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    Some guys in human evolutionary biology and economics write-up HBD Chick's main theory. From PsyArXiv Preprints: The medieval Catholic Church was against Catholics marrying even moderately distant cousins and other kin, which HBD Chick has long argued is a key reason why Westerners are the way they are (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich
  • I have tended to be skeptical about this idea that nuclear families in Europe came about because of the opposition of the Catholic Church to extended families as a ploy to get a lot of land from inheritances…if only because it is in traditionally Catholic Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal) where until a few decades ago large, extended families were far more common than in traditionally protestant Northern Europe

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    Here is Catholic Church justification:

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04264a.htm
    The Church was prompted by various reasons first to recognize the prohibitive legislation of the Roman State and then to extend the impediment of consanguinity beyond the limits of the civil legislation. The welfare of the social order, according to St. Augustine (City of God XV.16) and St. Thomas (Suppl. Q. liii, a. 3), demanded the widest possible extension of friendship and love among all humankind, to which desirable aim the intermarriage of close blood-relations was opposed; this was especially true in the first half of the Middle Ages, when the best interests of society required the unification of the numerous tribes and peoples which had settled on the soil of the Roman Empire. By overthrowing the barriers between inimical families and races, ruinous internecine warfare was diminished and greater peace and harmony secured among the newly-converted Christians. In the moral order the prohibition of marriage between near relations served as a barrier against early corruption among young persons of either sex brought habitually into close intimacy with one another; it tended also to strengthen the natural feeling of respect for closely related persons (St. Thomas, II-II.154.9; St. Augustine, City of God XV.10).
     
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    Gregory I (590-604), if the letter in question be truly his, granted to the newly converted Anglo-Saxons restriction of the impediment to the fourth degree of consanguinity (c. 20, C. 35, qq. 2, 3); Paul III restricted it to the second degree for American Indians (Zitelli, Apparat. Jur. Eccl., 405), and also for natives of the Philippines.

    We then meet with the canon (c. 16, C. 55, q. 2), attributed to various popes and embodied in a letter of Gregory III (732), which forbids marriage among the Germans to the seventh degree of consanguinity. Wernz (Jus Decretal., IV, p. 624), says that at this date so severe a prohibition cannot be based on the canonical computation, but rather on that of the Roman law;
     
    , @Daniel H
    >>if only because it is in traditionally Catholic Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal) where until a few decades ago large, extended families were far more common than in traditionally protestant Northern Europe<<

    You forgot Ireland, but I think you err. Ireland, southern Italy, Sicily, southern Iberia, though all nominally Catholic, were outside the Hajnal line. For different historical reasons, the Catholic church was not as influential in these areas, as it was in the European heartland. You assume that what was traditionally Catholic 1-6 decades ago were the areas that were most Catholic 200-800 years ago. Traditionally Catholic areas of Europe 700-1,000 years ago would have been the European heartland of France, Northern Italy, Germany, Poland, Netherland, Scandinavia, England. Furthermore, the aristocracy (major, minor) were the standard bearers of the faith, and that matters.

    In the case of Ireland, fervid Irish Catholicism was a fairly recent phenomenon, brought on by the withdrawing of Britain from political and civic leadership in the 19th century, and by the adoption of Catholicism by the new Irish republic as a defining cultural marker. And fervid Irish Catholicism appears to have been a fleeting dalliance, Ireland having recently pretty much rejected the Catholic church, defying some of it's most fundamental tenets on family and sexual matters. Consider also, polygamy and cousin marriage were common in Ireland from medieval times up to early modern times, cousin marriage in Sicily was quite common up until very recently. I have Brazilian friends - Portuguese ancestors - who come from many generations of cousin marriage.

    Within-Hajnal line peoples are different. And within-Hajnal people have had a positive influence on their extra-Hajnal European brethren, encouraging them to discard their barbarous ways. I am certain that cousin marriage is much less common today in Ireland (probably extinct), Spain, Portugal, Sicily, Latin America.... than in the past and this is due to the positive, shaming influence of the success of within-Hajnal peoples.
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  • I was just interviewed by two Temple journalism students, Amelia Burns and Erin Moran, and though they appeared very bright and enterprising, with Erin already landing a job that pays all her bills, I feel for these young ladies, for this is a horrible time to make and sell words, of any kind, and the...
  • Actually, I think people these days read more than ever before, they just do it on the Internet instead on the printed page

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    I try to read two books a week or so, but still probably read more text online than on the page. I read a chapter in a Victor Davis Hanson book this morning while defecating. That done I am now reading this blog from PC screen.

    I see a trend for people like me to watch YouTube videos rather than reading books. I've read all the recent genetics/anthropology books. But I've also watched a lot of videos by John Hawkes. He's about the best respected early man anthropologist alive and he chooses to present the skulls and his work in the form of a video lecture. I suspect that this is the future.
    , @James Braxton
    Word count isn't what matters.

    I have found that even the most basic literary allusions are lost on people. And I don't mean obscure references. College educated people aren't familiar with things like Huckleberry Finn, but watch every damn show on Netflix. It's depressing.

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  • I have good memories of 1975. I got my first secure job, a Lectureship in Psychology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London. It was a glorious summer, followed the next year by an even better and drier one, and I finally finished my PhD. Little did I realise that...
  • no question 1975 was the beginning of the end for Western civilization, as the following year Punk rock started

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    no question 1975 was the beginning of the end for Western civilization, as the following year Punk rock started
     
    The decline started with Windows 95 and large scale internet access starting about then. First time I got on the internet was 1996. Yahoo was the crudest ugliest gray background web page.
    For America the approval of NAFTA and WTO was in the first half of the 1990s. Illegal immigration increased. The last decade of good pop music and rock was the 1980s. Seems to me the fall of USSR, Berlin Wall and communism (external threats) allowed the West to relax and divert more money internally to useless pursuits and degeneracy. David Bowie Heroes is from 1976, written under the pressure of The Berlin Wall and Soviet communism. This could not have been accomplished in 1996

    The FIRE sectors of the economy also started to dominate in the 1990s. Post modernism took over campuses. btw post modernism is too white oppressor oriented these days. You must be post colonial, meaning the non-whites call the shots in universities etc.

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  • From the New York Times: Ms. Carlson launched her fabulous career on TV by winning the Miss America contest in a swimsuit back in the 1980s. That was fine back then, but Ms. Carlson is here to assure us that today's young women definitely don't want to get a leg up the career ladder by...
  • It’s my vague hope that when race and gender-realist China overtakes the West, we will finally realize this political correctness is absolutely suicidal

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  • Because we seem to be drifting in the direction of public life being dominated from day to day by whatever actresses are complaining about currently, I tried looking up the Greek word for "rule by actresses." But Google only had a single listing in the entire history of the Internet: So, Rule by Actresses appears...
  • Looking at history, here are some actresses that have reached power: Theodora, the infamous empress of Byzantium; Eva Peron; Jiang Quing, the murderous wife of Mao…perhaps not the most reassuring list

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  • Here's a pretty funny story from biologist Jerry Coyne's blog about affirmative action in Brazil. Around the turn of the century, Brazil introduced racial affirmative action and, not surprisingly, that has led to countless brouhahas over who should qualify for what preference. Brazil's nonstop history of Elizabeth Warren-type controversies over affirmative action brings up the...
  • If the key to a cushy government job in Brazil is going to be how dark your skin is, I see a huge increase in the demand for tanning beds there

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  • From the Washington Post: "Trayon White" isn't a real name, is it? Sure, it sounds like was made up by Tova Reich just to make her son's life more awkward, but that's what it is. By Peter Jamison April 19 at 9:23 PM Email the author The photo, taken in 1935, depicts a woman in...
  • Is her next novel the third (Tova) Reich novel?

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  • Department of Mom Couldn't You Have Named Your Book Something Else? For Me? For Once? My wife is reading it and says it's quite good. But this helps explain why the younger Reich doesn't want to touch the whole Jewish thing in his DNA research: He feels free to shine the harsh light of DNA...
  • I’m eagerly waiting for her next, which to my calculation would be the third reich novel

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  • One thing you can pick up reading between the lines in paleogeneticist David "Aryan Conquests Were True" Reich's Who We Are is that he has some issues, family issues, concerning his own personal ancestry. This is only natural because he is researching, in effect, family trees, and everybody's own family has a treeful of issues....
  • Sounds really hillarious. If the blurb is faithful to the content, I’m amazed that she was able to get away with it.

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    She has all the right credentials; this helps to get away with a lot of stuff ordinary people could never.
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  • Is there a sense in which South Asians, with their obsession with caste, value diversity for the sake of diversity more than do Europeans? There's a sense in which "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains," "All men are created equal" or "Workers of the world, unite!" are extremely European ideas. Down...
  • From the end of the Roman empire till the 20th century, European countries tend to be extremely homogeneous. Most nations in Europe did not have any significant minority, with the exceptions of Jews and (later on) the Gypsies. And almost all languages in Europe were related, belonging to the Indoeuropean family (with a few exceptions such as Hungarian, Finnish and Basque). (This undiversity did not prevent Europeans from fighting wars incessantly). So I suppose when you have this homogeneity it seems natural to believe things like “all men are equal”

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  • The New York Times reports that America's most pressing problem, Too Many White People, also afflicts far-off Australia: In a Proudly Diverse Australia, White People Still Run Almost Everything By DAMIEN CAVE APRIL 10, 2018 SYDNEY, Australia — Australia prides itself on its fairness and multiculturalism. But wander through Sydney’s corporate towers or Canberra’s halls...
  • @George
    Thinethavone 'Tim' Soutphommasane[4] was born in Montpellier, France in 1982 to Chinese and Lao parents who had fled Laos as refugees in 1975.[2]

    [Invade the world, Vietnam war, French Indo-China, recolonization after WWII]

    His family was resettled by the Family Reunion Program of the Australian Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs to Sydney's south-western suburbs in 1985,[5] where he was raised. He was educated at Hurlstone Agricultural High School.[5]

    [Invade the world leads to invite the world, I wonder if they read Camp of the Saints and decided it was time to leave France.]

    Soutphommasane is the author of three books: The Virtuous Citizen: Patriotism in a Multicultural Society (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works (New South Books, 2012) which in 2013 won the NSW Premier's Literary Award in the 'Community Relations Commission Award' section,[8] and Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

    He was also co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left: What Labor Should Stand For (New South Books, 2010).

    Soutphommasane's first book Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives was published in 2009. Loosely based on research undertaken toward his doctoral thesis, the book argues that people with progressive politics must re-engage with ideas of patriotism and national identity, which Soutphommasane claims were surrendered to the right during the Prime Ministership of John Howard.

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

    I might add a few words to the title of one of his book: “Don’t go back to where you come from…and trash the place that received you”

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  • @Anon
    The Western man is filled with a deep sense of passive self-loathing. Two world wars sapped the vitality of our people, and caused a loss of confidence in the Faith. The colonial empires, born as a humanitarian enterprise, were erased in two short decades. At the same time, we have received material prosperity, but in effect is the eating of our seed corn.

    The majority of our socities genuinely think that we don't deserve to continue, and achieving nebulous equality is worth more than demographic continuity. 30% of Hungary basically just voted for open borders in the face of the Megaphone being in Orban's hands. By comparison only 20% of the South African whites voted for the leftist party in 1989.

    you are right, but in all honesty these two World Wars were Western Civilization’s quite successful suicide attempt. Not the first time this happened, the fall of the Roman empire, the French revolution, the 1960s. There is something in Western civilization that is not quite right, underneath there is a yearning to destroy everything, a self loathing that you seldom see in other cultures.

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  • @Anon
    The Western man is filled with a deep sense of passive self-loathing. Two world wars sapped the vitality of our people, and caused a loss of confidence in the Faith. The colonial empires, born as a humanitarian enterprise, were erased in two short decades. At the same time, we have received material prosperity, but in effect is the eating of our seed corn.

    The majority of our socities genuinely think that we don't deserve to continue, and achieving nebulous equality is worth more than demographic continuity. 30% of Hungary basically just voted for open borders in the face of the Megaphone being in Orban's hands. By comparison only 20% of the South African whites voted for the leftist party in 1989.

    you are right, but in all honesty these two World Wars were Western Civilization’s quite successful suicide attempt. Not the first time this happened, the fall of the Roman empire, the French revolution, the 1960s. There is something in Western civilization that is not quite right, underneath there is a yearning to destroy everything, a self loathing that you seldom see in other cultures.

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    There is something in Western civilization that is not quite right, underneath there is a yearning to destroy everything, a self loathing that you seldom see in other cultures.
     
    The strength of western civilisation is its dynamism. That's also its fatal flaw.

    Every culture understands that stability is a good thing. Every culture except western culture that is. As soon as stability is achieved westerners want to start smashing things.

    Australia provides one of the finest examples. Fifty years ago we had what was arguably the best society on earth. Not the richest (although we were a very rich country) but if you look at the combination of prosperity, stability, security, low crime and incredibly low levels of violence and if you add to that a benign climate and zero external threats there really was no better place to live on the entire planet.

    And how did Australians react to all this? We decided it all had to change. Who wants to live in a wealthy, peaceful stable society? So we took a hammer to it and started smashing it. Because that's what white Europeans do.
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  • Soutphommasane is a name of Lao extraction. And I’m sure a hellhole like Australia has a lot to learn from Laos, one of the poorest countries of earth.

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    Tim Soutphommasane, Australia’s race discrimination commissioner
     
    Most likely 100% ethnic Chinese who took on a Laotian/Thai last name to avoid excessive attention.
    , @George
    Thinethavone 'Tim' Soutphommasane[4] was born in Montpellier, France in 1982 to Chinese and Lao parents who had fled Laos as refugees in 1975.[2]

    [Invade the world, Vietnam war, French Indo-China, recolonization after WWII]

    His family was resettled by the Family Reunion Program of the Australian Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs to Sydney's south-western suburbs in 1985,[5] where he was raised. He was educated at Hurlstone Agricultural High School.[5]

    [Invade the world leads to invite the world, I wonder if they read Camp of the Saints and decided it was time to leave France.]

    Soutphommasane is the author of three books: The Virtuous Citizen: Patriotism in a Multicultural Society (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works (New South Books, 2012) which in 2013 won the NSW Premier's Literary Award in the 'Community Relations Commission Award' section,[8] and Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

    He was also co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left: What Labor Should Stand For (New South Books, 2010).

    Soutphommasane's first book Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives was published in 2009. Loosely based on research undertaken toward his doctoral thesis, the book argues that people with progressive politics must re-engage with ideas of patriotism and national identity, which Soutphommasane claims were surrendered to the right during the Prime Ministership of John Howard.

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

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  • From La Tribuna of Mexico City, via Google Translate: Why is that maniac Trump complaining about this caravan? It's not a one-time thing, it's happened every spring since Year 2 of the Obama Administration. , started on March 25 in Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, arrived in the southern state of Oaxaca last weekend...
  • The chicken with the golden eggs is the Spanish version of Aesop’s story about not killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. I guess the meaning here is that Mexico should not upset the United States with its migrant policy, since the economic growth it had in the last two decades has depended on selling its products to the US via Nafta.

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  • From the Washington Post: Aristotle, father of scientific racism How the famous philosopher paved the way for books like “The Bell Curve." By Matthew A. Sears April 6 at 6:00 AM Matthew A. Sears is an associate professor of classics and ancient history at the University of New Brunswick. Race science is back. To be...
  • As I said in a previous comment, instead of trying to scientifically refute the latest findings linking DNA and race, these authors extoll on how awful Aristotle, Galton and other long dead men were. At least Lewontin and Gould in the 1970s try to use some (dubious) science to sustain their views. In a way, the blank slaters are now admitting defeat.

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  • From The Nation: Really? I guess that's why he never wrote a huge book entitled The Descent of Man. Yet it was inevitable as his ideas took the world by storm that they would be misinterpreted, intentionally or otherwise. The subtitle of On the Origin of Species—“Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle...
  • It’s interesting that articles like these always point out how nasty and mean long dead people like Galton were, they never actually try to disprove the latest scientific findings about race not that a political science professor would be able to do that, of course)

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  • The latest Steven Spielberg film, The Pentagon Papers, made me wonder about the historical significance of this glorious episode of whistleblowing and victorious struggle for freedom of the press. The leaking and publishing in 1971, by the New York Times then the Washington Post, of excerpts from this 7000-page classified report on the Vietnam War...
  • Blaming Jews for the Vietnam war? well, that maybe a bit of a stretch…

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    "The USS Liberty failed false flag attack is proof of Johnson’s secret complicity with Israel, and of his high treason against the country he had sworn to protect. But Johnson had in fact always been Israel’s man. As early as 1948, his campaign for a Senate seat had been financed by Abraham Feinberg, president of Americans for Haganah Incorporated and financial godfather of Israel’s atomic bomb."
    -- You may start with refuting the above monstrosities. Johnson -- and all the following presidents -- were in the pockets of Israel-firsters. Look around for the moral devastation of the US.
    , @gwynedd1
    It always is when blaming just the Jews. However they are almost always a political force , and of course from their power elite, more or less meaning that their goals are often at odd with the peace and harmony of ordinary Jews themselves, let alone everyone else. They could never do it alone.
    , @ISmellBagels
    Who is "blaming Jews for VN"? That's your straw man. You made it up He presented compelling evidence, which was not made up. Zionist hijacking of US government has been the bane of this country for decades, and still is the biggest problem.
    , @Dante Ardenz
    No stretch at all my dear ....The Jews nasty tribal God Yahweh ( See Yahweh God Of The NWO ,You Tube ) , commands it's ,his what's ,' Chosen People " ; " By deception thou shall do war ". The Jews ,secular ," Liberal " " Conservative " take all of this very seriously . Funny how the Jews ,masters of the lie ,and owners of Hollywood , pull the same false flags ,again ,and again , yet the public still falls for it ,again ,and again . From the Spainish American War , Lusitania set up , Red Line over Danzig ,Pearl Harbor ,Korean Gun Boats , Gulf Of Tonkin , through Jew worshipping Bush 2 s WMD we see it work ...." Oh no the poor Jews didn't do it ." Well they aren't " Poor " , and better watch out . They are setting up Syria with LIES about Putin / Assad with " poision gas " to begin WW3.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: ... Since 1929, anthropologists have assured us that race is just a social construct, that ancient peoples made pots not war, that Aryan conquests in India and Europe were Nazi delusions, that the caste system was imposed on the egalitarian Indians by British colonialists, and many other agreeable...
  • @Sunbeam
    "Before the Bronze Age there were several quite distinct races in Europe. After the last Ice Age, Europe was inhabited by an ancient race of hunter-gatherers with blue eyes and dark skin. They were then largely overwhelmed by lighter-skinned, brown-haired farmers from the Middle East.

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

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

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

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

    Keep in mind that the neanderthals come into picture thousands of years before this, the last neanderthal live maybe 40,000 years ago and these invasions are all well after the last ice age (10,000 BC)

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  • Here's a pretty obvious question but not one that comes up much in American discourse. In America, many ethnics group have tended to stumble into a certain number of careers in which, whether or not they have above average natural talent, they can build up some expertise and networks of connections. For example, lots of...
  • Given their extrovertion, they could be good salesmen, except that many white americans are afraid of blacks

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
  • haven’t seen the movie but looking forward to it; by the way, if you learn to know about Stalin, the best biography to me is Simon Montefiore’s two part volume, “Young Stalin” and “The Court of the Red Tsar”

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  • From The Telegraph: Not sure this is "the first time" because it's of course a question of how much IQ can be predicted. In that they live longer, etc. Presumably, a lot of IQ variation is less due to having genes that are better, on paper, at generating higher IQ and instead are due to...
  • So now we have the long awaited intelligence genes (after being repeatedly told “but you haven’t proved that intelligence is genetic”). We only have to see if these genes have the same frequency among the different races and is the end (or at least the beginning of the end) of racial denialism

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  • Can corporate America be forced to end its diversity obsession? Abolishing racial and ethnic preferences has proven difficult enough in higher education and government employment but stopping private businesses from “trying to look like America” seems nearly impossible given their freedom to recruit whoever they want (save, of course, hiring only white males). Are airline...
  • It will happen naturally in the next few years, as US companies diversified with low IQ people, will not be able to compete with Chinese companies.

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  • One of the more celebrated figures of The Current Year is April Reign, whose @ReignOfApril Twitter account launched the much-lauded #OscarsSoWhite hashtag a few years ago. For example, from the New York Times: And from the Los Angeles Times: #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign on the 2018 Oscar nominations and why #BlackPressMatters By TRE'VELL ANDERSON JAN...
  • A bit of offtopic, as a non American, it intrigues me that what happens in Hollywood, a very minor industry in economic terms, is so important in public discourse in the US. The declining US steel industry, with a turnover of 100 billion, is ten times more important in purely economic terms than the movie industry.

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    Movie / TV industry is a lot bigger than just the domestic box office take of about $10 billion per year. The entertainment industry has figured out a lot of different ways to get paid.
    , @Almost Missouri
    It's not just Steel that is bigger by an order of magnitude than Hollywood. Oil, Telecoms, Electric Utilities, Transport, Aerospace, Defense, Agriculture, etc., etc., are all at least as big as steel and get nowhere near as much attention as Hollywood.

    On the other hand, if the Business of America is Business, then the Business of Hollywood is Grabbing and Holding Your Attention, so whaddya expect really?

    Of course much of the attention that Hollywood gets is superficial and insipid, like April above, so I'm pretty sure those "real" industries are just as happy not to have it.
    , @J.Ross
    The movie industry has been heavily politicized by an intolerant minority-within-a-minority, so it now acts as a public face for unreachable, anonymous elites. Spitting on Hollywood is spitting on Foundations and spooks.
    Also, it is uniquely American.
    , @Anonymous
    Don't be autistic. Hollywood controls the minds of the masses. It's content creators are among the smartest people in the world.

    Hollywood and media are the two most important industries in America because they determine public opinion, which is the strongest force in the world.
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  • From the Washington Post: What ‘Black Panther’s’ Wakanda can teach us about Africa’s history — and its future By Naunihal Singh February 28 at 8:00 AM Naunihal Singh is an assistant professor in the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. The opinions expressed are his own and not...
  • There are actually two African countries that have never been colonized: Ethiopia and Liberia. They are, not surprisingly, among the worst performing nations in the world using several types of development and welfare measures (for example, they are 174 and 177 among 192 nations in the 2016 Human Development Index)

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  • The Kremlin is interfering in the internal affairs of countless nations, such as France. From Wikileaks: (C/NF) SUMMARY: In keeping with France’s unique history and circumstances, Embassy Paris has created a Minority Engagement Strategy that encompasses, among other groups, the French Muslim population and responds to the goals outlined in reftel A. Our aim is...
  • If France does not become more multicultural, it will be a more divided country…talk about Newspeak

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  • Rebecca Carroll, author of an essay in Esquire on how dethroned PBS interview king Charlie Rose is racist because Rose failed to sexually harass her when she worked for him, has been a busy media figure lately. She also recently helped get a disabled guy in a wheelchair, John Hockenberry, fired from his gig on...
  • wow, she seems to be an unsufferable, all-around horrible individual

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    she seems to be an unsufferable, all-around horrible individual
     
    Like many adoptees, Rebecca Carroll clearly never got over the trauma of having been abandoned by her birth mother AND birth father (who was probably already out of the picture by the time of her birth).

    RACE is simply the funnel through which she channels the ongoing pain.

    The claim to be "BLACK" also serves as a convenient justification to this woman - born to a white woman - for the unjustifiable lashing out against her birth family and genuine friends who had the guts to stand up to the one-dimensional, simple-minded, Black Studies race talk.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    Andy, I haven't finished reading all the new comments, but Michelle Obama displayed many of this woman's anti-white traits. Everything they accomplish is in spite of whites and everything they couldn't accomplish was because of whites.
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  • I wrote in VDARE in 2009: Of course, Republicans haven't followed this
  • The way African Americans (about 10% of the US population and at the bottom of income compared with other races) dominate in Democratic politics is strange. America loves a winner except in liberal politics where they love a loser

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    The way African Americans (about 10% of the US population and at the bottom of income compared with other races) dominate in Democratic politics is strange. America loves a winner except in liberal politics where they love a loser
     
    First off blacks don't dominate Democratic politics.

    Economically, the Democratic party is the state party--the court party, the parasite party. Ever since the Neolithic it's been possible to loot productive people, because ... they can't pack up and move their land! Once there are factions contending one has always been the party representing the interests of "court" itself. Moved to modern democratic politics one party always represents the state itself and the state taxing and doling out goodies for votes.

    Ethnically the Democratic party is first and foremost the Jewish party. High verbal IQ, they are well represented occupationally in the state and its associated apparatus and various rent-seeking hangers-on. The Jews provide the lions' share of the Democrats financial backing, organizational capability and ideological propaganda. The blacks are simply a vote bank--bought by welfare on the low end and comfy AA sinecures on the high end. Plus coddled and/or prodded by the Jews minoritarian propaganda. (Whitey did it to ya!) That's the essential reason blacks--black concerns--have any mind share. Black oppression is the sin qua non of minoritarian propaganda. (No matter how much it bugs Jews, the golfocaust is just fundamentally too laughable to be "oppression". They had to borrow slavery and Jim Crow.)

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    If you're talking political representation, then yeah, blacks are pretty well represented.

    This again is pretty simple to explain: Everyone runs from blacks so they are geographically concentrated, allowing them to get numerically pretty good political representation.

    This, of course, works to Republicans advantage. A big chunk of your oppositions votes are an ethnic vote bank that votes 90-10 and is geographically concentrated. Pack 'em all into districts that will be overwhelmingly Democratic and you're pretty much guaranteed to win most of the remaining--and mostly majority white--districts.

    It's actually a tribute to the sheer, pigheaded, unwillingness of the establishment Republicans to represent their middle class white voters' interests that the Republicans aren't permanently locked into Congressional majorities, but manage to abuse and demotivate their base repeatedly enough to lose now and again.
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  • From the New York Times: Actually, as I've often pointed out, Vallejo has been like this for a long time. It's not a coincidence that Sly and the Family Stone, a quite diverse funk-rock band with pro-diversity lyrics, emerged from Vallejo a half century ago. Less entertainingly, nor is it a coincidence that Vallejo was...
  • Obviously, the more diverse a place, the more unequal its income distribution, since different people have different abilities and the market price for each ability is different

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  • From Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: 7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real Ever hear someone say something like, “Hey, wow, great news everybody! Racism’s over! We fixed it!” ... Yeah, it seems there’s still a little something called systemic racism—and it’s real. Racism at Every Level of Society Systemic racism is about the...
  • People’s income depend on how productive they are, how much wealth they create through their work. White people are obviously far more economically productive than African Americans. Interestingly, we do have measures of total productivity of US workers, but not divided by race – perhaps because the bureau of statistics know that this would go against the current narrative.

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  • Following up my Taki's column on Larry David, "Curb Your Self-Awareness," here's a self-aware excerpt from a 2001 interview by Emma Forrest with Rachel Weisz, the lovely Oscar-winning Jewish-British actress:
  • @foobc2
    Aryans have never been blonde, ever. If you never spoke a Sanskrit derived language nor followed the Aryan religion (Hinduism), then by definition you could never be Aryan.

    Aryan - only - appears in the Hindu (v)Eddas, a Sanskrit/Hindi word used by the Aryans to self describe their own Aryan religion and their language. Along with the holy (and only) Hindu Swastika, the red forehead dot (also religious) is called laltika.

    There are 500 million or so Aryans in India (the other 500 million or so being of the Dravidian race)

    Red, brown and black hair are all common but blonde was never common to the people described in the Eddas (except for some edge cases, maybe Indra but that's about it really).

    By the way, it is possible that Aryans, though light skinned, were not really blond. Aryans, originally from the Eurasian steppe, when they expand to Northern Europe probably mingle with other peoples (perhaps connected with the finno-urics)

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  • @foobc2
    Aryans have never been blonde, ever. If you never spoke a Sanskrit derived language nor followed the Aryan religion (Hinduism), then by definition you could never be Aryan.

    Aryan - only - appears in the Hindu (v)Eddas, a Sanskrit/Hindi word used by the Aryans to self describe their own Aryan religion and their language. Along with the holy (and only) Hindu Swastika, the red forehead dot (also religious) is called laltika.

    There are 500 million or so Aryans in India (the other 500 million or so being of the Dravidian race)

    Red, brown and black hair are all common but blonde was never common to the people described in the Eddas (except for some edge cases, maybe Indra but that's about it really).

    Most specialists believe that when the Aryans reach India they mixed with the existing Dravidian population. Thus most languages in India are Indoeuropean, even though the phenotype of the Indians is different from the Europeans (yet, southern Indians, where the Aryans did not reach, tend to have darker skin than northern Indians)

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  • @Flip
    I've always wondered why prostitution is illegal but acting in a porno movie is legal. In both cases, people are being paid to have sex.

    I always thought porn stars are actually worse than prostitutes. At least prostitutes play their trade in private

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  • From Haaretz: Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak Gave Harvey Weinstein Info on Israeli Firm Hired to Fight Accusations Haaretz Nov 07, 2017 9:08 PM Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak gave Harvey Weinstein information that facilitated his hiring of an Israeli firm to investigate several women accusing him of sexual assault and the journalists working...
  • What is striking from the news item is that the Black Cube boss attended a Hillary fundraiser. Shouldn’t it be a no-no for American politicians to have some sort of relationship with top foreign intelligence officials? What would they say if this was a Russian top intelligence official attending a Trump fundraiser?

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  • From The New Yorker: Here's Black Cube's Google listing: The website demanded permission to load cookies on my computer before opening its web page, so I bailed out. But a reader kindly risked getting his computer enlis
  • I’m shocked that Mossad spies/thugs deceived & tormented Weinstein’s sexual victims, no one ever said

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  • I’m 73, which means that saying goodbye for the last time is increasingly a part of my life. Today, with the deepest regret, I’m bidding a final farewell at TomDispatch to one of the more remarkable writers I’ve known, Eduardo Galeano. I initially got involved with him in the early 1980s. I was a young...
  • Galeano died two years ago, strange that this article do not mention this (or this is some sort of parody and I’m not smart enough to realize it)

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  • Maybe this truck terrorist was inspired by watching that Latino Victory video that came out yesterday? What with all the Confederate flag-flying truck-driving infidels hunting down little Muslim girls, maybe it seemed like time for vengeance upon the Great Satan? Probably not, but ... How soon until the Frontlash gets cranked up? How soon until...
  • So the New York attacker was a Muslim immigrant. Who would have imagined that?

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  • Few subjects arouse as much ire as national IQs. Questions are asked about the cultural appropriateness of the tests, whether they have sufficient scope to assess the different talents of racial and cultural groups, the representativeness and size of the samples, and even whether those results are reported correctly. National scholastic achievements, on the other...
  • @jilles dykstra
    Why, are the Bolivians more suicidal than Israelis ?
    The Bolivians are the only people in S America who liberated themselves from the western yoke.

    This might be anecdotal, but having been both in Bolivia (a beautiful country) and in Israel, there is no way Bolivia’s IQ can be higher than Israel (even allowing than in Israel’s survey Israeli arabs are included). If you want to go further than anecdotes, see how many Nobel prizes have Bolivians have won and how many have Jews won

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    Alas just assertions, no argument whatsoever.
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  • Bolivians with a higher IQ than Israelis? Surely there is a mistake there

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    Why, are the Bolivians more suicidal than Israelis ?
    The Bolivians are the only people in S America who liberated themselves from the western yoke.
    , @dearieme
    "Bolivians with a higher IQ than Israelis? "

    Bolivians have IQs and they live thousands of feet higher than Israelis, so there's a sense in which it must be true.
    , @Chuck
    re: "Bolivians with a higher IQ than Israelis? Surely there is a mistake there"

    Other samples look to be in the 70s range. For example:
    "DIFERENCIAS EN LOS VALORES PERCENTILARES DE LAS PRUEBAS DE VERIFICACIÓN DIAGNÓSTICA"
    In this, the Bolivian raven's mean is below Argentina's 10th percentile.
    Unfortunately, many of these studies/reports are not in English/German.
    , @Luke Lea
    Israel has large Arab and Mizrahi populations which more than offset the Ashkenazi's above average scores.
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  • Going back to before the Larry Summers' whoop-tee-do in 2005, I've been pointing out that the three hard science Nobels deserve admiration for not caving in to our culture's demands for diversity. The media, in contrast, mostly ignored it the demographics of Nobel winners because the prestige of the Nobels might undermine the Narrative. This...
  • Rosalind Franklin in no way deserved a Nobel Prize for the discovery of DNA. Granted, she was a good technician, and took good photos of what it turned out to be the DNA molecule, but she held those photos for years and couldn’t figure it out what it really was. It took Watson just seconds after seeing the photos to realize this was the long expected molecule. Moreover, she held those photos for other scientists to see for a long time, violating standard scientific ethics that you show what you discovered to other scientists (especially if you are unable to find what it was)

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    Lots of scientists hold onto their results for years. The modern trend of publishing anything and everything is recent.
    , @james wilson
    When Watson and Crick showed her their theory of the DNA design, Franklin critically examined the model, declared it to be sound, and left. She had not a thought they had lifted it from her photos, demonstrating that the structure had never been even a glimmer in her mind.

    Einstein, among others, held the opinion that all great scientific breakthroughs are the result of a bold guess. That is a very male characteristic.
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  • Why have there seemingly been more suicide killers in recent decades? Perhaps the Jihadis think they'll go to heaven for killing infidels and the ex-Christians don't fear going to hell anymore. (Here's a 2012 Taki's column I wrote on the subject.)
  • “Jihadis think they’ll go to heaven for killing infidels and the ex-Christians don’t fear going to hell anymore”
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  • Commenter Felix Fischer writes: OT: So I did a text search on the e-book of “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton. In summary, I think it’s revealing that the strings “islam”, “refugee”, “illegal immigra”, and “jihad” get a total of 0 results. On the other hand “wikileaks” gets 35 results, and “Russia” gets 267 results. It’s...
  • Off topic, Steve, isn’t this fistfight between old style feminists and trans activists in London’s Hyde Park yesterday another case of the fraying of the coalition of the fringes?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4891484/Fists-fly-politically-correct-rally.html?ito=social-facebook

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  • From the New York Times: Wesley is this gay black "critic-at-large" who appears to have been given, post-Trayvon, a contract with the New York Times to free associate about race, racism, racists, and the hotness of Channing Tatum. I'll trim out most of this lengthy essay other than paragraph topic sentences, but you are not...
  • Racial chemoterapy as in “let’s use Zyklon B on whites”?

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  • From Eidolon, the woke classics online periodical run by Mark Zuckerberg's sister Donna: ... In “Stranger in the Village,” Baldwin pointed out the sheer futility of the nostalgia residing at the heart of white supremacy, noting that “No road whatever will lead Americans back to the simplicity of this European village where white men still...
  • I really don’t get these people. What’s the point of being a classicist if you dislike Western culture so intensely?

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  • From the New York Times: Young white men ... when is somebody going to finally do something about them? ... Katharine Zalesk
  • More and more, Silicon Valley companies have to compete with Asian tech companies that do not have to deal with this diversity nonsense and can hire the best. At what point will this diversity start affecting the bottom line of US tech companies?

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    Not only Asian ones; I know a lot of companies that just moved branches to Eastern Europe. Screw this noise and the Russian programmer(who is pretty common in EE) is famous for his effectiveness.

    "Why are Russians good coders?"

    "Good schools, long winters with below zero temperatures."

    Of course, the winning formula is to virtue signal with your California branch and get results from your unpozzed branch.

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  • Sincerity or parody: who can tell anymore?
  • So in the end up is this a metaphor of how only a straight way keeps you alive? (Both personally and civilzationally)

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  • From iSteve commenter gda: As a white Bajan [Barbadian] who grew up in Jamaica in the 1950′s and 60′s I seem to recall being taught at school that Barbados, as the “jewel in the crown”, got the best slaves, and in particular those who were the most docile (as opposed to “hot-headed”). Jamaica got the...
  • @Arclight
    I don't know about that. Maybe this is true for Barbados and maybe the Virgin Islands, but the French islands I am familiar with have virtually no black middle or upper class, just tons of poor blacks that do domestic labor.

    That’s why I said relatively prosperous, that is, compared with Haiti and most of Africa

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  • @Jack D
    Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island but Haiti has relatively more coast because its southern half is a long skinny peninsula that is only 15 miles wide but 150 miles long. But one is richer than the other and it's not the one with more coastline.

    But the DR has a lot of Spanish influence, the population is mostly black and mulatto but Haiti is way blacker, and until a couple of decades ago when it sort of get its act together the DR was not well governed at all, The famous race denialism of Dominicans about their own African roots is probably a useful psychological trick for them to avoid their country ending up like Haiti.

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  • The relatively prosperous Anglophone and French speaking Caribbean with its black majorities is a sign that perhaps not all is hopeless for Africa. But most of the islands there had very small populations, and this made them easier to govern. The largest ones, Jamaica and Haiti, with three and ten million people respectively, are certainly the exception to good government.

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    The more coastline to interior you have (e.g., Bermuda vs. Jamaica), the better off you are.

    Cuba, by the way, has a lot of coastline.

    , @LondonBob
    The climate suits blacks, they don't need much material possessions to live a reasonable life. I am told an issue is returning Afro Caribbeans from Britain etc. who are more violent and prone to crime.
    , @Arclight
    I don't know about that. Maybe this is true for Barbados and maybe the Virgin Islands, but the French islands I am familiar with have virtually no black middle or upper class, just tons of poor blacks that do domestic labor.
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  • I don't know much about the Mongolian music scene, but I went to see a band of Tuvan throat singers called Huun-Huur-Tu from Russian Siberia (next to Mongolia) in the mid-1990s at the Chicago Old Town School of Music. They did traditional eerie throat singing where you sort of gargle two notes at once. One...
  • One of the most unusual ethnic groups in the world are the Kalmyks, numbering about 200,000 people, who are descendants of the Mongols who settled in the 17th century, with permission of the Czar by the Caspian Sea, in today’s Russia. They live in Kalmykia, a federal subject of Russia west of the Urals, making it the only region in Europe where Buddhism is the majority religion. By the way, Lenin was part Kalmyk, thus his slanted eyes.

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    "One of the most unusual ethnic groups in the world are the Kalmyks, numbering about 200,000 people, who are descendants of the Mongols who settled in the 17th century, with permission of the Czar by the Caspian Sea, in today’s Russia."

    Thomas de Quincey wrote a novel about the Kalmyks who made a brutal, epic trek back to Central Asia:


    http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/16026.mobile
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  • @Chrisnonymous
    The Tuvan peoples are quite distinct from the Mongolians. It is not accurate to call Tuva Russian Mongolia.

    The Tuvan language is a Turkic language, while Mongolian is in a language family of its own. Nevertheless, Tuva and Mongolia are geographically next to each other, and their traditional lifestyle is in both cases that of nomad pastoralism, so they do share some cultural similarities

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    But the people are quite distinct. Mongolians are quite obviously East Asians, looking like Chinese, while Tuvans look more like American Indians.

    Moreover, the land is different. Tuvans live in heavily forrested Siberia, while Mongolians live in the sub-Siberian plains, hills, steppe, and desert.

    As in so many places in the world, the drawn borders of "Mongolia" are not an accurate reflection of ethnic and geographic similarity, but it is more accurate to call northern Mongolia "Mongolian Russia" than to call Tuva "Russian Mongolia".
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  • Somewhat surprisingly, Mongolia scores quite highly in IQ rankings, about 100, that is higher than Israel, Netherlands, France and the UK (also higher than the US, but we know that African Americans and Latinos drive down the US IQ ranking). Given such high ranking, why haven’t Mongolians achieved more in world history (aside from Genghiz Khan)? For one, they are relatively few Mongolians in the world (around 10 million, counting those living in Mongolia, China and Russia). But probably I think the pastoral life seems quite confortable for them so there is not much incentive to do other things.

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  • Over at VDARE.com, a demographer points out that all my scary graphs lately have been based on the U.N. Population Division's optimistic-sounding "medium fertility variant" in which total fertility rates magically converge toward 1.85 babies per woman by the end of the century. But what if Africans just go on doing what comes natural? The...
  • I agree that the Medium variant is way too optimistic. Using the same UN data I made this exce chart with yearly population growth in subsaharan Africa. While it is true that in the last few years the population growth has levelled off at a rate of about 2,8% a year, the UN is supposing the growth will start declining from 2017 on, reaching 0,7% in 2100. I see no evidence yet this will happen.

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  • From The Guardian: Why have four children when you could have seven? Family planning in Niger With the world’s highest birthrate, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing contraception, but what if women want more babies? Jill Filipovic Wednesday 15 March 2017 11.21 EDT Last modified on Friday 23 June...
  • So there is no way a mostly deserted country in the third world can sustain 200 million people in 2100, a Malthusian catastrophe is waiting there but not before sending zillions of people to the West

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  • The moderating trajectory of Bangladesh's population growth shows that there is a reasonable hope that the African population bomb can be defused. According to the UN Population Division, back in 1950, what are now the countries of Bangladesh (blue line above) and Nigeria (red) were host to 37 million people each. (How accurate are the...
  • Perhaps in the 22th century it will be said that the worst thing Europe ever did for itself was to bring modern Western medicine to Africa

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    Perhaps in the 22th century it will be said that the worst thing Europe ever did for itself was to bring modern Western medicine to Africa

    I was implying that with a previous post. It seems that we have a hard time keeping our secrets to ourselves, outside of the military, sometimes. China was able to keep the secret of silk for a long, long time. Europeans had hardly discovered Western Medicine before we gave it away.

    Anyway, here is some vibrancy to add to the thread. Where is Whiskey when you need him? Don't white women LOVE LOVE LOVE them some highway bandits (footpads)? You thought that was just a quaint medieval practice? Well, we have it now in the $CURRENT_YEAR!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6jhc1p/just_a_late_night_drive_in_france/

    And if you want to feel angry try this thread.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6jgzr3/video_of_the_little_french_girl_that_keeps/

    I blame Sally Struthers. If y'all had just drank an extra soda instead of giving money to Jamal, we wouldn't be in this mess.

    https://youtu.be/ePENcrE_xcQ

    That's not to mention the millions of children who have now lived to see their third birthdays, and are setting about bringing dungheap culture to a city near you. Its a good thing we all have hearts, as we all know it's far kinder for 100 African children to die in a few decades than 1 African child to die right now. And the African megafauna? Who needs it anyway? Where would we be without the baizuo?

    https://youtu.be/XsxVy7vyyk0

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  • I don't do much with Facebook, but I guess I have it set up to automatically post my Tweets. Yesterday, after I tweeted a graph comparing the UN's population forecasts for four African and four European countries, somebody asked me if the country that is expected to reach 192 million by the end of century...
  • From an NYT obituary: Why? Because ever since the beginning of time, man has yearned to destr
  • Obviously, a nuclear bomb wouldn’t have literally blown up the moon, it would probably just leave a medium sized crater, bear in mind that the moon has been for zillions of years bombarded with meteorites of far more explosive power than a nuclear bomb. And since there is no life at all there the nuclear fallout would have been a negligible issue. I think it would have been actually a cool experiment to do.

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  • Commenter Mobi points out that the press has decided it's very important that you think of 39-year-old French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron as an outsider. If you read the fine print rather than the headlines, you might get the impression that Macron is the distilled essence of the French ruling class. But that would be...
  • Outsider? It’s hard to be more establishment than working for the Rothschilds.

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  • I don't see any vote totals yet, but everybody is talking about Macron first, Le Pen second moving into the second round in two weeks.
  • @TelfoedJohn
    Le Pen may lose, but younger generations will elect her next time:

    https://twitter.com/GoodwinMJ/status/831097042030227457

    The globalist Macron may try to import voters over the next few years, but that may just rile people up more.

    The Macrons want to fill France with Muslim immigrants, so we should be wary about next time. The time for her was now.

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  • From The Telegraph: Soaring house prices reduce number of babies born in England by Sarah Knapton, science editor 12 APRIL 2017 • 4:19PM Soaring house prices are reducing the number of babies born in England because fewer people can afford their own home and so delay starting a family, a new study suggests. The European...
  • But Africans live in dirt poor huts and this does not prevent them from having zillions of babies

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    Andy, So true, but you don't need a line of credit or an equity loan to get more sticks and mud for your addition and man cave.
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  • Commenter Robert Hume writes: Leaving aside plain IQ, I suspect that love marriages select for a wider variety of personality types and other traits in offspring than do arranged marriages, with the historic English predilection for young lovers selecting their own mates (e.g., in the 1590s, Shakespeare didn't have any doubt whom his paying customers...
  • Regarding this issue about conformity and eccentricity in Asian and Western Culture, there was a recent news item in the New York Times about the death of an American who had dedicated his life to study the music of the pygmies;

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/arts/music/louis-sarno-dead-studied-pygmies-music.html

    And I thought only Westerners would think this is something worth studying, no Asian would dedicate their life to study such esoteric subjects, as cultural conformity makes Asians center on very practical things, yet sometimes studying seemingly esoteric subjects can lead to real breakthroughs on general knowledge.

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    Obvious counter example #1. Tornadoes in the midwestern US are pretty obscure for a Japanese scientist.

    The second obvious counter example is the large number of Asian mathematicians. (Look at the Wikipedia article for fields medal winners.). You can't get much more abstract and non-real-worldy than like 99% of academically interesting math. South Asians show up often as well as East Asians, and South Asians are generally the product of a lot of generations of arranged marriages.

    And so on. The world looks nothing like it would if your idea were true.
    , @anon

    no Asian would dedicate their life to study such esoteric subjects
     
    i think there is some truth in this general idea but it's often greatly over stated imo.

    it's going to be a question of percentages:
    - 1% of a billion 21st century Chinese is 10 million
    - 1% of 120 million Japanese is 120,000
    - 10% of 6 million 18th century English was 600,000
    so even at a ratio of 10 to 1 there's going to be a lot of East Asian eccentrics.

    Personally i think the big difference is East Asians have been civilized longer than north Europeans and although barbarian genes are useful in small doses in certain situations civilization selects them out over time because of their negative side.

    In a nut shell barbarian genes are chaos and civilized genes are order and you need the right balance.

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  • I usually use the phrase "World War Zero" to refer to the Seven Years War (a.k.a., French & Indian War) that George Washington more or less started at Pittsburgh in 1754. But lately I've been reading up on the Late Bronze Age Collapse of 3200 years ago. From The Smithsonian: Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was a...
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  • From the New York Times: Not until recently. This is the kind of thing we can get hard statistics on these days through genome analysis, and the weight of evidence suggests that Britain's population in 1950 was very heavily descended from its population in 1100. Of course, Ms. Shabi's definition of "immigrant" is as broad...
  • Look like the enemy? So she sees the Arabs as the enemy? Another ethnic nationalist preaching universalism for others but tribalism for her own people.

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    I'm pretty sure that's the impression that Sailer was trying to give. It happens to be 100% the opposite of the truth, but I'm guessing he figured that the i$$$teve commentariat were too dumb and lazy to actually google the book, or do minimal research beyond the extremely uninformative Wikipedia article he linked to.
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  • In Get the Gringo, Mel Gibson looks around at the vibrant El Pueblito prison in Tijuana on a Sunday and remarks, "It’s visiting day, so take the whole family to the crappiest place on Earth." That got me wondering: what indeed is the crappiest country on earth, relative to per capita GDP? The CIA lists...
  • Most of Subsaharan Africa is basically unlivable if you are not an African – even those countries in the continent that because of oil exports – Angola, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea – seem to have a relatively high GDP per capita

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  • Up-Updates regarding Oroville, CA, northeast of Sacramento, where 160,000 people have been ordered to evacuate because America's tallest dam is having all sorts of problems. Here are tweets from the local newspaper editor: That's good news. That's in line with my top of the head calculations that they can lower the reservoir level one foot...
  • building and repairing dams is mostly manly men building stuff, so aside from being sexist, this is probably racist too

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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there. Thanks to Vertumne for helping me finally get confident in the methodology behind this graph of newborns in France at risk of sickle cell anemia: Click on it to enlarge. By the way, you can use Google Translate to translate my Taki's column...
  • Bear in mind that not all of those immigrants affected by sickle cell would be Muslims – some Africans, like those from Congo are Christian. However, it seems to me the methodology is correct.

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  • From the NYT: Micklethwait is editor in chief of Bloomberg News and before that editor in chief of The Economist. It's almost as if the Internet allows readers to answer back to The Megaphone, thus subverting The Narrative. I don't get the status appeal of claiming that climate change is happening fast. Wouldn't it be...
  • African very high fertility rates are consistent with a society where most children die in infancy. Having a lot of children is a hedge that at least some will survive. Modern Western medicine in Africa has changed that, and now most children there are able to survive, but African cultural mores have not changed. But the West has lost its cultural self confidence to tell Africans they should have less children.

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  • Judging from the reaction to Trump's arrival at today's Army / Navy football game among military cadets, young military officers wouldn't be on board.
  • @dfordoom

    If there was a war it would depend on who’s side heavily armed rural whites were on. That side would win imo.
     
    Those heavily armed rural whites would last about ten minutes if it came to a fight against the military and the police.

    most of the military come from the rural whites…they wouldn’t fight against their brethren

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    most of the military come from the rural whites…they wouldn’t fight against their brethren
     
    Some serious wishful thinking there. The military will obey whoever pays them.
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  • This table is sorted in order of scores on Science, the subject most emphasized in this 3 year period. Here's the big PDF of data. Argentina for the win! In the past, the Argentines always complained that they were doing a better job of rounding up their dimmest 15 year olds to take the international...
  • @Anonymous
    I am deeply suspicious of the UK's ranking.
    And I am also puzzled by Israel's modest score.

    people in the Us think Israel and they believe they are all Ashkenazi Jews. Actually, Israel in this sense is quite “diverse”, you have Arabs, Sephardic Jews, Ethiopian Jews, and so forth, and their IQ is quite below that of the Ashkenazis.

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  • @Dumbo
    This.

    It is also arguably the whitest part of the country, although I am not 100% sure. The North tends to be more indigenous. But Buenos Aires attracts many immigrants from Bolivia, Peru, etc.

    A large number of people living in Buenos Aires have Amerindian blood, but their children go to school in greater Buenos Aires, the outskirts of the city. In the city itself, where the test was taken, the children are mostly of european descent (mostly spanish, italian, and some jewish).

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  • @Jack D
    Argentinians like to imagine themselves to be 100% European but outside of Buenos Aires with its large immigrant population (that arrived at the same time as the Ellis Island era in the US) it's not really true.

    In the end, you can predict PISA scores pretty well if you know the (true) population genetics of a country.

    that’s correct, in Argentina you have european descent mostly in the capital city of buenos aires, buenos aires province and the patagonian provinces. Outside that, in greater buenos aires and the northern provinces, a lot of amerindian blood.

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    There are a lot of Ukrainian settlements in northern Argentina though:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Argentines
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  • Argentina only included those schools in the capital (CABA, for Autonomous City of Buenos Aires), the richest and more educated part of the country. The test scores for the rest of the country were invalidated as the government tampered with the sample, selecting only those schools that have done well on previous years.

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    This.

    It is also arguably the whitest part of the country, although I am not 100% sure. The North tends to be more indigenous. But Buenos Aires attracts many immigrants from Bolivia, Peru, etc.
    , @Jack D
    Argentinians like to imagine themselves to be 100% European but outside of Buenos Aires with its large immigrant population (that arrived at the same time as the Ellis Island era in the US) it's not really true.

    In the end, you can predict PISA scores pretty well if you know the (true) population genetics of a country.
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  • Back in August, I asked "If the latest Milwaukee riot isn't Hillary's Sister Souljah Moment, what would be?" From Slate in October, an explanation that due to changes in the electorate, Democrats don't have to stoop anymore to the indignity of pretending that they don't agree with identity politics extremists like Bill Clinton did in...
  • Jamelle Bouie is probably the worst political journalist around. Read his articles in Slate for a laugh. (I must admit that I can’t conceal my shadenfreude for the shock he must have felt on what he believed was the impossible triumph by Trump)

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    He's been in meltdown mode for a month now on Twitter. He was in the beginning of the last episode of, "The Circus" Showtime's chronicle of the election. He's making this prediction that Clinton will win and overcome Trump's racism. In his defense all of the pundits featured in the segment predicted a Clinton victory.
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  • From The Atlantic: Here's a video of "political tensions growing:" Green: What would you say is the takeaway from all of this as we look ahead to more years of discrimination against different minority groups in the United States? Blankenship: Japanese incarceration was completely based on racial prejudice and economic compet
  • There might have been abuses, but the internement of Japanese Americans in WW2 wasn’t in itself wrong, given the loyalty of many Japanese Americans to the Emperor. Certainly it was more humane than Stalin’s treatment of those ethnic minorities considered sympathetic to the Germans during the war (Russian Germans, but also a lot of Muslim people from the Caucasus, like the Chechens)

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    I believe that interned Japanese citizens were paid at the same rate as privates in the Army.

    It's tendentious but also informative to note that you could say that about 10 million Americans were interned on military bases due to the draft.

    , @Dr. X

    There might have been abuses, but the internement of Japanese Americans in WW2 wasn’t in itself wrong
     
    Correct. Article 1, Sec. 9 of the Constitution allows for the suspension of habeas corpus in times of invasion and rebellion and when "the public safety may require it."

    Certainly it was more humane than Stalin’s treatment of those ethnic minorities considered sympathetic to the Germans
     
    Certainly it was more humane than the way just about EVERY other belligerent treated POWs and other assorted internees -- particularly the way the Japanese treated Americans during the Bataan Death March or the Chinese at Nanking.

    70 years after World War II ended, only fools with a lot of time on their hands are crying their eyes out over the alleged mistreatment of perceived Axis sympathizers. War is hell. The Italian guy who lost $26,000 on his fishing boat didn't get his legs blown off, didn't get his sons killed, didn't get his family gassed in a death camp or his wife gang-raped by soldiers, did he? Sounds like he made out pretty good compared to a lot of other people.

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  • French politics are important in a symbolic sense because French political history probably ranks with American and British political history as the best known in the world, and perhaps the best known for ideological purposes. The current move to the right in France is thus worth paying attention to. From the NYT: François Fillon Wins...
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  • Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1802: The Examination Number VII, [7 January 1802] The next exceptionable feature in the Message [from President Jefferson], is the proposal to abolish all restriction on naturalization, arising from a previous residence.2 In this the President is not more at variance with the concurrent maxims of all commentators on popular governments,...
  • @Verymuchalive
    In practical terms, Hamilton best resembles a 2oth Century proponent of White Australia. Immigrants should be white and overwhelmingly from the British Isles. This worked very well until it was abandoned, not unlike the similar effect in America before 1965.

    The problem was that there wasn’t enough English people to populate the whole North American continent. So eventually they let Germans, Irish and so forth come in.

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    The French and Indian War opened up the vast Ohio River Valley. Before that, Franklin laid out the intellectual case for immigration restrictionism. After that, he tended to be pro-immigration because land was immensely available.

    In American history, immigration and military conquest went together, immigration restriction and peace similarly were associated.

    , @syonredux

    The problem was that there wasn’t enough English people to populate the whole North American continent. So eventually they let Germans, Irish and so forth come in.
     
    Hey, having a vast continent to fill encourages high birthrates. There was no real need to allow in large numbers of foreigners.
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  • But in 1802, as opposed to today, the US was an underpopulated country. The young nation needed a critical mass of population to survive and expand westwards. Wasn’t Jefferson right then?

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    But in 1802, as opposed to today, the US was an underpopulated country. The young nation needed a critical mass of population to survive and expand westwards. Wasn’t Jefferson right then?
     
    Debatable. I've seen arguments that massive immigration depressed the native birth rate.
    , @Realist
    "Wasn’t Jefferson right then?"

    No more so that about slavery.
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  • Last night VP-Elect Mike Pence and family took an evening off from the Trump Transition to attend the hottest Broadway musical of the era, Hamilton. The rich people in attendance relentlessly booed Pence for profaning their SWPL Holy-of-Holies with his presence, and the cast lectured Pence from the stage after the final curtain (except that...
  • But in 1790 and 1802, North America was largely underpopulated. To survive, the new nation needed a population critical mass. Wasn’t it foolish therefore to oppose immigration then (as opposed to today, when this country is mostly full?)

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    But in 1790 and 1802, North America was largely underpopulated. To survive, the new nation needed a population critical mass. Wasn’t it foolish therefore to oppose immigration then (as opposed to today, when this country is mostly full?)

    Yes. One of the complaints in the Declaration of Independence was that Great Britain had opposed more immigration to the North American colonies because it was leading to expensive confrontations with the Indians. In spite of the desire to increase the population, the new US government was careful to limit naturalization (in the 1795 law, not the 1790 version, iiirc) to whites. They knew the dangers racial animosity could pose.
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  • From the LA Times:
  • I don’t think I’m the only one hoping Steve gets some sort of appointment in the Trump administration, as an advisor/counselor on political strategy

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    • Replies: @Karl
    > hoping Steve gets some sort of appointment in the Trump administration

    the revolution will not be televised.

    and the swamp will not be drained by guys who whose muse is limited to reacting to _The Forward_ and _The Atlantic_

    I give money to iSteve, but I wouldn't hire him to run my Skunk Works.
    , @Olorin
    Deferring of course to our host's (and his family's) desires regarding career trajectory...

    ...I sense he's doing the maximum good right where he is, in this inimitable niche of his own devising.

    Inventor and lugal of the dissident right's funnest karass.
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  • From the New York Times, an oped by Gregory Mankiw, former chairman of GW Bush's Council of Economic Advisers: And aren't we all happy for you, your wife, and son enjoying a $7,500 matinee... My prediction: as the Democrats continue to evolve into the Party of the Power Structure, Lin-Manuel Miranda, son of Democratic campaign...
  • I suppose the nyt paid mankiw 7,500$ for this silly column so he can now afford the tickets.

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  • Not unlike Freud’s theory of psychological resistance, if you deny there is racism, this is further proof that racism exists

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  • Although the population of much of the world is starting to stabilize, the U.N. predicts that sub-Saharan Africa will add three billion people over the next 84 years. What pieces of land can support so many additional people? A new study highlighted in Nature suggests that one underpopulated place that could support lots more Africans...
  • Yes, let’s put hundreds of millions of people in the Amazon rainforest. Biodiversity will suffer, but the alternative, telling Africans that having six children per woman is very bad for the planet, would be racist.

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    Very few people actually have fewer kids because it's bad for the planet--mostly people have fewer kids because it works out better for them in a modern urban/suburban world.
    , @Psmith
    >Amazon

    >Africa
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  • Here's the abstract of a recent paper on the old question of whether dynastic marriages among European royalty worked. Their conclusion that dynastic marriages reduced wars is only after doing a lot of massaging of the data. The raw correlation is that dynastic marriages were associated with more wars, but that's probably due to dynastic...
  • Yet the second largest conflict in the history of the world (World War I) pitted Kaiser Wilhelm against his two cousins (Czar Nicholas II and George V of Britain)

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  • One part of Hillary's campaign is to promise to wage war on the Orwellian / Gladwellian concept of racist implicit bias. From the transcript of Monday's debate: The Atlantic today writes up a new Yale study tracking the mass delusion that is implicit bias back to its sinister root: preschool teachers. In fact, hallucinatory implicit...
  • Eventually, they will find DNA is biased

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  • Last year I wrote in Taki's Magazine about how the rise on campuses due to increasing nonwhite enrollment of the movement to use Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions to pressure Israel was starting to open Jewish eyes. Now, from The Forward, an article about how this pattern is moving from the playpen of campus politics to...
  • So Jewish organizations are in the forefront of changing America demographically, but these newcomers seem no to like Israel or Jews…What was that saying about the chickens coming home to roost?

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  • From the St. Paul [Minnesota] Pioneer Press: Big parks must do more to attract Latinos, blacks, Asians, Met Council says By FREDERICK MELO | [email protected] PUBLISHED: July 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm | UPDATED: July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm Asked what safety concerns kept them from visiting the metro’s regional parks, focus groups of...
  • Going to the outdoors is very.much a european thing…partly, because going to the outdoors in europe or.north America is relatively safe. The outdoors in most of África, Asia or latin america are full of venomous snakes, spiders, crocodiles and all sort of bugs

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Andy, I visit my friends, in Florida, at their Palm Coast gated community of beautiful homes. They have had an exterminator for black widow spiders. They have a photo of their lawn boy holding the carcass of a five feet long cotton-mouth snake. There are alligators in the retention ponds and feral pigs running amuck in the "Nature Preserve" part of the complex. Now, parts of Florida have a large population of pythons, huge pythons. With the exception of the pythons, I am sure the other critters are common place in the deep South. So, when blacks visit relatives in the South they should be vary of the wildlife. That combined with old wives tales and fables, like the "Coach whip snake" will probably keep you out of the woods. Oh yeah, and sharks and rays along the coast.
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  • From the New York Times: In response, Mr. King said: “This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any...
  • how ignorant is the representative? doesn’t he know that Einstein plagiarized General Relativity from his African maid?

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    I recall that now! The maid, Beulah, said, "Missuh Einstein, when I be nappin' de time sho goes faster than when I be moppin'!" and then a light bulb lit up in Einstein's head.
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  • Being as I am a curmudgeon, and delight in human folly and thoughts of huge asteroids, tsunamis, incurable plagues, continent-shattering volcanoes, and the Hillary administration, I follow the advance of robots with hope. They may finally end civilization as we know it. Currently they spread like kudzu. Herewith a few notes from my favorite technical...
  • andy says:

    I’m skeptical about the feasibility of basic income, since it requires, in even the more modest proposals, of a huge increase in the tax base. Yet a society where robots and computers do most of the jobs, would be much more unequal than the one today. A very small percentage of people, the owners of the means of production, would take most of the income. And they probably will squeeze it out of their home countries and send it to tax havens, as they have done increasingly in the last decades. If it is difficult to fund a basic income scheme now, it will probably much difficult in the future.

    I think that if technology is too disruptive, a yet unspoken solution might be to ban such technology. If this sounds ridiculous, this was a policy that has been historically used in many countries. China was historically wary of disruptive technologies that created social upheavals, and yet it was able to remain one of the world’s largest economies for many centuries. Other examples are in the Islamic world. Such societies tend to be conservative and economically stagnant, but a majority of the people might prefer such situation to that to a disruption that leaves them without a job or income.

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    I think that you're very close to the crux of the problem- who, exactly, will wind up "owning" the means of production ?
    1 ) If the current system continues along its current, though greatly accelerated path, the tiny Owners Class continues to concentrate wealth and the vast Non Owners Class sinks into Under Class serfdom.
    2 ) Even if inhibiting robotics were feasible ( doubtful ), would it be desirable ? After all, the U.S. could have "full employment" overnight by simply destroying its own electric power grid, though at the cost of severe reduction in living standard.
    3 ) A way out of the conundrum might be to so thoroughly regulate the production of all goods and services as to make them, in effect, public utilities. The society's jobs would all be shared with a steadily decreasing work week. Both income and increased free time would be the Social Dividend for being in the ( mandatory ) Work Force. The diffusion of the benefits of the Second Industrial Revolution would be maximized and its costs minimized.
    I know that sounds both radical and visionary, but the alternative ( just let current trends continue ) would be an inevitable horror story.
    , @Rob McX
    True. There's no way the productive class can be forced to subsidise the unproductive people. They will simply have no use for them and no incentive to buy their support or co-operation - and nothing to sell them because the non-producers will have no wages with which to buy it. You can already see how much this elite despises the ordinary people by the way they support their replacement through immigration. They have no interest in being part of a larger nation or community that includes their inferiors, as they see them. Guaranteed basic income for everyone? You might as well be asking them to provide rabbits or cockroaches with a basic income.
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  • This isn't a good time to be into charismatic megafauna. Mostly due to habitation destruction the numbers are not going in the right direction. There has been a precipitous decline in the number of lions over the past 20 years. This is probably a good thing for rural Africans, but ideally I envisage a future...
  • Presumably some of these tiger populations are able to cross frontiers ans bred with tigers from other countries (from India to Nepal, Bhutan or Bangladesh, for example)

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  • From Scientific American: Africa's Population Will Soar Dangerously Unless Women Are More Empowered Population projections for the continent are alarming. The solution: empower women By Robert Engelman on February 1, 2016 By 2100 Africa's population could be three billion to 6.1 billion, up sharply from 1.2 billion today, if birth rates remain stubbornly high. This...
  • @Discard
    Africans will starve, and a more capable race will take over.

    they move in hundreds of millions to Europe before starving…this is what we are seeing now, and is just the beginning

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  • On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, I thought this a good time to dredge up a 1997 paper about the astronomy/physics metaphors in Hamlet. From 1997: ABSTRACT A New Reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet I argue that Hamlet is an allegory for the competition between the cosmological models of Thomas Digges (1546-1595) of England and...
  • The story of Brahe and his rival/collaborator Kepler was very nicely told in one of the episodes of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

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  • According to a report by Merritt Clifton (via Rosalind Arden), pitbulls accounted for 295 of 593 human fatalities due to dogs between 1982-2014, although only making up 6.7% of dogs. But that's still the second most popular breed, behind only labrador mixes. My observation from walking down the sidewalk is that pitbulls are much more...
  • I think you meant Perro de presa canario (Spanish for Canaries – for the Canary islands – Hunting dog)

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  • Commentator jimmyriddle finds statistics about the ethnic composition of scientific cadres in the Soviet Union in 1973 via Cassad (the original comes via the blogger Burkino Faso).   Drawing on earlier statistical data, although on a more limited sample of different ethnicities, we have the following sets of correlations: 1926 Census, literacy amongst 50 years...
  • @Avery
    {Azeris are basically Turks, the Azeri language is basically a dialect of Turkish. I would say most Turks are white, like most people in the Mediterranean basin, with their complexion going from the clearly white to the more swarthy}

    You are partially correct: Azerbaijani language is a Turkish dialect.
    But there is no such ethnos as 'Azeri'.
    The country of Azerbaijan had/has several ethnicities.
    Some are indigenous, such Talysh, Tats, etc.
    The current leader of Azerbaijan and his clan are ethnic Kurds (the Aliyev clan).
    'Azeri' is a newly cooked up name.
    Turkic tribes inhabiting the area of current Azerbaijan were simply called Tatars before about early 1930s or so.
    Sort of like Singapore: there is a nationality 'Singaporean', but its constituent ethnicities are Chinese, Indians, and indigenous Malay. There is no ethnos 'Singaporean'.

    { most Turks are white,..}

    What does 'white' mean?
    Do you mean Caucasian/Caucasoid?
    btw: the word Caucasian comes from Caucasus, where the arch-type of Caucasoids was identified. Don't remember the scientist's name, but he based his physical description of Caucasoid base on people he studied there, specifically what is now Republic of Georgia.

    Turks are originally from Uyguristan, near China.
    Over centuries, their appearance has changed.
    But little else.

    I think we all know what we mean by white – the native inhabitants of Europe, some of its nearby places – Northern Africa, the Caucasus and the Middle East, as well as their descendants in their settler colonies in the Americas, Oceania and Southern Africa. I don’t use the word Caucasian (a word that as far as I know is only used in the US) since it is based on the discredited theory that white people originated from the Caucasus.

    As far as the Turks, it is well known the original Turkic people were from Central Asia and Central Siberia. Thus, some of the Turkic peoples like the Kazakhs, the Yakuts, the Kirguiz and so forth look distinctly East Asian. When Turkic tribes migrated to Anatolia at the dawn of the second millenium, they were able to give their new subjects their language but their genetic legacy eventually became diluted among the native populations – thus today most Turks and Azeris look white.

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    {... the discredited theory that white people originated from the Caucasus.}

    Show me where is was discredited.
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  • On Unz.com, Anatoly Karlin displays an interesting graph of scientists per capita of over 50 Soviet ethnic groups as of 1973. Not surprisingly, the #1 most scientific ethnicity in the Soviet Union were the Jews and the very last group were the Gypsies, with Gypsies producing about 1/500th as many professional scientists per capita as...
  • @Hodag
    I must confess I am ignorant of many of the peoples of Siberia. Some of the peoples you cite above, like Yakuts and Buryats only appear as names in my memory as people that were defeated then assimilated into Ghengis Khan's Horde. To find out they still exist...amazing. It is like finding out that there are a million Pygmies.

    Does anyone know of a good book of the peoples of Siberia and their history?

    There are about half a million Yakuts in the world, not exactly a small tribe. They are a Turkic people and they live in the Sakha Republic, an autonomous republic in Northeastern Russia that is the largest subnational governing body by area in the world with more than a million square miles, larger than Argentina and only slightly smaller than India.

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  • Commentator jimmyriddle finds statistics about the ethnic composition of scientific cadres in the Soviet Union in 1973 via Cassad (the original comes via the blogger Burkino Faso).   Drawing on earlier statistical data, although on a more limited sample of different ethnicities, we have the following sets of correlations: 1926 Census, literacy amongst 50 years...
  • @Anonymous
    A lot of really interesting surprises. Who knew Ukrainians, Belorussians and Lithuanians were so dumb? Like average IQ in the low 90s.

    Also who knew Azeris would perform so well. Are they the smartest brown ethnic group?

    Azeris are basically Turks, the Azeri language is basically a dialect of Turkish. I would say most Turks are white, like most people in the Mediterranean basin, with their complexion going from the clearly white to the more swarthy

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    {Azeris are basically Turks, the Azeri language is basically a dialect of Turkish. I would say most Turks are white, like most people in the Mediterranean basin, with their complexion going from the clearly white to the more swarthy}

    You are partially correct: Azerbaijani language is a Turkish dialect.
    But there is no such ethnos as 'Azeri'.
    The country of Azerbaijan had/has several ethnicities.
    Some are indigenous, such Talysh, Tats, etc.
    The current leader of Azerbaijan and his clan are ethnic Kurds (the Aliyev clan).
    'Azeri' is a newly cooked up name.
    Turkic tribes inhabiting the area of current Azerbaijan were simply called Tatars before about early 1930s or so.
    Sort of like Singapore: there is a nationality 'Singaporean', but its constituent ethnicities are Chinese, Indians, and indigenous Malay. There is no ethnos 'Singaporean'.

    { most Turks are white,..}

    What does 'white' mean?
    Do you mean Caucasian/Caucasoid?
    btw: the word Caucasian comes from Caucasus, where the arch-type of Caucasoids was identified. Don't remember the scientist's name, but he based his physical description of Caucasoid base on people he studied there, specifically what is now Republic of Georgia.

    Turks are originally from Uyguristan, near China.
    Over centuries, their appearance has changed.
    But little else.

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  • Why no Russians of German descent in the list? Obviously, I’m aware that after WW2 they suffer discrimination in the Soviet Union, still they were a quite numerous and educated people (one famous recent scientist of such descent is Andre Geim, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics) Was the reason they were not officially regarded as a minority? Were they counted in official statistics as Russians?

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  • Commentator jimmyriddle finds statistics about the ethnic composition of scientific cadres in the Soviet Union in 1973 via Cassad (the original comes via the blogger Burkino Faso).   Drawing on earlier statistical data, although on a more limited sample of different ethnicities, we have the following sets of correlations: 1926 Census, literacy amongst 50 years...
  • @JayMan
    Readers see also:

    Clannishness – The Series: Zigzag Lightning in the Brain - The Unz Review


    Georgians have very low IQs. I mean literally India-like, in the low 80s. However, the above suggests that its underperformance is more a result of massive brain drain – as in other countries that score ridiculously lower than expected based on their ethnic composition, such as Moldova and Puerto Rico

    Armenia does not participate in PISA, but its results from TIMSS were significantly lower than Russia’s, at around Ukraine’s or Romania’s level. However, it might be grossly underperforming for the same reasons that Georgia is.
     

    Then why do we see this sort of selective migration from those groups and not others?

    Great find! This chart will serve to be quite useful.

    Some of the top Scientists and Artists (not to mention politicians) of the Soviet Union were Georgian, despite not being a very numerous people (around 4 million today, maybe one or two million more in Soviet times), so the idea that Georgians have a low IQ is dubious. Georgians do have a clannish culture (as is common in the Caucasus and in the Middle East) and clannishness can sometimes be confused with not very high intelligence.

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  • @Shaikorth
    They are linguistic cousins to Finns and Estonians, but assuming they would do better based on that is like assuming gypsies would do better because they are linguistic cousins to the Germans.

    Respectfully, this is not a good analogy. Yes, Gypsies speak an Indoeuropean language, but their ancestors and modern Germans ancestors have been separated for at least 6,000 years, or more. The Fino Uralic peoples are ethnically far closer together (Mansi is the closest language to Hungarian) – I think there are other reasons why these “minor” Finno Ugril people do badly in this list, one might be that the very strong policies toward assimilation from the Russian and Soviet state, make many of them, once they move to a Russian city and have an university degree, identify as Russian (their names are russified, anyway). Those who stick to their native culture remain in the countryside and very few of them get to go to an university to pursue a scientific career,

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    This seems correct to me.
    , @Shaikorth
    There's genetic distance to consider in addition to linguistic distance. Hungarians speak an Ugric language, and have been separated from the ancestors of the Mansis for perhaps 2000 years, but the Mansis are less related to them than gypsies are, and actually this latter point stands for all Europeans. It's not far-fetched to assume genetic links related to academic performance would be even less significant than linguistic ones in this case.

    Nevertheless I agree with the idea of assimilation-induced brain drain. Wouldn't you say the ethnicities most affected by that are the Orthodox Christian minorities on European Russia though (Belarusians, Ukrainians, Mordvins, Karels...)?
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  • @Jaakko Raipala
    If Orthodox Finnic people leave their traditional rural life, move to a university town and get themselves educated, they usually just consider themselves Russians. They already have Russian names, Russian customs, their language is already nearly russified and they've lived for centuries in areas where rural populations are Finnic but urban populations are Russian so there is no cultural expectation that they'd continue their identity if they move to a Russian city.

    Estonians on the other hand will find Russian identity alien and will stick to their ethnic identity even if they work in a Russian city and switch to using only Russian in their life. I think most of the list (and not just Finno-Ugric peoples) is about that, you're not seeing scientific success, you're seeing identity preservation success - whether or not the identity is sticky enough that it survives moving to a Russian city and trading your traditional lifestyle for an urban professional life.

    At the top of the list you mostly see peoples like Georgians, Armenians etc who are Orthodox but they are even older Christians than Russians and developed their identity separate from Russians, Balts who have a sticky identity from Protestantism, Jews who have the stickiest identity of all the world's peoples, Caucasus peoples that I know nothing about but who I presume have other sources of "civilized" identity since the areas are relatively new additions to Russia.

    By the way, Finns should appear on the list too. I assume we're absent because we became a non-people in 1918 when the Whites won the Civil War here and World War II didn't help things for ethnic Finns in the USSR. Some of the peoples closest to Finns like Karelians and Vepsians got treated very harshly by the Soviet government because of us and they would often hide their identity. I know a Vepsian (now in Finland) whose family had only been told in adulthood that they're Vepsians because the parents only spoke Russian to their kids and never told them of their roots so that they wouldn't have to live with the stigma. I don't think politics with Finns ever influenced the treatment of more distant Finno-Ugrians like Mordvins, Udmurts etc, though.

    Poles are another old minority of Russia that has somehow gone missing.

    Thanks, I suppose what you are saying is quite right, and given the policies encouraging assimilation in both the Soviet Union and Russia, the Finno Uric people who stick to their culture are mostly rural folks who would not have gone to university in the first place. Estonians beat the trend by having an important urban population

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  • A mild surprise to me is that some of the Finno Ugric peoples of Russia do quite badly: Khantis, Maris, Veps, Udmurts, Mansi, Modvinians and Karelians are in the bottom third of the table (an exception are the Estonians who are sixth overall). One would suppose that these cousins to the Finns would have done better.

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    If Orthodox Finnic people leave their traditional rural life, move to a university town and get themselves educated, they usually just consider themselves Russians. They already have Russian names, Russian customs, their language is already nearly russified and they've lived for centuries in areas where rural populations are Finnic but urban populations are Russian so there is no cultural expectation that they'd continue their identity if they move to a Russian city.

    Estonians on the other hand will find Russian identity alien and will stick to their ethnic identity even if they work in a Russian city and switch to using only Russian in their life. I think most of the list (and not just Finno-Ugric peoples) is about that, you're not seeing scientific success, you're seeing identity preservation success - whether or not the identity is sticky enough that it survives moving to a Russian city and trading your traditional lifestyle for an urban professional life.

    At the top of the list you mostly see peoples like Georgians, Armenians etc who are Orthodox but they are even older Christians than Russians and developed their identity separate from Russians, Balts who have a sticky identity from Protestantism, Jews who have the stickiest identity of all the world's peoples, Caucasus peoples that I know nothing about but who I presume have other sources of "civilized" identity since the areas are relatively new additions to Russia.

    By the way, Finns should appear on the list too. I assume we're absent because we became a non-people in 1918 when the Whites won the Civil War here and World War II didn't help things for ethnic Finns in the USSR. Some of the peoples closest to Finns like Karelians and Vepsians got treated very harshly by the Soviet government because of us and they would often hide their identity. I know a Vepsian (now in Finland) whose family had only been told in adulthood that they're Vepsians because the parents only spoke Russian to their kids and never told them of their roots so that they wouldn't have to live with the stigma. I don't think politics with Finns ever influenced the treatment of more distant Finno-Ugrians like Mordvins, Udmurts etc, though.

    Poles are another old minority of Russia that has somehow gone missing.
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