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    Vladislav Pravdin - GREAT STALIN (1949). It is our joy that during the hard years of the war the Red Army and the Soviet people were led by the wise and experienced leader of the Soviet Union - the GREAT STALIN. And now for something completely different. Instead of snippets from larger works, here’s Egor...
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Are you triggered?

    LOL. Anyhow, you do realize that communist incompetence - which I have written about extensively and gotten shunned for it by sovoks - was "brought on" by Germans and "imposed on" Russia by Latvian rifles? Go squeal to them, SJW.

    You do also realize that Romania supported Nazi Germany with troops in its invasion of the USSR? (I assume you're Romanian, based on your offer to meet up with me in Bucharest, which I had fortunately forgotten about and not followed up on). Understandable, of course, given that the USSR had annexed Bessarabia; even so, expecting gibsmedats instead of reparations after your DEFEAT really would constitute some new peak of presumption even by Butthurt Belt standards. In any case you have less to complain of than almost anyone else, with Romania having gone de facto independent of the USSR in the 1960s.

    PS. The Indian culinary arts, to which there is far more than curries, are, needless to say, at a much higher level than that of Romania, which has its charms, but must be one of the simpler cuisines on the planet. For you of all people to make this claim constitutes deranged svidomism of the highest order.

    communist incompetence was “brought on” by Germans and “imposed on” Russia by Latvian rifles

    My reaction (not SWJ-ism) was triggered by this type of nonsense. How the hell did the german enemies brought on communism in Russia and how did tiny latvia imposed it on giant Russia? Nothing is ever russia’s fault.

    even so, expecting gibsmedats instead of reparations after your DEFEAT really would constitute some new peak of presumption

    Lol. We never expect gifts from the steppe people. The point was that the soviets looted and mismanaged Romania and other Eastern European countries, so complaining about these countries being poor after you ruined them is idiotic.

    I have no problem with Romania fighting for the Axis. It was a just war and it’s a shame we lost it.

    In any case you have less to complain of than almost anyone else, with Romania having gone de facto independent of the USSR in the 1960s.

    Nonsense. Romania was still part of the Warsaw Treaty and COMECON, even if a mostly passive one, and was still under the threat of the Brezhnev Doctrine that explicitly rejected any move away from communism in any communist country.

    The simplicity of current romanian cuisine is another result of the poverty of communism (something you said about russia as well) Other closely related post-ottoman cuisines like greek, turkish and lebanese fared much better as they escaped 50 years of food rationing.

    I assume you’re Romanian, based on your offer to meet up with me in Bucharest, which I had fortunately forgotten about and not followed up on

    Whatever. Your point about the right having low human capital is correct, so I normally avoid meeting anyone from this crowd in meat space anyway.
    But you seem under the impression that I’m a SJW out to get you, and that’s just your paranoia speaking. I’ve been reading Sailer for at least 10 years and I even posted some of your stuff in the r/SSC Culture War thread.

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    My reaction (not SWJ-ism) was triggered by this type of nonsense. How the hell did the german enemies brought on communism in Russia and how did tiny latvia imposed it on giant Russia?
     
    In 1917-early 1918 the Russian people were collectively passive and a small, determined and ruthless minority had room to achieve "great" things. In the case of the Bolsheviks, their victory at certain crucial points early on would not have been possible if not for the Latvian riflemen (how many were there - 20,000?), who were more disciplined and better soldiers than were the Reds' enemies. It is generally accepted that if not for the Red Riflemen the Bolsheviks would have failed to keep Moscow which revolted against them. Limited to St. Petersburg, the Revolution would have failed.

    Nothing is ever russia’s fault.
     
    To the extent that Russia bears some responsibility - it was perhaps too passive to resist the Bolshevik minority. But this is like, for example, blaming the passengers on the hijacked planes on 9-11 because they did not overpower the small number of hijackers armed with box-cutters.

    The point was that the soviets looted and mismanaged Romania and other Eastern European countries, so complaining about these countries being poor after you ruined them is idiotic.
     
    Correct with regard to the Eastern European countries that did not attack the USSR. Though Romania was taking back Moldova (OTOH Bukovyna was not populated by mostly Romanians).

    Nonsense. Romania was still part of the Warsaw Treaty and COMECON, even if a mostly passive one, and was still under the threat of the Brezhnev Doctrine that explicitly rejected any move away from communism in any communist country.

    The simplicity of current romanian cuisine is another result of the poverty of communism (something you said about russia as well) Other closely related post-ottoman cuisines like greek, turkish and lebanese fared much better as they escaped 50 years of food rationing.
     

    Agree with first paragraph.

    Not sure about second. Poland was also under communism, yet pre-Communist culinary traditions have been revived; there are excellent restaurants in Poland that serve delicacies according to old recipes. Once can find excellent Hungarian food. And Lviv has some of the best pastries and desserts anywhere. There should be such in Romania if such a tradition had been strong pre-Communism, although perhaps AK did not find them?

    , @Anon

    We never expect gifts from the steppe people. The point was that the soviets looted and mismanaged Romania and other Eastern European countries
     
    Just whom do you call steppe people? Ethnic Romanians are outperformed by Russians in most IQ, maths and school tests. There are no well-known Romanian scientific and cultural developments. Most famous Romanian in history is count Dracula. Back in Soviet times, Romanian movies were considered most stupid. Internationally, their Daci movie is an example.

    The Soviets could not loot and mismanage Romania - a true Ruritania then and now - and half-Gypsy land. There were no USSR forces stationed there after ww2. The current 'shithole' state of Romania producing nothing other than cheap labor force is a direct result of Romanian relative independence in Eastern Bloc. They tried to manage on their own, play unalignment like Yugoslavia, and got only infamy. Their luck no bombs and partitions yet, but playing NATO games makes nothing predictable.

    , @Anatoly Karlin

    How the hell did the german enemies brought on communism in Russia and how did tiny latvia imposed it on giant Russia?
     
    Germany by sending Lenin back in the sealed train and funding him to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars (in modern conversion). Not that it wasn't a legitimate wartime tactic - and a successful one, as it turned out. But he would have (literally) gone nowhere without German help.

    Red Latvian Riflemen formed the hard core of the Bolshevik armed forces, playing a key role in the initial seizures of power and suppressing (ethnic Russian) revolts against them. http://www.unz.com/akarlin/centenary-of-the-bolshevik-usurpation/
    Latvians of the Governorate of Livonia also voted for the Bolsheviks more than any other province of the Russian Empire, giving them a solid majority. In contrast, the Bolsheviks got 24% in the Russian Empire as a whole.

    We never expect gifts from the steppe people.
     
    Says the person who belongs to an ethnicity that epitomizes Le 56% Face meme.

    I have no problem with Romania fighting for the Axis. It was a just war and it’s a shame we lost it.
     
    Congratulations on reaching entirely new, previously thought impossible, levels of presumption and chutzpah.

    Just to be clear, you support an aggressive war of extermination against Russians, then whine that the results of that misadventure prevented you from reaching your rightful level of prosperity for a few decades (that is, around Turkey's level, since your people aren't the sharpest tools in the shed).

    But you seem under the impression that I’m a SJW out to get you, and that’s just your paranoia speaking.
     
    You also have an exceedingly inflated sense of your own importance. You are indeed an SJW, I couldn't care less whether or not you think you are "out" to "get me."
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  • @Anatoly Karlin

    So, the russians invaded, looted and destroyed our countries and kept us imprisoned by force for 50 years in their dystopia and now they call us freeloaders that needed to be fed?
     
    The USSR exported oil, gas, and other raw materials to COMECON members and got inferior, overpriced manufactured goods in return.

    The RSFSR was likewise one of only two net donors to the USSR.

    Moreover, in 1946-47, "conquered" East Germans were literally fed at the expense of starving Russians.

    Consequently, Kholmogorov is perfectly correct.

    So your real objection is "tone" or similar crap. This makes you the East European edition of an SJW.

    Why don’t you ask your romanian hosts about Sovroms?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SovRom

    My objection to Kholmogorov is that he is an idiot. West Germany looked pretty prosperous, I wonder why East Germany had to wall its people in?
    Eastern Europe was ruined by communist incompetence brought on and imposed on us by russian tanks and Kholmogorov complains that the ruins were unprofitable.
    You know what? Now that I think about it, Stalin was not so bad. Sure he fucked up my country, but he also killed lots of russians and that counts for something. The georgian psychopath is still not as great as Batu khan though.
    And don’t call me a SJW, you curry-eater. Only the most moronic brits still think that eating that indian diarrhea makes them the vanguard of globalist cool. We’re not in the 90′s anymore, so find something else to signal your cosmopolitan credentials.

    (BTW this exchange shows why the right always loses as I would rather have my country under the limp, 50-shades-of-grey whip of western cucks than under the knout of russian batshit crazy nationalists)

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    ..I would rather have my country under the limp, 50-shades-of-grey whip of western cucks than under the knout of russian batshit crazy nationalists
     
    Now that's an interesting position.

    Even more interesting would be to see how many of those living in European ex-communist countries feel the same way.

    I'd say.....enough, making a majority to, in any confrontation West-East, have those countries side against East.
    , @Mikhail

    My objection to Kholmogorov is that he is an idiot.
     
    More diplomatically put, the Russia watching commentary is flawed by some of what does and doesn't get propped.

    There's a good deal of phony, crony, baloney handshakeable BS out there.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Are you triggered?

    LOL. Anyhow, you do realize that communist incompetence - which I have written about extensively and gotten shunned for it by sovoks - was "brought on" by Germans and "imposed on" Russia by Latvian rifles? Go squeal to them, SJW.

    You do also realize that Romania supported Nazi Germany with troops in its invasion of the USSR? (I assume you're Romanian, based on your offer to meet up with me in Bucharest, which I had fortunately forgotten about and not followed up on). Understandable, of course, given that the USSR had annexed Bessarabia; even so, expecting gibsmedats instead of reparations after your DEFEAT really would constitute some new peak of presumption even by Butthurt Belt standards. In any case you have less to complain of than almost anyone else, with Romania having gone de facto independent of the USSR in the 1960s.

    PS. The Indian culinary arts, to which there is far more than curries, are, needless to say, at a much higher level than that of Romania, which has its charms, but must be one of the simpler cuisines on the planet. For you of all people to make this claim constitutes deranged svidomism of the highest order.
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  • As part of a package deal involving these gains, the Russians got a bunch of freeloaders that had to be schooled in the ways of Communism and kept in line at gunpoint (East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia). And they had to be fed, fed, and fed once again.

    So, the russians invaded, looted and destroyed our countries and kept us imprisoned by force for 50 years in their dystopia and now they call us freeloaders that needed to be fed? Fuck you!
    With people who think like this Russia will always be a blight on herself and on her neighbours.

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    Fascinating phenomenon.

    Bordering on the autistic.

    I find present western politics against Russia immoral and wrong, but I start to understand why Eastern Europeans have such a strong dislike towards them.
    , @Pavlo
    Your dirt poor countries joined up with Hitler. Your fag troops died like cowards. All of you deserved all of your suffering and more besides. More of you should have been killed.

    The 'victims of communism' had it coming and it is a pleasure to piss on your ancestors' graves.
    , @Anatoly Karlin

    So, the russians invaded, looted and destroyed our countries and kept us imprisoned by force for 50 years in their dystopia and now they call us freeloaders that needed to be fed?
     
    The USSR exported oil, gas, and other raw materials to COMECON members and got inferior, overpriced manufactured goods in return.

    The RSFSR was likewise one of only two net donors to the USSR.

    Moreover, in 1946-47, "conquered" East Germans were literally fed at the expense of starving Russians.

    Consequently, Kholmogorov is perfectly correct.

    So your real objection is "tone" or similar crap. This makes you the East European edition of an SJW.
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  • Rediscovering the Russian Imperial traditions. Bliny on sour dough of buckwheat flour and sour dairy, served with sour cream, salmon, and red caviar at the apartment of a Finn whose family maintained the Imperial traditions. I will be departing for Romania very early tomorrow. Any last tips/recs? I'll be two days in Ploiesti for two...
  • Hey, Anatoly, when you are in Bucharest we should meet.

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  • @Hyperborean
    EU values are un-European.

    EU values are anti-European.

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  • Map of the biggest airports in Russia and the ex-USSR by 2017 passenger traffic including transit flights. Source: Seva Bashirov Moscow is clearly a central node, accounting for 89 million passengers in 2017 - up from just 19 million in 2001, near the trough of the post-Soviet collapse. Incidentally, this makes Moscow the world's 13th...
  • @songbird
    Some of these figures should not really be treated as of metrics of progress, but rather as marks of globalization. How many of the US flights are "refugees" taking annual vacations in the lands that they "fled?" How many are new welfare-dependents being settled?

    People blame a host of issues for the West's demographic crisis, but cheap flights may be 90% of it, Windrush aside.

    Indeed, that is probably the case with Moscow, that has her fair share of immigrants from Caucasus and Central Asia, but it is also the hub for the millions of russians that have emigrated to the West.

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  • A big story about a half decade ago was that cities were growing faster in population than suburbs for the first time in roughly ever. Many thinkpieces were devoted to this trend, one in which thinkpiece writers of course tend to be overrepresented. (My contribution was that double-paned windows, better earplugs, and air-conditioning have made...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    Sam’s Club, Home Depot and most especially a bank or post office brings me back to the reality that the nation I was born in is gone.
     
    It was always too diverse to be a nation, anyway. It was a nice country-- and most of it is still country today.

    What I don't understand is why people move to the third- or fourth-ring county for space, then live in a "town home"-- actually, a town garage with bedrooms attached. WTFWTF?!

    https://images1.apartments.com/i2/jafBTLPw1SRYG3WKr6JTj52tqECsg5ryvgoym7Fe5lw/117/willow-chase-twinhomes-gardner-ks-building-photo.jpg

    http://www.kaybuilders.com/images/uploaded/292458851821720_screen_shot_2014-12-15_at_11.30.19_am.png

    https://cdn.calatlantichomes.com/images/webhomesitepreviewimage/0b17c6be-e561-e511-b9fe-02bfcd947d8b/image_1940_1456.jpg?v=63631764219&q=80&p=1

    http://www.c-lemme.com/_cust/flash/images/twinhomes.png

    https://images1.aptcdn.com/i2/iHlAGMqELJ_8OC48zZq79stWYCcA7ARmlljm6SMoTS0/118/image.jpg
    http://homesofspirit.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/DR_SPIRIT_TWINHomes.jpg

    http://www.howardhomes.net/images/timberidge.jpg

    Lawns are useless anyway, if they are not in a fenced backyard where you can spend time without the whole neighborhood seeing you.
    Gardens can be nice but they require skill and effort to look good.

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  • 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...
  • @songbird
    I hate to say it, but I've come to the conclusion that it is practically useless for the average American to learn a foreign language. At least, in the sense that you are almost guaranteed to forget it for lack of practice once you leave school, and since there also just isn't the same incentive to practice it, since so many abroad speak English. Take it from a guy who learned two.

    Similarly, I wonder how much time the Chinese spend learning and then forgetting pictographs of their own language. They are very beautiful, but it seems futile.

    Not only for americans. I’m an european who has studied french from when I started school to college and I largely forgot it by now because I never had any use for it. Even when I go to France or have to communicate with french people in my country I mostly use english.
    English is the new lingua franca.

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    "English is the new lingua franca."

    Yes, I'll bet many top executives around the world speak English.

    I went to Switzerland and many people spoke English. Every time I bought a train ticket the clerk spoke English. Some conductors also spoke English as well as the baggage claim attendant at the airport.
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  • From the New York Times: I have to confess that I'm not familiar with the work of most of these people, except for the older ones like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Christina Hoff Sommers who I am familiar with from the old days of text, and I have read most of Douglas Murray's book The...
  • Mr. Sailer, you are not on the dark web list because they are all liberals on that list.
    But you did get your comment published in a NYT piece about California:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/us/california-today-california-governor-debate.html

    California is a great place to be rich. It’s become a less good place to be an average American with average American expectations: that you can afford to marry and raise your kids in a house with a yard in an adequate public school district.

    -Steve Sailer

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    I bet that an intern is getting fired for that right now
    , @Anon
    You certainly can afford to marry and raise kids in a single family house with a yard in California.

    It won’t just be you, spouse and 2-4 kids though. It will be your entire extended family and a few tenants stacked up in bunk beds in the garage

    The norm in California is 20 -25 people in a 1,800 sq ft house and garage, just like India and China.

    We could go the Japanese way 2 parents 1 kid in a 150 sq ft apartment.
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  • From the Daily Beast: ... At a sold out fundraising dinner for gay Wall Streeters in the lavish Old Stock Exchange building in the heart of Wall Street. Barbra Streisand sang an updated version of "Send in the Clowns" with lyrics addressing what Hillary seemed to see as the most burning issue of the campaign:...
  • Conspiracy theories have become the de jure explanation for Hillary’s loss, now that the Democratic Party is suing the Trump campaign, Russia and Wikileaks for interfering in the elections.

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  • I got the opportunity to meet up with commenter AP this week. Had a very pleasant conversation with him, if a pretty short one as was necessitated by his busy schedule. I had been hoping to do a long post on my travels in Portugal, not nuclear war, this week. Will hopefully get that up...
  • The Gulf Stream is not shutting down. All oceans have a gyre caused by the Coriolis effect. The Gulf Stream is part of the gyre of the North Atlantic. Because the Coriolis effect will never cease neither will the gyres.
    Climate alarmist reports also tend to exaggerate the influence of the Gulf Stream on european climate which is something still not clearly understood.

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  • At the Los Angeles Times, Asian lady reporter Anh Do has figured out a pretty entertaining schtick: recording Asian NIMBYs in Irvine, CA (the upscale planned suburb near the beach that's home to UC Irvine) saying crass things about Southern California's growing infestation of bums and junkies that make the Asians sound slightly to the...
  • Deer hunting season is in late autumn – early winter. Not the best weather for having fun in the Midwest.

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  • Georgia makes basically no sense from an HBD perspective. Georgians aren't very bright, and GDP growth has been unimpressive For all the praise heaped upon Georgia by deregulation advocates and libertarians, its institutional miracle hasn't been accompanied by an economic one; GDP per capita is only about 15% above peak Soviet levels. This is much...
  • That said, Georgia itself is a relatively civil and peaceable country.

    Not sure how things are now, but before the 2008 war I had a georgian friend who told me there are no night clubs or any other places to go dancing in Georgia because as soon one opens there are murders and other violent behaviour. It didn’t sound very civilised to me.

    That friend was a beautiful blue eyed blonde, but despite her being born in Georgia, her family was originally from Russia, so posting pictures of people from Caucasus without knowing their genealogy is useless.

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    That's because AK is as usual taking his information from western rags and doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to Russia or the near abroad.
    But the comments here are still some of the best on the site.
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  • Gregory Cochran briefly reviews ancient DNA geneticist David Reich's Who We Are and How We Got There at West Hunter: Who We Are: #2 Purity of Essence Posted on March 29, 2018 by gcochran9 Again and again he says that races aren’t ‘pure’ – and he’s right. They’re the product of various mixtures of earlier...
  • Pretty lazy review from Cochran. Maybe he has a meatier part 3?

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  • "The Young Karl Marx" is a less than exciting but decent period biopic movie about Marx and Engels in their 20s from 1844-1848, featuring star turns from actresses playing the wives of the authors of The Communist Manifesto. The plot, which mostly consists of Marx and Engels arguing with other leftists like Proudhon and Bakunin,...
  • @Jack D
    OT - Very iStevish article in today's NYTimes:

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/19/upshot/race-class-white-and-black-men.html


    Rich White Boys Stay Rich. Black Boys Don’t.

    It goes on to say that black women don't decline as much as black men relative to white women but if you look at the graphs, black women, black men and white women all perform similarly - it's white men that are the outliers. Every other group tends to fall ("the best way to make a small fortune is to start out with a big one") but only white men have the mojo to hang onto their father's fortunes and maybe even increase them (cough, Donald Trump, cough). The narrative of the article (as usual) is ass backward . Its premise is "what are evil white men doing to cause black men to fail?" instead of "what are white men doing right and why (other than blaming racism) can't any other group do the same?

    Of course as usual Asians don't exist.

    At least they mentioned racial differences, even if only to clumsily refute them:

    The disparities that remain also can’t be explained by differences in cognitive ability, an argument made by people who cite racial gaps in test scores that appear for both black boys and girls. If such inherent differences existed by race, “you’ve got to explain to me why these putative ability differences aren’t handicapping women,” said David Grusky, a Stanford sociologist who has reviewed the research.

    My explanation would be that black women are not handicapped because women generally don’t rely on their cognitive abilities to achieve status.

    Fortunately, after some de rigueur crying over racism they bring up crime:

    Black men raised in the top 1 percent — by millionaires — were as likely to be incarcerated as white men raised in households earning about $36,000.

    They briefly covered asians and it makes sense:

    Asian-Americans earn more in adulthood than whites who were raised in families with similar incomes. But that advantage largely disappears when the researchers look only at children whose parents were born in the United States. Non-immigrant Asian-Americans fare about as well in the economy as whites.

    The words missing from this study are “regression toward the mean”, words which explain why the boys of exceptional blacks don’t do well, why the children of poor whites often perform better than their parents and why the children of successful asian immigrants are not on par with their parents, but still do pretty well.

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    Black boys raised in the 1% probably tend to be sons of pro athletes. Pro athletes are relatively likely to have been raised in the ghetto. People raised in the ghetto are relatively likely to teach their kids ghetto values. And people who grow up with ghetto values are more likely to turn to crime.
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  • Here's a pretty obvious question but not one that comes up much in American discourse. In America, many ethnics group have tended to stumble into a certain number of careers in which, whether or not they have above average natural talent, they can build up some expertise and networks of connections. For example, lots of...
  • My guess is that law is a high IQ field in the US because of serious efforts to restrict competition among lawyers by demanding the JD to be a postgraduate degree and by using an unnecessarily tough bar examination.
    In my country, law is a 4-years undergraduate degree on par with business as a popular degree for people looking for decent jobs. It is also among the cheapest college degrees because it doesn’t require labs or other expensive stuff, just professors, classrooms and a library.
    From my experience, having good grades in law school doesn’t necessarily reflect in professional performance. While some cognitive abilities like creativity, memory and logic are needed, the most successful lawyers are people who are very convincing, both in front of the court and in front of their clients. That favours people with strong social skills rather than nerds, teacher pets and bookworms.
    In my class, the best students were girls, but many of them had middling careers and even quit the field due to stress and long hours.
    Given that blacks show good social skills, there is no reason, for which those of them who are smart enough (IQ >115) to practice law and willing to put up with the hard work and the craziness of this profession, should not do well.

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    What is your country?
    , @Anonymous
    Females wash out of the legal profession at startlingly high rates in the United States too. Struggling as an associate at a competitive law firm can be more demanding (and unpleasant) than attending and graduating from law school.

    Then their (much lower) career earnings from working in the yoga pants shop or from blogging about their scrapbooking "business" are used by SJWs as further evidence of the gender pay gap.
    , @NickG

    Given that blacks show good social skills, there is no reason, for which those of them who are smart enough (IQ >115) to practice law and willing to put up with the hard work and the craziness of this profession, should not do well.
     
    Maybe, but only 2.2% of US blacks will make the 115 IQ threshold - given a black IQ average of 85 with a Standard Deviation of 15.

    This against 16% of whites who will make the 115 IQ cut - given a white IQ average of 100 and a Standard Deviation of 15.

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  • In The Spectator of London, conservative-leaning American lady novelist Lionel Shriver writes about Britain: How mass immigration drives the housing crisis It’s the one reason for this worsening problem that blinkered liberals choose to ignore Lionel Shriver 17 March 2018 ... At a Radio 3 Free Thinking event last weekend, I all but came to...
  • The moment I mentioned the inevitable pressures on Europe of mass migration, the poor gentleman exploded, as if I’d tripped the pin on one of those grenades cropping up on the dodgier streets of Sweden.

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  • iSteve commenter Candid Observer weighs in on Korea: Here's an article in the National Interest claiming that North Korea's conventional capability to flatten Seoul is often exaggerated: An all-out bombardment of the South Korean capital might very well leave Pyongyang without the ability to actually capture it, while at the same time ensuring a U.S./South...
  • Somewhat OT:

    Not sure what North Korea wants, but South Korea likes to follow the latest trends. And the latest one is #MeToo.

    That has led to a suicide. Actor Jo Min Ki, who was recently hit with a wave of sexual harassment allegations, was found dead on March 9. He had admitted to sexual harassment after he had been accused by as many as 20 women. Jo Min Ki had allegedly sexually harassed his female drama students while working as a professor at Cheongju University and actresses that he worked with.

    https://www.soompi.com/2018/03/09/breaking-jo-min-ki-reportedly-found-dead/

    There are several other korean entertainers that are accused of sexual harassment, so the scandal is getting pretty big.

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    No way they can pull a #MeToo on Kim Yong Un. Though he's probably harassed a quarter of the female population of North Korea!
    In a more serious vein, I believe it's up to China to solve the mess in North Korea. They have experience in transitioning from a Communist concentration camp run by a Communist Party to a modern capitalist economy run by the same Communist Party. North Korea with or without Kim, with or without nukes, can also succeed in joining the international community. And political change doesn't necessarily imply reunification with South Korea. American diplomats unfortunately cannot think outside of the box.
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  • Five years ago, the hipster-Marxist magazine n+1 published a lengthy editorial, White Indians [Spring 2013] complaining that Indians—i.e. Asians from the subcontinent of India—were doing too well. They were making money, staying out of trouble, attending colleges, and generally integrating. Some of them—Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley—were even becoming Republicans! The n+1 Editors were not...
  • There is black guy who is the chief editor of a Main Stream Media publication, namely Dean Baquet. He has been the executive editor of The New York Times since 2014 and the NYT has still not turned into The Root.

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    I would describe Dean Baquet as of African-descent. Baquet doesn't want to be called African-American and I assume he probably feels the same way about the term "black". He's been married to a white woman for over 30 years, doesn't have any particular interest in black issues, and genetically may be more white than black. The New York Times probably selected Baquet because he looks black, barely, but isn't -- the same reason NBC chose Mike Tirico to host the Olympics.

    When Baquet became editor of the Los Angeles Times:


    Several people emailed me after Baquet's promotion to point out that he has been known to bristle at the African American label, preferring that when his ethnicity comes up he be called Creole. The Times does not include Baquet in ads listing the paper's black staffers, and he has not been active in minority journalist organizations, writes Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute. But when his ascent to Editor was announced, stories in the Times and elsewhere referred to Baquet as African American. His younger brother, Terry Baquet of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, tells Prince: "Creole in New Orleans is black. We're descendants of Haitians. We're black. Creole is not a race." Meanwhile, the National Association of Black Journalists looks forward to seeing Baquet at the group's convention in Atlanta next month.
     
    http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2005/07/giving_baquet_a.php
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  • In 1980 Deng Xiaoping set 2020 as the completion date for his Reform and Opening program–a 40-year overhaul of China’s economy. On June 1, 2021 President Xi will announce that all Deng’s goals have been reached and a basic xiaokang society established: no one is poor and everyone receives an education, has paid employment, more...
  • @Godfree Roberts
    Is there anything untrue in what I've written?
    Is there anything misleading in what I've written?
    Have I ommitted anything that would give readers a more balanced picture of the man?

    In 1997, Xi was named an alternate member of the 15th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. However, out of the 151 alternate members of the Central Committee elected at the 15th Party Congress, Xi received the lowest number of votes in favour, placing him in last place in the rankings of members.

    Source: wikipedia

    Doesn’t sound that Xi was that popular within the party elite before he was handpicked for leadership.

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  • From The Guardian: "Gavin Evans lectures first year and post-graduate students in journalism at Birkbeck, and over the past decade has also lectured at Birkbeck in critical thinking, media law, online journalism and aspects of media theory. He also supervises MA dissertations at Cardiff University, where he lectures in research methodology, and he is a...
  • @anon

    “Gavin Evans lectures first year and post-graduate students in journalism at Birkbeck, and over the past decade has also lectured at Birkbeck in critical thinking, media law, online journalism and aspects of media theory. He also supervises MA dissertations at Cardiff University, where he lectures in research methodology, and he is a senior lecturer at the London School of Journalism.”
     
    You make fun of his scientific credentials, but be fair. You don't know how many episodes of Bill Nye he's seen. Or Neil Degrasse Tyson.

    Birkbeck has a nice rooftop bar. That adds a lot to this guy’s credentials. Is not easy getting a job at a school that’s located in one of the nicest areas of London AND has a rooftop bar.
    (Birkbeck is an autonomous school within U of London, not an university)

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    I lived on the top floor of the tallest building on the Rice U. campus. A couple of Saturday nights, drunk people would knock on my door and ask if this was the rooftop bar?

    It seemed like a good idea, actually.

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  • 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...
  • OT:
    Google Sued by Ex-Recruiter Alleging Anti-White, Asian Bias

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-01/google-sued-by-ex-recruiter-over-alleged-anti-white-asian-bias

    The Alphabet Inc. unit had “irrefutable policies, memorialized in writing and consistently implemented in practice, of systematically discriminating in favor job applicants who are Hispanic, African American, or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men,” according to the complaint filed in state court in Redwood City, California.

    Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google and its YouTube unit for about nine years both as a contractor and an employee, claims he was terminated in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company’s hiring practices. Wilberg also alleged that late last year, management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements.

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    I find it hard to believe women are stupid enough to apply to Google, or any other major Silicon Valley employer, given the crappy career arcs offered them.

    Maybe they don't mind being forced out by H-1Bs after a decade because they planned to quit and have babies anyway?
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  • The plot sounds like “The Game” from 1997, starring Michael Douglas, but I didn’t watch the full trailer as they are too spoilery these days.

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    Are you sure? "The Game" was a radical story of comeuppance for a corporate raider by his not as successful, but somewhat more moral brother in which the raider is taken on such a journey put on by a private corporation he actually attempts to KILL HIMSELF ... before he is redeemed

    I actually really enjoyed that movie (talking clown tho - SCARY). When he asks him for his help in signing the bill, and the bill is about 1200 pages long - well, that was some fun stuff.
    , @Mr. Anon

    The plot sounds like “The Game” from 1997, starring Michael Douglas, but I didn’t watch the full trailer as they are too spoilery these days.
     
    I thought The Game was a pretty good movie. It induced a plausibly creeping sense of paranoia.
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  • From news.com.au: ‘The time for reconciliation is over’: South Africa votes to confiscate white-owned land without compensation Frank [email protected]_chung news.com.au FEBRUARY 28, 201812:11PM SOUTH Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation. The motion...
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    Charles Murray announces new book titled “Human Differences: Race, Gender, Class, and Genes”

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • Pinker doomed as all:

    In early 2011 Steven Pinker published a book, The Better Angels of our Nature, which argued that violence has declined over the course of human history (an argument I agree with). He made many claims about timescales ranging from single years to millennia and backed them up with a huge amount of evidence. Six years later, all of the trends that could have been disconfirmed by six years of evidence have stalled or been thrown into reverse.

    His thesis, the New Peace, was that war deaths had declined since the end of the cold war and would continue to decline. If we look at the statistics, we see there has been a recent reversal in the two-decades trend of decreasing war deaths and number of wars. The data only goes up to 2013/2016 but since then deaths in Syria have only continued to increase. The knee in both of these curves coincides, at the limit of the data’s precision, to the time Better Angels was published. There was an addendum in the book about the arab spring, because it started at almost the same moment the book came to press. The world has now returned to a rate of war deaths similar to the nineties and is worsening. We are no longer living in the safest moment of human history – that was 2011, if we’re talking about war. Similarly, ever since 2011 the world has stalled in a decade long trend toward increasing democracy and the last two years even indicates the beginning of a reversal in the number of full democracies. And ever since 2011, the US’s murder rate stalled and then started to increase after nearly 2 decades of decrease, another reversal of a trend Pinker noted. We see the same trend with terrorism deaths, which increased from an all-time low in 2011 to a more than 10 year high in 2017. What do these categories of violence have in common, except for the fact that in 2011 Pinker published a book arguing that democracy would increase while murder, terrorism and war would decrease? This is not a coincidence because nothing is ever a coincidence.

    There is only one shift that coincides with all of these switches in trends, and the simplest conclusion that explains all the data since 2011 is that by publishing the book Pinker invoked a cosmic principle of dramatic irony that has thrown all of his trends into a reverse that will only worsen.

    Futher evidence for the cosmic law of dramatic irony – in 1910 Norman Angell published a book, the Great Illusion, which drew on the last hundred years of industrial growth and lack of major war to argue that war had become obsolete.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/6ggwap/steven_pinker_jinxes_the_world/

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    "in 1910 Norman Angell published a book, the Great Illusion, which drew on the last hundred years of industrial growth and lack of major war to argue that war had become obsolete."

    Angell was right and the statesmen of Europe were wrong: war was a terrible idea. There was no profit in it.

    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    Has anybody compared these trends with the share of men age 20 to 40 as a percentage of a population group? Has Turchin done this with his cycles?

    I give Pinker some credit because so far the post WW2 order seems to be holding up pretty good. Large States seem to have agreed it's not a good idea to fight each other and I don't think they could find the popular will for war on that scale if they did. The large States just don't have enough angry young men to do the fighting. Rising global living standards may be a factor as well, which would support Pinker's thesis.

    , @Sunbeam
    Not going to quote anything from your post.

    But I've seen this thing by Pinker before and there is something to it. And it is happening in real-time, or at least in my lifetime.

    Look maybe it is conditioning. Or kids are raised in a bath of electronic media, and don't have time to do anything but look at their cell phones.

    But I see black thuggy types in real life, and on various other places on the internet. They just don't seem anywhere near as good at it as the similar types I saw in my childhood.

    Frankly everyone is turning into a P#ssy. Occasionally I see young people trying to act tough or something and it just seems lame, certainly not intimidating.

    These guys definitely aren't Vinny Delgado sticking an icepick in someone's head because the boss wanted him out of the way, then cutting the body up with a hacksaw to dispose of the parts in different places.

    Also I think we are getting "Softer" over time. I definitely don't think I'm as tough as my parents and preceding generation were. But at the same time I think if I busted one of my younger relatives a good one in the mouth, they would initially be puzzled, then cry.

    Whereas things would have been on if that happened to an 18 year old me, no matter who it was.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    If there is a cosmic law of irony, then Derbyshire is a mage of prosperity.
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  • A company founded by an African immigrant just launched the heaviest payload ever delivered by a commercial company into space [SpaceX launches its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, by Loren Grush, TheVerge.com, February 6, 2018]. But rather than celebrating, Main Stream Media journalists/ activists were furious—the immigrant from South Africa is a...
  • @anonymous
    But I saw The Martian at the movies a couple years ago. There were black geniuses who saved the day in the movie so I know they must exist somewhere. Also the movie Hidden Figures showed us once and for all how the space program couldn't have gotten off the ground without black talent. These movies prove that black genius is what brought us to where we are. Turn on the television for more proof.
    It's pretty apparent that diversity has become a massive racket. Wonder how many people there are who make a living being parasites in the diversity industry leeching on the productive sectors?

    A massive racket can’t build a massive rocket.

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    Of course it can. Oh, wait a minute, you obviously assume that NASA is NOT a massive racket. As you were, Colonel.
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  • Stream of consciousness-y post about some ideas (probably bad ones) that I have accumulated on this subject. Simas et al. (2017) - Food-Bridging: A New Network Construction to Unveil the Principles of Cooking 1. There are cultures that pair ingredients with shared flavor compounds, and those that contrast them instead (Ahn et al. 2011). High...
  • @utu
    Obviously one can try but trying to explain differences between foods in different cultures by genetic predispositions seems to be very premature and immature. Perhaps one should learn history of foods a little better first.

    First of all, hot foods even in India, Thailand or Sichuan are relatively recent. Keep in mind that w/o peppers from the New World they would never achieve that kind of spiciness as they have now with locally available hot spices. Obviously you can't tell them that just like you can't tell Sicilians that tomatoes are relative newcomers in their cuisine and ask them what is the original Italian cuisine.

    Hungarians got into paprika just in 19 century.

    Russians got into sun flowers and their kabachki relatively recently which also came form the New World.

    Not everybody knows that most beans came from Americas. In Europe and Asia only peas, lentils, fava beans, chick peas and some lupin beans were the only edible legumes.

    Orange carrots and red beets are relatively new cultivars. Borscht was not originally based on red beets. The name borscht comes form a weed Heracleum sphondylium which used to be eaten in the past.

    Cucumbers that were fit to be pickled in salt brine did not appear in Russia or Poland until 18 century.

    What is traditional African food? Manioc/cassava are from South America just like potatoes.

    Why Mexican food is spicy while next door Central American food is very bland? In Nicaragua they refuse to eat other beans than black.

    My personal observation is that Central and Northern European foods have slightly different combinations of saltiness, sweetness and sourness. Saltiness goes down as you go East, so Russian food seems to be the least salty (apart from dry fish) and it goes up as you go South. Hungarian salami is less salty than Italian salami.

    Amounts of salt and spices were also economically driven. In some countries spices were more affordable. Cinnamon and cloves are heavily used in Netherlands and much less so in Czechoslovakia.

    Indeed. “cuisines” are historically recent not only because the ingredients are often introduced during the Colombus Exchange, but also because cooking on a fire pit and ovens were the only ways to cook until mid 1800′s when the cooking stove was invented. Because of the difficulty of temperature control until than most foods were boiled into soups and stews while meat was often roasted.
    Restaurants appeared in late 1700′s and the food they serve is pretty different from home food, so in an ethnic cuisine there is a restaurant cuisine and a home cuisine.
    Serving courses one after the other is called “service a la russe” and was introduced in the West in early 1800′s.
    Pretty much everything we call cuisines were developed since the industrial revolution and are of dubious ancestry and authenticity.

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    Serving courses one after the other is called “service a la russe” and was introduced in the West in early 1800′s.
     
    Supposedly fast service in bistro also has Russian origins from Russian troops in Paris after Napoleon defeat when Russian officers/soldiers wanted their food fast so they called: быстро (quickly). Wiki says that etymology is certainly Russian but the story is not really true.
    , @Swedish Family

    Indeed. “cuisines” are historically recent not only because the ingredients are often introduced during the Colombus Exchange, but also because cooking on a fire pit and ovens were the only ways to cook until mid 1800′s when the cooking stove was invented.
     
    Yes, but the defining elements of any good cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients, were for the most part around long before the rise of national cuisines. The peasantry of the Arctic regions would have munched on cloudberries and Arctic raspberries -- arguably the finest in the world -- and maybe even had them with whipped cream. (In the north, whole milk was thought a luxury well into the 1800s, since the fat was needed for cream and butter.) Things like sturgeon roe and vendace roe must also have been popular.

    And some classic dishes are found in old records. Swedish pea soup -- still a national favorite -- sustained Charles XII's army at Narva and Poltava (1700s) and was the weapon of choice in the killing of King Erik XIV (1570s; died from poisoned pea soup). Gravlax, too, is at least half a millennium old. Same with many Italian dishes, although it's true that tomatoes are a relatively recent import.

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  • Look, I realize Elon Musk is really cool and all, but this latest is just not that significant. The Falcon Heavy can carry 63 tons into orbit - but only if the rocket isn't reused. If it is, it's just a sad 8 tons [for GTO launches]. That already rules out commercial applications involving very...
  • There is nothing for us up there to justify building these behemoths. Neither launching satellites, nor space tourism require a 4,000 ton spacecraft.

    The exploration of the outer planets is better left to robots, but orion ships would be useful if crewed missions were actually needed because then very thick shielding would be necessary, so we would need lots of power to lift those heavy materials in orbit. People tend to forget that outside the Van Allen belts and even on Mars, one is exposed to ultra-high energy cosmic rays that the thin aluminium skins used now do not stop.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_threat_from_cosmic_rays

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    Google "Lunar Lava Tubes" and "Mars Lava Tubes". We can probably find cheap shelter from cosmic rays while we build our cities.
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  • One hundred years ago (Jan 19, 1918) the Bolsheviks forcibly dissolved the Russian Constituent Assembly, kickstarting the Russian Civil War. Source: @welections Russian Constituent Assembly election, 1917: Brown = Social Revolutionaries; Red = Bolsheviks; Green = Regional SR’s; Yellow = Local parties. More germane reason: The Bolsheviks had only gotten 24.5% of the vote, getting...
  • @Jaakko Raipala

    Of course none of this stops Latvians from demanding Russia pay them muh reparations just for making them live with their democratic choices of 1917, come 1940.
     
    This is an extremely weak meme. A key reason these ethnic groups voted for the radical left was that the radical left was seen as the main advocate of national self-determination. You may not like independent Latvia but it waters down your case if you try to simultaneously blame Latvia for voting for its chance at independence and insist that Latvia got what it wanted when its independence was canceled.

    There is no point complaining that Latvians didn't enlist to fight for the Whites in large numbers when the Whites failed to produce a consistent, plausible plan to offer to national minorities. The traditional recipe to bind together multiple ethnic groups was monarchy but the monarchy had failed so that wasn't a solution. The Reds had a simple offer that they had consistently pushed since at least 1905 while the Whites were still stuck in debates when the Civil War was on.

    In Finland the Whites won and wanted to join the war in Russia but they had to admit that they had no idea what our status would be after White victory. The Civil War victors were laughed out of power when they were reduced to just claiming that Russia would be grateful and give us a good deal after the war if we attacked Petrograd, with no guarantees.

    Indeed. Why would have the latvians voted for the russian nationalists who were trying to destroy them?
    Also, what percentage of voters were latvian? 0.5%?

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  • With the Dow Jones average at a remarkable 25,800, it might be worth thinking about what might cause the next economic collapse the way that mortgages set off the last one. This is not to say that one is necessarily imminent, just that there tend to be cycles so it's worth thinking about the next...
  • The Guardian – Are we heading for another developing world debt crisis? (They actually mean sub-saharan Africa, but they can’t say it like that)

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/are-we-heading-for-another-developing-world-debt-crisis

    Deals were done in which western banks lent money for projects in African countries, with the debt to be paid off by the proceeds of rising commodity prices.

    That was the theory. In practice, some ropey deals were done,

    at the end of 2017, 28 [african] countries were rated as in debt distress or at high risk of debt distress, up from 22 at the end of 2016, and 15 in 2013. The number of [african] countries classified as low risk has more than halved – from 24 in 2013 to 11 currently.

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  • History - discoveries, revolutions, innovations - has always been made by the select few: The extraordinarily intelligent, and the extraordinarily driven and curious. It is easy to proxy the former (IQ tests), but quantifying the latter is more difficult. My suggestion: Look at the demographic composition of the "out of left field" groups whose equivalents...
  • Anatoly, did you control for non-americans in online polls?
    The latest SSC poll, and if I recall correctly, the LW ones as well, had categories for country of origin and if you don’t control for it than europeans and people from other Anglophone countries will give jews and whites a boost over blacks and hispanics.
    Not that I doubt that blacks and hispanics are underrepresented, but at least on the SSC subreddit there seem to be lots of europeans, which may explain why it is more balanced on political topics.

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  • Boy, they’re dragging out this DACA thing, aren’t they? Where are we up to this week? As I’ve been reporting, there are two issues in play here: Funding the government, and resolving the DACA business—those 800,000 illegal aliens who were given temporary work permits, probably illegally, by Barack Obama … and who are not, by...
  • OT: A NYT op-ed mentioned Derbyshire.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opinion/sunday/alt-right-asian-fetish.html

    The right-wing agitator Mike Cernovich, the writer John Derbyshire and an alt-right figure named Kyle Chapman are all married to women of Asian descent.

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    DEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRB!

    Congrats My N- You've made it!

    Hey, next week when you write your 17th scathing criticism of Tennessee Coates, he may even know who you are!

    Dawg, you guys are true rivals now, you've both been published in the Times.
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  • From an email from Couch Scientist: Shapiro is one of the more elite Ashkenazi surnames. For example, eight different David Shapiros have Wikipedia pages. While there are many prominent Shapiros, on the other hand, there aren't that many extremely famous Shapiros (I suspect this is just bad luck.) Shapiro is a little like Hamilton, the...
  • OT: The NYT wrote about alt-right men dating asian women, including John Derbyshire.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opinion/sunday/alt-right-asian-fetish.html

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    They even linked to an unz.com comment ("As a commenter wrote on an alt-right forum..."). (The commenter is A. Karlin though.)

    Hi, mom!

    , @Anonymous
    She keeps talking about "myths"...

    https://youtu.be/G2y8Sx4B2Sk

    The subject has been immortalized in the hilarious Charisma Man comics.

    http://www.charismaman.com

    , @guest
    Well, that's one thing alt-righters would have in common with the people around whose names they put parentheses.
    , @anon
    Never paid attention to Andrew Anglin-- he has remarkably asian-looking eyes for a white guy.
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  • The idea of a "spec script" is, say you want to write for TV. You might think it would be a good idea to write a screenplay on speculation for a show you like and send it to the showrunner. But that almost never works because the people who write the show currently don't really...
  • This is called fanfiction. And it’s not even funny.

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  • I've been reading an old book "Doctor in Arabia," given me my neighbor. She was put in charge of giving away the library of a surgeon at her church after he died, and she picked out seven books I might like, with a remarkably high batting average. This 1940 book by a Yankee surgeon, Paul...
  • @Old Left
    I would think that chronic individualism is a characteristic of nomadic people segregated into clans. I don't think Islam had an effect either way. Where it took root among nomadic tribesmen, it was adapted to their mean life ways. Elsewhere, it helped establish powerful and thriving dynasties. The Ottomans were hardly disorganized. So yes, there is more than a little evangelical bias in blaming the fecklessness of desert Arab societies on Islam.

    One might also wonder, what actual advantages WASP gender equality has bestowed on America. In 1940, there were perhaps still a few things to say in its favor, though Prohibition was not one of them. Today. what does it engender? White-hating whites, mannish women, and invertebrate males, vide the Clintons.

    The ottomans were extremely disorganized by the eighteenth century. The quasi-independent mamluk beys in the arab parts of the empire and the Derebeys in Anatolia gained the ottomans the name of the Sick Man of Europe.

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  • Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm 2016!Stockfish, the product of a decade's worth of iterative development by bright humans, was at around Elo 3300, and yet AlphaZero blasted it with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses out of 100 games after just 4 hours of playing itself. But...
  • @Y.
    I believe Google's report is somewhat misleading.

    First, they used an absurd amount of computing power for these four hours. A normal computer would take many years to get the same result. Second, Stockfish had been limited in memory and time, and with no opening books. And I can find no explanation why they chose such a high threading setting (as one of Stockfish's developers' pointed out in chess.com[1], it was never tested or meant to be used at that setting). IMHO, the fact they used such an atypical configuration for Stockfish hints AlphaZero couldn't beat SF in a normal game....

    All that said, AlphaZero being able to learn chess at any reasonable level is a huge advancement. A pity they had to spice it up.

    [1]
    https://www.chess.com/news/view/alphazero-reactions-from-top-gms-stockfish-author

    Yes. The fact that they used Stockfish without the opening book and the time management algorithm greatly reduced its capabilities. I wonder if the ELo rating for Stockfish in the configuration DeepMind used it could be calculated.
    I guess DeepMind wanted just a straight up comparison between the sheer brute power of Stockfish and the neural prediction network of Alpha 0, but if what happened in Go is a precedent we will see more formal competition. I bet DM will eventually pit A0 against its competitors in official competitions.

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  • From something called Pajiba, an article about the upcoming Spielberg movie The Post, with Meryl Streep as Washington Post owner Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) is fourth-billed as reporter Ben Bagdikian: Bob Odenkirk is Fantastic in ‘The Post,’ and He Also Shouldn’t Have Been Cast By...
  • So, caucasians aren’t caucasian anymore?
    Fine with me. We can now blame the crimes of Joseph Besarionis Jughashvili aka “Stalin” and Lavrenti Pavles Beria on POCs.

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  • iSteve has broken the 1,500 mark for blog postings for the first time ever in a single year. Since I started blogging in late 2001, I'm up to 17,418 posts totalling 8,584,102 words. In contrast, Animal Farm is less than 30,000 words and Remembrance of Times Past is 1,267,069 words. So take that, Orwell and...
  • Congratulations.
    Would be great if you wrote a 30.000 words book explaining your key concepts.

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  • "The Disaster Artist" is actor/director James Franco's fairly good movie about the making of a belovedly bad movie called "The Room" that has achieved cult status and nurtured a bunch of "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-type customs among audiences at midnight movies, such as throwing plastic spoons at the screen. Franco plays the international man of...
  • Is thE Disaster Artist worth watching if I didn’t see The Room?

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    You could watch a compilation of the most famous scenes on youtube. That's enough.
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  • This comedy/drama written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges") would be a fine sleeper hit if it didn't win a bunch of Academy Awards. However, Frances McDormand, Mrs. Joel Coen, is, with Meryl Streep in "The Post," a frontrunner for Best Actress. Conversely, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are excellent too as...
  • @Arclight
    As we get ready for the latest "Oscars So White" nonsense, a piece that points out that the 'racists' who don't like to see minorities in US productions are found abroad (probably mostly Asians):

    https://theconversation.com/why-arent-hollywood-films-more-diverse-the-international-box-office-might-be-to-blame-86905

    It seems that the parts of American culture that are enjoyed by others are not the diverse elements we are assured by our media and politicians that make us better off.

    The chinese want to see chinese actors in movies. That’s why every blockbuster now needs to have a chinese starlet in it if they want to have success in one of the biggest overseas markets. Plus, having chinese actors makes it more likely to be green lighted by the censors for distribution in china. Only 34 US movies/year are allowed in China in advantageous conditions.
    The chinese don’t even want to see asian-american, taiwanese or japanese actors, just straight up chinese celebrities with big Weibo followings.
    Many korean pop stars and actors used to act in Chinese dramas and movies which was possible because all of them are dubbed. It’s quite strange but chinese movies and dramas dub everybody, including chinese actors. Anyway, the koreans were kicked out of the very lucrative chinese entertainment market over a political spat involving the placement of THAAD missiles. Now the spat is winding down so korean stars may be let back in, but the rapidly developing chinese market is becoming increasingly dominated by chinese celebrities.

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  • He was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president. In 1990, when Donald Trump was still beyond the furthest outskirts of American politics, Stanislaw Tyminski was trying to become the new president of post-communist Poland. He shared something else with the future...
  • “60,000 far-right nationalists gathered for Poland’s annual independence day in November” what a pile of bull. In that crowd there were at most 1000 far-right people, unless you think that the average pole taking part in a public celebration of his country is a far-right nationalist.
    Many east-europeans worked in Western Europe, lived in the poorest neighbourhoods and witnessed first hand what immigration from Africa and the Middle East brings.

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    the average pole taking part in a public celebration
     
    The average Pole was there to practice some pole dancing - in case their day jobs didn't work out - so they can start new careers in strip clubs.
    , @anon
    Many east-europeans worked in Western Europe, lived in the poorest neighbourhoods and witnessed first hand what immigration from Africa and the Middle East brings."
    Many rural visitors to London and Liverpool saw what these Poles and East Europeans had brought to English culture ,housing market,rental market and job markets and they didn't like it .
    , @jacques sheete

    Many east-europeans worked in Western Europe, lived in the poorest neighbourhoods and witnessed first hand what immigration from Africa and the Middle East brings.
     
    Back in the early part of the 20th century, many Americans were none too happy with many of the immigrants from Eastern Europe, and it appears that time has proven their concerns valid, or maybe even timid.

    The Eastern European mafiosi overwhelmed America back then and we are witnessing their iron-fisted rule today, whether one hails from a trailer park or Trump's Manhattan. Lest anyone doubt it, just recall, if you can stand it, the smug smirk on Netanyahu's face.

    I'd much rather deal with any other bunch of immigrants than those hard bitten, crackpot, sadistic and thoroughly degenerate thugs.
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  • Pixar's animated movie "Coco" about a boy in Mexico who visits the afterlife on the Day of the Dead is another nice effort from the Northern California studio. On the other hand, it's a little dull and repetitious: Did you know that Mexicans care a lot about their families? If not, you'll learn that from...
  • The 21-minutes “short” with the annoying snowman is from the Frozen franchise.

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  • Richard Spencer and some other Alt Righters wanted to hold an NPI conference in Budapest on October 3-5, 2014 in honor of BASED Hungary. It... didn't quite work out as planned. Jared Taylor: Report from Budapest (Updated) Radix: The First Identitarian Congress Richard Spencer and one other person was detained in uncomfortable conditions for a...
  • The inability to cooperate internationally is a structural problem of nationalists.
    It really doesn’t matter if Orban kicked out some minor alt-right clowns who are famous in a tiny bubble. I would do the same if it hurt m country in any way.
    The inability of nationalist parties to work together in places like the European parliament and of populist governments to cooperate is far more serious.
    This difficulty exists because of a xenophobic instinct that is always present in nationalism, so it’s something that will never go away.

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    This difficulty exists because of a xenophobic instinct that is always present in nationalism, so it’s something that will never go away.
     
    Of course. Ethnic nationalism is bullshit and a dead end; sovereignism is the way to go.
    , @German_reader
    Yes, that's depressing...it's unfortunate that there's always historical baggage getting in the way of cooperation, and many nationalists are too narrow-minded to see the bigger picture. It's also more pc and more "respectable" to bash other Europeans than to focus on the dangers of non-European immigration.
    , @Wency
    I agree and would point to the failure of Intermarium as the classic case, in much of the same territory we're discussing here. But then again, even England and France didn't cooperate all that well in 1939-1940.

    The good news is that the Left has certain tendencies towards "circular firing squads" as well.
    , @Adolf Grenzstein
    You are totally wrong. The national socialistic Germany had very good relationship with other nationalistic countries and very good cooperation. In contrary: Rothschild's Great Britain and Israel's USA have blackmail relationship with many other countries (for instance with still occupied Germany), and they made most wars worldwide at least since appr. 1900.
    Btw: Israel is Rothschild's Israel living of blackmaled money from Germany and the USA.
    , @Seamus Padraig
    What a pile of crap. Nationalism does not necessarily entail xenophobia; it just means putting the national interest first. Historically and presently, nationalist régimes and movements have had little problem co-operating with one another, so long as their interests are aligned. If you want an extreme example, just consider the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis during WWII. Or, somewhat closer to home, the Operation Condor countries in S. America in seventies. (I assume everyone here would consider Pinochet, Gaultieri and Stroesser to be nationalists, right?)
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  • We seem to be doing pretty well, if SimilarWeb stats are anything to go by. The Unz Review is clearly the dominant website amongst the "Intellectual Dissident Right" (we are far ahead of VDARE, Takimag, and are even catching up on the normies at The American Cuckservative). It is also strongly competitive amongst the "Intellectual...
  • No mention of Breibart?
    The rise of populism and of the alt-right killed the NRX. When any dissent was swiftly stifled it made sense to talk about neocameralism or other fancy aristocratic phantasies to distract the censors. Now, when the game is being played for real political power and the Overton window has shifted there isn’t much need for that, so we see Yarvin connecting with more active players like Milo and Thiel.
    Yup, gwern doesn’t belong on these lists as I never seen him show any inkling of political commentary. The only thing he does is to link studies about genetics.
    Razib is pretty much in the same boat and it seems to me that he wants to distance himself from his past unsavory associations that cost him the gig at the NYT.

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  • From a paper by Petra Thiemann in Sweden: This seems plausible to me. The classic 1950s Robbers Cave experiment in which random boys made to wait a few extra hours for a bus ride to summer camp bonded into aggressive teams that were hard to break up once they got to camp suggests that for...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Haven’t a ton of these kinds of studies been blown away in recent years by replication problems?

    That's why I felt like I ought to look into the underlying research, but I didn't get around to it.

    Was the Robbers Cave experiment ever replicated?
    It sounds to me too fishy in the way it fits liberal views.
    Plus, 11 years old boys are not the best proxy for adult social relations.

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    Robbers Cave would make a good reality TV show.
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  • The conventional view of nationalism is that it was a product of mass literacy and the modern state, underpinned by schoolbooks and Tombs of the Unknown Soldier. Recent years have seen challenges to this historiographic consensus at both a general level (e.g. Azar Gat's Nations), and with respect to specific peoples (Robert Tomb's recent The...
  • @melanf

    Please elaborate.
     
    Explore just one example. Kholmogorov writes:

    «150 years before that, Russian envoys already come to Constantinople bearing the words, “We are of Russian kindred”, and they come, as the chronicle puts it, “from the great Russian prince, and all other princes, and all people of the Russian land.”…. Russian national sentiment is not younger but older than German, or even the French and English. It is the oldest among the modern peoples of Europe, based on an identity of the Russian Land already pronounced in 10-11th centuries.»


     

    Text of Treaty:
    «We are the envoys from the Russian people: Ivar, envoy of Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and the general envoys as follows: Vefast representing Svyatoslav, son of Igor'; Isgaut for the Princess Olga; Slothi for Igor', nephew of Igor'; Oleif for Vladislav; Kanitzar for Predslava; Sigbjorn for Svanhild, wife of Oleif; Freystein for Thorth; Leif for Arfast; Grim for Sverki; Freystein for Haakon, nephew of Igor'; Kari for Stoething; Karlsefni for Thorth; Hegri for Efling; Voist for Voik; Eistr for Amund; Freystein for Bjorn; Yatving for Gunnar; Sigfrid for Halfdan; Kill for Klakki; Steggi for Jotun; Sverki; Hallvarth for Guthi; Frothi for Throand; Munthor for Ut; the merchants Authun, Authulf, Ingivald, Oleif, Frutan, Gamal, Kussi, Heming, Thorfrid, Thorstein, Bruni, Hroald, Gunnfast, Freystein, Ingjald, Thorbjorn, Manni, Hroald, Svein, Styr, Halfdan, Tirr, Askbrand, Visleif, Sveinki Borich: sent by Igor', Great Prince of Rus', and from each prince and all the people of the land of Rus', by whom is ordained the renewal of the former peace and to the establishment of concord between Greeks and Russes for many years to come»

    The names of the "envoys from the Russian people" - Scandinavian, becouse the "Russes" of 10th century - association warriors and merchants, mostly of Scandinavian origin ( " Russes " unite around himself Slavic and Finnish tribes - through many centuries, this union will become modern Russia).

    How Eastern European Vikings of the 10th century can be considered as representatives of the modern Russian nation? Then perhaps the Franks of Clovis is modern French, and the Cherusci of Arminius is a modern German?

    And the whole entire text of Kolmogorov consists of such fraud

    Yes.
    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
    He also forgets to mention that the “russian lands” means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians, a North Caucasian people famous for the beauty of their women (this is from where caucasian as a name for whites comes from, as Circassians were seen as the best example of whites)
    Russians are a fun people (in small doses), but Russia is and has always been a miserable place, hell bent on exporting her misery by force to the detriment of the many nations unfortunate to be neighbours with this expansionist country.

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    I am at a loss how the fact that the rise of Russia (much like that of any other nation) wasn't all fluff ponies and cotton candy contradicts the argument of the article. You are basically supporting the proposition that Russians have had a very historically strong national identity.
    , @melanf
    Kholmogorov manipulates the facts, but what you write is an outright lie

    He elides that Muscovy rose to power as the knut of the mongol khans, collecting the tribute and punishing rebels for them from other russians.
     
    Rise of Moscow began in 1301, when the first Moscow Prince Daniil Alexandrovich defeated the Mongol detachment under Pereyaslavl. The princes of Moscow were not "knut of the mongol khans", it's just slander

    He also forgets to mention that the “russian lands” means everything under the skies, from Warsaw to Kurils, from Finland to Istanbul and Persia.
     
    This statement is your (and only your) fiction

    Left unmentioned is that russian nationalism has created the modern concept of ethnic cleansing when they committed the genocide of the Circassians
     
    The Circassians resettlement was not genocide. The Circassians were given a choice: obey Russia or resettle in the Ottoman Empire. Obedience meant that the Russian government in order to control the Circassians, resettled highlanders from the mountains to the plains of the Kuban. The mountain village was destroyed because in the mountains the Circassians was impossible to control.
    In addition, Circassians (if they obey Russia ) have to become subjects to an infidel ruler, to abandon their way of life (an important part of which was hiking to capture slaves)
    http://imgur.com/a/jAnua
    , to pay taxes (for the Circassians this was tantamount of slave status) and so on.

    Besides, were the order of the Sultan (who was also Caliph - the ruler of the faithful) Abdul-Aziz addressed the Circassians: " *Leave your homes, hasten to me immediately, so as not to deserve the wrath of Almighty Allah and the victorious Sultan* ". The Turkish government promised the Circassians, who resettled in Turkey all sorts of benefits

    As a result most of the Circassians chose resettlement in the Ottoman Empire (that naturally pleased the Russian officials).
    Poorly organized relocation to Turkey occurred in ships, overwhelming the ships capacity by far, thus people died of diseases (It was common situation when transporting people on ships in that era. Similarly, thousands of French and English soldiers were dying during transport by sea in the Crimean war. Similarly, dead poor emigrants sailing to America. ). Even worse for the Circassians after arriving in Turkey - the Sultan's promises proved false, and Circassians in the quarantine camps were massively dying of diseases and starvation (as well as fled back to the Russian Empire). To Turkey has moved about 450 000 Circassians, about 70 000 were left in the Russian Empire (the total number of all Circassians were 500-600 thousand people). Then the Turks settled Circassians in the wrong for their lands (including in the deserts of Arabia), where the Circassians continued to die from disease. How many died could not be assessed, but the majority of the dead died in Turkey and Russia bear for it only indirectly blame

    These actions of the Russian government against the Circassians can be considered as analogous of the forced resettlement of the Comanches and Apaches in the reservation. It was a cruel action, but not genocid.

    And of course the ethnic cleansing and genocides have happened since the Assyrian Empire, Russia such things definitely did not invent

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  • Marginal Revolution quotes a study of French vs. English cities: In general, a few centuries of Roman rule had strikingly little long-term impact on England. Maybe this is analogous to the recent shift from landline telephone networks to wireless telephone networks. Landline networks, like Roman roads, required a lot of social organizational capital to build...
  • Romans relied on sea and river transport for transport of goods to a huge extent. That’s why Pompey said “To navigate is necessary, to live is not.”
    All the stuff that kept Rome fed and clothed was coming by sea in ships much larger than the ones used in the Middle Ages to Ostia and the artificial harbour of Portus and from there were moved by smaller boats, up the Tiber to Rome.
    The famed roman roads were meant first and foremost for military, but even the military relied on the Rhine and the Danube as avenues for both supply and movement. As late as the times of Justinian we see the garrisons along the Danube supplied with grains from Egypt and olive oil from the Greek islands.
    That’s why the largest cities of the Roman Empire were sea ports on the Mediterranean (Alexandria, Constantinople, Carthage, Aquilea, Ephesus etc) or had easy river access to the Med (Rome, Antioch)

    The difference to the Middle Ages seems to be that Romans were never comfortable sailing the Atlantic. Their ships and navigation were made for the calmer waters and the shorter distances of the Mediterranean Sea. The only major roman city on the Atlantic seaboard was Gades (Cadiz) not far from the Gibraltar straits.
    There was not much of a reason to develop the skills and the technology required to sail the Atlantic when North Europe was not much of a trading partner and one could reach Britain easily from Italy by using the roman roads to supplement the Rhine and the Rhone. That was far harder in the Middle Ages not only because the roman roads were in disrepair and plagued by bandits but also because of political fragmentation. On the Rhine there was a castle every few miles where one had to pay custom duties.

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    Cadiz was a Phoenician foundation. Maybe the Romans found it attractive not only for the trade on the Guadalquivir but also for their occasional jaunts down the Moroccan Atlantic coast and on to the Canaries.

    WKPD: "The Guadalquivir river is the only great navigable river in Spain. Currently it is navigable from the Gulf of Cádiz to Seville, but in Roman times it was navigable to Córdoba."
    , @TomSchmidt
    Romans did indeed sail the Atlantic. See
    http://www.nytimes.com/1982/10/10/world/rio-artifacts-may-indicate-roman-visit.html

    Haven't seen much of this lately.
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  • From the New York Times: Unfortunately, the investment bonus points are pretty easy to attain, so 2% is an underestimate. But, 2% sounds like a good goal. This article is supposed to be shocking to everybody who believes in the Zeroth Amendment, but virtually nobody does, at least they don't dare articulate it. Personally, I...
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    The Most Important Gif in the World:

    sourced from here: https://www.populationpyramid.net/population_size_per_country/2017/

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    This is superb - great for those on whom numbers and graphs are lost
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  • The American deep state has taken down various opposing regimes via the mechanism of a Color Revolution. But a sizable question remains: what color for the American Color Revolution? Last winter we saw pink tried out. But that was too silly. Now we're seeing black. But that's too comic. It quickly turns into a discussion...
  • I was wondering for a second what the photo of the kpop girl group BLACKPINK does here. I would not mind if these four girls are our next rulers.

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    I would not mind if these four girls are our next rulers.
     
    To try and draw a serious point from your quip, Steve's pic and your quip about it, really do point to one aspect of the current crisis.

    There's a reason you made the quip. They look luscious. Women--young women--have tremendous sexual power. It's built in.

    But it's precisely why it was a dreadful mistake to give them any kind of political power.
    a) Women are not "designed" for it, they are designed mentally/emotional for having babies and (for civilized races) bonding with men to extract provision. Their impulses about the material/political world veer way too easily to feelings--"cheap feelz". (And birth control and low fertility has made this much worse, with lots of undirected female emotional energy.)
    b) Men naturally appease them and have hard time uniting vis-à-vis women to tell them they are full of crap.

    There was some female reporter at Trump's presser and she just could not restrain herself--repeatedly trying to talk over Trump trying to answer a question. You could just see--hear in her voice and her urgency--that anything Trump said, his very logical points about peaceful assembly, parade permits, and antifa goons coming with their baseball bats and helmets was absolutely irrelevant to her and had zero chance of having any impact or even registering. She just needed, *needed* to get across to Trump that the only important thing was alt-right, bad-raciss, evil. Emotion and feelz unchecked.

    I've come to the conclusion that the only paradigm for a free civilization, is a republic controlled only by responsible, self-sufficient men--essentially the paradigm the founders had in mind. Everything else descends rapidly in tyranny. It may be a tyranny that is able to maintain civilization--say the post-Mao chi-coms. But any other nominally "democratic" form--women and welfare cases voting--is a recipe for chaos and decline.

    It would be great if we could just agree to conduct tests. You go have your matriarchy, let some of us have our patriarchy. We'll see how each fares.
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  • And here's the transcript.
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    STEVE, SHOULD FIX -- the one you have featured is a stub, only 21mins. In the notes for it, it points to this one, as being the full 51 min interview:

    https://youtu.be/SEDuVF7kiPU

    I don't know why Jordan left that 21 minute stub up.

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  • From EuroNews in September 2015, on a speech by the chairman of the makers of Mercedes-Benz cars: But from the Financial Times in June 2017: Most refugees to be jobless for years, German minister warns Prediction of long-term unemployment as hopes fade of boost to workforce
  • @Sid
    The Turks worked, and like it or not, cheaper labor lowers costs and hence makes increased productivity more feasible. As such, there are pros and cons with it, and smart policy is deciding what's most important, or striking a balance between the pros and cons.

    In contrast, the new migrants aren't working and their "skill set" is not what the current German economy needs.

    First generation turks worked. Second generation turks have 50% unemployment.

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  • I think Czechia might just be the best country in the world. Europe's best gun rights (just further liberalized) But lower homicide rate than UK/France/Germany because no aggressive Third World minorities Social liberalism without the poz and purple-haired SJWs Also most atheist European country But with a higher fertility rate than Holy Poland nonetheless Sane...
  • The richest country in ex-Communist Europe is Slovenia.

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  • Another Uraza Bayram. Countless photos showing zillions of Muslims filling up Moskvabad's streets. More gleeful shitposts from /pol/ to svidomy forums about imminent Russabia. But you don't have to be a particularly big fan of open borders with Central Asia to be able to look at statistics. In a series of recent posts, Russian blogger...
  • @Mr. XYZ
    Interesting data for Russia! :)

    I would like to make a minor point about the Kuban, though--the ethnic Ukrainians there weren't given a choice whether or not to identify as Russians--were they? Indeed, I had the impression that they were forced to assume an ethnic Russian identity regardless of their wishes. Am I wrong in regards to this?

    In the Black Sea region, including Kuban, there was a cossack identity that was neither russian, nor ukrainian. Cossack Hosts were gradually disbanded and the cossacks, forcibly or willingly, assimilated to russian or ukrainian identities according with the pretty arbitrary borders between the two.

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  • Currently traveling, posting this from my cell phone so discuss the UK general elections, the ROG inspired spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, or whatever. So Jeremy Corbyn has soared to a point where he's neck and neck with Theresa May after being 20 points behind. Reminder the Conservatives called this election to expand their...
  • @Jaakko Raipala
    Such a town *was* built in the 12th century but it was a *Swedish* town and fortress called Landskrona (not to be confused with other places called Landskrona). It was destroyed by Novgorod forces in 1301. Not much information remains about how well developed or populated that town was, though. Of course there were always Finnic tribals there ("neva" in Finnish means a type of swamp).

    The Neva mouth remained effectively no man's land for centuries after that because the Scandinavians were still superior on the sea and Novgorod could not have defended a coastal site against raids that a merchant town would have inevitably attracted but at the same time Novgorod was close and secure in the inland so it could deny the strategic site to Sweden. Sweden eventually did annex the site in 1617...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Stolbovo

    ...and built a fortress called Nyenskans (swedification of Nevanlinna, fortress-of-Neva) and a mostly ethnic Finnish city with Swedes and Germans as minorities formed around it over the next century. Tsar Peter did not take empty land at the Neva, he took a city (and had its inhabitants murdered or enslaved, something that agitators from Lenin to Hitler have later found very useful here).

    Peter did that to most cities he captured in the baltic region, including in Finland proper. There are testimonials of swedish and baltic slaves, including women and children, in Siberia, but also in the Ottoman Empire where many were sold.
    This was definitely not according to european war customs at the time.

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  • The prestige of undergraduate colleges largely depends not upon what their students learn in college but upon what their students were before they get to college (e.g., their SAT/ACT admissions test scores. One nonprofit group has sponsored the College Learning Assessment Plus test to do assessments on freshmen and seniors to see if they get...
  • Is it even possible to teach critical thinking skills?

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    Pseudo, often when there is an employment test or advancement test that requires critical thinking, as in "What do you do next if B occurs after A?", the test results are tossed as being biased or racist. Teacher tests in NYC and Fireman tests in Buffalo and New Haven are examples.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Is it even possible to teach critical thinking skills?
     
    Of course it is. Unless you insist that learning critical thinking skills is uniform among all pupils.
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  • * Russian nuclear weapons expert Pavel Podvig is giving an AMA at /r/Russia right now. * Christians, in an Epochal Shift, Are Leaving the Middle East Eurabia is demographically implausible during this century. Greater Lebanon, however, is. * The curious rise of the ‘white left’ as a Chinese internet insult Although the emphasis varies, baizuo...
  • The disappearance of Middle Eastern christianity has been happening for more of a hundred years, since the turks massacred and expelled millions of armenians and greeks from Anatolia.
    Or maybe we should say it has been happening since the medieval islamic conquest as before that most of the Middle East and North Africa were 100% christian.

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  • From ScottBarryKaufman.com: The PDF can be read here. Here's
  • This is from 2015. Why post now?

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  • The Sicario/Arrival director's sequel to Blade Runner, which was set in an Asian-overrun Los Angeles in 2019, looks like La La Land the Sci-Fi Movie: in the future, apparently, white people will still make up most of the cinematically interesting Angelenos. Judging by the IMDB cast list, Edward James Olmos will be the only Chicano...
  • They cast Edward James Olmos to attract the Battlestar Galactica fans.

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  • From Bloomberg: INEQUALITY How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive MARCH 28, 2017 6:00 AM EDT By Megan McArdle There’s no getting around it: For a girl raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Salt Lake City is a very weird place. I went to Utah precisely because it’s weird. More specifically, because economic...
  • One day the mormons will build an interstellar ship and leave Earth behind.

    http://expanse.wikia.com/wiki/Nauvoo

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    Somebody will. If not the Mormons then some other similar group.
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  • From Clickhole: I can remember being four years old on 11/22/1963 and explaining to my friend Danny that he must be confused: the President hadn't been “shot,” he mus
  • @James Bowery
    30 days hath September, April, June and November.

    It's the 31st of March, Steve.

    Now Steve has 94 Meetings

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  • From some website called Niche.com: I have no idea how valid the methodology is, but the #1 middle school in America did catch my eye. #3 in the U.S. is David Starr Jordan M.S. in Palo Alto.
  • The top 3 middle schools are from Palo Alto.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwPRH_u2rl8
    , @AndrewR
    PewDiePie did nothing wrong.
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  • In more Berkeley leftist violence news, from KQED News: Well of course they is. You called them "he" rather than they's preferred pronoun "they." What kind of Bay Area lawyer are you not to first ask about pronouns? A sheriff’s deputy rushed to the room, and shouts of “Get off me!” could be heard in...
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    Paris is on the fifth night of rioting in the immigrant banlieues after a black guy was assaulted by police during his arrest.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/paris-riots-violence-erupts-fifth-night-unrest-young-black-man/

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  • From City Journal: Read the whole thing there.
  • It could be worse.
    In the brazilian state of Espirito Santo the military police went on strike and the gangs unleashed a wave of killings and looting in broad daylight.

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  • In my earlier entry (Clannishness – The Series: How It Happened), we saw that the thing that made the difference between WEIRD Northwestern Europeans and their more clannish neighbors was the selective pressures that each underwent during their histories – particularly since the fall of Rome until the present. This era in time established the...
  • HBDChick or you should have written a book on this. Now Joseph Heinrich published much of this stuff in his book The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species, and Making us Smarter (2016)

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  • Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution has an informative post about China's internal (?) hasbara system: Authoritarians Distract Rather than Debate by Alex Tabarrok on January 17, 2017 at 7:22 am It’s long been known that the Chinese government hires people to support the government with fabricated posts on social media. In China these people are...
  • In South Korea there is a widespread belief that the government stockpiles compromising stuff on kpop and kdrama stars and releases them when they need to distract the public from political events.

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Michael Lewis’ Hot Hand by Steve Sailer January 18, 2017 From his 1989 Wall Street memoir Liar’s Poker to his new book, The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis has succeeded his mentor Tom Wolfe as our top Southern center-right nonfiction author. ... Three of Lewis’ nonfiction works have been...
  • Much of the research that was used in 2011 for the book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, has failed to replicate, another victim of the “methodological terrorists” that have ruined basically everything in social psychology, except IQ research, of course.

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  • Lord Jeff Sessions comments: Never? The problem with immigration is it turns into a political doomsday machine, a juggernaut of ever-expanding special inter
  • OT: from the SSC subreddit

    I have an HBD-related question, more precisely for people who are experts on the FLynn effect. When I watched this video

    I wondered just how commonplace food adulterants are in the developed world. That video is from a strange corner of the internet where SCA-type people try to reproduce 18th century recipes, and the authors are interested in researching the discovery and popularization of chemical leavening agents (i.e. baking powder). Oddly, their hypothesis is that it was the combination of two flour adulterants (acidic alum, i.e. hydrated potassium aluminium sulfate, and basic chalk), that lead to the popularization of chemical leavening. That in and of itself is kind of cool. But other popular adulterants, apparently, included things like copper sulfate, which in addition to their aesthetically pleasing flour bleaching properties, are also highly toxic.
    So my question is, has anyone done a systematic study of how much of the FLynn effect (assuming it exists) can be explained via toxicological mechanisms and changing consumption patterns of toxic adulterants? We’re all familiar with the case of lead, of course. I’d kind of mentally written that off as a special case — society was unlucky insofar as lead turned out to be useful in a practical everyday alloy (pewter), as a particularly malleable metal for plumbing, as a chemical component of various pigments, and also as a gasoline additive, but also turned out to cause brain damage, and the usefulness was so useful that it produced benefits that temporarily masked the harm. Since high level lead exposure (from exhaust deposition and paint chips) was, AFAIK, a relatively localized, recent and temporary phenomenon, I don’t think it can really explain the FLynn effect.
    But what about a superposition of a lot of toxicological effects? Lead + fake flour + mercury thermometers + who knows what…

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    That was part of the white bread / vanilla ice cream trend in the early 20th Century that I wrote about -- it's harder to put poisons in white food.
    , @Expletive Deleted
    Arsenic in the beer (as well as just about everything else) http://www.breweryhistory.com/journal/archive/132/Death_in_a_beerglass.pdf Antimony in kids' sweets and flour. Although the very lethality of such compounds would, I suppose, preclude any influence on Flynn's postulated Effect.
    Radium-painted dials.
    White phosphate in"lucifers".
    Gas leaks, and slight carbon monoxide poisoning (on a recurrent nightly basis, from banking the range up, or not trimming the oil lamps assiduously).
    Even the roundworm and tapeworm burden many of them carried. Makes you dumb and lethargic.

    I suppose that's why you just don't see many Victorians around anymore.

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  • Fundamentally solve the “intelligence problem,” and all other problems become trivial. The problem is that this problem is a very hard one, and our native wit is unlikely to suffice. Moreover, because problems tend to get harder, not easier, as you advance up the technological ladder (Karlin, 2015), in a “business as usual” scenario with...
  • “Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind” is the chief commandment from the Orange Catholic Bible,
    Thinking machines are dangerous. We need a Bene Gesserit breeding program to bring the Kwisatz Haderach, the one-man biosingularity. And we need mentats. And spice, lots of spice.

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  • @Erik Sieven
    concerning current dysgenic trends:
    as far as I understand pure Ashkenazim jews are disappearing, since they marry out heavily in the USA and in Israel get overwhelmed by orthodox Jews of various ancestries. So, when Ashkenazim have been the most intelligent sub-group of humans in recent history, and probably of the whole human history, does´t this mean that this results in a huge loss for mankind in terms of extremely high IQ people? Might special kinds of giftedness (like John von Neumann) simply not be born in coming times?

    The ultra-orthodox haredim, which have the biggest populations growth, are mostly Ashkenazim from Eastern Europe. About 20% of the ultra orthodox in Israel are Sephardic Haredim of Sephardic and Mizrahi descent, but they are present only in Israel.

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  • (Headline with apologies to Mark Twain). Immigration patriots have long been fascinated by nation-states that appear to be resisting globalist pressure to abolish themselves, like Japan and Israel. So some dismay greeted the report by Canadian anthropologist Peter Frost that multiculturalism had infected South Korea and that it was well down the path to Western-style...
  • There are lots of foreigners in kpop, but is harder to tell at a glance because they are all asian and they are taught korean.
    The entertainment companies tried bringing at least a black girl, but the public was not very interested.
    Still, hip hop is very big and they look up to african-americans even if the enthusiasm is sometimes gauche like using the n-word without proper permits.
    Most kpop groups (boys and girls) display homoerotic undertones between members. This is called fanservice and it’s a big part of the kpop scene. They will not go further with the gay stuff because they try to sell kpop in muslim countries, so they have to keep up a more decent image then jpop.
    I see South Korea as being like the West in the 90′s on these topics, but like in everything else, they are determined to catch up.
    They do have some conservative moderating factors: recent rural roots for almost everybody, universal male conscription and powerful evangelical churches.

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    I'm a little concerned by the existence of agencies such as "Ministry of Gender Equality" - Japan, fortunately, had powerful societies to keep such destructive forces from picking up legs and China gives lip service while disappearing the malcontents. Korea has no such mechanism, though with the current outrage against the Goddess cult, hopefully it'll also reduce the power of feminists there.
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  • Commenter Thomas writes: It’s actually possible that the Germans really do suck at internal security and antiterrorism. It’s hard not to remember the 1972 Munich Olympics, and how badly the Boches botched that incident, and its aftermath (they cut a deal with the Black September terrorists afterwards to let the surviving gunmen go in exchange...
  • Merkel’s Boner was a disastrous decision, but the decision to shut down the nuclear power plants and put a lot of money in solar power was even more bizarre given how rarely Germany (and western Europe generally) sees the sun.
    I expect Merkel, a physics PhD and a former quantum chemistry researcher, understands this energy stuff really well.
    I think Merkel is just a populist, doing what she thinks most germans want at that moment. If the people start demanding antiterrorist measures she will do that in a heartbeat.
    BTW many military observers were critical of german military performance in Afghanistan and the Bundeswehr is seriously underfunded to the extent that vehicle combat readiness is below 50%.

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    "I expect Merkel, a physics PhD and a former quantum chemistry researcher, understands this energy stuff really well."

    Not necessarily. A PhD in quantum chemistry itself does not mean that she knows much about nuclear engineering, photovoltaics, power distribution, or the engineering and economics of the energy sector in general. She wouldn't have encountered any of that in her field of study or research. She probably has the smarts to understand it, but it still requires some dedicated study, and she has perhaps not put that in. Politicians have other demands on their time.

    Presumably she would have the smarts and good judgement to select the right experts and evaluate their arguments. But then, presumably she would also have the smarts and good judgement to know that inviting in about a million angry young men who have no skills and big chips on their shoulders would be a bad idea. And she evidently does not have those.
    , @peterike

    I think Merkel is just a populist, doing what she thinks most germans want at that moment.
     
    If by "populist" you mean "barren, psychotic shrew deeply engaged in the destruction of her own people and nation," then yeah, I agree with that.
    , @Thomas
    The Bundeswehr might have been one of the strongest three militaries in the world as late as the 1980s, when it had half a million members, and was probably pound-for-pound the strongest. (Unsurprising, given that West Germany was expected to become the front line of World War III any day.) Now it's not considered a reliable partner by anyone in NATO. More than half its aircraft are also non-deployable.

    Heckler & Koch, which is basically Germany's national armory for small arms, had a reputation from at least the 1980s or so on for making badass, ultra-reliable guns for "operators." Their MP-5 submachinegun was the go-to weapon for SWAT teams and special operations forces all over the world after it was spotted being used by British SAS commandos in a hostage rescue in 1980. Fast forward to this century, they've increasingly become known for making flashy, overpriced, and increasingly unreliable crud they can leverage their former reputation to sell on government contracts or to "mall ninja" civilians in the US. Their futuristic G36 assault rifle, which was adopted as the general issue rifle by the Bundeswehr and a lot of law enforcement agencies in other countries, was proven in Afghanistan to be underengineered and to overheat and become inaccurate with sustained firing, and is being phased out after less than 20 years of service.
    , @utu
    "the extent that vehicle combat readiness is below 50%"

    In 1938 during Austria Anschluss most of Wehrmacht vehicles broke down (Allan Bullock in "Hitler")
    , @Bill Jones
    " the Bundeswehr is seriously underfunded to the extent that vehicle combat readiness is below 50%"

    Under funded for what?

    What is their purpose?

    They plainly could prevent the current invasion but refuse to do so, so what are we left with?

    So the purpose of the Bundeswehr is not to defend Germany but to be tools as needed for the US's aggressions .

    , @Pericles
    "the decision to shut down the nuclear power plants and put a lot of money in solar power was even more bizarre"

    Well, there are two mitigating factors: First, there is a Europe-wide power trading scheme, so the Germans can, for example, buy Swedish nuclear and hydro power if the sun is not out that day. Second, Gerhard Schröder, I believe, got Germany started on huffing Russian gas.
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  • From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Prof. Woland
    Does anyone dance anymore? Latinos maybe. It used to be popular mainstream activity and necessary for the dating ritual. I think the closest thing young people have come is watching it on their cell phones.

    Koreans

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  • OT
    Check this out:http: //www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Reading_Room/Other/Litigation%20Release%20-%2021st%20Century%20Cultures%20of%20War.pdf

    The US military has some very HBD discussions. The Department of Defense recently posted a batch of 61 documents from Andy Marshall’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA)

    From 21st century cultures of war: Advantage Them

    http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Reading_Room/Other/Litigation%20Release%20-%2021st%20Century%20Cultures%20of%20War.pdf

    It seems a foregone conclusion that we will continue to excel technologically. No one is likely to surpass us in the realms of technological inventiveness or organizational innovation so long as we continue to apply the scientific method to problem solving. However, in the realm of what humans can do with and to other humans we are being outstripped. Morally, we shouldn’t want to compete in this terrain, but the problem is we will be competed against. Already, there are some developments – like suicide terrorism and “green on blue” violence – for which we are unlikely to develop sufficient counters. The implications are profound for what U.S. forces might have to contend with in the field and cope with mentally.
    Political correctness and self-censorship deserve some, but not all of the blame for why no one addresses the societal sources of others’ inhumanity. Since the advent of anthropology, the mainstream social science view has been that we humans are more alike than unalike cross-culturally; differences can all be overcome. But – what if that isn’t the case? For the purposes of this paper my working assumption will be that we aren’t all wired with the same sensibilities. At the same time, the more the world shrinks the more our status vis a vis one another will matter.

    The strategic consequences of Chinese racism

    http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Reading_Room/Other/Litigation%20Release%20-%20The%20Strategic%20Consequences%20of%20Chinese%20Racism%20%20201301.pdf

    Chapter Three evaluates the nine strategic consequences of Chinese racism.
    First, virulent racism and eugenics heavily inform Chinese perceptions of the world. United States decision-makers must recognize that China is a racist state, much closer to Nazi Germany than to the values upheld in the West…
    Second, racism informs their view of the United States. From the Chinese perspective, the United States used to be a strong society that the Chinese respected when it was unicultural, defined by the centrality of AngloProtestant culture at the core of American national identity aligned with the political ideology of liberalism, the rule of law, and free market capitalism. The Chinese see multiculturalism as a sickness that has overtaken the United States, and a component of U.S. decline.
    Third, racism informs their view of international politics in three ways. First, states are stable, and thus good for the Chinese, to the degree that they are unicultural. Second, Chinese ethnocentrism and racism drive their outlook to the rest of the world. Their expectation is of a tribute system where barbarians know that the Chinese are superior. Third, there is a strong, implicit, racialist view of international politics that is alien and anathema to Western policy-makers and analysts. The Chinese are comfortable using race to explain events and appealing to racist stereotypes to advance their interests. Most insidious is the Chinese belief that Africans in particular need Chinese leadership.
    Fourth, the Chinese will make appeals to Third World states based on “racial solidarity,” that is, the need of non-white peoples to unite against Western imperialism and racism…
    Fifth, Chinese racism retards their relations with the Third World…
    Sixth, Chinese racism, and the degree to which the Chinese permit their view of the United States to be informed by racism, has the potential to hinder China in its competition with the United States because it contributes to their overconfidence…
    Seventh, as lamentable as it is, Chinese racism helps to make the Chinese a formidable adversary…
    Eight, the Chinese are never going to go through a civil rights movement like the United States…
    Ninth, China’s treatment of Christians and ethnic minorities is poor…

    Trends in Elite American Attitudes Toward War

    http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Reading_Room/Other/Litigation%20Release%20-%20Trends%20in%20Elite%20American%20Attitudes%20Toward%20War%20Workshop%20Report%20%20201009.pdf

    American intellectuals have for the last century held considerably more cosmopolitan views than their non-intellectual counterparts. This division between cosmopolitan intellectuals and nonintellectuals can be traced back to the divide between the New England Puritans and the frontier Scotch-Irish settlers in the 18th century. During World War II and the early Cold War, America’s cosmopolitan intellectuals effectively entered into a deal with the US government to aid in the creation of America’s foreign policy, in return for influence within the US government. This bargain broke down in the 1960s with the trauma of the war in Vietnam.

    The trend of American intellectuals toward greater cosmopolitanism is also at odds with the continued patriotism of the non-elite citizens of America, and could lead to increasing domestic political dysfunction in coming years, perhaps even culminating in civil violence, in the view of one participant.

    Very HBD stuff: NEUROGNITIVE DIVIDE http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Reading_Room/Other/Litigation%20Release%20-%20The%20Neurocognitive%20Divide%20201412.pdf
    talks about “THE WAYS IN WHICH NEUROCOGNITIVE FUNCTION AND PERCEPTION MAY DIFFER AMONG STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT POPULATIONS” (THEY MEAN THE WEST VS CHINA)
    The ending paragraph

    Worldwide patterns indicate that North Western
    individualism is the outlier
    in this regard and that much of what we think we know about
    neurocognitive function applies to a sample that does not represent the majority of the world’s
    populace. If our aim is to better understand our worldwide counterparts, we must conduct
    research that spans not only populations but also disciplines including the neuroscientific,
    anthropological, epidemiological, and historical.

    I’ve seen this stuff on the Slate Star Codex subreddit that has some interesting weekly Culture War link threads.
    The latest: https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/5j73tr/culture_war_roundup_for_week_of_december_19_2016/

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    From the Chinese perspective, the United States used to be a strong society that the Chinese respected when it was unicultural, defined by the centrality of AngloProtestant culture at the core of American national identity aligned with the political ideology of liberalism, the rule of law, and free market capitalism. The Chinese see multiculturalism as a sickness that has overtaken the United States, and a component of U.S. decline.
     
    An excellent diagnosis.
    , @res
    Interesting stuff. Thanks!
    , @Daniel Chieh
    As a Chinese, I think they overestimate their technological strength and underestimate(or completely miss) our ability to dedicate ourselves to a goal. "Working yourself to death" is an East Asian concept for a reason, and it has certain advantages.

    And we are not a "racist" state, we are just realistic. You can substitute culture for race in many of our thinking processes, and get the same understanding that Africa isn't going to be miraculously developed overnight. Sheesh.

    If you go into an university and talk to our political science majors, you'll see that they are often aware of Western political science. They might also happen to study "forbidden" philosophers such as Nazis, but isn't having more perspectives a good thing?

    , @Anonym
    Wow, I'm glad not everyone making important strategic decisions is out to lunch. Unfortunately when the cultural apparatus is driven by the likes of Eichenwald, as Steve says, what goes unsaid mostly goes unthought. Thankfully Steve and others have created a resurgence in HBD thought.

    One of those articles is still "Waaahh, why won't they play by our rules!"

    "Seventh, as lamentable as it is, Chinese racism helps to make the Chinese a formidable adversary…
    Eight, the Chinese are never going to go through a civil rights movement like the United States…
    Ninth, China’s treatment of Christians and ethnic minorities is poor…"

    Maybe diversity is not strength after all?

    The rise and type of leadership exhibited by external and internal non-whites and (((whites when they feel it is convenient))), as competitors and enemies is going to drive white attitudes for the next generation, probably multiple generations. I know that Jews secretly admit to liking a little anti-Semitism to drive cohesiveness and in-group vs out-group attitudes. As a practical matter AS has been absent until recently (consisting only of shitposts), but the anti-whitism has been on steroids for the last decade and as a practical matter, was ramping up before that. Anti-whitism is state sponsored, corporate sponsored, academia sponsored, and media sponsored. It is in every Western European country and the cultural and economic dominance of the West has impact in Eastern Europe.

    As we grow weaker, more hated and discriminated against in our own countries, we grow weaker on the world stage as our demographics weaken and the number of whites, the overloaded engine of our success, is taxed literally and figuratively to try and replicate our success in the modern day. Thus the rise of China and the relative decline of the Anglosphere and Europe. But fortunately, the prospect of being hanged focuses the mind wonderfully. Under this regime, even Europeans will learn to become cohesive and fight for group interests.

    The future is fashy.

    , @Ron Unz

    From the Chinese perspective, the United States used to be a strong society that the Chinese respected when it was unicultural, defined by the centrality of AngloProtestant culture at the core of American national identity aligned with the political ideology of liberalism, the rule of law, and free market capitalism. The Chinese see multiculturalism as a sickness that has overtaken the United States, and a component of U.S. decline.
     
    Well, the Chinese are obviously a smart and sensical people, and this analysis further confirms it.

    The critical assessment came from Andy Marshall's Pentagon ONA, which I seem to recall was an important nest of the Neocons who fomented the Iraq War and perhaps even helped forged some of the documents used.

    Presumably, if their successors were producing a similar anti-Chinese critique today, they'd emphasize that the Chinese---just like the vile Nazis---tend to believe that men and women are biologically different and they demonstrate a considerable degree of "trans-phobia"...
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  • From the New York Times: It's worth noting that according to the Stanford Education Data Archive of school test scores, which I wrote about for Taki's Magazine last spring, Morris has the 94th worst white-black test score gap out of more than 2000 school districts nationwide. Morris's white-Hispanic test score gap is even more of...
  • You will like this

    Applying the ’80/20 rule’ to social costs

    A detailed analysis of the lives of nearly a thousand people from birth to age 38 shows that a small portion of the population accounts for the lion’s share of social costs such as crime, welfare dependence and health-care needs as adults.

    Just one-fifth of the study population accounted for 81 percent of criminal convictions and 77 percent of fatherless childrearing. This fifth of the group also consumed three-quarters of drug prescriptions, two-thirds of welfare benefits and more than half of the hospital nights and cigarettes smoked.
    …….

    At age 3, each child in the study had participated in a 45-minute examination of neurological signs including intelligence, language and motor skills, and then the examiners also rated the children on factors such as frustration tolerance, restlessness and impulsivity. This yielded a summary index the researchers called “brain health.”

    In the latest study, low scores on the brain health index at age 3 were found to predict high healthcare and social costs as an adult. “We can predict this quite well, beginning at age 3 by assessing a child’s history of disadvantage, and particularly their brain health,” Caspi said.

    http://scienmag.com/applying-the-8020-rule-to-social-costs/

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  • A friend does a little focus-grouping now and then of political language. He reports that any concern for the rights, interests, or well-being of "whites" strikes respondents as downscale. The word "white" seems just plain prole. In contrast, the idea of "European" identity seems kind of classy to the Americans he tries it out upon....
  • Eurican is my choice of terms.

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  • Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the West Indies only occasionally participate in the big international school achievement tests, PISA and TIMSS. Fortunately, a number of countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have their own test: SACMEQ. (Here are the math scores for SACMEQ III in 2006-2011. SACMEQ IV doesn't appear to have been released yet.)...
  • Interesting that Botswana, Daron Acemoglu’s darling, has such unremarkable score.
    That South Africa, far wealthier and with large non-african minorities, scores so low is an even bigger surprise.

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    It's not such a surprise. African GDP figures are mostly made up from pure imagination to make the ruling regime look better. In Africa, the lower the GDP figures are, the more honest the government was in actually collecting the data.

    And honest government promotes productivity, so a low GDP indicates that an African country might actually be richer and more prosperous.

    Likewise with test scores. A low one probably means the invigilators are being honest and not cheating. Honesty on tests correlates with IQ. Therefore a low score could indicate a better educated population. Not always, but you'd have to inquire as to the honesty or corruption of the Education Ministry to guess.

    So low scores for Botswana and Namibia may just mean Botswana and Namibia are better governed.
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  • Ha-ha! Just kidding ... From the New York Times: A Bigger Economic Pie, but a Smaller Slice for Half of the U.S. By PATRICIA COHEN DEC. 6, 2016 Even with all the setbacks from recessions, burst bubbles and vanishing industries, the United States has still pumped out breathtaking riches over the last three and half...
  • the income kitty?

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  • As the founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, an American group that aims to preserve the privileged place of whiteness in Western civilization and fight “anti-Christian degeneracy,” Matthew Heimbach knows whom he envisions as the ideal ruler: the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. “Russia is our biggest inspiration,” Mr. Heimbach said. “I see President Putin...
  • @Jason Liu
    It's a pity that both the NYT and Heimbach feel the need to dress up their rhetoric with "freedom" or "Western values".

    Neither freedom or western values are as important as social hierarchy and ethnic nationalism. In fact, western values, both classical and modern, undermine nationalist ideals. Without the west's delusions over humanism, egalitarianism, and freedom, the left would have no leg to stand on.

    Diversity will best preserved by ethnic states.
    Everyone should be happy with ethnic states.
    As a bonus, one could also create states for gays, for lesbians, for zoophiles, for mixed colors or ethnicities. Enjoy!

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  • It's been exactly three years since I moved on from Discover. Change is timeless. So I thought it would be a good time to announce the move to another project today. Until further notice this is my last post as a blogger at Unz Review. Just as when I left Discover, this shouldn’t impact regular...
  • Good luck!
    Could you make a last post here when your new site is finally up?

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    Could you make a last post here when your new site is finally up?



    yes. good idea. i'll do that.
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  • The current (November 19th-25th) issue of The Economist has a striking long article about Chinese — more precisely, ChiCom — nationalism. Bottom line: it’s racial. I’ve made this point myself, e.g. in my 2001 China Diary: (You can argue that it’s really ethnic, not racial. After 4,000 years of absorbing border tribes and enduring long...
  • @Anonymous
    I have been thinking and saying, for some time, that China and the others (S. Korea, Japan) will one day be the only safe harbors for high-IQ whites to move into.

    But they'll take only a few very high-IQ people.
    The rest will be left here, to suffer: as they absolutely deserve for their lack of awareness and will.

    Life is very hard in East Asia. The cities are crowded, the weather is usually awful and the working hours and working culture are very harsh.
    Not to mention that SK and Japan have some clubs and restaurants where they don’t allow foreigners.
    Asians respect westerners because they are successful. They don’t respect whites perceived as poor like russians. In SK and japan russian woman = prostitute. If westerners lose their mojo asians will despise them.
    I doubt that they will roll the welcome mat for refugees even if high IQ.

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    The clubs and bars in SK and Japan where whites are not welcomed are prostitution fronts. For a variety of reasons, foreigners are not allowed into such places--health reasons, the comfort of the customers, the wishes or preferences of the girls themselves, past experience of foreigners making trouble. However, this is not a pressing problem for almost any foreigner in these countries, and often even some small language ability quickly turns "racist" locals into friendly associates, in all kinds of situations.
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  • @Brett
    I'm really enjoying it, and I'm glad it got a second season. Ford's particularly fascinating.

    Yeah, kind of a slow burn, and then the end of episode 7 happened and made it all worth it

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  • One issue for Trump's transition team to consider in thinking about the Secretary of State role is that Trump loyalists tend to have pugnacious personalities, like their leader: e.g., Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie. This can make pugnacious outsiders like John Bolton seem like a good fit. But Trump's general hopes for his foreign policy...
  • @Marty
    Doubtless many commenters here have been dismayed, over the last 25 years, about the American business pattern of refusing to fill top jobs from within. Somehow an outsider is always seen as being needed. For State, why not go with some up to now backbencher, maybe one who's been quietly dissenting from the Hillary/Kerry approach? There's got to be some talented 40-something who's been writing "just kiss off the ME" memos.

    The State personnel is very hawkish. This summer 51 top diplomats wrote a letter demanding a US military intervention in Syria against Assad despite the Russian military presence there.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/17/world/middleeast/syria-assad-obama-airstrikes-diplomats-memo.html

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  • Looks like he’s going to cut out the middle man and bring Romney in. Which is good because Huntsman is a POS who would definitely be looking for any opportunity to resign in protest.

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    • Replies: @Opinionator
    Romney is a puppet of arch neocon and Israel Firster Dan Senor.
    , @MC
    Not to mention most of us Mormons can't really stand Huntsman.
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  • From the exit poll on CNN. Both candidates live in liberal New York, but Trump defeated Clinton by six points among whites in the Empire State. Among white men, Trump crushed Hillary 59-36 in the state of New York.
  • Upstate NY is almost like Michigan now. Instead of declining auto companies they have Kodak and Xerox and IBM. They hunt deer and have legacy weapons industry like Remington.

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    • Replies: @Frau Katze
    LOL! So hunting deer is a new category? I think it would cover all of Canada (maybe not Prince Edward Island).

    Just joking, it makes sense in the US.
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  • I do not spend much time thinking about politics at this point in my life. Therefore I have little to say that is very important or interesting, though I take a passing casual interest. The map above is very curious. Donald Trump did not simply ride on a wave of expected gains. He changed the...
  • I disagree on your century periodization.

    The 19th Century began with the end of the battle of Waterloo. It was the time of European dominance lead by Great Britain.

    That century ended after 99 years at the beginning of the Great War (a/k/a WWI). The time that followed was a period of war and bloodshed, and political and economic chaos, characterized by “ideologies”. WWI, the Russian Revolution, The Fascist takeovers, the Great Depression, the Japanese invasions, WWII, the Chinese Revolution, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The denouement was the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Communism in China around 1990.

    The new era began not later the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It is characterized by Civilizational collapses in the West and Middle East. Neurasthenia and voluntary extinction in the West, collective suicide in the Middle East.

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    I came to the same conclusions you did independently. Of course, votes by mail are still being counted in a few places (particularly California) so it's not beyond question that Trump's vote total may surpass McCain, or even Romney. The downballot races are also interesting. If this was really realignment, you'd expect to see something similar to West Virginia, where the Democratic candidate for governor won by about 7% despite the state going for Trump by around 40%. Instead you saw straight-ticket voting, by and large - meaning it's more likely the swing was due to Democratic base turnout collapsing than any major realignment. At least in the Rust Belt - in Florida both Democratic and Republican turnout were up, but Republican turnout was up more.

    Regardless, I think the lesson learned is not that Trump has a durable governing coalition, but that Clinton couldn't form a governing majority. Upper-middle class neoliberal educated professionals, low income people of color, and socialist-leaning young people cannot form a governing coalition by themselves. While none of them were really in contention to be part of Trump's coalition, the option to either vote third party or sit out voting entirely was there, and it appears enough of the latter two did (along with the working-class white remnants in the party) that it was unworkable. Or maybe it's just that Clinton was a wonk without charisma similar to Kerry and Gore - it does seem like since Reagan charisma is basically a requisite to winning the general election (G.H.W. Bush's first run being the sole exception).

    I've long been of the opinion that the 2016 presidential election is something of a poisoned chalice however, no matter who wins. First, it's likely that there will be a recession in the next four years, which could impact the 2018 midterms or the 2020 presidential campaign. Secondly, no one in either party is dealing with the fundamental problem of increasing automation of lower-wage jobs. If Trump really mass deports undocumented immigrants it will raise wages, but I don't think middle aged people in depressed rust-belt communities will see leaving their hometown to become a gardener in LA to be a good solution for their problems. Third, 2002 not withstanding, the first round of midterm elections are usually pretty bad for the President's party. Due to the map, Democrats are sure to lose some seats in the Senate, and won't make up much ground in the House. But a ton of Republican governors who were elected first in 2010 will be term limited out. if Dems win these governorships, the 2020 congressional and legislative maps will have less Republican-drawn gerrymanders and more court-drawn maps, which will make the 2020s significantly less dominant for the Republicans.

    I'm going to avoid directly criticizing Trump - in part because I know he has many fans on this site, but also because I frankly have not a clue what he will do once he is in office, since he's been on both sides of just about every major issue. But given his coalition did not even win a plurality of the vote (although it won the electoral college) and it is reliant upon older voters, Trump supporters better hope his governance is indeed realigning, because (absent Democratic turnout cratering even more) there is nowhere to go but down.

    , @El Dato
    This!

    > Neurasthenia

    "a virtually obsolete term formerly used to describe a vague disorder marked by chronic abnormal fatigability, moderate depression, inability to concentrate, loss of appetite, insomnia, and other symptoms. Popularly called nervous prostration. "


    Ah yes. I first encountered the word in the Moebius comic "L'Incal" in the chapter where the oppressive establishment is forcefully attacked by cultists, humanoid undergound dwellers and several different crazed splinter groups at the same time while "normal" citizens are watching the "official news" on TV.

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  • From CNN, here are national exit polls of interesting demographics. I presume they've been fixed in post-production to no longer predict a Hillary win. As of the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Trump holds a 0.2% lead in the national popular vote counting. But, judging from 2012, that's likely to turn into a slight Clinton...
  • The only category of whites Trump didn’t won is college educated women.

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  • From the NYTimes.com: By the way, perhaps Trump's Treasury Secretary could announce that Andy Jackson is staying on the $20 and Harriet Tubman will replace Hamilton on the $10? From Slate:   And then there's the Google doodle for today, November 9th. Google, apparently, is speechless.
  • Trump should appoint Steve Sailer as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to boost marriage and end Section 8 migration.

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  • What's up? - It's been a fun election, hasn't it? - And it's been the most serious Presidential election in recent years in terms of massively important issues about the future of America finally being aired by one of the candidates. - Here's Florida with 70% counted: - Here's my conspiracy theory about rigging elections...
  • anon • Disclaimer says:

    Even if Trump wins, I’m going to be sad when this whole thing is over. This has been some of the most fun I’ve had in years!

    Daily media triggerings! The rise of Mookarthyism!

    Every day, I’ve been excited to get up, to see what crazy new stuff was going to happen.

    It’s been like a dream.

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  • One of the first things I wrote on the internet related to Indonesian Islam, and what we could expect in the future. This was before Gene Expression, and I don't have archives of that blog. There are many issues where my views have changed over the past fifteen years, but that is a piece of...
  • What do you mean by “confessional”? Confession was always important in Catholicism so I was a bit confused by:

    operationally American Catholicism has become confessional at the level of the believers, if not the exterior institutions

    Preislamic beliefs were integrated in local islamic syncretic traditions by sufists and now are being purged by the puritans (salafists, wahhabists, takfiris) together with the remaining non-sunni religious minorities.
    How violent will be the process in Indonesia remains to be seen. A weird aspect was that Aceh rebels wanted a larger share of resources and the end of javanese colonisation but when they made peace with the government after the Boxing Day Tsunami they were given Sharia courts that they didn’t really asked for.

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    What do you mean by “confessional”? Confession was always important in Catholicism so I was a bit confused by:

    i mean that people pick a religion from among many religions as a matter of course.

    in pre-protestant europe the society was saved. yes, people had to believe the right things, but the reality is that the monks were doing a lot for the rest of society, which was fallen. similarly, in a place like sweden, you are (were) lutheran by virtue of being swedish. in the USA religion became an individual choice on a widespread level across your life, which was previously a marginal position adhered to by radical protestants. this is one reason that the irish american catholic hierarchy's attempt to negotiate in a corporate sense with the american government failed; american religion was not corporatized, and american catholics often began to emulate their protestant neighbors (i think 'americanism' made this inevitable).

    also, sufism is a pretty generic and useless term.

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  • From NBC Chicago:
  • You’d have thought they were busying themselves with playing Scrabble and beating non-minority opponent after non-minority opponent.

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    You’d have thought they were busying themselves with playing Scrabble and beating non-minority opponent after non-minority opponent.
     
    We lost some aspiring scrabble players.
    , @Yak-15
    That latest Chasala intelligence piece was actually interesting. I see HBD as the best description of our world but the piece received a lot of poorly written responses.

    I believe that one reason for the success may be due to the general lack of opportunity for smarts in the black Africa. Perhaps because of corruption, kleptocratic policies, lack of opportunity, patronage, etc, Africans who are intelligent can only find an outlet for their intelligence in dominating board games.

    Regardless, I am not satisfied by the pervasive contention that scrabble ability does not correlate strongly with IQ.
    , @Yak-15
    Still funny though
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  • The first logical way the American-invented cognitive game of Scrabble settles the score against radical hereditarians in the racial (Black-White) IQ gap debate is through a two step process: how do white female players compare to white male players in top-level elite Scrabble? Since many mainstream cognitive psychologists tell us that white women (like white...
  • Nobody said that there are no blacks in the right tail of the bell curve, but that the median IQ is lower than the median IQ of all other races. I doubt that the pool of scrabble players is a representative sample of the population.
    Given that Nigeria has a population of 173 million (expected to grow to 440 million by the end of the century) it is not surprising that they will have a decent number of very smart people, but not as many as you would find among 173 million Ashkenazim.

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    " but not as many as you would find among 173 million Ashkenazim."

    Or whites.
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  • From the NYT: Headline adapted from
  • @SPMoore8
    Huma's Weiner Dogs Hillary -- "Get that thing away from me!" she cried.

    I can't see how this announcement can do anything but harm Hillary's campaign, and add to the stench surrounding it. For this reason, I don't really understand why the FBI found it necessary to make this announcement so soon before the election. On the one hand, they may have some material available that will be quite damaging and they want to give the candidates (and the public) a heads up. On the other hand, if they had nothing worthwhile in the queue, I'm not sure why they would use this medium to announce it. The whole thing seems very strange.

    Of course, no one here is in favor of more Clinton. But even so I cannot figure this out. I cannot see how anyone can construe this as innocuous.

    Maybe the FBI brass felt that they are being to blatant in their support of Hillary after they have been accused of being financially connected with Hillary’s campaign. They also really blew the email investigation, giving key people immunity just to cover up the case and to destroy the laptops.
    There is also another leak tonight from Israel, with Hillary saying that the Palestinian elections of 2006 shouldn’t have been held unless they knew that they could influence the result. She is not necessarily wrong, as Bush pushed for elections and they resulted in a crushing Hamas victory, but it’s a pretty undemocratic position.

    She said:

    “I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”

    http://observer.com/2016/10/2006-audio-emerges-of-hillary-clinton-proposing-rigging-palestine-election/

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    Rigging the election would have had a lot of potential backlash, but she's right that an election among Palestinians was very unlikely to lead anywhere we were happy with.
    , @Seth Largo
    hot damn. has that been getting airtime yet? (i don't have cable.) the left loves its palestinians. i'd be shocked if that doesn't hurt her with her base.
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  • Conquer Russia!
  • Maybe she will not have the chance.

    F.B.I. Reviewing New Emails in Hillary Clinton Case

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/us/politics/fbi-hillary-clinton-email.html

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  • I finally "broke" last year, and began watching Game of Thrones, the HBO show. As a longtime reader of the series I had held out hope that The Winds of Winter would come out early enough not to be spoiled by the series, but it was not to be. In fact, it is probably likely...
  • Way to spoil future events with that video title. Not that the spoiler is any surprise as lead characters are bound to meet sometimes.

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  • Have any pairs of identical twins ever been movie stars after childhood? Lots of movie stars have fraternal twin siblings, but after a desultory effort I only found two with identical twins -- Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite and Linda Hamilton of Terminator -- neither of whom works much before the camera. And yet, lots...
  • Buffy actor Nicholas Brendon has an identical twin who was his stunt double on the series and also appeared in one episode when the character Brandon played, Xander, got split up in two.

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  • I finally got around to watching a couple of movies by the great French comedian / director Jacques Tati, 1959's Mon Oncle and 1967's Play Time. Tati, a successor to Chaplin and Keaton, made post-silent comedies without much plot or dialogue but with a lot of sound effects and visual gags. Tati liked the eccentric,...
  • @Lot
    That's colossally depressing but largely true. That old Paris is not completely dead, but dies a little more every year.

    It is really painful to see photos of great western cities during the West's long 1880-1970 peak. We've got better phones and better TV shows, but living in a safe central city among your own people is something we no longer can do.

    Western whites no longer engage in the big building projects we once did. So many grand marble buildings in cities like Detroit, built to last 300 years, had to be abandoned after about 30-40 years. Now we know better, that building houses and schools that will be useful for hundreds of years by our descendants is a waste. They will be nice places for a few decades, then on to the suburb another 8 miles away from the growing underclass dominated city and older suburbs.

    My parents certainly could not have sent me to the public schools they went to and their parents paid very good money to build.

    Detroit is an exception, a one industry town brought down by conflict and economic change.
    Go to London and see the grand marble buildings built during the Empire and they are as beautiful as ever. Capitals almost always thrive.

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    Detroit is an exception, a one industry town brought down by conflict and economic change.
     
    I tend to think that demographic change was the real culprit.....
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  • To illustrate the decline in intellectual standards in immigration discourse during the 21st Century here's a New York Times editorial from February 2000 cautioning against amnesty for illegal immigrants. Hasty Call for Amnesty FEB. 22, 2000 The A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s call for the government to grant amnesty to an estimated six million illegal immigrants currently living in...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Can anybody else post comments here? Or is there a glitch blocking you from posting comments on this post like a commenter on another post said.

    If you can't leave a comment here, please comment to that effect on a different post.

    Accessing this page earlier resulted in a “page not found” message. I couldn’t see the blog post or the comments.

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  • I reread Colin Woodward's American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America on the plane recently. It's a less scholarly work than Albion's Seed or The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, And The Triumph Of Anglo-America, but arguably more straightforwardly relevant to modern conditions and events. I'm rather sure...
  • @Bill P

    The important point here is that initially developed cultural folkways can be persistent and reinforcing. The author observes that Nordic immigrants seem to have almost invariably chosen the region of the American frontier dominated by a Yankee ethos, the Upper Midwest. Though they overwhelmed this region demographically, rather than changing the culture, they simply accentuated its longstanding features, which were established by Yankees (e.g., social progressivism and communitarianism).
     
    North Dakota (most Nordic state in US) throws a big wrench in the progressivism part of this theory. If they are progressive, then so was Meir Kahane.

    In my experience, having a Norwegian grandma and having grown up around a lot of recent Norwegian immigrants as well, Nordic people may not want to rock the boat and they may be conformist to some degree, but they are deeply conservative people if they are not in big cities. Most Nordics who vote Democrat in my neck of the woods (NW Washington state -- lots of them here) do so for traditional blue-collar reasons, i.e. pro-union sentiment. But to call them progressives would be, quite frankly, hilariously absurd. Hell, I'm considerably more progressive than most of them, and I'd be called a far right-winger in comparable Anglo towns like Port Townsend.

    Also, Nordic people didn't choose Yankee states because of the Yankee ethos, but because that's where the jobs they knew how to do could be found. Farming where there are brutal winters, fishing in rough, cold seas, lumberjacking and so on. As recently as the 1960s Nordic people were considered low-class simpletons by Anglos, often the butt of jokes. Even here in Whatcom County, where the Dutch are the dominant ethnicity, the local Icelanders are considered underclass, as they are known mainly for raising chickens and weasels, whereas the dominant Dutch (totally ruthless capitalist Calvinists themselves) own enormous dairy farms and dominate right-wing talk radio.

    BTW, a Hillary-supporting Turk just murdered five innocent whites in the nearby Norwegian stronghold of Mt. Vernon, WA. Two were related to a co-worker: a 60-something woman and her 95-year-old mother (what a scumbag). While at work with the guys, they were saying the guy should be tortured to death. I said he should probably be put down, but humanely. I defended my position by saying it would only make a martyr out of him, and anyway there's no point in adding savagery to an already savage act. I was shouted down vehemently. These are the Nordics I know.

    Why do they raise weasels?

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  • This Bloomberg BusinessWeek article would be just about the perfect iSteve fodder if only the author had worked in golf and Gulen: $10 Million Says Hillary Wins Haim Saban wants to put Clinton in the White House and take Univision public. October 13, 2016 Devin Leonard Haim Saban, the billionaire chairman of Univision Communications, America’s...
  • @BB753
    Saban is a Sephardic Jew who grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. Hard to know what his mother tongue was. If his family originally came from the French colonies, it could be French. Otherwise, English. Alexandria during its heyday was a wild place filled with Greeks, Italians, British and Lebanese, along with the locals.

    If his family originally , it could be French. Otherwise, English.

    There was a large jewish community in Egypt since the times of the successors of Alexander the Great and Egypt was later one of the destinations for the Sephardim expelled from Spain. It is unlikely Saban’s ancestors came from the French colonies as the Sephardi jews in Maghreb were pretty happy with french rule.
    If they spoke English, they learned it locally to deal with the colonial authorities as Egypt was a de facto British colony.

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    The few Sabans I've met were Sephardic Jews from French Algeria or Morocco. These Sabans could've been local Sephardic Jews as well, of course, I'm no expert.
    For what it's worth, the French singer Georges Moustaki grew up in Alexandria and he spoke French at home and on the streets. He was originally a Greek Jew from Corfu, thus Sephardic too.
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  • I like Bob's H. Rider Haggard / Jack London side: I have various conflicting feelings about this award choice, but one of them is: national pride.
  • Next year is going to be a strong competition for the Nobel between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

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