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  • As proof that life is just high school forever I offer this story. I was not tall in high school, maybe 5-10 at most. However, I kept growing until I was about 21 and ended up about 6-2. Even so, when someone describes me as tall I am surprised.

  • From the Washington Post: The Trailer: In the Sharpton primary, Democrats put civil rights and reparations at center stage By David Weigel April 4 at 6:05 PM NEW YORK — Beto O'Rourke had just finished speaking about racial injustice to the National Action Network when the Rev. Al Sharpton, its president, pushed him to say...
  • How many slaves did the federal government own?

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    How many slaves did the federal government own?
     
    How many Southerners did the federal government kill and steal from? Their families are the ones owed reparations.
  • A couple of weeks ago, there was an amusing Carl Zimmer article in the New York Times about how the extinction of indigenous male DNA lines in the Iberian peninsula after the arrival of the Yamnaya (a.k.a., Aryans) around 4,500 years ago couldn't have had anything to do with wars or massacres or the lamentations...
  • Can this story be correct? My y-dna is I-M26, which is Neolithic, I believe. 23andMe say my haplotype is not especially rare.

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    Could these guys really have gone everywhere? Little towns and villages all over the place. I could see them going to the population concentrations along the highly traveled routes, but there had to have been a lot of places they just never got to, or by the time they did they had settled down and were comfortable.
  • From the New York Times: So, don't look to the New York Times, ladies, for any useful information on how to avoid places with a higher chance of you being raped or murdered. That would be racist.
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    Yunnan sounds pretty good for tourism: some altitude so it's not to hot in summer but pretty far south so not too cold in winter.

    And lots of interesting minority groups.

  • @Hippopotamusdrome

    Basically EVERY English word has a Japanese pronunciation. I sometimes think that Japanese think their pronunciation is the correct one and ours is just some weird variation. Check any Japanese English dictionary.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Raj on Big Bang Theory once pointed out that more of his people speak English than Americans, so HIS accent is correct.
    , @Anon
    I hear that Shakespeare is much better in the original German.
  • Guess how the Japanese pronounce Donald Trump?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    ToRaNPu.
    トランプ
    Of course it already exists as a word from card games.
  • From the New York Times: I've decided upon a new policy, one that the New York Times should consider as well: when reposting excerpts from NYT articles about high school students, I'm only going to use the kids' initials. Uh ... Park Slope isn't exactly The Hood. It's more like the state-of-the-art baby carriage capital...
  • @Jus' Sayin'...

    "... Ms. VN, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants ... "
     
    I'm guessing Ms. VN is likely of Ibo ancestry. One can often tell from the name or from a picture. As to her comment that she had many Negro friends just as bright as herself, I suspect that this is just evidence that she's been bright enough to pick up grievance speak as a useful way of deflecting the standard "peer pressure" that bright, young Negroes are subject too if their superiority becomes too evident.

    Is there any data on Igbo IQ?

    • Replies: @res

    Is there any data on Igbo IQ?
     
    I haven't been able to find any. I would appreciate a source if anyone has one.

    This is one of the better things I have seen on the topic: https://www.africanevents.com/the-most-brilliant-black-african-race-facts-and-figures-from-the-us-academic-report/

    A not very informative discussion: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-average-IQ-of-the-Igbo-people

    Even more interesting would be a look at Igbo IQ by age. Most success stories I hear are children so I am guessing they have a greater advantage then (e.g. earlier maturation?).

    Also see Chanda Chisala's posts on unz.com

    P.S. I just ran across this paper about Nigerian IQs: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286562564_Indispensability_of_intelligence_testing_in_the_repositioning_and_revitalization_of_Nigerian_education
    Not directly applicable to the Igbo question, and I think it has been normed for Nigerians (so mean IQ for Nigerians is 100 thus not comparable to Western results). But one interesting aspect of the paper is it contains yearly data by age from 9-17 so might be useful for comparing maturation rates with other populations.
  • In the early 20th Century, New York City had an enormous population of German gentiles, such as Babe Ruth's popular sidekick on the New York Yankees baseball team, Lou Gehrig, who was a Manhattanite born and bred: What happened to them? One half-German New Yorker moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and another changed his name...
  • There was a section of Boston known as Germantown, where my German great grandmother and her five siblings lived. By WW2 four of the six had married WASPs and disappeared into the American middle class.

  • iSteve commenter Peterike writes: As I look out my window, I see what will be the tallest residential tower in Queens being constructed. It will be 66 stories high with 802 condo apartments, and top out at 984 feet high. It is expected to sell out at over a billion dollars, making it the most...
  • @Buffalo Joe
    Daniel. What's with the door grills? I see those in the Buffalo inner city. Is that neighborhood sketchy?

    People from low trust societies assume anyone not from their family is a potential criminal. This is true even in Japan, where the crime rate is near zero. You see bars on first floor windows.

  • @Bill P
    The epicanthic fold shows up sporadically in my family. On the Scottish side, so I seriously doubt there's a Mongol in the woodpile. It's not all that uncommon for northern Euros to have it.

    Doesn’t the latest DNA research show that Europeans are a kind of Asian?

  • From ABC News: If there is one thing we learned from Ferguson, it's that Black Twitter is never wrong about everything.
  • There must be an election coming up and the minorities need motivating.

  • From the New York Times: The essay and test fraud seems pretty ho-hum, while the sports fraud is wild: I can imagine a million ways for it to go wrong, like you are a football coach and you take a bribe to get some uncoordinated rich kid admitted as your ace placekicker and then your...
  • @PhysicistDave
    Hodag wrote:

    Plus high school crew is few and far between – mostly posh schools like Loyola Academy, St Ignatius, New Trier etc.
     
    My wife's niece insisted that her parents pay for her, when she was in high school, to do crew (rowing) at a private crew place. Their family is upper-midde class, but not rich: it cost a fair amount of money.

    The girl got a "full ride" at UCLA, majored in Econ. From which my wife concluded that maybe her niece was actually smarter than the kids who sweated the academics trying to get in.

    (Last time I saw her, though, she did say she regretted missing much of the college experience, because of practices and workouts, though I think she did save her parents $80-$100 K.)

    Wow. That girl was very clever. Rowing is a really off the radar sport. The Indy 500 draws 300,000 spectators. The Head of the Charles Regatta ( two days) draws over 200,000 spectators and no one has ever heard of it.

  • From the New York Post:
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    I think "axed" isn't the best word to use when you are talking about firemen, or even ex-firemen. I know what you meant though, that he was axed to leave.

    Anyway, does this mean you are changing your mind about Affirmative Action? He's not a foreigner, and is in one of your 2 groups, American blacks and Indians, that you stated should deserve AA, if anyone.

    Don’t ax, don’t tell.

  • From the New York Times: New York Times subscribers shakes head in disgust at another Trumpist running amok with Hate, turns page. By the way, how come it's not a Trope that the election of Donald Trump unleashed an Epidemic of Hate Crimes by his supporters? In more MAGA Land news: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –...
  • @Reactionary Utopian

    A black woman who weighs only 150 pounds? She’s got a tapeworm?
     
    God, what a hideous person I am, for laughing at that the way I did.

    Truth be told, that thought had crossed my mind, too.

    God, what a hideous person I am, for laughing at that the way I did.

    Truth be told, that thought had crossed my mind, too.

    I was looking at some old videos of Soul Train and thinking “Where did they find all those skinny black chicks?” Ah yes. The old days were best

  • Tormenting Senator Elizabeth Warren seems kind of fun. She doesn't seem to have the natural politician's knack for avoiding saying something that will just cause more trouble for her later. From CNN: Elizabeth Warren declines to say if she supports financial compensation as a form of reparations By MJ Lee, CNN Political Correspondent Updated 4:13...
  • Weren’t the Indians, for the most part, paid for their land?

  • Sorry, Nancy, you had a good run. But in the Current Year Democratic Party, she who has the most Diversity Pokemon Points wins.
  • Mr. Carson is apparently some kind of Muslim. Formerly a Baptist, he inherited his seat from his mother.

  • Perhaps I've been overhasty in assuming that the Coalition of the Margins so diligently assembled by the Democratic Party has little to unite them other than the KKKrazy Glue of hate hoaxes implicating Great White Defendants. For example, recall last week's Hate Crime Crisis of the Century, in which the Governor of New York proudly...
  • About 30 years ago, when I was teaching at a large midwestern university, a professor of education told me he thought that South Pacific song was just about the most profound song ever written. I asked if we have so much trouble teaching algebra, how come we are so successful teaching hate. Maybe we should use the same methods.

    • Replies: @Amanuensis
    It's also the worst, lamest song of the musical. Preachy and well-meaning, of course.
  • The top story on NYTimes.com:
  • Can we classify Mexico as an enemy country?

    • Replies: @Dr. X

    Can we classify Mexico as an enemy country?
     
    Better yet, let's classify Mexico as an enemy of Israel and a base for Hezbollah and Iran, with chemical weapons aimed at Tel Aviv... we'd send a half-million troops to close the border in a heartbeat!!!
    , @Hunsdon
    Absolutely not! Russia, Iran, Syria, those are obviously enemy countries----look at all the suffering and misery that Axis of, umm, Evil have caused America. But Mexico? What, you hate chalupas?
    , @EliteCommInc.
    You are a little late.


    And no kidding.
  • From ABC 15 in Darlington County, South Carolina in 2017: Last month: Lamar mayor's cars vandalized, may be considered hate crime by Tonya Brown Friday, February 8th 2019 Darlington County, SC (WPDE) — Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson said someone came onto her property Wednesday night and vandalized her cars. Byrd-McPherson said the vandalism maybe investigated...
  • Flower children.

    • Replies: @Paul Jolliffe
    The evidence was . . .”planted.”

    (Rim shot!)
  • NBC has announced it's delaying the debut of Dick Wolf's seventh Law & Order show, Law & Order: Hate Crimes, to get it "right." This postponement has nothing, nothing to do with the Jussie Smollett hoax or the triumphant announcement by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force (which will be featured in the show) last...
  • But Jossie Smollett threw a wrench in the works.
    ——.
    But not a monkey wrench, please ….

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    No, of course not, he's more of a bent spanner.
  • From NBC News: U.S. to end large-scale military drills with South Korea The move is part of the Trump administration's effort to ease tensions with North Korea, U.S. officials said. March 1, 2019, 9:30 AM PST By Courtney Kube, Dan De Luce and Stella Kim The U.S. military is preparing to announce that annual large-scale...
  • Trump should tell Kim, either denuclearize or we pull All troops out of South Korea. That would get his attention. Our options then would be greatly increased since there would be almost nothing he could do to hurt us.

  • Although this one is a doozy. From the Detroit News: Jackson gay rights leader accused of burning down own home Francis X. Donnelly, The Detroit News Published 12:00 a.m. ET Feb. 25, 2019 | Jackson — When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a...
  • How come we have hate crime hoaxes but not bank robbery hoaxes? Doesn’t it suggest that there is something fishy about the concept “hate crime?”

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @vinny
    You can burn down your own building for insurance fraud (which this person wasn't smart enough to do) but that doesn't make arson any less of a crime.
    , @Known Fact
    Actually just came across a classic 5-0 where the gang does fake a bank robbery as part of an elaborate caper. But your point is still well taken.
  • From iSteve commenter Gringo: Amy Harmon at the NYT: No one tallies the number of black mathematicians in those departments, but as best I can tell, there are 13. That comes to seven-tenths of 1 percent of the total -— perhaps as far as any job classification gets from accurately reflecting the share of black...
  • @IQ stuff

    Only 0.7 blacks score > 750 on SAT math
     
    And I bet every single one of them got into all the Ivies, MIT, Caltech. These are the black geniuses who are going to send us to Mars!

    I bet that the 0.7% were in fact half black.

  • From the Washington Post: She doesn't seem to have a politician's needed knack for knowing when to change the subject and answer a different question than the one asked. This ground is fraught for Warren, who claimed to be Native American for about two decades when she was a law professor. She has apologized for...
  • Didn’t Warren’s Cherokee tribe keep slaves?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Sssh!
    , @densa
    Why yes they did, and created their tribal rolls to keep the freed slaves from becoming part of the tribe. Let's have a conversation!

    Sailer: These are giant tar pit issues for Democrats...

    Ha, ha, ha. Let's have a conversation!

    Agree with others that if we could do away with all other compensations, $100 billion to Oprah Winfrey et. al, might be worth it. But no way it would stop there. AOC as already raised coverage to include Puerto Ricans. Expand that to include Mexicans and Hispanics of any flavor. Let's have a conversation about Chinese railroad labor. Oh, speaking of railroads, didn't the Irish used to be black? Whaddabout the Jews? Whaddabout the dot Indians who have been underpaid? Conversations are needed!

    If Smollet is half black, does he get half a black portion and half a Jewish one? Is Jamaican black equivalent to slave black? Are white Hispanics due as much as dark Mexicans?

    Ha, ha, ha. Mastodons check in but they don't check out.
  • Lots of guys have gotten instantly #Me-Tooed out of their careers recently. And Roseanne Barr got fired from her #1 rated TV show for not realizing Iran-born Valerie Jarrett was black. But Jussie Smollett merely dreamed up a blood libel against straight white male Trump voters, so Fox is slowly trying to figure out what...
  • Anyone who can hold on to a sub sandwich straight through a racist attack deserves a second chance.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Jussie is the kind of guy that keeps a death grip on a foot long whenever he can find one.
    , @Pontius
    Everyone needs a hero.
  • From the New York Times: 2020 Democrats Embrace Race-Conscious Policies, Including Reparations By Astead W. Herndon, Feb. 21, 2019 From the very first day of the 2020 presidential race, when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed “generations of discrimination” for black families earning far less than white households, Democratic hopefuls have broadly emphasized racial justice...
  • My cousin died at Gettysburg. My family paid reparations already.

  • We are finally having a rainy, cold winter in Southern California, so I'm getting into studying up on reservoir levels, such as at Lake Cachuma near Ojai. [Note: as a commenter pointed out, I'm confusing, Whooping Crane / Whooping Cough-style, Lake Cachuma near Solvang in Santa Barbara County with Lake Casitas.] That's a beautiful mountain...
  • @prosa123
    I recall reading somewhere that Thailand and Nigeria are the two biggest countries that have never had any recorded snowfalls. While Indonesia and the Congo are larger and also have tropical climates, unlike Thailand and Nigeria they have mountain peaks tall enough to receive occasional snow.

    I recall reading somewhere that Thailand and Nigeria are the two biggest countries that have never had any recorded snowfalls.

    Thailand’s “winter” season is also its dry season, so any precipitation is unlikely. Doi Inthanon in northern Thailand occasionally has frost on the peak.

  • When Tupac's and Snoop's first albums were out in the 1990s, Senator Kamala Harris was listening to Willie Brown postcoitally complain about how today's young knuckleheads all like that Yap Music, which is junk compared to Cab Calloway singing "Minnie the Moocher." Which is true, by the way: I'd pay to see "Two 80-Something Black...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I met one of the Nicholas Brothers when he was pushing 90.

    I ran into Count Basie in a record store in Japan.

  • iSteve commenter Lot notes: If Senator Warren used the brunette dye and some sunlamp, she'd look a little like Princess Tiger Lily: iSteve commenter Last Real Calvinist replies: After your hair has turned white/gray, it's easier to dye it blonde because the natural roots don't show as badly, so you don't have to dye it...
  • @istevefan
    Obama had no slave ancestry, though his wife did.

    Does selling slaves not count?

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Olorin
    You seriously misunderestimate how many jobs can be created in the exciting and lucrative field of Dolt Wrangling.

    Just ask the religious VOLAGs.

    Old data, but look at the numbers that long ago:

    https://cis.org/Religious-Agencies-and-Refugee-Resettlement

    We need them to create job opportunities for all those social work, education, and studies studies majors down in the far left corner of this here graph:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_M3KcDDpUUfo/TQ85k92EMaI/AAAAAAAAAfU/LCHbibupmQY/s1600/gre1.png

    Interesting that the verbal scale only goes to 600. Are verbal scores above 600 so rare?

  • America's big problem: Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has too much influence on Donald Trump's immigration policy because he's married to First Daughter Ivanka Trump. The solution: we have to get Stephen Miller, the President's sound-on-immigration speechwriter, married to Second Daughter Tiffany Trump. Tiffany's nearby at a law school within 10 minutes of Miller's West Wing...
  • @AnotherDad
    LOL.

    But Kimberly Guilfoyle--who seems reasonably personable and attractive (i'd want to see her naked in bed without all the makeup to be sure--is already almost a decade older than Don Jr. as is. Ann Coulter--who i love--is a late boomer like me. She's old enough to be his mother.


    There's definitely some weird stuff going on today. Another example: Prince Harry--an attractive rich guy who could land any number of stunning young English girls--marrying up some divorced halfrican few-years-old actress who's hit the wall. Don Jr. is rich, actually quite handsome and only 41 and he's dating a 50 year old--who requires an entire petrochemical plant to keep her face in business? This is *not* the natural order.

    There must be something in the water? Flushed birth control pills maybe?

    But Kimberly Guilfoyle–who seems reasonably personable and attractive (i’d want to see her naked in bed without all the makeup to be sure…
    ———-
    About 15 years ago I saw a porn flick with someone who looked just like her when she was about law-school age. This is not a lie.

    • Replies: @BB753
    She must have been stunning just 15 years ago, but now her face is a mess. Bottox, silicone and whatnot. Now, I wouldn't touch her with Hillary's strapon.
  • Commenter Ozymandias explains:
  • How about a discussion about “Indian music?” It’s always the same stupid drumming and incoherent ooo and ahhh

  • From the New York Post: For instance, uber-WASP T.S. Eliot hatefully wrote in 1915: "In the rooms the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo."
  • @advancedatheist

    St. Augustine, the greatest Christian religious figure of the first millennium, was from Hippo in North Africa and likely a member of the Berber tribe.
     
    Ta-Nehisi Coates admitted in an interview a few years ago that he had never heard of Augustine.

    As for Italians, Thomas Jefferson loved them. He gave his home in Virginia an Italian name; he studied books on architecture written by Italians; he had an affair in France with a half-Italian woman named Maria Cosway; he made a side trip to Italy before returning home to the newly born United States, partly to pick up seeds of Mediterranean crops like olive trees to see if they would grow in Virginia; and he wanted to encourage Italian musicians to migrate to the United States to improve the new nation's musical culture.

    Don’t forget about the Taliaferro family.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: With the perennial race-IQ controversy back in the news, due to The New York Times attempting to put the boot in on 90-year-old Nobelist James D. Watson from the left and Nassim Nicholas Taleb thundering on against IQ
  • @Kratoklastes
    A 'griffe' is a claw, not a paw. A paw is a patte.

    So unless he copied it from somewhere, or was making some other point, or Sailer got the source wrong ... Griffe du Lion fucked up. So much for seichel.

    It’s a pun on Gulf of Lion (French: golfe du Lion, Spanish: golfo de León, Italian: Golfo del Leone, Occitan: golf del/dau Leon, Catalan: golf del Lleó, Medieval Latin: sinus Leonis, mare Leonis)

  • I wouldn't say "a disaster" but here's the opening of the positive review I wrote for VDARE.com in 2003 of Elizabeth Warren's book "The Two Income Trap" about how the 1970s feminist triumph of sending the wife to work turned out better for bosses than for families. Huge numbers of mothers entered the labor force...
  • @Anonymous
    Secretarial work used to be a male profession, which is why important positions have the title "Secretary". Secretaries were also known as "clerks", which is where the surname "Clark" and "Clerk" come from. It was a good entry level and apprentice style job where young men would get a good overview of business management, or a longer term career where one served as a trusted advisor and assistant to managers, like Secretaries in Presidential Cabinets.

    My grandfather was “secretary” of a major bank. Secretary was one rank below vice president in those days. Probably that rank no longer exists b

  • From the New York Times on New Year's Day, one of 12 articles the New York newspaper has run on this Texas shooting in recent days: The police sketch looked like the kind of cruelly handsome white actor who gets cast in home security TV commercials as a burglar, or like Viggo Mortensen starring in...
  • @Anonymous
    Google search results have also been recently distressing a journalist who once worked the gun crime beat, who is surely all too aware of who's committing it.

    https://www.vogue.com/article/gun-control-violence-in-america
    https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/opinion/nocera-the-gun-report-1-year-later.html

    https://twitter.com/JenniferMascia/status/1080248864274305025

    I grew up near Boston. It’s funny but if you look at random locations in Mattapan, the worst neighborhood, it doesn’t look bad. The houses, of course, are working class double and triple deckers, but they seem well-maintained, painted, and the streets appear to be clean.

  • Sponsored content from The Atlantic: That reminds me that many years ago in Chicago I had working for me a young Korean programmer. He was a tall, handsome guy, with a good sense of humor (as I pointed out when I wrote a recommendation for him to MBA school: I noted that they no doubt...
  • People from low trust societies regard everyone outside their inner circle of family/friends as potential criminals. The wilderness frightens them.

  • From Politico: What insanity is next from Trump? Perhaps that madman in the White House might even withdraw American troops from Niger -- NIGER! -- and station them on the American border. As George Washington explained in his Farewell Address:
  • @Mr. Anon

    Mali is a landlocked nation, but the US Navy is involved?
     
    Yeah, talk about mission creep.

    It was interesting that there was some rumor there that the murder might have been committed to cover up embezzlement of government funds.

    Why is it that the investigation was handed over to the suspects branch (Navy) rather than being carried out by the vicitim's branch (Army). Is that standard protocol? And why? To a civilian like me, it sounds like a policy designed to cover up dirty laundry.

    When I was in Thailand in 1970 there was a US Coast Guard station in northern Thailand.

  • An anonymous iSteve commenter has some challenging questions: These sorts of laments for a lost sense of community are a feature of every lachrymose gentrification piece I’ve read in the last two years. I can’t blame them. How are you supposed to talk to your new neighbours about movies? How many hipster yuppies do you...
  • @Paleo Liberal
    They served usually 7 years.

    If they lived that long.

    There was a financial incentive for the masters to work them to death, especially near the end.

    Similarly, convict laborers were often worked to death. No financial incentive not to.

    Before 1808 African slaves were cheap and were often worked to death. After 1808 the slaves were often too valuable to work to death. That is why many called the convict labor system worse than slavery.

    My impression was that infant mortality and life expectancy of slaves were good, comparable to France, the richest country in Europe. When a farmer buys a tractor does he abuse it or does he try to make it last as long as possible?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    This was likely true AFTER 1808, when the price of slaves skyrocketed. In Colonial Times, when the cost of slaves was cheap compared to the financial benefits of working them to death, many slaves were worked to death.
  • From the NYT: Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us Two genes inherited from our evolutionary cousins may affect skull shape and brain size even today. What that means for human behavior is a mystery. ... By measuring Neanderthal skull volume, scientists have found that their brains were as big as ours...
  • Do we know if Neanderthals had light skin?

    • Replies: @Saxet Enacra
    Definitely. Melanin=death in cold.
  • Ross Douthat writes in his NYT column: Why We Miss the WASPs Their more meritocratic, diverse and secular successors rule us neither as wisely nor as well. Ross Douthat, Dec. 5, 2018 Put simply, Americans miss Bush because we miss the WASPs — because we feel, at some level, that their more meritocratic and diverse...
  • @Hail

    He doesn’t look at all Anglo-Saxon
     
    If he is a multi-generational American, born 1979, with family origins in Connecticut, odds seem fair to good that he has some recent Ellis Island ancestry, possibly something from Central/Eastern Europe, in addition to his predominant-seeming 'Yankee' Protestant ancestry.

    Here is Ross Douthat on his own family ethnoreligious origin:

    [Ross Douthat, speaking to Hugh Hewitt, 2012:] The brief Ross Douthat story is that I was baptized and initially raised Episcopalian in southern Connecticut. That’s where I grew up. But at a certain point, probably when I was about seven or eight years old, my parents started attending charismatic healing services [....] But then ultimately, we ended up converting sort of as a family to Catholicism when I was about sixteen or seventeen years old
     
    The Internet claims the Douthat name comes from a village in northern England called Douthwait. His parents' names: Charles Douthat (pic readily DuckDuckGo-able) and Patricia Snow (no pic readily available). His mother's grandfather was a professor (Wesleyan Univ.) and one-time Governor of Connecticut called Charles Wilbert Snow.

    Douthat exists in an obviously hostile system; but perhaps he feels the ancestral call, after all.

    It’s likely that his Snow family has a Mayflower connection. Nicholas Snow married Constance Hopkins, a Mayflower passenger.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • We hear complaints about the 1%, but it seems to me the social justice folks should look at income distribution in the art/music/entertainment world. It looks to me like the gap between the haves and have-nots is especially extreme..

  • From the Los Angeles Times: What about "Hispanx?" Corporations should sponsor these new words. The Spanx brand would likely pony up some serious cash to make "HiSpanx" the mandatory word for Latinas at colleges across America. Heterosexual African American men could be renamed Under Armour-Americans in return for a hefty annual retainer.
  • In The Atlantic, Franklin Foer explains that nostalgia for George H.W. Bush is anti-Semitic: Maybe the new elites should try a little noblesse oblige? And what could be more anti-Semitic than that? When George H. W. Bush passed, so did the last true wasp. In appearance, he embodied what The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley...
  • @Alden
    One thing public school people don’t realize about the elite and ordinary private schools is how open they were and still are to middle class and poor kids with high intelligence.

    It has been so for centuries based on the ancient medieval catholic clergy education system of looking for middle class and poor boys of brains and talent. The idea was to continuously replenish the clergy with new brains and talent. Or as Lyndon Johnson put it, bring them into the tent to piss out instead of leaving them outside pissing in.

    For instance Thomas a Beckett Archbishop of Canterbury, Martin Luther, and Henry 8’s Cardinal Wolsey were all lower middle class boys admitted to church schools and seminaries because of brains and talent not because they came from elite families.

    The reformation Protestants kept that tradition and brought it to America. It continues today.

    Public school people have no idea that private schools, even the most expensive and elite have had, since they were founded, a policy of one third of the student body on full scholarship.

    It continues today and will probably always be. 1,600 years of a winning formula, why change it????????

    Jews consider William Buckeley to be some kind of ultra WASP aristocrat from a long line of WASP aristocrats. He wasn’t. He was Catholic and his grandfather was a humdrum Texas cowboy and deputy sheriff from a
    hardscrabble farm.

    The Fords of Ford motors aren’t WASPS either. They are Irish from N Ireland. Henry 1 and his ancestors were Protestants but ethnic Irish Celts.

    Jews throw the pejorative around but they don’t even know what it means. They use it as a term for genetic N west European.

    If only we WASPS were as powerful as Jews claim we are. Maybe we should turn into aggressive hornets and chase some people back to the Russian shetls from whence they came.

    I hate the term. I believe it’s a pejorative invented by Jews for White goyim they couldn’t call hillbillies trash crackers red necks or the evil White Ethnics who turned our great cities into instant crime ridden hellholes by fleeing before the black terrorist invasions.

    One thing public school people don’t realize about the elite and ordinary private schools is how open they were and still are to middle class and poor kids with high intelligence.

    Correct. There are probably 50 boarding schools in Massachusetts and only three or four could remotely be called “upper class” and even those are celebrating “diversity.”

  • From MIT Technology Review: In the future, no child will be left behind without the Harvard grad glibness & self-confidence gene, as seen in this "A Private Universe" video of Harvard grads and local blue collar
  • @Anon
    OT: Interesting article about how some boys dressed up as girls turn into serial killers. There are more examples of this in the comments:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/201611/boys-dressed-girls-who-became-serial-killers

    Anyone remember Omar Mateen, the guy who shot up the gay bar in Florida? He used to hang out there before he wrecked he place. I wonder if his mother tried to cross dress him as child.

    Based on old family photos, in the late 19th century people would dress boys as girls and let their hair grow long u until about age five. I have a picture of a great uncle like that. Has anyone else seen pictures like that?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Uh, it meant your family was poor, and those were the best hand-me-downs for the boy to wear. That, or they guessed something about him you haven't.....
    , @TTSSYF
    Yes, but wasn't that they were purposely dressing boys as girls or letting boys' hair grow long to make them like girls. As explained to me, it was because they believed in letting babies and toddlers be "neutral" until about age five, when they would then start dressing and grooming them according to gender and turning them into little boys or little girls.
    , @utu
    It was common dressing boys as girls. Several reasons for it. One was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breeching_(boys).

    but also it helped to desexualize children. Not so long ago in Europe children till age of 7-10 of both sexes on the beach could run naked and nobody made anything out of it. The puritanical minds that forced little girls to wear one piece or worse the two piece swim suits were the ones that sexualized children.

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/03/20/breeching-boys/
  • Extremely anti-Trump bastions such as Park Slope Reform synagogues, the womyn's dorm at the New School for Social Research, and the Teachers College at Columbia seem to collect anti-Semitic graffiti. From the New York Times: The swastikas were at least swastika shaped rather than cactus shaped and not dyslexic, although they weren't tilted 45 degrees...
  • The Thai greeting, สวัสดี (sawatdii) was coined in the 1930s and is roughly cognate with swastika, through Sanskrit. I wonder if the popularity of fascism at the time had any influence?

    • Replies: @jim jones
    I impressed the beautiful Thai bartender at my local pub simply by saying sawatdii to her when I ordered my drink
  • One of the more comic bookish true stories in American history is that when the great inventor Nikola Tesla died in New York in 1943 at age 86, J. Edgar Hoover had his hotel suite searched in case Tesla had invented any war-winning super-weapons and not told anybody. What I hadn't known, until commenter Mark...
  • @Anonymous
    The A-26 Invader had a second career post-war as a counter-insurgency aircraft, notably in Indochina in the 1960s.

    My father, who flew A-26s in WW2, told me it could break 400 mph in a dive and pilots were not afraid to do so.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I have no personal experience on type but every warbird operator or fire bomber pilot I ever talked to who flew it absolutely loved it. Survival has been good because of the On Mark corporate conversions, I've seen them in the air on several occasions.
  • With the hometown Los Angeles Dodgers leading 4-0 in the 7th of the 4th game of the World Series, above is Mitch Moreland of the Boston Red Sox hitting a colossal 437-foot three run homer on their way to a 9-6 comeback win and a 301 lead in the series. By the way, did you...
  • An English friend once commented on the lack of violence between fans at American sporting events. I suspected it was due to the geographic distance between cities.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    American spectator sports are generally created top down by respectable people of the respectable classes (e.g., Harvard vs. Yale, Army vs. Notre Dame), whereas English soccer typically grew up organically out of working class neighborhoods.
    , @Anon

    An English friend once commented on the lack of violence between fans at American sporting events. I suspected it was due to the geographic distance between cities.
     
    As an American who has lived in the U.K. and in Japan I have always marveled at the civility and (surface) politeness in American legislative bodies, particularly the Senate, compared to the insults and occasional fisticuffs abroad. After Kavanaugh, however, that distinction may soon no longer apply.
  • @Anonymous
    We could have won in Vietnam if we had hamstrung LBJ and Robert Strange McNamara's ability to enforce a "measured response" war and let the field commanders engage in some serious victory: destroy all the MiGs on the ground, blow the tunnels up with ethane gas (that worked), mined the harbor early on, and taken Hanoi. But the suits were punk and afraid of war with China.

    Whether we should have been in Vietnam in the first place is a different question.

    Labeling is important. We should called the northern invasion of south Vietnam “Marxist Imperialism “.

  • NFL QB Sam Bradford when he was at Putnam City HS in Oklahoma City, along with his parents. Bradford is 1/16th Cherokee and his father, who also played football for the U. of Oklahoma, is 1/8th Cherokee. There seems to be a lot of confusion over just how American Indian Senator Elizabeth Warren is compared...
  • The tricky part of dna is that although you inherit 50% from each parent you probably DO NOT inherit 25% from each grandparent. Theoretically you could inherit 49-1-1-49 or something like that. .

  • Meanwhile, from the Washington Post's health news page:
  • Ford strikes me as the kind of woman who might have some plagiarism or data faking in her published research.

  • Here's my Twitter poll after 29 hours and 2,139 votes. For some reason, Twitter limits you to four short choices, but I think these work pretty well.
  • Do houses usually have music devices in the bedroom? Would it be possible to turn it on in the darkness?

    • Replies: @bomag

    ...music devices in the bedroom?
     
    I was wondering, too. Vinyl? Cassette? Radio?

    We need some more cross examination. Netflix could have a long series on this.
  • Back in the previous decade, I came up with Sailer's Law of Female Journalists: Commenter anon suggests: The late Tom Wolfe suggested something similar in Back to Blood, in which an old editor, Topping, reflects upon young reporter John Smith. Only Wolfe thinks it all starts ten years younger:
  • @Reg Cæsar

    The late Tom Wolfe suggested something similar in Back to Blood...
     
    The late Tom Wolfe more than just suggested in The Kingdom of Speech that Noam Chomsky is a fool for claiming that human speech evolved from lower life forms, without any evidence, then or now.

    Anyone want to defend Chomsky?

    Chomsky doesn’t believe language can be explained by evolution.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Chomsky doesn’t believe language can be explained by evolution.

     

    If it's not innate and it's not an artifact, what's left?

    Darwin thought it could be explained by evolution. So if I got confused here, is it the fault of me, or of Wolfe, or of Chomsky? I'd say we're all guilty.
  • One of the more interesting aspects of Pulitzer-winning biographer David J. Garrow's colossal 1460-page 2017 biography of Barack Obama, Rising Star, was how much cocaine Obama kept snorting with his rich leftist Pakistani pals a couple of years after graduating from college in 1983. Garrow told the Los Angeles Times last year: Garrow had access...
  • Obama’s been quiet lately. I wonder if he’s gone back to coke.

    • Replies: @donut
    Or cock .
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Fine by me. Whatever it takes.
  • From the New York Times Opinion page: I'm pretty low-key about violent metaphors, but I think the NYT should have blue-penciled this call for arson. Nobody remembers, but Sabrina Rubin Erdely's UVA rape hoax story led to a leftist mob smashing the windows of a UVA fraternity on 11/20/2014. Somebody easily could have been blinded....
  • When I realize we don’t live in utopia I get so angry.

  • This is pretty woozy stuff, but from Raw Story, we learn the shocking truth: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had a high school buddy in the 1980s named Mark Judge who in 2014 didn't wholly believe every detail in Sabrina Rubin Erdely's Rolling Stone story "A Rape on Campus." Of course, unmentioned is that the...
  • Did she say they locked the door? Did bedrooms have locks in 1982? What kind of lock was it? Did it require a key or was it a twisty knob?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    What kind of bedroom doors locks from the outside?
    , @Jack D
    Presumably it was a twisty (or push) knob and they might have locked it to prevent others from interrupting them (if this event occurred at all) but it would not have precluded escape. Indeed the woman according to her own account quickly escaped.

    Maybe leftists, with their willingness to twist everything and their lurid fantasy life, have interpreted or imagined her statements to mean that she was locked in by the evil rapist K and his accomplice, but I don't think she has actually said anything of that sort so you are beating a straw man.
  • From the LA Times: With 99% of the vote counted, the challenger is up 59-41, so it's not even close. So this is different from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's famous primary win, where there were ideological differences as well as identity differences. Capuano, age 66, is a ten term Congressman. Capuano had a pretty good leftist anti-war...
  • @Johnny Rico
    Here's the 7th District for anyone familiar with Boston. It does not appear to contain Brookline and it does contain every conceivable black and Hispanic neighborhood all the way to outside of Route 128.

    https://mykobar.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/massachusetts_us_congressional_district_7_since_2013-tif.png

    Wow. What a bizarre district. It reaches below Milton into Canton.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
    I wonder how many people in Massachusetts are aware of this? I wasn't until just now. I live within 128, but in District 8. District 8 is south and District 7 extends like a "peninsula" into it. Haha
  • From the Tampa Bay Times: Ever since Trump's election, the Fanatical (But Dyslexic) Nazi Menace has been stalking our fair land, and now it's out of control. Seriously, what percentage of readers will never dream that this could be another hate hoax, because who would be so outre as to even mention the conceptual possibility,...
  • The Thai greeting sawa(s)dee is cognate with swastika.

  • When I was a kid, Stravinsky (who in 1913 composed "The Rite of Spring," the climax of pre-Great War European high culture and more or less the finale of classical music) lived not far from me on the other side of the Hollywood Hills, just above the Sunset Strip. He composed the opera The Rake's...
  • Before 1840/50 (steam ships), “passenger” ships didn’t really exist. You had to hitch a ride on a cargo ship or a naval vessel or charter a whole ship.

  • I was trying to look up the bio of New York Times reporter Katharine Q. Seelye, author of "New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?" I found on Wikipedia: So Kate Seelye is a purebred High WASP Arabist, the Protestant missionary caste who founded the American Un
  • In the 1950s I attended school in South Norwood, Massachusetts. The section of town was predominantly Syrian. Diversity in the 1950s!

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    Assimilationist Syrian Christian?
  • From the NYT: And, no surprise, he was Asian. ... In Friday’s filing, Harvard countered with examples of its positive assessments of applicants of Nepalese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Indian descent, who were described with words like “deserving,” “fascinating” and “Tug for BG,” an abbreviation for background. None of the examples the university gave appeared to...
  • @WowJustWow
    What about it? Just learn the right shibboleths and you're in.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Ht_nsQ7Hs

    Schooner is the dead giveaway. Decent people have ketches or yawls.

  • From the NYT: I'm struck by how many journalistic effusions on the Need for More Diversity rely on quotes from professional diversicrats trying to drum up more business for themselves. Nobody seems to even notice the self-interest. In other words, the more diversity New Hampshire gets, the more diversity it needs, to keep the new...
  • How come French Canadians don’t count for diversity?

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.  
  • @Jack D
    Please let him believe whatever he wants to believe. I usually don't do this, but here is a photo of myself:

    https://media1.tenor.com/images/605fdc73db5bb6817f29e8606e8901ce/tenor.gif

    นักสืบ. Detective

    • Replies: @Jack D
    I'm sorry, I lied. The image is not 100% genuine..... I don't own a MacBook.
  • From Fox Business: Advice to corporate executives: In 2018, don't make conference calls. Okay, so the executives were discussing an upcoming Diverse tv show based on Paramount's 1996 hit movie comedy "First Wives Club" in which divorced women plot vengeance on their ex-husbands and their new bimbos, but this time with a black cast. The...
  • @AnotherDad
    Speaking of Beckys--brunette division:

    https://www.thewrap.com/kimberly-guilfoyle-leave-fox-news-donald-trump-jr/

    I've got to say i *really* don't understand a lot of men.

    Kimberly Guilfoyle seems like a nice, smart, attractive gal (with nice hoots). But she's--looked it up--49. (If AnotherMom gave me the heave-ho, she'd be a fine age for me to date.)

    But you are Donald Trump Jr.--you're rich, your dad is President of the United States, your marriage has broken up ... and you're 40 years old. You start dating a 49 year old? Something is very wrong with this picture.

    A few years ago I saw a woman in a porn flick who looked exactly like Guilfoyle would have looked about 25 years ago, about the time she would have needed money for law school.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Proof!

    Of something ...

  • @Pericles


    No one disputes Obama came out of Stanley Ann Dunham and is ergo a natural born US citizen.

     

    Is that really how it's defined?

    The child of an American is an American, provided the American has resided in the USA for some period of time.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The child of an American is an American, provided the American has resided in the USA for some period of time.
     
    The standard for "natural-born citizen" is somewhat higher than that of mere "American". Look at Derbyshire and Brimelow, who have been Americans for decades.

    Ann Coulter ran a column explaining that Ted Cruz, whom she liked (for awhile), would not be a natural-born citizen (is the hyphen in the Constitution?) under the strictest definition used in a court case thus far. Nor would Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal, George Romney, or Barack Obama. John McCain would squeak in under the ambassador loophole, as his father was in the employ of the US government.

    Now that wasn't the only case that addressed the subject, and we have little idea how the Supreme Court would rule, though that court has been traditionally loath to overthrow electoral results.

    So the question is still up in the air.
    , @Mr. Anon

    The child of an American is an American, provided the American has resided in the USA for some period of time.
     
    Says who?
  • From the New York Times today: Straight White Males are so racist that they repeatedly fail to provide new Emmett Till-quality evidence of their racism, thus forcing the New York Times to keep running Emmett Till as front page news in 2018. Something must be done about SWMs.
  • Isn’t thus a little premature? The election isn’t until November.

  • As I've mentioned several times, bestselling economist Thomas Piketty believes that his theory proves that magazine lists of rich guys, such as Forbes' and Bloomberg's, are incorrectly, even propagandistically, biased toward new money entrepreneurs and overlook lots and lots of Secret Old Money billionaires. I've always found that a very interesting theory and often look...
  • You might want to look at the membership of the Myopia Hunt Club in Massachusetts. Polo, fox hunting, and golf. I’ll bet 5he members are well-to-do but not really rich.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Myopia Hunt used to host US Opens regularly about 110 years ago.

    Best known recent member was John Updike.

  • Money disappears fast. I have some distant cousins whose grandfather was chairman of a large corporation that everyone has heard of. They are utterly middle class people.

    • Replies: @Ali Choudhury
    Not that surprising. Executive salaries a couple of generations back, around the Depression era and its aftermath were much more modest than they are today.
  • Is wearing a sombrero a symbol of solidarity, cultural appropriation, or political incorrectness? In America, fraternities and sororities are constantly getting disciplined for throwing margarita-themed parties where guests wear sombreros, but how is a Lord Mayor supposed to be up to date on such refinements? It appears that the huge number of Mexican fans who...
  • I was in Sheffield a few weeks ago and although there was quite a bit of vibrancy, it was not overly so.

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

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The new king of Thailand is something.

    I don't know what, but something.

  • We've been blessed with an update to the topic of my recent post "Who We Are (Or Will Be):" The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward Santa Muerte coming to your hometown, you intolerant nativist white bigot, you.
  • @Reg Cæsar

    So I guess my cultural background keeps me from seeing the redeeming features of Pot Pol’s “killing fields.” Yeah right.
     
    Cambodia has nothing on Buffalo, if you're a chicken. I'm reminded of the cartoon in which a chicken tells a man, "To you he's Col. Sanders, but to me he's Adolf Eichmann."

    https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/grub/2013/07/08/08-hitler-chicken.w710.h473.jpg

    https://i2.wp.com/www.hieristhailand.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/HFC.png?ssl=1

    The writing on the sign is Thai. It says Pepsi and fried chicken.

  • Jim Flynn of Flynn Effect fame has been pointing out recently that in some places where rising IQ scores were best documented, such as Scandinavian countries with universal male conscription, his namesake phenomenon has seemed to go in reverse in recent years. Now, from PNAS: Flynn effect and its reversal are both environmentally caused Bernt...
  • @wren
    Maybe it's just pop culture taking over people's brains.

    This seven year old Norwegian girl sings a passable Billie Holiday to a Pakistani Norwegian (?) judge on Norway's Got Talent.

    https://youtu.be/rI6ZhRk86Hs

    Her Screamin Jay Hawkins is fun too.

    Her mother may be half Japanese.

    • Replies: @BB753
    She looks Turkish to me.
    , @wren
    Yes, Wikipedia tells me that:

    Her Norwegian mother Sara Astar (born 1984), is the daughter of Iranian artist Mery Zamani (born 1961), and a Japanese father.
     
    As everyone knows, Iran + Japan / 2 = Norway

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelina_Jordan
  • Update: Commenter Reactionary Utopian explains: It's amusing to watch pastimes cycle back into fashion. For example, as a Southern Californian, I've always liked the Tiki style. But of course even if you enjoy quasi-Polynesian decor, you get sick of it eventually. For example, a friend lived for quite a few years in the cheapest apartment...
  • @Paleo Liberal
    Times change. The popular sports change as well.

    I remember driving in Oahu in the late 70s, bothered because some idiots were doing the second Ironman Triathalon. Only a few people in Hawaii did that at the time, and pretty much nowhere else in the world.

    Around that time the biggest sports had been baseball, boxing and horse racing for decades. The most famous athletes were people like Pete Rose, Mohammad Ali and Secretariat. The NFL was getting established, and the NBA was just breaking into the big time with rookies Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

    These days I guess most Americans can't tell you the names of the winners of the Kentucky Derby, the World Series and name the top heavyweight boxers.

    100 years ago college rowing was a huge sport. These days only a handful of people even care. Interesting, the college rowing championships are this weekend, and the colleges in the Grand Finals are the same colleges that were the top rowing schools 75 years ago. In fact, the first intercollegiate sports event was Yale vs. Harvard in rowing around 1850.

    The difference is, instead of 100,000 people watching live, there will be a few hundred at best.

    http://ira.qra.org/

    Grand Final
    7:30 AM Sunday
    PENDING
    Lane Entry
    2 WASHINGTON
    3 YALE
    4 BROWN
    5 HARVARD
    6 CALIFORNIA
    7 PRINCETON

    The Head of the Charles Regatta, by some measures, draws more than the Indy 500.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    I've seen a number of both sailing and rowing regattas, sometimes by accident. As in I'm walking my dog by the lake and what are all those boats doing? Comes from living in a town with several lakes, a large university with top rowing and sailing teams, and also well regarded high school clubs.

    SOME of the regattas can be very nice to watch. You don't need to have any rooting interest. It is nice to sit on the shore of a pleasant river or lake and watch the boats go by.

    One of my favorite rowing head races to watch is the Milwaukee River Challenge. The Milwaukee River is so small that the boats go right by the spectators. There is a part of the race where they start out on the Menominee River and make a sharp turn onto the Milwaukee River. It is pleasant to sit outside in a nearby park, or sit in a restaurant with a river view, at the turn and watch the boats try not to crash into each other. That race got some coverage in Madison because the son of a Madison news anchor rowed in the race a few times.
  • From the Washington Post: This boss is likely making a mistake in hoping his high wage strategy pays off for him. But even if he is errin
  • I used to read yachting magazines. In japan , where the yachting community is small its hard to sell a magazine. BUT I noticed that contrary to the american strategy of lowering costs and street price, one magazine greatly increased the quantity of the photography, the paper, and the printing quality and, of course, the selling price. People who like sailboats were willing to pay for quality.
    I wonder if american businesses ever consider the hi-quality, hi-price strategy?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    A guy named Steve Jobs tried the high quality, high cost route. How'd that work out for him?
  • I thought it was named after his brother, Ira.

  • My experience was that I enjoyed Spanish Class in second and third grade, but then I didn't take Spanish again until 9th and 10th grade, by which point I'd forgotten what little Spanish I'd learned as a child and had somehow developed a hopelessly extreme americano accent: I sounded like W.C. Fields trying to speak...
  • Schools are not good places to learn languages. Learning languages is more like learning a sport.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    I concur totally. For me the biggest limit to learning languages was schooling: my teachers didn't think there was any reason for me to have more than English and French or Spanish. So I was required to sit through BS classes or "study halls" rather than load up on languages as I wanted.

    It was OK in the long run because the way they taught language was nonsensical. It's like other "language arts" in the curriculum. Illiterates can be taught the basics of how to read and write with 150-ish hours of instruction. Less if they're especially motivated. Only the public schools could turn it into something that people still can't do after 13+ years of full time schooling.

    To riff off your sports example, I agree with that as well, though I'd use the example of tool skills like wood- or metal-working. Language is no less a set of tools because it exists in wetware and electrons rather than chisels or saws or punches.
    , @Seth Largo
    Learning a language in a school setting means learning to "read" a language, not speak it. Learning to speak the language, especially on a colloquial level, is impossible to accomplish in a school setting and requires total immersion in another country or community for at least two or three years (after which time one will be, not fluent, but at least capable of shooting the shit in a bar).

    I would gladly trade my ability to read Borges and Goethe (with some occasional dictionary help) for an ability to shoot the shit in a bar in Madrid or Berlin.

    Anyway, as others have pointed out in this thread, the study's definition of "fluency" seems unnecessarily rigid. Any middle aged person can become competent in a language within a few years, but again, it requires nothing less than total immersion.
  • From Footwear News: At least six Nike higher-ups left hurriedly after a #MeToo scandal. As everyone knows, People of Color never get handsy around women. Especially black men who love basketball. They are just morally superior, that's all.
  • @Seamus Padraig
    OT

    Did Thomas Merton really die after being electrocuted by a fan? Or was he actually murdered?

    https://off-guardian.org/2018/04/28/speaking-the-unspeakable-the-assassination-and-martyrdom-of-thomas-merton/

    I was in Thailand shortly after this happened and was nearly electrocuted in a similar way. I find the story of his death believable.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    IIRC Deb and Chris mention this in their book Making Tracks, nearly getting killed by a zap in Thailand. “The electricity isn’t grounded”, she says. Not sure what she means-maybe it’s supposed to be floating instead of tied to an earth ground at neutral?
    , @Triumph104
    A British tourist was electrocuted in Thailand last year.

    Father-of-six Shaun Walley, 67, a tradesman from Stockport, had been visiting a friend in Thailand when he apparently touched a steel balcony handrail that was live with an electric current due to a faulty light box sign.

    The hotel in Chonburi have reportedly admitted the accident on October 19 was their fault, but have informed Mr Walley's family they can't afford to help.

    Now his step-daughter Ramona Brooks, 36, who is five months pregnant, is trying to raise £10,000 to cover the costs of bringing his body home so they can bury him.
     
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5057623/Grandfather-electrocuted-hotel-s-live-handrail.html#ixzz5EHhiDgos
  • 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...
  • Every word in the English language and every other language is a social construct.

    • Replies: @Dube
    "Every word in the English language and every other language is a social construct."

    Yes, and thanks for the often-necessary reminder. But a question here is whether general terms DENOTE something existing outside the mind (realism) or not.

  • The Twitter account New Real Peer Review is a running gag of posting the abstracts of actual articles published in actual academic journals. They are particularly partial to "autoethnography," in which the professor researches himself (or more frequently) herself. For example, a Feminist Studies professor might expand upon how much she likes to get her...
  • Career promotion masquerading as politics masquerading as scholarship.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Put all that in brackets then set it in supratext to make it the exponent of

    Narcissism
    , @Dieter Kief
    I liked it in the morning, and now, late at night, I still like it, and I'd want to add this Steve Sailer thought to it about the possible tax deductability of those auto-ethnographic adventures. Your formula then looks like this (I hope you don't mind):

    Tax-deductible career promotion masquerading as politics masquerading as scholarship.
     
    (A fine example for the fundamental differences between the physical and the social world: The social world has no real boundaries - fantasies can turn out to be really ground breaking, and thus gain physical reality (=money etc. (status, being noticed, being written and blogged about...).
  • The Harker School in San Jose is one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious private prep schools. Tuition is $45,877. Wikipedia reports: Thus, it's interesting to note a few facts about the future leaders of Silicon Valley currently enrolled at Harker: Assuming that Asians are not People of Color (raising the question of What color are...
  • Both groups were identical with respect to all traits (income, education, personality, culture).

    But not IQ? Why not IQ? Too close to the truth….

  • Ancient DNA geneticist David Reich has famously observed: See, that was the mistake made by the targets of Stephen Jay Gould's wrath. Instead of just arguing that they were right about the science of evolution and Gould was wrong on the merits of his theories, Ed Wilson, Bill Hamilton, George Williams, John Smith, Dick Dawkins,...
  • Some of m best friends are jutes…

  • The Trump Administration has announced that the 2020 Census, besides the usual demands to identify by race and ethnicity, will also ask about citizenship. Democrats are freaking out, of course. As I wrote in The American Conservative back on October 25, 2004: An already existing threat to Republican legislators that is almost never discussed is...
  • The census for many years asked for place of birth and whether naturalized or not.

  • From the New York Times: Or maybe Senator Warren isn't a member of Congress? Or she's not really a woman? This is actually a pretty sensible way to think about it. All sorts of white people have family stories about being descended from an Indian princess, and some white people have some Indian ancestry, and...
  • @anonymous
    How many full blood Native Americans (indigenous to the continental US, not Mexico) still exist? Zero? Do they all have at least a little European in them?

    Even two hundred years ago there were large numbers of mixed race indians due to the french traders not bringing their own women.

  • New data from Stanford economist Raj Chetty. (Here's my 2015 analysis of some of his old work.) From the New York Times' Upshot section: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys By EMILY BADGER, CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, ADAM PEARCE and KEVIN QUEALY MARCH 19, 2018 Black boys raised in America, even in...
  • @Anon
    To paraphrase a famous statement, how do you make a black man poor? Give him a million dollars and wait 2 months.

    I keep saying that impulse control is the greatest class divider, and people don't really register how important it is. They need to look at the hippocampus.

    The hippocampus or the amygdala.

  • From the New York Times: It's like how Alexander Hamilton was right for right now back in 2014 because he was a Caribbean immigrant and therefore an honorary Person of Color.
  • @Steve Sailer
    Sargent came at the end of 500 years of improvement in portrait techniques, so it's not implausible that objectively speaking, he might be the best ever, kind of the way LeBron James is likely better than, say, Bill Russell at basketball, even if Russell was better relative to his era.

    I think I read somewhere that when Sargent was in art school he was so good that he frightened the other students.

  • From The Atlantic, an interview with David Reich of Harvard who sequences the genomes of old dead bodies: His ideas were used by the Nazis later, in propaganda, to argue that a particular group in Europe, the Aryans, expanded in all directions across Europe. ... So after the Second World War, there was a very...
  • The jomon people of japan also had corded ware.

    • Replies: @Bies Podkrakowski
    So, Japanese were honorary Aryans even then?
  • The National Geographic Race issue looks like it will be a treasure chest of iSteve material. For example: Oh, boy, Samuel Morton again. Ms. Kolbert undoubtedly cribbed Morton from the late Stephen Jay Gould's 37 year old bestseller The Mismeasure of Man, even though a 2011 replication of Morton's study showed Gould was more biased...
  • @Anonymous
    Nassau (County) is full of harbors on Long Island's north shore.

    You are correct. I didn’t grow top there. Do the locals call the north shore Nassau?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    No, they call it the North Shore.
  • Sailing from Larchmont to Nassau doesn’t look logical to me. Nassau is on the other side of Long Island and there’s no good harbor to overnight.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Nassau (County) is full of harbors on Long Island's north shore.
    , @JMcG
    Bimini was one of the finalists for my honeymoon. My wife chose Venice. Wisely I think. I’m very glad to have seen it when I did.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Nassau county is the whole western 1/3 of Long Island. It has coasts on the north and south side. This guy on the show was pretending that he crewed the sloop from Larchmont to Nassau in the Bahamas. A 58 footer can go about anywhere.
    , @Jack D
    I think he meant Nassau, Bahamas. There is no one place in LI called "Nassau" - the entire western half of LI (beyond the borders of NYC) is "Nassau County".
    , @JimBonobo
    That was a joke, right?

    They are referring to Nassau in the Bahamas. And Nassau county - where I grew up - is on both coasts (north and south of Long Island), same for Suffolk county.
  • From the Washington Post: Like it or not, studies suggest that Clinton may not be wrong on white women voting like their husbands The Fix Analysis By Eugene Scott March 13 at 10:40 AM According to Hillary Clinton, many white women voted against her because the men in their lives told them to. During a...
  • Why do women play guitar less than men?

    • Replies: @Doug
    > Why do women play guitar less than men?

    75%+ of male guitarists are doing it for the chicks. Even if unspoken, the idea is germinating in the back of their head when they first pick up the guitar. A guitar isn't going to help pick up guys, so women have much less incentive to play it.

    You see much less a gender disparity as the instrument gets nerdier. Drummers are even more male dominated than guitarists. Among the mainstream instruments, pianists have more female representation. Then you get the classical symphony instruments like flute, violin and harp. Women if anything may be overrepresented nowadays.

    In short women take up music for the love of music. Men do so to get laid. Playing the violin hasn't gotten anyone laid in 100 years.
    , @Captain Tripps

    Why do women play guitar less than men?
     
    Because they're intimidated by the cute babes that can...

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  • From The Telegraph: Not sure this is "the first time" because it's of course a question of how much IQ can be predicted. In that they live longer, etc. Presumably, a lot of IQ variation is less due to having genes that are better, on paper, at generating higher IQ and instead are due to...
  • @Tiny Duck
    How can anybody believe there is such a thing as a IQ test?

    Lets take the smartest person you know and put him in the Sahara desert and put in one tribemans who lives there, who do you think will survive.

    I find it astonishing that yourace realists constantly bang on about how intelligence is so important, and yet none have seemed to notice that a rather disconcerting number of their followers tend to struggle when writing a sentence that involves the correct use of the words "there", "their" and the contraction "they're".

    tribesmans —> persons who identify as tribal

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Yes, the use of "man" is noninclusive and does not consider the gender fluidity of colored bodies who exist as a group of perfect empathy and is completely respectful of the anatomy of their differently bodied fellows.
  • 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.
  • If you fly transpacific with a lot of Filipinos there are always 16 who need wheelchairs. Why?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Diet. Filipinos make Negroes in the ghetto seem to eat like Jack Lalane. They are all gunning for diabetes by forty. I wouldn't be surprised if the wheelchairs are legit for at least half of them.

    Go by a Jolly Bee and you'll see what I mean.
  • From the New York Times: What is the ideal outcome here long term for the Korean peninsula? China doesn't want an American military ally on the Yalu River. Japan doesn't really want a united Korea. The North Korean regime wants to survive. What does South Korea want?
  • @Dave from Oz
    "I’ve never been to Korea so I don’t know if that feeling still runs deep."

    When your grandmother was turned into a military sex slave by another country … people tend not to forgive and forget that kind of thing.

    Michael Yon says the sex slave stories are mostly BS.

    • Replies: @Twinkie

    Michael Yon says the sex slave stories are mostly BS.
     
    He’s wrong.
  • White people getting married and having kids.
  • @Tiny Duck
    What about white people getting married and having kids with People of Color?

    white girls are increasingly marrying Men of Color and having Chikdren of Color

    When a white person has children with POC the children are usually lighter than you would expect. I.e., the are not the “average” of the two.

    Look at pictures of Obama with his shirt off and his father was purple-black.

  • From Comparative Sociology: But this study must be using old-fashioned definitions of human rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion, when everybody knows the only two human rights that matter these days are freedom of Muslims in Muslim countries to move to your country so they can enjoy more human rights and...
  • @Robert Hume

    How do you disentangle being Christian from being white? Given that whiteness and Christian-ness are highly correlated with one another, I wonder if they looked at all the non-white but Christian countries separately.
     
    Good point. Think of the great art and music associated with Christianity in white countries. For example Michelangelo and Bach. Is there anything like that in nonwhite Christian countries?

    Japanese come pretty close.

  • Top, front, center on the New York Times: But Wakandan Identity is the most real thing in the universe. In other news, from The Times of Israel: Granddaughter of Joe Lieberman makes aliyah 'Why would I live anywhere else,' Nesya Lieberman says of her decision to move to Israel By TOI STAFF 27 February 2018,...
  • Did she give up her American citizenship?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Why should she?-- it's not required. Used to be, overturned by Supreme Court.
  • 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...
  • Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the whites arrive before the Bantus?

    • Replies: @Polish Perspective

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the whites arrive before the Bantus?
     
    Sort of. Think "both arrived together but at different ends of the country".

    Whites started to settle Cape Colony, where Cape Town and the surrounding areas is today. Those areas were largely or whoolly empty of any previous settled tribes. At the same time, black tribes came into the North-East and gradually started to move southwards.

    Over the centuries, the two populations both expanded and soon they were inhabiting the same land. Many blacks willingly chose to work & live under/for whites instead among their own, for the same reason why blacks often don't mind moving to white countries from Africa in this day and age.

    Whites in RSA have made the same mistake as whites all over the world have made. They think civic nationalism will work. The problem is that only white people are indulging in the cult of civic nationalism, everyone else is either primarily organised upon the basis of either A) race B) religion or C) both.

    Ultimately, the Boers should have gone for a complete and total separation in 1990 with a pure ethnostate and the fact that they did not, is something that they will pay the price for today. This is a cardinal lesson for every single white nation.

    , @dearieme
    Yes, in the coastal areas west of the Great Fish River. Not before the Bushmen and Hottentots, but before the Bantu. Once the Afrikaners pushed onto the Veldt they were in land which was populated by Bantu who had presumably slaughtered the earlier inhabitants.
  • President Obama said: Makes y
  • Number four, we know that students of color are far more likely than their white classmates to find themselves in trouble with the law.

    Let ‘s deconstruct that phrase “find themselves in trouble with the law.”

    I think it means , “ I will deliberately conceal the truth.”

  • It's not just Israel that is taking decisive steps to deal with the African Population Tsunami. From The Guardian: Guangzhou is what used to be Canton, right? But is it still "Cantonese cuisine?" Or is it now "Guangzhouese cuisine?" But I can't pronounce that. Wed 7 Feb 2018 21.00 EST Last modified on Wed 7...
  • I think I read that the original Romanization of Chinese was done by Spanish speakers so the Roman letters can’t be given their English values. Anyone else read that?

  • Apparently, Senator Elizabeth Warren isn't the only blonde Cherokee. Here's a recent Cherokee Tribal Youth Council: The more you subsidize something, the more you get of it.
  • Sad really. As someone said recently, “before the whiteman came, it was casinos as far as the eye could see”

  • From the NYT: In Kenya, and Across Africa, an Unexpected Epidemic: Obesity By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN JAN. 27, 2018 ... It used to be difficult in Kenya to find many people built like Ms. Akinyi, who, at 5 feet 9 inches tall and 285 pounds, is obese. In Africa, the world’s poorest continent, malnutrition is stubbornly...
  • What is “junk food”?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Anything but lean protein, plant-derived vitamins, natural fiber, antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, Rappahannock oysters, Spanish chorizo, Unibrouwe Fin du Monde, Parmesano Reggiano, Assam tea, Sobieski, herring in any form, speck, Spiritus, unagi nigiri, blueberry larabars, pierogi, Cinzano vermouth, New Amsterdam (vodka or gin), Gordon's, Tanqueray, Bombay Saphire, Kroger's blood orange sorbet, the Chinese shrimp with the eyes left on, the Chinese sweet potato vines doused in peppered oil, Peking Duck, Martell, kefir, smoked salmon, rainbow trout in any form, Japanese canned mackerel, smetana, Caesar salad, Dennis Prager endorsed Super Beets (hell yeah, it's the one that you wanted), Lugol's Iodine, tribulus, creatine, L-arginine, Kruncher's Jalapeno potato chips, Red Hot Blues, cashews, almonds, Perla Del Mar cigars, or Belgian chocolate "scallops" is junk food.
    , @dfordoom

    What is “junk food”?
     
    That's the food that is enjoyed by the wrong kinds of people.