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  • @Gordo
    Perhaps they could transfer it to radio?

    “Perhaps they could transfer it to radio”
    Or make it an essay contest and publish the essays in the newspaper together with the judges decisions.

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  • From Nature Communications: Published: 25 May 2018 Cultural hitchhiking and competition between patrilineal kin groups explain the post-Neolithic Y-chromosome bottleneck Tian Chen Zeng, Alan J. Aw & Marcus W. Feldman Abstract In human populations, changes in genetic variation are driven not only by genetic processes, but can also arise from cultural or social changes. An...
  • OT: DC hockey fans last night had signs “It’s OK to believe.” iSteve fans also?

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  • This brilliant, meticulous and searing analysis is David Ray Griffin’s most powerful and important book about 
the hegemonic foreign policy ambitions 
of US neoconservatives and the way in which 9/11 was used to pursue these Machiavellian ends. This is a book that should have been written by a mainstream investigative journalist, but David has done...
  • @DESERT FOX
    Israel and the Zionist neocons who control every facet of the U.S. government including the Zionist controlled intel agencies did 911 and opened the gates of hell.

    Israel and the deep state proved by this draconian act that they are capable of inhuman acts of murder and destruction that is a hall mark of communists and terrorist everywhere in the world and in fact they created ISIS aka AL CIADA and have caused the deaths of millions in the Mideast and the deaths of thousands of American troops in the wars fought for Israel.

    The enemy is not at the gates, the enemy is controlling the American government.

    The video of Israelis cheering the towers’ destruction supports this interpretation. On the other hand they may not have known who was responsible but figured that it must be “good for Israel”.

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    They knew and all of the U.S. knows but nobody has the guts to stand up to the zionist overlords of the Israelis American colony.
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  • @Carlton Meyer
    From my blog:

    Aug 13, 2017 - Bad CGI on 9-11

    I enjoy surfing thru youtube and watching videos about whatever. A few have finally convinced me to open myself to childish ridicule by joining millions of others who say no planes hit the towers on 9-11. That video of a B-767 slicing through steel beams like a cartoon always seemed impossible. Even the fragile hollow aluminum wing tips and tail cut through heavy steel beams! There are several other impossible things to explain in video clips.

    You will agree if you watch this video about how computer graphics were used. I was turned off by the goofy presenter, but he is brilliant and a recognized expert in this field. The best evidence is toward the end when he shows his own GCI video of a B-767 slicing (not crashing, which is too difficult to render) into the WTC.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c5_g7UTuGM

    Also watch this excellent video about a former NIST employee expressing shock and dismay about the government's official NIST report on what caused three WTC towers to suddenly collapse. This is one reason why google and youtube began manipulating search results to hide videos that upset people with the truth.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvAv-114bwM

    I remember watching interviews of people on the streets of New York and Brooklyn who saw the planes hit the towers

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    it's relatively easy to fly a large plane at high speed at high altitudes but a lot harder at low altitudes (cos air density) so the critical question is how did amateur pilots do it?

    the "CGI planes" meme is a deflection from asking that question

    the simplest answer to that question would be they weren't amateur pilots.

    (saudi air force trained maybe?)
    , @ploni almoni
    I remember watching Godzilla breathing fire through downtown Tokio.
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  • From the New York Times: I can't keep all this Spy vs. Spy stuff straight in my head, but I did observe a two-generation link from the, uh, purported FBI investigator to that pinnacle of American Deep State competence ... yes ... The Bay of Pigs. Here's a 1983 New York Times article by Leslie...
  • @Pat Hannagan
    The english are the most detestable of all the White races.

    A one thousand year history of suppressing anything closely resembling White success.

    One would have to conclude after regarding all the "achievements" that they are completely unrelated to the rest of Europe and our races.

    A type of demonic demiurge forged in hell to undermine us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElhAysq3O6c

    Newton, Watt, Adam Smith, Maxwell, Darwin, Rutherford, Dirac, Turing, etc.

    Maybe I don’t get your point.

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    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    You left out Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, the Brontes, Dickens, Conan-Doyle, Orwell....
    , @Anon
    Did you deliberately make your list mostly non-English? 'Cuz you didn't have to, you know.
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  • A recent talking point for why it's okay to cast black actors as ancient Greeks in BBC series about the Trojan War is that it's anthropologically no further off than casting English actors. But do Brits really look all that different from Greeks? I'm reminded of this 2016 article in the Guardian by the fine...
  • @Pat Boyle
    Apparently the modern whole genome geneticists and anthropologists like Reich think that all Europeans until the steppe people from the Ukraine invaded looked like Sardinians. So ancient Greeks probably looked like Christopher Meloni of Law and Order fame. The only other really famous Sardinian is probably Arnold's buddy Franco Columbu.

    Franco actually had one of those "Greek God" physiques but was a little shorter than your average deity.

    Greek statues’ faces and bodies look like those of Northern Europeans. Same for depictions on Greek vases. Same for statues of Roman leaders. Spend some time in European museums.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Sure, if you'll spend some time outside in southern Europe.
    , @Pat Boyle
    Just what I needed - a person to tell me what to do and how to live my life.
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  • From the New York Times: Why North Korea Is Angered by ‘Libya Model’ in Nuclear Talks By Megan Specia and David E. Sanger May 16, 2018 When North Korea suddenly threw a historic summit meeting with the United States into question on Wednesday, it cited — five times — the fate of another country and...
  • I think there is no way out for Kim. He’s murdered and imprisoned millions of his countrymen and any weakness on his part will lead to his death.

    I don’t see a policy out either. We could recital him and his closest kin? In Switzerland, but doesn’t seem plausible.

    Our best route might be an internal revolt, but those folks are probably mostly already dead. Or if not dead implicated themselves in the murders and imprisonment.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Ive been corresponding with several folks in the alt right / white nationalist / JW on the JQ crowd and we want to frontlash this situation. 2 narratives to push depending on how the prevailing winds blow.

    A. Kim is innocent. Never killed anyone. Its all Zionist propoganda. North Koreans actually live better lives than the pozzed and Jewed West.

    B. Kim is a monster like his father and grandfather, has orchestrated the killing of millions , and all 3 are crypto Jews.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic

    I think there is no way out for Kim. He’s murdered and imprisoned millions of his countrymen and any weakness on his part will lead to his death.
     
    Wait a minute--he inherited the dictatorship in 2011. The death and imprisonment of hundreds of thousands (a million?) people a year would surely have some observable sequelae: mass, desperate rushes on the Chinese and South Korean borders, net negative demographics, zombie-alcoholic/drug addict populace, etc. North Korean society does not seem to be at that level of totalitarian dysfunction. Of course, when you're a socialist dictatorship, it helps that your subjects are conformist East Asians.

    I'm not saying North Korea is a good place. It's surely an awful place unless you have a government sinecure, but it's probably improving relative to life under the two previous Kims.

    I suspect the Chinese have told Kim Jong Un that it's time to live in the real world instead of his father's and grandfather's juche socialist fantasy-hermit kingdom. The Chinese have no interest in NK provoking Japan and starting a bloody, inter-ethnic Korean war (with US involvement) on their front porch.

    There were a number of high-profile killings early after Kim's succession. Was he actually purging old-guard Stalinists? Who knows.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    or Trump can "Michael Corleone" Kim in Singapore...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ppjyB2MpxBU

    Do you think Trump would fix his hair before leaving the bathroom?
    , @Thirdeye
    Blathering from invented "facts" based on a priori notions about the DPRK leadership won't get you very far. Political changes within the DPRK are likely to be low profile, with face-saving measures to smooth the process. Kim has shown some different notions of leadership than those of his predecessors, relinquishing the God-King personna to become a relatively down-to-earth "people's leader," making public appearances with his wife at amusement parks and such. It seems to be a generational change. The first in line for succession in the Kim Dynasty ahead of Jong-Un wasn't interested in the top job.
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  • Last month I posted on a realistically alarmist new book (in French) by Duke professor Stephen Smith, who has made most of his career reporting on Africa for French publications: Now French supremo Emmanuel Macron has given an interview recommending Smith's book on what Macron calls (in translation) Africa's "bombshell" population growth. Meanwhile, however, the...
  • Doesn’t mention immigration from Africa to Asia.

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    https://www.amren.com/news/2018/04/in-homogeneous-japan-an-african-born-university-president/

    I think Japan will be next.

    Japanese got a black Miss Japan. Japan's top runner is a black.

    Because blacks are more athletic, even a tiny number in Japan means they will take over sports. And then, Japanese will look up to blacks as their idolic national heroes. And then, Japan will be showered with praise by the West. And then other Asian nations will imitate because they live for approval from the superior West.

    Jungaru Feebah was a big thing in Japan and even awarded with literary prize.

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

    According to Linh Dinh, Vietnam got an African to run for Vietnam. And South Korea got an Kenyan to run in Olympics.
    So, it means blacks will become idols there too as in the West, all the more so since stuff like spread of K-pop feminize native men to be cucks.

    China might withstand it, like Russia may be the only white nation left in the long run.

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  • Michael Barone writes in his syndicated column: Genetics Is Undercutting the Case for Racial Quotas By Michael Barone April 6, 2018 6 Min Read "I am worried," writes Harvard geneticist David Reich in The New York Times, "that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into...
  • @Anonymous
    If the premise is that some races naturally lag behind others BUT it’s good and necessary for society to offer some degree of elite representation to all groups, then AA can be justified.

    And that justification, unlike the other one, does not accuse innocent Whites of a blood libel.

    Onward with quotas! But with a more honest foundation.

    I agree. The quota should be that no group be under-represented or over-represented by a factor of 2. Or perhaps some other number.

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  • From The Economist: Steppe sons A new study squelches a treasured theory about Indians’ origins The Aryans did not come from India; they conquered it ... Long before the Nazis dreamed of an exalted master race, imperialists seized on what some dubbed the “Aryan invasion” theory to paint Britain’s rule of India as the extension...
  • @Moshe
    I'll try and answer your question but first I ought to explain that I left this site a while ago for reasons that I still agree with but I may comment over the next few days anyhow. (I realize that it sounds pompous to biographise but it seems like the right thing to do here anyhow.)

    I noticed how incredibly people become often become utter, evil, hatefilled, evil-wishing-filled assholes in online discussions with strangers and I noticed further that I'm one of them.

    I would like to be a better man (as I assume most of us would) so I'm curious to see if I can engage with you strangers in a less dickish way. In my own opinion I'm less evil online than people who seem to have an obsession with race in a manner that includes hatreds. I know that itself sounds dickish but I don't want to be misunderstood as conceeding. -- At the same time it's worthy to note that I can be an ass online not only to people who believe that I am innately a mortal foe by virtue of my grandparents identifying as Jewish but I have also been a dick to people whose comments I regardes as too stuoid to ignore without mocking.

    Without conceeding any ground I think it will be fun to apologize to anyone I have been a dick to. In real life I have enjoyed moments of brotherhood with plenty of people whose desires for "jewish" people are crueller than those of pretty much everyone here and I'm sure that I would feel the same about any of you - with whom I obviously share more similar interests and thoughts than many other strangers. And so, I apologize for being a dick.

    This apology doesn't extend to Steve because I am not a dick to him. I think that he has come to many inaccurate conclusions on subjects large and small and that some of his influence here may have, entirely accidentally, have caused some negativity for both commentators and those they interact with.

    And I think that these faults are outweighed 20 to 1 for all that he is and all that he contributed. Steve is both a great man and a good man. Describing his knowledge, analytical skills, writing skills and humor would require too many adjectives to mention. (Two years ago when some black girls in Miami gave me a blunt on 4/20 I left Steve a message the details of which I don't remember at all but which I believe suggested that he start a religion and that I would be pleased to join. Rather embarrassing but indicative both of how fascinating I think his writings can be as well as how great that weed was. For the record those black girls were awesome. I approached them for the religiously obligated 4/20 puff and they gifted me the whole blunt. I obviously - generally - like and enjoy black folk and believe that many oft-expressed opinions about them in the commentariot are wrong. More importantly, the sentiments expressed are undortunate.)

    As for your question Robert Hume!

    Considering as how I read the book before I saw the movie (Orig v KJV) I can't understand how anyone can enjoy the flavourless translation of the latter.

    My less than reverent view of "The Bible" is that it has more than one author and is more than one distinct book.

    Addressing accessible areas of it however are awe inspiring in the original (at least to me).

    Syonredux mentioned Ecclesiastes.

    Here's how King Koheleth the son of King David, King in Jerusalem starts off his Philosophical Pessimism.

    $$$$$$$$$


    "Vacuumest of vacuums!", Koheleth said.

    Vacuumest of vacuums.

    All is Nought.

    Even working the maximum that one can in this world, what does he *actually gain?*

    Generations die after generations while the planet continues just the same...

    What *will* happen, happened before, and what *will* be done was done before.

    And there is nothing new under the sun.

    Only someone fluent in all relevant languages, like yourself, is qualified to comment. I appreciate your opinion.

    I wonder what the authors of the KJB thought? They were working in Shakespeare’s day.

    Are there authors who have written books on the subject and are qualified?

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    Fuck, I thought I deleted my comment in time!

    Email just notified me that I fought the system but the system won.

    Anyhow Robert Hume, my translation of a few verses doesn't please me because I tried to be as accurate as possible in two different directions. I attempted to show the richness of the original Hebrew words and phrases without releasing the sentences from the bounds of its original diction.

    I would have liked to have either written it as the author would if he were writing mosern English or to teach you enough about the words to appreciate it but the first would be too much editing and rhe second too much work.

    Now the KJV isn't bad. It manages to stay more or less true to the sentence structure while remaining readable. But compared to the original, at least in places like Ecclesiastes it is as sumptuous as a popped balloon.

    Still, you MUST take the time to relax with Ecclesiastes. It's a fuckin incredible work.

    I haven't cared to look into it but I'm confident that the scholarly consensus is that the original hits home stronger than the kjv.

    It doesn't seem like your level of interest in the Bible is very high but the best translation I have found for the First Dive Books of Moses is calles "The Living Torah" by the late mystic/physicist Aryeh Kaplan.

    It has a few deliberate faults but it's quite good.

    ....

    P.S.

    Solomon as a teenage Goth.

    https://youtu.be/mCRQbS43Ndk

    Good day Dr. Hume!

    ☺️
    , @Moshe
    Come to think of it, the Bible can use a new translation. I'll give it a go.

    THE FOLLOWING ARE THE WORDS OF KOHELETH THE SON OF DAVID WHO RULED IN JERUSALEM.

    ========

    Nothing. Utterly Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. It is ALL Nothing.

    Do people even realize how meaningless all of their "life's goals" are? Even if you won the whole damn world…!

    You will die. Your whole generation will die. Everyone you ever knew or who existed while you lived will die. And this will go on generation after generation while the universe not only doesn't *care* but doesn't notice. There is nothing *to* notice

    ….....

    There is nothing new. Neither you nor anyone alive during this teeny tiny meaningless life of yours will discover anything unique about life or about how to live it.

    Every day on facebook, "the news", with family and friends (even the smart ones) the moronic are getting all excited and jumpy about some revolutionary new philosophy or discovery or "hitherto unspoken Truth" that can Change Everything. Hah! The same fuckin gurus and followers and excitements and hysterias with the *exact same* "brand spankin new" ideas to bring about A Whole New World, a new way of living life, the singularity, the Fix For Everything have arisen in every world before us. Oh, I know you *really* don't want to see the truth of it but take a moment. Do you really think you are having new ideas or hearing new ideas than those thought and discussed by Kipling? Napoleon? Maimonides? Caesar? ... And the unknown thousands or tens of thousands of intellectusls and activists and artists whose very names no one knew 20 years after their deaths?

    Let's be honest here for a minute, then I'll let you go back to your wine and rationalizations and beliefs that your world actually *means* something and *m.a.t.t.e.r.s.*. What do you know about the life and dreams and loves and thoughts and hopes and excitements and secrets and sins and fears and humor and major life experiences of *your own* grandmother's grandmother? Her life mattered to her you know. And she thought it was real exactly how you think that your life is real. She loved the hell out of your own grandmother when she was a baby and wished the very very best possible for her. She happily imagined that little girl playing House would get married and have children and grandchildren of her own…...*THAT'S* YOU*!!*; This woman literally thought and cared about you! She knew and played with and fed and loved your own grandma. And how much do you know or even *give a shit* about that woman and her very real, lived, twenty thousand individual days..? None. Which is exactly how much you and your whole life and all your struggles and wins and worries and philosophies and YOU YOURSELF AS A HUMAN BEING will matter to your own child's great grandson. Don't feel bad though, not even the faintest detail about him will be remembered or cared about either once he's gone. And so on. Forever.

    I am King Koheleth of Jerusalem.

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  • @syonredux

    You are a Jewish Anglophile
     
    WASP to the core, dear boy.

    You cannot handle that Indo-Europeans did not look like Anglo-Saxons;
     
    I think that you've got me confused with someone else, Nicky. I certainly can't recall ever thinking that the original I-E people looked like the Anglo-Saxons....

    worse yet, you cannot handle the fact that Anglos were utterly devoid of accomplishments up to the XIVth century.
     
    "[U]tterly devoid" seems a tad excessive, dear boy. After all, England does have some very nice Gothic architecture......

    Because, unlike Anglo-Saxons, at least Jews actually had some accomplishments in the ancient World, like the Temple of Solomon,
     
    Not very impressive compared to the architectural achievements of the Greeks and the Romans....

    some beautiful works of art,
     
    Are you sure that you are thinking of the ancient Israelites, dear boy?They weren't exactly known for their artistic accomplishments.....

    , a rich literary culture
     
    Some good stuff there: Ecclesiastes, Genesis, Exodus, Job. Of course, the Anglos have King Lear, Paradise Lost, The Canterbury Tales, Moby-Dick, .....

    Really, Nicky, you're going to have to try harder at this sort of thing......

    “Some good stuff there: Ecclesiastes, Genesis, , Job.”

    I’ve often wondered if the original is really great literature or if it’s really just the king James translation?

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    Not speaking Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek, can't really comment.

    I think, however, that it is generally considered a truism that a translation can bleep up an original but very, very seldom can improve it.
    , @Moshe
    I'll try and answer your question but first I ought to explain that I left this site a while ago for reasons that I still agree with but I may comment over the next few days anyhow. (I realize that it sounds pompous to biographise but it seems like the right thing to do here anyhow.)

    I noticed how incredibly people become often become utter, evil, hatefilled, evil-wishing-filled assholes in online discussions with strangers and I noticed further that I'm one of them.

    I would like to be a better man (as I assume most of us would) so I'm curious to see if I can engage with you strangers in a less dickish way. In my own opinion I'm less evil online than people who seem to have an obsession with race in a manner that includes hatreds. I know that itself sounds dickish but I don't want to be misunderstood as conceeding. -- At the same time it's worthy to note that I can be an ass online not only to people who believe that I am innately a mortal foe by virtue of my grandparents identifying as Jewish but I have also been a dick to people whose comments I regardes as too stuoid to ignore without mocking.

    Without conceeding any ground I think it will be fun to apologize to anyone I have been a dick to. In real life I have enjoyed moments of brotherhood with plenty of people whose desires for "jewish" people are crueller than those of pretty much everyone here and I'm sure that I would feel the same about any of you - with whom I obviously share more similar interests and thoughts than many other strangers. And so, I apologize for being a dick.

    This apology doesn't extend to Steve because I am not a dick to him. I think that he has come to many inaccurate conclusions on subjects large and small and that some of his influence here may have, entirely accidentally, have caused some negativity for both commentators and those they interact with.

    And I think that these faults are outweighed 20 to 1 for all that he is and all that he contributed. Steve is both a great man and a good man. Describing his knowledge, analytical skills, writing skills and humor would require too many adjectives to mention. (Two years ago when some black girls in Miami gave me a blunt on 4/20 I left Steve a message the details of which I don't remember at all but which I believe suggested that he start a religion and that I would be pleased to join. Rather embarrassing but indicative both of how fascinating I think his writings can be as well as how great that weed was. For the record those black girls were awesome. I approached them for the religiously obligated 4/20 puff and they gifted me the whole blunt. I obviously - generally - like and enjoy black folk and believe that many oft-expressed opinions about them in the commentariot are wrong. More importantly, the sentiments expressed are undortunate.)

    As for your question Robert Hume!

    Considering as how I read the book before I saw the movie (Orig v KJV) I can't understand how anyone can enjoy the flavourless translation of the latter.

    My less than reverent view of "The Bible" is that it has more than one author and is more than one distinct book.

    Addressing accessible areas of it however are awe inspiring in the original (at least to me).

    Syonredux mentioned Ecclesiastes.

    Here's how King Koheleth the son of King David, King in Jerusalem starts off his Philosophical Pessimism.

    $$$$$$$$$


    "Vacuumest of vacuums!", Koheleth said.

    Vacuumest of vacuums.

    All is Nought.

    Even working the maximum that one can in this world, what does he *actually gain?*

    Generations die after generations while the planet continues just the same...

    What *will* happen, happened before, and what *will* be done was done before.

    And there is nothing new under the sun.
    , @DFH

    I’ve often wondered if the original is really great literature or if it’s really just the king James translation?
     
    The Greek of much of the NT is rather clunky (certainly inferior to the KJV).
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  • February was the first month in memory in which more people were murdered in London than in New York City, but now it's happened again in March. Heckuva job, Sadiqie!
  • I’ve been led to believe that there are practically no guns in England owned by ordinary citizens. So this suggests that gun control will not lower assault killings; knives will do.

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    Yes.

    It is exceedingly difficult for any British citizen to possess a gun of any description - although nasty gangsters all seem to have them.
    I'll wager that *most* Britons have never even seen, let alone touched or even handled a real firearm in their lives.
    , @Daniel Chieh
    We need sensible laws for assault knives.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    For those of us in the USA who interpret the Second Amendment as a protection against government oppression, the history of gun control in the UK is a telling example. Before WW I there were essentially no gun control laws in the UK. The theory, going back to Blackstone, was that the right to keep and bear arms was an ancillary right supporting an Englishman's fundamental rights to life and property. In the immediate aftermath of WWI, the UK's establishment noticed that the country now had a vast number of working and middle class men trained and experience in the use of small arms. This and a fear of the revolutionary activities on the continent led the UK's ruling class to impose strict gun control laws for the first time. Restrictions on firearms ownership and usage have only increased since then. It is now utterly impossible for your average Englishman to defend his life, family or property. The government not only fails to do so but punishes those who attempt to protect themselves in the face of the government's indifference and even hostility.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    "Guns don't kill people - people kill people."

    I guess that silly NRA line that we like to ridicule might have some truth to it, huh, Piers Morgan and other People of the Stupid?

    (By "we", I mean the exclusive-we - it doesn't include me.)
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    Knives don't kill people. People kill people.
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  • In Vox, there's an article about the Amy Wax Brouhaha at Penn Law School that is amusing even by 2018 standards for Guilt-by-Association: And, after a slow start, we're off to the races: Amy Wax ~ Jason Richwine ~ Richard Spencer ~ Charles Murray ~ John Derbyshire.
  • @Jack D
    In a strange way, this is true. As the US population has grown, Ivy enrollments have remained static while at the same time you have a whole new cadre of high IQ, test loving Asians plus now you have an equal (or even greater number) female applicants who have doubled the applicant pool (and admit rates are now down to single digits). Close to 100% of the seats were once available for white males and now it's maybe 25% and the number of seats hasn't grown. I'm not sure I could still get into some of the places I have degrees from.

    I suspect that means that we will see substantial increase in the proportion of important scientific discoveries and patents attributable to white male non-Ivy League graduates.

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  • From The Guardian: The article isn't as bad as the headline. But, we aren't likely to help Africans stave off their onrushing overpopulation because we are so worried about thinking racist thoughts.
  • @Paleo Liberal
    Almost correct.

    A few of them will actually live the life they claim. The occasional Rockefeller who goes to isolated areas and is eaten by headhunters:

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/What-Really-Happened-to-Michael-Rockefeller-180949813/

    Although he wasted a LOT of resources going there. A few rich people will live off the grid.


    Or, some, like Al Gore, will try to make up for their waste by paying people to plant a bunch of trees somewhere on their behalf. (And I actually LIKE Al Gore, but some of the things he does are too easy to make fun of. )

    Other than that, most of this will be people who waste a lot of resources nagging the lumpenproletariat about their wasteful ways.

    Everyone's favorite example is still valid:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8

    Yoko looks like she thinks Lennon is a Baizuo

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    >leave your epoch-defining band for me
    >... o-okay ...
    Shoe fits. Also, can there be a more modern-SJW-before-modern-SJW statement (in terms of reflexive hystrionic scale and not merely activism or ideology) than "Woman is the N***** of the World"?
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  • David Brooks writes in the NYT: Can Mr. Brooks find any quotations from the Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble, or Washington's Farewell Address to support his assumption that "the American experiment" was about immigration rather than self-government?
  • @Almost Missouri
    Okay, I laughed. That was a funny comment.

    But wasn't it not unusual in those days for men to live together? Lincoln and Joshua Speed in the next century, for example. Besides the benefit of mutual protection in a frontier society, there are the usual benefits of communal living: cheaper housing, heat, etc.

    In my working life in the late 50s and in the 60s when two fellow workers traveled together the government and the company saved money by insisting that we rent only one hotel room. As soon as gays “came out“ publicly, it was automatically, without comment, assumed that we would have separate rooms. This reduced productivity due to a reduction in, definitely non-sexual, bonding.

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    A lot of ex-servicemen in the population back then. Communal sleeping arrangements were just accepted as natural by that generation. Nobody saw anything inappropriate in it.
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  • @Classical Liberal
    America is dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. It's in the declaration of independence.

    https://imgur.com/IeOU7BS

    America is dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. It’s in the declaration of independence.

    “…in that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”

    it does not say that they are equally intelligent or industrious or law abiding or tall or as fast as we are in running the hundred meter dash.

    So once they are citizens we have to respect those rights, but that does not mean that we have to invite them here in the first place if they are not, for example, intelligent or industrious or law abiding.

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  • James Levine, the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, had been notorious since the 1970s for running a gay sex cult for barely legal teenage boys who would do anything to be classical musicians. He finally got fired in the #MeToo purge. Now Levine's suing on the grounds that he was really fired...
  • @phil
    When is the #MeToo movement going to come for Bill Clinton?

    When is the #MeToo movement going to come for Bill Clinton?

    Or Jack Kennedy

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  • For the first time in NCAA basketball tournament history, a #16 seed, U. of Maryland Baltimore County, beat a #1 seed, U. of Virginia, a convincing 74-54 drubbing. The #16 (lowest) seeded team had lost something like 132 times in a row to a regional top seed since the NCAA expanded to 64 teams in...
  • @Discordiax
    Is VDARE down for everyone, or just me?

    Have they fallen victim to the Thought Police, or just a DDOS attack from the Volunteer Auxiliary Thought Police?

    They were down for a day a couple days ago and then up yesterday with no remarks and now down again for me.

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  • From Dave Barry's 1999 novel Big Trouble, here's a description of a Miami construction company named Penultimate: Penultimate was as good at municipal corruption as it was bad at actually building things. In political circles, it was well known that Penultimate could be absolutely relied upon to do the wrong thing. In South Florida, a...
  • Every highway in America has cloverleafs that involve a simple bridge across the highway. I’ve always assumed the bridges were supported by steel beams. Surely a pedestrian walkway could’ve been built the same way at much lower cost since the load would be much less. Looks like a much too fancy design.

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  • Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyou's long crusade to expose Elizabeth Holmes' Silicon Valley blood-testing start-up Theranos as a fake-it-until-you-make it hoax resulted today in the SEC imposing a ten year ban on Holmes and a $500,000 fine for "massive fraud." A little noticed aspect of the story is that Holmes was a true believer...
  • @TelfoedJohn

    Obviously, the only reason there haven’t been female, black, or Hispanic Steve Jobs yet is because of discrimination.
     
    I get the irony of course, but could you say with equal irony that the only reason why whites are not proportionately represented in Jewish Hollywood is because of discrimination? Some whites might have their own ‘we waz kangs’ mentality.

    I get the irony of course, but could you say with equal irony that the only reason why whites are not proportionately represented in Jewish Hollywood is because of discrimination? Some whites might have their own ‘we waz kangs’ mentality.

    Plausible mentality. Think of Bergman and the great French and Italian and Eastern European and Japanese non-Jewish movies. Why not Christian Americans.

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  • I have no idea if the following is actually Trump's 4d chess master strategy, but this Taki's essay I wrote in late 2016 might be worth considering: A clever aspect of Trump’s platform that hasn’t been much analyzed is that by merging the issues of immigration and trade into the super-issue of borders, he may...
  • @Buzz Mohawk
    Trump has helped us see that unchecked immigration and unrestricted trade are the same thing: cheap labor.

    Trump's way is the only way to keep our country alive. Maintain physical and transactional boundaries around it. Cell walls are necessary. Individual organs too are necessary in a body. A country is a cell or organ that must be distinct from what surrounds it and have carefully balanced interactions.

    If a subsystem, like a cell or organ or country, can't maintain its own equilibrium, it will die.

    "If you don't have steel, you don't have a country." -- President Trump

    I believe that Ricardo proved that his version of free trade led to optimum benefits for all nations.

    But I believe he assumed that there were only completely independent countries that produced with their own finance and workers.

    His definition of free trade excluded financiers within one country building factories in another country and using workers of that country and importing the products to the financier’s country.

    And certainly free trade did not include bringing workers from another country to produce within one’s own country.

    Ricardo‘s theorem is often used to belittle those against “free trade“ as uninformed. But Ricardo’s theorem does not apply to the “free trade” we have today.

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    Ricardo wasn't a theoretical mathematician proving anything, he was a literal government agent pursuing real policy. His "theorem" is actually propaganda meant to justify Imperialist one-sided policy. Portugal wasn't "better" at producing grapes than wool, Portugal produced some of the best wool available, but Scotland cannot produce grapes, and England can produce and station warships. It's all very free and scientific.
    , @Anonymous
    Ricardo also talked about wine and cloth being the 2 world goods produced in his model.

    You have to attack the modern formulation of Ricardian trade theory, which is based on opportunity cost, rather than classical Ricardian theory.
    , @Crawfurdmuir
    Let's also remember that Ricardo assumed that wages everywhere would fall to the level of bare subsistence, because (as Malthus had asserted) population increases geometrically while production increases arithmetically. Ricardo's formulation came to be called "the Iron Law of Wages," and his argument is the reason why Carlyle characterised economics as "the dismal science."

    Ricardo did not foresee that technology would provide a way out of the "Malthusian trap"; he did not foresee the development of distinct high-wage economies and low-wage economies; he did not foresee the free movement of capital and people between nations , as well as that of goods.

    Those who tear his theory of comparative advantage from the context of his other ideas misrepresent it to their audience. Its correct implication seems to me to be that in a world of completely free movement of goods, capital, and people, both prices and wages will equilibrate worldwide at the level of bare subsistence. Cui bono? Why should the American people, in particular, desire such a result?

    With respect to China, I prefer the ideas expressed by George F. Kennan in his 1948 Memo PPS No 23:

    "...we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction." (emphasis mine)

    In my opinion, Trump is the first president in decades to concentrate on immediate national objectives, and who does not deceive himself that we can afford the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction. That is why he is hated by the establishment's policy "experts," who have long considered themselves entitled to play Lady Bountiful with the patrimony of the American people.

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  • From Comparative Sociology: But this study must be using old-fashioned definitions of human rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion, when everybody knows the only two human rights that matter these days are freedom of Muslims in Muslim countries to move to your country so they can enjoy more human rights and...
  • @Anon
    How do you disentangle being Christian from being white? Given that whiteness and Christian-ness are highly correlated with one another, I wonder if they looked at all the non-white but Christian countries separately.

    Also, you wonder to what extent Christianity is a religion that is naturally suited to the European genetic personality type (esp Scandinavian). Meaning: universalist, cucky, humanitarian and given to pathological altruism and Stockholm syndrome.

    Would Europeans have invented "Christianity" if it hadn't arrived on their doorstep in 0AD?

    How do you disentangle being Christian from being white? Given that whiteness and Christian-ness are highly correlated with one another, I wonder if they looked at all the non-white but Christian countries separately.

    Good point. Think of the great art and music associated with Christianity in white countries. For example Michelangelo and Bach. Is there anything like that in nonwhite Christian countries?

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    Japanese come pretty close.
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  • From the Washington Post: What ‘Black Panther’s’ Wakanda can teach us about Africa’s history — and its future By Naunihal Singh February 28 at 8:00 AM Naunihal Singh is an assistant professor in the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. The opinions expressed are his own and not...
  • @Forbes
    Facts inconvenient to The Narrative will always be ignored.

    The Atlantic slave trade was banned by the British (1807) when the Western standard of living was about $1 per day.

    And if the US had not become independent of Britain by 1776-1789, then slavery would have been abolished in the US by the British in 1807, The slaveholders would have been recompensed by the British crown, and there would have been no US Civil War.

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    And if the US had not become independent of Britain by 1776-1789, then slavery would have been abolished in the US by the British in 1807,
     
    1833. The Slave Trade was abolished in 1807, but slavery kept on going in the British Empire until 1833 ( 1843 in territories administered by the East India Company)

    The slaveholders would have been recompensed by the British crown, and there would have been no US Civil War.
     
    Compensation for slave owners in the British Empire amounted to 20 million pounds. How much would it have cost to compensate all the slave owners in the the South?
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  • From The American Prospect in 2013: Reversing Broward County's School-to-Prison Pipeline BRYCE WILSON STUCKI DECEMBER 4, 2013 The story behind the so-far successful crusade to end disproportionate student arrests and suspensions in one Florida school district. When, after a nationwide search, he was hired two years ago to serve as superintendent of Florida’s Broward County...
  • @carol
    This is all related to the criminal justice "reform" and jail diversion "movements" as well. Rather like letting thugs graduate if they merely keep a seat warm for a few years, it's all just a lowering of standards. So things that supposedly don't hurt anyone like vandalism and criminal mischief are given a pass. Yet anyone whose property was repeatedly vandalized like mine was will soon clear out.

    It's happening all over the country and the natives are so clueless they think it's some spontaneous local initiative. It's especially maddening to see local Republicans falling for these scams, trying to salvage social justice Pokemon points for themselves. Cucks!

    Got to admit the Obama admin was good at suckering them in.

    In the DC and Maryland area they don’t even have to keep the seat warm. They don’t have to show up for school and they graduate anyway. All over the Washington Post

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  • David Brooks has devoted at least part of his last four columns to worrying about what he sees as growing "tribal" emotions within the United States. From the New York Times: The End of the Two-Party System David Brooks FEB. 12, 2018 ... Today, after the financial crisis, the shrinking of the middle class, the...
  • @Crawfurdmuir

    It would be vastly more dysgenic now; children with high mutational load then would often simply die. Decreased mortality means that more children with issues will survive to reproductive age.
     
    Not necessarily related to inbreeding, but your remark raises a question about which I've often wondered - does modern medicine's ability to preserve the lives of people with genetic maladies have a dysgenic effect?

    For example, before the development of insulin therapy, Type I diabetes almost always led to the sufferer's death before reaching marriageable age. Now diabetics routinely survive to adulthood, and many marry and raise children. Is there a measurable increase in the incidence of diabetes as a result?

    I’ve often thought that people must have died from, for example, peanut allergy. But now we notice it and avoid peanuts and treat the problem. Those folks have children and as a result there a lot more children with peanut allergies. Just one of many illnesses that people seem to have these days that they didn’t have 50 years ago.

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    I’ve often thought that people must have died from, for example, peanut allergy. But now we notice it and avoid peanuts and treat the problem. Those folks have children and as a result there a lot more children with peanut allergies. Just one of many illnesses that people seem to have these days that they didn’t have 50 years ago

    This happens with dog breeding too, as I understand it. As a result more dogs are born with hip dysplasia and the like.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Mr. Hume, the proclivity to have peanut allergies probably is genetic, of course. I am no doctor, but I play one on the internet. Isn't it true that most allergies are gotten by people who have not been exposed to enough small amounts of the particular substances in their childhood?

    I hear that those with squeaky clean houses have kids that get more allergies as they don't get exposed to enough dirt containing the allergens early on to let the body's antibodies get used to them. This will not be a problem in our house, I can guarantee you!

    It seems like kids need to eat more dirt, is all.

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  • @JimS
    It has been a long, long time since I've thought about this, so I'll see what I can remember. Basically, your dark matter haloes are not necessarily spherical, and in simulations done over a decade ago they found they should be highly filamentary on large scales (e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Run). The important thing is that they are more diffusely distributed than the light we see in galaxies, so the rotation curves don't match. But because there is more dark matter than other matter, the other matter tends to coalesce around the dark matter, accreting inward. This accreting mass of atoms has a non-zero angular momentum, which causes things in nature to form a disc structure (like why our solar system is all on a plane). Of course, it is not all so simple, as a majority of galaxies are either elliptical in shape or have a very small disc. But no one really knows the exact shape of dark matter haloes, and you can't really get too specific on structure from maps made by weak lensing (and it's only a 2D map anyway). If I recall, there is also at least one galaxy observed that did not appear to have accreted around a dark matter filament, and had a rotation curve very similar to what one would expect without dark matter.

    As for the idea of other theories being simpler, you have to look at it from a point of view of General Relativity (GR). In its initial conception, Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) was a complete departure from General Relativity, and any attempts to unite it would be post-rationalization (sort of like how string theorists keep adding extra, "unseen" dimensions). Most importantly, there is no reason to think that of all the forces, its effects fall off different from an inverse squared law (i.e. the strength of the force is diluted in proportion to the surface area of a sphere centered on the originator of the force - close in you have a small sphere and large force, farther away you have a large sphere and small force). It would mean that in the Newtonian limit, there is something screwing with basic geometry. That's why a lot of scientists have disdain for the theory.

    This gets me to the point of the "simplest" explanation. "Lambda-CDM" (i.e. cold dark matter with an accelerating universe) cosmology is the simplest if you take it from the starting point of general relativity, not if some layperson is inventing forces without having really looked into it. If you take GR as a starting point, then the density of "stuff" in the universe affects the geometry of 3-dimensional space on large scales. If outward pressure for expansion is balanced by the mass of stuff in the universe, you get an infinite universe in all directions. Too much mass, and you get a closed universe that will collapse on itself, but is finite (i.e. if you walk in one direction in space, you will eventually end up where you start, like the surface of the Earth in 2D). Too little, and you get expansion and an "open" universe, which is also infinite but in a weird non-flat 3D geometry that I don't quire understand. The thing is, we can tell how much baryonic (i.e. atoms) matter in the universe, and it's a factor of 5-6 too low to make the universe flat/infinite. But we can tell the universe is flat (or close to it - really, really big if it is finite) from observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background. So the scientists have a gap here, and they call it "dark matter" (together with dark energy, something that it's best not to delve into here). It's what would explain the most in the FRW metric (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedmann%E2%80%93Lema%C3%AEtre%E2%80%93Robertson%E2%80%93Walker_metric)
    This was found, and they looked back at Vera Rubin's measurement of galactic light curves, and some people said, "Hey, I bet these two things are related." So they did computer simulations and found it seemed to work out pretty well with matching all observations.

    A lot of people think they're missing something in the explanation of dark matter, and there has to be some other explanation for all of this. But no one has a good idea of what else they're missing, and EVERY other current theory is much, much worse. So what do you do from there? You eliminate the most likely candidates (e.g. WIMPs) to try to understand what's going on. We know that GR has to be revised on some level, in order for it as a classical theory to make sense with quantum theory (and who knows, this unification might solve the issue at hand). If you have any good, non-crackpot ideas on how to do that, a lot of people would love to hear them.

    If you want to chide the physics community, how about the 120 orders of magnitude difference between the expected vacuum energy and what we see as the dark energy causing the universe's acceleration? No one really knows why matter doesn't just blow itself apart. Or all the tricks in hiding the infinities in perturbations in quantum field theory? Or the crazy crackpot cosmologists and their ideas of early universe "inflation" which can manifest itself in an infinite number of ways in order to agree with any measurement you'd like? Or the fact that people studying "multiverse" theory and untestable string theory are still in physics departments, not philosophy departments? There is so much to criticize, the topics picked make no sense to me.

    But the point of all this was a stupid NYT tweet. I personally think it was intentional hyperbole that fell flat when you can't convey your meaning in so few words, but that's just me.

    Thanks for your discussion. I’m not an expert so my question may be uninformed.

    Newton understood that he did not know where the force of gravitation came from; only that if it was proportional to mass and that it fell off with distance then he could mathematically predict the orbits of the planets etc.

    Einstein “clarified” that the gravitational force was actually due to the fact that mass “curved” space. But “why” does mass curve space; and does his theory give the gravitational constant?

    If not, then perhaps there are leads here to explain dark matter etc.

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  • It’s hard to know where to begin. Last Friday’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was detailed in a 37 page document that provided a great deal of specific evidence claiming that a company based in St. Petersburg, starting in 2014, was using social media to assess...
  • @RobinG

    ".....Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit...."
     
    Are you sure that wasn't written about Israel, AIPAC, et al...?

    Yes, speaking of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is there a ARPAC? The American Russia Political Affairs Committee that arranges for US citizens to contribute to the campaigns of selected US politicians, and that also arranges for unstoppable standing ovations when Putin speaks to Congress.

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  • The New York Times article on how wonderful these newly unveiled paintings are doesn't mention anything about the Extra Finger Mystery. It's not unknown for famous people to have six fingers. Comedian Drew Carey claims to have six toes on one foot, although he could be joking. The Scottish thinker Robert Chambers, whose 1844 book...
  • @Peter Johnson
    Despite enormous money and power to aid the worldwide search, the mainstream US establishment could not locate a competent black artist to paint official portraits of the US ex-president and his spouse. Worldwide talent deficit, maybe?

    Not only could they not find a competent black artist for the Obamas portraits; they couldn’t find a competent black sculptor for the Martin Luther King statue.

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  • Koreans have always struck me as among the most nationalistic people on earth, so it's always struck me as plausible that someday the peninsula will be one nation-state. Unfortunately, I don't have any brilliant suggestions for how to get there. One possibility is that the successful South Korean state will, in the fullness of time,...
  • @jim jones
    NORK cheerleaders are pretty scary

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOTnDs-AK38

    Not very diverse. Don’t know why we should be afraid of NK.

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  • Commenter Noah172 writes: Then there was the obscure Taba talks of early 2001. If Trump’s DACA negotiating convinces millions of white normies that the Democrats are not and will never be reasonable on immigration (redpills them, basically), Trump will deserve credit f
  • @Anonymous
    When the empire implodes, as all empires do, if there is a racially conscious and tough white remnant they'll have a shot (but only one) at establishing an all white republic in North America, it could happen. The other parts will become semifunctional or wholly dysfunctional. Some may stratify out like Mexico or Brazil and preserve an internal mostlywhite remnant, but they will be required to rule a mestizo or mulatto polity and won't get much done.

    There will be another Dark Age. Eventually mankind may resume upward progress, but at the price of ten to a hundred lost generations. Much of our knowledge will be lost and have to be reinvented or rediscovered. Some never will be.

    Ancient civilizations unquestionably had a lot of knowledge that is still lost to us. Many things now commonly known will be lost: indeed, we have already lost a surprising amount of knowledge in the last fifty years. Many things made in the recent past cannot be reproduced today. The makers died and never wrote down what they did or succeeding owners of the material destroyed it.

    Many things now commonly known will be lost: indeed, we have already lost a surprising amount of knowledge in the last fifty years. Many things made in the recent past cannot be reproduced today. The makers died and never wrote down what they did or succeeding owners of the material destroyed it.

    Sounds plausible. Examples?

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    It is quite common to show modern sand-casting foundries some of the more ornate castings done in the 1930s and have them shake their heads at the thought of pouring one today. It's not that they absolutely could not, it's more that it would be more time and bother and the yield would be relatively poor. But many old machine tools, antique car and aircraft engines, etc, had castings no one would call economically feasible today.

    Old fire equipment buffs all know the story of the Ahrens Fox pumper and the round accumulator ball on the front of the pump. One man made them all and he was very secretive how he did it, and no one has been able to figure out how to make another. If one splits, freezes or is caved in, you are out of business. For its time it was a very thin and strong structure, with no visible welds.

    I was into building vacuum tube hi fi amplifiers for a long time, and in addition to the tubes, the bigger "black art" was the winding of the output transformers. Most of the better brands used transformers designed by a few different people and all kept their designs secret. One can tear them down, but there were a lot of tricks in precisely how they were wound that if you are not very experienced to begin with you'd never pick up on.

    There are also a number of manufactured glass items that no one today knows how to duplicate.
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  • From the White House: WHITE HOUSE FRAMEWORK ON IMMIGRATION REFORM & BORDER SECURITY BORDER SECURITY: Securing the Southern and Northern border of the United States takes a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the ability to close legal loopholes that are exploited by smugglers, traffickers, cartels, criminals and terrorists. The Department of...
  • @Tulip
    It is all a load of crap without mandatory e-verify and criminal penalties and fines for employers. The wall is symbolic, mandating e-verify is structural change.

    Can't they just slap a tax on overseas transfers and fund a wall with the proceeds in a budget bill, and avoid the filibuster? Surely even Graham can't cuck on border security.

    I had hoped for mandatory E-Verify also. However, if the total number of illegal immigrants is greatly reduced, with the wall and with Sessions hard at work, E-Verify will be less necessary.

    But it all needs to be worked out quantitatively; and Sessions does need to be on the job enforcing existing law. That would include sanctuary cities and raids on employers using illegals.

    If the Democrats won’t go along with this deal, mandatory E-Verify may get into the mix and get passed as all Republicans and even many Democrats realize how radical their “leaders“ are.

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    How many more years will Trump and Sessions be on the job?
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  • From Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @MarkinLA
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-willing-to-give-daca-immigrants-citizenship-in-10-12-years/ar-AAv8ChQ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

    The "great negotiator" keeps moving closer to all out amnesty while getting nothing. The idiot is negotiating with himself and he is losing.

    If he gets mandatory E-Verify, no chain migration, and no visa lottery, and the wall in exchange for amnesty for dreamers it will be worth it. I have a feeling that’s what he’s going for and the dem’s will get hell for not going along from both Hispanics and everyone else.

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    The judicial activists will use this bloc of people to ram the rest of the world in. An immigrant's case for coming to the US is only settled once they have won.
    , @MarkinLA
    Have you noticed that Trump never mentions E-verify in his demands? Corporate America does not want to pay for breaking the law.
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  • Here's a bike ride last fall through the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, Orange County, CA. And this level of homelessness in California is with the best economy in ten years. Solution: more immigration! The standard of living of homeless people appears to have gone up in recent decades to about...
  • @MBlanc46
    It will be have the same outcomes as social benefit has had for the English working class and welfare has had for black Americans.

    Welfare results in a very high marginal income tax. Murray’s UBI is untaxed; the first dollar earned pays the lowest possible income tax. Thus, work is encouraged in order to have a higher than minimal income.

    In addition, Murray does away with all government welfare. The only remaining welfare would be that coming from private organizations such as churches. Those institutions could choose to not give welfare to those without a good explanation for what they did with their UBI.

    Most conservative objections to a UBI are thoroughly addressed in Murray’s book.

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  • I believe that Charles Murray’s “Universal Basic Income” is the solution. See his book: “In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State”. For understandable political reasons he does not address the obvious requirement to severely restrict immigration. Maybe he and Trump should have a conversation.

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    It will be have the same outcomes as social benefit has had for the English working class and welfare has had for black Americans.
    , @AnotherDad

    I believe that Charles Murray’s “Universal Basic Income” is the solution.
     
    I thought that was a good idea in about 1970.

    I'm with MBlanc46. Any welfare program that really lets people skate on work is a bad idea. It builds a crappy dependency culture in your lumpen proletariat.

    Better is to have the government guarantee some sort of employment at a low minimum wage that would be sufficient just to eat and have a little one room box to live in--but you have to show up and work 40 like everyone else. (Birth control should be another requirement.) The low wage is an incentive to get your ass in gear and chase down some private sector employment--which would have to be priced higher to attract folks--so you could live a decent lifestyle.

    Paying people to be lay-abouts is pretty much always a bad idea. People living off the taxpayers should always be forced to work as much as the taxpayers.
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  • Your opinions on the principles of immigration policy aren't actually all that relevant unless you can explain how they will help us deal with what we see in the world's most important graph.
  • @Luke Lea
    Quoting Lincoln, as our problem is new we need to think anew. In other words we need to think outside the box. For example:

    Alternative 1: A cheap food or water additive that reduces but does not eliminate female fertility.

    Alternative 2: Massive private corporate investment staffed by high-skilled managers from outside the continent, the goal being to hasten the so-called demographic transition.

    Alternative 3: A positive eugenic genetic engineering program to increase African cognitive abilities. Short of a cheap Crispr technology, one way would be a new Peace Corp, whose mission would be to inseminate as many young nubile African maidens as are willing.

    These alternatives are not mutually exclusive. All would increase African welfare.

    Alternative 3: A positive eugenic genetic engineering program to increase African cognitive abilities. Short of a cheap Crispr technology, one way would be a new Peace Corp, whose mission would be to inseminate as many young nubile African maidens as are willing.

    Impulsive, strong, irrational is bad enough but if they are also intelligent; what a disaster! If intelligence is genetic then probably also are these other traits. Intelligence should not be increased unless the other traits are also improved.

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  • Rebecca Carroll, author of an essay in Esquire on how dethroned PBS interview king Charlie Rose is racist because Rose failed to sexually harass her when she worked for him, has been a busy media figure lately. She also recently helped get a disabled guy in a wheelchair, John Hockenberry, fired from his gig on...
  • @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    I agree that Obama is not trash, but that should be a pretty low bar for anybody to clear no matter the hue of his complexion. Yet I disagree that he was remarkably disciplined. On the contrary he coasted from Choom Gang to Occidental and then on through the Ivy League he continued to coast as the First Black President of the Harvard Law Review. Then he coasted as a professional community organizer and an undistinguished career teaching law at University of Chicago. Certainly disciplined enough get by as good enough, but he never showed a burning energy and serious passion. Perhaps the world ruined him by spoiling him when it was always too eager to see Obama as a magical amulet talisman filled with some mysterious "eldritch energies" instead of demanding more from him to develop his potential?

    Obama is a tragic example of wasted potential. He might have been the last leader who had a real opportunity to unite and heal the nation's rifts, had he had the courage to stand up to the destructive demagoguery coming from factions aligned with his side? Instead he wasted a wide mandate that gave him wide legitimacy from all parts of the nation and across all segments of the population. Instead of governing with energy, courage and principle, he failed to find his own backbone and let those from his own base destroy that wide mandate. The opportunity he wasted was much rarer than once in a generation... Perhaps those more conversant in American history than I can suggest a parallel from before when weak leadership meant a missed opportunity to make difficult maneuvers that might have avoided the Civil War.

    I hoped that Obama might solve the Israeli Palestinian problem which I think was the underlying cause of all of the wars in the Middle East in which we have been involved.

    He certainly failed to solve the problem. I wonder if anyone can.

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    I hoped that Obama might solve the Israeli Palestinian problem which I think was the underlying cause of all of the wars in the Middle East in which we have been involved.
     
    You think that Obama could have solved a 3500 year-old blood feud? Obama is an imbecile, but even if he were the single best person of the face of the planet he would fail there. No one person can solve that problem. One of the two groups must either die out, or be assimilated into another group so completely that they do not care.
    , @snorlax
    The Middle East has been in a continuous state of war for the last 5000 years. The underlying cause is genetic, maybe secondarily geography or climate.
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  • Last week in Taki's Magazine, I wrote in my "Lost Edisons" column about Raj Chetty's "Lost Einsteins" study of the family backgrounds of American inventors. Timofey Pnin now points out this new study of Finnish inventors that includes IQ scores, which Chetty mostly lacked for his American study THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF INVENTORS Philippe Aghion,...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    He said the interviewer pointed to various buildings and a hilltop through his office window and asked my dad to estimate their heights
     
    Just appraising his skill at triangulation.

    He said the interviewer pointed to various buildings and a hilltop through his office window and asked my dad to estimate their heights

    Count floors and multiply by 10 feet?

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  • Lizza, who is a fine mainstream liberal reporter (he even was occasionally slightly subversive about Obama, which makes him practically H.L. Mencken compared to his peers), has only one accuser and the accusation hasn't been disclosed. He strongly denies he did anything wrong. There used to be the concept that a "pattern" of sexual harassment...
  • @Rod1963
    No doubt it's certainly resembling a purge - of mostly white guys with a smattering of Jews once you exclude the Hollywood crowd.

    BTW Steve Edwards on Good Day LA has just been fired.

    Larry King is also being accused.

    Now ask yourself "who isn't being accused"?

    The Silicon Valley elite

    Wall Street bankers.

    Bill Clinton - there was some perfunctory finger pointing but it stopped quite soon after it started.

    Jeffrey Epstein who owns pervert Island who runs a brothel of under age girls for the elites of Hollywood and D.C.

    Now ask yourself who isn’t being accused?

    Nobel prize winning scientists, (Feynman?), Fields medalists, university presidents, university professors?

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    Some guy lost a gig as a blogger for Scientific American a few years ago for defending Feynman's sex life.

    This is the only Feynman statue I can find. Hopefully, Caltech will put up some resistance when the come to tear it down.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGwSXV6U8AAmHnq.jpg:large

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  • From the New York Times: Nobody was killed, fortunately. Muslim terrorists have taken to targeting tourist attractions and they seem triggered by Christmas cheer. Bangladeshi ... That's kind of a new one, right? Bangladeshis are sort of the opposite of Chechens.
  • @Jack D
    He created (an upside down) model of his building by hanging weights from strings:

    http://s3.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/0/1/6/317016.jpg?v=1

    Stone is very strong in compression (being squished) but does not take side forces (shear) very well. When you hang a weight from a string, when the string comes to rest all of the side forces disappear and you are left with only tension (which is the opposite of compression). So a pure tension model is a perfect compression model when you flip it upside down. Nowadays we would solve problems like this with supercomputers but Gaudi used string.

    This was really very brilliant but brilliant structural engineering does not necessarily make for great architecture. There is a reason why we don't let structural engineers design buildings by themselves.

    But Gaudi still had to decide how many strings, where to tie them together and where to hang the weights.

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  • @Harry Baldwin
    In Homage to Catalonia, Orwell expresses regret that his faction in the Spanish Civil War, the Anarchists, did not take down Gaudi's Sagrada Familia:

    For the first time since I had been in Barcelona I went to have a look at the cathedral--a modern cathedral, and one of the most hideous buildings in the world. It has four crenellated spires exactly the shape of hock bottles. Unlike most of the churches in Barcelona it was not damaged during the revolution--it was spared because of its 'artistic value,' people said. I think the Anarchists showed bad taste in not blowing it up when they had the chance...
     
    I am a fan of Gaudi's work and visited half a dozen of his buildings while in Barcelona recently. Of these, the cathedral was the only disappointment. It's genuinely ugly, a real hodgepodge. I have to assume that the fact that so much of the work on it was done after Gaudi's death accounts for that, as his other creations are exquisite. Nevertheless, it's one of Europe's top tourist destinations, so I wouldn't endorse demolishing it.

    I’m a big fan of Orwell, but I think Gaudi’s Holy Family is wonderful. It’s hard to explain to someone who disagrees with you on the quality of a work of art.

    What do you think of Gaudi’s other work in Barcelona?

    Are you aware that the shape of the Holy Family is the upside down of strings pulled down by weights at different points? This fact easily determines the structural engineering.

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    What do you think of Gaudi’s other work in Barcelona?

    As I mentioned. we loved all of it except the cathedral: Palau Guell, Guell Bodegas, La Pedrera, Casa Battlo, and Park Guell. I agree that it's hard to argue about one's subjective reaction to a work of art.

    What we particularly disliked about the cathedral was the clash of styles, with a lot of 1950s-1960s looking styles clashing on the back end of the cathedral. We went there expecting to love it and did not, what else can I say?
    , @Jack D
    He created (an upside down) model of his building by hanging weights from strings:

    http://s3.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/0/1/6/317016.jpg?v=1

    Stone is very strong in compression (being squished) but does not take side forces (shear) very well. When you hang a weight from a string, when the string comes to rest all of the side forces disappear and you are left with only tension (which is the opposite of compression). So a pure tension model is a perfect compression model when you flip it upside down. Nowadays we would solve problems like this with supercomputers but Gaudi used string.

    This was really very brilliant but brilliant structural engineering does not necessarily make for great architecture. There is a reason why we don't let structural engineers design buildings by themselves.
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  • The Flynn Effect is the weird tendency of raw scores on IQ tests to go up steadily around the world, necessitating test publishers to toughen scoring periodically. But it seems implausible that IQ scores could go up forever. James R. Flynn points out that the Flynn Effect seems to be over (or perhaps just on...
  • Slightly off-topic, but relevant to the thanksgiving and Christmas season when we meet relatives and have to avoid certain topics.

    One way of putting our situation occurs to me: if you believe in evolution and are interested in the origin of humanity, which has been a chief topic of most religions, then you have to realize that you are a “racist”.

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  • Warning: Mixed Metaphors Ahoy My guess is that if Hillary had won, then we wouldn't be seeing this landslide of revelations against key men in the most pro-Democratic industries. Harvey Weinstein, the keystone figure in all this, was a huge Clinton supporter and if his candidate had become president, that probably would have intimidated his...
  • @Jack D

    The feds have his wiretapped files, but he has refused to give up the password.
     
    Whatever form of encryption he put on the files is now 10 or more years old. Chance are the feds could break it if they wanted to. The NSA sure could. The FBI could probably hire an Israeli firm to do the same.

    BTW, Google is getting very close to commercializing quantum computing, which will make most current forms of encryption breakable. Most encryption relies on the fact that certain math problems are very hard to solve. They could be solved on your laptop but it would take 1,000 years or something like that. On a quantum computer, the same problem might take a few minutes to solve because rather than solving for each point of a function one by one, a quantum computer solves all of them at the same time.

    I believe that even a quantum computer can be defeated by generating a truly random very long key, perhaps by monitoring emissions from a radioactive material, and sending a copy of it to the expected recipient by some secure means, such as a courier.

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    There are a number of proposals for what is called post-quantum cryptography:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-quantum_cryptography

    Merely increasing the key length using the current algorithms would not help and the requirement to physically deliver a key is a non-starter, but there are other approaches at least one of which is likely to be successful. The problem is not what to do going forward but that everything that has been sent in the past (meaning up until this moment), which was thought to be secure, will become decipherable.
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  • From the Washington Post:
  • I wonder if straight men in organizations in which there are many gays seduce women in large numbers to show that they are not gay and thus suppress approaches from gays.

    If they claim that they are simply “happily married“, or “enjoy having a few girlfriends”, I expect gays will still approach them.

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  • And Keillor’s excellent daily Writers Almanac, to which I have subscribed by email for many years, failed to arrive today. A great loss.

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    I suppose that's too bad, but if you're getting them by e-mail already, what's stopping him from just recording them himself and putting them online? sort of a "podcast", as it were.

    I don't really get why he needs the radio station for those. It's not like Prairie Home Companion, where there's a whole cast. The only thing he needs the station for is to get paid, and that's what Patreon is for.
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  • There have been a number of stories in recent weeks suggesting that Australia is falling into China's Sphere of Influence. For example, from the Australian Broadcasting Company:
  • @helena
    yesterday I watched a documentary from 2014 about confirmation bias. They tested intelligence analysts and out of 12 only one got the right answer and, as the narrator declared, he was the only non-professional doing the test. Also, I silently remarked to myself, he was the only East Asian in the room.

    yesterday I watched a documentary from 2014

    Reference?

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ha34Vu1zZo
    I think she was referring to this BBC documentary.
    , @helena
    Horizon "How you really make decisions". Danny Kahneman
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  • On a favorite subject:
  • @SimpleSong
    I tend to think this whole thing comes down to women realizing that the sexual revolution has been really quite bad for them, but they're too proud to admit a square like Phyllis Schlafly was actually right about most things.

    When I look at my grandparents, my grandmothers had much better lives than my grandfathers. While its true that they got stuck with lots of house drudgery, the husbands were slowly killing themselves in coal mines/quickly killing themselves in wars.

    Now I look at my situation and there is just an expectation that my wife has to work. Takes a huge amount of pressure off me, and all I need to do is load the dishwasher and pick up my socks. I'm definitely on the right end of that trade.

    With regard to sex, while I think this 'rape culture' business is a bunch of nonsense, I don't doubt at all that there is a lot more sex happening that women regret. Which is pretty much all sex that doesn't lead to marriage and kids, regardless of what the sex positive feministas tell you. On the other hand men pretty much never regret sex as long as no STDs were transmitted. So the increase in promiscuity has been great for men and bad for women. Better for some men than others, of course.

    I mean isn't this actually a pretty awful time to be a woman? They're lashing out because they're beginning to realize they got conned. The world we live in, I just need to teach my sons not to do stupid stuff, and they'll be fine. But my daughters I'm not even sure what to tell them. The girls who do what society tells them to do are actually getting hammered the worst.

    I remember in the early 70s when I was married and had children, listening to women in the neighborhood enthused about women’s liberation.

    I thought they had a pretty good life already, keeping house, raising kids, having lunch going to book clubs, playing bridge with their husbands in evenings, going to gourmet clubs and to movies and plays on weekends with their husbands.

    I remember thinking, “Be careful what you wish for.”

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  • From the New York Times: In contrast to Trump's nationalism and xenophobia, we should emulate China's model (xenophobia and nationalism). Here's the arrival scene in John Coolidge Adams' 1987 opera Nixon in China:
  • @Anon7
    The problem is that our elites are either rich kids or intellectual kids who don't want to get their hands dirty and who can't imagine that anyone would want anything to do with manufacturing. That's something that the dumb kids, the ones that can't get into elite schools, the kids with dirty hands might want to do.

    I remember when all of the auto manufacturing jobs were leaving the country, and that's exactly what the white collar people thought.

    The worst problem is that I think you're wrong about technological "parity"; because the money, the engineering expertise and the manufacturing all cluster together - we've lost those industries. My hope is that we can leapfrog them and their vast sunk costs in 20th century factories, and set up highly roboticized manufacturing centers set up in partnership with American engineering schools and American companies right here in the USA.

    Like Tesla's factory in Fremont, CA.

    The worst problem is that I think you’re wrong about technological “parity”; because the money, the engineering expertise and the manufacturing all cluster together – we’ve lost those industries. My hope is that we can leapfrog them and their vast sunk costs in 20th century factories, and set up highly roboticized manufacturing centers set up in partnership with American engineering schools and American companies right here in the USA.

    I hope so too. But I’m afraid all our bright European stock that made such great advances over the last several hundred years are no longer studying science and engineering. They’re going into finance and similar “money pushing“. Only those with loyalty to other countries are studying science and engineering. As a result we won’t be able to compete with China.

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  • @Daniel Chieh
    https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/928264256348340230

    Charming! Intellectual! I can’t imagine any other US president having a relative so impressive to the Chinese. If widely presented on national networks, both US and Chinese, this should greatly improve President Trump’s reputation and his negotiating position.

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  • Another less than stunning revelation from Hollywood: Who's next? Jack Lipnick?
  • @Sunbeam
    You are evading his contention.

    Cool McCool wrote:

    "Anyway, are these folks active facilitators of Harvey’s and other’s “P for Play” marketing plans? Should these “play by the secret rules” kids be urged to “come out” or be outed? Do they get a “get out of National Shame free” card? Should they?

    Seems as long as those types keep playing, we’ll always be sprouting more Harvey’s."

    What he is saying is big, it is epic, and it is self-explanatory: Virtually everyone who appears in a Hollywood film, male or female, put out to get where they are. In Catch-22 fashion, if they didn't, they don't have the gold ring now.

    Prove or disprove it. Ignore it if you wish. But you know your audience and they aren't the type to be swayed by a clever quip or rejoinder (or Tweet).

    There is apparently a "fake" interview with Brad Pitt out there, where he ruminates on the movie business. Fake Brad apparently said something like "They have a casting call and 1000 people apply. Out of that, probably 100 would work for the role. How do you select among that 100?"

    I have a theory that you California guys are too close to this business (Hollywood). It is pretty common in the rest of America to find a "Let it Burn" attitude towards it. I know I'd supply the match.

    And as at least one poster has repeatedly stated, you have been pretty silent on the Kevin Spacey situation. Or for a blast from the recent past, what about Travolta? There was lots of interesting stuff to apply Haven Monahan's Razor to in that situation.

    You know sometimes I wonder. I read this site, and I see all kinds of things about reaction times, Word Sums, Fields Medals, blah, blah, blah.

    One thing that is fairly consistent is that Jews are the most intelligent grouping of people in today's world. And intelligence is everything, absolutely every good trait is linked to it, it nature all the way down, ain't no such thing as nurture.

    Yet Hollywood is a world made by their hands. And it is a stinking pile of poo. What's more, their movies suck, even the "brainy" ones.

    What's up with that?

    I have a theory that you California guys are too close to this business (Hollywood). It is pretty common in the rest of America to find a “Let it Burn” attitude towards it. I know I’d supply the match.

    I was a bit active in theater in high school and college but didn’t go on because it was perfectly clear back in the 50s and 60s that show biz was a gay and Jewish thing.

    I think the result is that a lot of theatrical genius has been lost. Where is our Shakespeare today?

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    Bear in mind the theater had an even lower social reputation back in Shakespeare's day, though poets had a relatively high one.
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  • @whorefinder

    Too many Jewish men have major issues with pretty women, especially shiksas. They like to defeat them. Some kind of mom issue?
     
    Jews have, on average, much more sexual perversion than non-Jews. People commented on this freely for a very long time, and then Jews decided that they were the normal ones and everyone else was "repressed" and needed to be "liberated" from their repression, and made up some unsupported "psychoanalysis" nonsense to justify why everyone needed to be pegged and have multiple sex partners.

    That sexual "liberation" has made a lot of goyim quite miserable, but nobody in mainstream culture says so, because who controls the megaphone?

    Of course Jews are overrepresented in the media. But there are lots of Gentiles also. Bill O’Reilly for example. Be nice to have statistics to see if Jews are over represented as offenders even allowing for the fact that they are overrepresented in the industry.

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  • From the New York Times: In Baltimore, "bad choices" don't kill, maps do:
  • @Days of Broken Arrows
    I have a funny story. When my ex and I split up, she bought a condo in a nice section of Baltimore County. It's technically the suburbs, but it's about 15 minutes away from the city.

    As the years have gone by, her neighborhood has stayed about the same, but the prices on the condos have plummeted. She's now lost over 25 percent on her original price -- and in that time the real estate market has been rising all around.

    So, she asked me, "I wonder why the price of these condos has dropped?" To which I answered, "Possibly because your zip code says BALTIMORE!"

    The city's bad rep is well-earned. Years ago, you could go there for nightlife and such. You still can if you have patience and don't mind risking robbery. I haven't set foot in the city since 2011 and I live about 30 minutes away. Used to go all the time in the '80s.

    The white male patriarchy is responsible for the shorter life expectancy and all of the other bad things that plague black communities

    Amazing how that doesn’t work for Hispanics who have a longer life expectancy than Whites.

    And of course female whites have a longer life expectancy than white males.

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  • @TheJester
    The "Soiled" Version of American Social Mobility

    The white male patriarchy is responsible for the shorter life expectancy and all of the other bad things that plague black communities (including poverty, drugs, murder rates, etc.) because the patriarchy forces blacks to live on Tragic Dirt ... while whites selfishly reserve Magic Dirt for themselves.

    The SJWs say that the solution is to move black communities onto Magic Dirt and see what happens. Oh, so we tried that for 50 years! Unfortunately, the Tragic Dirt seems to mysteriously follow blacks wherever they go. However, when whites gentrify the former black communities, the Tragic Dirt just as mysteriously is transmuted into Magic Dirt. What has God wrought?

    The inescapable conclusion must be that blacks can turn Magic Dirt into Tragic Dirt and whites can turn Tragic Dirt into Magic Dirt but not the other way around.

    Yes, it's that simple. Must be the Ghost in the Machine ... something that happens but we'll never know why.

    The white male patriarchy is responsible for the shorter life expectancy and all of the other bad things that plague black communities

    Amazing how that doesn’t work for Hispanics who have a longer life expectancy than Whites.

    And of course female whites have a longer life expectancy than white males.

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  • In the fourth game of the National League championship series to determine who goes to the World Series, the Chicago Cubs survived a threat of elimination by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on 3 solo homers to 2 solo homers. Five of the eight hits in the game were home runs. (For the Europeans...
  • @eD
    I attempted to watch a NFL game recently, the only game the Giants have won this season.

    I was never a big football fan but would sometimes watch NFL games (I grew up in New York City, the one place in the USA where college football is just not a big part of the local culture). Unlike with most iSteve commentators, the protests don't bother me. The concussion problem does, but I always knew the sport was violent and am still working through the implications on that one.

    But I couldn't watch the game. The ratio of commercials to something happening on the field had just gotten too high. It has always been higher than in other sports, but seems to have gotten worse.

    I agree the NBA is also unwatchable, at least in the ridiculous regular season. The problems with baseball, as have been pointed out here, are at least more fixable.

    One thing is that professional sports as we know it, and particularly the NFL, are really tightly woven into the TV and car base mass culture that arose to dominance in the USA in the 50s and 60s. But this is starting to fade away. Baseball was big in an earlier time, and though the MLB adapted to broadcast TV and made lots of money off it, I think the professional sport should be OK without it.

    Tom Boswell, sports writer for the Washington Post, says he watches football games by recording them and then speeding through commercials and most commentary.

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    The preferred method to watch both football and baseball is to TIVO the game. Then start watching it an hour and a half after it has begun. Liberally use your TIVO's 30 second skip button to blast through the commercials and on screen detritus. Then in the late fourth quarter, or 8th inning, you're caught up and in real time, and you don't have to worry about your duffus brother in law texting you the results and ruining the exciting ending.
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  • As I've often mentioned, I don't pay that much attention to all the Spy vs. Spy allegations in the papers because: A) How should I know what really happened? B) The basic rule of intelligence is to assess capabilities rather than intentions. For example, if, say, the Russians have the capability to spy on the...
  • @BB753
    Better ability to do what? Spying on behalf of the US Government. It's an open secret Microsoft did exactly this by leaving a backdoor in Windows. Why would Windows Defender be safer than Kaspersky?

    I’m much more personally worried about financially motivated hackers than about the US government. If Microsoft does the best about the hackers then I would be satisfied.

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  • @Simon in London
    So is McAfee CIA? I hate that program. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the CNN of software.

    Anyone know about the free Windows security?

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    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security Essentials are probably your best bet for AV/spyware. MS has the ability to do it better than anyone else at this point.
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  • Here's a question. In pop culture history, there are countless male-male songwriting teams -- Rodgers-Hart/Hammerstein, Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards, Page-Plant, Strummer-Jones, etc. And there are some male-female songwriting pairs, such as Comden-Green, Goffin-King, and Mann-Weil. But are there any female-female songwriting teams? I imagine there must be, but they are definitely rare. Why do women write so...
  • @Anonymous
    Amateur choral groups and church choirs-even in conservative fundie and old line Catholic churches-have mostly women and/or gays. Straight men are rare in that environment.

    Church organists lean that way too.

    My impression is that male barbershop quartet and chorus members are more numerous than Sweet Adelines. And I expect they are not generally gay.

    But I expect other commentators might be more authoritative than my only slight acquaintance justifies.

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    23,000 Sweet Adeline’s worldwide. I had the opposite impression from you, I assumed the male quarters were a small fraction of the female choruses. I don’t even know the names used by the largest men’s groups.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I hired some sweet Adelines to come sing Happy Birthday to my daughter on her second birthday. One night four kinda large women showed up in sequined vests and sang for about 15 minutes. They were pretty good, but my daughter did not know WTF was happening and spent the whole time safely in her mother's lap.
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  • Via the Daily Caller, a black students group is demanding expropriation via force majeure of a white fraternity house and turning it over to blacks to hang out in. But the interesting part is further down in the black students list of demands: We​ ​demand​ ​that​ ​Cornell​ ​Admissions​ ​to​ ​come​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​to​...
  • @Cucksworth
    The black lady professor from Africa (this is like 2002) said that there is tension between american blacks and african blacks. I spouted off something about how the slaves would be genetically inferior to average africans since they were weak enough to be subjugated and sold off by their african counterparts. I am sure you can imagine how thrilled she was to hear this.

    I spouted off something about how the slaves would be genetically inferior to average africans since they were weak enough to be subjugated and sold off by their african counterparts.

    On the other hand, perhaps bigger and stronger because they survived the ocean voyage and because they were not beaten down by the workload.

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  • Here’s an interesting 2016 article in the Washington Post by Kent Babb about the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ team fixer. He gets paid by the Cowboys to make drunk driving and domestic violence arrests of Cowboy football players disappear before they get into the newspapers. And here's a Men's Journal article by Paul Solotaroff about another...
  • @The Alarmist
    So, what you are suggesting is that these sports are nothing more than circuses supported by slave labour, with the shit jobs going to the Black folk. That means not protesting is raycis because it keeps black folk chained to the entertainment and feeding of white folk, rather than setting them free by killing the sports industry that is oppressing them.

    So, what you are suggesting is that these sports are nothing more than circuses supported by slave labour, with the shit jobs going to the Black folk.

    No, I was making a rather milder point. The fieldwork is probably just as much “shit“ work as the concession work. But the fieldwork is almost all white and the concession work almost all black.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the “white” fieldwork is unpaid and it does not, to me, look like a way forward for a lifetime career.

    I expect there are quite a few whites in the metropolitan area looking forward to working in the restaurant business who would like some part-time work in the concessions. But the jobs are reserved, apparently, for blacks. This seems like something that the EEOC should look into.

    Expanding the point, this seems to be another, somewhat changed, example of affirmative action: whites are discriminated against with respect to working for the government and admission to college, for example

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  • @Sane Left Libertarian

    Shouldn’t the EEOC be looking into this?
     
    The players have noticed since it began. Read Michael McCambridge's outstanding America's Game. As the NFL got big, the rosters became more populated with blacks. Revenues skyrocketed, and so did ticket prices, and thus the games became less affordable to black people who lived near the stadiums. So while the rosters got blacker the crowds got whiter, and the players since the beginning have been aware of it.

    As the stakes have risen, so has tolerance for aberrant behavior (on and off the field, I would posit). A couple years ago the Steelers and Bengals playoff game ended with a gang fight. At present, the NFL is a 15 billion dollar business. None of the people who harvest the golden eggs from that goose are going to help kill it. The owners will keep making millionaires out of violent felons as long as they themselves are reaping billions.

    I don’t think the EEOC has much to look into with respect to playing on the field. I was referring to the concessionaires, the field workers, the ushers, the cheerleaders not having representation in proportion to the regional population that the team represents.

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  • @ThreeCranes
    Don't forget steroids. These guys are monsters because of their unnatural acts. And don't bother telling me about today's athlete spending more time in the weight room compared to athletes of yore. We all know that and it still doesn't account for the frightening, intimidating aspect of the modern football player. They are goons because they inject drugs. Not only would you not want your daughter near them, but you yourself wouldn't want to socialize with them. They are hybrid products of the chemistry lab and experimental biology; Frankenstein monsters with oversized bodies, brains of a retard and the passions of a bull.

    Is it possible that the extra strength and size of the black football players reflects the promiscuous behavior of football players; evolution yields children who will have more children.These children also are suited for the NFL. And their mothers know who their fathers were and urge them to go out for football.

    Evolution can work wonders in only one or three generations.

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    Is it possible that the extra strength and size of the black football players reflects the promiscuous behavior of football players; evolution yields children who will have more children.These children also are suited for the NFL. And their mothers know who their fathers were and urge them to go out for football.
     
    Tell us Samoa...
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  • @Achilles
    Just in...

    THE HILL

    Maxine Waters to Introduce New Civil Rights Legislation to Address NFL Boycott

    BY MAX GREENWOOD

    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will introduce a House bill that would amend federal civil rights law to provide free NFL game tickets and television subscription packages to people of color in response to declining ticket sales and viewership in the wake of the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

    "White supremacists refusing to buy NFL game tickets or to watch the games on TV is having a racially disparate impact on people of color," she said, noting that 70% of NFL players are black.

    "This white supremacist boycott of the NFL is not merely hate speech, but a hate action," she added. "Congress must act urgently to remedy this situation and to protect minorities."

    She indicated that any minority who is eligible under any existing government program would automatically qualify under the new program. "For instance, if you has a Obama Phone, then you is automatically enrolled for these tickets," said Waters. Someone not already receiving benefits would need to apply for the program, which may be done online or by texting from a cellphone.

    A co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), said he had inserted language to make the program available to Dreamers and that accordingly the Hispanic Caucus is supporting the bill.

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was enthusiastic about the bill. She said Democrats would need to be vigilant to ensure that the program was fully funded. "A trip to a football game isn't really complete without drinks and a hot dog or two and we will need to be sure there are funds for that too," said Pelosi.

    A number of House and Senate Republicans were quick to indicate their support for the bill, suggesting it would have more than enough bipartisan support to pass both chambers.

    "It's who we are," said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). "But make no mistake, our obligation to ensure fairness to all Americans doesn't mean we will forego our responsibility to taxpayers," indicating he intended to closely scrutinize Pelosi's funding proposal for the second hot dog.

     

    At the MLB stadium I attend over 99% of the concessions are staffed by blacks. Over 99% of the field workers and cheerleaders white. It’s about a 50-50 split for ushers and ticket takers.

    The metro area is probably about 50% white, 25% Hispanic and 25% black.

    The customers are about 95% white and 5% black.

    Shouldn’t the EEOC be looking into this? Is this situation also found at other MLB, NFL, and NBA venues around the nation?

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    So, what you are suggesting is that these sports are nothing more than circuses supported by slave labour, with the shit jobs going to the Black folk. That means not protesting is raycis because it keeps black folk chained to the entertainment and feeding of white folk, rather than setting them free by killing the sports industry that is oppressing them.
    , @Sane Left Libertarian

    Shouldn’t the EEOC be looking into this?
     
    The players have noticed since it began. Read Michael McCambridge's outstanding America's Game. As the NFL got big, the rosters became more populated with blacks. Revenues skyrocketed, and so did ticket prices, and thus the games became less affordable to black people who lived near the stadiums. So while the rosters got blacker the crowds got whiter, and the players since the beginning have been aware of it.

    As the stakes have risen, so has tolerance for aberrant behavior (on and off the field, I would posit). A couple years ago the Steelers and Bengals playoff game ended with a gang fight. At present, the NFL is a 15 billion dollar business. None of the people who harvest the golden eggs from that goose are going to help kill it. The owners will keep making millionaires out of violent felons as long as they themselves are reaping billions.
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  • From Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Except that India and China are among the world's greatest contributors to global warming. Both nations are not quite first world (certainly not by industrialized US/Western European nations). Latin America is also a fairly large contributor to global warming.

    And billions of poor people worldwide, in India, China, and Africa cooking and heating with small inefficient stoves contribute soot, also known as black carbon to the atmosphere. It settles on ice and snow and causes it to melt. This is probably the main cause of melting of glaciers and of Arctic ice. The resulting dark land and sea surface causes much of global warming. Of course this contributor to global warming is also man-made.

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  • @Thomas

    Like a lot of leftist ideas it totally ignores hard-wired human nature, and since humans rely on experience and noticing patterns to develop a shorthand reaction in dealing with most situations this leads towards the inevitable imbalance in who the cops spend most of their time dealing with.
     
    This isn't unintentional or unthinking. There's actually been left-wing academic calls to randomize policing, or even engage in "counter-profiling," on the assumption that profiling and overpolicing keeps minorities poor and criminal, makes them mad, and that they're less responsive to corrections than the majority population would be. (http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A/bo4101022.html)

    overpolicing keeps minorities poor and criminal, makes them mad, and that they’re less responsive to corrections

    So why do the police not “overpolice“ the Asian minorities?

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  • Why is the French soccer team so black? Are those players mostly from a part of Africa analogous to the part where the great black marathoners come from?

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    They're not. They're from the former French colonies such as Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast and other not so popular tourist destinations. Incidentally the same area of Africa the American blacks come from - more or less. The explanation why they're so numerous is of course that they¨re more athletic. Or so we're told.
    , @Anon
    Great insights into football but Mr sailer thinks there is more running in soccer than there is. The game is approximately 90 minutes with a 15 min break in the middle. The mid fielders, who run the most, maybe do 6-7 miles in 105 min (a nice 17 min/mile jog). If you watch away from the ball most players are walking, standing or slowly jogging. They all aren't racing around the entire game. Also if you look at the final 4 teams of the annual champions league finals where the top pros in the world compete, you would think the mededterainian types make the best players: Spanish, Portuguese, Italians and their co-ethnic expats from South America who return to Europe to play. (Monte Carlo was a surprise exception this year bringing in more Africans to the final four). Africans generally have more power but not sure about coordination. And every player on the field at that level has to have "quarterback like" cognitive skills where they can deliver an accurate pass to a spot on the field where the target player will be in the future. Speed is important in soccer but an accurate pass beats speed every time (see Spain).
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Arguably the top player on France's national team now is Antoine Griezmann, who's half Alsatian, half Portuguese, and looks like Colin Farrell playing Alexander The Great.

    https://twitter.com/AntoGriezmann/status/912732226558861312
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  • From The Guardian: If women didn't have any male loved ones, then Hillary would be President. ... But social science backs up Clinton’s anecdotal hunch.
  • @415 reasons
    And of course as was posted on Drudge yesterday, the NFL operations manual has a several paragraph section on the protocol during that anthem that is very explicit. Players must be on the field, standing, helmet in hand. As if the protocol weren't clear enough, the manual explicitly states that the reason for the protocol is to demonstrate respect for the flag, veterans and those who lost their lives in war. So not only is there an apparent double standard in what free speech is permissible, but there is an explicit, written prohibition against political conduct of the exact type you imagine there should be. So the league supporting the kneelers is blatantly hypocritical and cravenly obsequious to the forces of political correctness.

    I personally am done watching any of these stupid sports leagues, it's too infuriating.

    And of course as was posted on Drudge yesterday, the NFL operations manual has a several paragraph section on the protocol during that anthem that is very explicit. Players must be on the field, standing, helmet in hand. As if the protocol weren’t clear enough, the manual explicitly states that the reason for the protocol is to demonstrate respect for the flag, veterans and those who lost their lives in war.

    That would, of course, have been a perfect explanation for not hiring Kaepernick. But the NFL hasn’t chosen to make that explicit explanation.

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  • From the New York Times: That "gang rape at the University of Virginia" still remains "unproven" due to Rolling Stone's having botched journalistic methodology. If Rolling Stone had crossed all the T's and dotted all the i's, Haven Monahan would be behind bars right now. Also, catfishing is just a boring hobby of hicks who...
  • @res
    It is fascinating how often the hardcore sexists actually turn out to be darlings of the left. Exhibit A being Slick Willie and his women.

    Another exhibit A of course is Jack Kennedy who slept with a different woman every night while Jackie was more or less exiled from the White House to the Kennedy compound for months. All this covered up by his friends in government and the press.

    Most Democrat presidents make Republican presidents look like saints.

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  • From The Guardian:
  • And people will be able to access databases and input a photo they have taken of someone in a crowd and the database will give back the name, address, phone number, SSN, employer, political registration, relationship status, court records,… as well as likely personal characteristics as determined from analytics on the photo.

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  • Here's a large scale exposition of contemporary Immigrant Supremacist thinking in Foreign Policy. Although it sounds as if it could be written by iSteve commenter Tiny Duck, it appears to be completely serious: Shouldn't Foreign Policy have hustled and gotten this article about all the wonderfulness immigration does for America out a day sooner? On...
  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    Israel: the true third-rail of US politics! Some issues are no-go areas even for our first affirmative action President. Even the caucus of colored congress critters has learned to behave circumspectly, after Cynthia McKinney was immolated by AIPAC, both as a condign punishment and an example to the not sufficiently wary.

    I remember when Netanyahu spoke to Congress I wondered if there was a method so that the first representative or senator to cease clapping would not be noted.

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  • Richard Florida, the professor who did well for himself pushing his "creative class" theory of urban prosperity that led to a lot of amusing developments such as the city fathers of Spokane going all Gay Pride, has been backing off from his more popular pronouncements recently. From the NYT: The Urban Revival Is Over By...
  • @Wilkey
    Until they lose your luggage...

    Actually I've never had a bad experience with a black airline employee, other than a cute but annoying flight attendant sitting across the aisle from me who never stopped talking the entire flight. Airlines seem to do a good job attracting good black employees, probably in part because they have tight security requirements and so have to do rigorous background checks. Those security checks are probably done by the FAA, so there's no danger of a discrimination suit against the airline. Airlines also tend to attract people who like to travel, and that boosts the quality of their employees, as well.

    I think perhaps things can work as long as there is not active discrimination against nonblacks.

    In an old DC examiner article I read that in DC there was active discrimination against non-blacks.

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  • Bret Stephens, former editor of the Jerusalem Post, writes in his New York Times column: Where in the world did they get that idea? I mean, besides from reading Bret Stephen's column in the New York Times back in June: Only Mass Deportation Can Save America Bret Stephens JUNE 16, 2017 In the matter of...
  • In his June article Stephens seems to be saying that Blacks should go back to Africa. BLM should get on his case.

    “In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.

    They need to return whence they came.”

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    All Stephens' stuff about natives having a higher crime rate than immigrants is about how African-Americans should be deported.
    , @Chris Mallory

    The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.
     
    Three out of those four things he listed seem to overwhelmingly apply to his Tribe.
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  • As you may have noticed, America has 8 digits worth of illegal aliens. That's a whole lot of law-breaking. That much crime doesn't happen without numerous government officials, elected and appointed, failing criminally to do their duty to uphold the law. For example, the 1986 immigration compromise granted amnesty in return for future workplace enforcement....
  • @Alfa158
    That's the same everywhere. I think some Federal court decisions established that you could not turn anyone away from either schools or medical facilities based on immigration status.
    In Los Angeles, the school district has kids from Mexico who come from so far back in the boonies that they don't speak Spanish, so the district needed to import people who could translate the Mayan based languages the kids spoke.

    Yes, I remember that in the late 60s I read about that supreme court decision. It seemed incredible to me at the time but there was almost no discussion of it after the initial announcement. I’d still like to know the logic of the actual decision.

    At the time I had no idea why all children were not asked for proof of legal residence and why, if none were provided, that the family was not investigated by the INS for deportation. After all, it’s our tax dollars that are being used to educate the children.

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  • To get to this 16 minute video of Jared Taylor discussing the science of "Race Differences in Intelligence," you now have to go past this warning screen: You are eventually allowed to see the video, so YouTube's censorship could be worse, but now you can't do much with it. Youtube writes: Commenter larry lurker writes:...
  • Wonder if Susan watched the video. If enough altleft types do some minds may change. If enough change, the narrative may collapse.

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    Leftists of the 20th Century Progressive Era were well aware of innate biological differences that cause racial disparities. But, they still supported socialism as a way to eliminate them. It is not hard to imagine future black radicals demanding state-funded genetic engineering to improve their circumstances.
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  • From The Telegraph today: What a brilliant idea Tim came up with: following up the iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8! It could have been, say, the iPhone Fukushima or the iPhone HIV or the iPhone Suicide Prevention Net or the iPhone Utah Data Center Snitch or the iPhone Big Gay Goy. But, instead, Tim...
  • Consumer reports as ranked several other smart phones above Apple for several years. I’ll be going that way next time.

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    As will I!
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  • In this current paroxysm of Establishment-driven hate and fear, how long until a mob of good-thinkers lynches somebody? I can imagine the subsequent op-eds putting the no-doubt regrettable event into appropriate historical perspective: while the lynching of a suspected racist Nazi white supremacist was unfortunate, we must always remember the thousands of black men (not...
  • This gives a good picture of what the alt right folks go through if they’ve been identified.

    In this case a regular professor was misidentified so we get a clear picture of what happens to someone who is correctly identified.

    “So You’ve Been Mistaken as a White Nationalist
    Biomedical engineer Kyle Quinn fends off a frenzied Internet mob after being wrongly identified as a Charlottesville protester.”

    http://mobile.the-scientist.com/article/50120/so-you-ve-been-mistaken-as-a-white-nationalist/

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  • Commenter Graham sends along a quote from Greater Britain, an 1868 book by Sir Charles Dilke, a leading British Radical politician: "Hereditary hermit" would seem like a contradiction in terms... It became a fairly hereditary job in England, too. I had never realized that Jon
  • @Robert Hume
    I don't believe Stalin's Russia had a UBI. A UBI is very different from government supplied services. Someone who receives a UBI can use it to buy anything from anyone. That would foster a market economy.

    In this connection it would be useful to have a plot of cumulative or incremental log wealth versus cumulative or incremental population percentage.

    The underlying question is: how much wealth does the top 10% or 1%, or .1%, or .01% or .001% control? So who needs to have their taxes raised to provide a UBI for the 100%?

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  • @AM

    Perhaps the white lower classes could be saved by a universal basic income. But this would require a large cut back in immigration, among other things.
     
    Because communism hasn't been quite tried enough. I'm sure it will work this time.

    I don’t believe Stalin’s Russia had a UBI. A UBI is very different from government supplied services. Someone who receives a UBI can use it to buy anything from anyone. That would foster a market economy.

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    In this connection it would be useful to have a plot of cumulative or incremental log wealth versus cumulative or incremental population percentage.

    The underlying question is: how much wealth does the top 10% or 1%, or .1%, or .01% or .001% control? So who needs to have their taxes raised to provide a UBI for the 100%?
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  • @peterike

    With globalist migrations and immigrations, will the entire world have same hierarchies? Jews on top, whites and Asians in middle, browns as helots, blacks as whatever?

     

    More likely Asians will share the top with Jews. Jews and Chinese in America are already well along their way with assortive mating to create Tiger Babushkas, or whatever one calls them (see Zuckerberg). Chinese and Indians have no racial or ethnic guilt complexes and will not step aside for Jews based on Jewish Jedi Mind Tricks. Nor are they exhausted, like Western WASP society, and ready to retreat into mental retirement and give up all power.

    It will be quite some time before Jews start infiltrating China or India (the only nations here that matter) in large numbers, though some are already at it. But the reverse is well under way, of Chinese/Indians infiltrating America and rising to positions of wealth, power and influence. There is a tidal wave of this coming in the next 20 years, as Western universities, especially in U.S. and Australia, have been pouring out wave after wave of Asian graduates, who are now entering the ranks of all the SJW professions: media, news, legal, NGOs, politics, etc. And they are feverishly anti-white in the SJW mold.

    At the same time, because the upper elite is by definition limited, Asians will also form a large part of the middle classes, as whites continue to decline and Asians grow in number. And lots and lots of cross-racial breeding is going to happen. Chinese are already far along in America in mating with whites. Indians are still more tied to traditional marriage cultures, but its ending rapidly with Indians that are schooled in America.

    An open question is whither the white working class? They are still a significant part of the Helot group, but as a group they are declining rapidly due to relentless media, elite and governmental hostility toward them and demographic displacement. The helot class will likely be slightly whitened as sinking whites marry into the rising Hispanics.

    Blacks will remain a major problem that is likely to get even worse. But once whites are downtrodden enough, we might see an overnight change in elite attitudes about blacks, who serve now as a weapon to push whites down. Certainly the Asian infiltration of the elites isn't going to help blacks very much. I can see a time -- though probably 20 or more years out -- when the elite turns harshly on blacks and brings things back to a more 50s style mode of governance for them.

    The bottom line is that it will be really important in the coming decades to retain one's place in the middle- and upper-middle classes. Everything beneath that is going to get very ugly.

    The bottom line is that it will be really important in the coming decades to retain one’s place in the middle- and upper-middle classes. Everything beneath that is going to get very ugly.

    Perhaps the white lower classes could be saved by a universal basic income. But this would require a large cut back in immigration, among other things.

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    Improved welfare state. Less immigration, especially of the unskilled variant. One is going to require the other, as even liberal stalwarts like Krugman have admitted.

    And people wonder why the SJWs and the Wall Street/Silicon Valley plutocrats love each other.

    , @AM

    Perhaps the white lower classes could be saved by a universal basic income. But this would require a large cut back in immigration, among other things.
     
    Because communism hasn't been quite tried enough. I'm sure it will work this time.
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  • We're pretty familiar with how these rituals play out by now, with the main question not being one of strategy but of tactics: What next? What's the next level for the Establishment to ramp the Culture War up to? I suspect that the tragedies today in Charlottesville might lead not only to the destruction of...
  • @for-the-record
    And while we're at it, America will have to go too.

    ...the slaves whom Alonso de Hojeda and Amerigo Vespucci brought back from the Bahamas after their journeys of discovery along the north coast of South America in 1499. (“We agreed to seize shiploads of the inhabitants as slaves, and to load the ships with them and turn toward Spain. We went to certain islands and took by force two hundred and thirty-two persons and set course for Castile.” Two hundred survived the journey, to be sold in Cádiz.) ... Vespucci [also] brought back slaves from his voyage along the coast of Brazil, and these Cristóbal Guerra sold as well, in Cádiz, Jerez, and Córdoba... In Seville, Vespucci when he died had five slaves in his household, of whom two were African, one Canary Island, and two mixed Spanish and Canary (the two last may have been Amerigo’s bastards).
     
    Hugh Thomas, The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440 - 1870

    Probably everyone alive today has an ancestor who owned slaves. So we will have to burn all history books. And live with the knowledge that our ancestors owned slaves but that we do not know their names. But, ideally, we will forget that slavery ever existed.

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  • From the Silicon Valley Business Journal: I can't remember: is transageism a sacred right, like transgenderism, or an abomination like transracialism? In October 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled that more software engineers could join the lawsuit. The lawsuit represents over-40 job applicants who sought engineering jobs at Google but say they...
  • Are there any tests that would show a coding related ability that would decline with age? I can imagine that a continuously working coder would get better up to a substantial age. Is it possibly only a way to get cheaper, or more “diverse” workers?

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    Age discrimination saves a bundle on employer-provided health insurance.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    Older men have families or they would at least finally like to have one. Or they have come to the point in their lives where they are unwilling to spend all week in endless meetings in order to give their females coworkers something to do and then come in on the weekends or stay into the evenings just to try to get real work done.

    Males under 30-35 may still have the delusion they can work their lives away. But the day they come to the same conclusions as Peter Gibbons in Office Space does arrive eventually.

    http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001889/quotes
    , @MarkinLA
    It is easier to fool young people into believing that if they give their life away to the company, they are doing something important.
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  • Google's suggestions for "American scientists" are famously Woke, with blacks dominating the list. (Here are my speculations on the reasons behind this.) On the other hand, the "rotten core" of the tech industry is evident in Google's suggested pictures of "American computer scientists:" Maybe Sergey (#1) and Larry (#4) should resign in favor of People...
  • If women and blacks are not hired enough by white companies, why not start their own like asians do? An innocent question.

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    Before the Great Society payments started there were a lot more black run service businesses.
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  • I don't know much about the Mongolian music scene, but I went to see a band of Tuvan throat singers called Huun-Huur-Tu from Russian Siberia (next to Mongolia) in the mid-1990s at the Chicago Old Town School of Music. They did traditional eerie throat singing where you sort of gargle two notes at once. One...
  • In addition to “next new comment” no longer working as I posted about a week ago, now whenever I try to select text in an existing comment by others my iPhone freezes and I must reboot.

    This has happened ever since the latest system upgrade 10.3.3

    I also get a System notice when I submit a comment that “this form is not secure, are you sure you want to submit it? “

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  • From my review of the movie Detroit in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
  • @Yak-15
    Clearly the majority of black people hate the bad lots of their community causing dysfunction and blight. But many of them also point the finger at whitey for their failings in life.

    But how do we ever address the results of a meritocratic system in which prosperity skews away from blacks due to genetic factors without mentioning those factors? Especially a system that handsomely rewards upon the acquisition of complex skills and application of fluid intelligence?

    What do we do?

    But how do we ever address the results of a meritocratic system in which prosperity skews away from blacks due to genetic factors without mentioning those factors? Especially a system that handsomely rewards upon the acquisition of complex skills and application of fluid intelligence?

    What do we do?

    A bit OT, but, looking ahead to all jobs, including intellectual jobs, being taken over by AI and by robots, and with the advent of a guaranteed annual income, will whites have any advantage over blacks? One can picture the situation where blacks take over society.

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    Might as well wonder what society would look like if aliens attack.

    Amazed at how many people around here swallow buzzword laden PR releases intended for VC types as gospel fact and believe AI and robotics is a done deal when it comes to the labor force here on The Most Important Comments Section Ever.
    , @bomag

    AI and robots... will whites have any advantage over blacks? One can picture the situation where blacks take over society.
     
    We have been trained to view society as the care and feeding of designated demographics who make scant contribution and require high maintenance; we may program the initial machine intelligence to carry this on, but I doubt it will survive the first software update.

    A parasite does not survive without its host.

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  • @Arclight
    Agree - most black Americans are decent people who are embarrassed by the way these losers act and people who make excuses for them. The Dems/media thought BLM and the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore would help keep black turnout high for the 2016 election, but instead it fell to the level we normally see with Obama out of the picture, and Hillary didn't even get quite the same percentage of black support either.

    Chris Rock has an older bit about how much normal black people hate trashy black people - I doubt he would pull that one out today given the pressure on high profile black people to parrot the oppression narrative, but the thoughts he put out there remain true.

    Perhaps analogous to the distaste the white elite have for “deplorable’s”.

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  • Commenter silviosilver suggests:
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    Well, I cannot using the buttons now (one-hour rule), but your reply made me laugh. Thx.

    Speaking of “buttons” not working. When I click on “next new comment” it turns red but my screen does not any longer move to the next new comment. It’s been this way over a week.

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    Perhaps a browser problem, I am usually to reading from Opera Mini, but is useless for posting, anywhere!
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  • Sorry about disappearing for a few days. I've been on vacation doing a Griswold-style road trip from Denver to Los Angeles with my wife to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. In the past, I didn't have many pictures of myself, but I now have about 1300 smartphone photos of me standing in front of famous...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I went to Arches National Park in 2013. I wanted to go to next door Canyonlands NP this time, along with Bryce and Zion, but I got down into southwest Colorado and discovered that it's hard to get to central Utah from south of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, because giant mountains and the upper reaches of the Grand Canyon get in the way. So we took the southern route via Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.

    Yes, the tourists at Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon were largely European, who were there because those are the most American places they've ever dreamed of. When we first got to the outskirts of Monument Valley, site of countless car commercials (second only to Mt. Tamalpais

    http://emergefilmsolutions.com/car-commercial-road-mount-tamalpais-california/

    ), we pulled over to take pictures and a Belgian father was taking pictures of his gorgeous $50,000 Volvo crossover rental in front of the Monuments, just like in

    If you’ve not done it, I recommend going down the Grand Canyon in a raft. Sleep overnight by the side of the river. There are companies that run these trips. Like a continuous cathedral, the most sublime experience of my life.

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    I'll second that. A rafting trip down the Colorado is a fantastic experience.
    , @RadicalCenter
    Poetically put, "a continuous cathedral." I'm borrowing that.
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  • What's up?
  • Much Madness is divinest Sense
    by Emily Dickinson

    Much MADNESS is divinest sense (Author)
    To a discerning eye
    Much sense the starkest madness.
    ‘T’ is the MAJORITY
    In this, as all, prevail
    Assent and you are sane
    Demur, you’re straightway dangerous
    And handled with a Chain.

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  • From The Telegraph: Lots more where he came from ... and is a frequent presence at his parents’ modest white two-storey home, which they share with his four younger siblings and is just 2km from his apartment. Forklift driver Chris Miller, 49, has lived next door for the past two years and said he wasn’t...
  • @RobertTaylor
    Off Topic although related to immigration:

    Steve has said homosexuals are one group that often do quite well in a social hierarchy (I think I've got that right).

    How did homosexuals do in the Ottoman Empire?

    It looks like it wasn't too bad for them according to Wikipedia. I wonder because most gays seem pretty accepting of mass Muslim immigration into the West, which strikes the average guy as odd, since we think of Muslims as being very anti-gay.

    Maybe gays don’t stand out so much in a polygamist society. Lots of unmarried men around. Lots of potential company.

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  • From KPIX, the CBS station in San Francisco: BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. “I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors. April 22:...
  • @ScarletNumber

    The black middle class would be a whole lot smaller if it weren’t for the government jobs – all levels: city, county, state, federal.
     
    Government work is simply a more respectable form of welfare.

    But if something doesn’t work unless most are diligent and fairly bright, such as the VA or the subway; experience shows that the system collapses.

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  • From The New Yorker: Environmentalism’s Racist History By Jedediah Purdy August 13, 2015 Madison Grant (Yale College 1887, Columbia Law School) ... belonged, like his political ally Teddy Roosevelt, to a Manhattan aristocracy defined by bloodline and money. But Grant, like many young men of his vintage, felt duty-bound to do more than enjoy his...
  • @utu
    Brown and Green: Were the Nazis Forerunners of Environmental Movements?
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/brown-and-green-were-the-nazis-forerunners-of-environmental-movements-1.513354

    In 1935, two years after the Nazis rose to power, the German government passed a Reich law for the protection of the natural environment, a law whose scope was unprecedented at the time and whose goal was to protect and care for the homeland's natural environment. The law included regulations for the protection of flora and fauna, as well as for the conservation of unique natural phenomena of scientific importance and of aesthetic and cultural value.

    The Reich's green laws - although this might sound sarcastic - forbade the slaughtering of animals that had not been previously anaesthetized and fixed limits on experiments on animals. Within the context of the Reich's laws for the protection of the natural environment, organic agriculture, which encouraged the use of manual plowshares in small farms instead of heavy machinery, was advanced.
     

    Hitler was a vegetarian. It all fits together!

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  • From KPIX, the CBS station in San Francisco: BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. “I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors. April 22:...
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    ANON, Zerohedge commenters, who write about the economic aspect of things, when they don't get way sidetracked, have discussed this for a long time. The black middle class would be a whole lot smaller if it weren't for the government jobs - all levels: city, county, state, federal.

    Is there discrimination by blacks against non-blacks? There have been newspaper articles alleging this in DC.

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    Is there discrimination by blacks against non-blacks? There have been newspaper articles alleging this in DC.
     
    You're asking the wrong guy, Robert. I don't work in government and try my best to stay away from any branch and level of it. My comment was about information on Zerohedge, but my personal experience from visits to whatever offices I have had to backs it up (about how much of the black middle class is government workers).

    My guess is that things would be pretty tribal, but that goes for almost any group besides white people in the work environment.

    Hopefully another commenter can chime in to answer you from personal experience.

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  • Donald Trump, Warsaw, July 6, 2017 Commenter martin2 writes: A lot of people don’t appreciate the extent to which intellectual jealousy affects non-white attitudes. I didn’t… I was teaching an almost entirely non-white class many years ago on “Research Methods”, – elementary statistics mainly. But I included an essay type question that had to do...
  • @utu
    Art is difficult to verbalize.

    W/o Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg there would be no American Abstract Expressionism. These two guys "verbalized" it for everybody else. They taught everybody how to think and talk about it.

    Harold Rosenberg's essay "The American Action Painters," first appeared in Art News in 1952, and was republished in his 1959 collection of essays, The Tradition of the New.

    Clement Greenberg's essay "'American-Type' Painting" was first published in Partisan Review in 1955. It reappeared in his 1961 collection of essays, Art and Culture.
     
    And then there is a question how much in the initial stages it was all funded by CIA and its friends?

    Modern art was CIA 'weapon'
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

    In 1947 the State Department organised and paid for a touring international exhibition entitled "Advancing American Art", with the aim of rebutting Soviet suggestions that America was a cultural desert. But the show caused outrage at home, prompting Truman to make his Hottentot remark and one bitter congressman to declare: "I am just a dumb American who pays taxes for this kind of trash." The tour had to be cancelled.

     


    Yes, he says, the agency saw Abstract Expressionism as an opportunity, and yes, it ran with it.

    "Regarding Abstract Expressionism, I'd love to be able to say that the CIA invented it just to see what happens in New York and downtown SoHo tomorrow!" he joked. "But I think that what we did really was to recognise the difference. It was recognised that Abstract Expression- ism was the kind of art that made Socialist Realism look even more stylised and more rigid and confined than it was. And that relationship was exploited in some of the exhibitions.
     

    Mr Jameson explained, "so that there wouldn't be any question of having to clear Jackson Pollock, for example, or do anything that would involve these people in the organisation. And it couldn't have been any closer, because most of them were people who had very little respect for the government, in particular, and certainly none for the CIA. If you had to use people who considered themselves one way or another to be closer to Moscow than to Washington, well, so much the better perhaps."
     

    He confirmed that his division had acted secretly because of the public hostility to the avant-garde: "It was very difficult to get Congress to go along with some of the things we wanted to do - send art abroad, send symphonies abroad, publish magazines abroad. That's one of the reasons it had to be done covertly. It had to be a secret. In order to encourage openness we had to be secret."
     

    In 1958 the touring exhibition "The New American Painting", including works by Pollock, de Kooning, Motherwell and others, was on show in Paris. The Tate Gallery was keen to have it next, but could not afford to bring it over. Late in the day, an American millionaire and art lover, Julius Fleischmann, stepped in with the cash and the show was brought to London.

    The money that Fleischmann provided, however, was not his but the CIA's. It came through a body called the Farfield Foundation, of which Fleischmann was president, but far from being a millionaire's charitable arm, the foundation was a secret conduit for CIA funds.
     

    I’ve read a bit of criticism of abstract expressionism; didn’t enlighten me at all.

    I think I knew a bit about the CIA supporting abstract expressionism; but never really put two and two together before. I now see that my distaste for all but one of those artists and of their apologists is probably justified. Somehow Pollock’s talent showed up by accident and he was grouped with the others.

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  • @Dave Pinsen
    I think it was the Columbia U. Mattress Girl, in defending her post-college S&M themed performance art, who dismissed Jackson Pollock's art as an example of white privilege.

    It's an interesting point, even if she's a hack.

    If an African splashed paint on a canvass in the same way, would he have been similarly feted as an artist?

    Pollock. Art is difficult to verbalize. I read that his art has a greater fractal degree than any other. But, if true, so what? You see it or you don’t. I think he’s the only truly great abstract expressionist. The end of “art”. Warhol is great but something else.

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    Pollock. Art is difficult to verbalize. I read that his art has a greater fractal degree than any other. But, if true, so what? You see it or you don’t. I think he’s the only truly great abstract expressionist
     
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    Seeing art, as in the stuff of the Sistine chapel, in Jackson Pollock is really a sign of our decline. "Fractal degree?" It's random paint platters. Mythbusters does the same thing with explosives. I guess I should post my kids stuff as the height emotive family art. Sorry folks, it doesn't get bet of than this. It's the end of art. Behold, the glory of my 6 year old's mind.

    How out of touch with the amount of work great art really takes does one have to be to pretend to see "fractal degree" in paint splatters? Georges Seurat had least had to plan his work and work at it. We are so screwed.
    , @utu
    Art is difficult to verbalize.

    W/o Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg there would be no American Abstract Expressionism. These two guys "verbalized" it for everybody else. They taught everybody how to think and talk about it.

    Harold Rosenberg's essay "The American Action Painters," first appeared in Art News in 1952, and was republished in his 1959 collection of essays, The Tradition of the New.

    Clement Greenberg's essay "'American-Type' Painting" was first published in Partisan Review in 1955. It reappeared in his 1961 collection of essays, Art and Culture.
     
    And then there is a question how much in the initial stages it was all funded by CIA and its friends?

    Modern art was CIA 'weapon'
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

    In 1947 the State Department organised and paid for a touring international exhibition entitled "Advancing American Art", with the aim of rebutting Soviet suggestions that America was a cultural desert. But the show caused outrage at home, prompting Truman to make his Hottentot remark and one bitter congressman to declare: "I am just a dumb American who pays taxes for this kind of trash." The tour had to be cancelled.

     


    Yes, he says, the agency saw Abstract Expressionism as an opportunity, and yes, it ran with it.

    "Regarding Abstract Expressionism, I'd love to be able to say that the CIA invented it just to see what happens in New York and downtown SoHo tomorrow!" he joked. "But I think that what we did really was to recognise the difference. It was recognised that Abstract Expression- ism was the kind of art that made Socialist Realism look even more stylised and more rigid and confined than it was. And that relationship was exploited in some of the exhibitions.
     

    Mr Jameson explained, "so that there wouldn't be any question of having to clear Jackson Pollock, for example, or do anything that would involve these people in the organisation. And it couldn't have been any closer, because most of them were people who had very little respect for the government, in particular, and certainly none for the CIA. If you had to use people who considered themselves one way or another to be closer to Moscow than to Washington, well, so much the better perhaps."
     

    He confirmed that his division had acted secretly because of the public hostility to the avant-garde: "It was very difficult to get Congress to go along with some of the things we wanted to do - send art abroad, send symphonies abroad, publish magazines abroad. That's one of the reasons it had to be done covertly. It had to be a secret. In order to encourage openness we had to be secret."
     

    In 1958 the touring exhibition "The New American Painting", including works by Pollock, de Kooning, Motherwell and others, was on show in Paris. The Tate Gallery was keen to have it next, but could not afford to bring it over. Late in the day, an American millionaire and art lover, Julius Fleischmann, stepped in with the cash and the show was brought to London.

    The money that Fleischmann provided, however, was not his but the CIA's. It came through a body called the Farfield Foundation, of which Fleischmann was president, but far from being a millionaire's charitable arm, the foundation was a secret conduit for CIA funds.
     
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  • Almost all Whites:

    Plato – systematic philosophy
    Aristotle – early science
    Euclid – geometry
    India?-Persia?-Greece?-Egypt? Decimals, Algebra
    Palladio – classical architecture
    Wright – modern architecture
    Leeuwenhoek – microscope
    Jansen & Metius -Telescope
    Galileo – structure of solar system
    Kepler – planetary orbits
    Newton – calculus, mechanics, planetary dynamics, tides, optics
    Gutenberg – mass production of printed books
    Nicholson, Koenig, Hoe – Rotary printing press
    James Watt – Steam Engine
    Stephenson – Railroad
    Otto – gasoline engine
    Benz – automobile
    Mendel – genetics
    Smith & Hutton & Lyell -geology
    Linnaeus – biology systematics
    Darwin – evolution
    Joseph Priestly – carbon oxygen cycle
    Hobbes – theory of government
    Locke – theory of government
    Washington – stepping down
    William Wilberforce – abolition of the Atlantic slave trade and of slavery in the British Empire
    Adam Smith – economics
    Pasteur – germ theory of disease, vaccination, disproof of spontaneous generation
    Lister – surgical sterile technique
    Faraday – experimental EM
    Maxwell – theoretical EM, kinetic theory of gases
    Shakespeare
    (pre Bach)?
    Bach
    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Monteverdi-opera
    Verdi
    Puccini
    Mozart
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Michelangelo
    Rembrandt
    Van Gogh
    Picasso
    Pollock
    Warhol
    Sheng – Movable Type
    Gutenberg – Printing Press
    Koenig, Nicholson, Hoe – high speed rotary printing presses
    Wilbur & Orville Wright – airplane
    Whittle – Jet Plane
    Goddard – Rockets
    John Dalton – Chemistry
    Lavoisier- quantitative chemistry
    Mendeleev – Periodic Table
    J Willard Gibbs – Physical Chemistry
    Haber & Bosch – nitrogen fertilizer
    Werner Heisenberg – QM
    Erwin Schrodinger – QM
    Dirac – QM
    Everett – ?QM Entanglement
    Einstein – Special & General Relativity
    Hubble – size of universe, Big Bang
    Glashow, Salam, Weinberg – Standard Model of Particle Physics
    Edison – electric light, recording
    Sprague, Tesla,
    Dolivo-Dobrovolsky, Ferraris – AC generators & motors, long distance AC transmission, electromagnetic wave transmission
    Fessenden – radio
    Bell – Telephone
    Aristotle – Logic
    Boole – Mathematical Logic
    Shannon – Logic Circuits
    Turing – computer theory
    John Atanasoff- first digital computer
    Tom Flowers, Zuse – first programmable digital computer
    Wegener – continental drift
    Fermi – nuclear fission
    Pauling -quantum chemistry
    Szent Gyorgyi and Krebs – citric acid/Krebs cycle
    Crick & Watson – DNA
    William Martin – Origin of complex life.
    Peter Mitchell – biological cell power by proton gradient.
    Borlaug – Green Revolution
    Shannon – Information Theory
    Shockley – transistor
    Dummer, Kilby, Noyce – Integrated Circuit
    Hopper – compiler
    Backus – Fortran
    Ritchie – C
    Ritchie, Kernigan, Thompson – UNIX
    Codd – Relational Database
    Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn – Internet-TCP
    Tim Berners Lee – WWW, Browsers

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    I met Vint Cerf in an airport once. He was so gracious and humble. He was genuinely surprised that I recognized him.

    Btw, you can also list the founders of higher mathematics: Laplace, Lagrange, Cauchy, Pascal, Fourier, Descartes, Gauss, Fermat, Galois, Poincare, ... (all gentiles btw).

    , @Dave Pinsen
    I think it was the Columbia U. Mattress Girl, in defending her post-college S&M themed performance art, who dismissed Jackson Pollock's art as an example of white privilege.

    It's an interesting point, even if she's a hack.

    If an African splashed paint on a canvass in the same way, would he have been similarly feted as an artist?
    , @Sarah Toga
    Sure.
    All of that is nice.
    But can they dance? (Waltz doesn't count)
    Play basketball?
    Find the crease and take it to the house?
    Lock down that receiver, take home a pick six?
    Anything that really matters?
    , @Judah Benjamin Hur
    I'm not sure I'd put Warhol or Pollock (or Picasso honestly) in the inner circle of GREATNESS.

    You might also want to read

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_science_and_technology_in_China
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    Pre-Bach music: Tomas Luis Vittoria.
    Other than that, you've pretty much covered it.
    , @Stan d Mute
    All stuff and nonsense. Kids today are taught that every name on your list was a fraud claiming credit for inventions of poor oppressed Africans with IQs under 70.
    , @Pachyderm Pachyderma
    Mr. Hume, did you peruse the article? It speaks negatively of India, let alone any meaningful contributions. And Persia is not even worthy of mention. Also, Egypt is not part of the whiteness. Of course, you are right in noting the de rigueur Jew or two in your wonderful list, lest Sailer's paymaster, Akiva Unz, read him the riot act. Thanks for the thought!
    , @James Richard
    Surely you didn't mean to leave out David Hume - The Last Philosopher (of everything.)
    , @anonymous
    You forgot Philo Farnsworth and Descartes' opposite number, Blaise Pascal. Nevertheless, point taken.
    , @Lex Corvus
    In Human Accomplishment, Charles Murray finds that, whether measured by events or significant figures, 97% of accomplishment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics was due to Europeans. 98% of the significant figures were men.
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  • From the New York Times:
  • @Johann Ricke

    I well remember an American military party I attended here in Israel a few years ago. Every single one of the enlisted men present was a Latino and had a Spanish name.
     
    I am gonna call BS on this. The casualty tallies certainly don't reflect it.

    I know that blacks much preferred to be in support roles and out of the line of fire. Whites want to defend the nation. Perhaps Hispanics are like blacks.

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  • Lincoln will certainly have to go. He wanted to send the blacks back to Africa. And he thought that they were certainly incompatible with whites.

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  • From the New York Times: When it comes to educations, "segregated" now means: not enough white kids. On the other hand, when it comes to adults voting, not enough whites is seen by the New York Times as a feature, not a bug. Granted, that's kind of a logical contradiction, but when you're holding The...
  • I was hoping for a more recent version of this racially brave Washington Examiner piece from 2012:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/26/metro-derailed-by-culture-of-complacence-incompete/?page=all

    Where did you get the information that 97% of operators in the Metro system are black? Something published or personal knowledge? Clearly that shows discrimination against non-blacks since blacks probably comprise only about 20% of the DC area served by Metro.

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  • @Jack D
    Let's put this together:

    Fact #1 "The district’s student population is 93 percent Hispanic and black."

    Fact #2 "Racially segregated schools are overwhelmingly low-performing."


    And this is true in most major cities. I know about those black lady rocket scientists who sent us to the moon, but where is the next generation of people who are supposed to maintain our technological leadership going to come from? High schools in Brooklyn that used to churn out Jewish Nobel Prize winners now churn out barely literate thugs. As I have mentioned before, the general enrollment public high schools of Philadelphia produce zero National Merit Scholars - none, nada, zip. Most of the (mostly black) students can barely add 2 numbers together or write a complete sentence let alone excel on the SAT. How is this going to work in the future? Doesn't this catch up with us bigtime at some point? You already see that, for example, the black run DC Metro system is on the verge of collapse. The rare competent white person who gets a job in the system gets pushed out because he makes all of his black colleagues look bad by comparison.

    I saw an article about this Black incompetence and intolerance from the Washington Examiner of several years ago. Do you have a more current reference?

    Recent articles in the Washington Post refer to many firings for incompetence but there have been no discussions of racial variables.

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    Are you kidding me? Do you really expect an honest discussion of racial variables in the mainstream press in 2017 America? You have to read the Wash Po the way Soviet citizens read Pravda - read between the lines. 97% of the bus and train operators in DC are black. So the Washington Post has long form pieces about the "troubled" Metro system and the "b" word never gets mentioned. It's like schools or crime - whenever you read about "low performing schools" or "high crime areas" they are really talking about minorities 99% of the time. As long as you couch your narrative in neutral terms like "low performing" then you are allowed to print the facts, but you must never, never link anything to race. It's just tragic dirt. But anyone with half a brain can figure out the racial angle.
    , @benjaminl
    Bit of a tangent: one of the things that pushed me toward the Steveosphere a few years ago was reading a couple of long, multi-part Pulitzer-bait series in Establishment newspapers about the sheer incompetence and corruption of certain "urban" institutions.

    I remember reading these articles from within a suburban bubble and thinking: How could anyone be this bad at running things? Of course the articles don't face the Real Problem, but eventually you start Noticing Patterns.

    "The Troubles at King/Drew" hospital (L.A. times, 2004)
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-kingdrewpulitzer-sg-storygallery.html

    "Fixing D.C.'s schools" (Washington Post, 2008)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/interactives/dcschools/

    I feel like this was slightly before the rise of Corey Booker / Obama-type Ivy League Talented Tenth types who could be counted upon to run "urban" institutions in a more acceptably technocratic manner, while still "keeping it real."


    For anyone who hasn't read it, Luke Rosiak's series on the DC Metro is worthwhile and infuriating. The more things change...

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/26/metro-derailed-by-culture-of-complacence-incompete/

    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits.... The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell. In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high-level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less. ...It is a culture in which a white male engineer near completion of a Ph.D. was passed over for a management position in favor of a black man who was barely literate, multiple staffers said.
     
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/27/even-with-big-salaries-metro-cant-fill-its-jobs/

    Metro officials have said that 1,000 applicants are whittled to a pool of 30 candidates and even fewer hires. Yet the cream of the crop, court and Metro documents and interviews showed, is rife with convicts, drug addicts and the marginally literate, while others with college degrees or strong work ethics have documented an inability to succeed within Metro.
     
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/1/metro-police-not-quite-dcs-finest/

    It was just after midnight, and Isaiah N. Nichols was prowling Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington looking for sex. Twenty dollars, answered a woman who was “trying to make some money.” “That’s what’s up. I’ll meet you over there,” Mr. Nichols said. The woman turned out to be an undercover police officer conducting a sting, and Mr. Nichols was arrested. He agreed to enroll in a “john school” class and was ordered to stay away from the Northeast strip. But Mr. Nichols, too, was a police officer, and is still on the beat for the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD).
     
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  • From Twitter Moments: In response, Eric Turkheimer explained in Vox: "Some Things Science Is Just Not Meant to Understand." Thank goodness the NYPD has its own Bee Wrangler and official Police Bee Hive. Tonight, my wife was trying to watch the episode of Black Mirror (the British "digital Twilight Zone") in which a swarm of...
  • OT: Tom Boswell really doesn’t like the new US Open golf course.

    “So why are we here at Erin Hills? It has no track record, no visual variety, no water in play and as little natural grandeur as a nice piece of rolling farmland could offer, once you scoured off its natural trees and left no vegetation more than hip high to create what the USGA calls “a heartland course.” Has anyone ever heard of a “heartland course” before, or was that invented, too?”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/erin-hills-is-heartland-course-with-lots-of-land-but-not-much-to-heart/2017/06/15/7064a046-522c-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.8022afddcade

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    The Kettle Moraine isn't to everyone's taste.

    Thank the gods.
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  • From the NYT: A Night of Terror, a Year of Racism Adam Manno ON CAMPUS JUNE 12, 2017 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page ORLANDO, Fla. — A year ago today, a mass shooting during a Latin-theme dance night at Pulse, a popular gay bar in Orlando, Fla., left 49 people dead, more than...
  • @AM
    Christianity is that.

    In Christianity, our equality is in our ability to be asshats to each other, not in our virtue or wisdom. Our fallen state and nature as each God's creatures makes us equals, nothing more.

    And it's here where HBD ends up being DNA worship. HBD theories seems to ignore the dark down sides of high IQ. It takes some really high IQs to manufacture the factory genocides of the 20th century. (Also atheism and complete rejection of Christian principles) Low IQs, manage, at best, limited tribal warfare.

    Unfortunately, HBD atheists end up in the same place. They are so impressed with themselves as white folk they've failed to notice that without a higher calling, a framework within which to put that IQ and creativity, they devolve into highly creative and clever nightmares. So convinced that their DNA will simply give them a moral character that they ignore the beasts in their souls.

    Ugh. There is no saving us until we are naked again.

    HBD needs to be added to Christianity so that equality of secular results is not thought to be mandated by God.

    I would be very much in favor of a guaranteed annual income; but the details make for a long story.

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    I agree wholly. We need a religion, or else, we're whizzing off into insanity.

    Could we have a religion consistent with HBD? Take the Declaration of Independence: All men are created equal “in that” they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.

    Then make it clear that almost all groups of people have among them high IQ individuals. (Pygmies?) And that, in all races, God gave the low IQ individuals equal rights.

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    Christianity is that.

    In Christianity, our equality is in our ability to be asshats to each other, not in our virtue or wisdom. Our fallen state and nature as each God's creatures makes us equals, nothing more.

    And it's here where HBD ends up being DNA worship. HBD theories seems to ignore the dark down sides of high IQ. It takes some really high IQs to manufacture the factory genocides of the 20th century. (Also atheism and complete rejection of Christian principles) Low IQs, manage, at best, limited tribal warfare.

    Unfortunately, HBD atheists end up in the same place. They are so impressed with themselves as white folk they've failed to notice that without a higher calling, a framework within which to put that IQ and creativity, they devolve into highly creative and clever nightmares. So convinced that their DNA will simply give them a moral character that they ignore the beasts in their souls.

    Ugh. There is no saving us until we are naked again.
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