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  • Totally off topic: Steve, PLEASE report on Tommy Robinson situation – lots of demos in London right now; only Gateway Pundit (which banned me years ago) is reporting.

    FREE TOMMY ROBINSON! (Even if he’s cucky re Israel and Jews, he’s against total Muzzification of England.)

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  • Mischel's famous Marshmallow Test of children's willpower to delay instant gratification in return for more rewards in the future (you can eat one marshmallow right now or get more later) is often cited in the usual All We Have to Do About Education articles. Toddlers who resisted the urge to eat the marshmallow the longest...
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    San Francisco Chinese have been infamous for gambling since they arrived before the gold rush. They have always had illegal gambling casinos.

    They still have the illegal casinos which are heavily patronized instead of spending the time to go to Reno.

    Much of Chinese on Chinese crime revolves around the illegal casinos: extortion, kidnappings and home invasions because the illegal casino operators keep tens of thousands of their ill gotten gambling gains at home because they don’t pay taxes

    Same thing in every Chinese community in the world

    “San Francisco Chinese have been infamous for gambling since they arrived before the gold rush. They have always had illegal gambling casinos.”

    I’ve seen this random factoid (about Asians and gambling) a number of times in different places.

    That really doesn’t seem to go along with high IQ or the ability to delay gratification.

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    “San Francisco Chinese have been infamous for gambling since they arrived before the gold rush. They have always had illegal gambling casinos.”

    I’ve seen this random factoid (about Asians and gambling) a number of times in different places.

    That really doesn’t seem to go along with high IQ or the ability to delay gratification.
     

    There are cultural factors.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/minority-report/201407/asian-gambling-addiction

    Asian Gambling Addiction
    More than just Chance
    Posted Jul 10, 2014

    “We have this saying in Chinese: if you don’t gamble, you don’t know how lucky you are.” —Anonymous Chinese gambler

    This strong belief in luck, fate, or fortune is part of the driving force behind Asians and gambling. It’s no coincidence there is such a high proportion of Asians gambling and the deep cultural factors which not only encourage gambling but discourage seeking help when it becomes compulsive or addictive.

    Research shows Asians in the U.S. have a disproportionate number of pathological gamblers (i.e. addicted) as compared to the general American population. According to Dr. Timothy Fong, an associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program
     

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  • Guys this event, or non-event as it may be is in the end utterly meaningless.

    The only thing that matters from our viewpoint is that North Korea not attack South Korea.

    It’d be nice if they didn’t retail nukes, though if they did they’d have to see if it was ok with China first. And if China for some reason decided that someone should be able to purchase nukes from North Korea, well they could just sell them one on their own if they chose – and we couldn’t do a damn thing about that.

    You might say I ascribe too much influence to China on this matter. To that I say look at the situation. North Korea is an utter basket case of a nation. If China decided no aid of any form to North Korea, and no trade of any sort – well North Korea is in an absolute world of hurt.

    Whether North Korea undergoes a regime change and ultimately reunites with the South is not our concern in any shape or form. I think it would be a good thing, but in the end that is something for both Koreas to ponder, not us.

    So unless North Korea is actually going to flatten Seoul with all that artillery, then bunker up in the North, or advance South and get their army destroyed after a month or so, well it doesn’t matter.

    At all. Just more crap for the Talking Heads to pontificate over.

    To be honest is Seoul wasn’t so close to that DMZ, North Korea wouldn’t matter at all. Of course as densely populated as South Korea is they are bound to have major population centers close to it.

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  • We see numerous Criminal Masterminds in movies and TV shows but fewer in real life. In Baltimore, however, a genuine Genius is being charged with first-degree murder. From the Daily Mail: By the way, do you get the feeling that maybe Matthews' grandmother is taking the fall for the 16 year old male? The three...
  • “Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius.”

    So Dickens is doing True Crime now, eh?

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  • In the Weekly Standard, Christopher Caldwell has a fascinating article, "The Killa in Manila," explaining the popularity of President Duterte with Filipino voters. I liked Caldwell's prose portrait of the previous president: Unmarried, childless, gnomic, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, son of the makers of the EDSA revolution and president from 2010-16, did not present that elite’s...
  • @Anonymous
    I don't know about that, since the most popular video games revolve around fighting, shooting things, killing people, etc.

    Pretty much every straight young man today grew up playing and enjoying video games in some capacity. They're like Legos, toy cars, toy guns, etc.

    Perhaps there's an association between certain types of games or certain video gaming habits and being left wing, but I don't think there is one with video games in general.

    “Pretty much every straight young man today grew up playing and enjoying video games in some capacity. They’re like Legos, toy cars, toy guns, etc.”

    Yeah but can you associate that fact with any discernible character trait that is of any practical use?

    I can’t come up with anything. Actually I’d say that being good at video games is… only good for playing video games.

    I’ll say something that may seem a little obtuse. My take is it isn’t even good for producing computer programmers.

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    Some games, including the most popular, may train IQ.

    https://www.pcgamesn.com/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-iq-test

    My experience is that they've definitely taught me a lot about patience and working with a team. The immense, painful issues of working with a team. For a presumably common goal...

    There's a Chinese saying about that specific game(which is about five players vs five players), which I took to heart.

    You start with five enemies. Try not to increase the number as you play.
    , @Daniel Chieh

    I’ll say something that may seem a little obtuse. My take is it isn’t even good for producing computer programmers.

     

    That, though, I kind of agree with - beyond providing inspiration to many <i to want to make games - which is worth something.

    But a good question is what would provide the correct mentality to produce computer programmers? Not much in the norm. The very successful Russians seem to have as close as possible to naturally creating great programmers: excellent mathematical class, an interest in linguistics, and long hours of isolation in the dark?

    Programming really is an odd mix of linguistics and analytical thinking, in my experience.
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  • Starbucks' supremo Howard Schultz knows far more about making money than I do. But lately he's gotten himself into a jam as the Eye of Soros has turned toward his vast chain of coffee shops with their deep pockets. Retail's usual workaround to keep freeloading lowlifes away is to play classical music 24/7. But classical...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    Exactly. Let them ruin their business by turning it into the fucking hobo bath house for all I care.
     
    Oh, boy! Another placement opportunity for my favorite link from 2017:

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/horrified-mcdonalds-customers-watch-naked-13434799

    See you and raise. Interestingly the woman in the video is white. That’s Canada for you.

    Woman Furiously Shits On Floor Of Tim Hortons, Throws It At Employees [Update]

    https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/woman-furiously-shits-on-floor-of-tim-hortons-throws-i-1826082960

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  • Thugs actually hate classical music. From the L.A. Review of Books: From Theodore Gioia's website: "Hailing from a line of writers, Theodore has the dubious distinction of being the second best-known writer named Ted Gioia in his family." The Gioias are like the Therouxs of the 21st Century. MAY 17, 2018 AT THE CORNER of...
  • @slumber_j
    I have to say that I agree with the jazz musician on NPR...and there's one of the strangest sentences I've ever written. My father was a huge Bach fan, but I never could understand what it was for, exactly.

    It's pretty: I'll give it that.

    “I have to say that I agree with the jazz musician on NPR…and there’s one of the strangest sentences I’ve ever written. My father was a huge Bach fan, but I never could understand what it was for, exactly.

    It’s pretty: I’ll give it that.”

    This site has a very minor fetish for classical music (nothing compared to the IQ obsession though).

    I 100% agree with you and that jazz guy (though I also hate jazz).

    As they say in discussions about the Perl programming language, “There’s more than one way to do it.” I think they need to run an additional experiment where they play Hank Williams (the real one, not his son), or Jimmy Rogers singing “T for Texas.”

    Hank Williams Sr… “Angel of Death” (the best version with lyrics) – YouTube

    Jimmie Rodgers – Blue Yodel No 1 (T For Texas) – YouTube

    Anyway, more than one way to do it. I love Celtic music and derivatives. Classical leaves me cold. All kinds of things I’ve heard that I like, but not classical.

    And by right of being me, my personal tastes supercede that of anyone who likes that “Lovely, Lovely Ludwig Van.” Since I do not care for it, the sentiment that “Nature’s Noblemen” like classical music is the notion of a syphilitic moron.

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    Well, I like a lot of that sort of thing too. But I also like a lot of Classical music, or whatever one wants to call it. It's Bach that leaves me cold.

    And mostly I don't love it when it gets too Romantic. Nevertheless there are exceptions. This for example is a recent favorite of mine:

    https://youtu.be/ihx5LCF1yJY
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  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    Another odd thing about A Clockwork Orange: Alex is from an intact two-parent family. And no Pakistanis!

    Blade Runner lied to me about future LA being populated by Chinese doing genetic engineering in sidewalk bazaars.

    The LA of Blade Runner 2049 is still dominated by intelligent, flawed white people.

    There are some minor conceptual problems in BR 2049 but I still found it deeply affecting, like the first.

    “Blade Runner lied to me about future LA being populated by Chinese doing genetic engineering in sidewalk bazaars.

    The LA of Blade Runner 2049 is still dominated by intelligent, flawed white people.”

    Which version of LA circa 2049 would you put your money on being more likely?

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  • There doesn't seem to be a shortage of opinions on the subject, so I don't have one.
  • Not really getting the angst over this whole thing.

    Deal or no deal, who cares? I have not one iota of concern or interest in it either way.

    Now developing nuclear weapons isn’t that big a trick. LOTS of countries have: UK, France, China, USSR, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel, India, South Africa (at one point)… not sure about Americas, Brazil probably could if they had wanted, and maybe Argentina. Canada surely could – if they wanted.

    If Pakistan having one doesn’t make me lose sleep at night (and it doesn’t), why should I give two figs about whether Iran has them? Answer: I don’t.

    I see not one reason, economically, strategically, politically for us to ever enter into conflict with them.

    As for Israel, sure they could bomb them. Purely symbolic, and I’m not sure how safe it would be for them (Iran has been buying Russian anti-aircraft sytems for a long time. The Serbs sure knew what they were doing against aerial bombardment, and it’s not like Iran hasn’t had just as much advice and training from Russia.)

    The idea of Israel undertaking a serious military effort against Iran… that’s utterly laughable. Kind of like Vietnam getting a mad on about India and pounding the war drums.

    I mean, what are you going to do? IF you can get there with any significant force?

    Screw all this crap. Much ado about nothing either way. Only way it matters at all, is if Trump actually desires to prosecute military action against Iran (which our congress probably would give him). But I don’t think he does, so who cares?

    Maybe Trump likes to see the talking head shows totally spazzing out over things. Gets a chuckle from seeing guys like George Will and Miss Lindsay Graham bloviate incessantly.

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  • I haven’t seen any Iranians bribing/blackmailing our politicians, using our media like puppets, driving an alien immigration wave into our countries, subverting our culture.

    So leave them alone.

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    • Replies: @San Fernando Curt
    You pretty much nailed it, there.
    , @Uilleam Yr Alban
    The civilized world must prevent the further proliferation of nuclear weapons or chaos will ensue. Nobody has had the will to do so since Reagan (and maybe that’s what Bush thought he was doing in his befuddlement, but the cases against Iran and NoKo are much stronger).
    , @lavoisier
    You sir are noticing the elephant in the room.

    Who told you that you could open up your eyes?
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  • As we all know, race doesn't exist. Except DNA companies will tell you your racial ancestry to three decimal points. In the New York Times, Amanda Hess attempts to square this circle via the use of scare quotes: Warning: before clicking on the link to the NYT, be aware that the illustration drawn up for...
  • Does the NYT do any actual reporting anymore? It seems like every story they publish now is on some overblown internet phenomenon that conveniently allows the reporter to complete her research without ever leaving the comfort of her East Village apartment.

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  • Pssssst ... Hey, you know, all those extremely muscular celebrities in sports and movies? They're on PEDs! They're just hoodwinking society's standards of what a man should look like. And this has nothing to do with me not being very muscular ... I've just been pointing this out since the 1990s because of my dedication...
  • In my younger days I used to be into fitness. Running every day, I had a weightlifting routine I looked up in a book that was supposedly “pro” (like Squats every 3rd day, Bench every other, all kinds of crap I don’t remember), Pull ups, dips, situps… I used to do the 15 minute workout at 6:30 AM (Aerobics is hard guys those gals knew what they were doing).

    Anyway I can tell you that when it came to roughhousing bodybuilders just… weren’t very strong. You could throw them around like a sack of potatoes.

    We were all pretty much casual people though. Almost no powerlifters. Most of the ones I saw were bodybuilders, with a lesser minority like myself into “general fitness” or something.

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  • From Observer: 7 Pieces of Shoe Advice for Men From 434 Single Women By Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller • 09/15/15 1:57pm Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller are the authors of Mate: Become the Man Women Want Single women are really judgmental. And they need to be. They don’t have all the time in the...
  • The only advice single mean need is : do not take advice from single women.

    Seriously – a married woman wants to tell you something, you had better listen. A single woman wants to tell you something, well, I hope you have perfected the “uh uh, I am listening nod” while discounting her completely.

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    • Replies: @anon
    Similarly: don't take diet advice from an overweight person.
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  • iSteve commenter anon writes: If this training day is going to consist of speeches and hectoring from “civil rights leaders of color” then it’s going to be a complete waste of time. What the employees need is a clear explanation of the rules that they are supposed to follow and some specific examples and role-playing...
  • @Anon
    How about someone start a new enterprise called TRUTH TRAINING?

    Makes more sense than 'Diversity Training'.

    Truth Training sessions would include people trained to be True Race-ists laying it all out straight. For example, all the workers and managers would be assembled and be made to listen to speech and instructions.
    It might go like this:

    "Okay, this problem about Diversity is not about Hindus, Asians, Mexicans, Homos, white hipsters, or Muslims... unless it's the rare one that like to blow up stuff. No, on a day-to-day basis, the problem of Diversity is about blacks. Most Starbucks or any other franchise don't have problems with most groups. Sure, all groups get out of order sometimes, but it's the blacks who make the most trouble. Whoever heard of Swedish Americans or Japanese-Americans having a riot at Chuck E Cheese? Usually, it's the Negroes who be doing that stuff. So, let's not pretend the problem in America is like in DO THE RIGHT THING that would have you believe that all these different groups in NY can't stand each other. In fact, even if they don't much like each other, they get along. The problem is with blacks.



    It's whites vs black, Jews vs black, browns vs blacks, yellows vs blacks, blacks vs blacks, black men vs black men,, etc. And blacks also cause the most problem for homos and trannies. It's like black kids are suspended more in school. It's not because the teachers are 'racist'. In many of these schools, the principals and teachers are either black or dye-in-wood libby-dibs. So, let's have some straight talk, like in the scene in THE WANDERERS between the greasers and the brothas. The problem isn't so much Diversity per se as blacks. Look at knockout games. Blacks. Look at flashmob robbery. Blacks. Look at rape stats. Blacks. Look at gun violence. Blacks. So, there is no need to drag in latinos or homos or Jews into this debate. Sure, they want to be included in the discussion involving Negrolatry. What is Negrolatry? According to John Derbyshire, it is treating Negroes as sacred objects no matter what they do. Because Negroes be sacred, we are to believe that any altercation involving blacks must be the fault of whites or non-blacks or the system. It's never the fault of holy blacks. Apparently, blacks are like that mountain-sized negro in GREEN MILE who loves the little white mouse. We are supposed to hear MLK bellowing from the mouth of every Negro. But let's have some real talk. Sure, slavery happened and there was Jim Crow. But that is not the reason why blacks cause so much trouble. It's due to evolution. Blacks just evolved to let the good times roll. Now, letting the good times roll is good at most times but not at the expense of other people. So, just as other groups must be mindful of Negroes, Negroes gotta be mindful of others. But too many Negroes only be mindful of theyselves and no one else. This is why black men and black women be talking shi* to each other all the time. Why do blacks act this way? It's genetics. Blacks evolved in warrior-hunter worlds with lots of malaria and hippos, and that drove them a bit nuts. Human species can roughly be divided into Sub-Saharan blacks and everyone else... which is why in every city, most of the problem is between black and non-black. I mean even Jews and Muslims in NY get along better than Jews and blacks or Muslims and blacks. Why is that? Negroes lack mindfulness and wanna let the good times roll at the expense of everyone else. Also, Negroes are more muscular and more aggressive. This means they feel arrogance when it comes to other races. They think, 'We be badass like Mike Tyson and kick your ass, so you better not tell us what to do, sheeeeeiiiit.' So, they feel contempt toward other races. Notice that black guys call white men 'white boys'. Why is that? It's because Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali beat up all them 'white boys'. Also, blacks in Africa evolved to favor the jive-and-shuck mofo. The black guy who danced and hollered the most got the most love and had the most kids. So, black DNA is all about acting like a rapper. This may be fun on TV but it's a big headache in reality where people must get along together. But then, because blacks are so tough in sports and loud in music, many non-blacks worship blacks as godlike pop idol-race that must be revered. So, even when blacks act bad, it's like they have a right to be badass, and it is our duty to play along. Another issue is IQ. Even though blacks are bigger and stronger, they tend to be lower in IQ and have childlike emotions. So, a lot of white folks see blacks as 'children who can beat you up'. There is combination of patronizing condescension and abject fear. Many whites feel, "we have to treat the Negro differently because he just doesn't get what we get and can't live up to our standards of conduct" on the one hand, and on the other hand, "If we don't do like the Negro says, he might go crazy and act like Mike Tyson who bit off Holyfield's ear or, worse, OJ Simpson." Indeed, the Diversity Training is really about 'how best to handle blacks who are like children who can beat you up.' What we really need is Negro Training. If Negroes were trained to act and behave better, we'd have far less trouble. And in the past, there used to be some Negro training. So, blacks were expected to be a 'credit to their race'. But expecting blacks to improve their behavior got associated with real bigotry and discrimination in the past. So, the baby got thrown out with the bathwater. Also, as blacks realized they can knock out white boy in boxing and sports, they didn't want to hear no advice from the weaker race. Having warrior DNA, blacks are naturally allergic to respecting any people who be weaker or slower. But if most Negroes were like Gary Coleman or Emmanuel Lewis, they might respect the white man more even if there had been slavery and Jim Crow because the little negro would at least respect the manhood of whitey. Now, there is no permanent solution to the race problem unless we can genetically engineer all future Negros to be like Gary Coleman or Emmanuel Lewis. For the time being, there is only the truth. And if we address this truth, we can get along better. So, if you're white barista dealing with a Negro, you must tell yourself, "Negroes are more aggressive, arrogant, less intelligent, and less introspective. Negroes disrespect whitey as the weaker race and have this nasty attitude. Therefore, I shouldn't expect Negroes to live up to standards of normal conduct. So, if a Negro breaks rules, just let him be unless it really gets out of hand because, after all, he is a Negro." With such attitude, you will tolerate Negro stupidity better and avoid incidents. Now, if you're a Negro, you should always remind yourself when you enter a business or building, "I'm a Negro with a troublesome inheritance of being troublesome. My ancestors evolved this way because there were too many malarial mosquitoes, hippos and angry elephants, mean lions and hyenas, and other equally warrior-like Negroes. My DNA is adapted to running around and chucking spears at animals and hollering and walloping, and this is problematic in a civilized setting where people must learn to be mindful and respectful of other people's spaces and properties. When non-blacks see stuff owned by others, they see it belonging to others. But when we Negroes see it, we think 'gots to have me!' So, knowing this truth about my negro nature, I will at least make an effort to be mindful and not mess with other folks." Now, if more Negroes thought that way, they would still be troublesome Negroes but they would at least gradually begin to develop a mechanism in their minds to restrain themselves from total stupidity. Truth cannot solve all problems but truth and only truth can set us free from falsehood, fantasies, and lies that plague us due to PC."

    Now, I know it's not a great speech like Alec Baldwin's in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS("Put that coffee down"), but there's enough truth there to start a real conversation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Lf8GtMe4M

    You really need to add paragraph breaks, and clean up that thing. Personally I think you also need to ditch any of your attempts at humor, nothing but a distraction and not funny really.

    But yeah that’s it.

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  • @Reader 2
    Maybe Starbucks just adopts the equivalent Amazon Prime model....say annual fee $50. That would preclude many problems.

    The future?

    Low trust society will demand that free access will be replaced with “members only clubs” like Costco or AmazonGO, where you have to check in with credentials or some electronic app. Virtual bouncers or turnstiles can keep out the riffraff, moochers and troublemakers.

    They won’t want to make personnel have to enter direct confrontations with rule breakers.
    It’s a no win proposition.

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    • Replies: @JMcG
    That doesn’t seem to work in the NYC subway stations. They just jump the turnstiles. I was in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. There were dozens of “youths” riding dirt bikes and quads across fields and on the streets. They would put a couple of kids in an intersection to block traffic and the horde would ride through. This went on yards from the police who were staffing the event I was attending. The police were making damn sure everyone paid to park.
    Anarchotyranny is what it is.
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  • Andrew Sullivan writes in New York Magazine: Will There Always Be an England? Andrew Sullivan April 27, 2018 8:43 am ... London is close to unrecognizable from the city I knew as a teen. Its skyline has a touch of Dubai to it, the wealth is tangible, even obscene, the prices absurd, the energy young...
  • @Jonathan Mason
    Oh, and I forgot Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code, and Tom Clancy. Then, of course, there would be Michener and Alex Hailey, who wrote Roots.

    “Oh, and I forgot Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code,”

    Wow. That actually sold in the UK? I figured it was strictly a local thing like Hal Lindsay and “The Late Great Planet Earth.”

    Tom Clancy as well? Really?

    When as a nation your most important, best selling writer is Stephen King, you kind of figure everyone else is laughing at you, not buying your literary output.

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  • “Salman Rushdie is now a US citizen.”

    Thanks. I guess.

    “Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, John Updike. Lionel Shriver.”

    My society really has bifurcated. I can actually name more Japanese manga writers than I recognize names from your list of “American” writers.

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    I can actually name more Japanese manga writers than I recognize names from your list of “American” writers.
     
    OK, so you know more about Japanese writers than US writers who have sold millions of books in the UK, but all that proves is that you are more interested in Japanese culture than UK/US culture.

    Here is a list of the best selling authors of the decade in the UK. If you knew anything about books, you would recognize some US names.

    1 J K Rowling 29,084,999 £225.9m

    2 Roger Hargreaves 14,163,141 £26.6m

    3 Dan Brown 13,372,007 £74.1m

    4 Jacqueline Wilson 12,673,148 £69.9m

    5 Terry Pratchett 10,455,397 £77.2m

    6 John Grisham 9,862,998 £65.9m

    7 Richard Parsons 9,561,776 £49.2m

    8 Danielle Steel 9,119,149 £51m

    9 James Patterson 8,172,647 £53.8m

    10 Enid Blyton 7,910,758 £31.2m

    11 Bill Bryson 7,409,656 £61.2m

    12 Patricia Cornwell 7,355,180 £49.8m

    13 Jamie Oliver 7,244,620 £89.5m

    14 Daisy Meadows 7,149,788 £24.1m

    15 Ian Rankin 6,848,039 £44.3m

    16 Julia Donaldson 6,621,594 £33.7m

    17 Alexander McCall Smith 6,609,779 £40.6m

    18 Francesca Simon 6,564,681 £31.6m

    19 Bernard Cornwell 6,297,911 £45.5m

    20 Roald Dahl 6,169,406 £33.8m
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  • “Sunbeam, you obviously are not very knowledgeable. ”

    Yeah. Maybe so. I was going to retort with an example of an American author who sold a lot of books in the UK, then ask you where he/she lived.

    Then realized I don’t have the foggiest notion of who that would be. I can think of lots of UK authors who sell well in the US: Gaiman, Tolkien, Rowling, Agatha Christie, Goodkind, whoever that Tinker/Tailor/Soldier/Spy guy was…

    Do you guys even read books by American authors? And what about American TV shows? Really kind of curious. Never been there, and never will but I’m curious.

    I also have found it vexing on a personal level how many UK actors get big, lucrative roles in American movies, whereas Americans have a hard time crossing the pond to get a paying gig. And they are always these upper class types like Cumberbatch, more blue collar guys like Michael Caine and even Connery are a distant memory.

    Personally I think it is due to how many Hollywood types are gay. That accent hits them where they live.

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    Personally I think it is due to how many Hollywood types are gay. That accent hits them where they live.

    I think it's more that American media producers are looking for someone with proven acting ability and experience, yet still unknown. There's a small cottage industry of teaching American accents to the UK.

    Another theory- California has diversified so much that there isn't attractive American talent anymore.
    , @Jonathan Mason

    I was going to retort with an example of an American author who sold a lot of books in the UK, then ask you where he/she lived.

    Then realized I don’t have the foggiest notion of who that would be.
     
    Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, John Updike. Lionel Shriver. Salman Rushdie is now a US citizen.
    , @Carol
    Brit actors have been a bore, starting with Peter York. Always such pallud effeminate types esp in BBC shows.

    Either real men are too scary or Brits are just different now.
    , @Almost Missouri
    I think the British actors > American actors is just a traditional economic thing. Britain is much more crowded so everything requires more social interaction, and Britain has an older, more elaborate culture, so naturally the British all have to be at least part time actors. The professionals are just the ones who decide to go full time with it.

    Then, the British are also poorer, and will work for lower wages. So better actors, who work for lower wages, ... what's not for Hollywood to like? And they have been liking it since at least Charlie Chaplin and Cary Grant.

    Conversely, worse actors who want want higher wages? Why would British studios hire Americans? It is cheaper just to get a local who can do the accent, which most of them can since they spend hours absorbing American "telly".
    , @Tyrion 2

    Do you guys even read books by American authors? And what about American TV shows?
     
    American TV and film is absolutely dominant in the UK. The fact that there are a huge number of Brits working in your industry is because the two have essentially merged.

    We Brits are about a sixth of our combined Brit-American media industry.

    There are some solely British shows. Reality TV trash, paeans to 'British' diversity, token 'high' brow offerings from the BBC and some pretty good comedies if you have taste and like the idiosyncratically British humour.

    I also have found it vexing on a personal level how many UK actors get big, lucrative roles in American movies, whereas Americans have a hard time crossing the pond to get a paying gig
     
    As implied above, there's not much for American to get a role in, because there's not that much.
    , @Ali Choudhury
    The money on offer is a lot lower so there is not a huge incentive to try. The domestic film industry is miniscule compared to the US and kept going by tax credits. There are a fair number of American actors like Paul Dano, Matt LeBlanc, Jeremy Piven and Gilllian Anderson who take a pay cut to star in TV series which appeal to them. And a fair amount come over to act in theatrical productions. Kevin Spacey ran the Old Vic theatre for about a decade.
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  • @El Dato

    https://www.rt.com/uk/425359-london-sadiq-khan-safe/

    my 21yo daughter went to london with a friend recently - she'd never been before and heard it was vibrant and multicultural and like that idea - she came back terrified and will never go there again. She found it horrific, hostile and violent
     

    “my 21yo daughter went to london with a friend recently – she’d never been before and heard it was vibrant and multicultural and like that idea – she came back terrified and will never go there again. She found it horrific, hostile and violent”

    That article you posted…

    Is London still “cool” in the UK? I mean are new musical acts still arising there? People producing culture, writing books?

    I’d halfway guess that while the institutions like so-and-so records or publishing house are still headquartered there, the new musical acts are forming elsewhere? The new J.K. Rowlings writing books somewhere else?

    Just a guess. Be interesting to see if London remains as culturally dominant as it historically has been.

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    The new J.K. Rowlings writing books somewhere else?
     
    Sunbeam, you obviously are not very knowledgeable. Joanne Rowling, despite being Welsh, has spent nearly all her adult life in Edinburgh. In fact, she lives 15 minutes ( walk ) down the road from me. We were hoping she was going to retire to rural Perthshire, but it hasn't happened.
    For some strange reason, the last 15-20 years has seen more and more Welsh people settle in Edinburgh. Don't know why.
    , @Miro23

    Just a guess. Be interesting to see if London remains as culturally dominant as it historically has been.
     
    It's the capital city of an Empire that no longer exists, the same as Rome and Constantinople and Vienna of the old Hapsburg Austro-Hungary. They remain capital cities with a lot of impressive architecture and tourism but fade into irrelevance at the world level.

    Actually Ankara in the case of Turkey, but Istanbul (Constantinople) is still the largest city.

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  • From Fernandina Observer: David Levy Yulee: A Man, A Moment in Time, A Monument Submitted by Ron Kurtz Former Director Amelia Island Museum June 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. There is a new presence at the foot of Centre Street, in front of our Historic Depot. Fernandina is the site of the first public statue honoring...
  • @syonredux

    My heart is stirred by songs like The Bonnie Blue Flag and grey and butternut uniforms, not to mention the Stars and Bars which somehow became our flag out of all the others flown by the South during the war.
     
    There was an interesting Jewish role in the development of the Confederate Battle Flag:

    William Miles’s disappointment with the Stars and Bars went beyond his strong ideological objections to the Stars and Stripes. He had hoped that the Confederacy would adopt his own design for a national flag-the pattern that later generations mistakenly and ironically insisted on calling the Stars and Bars. The design that Miles championed was apparently inspired by one of the flags used at the South Carolina secession convention in December 1860. That flag featured a blue St. George’s (or upright) cross on a red field. Emblazoned on the cross were fifteen white stars representing the slaveholding states, and on the red field were two symbols of South Carolina: the palmetto tree and the crescent. Charles Moise, a self-described “southerner of Jewish persuasion,” wrote Miles and other members of the South Carolina delegation asking that “the symbol of a particular religion” not be made the symbol of the nation.
     

    In adapting his flag to take these criticisms into account, Miles removed the palmetto tree and crescent and substituted a diagonal cross for the St. George’s cross. Recalling (and sketching) his proposal a few months later, Miles explained that the diagonal cross was preferable because “it avoided the religious objection about the cross (from the Jews & many Protestant sects), because it did not stand out so conspicuously as if the cross had been placed upright thus.” The diagonal cross was, Miles argued, “more Heraldric [sic] than Ecclesiastical, it being the ‘saltire’ of Heraldry, and significant of strength and progress (from the Latin salto, to leap).”
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-politically-correct-origin-of-the-confederate-battle-flag/

    Hmmm reread this.

    I know it may be esoteric and of no interest to most, but what am I supposed to get from this?

    Jewish Confederate would rather not fight under a flag with the Christian cross?

    Doesn’t bug me, I’m more a Cross of St. Andrews guy anyway, as opposed to the Cross of St. George.

    I mean would you rather be a highlander with a kilt, a claymore, whiskey, and bagpipes? Or wear a powdered wig?

    No contest in my book.

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    I know it may be esoteric and of no interest to most, but what am I supposed to get from this?

     

    If true, it would mean the only state with a Christian cross on its flag would be Hawaii.

    https://www.50states.com/flag/image/nunst016.gif

    In contrast, seven of Canada's ten provinces have a cross.

    http://shop.flagshop.com/media/img-uploads/flag-canada-provincial.gif

    But you can't beat Quebec's old one.

    http://cartiergeneral.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/drapeaux_carillon_sacre_coeur.jpg

    Or the Dominican Republic's present one.

    https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/caribb/dominicanrepublic/dopics/flagpics/doflag.png

    https://ih1.redbubble.net/image.351143562.5388/raf,360x360,075,t,fafafa:ca443f4786.jpg

    , @syonredux

    Hmmm reread this.

    I know it may be esoteric and of no interest to most, but what am I supposed to get from this?

    Jewish Confederate would rather not fight under a flag with the Christian cross?
     
    It just shows how considerate the South was towards Jewish sensibilities.
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  • @syonredux

    Really think something else would have been the flashpoint for some kind of conflict, even an armed one, if slavery had never existed in this country.
     
    Dunno. Enthusiasm for secession was quite weak in the areas of the South (e.g., western Virginia, east Tennessee, etc) where slavery was marginal:

    East Tennessee was a stronghold of Unionism; most slaves were house servants—luxuries—rather than the base of plantation operations. The dominant mood strongly opposed secession.[28] Tennesseans representing twenty-six East Tennessee counties met twice in Greeneville and Knoxville and agreed to secede from Tennessee (see East Tennessee Convention of 1861.) They petitioned the state legislature in Nashville, which denied their request to secede and sent Confederate troops under Felix Zollicoffer to occupy East Tennessee and prevent secession. The region thus came under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Nevertheless East Tennessee supplied significant numbers of troops to the Federal army. (See also Nickajack). Many East Tennesseans engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities by burning bridges, cutting telegraph wires, and spying for the North.[29] East Tennessee became an early base for the Republican Party in the South. Strong support for the Union challenged the Confederate commanders who controlled East Tennessee for most of the war. Generals Felix K. Zollicoffer, Edmund Kirby Smith, and Sam Jones oscillated between harsh measures and conciliatory gestures to gain support, but had little success whether they arrested hundreds of Unionist leaders or allowed men to escape the Confederate draft. Union forces finally captured the region in 1863.[30] General William Sherman's famous March to the Sea saw him personally escorted by the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment, which consisted entirely of Unionist southerners. Despite its name, the regiment consisted largely of men from Tennessee.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_in_the_American_Civil_War#East_Tennessee

    “Dunno. Enthusiasm for secession was quite weak in the areas of the South (e.g., western Virginia, east Tennessee, etc) where slavery was marginal:”

    That is 100% correct. And there were counties in a number of other Southern states that decided from the get go they weren’t seceding. Additionally there was some real doubt that states like Tennessee would actually enter the War on the Southern side. The Southern planter class (and slavery) wasn’t exactly popular with the Scotch-Irish of Appalachia and Texas.

    But you are also neglecting the fact that support for the War in areas of the North besides New England was pretty tepid in the beginning. I’ve read at least one history whose conclusion was that if Fort Sumter hadn’t been shelled the War might very well not have happened, and Secession may have occurred without a shot being fired.

    Then too, it is pretty cliched at this point to say “Duh, it was all about slavery.” And pay not one whit’s worth of credence to the arguments about tariffs (I believe in this period most of the operating expenses of the Federal government were financed by these). I might add that those economic issues came up time and again, including with Bryan and his many presidential runs, up until about the time of Henry Ford, that being about when manufacturing began to be of importance to more of the local economies in this country.

    I guess the point I want to make is that there is a mutual dislike between Southerners and Yankees. And it goes back to Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, not just the expansion of slavery in America.

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    But you are also neglecting the fact that support for the War in areas of the North besides New England was pretty tepid in the beginning. I’ve read at least one history whose conclusion was that if Fort Sumter hadn’t been shelled the War might very well not have happened, and Secession may have occurred without a shot being fired.
     
    It's a common observation among historians that only two states seemed really enthusiastic about fighting, South Carolina and Massachusetts...

    Then too, it is pretty cliched at this point to say “Duh, it was all about slavery.” And pay not one whit’s worth of credence to the arguments about tariffs (I believe in this period most of the operating expenses of the Federal government were financed by these).
     
    Yeah, but those arguments arose in the context of plantation slavery.....

    I guess the point I want to make is that there is a mutual dislike between Southerners and Yankees. And it goes back to Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, not just the expansion of slavery in America.

     

    Dunno. Remove slavery from the equation, and everything changes. For example, what would the South look like without a history of slavery......
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  • One thing that is irritating to me as a Southerner, is it seems like SJW’s seem to think we all want to bring back slavery or something.

    My heart is stirred by songs like The Bonnie Blue Flag and grey and butternut uniforms, not to mention the Stars and Bars which somehow became our flag out of all the others flown by the South during the war.

    But bring back slavery? I’ll be honest with everyone I, and I think most white Southerners, at least the ones I’ve talked to in my life wish that slave one had never been brought to America. I’m quite sure we think differently than our ancestors did, but you can trust me that this is the overwhelming sentiment today.

    That said, I have always thought the North/South enmity existed outside of slavery. I really think that the roots of it go back to Cromwell and the English Civil War.

    Obviously there are more sections of the country than Dixie and the New England states, but Yankees rub more people the wrong way than just Southerners.

    Really think something else would have been the flashpoint for some kind of conflict, even an armed one, if slavery had never existed in this country.

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    My heart is stirred by songs like The Bonnie Blue Flag and grey and butternut uniforms, not to mention the Stars and Bars which somehow became our flag out of all the others flown by the South during the war.
     
    There was an interesting Jewish role in the development of the Confederate Battle Flag:

    William Miles’s disappointment with the Stars and Bars went beyond his strong ideological objections to the Stars and Stripes. He had hoped that the Confederacy would adopt his own design for a national flag-the pattern that later generations mistakenly and ironically insisted on calling the Stars and Bars. The design that Miles championed was apparently inspired by one of the flags used at the South Carolina secession convention in December 1860. That flag featured a blue St. George’s (or upright) cross on a red field. Emblazoned on the cross were fifteen white stars representing the slaveholding states, and on the red field were two symbols of South Carolina: the palmetto tree and the crescent. Charles Moise, a self-described “southerner of Jewish persuasion,” wrote Miles and other members of the South Carolina delegation asking that “the symbol of a particular religion” not be made the symbol of the nation.
     

    In adapting his flag to take these criticisms into account, Miles removed the palmetto tree and crescent and substituted a diagonal cross for the St. George’s cross. Recalling (and sketching) his proposal a few months later, Miles explained that the diagonal cross was preferable because “it avoided the religious objection about the cross (from the Jews & many Protestant sects), because it did not stand out so conspicuously as if the cross had been placed upright thus.” The diagonal cross was, Miles argued, “more Heraldric [sic] than Ecclesiastical, it being the ‘saltire’ of Heraldry, and significant of strength and progress (from the Latin salto, to leap).”
     
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-politically-correct-origin-of-the-confederate-battle-flag/
    , @syonredux

    Really think something else would have been the flashpoint for some kind of conflict, even an armed one, if slavery had never existed in this country.
     
    Dunno. Enthusiasm for secession was quite weak in the areas of the South (e.g., western Virginia, east Tennessee, etc) where slavery was marginal:

    East Tennessee was a stronghold of Unionism; most slaves were house servants—luxuries—rather than the base of plantation operations. The dominant mood strongly opposed secession.[28] Tennesseans representing twenty-six East Tennessee counties met twice in Greeneville and Knoxville and agreed to secede from Tennessee (see East Tennessee Convention of 1861.) They petitioned the state legislature in Nashville, which denied their request to secede and sent Confederate troops under Felix Zollicoffer to occupy East Tennessee and prevent secession. The region thus came under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Nevertheless East Tennessee supplied significant numbers of troops to the Federal army. (See also Nickajack). Many East Tennesseans engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities by burning bridges, cutting telegraph wires, and spying for the North.[29] East Tennessee became an early base for the Republican Party in the South. Strong support for the Union challenged the Confederate commanders who controlled East Tennessee for most of the war. Generals Felix K. Zollicoffer, Edmund Kirby Smith, and Sam Jones oscillated between harsh measures and conciliatory gestures to gain support, but had little success whether they arrested hundreds of Unionist leaders or allowed men to escape the Confederate draft. Union forces finally captured the region in 1863.[30] General William Sherman's famous March to the Sea saw him personally escorted by the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment, which consisted entirely of Unionist southerners. Despite its name, the regiment consisted largely of men from Tennessee.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_in_the_American_Civil_War#East_Tennessee
    , @BB753
    One of the most puzzling aspects of American culture is the North /South divide which in fact has nothing to do with slaves and plantations, but goes deeper than that. Even the different British origins of the settlers fails to capture the real difference. My theory is that climate and separation (physical separation, as in distance from the North's cultural centers and population, not just local federal rule) had a lot to do with the deep-seated cultural and political differences.
    IMHO, the USA is a social construct if there ever was one. Clearly, Dixieland is a different country and should have gained independence long before the Civil War broke out.
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  • Animal breeders have been using "polygenic scores" to estimate the long term potential for which individual livestock to breed for more of a desired trait. Lately, this general concept has been applied to humans (without the breeding angle, of course). For example, Steve Hsu et al last year did a study that was fairly accurate...
  • @Lot
    I am what is known as a triple threat: 7 feet tall, a Ph.D, and heel bones so dense I sink right to the bottom of the pool, even with three pairs of floatie wings.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0b/Lucas_in_the_pool.jpg/220px-Lucas_in_the_pool.jpg

    “and heel bones so dense I sink right to the bottom of the pool, even with three pairs of floatie wings.”

    Okay I missed something. What are you going for here? Because not getting this.

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    The study in the post looked for height, education and heel bone density genes.
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  • When you make up a list of individuals who have spread the most unhappiness throughout the world, the top ten might include Tamerlane, Hitler, Genghis Khan, Stalin, and, of course, campfire song composer Stephen Foster. The statue of Stephen "Oh, Susanna" Foster was hauled away today in Pittsburgh. Who will they come for in the...
  • @prosa123
    "Neither race nor immigration are mentioned, until the last few paragraphs in which the Guardian writers observe that “young black men are disproportionately the victims of knife crime, particularly in London”.
    Of course, there is no mention of the hugely relevant fact that the vast majority of “young black men” who are stabbed are stabbed by other young black men. "

    Wait ... I thought that the Pakistanis commit most of the violent crime in Britain. Socioeconomically they're orders of magnitude below blacks.

    “Wait … I thought that the Pakistanis commit most of the violent crime in Britain. Socioeconomically they’re orders of magnitude below blacks.”

    I guess it is what you are driving at, but it does need to be restated.

    No matter the violence in Europe, no matter the demographic and cultural issues, the fact remains that all the incidents that have occured so far, the rapes, the stabbings, axe attacks, bombings, vehicular homicides…

    That literally just doesn’t even rate with what blacks do. There are a lot of good, vital reasons to oppose Muslim immigration. But crime and even organized violence? My take is on the most fanatical day of their life, Muslims in Europe aren’t capable of the kind of chaos and violence that is just a routine day in Chicago, Detroit, Gary, Birmingham, Memphis, East St. Louis,…

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  • A letter to the editor featured in the New York Times: Racism in the Housing Market April 23, 2018 To the Editor: In “A ‘Black Tax’ on Housing” (editorial, April 15), you say the reduction of the black homeownership rate to levels not seen since the 1960s when housing discrimination was legal is a reflection...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Angelo Mozilo's strategy was that if he could push Countrywide's share of the national mortgage market from 10% to 30%, he could start to cartelize the mortgage industry and garner higher profits. His hope was that Hispanics were a discriminated against group who wouldn't prove as bad at repaying mortgages as the objective evidence suggested. So if he could get Bush's regulators to stop worrying about down payments and income documentation, he could seize a vast new market that more prejudiced lenders wouldn't touch, which would allow him to triple his market share.

    This Mr. Garg sounds pretty similar except that he sounds like he's trying to cash in via the Silicon Valley venture capital market by selling them a pretty story about how he's going to profit via fighting racial prejudice. Considering how few people in America understand how the sacredness of Diversity played into the unfortunate events of 2007-08, this just might work.

    “Considering how few people in America understand how the sacredness of Diversity played into the unfortunate events of 2007-08, this just might work.”

    Wait just a second. That certainly played a big role in the whole thing, but there were also a lot of other insane loans made.

    I personally observed a single 21 year old with a reasonably good income (for about a year as an HVAC technician) get a loan to buy a house. I told him that 20 years ago the bank would have laughed in his face. Heck he didn’t even have a credit history basically.

    Then we had the whole phenomena of being getting Housing equity loans, and a lot of other people besides the black and brown crowd getting loans that any impartial observer would know that if the transmission went out on their car one month, they weren’t going to be able to make the mortgage payement.

    And even more cynically they would probably lose the job they had because they couldn’t get to their McJob exactly when the boss required a day or two.

    This whole thing was exactly a socialize the risks/privatize the profits kind of thing. Because no one, Mozilo or otherwise would have made those loans if they had to hold on to them and recoup via mortgage payments as opposed to just reselling them to a… bigger fool.

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  • Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times: Liberalism’s Golden Dream By Ross Douthat Opinion Columnist April 25, 2018 ... But by coincidence I was in California while I read the Golden State essays, wandering around in Greater Los Angeles with my family, and in the annoying way of pundit-travelers let me make some observations...
  • @Steve Sailer
    A number of years ago during a Boy Scout event, I was surprised to find in my neighborhood a quite large Jewish private elementary school that had so many students that it had 23 Cub Scouts moving up to join the Boy Scouts in one year. This wasn't an Orthodox school, just normal Jews who went to public school when were were kids before busing came to LAUSD in 1978.

    The school is hidden away behind large hedges. The huge increase in Jewish private schools in Los Angeles over the last 40 years is almost never discussed in the mass media.

    How many members of the media send their kids to private schools?

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  • A letter to the editor featured in the New York Times: Racism in the Housing Market April 23, 2018 To the Editor: In “A ‘Black Tax’ on Housing” (editorial, April 15), you say the reduction of the black homeownership rate to levels not seen since the 1960s when housing discrimination was legal is a reflection...
  • Why is it that these types never put their money where their mouth is?

    This Garg guy, Rob Reiner, heck T. Coates and JayZ.

    They could start up a Savings and Loan, and dump all their money into it. It would operate strictly in areas Roosevelt’s FHA would have not made loans in. I expect them to put in physical branches, so they can service the banking needs of their clientele.

    It’s probably racist in some way, to strictly serve only blacks. Though practically no one ever questions something that does, at least the sort that read the Post and the Times.

    But I don’t mind, really.

    As for how much should they put in? I say all of it. Why everyone talks about the Constitution, when there is some kind of BS talking point, but no one talks about that little section in the Declaration, the one that says “Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.”

    Anyway I figure you can put Brin, the Zuck, Bezos down for a couple billion apiece.

    Duh! Who we talking about? Let’s put them down for tens of billions each.

    After all there is no risk right? Actually there have to be monstrous profits to be made, what with racist bankers having ignored this potential gold mine for close to a century.

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  • Freeman Dyson is perhaps the last surviving (or at least still active) physicist or mathematician of the Bohr / Feynman / Turing / Zeldovich / Heisenberg generation who were employed to use their huge brains during WWII. As a teenager, he worked as a statistical analyst for the RAF Bomber Command. He assisted an older...
  • @NOTA
    We're the gypsies endogamous? I have the vague impression they adopted or kidnapped kids, and that some gypsy women were prostitutes--both would have caused a lot of gene flow into the group and kept it from separating from the surrounding European population.

    “We’re the gypsies endogamous?”

    My thinking was that they’d be the least likely people to leave a written record of pedigree I can think of, plus they are all descended from one small group that went on a really long trek out of India.

    So we got inbreeding, and no one writes it all down.

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  • @Sean
    No other life forms have spread out through the galaxy and universe, and we cannot even detect any light speed transmissions from them. Perhaps not the most persuasive evidence for humanity having a long term future. Either we are unique, which seems rather unlikely, or something the others invented (like the Krell in Forbidden Planet) led to them going extinct before they got off it the launch pad, every single time. We need to stop the time bomb of technology and turn back the clock. The alternative is certain destruction by 2090 at the latest, going by the Lindy effect.

    “No other life forms have spread out through the galaxy and universe, and we cannot even detect any light speed transmissions from them.”

    I guess I could do some reading and answer my own question.

    But space is BIG. From wikipedia:

    “The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter between 100,000[26] and 180,000 light-years (ly).[27] It is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars.[28][29] There are probably at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way.[30][31] The Solar System is located within the disk, about 26,000 light-years from the Galactic Center, on the inner edge of the Orion Arm, one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of gas and dust. The stars in the innermost 10,000 light-years form a bulge and one or more bars that radiate from the bulge.”

    Just assume there is (or was) another civilization 100,000 years ago on the opposite side of the galaxy. Say they are just like us and broadcasting radio and TV signals with the same power we are.

    Just have a hard time believing we could detect a TV station 100,000 light years away. That is going to be one really attenuated signal thanks to the inverse square law after 100,000 years. And you are also assuming you’d recognize what Moopls Florzing with Nucknucks actually was, instead of some wonky natural phenomena.

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    Probably, a civilization on a planet with an ionosphere will broadcast high power signals that will penetrate that ionosphere only for a limited time. If it continues to progress past the 20th century, low power packet mesh networks will cover the planet, as with our 4G cell phone towers. As analog is replaced by increasingly sophisticated digital modes, the odds that anyone would figure out what is being said become lower and lower too.
    , @Sean
    If there is anything to what Dyson is saying they should be here. Hence the Fermi Paradox.
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  • It would be far easier to colonize Antarctica or the continental shelves than it would be to colonize other planets. So far, nobody seems to be game for that.

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    It would be far easier to colonize Antarctica or the continental shelves than it would be to colonize other planets. So far, nobody seems to be game for that.
     
    It would be far easier for me to pick my nose too, but that's not the point. The point is to expand humanity off planet to get our eggs out of one basket. There are many potential and highly probable existential risks to humanity this century. Not the least of which is genetically engineered pathogens, which potentially any competent graduate student could cook up in the future. For a natural example look at the American Chestnut. A billion+ individual trees wiped out. Only a runt population left.
    , @Bill B.

    It would be far easier to colonize Antarctica or the continental shelves than it would be to colonize other planets. So far, nobody seems to be game for that.
     
    Well actually...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH7sOSmyalQ&index=1&list=WL&t=48s
    , @DRA
    We are working diligently melting the ice right now. Then we subdivide!
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  • “The effect of genetic isolation is even stronger if the population of the village is divided by barriers of rank or caste or religion. Social snobbery can be as effective as geography in keeping people from spreading their genes widely.”

    The unstudied country. If modern science won’t touch race/IQ, they aren’t touching this one with a ten foot pole.

    Yet one thing about snobs. In the West at least, my impression is they leave lineage records you just aren’t finding elsewhere.

    Seems like you could calculate lots of things with just the British records alone. You know the 14th Duke of Whatever is genetically closer than a 2nd cousin to his wife and so forth.

    Be cool to define and calculate an “Inbreeding Coefficient.” Since I’m a troll, I’d rate it by “Toes.” My hypothetical Duke is a “12-toe.” His wife is a “13.”

    I’d imagine you could easily do the same with Jews. But while I imagine they know exactly, they ain’t gonna be telling.

    The real challenge would be groups like Gypsies.

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    We're the gypsies endogamous? I have the vague impression they adopted or kidnapped kids, and that some gypsy women were prostitutes--both would have caused a lot of gene flow into the group and kept it from separating from the surrounding European population.
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  • Here's a still from the upcoming sequel to Lars von Trier's golf-centric apocalyptic sci-fi movie Melancholia. This time, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron save the Earth by reforesting golf courses excessively denuded of trees during the ill-considered early 2010s Scottish links fad. Macron and Trump said they first bonded over their mutual disdain for the...
  • “If I could greenlight a movie, I’d do a remake of The War of the Roses with elements of The Social Network and The Terminator – the epic saga of a nasty divorce struggle between a homely Chinese woman and an autistic Jewish tech mogul. The Danny DeVito role would go to the couple’s house – an ultra-sophisticated, fully-automated, high-tech fortress run by a Siri-like AI on the verge of achieving self-awareness. Both parties turn to the AI as a friend and confidant in their hour of need. But as the warring marrieds lose all touch with reality and engage in violent armed conflict inside the confines of their own home, the AI responds to their increasingly successful efforts to destroy the house by attempting to destroy them. (Is it successful? Well, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out.)”

    I applaud you. This is something new under the sun.

    But you need a screenwriter with more snark and venom than a stereotypical Manhattan professional party attendee.

    But hey, Big Picture (literally) you are past 99% of what I’ve seen Hollywood come up with the past 3 decades or so.

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  • An actress was arrested last week for helping her female empowerment / multi-level marketing cult leader (male) recruit other female sex slaves for branding. The cult leader, Keith Raniere, who looks kind of like Jeffrey Tambor playing 1977 Steve Jobs, has been at this kind of thing a long time. From Forbes way back in...
  • @Anonymous
    Are Jews more likely to join cults than Christians? Why would that be?

    I’d say that the high IQ ashkenazim ones we talk about incessantly here probably are (no one really has much to say about the Lubavitchers and other sects that don’t become Wall Streeters or go to Harvard). And frankly the Lubavitchers and various Hasidic types seem to do quite well forming their own cults, thank you.

    But see, if someone here talks about women, or links some kind of Heartiste thing, about women’s motivations (invariably genetic in nature), you know wanting the bad boy, attracted to money and power, etc, no one bats an eyelash.

    But if you say something like “Man does not live by bread alone,” and point out that evolution seems to have produced a race such that they have “spiritual needs,” whether those needs are ultimately an illusion or survival strategy like R/K breeding, or frankly who give a f*#k…

    There’s not much to be said. The problem is that modern life is unfulfilling in a lot of ways. Umberto Eco had a passage (actually I think he used the same description a couple times in different places) about a German tourist trying to take part in a tribal dance somewhere in the Amazon. She wept bitter tears because she couldn’t get the beat and take part in the ecstatic state the other women had entered. She was just too f&#ked up on shiny, bright enlightenment to take part in the dance.

    Here is the Chechen ritual dance Steve has linked a time or two:

    Just because it’s wonky, and may not exist, doesn’t mean that the things William James noted in The Varieties of Religious Experience aren’t real (and yes I know what I just said).

    So we have a bunch of people like this actress, or the ones that join Scientology. Every conceivable material need is satisfied. But deny it if you want, you also have spiritual needs. Frankly as an outside observer Hollywood seems like it totally sucks ass.

    Anyone these cats are full of existentialist angst:

    And all you have to do is throw these starving chumps the slightest crumb of something that can give their pathetic lives meaning. “If that don’t fetch ‘em, I don’t know Missouri.”

    Sailer I’m sure could provide numerous examples if he were so inclined. There is nothing new here, nothing at all. Latest in a long line of incidents, this one notable only because it apparently has the chops to become a media thing (makes you wonder what else has been going on over the years in the vacuousness of Hollywood).

    I could write tons more about this, but eh, everyone has their own take.

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  • From the Daily Beast: ... At a sold out fundraising dinner for gay Wall Streeters in the lavish Old Stock Exchange building in the heart of Wall Street. Barbra Streisand sang an updated version of "Send in the Clowns" with lyrics addressing what Hillary seemed to see as the most burning issue of the campaign:...
  • “After the election, Bill would spread a more absurd Times conspiracy: The publisher had struck a deal with Trump that we’d destroy Hillary on her emails to help him get elected,”

    Does the NY Times really have that kind of influence? What fraction of voters even read this?

    Particularly in the states that were the battlegrounds.

    Really kind of curious as to where things go. If you buy a paper like Bezos did the Post, I’m really not sure he is getting much bang for his buck, other than the fact that people in the Beltway probably know what they wrote about any given day.

    But it’s not like controlling the Times or Post is going to light a fire under people’s butts in Peoria to impeach Trump – or vote for Hillary.

    Given the full court press the national media outlets have been putting on Trump, if they don’t produce a major scalp in either the midterms or 2020 (and probably both), I think a lot of well heeled types are going to ask themselves whether these media outlets are worth it at all.

    And despite the current hoopla, are there really definable benefits for companies to advertise on Google or use Facebook data? You’d think, but my understanding is that results seem to have been very sketchy so far.

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    The NYTs is a totem to the members of that group , it's part of their civic religion . The point isn't to believe it but to revere it .
    , @Ed
    One of the major blind spot of the Clinton machine was ignoring flyover country. They wanted to appeal to people that read the NYT and mass media culture. That’s why they had these ridiculous concerts with JayZ and LeBron James. They also did it to get out the black vote.

    Anyway the Trump people astutely bought ad time in small markets in key states. When Trump team switched out of buying ads in cities like Miami and instead bought in smaller markets, the media went beserk on Twitter. It was proof to them that Trump was running out of money and campaign was on life support. The concept of anyone bothering to reach people outside of large media markets was completely foreign.

    Also Trump’s team astutely made a deal with Sinclair broadcasting which is a major news provider in many local markets. They also bought ads in local papers and when he appeared at a rally in a town it of course dominated the news there. An astute journalist mentioned during the campaign that while the national media’s tone towards Trump was decidedly negative it was less so in local press.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    ...are there really definable benefits for companies to advertise on Google or use Facebook data?

    Having worked in advertising, I can assure you that we were not at all sure ourselves that there are definable benefits for companies to advertise at all. In some cases, obviously, yes. In many others, probably not.

    My wife has a small mail-order business and has recently given up on advertising in magazines. Their ad departments continue to hound her, of course, but she doesn't see a return and their page rates are too expensive. She now advertises on Facebook and she gets these encouraging reports on how may people looked at her ad, liked it, or shared it. But are these stats even reliable? We know Facebook does a lot of lying. However, she has noticed a small uptick in orders so she'll keep advertising on Facebook, largely because it's quite cheap.
    , @carol
    Sheesh. It's not that flyover reads the Times, it's that the rest of the media takes its leads from NYT (and WaPo). Why does local news suddenly start carrying one-off stories that have nothing to do with the locality? Usually some "issue" raised by their heroes back east.

    I think what Hillary really meant is that she expected NYT to carry the day for her, but they let her down. So screw 'em.
    , @ben tillman

    “After the election, Bill would spread a more absurd Times conspiracy: The publisher had struck a deal with Trump that we’d destroy Hillary on her emails to help him get elected,”

    Does the NY Times really have that kind of influence?
     
    Yes, and then some.
    , @athEIst
    I’m really not sure he is getting much bang for his buck.

    The Post (and other papers) have been into same-day-delivery for over a century.
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  • In my infamous column “The Talk, Nonblack Version” at TakiMag, six years ago this month, I introduced the ad hoc abbreviation IWSB for “Intelligent and Well-Socialized Blacks.” I then advised the nonblack youth of America as follows: I can’t really claim to have been very energetic about taking my own advice here, but there is...
  • @Daniel Chieh
    It means that China will soon have dropping mental capabilities as its obesity increases :P

    https://health.usnews.com/wellness/slideshows/6-ways-obesity-can-weigh-on-the-brain

    One reason why I have mildly mocked a lot of "IQ realism" is that there's quite a few studies which show how mental acuity can be improved and a lot of it makes immediate sense(like, for example, improved blood flow to the brain will improve mental acuity). But it doesn't really seem like there's any society that wants to do anything to promote mental acuity.

    If you consider that intervention decreases dementia and the rather serious long-term issues of age-related cognitive decline in a time of aging populations, the lack of effort seems even more mystifying.

    I do not disagree with you at all.

    But it sure seems like Asians (and as you know when we say that, mostly we mean Chinese/Japanese/Koreans here) have far lesser propensity to … destroy themselves with plenty or something.

    I know very little about increasing obesity in China. But aside from the obvious intelligence angle, Asians seem to be far less likely to become drunks, get fat (compared to Americans), suffer poor health from other lifestyle choices, or become criminals (everything looks good compared to the black rate, but the white rate is roughly twice that of Asians if my memory serves).

    In short out of all the groups I see they seem best able to cope with the modern world. Well if you aren’t using the modern world to become Idiocracy.

    That said, what you wrote is eminently valid. There are a lot of things that seem to apply to the issues discussed on this board that are never referred to. It’s genes, genes, genes all the way down.

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    I know very little about increasing obesity in China. But aside from the obvious intelligence angle, Asians seem to be far less likely to become drunks, get fat (compared to Americans), suffer poor health from other lifestyle choices, or become criminals (everything looks good compared to the black rate, but the white rate is roughly twice that of Asians if my memory serves).
     
    Yup. Picking up on your general trend of argument, if it be such, my personal conclusion is that European/American whites interbreeding with Asians should produce a superior hybrid human strain. And I don't see anything wrong with that.
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  • Department of Mom Couldn't You Have Named Your Book Something Else? For Me? For Once? My wife is reading it and says it's quite good. But this helps explain why the younger Reich doesn't want to touch the whole Jewish thing in his DNA research: He feels free to shine the harsh light of DNA...
  • @Anon
    https://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Philistine-Foreskins-Novel/dp/1619021072

    One Hundred Philistine Foreskins centers on the life of Temima Ba'alatOv, known also as Ima Temima, or Mother Temima, a charismatic woman rabbi of extraordinary spiritual power and learning, and an utterly original interpreter of the Hebrew Bible. Temima is revered as a guru with prophetic, even messianic powers—one who dares to raise her woman’s “naked” voice even in the face of extreme hostility by the traditional establishment.

    Was Freud's theory of Penis Envy really about Covenant Envy? Within the Jewish context, the pud isn't just a pud but the antennae through which the Covenant was realized. So, while most puds are just puds, Jewish puds are special. They are chosen hoses. This means that Jewish women might feel inadequate in ways that women of other groups might not. Others might think, "okay, he got a pud, I got a poon. Big deal."

    But Jewish women were likely to think, "his pud is blessed, my poon is not".

    When Jewish men got learning while Jewish women were wives and mothers, they just used their poons to have kids with.

    But as Jewish women got more educated and more cerebral, they began to intelletualize their poons in the way Jewish men intellectualized their puds. PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT threatened the Covenant because the Jewish pud in the novel seeks out the poons of shiksas, thus breaking a biological covenant with Jewish poons.

    It seems Jewish women want their own covenant as they've grown 'empowered'.

    So much of world history was affected by the neurosis of Jewish pud and Covenant.
    Now, we have to deal with another massive neurosis, this time around the rumbling for a new covenant with the Jewish vagina. But it seems this idea caught on even among skiksas.
    How else do you explain a nation where millions of women go around in pussy hats?

    Pussy on the head. Poon and brain together. (To be sure, there was an appreciation for Jewish womb. Also an appreciation of the womb in Catholic depiction of Mary. But womb means mother hood, and that means no freedom. Modern Jewish women want to focus on vagina than on the womb as sex is now seen mainly as pleasure than purposeful.)

    The Jewish Pud-Poon Complex and its impact on history:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS_FCbQ-okM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL7emB8PK1c


    Maybe history would have been different if God told Abraham that the covenant is through his ear or toe.

    I know you are going for irony and snark. But I dunno, in a sense… I find this whole mythology (worldview, whatever) gay as [email protected]#k.

    Covenant? Circumcision? Those are details. Might be handy in pre-modern existence for health reasons, maybe not. But I don’t find the whole thing even vaguely inspiring. Actually the kind of God who even bothers to specify that his chosen infants are going to have their foreskins removed – Really God? Really?

    Contrast this with an excerpt or two from the War Nerd writing about the Sikhs:

    “My Bible goes on about beating swords into plowshares — I always hated that bit, because all you’d get was a wrecked sword and a lousy plow. But the Sikh scripture actually says that the sword predates the universe: “After the primal manifestation of the sword, the universe was created.”

    Then:

    “In 1897, 21 Sikh soldiers in British service were occupying two tiny forts on the Afghan frontier. The Pushtun were getting bored, the way they do every few months, and decided to stop taking British gold and attack the Raj instead. So 15 or 20,000 Afghans whooped down to the frontier. And those 21 Sikhs were standing in their way.

    Proudest of the Proud: Officers in the Punjab Cavalry

    The Sikh garrison knew they were doomed, and if anything it kind of relaxed them. They went on to cover themselves with glory, killing hundreds of Afghans before they were overrun. The unit’s communications specialist, who used a helicograph, a kind of semaphore, sent his last message asking permission of his Brit officer to stop signaling and go down and die spitting Afghans on his bayonet. Permission was granted, and he carefully packed up his helicograph, charged into the fight and died gloriously.”

    I’d much rather be John Carter of Mars than anyone in a Saul Bellow novel. And I’d happily, happily sacrifice tens of IQ points to be that. You know talking about Platonic ideals and whatnot.

    Well until the day AI makes us all redundant, current genius race/current tribe of morons alike.

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    I’d much rather be John Carter of Mars than anyone in a Saul Bellow novel.

    Okay, but Jews gained substantial control of the British Empire whereas Sikhs just served like dogs. They were brave and tough dogs, but they were without agency. They took orders from their British masters to go fight and kill Afghanis who were not their enemies.

    So, you still want to be the dogs of empire than its masters?

    I think, in a way, it was a genius stroke for Jews to associate the Covenant with their puds, the stuff of creating life. Also, given that Jews usually got beaten by other more powerful tribes and civilizations, it was not a bad way to keep the respect of their women. While other Tribes and kingdoms had bigger swords, Jewish men could claim that only their puds were blessed by God.

    For most of Western history, it was a pud-centric world. As men had the power, much of power and reality was decided by what to the puds want. It was like the phallus phalanx or phallanx. United pud power of the West. And Western poons had no choice but to stick with western puds since the Phallanx called the shots. Helen decided to go in her own pooterin way, but the Greek phallanx got together to punish the Trojans. The pud army decided to destroy Troy for Helen.

    Jews were less warlike than other tribes, but they also had a pud-centric worldview. In some ways, even more so because their puds had a connection to God.

    The rise of modernity began to break the power of the phallanx. As women gained more independence, they no longer needed to marry someone chosen by their fathers. They could choose their own mates. Initially, it was mostly within the race. But in a liberalizing and globalizing world, this could also mean going with men of other races.

    In the past, such pooterin impulses were blocked by the phallanx. So, in the Deep South, the white phallanx pulled together to suppress pooterin impulses toward jungle fever. BIRTH OF A NATION was all about such mindset and strategy.

    But with greater liberalization, the pooterin impulses came to the fore and ran loose. And in the most animal sense, the pooterin impulse is toward larger dongs, which gives the Negroes an advantage. The Western phallanx that suppresses the white pooterin impulses and repels the Negro phallanx attack has been broken. Black men freely make moves on white women, and it's up to white women to choose freely, and increasing numbers go with black men. UK media is filled with the New Ideal of black man and white woman. And Macron seems resigned to Eurafrica which will be mostly about black men taking white women.

    Now, why is this important in relation to Jews? Because Jews intellectualize stuff. If not for Jewish Prophetic-thinking, the racial or interracial reality will just be what it is: Animal.
    But Jews tend to turn even base feelings into Big Ideas or Grand Visions.

    Thus, if pooterin impulses are just dark and animal, it could be turned into an overarching worldview and ideology under Jewish influence. It can go from a pooterin impulses into a pussinx ideology. Pussinx would be the female counterpart to the phallanx. Not just an impulse but a whole system of power and thought.

    Surely, most gentile men cracked jokes about puds through the ages. But it was the Jewish men who turned it into the stuff of spirituality.
    Likewise, most gentile women have said funny stuff about poons. But Jewish women are now weaving entire thought-systems and philosophies around the Vagina.

    Given Jewish Thought and Culture have been very influential, the shift from Pud-centrism to Poon-centrism among Jews could have huge repercussions.
    Most of Jewish history was about What Puds Want. But it's now turning into What Poons Want. And if this becomes THE new ideology among white women, their world view will be 'what do my poon want'. In a society filled with rap, black athletes, and Negromania 24/7, the direction of history or herstory can be bleak for the white race.

    The question is, Can there be a revival of the Western Phallanx? If the Pussinx is allowed to decide, it could be doom for the race.
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  • In my infamous column “The Talk, Nonblack Version” at TakiMag, six years ago this month, I introduced the ad hoc abbreviation IWSB for “Intelligent and Well-Socialized Blacks.” I then advised the nonblack youth of America as follows: I can’t really claim to have been very energetic about taking my own advice here, but there is...
  • @larry lurker

    You can see this in Jayman’s absurd debates with Dennis Mangan on Twitter in which Jayman asserts that obesity is genetic and it’s pointless to even bother with diet or exercise.
     
    I thought his position was more along the lines of: in a relatively free society with practically limitless food resources, some fraction of the population will reliably gorge themselves to death because they're genetically predisposed to do so, and no amount of diet and exercise intervention - short of completely stripping these people of their freedom to eat/do what they want - is going to have much of an impact. He didn't quite put it that way but that was the only reading that made sense to me.

    “I thought his position was more along the lines of: in a relatively free society with practically limitless food resources, some fraction of the population will reliably gorge themselves to death because they’re genetically predisposed to do so, and no amount of diet and exercise intervention – short of completely stripping these people of their freedom to eat/do what they want – is going to have much of an impact. He didn’t quite put it that way but that was the only reading that made sense to me.”

    That has … call it the ring of truthiness maybe? But if that is the situation,

    1) What exactly are the implications? Not just for obesity but for other traits that have bad consequences under the conditions we live our live today?

    Are Asians now the perfect people, the ones most suited for modernity?

    Just really can’t wrap my head around it totally.

    2) What exactly were the environmental conditions where the trait for “some fraction of the population will reliably gorge themselves to death because they’re genetically predisposed to do so,” ever a survival feature exactly?

    Gotta eat all that dead mammoth or elephant before it goes bad? Load up on the kernels of the ancestors of wheat since you found a patch somewhere, and you can’t take a proto-wheat field with you?

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    It means that China will soon have dropping mental capabilities as its obesity increases :P

    https://health.usnews.com/wellness/slideshows/6-ways-obesity-can-weigh-on-the-brain

    One reason why I have mildly mocked a lot of "IQ realism" is that there's quite a few studies which show how mental acuity can be improved and a lot of it makes immediate sense(like, for example, improved blood flow to the brain will improve mental acuity). But it doesn't really seem like there's any society that wants to do anything to promote mental acuity.

    If you consider that intervention decreases dementia and the rather serious long-term issues of age-related cognitive decline in a time of aging populations, the lack of effort seems even more mystifying.

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  • From the Los Angeles Times: California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers By LIAM DILLON APR 17, 2018 | 6:40 PM | SACRAMENTO A robust effort to attack California's housing shortage was rejected Tuesday by a state legislative panel at the Capitol, felled in part by opponents who argued that...
  • @Flip
    From the WSJ

    “Boise, Idaho, Feels the Growing Pains of a Surging Population
    Locals cope with rising home prices, traffic; ‘You have to plan ahead for restaurant reservations now’”

    Ex-Californians talk about safety and how kind the locals are.

    As I’ve said before, we are starting to see white flight on a continental level. Whites are leaving for places where they can continue to be a majority. Naperville, IL writ large.

    “Boise, Idaho, Feels the Growing Pains of a Surging Population
    Locals cope with rising home prices, traffic; ‘You have to plan ahead for restaurant reservations now’”

    Ex-Californians talk about safety and how kind the locals are.

    As I’ve said before, we are starting to see white flight on a continental level. Whites are leaving for places where they can continue to be a majority. Naperville, IL writ large.

    I think this is true. (I was having the same thought last night reading the “A Quiet Place” thread and the reviewer’s hostility to rural whites.) I expect this trend to ramp up.

    However, the problem is … they won’t let us go! Whereever we racist whites go … diversity will follow. Boise’s an example. I’ve never lived there, but been through plenty times the last twenty. (I’ve got a brother-in-law in Denver and Boise is a nice–scenic–day’s drive from Seattle.) As Boise grows, the Mexican population is ramping up. It’s quite noticeable in the West end of the valley–Nampa-Caldwell. Idaho as state has in the last few decades gone from essentially all white with a few Indians, to 10% Mexican. (I give fair credit to the Mexicans–they really will go anywhere there’s work, and whites create work.)

    There really isn’t anywhere whites can run to where diversity won’t follow.

    That’s the spirit of the age. The rhetoric is almost amusing in it’s logical incoherence. White’s are racist, their mere presence oppresses others *and* white people can not be allowed to be alone and have their own stuff–neighborhoods or nations.

    Fundamental truth–you can not have nice things without a border. There is no substitute.

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  • @Anonymous
    There are already Roomba like robotic lawn mowers.

    Robots and automation aren't going to cut the wealthy's demand for service labor. The wealthy like having human meat to boss around. Having human meat to boss around is a good in and of itself to the wealthy, in addition to providing some actual service. Do you think that once robot lawnmowers are ubiquitous, the wealthy are going to fire Jose the lawn guy and take the robot lawnmower out for a spin each week by themselves? No, of course not. They're still going to want Jose interfacing between themselves and the robot, taking it out for a spin, overseeing it, maintaining it, fixing it or replacing parts when it's broken, etc.

    The way to cut down on demand for service labor is to reduce wealth concentration hence the wealthy and have a middle class, high human capital society where the average man is too skilled and economically independent and thus expensive to be hired to do menial work for the wealthy.

    “The wealthy like having human meat to boss around.”

    Not so sure. A lot of these new money types are too autistic to care about things like that. All about the numbers you see.

    It is occasionally noted, but there is something very odd about how culture (and in a lot of places besides America) is going. Even a lot of old money types seem to have transmogrified descendents.

    My take is guys like Zuckerberg don’t get a hard on bossing the help around. If it is like a game of Minecraft, well that’s more their thing.

    Which is actually far worse for the kind of people they insist on bringing in. Literally what are these new immigrants going to do? It doesn’t make any sense, as you can literally see any market niches they might occupy disappearing before your eyes.

    Helluva price to pay for stacking the vote totals in your favor. Because as long as you at least pay lip service to Democracy, no matter how passive and detached these guys are as a political group, eventually they will elect Pols … well like the Congressional Black Caucus, only Latino or something, you know?

    What do you do then? Find some more 3rd worlders somewhere to bring in? Or just finally say “Democracy – uh, we aren’t doing that anymore. Just way too much work for the payoff.”

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  • From the Los Angeles Times: San Diego is, at the moment, the largest city in
  • @jimmyriddle
    IMHO they do best in small Caribbean islands - Bermuda, Barbados etc

    These places are socially conservative, religious, with no large cities and do not have much racial resentment against Whites.

    Then there is Haiti and Jamaica.

    The founding event that created Barbados isn’t much different than that of Haiti, yet the two islands are vastly different. Along with the life results of both groups’ members that find their way to the US.

    Some people might invoke French vs. English colonialism. Dunno. Not going to wiki it, but my memory indicates that while Haiti was a French colony, both Jamaica and Barbados were British possessions.

    As an aside, I’ve met people from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Cuba, Virgin Islands, etc. in the US.

    But not a single Bermudan to my recollection. Do they ever leave? Is there an economic reason most decades for them to want to?

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    Bermuda has historically been one of the highest GDP-per-capita countries in the world. The weather is great, other than the occasional hurricane. Why leave?
    , @Achmed E. Newman

    Some people might invoke French vs. English colonialism. Dunno. Not going to wiki it, but my memory indicates that while Haiti was a French colony, both Jamaica and Barbados were British possessions.
     
    Sunbeam, I imagine having had things run by the British would beat out having had things run by the French by a good margin. However, it's the time since colonization ended that is probably the bigger factor. Haiti has been free of the French masters for 210 years, since the blacks revolted and killed all the white people there. Thus, Haiti is the closest to Wakanda they've gotten so far.

    Barbados and Jamaica have been (officially) independent for 52 and 56 years, respectively. Thus they have a longer way to go to achieve the state of Wakanda as compared to Haiti. Ever been to Haiti? Apparently, the movies are not always completely accurate about things.
    , @jimmyriddle
    It isn't as simple as British v French.

    Jamaica has sky high crime rates, Trinidad slightly less so, and then you have the "Smallies" - Barbados, Bahamas, Bremuda, Grenada, Antigua etc which have relatively low crime rates.

    Maybe it has something to do with the plantation economies on the big islands. Or, perhaps, small, less complex, societies are just better for Blacks.
    , @Anon
    Both Neville Goddard (white) and his guru Abdullah (black rabbi) were Barbadian (?); they met in NYC. Greatest New Thought figure of the 20th century; rest of his family created Goddard Enterprises, now largest business in the Caribbean. Mystics and entrepreneurs, not calypso singers or gunrunners.
    , @TelfoedJohn
    Majority black Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas all well run places. In quality of life, they beat many European countries. The British legal system and the small island lifestyle help. Black Americans should be looking at the BBBs rather than imaginary KKKs.
    , @Jonathan Mason
    But not a single Bermudan to my recollection. Do they ever leave? Is there an economic reason most decades for them to want to?

    I lived in Bermuda for 11 years.

    Bermudians (note the spelling) do come to the US and Canada for college and medical school etc., and of course some of them marry and stay in the US, but in general Bermuda is a much better place to live than the US, so there is not much incentive to leave, except perhaps that the cost of buying a first home is much higher than in the US.

    Also, Bermuda is very small, with a total population of around 70,000, and lower class Bermudians who have a drug conviction for marijuana, which is a large proportion of the lower economic class, cannot get visas to visit or study in the US.
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  • From the New York Times editorial board: It's a white house surrounded by white picket fences. And it has a red roof to show it's been redlined. And then everybody realized that FDR's redlining had been irrational so black neighborhoods boomed in value as the whole world woke up from their racist miasma and realized...
  • @Anonymous
    http://atlantablackstar.com/2018/04/12/harry-belafonte-white-people-change-course-conduct-thing-left-black-people-burn/

    Harry Belafonte: Until White People ‘Change Their Course of Conduct’ the ‘Only Thing Left for Black People to Do Is Burn It Down’
     

    “Harry Belafonte: Until White People ‘Change Their Course of Conduct’ the ‘Only Thing Left for Black People to Do Is Burn It Down’”

    Kind of curious. What if they “Burn it Down.” Then basically they get a “So what?” What exactly do they do if they are amid burned out rubble, and no one rebuilds it for them?

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  • From the New York Times: Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America. By LINDA VILLAROSA APRIL 11, 2018 When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous...
  • @Dave from Oz


    Henry Harpending’s observation that whereas in Africa a large fraction of all individual misfortunes or illnesses are blamed on “witchcraft,” in America “racism” serves much the same purpose…
     
    This is a great observation, but I have never been able to track it down. Anyone have a URL or reference?
     
    A little google-fu, and:


    “Among Herero there is no such thing as an accident, there is no such thing as a natural death, witchcraft in some form is behind all of it. Did you have a gastrointestinal upset this morning? Clearly someone slipped some pink potion in the milk. … Our [African] employees were so adamant to show me the truth that they pooled their money so they could take me to the local witch doctor, who would turn me into a frog. ‘Of course he can do that, it is easy for them to do, even to white people’ they said. … A colleague pointed out a few weeks ago, after hearing this story, that if it is nearly pan-African then perhaps some of it came to the New World. Prominent and not so prominent talkers from the American Black population come out with similar theories of vague and invisible forces that are oppressing people, like ‘institutional racism’ and ‘white privilege’.”
    —“My friend the witch doctor,” West Hunter blog
     

    “Black population come out with similar theories of vague and invisible forces that are oppressing people, like ‘institutional racism’ and ‘white privilege’.”

    This brings to mind something I’ve wondered about for a long time, yet seems to have never occured to anyone else.

    The KKK after the Civil War wore those white sheets and the hoods, which now appears to just be its own thing – insofar as the KKK actually exists now.

    But from a wiki entry:

    “The traditional story related to the creation of the Klan uniform is that the whites of the time observed the religions and beliefs of the Negros, including Santeria and Voodoo. From these systems they surmised that the Negros were obsessed with spirits, and the dead. From this came the original “ghost” costume, designed to terrorize the “superstitious” blacks. Most of the evidence for this is oral, however, so it is difficult to ascertain how much of this is apocryphal.”

    Wearing white sheets in a night attack is pretty dumb. Concealing your identity is pretty smart, but most robbers and n’er do wells don’t wear anything like this.

    So my take is, that it [email protected]#$ING worked, ie instilled superstitious terror in the targets.

    It has no importance at this point in time, but I have literally never seen any discussion or the slightest hint that post Civil War blacks actually believed these were ghosts or “Haints.”

    But if I were involved in this whole thing, no way I’d wear that outfit if it didn’t work.

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    The KKK white robe costume, including the pointed hood, resembles some Spanish Christian traditions that date back hundreds of years. I don't know if the early Klan leaders got the idea from the Spaniards.
    , @Nurse
    Before Wikipedia, the print encyclopedias and standard histories of the KKK claimed that one of the post civil war founders had traveled in Spain.

    There he saw the Holy Week before Easter services and processions. Worshippers wore pointed White hats and White robes. The outfit was supposed to be a continuation of the outfits medieval pilgrims wore.

    That was the standard story 19th early 20th century. Maybe the story was changed to avoid associating Hispanics with the KKK?
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  • From the New York Times: To see why Powell's speech still elicits so much hate, just read the opening paragraphs: The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature. One
  • @Bill B.
    Interestingly India has for a long time been demanding much easier open borders as the price of a normal trading relationship with the UK.

    Is this not a category error - yes I will buy your old car but only if my cousin can live in your spare bedroom?

    Strange isn't it that the Indian establishment is so optimistic about India's prospects that it encourages, even demands, a brain drain!

    From the FT's news report on Modi's visit to London:

    "...the first item on Mr Modi’s agenda is likely to be visa liberalisation, something for which New Delhi has been campaigning unsuccessfully for years. The Indian government wants more student visas for Indians and for the process to be made easier for them to stay after completing their courses. 

    One British official said Mrs May is planning to offer a more relaxed regime for those working in the tech sector, but not the kind of broad-based reforms for which India has been campaigning.

    Britain, meanwhile, is hoping to advance its trade agenda during the visit, with a view to signing some form of trade agreement after the country has left the EU...

    “Trade has not really picked up in several years,” said Geethanjali Nataraj, professor of economics at the Indian Institute of Public Administration. “Britain is keen to sign a free-trade agreement eventually, but to do that it will have to offer easier visas.”

    Trade has not really picked up in several years. Britain is keen to sign a free-trade agreement eventually, but to do that it will have to offer easier visas...
     

    “Personal relations between the two prime ministers are not great,” one British official admitted. “She does not do basic things like calling him to update him after a terrorist attack. It is embarrassing really.”

    YK Sinha, the Indian high commissioner to London, recently complained that the British had a “very dated or very incomplete” knowledge of India, based on “nostalgia, the Raj or their connections”.

    “Trade has not really picked up in several years. Britain is keen to sign a free-trade agreement eventually, but to do that it will have to offer easier visas…”

    What exact benefit does Britain get from trade with India? Of any sort really? Does Britain make any manufactured items that would benefit from being available in India?

    Free Trade with any nation like India seems like it only benefits India. A critic might say that the mature industries in Britain will swamp the nascent ones in India. But that’s not the case. Anything like that, and the Indians are going to buy Chinese like everyone else anyway.

    Or Japanese or Korean or whatever. There are probably some well heeled types that’d love to have Jaguars to tool about in Bangalor with. But I have a feeling if they want Jaguars they’ll find a way to get them, regardless of trade agreements.

    And the market for Toyotas or vehicles of the same utility is something that Britain just can’t touch anyway.

    In short, any kind of Free Trade agreement between Britain and India is just a bad idea for Britain.

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  • I’m off the Trump-train. I apparently missed my stop (“Build-a-border-wall” station) and somehow ended up at “Ridiculous-war-in-the-Middle-East” station.

    In all seriousness, wtf?

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    Right on! Trump has fallen for the BS. I wanted him to get us out of the foreign wars, but it seems as if it is too much temptation for the POTUSES to stay out of the nonsense. Obama, despite his leftist credentials, dove in, hook, line and sinker and now Trump is dumpster diving as well.
    , @bartok
    So far Trump has entered into no new wars. He and Obama are the only ones in the "no new wars" club. Good for them.

    (For Clinton it was Serbia, where he let the evil neolibs get their war on Whites).
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    No matter who I vote for, no matter who gets elected, it seems that the Israeli-Zionist-neocon fifth column in this country always ends up controlling US foreign policy. In practice this means that US blood is spilled and US treasure expended on wars that hurt both the interests of the US and most of the rest of the world, while forwarding Israel's genocidal Middle Eastern plans.
    , @Paul Jolliffe
    "Nuclear combat toe to toe with the Russkies" - no thanks.

    "Ridiculous-war . . . " it may be, but this has the potential to go very bad, very fast. This could go from "Dr. Stangelove" comedy to "Dr. Stangelove" end-of-the-world by Mother's Day, at least according to some smart people.

    https://youtu.be/9ynY5NvYsZY
    , @Wally
    BREAKING: British-US Toxin, Not Novichok used in Salisbury Attack

    https://principia-scientific.org/breaking-british-us-toxin-not-novichok-used-in-salisbury-attack/
    Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service
    , @JoaoAlfaiate
    I voted for Trump to keep us out of Syria. What a mistake! We need to get Ran Paul to run against Trump in 2020.
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  • In Canada, Native Americans are called First Nations. But what if American Indians were neither native to the New World nor first? Or what if they were first in North America but second in South America? “Who We Are: #6 The Americas Posted on April 12, 2018 by gcochran9 ... Back to the new world....
  • @Yen
    What’s the earliest evidence for Amerind population in New England?

    I had a professor long ago who suspected that the folks encountered by the Mayflower migrants were themselves somewhat recent arrivals. He thought the lack of any very old monuments was indicative of recent arrival (maybe a couple of hundred years pre-Mayflower).

    “I had a professor long ago who suspected that the folks encountered by the Mayflower migrants were themselves somewhat recent arrivals. He thought the lack of any very old monuments was indicative of recent arrival (maybe a couple of hundred years pre-Mayflower).”

    Interesting idea. Should be simple enough to check for as well. Has it ever been done?

    I’d imagine an archaeologist should be able to put himself into the head of a group of people he is studying, extinct or not, and identify likely spots they would have camped in, built villages, or farmed.

    Even if development in New England happened in the “Sweet Spots,” there should be some places to dig and find artifacts from say 600 AD – assuming the theory you posted were wrong.

    Heck, shouldn’t this have been done a long time ago? Archaeology used to be considered kind of cool and interesting. If these things existed shouldn’t a museum have an exhibit called “Pottery fragments and semi-extant vase from strata identified as 600 AD, along the Charles River?”

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  • Not such a fine sight to see: * One of my commenters has mentioned how his hometown, Prescott, AZ, has recently filled up with drug treatment clinics and their clients. Prescott in central Arizona is at a mile-high elevation, so it has particularly nice weather. Now the NYT has the full story: City of Addict...
  • It’s really something how these journalists are so cut off from yeoman productivity that they incapable of relating to any form of economy not based on finance, virtue signaling, identity, entertainment, or end-user communication tech

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    This, there was a terrifying NPR piece on rural white suicide, blathering on and on about reaching out to the people for whom NPR spends every other minute of broadcast time wishing death. The solution was agreed to be getting folks into government systems where they would spend a lot of time talking about themselves to strangers.
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  • At the Los Angeles Times, Asian lady reporter Anh Do has figured out a pretty entertaining schtick: recording Asian NIMBYs in Irvine, CA (the upscale planned suburb near the beach that's home to UC Irvine) saying crass things about Southern California's growing infestation of bums and junkies that make the Asians sound slightly to the...
  • If you were sufficiently cynical and ruthless, you could “euthanize” vast numbers of people without firing a shot, or even bothering to identify them (they’ll do it themselves). Best of all it’s cheap.

    Basically pick some place in the middle of nowhere. Advertise it “Lots of places to throw down a sleeping bag.”

    And this place has free water, free cigarettes, and unlimited amounts of free drugs. But no doctors you see, just a crew to throw dead bodies on the back of a truck to ferry to a landfill.

    Sure it’s not an original idea, and not my cup of tea if I were supreme leader. But like Eugenics I can’t see what stops it, and it pays off a lot quicker than waiting a generation for your first batch of productive citizens (if you aren’t going for supermen).

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    Sure it’s not an original idea, and not my cup of tea if I were supreme leader. But like Eugenics I can’t see what stops it, and it pays off a lot quicker than waiting a generation for your first batch of productive citizens (if you aren’t going for supermen).
     
    Productive eugenics is negative eugenics: you don't want to breed supermen, you want to stop breeding burdens to society. People with an IQ under the mid 90s are going to have poor job prospects and are likely to be net liabilities, people under 85 are certain to be. People with no ability to defer gratification, people with a propensity to commit clearly antisocial and illegal acts, people showing complete lack of empathy for others, are likely to produce more of the same. And people with genetic diseases, people who will have shorter lives or be unable to breed naturally or will have significant dysfunctions which are inheritable will pass those traits on too. There should be progressive incentives for them not to propagate their traits, progressive in the sense that the more pronounced the characteristic or the more significant it is the more incentive to "be childfree" there must be provided.

    Tavon White's testes should be in a formaldehyde jar somewhere.

    Mick Jagger may be just as bad in terms of impregnating women he is not married to, but Jagger's kids (and baby mamas) are not collecting welfare, Jagger pays much more in taxes than he costs the taxpayer, and none of Jagger's kids have been charged with any crime I know of. If you buy a Rolling Stones album in a retail store, the various state, federal and local taxes are probably higher than the royalty Jagger collects on the record.

    That's a big difference.
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  • Matthew Yglesias has finally gotten around to reading the 1994 bestseller The Bell Curve and he has some things he wants to say about it. From Vox: You can tell that Trump undoubtedly keeps his dog-eared copy of The Bell Curve on his bedside table from all the times he suddenly starts talking about standard...
  • @Boethiuss

    I’d say the problem with it is no one really believes the mainstream media any more. They are that ridiculous. Literally the morning talk shows start now by playing what Jimmy Kimmel or Steven Colbert did on their monologue last night.

    Better be a heck of a smoking gun. Do you really think anyone at all is going to get their knickers in a twist if Stormy Daniels was paid off?
     
    No, it's not about about what the MSM can convince its audience of. It's about what dozens of well-paid federal prosecutors can convince a jury of, while Michael Cohen has to gets maybe 2-3 guys tops and has to pay maybe hundreds of thousands to do it, if he's got that much money lying around.

    It's not localized to Stormy Daniels either. If it were, I don't think it would be nearly as important. It's at least as likely that Bob Mueller has a paper trail of every real estate scam, every fraudulent loan application, and every shady business Trump has owned a part of in three decades as a New York businessman. I'm not even counting anything related to Russia, yet.

    “It’s not localized to Stormy Daniels either. If it were, I don’t think it would be nearly as important. It’s at least as likely that Bob Mueller has a paper trail of every real estate scam, every fraudulent loan application, and every shady business Trump has owned a part of in three decades as a New York businessman. I’m not even counting anything related to Russia, yet.”

    My take on it is can you get enough Democrats + Republicans in the Senate to vote for impeachment.

    ” A simple majority of the House is required to impeach the president. However, after impeachment the president remains in office until trial by the Senate.
    In the Senate, the House Judiciary Committee acts as the prosecution, the Senate as the jury and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as the judge who rules on the admissibility of the evidence presented. The accused president can hire his/her own lawyers. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is required to vote against the accused and remove the president from office.”

    Got 67 votes to do so?

    The histrionics of the whole thing would be through the roof. God I bet some of those guys are absolutely giddy at the notion. Never before would such a grandstanding stage be given to so many self-important utter hacks in world history.

    Meanwhile nothing will be able to be accomplished by the Executive Branch. Well if anyone is capable of utterly ignoring the whole thing Trump is, which would work.

    But I absolutely guarantee you prosecuting one of these military actions like Iran, Iraq, or even what we have going in Syria would be utterly impossible.

    Congress you know, just not ever willing to go on record with an identifiable vote count for actually declaring war instead of just letting the Prez do whatever he wants or is amiable enough to do.

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    My take on it is can you get enough Democrats + Republicans in the Senate to vote for impeachment[?]
     
    My take on this is we're fcuked on this long before impeachment is close to materializing, like somehow the American people have an obligation to wait until Trump is actually impeached before they take it out on anything associated with Trump, ie us, and restrictionist immigration policy.
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  • @Boethiuss
    OT but not really:

    Donald Trump has moved the Overton Window in our favor. So, at least as it pertains to immigration, the Overton Window is not our problem. The problem is that the determination of the American people to assert our self-determination and protect our human capital is pretty marginal, really. If we had that determination, we could get the policies we need to implement it (e-Verify, the wall, birthright citizenship, whatever). Without that determination, those policies would be undermined and rendered ineffective even if we had them, which we don't.

    This the backdrop to yesterday, wherein the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York raided the office, house, and hotel of Donald Trump's personal attorney. There's a thousand possibilities relating to the motivations and consequences of this, and none of them are good.

    Among other things, if this is the Deep State going rogue, as has been suggested, this is not Mueller or the FBI (which has also been suggested). No this is the main Justice Dept which did this, including Rosenstein and maybe even Sessions (plus of course a judge to sign the warrant). There are a lot of institutional safeguards to prevent this from happening as a matter of routine business, so I'd venture that at the very least there's some prosecutor with a very solid set of facts to associate Michael Cohen with some kind of criminal activity.

    For me, the key question is what is that criminal activity? From what I've seen so far, it could be Stormy Daniels, it could be taxicab medallions in NYC, or it could be something bigger that we haven't heard of yet. Now, here's the thing: if it is Stormy Daniels, which is as good a guess as any right now, that is a horrible prosecutorial overreach. But, we don't have any good countermoves for it.

    Essentially, the way that's likely to shake down is, yeah, Cohen is guilty and Trump is guilty but they really shouldn't have raided a lawyer's office. Are we really going to get any traction from that? I'm doubting it.

    There's other bad consequences as well. First of all, the main play is that Cohen flips on Trump, and implicates the President in some kind of criminal activity, in exchange for immunity or reduced sentence for himself. But there's another angle which I suspect might end up being even more important. Even if Cohen refuses to cooperate, or doesn't know anything, or is protected from implicating Trump by attorney-client privilege, there's still all the documents, email, spreadsheets, online account info etc., now in possession of Mueller or the US Attorney's office to be referred to Mueller as the case may be.

    Now here's where I'm not completely confident, but my guess is, that even if Cohen's testimony isn't available or can't be used against Trump, whatever is in those documents can and will.

    If had better Establishment connections, he'd have better lawyers and he wouldn't be getting rolled up through My Cousin Vinny.

    As it pertains to us, we're at risk of losing support in the public opinion for Trump and the GOP. This is what kills us. We've got no margin to spare. The determination of the American people to assert our self-determination is weak enough as it is, without Trump weakening it further for unrelated reasons. A populist/conservative coalition is a winning hand in American politics right now. We can't afford to let Trump screw it up on his own crap.

    A theory.

    I’d say the problem with it is no one really believes the mainstream media any more. They are that ridiculous. Literally the morning talk shows start now by playing what Jimmy Kimmel or Steven Colbert did on their monologue last night.

    Better be a heck of a smoking gun. Do you really think anyone at all is going to get their knickers in a twist if Stormy Daniels was paid off?

    They’ll bleat about it on the news, make jokes on the talk shows. The only people who will care or pay attention are the people that want to experience Trump hate enough to watch that Trevor Noah show.

    Tell you what though. I’d absolutely love it if a special counsel was named to investigate Mueller. And Comey. And…

    Use exactly the same tactics, and engage in a perpetual dirt digging operation.

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    I’d say the problem with it is no one really believes the mainstream media any more. They are that ridiculous. Literally the morning talk shows start now by playing what Jimmy Kimmel or Steven Colbert did on their monologue last night.

    Better be a heck of a smoking gun. Do you really think anyone at all is going to get their knickers in a twist if Stormy Daniels was paid off?
     
    No, it's not about about what the MSM can convince its audience of. It's about what dozens of well-paid federal prosecutors can convince a jury of, while Michael Cohen has to gets maybe 2-3 guys tops and has to pay maybe hundreds of thousands to do it, if he's got that much money lying around.

    It's not localized to Stormy Daniels either. If it were, I don't think it would be nearly as important. It's at least as likely that Bob Mueller has a paper trail of every real estate scam, every fraudulent loan application, and every shady business Trump has owned a part of in three decades as a New York businessman. I'm not even counting anything related to Russia, yet.
    , @dfordoom

    I’d say the problem with it is no one really believes the mainstream media any more.
     
    The problem is that most people do still really believe the mainstream media. The people who hang out on this site might not but we're not exactly typical of the population as a whole.

    There's now a proportion of the population that distrusts the mainstream media but it's still a small proportion.
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  • "Phoenicia" is a Greek-derived word for a Levantine culture of mercantile city-states, centered around modern Lebanon, and their far-flung colonies (most famously Carthage) who flourished after the Late Bronze Age Collapse of c. 1200 BC destroyed or weakened most of the empires of the ancient world. Eventually, empires returned and the fractious Phoenicians and their...
  • @Steve Sailer
    It's not at all impossible that Bronze Age Phoenicians sailed to Cornwall, to purchase tin to make bronze.

    By the way, there was large scale copper mining on Isle Royale in Lake Michigan about 6,000 years ago.

    “By the way, there was large scale copper mining on Isle Royale in Lake Michigan about 6,000 years ago.”

    If that’s true, where did all that mined copper go? Even without tin to make bonze, it would have been made into jewelry and some tools. Beause otherwise what do you mine it in the first place.

    So is it common to find these kinds of things in archaeological sites from the past 6000 years in North America? I honestly do not know.

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    One theory is that Old Worlders showed up and carried the Michigan copper back across the Atlantic to make bronze during the Bronze Age.

    It's wacky, but it's a fun theory too.

    The reason Isle Royale is an American rather than Canadian possession even though it's closer to Canada, is because Ben Franklin got a clause inserted in the 1783 treaty of London ending the Revolutionary War. He'd heard about old Indian copper mining on Isle Royale, so he wanted it for the U.S. And Ben Franklin tended to get what he wanted.

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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...
  • Sure seems sometime that you could read a textbook on things like this circa 1899 or so, and it would have turned out to be more accurate than anything published in the following century.

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    That's true in many areas. There was a huge loss/suppression of knowledge in the mid 20th century.
    , @Almost Missouri
    Yes, the 1911 Britannica is still a better encyclopaedia than any since on most subjects.
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  • From the Washington Post: Heck, why not give African-Americans a monopoly on legal marijuana retailing, the way American Indians get casinos? What's the worst that could happen? Black retailers would be inefficient, open only for short hours, and charge high prices? Sure, Korean go-getters straight off the plane from Pusan would no doubt do a...
  • @Eric
    The quality of the MJ would plummet. Give them a monopolly on the booze industry instead. Or better yet, give them control of all US wine production. I'm sure California would love that.

    “They were pretty lame, except for one time I got assigned to a group led by the guy who actually ran admissions at a highly successful college. Listening to him was radically different than listening to the kind of people who work for him.”

    I’m not sure if you are being ironic or not. But if you think about things, one possible outcome of an America balkanized into a bunch of competing ethnic groups is an evolved “caste” system, or whatever the proper economic term is, where certain ethnicities run garbage collection here, or something else somewhere else.

    I can tell you that pre-Mexican invasion a lot of trades wound up being de-facto segregated in certain parts of the country. Now they are fully integrated, or whatever you call a Mexican crew and chief that occasionally sees a white guy drive up in a Toyota pickup wearing Khaki slacks checking on things.

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  • From the New York Times: Asian-Americans Suing Harvard Say Admissions Files Show Discrimination By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS APRIL 4, 2018 A group that is suing Harvard University is demanding that it publicly release admissions data on hundreds of thousands of applicants, saying the records show a pattern of discrimination against Asian-Americans going back decades. The group...
  • “They were pretty lame, except for one time I got assigned to a group led by the guy who actually ran admissions at a highly successful college. Listening to him was radically different than listening to the kind of people who work for him.”

    Well did he say anything revolutionary?

    Or was it just a shock because he didn’t have Ben Stein’s verbal tones?

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  • From the New York Times: Netanyahu’s Reversal on Migrants Shows Influence of Hard-Line Allies By ISABEL KERSHNER APRIL 3, 2018 JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed down under pressure before, but rarely in such a spectacular fashion as he did on Tuesday when he reneged on a deal with the United Nations to...
  • @rogue-one
    >Seriously how optimistic is anyone for the prospect of getting a job with enough income to support a wife, a couple of children, and pay for food and rent? And have it be stable for close to two decades?

    It's quite easy to find well paying jobs in Germany. It has one of the best labor markets in the world along with an exceptionally good social benefits system. Housing may be expensive, but still you can easily have a couple (or even more) of kids.

    I don't know if Germans will burn down their country with open borders lunacy. But so far, it is a very good country to live in and have a family.

    Low birth rates may have more to do with the fact that women are having careers. I know some women in Germany who are very successful executives but remain unmarried at 38. I don't think they would have ever have kids. Modern life requires women to choose between family or very successful career. And it seems feminism has turned women from mothers into workers.

    “It’s quite easy to find well paying jobs in Germany. It has one of the best labor markets in the world along with an exceptionally good social benefits system. Housing may be expensive, but still you can easily have a couple (or even more) of kids.”

    I think I must be a socialist, communist, or fascist. Or something.

    Because I live in the US, and I see so many young people working one, two, sometimes three “McJobs.”

    These things used to be things kids did while going to school, or maybe someone took a side job to make extra cash for a bit.

    Now that’s all there is. You cannot get anything going working one job 20 hours a week, and a second 30 or 35, all while making $10 an hour.

    And I cannot see the free market being able to create jobs that pay enough to enable these kids to actually start life, as opposed to the kind of stasis they have been in for a long time.

    Actually I think automation is going up the food chain and is going to put people who were never touched by it before in the same boat. Heck it’s going to put the kind of young person I mentioned as having multiple crap jobs in the situation of having no job, at any price.

    No idea what the answer is, or what to do. But something needs to be done, and the employment situation of America circa 1960 is never coming back.

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  • @Dieter Kief
    Guilt and "suicidal altruism" both play a big role in Merkel Germany (interesting term, btw.).

    But there is more.

    People are exhausted from the competition in the international markets. I know many an engineer and technician, who's kids chose the path of the therapist, social worker, lawyer, doctor, teacher etc. and many kids who study gender sciences and media etc. - - -

    And there's lots of Government-money rolling along with the incoming millions: For doctors, therapists, billions of very low hanging extra Euros (!!) for lawyers (300 000 (no typo...) law cases of immigrants right now - almost all of them funded by the Government/ or the Christian churches...). And so on! Teachers. More jobs for the police, for nurses, midwife-centers even, pharmacies...

    So right now, there's a migraation-induced boom bringing lots of middle class and lower middle class jobs.

    And then there are the stories not told: The story of ageing japan, which does not bad at all. The story of Australia with it's restricted immigration. The story of the Brexit, of Korea - and Israel...

    And something else, which I see right in front of my nose: There is an internationlist part of the middle class, which sees only the profits for them: UN jobs, Red-Cross jobs, EU jobs, and management jobs for the Multinationals and and and. The international university job-opportunities, or people working in tourism.

    They all live in the middleclass bubble and don't care at all, what the lower classes have to go through - biggest thing for them in the lower classes (I know quite a few of those people personally, too): The rents are going up - I have seen people who left their hometown, where they had lived for dozens of years, because they simply could not afford the rent any longer (whereas in the same town, the Government guarantees for the rent of hundreds of migrants).

    Another big obstacle for the lower classes are the declining standards at their schools. - This problem has been neglected for years. I debated even with teachers, who neglected it. But that might - slowly - change. Everyday life in many schools is just too depressing. For a lot of them is true, what Jonathan Haidt remarked lately, hinting at the findings of David Perkins from Harvard: High IQ people tend to be biased towards their own side of an argument (and since they are brighter than the others, they have more arguments on their side. And that's what can confuse a public, because people often time follow the simple logic: More = better.

    The two biggest problems of all, in my opinion: 1) Hitler's ghost and 2) a blue eyed worldview (all people anywhere are the same, and all people behave in any enviornment in the same way, if you treat them openly and friendly).

    “People are exhausted from the competition in the international markets. I know many an engineer and technician, who’s kids chose the path of the therapist, social worker, lawyer, doctor, teacher etc. and many kids who study gender sciences and media etc”

    I think this point is going to be passed over here, but it’s important.

    At some point you have to “win.” I.E. get into a comfortable situation, where you can raise kids, enjoy life, have a stable situation – and not have the fear that some new treaty or someone in China deciding they want to make all the world’s ball bearings or something putting your company out of business.

    What do you get if you kick some chump’s ass for challenging you for the the 50th time? Apparently you get up again tomorrow and do it all over.

    If you are one of these market fundamentalist types snorting market fairydust you compete till you die – or some such (though somehow that situation never comes to their door; too smart I guess).

    But in a sense you have to do your accomplishments and get on with life.

    I think this is another reason why a lot of people don’t have kids anymore. Seriously how optimistic is anyone for the prospect of getting a job with enough income to support a wife, a couple of children, and pay for food and rent? And have it be stable for close to two decades?

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    >Seriously how optimistic is anyone for the prospect of getting a job with enough income to support a wife, a couple of children, and pay for food and rent? And have it be stable for close to two decades?

    It's quite easy to find well paying jobs in Germany. It has one of the best labor markets in the world along with an exceptionally good social benefits system. Housing may be expensive, but still you can easily have a couple (or even more) of kids.

    I don't know if Germans will burn down their country with open borders lunacy. But so far, it is a very good country to live in and have a family.

    Low birth rates may have more to do with the fact that women are having careers. I know some women in Germany who are very successful executives but remain unmarried at 38. I don't think they would have ever have kids. Modern life requires women to choose between family or very successful career. And it seems feminism has turned women from mothers into workers.
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  • How would this thing have worked exactly, if it had gone through?

    ” he reneged on a deal with the United Nations to resettle thousands of African asylum seekers in Western countries.”

    Is there some binding treaty or agreement that requires nations to take in people if the UN says so?

    What happens if there are no takers? Do they stay in Israel until? Go to some UN refugee camp?

    Whole thing sounds kind of odd. The UN could say they were resettling refugees on Mars, but that doesn’t mean they can do it.

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    Is there some binding treaty or agreement that requires nations to take in people if the UN says so?
     
    The deal was cut with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Now are you impressed?

    But seriously, it was a terrible deal for everyone but the Africans. I could see Angela Merkel cynically selling the deal to Germans by saying, "Israel is a technological powerhouse and now we're getting thousands of Israeli residents!"
    , @German_reader

    Is there some binding treaty or agreement that requires nations to take in people if the UN says so?
     
    There are UN resettlement programmes. Apparently Merkel renewed Germany's obligations to them just last year.
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  • From MIT Technology Review: DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says it’s time to test school kids. by Antonio Regalado April 2, 2018 Ready for a world in which a $50 DNA test can predict your...
  • @J.Ross
    >presupposing that anyone will have any choice about taking the tests
    In the time it took you to navigate to this page, Zuckerberg, Wojcicki and Pichai took enough information from your eye movements, breathing rate, the pressure of your fingertip and your pulse, and what other websites you have been to or have open, to know what your next moderate purchase will be. When lawyers made it illegal to ask how old you are at job interviews, employers asked if you could physically perform specific tasks and furnish ID that just happened to have your birthday on it. GMO corn and soy was distributed thoroughly through the average grocery store decades before most people knew it existed.
    When these tests are good enough they will administer them without telling anyone, just like how they do everything else. And we will have no say in how the secret data store is interpreted until some latter day Chetty explains that it proves that white people are evil.

    “When these tests are good enough they will administer them without telling anyone, just like how they do everything else. And we will have no say in how the secret data store is interpreted until some latter day Chetty explains that it proves that white people are evil.”

    Would the data outfits like 23andMe have on file already be enough to tell you things like this, or would you need more complete sequencing?

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    There's no doubt the tests will get better.
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  • From West Hunter: In 2006, Hawks and Cochran had published "Dynamics of Adaptive Introgression from Archaic to Modern Humans" (PDF) We had concluded that the “scientific consensus” was based on nothing and put no stock in it. We had predicted that such admixture would be found, and that sometimes Neanderthal alleles would have conferred selective...
  • “Even thought these results were statistically very strong, Reich was skeptical because it went against the scientific consensus of the time – that there had been no admixture between anatomically modern humans and archaics such as Neanderthals as AMH expanded out of Africa. This was a question that I and John Hawks were interested in.”

    Okay. I’ve wondered about this for a long time. I need someone to explain something to me.

    What was the thinking of the anthropologists and geneticists on this matter exactly?

    Let me expound further. There is a certain kind of “barstool thinking.” This thinking leads you to conclusions like:

    1) It is an absolute guaranteed fact that if Cro-Magnon (let’s use this one, instead of anthropologically modern humans or whatever term they use now) were in the same area as Neanderthals at the same time, someone did the dirty. 100% guaranteed Absolute total lock. If your anthropology tells you differently, your anthropology is wrong. Same with Denisovans, or whatever primeval evolutionary offshoot was in Africa that interbred with modern Africans.

    The only unknown is whether Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals were fertile with each other.

    2) If someone can see another spot of land by standing on a hill on a shoreline, it is 100%, absolutely guaranteed that some fool or maniac will find a way to float on a log or paddle or whatever and get over there. – Somehow. And it is 100% guaranteed that over the course of time, enough idiots will do it, that one will somehow make his way back.

    And if it is a nice place, sooner or later enough people to establish a population will find a way over.

    And it doesn’t take that long when the timeframe is centuries. My guess is you need the tech level to fell trees for this to happen, but may not be a requirement.

    But Anthropologists say things like you need land bridges, etc. My “barstool thinking” just tells me the only necessity is for someone to be able to say “Hey there is something over there. Is that a tree?”

    So are these anthropologist/geneticist guys this oblivious? Or they just can’t state the obvious without being pilloried?

    Seems to me there has been a kind of PC in academic circles for a long time, akin but different in nature from the kind we are concerned with now.

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @grapesoda
    https://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/business/gdp11.png

    That graph…

    I’ve done a bit of reading on this very subject. For most of human history the relative proportion of world economic activity accomplished by China and India total has been what you see on that graph up to 1820.

    Pretty much since agriculture was invented. We are talking about going back to about 3 o r 4 thousand BC, though I think you could definitely quibble about whatever methodology the economists who estimated this came up with.

    What is surprising to me is that for most of that time India has surpassed China’s productivity.

    What you see now with the two nations’ relative disparity in that regard is as much an anomaly as Europeean/US ascendance starting about 1820.

    Well apparently China got their shit together again. Whatever India did before, it is hard to see them reassuming their historical role in the world economic hierarchy though.

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  • From the Harvard Crimson: But that's boy history. Harvard offers no similarly broad course and no Cold War survey course. Instead, we have “Cold War in the Global South.” Mean
  • @slumber_j
    I dunno, my children get The Mayflower from one side and 1630s Massachusetts from mine, along with a bunch of other Northwestern European ancestors. (Plus they're 1/8 Hungarian, for cheekbone enhancement. Spicy!)

    There's plenty of Puritan stock sloshing around out there.

    Darn it, I was hoping we (the South) had outlasted our ancient enemy. I know their spiritual children are kicking in lots of places like the Pacific Northwest, but it would have been rewarding, you know?

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    I'm not saying the world wouldn't be a more fun place if our bloodlines were utterly eradicated--just that it hasn't happened yet.
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  • From that article:

    “Snappily entitled “Pursuing Excellence on a Foundation of Inclusion,” the report consists of almost 80 brightly colored pages and contains eight recommendations. One of those eight, which has attracted notable media attention, changes the school’s alma mater. Its last lines will now read, “Be the herald of Light, and the bearer of Love, Till the stars in the firmament die.” (The latter part replaces “Till the stock of the Puritans die.”)”

    And at the end written by this young man:

    “I have no doubt that Harvard will remain an excellent institution to attend, get a banking job, and get out. And as a Jewish Cold War historian, I feel as little ownership over the distant stars as I do over Puritan stock. At Commencement just over a year from now, I will happily sing the alma mater’s new lines. I will do so next to my roommates, who study biology and computer science. Amidst the chorus I will look over at them, fearing that my liberal arts Harvard, inclusive and shrinking, may meet a lonely fate long before the stars in the firmament begin to flicker.”

    They probably did the right thing changing the alma mater. I think the “stock of the Puritans” died a couple decades ago.

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    I didn’t know there even was a Jewish Cold War. Who were the antagonists? Orthodox versus Reform? Ashkenazi versus Sephardic? Zionists versus Assimalists? Sounds like an esoteric field of study to me. What kind of a career can you have with a degree in that other than teaching classes on the Jewish Cold War?
    , @Neuday
    My forefather arrived in 1637 in Mass., from England. We're not dead. Just really pissed.
    , @slumber_j
    I dunno, my children get The Mayflower from one side and 1630s Massachusetts from mine, along with a bunch of other Northwestern European ancestors. (Plus they're 1/8 Hungarian, for cheekbone enhancement. Spicy!)

    There's plenty of Puritan stock sloshing around out there.
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  • ” From 2008 to 2016, English, History, and Government departments have seen their number of concentrators decline from 236 to 144, 231 to 146, and 477 to 333 respectively. Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science have meanwhile seen surges from 101 to 279, 17 to 163, and 86 to 363, respectively. This cannot merely be due to rising interest in science and technology, as psychology, a humanistic department that still focuses on method over values, has seen concentrator numbers hold steady. …”

    My first guess reading that was that Harvard had started admitting a lot more Asians for some reason.

    Be fascinating to see an ethnicity breakdown of class enrollments at Harvard. If we had a man on the yard, we could get a firsthand report by just observing who was walking into which lecture hall at a given time.

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    "Concentrator"

    Does that mean students? Or does it mean students majoring in...? Can a student have a different major and concentration? And please, tell me about budgets and faculty numbers. That would tell the real story.
    , @Anonymous
    Here are some links to info. on the demographics of Harvard’s students.

    http://features.thecrimson.com/2017/freshman-survey/makeup/

    http://features.thecrimson.com/2016/freshman-survey/makeup/

    http://features.thecrimson.com/2015/freshman-survey/makeup/

    https://nypost.com/2017/08/04/minorities-make-up-majority-of-harvards-incoming-class/

    , @Yan Shen
    Isn't the entire Harvard lawsuit thing related to the fact that % of Asians at Harvard has more or less fluctuated around the same narrow range over the past however many years?
    , @slumber_j
    "My first guess reading that was that Harvard had started admitting a lot more Asians for some reason."

    Yeah, probably. But more important is the top-down attitude shift that's happened over the last 10-15 years: Harvard has become way more open about being gross, which is a direct consequence of its secret terror at the prospect of being second to Stanford.

    If you're an alumnus, you can smell it on the the spam that clogs your inbox: the acrid stench of branding. The Drew Gilpin Faust presidency at Harvard coincided with a very clear push to emulate--and thereby quash the perceived threat posed by--Stanford.

    Among the undergraduates the four-year experience is now essentially The Apprentice: Harvard Edition. It has been really weird to witness, and it's very real.
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  • It’s the blecks (1): Guns. My biggest email bag of the month came after I hypothesized, in the March 23rd Radio Derb, that the enthusiasm white Americans display for owning guns, unusualamong Western nations, is connected to the other distinctive thing about our country: the presence in it, from the beginning, of a large black...
  • “The key factor in establishment of a domestic federal despotism would be the military. Would they be on-side with the despot? If they were, with modern weaponry and surveillance techniques, I wouldn’t place my bet on Red Dawn-style citizen guerillas being able to restore the Republic.

    Would the military take a stand for liberty? I wish I could be sure. With women in submarines, though, and General Casey telling us that the loss of “diversity” would be a greater tragedy than the murder of a few troopers … I’m not.”

    Regarding your point number 2, … how good is the US military really? Seems to me it has performed very poorly in whatever theater you might care to mention for a long time. Iraq I, II, sure sure.

    But those were anomalies frankly. My god the enemy actually had tanks to destroy and military bases to bomb (did they even bother so send up one of their fighters? can’t remember).

    But it has been about 15 years in Afghanistan, and has spent beaucoup money. Anything been accomplished?

    In the end the US military has about 13 Army Divisions, 3 Marine Divisions, and a bunch of Guard and Reserve units of questionable (particularly the Guard and Reserve) loyalty to whatever regime you care to define.

    If we were talking about pacifying Pakistan with 210 million people any military expert would laugh his ass off at that.

    Let alone the fact that if you are actually going to be using the US military directly against the American people the economy, stock market, and lots of other stuff is going to be going to hell at the same time.

    Whether the US population has it in them to rebel, I truly do not know. But I can tell you that all the Carrier battle groups in the world won’t do much in this fight.

    And strangely I believe while our elites would be totally on board with saturation bombing of Chattanooga or Minot, I’m not so sure the air crew or maintenance/prep guys would be. If I were on the flight line, and I knew the plane was going to hit Marysville, Tennessee I’d do what I could at the loss of my own life to make sure that plane did not function.

    And no, I’m not joking or talking out of my ass. In that situation I definitely would.

    Not that I would be in the loop on the plane’s target, but at that point it doesn’t matter what gets personalized.

    Actually thinking about this some more… assuming there were any real resolve by flyover country I can’t see how the powers that be could hold on to this. No real military solution to it.

    You might say it’s been done in the past, like Japan and Germany after WWII. But those nations had bought into the change, forcibly or no. And there was a huge, powerful, nation overseas bankrolling the whole occupation. A totally different scenario than what we are discussing. Unless China could be pursuaded to bankroll or help out militarily with the whole thing.

    And I don’t know how much resolve there is on the part of our elites either. Hell a semi organized effort to plink transformers with armor piercing ammo takes a lot of the electrical network out of commission for a long time – if anyone takes it that far.

    Think the elites around you in NYC are going to put up with Baghdad levels of electricity availability circa 2003 or so? What if you cut off the water to NYC? Just dig up and destroy fiber optic cables willy nilly (who the hell do you think planted them?).

    What happens if someone “appropriates” a manpad and shoots down a passenger jet taking off from JFK? It only takes one to make a Wall Streeter’s butt pucker enough to squeeze coal into a diamond (maybe they are supermen).

    The British aristrocracy up to some time after WWII had balls of steel and stiff upper lips. These American elites are not cut from the same cloth.

    Mike Tyson once said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

    I submit to you our elites are in just as sorry a shape as someone frying their brain with meth in a West Virginia trailer.

    These guys are not https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill after all. They are snowflakes evolved to do well in very special circumstances. And it is child’s play to utterly disrupt that special ecosystem they call home.

    If you are willing to pay a price that similar movements in the past would have found laughable.

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    No our troops will not fire as troops during a civil war. they may desert and join a side though. the (((elites))) know this and try to muddy the forces but its impossible to have an effective army of niggers and bitches. The military might side with the people depending on situation but never against.
    The ((( elites))) will continue to avoid confrontations that might spiral they know they are on a powder keg but think soon they will have us all in tech matrix. In the event something spirals out of their control or an insurrection is started they will use all power to frame as terrorist racist criminal riot etc, this will keep the cops and mil following orders for a while and citizens swallowing the shit. but this is the land of iphones and internet anything that burns even a little out of meme control well the revolution will be televised. Washington understood this. he was one of a handful of leftist rebels, but he knew if he could just stay in the field the super power british military would do what armies do and the people would turn. if the people turn and decide the meme is bullshit the army and police will stop the action and gop defend their own families and areas. the elite cannot win a war but they can boil frogs with tech and mind fuck and of course niggerization. i hope to god we get some heros willing to be the first before we are boiled
    , @anarchyst
    For possible "solutions" to our present "deep state" problem, please obtain and read "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross.
    When this book first came out, sellers were routinely harassed by "deep state" types (FBI, ATF, DEA) and other alphabet agency types.
    It is a good read and is still available, somewhat expensive on paper, but is available as a free download.
    This book combines history lessons, law lessons, and a good story line with possible solutions...
    , @theMann
    I would be very curious to see exactly what plan a Federal tyranny could institute upon the State of Texas.

    The town I live in has 140 cops and 1400 members of the local gun club, plus at least 2x more too crazy or paranoid to join the gun club. Think the cops would even consider orders they consider unlawful? Well, maybe you could call in the National Guard....wait a minute, the Texas national Guard taking orders from the Feds to shoot Texans?

    Ok, call in the regular military, and then deal with all 500 pumping rigs in Texas stopping at the same time. You would have national food rationing in a week, massive civil unrest in a month. While you, ah, go house to house fighting Texans? Bomb us into the stone age (bye bye oil production)? Way more worried about the Russians nuking us than any of that.


    Then there are the long term consequences of even a short burst on actual warfare in general terms. This wouldn't be a US military vs. peasants conflict in some far off place, it would be the US military vs. former US military fought dead center in the tax base funding that military. Plus the wildcard factor of new technologies, such as drones used to target the homes and families of the people giving orders(on both sides), EW attacks on vehicles carrying supplies, and a host of other simple, but brutally effective, non conventional warfare methods. And not even assuming seriously nasty NBC level (especially the B part of that) events.


    I am more concerned that Revelation is literally true than I am that there could be ever be anything like a Civil War level event again in this country. On the other hand, I am more hopeful that I can sprout wings and fly than I am that most Americans today could stick their pwecious wittle feelings up their butts where they belong and start reasoning anything through.
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  • In 1987, V.S. Naipaul was asked by Andrew Robinson, “Have the immigrants from Asia and the Caribbean changed British life?” Naipaul, “I feel that there will be a lot of difficulty. I don’t see how it can be avoided, especially with these immigrants who are not seeking a new identity or a new kind of...
  • You had to know it was coming right?

    “Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.

    — Beyond the Black River, 1935″

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  • Introduction During his recent visit to New Hampshire on 3/20/18, President Trump declared once again that the US is facing a ‘drug epidemic’. This time he advocated the death penalty for criminal drug dealers as the solution to a national crisis that has killed over 1 million Americans since the 1990’s (when the blockbuster prescription...
  • There is another angle to this whole thing.

    Basically elites… most of them don’t do very much.

    Unless they are a scientist or engineer, basically they are what a certain movement called “useless eaters” at one point. They eat pretty well of course; but if you set up a mathematical model of a system with feedback loops and whatnot, they really aren’t essential.

    Just saying they could be dispensed with as well.

    Societies seem to evolve slower than technology. Once upon a time it moved pretty quickly in replacing horse drawn buggies with cars, and exiling the buggy whip manufacturers to hell.

    But it is not moving anywhere nearly as fast at adapting to what the past few decades of progress with cheap electronics, computers, and communications make possible.

    I submit that Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, lots and lots of others really serve no useful function any more.

    So what form does the future take? I have no freaking idea. But I do know what a system that is basically what was evolved in the days of the telegraph and steam ships looks like, even if it does have led lights and stereo bells and whistles.

    But in the end it is as applicable now as a feudal lord was circa 1900. The papers of the day oohed and aahed over Lord Fauntleroy or Baron So and So. But there really wasn’t any need for them to deliver a levey of soldiers from their serfs you see. So they died a gradual death in relevance.

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  • One of the booming industries in Southern California at the moment is providing drug addiction clinics in the sunshine for junkies from the Midwest. But when their insurance runs out and they still love drugs, do they go home to cold Ohio? Often they get a tent and join a homeless encampment. Asian immigrants in...
  • “It comes down to tribal notions of race. The same racial tribalism that animates people like Michelle to indirectly support black criminality motivates Steve to indirectly side with white delinquents.”

    See that’s the only truth there is. Racial tribalism always beats universalism, because universalism is idiotic.

    Now, now, I know what you are thinking. The US and the West in general did pretty well with this for a decent amount of time right?

    Yeah, but while they spouted high minded rhetoric, they also cheerfully dealt pretty harshly with any opponents. The universalism was a group strategy to enhance that group’s competiveness, not something extended to opponents and competitors; those were dealt with in a way the Great Khan would have thought appropriate.

    See, the problem basically is – the West started to believe their own bullshit. Instead of being happy, successful, admired hypocrites who rightly blamed foes for slaming their faces into the West’s fists, with an army of enthusiastic apologists produced at universities as opposed to what we have now.

    “That doesn’t make what Michelle does right, but it gives right wing whites empathy for how the black middle class feels.”

    It doesn’t give empathy. It gives a roadmap.

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    the West started to believe their own bullshit. Instead of being happy, successful, admired hypocrites
     
    Oh, I agree we admired ourselves. But admired by non-Westerners? Not so much.

    And I think non-Westerners have always seen through our hypocrisy, even in our heyday. Don't use the non-white SJW immigrants in Western countries as a basis for judging attitudes - they are irrelevant.

    When you go out of our countries, our SJW culture is mocked and regarded as deception and lies by the whole planet.

    Which it is.
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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!
  • New York is one thing to surpass in a dubious statistic.

    But if the brits think London is bad now, well it can get worse. A lot worse. Frankly worse than any Pakistani could imagine currently even.

    See Detroit, Gary, Newark, Baltimore, …
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    Just thinking. The US has entire cities that have been ethnically cleansed and now look like they literally were the sites of heavy combat. That is literally what they look like. War zones.

    Yet we go on, never even seeming to really notice things.

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  • Australia tries hard to keep out illegal immigrants and selects legal immigrants based on a points system. This has been good for native Australian blue collar workers who are some of the most prosperous working class people in the world, due to the low supply of workers and the high demand from China for raw...
  • @Issac
    Outcompeting other elites is what our diaspora does best. I dare say the Asians are going to get a run for their money if they come up against them.

    Dude, you guys don’t understand.

    There is a real world out there. The West is just an illusion, and a fading one.

    So what if you can compete? The goal is not to have ANY competion. Actually if you are too competitive, you make yourself a mark.

    Stalin was well known for 86′ing any of his commanders early on in WWII if they did too well, and showed any signs fo being a possible “competitor.” This changed somewhat later on out of necessity.

    The goal is to have that plum position at the ministry go to your son, your cousin, someone in your clan at least. But there’s a problem. There is some odd guy in town now, and his kid is pretty smart. Actually he scored the highest on a qualifying exam. Tsk, be a shame if something happened to him.

    That’s an exaggeration in most places of course (but it can still be a reality). What most likely happens is you just don’t get the job. Or someone apologizes effusively to that kid because his test paper was lost. Unfortunate, but even if it turns up that position was filled. Someone was needed you see.

    Or you find that your shipments of widgtes inexplicably take twice as long to get somewhere, with significant theft and breakage along the way. But you can’t figure it out, because you are a competitor you see. And everyone is exactly like an American from Ohio on the inside right?

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    Jews are more aware of the world than most people. The only people who don't see the West is declining are white gentiles.
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  • @Anonymous
    Nonsense. Jews have nothing to fear from living in a complex multinational society. They have historically thrived in such environments.

    Uh huh.

    Name me some outside Europe. Seems to me that there were significant populations in:

    Eastern Europe
    Western Europe (at times)
    Russia
    A small population in a west Indian city that seems to have eventually been assimilated away.
    That weird Jewish state (which wasn’t actually ethnically Jewish?) around all the ‘Stans that throve for a century or two.
    The Muslim World (though I’m not sure how thriving they were, even if they had a protected status as opposed to a Yazidi or Zoroastran.

    Seems to me they pretty much only thrive in Western Cultures. They don’t do so hot in places where they annoy the King one day and he kills them all, wiith the enthusiastic support of his men, because hey it was a slow day, and nothing breaks the routine like a little murder, rape, and pillage.

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    As far as I can see, it has all the harbingers of the typical underpants gnome thinking.

    Phase 1. Import diverse, clannish, often anti-Semitic horde.
    Phase 2: ?
    Phase 3: Profit
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  • “In contrast, Stuyvesant HS near Wall Street is “only” 73% Asian. (Who has ever heard of any smart white people from New York City? Evidently, however, they are a lot less relatively rare in NYC than in Sydney these days.)”

    I’m not Jewish, so anyone who is can take my words with a grain of salt.

    Pretty common knowledge that NYC probably has the highest concentration (and absolute numbers) of Jes of any place on earth outside Israel. Kind of pulling a number out of my ass, but it wouldn’t surprise me if around 20% of all the identifying Jews on earth live in that metro.

    So unlike almost any other place (save Israel, which doesn’t and never will have tons of Asians living there), I’d think Jews outnumber Asians readily in NYC.

    Yet this HS is 73% Asian. And that other 27% includes other ethnicities than White or Asian. Not to mention mention the odd low caste white kid with a union member dad and dreams of being a big noise in the science biz. Or the even more oddball product of previous WASP elites that just likes science.

    Granted Stuyvesant isn’t exactly “cool.” But a key feature in this whole thing is that this brave new world takes a Tiger Mom, and above all the ability to grind. Jews might have the highest (or one of the highest – there are some competitors) IQ of any ethnic group on the planet, but they don’t have the same capability when it comes to jumping through all the hoops it takes, and the sheer amount of study and effort needed, as the relatively lower IQ Asians.

    Don’t really feel like running out and buying a six pack. But I have an urge to pop a cold one and chuckle:

    “You guys are elites now, huh? Enjoy it while it lasts. Bud, you are going to find out that Indians could teach seminars on clannishness, nepotism, and ruthless self-interest with nary a hint of shame that will shock and appall you.

    Dumbass. You can’t see what’s happening? Where this is going to go?

    This was the best bed you’ll ever have. And you took a big, steaming, dump in it. I doubt NYC is the center of the world financial industry in 20 years, but if it is you won’t be running it.”

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    Nonsense. Jews have nothing to fear from living in a complex multinational society. They have historically thrived in such environments.
    , @Issac
    Outcompeting other elites is what our diaspora does best. I dare say the Asians are going to get a run for their money if they come up against them.
    , @Hhsiii
    I know a couple of white kids who went or go to Stuyvesant. One a quarter Jewish, working class dad, mother a municipal lawyer, half Jewish, whose father had owned a dry cleaning business who was killed during a robbery in the ‘80s. The other the son of an investment banker from North Carolina who had himself tested into North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in the late ‘70s. NCSSM is public. And now heavily Asian as well. His mother went to Hunter, itself an elite public school in NYC. The father was raised baptist. The mother catholic (her parents were both at one time editor of Commonweal). He’s a smart kid, obviously. Just finishing his freshman year. He laughed last summer when I found out he got in and I told him I hope he likes Asian girls.
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  • iSteve commenter Jake suggested this scenario, which I've set on the PBS "Finding Your Roots" genealogy TV show: Prof. Henry Louis Gates: "Senator Warren, I've got good news and bad news about your DNA test results." Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Tell me the good news!" Gates: "You definitely have Cherokee ancestry." Warren: "I knew it!" Gates:...
  • @syonredux
    Hitler was a big fan of Karl May's Westerns:

    Karl Friedrich May (/maɪ/ MY; German: [maɪ]; also Carl; 25 February 1842 – 30 March 1912) was a German writer best known for his adventure novels set in the American Old West. His main protagonists are Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. May set similar books in the Orient and Middle East in which the main protagonists were Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadschi Halef Omar, Latin America and Germany. May also wrote poetry, a play, and composed music; he was a proficient player of several musical instruments. Many of his works were adapted for film, stage, audio dramas and comics. Later in his career, May turned to philosophical and spiritual genres. He is one of the best-selling German writers of all time with about 200 million copies worldwide.
     

    Adolf Hitler was an admirer, who noted in Mein Kampf that the novels "overwhelmed" him as a boy, going as far as to ensure "a noticeable decline" in his school grades. According to an anonymous friend, Hitler attended the lecture given by May in Vienna in March 1912 and was enthusiastic about the event.[19] Ironically, the lecture was an appeal for peace, also heard by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Bertha von Suttner. Claus Roxin doubts the anonymous description, because Hitler had said much about May, but not that he had seen him.[20] Hitler defended May against critics in the men's hostel where he lived in Vienna, as the evidence of May's earlier time in jail had come to light; although it was true, Hitler confessed, that May had never visited the sites of his American adventure stories, this made him a greater writer in Hitler's view since it showed the author's powers of imagination. May died suddenly only ten days after the lecture, leaving the young Hitler deeply upset.[21] Hitler later recommended the books to his generals and had special editions distributed to soldiers at the front, praising Winnetou as an example of "tactical finesse and circumspection",[22] though some note that the latter claims of using the books as military guidance are not substantiated.[16] However, as told by Albert Speer, "when faced by seemingly hopeless situations, he [Hitler] would still reach for these stories," because "they gave him courage like works of philosophy for others or the Bible for elderly people.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_May

    Winnetou is a fictional Native American hero of several novels written in German by Karl May (1842–1912), one of the best-selling German writers of all time with about 200 million copies worldwide, including the Winnetou-trilogy. The character made its debut in the novel Old Firehand (1875).
     

    According to Karl May's story, first-person narrator Old Shatterhand encounters the Apache Winnetou, and after initial dramatic events, a true friendship arises between them; on many occasions, they give proof of great fighting skill, but also of compassion for other human beings. It portrays a belief in an innate "goodness" of mankind, albeit constantly threatened by ill-intentioned enemies.

    Nondogmatic Christian feelings and values play an important role, and May's heroes are often described as German Americans.

    Winnetou became the chief of the tribe of the Mescalero Apaches (and of the Apaches in general, with the Navajo included) after his father Intschu-tschuna and his sister Nscho-tschi were slain by the white bandit Santer. He rode a horse called Iltschi ("Wind") and had a famous rifle called Silberbüchse (The Silver Gun, a double-barrelled rifle whose stock and butt were decorated with silver studs). Old Shatterhand became the blood brother of Winnetou and rode the brother of Iltschi, called Hatatitla (Lightning).
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnetou

    I’ve seen you make a number of comments, and gather you are at a University (or just know literature very well).

    Maybe a sidetrack, but if you are at all familiar with it, what do you think of Perry Rhodan? That has to be the most insanely long lived book series that has ever existed. I mean they have what, like 1900 books or something in it? Maybe not very good, but the sheer fecundity of it is impressive.

    Seeing a mention of a German author who apparently wrote adventure yarns made me think of that. Only other German originated thing I’ve ever read is Goethe’s Faust version.

    Sad thing is I’ve read about 50 times as much Manga as literature from Germany, and I’m not even a Manga fan. For a country that was the original source of a lot of our population it is pretty darn obscure in the US.

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    I’ve seen you make a number of comments, and gather you are at a University (or just know literature very well).
     
    I teach English lit at a university. The 18th century is my specialty.

    Maybe a sidetrack, but if you are at all familiar with it, what do you think of Perry Rhodan? That has to be the most insanely long lived book series that has ever existed. I mean they have what, like 1900 books or something in it? Maybe not very good, but the sheer fecundity of it is impressive.
     
    Never read them, but I have heard of the Perry Rhodan phenomenon.The Germans seem to be pretty enthusiastic about SF. For example, I believe that Star Trek fandom is pretty big there, whereas, in contrast, the French never really took to it.
    , @Bardon Kaldian
    20th C German language imaginative literature leaves English language literature, American & British, lagging behind. One cannot really compete with combined strength of Hoffmanstahl, Schnitzler, Mann, Musil, Broch, Rilke, Kafka, Feuchtwanger, Canetti, Grass, Hauptmann, Brecht, Hesse, Kraus, Freud (as essayist), Bernhard, Zweig, .. For instance, even great novels like Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom" & Joyce's "Ulysses" look mentally deficient when compared with Mann's "Magic Mountain" or Musil's "Man without Qualities".

    On the other hand, German 19th C literature has not much to show; and genuinely popular fiction is virtually absent from German-language culture. Karl May has a legendary reputation in central & east Europe, from Germany to Russia, Romania etc., while he is a non-entity not only in Anglosphere, but also in the Francophone world.
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  • As you may recall, I closely covered the recent whoop-tee-doo in Palo Alto that led to stripping the name of the Terman Middle School, the public middle school with the highest standardized test scores in California. The school had been named for Lewis Terman, the father of standardized testing in America, and his son Fred...
  • @Tyrion 2
    It isn't a double standard. Were the Chinese complaining about a white man no one would call them racist.

    It's certainly true that Chinese are lower on the totem pole than blacks are but again, that isn't a double standard.

    I'm also actually quite sympathetic to the Chinese here. The most famous Yamamoto is the bad one and it would initially naturally grate. Nonetheless, a big show of locally celebrating the wonderfully named and clearly heroic Fred Yamamato would surely ease the awkwardness.

    “The most famous Yamamoto is the bad one and it would initially naturally grate. ”

    Bad? Yamamoto was a famous WWII figure, but as far as I knew he was never associated with things like the Rape of Nanking, the Bataan Death March, or that whacked out Japanese science unit in China (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731).

    From wikipedia which I assume is correct in this case:

    “Yamamoto was part of the Japanese Navy establishment, who were rivals of the more aggressive army establishment, especially the officers of the Kwantung Army. As such, he promoted a policy of a strong fleet to project force through gunboat diplomacy, rather than a fleet used primarily for transport of invasion land forces, as some of his political opponents in the army wanted.[6] This stance led him to oppose the invasion of China. He also opposed war against the United States partly because of his studies at Harvard University (1919–1921) and his two postings as a naval attaché in Washington, D.C., where he learned to speak fluent English. Yamamoto traveled extensively in the United States during his tour of duty there, where he studied American customs and business practices.”

    “Yamamoto opposed the invasion of Manchuria in 1931, the subsequent land war with China (1937), and the 1940 Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. As Deputy Navy Minister, he apologized to United States Ambassador Joseph C. Grew for the bombing of the gunboat USS Panay in December 1937. These issues made him a target of assassination threats by pro-war militarists.

    Throughout 1938, many young army and naval officers began to speak publicly against Yamamoto and certain other Japanese admirals such as Mitsumasa Yonai and Shigeyoshi Inoue for their strong opposition to a tripartite pact with Nazi Germany as they saw it as inimical to “Japan’s natural interests.”[8]:101 Yamamoto received a steady stream of hate mail and death threats from Japanese nationalists. His reaction to the prospect of death by assassination was passive and accepting. The admiral wrote: To die for Emperor and Nation is the highest hope of a military man. After a brave hard fight the blossoms are scattered on the fighting field. But if a person wants to take a life instead, still the fighting man will go to eternity for Emperor and country. One man’s life or death is a matter of no importance. All that matters is the Empire. As Confucius said, “They may crush cinnabar, yet they do not take away its color; one may burn a fragrant herb, yet it will not destroy the scent.” They may destroy my body, yet they will not take away my will.[8]:101–02

    The Japanese Army, annoyed at Yamamoto’s unflinching opposition to a Rome-Berlin-Tokyo treaty, dispatched military police to “guard” Yamamoto, a ruse by the army to keep an eye on him.[8]:102-103 He was later reassigned from the naval ministry to sea as the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet on August 30, 1939. This was done as one of the last acts of the then-acting Navy Minister Mitsumasa Yonai, under Baron Hiranuma’s short-lived administration. It was done partly to make it harder for assassins to target Yamamoto. Yonai was certain that if Yamamoto remained ashore, he would be killed before the year [1939] ended.[8]:103″

    Call it what it is. Chinese ethnic hatred of the Japanese. With a stupid pretext. Literally the whole thing is a stretch.

    As for Pearl Harbor… put yourself in his shoes. You have a war you didn’t want, but still have to prosecute. WTF was he supposed to do? Pulling that off depended on either US laxness or Roosevelt wanting to pull the US into the war (if you roll that way). But it worked.

    They really didn’t have too many options if war was the only choice. We’ll never know now if Yamamoto thought it was a mistake (tactically and strategically versus any other option) in the years after.

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    You are trying to use facts and logic, both of which have been expelled in the name of PC sacred cows.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Yamamoto said he could "run wild" in the Pacific for 6 months, but had grave doubts beyond that. It was almost exactly 6 months after Pearl Harbor that the US sank 4 Jap carriers at Midway. The outcome of the war was decided that day.
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  • The Wonderlic is a 12 minute 50 question IQ test used by various employers, including the National Football League ever since Tom Landry, famous coach of the Dallas Cowboys, decided it would be useful to know IQs of potential draft selections. From Sporting News: Typically, a score of 21 equates to a 100 IQ, with...
  • “Cleveland Browns quarterback Frank Ryan, who earned a Math Ph.D. from Rice, won an NFL championship in the pre Super Bowl 1960s. He wasn’t known as being a particularly smart on-field decisionmaker, but he was known for being very brave, not releasing the ball until the perfect moment, no matter how badly he got flattened by an onrushing defender.”

    Eh, if still living, wonder what his brain is like now.

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    "Eh, if still living, wonder what his brain is like now."

    Wikipedia has a page on him. At 78 his brain seems fine.
    , @CJ
    He’s now 81 and retired, but his football career does not seem to have affected his brain. He really does appear to be possibly the smartest guy ever to play pro football. A quick excerpt from his Wikipedia entry, under the heading of Post-NFL Career:


    Soon after his retirement from the Redskins, Ryan remained in the nation's capital when he was named Director of Information Services for the U.S. House of Representatives. While there, he helped advance the computer age in politics by playing an integral role in establishing the body's first electronic voting system. This enabled voting procedures that usually ran for 45 minutes to be shortened to around 15 minutes. By the time he left the post, the office had an annual budget of eight million dollars with a staff of 225.[12]

    Ryan resigned that post to become athletic director and lecturer in mathematics at Yale University on March 7, 1977. Ryan served in that position for ten years before resigning to become the school's Associate Vice President for Institutional Planning.

    He was a member of the Rice Board of Governors from 1972 to 1976, and Ryan was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 1987. Ryan became vice president for external affairs at Rice in August 1990, increasing annual gifts to the university to a three-year average of $32.8 million for the fiscal years 1992–94 from $21.4 million for the fiscal years 1988–90. In 1995, he resigned his post as vice president for external affairs at Rice, owing to differences with President Malcolm Gillis concerning the future course of external affairs. Ryan ended his institutional career as a professor of mathematics, and professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice.[13]

    Ryan was president and chief executive officer of Contex Electronics, which designed and manufactured cable and interconnect products for the computer and communications industries. Ryan also served as director for America West Airlines, Sequoia Voting Systems,[14] and of Danielson Holding Corporation. He was an advisory director of United Medical Care Inc.

    Now retired, Ryan lives on 78 acres of heavily forested land[15] in Grafton, Vermont with his wife, Joan, a retired sportswriter and nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post.[3] One of the first female sportswriters to ever grace a locker room, his wife (not to be confused with another sportswriter named Joan Ryan)[16][17] and Ryan stayed married since their senior year at Rice, 52 years earlier.[10] In retirement, he now runs a sophisticated self-designed program that helps micro-analyze statistical behavior of the up-and-down pricing movement that underlies the pricing behavior of the futures market. He is also doing work on Oppermann's conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers.[3]

     

    , @David
    As of two years ago, he was fine. He introduced himself to me at the post office as a stock market analyst (not his exact words), and ask for some excel help. I only learned through my boss, a Redskins fan, that he once played football. He printed his name and number on a shred of paper that is still floating around on my desk if anyone wants it.
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  • Even more than eating for fun, the main pleasure of Vietnam is mingling, but that's only if you enjoy being around people, which Vietnamese obviously do, and here, community life is most intense and intimate in alleys. The French gave Hanoi and Saigon a facelift, so there are straight streets, grand boulevards and many traffic...
  • @Linh Dinh
    Hi all,

    Though I've analyzed and celebrated healthy communities wherever I can find them, including in Mexico, Turkey, France, Spain, England and Italy, I'm somehow a hater of "whiteys," according to Israel-firster Bragadocious, and the reason is, you guess it, I hate Israel!

    Just ask yourself, who have the desire and power to destroy America and Europe, an inconsequential Vietnamese-American writer like myself or Israel-firsters? Can you name any Vietnamese bankster, media brainwasher or deep state policy maker like Henry Kissinger? Do American politicians kiss Vietnam's or Israel's ass?

    Israel is an ongoing genocidal project based on lies and unresolvable contradictions, so the US must decouple itself from it. Otherwise, it will go down with this unprecedented monstrosity.

    Bragadocious and other Israel-firsters don't have dual loyalties, but only one love, coupled with an utter contempt for the rest of us, and you can usually spot them by their bombastic arrogance and shameless mendacity.


    Linh

    “Though I’ve analyzed and celebrated healthy communities wherever I can find them, including in Mexico, Turkey, France, Spain, England and Italy,”

    For now. Look, maybe there is some unique aspect of Anglo-Saxon culture, at least the American version, that makes that society particularly vulnerable to the effects of the new electronic world.

    Maybe it’s even genetic somehow (we talk about genes here a lot).

    But do you really think all these other cultures are totally immune to this sort of thing, in a manner akin to some societies where alcoholism is virtually unknown, yet legal?

    My take is it’s just beginning in some areas. Maybe it takes a generation of conditioning to produce… whatever we are in the process of becoming.

    But you could go to Japan and check out that new generation of kids, particularly young men. Or go to Korea with their insane gaming culture. More energy, but not far behind Japan in a way I think.

    Curious as to what you think. Taking a long term view my guess is Vietnamese culture might look very different in 20 years.

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: ... Since 1929, anthropologists have assured us that race is just a social construct, that ancient peoples made pots not war, that Aryan conquests in India and Europe were Nazi delusions, that the caste system was imposed on the egalitarian Indians by British colonialists, and many other agreeable...
  • Hey I thought of something else I want to know.

    Okay the Steppe guys conquered things, killed the men, raped the women. Only the matrilineal lines survive from the initial farmers from the Middle East.

    But:

    “After the last Ice Age, Europe was inhabited by an ancient race of hunter-gatherers with blue eyes and dark skin. They were then largely overwhelmed by lighter-skinned, brown-haired farmers from the Middle East.”

    Did the farmers do the same thing to the original Euro hunter-gatherers? Was there any genetic contribution, matrilineal or otherwise from these “OG” Euros to the farmers?

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  • @TelfoedJohn

    Before the Bronze Age there were several quite distinct races in Europe. After the last Ice Age, Europe was inhabited by an ancient race of hunter-gatherers with blue eyes and dark skin. They were then largely overwhelmed by lighter-skinned, brown-haired farmers from the Middle East.

    These farmers in turn were inundated, especially in northern Europe, by the blond beast pastoralists from the steppes.
     
    This is encoded in Norse myth in which great-grandparents are depicted as dark and squat, and descendants are increasingly lighter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rígsmál

    Also, the Aesir-Vanir war depicts the new gods from the east fighting the native gods: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesir–Vanir_War

    “Before the Bronze Age there were several quite distinct races in Europe. After the last Ice Age, Europe was inhabited by an ancient race of hunter-gatherers with blue eyes and dark skin. They were then largely overwhelmed by lighter-skinned, brown-haired farmers from the Middle East.

    These farmers in turn were inundated, especially in northern Europe, by the blond beast pastoralists from the steppes.”

    Okay, I follow this. Seen bits and pieces of this in other places the past few years.

    But what about the Neanderthals? What complexion did they have? They spent what, at least ten times longer or so living in Europe and parts of Asia than however many years ago we are talking about the genes for lighter skin arising (around the time of agriculture in Middle East, whatever time it was for the Steppe dwellers).

    Were the Neanderthals dark skinned? I’ve always thought of them as white. Surely even the limited DNA we’ve found from them should answer this?

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    Keep in mind that the neanderthals come into picture thousands of years before this, the last neanderthal live maybe 40,000 years ago and these invasions are all well after the last ice age (10,000 BC)
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  • The word "mugging" has various meanings, but the one that soared in usage from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s was pedestrians being robbed by threat or act of violence. Comedians joked nervously about getting mugged in Central Park all the time on talk shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was largely...
  • What’s up with this soy thing? Literally I can’t keep up with all the stuff people bring up here.

    Someone posts a lot of stuff about some “warrior” gene all the time, but I’ve never pulled the string to look that one up.

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  • From The Undefeated: The Gentrification of College Hoops ... That players like Iverson and Waters – the first members of their families to go to college – are increasingly rare in college sports, even in the big-money, high-stakes sports of basketball and football. Indeed, most athletic scholarships are going to middle-class kids with college-educated parents,...
  • You know one pretty obvious thought is that the pool of people that have the genetics to actually excel at what modern sports have become were identified in earlier years and pipelined into the system.

    Sure occasionally you find someone whose Dad was overlooked somehow, or someone who is the child of immigrants, so no one in their ancestry with the same traits became involved with American athletics, but this is getting rarer and rarer.

    I’d imagine that if you took a hard look at the sports that require very specific physical traits like basketball, track events say, you will see the same pattern.

    Not really a follower of the NFL any more, but my impression is it is getting more and more common to see the children and relatives of past players as opposed to “brand new” guys.

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    know one pretty obvious thought is that the pool of people that have the genetics to actually excel at what modern sports have become were identified in earlier years and pipelined into the system.
     
    This, plus blacks have more generations which compounds the effect. Since blacks have kids earlier, there's a lot more chances for the hereditary talent to get noticed as it passes through middle/high school.
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  • From France24:
  • “Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with… severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa,”

    Thinking about this in another way, what Bibi is saying is that immigration is worse than war. This is a topic that has come up before on this blog. I recall a discussion about Poland where people contrasted the UK and Poland from 1939 to today.

    Poland was invaded by two giants in 1939. At least 6 million were killed. The infrastructure was totally destroyed. Poland then endured a forty-plus year occupation by the communists until 1989.

    Meanwhile the UK, although severely damaged by the war, was on the wining side and resisted being invaded by the Germans.

    Today the UK finds itself undergoing unheard of demographic change for them in which the white British population (was that even a term in 1940) will become a minority by 2100. Meanwhile, the Polish still own Poland with a 98% or higher share of the population.

    So the Polish-UK example shows that immigration is more of a threat than war and occupation. And now PM Netanyahu has basically confirmed this by saying he considers migrants more of a threat than terrorists.

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    Areas of South Tel Aviv, where the illegal immigrants settled, actually feel like a warzone.

    It's not entirely fair to blame the illegal immigrants - these were third-world Arab-Jewish areas of the city already before the illegal immigrants came.

    It was a backwards slum before they came. Although at least there was apparently previously still personal safety and a warm atmosphere, which was transformed now into an area of violence and rape.

    But the illegal immigration has really fucked parts of the city. (Just like Arab culture fucked the atmosphere in Jaffa).

    I feel sorry for the illegal immigrants there. But I don't see how situation is sustainable or not going to lead to 'warzone' with the other population groups.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MNpmlqUglE
    , @Anon7
    “As I demonstrated in a study published last year, there were at least 56 attempts to employ the direct or indirect threat of mass migrations as a non-military instrument of influence between 1951 and 2006.

    “In about 73 percent of cases where it was attempted, would-be coercers got at least some of what they sought; in about 57 percent of cases, they achieved most, if not all, of their objectives. The majority of these coercive attempts were initiated by authoritarian dictators such as Cuba’s Fidel Castro, East Germany’s Erich Honecker, the former Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Milosevic and Uganda’s Idi Amin.

    “However, it is worth noting that the threat and actual manipulation of mass migrations has also been employed by democratic leaders like West Germany’s Konrad Adenauer and Dwight Eisenhower of the United States.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/opinion/21iht-edgreenhill21.html
    , @Dmitry

    Today the UK finds itself undergoing unheard of demographic change for them in which the white British population (was that even a term in 1940) will become a minority by 2100. Meanwhile, the Polish still own Poland with a 98% or higher share of the population.

     

    If you walk in the nice (expensive) areas of London, the non-British immigrants all seem very civilized.

    The problem is if you walk into the dangerous parts of London, like the Eastern side, or South of the River Thame.

    This again goes to the beautiful comment of Trump vis-a-vis immigration to America: "they're not sending their best".

    The problem (or most obvious problem - I'm not saying a country should not have 0 immigrants, if it chooses) is flooding of the worst cattle into these countries, without filtration system to select desirable traits.

    It is like if Harvard University, has decided to flood its admissions with all the stupidest people in the world. It's not going to last long as a desirable university.
    , @Lot

    migrants more of a threat than terrorists
     
    I think a lot of concern about "Islamic terrorism" in the USA is more people evading PC censors about "Islamic migration." Between 9/11 and Merkel's million Muslims, the latter will prove to be the more destructive attack on the West.

    To do a bit of math, the one million, if they have the same murder rate once they get cozy in Germany of Brasilians, this implies they will commit about 260 murders a year. But the Brasilian rate includes women, children, and the elderly. Few of Merkel's million fit that description. So 500 excess murders a year is probably more realistic. Thus the 9/11 death toll gets beat after only 6 years.

    But it gets worse. How many deadly traffic accidents do these guys cause? How many die from diseases they introduce? And finally, how many native Germans, now facing higher taxes, less housing availability, worse neighborhoods, and worse schools, decide not to have no or fewer children?

    Long-term impact of Merkel's Million over a 30 year period I'd wager is over 25,000 dead and never-born native Germans. And that is just part of the demographic impact, and not getting into the cultural and economic impact.
    , @Anonymous
    Already, 30% of English 15 year olds have a 'migration background', according to information released by PISA.
    That's bad enough - unthinkable even in Powell's day, let alone pre 1940 - but considering the historic and immutable growth rates of that particular statistic, it's pretty much a certainty that the figure will breast 50% - ie majority - in 20 years' time.

    The takeaway is that, inevitably, the indigenous ethnic English will form a small minority, around 10 to 20% of the English population by 2100.
    , @Twodees Partain
    That's a very interesting observation. Unchecked immigration is an invasion, of sorts, and the eventual relegation of the original population to minority status amounts to occupation by the invaders. It really is as simple as that, IMO.
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  • Leo Hohmann has the details on the Minneapolis case in VDARE.
  • @BenKenobi
    Back when this whole situation was first in the media I thought there was a sliver of possibility that Noor was the assailant that Damond witnessed.

    “Back when this whole situation was first in the media I thought there was a sliver of possibility that Noor was the assailant that Damond witnessed.”

    Would that surprise anyone? That could be true. It might not be true.

    This case is odd. The police get called all the time because someone saw someone trying to break into their storage shed, or they just think they saw something, but when the police arrive there is nothing to see.

    And no one ever gets shot. But this lady in her pajamas does.

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    And no one ever gets shot. But this lady in her pajamas does.
     
    I would be interested to know this cop's IQ. The average for Somalis is pretty low IIRC.
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  • I see that a man named Sessions, apparently Washington’s Attorney General, threatens to unleash the coercive powers of the federal government against the state of Colorado, his reason being that he does not like the state’s policy with regard to marijuana. This is most curious. Why he believes the policies of Colorado to be his...
  • “Mr. Session’s expansive view of his importance in the universe is seen again in his menacing of the state of California because he does noi approve its policy toward its immigrants. Common sense suggests that if he does not like California’s policies, he should live in another state. I am sure this would suit California well.”

    A pretty argument. The problem with it is that the illegals in question do not have to remain in the confines of California.

    If you can guarantee that’s where they will stay, then your argument is a lot stronger.

    And you talk a lot about police work. Pray tell enlighten us all about the role that marijuana arrests and pleas play in the whole legal system. Tell me from your extensive contact with beat cops, prosecutors, defense lawyers, offenders, and victims whether many of them would frankly give two figs on a theoretical level whether Marijuana was illegal nationwide – but it makes a dandy thing for some perp to cop to. He gets less time and penalty, and the state gets to avoid the cost and time of a jury trial.

    Take that away, and what are the results? You spent time covering the system, tell me.

    Personally my belief is that even something like the criminality of marijuana is another insidious ramification of the presence of black people in America. It is utterly insane how much they have shaped the current state of America – not by some master plan, but simply by existing.

    I myself don’t care in the slightest whether someone wakes up in the morning and reaches for a bong (well as long as they aren’t on the road with me). But I also wouldn’t care to find out what happens if Johnny Brown doesn’t plead to possession, getting 3 months in the county, but instead clogs up a system that has evolved for Johnny Brown to do just that.

    Or we all could do like California is apparently doing now. Just not enforcing most laws. Great state to take a dump in, let me tell ya.

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    The issue of Federalism, Anti-Federalism, Abe Lincoln, Prohibition and now another prohibition?

    Control of USA external borders and immigration may be legitimate where USA presence in America is welcome, but where the people of the state [name it] have announced they do not want, in their state, outsiders to dictate it may be a horse of a different color.

    The Pharaohs designed a constitution and used it to impose federalism on Americans. Federalism is a top-down management philosophy designed to take and keep the behaviors and resources of the slaves and their possessions in the hands and control of the elite, globally-present Pharaohs. The constitution took control by separating American political power into one group, and depriving the other group of any political power.

    The first group, a few slaves would be elected to serve in a group of 527 slave drivers, to be known as the USA. The USA would be allowed to use democratic principles to make its decisions and its make laws subject to the delight of the Pharaohs. The second, larger group (340,000,000 not elected Americans), would be slaved to the demands and requirements of, and required to limit and conform their behaviors and activities, to accord with the decisions and laws made by the 527 elected, salaried, privileged USA slave drivers). So in short, the globally-present Pharaohs set up a middle man (527 slave drivers) group, gave them all of the political power and authorized them to use that power to control the American people and to own or control the resources in America. Around the globe you can see the globally-present Pharaoh's slave driver = slave structure. The slave-driver slave is a hallmark of the nation state and the nation state is a franchise of the globally-present Pharaoh.

    As near as I can tell, neither the constitution nor the USA it created, took America out of the American; as the gun controversy clearly confirms. The constitution was just a deal, based on conditions, reflected in a contract, presented by the Pharaohs, designed to quiet justice-seeking Americans. The constitution is conditioned on honoring expressed guarantees (the bill of rights), performance and end-goal outcomes satisfactory to Americans.

    The Catalonia self-determination succession rights vs the Spanish nation state federalism demonstrate how difficult it is for the people to take back their power when they discover they have made a bad deal. The president of the Catalonia succession is being extradited back to Spain under International warrant for trial and likely execution; all he did was hold a popular election to determine if the people in Catalonia wanted to be separated from the Spanish government (similar to the British Exit from the European Union).
    But external events, subsequent to the Catalonia election, clearly demonstrate the nation states are but "structured groups" franchised to paid slave drivers willing to maintain internal to the nation state control suitable to globally-present Pharaohs). http://www.libertylawsite.org/2017/10/24/catalonia-secession-constitution-and-liberty/
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  • Here's a pretty obvious question but not one that comes up much in American discourse. In America, many ethnics group have tended to stumble into a certain number of careers in which, whether or not they have above average natural talent, they can build up some expertise and networks of connections. For example, lots of...
  • @The Alarmist
    I used to know a black kid whose family ran a soul-food kitchen. One of the more popular restaurants in town, frequented by black folk and white folk alike back in the day when that was possible. Required no student loans, no serious school time, and no tests. A chain of these could be put together by a good Black MBA.

    Seriously, a career as a business generalist is not the worst way to go; certainly better that token minority hand-out jobs like diversity officer.

    “I used to know a black kid whose family ran a soul-food kitchen. One of the more popular restaurants in town, frequented by black folk and white folk alike back in the day when that was possible.”

    I find that kind of strange. Suffice it to say my area has lots of black people, the school I attended has lots, and I’ve been around them all my life.

    They can’t cook. Period. I have no earthly idea why that should be the case, but it appears to be an apparent fact.

    You’ll see some pretty insane things with black cuisine. More fatback than you can imagine in the various types of greens. BTW the greens will be overcooked (this is a theme in black cooking).

    Macaroni and cheese – I can see in my mind now how you’ll see streams of fat pouring off all the cheese they stick on it (and I like hardcore Mac N’ Cheese – but that’s a bridge too far).

    All vegetables are uniformly overcooked. This is a rule. If they fry something the inside will be dry. Again it just always works out that way.

    Never had barbecue cooked over an open fire by a black person that was any good.

    And the kicker is in my experience, blacks prefer to go to restaurants run by whites. And Asians (though most often the cooks are Mexicans). God do blacks love Chinese restaurants.

    Really struggling to come up with some field of endeavor they do well. I’ve seen some really good black bricklayers and masons. Also seen some excellent black truck drivers, being Aces at backing up a rig into a tight crazy spot.

    Never seen a black guy that seemed to be any good at anything agricultural or involving nuts and bolts or working on an engine though.

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    When I watch Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmare USA regardless of the cuisine the kitchen almost always seems to be Mexicans.
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pWC0sKCS5oA
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  • Random Critical Analysis points to UCLA Law professor Richard H. Sander's 2004 article in the Stanford Law Review, "A System Analysis of Affirmative Action in Law Schools." It features data from the Law School Admission Council's study of 27,000 law students who started in the fall of 1991. It's extremely relevant to this week's Amy...
  • “Smart lawyers are like smart computer programmers: they cut down on the number of unintended screwups.”

    I can see why people retain lawyers. I can see why lawyers lawyer.

    But I’m not so sure that if you took a global view of society that it is useful to the society as a whole (looking at it as a kind of “Competition Machine” – “My Fire burns hotter.”).

    “Even a broken window helps the glass man to have some wealth.
    The multiplier driving higher the economy’s health.”

    We aren’t talking about goods rotting in a warehouse because someone forgot about them. Your description is more in the vein of helping the CEO of a conglomerate make more money from toilet paper sales.

    Useful in the God’s Eye view? Eh, not so sure. My hunch is no.

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  • @Lot
    "One question is why the law school gap is so huge? Why is it two standard deviations instead of the usual one standard deviation seen most elsewhere?"

    Simple matter of math. As you go further out to the right of the bell curve, the greater the white to black ratio becomes. In the US population it is about 5. In the 90IQ+ population it might be 6.5, at 100+ it is higher still.

    Elite law schools are looking at 140IQ+ populations. There are so few blacks even close to this level, the degree of AA has to be gigantic compared to, say, firemen.

    Same principle applies to Ashkenazi, at a certain very high level of IQ, you will get a US population that is about 40% Ashkenazi and less than 0.1% black/mestizo.

    “Elite law schools are looking at 140IQ+ populations. ”

    This isn’t any kind of disparaging comment, but that statement deserves discussion. Not for accuracy, though I wonder…

    But let’s say that statement is true. Average IQ of 140.

    So what? What does it do? What tangible benefit to society is it to have smart lawyers?

    I’d like for someone to mechanically point out the benefits of this.

    Look pretend this is an ecosystem. We are analyzing it, Inputs/Outputs, all the feedback loops.

    Or it is a nation in a game of Civilization. What purpose do the lawyers serve using their 140+ IQ’s in the legal system, as opposed to getting the science rate up? Of course games aren’t the real world; but if they were my musketmen/cannons are going to ROFLSTOMP your longbowmen/pikemen, most advanced legal system in the world or no.

    Because these kind of games have a kind of theme, “If I can, I am going to kill you and take your stuff. The United Nations and Diplomatic victories are Gay.”

    Just pondering for a couple minutes, the only utility I can see is politicians at the national level overwhelmingly seem to have legal degrees, so I guess our pols are smart?

    Smart politicians, that’s gotta be good right? Sometimes I wonder.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Smart lawyers are like smart computer programmers: they cut down on the number of unintended screwups.

    Writing a contract is like writing a computer program. It requires a lot of anticipation of hard to anticipate problems and provision of solutions.

    I was involved in writing a $100 million contract over 9 very long days. Most of the work was thinking of contingencies, getting the other side to agree to a solution (which was less hard in this case than it sounds), and then most of the work was the lawyers working out the exact wording to implement various if-then-else clauses that the seller and buyer had agreed upon in principle.

    , @TTSSYF
    I have heard it expressed that it's sort of a waste of brainpower that so many highly intelligent people go into law and aren't more generously sprinkled throughout society.
    , @Anonymous
    Another place where really smart lawyers can earn their keep is in coming up with tricky ways to structure certain business transactions. For instance, the guy who came up with Apple's famous Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich trick for avoiding taxes. Many tax tricks are very complex. If someone cooks up one of these and gets the equivalent of 0.0001 percent of what he saved a large client, he will be very rich. I think the guys who do various private equity corporate takeovers are also very clever.
    , @Lot
    140 is about the minimum IQ needed for a white or asian to have a chance to be admitted to Harvard or Yale law. The average for all lawyers is lower.
    , @Thomm

    So what? What does it do? What tangible benefit to society is it to have smart lawyers?
     
    Well, there is the broader problem in the US, and other English-language countries, of too many lawyers, who then work to ensure too much of the economy is dominated by lawyers.

    In Japan, by contrast, there are only one-third as many lawyers per capita as the US. Countries like France and Germany also have far fewer lawyers.

    In the US, lawyer fees are 10% of the entire GDP. Needless to say, the vast majority of politicians are lawyers (certainly almost 100% of all Democrats who reach the upper echelons of politics).

    Given that the quality of life of all non-lawyers is inversely proportional to the money earned by lawyers, this is a problem.
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  • From the CBS station in Dallas: Apparently, America is running out of statues of white men like William McKinley to tear down, so attention is turning to toppling racist primate statues. UPDATE: Dobby the Fiberglass Gorilla gets last-minute reprieve:
  • @J.Ross
    Wrinkle in Time is number two? That's surprising. BP looked like a genuinely well made if unambitious movie that competantly hit familiar buttons. Wrinkle looked like a train wreck. BP has no real competition and Wrinkle has to compete with BP. And unlike BP, which benefitted from nearly uniform reviews (and promised censorship of bad reviews), the critics were unsparing in the opinions of Wrinkle. Of course there is that pesky observation, from the Russian hacker sites, that BP benefitted from an unprecedented use of NGOs and charities block-buying tickets. Apparently this was done on a much smaller scale with a smaller movie recently and Disney paid attention.
    (after checking IMDB and BOMojo)
    He's right, and Red Sparrow is number four. Be interesting to see next week.

    Kind of curious as to how both movies will play in overseas markets.

    Can’t imagine Wrinkle in Time doing too well in Brazil say, or Asia, but we’ll see.

    This is the Age of the Fast and the Furious. Wrinkle in Time is probably a chump passing through, at least outside the US. Dunno, England?

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  • America has a long tradition of bestselling American Indian authors, some of whom even turn out to be somewhat American Indian by ancestry on closer inspection. From NPR: Granted, if you told me Sherman Alexie was Jay Leno's long-lost brother, I'd probably believe you too. But that's not the point ...
  • How do you know if a sexual advance is unwanted till you make one?

    Is it some kind of body language thing or social sensitivity you are supposed to learn from training sessions?

    [email protected]#k that. Don’t have the time, don’t have the interest.

    Better things to do than deal with SJW women.

    I’ll buy a Realdoll, become a eunuch,… ah who am I kidding? I’ll just play with my Xbox.

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  • From the New York Times: Time-honored European values like hegira, jihad, polygamy, FGM, arranged cross-cousin marriages, and the niqāb. Sharia Law is who Europeans are. What could be more unifying than letting a million Muslim men march on Europe? That turned out to be short lived. ... Far-right and populist forces appeared to gain more...
  • @YetAnotherAnon
    "I would love to hear more opinions on why the average Italian voter has so much more common sense than the average French or Dutch or Belgian or Swedish voter."

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

    Admittedly Northern Italy is inside it, but the South, which voted over 50% Five Star, isn't. The change of name of the Northern League to The League came a bit late to attract many Southern votes. But you are a little unfair on the French, Dutch, Austrians, Brits, all of whom have seen large anti-Establishment votes recently.

    Outside the Line, in Poland and Hungary, we see governments actually in tune with their citizens, rather than trying to replace them.

    It appears that peoples inside the line show greater altruism and co-operation with non-kin, an evolutionary advantage in a fairly monoethnic society, and one which enabled the rise of industrial capitalism. But that altruism is potentially suicidal when sharing a country with people who don't reciprocate.

    “It appears that peoples inside the line show greater altruism and co-operation with non-kin, an evolutionary advantage in a fairly monoethnic society, and one which enabled the rise of industrial capitalism. But that altruism is potentially suicidal when sharing a country with people who don’t reciprocate.”

    Like to see a computer sim run of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Only the participants have ethnic identities.

    Basically let’s say some ethnicities will never even bother to go through the Prisoner’s Dilemma choice process. They autopick screw the other guy, unless he is a fellow ethnic.

    Oh, and let’s say if you get a 30 year prison sentence, you are considered out of the reproductive game. I have a suspicion about how things would look after ten or twenty generations.

    Altruism as a group strategy only works if it has teeth when dealing with rival who don’t follow the same strategy (or even a competitor who does), and has the steel to deal with members who don’t get with the program.

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  • About Macron….

    Do we have any Euros here, particularly either residing in France or a relatively close nation who follows happenings in France, who can speak to what Macron is actually trying to do, as opposed to campaign or current rhetoric?

    Maybe it’s the natural obfuscation talents of politicians, but he really doesn’t appear to be cut from Merkel’s cloth regarding immigration.

    Maybe he is a man with whom Soros would find little fault, but what is he actually doing or trying to do governmentally regarding this issue?

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    France has been quietly strict on immigration for a long time. This is not suprising as France is fighting a very real low level insurgency against domestic Muslims.

    The issue is that the French political class has bet everything on the EU and other 'international institutions'. This then provides practical obstacles to a sensible immigration policy and supersedes their restrictionist desires.

    The Front National have struggled to distinguish themselves because of this. The two key policies that would allow them to do so: repatriation (voluntary/paid) of later generation immigrants and legeneration EU are outside the Overton window and are mostly left unsaid.
    , @Ace
    The impression I get of Macron is that he's Jared Kushner without the bulletproof vest.
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  • From the Los Angeles Times: What you can learn about marriage and migration from a 13-million member family tree By DEBORAH NETBURN MAR 02, 2018 | 3:20 PM ... Armchair genealogists and a team of computers scientists have assembled a massive family tree that includes 13 million individual members and spans an average of 11...
  • Do they take DNA samples of people convicted of crimes?

    Seems kind of obvious for a number of reasons, but also pretty obvious that the usual people would file the usual lawsuits against such a practice. (And would they be right? Dunno, have to think about it).

    Anyway seems like that would be a sizeable and very interesting group to have DNA data on.

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    Many states do and enter the DNA into a large database to help solve cold cases. They typically only take DNA samples from felons though.
    , @Grace Jones
    Forensic DNA tests and ancestry tests are completely different tests. Ancestry tests use single nucleotide polymorphism markers while the police tests use short tandem repeat markers.
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  • Shared culture or lack thereof.

    I have no idea who Jason Bateman is. I do not live my life according to the dictates of Hollywood movies. Actually odds are I have never heard of a Hollywood movie that came out in the past 30 years.

    So I dunno. WTF is this movie about, and what kind of message or whatever am I supposed to get out of it? Bearing in mind there is zero chance I’ll go to a movie theater to watch it.

    Actually… I don’t even watch movies on cable anymore. So uh, are people actually influenced by these things as far as attitudes and worldview goes now? I really don’t know.

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  • Senator Rubio is feeling blue and philosophical: But Reform Rabbi Ruttenberg, author of the recent Washington Post op-ed about how the DACAites morally require that we be getting Purim on Trump's ass, is not having any of Marco's philosophizing: Reading the bio of Rabbi Ruttenberg, a Religious Studies major at Brown, is exhausting. I had...
  • @AnotherDad

    “This might be a good time to note that “Judeo-Christian” is not a thing and we Jews would like you to stop conflating our tradition with your American Christianity.”
     
    Her attitude is enlightening. "Judeo-Christian" is a polite fiction. The kind of pleasant, getting-along cultural thing that comes from Euro-gentile high trust societies. Jews had essentially nothing to do with America's creation or why America became a huge successful, highly prosperous nation. But they showed up, and so politicians found a polite phrase to include them in a nod to our Christian values.

    And Rabbi Ruttenberg hates it.


    Not "weird" i guess, because people believe what suits these interests and self-conception, but i still find odd this tikkun-olamy self-conception about "Jewish" values as opposed to Christian ones.


    MY JEWISH HERITAGE TEACHES THAT WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO SAVE LIVES.
     
    Obvious as the sky is blue, is that Christianity is the a universalized God-loves-us-and-be-nice offshoot of Judaism. This Christian universaility and "be nice" message had at least something to do with why Europeans were able to develop these very nice, "everyone's on board", high trust nation states.

    In contrast Judaism, is a much more primitive God-is-on-our-side-gave-us-this-patch-and-helps-us-smite-our-enemies tribal religion, of which there must have been hundreds back in the day. It's no doubt accreted all sorts of stuff over the ages. But it really stands out only in that it has been so successfully tribal in resisting universalized religions--like Christianity--that Jews still exist down to this day, while pretty much all the other tribes that worshiped their particular tribal god were swept away. Of course, if you're a Jew you can plausibly argue that just shows Jews are indeed the chosen people with God on their side. Fine.

    But i find this Jewish preening about the superiority of the humanizing, universal, world-healing values of their obviously tribal religion compared to actually inclusive/universal Christianity--which helped build high-trust, super-pleasant European civilization--rather ridiculous.

    “But it really stands out only in that it has been so successfully tribal in resisting universalized religions–like Christianity–that Jews still exist down to this day, while pretty much all the other tribes that worshiped their particular tribal god were swept away. ”

    We’ll never know. But I wonder if Judaism hadn’t spawned Christianity as an offshoot, then Islam (is that more of an offshoot of Christianity though?), would it be around today?

    Alternate history stuff but say some other religion like Mithraism or whatever became as big and in the same places as Christianity was, basically a big universal religion that had no “special relationship” with Judaism.

    Exactly where would Jews be at this point? Something to ponder, but I understand there have been stray groups of Jews in odd places like India, but they never grew in numbers like they did in Europe.

    Also I don’t know much about the politics of whatever was around in the area where Islam first arose, but if for some reason Islam hadn’t given a quasi-protected status (“People of the Book”) to Judaism, but instead treated them just like another Infidel religion they ground into the dust over the years, what that would mean today.

    Just can’t see one billion hindus or one billion… Feng Shuists giving two cents what a Rabbi thought.

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    Oh, I dunno. Islam considers Hindus and Buddhists polytheistic pagans whose religion should be exterminated. Yet those religions always survived and thrived after the Islamic conquests if India and Central Asia.

    Islam needs the infidel people to pay the taxes and provid the slaves. The Great mosques and palaces of Ishifan, Arabia. Egypt and Spain were built by Christian slaves from engineers and architects to porters.

    Exemption from taxes was the big carrot that encouraged conversion. There were plenty times when Islam stopped conversion rather than lose tax payers.
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  • You may have gotten the impression from all those Harvey Weinstein movies that lissome women are good at fighting with fists or guns. (Oddly enough, though, Harvey evidently never believed that in his private life.)
  • Geez.

    If I were a teacher and had to carry a gun to “feel safe,” I’d just walk away and find another job.

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    Am in 100 % agreement with that idea, and would like to add one of my own.

    How many Public School teachers have you encountered in life? How many would you trust with a set of nail clippers, let alone a gun?
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  • Senator Rubio is feeling blue and philosophical: But Reform Rabbi Ruttenberg, author of the recent Washington Post op-ed about how the DACAites morally require that we be getting Purim on Trump's ass, is not having any of Marco's philosophizing: Reading the bio of Rabbi Ruttenberg, a Religious Studies major at Brown, is exhausting. I had...
  • “This might be a good time to note that “Judeo-Christian” is not a thing and we Jews would like you to stop conflating our tradition with your American Christianity.”

    Okay. From now on I will never use the term “Judeo-Christian,” rather I’ll just say “Christian.”

    There. Happy?

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    On a related note, how is the “Judeo” part of Judeo-Christian consonant with Rubio’s larger point?

    Christianity (New Testament) is about turning the other cheek and the “Prince of Peace.” The Old Testament invites retributive justice and not getting along for the sake of peace. This is probably why Jewish culture tends to be brasher and confrontational.

    I think Rubio meant to say Christian, but as a pol was PC’d into adding the Judeo part.
    , @DCThrowback
    When the Jewish brand was down (think the Rosenbergs), it appears they were fine w/ the conflation, but now that "Christian" is considered declasse, white and downscale, it's time for the Rabbi and her peeps to begin the disassociation procedure, as it has served her people for what it was supposed to do.

    IMO, the term is rubbish, there are no Judeo-Christian values, Christian is much more appropriate. It's a brand that is in need of a takeover artist whom, when successful, should be lauded with riches and hosannas. (Mel Gibson, white courtesy phone?)
    , @AnotherDad

    “This might be a good time to note that “Judeo-Christian” is not a thing and we Jews would like you to stop conflating our tradition with your American Christianity.”
     
    Her attitude is enlightening. "Judeo-Christian" is a polite fiction. The kind of pleasant, getting-along cultural thing that comes from Euro-gentile high trust societies. Jews had essentially nothing to do with America's creation or why America became a huge successful, highly prosperous nation. But they showed up, and so politicians found a polite phrase to include them in a nod to our Christian values.

    And Rabbi Ruttenberg hates it.


    Not "weird" i guess, because people believe what suits these interests and self-conception, but i still find odd this tikkun-olamy self-conception about "Jewish" values as opposed to Christian ones.


    MY JEWISH HERITAGE TEACHES THAT WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO SAVE LIVES.
     
    Obvious as the sky is blue, is that Christianity is the a universalized God-loves-us-and-be-nice offshoot of Judaism. This Christian universaility and "be nice" message had at least something to do with why Europeans were able to develop these very nice, "everyone's on board", high trust nation states.

    In contrast Judaism, is a much more primitive God-is-on-our-side-gave-us-this-patch-and-helps-us-smite-our-enemies tribal religion, of which there must have been hundreds back in the day. It's no doubt accreted all sorts of stuff over the ages. But it really stands out only in that it has been so successfully tribal in resisting universalized religions--like Christianity--that Jews still exist down to this day, while pretty much all the other tribes that worshiped their particular tribal god were swept away. Of course, if you're a Jew you can plausibly argue that just shows Jews are indeed the chosen people with God on their side. Fine.

    But i find this Jewish preening about the superiority of the humanizing, universal, world-healing values of their obviously tribal religion compared to actually inclusive/universal Christianity--which helped build high-trust, super-pleasant European civilization--rather ridiculous.

    , @Russ
    Insofar as today marks the beginning of Women's History Month, I wish to propose a Perfidy Acknowledgement Month. Memory refreshment.
    , @lavoisier
    For Rubio it is not Judeo-Christian, it is Judeo.

    Look who financially supports the traitorous bastard--not many Christians but plenty of Judeos.
    , @Nick Brown
    Poor ol little marco has made quite a trip to "American Christianity. " The preferred term of this degenerate Jewess, educated at Brown, an institution and eponymous family closely linked with the first Baptist Church in North America, in English. Rubio was briefly a member of the Mormon Church having converted from Catholicism . Perhaps more a modern type of American Christianity this religious scholar might have noted.
    , @jack daniels
    Should have been using it for many years now. Why are Christians such wimps? You might reply, Well Jesus tells us to love our enemies and turn the other cheek. True, but when it comes to dealing with Muslims or other enemies of Israel all the meek and mild stuff goes out the window and Christians suddenly sound like they're all for an immediate nuclear attack on any country that doesn't like Netanyahu.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Pseudonymic Handle
    Pinker doomed as all:

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

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

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

    Futher evidence for the cosmic law of dramatic irony - in 1910 Norman Angell published a book, the Great Illusion, which drew on the last hundred years of industrial growth and lack of major war to argue that war had become obsolete.
     
    https://www.reddit.com/r/slatestarcodex/comments/6ggwap/steven_pinker_jinxes_the_world/

    Not going to quote anything from your post.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Gazing out over the chaos of America today, the racial and ethnic antagonism, the hostility over sex and faith and politics–I have never seen anything like it. The country is imploding. The main culprit is diversity–in the broad sense, not just the juxtaposition of races, but the mixing of ideas and philosophies with no dominant...
  • @Bliss

    California seems to be in terminal decline
     
    You are getting off on a premature ejaculation of schadenfreude.

    California, or more specifically coastal California, is leading the world into the future: SpaceX, Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, Lyft, Twitter, Facebook, Intel, Nvidia etc etc...and the world capital of movies and music, Hollywood.

    And it’s economy is growing faster than the US average. Diversity does not seem to be a handicap in California. Quite the opposite.

    “California, or more specifically coastal California, is leading the world into the future: SpaceX, Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, Lyft, Twitter, Facebook, Intel, Nvidia etc etc…and the world capital of movies and music, Hollywood.”

    We’ll see.

    Most of what you list isn’t anything innovative, rather things like Uber, Lyft, Ebay, Amazon (WA state, but still), are nothing more than schemes that allow them to finish what Walmart started on local businesses. I.E. they drink the middleman’s milkshake. Innovation if you can call it that.

    Apple, Intel, and Nvidia are basically just Asian hardware concerns that are currently theoretically US concerns, and the management and marketing teams are in the US.

    No reason that managment couldn’t be moved to China (may need new management).

    Or heck they could see an Asian concern arise to compete with them directly.

    As for the other stuff, like Google, Facebook, and Hollywood could fall off a cliff in a hurry. If coastal California was expelled, an Iron Wall was erected figuratively with this new nation of California…

    In other words Google and the rest are banned from the US market, I figure they wither and die in a hurry. Competitors like Duckduckgo, and Alibaba can fill their niche easily.

    After all they are all owned by foreigners.

    Also, I could write a good bit about Tesla and SpaceX. Suffice it to say I don’t view these things as being akin to the nascent Ford Motor Company, but more as a new age P.T. Barnum thing.

    Oh yeah, and pirating and distributing Hollywood movies and TV shows? A virtue, not a vice. Citizens are strongly encouraged to do so. The best will get a Congressional Medal of Asshole Bashing for the most profit taken from a Hollywood bastard, if such can be measured.

    The new US will be a light unto the world for maintaining Piratebay, Demonoid, or direct download of whatever.

    Just our little guerrilla ways of sticking to Hollywood. Hey, the “Privateer” medal. Like it.

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  • @Truth
    No, I think from what I have read here, whites have higher violent and property crime rates than Asians across the board.

    They do. But it isn’t the insane differential you see between blacks and any other ethnic group.

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    A difference is still a difference.
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  • Born in 1928 I suppose I could call myself a member of the Greatest Generation. There is a class of people I would say deserve that appellation. Such as the Rangers who stormed the beaches of Normandy and assailed the German forces under withering fire that would blanch the average person into blithering idiocy. And many others comparable with the Rangers who fought the good fight on the far flung battlefields of WWII. These men were in a class by themselves. But since those days there has been a withering of the spirit of the men and women who although living during that time period I would not classify as deserving to be called part of the Greatest Generation. Over the past decades, say starting with the 1970s, we old folks have taken advantage of a Legislature only too willing to pass out benefits and entitlements in exchange for permanent occupancy of the seats they occupy. This has not gone unnoticed by the Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and the Millenials and the resentment, although not overt, boils beneath the surface. It is a fact that the people over sixty-five have considerably more wealth than those under that age. Just another example of potential class warfare and combined with the other forms of warfare we face, does not bode well for the future.

    So it is, ninety years after my birth I have to look back to my past to give comfort to my soul. The kind of life Fred lived as a youth I lived in spades, a not always carefree life as work still had to be done by hands that were old enough to do work, but there was so much excitement and adventure to be taken advantage of. As so many posters have noted those days are gone forever. The changes that have taken place especially in the area of technology are mind-boggling. There will be immense changes in the not too distant future that I will not be around to see. My greatest fear is there will be an erosion of freedom that will grow worse with time. Do not let that happen.

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    Met a street angel, the other day.

    Homeless lady, rolling around town with a pet goldfish in her shopping cart. Talk about hard times, it makes all my problems pale in comparison.

    I started giving her a couple of bucks, every time our paths crossed.

    She began offering personal advice, with an uncanny knowing. Almost like it's some kind of divine intervention.

    Told me, “don't give up.”

    I believe it's going to get rough, real rough. Some think what lies ahead will make the Great Depression look like a walk in the park. Hard to imagine that.

    Just like your generation, which had it's soul tempered in an unforgiving crucible, it's now time for our souls to be tempered.

    I feel it's our duty as moral human beings, to stay and fight the good fight, if necessary. To try our best against all odds, until the bitter end.

    This is the spirit of that homeless lady who tells me she's here doing God's work, helping others in need.

    , @Twodees Partain
    Sorry to bust your bubble, uncle, but the greatest generation of Americans came from the Southern states and fought a losing war in the 1860s against the regime that now rules us. Every generation since that war has been controlled and ruled by that regime. Your generation, the generation of my own parents, was given that moniker by a morally retarded TV personality named Tom Brokaw.

    Brokaw is a lying asshole, and you shouldn't want to accept any appellation he wants to hang on you. He has been carrying water for the ruling class in the US for a long time.
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  • @Erik Sieven
    I guess that mass migration of West Europeans or Euro Americans, when not selected for rather high achieving professionals like it is right now, to an East Asian country would lead to a significant rise or violent crime in this country. The immigrating whites would probably enjoy the new diversity, then living in an overall safer and more comfortable country, while the natives would probably not enjoy the diversity.

    “I guess that mass migration of West Europeans or Euro Americans, when not selected for rather high achieving professionals like it is right now, to an East Asian country would lead to a significant rise or violent crime in this country. The immigrating whites would probably enjoy the new diversity, then living in an overall safer and more comfortable country, while the natives would probably not enjoy the diversity.”

    I don’t think I believe this anymore, well to the extent I ever thought about it.

    Some people find they like it, and spend all the time since the Vietnam War in Thailand or something. Or maybe they dig some Mexico.

    But I’ve come to think that most white people just do not like living anywhere but in a white society. Asians, whether it is their preferred state or not, seem to be a lot more flexible and adapatable.

    That said, I’m sure Ma and Pa Kettle moving to China might up the crime rate a little, at least for certain kinds of things like getting dead drunk and having a loud obnoxious fight that freaks out the locals.

    But as far as property crime, muggings, thefts, rapes, etc., not sure our hypothetical asians would notice anything different.

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    No, I think from what I have read here, whites have higher violent and property crime rates than Asians across the board.
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  • @Ron Unz

    One more factor to consider is many people are social conformist and, at least in public, will say whatever the media/political elites tell them to say. If you’re a politically apathetic Californian whose state has been taken over by pro-immigration forces, you might just go along to avoid bringing social ostracism on yourself.
     
    That's a perfectly reasonable hypothesis, but the actual evidence is overwhelmingly against it. Here are a couple of paragraphs from one of my articles mentioned above:

    This can be seen in the details of the most recent [2010] California election cycle. As the only statewide Republican officeholder and a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner was assumed to have a lock on his party’s gubernatorial nomination and naturally attracted the support of all major segments of the GOP apparatus. But then former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, an utter political neophyte but with a billion-dollar fortune, decided to enter the race and immediately became the darling of the party’s mercenary establishment, given the bottomless funds she promised to spend on her campaign. Outmatched financially, Poizner was forced to refocus on right-wing primary voters, and as a highly opportunistic fellow, he decided to ride the national tidal wave of anti-immigration fears then sweeping across the country and make it the centerpiece of his campaign, eventually spending $25 million of his own money on the effort.

    The result was that he lost the primary by 40 points. When you run as an immigration hard-liner, spend $25 million on your race, and lose by 40 points among the hard-core conservatives who dominate Republican primaries, you’re clearly selling the dog food that dogs just won’t eat. These days, anti-immigration candidacies in California possess about as much resonance as anti-papist candidacies in Massachusetts.
     
    http://www.unz.com/runz/immigration-republicans-and-the-end-of-white-america-singlepage/#p_4_11

    Since 1990, there’s been a net outflow of 3 million Americans from California...I’d argue that they were fleeing the negative social and economic impact that immigration was having on their state.
     
    Sure, immigration has certainly been an important factor, but not so much due to the "diversity" factors that Fred had been suggesting.

    As I'd discussed in my original comment, decades of heavy immigration have hugely increased housing costs and crowding, while simultaneously reducing the wages of blue-collar workers. These combined economic forces greatly reduced the standard of living for much of the middle-class and especially working-class, often pushing them out of the state. Basically, when younger Californians saw there was absolutely no way they could buy the sort of house or live the sort of lifestyle their parents had enjoyed, they often moved away to other, much cheaper states. In fact, over the last decade, there's been a substantial outflow of working-class California Hispanics to Arizona, Georgia, and elsewhere for exactly similar reasons.

    An unrelated but very significant factor was the total collapse of the huge aerospace industry in Southern California in the early 1990s, leading to a similar economic exodus of all those middle-class workers.

    Furthermore, as I discuss very extensively in my articles, the absolutely unprecedented speed and magnitude of California's racial transformation certainly alarmed large portions of the white population at the time, leading to the massive political agitation and racial controversy of the 1990s. I'm absolutely sure that these sentiments significantly contributed to the white exodus of that period, though I really do believe that the economic pressures were much more important. However, those fears and concerns peaked 20-odd years ago, and have been almost totally forgotten for at least the last decade or two. Anyone who claims otherwise is just being ridiculous.

    Consider the point that Hacienda so astutely made upthread, which I've also been raising for many years. One of California's greatest problems is that housing is so absurdly expensive compared to everywhere else in the country. Now consider the case of some middle-aged white Californian, who owns his home because he or his family bought it decades ago, long before prices went crazy. If he really hated California's "diversity" or were actually concerned about being a member of the 35% white minority, he could easily sell his small tract house and use the money to buy a huge fancy house or even a near-mansion almost anywhere else in the country, including places that are almost entirely white. Such a relocation would be very easy if he were retired or if he had an ordinary-type job (obviously people working in Hollywood or Silicon Valley would face more employment difficulties in leaving).

    Frankly, all the various California-based anti-immigrant bloggers or pundits who persuade gullible people around the country that things are really bad here, but who stubbornly refuse to sell their small house for a huge fortune and then move away to some 90% white state remind me of that old joke:

    "The food at that cafe is absolutely disgusting, dreadful, horrible. And the staff is sometimes rude when I ask them for second-helpings almost every day..."

    Kind of was going to throw in a lot of Snark, but it’s early my time, and meh, in the end what’s the point?

    But Mr. Unz, you make it to Bakersfield all the time right?

    You don’t just sit around in the Bay Area (don’t know where you live but that just seems “you”), without travelling around much?

    Is it a case of “I don’t know how that man won, no one I know voted for him?”

    What are we to make of California’s poverty statistics? You say things are booming. But California sure looks crappy on a lot of statistical metrics now.

    I guess if you live in a particular area with a lot of international hot money flowing through it, propping things up you do get a certain perspective.

    Something else I’d like to say. And I want to say it without the slightest bit of onus, or emotionalism.

    If you do not agree with the viewpoint of the majority of those who post on this site, if your views have changed since a few years ago or something of the sort, why exactly do you continue this site?

    Sure, you discontinue it. Things will be inconvenient for me personally – for about a week tops, then the columnists I want to read will find new homes and I’ll happily follow them to wherever.

    But you personally won’t have to indulge the great unwashed anymore.

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    The California poverty statistics are mainly Hispanic women and children on welfare. For them, it’s paradise compared to poverty in Mexico which means going to work as age 10.

    Another significant group that adds to the poverty statistics are the Chinese Korean Persian Armenian Russian and Israeli old people on SSI. These SSI parasites live with their wealthy families who are wealthy because of their corrupt cheating tax evading crooked small businesses.
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  • Here’s a science story from the Old Country. Britain’s main Progressive and anti-white newspaper over there, The Guardian, reported with much glee on February 7th that the remote ancestors of the British people had dark skin. Take that, white supremacists! This finding comes from recent advances in our understanding of DNA. By scrutinizing a person’s...
  • I asked in this thread or another.

    But does dna give us any clues as to Neanderthal (and Denisovan) skin tone? If some feature of northern europe led to white skin, wouldn’t these peoples have had similar use for it?

    And if so, is it possible the alleles you refer to are in some way due to them?

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