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    Recently, a Yahoo Answers question has gotten quite a lot of attention: You have to admit that the Young Stalin Haircut is pretty great, especially in the (heavily retouched) front view. But, from "19 Photos of World Leaders When They Were Younger," what about the Young Nixon Haircut? On the other hand, I don't think...
  • Sadly, this isn’t a great haircut, it’s great hair. Stalin was born with this hair, can’t be mimicked. You have it or you don’t.

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  • From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Racist posters promoting 'alt-right' alarm Toronto residents Police investigate after posters went up directing people to 'pro-European' news sources Kate McGillivray · CBC News 15 Minutes Ago A Toronto resident who says she was horrified to see a "racist" poster on a pole while walking to her children's school on...
  • @Auntie Analogue
    Smells like a false flag operation: Rehmat did it! (!)

    “less”? They mean “fewer” Sad. With big brains like this behind them, I doubt it will really go anywhere. The alt Center is the future.

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  • Trump has a lot of jobs to fill in three months. Put your suggestions in the comments.
  • Kris Kobach for DHS.

    I’d like to see someone into level targeting put up for the Fed. Fed needs to be made to increase money supply growth so that we can tack another percentage point or two on to nominal GDP growth.

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  • From the NYTimes.com: By the way, perhaps Trump's Treasury Secretary could announce that Andy Jackson is staying on the $20 and Harriet Tubman will replace Hamilton on the $10? From Slate:   And then there's the Google doodle for today, November 9th. Google, apparently, is speechless.
  • Would this victory have happened if Steve Sailer hadn’t got into journalism and blogging? I wonder. Maybe not.

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    It's a close victory, so I think we can give Steve the credit. ;)
    , @Antonymous
    Sailer influenced Coulter. Coulter wrote a book which influenced Trump on immigration. Trump tacked immigration concerns onto his longstanding concerns about trade and interventionism and voila, winning campaign. Two degrees from Sailer to Trump. Huge thanks from this reader.
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  • Introduction The term “russophobia” (the hatred and/or fear of things Russian) has become rather popular in the recent years, courtesy of the anti-Russian hysteria of the AngloZionist Empire, but this is hardly a new concept. In his seminal book “Russie-Occident – une guerre de mille ans: La russophobie de Charlemagne à la Crise Ukrainienne” (“The...
  • It’s discouraging, especially for an American Orthodox convert like myself. I wish the Russians, real stewards of the ancient faith the best, and will try to help in my own way.

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  • What is on your mind?
  • Perhaps some of you have seen that big-name Dems have unfollowed Crooked Hillary on twitter. Is this some sort of triple bank shot Iknow/youknow/Iknow/youknow/Iknow? Or is it as simple as “dis bish is dirtier than a coed at a safety school”? Will they force her out and tell us to vote Kaine? The suspense is too much but I think this should put Trump over the top, if only because the cucks in Wisconsin will stay home and allow Trump’s loyal corps of supporters to give him a victory on low turnout.

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    If Trump wins any one of the three states Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania and squeaks out Florida and Ohio and NC, look for PRESIDENT TRUMP :)
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  • Steve, come what may on Nov 8. You’ve done more than almost anyone to help make this happen. Almost anyone but for Donald J. Trump.

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  • Conquer Russia!
  • @Tiny Duck
    The alt right has revealed itself to be cowards of the first order. Never in my life have I seen such spineless and lack of patriotism.

    The whole world hates Russia, a homophobic islamaphobic Christian supremacist dictatorship. NATO with America at the head would crush Putin and his cronies.

    A war against an evil empire is just what our country needs to unite us. If you losers do not want to support that YOU CAN LEAVE. America does not want your traitorousness.

    Wow, you make Russia sound great! I want to be on their side!

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  • Hillary will probably try to put Trump in jail if she's President, the way Julian Assange got charged with sexual assault. Maybe Trump should work out a deal with the Ecuadorian government to move their embassy into his new Old Post Office hotel in Washington DC. Then he could come out onto his balcony, like...
  • Steve, you’re too black-pilled. Trump will win. He’s going to get PA and WI, IA plus Romney’s states, possibly FL.

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  • Commenter rienzi notes:
  • @grmbl
    Your estimate of the likelihood of armed conflict between NATO and Russia involving at least one nuclear warhead explosion in 2017-2020 --

    If Trump POTUS, in %

    If Hillary POTUS, in %

    Trump: 0.01%
    Crooked Hillary: 10%

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  • In April of 2014 I wrote an article entitled “How the Ukrainian crisis will eventually bring down the AngloZionist Empire” in which I made a list of the similarities between the Soviet Union of the 1980s and Obama's USA and wrote the following: Over two years later, watching the Presidential race between Trump and Hillary...
  • I think it should be “thine empire” if we’re going to use thee/thou/thine

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    No, "thine" is the second person singular possessive pronoun, thus:

    This is mine and that is thine.

    However, "thy" is the second person singular possessive adjective, thus:

    This is my book and that is thy book.

    The second person singular personal pronoun as the subject of a verb is "thou":

    Thou art wrong! Thou hast made a mistake!

    The other second person singular pronoun that is not the subject of the verb is "thee":

    I love thee; I am talking to thee; I shall walk with thee; I shall give thee my love etc.


    Where I lived in the North West of England over 40 years ago, such forms were still in use. I last spoke using "thou","thee", "thy" and "thine" with old friends when visiting the place of my birth 10 years ago.

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  • When I lived in Chicago from 1982-2000, there weren't many women dressed in Muslim hijabs or burqas. Now I live in my native Los Angeles, which, for better or worse, doesn't attract many women who want to cover up their entire bodies. But I was talking to somebody just back from Chicago who said the...
  • @Agent J
    Here in the burbs of my big city, there has also been a significant increase in burqas and beards. And it seems to me these are American-born blacks. Islam has been taught in prisons to angry black males for decades now; I fear we're seeing Americans being assimilated into Islam, and that won't end well.

    You see this a lot in Philly. Native black American women wearing hijabs.

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  • Rosa Luxemburg in her 1918 book on the Russian Revolution: It is actually rather remarkable how much her critiques echoes that of Russian conservative opponents of the Bolsheviks (even if from the opposite side of the ideological spectrum): The Bolsheviks are in part responsible for the fact that the military defeat was transformed into the...
  • @Cagey Beast
    If Rosa Luxemburg were alive today she'd be a "senior fellow" at some American funded think tank and be making up stories about Putin and Trump. People like her don't believe any nations are real - apart from one - and so her views on Ukraine are of no value. It is interesting though to learn she and Lenin differed on the best way to destroy what was the Russian Empire. The moral of the story is to avoid ever having to depend on the goodwill, honesty or kindness of people like Luxemburg or Lenin.

    I agree with Cagey Beast. I know plenty of Orthodox or Greek Catholic Ukrainians who certainly “feel” Ukrainian. That’s enough for nationhood imo, a common “fiction”. Now whether or not Ukraine is better off as an Anglo-Zionist plaything, as a member in a union with Russia (think Bavaria or former DDR), or as a Putin vassel (as it was before) is another question. I’m a guy who’d like to see Tsargrad liberated, so you can imagine where I stand.

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    You are talking nonsense if you think Ukraine ever was a "Putin vassel". Some elements of the relationship under Yanukovich were even worse than with Yushchenko. Then also the "vassal" couldn't even recognise some of the disputed states such as South Ossetia and numerous economic disagreements.

    Ukraine has existed as a state for 25 years, of course some people feel Ukrainian, just like the Confederate side still felt American, but Ukraine is not a stable country politically for a long time preceeding the events after February 2014, nor has it had a secure national identity...and I know plenty who view Russians and Ukrainians as one of the same people
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  • I recently wondered about why Americans had switched over so whole-heartedly from butter to margarine in the prosperous postwar years. From commenter Piltdown Man it looks like for a family of five with a busdriver father making $1,300 per year and a stay at home mother in 1932-34, 90 pounds of butter per year at...
  • I use an enormous amount of butter by modern standards, about 1.5 blocks of unsalted Kerry Gold per week, which is maybe 3 of the normal American sticks. It’s grass fed, so I’m going to live forever, you know? This amounts to about 0.3% of my take-home pay, so my living standards are much better than a bus driver in the depression.

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    Good for you! The late and widely lamented blogger Seth Roberts, one of my web favorites for honest good sense, tested his own use of butter in relation to brain function and found that the more butter he ate, the better the results he achieved. Seth was a great believer in experimenting on himself and keeping careful records of any changes in made in his routines.
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  • I hear a lot about how Trump will crush Hillary in their debates. But is there much evidence that Trump is a strong debater? He mostly seemed to scrape by in the GOP debates, and then flourish the rest of the week when he was alone on stage or in interviews. Trump's kind of thinking-out-loud...
  • @D. K.
    I think that you are asking this question from your own perspective, Steve, as a former debater. How the average American swing voter views who won a so-called debate is a very different thing from how someone like you would judge it, according to the principles that you were trained in, back in the day. I believe that the unwashed masses, on the Internet, viewed Trump to have won almost all of the Republican debates, even though journalists and political pundits almost always thought otherwise. Scott Adams, the "Dilbert" creator and persuasion expert, believes that Trump has been playing on a whole different level from all of his competitors.

    You are right DK. On logical terms, Cruz won a few of the debates. But Trump won on rhetoric, Trump won with the IQ 95-105 hordes. He’s willfully simplified his message to appeal to the professional wresting and reality TV types, this is good.

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  • Before the Iowa caucus kicked off the political year, Trump supporters figured that Trump would do better than his polls indicated because a lot of people probably would think it imprudent to publicly admit to a stranger that you are intending to do something so widely deplored. But then Trump underperformed in the semi-public Iowa...
  • @The most deplorable one
    The only poll that counts is the one on November 8.

    He beat her in the Rasmussen poll, he tied her in another.

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  • From the AP/Washington Post: Clinton's top priorities: Gun control and immigration reform. Could she deliver on either? Anne Gearan and Paul Kane Article Last Updated: Monday, May 02, 2016 3:35am Associated Press, (c) 2016, The Washington Post. With Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's campaign turning fully toward the general election, the candidate is speaking in increasingly...
  • @415 reasons
    I can assure you letting in millions of uneducated people whose children will attend public school, who will take earned income tax credits, and who will use state subsidized health insurance is not a net positive to the federal budget

    Exactly, there’s just no way legalization of the illegal infiltrators is anything but a net loss on the fiscal side. As a rough approximation, anyone with an IQ below 105 or so is expected to cost the government more than they bring in.

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    Yeah cause Trump has been so terrible at controlling the narrative.
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  • From The Atlantic, an essay by Robert D. Kaplan that would make a good appendix to Houellebecq's Submission: In Michel Houellebecq's 2015 novel Submission, the new Muslim president of France moves the capital of the E.U. from northerly Brussels to Rome to be closer to the center of a new/old unified realm in which the...
  • We could make all sorts of arguments for why the emergence of Christendom is a natural, organic phenomenon. We could use the word “emergence” to win over libertarians. But it doesn’t matter at the end of the day. What matters is answering the question: “who owns European countries?” and “what policies make a country nice to live in?”

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  • Many recent articles and online discussions have been rife with the idea that the reason for Russia's "withdrawal" from Syria (which we now know is really nothing of the sort) was due to its mounting economic problems. In reality that could not be farther from the truth. Here's why: (1) As of March 2016, half...
  • The whole thing has shown how bloated the American foreign military expedition model is. Putin got the ‘bang for the buck’ while the US effort in Iraq and Afghanistan was, more or less, deliberately intended to fetch as little ‘bang for buck’ as possible. All the better for military suppliers. We’ll see how it shakes out, but so far it looks like an episode that will be studied by armchair military enthusiast and actual military leadership, for decades. Brilliant.

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    The whole thing has shown how bloated the American foreign military expedition model is.
     
    United States can not have any other "model"--it is not a continental power and never was. US "elites" are not conditioned by continental warfare (in fact, they are not conditioned by any warfare at all) and neither is general US population and it shows.
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  • Charles Murray posted his "social bubble" quiz from Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 on PBS.com to find the zip code most insulated from white working class zip code in America. While his sample sizes aren't enormous, the winner seems pretty plausible: Zip code 10023 As seen above from Central Park, this zip...
  • I’ve wondered the same thing about 30s architecture; what did we miss out on? I’m a big fan of neo classical and art deco so I suspect we missed quite a lot. The 20th century started out right architecture-wise, a combination of old forms with new building methods really worked for the early skyscrapers (I’m thinking downtown Birmingham AL) while art deco was innovative without being degenerate.

    The lack of investment appetite cut down on new construction in the 30s, and then the victory of the Soviet Union in the 40s sealed the deal on doing anything beautiful or enduring. Architecture has rebounded a bit from the dark days of 1960s-1980s but it’s still a far cry from the glory days of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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  • From Genetics: Mutation and Human Exceptionalism: Our Future Genetic Load Michael Lynch GENETICS March 7, 2016 vol. 202 no. 3 869-875; DOI: 10.1534/genetics.115.180471 Abstract Although the human germline mutation rate is higher than that in any other well-studied species, the rate is not exceptional once the effective genome size and effective population size are taken...
  • @JayMan
    Yup, it's not certain dysgenics is actually happening.

    Idiocracy Can Wait?

    Similar results come out of Scandinavia.

    And yes you're quite right, even if it were happening, the rate would be slow enough that all manner of interventions would likely become available before it became a real problem.

    We already have the ability to measure rare alleles in living humans (that paper Cochran talked about showing lots of mutations in Quebec). And we have the ability to look at the genomes of fertilized embryos. So…we should be able to pick embryos for low genetic load, right?

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    I think that is what at least the upper-middle class and wealthier soon is going to start doing. Gene sequencing is getting cheap and soon will be even cheaper. If you are going to rear a child, why not pick out an embryo that has few serious problems? It's not direct germ line engineering, but it ought to be effective.
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  • In Salon, Al Sharpton offers an insightful depiction of Donald Trump:
  • You’re really incredible Steve.

    What does Trump have to do to get some good press from you? You spend 15 years writing about the disaster of illegal immigration from Mexico and then you turn your nose up at Trump because he as the stylistic equivalent of “pointy elbows”? Give me a break. You need to get over whatever it is about Trump that triggers you and embrace the greatest political gift you could possibly have hoped for.

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    I think Steve's problem is that he is not from the Northeast. Scott Adams explains it well in his blog:

    For starters, the visceral reaction that makes so many people dislike Trump has a lot to do with his New York style. I grew up in upstate New York and his style registers with me in a completely different way than it does with my California friends who can’t stand him. What I see is bluntness, honesty, some risk-taking, and a competitive nature. I don’t hate any of that. In fact, I kind of like it.

    I have blogged about making the transition from my New York personality to my California personality. New Yorkers tend to say whatever they think is true to whoever is standing nearby. Not much filter. Californians say what they think will make you feel good. The California way would feel like lying if it were not so well-meaning.

    I certainly understand that Trump comes off as arrogant, obnoxious, and lots of other bad stuff. But over time, and compared to the liars on stage with him, you might get hooked on hearing his honest opinions. That’s how the New York style works. At first you hate it because it seems so harsh. In time you start to appreciate the honesty. And when you realize the harshness is not a signal of real evil – just a style – you tend to get over it. He won’t win over all of his haters, but I predict that his New York style will grow on people more than you would expect. You could say his style is his biggest problem, but it might be self-solving with time and exposure. He is getting both.
     
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  • Donald Trump is a member of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame for various forays, including bodyslamming WWE owner Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 23 in 2007. Whether this is appropriately Presidential is something for the voters to decide. What I haven't seen pointed out is that Trump's seemingly novel methods are actually following in...
  • Steve, How can you ignore Trump? Why won’t you seriously write about him? What is your deal with him? You make a tangential reference to him now and then but overall you’re ignoring the most important candidate vis-a-vis your views to ever come along. It’s absurd and you’re letting your readers down.

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    It may have to do with Mr. Sailer's observations some months back that included pictures of Mr. Trump and Mr. Clinton golfing together. Don't you remember? That's OK, few others do, either.

    I suspect that Mr. Sailer doesn't want to alienate you and his other readers. But neither does he want to join a foolish parade that already has plenty of majorettes, even here, like Ms. Mercer.

    In any event, he has better things to do with his time and considerable talents.
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  • According to a fable often told by Russians themselves, there once lived two peasants. One of them had one cow, the other had two cows. The poorer peasant found a lamp, rubbed it, and out popped a genie, who proceeded to ask him if he wanted 5 cows. He refused and instead wished for one...
  • In my favorite version of that joke, the Genie says he’ll give the neighbor twice what he gives the farmer. So the farmer says “put out my eye”.

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  • The newly released paper by Anne Case and Angus Deaton showing that mortality rates amongst middle-aged White American males (MAWAM) increased from 1999-2013 has been generating a lot of discussion of late. This mortality increase was concentrated amongst MAWAMs with a high school degree or less ("Fishtown," to borrow from Charles Murray's archetype of a...
  • This was a great article Mr.Karlin. Outstanding work.

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  • From an interview in Vox: Ezra Klein: You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to...
  • I grew up one mile from Bernie’s house in Burlington. I saw him all the time at the grocery store. He lives in a nice, two story single family house, about a 5 minute walk from Lake Champlain. That is, middle/upper middle class. He really is a man of the people.

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  • From the Washington Post:
  • @Massimo Heitor
    You can't kill comedy. Liberals killed some comedy and are a gold mine for other comedy. Many Sailer headlines have me literally laughing out loud. People say that the right doesn't have a version of the Jon Stewart Daily Show, and they are so wrong. The right has plenty of jokes and humor. Stewart was always more partisan commentary than a true punch line seeking comic.

    Steve’s writing leaves me in stitches routinely. I also think Gavin McInnes is pretty funny. Mark Steyn brought me to tears with his ‘unless China wants to be the first gay super power since Sparta, they’d better fix their gender ratio’

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  • Any comments? Can you understand Tom Hardy speaking through yet another mask?
  • @Anonymous
    It was the most coherent very action-y movie I have seen in some time. The frame narrative doesn't try to be THE FATE OF THE WORLD. There's a post-apocalypse corner of Oz, there's a group of very desperate and contingent allies, and I felt like the villains had back stories, briefly hinted at, as rich as the heroes.

    The action is mostly true to the movie: it's mad, the whole scenario is mad, but it didn't make me give up on it due to stupidity. The bad guys are in a suicide warrior cult, but it's a coherent, historically allusive suicide cult. It's also a bit hard to hate a movie where the bad guy builds his suicide warrior cult around Norse mythology.

    Aside from that, the action sequence (it's not quite continuous for the whole running time, but it's pretty close) is very good. If you think you might like a big-budget post-apocalyptic car battle, you will like this one very much, and it has above-average character development.

    The hinted-at back stories was what I liked too. I kept waiting for them to awkwardly explain everything, the blood donation, the milking, the tumors. They didn’t though, let it be a mystery. I didn’t find Max’s walking away at the end compelling though. After all that he can’t chill out and drink some water with Charlize? Also weird how she had an American accent. They should have had her use her South African accent, close enough to Oz.

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    What kind of accent did Max have?
    , @Steve Sailer
    What kind of accent did Max have?
    , @syonredux

    Also weird how she had an American accent. They should have had her use her South African accent, close enough to Oz.
     
    She might not be able to do a South African accent anymore.Dialect coaches have a term, accent destruction.Some people so effectively suppress their original accents that they just can't easily go back to them.There's an old story about Tony Randall that illustrates the point.Back in the '40s, he went to audition for a Texan character on a radio show.Randall thought that he would easily be able to do the accent.After all, he had been born and raised in Oklahoma.Well, the audition was a disaster.Randall had totally eradicated even the slightest trace of OK in his speech.To his surprise, the casting director told him that he they were going to hire him.As an English character, not as the Texan.....
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  • Here's a table from the liberal Sentencing Project thinktank's 2007 report: "Uneven Justice: State Rates of Incarceration By Race and Ethnicity" by Marc Mauer and Ryan S. King. As you can see, there's a noticeable correlation between liberalism and racial inequality in incarceration, with the most unequal places including D.C. and Vermont, and the least...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I wonder if in mostly white states like South Dakota and Vermont if drug dealing is kind of an ethnic thing, like Cambodian donut shops in LA.

    Most retail drug dealers in Vermont are white. We call them “dirt bags”, an ethic subclass of low class whites in Vermont and far upstate New York (often with surnames begining Le- or Du-). I have been aware of some quasi SWPL weed dealers in VT too though. Presumably when you get into the seriously dysfunctional end of the drug market (VT has a huge problem with heroin) there’s more diverse diversity, but it’s still a largely French Canadian American game if the WCAX news is to be believed.

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  • Why is the HBDsphere so damn interested in IQ, anyway? While I can't speak for the "movement" at large, in my own case the interest stems from the fact that it explains so much about our world. (In fact, I was interested in this topic long before I discovered HBD, Charles Murray, Jensen, Lynn, Rushton,...
  • Nice post. A few quibbles. GDP is income, not wealth. They go hand in hand, but you’re not showing wealth statistics. Some countries have high wealth (Sweden, Denmark) but fairly low income, at least compared with America or Switzerland. Wealth is a stock, valuable things like land and oil and art, income is a flow, cash money. The outliers you speak of are selling their wealth to boost their income.

    Also, R^2 is not the same as a correlation coefficient. In a simple linear model with one regressor, R^2 is the squared correlation coefficient. So your 0.84 figure is a bit unclear to me, is it the R^2? or is it the correlation coefficient? If it is the R^2 then this is a tight association indeed. It doesn’t matter much, point taken, but it is good to be careful with language.

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  • Nicholas Wade reports in the New York Times: Biologists Call for Ban on Gene Editing Technique in Humans By NICHOLAS WADE MARCH 19, 2015 A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome editing technique to change human DNA in a way that would permanently affect...
  • Seems to me that embryo selection is still the most promising medium term path. Fertilize 10 embryos, analyze their genomes, pick the one with the lowest genetic load.

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  • A general theme of my work going back to the last century is that the glass is usually part empty and part full, and the part people choose to emphasize often depends more on the spirit of the age than on the data. From The Independent: This Britain Was Always a Nation of Immigrants meme...
  • Somehow I can’t reconcile the Harrying of the North by William the Bastard or Ivar the Boneless’ The Great Heathen Army with the word “immigration” in any case. Even if the Danes or Normans had left a meaningful genetic legacy, I would call that the marks of conquest. We don’t say Hungarians have Mongol blood because of the great Mongol immigration wave.

    The shitlibs don’t know what they want. If a study shows almost no genetic turnover, they say it shows that immigration won’t shake things up. If it shows a sizable genetic turnover (20% Saxon is not nothing) then this is evidence that ‘immigration’ is good or…something. Forget that the Saxons completely overturned the old order.

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    JP:

    "If the Danes or Normans had left a meaning ful genetic legacy"

    The Normans were Danes. And I am a genetic legacy of the Normans.

    My family line goes back to Worcestershire, then Normandy, then Denmark, and then actually into the mists of time in the Norse sagas to Sweden and Kvenland.

    I don't think anyone who suffered under his rule in the West Country would think Urse d'Abitot, my Norse "immigrant" was a peaceful Dreamer though!
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  • From the New York Times: Study Reveals Genetic Path of Modern Britons By NICHOLAS WADE MARCH 18, 2015 In A.D. 410, Roman authority in Britain collapsed and Romano-British society disappeared from history under the invading tides of Angles and Saxons from northern Europe. Historians have been debating ever since whether the Romano-British were wiped out...
  • Awww. What a letdown, 10-40% Anglo Saxon? I will be sure to read this. I’d like to see if they looked at y-DNA. There was a study from several years ago that looked a y-DNA and found that in England, it was indistinguishable from that in Denmark or Friesland. That paints a picture of Horsa and Hengest donning their warmasks, boar-shapes shining, and building up a nice Romano-British harem after killing the British men off.

    20% Anglo-Saxon ancestry might be too high for some though. I understand that all the right-thinking people in the UK today know that the Anglo Saxons were really just immigrants. Just traders who came to England to share their Diverse Diversity, and some how just by their sheer openness at Starting Conversations (presumably about their transgender god Thor-Frig), were able to get the natives to completely switch languages, dress, burial customs and often place names.

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    The Y-chromosome only makes up a small part of our genomes. For example, many black guys in the United States have a European Y-chromosome but look a lot more African than European.
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  • The state of New York passed a law decades ago banning quotas / affirmative action in admissions to New York City's eight elite "test-only" high schools, such as the Stuyvesant STEM school (which is now 72% Asian). The De Blasio folks have complained about how few blacks and Hispanics get in, because the only way...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Except that Asian SAT scores have been going up and up.

    You can absolutely train for IQ tests. You don’t move true IQ, but can distort the measure. If you worked at Ravens matrices or digit span or whatever, an hour a day, for a few months I’m sure you could really improve your score on those tests. SAT is a broader range of subtests but the same idea holds. I’ve worked with s. and e. Asians who got fantastic SAT/GRE scores and Phds from solid schools, yet are hopeless when it comes to doing real statistical modeling work in finance, or communicating the results of said work. Asian STEM phds are largely rubbish. Banking is filled with them, particularly in regulatory compliance where managers mostly just want someone to go through the motions, keep the regulators happy, but don’t really care much about the outcomes.

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    I’ve worked with s. and e. Asians who got fantastic SAT/GRE scores and Phds from solid schools, yet are hopeless when it comes to doing real statistical modeling work in finance, or communicating the results of said work. Asian STEM phds are largely rubbish.
     
    You don't read peer-reviewed journals in STEM fields much, do you?

    This type of statement is about as useful as some ridiculous Asian stereotypes of whites as "fat people who are too lazy to study and work and spend all their time on the couch watching football on TV and playing video games." It says a lot more about the people making such statements than the purported objects of the description and derision.
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  • A Really Bad Week For The Supplements Industry: Some of you won't be surprised that these firms are padding their bottom line by substituting cheap ingredients (e.g., rice powder) in lieu of what's on the label. But they can game the system this way because of loose regulatory oversight. Meanwhile, there are periodic moral panics...
  • I wonder if they tested NOW Foods or Jarrow Formulas. People who are serious about optimizing health (i.e. people who get blood work done and know who Kelly Starrett is) have known for years that most of the mid- and bottom-shelf supplements one can buy in stores are bunk. The market works fine, you just need to shop at an high-end vitamin store in a big city or buy off amazon. The last thing we want to do is bring the FDA into this.

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    But we do need the FDA involved. They have the expertise in safety and efficacy and the evaluation of clinical trials. The FTC only has authority in the event of an intentional fraud.
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  • As I've been pointing out for awhile, the weak version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis -- that our vocabularies influence how hard or easy it is for us to recognize patterns of reality -- offers an insight into a lot of recent feminist brouhahas, especially in Silicon Valley. Worldlier cultures than ours recognized that great concentrations...
  • I’m looking at the picture here and thinking “damn this guy looks like the founder of that company which flew me out to mountain view, interviewed me, talked about some pretty paltry salary options and then didn’t hire me….” Same guy! Founded Addepar, a seemingly useful service for wealth managers. Didn’t meet him but the place gives off a really strong “harmless, motivated computer expert types” vibe.

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  • From the NYT: White Americans outscored the OECD average on the 2012 PISA 518 to
  • @Marco Lalo
    What do you mean, "..not allowing the upper half to improve..?"

    Whom is putting a foot on the upper half? They're helping the lower half because that is where the need is.

    You mean “who”

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  • From Forbes: In A Free Society, You Don't Own Your Neighborhood Or Country by Adam Ozimek Two groups who I think share a lot of unappreciated similarities are liberal gentrification critics and conservative immigration critics. Both want to take a dynamic and free society and freeze it in time, because they like it how it...
  • @Uptown Resident
    New moral hierarchy: conservation and stasis are bad, change and novelty are good.

    Mr. Ozimek's argument supposes that gentrifiers and nativists want to conserve old timey values like safe, pleasant urban neighborhoods and national sovereignty just because that's how it was in the good old days and anything new and different is bad.

    Does he also suppose that wildlife conservationists are also retrograde sticks-in-the-mud for wishing to save endangered species and wilderness areas from the ravenous maws of 400 million Americans?

    Exactly. I hope you made this comment over there. We need to isteve flood him for saying something so dumb.Americans don’t own their country, but 7 billion foreigners do? My whole framework for understanding countries is that they are club goods, jointly owned by citizens. They can and should change, but changes should be low risk where possible, and expected to benefit the great mass of citizens and their long term genetic interests.

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  • Democratic economist Brad DeLong writes: Well said.
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    For 150 years before 1979 Americans had confidently expected that each generation would live roughly twice as well in a material sense as its predecessor

    Sounds like the Moore’s Law of Prosperity. It’s foolish to expect something like an exponential scale of progress ad infinitum, with or without immigration.
     
    The exponential growth of income per capita has been going on, with fits and starts, pretty much since the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It has not stopped recently. Not at all. Income per capita has continued to grow exponentially since 1973, the usual date for when something went wrong. It's just that roughly all of the growth in income per capita since 1973 has gone to the rich and none of it to the middle class.

    So, your theory would be great if the facts were radically different from what they are.

    Could you give a source to the idea that GDP/head has grown exponentially since the Dark Ages? This doesn’t fit with what I know of Medieval economic history, though I suppose it’s possible that elites soaked up all the gains. The general picture is living standards were mostly set by the amount of land relative to the population.

    People like Gregory Clark would tell you that economic growth was incredibly slow until ~1800, with big reversals along the way.

    Kurzweil argues that information technology has been on an exponential progression since the dawn of life, but I’ve never heard that pre-industrial societies showed this sort of growth.

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  • From the New York Times:
  • Bloody insane. We need to split this country up. I’d much rather live with the “nutty Christians” than the freakshow hordes. Why can’t they be happy with their bathhouses and refrain from wiping their asses with our traditions?

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    Why can’t they be happy with their bathhouses and refrain from wiping their asses with our traditions?
     
    Because wiping their asses with our traditions was always the point from the beginning. Cultural Marxism and all that. Nobody but a few spergs and a few retards actually believes that homos have a right to same sex marriage.
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  • I finally went through my list of links in the right hand column of this page. They're further down on the right than on previous iSteve pages, below the recent comments, but they are still there, so check them out. For 2015, I've deleted the dead or private blogs, put ones that haven't been active...
  • Yes! For the love of God please do a podcast. You could Skype Derb and other old white men on the wrong side of history and discuss the latest events. Once you get the swing of it it’ll be great! It would also give you another way to guilt us into donating. I donate to Molyneux more than you even though I like you better because the podcast format is more personal and thus harder to put off donations.

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    Right, a big part of making a living as a media personality is being personally memorable, which comes across more in photos, voice, video, and personal appearances.
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  • As you may have noticed, right after the first Ferguson pogrom, the crack iSteve R&D department performed an experimental cerebral cognitive hack on NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof (codenamed Operation Deep Slate) turning the former Pulitzer-winner into an iSteve Content GeneratorBot. KristofBot continues to generate iSteveable output at a gratifying pace: The French satirical newspaper Charlie...
  • Was Islam responsible for the fall of Constantinople and the enslavement of the Balkans? or were the individual Saracens? Seems to me the answer is both. Islam is the meme of conquest, Muslims are the instrument. Some instruments are bolder and more effective than others.

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    I don't think Islam per se had very much of anything to do with Constantinople or the Balkans conquest. Sure, after the conquest was completed the population found itself subjugated by the Islamic religious and cultural factor, but the contention that had the Turks not been muslims they'd never have attacked doesn't even begin to make sense.
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    People conquer others all the time. I don't see you referring to the fall of Gaul in similar fashion.

    Nor the Siege of Baghdad.
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  • Charlotte Allen in the the L.A. Times lists her: She should do them in reverse order, counting down to Frat Gang Rapegate as #2 then Rotherham as #1. But it's a pretty good list, although she's no doubt overlooking some from a rich year to harvest.
  • Steve, if I could be forgiven for posting an interesting but off topic comment.

    Joshua Seefried, a leading agitator for overturning Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (and self-promoter extraordinaire, the only thing he seems to have done in the AF is be a homosexual) is apparently being charged with raping a male Marine. My how times have changed…when *Air Force* officers are forcibly sodomizing *Marines*

    I confess that I went to military prep school with Seefried and have a low opinion of him. I was hoping that this might just be an iSteve-worthy news piece.

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/12/10/gay-air-force-lieutenant-faces-sexual-assault-charges/

    The legitimate news media seem to be ignoring the case completely, some dubious gay sites are covering it. I heard about it from a friend in the military.

    Anyway, if you consider this abuse of your comments, I apologize.

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  • From Slate: Revenge of the White Male Voter By Amanda Marcotte Wednesday morning after elections: the time to sift through the various exit poll data to take the temperature of the country, or at least the people who bothered to turn out to vote. Lots of interesting information out there today to explain the Crushing...
  • I’m reminded of a certain bloger (a real Artiste ;D) and his nickname for good old Amanda…Amanjaw Marc…

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  • Further to my post on the remarkable failure of Scandinavian education systems to develop their students to anywhere near the levels indicated by their IQ potentials, a professor of mathematics at a Wisconsin university sent me data on the percentage of respondents in the TIMSS who gave the correct answer to the following question: Below...
  • When I studied in Sweden I was surprised at how weak ethnic Swedes math skills were (As a Yank, I had a low bar for being impressed too). Foreign students from former Warsaw Pact countries were much stronger in math from the small sample I saw.

    A waste of talent for sure, though it is simply not true that it’s due to the privatized schools. Public school students do even worse (when matched for population differences) from the studies I remember seeing.

    Fixing math class should be at the top of Western countries’ lists, but I’ll stop before I put a blog post into your comments….

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  • So apparently an Ambassadorship costs $1.8 million per post in the US. In virtually any other country, even where the situation with corruption is quite dismal, such arrangements would be seen as unquestionably corrupt. And yet the US scores an entirely respectable 73/100 in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), leagues above say Italy which...
  • I think the difference is that in most parts of America, de facto corruption is mostly limited to the powerful. It’s quite rare to bribe police or low level bureaucrats. In Italy, Russia, India this is at least somewhat common. I live in America and can’t think of anyone I know who has told me they’ve bribed a cop, but I can think of three anecdotes of low level Italian, Russian and Indian bribery without effort.

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  • My latest for VoR/US-Russia Experts panel. Hope you like the title. :) The political fragmentation of the Soviet Union was one of the major contributing factors to the "hyper-depression" that afflicted not only Russia but all the other constituent republics in the 1990's. The Soviet economy had been an integrated whole; an aircraft might have...
  • Agreed. Hard to imagine how this could be bad for anyone. A richer Eurasia will buy more western and Chinese products and add to the technological stock of humanity at a faster pace. The policy of those tired old mummies in DC seems to be to hobble Russia at every turn, for reasons which escape me.

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  • It is now a staple of "common wisdom" to such an extent that there is little point in digging up specific news items. Bound up in red tape and crushed by the weight of state regulations, the argument goes, the Russian economy is doomed to years of renewed Brezhnevite stagnation - with the government increasing...
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    Tight money across the developed world LOL. That's a good one.
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    This is why it is more important than ever that Russia begin to create its own hard money-backed Eurasian currency or currencies bloc with China. Eventually it will be 'et tu, Berlin' when the Germans dump the dollar and throw the euro or Nordic mark into the basket.
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  • One possibility is tight money. What are inflation and nominal GDP doing in Russia relative to trend? Has the ruble price of oil fallen? They might only need to print some money and get nominal demand flowing again. Tight money is behind much of the developed world’s problems (see two years ago vs today, pre QEIII US labor market vs today). Also, I would not consider Czech, Hungary or Poland to be terribly macroeconomically similar to Russia. Real GDP per head is about 80% higher in these economies, so if anything Russia should be converging to their level of development.Point taken though.

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    Tight money across the developed world LOL. That's a good one.
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