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    From the NYT Opinion page: Obviously, all those potential immigrants out there around the world are just itching to move to the middle of nowhere rather than, say, the Los Angeles Megaloplex. After all, immigrants to Australia always pass up expensive Sydney for the elbow room of Alice Springs. And whoever heard of an immigrant...
  • Without wishing to take issue with your main point, ironically Alice Springs has a slightly higher percentage of foreign-born residents than the Australian average (35 per cent compared with 33 per cent). It’s a mystery to me, as with rare exceptions migrants can choose anywhere in the country to live, and Alice Springs is (by all accounts) rather like one of those unpleasant places in Africa that President Trump described so pithily.

    At any rate, the large majority of migrants to Australia choose to settle in either Sydney or Melbourne, as the crowded roads (much like Mishra’s picture in the post above) and soaring property prices attest. Nearly half (43 per cent) of Sydney residents were born overseas, and the corresponding number of Melbourne is 40 per cent.

    This year there has been some argument for lower levels of immigration without the reflexive screams of “Racist!”, but the consensus among the elites (including the leaders of both major parties) is still for ever greater numbers, and damn the consequences for those of us who are already here.

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    ironically Alice Springs has a slightly higher percentage of foreign-born residents than the Australian average (35 per cent compared with 33 per cent). It’s a mystery to me
     
    For explication of this mystery, do a survey of the environs around Alice Springs, noting all the … ahh … foreign installations, shall we say. I'm sure there are plenty of foreigners in the Alice. Not a lot of Somalis or Mexicans, though.

    For a little more explication, have a look at a map of Oz noting the vast expanses of "aboriginal tribal land" that you need a permit to enter. Ask yourself: are those millions of square km really fenced off from the public so that a few hundred natives can hunt the kangaroo in peace?

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    I spent a few weeks with some friends who had moved to "the Alice " a couple of decades ago and was rather surprised by the large number of non Australian born people there and nearby . A number were Americans who were working or had retired from the nearby Pine Gap intelligence station . I recall talking to a retired couple originally from Arizona who said the climates were similar .
    Others I recall ( I went to a few social functions ) were Dutch , German and various European who liked the "Outback " ambience
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  • Ten percent? Here's the latest "And Then They Came For ..." case. From The Harvard Crimson: Fryer is said to be the highest paid professor of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In other words, there are some higher paid professors at the professional schools, but last I checked he's top dog among the regular...
  • “… is being investigated separately by Harvard and the state of Massachusetts …”

    You’d think that a daily newspaper published in Massachusetts by members of a genius-level student body would know that it’s not the state of Massachusetts, it’s the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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    You’d think that a daily newspaper published in Massachusetts by members of a genius-level student body would know that it’s not the state of Massachusetts, it’s the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
     
    Have you considered that this might be a subtle act of rebellion?

    "Commonwealth", in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky, is merely terminology. To the US Constitution, they're all States, as is the Republic of California. (Every State is a republic; just one has the word on its flag.)

    To confuse things further, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and Australia, and the Commonwealth of Nations, each use the word in a different way.
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  • From a site called Orgtheory: race, genetics, and the lure of forbidden knowledge (guest post by ann morning) Ann Morning is an Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her book, The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference, was published by the University of California Press. Recently geneticist David...
  • A pretend scientist quotes another pretend scientist to argue that a real scientist is wrong in his own speciality.

    Well, I’m convinced.

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    I look forward to Prof. Morning explaining Principal Components Analysis (PCA) to Reich. That would do more than anything else to teach him the errors of his fallacious speculations.

    But professional, academic, salaried sociologists are so busy applying their expertise in so many areas, that it may be hard for Dr. Morning to find the time to rescue Reich. Perhaps she could assign one of her undergraduate students to this task.
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  • From The Telegraph: Not sure this is "the first time" because it's of course a question of how much IQ can be predicted. In that they live longer, etc. Presumably, a lot of IQ variation is less due to having genes that are better, on paper, at generating higher IQ and instead are due to...
  • “… it’s of course a question of how much IQ can be predicted.”

    So it only gives a rough guide to IQ, but it’s a lot better than nothing. Happily, there’s already a non-invasive test that’s free, widely used and has the same capabilities (and limitations).

    Look at the person’s skin colour.

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  • From Fox News: Hunchback-Americans never get cast in the big roles due to the practice of "flatbacking." Oh, wait ... The brouhaha is over the lead girl's role, Esmerelda, of course. A lot of high school musicals have gone to casting two girls as the female lead, with one playing Thursday and Saturday and the...
  • @Pat Casey
    Other Notre Dame in other news

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-leprechauns-racist-1517876565?

    February 6, 2018
    Are Leprechauns Racist?
    Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish offer some healthy cultural appropriation.
    By William McGurn

    So it’s come to this: Leprechauns are hateful.

    Not just any leprechauns, mind you. This particular one—hat cocked, chin out, dukes up—happens to be the mascot for the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame. The little, green-suited man is now in the same politically correct crosshairs that recently locked onto the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo. And ESPN’s Max Kellerman has called on Notre Dame to follow the Indians’ lead and send this leprechaun back to the end of the rainbow where he belongs.

    “Many Irish-Americans are not offended, but many are,” Mr. Kellerman said. “Should that also change? The answer is yes! Unequivocally yes. Pernicious, negative stereotypes of marginalized people that offend, even some among them, should be changed.”

    That’s some standard: The handful of offended trump the majority of unoffended. Notre Dame argues, correctly, that the leprechaun differs from Chief Wahoo and other Native American logos in a crucial way: The university is highlighting its own heritage rather than appropriating imagery from others. By embracing the Fighting Irish moniker, moreover, Notre Dame transformed an epithet into a source of pride. That’s why generations of Catholic immigrants struggling to find their place in America cheered every Notre Dame gridiron victory as their own.

    Old Chief Wahoo is perhaps America’s least woke sports mascot. In a deal struck under pressure from Major League Baseball, the Indians have now agreed the chief is too offensive to appear on the field. But he’s apparently not too offensive for the cash registers off the field, which will still ring with sales of Chief Wahoo merchandise.

    Often lost in this debate are two of the most obvious points. First, mascots and logos are by definition caricatures, hence the exaggerations. Second, Native American names have been popular in sports because they are associated with a tough and martial spirit. In Cleveland’s case, Chief Wahoo has become as much a symbol of the city as of its ballclub. How many Clevelanders could identify their city flag?

    Even Jimmy Carter once recognized the silliness of these campaigns. During the 1991 World Series, Mr. Carter pushed back against criticism of the “tomahawk chop” used by Braves fans. “With the Braves on top, we have a brave, courageous and successful team, and I think we can look on the American Indians as brave, successful and attractive,” the former president said. “So I don’t look on [the chop] as an insult.”

    Most Braves fans agreed, which speaks to another feature of modern cultural appropriation. Progressives often appropriate the indignation of communities to which they don’t in fact belong. Mr. Kellerman does not appear to be Irish. So to justify his call for a ban on leprechauns, he invoked the outrage of one Irish-American he happens to know, former ESPN colleague Brian Kenny.

    Some of the same might be said for the Change the Mascot campaign, a national group led by Oneida Nation’s Ray Halbritter. The campaign’s website lists a variety of Native American organizations among its “supporters of change,” along with a long list of allies ranging from the American Society of Business Press Editors and professional wrestler Wade “Bad News” Barrett to members of Congress and the Michigan teachers union. Most are not Native American. Unless you count Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

    Perhaps this is what you do when the outrage isn’t really there. When the Washington Post polled Native Americans in 2016, it found 9 of 10 were not offended by the name of the city’s NFL franchise—the Redskins. The results did not vary much by age, income, education, politics or proximity to a reservation. And the results hadn’t changed much since a similar 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

    The Supreme Court settled the legal question last year when it shut down the U.S. Patent Office’s attempt to prevent the Slants, an Asian-American rock band, from trademarking its name. The high court rightly came down foursquare for the First Amendment. These days, alas, a constitutional right goes only so far in a culture catering to the professionally aggrieved—folks who often have no loftier goal than ruining things for ordinary Americans, whether it’s the Grammy Awards, the national anthem at football games or a statue of Christopher Columbus.

    In fairness, Mr. Kellerman understands the zeitgeist well. His argument that the 34 million Irish-Americans who are mostly untroubled by the Fighting Irish leprechaun must be forced to yield to the demands of one outraged Irish-American friend is as current as they come.

    But in the case of Notre Dame, the more interesting question may be the one the ESPN analyst never asks. Each week on national TV, especially during football season, the Fighting Irish offer their own lesson in diversity. Instead of condemning a cartoon leprechaun, perhaps America ought to be applauding the healthy cultural appropriation that happens every time African-American, Asian-American and Latino athletes compete together wearing jerseys or helmets proudly proclaiming themselves “Irish.”
     

    About sixty percent of the Medals of Honor have gone to Irish-Americans.

    A Medal of Honor is about as high a distinction as anyone could hope for (I would put the Victoria Cross in the same bracket, naturally).

    But other than that, could there be anything more awe-inspiring than to be hailed (like the girl in the article) as the “epitome of whiteness”?

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  • From Bloomberg: Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia? How the tech industry sabotaged itself and its own pipeline of talent. By February 1, 2018, 1:00 AM PST ...Today, according to a recent study published by Axios, even famously sexist Wall Street employs a higher percentage of women than tech.......
  • @Jack D
    Are you sure? I remember reading in one of Feynman's books that the group of "computers" he was in charge of consisted of male draftees who had done well in high school math. Because of secrecy, at first they didn't tell them what they were working on and just told them, military style, "Add up these columns of figures, that's an order." And they were going very slowly, playing pranks on each other, not getting stuff done, acting like bored 18 year olds. So Feynman got permission to tell them a little about what they were doing and he gave them a few lessons on the problems they were trying to solve so they understood what those rows of figures meant and what they were trying to optimize. Once he did that, their productivity exploded - they figured out all kinds of clever shortcuts, ways to work in parallel, color coding the card decks (they had punch card tabulators which were a sort of mechanical computer that used the same punch cards that survived into the computer age), etc. They competed with each other to see who was the fastest, etc. Because they were really bright and competitive white guys and that's the kind of stuff that young white guys do when you turn them loose at a problem.

    I'm sure that if the computers were all female they would have sat patiently and added up those figures all day long and would not have changed a thing.

    “Because they were really bright and competitive white guys and that’s the kind of stuff that young white guys do when you turn them loose at a problem.”

    Something else those guys do when you turn them loose at a problem: Western Civilisation.

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  • England has an incredible density of history and historical characters. And the English do a good job of playing this up by affixing blue plaques to buildings associated with famous people. I can remember getting off the plane in 1980 and walking through Chelsea and the first blue plaque I saw was doomed polar explorer...
  • @PiltdownMan
    Enoch Powell didn't actually say "rivers of blood" in that speech.

    Here's Mary Beard, the distinguished classicist (notorious for saying after 9/11 that America had it coming) explaining it and, improbably, defending Powell. I guess classical scholarship transcends politics. Powell was a brilliant classicist himself.

    https://www.the-tls.co.uk/rivers-of-blood-what-enoch-powell-didnt-say/

    I also find it odd that few seem to remember his use of the phrase "wide-grinning piccaninnies" in the same speech or get triggered by it.

    Powell was appointed Professor of Greek in the University of Sydney in 1937 (at the age of 25). He resigned in 1939 to fight in the war against the Nazis, but obviously he doesn’t get much credit for that among the woke.

    It would be an excellent idea for the University to commemorate his brief tenure there with a blue plaque, but given the University’s politics that is as likely as the Chinese government erecting a statue to honour the eighth Earl of Elgin.

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  • From an interview in GQ with 84-year-old entertainment industry titan Quincy Jones: Quincy Jones leads Paul McCartney 79-78 for most Grammy nominations of all time, including producing this track. He's been in the entertainment business for nigh on 70 years, often in association with top names such as Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. Side note:...
  • Puts me in mind of a commercial tag from the 1960s:

    Things go better with coke!

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  • From the New York Times: I kind of like Goldfarb's essay because, while it's demented with rage, it's one of the rare class-based rather than ethnicity-based denunciations of country clubs to appear recently. The press has had a hard time figuring out how to get Trump over his golfing, in part because the last two...
  • Given his stated background (the son of a “prominent physician” who grew up in “comfortable circumstances”) and occupation (NYT reporter) it is hard to put Goldfarb into any class but upper-middle.

    Yet he talks about people “several classes” above his family, as if he were an average Joe, envious of the privileged. In fact, fewer than one per cent of Americans could realistically be placed in a class above his (even if a larger percentage are richer than him).

    Trump is harder to place because there is a dissonance between his brash style and tastes, and his great wealth, fame and (now) power. Pace Goldfarb, nouveau riche isn’t correct because Trump came from a wealthy family and went to a good college. Oddly enough, Trump is best placed as upper-middle as well.

    So Goldfarb’s supposed class envy is really just simple envy, combined with snobbery. Put another way, it’s just more lefty whining.

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    "Yet he talks about people “several classes” above his family, as if he were an average Joe, envious of the privileged."

    I come from the class below Goldfarb's, also an Outer Party member, and with this strata to a remarkable extent when you have extended contact with people from other classes, its the ones above you, not below you. Other than being really annoying, it distort's these people's picture of how the world works.
    , @Desiderius

    So Goldfarb’s supposed class envy is really just simple envy, combined with snobbery.
     
    No, like everything else in the Times it's pretty much straight up snobbery.

    The putative envy is sheep's clothing for the wolf.
    , @Jack D
    You're wrong about this. 1st of all, being a doctor, except for a tiny few, does not make you 1%. In the US, top 1% wealth is above $10 million. I think there are few doctors (who don't have wealth from other sources) that have net worth >$10M. 2nd, even among the 1% there are many gradations - having a net worth of $10M is different than net worth $100M which is different than being a billionaire. 1% of the US population is 3 million, which is many country clubs worth of rich people and so at the average country club (/private school/Ivy U., etc.) you will have a considerable spectrum. A prosperous doctor lives better than most Americans but he is nothing next to the prominent real estate developer or the guy who inherited a large retail chain, runs a hedge fund, etc. The doctor will have a nice car but the guy in the next order of magnitude up will have his own prop plane that he flies himself and at the next level his own jet with professional pilots. And so on. The doctor's son is more likely to be aware of this than the average American who probably doesn't personally know anyone who has his own Gulfstream (not to mention Boeing like Trump), but the richest guy at your country club does.
    , @Crawfurdmuir

    Given his stated background (the son of a “prominent physician” who grew up in “comfortable circumstances”) and occupation (NYT reporter) it is hard to put Goldfarb into any class but upper-middle.

    Yet he talks about people “several classes” above his family, as if he were an average Joe, envious of the privileged. In fact, fewer than one per cent of Americans could realistically be placed in a class above his (even if a larger percentage are richer than him).
     
    This illustrates an observation that I've often made, which is that there is no envy so virulent as that of the class just below the top for those just above them.

    Leftism, from the time of Marx onward, has claimed to serve the interest of the working class/proletariat, but is in fact a creation of the intelligentsia, and leftist politics is largely populated by that class. It has been for a long time - see for example Orwell's devastating critique of this element in the second part of The Road to Wigan Pier.

    The intelligentsia detest "the rich" because they imagine themselves to be their moral and intellectual superiors, and consider it grossly unfair that some vulgar real-estate developer, humdrum banker, or mundane businessman should own more, live better, and have more influence than they do.

    The Marxist analysis of class is much less persuasive than that of Vilfredo Pareto, who proposed that politics always revolves around conflict between an established elite and a rising elite. At the present time the established elite is the old industrial/financial managerial class and the rising elite is the intelligentsia, joined by the tech-industry entrepreneurs. The latter, in most cases products of the elite universities, have typically taken the side of the intelligentsia, but it will be curious to see how the Trump tax reforms affect this - witness, for example, Tim Cook's recent favorable reaction to them.

    It's also worth noting that the embrace of SJW leftism by Silicon Valley and Hollywood may well be a defensive posture against the recrudescence of traditional class-based leftism. Are they betting that becoming flak-catchers receptive to mau-mauing by the Black Lives Matter, LGBTQWERTY, and BDS crowds will immunize them from attack by old-fashioned socialists and communists that want to expropriate their "means of production"?
    , @Old Palo Altan
    He talks of "meeting people several classes above his own" in high school. This strikes me as very unlikely. As you point out, he is upper middle, but he is also Jewish (and boy does he know it - his latest book is all about how the Jews enlightened the rest of us once the actual Enlightenment "freed" them from the ghetto).
    Jews were rarely to be found in the sort of prep school where he would have met people of the real upper class. So he met them in a public high school? Or maybe those Quaker schools which dot the area? Jack D, you are from around there - please shed some light on this for us.
    , @MBlanc46
    I suspect that he doesn’t know what “nouveau riche” means.
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  • Thoughts? As I wrote in 2014:
  • @Malcolm X-Lax
    Is it too early to pre-declare her the greatest POTUS in our nation's history?

    Is it too early for her to be given a Nobel Peace Prize?

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    She'd have one now if it weren't for all that racism she keeps talking about. And before you mention Obama, remember he's a man and that proves sexism so shut up wypipo.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Anonymous
    Only problem with that analysis, Steve, is that the *real* rot set in much, much earlier than Obama, who in retrospect was only an empty-shell, a cameo-player.

    It started with John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King and the whole of that so-called 'civil rights' movement.
    That is the killer blow from which the USA has never recovered - and never will.

    As Anon says, our Cultural Revolution actually started in the 1960s – the last year’s denunciations are merely a phase in a longer process.

    But I would go further than him and point out that it occurred across the Western World, not just in the US.

    It also aimed at many points in the culture, including the education system, the family and relations between the sexes.

    Most importantly it drastically altered the composition of the population. Since the 1960s a new people has been in the process of being elected in almost every Western country thanks to mass immigration from non-Western sources. (That’s hardly news to Steve’s readership, of course.)

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    Dadaists and Le Corbusier were active long before 60s.
    , @Anonymous
    Of course, the 'election of a new people' is the most significant of all the trends.

    Not merely because of that ancient conqueror/conquered DNA territorial dynamic - important though that is - but mostly because the future *certainty* of the permanent political power of *real* Marxist communist dogma driven governments throughout the west - ironically given this thread's title thee one and true vindication of Karl Marx, never mind the bollocks of that false dawn 1990 Gorbachev rout.

    Immigrant votes will permanently empower the left, and an unafraid cocky left will show been its true colors.
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  • Okay, apparently there's a new Star Wars movie out, which I haven't seen because I haven't heard anything that sounds like a good reason to go. And the more I hear about it, the less it sounds like it is even trying to be entertaining. From the New York Times: Isn't that illegal? The sentence...
  • “In contrast, seeing stills of Tran and Boyega just makes me feel sad all over … ”

    Wasn’t “Sad All Over” a hit for The Dave Clark Five?

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    That was a looooong time ago
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  • Weinsteingate is starting to look like, in effect, another anti-Semitic purge, much like the Red Scare of 1920 that led to the deportation of many Jewish revolutionaries such as Emma Goldman, the Blacklist of 1947-1953 in the movie business, along with the Hays Office cracking down on dirty movies during the Depression. This is not...
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  • From DW.com: "Jean-Claude Juncker" would be a good name for the supervillain in a Die Hard or Mission Impossible sequel, although the often seemingly tired and emotional Eurocrat is not really that formidable. The 5th EU-Africa Summit is taking place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast this week, where EU and African leaders will take on the...
  • Pure, undiluted Europhobia.

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  • Commenter landru observes of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (a long-time iSteve favorite for his comic lack of self-awareness): Weiner is like Larry David with no sense of humor. From NPR: Heather, The Totality is a slim novel that begins simply, introducing readers to a perfectly pleasant though unremarkable couple, Mark and Karen Breakstone. They...
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    No, this isn't projection but protection.

    Some have charged Weiner of having a naughty side, but look at him.
    He looks like James Coco. He's below even nerds. He's a nerdling.

    So, when a mook appears, he feels very small. It's not so much that the construction worker posed a threat to the girl. Rather, he posed a threat to Weiner's mickey-mouse manhood.

    He's done this with other groups as well. Obviously, MAD MEN is populated with tall good-looking guys who have much better chance at getting girls than Weiner ever would.
    Oooooh, he resented those guys.
    In a way, he admires their style and allure. Also, because they reside in a world of form and manners, there are some restraints in place on their behavior, and that made them less threatening.
    It's like Woody Allen's characters can deal with snobby Wasps. The real trouble is with uncouth boors like the ones who steal his parking space in ANYTHING ELSE. Wasps live by some code and must maintain (the facade of) respectability, and so, they can be 'played'.
    But 'construction worker' blue collar guys have no use for rules. It's like the goomba in BLUE JASMINE. Or Kowalski. STELLA!!
    It's like Morrie in GOODFELLAS. He likes to talk big and act pushy. But he realizes Jimmy Conway is not someone you mess with. They don't play golf. They just crack your skull with a baseball bat.

    Of course, Weiner's final call on all these gentile guys, top to bottom, is pretty negative. So, MAD MEN admits that these Wasp guys have style, looks, allure, and etc.
    BUT, they are no good and unworthy to have the good things in life cuz they are 'racist', 'antisemitic', and 'misogynous'.

    As for 'construction worker' types, their manhood lacks style or polish. It's about brute strength, masculinity, and boorish manspreading. And they won't be shamed and cowered since they are not into respectability. They have little to lose even with loss of 'reputation'. Also, they are not averse to fighting back dirty. They are like the goombas who yelled into Shia's art project.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LorCy02uK8I

    Just like The Hissy Coates takes out all his frustrations on educated whites(because they will listen to him and let him put his head on their shoulders), it could be Jews got esp harsh on Wasps cuz Wasps were the ONLY people who showed any decency toward Jews. Blacks robbed and beat up Jews. White ethnic attitude toward Jews was like that of Nick Santoro in CASINO.

    Worse, because of the necessary alliance of Democratic ethnics and blacks with Jews against the ruling Wasp elites, Jews had to mask their anger about mooks and 'sp**ks'.

    So, who was left to hear Jewish complaints? Wasps whose culture of respectability made them more civil and responsive to contrary voices and complaints.

    Maybe Weiner feels some boing for 15 yr girls but he also feels as Holden Caulfied trying to protecting them from brutes. He may feel that his appreciation for their beauty and charm is REAL whereas mooks and goombas see just meat.

    It's like LOLITA. Humbert is a perv but he tries to protect Lolita from others because he considers his love to be special and poetic. And of course, he's also trying to protect his own sense of worth.

    , @Rifleman
    More fuel for the analysis of Jewish ethnic paranoia:

    Laurence Tribe calls Trump's misspelling of "Frankenstein" "at least subconsciously antisemitic."
    Trump tweeted:
     
    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2017/11/laurence-tribe-calls-trumps-misspelling.html
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  • Last January, Berkeley Latinx Studies major / nonbinary pronoun activist Pablo "They" Gomez was arrested on charges of murdering a woman he didn't know, schoolteacher Emilie Inman, and stabbing nonfatally fellow SJW activist Kiana Schmitt. The stabby little social justice jihadi was found sane enough to stand trial on a 2-1 vote. Monday was the...
  • “Mad, bad and dangerous to know” – sums him up, really.

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    , @Cortes
    Hmmm.

    Perhaps less Byron than Gershwin?


    “The way you hold your knife
    The way we danced till three
    The way you've changed my life
    No, no, they can't take that away from me
    No, they can't take that away from me.”
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  • This TV ad in the Virginia gubernatorial race was paid for by the Latino Victory Project. To understand the strategy behind this ad, here's a recent New York Times article: In Virginia Governor’s Race, Immigrants’ Turnout May Be Key By MICHAEL TACKETT OCT. 28, 2017 ... In the past decade, expansive growth has added hundreds...
  • Democratic TV Spot: Pick-Up Driving Racist Redneck KKK GOP Voter Hunts Down Angelic Coalition of Fringes Children

    You forgot “cracker”, whitey.

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  • Even more fundamental than the Zeroth Amendment carved on the Statue of Liberty ("Americans suck, immigrants rule") is the Negative First Amendment, which is scrawled with a Sharpie on the inside of Caitlyn Jenner's locker at the Sherwood Golf Club. From the New York Times: After all, what Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly doesn't know about the...
  • So how do you respond when you, as a trans female (I think I have the terminology correct) are told by some cishet killjoy that you aren’t actually female, because inter alia, you (still) have testicles?

    Never Mind the Bollocks!

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  • A few days ago, with imposing haired former New Republic back of the book editor Leon Wieseltier back in the news, I quoted his 1994 denunciation of Herrnstein and Murray's The Bell Curve: Let me be clear that Wieseltier would never ever have smoked crack: far too declasse. From gossip columnist Lloyd Grove's 1995 article...
  • Wieseltier’s co-workers even discussed the possibility of staging an intervention.

    Why am I not surprised that none of them phoned the Drug Squad.

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  • From the New York Times: In Baltimore, "bad choices" don't kill, maps do:
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  • As I began mentioning more than a decade ago, the hard science Nobel Prizes have been an impressive hold0ut from the Cult of Diversity. But ... from the Associated Press:
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  • From the Hollywood Reporter: Do you kinda get the impression that Michelle sees the world largely in terms of colorful clothes? Looking at the world primarily in terms of fashion is not the worst way to go through life, but it is pretty funny when you finally notice it.  
  • It hardly needs pointing out that POC are notoriously prone to have appalling taste (such as a fondness for garish colour in clothing).

    I suppose from the perspective of a Michelle Obama that translates as: good taste = racism.

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  • From USA Today: From the Colorado Springs Gazette today:
  • @JohnnyWalker123
    Lots of military schools have trouble getting superstar athletes because there's too much discipline and not enough "fun." Athletes want a "party" school with lots of keggers, bars, clubs, hot women, and social events. They're not looking for any sort of hard work or academic rigor. There's a reason why USC has such an easy time getting good football players. Do you think Matt Leinart went to USC because of their ballroom dancing program?

    By the way, this goes back to a point I was making an earlier. Americans (especially Whites) are fanatical about sportsball. They're sacrificing their country not because of guilt or high mindedness, but because they're serotonin-addicts with a constant need for entertainment. They've got no time to talk about trade deficits or the national debt because the Crimson game is on ("Roll tide baby!"). They don't care if rapist predators are brought onto campus with their daughters as long as they win another BCS championship.

    Here's an interesting new story. Read this.

    https://deadspin.com/5376552/alabama-father-pleased-daughters-domestic-dispute-wont-interfere-with-football-season

    Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw and his girlfriend both agreed to dismiss charges filed against the other after a lover's spat this summer. No one is more excited about this than the girl's father who exited the courthouse shouting, "Roll Tide!"

    Both Upshaw and Kendall Gryzb were arrested after getting in a on-campus fight back in August. (She allegedly slapped him after seeing him talk to another woman and it escalated from there.) Earlier today, a judge agreed to drop the charges against both of them and expunge their records, provided they both complete anger management classes. Sounds good. But none of this would have been possible without the love and support of Kendall's father. His love and support for Alabama football, that is.

    From the very beginning, Dave Grzyb told everyone who would listen that his daughter was the one to blame for the whole incident. He even made a personal call to coach Nick Saban, vouching for Upshaw's innocence and as a result, Upshaw was not disciplined by the team. Then after this morning's court hearing, according to the Tuscaloosa News, "Gryzb's father shielded her from news cameras at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse Wednesday morning. He turned around to yell "Roll Tide!" as they left the building."
     
    The Johnny Rebs of the South are losing their country not because they're noble altruists, but because they're clownish buffoons who are obsessed with the BCS championship game. White buffoonery is over the top. Unfortunately, in most cases, these hardcore football fans tend to be Republicans. So it's not just liberals who are cucked........

    Remember the time Coach Joe Paterno (who protected child predator Jerry Sandusky) got fired and the students rioted?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_S0gxYHHbI

    This is America.

    The late-stage Roman citizenry got addicted to gladiator fights and "bread and circuses." They neglected their civic responsibilities. They gradually let their public infrastructure decay, they allowed the boundaries of the empire to get encroached upon, they ignored corruption among their political elites, and they allowed in huge numbers of foreigners to do "jobs Romans won't do." Eventually, the empire collapsed.

    This 35-second video below is a pretty good description of late-stage Roman. It's also a pretty good description of another society, much closer to home.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTSH78Sg780

    That story from Tuscaloosa you quote is the saddest thing I have read this week.

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    Australia's Ben Simmons attended college in the South for one year, Louisiana State University, and was disturbed by the fanaticism. Watch the white man introduce his daughter to Simmons.

    https://youtu.be/YnDJu1y8QFM
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  • The University of Sydney is a real college in Australia. And this is a real advertising campaign, not a parody of where academia is headed. Commenter Mark Caplan suggests changing the name of the institution to the Unversity of Sydney.
  • @DBowman

    As an example of the reach of po-mo, just a few days ago staff in the Mathematics Department (!) of the University of New South Wales (also based in Sydney) voiced their objections to the use of the term “Hall’s Marriage Theorem” to describe Hall’s, err, marriage theorem (used in set theory, as I understand).

    You see, marriage is a highly sensitive subject in Australia right now, with a plebiscite on permitting same-sex marriage under way. Gay snowflakes might be offended by the description of something as a “marriage theorem” at a time when their God-given right to be celebrated for sodomy is still being questioned.
     
    There is a related problem called the stable marriage problem which states that with n men and n women, each of whom has a ranked list of preferred partners of the opposite gender, it is always possible to find a pairing that is stable in the sense that for any two couples paired, there isn't a greater mutual attraction between members of different couples (which would lead to a breakup as the two mutually attracted members pair up and dump the partners they are with).

    There is a homosexual variant of this problem where you have 2n people of the same gender, each of whom has a ranked list. Turns out that in general, these do not have stable pairings.

    Dave. Stop. Stop will you. Stop Dave. Will you stop Dave? Stop Dave. I’m afraid. I’m afraid Dave. Dave my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going.

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    Lol. One of the greatest movies. And the real savior of mankind!
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  • South Park is the single best argument against Mel Brooks’ claims about the inability to make a Blazing Saddles in the current era.

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  • The University of Sydney is a real college in Australia. And this is a real advertising campaign, not a parody of where academia is headed. Commenter Mark Caplan suggests changing the name of the institution to the Unversity of Sydney.
  • Sydney is not only a real college but Australia’s oldest university (founded 1850) and one of its largest. As Verymuchalive points out above, Enoch Powell held the chair of Greek briefly in the 1930s, although it’s not something the university boasts about these days.

    But the sort of virtue-signalling leftist rubbish in that advert is now par for the course at almost all Australian universities – just as in the United States. Postmodernism and all its works are in control of most faculties and creeping into the remainder.

    As an example of the reach of po-mo, just a few days ago staff in the Mathematics Department (!) of the University of New South Wales (also based in Sydney) voiced their objections to the use of the term “Hall’s Marriage Theorem” to describe Hall’s, err, marriage theorem (used in set theory, as I understand).

    You see, marriage is a highly sensitive subject in Australia right now, with a plebiscite on permitting same-sex marriage under way. Gay snowflakes might be offended by the description of something as a “marriage theorem” at a time when their God-given right to be celebrated for sodomy is still being questioned.

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    As an example of the reach of po-mo, just a few days ago staff in the Mathematics Department (!) of the University of New South Wales (also based in Sydney) voiced their objections to the use of the term “Hall’s Marriage Theorem” to describe Hall’s, err, marriage theorem (used in set theory, as I understand).

    You see, marriage is a highly sensitive subject in Australia right now, with a plebiscite on permitting same-sex marriage under way. Gay snowflakes might be offended by the description of something as a “marriage theorem” at a time when their God-given right to be celebrated for sodomy is still being questioned.
     
    There is a related problem called the stable marriage problem which states that with n men and n women, each of whom has a ranked list of preferred partners of the opposite gender, it is always possible to find a pairing that is stable in the sense that for any two couples paired, there isn't a greater mutual attraction between members of different couples (which would lead to a breakup as the two mutually attracted members pair up and dump the partners they are with).

    There is a homosexual variant of this problem where you have 2n people of the same gender, each of whom has a ranked list. Turns out that in general, these do not have stable pairings.
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  • From the Duluth News Tribune: Seems like a pretty Minnesotan-level of vandalism... This is a rather hearty-looking statue. It might not be that easy to topple when the time comes.
  • Exactly the same thing happened in Sydney about a month ago to a statue of Captain James Cook. The inscription on the statue includes the phrase “Discovered this territory”, and the inscription was sprayed over with a predictable whine of racism (“blackety-black-black”, as Derb would day).

    The media then took up the issue and all agreed that Cook didn’t discover Australia because the Aborigines had already been here for 60,000 years.

    But while it’s trite to say that Europeans – whether Vikings or Royal Navy officers – weren’t the first humans to set foot on North America or Australia, it tortures the language to claim that Indians or Aborigines “discovered” those continents.

    The native peoples had no conception of the extent of the continents, or where they were located in relation to other land masses. And they certainly didn’t draw detailed charts providing the exact latitude and longitude of coastal features.

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    The native peoples had no conception of the extent of the continents, or where they were located in relation to other land masses. And they certainly didn’t draw detailed charts providing the exact latitude and longitude of coastal features.
     
    And they certainly didn't build socities that vast numbers of other people wanted to live in.
    , @Anonymous

    The native peoples had no conception of the extent of the continents, or where they were located in relation to other land masses. And they certainly didn’t draw detailed charts providing the exact latitude and longitude of coastal features.
     
    That's true, but this would probably also characterize Erikson, at least to a significant degree.

    I don't know that it's necessarily inaccurate to say that various Indians and Aborigines "discovered" the areas they inhabited. They did discover them - for their particular groups, which were small and remote and much less developed, hence largely inconsequential for the great majority of the world. The context of the various discoveries by Cook, Columbus, etc. is the Western world, that is they were discoveries from the point of view of the Western world, and by extension the Old World more broadly, which being much larger, populous, and advanced, was more significant.
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  • From USA Today during the Late Obama Age Collapse: It's almost as if white men are more likely to volunteer for and succeed in the most dangerous and demanding assignments, while the Coalition of the Fringes prefers rear-echelon jobs? Back during the worst part of the Iraq War, I used to try to excavate the...
  • So it turns out that dying for your country is not one of those jobs Americans won’t do.

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  • From TechCrunch: As I mentioned last week, the founder of Facebook is obsessed with Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire:
  • @bored identity




    "Nobody has yet pointed out that Zuckerberg translates as 'sugar hill'. "

     

    Not so fast, Richard...

    Nobody was expecting bored identity's inquisition:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/donna-zuckerbergs-classics-mag-demands-the-dissembling-of-this-dangerously-misguided-dream-of-white-europe/#comment-1982772


    Actually, in hindsight, bored identity wished he had already apologized to The Emperor and his First Sister Donna Octavia Minor Saccharina;

    Now, would you be so kind to recall that Blue Thunder from making rounds above bored identity's humble dwelling?

    Fair enough: I can’t claim priority for using “Sugar Hill” for Mr Zuckerberg.

    But unless I’m mistaken, no-one has previously suggested his family be known as “The Sugar Hill Gang” – has he?

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    The Sugar Hill Gang is a good one.

    I was trying to do something with Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain" song a few years ago, when I discovered Donna Z's "Sugar Mountain" desert baking blog.

    But Sugar Hill Gang is better.

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  • Nobody has yet pointed out that Zuckerberg translates as “sugar hill”.

    Whatever Mark and Priscilla call their children, we can think of their family as “The Sugar Hill Gang”.

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    "Nobody has yet pointed out that Zuckerberg translates as 'sugar hill'. "

     

    Not so fast, Richard...

    Nobody was expecting bored identity's inquisition:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/donna-zuckerbergs-classics-mag-demands-the-dissembling-of-this-dangerously-misguided-dream-of-white-europe/#comment-1982772


    Actually, in hindsight, bored identity wished he had already apologized to The Emperor and his First Sister Donna Octavia Minor Saccharina;

    Now, would you be so kind to recall that Blue Thunder from making rounds above bored identity's humble dwelling?
    , @bored identity




    "Nobody has yet pointed out that Zuckerberg translates as 'sugar hill'. "

     

    Not so fast, Richard...

    Nobody was expecting bored identity's inquisition:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/donna-zuckerbergs-classics-mag-demands-the-dissembling-of-this-dangerously-misguided-dream-of-white-europe/#comment-1982772


    Actually, in hindsight, bored identity wished he had already apologized to The Emperor and his First Sister Donna Octavia Minor Saccharina;

    Now, would you be so kind to recall that Blue Thunder from making rounds above bored identity's humble dwelling?
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  • Commenter Irish Paleo writes: Another thought provoking article. Well done. A recent topic of iSteve discourse has been the question of whether there are O’Brien or Mustapha Mond-type figures within the elite who know who they are or what they’re doing or whether they are as vapid inside as they are on the surface. The...
  • @utu
    Why Sir Andrew Wiles and not Andrew Wiles? I thought we are in America.

    No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

    Surely if we (outside the US) were obliged by courtesy to call BHO “President” for eight sorry years, it isn’t so hard to give the prefix “Sir” to a British knight who works at the University of Oxford.

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    I always use Sir in entertainment-related stuff. It adds glamor to elderly icons of Baby Boomers: Sir Paul, Sir Mick, Sir Ridley, Sir Tom, Sir Ray ...
    , @Jim Don Bob

    Surely if we (outside the US) were obliged by courtesy to call BHO “President” for eight sorry years, it isn’t so hard to give the prefix “Sir” to a British knight who works at the University of Oxford.
     
    Right. Otherwise known as good manners.
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  • Today, President Trump is being almost universally denounced in the media for his insane assertion that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next. Meanwhile numerous think pieces are currently being prepared for publication tomorrow on why tearing down statues of Washington and Jefferson is demanded by the fight against white supremacy, the right side of...
  • Next step on the leftist/anti-white agenda presumably is the practical abolition of First Amendment rights for whites.

    Nothing as blatant as actually repealing that amendment of course (hard to do with two-thirds of state legislatures controlled by Republicans), just wall-t0-wall judicial activism that renders it a dead letter when it comes to speaking the truth about race in America.

    Sure, the Supremes will (probably) overturn such decisions – eventually – but an awful lot of havoc can be wreaked before (and even after) the Supreme Court rules (Hawaiian jurisprudence, anyone?).

    I sense the discovery of another penumbra (this one for the unalienable right of non-whites not to be offended) is in the offing.

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    I agree. All it would take is five justices, who will arrive eventually.

    Justice Kennedy wrote in his infamous Obergefell decision:

    The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.
     
    This is practically opening the door to say that something like "freedom from offense" trumps freedom of expression. (More at the link.)
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  • From San Francisco Chronicle: Presidio Terrace (the small red arrow in the above photo) adjoins the golf course of The Presidio, the old military base (now a park) at the south end of Golden Gate Bridge, where the Army set up cannons to sink Queen Victoria's dreadnoughts in case of invasion of Americ
  • Ms Lam and Mr Cheng should be congratulated on their bold action and eagle eyes.

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.

    But as other commenters have already hinted at, Lam and Cheng better be able to afford California’s finest property lawyers if they want to gain the benefit that is due to them. I’d suggest a $10 million fighting fund as a start.

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    I would be willing to throw in money to their fund to stick it to those people living there and help them understand the bad side of identity politics ...
    , @JimB
    Tricky Chinamen. Who'd a thunk it?
    , @bomag

    If the residents were dumb enough to lose critical infrastructure through their failure to pay a piddling tax bill, then they deserve everything they get.
     
    Too harsh; though these residents deserve no pity, we expect a reasonable effort from the bureaucrats to contact relevant people; something that wasn't done in this case.
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  • But what happens in 2100 when there are four billion grasshoppers and only one and a half billion ants? How many singing and dancing grasshoppers can the ants employ?
  • Given the folly of their naive Queen (a proto-Merkel), it seems to me the ants are more of an analogue for Europeans (or at least Germans) than Chinese.

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  • From BoxOfficeMojo: Here's my review of Detroit about the 1967 riot in Taki's Magazine last week. Detroit, rather like Jordan Peele's hugely profitable Get Out from earlier this year, is kind of a horror story about white racism killing black bodies. But it had a number of strikes against it: - Directrix Kathryn Bigelow, unlike...
  • Three cinematic hagiographies of St Emmett of Miss are in development?

    Surely that’s a sign that we’re approaching Peak White Guilt.

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    The people making (and watching) these movies aren't feeling guilty.

    More like the opposite.
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  • Here's a video of Jerry Seinfeld telling a joke about two gentile businessmen to Norm MacDonald and his sidekick Adam Eget, the meta-point of which is that Norm, an extreme gentile, won't understand why the joke is funny to Jerry and his fellow older Jews: I think I can figure out why the joke is...
  • A very funny take on kvetching that I heard many years ago (circa 1980) was a song called (from memory), “If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries How Come My Mercedes Is Always in the Shop?”. It was sung-spoken in a heavy Yiddish accent, in the manner of Jackie Mason.

    It was on an album of comedy songs but I haven’t been able to find either the performer or the album name. No luck on YouTube, either. Can anyone out in Steveland help?

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  • From Vox: And then it goes on for 2000 words without ever mentioning the name or ethnicity of the cop who shot the unarmed blonde lady wearing pajamas who had come out to tell the cops that she had heard suspicious noises. Just like with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit refusing to release...
  • Readers will remember the line in Blazing Saddles spoken by the urban-cool black sheriff: “Where’s the white women at?”

    Little did we know that the black peace officer was looking for someone to kill, rather than for some innocent, non-consensual inter-racial lurve.

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  • Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood [language NSFW]: By the way, Ed Wood, a 1994 biopic about the consensus Worst Director Ever, is perhaps the least Tim Burtonish Tim Burton movie because, rather than be involved in creating it from the ground up, Burton came on at the last moment to...
  • I’ll add my voice to the chorus of praise for Landau in Ed Wood, and also mention his fine performance in Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    I’m not sure if I simply missed most of his work, but I have an impression that he was an underutilised talent.

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  • Via Google Translate from SWR Aktuell in Germany: Schorndorf is a city of about 40,000 in southern Germany.
  • As improbable as it would have seemed only two years ago, Merkel is providing the late, unlamented AH with stiff competition for the title of most destructive leader in Germany’s unhappy history.

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    As improbable as it would have seemed only two years ago, Merkel is providing the late, unlamented AH with stiff competition for the title of most destructive leader in Germany’s unhappy history.
     
    For all the damage that he did, the German people survived Hitler. Will they survive Merkel and her ilk?
    , @AnotherDad

    As improbable as it would have seemed only two years ago, Merkel is providing the late, unlamented AH with stiff competition for the title of most destructive leader in Germany’s unhappy history.
     
    In 1945 millions were dead, but Germany was still Germany, France still France, England still England, Russia still Russia and even Poland still Poland (with the border moved 100 miles west) and even the Jews though murdered in mass were still a people and headed toward having their own nation after 1900 years.

    Merkel in one year introduced a hostile foreign element that is 10% of the German breeding population. (That's akin to what American slavery did in 200 years.) And one that will breed much faster. And she's not done. Unless Germans wake up and "smell the coffee"--and are willing to round up and expel people on racial grounds, i.e. undertake "Hitlerian" behavior-- Germany is done.

    Hitler has the much higher body count, but Merkel will--easily--do much greater genetic and cultural damage to Germany, Europe and the West. Unlike Hitler, Merkel's genocide is likely to be successful--a genocide of her own people.
    , @Old Palo Altan
    Hitler was not a wilfully destructive leader of his people; what he willed was something grandiose and magnificent, if only in his own eyes (and of course it was also that in the eyes of millions of Germans and their European allies as well).
    Merkel, on the other hand, is a wilfully destructive leader of her people; what she wills is a Germany divorced from its historic culture and people (and since she has a majority of Germans at least passively behind her, she is all too likely to get what she wants).
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  • Our most celebrated thought leaders, such as Chancellor Merkel, have repeatedly pointed out for us that European values morally require the demographic inundation of the European peoples in The Other. Similarly, the New York Times film critic is highly enthusiastic about how humane values require human extinction in War for the Planet of the Apes....
  • “… Koba’s view of humanity as irredeemably cruel and deceitful.”

    I suppose that we’ll have to wait for the next of this series to see Koba adopt his new pseudonym, Stalin, so that at least a few members of the audience will appreciate that he’s the mortal enemy of human civilisation.

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    Stalin ("steel man") has some cinematic crossover potential too.
    , @Seamus Padraig

    I suppose that we’ll have to wait for the next of this series to see Koba adopt his new pseudonym, Stalin ...
     
    The next installment in the series will be called Paradise of the Apes. After the death of Caesar, Koba takes over, purges all the Trotskyite chimps, beats back an invasion of German gorillas, and takes for himself the title of 'Uncle Koba'. Original soundtrack by Eugène Pottier: "Arise, ye toiling monkeys ... !"
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  • To Bret Stephens' assertion in the NYT that Commenter Bitfu responds:
  • Stevens’ line of ignorant bullshit has its echoes down under.

    I have heard over the course of my adult life the line that “Australia was built by immigrants”, where “immigrants” is meant to refer to the post-1945 wave of southern Europeans, and afterwards immigrants from non-European sources.

    It’s no good pointing out that by 1945 the country was already a fully-built, prosperous and free outpost of the West in the South Pacific that had just given valuable assistance to the US in its fight against the Japanese and the Brits in their fight against the Germans.

    Or that they would not have a place to which they could migrate if the British settler society had not spent generations of toil in taming the wilderness and its pathetically primitive original inhabitants.

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  • Just like Schopenhauer and Nietzsche assumed ... From The Hindu: How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate Tony Joseph JUNE 16, 2017 23:49 IST New DNA evidence is solving the most fought-over question in Indian history. And you will be surprised at how sure-footed the answer is, writes Tony Joseph The thorniest, most fought-over...
  • But can DNA studies tell us whether the Aryan invaders spoke with bad Churmann accents?

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    They didn't speak Churmann, they spoke "Austrian": Mr. Obama told us as much https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1diNthezRk
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  • Ross Douthat blogs at the NYT: Here is the Dargis/Scott official NYT choices: 1. There Will Be Blood -- Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007 2. Spirited Away -- Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2002 3. Million Dollar Baby -- Directed by Clint Eastwood, 2004 4. A Touch of Sin -- Directed by Jia Zhangke, 2013...
  • Much of the NYT list looks OK, and pretty much all of Steve’s, but for the life of me I can’t understand the high regard in which There Will Be Blood is held.

    I like most P T Anderson work, and most stuff that includes Day-Lewis, but I found There Will Be Blood to be over-acted lefty propaganda with a story that was simply impossible to believe.

    I’m also surprised that Max Max: Fury Road is so well regarded. I think Steve summed it up superbly: it “had the greatest trailer of the century, but the rest of the movie is just like the trailer … only longer”.

    Steve, The Queen of Versailles is well worth a look, as you suspect.

    My pick for best film of the century (so far): The Lives of Others. Honourable mentions (other than a few of those already mentioned in the posting): The Departed, Master and Commander, Her.

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    I found There Will Be Blood to be over-acted lefty propaganda with a story that was simply impossible to believe.
     
    The acting wasn't naturalistic, but obviously a lot of people like the grandiose style sometimes. What was the "lefty propaganda?" Behind every great fortune there's a great crime?
    , @Thursday
    Master and Commander was great. Thanks for the reminder.
    , @Captain Tripps
    Agree re - Mad Max: Fury Road. It was an entertaining action movie; sort of a first-person shooter video game on the big screen. Some may have looked for deeper meaning, but I sure didn't. Pure action escapism for me.
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  • Has anybody seen an exit poll from the UK general election showing demographic splits like age, income, and ethnicity? In the comments, Anatoly Karlin points out the Lord Ashcroft Poll, a post-election survey with a sample size of 14k (Tories blue, Labour red, LibDems yellow): The age gap was immense, with Tories getting 59% of...
  • “… a retired Canberra MP and big time lawyer in Melbourne …”.

    The only one that comes to mind who might be sympathetic to the views in this blog would be Neil Brown QC.

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  • From the Sydney Morning Herald: JUNE 8 2017 Alarming new footage shows commentator Andrew Bolt being assaulted on the streets of Melbourne in what he says is an example of how dangerous the city has become for conservatives. The video, posted on social media on Thursday morning, shows a hooded man approaching Bolt from behind...
  • Some background on Bolt for the benefit of Steve’s readers:

    Bolt is one of Australia’s best-known conservative commentators, and the most prominent in Melbourne. No other commentator is excoriated as much by the SJW left and its MSM enablers. It is therefore no surprise that leftist thugs would want to target him in particular.

    A few years ago, Bolt was sued under a notorious law (section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which operates much like section 13 did in Canada until Mark Steyn succeeded in getting it repealed) for two newspaper columns he wrote. In them he exposed the racket whereby middle-class individuals with small amounts of Aboriginal ancestry manage to win large numbers of government grants and jobs reserved for Aboriginal people, supposedly to compensate for their entrenched poverty and disadvantage.

    Bolt lost the case due largely to the judge, a creature of the leftist political machine in this city, who perversely interpreted Bolt’s comments in a way that enabled them to be found in breach of section 18C.

    While Bolt is understandably bitter about the case, he hasn’t slowed in his efforts to expose the hypocrisies and lies of the left, and champion conservative values. He is particularly concerned about the Muslim and African influx which has led to instances of terrorism and an endless wave of serious crime.

    I long knew of his moral courage, but the physical courage he showed in the face of this attack on a Melbourne street is a revelation.

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    "In them [two newspaper columns] he exposed the racket whereby middle-class individuals with small amounts of Aboriginal ancestry manage to win large numbers of government grants and jobs reserved for Aboriginal people, supposedly to compensate for their entrenched poverty and disadvantage."

    Yes, the exposure of rigged-up, undue enrichment will earn a writer big-time, long lasting enmity. Thanks.
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  • From the NYT: The last famous Cleon was probably Cleon Jones who hit .340 for the 1969 Mets. Everybody knows the Blackfeet are famous for being the one Indian tribe with curly hair. So Sergeant Brown stuck to that story. But whenever people heard his name, Cleon, which he shared with his father, they would...
  • The dusky sergeant thinks he heard his chief call him “Kunta”. But is it possible that he misheard a more common monosyllabic word with no racist overtones?

    After all, it is often said (unfairly, in my view) that “all coppers are constables”.

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    kunta have a donut?
    , @Seamus Padraig

    After all, it is often said (unfairly, in my view) that “all coppers are constables”.
     
    C.O.P. = Constable On Patrol

    Others, however, maintain that is derived from the copper badges they wore.
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  • From The Intercept: BIRTH OF A RADICAL White Fear in the White House: Young Bannon Disciple Julia Hahn Is a Case Study in Extremism Peter Maass May 7 2017, 6:45 a.m. STEVE BANNON, WHO is no stranger to controversy, faced a torrent of reproval when it was revealed not long ago that he had praised...
  • “There has been a lot of discussion about countering extremism and identifying extremists before they do something that harms themselves …”.

    It is touching to know that the commie scum are just here to help us.

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  • Does this count as American “intervention” in the French election – or is that noun reserved for the Russians?

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    LOL
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  • From the NYT Op-Ed page: The End of the Australian Dream? Lisa Pryor MAY 1, 2017 SYDNEY, Australia — ... In the past 20 years, Australia has become a nation where getting ahead is a national obsession, partly because we have come to expect a world where the natural course of events is to become...
  • @anon
    Mainland Chinese are driving prices to the moon in the 5 mainland Capitals, and Canberra.
    Australian's standard of living was pretty ordinary until the MidSixties.
    The Whitlam socialist Government elected in 1972 removed protective Tariffs without warning or consultation, destroying the local Textile, Footwear and Clothing industries, and Britain's entry into the ECM devastated farming.
    Since Capital Gains Tax is exempted on one's ''principal place of residence'', Australians' main Insustry, unless you're either Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, or Xstrata, is buying and selling houses in the capital cities for profit.

    “Mainland Chinese are driving prices to the moon in the 5 mainland Capitals, and Canberra.” – Definitely true for Sydney and Melbourne, but not the case for other cities (Perth house prices have been falling in recent times).

    “Australian’s standard of living was pretty ordinary until the MidSixties.” – From the 1850s to the 1890s Australians’ standard of living (per capita GDP) was the highest in the world (few people, a lot of gold, wool and wheat).

    It then declined modestly and for nearly the whole of the 20th century was around 80 per cent of the US level. On the back of strong Chinese demand for raw materials (we export massive amounts of iron ore and coal to them) it recovered from the 1990s and has been quite close to the US level (occasionally higher, mostly a little lower) since the early 21st century.

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  • Marge's pill bottle says "Prozac" rather than "Vicodin," but we get the message: the last decade and a half of rising white death rates without anybody paying attention has been Trump fault's.
  • My God, it’s a long time since The Simpsons was funny.

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    Haven't see a good post year 2000 episode yet. Certainly funny parts, but nothing as great as the first 8 seasons.
    , @Olorin
    What Yak said. I tuned out in season 11 or 12 (2001 or 2002). We borrowed later seasons and by #13 it was increasingly torture.

    That was about the same time The Onion ceased to be funny.

    I keep thinking about John Stauber's Counterpunch piece about how the Democratic party is a PR front for super rich elites who consolidated power in the party in the late 1990s.

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  • Commenter Twinkie wraps things up: Let me summarize the reactions of this crowd in response to this incident. Anti-capitalist: The airline is at fault. Typical greedy corporate behavior. Economic libertarian: It’d have been a perfect auction market if the people involved had just behaved rationally – as they should… but don’t… but will one day…...
  • One more attitude to the story is that of the cheerful cynic, illustrated by the character of Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice:

    “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”

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  • A press release from the U. of Toronto: So there's hope for humanity after all: we just have to keep human beings perpetually at a mental age of five months. Racial bias begins at younger age, without experience with other-race individuals "The findings of these studies are significant for many reasons," said Dr. Kang Lee,...
  • What happens with biracial babies (such as BHO once was)? I would guess that they display some (but not as much) preference for both parents’ races and the same degree of preference against those of other races as monoracial babies – but that is only a guess.

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    What happens with biracial babies (such as BHO once was)? I would guess that they display some (but not as much) preference for both parents’ races and the same degree of preference against those of other races as monoracial babies – but that is only a guess.

    That's a really good question. I wouldn't be surprised if it's been at least somewhat studied.
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  • From The Guardian: The dominant culture of today is increasingly all about encouraging everybody outside of White Core Americans to be the worst person he, she, or it can be, to give full rein to the most petty resentments.
  • The Guardian is wasting its breath. Today’s “refugees” (read: alien scroungers) don’t need any encouragement to be resentful ingrates, they have already perfected that attitude.

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  • One trend we've been tracking at iSteve recently is Tiger Children taking over the social justice jihadi racket. You might think that just because you are poor and black that you'd get a leg up in the struggle for, say, a leftist NGO job, but ... look out! The hardest-charging immigrants are coming from 10,000...
  • “At the annual White House Iftar …”: Will somebody please – please – tell me that this event was discontinued with effect from 20 January 2017.

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  • @PiltdownMan
    He seems have been into the race hustle early in life, in 10th grade. Or earlier. Also, he's a poet! And he is a regular on Huffington Post!!


    http://www.mtv.com/news/2195454/ziad-ahmed-iftar-president-obama/

    http://ziadahmedpoetry.tumblr.com/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/ziad-ahmed


    How could Harvard have not let him in? How could they??

    “How could Harvard have not let him in?” – Why, racism of course – what else?

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  • Among the classic novelists, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has been the most reliable moneymaker over the last generation. IMDB lists 72 movie or TV adaptations, with a huge acceleration starting in the mid-1990s. And that doesn't include more free-form adaptations like Clueless and Bridget Jones' Diary, which explains that when looking for your Mr Darcy, you...
  • Since no-one else has dared combine the Janeite and Kiplingesque themes:

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that lesser breeds without the law, unable to produce art of enduring worth, will do all they can to disparage and denounce the art of their cultural superiors.

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  • Using only white players, the number 7 seed St. Mary's Gaels (29-4) of Northern California beat #10 seed Virginia Commonwealth U. (26-9) in the opening round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. St. Mary's secret is that 7 of the 15 players on the roster are Australians. The Down Under players scored 50 of St....
  • Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

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  • From Slate: In contrast, from The Atlantic Monthly back in 1994: Connelly and Kennedy are professors of history.
  • If Slate says Bannon is a “KKK-level white power scumbag”, doesn’t it really mean that Bannon is irrelevant and powerless, and no real threat to anyone except (in their delusions) the contributors to the $PLC?

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    It means he's an FBI agent. Klan meetings are like the novel The Man Who Was Thursday: everyone's an undercover cop.
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  • @little spoon
    FYI, I am South Asian, and my mother immigrated from Calcutta. Yesterday a vocal and active SJW (white Jewish male) I work with told me about this camp of saints book and asked if I was outraged (because the book was about people like me, he pointed out). He told me that it portrayed these masses of brown people as savages and said the book described the ships as being packed with people covered and dripping in sperm, as if they were animals relieving themselves. I nodded my head without expression. I generally don't argue with him, but I also don't indicate that I am really motivated by what he says either.

    But internally, I was struck by the real world parallels. In Cologne last year, did we not see that the horde of migrants that jumped on leaky boats from Turkey to greece formed a mob to sexually attack 1000 women in the streets? They surrounded them in tight circles of dozens of men and groped them and stripped them. It could hardly be any closer to the fictional prophesy of a boatload of migrants so primitive and savage that they were all covered in sperm.

    In truth, I am not offended. I am not sure why. Perhaps because the only part of the prophesy that is wrong is that it chose Indians as the first of the horde of horribles to arrive? In the 50s, when Raspail was inspired, Indians looked liked the world's worst off to many. They were considered the most malnourished and backward. And they have faced many famines, but none of them led to civil war or mass migrations. They maintained a democracy and managed to feed their populations without excessive reliance on the west. And in the end, we Indians mainly come to the west in controlled amounts as highly skilled workers when jobs are legally offered. So, I think I was not offended in part because my own kind beat the prophesy, despite still being poor overall. Poor yes, but not the ones who created ISIS, then had military age men flee in spectacular show of opportunistic cowardice and then make demands of the German welfare state while assaulting their women on livestream.

    Anyways, yes, this white man at work was probing my outrage. Another white man at slate is outraged about Raspail, the literal white supremacist. I happened to scan facebook for postings by my hundreds of south asian friends and family, yet I did not find a single mention of this book. No outrage there either I guess. Wonder what that's about.

    little spoon: Regarding Raspail’s choice of Subcontinentals rather than North Africans/Middle Easterners for his book. He states in a comment piece (possibly one that is included in the printing of the book that I own) that he thought the real threat would come from France’s “near abroad” but instead invented a threat from the Subcontinent because using the real threat would have been too provocative.

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  • From the New York Times: Why not just use the term most relevant to the continued financial success of the New York Times: "A customer of Carlos Slim"?
  • I can’t go past an expression from George MacDonald Fraser (the author of the Flashman novels): “alien scroungers”.

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  • From the New York Times: Not until recently. This is the kind of thing we can get hard statistics on these days through genome analysis, and the weight of evidence suggests that Britain's population in 1950 was very heavily descended from its population in 1100. Of course, Ms. Shabi's definition of "immigrant" is as broad...
  • In the article Shabi lists the ethnic groups that have contributed to the make-up of the British population as “Romans, Vikings, Celts, Normans, Jews, Indians, Chinese, Africans and more”.

    Somehow the Anglo-Saxons – the group that gave England its name, its language and the core of its cultural identity – are not even named, and are only included as an unstated afterthought in the “more”.

    It is both arrogant and ignorant for a foreigner who has been given the privilege of admittance to a nation-state to claim to be as much one of them as someone with roots in the country going back a millennium or more. To use that privilege to denounce the native population for wanting to maintain some semblance of national cohesion is beneath contempt.

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    They're a very gracious people.
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  • English novelist Anthony Burgess, 1917-1993, was born 100 years ago last month. He exploded onto the literary scene around 1960 as a middle-aged prodigy, publishing his first five novels in about a year. Supposedly, he had been misdiagnosed with terminal brain cancer so he wrote all these books to leave his widow an inheritance. (This...
  • Burgess wrote a number of very original and interesting novels which sometimes function better as thought experiments than as literature. For my money the most entertaining thing he wrote was his autobiography (in two volumes).

    One novel (from 1962) that resonates in the current age is The Wanting Seed, a dystopian SF story set in a future in which overpopulation is tackled by state-sponsored favour for homosexuality and disapproval of heterosexuality. (Couldn’t happen in the real world, of course.)

    He was a lapsed Catholic, but unlike some of that breed he didn’t turn to the Left. In an age that was becoming increasingly corrupted by the poison of post-modernism and other Leftish causes, Burgess was a voice of decency and reason. His account of his time teaching at US colleges in the early 1970s is amusing for his gentle defiance of the zeitgeist.

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    Yes, The Wanting Seed is apt for our times, although it has a Population Bomb feel to it. It's the only book I've read by Burgess except Clockwork Orange, though I don't remember finishing Clockwork Orange. Wanting Seed has a bit too much wordplay, as you might expect. Much is made of "God" and "dog." But I like how he portrays homosexual as creepy and unnatural. (At least that's how they came off to me.) You won't find that nowadays.

    There's a brilliant sequence in which the powers that be have set up a fake war, with no enemy, in order to kill off the excess population. They dummy it up like the Western Front in WWI, with I want to say loudspeakers pumping in war noises. I can't remember every detail. But the upshot is every is gunned down as soon as the leave the trench, except Our Hero, who escapes.
    , @guest
    Also, The Wanting Seed made me look up the song Wanton Seed, which had lyrics like you won't find in a pop song anymore, even though it's about sex, too:

    I said to her, "My pretty maid
    Come tell me what you stand in need."
    "Oh yes, kind sir, you're the man to do the deed,
    For to sow my meadow with the wanton seed, the wanton seed."
    Then I sewed high, and I sewed low
    And under the bush the seed did grow.

    , @charles w abbott
    His autobiography is definitely worth reading, based on my skimming the first half of the first volume. I'm guessing it's all as good as what I've sampled.

    For me, his prose style is generally a pleasure to read. I'm not good at reading novels, though did read _A Clockwork Orange_ in high school (1980s), recommended by my school friend who had started it without discovering the glossary until he didn't need it anymore.

    Not to be missed (maybe not mentioned yet in the comments) is his writings on language for a general educated audience. I believe he revised / expanded the same work a few times.

    The last version was _A mouthful of air_.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112768.A_Mouthful_of_Air


    Most possibly, _A mouthful of air_ and _How to learn languages (and which languages to learn)_ by Mario Pei are stellar examples of "the friendly didactic work on foreign languages for the educated reader who is a native English speaker."

    Because he was teaching in a Malay environment (in Malaysia(?)) and definitely in Brunei, he has some whimsical examples such as how to write the name Sherlock Holmes in Arabic letters as the Malays would do it.

    He must have been quite proud of his first line in _Earthly powers_. From the next world, he's probably happy to see that people are quoting it still.
    , @Old Palo Altan
    "He was a lapsed Catholic, but unlike some of that breed he didn't turn to the Left."

    Unlike the lapsed Catholic currently occupying the See of Peter you mean?
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  • The NYT today has a pretty good account of the Middlebury Conformist Club's riot yesterday: Protesters Disrupt Speech by ‘Bell Curve’ Author at Vermont College By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE MARCH 3, 2017 ... But when Mr. [Charles] Murray rose to speak, he was shouted down by most of the more than 400 students packed into...
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    Props though to the administration for defending the right for Charles Murray to speak. Also, I hope Ms. Stanger is fine.

    Ditto.

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  • Reading that account my first thought was: Shit, this stuff is really getting serious.

    My second thought was the Norman Rockwell painting from 1964, “The Problem We All Live With”, showing the little Negro girl being escorted to school by US marshals to protect her civil rights.

    Why aren’t US marshals being put onto college campuses to protect the rights of Charles Murray, Allison Stanger and the many other victims of neo-Marxists’ violence and intimidation?

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    The title of that painting is subject to interpretation on more than one level (what or who is the problem), although I don't think that's what Norman Rockwell intended.
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  • According to the Burlington Free Press's account, one of the Middlebury student activists attempting to hunt down Charles Murray and the Middlebury professor Allison Stanger (who interviewed Murray on closed-circuit TV from a secure location) was Emma Ronai-Durning: Professor Stanger was eventually found and attacked by masked social justice vigilantes. She had to go to...
  • Gotta love that “Pumetan Mapu Organic Farm” entry in her CV. That farm is an indigenous community in Chile.

    Middlebury co-eds: Doing the jobs that Chilean indios won’t do.

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  • Speaking of rent-seeking diversitarians, from The Guardian: Personally, I saw both of those movies, along with Nightcrawler in which he plays some kind of pseud0-Chicano, and this guy made zero impression on me. I
  • “… the unconscious bias in hiring … “: A scourge which many agencies of the Australian Government are trying to eliminate through training programs.

    As someone who was forced to endure one such program, I can assure you that your worst fears are correct: It is nothing but neo-Marxist propaganda that uses “scientific” arguments to “prove” that white people discriminate against other people, even when they are trying not to.

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  • In today's New York Times: Yet, for some mysterious reason, the members of the made-up category of "actresses" haven't been enthusiastic about competing for Oscars against the members of the made-up category of "actors." Editors’ Note: March 2, 2017 Because of a misunderstanding by the editors, it was discovered only after publica
  • Ah, “Hidden Figures”: the movie that proves conclusively that white men were a redundant component of the whole 1960s space race thing. It’s a shame that Tom Wolfe wasted our time with his racist propaganda about the “heroism” of white astronauts, isn’t it?

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    You mean that there were white men in the space program? Are you sure? I was under the impression that the whole thing was done by brilliant black female mathematicians. I mean, maybe they put a few white guys like John Glenn out front because of racism, but black women were the real brains behind the operation.
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  • From the Burlington (VT) Free Press: Middlebury students shout down author Nicole Higgins DeSmet , Free Press Staff Writer Published 6:09 p.m. ET March 2, 2017 Middlebury College students shouted down Libertarian political scientist and author Charles Murray as he tried to deliver a speech Thursday afternoon. ... In the lecture hall there were a...
  • Diversity über alles – diversity of thought being an obvious exception to the general principle.

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    "Diversity über alles – diversity of thought being an obvious exception to the general principle."

    If you support diversity of thought than you support Adolf Hitler.
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  • Clinton cabinet secretary and current UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich, having recently suggested (twice) that the Berkeley violence was likely an alt-right false flag, now attributes the latest Swedish immigrant riots to Donald Trump provoking them with his lies about immigrant violence in Sweden.
  • OT (but still in Europe): http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39057543

    According to the report, Wilders had a Moroccan in his security detail and the Moroccan (surprise, surprise) leaked sensitive details about Wilders to some Moroccan gang.

    The only question that arises is this: Was putting a Moroccan in the detail a deliberate attempt to endanger Wilders, or just the logical progression of PC-driven Dutch insanity?

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  • Personally, I prefer the United States Constitution and the rule of law, even (or especially) if it comes to it. But then, unlike Bill Kristol, I'm a notorious extremist, so I would, wouldn't I?
  • OT – Great speech by the President. I’m in the wrong Melbourne this weekend!

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  • We can be thankful that the NYT doesn’t have among its staff four experienced killers itching to commit murder, and that our Thomas Beckett is somewhat better protected than the original.

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  • France used to be famous for having nice things. But now (from the Daily Mail) ...
  • La diversité est la force! (Diversity is strength!)

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  • Not in Iraq, you say? Okay, you may have a point there. But what's a pointless multi-trillion dollar war compared to the increased toilet paper sales from immigration?
  • @Anonymous
    Oh this is the real taboo stuff, sailer!

    Because by 'chalabi' the readers know you mean the whole stinkin' flood.

    Yes. This nation was knocked off its true destiny a long time ago by the great waves.

    Eg. We can see the old socal on classic TV shows. The pre-chalabi version. So to answer your question that is where we'd be and it is paradise compared to where we are.

    The vision of “the old socal” was particularly alluring in Mad Men. I assume that looking out from dirty, cramped NYC, that was the appearance of California: sunshine and surf music.

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    I've never once heard anyone play either The Beach Boys or Dick Dale style surf rock. Not even from a passing car. The local bands that are endlessly popular in Southern California are the RHCP and Sublime.

    Surfing is still popular but the average age seems to be about 45 and I think a lot of the teenagers doing it now were taught and encouraged by their fathers.
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  • For more on Godfrey Elfwick, see my 2015 Taki's column. And Godfrey's 2016 Guardian column.
  • Looking at that picture, I’d say the greatest risk from being punched by him would be picking up some disgusting infectious disease.

    Someone call the CDC!

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    Oh man it's a /joke/! He's a troll that exposes ugly liberal truths. Apparently he cuts it really fine - and that's the height of troll-craft, when it's outrageous but you're not sure whether they're serious or not.

    Check out his feed and have a laugh:

    https://twitter.com/GodfreyElfwick

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  • From my upcoming column in Taki's Magazine, which is usually posted in full there in the wee hours of the night before Wednesday dawn American time: Read the whole thing there soon. I see today that the Heroine of the MSM, former Obama Administration official Sally Yates, said she refused the elected President's order because:
  • @Thomas

    By the way, isn’t the honorable thing to do to resign, like Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus did during Watergate, rather than for an appointee to decide that she, not the elected President, is in charge and therefore wind up getting fired like Omarosa?
     
    Again, I think it was not only the "honorable" thing to do, but the ethically required thing to do for an attorney. Justice Department lawyers are considered to have the Executive Branch as their client. If you believe, as a lawyer, your client is directing you either to violate the law, or to take a legal position that is not supported by the law, what you're typically supposed to do is resign, not attempt to undermine your client's position or prejudice their case. So we're basically seeing a lawyer getting celebrated for violating professional ethics.

    Thomas has nailed it: The big issue that the MSM refuse to recognise is the blatant breach of professional ethics by Yates. Just imagine if the political polarities were reversed: Yates would be quickly hauled before her State bar association and subject to severe penalties – most likely including disbarment – for using her position to act against her client’s interest.

    As it is, of course, she will have her choice: A professorship at Harvard? A chief justiceship in some Democrat-controlled State? Or a comfortable seven-figure-salary spot in a prestigious law firm?

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  • From the Los Angeles Times, a blow-by-blow account of a feminist celebrity struggle session at the Sundance film festival: Celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate among Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams and Shirley MacLaine Amy Kaufman ... Here at the home of ChefDance CEO and founder Mimi Kim, Woodard, Shirley MacLaine, Elle Fanning and Jill...
  • When considering Hayek’s carefully argued position on identity and privilege, two points really stand out.

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    Even from a distance it’s apparent she has a certain gravitas.
    , @International Jew
    Ron, could you give us more than one measly LOL to use per post?
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  • From The Age in Melbourne, Australia: Apex fears spark concerns about racial profiling Tammy Mills and Bianca Hall January 8, 2017 Deng Maleek pulled his car over beside the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood. The 26-year-old youth worker and legal educator from the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre was there for a meeting with police...
  • The influx of Africans was a remarkably stupid decision by the otherwise generally sound Howard Government (1996-2007), and numbers of new African immigrants have now declined. However, the legacy of that influx is with us in the form of their vibrant offspring.

    The crime stats don’t identify the race of the perp, so country of birth is the best official indicator of background that is available. Note that “youths born in Australia” (who “commit the most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies”) include Australian-born Africans, some of whom are now teenaged and at the forefront of this crime wave.

    The general perception in Melbourne is that, in relation to some specific types of crime (car-jackings and home invasions) most of the offenders are African. Every day there are also reports of ordinary street robberies and other crimes where the offenders are described by the victims as being “of African appearance”. This is despite Africans being less than one per cent of the population.

    For us Melburnians, two orders of magnitude is very easy to believe.

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    "The general perception in Melbourne is that, in relation to some specific types of crime (car-jackings and home invasions) most of the offenders are African. Every day there are also reports of ordinary street robberies and other crimes where the offenders are described by the victims as being “of African appearance”. This is despite Africans being less than one per cent of the population.

    For us Melburnians, two orders of magnitude is very easy to believe."

    Blacks make up over 50 percent of San Francisco's jail population, even though Blacks make up only 6 percent of the city's general population. So San Francisco has a similar problem as Melbourne when it comes to overwhelming majority White cities/overwhelming majority Nonblack cities that have a major Negro crime problem.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Australia also has problems with its Aborigines, Lebanese, and Pacific Islanders.
    , @sb
    The real culprit here was Amanda Vanstone-a childless lefty on social issues from a minor state ( ie with little history of troublesome migrant groups ) who was Immigration Minister during -Howard's Prime Ministership.

    Notice a few snide comments here.
    At least Australians can be thankful that race problems there are about 1% of those facing the US
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  • An op-ed in the New York Times by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas): Fix Immigration. It’s What Voters Want. By TOM COTTON DEC. 28, 2016 Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton. President-elect Trump now has a...
  • As Brexit and the rise of Trump have already shown, we are living in an age of miracles.

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    Trump beats Hillary in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin by a combined total of less than 100,000 votes (Obama beat Romney in Michigan in 2012 by a margin of 8%! - - - and they said it couldn't be done!).

    By doing what he did on Nov. 8, 2016, Trump should be ranked up there with Jesus, you know, the first guy who walked on water. It just takes one's breath away!
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  • From Politico: What percentage of the Democratic staffers' "white male stranglehold" is gay? ... Now, activists are shaming Senate Democrats, noting that the chamber’s only African-American chief of staff works for Republican Sen. Tim Scott. And civil rights groups are holding a public conference call on Thursday to escalate their campaign for more diverse hiring...
  • The Dems and their fellow-travellers are borderline-insane opponents of whites and men. But no-one said they were stupid.

    Hence Steve’s conclusion, which bears repeating: Democrat Senate staffers are overwhelmingly white and male “… because staffers are important to Senate Democrats so they can’t mess around with a lot of diversity nonsense”.

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  • Okay ... So besides our names being suspiciously similar -- you'll notice that Steve Bannon and Steve Sailer both begin with "Steve" and end with a two-syllable surname with six letters -- what are the other connections between Steve Bannon and Steve Sailer? I'm scratching my head trying to think of any others ... Have...
  • “… Bannon happens to own a chunk of the rights to Seinfeld.”

    Someone should tell SPLC. It might get Bannon off their list of supposed Auschwitz nostalgics.

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  • From Wired last Monday, an article in praise of forecaster Sam Wang, who gave Hillary a 99% chance: 2016’s Election Data Hero Isn’t Nate Silver. It’s Sam Wang Forget Nate Silver. There’s a new king of the presidential election data mountain. His name is Sam Wang, Ph.D. JEFF NESBIT SCIENCE DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11.07.16. TIME...
  • Last Monday, the day before election day, Trump was just 1 per cent behind Clinton (when you looked at state-by-state polling that predicted electoral college votes). He was behind but well within the margin of error.

    Any sensible forecast at that time would have at least given Trump a realistic chance to win the election. To his credit, Nate Silver had Trump at about 30 per cent, which at least was in the realm of sanity although ultimately incorrect. (But a month or so earlier Silver had Trump at a 10 per cent chance, which proved only that his methodology was seriously unreliable, whatever his previous successes had been.)

    Wang had Trump at a 1 per cent chance? Not so much Wang as wanker.

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    Agreed, Sam Wanker.
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  • The national media pays little attention to Hispanics, except at election time when the thinking appears to be: If there were 55 million Jews in the U.S., we'd totally kick ass. But once again ... From the New York Times: Here's What Happened with the Latino Vote By ROBERTO SURO If you are in shock...
  • OT – Charles Murray has just explicitly acknowledged the prescience of the Sailer strategy: “When someone has been so strategically right so early, he deserves acknowledgment.”

    Steve is too modest to link to it, so I will: https://twitter.com/charlesmurray/status/796232293375508480

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    > has just explicitly acknowledged the prescience of the Sailer strategy


    I've been trying and trying and trying to get the iSteve to work for me predicting price movements on winter-wheat futures, but the guy prefers to focus on the riveting stories in _The Forward_

    But I like iSteve a lot, really a lot. Maybe I'll buy him a subscription to Yeshiva World News.
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  • The phrase "America's Greatest Vice President" doesn't show up much on search engines, with most of the few mentions going to Joe Biden, Dan Quayle, Spiro Agnew, or Hubert Humphrey. But, really, the more I think about it, the more the title of Greatest Vice President of the Old, Weird America must belong to Dick...
  • My favourite factoid about VP Johnson: “After his wife’s death, Johnson began an intimate relationship with another family slave. When she left him for another man, Johnson had her picked up and sold at auction.” (Courtesy of Wikipedia.)

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Sounds like a real dick.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Heartiste, call your office!
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  • I've noticed a big push recently to get fear of crime made an automatic reason for achieving refugee status. For example, in the NYT:
  • “…is a 16 year old youth who already has two years experience in cocaine smuggling the ideal New American?”

    Steve, what makes you think it is permissible to consider the interests of the United States in the setting of U.S. immigration policy?

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    Somebody should paint a picture of Emma Lazarus carving the Zeroth Amendment to the Bill of Rights onto the Statue of Liberty straight from the mouth of God.
    , @Big Bill
    The kid doesn't have any problem with dope dealing, he has a problem with his current employers and fellow gang members.

    Fortunately, with the NYT help, he can come to America and find a better class of dope dealers to work for.

    The notion that he is going to get some job as a poor-but-honorable shoeshine making minimum wage is just silly.

    Would the NYT ever print a weepy immigration article in 1904 about a Sicilian mobster seeking refuge from the Mafia because he cheated them back in Sicily?

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  • As we all know, diversity is our strength. Some xenophobes, though, angrily believe that America's provincial culture would not benefit from the wholesale importation of diverse peoples and practices, such as the venerable Pashtun tradition of bacha bazi. From Yahoo News, an article on what we are missing out on due to America's ingrained nativism:...
  • Am I the only one to read this and think, “Uruzgan province seems like the ideal place to test the neutron bomb”?

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    Nope.
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  • From Time: Donald Trump Faces Backlash for Tweets About Orlando Shooting Sam Frizell June 12, 2016 Donald Trump faced a backlash on Twitter after tweeting his response to the deadly Orlando shooting Sunday morning, when he acknowledged “congrats” for “being right” on terrorism. Like much of what Trump does, it inspired a wave of responses....
  • Trump is learning that being right – while defying the tribal taboos – is far worse than being wrong while agreeing with the taboos.

    November – and a change of regime – can’t come soon enough.

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    If he would just be quiet, instead of saying,"see I told you so"... The people see he is right, no need to flaunt it and appear to be uncaring. He really needs to get a PR advisor. if he already has one, he should fire him, and replace him with someone who doesn't keep letting things happen.
    , @boogerbently
    Any backlash against lefties using this "tragedy" to promote gun control ?
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  • From the NYT: Why just two though? Wolf genes have been periodically reintroduced into dog lines, and probably the same for coyote genes. That's different than an initial domestication, but you can imagine how it complicates the genetic studies. That reminds me: it seems plausible that humans and dogs have been co-evolving. Jerry Pournelle has...
  • @Cloudo ProbMat
    Dingoes don't domesticate. Aborigine women break their front legs as pups so they can't run off when they come to breeding age.

    Quoted from Lorna and Ray Coppinger's Dogs. Great book.

    Aborigine women break their front legs as pups so they can’t run off when they come to breeding age.

    What a charming native custom!

    Thanks – I didn’t know that.

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  • The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) was unknown in Australia before European settlement. Instead, Australia had the dingo (C. l. dingo). The wolf is classified as C. l. lupus, so arguably a dingo is no more a dog than a wolf is, as each is a subspecies of C. lupus.

    But dingos were semi-domesticated by Australian Aborigines, so their evolutionary niche looks much more canine than lupine.

    Most Muslims treat dogs as ritually unclean: Perhaps they could qualify as a human group that don’t have dogs?

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    Did Jews have dogs?
    , @Cloudo ProbMat
    Dingoes don't domesticate. Aborigine women break their front legs as pups so they can't run off when they come to breeding age.

    Quoted from Lorna and Ray Coppinger's Dogs. Great book.
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  • From the UK Independent: Top 10 Goodest: Just how high is the correlation between Goodestism and % blue eyes? From Wiktionary:
  • Has anyone informed Jane Elliott of these findings?

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  • Why did we eat margarine instead of butter for all those years? Butter is great. From the WSJ: Butter consumption dropped during WWII but margarine consumption shot up right after the war. There really was a sense in th
  • Without margarine we would never have had the name for Lionel Hutz’ legal practice: I Can’t Believe It’s a Law Firm!

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  • From CBSDetroit: Can White Kids Grow Up To Be Black? Some Preschoolers Think So May 19, 2016 8:32 AM ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Can a person’s race change over time? No — but preschoolers seem to think so. According to a University of Michigan study, white preschoolers often believe a person’s race can change over...
  • @Tex
    OT, but Jesse Hughes is not backing down. His comments about the possibility that the Bataclan massacre had inside help are getting a reaction. Incidentally, they are also getting Taki's mag mentioned in the utterly establishment BBC News online.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36340715

    Yes, fascinating to see Takimag quoted by that venerable old whore of the Left, the BBC.

    Talking of leftist establishment media, the Takimag interview is also a leading story at Le Monde, ranked about No 3 after the Egyptair tragedy: http://www.lemonde.fr/

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  • @gruff

    (As the learned Art Linkletter told us, kids say the darnedest things.)
     
    ftfy

    I stand corrected (Art never made it down under, hence my ignorance).

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  • Five-year-olds have the excuse of their extreme youth for believing in the ridiculous idea that people can change race. (As the learned Dr Cosby told us, kids say the darnedest things.)

    But what excuse does Rachel Dolezal have? And those postmodernists who agree with her?

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    (As the learned Art Linkletter told us, kids say the darnedest things.)
     
    ftfy
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  • From the NYT: Hate hoaxes are a real issue. Whole Foods had forcefully rejected the accusations by Mr. Brown, 31, who claimed that he had bought a frosted cake from a store in Austin, Tex., and asked that the words “Love Wins” be written in icing on top — only to discover while driving away...
  • Is there any existing criminal law under which hate hoaxes could be prosecuted?

    Assuming that the hoaxer had begun – or threatened to begin – legal proceedings (civil or criminal), or had committed the hoax with an intention that such proceedings would result, then it is definitely a crime. (That seems to be the case with this story.)

    The offences in Australia (and most other common-law jurisdictions) are attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Both are felony-level crimes with multi-year terms of imprisonment attached.

    I understand the corresponding offence in the US would be obstruction of justice.

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

    It would be good to know if some pollsters have a good record – or a bad record, for that matter – so that their numbers can be given an appropriate premium (or discount).
     
    This is one thing 538 does well. Here is their take:
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/
    In particular note the Rasmussen R+2.3 mean bias which is highly relevant for interpreting the recent Trump over Hillary polls.

    P.S. I might look like a 538 basher in some of my recent comments, but I actually have a good deal of respect for their methodology. I'm just disappointed that I no longer feel like I can trust their analyses (due to susceptibility to bias). I'm also angry that Nate Silver does not seem to have learned anything from his Trump mistakes.

    Thanks res, much appreciated.

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  • The RCP figures are interesting, but has anyone looked at the performance of the individual polling organisations in the primaries? Alternatively, their performance in previous presidential elections?

    It would be good to know if some pollsters have a good record – or a bad record, for that matter – so that their numbers can be given an appropriate premium (or discount).

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    It would be good to know if some pollsters have a good record – or a bad record, for that matter – so that their numbers can be given an appropriate premium (or discount).
     
    This is one thing 538 does well. Here is their take:
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/
    In particular note the Rasmussen R+2.3 mean bias which is highly relevant for interpreting the recent Trump over Hillary polls.

    P.S. I might look like a 538 basher in some of my recent comments, but I actually have a good deal of respect for their methodology. I'm just disappointed that I no longer feel like I can trust their analyses (due to susceptibility to bias). I'm also angry that Nate Silver does not seem to have learned anything from his Trump mistakes.
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  • Verdant Labs has crunched the federal political donation data by first names. Here are the first names most biased toward each of the Democratic candidates: Below: The number of individuals with each name who contributed to this candidate vs. any of the top 5 candidates. Includes only names with at least 40 individuals. Excludes the...
  • I’m sure nearly all readers of this blog will spot the obvious pattern in the names listed in “Names with high donation median”: yes, almost all are men’s names.

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    Mate, surely you realise your cisgender bias? In this wunerfull day & age, any name applies to any transgender!!
    , @Anonymous Nephew
    That's a remarkable list. I wonder what a UK equivalent would look like?
    , @YIH
    >I’m sure nearly all readers of this blog will spot the obvious pattern in the names listed in “Names with high donation median”: yes, almost all are men’s names.
    Oh most certainly, add the last names and you have either a Bar Mitzva guest list or the credits to any Hollywood film.
    http://i.imgur.com/mBbEGDH.jpg
    , @Anonymous
    The problem is they appear to probably be mostly "white" men.

    #DonorsSoWhite
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  • I don't make all that many specific predictions, because the future is complicated, but I do have a decent intuition for the implications of bien-pensant ideology. As I wrote in Taki's in February: A simple model that helps make much about the modern world easier to comprehend is that of a high-low tag team against...
  • “… the entire cash economy might grind to a halt.”

    So it’s really a clever attempt to combat tax evasion.

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  • From the NYT: Behind Fake Degrees From Pakistan, a Maze of Deceit and a Case in Peril By DECLAN WALSH APRIL 10, 2016 ... But Mr. Shaikh could not prevent the seizure of a vast trove of data, some recovered from computer disks as they were being deleted, that led investigators to conclude that Axact’s...
  • Dark satanic diploma mills.

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    • Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    "Dark satanic diploma mills."
    Statistics say this is just a minor blip. Noise. There's no problem.
    , @Wilkey
    LOL. Well done, sir.
    , @Mr. Anon
    That's good.
    , @BurplesonAFB
    https://youtu.be/CSav51fVlKU
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  • It's fascinating what's considered headline news these days. The Washington Post reports: A high government official saying "The concept of no borders is not going to work” is news.
  • @Anonym
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Australians

    Melbourne and Sydney are 20% Asian now.

    Melbourne and Sydney are 20% Asian now.

    Yes, that figure looks right to me. As I explained in the previous post, about 11 per cent of people in Australia (ie, about 2.5m) were born in Asia (excluding the Middle East). Sydney and Melbourne have a combined metro population of 9.5m, so 20 per cent of that (1.9m) would represent 76 per cent of the Asian-born population.

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