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    There has been a big campaign in recent decades to promote cycling on city streets, which is a little odd because there haven't been many improvements in bicycle safety since I got flattened by a car while riding home from school in 1972. A modern car might have 100 safety improvements over the car that...
  • @Steve Sailer
    In the Netherlands, the official Driver's Ed teaches you to only open the driver's side door with your right hand (so your head is turned around and your peripheral vision can pick up an oncoming cyclist).

    That's a great idea.

    My father drove from 1933 to 2011, so assuming his 78 years is about the max, we should be able to make the roads safer for cyclists by 2096.

    I didn’t learn to use my right hand, but you ALWAYS had to check for cyclists when opening your door.
    The same thing applies when making a right turn. You have to check your right wing mirror before making the turn and if possible close the gap with the curb first, so no cyclist can sneak through.

    And again, all drivers in the Netherlands are cyclists themselves. This helps a lot.

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  • @Altai
    It depends on how much work is done to add bike lanes. It's hard to add that infrastructure. In Copenhagen and Amsterdam the separation between the bike lanes and car lane is more complete, often with a little raised divider, it's hard to stray from one to another. It's certainly not the same experience as in other places where bike lanes are hastily painted in onto the side of existing roads where there often isn't space and bike lanes get chronically blocked.

    If you ride a bike in Copenhagen and Amsterdam you never have to pay much attention to anything but other bikes, there are traffic lights just for bikes. It's not stressful or potentially dangerous, it's pleasant and fun; 99% of people don't even wear helmets.

    In Copenhagen and Amsterdam the separation between the bike lanes and car lane is more complete, often with a little raised divider, it’s hard to stray from one to another.

    This might be true to day, but this wasn’t the case in the past. I remember a time when there wasn’t even a painted division on the road.

    The main difference between both the Netherlands and Denmark other places is that the car drivers are bicyclists themselves. These car drivers understand how it is to ride a bicycle and thus aren’t frothing at the mouth when they see one, like some in this thread are.

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  • From The Guardian: Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia Private journals kept by the scientist and humanitarian icon show prejudiced attitudes towards the people he met while travelling in Asia Alison Flood Tue 12 Jun 2018 12.32 EDT Last modified on Tue 12 Jun 2018 19.25 The publication of Albert Einstein’s private diaries detailing his...
  • @Anonymous
    We've been exporting our plastic waste, along with our factories and pollution, to China. That's why we've had less pollution while still maintaining consumption. It's basically 3 card monte - the pollution and waste gets moved around, but it's still there. Half of the world's exports of plastic and waste are sent to China:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/world/china-recyclables-ban.html

    Ever since China announced last year that it no longer wanted to be the “world’s garbage dump,” recycling about half of the globe’s plastics and paper products, Western nations have been puzzling over what to do when the ban went into effect, which it did on Jan. 1.

    The answer, to date, in Britain at least, is nothing. At least one waste disposal site in London is already seeing a buildup of plastic recyclables and has had to pay to have some of it removed.

    Similar backups have been reported in Canada, Ireland, Germany and several other European nations, while tons of rubbish is piling up in port cities like Hong Kong.

    Steve Frank, of Pioneer Recycling in Oregon, owns two plants that collect and sort 220,000 tons of recyclable materials each year. A majority of it was until recently exported to China.

    “My inventory is out of control,” he said.

    China’s ban, Mr. Frank said, has caused “a major upset of the flow of global recyclables.” Now, he said, he is hoping to export waste to countries like Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Malaysia — “anywhere we can” — but “they can’t make up the difference.”
     

    Oh what on earth should we do now with our combustible products made from oil?

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    Oh what on earth should we do now with our combustible products made from oil?
     
    Yeah, what to do? what to do? Well said.

    Beyond just tossing them in the boiler, we ought to already be moving onto a methanol economy. Destructive distillation of hydrocarbons isn't exactly "new technology". We should be converting plastic waste, other organic waste, yard waste, agricultural waste, plus growing stuff like switch grass directly for this. And in while ramping up that, directly using all this natural gas as feedstock, and coal--less efficiently--as necessary. No reason for us to need to import even a barrel of oil now.
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    Abe Shinzo is right handed, judging from his signing pictures. So it has to be random.

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    Left-handed Japanese of Abe's generation were generally forced to write with their right hand, so signing is not necessarily indicative of right-handedness.

    (Conversely, presumably no right-dominant person signs with the left hand.)
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  • @jilles dykstra
    Those that were not part of the camp self management died after six months of under nourishment.
    This was aggravated from early 1945 on, USA fighter bombers destroyed anything that moved, so hardly any food reached the camps.
    SS camp commanders desperately tried to find food.
    Also no Zyklon-B any more, that killed lice, so on top of that typhoid.
    The point of murdering a German officer at the end of 1944 I never understood.

    Murdering a German officer? He died in a fire fight. A resistance fighter died ass well fighting these occupiers.

    You are making excuses. Of the 110,000 Dutchmen who were held between 42-45 in the tropics by the cruel and racist Japanese, 13% died. Now compare that to the 92% death rate in a mere 6 months for the Nazis. The amazing thing is that this was after 59 men were released in Amersfoort, because they were unfit to work. So the 92% who died were all fit and healthy men.

    From this it is quite clear that the German labor camps were meant to kill its occupants. They didn’t die of “natural causes”, they died by design. They were murdered by the Nazis.

    I sure hope you, Jilles Dykstra, picked your name at random and aren’t Dutch or of Dutch decent.

    Again, it’s one thing to be skeptical of the narrative and ask evidence, but you guys go completely off the rails.

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    I am Dutch.
    That there was fire fight when murdering the German officer, quite possible.
    I never saw any explanation about why the man had to be killed.
    Do not know where your 92 % death rate comes from, but is can be true.
    The camps had self management, as even Elie Wiesel describes.
    This management ate well, up to 3500 kcal a day, the others got something like 1100 a day.
    Death in six months time.
    J.G. Burg, Schuld und Schicksal, Europas Juden zwischen Henkern und Heuchlern, München, 1962
    Paul Rassinier, ´Was ist Wahrheit ?, Die Juden und das Dritte Reich´, Leoni am Starnberger See, 7th printing, 1981 (Le véritable procès Eichmann ou les vainqueurs incorrigibles, 1963; The Real Eichmann Trial or the Incorrigible Victors. ISBN: 0911038485, 1983)
    Eugen Kogon, ‘Der SS-Staat, Das System der deutschen Konzentrationslager’, 1974, München
    As Kogon was part of the camp management, he was seven years in a camp, the book should be read carefully.
    Why the same nonsense is repeated here again and again,I do not understand.
    Rassinier's book is in english
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  • @Anonymous
    The punishment for treason in wartime is usually death, isn't it? I'm not approving of it, just saying.

    How do you think they died?

    Treason? I wasn’t clear I guess. This was in the Netherlands. There was no treason. We were occupied.

    These innocent Dutch Christian men died of a combination of starvation, being over-worked and diseases. 92% of them died in a time span of just 6 months.

    This was by design. To me it matters little if they died this way or by being gassed. They were murdered…

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    What was the name of your relative?
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  • @Mulegino1
    Selling opium is a crime for recreational consumption is usually a common crime. But starting two wars against a sovereign country to force it to import opium is an enormous war crime.

    Selling opium is a crime for recreational consumption

    It wasn’t in Europe and it certainly wasn’t in China, otherwise they wouldn’t have bought all that opium from the Europeans for all those centuries in the first place.

    China didn’t oppose the opium trade because they thought opium consumption was inherently evil or a war crime, but because by the 19th century their trade deficit was so large that huge amounts of silver were flowing out of the country.

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    It wasn’t in Europe and it certainly wasn’t in China, otherwise they wouldn’t have bought all that opium from the Europeans for all those centuries in the first place.

    China didn’t oppose the opium trade because they thought opium consumption was inherently evil or a war crime, but because by the 19th century their trade deficit was so large that huge amounts of silver were flowing out of the country.
     

    So? So? It is one thing for a country's government to oppose something on purely mercantile grounds. It is another to go to war against a sovereign country for doing so.

    A typical Talmudic mindset at work. Your kosher casuistry does not work on the rest of us. Ecce the mentality of the chosen: anything that interferes with the profits of Jews (in this case, the criminal Sassoon family) must be met by devastating force of arms.

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  • In my country the adult male population of the village where I grew up in,Putten ,was send to concentration camps as a reprisal for a botched resistance attack. These were all Germanic Christian males. This happened in October 1944. Of the 589 who arrived at the camps, only 48 survived the remaining 6 months of WW2. Of those 48, 5 died shortly after the war of complications.

    Yes, they weren’t gassed, but if 92% of all healthy adult males die in a 6 month period, that is a feature, not a bug. Don’t go claiming that, because there weren’t gas-chambers, these camps weren’t designed to kill off its occupants. Those 541 innocent Germanic Christian men were murdered in these camps by the Nazis.

    I think it’s healthy to be skeptical of all the claims about the holocaust, but some of you go to the other extreme.

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    The punishment for treason in wartime is usually death, isn't it? I'm not approving of it, just saying.

    How do you think they died?

    , @jilles dykstra
    Those that were not part of the camp self management died after six months of under nourishment.
    This was aggravated from early 1945 on, USA fighter bombers destroyed anything that moved, so hardly any food reached the camps.
    SS camp commanders desperately tried to find food.
    Also no Zyklon-B any more, that killed lice, so on top of that typhoid.
    The point of murdering a German officer at the end of 1944 I never understood.
    , @Wally
    said:
    In my country the adult male population of the village where I grew up in,Putten ,was send to concentration camps as a reprisal for a botched resistance attack. These were all Germanic Christian males. This happened in October 1944. Of the 589 who arrived at the camps, only 48 survived the remaining 6 months of WW2. Of those 48, 5 died shortly after the war of complications.
    Yes, they weren’t gassed, but if 92% of all healthy adult males die in a 6 month period, that is a feature, not a bug. Don’t go claiming that, because there weren’t gas-chambers, these camps weren’t designed to kill off its occupants. Those 541 innocent Germanic Christian men were murdered in these camps by the Nazis.
    I think it’s healthy to be skeptical of all the claims about the holocaust, but some of you go to the other extreme.



    Your proof that they were "murdered" is where exactly? Heretofore you have presented none. We only see you ranting.

    Curious that asking for proof of claimed mass murders is 'going to extremes'.

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    , @Zumbuddi
    Was Putten firebombed by Allies?

    How many German Christians, innocent civilians who were NOT resistance fighters, were killed by Allies?

    The firebombing was at its height by mid-1944, when your neighbors chose to act against their own people. By that time, condition s throughout Germany including the camps were dictated by Allies, not "features" controlled by Nazis.

    , @Old Palo Altan
    Before the war, the Dutch, particularly the upper classes, had a very positive attitude towards Germany. Afterwards, and for the following fifty years, it was blind hatred.
    Only now does the youngest generation think it unobjectionable to holiday there. As recently as ten years ago, to do so was considered akin to treason. I know many a Dutchman who would fill his car with both petrol and provisions and then drive uninterruptedly through Germany to Austria or Switzerland for his annual holiday.
    You are right - let's not justify the inexcusable just because we are on to equally inexcusable behaviour on the other side.
    Everybody knows about German frightfulness; our job is to enlighten that "everybody" about the equally frightful behaviour of the other side.
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  • @Mulegino1
    Compared to what the British did (and had done throughout the years of the British imperial hegemony) the German attacks were mere pinpricks, and hardly the result of the same scale of malevolence that the Anglo-Zionist monsters were capable of.

    What about the British starvation blockade forced upon Germany? What about the Opium Wars against China- to force that is right, force
    the importation of opium upon an ancient civilization, with century long consequences? What about the Great Bengal Famine? The Irish famine? The evil the monsters at the helm of this global cancer that wrought so much death and misery upon the world dwarfs by orders of magnitude anything realistically imputed to Hitler or the Kaiser and is only comparable to the horrible crimes of the Judeo-Communists, compressed into a much more confined historical period.

    By contrast, the attacks on Guernica against what was arguably a military target are inconsequential, and notorious only because a communist artistic fraud decided to give a new title to what was originally the depiction of a bullfight. Warsaw was a classic case of siege bombing, with virtually no moral distinction between it and an artillery bombardment upon a legitimate military target besieged by infantry forces.


    We know- for a fact- by the proud admission of people like Spaight, Bomber Harris, the drunken pervert Churchill and the absolutely bloodthirsty General Le May that the Allies not only admitted beginning the deliberate area bombing of civilian targets for the sake of mass murder and demoralization, they proudly wallowed in it, like a pig wallows in the mud.

    Terror bombing was not part of the Luftwaffe's strategy, and it had no fleet of heavy bombers to conduct it. The Luftwaffe's mission was that of close in support of ground and naval combat operations and supply, not the mass murder of non-combatants.

    What about the Opium Wars against China- to force that is right, force the importation of opium upon an ancient civilization, with century long consequences?

    This has to be the silliest thing ever.

    Before the Brits an looong before the opium wars it was the Dutch who traded opium with the Chinese. This was because the Chinese weren’t interested in anything else the Europeans had to offer. You either paid the Chinese silver for their goods or you traded opium.

    The main reason why the Chinese started to oppose the opium trade in the 19th century was because of the increasing trade deficit, which meant large volumes of silver were now leaving the country to pay the British.

    How on earth is this considered some kind of war crime?

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    Selling opium is a crime for recreational consumption is usually a common crime. But starting two wars against a sovereign country to force it to import opium is an enormous war crime.
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  • @AHA
    IIRC Irving capitulated to harassment by Jewish organizations and made up some gas chambers at Auschwitz recently.

    Irving claims he found documents where Hans Aumeier, deputy commander of Auschwits, admits to gassing the Jews who came in but were unfit to work. This was done in two small houses that no longer exist.

    He found this evidence in 1992, well before the trial.

    watch it here at 1:35:37

    The entire video is worth watching

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    What David Irving fails to mention in that segment is that Aumeier was held in the so-called London Cage, where torture was widely used to extract confessions from the prisoners. And Irving knows this, because he wrote about it in a letter to Mark Weber:

    Working in the Public Record Office yesterday, I came across the 200 page handwritten memoirs, very similar in sequence to the Gerstein report versions of an SS officer, Aumeier, who was virtually Höss's deputy. They have just been opened for research. He was held in a most brutal British prison camp, the London Cave (the notorious Lieutenant Colonel A Scotland). These manuscripts are going to be a problem for revisionists and need analysing now in advance of our enemies and answering. I attach my transcript of a few pages and you will see why. It becomes more lurid with each subsequent version. At first no gassings, then 50, then 15,000 total. Brute force by interrogators perhaps.
     
    Source: http://www.fpp.co.uk/Legal/Penguin/transcripts/day014.htm

    And instead of telling you that revisionists doubt Aumeier's account because he was likely tortured, the liar Irving here pretends that there is some kind of dispute about the authenticity of the papers, which is of course pure rubbish:


    So these gassings did occur, if you accept that these papers aren’t fake, and I don’t believe for a moment they are fake.
     
    @ 1:38:02
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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    it was still worth having
     
    There is a gigantic difference between "worth having" and contingency planning based on fighting doctrine which saw completely new and on orders of magnitude more modern and capable tanks coming by the start of war in the East. Unless, of course, Soviet High Command was completely oblivious to own R&D and procurement plans--which, I think, wasn't the case at all. T-26 was a late 1920s design, T-34 76/85 was a completely different generation of MBTs. I omit here those popular discussions on tactics.

    It’s interesting that you don’t give definition 1: “1. No longer in use”
     
    I gave you a direct hyperlink to ALL variants. The one most relevant was #2. In reality it is #1 + #2, or more precisely #1 unified with #2.

    I would also like to quote L.K. (comment 360) on this subject.
    He says what I remember reading in the past, but could not easily find.

    They were not far superior but neither were they obsolete, as you claim.
    [..]
    Only 1400 out of the 3266 German tanks at the beginning of Barbarossa were Pz.kpfw. III and IV, and these were the early variants, including 259 Pz.kpfw. III still armed with a 3.7cm gun, and the Panzer IV was, at the time, armed with a short low velocity 7.5 cm gun.

    The rest of the German tank force was composed of Pz.kpfw. 38(t), Pz.kpfw. 35(t), Pz.kpfw. II and even the Pz.kpfw.I(MG only).

    So, if most Soviet tanks were ‘obsolete’, then the same applies to the Germans.

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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    it was still worth having
     
    There is a gigantic difference between "worth having" and contingency planning based on fighting doctrine which saw completely new and on orders of magnitude more modern and capable tanks coming by the start of war in the East. Unless, of course, Soviet High Command was completely oblivious to own R&D and procurement plans--which, I think, wasn't the case at all. T-26 was a late 1920s design, T-34 76/85 was a completely different generation of MBTs. I omit here those popular discussions on tactics.

    It’s interesting that you don’t give definition 1: “1. No longer in use”
     
    I gave you a direct hyperlink to ALL variants. The one most relevant was #2. In reality it is #1 + #2, or more precisely #1 unified with #2.

    Look, English isn’t my native language, and I might be wrong, but I’ve always understood “obsolete” to mean in everyday language: “no longer useful”. And it certainly was meant that way to dismiss the extremely large number of Soviet tanks with their very useful 45 mm guns, so I wasn’t wrong in this respect.

    According to your logic the entire tank fleet of the Germans was obsolete, as they were inferior in almost every respect to the KV-1 and T-34. And I certainly haven’t heard it ever being mentioned this way.

    This probably would also be a good moment for you to elaborate the semantic argument on why the lightly armored open-topped mobile anti-tank guns/tank destroyers in WW2 were completely useful and contemporary, while the fully armored T-26 with a powerful gun for the time can be dismissed as useless and obsolete. But you will probably omit that part…

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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    Outdated: yes. Obsolete: definitely not.
     
    Really? Definition of obsolete is here:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/obsolete

    Let's get to the relevant part:

    2. Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.

    So, this thus makes sense, doesn't it?

    But despite a clear superiority over the German Panzer I, II and some parity with the Czech-built Panzer 35(t) and 38(t) fielded by the Wehrmacht, they were no match for the 50 mm (1.97 in) and 75 mm (2.95 in) armed Panzer III and IV which formed the main part of every Panzer Division. Their relatively thin armor could withstand Pak 36 gunfire, but not any other German antitank gun.

    http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/soviet_T26.php

    I could go on here with elaboration on the concept of Battle-cruisers in WW II but I will not.

    Really? Definition of obsolete is here:
    [..]
    2. Outmoded in design, style, or construction

    It’s interesting that you don’t give definition 1: “1. No longer in use”
    Mirriam-Webster gives for obsolete”
    a : no longer in use or no longer useful

    No longer useful was what I was thinking about, when writing “obsolete”. The 10.000 T-26 tanks are often dismissed as useless by calling them obsolete. They certainly weren’t.

    The design was solid and the tank was still useful in 1941. It’s gun could penetrate any German tank from the front, outside of maybe a minority of late model Panzer-3 and 4, that had 30mm of extra armor bolted to the front.

    Even if it was just as a mobile platform for the 45 mm gun it was still worth having.

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    it was still worth having
     
    There is a gigantic difference between "worth having" and contingency planning based on fighting doctrine which saw completely new and on orders of magnitude more modern and capable tanks coming by the start of war in the East. Unless, of course, Soviet High Command was completely oblivious to own R&D and procurement plans--which, I think, wasn't the case at all. T-26 was a late 1920s design, T-34 76/85 was a completely different generation of MBTs. I omit here those popular discussions on tactics.

    It’s interesting that you don’t give definition 1: “1. No longer in use”
     
    I gave you a direct hyperlink to ALL variants. The one most relevant was #2. In reality it is #1 + #2, or more precisely #1 unified with #2.
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  • @Thirdeye
    The supposed fearsome mass of Soviet armor waiting to pounce on Germany was a chimera. Most of the Soviet tanks were obsolete T-26es and they were dispersed among infantry - clearly a deployment for a defensive role. The BT fast tanks would have had no advantage over the Panzers on the Polish frontier and they were also outmoded. Production of the T-34 was just beginning and there were no large formations of T-34s. The first massed tank battle was the battle of Kiev, well away from the front in the first days of the war. The Soviet tanks in that battle were mostly T-26es.

    Most of the Soviet fighter forces were Polikarpov I-15s and I-16s - good fighters for the early 1930s but clearly not fighters that could attain air supremacy against the much more modern Bf-109s that they would have to face. Claiming that the removal of defensive armament on the Il-2 reflected the belief that the Soviets would have air supremacy is essentially claiming that Soviet planners were insane. They were a bumbling lot, but they were not insane. The Il-2 was the most heavily armored ground attack aircraft of WWII and the weight of the defensive gun was a big issue. Armor for the rear gunner's seat was dispensed with until the Stavka realized that a dead rear gunner meant a downed plane.

    Most of the Soviet tanks were obsolete T-26es

    Outdated: yes. Obsolete: definitely not.

    The T-26 was an excellent all-round light tank from the thirties. For the time it combined good mobility, decent armor and an outstanding 45 mm gun. Even in 1941 that 45 mm gun could take out almost any German tank.

    The T-26 failure has more to do with the way they were deployed and the lack of maintenance than the quality of the tank itself.

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    Outdated: yes. Obsolete: definitely not.
     
    Really? Definition of obsolete is here:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/obsolete

    Let's get to the relevant part:

    2. Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.

    So, this thus makes sense, doesn't it?

    But despite a clear superiority over the German Panzer I, II and some parity with the Czech-built Panzer 35(t) and 38(t) fielded by the Wehrmacht, they were no match for the 50 mm (1.97 in) and 75 mm (2.95 in) armed Panzer III and IV which formed the main part of every Panzer Division. Their relatively thin armor could withstand Pak 36 gunfire, but not any other German antitank gun.

    http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/soviet_T26.php

    I could go on here with elaboration on the concept of Battle-cruisers in WW II but I will not.
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    Jarrett sure doesn’t look 46%. SS African. Unless she used Michael Jackson’s skin bleach and had plastic surgery.

    Both Jarett’s parents were very light skinned blacks.

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  • @Jack D
    The low estimate (by actual historians) is maybe 350,000 and some estimates go as high as 1 million.

    Have you seen the Mosque of Cordoba? (Recommend that you do). The Mosque alone holds at least 25,000 (adult free male Muslim) worshipers - you would never build a mosque of that size in a city of 100,000.

    Yeah, there is no archaeological proof of this. Archaeologists estimate it to be around 40.000 at its high point around the 11th century. About as big as it was during the Visigoths.

    Over the years the most important thing I’ve learned about Westerners take on non-Western history is that there is almost no critical thinking involved. Westerners are so ashamed about their own superior history that they take any exaggerated claim at face value.

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    Why would you build a mosque that holds more people than your total population of worshippers? The mosque is more than archeological proof - it still stands today (as a church).
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  • @istevefan

    Ramadan fasting by pregnant women harms prenatal development;
     
    When I first heard about ramadan fasting, I figured it was a fast where one would go for a day or days with no food. But then I looked into it and discovered it is just done daily from dawn to sunset. That's not really a fast. Sure you might go 16 hours without food, but you still get to eat twice a day.

    I know guys who do intermittent fasting where they routinely go 18 hours between meals. For example they eat dinner at 6 pm and then won't eat again until 12 noon the following day. They also do occasional 36-hour fasts. The ramadan fast seems like a piece of cake.

    The not-eating is not the problem, it’s the not-drinking that is the real pain.

    I’ve worked temporary in a team during Ramadan where most were Muslim. These people didn’t sit on their arses, but where laborers. Their breath started to smell terrible and their skin got a shiny yellow sheen. They didn’t look healthy and happy at all.

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  • @nebulafox
    Spain's golden age under the Umayyads was real, and quite marked, compared to Europe at the same time period. But keep in mind:

    a) We're talking the Dark Ages here, not the Renaissance, or even Dante-era Italy. That's not exactly a high bar to cross.

    b) It lasted for nowhere near as long as the Islamophiles (Obama's feelings about al-Andulus stick out in my mind) would have you believe.

    I'm far from an expert, but my general impression is that Europe managed to get back on track around the turn of the millennium, and got on par with Spain around the 1200s or so. They then started to eclipse them as the Reconquista took off. Muslim Spain also began to actively decline, enhacing the general affect.

    (The Crusaders going off and sacking Constantinople-which did more than Charles Martel in keeping the caliphate at bay-during the Fourth Crusade still reeks to this day of the purest ingratitude. If Europe didn't get the chance to incubate and recover from the chaos of Roman civilization collapse in the face of Islamic invasion, Gibbon's prophecy would have come true-it is hard to appreciate how *bad* off Europe in the Dark Ages was. Ignorance, poverty, and civilizational collapse run amok. Yuck. That's my penultimate example of a refutation of the Whig theory of inevitable historical progress-things can regress if you aren't careful.)

    Another thing that does stick out in my mind about Arab ruled Spain was the status of Jews: essentially, the Muslims used them much like Suharto used the Chinese in the 1970s. They turned them loose to make money and run the bureaucracy and protected them in exchange for this, but they were always careful to remind them of what would happen (they'd use them as mob bait) if they got too uppity. The Jews had little choice to comply (thus solidifying their status as collaborators, which would lead to some unhappy consequences during the Inquisition) and hope for the best under the arrangement, given that nobody knew better than they themselves what easy targets they were.

    So, you could essentially say that the Muslims in Spain were more *pragmatic* about Jews than many of the contemporary European Christian rulers. But there's a long way between that and the ridiculous, ahistorical utopia for Jews that a lot of left-wing Jews peddle today, apart from the complete irrelevance to the modern reality of unremitting, constant hostility to Jews in the Islamic World. The Arabs were completely unsentimental about using them as scapegoats when they felt like it. Note the anti-Jewish Grenada pogroms might have eclipsed the ones going on in Germany around the same time in scale.

    Spain’s golden age under the Umayyads was real, and quite marked, compared to Europe at the same time period.

    The problem with this claim is that there is not a shred of archaeological evidence to support it.

    Spain is a western country and well researched in this respect and all the evidence points to a complete collapse between the 8th and 10th century. People didn’t built stone buildings in this time and no more coins were being minted as they went back to bartering. There is also a thick layer of sediment from the washed away fertile soil because there were no more people to grow crops on the fields.
    There is also no archaeological evidence at all for Cordoba to have had half a million residents. At its height it was probably as big as it was under Visigoth rule.

    Now Visigoth Spain was a time when the place was really booming. Tons and tons of archaeological finds from that time frame.

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    There is also a thick layer of sediment from the washed away fertile soil because there were no more people to grow crops on the fields.
     
    This is what happens when goatherders take over farmland. When the North Africans conquer and bring in goats that ignore fences and destroy the crops, the conquered farmers do not dare complain.
    , @Lot
    Exactly. No way Cordova had 500,000 people. Rome had even more than that at its height, but this required aqueducts, tall apartment blocks, and huge grain shipments from all over an empire that covered most of the civilized world.

    Golden Age Madrid, capital of a much larger empire, had about 100,000 people.
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  • Part of the reason why we wonder why the Islamic world fell so far behind is the idea that they were once ahead.

    I really wonder if this was ever the case. They seemed to have collapsed at least as much between the 8th and 10th century as Europe did. This was a civilization that didn’t even use the wheel, while Europe was rapidly advancing and from 1200 onwards every new major invention in the world came from here. If they ever were more advanced it had to be between the late 10th and 11th century.

    We can blame Islam for their backwardness, but from what I’ve read Islam was the only constant stable institution in their chaotic tribal world.
    I remember reading that for this reason in Islamic Spain the irrigation systems were controlled by an Islamic institution while the Christians used a secular one.

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    I'm likely wrong, but I don't know of any Islamic colonnades that don't use recycled Roman columns. When the columns that were available weren't high enough, they invented double arches to make up the difference. Even small Greek and Roman towns could get new ones to order. But the centers of Islamic power went garbage picking.
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  • It's enticing but usually pretty dumb to entitle anything The X Gene, like I just did, because genetics generally work more according to statistically complex interminglings of multiple causal factors. But Razib Khan has a blog post about the skin color gene SLC24A5. Much of the world's population, both African and East Asian, has the...
  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    It’s interesting that South Asians, i.e. Indians, come in at a low 22.5%, and are thus overwhelmingly Aryan, and they were also considered “Caucasian” by the government until the 80s(ish).

    How is it that human memory somehow understood that South Asians were similar to Europeans? They don’t look similar.

    How is it that human memory somehow understood that South Asians were similar to Europeans? They don’t look similar.

    They can look very similar.

    http://kuow.org/post/albinism-and-me-how-my-genetic-condition-makes-my-ethnicity-invisible

    Albinism And Me: How My Genetic Condition Makes My Ethnicity Invisible

    the right one is the South Asian girl.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Golfer Vijay Singh from Indians on Fiji is very dark-skinned, much darker than Tiger Woods, but has quite Caucasian-looking facial features. If he were an albino, he'd look pretty much like a regular white guy. He's an extreme case, but worth noting.

    Singh is also interesting for demonstrating how race in America is not really skin color. In his 40s in the 2000s, Singh became the most successful old golfer of all time, even knocking Tiger Woods off his pedestal as #1 in the world in 2004-05. But the American media showed virtually zero interest at the time in the story of this nearly black-skinned man overcoming skin color prejudice yada yada, because while Singh may be close to black in skin color, he doesn't seem to have any black African ancestry, and that's what Americans mean by "color."

    By the way, Tiger might be more than the 1/4th black I always assumed. Reading up on his parents, his father's ancestry is a little vaguer than I had heard before. Earl Woods was clearly part black and part white, and had family stories about a Chinese and an American Indian ancestor, but whether they really existed and what fraction of his ancestry they were is vague. So Tiger might be as much as 3/8ths black.

    Tiger's tiger mother Kultida's ancestry appears more nailed down: half Thai, quarter Chinese, quarter Dutch. Her father was an architect. She was kind of a poor little rich girl. Her parents got divorced and they sent her to boarding school and then just left her there, paying the bills but, didn't visit her for years.

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  • A PR release via News Wise: In other words, a PR writeup of a paper from David Reich's high tech graverobbing factory at Harvard. Newswise — The first whole-genome analyses of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia reveal that there were at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last...
  • @Anonymous

    One striking aspect of Europeans is how blended genetically they are, suggesting much less marital discrimination historically in Europe than in most other parts of the world.
     
    What do you mean by blended? Between nations or within nations? Even within European nations, genetic clusters between regions and even at the village level can be easily identified.

    Come on man, at least read the text before you comment.

    The identification of three ancestral populations—hunter-gatherers, first farmers and Bronze Age migrants—echoes a pattern first uncovered in ancient DNA studies of Europeans, but with at least one major difference: Much of the ancestral diversity in Europe has faded over time as populations mingled, while Southeast Asian populations have retained far more variation.

    and after Isteve’s comment it contunues…

    “People who are nearly direct descendants of each of the three source populations are still living in the region today, including people with significant hunter-gatherer ancestry who live in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and the Andaman Islands,” said Reich, professor of genetics at HMS and co-senior author of the study. “Whereas in Europe, no one living today has more than a small fraction of ancestry from the European hunter-gatherers.”

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  • On May 6, there was a big free speech march through Central London jointly organized by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and Veterans Against Terrorism. Many of the big names in the British Alt Lite were attending, so I decided to show up myself. (I appear in the sidelines a few times in this video...
  • Main component were white men, muscular-fat, tattooed prole types, the sort you associate with football hooligans;

    Your photos don’t match this description.

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    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    The thin ones with short hair will have recently left prison. EDL is popular in gaol.
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  • From Aeon: Black Achilles The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether? by Tim Whitmarsh is the A G Leventis Professor of Greek culture at the University of Cambridge, and has held professorial posts at Oxford and Exeter. His latest book is...
  • @syonredux

    I don’t care about philosophy. It has no use in the real world.
     
    It affects how people understand the world.....

    Trying to imagine Renaissance art without the influence of the Greeks….

    I don’t have to. Outside maybe of sculpting, Western-Europe was already ahead of the classical period when it came to art, architecture and technology.
     
    Building on Greek achievements....


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

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


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

    Building on Greek achievements.

    No civilization developed in isolation.

    But the Western-European civilization developed after a complete collapse in the 8th-10th century, severing it from the ancient civilization that came before it. It’s resemblance to ancient Greeks is mostly on the surface, based on nostalgia (hence the name Renaissance).

    For the ancient Greeks however there is a straight line from the previous middle eastern civilization to them. This is the reason why I consider the (ancient-)Greeks first and foremost an Eastern Mediterranean people.

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    But the Western-European civilization developed after a complete collapse in the 8th-10th century, severing it from the ancient civilization that came before it.
     
    Dunno.The collapse was far from complete The Latin alphabet (derived from the Greek) was maintained. Christianity (the fusion of Jewish and Greek thought) was retained. Virgil (who followed in the footsteps of Homer) was retained. The Latin Fathers of the Church (Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose, etc) were retained, and one can readily see the imprint of Hellenic culture in their work.....


    Remove Greece, and Western culture would be unrecognizable.....
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  • @Steve Sailer
    Recent high tech grave robbing in an Egyptian cemetery in Roman times comes up with about 8% sub-Saharan DNA by ancestry, less than today in Egypt. Probably in Greek times would have been even less. But still, there would likely have been a few mixed race people in Egypt from up the river, kind of like in the opera "Aida."

    The fact that ancient Egyptians had so little sub-Saharan DNA makes me wonder how difficult it was to travel down the Nile from Sudan.

    Apparently you couldn’t simply built a raft and float down the river.

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    The Nile has cataracts.

    But also, why would sub-Saharans want to wander up to Egypt en masse (not a handful of traders, say)? What would the likely scenario for them be in that situation? To become a slave, or something close to it?
    , @Jefferson
    "The fact that ancient Egyptians had so little sub-Saharan DNA makes me wonder how difficult it was to travel down the Nile from Sudan."

    Little is subjective. By European standards 8% Sub Saharan African DNA in an Egyptian is quite a bit, as even Portuguese and Southern Italians don't have anywhere near that amount of Sub Saharan DNA.
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  • @Buffalo Joe
    Unze, The Romans used hippos, elephants and crocodiles in their circuses at the Colosseum. So, wouldn't they have brought back black slaves too?

    The elephants were from N-Africa (now extinct) and crocodiles and hippos from the Nile.

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  • @syonredux

    The Greeks had nothing to do with it.
     
    Trying to imagine the Renaissance without the impact of Greek philosophy.....


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance#Latin_and_Greek_phases_of_Renaissance_humanism


    Trying to imagine Renaissance art without the influence of the Greeks....

    https://www.guidedflorencetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/david_michelangelo2.jpg

    https://ericgerlachdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/apollo-statue.jpg

    I don’t care about philosophy. It has no use in the real world.
    I had to translate Plato in high school, but it always seemed trite bullshit to me. It was just something the Greeks liked to do to kill the time when they weren’t buggering boys.

    Trying to imagine Renaissance art without the influence of the Greeks….

    I don’t have to. Outside maybe of sculpting, Western-Europe was already ahead of the classical period when it came to art, architecture and technology.

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    buggering boys
     
    I know you're joking, but there wasn't nearly as much pederasty in ancient Athens as some would have us think.

    I agree with you about Plato. Obsolete!
    , @syonredux

    I don’t care about philosophy. It has no use in the real world.
     
    It affects how people understand the world.....

    Trying to imagine Renaissance art without the influence of the Greeks….

    I don’t have to. Outside maybe of sculpting, Western-Europe was already ahead of the classical period when it came to art, architecture and technology.
     
    Building on Greek achievements....


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

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


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclid
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  • @syonredux

    . I never felt that we NW Europeans and the Greeks had a lot in common. We don’t share a history, religion, culture, language or even a writing system.
     
    The Roman alphabet is derived from the Greek. Western philosophy starts with the Greeks. Christianity is the fusion of Greek thought and Jewish monotheism. The Renaissance is unimaginable without the Greeks.

    Old Joke: Western Civilization is a Frankenstein's Monster. It has a Greek brain, a Hebrew heart, and a Roman Body.

    The Renaissance is unimaginable without the Greeks.

    Is this still a thing?

    In practice the Renaissance has little to do with either the ancient Greeks or Romans. Think of it. All that Greek/Roman knowledge never caused a Renaissance like revolution with the Greeks, Romans or Arabs.

    The Renaissance happened because Western-Europe had a relative large literate middle class of people thirsting for knowledge and the printing press made it possible to spread information and ideas quickly and cheaply.

    Without the printing press the Renaissance was impossible. It was an information revolution similar to the invention of the Internet. The Greeks had nothing to do with it.

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    The Greeks had nothing to do with it.
     
    Trying to imagine the Renaissance without the impact of Greek philosophy.....


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance#Latin_and_Greek_phases_of_Renaissance_humanism


    Trying to imagine Renaissance art without the influence of the Greeks....

    https://www.guidedflorencetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/david_michelangelo2.jpg

    https://ericgerlachdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/apollo-statue.jpg
    , @Hibernian
    Your last two paragraphs make it clear you're confusing the Renaissance with the Reformation.
    , @J.Ross
    The very simple explanation of the Renaissance is that the church, which had favored certain Greek authors, started to permit others, enabling massive philosophical changes that enabled material innovation.
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  • @Peter Akuleyev
    That’s because they didn’t get out much from the Mediterranean and Black Sea, where everybody was fairly similar racially because of the ease of transport, except for a small number of blackish people in Egypt from far up the Nile and perhaps a rare visitor from India.

    The Romans saw plenty of Sub-saharans. The Romans were just as likely to consider blond Germans "racially inferior" as black Africans. The Mediterranean peoples were the pinnacle of existence, and the further out you went, the more barbaric and contemptible the people were, with Britons probably at the bottom, certainly below the Nubians.

    Steve makes a good point though - neither the Greeks or Romans had much of a sense of the big picture. A lot of racial differences only make sense in the aggregate. I am sure if you saw a black Nubian prince bedecked in gold jewelry and exotic furs parading through Rome as a boy, and then got shipped as a legionary over to damp Britain were you saw dirty illiterate Celts living in huts covered with moss and daubing themselves with paint and tending pigs, you wouldn't suspect "white" people were anything special. Poverty makes everyone look bad, which is why the English considered the Irish subhuman right up to the 20th century.

    A lot of the traits that have benefited white or East Asian people tremendously over the past thousand years - superior abstract thinking, organizational skills, longer time preferences, obedience, etc. - were also not particularly valued by Roman or Greek elites. Nice qualities to have in a slave perhaps, but not the kind of person a Roman leader aspired to be.

    I am sure if you saw a black Nubian prince bedecked in gold jewelry and exotic furs parading through Rome as a boy

    Which Nubian prince would that be?…Oh, you are just making it up.

    The fact that the Romans chose to occupy Britain and not Sudan speaks volumes.

    The Romans saw plenty of Sub-saharans.

    I really wonder how many sub-Saharan Africans there were in the Roman empire:

    They didn’t sail along the western coast of Africa until the Spanish and Portuguese started doing in around the 14th century AD.
    They hadn’t introduced camels in Africa until 3rd century AD to help them cross the thousands of km of desert.
    The Suez canal didn’t exist and even if they used a boat to cross the red sea, they still had to traverse 200km of desert
    Even following the Nile down-flow doesn’t seem to have been that easy.

    My guess is that they would have been a very rare sight outside of Egypt.

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    Recent high tech grave robbing in an Egyptian cemetery in Roman times comes up with about 8% sub-Saharan DNA by ancestry, less than today in Egypt. Probably in Greek times would have been even less. But still, there would likely have been a few mixed race people in Egypt from up the river, kind of like in the opera "Aida."
    , @Corn
    According to Wikipedia the Romans sent three expeditions to sub-Saharan Africa, one got as far as the shores of Lake Chad.
    Your average Roman Empire resident probably never saw a black person, and the Romans contact with blacks was probably limited to say the least. But it would seem to me by the Empire era at least Roman soldiers, scholars, traders were aware of the existence of blacks.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Unze, The Romans used hippos, elephants and crocodiles in their circuses at the Colosseum. So, wouldn't they have brought back black slaves too?
    , @DFH
    Herodotus said that the Ethiopians were very tall (makes sense if he heard about Nilotics) but used stone weapons rather than metal
    , @Logan
    FWIW a "Suez Canal" existed in ancient Egypt at various periods over perhaps as much as 2000 years. It went in and out of use based primarily on political/ social factors, but was in use as late as the early Muslim period.

    factors.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_of_the_Pharaohs
    , @Peter Akuleyev
    The fact that the Romans chose to occupy Britain and not Sudan speaks volumes

    Kush/Nubia was, at least for a while, a tribute state of the Roman Empire, administered through Egypt. Christianity spread to Ethiopia because of the close contact with the Roman Empire.

    The Romans also chose not to occupy Europe north of the Danube and East of the Rhine. It speaks more to geography, climate and resources than to any racial characteristics the Romans perceived among the local populations.
    , @J.Ross
    Egypt has a long history but "Sudan" was historically generally its back yard, split off by imperial shenanigans, and recently split further (with the result that the latest subtraction is quitely logically splitting itself). This is a big deal to a diminishing number of Egyptian nationalists who see it as it could have been.
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  • @songbird
    One of the odder behaviors of the Left more recently, IMO, is the naked attempt by some to split Greeks off from other Europeans. To pretend that it was Northern Euros who had their boot on Greek necks and not the Turks.

    Somehow, I don't think making Achilles black will convince Greeks to join the coalition.

    I’m Dutch and I’ve learned ancient Greek in school and went there a couple of times. Compared to the Western European countries I had been to it was very very different. I never felt that we NW Europeans and the Greeks had a lot in common. We don’t share a history, religion, culture, language or even a writing system.

    It’s an Eastern Mediterranean people with an Eastern Mediterranean culture.

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    . I never felt that we NW Europeans and the Greeks had a lot in common. We don’t share a history, religion, culture, language or even a writing system.
     
    The Roman alphabet is derived from the Greek. Western philosophy starts with the Greeks. Christianity is the fusion of Greek thought and Jewish monotheism. The Renaissance is unimaginable without the Greeks.

    Old Joke: Western Civilization is a Frankenstein's Monster. It has a Greek brain, a Hebrew heart, and a Roman Body.
    , @songbird
    I knew a lot of Greeks and Greek-Americans when growing up in the US. I don't know if they were representative or not, but most seemed pretty European compared to various non-European ethnicities, and I don't mean just in appearance. Some were fairly intelligent. Some were even conservative - this is, in general, a pretty hard group to find among non-Europeans.

    They were all Christian. I attended a wedding in a Greek Orthodox church, and, I don't know how representative it was, but it made me feel the Catholic Church is pozzed. TBH, I consider myself fairly ecumenical, but my impression of most NW European churches today is one of some weird sort of paganism. I had a Greek teacher once, and she would always remind people that the Bible was written in Greek before it was written in Latin.

    I've heard tales of illiterate Gaelic bards in Ireland telling the story of Iliad and the Odyssey up into the early 20th century. I'm not sure how long they knew it before. The US certainly has a certain heritage in Greece, architecturally and politically. Greek is in the same language family - of course the counter would be so is Hindi.

    Don't get me wrong: there seem to be real differences on the national level. Greece is a basket case, economically and politically. Not that one could be proud of NW Europe these days either. I've wondered quite a bit about how Greeks and Turks differ in Germany, as far as welfare dependency, etc. In the US, they seem to do well economically. I see Greece and Greeks as in the Southern cline of Europe. Perhaps, not interchangeable, but qualitatively better and less hostile than many others.
    , @foolisholdman
    I cannot claim any detailed knowledge of classical history, but I think the Romans depopulated Greece and moved other people(s) in. So modern Greeks are not closely related, descended from Ancient Greeks.
    , @Difference maker
    Saw on hbdchick sometime back the suggestion that golden age ancient Greece was preceded by generations of a hajnal like western European nuclear family culture
    , @ThirdWorldSteveReader
    Could you tell us a bit more? You think Greeks are different from the people of which other countries you know? And would you say they cluster together with which populations?
    , @Paco Wové
    I'm American, and while I feel more at home in Paris than Athens, both are categorically more "at home" than Istanbul.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @syonredux

    Other than coloring, they look remarkably alike.
     
    Kidada's nose is broader and flatter. Plus, Kidada has kinky, "Negroid" hair.

    Both a lot less pretty than Peggy Lipton.
     
    A bit of an unfair comparison. Peggy Lipton was an astonishingly beautiful woman:


    http://content.asos-media.com/~/media/300714015817en-GB/Images/uk/2014/07/31-thursday/FRECKLES/peggy-lipton-getty.jpg

    Indeed, Quincy and Kidada have almost identical skin color even though QJ is about 50% white and Kidada is about 75% white.

     

    The results of Quincy Jones' DNA profile:

    *66% Sub-Saharan African
    *34% European
     
    http://ethnicelebs.com/quincy-jones


    And here's another daughter that Quincy Jones had with a White woman, Kenya Kinski-Jones:

    http://celebmafia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/kenya-kinski-jones-the-daily-front-row-presents-fashion-los-angeles-awards-2016-1.jpg


    Kenya Kinski-Jones, the daughter of Nastassja Kinski

    Here's her mother, Nastassja Kinski


    http://www.easycelebritys.com/n/nastassja_kinski_04/pics/nastassja_kinski_16.jpg

    Kenya Kinski seems to have undergone a remarkable transformation from when she was a child.
    Not all of it natural, I’m sure.

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    Kenya Kinski seems to have undergone a remarkable transformation from when she was a child.
    Not all of it natural, I’m sure.
     
    Dunno. People can change a lot between, say, 12 and 18.
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  • @Lot
    Both a lot less pretty than Peggy Lipton. Other than coloring, they look remarkably alike.

    While a lot of genes affect skin color, there is one gene that is far more important than the others. Nearly all Europeans have two copies of the light version, nearly all SSAs have two copies of the dark version. When you have sisters like this with this large a difference, I would guess that both got one light copy of the gene from mom, but Dad had one of each and give his daughters different ones. Indeed, Quincy and Kidada have almost identical skin color even though QJ is about 50% white and Kidada is about 75% white.

    The fact that one gene has such a large effect, and there are some people that are more than half black with two copies of the major light-skin gene, is responsible for the moderately common and weird type of mixed black that has a nearly white skin color, freckles, but facial features that you'd expect of someone who is mostly African.

    https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_medium/public/thumbnails/image/2015/08/26/12/three.jpg

    Other than coloring, they look remarkably alike.

    They really didn’t when they were children.

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    They really didn’t when they were children.
     
    Yep. Rashida's facial features (especially the nose) and hair are much more European-looking than her sister's.
    , @Clyde
    Sorry Q and Peggy but Rashida and Kidada are ugly stupid names. What were you thinking? Rashida sounds maybe Muslim, but I'll bet you will never find that name in any Muslim country. Among American blacks? Yeah, and confirmed by an image search.

    Rashida definitely sounds like an American black name and must have messed up the white Rashida Jones' mind to be burdened with it. They should have given her a normal name, Jane, Amanda or Lily.
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  • Here's a pretty funny story from biologist Jerry Coyne's blog about affirmative action in Brazil. Around the turn of the century, Brazil introduced racial affirmative action and, not surprisingly, that has led to countless brouhahas over who should qualify for what preference. Brazil's nonstop history of Elizabeth Warren-type controversies over affirmative action brings up the...
  • @PaceLaw
    Interesting that the black-white continuum found in Brazil also exists in most of Spanish-speaking America. I was deployed to Puerto Rico for disaster relief last year. A local Puerto Rican guy I worked with put together a demographic map for the poor, disabled and elderly communities, but said that it would be impossible to do that for race. He said that very few people there identify as black (you pretty much have to be directly from Africa), even though it is readily apparent that there’s a decent amount of admixture there. I’m African American, but if I lived in Puerto Rico I could easily opt out of that category based upon my skin color and features.

    very few people there identify as black (you pretty much have to be directly from Africa), even though it is readily apparent that there’s a decent amount of admixture there.

    There are a lot of movies on youtube of Puerto Ricans who reveal their DNA test. Pretty much all of them have between 60-70% European DNA with the rest divided between Native American and African. Usually with the Native American part dominating.

    Personally, I wouldn’t call that black. But the USA has a pretty binary view of race.

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  • The US Government claims that 100% of the 100 plus cruise missiles launched by the coalition it heads reached their targets on Syrian government chemical warfare connected sites. The Syrian and Russian governments state that 75% of these missiles did not reach their targets. Who should we believe? The extreme nature of the US claim...
  • I am told by several foreign sources with access to the information needed to make a valid judgment that the Russians are correct

    Really? Is that all you got?

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    Really? Is that all you got?
     
    I am sure it is on several orders of magnitude more than whatever you will be able to present. This is not to speak of you being disrespectful towards a man with combat, intelligence and human experience of which you can not even conceive. Yes, Colonel Lang's word has weight, a real one. Yours--zero.
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  • In the Wall Street Journal, heavyweight paleoanthropologist John Hawks reviews David Reich's Who We Are: Thus, my latest Taki's Magazine column is entitled "Ghosts of Africa." By the way, is the West African figure really "up to half"? I thought the latest estimate for Yorubans was eight percent. Half would be immense. Update: Okay, Reich...
  • @Anonymous
    Robert Reich's short stature stems from something called Fairbank's Disease -- according to him everyone else in the family was of expected height. Also he pronounces it "Reitsch" which to me sounds like a Frankenstein/Frankensteen sort of Teutonophobic countersignaling.

    Frankenstein/Frankensteen sort of Teutonophobic countersignaling

    The stein/steen pronunciation has to do with the German/Yiddish difference in pronunciation.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the same case for Reich/Reits

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  • A couple of days ago, I posted "Reading the New York Times Upside Down" about how an NYT article on the reportedly anti-Semitic murder of 85 year old Jewish lady Mireille Knoll kept any hint about the identity of the murderers hidden until the 12th paragraph when it finally mentioned that the prime suspect was...
  • @petit bourgeois
    You have anything to back up that claim? The French were waving Nazi flags when their invaders marched on the Champs Elysee. The French police actually rounded up Jews for the Nazis. To deny the collaboration is more than disingenuous.

    I would argue the Italian Jews had a better survival rate during WWII. Il Duce's wife was a Jew, and secret boatloads of them were spirited away during occupation.

    You have anything to back up that claim?

    “the survival rate of the Jewish population in France was up to 75% which is one of the highest survival rates in Europe”

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

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  • From The Guardian: My knowledge of baseball players suggests that may not be wholly true. Cesar Chavez was fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, led protests at the border against illegal immigrants, and had his brother organize a goon squad to beat up undocumented migrants. Earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Pirates president, Frank Coonelly, spoke at...
  • Why on earth is this in a British news paper?

    Globalist propaganda is really bizarre these days.

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  • A couple of days ago, I posted "Reading the New York Times Upside Down" about how an NYT article on the reportedly anti-Semitic murder of 85 year old Jewish lady Mireille Knoll kept any hint about the identity of the murderers hidden until the 12th paragraph when it finally mentioned that the prime suspect was...
  • Also, we’re talking about France, and France has a certain history when it comes to the Jews — the widespread collaboration with Nazi Germany.

    French Jews had one of the highest survival rates in Europe during WW2.
    That is France’s history when it comes to Jews.

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    You have anything to back up that claim? The French were waving Nazi flags when their invaders marched on the Champs Elysee. The French police actually rounded up Jews for the Nazis. To deny the collaboration is more than disingenuous.

    I would argue the Italian Jews had a better survival rate during WWII. Il Duce's wife was a Jew, and secret boatloads of them were spirited away during occupation.
    , @Art Deco
    IIRC, Jews who were native citizens of France or naturalized prior to 1928 were successfully protected by the Vichy government, the Church &c. However, there was a large population of foreign Jews in France by 1940 and these the government largely handed over. IIRC, Italy, Bulgaria, and Denmark successfully protected their Jewish populations (for the most part). Hungary managed to stave off deportations until 1944 (after which about 70% of the Jewish population was lost). The Antonescu regime was much more co-operative and deported about 1/2 of Roumania's Jewish population. Co-operation from locals was crucial among the junior Axis.
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  • Bari Weiss, who got hired by the NYT op-ed department away from the WSJ immediately after Bret Stephens made the same jump, tweets: In response, I looked back nostalgically on the Good Old Days:
  • @Vinteuil
    Well, to be fair, the French have not elected Marion le Pen, and the English have not elected Nigel Farage, as their leader.

    But the Russians have elected Владимир Путин, the Hungarians have elected Viktor Orbán, and the Poles have elected Jarosław Kaczyński...and at least two of those three are pretty "smart & articulate"...so I guess we're not entirely without a model to look up to.

    But the Russians have elected Владимир Путин,

    Don’t forget about the Georgians who have elected შესწავლა შესაძლებელს and the Burmese who have elected မြန်မာတို့ အသုံးပြုခဲ့ကြသော.

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    To say nothing of Turkmenistan's Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç Berdimuhamedow.
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  • From an interview in GQ with 84-year-old entertainment industry titan Quincy Jones: Quincy Jones leads Paul McCartney 79-78 for most Grammy nominations of all time, including producing this track. He's been in the entertainment business for nigh on 70 years, often in association with top names such as Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. Side note:...
  • I learned from experience not to fact check the tales from great story tellers. Just enjoy the experience.

    The truth is never that good or interesting.

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  • In The Truth About Cars, Jack Baruth wrote last October: "There are only two American cars with any sales volume whatsoever in Europe — those cars being the Ford Mustang and the Tesla Model S. ... Tesla is a legitimate presence, doing about 15,000 sales per year in Britain and the Continent combined. In fact,...
  • @Sunbeam
    I'm not trying to be a contrarian.

    European cars do not impress me at all. Particularly the German ones.

    It always baffles me when someone buys a Mercedes when they could easily have brought one of the high end Japanese equivalents.

    I guess it is all in the mind of the buyer, or more probably what the buyer imagines is in the mind of someone watching him tool about in a Mercedes.

    But part of me screams: "This is an inferior design. It weighs too much. If anything the Japanese car is of better manufacture and reliablility. Maintenance will be cheaper and parts less dear for the Japanese model. The performance, the bells and whistles, are the same or better."

    Mark my words, if the Japanese, Koreans, and I guess Chinese in a couple of years, had unrestricted access to the European market... well I wouldn't be too optimistic about the long term prospects of any Euro car maker.

    My European country doesn’t produce it’s own cars, so I seriously doubt we have any import restrictions.

    I just checked and Japanese and Koreans have a market share of around 22%. Ford is almost 6%, but European Fords are designed in Germany and built in Europe, so it’s essentially a European car.

    I don’t thing this will change much in the future. Europeans make good cars that Europeans like.
    I’ve always been very happy with the French cars I’ve had. My dad still swears by his Volvos.

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  • From Forbes: I don't know anything about Chinese box office, but among bigger budget movies in America, the worst drop-off from first to second weekend might be the notorious Gigli at -82%, while Fifty Shades of Grey dropped 74%. So a 95% drop for The Last Jedi seems ... bad. Last Jedi will wind up...
  • China’s Die-Hard Star Wars Fans Respond to ‘Last Jedi’ Flop

    “These actors aren’t very beautiful, which may deter a lot of Chinese from seeing the recent films,” said Chen. “We fans often joke that if Finn were played by Will Smith, Chinese people might be more inclined to watch it — because he’s very handsome.”

    http://chinafilminsider.com/chinas-die-hard-star-wars-fans-respond-last-jedi-flop/

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  • For the mainstream media, it was a bona fide crisis. Blake Shelton, a European-American country singer and a host of The Voice, whom I had never heard of until yesterday morning,was named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man In The World.” The result was outrage. Marlow Stern at the Daily Beast declared grandly that “people” are in...
  • @Sam J.
    Whether the Holohoax is true or not it's no reason to allow the deterioration of the Auschwitz swimming pool for the inmates.

    http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/2005Photos/AuschwitzPool.jpg

    Auschwitz was a Polish army barracks before it was a concentration camp.

    No need for conspiracies.

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  • @Wyatt Pendleton
    There were only two American's who could have pulled off James Bond. Gary Cooper for Sean Connery and Cary Grant for Roger Moore and they only could have done it for the 1960's or 70's.

    A younger George Clooney would have had the right charisma and sex appeal to play Bond.

    Of course he is box office poison now…

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  • Following up my Taki's column on Larry David, "Curb Your Self-Awareness," here's a self-aware excerpt from a 2001 interview by Emma Forrest with Rachel Weisz, the lovely Oscar-winning Jewish-British actress:
  • @Bill P
    What's this thing Jews have for blondes? I don't get it. Most (real) blondes are no more attractive than anyone else, many have a tendency to be kind of beefy and red-faced, and when past the flower of their youth they often have a severe, almost masculine bearing and countenance.

    I don't have any problem with blondes (several people in my family are really fair blondes), but they aren't all that. Every now and then you get a blonde stunner, but no more often than a black, brown or red-haired beauty.

    The only thing I can think of that may explain Jewish interest in them is the scarcity factor. There just aren't that many real blondes where Jews tend to live. But that raises the question of why, if Jewish guys like blondes so much, they don't just head off to places like Fargo to find wives. Plenty of blondes there. Nice big ones, too.

    What’s this thing Jews have for blondes?

    All societies prefer their women to be fair. And blondes are the fairest of them all.

    It’s really that simple.

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    Sorry, Eastern European blondes are far better looking and more feminine than Northern European blondes.
    "Aryan" women are overrated. I just don't get this WASP shiksa thing. It's got to be class-related. The way successful Blacks dump their black wives for a blonde the second they make big bucks. For Jews, marrying, dating or raping a shiksa must be their way of saying: we've made it to the top! Trading up is the name of the game.

    (Also, keep on mind that over 80% of adult blondes dye their hair. Adult blondism is a rarity everywhere, except maybe in Finland. BTW, Finnish women in looks fall somewhere between Northern and Eastern European women, so quite good).
    , @Verymuchalive
    Actually, apart from albinos, redheads have fairer skin than blondes. Redheads very rarely dye or bleach their hair, so most keep strong, healthy hair into middle age and beyond. The vast majority of redheads use sensible sunbathing methods, live in cool climates or both. As a result, IMHO they have better complexions than blondes and brunettes.
    But they don't get the same attention that Jews, Arabs and Latins reserve for blondes.
    If you are a man, however, being red-haired is definitely a bit of a drawback. In white societies, "ginger minger" is a term of mockery. It's a wonder, Trump even became President. When was the Last US President before Trump who was red-haired ? Last British PM ? Last French President ? Can't even guess.
    Strangely, this is not the case in some non-white societies. My young friend Ross - Scottish by name, red-haired by nature - was in the Philippines with his girlfriend a few years back. The amount of attention he got from attractive, young Filipinas was immense - they were rubbing up against him, giving him their phone numbers and tugging his pubic hair ! He was told by other foreigners that the locals had a "thing" about redheads.
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  • From The Globe & Mail: Postcolonial parenting We thought we were raising an enlightened child, Tama Ward writes, but have we robbed our daughter of her cultural roots? TAMA WARD OCTOBER 4, 2017 At breakfast, in the glass-towered city of Vancouver, five-year-old Abigail looks glumly at her half-eaten bowl of cereal. "What is it, honey?"...
  • @guest
    I should add, Americans' ignorance of the English roots of American culture can be partly explained by the fact that the forms of culture still allowed by Universalism to be passed down are ones that can be easily commoditized the. For instance, food and music. English food is crap, and their music is drowned out by black and Irish music on the pop level and German and other European nations' music on the classical level.

    As for German culture, regular Americans' ignorance of its impact is perfectly understandable as a result of official suppression and peer pressure surrounding the World Wars.

    their music is drowned out by black and Irish music on the pop level

    Remind me again, are the Beatles black or Irish. I keep forgetting.

    Seriously, I can’t think of a country outside of the USA more successful in popular music than Britain.

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    I don't think I have to inform you that Beatles music derives from black American music. (Though they also make use of the popular and folk music of the British Isles and European classical music, their main genre is rock.) They said so themselves on many, many occasions.

    We're talking about cultural roots, here, not who happens to have picked the music up yesterday. Just like I wouldn't call Chinese folk music white if I happened to be playing it.

    The English have indeed been successful at popular music, and have their own tradition of it going back to the Renaissance. It wasn't until the 20th century that they became American-oriented, and more specifically black American-oriented, with rock and jazz.

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  • From MIT Technology Review: Venter was an entrepreneur who elbowed his way into the government's Human Genome Project in the 1990s and vastly sped it up. According to two experts who reviewed the paper—and one former employee—Venter can’t actually pick a person out of a crowd using a genome, and his report had difficulty finding...
  • @Chrisnonymous
    I don't quite get this. Do twins raised apart look different? If not, how could genes not predict appearance?

    Exactly! Anybody who has seen identical twins knows that genes predict your looks by almost 100%.

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  • It's not just Classicists who are getting woke. From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Medievalists, Recoiling From White Supremacy, Try to Diversify the Field By J. Clara Chan JULY 16, 2017 ... The criticisms of the conference’s diversity stems from problems in medieval studies for decades — that it is still too Eurocentric, male-dominated, and...
  • @anonymous coward

    Both the Byzantine world and the Muslim world suffered from collapse at least as severe as Western Europe.
     
    Is this an elaborate troll? There was no 'Muslm world collapse' during the Dark Ages since the Muslims were the primary agents doing the collapsing.

    Entire cities were disbanded in the Byzantine and Muslim world, something which didn’t happen in Western Europe.
     
    Again, it was the Muslim barbarians who were doing the disbanding.

    How would you call the Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Spain then?
    My point is these places also suffered a population collapse during the dark age.

    I really don’t understand why this agitates you so much, since you seem to agree with me.

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  • @Anon
    Forgive my naivete, but isn’t medievalism defined solely in terms of Europe’s history?

    Right. It only makes sense within the context of European history, and not even all of Europe. For instance, there was no Middle Ages for Greek Byzantines since they didn't undergo Fall of Rome, Dark Ages, and then Middle Ages before Rise of Renaissance. Something akin to Fall of Rome happened to Constantinople much later with the Turkish invasion.

    Also, Renaissance only makes sense within European history, or more specifically Western European history. Southeastern Europe did not lose Classical Civilization which continued there. And Renaissance barely touched Russia.

    It's like what is particular to Japan isn't meaningless to China.

    For instance, there was no Middle Ages for Greek Byzantines since they didn’t undergo [..] Dark Ages,

    This is one of those myths that keeps coming back.
    Both the Byzantine world and the Muslim world suffered from collapse at least as severe as Western Europe. Entire cities were disbanded in the Byzantine and Muslim world, something which didn’t happen in Western Europe.
    And they all climbed out of it around the same time, in the mid 10th century.

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    You're both correct and incorrect. The Byzantine world did go through a dark ages, but it was brief. The Byzantine world had access to virtually all of the ancient Greek and Roman texts, and was able to recover much faster. It was the Byzantine world that maintained much of the knowledge of antiquity that go passed to Western Europe. Islam did very little in that regard.
    , @anonymous coward

    Both the Byzantine world and the Muslim world suffered from collapse at least as severe as Western Europe.
     
    Is this an elaborate troll? There was no 'Muslm world collapse' during the Dark Ages since the Muslims were the primary agents doing the collapsing.

    Entire cities were disbanded in the Byzantine and Muslim world, something which didn’t happen in Western Europe.
     
    Again, it was the Muslim barbarians who were doing the disbanding.
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  • From Nature: Mummy DNA unravels ancient Egyptians’ ancestry Genetic analysis reveals a close relationship with Middle Easterners, not central Africans. Traci Watson 30 May 2017 The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure — human DNA — has proved elusive. Now, scientists have captured sweeping genomic information from...
  • @Das
    Wait, isn't this study comparing the Ancient Egyptian upper class to the overall population of modern Egypt? Only the upper classes got mummified.

    Even if sub-Saharan ancestry is uncorrelated with class in modern Egypt, that might not have been true in Ancient Egypt.

    Only the upper classes got mummified.

    Not at all. Mummification was so common in ancient Egypt and subsequently mummies were so plentiful that in the 19th century they would be used to make medicine, pigment or simply used as fuel.

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    Very true. Even low class Egyptians wanted an afterlife.
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  • @Polynikes
    How did Egypt become more subsaharan? I would've assumed more European after the Macedonian invasion.

    How did Egypt become more subsaharan?

    Continuous migration down the Nile and most importantly: the millions of black slaves the Muslims brought in.

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    If blacks came to Egypt as slaves,and Egypt eventually wound up with black pharaohs,I'd say that was quite the immigrant success story!
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Continuous migration down the Nile and most importantly: the millions of black slaves the Muslims brought in.
     
    But those poor chaps got orchidectomies and penectomies. Not good for the gene flow.
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  • From a Wall Street Journal article about how we need more immigration:
  • About 6-8 years ago I watched from my window, 5 middle age white construction workers building a parking garage in record time. The building was constructed mostly out of prefab panels. It was an amazing sight.

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    As a middle aged white union construction worker who has done precast rigging, I approve this remark.

    I was on a job in Manhattan a couple of months ago. Across the street was a scab site, concrete high rise about 15 stories, not sure how high they are going. They would bring a rig in every couple of floors when they had a rebar delivery. There was a big snowstorm coming and they had to cancel their rebar pick because of high wind. We watched 20 Mexicans unload about 50,000 lbs of rebar by hand, one guy on each floor, one piece at a time, bucket-brigade-style, hand over hand, from the street to the working floor. It only took them about two days.
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  • From the NYT: Perhaps because 99% of sports were invented and developed by males as a test of masculinity? The most successful coach in women’s college basketball is of Connecticut, which has won 111 consecutive games and is seeking its fifth consecutive national title — and 12th over all. In the second semifinal of the...
  • “VanDerveer”
    As a dutchman, the capital letters in this name confuse me. Every single one of them is wrong. How can you go from “van der Veer” to this?

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    The same way Brett Favre's name got changed to Farv without changing the order of letters.
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  • Like Count von Count, I love counting. So, I value databases that were previously assembled for some purpose other than the ones I put them to. For example, from reading hundreds of biographies on Wikipedia, I have a theory that a striking fraction of the famous writers, painters, composers, and philosophers over the last 500...
  • @Anon
    Bud Spencer is #29 among actors. Beat out Charles Bronson, Jackie Chan, and Katherine Hepburn.

    http://pantheon.media.mit.edu/people/Bud%

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjXwnnkyA3M

    Everybody in the world who was a kid in the 80s has seen a Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill movie.
    I’m not surprised.

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  • I was privileged to meet one of the columnists at The Unz Review. Feel free to guess who. Ironically, we met up at Jean-Jacques cafe on Nikitsky Boulevard, the favorite watering hole of the rukopozhatnaya kreakl crowd (handshake-worthy/"respectable" "creative" hipsters). It's a solid enough place, though - slightly pretentious French style lunch with wine for...
  • Before 2002, when the name Feta became a “protected designation of origin”, most of the Feta came from Denmark or the Netherlands. Even in Greece it was widely available.
    Personally I wouldn’t bother about the origin of this simple cheese.

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  • I don't much like watching viral videos -- too time-consuming -- but I do like reading about them. From the New York Times Magazine:
  • @whorefinder
    The "cute" videos are really the last national cultural consensus media. Babies and kittens and puppies doing cute things unites everyone, and even avoid race/gender/sexuality pitfalls. Of course no doubt some lefties will start whining that "white" baby videos are racist because they are the most popular, or that ones showing black babies falling down are "racist", or videos where the words "mommy" and "daddy" are mentioned are cis-gendered and exclusive of broken families and such. Then we'll be down to animal videos only allowed to go viral. Sigh.

    The "fail" videos and "Win" videos will suffer for similar Leftist-whining reasons. "Too violent" and "too many white men showing off and getting attention" for the fails, and the wins will be ixnayed because "why is giving birth a win and having an abortion not?" and "these wins are just first-world problems" and the like.

    People talk about Trump being an Internet troll come to life, but the Left's loudest voices on the culture really are the one or two most annoying hater-trolls on an YouTube video being given a megaphone and told they speak for everyone".

    The “fail” videos and “Win” videos will suffer for similar Leftist-whining reasons.

    Most of the fail and win videos are about white people doing extremely risky stuff. Of course they are going to hate them.

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  • This table is sorted in order of scores on Science, the subject most emphasized in this 3 year period. Here's the big PDF of data. Argentina for the win! In the past, the Argentines always complained that they were doing a better job of rounding up their dimmest 15 year olds to take the international...
  • @Simplicity
    What do you think about India's rank if India took part in?

    When India did participate it came dead last.

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  • Robby Soave of Reason has reported that the name of the course requiring a group project on microaggressions that Ohio State's Stabby Somali, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was taking was named "Crossing Identity Boundaries." This would appear to be the class's website. Here are excerpts: Multicultural Center The Ohio State University Crossing Identity Boundaries (ES...
  • It’s fun to blame crazy courses like this for his radicalization, but a much more obvious reason would be that he simply tanked in college. Many people realize after half a year of college that they are simply not as smart as they thought and it is quite confronting. This guy probably had a massive meltdown and blamed the Kaffir for his bad grades.

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  • That is pretty amazing.
  • @anonguy

    The most hardcore Trump supporters in the crowd were women. Of the ones that stayed behind to wave their Trump signs at the media, I’d say 80% were women. The most common sign I saw was “Women for Trump”.

    Part of it is largely due to Trump’s alpha male rock star appeal. I also think “Law and Order”really resonates with women.
     

    I don't know if it is quite as fatuous as the adolescent PUA alpha male simplicities, although on the surface there is always that. Once those boxes are checked, it goes upward from there, integrity, etc.

    And this goes for the women who hate him - essence of womanhood is the ability to love and hate at the same moment with equal intensity. The attacks would not be so vitriolic were he not such a standup guy.

    Heck, even Hillary probably loves the guy deep down, wishes she married his sort rather than making the deal with the Devil (Bill) and having all his sexual and otherwise depravity encroaching upon her once held youthful idealism. You know she hates that and hates herself for it and hates that Trump can see it in her as well.

    “having all his sexual and otherwise depravity encroaching upon her once held youthful idealism.”

    You know she got a 42 year old pedophile out of prison by smearing his 12 year old victim, who was so brutally raped that she was in a coma for 5 days. So much for youthful idealism.

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    You know she got a 42 year old pedophile out of prison by smearing his 12 year old victim, who was so brutally raped that she was in a coma for 5 days. So much for youthful idealism.
     
    Well, she had made the deal with Bill by then.

    She began life as an idealist, or at least wishing to be one.

    She is a tragic soul.
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  • @Boethiuss
    "It’s going to have to involve, not only taking done the corrupt Democrat Party, but also the traitors that make up ninety percent of the Republican Party."

    Like this guy. Just what the _hell_ are you thinking?

    In your mind, exactly where are the American people supposed to exercise their sacred fundamental sovereign right to rid themselves of Donald Trump if not on Election Day?

    I recall Hillary and Obama were very content about what happened in Ukraine after the wrong side won an election.
    Hillary was also ecstatic when the ruler of Libya died from having a bajonet shoved up his rectum:

    “We came, we saw, he died, HaHaHAHA”

    I wouldn’t want anything like that to happen in the most powerful nation on earth. But let’s not pretend Democrats are above such things.

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  • @Boethiuss
    The Democrats would never have nominated Trump for dog catcher.

    Nonsense. If you see how close a geriatric Jewish Socialist like Bernie Sanders came, who basically tapped into the same resentment as Trump does, it is quite clear that Trump would have won by a land slide had he run as a Democrat.

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    But Bernie had the nomination stolen by the DNC without even being against mass immigration, t because he wanted to tax the uber-rich and Wall Street. Any anti-mass immigration candidate for either party would find the party hierarchy against him - Democrat or (as we see now) Republican. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

    The USA (and most of the West - certainly the UK) has reached the happy position proposed (for Russia) by that oligarch who died in Surrey - two parties competing fiercely to keep the voter's attention, while the same people rule behind the scenes whoever is in power.
    , @Boethiuss
    This is horrifically ridiculous. What part of Democratic party voters or insiders would support Donald Trump? What issues do you think that he'd be running on?
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  • @Boethiuss
    Any candidate will have skeletons in his closet. Trump's problem is that he has nothing but skeletons, so whatever pops out is going to be bad. Like I wrote elsewhere, this particular tape is irrelevant. It could have been any of a hundred different things.

    And in Rubio's case, you could also hope that boyish good looks, amiability and empathy for him would Teflon away whatever skeletons there were.

    If Trump had run as a Democrat none of this would matter. He could have eaten a baby on live tv and the media would have covered it up like nothing happened.

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    The Democrats would never have nominated Trump for dog catcher.
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  • This October, I will be following the "advice" of some of my most ardent critics and literally "going back to Russia." I'm joking, of course. I don't care for those trolls. That argument was always self-refuting because I had left in Russia in the early 1990s as a dependent. My parents had left because the...
  • If you came to the US at such a young age, how did you end up with such a strong thick Russian accent?

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  • From The Atlantic, an interview with a married couple of Harvard anthropologists / grandparents reflecting, perhaps not very quantitatively or systematically, but with some hard-earned wisdom, on some things they've noticed about child raising around the world: How Much Do Parents Matter? “Parents in every culture at a given moment think they’re doing the optimal...
  • @Anonymous
    What's your point? Are you trying to suggest that "gas chambers" in common American parlance today refers to the alternative method of capital punishment provided by 4 states in the event that lethal injection is not legally allowed by a court or is not practically feasible? Regardless of your personal feelings on the matter or whether or not you are an anti-Semite, the term "gas chambers" refers to the Holocaust in ordinary American discourse today:

    https://twitter.com/SarahKSilverman/status/776581583096549376

    Donald Jr has 5 Jewish children, a Jewish wife, a Jewish sister, 3 Jewish nephews and nieces, a Jewish sister in law and a Jewish brother in law and he still isn’t allowed into the Jewish country club? That’s harsh!

    Doesn’t matter though since he was obviously talking about an execution method used in America.

    the term “gas chambers” refers to the Holocaust in ordinary American discourse today

    Just like Trump is “literally Hitler” in leftwing American discourse, right? To my Dutch ears that sounds like holocaust denial.

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  • @Anonymous
    You're playing dumb. Electric chairs are an allusion to capital punishment. Gas chambers are an allusion to the Holocaust.

    I live in the Netherlands and even I knew he was talking about one of the execution methods used in the USA.

    It seems you are projecting to much.

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  • The U.S. women upset the Jamaicans in the 4 x 100 meter sprint relay tonight. One of the things you notice about African-American sprinters is that they tend to look like they are very African by ancestry, more so than the average African-American, even though track and field is traditionally something of a Talented Tenth...
  • @jefferson
    "I’m always surprised how light skinned American Blacks are compared to other blacks. Compare these 4 women with the British ones. The British sprinters were all black as coal.
    I guess American blacks have on average much more European genes than Caribbean blacks."

    You think those 4 Black American women that Steve Sailer posted are "light skin"? As in they look like Mulattos to you? You have quite a broad definition of "light skin". When I think of light skin Blacks I think of Lolo Jones, Ice T, Stephen Curry, and Kamala Harris for example.

    The two on the right look Black as coal and the two on the left look Brown. None of them look High Yella like Sade Adu or caramel like Beyoncé.

    I said “light skinned compared to other blacks”.

    Compare them to the British team:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016-great-britain-take-first-womens-4x100m-relay-bronze-in-30-years-a7200821.html

    I think most Americans forget how black Africans really are since they mostly see mixed race African Americans.

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    The Nigerian runners weren't as dark as the American anchorwoman.

    Is it Senegal where people are that almost blue-black color? That's kind of odd because Senegal is pretty far north on the edge of the Sahara, where the inhabitants transition through a cline to olive-skinned Caucasians in Morocco. It's kind of odd that people in Senegal on the northern edge of West Africa are blacker colored than in Nigeria in the heart of West Africa. I wonder why that is?

    , @Jefferson
    "I said “light skinned compared to other blacks”.

    Compare them to the British team:"

    None of those 4 Black American women would be described as light skin/high yellow/light bright and damn near White in the Black community. All of them are darker than Obama.

    "I think most Americans forget how black Africans really are since they mostly see mixed race African Americans"

    African Americans on average are less mixed race than Afro Latinos.

    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "I think most Americans forget how black Africans really are since they mostly see mixed race African Americans."

    Were you watching any of the happenings in Milwaukee? Did you catch Sharelle Smith, sister of Sybille Smith? She gave an impassioned speech about where to take the riots? That one.
    She would definitely pass for darker than Nigeria. Also, she made clear that she wasn't down with wearing any weaves for herself. That's probably dark brown to black. There are some lighter ones mixed in but for the most part, there are high concentrations of dark brown to black.

    http://www.amren.com/features/2016/08/the-truth-about-the-milwaukee-riots/

    Thank you, Mr Taylor, your herculean efforts are appreciated and at times quite helpful.

    So Americans if they bother to notice, will definitely see just how African-Americans really are.

    , @anon
    That "British" team was indistinguishable from any African one. I chuckled at the smug sanctimonious comments about it being "racist" if you question the color of an athlete who represents a country. Black countries for black people. Brown countries for brown people. Yellow countries for yellow people. White countries for everybody....
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  • I’m always surprised how light skinned American Blacks are compared to other blacks. Compare these 4 women with the British ones. The British sprinters were all black as coal.
    I guess American blacks have on average much more European genes than Caribbean blacks.

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    "I’m always surprised how light skinned American Blacks are compared to other blacks. Compare these 4 women with the British ones. The British sprinters were all black as coal.
    I guess American blacks have on average much more European genes than Caribbean blacks."

    You think those 4 Black American women that Steve Sailer posted are "light skin"? As in they look like Mulattos to you? You have quite a broad definition of "light skin". When I think of light skin Blacks I think of Lolo Jones, Ice T, Stephen Curry, and Kamala Harris for example.

    The two on the right look Black as coal and the two on the left look Brown. None of them look High Yella like Sade Adu or caramel like Beyoncé.
    , @syonredux
    If memory serves, the average Black American is about 20% European in terms of ancestry.
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  • Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey's late grandfather, Dr. Dave Sime, won the silver medal in the 1960 Olympics 100 meter dash, narrowly losing to West German sprinter, Armin Hary. (Sime died at 79 last January a couple of weeks after his grandson ran amok in the Rose Bowl, setting a record for all-purpose yardage.)  ...
  • Compared to Dafne Schippers the female Jamaican and US sprinters hardly competed in races in the run up to the Olympics. Why would you shy away from the money, media exposure and race experience?

    The only answer I could come up with is because their steroid cycles clashed with the mandatory testing at these competitions.

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    Dafne Schippers has looked great, and there also seems to be some other high-placing white women runners this time around. (And I believe Japan also is doing rather okay.) So in the spirit of this post one may wonder what's going on PED-wise. Some innovation that hasn't trickled down to the third world yet?

    Usain Bolt stayed away from competitions for quite a while before the Olympics too. He didn't compete in the Diamond League at all, I seem to recall.
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  • From the BBC: Isn't Dutee Chand sort of a boy-on-the-inside, like Caster Semenya? Is Dutee really a good example? I think Bangladesh is worse. One interesting aspect is that Indians are enamored of some aspects of their British colonial heritage, such as P.G. Wodehouse comic novels, but not Britain's sporting tradition. In the past, you'd...
  • @Simon in London
    One good thing about Pakistani weakness is that we don't tend to get many Muslim rape gangs in the UK, the way Sweden, Germany and countries with lots of North African Arabs do. Obviously Rotherham style sex slavery is really really bad, but women being grabbed off the street is even worse I think. In the UK that's mostly a black thing.

    One good thing about Pakistani weakness is that we don’t tend to get many Muslim rape gangs in the UK

    How deluded can a person be?

    The most amazing part about the Rotherham rape scandal wasn’t the gigantic scale of the gang rapes (1400 victims, some as young as 11 years old, in a city of 280.000 people). It was the fact that this wasn’t unique in Britain. It happened in many cities. We are talking about many thousands of victims here.

    It’s probably the biggest racist hate crime since WW2 in Europe. And instead of setting up a Nuremberg style court to punish those who let this happen, here you are congratulating yourself on a job well done.

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  • Of course he's white. Successful insane stunts are 99% white, 1% Japanese. Here's an Academy Award winning documentary from when I was a kid:
  • @Twinkie

    Steve, I agree with most of the commentators that on average Whites seem to be more oriented to risk taking and less risk averse than the other races.
     
    That is not quite the case. Blacks are much more risk-oriented/less risk-averse than whites, but they are also of lower IQ.

    To put crudely:

    Blacks: low risk aversion/low IQ
    Whites: low risk aversion/high IQ
    East Asians: high risk aversion/high IQ

    Now, note that these are archetypes - in actuality, there are spectra of such traits across groups of people, and there are overlaps among the groups. Furthermore, some overlapping areas are bigger (more convergent) than others, e.g. IQ spectra for whites and East Asians.

    I wouldn’t say that blacks have low risk aversion. They have low impulse control which leads to very dangerous situations, but that’s a different thing.

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    How do blacks do with heights?

    In general, mountain climbing has always had a strong class and IQ correlation, so it's a little hard to tell what the racial aspect is.

    The most important climber of the early 20th Century was probably Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi.

    One of the top climbing clubs in SoCal is at Caltech.

    , @Twinkie

    I wouldn’t say that blacks have low risk aversion. They have low impulse control which leads to very dangerous situations, but that’s a different thing.
     
    Risk aversion and impulse control are correlated and likely come from the same source in the mind. The reason low risk aversion is expressed differently between blacks and whites, I suspect, is largely due to the large IQ difference.
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  • Reactionary French novelist Michelle Houellebecq's 2015 bestseller Submission about a 2022 French election in which the establishment parties rally behind a suave Obama-meets-Erdogan Muslim candidate who leads France's (as of yet nonexistent) Muslim Brotherhood party to head off the disaster of a National Front victory was criticized for its unrealistically short time frame, a contention...
  • @iSteveFan

    In November, a former Miss Netherlands, Tatjana Maul, whose mother was an immigrant from Macedonia and whose father was Polish and Dutch, became Denk’s chief communications officer.
     
    From this description you would think the girl would be white European. Macedonians and Poles are Slaves and the Dutch are the Dutch. But from this photo it appears she is not fully white European. Is this the case or does she just have a really good tan? After all why would she join the party of the coalition of the fringes?

    “We are living in a country where white supremacy is alive, it has always been alive, and it is getting louder. We have to respond to that.
     
    And why wouldn't it be? It's a white country.

    Have you seen pictures of the singer Rita Ora? She looks like Rihanna but she is 100% Albanian.
    Eastern Mediterraneans can look very swarthy.

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  • According to the Dutch central bureau of statistics, about 4.4 percent of Dutch citizens have a Moroccan background and 3.5 percent are of Turkish origin.

    These numbers are bogus. There are less than 400.000 of either group in the Netherlands. So about 2.3% of the Dutch population for both groups.

    Denk started when two hardcore nationalist Turks split of from the PvdA (the main dutch labor party). They might want to attract more people outside their group, but I don’t think that is really possible. The Muslims in our nation are very xenophobic. Even after more than 50 years living in this country together they still don’t in integrate with their fellow Muslims. Moroccans and Turks don’t like each other. Turks and Turkish Kurds don’t like each other. And now Turks are fighting among themselves over Erdogan here.

    Without any big Moroccan names they will simply stay a Turkish party. Good for a few seats in parliament but nothing more.

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  • There's a big new study of average heights around the world over the last century: Height is always interesting as a
  • @Anon
    US Africans have a tradition of drinking refrigerated cows' milk, which is less common in Africa, and this gives US Africans a calcium-derived height advantage. The reason Europeans are taller than they used to be is because they started adding yogurt to their diet in the hippie 1970s. Traditionally, Europeans were (and some still are) very scornful of American-style milk swilling. Yogurt-eating has made Europeans a taller people. Africans who were raised from childhood in Europe also eat yogurt, and thus they're taller, too.

    Yoghurt eating made Europeans tall? Maybe in southern or eastern Europe. Definitely not in the Netherlands. We drink mostly milk. Always have been for that matter.

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  • @Lot

    In contrast, there was little change in adult height in some sub-Saharan African countries
     
    I've never been to black Africa. Are they really much shorter than US whites and African Americans? Most of black Africa is about 5-5 for men and 5-1 for women for the 1996 birth cohort.

    The unskilled African laborers in the US (janitors and taxi drivers mostly) and the many African street peddlers and hustlers that are all over Europe do not seem to be short.

    This seems to indicate that US/Europe's supposedly humanitarian-motivated mass African migration is mostly coming from the top quarter or so of Africa's income distribution.

    There are quite a few African students in my small city and yes they are all short. So are most of the Caribbean blacks we have here from our former colony for that matter.

    I really don’t understand where this idea that black people are tall comes from. Even in America blacks are shorter than whites.

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    I really don’t understand where this idea that black people are tall comes from. Even in America blacks are shorter than whites.
     
    Sports I guess - basketball etc.
    , @AnotherDad

    I really don’t understand where this idea that black people are tall comes from. Even in America blacks are shorter than whites.
     
    True as stated. But the difference between American blacks and whites is a tiny fraction of an inch--i'm not going to bother to look it up, but what i remember is something like an eight of inch.

    The black\white difference is *not* anything anyone could notice in their day to day interactions--unlike the very noted and obvious difference between whites and Asians, and whites and Mexicans especially this is more recent wave of more Indio Mexicans\Central Americans. American has gotten noticeably shorter this past generation just due to immigration.

    ~~
    Now the *fact* that American blacks are pretty much the same size as American whites--that's just another of the many huge unearned bonuses blacks get from their ancestors being dragged here, giving today's blacks this golden opportunity to live in a white run country. So of course the blacks bitch about it...
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  • From the New York Times: In response, Mr. King said: “This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any...
  • @NOTA
    Yes. I don't think Europe looked especially advanced in 1300 AD. Probably not more than China, India, Persia, or the Ottoman Empire.

    Even though I don’t agree, that’s not the point. Everything new and exiting in the world was coming from Europe by that time.

    Of course China still had some old stuff that was new and exiting for Europeans. Gunpowder was still very new for Europeans by 1300. But Europe’s technological excellence at bell founding for their church towers meant they were instantly the best canon makers on the planet.

    And people here talk about China being the first to discover the compass. It might be true that the Chinese were the first to discover that a magnetized pin in water would always point to the magnetic north. But it were Europeans who invented the first dry compass. Do you want to know when?

    Around 1300 AD.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_compass#Dry_compass

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  • @NOTA
    Yes. I don't think Europe looked especially advanced in 1300 AD. Probably not more than China, India, Persia, or the Ottoman Empire.

    Even though I don’t agree, that’s not the point. Everything new and exiting in the world was coming from Europe by that time.

    Of course China still had some old stuff that was new and exiting for Europeans. Gunpowder was still very new for Europeans by 1300. But Europe’s technological excellence at bell founding for their church towers meant they were instantly the best canon makers on the planet.

    And people here talk about China being the first to discover the compass. It might be true that the Chinese were the first to discover that a magnetized pin in water would always point to the magnetic north. But it were Europeans who invented the first dry compass. Do you want to know when?

    Around 1300 AD.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_compass#Dry_compass

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  • @PiltdownMan

    Europe made extensively use of water and wind powered machines before the invention of the steam engine. It’s partly because of this that steam engines become so popular. They could switch to a more reliable source to power their complex machines.
     
    The other big reason is that a steam engine can be set up anywhere, unlike a water mill, which has to be beside a stream or river, or a windmill, which has to be built where there is a reliable breeze.

    In China and India everything was done by hand so there really was no use for a steam engine if the first place.
     
    China and India did make use of oxen to power water pumps, threshers and oil mills, as did Europe, which used horses as well for the purpose. Windmills and water mills for grinding grain were unknown in Asia, though.

    China and India did make use of oxen to power water pumps, threshers and oil mills

    From what I understand at a certain point in time labor became so cheap that most wind- water- and animal powered machines fell into disuse. This lead to a stagnation and regression in technological development.

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  • @Jack D
    The Romans had water and sewage systems 2,000 years ago without steam engines. Gravity is your friend.

    Before there were steam engines, there was water power. For stationary machinery, anything that you can do with a steam engine you can do with water power (or wind) The first automated looms ran on water power and for sewing machines human power was adequate.

    However, water and wind power is only present in certain places and in limited quantity. Quantity has its own quality - steam (followed by electricity and the internal combustion engine) allowed an explosion (no pun intended) of industrial production and its application to transportation (rail, steamboat) was even more revolutionary than in stationary applications.

    The total output of an industrial system is largely a function of the energy inputs. The discovery of fossil fuels and of effective methods to convert heat to motion greatly increased the available energy inputs.

    The total output of an industrial system is largely a function of the energy inputs. The discovery of fossil fuels and of effective methods to convert heat to motion greatly increased the available energy inputs.

    One of the often overlooked fossil fuels is peat. During the Dutch golden age they used massive amounts to fuel their industries. Kinetic energy came from the wind but thermal energy was provided by peat.

    For example in 1662 more than half of the European sugar refineries were situated in the Netherlands. All powered by peat.

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    One of the often overlooked fossil fuels is peat. During the Dutch golden age they used massive amounts to fuel their industries. Kinetic energy came from the wind but thermal energy was provided by peat.

    For example in 1662 more than half of the European sugar refineries were situated in the Netherlands. All powered by peat.
     

    Newcomen's invention of the thermally fired steam pump in 1712 figured out how to convert heat to kinetic energy—50 years later, James Watt greatly improved the efficiency and changed the design to provide rotary motion as well.

    Those earlier 17th c. Dutch sugar refineries used peat simply in lieu of firewood or coal and did not use thermal energy to do mechanical work.

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  • @Anonymous
    I always think to myself that things, the artifacts, inventions, discoveries, if you will, etc etc that REALLY make a difference to our lives, lest that the vast bulk of the population who would not be privileged to be 'lords' in the alternate society that would, inevitably, establish itself by necessity , and live lives little much removed from that of a beast-of-burden, are due, wholly and exclusively, to the white man - and the white man alone.

    First of all one thinks of the steam engine. Sans steam engine, a world sans tap water and sewerage, to quote but one example.
    Then we have electricity and the exploitation thereof.
    Then you have the internal combustion engine and automobiles of all types.
    Add in powered iron ships.
    Automated looms, sewing machines.
    Refrigerators,
    And lastly and leastly toys such as your TV and tablet.

    Of course a myriad more examples are to be easily conjured up.

    Even toilet paper, that unmentionable but indispensable adjunct to life is only possible with steam engined or some such to 'grind up the trees'.

    Even toilet paper, that unmentionable but indispensable adjunct to life is only possible with steam engined or some such to ‘grind up the trees’.

    The first water powered paper mill dates from the 12th century. European of course.

    Europe made extensively use of water and wind powered machines before the invention of the steam engine. It’s partly because of this that steam engines become so popular. They could switch to a more reliable source to power their complex machines.

    In China and India everything was done by hand so there really was no use for a steam engine if the first place.

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    Europe made extensively use of water and wind powered machines before the invention of the steam engine. It’s partly because of this that steam engines become so popular. They could switch to a more reliable source to power their complex machines.
     
    The other big reason is that a steam engine can be set up anywhere, unlike a water mill, which has to be beside a stream or river, or a windmill, which has to be built where there is a reliable breeze.

    In China and India everything was done by hand so there really was no use for a steam engine if the first place.
     
    China and India did make use of oxen to power water pumps, threshers and oil mills, as did Europe, which used horses as well for the purpose. Windmills and water mills for grinding grain were unknown in Asia, though.
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  • @dearieme
    There's a hell of a difference between "we invented everything" and "we've done best for the last 500 years".

    We didn’t only invent everything in the last 500 years. We invented pretty much everything in the last 800 years.

    I don’t know where these 600 or 500 years comes from. Were there some important inventions elsewhere in the world when Europeans came up with glasses and mechanical clocks in the 12th century?

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    Europeans probably got the compass, paper, and gunpowder from China during the Mongol era. The Chinese had some insane tech like natural gas drilling. But they didn't seem to have much sense of cumulative progress. They sort of assumed that when the dynasty fell into chaos that they'd have to start over again.
    , @NOTA
    Yes. I don't think Europe looked especially advanced in 1300 AD. Probably not more than China, India, Persia, or the Ottoman Empire.
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  • From the New York Times editorial board: When pro
  • @PiltdownMan

    “...Western-prescribed nuclear family”
     
    Er, what Western-prescribed nuclear family?

    You'd think that there is an implacable, heartless component to Western white values that breaks up those wonderful warm extended families which are the natural tendency of peoples and makes us all live in small nuclear groups.

    Nuclear families in late industrial Western societies are an artifact of geographic disruption of extended families by modern economic opportunity, located principally in cities. People (mostly men) left small towns with wife and kids, perforce as a nuclear unit, to find better paying jobs. Siblings were thus separated by the imperatives of the modern economy. That has been happening for about a century now, perhaps more. No prescription there.

    In small town America and Europe, to this day, it is not unusual to find Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Jim, Aunt Mabel and all the cousins living within a few miles of each other, if not within walking distance, as in the pre-automobile era. Granted, that's now a minority phenomenon.

    In this, Western society is not that different from most societies that have ever lived on Earth.

    Go to a large modern Chinese or Indian metropolis, and you'll find the "Chinese-prescribed" or "Indian-prescribed" nuclear family. They haven't become that way recently because of their evilcoldwhite cultures, anymore than we have. They are becoming that way because of modern economic growth and opportunity.

    Nor are Africans part of large family agglomerations because of their goodwarm natures and values. It's because they do not live in very industrialized economies.

    We have become nuclear because education and the location of modern jobs and opportunities separates us from the rest of our families, not because we are heartless narcissists.

    Even in the middle ages people in NW Europe would mary late (in their twenties) and move out and start a family of their own. That is the Western nuclear family people are talking about.

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  • Years ago, when I was tech writer for weird magazines such as Signal and for other more-normal techish pubs, Jews littered the intellectual landscape. They were all over high-end research, such as Bell Labs. The big names were often Jewish, Einstein, von Neumann, Feynman, Gell-Mann, Minsky. The staff list for the Manhattan Project read like...
  • @Equalizer
    I think your are the one many shit up. The Golden Age of Islam went into at least the 1300's. Islam decline due mostly to the Mongol invasions in the 1200's. Europe was way behind in those times. India and China made up most of the world's wealth up to around 1700. The British East India Company started the draining of the wealth of India, and the Opium Wars drained the influence of China. The Europeans caught up with eastern technology by around the mid_1600's, not 1200 as you claim. You are 400 years off.

    The Romans were not loved by anyone, especially the Greeks. The Romans considered themselves civilized, but not by most neighbors. They thrived on violence to get their ways. The Greeks were the real civilized ones.

    So you couldn’t name me one invention after 1200. Not ONE.

    History must be like magic to you. Suddenly 300 years ago those backward European barbarians happened to be the most advanced richest people on the planet who controlled most of the world. How? Magic!

    In the reality everything new and exiting happened in Europe from the 12th century on. Europe was the place where the most advanced structures (gothic cathedrals) were built. Were mechanical clocks were invented and used extensively (on church towers) to increase productivity. The invention of glasses kept skilled people productive when they grew older even though their eye sight was degrading. Europeans unmatched skill at bellcasting to create church bells gave them the tools to produce guns of unparalleled quality compared to the crude guns created by the Chinese. The invention of the printing press resulted in an information revolution only matched by the invention of the internet.
    etc. etc. etc.

    In the mean time China and the ME had stopped using the wheel. The WHEEL.

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    @European barbarians happened to be the most advanced richest people on the planet who controlled most of the world. How? Magic!

    No, not magic. Plunder, sheer brutality and criminal disregard for human life (putting to 'good use' the Chinese invention of gunpowder and 'perfecting' the crude guns of the hapless Chinee, conferring them that 'unparalleled quality' for mass killing). Can anyone wonder why the non-'Whites' hate them and their 'way of life'?

    , @Equalizer
    You wrote: "So you couldn’t name me one invention after 1200. Not ONE."

    Why is it so important to make sure that you are better and tougher than everyone????? Westerners have this deep need to make others cry "Uncle", under the force of arms. Basically an insecure civilization.

    FYI, there are thousand and thousands of inventions from China after 1200 (and before). Coke from coal, steel work (precursor to the Samurai sword), seismic detector, clock work, astronomical observations (e.g., Crab Nova observation), artistic tools, musical and wind instruments, farm implements, etc. Those and more can be found in Joseph Needham's massive multi volume book on Science and Technology in China.

    So you think everything good only came from Europe. Again, I remind you that Europe has dominated the world for only the last 300 to 400 years. They created a mess and karma is catching up and white people are dying out.

    , @Ray
    Water tight compartment, and rudder are Chinese inventions. Simply compare Zheng He's fleet to Columbus's if technology piss matching is what you understand. The earliest mechanical clock is invented in China as well. “The first mechanical clock was completed in China in AD 725 by Yi Xing and Liang Lingzan.” It simply shows how little you know. Read up on Needham's books and you will know China's contribution to science and tech development. It is simply too numerous to name.

    And when did China stop using the wheel? China always has had the most efficient wheel borrow in history.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/the-most-efficient-wheelbarrow-in-the-ancient-world-was-invented-by-the/

    I am not trying to harp how superior the Chinese was or is, but they do have tremendous head starts. However, conversely they also have extremes period of ups and downs and historically they always come back stronger.
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  • @Equalizer
    You are about 400 years off. In 1200, both the ME and Asia had great cities with many technologies (e.g, glass making in ME and metallurgy in Asia). The Mongols soon put to brake to many of these progress, which went west, but it still took until the mid 1600's for the Europeans to say that they are ahead of every body else.

    In the classical world, the Greeks were the civilized ones and recognized by the East as such. The Romans and other Europeans were considered barbarians.

    You are just making shit up. To consider the Romans, the biggest most advanced civilization at the time “barbarians” is absurd.

    And name me one invention after 1200 from either China or the ME. By 1200 Europe was second to none when it came to technology. They were the most mechanized civilization on the planet. Water-, wind- and animal-powered machines in quantities that were unmatched anywhere on the planet. China and the ME on the other hand had almost stopped using the wheel.

    Also by 1300, Europe had matched China when it came to wealth:

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    I think your are the one many shit up. The Golden Age of Islam went into at least the 1300's. Islam decline due mostly to the Mongol invasions in the 1200's. Europe was way behind in those times. India and China made up most of the world's wealth up to around 1700. The British East India Company started the draining of the wealth of India, and the Opium Wars drained the influence of China. The Europeans caught up with eastern technology by around the mid_1600's, not 1200 as you claim. You are 400 years off.

    The Romans were not loved by anyone, especially the Greeks. The Romans considered themselves civilized, but not by most neighbors. They thrived on violence to get their ways. The Greeks were the real civilized ones.
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  • @Equalizer
    So many comments that Asians are worthless no-bodies (not creative, no humor) but that whites created 99% of all modern inventions. Note that generally in history, whites are looked down by Middle Eastern people (lie Jews and Arabs) and Asians as barbarians. But finally their time came (in the last 300 years) to show something and they took eastern inventions like gun powder and rampage through the world. They did create some good stuff, but now its the return of the Asians and then the Middle Easterners. The world is fighting back and white people are dying out, due to their bad karma. Whites can reform but they are too rigid (and also arrogant) in mentality to change. Yes, if they continue with this arrogance and rigidity they will die out even faster.

    But finally [whites] time came (in the last 300 years) to show something and they took eastern inventions like gun powder and rampage through the world.

    Where do you get this nonsense? From 1200 on, pretty much any invention came from Europe. And in the classical world the West quickly started to dominate the region. First it was the Greeks and after them the Romans.

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    You are about 400 years off. In 1200, both the ME and Asia had great cities with many technologies (e.g, glass making in ME and metallurgy in Asia). The Mongols soon put to brake to many of these progress, which went west, but it still took until the mid 1600's for the Europeans to say that they are ahead of every body else.

    In the classical world, the Greeks were the civilized ones and recognized by the East as such. The Romans and other Europeans were considered barbarians.
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  • @Anonymous
    The huge advantage of Anglos was divide and conquer, disregard of the human rights of non Anglos, and slavery.

    Anglos are best at dividing potential threats into pieces, and then getting them to attack each other while Anglos keep out of the frackas.

    While there Chinese visited the New World, they did not colonize or genocide the natives there. Whites killed them off and made them slaves.

    And this talk of justice, honor, rule of law, bla bla bla is just propaganda. This only applied to the people at the very top of those societies. Non anglos had none of these things, neither did non elite anglos save for a brief period of time in America.

    Nice try.

    While there Chinese visited the New World

    There’s not a shred of evidence the Chinese ever discovered America on their own.

    The Chinese didn’t even colonize Taiwan, before the Dutch conquered it. The natives of Taiwan were still living in the stone age at the time.

    We are talking about a bunch of navel gazing people who didn’t even care about the big fertile island just off their coast. Of course they didn’t discover any foreign lands, let alone colonize it.

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  • @Renoman
    Hey Fred, what's a Hagvaca? Google doesn't know.

    House and Garden Variety (non-Jewish) Caucasians

    It’s explained in the text, the first time it’s mentioned.

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  • This is definitely NOT Japanese.

    Directed & edited by: Mike Diva
    Shot by: Jan-Michael Losada
    Starring: Chloe Doan

    Produced by:
    Mike Shafia

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    This is definitely NOT Japanese.
     
    It's live action anime.
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  • On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser. Sunday, he was immortal, by his standards, a hero. Mateen had ended his life in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Now everybody knew his name. He had been embraced by ISIS. His face was on every TV screen. His 911 call to Orlando...
  • @dave chamberlin
    I am not going to read your post because you're dumb.


    If you are a fan of Buchanan, join the club. In 2004 the ban on assault riffles expired in this country. And since then the mentally unbalanced have the right to go out there and mow down 100 people because this nation is full of idiots who think assault riffles should be the right of everyone to own.


    This asshole was a muslim, but he was also nuts, every other country in the modern world has the common sense to keep assault riffles out of the public's hands.

    Yes, Buchanan is dumb. Look at France. They kept assault rifles out of the public’s hand and Paris never had a serious terror attack. Muslims armed with assault rifles never killed 89 in Bataclan.

    Dumb Buchanan.

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  • I recently wondered about why Americans had switched over so whole-heartedly from butter to margarine in the prosperous postwar years. From commenter Piltdown Man it looks like for a family of five with a busdriver father making $1,300 per year and a stay at home mother in 1932-34, 90 pounds of butter per year at...
  • “disgusting saved bacon grease”

    What? Bacon grease is delicious.
    People stopped using it because they were told it was unhealthy. Maybe that’s why you had convinced yourself it was disgusting.

    Nowadays we know that saturated fats aren’t as unhealthy as we once thought but it is the trans-fats that are the bad ones. The kind of fats that were ironically in abundance in the “healthy” margarine which replaced animal fats.

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  • This year half of the top 10 best performing universities in the global ACM-International Collegiate Programming Competition were Russian. Place Name Solved Time Last solved 1 St. Petersburg State University 11 1560 290 2 Shanghai Jiao Tong University 11 1567 272 3 Harvard University 10 1358 269 4 Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology 10...
  • Does anyone know why India is under performing in these challenges?

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    Does anyone know why India is under performing in these challenges?
     
    Average IQ in India is 82.
    , @Erik Sieven
    this is pure speculation. But India is a huge country, I would imagine that there are very prestigious national contests and maybe people are relatively more concentrating on those contests.
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  • From the Washington Post: The enduring success of Latin American politicians of Arab origin By Ishaan Tharoor May 16 Brazil's new president, Michel Temer, is already a figure of profound controversy. Formerly the country's vice president, he moved into power after the tumultuous suspension of President Dilma Rousseff was finalized last week in the midst...
  • @Vendetta
    Brazil's been geographically screwed. Insane infrastructure costs due to the distance, the rainforests, etc.

    Basically limited development historically to a series of what might as well be islands around coastal ports, only tenuously connected to one another overland. Advancement is painfully slow.

    Mexico is too mountainous. Mountains almost always mean poverty. Bolivia, Yemen, the Caucasus, Nepal, I could go on quite a bit with this. Even think Appalachians vs rest of the U.S., Po Valley in northern Italy vs the south, coastal China vs interior, England relative to Scorland (pre-oil). Switzerland's one of a handful of exceptions that prove the rule.

    Argentina, on the other hand....they blew it. They should've been huge and they ended up a flop. Theyve had a couple of promising moments in history where it looked like they were on the verge of becoming something great, and then they'd just fall apart. Choke Artist Nation.

    Mexico is too mountainous. Mountains almost always mean poverty. Bolivia, Yemen, the Caucasus, Nepal, I could go on quite a bit with this.

    Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Japan, etc, etc.

    Oh, and Mexico also happens to be the neighbor of one of the richest countries on earth, which is the size of a small continent. You have to be absurdly incompetent to not be a rich country when bordering the US.

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  • @Nick Diaz
    @iStevefan

    "It says they are failures. Latin America is a significant part of the New World. There is no reason it should not be as successful as the English portions of the New World. Perhaps the smallest nations might not be world beaters, but definitely Mexico, Brazil and Argentina should be.

    I always thought the New World was supposed to have gotten of to a fresh start, unencumbered by the old ways and with plenty of land and resources to provide ample opportunities. For nations like Mexico to lose over 10 percent of its population in 30 plus years in a great emigration north is an indictment on the Latin way. Yet we seem more than willing to take as many as they can send. That’s an indictment on us."

    The fundamental problem with a lot of you is that you are genetic fetichists. You look for genetic explanations for everything, even when it clearly doesen't apply.

    You assume, no doubt out of self-conglaturatory pride, that the U.S is more economically developed than Latin America because America is mostly of northwestern European ancestry, and that northwestern Europeans are genetically superior to the Spanish, mestizo masses and "indios" that form the bulk of the Latin American population. The problem is that there are plenty of towns in southern Brazil and Argentina where the population is pretty much pure German with very little to nil Amerindian or Iberian admixture, and they are just as poor as everyone else. Therefore, the racial variable cannot explain the greater development of the U.S compared to Latin America. This is called the scientific method, where variables are excluded to the detriment of one, to establish cause and effect.

    The greater economic development of the U.S is due to it's superior INSTITUTIONS. The use of English common law, the sanctity of contracts, the efficiency and low level of corruption of the judiciary, etc. America has insitutions that foster economic development, make state cronyism harder to get away with and allows smart people with smart ideas to quickly open businesses. Latin America has monolithic and state-centered institutions that DISENCOURAGE economic growth.

    The genetic hypothesis is problematic not only because empirical evidence proves it wrong: it is wrong because, otherwise, the achievements of ethnic groups would be constant over long periods of time. If you read Tacitus, you'll see that the Romans described the Germanic barbarians with adjectives very similar to the ones that white Americans use to descrive blacks and Latinos: violent, indolent, promiscuous, like loud music, etc. The ancient Romans admired rhe Germans, but not for their intellectual or cultural acumens: they admired the Germans in the same way that many white Americans admire blacks: for their size, courage, muscularity, athleticism, virility, etc.

    If you read Tacitus, you’ll see that the Romans described the Germanic barbarians with adjectives very similar to the ones that white Americans use to descrive blacks and Latinos: violent, indolent, promiscuous, like loud music, etc.

    This again. Have you ever read it? You keep repeating this nonsense.

    Tacitus describes the Germanics as strictly monogamous and law abiding. This is exactly the opposite of the black stereotype in the US.

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    Monogamous* and law-abiding, yes, but other than that, violent and primitive. Tacitus idealized the Germans and used them to critique his own society, but I don't think the Romans saw the Germanic people as cultural equals.

    *With the exception of high-ranking chieftains who often had wives from other tribes.
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  • Well, most of them, anyway. Otherwise the prospects of Ukraine's euroassociators don't look all that good. Out of all the more than a dozen polls on this question done since December 2015, not a single one has been in Ukraine's favor. The average gap between the share of people supporting and opposing the Ukraine–European Union...
  • @anon
    No. I am not an employer sir. But my country insists on importing lots of foreigners. So if that is to be the case, I would prefer Ukrainians over a lot of the other groups. I know as a white person, I am not supposed to be allowed to have preferences (my preferences must be "prejudices") but I do have them.

    How about employing your own citizens? I know it sounds strange nowadays, but not too long ago this was a generally accepted practice.

    Getting back to Ukraine, I’m actually really surprised by the level of incompetence in this country. I used too think that Albania was the worst Europe could ever get. And here is Ukraine making Albania looking pretty good. How is this possible?

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    How about employing your own citizens?

    I would sir, if I was a business owner. I am just a guy scraping by.
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  • @neutral
    Can somebody explain what those African children are doing in Ukraine ? Also are the Ukrainians that dumb to not see how their selling their soul to the EU will end their nation like it did France, Germany, England etc.

    It’s Amsterdam. Like most Western European cities it’s full of third worlders.

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    Amsterdam voted for the association agreement.
    People there want to enrich the Ukraine.
    , @anon
    Its full of third worlders.

    And that is a terrible thing. And all the more reason to make sure eastern Europe doesn't make the same horrible mistake.
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  • This is less about Ukraine then it is about the EU in general. In my country, the Netherlands, the general population (but not the politicians) have been EU-skeptic for a very long time. In 2005 62% of the population voted against the EU constitution for example. People don’t want this aggressive imperialistic expansion of EU in the first place.

    Of course it doesn’t help that Ukraine is a failed nation, the second worst nation in Europe after Moldavia and it’s currently in a proxy war with Russia.

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  • Our esteemed editor and programmer-in-chief here at the Unz Review, Ron Unz, has recently announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California in the June primary. [UPDATE: I forgot that California now has nonpartisan open primaries for Senator, so the top two vote-getters, no matter what their party IDs, then meet...
  • @Reg Cæsar
    No, Continental Portuguese is the "least pretty" major Romance tongue. Like Russian with all hard consonants.

    But Carioca Portuguese is the best. Like Russian with all soft consonants. Listen to Carlos Lyra or Paula Morelenbaum sometime.

    But Carioca Portuguese is the best.

    This is a joke right?

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  • @JSM
    Cathtilian Thpanith thoundth thtupid.

    I was about to make a comment about how gay the spanish lisp sounded.

    You know, I’m Dutch and I don’t know anybody who thinks the Dutch language is among the most beautiful. With this in mind I’m really surprised how anybody could be so deluded to think that Spanish sounds good. Also Spain was a cultural and scientific backwater even during their golden age.

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    "I was about to make a comment about how gay the spanish lisp sounded.

    You know, I’m Dutch and I don’t know anybody who thinks the Dutch language is among the most beautiful. With this in mind I’m really surprised how anybody could be so deluded to think that Spanish sounds good. Also Spain was a cultural and scientific backwater even during their golden age."

    If you are single and want to get laid a lot than learn French. Plenty of women think French sounds like the most beautiful language in the world.
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  • Just as economists try to avoid admitting that the law of supply and demand applies to the topic of immigration, educationists try to avoid admitting that the laws of arithmetic apply to immigration and school performance. But now there's an exception, in Sweden, of all places: From the Daily Mail: Migrant crisis to blame for...
  • @Anonymous
    You guys have no concept of racism. The reason these kids are doing so poorly is because the native swedes are treating them like crap

    Put this article into Google Translate and see how the native Swedish kids get treated by the non-White immigrants:

    http://www.friatider.se/centralskolan-kristianstad-hot-elever

    Title is: “We are afraid”
    tl;dr: Swedish kids are being verbally and physically abused by gangs of immigrant kids. Parents are keeping them home for fear of their safety.

    You import masses people from some of the most xenophobic, racist and misogynistic parts of the world and this happens. Who would have known?

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  • In the last couple of years, the most respected comedians have increasingly been letting slip that they aren't all true believers in the Social Justice Warrior dogmas, and in fact many are getting restless under the reigning piety and taboos. This shouldn't come as a big surprise -- they're comedians -- but few progressives have...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I have a hard time getting past six hours of any show, no matter how good. Six hours into "Breaking Bad," I'm like, "Wow this is great, but now I pretty much get it, I get Vince Gilligan's world view, I know who Walter White is and why the name is evocative, etc." But I'm not really that interested in what happens to fictional characters, so I'll move on to watching six hours of something else, like six hours of "Mad Men." From six hours, I get most of the cultural references, but it was already turning into a soap opera, and I can't stay interested in who will sleep with with whom for very long.

    That said, I've probably seen 90% of Seinfeld episodes and 90% of 1990s Simpsons. But those characters mostly just reset at the end of each episode. Homer has hazy memories of having been, say, an astronaut, but nothing really changes him.

    From six hours [of Mad Men], I get most of the cultural references, but it was already turning into a soap opera, and I can’t stay interested in who will sleep with with whom for very long.

    I applaud your persistence. After 2 hours I already realized this was a show for women and a caricature of what PC people think the 60s looked like.

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  • Unlike all of my articles of the past several years, this one will have no photographs. I apologize. Since arriving in Germany in late September, I’ve visited nine other countries, and have written about and photographed Germany, Singapore, England, Poland, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine. Though I’ve been to the Czech Republic three times, I couldn’t...
  • @Wally
    So pathetic 'Egypt' is now the racist apartheid Zionist excuse for mass murder.

    You are truly desperate.

    'Israel' as now configured is doomed by it's own violent hatred and historical lies.

    The '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the 'holocaust' scam debunked here:
    www.codoh.com
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:
    http://forum.codoh.com

    So pathetic ‘Egypt’ is now the racist apartheid Zionist excuse for mass murder.

    Well, if you care this much about the plight of the Gazans, then YES, Egypt does share part of the responsibility.

    BTW, I was born and grew up in a town were the adult male population was send to die in the German concentration camps during WW2. We are talking about Dutch Protestants here.

    Was this a scam too? If so, could you please tell where they went. The surviving family members would like to know.

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    Good news for you, my friend! Our friend Bobby will surely tell you that they never died. Rather, they "went where [they] are!" Isn't that wonderful?
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  • @Wally
    Of course, because your racist Jews have forced the Palestinians into the world's largest concentration camp (Gaza) where Jews then murder them like fish in barrel.

    People are catching on. They are losing their fear of the Jew because they realize that Jews are given unearned power, they see that the emperor has no clothes.

    We can live without Zionists, they cannot live without us.

    Of course, because your racist Jews have forced the Palestinians into the world’s largest concentration camp (Gaza)

    You do realize that Gaza is bordered to Egypt, right? And yet they have build a triple wall going 18 meters deep to separate themselves from their Sunni Arab brothers in Gaza. Even under the short rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptians kept their bothers with them closed.

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    So pathetic 'Egypt' is now the racist apartheid Zionist excuse for mass murder.

    You are truly desperate.

    'Israel' as now configured is doomed by it's own violent hatred and historical lies.

    The '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the 'holocaust' scam debunked here:
    www.codoh.com
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:
    http://forum.codoh.com
    , @anon
    But according to our political masters walls don't work. Hmmm......
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