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    This brilliant, meticulous and searing analysis is David Ray Griffin’s most powerful and important book about 
the hegemonic foreign policy ambitions 
of US neoconservatives and the way in which 9/11 was used to pursue these Machiavellian ends. This is a book that should have been written by a mainstream investigative journalist, but David has done...
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    What was glaringly obvious was the 9/11 account of events was pre-written long before any airplane hit the twin towers; hence, no need for an investigation - one of those properly compiled political commissions will do.

    9/11 is simply the cost of pretending you’re the victim, and not the perp. Pretending you’re a democracy, and not a dictatorship. Pretending you represent freedom, and not enslavement. Pretending MiddleEast wars protect America, and not ____________.

    Planes? Are you effin’ that stupid? Planes…

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  • From The Atlantic, an interview with a married couple of Harvard anthropologists / grandparents reflecting, perhaps not very quantitatively or systematically, but with some hard-earned wisdom, on some things they've noticed about child raising around the world: How Much Do Parents Matter? “Parents in every culture at a given moment think they’re doing the optimal...
  • Taranoga in James Clavell’s Shogun is an fictional example of the Big Man phenomena in Japan.

    Perhaps the Big Man phenomena works better in cultures of lower individualism.

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  • Usually I do not set my readers puzzles. It is not seemly. However, the recent coverage of a paper published in Nature has set me a puzzle which I would like you to help me solve. Are the authors of the paper, the reviewers and the editors of Nature Neuroscience aware of what has been...
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    I think that studies like this need to go deeper and get at both beliefs about mating and actual practices. Some cultural backgrounds require compulsory marriage and breeding and base their social status system on kinship achievements whereas other groups follow assortative mating practices and delay marriage and breeding which permits them to have accumulated greater capital, all forms considered, which their offspring inherit or acquire through forms of interaction, linguistic and social, which relate to economic achievement more that kinship achievement. Another way to put it is that kinship terminology may have a more powerful role in some cultures over economic role terminology.

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  • One of the more bizarre murders in Los Angeles this month was the shotgun assassination of a 30 year old white woman walking with her boyfriend in the tourist part of Hollywood. The boyfriend was untouched. It seemed too horrible to be a random racist hate crime: an execution-style murder of a white woman in...
  • Best not jump to conclusions. We don’t know what that woman might have done to him to drive him to commit such a horrendous act.

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    "Best not jump to conclusions. We don’t know what that woman might have done to him to drive him to commit such a horrendous act."

    Yes, undoubtedly it was some unforgiveable microaggression, like looking nervous and uncomfortable when she met him - as if he was some kind of crazed shotgun murderer.
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  • With the Obama Administration planning to liberate urban blacks from their ghettos isolated away from job centers by forcing suburbs and exurbs to build affordable housing for them, it's worth studying one such virtually all-black neighborhood in Los Angeles County, View Park / Windsor Hills /Baldwin Hills. Here, America's shameful history of systemic racism and...
  • I would hang on to one of those homes too, but the community residents should be directing their anger at the predatory lenders and the politicians who refused to jail any of them. I believe one of them is now at Goldman Sachs…..

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  • The fact that black immigrants to the United States have shown achievements that are superior to native black Americans has been a phenomenon studied since at least the 1970's. At first it was just the Caribbean blacks who were a subject of this unexpected outcome. As black Africans kept immigrating into the US, they showed...
  • In east London in the UK there are a small number of highly intelligent Nigerians. Taking GCSEs at six. A levels at 12. That sort of thing. I know. I have taught them. Only a few but far more than could be expected by chance or according to the normal probability law. I have never taught any other nationality that even came close except a couple of Chinese possibly.
    Not sure how they train on however. There subsequent careers have been a little disappointing.

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  • Carl Zimmer reports in the NYT: That reminds me of a story I once heard about psychologist Leon Kamin from one of his former grad students. Dr. Kamin, co-author in 1974 with Richard Lewontin and Steven Rose of the influential anti-human sciences screed Not In Our Genes, has extraordinary cognitive skills involving letters and numbers....
  • I should have added that it was Galton who conducted the first surveys on our capacity (or lack of it) for mental imagery.

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  • For experimental studies of imagery see Kosslyn’s Image and Mind (Oxford, 1986). He returned the study of imagery to psychology based on Shepard’s mental rotation.

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  • Back in February, Commentary published Terry Teachout's book review "WASP Without a Sting," which argued that Bob Hope's reputation has faded because he was a boring white bread WASP, when everybody realizes these days you have to be Jewish to be funny. But thinking about it I'm reminded of somebody who has vanished from memory...
  • Laurel and Hardy ‘s The Music Box (1932)—now that’s still funny.

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    Most of Laurel & Hardy's comedies are timeless - two fools trying to do some sort of job, making mess of it, and quarreling with each other about it. That's why "The Music Box" - and many others - still prompt laughter.

    The Marx Brothers are considerably more topical, as are many other comedians of the period. Topical humor ages as the topic passes from current experience. The sort of dowager socialite played by Margaret Dumont, for example, is a complete period piece. Her interactions with Groucho can still be funny, but one has to be aware of the kind of "society" she represented, because it simply doesn't exist any more.
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  • From the NYT, a story of the Chinese emulating the grand tradition of Ted Kennedy at Harvard: 15 Chinese Accused of Using Test-Taking Impostors for College Entrance Exams By JESS BIDGOOD MAY 28, 2015 BOSTON — Fifteen Chinese nationals have been accused of cheating the college entrance examination system with a scheme that involved fake...
  • Fred says:

    There was an article about massive cheating by Indian students at top U.S. Colleges, it even made it onto the front page of Hacker News, where it attracted even more shocking tales of cheating by Indian students (until the story was killed for obvious reasons). Then there was the recent story of illiterate foreign students getting Australian degrees.

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  • A recent study of the Billboard pop charts over a half century, "The Evolution of Popular Music, USA 1960-2010," by four scholars (including human biodiversity researcher Armand M. Leroi) has been getting a lot of publicity for identifying three years of pop musical revolution: 1964, 1983, and (more questionably) 1991: The team started with the...
  • Pop music changed forever the day Frank stopped singing.

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    And he should have stopped in about 1960 when he left Capitol.
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  • “They are like the Mongols,” says Najmaldin Karim, speaking of the forces of Islamic State (Isis) battering at the defences of the oil province of Kirkuk, of which he is governor. They have not broken through and he is confident they will not do so, but the threat they pose and the fear they cause...
  • A good article challenging sacred cows and lazy narratives.

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  • I write about 1920s country club admission policies a lot, but not because I claim that fuzzy family memories of great-grandpa getting blackballed by Shady Brook CC in 1925 are the private motivations for much of today's conventional wisdom, but because so many upholders of current orthodoxy bring up old country clubs as their public...
  • @silviosilver
    Of course he'd be cool with it. Any excuse for endless immigration will do because it's not about what's good for America; it's about 'preventing another holocaust.'

    Of course he’d be cool with it. Any excuse for endless immigration will do because it’s not about what’s good for America; it’s about ‘preventing another holocaust.’

    I think SFG deserves the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been reading him for awhile and his heart may be in the right place. He still has some de-progamming to work through, but haven’t most all of us who have grown up in the mainstream United States?

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    I don't think he deserves any benefit of the doubt whatsoever. He's been reading blogs like this for, what, near ten years now and he's still no closer to getting over his fear of the knatsees. He complains about his "odious relatives" but his own plan - to assimilate newcomers - would be even more effective in wiping out whites since assimilated immigrants generate less pushback. Fundamentally, he's incapable of acknowledging that white gentiles have racial interests that require real-world political representation.
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  • @SFG
    Good point. I do support 'brain drain' as it allows us to gain a competitive advantage over other countries, but in general it's probably necessary to dial it down overall at this point in time. When we needed to fill the American frontier, it might have been a different story.

    Good point. I do support ‘brain drain’ as it allows us to gain a competitive advantage over other countries, but in general it’s probably necessary to dial it down overall at this point in time.

    Not to be contentious here, but even assuming it were salutary to import highly intelligent members of other groups (who compete against our own such members; who pose a risk of forming a hostile elite against us; it impoverishes the origin countries; and, does a group with our legacy of achievement really need help that badly?), how much error is there in the selecting for it? How much noise in our current system?

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  • @SFG
    Obviously, he's Irish. But when your theoretical distant relatives keep pushing the worst sort of multiculturalism, well...

    (I'd actually be cool with immigration if we were still pushing assimilation. But we're not. We're just creating large permanent underclasses that will vote Democrat and provide cheap labor (pleasing Republican elites, if not the rank and file).)

    I’d actually be cool with immigration if we were still pushing assimilation. But we’re not.

    Even assuming assimilation, immigration dilutes Americans’ voting power, increases housing prices (and, probably, other costs of goods), and generally drives down wages. You cool with all that?

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    Good point. I do support 'brain drain' as it allows us to gain a competitive advantage over other countries, but in general it's probably necessary to dial it down overall at this point in time. When we needed to fill the American frontier, it might have been a different story.
    , @silviosilver
    Of course he'd be cool with it. Any excuse for endless immigration will do because it's not about what's good for America; it's about 'preventing another holocaust.'
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  • The Obama Administration is on the warpath against the epidemic of rape on America's campus, what with one out of five coeds being raped. Of course, there are already harsh laws against rape, so the Obama Administration is actually out to stamp out "rapey" or "rape-ish" behavior. The power structure can't really come out and...
  • Anybody who wants to check out the original Hebrew can go to eliyah.com/lexicon (based on the KJV). In this case, the basic meaning of the phrase in Genesis 34:2 seems to be, he lay with her and ploughed her, plough being a fairly common metaphor in classical literature for having intercourse with a woman, and implying the use of force.

    In Genesis 34:5, when Jacob hears that he (Shechem) had defiled her, the word there means that Shechem had polluted her.

    One of the problems of biblical Hebrew is that it has a very small vocabulary, but one that is rich in all sorts of nuances, making it rather difficult to translate. Hence the variety of translations cited above. I would guess that the 17th century translators of the KJV were probably closer to the ancient writers in their sexual attitudes than any modern translator.

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  • From Showbiz411: Well, Anwar Sadat was fairly black. When I met Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley in mid-1981, I was struck by how much he reminded me of Anwar Sadat, whose picture was omnipresent in the news then, just before Sadat's assassination. Presumably, blacks aren't up in arms about black actors not being cast as...
  • Some years ago, Biblical Archeology Review publish a series of advertisements for copies of the bust of Nefertiti, showing her as completely white (which she is–I’ve seen the original in Berlin). A black reader wrote in denouncing the ads as racist, because Nefertiti, being African, was in reality a black women.

    In response to the letter, the editor of BAR published some comments by an Egyptologist, Frank Yurco, (Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago ) who came to the conclusion that Egyptians today look pretty much like Egyptians back then–mostly whitish in the north, and getting darker as you move south.

    The article is available here (subscription needed): http://members.bib-arch.org/publication.asp?PubID=BSBA&Volume=15&Issue=05&ArticleID=02&UserID=0&

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  • How is officially rewarding illegal alien parents for having produced anchor babies going to discourage the production of future anchor babies?
  • @Buzz Mohawk
    I have been very careful not to have any children. (This has sometimes required great sacrifice!) With 7 billion rapidly multiplying, mostly stupid, humans on the planet -- and America becoming a septic tank -- I have always thought it best not to subject any future sons or daughters to what the future holds.

    When I was a college student doing temp jobs, I once helped a rancher build fences on the plains of Colorado. Out of the blue one time, he looked around at all the open land and said to me, "in a hundred years or so, this is all going to look like India." (He was a brilliant man!) The concerns about unmanaged immigration and population growth were already brewing among the native European American founding stock of our country.

    I passed through a few decades later to find a whole town of Mexicans had grown there. All the signs on the businesses were in Spanish.

    That's what the future looks like. Would you want your kids living there?

    BTW: Mexicans now take all the jobs I did when I was in college.

    I am glad I have no children at this point too. This country is ruined with no way back.The best that could happen is for it to break up into city-states based with each city-state deciding who can live there.

    Imagine no place to live except for places like Detroit and mostly hispanic areas of any big city.

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    In a demographic war, having a healthy number of children within your own nuclear family is the most powerful thing you can do to contribute to the war effort.
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  • The many blog and information sites on the internet are attractive to many habitues precisely because they sometimes seems to be the last bastions for free expression. But free expression does not necessarily guarantee civility. Anyone who peruses comments on many of the major websites can confirm that there is considerable garbage mixed in with...
  • Abe Foxman is a man that needs to deal with his own hatred against others. Biden has always been a prime Israel Firster in our nation. I also think that Israel is awash with antigentilism which is a huge problem in that country. Israel is an ultra nationalistic state and of course, practices apartheid and has many Jewish supremacist laws. So who are the actual haters and persecuters?

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  • In the Unz Review, anthropologist Peter Frost writes: First, most Britons have been living in denial. Few wish to believe, at least openly, that organized gangs are preying on school-age girls. Fewer wish to believe that the gangs are overwhelmingly non-white and largely Muslim. And even fewer wish to believe the extent of the problem:...
  • It’s nationalism, not religious discrimination, although theoretically it could be sub-racial to just Pakistan. How do I know?

    Google for ‘Rape in Pakistan’. You’ll get pages and pages. Including this little beauty. They rape their own countrywomen and girls all the time.

    There’s a rape every 2 hours and a gang rape every 8 hours. The war on women is real, and the women are losing…

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  • According to the NYT: There are about 100 times more blacks in the U.S. today than arrived via the slave trade.
  • @iSteveFan
    So 400 K imported slaves have ballooned into 40 M people. Meanwhile around 45 M European immigrants have only enlarged to about 200 M people. How does the oppressed group grow this much? Has their growth always been high, or has it been exacerbated during the Great Society era of the last fifty years? The notion many of us have is that the welfare system pays poor blacks to have multiple kids out of wedlock. Were blacks having this many kids when there was no social safety net to pick up the slack?

    Just take a look around the world,where black people live,regardless of economic conditions,the populations increase all the time..

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  • See Fred Reed's Cop Columns - From a Police Reporter's Notebook The police are out of control all across the country. They can kick in your door at three a.m., shoot your dog, and handcuff your daughters, and you have no recourse. All of this happens with the explicit, intentional help of the federal government....
  • @Bliss

    And you will find that the perps are almost always black.
     
    There you go again. If the perps are almost always black, why are prison inmates more than 60% non-black?

    You will find that there are white cops who knock blacks around, who humiliate them. You will think it wrong, and so will many of your fellows, but you will decide not to turn them in
     
    And how is that not a big part of the problem?

    If you read the column, you will see that it deals with a cop in DC, about half black, with nearly zero crime by whites, mostly federal workers and other white-collar types. Thus the perps are black.

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  • Sinclair Lewis once opined that if fascism ever comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. I was reminded of that comment when a good friend of mine recently wrote a letter to her local newspaper in Augusta Georgia decrying the killing of nearly two thousand Palestinian civilians in...
  • @john francis lee
    Being xtian-fascists, these folks all kneel for prayer toward Washington several times each day. And the trash that pours out of their mouths is just as it is programmed in Washington DC.

    Washington doesn't talk this trash itself, of course ... they have the armed forces, the President has his license to kill from Norway, and they now have all the police of the USA at their command. These folks in Georgia don't have that ... so they talk.

    I imagine the same sort of reasoned criticism of police in Ferguson would draw the same sort of responses, just more hateful and sordid.

    I blame our pro zionist medeia and the Israel lobby for the ignorance and bias of the American people. about the situation in Gaza. They are so propagandized that they cannot think for themselves.

    The hatred expressed by people towards the people in Gaza and in Ferguson, show how difficult it is for them to have compassion for people. These people need to stay out of churches if they have no feeling for the cruelty Israel is doing with its sadistic blockade and high tech weapons used on sitting ducks. They probably don’t even know about the seven year old blockade which keeps them imprisoned because they can’t get in or out.

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    Fred, I think Hamas sometimes prevents Gazan Arabs from leaving. I don't know about the blockade but I'm willing to hazard a guess that it affects only attempts to import weaponry.
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  • In a recent post, Fred Reed asks: The short answer is that any killing, for whatever reason, increases the likelihood of killing for other reasons. One exception is self-defence, but that's not done for pleasure. Another exception is capital punishment, but that, too, is not done for pleasure. More to the point, no single citizen...
  • Peter,

    You say, “Let me return to your initial question. What’s to stop you from torturing to death the severely retarded? First, your sense of empathy should. If it doesn’t, you’re the one with a severe mental defect. I wouldn’t want you as a fellow citizen, let alone as a neighbor. The law of the jungle may give you the right to torture defenceless people to death, but it also gives me the right to organize a lynch mob and hang you from the nearest tree.”

    We agree perfectly. If I found myself doing such a thing, I would organize my own mob to lynch me. But we would lynch me for different reasons.

    You would say, “Fred, you are transgressing an evolutionary prejudice that promotes social cohesion, and anyway unjustified killing tends to promote more killing, so you must die.” To which I would reply, “Well, gee, Peter, what if I do it in secret, so it doesn’t promote anything? Would that be ok? And if revulsion at torture is just a practical genetic instinct, like fear of heights, why should I not overcome it at will, as I do fear of heights when I go skydiving?”

    My reason for lynching me would be that torturing children is Wrong. Period. No matter how craftily I arranged it so as to overcome evolutionary objections, I woujld still think it Wrong. You would say, “But Fred, how do you know it’s wrong?” I would say, “It just is.” Which is as dead-end an answer as genetic practicality, but to my mind less embarrassing. There are things we do not know, and cannot know.

    But my broader point was that traits exist for which there seem to be no evolutionary explanation. There is of course male homosexuality, so puzzling that Cochran had to invent an undetectable virus to cause it. Sadism and, particularly, masochism do not make much evolutionary sense, yet are very much part of human behavior. You know better than I how this varies over societies, but any big American city has SM clubs for the controlled practice of such, and their memberships are not all that small. I can think of no evolutionary explanation for suicide, which remains with us.

    Regards,
    Fred

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  • As America's new economy starts to look more like the old economy of the Great Depression, the divide between rich and poor, those who have made it and those who never will, seems to grow ever starker. I know. I’ve seen it firsthand. Once upon a time, I worked as a State Department officer, helping...
  • “In 1982 at the Weirton mill, a union journeyman might have earned $25 an hour, or so people told me. Walmart pays seven bucks for the same hour and fights like a junkyard dog against either an increase in the minimum wage or unionization.”

    Yeah, and the Weirton mill is closed down… Walmart can look at what happens to industries that did unionize and draw some pretty straightforward conclusions…

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  • Good news and bad news: market research confirms most Americans side to one degree or another with former Congressman Ron Paul’s foreign policy. Bad news? The neo-cons are still at the switch. In 2003, with flags flying and trumpets blaring, opinion polls showed some 60 percent of Americans supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq. As...
  • Not to diminish the value of polls or the wisdom of the American people…. but the question should not be whether a policy is popular but whether a policy is wise or good, especially when you have a 24/7 news cycle constantly drumming it’s viewpoint and shaping perceptions. Perhaps the US should not have gone into Iraq but once there our obligation would be to leave it in better shape than we found it.

    Saddam Hussein and his sons were vicious nasty animals who were not good for Iraq. Is the current situation better? No it isn’t. Would it be if our beloved leader had not foot dragged and delayed and ignored his responsibilities and failed to establish bases for our troops? I’d bet it would be.

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  • Regarding J.P. Rushton's argument that we assortatively mate with those most like us genetically, I want to suggest a distinction that might help us better understand mating patterns. While people do indeed tend to marry people who are similar to them on a number of traits, people do not want to marry people who are...
  • Isn't your discussion of assortative mating based on methodological individualist assumptions? Are you assuming that individuals select their mates all by themselves, that is, that each individual makes a decision regardless of the influence or approval of significant others. Also, are you claiming that each individual makes this decision on a rational choice basis or what is economically most feasible. I noticed that you included terms related to 'falling in love' or similarly but you did not explain why falling in love is assortative and not hypergamic. That is, why might everyone desire someone rich and beautiful when obviously this pool of possible mates is quite small and then switch out to an assortative strategy. Isn't the selection criteria extremely biased and unreliable given the high divorce rate? Just some ideas.

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  • Isn't your discussion of assortative mating based on methodological individualist assumptions? Are you assuming that individuals select their mates all by themselves, that is, that each individual makes a decision regardless of the influence or approval of significant others. Also, are you claiming that each individual makes this decision on a rational choice basis or what is economically most feasible. I noticed that you included terms related to 'falling in love' or similarly but you did not explain why falling in love is assortative and not hypergamic. That is, why might everyone desire someone rich and beautiful when obviously this pool of possible mates is quite small and then switch out to an assortative strategy. Isn't the selection criteria extremely biased and unreliable given the high divorce rate? Just some ideas.

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  • The Buddhists say that attachment to material things is the source of much suffering in the world. In the past few days, I have been inclined to agree with them. Now I don't of course mean to say that being an impoverished wayfarer is any better of a proposition than hoarding. That has tons of...
  • Funny thing, I just coincidentally came across this post while taking a break from decluterring my place. I will take that as a sign that I am on the right track.
    For months now, I had been planning on trying to sell my old books by going to one or more of the many used bookstores in my city. Not so much for the money as because it seemed to me a bit of a sin to throw out books. Of course, the extra bother was just enough to make me procrastinate inordinately.
    I too have come to prefer e-ink reading to paper books, and am looking forward to the day when my entire library will be immaterial. Truth be told, I’ve been hoarding most of my books more for vanity reasons than for their practical or sentimental value.
    I have also started scanning all my old papers (my scanner can handle dozens of pages at a time) and another plan is to rip and copy my sizeable DVD collection onto a hard drive (with a backup of course).
    Far from being a neat freak, I am a total slob and generally oblivious to my surroundings. But my experience has been that the more minimalist my place is, the less of a chance I will end up being swamped by stuff I don’t need/want/see until it’s too late.
    Anyway, many thanks for this post and others.

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  • Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Times story broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a Government course on the role of Congress had plagiarized or otherwise illegally collaborated on their final exam.[1] Each year, Harvard admits just...
  • Loved all the research in the article and I am on board with the idea that moving in the tiger mother direction will kill creativity in young people. And I agree with the observation that our country’s top leadership since 1970 or so has been underwhelming and dishonest especially in the financial services industry which draws almost entirely from the Ivies.

    However, I am not so convinced that the over representation of Jewish students in the Ivy league is created by intentional bias on the part of Jewish professors or administrators at these institutions. Is it possible that admissions officers select Jewish applicants at such a high rate because they are more likely to actually attend? Once a family of four’s income exceeds $160k the net price calculation for a year at Harvard jumps up pretty quickly. By the time you hit annual income of $200k you are looking at $43k/yr or $172k for 4 years. And at the lower income levels, even if a family has to pay just $15k a year, how will they do that if they are struggling to make it as it is? Do they want/does their student want to graduate with $60k worth of debt? Why not choose a great scholarship offer from a state university to pay nothing at all or go to community college for 2 years and then on to the state public institution?

    There are many options for top students who can compete at the Ivy level. If I am an admissions officer looking to fill slots left over after minority admissions (ones poor enough to get the education for free and thus to say yes), legacies, athletic recruits, and the few super special candidates, wouldn’t I choose those most likely to take me up on the admissions offer and protect my yield number? Might an easy way to get this done be to consult a demographic tool showing net worth by zip code? And to stack the yield odds a little more in my favor might I also choose families with Jewish appearing last names knowing they would be extremely likely to accept my offer since I obviously have recent history to show me that these families say yes to our prices? I think this is a much more plausible explanation then assuming some secret quota in force at these schools.

    I am a conservative but I cannot believe Jewish liberals would go that far just to ensure more Jewish liberals attend their institutions or to keep conservative white non Jewish middle income students out. Dollars and cents and the perception a yield number conveys about the desirability of a school are what is at work here in my humble opinion.

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  • Thank you. That’s an interesting article for me since both my father and grandfather were older when they had children. But I’m not sure whether that answers my specific question.

    This article discusses my concern that…

    “Reversion of cells to hiPSC status in many cases results in cells that do not express telomerase and have short telomeres. They are very different in these respects from hESCs. Such cells may be approaching senescence despite their pluripotency, cannot reliably be depended on for such tasks as organ renewal, and cannot be used to close the loop in the stem cell supply chain.”

    http://www.anti-agingfirewalls.com/2010/03/18/telomeres-and-telomerase-in-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-%E2%80%93-not-what-we-thought/

    I’ve read that when Dolly the sheep was cloned that she was born with older cells and shorter telomeres because the sheep the cells were taken from was already 6 years old. If reprogramming a cell to pluripotency isn’t the same as restoring a cells youthfulness then it will cause problems for creating new organs for transplant. And it wouldn’t address the issue of Dolly being born with older cells. It would also be problematic for Saitou’s technique using reprogrammed pluripotent cells to make eggs. Assuming, of course, that the cellular age of any offspring is dependent on the haploid gametes provided by BOTH parents and not just the father. Any thoughts?

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  • Hi. I’ve never commented on your blog that I recall. But I skim it every now and then. I was wondering if you could help me with an off topic question on genetics. I’ve read that telemeres get shorter with time and that’s one of the reasons we age. I’ve also read that last month, researcher Mitinori Saitou and his team from Kyoto University in Japan used induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are adult cells reprogrammed to an embryonic-like state to produce healthy eggs. So my question is: If they reprogrammed adult cells wouldn’t the reprogrammed cells have shorter telemeres, too? It seems to me that would be a problem because any child produced with that egg would be born with “old” cells. Can you shed some light on this please?

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  • Ever since roughly 1890, Mormons have been trying to compensate for the weirdness of their founding era by closely emulating mainstream middle class white American culture (which hasn't been that hard for them since they tended to start out as mainstream Northwest Europeans).This worked well for them subjectively in terms of social acceptance within America...
  • I'm a Mormon, raised in California, who recently retired to Utah after living outside the US for the last twenty years (Foreign Service). I live in a small conservative town in Utah Valley and attend an equally conservative congregation. Most of the people I know here will vote for Romney, but the record of the last few elections shows they would have voted in more or less equal numbers for any Republican presidential candidate.

    What I don't sense is much excitement over the race. I think most Mormons realize that Romney will at best do what Republicans do best–feebly protest the activites of liberals and perhaps postpone slightly the coming debacle. If Romney loses I don't expect the reaction to be much different than it would have been if Bush had lost.

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  • I belong to a generation that still values what is now indiscriminately referred to as "higher education." What that once meant was going to a four-year college, if one’s high-school grades showed promise, and in return for about $700 each semester spending the next four years immersed in books. Back then we studied traditional disciplines,...
  • Fred says:

    I graduated in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. Senior year we took Thermodynamics. The professor was in his ’60′s, had written textbooks, and was world famous as a consultant to insurance companies. He was hired to reconstruct auto accidents on an energy basis. He was also a marvelous teacher and wonderful human being.
    In the early ’70′s the Milwaukee Journal ran an “expose” on university salaries. The cutoff was $25,000 per year. This professor barely made the cut at about $27,000. There were hundreds and hundreds of names above him and without exception they were assistants to the assistants to the vice-chancellor for etc, etc. I was shocked. Sadly it is multiply worse today. UW system has three four year universities within 50 miles and if merger is so much as mentioned a firestorm ensues. Even Scott Walker hasn’t dared to stick his toe in that cauldron.

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  • From the BBC: My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "And as we know from Richard "holebrooke" and theodore "Dalrymple" they go way beyond taking simple anlgo names like green, wallace and lewis"

    Richard Holbrooke (not "holebrooke") didn't "take" that name — he was born with it. His father, a Polish-Jewish refugee, changed his last name to that from Goldbrajch.

    Presumably, generations earlier, an ancestor of Holbrooke's changed his name to "Goldbrajch" to assimilate in Poland; so what's your issue with Holbrooke's father wanting to assimilate in the US? According to Wikipedia, Holbrooke wasn't even raised Jewish. His parents took him to Quaker services instead.

    On the one hand, Jews are criticized when they assimilate, and on the other hand, they're criticized for not assimilating. Make up your minds.

    And as for Sutherland: please provide evidence that he is Jewish. His facial features aren't evidence of that, as they are part of a phenotype found among plenty of non-Jews in Europe.

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  • On Kevin Drum's blog, Adam Serwer recounts recent conventional wisdom about American history:I used to reply to this:But, true believers in the wisdom of Noel Ignatiev always reply to the effect: "Hey, dumbass, don't you know Gone With the Wind is fiction?!"So, as a nonfiction example, above is a Confederate two dollar bill from 1862. The man...
  • Fred says:

    At this point, I'm rarely surprised to find any number of things that are commonly taught as historical 'facts' have been horribly tainted with leftwing lies.

    As far as I'm concerned, the left is completely out of credibility with me no matter what historical 'fact' is brought up by one of them.

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  • From the BBC:
  • "It turns out that Ron Howard's Dad, Rance Howard, was born "Harold Rance Beckenholdt", in Duncan, Oklahoma…"

    LOL. Sailerites are scandalized by Woody Allen dropping his Germanic last name, but none are troubled by Rom Howard doing the same thing.

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  • Hair and eye color diversity is unusual in two ways. It’s confined to Europeans. And it seems to be linked to prenatal feminization. Europeans are distinguished from other humans by a diverse palette of eye and hair colors. I’ve argued that these color traits arose from intense sexual selection of women in ancestral European environments...
  • Maybe it’s bad karma to imply that blue-eyed men are more civilized. That sounds a bit …. well, you know.

    I was expecting 'submissive' instead of 'civilized', and while it's negative instead of positive, it'd still be … well. It would get further under people's radar though.

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  • Henry Canaday comments:For example, AFL-CIO boss George Meany, an elderly ex-plumber, went from being The Man for Democratic-leaning newspapers to being an embarrassing relic in a few years.4. During roughly the last ten years, Dissident Conservative Media has grown in presence and power and has begun to play the same role for Republicans as Big...
  • Post-Obama and post-Lin, there's been at least one change in the media: white sportswriters can now chasten black sportswriters and athletes for racist comments. This is the most recent of a few examples I've seen in the last couple of weeks.

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  • Not long ago, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Adelson's $5 million apiece donations to Newt Gingrich's Presidential campaign were trumpeted in the press as world-historical events, but perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of that flurry was this column in The Nation:It’s not as if the Adelso
  • Anon,

    "Not entirely. The key issues of the biggest donor blocs e.g.
    - Israel first
    - Banksta first
    - Unlimited immigration
    determines the deeply held views of the sociopath element in both parties which in America is a huge percentage (because the donor's issues have been bad or semi-bad for most of those politician's voters for decades hence the donors have been selecting for sociopaths or idiot actors for decades)."

    Can you give one example of a politician who changed his or her position on any of those subjects as a result of a large campaign donation? It doesn't happen. Sheldon Adelson can't make Ron Paul an Israel-firster, and the King of Saudi Arabia can't make Newt Gingrich anti-Israel.

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  • "Is it good for the Jews for me to act in a manner flagrantly interested only in being good for the Jews?"

    Clearly, that is the case with Adelson's pro-Israel policy, but it's not true that Israel is Adelson's only issue. He elaborated on this in a recent Forbes article:

    "What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economy we’ve been experiencing for almost four years. That scares me because the redistribution of wealth is the path to more socialism, and to more of the government controlling people’s lives. What scares me is the lack of accountability that people would prefer to experience, just let the government take care of everything and I’ll go fish or I won’t work, etc.”

    “U.S. domestic politics is very important to me because I see that the things that made this country great are now being relegated into duplicating that which is making other countries less great. … I’m afraid of the trend where more and more people have the tendency to want to be given instead of wanting to give. People are less willing to share. There are fewer philanthropists being grown and there are greater expectations of the government. I believe that people will come to their senses and not extend the current Administration’s quest to socialize this country. It won’t be a socialist democracy because it won’t be a democracy."

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  • "How can it be that the self-proclaimed “richest Jew in the world” can buy the foreign policy of a major party’s potential presidential candidate…"

    That isn't the way political donations work though. You make donations to support candidates who already share your views. If the reality were otherwise, Adelson would be throwing money at Ron Paul to get him to change his foreign policy views, but he knows that's impossible. For that matter, other lobbies would do the same thing, but you don't see it — you don't see the NRA throwing money at liberal Democrats to get them to change their policy on gun laws.

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  • That the liberal news network MSNBC fired Pat Buchanan is hardly surprising, but what is interesting and characteristic of our age is how they justified it. The usual way to do these things is to say something like, "We appreciate Pat's contributions to MSNBC, and we've been proud that by hosting Pat for all these years,...
  • I'm sure the IDF-wannabe warbots at Fox will just love Pat's non-inverventionist America First foreign policy views …

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  • Sean O'Neal of The Onion's AV Club is angry that a David Letterman staffer was honest about that professional comedy is dominated by men and is happy that the Letterman staffer got in trouble for being honest:Huh? Because Judd Apatow got rich off female comedians?What's the sex ratio among writers for The Onion, Sean? Why...
  • "Just so you know who to thank for this state of affairs…"

    Yes, the Jews. We killed laughter right after we killed Jesus. Sorry.

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  • Slate today has 26 articles on the late Christopher Hitchens. For an "iconoclast," he seems awfully popular with everybody who is anybody.Perhaps I may be forgiven for offering a more critical assessment of the critic and pundit.Hitchens getting the Iraq War catastrophically wrong evidently had minimal impact on his celebrity. Of course, it's fair to ask:...
  • How many of you actually read that piece on Trotsky that Sailer linked to?

    During the Russian Revolution, Trotsky was a murderer like the rest of the commies, but Hitchens's essay wasn't about that. It was about Trotsky's accurate warnings about Nazism in the lead up to World War II (for example, predicting the Hitler-Stalin pact, or the invasion of Norway). That all seems correct.

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  • In the London Telegraph, columnist Ed West reflects on the slowly growing awareness among intellectuals that Diversity != Equality. He cites as a locus classicus of the genre a VDARE column of mine from way back in 2000, Inequality, the Immigration Dimension, comparing, among the Four Corners states, the more diverse and less equal New Mexico and Arizona versus...
  • "I think maybe the anti-Semitism helps put you beyond the pale."

    Sailer's not an anti-Semite (or anti-Jew, if you are a stickler for specificity).

    "Right. Ashkenazi paranoia is proactive, like Ashkenazi anti-ANTI-SEMITISM!!!"

    It's not just Askhenazi paranoia. We (you, me, and most of Steve's readers; not me and my fellow Hebrews) look at lefty immigration/diversity/affirmative action policies as a disaster. We either remember (as in Steve's case, for example), or have heard from our elders of an idyllic America before these policies were all taken to extremes. But the architects of the egalitarian ideology behind these policies in Europe were looking back to the Europe of the early 40s.

    We all know that tens of millions were killed in World War II, but those are just pixels on a screen. The corpses are real and they still haven't finished digging them all up. As of 2 years ago, this German "corpse hunter" was finding 10 a day near Berlin.

    Western Europe then had six decades of peace and prosperity under policies that demphasized race and nationality. Now, of course, the fabric of post-war Europe is starting to fray, but it's worth keeping Europe's bloody past in perspective. If the choice is between the current status quo and the Southern California of Steve Sailer's youth, I think we'd all pick door #2. But for Europeans the past is a different country, and you can get a sense of that in the increasingly high price they are paying to keep the fictions of the Eurozone alive.

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  • So what exactly has changed over the last few weeks in Italy, a country that, in my experience, doesn't change much fundamentally over time, that it is now suddenly the world locus of financial crisis? Or is Italy just next on the list now that the financial community has gotten what it can out of...
  • Italy's government debt is too expensive to finance at >7% yields. What Italy has in common with Greece is overly generous government pensions (with some people retiring in their 40s). But Italy isn't Greece: it's got a competitive economy, and the private sector in Italy is pretty flush.

    So, by taxing some of that private sector wealth, or cutting back on some of those pensions, Italy could balance its budget and pay down its debt. Or it could ditch the Euro and go back to the Lira. That would lead to a boom in its exports due to the cheaper currency, but it would also blow up the Eurozone, because Italian government bonds are held by major banks outside of Italy, and getting paid back in cheaper Lira instead of Euros would blow enormous holes in their balance sheets.

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  • An Australian friend fisks a typical exercise in shaming:
  • "Um…wait. Wait just one darn second. If taking Medicare / Medicaid patients is a money-losing proposition and doctors and hospitals only provide the care for them out of the goodness of their hearts due to their generous, selfless natures, like they've been telling us, HOW could the loss of that business bankrupt the county hospital, hmmmmmmmmm?????"

    Medicare/Medicaid pays well for certain procedures. When docs open private hospitals, they cherry pick patients with the right conditions and focus on the profitable procedures.

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  • The L.A. Times has an article about how the Chinese are doing some soul-searching after videos have been posted of their callousness toward accident victims. In one incident, a lady from Uruguay was the only bystander to come to the aid of a victim.On the other hand, I'm not sure if people in general are that quick...
  • You're a good man, Steve.

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  • From my movie review in Taki's Magazine:Why wasn't the movie made with an all-black cast as Murphy proposed?Read the whole thing there.By the way, Tower Heist features some good casting and/or rewriting to fit the cast. For example, I've long wondered why Matthew Broderick is considered a star. He seems lazy, puffy, and unenergetic to...
  • "I don't know who the funniest actor of all time is, but if I had to try to decide, I'd start with Eddie Murphy and compare other people to him."

    His concert movie Raw is still funny, 25 years or so later.

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  • An Australian friend fisks a typical exercise in shaming:
  • "It's funny how gentile Germans are the most overlooked group among Americans."

    At one point, they were America's largest ethnic group. They may still be its largest white ethnic group.

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  • Are we sure Berg is Scotch-Irish? Chris?

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  • Here's a good article in Slate by Gershom Gorenberg on how Israeli government subsidies have created so many ultra-Orthodox men who don't work, don't soldier, but do father many children. The author feels this is disastrous for the Israeli economy, but, overall, the Israeli economy is doing pretty well, although rapid Jewish population growth in Israel...
  • With high land prices, Israel's economy might suffer the fate of Manhattan, Silicon Valley, or Singapore.

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  • In VDARE.com, I review Richard Lynn's new book The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement.Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "Fritz Haber (Yeah, I mentioned him before, but I don't think that he gets the recognition that he deserves)"

    Haber was one of a number of highly accomplished German Jewish scientists.

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  • Q,

    "No, Maurice Levy came up with a tube which used a lever on the side. The current screw or swivel tube was patented by James Bruce Mason Jr."

    I stand corrected.

    "As I say, a lot of the Jewish history sites bear some resemblance to the Afrocentric sites. Don'r believe everything you read there."

    A fair point.

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  • In Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Sweden (and other Scandinavian countries) are frequently cited as models for all humanity. In contrast, the other Sw European country, Switzerland, is mentioned only in passing, and no attention is devoted to Switzerland's avoidance of war, even though much of the book...
  • ""who blames the 'Joos'"

    Thats what passes for a serious anti-anti-semetic argument around here?

    Mis-spelling the word 'Jews'?"

    Worse than misspelling "misspelling", or "Semitic"?

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  • In VDARE.com, I review Richard Lynn's new book The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement.Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "To pick just one clanger, women have been using lipstick for thousands of years. It's possible that the idea originated with a Jewish person, but there's no evidence that this is so."

    I should have clarified: a Jew invented the screw-up tube that has been used to hold lipstick for the last ~100 years. You're right that women had been coloring their lips without it for thousands of years.

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  • "Your examples start out OK (though I think genetic engineering was invented by a number of people, by no means all Jewish), but they end (lipstick, ballpoint pens) mostly arguing for the opposite conclusion — really, is that what you're reduced to after just four more convincing examples?"

    I included the lipstick and ballpoint pen examples to show that inventions by Jewish inventors haven't all be "egghead", abstract ones, but also everyday, ubiquitous ones. I could certainly come up with more than 4 examples (as could you, using another Jewish invention, Google), but four are enough to refute Luke Lea's claim that there were none.

    "Really, would it just kill you if Jews weren't good at everything?"

    Who said Jews were good at everything? I didn't. I just refuted a couple of ridiculous claims (that Jews have never invented anything of note, and that Nobel Prizes awarded to Jews are the result of ethnocentrism and ethnic networking).

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  • In Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Sweden (and other Scandinavian countries) are frequently cited as models for all humanity. In contrast, the other Sw European country, Switzerland, is mentioned only in passing, and no attention is devoted to Switzerland's avoidance of war, even though much of the book...
  • "THere were Indian and Punjabi SS regiments as well. Diversity!"

    And Bosnian Muslim ones too, along with French, Swedish, and others. In fact, one of the fiercest units in the Battle of Berlin was a French SS unit.

    I will have to ask my co-ethnics in Hollywood to highlight the diversity of the SS in their next WWII movie.

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  • With respect to the anonymous troll's comments about Switzerland:

    1) The Luftwaffe bombed Stalingrad to rubble. Literally. How did that work out?

    2) Switzerland's dealings with Nazi Germany didn't stop Hitler from wanting to invade the country. He was not a fan of the country, calling it "a pimple on the face of Europe". He had his military staff draw up plans to invade Switzerland, but after he got enmeshed in a war of extermination with Russia, invading Switzerland was no longer in the cards.

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  • "The Swiss new full well that they wouldn't stand a chance against the SS divisions."

    Every Swiss mountain pass would have been a little Thermopylae for the Germans.

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  • In VDARE.com, I review Richard Lynn's new book The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement.Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "Even more striking is the shortage of Jewish invention in the field of technology. Unless I've overlooked something, one will be hard-pressed to identify even one world-changing practical invention among the many dozens that have been made over the past 200 years."

    Does genetic engineering count? How about the cure for Polio? Or instant photography? Cardiac pacemakers? Lipstick? Ballpoint pens?

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  • "Why no credit to Kevin MacDonald who as we all know has explored this in depth in "The Culture of Critique" and his later works? Short answer – the components of Jewish over-achievement are high intelligence, high ethnocentrism and ethnic networking, and high psychological intensity … a pretty potent and explosive combination."

    How would "high ethnocentrism and ethnic networking" increase the number of Nobel Prizes won by Jews? Are there are lot of Jewish voting members of the Swedish Royal Academy?

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  • There have been a couple of think pieces lately noticing that Diversity and Equality are not the same thing. Here's Jim Sleeper on Why Diversity At Elite Schools Deepens Inequality. And Alexander Stille writes in the NYT:And yet more than half the presidents over the past 110 years attended Harvard, Yale or Princeton and graduates of...
  • I've known a few MIT alumni. I was impressed by the intellect of exactly one of them, an electrical engineer. A couple of others seemed like grinds at best. Harvard alumni I have known have been more well-rounded and impressive — not just grinds. But not all geniuses either.

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  • My long review of Pinker's important book on "Why Violence Has Declined" is now up at The American Conservative website.An excerpt:Why should disorganized violence fall in the long run? Because the disorganized are largely lose
  • "Okay, but when I was conceived in 1958, I was in far less danger of being exposed on a mountainside than anyone conceived in the 1970s was of being aborted."

    That was brilliant. In a just world, you'd be making Michael Lewis money.

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  • "For the last time, Steve, millions of those fetuses would have grown up to be inner city thugs. Abortion is a eugenic practice."

    The fetuses aborted is only part of the equation. You'd also have to take into account the additional children born because unprotected, premarital sex became more common, as a result of the legalization of abortion. So there's some number X of fetuses aborted by underclass women, and there's some number Y of additional children borne by underclass women because they felt freer to have premarital sex with legalized abortion but didn't end up getting the abortion for some reason (the most likely one being they didn't realize they were pregnant until it was too late for a legal abortion).

    Was X > Y?

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  • From the NYT:How about Mao? Died at 82.How about Stalin? I read a book about Stalin once. He lived his three score and ten and died on his beloved couch, unchallenged master of the world's largest land empire. Most of his henchmen who survived the 1930s lived into old age, too.* The book was called...
  • "True, but reality took over. He probably saw himself going out like that too when he said he would fight to the end. But after months of non-stop bombing, sleepless nights, demoralization, sight of his men horribly falling all over him, hunger, and thirst… he found out he's not a god, not a hero, not a star but just a human. In fact he was most human when surrounded by most inhuman circumstances. At the end, he got cold feet. Some would say he turned into a coward. I would say he discovered his limits as a human being, but it was too late to do any good."

    He was in a convoy that was bombed. He was probably too dazed to even think straight, let alone imitate Rambo at that point.

    "Germans hyped their greatness as invincible Aryan supermen, but when Soviet barbarians went about mass-raping German women, German husbands just stood around and watched."

    Eh, most of the German husbands who weren't dead were in POW camps by that point. But feelings of impotence at their wives being raped were a major issue after the war. Instead of being comforted by their husbands, the women had to keep their mouths shut about what happened, for the sake of their husbands' mental health.

    If you were a German teenage boy though, and had somehow escaped the Volkssturm, or being blown up by an air raid, you could get laid pretty easily toward the end of the war. German girls were desperate to lose their virginity consensually rather than to a Soviet rape.

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  • Black journalist Rich Benjamin coined the word "whitopia" a few years ago for a place white people move to. Most of them tend to be in the Great Basin between the Sierras and the Rockies. Perhaps the most striking Great Basin whitopia is one that only exists for one week per year. From the San...
  • "BTW, Grateful Dead concerts were almost completely white. The music was much too cerebral for the riff raff."

    It was as cerebral as Jazz, which isn't saying much. It was white Hippie Jazz.

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  • UPDATE: From the LA Times today:That sou
  • "That sounds hilariously blatant"

    That's because it was. Like a lot of South Asian elites, these two don't seem to be that bright. They're probably just grinds.

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  • Updated: There's a fine obituary in the NYT tonight.The Stanford computer scientist was 84. Some years ago, Paul Graham wrote an essay entitled Some Heroes:
  • "McCarthy had a Lithuanian Jewish mother and an Irish immigrant father."

    Aaaaah-Haaaaaah!"

    But wait, it gets better:

    Both parents were members of the Communist Party.

    And,

    At Princeton, in 1949, he briefly joined the local Communist Party cell, which had two other members: a cleaning woman and a gardener, he told an interviewer. But he quit the party shortly afterward.

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  • From Bloomberg News:Maybe McCain really believes that Gadafi's demise was the result of the spontaneous uprising of democracy-loving Libyan citizens and that, in the big picture of things, the NATO death-from-above airstrike that blasted his escape convoy didn't have anything to do with Kaffaffee's lynching a few hours later. But Vladimir Putin didn't get where he is...
  • "Sonny was less dangerous to the other crime familis because he was, as his own father acknowledged, dangerous to his own."

    Dennis Dale nails it.

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  • "Obama Presidency = air strikes, cruise missiles, drones, special forces

    Bush/McCain Presidency = several hundred thousand ground troops, 'surges,' threatening other superpowers with no manpower or money to back it up."

    You are ignoring Obama's tripling down on Afghanistan. Bush kept a light footprint there, perhaps because he understood despite his own rhetoric that it was pointless. Obama may have understood that too, but since he spent the campaign talking about how Iraq distracted from the "real war" in Afghanistan, he tripled the number of US troops there.

    US KIA in Afghanistan in 8 years under Bush: 630

    US KIA in Afghanistan in 2.5 under Obama: 1,184.

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  • I review Pat Buchanan's Suicide of a Superpower in VDARE.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "No, I am responding to what you wrote. You were inviting us to judge Buchanan solely on his perceived animosity towards jews. I reject that."

    Try taking a few cleansing breaths and reading what I wrote again. I didn't invite you to do anything of the sort. I just explained why, contra the earlier commenter, it wasn't irrational for Jews to think he doesn't like them. That's it. No more, no less. You can judge Buchanan positively or negatively on whatever you want.

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  • "Do you even remotely realize that a lot of us gentiles don't think that our country should revolve around the concerns of you and your tribe?"

    You seem to be responding to your own internal dialogue, rather than what I wrote.

    "But the common thread of many, including the Democratic Party and many Jews, is to be in the opposite corner of the WASPs."

    For some, sure, but then again, this is also true of some elite WASPs themselves (look who the old line Protestant churches have installed as leaders, for example). Which happens to be another thing they have in common with left wing Jews.

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  • "I think you're right, fred. How can anyone possibly have high regard for a man who comes without the jewish stamp of approval?"

    You make a lame troll. I didn't say anything about whether or not one could have high regard for Buchanan. I just pointed out why Jews aren't irrational in thinking he doesn't like them. You can love him to death without Jews' approval. No one is stopping you.

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  • "Bring up the name "Ron Paul" or "Pat Buchanan" with any neo-con and you'll usually encounter a visceral, irrational and fathomless hatred even from normally the otherwise well spoken or educated."

    I'm going to call a spade a spade here and use "Jew" instead of "neo-con" in my response. Jewish fear/loathing of Ron Paul is irrational. He is at worst neutral to Israel (as neutral as he is to any other country), and despite once having some tenuous connection to a Jew-hater who was involved in his newsletter, doesn't seem to have any Jewish animus.

    You can't say the same about Pat Buchanan though. It's pretty clear that he doesn't like Jews, because when you connect the dots on his issues, that's the recurring theme. Sometimes he's even right on the issues (the Israeli Supreme Court agreed with him on Demjanjuk, that Ukrainian accused of being a camp guard for the Nazis, and Buchanan's essay in defense of the guy was one of the best I've ever read), but the common thread is to be in the opposite corner from the Jews.

    Whether it's defending Hitler, or Klaus Barbie, or Karl Linnas, or Arthur Rudolph, there's a common thread that's hard to miss. Not so much with Paul. He probably scares Jews more because he's so popular.

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  • The recently elected senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been talked up a lot as a VP nominee, because he's handsome (which appears to be GOP priority #1 these days), has a Spanish-surname, and got his start working for a Cuban-American Congresswoman who is half-Sephardic by ancestry so you know he's sound on the World's Most...
  • Make Christie the VP nominee. He'd demolish Biden in a debate, and be a blocking back for the guy at the top of the ticket.

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  • The news that the U.S. military is going to fight the Lord's Resistance Army in central African reminded me that the U.S. military has had, for a few years now, an organization entitled "Africa Command." For reasons that need not detain us here, the 2,000 personnel of Africa Command are actually based in Stuttgart*. But...
  • "There's considerable amount of people at Djibouti, on the Red Sea near the Horn of Africa."

    That's Central Command, not Africa Command.

    "Pure comedy gold absurdity."

    Not really. It was set up mainly as a contingency command, for relief work and such. Establishing a permanent base in black Africa would have been problematic.

    Similarly, Central Command, whose area of responsibility stretches from the Horn of Africa to Afghanistan, is based in Tampa, FL, since. prior to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, establishing a permanent HQ in the region was problematic.

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  • I'd been seeing the name of national security expert Edward Luttwak for decades, but until I read David Samuels' interview with him in Tablet I had no idea what a fun interview he is. Luttwak conceives of himself as a cross between Henry Kissinger and Jack Bauer of 24: Talleyrand and Rambo, combined. He interrupts the interview for...
  • A couple of things to consider for those of you who didn't read the interview but have launched into the usual posts about Jews:

    * Luttwak's claim about Jews being politically stupid was prompted by a comment about their spurning of evangelical Christians as allies (an interesting exception to this was Ariel Sharon, who was a gracious host to American evangelical groups who came to visit Israel). It's hard to dispute that: Jews generally care about Israel, and so do evangelicals; so the smart thing, politically, would be for Jews to cultivate them as allies, which few of them do.

    * It's worth reading Luttwak's comments on Iran, which were more interesting (and more important) than his comments on Israel. The tl;dr version: Iran is in the process of developing the first post-Islamic society, as Iranians chafe against the strictures of the Islamic Republic; the declining black market price of scotch in Iran (which needs to be smuggled in from Dubai with the cooperation of the Revolutionary Guards) is a measure of the weakening of the theocracy's control in Iran.

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  • "Fred is wrong and doesn't know what he's talking about. First, the 1967-mid 1980s period was marked by intense conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in Lebanon."

    Sure, there were conflicts in Lebanon as that became the PLO's base of operations after they were kicked out of Jordan. That doesn't contradict my point about the peaceful situation on the West Bank.

    "In fact, the single worst Israeli massacre of unarmed Palestinian civilians (Sabra and Shatila) occurred smack in the middle of the period he's talking about."

    The massacre wasn't perpetrated by the Israelis, but by Lebanese Christian militiamen.

    "Second, the period of relative calm on the West Bank…"

    First, I don't know what I'm talking about. Then you concede that there was peace during that time on the West Bank.

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  • "But without Israeli oppression, there would be no Palestinian nation for Palestinian leaders to lead. So, it's all part of the Great Cycle of Life and everybody is happy."

    For almost 20 years — from 1967 until the mid-1980s — there was no Israeli oppression (or repression) of Palestinians. You could drive from inside Israel's pre-1967 borders to historical sites like Jericho in the West Bank with few if any security barriers. You could stop in a Palestinian shop, and the people wouldn't be hostile. The Palestinians were obviously poorer than Israelis, but had a higher quality of life than Arabs in nearby states.

    In short, there was peace between Israel and the average Palestinian. The outlets for Palestinian nationalism weren't in West Bank protests but in airplane hijackings, etc., so that's where Israel's security focus was. But that sort of terrorism started to become a political loser for the PLO and other groups in the mid-1980s, particularly when Americans were among the casualties.

    The first Intifada was a brilliant paradigm shift by the PLO: instead of terrorists in ski masks brutalizing unarmed airline passengers, the face of Palestinian nationalism became unarmed teens throwing rocks at heavily armed Israeli police and soldiers.

    Then came the checkpoints and security barriers that clamped down on freedom of movement in the West Bank, and the rest is history. But that was all a response to the intifada. There wasn't any oppression to speak of prior to then.

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  • That was fascinating and insightful, and an entertaining read to boot. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • From Reuters:The Bush Administration sent 17 unarmed advisers to Uganda, but Obama is sending 100 armed soldiers. It seems as if Uganda -- Yoweri Museveni, Proprietor (since 1986) -- is pretty good at invading the Congo, but not so hot at putting down a rebellion led by a dim-witted lunatic.The War Nerd, John Dolan, profiled...
  • Baloo,

    Could you throttle back on pimping your blog incessantly here? It's Steve's house. Have some respect for him, and for his other guests.

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  • This piece in Slate gives a sense of what the gay marriage whoop-tee-doo was really all about:In other words, I guess, if God wanted there to be great gay novels, he w
  • I am reminded of something Pat Buchanan wrote when Broke Back Mountain came out, "'The love that dare not speak its name' has become 'the love that won't shut the hell up.'".

    Relating to this bit about Updike's church:

    "The ELCA is the largest Lutheran body in the USA, but has been hijacked, beginning in earnest around 20 years ago, by a cadre of fanatics, who have driven it relentlessly towards a far-left social-gospel. (And which has, naturally, atrophied members…people who want that message don't go to church).

    ELCA is in the news every so often for their latest "pro-gay" initiative. ('Practicing' homosexuals can serve as pastors asof 2010, after the first hundred or so votes the fanatics had agitated for in the past two decades had failed)."

    Ashkenazis sometimes seem like cheap imitations of WASPs.

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  • From my movie review in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "By the way, actors shouldn't direct movies – they stink at it."

    Right: Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood, both lousy directors.

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  • The standard rich guy philanthropy these days is to try to close The Gap in school achievement. Bill Gates poured $2 billion into "small learning communities." A few weeks before The Social Network premiered, Mark Zuckerberg gave $100 million to the Newark public schools. But the sainted Steve Jobs didn't, at least as far as we know....
  • "Why are so many computer companies seemingly left wing? I am thinking of Apple, Google, Facebook, Mircosoft, etc."

    Personal software and computers started with hippie-hobbyists in the 1970s. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak were pioneers who helped turn it into an industry.

    "Was this always true of computer/software companies? Was IBM that way? Hewlett Packard?"

    No. IBM and HP predate the personal computer/software hippies. IBM's roots go back more than 100 years.

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  • "But the sainted Steve Jobs didn't, at least as far as we know. Why not?"

    Because he was already sainted. Gates and Zuck don't have halos, so they've tried to buy love with philanthropy.

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  • From the San Francisco Chronicle on the black truckdriver who shot 9 people, killing six at his job at a quarry in Cupertino, CA:"We talked last Friday and he didn't seem to be angry about the suspension," said Bill Hoyt, secretary-treasurer of Teamster Local 287. "He told me he thought he was done wrong, and...
  • "You're on to something. He was 45 and into lifting and boxing, and judging from his talk show fairly vain."

    Maybe not. Plenty of 45 year old (and 55 year olds, for that matter) can stay muscular without steroids. It's just a matter of logging the gym time, and for guys in good paying blue collar jobs that pay well but don't have much of a career path to worry about, the gym is a pleasant source of diversion and comradeship after work.

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  • From the NYT:I'm not sure why this is so unexpected. I can imagine a lot of different scenarios under which surgery precedes death, such as:- "We'll just open up the abdomen like this, remove the one malignant tumor and ... uh-oh."- "I've extracted the second bu
  • "If you knew the exact date of your death you could avoid a lot of wasted medical care, life insurance, and much else."

    Nailed it.

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  • A New Yorker writes:I make no predictions for the future. I expect we will have Asian pols - maybe. They strike me as so
  • "Don't anyone speak too soon… Cory Booker is on his way"

    Corey Booker would have made an ideal 1st black president in ten years. But Obama is Dinkins writ large — not just for the reasons Steve's commenter mentioned up top, but because the premise (that there's something socially transforming about electing a black guy) has been proved false. That raises the bar for the next black hopeful to white levels.

    NYC hasn't had a black mayor since Dinkins. Has LA had one since Bradley? Has Virginia had a black governor since Wilder? Now everyone knows there's no magic, so everyone will move on.

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  • I hadn't been paying attention to the Amanda Knox brouhaha in Italy, but, yeah, it turns out to be just another example of the Hunt for the Great White Defendant. A black burglar raping and murdering a college girl is depressing, boring and stereotypical, even in Italy, so let's spice up the crime by making...
  • Baloo,

    Must you plug that Ex-Army site in every comment?

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  • From my column in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
  • "New York City is full of Wall Streters, business tycoons, elite journalists, intelligentsia, and other powerful people. Chicago…… not so much. These people can make tough-on-NAM-crime policies intellectually respectable enough to get put into action."

    It's too early to tell if it's a blip or something significant, but there's been a jump in shootings in NYC recently (starting, I think, with the West Indian parade last month, in which some Latin cops were dirty dancing with parade goers).

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  • Awesome article. I wonder to what extent electing Obama has absolved these white Obama voters of any lingering racial guilt that might have prevented them from ethnically cleansing their underclass black neighbors.

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  • The first: Is there anything I can do to format this blog so it works better on a smartphone (without making it worse on a computer)? I don't have a smartphone, so I'm not sophisticated about what people who read my blog on a cellphone would prefer. I try to make minor changes as seem...
  • Steve,

    Your blog is fine as is. Apps make some sense for primarily print publications such as newspapers and magazines that want their fancy photo layouts to fit an iPad just right — not an issue for you.

    Also, ignore the previous commenter's suggestion to go to WordPress. WordPress is insanely complicated to use (way too many features) compared to Blogger, which is a breeze. I'd rather you spend your time coming up with interesting ideas to share with us than cursing your screen trying to blog in WordPress.

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  • ... to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result, the Rick Perry candidacy would be a prime exemplar. After eight years of Bush, we are now offered the guy Bush was pretending to be.A friend writes:To state this in partisan terms, a lot of Republican's don't get that Republican policies don't produce...
  • "You know, I could make "SACK" work for you if you like. :D"

    What would that stand for?

    More importantly, what's your response to my point about Romney as the strongest on immigration save Bachmann (the strongest electable candidate on immigration)?

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  • "Middle-class people without insurance are not free riders because they don't get any free health care."

    Middle class people without health insurance get free health care all the time when they can't afford to pay their bills and are nevertheless not denied care. There are also entitlements that cover middle class people (SCHIP, for example, in some states).

    "The way to prevent freeriding on the healthcare system is the same way society prevents freeriding on fire protection or national defense, the tax code. It may be politically less popular than an individual mandate to buy private health insurance (though that's debatable) but it has the minor advantage of actually being constitutional."

    True. And it would also be constitutional to provide a 100% tax credit for those who have health insurance, which, for all intents & purposes, would have the same effect as no tax + a fine for not having health insurance.

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  • Svigor,

    "I'm basically a one-issue guy. The candidate most opposed to open borders gets my vote."

    Check the Numbers USA ratings of the candidates. The only candidate who scores higher than Romney on immigration is Bachmann. Unless you think she has a shot (which you probably don't), then Romney is your man this time around. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    - Your SAP friend.

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  • The Romney approach to health care makes sense, no? The government pays for health care for the poor anyway, so why not charge everyone who doesn't have health insurance, to eliminate free riders? I'm not sure why conservatives are against eliminating free riders.

    I can see why the are worried about single payer leading to rationing and stifling of innovation, but Romney is the perfect president to hammer Obamacare into something rational (since, in reality, it has as much chance of getting repealed as Medicare or Social Security do).

    If we're stuck with big government anyway, let's at least have it run by a guy who has plenty of experience successfully running large organizations, and who is numerate.

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  • Related, check out this NY Times article about an illegal alien who has spent 19 months in an NYC hospital at a cost of $1.4 million because his family wouldn't care for him. Some of the commenters sound almost like iStevers. As the economy continues to get worse, even NY Times readers start becoming rational about immigration.

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  • Chris Roach has an essay about Texas that's well-worth reading. A couple of things about Perry:Being governor of Texas isn't that hard a job. It has an odd constitution where the Lt. Governor is surprisingly powerful.Perry and Bush hate each other, but Perry seems like the guy Bush was always pretending to be.Regarding Texas in general:Since...
  • "How hard is it to read and understand the Constitution, anyway?"

    Pretty hard, actually, because it is often vague, or combines irrelevant clauses in its amendments.

    Think of the 1st Amendment:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    What a mess that is. The first clause — "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" — is basically meaningless. I know the current interpretation is that the country won't have an official religion, but that isn't what the amendment actually says.

    Or think of the 2nd Amendment:

    "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

    The first clause just muddies the waters. You can have a well-regulated militia where all the arms are kept centralized in an armory, and members are not free to bear them outside of being called up to active duty — that's exactly what today's National Guard and Army Reserve do (though the opposite of what army reserves in higher-trust countries like Switzerland or Israel do).

    And the second clause of the 2nd amendment is violated all of the time. The right of the people to bear arms is infringed in many parts of America that have strict gun control laws.

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