centrist DA - Democratic Alliance - who now govern the Western Cape - which includes Cape Town. The DA also managed to take over Pretoria municipality in the municipal local elections.

    The theory is that Cyril is having to play to the gallery.

    What Cyril is saying and being told by business behind the scenes, is open to speculation. But it's noticeable here in SA but there is suddenly a bit of optimism amongst many beleaguered whites. Personally I'm not so sure this is not all wishful thinking.

    This is what needs to happen to get South Africa sorted...

    1) Fight kleptocracy and corruption.

    2) Simplify and streamline government administration.

    3) Work hard to attract inward investment.

    4) Set up enterprise zones with low taxation and relaxed regulation, including draconian black race preference regulations (called B-BBEE - Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment). These kick in for enterprises with an annual turnover over 10 million Rand - about 1 million US Dollars. -
    Government Website. It's a brake on the economy and mandated incompetence.

    5) Publicly and often aim for growth of north of 6% pa and make that the cornerstone of government policy.

    I don't think anything like this is likely to happen. Worse yet - despite South Africa's considerable assets - mineral, a good basic infrastructure bequeathed by the Apartheid regime, astonishing natural beauty, having much good farmland, it's British colonial legacy - giving it the English language, legal underpinnings, business ethos and it's strong ties to Europe... South Africa has a human capital problem. The average IQ is only 72 and cronyism nepotism and corruption are rife. The record of post colonial black governance in Africa is something less than stellar.

    Definitely. Freedom fixes everything. In the land of glowy freedom, the blacks will just naturally come to understand that they are poor because they deserve to be, and it’s all for the best in this best of all possible worlds. And they’ll be happy, dancing, watermelon-eating minstrels ever after. The end.

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  • @anony-mouse
    Well we can certainly hope so, right? Mugabe was the greatest Shona nationalist of all time. First he beat the Ndebele minority. Then he went after the White tribe and essentially kicked them. So Zimbabwe became virtually a one ethnicity state which we have been repeatedly told here is great. Sort of like China. No wonder it's so successful.

    The ANC (that's the African NATIONAL Congress) won't be able to turn South Africa into a one ethnicity state, but it can make South Africa a multi-ethnic one race state, sort of like what Switzerland used to be.

    What? There are people here who favor a multi-racial, multi-cultural South Africa? Who oppose Shona nationalism?

    How can you? Nationalism is great. Multiculturalism is bad. I hope people here don't simply support nationalism in certain cases and not in others. I know for example how enthusiastic people here have been about Ukrainian nationalism. Oh wait, I couldn't have gotten that wrong. Gosh, it's complicated.

    Really childish. Appealing to the universalistic morality of particularists is stupid.

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  • @Corn
    “You would think a breakaway state would be feasible but we know that would take support from Europe, and that isn’t going to happen.”

    Other than that homeland or bantustan scheme, did the Afrikaners/whites ever seriously consider a partition of South Africa?

    Years ago a South African stated on another internet forum that’s its long been rumored in South Africa that Prime Minister Verwoerd back in the ‘60s had a plan to partition South Africa into two states, a white republic in Cape Province or the Western half and a black state in the eastern half of the country. Verwoerd was assassinated however, so this supposed plan never came to light.

    What would be the point of that? South Africa was already partitioned. There were basically no blacks there before whites colonized it. The blacks all immigrated there. If you partitioned it again, the blacks would just immigrate from the black part to the white part. Whites would welcome them because cheap labor.

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  • In Vox, liberaltarian Will Wilkinson explains: The immigration debate is about whether Latinos are “real Americans” Democrats debate policy as Trump pursues a radical ethnonationalist agenda. By Will Wilkinson Feb 22, 2018, 12:30pm EST ... The Americanness of Hispanic Americans ought to be indisputable. Spanish colonial culture precedes English colonial culture in North America. Coronado...
  • @Harry Baldwin
    I wonder if Will Wilkerson ever met a Hispanic libertarian.

    There are a fair number of Conquistador libertarian economists. There was a whole University of Chicago Economics – South American libertarian nexus thing for a while.

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    I'll admit I know next to nothing about libertarians.
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  • David Brooks has devoted at least part of his last four columns to worrying about what he sees as growing "tribal" emotions within the United States. From the New York Times: The End of the Two-Party System David Brooks FEB. 12, 2018 ... Today, after the financial crisis, the shrinking of the middle class, the...
  • @Crawfurdmuir

    It would be vastly more dysgenic now; children with high mutational load then would often simply die. Decreased mortality means that more children with issues will survive to reproductive age.
     
    Not necessarily related to inbreeding, but your remark raises a question about which I've often wondered - does modern medicine's ability to preserve the lives of people with genetic maladies have a dysgenic effect?

    For example, before the development of insulin therapy, Type I diabetes almost always led to the sufferer's death before reaching marriageable age. Now diabetics routinely survive to adulthood, and many marry and raise children. Is there a measurable increase in the incidence of diabetes as a result?

    OTOH, people with big heads kill their mothers in child birth a lot less. Big head goes with smart, so this is arguably not a defect/malady.

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  • @The Alarmist
    Stephen who?

    re Susan Wojcicki, spot the joke in this clip:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkfpV0_rVv4

    This is like a meta joke? It’s saying “We all know that women aren’t funny and that you have to pretend they are, but, with me, at least you can look at my tits.”

    I admit boredom kept me from getting through the whole, interminable ten minutes of it. Is it easier if you’re drunk?

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    Yeah, it is a meta-joke to some extent, but if you stop focusing on the tits, you would see that the almost empty tip-jar is labelled for "Susan Wojcicki" and Miss Blush makes a cryptic reference to bartenders who have miserable lives getting fewer tips, which is a dig at Susan Wojcicki for pushing through de-monitizing of videos like hers.

    I enjoy Miss Blush's videos, perhaps too much, because her outrageous French-Canadian accent and mannerisms remind me of my High School French teacher, who was French-Canadian and whose Quebecois teaching of French got me laughed at too often during the year I lived in Paris.

    Doesn't hurt that she is easy on the eyes, but drinking a good scotch while watching makes one more receptive to spotting the subtle humour buried in the larger meta-joke. This woman is not dumb.

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  • @International Jew
    That's unfair, either he's incel, or he's gay, but both together seems implausible.

    Sometimes I wonder how many people are gay because incel.

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  • @D. K.
    I remember June 9, 1967. I was pissed off, that Friday evening, because ABC had preempted "The Time Tunnel" because of the ongoing news coverage of the Six-Day War!

    I hope you two have access to some website with old TV schedules. Otherwise, this is a seriously disturbing conversation.

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    You can look up old television schedules, and IMDb will tell you when original episodes first aired, but I did not have to check; I literally remember that Friday evening, back in Gary, and I was genuinely pissed off that "The Time Tunnel" was preempted on ABC by coverage of the Six-Day War-- even though the episode was, indeed, a scheduled rerun from the previous autumn.
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  • From the Washington Post: Nation of immigrants? According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, not so much. By Abigail Hauslohner February 22 at 5:12 PM Email the author The United States is no longer “a nation of immigrants” — at least according to a new mission statement from the government agency that awards citizenship. U.S....
  • @Ed
    Thank you, now folks are complaining about a change no other Republican administration would have ever made not being made on day 1 of Trump administration.

    I swear Trump really is too good for many posters on here.

    FYI these things take time. An example HUD Secretary Carson got rid of the Obama Era FMR rule which basically goosed up section 8 vouchers do holders could afford more affluent areas. The NAACP sued and win because Carson didn’t perform a study before getting rid of the rule. The govt is full of stupid archaic rules that helps to solidify the current orthodoxy.

    Trump is a great first start but he’ll need more support if this is t continue.

    Huh? How is this an example of Trump being on the good guys’ side? If you want Section 8 forever, then make sure Section 8 recipients stay away from upper middle class and upper class areas. If you want Section 8 repealed, fill upper middle class and upper class areas with Section 8 recipients.

    The Trump administration trying to get rid of small market area FMR is a perfect example of Tory politics: the conservative party saving the lefty party from itself by reducing the extremism of its policies.

    An administration which actually was on our side would see to it that every superzip in America was innundated with Section 8.

    Want the independent council law repealed? Use it against a Democrat. Etc.

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  • @Beckow
    That took one year. At this rate, Trump will slightly modify the existing order if he manages to rule for 15-20 years.

    The point of a democracy is to implement what majority of people want. The point is not elections and voting, or debating and media circuses. If a 'democracy' fails to do what most people want, is it a democracy? Or is it just a massive waste of time? Without results, what is exactly the point of 'voting'?

    The point of democracy is to legitimate our actual system: oligarchy. The people getting what they want is an undesirable but rare side effect.

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  • @Anonymous
    Won't this just get changed again the next time a Democrat is president?

    Also the next time a Republican is president.

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  • The Chinese sure can be exasperating. Paul Midler writes in his new book What’s Wrong with China: (Laowai is the common—informal, non-hostile—Chinese term for a foreigner, equivalent to Japanese gaijin. Pronunciation here. During my own China days in the early 1980s the usual expat term for the syndrome under discus
  • @Anonym
    What's wrong with us?

    I think a confluence of factors. I can list if you like, but it has partly been extended by a lot of addictions of the modern world.

    However, it seems to me that it can't last. White people are prone to fashions, both of clothing and of thought. We tend to overdo things. Religion hasn't been a constant. Piousness ebbs and flows. We have Extraordinary Delusions and Madness of Crowds. We go way too far the one way, then finally when we think that this is the way things will always be, it suddenly ends. Maybe it takes a little while like the hippie era, or maybe it ends abruptly like disco.

    We have an equilibrium in terms of altruism vs ethnocentrism. We have had every force attempt to push us in the direction of pathological altruism, self-loathing, false virtue signalling and the like. It has taken systems of mass indoctrination to get us to this point. The movement back has already started. Generally the further things are pushed from equilibrium, the greater the momentum and energy they have when they rebound towards equilibrium, and yes, there is some overshoot.

    Comically:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8JqycAn0hY

    Not so comically. What's wrong with us? What's wrong with the low sea level?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dug6H00PwsU&t=0m54s

    The “tsunami” video is funny. Everyone in the video is talking about the tide. Nobody in the video is talking about harbors.

    Tsunami is definitely a better name than tidal wave. Definitely. Glad our betters fixed that for us.

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    Tidal wave was wrong but understandable. And so something, anything that could stand in for it, e.g. Japanese "tsunami" was better. Literally a harbor wave, in translation it is not evocative or really any more correct as tides affect harbors too.

    Then there is the technically perfect and utterly sexless Seismic Sea Wave.

    Hopefully my point was made that rather than think that this is the End of History (TM), in fact history has just been postponed and when it returns there will be Interesting Times.
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  • @Weaver1
    No. We lost our piety, traditions, and the wisdom of our ancestors. We lost pride in our history and culture.

    We instead just assumed we could "progress" forward with magical science and individualism, that our natural genetic superiority would inexplicably propel us without the need of additional aids.

    There's no group of people on Earth more easily manipulated than an uprooted English nuclear-family individualist who knows no history and has no traditional safeguards and community ties. And our extreme "capitalism" seems to naturally lead a society to socialism, though we pretend it's the great alternative.

    While technology is important, we still see "right wing" Europeans praising our "Faustian spirit"; they seem to worship "progress" as a sort of religion and whites as that agent of "progress". They've embraced madness.

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    We also grew soft from success and other reasons. Perhaps it's true that were Jews not so powerful, European Christians would have righted things eventually. But our open, individualistic system enabled their great power.

    The US seems to have been behind much of the leftward shift among Europeans, post-WWII. Looking at the "conservative movement" in the US:

    The Greeks knew a large middle class to be beneficial, but "conservatives" viewed such as "socialist".

    The Greeks knew the importance of culture, wouldn't have allowed Hollywood to destroy society. But "conservatives" valued the free market. The Greeks wouldn't have allowed Marxists to take over the universities either.

    And the Greeks knew overly large societies could be dangerous. And we have other legitimate conservative voices warning us of the unstable changes society had made.

    It's the Godforesaken "conservative movement" (not to be confused with actual conservatives) that deserves some of the blame. It wasn't only FOX and Conservative Inc but also the worship of ideology among many independent conservative Americans who should have known better. Just a brief reading of Aristotle and Belloc or even Machiavelli and Livy would have snapped them out of some of their foolishness.

    If we had pushed for a larger middle class back in the 60s (and continued to focus on preserving the middle class), maybe the 1965 immigration act and other policies wouldn't have passed. Then other improvements could have been made to the system. But it was seen as essentially "socialist" to resist socialism.

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  • @Moi
    Here, in the US, we just walk over them, no?

    No.

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  • Here's your legal koan for the day: When is an indictment not an indictment? Answer-- When there is no intention of initiating a criminal case against the accused. In the case of the 13 Russian trolls who have just been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there is neither the intention nor the ability to...
  • @Twodees Partain
    "The test for Trump will be whether he can take a wrecking ball to the FBI and Department of State "

    He could have done that a year ago. Trump has left more people loyal to Obama in their jobs than would have thought possible. His advisors are all seemingly pushing their own agendas and haven't clued him in on the fact that he has Obama's bureaucracy snapping at his ankles and he needs to go on a firing rampage.

    I doubt that he even knows who he can fire outright and who would have to be moved into another department.

    Trump’s failure to fire people by the truckload during the first week of his presidency is a topic worth exploring. Probably we won’t know why he failed to do this until after his presidency sometime, but it is a curious choice given how widespread and intense was the hatred of him.

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    We can know why now. Trump was kneecapped from day one in the Oval Office and he's surrounded by treasonous people who'll either keep him in line or step out of the way of Trump's political enemies. Pence and his ideologically (theologically, actually) aligned Christian Zionist generals have it under control:

    https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/02/11/president-held-hostage/

    Meanwhile Trump is the perfect idiot to take the heat and end up holding the bag. The momentary big, inside fight, is fundamentalist Christian Pentagon vs neoliberal CIA for upper hand at the White House with Bibi (via AIPAC) solidly on the side of Pence, probably not if, but much more likely when, Trump is taken down.

    That fool actually believed he would be allowed to become President. Well, he was wrong. He got the title, he gets the heat, but he'll never be allowed to exercise the power.

    , @Anonymous
    Trump belongs to the Ruling Class. If he didn't, the rulers never would have selected him as president. I thought the producers had brought in the Trump character to change the direction of the play. But no, still the same old Empire first, the rich second, and everything else later. How much did the Trump family save from the new tax law? That's another story all together.
    , @EliteCommInc.
    Despite his political inexperience, Pres Trump had a long and intense period to select his admin. I think he is responsible for selecting people who openly did not support his campaign agenda. And while they very well be honorable men, they opposed that agenda for which I voted and would be suspect going in.


    I was incorrect in believing that he would get them on board or they would have to go. And with no disrespect to those he selected, given the agenda I think they should not have been on board.

    That is the failure or the decision of the president to eschew that agenda.
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