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    Back in the 1990s, Bill Gates got to be the richest man in the world by hiring smart workers who are disproportionately male and white or Asian. Like Hollywood, the tech industry was largely considered immune to the usual diversity regulations afflicting less glamorous parts of corporate America, up through their checks to the Obama...
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    I know Steve doesn't like talking about video games (generational thing?), but seeing as though the industry is much larger than Hollywood and not limited by a language barrier, I see it as a great way to judge the potential for America's future success in an ever more globalized world (China is on the horizon guys).

    Its instructive to compare the success of Sony's PlayStation with the abject, embarrassing failure of Microsoft's Xbox this generation. Microsoft is far bigger than Sony but has been crushed by their Japanese competition year after year. It's notable that Microsoft was most successful in this field around a decade plus ago when checklist diversity wasn't a factor: a bunch of white guys made their most popular franchise, Halo; they sold out and moved on and now Microsoft has ruined it with political correctness. Meanwhile, Sony and Nintendo continue dominating while Microsoft hasn't put out a single good game this entire generation. Sony has had hit after hit. Nintendo has had hit after hit. Microsoft has diversity. I guess that's what counts, though. My favorite saying I've picked up from YouTube is that "we live in a post-profit industry now." Sounds about right. It's about selling to the right people and not just making a profit.

    In fact, most of the best quality game studios are Japanese, owned and managed by the Japanese, or are Eastern European. That's not surprising. They make games for a normie audience because they are normies while politically correct American companies make games for political extremists and other weirdos. Nearly every day there is some controversy in the game community, now that out-of-work journalists have found safe haven in an industry made up of consumers who aren't like themselves (see the Persona 5 Kotaku "retard" scandal if you want an example of the endless grievance mongering companies have to put up with these days in the West).

    Just the other day, I read a story where some SJWs were outraged that EA's new Star Wars game would have a white male lead; they need to get with the times, it was said. Never mind the fact that probably the single largest demographic for that game will be white males, followed by males in general ("global audience" does not mean Africa but Europe, North America, and Asia for the most part - there's your demographic); never mind the fact that the last Star Wars game forced one to play as a Hispanic female and these people didn't have a problem with that; never mind the fact that Star Wars itself was created by a bunch of white guys. Turns out that it's hard to appease the high-dollar demographic of Asians and Europeans while also catering to SJW weirdos. Japan and Eastern Europe don't have that problem, so they make things that sell. Microsoft? Not so much.

    By the way guys, rumor on the grapevine has it that China's looking to copy Japan's model and export to the West to get a little cultural soft power going since they were embarrassed with the Huawei kidnapping. They may be opening up to the Nintendo Switch first, then looking to build quality studios and devices for export themselves. That could spell trouble for the United States culturally as video games, unlike movies, don't have much of a language or cultural barrier. But I guess that's okay. We've still got the Captain Marvel franchise to fall back on. Har har har.

    In fact, most of the best quality game studios are Japanese, owned and managed by the Japanese, or are Eastern European.

    The top 4 best selling games on the PS4 are either American or Dutch. And one of them, the Sony owned Naughty Dog, is by far the wokest AAA-developer in the business.

  • Greg Cochran's recent post on the topic reminded me of a post I began writing but then abandoned ages ago (like in 2012). I can't find whatever I wrote (no big loss; there wasn't much) but I did come across this graph I had quickly and messily compiled back then: Population figures are taken from...
  • @Anatoly Karlin
    While I realize you sympathize with the Axis and view Russians as "hyenas," the real reasons were more prosaic.

    1. Ossies were always more enthusiastic about Nazism & hence willing to volunteer. Was even more true for the Volksdeutsche.

    2. Now sure, that effect was muted by conscription, but due to being lower skilled, Ossies were more like to get conscripted anyway (since the Germans tried to exempt skilled workers to the extent possible).

    The difference in treatment of POWs between the East and West would be my main explanation.

    Another reason would be the difference in health care to the wounded men. I would think your chance of survival would be vastly bigger if you were treated in the parts of Germany that were occupied by the British or Americans.

    • Replies: @AKAHorace

    Another reason would be the difference in health care to the wounded men. I would think your chance of survival would be vastly bigger if you were treated in the parts of Germany that were occupied by the British or Americans.
     
    There is some dispute about this. See
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Other_Losses#Other_evidence_for_German_POW_deaths

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAgLaF6Wd8c
  • I'll use this example of N.N. Taleb reaching muh African Einsteins levels of wokeness here to answer a common counter to critics of race differences in IQ. North European backwardness was a function of late demographic development; in those regions, intensive agriculture became technologically possible relatively late: Michael Mitterauer, "Why Europe?" Janet Martin, "Medieval Russia,...
  • @Tulip
    Since we are dissing Sub-Saharan Africa, it is interesting that they went from the Stone Age to the Iron Age without any intervening period of development.

    But notwithstanding the Greeks, China was way ahead of the "West" until about 1600.

    China was way ahead of the “West” until about 1600

    Based on what?

    By 1100 Western Europe was building the highest most advanced buildings in the world. It was also the most mechanized part of the world, making heavy use of water, wind and animal powered machines.
    By 1200 every new invention came from Europe.

    Even when an invention like gunpowder hadn’t reached them yet, when they did get it, they quickly start making the most advanced cannons in the world. This, thanks to their superior metallurgy, based on centuries of bell-making.

    In my opinion Western Europe had reached parity with China between 1100 and 1300.

    • Replies: @Tulip
    Sure, we are talking about historical judgment calls, but if you look at Zheng He's expedition, the sophistication of the navigation and topographical knowledge versus Europe, you really are talking about civilization versus savages. . . and, of course, gun powder.

    Nor do I want to fight about Confucius versus the Cross, but I am not sure the Cross added as much to Europe as Confucianism did to China--the best thing the Cross ever did is preserve a portion of pagan Classical antiquity. Without the Germanic pre-Christian element, I'm not sure Western Europe would have amounted to anything.
  • @The Big Red Scary

    In the middle ages Italy is an absolute champion in science / art, but Greece is an intellectual desert.
     
    I don't think this is accurate. As far as I understand, medieval Byzantine culture was much more developed than that of medieval Western Europe, and it was Greek intellectuals fleeing the fall of the Byzantine empire that sparked the Renaissance in Italy. See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_scholars_in_the_Renaissance.

    Nonetheless, your general point is worth considering.

    By the way, what is the correct way to insert hyperlinks? <a href=... didn't work.

    AK: Like this:

    [a href=""]Link[a] except replace [] with the arrow things.

    I did actually make a suggestion to Ron to add an automatic link generator, because even I am often too lazy to type that all out, so many people don't and the result is unaesthetic raw links all over the place. However, he explained that it will require quite a bit of work - much more than I expected, because the code for the text box comment field is all custom.

    it was Greek intellectuals fleeing the fall of the Byzantine empire that sparked the Renaissance in Italy.

    This nonsense again. By 1450 Constantinople was only a very pale reflection of its former self with a small population. Its intellectuals had never sparked any renaissance anywhere before and their knowledge had already been extracted by the West in the centuries before.

    What did spark the Renaissance was the invention of the printing press. It was an information revolution comparable to the invention of the Internet.

  • From BBC: Where are all the beautiful, powerful, black-skinned females from mythology and history? They were erased by Western art, argues Sophia Smith Galer. 16 January 2019 ... There is no doubt about Andromena’s race, according to Professor McGrath. “It’s as clear as mud,” the historian tells BBC Culture, almost three decades after the publication...
  • Isn’t the most reasonable answer for Renaissance artist depicting Andromena as a white woman, the lack of black models in Europe during this time? Paintings started to become very realistic and just painting what you think a black person would look like wasn’t acceptable anymore.

  • As I've been pointing out for years, recent genomic breakthroughs have, on the whole, done more to validate old, politically incorrect scientific theories than the newer politically correct conventional wisdom about everything is Socially Constructed. One obvious example is Ancient DNA research, as practiced by David Reich, Svante Paabo, and the like, where 19th Century...
  • @Seth Largo
    My favorite definition of English: a Romance language spoken with a Germanic accent.

    The French/Romance influence on the English language is vastly overstated. English is a West-Germanic language with a lot of loan words of non-Germanic origin. But that is also the case for Dutch and German.
    The grammar however is Germanic and so is are most of the common words.

  • Lynching is a dark and despicable aspect of our nation’s history. We must acknowledge that fact, lest we repeat it. Thank you to my colleagues for agreeing to unanimously pass our Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, and @CoryBooker and @SenatorTimScott for your partnership. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 19, 2018 This provides a nice...
  • @Corvinus
    "Similarly, for the mainstream media when it comes to race, it's always Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1965. It never gets old."

    Of course, Mr. Sailer is 1) perpetuating a false premise and 2) fails to NOTICE the historical significance of this bill, which is being reintroduced yet again.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/07/05/how-congress-failed-nearly-200-times-to-make-lynching-a-federal-crime/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d1999f9a0f59

    Of course, for the Alt Right when it come to race, it's always Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1925. It never gets old. But nostalgia has a weird way of making things better than what they seemed.

    Do you really need different laws for each specific way of murdering people?
    The way blacks in Africa and Haiti lynch people by putting a burning tire around someones neck (necklacing) is especially cruel. Maybe different ways of lynching should get different bills too then.

    Weren’t nearly 30% of the lynching victims white? Should they also be protected by these new bills or do only the normal murder laws apply to them?

    How often does lynching happen in the USA anyway? Besides two black rapist being lynched on separate occasions by black mobs during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina I can’t remember a single time. And Hurricane Katrina was 13 years ago.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Do you really need different laws for each specific way of murdering people?"

    Well, we have first, second, and third degree statutes on the books.

    "The way blacks in Africa and Haiti lynch people by putting a burning tire around someones neck (necklacing) is especially cruel."

    Any type of lynching is cruel, right?

    "Maybe different ways of lynching should get different bills too then."

    Do you live in Africa or Haiti? You know, the ACTUAL place?

    "Weren’t nearly 30% of the lynching victims white? Should they also be protected by these new bills or do only the normal murder laws apply to them?"

    It is applied to everyone.

    "How often does lynching happen in the USA anyway?"

    Very rare.

    "Besides two black rapist being lynched on separate occasions by black mobs during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina I can’t remember a single time."

    Source?
  • If I recall correctly 2 blacks were lynched during the Katrina disaster.

    Of course they were lynched by other blacks, so it doesn’t count.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    Duh. Only whites can be racist and only whites can lynch. Some may argue that whites possessing these unique abilities that non-whites do not and cannot possess makes whites superior, or at least different, but that just [system crash]
  • How can you identify a cargo cult culture? (Or, as Thorfinnsson elegantly calls them, "fake and gay countries"?). Well, here's one thing I notice about many of them. They're obsessed - obsessed! - over naming conventions for their countries and cities in foreign languages. For instance, precisely nobody in The Netherlands - to the best...
  • @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    RELATED!

    I had a two-hour long argument with two people about "Ukrainian nationalism."

    I need help from Anatoly and the masses of this blog with these questions:

    I am looking for empirical historical/social answers to the following questions

    1) Was the Holodomor as much a tragedy for “Russians” as it was for “Ukrainians”?
    2) Are “Russian-speaking” populations in eastern Ukraine the result of Stalinist forced population transfers? Or have they been there a good long while?
    3) Didn't Nikolai Gogol once say his soul was both Russian and Ukrainian? Are there any great Ukrainian poets and figures from the past who wouldn't agree with him?

    Perspectives from Ukrainian StormFags or rather more sensible lads like AP are welcome! Diversity is strength!

    As for 2: Ukraine is the amalgamation of the Russian possessions in the Region, put together for administrative reasons.

    The south and east of Ukraine together with Crimea used to be part of the Crimean Khanate and was conquered when Russia finally defeated the Tartars in the 18th century. These sparsely populated areas were subsequently colonized by settlers from the Russian Empire, including Ukrainians.

    So you have it backwards. The reason there are Ukrainians in the east and south is because the Ukrainians were part of the Russian Empire.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    A good portion of Crimea and much of the rest modern day Russian territory were part of Rus, which also compromised contemporary Ukraine and Belarus. All this was evident before the slave trading Crimean Tatar Khanate came on the scene.
  • Poland comes to mind.
    They are quite aggressively denying the German history of the formerly German parts of their country.

    So now we are in this weird situation that the famous German trade city of Danzig has to be called Gdansk, and that Breslau is now spelled Wrocław. It even has to be spelled with a weird letter that nobody has ever used before or knows how to pronounce.

    What is even stranger is that in my language, Dutch, we still use the German spelling for cities like Warschau and Krakau. Cities which have always been Polish. But Danzig, one of the most important trading ports for the Dutch, which was full of Dutch people and even has Dutch architecture, well that city suddenly has to be called by a different name after 800 years.

    Fake and Gay

    • Replies: @Blindspots of galactic proportions
    Russia comes to mind too.

    Königsberg - Kaliningrad.
    What about Petrograd (Germanized) - St. Petersburg - Leningrad - St. Petersburg transition?

    Poland denying German history? Sure.

    Here's Russian admiral of the Baltic Fleet (stationed in Königsberg) in the last few weeks:

    Igor Mukhametshin, the Vice Admiral in command of Russia's Baltic Fleet, was filmed telling officers and ratings that the Enlightenment thinker was a "traitor" who wrote "incomprehensible books" and begged for university tenure.

    "Kant was a person who betrayed his country, who humiliated himself and begged on his knees for a teaching chair at the university. He wrote some incomprehensible books that no one standing here has read or will read," Admiral Mukhametshin said in a video obtained by local website Novy Kaliningrad and published on Youtube on Monday.

    , @Aixa
    Well, official website of city of Gdańsk calls the city in German: Danzig.
    But in English Gdansk

    Of course Unzerker was ignorant enough not to look at official website of the city.
    Instead he created some scary conspiracy theory.

    https://www.gdansk.pl/de/touristisch/touristeninformation,a,3028

    Occam's razor is that most foreigners (including journalists) do not know what Breslau / Danzig is and are unable to connect with cities Wroclaw and Gdansk in Poland.

    And when they visit Poland and Gdansk, they book flight directly to Gdansk Airport. And look for rooms in Gdansk's hotels. As most airlines do not tranlsate names of some local cities into dozens of languages .
    It is much simpler to use local official spelling.


    This is the same phenomenon as Brunswick becoming Braunschweig.
    These cities became too irrelevant to have their own name in other languages.
    Then people start using local names, as you can't remeber millions of cities and their names.

    Germans still use Danzig and Breslau becasue these cities are relevant enough for them to have easy spelling.

    But generally only Warsaw and Cracow stayed important enough to have and international name.
  • I posted in the New York Times in response to Gary Gutting's oped defending affirmative action as justified by the historical burdens of slavery my old suggestion that this logic implies that affirmative action should be preserved for American Indians and descendants of American slaves (e.g., Michelle Obama), but not for immigrants just off the...
  • @Reg Cæsar
    Argentina is also one of the world's most Jewish countries:

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

    One of only six with more than 4%, or even 2%. Way ahead of Germany, Poland, Russia, and their neighbors. And that's after significant emigration in recent decades. In Peron's day, they were around 5%, more Jewish than the US.

    One of only six with more than 4%

    It’s 4 per thousand…so only 0.4%

  • Did you ever notice how much of respectable discourse today consists of telling you to stop asking questions and just take the conventional wisdom on faith? For example: A relevant question I asked way back in my 1997 article "Track & Battlefield" is: what % of women in the military can realistically live up to...
  • @SIMPLEPseudonymicHandle
    In Herbert's Dune series, God Emperor Leto II Atreides uses an all-female army, the Fish Speakers, to garrison his empire.
    Leto believed that male dominated military forces were essentially predatory and would turn against the civilian population in the absence of an external enemy, whereas a female one would tame and calm. He also needed a reliable religious organization and he found women better suited for this role.

    With the American Empire foreseeing no serious challenge to its global hegemony, it makes sense to sacrifice some military effectiveness to improve the behavior of the troops and relations with imperial subjects. Say what you want about female soldiers, but they are less likely to rape and murder japanese schoolgirls.
    1995 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Okinawa_rape_incident
    2012 - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-21583785
    2017 - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42192571

    Say what you want about female soldiers, but they are less likely to rape and murder japanese schoolgirls.

    Excluding blacks from the military would have the same effect in these cases.

  • @obwandiyag
    Apparently you never heard of the Mino of Dahomey. The Phillipina Guerillas of World War II. The female VietCong. The female warriors of the ancient Germans and Celts.

    But of course you never heard of anything. And your big argument is "carrying ammunition."

    Stupid. That's what men are for. Women are for doing the fighting.

    “The female warriors of the ancient Germans and Celts.”

    Never ever happened.

    The Germanic tribes were famous for having females scream at their men and the enemies. Those females traveled with their male warriors in the baggage train. They never fought.
    Boudica was the widow of a Celtic king who headed a failed uprising against the Romans. She never fought herself and suffered a humiliating defeat against a much smaller Roman army.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    Yeah, I can read Wikipedia, too.

    Brilliant. And wrong.
  • From the New York Times Magazine: Yet, the main character in the story, Ms. Johnson, an adoptee, winds up with no surprise at all: she turns out to be white on her biological mother's side and quite black on her biological father's side, just like a variety of information had led her to assume for...
  • @Jack D
    I assume her name was given by her adoptive parents (middle class talented tenth type mulattoes) rather than her trashy birth mother. Maybe they had a Swedish friend or neighbor and liked the sound of the name.

    Maybe they had a Swedish surname and they chose a fitting first name?

  • Above are a couple of informative graphs showing how extremist Democrats became on the key issues of race and immigration after Obama won re-election. A central question about our time is: Why did Democrats go nuts in c. 2013? A second question is whether Democratic ideological extremism is related to the apparent rise in psychological...
  • A central question about our time is: Why did Democrats go nuts in c. 2013?

    Looking at the graph, 2010 seems to be the year that Democrats changed.

    My guess is that after Obama’s 2010 mid term election loss, the Democrats gave up on white people. Blaming whites for everything and importing new voters became their number one priority.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    Not quite; in 2006/8 the Democrats won over a lot of anti-Bush moderates and conservatives (including many/most of the commenters ITT, I'm guessing), who mostly went back to the Republicans from 2010 onwards.
  • After watching the Saudis behead and even reportedly crucify critics and opponents for decades, suddenly Washington’s great and good are outraged by a single murder. The victim was a Saudi columnist from that nation’s elite who was noted for his moderate, cautious views, who was also linked to the former Saudi intelligence chief, Turki al-Faisal....
  • @jilles dykstra
    You seem never to have heard of Cordoba, Spain, where these Arabs built the, in the opinion of many, most impressive building in the world, where in 1980 the waterwheels for irrigation were still to be seen, and where, in the 11th century or so, the emir had, according to ancient historians, a library of 40.000 books.

    If you are referring to the mosque of Cordoba as the most impressive building in the world you are truly deluded. It’s basically a large number of plundered Roman columns with a roof on top. Compare that to the European cathedrals of the middle ages. At the time, these were the highest and most advanced buildings in the entire world.

    And water wheels? Really? Christian Europe had vastly more of them. England alone had more than 6000 in 1086 according to their own administration. And while the Arabs mostly used the simpler horizontal wheels, most European water wheels were of the more advanced and efficient vertical kind.
    And speaking of wheels: the Arabs didn’t use them. Everything was carried by men or pack animals.

    I’m always very skeptical about claims by ancient historians. They also claimed Cordoba had half a million inhabitants. Problem is that archaeologists can’t find a shred of evidence to support this. During the 8th and middle of the 10th century (the dark ages) there is almost zero evidence of human activity. And at its height in the 12 century it is estimated to have had a population of around 40,000. That is the same size it was under Visigoth rule.

    Stop believing all the fairy tales about non-Western civilizations.

    • Replies: @anonymous

    Stop believing all the fairy tales about non-Western civilizations.
     
    After reading Jilles post, I was expecting a "strong" counter from white supremacists. I gather that only fairy-tales spun by westerners are to be believed? LOL!

    As a muslim I totally agree that referring to the so-called Islamic achievements in Europe is meaningless, because it depends so much on hearsay. I am not much into hearsay. It happened or it did not, who cares.

    So you're right, forget these hearsay fairy-tales about non-Western (specifically Islamic) civilisations. We true muslims live our monotheist lives for now, and not on what our ancestors may or may not have achieved centuries past.

    But, understand this, if one is a theist (still a few of those in the West, I believe :D ), there is nothing fairy-tale-like about true monotheism, our real strength. You know, One and only One God, with no duplicitous tricks about 3 is 1, 100%man-100%god, and all... which you will immediately recognise as the hearsay fairy-tale foundation of the "glorious" West's spiritually doomed existence. Do you see the irrefutable point I am trying to make?

    So, as the likes of you go about belittling "inferior" non-Western civilisations, we true monotheists will eventually have the last laugh.

    Carry on.

    , @Respect
    Remember that in muslim ruled Spain and Portugal it is thought that the ethnic arabic
    population never was higher than 15 % . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozarabs

    The mayority of the population of Spain and Portugal was Christian , hispanoroman , they were called morazabes ( mozarabitun ) and they had to pays a religious tax to the moslem rulers . Some mozarabes converted to islam for avoiding taxes , and some rich hispanic people converted to islam to maintain their fortunes , like the roman dinasty Casio that islamised their name to Beni Qasi and ruled the Ebro valley . In Al-Andalus ( Hispania ) the hispanoromans influenced the moslems , and the moslems influenced the hispanoromans .

    And , Unzerkur , regarding fairy tales , or historic myths , it seems that the Al-Andalus moslems had the myth that the christians of north Spain and Europe never took baths and smelled very bad , hehehehehe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ux5kjp_R5w
    , @Alden
    Jilles is still fighting on the Calvinist Cromwell side of the reformation.
    Catholic bad non catholic good whether the non Catholic is Florence Nightengale or Joseph Stalin.

    Most of the “Muslim Spain was the greatest country in the world is Enlightenment and Jewish propaganda.

    I remember reading the chapter in freshman year high school multicultural history of the world about the greatness of muslim Spain compared to primitive Christian Europe.

    I rightly assumed the author compared the glories of the Sultan’s palace with the most primitive backwaters of Europe. Thus I became a cynic at 14.

    The main thing to remember about Muslim Spain is that the Alhambra and the other glorious buildings were built by Christian European slaves from architects and engineers to porters and cleaners.

    Ishfan the beautiful Shia version of the Vatican in Iran was also built by European Christian slaves. So was the beautiful Blue Mosque in Turkey and many of the major buildings in Islamic lands

    The closer to Europe and its supply of slaves, the better the infrastructure and cities of the Muslims.

    Further from the supply of European slaves the more primitive Islamic countries were.
  • From CNN: Senator Warren had her DNA analyzed not by the usual commercial testing services but by a Stanford professor, Carlos Bustamante, who writes: If I'm doing the arithmetic correctly, eight generations is 1/256th or 0.4% Native American. Eight generations ago would be a single great-great-great-great-great-great grandparent. Am I doing the math right, or is...
  • @International Jew
    Quite right. This whole thing relies on the assumption that all the 37 Injuns in Bustamante's reference sample are 100% Injun. Where the heck are you going to find 37 full-blooded Injuns in 2018?? You'd be lucky to find even one.

    Our population reference set consisted of 148 individuals (a continental reference panel of 37 individuals from across Europe, 37 from Nigeria with Sub-Saharan African ancestry, 37 from across the Americas with Native American ancestry, and 37 individuals from China).
     
    https://tinyurl.com/ycedk7fa

    The native Americans used as a reference are from Canada and Mexico.

    See the full report:
    https://mk0elizabethwarh5ore.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bustamante_Report_2018.pdf

  • This would make a good inspiration for a bestselling Young Adult dystopian trilogy of novels for teenage girls to read: Robots replace HR ladies in the hiring process, but the robots hire more white men because white men tend more often to get the job done. From Reuters: Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that...
  • From what I have gathered over the years, Amazon is harbors an incredible toxic environment.
    No wonder that only the most competitive males thrive in such a workplace.

  • I want to explain, once again, my arguments on the question of weight, obesity, diet and dieting. I’d like to make some suggestions as well, if only to counter the impression some readers got that I did not realize how difficult many find it to change their diet, and also the impression that I would...
  • @Max Payne

    Next to zero carbs. A piece of green vegetable with the chicken/beef/fish is ok, but not more.
     
    Does no one on Unz.com do any form of physical activities? Hockey or Brazilian Ju Jitsu or biking or climbing or anything?

    (If you said "I walk" or "I hike" that is not a physical activity I assure you)

    Only women and queers worry about what they should eat or how much they should work out because they had a bag of M&Ms (to be fair though I don't think queers care what they put in their mouths).

    Just fucking adopt a physical activity as part of your LIFE. FULL STOP.

    I'd probably kill myself if I wasn't allowed to eat pasta or pizza or poutine. Why even bother with life at that point.... What next? Stop drinking? Lay off amphetamines? Suck dick?

    And if fasting worked dune coons wouldn't be the disgusting fat-bodies that they are (have you seen some of those 'war-torn' Syrian soldiers? You'd think a KFC opened up at the edge of Idlib). Those fags fast like 30 days a year sunrise to sunset (which I imagine in summer only gives you 8 hours of eating time at night).

    If you ask me it all boils down to boredom really. Gamers generally are bored (and boring) people, so they game and CONSUME to alleviate boredom and then forget to actually do any real activity. Boredom breeds a faux hunger. Don't get bored and don't be boring. Sitting on your ass makes you boring. True story.

    I’d probably kill myself if I wasn’t allowed to eat pasta or pizza or poutine. Why even bother with life at that point…. What next? Stop drinking? Lay off amphetamines?

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221211.php
    “Risks
    Amphetamine can produce many side effects, ranging from mild to severe.
    [..]
    grandiosity, or an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance”

    Yeah, that seems about right…

    • Replies: @Max Payne
    Sure. If you're some sort of subhuman hippy communist faggot. I guess that might seem "right".

    I take it you're a professional at consuming amphetamines or amphetamine-like products.

    Please share with me your personal experiences.
  • With Tiger Woods having just won his first tournament since 2013, here's my book review in Taki's last spring, "The Tiger Mother's Son," of the recent tell-all biography about him.
  • @Berty
    Oh hey look I was right!

    https://twitter.com/TonyRomm/status/1043538451705094151

    But please all you old Boomers keep calling me a troll just for pointing out that Trump is full of shit and his whining and yelling never goes anywhere.

    Off topic, but congratulations on your coming out. It must feel great to be honest about your romantic relationship with Ernie.

    As to your opinion on Trump. Another Hollywood celebrity with Trump derangement syndrome. It’s getting boring, really.

  • Robin Hanson once wrote a blog post about how reasonably intelligent people (for instance, the sort of people who read his blog) tend to overestimate how smart everyone else is. For instance, about half of Americans are unable to correctly read a table and do a simple addition/subtraction calculation: Such is the banal reality of...
  • @marpa
    the groups that have IQ's in the 70s range are very well adapted to their environment and the various stresses they have historically encountered. They are healthy, strong, and able to reproduce and survive in that environment. However, if your change that environment, introducing new pressures and cultural patterns, or take them out of that environment and culture entirely, they are likely to have problems. The same is true if you were to reverse things, and drop people from a high-IQ group that isn't well adapted to the 70s IQ environmental pressures and culture into that world. "Genetic superiority" is always relative to environment.

    That doesn't mean IQ tests are invalid. They are probably the best test of any psychological capability we have. But they of course don't in themselves describe the whole picture. Context is always necessary.

    Btw, I don't have the political ideology you suspect. I'm a progressive liberal. Just a realistic one who doesn't deny the differences in human beings.

    People who come to the US and demonstrate the skills you describe are clearly not "retarded". But that is a self-selecting group. Often, such people are fleeing a culture that they are unable to thrive in, and coming to one better suited to their skill set.

    The same is true if you were to reverse things, and drop people from a high-IQ group that isn’t well adapted to the 70s IQ environmental pressures and culture into that world.

    Europeans seem to have done great in Australia, North America or South Africa. Much better than the low IQ indigenous populations in fact

    • Replies: @marpa
    I was referring to the notion of dropping a single individual into such a foreign culture, and seeing how well they would do.

    You are referring to colonial invasions where an entire foreign group came into a foreign land en masse, and rather than integrating with the existing culture that had been adapted to that environment for many thousands of years, simply re-created their own culture in that new environment and made their own adaptations to it. So they brought a higher IQ culture with them, and pushed aside the lower IQ indigenous culture, and used their high-IQ methods to create their own new adaptations. A very different kind of experiment with very different results.
  • (via /r/MapPorn) This ranking by the Foreign Service Institute seems fairly plausible. I agree with the decision to move French up a tier, it is certainly harder than Spanish or Portuguese. My casual impression is that Romanian is a bit harder than the Iberian languages. Not sure if the two tier gap between Swedish and...
  • @songbird
    In the day of the pocket dictionary/ cellphone translation, grammar is the end-all, be-all.

    Dutch is easier than German. No cases. Easy plurals. Only two genders. More similar vocab to English.

    Spanish is really easy compared to German. Armed with a pocket dictionary, you can say nearly anything, except for perhaps some of the really fine meanings of the subjunctive tense, which can be expressed in less refined ways. I'd say it is easier than English.

    Most of English vocab actually comes from the Romance languages. It bears little similarity to German, IMO, despite being Germanic. A pity the very odd language of Germany, which Twain used to like to lampoon, did not protect it from its invasion. But I suppose too many Germans speak English, and, besides, there is not a fuzzy-wuzzy who would not learn Welsh to get out of Fuzzy-wuzzyland.

    Most of English vocab actually comes from the Romance languages.

    This is wrong. Most common words have a Germanic background.

    And the words with a Latin or French origin are there in every European language, given that these two languages were the langua franca at some point in time. The practice of using Germanic names for farm animals and French names for their respective meats is specifically English though.

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    This is wrong. Most common words have a Germanic background.

    What Songbird said ["Most of English vocab actually comes from the Romance languages"] is actually correct, at least in the sense defined below:

    An English speaker learning Spanish starts with one huge, though generally underutilized, advantage: he or she is already speaking a Romance language, and with a little bit of help, can easily recognize and learn to use a very large number of Spanish words. Th e “romance” of English may come as a surprise to those who have been taught that English is a Germanic language. Nonetheless, in terms of its vocabulary, English is overwhelmingly Latinate; in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, for example, there are more than twice as many Latin-Romance words as Germanic ones . . .

    A very clear pattern emerges: the large majority of articles, pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions—what linguists would call grammatical words—are Germanic, while the vast majority of the verbs, nouns, and adjectives—lexical words—have Latin or Romance origin. Although one could easily find examples with a less pronounced Latin/Romance influence, the general conclusion remains unaltered:

    Although the “highways” of English (i.e., grammatical words) have remained (almost entirely) Germanic, the “merchandise” transported on these highways is predominantly of Latin and Romance origin.

    Without perhaps consciously being aware of it, English speakers thus have a natural foundation on which to build a deeper knowledge of Latin and the Romance languages.

    Spanish Vocabulary, An Etymological Approach
     
    , @songbird
    Top 100 words? Mostly Germanic probably. The shorter, the more Germanic. Could it reach >50% spoken? I don't know. What about proficient? Probably not.

    In 1973 there was a computerized analysis of the roughly 80,000 words in the old third edition of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary. The results were:

    Latin, 28.34 percent; French, 28.3 percent; Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and Dutch, 25 percent; Greek 5.32 percent; no etymology given, 4.03 percent; derived from proper names, 3.28 percent; all other languages, less than 1 percent.

    What would this be for the most frequent 1,000-10,000? I suspect the percentage of Germanic would go up, but I can't possibly believe it would clear 50%. Could it eclipse French or Latin? Yes, but certainly not them both together.
  • I once stayed for a few weeks in an apartment complex in the Boston area that had a large number of well-dressed but extremely skinny teenaged girls with supercilious expressions. I finally figured out that one floor of the building was home to a residential treatment center for anorexia. Anorexia in modern America is a...
  • @Rosie
    Compare:

    https://stayglam.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Flannel-with-Leather-Pants-Outfit.jpg

    So much better!

    Attractive women look good in everything they wear. Even when they dress like a butch lesbian, like this model does.

  • From The Atlantic, a sensible article suggesting that the single biggest unforced error in making the Syrian civil war a vast nightmare was Turkish supremo Erdogan's gratuitous decision to turn against his buddy Assad in the hope of becoming the moral leader of the Islamic world. Turkey Made a Bet Against Assad—And Lost Back in...
  • @Verymuchalive

    From The Atlantic, a sensible article suggesting that the single biggest unforced error in making the Syrian civil war a vast nightmare was Turkish supremo Erdogan’s gratuitous decision to turn against his buddy Assad in the hope of becoming the moral leader of the Islamic world.
     
    Erdogan was never Assad's "buddy." Their interests are divergent. Assad, a Shia heterodoxist, runs a secular regime with close ties to Russia and Iran. Erdogan, a Sunni, has reintroduced religious influence into the formerly secular Turkish State. In 2011, Turkey had been historically opposed to Russia and Iran for centuries. The Syrian Civil War therefore was an opportunity for Turkey to advance its own interests and disadvantage the interests of Russia and Iran. Included in that package was the opportunity to deal with Syrian Kurds. Turkey could not countenance Syrian and Turkish Kurds cooperating as a result of Civil War.
    Leave the Foreign Policy stuff to Philip Giraldi, Mr Steve.

    Erdogan was never Assad’s “buddy.”

    “Before the war in Syria broke out in 2011, a budding personal friendship between Bashar al-Assad, the leader of Syria, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, augured close economic ties and an open border.”

    Please read the article before you comment. It’s in the second sentence of the article even.

  • From The Daily Beast: Who knew 7000 BC was the Middle Ages? “It's rather difficult to find a ‘pure white’ utopia anytime in the pre-modern, let alone ancient historical records,” she said.
  • @Anonymous


    In addition to Disrupting the Digital Humanities, she is also co-editing, with Adeline Koh, Alternative Histories of the Digital Humanities (forthcoming from punctum), which examines the difficult histories of the digital humanities in relation to race, sexuality, gender, disability, and fascism. She has co-written articles on “#GawkingatRapeCulture” and “TwitterEthics,” and has also written articles about “TwitterPanic

     

    https://punctumbooks.com/people/dorothy-kim/

    No picture of Dolly on brandeis.edu = caucasian woman married to Korean?

    On the other hand, Dolly's collaborator Adeline Koh appears to be of Korean descent. Addy "works on the intersections of postcolonial studies, digital humanities, and literature" and "is the designer of Trading Races, a historical role-playing game designed to teach race consciousness ..."

    http://stockton.academia.edu/AdelineKoh

    No picture of Dolly on brandeis.edu = caucasian woman married to Korean?

    Dorothy Kim is, like the surname suggests, Korean.
    A simple google search or reading the actual article would have given you that answer.

  • iSteve commenter Anon (a.k.a., Titles in Caps, etc etc) summarizes Spike Lee, whose latest movie, the celebrated but fairly terrible BlacKkKlansman, I reviewed in Taki's this week. Spike is one of those 1980s figures like Oliver Stone who remain of interest to guys of a certain age, like me and Anon. I’ll give one compliment...
  • @Jenner Ickham Errican
    From The Atlantic, referring to a plot device in BlacKkKlansman:

    What Does It Mean to ‘Sound’ Black?

    To move from speaking standard, which is to say white, English to employing black linguistic patterns or slang successfully is a sonic journey for which there are few, if any, shortcuts. Washington may be able to train his voice to sound “whiter”—push it into a higher register, adopt a more nasal tone, extend his vowels, and drop vernacular—but if Driver, who plays his white counterpart, tried to feign vocal blackness, the result would be jarring. It would feel cartoonish no matter how much gravity he projected.
     
    Black guy on the left, non-black voice actor prankster on the right. A lot of people sound “cartoonish” in real life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrD0MkDt6WQ

    If you like this stuff, than the African Drug Lord videos are a great watch.
    It’s also just a white guy playing a sub-Saharan African.

  • I'm fascinated that 1/3rd of Latino women think they are "strong enough to beat most people in a fist-fight" versus a little over 1/8th of white women.
  • Those black women aren’t wrong. Because “people” can include both children and the elderly.

  • Back in Junior High School I became an avid war-gamer, and was fascinated by the military history of the past, especially World War II, the most titanic conflict ever recorded. However, although I much enjoyed reading the detailed accounts of the battles of that war, especially on the Eastern Front that largely determined its outcome,...
  • @utu
    Concentration of Prussian blue in the walls in the first order linear model is proportional to exposure time and concentration of Zyklon-B during gassing. So you have an equation: C(wall)=k*Time*C(Zyklon-B). Let suppose that the same equation applies to the fumigation chambers then one can eliminate the unknown proportionality constant k. This leads to an equation with four unknowns which are: concentration of Prussian blue in walls of (1) gas chamber and (2) fumigation chamber and exposure time (3) in gas chamber and (4) in fumigation chamber. To obtain (3) - the exposure time in the gas chamber he needs to know the remaining three variables. Rudolf has to make some assumptions. Accuracy of his result is only as good as his assumptions. For instance he wants to make (1)- the concentration Zyklon B in the gas chamber to be very high so his (3)- the exposure time would be low and the argument that the gas chambers did not operate for as long time as it is claimed could be made. He claims, iirc, that over 3000 ppm had to be present during the gassings while it is well known that 300pm is fatal in a reasonably short time. Can it be proven that the concentration was higher than 300pm? No. He also does not really know what was the total exposure time and concentration in the fumigation chambers to explain hight Prussian blue content. That's why his argument fails to be definitive. And that's why he states that "[C]hemistry is not the science which can prove or refute any allegations about the Holocaust ‘rigorously’.” At least he is honest and to some extent reasonable and realistic. But now when he realized the futility of his via chemistry alone argument he falls back on the preponderance of evidence type of argumentation. But the preponderance of evidence type of arguments are not really definitive when it comes to proving the negative because the whole bag of evidence in the preponderance of evidence argumentation must contain also the fact that millions of Jews were missing after the WWII.

    Forgot to link my reply to your comment. Here it is again:

    You conveniently fail to mention that both the Rudolf and Leuchter also tested walls with no Zyklon B exposure and the concentrations found there were exactly the same as the supposed gas chambers.

    Your formula would become something like C(wall)-C0=k*Time*C(Zyklon-B). Where C0 is the concentration found in walls without Zyklon B exposure

    Both Leuchter and Rudolf found C(wall)=C0 so the formula becomes:
    0=k*Time*C(Zyklon-B). We know k is not zero because the fumigation rooms have a ton of Prussian blue in the walls. So either t or C has to be zero. Both cases would mean no gassing

    “Can it be proven that the concentration was higher than 300pm?”
    This wasn’t a tightly monitored production process. This was supposed to be some soldiers throwing cans of Zyklon B down a chute making damn sure that everybody was dead in the end. The concentration would most certainly be much higher than the minimum lethal dose

    And you know all of this.

    • Replies: @utu

    C(wall)=C0
     
    Really?
  • From The Atlantic: Guilt is in your blood, you "people who think they are white," as Ta-Nehisi Coates has explained. Because, as we all know, America Is Made Out of Cotton, so what land could be more important to the future than the rural cotton belt south of Memphis? It's a paradox! Clearly, there must...
  • The Justice Department’s investigation of the country’s most infamous lynching case won’t implicate a society full of accomplices.

    Is it really a lynching when two men murder somebody and hide his body?

    • Replies: @Big Bill
    According to the NAACP and fellow travelers, three offenders are necessary to perform a lynching. Death (by any means) is required. An offense against public morals is also required (e.g. "dissing", laughing at the wrong person, "copping a feel" or anything worse).

    A husband killing a wife for smarting off is not a lynching: Not enough perpetrators. The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was not a lynching: It was strictly commercial, no offense against public morals. A Paki family killing a wayward daughter IS a lynching, however.

    Oddly enough, there is no public performative element required to constitute a lynching. Race is not required, either. Three perpetrators, a death, and an offense against public morals are enough.
  • Back in Junior High School I became an avid war-gamer, and was fascinated by the military history of the past, especially World War II, the most titanic conflict ever recorded. However, although I much enjoyed reading the detailed accounts of the battles of that war, especially on the Eastern Front that largely determined its outcome,...
  • You conveniently fail to mention that both the Rudolf and Leuchter also tested walls with no Zyklon B exposure and the concentrations found there were exactly the same as the supposed gas chambers.

    Your formula would become something like C(wall)-C0=k*Time*C(Zyklon-B). Where C0 is the concentration found in walls without Zyklon B exposure

    Both Leuchter and Rudolf found C(wall)=C0 so the formula becomes:
    0=k*Time*C(Zyklon-B). We know k is not zero because the fumigation rooms have a ton of Prussian blue in the walls. So either t or C has to be zero. Both cases would mean no gassing

    Can it be proven that the concentration was higher than 300pm?
    This wasn’t a tightly monitored production process. This was supposed to be some soldiers throwing cans of Zyklon B down a chute making damn sure that everybody was dead in the end. The concentration would most certainly be much higher than the minimum lethal dose

    And you know all of this.

  • @Wally
    Come on dude, that is not an official Allied Forces source.
    Anyone can just write stuff.

    Thanks for trying.

    Not the reaction I expected. You realize this is the comment section of an article written by a layman about a subject he recently read a few books on?
    I’m actually quite pleased with myself for remembering an obscure fact correctly when I read it 21 years ago and finding the article in question.

    But because I’m interested myself in the subject I did some quick research and found the article which is probably the source of the Dutch newspaper article:

    Victims of Circumstance: the Execution of German Deserters by Surrendered German Troops Under Canadian Control in Amsterdam, May 1945

    Chris Madsen, University of Victoria

    reference 19:
    NAC, RG24, Vol. 10610, File 215Cl.009 (D20), DDOS
    First Canadian Army Eclipse Instruction No. 10,
    Brig. D.G.J. Farquhrson, 17 May 1945. Canadian
    military authorities allowed German officers and
    military police to retain personal weapons.
    DHist
    142.1109 (D2). Message 071520, 1st Canadian
    Infantry Division to All Units, 7 May 1945.

    http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol2/iss1/8/

    • Replies: @Wally
    Well done.

    However, I'm quite certain that was a singular or very limited occurrence.

    Thanks.
    , @CJ
    There was a Yugoslav movie made about that. It actually played on Canadian television in the 1970s.

    The Fifth Day of Peace / Gott Mit Uns
  • @Wally
    said:
    "German officers in the Dutch post war POW-camps were even allowed to keep their side arms."

    Seriously? Where's the proof of that one?

    www.codoh.com

    “De manschappen waren allemaal ontwapend; de officieren hadden hun pistolen mogen behouden.”
    The troops were all disarmed; the officers were allowed to keep their pistols.

    https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/de-laatste-duitse-schoten~bc5e259c/

    More info in german:
    https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=nl#!topic/fido.ger.antifa/lj4xn2CmD84

    Basically the front in the Netherlands had been quiet for a while and the Brits, Canadians and Germans had started to fraternize. Also they had worked together to feed the starving civil population.

    The whole post war surrender thing was a bit informal because of this.

    • Replies: @Wally
    Come on dude, that is not an official Allied Forces source.
    Anyone can just write stuff.

    Thanks for trying.
  • From PLOS Genetics: The time and place of European admixture in Ashkenazi Jewish history James Xue, Todd Lencz, Ariel Darvasi, Itsik Pe’er, Shai Carmi Published: April 4, 2017 Abstract The Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) population is important in genetics due to its high rate of Mendelian disorders. AJ appeared in Europe in the 10th century, and...
  • @Anonymous

    dig up some old skeletons from Jerusalem from a couple of thousand years ago and do genome scans on them to see if they are more genetically related to Israeli Jews or to Palestinians
     
    This should be done for the satisfaction of watching some heads explode, but the answer is obvious. Muslim Palestinian Arabs are descended mostly from invaders and settlers from farther South in the Arabian Peninsula who arrived in the 7th-12th centuries. They have relatively little 'indigenous' ancestry.

    Than use some Christian Palestinians and compare them. They will have almost no admixture with Muslim invaders from the south.

    Islam is like the Mafia: once you are in you can never get out. Only highly xenophobic groups keep their original religion in this environment.

  • Back in Junior High School I became an avid war-gamer, and was fascinated by the military history of the past, especially World War II, the most titanic conflict ever recorded. However, although I much enjoyed reading the detailed accounts of the battles of that war, especially on the Eastern Front that largely determined its outcome,...
  • @German_reader

    That is the reason why Dresden is the only city in Germany where there is an official commemoration of what happened in the war.
     
    That's not true, many German cities have commemorations of Allied WW2 air raids, e.g. for Würzburg (bombed in March 1945) I found this, from March this year:
    https://www.wuerzburgerleben.de/2018/03/13/gedenken-bombenangriff-16-03-1945/
    Of course these commemorations are highly politically correct nowadays and always strongly emphasize German responsibility for WW2. But it's not true that there's any pretense those air raids didn't happen or that they aren't officially commemorated.

    the Western allies treated German POW´s much, much worse than the German side had treated Western POW´s.
     
    My German grandfather was taken prisoner by the British in northern Germany in early 1945 and wasn't mistreated at all. Security at his pow camp was extremely lax, iirc he wasn't even formally dismissed, but eventually just left on his own account and took a train home.
    Anecdotal evidence, but one could say the same about many of those negative accounts.
    There's certainly a need for some WW2 revisionism, but some of the stuff here is so extreme it will be counter-productive.

    My German grandfather was taken prisoner by the British in northern Germany in early 1945 and wasn’t mistreated at all. Security at his pow camp was extremely lax, iirc

    German officers in the Dutch post war POW-camps were even allowed to keep their side arms.

    • Replies: @Wally
    said:
    "German officers in the Dutch post war POW-camps were even allowed to keep their side arms."

    Seriously? Where's the proof of that one?

    www.codoh.com
  • @James Brown
    You don't know what you're talking about so I'd suggest to you to be more humble and don't write about what you don't know. Here(at Unz) the goal is the truth. And the truth is: blacks, whites, yellows, browns can all be rapists.

    It's well known that Russians (White) raped thousands of German Women.

    It also known today, for those who are interested in the truth that "American troops committed thousands of rapes on French women they were 'liberating'"

    Only those who are not interested in the truth still believe that those rapes were committed only by blacks.

    "However, some justice was needed to be seen to be done, but even that process was deeply flawed. Of the mere 152 men who were tried for rape, 139 of the defendants were ‘coloured

    It appears that the American Army was keen to treat black soldiers as scapegoats, and labelled them as being ‘hypersexual’ and therefore more likely to be rapists."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334204/The-GIs-raped-France-We-know-mass-rape-German-women-Stalins-soldiers-Now-new-book-reveals-American-troops-committed-thousands-

    However, some justice was needed to be seen to be done, but even that process was deeply flawed. Of the mere 152 men who were tried for rape, 139 of the defendants were ‘coloured

    Thanks for showing the proof that blacks raped ten times more even though they were only a fraction of the US army. After that book came out you could read a lot of articles about the subject.

    Reminds me of that story about black GI’s who were murdered by the Japanese after the war because they raped the local women every weekend.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945_Katsuyama_killing_incident

    And of course who can forget Emmet Till’s father who was sentenced to death for raping two Italian women and murdering a third.

    • Replies: @James Brown
    "Thanks for showing the proof that blacks raped ten times more even though they were only a fraction of the US army. After that book came out you could read a lot of articles about the subject."

    If you had taken the time to read the article, you wouldn't have written this nonsense.

    But as you're not interested in the truth let me give you very good news.

    Did you know that 99% of Russian soldiers raping German women were black ?

    See wikipedia. You will find all the prove you need.
  • @Thorfinnsson
    Adolf Hitler makes reference to 110 million Germans living in Central Europe in the late 1930s.

    What was the postwar population of West Germany, East Germany, Austria, and the German cantons of Switzerland (I assume these were included by him)? Less Germany's acknowledge war casualties (both military and civilian).

    "Greater Germany" of March 1939 contained 83 million Germans. It seems that West Germany, East Germany, and Austria combined contained 76 million people in 1950, and this includes the expellees.

    Total acknowledged deaths in the war are around 7 million. A number of 12 million expellees returning to Germany (arbitrary on my part) indicates postwar casualties of 12 million--though this ignores births and deaths of natural causes.

    Never forget the 12 million?

    A number of 12 million expellees returning to Germany

    Most of those were from parts of “Greater Germany” that were no longer part of post war Germany.

  • From Quillette: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer—A Review written by Gregory Cochran Published on July 1, 2018 comments 42 ... The real problem with this book is that, to Zimmer and many other people, genetics itself is the enemy. The facts, not the discipline, particularly...
  • @utu

    my review was funny
     
    No, it was not. Being funny is not your thing. Your thing is being right all the time. This is never funny.

    How about entertaining? It was to me, anyway.

  • Koreatown, west of Downtown Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd., is a vastly prosperous highrise district. (Koreans were the favorite tenants of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While the glamorous Lakers usually had Jack Nicholson in their first row of courtside seats, Clipper games usually featured courtside a lot of Big Renters from Pusan...
  • @Twinkie
    Hungarians reputedly built over 100 stone castles and fortresses prior to the second invasion. Even with the best siege engines of the day (counterweight trebuchet, which the Mongols possessed), overrunning that many stone fortresses was a tall order.

    Furthermore, remember that the first, highly successful, invasion of Hungary was headed by Batu and Subotai and their army was made up of imperial tumens (actual Mongol troops) who were fully backed by the entire Mongol Empire.

    The second invasion was a much smaller affair, led by a warlord of the Golden Horde (Nogai), long after there had been serious civil wars between the Golden Horde on the one hand and Il-Khanate and Chagatai Khanate on the other hand. It's highly likely that Nogai, therefore, did not have access to siege engineers from Persian or Chinese Mongol domains. In any case, Nogai's troops were likely Kipchak conscripts, who were of considerably lower quality than Mongol imperial tumens.

    Even the first Mongol invasion was stopped by the Czechs, Croatians and Austrians respectively.
    Their big successes in Europe were on the plains of Russia, Poland and Hungary. Every else they seemed to struggle.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Even the first Mongol invasion was stopped by the Czechs, Croatians and Austrians respectively.
    Their big successes in Europe were on the plains of Russia, Poland and Hungary. Every else they seemed to struggle.
     
    It's good to have mountains.
  • @Twinkie
    Hungarians reputedly built over 100 stone castles and fortresses prior to the second invasion. Even with the best siege engines of the day (counterweight trebuchet, which the Mongols possessed), overrunning that many stone fortresses was a tall order.

    Furthermore, remember that the first, highly successful, invasion of Hungary was headed by Batu and Subotai and their army was made up of imperial tumens (actual Mongol troops) who were fully backed by the entire Mongol Empire.

    The second invasion was a much smaller affair, led by a warlord of the Golden Horde (Nogai), long after there had been serious civil wars between the Golden Horde on the one hand and Il-Khanate and Chagatai Khanate on the other hand. It's highly likely that Nogai, therefore, did not have access to siege engineers from Persian or Chinese Mongol domains. In any case, Nogai's troops were likely Kipchak conscripts, who were of considerably lower quality than Mongol imperial tumens.

    The second invasion was a much smaller affair

    40,000 vs 30,000 according to wikipedia. Not that much smaller.

  • @Daniel Chieh
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Mongol_invasion_of_Hungary


    The results of the invasion could not have contrasted more sharply with those of the 1241 invasion. The invasion was repelled handily, and the Mongols lost much of their invading force due to several months of starvation, numerous small raids, and two major military defeats. This was mostly thanks to the new fortification network and the military reforms. No major invasion of Hungary would be launched after the failure of the campaign of 1285, though small raids from the Golden Horde were frequent well into the 14th century. Less than two years later, the Third Mongol invasion of Poland occurred. This invasion was also repulsed, with the Poles using a similar strategy to the Hungarians in 1285.
     

    That’s really interesting. I thought the claim that the Mongols did not conquer Europe because of all the castles was a purely theoretical one.

    But now I see that both the Mongol invasions of Hungary in 1285 and the one in Poland two years later were thoroughly defeated because they fortified their cities and built more castles.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Strictly speaking, castles don't really stop raiders and brigands were widespread in Europe, they don't really stop a force from stealing what they can and leaving. Its not realistic to fortify everything.

    What they do is that they make it impossible for a large force to invade: each castle "bypassed" becomes a permanent source of harassment, threat to supply lines, and essentially gives the initiative to the defenders who can choose the time of their fights.

    European castlemaking is quite impressive, and it created demand for an entire profession of skilled engineers, arguably exceeding classical knowledge of stoneworking.
  • 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.

  • @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.

  • 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?

    • Replies: @AnotherDad

    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.
  • An iSteve reader writes: I’m right-handed and I fold my arms with my left arm on top. It took me several tries to force myself to fold my arms with my right arm on top. This may have to do with me being right-handed: I fold my arms by having my right hand come up...
  • It’s customary to fold your arms with your left arm on top after you’ve just deposed the bolsheviks and saved your country from socialist misery.

    • LOL: Unzerker
  • It took me a few tries to get my right hand on top too.

    Abe Shinzo is right handed, judging from his signing pictures. So it has to be random.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    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.)
  • I'm very pleased to announce that our selection of HTML Books now contains works by renowned World War II historian David Irving, including his magisterial Hitler's War, named by famed military historian Sir John Keegan as one of the most crucial volumes for properly understanding that conflict. With many millions of his books in print,...
  • @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.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    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
  • @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…

    • Replies: @bj
    What was the name of your relative?
  • @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.

    • Replies: @Mulegino1

    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.

  • 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.

    • Replies: @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?

    , @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'.

    www.codoh.com
    , @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.
  • @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?

    • Replies: @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.
  • @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

    • Replies: @David Irving is a BIG Liar
    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.

  • @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…

  • @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.

    • Replies: @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.
  • @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.

    • Replies: @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.
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  • @Alden
    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.

  • In the Journal of Economic Literature, Duke U. economist Timur Kuran writes: Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 56 (2018), in press. Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links Timur Kuran* Abstract. This essay critically evaluates the analytic literature concerned with causal connections between Islam and economic performance. It focuses on works since 1997, when...
  • @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.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    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).
  • @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.

  • @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.

    • Replies: @Dave from Oz

    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.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @David
    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.
  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

    • Agree: Svigor
    • Replies: @Philip Owen
    The thin ones with short hair will have recently left prison. EDL is popular in gaol.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    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.....
  • @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.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    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.
  • @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.

  • @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.

    • Replies: @Roderick Spode

    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
  • @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.

    • Replies: @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
    , @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.
  • @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.

    • Replies: @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."
    , @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.
  • @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.

    • Replies: @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.
    , @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.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    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.
  • @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.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    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.
  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov

    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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Replies: @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.
    , @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.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
    To say nothing of Turkmenistan's Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç Berdimuhamedow.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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/

  • 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.

  • @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…

  • 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.

    • Replies: @BB753
    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.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @guest
    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.

  • 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%.

  • 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.

  • @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.

    • Replies: @CAL
    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.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @Dutch Boy
    Very true. Even low class Egyptians wanted an afterlife.
  • @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.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    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.
  • 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.

    • Replies: @anonymous-antiskynetist
    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.
  • 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?

    • Replies: @markflag
    The same way Brett Favre's name got changed to Farv without changing the order of letters.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Replies: @anonguy

    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.
  • Commenter rienzi notes:
  • @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.